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Gideon Spiro on looting of Palestinian property
The scene before my eyes was a shocking one. Some of the most beautiful houses I had ever seen were broken in

Red Rag column - protest against judicial racism
"I remind you that in a democratic state a judge is not the long arm of the government, but, among other things,

The Israeli peace activist who crossed enemy lines and shaped generations
Adam Keller - +972 - Going back to 1969, to an article I read by Uri under the table during a very boring class i

We are the radicals: Netanyahu and the invention of terrorism
Shoshana Gabay - The successful ideology of “war on terrorism” that the Netanyahu family formulated for the Ameri

Red Rag column - new Mandate needed - deportations - Ahed Tamimi
Gideon Spiro - After 70 years of the existence of the State, 50 of which have been years of Occupation and aparth

You can’t support the US if you oppose the Occupation
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Has it not occurred to our liberals (and even some of the radicals among them) th

Red Rag column - The Year of the Right
Gideon Spiro - The outgoing year, 5777, was a year of rejoicing for the Right and mourning for the Left. Netanyah

Red Rag column - the blood bank overflows
Gideon Spiro - Netanyahu’s blood-drenched government succeeded in provoking Palestinians by installing metal-dete

Red Rag column - the Code of Ethics
Gideon Spiro - Who said, “I am definitely in favour of students and lecturers holding discussions on various poli

Red Rag column - exchange of letters with Amos Oz (1986)
Gideon Spiro - official Hebrew does not recognize the term “Occupied Territories” but the pastoral and Biblical t

Red Rag column - Trumpiada - Memories of June 1967
Gideon Spiro - Of course the government and its servants in the media would define the visit of President Trump a

Red Rag column - Victory Day over Nazi Germany - Independence Day ceremonies
Gideon Spiro - The 8th of May is Victory Day over Nazi Germany for the West, and for the Soviet Union it was 9 Ma

Red Rag column: Kudos to Minister Sigmar Gabriel; Letter to Judge Neal Hendel; Sultan Erdogan
Gideon Spiro - Letter I sent to Supreme Court Judge Neal Hendel: You had an opportunity to act as an independent

Red Rag column - letter to settler Judge Mintz - missiles in Syria - Israeli post office propaganda
Gideon Spiro - No doubt Assad is a cruel dictator and a war criminal who should be put on trial at the court for

Red Rag column - police violence in Israel - hunger strike by disabled - Minister of Propaganda
Gideon Spiro - I am in mourning over the untimely death of the journalist Gila Flint, a comrade in the struggle a

Red Rag column - contamination of Israel Prize
Gideon Spiro - The awarding of the Israel Prize to the settler David Be’eri, a promoter of the transfer of Palest

Red Rag column - the State Comptroller`s report on the Gaza war
Opponents of the Occupation did not need the State Comptroller’s Report to know that “Operation Strong Cliff”, wa

Red Rag column - Hassan Nasrallah: ally of Israeli civil society
Gideon Spiro - Politics sometimes produce strange alliances and collaborations between erstwhile deadly enemies.

Red Rag column - in Israel it`s hard even to die with dignity
Gideon Spiro - Seniors in nursing homes, who did not choose their ailments and their suffering, are exposed to hu

Red Rag column - Murder in broad daylight in Umm al-Hiran - Racists of the world, unite!
Gideon Spiro - The story of the destruction of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran includes elements of Ku-Klux-K

Red Rag column - Basel Ghattas - A Hanukkah miracle - Eran Torbiner`s new project
Gideon Spiro - The Security Council Resolution declaring that the settlements are illegal, which passed without a

Red Rag column - Elor Azaria - lament for the dead in Jerusalem
Gideon Spiro - Elor Azaria is not my son, nor are any of those other armed "soldiers/children" who serve in the O

Red Rag column - sex offenders, thought police, fashion police
Gideon Spiro - Recently we have been witness to intense publicity about sex offenders. A grandfather in his 70s,

Red Rag column - the fires in Israel - militaristic feminism - Brigadier-General Ofek Buchris - Amona
Gideon Spiro: While Arabs are being accused of arson, firefighters from the Palestinian Authority have been helpi

Bethlehem Lights Christmas Tree With Message Of Peace And Justice (Video)
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera George Baboun, delivered this years’ Christmas messag

The bitter morning
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - Would Trump be able - even if he wanted - to put down the flames of hatred which he

Red Rag column - Women`s `March of Hope`; revoking Israeli citizenship
Gideon Spiro - The last time citizenship was revoked from Jews was in Nazi Germany, under the Nuremberg laws (whi

Red Rag column: Zvi Razi, RIP
Gideon Spiro - I am in mourning for the historian Prof. Zvi Razi, a trailblazer in the field of scientific resear

Red Rag column - The Hater in Heaven - Yom Kippur
Gideon Spiro - God hates human beings. He did not stand by the Jewish and Roma victims of the Holocaust. He did n

Red Rag column - Shimon Peres
Gideon Spiro - The words of praise the heads of state gave at Peres’ funeral, as if he were the world champion of

A Jewish and democratic state – how to live with the oppression of the minority and still feel good
Shmuel Amir - the only way to turn Israel into a democratic state that cannot be undermined is simple: expel all

Red Rag column: Obama: the god that failed. The return of Barak.
Gideon Spiro - Obama is continuing the policies of his predecessors, with generous economic and political support

Red Rag column: Syria and Israel; Holocaust denial and Nakba denial; Uzi Baram
Gideon Spiro - In recent days we have been hearing about populations being starved due to siege, which brings to

Red Rag column: new school year and ongoing conflict
Gideon Spiro - Over 30 years ago, when my spouse and I accompanied our children to grade 1, I was troubled by anx

Red Rag column: Gratuitous hate; toxic Judaism; the Munich Olympics murders
Gideon Spiro - The 11 who perished at Munich in 1972 could be with us today, if Prime Minister Golda Meir had not

Red Rag column: on boycott of Israel
Gideon Spiro - since the author is an Israeli who supports BDS, he is preparing for the day when the Israeli gove

Red Rag column: Storm over Mahmoud Darwish
Gideon Spiro - Occupaton Magazine "Seventy-one years since the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. Re

Israel has won - really?
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - It is strange, to put it mildly, how Amira Hass instructs the Palestinian leaders

Red Rag column: Rabbinical homophobia; terror in Nice and Israel; letter to Judge Shmuel Herbst
Gideon Spiro - Whoever wants to know what Israel is likely to look like a few years from now should cast a glance

Israel`s Great Divide
Al Jazeera--Are Jews of Middle Eastern, North African and Spanish descent discriminated against in Israel? dn

Red Rag column, June 29
Gideon Spiro - "Brexit; letter to Supreme Court judges; "Consensus" at Ben-Gurion University." ca

Red Rag column: Muhammad Ali, RIP. Occupation-refuser Giora Neumann.
Gideon Spiro - Muhammad Ali embodied the victory of the human and humane spirit of one man in the face of an oppr

Red Rag column: Defence Minister Lieberman; Yair Golan; Vanunu
Gideon Spiro - The appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as Defence Minister provoked fear among many in Israel, who a

Red Rag column: Gideon Spiro` book; Remembrance Day; the Trek to Poland
Gideon Spiro - The Red Rag column went on vacation for a while because I was busy with the publication of my fi

Where are the lives of Jews safest? (Is Israel the safest place for Jews?)
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Those who claim that only in Israel are Jews safe need at least to remember tha

Red Rag column: What is a terrorist organization? Letter to Alshaikh and Yaalon. Donald Trump.
US citizens: there is still time to extricate this malignant tumour. Here in Israel we waited too long, metasta

Red Rag column: On silence; Balad MKs; Dov Yermiya, RIP; letter to the Attorney-General
Gideon Spiro - The anti-Occupation organization Breaking the Silence is being subjected to a campaign of incite

Israelis and Palestinians demonstrate against West Bank land expropriation


Red Rag column: Ezra Nawi`s arrest; Tair Kaminer; Natali Cohen Vaksberg
Gideon Spiro - Ezra Nawi is a friend of mine, and I am not in the habit of throwing friends to the dogs just be

Israel’s ambassador taunts the White House (again) with holiday gift of settlement goods
Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Yesterday Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer announced that his holiday gift packag

Red Rag column: Netanyahu and the Mufti - Palestinian Grynszpans? - One-State solution
Gideon Spiro - Imagine a declaration to the effect that we should look at Eichmann in a new light. He was not a

Red Rag column: the slave revolt
Gideon Spiro - What has been happening here in recent weeks is not a “wave of terror” but a spontaneous slave r

Red Rag column: No to Roni Alsheikh for Israel Police Commissioner!
Gideon Spiro - Roni Alsheikh; Children of the Stones in Jerusalem; Let Mordechai Vanunu join his wife in Oslo

Red Rag column: On turning 80
Gideon Spiro - To all my well-wishers, thanks from the bottom of my heart. A few words about old age. At age 20

Red Rag column: new police commissioner; US youth volunteer for the Occupation army; observations on Meretz
Gideon Spiro - This week 160 young Jews arrived in Israel from the United States in order to volunteer to serve

Red Rag column: Krystallnacht Judaism; the Iran agreement; letter to Judge Esther Chayut
Gideon Spiro - The murder of the baby Ali Dawabshe in the village of Douma, and the danger of death that threat

Red Rag column: Reflections on the 1980s
Gideon Spiro - Memories from the 1980s, and one lesson. One year since the crime of "Protective Edge". Thank yo

Red Rag: Settlers speak - Correspondence with Amos Oz - Dr. Ilana Dayan, queen of Galei Tzahal
Gideon Spiro to Amos Oz in 1986: `An inextricable part of the corruption I spoke of above is the new language t

`I Love Jerusalem. I Hate Racism!`
Beate Zilversmidt - On the bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with a school class of greatly misbehaving teenagers.

Don`t be afraid to talk about Zionism
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Is practical Zionism really over? On the contrary, it looks like it is alive an

Red Rag column: not democratic and not legitimate
Gideon Spiro - I will begin by asserting that the latest elections were not democratic. The elected government,

Red Rag column: Time to decide
Gideon Spiro - I am faced with three choices: a blank ballot, as the Pirate Party suggests, Meretz, or the Join

Red Rag column: Holocaust-denial, settler style
Gideon Spiro - If Israeli human-rights organizations enjoy the support of Der Stürmer as the settlers cl

Meet the Israeli lawyer fighting the occupation in court
Video by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org - "For Palestinians in the West Bank, Ofer Military Court has come to be

Israel-US: an alliance of shared values
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Is there not a danger or chance (depends on who’s looking) that an independent

Red Rag column: terrorist judges; lynching in Jerusalem
Gideon Spiro - I am writing this letter on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and I am reminded of the wor

Another election: expect no peace breakthrough
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Among all the contending parties is there one party – just one – that truly asp

My Israel
Ralph Benmergui--The first video of a 4-part series of My Israel, in which Ralph Benmergui sets out to find ans

Red Rag column: Elections in Israel; political Supreme Court; Noam Kaminer, RIP
Gideon Spiro - The Netanyahu government has dissolved itself and the public is feeling fed up with Netanyahu. T

Red Rag weekly column: Atrocity in Jerusalem; PM Bennett: 3 scenarios
Gideon Spiro - After Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Muslim worshippers in a mosque in Hebron, the Rabin governmen

Red Rag weekly column: Haneen Zoabi, Azmi Bishara and Hani Zubida
Gideon Spiro - The pilot, the airplane and the missile are all products of the scientific era, everything is di

Red Rag weekly column: Netanyahu the propagandist; ISIS
Gideon Spiro - The Israeli Prime Minister’s speech at the UN (29 September 2014) was typical propaganda. Any pr

Abbas UN Speech To Include Bid For Ending Occupation
IMEMC & Agencies - IMEMC "He said his speech would outline a “vision" the Palestinian leadership will be ta

Red Rag weekly column: The Hour of the Right
Gideon Spiro - The power of the racist incitement against the Arabs has reached nearly 10 on the Incitement Scale

Pride and predicament
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - Prime Minister Netanyahu has already found the culprit: "Abu Mazen is responsible f

Open Letter to Scarlett Johansson
Beate Zilversmidt: Your controversy ultimately may help draw worldwide attention to the facts of the occupation

Imprisonment of Conscientious Objector Mahmood Saad
New Profile - "Mahmood Saad, 20 years old from Shfaamer, a village in the Galil, was arrested on 6.12.2013 a

Red Rag weekly column: In memory of Mandela
Gideon Spiro - Netanyahu and Peres did well to stay away from Nelson Mandela`s memorial service in South Africa -

Red Rag Weekly Column
Gideon Spiro - Black November: the anniversaries of Krystallnacht and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin - the as

Palestinian Lands Uprooted Near Al-Khader
IMEMC & Agencies - "[Thursday November 21, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Baten Al-Ma’sy Mount

UNDER THE FORESTS - A satiric piece full of wishful thinking
Rafi Shtendel Chairperson, New KKL -JNF November 2013 "The title refers to AB Yehoshua’s novella, “Facing th

Red Rag column: Great, another war!
Gideon Spiro - Things are developing much to the satisfaction of the government of Israel. The Israeli and conser

Zionism and torn papers
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - Why did Jewish Knesset Members from Meretz and Labor and even Shas mobilize again

Yiddish classic--our village is burning-- adapted to the Palestinian situation
Annie Robbins--video dn

Strategic assets and a threatening toilet
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - And Secretary of State John Kerry? Well, we are patiently waiting for the announc

Solidarity shifts in Sheikh Jarrah: 17 to 20 May
Sheikh Jarrah Protest - "The Shamashne family has decided to erect a protest tent outside of their house, an

Never a dull moment in this crazy country (week review)
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - The Shamasnah family in the Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood of East Jerusalem is far

Video:Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished a house and a building in al-Tur village– Jerusalem
Video - Silwanic Net ca

Winds of war
Adam Keller - From the polling stations to the long waiting lines at the gas mask distribution stations (...) aft

A story of a Palestinian village without basic infrastructure #2
Blog - Wordpress "Why Do They Want Wipe an Entire Palestinian Village from the Map, and Not for the First Tim

The Israeli Green Party and Gideon Spiro: a correspondence
Gideon Spiro - How can an "Israeli Green Party" that ignores the issue of radioactive waste be relevant?

Red Rag: can Germans criticize Israel?
Gideon Spiro - Is a German allowed to criticize Israel? Reflections on the history of the dehumanization of the O

Red Rag weekly column: polishing swords; value of a Palestinian woman`s life
Gideon Spiro - polishing swords - price of a Palestinian life - hardship of life in Israel - brainwashing Jewish

Week 2357 of Occupation
Daniel Breslau - Occupation Magazine - The cleansing of the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills

Red Rag column: Moshe Silman; propaganda film; Olmert`s acquittal; the Levy Report; ugly Israel
Gideon Spiro - Moshe Silman; Propaganda about Dimona; Olmert`s acquittal; military service for Haredim; the Occup

No Accreditation for Expropriation
Reuven Kaminer - Email "The Israeli Council for Higher Education has protested the usurpation of its authori

An immigrant in his own country
Sami Michael - If we don’t find a solution besides the machine-gun and the tank, which we have already seen are h

Beating & abuse
B"Tselem - "Testimonies taken by B’Tselem indicates that during April 2012, soldiers arrested Muhammad a-Zir

Susiya Forever - Stop the Demolition
Susiya Forever - "On Friday, June 22 we will stand side by side with the residents of Palestinian Susya in a p

URGENT: Act now for Mahmoud Sarsak on 88th day of hunger strike; Palestinian soccer star at risk of death
SAMIDOUN - Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network "As European soccer stars compete in the European Champi

Red Rag weekly column: `One leader, one nation, one kingdom`
Gideon Spiro - One leader, one nation, one kingdom - Ahinoam Nini - file closed on Samouni family massacre - Nakb

Choose Your Theatre: London or Ariel
Vardit Shalfy - Haaretz - Did the theaters really have no choice but to surrender to the dictate of Culture Minis

To talk about ourselves
Nir Baram - Haokets - Today it was reported that after Nir Baram’s speech at the Writers’ Festival two years ago,

Police besiege, arrest activists planning to commemorate Nakba in Tel Aviv
Haggai Matar - +972 Some 15 activists from the organization Zochrot were besieged by police on Wednesday night

Israel mobilizes special forces to deport ‘flytilla’ activists
Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "The AirFlofilla2 is an expensive direct action. Activists from around the world w

Deal reached to free Hana Shalabi
Ma`an News Agency - "The officials say Shalabi will be sent to Gaza for three years in exchange for giving u

Civil Disobedience
Nurit Peled-Elhanan - Israelis must refuse to obey unjust laws just as South Africans did.

New extreme right plan: How to `Annex all of Judea and Samaria` and maintain Jewish supremacy
KM Uri Ariel of the National Union party today presented a new plan: The entire West Bank to be annexed to Israel

Red Rag: Divine Terror
Gideon Spiro - Divine terror - All quiet on the Gaza Front - The Great Inventor - another right-wing innovation -

UN report: Smuggling tunnels help alleviate Gaza`s economic woes
Amira Hass - Haaretz "The smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border are the primary cause of the improvem

Dissolving the Palestinian National Authority or considering a new strategic direction
Sameer Abu Eisheh - Bitterlemons "The facts on the ground, especially the accomplishments in building insti

Israeli leftists demonstrate for PA statehood in TA
Ben Hartman - Jerusalem Post "Dozens of Israeli artists and academics on Thursday proclaimed their support fo

The Shabab Vs.The Jesh at Qalandia Checkpoint 21-9-2011.wmv
You Tube "During a violent five-hour clash between Palestinian youths and Israeli special forces at the Qaland

Jenin’s Freedom Theater raided by the Israeli army
Joseph Dana - 972 magazine "Overnight, roughly 50 Israeli Special Forces troops raided the Jenin Freedom Thea

The other Jerusalem march
Haaretz - Editorial "The Friday march is meant to be a joint demonstration by the peace-seekers of both Israe

Pyrrhus in Piraeus
Adam Keller - One could have thought that Israel was facing a major invasion by a mighty fleet of dreadnaughts. <

Israel 2011 - it depends what you are boycotting
Adam Keller - If this law is passed, Israeli consumers would be allowed to call for a boycott of products sold at

Israeli geography 101: song
David Rovics - For a long time now, every time I hear an Israeli patriot or apologist complaining that such-and-s

On the academic boycott (again) - plus exchange of letters
Article on boycott of Israel by Prof. Ran Greenstein, followed by an extended exchange of letters with Prof. Robe

Red Rag Weekly Column
Gideon Spiro - Judges of the Deportation Service - Dr. Strangelove - Another step towards fascism

Video 5 minute-- A Week in Gaza
Helping traumatized children

Israel/Palestine and the apartheid analogy (part 2)
Ran Greenstein - In the previous section I made a distinction between historical apartheid (unique to South Afric

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) releases a Statistical
Statistical Report 2009 - PCBS "Available data indicate that the number of settlers in the West Bank reache

Week 2252 of Occupation
Daniel Breslau - Occupation Magazine - When talks are bad for peace - The prison diet improves - Wave of West Ban

Is Israel singled out - and why?
Adam Keller - "The State of Israel has been vociferously criticized for planting settlers in the occupied territo

Jerusalem/al-Quds Multi-Day Tour
The Jerusalem/Al Quds Multi-day tour is a unique experience that allows you to get to know the city and its many

Sleepless in Gaza
A video diary about life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories



21/04/2021

A debt to the future
Gush Shalom - Itzik Saidian was sent by the State of Israel to fight in the Sajaiya refugee camp. He shot and killed residents of the camp, saw several of his comrades being killed, came back with battle shock... [bz]
Noam Chomsky Without Regrets: Interview With a Libertarian Socialist
Kelly Candaele - Portside - At 92, Noam Chomsky remains a political activist. In recent interviews and in a new book, Chomsky for Activists, he takes stock of his own political involvement going back to the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s, and offers lessons and warnings for today’s activists. Chomsky has always contended that intellectuals should play an antagonistic role in society. His 1967 essay, “The Responsibility of Intellectuals,” offered a devastating critique of the complicity of intellectuals and policy bureaucrats in the Vietnam disaster, advising that Americans should “follow the path of integrity, wherever it may lead.” Characterized by many conservatives and some on the left as cavalier in his criticism of the United States, he has not wavered from critiquing American moral complacency and misuse of power. A pioneer in linguistic theory and language development at MIT for over 60 years, Chomsky has devoted most of his time to writing and political work. Speaking by phone from his home in Tucson, Arizona, he told Capital & Main, “If you think there is a serious problem and you know that you can do something about it, then it follows on simple ethical grounds that you should do what you can do — which means become an activist.” The following interview was edited for length and clarity.(rh)
Prof.: Denying Me the Israel Prize Is Delegitimization of Left
Or Kashti - Haaretz - The researcher whose receipt of this year’s Israel Prize in mathematics and computer science was countermanded by the education minister said Yoav Gallant’s decision was “another small step in the delegitimization of the left in Israel.” Prof. Oded Goldreich said that Gallant’s move to deny him the prize constituted “political persecution.” Goldreich made the comment after Thursday’s High Court of Justice ruling giving Gallant 30 days to justify his decision. The professor will not receive the prize during this week’s Independence Day ceremony.(rh)
PTSD-afflicted IDF veteran sets himself alight, suffers serious burns
JUDAH ARI GROSS - Times of Israel - An IDF veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder set himself on fire Monday outside a Defense Ministry office that handles the rehabilitation of injured soldiers in central Israel, the ministry said in a statement. The man, 26, was seriously injured, sustaining burns all over his body. He was identified by Channel 12 as Itzik Saidyan, who had been interviewed by the television station two years prior as part of a story on soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. The IDF Veteran’s Association said that the man was frustrated at his treatment by authorities. He was recognized by the Defense Ministry as having 25 percent disability from his post-traumatic stress disorder, but had requested 50 percent recognition. The ministry had refused, saying at least a portion of his illness was due to childhood trauma, not his military service.(rh)
Increasingly, Jewish Critics of Israeli Policies Are Using The Term “Apartheid”
ALLAN C. BROWNFELD - Washington Report on Middle East Affairs - In January 2021, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem issued a statement which declared that the Israeli government was an “apartheid regime.” It stated that, “A regime that uses laws, practices and organized violence to establish and maintain the supremacy of one group over another is an apartheid regime.” B’Tselem argues that the Israeli regime “of apartheid” rests on four pillars: citizenship, land, freedom of movement and political participation. Virtually any person of Jewish ancestry anywhere in the world can claim Israeli citizenship; immigration to Israel is all but impossible for Palestinians, and only a minority of Palestinians— about 1.6 million out of seven million—-who live on land controlled by Israel are citizens of Israel and even their rights are limited compared with their nearly seven million Jewish counterparts. (rh)
Thousands of Palestinians attend Ramadan’s first Friday in Al-Aqsa
Wafa - JERUSALEM, Friday, April 16, 2021 (WAFA) – Compared with Ramadan 2020, when the mosque was devoid of any worshipper, thousands of Palestinians today attended the prayers of the first Friday of Ramadan at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound. Worshippers anxious to attend the first prayer of Ramadan in Jerusalem made their way to the mosque compound, crossing military barriers as Israeli police beefed up presence around and in the city. Since the early morning hours, the Israeli occupation authorities sealed off the checkpoints separating Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank and deployed police around and across the Old City, obstructing the movement of Palestinians and their vehicles and forcing them to walk for long distances to reach the holy site. (rh)
Israel stands alone on Iran
Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor - Guillot’s late February visit reflects the extent of cooperation between the various Israeli and American defense and intelligence agencies, which has been experiencing a golden age in recent years. Israel is the only country in the world other than the United States in which a prototype of the F-35 Stealth fighter is being upgraded with additional armaments and fuel tanks. Israel is the only country permitted to install its own domestically developed technology on the advanced aircraft, which will allow it to share the F-35’s sophisticated command and control system with older fighter planes in the Israeli fleet, such as the F-15 and F-16. These capabilities, as well as being the only country in the world to dispatch the Stealth on real time operational missions on a daily basis, have drawn the attention of many other air forces. The extensive cooperation with the British, Italian, Greek, German, Emirati and other air forces is breaking all records. Israel’s two main defense assets — the absolute control of the skies over the Middle East and the seemingly inexhaustible information collected by its intelligence community — have turned Israel into a magnet for international cooperation, ardent courting and joint drills. However, the picture is bleak for Israel’s diplomatic posture on the world stage. Israel is experiencing “withdrawal symptoms” from the high it enjoyed for four years of the Donald Trump presidency. Unlike the welcome presence in many countries of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Mossad director Yossi Cohen, Norkin and other top brass, Israel’s foreign affairs arena is under threat of international boycott from Washington and elsewhere. (rh)
The Palestinians: “We Shall Not Be Moved”
DANIEL BEAUMONT - Counterpunch - A number of articles about the upcoming elections have focused on the political divisions among the Palestinians. Without a doubt, those divisions—foremost, the Fatah- Hamas divide—have hobbled their cause. Those divisions are real and complicated. The essay that follows is an attempt to consider recent events in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza in light of regional and international events that I think are changing the terms of conflict and working in favor of the Palestinian cause.(rh)
The Jewish Women Who Posed an `Existential Threat` to Israel by Marrying Arab Men
Ofer Aderet - Haaretz - In 1942, all traces of Bianca Schwartz disappeared. An orphan who arrived in Palestine as part of the Youth Aliyah effort to save Jewish refugees from war-torn Europe, she had lived on Kibbutz Afikim in the north before moving to Jerusalem. A lengthy search eventually revealed that Schwartz had converted to Islam, married an Arab man, changed her name to Leila Natshe Ali and was living in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, which in 1948 had come under Jordanian control. The couple had five children. After her husband died, in 1971, she wanted to return to the fold of Judaism. According to one account, Hanania Dery, the chief rabbi of Jaffa, was walking in the Old City when he happened to notice a woman who was dressed in Arab attire but whose facial features struck him as Jewish. Dery asked her to tell him about herself, and thanks to his efforts she returned to her Jewish roots and was recognized as a new immigrant.(rh)
US warns Israel to stop ‘dangerous, detrimental’ chatter on Natanz attack
TOI STAFF and AGENCIES - Times of Israel - Washington has conveyed to Israel in no uncertain terms that the “chatter” about its alleged involvement in the blast at the Natanz nuclear facility early this week must stop, warning that it is dangerous and detrimental as well as embarrassing to the Biden administration as it attempts to negotiate a return to the nuclear deal with Tehran, Channel 12 news reported Friday. The unsourced report said the message was conveyed to Jerusalem through several channels in recent days. (rh)
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