|Features & translations
|Back home on the Gaza Border - and the terrible war still goes on
|Is there still a chance to break the cycle of revenge and bloodshed?
Adam Keller - A true Israeli anti-war movement has now emerged from the darkness of persecution. After some hesitation by the judges, the Supreme Court in Jerusalem did come down on the side of basic civil rights and militant anti-war demonstrations are now a possibility – thought still harassed by police and far smaller than in earlier wars, such as the invasion of Lebanon in 1982. As I write (second half of January),two heartening anti-war demonstrations have taken place, one in Tel Aviv and the other in Haifa, both drawing thousands of participants. Most touching is that in both, the speakers included people who personally suffered the Hamas attacks on October 7, and saw their dear ones being killed. No one could have blamed such people for being bitter and seeking revenge. But to the contrary,they made very heartwarming and touching speeches, explicitly rejecting revenge and strongly reiterating themes of peace and reconciliation. In two places – Cinematheque Square in Tel Aviv and Paris Square in Haifa – such inspiring and heartening speeches were made, like a cool and refreshing blow of wind after the furnace of blind hatred in which we lived over the past months. Dare we hope that this is a new beginning? Time will tell
|Israelis Against Apartheid Statement Following ICJ Hearing
Israelis Against Apartheid - On this historic day of the International Court of Justice hearing of South Africa v. Israel, Israelis Against Apartheid would like to express our gratitude and support for South Africa’s appeal to stop the genocide in Gaza.
In recent months we have witnessed and alerted about the genocidal intent and genocidal actions of our government. We have in the past, and recently, called for international intervention in defense of the Palestinian population and are hopeful this is a first step to achieve that.
|310 Israelis support South Africa`s lawsuit against Israel
310 Israeli citizens (as of Sunday evening) signed a petition addressed to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, expressing their support for the lawsuit filed by South Africa against the State of Israel.
|Fears of a Gaza Quagmire: Is Israel in Another Long War of Attrition?
Yossi Melman - Ha`aretz - As the war in the Gaza Strip drags on, concern is rising among the public and the military (especially amongst reservists) that the campaign, which has continued for 69 days, could see stagnation and become a war of attrition. Israel has some experience with this. There are, in fact, three events in its history that have been labeled wars or campaigns of attrition.
|International human rights monitor arrested during destruction of Palestinian home.
International human rights monitor arrested during destruction of Palestinian home.
Today, on November 22nd, 2023 early in the morning, Israeli occupation forces bulldozed a family home in Sha’ab Al-Butum in the Yatta region of the occupied West Bank which has seen soaring levels of extremist settler and IOF violence against Palestinians and human rights defenders.
As international human rights monitors were present to document the destruction of the residence, which, according to OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is one of 916 structures demolished in 2023 up to Nov 21 with 1,555 people displaced, occupation authorities arrested a peaceful Belgian/British foreign national and currently have her detained in a central police station.
The volunteer, who was standing peacefully at the site of the demolition, is being held on outrageous allegations of “terrorism conspiracy” and “aggression against a soldier”.
Since October 7th, human rights defenders monitoring this campaign of escalating violence and terror against occupied Palestinians in the West Bank have been groped, verbally assaulted, held at gunpoint, had their phones smashed and confiscated, and the passwords to their devices demanded by occupation forces along with their proxies, the extremist ideological settlers working to ethnically cleanse the area in the South Hebron Hills.
Documenting the atrocities occurring in the occupied West Bank has included reporting on the ethnic cleansing of 15 Palestinian villages in Masafer Yatta in the South Hebron Hills. The Palestinian families in these villages are enduring violent raids, the smashing of their vehicles, the destruction of their farming equipment, the slashing of their water tanks, invasion of their homes and threats that if they do not abandon their homes and villages to the settlers,they would all be murdered within 24 hours.
|Two tiny Palestinian villages, supported by activists, hold on against brutal murderous settlers
ISM - The village of Wadi Tiran was given a 24 hour warning, “leave or we kill everyone”.
Wadi Tiran is a small herding community in the South Hebron Hills, occupied West Bank. On the night of 11 Novemeber, seven settlers from the illegal settler outpost of Havat Yehuda, located just above the village, arrived in Wadi Tiran, telling villages: “You have 24 hours to leave, or we will kill everyone”.
This has become the standard threat issued to herding communities across the Occupied West Bank. Fifteen of these communities have already been wiped off the map, their inhabitants succumbing to the violence and threats and fleeing in fear for the lives of their families and children.
Near Wadi Tiran there used to be the larger village of Zanuta, whose 150 residents fled their homes on 31 November under similar, persistent and violent Israeli settler threats and attacks. Though smaller, the Wadi Tiran villagers are more persistent, determined to stay on their land despite the dire threat.
|Three weeks into the Gaza War - a somber and sober assessment, with some historical perspectives
Adam Keller - what to do in the face of this terrible situation, the like of which we have never known?
First of all, not to give up. Continue to struggle, continue to raise our voice, even in difficult conditions of isolation. Even when anyone who utters a critical voice - even to simply condemn all killing of children, whatever their ethnicity - may be denounced as "a terrorist supporter" and become a target for the harassment of the authorities and the violence of the thugs of the extreme right.
Second, to hope (and pray, those who believe that Someone is hearing prayers...) that the credit that President Biden and the European leaders give to Israel is not unlimited, and that they will at least prevent atrocities and horrors from becoming a full-fledged Genocide.
To struggle, to hope, to pray, and to guard the embers of peace and coexistence between the two peoples in this land. And more elementary than peace - try to nurture decency and simple humanity and let them survive the tide of hatred and bloodshed.
|Israelis, Palestinians, Gaza, Hamas - trying to preserve sanity
On October 6, 1973, the Egyptian army crossed the Suez Canal. This was a strategic surprise, Israeli intelligence did not foresee it and the IDF was not prepared for it. This was the beginning of a difficult and bitter war.
Fifty years and one day later, on October 7, 2023, Hamas crossed the border of the Gaza Strip. And once again it was a strategic surprise, which Israeli intelligence did not foresee and the IDF was not prepared for. And apparently this is again the beginning of a hard and bitter war.
The similarity between the two situations - fifty years ago and now - is not reduced to the strategic surprise that the State of Israel received. There is a great similarity between the background in the years preceding the 1973 war and the background in the last years preceding today`s outbreak.Is history repeating itself?
|Netanyahu`s US visit: Israel`s `Cold Civil War` spreads to the streets of New York
The Israeli Anti-Occupation Bloc in NYC is organizing a rally outside Netanyahu’s hotel. Next week, Bibi will arrive in NYC for the UN General Assembly, hoping to get the support he`s used to from world leaders and the Biden Administration.
This cannot be a pleasant visit for Bibi. He and his extremist government are allowing and promoting settler violence, expanding the occupation daily, and continuing the settler-led judicial overhaul.
Join us in demanding:
👉 Stop settler violence
👉 End the occupation
👉 Democracy for all, from the river to the sea
📢 Bring signs and come with energy!
📢 Spread the word and invite your peers!
📢 Join us!
*Tuesday, 09/19, 5 pm*
Loews Regency Hotel, 540 Park Ave, NY NY
|For previous articles since 2004 go to respective sections
|Palestine Chronicle:Report: One Million Palestinians Detained by Israel since 1967 Naksa
|Susan Block:Shemah Yisrael
Bibi and Gantz! End this unnecessary and pointless war!
|Unsettled :PODCAST: Will this Palestinian matriarch get to keep her Jerusalem home?
|The Times of Israel:Settlers filmed pelting Palestinian man with stones in West Bank
|B`Tselem & Kerem Navot:This Is Ours – And This, Too : Israel’s Settlement Policy in the West Bank
|Raja Shehadeh:Issa Amro`s plight highlights Israel`s intolerance of even nonviolent protest
|Mohammed El-Kurd:Why are Palestinians being forced to prove their humanity?