|Features & translations|
|Today in Palestine|
Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries of current events in the oPt. dn
|The US, Palestine and the pursuit of justice|
Daoud Kuttab--US court ruling against PLO and Palestinian Authority maybe the best thing that has happened to Palestinians in years. dn
|Amid political tensions, Israel reportedly lobbies US for military funds |
Ynet--Israeli officials said lobbying congress for over $300m for missile defense programs, as Obama, Netanyahu tensions reach record high ahead of PM`s controversial visit, Jewish Democrats find themselves in political bind. dn
|Netanyahu’s address to Congress will be most important speech of his life|
William Booth--On Tuesday morning, Netanyahu will confront an American president and insist that the future of the State of Israel, and the world, is imperiled by a pending “bad deal” with Iran on its nuclear program.
Also hanging in the balance is Netanyahu’s own political future. Just two weeks after the speech, Netanyahu will either be reelected to a historic fourth term as prime minister or be out of a job. dn
|In the West Bank, the Kids Aren’t All Right|
Beth Maschinot--But lawn-mowing is not an option in the West Bank, in part because the Palestinian Authority has nominal control over some areas, but also because the presence of more than 350,000 Israeli settlers rules out a full-scale military siege. Instead, the reigning strategy appears to be mass intimidation and collective punishment of the Palestinian population, most visibly when Israel can offer a rationale. For example, in June 2014, Israel announced the official goals of Operation Brother’s Keeper: To find three kidnapped teenage settlers and then root out the parties responsible. That month, Israeli forces launched a wide sweep of the West Bank, arresting 400 Palestinians and raiding more than 1,000 homes, according to a report from the British Foreign and Commonwealth. At least six Palestinians (including two children) were killed. dn
|Israel is tearing Jewish communities apart|
Ilan Baron--When it comes to Israel, Diaspora Jews have to tread a difficult path. On the one hand, we are largely expected to support the world’s only Jewish state. Having our own state is something to be proud of, and it provides our people with an important voice in international affairs. On the other hand, Diaspora Jews find themselves wanting to speak up when Israel acts in ways they find morally questionable.
It used to be that Diaspora Jews were expected to support Israel. There were the occasional critical voices that emphasized the cultural and ethical values of living in the Diaspora as opposed to having control over the apparatuses of violence and oppression that comes with nation-statehood, and there have always been Jewish critics of Zionism. Yet, in the last 20 to 30 years, something more dramatic has taken place that has built on a combination of historical debate and more recent Israeli policy.dn
|British Jews ever so carefully begin to criticize the occupation|
Daniella Peled--Earlier this month, Laurence Brass, treasurer of the Board of Deputies, Anglo-Jewry’s main umbrella organization, said he would stand down from its executive and not seek reelection.
“I felt constrained not to have been able to speak out on subjects that are close to my heart, such as the treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied territories and the discrimination still being suffered by Arab citizens of Israel,” he told a plenary. His speech was reportedly followed by a standing ovation. dn
|Guarding Denmark’s Jewish Heritage|
BO LIDEGAARDFEB--COPENHAGEN — The attack on Copenhagen’s synagogue earlier this month that left a volunteer Jewish watchman dead is a tragedy for a society that, for more than two centuries, has insisted that there is no tension between being Jewish and being Danish. It was precisely this sense of national solidarity across religious lines that helped save Denmark’s Jews from the Nazis during World War II.
And that’s why it rubbed many Danes the wrong way when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited Danish Jews to “come home” to Israel after the attack. dn
|Iran`s Zarif criticizes Netanyahu`s `scaremongering`|
News Agencies--Iranian FM claims Netanyahu employing `falsificiation, propoganda` in attempt to prevent peace, says PM is using planned US speech to `cover up realities in our region`. dn
|Ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan to headline anti-Netanyahu rally|
Jonathan Lis and Haaretz--Former Mossad head Meir Dagan will be the keynote speaker at a rally demanding regime change which is planned for Tel Aviv`s Rabin Square on March 7.
Sponsored by the Million Hands grassroots campaign and other social movements, the rally will take place under the banner "Israel wants change." dn
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Red Rag column: Holocaust-denial, settler style
|Video by Oren Ziv:Meet the Israeli lawyer fighting the occupation in court|
|Mazal Mualem :Why scandals are good for Netanyahu|
|Today in Palestine:Today in Palestine for February 20, 2015|
|Phillip Weiss:Settlers’ video accuses B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Peace Now and New Israel Fund of collaborating with Nazi anti-Semites |
Talking to Isis Could Lead to Peace
| Orly Noy:No parity between Zoabi`s democracy and Kahane`s racism|