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Force And More Force – Then What?Odeh Bisharat - Information Clearing House - Is there no other doctrine than the doctrine of force that’s being used by the government here? What about the doctrine of common interest, for example? Or the doctrine of negotiation, rather than confrontation? After the October 1973 war, a department was set up in Military Intelligence called Ipkha Mistabra (Aramaic for “on the contrary”), whose job was to put forward and explore ideas and directions that contradicted widely held assumptions.-rh18/4/2018
Israeli Officials Commend Soldier Cheering after Sniping Palestinian Boy (VIDEO)IMEMCnews - Several Israeli ministers and Knesset Members praised an Israeli sniper who cheered after shooting an unarmed Palestinian boy near Gaza’s borders. (See video below.) Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the soldier “deserves an appreciation certificate” for doing his job properly.-rh18/4/2018
Trailblazing Israeli-Druze photo artist fights against tradition Danny Zaken - Al-Monitor - Virtually all of Ziyan’s photographs focus on her experiences as a woman in a conservative Druze society. But Ziyan is not an “ordinary” Druze woman. She is trying to instigate change, particularly in the attitude of Druze society toward art in general and photography in particular. In its broadest sense, the change constantly hovering in the background involves the status of Druze women and their ability to use their passions and skills in order to express themselves.-rh 18/4/2018
Gaza: Palestinians Continue "Great March of Return" Protests for Third Straight WeekAmy Goodman - Truthout - Palestinians gathered at the Israeli-Gaza border for a third Friday in a row as part of the ongoing "Great March of Return" protests. Paramedics say at least 30 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers during Friday`s protest. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 34 Palestinians since the wave of protests against Israel`s occupation began on March 30. We get response from Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing at US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She is also a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She calls for the US to end its military support for Israel, and argues that Palestinian rights cannot be separated from US actions in the region.-rh18/4/2018
Yitzhar settlers assault residents of Palestinian village of ‘Urif; soldiers stand by, later fatally shoot a resident and injure a 14-year-old boyB`TSELEM - At about 5:30 P.M. on 10 March 2018, a group of some twenty to thirty settlers walked over from the settlement of Yitzhar to the Palestinian village of ‘Urif, which lies close to Nablus. They came to the easternmost of the village lands, which are located about one kilometer away from the settlement. Some of the settlers were masked, some carried wood or and metal clubs, and at least two carried guns. Three armed Israeli soldiers escorted the settlers.-rh18/4/2018
The Search for the Truth in DoumaRobert Fisk - Counterpunch - How could it be that Douma refugees who had reached camps in Turkey were already describing a gas attack which no-one in Douma today seemed to recall? It did occur to me, once I was walking for more than a mile through these wretched prisoner-groined tunnels, that the citizens of Douma lived so isolated from each other for so long that “news” in our sense of the word simply had no meaning to them. -rh18/4/2018
Palestinians are killed not because Israeli soldiers disobey orders but because they follow themBen White - MIDDLE EAST EYE - More than half a century into a military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israeli authorities are constantly looking for ways to justify policies of discrimination, exclusion and brutality, including through reinterpretations, even if not revisions, to international law. If you do something for long enough, the world will accept it," a former head of the international law division in the Israeli Military Advocate General`s Office once candidly put it. "The whole of international law is now based on the notion that an act that is forbidden today becomes permissible if executed by enough countries…International law progresses through violations.".-rh18/4/2018
Hebrew University Recruits Future Shin Bet Torturers and AssassinsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - There are myriad ways in which Israeli academic institutions promote the Occupation and the national security state. From embedding the IDF in technical high schools from which the army recruits its future cyberwar hackers, to hosting glorified job fairs at which the intelligence agencies recruit their future assassins and torturers.-rh11/4/2018
Israel and Annexation by LawfareMichael Sfard - The New York Review of Books - I always thought that if Israel were to unilaterally annex the occupied Palestinian territories, it would come under an international spotlight, with denunciations and protests around the world. I was wrong. Annexation is underway, but out of the spotlight, away from international attention. In the dismal offices of the fortified Justice Ministry in East Jerusalem, in the cramped meeting rooms of the Knesset, and in the august chambers of the Supreme Court, Israel’s finest lawyers are working around the clock to shape the biggest paradigm shift since the West Bank was conquered in 1967.-rh11/4/2018
Settler winery, on stolen land, declared best Israeli winery of 2018 ýDror Etkes - Kerem Navot þ - Psagot was declared by "World Finance" to be the best Israeli winery of 2018. We surely don`t regard ourselves as experts on the wine industry, but we do know a bit about the status of the land on which the grapes are grown for the Psagot winery. Psagot Winery`s business plan is based on serial property delinquency and systematic violence against Palestinian landowners. The Psagot Winery website details where the vineyards from which the grapes come are located. No less than four of their vineyards (Psagot, Elon Moreh, Kida - east of Shilo - and Har Bracha) are located in and around West Bank settlements populated by hard core religious extremists, who play a leading role in the trend of agricultural takeovers. At least 57% of the grapes were planted on privately-owned Palestinian land - an act of outright theft and robbery committed with the tacit connivance of the military authorities. [ak]10/4/2018
Palestine in Pictures: March 2018APA images - EI - "Twenty-two Palestinians were fatally wounded by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the month of March. Eighteen Palestinians were fatally injured on 30 March, which saw the greatest number of Palestinian fatalities at the hands of occupation forces in a single day since Israel’s massive assault on the Gaza Strip in summer 2014" [ry]9/4/2018
Minors in Jeopardy: Violation of the Rights of Palestinian Minors by Israel’s Military CourtsB’Tselem - "Every year, hundreds of Palestinian minors undergo the same scenario. Israeli security forces pick them up on the street or at home in the middle of the night, then handcuff and blindfold them and transport them to interrogation, often subjecting them to violence en route" [ry]2/4/2018
Statement on the sentencing of Ahed Tamimi Press release - GOV.UK - Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt MP said: **“The conviction and sentencing of Ahed Tamimi is emblematic of how the unresolved conflict is blighting the lives of a new generation, who should be growing up together in peace, but continue to be divided. **“The treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention remains a human rights priority for the UK. We will continue to call upon Israel to improve its practices in line with international law and obligations. **“We have offered to help the Israeli authorities through expert-to-expert talks with UK officials. The offer still stands and we hope Israel will take us up on it. While we recognise that Israel has made some improvements, it needs to do much more to safeguard vulnerable people in its care.” [bz]27/3/2018
UN rights expert decries desperate state of right to health in Occupied Palestinian TerritoryUN Human Rights - "Israel has failed to uphold its obligations under international law to ensure the health and welfare of the Palestinian population under its control, said an independent expert mandated by the United Nations to monitor human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, stated in a report delivered to the Human Rights Council in Geneva that the healthcare system for Palestinians living in Gaza was on the edge of collapse." ca 24/3/2018
UN Human Rights Council Adopts Four Pro-Palestinian ResolutionsIMEMC News & Agencies - "The majority of the member countries voted in favor of the following four resolutions: 1.Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, are illegal. 2.The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. 3.The situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem. 4.Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the OPT, including East Jerusalem. According to WAFA, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Malki praised the vote and thanked the countries that voted in favor of the four resolutions. He called on the countries of the world to take not only statements but tangible steps, in order to protect the people of Palestine and achieve the two-state solution." ca 24/3/2018
Apartheid IsraelJonathan Cook - AMEU - More than a decade ago, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter incurred the wrath of Israel’s partisans in America by suggesting that Israeli rule over Palestinians in the occupied territories was comparable to apartheid. While his bestseller book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” broke a taboo, in many ways it added to the confusion surrounding discussions of Israel. Since then, others, including John Kerry, when U.S. secretary of state, and former Israeli prime ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak, have warned that Israeli rule in the occupied territories is in danger of metamorphosing into “apartheid” – though the moment of transformation, in their eyes, never quite seems to arrive.-rh 21/3/2018
Americans have a constitutional right to boycott IsraelJosh Ruebner - Aljazeera - It should be a no-brainer that Americans can boycott whomever or whatever they choose without risking governmental punishment. After all, the Supreme Court ruled that states have no "right to prohibit peaceful political activity" such as a boycott, which is an "expression on public issues" that "has always rested on the highest rung of the hierarchy of First Amendment values". Indeed, the recent blossoming of the #BoycottNRA movement provides renewed proof of the centrality of boycott movements in effecting social change in the United States.-rh21/3/2018
Detainees minister warns of deteriorating health of veteran prisonersWAFA - Minister of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, warned on Saturday about the deteriorating health and physiological being of veteran Palestinian political detainees who spent more than 20 years in Israeli jails. Speaking during an event for the prisoners’ families in Ramallah city in the West Bank, Qaraqe said most of these prisoners have been suffering various diseases as a result of their prolonged detention and the absence of any prospects for their release.-rh21/3/2018
World Bank: Gaza economy cannot survive without being connected to outside worldWAFA - Gaza has seen conditions steadily deteriorate over the last two decades, leading to collapsing of the economy and basic social services, the World Bank said in a report published on Thursday. While additional cash inflows are urgently needed to bring relief to the difficult living conditions, a lasting recovery depends on a concerted strategy to revive the Gaza economy through access to external markets and expansion of commercial activities.-rh21/3/2018
Al Jazeera Did a Hard-hitting Investigation into US and Israeli Lobbying – So Why Won`t They Air It?Robert Fisk - Information Clearing House - I’m talking about a documentary called The Lobby, directed by one of Al Jazeera’s top journalists, Clayton Swisher, the man whose exclusive (and book) on the “Palestine Papers” blew open the secret and scandalous American- led negotiations between Israelis and the Palestinian authority between 2000 and 2010. But after months of postponement, The Lobby, which secretly filmed pro-Israeli US activists and Israeli government officials and was completed last autumn, is still no nearer to being shown – and Swisher himself has taken a paid leave of absence. He even chose to explain his frustration in an article for the progressive American Jewish magazine Forward, which has always maintained a liberal and often very critical view of Israel.-rh21/3/2018
Three minutes over Syria: How Israel destroyed Assad’s nuclear reactorYOSSI MELMAN and DAN RAVIV - The Times of Israel - After more than a decade of stubborn silence, Israel has finally acknowledged that its Air Force destroyed the Syrian nuclear reactor, on the night between September 5 and 6, 2007. Built by North Korea, the reactor was designed to produce plutonium as fissile material for nuclear bombs. This is the inside story of the attack itself, and the intelligence gathering process — successes and failures — that facilitated it, as disclosed by the central players themselves.-rh21/3/2018
Commentary: At 31, my first glimpse of life outside GazaAbier Almasri - Reuters - I was born and grew up in Gaza. My father was a soccer coach for many years and his stories about his travels to other countries always made me want to travel too. But Israel imposed a land, air and sea blockade on Gaza in 2007 and has kept Gaza mostly closed ever since. So I never made it out until now, at age 31, I was allowed to leave – for just a little while.-rh 21/3/2018
Blessed are the MapmakersKen Shulman - The New Yorker "The partners at SAYA told me that they weren’t selling structures; their product is an invitation for policy planners to think more like architects, and architects to think a little more like policy planners. There are probably more roadblocks than road before them— reciprocal fear, hatred, atrophy at home, and, in some other countries, a stigma and doubts about Israel and Israelis (and Israeli urban planners), even those who are committed to peace. Still, they want to push forward. “We have a professional responsibility here,” says Bar-Sinai. “An obligation to devote our skills to resolving these problems. We can’t close our eyes on them because they’re difficult.” Or, maybe, because she knows that while peacemakers are blessed, they might be doubly blessed if just a few more of them were mapmakers." ca16/3/2018
The topsy-turvy world of Jewish-Arab relationsAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Although the index points to a serious deterioration in relations between Jews and Arabs over the past two years, Smooha does not believe Israeli Arabs have burned their bridges to the Jewish state. He notes that the findings essentially continue to show a strong link on their part to a Jewish and democratic Israel.-rh 14/3/2018
Will Israeli Policies Change If Netanyahu Leaves Office?Ramzy Baroud - Countercurrents - Israeli politics can be complicated, as often displayed in their intricate government coalitions. However, when it comes to Israel’s military Occupation of Palestine, leading Israeli politicians are, more or less, the same. Regardless of Netanyahu’s political future, Israeli policies towards Palestinians will remain unchanged, leaving Palestinians with the urgent responsibility of developing their own unified political strategy to counter the Israeli Occupation, human rights violations and illegal Jewish settlements.-rh14/3/2018
Our Jerusalem — A Reality CheckMenachem Klein - Palestine-Israel Journal - The concept of “Our Jerusalem” underwent a revolutionary change at the end of the 19th century. Until then, conquerors came from outside, one after another, fought over the right to control the city and struggled to determine that it belonged to them. New historical research shows that at the end of the 19th century, it was to the residents of the city and their children, who identified themselves as locals, that the city belonged. The rise of a local patriotic nationalism with Jerusalem at its center occurred before the arrival of Zionism and is connected to the modernization that affected the country. Contrary to the Zionist claim that the Zionist immigrants, together with the British, brought modernization to Jerusalem, the research shows that it was an organic local development which preceded them. The residents of Jerusalem, from all religions, had a place in this new identity.-rh14/3/2018
Administrative Detainees Continue Boycott Of Military CourtsIMEMC news - Approximately 450 Palestinian detainees, held by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, continued their boycott of Israeli military courts for the 28th consecutive day. The detainees declared their boycott of the Israeli military courts on February 15th and are demanding Israel to end the illegal policies of holding them indefinitely, without charges or trial.They are also calling on all legal and human rights groups to submit their cases, and the ongoing violations, to the International Criminal Court.-rh14/3/2018
Azaria seeks early release: `I shot a murderous terrorist, release me todayYoav Zitun - YNETnews - The Military Advocate General`s Office opposes cutting Azaria`s sentence by half, but its representatives said they will not oppose to cutting it by a third, which means he would be released on May 10.-rh14/3/2018
From an Israeli prison, Khalida Jarrar salutes feminists struggling for justice the world overYafa Jarrar - Mondoweiss - “Salute to all Palestinian women and women of the world. On this International Women’s Day, I affirm the importance of solidarity among women in their national and social struggles against colonization, discrimination, and social & economic exploitation. March 8th is an opportunity for us to unite in the fight for justice.”- Affidavit to Addameer Attorney at HaSharon Prison on 6 March 2018 with Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar.-rh 14/3/2018
Hundreds mark 13 years of protests against the wall in Bil’inOren Ziv - +972 - The village that managed to unite the world behind the spirit of nonviolent Palestinian protest marks more than a decade of not only tear gas, night raids and tragedy, but also co-resistance and victories in the struggle against settlements, the separation barrier and the occupation.-rh 14/3/2018
Who profits from keeping Gaza on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe?Shir Hever - +972 - As long as Gaza remains on the brink of collapse, international donors keep the flow of humanitarian aid money going. If the crisis were ended and the siege lifted, it is safe to assume that that the international donors would change the type of aid they provide and return to focus on the development of the Gazan economy (as they did from 1994—2000, until the outbreak of the Second Intifada). This type of aid would likely compete with certain branches of Israeli companies and therefore threaten the Israeli economy. Keeping Gaza on the verge of collapse keeps international humanitarian aid money flowing exactly to where it benefits Israeli interests.-rh7/3/2018
Newsletter - February 2018Military Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 December 2017 there were 5,976 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza) held as “security prisoners” in Israeli detention facilities including 352 children (12-17 years). In the case of children there was a 12 percent increase in the number compared with the previous month but an annual decrease of 17 percent compared with 2016. These figures include 2 children held in administrative detention. According to the IPS, 52 percent of child detainees were transferred and/or detained inside Israel in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention during the month.-rh7/3/2018
Israeli Army’s Lies Can No Longer Salvage Its ImageJONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - A half-century of occupation has not only corrupted generations of teenage Israeli soldiers who have been allowed to lord it over Palestinians. It has also needed an industry of lies and self-deceptions to make sure the consciences of Israelis are never clouded by a moment of doubt – that maybe their army is not so moral after all.-rh7/3/2018
Universities are demanding professors disavow BDS before being allowed to speak on campusNada Elia - Mondoweiss - So far, every case of anti-BDS legislation has been successfully challenged. But for now, we must make it crystal clear to our representatives that BDS should not be denounced, let alone criminalized. With the Israeli lobby pushing hard to pass the Israel Anti-Boycott law, now is the time to challenge this twenty- first century McCarthyisim, in the form of anti-BDS legislation, and the imposition of a political litmus test on campuses across the country. And now is the time to remind our legislators that the right to boycott is constitutionally protected, and that we must not prioritize a foreign nation seeking to defend its apartheid system, and legitimize its illegal settlements, over the legal rights of US citizens enacting their solidarity with an oppressed people.-rh7/3/2018
Israel Contemplates a Future Without NetanyahuRuth Margalit - The New Yorker - It is an irony of no small proportions that Netanyahu may, in time, be viewed as the instigator of his own undoing: by neutering political debate in Israel, he has made the focus personal, drawing attention to the murky underside of his governing. Assuming that he will still be at the top of his party’s ticket, the next Israeli election will be less an open race than a referendum on his rule. There is a common saying in Israel: elections are not won; they are lost. With no term limits for Prime Ministers, power is seen as the incumbent’s to lose. This is all the more true these days, with a Prime Minister who has at least four open investigations aimed at him.-rh7/3/2018
Ahed’s Generation: Why the Youth in Palestine Must Break Free from Dual OppressionRAMZY BAROUD - Counterpunch - While Palestinian officials continue to pay lip service to Ahed Tamimi and thousands of young Palestinians who continue to endure imprisonment and ill treatment by Israel, in truth, Ahed epitomizes the antithesis of everything that the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah stands for. She is strong, morally-driven and defiant; the PA is subservient, morally bankrupt and quisling. Palestinian youth already understand this, and it is mostly up to them to free themselves from the confines of military occupation and corruption.7/3/2018
An intimate portrait of Palestine: Ramzy Baroud’s ‘The Last Earth: A People’s Story of Palestine’Vacy Vlazna - Mondoweiss - With alchemical brilliance, he has, in the crucible of his art, purified hours of recorded interviews on love stories, generations of births, childhoods, disappearances, adversity, torment, deaths into the essence of Love and Truth and the magic is – we too are purified and illumined by a powerful knowing that can never be un-known.-rh7/3/2018
Hebron in My Heart. English subtitles - Film by Eran Torbiner and AIC 6/3/2018
CHECKPOINTSActivestills - Al Jazeera - Israel`s military checkpoints: `We live a life of injustice` [ry]5/3/2018
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