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Coronavirus: Palestinian workers face difficult choice between livelihood and isolationAkram Al-Waara - Middle East Eye - When the first case of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, was confirmed in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, an immediate sense of panic overwhelmed the small city. As schools, universities, and businesses began to shut down, thousands of the city’s residents retreated to their homes in anticipation of what would happen next. (rh) Bethlehem responds to coronavirus ‘the Palestinian way’ - with sweets and song.But as the city limits were shut off and nearby checkpoints with Israel started to close, a new sense of anxiety began to set in - this time, for the city’s thousands of labourers who work inside Israel. 24/3/2020
‘The situation is horrific’: Palestinians face coronavirus crisis at West Bank checkpointsAhmad Al-Bazz - Mondoweiss - On March 21, Israeli authorities announced a military closure of the West Bank and shut down all Green Line checkpoints used by West Bank Palestinians as a precaution against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Due to that Israeli decision, Palestinian workers in the West Bank had two choices: 1) stay in the West Bank, or 2) cross and sleep in their workplaces inside the Green Line until further notice. Many workers were surprised by the Israeli decision and are deciding to climb the wall and cross the fence illegally to reach their workplaces. (rh)24/3/2020
‘I am navigating the Titanic’ — Netanyahu’s coronavirus powergrabPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The Israeli political system is in chaos today. Netanyahu’s year-long caretaker government is trying to use the coronavirus pandemic to further stalemate the political process, evidently with the hope of forcing a fourth election in which Netanyahu will campaign as indispensable in the eyes of a worried public.(rh24/3/2020
Congress seeks to hold Israel accountable for demolishing Palestinian homesJosh Ruebner - Mondoweiss - A “Dear Colleague” letter was sent by more than 60 Democratic Representatives to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this week seeking to hold Israel accountable for its massive demolition of Palestinian homes last July in the Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood in East Jerusalem.(rh)24/3/2020
Israeli MP presents bills to annex Jordan Valley, impose death penalty on PalestiniansMEE staff - Middle East Eye - A right-wing Israeli parliamentarian submitted two bills to the Knesset on Wednesday seeking to permanently annex the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea and the Hebron desert in the occupied West Bank to Israel, as well as impose the death penalty on Palestinian political prisoners. Miki Zohar, the head of the Likud faction in the Knesset, said that the two bills he submitted would “embarrass” former army general Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party and Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beitenu. Gantz is currently speaking with Israeli parties to form a coalition government after receiving a thin majority last week from Israeli Knesset members. (rh)24/3/2020
Israeli Secret Police Remove Gag Order, Claim Palestinian Mother, Humanitarian Aid Worker is Terror FinancierRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - In my many years of reporting on and exposing the depredation of the Israeli Secret Police aka Shabak or Shin Bet, I’ve only rarely come across an arrest as ludicrous as the one they made last month. I reported yesterday that they arrested a Palestinian humanitarian aid worker, Aya Khatib. As of yesterday, she had appeared in court but no charges had been made publicly against her. Her job as a social welfare activist was to raise funds among Israeli Palestinians for the needy and homeless in Gaza. As such, she collected funds among Israeli Palestinians and used them on humanitarian projects in Israel and Gaza. (rh) 24/3/2020
Israel Joins Totalitarian States Using Coronavirus To Spy On CitizensBarbara Boland - The American Conservative - At 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Israel joined Iran and China in focusing the powerful intelligence gathering tools of the state on its own citizens—all in the name of containing the coronavirus outbreak. In the dead of the night, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized advanced digital surveillance and monitoring tools to be deployed on Israeli citizens, without court order, in an effort to track coronavirus carriers. Israel’s internal security service, the Shin Bet, will be allowed to use personal cell phone data and information such as which cell tower a device pings to, to retroactively track the movements of carriers of the “coronavirus in order to see with whom they interacted in the days and weeks before they were tested in order to place those people in quarantine,” reportsThe Times of Israel. This means that “any person in Israel could come under surveillance” of the Shin Bet, “an organization with no public transparency requirements” that reports directly to the Prime Minister.(rh)24/3/2020
Where did Israel’s Mossad get 100,000 coronavirus testing kits from?Asa Winstanley - Middle East Monitor - there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth by Western liberals on Thursday, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to tighten his grip on the state, sidelining calls for him to step down to make way for former general Benny Gantz. With Netanyahu’s approval, Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet, imposed “emergency” measures to track people’s movements via their mobile phone data. Such all-pervasive violations of privacy have long been used against the Palestinian population by Israel’s racism regime, with not a peep of objection from any Israelis apart from a minority of marginalised dissidents. Now, though, it seems that the “oppressive policies and practices developed and used in contexts of occupation, also end up being used by the occupying power against its own citizens,” to quote the Palestinian digital rights group 7amleh. Yuval Noah Harari, a relatively apolitical Israeli author, decided for once to tweet about the prime minister: “The first coronavirus dictatorship,” is how he described Netanyahu’s power play. (rh)24/3/2020
PHOTOS: Police arrest pro-democracy demonstrators outside KnessetOren Ziv - +972 - Police arrested four Israeli protesters in Jerusalem Thursday morning as hundreds demonstrated outside the Knesset against the far-reaching, anti-democratic measures adopted by the Netanyahu government this past week to fight the coronavirus outbreak. The demonstration consisted of an “assault on democracy” motorcade, which headed for Jerusalem to protest Benjamin Netanyahu’s order to shut down the courts and allow the mass surveillance of Israelis, as well as the suspension of Israel’s parliament by Knesset Chairman Yuli Edelstein. Some of the demonstrators, who set out from Tel Aviv waving black flags out of their cars, were stopped by police en route to Jerusalem and given fines. The police later allowed some of the protesters to continue onwards toward the city. (rh) 24/3/2020
Netanyahu’s habit of spying on his own citizens Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - The coronavirus is inflicting physical, mental and economic damage on people throughout the world on a scale unseen since the mid-20th century. In a bid to stem the pandemic, save lives and prevent the collapse of health systems, truly democratic governments are adopting drastic measures reminiscent of wartime states of emergency. In Israel, a caretaker government, whose members no longer have the confidence of a majority of voters, is damaging the most vital organs of democracy and human freedoms under the auspices of public anxiety. (rh) 24/3/2020
Fear, anxiety as besieged Gaza confirms first 2 coronavirus casesFarah Najjar & Maram Humaid - Aljazeera - Palestinian officials have announced the first two cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in the besieged Gaza Strip. Deputy Health Minister Youssef Abulreesh said late on Saturday the two Palestinian patients had returned from Pakistan via Gaza`s Rafah border with neighbouring Egypt on Thursday. (rh 24/3/2020
Settler violence: An unofficial state tool for taking over Palestinian land Suhair `Abdi - Data Department Director, B`Tselem - Blocking roads, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at cars and homes, raiding villages by night, torching houses and fields, uprooting trees, damaging property, physically assaulting and shooting: settler violence against Palestinians has long since become routine. This daily, severe violence is meant to drive Palestinians out of their land and make it clear who is in charge – fully backed by Israel’s official policy in the West Bank. I’ve worked in B’Tselem’s data coordination department since 2003 and run it since 2016. Over the years, we’ve documented and investigated thousands of attacks by settlers. Unfortunately, there are too many attacks to publish every single one and some of the cases we documented remain archived. To more fully convey the frequency and severity of these incidents, we decided to start a new blog on B’Tselem’s website, giving voice to the people exposed to these acts of violence. [ak]10/3/2020
Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian, Drag His Body with a Bulldozer in Gaza (VIDEO)Shehab Agency - Israeli occupation forces use a bulldozer to pull the body of Palestinian young man after killing him near the barbed fence in the south of Gaza (rh) 25/2/2020
Socialism no longer a dirty word in AmericaEdward Castleton - Le Monde diplomatique - During Wednesday night’s debate between Democratic candidates in Las Vegas, Bernie Sanders was asked about a poll that suggests two-thirds of voters would be ‘uncomfortable with a socialist candidate for president.’ The senator responded: ‘In many respects, we are a socialist society today. When Donald Trump gets 800 million dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury condominiums, that’s socialism for the rich. We have to subsidise Walmart’s workers on Medicaid and food stamps because the wealthiest family in America pays starvation wages. That’s socialism for the rich. I believe in Democratic socialism for working people.’(rh)25/2/2020
Ashrawi: Israel`s new settlement plans leave no room for doubt about Israel`s agenda for permanent occupationWafa - RAMALLAH, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (WAFA) - Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) slammed Israel’s new settlement plans as premeditated and clear steps that deal a final and decisive blow to the practicability of the two-state formula and leave no room for doubt about Israel`s agenda for permanent occupation. Since the announcement of the Trump-Netanyahu `plan`, the Israeli government has announced plans to construct nearly fifteen thousand new illegal settlement units and other buildings in Beit Safafa (Givat Hamatos), Jabal Abu Ghuneim (Har Homa), and the Qalandia airport area (Atarot), said Ashrawi in a statement. (rh)25/2/2020
Debate | Is Bernie Sanders good for the Jews?Ari Hoffman and Joel Swanson - Forward - We asked two Forward contributors, Joel Swanson and Ari Hoffman to debate the question Jews are debating at Shabbos meals across the nation: Is Bernie Sanders good for the Jews? (rh) 25/2/2020
I was meant to talk about Palestinian kids at the UN. Israel forced me out :: Belgium caved into Israeli pressure to disinvite me from the Security Council. In doing so, they helped undermine human rights work for Palestinian children.Brad Parker - +972 - The fact that Belgium was willing to invite a local Palestinian human rights organization like DCIP to brief the Council was commendable, as civil society space at the UN has been shrinking for years. While they urged me to be “balanced” in my statement (which I had shared with them for feedback), they understood that Palestinian children overwhelmingly and disproportionately bear the brunt of the kinds of violations they sought to highlight. (rh) 25/2/2020
Israel’s Dark Times Are Already With Us, Mr. PresidentIlana Hammerman - Haaretz - Open your eyes and see them, Mr. President – you, Reuven Rivlin, who said the publication of the list of businesses with ties to West Bank settlements was “reminiscent of dark periods in our history.” Those dark periods are here, right here, right now. They’re here in Jerusalem, your city and mine. Go to the Shoafat refugee camp and see the crowded ghetto that has arisen behind the barriers walling in Arab residents of Jerusalem. (rh)25/2/2020
Has J Street become US Jewry’s Democratic kingmaker on Israel? :Left-leaning group’s founder and president Jeremy Ben-Ami talks with The Times of Israel about its prominent role in the crowded 2020 Democratic primaryERIC CORTELLESSA - The Times of Israel - By Jeremy Ben-Ami’s own admission, J Street was widely viewed as radical 10 years ago. Now, the Mideast advocacy group is one of the American left’s most influential organizations — if not the most influential — when it comes to Israel. Case in point: Five of the Democrats running for president attended its annual conference last year, including former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who finished in the top two slots in the fraught and technologically challenged February 3 Iowa caucus and February 11 New Hampshire primary. (rh)25/2/2020
Profiting from loss: how business in illegal Israeli settlements continues uncheckedJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced that 112 major companies had been identified as operating in Israeli settlements in ways that violate human rights. Aside from major Israeli banks, transport services, cafes, supermarkets, and energy, building and telecoms firms, prominent international businesses include Airbnb,, Motorola, Trip Advisor, JCB, Expedia and General Mills. Human Rights Watch, a global watchdog, noted in response to the list’s publication that the settlements violate the Fourth Geneva Convention. It argued that the firms’ activities mean they have aided “in the commission of war crimes”. (rh)25/2/2020
Germany`s FailureMarkus Feldenkirchen - Spiegel International - The terror attack in Hanau is the most grisly proof yet that the German state has failed to do enough in the fight against the extremist right wing. It`s time to change that before it`s too late. (rh) 25/2/2020
US enters brutal ideological civil war as four-party system begins to take formSlavoj Zizek - Information Clearing House - The battle will be cruel, the campaign against Sanders will be much more brutal than the one against Corbyn in the UK. On the top of the usual card of anti- Semitism, there will be wide use of the race and gender cards – Sanders as on old white man… Just recall the brutality of Hillary Clinton`s latest attack on him. And all these cards will be played on grounds of a fear of Socialism. Critics of Sanders repeat again and again that Trump cannot be beaten from his (Sanders’) all-too-leftist platform, and the main thing is to get rid of Trump. To this we should just answer that the true message hidden in this argument is: if the choice is between Trump and Sanders, we prefer Trump… (rh)18/2/2020
Israeli settlers torch Palestinian school in latest `price tag` attack : Students and teachers rattled after finding classroom a charred mess on Tuesday morningShatha Hammad - Middle East Eye - Israeli settlers set fire to a classroom last night in the occupied West Bank village of Einabus, in the latest apparent "price tag" attack on Palestinian communities, students and teachers told Middle East Eye. Rateb Nassar, the deputy headmaster of the affected school, told MEE that Israeli settlers came from the nearby illegal settlement of Yitzhar, and threw burning materials inside one of the classrooms. The assailants also spray- painted racist and anti-Arab slogans on the walls, threatening to kill Palestinians and burn their properties, he added.(rh)18/2/2020
The IDF Spokesman Announces: Continue to Shoot Palestinian ChildrenGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - The spokespeople publish their bloodcurdling statements from a new office tower in Ramat Aviv near Tel Aviv, where the office recently moved. They refer to a 10- year-old boy as a “Palestinian minor” and remark that “the Palestinian claim is known” about a boy fighting for his life because soldiers shot him in the head. The dehumanization of Palestinians has reached the IDF spokespeople. Even children no longer rouse human sentiment such as sorrow or mercy, certainly not in the IDF. The IDF spokesman’s office does its job well. Its statements reflect the spirit of the time and place. There’s no room to express any regret for shooting children in the head, there’s no room for mercy, an apology, an investigation or punishment, and certainly not for any compensation. Shooting a Palestinian child is considered less severe than shooting a stray dog, for which there’s still a chance someone will do some investigating.(rh)18/2/2020
The Sacred Task of Preventing Palestinians From Reaching WorkAmira Hass - Haaretz - Since 2016 Israel has been revoking entry permits of people whose surnames are identical to those of Palestinian assailants. It’s called deterrence.(rh)18/2/2020
What the Trump peace plan doesn`t tell usGideon Biger,Gilead Sher - Ynet News - The plan as it stands will cause irreparable harm to Israel`s relations with both Jordan and Egypt. It will cause violence and terror – destroying the security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority and putting our friends and allies in opposition to Israel. A future agreement will not be based on this or any other proposed plan. It will be a political agreement between both sides. (rh)18/2/2020
Netanyahu corruption trial set to open on March 17, two weeks after electionTOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - The panel will consist of chairwoman Rivka Friedman-Feldman along with justices Moshe Bar-Am and Oded Shaham. All three have served on the Jerusalem District Court since 2012. Friedman-Feldman was previously involved in the trial of former prime minister Ehud Olmert when she was a member of a similar three-judge panel that in 2014 overturned his acquittal in a bribery case and sentenced him to eight months in prison. (rh)18/2/2020
Why are American Jews so afraid of one of their own?Joshua Leifer - +972 - There is nothing radical about Bernie Sanders’ views on Israel, yet the American Jewish establishment seems bent on portraying the Democratic frontrunner as an anti-Semite.(rh) 18/2/2020
Merkel’s Defense of Israel’s War Crimes Undermines ICC & Rule of LawIqbal Jassat - Palestine Chronicle - Shortly following her visit to South Africa, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government made a shocking announcement in defense of Israel’s horrendous record of serious human rights violations. Germany took the shameful form of undermining International Law by contesting the Hague’s jurisdiction, claiming that the International Criminal Court (ICC) lacks the authority to investigate Israel’s war crimes against Palestinians. (rh) 18/2/2020
Why does Blue-White run away from Palestinians in government? Israeli-Jewish xenophobiaYossi Gurvitz - Mondoweiss - Blue-White, the largest Jewish party in Israel, announced last week it renounces the idea of creating a stable government: It declared there is no scenario in which it will accept the Joint List, which represents Israeli Palestinians. Blue White’s leader, Benny Gantz, made it clear (Hebrew) that the Joint List won’t be part of his coalition. Spokespersons for Blue White said they will rely on Avigdor Liberman’s party (polling at seven or eight seats of 120) in order to create a government. The numbers, alas, do not add up. Even assuming, generously, that Blue White gets 35 seats; that Labour (which united with Meretz) gets eight seats (again, I’m being generous); and that Liberman will keep his eight seats, this only adds up to 51 (35 + 8 + 8). The magic number is 61. That’s ten seats short. So either Blue White believes it can crack the right-wing block, getting ten seats from those parties, and have already mail-ordered a flying pig. Or they’ll need the Joint List for support. (rh)18/2/2020
When will Europe propose genuine peace plan for Israel, Palestinians? Yossi Beilin - Al-Monitor - Josep Borell — the new high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, and until just a few months ago the Spanish foreign minister — began with a statement that left many surprised. As soon as the deal of the century was released he said, “Today’s initiative by the United States provides an occasion to re-launch the urgently needed efforts towards a negotiated and viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Nothing more and nothing less. But even after he studied the Trump plan and realized what it contained, and even after he promised that any “steps towards annexation, if implemented, could not pass unchallenged,” he reacted very diplomatically, saying Feb. 4 that the US initiative as presented "departs from the internationally agreed parameters," and that the EU would "continue to support all efforts aimed at reviving a political process in line with international law, which ensures equal rights and which is acceptable to both parties." (rh) 11/2/2020
Palestinians more united than everDr. Nabil Kukali - Palestinian Center for Public Opinion/Poll 202 - 74.3 % are satisfied with the response of President Mahmoud Abbas to the Deal. [ak]11/2/2020
Jared Kushner does not see the brutal occupation I helped carry out : As a former soldier, I enforced two separate legal systems for Israelis and Palestinians. The Trump plan wants to make this reality permanent.Yehuda Shaul - +972 - In an interview on CNN last week, Jared Kushner, one of the architects of President Donald Trump’s newly- released “Deal of the Century,” stated: “The reality is that Israel’s there [in the West Bank], and they’re not leaving… I’m not looking at the world as it existed in 1967. I’m looking at the world as it exists in 2020.” These remarks echoed Kushner’s repeated calls for Palestinians to abandon their history and accept today’s facts on the ground. Only this, he says, would make it possible for Palestinians to move forward to a prosperous future. I would urge Kushner to follow his own guidance and take a closer look at the “reality” he claims to see.(rh)11/2/2020
Palestinian teen shot in head by Israeli forces delayed en route to hospital : While residents rushed the bleeding teen to a hospital, an Israeli police officer stopped the car for 25 minutes.Oren Ziv and Ahmad Al-Bazz - +972 - Last Thursday, Israeli soldiers shot Muhammad Shtewi, 15, in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet while he was spending time with friends at a public spring near Kufr Qaddum, a Palestinian village in the West Bank. The teen is now hospitalized at the intensive care unit of the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem. Witnesses to the shooting, including people who accompanied Shtewi to the hospital, described a disturbing scene: not only did soldiers shoot Muhammad in the head while he was not engaged in any violent activity, but for 25 minutes, an Israeli police officer held up the car that was taking Shtewi to be treated. The teenager continued to bleed from the head, his arrival at the hospital delayed. (rh)11/2/2020
Crisis and Opportunity: The ‘Deal of the Century’ Challenge for PalestiniansRamzy Baroud - Arab Media Internet Network - Former Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, contended in an interview that the plan is not even American, but an Israeli one. “What you heard last night from Trump is what I heard from Netanyahu and his negotiating team in 2011-2012,” Erekat said. “I can assure you that the US team did not make a single word or comma in this program. I have the protocols and I am willing to reveal to you what we have been offered. This is the plan of Netanyahu and the settler council.” It was no surprise, then, to read the reaction of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who assigned Trump’s plan to the “dustbin of history”.(rh)11/2/2020
Is West Bank, Gaza unrest a prelude of things to come? Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Israel experienced two shootings and a car-ramming incident against its security forces on the West Bank and in Jerusalem on Feb. 6. With officials viewing the attacks as spontaneous reactions by Palestinians to the unveiling of President Donald Trump’s peace plan, the military began to take more seriously a recent gradual escalation on the Gaza border that had until now generated little attention in Israel. In fact, for the past two weeks, several explosive devices attached to balloons have been launched from Gaza into Israel, as have rockets and artillery shells. Israel treated the latest escalation with a certain equanimity, regarding it as no different from the daily routine that residents of Israel’s southern communities and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have had to contend with for years. Accordingly, the IDF’s response had been relatively minor. Air strikes on what the military described as “Hamas targets” were carried out with precision to avoid hitting armed militants or civilians in Gaza. The attacks were meant to avert further escalation at a time of unprecedented political chaos in Israel and the run-up to the March 2 elections. Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, who prior to his appointment in September had been a vocal proponent of harsh measures against Gaza, had been making do with tweets advocating the annexation of the West Bank, for which the Trump plan provides, as a sop to his right-wing voters. As for the IDF, he let it continue with its ineffective and non-deterrent responses of the past years. On Feb. 6, however, Bennett suddenly equated the attacks on soldiers in the West Bank and Jerusalem with the escalation in Gaza, suggesting that both stemmed from Trump`s “deal of the century” unveiled on Jan. 28. (rh) 11/2/2020
Settler leaders say Netanyahu still pushing for annexation before electionJACOB MAGID - The Times of Israel - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told settler leaders he is still seeking to annex parts of the West Bank before elections early next month, despite US opposition to the move, participants in the meeting said Thursday. The head of an umbrella group of settler mayors and council heads said the sides had a productive meeting, but they were unable to pin down the premier on a timeline. (rh) 11/2/2020
Backing Abbas, Arab League unanimously rejects Trump’s Middle East peace planAGENCIES and TOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - The Arab League on Saturday unanimously rejected US President Donald Trump’s controversial Middle East plan, calling it “unfair” to Palestinians. The pan-Arab bloc said in a statement that it “rejects the US-Israeli ‘deal of the century’ considering that it does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people.” (rh)11/2/2020
Why Putin needs to be part of Trump-Netanyahu peace plan Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Much has been said and written about the absence of “the bride” (why not "the groom"?) from the Jan. 28 White House launch ceremony of the “deal of the century” for Israeli- Palestinian peace. However, in addition to the absence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, all the sponsors of the peace process in the past decades — the states that gave the Israeli-Palestinian agreements international validation and funding — also stayed away from the “historic” event. The absence of Russian President Vladimir Putin — the most important foreign player in the Middle East arena — was particularly glaring. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told reporters several hours prior to the event that the United States had not consulted with Russia on the plan and had not even briefed it on its content. (rh) 11/2/2020
DECADES AFTER A PALESTINIAN AMERICAN ACTIVIST WAS ASSASSINATED IN CALIFORNIA, TWO SUSPECTS IN HIS KILLING ARE LIVING OPENLY IN ISRAELDavid Sheen - The Intercept - Ben-Yosef and Fuchs (who is known in Israel by his Hebrew name, Israel) were identified as suspects in the immediate aftermath of Odeh’s assassination, according to three retired law enforcement officers who worked on the case and were interviewed by The Intercept, as well as several news reports from the time. The law enforcement officers — local police, two of whom served on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force — spoke to The Intercept on the condition of anonymity, because the investigation remains open. “It’s an open case. We had lots of open murder cases and stuff. But this one was frustrating because we had named suspects,” a retired police officer who worked the Odeh case for more than a decade told The Intercept, naming Ben-Yosef as a suspect, along with two fellow followers of Kahane: Keith Israel Fuchs and Robert Manning. “We know who did it. We know where they lived. We know why they did it, how they did it.” (rh)11/2/2020
Bernie Sanders Has Built The Most Powerful Machine In Democratic Politics—And It May Be UnstoppableSam Stein - The Daily Beast - Dressed in a heavy winter coat and blue slacks, the senator stood in front of a campaign sign. His famous white hair seemed to blend in, ever so slightly, with the light beige painted brick walls that made up the back of the shopping center lot where this campaign office stood. There were no bells or whistles beyond that. Sanders was underneath a canopy so rusted that parts of it looked like they would soon fall. Behind his crowd was a tree line. Behind that tree line was the St. Patrick Cemetery. The event had all the feel of a labor rally—the union leader calling his members to action in the shadow of their workplace. “The fundamental problem in this country,” declared the senator, “is the power of the billionaire class.” And more than a few of those in attendance would later refer to the senator as a “man of the people.” (rh)11/2/2020
Palestine in Pictures: January 2020EI - "Three Palestinian teenagers from Gaza were shot and killed by Israeli forces in January, and two others died from injuries sustained during protests months earlier" [ry]10/2/2020
In first person: a body of testimoniesYesh Din - Settler violence impacts the daily routine of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory. In first person brings the testimonies of Palestinians in their own words as documented by Yesh Din since 2005, describing the violence and ongoing harm to their person, property and land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. Yesh Din collects testimonies close to the time of the incident, at the site of the incident or at the victim’s home. The testimonies are given in Arabic and translated by Yesh Din’s field researchers into Hebrew. Yesh Din volunteers, who accompany the field workers, document the testimonies in Hebrew. As a rule, testimonies are taken from individuals who were either present at the incident or harmed directly, and not from second-hand witnesses. (rh)4/2/2020
Yad Vashem apologizes for downplaying Soviet involvement in World War IIAmir Alon - Ynet - Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum issued an unusual apology on Monday for inaccuracies downplaying the Soviet Union`s part in the outbreak of World War II and crimes committed during the war at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum. "Unfortunately, there were some inaccuracies in the videos accompanying the event, especially in one video meant to succinctly present major key points leading to and during World War II and the Holocaust, which presented a partial picture of the historical facts and may have created an imbalanced impression," Wrote Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem Prof. Dan Michman ina a letter published in the daily Haaretz newspaper. (rh)4/2/2020
Israeli activist persecuted by far-right group marks one month in custodyOren Ziv - +972 - Israel has been holding Jonathan Pollak in custody since the beginning of January, after an extreme-right group filed a suit against him for protesting in the West Bank. (rh)4/2/2020
Qalandiya - West Bank doctors are not coordinated with the Civil Administration and the patients sufferTamar Fleishman - Machsomwatch - Lamar is an ill girl of 4, released not long ago from a West Bank hospital. Lamar and her mother Nadiya, and her grandmother whose name I do not know, came to the DCO at the checkpoint to receive their permits to continue on home to Gaza. But their designated transport, delivering patients and their accompaniers to Gaza, left already half an hour ago - since the hospital staff in the West Bank are not coordinated with the Israeli Civil Administration and not exactly subject to the army’s orders and perhaps do not know what the woman-soldier behind the armored window pane said: everyone knows they should be here by 3 p.m., repeating the phrase: there’s nothing to be done now. Come back tomorrow. Neither Lamar nor her mother Nadiya nor her grandmother whose name I don’t know knew what that soldier was so sure “everyone knows”. (rh)4/2/2020
Noam Chomsky: Sanders Threatens the Establishment by Inspiring Popular MovementsPolychroniou - Truthout - he impeachment trial of Donald Trump for power abuses is winding down, with his acquittal all but ensured when the Senate reconvenes on Wednesday to vote on the articles of impeachment. Yet, his real crimes continue to receive scant attention, and it is Sen. Bernie Sanders who is regarded by the political establishment as the most dangerous politician because of his commitment to a just and equitable social order and a sustainable future. Meanwhile, the conclusion of the Davos meeting in January demonstrated the global elites’ ongoing commitment to unimpeded planetary destruction. This is indeed the state of the contemporary U.S. political environment, as the great public intellectual Noam Chomsky points out in this exclusive interview for Truthout.(rh)4/2/2020
A sham peace deal designed to keep Bibi and Trump in powerZvi Schuldiner - Global Ilmanifesto - It was a sad and truly deplorable scene: the corrupt leader of the US superpower spewing out absurd and hyperbolic lies, while the corrupt leader of the mini- superpower of the Middle East gave him a one-man standing ovation. Trump has announced his “great peace plan,” obviously trying to deflect attention from his domestic political troubles. (rh)4/2/2020
Pan-Islamic Organisation of Islamic Cooperation rejects Trump’s peace planAFP and TOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - The pan-Islamic body, which represents more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, “rejects this US- Israeli plan as it does not meet the minimum aspirations and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and contradicts the terms of reference of the peace process,” it said in a statement.(rh) 4/2/2020
Thousands of Palestinian citizens protest Trump’s ‘transfer plan’Meron Rapoport and Oren Ziv - +972 - Over 2,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel demonstrated Saturday in the city of Baqa al-Gharbiyye against U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” which could see the population transfer of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from the “Triangle” region in central Israel to a future Palestinian state. The protest, organized by the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel and the Baqa al-Gharbiyye municipality, came days after the release of Trump’s plan, which included a clause that proposes redrawing Israel’s borders so that cities, towns, and villages in the Triangle — home to over 200,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel — would no longer be part of Israel. (rh)4/2/2020
It is time for a Palestinian springMarwan Bishara - Al Jazeera - There is a demand for a change of vision based on ethical not religious awakening, one that transcends fetishist archaeology and sacred sites to honour sacred human rights for all.It is time for David to face up to Goliath, for liberty to overcome occupation, for democracy to beat fanaticism, and for justice to defeat and uproot racism. Thirty years after apartheid was dismantled in South Africa, it is time it is done away with in Palestine as well. It is time for a Palestinian and Jewish spring. (rh) 4/2/2020
The Palestinians will demand Israeli citizenshipDan Perry - The Times of Israel - What is essential to Israel surviving is a separation from the Palestinians executed in a manner that minimizes security risks and allows the Palestinians enough independence, prosperity and dignity to calm them down. It might also enable all but the most extreme elements in the Arab world to accommodate themselves to Israel’s existence; this is real long-term security for Israel. The Trump proposal can achieve neither peace nor any such accommodation. It rather drags Israel closer to a future in which it is replaced by a binational entity that will initially not be democratic, ultimately not be Jewish, and never know a day of peace. (rh)4/2/2020
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