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The political orphans of Jerusalem revoltDaoud Kuttab - PNN - "Israel will soon realise that it will have a harder time dealing with the unorganised local leadership than it could have had if it dealt honestly and fairly with the Palestinian and Jordanian leaderships regarding Jerusalem." - id 31/10/2014
Israel/Palestine Conflict: Time now to change to a human rights approachEdith Garwood - The Daily Arab News - "“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” — Albert Einstein" - id 31/10/2014
A fiery devotee on the Temple MountNahum Barnea - Ynet - "We must put out this fire, not add fuel to it." - id 31/10/2014
Is a Netanyahu-Obama accident waiting to happen?Ben Caspit - Al Monitor - "A Jewish terrorist attack on the Temple Mount has always been the Shin Bet’s worst nightmare." - id31/10/2014
Israeli President’s Diagnosis — ‘Israel is a Sick Society’Philip Weiss - Information Clearing House - “The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low,” he said. “We have all witnessed the shocking sequence of incidents and violence taking place by both sides. The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or another, it permeates every area and doesn’t skip any arena. There is violence in soccer stadiums as well as in the academia. There is violence in the social media and in everyday discourse, in hospitals and in schools.”-rh 30/10/2014
Neglect, provocation feed East Jerusalem unrestShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - “NGOs like Lehava, El’ad and Ateret Cohanim buy houses in sensitive, even strategic, areas of the neighborhood. Even when the purchase is legal, members of these NGOs move into the houses with great fanfare and parades, irritating the Arab residents with provocations, that here they come to ‘Jewify’ Arab Silwan.-rh 30/10/2014
Red Rag weekly column: Haneen Zoabi, Azmi Bishara and Hani ZubidaGideon Spiro - The pilot, the airplane and the missile are all products of the scientific era, everything is digital and functions flawlessly. Gideon Spiro - One push of a button and the missile is released and liquidates ten children, or an entire family of 15 souls at one blow. And in attacks like that there are always corpses with parts torn off, a head or an arm or a leg, or an abdomen ripped open with all the internal organs splattered all about. Now try to imagine, Haneen, how hard that ISIS throat-cutter would have to work to get such a result.30/10/2014
Government must take responsibility for Jerusalem terrorShimon Shiffer - Ynet News - I would like to suggest that all those who are responding, from the prime minister to the very last minister, stop babbling. Take responsibility.-rh 29/10/2014
U.S. will continue to ostracize Ya`alon until he apologizesBarak Ravid - Haaretz "Ya’alon has managed to do the impossible and make quite a few people long for Ehud Barak’s years as defense minister. Barak had many faults, but he made a decisive contribution when it came to ties with the United States." ca29/10/2014
The Genius Of Israeli Evil: It Poses As ConcernAmira Hass - Information Clearing House - Our compassionate and generous army allows tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank to work their land for only three or four or five days per year in order to protect them from attacks by Israelis, colonizers, settlers – in short, Jews. For the rest of the year, the land is a mirage.-rh 29/10/2014
Netanyahu insists he is `under attack for defending Israel` after remarks from US official : Quotes from senior Obama administration figures damn Israeli prime minister as ‘chickenshit’ over stance on settlements and peace with PalestiniansPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - The remarks are particularly telling in having been made to Goldberg, a Washington insider who has interviewed both Obama and Netanyahu, and who warned US-Israeli relations were in a “full-blown crisis” that could only get worse after the midterm elections.-rh29/10/2014
Israel `assumes` Hezbollah is digging tunnelsAljazeera - An Israeli army general has said his country believes Hezbollah may have dug tunnels across the border from Lebanon in preparation for any future war, but added that there was no conclusive evidence.-rh 29/10/2014
Israeli restrictions on movement strangle Palestinian lifeDaoud Kuttab - Ma`an News Agency - But for many Palestinians living in the besieged homeland, the right to movement guaranteed in the University Declaration of Human Rights (Article 13) is just ink on paper.-rh29/10/2014
Fatah’s Revolutionary Council grapples with growing issuesAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - The last meeting of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council held in Ramallah on Oct. 18-19 and presided over by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas enjoyed exceptional importance, distinguishing it from previous meetings. This meeting discussed vital internal and external issues related to the relationship with Israel, the future of bilateral negotiations, the fate of reconciliation with Hamas and the consensus government, as well as the settlement of Fatah’s internal dispute with Mohammed Dahlan’s movement.-rh 29/10/2014
House Demolition in Umm al-Kheir October 27 2014Erella and Ehud - These last actions are part of an ongoing wave of house demolitions carried out by the Israeli Civil Administration and Army that seek to drive out the inhabitants of the western parts of Umm al Kheir that have been living there for more than sixty years. The main cause for these actions is the proximity of Um Al Kheir to Karmel, the Israeli settlement that was built some thirty years ago.-rh 29/10/2014
Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale
on the Economic Occupation of the West Bank
Robert Wade - London Review of Books - It almost seems as if the Israeli state has mapped the entire Palestinian economy in terms of input-output relations, right down to the capillary level of the individual, the household, the small firm, the large firm, the school, the university, so as to find all possible choke points, which Israeli officials can tighten or loosen at will. [bz]28/10/2014
Major Israeli construction company pulls out of settlement industryHaggai Matar - +972 - Lev Leviev, one of the most prominent tycoons in Israel, did not wake up one morning and understand, by chance, that the occupation is a terrible injustice. No. Leviev discovered that he could not continue building in the settlements while enjoying legitimacy in the international business world. This comes after years of protests, pressure on the British government to cut business ties with Leviev, and divestment from his company. [bz]28/10/2014
The Palestinians’ right and duty to resistGideon Levy--Faced with a reality in which Israel is strong and the United States is in its pocket, it is the duty of Palestinians to resist the occupation. The only question relates to the means.dn26/10/2014
Becoming post-Israeli: Why I immigrated to BerlinNa’aman Hirschfeld--Although like many Israelis of my generation I was experiencing financial difficulties, that was not my reason for leaving for Berlin. The reason was and is the feeling that there is no future in Israel.dn26/10/2014
Shaking the campus from the US to PalestineKristian Davis Bailey--Last week, I was one of four members of National Students for Justice in Palestine on the ground in Ferguson. We participated in Ferguson October as members of the Palestine Contingent for four days of resistance to police brutality. Local organizers in the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) specifically made a call for Palestinians and solidarity activists to join the weekend, as a result of years of local cooperation between OBS and the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, in addition to the more recent support people in Palestine gave to demonstrators in Ferguson as they faced tear gas, rubber bullets and a militarized occupation.dn26/10/2014
Groundbreaking Israeli Documentary Intifada-Palestine--SYNOPSIS | Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israelis` collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. dn 25/10/2014
Jerusalem is a time-bomb, and Israel can`t hear the tickingAlex Fishman - Ynet - When a carpet catches fire on the Temple Mount and we wake from our hibernation, we`ll find that the regime in Jordan is wobbling, and that the PA no longer exists, that we`ve erased it; but it`ll be too late by then. Perhaps then, when we look to the east and see radical Islam on our doorstep, we`ll realize how stupid and arrogant we were and still are. [This warning comes from a mainstream military commentator-bz]25/10/2014
Eyeing the dividendsDina Ezzat - Al-Ahram "Egyptian diplomats are confident the Gaza Reconstruction Conference, held on Sunday, has confirmed Egypt’s re-emergence as a key regional power.The conference, which was opened by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, attracted 50 delegations, including the foreign ministers of the US, Qatar and Turkey, three states whose take on political developments in Egypt over the past two years can hardly be described as supportive. The high profile turnout, say senior state officials, has ended any debate about the legitimacy of Egypt’s new regime “once and for all”." ca 24/10/2014
`Klinghoffer`: New York’s Jewish right goes to the operaLarry Derfner - +972 "Until Monday night, when the “The Death of Klinghoffer” opened at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, people knew it was being attacked by many Jews for supposedly being anti-Semitic and for defending terrorists, and they didn’t know if the accusations were true or false. But now that the opera has opened, and it’s been widely reviewed, and audience members have been interviewed, it’s becoming clear to the mainstream public that pays attention to such issues – and this controversy has attracted a lot of attention – that these claims are total bullshit." ca24/10/2014
For the Israeli media, Gazan lives are little more than expendable Haggai Matar - +972 "the Yedioth Ahronoth daily did not even report on the deaths of the family. Not a single word has been written about the bombing since. Even media outlets that initially reported on the deaths of the family members did not come back and demand answers from the army.And really, why should they demand them? It’s just another incident, after all. Another family. One of more than 70 families who were bombed in a similar fashion, some of them much larger." ca 24/10/2014
Jerusalem is divided, and Netanyahu remains out of touchBarak Ravid - Haaretz "The prime minister sees the incidents happening in Jerusalem purely as a security problem – disturbances of the peace that must be suppressed, terrorist attacks that must be thwarted. His solutions begin and end with using force – more policemen, more Border Police units, more involvement by the Shin Bet security service, more arrests. But all these are liable to lead only to an even more serious escalation, and cause the violence to spread to the West Bank to boot." ca24/10/2014
Human Rights Defender Abdallah Abu Rahma receives guilty verdict from military courtInternational Solidarity Movement - Press Release - “Demonstrating against the occupation cannot be a criminal offence. Finding Abdallah guilty only shows that the [Israeli] military force is a tool to perpetuate the occupation.” Stated Gabi Lasky, lawyer of Abdallah Abu Rahma, to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).-rh 23/10/2014
Donor pledges not enough to rehabilitate GazaOmar Shaban - Al-Monitor - The Palestinian Authority needs at least $15 billion to properly restore Gaza’s economy, while donors have only pledged $5.4 billion for interim reconstruction.-rh 23/10/2014
Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killersAllison Deger - Mondoweiss -Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances.-rh23/10/2014
The Cold Realities of US Policy in Israel-PalestineMitchell Plitnick - MERIP - One should not, however, exaggerate the weight of the “Israel lobby” in the making of US Middle East policy writ large. Policy is largely made and carried out by the executive branch, which is guided by geostrategic concerns that may or may not correspond to the concerns of the lobby at any given moment. Domestic forces like AIPAC are important in shaping discourse and some short-term decisions, but they do not determine the direction of US strategy in the region.-rh 23/10/2014
For near identical crimes, an Israeli and a Palestinian’s fate couldn’t be more differentJohn Brown - +972 - A Palestinian hit-and-run suspect is sent to prison and winds up dead; a Jewish suspected of a similar but deadlier crime in the West Bank is sent home to his family.-rh 23/10/2014
Police: Infant killed in Jerusalem attack, Palestinian driver shot Ma`an News Agency - An Israeli infant died and at least eight others were injured when a Palestinian driver slammed his car into a light rail station in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli officials said.-rh23/10/2014
Harper’s ‘Orwellian’ Foreign Policy From Israel to ISISMURRAY DOBBIN - Counterpunch - "By declaring repeatedly (and even threatening supportive legislation) that criticism of Israel was anti-Semitic Harper hoped to establish what Orwell referred to as “protective stupidity” – a kind of mass denial of the obvious. Freud referred to it as “knowing with not knowing”." - id22/10/2014
With US-led air strikes on Isis intensifying, it’s a good time to be an arms giant like Lockheed MartinRobert Fisk - The Independent - So who is winning the war? Isis? Us? The Kurds (remember them?) The Syrians? The Iraqis? Do we even remember the war? Not at all. We must tell the truth. So let us now praise famous weapons and the manufacturers that begat them.-rh22/10/2014
Diplomatic terrorism and wings over the Iron WallAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "In Ya`alon`s vision...The conflict with the Palestinians will continue "until the last of our enemies understands that we are here to stay." But that will probably never happen because "They are not truly concerned with establishing a Palestinian state, but with destroying the Jewish state”. Therefore “we must learn how to manage this conflict without illusions" and to barricade [ourselves] behind “An Iron Wall"." - id22/10/2014
Gazans at risk as winter loomsRasha Abou Jalal - Al-Monitor - Every day, Mohammed Maqadima, 14, must carry water in gallon bottles from a water tank 500 meters (546 yards) from his home in the Sha`af neighborhood east of Gaza City. This is so his mother can do the housework. He also spends hours collecting firewood for heating, with the weather getting colder as winter approaches.-rh 22/10/2014
Mustafa Barghouti: US-Palestinian ties strongShlomi Eldar - In an interview with Al-Monitor, Barghouti acknowledges that following the troubled relationship between the US administration and Israel, the United States has drawn closer to Abbas and the PA. Barghouti feels that the test of the relationship will come on the day that Abbas begins the process for recognition of the Palestinian state in the UN institutions. “The Israeli provocations against John Kerry and President Barack Obama are leaving their mark,” Barghouti said. “I assume that the Americans can’t talk much [publicly], but they [are frustrated with] the Israeli government.” [bz]21/10/2014
A changing Israel-Palestine global dynamicLinda S. Heard - Gulf News - Due to the prevalence of social media, mainstream news outlets can no longer control the message. Ordinary folk around the world were incensed by the horrors inflicted upon the residents of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli army, seen graphically in videos posted on YouTube. The unvarnished truth has left the Israeli government on the back foot and has embarrassed the US for its unfailing support of the Jewish state. The groundswell of public anger has impacted politicians and decision-makers to the extent that Israel is no longer sacrosanct. [bz]21/10/2014
`A diplomatic storm is coming in January`Itamar Eichner - Ynet - Changes in the makeup of the UN Security Council have made Israel`s diplomatic stance worse and strengthened the Palestinians` position on the world stage. This will not only play a part in the vote on accepting the Palestinians into the UN, but in other resolutions concerning Israel, like condemning settlement construction or military operations, calling for UN inquiry committees on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and more. [bz]21/10/2014
How the very concept of human rights has failed PalestiniansNoam Sheizaf - +972 Magazine - People tend to confuse “permanent” with “eternal.” The Israeli occupation is not eternal — no institution is — but it is as permanent as can be in this world. It’s already lasted longer than the post-WWII Soviet bloc, for example. Israel itself stopped treating the OPT as occupied, now viewing them as territories held by Israel under a different status than the rest of the state. Therefore, the act of revoking the rights of an entire category of people is also permanent. ak 21/10/2014
Most Jewish Israelis oppose Palestinian state, new poll showsMairav Zonszein - +972 - No poll is perfect, but this one happens to be an accurate reflection of the Israeli government’s policies, much of its rhetoric, and the reality on the ground [ry]20/10/2014
Eichmann before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass MurdererRichard J Evans--Before the war, Adolf Eichmann, born in 1906, was the acknowledged "Jewish expert" of the SS, in charge of carrying out various schemes to remove the Jews from Germany, such as encouraging – or forcing – them to emigrate, or transporting them to Madagascar. When the Germans invaded first Poland in 1939, then the Soviet Union two years later, Eichmann organised the concentration of the millions of Jews who lived in eastern Europe into ghettos, and then ensured they were taken, along with Jews from every part of Europe under Nazi control or influence, to camps such as Auschwitz, to be murdered. After Germany`s defeat, Eichmann went underground and then escaped to Argentina, where he joined a number of other senior Nazis in exile, living under an assumed name. During the 1950s, however, his whereabouts were discovered, and, in 1960, he was kidnapped by Mossad agents and smuggled out to Jerusalem, where he was put on trial for mass murder, found guilty, and, in 1962, hanged. dn19/10/2014
Palestine moves towards post-Oslo phaseRichard Falk--On October 13, the UK House of Commons by an overwhelming vote of 274-12 urged the British government to extend diplomatic recognition to Palestine. At first glance, it would seem a rather meaningless gesture. It is a non-binding resolution, and Prime Minister David Cameron has already declared that this expression of parliamentary opinion will have no effect whatever on existing government policy. So far Britain - along with the states in Western Europe - adheres to Israel`s stubborn insistence, echoed by Washington, that Palestinian statehood can only be established through a solution to the conflict negotiated by the parties.dn 19/10/2014
Recognition of a Palestinian State Without Full Rights Is MeaninglessOmar Barghouti--The British Parliament’s overwhelming vote to recognize a “State of Palestine” may indeed be a sign of “where the wind is blowing,” as the British ambassador to Tel Aviv has commented – a reflection of the significant erosion of public support for Israel’s regime of occupation and denial of Palestinian rights. But it should not be seen in black and white. dn19/10/2014
Decent Respect Uri Avnery--IF THE British parliament had adopted a resolution in favor of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the reaction of our media would have been like this: "In an atmosphere of great enthusiasm, the British parliament adopted with a huge majority (274 for, a mere 12 against) a pro-Israeli motion…Over half the seats were occupied, more than usual…the opponents of Israel were in hiding and did not dare to vote against…" dn 19/10/2014
The Strip of SlaughterB. Michael--More than 100 years ago, the Kishinev pogroms shocked the world. Yet we have managed to forget the innocent dead of Gaza after less than two months. dn18/10/2014
IN THE WAKE OF THE ASSAULT ON GAZAJeff Halper--This is the first newsletter since the conclusion of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which obviously preoccupied our attention. It showed the political bankruptcy of all the actors. For Israel, it was an attempt to finally break all Palestinian resistance – mopping up in Gaza after Operation Defensive Shield in the West Bank in 2002 destroyed Fatah resistance there. Then the idea was to create “industrial quiet” with the Palestinian Authority serving as Israel’s policeman and enforcer in all the Occupied Territory so that the Palestinian issue would simply disappear from view as the world’s attention moves to ISIS, the Ukraine, China and Russia, Ebola and all the other urgent problems. As I wrote in this piece, the situation in Israel/Palestine has gone way beyond the two-state solution, beyond even apartheid (which would have at least a symbolic Palestinian Bantustan) to outright warehousing. Its message to the Palestinians: There is no longer any “peace process.” You have three options, submit, leave or die. dn18/10/2014
Israel must stop pressuring asylum seekersHaaretz Editorial--Attempts to pressure asylum seekers into leaving Israel by detaining them indefinitely reveal the hypocrisy and illegality of government policy. dn18/10/2014
Instead of voting to recognize Palestine, vote against occupationMairav Zonszein - +972 - The British Parliament’s non-binding vote to recognize the “State of Palestine” was not as significant as the debate that preceded the vote. [bz]18/10/2014
Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli ‘peace’ policyIlan Pappé and Samer Jaber--Pine trees in the Yatir Forest which is being used to displace the Bedouin residents of the unrecognized village of Atir. The original caption on the photo from the website read, “Since the formation of the State of Israel, tree planters have been busy creating forests in the holy land, which was a barren wasteland for centuries.” dn18/10/2014
Christian Evangelicals Increasingly Support Palestinian Human RightsAlison Weir - IMEMC "An article in Middle East Quarterly, a pro-Israel publication, reports that support for Israel is eroding among American evangelical Christians, with only 30 percent in a recent survey stating support for Israel above Palestinians." ca 17/10/2014
Eyeing the dividendsDina Ezzat - Al Ahram Weekly "Things are getting back on track as far as foreign relations are concerned: on that there is almost unanimous agreement among Egyptian diplomats both at home and abroad. Some add that positive movement on the foreign policy track, and the first signs of a more encouraging economic outlook, are no small victories for the new regime." ca17/10/2014
Recognizing PalestineJOHN FEFFER - Counterpunch - "At his meeting with Obama, Netanyahu said that it was time to “think outside the box.” The Palestinians, by pursuing statehood by all means necessary, are doing just that, as are several European countries. It’s time for Israel to do the same." - id 16/10/2014
Now Britain has recognised Palestinian statehood, it`s time to forget about a farcical two-state solution Yara Hawari--Instead of Israel and Palestine living side by side, a one-state solution based on equality and freedom of movement is what the region needs. dn16/10/2014
From Stockholm to Khirbet Um al-Jimal and backAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "Already several times this small village was razed and destroyed, and each time the residents rebuilt their meager huts and sheds as soon as the soldiers and bulldozers departed. It`s not so much because they are determined to confront and defy strategic plans of the government of Israel and its armed forces. It is mainly because this god forsaken small village is their home and they have nowhere else to go." - id 15/10/2014
Can Israel, Palestine exist as parallel states on same land?Arad Nir - Al Monitor - "And when Jews are fasting to plead with their God, while Muslims indulge in a lavish feast to please their God in such a close interval of time, it`s an almost sure recipe for a flare-up, all the more so just a few weeks after the conflict in Gaza. As it turns out, however, the gloomy predictions have proven wrong." - id 15/10/2014
World’s delayed reaction to Gaza war kicks inLarry Derfner - +972 - "...just in the last week there have been a number of delayed international reactions (and even one from Israel) to the Gaza war, and they add up to what I see as a critical mass of encouraging signs that is weighty enough, at least, to argue against despair." - id 15/10/2014
Former UK Minister: a wicked cocktail of occupation and illegality akin to apartheid South Africa Nicholas Watt - The Guardian - Sir Alan Duncan, Former Tory minister, delivered one of the strongest attacks on the Netanyahu government by a front line UK politician: “Occupation, annexation, illegality, negligence, complicity: this is a wicked cocktail which brings shame to the government of Israel. It would appear that on the West Bank the rule of international law has been shelved. This illegal construction and habitation is theft, it is annexation, it is a land grab – it is any expression that accurately describes the encroachment which takes from someone else something that is not rightfully owned by the taker. As such it should be called what it is, and not by some euphemistic soft alternative." 14/10/2014
Former Israeli Ambassador to Washington: `UK vote - bad news for Israel`Attila Somfalvi - Y-net - Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US, warns that "Israel is sticking head in the sand" - since "British support for establishment of the Palestinian state is much more important than the Swedish. Britain is a member of the UN Security Council. The Palestinians are going to the UN in November and they want at least nine votes in the Security Council (to force Israel to commit to a timeline for withdrawing from the West Bank.) There is a chance America will abstain, but a lot of it is up to us." Oren - who had been nominated by Netanyahu and enjoyed the PM`s confidence while on the job - lamented the lack of "a unilateral initiative by Israel, responding to the Palestinian diplomatic offensive". According to Oren, that idea "inspires discomfort here in Israel" since "Israel has never clearly said what its interests are. We need leadership and a little courage, so as not to stay inactive in the face of recent developments." ak 14/10/2014
Extremist settler Moshe Feiglin, Likud MK, allowed to invade Al Aqsa CompoundSaeb Erakat - PLO Negotiations Aairs Department - As instructed by The Israeli Government, Israeli Police in Occupied East Jerusalem allowed settler Moshe Feiglin - Likud Knesset Member living in the illegal settlement of Karnei Shomron - to invade Al Aqsa compound, the third holiest site in Islam and a symbol for all Palestinians, in company with other Israeli extremists. This is an extremely provocative action, especially considering Feiglin`s inflammatory statements such as his call during the recent bombings to evict Palestinians from Gaza and settle Jews in their place, and such statements as "You can`t teach a monkey to speak and you can`t teach an Arab to be democratic. You`re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers. Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar." ak14/10/2014
What are the implications of U.K. parliament`s recognition of Palestine?Matthew Kalman - Ha`aretz - Israeli officials would say, correctly, that it was a non-binding vote - but but can the Israeli government afford to ignore the signals coming from Westminster? In the debate, Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood opposed the motion, but made an impassioned denunciation of Israeli settlement activity. The motion won the full backing of the British Labor Party’s shadow cabinet – who may well be running the British government by this time next year. And Matthew Gould, British Ambassador to Israel - who is committed to promoting the best possible relations between the two countries - sounded a warning about the erosion of Israel`s position in British public opinion, following the war in Gaza and the burst of settlement activity which followed. ak 14/10/2014
A siege of inertia: Israel`s non-policy on GazaItamar Sha’altiel - +972 - One government inherits the siege from another, the prime minister admits it’s more harmful than helpful, the cabinet never formulates or even discusses a policy, and one minister goes as far as admitting that the only driving force behind Israel’s Gaza policy is inertia [ry]13/10/2014
Beyond Occupation - Israel and the G-WordJonathan Cook - CounterPunch - "Israeli officials were caught in a revealing lie late last month as the country celebrated the Jewish New Year. Shortly after declaring the most popular boy’s name in Israel to be `Yosef`, the interior ministry was forced to concede that the top slot was actually filled by `Mohammed`” [ry]13/10/2014
Israel vague about new `diplomatic horizon`Gregg Carlstrom - AlJazeera - Israeli PM appears eager to strengthen regional ties, while postponing discussions on Palestinian statehood [ry]13/10/2014
Formal British recognition would be a powerful, progressive step in the right directionThe Observer view on Palestine--Pledge: Ed Miliband has vowed to make the two-state solution `an important task` for a Labour government. dn12/10/2014
Did Israel have the right to kill this childJames M. Wall--“Israel has the right to defend itself” was the Orwellian doublespeak Israel used to justify its latest invasion of Gaza, carried out at the same time as its under-reported increased military action inside the West Bank. dn12/10/2014
Suha Arraf on her "stateless" Palestinian filmPatrick O. Strickland--“They want to view me as a ‘good Israeli Arab director’ or a ‘nice Israeli Arab,’” says filmmaker Suha Arraf, who recently came under attack by the Israeli government and its supporters for labeling her latest work a Palestinian production. dn12/10/2014
Weapons of mass distractionGideon Levy--Hmmm. Weapons storage in a kindergarten? A weapons hiding place under a clinic? The entrance through the kindergarten toilet? Woe to the eyes that read such words! The Haganah [the pre-state Jewish underground army] used the civilian population as human shields. It took cynical advantage of that population, hiding weapons in clinics and kindergartens, and thus endangered their lives. dn12/10/2014
Hundreds of Israeli public figures call upon Members of the British Parliament to vote in favor of recognizing the State of Palestine"We, Israelis who worry and care for the well-being of the state of Israel, believe that the long-term existence and security of Israel depends on the long-term existence and security of a Palestinian state. For this reason we, the undersigned, urge members of the UK Parliament to vote in favor of the motion to be debated on Monday 13th October 2014, calling on the British Government to recognize the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel". 12/10/2014
Prophetic comments by 4 eminent Jews: 12/10/2014
Ex-PLO legal adviser says two-state solution "dead"Diana Buttu - "The only configuration that`s going to work is a one-state solution in which Palestinians and Israelis live together in a situation of peace and equality."11/10/2014
Money pledged at Gaza donor conference could take decades to reach peopleOxfam - "Unless donors step up pressure to end the blockade, many children made homeless by the recent conflict will be grandparents by the time their homes and schools are rebuilt. (...) Winter is coming and people without homes cannot afford to wait [bz]11/10/2014
Nothing about us without Us: The Token Palestinian and Authentic Narrative Ramzy Baroud--The “adversarial” Palestinian is one who is invited to speak to the media, only to be chastised publically. (Fox News) dn11/10/2014
Hillel, intimidation and ‘free speech’ for Jewish students on IsraelMartin R. Federman--A former Hillel director asks Hillel International’s CEO why his organization’s Israel guidelines seek to limit free speech and critical views of Israel by Jewish students on campus.dn11/10/2014
Netanyahu`s rejectionist policies forced Abbas` handEphraim Sneh - Al-Monitor "Throughout the recent 50 days of combat in the Gaza Strip, Abbas acted responsibly. He confronted Hamas and publicly chastised the organization for the unnecessary bloodshed. That is not exactly a recipe for popularity on the Palestinian streets, but Abbas consistently took this tack...The damage inflicted by Abbas’ UN speech is the artificial life support of the current Israeli right-wing coalition, and Israelis are the ones who will suffer from it." ca 10/10/2014
Former Labor politician faults the left for supporting NetanyahuMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "Jewish tenants who moved into 25 apartments in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Sept. 30 really irked former Labor Party Minister Ophir Pines. Not because it was a provocative move by the right wing designed to make it hard to divide the city; there have been similar actions in the past. What upset Pines is the silence of the center-left parties." ca 10/10/2014
Poisoned atmosphereAdam Keller - Crazy Country - ""Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas and Iran is both Hamas and ISIS, they are all the same, they are all malevolent Muslim extremists and enemies of humanity against whom all-out war should be fought."" - id8/10/2014
Israel`s war with the USBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "...the war is the one that Israel is waging of its own choice, and that is the war with the United States." - id 8/10/2014
Swedish clarification of ‘Palestine’ fails to weaken declarationHerb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - According to the first version of the statement, “The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be resolved through a two-state solution, the prime minister said, negotiated in accordance with the principles of international law. It must guarantee the legitimate demands of both the Palestinians and the Israelis for national self-determination and security. A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to coexist peacefully. Consequently, Sweden will recognize the State of Palestine, the prime minister concluded.” The use of the word “consequently” left the impression that Sweden had back-peddled on its pledge, and would only recognize the state of Palestine after an agreement is negotiated. Queried by The Jerusalem Post about whether this was indeed the meaning of the rather vague statement, a representative issued a corrected version of the statement, replacing the word “consequently” with “therefore,” and as a result leaving Löfven’s statement intact. [bz]7/10/2014
5 Quotes About “United Jerusalem” That Will Help You Understand the Recent Takeover in SilwanMoriel Rothman-Zecher - The Leftern Wall - From ELAD to Arieh King to “Kendall/Kendal Finances” to MK Yogev to Rehavam Ze’evi and onward to so many more governmental, quasi-governmental and governmentally-sanctioned individuals and organizations, the plan for Jerusalem (and most of the West Bank, too) has, both in theory and praxis, been one of “Judaization” and transfer, “voluntary” or otherwise. [bz]7/10/2014
Bibi on ‘Face the Nation`: And the Lies Go OnRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Netanyahu speaking on ‘Face the Nation` and accusing President Obama of "UnAmerican behaviour" is definitely a first. Some Americans have in some notorious past occasions made such accusation against other Americans, but this is the first time that a foreign leader does it against the President of the United States. Interesitingly, while this row was published prominently in the Israeli media, major American papers virtually ignored it. ak 7/10/2014
A couple of Netanyahu`s not-so-white lies to AmericansNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "In the past week or so, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated a couple of talking points that diverged from the truth, but few people called him out on it" [ry]6/10/2014
No one is talking about peaceSever Plocker - Ynet - After the Yom Kippur War, like now, the concept of `land for peace` was never taken seriously by Israel`s leadership; then, like now, Israel was blinded by hubris [ry]6/10/2014
Red Rag weekly column: Netanyahu the propagandist; ISISGideon Spiro - The Israeli Prime Minister’s speech at the UN (29 September 2014) was typical propaganda. Any propaganda speech worthy of the name will include a large helping of lies, deception and falsification, along with an admixture of true facts. That admixture is intended to win the hearts of the public. All Israeli television channels and most of the radio channels broadcast the speech live. There were no surprises. All of Netanyahu’s usual clichés appeared in the speech multiple times.5/10/2014
Keeping Gaza in a StrangleholdNoam Chomsky--Israel’s brutalization of Palestinians through exercises in “mowing the lawn” like Operation Protective Edge will persist without a change in U.S. policy. dn4/10/2014
Two state solution still on table? Sergio Yahni - AIC - Netanyahu`s UN speech is hailed as end of two state solution, and his meeting with Obama focused on issues other than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While lip service to the two state solution is still paid, ending the conflict is no longer a priority. [bz]4/10/2014
Eyes Finally Open to Syrian Realities Robert Parry - ICH "In a column on Friday, Ignatius faulted not only Syria’s squabbling “moderate opposition” but “the foreign nations — such as the United States, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan — that have been funding the chaotic melange of fighters inside Syria. These foreign machinations helped open the door for the terrorist Islamic State group to threaten the region.” Ignatius acknowledged that the earlier depiction of the Syrian opposition as simply an indigenous movement of idealistic reformers was misleading." ca 4/10/2014
Why Bibi is wrong to subsume the Palestinian issue under `militant Islam`Peter Beinart-- “The old template for peace must be updated,” declared Benjamin Netanyahu this week at the United Nations. “It must take into account new realities.” In his speech, Bibi didn’t utter the words “Palestinian state.” That’s passé. Instead he called for Israel and “moderate” Sunni regimes like Egypt and Saudi Arabia to “recognize the global threat of militant Islam [and] the primacy of dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons capability.” Once those primary issues are solved, perhaps Jerusalem, Cairo and Riyadh can put their heads together and figure out something for the Palestinians.dn4/10/2014
Mr. Netanyahu’s Strange CourseEditorial Board - New York Times "Mr. Netanyahu blamed the Israeli group, Peace Now, for trying to sabotage the White House meeting with Mr. Obama by calling attention to an official notice from the Israeli government approving the housing project. But the problem is not the disclosure but the fact of the project itself." ca3/10/2014
Gaza war deals blow to Israel`s tourism industryTIA GOLDENBERG - Yahoo News - Israel`s war against Hamas came at the beginning of the peak tourist season, which includes July and August and runs through the Jewish High Holiday season and early winter.-rh2/10/2014
If talks fail, Hamas says it will not return to warAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - “The failure of negotiations in Cairo and not lifting the blockade could lead to another war, even though we do not want this. I think that the Israelis do not want to see this war happen again,” said Abu Marzouk.-rh 2/10/2014
Is Israel Trying to Force Palestinians into the Sinai?JONATHAN COOK - Counterpoint - "According to the reports, the territory in Sinai would become a demilitarised Palestinian state – dubbed “Greater Gaza” – to which returning Palestinian refugees would be assigned." - id 1/10/2014
Why Don’t We Negotiate With Isis: Why don’t we do it and save some lives?Robert Fisk - Information Clearing House - The Lebanese government has one tough man who deals with kidnapped civilians. He’s called Abbas Ibrahim, a brave man who used to walk, unarmed, into the Ein el-Helweh Palestinian camp in Sidon to talk to Osama bin Laden’s men. He’s now head of the Lebanese “General Security”. And yes, he is a general.-rh 1/10/2014
‘Only a suicidal country doesn’t recognize the Bedouin problem`: Israeli minister seeks ways to lower Bedouin birthrateKate - Mondoweiss - Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir said during a visit to the south on Sunday that he was examining ways to lower the birthrate of the Bedouin community. Shamir heads the ministerial committee on Bedouin resettlement arrangements.-rh1/10/2014
Abbas makes last-ditch effort to win Palestinian independenceDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is possibly making his last effort to try to bring about an independent state. The odds are against him, but he has a plan and he appears to be set to giving it his last best shot.-rh 1/10/2014
Another western war won’t end terror in Iraq or Syria. It will only spread it. Bombing and more intervention can’t destroy Isis. The US is at the heart of the crisis in the Middle EastSeumas Milne - The Guardian - What has been launched by the US and its allies this week is in effect their third Iraq war in a generation. It follows the US-led war to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991 and the cataclysmic US-British invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. Now Obama has launched yet another intervention to rid the country of the direct consequences of the last one.-rh 1/10/2014
Newsletter 22 Sep. 2014B`Tselem - Israel’s last military operation in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, ended over a month ago. In the course of the fighting, B’Tselem received reports of grave harm to civilians. In some cases, Israel violated international humanitarian law; in many others, breaches of the law are suspected.-rh1/10/2014
Bibi`s UN speech misses againBen Caspit- Al Monitor - "At the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accomplished what he is best at: delivering speeches and identifying threats, without identifying opportunities or making any historic decisions — again." - id 1/10/2014
Netanyahu`s UN speech: All talk, no actionNahum Barnea - Ynet - "It`s only natural that after many years in power, the leader feels there is no one else but him, that he is growing – in his own eyes and in the eyes of his followers – and that the state, weak and flaccid, is barely trudging behind him." - id 1/10/2014
About budgets and growling belliesAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "Western newspapers are supposed to abide by the rule that a suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty in court - but not in the Israeli press and in this case." - id1/10/2014
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