|The Brute Logic of Big Guns Gaza and the Language of Power||RAMZY BAROUD-
One must remember that Israel never heeds to statements, and is hardly moved by reports and random condemnations. Only pressure, constant and focused, will grab the attention of Israeli policymakers. Only the language of an international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions will translate in Tel Aviv to a legible political language.
|How we support peace||James Zogby-
Arab gestures towards peace should be understood as showing support for Obama, not as rewards for Israel.
|Don’t escape reality||Dana Golan-
A senior commander who briefs his subordinates upon entering Gaza and tells them they must “bring back 2,000 terrorists,” instead of defining the rules of engagement, should not be a commander in our army. The same is true for a commander who warns that “we’re going to kick their ass, to rape them, and to screw them” or for a commander who tells his soldiers “not to be bothered by moral questions; you’ll deal with that later.”
|Obama`s prizes for Israel are not "pressure"||Ali Abunimah-
While today US-occupied, war-torn Iraq is still paying Kuwait billions of dollars annually in compensation for a seven-month long occupation that ended almost two decades ago, the US is offering Israel prizes not for ending a 42-year-old occupation but merely for ceasing to commit some crimes.
This can hardly be described as anything other than a net gain for Israel, especially since the settlement project is reaching its natural conclusion. There are already 500,000 settlers in the West Bank, who with their infrastructure consume more than 42 percent of the land.
|Israel’s plan to wipe Arabic names off the map,New battlefront over road signs||Jonathan Cook-
Thousands of road signs are the latest front in Israel’s battle to erase Arab heritage from much of the Holy Land...Israel Katz, the transport minister, announced this week that signs on all major roads in Israel, East Jerusalem and possibly parts of the West Bank would be “standardised”, converting English and Arabic place names into straight transliterations of the Hebrew name.
|The Israel Project’s Secret Hasbara Handbook Exposed||Richard Silverstein-
Israel has no plan. No means of getting to peace. So to say that Israel wants peace is, once again, meaningless. And the fear lurking in the hearts of the lobby is that some day Israel will be exposed and Americans will abandon it because they will come to understand that whatever Israel may claim it wants, there will never be peace under terms acceptable to Israel. That will be a day of reckoning that the lobby wants to avoid at all costs.
|Jenin`s Model of "Economic Peace" ||JONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - Israeli estimates suggest that on Fridays and Saturdays, when Jewish towns are closed for business, hundreds of Palestinian citizens of Israel -- or Israeli Arabs as they are called by the government -- make the journey through Jalameh crossing to Jenin. Nonetheless, business is not exactly booming, concedes Khaled Rabaya, the sales manager of Herbawi, a five-storey department store that opened in May on the hopes of an improved economy.
|Red Rag Weekly Column||Gideon Spiro - Israeli-certified kosher racism - murderers of children - Egg-merchants - money, power and army||31/7/2009|
|Israel`s Defensive Racism||Ameer Makhoul -
Signs are multiplying that the State of Israel is pushing for a violent confrontation with the Arab population...The State of Israel can indeed force a confrontation with the Arab population, but it cannot control the results of such a confrontation, not in the short term, and, more importantly, not in the long term.
|Israel and the nutbar factor||Justin Raimundo - Antiwar.com - As Israel defies the U.S. on settlement policies and its continuing mistreatment of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, a recent poll shows the American public is undergoing a significant shift in its historically pro-Israel views||26/7/2009|
|The true height of insecurity: `The war is with the Arabs` ||Hannah Mermelstein - Counterpunch Weekend Edition - I think about security. Israel’s abuse of the word has rendered the concept almost meaningless in the region, but the importance of security on individual and communal levels cannot be underestimated. However, most discussions I see in the media about security ignore the Palestinian people’s right to security. ||26/7/2009|
|Nuclear Iran wouldn`t pose existential threat to Israel||Gabi Sheffer - Haaretz - Does Iran indeed pose a real existential threat rather than an imagined existential threat against those states that are threatened by it, particularly Israel? The answer is that there are three basic reservations regarding these much-talked-about concerns over Iran. First, like other small states, Iran seeks to attain nuclear weapons in order to deter other nuclear-armed states from attacking it. So if Iran is not attacked, it will not attack.||26/7/2009|
|Yes, you can!||Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - THE SHEPHERD provocation is a part of the tireless effort to “Judaize” Jerusalem. In simple words: to carry out ethnic cleansing. This campaign has been going on for 42 years already, from the first day of the occupation of East Jerusalem, but the timing of this particular operation results from tactical considerations.||26/7/2009|
|Obama`s prizes for Israel are not "pressure"||Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - While all the attention is focused on the freeze, Israel
maintains its siege of Gaza -- despite Obama`s calls to
loosen it -- and continues to build the West Bank wall
five years after the International Court of Justice
ordered it torn down. The United States itself continues
to undermine chances for intra-Palestinian reconciliation,
and therefore credible negotiations, by fueling the
smoldering civil war between US-backed Palestinian
militias on the one hand and resistance factions led by
Hamas on the other.
|Can’t make up their mind||Nahum Barnea -
"We dismissed a top brass that made its decisions hastily, and instead we got a top brass that cannot decide at all."||15/7/2009|
|Destroying Gaza||Sara Roy - The Harvard Crimson/The Electronic Intifada - Beneath the diplomatic choreography lies an agonizing reality that received only brief comment from Obama and silence from Netanyahu: the ongoing devastation of the people of Gaza.||14/7/2009|
|Palestinians crossing checkpoints are not allowed to bring food or drink||Luisa Morgantini- A West Bank checkpoint managed by an Israeli private security company stops Palestinians passing through with bottles of water and food. Machsom Watch, an Israeli women`s organization against the occupation and for human rights which is monitoring checkpoints, denounced this policy which has been confirmed by Palestinian workers.
|Netanyahu`s `weakness` is good for Israel ||Gideon Levy - Haaretz - If Netanyahu persists in his malleability, perhaps there is some hope on the horizon. In 100 days, it has already brought us a prime minister who champions the solution once advocated by the radical left - two states for two peoples. He has yet to do anything to advance the magic formula he has suddenly discovered, with horrifying belatedness, but perhaps just a little more pressure on the squeezable premier is what is needed for something to move around here.
|The stick-and-stick approach has failed ||Ghassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - With Palestinian factions currently engaged in a painful reconciliation process sponsored by Egypt, now might not be the time for the international community to engage directly with Hamas. Nevertheless, international actors should help stimulate the Palestinian national dialogue by offering incentives to the different factions to agree to form a unity government. Such a government is an absolute prerequisite for progress in any political process with Israel.
|Red Rag Weekly Column||Gideon Spiro - Mordechai Vanunu - A Pirate State - Villainy - At long last||9/7/2009|
| Settlements First||Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - Obama`s basic problem when it comes to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the same as his problem when it comes to America`s economic issues: he is trying to bring about far-reaching change within a failed framework. His apparent inability to go outside the box – global capitalism on the one hand, and the Oslo agreement on the other – is likely to be his nemesis. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires a solution within a new strategic framework. Here Israel must no longer be the dominant player, rather one among the nations of the region. It must no longer occupy the land of others, but must gain acceptance on the basis of its readiness to respect the sovereignty of its neighbors, including Palestine.
|Shalit provides Israel with excuse for brutality toward Gaza||Zvi Bar`el - Haaretz - "Who is willing to wager that the day after Shalit is released the crossings won`t once again be sealed? Does Netanyahu promise this? Does Defense Minister Ehud Barak? As long as the policy is not to recognize Hamas, and to limit its movements, arrest its activists and `destroy its infrastructure,` it is only natural that Israel would want to continue to keep the crossings shut even after Shalit`s release. Once again, Israel has become entangled in its own policy"||27/7/2009|
|There can be no Middle East settlement without Hamas : By throwing their weight behind repression on the West Bank, the US and Britain are only making a viable peace less likely||Seumas Milne - The Guardian - For all the welcome US shift from its blank-cheque policy towards its closest Middle Eastern ally, Obama`s attempt to balance a freeze on illegal Israeli settlements in illegally occupied territory with the kind of diplomatic concessions the Arab world has always held back for a final peace agreement is a pretty lopsided kind of exchange.
|Why does life in the Middle East remain rooted in the Middle Ages?||Robert Fisk - The Independent - Will a solution to the Arab-Israeli war resolve all this? Some of it, perhaps. Without the constant challenge of crisis, it would be much more difficult to constantly renew emergency laws, to avoid constitutionality, to distract populations who might otherwise demand overwhelming political change. Yet I sometimes fear that the problems have sunk too deep, that like a persistently leaking sewer, the ground beneath Arab feet has become too saturated to build on.
|Norway examines the ethics of its Israel investments ||Amira Hass - Haaretz - According to the guidelines, the fund may not invest in companies that "constitute an unacceptable risk of the Fund contributing to serious or systematic human rights violations, such as murder, torture, deprivation of liberty, forced labor, the worst forms of child labor and other forms of child exploitation, serious violations of individuals` rights in situations of war or conflict, severe environmental damages, gross corruption or other particularly serious violations of fundamental ethical norms." ||30/7/2009|
|Telling Israel No: Obama`s Bold Move ||CELESTINE BOHLEN -
"This time, both Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Obama have “climbed up a very big tree,” Mr. Miller said. “They can stay there and scream, they can climb down or they can make a deal.”"||29/7/2009|
|Seeds of destruction||Yael Mishali -
"And isn’t it a sign that today bloodshed, idol worship, incest and needless hatred are the leading values in the State of Israel?" ||29/7/2009|
|Right of Reply: Let`s talk about Operation Cast Lead||MIKHAEL MANEKIN -
J-lem Post -
"We must embrace our soldiers even when they say things we don`t want to hear. We owe them that." ||29/7/2009|
|Israeli Government Atttempts to Stop Foreign Funding of Breaking The Silence||AIC -
The efforts of ambassador Knei-Tal to halt funding for Breaking the Silence because it is an “opposition group” comes at the same time as a recent Knesset decision to outlaw the funding of organizations that commemorate the Nakba. Both government actions work in similar ways to quell discordant voices that could ultimately build a stronger and more democratic society that does not fear engaging in the “serious self-reflection” that President Obama has recently discussed.
|The limits of freedom||Gal Wettstein - The Guardian - In theory we are free to say what we like in Israel, but the reality can be quite different||27/7/2009|
|Major Contractor Tries to Divest from Israel as Boycott Pressures Increase ||Rose Foran - The Media Line - Hanson Israel operates a quarry in the West Bank, and mines materials to produce aggregates (sand and gravel), concrete, and bricks, which are used for building. Their products are sold to contractors in both Israel and Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In March the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din filed a petition against eleven companies operating in the West Bank with the Israeli high court. Yesh Din claimed that the mining done in several West Bank quarries, including Hanson Israel’s Nahal Raba quarry, was illegal, and demanded that it be halted.
|Red Rag Weekly Column||Gideon Spiro - How much is the life of a Bedouin worth? - The Maccabiah - Judenrein - He will not dirty his hands||23/7/2009|
|Israel circulates photo of Hitler greeting late Palestinian mufti ||Reuters - Haaretz - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has ordered diplomats to use an old photograph of a former Palestinian religious leader meeting Adolf Hitler to counter world criticism of a Jewish building plan for East Jerusalem. Israeli officials said on Wednesday that Lieberman told Israeli ambassadors to circulate the 1941 shot in Berlin of the Nazi leader seated next to Haj Amin al-Husseini, the late mufti or top Muslim religious leader in Jerusalem.
|Palestinian Titanic ||NADIA HIJAB - Counterpunch - Each side appears willing to wait the other out. Fatah believes that Hamas, weakened by years of siege, will be further crippled by changes in the status of its allies: the weak showing by the Hizbullah-led alliance in Lebanon`s parliamentary elections, the turmoil in the wake of Iran`s elections, and Syria`s growing rapprochement with the United States. Hamas is hoping that the international community`s stance towards it will continue to soften.
|Twitterers paid to spread Israeli propaganda : Internet warfare team unveiled||Jonathan Cook - ZNet - The existence of an "internet warfare team" came to light when it was included in this year`s foreign ministry budget. About $150,000 has been set aside for the first stage of development, with increased funding expected next year. The team will fall under the authority of a large department already dealing with what Israelis term "hasbara", officially translated as "public explanation" but more usually meaning propaganda.||23/7/2009|
|Why is South Africa still helping apartheid Israel? ||Sayed Dhansay - The Electronic Intifada - Having only recently broken free of the humiliation and degradation of apartheid, South Africa should be at the forefront of ending similar injustices wherever else they are found. And if our government is truly a peace loving democracy as it claims to be, then its economic policies should reflect its stated ideals accordingly.
|Help Israelis at their Lowest Point - A Personal Letter To Leonard Cohen||Naftali Kaminski - but the present time may be Israel`s lowest point since 1973, because this time it is in a deep moral crisis, with the demons of racism and corruption, nurtured by the occupation and the settlements, threatening its soul. At such a time, you as an artist and a true friend, must go there and tell the Israelis "Brothers and Sisters, I am with you; get your act together; end the occupation, renounce violence and discrimination, and create a just, equitable and sustainable peace the Middle East."
| ISRAELI APARTHEID â€“ A Basic Legal Perspective - David A. Kirshbaum|| David A. Kirshbaum
Â© Israel Law Resource Center, February, 2007.||15/7/2009|
|ISRAELI APARTHEID â€“ A Basic Legal Perspective - David A. Kirshbaum||David A. Kirshbaum - Â© Israel Law Resource Center, February, 2007.||15/7/2009|
|Israel and the Nutbar Factor||Justin Raimondo -
"What we are witnessing in Israel today is the degeneration of a once liberal democracy into a militaristic theocracy, one armed with nuclear weapons – and quite conceivably willing to use them against those they consider less than fully human."||22/7/2009|
|Bad Timing ||H.D.S. GREENWAY -
"For Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition, a settlement freeze is anathema, and not even Olmert was able to face down the powerful settler movement. It contains religious fanatics comparable to those in the Muslim camp, and they do not hesitate to assassinate those, such as Yitzhak Rabin, who are prepared to make territorial compromises."||22/7/2009|
|Obama means what he says||DEBRA DELEE -
J-lem Post -
"Obama resents the politics of winks-and-nods. He resents the years of saying one thing and doing another that characterized Israel-US relations.",||22/7/2009|
|Cellcom`s cynical commercial : An ad that makes light of the West Bank barrier reveals Israelis` lack of empathy for their walled-in Palestinian neighbours||Seth Freedman - The Guardian - Just as Israelis demand the world pays heed to the plight of its own citizens during times of war and terror, so too should firms such as Cellcom and individual Israelis pay the same respect to their Palestinian neighbours. Such actions would do far more to bring about Cellcom`s grandiose goal of interracial peace and harmony than any amount of wall-volleyball ever could.
|Proceed with caution ||Joharah Baker - Bitterlemons - If the Security Council adopts the two-state solution and an end to claims without clear guarantees that powers such as the US will not sabotage its implementation, this could spell the demise of any future demands. Instead, the Palestinian leadership should build on Solana`s proposal to create a new, more powerful demand that the UN adopt the end of Israel`s occupation first. This way, there is no chance for Israel, or America, to tamper with the important issues Palestinians cannot and should not compromise over. Once the most legitimate demand of ending the occupation is recognized, the rest is detail.||21/7/2009|
|Fateh Discord Overshadows Unity Efforts||MIFTAH - Just as representatives of Hamas and Fateh were meeting today in Cairo to try yet again to reach an agreement on unresolved issues between the two rival parties, Fateh is still reeling from the latest outburst among its ranks that has left serious repercussions. While the Cairo meeting is mainly to discuss politically-motivated arrests, which both sides accuse the other of carrying out in the West Bank and Gaza, neither side is very optimistic about reaching an agreement that would lead to national unity.
|Israel`s Cabinet approves "Only our version of history allowed" law ||Assaf - Daily Kos - The new bill prohibits funding of activities that reject the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish state or deny the democratic character of the state. It also outlaws funding for activities that fall within the definition of armed struggle or terrorist activities - by an enemy state or a terror organization - against Israel. Additionally, the bill prohibits funding for activities that could harm the honor of the flag, the state or state symbols.
|Intentions to compile dictionary involving all names of Arab places in J’lem||Palestinian Information Center - Dr. Hasan Khater, the secretary-general of the Islamic-Christian front for the defense of Jerusalem, said that the front would publish a dictionary involving all the names of archaeological sites and streets in the occupied city of Jerusalem and the 1948 occupied lands in retaliation to the Israeli measure of judaizing the Arab names.
|Fascism Needs an Enemy||Ran HaCohen - Antiwar.com - Unlike Lebanon or Iran, Israel has not moved a single step forward in the Obama Era. On the contrary: With the rogue triumvirate of Netanyahu, Barak, and Lieberman, Israel is now ruled by the most nationalist, racist, and fanatical government it has ever had. On top of that, the main opposition party, led by the ultra-nationalist Livni and the opportunistic professional soldier Mofaz, offers yet another duplicate of the government’s narrative, so that the ever narrower public discourse is framed by two. ||21/7/2009|
|Akiva Eldar / What Netanyahu wants from Obama`s `self-hating Jews` ||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - "Who is to blame for the latest dispute with the United States over the new neighborhood going up in Jerusalem`s Sheikh Jarrah area? Mayor Nir Barkat? Certainly not. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who stood behind him? Ridiculous. Any child knows that everything is the fault of other Jews: Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, two American administration officials who are inciting President Barack Obama against their own people"||20/7/2009|
|Israel soldiers speak out on Gaza ||Paul Wood - BBC - The common thread in the testimonies is that orders were given to prevent Israeli casualties whatever the cost in Palestinian lives. The Israeli military says past allegations of wrong-doing in Gaza were the result of soldiers recycling rumours. But Breaking the Silence has a long - and to many, credible - record in getting soldiers to talk about experiences which might not reflect well on the army.
|Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s Speech at Bar Ilan University ||MIFTAH`s Media Monitoring Unit - The speech delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, June 14 at Bar Ilan University`s Begin–Sadat Center in Tel Aviv, came in the context of his attempt to respond and deal with a new political situation created by the new US administration and the EU. This new policy is aimed at aborting previous double-standard approaches for dealing with certain aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. ||16/7/2009|
|The Johnny Procedure||Uri Avnery -
“Breaking the Silence”, a group of courageous former combat soldiers, published a report comprising the testimonies of 30 Gaza War fighters. A hard-hitting report about actions that may be considered war crimes.
The generals went automatically into denial mode...from now on, any Israeli decision to start a war in a built-up area is a war crime, and the soldiers who rise up against this crime should be honored. May they be blessed.
|Cellcom Commercials `Clearly Not The Best`||Joharah Baker -
`Preposterous` is almost too mild a word to describe the new Cellcom commercial that many Palestinians and Israelis alike are calling for to be pulled...Facebook, has demanded that the Israeli mobile phone company cancel the advertisement. There are almost too many offensive and insulting aspects of the commercial to tick off. For starters, the idea that the separation wall can double as a volleyball net of sorts, undercuts and belittles the actual purpose and impact of this hideous structure.
|Israelis don`t pay price for injustice of occupation||By Gideon Levy-
Life in Israel is just peachy, and who wants to think about peace, negotiations, withdrawals, the "price" we have to pay and all this unnecessary mess? Cafes are bustling and restaurants are packed. People are vacationing. The markets are surging. Television dumbs us down, highways are jammed, and the festivals are blaring. La Scala performed in the park and Madonna is to follow, and the beaches are full of foreign tourists and locals. The summer of 2009 is wonderful. So why should we change things?
|The Left and Islam - Thinking Outside of the Secular Box ||Gilad Atzmon - CounterPunch - "Rather than loving ourselves through the Palestinians and at their expense, we need to accept Palestinians for what they are and support them for who they are regardless of our own views on things. This is the only real form of solidarity. It aims at ethical rather than ideological conformity. It puts humanity at its very centre"||13/7/2009|
|Pens and swords ||Michel Faber -
Review of `A Child in Palestine: The Cartoons of Naji al-Ali
by Naji al-Ali - 120 pp ,£9.99 ||12/7/2009|
|Will warmer U.S.-Syria ties lead Israel to cede Golan? ||Zvi Bar`el -
"Obama, rightly from his perspective, is trying to steer clear of a comprehensive and detailed plan with a timetable. But his salami tactics are too dangerous a gamble." ||12/7/2009|
|Thought-police is here||Rona Kuperboim -
"Something worrisome is happening here lately. We see the accumulation of silencing attempts." ||12/7/2009|
|The victory of defeat||Jonathan Cook -
Israel has been moving ahead with creating two Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip who are sinking ever deeper into chronic dependency on Israeli goodwill.
...This is creating a culture of absolute Israeli control and absolute Palestinian dependency, enforced by proxy Palestinian rulers acting as mini-dictatorships.
|Netanyahu turns to Nazi language||Peter Beaumont -
The Guardian -
The Israeli prime minister`s use of the word `Judenrein` is a cynical attempt to skew the fight over West Bank settlements...There are words with particular meanings. Bloody with the worst offences. To use "Judenrein" so cheaply to score a political point dishonours the memory of history and its victims. It shames Israel`s prime minister.
|Carlos Alberto writes from Brazil ,as a supporter of Yesh Gvul and Israeli Peace Groups|| ||9/7/2009|
|Shalit, Israel, and Hypocrisy ||Iyad Romel - MIFTAH - Shalit, captured in combat, is a POW—not a civilian. He was, and still is, a soldier in the Israeli army who served with occupying troops along an “enemy entity border”¯the Israeli government’s own words describing Gaza. As a combatant, he was subject to capture in a state of conflict, but politicians don’t remember these details when calling for Shalit’s release. Yet they immediately label many Palestinian prisoners as “terrorists,”¯no questions asked.
|Hamas` choice: Recognition or resistance in the age of Obama ||Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - This is the dilemma that every Palestinian leadership, and perhaps almost every liberation movement, has eventually had to confront. It is a choice, as political scientist Tamim Barghouti has pointed out, between recognition and legitimacy.  According to Barghouti, the old-guard Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership, when confronted with the same dilemma, chose recognition and forfeited its legitimacy, opening the way for Hamas to emerge. Now it is the turn of Hamas||9/7/2009|
|Excerpt ‘Myths, Illusions, and Peace’ ||DENNIS ROSS and DAVID MAKOVSKY -
"To put it simply, all key issues in the Middle East – the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iraq, Iran, the need for political and economic reforms, and extremism and terrorism – are inextricably linked."
|Obama will not give in||Mickey Bergman-
"If Obama will not bend on settlements, Israel has two options: just say no, or offer an alternative. For all the reasons in the world it is clear that offering an alternative is much better." ||8/7/2009|
|The left went to the beach ||Aluf Benn -
"...some opposition MKs attacked Netanyahu for ruining our ties with the United States. But none of them, not even the Arab MKs, called on him to accept Obama`s demand." ||8/7/2009|
|Our IDF ||Gideon Levy - Haaretz - "This was not the navy`s first daring operation of this kind, nor will it be the last. When there are no hostile aid ships on the horizon, the navy takes control of wretched Gazan boats, using water hoses or firing at its passengers - poor fishermen who only want to make a living at sea. This is the main activity unfolding off Gaza`s shores. A navy outfitted with the best arsenal in the world is hunting surfboards. One of the best-armed forces in the world is chasing children, examining old people`s documents and entering bedrooms to make arrests"||6/7/2009|
|The US is not sticking by previous understandings||Sol Salbe, Raviv Drucker - I have lost count of the number of articles and emails I have seen that complained about the perfidious behaviour of the Obama Administration which has, allegedly, ignored understandings about the pace of construction that was permitted in the settlements. Of course others have pointed out that such understandings were verbal and the Bush administration did not wish to commit its successors to those understandings by passing those verbal agreements to them. But as Raviv Drucker points out below, it takes real hutzpah to demand the US stick to agreements when Israel most certainly has not stuck to its side of the bargain.||5/7/2009|
|Why Obama should fire General Dayton||Mohammed J. Herzallah-
Dayton`s security coordination program has weakened the Palestinian presidency, discredited it in the eyes of its people and rendered it critically dependent on American and Israeli support for political survival...President Obama should do away with this remnant of the Bush Administration and instead focus US efforts on encouraging Palestinian reconciliation and cohesion.
|Netanyahu`s "Peace" Plan , Ethnic Cleansing as State Policy||NICOLA NASSER -
When Netanyahu makes Palestinian recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” as the cornerstone of his “peace” policy and has Avigdor Lieberman, who calls on record for the transfer of Israeli Arab Palestinians, as the foreign minister of his ruling coalition, he officially raises ethnic cleansing to the level of state policy, and may be this is why French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly urged visiting Netanyahu on June 30 to replace his top diplomat and “to get rid of that man,” whom he declined to meet .
| ‘Forget it― it’s Not Happening’||Iyad Romel -
The unyielding political and monetary connection between America and Israel should call for Israel to respect all American citizens, no matter what their ethnicity or origin is. Sadly, this hope is exceedingly far from the truth, because if you’re a Palestinian with an American citizenship: forget it, it’s just not happening.
|Sarkozy Comments on Israeli Minister Make Waves||ETHAN BRONNER -
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel defended his ultranationalist foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, on Tuesday after reports emerged that President Nicolas Sarkozy of France had urged that he be replaced with the leader of the centrist opposition, Tzipi Livni.
|The elephant in the room: Israel`s nuclear weapons||David Morrison - The Electronic Intifada/Commondreams - Obama`s remark that "Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon" would be "profoundly destabilizing" and "could set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East" is profoundly dishonest. In reality, the race started in the early 1950s when Israel launched its nuclear weapons program.||5/7/2009|
|UN`s Richard Falk: Israel`s siezure of Gaza-bound ship was "criminal"||Reuters - United Nations human rights investigator on Thursday called Israel`s seizure of a ship carrying relief aid for the Gaza Strip "unlawful" and said its blockade of the territory constituted a "continuing crime against humanity". ||5/7/2009|
|Department of good acts||Asher Kesher - Yediot Yerusalayim - Prof. Victoria Buch, who died this week in Jerusalem of a serious illness, was a brilliant scientist at the Chemistry Institute at the Hebrew University, who was not satisfied with staying in the laboratory and joined the struggle for peace * She stood at checkpoints in an attempt to bridge between the soldiers and the Palestinians, took children from the refugee camps in her car for medical treatment in Israel, and established the Internet website Occupation Magazine, which infuriated right-wingers, who tried to bring it down * Victoria’s story||5/7/2009|
|Bananas||Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - NOT EVERY day, and not even every decade, does the Supreme Court rebuke the Military Advocate General. The last time this happened was 20 years ago, when the Advocate General refused to issue a proper indictment against an officer who ordered his men to break the arms and legs of a bound Palestinian. The officer argued that he considered this to be his duty, after the Minister of Defense, Yitzhak Rabin, had called for “breaking their bones”.||5/7/2009|
|Israeli manoeuvres||Al-Ahram -Editorial -
The manoeuvres were intended to simulate a war climate, but what kind of war? Some Israeli analysts could not help but observe that these national "defence" manoeuvres were training in offensive not defensive strategies.
|Pro-Israel Lobby Alarmed by Growth of Boycott, Divestment Movement||Art Young -
Support for BDS has grown considerably in recent months, which is why the AIPAC leader highlighted it as a cause for particular concern."||4/7/2009|
|US renews Israel loan guarantees ||Ma’an - The US has renewed a program of massive loan guarantees to Israel in spite of an ongoing dispute about the construction of illegal settlements in the West Bank. According to Reuters, the program allows Israel to sell bonds and take out loans with the backing of the US. The nine billion dollar program was originally approved in 2002 to help Israel cope with an economic downturn. According to Israeli economist Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem, the loan guarantees are actually contradictory to the US’ diplomatic stance on settlements.
|No change in Jerusalem, yet : The hints of hopeful developments in the Palestinian-Israeli situation have not yet reached the centre of the conflict||Mick Dumper - The Guardian - The rupture to employment, family life, community cohesion and access to services and cultural amenities caused by the huge separation wall running through the eastern edge of Jerusalem has been enormous. Demolitions of Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem, which continue to sow bitterness and anger; the increased cancelling of East Jerusalem ID cards, which deprives people of residency in the city, access to services and National Insurance benefits; the systematic erosion of Palestinian territory through zoning plans; and the land acquisitions of the Israeli settlers all combine to produce a highly volatile situation.
|The International League for Human Rights protests against violent activities by the Israeli navy and army in Gaza and Bil`in ||The International League for Human Rights - Press Release - We call upon the German Government, the European Union, the United States of America and the United Nations to take concrete steps vis-a-vis the Israeli government against the blockade of the Gaza Strip and against the military invasions of the village of Bilìn. ||2/7/2009|
|Salam Fayyad`s false optimism ||Rami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - With Palestinian unity still far away, there will be no credible Palestinian side to negotiate. There is already no credible Israeli side. All of this means that the prospect of a Palestinian state is still very far away no matter how many optimistic speeches Mr. Fayyad gives||2/7/2009|
|Spoil them rotten||Gideon Levy - Haaretz - Every few weeks there`s a shortage of another item. Water is in sufficient supply for the time being, but electricity is intermittent. They are repairing the power station but there aren`t any spare parts. You try living in the Gaza heat and poverty without electricity. On Tuesday, for example, the electricity supply to Beit Lahia was cut off for hours. They have begun to clear away the rubble from Operation Cast Lead, but they haven`t started to rebuild, not even a room, except for mud houses, because there is no cement and gravel.
|Naomi Klein: Oppose the state, not the people ||Yotam Feldman - Haaretz - First of all, I deal in communications. It`s my profession and my passion and I naturally rebel against any kind of cutting off of channels of dialogue. I think that one of the most powerful tools of those who oppose the boycott is the argument that it is a boycott of Israelis. It`s true that some academics won`t agree to accept an article by an Israeli for publication in a journal. There aren`t many of them, and they make stupid decisions. This is not what the boycott committee has called for. The decision isn`t to boycott Israel but rather to oppose official relationships with Israeli institutions."
|Breaking the Siege of Gaza: Governments Refuse While Citizens Act||Ann Wright - Commondreams - Since the December, 2008-january, 2009 Israeli attack on Gaza six months ago that killed 1440 persons, including 400 children, wounded over 5,000 and made 70,000 homeless, the international community has sent no aid to Gaza, no reconstruction materials -- nothing. The governments have decided that the government of Hamas would use reconstruction materials for terrorist acts and that there are no non-governmental organizations in Gaza they can trust with millions of dollars in reconstruction funding.||2/7/2009|
|Book Review: Thinking Palestine ed. Ronit Lentin, Zed Books, London, 2008. 264pp, paperback, includes index.||Yehudit Keshet - This review is dedicated to the memory of Victoria Buch||7/7/2009|
|Encountering Peace: It`s the occupation, stupid!||Gershon Baskin - Jerusalem Post - "The two sides agree that West Bank and Gaza Strip territory, except for issues that will be negotiated in the permanent status negotiations, will come under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Council in a phased manner, to be completed within 18 months from the date of the inauguration of the council" - 1995 Interim Agreement.||7/7/2009|
|Want to Stop Israeli Settlements? Follow the Dollars.||Ronit Avni -
Washington Post -
""It is time for these settlements to stop.""
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