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Supreme Court Under AttackThe Association for Civil Rights in Israel - Position Paper - The claim that it is “leftwing” is a code word for the clash between the current political majority, with its aspiration to strengthen the nationalist-Jewish aspects of Israeli identity and life, and the values of equality. Those who stand up for the latter discover themselves to be obstacles in the way of the majority with all its political clout.-rh 29/2/2012
Don`t Boycott IsraelMJ Rosenberg - Political Correction -I have to say, however, that I do not believe that boycotting Israel, as we are seeing on some campuses and at those co-ops, makes any sense — at least for those of us who favor peace, the end of the occupation, a Palestinian state, and also the continued secure existence of Israel.-rh 29/2/2012
The ‘Trust Gap’Justin Raimondo - AntiWar - "The US-Israeli divide: it’s a chasm." - id 29/2/2012
10 Reasons to Keep an Eye on AIPACMedea Benjamin - AntiWar - "From stopping a catastrophic war with Iran to finally solving the Israel-Palestine conflict, an essential starting point is breaking AIPAC’s grip on U.S. policy." - id 29/2/2012
For Israel`s government, we are insignificant beingsMerav Michaeli - Haaretz - "When we, who live in a democracy, do stand up against something, write articles opposing it and demonstrate against it, our protests have no effect." - id 29/2/2012
Don`t boycott Israel MJ Rosenberg - Political Correction - Senators and Representative feel free to be utterly reactionary on the Middle East and remain immune to challenges by Progressive constituents, if they are "good" on the economy, gay and women`s rights, health care, immigration, etc. This should stop. During the Vietnam War, Progressives did not forgive those who supported the war, even if they were "good" on other issues. (...) By all means the Occupation and everybody involved in it should be boycotted, but boycotting Israel as such implies that you want Israel as such to disappear.28/2/2012
Who Stole My Religion? Richard Schwartz - The writer, a religious Jew, offers practical suggestions for how to get Judaism back on track as a faith based on peace and compassion and care for what lives - eBook version freely accessible at [bz]28/2/2012
PLO committee agrees to push for landmark electionsOmar Rahman - +972 - With the Palestinian political horizon looking grim, reconciliation, elections and reform may be the only hope27/2/2012
Netanyahu`s latest Mideast peace push was nothing more than a swindleAkiva Eldar - Haaretz - During the Amman talks, the Palestinians were given 21 discussion topics that included borders, settlements, security, Jerusalem, water and archaeological sites, with not a hint as to Israel`s positions on these issues, and no map of any kind27/2/2012
South African activist offers perspective on BDSOmar Rahman--An impassioned speech by South African activist at Israeli Apartheid Week in London quickly gains attention. [video 10 minutes] dn26/2/2012
Tehran prepares for an unhappy holiday seasonSaeed Kamali Dehghan--This year, the 13-day family celebration which is meant to blow away the fatigue of winter is clouded by the fear of war, exhaustion and public anger caused by political discontent at home and western economic sanctions.dn26/2/2012
Is the Senate trying to force Obama to go to war? MJ Rosenberg--In pushing for war with Iran, some senators are putting Netanyahu`s priorities ahead of the United States.dn26/2/2012
If there were no Iranian threatDoron Rosenblum--Israel may no longer be capable of identifying diplomatic options and nonmilitary measures even when they are being blasted into its ears by so many sirens. dn26/2/2012
Barak will have to pass an attack on Iran through a reluctant U.S. Amir Oren--Meantime, whenever the idea of an Iran raid comes up, officials in Washington keep telling Netanyahu and Barak "No." In the past, this "no" was mentioned in faint, diplomatic tones; recently it has become blunt and loud. National security adviser Tom Donilon and national intelligence director James Clapper, who both recently visited Israel, have started to speak quite explicitly about Iran. dn26/2/2012
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israel`s Sole `Responsible Adult,` Publicly Opposes Iran AttackRichard Silverstein--The titular head of the leading Mizrahi political party, Shas, has publicly stated his opposition to an Iran attack (Hebrew). Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is not just the spiritual leader of Orthodox Mizrahi Jews, he’s also the godfather of its political movement. His senior cabinet representative, Eli Yishai, will therefore oppose any effort to attack Iran. Yisahi is also one of the eight most senior cabinet members who will have the decisive vote on whether to attack. Shas is one of the largest of the governing coalition members aside from Likud, and therefore commands a great deal of authority. If there is an attack, Bibi Netanyahu risks a split in his coalition, though it’s not clear Shas would leave should there be one.26/2/2012
Drumbeat of war with Iran has a familiar ringSimon Tisdall - The Guardian - The Iranian crisis differs from that over Iraq in 2003 in key respects. But the current impetus towards war can only be explained in terms of a western desire for Iraq-style regime change – because only regime change may achieve the de-nuclearisation the west insists upon. gm25/2/2012
Iran, Israel and the US: the slide to warConn Hallinan - - According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran is building nuclear weapons that pose an “existential” threat to Israel. But virtually no one believes this, including the bulk of Tel Aviv’s military and intelligence communities. As former Israeli Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said recently, Iran “is not an existential” threat to Israel. gm25/2/2012
Adnan’s Victory Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - The deal worked out in the Adnan case exposes the irrationality of [Administrative Detention]. If Adnan was so dangerous that he had to be imprisoned without charge or trial, how can he be released? And if he was not so dangerous, why was he held in the first place? bz 25/2/2012
Meet the New York Times’ New Israel-Palestine News ChiefALISON WEIR--The most recent person to be chosen for this powerful post [NYTimes Bureau Chief Israel-Palestine] at arguably the most influential newspaper in the United States is Jodi Rudoren. She takes the place of Ethan Bronner, who was preceded by Steven Erlanger, who was preceded by James Bennet, who was preceded by Deborah Sontag. All, according to an Israeli report, are Jewish.dn25/2/2012
Palestinian negotiator: Israel presented no position or offer in Amman talksAkiva Eldar - Haaretz "Israel`s sole condition before final-status talks start is Palestinian recognition of Israel as the Jewish people`s state. Abbas has rejected this demand several times. This was added as part of a sham grocery list of 21 topics Netanyahu refers to as `a comprehensive document` for negotiations," said Shtayeh of the demand to recognize Israel as the Jewish people`s state." ca24/2/2012
An Open Letter to President Abbas : Palestine and the UNJOHN V. WHITBECK - Counterpunch - You could proceed promptly to the UN General Assembly to obtain an overwhelming vote to upgrade Palestine’s status from “observer entity” to “observer state”. The memberships of the UN and UNESCO are substantially identical, and only 14 states voted against Palestine’s admission as a UNESCO member state. Logically, even fewer states should oppose “observer state” status for Palestine at the UN.- rh 23/2/2012
`The Pursuit of a Two-State Solution Is a Fantasy`Sari Nusseiba - Spiegel - It is extremely hard for the most imaginative of us to see how to work out a redrawing of the map in order to give us, the Palestinians, East Jerusalem as capital. But secondly, there are the Israeli settlers. Can you take away half a million people? No, you cannot. Nothing is impossible, mathematically speaking. But we are talking about politics, and in politics not everything is always possible.-rh22/2/2012
Palestinian unity likely to be real this timeDaoud Kuttab - Common Ground News - In fact Hamas has been softening its position for some time. In public statements, Meshal announced that his movement is no longer going to try to liberate the West Bank and Gaza through violent means but through a nonviolent (popular) struggle.- rh 22/2/2012
More of the News That’s Fit to Print!SHMUEL ROSNER - NYT - "Israelis don’t trust the foreign media to report on Israel accurately, and they don’t trust the domestic media to report on Israel impartially." - id 22/2/2012
The call to rescind Habima’s invitation to the Shakespeare festival has nothing to do with Shakespeare, and everything to do with its complicity in violations of international law : Response to Whitewashing attempt by Stephen Marche (New York Times)BfW20/2/2012
Israel`s patriots no longer interested in a liberal society Neri Livneh--In Im Tirtzu`s eyes, patriotism means being a fervent Zionist, using security reasons to justify everything Israel does, and seeing everyone as an enemy. dn19/2/2012
Saving Khader Adnan`s life is saving our own soul Richard Falk--The Palestinian prisoner`s case is a microcosm of the unbearable cruelty of prolonged occupation. dn17/2/2012
Ex-political prisoner shares journey though Israeli jailsAlexis Thiry--There were 4,937 political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers in November 2011 according to Adameer, a Palestinian non-governmental organization. Yazan Abdulhadi was one of them before he was released on November 28, 2011, between the two swaps of the deal between Israel and Hamas to free Gilad Schalit (not as part of the deal). On January 7, 2012, he agreed to give an interview that would be published in +972 Magazine. The conversation took place in Ramallah, at Café Pronto.dn17/2/2012
A dubious kosher stampAsaf Gefen - Ynet - " And so, we can now replace the outdated policy of upholding the law with a new school of thought, which espouses the retrospective legitimization of wrongful acts." - id 22/2/2012
Iran uses terror to target civilians, and so does IsraelGideon Levy - Haaretz - People who were impressed with the assassination of the Iranian scientists - and there are many such people in Israel - those who say with a typical Israeli wink that "they shouldn`t be mourned" ignore the fact that another harsh, unnecessary bloody cycle has been launched. What possible use can there be in killing one scientist, who is then replaced by three others?-rh 16/2/2012
Reality of Hamas-Fatah unityRamzy Baroud - Gulfnews - Since its formal establishment in 1994, the PNA provided a platform for corrupt individuals to exploit a corruptible institution which was far from being a national liberation project. The PNA had, in fact, institutionalised corruption. More, it divided and devastated Palestinian society, squandering years of the societal cohesion during the early phases of the First Intifada.-rh 16/2/2012
NGO Monitor declares terminology used by Israel’s Danny Ayalon to be "anti-Semitic"Ben White - The Electronic Intifada - For her use of the term “Judaization,” Rolink earned the drummed-up outrage of right-wing pressure group NGO Monitor, which screamed “anti-Semitism” and demanded her resignation. Claiming the term “originated with Arab rejectionists” and is “promoted by fringe [NGOs]”, the group called Judaization “an anti-Jewish racist term which suggests that the presence of Jews is alien and unacceptable”.-rh 16/2/2012
Israel: a mission to disruptMeron Rapoport - Le Monde Diplomatique - "Our mission was to disrupt - this was the phrase: to disrupt and harass the lives of the citizens," reads one of the testimonies. "This is how our mission was defined, because the terrorists are citizens, and we want to disrupt [their] activity, and the operational way to [do this] is to harass the lives of the citizens. I am sure of this."- rh16/2/2012
Israel rejects Palestinian hunger-striker`s appealDonald Macintyre - The Independent - A Palestinian prisoner who human rights organisations say may be `approaching death` after 58 days on hunger strike has lost his appeal against an order holding him for four months without trial.-rh 15/2/2012
Red Rag: sounds of warGideon Spiro - Sounds of War - Occupation rabbis - Holocaust Day - Leibowitz Prize15/2/2012
Yalla Peace: Hope for peace at a roadblock RAY HANANIA - JPost - "Sadly in Middle East mathematics and reasons are turned on their heads." - id15/2/2012
Israeli schools must stay away from political rhetoricDina Berdichevsky, Gili Kugler--We want the right to keep a skeptical distance on the sidelines of fashionable rhetoric that constantly makes use of popular phrases such as `moral standards,` `experiences,` `excitement` and `identity.`dn14/2/2012
Israel`s new peace camp is playing into Hamas` handsAkiva Eldar - Haaretz - The `elites` enthusiasticly buy into the idea that the Palestinians rejected the `generous offer` that peace-loving Israeli leaders placed at their doorstep - and paid us back in terror13/2/2012
Storm over HebronUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - By rights, Hebron should be a symbol of brotherhood and conciliation. It is the town associated with the legendary figure of Abraham, the common ancestor of both Hebrews and Arabs. Indeed, the name itself connotes friendship: the Hebrew name Hebron stems from the same root as “haver”, friend, comrade, while the town’s Arab name - al-Halil - means “friend”. Both names refer to Abraham being the friend of God.11/2/2012
Israel, the MEK and state sponsorship of terrorismGlenn Greenwald - if Israel is in fact using the MEK to murder Iranian scientists, is this not definitive proof that Israel is, by definition, a so-called state sponsor of Terrorism under US law? gm11/2/2012
The threat of a military provocation by Tel Aviv against Iran is very realMoshe Machover--One thing is beyond any doubt: a major aim of Israel’s foreign policy is the overthrow of the Iranian regime. What is not generally understood are the motives behind this aim, and the present Israeli government’s preferred means of achieving it. In this article I would like to say something about the motives, and then explain why prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s preferred means is war – one likely to ignite a major conflagration.dn11/2/2012
5-minute film depicts Iran nuclear attack scenario[The commentary accompanying the film is also worth reading] dn11/2/2012
Netanyahu Refuses EU Demands To Release DetaineesSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "According to Maariv, the envoys asked Netanyahu to release 123 detainees, members of the Fateh movement of Mahmoud Abbas, and other factions that are part of the PLO; this excludes, among other factions, detainees who are members of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. It is worth mentioning that the same proposal was presented by EU Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, during her visit to the region last month.Netanyahu refused the proposal." ca10/2/2012
George, Captain George Yossi Sarid - Haaretz "The story investigative journalist Ronen Bergman told me is terrifying, not to say shocking. George opens the door of the interrogation room, sheds light on the darkness at noon and lets us take a quick look inside." ca10/2/2012
U.S. and Israel Split on Speed of Iran ThreatMARK LANDLER and DAVID E. SANGER - The New York Times - Amid mounting tensions over whether Israel will carry out a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, the United States and Israel remain at odds over a fundamental question: whether Iran’s crucial nuclear facilities are about to become impregnable.-rh 9/2/2012
Yalla Peace: The Hallucination of PeaceRAY HANANIA - JPost - "What we need is for both sides to start respecting each other again, instead of always trying to insult each other with arguments about “facts.” When it comes to the Palestine- Israel conflict, there are no facts." - id8/2/2012
By avoiding peace, Netanyahu is punishing Israel Editorial - Haaretz - "Netanyahu must end his obsessive search for flaws in the internal Palestinian agreement and focus instead on an initiative for ending the conflict. For he has the ability to do so." - id 8/2/2012
Turning a profit from normalization Shir Hever - Alternative Information Center - The debate about normalization, and the ways it undermines the struggle against occupation, revolves mostly around issues such as meetings, conferences, youth camps for Israelis and Palestinians and other so-called “co-existence” activities. But very little has been said and written about the economic element or the profit that comes from normalization.-rh 9/2/2012
Fatah and Hamas agree that Abbas will lead Palestinian unity cabinetDonald Macintyre - The Independent - By providing for Mahmoud Abbas to take on the premiership of a jointly agreed "technocratic" cabinet, the deal will be seen as a an effort to produce a leadership acceptable to at least some foreign governments, while acceding to Hamas demands that the internationally respected Salam Fayyad stand down as Prime Minister.-rh 8/2/2012
Iranophobia and the Hysteria over Tehran`s Nuclear Program MUHAMMAD SAHIMI - Frontline - The surest casualties of such war hysteria are the people of Iran and their aspirations for democracy and the rule of law, as well as their economic well-being. Tehran`s hardliners are almost anything one can imagine, but they are certainly not stupid. They will use the hysteria to clamp down even harder on the democratic opposition, hide behind the sanctions in order to justify their utter incompetence and vast corruption, and exploit the threat of war to thwart the people`s movement toward a representative government.-rh 7/2/2012
Unity Deal Brings Risks for Abbas and IsraelETHAN BRONNER - The New York Times - The agreement between Mr. Abbas, the leader of Fatah, and Khaled Meshal, the head of Hamas, was yet another convulsion in the Middle East involving the rise of political Islam and the challenge it poses to pro-Western forces. It put Israel, which is nervously watching the new order taking shape around it, further on edge.-rh 7/2/2012
LSE: New concerns over human rightsBen White - The Independent - These numerous ties, say Israel’s critics, make Technion complicit in the crimes associated with Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The Israeli military breaches international law daily, as it enforces an apartheid regime in the occupied territories that goes strictly against the Geneva Conventions.-rh 6/2/2012
Israelis should be afraid of their leaders, not IranGideon Levy--For far too long now Israel has been headed by heroes, the kind who don`t hesitate to take the country on yet another dangerous, purposeless adventure. We must tell them now, loudly: We are a-f-r-ai-d. dn5/2/2012
Israeli warnings on Iran war are more than empty threatsAmir Oren--The shortcomings in Netanyahu and the cabinet`s functioning put the ministers` collective and personal responsibility into focus. They can`t just abandon such a fateful decision to Netanyahu and Barak alone. dn5/2/2012
Israeli Arabs are citizens, not enemies of the state Haaretz Editorial--The sense of Arab citizens` alienation from the state stems from their lack of integration, employment and, most of all, criminality, which the state is not investing sufficient resources to contain. dn5/2/2012
Not only time will be lostGhassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - Otherwise, the two sides can negotiate forever without moving towards the objectives of the peace process, particularly the objective of two independent states. Unless the international community sees peace negotiations as an objective in themselves, it must stop pushing for the continuity of something that has been tried for 20 years. We must invest in a different process, including one that revises the third-party role to this conflict.-rh 2/2/2012
HRW Issues Report Criticising Israel High CourtCircarre Parrhesia - IMEMC News - The report deals with two recent rulings by the Israeli High Court regarding the Citizenship & Entry Into Israel law, and the use of quarries located in the West Bank by Israeli companies.-rh 2/2/2012
A nuclear-free Middle East: Necessary, desirable and impossible Richard Falk - Aljazeera - Finally, there is some discussion in the West that supports the idea of a nuclear-free zone for the Middle East. Such thinking is still treated as politically marginal, and hardly audible above the deafening beat of the war drums. To the extent proposed, it also tends to be defensively and pragmatically phrased to reinforce the prevailing anti-Iran consensus.-rh 2/2/2012
The present stands no chance against the past Robert Fisk - The Independent - Israel, which in the past could analyse events rationally, if not always correctly, appears, too, to have lost its ability to grasp events, its Prime Minister hiding behind self-delusional speeches when he should be understanding the typhoon sweeping across the Arab states around him. rh1/2/2012
Behind the Cover Story: Ronen Bergman on Whether Israel Will Attack IranRACHEL NOLAN - NYT - "Usually once the prime minister and defense minister take a position, the chance that the cabinet will object is low." - id 1/2/2012
His kind of peopleAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "...the man who was not Jewish and yet came out to defend persecuted Jews would have rather joined the Israelis who are not Arabs and yet come out to protect the rights of Arabs." - id 1/2/2012
Israel can`t seem to kick the West Bank settlement drugHaaretz Editorial--The initiative to encourage the settlements and defend the outposts, like the moves to dodge diplomatic negotiations, make it hard to spot the difference between PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Moshe Feiglin.dn12/2/2012
Mount Hermon`s pure snow can`t hide Israel`s dark pastGideon Levy--The entire Golan Heights is occupied exactly as the West Bank is.dn12/2/2012
Lifta`s imaginary future Esther Zandberg--Plans for a luxury development in an abandoned Arab village may have been scrapped - but dreams of restoring Lifta to its former glory are likely to remain just that. dn12/2/2012
Sheldon Adelson has already bought a politician: Israel’s Prime Minister NetanyahuNo anti-trust investigation has been launched against what appears to be Israel Hayom‘s flagrant violation of predatory pricing laws in the newspaper market. One reason is that apparently, Israel has no predatory-pricing law... Starting in summer 2010 – a mere 3 years after its launch! – this free-propaganda Adelson gamble posing as a newspaper has the #1 spot in weekday market share." 4/2/2012
Anti-Semitism and Israel`s Inherent Contradictions Ramzi Baroud--In a recent article, columnist Yaniv Halili described British author Ben White as `anti-Semitic`. He also denounced Arab Knesset member Hanin Zoabi for writing a forward to White`s latest book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy. 4/2/2012
An attack on Tehran would be madness. So don`t rule it outRobert Fisk--After invading Iraq over weapons of mass destruction, we plan to clap as Israel bombs Iran4/2/2012
We`ve seen the threats against Iran before Phyllis Bennis--Although political brinkmanship with Iran is nothing new, escalating tensions do not bode well for the region.18/2/2012
Twilight Zone / `One man against the state` Gideon Levy--Khader Adnan, who is protesting his detention and humiliating treatment, is about to set a record for Israel`s longest hunger strike. dn18/2/2012
Neocon Arguments For Iran War Are Tired ClicheM.J. Rosenberg - Media Matters - The campaign that surrounds Iran is about Israel`s fear that a nuclear Iran would inhibit Israel`s freedom of action throughout the Middle East, taking away its ability to do whatever it wants whenever it wants to. Israel fears precisely what happened to the United States after the Soviets got the bomb — that both countries would be constrained by a fear of the other.18/2/2012
Thou Shalt Not Kill (Thyself)Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - A state without democracy, without equality, condemned by itself to an endless war, dominated by religious fanatics, with the gap between the abject poor and a handful of immensely rich growing from year to year – such a state will look less and less attractive to bright young people, who can easily find a better life elsewhere, while retaining their Jewish identity.18/2/2012
‘A level of racist violence I have never seen’: UCLA professor Robin D. G. Kelley on Palestine and the BDS movementRobin Kelley - It’s not an accident that Jesse Jackson, for example, whose presidential campaign in the 80s was really formative as well, that his right-hand man, Jack O’Dell, had led a delegation in the 1970s to meet with PLO members and to go to the West Bank and to meet with Palestinians there when the PLO was in exile. And so, there’s been a long tradition after 1967 of various black liberation movements trying to build a connection to Palestine.18/2/2012
The Dilemmas of Israeli PowerROGER COHEN - IHT - "“Israel does not have a public relations problem; it has a policy problem. You can’t sell occupation in a postcolonial age.”" - id15/2/2012
Direct negotiations: Recipe for prolonging the occupationNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "The unequal dynamic in the negotiating room guarantees that neither peace nor justice will come out of direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians." - id 15/2/2012
Did rightist NGO leader admit to being inspired by fascist thinkers?Yossi Gurvitz - +972 - "As Im Tirzu takes its opponents to court, a troubling picture of the inspiration of its leader emerges." - id 15/2/2012
Starving for freedom: The hunger strike of Khader Adnan Ali Abunimah--Khader Adnan, currently on hunger strike in an Israeli prison, runs the risk of dying without international help.dn14/2/2012
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