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An Organized Barbarity Called `Demolishing Terrorists’ Homes`Hagai El-Ad - In 2005, house demolitions were [temporarily] discontinued after a military committee found them to be a measure of questionable effectiveness, a policy whose disadvantages outweigh its advantages. Yet debating the issue in terms of its “effectiveness as deterrent” is like debating the pros and cons of lynchings. [The writer is the executive director of the B’Tselem Human Rights Center-bz]31/10/2015
Commission’s divest resolution, despite failing, breaks important groundCarol Sanders--On Oct. 21, Berkeley’s Human Welfare and Community Action Commission held a hearing to consider a resolution recommending that City Council divest city funds from four multinational corporations that profit from Israel’s occupation and violations of the rights of the Palestinian people. dn31/10/2015
Amnesty: Israeli forces have `ripped up the rulebook`Ma`an News Agency - " Amnesty International on Tuesday demanded that Israel stop unlawful killings in occupied Palestinian territory, stating that Israeli forces appeared to have "ripped up the rulebook." "There is mounting evidence that, as tensions have risen dramatically, in some cases Israeli forces appear to have ripped up the rulebook and resorted to extreme and unlawful measures," the group`s Middle East and North Africa director, Philip Luther, said in a statement."Intentional lethal force should only be used when absolutely necessary to protect life," he said. "Instead we are increasingly seeing Israeli forces recklessly flouting international standards by shooting to kill in situations where it is completely unjustified" ca30/10/2015
Israeli settlers win tax battleMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "In the battle over municipal funding and tax breaks, Likud ministers side with the powerful settler lobby." ca 30/10/2015
We have been given a frightful glimpse into Netanyahu’s mind David Grossman - The Guardian - For many years now, ever since he embarked on his journey to the prime minister’s office, he has masterfully mixed and stirred the true dangers facing Israel with the echoes of Holocaust trauma. Skilfully, with sharp flashes of rhetoric and overwhelming powers of persuasion, he has learned how to ensnare the majority of the Israeli population within a labyrinth constructed of echoes and the true facts of reality.-rh28/10/2015
The real reason a Palestinian mufti allied with Hitler? It’s not so shocking.Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post - The point of this history lesson was simple: Netanyahu has frequently sought to characterize Palestinian hostility and violence toward Israel not as a product of current political conditions — which he would then have to reckon with — but of a somehow innate, ancient Arab hatred of Jews.-rh28/10/2015
Red Rag column: the slave revoltGideon Spiro - What has been happening here in recent weeks is not a “wave of terror” but a spontaneous slave revolt. Israel has been keeping the Palestinian people under conditions of slavery for nearly fifty years. I assume that within every Palestinian there is a little Spartacus in a dormant state, who can be awakened any time. 28/10/2015
Never mind rewriting history, Netanyahu is focused on revising realityAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "What does it matter if Husseini suggested to Hitler to burn the Jews, or only to expel them? As always, the next day he’ll publicize a clarification, and his home paper, Israel Hayom, will make him into a victim of the left." - id 28/10/2015
The disgrace of Jewish extremismYizhar Hess - Ynet - "We all know we must fight Islamic fundamentalism, but when it comes to fundamentalism in our own home, which is threatening our life as a Jewish-democratic state and endangering Zionism - we hesitate." - id 28/10/2015
How the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is warping religious JudaismRabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky - Forward - In real life, unlike in the biblical story of human sacrifice, no angel narrowly averted the disaster. Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Twenty years after this horrible crime, amid a new wave of Palestinian terrorism and Israeli reprisals that seems like the beginning of the beginning of the third intifada, it’s time for reflection. We’ve all seen too many analyses of the long road from Oslo to Wye River to Camp David, from disengagement to hilltop caravans, from Jenin to Lebanon to Gaza to Gaza to Gaza. We too rarely ask what is happening to our religion. How is this endless, pitiless conflict shaping Judaism? [ak] 28/10/2015
No Netanyahu, we refuse to keep living by the swordHagai Matar - +972 Magazine - The PM says Israelis are doomed to a permanent state of war. What about hope? No hope. Is our hand stretched out in peace? Only while holding on to the sword. This is where the Left must come in and bring the exact opposite message. Not to be expected from Herzog or Lapid, but from a real Left, with a message of hope for both Israelis and Palestinians. [ak] 27/10/2015
The side of Rabin`s legacy Israelis love to forgetNoam Sheizaf - +972 - I thank the Israeli Right, which continues to loathe Rabin and the yearly festival in his honor. By doing so, it reminds us that the prime minister’s assassination was a political act that took place in a political context, in a unique moment in history. If it were up to the pathetic leadership of the Labor Party or Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid (can we even imagine any of them taking such a controversial and historic step?) — we would likely be under the impression that Rabin was murdered because he was chief of staff. Or because he smoked. Or because he had a bad temper and a limited vocabulary. [bz]27/10/2015
Israel’s descent into unmasked, right wing extremism: A new generation rises to fight occupation, settler-colonialism, apartheid Omar Barghouti - Salon - This Palestinian resistance is a spontaneous reaction to the most racist, far-right government in Israel`s history [ry]26/10/2015
Palestinian resistance: messages from the streets Nassar Ibrahim - AIC - Many did not anticipate the current courageous, comprehensive, and vital reaction of the Palestinian people to Israeli policies and practices in Jerusalem. Young Palestinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem, Gaza and Israel have overcome humiliating internal divisions to defend Jerusalem as a national cornerstone of the Palestinian liberation project – politically, religiously, symbolically, morally and ethically. These young Palestinians exceed the limits of “rationality” and are acting on strong convictions and a deep sense of national awareness [ry]26/10/2015
There`s a Method to Netanyahu`s Hitler-Mufti Madness Chemi Shalev - Haaretz - Within hours, an international scandal erupted, forcing Netanyahu to backtrack and launch a counteroffensive: his critics, he claimed, were trying to whitewash the Mufti’s rabid hatred of Jews and well-documented sympathy for the Nazis. Adding insult to injury, perhaps, the Prime Minister’s Office made a big deal of a website editor who had photo-shopped Netanyahu in an SS uniform. It’s hard to understate the cynicism of the move, at a time that Israel is marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, who was similarly draped in SS garb in the violent demonstrations against the Oslo peace process, in which Netanyahu was the main speaker. [bz]24/10/2015
Make Rabin`s memorial a national holidayYedidia Stern - Ynet - "The justified pride we take in being the only democracy in the region should be celebrated on Democracy Day everywhere: In school curricula and unique ceremonies, festive broadcasts, prayers and special address by the prime minister." - id 22/10/2015
The Violence, Crisis and Tragedy of Israeli PropagandaYOAV LITVIN - Counter Punch - "Israel has resorted to collective punishment of Palestinian society and inflammatory anti-Palestinian rhetoric. The latter has generated an environment whereby civilian/vigilante violence is currently surging in Israel." - id 22/10/2015
Israelis, Palestinians head down French path to nowhereAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Instead of taking advantage of the current crisis to impose significant diplomatic moves on Israel and the Palestinians, France and the United States came up with useless ideas that are only expected to increase the extent of the despair." - id 21/10/2015
Will uprising bring Hamas, Fatah closer?Mohammed Othman - Al Monitor - "The unity shown by the Palestinian people on the ground in their uprising against Israeli practices can be reflected on the political scene; but will Fatah and Hamas take this opportunity to end the division?" - id 21/10/2015
15,000 CHICAGO PROTESTORS DEMAND END TO ISRAELI OCCUPATIONRAY HANANIA - The Arab Daily News - "Chicago Police declined to give an official estimated of the number of protestors, something they do often in other protests. But then again, hey, Chicago is “Prime Minister Rahm Emanuel’s” occupied territory." - id 21/10/2015
The prime minister, the sheikh, and the messiah(s)Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Under the patronage of a messianic government, the “price tag” gangs go out into the West Bank to promote the messianic idea by destroying agricultural lands and property, as well as harming Palestinians—even burning a family in its home— if the High Court annoys them." - id21/10/2015
Mismanaging the Conflict in JerusalemNathan Thrall - The New York Times - It is a deeply regrettable fact that, during the past quarter-century, violence has been the most consistent factor in Israeli territorial withdrawal. What seems guaranteed is that most Palestinians will continue to believe that if the occupation is cost-free, there will be little incentive to end it. [From FMEP picks-bz]20/10/2015
Why Jerusalem Can and Must Be DividedShaul Arieli - Haaretz - The political wall was the only one built, and it included most of the Arab neighborhoods – contrary to all social or security logic. Detailed presentations showing that the wall’s location would actually hamper security forces during periods of escalation didn’t help. [bz]20/10/2015
From Unilateral- to Bilateral war - or: How the Palestinians Fight to Prevent Being Expelled From the CountryAmos Gvirtz - The extensive land-grab that Israel has been carrying out in the West Bank is perceived by Israelis as a legal bureaucratic action, whereas Palestinians see this as a unilateral act of war on the part of an occupying force against defenseless civilians. House demolition is seen by Israelis as an act of law enforcement. The Palestinians understand it as a unilateral act of war on the part of an occupying force against defenseless civilians. So, too, are regarded the destruction of water holes and reservoirs, sheep and goat pens, storehouses and other structures. 20/10/2015
Palestinians and Israelis must speak with one voice: this is no way for us to live Izzeldin Abuelaish - The Guardian - As hope of a two-state solution fades and violence returns, where is the political leadership we need to restore order and security? We need help from the UN [ry]19/10/2015
Zionism’s ‘Double Ghettoisation’ Jeremy Salt--While superiority has been ascribed historically both to those living within and beyond a pale of settlement, it is only the phrase ‘beyond the pale’ that has come to mean people whose behavior is outrageous, deplorable and intolerable. All of these words are fitting to describe the attitudes and behavior of many Israelis in recent weeks. Torrents of pure hatred have been directed by soldiers, police and civilians against Palestinians accused of stabbing Jewish Israelis, many of them East Jerusalem or West Bank settlers. Unarmed Palestinians have been killed. Even children have been shot dead or wounded, with one cursed by onlookers even as he lay in a pool of his own blood.dn18/10/2015
The Single-state Solution Is Already Here Gideon Levy--And now to the facts. One state already exists here, and has done so for 48 years. The Green Line faded long ago; the settlements are in Israel, and Israel is also the settlers’ land. The fate of the two million Palestinians who live in the West Bank is decided by the government in Jerusalem and the defense establishment in Tel Aviv, not by Ramallah. Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, is their ruler far more than Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is. They are clearly part of the binational state and have been its subjects, forcibly, for some three generations. This state has three regimes: democracy for the Jews; discrimination for the Israeli Arabs; and apartheid for the Palestinians. But everyone lives in one inseparable state. The binational state that was born in 1967 is not democratic. In fact, it’s one of the worst states in the world, because of the military dictatorship it upholds in part of its territory – one of the most brutal, totalitarian regimes in existence today. It is also one of the most racist states, since it determines its residents’ rights based solely on their nationality. dn18/10/2015
Intifada or not, something powerful is going onNigel Wilson--Palestinians are coming together, regardless of age, gender and political affiliation, in a show of solidarity.dn18/10/2015
Lies, Deceit and DesperationBruno Jäntti--Influential Israeli party leader Yair Lapid visited NYC in what emerged as a textbook example of Israeli secular and liberal thinking. Accusing the BDS movement of carrying out the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and trying to mobilize American Jews behind Israeli policies, Lapid’s conspiracy theories highlighted why Israel’s stock keeps plummeting internationally.dn18/10/2015
Netanyahu`s Pathetic List of Solutions Won`t Bring Israel Security Haaretz Editorial--In the long term, concrete barriers won`t stop terror, nor will neighborhood closures. House demolitions and citizenship revocations will only produce more terrorists. dn18/10/2015
It`s time to challenge the status quo in PalestineLamis Andoni--The deafening silence in the international media as the toll of Palestinians injured and killed by the Israeli army is appalling. It seems there is an unwritten consensus that as long as Western governments, mainly the US, do not see a serious threat to "Israeli security" and to "Israeli Jewish lives", it is just another "cycle of violence" that can be suppressed, if not crushed by a well-equipped Israeli army.dn17/10/2015

Yair Lapid`s Shoot to Kill Policy Makes for a Sorry Ethics Code Carolina Landsmann--“We’re not the judiciary,” Magen David Adom director Eli Been said, explaining in simple words why MDA medics would treat the most seriously wounded people first, even if they were the attackers, and the more lightly wounded victims afterward. “We’re an organization dedicated to saving lives, and we treat everyone equally, regardless of race, religion or gender. All our people have been taught this.” . . . It surely won’t be long before Lapid joins in the battle against MDA’s soft policy, just as soon as he’s done dealing with those civilians trying to dodge Israel’s new deterrence system, those people who think twice before shooting to kill. As Lapid said, “Don’t hesitate. Even at the start of an attack, shooting to kill is correct. If someone is brandishing a knife, shoot him. It’s part of Israel’s deterrence.” 17/10/2015
In Israel, Heroic Is He Who Cocks His Weapon Yossi Sarid--It`s only a matter of time and luck before a Jew is riddled with bullets just because he looks like an Arab...Every nation has its rabble, and every rabble has its hour. Now its hour has come. For now every Cossack from Lehava and La Familia is free to roam the streets of Jerusalem in search of prey. dn 17/10/2015
Will Jerusalem explode into a third intifada?Ahmed Al-Sayed - Al-Ahram - "...settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem must be told “to exercise strict self-control because you are responsible for our security. Any provocation by you will cost us all a high price.”" - id16/10/2015
Read Their Lips: Israeli Leaders’ Plans for the PalestiniansSamah Sabawi - Maan News Agency - "...contrary to Israel’s claim of incitement by the PA as being the leading factor in causing the uprising, the reality on the ground tells a different story." - id 16/10/2015
Is Israel violating the Geneva Convention?Ahmad Melhem - Al Monitor - "In light of the recent security escalation in Jerusalem, Israel has resumed its house demolition policy, violating international law." - id 16/10/2015
Palestinians mustn`t fall into this trap, againSam Bahour - +972 - "To cover up its crimes, Israel needs to feed all the western stereotypes of Palestinians as violent and subhuman rather than hungry for freedom and equal rights." - id 16/10/2015
When wave of terror becomes a tsunamiNahum Barnea - Ynet - "The current wave has roots, at least in part, in the fact that Palestinian and Israeli governments have been offering Palestinian youths nothing but despair over the years." - id 14/10/2015
RACIST ISRAELI SOCCER FANS IN THE FIRING LINEJames Dorsey - The Arab Daily News - "Doubts about the sincerity of the Israeli government crackdown have been fuelled by what some perceive to be a double standard in the response of the police and the military to Israeli Jewish and Palestinian perpetrators of violence." - id14/10/2015
To show that we care, that we do not give upAdam Keller - Crazy Country - ""The Women in Black are standing there every week, already for many years. But in the present situation it is not enough that they will be there. Many more people should be there to show that we care, that we do not give up, that we take a stand!"." - id 14/10/2015
Death sentence through the back doorYehuda Shohat - Ynet - In their attempt to engage terrorists, Israeli troops` default option has become shoot to kill. It may soon backfire - quite literally [ry]13/10/2015
Make East Jerusalem the Capital of PalestineAmira Hass - Haaretz - How did the horse die just as it was getting used to not eating? (...) Twenty steps that will reverse the situation – and be far less painful than the alternative. (...) Delusional? Actually, all this would be far less painful than the destruction of this land and the two peoples who live in it. [bz]12/10/2015
Kitchen knife - Palestinian weapon of despairMichel Warschawski - AIC - A spree of extra-judicial killings is taking place in Israel today, cheered on by the masses. This spree renders any Palestinian action an act of suicide. (...) A young woman rises one morning, takes a screwdriver and attacks an Israeli, knowing this will almost certainly cost her life. This is the state of despair of a Palestinian population that has lost all illusions concerning the "peace process". [bz] 12/10/2015
The sum of our financial fears: What if the PA collapses? Danny Rubinstein - Ynet - If the Palestinian rule does fall apart, the political, security and economic burden on Israel`s shoulders will be unbearable (...) Without Israel, the West Bank will soon turn into a second Gaza, with an African-style distress and one of the world`s highest unemployment rates. [bz]12/10/2015
There will be no peace until Israel’s occupation of Palestine ends Marwan Barghouti - The Guardian - The current escalation in violence did not start with the killing of two Israeli settlers, it started a long while ago and has been going on for years. Every day Palestinians are killed, wounded, arrested. Every day colonialism advances, the siege on our people in Gaza continues, oppression persists. As many today want us to be overwhelmed by the potential consequences of a new spiral of violence, I will plead, as I did in 2002, to deal with its root causes: the denial of Palestinian freedom. [bz]12/10/2015
Abbas Can’t Control the Lost Generation of Oslo Amira Hass - Haaretz - One of the assumptions of Israeli and Palestinian intelligence is that those carrying out the lone-wolf attacks are influenced by social media. That’s true, but they are also influenced by video clips, some of which appear on Israeli sites first, depicting the routine violence that Israel directs at Palestinians. Those speaking of incitement are underestimating the influence of Israeli soldiers killing Palestinians civilians. [bz]12/10/2015
incoherence and beyond : dignity under oppressionNadiah Harhash--Amid the fire and the bloodshed, there remains a need, a serious need to evaluate the situation. Our gains and losses. As there are no gains with bloodshed, it is our losses that we need to evaluate. dn11/10/2015
Democracy, Not Demography: No to Partial Solutions in Palestine Nada Elia--Racism does not exist without sexism, without homophobia, without classism, without ableism, without violence. dn11/10/2015
Man without a plan: Palestinians don’t hate Abbas, but they’re tired of him.William Booth--RAMALLAH, West Bank — It is a tough time to be Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, a man without a country — or a popular mandate or much of a plan. dn11/10/2015
Israeli Soldiers Kill 6 Palestinians in Gaza as West Bank Unrest GrowsJODI RUDOREN--JERUSALEM — Israeli soldiers killed six young Palestinians on Friday in the Gaza Strip, including a 15-year-old boy, as they opened fire to quell crowds that hurled rocks and rolled burning tires close to the fence separating Gaza from Israel, Israeli military and Gaza health officials said. The deadly clash came as the roiling violence and unrest of the past week continued across Israel and the occupied West Bank; there were four more stabbing attacks, including the first by a Jewish Israeli against Arabs, and unruly demonstrations that raged into the night.dn 11/10/2015
Israel Must Recognize Israeli Arabs as Palestinians Jack Khoury--If Jerusalem believes in coexistence not based on the quality of hummus, it must seek a political deal with the Palestinians that provides a basis for civic equality in Israel. The term “Israeli Arab” that defines 20 percent of the country’s citizens is misleading if you look at their national identity. The overwhelming majority were born in the country, and they’re the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Palestinians. Those same citizens, whether they like it or not, have siblings, cousins and in-laws over the Green Line and overseas. The identification of these citizens with the Palestinian people’s suffering and its struggle for self-definition is absolute, though of course political approaches vary. dn 10/10/2015
The right-wing solution for the violenceDahlia Scheindlin--The Israeli Right has offered up legislation to deal with stone throwing, supported new settlements, and at times even championed annexation. The result has only led to a worsening security situation.dn10/10/2015
Stop talking about an intifada: Israel`s occupation must endSaeb Erekat - Ma`an - To consider what is happening just as a "new wave of violence" mainly overlooks the point that Palestinians have been under a belligerent occupation for decades, that Israel continues with its Apartheid policies and to build illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land, and that Israel has been aiming to change Palestine`s identity; particularly occupied East Jerusalem. [bz]10/10/2015
Israel`s Arabs are no longer afraid Ayman Siksek - Ynet - In retrospect, the October 2000 events accelerated the move we are witnessing today: Political and cultural solidarity between young Israeli Arabs and Palestinians. [bz]10/10/2015
Israel still holds all the cardsNoam Sheizaf - +972 - The tragic paradox is that it was the intifadas that led to Israeli concessions (Oslo, the Gaza Disengagement), while the peaceful years resulted in more hardline Israeli positions and the expansion of settlements. The relative quiet on the ground in recent years, enforced by the Palestinian Authority on Israel’s behalf, led Israelis to believe they can enjoy peace and prosperity without ending the occupation.[bz]10/10/2015
`The problem isn`t Arab protesters, it`s the society that sees them as an enemy`Noam Sheizaf - +972 "The problem isn’t Arab protesters. The problem is that the Israeli public sees them as an enemy against which force must be used. The police use lethal force against Arab protesters not by chance, but because the police are part of the Jewish public and internalize its racism." ca for id7/10/2015
Israel’s New Right Wants Blood in the Streets Chaim Levinson - Haaretz "The pioneers who once led the camp have been pushed aside in favor of the wisdom of the masses, who want an immediate and violent solution. The wheeling-dealing of the right’s leaders in recent years has produced a new layer of opinion that scorns balanced consideration. The meteoric rise of people like Miri Regev and Oren Hazan reflects the unapologetic, new right." ca for id 7/10/2015
Analysis: Palestinian rebellion underwayYossi Melman - Jerusalem Post - What should we call the violence? Intifada? Not an intifada? Grassroots terror? Stone intifada? The sad truth is that the name doesn’t matter. he reality is that the West Bank and Jerusalem are on fire. They have been burning for several months, for as long as a year. The Palestinians are on a path to confrontation. The status quo is dying, one way or another. The latest tensions could escalate into a massive Palestinian uprising, or Abbas might resign, or the Palestinian Authority might dismantle, or the Oslo Accords might be canceled, as Abbas has already threatened to do – or all these things may occur simultaneously. [ak]6/10/2015
Red Rag column: No to Roni Alsheikh for Israel Police Commissioner!Gideon Spiro - Roni Alsheikh; Children of the Stones in Jerusalem; Let Mordechai Vanunu join his wife in Oslo6/10/2015
Weakened by Israel, Abbas Could Do Nothing to Prevent Fatal Attacks Amira Hass - Haaretz - As expected, Naftali Bennett rushed to place responsibility for the Old City murder on Abbas and the PA on Saturday night. In the eyes of the Palestinian public, this placement of responsibility only emphasizes Abbas`s pathetic situation. He doesn`t even go to Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa. He cannot leave roads passing through the Area C in the West Bank without permission from and coordination with Israel, and still Israel holds him responsible for what happens within its own areas of security control. The way in which Israel makes Abbas a laughing stock, in the eyes of the Palestinian public, only weakens his arguments against using weapons even more. [bz]5/10/2015
Abbas’ last hurrah?Daoud Kuttab - AlJazeera - The Palestinian leader’s UN speech marks the end of his political era [ry]5/10/2015
Israel`s new year offensiveSergio Yahni - AIC - If Netanyahu`s actions are not restricted, Palestinians and Israelis will find themselves not in a third intifada, but in a religious war [ry]5/10/2015
What Abbas should have told the United NationsRida Abu Rass--What if the Abbas had announced this was his last UN speech as Israel’s security contractor? A reimagined version of the speech that wasn’t. (Read or watch Abbas’s actual speech.)dn4/10/2015
Israeli disinformation sullies a rare moment of wartime compassionRobert Fisk--When will the Israeli government stop misusing the RAF’s wartime raid on the Gestapo’s Danish headquarters to justify their killing of children? Their shameful and dishonest version of the 1945 air attack in Copenhagen is repeated constantly by Israeli spokesmen whenever the world responds in horror to the country’s pulverisation of Arab civilians. It popped up again last week when the Israeli spokesman, Mark Regev, tried to avoid Channel 4’s questions about the UN’s latest report on the 2014 Gaza bloodbath and the killing of four children on a beach a year ago.dn4/10/2015
As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against BDS activists.Max Blumenthal, Julia Carmel--As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against BDS activists.dn4/10/2015
Are European settlement labels a double standard?Lorenzo Kamel - +972 "Allegations of an EU double standard are largely grounded on misguided or incomplete information. Just as the EU does not support Israeli entities in the Palestinian territories, the EU does not provide support to Turkish entities established in Northern Cyprus under Turkey’s national law." ca2/10/2015
Netanyahu Will Address U.N., but Focus May Be Healing Rift With U.S.JODI RUDOREN - NYT - "Mr. Netanyahu will be wary of isolating himself even further by continuing to rail against it. With a November meeting set between him and President Obama, it is time to move on, and the United Nations speech is a high-profile chance to show (or pretend) that he has." - id 1/10/2015
The Collaborators’ Finest HoursCarolina Landsmann - Haaretz "What has changed recently is that Netanyahu is in a way outlawing the political dispute while leading a ideological purge: He and his bureau will take care of the left-wing media, Naftali Bennett was picked to cleanse the education system, Miri Regev was chosen to rid leftist influence from our culture, Ayelet Shaked will purify the justice system, and in the same spirit a senior Shin Bet official was picked to head the police." ca 2/10/2015
Netanyahu’s 44 seconds of silence at UN are being widely mocked — ‘pathetic,’ ‘creepy’Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz - Mondoweiss "The silence is already being heralded by the cable stations as vintage Netanyahu theatrics, to go along with the cartoon bomb, but then the cartoon bomb was a dud too. And the silence is being mocked. In this video for instance:" ca2/10/2015
Why is it so hard for leftists to speak out amid terror attacks?Haggai Matar - +972 "But at the end of the day it all comes back to the fact that we are in danger of forgetting what we’re fighting for, and what is the nature of that political struggle. The struggle against the occupation — which is first and foremost a struggle against displacement and disenfranchisement, against racism, against a military regime, against separate legal systems based on ethnicity or nationality, against war crimes committed by our country — it is a struggle for our future." ca9/10/2015
Israelis do not want a leader with vision Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "On the evening of Oct. 5, at the end of the holiday of Simchat Torah, Israeli citizens, young and old, schoolchildren and university students, watched as three members of the government — Ministers Haim Katz, Yariv Levin and Zeev Elkin — protested in Jerusalem against the policy of their government...The chairman of the opposition, Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog, on the other hand, blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He accused the Palestinian leader who dared attack the occupation." ca 9/10/2015
NETANYAHU AT THE UN AND THE WAR ON BULLSH*T!EILEEN FLEMING - The Arab Daily News - ""...The monstrous apartheid wall cuts off East Jerusalem…Bethlehem too is totally enclosed by the wall, with two gated entry points. The Israelis have added insult to injury by plastering the entrances with giant scenic posters welcoming tourists to Christ’s birthplace.”" - id 1/10/2015
Palestinians deserve better than Netanyahu and AbbasRami G. Khouri--BOSTON — The two speeches at the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week by the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president captured the depressing, stalemated, and increasingly violent condition of the century-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Israelis must judge the policies and strategy of their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Most of the rest of the world sees him as an extremist, out-of-control scaremonger whose policies affirm Zionist colonial expansionism and consolidation in occupied Arab lands, with the repeatedly reconfirmed support of a majority of Israeli voters.dn3/10/2015
Israeli settler couple killed, and the band plays onDahlia Scheindlin--Our hearts are desensitized by horror fatigue, convinced that nothing can change. But we must still try, if not for the dead then for the living. dn3/10/2015
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