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The UN and NATO: Buyer beware!Jane Stillwater-- In 1970, Nixon bombed the hell out of Cambodia. Absolutely no good came of that. In 2003, Bush bombed the hell out of Iraq. Nothing good was accomplished there either. In 2011, Obama bombed the hell out of Libya. Another disaster as well. And now Trump and Clinton are both claiming that if we elect either one of them to the presidency and give them a chance to bomb the hell out of Syria, Russia and Dallas, everything in America will magically become totally chill. dn 31/7/2016
Siraj CenterSiraj Center-- Walk Palestine Bike Palestine Jerusalem Wilderness dn 31/7/2016
Julian Assange Triggers the First WikiLeaks Election Anshel Pfeffer-- When the website published nearly 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee this week, it was seen as a deliberate attempt to scupper Hillary Clinton. The most chaotic presidential election campaign ever just got even more unpredictable. dn31/7/2016
War of the Words: Palestinian poetry broadcast terrifies Israeli rightShlomi Eldar--Israeli Ministers Miri Regev and Avigdor Liberman have attacked Army Radio over a broadcast featuring Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, even though his poetry is taught in Israeli schools. dn31/7/2016
What Saudi Arabia can offer IsraelAkiva Eldar--The unofficial visit by a retired Saudi general to Israel was a quiet overture that indicated Riyadh is willing to explore normalization with Israel in return for advancing the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. dn30/7/2016
On Jewishness and Criticism of IsraelJoseph Grim Feinberg--The children of the wealthy, the enlightened, the rabbis— They call the Hebrews to Zion. We’ve heard this old story before, from our enemies: “A ghetto for the eternal Jew!” On Jewishness and Criticism of Israel By Joseph Grim Feinberg dn 30/7/2016
When Israel`s leaders incite, one soldier pays the priceNoam Rotem - +972 - Elor Azaria is guilty for firing the bullet that killed Abdel Fatteh al-Sharif this past March. But let us not forget the long line of inciting comments by top Israeli leaders that made it possible. [bz]30/7/2016
Trump-Putin-Lieberman and the Axis of EvilRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "Lieberman is a leader cut out of the Trump-Putin mold. He is a former bouncer from his native Moldova. A gruff, no-nonsense figure who has no need for finesse or nuance. He says the most racist, outrageous things and pays no price for it (sound like anyone you know?). Once he even beat up a teenager who’d been taunting his son. The police investigated him for assault, but he was never convicted of any crime." ca29/7/2016
The Great Rift Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "All sectors used to be united by the army (except the Arabs and the Orthodox) which was a sacred institution – until an Oriental soldier called Elor Azarya saw a wounded Arab attacker lying on the ground and shot him point-blank in the head." - id 27/7/2016
Elie Wiesel, Neve Shalom and Sheldon Adelson J. Zel Lurie - When Elie Wiesel first came to New York, his command of English was sparse. At UN press conferences, he sat next to me and I whispered a Hebrew translation. We developed a friendship of sorts.(...) Later on, when his English improved. He remained my friend, and I sometimes sent him my articles about the joint Jewish-Arab village of Neve Shalom. He sent me hand-written words of praise and said Neve Shalom was a very important enterprise. But he never said that in public or in print. He would never say one critical word about the Palestinians. He irrevocably embarked on the road leading to the arms of casino king Sheldon Adelson, patron of the Israeli and American right wing. [ak] 26/7/2016
Poet on Trial: A visit to an Israeli courtKim Jensen - Mondoweiss "Of the thirteen spectators in the room, not a single person is here to cheer on the side of the prosecution. Not a single onlooker has a desire to see Dareen Tatour put behind bars. This absence of enemies or antagonists in the public gallery speaks volumes about the lack of an actual crime. The Judge, Adi Bambiliya, takes her seat and opens the proceedings. She is a pleasant-looking woman who wears her long blonde hair tucked casually behind her ears. Her demeanor is amenable and responsive, and it becomes one of the great mysteries of the afternoon: how such a reasonable-looking person could be bothered to adjudicate such a baseless case. " ca22/7/2016
The Israeli Right still hasn`t internalized that Palestinians existNoam Sheizaf - +972 "Arabs are more present than ever in the Israeli public sphere, but attempts to marginalize them are growing at an even faster pace. A new law aimed at pushing Arab representatives out of the political system could wind up changing the rules of the game — in the worst possible way." ca22/7/2016
Is Arab Knesset member Zoabi on her way out? Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "Zoabi has brought this on herself — and tragically on them as well. Some even express relief and joy that the Zoabi albatross will soon be removed from around their necks." - id 20/7/2016
Netanyahu mends fences, but not where it countsYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Israel`s concession, allowing the Turks to bring goods through Ashdod into Gaza, does not reduce the blockade. It gives it legitimacy and leaves Gaza dependent on Israel`s whims." - id20/7/2016
Welcome! Bienvenue! Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "What is happening now is the continuation of that Algerian conflict on French soil. The hatred that once ruled the streets of Algiers and Oran is being fought out in the streets of Paris and Marseilles." - id 20/7/2016
EU to push Israel-Palestine peace process as Quartet report flopsUri Savir - Al Monitor - Israeli rejection, Palestinian political weakness and US passivity alarm Brussels, increasing its fear of violent escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. And so, despite negative reactions by both sides, Europe is stepping into the current policy vacuum. At the moment, it’s the only show in town. [bz]19/7/2016
Israel-Palestine: A way to end the occupationMark LeVine - AlJazeera - Palestinians retain several diplomatic "nuclear options" they could deploy if all hope for a solution fades [ry] 18/7/2016
The Democratic Party Refuses to Support PalestineMax Ajl--Last weekend, supporters of non-candidate-elect and Hillary Clinton endorser Bernie Sanders begged the Democratic Platform Committee to do something—anything—positive for Palestine. dn17/7/2016
Israeli NGOs decry ‘deeply anti-democratic move’ as new law approvedRuth Eglash and William Booth--JERUSALEM — Internationally known human rights organizations in Israel reacted with indignation Tuesday to a controversial law passed by the Israeli parliament that singles out groups receiving the majority of their funding from foreign governments. Leaders of the groups, who make up the core of Israel’s “peace camp” and are part of the dwindling left wing in Israel, said the law was written by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to muzzle opposition to the almost 50-year military occupation of the West Bank. dn 17/7/2016
Global patriarchy and sexismNadia Harhash--Global patriarchy and sexism Ramadan is official declared as the month of worship and meditation and of course fasting from food. Practically, it is the month of eating greedily and watching the racing Arab drama 30 days series. Being part of the tradition of this practice, I try to come out with some wisdom of […] dn17/7/2016
Journeying to Hebron To Take Jewish Stand Against Israeli OccupationNaomi Zeveloff--As their bus rolled toward the Palestinian city of Hebron, American Jewish activists broke into “Olam Chesed Yibaneh,” a Hebrew song about building a world with lovingkindness. Later, facing arrest by Israeli police, they sang “Lo Yisa Goy,” the classic Hebrew summer camp song that warns that “Nation shall not raise a sword against a nation.” dn17/7/2016
A Misogynist, Homophobic, Racist Chief Military Rabbi Is Probably Best Israel Can Do Anshel Pfeffer - Haaretz "It’s one of those cases of “you would have had to be there to understand it.” Every day in hundreds of classrooms, study halls and synagogues, rabbis, religious teachers and ordinary religious Jews are studying and rationalizing ancient texts which say the most horrible things. In this case Karim was explaining the reason for the commandment in Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Torah) on how a fighter in war is allowed to “take” a beautiful female prisoner for a wife or concubine." ca15/7/2016
Red Rag column, June 29Gideon Spiro - "Brexit; letter to Supreme Court judges; "Consensus" at Ben-Gurion University." ca 15/7/2016
Red Rag column: Brexit; letter to Supreme Court judges; `Consensus` at Ben-Gurion UniversityGideon Spiro - The word “justice” is castrated when children and old people are made homeless under its aegis. This is Occupation justice of war criminals. Your ruling is full of quotes from similar past rulings, as befits thieves who seek cover and rationalization from thieves who preceded them. gm15/7/2016
Hatred Unlimited Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - “Reading a document like this week`s Quartet report on the Middle East, I am amazed by their self-destructive cynicism. This ridiculous document of the Quartet, composed of the US, Europe, Russia and the UN, is intent on creating an equilibrium – equally blaming the conqueror and the conquered, the oppressor and the oppressed, ignoring the occupation altogether. Verily, a masterpiece of hypocrisy, a.k.a. diplomacy. Absent all chances for a serious effort for peace, hatred will just grow and grow, until it engulfs us all. Unless we take action to stem it in time” [ry] 11/7/2016
"It can happen to anyone!" Adam Keller - Crazy Country - Eventually the mission was accomplished: closely guarded by the soldiers, the bulldozers did their job and the homes of the Assaf and Abu Habsa families were razed to the ground. Was deterrence achieved? [bz]10/7/2016
Democrats, Republicans, American Jews - and the Palestinians Caroline Glick - Jerusalem Post - 40% of liberal Democrats now support the Palestinians, compared with 33% for Israel - the first time that support for Palestinians was greater among any major US political demographic. Conversely, among moderate Democrats support for Israel versus Palestinians stands at 53% to 19%. (...) The Republicans made some efforts to capitalize on this situation to gain traditionally Democrat Jewish votes - but such efforts were so far stymied by the American Jewish leadership. American Jewish leaders have good reasons to fear that, if forced to choose between support of Israel and loyalty to the Democratic Party, many Jews would choose for the latter. (Note: Caroline Glick is well-known for her right-wing views.Ed.) [ak]10/7/2016
On the 12 Year Anniversary of the ICJ Advisory Opinion: The International Community Violates its Own ObligationNAD-PLO Media Brief - Some practical steps that should be taken by the international community are: 1.Contribute to the UN – Human Rights Council Database on companies involved with the Israeli colonization of Palestine. 2.Label and ban products originating from illegal settlements from international markets. 3.Recognize the State of Palestine on the 1967 border. The way for peace is justice, not impunity. By continuing to tolerate 50 years of Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestine, the international community is facilitating Israeli plans and strategies for annexation of Palestinian land. [bz] 10/7/2016
Minister Bennett Is Lying. The Settlements Aren`t Keeping Israel Safe. Uri Misgav - Haaretz - Otniel is not the security zone for the Greater Tel Aviv area. If anything is true, it is the opposite: In Tel Aviv they are under attack because of Otniel and the likes. The terrorists who shot in Sarona came from the village of Yatta. The terrorist who stabbed in Netanya came from a village near Tul Karm. The terrorist who carried out the attack in Jaffa came from Qalqilyah. All in the West Bank. [bz]10/7/2016
Hillary Clinton has a decision to makeYakov Hirsch - Mondoweiss "Elie Wiesel might have been the most moral man to have come out of the Jewish people in the last thousand years, but at the same time, he was also inarguably an enemy to the Palestinian people. That should not be controversial. The late Israeli politician Yossi Sarid called Wiesel an “ethnic cleanser in a prayer shawl” over his relationship with the settlement organization Elad in East Jerusalem." ca 8/7/2016
Netanyahu`s Africa tour: A spit in the face of those Israel helps oppressItay Mack - +972 "The Israeli public and its government need to internalize that ‘Israel’s pride,’ its wildly successful military export industry, has been an unending nightmare for the people of Africa. How can Netanyahu look the Rwandan and Ugandan people in the eyes?" ca8/7/2016
Sarona is not Kiryat ArbaAviad Kleinberg--While terror attacks that happen in Tel Aviv are just considered a part of life in Israel, terror attacks in settlements beyond the Green Line confer special privileges upon those who live in the area. Why is this the case? dn8/7/2016
Israel’s anti-Facebook Spin Is Latest Excuse to Ignore the Occupation Asher Schechter - Haaretz "Censoring content on Facebook is unlikely to prevent terrorist attacks, since Facebook did not invent the anger and hate that lead to them — all it is, really, is a quicker method of distributing hatred. Moreover, censoring it in some way could impede the war on terror, since law enforcement agencies use it frequently for intelligence gathering." ca 8/7/2016
Netanyahu’s bloody incitementYakov Hirsch - Mondoweiss - Let me offer an alternative theory that doesn’t need much brainwashing. How about hate? How about revenge? I know that Israelis would like to tell the world that Palestinians should feel privileged to be occupied by Jews but– they don’t feel that way.-rh 6/7/2016
Quartet`s latest edition of Israel-Palestine report offers nothing newAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "Every report bearing the signatures of the leaders of the United States, Russia, Europe and the UN that loses any significance over time lends credence to the belief that whatever is not achieved by force will be achieved by more force. Almost 200,000 settlers lived in the West Bank at the time of the Mitchell report; today, that number has reached 380,000. It’s time for the Quartet to present the sides with two alternatives bearing an expiration date. The first is the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, alongside a pluralistic and egalitarian Jewish state. The second is the imposition of Israeli sovereignty over the whole of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, along with all their residents, in the hope that the two people will learn to live together in pluralism and equality." ca for id 6/7/2016
IDF Chief Abandons Hannibal Directive Which Approved Killing Captive Israeli SoldiersRichard Silverstein — Tikkun Olam "...the reasons for Hannibal are complex. But they boil down to an almost pathological aversion to exchanged convicted Palestinian militants for dead or living captured Israeli soldiers. For decades, the IDF and Israeli society adopted the approach also observed by the U.S. military: leave no man behind. So when an Israeli was captured Israel did everything possible to free him including negotiating prisoner exchanges.But as Israeli politics drifted farther and farther rightward, nationalist diehards began objecting vociferously to freeing “terrorists” with “blood on their hands.” ca for id 6/7/2016
Haaretz Confirms: Britain Has Been Operating As An Israeli Puppet Within The EUGilad Atzmon - Information Clearing House " “With Brexit, Israel Loses a Major Asset in the European Union,” Haaretz reports. “Britain helped moderate and balance EU decisions about the peace process, blunt criticism and even harness the member states against anti-Israel moves at the UN; voices sympathetic to the Palestinian cause could now become more dominant.” ca for id 6/7/2016
Israel Is Secretly Shipping Thousands Of Refugees To AfricaAmy Fallon - Thinkprogress - Adam, 29, who requested his real name not be used, escaped the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region and is now one of the many “refugees in orbit,” as Israeli NGOs have dubbed them, created by the flaws in Israel’s “voluntary” return system. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to visit Uganda on July 4 for the 40th anniversary of the Entebbe raid — the first time an Israeli premier has visited Africa since 1994 — Adam and other African asylum-seekers remain stranded in limbo here.-rh6/7/2016
Boycotts of Israel are a protected form of free speechLos Angeles Times - Editorial - You don’t have to support the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to be troubled when state governments in this country penalize American citizens for their political speech. As the Supreme Court has recognized, boycotts are a form of speech, protected under the Constitution.-rh6/7/2016
Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe’ Ramzy Baroud - Axis of Logic - On May 15th of every year, over the past 68 years, Palestinians have commemorated their collective exile from Palestine. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine to make room for a ‘Jewish homeland’ came at a price of unrelenting violence and perpetual suffering. Palestinians refer to that enduring experience as ‘Nakba’, or ‘Catastrophe’. However, the ‘Nakba’ is not merely a Palestinian experience; it is also an Arab wound that never ceases from bleeding. 6/7/2016
Water Wars: Israeli Water Policy in the Occupied Territories Lamya Hussain - This Week in Palestine - A conspicuous example of the adverse effects of Israeli policy is the erosion of the Jordan River, where unsustainable policies and the overuse of important resources have helped engender a drastic reduction in water levels. These shortages have severely impacted Palestinian farmers and Bedouin communities, while settlers and settlements continue to be granted far greater access to water networks and subsidies reducing their costs of agricultural operations. An estimated 98 percent decline in the water flow of the Jordan River has been reported over the past four decades. These conditions have also affected the biodiversity of the area, including continual shifts in salinity levels of the Dead Sea, which in turn poses more serious threats to overall groundwater resources in the region. [ak]5/7/2016
Red Rag column: Rabbinical homophobia; terror in Nice and Israel; letter to Judge Shmuel HerbstGideon Spiro - Whoever wants to know what Israel is likely to look like a few years from now should cast a glance at the positions of the teachers of religious law in Iran. We are witness now to large-scale offensive by those known as the “rabbis of religious Zionism”, who, as their position strengthens within governing circles, are revealing their grim and frightening faces, from with the new Chief Military Rabbi Eyal Karim, who approves of the rape of Gentile women in war, to the head of the pre-military academy in the settlement of Eli, Rabbi Yigal Levenstein, who sees the LGBT community as sick and deviant. gm25/7/2016
This SHIT is DOPE! Miko Peled--It’s no wonder Straight Outta Compton didn’t win a Golden Globe or an Oscar. Why in the world would anyone want to recognize a movie about proud, fearless young Black men who are talented and successful? Especially, Black young men who came out of Compton and made it big against all odds. Young Black men who were persecuted by cops their whole lives, yet were courageous enough to look cops straight in the eye, and knowing they will be beaten and arrested, sang at the top of their voices “Fuck the Police!” No, there is no reason for the Academy to recognize, much less present an award to a movie like that. A movie like this is no more likely to receive recognition than a movie about young Palestinians throwing rocks and facing off Israeli soldiers – they are all practically terrorists. [replace "Black" with "Palestinian" to see the parallel. dn]24/7/2016
The Late Palestinian National Poet Will Continue to Haunt Israel Gideon Levy--Mahmoud Darwish insists on mentioning what Israelis don`t want to acknowledge: A great sin took place here when the State of Israel was founded in 1948. dn24/7/2016
Secular patience wearing thinSima Kadmon--Op-ed: Religious Zionists hold many views that are abhorrent to the secular, though their response to these views varies based on their potential closeness to the issues; only a minority actually express these beliefs, held by the majority, and the secular sector`s patience is wearing thin with them. dn24/7/2016
What Bibi got wrong about comparison of Tel Aviv, Nice attacksAkiva Eldar--Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to ignore the reality of Israeli occupation by equating attacks by Palestinians and the terror attacks in Paris, Orlando and Nice. dn24/7/2016
My family’s Nakba storyTamara Nassar--My paternal grandparents were expelled from their homeland in the 1948 Palestinian Nakba. Absence has since been embroidered in the fabric of what came to be a family born in a memory of an unattainable land. The distance between home and homeland translated itself in a tense displacement: the income of a Palestinian butcher shop in Jordan, eighteen people living between two rooms, trading a broken tongue for the sake of broken English, existential embarrassment in the name of state-security, passports for breakfast, figs in the afternoon. dn24/7/2016
Relationship of younger generation of American Jews with Israel erodingNed. L. Siegel - Ynet - If the current perception of Israeli policies and values continues to prevail, we might enter an era when most of the Jewish community becomes a bystander, rather than participant in the Israeli story. [bz]23/7/2016
Between two soldiers Chen Sror Artzi - Ynet - "The public`s sentiment towards IDF soldiers has not only obscured people`s perspective on the importance of civilian life, but has blinded them to the difference between soldiers who act nobly and those who act questionably." - id 13/7/2016
What can be expected of the Egyptian initiative? Jack Moore - Newsweek - The visit of Egypt’s foreign minister to Jerusalem, the first such visit in a decade, aroused many speculations. In his press conference with PM Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Shoukry stated that “The plight of the Palestinian people becomes more arduous every day, and the dream of peace and security moves further out of the Israeli people`s reach as long as the conflict continues". The present moment was a “crucial and challenging juncture for the Middle East,” and "a resolution to the diplomatic freeze between the Israelis and Palestinians would have a far-reaching and dramatic and positive impact on the overall conditions of the Middle East region.” The question still unanswered, after all these words, is whether this Egyptian move is designed to facilitate and complement the French initiative for a Middle East Peace Conference before the end of 2016 - or, conversely, to derail the French initiative and replace it with Netanyahu`s favorite format of "bilateral negotiations without preconditions".[ak] 12/7/2016
US Democratic Party: Closer to justice on Palestine?Rami G Khouri--The most important dynamic is that a US presidential contender garnered popular support for a more progressive position. dn3/7/2016
How Turkey’s Reconciliation Deal With Israel Harms the PalestiniansJeremy Hammond--By signing the reconciliation agreement with Israel, Turkey has betrayed the Palestinians and made itself complicit in Israel’s occupation regime. dn3/7/2016
Elie Wiesel’s Decidedly Mixed LegacyRichard Silverstein--Elie Wiesel is dead. He leaves a decidedly mixed legacy. He was initially a sainted Holocaust survivor, international moral witness to depravity, captivating storyteller; later he morphed into a Palestine denier, settler advocate, Iranophobe and right-wing apologist for Israel. dn3/7/2016
We Are Not NumbersAnnie Robbins--We can’t say enough great stuff about We Are Not Numbers. A project sponsored by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, with more than 75 writers from Gaza including 5 Palestinian refugees from Lebanon (and an equal number of mentors including luminaries such as Susan Abulhawa, Leila El-Haddad, Miko Peled, Alice Rothchild, Ben Norton and Joe Catron), We Are Not Numbers mission is to strategically spread the word on social media about the daily struggles and triumphs of Palestinian life in personal ways through stories western readers can relate to — because their “aspirations that are so universal that if it weren’t for the context, they would immediately resonate with virtually everyone.”dn3/7/2016
The $30 billion (or more) question: Why is the US military aid package so important?Itamar Eichner--Analysis: What is the disagreement about? What`s a memorandum of understanding? Who wants to sign with Obama, and who would rather wait? Should we have sorted this out before the Iran deal? Questions and answers about the terms and conditions of US military aid to Israel.dn3/7/2016
Political Lynching of an Israeli Arab Lawmaker Ravit Hecht--Haneen Zoabi remarked `you murdered,` which was later interpreted as `Israeli soldiers are murderers,` after she was insulted and shouted at by her Knesset `colleagues.` dn2/7/2016
Israel`s national scapegoatOrly Noy--Since members of Israel’s parliament can’t take out their anger about the Turkey reconciliation deal on Netanyahu, they go for the easiest target around — Haneen Zoabi. dn2/7/2016
Chris Hedges Discusses Israeli Occupation With Israeli Journalist Amira Hass (Video) Chris Hedges - TruthDig "Chris Hedges goes inside Israel and the occupied territories with Amira Hass in this week’s episode of “On Contact.” ca 1/7/2016
Under occupation, Palestinian teens are always killed by `mistake`Hagai El-Ad - +972 "More occupation means killing more Palestinian teenagers, since their blood is cheap and we have the power, the weapons, and the law at our disposal. More occupation means demolishing more homes and stealing more land. It means more families who will wake up in the middle of the night, more children who will grow up without running water or classrooms, more dispossession and violence — and all this with the rubber stamp of our legal system. The occupation is everything we are able to physically see: walls, soldiers, dead Palestinians." ca1/7/2016
The view from Gaza: ‘The Turkish government has sold us out and wants us to be grateful’ Haidar Eid - Mondoweiss "To put it mildly, we are dismayed and angered as must be the families of the 10 victims of the Mavi Marmara incident. This deal leaves us under a hermetic, medieval siege that amounts to what the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe calls “incremental genocide.” Needless to say that the deal also violates the boycott guidelines which Palestinians civil society issued in 2005. In fact, it is not unlike normalizing diplomatic and economic ties with South African apartheid." ca1/7/2016
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