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From a Blessing to a Curse: How UN Resolution 2334 Accelerated Israel’s Colonization in the West BankRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “Gradually, the US government fortified its protective shield around Israel, thus rendering 2334 and many other UN resolutions meaningless. In other words, the US managed to turn international consensus regarding the illegality of the Israeli occupation of Palestine into an opportunity for Tel Aviv to disown any commitment, not only to the UN, but to the so-called two-state solution, and the ‘peace process’, as well” [ry] 30/12/2019
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Israel, UAE and the hypocritical manipulation of religionAbdelwahab El-Affendi - Al Jazeera - Palestinians and other Arabs are not interested in the promotion of `religious tolerance` by highly intolerant regimes [ry] 30/12/2019
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A letter to Supreme Court Judges on the Vanunu caseI read with sorrow and disappointment your decision to reject Mordechai Vanunu’s appeal against the restrictions that were imposed on him on his release from prison in April 2004. Again and again the security services repeat the lie that Vanunu has “secret information” that he intends to expose, and you adopt those words of defamation under cover of the revolting process in which the court hears evidence from the prosecution that is not disclosed to the defence.29/12/2019
The decade Israel erased the Green LineDror Etkes - +972 "Several months after the 2009 elections, Netanyahu delivered what became known as the “Bar Ilan Speech,” in which he said that “the territorial question will be discussed as part of the final peace agreement. In the meantime, we have no intention of building new settlements or of expropriating additional land for existing settlements...Over a decade has passed, and the rhetoric Netanyahu uses today can be summarized in a statement he delivered a week before the second elections of 2019: “Today I announce my intention, with the formation of the next government, to establish Israeli sovereignty on the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea [settlements].” ca26/12/2019
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Trump is bad for the JewsRabbi Alissa Wise - Jewish Voice For Peace - Trump and his cronies are cracking down on student activism because it’s working. Trump’s executive order will do NOTHING to keep Jewish students safe. It won’t protect against Nazis or Nazi recruitment, it won`t prevent campuses from scheduling important events on Jewish holidays, and it won`t protect Jewish religious spaces from armed attackers. What it will do is incentivize administrators to create harsh rules against even the mildest activism for Palestinian rights – or risk their institutions’ federal funding. Trump and his supporters are afraid of our movement. Trump doesn’t want to keep Jews safe – he wants to suppress free speech to ensure our silence. [ak] 24/12/2019
Anti-Zionism is about correcting historical wrongs, not encouraging anti-SemitismRan Greenstein - +972 - The more we target concrete individuals, institutions, and policies, and avoid using vague and obfuscating terms, the better we can focus solidarity and resistance efforts, and effectively counter accusations of anti-Semitism as weapons used against the movement to end Israeli apartheid, and to achieve justice and equality for all. [bz]24/12/2019
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The many faces of Benjamin NetanyahuDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - Netanyahu has only been so successful because he reflects and represents the many faces of Israel: victor and victim, global citizen and international outcast, pyromaniac and war-shy. [bz]24/12/2019
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ICC intimidates Netanyahu from Jordan Valley annexation Itamar Eichner - Y-net - Immediately after the ICC chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda announced her intention to investigate alleged Israeli human rights violations, Prime Minister Netanyahu canceled a meeting of an inter-ministerial team intended to discuss the annexation of the Jordan Valley. Netanyahu had announced in September - a week before a national ballot - that Israel will establish its sovereignty over the Jordan Valley if his Likud party would win the elections, and has repeated the same campaign promise also when repeat elections were scheduled for mmarch 2020. But the ICC prosecutor specifically mentioned this Netanyahu speech as an example of Israel’s intentions which must be investigated (and possibly prosecuted). A government source noted that "Because of the prosecutor’s decision in the Hague, the issue of the Jordan Valley annexation will be put on a long hold”. [ak] 24/12/2019
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Only The Hague Will Save IsraelGideon Levy - Haaretz - Israel has done everything to reach The Hague. That’s what happens when the prosecution is a cemetery for war crimes, the High Court whitewashes them and the media hides them and covers for them. That’s the way it is when international law is disparaged for decades. There’s probably no other country that thumbs its nose at international law this way and pays no price for it. Perhaps now the moment of truth is approaching, the moment of penalty. It will be very good for Israel. It might clean out its stables, stained with blood and stolen land. Every Israeli patriot and seeker of justice should now look to The Hague with hope.[ak]24/12/2019
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Trump’s Judaism Order Has Nothing to Do With Fighting Anti-SemitismSarah Gertler - CounterPunch - “When Jews and non-Jews alike speak up for human rights and are crushed into silence, no one is safer. When congresspeople who speak up against this are slandered as anti-Semitic, while our clearly anti- Semitic president is not, no one is safer” [ry] 23/12/2019
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The US Is No Honest Broker in Israel and PalestineNew Internationalist - Adam Keller analyses the bitter decades of biased ‘mediation’ between the US, Israel and the Palestinian people [ry] 23/12/2019
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Born Without Civil Rights Human Rights Watch - The Israeli army has deprived generations of Palestinians in the West Bank of their basic civil rights, including the rights to free assembly, association and expression, regularly drawing on military orders issued in the first days of the occupation. Even if such restrictions could have been justified then to preserve public order and safety, the suspension of core rights more than half a century later with no end in sight violates Israel’s core responsibilities under the law of occupation. The responsibilities of an occupying power toward the rights of the occupied population increase with the duration of the occupation. (...) It is long past time for Israel to fully respect the human rights of Palestinians, using as a benchmark the rights it grants Israeli citizens, an obligation that exists regardless of the political arrangement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory now or in the future[bz]17/12/2019
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What should Israel be after Netanyahu?Nadav Eyal - Ynetnews "Any eulogy for Netanyahu would be premature before he himself says "I resign." ca14/12/2019
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‘Palestine Needs Jeremy’: Palestinians Tweet in Support of Labour Leader Jeremy CorbynThe Palestine Chronicle - "Most of the Corbyn anti-Semite accusations are usually from right wing sources, who have taken his actions out of context. The main scrutinisation is his support for Palestine, however he supports the end of the ethnic genocide within Palestine that is caused by Israeli rule.— Asad Mahmood (@Asad667) December 12, 2019" ca 14/12/2019
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If you believe Zionism is racism– get ready for your close up! Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "I say now and have said before, I would likely have been a Zionist 100 years ago in Europe. I would have been caught up in the movement given my ethnocentrism, my sense of being an outsider and my compassion for people being persecuted. But Zionism has failed utterly and completely. It is subjugating non-Jews in Palestine and pushing them out of their homes.The last thing the Zionists want is for you to look into what is actually happening in Gaza or the West Bank. They want you to notice what some one may have said to a Zionist student advocate on the way to Economics 101 class...This is the struggle we always wanted. Are you ready for it or not?" ca 14/12/2019
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To understand the violence of Israel’s occupation, know these 30 storiesHagai El-Ad (director of B`tselem) - +972 - Violence and whitewashing are the double helix of the occupation`s DNA. Here are 30 stories of Palestinians killed or harmed by its brutality, collected by B`Tselem over three decades. And they’re just the tip of the iceberg. [bz]10/12/2019
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Don`t Believe Netanyahu. Israel Doesn`t Need The Jordan Valley. Here`s WhyIllan Goldenberg - Forward - Netanyahu’s latest focus on annexing the valley is a transparent political ploy to stay in power and pressure Gantz to accept a unity government. In the process, he is building political support for the argument that Israel must annex the Jordan River Valley because of security concerns. (...) Annexing this territory, which makes up 22.3% of the West Bank, would amount to Israeli territory entirely enveloping any future Palestinian state, making it non-viable. [The writer served at the U.S. State Department as Chief of Staff for the team supporting Secretary John Kerry’s initiative to finalize IP peace-bz]10/12/2019
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The “expert” who lets EU off the hookDavid Cronin - EI - “While the EU takes no meaningful action to halt Israel’s colonization of the West Bank, the bloc continues to deepen its ties with the state that is building the settlements. Israel is essentially being rewarded for the very crimes the EU claims to oppose” [ry] 9/12/2019
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God help us, and protect us from so-called “friends” like you - from Jerusalem, a letter to Jared KushnerAngela Godfrey-Goldstein - Common Dreams - As a peace activist, I see the denial of Palestinian freedom by Israel and the United States following a tragic trajectory: we create what we fear. If we deny higher purpose or give in to such lower motives as selfishness, greed or the inferiority that needs to feel superior or “chosen,” I believe that we Israelis will never experience the freedom we yearn for, as referenced in our national anthem, HaTikva, while deliberately choking those we desperately seek to control." [bz]3/12/2019
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Gaza immortalizes what Gantz and Netanyahu have in commonHagai El-Ad - Ynet - It was no coincidence that the prime minister reminded his so-called rival of their actions in Operation Protective Edge in 2014, when one was PM and the other IDF chief; the two are bound together by the blood of Palestinian children [ry] 2/12/2019
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Israel’s Next Move: The Real Danger in US Decision to Normalize Illegal Jewish SettlementsRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "The US decision to defy international law on settlements is not dangerous because it violates international law, for the latter has hardly been a concern for Washington. The danger lies in the fact that the US foreign policy regarding the Israeli occupation has become a mere rubber stamp, that allows Israel’s extreme right-wing government to single-handedly determine the fate of the Palestinian people and sow the seed of instability and war in the Middle East for many years to come" [ry] 2/12/2019
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