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Why everybody must see this Palestinian film John Brennan - New York Times - On a recent evening I watched “The Present,” a short film by Farah Nabulsi, a Palestinian filmmaker, which was nominated for an Academy Award for live-action short film. (The winner in the category was “Two Distant Strangers.”) Ms. Nabulsi’s 25-minute film is a powerful, heartbreaking account of the travails of Yusuf, a Palestinian man, and Yasmine, his young daughter, as they traverse an Israeli military checkpoint in the West Bank twice in a single day. “The Present” establishes its context quickly, opening with images of Palestinian men making their way through a narrow passageway at one of the numerous checkpoints that dot the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Palestinians going to work, visiting family or shopping on the opposite side of a security barrier have to bear this humiliating procedure every day. The scene brought back memories of my first visit to the West Bank in 1975, when I crossed the Jordan River and arrived at an Israeli security post. (Mr. Brennan was the director of the C.I.A. from 2013 to 2017.) [AK] 29/4/2021
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Unprecedented poll reveals 25% of Israeli Jews Acknowledge Israel’s Apartheid. Why Can’t We?Ben Gelblum - Byline Times - “Europeans in general, and Germans specifically, find it easier to not call it ‘apartheid’ because if they did, they would have to face the question of why they aren’t treating it that way” / “No one who called for a boycott of South Africa had to spend at least half of their time explaining they are not anti-white racists”. Gelblum analyses a B`Tselem poll, and quotes a discussion. [bz]29/4/2021
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Asymmetric confrontationsGush Shalom - East Jerusalem is an occupied city. Settlers take over houses and throw Palestinian tenants into the street, with the active help of the Israel Police. The courts of the State of Israel have issued new deportation orders for hundreds of Sheikh Jarrah residents (...) [bz] 28/4/2021
What ties the U.S. and Israel together? Our arrogant, doomed mythology of exceptionalismDoug Neiss - Salon - As bad as Republican bloc voting is on domestic issues, what may be even worse are the near-unanimous bipartisan votes on military spending and unconditional support for Israel. It goes without saying that does not reflect the diversity of opinion among American Jews, Israeli Jews or the American public at large, although the pretense that unqualified support for Israel is the dominant view among Jewish Americans — and among Americans in general — is strictly maintained. This cannot be justified by straightforward concern for Israel`s survival — Israel has long since assured its own survival with nuclear weapons, an open secret for decades — nor by the supposedly all-powerful Israel lobby. Invoking the "power of the Israel lobby" protects the myth of American innocence at the risk of perpetuating the myth of Jewish evil: Innocent, trusting America, no match for those crafty, scheming Jews![ak]21/4/2021
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A debt to the futureGush Shalom - Itzik Saidian was sent by the State of Israel to fight in the Sajaiya refugee camp. He shot and killed residents of the camp, saw several of his comrades being killed, came back with battle shock... [bz]21/4/2021
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How hawkish Democrats are impeding Biden’s Middle East policyMitchell Plitnick - +972 magazine - From the Iran nuclear deal to the Israeli occupation, conservative Democrats are raising the political costs of adopting a more progressive U.S. foreign policy. Those battles would be difficult enough if they were only partisan. But as Menendez, Sherman, and other congressional Democrats have shown, Biden’s own party is deeply divided on the issue of Palestinian rights. [bz]15/4/2021
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Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy on Iran, Hamas and Israel`s political crisisDAVID BRINN - Jerusalem Post - # The political use that has been made of the Mossad has not served Israel well over the past couple of years. # By saying that Hamas is not acceptable as a partner to talk to, we are playing into their hands. # For reasons that are common knowledge, the Abraham Accords with the Gulf states have been portrayed in terms which are bordering on peace treaties. They are not peace treaties. There was never a war between Israel and the Gulf states. What ultimately took place was the normalization of relations that have existed over the years and have flourished. What happened is an achievement in itself, but for reasons well known, the timing of the accords were related to domestic politics. [bz]15/4/2021
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Netanyahu’s Shameful Speech: When Holocaust Remembrance Day Becomes a Campaign EventAlon Pinkas - Haaretz - Here was the prime minister of the State of Israel, the state of the Jewish people, speaking at Yad Vashem on the eve of the country’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, one of the most sacred days on the Israeli national calendar. On such an occasion, you would expect somberness, solemnity, humility, grace, historical perspective and valuable insight. After all, this is a day in which the entire country remembers the most vile genocide and tragedy in human history. But not when it comes to Mr. Netanyahu. For the prime minister, it’s all about him. Always. For him, Holocaust Remembrance Day is just another opportunity to make a political speech, a self- serving tirade. As a bonus encore, just to make things even more politicized, this year’s speech also included a warning to President Joe Biden on Iran. [ak]8/4/2021
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Who is afraid of democracy?Gush Shalom - The Palestinians, too want to hold democratic elections and freely vote for their representatives. But the State of Israel is strongly opposed... [bz] 8/4/2021
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