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Red Rag column - the Code of Ethics
Gideon Spiro - Who said, “I am definitely in favour of students and lecturers holding discussions on various poli

Red Rag column - exchange of letters with Amos Oz (1986)
Gideon Spiro - official Hebrew does not recognize the term “Occupied Territories” but the pastoral and Biblical t

Red Rag column - Trumpiada - Memories of June 1967
Gideon Spiro - Of course the government and its servants in the media would define the visit of President Trump a

Red Rag column - Victory Day over Nazi Germany - Independence Day ceremonies
Gideon Spiro - The 8th of May is Victory Day over Nazi Germany for the West, and for the Soviet Union it was 9 Ma

Red Rag column: Kudos to Minister Sigmar Gabriel; Letter to Judge Neal Hendel; Sultan Erdogan
Gideon Spiro - Letter I sent to Supreme Court Judge Neal Hendel: You had an opportunity to act as an independent

Red Rag column - letter to settler Judge Mintz - missiles in Syria - Israeli post office propaganda
Gideon Spiro - No doubt Assad is a cruel dictator and a war criminal who should be put on trial at the court for

Red Rag column - police violence in Israel - hunger strike by disabled - Minister of Propaganda
Gideon Spiro - I am in mourning over the untimely death of the journalist Gila Flint, a comrade in the struggle a

Red Rag column - contamination of Israel Prize
Gideon Spiro - The awarding of the Israel Prize to the settler David Be’eri, a promoter of the transfer of Palest

Red Rag column - the State Comptroller`s report on the Gaza war
Opponents of the Occupation did not need the State Comptroller’s Report to know that “Operation Strong Cliff”, wa

Red Rag column - Hassan Nasrallah: ally of Israeli civil society
Gideon Spiro - Politics sometimes produce strange alliances and collaborations between erstwhile deadly enemies.

Red Rag column - in Israel it`s hard even to die with dignity
Gideon Spiro - Seniors in nursing homes, who did not choose their ailments and their suffering, are exposed to hu

Red Rag column - Murder in broad daylight in Umm al-Hiran - Racists of the world, unite!
Gideon Spiro - The story of the destruction of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran includes elements of Ku-Klux-K

Red Rag column - Basel Ghattas - A Hanukkah miracle - Eran Torbiner`s new project
Gideon Spiro - The Security Council Resolution declaring that the settlements are illegal, which passed without a

Red Rag column - Elor Azaria - lament for the dead in Jerusalem
Gideon Spiro - Elor Azaria is not my son, nor are any of those other armed "soldiers/children" who serve in the O

Red Rag column - sex offenders, thought police, fashion police
Gideon Spiro - Recently we have been witness to intense publicity about sex offenders. A grandfather in his 70s,

Red Rag column - the fires in Israel - militaristic feminism - Brigadier-General Ofek Buchris - Amona
Gideon Spiro: While Arabs are being accused of arson, firefighters from the Palestinian Authority have been helpi

Bethlehem Lights Christmas Tree With Message Of Peace And Justice (Video)
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera George Baboun, delivered this years’ Christmas messag

The bitter morning
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - Would Trump be able - even if he wanted - to put down the flames of hatred which he

Red Rag column - Women`s `March of Hope`; revoking Israeli citizenship
Gideon Spiro - The last time citizenship was revoked from Jews was in Nazi Germany, under the Nuremberg laws (whi

Red Rag column: Zvi Razi, RIP
Gideon Spiro - I am in mourning for the historian Prof. Zvi Razi, a trailblazer in the field of scientific resear

Red Rag column - The Hater in Heaven - Yom Kippur
Gideon Spiro - God hates human beings. He did not stand by the Jewish and Roma victims of the Holocaust. He did n

Red Rag column - Shimon Peres
Gideon Spiro - The words of praise the heads of state gave at Peres’ funeral, as if he were the world champion of

A Jewish and democratic state – how to live with the oppression of the minority and still feel good
Shmuel Amir - the only way to turn Israel into a democratic state that cannot be undermined is simple: expel all

Red Rag column: Obama: the god that failed. The return of Barak.
Gideon Spiro - Obama is continuing the policies of his predecessors, with generous economic and political support

Red Rag column: Syria and Israel; Holocaust denial and Nakba denial; Uzi Baram
Gideon Spiro - In recent days we have been hearing about populations being starved due to siege, which brings to

Red Rag column: new school year and ongoing conflict
Gideon Spiro - Over 30 years ago, when my spouse and I accompanied our children to grade 1, I was troubled by anx

Red Rag column: Gratuitous hate; toxic Judaism; the Munich Olympics murders
Gideon Spiro - The 11 who perished at Munich in 1972 could be with us today, if Prime Minister Golda Meir had not

Red Rag column: on boycott of Israel
Gideon Spiro - since the author is an Israeli who supports BDS, he is preparing for the day when the Israeli gove

Red Rag column: Storm over Mahmoud Darwish
Gideon Spiro - Occupaton Magazine "Seventy-one years since the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. Re

Israel has won - really?
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - It is strange, to put it mildly, how Amira Hass instructs the Palestinian leaders

Red Rag column: Rabbinical homophobia; terror in Nice and Israel; letter to Judge Shmuel Herbst
Gideon Spiro - Whoever wants to know what Israel is likely to look like a few years from now should cast a glance

Israel`s Great Divide
Al Jazeera--Are Jews of Middle Eastern, North African and Spanish descent discriminated against in Israel? dn

Red Rag column, June 29
Gideon Spiro - "Brexit; letter to Supreme Court judges; "Consensus" at Ben-Gurion University." ca

Red Rag column: Muhammad Ali, RIP. Occupation-refuser Giora Neumann.
Gideon Spiro - Muhammad Ali embodied the victory of the human and humane spirit of one man in the face of an oppr

Red Rag column: Defence Minister Lieberman; Yair Golan; Vanunu
Gideon Spiro - The appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as Defence Minister provoked fear among many in Israel, who a

Red Rag column: Gideon Spiro` book; Remembrance Day; the Trek to Poland
Gideon Spiro - The Red Rag column went on vacation for a while because I was busy with the publication of my fi

Where are the lives of Jews safest? (Is Israel the safest place for Jews?)
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Those who claim that only in Israel are Jews safe need at least to remember tha

Red Rag column: What is a terrorist organization? Letter to Alshaikh and Yaalon. Donald Trump.
US citizens: there is still time to extricate this malignant tumour. Here in Israel we waited too long, metasta

Red Rag column: On silence; Balad MKs; Dov Yermiya, RIP; letter to the Attorney-General
Gideon Spiro - The anti-Occupation organization Breaking the Silence is being subjected to a campaign of incite

Israelis and Palestinians demonstrate against West Bank land expropriation


Red Rag column: Ezra Nawi`s arrest; Tair Kaminer; Natali Cohen Vaksberg
Gideon Spiro - Ezra Nawi is a friend of mine, and I am not in the habit of throwing friends to the dogs just be

Israel’s ambassador taunts the White House (again) with holiday gift of settlement goods
Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Yesterday Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer announced that his holiday gift packag

Red Rag column: Netanyahu and the Mufti - Palestinian Grynszpans? - One-State solution
Gideon Spiro - Imagine a declaration to the effect that we should look at Eichmann in a new light. He was not a

Red Rag column: the slave revolt
Gideon Spiro - What has been happening here in recent weeks is not a “wave of terror” but a spontaneous slave r

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 Oslo

Red Rag column: On turning 80
Gideon Spiro - To all my well-wishers, thanks from the bottom of my heart. A few words about old age. At age 20

Red Rag column: new police commissioner; US youth volunteer for the Occupation army; observations on Meretz
Gideon Spiro - This week 160 young Jews arrived in Israel from the United States in order to volunteer to serve

Red Rag column: Krystallnacht Judaism; the Iran agreement; letter to Judge Esther Chayut
Gideon Spiro - The murder of the baby Ali Dawabshe in the village of Douma, and the danger of death that threat

Red Rag column: Reflections on the 1980s
Gideon Spiro - Memories from the 1980s, and one lesson. One year since the crime of "Protective Edge". Thank yo

Red Rag: Settlers speak - Correspondence with Amos Oz - Dr. Ilana Dayan, queen of Galei Tzahal
Gideon Spiro to Amos Oz in 1986: `An inextricable part of the corruption I spoke of above is the new language t

`I Love Jerusalem. I Hate Racism!`
Beate Zilversmidt - On the bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with a school class of greatly misbehaving teenagers.

Don`t be afraid to talk about Zionism
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Is practical Zionism really over? On the contrary, it looks like it is alive an

Red Rag column: not democratic and not legitimate
Gideon Spiro - I will begin by asserting that the latest elections were not democratic. The elected government,

Red Rag column: Time to decide
Gideon Spiro - I am faced with three choices: a blank ballot, as the Pirate Party suggests, Meretz, or the Join

Red Rag column: Holocaust-denial, settler style
Gideon Spiro - If Israeli human-rights organizations enjoy the support of Der Stürmer as the settlers cl

Meet the Israeli lawyer fighting the occupation in court
Video by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org - "For Palestinians in the West Bank, Ofer Military Court has come to be

Israel-US: an alliance of shared values
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Is there not a danger or chance (depends on who’s looking) that an independent

Red Rag column: terrorist judges; lynching in Jerusalem
Gideon Spiro - I am writing this letter on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and I am reminded of the wor

Another election: expect no peace breakthrough
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Among all the contending parties is there one party – just one – that truly asp

My Israel
Ralph Benmergui--The first video of a 4-part series of My Israel, in which Ralph Benmergui sets out to find ans

Red Rag column: Elections in Israel; political Supreme Court; Noam Kaminer, RIP
Gideon Spiro - The Netanyahu government has dissolved itself and the public is feeling fed up with Netanyahu. T

Red Rag weekly column: Atrocity in Jerusalem; PM Bennett: 3 scenarios
Gideon Spiro - After Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Muslim worshippers in a mosque in Hebron, the Rabin governmen

Red Rag weekly column: Haneen Zoabi, Azmi Bishara and Hani Zubida
Gideon Spiro - The pilot, the airplane and the missile are all products of the scientific era, everything is di

Red Rag weekly column: Netanyahu the propagandist; ISIS
Gideon Spiro - The Israeli Prime Minister’s speech at the UN (29 September 2014) was typical propaganda. Any pr

Abbas UN Speech To Include Bid For Ending Occupation
IMEMC & Agencies - IMEMC "He said his speech would outline a “vision" the Palestinian leadership will be ta

Red Rag weekly column: The Hour of the Right
Gideon Spiro - The power of the racist incitement against the Arabs has reached nearly 10 on the Incitement Scale

Pride and predicament
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - Prime Minister Netanyahu has already found the culprit: "Abu Mazen is responsible f

Open Letter to Scarlett Johansson
Beate Zilversmidt: Your controversy ultimately may help draw worldwide attention to the facts of the occupation

Imprisonment of Conscientious Objector Mahmood Saad
New Profile - "Mahmood Saad, 20 years old from Shfaamer, a village in the Galil, was arrested on 6.12.2013 a

Red Rag weekly column: In memory of Mandela
Gideon Spiro - Netanyahu and Peres did well to stay away from Nelson Mandela`s memorial service in South Africa -

Red Rag Weekly Column
Gideon Spiro - Black November: the anniversaries of Krystallnacht and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin - the as

Palestinian Lands Uprooted Near Al-Khader
IMEMC & Agencies - "[Thursday November 21, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Baten Al-Ma’sy Mount

UNDER THE FORESTS - A satiric piece full of wishful thinking
Rafi Shtendel Chairperson, New KKL -JNF November 2013 "The title refers to AB Yehoshua’s novella, “Facing th

Red Rag column: Great, another war!
Gideon Spiro - Things are developing much to the satisfaction of the government of Israel. The Israeli and conser

Zionism and torn papers
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - Why did Jewish Knesset Members from Meretz and Labor and even Shas mobilize again

Yiddish classic--our village is burning-- adapted to the Palestinian situation
Annie Robbins--video dn

Strategic assets and a threatening toilet
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - And Secretary of State John Kerry? Well, we are patiently waiting for the announc

Solidarity shifts in Sheikh Jarrah: 17 to 20 May
Sheikh Jarrah Protest - "The Shamashne family has decided to erect a protest tent outside of their house, an

Never a dull moment in this crazy country (week review)
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - The Shamasnah family in the Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood of East Jerusalem is far

Video:Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished a house and a building in al-Tur village– Jerusalem
Video - Silwanic Net ca

Winds of war
Adam Keller - From the polling stations to the long waiting lines at the gas mask distribution stations (...) aft

A story of a Palestinian village without basic infrastructure #2
Blog - Wordpress "Why Do They Want Wipe an Entire Palestinian Village from the Map, and Not for the First Tim

The Israeli Green Party and Gideon Spiro: a correspondence
Gideon Spiro - How can an "Israeli Green Party" that ignores the issue of radioactive waste be relevant?

Red Rag: can Germans criticize Israel?
Gideon Spiro - Is a German allowed to criticize Israel? Reflections on the history of the dehumanization of the O

Red Rag weekly column: polishing swords; value of a Palestinian woman`s life
Gideon Spiro - polishing swords - price of a Palestinian life - hardship of life in Israel - brainwashing Jewish

Week 2357 of Occupation
Daniel Breslau - Occupation Magazine - The cleansing of the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills

Red Rag column: Moshe Silman; propaganda film; Olmert`s acquittal; the Levy Report; ugly Israel
Gideon Spiro - Moshe Silman; Propaganda about Dimona; Olmert`s acquittal; military service for Haredim; the Occup

No Accreditation for Expropriation
Reuven Kaminer - Email "The Israeli Council for Higher Education has protested the usurpation of its authori

An immigrant in his own country
Sami Michael - If we don’t find a solution besides the machine-gun and the tank, which we have already seen are h

Beating & abuse
B"Tselem - "Testimonies taken by B’Tselem indicates that during April 2012, soldiers arrested Muhammad a-Zir

Susiya Forever - Stop the Demolition
Susiya Forever - "On Friday, June 22 we will stand side by side with the residents of Palestinian Susya in a p

URGENT: Act now for Mahmoud Sarsak on 88th day of hunger strike; Palestinian soccer star at risk of death
SAMIDOUN - Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network "As European soccer stars compete in the European Champi

Red Rag weekly column: `One leader, one nation, one kingdom`
Gideon Spiro - One leader, one nation, one kingdom - Ahinoam Nini - file closed on Samouni family massacre - Nakb

Choose Your Theatre: London or Ariel
Vardit Shalfy - Haaretz - Did the theaters really have no choice but to surrender to the dictate of Culture Minis

To talk about ourselves
Nir Baram - Haokets - Today it was reported that after Nir Baram’s speech at the Writers’ Festival two years ago,

Police besiege, arrest activists planning to commemorate Nakba in Tel Aviv
Haggai Matar - +972 Some 15 activists from the organization Zochrot were besieged by police on Wednesday night

Israel mobilizes special forces to deport ‘flytilla’ activists
Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "The AirFlofilla2 is an expensive direct action. Activists from around the world w

Deal reached to free Hana Shalabi
Ma`an News Agency - "The officials say Shalabi will be sent to Gaza for three years in exchange for giving u

Civil Disobedience
Nurit Peled-Elhanan - Israelis must refuse to obey unjust laws just as South Africans did.

New extreme right plan: How to `Annex all of Judea and Samaria` and maintain Jewish supremacy
KM Uri Ariel of the National Union party today presented a new plan: The entire West Bank to be annexed to Israel

Red Rag: Divine Terror
Gideon Spiro - Divine terror - All quiet on the Gaza Front - The Great Inventor - another right-wing innovation -

UN report: Smuggling tunnels help alleviate Gaza`s economic woes
Amira Hass - Haaretz "The smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border are the primary cause of the improvem

Dissolving the Palestinian National Authority or considering a new strategic direction
Sameer Abu Eisheh - Bitterlemons "The facts on the ground, especially the accomplishments in building insti

Israeli leftists demonstrate for PA statehood in TA
Ben Hartman - Jerusalem Post "Dozens of Israeli artists and academics on Thursday proclaimed their support fo

The Shabab Vs.The Jesh at Qalandia Checkpoint 21-9-2011.wmv
You Tube "During a violent five-hour clash between Palestinian youths and Israeli special forces at the Qaland

Jenin’s Freedom Theater raided by the Israeli army
Joseph Dana - 972 magazine "Overnight, roughly 50 Israeli Special Forces troops raided the Jenin Freedom Thea

The other Jerusalem march
Haaretz - Editorial "The Friday march is meant to be a joint demonstration by the peace-seekers of both Israe

Pyrrhus in Piraeus
Adam Keller - One could have thought that Israel was facing a major invasion by a mighty fleet of dreadnaughts. <

Israel 2011 - it depends what you are boycotting
Adam Keller - If this law is passed, Israeli consumers would be allowed to call for a boycott of products sold at

Israeli geography 101: song
David Rovics - For a long time now, every time I hear an Israeli patriot or apologist complaining that such-and-s

On the academic boycott (again) - plus exchange of letters
Article on boycott of Israel by Prof. Ran Greenstein, followed by an extended exchange of letters with Prof. Robe

Red Rag Weekly Column
Gideon Spiro - Judges of the Deportation Service - Dr. Strangelove - Another step towards fascism

Video 5 minute-- A Week in Gaza
Helping traumatized children

Israel/Palestine and the apartheid analogy (part 2)
Ran Greenstein - In the previous section I made a distinction between historical apartheid (unique to South Afric

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) releases a Statistical
Statistical Report 2009 - PCBS "Available data indicate that the number of settlers in the West Bank reache

Week 2252 of Occupation
Daniel Breslau - Occupation Magazine - When talks are bad for peace - The prison diet improves - Wave of West Ban

Is Israel singled out - and why?
Adam Keller - "The State of Israel has been vociferously criticized for planting settlers in the occupied territo

Jerusalem/al-Quds Multi-Day Tour
The Jerusalem/Al Quds Multi-day tour is a unique experience that allows you to get to know the city and its many

Sleepless in Gaza
A video diary about life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Articles by Victoria Buch
The editors of Occupation Magazine are mourning the recent loss of our friend and co-editor, Professor Victoria B

Our friend and co-editor, Victoria Buch, has passed away
The Occupation Magazine Team



22/07/2017

Everything you need to know about tensions at Jerusalem`s holiest site
Ir Amim - +972 "After two years absent of Palestinian mass demonstrations on or near the compound, since Sunday afternoon hundreds of Palestinians and police officers have been facing off in close quarters, in a tense political environment and record heat within the Old City. It was precisely this scenario that devolved into severe violence in 2014 and 2015." ca
Metal detectors to remain at Temple Mount
Yael Freidson - Ynetnews "The Israel Police decided Friday morning that metal detectors installed at the entrance of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in response to a deadly terror attack in the area last Friday will remain in place...The decision was reached after protracted discussions held by the cabinet overnight Thursday resulted in the assignment of responsibility for removing of keeping the detectors at the site to the police." ca
Palestinian town in Israel shaken by Jerusalem killings
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "Umm al-Fahm, a city of 52,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel, lies in the Wadi Ara area. Twenty kilometers (12.5 miles) north of the West Bank city of Jenin, Umm al-Fahm is home to the northern branch of the radical Islamic Movement and its leader and former mayor of the city, Raed Salah. Three cousins who shot the two Israeli border guard police came from this city. Muhammad Ahmed Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamid Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmed Mufdal Jabarin, 19, traveled to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and carried out the shooting rampage. Shortly after the news of the attack emerged, the city council of Umm al-Fahm met and issued a statement calling on the town’s citizens to remain calm." ca
PFLP slams Hamas, Fatah for putting politics over lives of Palestinians in Gaza
Ma`an News Agency - "The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) a left- wing Palestinian political faction, released statements on Thursday, criticizing both the Hamas and Fatah movements for the ongoing punitive measures that the two factions have taken against each other in recent weeks amidst a deepening political crisis." ca
Why is UN pushing for Gaza’s surrender?
Maureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada "...what the report actually does is reveal how the UN has apparently aligned with Israel and its international backers in pushing for Gaza’s total surrender to its tormentors.This is made evident with the background context provided in the report which frames Israel’s economic blockade on Gaza as the response to Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, which Piper’s report perversely describes as a “coup.” ca
Two Million Gazans Swelter in the Dark
Mohammed Omer - Washington Report on Middle East Affairs "The unremitting electric blackouts—sometimes for as long as 20 to 22 hours a day—along with ill-equipped hospitals and closed borders, mean that many people in Gaza literally face death as a result of Israel’s collective punishment." ca
J Street, a Reliable Foe of BDS, Urges Congress to Oppose Israel Anti-Boycott Act For Now
Zaid Jilani - The Intercept "...the bill has an unlikely opponent.J Street, founded in late 2007 to promote a two-state solution, opposes the Israeli occupation and general treatment of the Palestinians, but also has refused to endorse the Palestinian-led nonviolent boycott movement. Its activists regularly find themselves at odds with left-wing groups such as Jewish Voices for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine who view BDS as the best way to end the occupation of the Palestinians. Thus J Street often lobbies in favor of anti-BDS legislation.However, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act is a step too far for even these reliable opponents of BDS." ca
Saving Israel by Ending the Occupation
Jessica Montell - Palestine-Israel Journal - What is striking is the absence of Israeli public awareness and discussion regarding the effects of the occupation on Israeli society. This is the rationale behind SISO, a new movement whose name stands for Save Israel, Stop the Occupation. SISO is a partnership of Israelis and Diaspora Jews, founded to leverage this 50th year to serve as a catalyst for real change.-rh
Sensing an opportunity, Israel targets UNRWA and the Palestinian right of return
Ben White - MEMO - UNRWA has long been a bête noire of Israeli politicians and pro-Israel advocacy groups, who in recent years have attacked the agency over allegations of ‘incitement’ in schools, employees’ social media posts, and claims of compromised neutrality during Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. Such complaints – which have lacked in substance and accuracy – are, however, primarily proxy targets for the fundamental reason why UNRWA is so despised: in the words of Netanyahu, “by its very existence”, the agency “perpetuates – and does not solve – the Palestinian refugee problem”. So, what does Netanyahu mean? To unpack this further, consider this piece written by fellows at right-wing institute Middle East Forum, praising Netanyahu’s call for the dismantling of UNRWA.-rh
When Gaza has no power, we all swim in sewage
Hagai El-Ad - +972 - As Netanyahu drinks water from a new Israeli mobile desalination technology with the visiting Indian prime minister, Israel’s actual desalination plant, planted firmly next to Gaza, stares down the consequences of Israel’s disastrous policies: raw sewage flowing its way.-rh
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