Category: Israel

US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib refuses Israel’s offer to visit due to ‘oppressive conditions’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib wearing a red jacket.

Israel’s backhanded humanitarian slap  on Trump’s orders. (ODT)

via US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib refuses Israel’s offer to visit due to ‘oppressive conditions’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Israel lobby’s “commando force” taken out | The Electronic Intifada

This is the Journalism that Australia is intent to shut down. One Nation was exposed for it’s attempts to cosy up to the NRA and Australians weren’t mean’t to know according to the LNP government. (ODT

One of America’s most influential pro-Israel lobby groups has fired all its staff and closed down its offices.

The Israel Project, known as TIP, closed its Jerusalem office last month, after reports of a funding crisis.

TIP’s covert activities to influence US politics and media on behalf of Israel were exposed in The Lobby – USA, an undercover Al Jazeera documentary leaked by The Electronic Intifada in November.

via Israel lobby’s “commando force” taken out | The Electronic Intifada

Will Israel’s treatment of Omar and Tlaib finally wake Democrats up? | +972 Magazine

U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. (Leopaltik1242/CC BY-SA 4.0)

Now that Israel has banned entry to Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, will Democrats affirm the right to boycott and hold Israel’s feet to the fire? Five takeaways.

Will Israel’s treatment of Omar and Tlaib finally wake Democrats up? | +972 Magazine

Republican lawmaker seeks to muzzle students critical of Israel | The Electronic Intifada

Doug Collins, a Republican lawmaker, has proposed a bill that conflates opposition to Israel’s racist policies with anti-Semitism. Stefani Reynolds SIPA

The misleadingly-named Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019 has been introduced to the US House of Representatives shortly before its summer recess.

The so-called Anti-Semitism Awareness Act is a dangerous attempt by Congress to retroactively provide Marcus with the legal authority to justify his use of this controversial definition to further muzzle campus criticism of Israel.

via Republican lawmaker seeks to muzzle students critical of Israel | The Electronic Intifada

Distorting the definition of antisemitism to shield Israel from all criticism | +972 Magazine

Pro-Israel demonstrators in Times Square, New York City on October 18, 2015. (Amir Levy/Flash90)

There is a growing tendency among both Jews and non-Jews to label those with whom they have profound political differences, especially on the subject of Israel-Palestine, as antisemitic. The accusation is a severe one: in most countries in the West, antisemitism is considered a taboo, and the identification of a person or organization with antisemitism often renders them illegitimate in the public arena.

via Distorting the definition of antisemitism to shield Israel from all criticism | +972 Magazine

In East Jerusalem, nightly raids leave Palestinian neighborhood reeling | +972 Magazine

Palestinian women look on during a raid by Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, July 1, 2019. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

For the past six weeks, Israel has been sending paramilitary police forces to raid the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya every evening. The raids, a severe form of collective punishment, have left one young Palestinian dead and hundreds wounded.

via In East Jerusalem, nightly raids leave Palestinian neighborhood reeling | +972 Magazine

Israel Summons 5-year-old for Police Interrogation

Muhammad Rabi’ Elayyan was summoned by the Israeli police to be interrogated; the summons was handed to his family in occupied Jerusalem, who had to take him to the police station. The boy is just five years old, but he is not the first child to be taken for interrogation. We know of this particular child’s predicament because of the support that he received from his neighbours who accompanied him to the police station on Tuesday morning. The images of the incident flashed around the world.

Palestinian youngsters born and brought up under Israel’s occupation learn to be resilient from their elders. Furthermore, they are social media savvy, so incidents like the incident with Muhammad Rabi’ Elayyan on his way to interrogation at the hands of Israeli officials will never go unrecorded.

Israel Summons 5-year-old for Police Interrogation

How ‘cultural racism’ helps Israelis rationalize inequality, discrimination | +972 Magazine

Israeli police surround an Ethiopian Israeli woman at a protest following the police killing of a young black man a few days earlier, Jerusalem, July 15, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

‘Cultural racism’ blames minorities for their inequality by suggesting that their low social position is due to a lack of effort or failure to adjust to a Western way of life. But active and institutional racism is the real culprit.

via How ‘cultural racism’ helps Israelis rationalize inequality, discrimination | +972 Magazine

Bernie Sanders would ‘Absolutely’ cut Military Aid to Israel to get Two-State Solution

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Our policy cannot just be pro-Israel pro-Israel pro-Israel. It has got to be pro-region working with all of the people, all of the countries in that area.

via Bernie Sanders would ‘Absolutely’ cut Military Aid to Israel to get Two-State Solution

Gaza protester dies as Israel admits to unjustified killings | The Electronic Intifada

Last week it was revealed that the Israeli military has decided to change its open-fire regulations, acknowledging it killed dozens of protesters without justification.

Kan, Israel’s public broadcaster, reported that the regulations were changed “after it emerged that firing at the lower limbs above the knee led, in most cases, to death, despite the fact that this was not the objective.”

Soldiers are now instructed to shoot below the knee “and then at the ankle,” according to the report.

A senior Israeli military officer told Kan: “At first, we told them to shoot at the leg. We saw that this can result in fatalities, so we told them to shoot below the knee, then we fine-tuned the regulations to shooting at the ankle.”

The classified open-fire regulations had been approved by Israel’s high court, which declared “there can be no doubt regarding their legality.”

via Gaza protester dies as Israel admits to unjustified killings | The Electronic Intifada

When Zionism imagined Jewish nationalism without supremacy | +972 Magazine

David Ben Gurion seen in the Knesset, February 11, 1961. (Fritz Cohen/GPO)

In his recent book, Dr. Dmitry Shumsky shows that, contrary to popular belief, the forefathers of Zionism did not envision a state based on Jewish supremacy. And yet Zionism, he says, inevitably involves the oppression of Palestinians.

With extensive quotes by Zionism’s forefathers — Leon Pinsker, Ahad Ha’am, Theodore Herzl, Ze’ev Jabotinsy and David Ben-Gurion — he shows that over the course of Zionism’s first five decades, from the late 19th century until the early 20th century, the movement didn’t aim for establishing a “nation-state” the way it is commonly understood today, and as is reflected in the Jewish Nation-State Law. According to Shumsky, the Zionist leaders envisioned the Jewish state as a multi-national one, or even as an entity within a larger framework, similar to the federalist structure in the United States.

via When Zionism imagined Jewish nationalism without supremacy | +972 Magazine

Pew: ‘Israel is as Religiously Restrictive as Iran,’ as Ed. Minister backs LGBTQ Conversion Therapy

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Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Haaretz reports that the PewForum has found Israel one of the twenty most religiously restrictive countries in the world. Indeed, it rivals theocratic Iran on that measure.

The report comes in the wake of the controversy stirred by Israeli education minister, Rabbi Rafi Peretz, who this week in a television interview endorsed “conversion therapy” for treating gayness.

Earlier this month, Peretz compared American Jews marrying non-Jews to the Nazi Holocaust.

via Pew: ‘Israel is as Religiously Restrictive as Iran,’ as Ed. Minister backs LGBTQ Conversion Therapy

#NeverAgainIsNow: 36 Arrested As Hundreds of Jewish Protesters Block Road to Migrant Detention Center | Common Dreams News

 

Not all Jews are BIBI or TRUMP so mae are BDS (ODT)

via #NeverAgainIsNow: 36 Arrested As Hundreds of Jewish Protesters Block Road to Migrant Detention Center | Common Dreams News

Let’s be honest about Britain’s obsession with “anti-Semitism” | The Electronic Intifada

There are many religious practices that are reactionary, medieval and barbaric. Opposition to them is not racist.

The same is true with the Jewish community. Although there is no doubt that most Jews in Britain are more liberal than the Jewish leaders and the Board of Deputies, there is no doubt that the majority are supporters of Zionism. It is also arguable that a majority of Jews do not realize the extent of Israeli racism and how Zionism mandates a form of apartheid.

However it is a fact that a Jewish ethno-nationalist state in Israel cannot be other than a racist apartheid state. The argument that it is anti-Semitic to oppose an identity that is itself based on support for racism is untenable.

If indeed the majority of Jews do support a Zionism that mandates the demolition of Palestinian villages such as Umm al-Hiran in order to build Jewish towns in their place, then that is clearly a racist identity. If the majority of British Jews support a state where the chief rabbi of Safed issues an edict that non-Jews cannot rent property from Jews, then how is that not racist?

The idea that opposition to religious identity is, in itself, a form of racism is a type of blackmail.

via Let’s be honest about Britain’s obsession with “anti-Semitism” | The Electronic Intifada

The unwritten history of Israel’s alliance with the Shah’s dictatorship | +972 Magazine

Shah Mohammad Reza with his consort and crown prince after the coronation, 1967.

For years, Israel maintained close political, economic, and security relations with the Shah of Iran. Newly-declassified documents reveal that Israeli leaders were well aware of his murderous suppression of political opponents.

via The unwritten history of Israel’s alliance with the Shah’s dictatorship | +972 Magazine

Israeli Intelligence Agency Mossad makes War on Boycott-of-Israel Movement (BDS)

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Despite clearly having a free pass to act with impunity, Israel — the occupying, nuclear-armed, apartheid state — still wants to eliminate the right to free speech and expression, as well as the right of justice-loving people to reject its military occupation and oppose it by all means. Western and European governments and institutions are weak and hypocritical and have basically surrendered their sovereignty under pressure from the pro-Israel Lobby funded by the extreme right-wing government in Israel. The Palestinians and their supporters, meanwhile, continue to exercise their legitimate right to oppose occupation and racism, and resist the Israeli oppressors.

Israeli Intelligence Agency Mossad makes War on Boycott-of-Israel Movement (BDS)

The right wing in Israel is in a deep crisis | +972 Magazine

Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen at the opening winter session of the Knesset, October 23, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Snap elections just weeks after Israelis went the polls are the result of a rivalry between Liberman and Netanyahu, but that’s just part of the story. The right is immersed in a crisis of identity, leadership, and politics.

via The right wing in Israel is in a deep crisis | +972 Magazine

Israel Terror-Bombs Syria With Impunity – Stephen Lendman

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Israel admitted launching hundreds of preemptive strikes on Syrian targets. Former IDF chief General Gadi Eisenhkot earlier said “(w)e struck thousands of targets (in Syria) without claiming responsibility or asking for credit.”

In response to two reported rockets from Syria striking illegally occupied Golan, falling harmlessly, Israeli warplanes terror-bombed Syrian targets pre-dawn Sunday.

Throughout the war, no evidence suggests Syrian forces ever targeted Israeli territory. Clearly they’d be nothing to gain and everything to lose.

Attacking Israel would escalate war Damascus is winning and wants ended. Clearly its forces had nothing to do with striking occupied Golan on June 1.

Most likely, US/Israeli supported terrorists were to blame for the incident, giving the Netanyahu regime a pretext for a terror-bombing attack even though it needs none to do whatever it pleases — with full US support and encouragement, with the UN and world community failing to hold it accountable.

When war is good for business and the US operates to create endless wars with commercial intent. (ODT)

via Israel Terror-Bombs Syria With Impunity – Stephen Lendman

Israel to hold fresh elections after ‘religious law’ stalemate defeats Netanyahu

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suffered a stunning defeat after he failing to meet a midnight deadline to form a new government, casting a cloud over his future as leader and thrusting Israel into the chaos of a new election.

Lieberman, whose five seats made him a kingmaker, said he supported Netanyahu but had refused to compromise with religious parties on a law that would end the wholesale exemption of ultra-Orthodox men from conscription.

Netanyahu said that position was a ruse.

“Lieberman never intended to reach an agreement,” Netanyahu said. “He clearly wanted to shoot down this government, and he is doing so because he reckons he will receive a few more votes.”

“He won’t succeed,” Netanyahu added, before hurling the ultimate insult: “Avigdor Lieberman is now part of the left.”

via Israel to hold fresh elections after ‘religious law’ stalemate defeats Netanyahu

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ hasn’t a hope of bringing peace | Yehuda Shaul | Opinion | The Guardian

A Palestinian is checked by Israeli soldiers patrolling the streets of the West Bank city of Hebron in 2015.

The truth even the Right-Wing Goverment in Israel today need Hamas for it’s identity and survival. After all what can the Right-Wing do without Occupation, Settlers,Segregation and Palestinian Resistense? If none of this existed they’d have to invent it. Trump the chump is chasing his Nobel Prize. for doing nothing at all but creating FAKE NEWS (ODT)

The true objectives of more than half a century of Israel’s military occupation over the Palestinians are clearer in Hebron than anywhere else – to achieve Palestinian subjugation in a segregated and unequal reality.

If we were in 1950s Alabama, would Greenblattsay that a joint meal between white and black people was the way forward? Or would he recognise that the way to achieve equality is to end the legal system of discrimination and ensure the protection of equal rights? Hebron is no different – the only solution is the end to the occupation.

via Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ hasn’t a hope of bringing peace | Yehuda Shaul | Opinion | The Guardian

The bloody scenes I’ll never forget from Gaza’s Return March | +972 Magazine

Medics evacuate a Palestinian protester who was shot by Israeli snipers during protests inside the Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun/Activestills.org)

A year ago, Israeli forces gunned down 64 demonstrators during Gaza’s Great Return March. Palestinian journalist Hind Khoudary was there to see it all — the bloody stretchers, the wounded, and the dead.

via The bloody scenes I’ll never forget from Gaza’s Return March | +972 Magazine

PODCAST: The other Palestinian march of return | +972 Magazine

For Palestinian citizens of Israel, the march is an important commemoration of their painful history. It’s a way Palestinians keep the stories of the Nakba alive and pass them on to younger generations. May 9, 2019, Khubbeiza. (Mati Milstein)

Every year for over two decades, thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel have marked Nakba Day by marching to the site of a different village that was depopulated and destroyed during the Nakba.

While the story of Palestinian refugees — 700,000 of whom were driven out or fled in 1948 — is relatively well known, we rarely speak of those who were internally displaced during the war. These families remained in what became Israel but were never allowed to return to their original homes.

This year, the Return March marking 71 years since the Nakba was held in one such village, Khubbeiza. +972 Magazine’s Henriette Chacar went to the march to hear from participants of various ages what it means to them.

via PODCAST: The other Palestinian march of return | +972 Magazine

The Israeli right is now openly saying it wants to keep Hamas in power | +972 Magazine

Hamas supporters attend a rally marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Hamas movement, Nablus, West Bank, December 15, 2017. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

As the latest round of fighting in Gaza and southern Israel died down, it became clear that keeping Hamas in power has become a central tenet of the Israeli right.

via The Israeli right is now openly saying it wants to keep Hamas in power | +972 Magazine

No, escalations do not begin with rockets on Israel | +972 Magazine

Palestinian walk through the wreckage of a building damaged by Israeli air strikes, Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, May 5, 2019. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Israel might have the power to tell itself and the rest of the world a story of victimhood. In reality, it has been abusing two million besieged Gazans for over a decade.

via No, escalations do not begin with rockets on Israel | +972 Magazine

Netanyahu’s embrace of far-right leaders leaves Jews vulnerable to anti-Semitism | +972 Magazine

US President Donald Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prior to Trump departure to Rome at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)

By aligning himself with nationalist leaders who foster white supremacy, Netanyahu has abandoned world Jewry in a bid to bolster his own nationalist machinations.

via Netanyahu’s embrace of far-right leaders leaves Jews vulnerable to anti-Semitism | +972 Magazine