Category: Israel

US media reverse Ahed Tamimi’s reality | The Electronic Intifada

When 16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi stood up to Israeli occupation soldiers, she couldn’t have known just how much of her story mainstream US media would cut away and twist.

Salient facts – like how Ahed has spent her entire life under military occupation and Israel’s near-fatal violence against her cousin – were either ignored outright or downplayed. Others – such as the indisputable reality that Palestinian land is being stolen by Israel – were treated as if they were simply matters of opinion.

Some in the US press even presented Ahed as the aggressor, rather than the Israeli forces she challenged through mild physical contact.

Ahed’s use of slapping, kicking and angry rhetoric received more attention from David M. Halbfinger in The New York Times and especially from Dana Dovey in Newsweek than the much more harmful Israeli resort to violence, theft and seemingly permanent occupation. ( No attention in Australian Media)

US media reverse Ahed Tamimi’s reality | The Electronic Intifada

Trump cut causes “worst financial crisis” in UNRWA history | The Electronic Intifada

The cut makes good on threats President Donald Trump and his UN

 

 

 

 

The cut makes good on threats President Donald Trump and his UN ambassador Nikki Haley made in recent weeks to slash funding for Palestinians in retaliation for the Palestinian Authority’s objection to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its rejection of American sponsorship of currently nonexistent peace negotiations.

Cutting assistance to POWs simply because of Trump’s stance on Jerusalem is typical of the US’s Presidents ego-centric fascist power. ( old dog thought)

 

Trump cut causes “worst financial crisis” in UNRWA history | The Electronic Intifada

Military court orders the Tamimi women to remain in prison | +972 Magazine

Ahed Tamimi is seen before her hearing at Ofer Military Court near the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Tamimi is charged with five counts of assaulting security forces, as well as with incitement. Her mother is accused of incitement via social media.

Military Judge Haim Baliti rejected most of the arguments put forth by Attorney Gaby Lasky, who represents the Tamimis, during a previous round hearings held on Monday. Lasky argued against the prosecution’s decision to deem both Ahed and Nariman a “danger,” questioned why Ahed was subject to a different legal system than Israeli minors in the West Bank and called the arrests politically motivated.

Military court orders the Tamimi women to remain in prison | +972 Magazine

 

 

Banning the Quakers won’t stop our struggle for justice in Israel-Palestine | +972 Magazine

Illustrative photo of Members of the American Friends Service Committee demonstrating against the Israeli occupation. (AFSC)

The American Friends Service Committee once saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, now we are being banned from entering Israel due to our support for a nonviolent struggle for equality.   Israel is shoving the Quakers off the Wall of the Righteous.

How times have changed and Jewish Rabbis are calling Palestinian children vermin to be exterminated before they reach maturity.

“There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us [the jews], and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.”  Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira

“If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill 1,000,” Eliyahu told the Jerusalem Post in 2007. “And if they do not stop after 1,000, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000, even a million.” Rabbi Eliayahu

“Rabbi Ovadia Yossef said in a sermon during the Jewish Passover that the Arabs should be “annihilated” with missiles because they were “evil and damnable”. He said: “It is forbidden to be merciful to them.”

“Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim’s appointment is being met with backlash — as he is outspoken for allowing soldiers to rape women during wartime.

The list of proclamations by Rabbis goes on and on.

Banning the Quakers won’t stop our struggle for justice in Israel-Palestine | +972 Magazine

These are the Palestinian children Israel killed in 2017 | The Electronic Intifada

 

These are the Palestinian children killed by Israel in 2017.

Fourteen Palestinian boys and girls under the age of 18 were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the year.

There were 21 fewer children killed than in 2016, which was the deadliest year for Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank in the past decade.

In addition to those 14 shot and killed during 2017, a child died of wounds sustained in an Israeli drone strike years earlier.

Another was killed by Israeli ordnance while grazing livestock. A baby living in temporary shelter, his family homeless as a result of Israeli bombing, died of cold exposure. Another baby died from excessive inhalation of tear gas fired by soldiers.

Palestinian children also died because they were unable to secure permits to leave via the Israeli-controlled Erez checkpoint for medical treatment unavailable in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Emergency room doctors were unable to resuscitate a seriously ill 9-year-old girl in the West Bank after Israeli soldiers denied her family passage at a checkpoint; a trip that normally would take 15 minutes took her family 90 minutes after they were forced to detour and go through a different checkpoint.

No Israeli children were killed by Palestinians during the year. An Israeli woman wounded during a bus stop bombing in 2011, when she was 14, and who had never regained consciousness, died of her injures in 2017.

 These are the Palestinian children Israel killed in 2017 | The Electronic Intifada

Quaker group honored by Yad Vashem for helping Jews during Holocaust is now banned from Israel

AFSC earned distinction and a Nobel Prize for helping Jews and other refugees escape the Holocaust. Now it is on that list because it is helping Palestinians!

Quaker Group Honored by Yad Vashem for Helping Jews During Holocaust is Now Banned From Israel

Asylum seekers in Israel are scared. I am scared for them | +972 Magazine

Asylum seekers before the deportation of South Sudanese refugees in 2012. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

For years, Israel’s right-wing government has fomented hatred against African asylum seekers. Now it plans to deport them, while the world turns a blind eye.

via Asylum seekers in Israel are scared. I am scared for them | +972 Magazine

How Israel hopes to make Palestinian refugees disappear | The Electronic Intifada

Simply call them Fake

“UNRWA is an organization that perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem. It also perpetuates the narrative of the right of return, as it were, in order to eliminate the State of Israel; therefore, UNRWA needs to pass from the world,” Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting.

The Israeli prime minister urged that UNRWA support funds be gradually shifted to UNHCR – the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “This is how to rid the world of UNRWA and deal with genuine refugee problems, to the extent that such remain,” Netanyahu added, calling most Palestinian refugees “fictitious refugees.”

via How Israel hopes to make Palestinian refugees disappear | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli Ruling Party Votes to Annex West Bank and Seize Last Palestinian Lands | Informed Comment

 Israeli Ruling Party Votes to Annex West Bank and Seize Last Palestinian Lands

“This is a historic event that we have been waiting for,” an extremist member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud Party said.

The latest radical move by hardline Zionists in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party could see Israel´s government annex all of the occupied West Bank, incorporating most of historic Palestine into the Israeli state.

The central committee of the right-wing party overwhelmingly voted on Sunday for a resolution urging Likud parliamentarians to push for the annexation of the territories that are already illegally-held.

“If the president of the United States believes Jerusalem is ours, there is no reason why a right-wing party and coalition cannot. It’s important for us to show Trump what the ruling party in Israel wants, and since he loves the Jewish people, sooner or later, he will come to the same conclusion,” the activist added.

via Israeli Ruling Party Votes to Annex West Bank and Seize Last Palestinian Lands | Informed Comment

+972’s Story of the Year: The trial of Dareen Tatour | +972 Magazine

Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour seen in the Nazareth court, December 4th, 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

For the past year and half, a strange and disturbing drama has been playing out in a Haifa courtroom. In the defendant’s seat is a poet, on trial for a political poem she wrote, performed, and published on Facebook. Whether she goes to prison for publishing that poem rests largely on how the judge ultimately interprets a few words translated by a policeman whose main qualification is that he studied Arabic literature in high school.

All that — along with decades of policies meant to ensure there is only space for one national identity in a state that, whether its leaders want to believe it or not, is bi-national — set the stage for the arrest and trial of Dareen Tatour. Her story is a sign, symbol and symptom of the authoritarian tendencies rising in Israel and around the world. Her story is the story of potentially liberating and empowering technology being subverted by state authorities in order to oppress and suppress. Hers, unfortunately, is the story of 2017.

via +972’s Story of the Year: The trial of Dareen Tatour | +972 Magazine

Social Media Imperialism? Facebook Bans Palestinian Content at Behest of Israel, US | Informed Comment

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Facebook has been working with Israeli Government officials to suppress Palestinian voices in the social media sphere according to a report published on Saturday in The Intercept. The partnership between the social media giant and officials in Tel Aviv has resulted in the censorship, removal or blocking of content deemed critical of the Israelis with these posting being branded as “incitement.”

via Social Media Imperialism? Facebook Bans Palestinian Content at Behest of Israel, US | Informed Comment

Israel to deliver asylum seekers to the hands of human smugglers | +972 Magazine

Even as it invokes the Holocaust at every turn, Israel is feeding the people who most need its protection to a brutal human smuggling industry. In doing so, it becomes an active player in the worst migration crisis since the Jewish people’s near-extinction.

Israel to deliver asylum seekers to the hands of human smugglers | +972 Magazine

Netanyahu embraces racist rabbis as EU lavishes support on Israel | The Electronic Intifada

 

A day after meeting Zionist rabbis – who form the religious backbone of Israel’s West Bank colonization – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu awarded another big dollop of cash for settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

According to the newspaper Haaretz, Netanyahu had sought the rabbis’ support in the face of mounting corruption probes. Netanyahu’s office denies any quid pro quo.

via Netanyahu embraces racist rabbis as EU lavishes support on Israel | The Electronic Intifada

What were the top BDS victories of 2017? | The Electronic Intifada

Nora Barrows-Friedman Activism and BDS Beat 28 December 2017

The movement for Palestinian rights continues to grow across the world. (Alisdare Hickson/Flickr)

It took just four days for a world famous singer to cancel her Tel Aviv show in response to her fans’ urging her to respect the international picket line.

Lorde’s decision on Christmas Eve to pull the Tel Aviv show from her world tour – remarking that booking the gig in the first place “wasn’t the right call” – completed a successful year for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

2017 saw artists, performers, athletes, politicians, cultural workers, faith-based organizations, students, academics, unions and activists grow the movement for Palestinian rights.

Israel has been taking notice, of course.

via What were the top BDS victories of 2017? | The Electronic Intifada

Punished for stealing apples — not for shooting Palestinians | +972 Magazine

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian youth during a protest against Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Hebron, West Bank, December 7, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Israeli society needs to believe in its righteous path to continue sending us to occupy a people in its name. That’s why it will indict a commander who stole a few apples in Hebron, but won’t do the same for a soldier who shoot a 15 year old in the head.

via Punished for stealing apples — not for shooting Palestinians | +972 Magazine

WATCH: Israeli troops train assault rifles on medics and journalists | +972 Magazine

Israeli border police arrest a Palestinian near the DCO/Beit El checkpoint. (Activestills/Oren Ziv)

After arresting and wounding a Palestinian protester, Israeli Border Police attack medics who try to reach the detained man, as well as the photographers covering the arrest.

via WATCH: Israeli troops train assault rifles on medics and journalists | +972 Magazine

Israeli forces kill protesters, assault journalists and medics | The Electronic Intifada

The Palestine Red Crescent Society stated that nearly 700 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during protests in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, 65 by live fire, more than 100 with rubber-coated bullets, and nearly 450 by gas.

Ten journalists were injured by Israeli forces while covering protests on Friday, the Journalists Support Committee stated:

via Israeli forces kill protesters, assault journalists and medics | The Electronic Intifada

Nabi Saleh is where I lost my Zionism | +972 Magazine

An Israeli Border Police officer beats a Palestinian protester with a club during a demonstration in Nabi Saleh, January 15, 2010. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

By the time I began going to Nabi Saleh, I had spent about four years reporting on what I saw in the West Bank and Gaza, watching detachedly as my politics moved ever leftward. What I witnessed in that small West Bank village was the last straw.

via Nabi Saleh is where I lost my Zionism | +972 Magazine

Seeing the forest of occupation through the trees of Nabi Saleh | +972 Magazine

 

Members of the Tamimi family prevent from an Israeli solider from arresting Mohammed Tamimi, 11, during the weekly protest against the occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, August 28, 2015. (photo: Muhannad Saleem / Activestills.org)

Members of the Tamimi family prevent from an Israeli solider from arresting Mohammed Tamimi, 11, during the weekly protest against the occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, August 28, 2015.

Seeing the forest of occupation through the trees of Nabi Saleh | +972 Magazine

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Ahed Tamimi: Girl who symbolizes new defiant Palestinian generation

We work with Holocaust deniers, says leading pro-Israel group | The Electronic Intifada

Israel’s supporters appear confident that Poland’s government – which refuses to accept some facts about the Holocaust – will be an important ally when it joins the United Nations Security Council in the new year.

Netanyahu has, meanwhile, hailed his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban as a stout defender of Israel in international forums. The same Viktor Orban has eulogized the Hitler-allied wartime Hungarian leader Miklos Horthy who facilitated the transit of Jews to Auschwitz.

via We work with Holocaust deniers, says leading pro-Israel group | The Electronic Intifada

Army arrests Palestinian teen for hurting soldiers’ masculinity | +972 Magazine| If Jesus came back today he’d be arrested and tried for subversive activities

Palestinian children and women face Israeli soldiers during the weekly protest against the occupation in the west Bank village of Nabi Saleh, April 20, 2012. (Activestills)

Netanyahu and Liberman are already preparing a law that will sentence to death any Palestinian who dares to resist.

Army arrests Palestinian teen for hurting soldiers’ masculinity | +972 Magazine

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Jerusalem: Donald Trump threatens to cut aid to UN members over vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump holds out his hands as he speaks into a microphone.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favour of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

via Jerusalem: Donald Trump threatens to cut aid to UN members over vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Israeli army court orders Ahed Tamimi imprisoned for five more days | +972 Magazine

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“The police claim this is a unique incident carried out shamelessly and spitefully. But obviously neither shamelessness nor spite justify imprisonment,” Lasky said. “Israeli hilltop youth (settlers) have engaged in similar behavior and the police and the army chose not to arrest them or to consider their behavior such that requires keeping a minor under arrest.”

Lasky also criticized the manner in which Tamimi was arrested, as well as the request by the police to carry out the hearing behind closed doors. “Given that the incident in question occurred during the day, it would have been possible to carry out the arrest during the time of the incident or a few hours later. Instead, the army and the police chose to carry out an illegal, offensive, nighttime raid.”

via Israeli army court orders Ahed Tamimi imprisoned for five more days | +972 Magazine

WATCH: Israeli troops taking away 7 and 8-year-old Palestinian boys | +972 Magazine

The age of criminal culpability in Israel — and under Israeli military law, which applies to Palestinians in the West Bank — is 12. The arrest of a minor under the age of 12 is illegal.

WATCH: Israeli troops taking away 7 and 8-year-old Palestinian boys | +972 Magazine

The new ‘choice’ for asylum seekers: Deportation or prison | +972 Magazine

African asylum seekers protest on Saturday against the "Deposit Law", following which Eritreans and Sudanese are required to deposit fifth percent of their salary. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees expressed serious concern following the announcement of Israel’s latest plan last month. As it has been articulated so far, the plan “absolutely violates” the 1951 Refugee Convention to which Israel is a signatory, Rozen said.

Recent reports paint a grim picture of what awaits asylum seekers who choose to return to leave Israel for Rwanda or return to their home countries: torture, rape, mass and arbitrary imprisonment, forced labor. They are often denied status and prohibited from working. When Ben Dor visited Uganda, she found asylum seekers held “in cells with 30 people, no light no water, no beds.” She added, “in Israel, you wouldn’t keep animals in conditions like these.”

In the human rights community, the feeling is that there is no choice but to oppose the government’s plan. “We have an obligation and the desire to fight to make our country one that provides shelter to refugees,” Ben Dor said.

“I, personally, refuse to believe that the State of Israel will put victims of genocide and people who fled bloody dictatorships on a plane against their will to a country that is not capable of receiving them,” Rozen stressed. “And we’ll do everything we can to prevent this from happening.”

The new ‘choice’ for asylum seekers: Deportation or prison | +972 Magazine

Trump’s Jerusalem move a good thing… US pretense of ‘honest broker’ finally ends

  • Trump’s Jerusalem move a good thing… US pretense of ‘honest broker’ finally endsParadoxically, Trump’s rash intervention this week is potentially a good thing. Inadvertently, it allows for a more accurate, realistic framework in which to bring about a peaceful settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict. This conflict is at the root of the region’s never-ending tensions.

    The United States is no longer mistaken as a neutral mediator. Its role as a self-appointed honest broker is over.

    What’s needed now is an international, multilateral forum in which Palestinians are at last afforded real equality under international law. The Palestinian sovereign right for national status must be advocated in the context of an illegal occupation by Israeli forces. The full sanction of international law must be applied against Israeli transgressions going back to at least the 1967 war.

    American chicanery, as illustrated again this week by Trump, is part of the problem. It can never be part of the solution, and it is good that Washington’s

     

    Trump’s Jerusalem move a good thing… US pretense of ‘honest broker’ finally ends

‘Bibi to prison’: Thousands demand Netanyahu resignation over corruption in Israel

 

 

Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained | Illegal Israeli Settelemts in Palestine

Fifty years ago, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 242. The resolution is used as a framework for implementing the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

But since its adoption in 1967, Israel has violated the resolution by entrenching its occupation of the Palestinian territories through illegal settlements.
600,000 – 750,000
Illegal settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories
150
Settlements
119
Outposts
42%
Of West Bank land controlled by settlements
86%
Of East Jerusalem for Israeli state and settler use

The majority of settlements have been built either entirely or partially on private Palestinian property

Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained | Illegal Israeli Settelemts in Palestine

Israeli planes hit Gaza Strip as Donald Trump-driven violence ramps up

Palestinian protesters stand on a hill during clashes on the Israeli border following a protest against US President ...

The clashes came as Muslims took to the streets from the West Bank to Jakarta on Friday to protest US President Donald Trump’s move to recognise contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Violence associated with the “Day of Rage” called for in Palestinian territories intensified as the day wore  Israeli planes hit Gaza Strip as Donald Trump-driven violence ramps up