Category: Israel

Warnings of Israeli fascism should be heeded, not condemned | The Electronic Intifada

Woman and children walk past wall spray painted with graffiti reading Death to the Arabs!

Israel lobby groups are pushing to codify into law worldwide a controversial definition of anti-Semitism with the intent of suppressing criticism of Israel. The definition has been rightly criticized for conflating criticism of a state and its political ideology with anti-Jewish bigotry. What has received less scrutiny is how it would also brand as anti-Semitic critiques of Zionism and Israeli policy expressed by Jews, including Israelis, for decades. This definition of anti-Semitism, adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), provides what it says are 11 examples of anti-Semitism. One of the examples – “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” – implicitly condemns as anti-Semitic the statements of Jewish critics, especially Jewish Israelis, who have made precisely that comparison. One of the most famous of these comparisons came as early as 1948 when Jewish Americans, among them the scientist Albert Einstein and scholars such as Hannah Arendt, Sidney Hook and Seymour Melman, published a letter in The New York Times protesting the planned visit of Menachem Begin, then the leader of Israel’s Freedom Party, to the US. The

Source: Warnings of Israeli fascism should be heeded, not condemned | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli forces kill child with bullets in the back | The Electronic Intifada

A boy is smiling, wearing a turtle neck and a hoodie

The Israeli army claimed firebombs had been hurled at them and that “troops operated to stop the suspects by firing toward them,” according to the Associated Press. But DCIP found Odeh had not been involved in any confrontations between occupation forces and villagers when he was shot. Odeh was hit with live bullets in the back, near his right shoulder and in the pelvis area, with both bullets exiting from the front of his body, according to DCIP. Occupation forces then reportedly shot another youth in the back who tried to reach Odeh to render aid. Israeli soldiers blocked an ambulance from reaching Odeh for 15 minutes. When medics were finally able to reach him, he had no signs of life. Odeh was taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus, where he was pronounced dead.

Source: Israeli forces kill child with bullets in the back | The Electronic Intifada

Not “Clashes”: Israeli Security Wounds Nearly 200 Palestinians in Ongoing Ethnic Cleansing Campaign at 3rd Holiest Islamic Site

Diya’ Hajj Yahya of Arab 48 reports that at least 180 Palestinians were injured Friday night by Israeli security forces in their crackdown on worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest shrine for the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims.

Source: Not “Clashes”: Israeli Security Wounds Nearly 200 Palestinians in Ongoing Ethnic Cleansing Campaign at 3rd Holiest Islamic Site

From Myanmar to Israel, what are the Offenses of ‘Apartheid’ and ‘Crimes Against Humanity?’ and How can we Make sure they are Prosecuted?

The use of the word ‘apartheid’ in its legal meaning can sometimes, but not always, generate considerable power and attention. The related crime against humanity of persecution never seems to attract the same interest. Our finding in 2020 that the Myanmar authorities were committing the crime against humanity of apartheid against ethnic Rohingya received considerable coverage of the facts of their mistreatment, though less about the crime itself. Our new findings that Israeli authorities were committing the crime against humanity of persecution against Palestinians received limited attention. But our finding that they were also committing the crime of apartheid has received an extraordinary amount of attention — both support and criticism. But in researching the law for both crimes, it has become clear that in terms of justice, they are ‘forgotten’ crimes against humanity, and are rarely prosecuted.

Source: From Myanmar to Israel, what are the Offenses of ‘Apartheid’ and ‘Crimes Against Humanity?’ and How can we Make sure they are Prosecuted?

Quibbling Over Cruelties: Human Rights Watch, Israel and Apartheid – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Ami Ayalon, former Knesset member, and former head of Shin Bet and Israel’s naval forces, is also convinced that Israel’s political system “integrates apartheid and is not commensurate with Judaism” though he is careful with territorial applications. The West Bank, he warned, is no democracy, marked as it is by “two different legal systems, one for the Jews and one for the Palestinians.” Such assessments can hardly be dismissed as blood libels and anti-Semitic fancies.

Source: Quibbling Over Cruelties: Human Rights Watch, Israel and Apartheid – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Families hold first funerals for pilgrims crushed to death at Jewish festival

Ultra-Orthodox Jews hold funeral for pilgrim who died in Israel In a race against time, several funerals were held in Israel before sundown Friday for some of the 45 people killed at a stampede at a religious festival. Among them was a memorial for Rabbi Eliezer Mordechai Goldberg, as burials do not take place during the Jewish Sabbath. The festival was attended by tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews in… Euronews The New Daily The New Daily @TheNewDailyAU Share Twitter Facebook Reddit Pinterest Email Families have begun funerals for victims crushed to death at a Jewish festival in Israel as the prime minister described the tragedy as one of the country’s “worst disasters”.

Source: Families hold first funerals for pilgrims crushed to death at Jewish festival

Why Jerusalem is Sacred to Muslims, and why even the Emirates are Rebuking Israel for Persecuting Palestinians There

The holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan began Monday, April 12, and for the succeeding week and a half there was trouble at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. Muslim youth were used to gathering in the square in front of the the gate, which had been built by the Ottoman Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. This year, in their ceaseless quest to impose their security presence on every inch of the city, the Israeli police decided to try to interfere with these gatherings by putting up iron railings and harassing the youth.

Source: Why Jerusalem is Sacred to Muslims, and why even the Emirates are Rebuking Israel for Persecuting Palestinians There

Israel is an Apartheid State seeking Systemic Domination of Palestinians: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch has issued a 214-page report concluding that between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean there are 6.8 million Jews and 6.8 million Palestinians, and that the Israeli state systematically privileges the Jews, wherever they are, and disprivileges the Palestinians, on the basis of race.

Source: Israel is an Apartheid State seeking Systemic Domination of Palestinians: Human Rights Watch

Israeli Police injure 12 Palestinians in Continued Iron Fist Crackdown on Jerusalem Ramadan Crowds

Israeli security forces on Saturday night attacked Palestinian worshipers at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem with batons and teargas, leaving 12 Jerusalemites wounded, according to the Palestinian Red Cross.

Source: Israeli Police injure 12 Palestinians in Continued Iron Fist Crackdown on Jerusalem Ramadan Crowds

Jerusalem Pogrom: Extremist Jewish Mobs injure 100 Palestinians, chanting “Death to Arabs”

( Middle East Monitor ) – The Encyclopaedia Britannica defines a pogrom as ‘a mob attack, either approved or condoned by authorities, against the persons and property of a religious, racial, or national minority’. That is exactly what is happening today against the Palestinian people in Jerusalem. Middle East Eye: ‘Hundreds of far-right Israeli activists chant ‘death to Arabs’ in East Jerusalem’ Palestinians are not a minority in Palestine – the country that lies between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. But due to Israel’s apartheid regime that has ruled the country since 1948, the majority of Palestinians were

Source: Jerusalem Pogrom: Extremist Jewish Mobs injure 100 Palestinians, chanting “Death to Arabs”

Tens of Thousands Protest “Crime Minister” Netanyahu in Israel as his Political Survival hangs in Balance

Thousands of Israelis demonstrated Saturday at various places against Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is being tried for corruption, as the country goes to the polls Tuesday. This was the 39th consecutive weekly demonstration against the beleageured prime minister, who polls suggest faces an extremely close election. If he loses, and if the courts convict him, he could go to jail like his predecessor, Ehud Olmert. The biggest demonstration was staged in Jerusalem in front of the prime minister’s official residence, with an estimated 20,000 joining in. It was the largest such rally since they began last week.

Tens of Thousands Protest “Crime Minister” Netanyahu in Israel as his Political Survival hangs in Balance

Israel’s KKK on way to government? | The Electronic Intifada

A soldier stands at a concrete checkpoint plastered with posters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has brokered an electoral alliance that is almost certain to bring Israel’s version of the Ku Klux Klan into the Israeli parliament when elections are held later this month. Netanyahu’s primary aim is to make sure he wins a decisive majority by shoring up the far-right bloc so that he can pass an immunity law to neutralize his current corruption trial. Enter Otzma Yehudit, or the Jewish Power party. Otzma Yehudit is strongly influenced by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose virulently anti-Palestinian Kach party was barred from Israeli elections more than 30 years ago. Since being proscribed, Kach has been declared a terrorist organization in most western countries, including the United States, Canada and the European Union. Most of the leadership of Jewish Power had previously been involved with Kach, including its current leader, Itamar Ben Gvir, who held a position in Kahane’s movement in his student days. Jewish Power’s former leader and current chair, Michael Ben Ari, has been banned from entering the US because of his links to Jewish terrorism.

Israel’s KKK on way to government? | The Electronic Intifada

Israel most likely responsible for blast on Iranian container ship in Mediterranean – media — RT World News

Israel most likely responsible for blast on Iranian container ship in Mediterranean – media

A member of an Iranian investigation team has told a local news outlet that Tel Aviv was most likely behind the attack on a Europe-bound Iranian container ship in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this week. “Considering the geographical location and the way the ship was targeted, one of the strong possibilities is that this terrorist operation was carried out by the Zionist regime (Israel),” an unnamed investigator told the Nournews agency. Several containers on the deck of the Shahr-e Kord vessel were hit with high-explosive objects. The damage they suffered indicates that the Iranian ship could have been targeted by an aerial vehicle, the expert pointed out. The attack on a commercial vessel travelling through the Mediterranean to Europe took place on Wednesday. There were no casualties, and the crew swiftly extinguished the small fire in the hull it caused.

Israel most likely responsible for blast on Iranian container ship in Mediterranean – media — RT World News

Israeli ambassador seeks to exploit Black struggle in US | The Electronic Intifada

Seated man greets standing man

Last month, Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States and United Nations, took a trip to the American South to learn about the civil rights movement. Ostensibly, he learned about Jim Crow discrimination and ongoing racism. Yet he understood so little that he rejected any comparison between American racism and segregation and Israel’s denial of equal rights to Palestinian citizens and military rule over Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Israeli ambassador seeks to exploit Black struggle in US | The Electronic Intifada

‘All I can do is film, and it breaks my heart’ – +972 Magazine

‘All I can do is film, and it breaks my heart’ – +972 Magazine
Palestinians sift through the rubble after Israeli forces demolished their home in the hamlet of Khalet al-Daba, in the occupied West Bank, June 17, 2019. (Wissam Hashlamon/Flash90)

Entire communities in south Hebron are under threat of expulsion, while Israeli soldiers try to prevent activists like me from filming the demolitions.

‘All I can do is film, and it breaks my heart’ – +972 Magazine

EU backs ICC after Netanyahu’s “anti-Semitism” smear | The Electronic Intifada

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The European Union appears to be rejecting Benjamin Netanyahu’s smears against the International Criminal Court after Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda confirmed on Wednesday that she would be launching a formal investigation into war crimes in Palestine.

EU backs ICC after Netanyahu’s “anti-Semitism” smear | The Electronic Intifada

How the Israeli Occupation has devastated the Palestinian Economy

The Israeli occupation has crippled Palestinian productive sectors, leading to the dominance of internal trade in the Palestinian economy. Al-Shabaka policy analyst, Ibrahim Shikaki, examines how these structural distortions developed as a result of Israel’s oppressive economic policies since it occupied Palestine in 1967. He offers recommendations to the international community and aid agencies for how to support Palestinian economic self-determination.

How the Israeli Occupation has devastated the Palestinian Economy

Fury as SNL joke about Israel vaccinating ‘Jewish half’ of population comes too close to calling it ‘apartheid state’ — RT USA News

Fury as SNL joke about Israel vaccinating ‘Jewish half’ of population comes too close to calling it ‘apartheid state’
It’s a fact not a joke but it needs the attention Israel doesn’t want.

People there are certainly not citizens of Israel, but many aspects of their lives depend on the actions of the Israeli government. The OHCHR, the UN human rights body, in January slammed Israel for keeping Palestinians in occupied territories unvaccinated against Covid-19, contrary to its duty as an occupying power under the Geneva Conventions. Israel denies being such a power altogether, but in late January agreed to deliver 5,000 doses to the Palestinian Authority, so that it could immunize frontline medics.

Fury as SNL joke about Israel vaccinating ‘Jewish half’ of population comes too close to calling it ‘apartheid state’ — RT USA News

Israel doesn’t need ‘advice’ against annexation — it needs consequences – +972 Magazine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the King David hotel in Jerusalem on February 25, 2014. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Half a century of occupation is ample time for powerful states like Germany to learn that rhetoric without action simply reinforces Israeli impunity.

Israel doesn’t need ‘advice’ against annexation — it needs consequences – +972 Magazine

Spike in settler attacks creates “living hell” for Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Uniformed soldiers face off against unarmed protestors hidden by a cloud of tear gas

But the 45-year-old taxi driver was forced to abandon his car – his private car – when he was set upon by what he described as a gang of seven settlers. By the time Jaber returned, the men had pummeled his car with rocks and stones and smashed the windows. “Two Israeli soldiers were there watching and didn’t do anything to stop them,” Jaber told The Electronic Intifada.

Spike in settler attacks creates “living hell” for Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli soldiers cheer after protester shot | The Electronic Intifada

This video shows Israeli occupation forces celebrating after a sniper shoots and injures a Palestinian protesting the theft of land by settlers in the central occupied West Bank on 27 November.

Israeli soldiers cheer after protester shot | The Electronic Intifada

Israel stops Palestinians of Gaza from getting 2K doses of Russian Coronavirus Vaccine

According to AFP Arabic, Palestinian Minister of Health Dr. Mai Al-Kilah announced Monday that Israeli authorities halted a shipment of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine sent to the Palestinian Gaza Strip by the Palestine Authority that is based in Ramallah in the Palestinian West Bank.

Israel stops Palestinians of Gaza from getting 2K doses of Russian Coronavirus Vaccine

US Jews are increasingly vocal on Israel. Why are their progressive groups still silent?

Activists from IfNotNow protest outside Birthright Israel’s offices in New York City, April 5, 2019. (Gili Getz)

Establishment Jewish organizations are working to shut down all criticism of Israel. Will their challengers on the left finally take a stance?

US Jews are increasingly vocal on Israel. Why are their progressive groups still silent?

This database is exposing decades of Israel’s shady arms deals

This database is exposing decades of Israel’s shady arms deals
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Israel has been exporting arms to the world’s most repressive governments. A new project aims to hold it accountable by tracking these confidential sales.

This database is exposing decades of Israel’s shady arms deals

In its war on Palestinian students, Israel deems book fairs and falafel sales a crime

“The defendant participated in a [student] election campaign on behalf of an organization at Birzeit University, as well as a book and stationery fair that was organized by the organization. He sold sandwiches, falafel, and coffee on behalf of the organization.”

In its war on Palestinian students, Israel deems book fairs and falafel sales a crime

The persecution of a Palestinian student | The Electronic Intifada

Mays Abu Ghosh was revising for a college exam during August 2019 when Israeli soldiers broke into her home late at night. Accompanied by dogs, the troops told her father to wake up the family and gather everyone in one place. Then they entered Mays’ room and ordered her to switch on her mobile phone and computer. She refused to do so. After she disobeyed the order, Mays had to get dressed in the presence of some female soldiers. Her bedroom and that of her parents were then ransacked by the troops. Handcuffed, Mays was brought from her family’s home in Qalandiya refugee camp to the military checkpoint also in Qalandiya – an area separating occupied East Jerusalem from the remainder of the West Bank. From there she was transported to the Russian Compound, an Israeli detention center in Jerusalem. Mays was held in that center for more than a month, during which time she was repeatedly tortured.

The persecution of a Palestinian student | The Electronic Intifada

Governments mustn’t confuse Criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism: British-Israeli Academics

We, British Academics who are also Israeli citizens, strongly oppose the governmental imposition of the IHRA ‘working definition of antisemitism’ on Universities in England. We call on all academic senates to reject the IHRA document or, where adopted already, act to revoke it.*

Governments mustn’t confuse Criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism: British-Israeli Academics

In Game Changer, Int’l Criminal Court will take up Israeli War Crimes and Apartheid in Palestine

In Game Changer, Int’l Criminal Court will take up Israeli War Crimes and Apartheid in Palestine

International Criminal Court found that it had jurisdiction to consider war crimes and crimes against humanity and the crime of Apartheid in the Palestinian territories. Israeli politician Abba Eban once quipped that Palestinians never lost the opportunity to lose an opportunity. But Palestinians have carefully, methodically created this opportunity to be heard in an international tribunal. It is the ruling Israeli right wing about which one can now quip about missing opportunities. Israel has egregiously violated the 1949 Geneva Convention on the treatment of people in Occupied territories by flooding its own citizens into the Palestinian Territories, by stealing Palestinian land from its owners and building squatter settlements on it, and by using disproportional force against Palestinian demonstrators at the Gaza border. The court will also look into war crimes by Hamas, which was elected in 2006 and retains control of the Gaza Strip.

In Game Changer, Int’l Criminal Court will take up Israeli War Crimes and Apartheid in Palestine

Boycotts are legitimate tools of protest against injustice | The Electronic Intifada

Neck-down silhouette of a person walking with a sign

Economic boycotts have been a common and effective means of protest in the US in the past century, and Americans rightly saw it as a civil and democratic way to exert non-violent pressure to effect political change.

Boycotts are legitimate tools of protest against injustice | The Electronic Intifada

Anti-Semitism and Israel: Right-wing Zionists play a deadly word game | Salon.com

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Psychiatrists use the term Stockholm syndrome to describe a set of psychological characteristics first observed in people taken hostage in 1973 However what Right-Wing Zionists in Israel are doing is mirroring what the Nazis did to the Jews during the holocaust. (ODT)

This is consistent with Israel’s goal of extinguishing all Palestinian hope for the same freedom in their native land that Israeli Jews enjoy. Israel continues to seize Palestinian land, demolish Palestinian homes, build settlements for Israeli Jews in the occupied West Bank, and deal cruelly with protesters — indifferent to law and morality, but sensitive to the charge of racism. Even Arabs who are Israeli citizens don’t have equal rights with Israeli Jews.

Anti-Semitism and Israel: Right-wing Zionists play a deadly word game | Salon.com

Israeli NGO: Israel Is an Apartheid Regime

B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, has taken an extraordinary step — following many Palestinian and human rights groups around the world — in calling the state of Israel what it is: an apartheid regime and thus anything but a democracy.

Israeli NGO: Israel Is an Apartheid Regime

Israel’s Leaders Are Trying to Cancel the Debate Because They Know They’re Losing

Israel’s Trump Card

Israel and its supporters are ramping up efforts to outlaw solidarity with Palestinians in the name of combating antisemitism. But these authoritarian maneuvers can’t hide the fact that Israel is losing the battle for public opinion over its denial of Palestinian rights.

Israel’s Leaders Are Trying to Cancel the Debate Because They Know They’re Losing

Palestinians, Advocates Blast New U.S. Rule Requiring ‘Made in Israel’ Label on Settlement Goods | Common Dreams News

The Psagot Winery—which is located in the illegally occupied West Bank, in the exclusively Jewish settlement of Psagot—has named a wine after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
Israel’s Colonial Shame If the shoe was on the other foot what would we hear?

“Such a decision attempts to legitimize settlement-manufactured goods as well as the theft of Palestinian land and products,” said Palestine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Palestinians, Advocates Blast New U.S. Rule Requiring ‘Made in Israel’ Label on Settlement Goods | Common Dreams News

An un-merry Christmas for Palestinians, as Militant Israeli Squatters attack Monastery, Church

If it were an attack by Muslims it would be front page of MSM press

Israeli squatter-settlers disrupted Christian prayer at the oldest monastery in Palestine. On Thursday 17 December, hundreds of Israeli settlers gathered in order to intimidate the monks who were at the beautiful ancient monastery of St Saba near Bethlehem.

An un-merry Christmas for Palestinians, as Militant Israeli Squatters attack Monastery, Church

Israeli jets fly over Beirut terrifying residents on Christmas Eve

Israeli Air Force F-35 plane.
A Very Merry Israeli Xmas

Israeli jets flew very low over parts of Lebanon early on Friday, terrifying residents on Christmas Eve, some of whom reported seeing missiles in the skies over Beirut. Minutes later, Syria’s official news agency reported explosions in the central Syrian town of Masyaf. Other Syrian media said Syrian air defences responded to an Israeli attack near the town in the Hama province.

Israeli jets fly over Beirut terrifying residents on Christmas Eve

Everyday War Crimes: Israeli PM Netanyahu Gets COVID Vaccine, Squatters get Vaccine, but Not Occupied Palestinians

Netanyahu’s hope that a human experiment will accelerate a Final Solution

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu received a coronavirus shot on Saturday. He has pledged that the 9 million Israelis will be vaccinated in a matter of months. Inside Israel, Netanyahu was widely thought to have mishandled the pandemic, and it hurt his popularity as the country goes yet again to the ballot box. He is no doubt hoping that the vaccine will save him. If he loses the next election, he could well go to prison on current corruption charges for which he is being tried. Vaccines will be supplied to the hundreds of thousands of government-backed illegal Israeli squatters on Palestinian land in the West Bank, but not to the indigenous Palestinian population.

Everyday War Crimes: Israeli PM Netanyahu Gets COVID Vaccine, Squatters get Vaccine, but Not Occupied Palestinians

Israel’s self-investigation shields its soldiers | The Electronic Intifada

If the Australian ADF were the sole arbiters on the war crimes of the SAS all crimes would have been found unproved. The IDF’s self -investigation is the States great denier (ODT)

Only one Israeli soldier has been indicted over the use of live fire against unarmed protesters during the Great March of Return demonstrations held along Gaza’s eastern boundary. Israeli forces killed more than 215 Palestinians during those protests, which began in late March 2018 and were suspended last December.

Israel’s self-investigation shields its soldiers | The Electronic Intifada

Israel lovers Pompeo and Trump are burying Palestine as they know Joe Biden won’t have the power to dig the nation up again — RT Op-ed

Israel lovers Pompeo and Trump are burying Palestine as they know Joe Biden won’t have the power to dig the nation up again

Donald Trump’s loyal lieutenant Mike Pompeo brandished his claws on a visit to Israel. Standing side-by-side with another member of the Trump VIP Club, Benjamin Netanyahu, he branded BDS “a cancer” and professed that the USA is “committed to countering the Global BDS Campaign as a manifestation of anti-Semitism.” A giddy Netanyahu applauded and called it all “wonderful.”

Israel lovers Pompeo and Trump are burying Palestine as they know Joe Biden won’t have the power to dig the nation up again — RT Op-ed