Category: Israel

Israel’s ‘Jewish values’ will forever leave Palestinians on the sidelines | +972 Magazine

political language is meant for Jews alone. Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up 20 percent of the country, are left on the sidelines until the Jews decide who is a real Jew, who is left and who is right, and what the difference between the two actually is.

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Israeli army to evict 300 Palestinians from Jordan Valley | +972 Magazine

Palestinians and Israeli activists attend a demonstration against the construction of Jewish settlements in the Jordan Valley, West Bank. November 17, 2016. (Flash90)

So far this year, the IDF has demolished 349 structures, displacing 542 people and 302 children. Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem warned in August that the expulsions would constitute a war crime.

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The danger of ignoring Arab opinion: 100 years since Balfour | +972 Magazine

Palestinian men carry black flags at a protest marking 100 years since the Balfour Declaration outside the British Consulate in East Jerusalem, November 2, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Lord Balfour, for one, sharply rejected the Wilsonian approach. “In Palestine,” he declared, “we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country, though the American commission has. [. . .] Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is…of far profounder import than the desire and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.”

In the end, Lord Balfour had his way. Instead of independence, boundaries were drawn, dismembering the Arab East and creating British and French spheres of influence over the newly created states of Lebanon and Syria (France) and trans-Jordan and Iraq (Britain) as well as Palestine (also to the British, with the understanding that it would become the “Jewish Homeland”).

And so, the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration is not cause for celebration. Rather it should prompt us to recall the grave injustice that imperial acquisitiveness and racist insensitivity have done to an innocent Arab nation. Their rights and opinions were ignored and as a result the last 100 years have been marked by unceasing conflict and suffering. This is the shame of Balfour.

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UK minister Priti Patel secretly urged aid for al-Qaida via Israel | The Electronic Intifada

Underreported, but well-documented, the Israeli army occupying the Golan Heights uses its field hospitals to treat anti-government fighters involved in the war in Syria – including members of factions linked to al-Qaida.

 

UK minister Priti Patel secretly urged aid for al-Qaida via Israel | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli warplanes conduct airstrikes on Syrian army headquarters near Damascus – Iraqi News

 

Israeli warplanes conduct airstrikes on Syrian army headquarters near Damascus

Damascus (Syria News) Israeli warplanes carried out air strikes, on Monday, on the headquarters of the Syrian army, east of Damascus, sources told Qasioun News.

The sources informed that Israeli warplanes conducted air strikes, targeting anti-warplanes weapons and rockets launchers belonging to the Syrian army near Ramadan army’s headquarters, located 50 kilometers east of Damascus.

Israeli warplanes conduct airstrikes on Syrian army headquarters near Damascus – Iraqi News

Israeli settlers attack Palestinians picking olives near Nablus: Caught on Film | Informed Comment

The majority of settler attacks committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such attacks.Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction,

Source: Israeli settlers attack Palestinians picking olives near Nablus: Caught on Film | Informed Comment

After 5 months in jail, it’s time to talk about why I refuse to serve | +972 Magazine

Ofir Averbukh has served more than 150 days in Israeli military prison for his refusal to be conscripted into the army. In the following interview, Ofir explains why he is only going public about his refusal now, and why Israeli youth should view choosing to be conscripted, not just refusing, as a decision of significant moral weight.

Source: After 5 months in jail, it’s time to talk about why I refuse to serve | +972 Magazine

What’s dividing Israeli society? Just don’t mention the occupation | +972 Magazine

Is it possible to discuss the sources of Israeli disunity without addressing the country’s military regime in the West Bank and siege on Gaza? Can Israelis ever accept Palestinians as part of that conversation? The plight, let alone the very existence of millions of disenfranchised people living under Israeli military rule, was nowhere to be found at the ADL’s first-ever Summit on Social Cohesion in Israel Tuesday. Actually, that’s not entirely correct. [tmwinpost] “We are no longer the occupiers, we have become the occupied,” former Defense Minister and erstwhile Labor Party leader Amir Peretz declared ironically to the hundreds of…

Source: What’s dividing Israeli society? Just don’t mention the occupation | +972 Magazine

In the crosshairs: Israel’s war of attrition on political dissent | +972 Magazine

Breaking the Silence, an organization made up of former Israeli soldiers that collects and publishes testimonies of IDF transgressions in the occupied territories, called the bill an attempt by Netanyahu to distract the public from numerous corruption investigations that threaten to topple his rule.

Source: In the crosshairs: Israel’s war of attrition on political dissent | +972 Magazine

Why do the U.S. and EU still let Israel sell arms to Burma? | +972 Magazine

Economic sanctions were lifted but an arms embargo remains. What good is an arms embargo if Washington and Brussels allow their ally Israel, along with world powers like China, to keep selling arms to Burma? By Eitay Mack In light of the atrocities being perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma, many in the European Union and in the U.S. have denounced Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, expressing deep disappointment with her conduct. In fact, their denunciations and disappointment should be addressed to themselves. As in other parts of the world, Europe and the U.S. have…

Source: Why do the U.S. and EU still let Israel sell arms to Burma? | +972 Magazine

‘A legal shield for the Palestine movement in the U.S.’ | +972 Magazine

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of a Kansas public school teacher who, as a condition for taking her job, was required under a new state law to declare that she would not engage in boycotts of Israel. The law is just one in a growing list of measures in recent years aiming to counter the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the United States.

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Austria’s neo-Nazis find friends in Israel | The Electronic Intifada

Austria’s ambassador in Tel Aviv sees nothing wrong with Arab parties being excluded from Israel’s government.As his own country looks set to put neo-Nazis in power in Vienna, this is yet another remarkable demonstration of the racist values shared by European and Israeli elites.Just as in Germany, there are clear indications of ties between Austria’s neo-Nazi far right and Israel’s right wing

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Netanyahu compares human rights groups to Russian election interference | +972 Magazine

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an event in Jerusalem, October 15, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90, cropped)

The aim — and the result — has been to portray of human and civil rights as subversive ideas being used by foreign, presumably anti-Semitic powers to undermine the State of Israel itself. That last feat is accomplished by conflating the State of Israel with its occupation of the Palestinian territories, and the right-wing ideology that demands its transformation into an immutable reality.

Source: Netanyahu compares human rights groups to Russian election interference | +972 Magazine

Vindicated in UK, Al Jazeera to reveal secrets of US Israel lobby | The Electronic Intifada

A statement from Al Jazeera said that the Qatar-based broadcaster feels “vindicated by the rulings and ever more committed to exposing human rights violations by anyone – regardless of geography, religion or the power of their lobbies.”

Source: Vindicated in UK, Al Jazeera to reveal secrets of US Israel lobby | The Electronic Intifada

Israel doing nothing to stop attacks on churches and mosques | The Electronic Intifada

Third attackIn the most recent attack, on 20 September, vandals shattered a statue of the Virgin Mary, broke stained glass and destroyed a cross in St. Stephen’s Church in the Beit Jamal Salesian Monastery west of Jerusalem.“I was shocked,” the church’s caretaker Father Antonio Scudu told the Catholic News Service. “I didn’t expect to see something like this. The church is always open. If you see what happened, you feel they did it with hate. They smashed everything.”

Source: Israel doing nothing to stop attacks on churches and mosques | The Electronic Intifada

Germany’s new Nazis see Israel as role model | The Electronic Intifada

Israel’s anti-Muslim supporters back far-right Alternative for Germany.

“Israel could be a role model for Germany,” von Storch told The Jerusalem Report. “Israel is a democracy that has a free and pluralistic society. Israel also makes efforts to preserve its unique culture and traditions. The same should be possible for Germany and any other nation.”

Von Storch’s identification with Israel echoes that of US Nazi demagogue Richard Spencer, who has described his vision of an Aryan “ethno-state” as “white Zionism.”

AfD chair Frauke Petry has also expressed support for Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. In February, she told the right-wing Jewish publication Tablet that her only visit to Israel gave her a positive view of the country.

“Suddenly the picture you get is somewhat different than what you got when you live far away,” she said.

These views, again, echo those of Anders Breivik. He was a strong admirer of Zionism, and advocated an alliance with Israel to fight against Muslims and their “culturalMarxists/multiculturalists” supporters.

Source: Germany’s new Nazis see Israel as role model | The Electronic Intifada

There’s no beautifying Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children | +972 Magazine

The central problem at the heart of Israel’s half-century old military court system is clear: these courts will never reflect the interests of the defendants, but rather that of the regime of occupation. By Sarit Michaeli Israeli occupation apologists masquerading as protectors of Palestinian children in military detention? Few displays of alternative facts should shock us these days, but somehow an upcoming event by the Israeli right-wing group NGO Monitor’s at the UN Palais De Nations in Geneva comes close. Under the Orwellian title “Protecting Children: The realities of Israeli Military Juvenile Justice in a Terror Environment,” the event planned for…

Source: There’s no beautifying Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children | +972 Magazine

Israeli Right Wing Faction Announces a Plan for Ethnic Cleansing | Informed Comment

– Essentially an offer that says ‘Get Out or We Will Make Your Life a Living Hell, or Worse.’The Platform Provides 3 Choices for Palestinians: Accept Ethnic Cleansing, Bend the Knee to Apartheid or Expect Even More Violence

Source: Israeli Right Wing Faction Announces a Plan for Ethnic Cleansing | Informed Comment

German firm whitewashes its plunder of Palestinian resources | The Electronic Intifada

HeidelbergCement tries to present illegal exploitation of land and labor as positive.

Question: Isn’t this what Genie Oil is doing in Syria’s Golan Heights an alleged Rupert Murdoch investment?

Source: German firm whitewashes its plunder of Palestinian resources | The Electronic Intifada

Netanyahu’s Israel is a cauldron waiting for the next explosion | +972 Magazine

While Israel proceeds along its merry way, each day building more settlements and demolishing more Palestinian homes, it is far from being the secure and stable dream Netanyahu envisioned. By James J. Zogby For half of the past two decades Benjamin Netanyahu has served as prime minister of Israel. Whatever his ultimate fate (given the ongoing criminal investigations he is currently facing), it is clear that he has had a profound impact on Israel, the Palestinians, and the entire region. [tmwinpost] There are those who have doubted that Netanyahu had any core beliefs, other than the desire to retain power.…

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Is Israel turning its Bedouin citizens into a stateless people? | +972 Magazine

Israel has been systematically revoking citizenship from its Bedouin citizens without as much as telling them. Is this a harbinger of things to come? In Israel’s relentless war against its Arab citizens, there are few things that can still leave us surprised. Jack Khoury’s article in Haaretz a few weeks ago, however, did just that. Khoury revealed how the Interior Ministry has been revoking citizenship from hundreds of Bedouin in the Negev. Bedouin citizens would arrive at the Ministry to take care of some bureaucratic procedure — such as to apply for a new passport — and would leave with a new status: a non-citizen…

Source: Is Israel turning its Bedouin citizens into a stateless people? | +972 Magazine

Israel’s top court rules human rights aren’t ‘controversial.’ What about the occupation? | +972 Magazine

 

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian man following a house raid in the West Bank city of Hebron September 20, 2016. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Perhaps the good judges did not review the results of a 2016 public opinion survey, by +972 Magazine’s own Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin, which found that only 45 percent of Jewish Israelis had a favorable opinion of “human rights.” Asked specifically about human rights “organizations,” those favorability numbers dropped to 31 percent — a marked deterioration from a similar survey conducted five years earlier.

Source: Israel’s top court rules human rights aren’t ‘controversial.’ What about the occupation? | +972 Magazine

Israel’s top court sanctions support for Africa’s dictators | +972 Magazine

By approving the decision to deport African asylum seekers to Rwanda and Uganda, Israel has granted legitimacy to two of the most brutal dictators on the continent. By Eitay Mack (translated by Ofer Neiman) The Israeli Supreme Court approved the decision to deport African asylum seekers from Israel. These agreements had previously been made between Israel and states whose identity seemingly remains confidential. But in fact, their identity is known to all: Rwanda and Uganda. The Court’s ruling has given a stamp of approval to two authoritarian regimes and their legal systems, by stipulating that they are capable of upholding the rights of those…

Source: Israel’s top court sanctions support for Africa’s dictators | +972 Magazine

‘Daily Stormer’ dedicates banner to Netanyahu’s son | +972 Magazine

What the hell is going on? The Daily Stormer, an American white supremacist and neo-Nazi website dedicated its homepage banner on Tuesday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair. [tmwinpost] The banner shows a photo of a joint-smoking Yair Netanyahu photoshopped on top of the West Bank separation wall, along with a sniper rifle pointed directly at a racist caricature of a Jewish man. The banner was posted just days after the prime minister’s son published an anti-Semitic cartoon on his personal Facebook page Saturday, which he took down a day later following widespread criticism. The cartoon showed Manny Naftali, the former superintendent of the Prime Minister’s…

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Israel cuts off water to Palestinian village for a week | +972 Magazine| Isn’t this a crime against humanity?

Ein al-Beida is one of only a few Palestinian villages in the Jordan Valley area of the West Bank that are even connected to the water grid. Photos and text by Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills.org Some 50 Palestinians from the northern West Bank village of Ein al-Beida staged a protest last week against an Israeli decision to cut off the water supply to their village for over a week. The protest, which ended with no violence or arrests, was held by mostly local farmers. Mustafa Foqaha, head of the village council, said the amount of water the Israeli water company,…

Source: Israel cuts off water to Palestinian village for a week | +972 Magazine

Suicide and a lost generation: Gaza youth are dying before they can live | +972 Magazine

Palestinian youth in Gaza. (Illustrative photo by Activestills.org)

Young Palestinians are mourning the loss of two young artists from Gaza, a writer and an illustrator, both of whom represent Gaza’s lost generation, trapped by the hopelessness of Israel’s siege. By Qamar Taha Tragic news spread among youth in Gaza last week: Mohanned Younis, a young writer, just 22 years old, took his own life. Younis, who had graduated from a pharmacology program, wrote short stories. Some of his stories won prizes, and one was most recently nominated for the A.M. Qattan Foundation literary prize. He had tried on numerous occasions to leave the Gaza Strip in order to…

Source: Suicide and a lost generation: Gaza youth are dying before they can live | +972 Magazine

The media’s role in shaping Jewish-Israeli attitudes toward Arabs? | +972 Magazine

Whenever members of the Israeli government make outrageous statements or accusations against the Arab or Palestinian population, they are rarely challenged by the press that broadcasts those allegations into homes. The  Knesset, Israel’s parliament, recently held a conference on the media’s role in perpetuating incitement against Arabs in the country.

Source: The media’s role in shaping Jewish-Israeli attitudes toward Arabs? | +972 Magazine

Do I look like a terrorist? The dangers of facial profiling | +972 Magazine

An Israeli company has developed new technology to help identify terrorists according to their facial characteristics. By Merav Amir An Israeli start-up company recently made international news when it announced a new product that can identify terrorists simply by analyzing facial characteristics. Called Faception, the company offers its product to security agencies worldwide. This is not a purely theoretical initiative; according to its developers, Faception’s technology has already been purchased by several leading global security agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies. [tmwinpost] This initiative rests on a whole list of dubious assumptions concerning human nature and the…

Source: Do I look like a terrorist? The dangers of facial profiling | +972 Magazine

Israel releases Palestinian clown after two years without trial | +972 Magazine

Muhammad Abu Sakha, who teaches children with special needs at a circus school in the West Bank, is released after spending two years in Israeli prison. He was never once charged or brought to trial.  By Yael Marom A moment before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Israel decided to release Muhammad Abu Saha, a Palestinian clown and educator, from administrative detention. In the blink of an eye, after two years of imprisonment with no trial, he is no longer a threat. [tmwinpost] Abu Sakha, 26, joined the Palestinian Circus School as a student at age 14. Over the past years…

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WATCH: Settlers sexually harass Palestinian woman, soldiers stand by | +972 Magazine

Settlers in Hebron use loudspeaker to disparage Islam and sexually harass a Palestinian woman in the middle of the night. The settlers of Hebron have never been known for their manners. This time, however, it seems that they have sunk to a new low — even by their standards. [tmwinpost] Last Thursday night, settlers from the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba approached the neighborhood of al-Hariqah and used a PA system to curse Islam as well as the local Palestinian population, in both Arabic and Hebrew. A Palestinian volunteer for Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem documented parts of the incident…

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Forget Trump: Israel’s sordid history of supporting dictatorships | +972 Magazine

 

Netanyahu’s silence in the face of the White House’s anti-Semitism should surprise no one. From Argentina to Rwanda, Israel has a sordid history of providing weapons and support to murderous dictatorships. By Eitay Mack (translated by Ofer Neiman) The Netanyahu government was silent in January when the Trump Administration omitted any reference to Jewish victims from its official statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Netanyahu government was silent in July when Trump chose to be the first U.S. president since the fall of the Communist regime in Poland, to forgo a visit to the monument commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In…

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Israel is systematically revoking Arabs’ citizenship. Don’t act surprised | +972 Magazine

Hundreds if not thousands of Bedouin are having their citizenship revoked seemingly for no reason, according to ‘Haaretz.’ Shocking as it may be, it’s not surprising. Citizenship has never provided non-Jewish Israelis with the same security it gives their Jewish compatriots. Imagine going to renew your passport or change your official address and after a few minutes of pattering on a keyboard without looking up to see the human being in front of him or her, a government clerk informs you that you are no longer a citizen of the only country you have ever known. The country of your…

Source: Israel is systematically revoking Arabs’ citizenship. Don’t act surprised | +972 Magazine

Richard Spencer tells Israelis ‘White Nationalism’ is akin to Zionism | +972 Magazine

The prominent white supremacist is given a platform on Israel’s top-rated news show, and the host doesn’t once challenge his anti-Semitism or hateful views. By +972 Magazine Staff Israel’s most popular prime-time television news show gave white supremacist Richard Spencer a platform to try and convince Jewish Israelis that White Nationalism is analogous to Zionism, adding that Israelis should relate to him and his ilk. [If the video below doesn’t play, watch here or here] “As an Israeli citizen, as someone who understands your identity, who has a sense of nationhood and peoplehood, and history and the experience of the…

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Why Jewish Israelis should stand with the head of Israel’s Islamic Movement | +972 Magazine

I’m no supporter of Sheikh Raed Salah, but as Jewish Israelis we have an enormous responsibility to state loudly and clearly that which our privilege still permits us. That means opposing political persecution when we see it. Two years ago Israel outlawed one of the largest popular associations in the country, the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement. In the days that followed, authorities quickly moved to shut down dozens of affiliated charitable organizations, women’s organizations, media outlets, and educational and childcare programs. Hardly a word of protest was uttered by the Jewish population in Israel. [tmwinpost] Sheikh Raed Salah,…

Source: Why Jewish Israelis should stand with the head of Israel’s Islamic Movement | +972 Magazine

How is Israel compiling its BDS blacklists? | The Electronic Intifada

Human rights activists are challenging Israeli blacklists of supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, or BDS.Lawyer Eitay Mack and several other Israeli activists last week filed a freedom of information petition with the Jerusalem district court demanding that two government departments disclose how they create the blacklists.The lists are used to prevent overseas BDS activists from entering territories controlled by Israel, including the occupied West Bank.The court action comes after a freedom of information request, filed by Mack last month, was rebuffed by the ministries.Astonishingly, they justified the refusal based on the “privacy” of the BDS activists. In an email sent to The Electronic Intifada, Mack called this “a new world record in cynicism and hypocrisy.”

Source: How is Israel compiling its BDS blacklists? | The Electronic Intifada

Criminalizing support for Palestinian human rights | +972 Magazine

Progressive American senators are having a hard time explaining their support for a law that would criminalize support for the Palestinian boycott movement, BDS. By James J. Zogby It is fascinating to watch some U.S. senators tripping over themselves as they attempt to defend their support for or opposition to proposed legislation that would make it a federal crime to support the international campaign to Boycott, Divest, or Sanction (BDS) Israel for its continued occupation of Palestinian lands. What ties these officials up in knots are their efforts to square the circle of their “love of Israel,” their opposition to…

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Israel is razing a Bedouin village to build a Jewish-only town on its ruins | +972 Magazine

Israeli authorities have promised the courts that the displaced Bedouin residents would have an opportunity to live in the new community. New documents show that is far from the case. Despite assurances made to Israel’s High Court of Justice, a new town being built on the ruins of a Bedouin village in southern Israel is intended for Jews only, according to the bylaws of the future town’s cooperative association. Israel first notified the residents of Umm al-Hiran, Bedouin citizens of Israel, that it plans to demolish their entire village and build another community in its place 15 years ago. A…

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The war on Israeli BDS supporters | +972 Magazine

Israel’s minister of strategic affairs is gathering intelligence and compiling blacklists on Israeli citizens who support the boycott movement. By Amnon Portugaly These days Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister of public security and strategic affairs, is promoting a new law that would exclude his ministry from governmental oversight. This is a step meant to help fight the BDS movement, while also granting legitimacy to gathering intelligence on Israeli citizens who are involved in the movement to boycott Israel. [tmwinpost] In June, Haaretz reported that the Strategic Affairs Ministry, which Erdan heads, would essentially be shielded from certain provisions in the Freedom of Information…

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