Category: Israel

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

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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

The global right is threat to US Jews — but a natural home for Israelis

Israeli supporters of Donald Trump hold a support rally ahead of the U.S. presidential elections, in Beit Shemesh on November 2, 2020. (Yaakov Lederman/Flash90)

The 2020 U.S. presidential election brought into sharp relief the contrast between the American and Israeli Jewish communities, the two main centers of the Jewish world. According to post-election surveys, American Jewish support for the Democrats remains extremely high, at 77 percent (up from 70 percent in 2016). President Donald Trump was estimated to have received a mere 21 percent of the Jewish vote. In Israel, however, surveys have shown that Israeli Jews prefer Trump to Biden by 70 percent to 13 percent.

The global right is threat to US Jews — but a natural home for Israelis

Why is the Israeli Gov’t Rooting for a 2nd Term for Trump and his White Nationalist, anti-Semitic Allies?

“I know you Jews your only here to protect your money” Donald Trump

The JVP is right: “Israel is a state and does not represent communities in the diaspora… It is what it is.” However, if the Israeli government takes a stand in the fight against anti-Semitism, it should stop looking for anti-Semites where they do not exist, which is not amongst defenders of human rights and universal rules of refuge and return. If Netanyahu and his sidekick Benny Gantz are really serious about tackling anti-Semitism, they should tackle the support base of their main ally in the White House. This has never happened, of course, and it never will.

Why is the Israeli Gov’t Rooting for a 2nd Term for Trump and his White Nationalist, anti-Semitic Allies?

Israel lies after soldiers choke and kill Palestinian boy | The Electronic Intifada

Israel regularly plays the “Fake News Card” to hide what they criminally do. They aren’t even shy about it when caught. (ODT)

The Israeli military claims that it is not responsible for the death of Amer Snobar, 16, in the central West Bank on Saturday night, claiming that the teen fell. Doctors say he died after being beaten and asphyxiated by soldiers.

Israel lies after soldiers choke and kill Palestinian boy | The Electronic Intifada

Not a new dawn: Why the Israel-Sudan deal was a long time coming

Anya-Nya recruits in southern Sudan learning how to use Bren guns provided by Israel, 1970. (Photographer unknown, Archivo Comboniani Roma)

The normalization of relations between Israel and Sudan, publicly announced on Oct. 23, has been on the horizon for several years now. News reports from the past weeks have consistently portrayed the normalization deal as a story about a staunch enemy of Israel abandoning its old ways and turning into a friend. The Khartoum Summit of 1967, in which Arab leaders called for “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no negotiation with Israel,” has been repeatedly invoked by commentators to support this narrative.

Not a new dawn: Why the Israel-Sudan deal was a long time coming

Israeli Right raises $400K for Israeli Settler convicted of Burning up Palestinian Family, Toddler

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In America the Right raises funds for the Kenosha shootings accused and Israel does the same for the convicted settler (ODT)

Deep-rooted anti-Palestinian racism is endemic across large segments of Israeli society. This was demonstrated yet again when an Israeli crowdfunding campaign raised over 1.38 million NIS (equivalent to £310,000) in just five days last week for the legal appeal fund of Amiram Ben Uliel, the Israeli terrorist who received three life sentences for killing three members of the Palestinian Dawabsheh family five years ago. Ben Uliel’s arson attack on 31 July 2015, killed 18-month-old toddler Ali Dawabsheh and his parents Saad and Riham. Ahmed Dawabsheh, the sole survivor of the attack and only five years old at the time, was left with second- and third-degree burns on over 60 per cent of his body.

Israeli Right raises $400K for Israeli Settler convicted of Burning up Palestinian Family, Toddler

Israel’s Iron Wall Still Stands After Nearly a Century

Earlier this year, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that he was close to a decision to unilaterally annex the Palestinian West Bank, an aggressive and illegal move long championed by the Israeli right. Though Netanyahu ultimately abandoned the plan for temporary and tactical reasons, it illustrated a major theme of Shlaim’s historical work: the central role of unfettered military coercion in Israel’s conception of security vis-à-vis the Palestinians. In light of these developments, Douglas Gerrard spoke to Shlaim about the history of the two-state solution, the promise and reality of the Oslo Accords, the future of Gaza, and the prospect of a binational state in Israel-Palestine.

Israel’s Iron Wall Still Stands After Nearly a Century

Gullible Trump was manipulated by Netanyahu’s Deep Fake Video of Mahmoud Abbas to Cut off Palestinians

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Trump is Netanyahu’s Muppet (ODT)

Trump appears to have made the decision to cut $5.5 billion in US AID funds to the Palestinians in part on the basis of his rage about Abbas allegedly being a baby-killer, which was a Netanyahu lie. It seems likely that Netanyahu and Trump are responsible for the deaths of Palestinian children through this deprivation.

Gullible Trump was manipulated by Netanyahu’s Deep Fake Video of Mahmoud Abbas to Cut off Palestinians

Israeli neglect fuels virus spread among Palestinian prisoners | The Electronic Intifada

Man paints wall with images representing the virus and prisoners

Human rights groups are sounding the alarm over the spread of coronavirus among Palestinians in Israeli jails. At least five Palestinian prisoners have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 recently, including a child. They were being held at Ofer military prison near Ramallah, where Israeli occupation forces also detain Palestinian children. Infected prisoners were transferred from Ofer to Hadarim prison, in central Israel.

Israeli neglect fuels virus spread among Palestinian prisoners | The Electronic Intifada

Israel Is an Army With a Country Attached

 

Israel Is an Army With a Country Attached

A new book by an Israeli scholar dissects the extraordinary hold that the country’s military — and militaristic ways of thinking — have on Israeli society, and the ideological myths that keep the project afloat.

Israel Is an Army With a Country Attached

In Further War Crime, Israelis cut Electricity to Gaza, Idling 50,000 Factory Workers

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So all but a tiny number of Palestinians in Gaza do not take direct part in hostilities toward Israel. Half of the residents of Gaza are children. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz estimates Hamas to have 30,000 activists in its military wing. The smaller Islamic Jihad, which is not affiliated with Hamas and often defies it, is thought to have 6,000 fighters. So there are like 36,000 combatants in Gaza and nearly 2 million noncombatants, i.e. persons who do not take direct part in hostilities.

In Further War Crime, Israelis cut Electricity to Gaza, Idling 50,000 Factory Workers

The Israel lobby and media independence

The decade of News Corp’s demise

The media skews towards affording pro-Israel voices a substantial amount of exposure, largely excluding Palestinian perspectives, Dr Evan Jones contends.

Nine Entertainment is not merely cowardly with respect to the pro-Israel lobby, it (with the Murdoch media) is an integral part of that lobby, debasing its privileged and crucial medium and sacrificing its integrity — this in tolerating the systematic attempted buying off of its journalists and in opening its pages readily to racist apologists. In short, it’s an ongoing obscenity.

via The Israel lobby and media independence

‘North Korea TV can learn from them’: Netanyahu lashes out at Israeli media over ‘one-sided’ coverage of protests — RT World News

‘North Korea TV can learn from them’: Netanyahu lashes out at Israeli media over ‘one-sided’ coverage of protests

When you have nothing left blame the MEDIA, avoid the truth at all costs Do the Trump (ODT)

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Jewish Federation monitors Chicago solidarity groups | The Electronic Intifada

People hold protest signs in front of Trump building

“The reason why JUF and other Zionist organizations in the US are spending so much money and time attacking Palestinians and our supporters is because the exact opposite is true.”

“Israel is finally being seen – even in the US – as the criminal, racist, apartheid state that it is, and that is because our organizing and activism is paying dividends,” Abudayyeh added.

via Jewish Federation monitors Chicago solidarity groups | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli Proxies Profit from U.S. Coronavirus Funding, by Philip Giraldi – The Unz Review

Be clear Israel is a political entity and isn’t to be conflated with Judaism in this context. Israel wishes a Muslim holocaust and Israeli Jews are only guilty in their silence. However that silence is not universally Jewish and the anti-Israel trotests are getting louder. (ODT)

And it all starts with the presumption that Israel is some kind of friend, which it is not. Fake charities and various schemes to otherwise defraud and impoverish the U.S. taxpayer is the name of the game and Israel goes on from there to become a “business arrangement” and “health initiative partner” plus “national security asset.” When will it ever end? Ask your congressman. He or she will not reply. Or write a letter to the Washington Post or New York Times. They will not print it.

via Israeli Proxies Profit from U.S. Coronavirus Funding, by Philip Giraldi – The Unz Review

Washington Struggles to Manage the Crisis, But Israel Continues to Benefit, by Philip Giraldi – The Unz Review

Who is leading who by the nose? (ODT)

So, what is the average American citizen to do confronted by an avalanche of Congressional action benefitting Israel while the United States is going through its most trying time since the Great Depression? Israeli lobbying groups like AIPAC, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) and Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) have large budgets, hundreds of staff and full and immediate access to Congressional offices. They even write the legislation that is then rubber stamped by the House and Senate, and although they are clearly agents of Israel, they are never required to register as such under Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

There is no defense treaty with Israel and the Jewish state is no ally, much less a “greatest ally.” It is, in fact, a major strategic liability, involving Americans in regional wars that need not be fought and demonstrating to all the world the risible reality of a military and economic superpower that is being led to perdition during a time of crisis by a ruthless and irresponsible client state.

via Washington Struggles to Manage the Crisis, But Israel Continues to Benefit, by Philip Giraldi – The Unz Review