Category: Israel

Zionism’s ‘Three State Solution’

Israel calls its latest military campaign Operation Break the Wave, a lyrical description of a brutal reality. This year, 2023, will be the 75th year after the Nakba, the catastrophe of 1948 when Israeli troops illegally removed Palestinians from their homes and tried to erase Palestine from the map. Since then, Palestinians have resisted against all odds, despite Israel’s formidable backing by the most powerful countries in the world, led by the United States.

Source: Zionism’s ‘Three State Solution’

No, Militant Israeli Squatters haven’t Exceeded 500K in Occupied Palestine: It is more Like 733,000

“SETTLERS” ARE ISRAEL-SUPPORTED “ILLEGAL OCCUPIERS”. THAT REMAINS UNSTATED.

 AP is reporting that what it calls the Israeli “settler” population in the Palestinian West Bank has now exceeded 500,000, quoting an Israeli squatter organization. Later in the article AP admits that about 200,000 Israelis also live in East Jerusalem, but does not specify that their presence there is illegal, just as is that of the 500,000 in the rest of the Palestinian West Bank.

Source: No, Militant Israeli Squatters haven’t Exceeded 500K in Occupied Palestine: It is more Like 733,000

Why Isn’t Israel Helping the only other Jewish Head of State, in Ukraine?

There are currently only two Jewish heads of state in the world. The first, not surprisingly, leads Israel. The second is Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine.

So much for conspiracy theories about Jews controlling the world.

We can’t even get together to control the outcome of the war in Ukraine. They don’t get along.

Source: Why Isn’t Israel Helping the only other Jewish Head of State, in Ukraine?

US Sec. of State Blinken Offers some Anesthesia while Palestinians are Operated on by Far-Right Israeli Gov’t

Meanwhile Netanyahu will continue to take like Kim Jong-Un in the knowledge that America will do nothing

Blinken did not, however, offer any practical steps for changing the shrinking horizon of Palestinian hope. Nothing any U.S. administration has done since 1967 has halted the Israeli colonization of Palestinian privately owned land for Israeli squatters who are illegally sent over the border and now are being heavily armed by the Netanyahu government.

Source: US Sec. of State Blinken Offers some Anesthesia while Palestinians are Operated on by Far-Right Israeli Gov’t

Israel’s Strange Ambivalence on Ukraine – CounterPunch.org

Carlos Latuff on Twitter: "#Israel sees the war in #Ukraine a good  opportunity to boost the colonization of #Palestine." / Twitter

 why on earth has the world’s only Jewish state failed to support the only other country with a Jewish leader? So much for conspiracy theories about Jews controlling the world. We can’t even get together to control the outcome of the war in Ukraine.

When Israel refused to provide Ukraine with its Iron Dome air defense system, in the face of Russia’s brutal aerial assault on Ukrainian infrastructure, Zelensky couldn’t contain his frustration in an interview with French TV: “You know there are many people in Ukraine of Jewish origin, and there are a lot of Ukrainians in Israel. How is it possible to have this attitude? I was shocked.”

Zelensky and Netanyahu may share the distinction of being Jewish leaders. But the Ukrainian should not expect much in the way of military help from Israel. Frankly, the latter is too busy heading in the direction of fascism to be much help in defending a democratic state from Putinism.

Source: Israel’s Strange Ambivalence on Ukraine – CounterPunch.org

Explaining Israel’s oppression: cruelty, evil, apartheid and colonisation – Pearls and Irritations

Khalida Jarrar with MK Ayman Odeh Head of the Joint List after the Israeli authorities released her.

On January 27, Israeli forces kill 10 Palestinians in Jenin, including two youths and an elderly woman. The following day a lone Palestinian gunman shoots dead seven Israelis as they leave a synagogue in a settlement in East Jerusalem.

Source: Explaining Israel’s oppression: cruelty, evil, apartheid and colonisation – Pearls and Irritations

Israeli Squatters go wild in Israeli-Occupied Palestinian West Bank, attacking Palestinians, Cars, Shops and Olive Orchards

On Saturday evening and Sunday, the Israeli-Occupied Palestinian West Bank descended into an orgy of violence on the part of militant Israeli squatters on private Palestinian land, with the Palestine Authority recording 144 squatter attacks, according to Kamil Ibrahim, reporting from Jerusalem for al-Ra’i.

Source: Israeli Squatters go wild in Israeli-Occupied Palestinian West Bank, attacking Palestinians, Cars, Shops and Olive Orchards

Netanyahu Proposes More Guns to Solve Israeli-Palestinian Violence as Tit-for-Tat Attacks Multiply

Netanyahu Proposes More Guns to Solve Israeli-Palestinian Violence as Tit-for-Tat Attacks Multiply

If the Islamic Jihad cell had been planning an attack, as the Israelis maintained, then the raid was not illegal in itself. But it left so many dead bodies behind aside from the those of the three militants, not to mention injured, that the commando tactics appear to have shown reckless disregard for civilian, non-combatant life, which is a war crime.

We will see many more raids involving reckless disregard for human life in the West Bank now that Israeli extremists have been put in charge of 3 million Palestinians. It is as though a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the U.S. had been made Secretary of the Interior with oversight of native Americans.

PM Netanyahu announced that he would meet the challenge of increased violence by issuing Israelis (including the Israeli squatters on Palestinian private property in the West Bank) more guns. He said he would also try to collect ‘illegal weapons.’ That is, the Israelis are heavily armed but the Palestinians helpless. Squatter attacks on Palestinians help account for the high death toll of the past thirteen months.

Source: Netanyahu Proposes More Guns to Solve Israeli-Palestinian Violence as Tit-for-Tat Attacks Multiply

Thomas Friedman shows that liberal Jews have no Reason left to defend Israel

Friedman urged US President Joe Biden to “save Israel” from becoming a bastion of zealotry. “Israel is on the verge of a historic transformation — from a full-fledged democracy to something less, and from a stabilising force in the region to a destabilising one,” said Friedman. “Can Joe Biden save Israel?” he asked, with the looming possibility of it turning into an “illiberal bastion of zealotry”. In December Friedman wrote another piece in the NYT under the headline “The Israel We Knew Is Gone”. In another column he asked, “What in the World Is Happening in Israel?”

Source: Thomas Friedman shows that liberal Jews have no Reason left to defend Israel

Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community | Common Dreams

Jerusalem synagogue attack

Rest assured “collective punishment” is coming to all Palestinians. It’s the Israeli way, Just as the Germans did during WW2 if an individual Palestinian commits a crime all Palestinians get punished.

“We grieve for all this unthinkable loss. And with our grief, we also rage,” said Jewish Voice for Peace. “The Israeli government’s domination and oppression of Palestinians is the root cause of each of these senseless, tragic deaths.”

Source: Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community | Common Dreams

Israeli bloodbath in Jenin kills 9 Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Hundreds of people carry multiple bodies on stretchers

 

In bloody carnage on Thursday morning, Israeli occupation forces assaulted Jenin refugee camp killing nine Palestinians, including two children and a 61-year-old woman, and injuring dozens more.

Source: Israeli bloodbath in Jenin kills 9 Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Netanyahu’s Folly: High Tech Investors pull out of Unstable Israel, as Palestine Authority cuts off Security Cooperation

Israel’s intention is to provoke an all-out war so it can invade the West Bank and annex it as part of the State of Israel.

The new government of Israel under the leadership of Binyamin Netanyahu, which includes the fascist Religious Zionism and Jewish Power blocs, has begun chasing away businesses and investors, has provoked hundreds of thousands of Israelis to protest, and has led to an end of security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, a legacy of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, which are now a dead letter.

Source: Netanyahu’s Folly: High Tech Investors pull out of Unstable Israel, as Palestine Authority cuts off Security Cooperation

Concerns over escalating violence after Israeli forces kill nine Palestinians during West Bank raid | Israel | The Guardian

Palestinians inspect the remains of destroyed facilities and vehicles, damaged by the Israeli military during the storming of the city of Jenin in the West Bank.

10 deaths were reported including civilians while many more were severely injured. No Israelis were harmed it would seem. Reason for this IDF raid “IDF intelligence” so a “Special Operation” was required.  However, no details or justification are ever given that could substantiate justification for the Israeli raid. The Palestinian Authority has broken off relations with the terrorist State of Israel yet again since they are just as confused. Will the IDF justify its actions in the new dramatic season of the TV series Fauda as a  propaganda feast?

Washington has raised concern over the escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence after Israeli forces on Thursday killed nine Palestinians during a West Bank raid in the deadliest single day in the territory in decades.

The recent election of the most rightwing government in Israeli history is expected to inflame an already volatile situation. Members of the new Israeli coalition have pledged to accelerate the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank – a practice that negates the possibility of a two-state solution – and loosen the rules of engagement for soldiers and police.

Source: Concerns over escalating violence after Israeli forces kill nine Palestinians during West Bank raid | Israel | The Guardian

Israel’s Netanyahu Crumbles before Supreme Court demand he Fire Corrupt Minister, as AG considers Banning Netanyahu Too

Carrie Keller-Lynn at The Times of Israel reports that at Sunday’s Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was forced to fire his minister of health and the Interior, Aryeh Makhlouf Deri, who heads up the ultra-right-wing Shas Party.

Source: Israel’s Netanyahu Crumbles before Supreme Court demand he Fire Corrupt Minister, as AG considers Banning Netanyahu Too

Common Dreams- HRW Says Israel Designed Entry Rules to Further Cut Off Palestinians From Outside World

Omar Shakir HRW

“By making it harder for people to spend time in the West Bank, Israel is taking yet another step toward turning the West Bank into another Gaza, where two million Palestinians have lived virtually sealed off from the outside world for over 15 years.”

Source: Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community | Common Dreams

Israel’s New West Bank Entry Rules Further Isolate Occupied Palestinians (HRW)

Israel’s Curtain Drawn on the West Bank

New Israeli guidelines on access to the West Bank for foreigners threaten to further isolate Palestinians from loved ones and global civil society, Human Rights Watch said today. The guidelines, which came into force in October 2022 and were amended in December 2022, set out detailed procedures for West Bank entry and residency for foreigners, a process distinct from the procedure for entry to Israel.

Source: Israel’s New West Bank Entry Rules Further Isolate Occupied Palestinians (HRW)

Is Israel becoming a Middle East Dictatorship under Netanyahu? 110,000 Rally against Gov’t

When neither the government nor the opposition wants Democracy The word Democracy means Israel simply has everything to lose

Some 110,000 Israelis protested Saturday night at two big rallies in Tel Aviv. So reports Al Jazeera. The larger of the two was attended by opposition politicians Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz. Lapid told Israeli radio, “We will defend the nation and democracy. We will not surrender before we reach victory.” They see the real possibility, I think of Israel declining into a seedy Middle Eastern dictatorship.

Source: Is Israel becoming a Middle East Dictatorship under Netanyahu? 110,000 Rally against Gov’t

Israel’s Netanyahu facing off against the supreme Court and proposing to limit judicial Independence – and 3 other Threats to Israeli Democracy

Israel’s attempt to redefine Democracy

1. Hostility to freedom of speech and dissent

2. Diminishing equal rights

3. West Bank annexation and apartheid

Source: Israel’s Netanyahu facing off against the supreme Court and proposing to limit judicial Independence – and 3 other Threats to Israeli Democracy

Why 1.8 Billion Muslims are Furious: By Status Quo, Jordan is supposed oversee 3rd Holiest Shrine, in Jerusalem, but Israel won’t Let it

Israeli occupation forces detained the Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani, as he entered the Noble Sanctuary on Tuesday. He was humiliated and searched before being allowed to enter the Islamic holy site.

Source: Why 1.8 Billion Muslims are Furious: By Status Quo, Jordan is supposed oversee 3rd Holiest Shrine, in Jerusalem, but Israel won’t Let it

New Israeli Power Broker seeks to rewrite History to justify Violence against Palestinians

Kahanists and ISIS the ambition for a Theocratic State

Ben-Gvir is a longtime supporter of Israeli Kahanist movements fighting for a theocratic Jewish state. The members of those movements support Israeli dominion over the territory they call “greater Israel,” which includes not only present-day Israel but also the Palestinian territories.

Source: New Israeli Power Broker seeks to rewrite History to justify Violence against Palestinians

Is Israel’s Netanyahu even worse than Trump?

Bibi has abandoned decades US treaty agreements including Camp David and Oslo, UN Resolutions and thoughtful Israeli policies. Though peace talks have been frozen for years, the new government’s proposed steps would be the death knell for Israeli democracy and Palestinian human rights. Considering the flagrant manner in which Bibi has broken many sacrosanct U.S.-Israeli treaties and agreements, you wish the Biden Administration would get serious about formally sanctioning Israel for these violations by withholding aid, and calling them out at the U.N. Yeah, that’ll be the day.

Source: Is Israel’s Netanyahu even worse than Trump?

US Dept of Education rebuffs Israel lobby demands | The Electronic Intifada

A group of protesters hold signs and Palestine flags. One banner reads We Will Not Be Silent in English and Arabic.

Israel Lobby demands any criticism be shut down in the US.  How is it that we don’t hear of the lobby’s activity here in Australia? Other than Andrew Bolt monotonously saying “I’m a friend of the Jews”when his family origins are Alsmeer the Dutch most notorious hotbed of Nazi support in WW2. On that topic Bolt is his own lobbyist and never mentions it other than it’s a place he made a pilgrimage to annually before Covid.

Civil rights experts and Palestine solidarity activists are commending the US Department of Education for not caving into demands by Israel lobby groups and lawmakers to redefine anti-Jewish bigotry to include criticism of Israel.

Source: US Dept of Education rebuffs Israel lobby demands | The Electronic Intifada

|Inventing the new antisemitism +972 Magazine

Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters face off as thousands march in the streets of London against the celebration of the 100th anniversary for the Balfour Declaration, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joining the event, November 4, 2017. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills)

In the local and international media alike, these reforms are largely being portrayed as an “attack on Israeli democracy” — as if there exists an Israel that is separate from its military rule over and denial of basic rights to a civilian population for over half a century. But as the campaign to ban criticism of the occupation teaches, the true goal of the extreme right runs deeper: not only to cement its control in the political system and in all branches of government, but to establish a new political order; to take control of more land (by legalizing outposts and settlements, and displacing Palestinian communities), to deprive Palestinians of agency, outlaw their narrative and prosecute their political representation; to isolate and shame their Jewish supporters; and ultimately to criminalize any opposition to a political order of Jewish supremacy. These risks should concern liberal Jews and Palestinians alike, not in a distant future, but right now.

Source: Can Israeli documentary film survive as a haven for criticism of the occupation? | +972 Magazine

Israeli Opposition Warns of “Civil War,” “End of Democracy” as 80,000 Rally against Netanyahu

The Palestinian newspaper Amad reports that tens of thousands of Israelis took part on Saturday evening in demonstrations in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa protesting the new Israeli government, headed by Binyamin Netanyahu. The Hebrew press reported a massive police presence at these sites.

Source: Israeli Opposition Warns of “Civil War,” “End of Democracy” as 80,000 Rally against Netanyahu

Israel helps Ukraine whitewash its Nazis – Pearls and Irritations

Azov people with nazi flag.

Representatives of Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov Battalion have been touring Israel to drum up support for the unit’s imprisoned fighters.

In 2018, Israeli human rights lawyer Eitay Mack wrote to the Israeli government to object that the country’s aid to Ukraine was being used by neo-Nazis.

In response, the government confirmed that its arms licenses to Ukraine were granted “in full coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government entities” but did not deny arming Ukrainian Nazis.

The Electronic Intifada’s 2018 exposé of Israel’s arming of Ukrainian Nazis caused a minor diplomatic incident, when Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel wrote a formal complaint to Haaretz after the newspaper echoed our reporting.

Mack petitioned Israel’s highest court to stop the state arming Ukrainian Nazis. The government responded by requesting hearings be held behind closed doors and imposing a gag order on the press.

 

Source: Israel helps Ukraine whitewash its Nazis – Pearls and Irritations

Over a Hundred Thousand Israelis Protest Netanyahu Government

Tel Aviv Protest Against Benjamin Netanyahu

If they’d been Palestinian children waving their flag they’d have been shot.

“Elections do not give anyone the power to destroy democracy itself,” said former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni as she addressed the protest in Tel Aviv, adding that Israel’s far-right government is “carrying out a political takeover of the country and waging a war against its democratic institutions.”

Source: Over a Hundred Thousand Israelis Protest Netanyahu Government

If Even Ken Roth Can’t Criticize Israel, No One Can

Ken Roth, the ex-head of Human Rights Watch, recently had his hiring at Harvard vetoed by administrators. Because when it comes to criticism of Israeli apartheid, even a notorious friend of the powerful like Roth can’t get a pass from the establishment.

Source: If Even Ken Roth Can’t Criticize Israel, No One Can

Far Right Israeli Government bans Palestinian flag, just as Apartheid S. Africa Banned ANC Flag

The Israeli parliament or Knesset on Tuesday approved the first reading of a law banning the raising of the Palestinian flag, pushed by the fascist wing of Israel’s new government. This measure includes a ban on Palestinians in Palestine waving their own flag while under Israeli military occupation.

Source: Far Right Israeli Government bans Palestinian flag, just as Apartheid S. Africa Banned ANC Flag

Is Israel Being Turned into a Jewish Theocracy?

Ironically, after all this demonisation of Iran, Netanyahu has built a government which seems very keen on making Israel a Jewish copy of Iran. His partners from the religious ultra-Orthodox parties, such as Bezalel Smotrich, made it very clear that their goal is to make Israel a state governed by the Torah and Jewish law.

Source: Is Israel Being Turned into a Jewish Theocracy?

Thousands in Israel March Against ‘Fascism and Apartheid’ at Anti-Netanyahu Protests

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes an impassioned address to the Knesset

Carrying signs reading, “Together against fascism and apartheid” and “Democracy in danger,” thousands of Israelis on Saturday marched in protest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right coalition government, which less than a week after being sworn in has already threatened to strip the country’s judiciary of power and announced punitive measures against Palestinian people and leaders.

Source: Thousands in Israel March Against ‘Fascism and Apartheid’ at Anti-Netanyahu Protests

Seeking justice in the name of hate: In Defence of BDS – Pearls and Irritations

BDS protest in Melbourne, Australia against Israel's 2007–present Gaza blockade and 2010 attack on a humanitarian flotilla, June 2010.

“As long as Germany declares the Jews to be an inferior race, poisoning and persecuting them, decent, self-respecting Jews cannot deal with Germany in any way, buy or sell or maintain any manner of commerce with Germany or travel on German Boats.”

With this clarion call born of principle and necessity, a respected Rabbi and leader of the American Jewish community of the early 1930’s called for an absolute boycott of German goods as the “duty of all self-respecting Jews.”

Source: Seeking justice in the name of hate: In Defence of BDS – Pearls and Irritations

Four Ways Netanyahu’s new Far-Right Government threatens Israeli Democracy

Here are the four ways that Israel’s democratic institutions, customs and practices are endangered by the new government, based on policies and legislation that might be enacted or that are already in process.

Source: Four Ways Netanyahu’s new Far-Right Government threatens Israeli Democracy

Washington won’t admit the full danger of Israel’s far right

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, May 25, 2021. (Marc Israel Sellem/GPO)

These remarks were a carefully worded act of political gymnastics. What Blinken did not want to admit out loud is the uncomfortable fact that Washington’s dear ally is currently being governed by figures who, even among the Jewish-Israeli public, are being described as fascists. In the space of a few weeks, Israel’s new coalition has reorganized large segments of the state’s bureaucracy to pursue all the policies that the Biden administration claims it stands against: an illiberal, theocratic, and racist regime that aims to unravel the judiciary, target ethnic and gender minorities, and unilaterally annex the occupied territories.

Source: Washington won’t admit the full danger of Israel’s far right

Netanyahu Shocked at UAE cancellation of his State Visit after Extremists Storm Aqsa Mosque Complex

Muslims under Israeli rule have seen this movie before. First Jews are given an adjoining worship space next to a Muslim shrine, then after a while Muslims are excluded from their own shrine because Jews want exclusive access to it, at least some of the time. Muslims are determined that the al-Aqsa mosque complex remain open for Muslim worship, as it has been for over 1400 years. It is the third holiest shrine in Islam, after Mecca and Medinah. Some 1.8 billion Muslims reverence it.

Source: Netanyahu Shocked at UAE cancellation of his State Visit after Extremists Storm Aqsa Mosque Complex

The deadliest year for West Bank Palestinians since the second Intifada in numbers – Pearls and Irritations

Palestinian boy walks among Israeli soldiers in the West Bank town of Nabi Samuel, which is encroached upon by Jewish settlements and tightly controlled by the Israeli military.

Middle East Eye analyses figures of record Israeli violence in 2022 in which the majority of victims were civilians, including children and journalists.

Source: The deadliest year for West Bank Palestinians since the second Intifada in numbers – Pearls and Irritations

West’s Hypocrisy About Netanyahu Government

This is an indirect, if not clever form of whitewashing, as these views accept that what Israel has practiced since its founding in 1948, until today, was a form of real democracy; and that Israel remained a democracy even after the passing of the controversial Nation-State Law, which defines Israel as a Jewish state, completely disregarding the rights of the country’s non-Jewish citizens.  It is only a matter of time before Israel’s new extremist government is also whitewashed as more working proof that Israel can strike a balance between being Jewish and democratic at the same time.

Source: West’s Hypocrisy About Netanyahu Government

Decoding Israeli ‘Extremism’ – CounterPunch.org

In fairness, it is true that this Zionist Long Game has only recently become apparent to all but the closest observers of the struggle. Throughout the 20thcentury this process of progressive expansionism was hidden from public view by a combination of Israeli domination of the public narrative and U.S. complicity, which deceived especially diaspora Zionists by assuming that Israel was open to a political compromise and that it was the Palestinians who were resisting a diplomatic outcome. Such an interpretation of the stalemate was always misleading. The Zionist Project from its very beginnings, more than a century ago, proceeded by stages to accept whatever was politically attainable at any given time, and then moving on to the next stage in its fuller colonization plan.

Source: Decoding Israeli ‘Extremism’ – CounterPunch.org

As crimes of apartheid worsen, the West’s exceptionalism toward Israel must end – Pearls and Irritations

Apartheid signage

Israel’s new administration will be one that does not conceal its intention to preserve and further entrench the apartheid tyranny over the Palestinians, while fully cultivating Jewish supremacy as a political and legal credo.

Source: As crimes of apartheid worsen, the West’s exceptionalism toward Israel must end – Pearls and Irritations

Jewish supremacy is state policy, says Netanyahu

Shatzi Weisberger at a pro-Palestine demonstration in New York, June 26, 2022. (Gili Getz)

Don’t say you weren’t told

According to the Palestinian legal centre Adalah, Netanyahu’s declaration went further than the 2018 Jewish National State Law, which defines self-determination as unique to the Jewish people within the “State of Israel”. Critics slammed the law as racist, because it denied the 20 per cent of Israel’s population who aren’t Jews the same rights as those granted to Jews. By declaring that the guiding principle of the new government is the preservation of Jewish supremacy in every inch of historic Palestine — “the Land of Israel” — including territories which are supposed to become a future Palestinian state, an Israeli prime minister has for the first time announced publicly that state policy in Israel will pursue the vision of Jewish extremists like the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. Although seen as a religious fanatic, the views of the founder of the proscribed terror group the Jewish Defence League (JDL) have become mainstream in Israeli politics.

Source: Jewish supremacy is state policy, says Netanyahu

‘Congress Must Stop Funding Apartheid,’ Tlaib Says as Israel Razes West Bank Homes

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speaks during the House Financial Services Committee hearing

Not even one week into 2023, the new far-right apartheid government is moving to ethnically cleanse entire communities—which would displace more than 1,000 Palestinian residents, including 500 children,” said the Michigan Democrat. “All with American backing, bulldozers, and bullets.” Jessica Corbett Jan 04, 2023

Source: ‘Congress Must Stop Funding Apartheid,’ Tlaib Says as Israel Razes West Bank Homes

Will the International Court of Justice finally give a Verdict against Israel’s Illegal Squatting in Palestine?

Israel’s politicians maintain that it is being unfairly demonized by the UNGA resolution. However, there are no other states in the world that are occupying a number of stateless people that is nearly equal to their own population. Occupations result from the capture of territory in war time. But democratic countries have given back the territory they occupied after 1945 when the UN Charter came into effect. The United States ceased occupying Afghanistan and Iraq. Washington did not send millions of Americans to settle in those countries while the US military patrolled them, and the U.S. did not permanently annex Basra or Jalalabad. But the Israelis are still occupying the Palestinian territories, and won’t let the Palestinians have the rights of citizenship in a state. The Israelis annexed some of the occupied territories to themselves. The Palestinians are the largest group of stateless people in the world, and are kept that way by Israel. If Israel is being treated distinctively it is because what it is doing is distinctive.

Source: Will the International Court of Justice finally give a Verdict against Israel’s Illegal Squatting in Palestine?

‘Antisemitism’, mendacity & zionist propaganda in Australia – Pearls and Irritations

Jerusalem, Israel-Palestine

It is sometimes alleged that there has recently been a recrudescence of Antisemitism. Usually this is a stalking horse for apologetic excuses for Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians and the global condemnation it properly attracts. This is a sleight of hand fallacy, citing a secondary phenomenon of the Fascist Right for a primary development on the Democratic left, with a view to compromising and confounding the latter. Accordingly, the contention that Antisemitism is on the rise in the mainstream is patently false and misleading. For as the scholarly Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism acknowledges, the rising democratic criticism of the conduct of the State of Israel is a clean, different thing from the marginal Neo-fascist return to the traditional politics of scapegoating Jews.

The misleadingly named `International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’ has been rolling out its pseudo-definition of ‘Antisemitism’ for some time to criminalise free speech criticism of Israeli human rights abuses and violations of international law. In recent times the Labor Victorian and New South Wales Tory governments have been seduced coercively into sneaking the IHRA pseudo definition, intended to criminalise criticism of Israel administratively and in our educational institutions, through their parliaments.

Source: ‘Antisemitism’, mendacity & zionist propaganda in Australia – Pearls and Irritations

Rabbi Close to Religious Extremists in Israeli Gov’t says Gay Speaker “Diseased,” attracting “Evil” on People

Sama al-Akhbariyya says that the Jerusalem chief rabbi, Schlomo Amar, formerly the chief rabbi for all of Israel, on Sunday called Ohana’s selection “unbearable” and an “abomination,” insisting that gays should not be allowed to occupy “important positions.” “Woe unto the ears that hear of it,” he lamented. Amar also lambasted the religious Zionists in the coalition of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for betraying their principles in this way, saying that “they have lost the ability to blush.” He argued that at least the Ultra-Orthodox or Haredim in the Knesset should have stopped Ohana from becoming speaker. He said that in the past this was a huge source of shame. He warned that “Sins are attracting evil to the Israeli people.” In the past Amar has called gay pride parades “processions of wild animals.”

Source: Rabbi Close to Religious Extremists in Israeli Gov’t says Gay Speaker “Diseased,” attracting “Evil” on People

Will electing the most Far Right Extremist Government Ever cost Israel International Support?

Netanyahu is systematically undermining Israel: on the ideological level, the judicial level, the parliamentary level, the governance level, the military level, the security level, the foreign affairs level, the economic level and the social level.

Source: Will electing the most Far Right Extremist Government Ever cost Israel International Support?

Israel helps Ukraine whitewash its Nazis | The Electronic Intifada

A man in military uniform overlooks a desert

A dedicated fascist Despite the sympathetic treatment she has received this year from the same Western media that valorized the Azov Nazis, Yulia Fedosiuk too, is an active part of the Ukrainian far-right. “One of my best friends, he is a Jew and he is in Azov,” Fedosiuk claimed in a Times of Israel interview this week. Samoilenko made similar claims in his Haaretz interview, an assertion which the paper noted he was “unable to back up immediately by providing names.”

Source: Israel helps Ukraine whitewash its Nazis | The Electronic Intifada

US, Israel Vote No as UN Approves World Court Resolution on Illegal Occupation

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When it comes to Ukraine the US Germany and the UK sing an embarrassingly different tune and Israel abstains any vote against Russia

“The time has come for Israel to be a state subject to law,” said a spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority, “and to be held accountable for its ongoing crimes against our people.”

The General Assembly of the United Nations on Friday approved a resolution that asks the International Court of Justice to issue an opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The resolution passed with a final vote of 87 in favor, 26 opposed, and 53 nations abstaining. Among those opposed to the measure were the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Specifically, the resolution asks the ICJ to provide the United Nations with an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s ongoing “occupation, settlement and annexation” of the Occupied Territories, “including measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and from its adoption of related discriminatory legislation and measures.”

Source: US, Israel Vote No as UN Approves World Court Resolution on Illegal Occupation

Israelis react to Extremist new Government: “They have come to Destroy,” A Gov’t “Based on Hatred,” and “the End of Liberal Israeli Democracy”

A former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, himself a man of the old secular Israel Right — a man who launched the ruinous 2006 Lebanon war — was horrified at the hordes of misogynists, homophobes, and homicidal maniacs that fills Binyamin Netanyahu’s cabinet in his sixth government. Olmert to his credit did support withdrawing from Gaza and from most of the Palestinian West Bank, things that Netanyahu has vociferously opposed ever since the Oslo Peace Accords of 1993– which Netanyahu bears some responsibility for derailing.

Source: Israelis react to Extremist new Government: “They have come to Destroy,” A Gov’t “Based on Hatred,” and “the End of Liberal Israeli Democracy”

Seeking Justice in the Name of Hate: In Defense of BDS   – CounterPunch.org

“As long as Germany declares the Jews to be an inferior race, poisoning and persecuting them, decent, self-respecting Jews cannot deal with Germany in any way, buy or sell or maintain any manner of commerce with Germany or travel on German Boats.”

With this clarion call born of principle and necessity, a respected Rabbi and leader of the American Jewish community of the early 1930’s called for an absolute boycott of German goods as the “duty of all self-respecting Jews.”

He urged the boycott not because German’s were white, or Christian, or blonde haired and blue eyed. And few if any in the United States accused him of any such mindless targeted hate. The boycott, which was fundamentally rooted in human rights, was necessary in an effort to try to stem the growing odium and bloodletting sure and soon to follow.

Boycotts have bequeathed an essential and lasting international footprint in the chase of justice and equality, a battle that knows not the limitation of any given time, place or party. As noted by T’ruah, in its amicus (friend of the court) brief on behalf of more than 2,000 Jewish clergy in opposition to the anti-BDS effort framed in Arkansas Times v. Waldrip, as long ago as 1770 a colonial boycott was called for by a legislative resolution of Virginia against British and European goods.

Source: Seeking Justice in the Name of Hate: In Defense of BDS   – CounterPunch.org

What would the United States be Like if it was like Israel?

If Australia was Israel there’d be no referendum about the Voice, and Multiculturalism would be restricted. We’d simply become an Apartheid State

These African-Americans, Latinx people, Asian-Americans and indigenous North Americans will be reminded that settling North America is an exclusively white Christian right.

Source: What would the United States be Like if it was like Israel?