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Outsourcing antisemitism to Muslims in Europe

In the openDemocrcy series Helga Embacher and Jan Rybak examine the popular outcasting of Muslims and the nature of antisemitism in Austria and Germany where antisemitism is treated as a phenomenon of Muslim immigrants and why those immigrants are now embracing Turkish PM Erdogan.

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Violence mounts in West Bank

The assassination of two ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem by a Palestinian predicting a third intifada made headline news last week. The killing of three young Palestinians in separate incidents made no news at all. The first was rare, the second commonplace. No effort has been made by the israeli government to reduce the anger about Jewish incursions in Haram Al-Sharif / Temple Mount.

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We are all Semites – the T-shirt

Annabelle Sreberny examines these elements of identity: a reinvigorated Israeli anti-Arabism and its contradictions; Jewish antisemitism and the need to historicise socio-cultural categories; and a possible political recuperation of the ‘Semites’.

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Defining ourselves against the other

Jewish humour has many jokes about the inability of one Jew to agree with another. Here Keith Kahn-Harris takes the subject of how Jews deal with differences of political opinion and heritage and argues for the need to talk with those we disagree with or are unlike. Another in the oD series.

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Two-state solution is gone

The EU and USA continue to evade all action on Israeli illegality by summoning the ‘two-stat-solution’. This is a chimera. Jeff Halper, redoubtable campaigner, tells Robert Cohen that now Israelis and Palestinians have to push for another ‘just and workable solution’ – and to work out the aims of the BDS campaign.

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Islamophobia is becoming ‘the defining condition of the new Europe’

Hilary Aked, in the openDemocracy series, investigates links between Islamophobia and the ‘war on terror’ against which Israel is the foremost fighter. Money flows into groups combatting ‘Islamic terror’ and into Israel. Muslims and Zionists may share an ideology of dominance, but in the West, Muslims are the barbarian outcasts.

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AIPAC’s failure to destroy Iran nuclear deal

The argument put here by right-wing convert Liel Leibovitz is that AIPAC is weak and Democrats were intimidated into supporting Obama over Iran. He ignores the fact that the majority of Americans support the deal – and not Israel’s position. Why did the normally level-headed Tablet publish it? ( Leibovitz has been promoted from being executive producer of video and interactive media to senior writer.)

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How we talk about Muslims and Jews

Nira Yuval-Davis and Jamie Hakim became guest editors of openDemocracy for a week and posted five excellent articles on anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms, and the question of Palestine/Israel. Too many issues are raised to summarise here; they introduce their writers and contribute the first article.

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MEPs resemble Nazis in resolution on peace process

The resolution passed by the EU parliament is standard and anodyne and is primarily about the role the EU should play in the MEPP. All references to the EU policy of labels to distinguish products from Israel proper and occupied territories have been removed. The Israeli gov’t attacked any mention of labels as like the Nazi era – a sure sign of having no argument whether used by the right or the left.

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PA’s work as Israel’s security officer to end

For once, the PA – in the form of President Abbas at the UNGA – and Hamas are of one mind: the Oslo accords have done nothing for Palestinian statehood and so the PA will cease acting as Israel’s security officer in the West Bank.

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Why a ‘new antisemitism’ was invented

In the second article taken from the openDemocracy series Antony Lerman gives a succinct account of the use of the term ‘new anti-Semitism’ which replaces the ‘figure of The Jew’ with the state of Israel (collective Jewry) as the object of hate. Thus does anti-Zionism become the same as antisemitism giving Israel hegemony over checking both.

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Regev rides the Mizrahi victim horse

Miri Regev, Israel’s culture minister, is an ambitious and successful woman who makes headlines with populist racism. She is taken to task by fellow Mizrahi woman, Mazal Mualem, for cultivating a public persona as a victim of racist exclusion which sits oddly with her life experience.

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Islam and the West, a relation of mutual anger

In another of five articles from openDemocracy, Sami Zubaida contrasts the alienated, frustrated enemy status of many young Muslims in the West with their collective memory of a glorious Islamic past. The Israel/Palestine conflict, he says, converts anachronistic antisemitic tropes into a fitting idea.

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Security links fail to endear Israel to Arab citizens

The military leaders of Egypt and Israel have long enjoyed good relations, having in common the priority of keeping Palestinians down. This is quite out of step with Arab citizens – Egypt is the most populous Arab country – who, a new poll reveals, have support for Palestinians and hostility to oppressor Israel in common.

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Israel sidelined by Kremlin’s Syrian gambit

If the big powers are hoping for ‘deconfliction’ in the Levant and a possible new world order it seems as though Israel won’t have a say in what shape that could take. Having failed to create any new allies for itself or to stop the better relations with Iran – which supports Hezbollah and the Assad regime – Israel has no big power to speak for it.

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Brazil objects to settler leader as Israeli envoy

As Dani Dayan is known as ‘the most effective leader the settlers have ever had’ (NY Times) it is not surprising that Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is demurring at accepting him as Israel’s next ambassador to her country. Netanyahu wants him there either to get him out of the way or because “Israel is focused on developing trade ties with international markets in South America, with the emphasis on Brazil,” the statement said. “Brazil also has a blooming population of over 40 million Christian lovers of Israel.”

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  This week, 21st-27th September 2015 Don’t forget: Rabbis speak out – IJV meeting in London on 1st October. Independent Jewish Voices has organised a meeting at which four rabbis, from the Reform, Liberal and Mazorti traditions of Judaism, are speaking out on social justice in Israel/Palestine. Another week, another series of injustices. In Lest […]

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Crazy Country


Crazy Country is Adam Keller’s blog from Israel in which he regularly takes stock. As he shows here, a week can be an even longer time in Israeli politics than usual. His report ranges from the Israeli reaction to Reykjavik’s call for a boycott of Israeli goods, to a delegation of former Israeli diplomats calling on the Brazilian embassy not to recognise the appointment of settler leader Danny Dayan as the new Israeli ambassador to Brazil, from the simmering fires on the ground as daily incidents – confrontations, shooting and the hurling of stones and Molotov cocktails – continue under occupation, to Netanyahu’s proposals to deal with the discontent by shooting stone throwers and fining their parents…

Crazy country, indeed…

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Palestinian opinion is moving against two states


The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research is the premier opinion polling organisation in the Palestinian territories. It has just published the results of a new poll showing a shift in Palestinian opionion: a (bare) majority no longer supports a two-state solution.

We carry Ali Sawafta’s report in Haaretz, and full details of the extensive survey itself.

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Yedioth Ahronoth takes BDS seriously

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We reprint this article not because there is anything particularly new in it, nor because we agree with all its protagonist says. But for a mass circulation Israeli newspaper/website, Yedioth Ahronoth/Ynetnews, to devote over 4 thousand words to a broadly sympathetic portrait of a BDS activist is an extraordinary event.

Perhaps something is stirring in the Israeli conscience?

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