President Hollands has offered a contract to French Jews: they stay at home in France, the state will crack-down on Islamist freedom of speech. This is not done in the name of curtailing hate-speech but in terms of security. But he snubbed Netanyahu’s opportunistic invitation to all French Jews to move to safe Israel by saying this would be a victory for terrorism. Plus the 2012 Palestinian statement against antisemitism and all forms of bigotry and racism.
PM Netanyahu has been doing all he can to make Israelis feel they are in danger – Hamas is like ruthless Islamic State, if Israel is a ‘beacon, that can only be because it’s in a dark and barbarous region, no Israeli is safe from the ‘lone wolf’ attack etc. It is on these assumptions, spoken and implicit, that Bibi is basing his electoral campaign.
Setting his argument in the context of rampaging capitalism and imperialism Sid Shniad says western interests created , and still sustain, the gulf between ‘civilisation (USA, Europe, Japan,Israel) and ‘barbarism’ – all those who resist, with or without violence, that ‘civilisation’.
An Israeli military court has sentenced a 14-year-girl to two months in HaSharon prison for throwing stones. She had been interrogated by police without any legal representative – without any adult at all – present. In his last Rosh Hashana speech, PM Netanyahu said ‘In the New Year, Israel will remain a beacon of freedom and human rights.’
The Palestine / Israel conflict is not a war between two armies of grown men. The force used by IDF and police, often demolishing houses, but also using live ammunition, leaves many children dead or crippled, orphaned and homeless. DCI-International’s report on a grim year for Palestinian children.
There is no single issue to this week’s postings though the claim that Israel is constantly in danger from its neighbours is belied – or confirmed – by Israeli attacks on the Bedouin – the enemy within – and on an Iranian general in a Syrian convoy. Much is attributed to PM Netanyahu’s drive to […]
Richard Silverstein notices that the police, who had been asked not to come near the funeral of Bedouin youth Sami Al Jaar, disrupted the funeral – killing Sami Ziadna – in order to silence Public Enemy Number 1 Raed Salah, who was delivering the eulogy. No communal Palestinian event is free from Israeli state disruption.
Such is the cynicism about Netanyahu’s good faith that to many observers it is entirely plausible that he had ordered an airstrike that killed an Iranian general and six members of Hezbollah to boost his own reputation as Israel’s toughest defender.
A ‘tiny handful’ of terrorists has succeeded in instilling fear among Europeans, especially Jews who think they will be the first targets of antisemitic Islamists. The EU has to both protect its citizens against people who think they’re doing what God wants and to protect civil liberties for all. Reports from Brussels and the World Economic Forum.
A campaign run by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Jenin Friendship Association in London’s east end borough, Tower Hamlets, has succeeded in persuading the council to adopt an ethical procurement policy which would exclude companies like G4S and Veolia from contracts because of their complicity with an illegal occupation.
Newly arrived from the US, Sara Hirschhorn find British Jews (by which she means Orthodox Jewry) too submissive and too sectarian. She thinks that their anxiety to conform and to ostracise the ‘wrong’ Jews contributes to antisemitism.
Jonathan Cook examines a legal property dispute – settlers build a synagogue on Palestinian land. The court rules in favour of the Palestinians – at which point the Israelis charge them an unpayable amount of property tax. Bureaucracy is again the winner.
Apartheid has become the preferred term for some critics of Israel as the best label for Israeli/Palestinian relations. Irene Calis disagrees. Whereas white South Africans needed, and still need, black people as cheap labour, Zionist containment of Palestinians is merely an unfortunate by-product of creating a Jews-only state.
These are the words of Israel’s Labour Party leader, Isaac Herzog; he only criticises Israel’s security agenda when it’s not comprehensive enough. The stabbing of 11 people by a ‘lone wolf’ Palestinian seems to be what BiBi and Lieberman have been looking for – a place on the victims’ table from where they can accuse every Palestinian leader. And only a week ago Bibi was urging all French Jews to move to Israel as the only safe haven.
The Greek Orthodox church has controlled Christian churches in Palestine since the 1530s. However, the Patriarchate has been absorbed into the Israeli establishment, seen to be serving their interests rather than those of their Arab congregations. But the PNA fears that if the whole church is Arabized, Israel will feel free to seize the church’s substantial land-holdings. So are Greeks more ‘occupiers’ or protectors of Arab land? Ahmad Melhem reports.
‘Using human shields, attacking medical teams and hospitals, shooting at civilians waving white flags. A new report by Physicians for Human Rights authored by a team of international medical experts documents shocking testimonies of victims and presents new evidence from Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.’
The direct approaches to the UN and ICC by the PNA follow the failed efforts of John Kerry (which he blamed on Israel) to restart negotiations. Now with Congress dominated by Republicans, the US has returned to blocking and threatening Palestinians.
PM Netanyahu has decided that the best response to the decision by the ICC to open a ‘preliminary inquiry’ into Israel is to use all means to delegitimise the court to boost his standing before the election (also post below). Any next step by the ICC will make either the USA and allies, or Arab states angry.
The outrage being organised by Netanyahu and expressed by Republicans, especially, in Congress at the effrontery of the PNA’s application to the ICC seems quite disproportionate. An unsympathetic comment from Douglas Bloomfield.
Sami Al Jaar was shot dead by police during a raid on Rahat; Sami Ziadna was either shot dead or died of a heart attack when police turned up at Al Jaar’s funeral, despite requests for them to stay away. Israeli Palestinians have begun a general strike. Reports from +972 (photographic) and The National.