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Adah Kay: obituary

adah & tom

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Adah Kay on 12th November. A lifelong activist, Adah took the commitment to social justice that she learnt in the socialist Zionist youth movement Habonim seriously enough to abandon her residual Zionism and spend many years working with her husband Tom in Ramallah from 2002. She was an early signatory of JfJfP. Richard Kuper pays tribute to a warm and generous person.

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Check the strings attached to your gifts

Palestinians are dependent on international aid. Donors pay for the PA and many essential amenities in the oPt – desalination plants, solar panels, schools, child trauma services… In a sharp essay, Nora Lester Murad lists the questions donors and NGOs must ask if they are not to be guilty of complicity – or making things worse.

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Israel in grip of violence born of despair

In this statement ICAHD says that Israel has given up all pretence of seeking a just solution and answered Palestinian despair with pure repression. Netanyahu is wrong: the “core of the violence” is Israel’s refusal to acknowledge Palestinian national rights and claims.

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Israel wants punishment not peace with home demolitions

There’s one thing that all might agree on: Israeli policy towards Palestinians is not evidence-based. No colonial power would see mass imprisonment, shooting dead, denial of freedom of movement, and demolishing homes as a form of pacification. The fact that these are Israel’s only tactics is a mark of bigotry and cruelty.

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Strange death of a Palestinian bus driver

Youssef al-Roumani, 32, a bus driver in Jerusalem was found hanging in his bus last Sunday night. Israeli sources all claimed suicide. But suicide is very rare among Palestinians, a fellow bus driver says the position he was found in meant it was impossible for him to hang himself on his own, and the pooling of blood in his corpse meant he was lying on the ground for some time before he was hung up. Richard Silverstein examines the evidence. His death has sparked a new round of rioting.

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Deadly steps from political into religious war

Although the secular Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, military wing of the PFLP, has claimed responsibility for the killings of five ‘rabbis’ – an honorific title – anger about the incursion of right-wing religious Jews onto Temple Mount has been the greatest incitement – while Netanyahu blames ‘a blood libel’ by Palestinians. Commentary on the causes and consequences of the attack from Amira Hass, Ynet, the BBC and Time.

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Horrifying failure of ‘carry on occupying’ policy

The synagogue killings were horrifying. But after months of extreme tension in East Jerusalem – to which the Israeli government’s response has only been more police, more security and more settlements and Abbas has had nobody to negotiate with, such violent acts are hardly surprising.

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Better to be Jewish than a democrat

MK Ze’ev Elkin is pushing a new bill which will supersede all other laws on what sort of state Israel is and who its citizens are. Not only does it define Israel as ‘the Jewish state for Jewish people’ it also promotes discrimination against non-Jews and the development of separate land and communities for Jews – i.e. apartheid.

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US and Jordan insist on compromise on Al Aqsa

PM Netanyahu’s hardline stance on protesters in Jerusalem has so alarmed those who want peace in the region – Kerry, the king of Jordan, President Abbas and, by phone, President al-Sisi – that he got Netanyahu to confer with them and agree to allowing men under 50 to visit Al Aqsa mosque. Daoud Kuttab doubts if this outside intervention isn’t too little too late for a PM who cannot see the dangers.

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Apocalypse now!

In this alarming article, Tomer Persico examines the remaking of Zionism as an aggressively nationalist and religious movement. Those involved appear to be gripped by an hysterical desire to ignore state rulings and pragmatism and pursue redemption through, amongst other things, building a Third Temple on Haram al-Sharif.

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EU is contributing to Israel’s impunity and lack of accountability

318 civil society groups from a majority of EU countries (18 out of the 28, plus the Basque country) have written to the EU’s foreign affairs chief calling on the EU to suspend the preferential EU-Israel Association Agreement in light of Israel’s flouting of international law – which binds all EU countries.

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Israel’s lost friends and admirers

Israel’s reputation has never been lower. This is entirely to do with its occupation of Palestinian territories, its harsh control of Palestinians and, especially, its lethal onslaughts on Gaza. JfJfP’s Arthur Goodman responds to an article on how this has come about with some simple questions.

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Civil war, not intifada

With ‘unrest’ spreading from Jerusalem to Galilee, in northern Israel, and huge numbers of police deployed to stop it, the talk of ‘intifada’ runs throughout the Israeli media. Perhaps, suggests one commentator, mock-humourously, it is better called a civil war.

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Palestinians want to be left alone to build their state and their lives in peace

Adah Kay, a long-standing JfJfP signatory who lived with husband Tom in Ramallah from 2002 to 2006, died a few days ago. Following her obituary above we post these notes from a talk she gave in May 2002, in which she recounts her shock at the poverty, third world conditions and behaviour of the IDF during their re-occupation of the West Bank – and her delight at the generosity she was shown by Palestinians.

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Throwing gasoline into the flames

The weeks of rioting – and killings – by ordinary Palestinian youth in Jerusalem were already incendiary. The violence famously has not been prompted or led by any organisation. To Israel’s leaders, rioters are all terrorists; the police should shoot terrorists on sight. Uri Avnery on the predictable spreading of the flames.

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Rule Jerusalem by deporting Arabs to Gaza

Israeli security forces have lost control of East Jerusalem, despite a special forces and orders from Netanyahu that they can blow up ‘terrorists’ houses. Now the Israeli government says it will deport protesting Arabs to Gaza – despite opposition from the attorney general.

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Lost leader who lied and inspired

Yasser Arafat, PLO president and Fatah leader, died 10 years ago, on November 11 2004. In this essay, Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi examine why such an unprepossessing man exercised an authority that has not been replicated.

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Civil war: the car’s the weapon

The Israeli breach of the long-standing code that Jews do not venture on Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount has been the trigger for more violent, if unorganised, attacks by individual Palestinians on Israeli Jews. The weapon they have is the car. This at a time when E. Jerusalem has become effectually ungovernable by Israeli forces.

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The child that’s splitting the family

Once upon a time, says Allison Kaplan Sommer, Israel was the adored new baby of the entire Jewish family (apart from a few wicked aunts and uncles whom she doesn’t mention). Jews were brought together in their desire to see the baby grow and flourish. And what has the spoiled child become? An adult country which is as likely to divide Jews and set them against each other as to bring them together.

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Losing the argument? Buy it back

The Israeli American Council, IAC, is the new big boy on the block. Now based in Washington DC it began as the Israeli Leadership Council in LA, formed at the request of Israeli consul Ehud Danoch. It has attracted several of the US’s richest men (euphemistically renamed ‘philanthropists’) and hopes to buy its way into the dominant position in American-Israeli politics.

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