MidEast watchers have been waiting to find out what Avigdor Lieberman will do with his power as defence minister. Jonathan Cook describes his strategy to make Palestinian aspirations for self-determination unattainable.
Here we are at the end of August 2016 (week August 22-28, 2016) more than two years after OPE, the IDF onslaught on Gaza, and the consequences of that orgy of destruction are amongst the most decisive factors in Palestinian lives. The UN has called urgently for more humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza. […]
In 2 articles from Haaretz we can see that what women wear is not personal choice. It follows cultural conventions on shame and modesty in women. The face-covering of Asian women can seem hostile in the West. The line between expected ‘modesty’ and ‘shame’ is invisible and the arbiters of whether a woman wears too much or too little are enforcing their own conventions.
This begins with a straightforward report on the call by UN agencies for more humanitarian aid for Gaza. Then there are two reports on accusations by Israel that UN employees are diverting rubble and money to Hamas, or perhaps to rebuilding Gaza. This seems too small an issue to make headlines but it does divert attention from why Gaza is in such dire straits to the venality or treachery of Palestinian aid workers.
In the USA, Jews are most likely to vote Democrat – because of or despite candidate Clinton. In Israel, home of 200,000 Americans with voting rights, Trump is more likely to get the ex-pat vote (he’s set up 5 offices in Israel to get these votes in). Obama’s serious efforts to get peace-talks going are regarded by the ex-pats as hostile to Israel. Trump abhors everything about Obama.
The mosque on Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is not just a mosque. It is the most symbolic mosque in Israel/ Palestine. Under the guardianship of a Jordanian agency, Muslims have permission to worship there. Jews do not – but right-wingers try. The fanatically religious disdain man-made law. Many fear what will happen including Daoud Kuttab.
The virtual walls have gone up round Israel. Young Israelis who want to write freely in their own language often choose to emigrate – favourite destination Berlin. As a result, says Mati Shemoelof, these Hebrew writers are creating a new, cosmopolitan culture that challenges the patriotism and ethnocentricity which diminish Israeli culture.
The exploits of ‘hilltop youth’, especially the murder by burning of three of the Dawabsheh family, have done more harm to Israel’s reputation. The Shin Bet at last has begun a programme of detention of the main actors and there has been a corresponding fall in the number of attacks on Palestinians. Doubts may be raised about the legality of the detentions.
This week, August 15th-21st, 2016 there were a few hopeful postings, meaning initiatives taken by Israelis (in these cases) that suggest the body of Israelis might act on their knowledge that the occupation is unworkable (for a democratic Israel). Any refusal of the military service which is required to sustain the Occupation is welcome, and […]
As it says in another post this week, the long tradition of Jews and Black people jointly fighting racism and for civil rights has broken. The Jewish Establishment sees Palestine as an antisemitic entity; Blacks see Palestinians as comrades in oppression. Both assume the terms genocide and zionism have only one clear meaning.
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