Under Israel’s rule of martial law in the West Bank children are common, and easy targets, for bullying, arrests, trials in military courts and imprisonment. However often authoritative bodies condemn this treatment of children there has been, says Gerard Horoton, co-founder of Military Court Watch, no lessening in the abuse.
Gilad Atzmon is widely admired as a jazz saxophonist and more narrowly admired as a critic of Israeli policies. Although he himself is Jewish his criticisms depend on caricatures of Jewish identity which are indistinguishable from classic antisemitism. Following Jewish protests, his Manchester gig has been cancelled.
These football photos are a world away from the usual: dusty pitches, scant audiences, no shots of stupendous saves or goals. Instead they show the real power of football – to bring Jews and Arabs together throughout Israel for the overriding purpose of playing soccer. Jewish Quarterly and The Telegraph’s Project Babb have both picked up the unlikely story of ‘low soccer’.
The US divided in the usual way over Netanyahu’s speech; the right melted into rapturous applause, the critics’ verdicts were harsh: Bibi had claimed Americans did not know what was going on in Iran. This was was arrogant, insulting – and pointless.
This is not the first time the Israeli Tourist Office has presented a false picture of what constitutes Israel. In the brochures, it’s God’s own land of peace and sunshine from which all Palestinians and disputes over land and borders have been airbrushed. The ASA tells them very firmly not to claim what is not theirs.
By the time you read this PM Netanyahu will have delivered his speech to Congress, firming his alliance with Republicans and the fearful/belligerent in Israel. But it’s not over – there will be pages of analysis of what he said. A few drops from the torrent of pre-commentary, including the public opposition from all the security services, from Shin Bet to IDF.
Or in words, from the august Foreign Policy journal, if what you are going to say does nothing to advance the interests of the country you represent, then, no matter how good it may make you feel to say it, Shut The Fuck Up. Verdict on Bibi’s coming speech.
This week, February 22-March 1st, 2015, we have excluded most of the the latest twists and tails of the two Netanyahu stories – his speech to Congress and the abandonment of bipartisanship, and the sense of entitlement which allowed him and his wife to claim such high expenses – various polls attached to both stories. […]
A chink of light fell on the warped world of the Jewish Defence League when two JDL members (one of them non-Jewish, he just likes the anti-Muslim action) were found guilty of assaulting two people at the Palestine Literature Festival in Tottenham last September. Asa Winstanley reports.
The near-bankrupt PA has been ordered by an American court to compensate American families who were affected by the second intifada. Lieberman and Netanyahu are delighted at this ‘moral victory’ – though will not be pleased if their security force in the West Bank is unable to operate.
These charts, posted by Vox on July 14, 2014 give as accurate account as possible of the numbers of Israelis and Palestinians killed by the other side since 2000. It does not include the 72 Israelis and ‘at least’ 2,104 Palestinians killed in the IDF assault on Gaza last summer.
Values and identity are in conflict for Jews of the diaspora who regard Israel as their own, as emblematic of Jewish identity. But, argues Ilan Baron, the connection with Israel is now silencing many Jews and tearing apart Jewish communities.
There is still a Jewish Left in Israel which puts co-existence with Arabs as their electoral priority. They are considering whether the Arab-led Joint List is the best vehicle for their aspirations.
The Israeli government is giving up on its costly efforts to persuade people in the EU and US that it is a nation of sweetness and light and the West’s main defence against Islamist violence. It is now being carried by its defence industry into the weapons-hungry arms of India and China – traditional supporters of the Palestinians.
The Obama administration and PM Netanyahu are so angry with each other their staff no longer bother with the smooth talk that usually glosses over disagreements. The US government says Bibi has broken the bipartisanship on which US support for Israel rests. In the short term it might not matter as Bibi is relying on a Republican Congress to give him all the support he wants. Democrats might not forgive him.
The preferential EU Israel Association Agreement has been controversial since it was signed in 1995. There has been a variety of protests since against treating Israel as a European country and the only colonial power with which the EU has a formal trade agreement. Now 63 MEPs have called for the agreement to be ended, or at least for ‘restrictive measures’ to be imposed, as the EU was quick to do with Russia.
Despite their highly sophisticated military systems, Israel doesn’t do ‘smart’ bombing. Instead, it follows the Dahiya doctrine established in the 2006 attack on Lebanon. This is that ‘We will apply disproportionate force on [any place from which anything is fired] and cause great damage and destruction there. ‘
Someone took a video and posted it on Youtube showing what presumably passes for normal in Israel: an outburst of petulant, obscene and racist remarks uttered by passengers who couldn’t wait for a bar of chocolate. Decades of customary racism seems to have stripped some Israelis of all civility.
Our younger sister, Independent Jewish Voices, is holding a two-day conference on how far pursuing equal rights can cut to the chase while diplomats and politicians get nowhere (even when they want to). All the people you want to hear.
The rate of Israeli building on Palestinian land increased by 40% last year says Peace Now in a new report. The PA condemns the construction as a ‘war crime’ but most Israeli parties know there are no votes in ending this means of providing cheap housing for Jewish citizens.