We understand the desire for some areas to be outside politics. But, like soft porn, football is used in Israel to display, to its own citizens, that it is one of a family of civilised nations. It is the faux form of normality. This con is swallowed by all those who want to carry on as usual – e.g. the Welsh football team. Colonial rule is colonial rule, even if extreme violence is not used.
A group of women – Women Wage Peace, set up after the carnage of Operation Protective Edge – began a fast near the PM’s home on the anniversary of the Operation and maintained it in shifts for the 50 days. They were not the usual suspects – which may explain the lack of media coverage – and one participant raises the perennial questions of how to build a political movement.
Israel and Palestine, including Gaza, seem to be frozen in stasis, doomed, if they move, to begin another round of political and military conflict. Many outside agencies have tried to mediate. Kerry blamed Israel obduracy, others blame Hamas. Here the ICG addresses the main actors with proposals on what each can do to move out of the conflict zone. Giving Hamas more control over its income and recognition of Palestine as a state by all EU cpountries would help .
Having decided to lead the world (viz. the USA) in a crusade against Iran, PM Netanyahu has had to cast his decision in the most hyperbolic terms – good v. evil, for Israel or for another holocaust of Jews? Only Israelis are listening.
Why is the American/Israeli Right like ISIL? Because neither grouping accepts national boundaries. In their march towards a consensus comfort zone, Israelis lobby the American Right who in turn campaign in Israeli settlements. Mike Huckabee leads the way.
The table and text here from the Water Research Institute are not directly about Israel and Palestine. The WRI ranks countries by degrees of water scarcity. The oPt are in the first rank, Israel comes in at no.8. Most of the top 20 are in the Middle East. Lack of water does not create the current conflicts say the authors but it does exacerbate them and this is going to get worse as water shortages get more severe.
As we have seen time and time again the primary target for jihadists is other Muslims. But many EU countries with a Roman Catholic heritage will only give asylum to Christians, saying either that Muslims would not fit into their country or that it is the Christians of the Middle East who are being persecuted and they are the only ones who need asylum.
A petition has been created on the government’s petition website calling for Prime Minister Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes when he arrives in the UK next month, September. If it gains 100,000 signatures (i.e. entering and confirming your email) parliament will have to debate it.
President Abbas sits in his palace moving his knights around – and ejecting them from his web of intrigue. His most recent move was to close down the Palestinian Peace Coalition – the Palestinian side of the Geneva Initiative – to skewer its head, Yasser Abed Rabbo, former secretary-general of the PLO.
This week, August 17-August 23, 2015 the stand-out item is a peculiarly British matter: the election of a new leader of the Labour Party and more particularly whether the favourite candidate, Jeremy Corbyn, is antisemitic – as a strong supporter of Palestinians rights he is critical of Israel’s policy – or whether, in his conviviality, […]
Netanyahu’s belief that he is leading a world-wide crusade to make Iran an impotent pariah state has crumbled. Not only have the USA and EU turned in the opposite direction, his belief that he could recruit the Gulf states – no friends of Iran – is baseless. They will do no public deal with Israel unless and until there is a negotiated settlement with Palestine.
Shelling a vehicle killing the five Syrian civilians inside was, said defence minister Ya’alon, a response to Iran’s attempt to “open a new terrorist front against Israel on the Golan Heights”. The charge that this was a tactic by Israel to convince the US that the Iran deal has increased the terrorist threat from Iran was made by Arab media reports JPost.
Jeremy Corbyn has been most strongly attacked for his positions on foreign policy – he is a long-established supporter of Palestinian rights and of talking with one’s enemies. What have been treated as his fringe causes usually, over time, become mainstream and the only answer to violent conflict. Antisemitism accompanies him – fight back !
We don’t know if Tony Blair greeted Hamas officials in Doha as ‘my friends’ – he could have if the spirit moved him – but the political officers of Israel, the PA, the UK and Israel know he has greeted them. Israel does not want another war – too costly in terms of money and reputation. Palestinians fear he will sell their birthright – a unified Palestinian state – by treating Gaza as a separate entity.
The desperate Daily Mail accusation that Jeremy Corbyn, Labour, is antisemitic has prompted a variety of letters. As has Lord Beecham’s assertion that JfJfP is bigoted because it does not campaign on Syria. Here, some ripostes, signed up as from signatories. A few are not so we ask their forgiveness for including them under the logo. Their views are not different from those of signatories.
Where tribal or clan systems are hegemonic, democracy does not thrive. Clans are strong in northern Palestine in particular and President Abbas has had to accomodate them and their loyalties in order to function. The result is rampant corruption which if the PA does not exploit will destroy it. Tariq Dana accounts for this sorry situation.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by UNGA in December 1948. The aim was to establish a universal standard of human rights. International Human Rights Law (IHR) has developed from this. Azeezah Kanji analyses how Israel, by casting Palestinians out from the realm of civilisation, has managed to manipulate the law.
The military in most modern societies is a class apart except for families and those living near barracks. In Israel, with compulsory military service for most, and its first task – controlling Palestinians – being ever more unpopular, steps must be taken to integrate militarism into everyday life. The IDF hope active use of social media is their way to do this.
Many Palestinians have been able to leave the notorious Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria after fighting broke out in 2013 and again with ISIL in April this year. Those without contacts, money, health, passports are still there – with little food and water, but with an outbreak of typhoid.
Most of the words in this Jewish Chronicle headline are lies. It has mashed up whatever it can find to brand a left-winger antisemitic. The signatories to the letter to the paper are not ‘anti-Israel’. They are for Palestinian rights. Challenges to Jeremy Corbyn are the common discourse of the debate – not peculiar to pro-Israel bigots. The Jewish Chronicle’s belief that it is the centre of world antagonism is farcical and tragic.