Netanyahu has chosen to cancel a visit from his strongest European ally – Germany- in order to make a point – that Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem are not legitimate Israeli organisations. Sigmar Gabriel doesn’t seem bothered.
There has been one dominant issue this week, April 17th-23rd 2017: the hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners. It is thought 1,500 prisoners are taking part in six different gaols. Only the IPS (Israeli Prison Service) knows and they aren’t telling. The government line is that the prisoners are not political but “loathsome murderers” and […]
If the 10 identified by the Jewish Chronicle do lose their seats it won’t be because of their attachment to Israel but because their majorities are not large enough to withstand a swing to the right.
Hitler did not bother with the details of the Holocaust or of how to rid Germany of all Jews before then. He left that to his henchmen chief amongst them Adolf Eichmann. [It was Eichmann who visited Palestine and tried to talk with the Zionists there (he was expelled by the British) and back home in Austria it was he who had talks with Zionist leaders as part of his plan to force Austrian Jews to emigrate, to anywhere that would take take them.] Several views on Livingstone’s version of history.
There is hypocrisy and dissemblance in the decision of the NYT to recant for publishing an article by Marwan Barghouti without saying he was in prison on ‘five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization’. Barghouti has not been accused of murdering anyone though he may have been complicit in the violence of the 2nd intifada. The NYT has unapologetically published articles by known Israeli killers.
This is not strictly about Palestine/ Israel. It is connected. Uri Avnery posts the only rebuttal of the claim that Assad released the poison gas that killed 58-70 Syrians. Avnery doubts this – what would Assad gain? But Syrian sects, Sunni Arab allies, the Gulf Sheikhs and Israel all benefit from the depiction of Assad as a crazed mass murderer. And, as Avnery doesn’t say, how far is the accusation a rebuke to Obama for not having bombed Syria? More questions than answers just now.
These articles make clear something remarkable: whatever rules there are for defining who’s a citizen of Israel, what counts is conforming to the old European Ashkenazi (converts and Ethiopians are not ‘real’ Jews) tradition of inheriting Jewishness from a mother. So citizenship, like Jewishness, is defined by a unique tradition of exclusion. Palestinian Israelis are urged to act.
This year Passover 2017 began in the evening of Monday, April 10th and lasts until next Tuesday evening, April 18th. Robert A.H. Cohen, JfJfP’s most dissident of Jews, thinks this most popular of Jewish festivals should be abandoned. When Jews recite the litany of liberation, free movement, redemption, if they are against the liberation of […]
Trump and his team live in an alternative reality where facts are what they say are. But not taking the holocaust seriously or not having the curiosity to find out about the techniques of that worst mass killing seems unpardonable to many. Plus the Nazi ‘euthanasia’ programme in which the first ‘of their own people’ were killed.
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