In a further entrenchment of martial law in the West Bank, IDF military commanders have been given the power to close down (lock in) any Palestinian village they deem shelters a security risk.
The settler youth who assaulted Rabbi Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights told Channel 10 it would not be legal to kill human rights activists but “We need to deter them. They need to be made fearful. They need to receive a blow.” Surprisingly he has been remanded to house arrest. But then he has far-right, Honenu member Itamar Ben Gvir to plead his case.
A petition is circulating for the Palestinian poet, Ashraf Fayadh, born in Saudi Arabia, but a citizen of no land. He has been in prison since January 2014 when he was charged by the religious police with “insulting the Godly self and having long hair” . The initial sentence was four years in prison and 800 lashes The prosecutor appealed and the death sentence was imposed which is now being appealed.As a stateless person, like many Palestinians, he has no government to intervene with the Saudi authorities. Sign the petition.
Al Shabaka rounds up eight Palestinian political intellectuals to debate the PLO: should Palestinians create a wholly new body better able to represent Palestinians and advance the Palestinian cause, thus countering the despair they feel? Or would losing the PLO mean losing the only body with international recognition? Can it be reformed into a leadership body without corruption? Al Shabaka starts the debate.
Contrary to the emphasis of this report by Robert Swift , polls show that the vast majority of Palestinians (82% -91%) do not support ISIL or want it to operate in their territory. The notion that the reverse is true comes from Israel whose leaders wish to portray the country as a victim of ISIL, for obvious reasons.
Uri Savir talks to unnamed sources in Palestinian security and in the EU about how PA forces will be trained to manage the new security threats in the MidEast. Netanyahu declares that Israel will maintain security control over the West Bank – an unacceptable affront to Palestinians who say the main source of violence is the Occupation and resistance to it.
Some are quick to declare that Islam is at fault for those who kill in the name of Islam. That IS perhaps their view of what Islam commands . But religions are a great medley of different ideas, stories, examples. And what of the mass killers produced by white, once-Christian cultures? What do they invoke? Usually a grievance for their loss of status in a world where their white maleness should have made them masters.
In a bitter diatribe, primarily directed at what he sees as the all-powerful USA, Ramzy Baroud mourns the wreckage caused by western intervention and its encouragement of Daesh which fans out to perpetuate the unending cycle of death, violence and insanity.
Rogel Alpher responds to the repeated Israeli calls for all French Jews to go to Israel No, he says. ‘Stay in France. Fight the just war – the one there is no choice but to fight. France does not live by the sword, but uses it in order to live. Here, life is sacrificed on the altar of the sacredness of the land of Israel. This is idolatry.’
This ‘Analysis’ by JPost writers takes Netanyahu to task for being unable to distinguish between Islamic groups and regarding them all as posing an existential threat to Israel. The writers regard NGOs and lawyers as for more of a threat.
This week, November 16-22, 2015 the 2002 Arab Peace Iniative, initiated by Saudi Arabia, has made a surprise comeback. Every few years somebody or other points to it as the best basis for negotiation: New life for the Arab Peace Initiative And the most recent person to pluck it out of the cupboard of MEPP […]
A state of denial doesn’t come naturally. It can be hard work to keep suppressed all the senses that pick up that something is wrong. But most Israelis achieve it, as Germans did from 1933. Ilana Hammerman upbraids her fellow Israelis for deadening their sensibilities to the obvious evidence of cruel and violent persecution of Palestinians.
Ma’an reports that a group of settlers is demanding that Palestinians be banned from ‘settlers” roads, presumably forcing Palestinians in the oPt to use what are in effect dirt tracks – or not travel at all. Because of the knife attacks, more and more measures are being taken to wall Palestinians in.
Israel’s latest budget lays out what the dominant politicians want for the country: more settlements, safer settlements, more religious settlements, a new social elite from religious schools – and an existence on the impoverished margins for everyone else. Mazal Mualem looks at the winners and losers.
The American Anthropological Association voted last week to boycott Israeli academic institutions by a very large majority. The AAA does have a group dedicated to BDS but perhaps the strength of the vote is due to the work of anthropologists on the relation of people to power, to scarcity, to family ties – which are so often disrupted amongst Palestinians.
Tony Blair, on his one-man MEPP mission, has plucked the Arab Peace Initiative (API), 2002, from what Israelis hoped was the dustbin of history. Saudi Arabia, which initiated it, has now dumped it in the same dustbin due to their joint opposition with Israel to Iran. But the API still has traction with many others..
Tony Blair, re-made as an individual peace-maker, seems to be vestng his hopes on his credibility with Israeli people – who, reports The Media Line, have no belief that peace talks can succeed (at least in the way they want) and also in persuading Hamas and Fatah leaders that they can work together to put their unity agreement into practice, in good faith.
There is no agreement among Palestinians about whether they are witnessing, or taking part in, a limited and transient outburst of violence or whether the violence constitutes the beginning of what will be a continuing rebellion. Hamas calls it an intifada. The PLO and PNA, like most Arab media call it a ‘habbeh’. Daoud Kuttab on this debate.
Israeli police are not bothering to observe the law when arresting Palestinians this autumn. Adalah, the Israeli legal centre for Arab minority rights, has drawn up a charge list of the legal rights which the police are ignoring. Often, Israel’s Arab citizens may as not have any legal rights.
The northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel is an Islamist group. It is not an advocate of violence nor deemed by Shin Bet to be a terrorist group. But it has long been on the security cabinet’s hit list and the Paris attacks have given the cabinet cover to move against all things Islamic.