Gisha, the NGO concerned with freedom of movement, produced this report 2 months ago. It records a recent unexplained clamp-down on Palestinians wanting to leave Gaza through the Erez crossing. While economic policy must be for freedom of movement of students, business people and goods, so-called security policy is for the complete immobilisation of Palestinians.
Americans were first to link the improbable swing to Brexit with the improbable swing to Trump. Hate crimes suddenly shot up, and quickly subsided in both instances; both rode on a fantasy that the days of white Christian supremacy were the best of days. Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Many Americans have been shocked to find that Trump comes with a long train of white supremacists. It’s probably less of a surprise to African-Americans and is certainly not news to Palestinians most of whom have been born into a white supremacist regime.
Racism has not been so overt in the USA for half a century. Richard Spencer, leader of the alt-right movement, thinks Trump took ‘the first step’ but he’s merely a useful idiot in a march to restore the supremacy of white – which doesn’t include Jews – men.
White nationalists and, here, anti-Trump Jews refer to the ‘catastrophe’ of the election result as the Great Awakening. Liel Leibovitz urges us to respond to this display of so much hatred with calm, compassion and grace.
For the last few years Haaretz has been following the land-grabbing techniques of the settlers’ group Amana. These include forging documents to show Amana owns the land. The group has assiduously cultivated links with the IDF and other state bodies and thus escaped prosecution for its illegal acts.
If Trump’s election was a surprise that may be less to do with the polls than the fact many had assumed the long supremacy of White Protestant men had been hollowed out. But the Tea Party breathed new life into it by picking out the issues that enflamed older white men – all women, black men, Chinese people, dark-skinned immigrants of an alien religion.
The word is from South Africa, Afrikaans for separateness. This book of essays on apartheid in S. Africa and Israel looks at what’s like and unlike. S.Africa’s regime failed because it needed the black labour which it also wanted to banish to bantustans. Israel uses Palestinian labour but imports most from Asian countries. S. Africa passed laws making apartheid compulsory. Israel uses its bureaucracy to present a facade of democracy.
This posting on Palestinian writer and thinker Emil Habibi, who coined the term ‘opsimist’, is included now because of the posting above about currents in Palestinians’ thought. Habibi died in 1996.
As a founding member of JfJfP Richard Kuper draws on his personal experience and his extensive knowledge of Israel to analyse the Home Affairs report on antisemitism which floats on a raft of fixed assumptions that Labour antisemitism is a fact for which no further evidence is needed.
Notionally Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif is sacred to the three Abrahamic religions. Christians don’t much care. For Israelis and Palestinians the site is a symbol of the power of possession. The UNESCO report does not comment on any of this – it merely deals with the Israeli responsibility for the upkeep of the site. It is this demotion to a caretaker role which is so angering Israelis.
Ben White has recently published The 2014 Gaza War: 21 Questions & Answers, an ebook available for Kindle download here. Accessibly written and comprehensively referenced, it is exemplary in tackling head-on the difficult questions that are raised around Israel and Gaza: didn’t Israel disengage?; is Gaza under occupation?; isn’t the siege legitimate? who started the war of 2014?; did Hamas use “human shields”? – and more. We reproduce here White’s chapter on the argument most used to justify the bombing: “Israel’s right to self-defence”.
What Pres. Abbas gained by his attendance at the funeral of Shimon Peres he lost at home where it was seen as distinctly unPalestinian to display sadness at the death of a man who had been instrumental in the quashing of Palestinian hopes.
Here are two documentary videos from telesur-English that show, first, what it says in the title and second ‘Inside Palestine’s refugee camps’. Could be shown to groups for discussion,
The word antisemitism has cast a spell over a large part of British media and the Jewish Labour Movement. The unique suffering of the Jews is sacred, any questioning of that is heresy. The persecution of Jackie Walker for her questions has reached across the Atlantic and Richard Silverstein takes up the case.
If you read the comments made by the posse of men – Guido Fawkes (Paul Staines), Marcus Dysch (the JC’s attack dog), John Mann (Labour), Jon Lansman of Momentum – in pursuit of Jackie Walker, you might well think they’re in the grip of some strange hysteria. Certainly their knowledge of the highly disputed definitions of antisemitism, or of other genocides, seems wanting.
A group of Mizrahi Jews address Mizrahi culture minister Miri Regev. You are, they say, waging your violent political and cultural war on our backs, destroying the complexity and refinement of Mizrahi culture. Ms Regev is playing the Mizrahi card to empower herself, not to oppose Israeli racism.
States of denial, of people not wanting to know, have marked the experience of Jews in Europe as they now mark the experience of Palestinians in Israel and the oPt. ‘Denial’ is a new film, script by David Hare, about David Irving’s libel suit against Deborah Lipstadt in London.
The Board of Deputies is up in arms at a church in London building a replica of the Wall that large numbers of Palestinians try to cross every day. Its rage is misplaced. We report on the news, cite the Board of Deputies statement and take its Vice President to task for her mealy-mouthed avoidance of the central issues at stake. And we invite her to visit the Wall with us.
This is the diary Lady Antonia Fraser kept when she went to Israel with her lover, Harold Pinter, in May 1978, published in the Observer last Sunday. The visit made them both intensely aware of being and not being a Jew.