Britain has a strong tradition of radical and political song. Palestine has not figured in that before. Robert Cohen brings to us Coope Boyes and Simpson and their new song, Children of Palestine.
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.
A steady supply of fresh water demands engineering work. In Israel and the oPt engineering work demands permits. Permits require a non-discriminatory, efficient bureaucracy. Which is just what West Bank camps and villages do not have.
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.
Anshel Pfeffer applauds the Select Committee for its report on antisemitism (‘brave’ ‘unique’). He rolls those, Chakrabarti, Corbyn, Livingstone – who were criticised for not getting the measure of ‘modern antisemitism’ – into one appeaser of hatemongers. Perhaps he thinks this restraint was the report’s only fault.
The Labour Right’s pursuit of Jackie Walker is, says Tony Greenstein, an attempt to make Labour safe for Israel. Even if they have to make stuff up. To many, it seems demented, like chasing a will o’the wisp (a ‘foolish fire’ seen over swamps).
People living in the oPt – occupied Palestinian territory – are starved of information by both the Palestinian and Israeli authorities. Both fear that free reporting would damage their authority. Hamas, the PNA and Israel all enforce restrictions which Israel, at least, would not dare enforce on its home ground.
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.
Yesh Din -volunteers for human rights – has analysed the means Israel uses to confiscate Palestine land and declare it state land. Yesh Din also helps Palestinians bring legal challenges to these seizures, with some success.
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,
State funerals can be great occasions to display loyalty. No wonder most Palestinians ignored the ceremony for the death of Peres. Why should they pretend to be equal and integrated citizens when they so obviously are not?
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.
And to support BDS, which will make Israel a better place for everyone. Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, sees JVP’S principle task of working with others to change the US attitude to Israel. In the process, JVP has created a new model for Jewish communal life.
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.
Naftali Bennett of Jewish Home is a one policy politician: Bring all land where Jews live, down to the smallest outpost, under Israeli sovereignty, illegally and by force if need be. That’s it.
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.
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.
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) reports that Israel is demolishing Palestinian homes and livelihoods at an increasing – and alarming – rate. This destruction is explicitly linked to the advancement of new settlements, many of which are illegal under Israeli as well as International law.
This is as good a moment as any to consider supporting ICAHD in resisting these developments!
MidEast watchers have been waiting to find out what Avigdor Lieberman will do with his power as defence minister. Jonathan Cook describes his strategy to make Palestinian aspirations for self-determination unattainable.