As Israel began so it goes on: terrorist acts against all who have no place in the fantasy kingdom. The failure to create a stable, civil society is now coming back to haunt the country. Two Op-Eds from Ynet.
Shock may have swept through Israel at the murderous attacks on Palestinians and Jewish gays last week by right-wing religious Jews. But there was no common bond of protest, no solidarity with the victims writes Etgar Keret. Israel is not held together by any common sympathy or sense of justice.
Khader Adnan, now in hospital after a long hunger strike, tells Al Jazeera he refused all supplements, including salt. Politically ‘the prisoners’ movement and hunger strikes in particular are a symbol of the principle and demand for justice in Palestine.’
The plans announced by PM Netanyahu (see post below this one) included more units at the Deinoff buildings. The following day defence minister Ya’alon ordered their evacuation and demolition – to the fury of justice minister Shaked. The coalition cannot withstand two irreconcilable forces.
As Amira Hass and Nasser Nawaja point out, Susya is unique only in the international support it has attracted, becoming the symbol for the precarious status of Palestinian villages. But documents obtained by Haaretz may stay the hand of the demolishers; they prove the Palestinians’ claim to the land.
Ali Abuminah was the first to report the decision by the ICC that an investigation into the killing of nine Turkish activists should be launched. This is a more detailed account of the legal implications.
The P5+1 deal with Iran on nuclear capability has flaws, but it’s better than no deal. Yet almost all Israel is swept up in a fervour of opposition. Two Israeli experts on control of nuclear power stand against the crowd.
From this account we learn that Netanyahu, having made himself prime minister, foreign minister, communications minister and health minister, is doing none of these jobs, spending all his time on Iran. He may speak to his special security cabinet but not to anyone else either in outside Israel. How long can such mis-government go on?
This is a very mixed bag of responses to the Iran nuclear deal ranging from Netanyahu’s threat to commit suicide through explorations of what Iranian leaders think to what other Muslim countries think of Iran.
The more stately position of the Jewish establishment is that no-one knows what will follow the Iran nuclear deal; at best it will buy a decade of peace with Iran. The more frantic view is that it boosts the worldwide [?] network of terrorist groups sponsored by Iran. Having built so much on the idea of Iran as the axis of evil the credibility of the Israeli/UK Jewish establishment has ‘taken a blow’. Iran does deploy a clear antisemitic rhetoric but this is not the point they made.
The response of the UK’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, to Netanyahu’s furious response to the Iran settlement is ‘well he would, wouldn’t he’. That is, even in this most Israel-friendly government, there is no expectation that Israel’s government will be rational or diplomatic. In the parliamentary debate, Tory MPs are more critical then Labour.
Tourism rises and falls according to perceived pleasures and dangers. Israel is not exempt from the sense that all of the Middle East is dangerous whatever the lure of historical sites. Since OPE Israel has not been able to promote itself as a safe destination- ‘Israel is always being mentioned in the news and not in a good way’ says one hostel manager.
The ‘right’ to kill young women seems to be most common in cousin societies – where the young are expected to marry first cousins. Breaking this tradition may be good for the health but bad for the guardians of the tradition – cousins, brothers, uncles, fathers. The oxymoron, honour killing, is a gift to all hostile to Palestine and Muslims, who should, friend Richard Silverstein included, listen to Palestinian women’s protests.
Predictions about the demise of ‘Israel’ are made quite often. Israel can mean the zionist enterprise, the exercise of Jewish sovereignty, the unique creation of a democracy from scratch. Ari Shavit seems to mean all 3, all threatened by the occupation. He urged Israelis to wake up and end it. At the J Street conference, Obama’s chief of staff insists on the need for a Palestinian state.
The US Congress has passed an amendment to its Trade Promotion bill which requires its trade representative to discourage EU countries from supporting any type of BDS activity against Israel AND the oPt . The State Department stepped in quickly to pull back from this position insisting it still regarded the settlements as illegal, and therefore boycotts or divestment – which are engaged in by companies and individuals rather than countries – will not bring penalties. The aim of the bill is to provide leaner, quicker routes to trade agreements with any region in the world.
There is not yet a deal with Iran on its nuclear capability but the deadline has been extended and there is a tone of optimism. Except from Israel and the US Congress. Netanyahu is preparing to lead these troops into a war against the world – although some Israelis blame the breakdown of his relationship with the US for the bad deal they expect.
It’s jolly difficult, Hamas and Isil are both acronyms, both consist largely of Arab Sunni Muslims and, well, that’s it. The international ranks of Isil are swelling, attracting a Hamas faction, but Hamas itself doesn’t exercise much of a pull on European youngsters. Yet the most democratic 4-time PM in the MidEast insists the two are one and the same, so who are these writers to disagree? Those who use pictures agree.
The Pro-Israel lobby appears to have agreed that the BDS movement now shares equal place with Iran as the foremost enemies who wish to annihilate Israel – if not physically, by lies, slander and delegitimisation. US Congress has passed a bill outlawing trade with any European body which condones BDS, Yair Lapid speechifies that BDSers were responsible for 9/11, Sheldon Adelson is sending out his Maccabees, Netanyahu is fulminating. Happily, the ADL says BDS is having no effect at all.
The conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has become one of the biggest, most totemic conflicts of our time. Yet the man who heads the Palestinian side, Mahmoud Abbas, acts more like a small-town mayor says Hussein Ibish. And at 80 years old, he has done nothing to ensure a democratic succession but rather has actively connived in ridding himself of impressive candidates such as Salam Fayyad.
“It is not us women who created the division; it was created by a patriarchal system” said Hanan Ashrawi at the “Women’s Call: One Country, One People, One Flag” conference organised by MIFTAH and a group of civil society organizations. National unity is our priority they said. They are backed by the UN Development Programme but it’s hard to tell what influence they have given the absence of media coverage by local publications.