Having created its role as the US’s first partner in the Middle East and the leading warrior against fanatical Islamic terrorism (i.e. Hamas) Bibi can’t hide his distress at not being allowed to take part in the gang. Obama’s reasoning is that the coalition would break down if it did. The US now has more useful friends in the region. So what did all the ‘strategic edge’ money buy for the US?
The UN Human Right Commission, Yesh Din, B’Tselem, Amnesty, Human rights Watch are some of the organisations pressing for a proper investigation into the IDF’s lethal assault on Gaza, and judging them against Israel’s own laws as well as international laws. Jonathan Cook adds a new point: the effectiveness of Iron Dome makes indiscriminate attacks on Gaza indefensible.
The 43 members of elite Unit 8200 who have refused to continue intrusive and malicious spying on Palestinians are telling the truth writes Ynet’s Nahum Barnea. Their information ‘contributes to the occupation’s maliciousness, arbitrariness and foolishness, or provides a decent cover to the government’s false policy.’
However many pictures you have seen, however many stories you have read of Israel’s war on Gaza, this speech from Dr. Mustafa Barghouti on how thorough and unsparing the attack was is still chilling. Every number you read is made up of individual persons, homes, places of worship, sanitation facilities… He urges resistance.
To define as a ‘strategy’ Netanyahu’s long-standing approach of embanking divisions between Palestinians and stalling at every possible hurdle that must be jumped to get serious negotiations going is a calumny against that serious notion. Under more threat from his own right wing than he is from all Palestinians has pulled a jewel out of his-near empty bag of gains from his Gaza war – a big chunk of Palestinians’ land . With the infrastructure it will bring (water, electricity, roads for settlers) it shows he has no strategy, merely grabbing things here and there to keep the right quiet. Quiet for quiet as he famously explained the war on Gaza.
It has become apparent that much of the Israeli public is more jingoistic and in favour of military destruction than is their government – or army. They think the IDF should have ‘finished the job’ and blame a very unpopular Netanyahu for the ceasefire. But it is army sources who are talking of easing the blockade and diplomacy as the only means of securing ‘quiet’. Jonathan Cook surveys the moods.
“Confronting today’s Israel and demanding it change is not a rejection of Judaism but the most profound manifestation of it” writes Steve Koppman in a heartfelt plea for Jewish organisations and people to remember and reconnect with the Judaic values they have been flouting.
This is the first of three very disturbing, if not surprising, depictions of the now-dominant Israeli youth culture of hatred of the left and hatred of Arabs. The view that neither the left nor Palestinians have any place in Israeli society has all the signs of a young fascist movement and one which the education system has no power to combat.
Prof. Zeev Sternhell, an authority of the rise of fascism in France, defines fascism as a rejection of, an assault on, enlightenment values. In the regime’s treatment of the Palestinians and of Jewish dissidents, in the submission of intellectuals to government orders and the blind following of the masses, Prof. Sternhell sees signs of fascism, and certainly the end of Zionism as he understood it.
As a means of denying Palestinian statehood and the Oslo Accords , the strategy of keeping Gaza as a locked-in enclave, separate from the West Bank has had partial success. Longer-term it is unsustainable as the proportion of unemployed, angry young men increases. The economic warnings are being ignored by Israel’s security chiefs; their interests would be best served by the very thing they are trying to destroy – a unity government whose writ runs throughout Palestine.
France has the largest proportions of Jews and of Muslims in Europe. There is a sharp social division between them, with most of the Jews now relatively well-off and most of the Muslims, from N. Africa, living impoverished lives in abandoned suburbs.Israel’s Gaza war has heightened tensions, enforcing absolute pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian positions. Reports from Christian Science Monitor and FT.
As JfJfP’s social media strategist Aaron Dover has said before on this website, traffic to the site and to our new Facebook page has increased enormously during the attack on Gaza. The number of JfJFP signatories has jumped by107 to 1874 in the 6 weeks since the beginning of July. Haaretz looks at the phenomenon – which also sees an increase of interest in the Zionist Federation which has redefined itself as ‘centrist’ rather than right-wing.
Whether there will be IDF shelling and Hamas rockets by the time you read this one thing is certain: the children of Gaza, who make up such a large proportion of the population and of those killed and maimed – will still be in a traumatised state. Even the charity War Child, which has long been running a programme of counselling for shell-shocked children in Gaza, has had to suspend its programme. Most of the young children have only known Israel as an invisible enemy which inexplicably rains bombs on them and kills and wounds their friends and families. What sort of future will they make?
Jerry Haber doesn’t ‘like’ Hamas. Nor do most people outside Gaza – who properly elected them. That doesn’t mean Hamas doesn’t have the right to resist the occupation, a right which those who promote liberal values should defend not abandon in tough times.
The massive edifice of the Israeli military, blind enthusiasm for smashing Gaza and propaganda about evil Hamas rests on a very febrile base thinks Uri Avnery. The reality is that Hamas are not jihadists for sharia law and the IDF in Gaza was a cumbersome machine stuck in a rut. The super-patriotism, with its fascist current, might yet devour Netanyahu.
The path to deadly wars in the interest of some nation or other is strewn with accidents and ‘what ifs?’ The first world war with its millions of dead could have been avoided. In which case, muses Robert Cohen, so would the the rise of Nazism, the holocaust, the creation of Israel as a militaristic nation state. The least British Jewish leaders can now do is NOT abandon their principles in the name of defending Zionism.
Serious proposals from Jimmy Carter, former US President, and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN Commissioner for Human Rights. As they say, ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor; the international community’s initial goal should be the full restoration of the free movement of people and goods to and from Gaza through Israel, Egypt, and the sea – and more…
Progressive Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine and chair of the interfaith and secular-humanist Network of Spiritual Progressives, has championed the cause of Israel all his life.
He now writes: ” My heart is broken as I witness the suffering of the Palestinian people and the seeming indifference of Israelis.”
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