There are many issues in Palestinian society which affect only women, or affect them disproportionately. They are rarely the subject of public discussion. Women journalists in Gaza want change – and not more coverage of women ‘weeping and complaining’.
Sarah Champion MP calls on the UK government to establish a watch list of those involved in the illegal military detention, transfer and treatment of Palestinian children by Israel, and to make a commitment to arrest and prosecute them should they enter the UK.
As the French historian Ernst Renan famously pointed out a nation is made as much by what it forgets as what it chooses to remember. By razing Palestinian villages, the Israeli state has hoped Palestinian memory will be erased. Noga Kadman, in a book reviewed here, proves how wrong they were.
The efforts of Breaking the Silence to bring to public notice the testimonies of soldiers about their actual experience – especially breaking the laws of engagement – have led to a welter of denunciation and their being banned from talking to serving soldiers and schools.
The Jordan branch of the UN’s Human Rights Commission has ended all links with G4S the British-Dutch security firm which has contracts for transporting and guarding Palestinian prisoners in Israel. An earlier complaint by Lawyers for Palestinian Human RIghts, that G4S was denying prisoners their rights, was rejected but the NCP (the government body responsible for contract companies) found that G4S used companies that did abuse human rights.
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..
Were it not for the blind hatred of the Israel’s PM claim that a Palestinian nationalist had incited the Nazis to genocide, we might think the Israelis protesting about settlement labelling were being disingenuous. Surely they have got the point that the long-presaged EC guidelines on labelling are in line with the long-held EU ruling that the settlements are illegal. Yet with the honourable exception of Barak Ravid, most Israeli journalists don’t have a clue how the EU works or what its decision-making bodies are. They don’t grasp that the EC is not picking on Israel alone as a country ‘in conflict’. It is responding to the fact that Israel is its one trading partner to keep another country under occupation. So Israelis carry on convincing themselves that all things European are inherently antisemitic.
We reprint this article not because there is anything particularly new in it, nor because we agree with all its protagonist says. But for a mass circulation Israeli newspaper/website, Yedioth Ahronoth/Ynetnews, to devote over 4 thousand words to a broadly sympathetic portrait of a BDS activist is an extraordinary event.
Perhaps something is stirring in the Israeli conscience?
Come and hear four rabbis, from the Reform, Liberal and Mazorti traditions of Judaiasm, speaking out on social justice in Israel/Palestine.
Chaired by Rev Giles Fraser.
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A week ago, the Guardian published a piece that unquestioningly reproduced demands from so-called leaders of the Jewish community that Jeremy Corbyn clarify claims that originated with a self-confessed Holocaust denier. Corbyn has answered these allegations numerous times but that didn’t stop them being simply regurgitated yet again. Jews for Jeremy sent an immediate response but, sad to say, the Guardian has chosen not to publish it. We reproduce it here.
1,500 people – far more than expected – flocked through Cardiff to Jubilee Park in a protest for the right of Palestinians to play football free from the political restrictions which make meeting impossible and against the position of the Israel Football Association in UEFA despite rules outlawing racism. A Zionist Federation official provides a most disingenuous response.
We understand the desire for some areas to be outside politics. But, like soft porn, football is used in Israel to display, to its own citizens, that it is one of a family of civilised nations. It is the faux form of normality. This con is swallowed by all those who want to carry on as usual – e.g. the Welsh football team. Colonial rule is colonial rule, even if extreme violence is not used.
A Jews for Justice for Palestinians call to the Chief Rabbi to stand up for decency, humanity and Jewish values by acknowledging that the attack on the Dawabsha family is a direct result of the privileged position granted by successive Israeli governments to the settler communities.
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.’
Hats off (they had to keep theirs on) to those who joined the protest called by JfJfP in Sunday’s pouring rain protesting against the planned demolition of Susya village outside the Israeli embassy in London on July 26th, 2015. Photos by Naomi Wayne.
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.
You wouldn’t know it from the coverage in the UK business press, but the National Contact Point for the OECD (a government agency) has judged that G4S has severely restricted freedom of movement through checkpoints and prison services run by its Israeli companies and thus violated humans rights law. The NCP was responding to a complaint from Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights.
The Executive Committee of Britain’s students’ union, the NUS, has backed up earlier conference decisions with its decision to back the BDS movement. Some will interpret this as a boycott of all things Israeli, others as a shunning of all settlement products and investments. Angry responses make the point that the NUS refused to condemn ISIL – which seems like a small-minded and over-defensive gesture by the NUS.
Despite the dramatic events on the eve of FIFA’s Zurich Congress, the agenda will be followed at the Congress and the Palestine Football Association will put their resolution. But this may not have the impact they hoped for given the media’s focus on the arrests of nine FIFA offficials. They are angry, Israel is relieved. Await the conspiracy stories.
As Ben White points out, Israeli government and media do not understand the importance of football in Europe, Africa and South Africa and so missed the growing support for the plight of Palestinian footballers, whose playing is so restricted by Israel bringing its politics into the game, and for their campaign to get FIFA to suspend the Israel Football Association.