Jeremy Corbyn has been most strongly attacked for his positions on foreign policy – he is a long-established supporter of Palestinian rights and of talking with one’s enemies. What have been treated as his fringe causes usually, over time, become mainstream and the only answer to violent conflict. Antisemitism accompanies him – fight back !
We don’t know if Tony Blair greeted Hamas officials in Doha as ‘my friends’ – he could have if the spirit moved him – but the political officers of Israel, the PA, the UK and Israel know he has greeted them. Israel does not want another war – too costly in terms of money and reputation. Palestinians fear he will sell their birthright – a unified Palestinian state – by treating Gaza as a separate entity.
The desperate Daily Mail accusation that Jeremy Corbyn, Labour, is antisemitic has prompted a variety of letters. As has Lord Beecham’s assertion that JfJfP is bigoted because it does not campaign on Syria. Here, some ripostes, signed up as from signatories. A few are not so we ask their forgiveness for including them under the logo. Their views are not different from those of signatories.
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.
Where tribal or clan systems are hegemonic, democracy does not thrive. Clans are strong in northern Palestine in particular and President Abbas has had to accomodate them and their loyalties in order to function. The result is rampant corruption which if the PA does not exploit will destroy it. Tariq Dana accounts for this sorry situation.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by UNGA in December 1948. The aim was to establish a universal standard of human rights. International Human Rights Law (IHR) has developed from this. Azeezah Kanji analyses how Israel, by casting Palestinians out from the realm of civilisation, has managed to manipulate the law.
The military in most modern societies is a class apart except for families and those living near barracks. In Israel, with compulsory military service for most, and its first task – controlling Palestinians – being ever more unpopular, steps must be taken to integrate militarism into everyday life. The IDF hope active use of social media is their way to do this.
Many Palestinians have been able to leave the notorious Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria after fighting broke out in 2013 and again with ISIL in April this year. Those without contacts, money, health, passports are still there – with little food and water, but with an outbreak of typhoid.
Most of the words in this Jewish Chronicle headline are lies. It has mashed up whatever it can find to brand a left-winger antisemitic. The signatories to the letter to the paper are not ‘anti-Israel’. They are for Palestinian rights. Challenges to Jeremy Corbyn are the common discourse of the debate – not peculiar to pro-Israel bigots. The Jewish Chronicle’s belief that it is the centre of world antagonism is farcical and tragic.
Youth Against Settlements is a very unsettling group for those who need Palestinians to be violent terrorists. The group has grown from seven to over 50 in a few years and drew a rally of 25,000 to protest against the assault on Gaza – all from a premise of not using violence. That is despite the fact that the Jewish settlers, often violent, are subject to civilian law while the Palestinians, however peaceful, are governed by martial law.
Israel continues to deny the many reports of negotiations with Hamas for a long-term truce (last year’s all-out war, the third in six years may finally have convinced the government of what security services have been saying for years: it is not possible to destroy Hamas militarily). So despite denials talks are taking place with Hamas in Doha, led by Tony Blair, trusted friend of Israel and the PA.
If any proof were needed that Netanyahu has retreated to his bunker then look at his appointment of Danny Danon as UN ambassador. The PM would rather have have Danon in New York expressing his repellent views than challenging him at home.
An anguished Bradley Burston, who immigrated from LA to Israel in 1976, has finally had to recognise that the mesh of laws which the Israeli state has amassed to restrict every possible form of independent Palestinian life can only be called apartheid. Every self-respecting Jew should oppose this injustice.
August 10th-16th has been a quiet week really, as the logic of trends and events already in train continue to play themselves out. The murder, by arson, of 18-month old Ali Dawabshe continues to provoke reflection – bemused and horrified in turn – on what has become of the Zionist project, with Robert Cohen engaged […]
Gideon Levy salutes Israel Medical Association chairman Dr Leonid Eidelman who announcing that the IMA would not lend its hand to torture and its members would not force-feed hunger-strikers, would not enforce the law that the Knesset had passed. He appeared, says Levy “like a beam of light in the darkness”, highlighting the everyday collaboration with the occupation and the settlers, not just Shin Bet and the IDF. The entire society is involved: the engineers, the contractors, the architects and the builders on stolen lands, the bankers, the lawyers and more…
Palestinian commentator Daoud Kuttab on recent developments in Israel/Palestine.
While many Palestinians are giving up on a two-state solution because of Israeli intransigence, so too are many Israelis pushing to annex the West Bank, an idea that is now entering mainstream Israeli politics. It won’t of course be a one-state, secular democratic annexation…
In a piece in New Formations magazine, “Resisting despair: non-violent resistance in Israel Palestine – A homage to Dr Eyad El-Sarraj,”, Lynne Segal reflects on how people in Israel /Palestine find ways of continuing to survive, endure and resist in the face of overwhelming odds.
Revisiting the Magnes Zionist’s 2007 contribution on the forced exile of the Jews after the failure of their revolts against the Romans in 70 and 135CE.
To this day, writes Jeremiah Haber, most lay people, Jews and non-Jews, accept the myth of the exile, whereas no historian, Jew or non-Jew, takes it seriously. Drawing on the work of Prof Yisrael Yuval, Haber looks at “the disconnect between popular and scholarly belief and tr[ies] to examine the origin of the myth several centuries after the event occurred”.
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“Danon is considered of the leading officials of the Likud’s far-right wing. He strongly opposes a two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state, and has expressed support for an Israeli annexation of the West Bank.”
Now what message can Netanyahu be sending? Barak Ravid reports in Ha’aretz.
Henry Siegman, former executive director of the American Jewish Congress (one of the nation’s “big three” Jewish organizations) has become a scourge of Israel in recent years. Here is his interview with Amy Goodman of DEMOCRACY NOW, in which he advocates giving up on Netanyahu and going to the UN to enforce a peaceful solution.