Democracy does not survive in times of war, either in Palestine or in Israel beyond the pale of its loyal citizens. No-one expects a democratic process to elect a Palestinian leadership after Abbas retires or dies (how will they tell? qv Coolidge). But to avoid anarchy or violence a succession needs to be set up. Here are some candidates and scenarios.
On Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day (May 6th) the IDF’s deputy chief of staff, Yair Golan, did something extraordinary. He made a speech likening Israel’s current policies – and population – to the drivers and drifters of 1930s Europe’s descent into barbarism. Of course he has been cursed and condemned. But his speech,with his status, has brought heart to many.
It has been an unwritten rule, observed on this website, that lightly-made comparisons with the Holocaust are wrong. Uri Avnery, who was there while it was in the making, observed the same rule until now, when Maj. Gen Golan, broke it by making comparison to the making of a catastrophe. Cheers from Avnery.
The latest report from the NGO Adalah calculates that less than 3% of Israel’s housing budget goes to towns principally occupied by Palestinians, leaving them in chronically crowded and poor housing.
In some of the more startling words of Mark Regev, formerly the voice of PM Netanyahu, the new ambassador to the UK confused the profound difference between Jews and Israeli citizens. He appears quite unaware of his mistake, Ben White reports.
The link between Israel’s policies on Palestine and its economic performance used to be Labour’s prime message. Now Herzog is flirting with the right it is left to Meretz to draw the obvious conclusion.
The latest report from NGO Gisha documents what happens to relationships and activities by the Israeli state’s policy of dividing up Palestine into ever smaller bits, pinning people down behind walls, barriers, checkpoints, high metal barricades.
There is no monolithic view of what British Jews regard as antisemitism. IJV will send its view to Labour’s inquiry, headed by lawyer Shami Chakrabarti. The more views that can be contributed the better. Plus Labour List on the inquiry.
The Palestinian Museum has just opened near Birzeit university. It is still largely devoid of exhibits – so much has been lost, destroyed or looted by Israeli soldiers and officials. Yet in itself it declares that Palestine has a history and culture worth conserving, an inspiration to the fragmented communities of Palestine. Former director Jack Persekian hopes it will confront ‘taboos and sanctioned narratives’.
The state of alarm felt by Labour about accusations of antisemitism is evident in the two enquiries they have set up at the same time. First is the one by Lady Royall which finds that some Jewish students feel unnerved and that there is no antisemitism at Oxford. What a failure to explore the gap between facts and feelings.
‘Zionist’ is short-hand for many things. Different groups use the same word, with different meanings and moral positions. This much in Prof. Herman’s article is uncontentious. Ironically, the same could be said of her use of the term ‘the Left’ and ‘left-wing’ scholars’.
Through history, the creation of states and the redrawing of their borders has been a bloody affair. There were no Rights. Mike Cushman, JfJfP signatory, argues that Israel’s attempts to settle and increase their territory are anochronisms. Jonathan Freedland, arguing for ‘Israel’s ‘right to exist’ ignores the military power, US protection and a wall of accusations of antisemitism which protect the 1948 state.
Jeff Halper’s book ‘War Against the People’ has instilled those who have read it with admiration, fear and new ideas. Israeli defence firms dominate the ‘niche’ market for weapons and systems of people-control without causing too many deaths to find happy buyers.
This goes out on Nakba day, May 15th 2016, which Palestinians have been marking in different ways over the last few days. The day has grown in significance as Palestinians have become more confident in the rightness of their demand for a safe state of their own: Nakba Day, cue for focus on future plans […]
If Israel’s Independence Day is a moment of mourning for Palestinians, May 15, Naqba Day has become a thorn in the side of the Israeli government and a prompt to serious planning for a future Palestinian state.
Here are 10,000 words (there is a short summary) on a subject which certainly demands serious analysis. The words are the 1st chapter in a new pamphlet on The Israel lobby and the EU. Significant American and Israeli money has gone into creating a trans-Europe anti-Muslim network, called European Friends of Israel. It’s set itself up, without registering, in the EU parliament. Does your MEP know or care?
Since the 2009 Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s violent treatment of Palestinians has been a major left-wing cause. But that left wing must act to help Palestinians. If instead that morphs into attacks on ‘Zionism’ then, says Robert Cohen, the left is on unstable ground. (We apologise for the belated posting of this clear and succinct article.)
Ramzy Baroud, syndicated Palestinian journalist, founder of Palestine Chronicle and vocal critic of Jew-hatred chooses the row over Corbyn and antisemitism as the subject of his latest column. He looks at the uses and abuses of antisemitism and, in particular how the secular idea of Zionism was kidnapped and incorporated into Jewish religiosity.
To win an election D Trump has learned you have to find a great love for Israel and a great hatred of Muslims (it wasn’t hiding). This goes down especially well with white people in the southern states. Can Israel risk cultivating this new friend – even though his pro-Israel anti-Muslim stand has carried him into the establishment?
Any nation would be deeply ashamed to find that gangs of armed men can beat and bully 10 year old children with impunity. Except, it seems, in Israel. The report from Human Rights Watch on the increase in child arrests; videos which capture two of the incidents are sickening. Small boys aren’t killing people. Soldiers are.