‘Netanyahu evidently expects Israelis, and the world, to believe that if websites were posting cat videos, the Palestinians would cease their agitation and submit quietly to occupation’ writes Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Israeli foreign minister. Perhaps the PM believes in ‘incitement’ because he is such an assiduous practitioner himself.
Uri Avnery begins his latest column in unusually comic mode – a dilemma over cats – before dealing with with extremely serious issues – the creation of a national security court and Netanyahu’s promise that ‘Yes, we shall live by the sword forever. There will never be peace.’
The government of South Africa has joined those of Spain and Turkey in issuing arrest warrants against military commanders and, in the latter two, politicians deemed responsible for the deaths of ten Turkish activists on the Mavi Marmara, lead ship in the flotilla to Gaza, on May 31, 2010.
Yet again, PM Netanyahu is strongly criticised by insisting the world thinks about Israel’s security as media, politicians and people focus on the Paris atrocities in which so far 129 people have died. He also likens the innocent victims of the Paris atrocities to Israel. Bad taste, poor judgment, egocentricity… Ma’an and Mondoweiss report.
This week, November 9-15, 2015 there are several events and publications which bear directly on JfJfP. The first (not in order of importance) is Jonathan Freedland’s thoughts on what the Jewish diaspora might do to bring about peace (premised on his well-known belief that groups like JfJfP do more harm than good, though he does […]
Irving Weinman, a long-term signatory of JfJfP and a member of Brighton and Hove PSC has died suddenly of a heart attack, at home inBrighton, aged 78. Irving moved from the US to Britain where he met and married Judith Kazantzis, poet, worker for the Kalayaan charity for the rights of immigrant domestic workers and a daughter of Lord and Lady Longford. Irving continued his political activism into old age. We salute and mourn him. Tony Greenstein and Naomi Foyle remember him.
In a week when many have re-engaged with the question of MidEast peace Jonathan Freedland asks if the Jewish ‘diaspora’ can, as the Irish diaspora did, play a positive role in ending the Palestine/Israel conflict. He thinks the answer is ‘yes’ if the pro-peace pro-Israel (pro-Palestine?) voices become dominant. Will the Israeli government be as welcoming of outside intervention as the UK was on Ireland?
Israel’s 2011 law against all who call for boycott against Israel, its institutions or ‘an area under its control’ is likely to be brought into force now that the EC has published its guidelines on importing settlement goods. This will mean the security services compiling a list of all those persons who have been associated with a call for the boycott of anything from Israel or the oPt.
The International Business Times talks to several Palestinian workers who have been summarily sacked from their jobs with Israeli firms. It seems less a collective punishment – settlements couldn’t survive without Palestinian workers – than an issue of Israelis being immobilised by suspicion.
It used to be said of Jews that they were PEP – Progressive Except on Palestine. The recent poll by Ipsos Mori on British Jews and Israel shows a significant shift; they are very disturbed about Israel’s policies towards Palestinians, especially the building of settlements in the oPt. They see this as an incongruity in a country for which they otherwise feel pride and loyalty.
On Thursday November 12th a group of IDF commandos, in disguise, entered Hebron’s al-Ahli hospital. They kidnapped Azzam Shalaldeh who been shot by a settler – and shot dead his cousin Abdullah Shalaldeh who was visiting. Neither unarmed man could possibly have been imagined to be dangerous. Oxfam has led the condemnations of this extra-judicial murder.
Tony Blair, former British PM, is launching his own personal initiative to bring about MidEast peace. No details of how he will bring this off have been released. He says that acting in his personal capacity will make it possible for him to win the trust of both Israelis and Palestinians.
Haaretz takes a significant initiative – for those who want to know – in turning peace initiatives into something substantial, mind-changing. It is holding a conference this week and publishing a wide range of articles, the first batch posted here.
This is the second batch of articles from Haaretz that are related to their peace conference this week. Several of them focus on the continued need, and possibility, of the 2-state solution, not least because the two peoples are not going anywhere else and Israel’s continued, costly subjection of Palestinians is corrupting its own ideals of a sovereign Jewish democracy.
This posting gathers some of the Israeli responses to the EC guidelines on labelling. These range from a petition of welcome signed by some of Israel’s most celebrated artists, intellectuals and politicians, the refusal to grasp what the decision says and means and the refusal to acknowledge the power that Israel exercises.
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.
An unnamed official from an unnamed government department in an unnamed location has decided trauma experts from Gaza – and who knows more about trauma than they? – may not have visas to attend an international conference on trauma at Kingston University, Surrey. Report from Independent. JfJfP have protested against the ban.
In a long phone interview with Barak Ravid, Ben Rhodes, Pres. Obama’s chief aide and adviser on the MidEast, recounts the points at which an agreement to talk might have been reached. Despite intense US efforts, and insistence that Israel’s security would be enhanced by an agreement, neither leader could shift off his sticking point. A valuable insight.
The assertion by Israel’s Prime Minister that a Palestinian nationalist persuaded Hitler to pursue a path of genocide was so widely recognised as absurd, that he had been derailed by his irrational hatred of Palestinians, that many doubt his mental grasp of reality. Uri Avnery is among them.
We post this well-researched essay by Ian Lustick on Israeli migration, especially emigration, because of the questions begged by the article above from the Jewish Virtual Library. The essential story of Israel is its god-given role as a destination for all Jews. Recently, the only large-scale immigration has been from Russia – many of them not Jewish or not recognised as Jewish. And many professionals want to make ‘yerida’, to leave Israel. What will this make of Israel, what will Israel make of this?