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Demand for united Arab list for election

Popular pressure for all Israeli political parties that have Arab members to form an electoral bloc has produced several exploratory meetings. More urgent reasons for a common list are the new, higher electoral threshold and the proposed new Basic Law.

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Ending the Zionist interlude in US Judaism

Or rather, the particular form of Zionism that faithfully followed US foreign policy from the 1960s was an aberration for progressive Jews in the US argue two writers from JVP; now the young generation can’t accept that their politics makes an exception of Israel.

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Recover the tradition of Jews as bearers of the Enlightenment

For Jews in Europe and the USA, Israel no longer stands as either the sacred and redemptive destination or the only safe homeland. Outside Israel, argues Alan Wolfe, Jews can better continue their tradition as bearers of universal values and enlightened religion.

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Evangelical Christians care more about Israel’s Jewishness than democracy

Most Americans care less about the Israel/Palestine conflict than lobbyists suggest – and most care more about human rights and democracy. This reality gives the White House far greater room for manoeuvre than is often suggested (or Congress fears).

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UN can ask about its schools in Gaza – but not about human rights

A UN team has arrived in Gaza to investigate the IDF shelling of its four schools in Gaza. The Israeli government has agreed to co-operate with them. A team from the UN Human Rights Council has also arrived to investigate war crimes by Hamas and the IDF. Israel has refused to co-operate with them.

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Likud leads but Bibi loses out to Kahlon

The glue holding Netanyahu’s coalition together – his wheeler-dealer skills, strong line on ‘security’ and the limited appeal of all the small parties- has come unstuck. The last factor still puts Likud in the lead, but his personal reputation as the right leader for Israel is collapsing.

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Antisemitism and criticism of Israel not the same thing

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In a submission last month to the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, JfJfP’s executive committee carefully distinguishes between antisemitism – which has deep roots in Europe and is rising – and criticism of Israeli policies. which is necessary and commonplace in Israel itself.

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Irish MPs likely to be next to vote for recognition of Palestine

The readiness of the people’s representatives to call for their governments to recognise Palestine is gathering steam; this week Ireland. It is supported by TD Gerry Adams, who this week has been banned by the Israeli government from entering Gaza.

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This week’s postings

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The principle issues in this week’s postings

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Netanyahu is Israel’s worst enemy

Another comment this week on the disaster that is Netanyahu’s government; by continuing to clobber the Palestinians, ignore all law, all criticism, by pushing the basic law bill he has lost all popular support from all but the fanatical right. Alon Ben-Meir’s indictment.

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Children of Palestine – spread the news

JfJfP and Action for Palestinian Children have jointly produced a 4-page tabloid newspaper. It is free and it is hoped that as many people as possible will order copies and distribute them on December 10th, UN Human Rights Day.

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Obama considers taking action against settlements

Things are looking difficult for Israel’s current expansionist policy when even its most loyal backer considers action rather than warning words reports Barak Ravid. Israel’s isolation is becoming complete as European parliaments and the White House say they have had enough of Israeli obduracy and contempt for peace, Haaretz editorial.

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For an anti-racist, anti-war coalition

Uri Avnery asks us not to despair at the thought that the next election will bring a further shift to the right in Israel. The government is now pushing such right-wing legislation through the Knesset that it’s increasing the chances of creating a centre-left coalition. If not, it’s ‘A racist Israel of inequality, engaged in an endless war and increasingly subject to the rule of fundamentalist rabbis.’

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Condemning something does not change anything.

Should the British government go beyond formal condemnation of the Israeli occupation to an active policy of trade restrictions, especially on arms? in response to an e-petition – which gathered enough signatures to force a debate -the House of Commons held its second debate in 2 months about the situation in Palestine. It was notable how well-informed many MPs were, and how feeble were the defences of Israeli policies. All the defenders could do was cite the awfulness of Hamas – an easy target, especially if you forget that humanitarian law applies to both sides.

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Resistance is an indestructible idea

Ramzy Baroud, pondering on Palestinian resistance, is very taken with the American Hunger Games, a series of novels and films. They tell the age-old, cross-cultural story in which heroic people fight back against a cruel and powerful dictator for whom the people must be either dead or slaves.

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Frozen in hopelessness and despair

Two old friends, Arab-Israeli Sayed Kashua and Jewish-Israeli Etgar Keret write to each other about their feelings about living in Israel, and being an ex-pat – Sayed has moved to the US. Both are horrified by the violence in Israel. Could a 3-state solution be the answer – the State of Israel, the State of Palestine, and the Republic of Force-Is-the-Only-Language-They-Understand?

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To vote or not to vote? Arab Israelis debate the question

Citizen anger and disillusionment with elections is now common-place. Anger at government’s failure to deliver change, realism about the limited powers of a nation-state, hopelessness about politics? Shlomi Eldar on the debate amongst Israeli Arabs.

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Dispute over gas supply ‘nothing to do with environment’

At least, not if the gas in question is in the eastern Mediterranean and rights to it are claimed by both Gaza and Israel. Nafeez Ahmed recounts how he was sacked from his post as an environment blogger when he wanted to write about it.

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Supporting Israel is Germany’s purpose as a state

Max Blumenthal describes how a mix of pro-Israel organising and the German Left’s terror of criticizing Israel meant he and David Sheen were publicly branded as antisemites. In fact, Germany has not learned the lessons of the holocaust, merely bought cheap absolution through discounted weapons sales to Israel.

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Bibi blames plots, putsches and the people

As Bertholt Brecht famously wrote, if the government loses confidence in the people, wouldn’t it be simpler to dissolve the people and choose another? No sympathy is shown in Israel to Netanyahu’s complaints about the parties and people being ungovernable. Most fear that those dissatisfied with Likud will turn to the right.

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