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We provide links to articles we think will be of interest to our supporters, informing them of issues, events, debates and the wider context of the conflict. We are sympathetic to much of the content of what we post, but not to everything. The fact that something has been linked to here does not necessarily mean that we endorse the views expressed in it.
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Leon Rosselson, letter to the Guardian, 28 July 2014

“Before the current round of violence, the West Bank had been relatively quiet for years,” writes Jonathan Freedland (Israel’s fears are real, but this war is utterly self-defeating, 26 July). According to B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights centre, 90 West Bank Palestinians were killed, 16 of them children, by the IDF or by settlers between January 2009 and May 2014. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there have been 2,100 settler attacks since 2006, involving beatings, shootings, vandalising schools, homes, mosques, churches and destroying olive groves. According to Amnesty International, between January 2011 and December 2013, Israeli violence resulted in injuries to 1,500 Palestinian children. “Relatively quiet” for whom?
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New Jews-only towns planned to outnumber Arabs in Galilee

The Arabs of the Galilee, all Israeli citizens, have lived there a long time. But, like the Bedouin Israeli citizens, this is unacceptable to the World Zionist Organization – an arm of the Israeli state. They don’t want to build more homes for Jews in the existing towns – which would mean desegregation – so new towns must be built to install a Jewish majority. Equality for all citizens is not one of WZO’s principles.

Against all forms of communal hatred

75 years ago Jews were the primary target of those who hated immigrants and ‘aliens’. That was dramatically demonstrated in Germany/Austria in ‘kristallnacht’. Today in much of the world, gypsies and Roma, Muslims, Pakistanis and gays, Africans and asylum seekers are the likely targets. It is time for Jews to stand with these vulnerable groups and speak out against the ‘toxic sentiments’ behind the attacks.

What most surprised me about Israel? How common and accepted the racism is.

Like many investigative journalists, Boston-born Max Blumenthal thought that if he put the facts out there, the public would respond. Not in America, not about Israel. So he tried again with his book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel aimed specifically at an American audience that doesn’t want to know. Even though Christian Zionism is ‘Israel’s safety belt’. Here, he is interviewed on the book for Democracy Now.

Law allowing 3-year imprisonment for ‘infiltrators’ outlawed

Israel’s High Court has ruled that a legal amendment to the Anti-Infiltration law, which has allowed detention without trial for up to 3 years, is unconstitutional, conflicting with Israel’s Basic Law upholding people’s dignity. One judge predicted this would not go down well in Tel Aviv and there have already been angry denunciation of the judges.

Arab-haters compete to be Israel’s Chief Rabbi

Most Israeli Jews have paid no heed to the chief rabbis (Ashkenazi and Sephardi) though the rabbinate controls marriage, divorce and conversion for all Israeli Jews. But this year, with two vocally racist candidates (Sephardi) and the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi under house arrest on corruption and money-laundering charges, a petition against one of them has been signed by 30 leading artists and writers; others are dismayed that this state-sponsored institution is bringing Judaism into disrepute.

How France bends to Israel’s racist demands

Ahead of President Shimon Peres’s visit to France to discuss the Middle East peace process instructions were issued that there be “no blacks or Arabs” among the baggage-handling staff, because “no Muslim employees should greet the Israeli head of state”. It follows on the heels of Air France being fined for taking a student nurse off a plane to Ben Gurion on the grounds that she was “not Jewish”…

Racism becomes normal among young Israelis

Something stinks in the state of Israel says Israeli citizen Ilene Prusher. That something is racism, both the assaults on non-Jews by Jews and the wider refusal to give such racism its proper name. The irony of Israel, whose existence as an ethnic state has been justified as a defence against racism, should have spawned new generations of young racist gangs is lost on no-one – except for those who refuse to know that it’s there, and active, and violent.

Toxic mix of Chechnyan despotism and Israeli racism

‘Beitar is a symbol for the whole country’ says one fan of the football club – which is bad news for those appalled at the naked racism of the fans against the ‘Arabs’ (i.e. Muslim players) dropped into Beitar after arcane deals between Russian-Chechnyan despot Ramzan Kadyrov, and Arkady Gaydamak, Russian Israeli businessman and President of Beitar.

Besotted with violence and dope: Israel’s soldiers

Using soldiers’ own Tweets and Instagram photographic pages, Ali Abuminah collects disturbing evidence of IDF soldiers exalting in violence, in killing Arabs, in taking aim at children, in getting out of their heads on marijuana. These are the men who enforce the occupation. The soldiers have deleted these pages. So far there has been no report that they have been reprimanded let alone excluded as unsuitable for Israel’s army.

Outcry at fanatical Islamophobia of football fans

The football club Beitar Jerusalem is notorious for the racism of its fans and the fact that it has never signed an Arab player. However, it has signed two Muslim players from Chechnya. Fans screamed abuse at them at their first training session. The offices of the club have been set alight in an arson attack. The core racist group, La Familia, perceives itself as defending the character of Israel as a Jewish nation.

Making a 2nd-hand car into an anti-Muslim weapon of hate

Here is new form of hate crime against Muslims in Israel which shouldn’t be too difficult to solve. Israeli police confess ignorance. As in most cities, drivers wanting to sell their cars leave a note in the car window on with their phone number. The number on several such cars connects the would-be buyer to a profane, anti-Islam message recorded by a man speaking Arabic with a Hebrew accent.

Bending the laws to keep Arabs out of Jerusalem

The official – if barely legal – policy of the mayor of Jerusalem is simple and brutal: keep the ratio of Jews to Arabs at 70 to 30. Ben White describes the measures taken to ensure this result. An extract from Israel’s founding declaration, on equality for all, is included at the end.

Israeli embassy’s racist message for Christmas

It’s one thing to deplore vacuous messages about peace – see post below this one – quite another to offer an utterly racist message about murderous Palestinians as the staff at Israel’s Dublin embassy chose to do. It reveals not just how they think – but also their unthinking belief that others share their viewpoint.

Avigdor ‘the Suspect’ resigns

Although he has been facing indictment on serious charges for some time, Avigdor Lieberman was still juggling with his pre-election team until the last minute – which was on Friday. With a reputation as a bully and a racist the foreign minister had a few admirers outside Israel but inside he stood for the most anti-Palestinian voters in the country,

Order to confiscate land of Israeli citizens (they are Bedouin)

One lot of Israeli citizens is to be expelled from its village in the Negev to make way for another lot of Israeli citizens. The first is made up of Bedouin who cannot get building permits and whose village is to be demollshed. It will be replaced by a new-build settlement for Jews. Adalah’s appeal against the decision by the National Council of Planning and Building was rejected. Reports from Ynet and Adalah.

Israeli teacher: Lynching comes from an entire culture of being the chosen people who are allowed to do whatever we like

Although, as Jesse Benjamin points out, foreign media have had little to say about the Jerusalem lynching (it doesn’t fit the stereotype, good Israel bad settlers) Israelis have responded with horror, anger and a recognition that the dominant political culture has poisoned youth values. The idea that all Arab (alien) men want to have Jews’ (owners) women is a familiar feature of racist and misogynist societies in which the ethnically dominant men should be lords of all. 6 items.

‘It seems that Israel is determined to become a fascist state’

London student Jakril Hoque is shocked when he is interrogated, imprisoned and deported from Ben Gurion airport. Why? He is the wrong colour. He is most shocked when his interrogator tells him happily that Israel alone is alllowed to practise racial discrimination because it is ‘special’. From justifying paranoia and racism to implementing fascism is not, it seems, beyond possibility.

Forced expulsions of Africans from ‘white man’s country’

Israel’s Ministry of the Interior, which controls visits to the oPt and Israeli citizenship, has embarked on the mass round-up and expulsion of Africans (‘infiltrators’) from Israel. According to Eli Yishai, Interior Minister, Israel is ‘for the white man’. As we have remarked before, such racism seems to draw little opprobrium in Israel, despite Arab citizens and neighbours

Israel’s warped mirror: the racist thug who sees himself as a vulnerable victim

Both Jews and non-Jews are often taken aback at how the powerful, racist and military-loving people who are dominant in Israeli politics see themselves as frail victims of – just about everyone else. A cartoon by Mysh found by Richard Silverstein expresses this paradox perfectly, leading him to meditate on the sort of psychosis which can create such a warped and deluded self-image.

Israeli mayors to be fined if employ immigrants, er, infiltrators

Arutz Sheva, a right-wing (‘religious zionist’) media outlet popular amongst settlers, about one sixth of whom are the non-infiltrating sort of immigrant, viz American, reports on the latest anti-immigrant outburst; CNN’s Frida Ghitis is taken aback by Israeli racism.