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Belgian Campaign for the Academic
Boycott of Israel

Academic Newsletter No 34 (April 2018)

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"I hear most frustrating discussions by solidarity activists that are constantly centered around defending themselves against accusations of antisemitism. They cite Israeli writers to prove their point. They reference Haaretz not the Electronic Intifada or the Palestine Chronicle. They know everything that can be known about the history of the Zionist movement; little about Palestine. They go out of their way to prove their good intentions and demonstrate their innocence" (Ramzy Baroud).

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"It is hard to predict the future consequences of Israel's policy towards Palestinian school children in the territory it occupies, but easy to understand the goal. The Israeli army is forcing Palestinians to make a cruel choice between their land and their children's futures" (Orly Noy).

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Contents:

Actions -- Ahed Tamimi -- Analysis -- Boycott -- Children -- Current Affairs -- Israel -- Palestine -- Events -- Publications -- Resources & Reports -- Videos

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Actions, Calls, News:

B'Tselem petition: "Say no to forcible transfer today!"

Join the movement: We're not talking about something hypothetical. It's something that's happening right now, every day: Israel is trying to displace thousands of Palestinians who live in about 200 farming-shepherding communities throughout Area C of the West Bank. They face imminent expulsion and are subject to abuse, violence and dispossession.  VIDEO.


AI: Israel/OPT: "Palestinian activist Munther Amira must be released immediately and unconditionally!" (March 12):

The Israeli authorities must immediately release Palestinian prisoner of conscience Munther Amira, whose arrest, continued detention and sentencing to six months in prison and five years' probation for peacefully participating in protests is a blatant and appalling attempt to intimidate those who peacefully protest against Israel's occupation, Amnesty International said today.


"BASW calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Munther Amira" (BASW News, March 15):

The British Association of Social Workers joins with Amnesty International in calling on the Israeli authorities to release Munther Amira, who has been sentenced to six months in prison after being arrested for peacefully protesting the detention of Ahed Tamimi and her mother, Nariman.


"Imprisoned Palestinian student leader Omar Kiswani on hunger strike for freedom" (Samidoun, March 25):

Imprisoned Palestinian student leader Omar Kiswani is on hunger strike in Israeli prison in protest against his ongoing detention without charge and interrogation. Kiswani is the president of the Student Council at Bir Zeit University and was seized on 7 March when undercover Israeli occupation forces invaded the university campus, pretending to be journalists.


"What is Palestinian-Israeli Co-resistance?" (Alternative Information Center via IMEMC, March 24):

photo: Palestinian and Israeli activists march in Hebron to mark the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre and oppose the occupation, March 2017. Palestinian-Israeli co-resistance as a concept, position and practice is not a matter of choice. Rather, it is a political, social and cultural necessity imposed by the reality of the long-enduring Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


"UN Human Rights Council Adopts 4 Pro-Palestinian Resolutions" (IMEMC News, March 24):

The UNHRC has adopted, in its 37 th session, concluded in Geneva on Friday, 4 resolutions for Palestine. The majority of the member countries voted in favor of the following four resolutions:

  1. Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, incl. E-Jerusalem, are illegal.
  2. The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.
  3. The situation of human rights in the OPT, incl. E-Jerusalem.
  4. Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the OPT, incl. E-Jerusalem.

"UN human rights expert finds Israel "in profound breach" of Palestinians' right to health" (MAP News - Medical Aid for Palestinians, March 23):

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territory, Prof Michael Lynk, has found Israel to be "in profound breach of the right to health with respect to the OPT" in his latest report.


Association belgo-palestinienne, communiqué du 22 mars 2018: "Les Palestiniens méritent mieux qu'un jeu politique":

Le 14 mars dernier, le Parlement wallon a rejeté en séance plénière le vote d'un accord de coopération entre la Région wallonne et l'Autorité palestinienne...


"Khalida Jarrar's statement from prison marks International Women's Day" (Samidoun, March 11):

"Salute to all Palestinian women and women of the world. On this International Women's Day, I affirm the importance of solidarity among women in their national and social struggles against colonization, discrimination, and social & economic exploitation."


"Return Right for Palestinian Refugees!" (The Palestinian Information Center, via Facebook):

From 30th of March till 15th of May, there will be 6 weeks of protests for Palestinian refugees' returning right to their occupied lands. Protests will be in border of Gaza-Israel. Will the occupier Israelis attack these Palestinian protesters, too?


"Dear Amir," (Ahmed Alnaouq, We Are Not Numbers, March 15):

I am the Gaza correspondent for a blog called "Canada Talks Israel Palestine." In response to my introduction, an Israeli man named Amir wrote a message which sparked an intense exchange. My reply to Amir might be helpful if you encounter similar arguments in defense of Israeli policies and behavior.


"Lettre ouverte à la Commission européenne : arrêtez de financer l'occupation israëlienne" (NL de l'AURDIP, 10 mars):

En tant qu'universitaires, nous sommes très préoccupés par le fait que, parmi tous les objectifs énumérés dans la suite, il n'y en a pas un seul qui se propose de faire progresser la démocratie, les droits de l'homme et la liberté d'expression dans l'UE et à l'international.


"South Africa's Sports Minister to attend Palestine human rights soccer tournament" (Israeli Apartheid Week, March 17):

SA's new Minister of Sport & Recreation, Ms Thokozile Xasa, will be attending the #IsraeliApartheidWeek "Score for Freedom" soccer tournament, Sunday 18 March, in Pretoria.


Petition: "Tell Adidas: No Fair Play on Stolen Land!" (PACBI, March 12):

Join us in calling on Adidas to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association, which includes teams based in illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land.


"EU Money for military research?" (Researchersforpeace.eu):

The EU has set up a military research programme for the first time this year, with the objective of helping to preserve the competitiveness of the arms industry. The so-called Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) allocates a total sum of 90 million euros to military research projects over a three-year period up to 2020. We invite all scientists, academics and researchers to sign this pledge and to call on the EU to stop funding military research programmes.


Ahed Tamimi:

Addameer: "Ahed's Case and Israel's International Obligations" (March 25):

Last Wednesday, 21 March, Ahed, Nariman, and Noor Tamimi were all sentenced under a plea agreement with the Military prosecutor. Ahed will serve 8 months in jail, receive a 3-year suspended sentence, and pay 5,000 shekels ($1,400 USD). Nariman will serve 8 months, pay 6,000 shekels ($1,700 USD), and also receive a 3-year suspended sentence.


Amnesty International: "Israel/OPT: Palestinian child activist Ahed Tamimi sentenced to 8 months in prison" (March 21):

The continued imprisonment of Palestinian child activist Ahed Tamimi is a flagrant attempt to intimidate those who dare challenge the circumstances of the ongoing occupation, AI said today.“By sentencing Ahed to 8 months in prison the Israeli authorities have confirmed yet again that they have no regard for the rights of Palestinian children, and have no intention to reverse their discriminatory policies".


B'Tselem: "Ahed Tamimi's forced plea bargain clearly illustrates role of military juvenile court: Protecting the occupation, not Palestinian minors" (21 March):

The conviction rate in Israel's military courts in the West Bank is almost 100% - not because the military prosecution is so efficient, but because Palestinian defendants reluctantly sign plea bargains in which they plead guilty. A new report published yesterday by B’Tselem shows how the measures that Israel has showcased over the last decade as examples of its improved treatment of Palestinian minors in military courts have little to do with the protection of minors and everything to do with public relations. In fact, the function of the military juvenile court boils down to signing off on plea bargains.


"In Israeli military courts, Palestinian minors always lose" (Yael Marom, +972, March 21):

In Israeli civilian courts, detention is always a last resort for a minor. But when it comes to Palestinian minors in Israeli military courts, prison is almost guaranteed.


"Verzetsheldin of propaganda-instrument? Palestijns tienermeisje veroordeeld tot acht maanden cel" (Sara Van Poucke, vrt.NWS, 22 maart):

"Het Israëlische militaire rechtsysteem wordt gekenmerkt door langdurige voorlopige hechtenis, misbruik van kinderen en schijnprocessen", zegt Sarah Leah Whitson van mensenrechtenorganisatie Human Rights Watch.


Bernadette McAliskey: "Why Israel has no right to jail Ahed Tamimi" (EI, 23 March):

...The centuries-old victimization, persecution and finally attempted annihilation of the Jewish people by European fascism does not entitle the State of Israel to use the historic and collective pain of an oppressed people to disguise and excuse the fascist principles of national, cultural and xenophobic supremacy of Zionism and the oppression and annihilation of Palestine and Palestinians.


Jean-Pierre Filiu: "L'acharnement israélien à l'encontre des adolescents Tamimi" (Assoc. France Palestine Solidarité, 19 mars):

L'armée israélienne semble ne plus reculer devant rien pour briser la résistance, pourtant pacifique, de la famille Tamimi, au coeur de la Cisjordanie occupée. La propagande israélienne s'est longtemps efforcée de stigmatiser comme " terroriste " toute forme de résistance de la part de la population palestinienne.


Ramzy Baroud: "Ahed Tamimi's Generation: Why the Youth in Palestine Must Break Free from Dual Oppression" (FPJ, March 8):

Ahed Tamimi epitomizes the antithesis of everything that the Palestinian Authority stands for. She is strong, morally-driven and defiant; the PA is subservient, morally bankrupt and quisling.


Jonathan Ofir: "Ahed et Elor, deux histoires parallèles qui symbolisent le racisme profond d'Israël" (Mondoweiss, March 21, via Pour la Palestine, 23 mars):

Alors qu’Israël célébrera son “indépendance”, en plus de la ruine et de l’exil des Palestiniens, Elor Azaria pourra célébrer sa ‘libération” en plus de la ruine de la vie d’Ahed Tamimi, sans que la fin de sa captivité ne soit en vue, même quand elle sortira de prison.


Analyses & Comments:

Salah Salaime: "The quiet feminist revolution in Arab society in Israel" (+972, March 8):

Despite the hardships, Arab women are making gains in the Israeli legal establishment, local politics, academia, and even in the Islamic Movement. What is certain is that social norms in the Arab community are constantly changing, mainly thanks to the tens of thousands of Arab women who do not give up on themselves.


Jonathan Cook: "Why Israel is an apartheid state" (JC, March 18):

More than a decade ago, US President Jimmy Carter warned that Israel was practising apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territories. But in truth, it would be more accurate to say Israel itself is an apartheid state.


David Cronin: "Like Trump, EU aids theft of Jerusalem" (The Electronic Intifada, 17 March):

Scientific research has been accorded a high priority in cooperation between Israel and the EU. Israel is an active participant in Horizon 2020, an EU scheme aimed at encouraging innovation, which has been earmarked almost $100 billion over a seven-year period.


Rima Najjar: "Zionism is at Heart of the Palestinian Tragedy" (PIC, March 9):

In breathtaking cognitive dissonance that is impossible to explain, so-called liberal Zionists stand against every wrong known to man except for the wrong meted out by the Zionist movement to Palestinian Arabs.


Lucie Janssen, "Rasmea Odeh, résistante et féministe palestinienne" (Pour la Palestine, 18 mars):

Après une semaine de festival sur la Palestine à Gand, Rasmea Odeh est intervenue au Space à Bruxelles le 24 février 2018 à la conférence " Une vie de lutte pour la justice " co-organisée par le Space, l'Ass. Belgo-Palestinienne, Palestina Solidariteit et Eye on Palestine. Qui est Rasmea Odeh ?


Ramona Wadi: "How institutions are concealing Palestinian rights" (PIC, March 10):

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories (OCHA) has published a report detailing the ramifications of Israel's military occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron.


Alison Weir: "How Israel and its partisans work to censor the Internet" (IAK, March 8):

Numerous projects work to flood social media with pro-Israel propaganda, while blocking facts Israel dislikes. The projects utilize Israeli soldiers, students, American teens and others, and range from infiltrating Wikipedia to influencing YouTube.


Mariam Barghouti: "Jerusalem: Where the occupier demands loyalty from the occupied" (Al-Jazeera; March 12):

Last Wednesday, Palestinians in Jerusalem were hit with yet another travesty. The Israeli parliament ratified a bill that allows the minister of interior to revoke the residency rights of any Palestinian who poses a threat to Israel, or, more specifically, is suspected of a "breach of loyalty" to Israel.


Joshua Leifer: "In one Palestinian village, the whole story of the occupation" (+972, March 19):

Encircled by the separation barrier, threatened with demolition orders, and deemed illegal aliens in their own homes, the residents of Walajeh are fighting for their lives.


Bernard Avishai: "Confederation: The One Possible Israel-Palestine Solution" (The New York Review of Books, Feb 2):

The peacemaking of the Oslo Accords is stuck over the same linked problems that thwarted peacemaking during the previous generation: terrorism, settlements, Jerusalem, borders, the economy, and refugees.


Randa Farah: "Abbas's Craven Response to the US UNRWA Cuts" (Al-Shabaka, March 15):

The US administration's $65 million cut to UNRWA has placed the agency in jeopardy, prompting an international conference in Rome this week to help it meet its financial needs.


Boycott:

"The Talk Israel Tried to Censor at the European Parliament" (BDS, Feb 28):

Despite Israel's efforts to censor it, Omar Barghouti gave this talk at the "Israeli Settlements in Palestine and the European Union" conference held at the EP on February 28, 2018. It was organized by MEP Ana Gomes of Portugal.


"In Defense of BDS", by: European Jewish Organizations for Peace in Palestine (March 19):

Dear Ms. von Schnurbein, we wish to record our dismay at the smear campaign directed against Ana Gomes MEP following the event she held in the EP on the 28th of February entitled "The Israeli settlements in Palestine and the EU".


"Trinity Students vote for BDS mandate for TCDSU" (Aisling Grace, Trinity News, March 22):

Students have voted for Trinity College Dublin Students' Union (TCDSU) to support the BDS movement against Israel and work towards its implementation in Trinity. BDS won the support of 1287 students, representing 64.5% of the total poll of 2050.


"BDS event at Arizona State University to move forward" (Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada, 20 March):

A university lecturer and Palestine rights activist will be allowed to speak at Arizona State University next month, after initially being barred due to a state law blacklisting advocates of an Israel boycott.


"Danish pension giant divests from Motorola over ties to Israeli settlements" (MEMo, March 7):

Danish pension fund giant Sampension has officially excluded Motorola over the latter's ties to Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).


"Dexia verkoopt Israëlische dochter" (De Tijd, 19 maart):

Dexia Israel Bank was sinds de aankoop in 2001 een favoriete schietschijf van vredesactivisten, die de kredietverschaffer van Israëlische lokale besturen beschuldigen de bezetting van Palestijnse gebieden in de West Bank te financieren.


"SA joins Africa in strong message condemning Israel" (The Citizen, March 22):

...a strong message sent by African countries to the international community that Palestinian rights to self-determination, justice and freedom must be realised.


"New UN Report Exposes Complicity of 206 Companies in Israel's Violations of International Law" (ECCP, March 5):

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report identifying, but not naming, 206 companies doing business linked to illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.


"Comment Stephen Hawking a soutenu la cause palestinienne" (Agence Medias Palestine, 14 mars):

On se souviendra du célèbre scientifique, maintenant décédé, non seulement pour son travail mais également pour son soutien à la Palestine. Hawking a fait les gros titres en Mai 2013 lorsqu'il a décidé de boycotter une conférence de haut rang en Israël où il devait prendre la parole.


"Pressure mounts over psychoanalysts' 2019 conference, slated for Tel Aviv" (Alice Rothchild, Mondoweiss, March 12):

Why hold an international mental health conference which many of the psychoanalysts and psychotherapists will not be able to get into the country?


Tamara Nassar: "How Facebook protects Israel" (EI, 15 March):

The Israeli authorities are exerting pressure on Facebook to comply with more of their demands. Earlier this month, members of the Knesset discussed how to suppress content of which they disapproved on the social media website.


"Amsterdams 'Joods Akkoord' opent deur voor gelijkstelling Israël-kritiek aan antisemitisme" (The Rights Forum, 9 maart):

6 maart ondertekenden vrijwel alle partijen die meedoen aan de Amsterdamse gemeenteraadsverkiezingen een zgn. 'Joods Akkoord'. Ze verbinden zich aan een aantal uitgangspunten en maatregelen ter bestrijding van antisemitisme in de stad.


Children & Minors:

"UN officials condemn arbitrary arrest of Palestinian children" (Barbara Bibbo, Al-Jazeera, March 20):

UN officials condemned the continued arbitrary detention of Palestinian children by Israel saying the practice has become "systematic and widely spread". A series of UN reports presented at the Human Rights Council show how the living conditions of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza have dramatically worsened over the past year, and how children are bearing the brunt of the Israeli occupation.


"'Andere militairen schieten toch ook ongestraft Palestijnse jongeren dood?'" (The Rights Forum, 16 maart):

2 ex-militairen staan terecht voor het doodschieten van een 16-jarige jongen in 2013. De strafzaak is 'een selectieve toepassing van de wet', stellen zij. Militairen worden bijna nooit aangeklaagd na het doden van een Palestijn. Waarom zij dan wel?


"Al-Khalil protest demands freedom for Palestinian child prisoners" (Samidoun, Feb 26):

The Al-Khalil activist group, Human Rights Defenders, and the residents of Shuhada street organized a demonstration on 4 February led by kindergartners and other children to protest the imprisonment of 350 child prisoners currently being held in Israeli jails. Some of the children being held in jail are as young as twelve years old.


"Members of Congress rally for Palestinian children's rights" (Tamara Nassar, EI,14 March):

Luis Gutierrez spoke at a rally in his Chicago district on Monday to urge fellow members of Congress to join him in backing an unprecedented bill that aims to end Israel's violations of Palestinian children's rights.


Current Affairs:

"Heavily guarded Zionist settler tour moves through al Khalil's (Hebron's) Old City" (ISM, Al-Khalil Team, March 17, via Facebook):

This afternoon approximately 20 settlers entered the Palestinian Old City of al Khalil guarded by over 30 occupation soldiers and border police.

"The humanitarian impact of Israeli settlements in Hebron city" (IAK, March 8):

Israel exercises direct control over the 20% of Hebron City, known as H2, which is home to approximately 40,000 Palestinians and a few hundred Israeli settlers. Israeli policies and practices have resulted in the forcible transfer of Palestinians from their homes in Hebron city, reducing a once thriving area to a ‘ghost town’.


"Répression 2.0 : l'armée d'occupation israélienne se met au "big data"" (Pour la Palestine, 8 mars):

Depuis quelques semaines, l'armée d'’'occupation a entrepris de constituer une énorme base de données contenant les données personnelles du plus grand nombre possible de Palestiniens apparemment choisis au hasard lors de leur passage à un checkpoint routier à l'intérieur de la Cisjordanie.


"[Video] 'Israeli forces impersonating news crews endangers journalists'" (Haggai Matar, +972, March 7):

According to a number of reports in the Israeli and Palestinian media, undercover Israeli security forces impersonated a news crew in order to arrest a student leader at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank on Wednesday.


"Israel arrested 1,300 Palestinians in two months, rights groups say" (Rami Younis, +972, March 15):

According to a new report, released by various Palestinian prisoners rights groups, Israel arrested 1,319 Palestinians in January and February. Of them, 274 are minors, 23 are women, and four are journalists.


"Israel killed 3 Palestinian civilians, injured 500, in first half of March" (Middle East Monitor, March 16):

Israeli occupation forces killed three Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the first two weeks of March, a UN agency reported yesterday. The three fatalities included a demonstrator and a farmer. Some 500 Palestinians were also injured by Israeli forces over the same two-week period.


"Updated: Army Injures Twenty-Five Palestinians In Gaza" (IMEMC News, March 17):

On Friday, Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinian protesters on their lands near the border fence in the northern and eastern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip, and injured at least twenty-five, including eleven who were shot with live fire, while dozens suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.


"Israel Demolished 5,000 Homes in Jerusalem since 1967" (The Palestine Chronicle, March 15):

A new Palestinian report reveals that Israel demolished 5.000 homes in Jerusalem since 1967 as well as the demolition of neighbourhoods in the eastern part of the city. The report, issued by the Land Research Center (LRC), also noted that the 380,000 Jerusalemite Palestinians need 2,000 new housing units annually, and that half of them today live in unlicensed homes.


"Video: Israeli forces attack Palestinian medics attempting to save injured youth" (Ma'an News Agency, March 13):

Video captured on Monday shows Israeli forces assaulting Palestinian medics in the central occupied West Bank city of al-Bireh as they were attempting to aid a Palestinian who had been shot during clashes in the area.


"Israelis Poison Gaza Crops with Herbicides (Video)" (The Palestine Chronicle, March 7):

Israeli aircraft on Sunday sprayed herbicides along border with the Gaza Strip, according to a Palestinian official. New form of #EthnicCleansing! "These chemicals cause damage to agricultural crops and harm farmlands," Nizar al-Wahedi of the Palestinian Agriculture Ministry told Anadolu Agency.


"Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian villages leaves locals living in fear" (Yumna Patel, Middle East Eye, March 15):

In the mountainous northern West Bank, a ring of notoriously violent Israeli settlements sits like watchtowers on the hilltops surrounding the Palestinian city of Nablus and a dozen smaller villages. The most infamous of those settlements, all of which have been built in contravention of international law, is Yitzhar, home to more than 200 militant Israelis.


"Facebook closes page of Hamas-affiliated Palestinian news agency with 1.3 million followers" (Jack Khoury, Haaretz, March 25):

Demonstrators protesting in favor of the news agency claim the move was inspired by Israeli pressure to limit the online presence of Palestinian media outlets.


"De bezetting als dagelijkse vernedering" (The Rights Forum, 21 maart):

Een filmpje van een kwartier geeft een schrijnend beeld van de vernedering die Palestijnen dagelijks ondergaan bij de talloze roadblocks en checkpoints in bezet gebied. Ze worden als vuil behandeld.


Israel:

"350 people to be left homeless when Israel demolishes entire Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in April" (Adalah, March 23):

Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel sent an urgent letter yesterday, 21 March 2018, to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to postpone eviction of Bedouin Arab residents and demolition of their homes.


Marisa Mazria-Katz & Mairav Zonszein, "Israel's War on Culture" (NYRB, March 22):

Like many in the ruling coalition, the Culture Minister Miri Regev is openly against the establishment of a Palestinian state and has proposed annexing parts of the West Bank. She curries favor well with voters, in part because she fuses her political agenda with her promise to upend the monopoly that Israel's Ashkenazi elite has had on the country's cultural establishment.


"Israeli universities urged to bar professors from calling to boycott Israel" (Yarden Zur, Haaretz, March 25):

A panel for higher education headed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett adopted a code of ethics that moves to bar academics from calling for a boycott of Israel.


Jonathan Cook: "Where the streets have no name: Israel leaves Palestinians in postal 'dark age'" (Middle East Eye, Feb 17):

In the town of Umm al-Fahm, more than a third of all letters never reach their destination. Identity cards, passports and drivers' licences go missing, welfare cheques are lost, appointments expire, and penalties mount up over unpaid fines. Hundreds of Umm al-Fahm's streets remain nameless as Israel refuses to allow the Palestinians to honour their national icons.


Adalah: "Israeli town halts sale of new home plots as more than 50% of buyers are Arab citizens" (March 18):

A Jewish town in the Galilee region has canceled the sale of land for new home construction after it became clear that more than 50% of those purchasing the plots were Arab citizens. Adalah: Kfar Vradim's racist move, aimed to keep Arab citizens out and "preserve town's Zionist-Jewish-secular character," tramples most basic tenets of democracy


Jonathan Cook: "Israeli parliament endorses final version of 'Jewish nation-state bill'" (J.C., March 16):

After seven years of delays, Israel's governing parties agreed the final terms of controversial new legislation that would define Israel exclusively as "the nation-state of the Jewish people". It effectively blocks any chance for Israel's large Palestinian minority - one in five of the population - to reform Israel in the future into a normal, Western-style democracy.


"Gideon Levy on Israeli denial: 'Anyone who raises a question is demolished'" (Philippe Weiss, Mondoweiss, March 9):

Gideon Levy says that Israeli idealists dreamed of the day when Israeli soldiers would tell their society about the occupation. Then Breaking the Silence came forward, and it was crushed, with the media's help. Israelis live in denial. No question marks. Only outside pressure will force them to end the tyranny over half the population, the Palestinians.


"Arab lawmaker suspended from Knesset for week after calling Israeli soldiers 'murderers"  (Jonathan Lis, Haaretz, March, 14, free):

Israel News Knesset Ethics Committee said Haneen Zoabi's remark was unworthy of protection under freedom of expression


"Clashing with the Jewish state: ultra-Orthodox Israelis who reject Zionism" (Jacclyn Ashley, Mondoweiss, March 22):

Many of the Eda Haredit, an ultra-Orthodox group in Jerusalem, are descendants of the Old Yishuv, Jews who resided in historic Palestine under Ottoman rule.The group's members feel a strong connection to the Palestinian struggle: "We are clearly bound to each other. We share the same history and the same struggle." They identify as being Palestinian. "I live on this land, so what else would I be except Palestinian?"


Palestine:

"Israel demands loyalty from Palestinians in Jerusalem" (Tamara Nassar, EI, March 16):

Israel passed a law on 7 March that would permit the revocation of people's residency status in occupied East Jerusalem if they should be found in "breach of allegiance" to Israel.


"Standard of living in the West Bank is dropping for the first time in years, World Bank warns in new report" (Jack Khoury, Haaretz, March 15):

The unemployment rate in adults under 30 in the West Bank stands at 40 percent, report says; Gaza, in the meantime, continues to hurtle towards collapse, and aid cuts to UNRWA will only exacerbate the crisis


"Israel cuts fresh water supplies to Gaza" (MEMo, March 20):

Israel has been cutting drinking water supplies for the Gaza Strip since last Wednesday. The move was made without any prior notice being given. PS All of the irrigation wells used by farmers near the Gaza border have collapsed due to Israel taking the underground water sources through their deep wells.


"EU raises half-billion dollars for project to improve Gaza's drinking water" (Noa Landau, Haaretz, March 20):

A forum of countries and agencies that provide a