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Academic Newsletter N°45 (March 2019)

"Israeli police forcibly evicted a Palestinian family from their home in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday, immediately replacing them with a group of Israeli settlers. The Abu Asab family, who live in the Muslim Quarter of the city, had been handed an eviction notice by the Israeli Supreme Court, ordering them to vacate the property by February 28th. The court ruled that Jewish settlers were the 'rightful owners' of the property under the pretext that Jewish residents lived in the home pre-1948. Video footage of the eviction shows Israeli forces shoving and assaulting members of the Abu Asab family as they removed them from the home" (Yumna Patel, "Israel evicts Palestinian family in Jerusalem's Old City and replaces them with settlers", Mondoweiss, Feb 18, 2019; photo: Quds News Network).

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Contents:

Actions -- Agenda -- Academia in OPT -- Analyses -- Antisemitism Politics -- BDS -- Gaza -- Israel -- Palestine Colonized -- Prisoners -- US/UK/EU -- Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls:

Vrijspraak Palestijn in Antwerpen! Op 21 feb, 15u, Hof van Beroep, Waalse Kaai, Antwerpen Deel de video, deel de folder, steun de kosten van advocaat (bankrekening BE74 0010 1920 8807).

Samidoun call to action: Save the life of Walid Khaled Sharaf! (Samidoun, Feb 5):

Palestinian prisoner Walid Khaled Sharaf, 25, from Abu Dis in occupied Jerusalem, is suffering from serious illness in Ramle prison clinic. Sharaf is jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention; the order against him was renewed for another six months on 4 February on the basis of so-called "secret evidence" despite his deteriorating health condition.


UNICEF & UNESCO Joint Statement 30 Jan 2019: "Right to education deeply impacted by ongoing interference in schools":

# "Open Brief aan Alexander De Croo, minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking" (12 feb, pdf, 5 blz.).

# "Une nouvelle lettre ouverte au ministre belge Decroo" (Pour la Palestine, trad. Jean-Marie Flémal).

"Minister De Croo, bestraf het geweld van de Israëlische bezetter tegen Palestijnse schoolkinderen" (DWM, 5 feb; ook op Uitpers, 5 feb):

Geachte Vice-eersteminister, Enkele maanden geleden, september 2018, mocht u in uw hoedanigheid van minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking kennisnemen van onze kritische commentaar bij uw beslissing de samenwerking met het Palestijnse ministerie van Onderwijs stop te zetten.


"Open Letter: Supporting Human Rights is not Antisemitic" (Jüdischen Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost, EJJP Deutschland, 17 Januar):

More than 90 renowned Jewish scholars and intellectuals - including Noam Chomsky, Eva Illouz, Alfred Grosser, Moshe Zimmermann, Judith Butler and Micha Brumlik - have signed an open letter condemning the attacks against our association, Jewish Voice for Just Peace in the Middle East, and calling on German civil society to guarantee freedom of expression for those who oppose the oppression of the Palestinian people.

Agenda:

# Bruxelles, mardi le 12 mars, 20h30 : "Derrière les fronts - Résistances et Résiliences en Palestine". Lieu: Le cinéma Aventure, rue des Fripiers 57, Galerie du Centre Bloc II, 1000 Brx. Prix: 9,50 euro. (Videos).

"Au quotidien la colonisation n'est pas seulement celle des terres, des logements ou de l'eau. Elle ne cherche pas simplement à s'imposer par les armes, elle travaille aussi les esprits. J'ai choisi de m'intéresser à ces formes invisibles : l'occupation intime, celle de l'espace mental," dit la réalisatrice du film, Alexandra Dols.


# Tournai, samedi le 23 mars 2019, 14:00 - 22:00: " 8 heures pour Mustapha Awad."  Lieu: La Petite Fabriek, Rue du Moulin 16, 7503 Doornik. Org.: Free Mustapha & ABP Wallonie picarde.

Programme : 14 h : Accueil --15 h : Théâtre "Made in Palestine" par le théâtre Croquemitaine -- 16 h 30 : Danses par Raj'een Dabkeh Group, la troupe de Mustapha -- 18 h : Conférence de Léa Tsemel, son avocate israélienne -- 20 h : Repas (sur réservation avant le 18 mars : wapi@abp-wb.be) et musique palestinienne par Alaa Shublaq, réfugié de Gaza.

# Brxl - A'pen, 28/1 - 30/5, Expo Johan Depoortere: "DE VERDWENEN DORPEN VAN PALESTINA" - "LES VILLAGES DISPARUS DE PALESTINE":
Expo: 28/1 - 30/4VRT6-30/5: De Markten, Brxl, & De Groene Waterman, A'pen. Op 26 maart organiseren we een publiek bezoek in de VRT, inclusief een rondleiding achter de schermen van de openbare omroep. Inschrijven kan via acod@vrt.be. Le 26 mars, nous organiserons une visite guidée de l'exposition à la VRT,  en ce compris une visite des coulisses de la chaîne publique. Vous pouvez vous inscrire via l'adresse électronique acod@vrt.be. Brochure (auteur: Johan Depoortere; 11p., pdf), NL: klik hier! FR:  cliquez-ici! Org.: ACOD VRT.

Academia in the OPT:

"Academics Condemn Israeli Arrests of Palestinian Students"  (Edward Fox, Al-Fanar Media, Feb 19):

The detention by Israeli authorities of Yehya Rabie, the pro-Hamas president of the Student Council at Birzeit University, represents a continuing policy of aggressively stifling students and professors who support the Islamist group at Palestinian universities, academic and human-rights organizations say.

Judith E. Tucker, "Israeli Arrests of Palestinian Students and Professors, Israeli Assaults on Palestinian Campuses" (Committee on Academic Freedom, MESA, Jan 22):

To: Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu et al. We urge a halt to the Israeli army and security forces conducting arbitrary arrests at and incursions into Palestinian universities, assaulting students, faculty, and staff, and obstructing the education of thousands of students. We also condemn in the strongest possible terms the Israeli Army's harm to students at all levels of education through these arrests and incursions.


Mat Nashed, "Palestinian students stripped of US scholarships" (Al-Monitor, Feb 8):

BEIRUT - Palestinian students studying abroad sponsored on US scholarships, have found themselves in limbo after the Palestinian Authority declined further US assistance following enactment of the US Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act.


"Palestinian genetics doctor wins medical research award in Switzerland" (Ma'an, Jan 26):

Lina Osama Quteineh, a doctor in genetics from occupied East Jerusalem, won the second prize in Switzerland for best published research in organ transplant in 2018. In the 14th annual conference, physicians in organ transplant in Switzerland evaluated 19 published studies in organ transplant and selected the best three among them, including the study by Quteineh.


Analyses & Comments:

Nada Awad, "The Escalation of Israeli Collective Punishment of Palestinians" (Al-Shabaka, 21 Feb):

Israel has wielded collective punishment against the families of alleged Palestinian attackers since the military occupation began in 1967, but measures such as forcible transfer, home demolitions, and economic warfare have increased over the past several years. Al-Shabaka guest contributor Nada Awad tracks this surge and suggests possibilities for countering Israel's expanding use of such tactics, which violate international law.


Françoise Feugas, "Décoloniser l'identité israélienne" (orient xxi, 11 février):

" Nakba ", d'Eléonore Merza Bronstein et Eitan Bronstein Aparicio. Longtemps, la Nakba, la tragédie qui aboutit à l'expulsion de centaines de milliers de réfugiés fut une affaire purement palestinienne. Dans un livre, deux militants expliquent comment ils en ont fait une histoire israélienne.


Ben White, "Are tensions at al-Aqsa reaching another boiling point?" (Middle East Eye, Feb 21):

Below the Western media's radar, tensions have been escalating in Israeli-occupied Jerusalem. In the last week, a new confrontation has emerged over al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the context of intensifying efforts by Israeli authorities and settlers to change the status quo and take over Palestinian properties in and around the Old City.


Ramona Wadi, "Plan B for Palestine may exist, but the UN's role is to eliminate its possibilities" (Middle East Monitor, Feb 21):

What UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his remarks to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People affirmed the inherent hypocrisy of international institutions towards Palestine and Palestinians. Nothing (he) says or does will ever contain a sliver of possibilities open to the Palestinians.


Zakaria Odeh, "La planification urbaine, outil de la judéisation de Jérusalem" (Ass. belgo-palestinienne, Bulletin N° 78)

Après la guerre israélo-arabe de 1948-49, la Ville sainte a été divisée en deux parties gérées par deux administrations différentes : la Jordanie et le nouvel Etat d'Israël, pour qui Jérusalem est " la capitale éternelle et indivisible d'Israël ". Par conséquent, la reprise de Jérusalem-Est après la guerre des 6 Jours en 1967 a représenté un tournant dans le discours israélien d'une capitale unifiée et a marqué le début du processus de " judaïsation de Jérusalem-Est ".


Henri Wajnblom, "40 ans de Points Critiques sur le conflit israélo-palestinien" (UPJB, 11 février):

Durant ses 40 ans d'existence, POC a traité de très nombreux sujets, tels le racisme, l'antisémitisme, l'avenir de la gauche, le droit d'asile ... mais le conflit Israélo-Palestinien a toujours occupé une place importante. Henri Wajnblum, qui en est le principal auteur depuis les années 1990, fait le panorama de 40 ans de POC sur ce sujet en parcourant un certain nombre de faits marquants, entre espoirs, désillusions et colère.


Eva Illouz, "To understand Israel, look at its veneration of the dead" (Haaretz, Feb 4):

One of the greatest paradoxes of Israeli national identity is that it draws strength from the lives that are lost in its name. This process has grown particularly twisted among radical settlers, who use death to generate meaning.


Antisemitism Politics:

Alain Gresh, "Antisionisme, antisémitisme et idéologie coloniale" (orient xxi, 19 février):

Dans le débat qui agite la France autour de l'antisémitisme, deux dimensions sont souvent absentes : le fait que, durant la première moitié du XXe siècle, la grande majorité des juifs était hostile au sionisme (étaient-ils aussi antisémites ?) ; que la caractéristique principale de ce mouvement était de s'inscrire dans une logique coloniale de conquête et de peuplement. [Extraits du livre d'Alain Gresh, "Israël-Palestine, vérités sur un conflit" (Fayard, 2017).]


Gabrielle Lefèvre, "Antisémitisme et sombres manoeuvres politiques" (Entre les lignes, 22 février):

" Nous sommes juifs, héritiers d'une longue période où la grande majorité des Juifs ont estimé que leur émancipation comme minorité opprimée, passait par l'émancipation de toute l'humanité." " Nous sommes antisionistes parce que nous refusons la séparation des Juifs du reste de l'humanité..." [Union Juive Française pour la Paix - UJFP, 19 février]


Rony Brauman : " les déclarations d'Emmanuel Macron 'nourrissent et amplifient l'antisémitisme' " (Hassina Mechaï, Middle East Eye, 22 février):

" En tant que juif et citoyen français, je suis extrêmement choqué ". L'ancien président de MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) explique l'extrême dangerosité de l'assimilation de l'antisionisme à l'antisémitisme annoncée par le président français.


Dominique Vidal & Bertrand Heilbronn, "Comment Israël manipule la lutte contre l'antisémitisme" (orient xxi, 12 février):

Ce qui intéresse le gouvernement israélien et nombre de ses soutiens n'est pas le combat tout à fait justifié contre l'antisémitisme, comme le prouve le flirt de Benyamin Nétanyahou avec des forces d'extrême droite en Europe. Il s'agit avant tout de dévoyer ce combat pour discréditer la solidarité avec les Palestiniens, comme le prouve le débat sur la définition de l'antisémitisme.


François Burgat, "Antisémitisme, islam et amalgames" (orient xxi, 30 janvier):

Depuis longtemps déjà, sur la scène intellectuelle française, l'accusation d'antisémitisme ne sert plus seulement à dénoncer les véritables judéophobes, mais de nombreux chercheurs ou intellectuels qui critiquent la politique occidentale dans le monde musulman ou dénoncent la stratégie israélienne d'écrasement des Palestiniens.


Mouin Rabbani, "Israel, Zionism and Antisemitism" (in: MERIP, Forum: "The Manufactured Controversy About Ilhan Omar and the Israel Lobby," Feb 18):

The recent uproar over Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's tweets about the Israel Lobby has unleashed renewed allegations that the progressive left provides an institutional home to antisemitism. The fact that some on the left go beyond criticizing specific Israeli policies to include a critique of the settler-colonial and exclusivist nature of Zionism, and thus reject the Israeli state itself, has additionally led to the charge that there is an intrinsic relationship between anti-Zionism and antisemitism, particularly on the left. It is a charge worth exploring further as Israel solidifies its dominion over all of historic Palestine.

Rebecca Pierce, "Attacking Ilhan Omar Isn't Fighting Anti-Semitism. It's Upholding White Supremacy" (Forward, Feb 15):

On Feb 10, Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar came under fire for a few tweets. Omar was responding to a comment by journalist Glenn Greenwald, which was itself about Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy's attacks against Omar and Michigan Rep Rashida Tlaib for their pro-Palestinian stances. [Rebecca Pierce is an African-American and Jewish filmmaker, activist and journalist. She is a core member of the Jews of Color and Sephardi/Mizrahi (JOCSM) Caucus organized in partnership with JFP.]

Rebecca Pierce is an African-American and Jewish filmmaker, activist and journalist. She is a core member of the Jews of Color and Sephardi/Mizrahi (JOCSM) Caucus organized in partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace

Read more: https://forward.com/opinion/politics/419432/attacking-ilhan-omar-isnt-fighting-anti-semitism-its-upholding-white/


Ali Abunimah, "How Israel lobby fakes campus anti-Semitism" (The Electronic Intifada, 3 Feb):

On Saturday, RT aired the second part of a conversation between host Chris Hedges, journalist Max Blumenthal and me about the censored Al Jazeera film "The Lobby - USA" . In part we focus on how the film shows Israel lobby groups fabricating accusations of anti-Semitism on US college campuses in order to incite official crackdowns against Palestine solidarity activism.


Letter: "Jeremy Corbyn's Labour is a crucial ally in the fight against antisemitism" (The Guardian, Feb 20):

Over 200 Jewish members and supporters of the Labour party sign a letter urging that anyone seeking an end to bigotry and racism should back Labour and Corbyn. "... Labour governments introduced both the anti-racist and human rights legislation of the 20th century and the 2010 Equalities Act. A Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn will be a powerful force to fight against racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism..".


Ronit Lentin, "The Empathy of the Irish for Palestinians is in No Way Anti-Semitic" (CounterPunch, Feb 6):

Israel's response to the passing of the Occupied Territories Bill in the Dáil last week entailed, on the one hand, threatening to impose severe economic-political measures against Ireland. On the other hand, Israel accused Ireland of anti-Semitism, often weaponised against any criticism of the Israeli colonisation of Palestine and its ongoing infringements of international law. [Dr Ronit Lentin is chairperson of Academics for Palestine (Ireland). Her latest book is "Traces of Racial Exception: The Racialisation of Israeli Settler Colonialism" (Bloomsbury 2018)]


"World Council of Churches rebuts 'antisemitism' claim by Israel advocacy group" (Middle East Monitor, Feb 15):

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has rejected claims by an Israel advocacy group that its Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) "embodies anti-Semitism". According to The Church Times, the WCC was responding to a document published by NGO Monitor, an Israeli organisation which routinely attacks regional and international human rights groups.


Oren Ziv, "German bank to determine whether Jewish peace group is anti-Semitic"  (+972, Feb 13):

Bank für Sozialwirtschaft says it will conduct a 'scientific review' of Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East Germany after the group was accused anti-Semitism by a leading Jewish organization over its support for the BDS movement. In mid-January, more than 90 renowned Jewish scholars and intellectuals - including Noam Chomsky, Eva Illouz, and Judith Butler - signed an open letter condemning the attacks against Jewish Voice for Just Peace in the Middle East. 


Jaap Hamburger, "Stel kritiek op Israël niet gelijk aan antisemitisme" (NRC, 21 feb):

Als minister van Sociale Zaken onder Rutte II heeft Lodewijk Asscher [PvdA] consequent benadrukt "dat het van belang is om onderscheid te blijven maken tussen kritiek op het beleid van de Israëlische regering en antisemitisme". [Jaap Hamburger is voorzitter van Een Ander Joods Geluid, de stichting die vanuit een Joodse achtergrond het publieke debat en de kritische meningsvorming rond Israël wil bevorderen.] 


Yoav Litvin, "All Zionist roads lead to genocide" (Aljazeera, Feb 15):

Zionism has always been a white supremacist, settler colonialist, anti-democratic, right-wing ideology, which has demanded a loyalty based on nationalist racism. Zionists of all sorts, including of the liberal kind, have collaborated with anti-Semitic forces towards a mutual goal of global apartheid, often at the expense of Jews who live outside Israel. [Yoav Litvin is an Israeli-American doctor of psychology/neuroscience, a writer and photographer.]


Michael Freilich, "'Antizionisme en antisemitisme, links is deel van het probleem'" (De Morgen, 20 feb):

"...Antizionisme is dus het glijmiddel geworden waarmee het antisemitisme ingang kan vinden. Kritiek op Israël kan, maar dan wel op objectieve manier en rekening houdend met de context en de regio waarin het land zich bevindt, omringd door vijandige entiteiten die uit zijn op de vernietiging van het land. En durf ook de positieve aspecten te berichten..."

Akiva Eldar, "Netanyahu's dance with anti-Semitism" (Al-Monitor, Feb 21):

Netanyahu and his people are quick to brand as anti-Semites any European person or organization the minute they criticize the occupation or boycott products manufactured in Israeli settlements. At the same time, they embrace European leaders whose careers have been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism.


Ravit Hecht, "The Knesset candidate who says Zionism encourages anti-Semitism and calls Netanyahu 'arch-murderer'" (Haaretz, Feb 16):

Few Israelis have heard of Dr. Ofer Cassif, the Jewish representative on the far-leftist Hadash party's Knesset slate. On April 9, that will change. Cassif is fire and brimstone.


BDS:

"Dutch Green Left party votes to endorse Israel boycott" - "Green Left becomes first major Dutch party to back a boycott of Israel"(Jewish Telegraphic Agency via Haaretz, Feb 26): 

"BDS is a legitimate means to help Palestinians," says first mainstream political group in the Netherlands to back the BDS movement. The endorsement came in a vote on a motion during the February 16 General Congress of the party, which has 14 seats out of 150 in the lower house of the Dutch parliament.

Cf.  Zie ook CIDI (Centrum Informatie en Documentatie Israël), 16/2: "GroenLinks: BDS is een geoorloofd middel" .


USACBI Statement on the ASA Lawsuit:

The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) announces a major victory for the BDS movement, and for Palestine solidarity activism in the US, with the dismissal of an anti-boycott lawsuit filed by Zionist plaintiffs. On February 4, a federal judge struck down the 3-year old lawsuit, brought by the Brandeis Centre against faculty members of the American Studies Association (ASA), which had voted overwhelmingly in favour of an academic boycott of Israel at its 2013 annual meeting.


Brian Eno, "Israel must not be allowed to use Eurovision as a propaganda tool" (The Guardian, Letters, Feb 18):

The song contest organisers should take a stand against the oppression of Palestinian artists and move their event from Tel Aviv. [Brian Eno is a musician, composer, producer and visual artist. He is a supporter of Artists for Palestine UK]


The Rights Forum: "Oorlog tegen BDS zet Duitse rechtsstaat op z'n kop" (20 feb):

In München is de openbare ruimte goeddeels tot verboden gebied verklaard voor alles wat met BDS te maken heeft. De hetze tegen 'antisemitische' BDS-sympathisanten tart iedere beschrijving. Ook in andere Duitse steden worden rechten van burgers geschonden om Israël tegen kritiek te beschermen. Een inventarisatie.


"Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge International Hispanistas Association to Move Congress From Hebrew University" (BDS, Feb 19):

The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) and The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) urge the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas (AIH) to move its July 2019 congress from Hebrew University. 


"Motion de la Société Italienne des Études sur le Moyen Orient concernant l'Université d'Ariel" (AURDIP, 6 février):

À la suite de l'intégration de l'Université d'Ariel au sein des institutions accréditées par le Conseil des Études Supérieures d'Israël, alors que sa localisation dans les territoires palestiniens occupés est une violation flagrante du droit international, quelques membres de SeSaMo manifestent le désir de clarifier la relation entre les organes étatiques qui représentent les institutions universitaires et de recherche italiennes et leurs homologues israéliennes.


"ANC Youth League Affirms Support For BDS" (IMEMC News, Feb 20):

The African National Congress Youth League has affirmed its support for the international BDS movement. Speaking to Middle East Monitor on Monday, the Secretary General of South Africa's ruling party, Njabulo Nzuza, stressed that its National Executive Committee (NEC) even took a decision to work together with BDS South Africa (BDS SA).


Amir Prager, "The Decisions by Ireland and Chile to Ban Products from the Settlements" (INSS, Insight No. 1142, Feb 26):

...Focused effort in identifying the targets and arenas for future activities of delegitimization organizations and activists could prevent or reduce the impact of future proposals early on, prior to their receiving widespread support. European Union institutions should be targeted in an effort to prevent any possible change in their policies and the potential approval of decisions that match the proposed Irish bill. This can occur through discussion with the European Commission, and the recruitment of countries supportive of Israel to take action on influencing EU policies in this regard. [INSS= Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv Univ. Amir Prager is a research assistant in the Delegitimization and BDS program.]


Mohammad Bakran Balawi, "Israel's anti-BDS strategy simply peddles more myths and lies" (MEMo, Feb 15):

Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs has released a report called "Terrorists in Suits: The Ties Between NGOs promoting BDS and Terrorist Organisations". The report has a sense of melodrama, especially its pictures of BDS activists pinned to a noticeboard with red pins connected by red thread, like a scene from a crime drama.


Gaza, IDF's firing range :

"Human Rights Council opens ahead of key Gaza accountability vote" (MAP News - Medical Aid for Palestinians, Feb 25):

The UN Human Rights Council begins again this week ahead of a key accountability vote for suspected violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), including in the context of the "Great March of Return" protests in Gaza. Ahead of the Council session on the oPt, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has issued a written statement detailing the deaths and devastating injuries resulting from Israel's violent response to the protests in Gaza, as well as the wider challenges of providing healthcare amid the 12-year illegal closure of Gaza.


"Israeli forces kill Palestinian boy and wound others during Gaza protest" (Middle East Eye Staff, Feb 22):

Israeli forces shot and killed a boy during a demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip on Friday. According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, 15-year-old Yousef Said al-Daya, was shot in the chest east of Gaza City. At least 41 other demonstrators were reportedly wounded by live fire by 6:30pm local time. A volunteer paramedic was also reportedly hit in the head by a tear gas canister, the ministry said. Friday marked the 48th week of protests in Gaza as part of the Great March of Return.


The Rights Forum: "Israël gebruikt in Gaza munitie die maximaal letsel toebrengt" (18 feb):

Israël past buitensporig geweld toe tegen de burgerbevolking van Gaza. De gevolgen zijn gruwelijk, maar het land wordt geen strobreed in de weg gelegd. Amnesty International analyseerde een aantal gevallen met dodelijke afloop, waarbij de slachtoffers veelal in het hoofd of de borst werden geschoten, sommigen van achteren. Ooggetuigenverslagen en audiovisueel bewijs suggereren dat veel demonstranten bewust werden vermoord of verwond, terwijl zij geen directe bedreiging vormden voor de op hen schietende Israëlische militairen.


"UNICEF Condemns Israeli Army for Murder Of Palestinian Children" (IMEMC News, Feb 11):

UNICEF said that it is deeply saddened by the killing of two children, aged 13 and 17 years old, shot on Friday, by the Israeli occupation army, near the border fence of the blockaded Gaza Strip. "The exact circumstances of their death are under verification", said UNICEF in a Saturday statement.


Jack Khoury, "Twenty Palestinians, Israeli officer wounded in clashes along Gaza border" (Haaretz, Feb 15):

According to data in a UN report released last month and confirmed by Israeli security officials, 295 Palestinians were killed [including more than 45 children] and about 6,000 wounded by live ammunition since the demonstrations' inception.


"Israeli Soldiers, Navy, Fire At Farmers, Shepherds And Fishermen In Gaza" (IMEMC Feb 14):

Soldiers and navy ships, opened fired on Thursday at dawn, at many Palestinian farmers, shepherds and fishermen, in several parts of the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip. Media sources in Gaza said Israeli navy ships fired dozens of live rounds at fishing boats, and at the coast in the Sudaniyya and the al-Waha areas, in central Gaza.


B'Tselem, "2018: Plight of Gaza fishermen after Israel's gradual destruction of their sector" (Feb 11):

"Since the Israeli navy confiscated my hasake (boat) I've been out of work and can't support my family. Things in the Gaza Strip are very bad because of the blockade, and there are no other jobs available. I used to make about 20 shekels a day fishing".


Amira Hass, "D'abord Israël asphyxie les Gazaouis, puis nous disons que nous sommes inquiets pour leur sort" (Haaretz via AURDIP, 12 février):

Le déni total de responsabilité dans la situation désastreuse du système de santé de Gaza prouve que les politiciens israéliens ne sont pas préparés à adopter une politique différente de celle qui va inévitablement provoquer la mort en masse de civils dans la guerre. Les responsables de la de sécurité sont inquiet devant l'effondrement du système de santé de Gaza...


Amira Hass, "Israel: 'father isn't sick enough' for son to travel from Gaza to West Bank" (Haaretz, via IAK, Feb 20):

Mohammed had a stroke and needs care, but Israel won't allow his son out of Gaza to visit him. According to Israeli criteria, travel permits are only granted if first-degree relatives are dead or dying.


Guterres: "Gaza's humanitarian crisis must be addressed" (WAFA, Feb 15):

In his address to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (established by the UN GA in 1975), UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza must be "immediately addressed". He underscored that the 2 million Palestinians of the Gaza Strip "remain mired in increasing poverty and unemployment, with no access to adequate health, education, water and electricity", leaving young people with "little prospect of a better future".


Israel:

Juan Cole, "Israeli PM Netanyahu partners with Kahanist Terrorist Elements, seeking another Term" (Informed Comment, Feb 22):

Netanyahu formed an electoral coalition with the extremist Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) Party, thus giving followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane a bigger role in Israel politics.


Akiva Eldar, "Netanyahu pretends occupation does not exist" (Al-Monitor, Feb 19):

The April 9 elections to the 21st Knesset will be the 15th time since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War that Israel's citizens and soldiers will exercise their democratic right while ruling over millions of disenfranchised Palestinians. 


"Israel Plans to Expel 36,000 Negev Bedouins" (IMEMC News, Jan 29):

Israel's Minister of Agriculture and Development of the Negev, Uri Ariel, has completed a massive plan to expel some 36,000 Bedouin Palestinians from their "unrecognized" villages, according to Israel Today Hebrew newspaper. The implementation of the plan, if approved, would be completed within four years.


Dahlia Scheindlin, "It's time to stop asking why the Israeli left has disappeared" (+972, Feb 14):

For Israeli left-wing voters, nothing is more important than overthrowing Netanyahu. Yet despite their common cause, the left remains anything but united and it is polling at unprecedented lows.


Salman Masalha, "The Joint List has no right to exist" (Haaretz, Feb 14):

Let's pause for a moment to recall the circumstances that led to the establishment of the Joint List. Fear of losing Knesset seats after the electoral threshold was raised pushed the leaders of the diverse Arab parties - Islamists, nationalists and communists - to run together.


"Israeli Anchor on IDF Troops sent to Occupied Palestine: 'We get back Animals'" (Ma'an via Informed Comment, Feb 19):

"They send children to the army, to the territories, and get them back human animals. That's the result of the occupation," the Israeli news anchor Oshrat Kotler said last week following a piece on the 5 Israeli soldiers who were indicted for beating two detained Palestinians, which aired on her Channel 13 show. ["Thousands of complaints were filed against Kotler, as well as death threats, after which Channel 13 decided to provide her with a security guard", Haaretz, Feb 24.]


Gideon Levy, "For Israel's golden intel boys, it starts with terror and ends with greed" (Haaretz, Feb 16):

Veterans of Israel's famed signal intelligence corps [8200], already well versed in violence against the helpless, are now indulging in rotten meddling abroad. The veterans of Israel's top secret cyber-agencies are the new elite, the heroes of our time.


Netta Ahituv, "A good doctor and an Arab? 'Some Jews have trouble reconciling the two'" (Haaretz, Feb 21):

Dr. Mushira Aboo Dia is the first woman and the first Arab to head Physicians for Human Rights in Israel. She spends her professional life helping Palestinians, but she also straddles the fence: five of her siblings have converted to Judaism.


Palestine Colonized :

"Israeli Forces Cut Water Lines in Yatta Town" (IMEMC News, Feb 15):

On Wednesday, Israeli forces cut off the water supply lines which provide water to the Masafer Yatta communities, south of Hebron. The head of the Twaneh village council, Mohammed Reb'i, said that Israeli forces cut off water lines which feed 17 communities in Masafer Yatta.

Amira Hass, "Under Israeli occupation, water is a luxury" (Haaretz, Feb 24):

Of all the Israeli methods of removing Palestinians from their land in order to allocate it to Jews from Israel and the Diaspora, the policy of water deprivation is the cruelest. And so the Palestinians are forced to buy water that Israel stole from them.


Jalal Abukhater, "Palestine's other open-air prison" (Al Jazeera, Feb 13):

Here is what a West Bank Palestinian resident has to go through every time s/he tries to get out of home. Under a debilitating siege for more than a decade, Gaza has been rightfully declared the biggest open-air prison in the world. But there is another, similar prison in Palestine that is less obvious because it suffers from a different kind of siege, undeclared and indirect: the West Bank. Every Palestinian who resides there and holds Palestinian identification papers is a prisoner in his/her own home.


"Soldiers beat a blind Palestinian man bloody in dawn raid in occupied West Bank" (IMEMC via Mondoweiss, 23 Feb):

Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Wednesday at dawn, a blind Palestinian man who also suffers from a kidney disease, after invading his home in Doha town, south of Bethlehem. "We first thought that they were thieves, and they started beating me up while shouting at me 'we are the Israeli Defense Force'," Monther Mezher said.


Maureen Clare Murphy, "Israel steps up attacks on Palestinian schools" (EI, 5 Feb):

When Israeli occupation forces shot three secondary school students, critically injuring two of them, last week, it was hardly an isolated incident. The students were injured after soldiers raided Tuqu village near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, surrounding a high school. The military fired tear gas and live ammunition after being confronted by youths.


Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, "Un Palestinien en route pour l'école est atteint d'une balle dans la tête tirée par la police israélienne et survit pour témoigner" (Haaretz via AURDIP, 21 janvier):

En quelque sorte, le jeune de 16 ans Fawaz Abed n'a pas été tué. La Police des Frontières lui a tiré à faible distance dans la tête, près de chez lui à El Bireh, et lui a peut-être aussi donné des coups de pieds, disent les témoins. Une opération en urgence lui a sauvé la vie.


"Boycotting Occupation: Educators and Palestine" (Teach Palestine):

"They are targeting our children. They know our children are the future of Palestine," a mother and community activist told Rethinking Schools editor Jody Sokolower. In this Palestinian woman's East Jerusalem neighborhood, dozens of children have been arrested from their beds at 4 in the morning, cuffed and blindfolded, and taken for lengthy interrogations.


Rami Younis, "In Balata camp, every single child suffers from psychological problems" (+972, Feb 11):

Yafa Cultural Center is one of the few places left for Palestinian children from Balata refugee camp to cope with the violence they witness on a daily basis. With close to 30,000 residents, Balata camp, located next to Nablus and Askar refugee camp, is the largest and most densely-populated camp in the West Bank.


"Israeli bulldozers demolish under-construction house in Nablus" (Ma'an, Jan 30):

Israeli bulldozers demolished an under-construction house in the Huwwara village, south of the occupied West Bank district of Nablus... The demolition was carried out under the pretext of being built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.


"Hébron. La cruauté ordinaire de l'occupation israélienne - Témoignages de soldats" (orient xxi, 23 janvier):

En 2018, la colonie israélienne installée au coeur de la ville palestinienne d'Hébron a fêté son 50e anniversaire. Dans un nouveau rapport qui vient de paraître, l'ONG israélienne Breaking the Silence publie une cinquantaine de témoignages de militaires ayant servi dans la ville entre 2011 et 2017.