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BACBI
Academic Newsletter N°46 (April 2019)

"Khalida Jarrar, a leftist Palestinian lawmaker, is greeted in the West Bank city of Ramallah following her release from Israeli prison, where she was held without charge or trial for 20 months" (The Electronic Intifada, March 1, 2019 - Ahmad Arouri / APA Images).

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Contents:

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

Actions & Calls:

Ahmed Khaled Al Najjar: "The Sixteenth Anniversary of the Israeli Army's Assassination of Activist Rachel Corrie (16-3-2003)":

Rachel went to the Gaza Strip during the Second intifada to declare her solidarity with the Palestinians and support their right to freedom and life in peace. She was brutally killed by the Israeli occupation army and was crushed by a US bulldozer - in her twenties.

"Mémorandum 2019 Élections 2019, régionales, fédérales et européennes" (cdp Association belgo-palestinienne, 1 mars):

Alors que l'impunité dont jouit Israël lui permet de renforcer sa domination sur le peuple palestinien, il importe plus que jamais que le monde politique prenne des mesures concrètes pour faire cesser l'injustice au Proche-Orient. Notre Mémorandum 2019 dresse un état des lieux de la détérioration de la situation des Palestiniens, et propose une série de mesures à mettre en oeuvre par nos futurs élus. S'il s'adresse avant tout aux décideurs politiques, il est également conçu pour permettre aux citoyens de se l'approprier et d'interpeller lui-même les candidats.


Votre candidat aux Européennes va-t-il soutenir la Palestine ? (ECCP):

Questionner des acteurs politiques locaux, régionaux et nationaux quant à leur position sur la complicité européenne avec les crimes contre le peuple palestinien est une activité très importante en ce moment. Dans la période pré-électorale, engager des candidats et des partis sur des questions en lien avec les relations euro-israéliennes, peut avoir un impact particulier. Nous demandons à tous les défenseurs des droits des Palestiniens de demander des comptes à leurs candidats pendant les élections européennes.


"Growing Worldwide Support for Rasmea Odeh's Right to Speak - Add Your Statement" (Samidoun, March 24).

The event "Palestinian women in the liberation struggle" was planned to take place March 15 in the Dersim Cultural Center in Berlin. It aimed to highlight the life stories of two women of different generations and honor Palestinian women's struggle around International Women's Day. 


"The Attack on Rasmea Odeh": Statement of BACBI CC (17/03/2019): 

"The coordinating committee of BACBI, the association of Belgian academics and cultural workers in solidarity with Palestine, strongly condemns the violent intervention of the Berlin police against Ms. Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian former prisoner and renowned activist. At the request of, among others, the American and Israeli ambassadors and complying with the witch-hunt against her by the German extreme right, she has been physically prevented by the police from speaking at a meeting calling for the liberation of Palestinian women in Israeli captivity. A visa that had been granted to her has been revoked and she was prohibited from political activity. This unacceptable crackdown on her and on a peaceful manifestation is a stain on Berlin's reputation as a beacon of democracy, anti-racism and freedom of expression."
Prof. ém. Marie-Christine Closon (UCL), Prof. Patrick Deboosere (VUB), Prof. Lieven De Cauter (KULeuven), Em. Prof. Herman De Ley (UGent), Em. Prof. Marc De Meyere (UGent), Prof. Serge Deruette (UMons), Lieve Franssen (dir. Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor), Carl Gydé (director CAMPO), Prof. Perrine Humblet (ULB), Prof. Marc Jacquemain (ULiège), Em. Prof. Madeline Lutjeharms (VUB), Raven Ruëll (metteur en scène), Prof. ém. Christiane Schomblond (ULB), Dr. Nozomi Takahashi (UGent), Prof. Karin Verelst (VUB)

 Al-Haq: "Justice delayed is justice denied" (March 13):

UN High Commissioner must release database on companies involved in Israeli settlements. Join our social media actions to urge the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council, and Member States to abide by their own commitments and publish the database on companies involved in Israel's illegal settlements. [Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organisation based in Ramallah.]


Al Mezan Condemns the Escalating Attacks by the Security Forces on Protesters, Journalists, and Human Rights Defenders in Gaza (March 15):

At 4pm on Friday, 15 March 2019, thousands marched in protests in various areas around the Gaza Strip to demand an end to rising costs of living. In some incidents, protesters set tires on fire; however, the protests were largely peaceful, with chants against imposed taxes and unaffordable living costs. The protesters were met with excessive use of force by police and security personnel. Protesters were attacked with batons and many were injured as tens of them were taken to detention.


Agenda:

# Brx, le 29 mars, 20h15: [Conférence-débat] " Antisionisme = Antisémitisme? Réponse à Emmanuel Macron, " avec Dominique Vidal. Modérateur: Henri Wajnblum. Lieu: UPJB, rue de la Victoire, 61, 1060 Brx.

16 juillet 2017, Emmanuel Macron s'apprête à terminer son discours lors de la commémoration du 75e anniversaire de la rafle du Vél' d'hiv'. Et soudain, se tournant vers Benyamin Netanyahou, qu'il a appelé "Cher Bibi", il lance: "Nous ne céderons rien à l'antisionisme, car il est la forme réinventée de l'antisémitisme". Jamais un chef de l'Etat n'avait commis une telle erreur historique doublée d'une telle faute politique.


# Brx, samedi le 30 mars, 16 h 30 - 19 h: " Débat électoral // Palestine/Israël : qu'en pensent les partis ? " Organisé par Abp Asbl & CNCD-11.11.11. Lieu: le grand auditoire BV1 de l'IHECS, Rue de l'Etuve, 58-60, 1000 Brx. (Facebook)

Débat électoral sur la future politique belge vis-à-vis d'Israël et de la Palestine avec : * Marie Arena, PS; * Richard Miller, MR; * Zoé Genot, Ecolo; * Marc Botenga; * Un.e représentant.e du CDH (TBC); * Un.e représentant.e de Défi (TBC). Les questions porteront en priorité sur les sujets portés par le plaidoyer et les campagnes de l'ABP et du CNCD-11.11.11. Infos et réservation : info@abp-wb.be .

Academia:

Amira Hass, "He's Palestinian, she's German, but only an Israeli stamp lets them live together in the West Bank" (Haaretz, March 16):

Thousands of spouses of Palestinians are denied permanent resident status and must continually obtain entry visas and visitor permits, or suffer forced separations.


"Birzeit Students Retaliate over West Bank Killings" (IMEMC News, March 21):

Several dozen Birzeit University students demonstrated today, at Ramallah's northern border, near an Israeli army checkpoint, in protest against the army's killing of three young Palestinians near Ramallah and in Nablus, the night before.


"Israeli prof: Israel tests weapons on Palestinian kids, tests drugs on prisoners" (If Americans Knew, March 1):

An Israeli Hebrew University professor disclosed in a recent lecture series at Columbia University that Israeli authorities have permitted large pharmaceutical firms to experiment on Palestinian prisoners, and have been testing weapons on Palestinian children.


Analyses & Comments (A-Z):

Ofer Aderet, "Israeli who commanded massacre of dozens of Arab captives in 1948 dies at 93" (Haaretz, March 15):

Shmuel Lahis shot all remaining men in a Lebanese village and then blew up the house 'to make a mass grave.' He received one year in prison, a punishment later revoked, was pardoned by the president and went on to head the Jewish Agency.


Zena Agha, "Climate Change and the Palestinian Authority" (Al-Shabaka, March 7):

Despite Palestinians and Israelis inhabiting the same terrain, Palestinians will suffer the effects of climate change more severely. Al-Shabaka US Policy Fellow Zena Agha examines how the Israeli occupation prevents Palestinians from managing their land and resources and the Palestinian Authority from supporting climate change adaptation. She recommends ways to strengthen Palestinians' ability to counter the climate crisis.


Jonathan Cook, "Trump's Golan green light paves way to Israel's annexation of West Bank" (Redress Information & Analysis, March 26):

US recognition will prove a boon for the Israeli right, which has been clamouring to annex vast areas of the West Bank and thereby drive a final nail into the coffin of the two-state solution.


Megan Giovannetti, " 'Ils ont puni les victimes' : Hébron 25 ans après le massacre de la mosquée d'Ibrahim " (Middle East Eye, 25 février)

" Depuis le massacre, tout a changé. " Jamal Fakhoury, 40 ans, a du mal à trouver les mots justes pour décrire sa ville natale. Les sourcils froncés et les yeux humides, il confie : " Chaque jour est difficile pour Hébron. "


Alan Hart, "An Israeli takeover of the Palestinian Authority?" (Redress Information and Analysis, March 23):

On the face of it that's a silly question and the speculation it represents - that Palestinian "President" Mahmoud Abbas could be replaced by an Israeli agent or asset - is not worthy of discussion. But before dismissing it readers might do what I did and consider two things.


Julien Lacassagne, "Au Maghreb, une civilisation judéo-musulmane oubliée" (Orient xxi, 8 mars):

Le terme de " civilisation judéo-chrétienne " est né au siècle dernier. Pourtant, quand on parle du Maghreb, il serait serait plus juste de parler de civilisation " judéo-musulmane "


Henry Laurens, "Un accord douteux entre le mouvement sioniste et l'Allemagne nazie" (Orient xxi, 25 février):

À l'arrivée d'Adolf Hitler au pouvoir en janvier 1933, l'Allemagne est menacée par une campagne de boycott international. Pour tenter de la contrecarrer, le nouveau pouvoir va signer un accord avec le mouvement sioniste, qui survivra jusqu'à l'éclatement de la guerre en 1939.


Gary Libot, "Démolir des maisons, démanteler la Palestine - Une stratégie israélienne inopérante" (Orient xxi, 18 mars):

La pratique illégale des punitions collectives par les forces d'occupation israéliennes vise à décourager la résistance des Palestiniens. La démolition punitive de leurs maisons fait partie de cet arsenal, aussi inhumain qu'inefficace. Au total en 2018, selon le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations unies, 459 constructions palestiniennes (habitations, magasins, etc.) ont été détruites, dont près de la moitié se trouve à l'est de Jérusalem, faute de permis de construire si difficiles à obtenir.


"[Michael Lynk] VN-rapporteur: 'Apartheid is het enige juiste woord voor de situatie in Israël'" (Brecht Neven, MO*, 23 maart): 

Honderdnegenentachtig. 189 grotendeels ongewapende demonstranten werden tijdens hoofdzakelijk vreedzame protesten, die deel uitmaakten van de 'Great March of Return' gedood door Israëlische veiligheidstroepen.


Judy Maltz, "Two states, one and other solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" (Haaretz, March 24):

Two decades after Oslo, Haaretz maps the different approaches to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This guide examines the various options that are being discussed, arguments for and against them and looks at who supports each initiative.


Munir Nuseibah, "Cisjordanie-Gaza 1967, un nettoyage ethnique occulté" (Orient xxi, 1er juin, 2017): 

Juin 1967, une guerre de six jours qui n'en finit pas. Dix-neuf ans après la Nakba (1947-1949), Israël a procédé à une seconde vague d'expulsion des Palestiniens hors de leur terre natale pendant et après la guerre de 1967. Sans espoir de retour, ils ont été déplacés de force de la zone du Latroun, de Jérusalem-Est et de la vallée du Jourdain vers la Jordanie. Depuis, la population qui est restée vit sous une domination israélienne complexe. Cet événement-là est nommé la " Naksa ", terme qui évoque l'aggravation importante et rapide d'une catastrophe antérieure.


Dean Obeidallah, "Denying Jews The Right To A State Is Anti-Semitic. So Why Is It Ok To Deny Palestinians?" (The Forward, March 14):

It's as if the concept of double standards was created for the Middle East conflict. One of the most glaring is the discussion surrounding self-determination for Palestinians and Israelis. If you declare that Israel has no right to exist, you're rightfully labeled an anti-Semite... When it comes to saying there should be no Palestinian state, however, there's zero backlash.


Belal Shobaki, "Israel's Termination of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron" (Al-Shabaka, Feb 28):

What's behind Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent expulsion of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) - a group that had monitored human rights in the city for more than 20 years? Al-Shabaka Analyst Belal Shobaki sheds light on Netanyahu's move and suggests ways for the international community to better defend Palestinian rights.


Philip Weiss, "Hannah Arendt would agree with Ilhan Omar" (Mondoweiss, March 5):

In 1944 Hannah Arendt warned that Israel's founders were exposing American Jews to the charge of dual loyalty by their dependency on US support. When Ilhan Omar questions the allegiance of some Israel advocates, it's a legitimate criticism of Zionism.


Antisemitism Politics:

"L'antisionisme est une opinion, pas un crime" (Libération, 28 février; texte et la liste complète des plus de 400 signataires sur dropbox.com):

Tribune. "Monsieur le Président, vous avez récemment déclaré votre intention de criminaliser l'antisionisme. Vous avez fait cette déclaration après en avoir discuté au téléphone avec Benyamin Nétanyahou, juste avant de vous rendre au dîner du Crif... L'argument essentiel de l'antisionisme était (et est toujours) que la Palestine n'a jamais été une terre vide d'habitants qu'un « peuple sans terre » serait libre de coloniser du fait de la promesse divine qui lui en aurait été donnée, mais un pays peuplé par des habitants bien réels pour lesquels le sionisme allait bientôt être synonyme d'exode, de spoliation et de négation de tous leurs droits. Les antisionistes étaient, et sont toujours, des anticolonialistes. Leur interdire de s'exprimer en prenant prétexte du fait que des racistes se servent de cette appellation pour camoufler leur antisémitisme, est absurde... Monsieur le Président, nous sommes des citoyens français respectueux des lois de la République, mais si vous faites adopter une loi contre l'antisionisme, ou si vous adoptez officiellement une définition erronée de l'antisionisme qui permettrait de légiférer contre lui, sachez que nous enfreindrons cette loi inique par nos propos, par nos écrits, par nos oeuvres artistiques et par nos actes de solidarité. Et si vous tenez à nous poursuivre, à nous faire taire, ou même à nous embastiller pour cela, eh bien, vous pourrez venir nous chercher."

Dominique Eddé, "Lettre à Alain Finkielkraut" (L'Orient-Le Jour, 14 mars):

Cher Alain Finkielkraut, Permettez-moi de commencer par vous dire " salamtak ", le mot qui s'emploie en arabe pour souhaiter le meilleur à qui échappe à un accident ou, dans votre cas, une agression. La violence et la haine qui vous ont été infligées ne m'ont pas seulement indignée, elles m'ont fait mal. Parviendrais-je, dans cette situation, à trouver les mots qui vous diront simultanément ma solidarité et le fond de ma pensée ? Je vais essayer. Car, en m'adressant à vous, je m'adresse aussi, à travers vous, à ceux qui ont envie de paix.


"Lettre ouverte au Vif-L'Express: les antisionistes sont-ils des antisémites masqués ?" (Abp & UPJB, 12 déc 2018):

Lettre ouverte à la rédaction du Vif- l'Express en réaction au dossier publié dans son numéro du 6/12/2018 intitulé "Enquête sur le nouvel antisémitisme". Les vieux préjugés antisémites du type "les Juifs sont puissants", voire "dominent les médias et la finance et donc contrôlent le monde" sont-ils encore d'actualité ?


Peter Beinart, "Debunking The Myth That Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism" (The Forward, Feb 27):

It's a bewildering and alarming time to be a Jew, both because anti-Semitism is rising and because so many politicians are responding to it not by protecting Jews but by victimizing Palestinians.


Eliane Glaser, "Labour and Antisemitism" (London Review of Books Blog, March 8):

I'm an opinionated Jew with a PhD in the history of antisemitism, but I find it daunting to weigh in on the debate about antisemitism in the Labour Party. To describe the accusations as disproportionate is to risk being branded an antisemite. But while genuine instances of antisemitism should be tackled, there is no more of it in Labour than in other parties.


Gilad Atzmon, "Netanyahu is not the disease, he is a symptom" (Redress Information & Analysis, March 26):

In a recent thought-provoking article Gideon Levy, probably one of the last genuine Israeli voices for peace, claims that "It is not Netanyahu who is responsible for Israeli racism, extreme nationalism, divisiveness, incitement, hatred, anxiety and corruption." Behind Netanyahu, Levy says, there's a nation of voters and other elected officials that aren't very different from their leader.


"German Jewish Peace Group Wins Peace Prize; Then Attacked as being Anti-Semitic" (The Real News Network, March 13, video & story transcript):

Shir Hever talks about the Göttingen Peace Prize and how it transformed the debate around Palestinian rights in Germany, despite efforts by right-wing politicians to prevent the prize from being given to Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East. See also: "German Jews for Palestinian rights receive a peace prize - and are dismissed as 'the wrong kind of Jews'" (Jonathan Ofir, Mondoweiss, March 17).


BDS:

"Pitzer College Council Approves Resolution Suspending Study Abroad Program with the University of Haifa" (Claremont Colleges chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, March 14):

On Monday March 14th, 2019, Pitzer College Council voted to conditionally suspend Pitzer College's exchange program with the University of Haifa. This is a historic vote, as it makes Pitzer College the first college in the country to suspend a study abroad program in Israel based on its gravely discriminatory policies towards Palestinians and in a settler-colonial state that continues its egregious violations of human rights

"Indian Academics and Civil Society Urge Sanjay Subrahmanyam to reject the Dan David prize" (Palestine Solidarity Committee in India, March 6):

Statement from Indian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel: Dear Sanjay Subrahmanyam, As readers and admirers of your work, we are saddened by your decision to accept the Dan David prize for history this year, along with Kenneth Pomeranz. By accepting this prize, endowed by Dan David Foundation and hosted by Tel Aviv University, you would be lending your name and academic distinction to institutions deeply invested in advancing Israel's settler-colonial, occupation and apartheid project.


"Brown University Becomes First Ivy League School To Pass Student BDS Vote" (Aiden Pink, Forward, March 22):

Students at Brown University voted Thursday to call on the school to divest from companies that allegedly violate human rights through their work in Israel. Some 69% voted for the measure in a campus referendum, with 31% opposed. Student or faculty resolutions have passed at 31 universities in the country since 2015.


"BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions)" (GroenLinks, maart 6):

"Op het congres van 16 februari 2019 is een motie aangenomen die GroenLinks-parlementariërs oproept zich te verzetten tegen de strafbaarstelling van BDS. BDS is een internationale beweging voor boycotacties, desinvestering en sancties, in reactie op Israëlisch geweld. GroenLinks hecht aan de vrijheid van meningsuiting als een kernwaarde in een gezonde democratie."


Gaza, IDF's shooting range :

"Two Million Palestinians Are Victims of Israeli Airstrikes and Collective Punishment Policy... Gaza under 66 Israeli Airstrikes within 12 Hours, Rendering Dozens of Civilians Homeless after Destruction of Their Houses" (Palestinian Center for Human Rights, March 26):

On Monday and Tuesday, 25 and 26 March 2019, Israeli forces carried out dozens of airstrikes on various targets across the Gaza Strip. These airstrikes have been the most violent in recent months that have not spared civilians and displaced dozens of them after 10 days of a similar aggression.


The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 Gaza protests: "No Justification for Israel to Shoot Protesters with Live Ammunition":
"The Commission has reasonable grounds to believe that during the Great March of Return, Israeli soldiers committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Some of those violations may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity, and must be immediately investigated by Israel," said the Chair of the Commission, Santiago Canton. The report has been adopted by the UN Human Rigts Council (March 22).

Norwegian Refugee Council: "Gaza children's mental health rapidly deteriorating" (March 25):

A study conducted by the NRC found that 68% of schoolchildren in areas close to the Israeli perimeter fence have clear indications of psychosocial distress. "The violence children witness daily, including the loss of loved ones, in the context of Israel's crippling siege, which perpetuates and exacerbates Gaza's humanitarian crisis, has left an entire generation emotionally damaged," said NRC's Palestine Country Director, Kate O'Rourke.


"Gaza. Une catastrophe sanitaire délibérément entretenue - Entretien avec le docteur Tarek Loubani" (par Ahmed Abbes, Orient xxi, 7 mars):

Tarek Loubani, médecin urgentiste canado-palestinien et professeur à Western University en Ontario, réagit au rapport des Nations unies sur les crimes commis durant " la Grande Marche du retour ". Il décrit la situation humanitaire désastreuse à Gaza. Il est l'un des meilleurs connaisseurs de la situation intérieure de la bande de Gaza, où il s'est rendu à plus de 25 reprises.


"Dr Tarek Loubani, medic shot in Gaza, addresses UN Human Rights Council" (MAP News - Medical Aid for Palestinians, March 18):

At the UN HRC in Geneva today, emergency physician Dr Tarek Loubani addressed assembled states to share his testimony of being shot through the legs [May 14] while providing medical care to wounded protesters taking part in the "Great March of Return" demonstrations. [video]


Ramzy Baroud, "The Year of the People: The Untold Story of Gaza's 'March of Return'" (Middle East Monitor, March 14):

What is the 'Great March of Return' but a people attempting to reclaim their role, and be recognised and heard in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine? 


Ahmad Kabariti, "A fine line separates life and death for women in Gaza' during 50th week of the Great March of Return" (Mondoweiss, March 8):

Fifty weeks have passed since the Great March of Return demonstrations began at the fence separating the Gaza Strip and Israel. On this Friday, more than 7,000 Gazans demonstrated, more than half of them women after the leaders of the protest called for Palestinians to join in the "Friday of Palestinian women" in honor of International Women's Day.


"International Women's Day: Women's Right to Health in the Gaza Strip" (Physicians for Human Rights Israel, March 5):

A new report by PHRI issued to mark International Women's Day reveals how the closure of Gaza and the criteria for granting exit permits affect women patients, among other things due to delays and unresponsiveness by the Israeli authorities, women's relatedness to family members residing outside the Gaza Strip, or their relatedness to members of Hamas.


Qamar Taha, "Being a woman in Gaza" (+972, March 8):

Over the past two years, I got to know dozens of extraordinary women from the Gaza Strip; entrepreneurial, creative, socially committed women who managed to build impressive careers despite the many difficulties and obstacles that life and the Israeli siege have subjected them to.


"Opioid crisis engulfs Gaza as poverty soars" (Associated Press, Haaretz, March 2):

An opioid crisis has quietly spread in the Gaza Strip, trapping thousands in the hell of addiction and adding another layer of misery to the blockaded and impoverished coastal territory. The scourge can be traced to the mass import of cheap opioid-based Tramadol pain pills through smuggling tunnels under Gaza's border more than a decade ago.


Madlen Davies & Emma Graham-Harrison,"Palestinian superbug epidemic could spread, say doctors" (The Guardian, Dec 31, 2018):

Medics in Gaza say antibiotics shortage stops them following protocols to fight an epidemic of antibiotic-drug-resistant bacteria, a growing problem in the world's conflict zones, which could also spill over the Palestinian borders.


"Gaza Unlocked" (The American Friends Service Committee, AFSC):

For over a decade, two million Palestinians in Gaza have lived under a brutal military blockade imposed by Israel. Media stories about Gaza primarily focus on violence and politics, while stories of how the blockade impacts everyday life remain largely untold. Gaza Unlocked gives you access to first-hand accounts from Palestinians living in Gaza, information about the blockade, and opportunities to make a difference.


Israel:

Tamara Nassar, "Israel's war on its Palestinian citizens" (The Electronic Intifada, 26 Feb):

Israel plans to forcibly displace 36,000 Palestinian Bedouins in the Naqab (Negev) region of southern Israel to make way for a military training area and weapons testing facility, according to Adalah. That's one quarter of all Palestinian Bedouins living in the Naqab, all citizens of Israel.


"Negev-Naqab: al-'Arâgîb, the entire village was demolished for the 139th time" (Negev Coexistence Forum for Equality, Feb 7):

The Bedouin community in the Negev-Nagab is subjected to an ongoing state policy of house demolition. State demolition of Bedouin houses can be traced to the Israeli Planning and Construction Law of 1965. Despite the land having been inhabited for years, all of the houses located in the "unrecognized villages" were retroactively deemed illegal.


Amjad Iraqi, "Netanyahu is right: Israel is a nation with no interest in equality" (The Guardian, March 13):

As a non-Jew living here I am subject to insidious discrimination that is enshrined by law - and no major party sees it as an issue. 


Jonathan Ofir, "Understanding Israel's deception regarding citizenship vs. Jewish nationality" (Mondoweiss, March 14):

Jonathan Ofir says Israel uses a unique construct of citizenship and nationality to confuse and even downright deceive the international community - indeed even its own citizens. Here he unpacks what each term means, and what the implications are for Palestinians living under Israeli control.


Shlomo Swirski, "You can't fix Israel's economy without ending the occupation" (+972, March 12):

If election campaigns were about policy, there would be two main issues at the center of the present Israeli election campaign. The first is the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians. The second is the unbalanced development of Israel's economy, accompanied by persistently high poverty and inequality.


"The Index of Racism and Incitement in Israeli Social Media 2018: An inciting post against Palestinians every 66 seconds" (7amleh Center, March 11):

In 2018, 474,250 inciting posts against Palestinians were written. Legislation about the Nation-State Law was the main engine of racism for hate speech via Facebook. Palestinian politicians and Palestinians Citizens of Israel are most vulnerable to incitement.


Haggai Matar, "A spike in censorship: Israel censored on average one news piece a day in 2018" (+972, March 15):

Israel's military censor prohibited the publication of 363 news articles in 2018, more than six a week, while partially or fully redacting a total of 2,712 news items submitted to it for prior review. According to the data, provided in response to a freedom of information request the censor barred more news stories from publication in 2018 than in almost any other year this decade.


Tom Pessah, "Talk of Golan annexation leaves out those expelled from it" (+972, March 24):

The vast majority of Israelis are still unaware that over 130,000 residents of the Golan Heights were expelled from their villages, towns, and cities during the 1967 war. Only one group was permitted to remain: between 6,000-7,000 Syrian Druze, who mostly live in four villages in the northern Golan, many of whom have relatives in Syria who are not permitted to return to their villages.


Palestine, occupied and colonized :

Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, "Without Saying a Word, Israeli Troops Beat Up a Blind Man in His Bed" (Haaretz via IAK, March 2):

Israeli soldiers break into a home in the middle of the night, severely beat a blind, diabetic man on dialysis as his wife begs them to stop. Later, an Israeli military spokesman's explanation does not remotely resemble the family's description of the incident.


UN Rapporteur: "Israel deprives Palestinians of access to clean water" (Ma'an, March 18):

Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, stressed that Israel is depriving millions of Palestinians of access to a regular supply of clean water while stripping their lands of minerals "in an apparent act of pillage."


"Israeli forces demolish water well in southern Hebron" (Ma'an News Agency, March 18):

Israeli forces demolished a water well in the Umm al-Nir village in southern Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, on Monday. Locals said that an Israeli bulldozer, escorted by large numbers of Israeli soldiers, demolished a water well in the village. Umm al-Nir is located near Susiya village.


Nancy Murray, "Farming while Palestinian: a World Water Day outrage" (Mondoweiss, March 22):

Since 1967 Israel has issued military orders asserting its control over all water sources in the occupied territories, depriving Palestinians access to their own water. What does this water deficit look like on the ground? Nancy Murray explains how Palestinian farms cope without access to irrigated or piped water.


"The entire world knows the settlers have declared war on us" (Rami Younis & Oren Ziv, +972, March 17):

Settler attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank nearly doubled in 2018 from the previous year. Israeli authorities refuse to take responsibility for the escalation, while those forced to contend with the violence can do very little to actually protect themselves.


CJ Werleman, "Les " chiens de guerre " d'Israël : une autre forme de violence coloniale" (Middle East Eye, 5 déc 2017):

Tout comme le mur de séparation en Cisjordanie et les murs de la prison virtuelle de Gaza, les chiens de colons sont également emblématiques de la politique systématique de ségrégation, de dépossession et de violence coloniale d'Israël.


"Israel demolishes school building in Shufat refugee camp" (Ma'an, March 19):

Israeli bulldozers demolished an under-construction building belonging to a Palestinian school in the Shufat refugee camp of occupied East Jerusalem, on Tuesday. Dozens of Israeli soldiers escorted bulldozers into the refugee camp, surrounded the al-Razi School and went up rooftops of surrounding buildings as drones flew overhead; Israeli bulldozers then began to demolish the school's building. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets towards locals in the refugee camp. [video on facebook]


B'Tselem: "East Jerusalem" (pdated: 

Israel unlawfully annexed East Jerusalem to its territory. Since then, and despite its incursion upon their home, it has treated the Palestinian residents of the city as unwanted immigrants and worked systematically to drive them out of the area.


Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, "Israeli troops got off easy after abusing a Palestinian family. Here's what actually happened" (Haaretz, March 22):

A family of shepherds living in miserable tents, a father and son brutalized at the hands of Israeli soldiers: The painful and ongoing saga of the Shalada family of Kobar. At 3 A.M. on January 8, the Shaladas woke up in a panic to the sight of a ferocious dog and then dozens of masked men invading their tent...


"Israeli forces injure Palestinians in clashes near Ramallah" (Ma'an News Agency, March 8):

Locals told Ma'an that violent clashes broke out after Israeli forces raided the home of Youssef Raed Mahmoud Anqawi, 20, who was shot and killed after a vehicle he was riding in, slipped on the wet road, hitting the soldiers' military vehicle.


Amira Hass, "The secret Palestinian doomsday weapon" (Haaretz, March 17):

Israel's demographic obsession is causing it to lose its wits. Israel openly claims that the marriage of West Bank Palestinians and citizens of countries friendly to Israel is a "political issue", giving it the authority to prevent them from living a normal life with the subjects of their love.


Prisoners:

"Soldiers Assault Detainees, Keep Them Cuffed In The Cold, In Negev Detention Camp" (IMEMC, March 25):

Israeli soldiers attacked and injured, starting on Sunday evening until morning hours Monday, hundreds of Palestinian political prisoners in the Negev Detention Camp, and kept them cuffed in the cold all night long. The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers used live rounds, in addition to gas bombs and concussion grenades to attack the detainees, protesting the dangerously escalating violations against them.


"Israel pharmaceutical firms test medicines on Palestinian prisoners" (Middle East Monitor, Feb 20), 

Israeli Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian revealed yesterday that the Israeli occupation authorities issues permits to large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian and Arab prisoners, Felesteen.ps reported. The Times of Israel also reported that in a recording from the event the Hebrew University lecturer also revealed that the Israeli military firms are testing weapons on Palestinian children and carry out these tests in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of occupied Jerusalem.