Engineering a Jewish majority by driving out Palestinians.This has been Israel's policy ever since the occupation began andEast Jerusalem was annexed.Israel has devised legal excuses to gradually empty East Jerusalem of Palestinians. It refuses to draft zoning plans that would allow construction. So, just to have a roof over their heads, Palestinians are forced to build without permits. The authorities then demolish their homes for being built "unlawfully." Since 2004, Israel hasdemolished at least 848 Palestinian homesin East Jerusalem. At least 2,960 people, including 1,596 children, have lost their homes. The threat of demolition looms over the homes of tens of thousands of others. Demographic majority for Jews, demolition for Palestinians (B'Tselem,"Engineering a Jewish majority by driving out Palestinians", May 30, 2019).
As the world's largest and most protracted displaced population, Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) today number 8.7 Million, constituting 66.7 % of the Palestinian people. Yet, neither the internationally mandated bodies nor the international community, have taken any measures to adequately address this ongoing Nakba (catastrophe) by the provision of just and durable solutions as stipulated by international law, and as embodied in UNGA Resolution 194 of 1948 and UNSC Resolution 337 of 1967.
La coalition européenne de soutien aux prisonniers palestiniens s'est réunie à Bruxelles les 27 et 28 avril. Un large public originaire de plus de 20 pays européens a assisté à la conférence. Il y avait également des représentants de la communauté palestinienne des Etats-Unis. Mais aussi un groupe important de parlementaires, avocats, juristes, partis et mouvements de solidarité avec le peuple palestinien. Sous le slogan " L'arrestation d'enfants est un crime contre l'humanité ", la coalition lance une campagne internationale de soutien aux prisonniers et exige la libération des enfants palestiniens détenus dans les prisons israéliennes.
When diaspora Jews and those living in Israel join with Palestinians, they forge a more powerful and just movement to end the occupation. I watched the Israeli Defense Forces throw several stun grenades - one right after the other - deep into a crowd of my friends earlier this month. I saw people dear to me get choked by soldiers, thrown forcefully onto the ground and dragged away by their limbs. Following this, the army arrested 17 people - including many Jewish activists from around the world, 2 Palestinian journalists and 3 residents from the area. The crime? We were simply fixing a dirt road that would enable people in the area to access food, water and basic supplies.
"Reporters Sans Frontières" a donc accepté de recevoir le 19 mai dernier à l'Université de Tel Aviv un prix de la "démocratie" en compagnie du président du régime israélien, régime qui selon Amnesty International a dans la dernière période a particulièrement mutilé et assassiné des journalistes.
# Bruxelles, le 6 juin 2019 @ 19 h 00 - 21 h 00: Café Palestine: "The Palestinian community in Chile."We welcome Victor Beaume ( "Politics Resettled: The Case of the Palestinian Diaspora in Chile", UOxford). Où: Le Space, Rue de la Clé 26, 1000 Brx.
The Palestinian community in Chile is the largest outside of the Middle East, a presence dating back to the twilight of the 19th Century. Since then, self-identified Chilean-Palestinians have retained close social, cultural and political ties with the country of their ancestors, remaining particularly engaged with the Palestinian cause and voicing their opposition to ongoing human rights abuses in the Palestinian Territories.
# Halle, 7-21 juni: Wereldvluchtelingendag 2019 - Brug naar Palestina. Wereldvluchtelingendag werd voor het eerst georganiseerd in 2001 en wordt sindsdien ieder jaar op 20 juni gehouden. Tienduizenden mensen uit de hele wereld nemen die dag de tijd om vluchtelingen wereldwijd in de kijker te zetten. In Halle proberen we dit jaar de brug te slaan naar Palestina.
* 7 tot 21 juni: "Memory of a Land," schilderijen van Maher en Iryna Naji.Waar? Basiliekstraat 49, Halle. Vernissage op 7 juni vanaf 17u.In het weekend 10u-18u, op donder- en vrijdag 14u-19u. Maher Naji werd in 1963 geboren in het Jabalaya vluchtelingenkamp (Gazastrook).Zijn politiek geïnspireerde werken vielen niet in de smaak bij Hamas en in 2017 werd hij 2 weken gevangen genomen. Met de expo "Memory of a Land" stellen hij en zijn vrouw Iryna voor het eerst hunschilderijententoon in België, in hun thuisstad Halle.
* 7 tot 21 juni: Expo "De verdwenen dorpen van Palestina." Expo Johan Depoortere.Waar? Foyer, stadhuis Halle, Oudstrijdersplein 18. Wanneer? tijdens de openingsuren van het stadhuis. Op weekdagen van 9u-12u en 13.30u-16.30u, donderdag 17u-20u. Gesloten op pinkstermaandag. Het Eurovisiesongfestival 2019 in Israël vond plaats in Ramat Aviv, een stadsdeel dat letterlijk gebouwd is op de ruïnes van het Palestijnse dorp Sheikh Muwanis. Voormalig VRT-journalistJohan Depoortere maakte vorig jaar een rondreis in Israël & Palestina. Hij speurde naar de geschiedenis van Sheikh Muwanis en ruim 600 andere dorpen waaruit de Palestijnse inwoners werden verjaagd en de huizen werden vernietigd. Een fototentoonstelling over stille getuigen van een woelig verleden.
At Birzeit University (BZU) in the Israeli occupied West Bank, just north of Ramallah, a growing cohort of young Palestinian students are studying for their M.A. in Israel Studies. The program's first cohort was admitted in 2015. By the summer of 2019, nearly thirty Palestinian students will have received their degree. In the Birzeit classroom, students and faculty are, in their words, "trying to produce Palestinian knowledge of Israeli society" through deep, critical engagement with Israeli culture, politics and society.
Vingt scientifiques, dont George P. Smith, lauréat du prix Nobel de chimie en 2018, ont écrit une lettre ouverte aux organisateurs de la prochaine 'Olympiade internationale de physique' pour protester contre sa tenue en Israël.
Nous soussignés protestons contre l'organisation à Tel Aviv, en Israël, de la prochaine Olympiade internationale de physique (IPhO), du 7 au 15 juillet 2019. Le comité organisateur affirme que l'objectif de l'Olympiade internationale est de semer " les graines de la coopération et de l'amitié parmi les étudiants du monde entier ". Dans les circonstances présentes, les citoyens de nombreux pays sont de fait interdits d'entrée en Israël et donc de participation à l'Olympiade, sans même parler des étudiants de Cisjordanie et de Gaza. En tant qu'universitaires, et en tant que citoyens, nous souhaitons attirer votre attention sur la gravité de la situation à laquelle sont confrontés les élèves, les étudiants et les enseignants palestiniens...
Im Tirtzu publishes contact information of some 80 faculty members which it claims expressed "anti-Israeli" opinions or refused to serve in the military. Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities condemns "intimidation". According to Im Tirtzu, the faculty members listed on the site have expressed direct or indirect support for the BDS movement, supported boycotts of Israeli educational institutions, or participated in an "anti-Israel" rally or one endorsing refusal to serve in the military. Other reasons for inclusion on the list, Im Tirtzu said, are desecrating Israeli national symbols, participating in political protests on campus, and accusing Israeli soldiers of committing war crimes. The site invites students to report other faculty members fitting these criteria. The site lists faculty from all of Israel's research universities - except for Ariel University, in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, and the religious-oriented Bar-Ilan University.
The anniversary of the Nakba comes every May. But we, the Palestinians of 1948, live in memory of the Nakba in different circumstances than all other Palestinians. Here from within Israel, we can hear the sirens declare the beginning of the celebration observed by those who occupied us while we are still deeply rooted inside of our homeland. We suffer because we feel alienated in our own country, we shout and scream and no one hears us. Israel's Independence Day is marked on May 9 this year, the holiday follows the Hebrew calendar. Israel's establishment occurred with the destruction of 531 Palestinian villages by Zionist militias and the early Israeli Defense Forces. In the Acre area, 30 villages were destroyed, 64 villages in Ramla district, 31 villages in Bisan, 88 villages near Beer Sheva 88 village, 46 villages in Gaza, 59 by Haifa, 16 in the Hebron are, 25 around Jaffa, 39 near Jerusalem, six by Jenin, five by Nazareth, 78 outside of Safad, 26 by Tiberias, and 18 in the Tulkarem area. It is understandable then that another anniversary of the Nakba is commemorated as an anniversary of uprooting, displacement, terrorism and ethnic cleansing. It is 71 years of suffering, displacement and in the world and 71 years of international condemnation without a result. The Palestinian people are still one of a few people who lives as refugees in their homeland. There has been 71 years of deprived rights where our land was settled mostly by people who came from all over the world, claiming that Palestine was vacant in the 20th century slogan, "A land without a people for a people without a land."
Several years ago, a student in my Israel-Palestine course approached me after class with a question. Why, he wanted to know, did I care so much about this subject? The student liked my course, considered it fair-minded and had no complaints about the way I was teaching it. Though he didn't share many of my critical views about Israel he understood and respected them. But why, he was wondering, did the subject so consume me? Why did my relationship to this history feel so intense, so visceral? Had I been a staunch defender of Israel the student probably wouldn't have found my emotional investment surprising. Especially since I was avowedly Jewish it would have seemed to him "normal" for me to be teaching a class extolling Zionism and Israel. But what could be driving a Jew to invest so much critical energy in the subject?
I am the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), and after more than 20 years fighting Israel's policy of demolishing Palestinian homes, I am witnessing one of the largest campaigns of demolitions since we started our work. In East Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, throughout the West Bank (where not only homes are demolished: schools, agricultural structures, terracing and irrigation systems are targeted as well. The entire farm of my friend and comrade Atta Jaber was destroyed by the Israeli authorities recently, and Israel is drying up the fertile Baqa Valley by denying water to Palestinian farmers). Gaza, home to almost two million people, is regularly razed by Israel. And demolitions, destruction and ethnic cleansing are not confined solely to the Occupied Territory. Within the Green Line Israeli authorities systematically demolish entire Negev Bedouin communities to clear the land for Jewish settlements, and in the Galilee and the Triangle in the north homes of Palestinian citizens of Israel are being regularly attacked... By our count and that of the UN, Israel has demolished some 55,000 Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territory since 1967. Add to that the 60,000 homes destroyed in the Nakba in 1948 and in its wake, plus thousands more inside Israel until today, and the picture that emerges is one of ethnic cleansing, nothing less.
Edward Said's Orientalism is one of the most influential works of intellectual history of the postwar era. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Perhaps the most common misunderstanding is that it is "about" the Middle East; on the contrary, it is a study of Western representations of the Arab-Islamic world - of what Said called "mind-forg'd manacles," after William Blake. The book's conservative critics misread it as a nativist denunciation of Western scholarship, ignoring its praise for Louis Massignon, Jacques Berque, and Clifford Geertz, while some Islamists praised the book on the basis of the same misunderstanding, overlooking Said's commitment to secular politics. Since the book's first publication in 1978, "Orientalism" has become one of those words that shuts down conversation on liberal campuses, where no one wants to be accused of being "Orientalist" any more than they want to be called racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic. That "Orientalist" is now a commonly applied epithet is a tribute to the power of Said's account, but also to its vulgarization. With Orientalism, Said wanted to open a discussion about the way the Arab-Islamic world had been imagined by the West - not to prevent a clear-eyed reckoning with the region's problems, of which he was all too painfully aware.
Israel's military-intelligence apparatus specializes in developing cyber-technology, surveillance methods, disinformation, and outright intimidation in order to police political speech relating to Israel-Palestine. The forms this takes are myriad: from technology companies developing malware to spy on human rights activists, to the IDF's Unit 8200 using signals intelligence technology to spy on Palestinians, to data-mining technology enabling Israeli authorities to police vast swaths of social media. All designed to ferret out so-called security threats to the State. The effects of this repressive apparatus are felt far beyond Israel and Palestine. Techniques and products developed in Israel are sold via the country's military export apparatus to some of the most brutal nations in the world, and used in these countries' own battles against human rights activists. Instead of promoting itself as a beacon of liberalism and equality, as it once did in its Declaration of Independence, Israel has become a model for the most authoritarian states in the world; especially for Sunni and Gulf States, which are largely ruled by military juntas or corrupt, dynastic regimes. Just as Israel is suppressing the Palestinian campaign for political rights, many of these Sunni regimes use the Israeli technology to control restive Shia minority or majority populations. The development and marketing of these technologies parallel Israel's conventional weapons export industry, which is currently ranked ninth in the world.
As the Israeli government under Netanyahu continues its path towards the far right and escalates violence against Palestinians, increasing numbers of Jews are voicing their opposition to ongoing human rights violations, the denial of basic freedoms for Palestinians, and the shunning of international law. Some are rejecting not only particular governmental policies but the basic ideology of Zionism, defined as support for a Jewish state in the land of Israel. Carolyn L. Karcher, professor emerita of English, American Studies, and Women's Studies at Temple University, is the editor of a new collection of forty personal narratives written mostly by American Jewish activists, scholars, and rabbis. It makes an important contribution to the growing body of literature that examines Jewish critiques of Israel and Zionism.
The resolution passed by the German parliament that falsely defined the entire BDS movement as anti-semitic and restricted public space and support for anybody connected to it, has drawn immense ire. At the base of it lies the blatant arrogance displayed by the German establishment in passing a motion that elevates itself above facts and human rights, while simultaneously attempting to blame German homegrown racism on a Palestinian-lead global anti-apartheid movement struggling for justice, freedom and equality. This resolution has given the real perpetrators and proponents of all forms of racism, including anti-semitism, a blank check. Rising racism is the well-known phenomena of scapegoating minorities for Europe's unresolved economic woes. Now the German parliament has decided to scapegoat Palestinians and their supporters for the scapegoating. On the other side of the dividing line are not only Palestinians but all those that are excluded, marginalized, criminalized and discriminated against, together with all those that defend democracy, human rights and the courage to stand up for the oppressed.
Much of the public discourse on the BDS campaign in Canada is superficial, shallow and entirely strategic. When Canadian parliamentarians debated a motion on BDS in February 2016, the discussion was no more than an exercise in the parroting of talking points that have been directed against the campaign ever since its emergence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. These talking points are all too familiar for anyone who has taken just a cursory look at the public discourse around BDS: it is allegedly anti-Semitic, hurts Palestinians and unfairly targets Israel, to mention the more prominent claims. I will briefly address some of these issues in this article, but suffice to say that all have been addressed and critiqued substantively by world-renowned academics and leading public intellectuals (for example, see Lim's edited collection The Case for Sanctions Against Israel, published in 2012). Such talking points do not hold much, if any, substantive merit; rather, they must be seen for what they are; when viewed together, these talking points constitute a strategic discursive attack on BDS.
Steven William Thrasher, a NYU alumnus, spoke at the commencement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, stating he is "so proud of NYU's chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and of Jewish Voice for Peace ... for supporting the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against the apartheid state in Israel because this is what we are called to do. This is our NYU legacy: That we are connected in radical love, and we have a duty and a privilege in this position to protect not the most popular amongst us, but the most vulnerable amongst us on every campus where we serve in every community where we live, in every place that we work, this is our duty," Thrasher continued. The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis earlier this month voted to boycott the NYU satellite campus in Tel Aviv over Israel's treatment of Palestinians and its policies toward Palestinian universities. The NYU student government has considered resolutions to boycott and divest from Israel and, last month, the Students for Justice in Palestine received a President's Service Award during a ceremony that the president himself skipped. "We are sorry that the audience had to experience these inappropriate remarks," NYU President Andrew Hamilton said in a statement.
The Israeli occupation police on Thursday kidnapped Abeer Ziyad, director of the Women Center of A-Thuri in Silwan, east Jerusalem. An official source from the center said that Israeli police forces stormed and ransacked the offices of the center before raiding the house of Ziyad and kidnaping her. A few days ago, police forces kidnapped her husband Ziyad Ziyad and confiscated food parcels that would have been distributed by the center to poor families.
Living in legal limbo for more than 40 years, Maryam Ibrahim has not been allowed to live in her native West Bank village of Beit Furik with her husband and in recent years, Israel hasn't allowed her to visit. Khatatbeh and Maryam Ibrahim have been married for 40 years. He is 62 and she is 59. They have five children and many grandchildren. They were both born in the village of Beit Furik southeast of Nablus in the northern West Bank and belong to the same extended family...
Israel's defence ministry plans to hold an auction next week to sell two prefabricated classrooms that were donated to Palestinian schoolchildren by the EU. The Civil Administration, the [military] body tasked with running the occupation, tore down and confiscatedthe classrooms last October. They had been intended for 49 students, in grades one to six, in Ibziq, in the northern occupied West Bank. An advertisement published in the Israeli newspaper Maariv said the sale would take place at Civil Administration offices in the West Bank. After the classrooms were dismantled, the EU mission to Jerusalem and Ramallahcondemned Israeli authorities and called on them to rebuild the structures in the same place "without delay".
Israeli human rights organisationB'Tselem has released a video showing illegal Israeli settlers setting fire to fields in the occupied West Bank, contradicting the Israeli army's claim that the blaze was started by Palestinians. The Spokesperson's Unit of the Israeli army was yesterday forced to change its original statement, in which it claimed to have extinguished "a fire set by Palestinians". The fires were started last Friday near the occupied West Bank villages of Burin, Urif and Asira Al-Qibliya, all located off Route 60 south of Nablus. Illegal Israeli settlers from the nearby settlement of Yitzhar had attacked Palestinians from these villages, with both groups subsequently blaming the other for causing the fires which followed.
A thin layer of white stone dust coats nearly every surface in the southernmost West Bank village of Susiya, situated in the South Hebron Hills. The fine layer holds an added weight, occupying crevices, slowly encroaching under makeshift family homes, constantly being swept away only for it to return again. But the dust is not the only force impinging on Susiya.
Drive slowly. Turn off your music. Put out your cigarette. Place your hands firmly on the steering wheel - make them visible. Stay alert. Wait for their signal. This is what Mahmoud Ali*, 29, must do about 15 times every day while at work...
There are 165 Palestinian "enclaves" [in the West Bank] that are separated from one another with the A/B/C division of the land, according to Gilutz [Amit Gilutz, spokesperson for B'Tselem], and there is a checkpoint at each entrance to every enclave - and anywhere in between. Every checkpoint can be opened or closedindiscriminatelyby the Israeli military, and "flying" checkpoints can be constructed anywhere the military wishes simply by placing a military vehicle in the middle of the road. On top of the 41 permanently constructed internal checkpoints, B'Tselem monitors flying checkpoints, documenting anywhere between 100 to more than 150 each month...
On May 29, the Israeli authorities published tenders for over 800 settlement units in the settlements of Ramot and Pisgat Zeev in occupied East Jerusalem. The policy of settlement construction and expansion in East Jerusalem continues to undermine the possibility of a viable two state solution with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, which is the only realistic way to achieve a just and lasting peace. The European Union is strongly opposed to Israel's settlement policy, including in East Jerusalem, which is illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace. The EU will continue to engage with both parties and with its international and regional partners to support a resumption of a meaningful process towards a negotiated two-state solution.
A CALL TO GERMAN PARTIES NOT TO EQUATE BDS WITH ANTI-SEMITISM, May 2019. We, Jewish and Israeli scholars, many of whom research Jewish history and anti-Semitism, express concern about the rise in anti-Semitism around the world, including in Germany. We view all forms of racism and bigotry as a threat that must be fought and encourage the German government and parliament to do so. At the same time, we wish to sound alarm about a parallel trend: the growing tendency of labeling supporters of Palestinian human rights as anti-Semitic. This trend is now escalating in Germany. Two German parties, the FDP and AfD, have tabled resolutions at the Bundestag that equate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement with anti-Semitism. Coalition parties CDU/CSU and SPD are preparing a joint resolution that does so, too. This conflation is incorrect, unacceptable and a threat to the liberal-democratic order in Germany. The opinions about BDS among the signatories of this statement differ significantly: some may support BDS, while others reject it for different reasons. However, we all reject the deceitful allegation that BDS as such is anti-Semitic...
It is with great alarm and distress that we, the undersigned Palestinian civil society organisations, human rights groups, networks, and coalitions address this urgent statement to the German Bundestag and Government in light of its recent resolution against the Palestinian BDS movement, dangerously conflating the movement and anti-Semitism, while more broadly targeting all civil society actors working towards the promotion and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of the Palestinian people and in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. We call on the German Government to refrain from adopting this resolution into law considering its serious ramifications for Palestinian civil society and its violation of Germany's obligations as a third State party to ensure respect for international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
We, the undersigned Palestinian civil society coalitions, human rights organizations, labor unions, and representatives of the Palestinian people, condemn in the strongest terms the German parliament's resolution,which is based on outright lies and equates the nonviolent BDS movement for Palestinian rights with anti-semitism. We note that the resolution was issued on the 71st anniversary of the Nakba, catastrophe in Arabic, the deliberate and systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the displacement of over 750,000 indigenous Palestinians by Zionist militias and, later, the state of Israel.
Christians in Palestine are saddened and confused to learn of the German Bundestag's passage of a resolution condemning the International Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) and making it equal to anti-Semitism. The Palestinian BDS movement embraces the logic of peaceful means of resistance against the ongoing occupation and the Israeli human rights violations and discriminatory measures against our people. It means inviting Israel to the ways of peace, even by instituting some kind of pressure to help the government to open its eyes and see the injustice it is imposing on another people, the Palestinians. While the Bundestag intends to protect Israel, by the anti-BDS law; putting Israel above the law will not help Israel; on the contrary, by doing this you are justifying and legalizing its unjust measures against Palestinians and help them to sustain the occupation and state of war. Israel needs people and states who can help it reconcile with Palestinians and put an end to its permanent way of war. Therefore, we ask with heavy-laden hearts, "What other avenue would our German brothers and sisters ask us to take in order to overcome this historic injustice, the uprooting of our trees, the confiscation of our land, the forced transfer of our people, the denial of our human rights, the indiscriminate killing and the denial of self-determination for Palestinians and their right to live in freedom and dignity, free of foreign control and occupation?"
U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act also known as H.R. 2407 yesterday, a bill prohibiting U.S. taxpayer funding for the military detention of children by any country, including Israel. While generally applicable, H.R. 2407 seeks to promote justice, equality and human rights by ensuring that U.S. financial assistance provided to the Government of Israel is not used to support widespread and institutionalized ill-treatment against Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces and prosecuted in Israeli military courts lacking basic fair trial protections. "Israel's system of military juvenile detention is state-sponsored child abuse designed to intimidate and terrorize Palestinian children and their families," Congresswoman McCollum said after introducing the bill. "It must be condemned, but it is equally outrageous that U.S. tax dollars in the form of military aid to Israel are permitted to sustain what is clearly a gross human rights violation against children."
[picture: A young Palestinian girl confronts Israeli soldiers in the central West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on April 21, 2018. (Photo: ActiveStills / Anne Paq)]
On March 22, tenured English professor Anthony Alessandrini was startled to see a photo of himself in the New York Daily News. The picture accompanied an articleby reporter Larry McShane. The headline was damning: "Kingsborough professor, during campus event, urged donations to group with alleged ties to Palestinian terror group." Alessandrini (who is this reporter's colleague at Kingsborough Community College) had not been contacted by either McShane or other Daily News staffers before the article was published and says that it is riddled with inaccuracies. What's more, he sees the article as part of a pervasive campaign to silence critics of Israel - including many progressive Jews - that is being orchestrated by a network of conservative organizations that are firmly embedded in both the Evangelical Christian and Jewish Zionist right wings.
UNRWAofficials are hitting back after a US proposal to remove the agency's mandate by calling on countries hosting Palestinian refugees to take over food aid services. The US blames the humanitarian effort for prolonging the refugee issue. While UNRWA says political failures have sustained the issue. Commissioner of UNRWA Pierre Krähenbühl spoke at a news conference in Gaza on Thursday where he gave his reassurances that the agency's mandate to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees across the Middle East will continue. "Palestinian refugees should remember that the mandate is protected by the [United Nations] General Assembly, and of course, we will engage with member states to ensure what we hope is a safe renewal of that mandate," Krahenbuhl said.
Israel located itself as post-Brexit Britain's gateway to the world. Back in FebruaryYnet wrote, "once out of the EU, Britain will have to sign separate trade agreements with each state, and Israel will be the first." Just to remove any confusion, it added "Israel has become Britain's strategic ally." And of course, "the British government totally disregard the boycott campaign against Israel. On a political level, they boycotted the boycott." Britain under Theresa May has been reduced into a colony of Israel's. Brits have become increasingly aware that 80% of their Tory MPs are members of the Conservative Friends of Israel, which is a foreign pressure group dedicated to the interests of another state. ...Like the Conservative party, Labour is an occupied zone. It is dominated by fear of the Israel lobby, Jewish pressure groups and the compromised and Zionised British media.
L'Office de Secours et de Travaux des Nations Unies pour les Réfugiés Palestiniens au Proche Orient (UNRWA) a exprimé lundi une véritable inquiétude, disant qu'à moins de trouver au moins 60 millions de dollars supplémentaires d'ici juin, sa capacité à fournir de la nourriture à plus d'un million de réfugiés palestiniens de Gaza sera gravement remise en question. L'UNRWA affirme dans un communiqué :" Au moment où, dans le monde entier, les Musulmans observent le mois saint du Ramadan, souvent caractérisé par la nature festive de ses iftars (rupture du jeûne), à Gaza, plus de la moitié de la population dépend de l'aide alimentaire de la communauté internationale. " Le communiqué soulignait que, à moins que l'UNRWA ne trouve " au moins 60 millions de dollars de plus d'ici juin, sa capacité à fournir de la nourriture à plus d'un million de réfugiés palestiniens de Gaza, dont quelques 620.000 sous le seuil de pauvreté - ceux qui ne peuvent assurer leurs besoins alimentaires basiques et qui doivent survivre avec 1.6 $ par jour - et près de 390.000 pauvres absolus - ceux qui survivent avec environ 3.5 $ par jour - sera gravement remise en question...
Women in Gaza deal with patriarchal gender norms and intra-Palestinian political divides, but addressing their needs cannot be realized without Israel lifting its blockade. Violence during military operations affects both men and women, but women often face a unique set of challenges. For Palestinian women in Gaza in particular, the interaction between patriarchy, the intra-Palestinian political divide, and Israel's blockade, exacerbates the violence they face. Internal political divisions hinder the establishment of effective institutional response mechanisms across the occupied Palestinian territories. Patriarchal gender norms and traditions contribute to the proliferation and acceptance of violence against women and girls. But Israel's decades-long blockade of Gaza, which heavily restricts the movement of people and goods in and out of the strip, has created an environment of constant violence against women. According to a 2011violence surveyby the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), 37% of women, on average, are victims of gender-based violence in Palestine. In the Gaza Strip, this figure increases to 51%...
Palestinian artists held a concert in a building destroyed by Israel just a week ago to call on the world to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Tel Aviv. "Why doesn't Eurovision arrange an event to let the music of dead, bombed-out buildings, and for the voices of mothers of the slain to be heard?"
It is always refreshing to see the international community come together in emergencies when individual countries are blighted by man-made and natural disasters. Many European countries, e.g., have responded with great urgency by sending firefighting aircraft and other equipment to help Israel battle ongoing wildfires in the central part of the country, which is in the grip of a major heatwave. Why, though, do we not see a similar response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding before our eyes just a few short kilometres away in the Gaza Strip, where more than one million Palestinians face hunger and malnutrition thanks to a lack of basic foodstuffs and fresh water because of the cuts in funding and politicised restrictions imposed on traditional aid providers, including NGOs and charities? Their living conditions and general health and well-being are deteriorating daily under the brutal Israeli-led siege. Why are we seeing such international apathy towards the Palestinians?
In a move that would have been considered surreal even two days ago, Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved the Knesset to avoid a coup within his own party, and possibility of being sent to prison. Yossi Gurvitz writes, the so-called 'wizard' of Israeli politics managed to pull an extraordinary act of self-immolation.
In a sign of how politically vulnerable he has rapidly become, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu plunged Israel into new elections last week - less than two months after his far-right bloc appeared to win at the ballot box. Netanyahu was forced to dissolve the 120-member parliament to block his chief rival, Benny Gantz, from getting a chance to assemble an alternative governing coalition. In recent weeks, a political "resistance" movement has emerged in Israel against Netanyahu, echoing the one against Donald Trump in the US. With Gantz as its figurehead, it has mobilised over the threat Netanyahu poses to Israel's system of checks and balances.
Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition and dissolved parliament on May 29. That means Israel must hold fresh elections, which are scheduled for Sept. 17. What got in the way of Netanyahu's government? I'd say it was a struggle over what it means to be Jewish. Recently many politicians - both on the right and left - have moved to capitalize on anti-religious sentiment among secular Israeli Jews. They have called toinclude Haredim in the draft. This controversy played a key role in Netanyahu's failureto form a governing coalition. The party of Netanyahu's former minister of defense, the right-wing politician Avigdor Lieberman, proposed abillin the Israeli parliament to draft Haredim.
Israeli society is, like that of the US, deeply polarized between the secular-minded and the religious. Some40% of Israelis report themselves not religious, and 23% say they do not believe in God. In the 1990s, about a million immigrants came in from Ukraine and Russia (the former Soviet Union). They had been brought up to view religion as sort of like smoking - maybe it won't kill you immediately but it is bad for you and probably will eventually kill you. At the same time, the Haredim or Ultra-Orthodox have grown from 2% in earlier decades to 8% of the population today. That would mean that they are about 700,000 strong, about the population of Detroit nowadays. Many of them don't believe in the legitimacy of the Israeli state, since they believe that only the coming of the Messiah could establish such a state, and therefore don't like the idea of serving in the Israeli army. About half the men and 25% of the women are unemployed and they suffer from relatively high rates of poverty.
The synthesis of Zionism and socialism has disintegrated, making way for a winning symbiosis of religion and strong ethno-nationalism. For the atheistic Zionists, God was dead and therefore the Holy Land became the homeland; all the traditional holidays became national holidays; and Jerusalem stopped being a heavenly city and became the very earthly capital of an eternal people. But it wasn't these decisions, or many others, that prevented secular nationalism from serving as the foundation for the establishment of the State of Israel. The main reason for Zionism's inability to establish a secular entity with a constitution - in which religion is separated from the state - lay elsewhere. The problematic nature of defining the "Jew" according to secular criteria - cultural, linguistic, political or "biological" (despite all efforts, it's still impossible to determine who is a Jew by means of DNA) - was what eliminated the option of a secularized identity.
The participation of Hadash-Ta'al party leader Ayman Odeh in the opposition parties' May 25 anti-government rally in Tel Aviv got off on the wrong foot, but it ended with hope. Knesset member Ofer Shelah of Blue and White, the rally organizer, invited Odeh to address the event. Odeh answered in the affirmative several days later, only to be told the list of speakers was already closed... The public uproar and pressure on Blue and White chair Benny Gantz over Odeh's apparent exclusion from the opposition rally saved the day. Several hours before the protest, Gantz himself called Odeh and invited him to speak. Odeh accepted at once. He realized this was not the time for grandstanding and ego wars.
Top members of the Zionist left-wing Meretz party are trying to transform their party into one based on full Jewish-Arab partnership, just a month after it passed the election threshold thanks in large part to increased support from the Arab vote. The demand, put forth by an internal Meretz group known as the Forum for Jewish-Arab Cooperation, calls on the party leadership to either formally join with Hadash-Ta'al - a union of the Arab-Jewish Hadash party and Ahmad Tibi's Ta'al party - or transition into a fully-fledged Jewish-Arab party with an Arab party chairperson alongside a Jewish one. Meretz received more than 30,000 votes from the Arab sector in the last elections, after MK Issawi Frej and Ali Salalha were voted into the party's top five in the primaries. Many credit the Arab vote for pushing Meretz past the election threshold. Now some party members want to make the union official.
Palestinians with knives don't scare attorney Lea Tsemel. A new documentary deconstructs the controversial character who will defend anyone who opposes the occupation - even if they resort to the most violent means. There's never a dull moment with Lea Tsemel. But never. The very first time I arrive at her office, on Saladin Street in East Jerusalem, while she stands at the window watching me park, yet another incident - or perhaps a grim accident, under the auspices of the occupation - takes place, involving a Palestinian and Israeli security forces.
Some 5,600 Palestinian residents of Hebron must cross a checkpoint on foot to reach their homes, according to a new survey conducted byUN OCHA. The study of so-called H2, an area of direct Israeli control constituting 20% of Hebron city, looked at the impact on local Palestinians of the Israeli military and settler presence. Around 33,000 Palestinians live in H2, as well as a few hundred illegal Israeli settlers. "The centre of Hebron has been physically separated from the rest of the city through the deployment of physical obstacles, among other means," UN OCHA noted, adding that "currently there are 121 such obstacles, including 21 permanently-staffed checkpoints."
La colonisation israélienne a profondément déstructuré le territoire palestinien, désormais discontinu et fragmenté, symbole de dépossession pour les Palestiniens et de toute-puissance pour les Israéliens. Les checkpoints, les contrôles volants, les colonies, le mur, les routes coloniales... régissent l'espace et la temporalité des vies palestiniennes. Chaque aspect de la vie des habitants des territoires occupés est déterminé par ce que le fondateur du 'Comité israélien contre les démolitions de maisons' (The Israeli Committee against House demolitions, ICAHD), Jeff Halper, a appelé la" matrice de contrôle " israélienne. Pour se déplacer, les Palestiniens doivent affronter des centaines d'obstacles à leur circulation, des checkpoints, des barrages routiers ou encore des routes réservées aux seuls colons, outre les permis de circulation qu'ils doivent obtenir. Israël emploie des techniques de domination spatiale qui morcellent, disloquent les quartiers occupés en détruisant des maisons, en s'emparant des voies de communication, ce qui réduit la mobilité de la population. Ils exproprient les Palestiniens de leurs terres sur la base d'un programme d'urbanisme usurpatoire. Ils leur imposent des restrictions de construction et démolissent les bâtiments sans permis. L'administration militaire a mis en place pas moins de101 types de permispour brider la circulation des Palestiniens, développant ainsi une véritable bureaucratie militaire de l'occupation...
The myth of the disunited and dysfunctional Palestinian is very much an Israeli invention that precedes the inception of Hamas, and even Fatah. This Zionist notion, which has been embraced by the current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, argues that "Israel has no peace partner". Despite the hemorrhaging concessions by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, this claim has remained a fixture in Israeli politics to this day. Political unity aside, the Palestinian people perceive 'unity' in a whole different political context than that of Israel and, frankly, many of us outside Palestine. 'Al-Wihda al-Wataniya' or national unity is a generational quest around a set of principles, including resistance, as a strategy for the liberation of Palestine, Right of Return for refugees, and self-determination for the Palestinian people as the ultimate goals. It is around this idea of unity that the leadership of Palestinian prisoners drafted their"National Conciliation Document"in 2006, in the hope of averting a factional clash and keeping the struggle centered on resistance against Israeli occupation. The ongoingGreat March of Return in Gaza is another daily example of the kind of unity for which the Palestinian people are striving. Despite heavy losses, thousands of protesters insist on their unity while demanding their freedom, Right of Return and an end to the Israeli siege...
Trove of archival documents reveals how Israel prevented Arabs from returning to villages they had left in 1948... Israel lifted its military rule over the state's Arab community in 1966 only after ascertaining - chiefly, by razing structures and planting dense forests - that its members could not return to the villages they had fled or been expelled from, according to newly declassified archival documents. The documents both reveal the considerations behind the creation of the military government 18 years earlier, and the reasons for dismantling it and revoking the severe restrictions it imposed on Arab citizens in the north, the Negev and the so-called Triangle of Locales in central Israel. These records were made public as a result of a campaign launched against the state archives by the Akevot Institute, which researches the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
During the 1967 Six Day War, the West Bank and East Jerusalem were occupied by Israel. 52 years later this brutal military occupation remains in place, with the West Bank's almost 3 million Palestinian residents subjected to a maze of military checkpoints, attacks by illegal Israeli settlers and a lack of access to resources. So what is life like for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem? Here are 12 things you should know. (1) Palestinians live in the shadow of the Separation Wall: Israel decided to build theSeparation Wall in 2002, during the Second Intifada. Israeli NGO B'Tselem notes that, to date, "The route of the barrier - including the sections already built, those under construction and those awaiting construction - is 712 km long." 85% of the Wall cuts deep into the West Bank, ignoring the Green (1949 Armistice) Line and encircling Israel's illegal settlement blocs to keep them "inside" Israel...
As rumours swirl about the state of health of Mahmoud Abbas, debate is raging within US and Israeli political circles about who will succeed the 83-year-old Palestinian president. Media outletsand think-tanks have also joined in, debating names and contenders, and speculating on what a possible transition process, or lack thereof, might look like. With their stability-first mantra, Palestinian security officials top the lists. But from a Palestinian perspective, this dynamic should trigger a serious and long-awaited debate on re-envisioning the Palestinian political and governance systems, as well as the whole question of political leadership. A collective leadership model, away from the failed structures of the PA and PLO, could put Palestinians on the path towards self-determination. Three things could help to build an inclusive and participatory political system, which could empower Palestinians in their journey towards self-determination, statehood and meaningful democracy...
A quarter of a century on from the Oslo Peace Accords, young Palestinian writers share their views on the future of the two-state solution. The continued viability of the two-state paradigm has never been as uncertain as it is today. The arrival of a US administration that has displayed an unprecedented alignment with the Greater Israel ideology of Israeli right-wingers is undoubtedly one of the biggest factors. But long before Donald Trump's election, the two-state paradigm was already under tremendous stress. This was due in no small part to an almost perpetually stalled Middle East Peace Process, and concerted efforts by Israeli governments to undermine the prospects of Palestinian statehood, even as they consolidated Israel's hold over East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The inability of the European Union to match its fervently held two-state policy with consequential action is, of course, another significant factor. This selection of short essays by young Palestinian thinkers provides a partial snapshot of this conversation about the continued usefulness of the two-state paradigm, and about what to demand of Europe at this critical juncture.
Palestinian groups, Fatah, Hamas and others should not confine themselves to merely rejecting the Trump Administration's so-called "Deal of the Century". Instead, they should use their resistance to the new American-Israeli plot as an opportunity to unify their ranks. Leaked details of the "Deal of the Century" confirm Palestinians' worst fears: the "Deal" is but a complete American acquiescence to the right-wing mentality that has ruled Israel for over a decade. According to the Israeli daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, a demilitarised state, "New Palestine" will be established on territorial fragments of the West Bank, as all illegal Jewish settlements would permanently become part of Israel. If Palestinians refuse to accept Washington's diktats, according to the report, they will be punished through economic and political isolation. The only difference between the US "peace process" of the past and today's "Deal of the Century" is in the style and tactics as opposed to the substance and details. Undoubtedly, the "Deal", championed by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law, will fail. Not only will it not deliver peace - this is not the intention - but it is most likely to be rejected by Israel. The formation of Israel's new government under Benjamin Netanyahu's leadership is centered round far-right and religious parties. It is no longer politically correct in the new Israeli lexicon to even discuss the possibility of a Palestinian state, let alone agree to one... Therefore, it is critical that Palestinian groups at home and in the diaspora push for Palestinian dialogue, not merely for the sake of forming a unity government in Ramallah but to revitalize the PLO as a truly representative and democratic body that includes all Palestinian political currents and communities...
Israel exercises direct control over the 20% of Hebron City, known as H2, which is home to some 33,000 Palestinians and a few hundred Israeli settlers. This area has witnessed multiple cycles of violence in the context of continuing settlement activities, which are in contravention of international law. To better understand the specific vulnerabilities of this coercive environment on the protection, services, livelihoods and social life of affected residents, OCHA, along with humanitarian partners, conducted an inter-cluster needs assessment in summer 2018. This consisted of a survey carried out of a representative sample of 280 families living in the most affected areas of H2. The findings presented here have been used to prioritize humanitarian interventions that were subsequently incorporated into the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
From April 27 through May 10 Israeli security forces arrested at least 168 Palestinians, including 33 minors; made at least 232 raids on towns and villages; raided at least 190 homes; and set up at least 249 flying checkpoints.
In the Hebron District, Israeli security forces arrested at least 12 Palestinians, including 1 minor; made at least 3 raids on towns and villages and raided at least 14 homes; and set up at least 18 flying checkpoints.
In the Bethlehem District, Israeli security forces arrested at least 15 Palestinians, including 4 minors; made at least 2 raids on towns and villages and raided at least 16 homes; and set up at least 4 flying checkpoints.
During April 2019, at least 70 structures were demolished in the occupied Palestinian Territories (including East Jerusalem) by Israeli forces, displacing at least 70 people - including 33 children - and affecting a further 313 people (according to OCHA oPT). All the demolitions and confiscations, other then the two punitive demolitions, were carried out on grounds of lacking an Israeli-issued building permit. Most of the demolished structures supported agricultural, herding and commercial livelihoods.
The number of Palestinians who live in Jerusalem is 341,453 - approximately 38% of the total population of the city. Approximately 140,000residents of East Jerusalem live in neighborhoods of the city left outside the Separation Barrier... The poverty rates in Jerusalem and in the Jerusalem District are the highest in Israel: 72%of all Palestinian families in Jerusalem live below the poverty line, compared to 26%of Jewish families. The child poverty rate in East Jerusalem is twice the rate among Jewish children: 81%of Palestinian children in the city live below the poverty line, compared to 38%of Jewish children. Approximately 8,474 children in East Jerusalem are defined as children at risk. Given the high poverty rate among residents of East Jerusalem, there is a particularly vital need for welfare services in thearea. Despite this, there are only six welfare offices in the area, responsible for caring for 334,776people. By comparison, 19welfare offices serve the Israeli-Jewish population in the city, caring for 569,817people. The average number of clients at the welfare offices in East Jerusalem is 55,796, compared to 29,900 in the west of the city...
The Palestine poster genre dates back to around 1900 and, incredibly, more Palestine posters are designed, printed and distributed today than ever before. Unlike most of the political art genres of the twentieth century such as those of revolutionary Cuba and the former Soviet Union, which have either died off, been abandoned, or become mere artifacts, the Palestine poster genre continues to evolve. Moreover, the emergence of the Internet has exponentially expanded the genre's network of creative contributors and amplified the public conversation about contemporary Palestine.
This year JPPI released its third annual Pluralism Index, a major element of the Institute's broader pluralism project. As part of the Pluralism Index, JPPI conducts an annual public opinion survey of a representative sample of Israel's population to gauge attitudes relating to pluralism and measure how various segments of Israel's population relate to each other. [The JPPI was established by The Jewish Agency for Israel]
Does Political Participation Negate the Torah? / The Birth of Agudat Israel / How Modern Life Facilitates the "Scholar Society" / From Ecumenism to Particularism / Agudat Israel Enters Israeli Politics / A Period of Limited Withdrawal / Aguda Joins the Likud Coalition / The Sephardim Break Away / Schism in the Torah World / The Role of Habad / The Price of Political Success. [M.F., one of the leading experts on ultra-Orthodoxy in Israel, is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University]