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Academic Newsletter N°50 (September 2019)

The Biggest Prison on Earth

A History of the Occupied Territories

ILAN PAPPE

" Israel's bravest, most principled, most incisive historian "(John Pilger)

Oneworld 2019 (paperback, 14.99 euro)

Contents:

Actions -- Agenda -- Academia -- Analyses -- Antisemitism -- BDS -- Current Affairs -- EU/US -- Gaza -- Israel -- Jerusalem -- Palestine -- Prisoners -- Refugees -- Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls :

"Palestine Justice Campaign: Accounting for War Crimes in Gaza. Court Case Starts in the Hague on 17th September.

On July 20th 2014 the Ziada family home in Bureij refugee camp in Gaza was bombed by Israeli military forces. It was a targeted attack that reduced the three storey building instantly to rubble and left everyone inside it fatally wounded. Amongst the dead lay Ismail Ziada's mother, three brothers, his sister-in-law, a 12 year old nephew and a visiting friend. Israeli army Chief of Staff Benny Gantz is being sued in The Hague by Ismail Ziada for the bombing of his family's home in Gaza that same day, resulting in the deaths of seven people including Ziada's mother.
Cf. Adri Nieuwhof, "Israeli generals sued in Dutch court for killing Gaza family" (EI, 29 March 2018). (Ismail Ziada) a Palestinian-Dutch citizen is suing two senior Israeli military commanders for the bombing of his family's home during Israel's 2014 attack on the Gaza Strip... A key claim in the complaint is that the Dutch courts have jurisdiction over the case both because of Ziada's connections to the Netherlands and because there is no way for him to obtain justice in Israeli courts.

UPDATE: The court hearing starts on 17th September 2019 - details here.


"International call for an action month for Georges Abdallah" (Samidoun, Sept 9):

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah is a Lebanese communist activist. He was arrested in Lyon in 1984 and convicted in 1987 as the alleged founder of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Factions (FARL). Georges was legally eligible for release after 14 years in prison. On October 24th, Georges will have spent 35 years behind bars. All attempts for his release have been sabotaged by the French public authorities under open pressure from the USA. But the fury aimed at Georges should not surprise us.


"Release of the UN Database of Businesses Engaged in Activities Related to Israeli Settlements" (Al-Haq, Aug 2019, 6p., pdf)

Le 27 août 2019, 103 organisations locales, régionales et internationales ont appelé le Haut Commissaire au Droits de l'Homme de l'ONU, madame Michelle Bachelet, à publier la base de données de l'ONU sur les entreprises engagées dans des activités en lien avec les colonies israéliennes dans le territoire palestinien occupé (ci-après la Base de données). Dans la lettre, les organisations soussignées ont exprimé leur profonde inquiétude devant le fait que la publication de la base de données, où se trouvent les noms des entreprises qui facilitent l'entreprise coloniale d'Israël, a été sans cesse retardée, potentiellement sous une certaine pression politique (Agence Médias Palestine, 2-9-2019).


Agenda :

# Manifiesta, Bredene, 21 sept, 15h, tent A: "Palestijnse cultuur als antwoord op de bezetting -- "La culture palestinienne comme réponse à l'occupation":

Met/avec Omar Barghouti (onder voorbehoud/sous réserve), Rachel Holmes (une des pionnières du 'Palestine Festival of Literature'), & artistes palestiniens/Palestijnse artiesten.

# Expo: "De verdwenen dorpen van Palestina"
Fototentoonstelling: doorlopend. Rondleidingen in het Staf Versluys Centrum: 21/9, 13.30u & 15.30u met Johan Depoortere;  22/9, 13.30 u met Johan Depoortere.


# Bruxelles, 26/9 - 5/11: "CINEMATEK - Programma - Michel Khleifi". Lieu: 9 rue Baron Horta, 1000 Bruxelles. Dans le cadre de:  Carte blanche Michel Khleifi (1/9-11/11). En collaboration avec Courtisane.

Le réalisateur Michel Khleifi, né à Nazareth et installé à Bruxelles depuis les années 1970, est le cinéaste palestinien le plus reconnu. Son cinéma militant, observateur et poétique, décrit le quotidien du peuple palestinien, entre exil, mémoire et occupation. CINEMATEK a récemment achevé le travail de restauration de ses films qui font de lui un grand cinéaste de la lutte, de l'émancipation et de la liberté, et l'accueille le 26.09 pour une présentation au public.


# Luxembourg, samedi, 5 oct, Luxembourg symposium: "Quel futur pour les Palestiniens et les Israéliens ?" # English: "What future for Palestinians and Israelis? Views from the Palestinian and Israeli civil societies." Jour entier. Où : Luxembourg. Neimënster, 28 Rue Münster Salle Robert Krieps,  2160 Luxembourg. (Facebook)

Après des décennies d'un prétendu processus de paix entre Palestiniens et Israël, il n'y a plus guère à espérer des politiciens. Depuis longtemps, les sociétés civiles palestinienne et israélienne ont décidé de prendre leur destin en main. Que font-ils ? A quoi font-ils face ? Comment s'organisent-ils ?... Sur ces sujets, nous écouterons neuf Palestiniens et Israéliens engagés qui partagent la conviction que les êtres humains sont égaux et que chacun jouit des mêmes droits. Nous discuterons avec eux, ils discuteront ensemble. La musique et la poésie feront partie du dialogue.
Organisé par Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche Orient. Avec le soutien de : European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine, Association belgo-palestinienne, Associations France Palestine Solidarité, Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden zu Nahost, Union des progressistes juifs de Belgique.

# Marchienne-au-Pont, le 6 oct, 12h - 15h: EXPO : "4 générations de réfugiés palestiniens au Liban." Org.: Maison Pour Associations & Pour la Palestine. Lieu: Maison Pour Associations, 80, route de Mons, 6030 Marchienne-au-Pont. Info: Facebook.

LE VERNISSAGE : dimanche le 6 oct,
11h00. Brunch palestinien, 5 euros/personne (réservation souhaitée :
charleroi.palestine@gmail.com ou 0473/28.63.75);
12h30 Mot d'accueil et verre de l'amitié offert;
13h-15h Activités: Témoignages en paroles et lecture de poèmes, avec Mustafa Awad, Milady Renoir, Rami Al Banna...

Academia :

MESA: "Letter to Israel authorities about restrictions on international academics working in Palestinian universities" (Middle East Studies Association, Letters from the Board, Sept 12):

MESA and other scholarly societies issue letter that calls upon Israel authorities to issue a transparent policy that allows entry and the presence of foreign faculty and staff on Palestinian university campuses in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights law.
"Dear Prime Minister, Ministers and Ambassador, We write to express our concern regarding the limitations imposed on international faculty at Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza, some of whom are members of our associations. For the past three years, the Israeli authorities have increasingly denied new and reentry visas, imperiling the right to education of Palestinian students... To enable Palestinian universities to maintain knowledge production and academic freedom, we call on Israel to refrain from imposing arbitrary restrictions on the duration of stay or extension of stay for international academics, and to clarify lawful procedures for issuing entry visas and work permits for international academics in the West Bank and Gaza."
Endorsers: American Anthropological Association, American Political Science Association, Middle East Studies Association, National Women's Studies Association & Society of Architectural Historian.


Amira Hass, "Israeli university heads say won't intervene in discrimination against Palestinian schools" (Haaretz, Aug 28):

The Committee of University Heads in Israel has declared that the discrimination against Palestinian universities with regard to granting visas for visiting lecturers is a political issue and thus not one in which they will intervene. The announcement was made in response to an appeal made by 33 faculty members at Haifa University to Prof. Ron Rubin, the university's president and the chairman of the committee. The faculty members asked Rubin to address the harm inflicted by Israel on higher education in the West Bank over Israel's handling of visas given to guest lecturers, which are generally not given at all, given after long delays, or not renewed. "As lecturers concerned with the academic freedom of ourselves and our guests, we feel obliged to see to it that the academic freedom of our colleagues is maintained," reads their letter, which was sent on July 18 after a report on the matter was published in Haaretz a week earlier.


"USACBI denounces Israeli detention of Prof. Widad Barghouti, calls for academic boycott" (USACBI, Sept 9):

In yet another outrageous assault on academic life in Palestine, the Israeli military raided the home of Birzeit University (BZU) professor Widad Barghouti at dawn on September 1, 2019. Israeli occupation forces arrested Barghouti, who teaches media studies at BZU, just hours after her son Carmel was detained at a military checkpoint while returning from a wedding in Hebron. Her second son, Qassam, had been arrested a few days earlier during the Israeli incursion into the town of Kobar, northwest of Ramallah. Carmel (age 30), who graduated from BZU with a degree in accounting, is married with two young children and works at the Ministry of Culture. Qassam (age 25) is a graduate of Al-Quds University with a degree journalism and media studies, and is employed at the Birzeit University Museum. Both are still in interrogation by the Israelis...


"Palestinian student activists among 23 seized by Israeli occupation forces" (Samidoun, Aug 27):

Israeli occupation forces seized at least 23 people from their homes on Monday morning, 26 August, including several Palestinian student leaders and activists at Bir Zeit University. They join approximately 60 fellow students at Bir Zeit and over 300 Palestinian students overall held in Israeli prisons. Student activists involved in the elected council or other organizations are particularly targeted for arrest, interrogation and imprisonment; nearly every year, the Bir Zeit student body president is seized by occupation forces and prevented from carrying out his or her term on campus.


Analyses & Comments :

Ahmed El Kady, "Why 'moderates' don't have a clue what to do about Israel's settlements" (MEMo via Informed Comment, Sept 7):

Earlier this month, the High Planning Committee (HPC) of the Israeli Civil Administration authorised the construction of 2,304 new settlement units, just days after the approval of another 6,000 units in the occupied West Bank... Zionism, like many ideologies, is a disputed term. Zionists will often claim the term simply represents the belief that Jews have the right to self-determination in their historic homeland. Moderates are mostly content to accept this at face value and won't probe much further. Anti-Zionists and BDS supporters typically identify Zionism with settler-colonialism, an ideology seeking to capture "as much of Palestine, with as few Palestinians there as possible"... Whether we believe Zionism is a benign nationalism or a dispossessing colonialism should depend on which definition more lucidly brings out the features of Israeli policy and political culture. 


Noura Erakat, "L'Autorité palestinienne pensait que son respect des règles mènerait à l'indépendance, mais elle n'a fait que renforcer la domination israélienne" (Agence Media Palestine, 18 août):

Le texte qui suit est un extrait du nouveau livre de Noura Erakat, "Justice For Some: Law and the Question of Palestine" (Justice pour certains : Le droit et la question de la Palestine). N. Erakat y expose comment la « quête illusoire » d'un État de l'Autorité palestinienne « a façonné chez les dirigeants palestiniens un attachement à la tutelle états-unienne et une réticence à adopter une ligne plus radicale, qui serait basée sur une politique de la résistance ».
" En 2018, la perspective d'un État palestinien souverain et indépendant est obsolète...


"Should Palestinian Citizens of Israel Boycott the Elections?: An Al-Shabaka Debate" (Al-Shabaka, Sept 11):

Many are debating whether the re-emergence of a united Joint Arab List will result in increased Palestinian voter turnout in this month's Knesset elections, but for those who advocate for an election boycott, the status of the Joint List is moot. On the occasion of the imminent elections, Al-Shabaka is recirculating this roundtable debate, first published in April 2019, in which Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst Nijmeh Ali and Al-Shabaka Palestine Policy Fellow Yara Hawari argue against and for boycotting Knesset elections, respectively.


"Focus On: International Aid to Palestine" - Al-Shabaka (Sept 4):

The Trump Administration's aid cuts to Palestinians, while disastrous, can spur a reassessment of the Oslo Accords aid model, which for decades has failed to bring Palestinians closer to freedom, self-determination, or statehood. In this collection of pieces, Al-Shabaka analysts examine aid to Palestine and its harmful ramifications, and suggest ways to reform and reinvent Palestinian aid. Contributions by Samer Abdelnour, Sam Bahour, Nora Lester Murad, Alaa Tartir, Jeremy Wildeman.


Antisemitism Politics:

Joseph Levine, "'Zionism is at the core of Jewish identity, so anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic' - A response" (Mondoweiss, Sept 2):

"Since Jews are a history-bonded collective, and Israel is the culmination of Jewish history, elementary high school algebra dictates that Zionism is an essential component of Jewish identity" (Judea Pearl). Should Zionism be protected from criticism because many Jews take Zionist doctrine to be essential to their own self-conception? No, Joseph Levine says, because it is reasonable in considering the history of the Zionist project to argue that it is unjust, without being written out of the discourse as a bigot.


Michael Arria, "State Dept updates antisemitism definition to include comparisons of Israel to Nazi Germany" (Mondoweiss, Aug 8):

The State Department has updated the working definition of anti-Semitism detailed on its website to include comparisons between current Israeli policies and those of the Nazis. The move comes just two weeks after the House passed a resolution denouncing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and amidst consistent attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for introducing a bill that affirms the right to boycott foreign countries in the name of human rights.


BDS:

"For justice: SA Jews support the academic boycott of Israeli universities" (Mail & Guardian, Sept 13):

Open Letter: Dear university executive and senate members at the University of Cape Town, On March 15, the University of Cape Town (UCT) senate took a groundbreaking decision refusing to "enter into any formal relationships with Israeli academic institutions operating in the occupied Palestinian territories as well as other Israeli academic institutions enabling gross human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories." As South African Jews, we want to encourage the UCT Senate to preserve this resolution and safeguard the university's academic freedom and autonomy. For Jews, of both secular and religious traditions, we assert that it is our moral and ethical duty to hold Israel accountable for its unjust treatment of Palestinians. This issue is of central concern to us because the State of Israel claims to speak in our name. As South African Jews, we cannot sit by idly while the Israeli government commits similar atrocities to the former South African apartheid regime. We affirm that the academic boycott of Israeli universities which are enabling gross human rights violations is an internationally recognised non-violent strategy to put an end to the occupation, and we urge the UCT Senate to preserve their momentous resolution. [followed by a list of the endorsers]


"Boycottez AnyVision : société israélienne de surveillance par une reconnaissance visuelle " testée sur le terrain "" (AURDIP, Sept 2):

Le Comité national palestinien du BDS (BNC) appelle au boycott d'AnyVision, société israélienne de technologie de reconnaissance visuelle, en raison de sa complicité irréfutable dans l'occupation et la répression israéliennes des Palestiniens. AnyVision tire profit des violations, par Israël, des droits humains des Palestiniens et elle exporte sa technologie de surveillance répressive dans le monde entier.


"Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid" (BDS Movement, Aug 28):

The Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) warmly welcomes the statement signed to date by more than 500 filmmakers, primarily from the Arab world, denouncing "Close up," a new documentary film project that violates the anti-normalization guidelines agreed on by the vast majority of Palestinian civil society. PACBI calls for boycotting this complicit project. 


Dean Obeidallah, "Benjamin Netanyahu Is BDS's Best Recruiter" (The Forward, Sept 11):

Standing next to an easel bearing a large map of Israel stands Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Pointing to the map, Abbas declares that, if re-elected, he would annex one third of Israel. The Palestinian state's new borders would include some of the most valuable parts of Israel, such as Tel Aviv and Haifa, and maybe even the historic city of Acre where battles during the Crusades were fought... I don't know if BDS will ultimately impact Israeli policy in the long run. But it's likely that it will be far more visible than it is today. And if that happens, the person responsible will be Netanyahu - with an assist from Trump.


Current Affairs :

Ramzy Baroud, "Israa Ghrayeb's 'Honor Killing' Should Be Our Wake-up Call" (The Palestine Chronicle, Sept 11):

The death of Israa Ghrayeb has ignited furious reactions regarding so-called "honor killings" in Palestine and throughout the Arab world. It has also caused confusion with respect to the jurisprudential foundation of such crimes, which are often committed in the name of protecting a family's honor. Israa, a 21-year-old makeup artist from the town of Beit Sahour in the West Bank, was reportedly beaten to death by her own brother for "dishonoring" the family. The tragic episode was apparently ignited by a video posted on social media that showed Israa spending time with her fiancé. 


"Bedouin Village Structures Demolished for the 159th Time" (IMEMC News, Sept 9):

Israeli forces, Sunday, demolished structures of Al-Araqib village, a Bedouin community in the southern Negev region of Israel, for the 159th time. On September 3, 2019, three people, including an elderly woman, were detained by Israeli occupation soldiers, when the village was demolished for the 157th time. The village of 220 people have been the target of an ongoing effort to permanently remove them from the area, by way of constant attack and destruction of property, perpetrated by the Israeli occupation.


EU-US-World:

Ali Abunimah, "UK journalists union urges Labour to restore Asa Winstanley's press pass" (The Electronic Intifada, Sept 3):

The UK's National Union of Journalists has condemned the Labour Party for revoking the press pass of The Electronic Intifada's Asa Winstanley. It took the Labour Party nearly two weeks to issue a response to NUJ's repeated requests for an explanation for the ban, the trade union said on Tuesday. Last week more than two dozen prominent journalists launched a petition calling on Labour to restore Winstanley's press pass. To date, more than 2,600 people have signed it.


David Lloyd, "'Progressive' votes on anti-BDS bill offer a political defense of the indefensible" (Mondoweiss, July 29):

David Lloyd writes that congressional resolutions that affirm the duplicitous language of Zionist lobbies and apologists for apartheid will have little impact on the continuing growth of the BDS movement, but "progressives" who endorse them stand to lose sight of what is crucial to all fundamental political change: the moral force of social movements out of which, from abolitionism to civil rights to BDS, all substantial transformation has come.


Gaza :

Sarah Algherbawi, "Lost childhood: Gaza's youngest generation copes with trauma 5 years after the last war" (Mondoweiss, Sept 11):

Most children in Gaza are coping with depression, grief, and fear as a result of living through three wars over the last ten years. Reporter Sarah Algherbawi spoke with children about what they remember from the last war, their physical symptoms from trauma and their hopes for the future.


"NGO: World's worst tragic figures recorded in Gaza" (Middle East Monitor, Sept 5):

The blockaded Gaza Strip has marked the highest tragic humanitarian figures in the world, a humanitarian aid NGO said Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported. The Istanbul-based Gaza Aid Association held a conference dedicated to the Gaza Strip, and released its annual report on the humanitarian situation in the enclave. The situation in the strip is "the worst over the years of siege," said Abdul Majed al-Aloul, general manager of the association. It recorded tragic humanitarian figures that were "the highest in the world in the fields of unemployment with 52%, poverty 53% and water pollution 95% and the daily power outage rate that reached 75%," he said.


OCHA: "At least 1,200 people injured in Gaza demonstrations will require limb reconstruction" (Sept 6: The Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin, August 2019):

In Gaza, severe limb injuries caused by live ammunition have created a substantial burden on the already overstrained health system. Between 30 March 2018 and 31 July 2019, more than 8,000 Palestinians have been injured by live ammunition by Israeli forces during the "Great March of Return" (GMR) demonstrations along the fence between Gaza and Israel. According to the oPt Health Cluster, 87 per cent of these are limb injuries, with injuries to the abdomen and pelvis accounting for approximately five per cent.


Gideon Levy, "'We had a beautiful life, and it was lost': Gaza women widowed in the 2014 war speak out" (Haaretz, Sept 14):

On the fifth anniversary of the end of Operation Protective Edge, Olfat al-Kurd, a B'Tselem field researcher in Gaza, visits five women who lost their husbands and other relatives in Israeli bombing. - Islam Awwad, 24, lost seven members of her family, including her husband and son; remarried, she is a homemaker and has a 2-year-old daughter; lives in the town of Jabalya: "I am the wife of the shahid [martyr] Mohammed Abed Rabo, who fell in the war on July 29, 2014."


"Statusless in Gaza" (Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, Sept 10):

PHRI has recently been handling cases of female cancer patients from the Gaza Strip who are stateless. Some have no personal identification documents at all. These are women whose family unification applications were never processed or ultimately not approved, or whose families were absent from the Gaza Strip during the 1967 census and therefore never included in the population registry. The plight of people in this situation became worse after an Israeli decision from 2000 to stop updating its copy of the Palestinian population registry, which prompted the Palestinian Authority to stop issuing ID cards.


Israel :

"Netanyahu says he is planning on annexing parts of Hebron" (The Times of Israel, Sept 16):

PM says the small community located in the heart of the Palestinian city will become an official part of the Jewish state. -- PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said his plans to annex West Bank settlements after the upcoming election include the settlement of Kiryat Arba and the Jewish enclaves in Hebron. Asked during an interview on Army Radio if these communities were included in his plan to extend Israeli sovereignty over settlements, Netanyahu said: "Of course, they'll be part of the State of Israel."


Gideon Levy: "Please, Bibi, Let the Annexation Begin" (Haaretz via IAK, Sept 12):

There's no longer any real debate in Israel. The right wants to annex Palestinian land openly, and the center wants to annex, but deceive us. All that's left now is to admit to the world that in reality Israel annexed the West Bank many years ago... it's one country with an apartheid system... Anyone who still doubts the existence of apartheid ought to visit the Jordan Valley. The water, the land and the freedom - which are divvied up there via blatant segregation based on nationality, with no shame - tell the entire story. Nothing could be more just than for the Torah of annexation to go forth from here. The Jewish people arose in the Land of Israel, and the apartheid state arose in the Jordan Valley. If Netanyahu keeps his promise - and, as noted, we should hope he does - both Israelis and the world will know that the second apartheid state in history has been officially established. Then we'll see how Israelis live with this, and especially how the world responds.


Gershon Baskin, "A declaration of war on the two-state solution" (The Jerusalem Post, Sept 11):

Palestinian resistance is likely to include a new round of violence. That is not a threat, it is an assessment. -- PM Benjamin Netanyahu has declared war on the two-state solution. His plan, which he promised to implement if he is reelected, would annex between 30-40% of the West Bank, including all of the Jewish settlements, in the blocks and isolated around Palestinians communities, and the entire Jordan Valley. There is not a single Palestinian alive who would agree to a mini-fragmented Palestinian state under those conditions... For Netanyahu, the Palestinians don't exist, the Palestinians don't have rights, and their aspirations for independence and statehood can simply be ignored. He only needs Trump's support.


David Hearst, "Netanyahu's annexation plan will kill Israel" (Middle East Eye, Sept 12):

It wipes out, at a stroke, all the carefully erected walls that Israel has built to divide Palestinians from one another. - It was to have been the crowning pre-election promise. With it, Benjamin Netanyahu, the man who has dominated Israel for much of three decades, calculated on delivering the coup de grace to his political rivals on the settler right. Avigdor Lieberman the kingmaker? No more. But Netanyahu's announcement that he was going to annex the Jordan Valley, and with it nearly one-third of the West Bank, did not turn out like that. Netanyahu boasted that he would be able to annex all the settlements in the heart of his homeland, thanks to "my personal relationship with President Trump". But US President Donald Trump, this time, refused to play ball.


Patty Nieberg, "The religious activists waging a 'holy war' against Israel's arms exports" (Haaretz, Sept 11):

The country's sale of weaponry to murderous regimes goes against all Jewish religious teachings, charge members of 'No 2 Arms' - and they are fighting back. The 40-year-old woman heckling former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon is probably the least likely advocate you could imagine calling for restrictions on Israel's arms sales to morally questionable regimes like Myanmar. Esther Merchavy, an Orthodox mother of six, is not subtle as she wages her war on Israel's arms industry. Merchavy is a member of 'No 2 Arms', an activist group that wants increased regulation over Israeli arms sales in order to prevent trade that it believes perpetuates war crimes and violates human rights... "If the Jewish people will not behave morally, so the right to be the rulers of this holy land will be in question. Part of this moral behavior is not selling weapons to violent regimes."


Nurit Peled, "Les Palestiniens dans les manuels scolaires israéliens" (Ass. belgo-palestinienne, 3 sept):

Toute stratégie de domination passe par la dé-légitimation des dominés et la victimisation des dominants. En Israël, ce processus passe, notamment, par le système scolaire. Dans tous les pays, les livres scolaires ont pour objectif premier de légitimer l'État. En Israël, leur rôle est de légitimer le projet sioniste et sa conquête coloniale pour une nation ethniquement pure. Le corollaire immédiat et irréfutable, c'est l'absence ou la disparition des « indigènes ». Comme le dit Edward Saïd : « Toutes les forces constitutives du Sionisme étaient fondées sur l'exclusion de la présence, ou plutôt sur l'absence fonctionnelle d'une population indigène en Palestine. Les Palestiniens sont dehors ou absents, quand bien même ils sont encore beaucoup trop présents ».


Yoav Litvin, "The Case Against the Zionist 'Left'" (CounterPunch, Sept 6):

Zionist historical revisionism constructs an erroneous presentation of Israel as accommodating a left-to-right political milieu, the left-flank of which amenable to a peaceful resolution of "the conflict", instead of recognizing the entirety of Zionism, including its "liberal" faction, as inherently white supremacist, settler colonialist and genocidal.


Meron Rapoport, "Meretz is the last Jewish anti-occupation party. But for how long?" (+972, Sept 6):

As Israel's center-left and centrist parties have dropped the topic of the occupation over the years, Meretz has remained the sole Jewish party to emphasize ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But can it continue to hold out amidst running mate Ehud Barak's talk of annexation?


Yossi Beilin, "What really matters to Israeli Arab voters" (Al-Monitor, Sept 9):

Over the years, Arab localities have become a battleground between gangs, racketeers and frustrated youth. Vast stockpiles of small arms, which are used without the slightest hesitation, have been assembled... The problem that most concerns Israel's Palestinian citizens is personal safety, an issue on which the Blue and White could make significant positive contributions and in doing so attract Arab voters, potentially breaking the prevailing electoral deadlock with the right.


Yumna Patel, "Amnesty International: Palestinian lawmakers in Israel face systemic discrimination" (Mondoweiss, Sept 6):

In a new report, AI details how Palestinian members of Knesset face systemic discrimination: "Despite being democratically elected like their Jewish Israeli counterparts, Israeli Arabic MKs are the target of deep-rooted discrimination and undue restrictions that hamstring their ability to speak out in defence of the rights of the Israeli Arabic people," the report says. [picture: Haneen Zoabi in Knesset].


Jonathan Cook, "How Israel's religious right is now in the driving seat" (JC, Sept 2):

The real fight in Israel's imminent election re-run isn't between the right wing and a so-called 'centre-left' but between two rival camps within the ultra-nationalist right. The outcome may prove a moment of truth for the shrinking secular right as it comes up once again against an ever-more powerful camp that fuses religion with ultra-nationalism.


Kathryn Shihadah, "In Israel, religious extremism is pervasive, unchecked" (IAK, Sept 6):

In Israel, religious extremism has gone unchecked in the educational establishment, in top levels of government, and among prominent religious leaders - radicalizing a growing number of Israeli youth and endangering Palestinians... A Haaretz editorial in the summer of 2014 stated that "what Israel calls 'religious extremism' has become ubiquitous in the halls of government, schools, synagogues, and even centers of police and military activity. It is no longer extremist to practice extremism - it is commonplace." This can not by any stretch of the imagination bode well for Palestinians.


Jerusalem, occupied and colonized :

New report: "477 Israeli violations in August: Settlers' raids at Al-Aqsa reflect official tendencies to change status quo in Jerusalem" (Euro-Med HRM, Sept):

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor confirmed in a report that the Israeli occupation forces escalated their attacks in the occupied city of Jerusalem, as party of a policy adopted by the highest Israeli political level, amid clear indications of Israeli tendencies to break the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque. The most serious incident was witnessed in the city was on the morning of Eid al-Adha, August 11, 2019, when hundreds of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque following a decision by the Israeli Prime Minister to perform their Talmudic rituals in commemoration of the so-called Tisha B'Av - the destruction of the Second Temple. The storming changed the current practice of not carrying out raids on Islamic holidays, amid massive repression of Muslim worshipers that resulted in the injury of 65 and the arrest of eight others. 
Cf. "Palestinians in Jerusalem. Victims of Israeli Occupation's dominance" (E-M HRM, 2018).


Suleiman Mourad, « À qui appartient Jérusalem ? » (Orient xxi, 30 août):

Depuis l'occupation de l'ensemble de Jérusalem en 1967 par Israël, la question de « la propriété » de la ville oppose âprement les communautés palestinienne et israélienne. Elle est porteuse de conséquences majeures sur les plans politique, religieux, social et juridique. Au cours des dernières décennies, plusieurs gouvernements israéliens et de nombreuses organisations sionistes ont lancé une croisade mondiale avec pour objectif de traduire le contrôle politique d'Israël sur Jérusalem en possession physique et légale exclusive de la ville par des organisations juives particulières. C'est déjà le cas pour le contrôle du culte au « mur des Lamentations » (ou Mur occidental). Des efforts similaires - avec un soutien financier et politique puissant d'organisations évangéliques aux États-Unis - existent pour la prise de contrôle de l'esplanade des Mosquées.


Palestine, occupied and colonized :

Jake Batinga, "The Apartheid System in Hebron Persecutes and Subjugates Palestinians" (truthout, Sept 8)):

The situation in Hebron is not a disparity between those with more rights and those with less, nor is it a question of mild discrimination or racism. It is a disparity between the Jewish settler population having near total power and privilege, and the Indigenous Palestinian population who have virtually no rights whatsoever in the land where they were born.

Arwa Ibrahim, "Palestinians in Jordan Valley: 'Our lands are already annexed'" (Al-Jazeera, Sept 12):

Netanyahu's pledge to formalise de facto Israeli control over Jordan Valley provokes unease among Palestinian residents. - In between sprawling arid lands of the Jordan Valley, which stretches north of the Dead Sea and west of the occupied West Bank's borders with Jordan, lies the small Palestinian village of Ras Ain al-Auja.


Gideon Levy: ""Only for Jews": The West Bank's Apartheid Springs" (Haaretz via IAK, Sept 4):

Israeli settlers have taken over dozens of springs in the West Bank, all of them on private Palestinian land, and are keeping the Palestinian owners away. There are today more than 60 springs in the central West Bank that settlers coveted and seized as part of a project of plunder that began 10 years ago. The landscaping and renovation work at about half of them has been completed, the dispossession made absolute, the Palestinians blocked from even approaching the springs and their lands. Other springs targeted by the settlers are in various stages of takeover.


Ksenia Svetlova, "Jewish heritage in the West Bank, a tool of Israel's right" (Al-Monitor, Sept 10):

The release of (Israeli) Minister of Education Rabbi Rafi Peretz's plan to expand school trips to Jewish heritage sites in the territories caused a huge uproar in the ministry, which spilled over into politics. The minister envisions students visiting Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, Shiloh River, Harasha Mountain and other sites across the Green Line... Peretz makes no effort to hide the real purpose of these visits. "It is important for students to visit Samaria when they are 16, so that they come to live here when they are 30," he said, while releasing the Rightward party's housing plan on Aug. 20. In saying this, he confirmed what many on the right knew all along, and what many on the left suspected for a long time. The idea behind school trips to the occupied territories is to acquaint teens with their Jewish heritage. It is also an important part of the settler right's larger strategy.


Prisoners :

"Palestinian prisoner Bassam Sayeh latest killed by Israeli medical neglect" (Samidoun, Sept 9):

Palestinian prisoner Bassam al-Sayeh is the latest Palestinian prisoner to lose his life in Israeli prisons on Sunday night, 8 September. Sayeh, 47, from Nablus in the northern West Bank of occupied Palestine, was one of the most severely ill Palestinian prisoners, suffering for years from leukemia and bone cancer. He suffered a heart attack in late July 2019 and also experienced pulmonary congestion, edema, liver inflammation and fourth-degree heart failure. Sayeh is the 221st Palestinian prisoner who has died in Israeli occupation prisons.
With the additional deterioration of his heart in the past months, it was operating at only 15% of strength. He worked for "Falasteen" newspaper in the West Bank before being arrested by Israeli occupation forces on 8 October 2015, accused of organizing a Palestinian armed resistance attack on the illegal Israeli settlement of Itamar near the village of Beit Furik. He first showed symptoms of cancer in 2009, during political detention by the Palestinian Authority; he had previously spent around 3 years in PA jails and one and a half years in Israeli occupation prisons.


Josh Breiner, "Israel Prison Service refuses to translate regulations into Arabic, citing nation-state law" (Haaretz, Sept 3):

The Israel Prison Service is refusing to translate its regulations into Arabic, citing the controversial nation-state law to say it is not a legal requirement, as it includes a provision making Hebrew the country's sole official language. As a result, the prison service rejected a request by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) that the regulations be translated into Arabic for the benefit of Arabic-speaking prisoners.


Refugees :

Marion Kawas, "Le sumoud vit dans les camps palestiniens du Liban" (Pour la Palestine, 14 août):

Les camps palestiniens dans le Sud du Liban occupent une place spéciale dans l'histoire de la résistance à l'agression et à l'expansionnisme israéliens. Leurs résidents, de même que leurs compatriotes libanais, ont souvent été aux premières lignes pour affronter les raids aériens et incursions incessantes d'Israël, puis, naturellement, la brutale invasion israélienne de 1982. Tout cela a défini la raison d'être de ces camps, à l'époque et aujourd'hui, mais le tribut prélevé sur leur population a également été très lourd.


David Rosenberg, "Are Syrian refugees destined to be the Palestinians of the 21st century?" (Haaretz, Sept 10):

The civil war in Syria is winding down but there's no sign that the Syrian refugees are welcome back which is a problem for their host countries. Like the Palestinian refugees of 1948 and 1967, the odds are very good that their status will become permanent if for no other reason than the regime of Bashar Assad doesn't want them back. He regards them all as politically suspect and aims to create a Syria of religiously and ethnically loyal citizens.


Resources - Reports - Books :

@ World Health Organization - Occupied Palestinian Territories & Health Cluster oPt: "Emergency Trauma Response to the Gaza Mass Demonstrations 2018-2019". A One-Year Review of Trauma Data and the Humanitarian Consequences" (Issued May 2019, pdf, 86p.):

Gaza's health system is chronically deteriorating and more than a decade of blockade has led to a serious deterioration of the social determinants of health. Water from the aquifer is basically unfit for human consumption, sewage flows largely untreated into the Mediterranean and the economy is stifled, with unemployment rates way over 50%. Of the 1.4 million Palestinians in need of humanitarian interventions in 2019, 1.2 million live in the Gaza Strip.


"Human rights reports on Israel-Palestine (regularly updated)" (If Americans Knew Staff):

Through the years, numerous humanitarian organizations have produced detailed reports on the situation in Israel-Palestine. Below are some of them. While both the Israeli and Palestinian governments have committed human rights violations, the Israeli abuses have been far more numerous, significant, and causative.


© Said Saddiki, "Israel and the Fencing Policy: A Barrier on Every Seam Line" (Research Paper, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, 2015, 37p., pdf):

Though each modern Israeli barrier has been built in its own specific context, the goals of each project of separation overlap, and in fact form part of a policy of Israeli walls and fences derived from a single Zionist philosophy. This has translated into a state with perpetual security concerns, a lasting occupation, and the annexation of more Palestinian lands.


© Yousef M. Aljamal & Ahmed Tannira, "The Role of Young Palestinian People in the Nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement," in: Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security, vol. 6, nr 2, 2018, Special Issue: « Palestinian Young People after Oslo: Resistance and Cooperation, » pp. 181-196 (academia.edu).

Young Palestinian people serve on the frontline of resistance to the Israeli occupation, and the multiple strategies they have used in the past have reflected the varied agendas of different political parties. In recent years, there has been a shift in young people's interest towards nonviolent resistance as an approach which proves effective at both national and international levels...

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