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Academic Newsletter N° 73 (August 2021)

Contents:

Spotlight (12) -- Actions & Calls (8) -- Academy (8) -- Analyses (13) -- BDS (7) -- COVID-19 (3) -- Current Affairs (1) -- International (8) -- Israel (9) -- Palestine (15) -- Prisoners (5) -- Refugees (2) -- Resources (4) -- Videos (4) -- Agenda (1)

Spotlight:

"Death to Arabs!" : after shouting, killing.



Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed al-Alami, 11, during his funeral in the village of Beit Ummar, in the West Bank, last week. Credit: Majdi Mohammed, AP.

« A Boy Was Killed. No One Cares »

Carolina Landsmann (Haaretz, August 7, 2021)

"The public interest" is obvious to everyone. No one can dispute what Israelis care about and what they couldn't care less about. Over the past week and a half, Israeli soldiers have shot and killed four Palestinians, and no one cares - not even about the 11-year-old boy who was shot dead while sitting in the family car. The maternal instinct in the country of Jewish mothers did not stir. How could this be?
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Response to the escalation in the oPt | Situation Report No. 8
(8-28 July 2021):

West Bank, including East Jerusalem:

Four Palestinians, including two children, died after being shot by Israeli forces before or during the reporting period, and Israeli forces injured at least 1,090 others, including 141 children, in various incidents across the West Bank. Since the beginning of the year, Israeli forces killed 50 Palestinians, including 11 children, and injured at least 11,231 others, including 584 children, across the West Bank. For more information about these incidents, please refer to the Protection of Civilian reports. ...

During the reporting period in Beita, Nablus, at least 939 Palestinians, including 127 children, were injured by Israeli forces during clashes that erupted during almost daily protests against Israeli settlement expansion and the agreement reached between the Israeli government and Israeli settlers of the newly established Evyatar settlement, erected on Palestinian-owned land near Beita. …

Since the establishment of the settlement in early May, Israeli forces killed five Palestinians, including two children, and injured at least 3,077 others, including 381 children, in similar incidents.
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Mahmoud Tamimi, top, the younger brother of Mohammed, who was killed last week. Credit: Alex Levac.

« Mohammed Was Looking for His Little Brother When Israeli Soldiers Shot Him Dead at Close Range »

The door of an Israeli army jeep that had entered the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh for no apparent reason suddenly opened and a soldier shot 17-year-old Mohammed Tamimi, while his cousin looked on in shock.

Gideon Levy & Alex Levac (Haaretz, July 30, Archive Today: click here):

Mahmoud Tamimi climbs the trunk of the dead olive tree in the yard of his house, and hoists the flag of Palestine. He's a boy of 13 who last Friday lost his older brother, 17-year-old Mohammed, who was shot to death by Israel Defense Forces soldiers while he was on his way to fetch Mahmoud. Their younger brother, Mustafa, is named for another Mustafa Tamimi, their cousin, who was killed by soldiers in 2011. Mohammed Munir Tamimi was the fifth person killed in recent years in the village of Nabi Saleh
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Palestinian Imad Ali Mohammad Dweikat, 38, reached hospital in the city of Nablus "in a critical state" after receiving "a live bullet to the chest" in the nearby town of Beita [AFP].

« Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian in occupied West Bank »

(Al Jazeera, 6 August, 2021):

Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian and injured others during a protest against illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry and medics have said. Imad Ali Mohammad Dweikat, 38, was shot by "a live bullet to the chest" in the town of Beita and was pronounced dead at the hospital in Nablus, the ministry said in a statement on Friday. 
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Bilal, Imad Duikat's brother, holds baby Ali. Imad's four daughters sit next to them. Imad's father, also named Ali, is in the foreground. Credit: Alex Levac.

« 'They Choose One Person to Kill, and Then the Protest Is Over' »

Imad Duikat was the sixth Palestinian to be shot dead by Israeli troops during recent protests against the settler outpost of Evyatar, and the 40th to be killed in the West Bank since May.

Gideon Levy & Alex Levac (Haaretz, 12 Aug, 2021 via Israel-Palestine News, 14 Aug.):

Duikat, 38, a simple laborer, was drinking water from a disposable cup in the midday heat when he was shot. The cup now lies at the center of the improvised memorial - a circle of stones - that his friends have placed around the dried bloodstain where the bullet slammed into him..."They weren't necessarily aiming at Imad [personally]," says Omar Duikat, 51, an uncle of the deceased, sitting in the family home. "They choose one person and then it's over. The soldier chooses whom to kill. That's how we've had six local people killed." 
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Imad Khaled Saleh Hashash, 15, was shot dead by Israeli forces during an early morning raid on Balata refugee camp near Nablus on August 24, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the Hashash family)

« Israeli forces shoot, kill 15-year-old Palestinian boy in Nablus »

Defense for Children International-Palestine (August 24, 2021):

Imad Khaled Saleh Hashash, 15, was shot and killed by Israeli forces around 4 a.m. this morning as he stood on the roof of his home watching as Israeli forces conducted a raid in the Balata refugee camp located southeast of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to information collected by Defense for Children International - Palestine. Imad sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus where he was pronounced dead. 

"Israeli forces continue to kill Palestinian children with impunity," said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, accountability program director at DCIP. "Systemic impunity means Israeli forces can kill Palestinian children in their homes without fear of any consequences." 

Israeli forces raided Balata refugee camp to conduct search and arrest operations around 3 a.m., an eyewitness told DCIP.
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Israeli soldiers and Palestinian demonstrators clash in the village of Beita, West Bank, July 28, 2021. Credit: Jaafar Ashtiyeh / AFP.

« The Israeli Army's First Commandment »

Amira Hass
(Haaretz, August 8, 2021, archive.today; also Jewish Voice for Labour, August 9)

Stop saying "Soldiers fired for no reason" or "a Palestinian boy was killed for no reason." First of all, because there is a reason, and second, because this kind of phrasing only entrenches the representation of reality that the government wants people to adopt.
Let's start with the second point. When they say "soldiers fired for no reason"
 on the car in which Muayad al-Alami and his children Mohammed, Anan and Ahmed were riding, it's like saying that all is normal and there is nothing amiss with armed foreign soldiers being stationed 24/7 in the heart of a civilian population. 

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IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi at the funeral of journalist Roni Daniel, last week. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum.

« One Week, 4 Palestinian Deaths, All in Unjustified Circumstances »

Haaretz Editorial (August 4, 2021 - archive.today):

When he started his job as Israel Defense Forces chief of staff two and a half years ago, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said: "Our goal is fielding a lethal army." Kochavi kept that promise, and last week was especially lethal.   
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« To Deter Trigger-happy Soldiers, Israel Must Exact a Price for Unjustified Killings »

Haaretz Editorial (Aug 10, 2021 - archive.today):

That Israel Defense Forces soldiers tend to be trigger-happy is an established fact. Even Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi could no longer ignore the numerous shootings of Palestinians by soldiers over the past three months, particularly in recent weeks. That's why Kochavi met with Central Command senior officers on Sunday and asked them to take steps to reduce the shootings (as reported by Yaniv Kubovich on Tuesday). 
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The father of Mohammed al-Alami next to a photo of his son. Credit: Emil Salman.

« Israeli Soldiers, Don't Agree to Destroy Lives, Including Your Own! »

Ilana Hammerman (Haaretz, Aug 5, 2021, archive.today):

"Soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, you are fighting civilians. The cameras are rolling, and many see you destroying the lives of thousands of unarmed people. You are patrolling their villages and towns on foot and in armored vehicles with bars on the windows - armed from head to toe, fingers on the triggers, ready to shoot. You are sowing fear and animosity and repeatedly leaving a trail of dead and wounded and maimed behind. At night, you storm into homes, frightening men, women and children in their sleep; interrogating, conducting searches and arrests and evoking rage, humiliation and heartbreak..."  Continue...


Ruba al-Tamimi is comforted by her son Mahmoud, as they mourn her other son Muhammad during his funeral procession in Deir Nizam, west of Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank, on 24 July, 2021 (AFP).

«In Israel, the cold-blooded killing of Palestinians is met with silence»

Scores of unarmed Palestinians, including children, have been murdered since the end of Israel's May assault. Yet this is now so normal, the Israeli media and army barely mention it.

Gideon Levy (Middle East Eye, 17 August, 2021):

Nothing is valued less in Israel than the life of a Palestinian. Draw a straight line from the construction workers falling like flies to their death at building sites in Israel with nobody to care, to the unarmed protesters in the occupied territories fatally shot by soldiers while nobody bats an eye.

One common factor unites them all: the conviction in Israel that Palestinian lives are cheap. If the soldiers were to shoot stray animals as casually as they shoot Palestinians, there would be public howls of outrage and the soldiers would be tried and severely punished. But they're only killing Palestinians, so what's the problem?

When an Israeli soldier shoots a Palestinian child in the head or a Palestinian teenager or demonstrator or plumber through the heart, Israeli society is mute and apathetic. It makes do with the flimsy explanations and sometimes outright lies provided by the army spokesperson, omitting any expression of moral qualms about the need to kill. 
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Actions & Calls : 


People in the Gaza Strip stand near the site of the collapsed al-Shorouk tower after an Israeli airstrike on May 12 leveled the building, which contained numerous businesses, and caused a portion of the structure to collapse on al-Sousi building, destroying other businesses and displacing several families. © 2021 Mohammed Talatene/AP Images .

« Gaza: Israel's May Airstrikes on High-Rises »

Apparently Unlawful Attacks Cause Major Lasting Harm .

Human Rights Watch (23 August, 2021):

The Israeli military's airstrikes that destroyed four high-rise buildings in Gaza City during the May 2021 fighting apparently violated the laws of war and may amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks also damaged neighboring structures, made several dozen families homeless, and shuttered scores of businesses that provided livelihoods to many people.

"The apparently unlawful Israeli strikes on four high-rise towers in Gaza City caused serious, lasting harm for countless Palestinians who lived, worked, shopped, or benefitted from businesses based there," said Richard Weir, crisis and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch. "The Israeli military should publicly produce the evidence that it says it relied on to carry out these attacks." 
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« Palestinian Civil Society Submit Urgent Appeal to UN Special Procedures on the Arbitrary Detention and Harassment of HRD Shatha Odeh »

Addameer for Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (12 August, 2021):

On 12 August 2021, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) and the Palestinian NGO Network submitted an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Procedures on the arbitrary detention and harassment of Ms. Shatha Odeh.
Ms. Shatha Odeh, 60, serves as the Director of the Health Work Committees (HWC), a leading Palestinian non-governmental organization that promotes health services for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, and the chairwoman of PNGO, a coalition of 142 Palestinian civil society organizations. On 7 July 2021, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed her house, deploying gas grenades and forcibly arresting her despite the lack of an arrest warrant or a confiscation order. Continue...

 "Arbitrary Detention and Harassment of Human Rights Defender Shatha Odeh" (pdf, 8p.).


Mohammad was detained on April 20, 2020 by Israeli authorities and placed in administrative detention (Friends of Hebron).

« SIGN NOW: Free Mohammad Alzoghayer! »

End administrative detention for Palestinian human rights activist.

Friends of Hebron: 

Mohammad Alzoghayer is a 34-year-old community organizer on hunger strike in Israeli jail.  Mohammad is from Hebron and is the father of three. He is the Arabic spokesman for Youth Against Settlements (YAS), a Hebron-based Palestinian grassroots group that engages in peaceful community activism against the Israeli occupation. Since April 20, 2020, Mohammad has been kept in administrative detention in Israel without charge or trial. After a three week hunger strike last October, the Israeli military agreed to release him this April - but they did not keep their promise. In protest, Mohammad started a new hunger strike on July 12, 2021.

Call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to demand that Israeli authorities immediately release human rights activist Mohammad Alzoghayer and end the practice of administrative detention.

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« Catastrophic effects of the siege of Gaza: the EU must act, now, to stop this crime »

Executive Summary (pdf, 9p.):

The siege of Gaza is a collective punishment imposed by Israel on the Palestinian people of Gaza, which is illegal under international law. Meanwhile, the military attacks against the population and the infrastructures can be qualified as war crimes. The current division among Palestinian parties has worsened the situation, but this cannot reduce the primary responsibility of the occupying power, namely Israel, nor be an excuse to leave the situation of the Palestinian people in Gaza as it is.
In the context of a further deteriorating situation due to the pandemic, the European Union cannot just make statements or provide some care. Continue...

Webinar: Seven Years After Operation Protective Edge: Understanding the International Criminal Court Investigation

Join Defense for Children International - Palestine's advocacy team for a webinar on August 24, 2021 to learn what happened during Operation Protective Edge, how DCIP documented Palestinian child injuries and fatalities, how that information was used to advocate for accountability, how the International Criminal Court investigation works, and what it means for Palestinian child victims and their families.

Fill out the registration form and a Zoom link will be emailed to you with information about joining the webinar. If you cannot attend the webinar live, please register and a recording will be sent to you after the webinar.

WHEN: August 24, 2021: New York 12:00 PM; San Francisco 9 AM.   
Contact:  Brad Parker, advocacy@dcips.org

« UN: Children of Palestine deserve security, not just education »

Days of Palestine (August 16, 2021):

"The children of Palestine deserve safety and security, not just education," said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Lynne Hastings. She added in a statement today, Monday, on the occasion of the resumption of the new school year for school students, that "two million and 200 thousand children are returning to their schools in Palestine... they deserve security, safety, and hope." 

She stressed that children not only have the right to a safe education but should be given special protection under international human rights law, given their particular weaknesses. She pointed out that since the beginning of 2021, a total of 79 Palestinian children have been reported killed and 1,269 others wounded by Israeli forces. 
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Palestinians and left-wing activists protest against the eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, on April 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90).

« Why we went to the UN Security Council about East Jerusalem »

The evictions and demolitions have political and moral ramifications far beyond those of standard real-estate disputes and the government has failed its duty to intervene.

Judith Oppenheimer  (The Times of Israel, August 5, 2021):

"Last week, as the executive director of Ir Amim - City of Nations, I spoke before the United Nations Security Council at a session discussing the Middle East. Having accepted an invitation from the French presidency on behalf of the Security Council, I presented the dire and unprecedented situation in East Jerusalem whereby four Palestinian communities, numbering approximately 3,000 individuals, are simultaneously under imminent threat of mass displacement.
Of these four communities - Sheikh Jarrah, Batan al-Hawa, Al Bustan, and Al Walajeh - the first two face eviction at the hands of settler groups operating with the full complicity and backing of the State, while mass home demolitions loom over the latter two as the direct result of government policy." 
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Academia & Academic Calls:


Prof. Imad Barghouthi (Al-Quds University), 22 August 2021 (Samidoun).

« PA security forces attack demonstrators for justice for Nizar Banat, arrest activists and former prisoners »

Samidoun (August 21, 2021):

Once again, Palestinian organizers, political leaders and former prisoners have been assaulted and detained by Palestinian Authority security forces as they demanded justice for Nizar Banat, assassinated by PA security forces almost two months ago, on 24 June 2021. A protest scheduled for this evening, Saturday, 21 August, to demand accountability for those who killed and directed Banat's killing and demand an end to the Palestinian Authority's security coordination with the Israeli occupation, was blocked by PA security forces, who assaulted demonstrators and detained at least 23 people, including: Imad Barghouthi, professor and astrophysicist, former political prisoner jailed by Israel without charge or trial, and Ubai Aboudi, Executive Director of the Bisan Center for Research and Development, former political prisoner jailed by the Israeli occupation.

Update 22 August: "Ramallah court extends detention of eight detainees on hunger strike" 

On Sunday, 22 August, the 23 Palestinian political detainees seized yesterday by Palestinian Authority security forces in an attempt to prevent a demonstration demanding justice for Nizar Banat and an end to PA "security cooperation" with Israel were brought before the Ramallah Magistrate's Court. Among their number are many prominent organizers, intellectuals and former prisoners held in Israeli jails. While the court ordered the release of 13 detainees, eight more were ordered detained for an additional 48 hours: among them former prisoner Ubai Aboudi.
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« Academic Freedom in Palestine »
A Conversation with Imad Barghouthi

Scientists for Palestine

As you might know, professor Imad Barghouthi was released from prison two months ago and is now back home. We are pleased to announce that, on Saturday August 28th, we will have an online event with prof. Barghouthi, where we will discuss the status of Academic Freedom in Palestine and give a chance to our dear Imad to reflect on his detention. The event will start at 7PM Palestine time (5PM UK, noon New York time).
You can find all the details of the event here and you can register here. It would be great if you could also help us advertising it by sharing our social media (here is the Facebook event, the Instagram post and the Twitter announcement).

« 160 Recipients of EU Research Funding Call to Exclude Complicit Israeli Universities From EU Programmes »

European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine

ECCP, July 22, 2021:

160 academics from 21 countries urge the EU to exclude all Israeli academic institutions that are complicit in Israel's grave violations of international law and Palestinian human rights from its taxpayer-funded research programmes. The academics are past and current recipients of some of the most prestigious European Union research funding programmes, including the European Research Council and the Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship.

The initiative is part of a growing global trend of scholars taking a stand against complicity with Israeli academic institutions and in solidarity with Palestinian rights. In recent weeks, nearly 350 academic departments, programs, unions and associations and over 23,000 university faculty, staff and students have endorsed statements in support of Palestinian rights, most committing to or calling for accountability measures to end complicity in Israel's violations of Palestinian rights.  Continue...


Forensic Architecture: "Cloud Studies Exhibition.".

« Forensic Architecture: using technology to expose injustice »

With Forensic Architecture nominated for this year's Turner Prize, Adam Branson meets its founder, Eyal Weizman, to find out about how it uses pioneering architectural techniques to uncover the truth behind crimes and human-rights violations.

Adam Branson (Architects' Journal, 26 April 2018):

'Forensic Architecture', the research body at Goldsmiths College (Univ. of London) that Eyal Weizman founded in 2011, investigates some of the most shocking instances of injustice and crimes against humanity to be found in the world. In recent years, it has - among much else - conducted investigations into a catastrophic fire at a factory in Karachi, the bombing of hospitals in Syria and a torture and detention centre in Cameroon.

"In partnerships with institutions across civil society they use pioneering investigative techniques in spatial and architectural analysis, digital modelling and open-source investigation alongside documentary research to produce reports that have been presented in international court rooms, parliamentary inquiries and now art galleries" (Conrad Bower, "Cloud Studies is filled with hope not hate, "The Meteor," Aug 13).
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Director of Forensic Architecture, Eyal Weizman, speaking at a demonstration outside the Whitworth Gallery. Manchester PSC and JVL banners in the background. Photo: LabourHub.

« Manchester University puts Palestinian solidarity statement back in gallery » 

 Statement on 'ethnic cleansing' of Palestinians reinstated after complaint led to it being removed.

Damien Gayle (The Guardian, August 18, 2021):

The University of Manchester has reversed a decision to remove a statement of solidarity with Palestine's "liberation struggle" from an exhibition of works by a human rights investigations agency. Alistair Hudson, the director of the university's Whitworth gallery, said it was important for Forensic Architecture's 'Cloud Studies Exhibition' "to remain open in full". UK Lawyers for Israel  (UKLFI) responded by saying it was "considering all options".

A senior university official had previously written to Jewish groups to tell them the exhibition's opening statement, criticised as "factually incorrect and dangerously one-sided", had been removed. Continue...

Jewish Voice for Labour: Introduction (18 August): "Cloud Studies refloated!
Jewish Voice for Labour (24 August): "Forensic Architecture: a coda."
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The bombing of Rafah, part of Forensic Architecture's Cloud Studies exhibition at the Whitworth gallery in Manchester. Photograph: Michael Pollard.

« Our art deals with real injustices, some in Palestine: no wonder we faced opposition »

Our battle to restore a statement to a Manchester exhibition was really about what can and can't be said in cultural spaces. 

Forensic Architecture (The Guardian, August 20, 2021):

On Wednesday, protesters in Manchester reclaimed one of the city's main cultural institutions. Despite the rain, pro-Palestine activists gathered in front of the closed doors of the Whitworth gallery, part of the University of Manchester. It was because of their persistent action, and 13,000 letters sent to the gallery, that part of our exhibition, a printed statement titled "Forensic Architecture stands with Palestine", has been reinstated. The exhibition, which we insisted be shut as a result of the statement's unilateral removal, has now reopened.

On Sunday 15 August, a blog post on the website of UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) announced that, following the group's intervention, the statement had been removed from our exhibition, Cloud Studies. When we first heard of the news, we were not altogether surprised. 
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« Palestinian law student Israr Maarouf imprisoned without charge or trial »
Samidoun, 20 August, 2021:

Israr Maarouf, 22, a law student at Bir Zeit University, was seized by Israeli occupation forces that invaded his family home in Ein Qinya near Ramallah, occupied Palestine, on 10 August 2021. He was detained only 70 days after his most recent release from Israeli imprisonment; the soldiers that abducted him from his home beat him all over his body with batons and rifle butts, leaving him with severe bruising all over his body.

On Friday, 20 August, the Israeli occupation military courts ordered him detained without charge or trial under administrative detention. Even before his most recent arrest, Maarouf, who is diabetic, suffered from severe knee and back pain. When Maarouf was detained in 2019, he was subjected to torture and severe abuse during 70 days of interrogation. 
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Palestinian pupils study in a classroom in the village of Ras a-Tin, east of Ramallah in the West Bank. Credit: Alex Levac.

« No, Palestinian Textbooks Are Not Antisemitic »

A new study unequivocally refutes the accusation made by right-wing Israeli organizations.  

Assaf David (Haaretz, Aug 10, 2021 - archive.today):

In June, Germany's Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research published a comprehensive survey of textbooks used in the Palestinian Authority school system. Over the course of 18 months a research team analyzed 156 textbooks and 16 teacher guides published by the Palestinian Education Ministry between 2017 and 2019, as part of a curriculum and textbook reform initiated by the PA for all subjects taught in grades 1-12.
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Analyses and Comments : 


(L to R) Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, U.S. President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and Jordanian King Hussein bin Talal at the White House after signing the Oslo II Agreements, Sept. 28, 1995. (Avi Ohayon/GPO).

« The colonial idea that built the Palestinian Authority »

Israel tried for years to create a body that would control Palestinians on its behalf. It was the liberation movement's leaders that helped it succeed.

Tariq Dana (+972, July 25, 2021):

The horrific killing of the activist and outspoken critic Nizar Banat at the hands of Palestinian Authority security forces, and the subsequent brutal crackdown and arbitrary arrests of Palestinian protesters, activists, and journalists, have widened the debate among Palestinians about the PA's place within Israel's occupation regime.
What makes the latest debate particularly significant is that it has attracted a considerable segment of apolitical and depoliticized Palestinians. Illusionary slogans of "state-building" are being blatantly rejected by more and more Palestinians. 
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Dr. Salman Abu Sitta Founder and President of Palestine Land Society.

« The RIGHT of RETURN: Sacred, Legal and Feasible »

The Plight of Refugees: Displacement, Deprivations, and Denial of Right to Return.

Salman Abu Sitta* (AARDi, August 1, 2021):

The ugly record of Israel's crimes against Palestinians continues unabated for 73 years. Unlike any settler-colonial project, the settlers would not only seize the land and evict the people but they apply their policy and practice to eliminate the people from the land, history and geography. To this, Israeli settlers added the unique feature that the settlers pose as the REAL people of the land in a unique imposter position never seen in any colonial project. The imposters appropriate the people's food, dress, customs and place names. It was a desperate attempt to portray East European Poles and Russians as the natural people of Palestine, like their kith and kin, the Syrians and the Egyptians.

Palestinians fight for survival in their homeland for over a century, and literally in the last 73 years or 26,000 days to measure the daily suffering. Unarmed by weapons, they are armed by the unbeatable weapon: the Right to Return Home.  Continue...

* Born 1937, Salman Abu Sitta is a Palestinian researcher most known for his ground-breaking project mapping of Palestine in 21st, 20th and 19th centuries and developing a practical plan for implementing the Palestinian right of return of Palestinian refugees.


Theodor Herzl in Basel, 1897.

« The Twilight of Zionism »

Daniel Beaumont (CounterPunch+, June 20, 2021):

The price was high but the Palestinians had the attention of the world press again in May. It took an eleven-day bombardment of Gaza and assaults of various forms on Palestinians in the West Bank and even within Israel itself. The daily violence visited on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza is not news. Otherwise, Israel's historical mission to be "a light unto the nations" - that is to say, its theft of Palestinian land and its violation of Palestinian rights-proceeds mostly unremarked. Most of the time the only thing that varies with that process is the pace of the thefts and violations. 
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An Israeli soldier keeps guard near a Palestinian woman standing next to Star of David graffiti sprayed by Israeli settlers at an Army checkpoint in the center of Hebron. May 18, 2009 (Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

« The Zionist assault on Judaism »

Zionism has not yet murdered Judaism but it has undermined its moral and historical integrity. By intentionally fanning antisemitism, Israel is a major contributor to Jewish insecurity.

Jeff Halper (ICAHD, July 8, 2021):

If we take the straightforward dictionary definition of antisemitism rather than the tendentious IHRA one, we find that Zionism itself exhibits signs of anti-Jewish ideology.

Merriam-Webster defines antisemitism as "hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group." On this score, Zionism minced no words. In its foundational doctrine "the negation of the Exile," Zionism, of course, did not discriminate per se against Jews as a religious, ethnic or racial group. It did, however, express hostility towards them, particularly in its devalorization of Jewish life and culture abroad over the past two millennia - often encapsulated in the dismissal and ridicule of "galut (exilic) mentality." 

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Israelis hold flags and dance during the Flag March at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, June 15, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

« Liberal Zionism is dying. Will foregoing the Jewish state save it? »

"Haifa Republic: A Democratic Future for Israel," by Omri Boehm, NYRB, 2021:
A new book calls for Zionism to be re-envisioned as a binational project in order to shed Jewish historical trauma and salvage democratic values.

Shaul Magid (+972, August 10, 2021):

In 1974, a small group of American Jewish leftists who considered themselves Zionists, named Breira, called for a two-state solution as a path to resolving to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The idea of a Palestinian state standing alongside a Jewish state was not unprecedented; nearly three decades earlier, it had been endorsed by the UN General Assembly through the 1947 Partition Plan. But at the time of Breira's emergence, this position was viewed as so radical that, by 1976, the group was effectively crushed by the American Jewish establishment.
Shortly afterward, in 1978, the organization 'Peace Now' was formed in Israel, offering liberal Zionists an ostensible movement toward a two-state solution.

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A woman takes pictures of her friend in front of the Israeli separation wall with a mural depicting Iyad al-Halaq, an unarmed Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli police and referenceing George Floyd who was killed by police in the US in May 2020. Bethlehem, West Bank. Mussa Qawasma/Reuters.

« Tracing the Historical Relevance of Race in Palestine and Israel »

Nimrod Ben Zeev (MERIP, 299, Summer 2021)

The global conversation about race and racial oppression in recent years, which has reached new levels of visibility since the summer of 2020, has emerged largely as a reaction to police violence in the US and the work of the Movement for Black Lives coalition. Its global reverberations have often been distinct, however. Activists are not only making connections between US practices and patterns of racial oppression and those in their own countries; they are also highlighting features of racial violence that are unique to different contexts. 
Some of the most resonant reverberations have emerged at the nexus between the Movement for Black Lives and the Palestinian struggle, through links that can be traced back to the summer of 2014. 

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As'ad Ghanem, Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Haifa.

« Settler Colonialism, Apartheid and Rising Violence Among Palestinians in Israel »

Internal Palestinian Violence: A Comprehensive Phenomenon.

As'ad Ghanem  (AARDi, 25 July, 2021):

Since the Al-Quds/Al-Aqsa Intifada broke out in October 2000, thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel (PCI) have been directly affected by violence and murders. In the last two decades, no less than 1,400 PCI have been killed and more than 5,000 injured. The increase in violence has become the biggest challenge that confronts this group and it has pushed aside, even if only temporarily, the struggle against racial discrimination and for equality, including the abolition of the country's racist laws.
Opinion polls conducted in 2018-2019 demonstrate that the majority of PCI view this internal violence as the most important political issue that needs to be addressed. 

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An increasing number of Palestinians believe that one state is the only just solution. (Photo: ActiveStills.org).

« 'From the River to the Sea': Really? »

Blake Alcott (The Palestine Chronicle, 11 August, 2021):

For almost 20 years the Cambridge branch of the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has run a stall every Saturday on Market Square to distribute information about Palestine, sell olive oil, spices, and coffee cups, and talk to market visitors. Arguments and discussions with the public often end with the question, "I see that the Palestinians have been fundamentally wronged, and have a very strong case, but what's the answer? What's the solution?" On the basis of general solidarity with Palestine, I have no answer because Palestinian opinion on solutions is fragmented. 
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A demonstrator raises her hand, painted with the colours of the Palestinian flag, during a demonstration against the settlement activity in Jerusalem's Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood on 30 July 2021. [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images]

« A new Palestinian generation is leading a different media strategy »

Linda Shalash (Middle East Monitor, 11 August, 2021):

Among the most important outcomes of the events in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem, and the subsequent Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, is the emergence of a new, unconventional Palestinian generation, which led the media battle against the occupation locally and internationally. They paved the way for a different media strategy, characterised by bold discourse and proposals, and calling things what they are really instead of being cautious about using accurate terminology related to the conflict. This generation succeeded in restoring the spirit of the Palestinian cause and placing it on the international agenda once more, after it had been stagnant for many years and replaced by other regional issues, such as the Iranian nuclear programme, the Arab revolutions and the normalisation agreements between Israel and Arab countries. 
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Protesters outside the Labour party headquarters in London, Sept. 2018.

« Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism ignores Palestinian rights, narrative »

Kathryn Shihadah (Israel-Palestine News, 14 August, 2021):

A new, "improved" definition of antisemitism still fails to acknowledge the history of Palestinian dispossession, preferring to focus on Israeli Jews' desire to just live their lives, liberated from any obligation to provide Palestinians with actual equality or dignity...

Progressives agree that JDA is a huge improvement over IHRA. JDA acknowledges that support for the Palestinian cause is "not on the face of it" antisemitic; it also leaves room for opposition to Zionism, criticism of Israel (including use of the word "apartheid," or a "double standard" framing), and even the BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) movement. 
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Palestinian protestors chant slogans and wave the national flag and the Algerian flag during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 29, 2017, following the weekly Muslim Friday prayers. Photo by MUSA AL SHAER/AFP via Getty Images.

« The Morality of Violence in Settler-Colonial Contexts: From Algeria to Palestine »

Settler-colonialism is violent in nature. Violence creates a vicious cycle and the way to end it passes through ending colonial violence.

Yousef Aljamal (Politics Today, August 11, 2021):

Settler-colonialism is violent in nature and is built on the negation of natives' basic rights and their very existence. Algeria under French rule and Palestine under Israeli rule are no exception to such colonial violence. In an attempt to push them to surrender to the will of their colonial masters, the use of excessive and brutal violence against settler-colonized people in both countries has been well documented. But history has proven that this tactic does not work, and it backfires at a high human cost. 
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« Israel's Violations of Palestinian Workers' Rights: COVID-19 and Systemic Abuse »

Ihab Maharmeh (Al-Shabaka, July 15, 2021):

(Abstract) The Israeli regime has been systematically violating the rights of Palestinian workers in Israel and its illegal settlements since 1967. How have these violations been exacerbated since the COVID-19 pandemic? Al-Shabaka's guest contributor, Ihab Maharmeh, examines Israel's ongoing abuses of Palestinian workers' labor and human rights. He offers recommendations for securing these rights and for holding Israel accountable. 
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Beit Lahia, 17 juin 2021. Un agriculteur inspecte les dégâts de sa serre hydroponique détruite par les frappes aériennes israéliennes en mai 2021. Mohammed Abed/AFP.

« La Palestine au bord de l'effondrement économique »

En l'absence de soutien de la communauté internationale, la crise économique en Palestine causée par la pandémie et aggravée par l'escalade de la violence en mai 2021 accélère la désintégration sociopolitique des territoires occupés. Ce contexte de fragilité nécessite un New Deal financier pour la Palestine.

Patrick Kaczmarczyk (OrientXXI, 9 août, 2021):

En mai 2021, l'escalade de la violence en Israël et en Palestine a rappelé à la communauté internationale que le conflit est loin d'être résolu. Alors qu'un cessez-le-feu a été mis en place, la stabilité dans la région reste fragile. Cependant, cette fragilité est due non seulement à l'imprévisibilité politique, mais aussi aux conditions économiques qui suscitent des signaux d'alarme. Au cours des dernières décennies, les indicateurs économiques en Palestine n'ont cessé de se détériorer - et la crise de la Covid-19 a frappé un pays déjà à genoux. 
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Boycotts, Condemnations & Sanctions :


Peter Beinart.

« The Double Standards Fallacy »

Peter Beinart (The Beinart Notebook, August 2, 2021):

In recent weeks, I've heard commentators ask why Ben and Jerry's isn't divesting from Saudi Arabia. It's an old argument: That people who protest Israel are guilty of "double standards." The argument is often phrased as a question: "Why is [insert lefty institution here] picking on Israel when [insert tyrannical government here] is worse?" But the question is actually rhetorical because, most of the time, the person asking it thinks they already know the answer: [Insert lefty institution] is picking on Israel and not [insert tyrannical government] because they're antisemitic!

Let's think this through. Why might it be OK to divest from Israeli settlements in the West Bank and not Saudi Arabia?  
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« Ierse parlementscommissie spreekt zich uit voor maatregelen tegen Israëlische kolonisatie en gedwongen ontheemding van Palestijnen. »

BDS Nederland (29 juli 2021):

Eerder deze maand heeft de Ierse parlementscommissie voor Buitenlandse Zaken en Defensie een uitgebreid rapport uitgebracht over de Israëlische praktijken van sloop van woningen en andere gebouwen van Palestijnen, en over de ontheemding van Palestijnse gemeenschappen op de door Israël bezette Westelijke Jordaanoever, inclusief Oost-Jeruzalem.
Het roept de Ierse regering op tot concrete maatregelen daartegen. Voor het opstellen van het rapport heeft de parlementscommissie zowel (pro-)Palestijnse als (pro-)Israëlische instanties geconsulteerd. 
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« Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence: Report on Demolitions and Displacements in the occupied Palestinian Territory July 2021 » (pdf, 112p.).

« Where We Stand on Ben & Jerry's »

Adalah Justice Project (12 August, 2021):

Recent statements by the board of Ben & Jerry's have confirmed the company will not renew its licensing agreement in Israel when it expires at the end of 2022. This effectively means the licensee will not sell or manufacture Ben & Jerry's ice cream in Israel or its illegal settlements. The announcement made by parent company Unilever on July 19th about Ben & Jerry's business operations in Israel caused some confusion.

According to Ben & Jerry's independent board, the statement referencing continued business in Israel "through a different arrangement" was released without approval from the board. The company retains an independent board of directors with authority to make decisions regarding the brand's social mission. 
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Photograph Source: Teresa Boardman - CC BY 2.0.

« How Ben & Jerry's Exposed Israel's anti-BDS Strategy »

Ramzy Baroud (CounterPunch, July 30, 2021.):

Ben & Jerry's decision to suspend its operations in the occupied Palestinian West Bank is an event that is proving critical to Palestinian efforts, which ultimately aim at holding Israel accountable for its military occupation, apartheid and war crimes. By responding to the Palestinian call for boycotting apartheid Israel, the ice cream giant has delivered a blow to Israel's attempts at criminalizing and, ultimately, ending the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. 
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« Israel is worried by Ben & Jerry »

Simon Korner (Jewish Voice for Labour, 17 August 2021):

Israel is worried. When Ben & Jerry's announced on July 19 a boycott of sales of its ice cream products in occupied Palestine, the Zionist regime went into overdrive. Despite the partial nature of the Ben & Jerry's boycott - which doesn't extend to Israel, and won't come into effect until 2023 - Israel has taken the move extremely seriously.

The Ministry of Strategic Affairs acted with astonishing speed. The very next day a statement was released calling Ben & Jerry's decision anti-semitic. Israeli President Isaac Herzog condemned Ben & Jerry's action, calling it "a new kind of terrorism." Prime Minister Naftali Bennett labelled Ben & Jerry "anti-Israel ice cream." Gilad Erdan, Israel's ambassador to the US and the UN, called the move "the dehumanization of the Jewish people". 
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« One year in, Palestine Action is hitting drone maker Elbit hard »

Asa Winstanley (The Electronic Intifada, August 6, 2021):

A new short film by Real Media follows the group Palestine Action over the past year.
Palestine Action was founded a year ago by activists in the UK to focus on taking direct action against Israeli arms manufacturer
Elbit SystemsElbit is Israel's largest private arms manufacturer. It makes the vast majority of Israel's drone fleet and, as the film explains, markets its weapons as "combat proven" - tested on Palestinians. 

According to the film, Palestine Action have carried out more than 70 actions against Elbit in their first year, including 20 high-profile occupations of sites and factories. According to police estimates, the group's actions have cost Elbit and complicit companies more than $22 million and more than 100 days of weapons manufacturing, the film says. 
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COVID-19 in the oPt:

« The Israeli Supreme Court and the COVID-19 Emergency »

Report written by Adalah Attorney Myssana Morany. With research assistance from Adan Tatour, Mai Diab, and Mais Abdallah. Issued August 2021.

Adalah published "The Israeli Supreme Court and the COVID-19 Emergency" this week, a comprehensive report that analyzes Court decisions in 88 cases brought during the first wave of the crisis. The report provides essential background and analysis for lawyers, jurists and decision-makers working globally. It holds particular pertinence for those interested in COVID-19, human rights, rule of law and the balance of power between the executive branch, legislature and judiciary during a public health emergency. The report is especially timely given the current resurgence of the virus and possible reinstitution by governments of myriad restrictions on our daily lives and freedoms.

 Full report (pdf, 37p.): click here!


A Palestinian medical worker prepares a dose of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine at a mosque in Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, July 6, 2021. Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images.

« Concerns grow in Gaza over new coronavirus wave »

There are increasing warnings that a new coronavirus wave will reach the Gaza Strip amid concerns over a psychological crisis plaguing health workers due to Israeli restrictions.

(Al-Monitor, 15 August, 2021):

Medhat Abbas, director of primary care at the Ministry of Health in Gaza, told Al-Monitor that his ministry expects a strong third coronavirus wave in Gaza, saying, "If a Delta variant wave kicks in across the Gaza Strip, it will be harsh given the lack of safety measures and the severe overcrowding, which are set to lead to the rapid spread of the virus." He noted, "The medical staff have managed to overcome the first and second waves despite their difficulty. As for the new wave, it will require more advanced equipment amid shortages due to the siege that has been ongoing for 15 years now. We dealt with severe waves that exceeded 1,500 cases per day, and we hope that no such scenario will ever unfold again because of the lack of medical equipment."
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Palestinians from the Ministry of Health receive a shipment of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine doses sent by the United Arab Emirates, after the Egyptian authorities allowed entry to Gaza through the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 21, 2021. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90).

« With millions unvaccinated, Palestinians fear school year coronavirus surge »

Recorded cases in West Bank, Gaza are on the rise but still low; health official in the Strip speculates it has seen enough infected to reach herd immunity.

Aaron Boxerman (The Times of Israel, 15 August, 2021):

With Palestinian schools and universities set to open on Monday, health officials in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip fear a new coronavirus wave could soon strike millions of the unvaccinated.
"We fear a new wave in the coming weeks as schools reopen. That could cause the rise in cases that we fear," said Majdi Daher, a doctor in the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry who has coordinated much of the enclave's coronavirus response. 

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Current Affairs :

Some recent Haaretz articles (contact):

@ B.Michael: "The State That Cried Antisemitism" (July 27).

@ Haaretz Editorial: "The Path to Eradicating COVID in Israel Runs Through the West Bank and Gaza" (Aug 16).

@ Josh Breiner: "Israel Prosecutor Reopens Case Against Officers Beating Palestinian Inmates After Haaretz Investigation" (Aug 17).

@ Amira Hass: "The Most Dedicated Teachers of Antisemitism Live Among Us" (Aug 17).

@ Jack Khoury: "Arab Israeli Lawmaker Files Complaint Saying Soldier Attacked Him in Hebron." The soldier, whose father has filed a countercomplaint, clashed with Ahmad Tibi and other Joint List legislators after the soldier refused to let them reach the Tomb of the Patriarchs. (Aug 18)

@ Or Kashti: "Mizrahi Girls in Israel Still Refused by Religious Schools Despite Court Rulings" (Aug 20).

@ Jack Khoury: "At Least 23 Wounded by Israeli Fire in Gaza Border Protests, Palestinian Media Reports."  Hundreds of protesters flocked to Gaza's border with Israel to protest the 'continued siege in the Gaza Strip and the continued Judaization of Jerusalem,' according to a Hamas spokesperson (Aug 20).

@ Gideon Levy: "For Israeli Soldiers, Every Arab Is an Arab, Even a Lawmaker." (Aug 22).

@ David Rosenberg: "Is Likud Still the Party of Israel's Mizrahi Voters? These Experts Say Otherwise." (Aug 23).

@ Amira Hass: "Goliath and the Gazan Pistol." (Aug 23).

International :


South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa (pictured) leads several African nations in opposing the African Union chair's "appalling" unilateral decision to grant Israel observer status.

« African Union members oppose Israel's presence as "observer" »

When the African Union chair unilaterally granted observer status to Israel, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called the move "appalling," citing Israel's recent bombardment of Gaza and attacks in Jerusalem. Other AU members also objected.

Abayomi Azikiwe (Israel-Palestine News, August 6, 2021):

Since it was announced through international media outlets in late July that the African Union Commission Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat, had granted observer status to the State of Israel, the response has been swift in condemnations from several AU member-states.
This action which was carried out absent of any consultations with the 55 member-states and other observer status entities such as the Palestinian Authority (PA), has been described as a violation of the AU's own legal protocols related to international relations.
 
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A group of Israelis barge into a meeting of the African Union (A.U.) Peace and Security Council currently underway in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea on June 25, 2014. Photo by Amine Landoulsi. Anadolu Agency.

« On Colonialism and Solidarity: The Decisive Israel-Palestine Battle under way in Africa »

Despite Israel's sense of triumphalism, it seems that the fight for Africa is still raging, a battle of politics, ideology and economic interests that is likely to continue unabated for years to come.

Ramzy Baroud (Politics Today, August 17, 2021):

The fight for Africa is still raging. However, for Palestinians and their supporters to have a chance at winning this battle, they must understand the nature of the Israeli strategy through which Israel depicts itself to various African countries as the savior, bestowing favors and introducing new technologies to combat real, tangible problems. Being more technologically advanced as compared to many African countries, Israel is able to offer its superior 'security', IT and irrigation technologies to African states in exchange for diplomatic ties, support at the UNGA and lucrative investments. 
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« Le Maroc n'est pas un complexe touristique pour le repos des criminels de guerre »

Sion Assidon* (Collectif Palestine Vaincra, août 1, 2021):

Collectif Palestine Vaincra: Le 10 Décembre 2020, un accord de normalisation était signé entre le régime marocain et l'État d'occupation sioniste de la Palestine. Quelle origine à cet accord et quelles conséquences a-t-il?

Sion Assidon:  Il s'agit d'une « reprise de relations » interrompues en 2002, au moment de la seconde intifadha, et de la très dure répression à laquelle elle a été confronté: fermeture à ce moment-là des deux bureaux de liaison, l'un, marocain, à Tel Aviv, et l'autre, sioniste, à Rabat... La normalisation a été inaugurée en 1961 par la vente des communautés marocaines juives (50$/ tête disent certaines sources), transformant brutalement des citoyens marocains du jour au lendemain en colons de la Palestine, main d'oeuvre bon marché, chair à canon. Et donc en criminels de guerre et criminels contre l'humanité. Continue...

* Sion Assidon est un militant marocain et défenseur de la cause palestinienne. Antisioniste et co-fondateur de BDS Maroc, il revient dans cet entretien sur l'histoire de la normalisation entre le régime marocain et l'État sioniste et ses récentes évolutions.


Lors de sa visite, Yair Lapid devrait rencontrer son homologue marocain Nasser Bourita (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand).

« La visite de Yaïr Lapid au Maroc, une tragicomédie »

Le ministre israélien des Affaires étrangères est attendu les 11 et 12 août au Maroc pour sa première visite officielle, laquelle mettra à nouveau en lumière les positions mal assumées des « amis » des Palestiniens.

Ali Lmrabet  (Middle East Eye, 10 août, 2021):

Le propre d'une monarchie qui concentre pratiquement tous les pouvoirs exécutifs entre les mains d'une seule personne, c'est que de temps à autre, on assiste à des situations surréalistes, voire burlesques. 
Le Premier ministre par alternance et ministre des Affaires étrangères d'Israël,
Yaïr Lapid, arrive au Maroc. Ce n'est pas un événement historique puisque le Maroc a déjà normalisé ses relations diplomatiques, et autres, avec Israël en décembre 2020. 
 
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@ Belga Image.

« UK Labour Party pro-Israel purge continues: celebrated film maker Ken Loach latest member to be expelled »

Many predicted that "antisemitism" claims within the UK Labour Party would vanish once Jeremy Corbyn was out. Instead, the purge of Labour's anti-Zionist left has adapted to the new battlefield.

Tom Suarez (Mondoweiss, 17 August 2021):

Upon taking control of Labour, Keir Starmer vowed to continue ridding his party of "antisemites", voiced his unwavering support for Zionism, denounced BDS, and promised to visit Israel "as soon as possible". Joining the Zionist exploitation of Jewish history and culture to shield Israeli crimes, he committed to a Labour effort to "learn about Jewish history and celebrate Jewish traditions in effort to root out antisemitism"...

August 14 brought the news - shocking, if in retrospect unsurprising - that acclaimed film maker Ken Loach, whose life and work has been a model of solidarity with the oppressed, has been expelled from Labour. Mr. Loach was already a target of the Zionists. Most recently, he was forced by them to remove himself as a judge in 'Show Racism the Red Card's 2020' art competition. After Mr. Loach refused to cave to the bullying, the propagandists targeted the charity itself, in effect threatening its destruction if he remained. 
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Photo: Paul Scott.

« UK's Labour accused of 'purging Jews' from party over antisemitism claims »

Jewish Voice for Labour tells EHRC that Jews almost five times more likely to face antisemitism charges than non-Jewish members.

David Hearst & Peter Oborn (Jewish Voice for Labour, August 12, 2021):

A new report says that Keir Starmer's Labour "is purging Jews from the party" - with Jews almost five times more likely to face antisemitism charges than non-Jewish members. It states that British Jews are experiencing "discrimination, victimisation and harassment" inside the UK's Labour Party. These statements are found in a submission by Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). 
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib recounts threats she has received in office because of her Muslim faith. Photo: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin.

« It's Time to Name Anti-Palestinian Bigotry »

Peter Beinart (Jewish Currents, July 16, 2021).

In June, three Republicans in the House of Representatives - Michael Waltz, Jim Banks and Claudia Tenney -introduced a resolution censuring Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for, among other things, "inciting anti-Semitic attacks across the United States." House Democrats accused their colleagues of Jew-hatred as well, just less explicitly. Rep. Ted Deutch did not mention his colleagues by name, but characterized their accusations of apartheid, and Tlaib's opposition to a Jewish state, as "[a]ttacks against Jews" that "have led to antisemitism." 
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Thousands of New Yorkers protest the Israeli war on Gaza in May 2021. (Photo: via Friends of Palestine Fb Page)

« The Quiet Rebellion: Why US Jews Turning against Israel is Good for Palestinians »

Ramzy Baroud (The Palestine Chronicle, Aug 18, 2021):

A unique but critical conversation on Israel and Palestine is taking place outside the traditional discourse of Israeli colonialism and the Palestinian quest for liberation. It is an awkward and difficult - but overdue - discussion concerning American Jews' relation to Israel and their commitment to its Zionist ideology.

For many years, Israel has conveniently dubbed Jews who do not support Israel, or worse, advocate Palestinian freedom, as 'self-hating Jews'. This term, designated to describe dissident anti-Zionist Jews, is similar to the accusation of 'antisemitism' made against non-Jews, which includes Semitic Arabs, for daring to criticize Israel. This approach, however, is no longer as effective as it once was. Recent years have unequivocally demonstrated that there is a quiet anti-Israel rebellion within the American Jewish community.
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Israel Apartheid State:


A woman hold a sign that reads "I have the right to be with my children," at a demonstration for Palestinian reunification rights in El Bireh. Credit: Emil Salman.

« The Faces of Non-existent People: Palestinians Living Without an Official ID »

The controversial Citizenship Law is supposedly about maintaining Israel's security. In reality, it's a tool to engineer Israel's population.

Amira Hass (Haaretz, July 29, 2021, archive-today):

In 2003, at the height of the Second Intifada, the Israeli government passed an emergency order titled "The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Emergency Order)." Since then, the legislation has taken on many names: the family reunification law, the demographic balance law, the "security threat" law. But the goal of this law has remained the same: to prevent Palestinians in the West Bank or Gaza from marrying Arab citizens of Israel, and thus obstructing their path to Israeli citizenship.
The so-called Citizenship Law harms thousands of Palestinian families in Israel. It has been renewed every year since its passing - until this year. 
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Zionist Union MK Nachman Shai attends a Knesset committee meeting, on November 13, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

« 'We may lose US' if liberal Jews continue backing BDS, BLM - Diaspora minister »

Nachman Shai conflates Israel boycott movement with Black Lives Matter, which was criticized for antisemitic remarks made by some of its leaders but won support of many US Jews.

 Jacob Magid (The Times of Israel, August 10, 2021):

Making a guest appearance on the American Jewish Committee's People of the Pod podcast, Shai said he recently briefed fellow members of the Israeli government on the status of American Jewry, telling them that "if we see more of the radical left and progressive liberal Jews continuing to support BDS and Black Lives Matter, and similar to the Palestinians... relat[ing] to Israel as a genocide state or an apartheid state, we may lose America."  The Labor party minister expressed hope that two years from now he will no longer hear voices from the "Democratic Party sidelines of refusing to send arms to Israel or to support Israel internationally."  
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Gilad Erdan, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and UN, is seen in his office at the Embassy of Israel to the US on Jan. 22, 2021. Photo: Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

« Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Seemingly Acknowledges That Israel Has Nuclear Weapons »

Gilad Erdan, also the Israeli ambassador to the UN, quietly liked a tweet referring to "Israel's nuclear deterrent."

Jon Schwarz (The Intercept, 12 August 2021):

On Wednesday, a quiet but notable event occurred on Twitter. First, Robert Satloff, head of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, posted [a] tweet approvingly referring to "Israel's nuclear deterrent." Then the tweet was liked by Gilad Erdan, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and the UN. It's difficult to interpret this in any other way than Erdan confirming that Israel possesses nuclear weapons. 
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Aviv Kochavi, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces. Government photograph.

« Israeli army Chief of Staff's conundrum: maintaining a "lethal" army, which is not "reckless" »

Israeli leaders are forced to balance calls for "lethal" military bravura, essential for garnering Zionist Jewish support internally, with maintaining its image abroad.

Jonathan Ofir (Mondoweiss, August 15, 2021):

On his swearing-in ceremony in January 2019, the current Israeli army Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi solemnly swore to maintain an army that is a "lethal, efficient, and innovative force." 
Now, after a particularly lethal three months in the occupied West Bank, involving 40 killings including the 11-year-old Mohammed al-Alami in his father's car, Kochavi announced this Wednesday that "we will not have recklessness." 
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« The Full Story behind the NSO Hack: The Israeli-Military-Allied Surveillance Industry and Transnational Repression »

Tamara Kharroub (Arab Center Washington DC, 2020):

The recent investigation into the NSO Group exposed a widespread global targeting of journalists and human rights activists and revealed evidence that their smart phones were hacked using The Pegasus spyware sold by the Israeli firm. The collaborative investigation was conducted by the Pegasus Project - named after NSO's hacking software - which is a consortium of 17 media organizations in ten countries. The project is coordinated by Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories, with technical support and forensic analysis by Amnesty International's Security Lab and independent corroboration by University of Toronto's research project Citizen Lab
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Israel's foreign minister condemns Ben & Jerry's move on Israeli TV channel i24. Screenshot first appeared on Discourse blog.

« Israel is losing the ice cream war, but it's in too deep to get out »

Ben & Jerry's gave in to activist pressure to stop selling in the occupied territory due to its values and self-interest. Israel will likely only look ridiculous, vicious, and beatable if it chooses to fight it.

Steve France (Mondoweiss, August 3, 2021):

In fairy tales, as everyone knows, spells often are broken by unlikely characters who scarcely know what they are doing. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, with their friendly, soft-hearted former company, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, are unlikely game-changers in Israel-Palestine. They don't seem to know a lot about the situation and they don't really want to fight about it. Yet it's looking like B&J's action to end sales of its ice cream in Jewish-only settlements on the West Bank has set in motion a powerful counter to the amazing cloak of impunity that protects Israel's persecution of the Palestinians. 
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Flag bearers Hanna Minenko and Yakov Toumarkin of Team Israel during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, July 23, 2021 (Photo: Getty Images/Matthias Hangst).

« Sports apartheid: Israel's Olympic team did not include a single Palestinian citizen of Israel »

Palestinian citizens of Israel are 20% of the population. But not a single one was on Israel's 90-member Olympic team.

James North (Mondoweiss, August 8, 2021):

This report in the respected Israeli daily Haaretz is astonishing. It turns out that Israel's 90-member delegation to the Tokyo Olympics did not include a single Palestinian citizen of Israel - even though they constitute one-fifth of the country's population within the 1967 borders... 
In the Haaretz article, reporter Jack Khoury, himself a Palestinian citizen of Israel, said he is not arguing "for the inclusion of Arabs just because they are Arabs." But he goes on to explain:
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No Arab community has the infrastructure for any sport that could provide local athletes the basis they need to progress to an international level. If an Arab athlete wishes to reach this standard, he or she must move to a Jewish community and depend on their family's financial support, since there is no sponsor or organization that would support them. Many talented athletes in Arab communities have given up their dreams due to the costs involved." 
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Jaffa, 18 mai 2021. Manifestation des Palestiniens d'Israël contre le bombardement de Gaza et l'occupation. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP.

« Palestiniens d'Israël. Un coup porté au mythe de la "coexistence" »

Un parti arabe, le Ra'am, a contribué à la constitution du gouvernement israélien qui poursuit largement les pratiques d'apartheid et la colonisation. Les mobilisations du printemps en solidarité avec Jérusalem-Est et Gaza ont pourtant rappelé la solidité des liens unissant toutes les composantes du peuple palestinien.

Grégory Mauzé (OrientXXI, 29 juillet 2021):

Le rôle crucial joué par les Palestiniens d'Israël dans la récente crise a ébranlé bien des certitudes. Citoyens de seconde zone, ils ont exposé avec leurs mobilisations la réalité des discriminations matérielles et symboliques qui frappent les descendants des autochtones restés sur leur terre lors de la création d'Israël. La flambée de violence dans les villes dites « mixtes » a fait exploser le mythe d'une coexistence harmonieuse entre communautés qui n'a, en réalité, jamais été pacifique pour le groupe dominé. 
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Sign at a city-run park in Haifa is written in Hebrew, English and Russian, but not Arabic, thus excluding the Arabic-speaking Palestinian residents that live in the neighborhood.

«The absence of the Arabic language from the public sphere in Israel»

Many Israeli government ministries have no services in Arabic. Most museums provide no information in Arabic. While Israel's international airport only lately provided signs in Arabic, after holding out for years.

Alya Zoabi  (Mondoweiss, July 27, 2021):

Two days ago in Haifa, a city where Palestinian Arabs comprise 10% of the population, the municipality placed a sign in one of the parks in the French Carmel neighborhood to remind people who have dogs to close the gates. The sign is written in Hebrew, English and Russian, but not Arabic, thus excluding the Palestinian Arabic-speaking residents that live in the neighborhood. Continue...

"Only 10% of Gov't Website Content Available in Arabic, Says Israel Internet Association"

Sheren Falah Saab & Yanal Jbareen (Haaretz, Aug 2, 2021)

Among the ministries where online Arabic information is lacking: Energy; Culture and Sports; Economy and Industry; Foreign Ministry; Finance; Science and Technology, Welfare and Transportation. Continue...

Palestine Occupied and Colonized :


Salim Abu Tayeb and the blocks on which his eight solar panels stood. Two months ago GVC, an Italian NGO, had given the panels to him so his home could have electricity. Credit: Alex Levac.

«A Short Drive From Tel Aviv, Hundreds Live Without Power or Water»

The blistering heat hasn't stopped Israel from abusing Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley and destroying their property and meager livelihoods. This week the authorities confiscated precious solar panels, decimated dirt roads and uprooted groves there.

Gideon Levy & Alex Levac (Haaretz, 19 August, 2021, archive.today):

The supply of electrical power is prohibited, by order. The only means for providing energy to cool food and drinking water - which are both in extremely short supply here - in the scorching August heat of the Jordan Valley, has been confiscated by force. Hookups to the electrical power grid and to the water supply infrastructure is prohibited. Construction is not allowed, pasturing animals is not allowed. In short, life is banned here. It would be better if Israel were finally to issue some sort of "stoppage-of-life" order for all the Palestinians in this valley, instead of having the Civil Administration, which is part of the military government in the occupied territories, going through all the bureaucratic acrobatics to achieve the same noble goal.

This past Sunday, for example, administration personnel carried out a joint operation with Israel Defense Forces troops to confiscate eight solar panels from the yard outside the home of Salim Abu Tayeb, a farmer in the remote village of Khirbet Yarza.
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A woman helps children study under candle light during a power cut in Khan Yunis, Gaza on August 18, 2020. After Israel tightened the blockade in Gaza Strip, the only power plant in the area stopped production affecting the life especially the health sector. Photo by Mustafa Hassona. Anadolu Agency.

« Adding Fuel to Fire: The Politics of Power Outages in Gaza »

The continuing electricity crisis in Gaza means that it is only a matter of time before another Palestinian family dies in a fire caused by candles.

Yousef Aljamal (Politics Today, Aug 20, 2021):

In late June 2006, and soon after Palestinian factions captured the Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in an attack against an Israeli military outpost southeast of Gaza, Israel started a destructive military operation in the coastal enclave to bring its solider back. One of the main infrastructures destroyed by Israel's military operation in Gaza at the time was Gaza's only power plant, located in the Al-Nuseirat refugee camp where I grew up.

Israel's F-16s destroyed the power plant with a dozen missiles as my family gathered in the middle of the night to seek some sort of protection. I remember that night vividly as my mother brought us together while Israeli warplanes fired their missiles at the power plant a mile away from my family's house. The house would shake and the screams of children at night would be heard even clearer, breaking the relative silence of the night which was violated by the sonic sounds of the Israeli warplanes. 
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« It's back to school for 1.2 million children in Palestine: they deserve security, safety, and hope »

Statement by UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lynn Hastings.

East Jerusalem, 15 August 2021: Today, Sunday 15 August, marks the return to school for some 1.2 million children in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  Most children have been counting down the days and looking forward to schools reopening, because for many young people in Palestine, 2021 has truly been a long, hot year to date.

COVID-19 has meant that, in the last school year, keeping up with classes from home was more challenging, particularly as only 35% of Palestinian households having access to home computers. Schools in Gaza have been closed since the escalation in May; and today, nearly 180,000 children in the Gaza Strip aged from 4-17 will be attending or returning to schools that are still damaged because materials needed for repairs have not been allowed into Gaza. 

Children not only have a right to a safe education but are afforded special protections under international human rights law in view of their specific vulnerability. Since the beginning of 2021, a total of 79 Palestinian children have been reported killed and 1,269 injured. Sixty-seven children were killed in the Gaza Strip during the recent escalation and another in June by an Explosive Remnant of War.  In the West Bank including East Jerusalem, 11 children were killed in 2021 - 10 since May - and 584 injured (378 by tear gas) by Israeli Forces. Excessive use of force must stop. 

Twenty-four Palestinian children (five girls, 19 boys) have also been injured by settlers in the West Bank since the beginning of the year. Israel has a responsibility to protect children and teachers from harassment and violence by settlers on their way to and from school - and in any event.  All parties must commit to the protection of children in accordance with international law no matter where they are.

As of the end of June, 225 Palestinian children were detained in Israeli detention facilities.  On 29 July, Israeli Forces confiscated equipment, including computers and hard drives from the offices of Defence for Children International - Palestine. Among the items taken were legal aid files of the children facing charges in military courts.

Against all these odds, Palestinian children have much of which to be proud. Almost 97% of elementary school age children in Palestine attend school, among the highest attendance rates in the MENA region and illiteracy is down markedly from 1.1% in 2007 to 0.8%.  In 2021, 71.3 % of the 82,924 students in Palestine passed the Tawjihi exams, opening a gateway towards tertiary education and access to academic scholarships. Today is a day to celebrate as children go back to school: all of us need to make sure they can do so in security, safety and with hope.   

For more information, please contact Ms. Suhad Sakalla: +972 54 3311802 (WhatsApp); +970 595614661; sakalla@un.org 


Children are seen inside a damaged school in the aftermath of Israeli attacks in Gaza City, Gaza on 26 May 2021. [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency]

« Israel must be brought to account for its crimes against Palestinian children »

Motasem A Dalloul (Middle East Monitor, 20 August 2021):

More than 1.2 million Palestinian children in the occupied territories returned to their schools for the new academic year on 15 August. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), most of them have been counting down the days and looking forward to schools reopening. "Because for many young people in Palestine, 2021 has truly been a long, hot year to date."

Explaining why, the UN OCHA pointed to the Covid-19 pandemic, throughout which keeping up with classes remotely was a challenge. In the Gaza Strip, nearly 180,000 Palestinian children will be returning to schools that are still damaged after the Israeli military offensive in May, which killed 255 people, including 67 children; more than 41,000 homes were totally or partially destroyed.

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