• If Palestinians have 22 states, Israeli Jews have 200

    The notion that the Palestinians have 22 states to go to is a blend of malice and ignorance: The Palestinians are the stepchildren of the Arab world, no country wants them and no Arab country hasn’t betrayed them
    Gideon Levy
    Mar 16, 2019 1

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-if-palestinians-have-22-states-israeli-jews-have-200-1.7023647
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    Here we go again: The Palestinians have 22 states and, poor us, we have only one. Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t the first to use this warped argument; it has been a cornerstone of Zionist propaganda that we’ve imbibed with our mothers’ milk. But he returned to it last week. “The Arab citizens have 22 states. They don’t need another one,” he said on Likud TV.

    If the Arab citizens of Israel have 22 countries, the state’s Jewish citizens have almost 200. If the prime minister meant that Arab citizens could move to Arab countries, it’s obvious that Jews are invited to return to their country of origin: Palestinians to Saudi Arabia and Jews to Germany.

    Netanyahu belongs in the United States much more than Ayman Odeh belongs in Yemen. Naftali Bennett will also find his feet in San Francisco much more easily than Ahmad Tibi in Mogadishu. Avigdor Lieberman belongs in Russia much more than Jamal Zahalka belongs in Libya. Aida Touma-Sliman is no more connected to Iraq than Ayelet Shaked, whose father was born there. David Bitan belongs to Morocco, his birthplace, much more than Mohammad Barakeh does.

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    The notion that the Palestinians have 22 states to go to is a blend of malice and ignorance. Underlying it are the right wing’s claims that there is no Palestinian people, that the Palestinians aren’t attached to their land and that all Arabs are alike. There are no greater lies than these. The simple truth is that the Jews have a state and the Palestinians don’t.

    The Palestinians are the stepchildren of the Arab world. No country wants them and no Arab country hasn’t betrayed them. Try being a Palestinian in Egypt or Lebanon. An Israeli settler from Itamar is more welcome in Morocco than a Palestinian from Nablus.

    There are Arab states where Israeli Arabs, the Palestinians of 1948, are considered bigger traitors than their own Jews. A common language, religion and a few cultural commonalities don’t constitute a common national identity. When a Palestinian meets a Berber they switch to English, and even then they have very little in common.
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    The suggestion that Israel’s Arab citizens move to those 22 states is despicable and mean, well beyond its reference to a common language. It portrays them as temporary guests here, casting doubt on the depth of their attachment to their land, “inviting” them to get out. The amazing thing is that the ones making such proposals are immigrants and sons of immigrants whose roots in this country still need to withstand the test of time.

    Palestinians are attached to this country no less than Jews are, possibly more so. It’s doubtful whether the hysterical clamoring for foreign passports would seize the Arab community as it did the Jewish one; everybody was suddenly of Portuguese descent. We can assume that there are more people in Tel Aviv dreaming of foreign lands than there are in Jenin. Los Angeles certainly has more Israelis than Palestinians.

    Hundreds of years of living here have consolidated a Palestinian love of the land, with traditions and a heritage – no settler can match this. Palestinians have za’atar (hyssop) and we have schnitzel. In any case, you don’t have to downplay the intensity of the Jewish connection to this country to recognize the depth of the Palestinian attachment to it.

    They have nowhere to go to and they don’t want to leave, which is more than can be said for some of the Jews living here. If, despite all their woes, defeats and humiliations they haven’t left, they never will. Too bad you can’t say the same thing about the country’s Jews. The Palestinians won’t leave unless they’re forcibly removed. Is this what the prime minister was alluding to?

    When American journalist Helen Thomas suggested that Jews return to Poland she was forced to resign. When Israel’s prime minister proposes the same thing for Arabs, he’s reflecting the opinion of the majority.

    From its inception, the Zionist movement dreamed of expelling the Palestinians from this country. At times it fought to achieve this. The people who survived the ethnic cleansing of 1948, the expulsions of 1967, the occupation and the devil’s work in general have remained here and won’t go anywhere. Not to the 22 states and not to any one of them. Only a Nakba II will get them out of here.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/767933 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Je dois avouer que je suis un peu surpris par l’indécence crasse des éditorialistes venant défendre la légitimité de la théorie du grand remplacement au lendemain du massacre de Christchurch. Non pas le fait qu’il y ait des islamophobes en roue libre dans nos médias (ça, dirais-je, on a l’habitude), mais le fait qu’au lendemain d’un massacre aussi horrible, ils viennent se lâcher aussi ouvertement dans leurs émissions et sur leurs flux Twitter, sans même faire semblant d’attendre ne serait-ce qu’une petite période symbolique de respect pour les victimes. Le fait qu’il ne semble y avoir aucune vague d’indignation vertueuse de l’intérieur du système après un tel niveau de dégueulasserie fait partie, également, de l’aspect insupportable de ces interventions (on se souvient, à l’inverse, des interminables commentaires indignés quand tout le monde n’était pas au garde-à-vous après le massacre de Charlie Hebdo) – l’idée qu’on vienne défendre ouvertement la théorie du « Grand remplacement » au lendemain même d’un massacre que l’assassin justifie lui-même par la théorie du « Grand remplacement », ça n’a pas l’air de provoquer une large indignation médiatique.

    Pour le coup, je suis sidéré par cette attitude aussi ouvertement et immédiatement dégueulasse et irrespectueuse.

    Je vais te dire : j’y vois un marqueur de suprématisme blanc, cette façon de cracher à la gueule des « autres » en affichant sciemment son mépris raciste. Une signe des temps typiquement MAGA. Je veux dire que l’affichage du mépris raciste n’est pas un élément secondaire de leur comportement raciste, mais c’est l’élément central de leur communication. Il ne s’agit pas simplement de dire une saloperie raciste (ce qui se fait déjà très bien depuis longtemps dans notre culture), il s’agit désormais de le faire ostensiblement, avec la « fierté blanche » d’un facho bas du front.

    Dans le racisme ambiant usuel, on passe à la télé 7 jour sur 7 pour balancer les phrases codées du genre : « non mais on a bien le droit de critiquer l’islam ». Dans le suprématisme blanc en voie de banalisation, on passe spécifiquement à la télévision au lendemain du massacre d’une cinquantaine de fidèles dans une mosquée pour commenter l’évènement sous l’angle « ça ne doit pas nous interdire de critiquer l’islam et le grand remplacisme ».

    https://seenthis.net/messages/767879 via Nidal


  • Humanisons les victimes plutôt que leur meurtrier !
    Khaled A. Beydoun - 16 mars 2019 – Al Jazeera – Traduction : Chronique de Palestine – Lotfallah
    http://www.chroniquepalestine.com/carnage-christchurch-humanisons-les-victimes-plutrot-que-leur-me
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    (...) Alors que les médias étaient totalement focalisés sur l’histoire personnelle du terroriste, soulignant son engagement à inciter à la « guerre civile » en Amérique et à montrer son admiration pour une clique hétéroclite de suprématistes blancs tels que Dylann Roof et Anders Breivik, j’ai embrassé les victimes musulmanes. Et j’ai ouvert un fil de discussion* pour partager leurs histoires, célébrer leurs vies et faire connaître leurs noms.

    Si nous ne racontons pas nos propres histoires, les médias dominants nous ont confirmé maintes et maintes fois que personne ne le fera. Les musulmans sont généralement dignes d’intérêt quand ils sont du côté des méchants – pas du côté des victimes. Et l’islamophobie se perpétue en décrivant les musulmans, victimes ou méchants, comme un bloc sans visage, sans nom et monolithique.

    En présentant les victimes, j’ai simultanément défié ce stéréotype déprimant et échappé au piège tendu par le terroriste assoiffé de médias. (...)

    * https://twitter.com/KhaledBeydoun/status/1106746726864637952
    #Christchurch

    https://seenthis.net/messages/767902 via Loutre


  • Watch the film Labour MPs didn’t want you to see
    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/watch-film-labour-mps-didnt-want-you-see

    https://vimeo.com/324402664

    It puts the entire, years-long, manufactured “Labour anti-Semitism crisis” campaign into its correct global context.

    As the film’s narrator argues in its conclusion, the fact that far-right European governments and parties today are growing ever closer to Israel shows a “convergence of fascist and neo-Nazi groups with hardline Zionists.”

    As a worrying UK example of this, the film cites anti-Muslim fascist leader Tommy Robinson’s recent trip to Israel and funding by anti-Palestinian groups.

    “This natural alliance may now be part of a more coordinated common cause” of the far-right and Zionism around the world, the film’s narrator argues.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/767850 via Nidal


  • Israel Racist Knesset candidates borrow ideology from Labor’s occupation pioneers

    When Israeli governments in the 1960s and 1970s worked hard to steal Palestinian land while quoting God’s promises to atheists, they paved the way for parties promoting Jewish supremacy
    Amira Hass
    Mar 11, 2019

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-racist-knesset-candidates-borrow-ideology-from-labor-s-occupation-
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    A twisted but single line stretches between Israel Galili and Bezalel Smotrich, between Yigal Allon and Levi Eshkol and Moshe Feiglin, and between Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin and Ayelet Shaked.

    We, the Arabs and the leftists, were right when we warned during the 1960s and 1970s that the settlement enterprise was a disaster. We erred in believing that the world would intervene in time and preempt the Lebensraum impulses, the urge to create “living space.” We thought that in the end, the heads of the Labor movement would learn from the expansionist impulses of other nations. After all, they were the sons and brothers of the victims of Lebensraum. But we were wrong. So now we’ll have Feiglin, the latest hot name in the gallery of those preaching to expel the Palestinians, sitting in the next Knesset.

    >> Read more: How Palestinian land goes from the Israeli army to the settlers ■ Israel forces Palestinian to raze his and his daughter’s homes with his own hands

    Racism is an ideology that evolves in order to justify and protect the excessive material and social rights that a certain group of people has acquired, due to years of historical circumstances. Like men, conquering nations find it hard to give up their accumulated spoils and profits and will do anything to hold onto them.

    Immediately after June 1967, the Labor Alignment government cynically manipulated international law, ravaged the occupied Palestinian lands to Judaize them, and developed bureaucratic methods to reduce the number of Palestinians living in the country. One can trace the cynicism and the line that stretches from Galili to settler-leader-turned-minister Uri Ariel in a new study by the Kerem Navot organization, titled “Seize the Moral High Ground,” which researches the history of orders to seize land for “temporary military purposes.” Seizing Palestinian land for military purposes and then transferring it to the settlements was not invented by Likud, but by the Alignment. The Alignment holds the copyright on steadily gnawing at Palestinian land while abusing its owners to give an established settlement another road, another water pipe, another security buffer zone.

    When the Labor governments worked hard to steal land on the grounds of security while quoting God’s promises to atheists, they paved the way for the hundreds of thousands of Jews who are now going to vote for parties promoting the ideology of a superior Jewish race – and these are many and varied, praise God. Eshkol allowed the destruction of the Mughrabi Quarter and dispersed its Palestinian residents to the winds to make way for the Western Wall Plaza, and Allon was the first minister to move to Jerusalem’s Old City.

    The occupation bureaucracy they developed prevented the return home of tens of thousands of Palestinians who found themselves outside the West Bank in the summer of 1967, and restricted Palestinian construction in Jerusalem with the help of planning laws. These governments laid the attitudinal foundations for the Third Temple, whose construction is being planned by some people with the utmost seriousness. The spirit of the mass expulsions of 1948, the desire to empty the land of Arabs, infused them.

    The racist-messianic justifications have persuaded an increasing number of Jewish Israelis, because the spoils acquired have grown tremendously over the years. It’s hard to give them up, and they want more. That’s why Benjamin Netanyahu hastened to explain that the State of Israel is not a state of all its citizens. He fears that votes might go from him to Feiglin and Kahanist candidate Itamar Ben-Gvir.

    When the world proved it could not block either the Alignment or Likud governments, the land gluttons proceeded to gorge themselves with redoubled enthusiasm. The armed, aggressive, murderous racism of the settlement messiahs and their servants is intensifying, because the inferior nation is not inferior. It is resisting. It is educated, eloquent and refuses to disappear. It is rooted in its land.

    Emboldened, the Feiglins and the Smotriches will try to expel masses of Palestinians. They will fail only if all the descendents of the Alignment – not just Ta’ayush activists and a handful of anarchists – prevent it with their bodies.

    Why is it hard for me to imagine the leaders of Kahol Lavan halting the trucks?

    https://seenthis.net/messages/766624 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Emmanuel Macron appelle à « une transition d’une durée raisonnable » en Algérie
    https://www.france24.com/fr/20190312-algerie-reaction-macron-transition-duree-raisonnable

    (...) « Je salue ici avant tout la dignité avec laquelle la population, en particulier la jeunesse algérienne, ont pu exprimer leur espoir, leur volonté de changement, ainsi que le professionnalisme des forces de sécurité », a déclaré le chef de l’État français lors d’une conférence de presse à Djbouti au côté de son homologue Ismaïl Omar Guelleh. (...)

    #poutre_et_paille

    https://seenthis.net/messages/766574 via Loutre


  • How the Israeli army takes Palestinian land and hands it to settlers -

    45 settlements have been built on Palestinian land requisitioned for military purposes. A new study explains how
    Amira Hass

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-how-palestinian-land-goes-from-the-army-to-the-settlers-1.7004514
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    In the end, the result is the same: More Palestinian land stolen and transferred to Jews because they are Jews (born in Israel or the Diaspora) and for their benefit. But the Jewish brain invents tricks of the trade, and the means and methods that the military bureaucracy has created and is still creating to reach this result are many and varied, until confusion and fear take over at the sheer multitude of details.

    Dror Etkes, a researcher of Israel’s settlement policy, wants, as usual, to put things in order. In a new study he will be publishing this week, he focuses on the history of orders to seize Palestinian land, issued by generations of army commanders in the West Bank (not including the part that was annexed to Jerusalem). More than 1,150 seizure orders have been issued from 1969 to the present. After subtracting those that were revoked or that overlap, it turns out that this particular trick enabled Israel to take over more than 100,000 dunams (25,000 acres) of Palestinian land. More millions of dunams of Palestinian land have been stolen in other ways, which Etkes has been researching too.

    The declared purpose for such seizure is security and military needs. On the website of the Military Advocate General, the body that advises the army on legal issues, this goal is stressed. Etkes quotes at length from this source in his study: In accordance with the laws of belligerent occupation detailed in customary international law, an occupying power is prohibited from confiscating the private property of a local population in an area under its belligerent occupation. [But] the commander of the area has the authority to take possession of private land if there is a military need. … Exercising this authority does not invalidate landowners’ rights of possession, although they are temporarily prevented from holding and using the land. ... The word temporary is used, because the occupation is meant to be temporary, and because military needs may change.

    Surprise surprise. Some 40 percent of the area officially seized for military and security needs have been allocated over the years to settlements (a quarter of the total area is indeed used for military purposes and another quarter is occupied by the separation barrier). The governments of the Alignment, the Labor Party’s predecessor, started this tradition. They allocated 6,280 dunams to settlements – 28 percent of the approximately 22,000 dunams that have been seized for military use in those years. As expected, the rise of Likud to power has seen a huge spike in allocation to settlements of land that was originally seized for military use. From Likud’s victory in May 1977 to the end of 1979, more than 31,000 dunams were seized. Out of this total, 23,000 were allocated to settlements – that is, 73 percent.

    If we thought this method was quashed by the High Court of Justice ruling in the case of the settlement of Elon Moreh – which was handed down in October 1979 and placed restrictions on the authority of an Israeli military commander in the West Bank to seize land for settlement construction – it turns out we were wrong. Because for three years, commanders continued under Likud to issue seizure orders for security needs that benefited the settlements: Out of some 11,000 dunams seized, 7,040 dunams were given to 12 new settlements. (The dates on some of the orders are unclear; therefore they are not included in the breakdown above that Etkes produced at Haaretz’s request. But the goal of those orders, too, is clear: settlement. And they apply to areas amounting to about 2,000 dunams).

    Following the High Court ruling on Elon Moreh, Israel found a surer method of robbery: declaring Palestinian land to be state land (that is, for Jews), in a very lenient interpretation of an Ottoman law on the matter. The raw material from Etkes’ research is digital maps and layers of data given to him by the Civil Administration (through gritted teeth) by dint of the Freedom of Information Law. According to this information, Etkes estimates that since the 1980s, Israel has declared some 750,000 dunams as state land, out of approximately 5.7 million dunams in the West Bank. (Reminder: This column does not recognize the legality of the Israeli definition of Palestinian land as state land, and even less the legality of their transfer to Jews).

    https://seenthis.net/messages/766567 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby
    Democracy Now! - March 08, 2019
    https://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/8/debate_over_ilhan_omar_highlights_new
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    Following a week of debate surrounding Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar’s comments about U.S. foreign policy in Israel, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. We host a discussion with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist and member of the newspaper’s editorial board; Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies who serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace; and Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian-American poet, writer and organizer based in New York City. (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/766467 via Loutre


  • Israel’s release of Palestinian lawmaker lets her forget the larger prison for a moment
    In a festive meeting, Khalida Jarrar gave well-wishers a chance to celebrate her release from a small prison and temporarily shelve fears about an escalation of Israeli violence
    Amira Hass | Mar 09, 2019
    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-release-of-palestinian-lawmaker-lets-her-forget-larger-prison-for-
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    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Khalida Jarrar at around 1 P.M. Sunday to congratulate her on her release from administrative detention – detention without trial – which had lasted 20 months. At his side was his intelligence chief, Majed Faraj, who was actually the first to congratulate her. She responded by congratulating Faraj for his recovery from an illness; he then gave the phone to Abbas, who said that he had “missed her.”

    This is a routine exchange of pleasantries, almost like the American ‘How are you?” – and Jarrar responded as is customary, saying “I missed you too, Abu Mazen,” using Abbas’ nickname. He told her that he and Faraj were on their way to Baghdad, to what official spokesmen would later define as an important meeting with the Iraqi government.

    According to reports on several websites, the last time Jarrar and Abbas met, at a meeting of Palestinian leaders in June 2017, she sharply criticized Abbas’ punitive policies toward Gaza. She also assailed the security coordination with Israel.

    There were even reports that Abbas was planning to block her participation in leadership meetings, which include the executive committee of the PLO, different factions in the (now formally dispersed) Palestinian Legislative Council and the heads of various organizations. A month later Israel’s Shin Bet security service and the army arrested her at home.

    This week, though, both Abbas and Jarrar sounded at ease during their brief exchange. Their conversation took place between Jarrar’s interview with a local TV station, a conversation with Haaretz, a phone call from a senior Fatah member inquiring about a good time to visit, and a short visit from an emotional and teary acquaintance who came to hug Jarrar not knowing there had already been a mass welcoming event.

    Based on experience, following a previous incarceration of Khalida and her release in June 2016, Khalida’s husband Ghassan knew that their house would be too small for all the well-wishers. Ahead of her release he rented a hall at Ramallah’s Catholic church for three days, six hours a day, beginning on the day of her release a week ago Thursday.

    Several thousand people showed up during those three days. People came in delegations and as individuals, from Hebron and Jerusalem, Jenin and Tul Karm, Haifa and Nazareth, from villages and refugee camps, young and old. There were people with or without political affiliations, people Jarrar knew and many she didn’t. There were celebrities and ordinary folk, former prisoners (“I’m on leave between arrests,” one of them joked), as well as probable future prisoners. Every Palestinian family has experienced a detention or a stint in an Israeli prison by one of its sons or daughters for the crime of opposing the Israeli occupation.

    Jarrar shook hands, hugged people, and talked in a relaxed manner with anyone who sat down beside her, as if that person were the only one in the hall. She had her photo taken with anyone requesting a selfie with her, and gave short interviews. Most of all, she laughed and smiled a lot.

    “For a long time we haven’t smiled so much or been in such a good mood,” wrote on Facebook a feminist activist who was among the people greeting Jarrar. As another woman put it, “How good it was to meet everyone, and for a change not at a mourning tent.”

    Collective depression

    The reception was an invitation to taste the flavor of “national unity,” to experience together a sweet moment inseparable from the constant sense of burden experienced alone and together, brought about by a life under foreign rule, a hostile and violent one. This was an opportunity to overcome, for three days, the collective feeling of depression and helplessness caused by internal political, economic and social fissures, setting aside for a short time fears about an escalation of violence by Israel. This was an opportunity to celebrate together a release from a small prison while ignoring for a moment the big cages.

    “I’m still confused, I think it will take me two or three months to get used to it,” Jarrar said. At home, too, she was all smiles, laughing with her guests. The laughter was contagious, coming from the heart. Ghassan was busy making coffee or tea, coming in with loaded trays, offering baklava and chocolates, insisting that guests eat, trying to make sure that Ajwa, the orange tabby cat, didn’t run out when the door opened for another guest.

    “How is Tamar?” Khalida wanted to know Saturday at the church hall, referring to Israeli lawyer Tamar Peleg.

    On Sunday she contacted the 93-year-old Peleg, who since the first intifada and until not very long ago represented hundreds of administrative detainees, including Ghassan Jarrar, Palestinians who were imprisoned by Israel without trial or indictment and with no assumption of innocence. “I won’t forget what you did for the detainees,” Khalida told her. “I think about you a lot and miss you.” This time the “miss you” wasn’t a pleasantry.

    Jarrar was first arrested in 1989 for participating in a demonstration on International Women’s Day, March 8. In April 2015 Jarrar was arrested at home and convicted, after a plea bargain, of membership in an illegal organization, of providing forbidden services, and of incitement. She received a 15-month sentence and was released in June 2016.

    A year later, in July 2017, soldiers again barged into her home in the middle of the night and arrested her – a member of the suspended Palestinian parliament, an elected representative in a faction named after Abu Ali Mustafa, the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who was assassinated by Israel in August 2001. He was replaced by Ahmed Sa’adat, who was convicted of involvement in the assassination of far-right Israeli politician Rehavam Ze’evi in October 2001 and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    When Jarrar was arrested, her interrogator had nothing to ask her; the military prosecution couldn’t even come up with allegations that would allow for a show trial. “I was arrested and don’t know why,” Jarrar said. “Actually, I know that it was for nothing, and that’s scary. Do they expect us to sit at home and say nothing?”

    Her father’s death

    During the two periods his wife was in prison, Ghassan would say that he bore his own detentions much better than he did Khalida’s. But now she was surprised by the question “did you feel the same way? Was it easier to bear your own imprisonment rather than that of Ghassan?” After a long reflection she said: “I now understand better how difficult prison is. It’s true that I worried about Ghassan when I was in prison, about how he manages alone at home.” Then she laughed her rolling laughter.

    The hardest experience in prison was her father Canaan’s death a month and a half after her arrest. That experience – the death of a loved one while you’re in prison – is one shared by thousands of Palestinians.

    Jarrar relates how one day she and the prisoners’ representative were called at 5 P.M. to the clinic at Sharon Prison. “I was puzzled. I didn’t have a clue. There was a team of wardens there, one of them Druze, who began by saying the usual words of consolation before telling me about my father, showing me a death certificate sent to the prison by Mahmoud” – attorney Mahmoud Hassan from the Addameer prisoner support rights group that Jarrar headed before being elected to the legislative council.

    She continued: “When I returned to my cell, they allowed a few female inmates from other cells to come and take part in my grief. The next day they let me talk by phone to my family, for 20 minutes.”

    Her father, who owned a toy store in the center of Nablus, was unwell. The day before her last arrest she visited him in the hospital. Her daughter Suha reminded her this week: “You brought him a pea dish you had cooked.”

    Suha asked her what change struck her most when she came out of prison. She immediately replied: the deterioration in the health of her mother, who can now barely walk. Here’s another collective Palestinian experience: Time in prison seems suspended, frozen, only to be rediscovered, once a person is freed, by parents who have aged and children who have grown.

    Despite the difficulties of prison life, Khalida took advantage of her time behind bars. She read and studied, but mainly encouraged other female prisoners and detainees to study, read and discuss human rights, women’s rights, prisoner rights, their status in society and discrimination.

    It is said that the tradition of studying and reading, practiced by Palestinian security prisoners in the past, has dwindled since the end of the 1990s. In recent years some prisoners have tried to revive it, and Jarrar joined the trend. Last year, on the eve of International Women’s Day, the government of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah revoked several laws discriminating against women; this led her to initiate a celebratory discussion within prison walls. On March 8 they studied the achievements of International Women’s Day.

    The parliament Jarrar was elected to in 2006 was suspended most of its tenure, but some of the legislators, mainly belonging to small left-wing parties, including Jarrar, tried various ways to influence the public discourse about social issues such as the Palestinian Authority budget and women’s rights.

    In prison, Jarrar made good use of her former sociopolitical experiences. But in prison, she says, she became more closely familiar with social issues such as violence against women, a phenomenon that has driven some women to get arrested on purpose or attempt suicide by brandishing a knife in front of soldiers. “Prison isn’t where you belong or a solution for you,” she told those women. Women released from prison say she was always available, supporting and helping them during crises.

    Don’t say you don’t have an opinion,” she would say. She was happy to discover during her last detention term that one of these women, for example, has become more assertive and plans to run in local elections when she gets out of jail. “Living for a long time in close quarters with women from all walks of life and geographic areas, holding conversations with them,” Jarrar told Haaretz, further increased her understanding of “how much these women suffer” under occupation and in Palestinian society.

    #Khalida_Jarrar

    https://seenthis.net/messages/766423 via Loutre


  • Lettre à Alain Finkielkraut, par Dominique EDDE (L’Orient-Le Jour), via @mona
    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1160808/lettre-a-alain-finkielkraut.html
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    Cher Alain Finkielkraut, je vous demande et je demande aux responsables politiques de ne pas minorer ces petites victoires du bon sens sur la bêtise, de la banalité du bien sur la banalité du mal. Préférez les vrais adversaires qui vous parlent aux faux amis qui vous plaignent. Aidez-nous à vous aider dans le combat contre l’antisémitisme : ne le confinez pas au recours permanent à l’injonction, l’intimidation, la mise en demeure. Ceux qui se font traiter d’antisémites sans l’être ne sont pas moins insultés que vous. Ne tranchez pas à si bon compte dans le vécu de ceux qui ont une autre représentation du monde que vous. Si antisionisme n’est plus un mot adapté, donnez-nous-en un qui soit à la mesure de l’occupation, de la confiscation des terres et des maisons par Israël, et nous vous rendrons celui-ci. Il est vrai que beaucoup d’entre nous ont renoncé à parler. Mais ne faites pas confiance au silence quand il n’est qu’une absence provisoire de bruit. Un mutisme obligé peut accoucher de monstres. Je vous propose pour finir ce proverbe igbo : « Le monde est comme un masque qui danse : pour bien le voir, il ne faut pas rester au même endroit. »

    https://seenthis.net/messages/765923 via Agnès Maillard


  • Turkey reopens first border crossing with Syrian government
    https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/turkey-reopens-first-border-crossing-with-syrian-government
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    Turkey has reopened two Syrian border crossing this week, marking the first time in several years that Ankara has made Syria’s Latakia and Aleppo governorates accessible to the public.

    According to a source in Latakia, Turkey reopened the Kassab Crossing for the first time since the jihadist rebels forced its closure in 2014.

    Following the reopening of the Kassab Crossing, approximately 100 people were reported to have traveled from Turkey’s Hatay Province to Syria’s Latakia Governorate.

    While the Syrian and Turkish governments currently have no diplomatic ties, they both have made it clear that they do want to resume inter-border commerce and trade.

    Earlier this week, Turkey announced that they were reopening the border crossing near the Syrian city of Azaz in northern Aleppo.

    #syrie #normalisation

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  • Keep it up, Ilhan Omar - Opinion

    Neither Hamas nor a black day, but a glimmer of hope on Capitol Hill
    Gideon Levy
    Mar 07, 2019

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-keep-it-up-ilhan-omar-1.6999623
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    Maybe Mogadishu will turn out to be the source of hope. This war-torn city was the birthplace of the most promising U.S. congresswoman today.

    Ilhan Omar is not only one of the first two female Muslim members of the House of Representatives, she may herald a dramatic change in that body. “Hamas has entered the House,” Roseanne Barr was quick to cry out; “A black day for Israel,” tweeted Donald Trump. Neither Hamas nor a black day, but a glimmer of hope on Capitol Hill.

    Maybe, for the first time in history, someone will dare tell the truth to the American people, absorbing scathing accusations of anti-Semitism, without bowing her head. The chances of this happening aren’t great; the savage engine of the Jewish lobby and of Israel’s “friends” is already doing everything it can to trample her.

    The president mentioned removing her from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Congress was set to pass a resolution, the second in one month, against uttering “anti-Semitic expressions,” specifically aimed at Omar’s statements.

    >> We support you, Ilhan the heroine | Opinion

    When will Americans and Europeans stop running scared every time someone screams “anti-Semitism”? Until when will Israel and the Jewish establishment succeed in exploiting (the existing) anti-Semitism as a shield against criticism? When will the world dare to distinguish between legitimate criticism of an illegitimate reality and anti-Semitism?

    The gap between these two is great. There is anti-Semitism one must fight, and there is criticism of Israel and the Jewish establishment it is imperative to support. Manipulations exercised by the Israeli propaganda machine and the Jewish establishment have managed to make the two issues identical.

    This is the greatest success of the Israeli government’s hasbara: Say one critical word about Israel and you’re labeled an anti-Semite. And labeled an anti-Semite, your fate is obvious. Omar has to break this cursed cycle. Is the young representative from Minnesota up for it? Can she withstand the power centers that have already mobilized against her in full force?

    Maybe it’s important that she knows there are people in Israel crossing fingers for her?

    Her success and that of her congressional colleagues, Rashida Tlaib from Michigan and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, could be the first swallows that herald the coming of spring. This is the spring of freely expressing opinions about Israel in America. Cortez already asked this week why isn’t bigotry aimed at other groups condemned just like statements against Israel are.

    >> As an American-Israeli, I am thrilled for the Palestinians and for Rashida Tlaib | Opinion

    What, after all, has Omar said? That pro-Israel activists demand “allegiance to a foreign country”; that U.S. politicians support Israel because of money they receive from the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC, and that “Israel hypnotized the world.” What is incorrect in these statements? Why is describing reality considered anti-Semitic?

    Jews have immense power in the U.S., far beyond the relative size of their community, and the blind support given by their establishment to Israel raises legitimate questions regarding dual loyalty. Their power derives from their economic success, their organizational skills and the political pressure they exert. Omar dared to speak about this.
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    Just imagine what Israelis and Jews would feel if Muslim Americans had the same political, economic and cultural power Jews have. Such power, above all the intoxication with power that has seized hold of the Jewish establishment, comes with a price. Omar and her colleagues are trying to collect on it.

    Due to the Israel lobby, the U.S. does not know the truth about what is happening here. Congress members, senators and shapers of public opinion who are flown here ad nauseam see only Israeli victimhood and Palestinian terror, which apparently emerged out of nowhere. Islamists, Qassam rockets and incendiary balloons – not a word about occupation, expropriation, refugees and military tyranny. Questions such as where the money goes and whether it serves American interests are considered heresy. When talking about Israel one must not ask questions or raise doubts.

    This cycle has to be broken as well. It’s not right and it’s not good for the Jews. Omar is now trying to introduce a new discourse to Congress and to public opinion. Thanks to her and her colleagues there is a chance for a change in America. From Israel we send her our wishes for success.

    When will the world dare to distinguish between legitimate criticism of an illegitimate Israeli reality and anti-Semitism?

    https://seenthis.net/messages/765360 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • L’antisionisme est-il une forme d’antisémitisme ?
    Réponse d’un intellectuel arabe à Emmanuel Macron
    Azmi Bishar

    https://orientxxi.info/magazine/l-antisionisme-comme-phenomene-juif,2946
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    Le 19 février 2019, en visite au cimetière juif alsacien de Quatzeheim où des dizaines de tombes ont été retrouvées profanées par des croix gammées, le président français Emmanuel Macron s’est engagé à prendre des mesures juridiques pour combattre l’antisémitisme. « On prendra des actes, on prendra des lois et on punira », a-t-il déclaré. Plus tard dans la journée, il s’est rendu au mémorial de la Shoah à Paris, aux côtés des présidents du Sénat et de l’Assemblée nationale. Le lendemain, dans le discours qu’il a prononcé au dîner annuel du Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France (CRIF), il a promis que son pays inscrirait dans la loi la définition de l’antisémitisme établie par l’International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Or cette définition est élargie à l’antisionisme, qu’Emmanuel Macron a déclaré être « une des formes modernes de l’antisémitisme ». Il ne fait aucun doute que vandaliser des tombes avec des graffitis outrageants est un crime de haine antisémite, mais quel rapport y a-t-il entre un tel acte et l’antisionisme ou la position que l’on peut avoir à l’égard d’Israël ?

    https://seenthis.net/messages/764878 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • French resist effort to censor criticism of Zionism
    Ali Abunima, Electronic Intifada, le 4 mars 2019
    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/french-resist-effort-censor-criticism-zionism

    The French president’s move, praised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is part of a transatlantic campaign to weaponize often false accusations of anti-Semitism to smear and silence critics of Israel.

    #antisémitisme #antisionisme #Palestine #censure #Liberté_d'expression #BDS #criminalisation_des_militants

    Compilation sur le sujet :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/762051

    https://seenthis.net/messages/764700 via Dror@sinehebdo


  • Egypt. And what about the unstoppable train of austerity? | MadaMasr
    https://madamasr.com/en/2019/03/02/feature/economy/and-what-about-the-unstoppable-train-of-austerity
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    After over 20 people were killed and 45 injured in the Ramses Railway Station train crash last week, the country inevitably began debating the causes of the tragedy. But how can you prove beyond doubt that one action leads to a specific outcome, and if it is just probable causation, then when does the action determine the outcome in some cases but not others? When does correlation means a causation, and when does it not? Where does the ripple effect begin and where does it end, if ever?

    Unfortunately, there is not, and probably never will be, an agreed upon answer to these questions about multifaceted social phenomena. The issue of causation is one of the most contentious in social research and statistical work.

    However, in order to manage all aspects of life, there is no way around having to deal with this problematic terrain. How can we go about our lives without trying to identify what kills us, makes us poor, etc.? The debates about the responsibility of the recent train crash in Egypt also remind us that the issue of causation is not void of political and ideological bias.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/764347 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Corbyn calls for UK to condemn Israel’s targeting of Palestinians – Middle East Monitor
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190302-corbyn-calls-for-uk-to-condemn-israels-targeting-of-pale

    Head of the British Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has called for the UK government to condemn Israel’s killing of Palestinians as well as to freeze arms sales to the occupation state.

    His remarks came in the wake of a UN report which found that Israel might have committed war crimes against Palestinians.

    On Twitter, Corbyn wrote: “The UN says Israel’s killings of demonstrators in Gaza – including children, paramedics and journalists – may constitute ‘war crimes or crimes against humanity’”.

    “The UK government must unequivocally condemn the killings and freeze arms sales to Israel.”

    #Corbyn et l’#ONU persistent dans l’antisémitisme ?

    https://seenthis.net/messages/764222 via gonzo


  • Has the Jewish state forgotten to fight the anti-Semitic far right? - Israel News - Haaretz.com

    When Israel’s government and major Jewish groups cosy up to the global far right, it is a fundamental betrayal of Jewish history, Zionism and the Jewish values we believe in
    Hannah Rose and Benjamin Guttmann Feb 28, 2019

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-has-the-jewish-state-forgotten-to-fight-the-anti-semitic-far-right
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    We, Jewish student leaders in the UK and Austria, were raised in and by the Jewish community, which embedded in us a fierce set of values. We were taught that every individual is deserving of equal respect and rights, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality or gender.

    These are not values we take lightly; these are the very foundations of our Jewish identity. The injunction to “treat the stranger justly” appears 36 times in the Torah, more often than any other commandment. Those qualities of justice and solidarity distinguished Abraham, who cared for the strangers who visited his tent, from the people of Sodom, who attacked them, and faced divine punishment.

    The Shoah survivor, author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel famously declared: “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the centre of the universe.”

    It is therefore not only with shock, but with great disappointment, that we see the current government of our Jewish state, and some of our Jewish institutions, giving succour to those who discriminate against other vulnerable communities.

    In Europe, it is a fearful reality that the far-right is gaining power and popularity and that the survival of liberal democracy is no longer self-evident. Jewish experience teaches us that political intolerance usually ends with blame falling on Jews.

    Yet Israel, the place to which we, as Zionists, are deeply connected, has a government which not only tolerates these views, but invites their most prominent representatives to summits, not least the Visegrad Group, whose aspiration is a Europe of “illiberal democracies.”

    As a sign of the moral jeopardy this opens up, the formal summit was scuppered (despite bilateral meetings going ahead) not because of a principled move by courageous Israeli leaders, but because the Polish government took WWII historical revisionism more seriously than its relationship with Israel.
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    Israel’s prime minister lauded the election of Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro who, among many other comments exposing his weak allegiance to democratic values, and endorsement of torture and racism repeatedly told a congresswoman: “I wouldn’t rape you because you don’t deserve it.”

    On Holocaust Memorial Day, the World Jewish Congress, one of the major Jewish organisations posted a video of Jair Bolsonaro claiming to support Holocaust remembrance. It is a struggle to believe that the same person who said he would be “incapable of loving a gay son” and they’d prefer his child to die in a car crash rathe than come out as gay, would respectfully and sincerely commemorate the WWII persecution of LGBT+ people in their thousands.
    Netanyahu and Bolsonaro in Brazil.
    Netanyahu and Bolsonaro in Brazil.Leo Correa/אי־פי

    Meaningful Holocaust remembrance looks at the lessons we can learn, and how we can take action to stamp out analogous hateful ideologies. If we take these responsibilities seriously, we can never embrace someone fundamentally opposed to the values behind Holocaust remembrance out of timidity and short-term political gain.

    The recent co-option of the racist Arab-baiting Kahanist political tradition into the Knesset is nothing less than an endorsement of the subjugation of the rights of others to the rights of Jewish people. Having struggled for thousands of years against those seeking to remove our rights, getting into bed with the far right in our own state is nothing short of an insult to our history and our Zionism as well as hypocrisy of the highest level.

    We understand states seek to protect their interests through realpolitik and pragmatism. But support for, or tolerance of the far-right, is alarmingly short-sighted. Not only is it strategically ill-advised for Israel to align itself with the global far right, it endangers local Jewish communities.

    Morally speaking, this is inexcusable. Sacrificing the rights of other vulnerable groups because the far-right are supposedly “good for Israel” is an outrageous contravention of everything Judaism teaches.
    Anti-Semitic tags reading “Dirty Jew, get out” and a swastika graffitied on a door on Rue d’Alesia in Paris’ 14th arrondissement. February 21, 2019.
    Anti-Semitic tags reading “Dirty Jew, get out” and a swastika graffitied on a door on Rue d’Alesia in Paris’ 14th arrondissement. February 21, 2019.AFP

    Israel thus becomes partner to the legitimization of the far right’s whitewashing of their hateful ideology, not least their anti-Semitism, through a façade of skin-deep support for Israel.

    Human rights are Jewish rights and Jewish rights are human rights. We must be robust and we must be outspoken; any homophobe, any misogynist or any Islamophobe is no friend of the Jewish community.

    If there is any chance of eliminating discrimination against Jews and non-Jews alike, we must first look at ourselves. As Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin eloquently articulated: “You cannot say ‘we admire Israel and want relations with your country, but we are neo-fascists. Neo-fascism is incompatible with the principles and values on which the State of Israel was founded.”

    This is a cross-party political issue; no matter one’s views on border control or economic systems, as a people who have faced antisemitism for thousands of years, we must all be able to acknowledge that no individual should be discriminated against simply because of who they are.

    As Jews, we should know better than that.

    Benjamin (Bini) Guttmann is President of the Austrian Union of Jewish Students (JöH. Twitter: @bin_gut and @joehwien

    Hannah Rose is President of the UK Union of Jewish Students. Twitter: @hannah1_rose and @UJS_PRES

    https://seenthis.net/messages/763795 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • L’antisionisme est une opinion, pas un crime - Libération
    https://www.liberation.fr/debats/2019/02/28/l-antisionisme-est-une-opinion-pas-un-crime_1712216
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    Tribune. Monsieur le Président, vous avez récemment déclaré votre intention de criminaliser l’antisionisme. Vous avez fait cette déclaration après en avoir discuté au téléphone avec Benyamin Nétanyahou, juste avant de vous rendre au dîner du Crif.
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    Monsieur le Président, vous n’êtes pas sans savoir que la Constitution de la République énonce en son article 4 que « la loi garantit les expressions pluralistes des opinions. » Or, l’antisionisme est une opinion, un courant de pensée né parmi les juifs européens au moment où le nationalisme juif prenait son essor. Il s’oppose à l’idéologie sioniste qui préconisait (et préconise toujours) l’installation des juifs du monde en Palestine, aujourd’hui Israël.

    L’argument essentiel de l’antisionisme était (et est toujours) que la Palestine n’a jamais été une terre vide d’habitants qu’un « peuple sans terre » serait libre de coloniser du fait de la promesse divine qui lui en aurait été donnée, mais un pays peuplé par des habitants bien réels pour lesquels le sionisme allait bientôt être synonyme d’exode, de spoliation et de négation de tous leurs droits. Les antisionistes étaient, et sont toujours, des anticolonialistes. Leur interdire de s’exprimer en prenant prétexte du fait que des racistes se servent de cette appellation pour camoufler leur antisémitisme, est absurde.

    Monsieur le Président, nous tenons à ce que les Français juifs puissent rester en France, qu’ils s’y sentent en sécurité, et que leur liberté d’expression et de pensée y soit respectée dans sa pluralité. L’ignominie des actes antisémites qui se multiplient ravive le traumatisme et l’effroi de la violence inouïe dont leurs parents ont eu à souffrir de la part d’un Etat français et d’une société française qui ont largement collaboré avec leurs bourreaux. Nous attendons donc de vous que vous déployiez d’importants moyens d’éducation, et que les auteurs de ces actes soient sévèrement punis. Mais nous ne voulons certainement pas que vous livriez les juifs de France et leur mémoire à l’extrême droite israélienne, comme vous le faites en affichant ostensiblement votre proximité avec le sinistre « Bibi » et ses amis français.

    C’est pourquoi nous tenons à vous faire savoir que nous sommes antisionistes, ou que certains de nos meilleurs amis se déclarent comme tels. Nous éprouvons du respect et de l’admiration pour ces militants des droits humains et du droit international qui, en France, en Israël et partout dans le monde, luttent courageusement et dénoncent les exactions intolérables que les sionistes les plus acharnés font subir aux Palestiniens. Beaucoup de ces militants se disent antisionistes car le sionisme a prouvé que lorsque sa logique colonisatrice est poussée à l’extrême, comme c’est le cas aujourd’hui, il n’est bon ni pour les juifs du monde, ni pour les Israéliens, ni pour les Palestiniens.

    Monsieur le Président, nous sommes des citoyens français respectueux des lois de la République, mais si vous faites adopter une loi contre l’antisionisme, ou si vous adoptez officiellement une définition erronée de l’antisionisme qui permettrait de légiférer contre lui, sachez que nous enfreindrons cette loi inique par nos propos, par nos écrits, par nos œuvres artistiques et par nos actes de solidarité. Et si vous tenez à nous poursuivre, à nous faire taire, ou même à nous embastiller pour cela, eh bien, vous pourrez venir nous chercher.

    Premiers signataires : Gilbert Achcar universitaire Gil Anidjar professeur Ariella Azoulay universitaire Taysir Batniji artiste plasticien Sophie Bessis historienne Jean-Jacques Birgé compositeur Simone Bitton cinéaste Laurent Bloch informaticien Rony Brauman médecin François Burgat politologue Jean-Louis Comolli cinéaste Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun sociologue Ivar Ekeland universitaire Mireille Fanon-Mendès France ex-experte ONU Naomi Fink professeure agrégée d’hébreu Jean-Michel Frodon critique et enseignant Jean-Luc Godard cinéaste Alain Gresh journaliste Eric Hazan éditeur Christiane Hessel militante et veuve de Stéphane Hessel Nancy Huston écrivaine Abdellatif Laâbi écrivain Farouk Mardam-Bey éditeur Gustave Massiah économiste Anne-Marie Miéville cinéaste Marie- José Mondzain philosophe Ernest Pignon-Ernest artiste plasticien Elias Sanbar écrivain, diplomate Michèle Sibony enseignante retraitée Eyal Sivan cinéaste Elia Suleiman cinéaste Françoise Vergès politologue.

    Liste complète des signataires disponible sur : https://bit.ly/2BTE43k

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  • Guerre du renseignement à Gaza
    Ahmad Abu Amer - 22 février 2019 – Al-Monitor – Traduction : Chronique de Palestine
    http://www.chroniquepalestine.com/guerre-du-renseignement-a-gaza

    GAZA City – Bande de Gaza –
    Les répercussions de l’opération bâclée du renseignement israélien à l’est de Khan Yunis dans le sud de Gaza le 13 novembre 2018 continuent de se manifester.

    Les forces de sécurité affiliées au Hamas dans la bande de Gaza ont saisi le 16 février des puces de pistage électroniques dissimulées dans des bottes militaires qui entraient à Gaza par le point de passage commercial de Kerem Abu Salem.

    Les forces de sécurité palestiniennes à Gaza esont persuadées qu’Israël est derrière la tentative de contrebande de « puces électroniques de suivi » dans la bande de Gaza, sur la base des aveux d’un suspect impliqué dans la fourniture d’un soutien logistique à Israël.

    Le suspect, identifié uniquement par ses initiales, M. Sh. a été arrêté par les forces de sécurité du Hamas à la suite de l’opération ratée de Khan Yunis. Dans ses aveux rendus publics le 11 février, M. Sh. a déclaré que le 2 octobre 2018, un officier des services de renseignements israéliens lui avait demandé de se rendre au poste-frontière de Kerem Abu Salem et de recevoir deux systèmes GPS qui se trouvaient à l’intérieur de conteneurs de marchandises entrant par Israël dans la bande de Gaza.

    Il a affirmé qu’un employé de l’Autorité palestinienne au passage facilitait l’entrée et la sortie sans effectuer d’inspections.

    Abu Mohammad, porte-parole des médias pour les Brigades des martyrs d’Al-Aqsa, branche armée du Fatah à Gaza, a déclaré à Al-Monitor qu’un de ses combattants avait acheté des bottes militaires bon marché à un magasin à Gaza début février pour 50 shekels israéliens (14 dollars) au lieu du prix initial de 160 à 180 shekels (environ 44 à 50 $). Rendu méfiant, le combattant a inspecté les bottes et a trouvé dans une semelle une puce de suivi électronique. (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/763763 via Loutre


  • La réponse d’Israël aux manifestations à Gaza, un « crime contre l’humanité »  ?
    Publié le 28/02/2019 - AFP
    https://www.sudouest.fr/2019/02/28/la-reponse-d-israel-aux-manifestations-a-gaza-un-crime-contre-l-humanite-58
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    Une commission de l’ONU indique que « plus de 6 000 manifestants non armés ont été touchés par des tireurs d’élite militaires » durant les manifestations de la « Marche du retour » à Gaza.

    La réponse d’Israël aux manifestations à Gaza en 2018 « peut constituer des crimes de guerre ou des crimes contre l’humanité », affirme ce jeudi une commission de l’ONU. Les enquêteurs soulignent que des snipers ont visé des civils, dont des enfants.

    « Les soldats israéliens ont commis des violations du droit international humanitaire et des droits humains. Certaines de ces violations […] doivent immédiatement faire l’objet d’une enquête par Israël », a déclaré le président de la Commission, Santiago Canton.
    Des enfants et des journalistes pris pour cible

    Selon la commission de l’ONU, « plus de 6 000 manifestants non armés ont été touchés par des tireurs d’élite militaires, semaine après semaine lors des manifestations ».

    Les enquêteurs ont indiqué avoir « trouvé des motifs raisonnables de croire que des tireurs d’élite israéliens ont tiré sur des journalistes, du personnel de santé, des enfants et des personnes handicapées, sachant qu’ils étaient clairement reconnaissables comme tels ».

    La commission a été mise sur pied en mai 2018 par le Conseil des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU pour « enquêter sur les violations et mauvais traitements présumés […] dans le contexte des assauts militaires menés lors des grandes manifestations civiles qui ont commencé le 30 mars 2018 » à Gaza. (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/763701 via Loutre


  • Egypt. Judicial officials: Constitutional amendments final battleground in struggle for judicial independence | MadaMasr
    https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/21/feature/politics/judicial-officials-constitutional-amendments-final-battleground-in-struggl
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    In a meeting with Middle Eastern and North African general prosecutors in Cairo on Wednesday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi once again stressed the importance of judicial independence, asserting that “no one can interfere with the work of the judiciary.”

    Yet critics say a set of constitutional amendments making its way through Egypt’s Parliament does precisely that.

    Last week, Parliament voted overwhelmingly to advance the amendments, the primary focus of which have been changes that would allow Sisi to extend his term in office until 2034. But the proposed amendments also include a number of other controversial changes, not least of which are revisions to articles that could further undermine judicial independence and erode the separation of powers by giving the president tighter control over the judiciary.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/763503 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Decathlon et le hijab : la France est-elle devenue folle ? | Ilyes Ramdani
    https://www.bondyblog.fr/opinions/decathlon-et-le-hijab-la-france-est-elle-devenue-folle

    Ce mardi 26 février, une polémique nourrie par des responsables politiques de La République en marche et du parti Les Républicains ont amené Decathlon à renoncer à commercialiser un « hijab de running ». Loin d’être anecdotique, cet événement en dit long sur la névrose d’une frange de la société française autour de l’islam et du voile. Source : Bondy Blog

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  • Decathlon drops French sports hijab after politicians threaten boycott | World news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/26/decathlon-drops-french-sports-hijab-after-politicians-threaten-boycott?
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    The retailer’s plain, lightweight running headscarf, which covers the hair but not the face, is already on sale in Morocco and was to be extended to France and worldwide. But after a social media storm and outrage from some politicians against Muslim head coverings, the company backtracked and said the garment would not go on sale “at the present time” in France.

    Agnès Buzyn, the health minister in Macron’s government, said of the garment: “It’s a vision of women that I don’t share. I would prefer if a French brand did not promote the headscarf.”

    C’était elle, ce mot dégueulasse. Réfléchis, Buzyn : les femmes qui veulent porter le hijab n’arrêteront pas de le porter parce que tu n’aimes pas ça, c’est pas tes gosses, tes bonnes ou tes chiennes. Elles vont simplement être privées d’un moyen de faire du sport. Et c’est pas ton boulot, de dire ce que les femmes doivent porter ou non ni de les empêcher d’être actives.

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  • Israeli TV journalist reacts to outcry after saying occupation turns soldiers into ’animals’

    Oshrat Kotler, who received death threats for her comment, says she can’t ignore ’heavy price that we are paying through our children for ruling over another people’
    Itay Stern
    Feb 24, 2019

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-anchor-reacts-to-outcry-after-saying-occupation-turns-soldiers-to-a
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    TV journalist Oshrat Kotler on Saturday responded to the uproar she caused last week, when she said Israeli soldiers become “human animals” during their army service in the West Bank.

    “They send children to the army, to the territories, and get them back human animals. That’s the result of the occupation,” Kotler said last week following a piece on the five Israeli soldiers who were indicted for beating two detained Palestinians, which aired on her Channel 13 show, “Magazine.”

    On Saturday night she spoke again toward the end of the program to clarify her comments, choking with tears as she spoke.

    “Last week we broadcast here a very complex and painful report about the soldiers of the ‘Netzah Yehuda’ [battalion] who were involved in a series of harsh acts of violence,” she said. “For two weeks we investigated, filmed and edited, reporter Arik Weiss and myself, this report with the greatest caution because both of us understood that the matter was very charged and very hard to absorb.”

    Thousands of complaints were filed against Kotler, as well as death threats, after which Channel 13 decided to provide her with a security guard. Many politicians rushed to condemn her comments, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, both demanding she apologize.

    Kotler criticized politicians in the midst of an election campaign for making “cynical” use of her comments and portraying them out of the story’s context. “What I said here was directed only at the soldiers who violated the law and not toward IDF soldiers in general. They were spoken with great pain,” said Kotler. Channel 13 News came to her defense, saying she was allowed to express her opinion, even if it does not reflect the opinion of the entire editorial staff.

    “The purpose of the story, as was the purpose of my comments that followed it too, was to make us as a society to take personal responsibility for the actions of the soldiers of Netzah Yehuda, because it is impossible to accuse them of crossing moral and legal boundaries when we are the ones who put them in an impossible situation day after day,” she added. “The public criticism should not be directed at the soldiers, and it would be proper for the court to consider that and be lenient in their sentencing."

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  • France to deliver 6 boats to the Libyan Coast Guard in June

    France’s Defense Minister, Florence Parly, announced on Saturday that her country will provide the Libyan Coast Guard with six equipped boats, which will arrive in June.

    The announcement came during Parly’s meeting with Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, in the margins of the Munich Security Conference.

    The French minister also approved a program for training and equipping the Libyan Coast Guard, which Parly praised its successes in the face of the problems of illegal immigration.

    At the end of the meeting, Al-Sarraj invited the French minister to Libya in the context of consolidating relations between the two countries.

    http://www.addresslibya.com/en/archives/41690
    #Libye #externalisation #France #gardes-côtes_libyens #asile #migrations #frontières #contrôles_frontaliers

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