• Le sport comme combat : la défaite de juin 2017 (2/2) – Culture et politique arabes

    ... le président de la Shamas (Saudi Media City) de Riyad a annoncé, il y a une dizaine de jour, le lancement, aussi rapide que possible, de PBS, une nouvelle chaîne sportive. Selon les sources, il s’agit, au choix, de « briser le monopole qatari sur les compétitions mondiales » , ou encore, en moins agressif, de « trouver une alternative au blocage de beIN » (version du Arab News, quotidien anglophone saoudien), notamment pour les téléspectateurs du Golfe privés de décodeurs depuis le 14 juin...

    #cpa #nuit_torride

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  • Defend Israel’s anti-occupation group Breaking the Silence -

    Justice Minister Shaked is investigating the spokesman for the army veterans’ group for breaking the silence on what he did in Hebron – nobody else among the countless veterans who’ve told similar stories and worse, just him

    Iris Leal Jun 27, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.797950

    I arrived at the train station in central Tel Aviv last Wednesday and, as usual, got lost. I was en route to the Palestinian village of Sussia to attend an unusual book launch for the Hebrew edition of “Kingdom of Olives and Ash,” a collection of essays about the occupation written by authors from around the world. The ceremony took place in the most appropriate possible place, a hut in a Palestinian village whose residents have been uprooted from their land seven times, while across the road the settlers of Jewish Susya lie in ambush for them night and day, casting covetous eyes on their land.
    As usual, I didn’t manage to find “Venice,” the bus rented by the Breaking the Silence organization, which was waiting at the entrance to the parking lot. A pleasant young man with a beard came to my rescue: Dean Issacharoff, as he introduced himself, the organization’s spokesman.
    The next day, two weeks after Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked urged the attorney general to open an investigation against him, the Hebron police rose to the challenge and, with permission from State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, questioned Issacharoff at length under caution, as a suspect in a crime.
    Issacharoff, a former officer in the Nahal Brigade and a man of honor, did the deed that lies at the heart of the organization to which he belongs: He broke the silence. A video clip disseminated by a group called Reservists on Duty shows him telling about how, during his military service in Hebron, he beat a Palestinian who threw rocks at him. His testimony confirmed what everyone knows at differing levels of denial and self-deception: There is no sterile occupation. Violence is an inseparable part of our military presence in the territories.
    Shaked, who did everything she could to erase Breaking the Silence from our lives by passing legislation to harass left-wing organizations, found a roundabout way of abusing Issacharoff. She didn’t, heaven forbid, order investigations into the piles of complaints about attacks on Palestinians. She displayed no interest in other stories by soldiers about the violence that was an integral part of their military service. Instead, she targeted this case only and hastened to write the attorney general that “in light of the great importance I attributed to preserving Israel’s good name and that of Israel Defense Forces soldiers, I saw fit to ask you to look into the veracity of this incident. If it turns out to be true, the full force of the law must be applied immediately.”

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  • The Gulf Crisis and Palestine | رأي اليوم

    Secondly, Hayya declared that Hamas takes a position of neutrality in the current Gulf crisis. ‘We want balanced relations with everyone because we are not part of this crisis and we have been (unfairly) implicated in it,’ he explained. What this means in practice is that Hamas is not standing in Qatar’s trench, despite Doha’s consistent and longstanding backing for the movement. Hamas has learned lessons from the Syrian crisis – in which its loyalties were initially torn between a supportive regime in Damascus and fellow Islamists in the opposition — and is determined not to repeat previous mistakes.

    Third, Hayya described his movement’s relations with Iran as ‘balanced and good’, adding that ‘we seek to develop them’ and that ‘we value Iranian efforts in support of the Palestinian cause.’ This suggests that a significant rapprochement between Hamas and Tehran is imminent.

    Fourth, he said Hamas was involved in discussions with all Palestinian parties and factions with the aim of forming a so-called ‘National Salvation Front’. The implication is that this body could serve as an alternative or parallel structure to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

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  • Why Do Men Harass Women? New Study Sheds Light On... | Personal Experiences with Rape Culture

    The report found that of the 4,830 men surveyed, as many as 31 percent in Lebanon to 64 percent in Egypt admitted to having sexually harassed women and girls in public, from ogling to stalking to rape.

    Of course, street harassment is a global phenomenon. Studies have shown that vast majorities of women across cities in Brazil, India, Thailand and the U.K. have been subjected to harassment or violence in public. And the U.S. isn’t immune — 65 percent of 2,000 women surveyed said they had experienced street harassment, according to a 2014 study conducted by the research firm GfK for Stop Street Harassment, an advocacy group.

    But there are a couple of things that stand out about street harassment in the Middle Eastern areas, according to the Promundo report. In the Palestinian territories,Morocco and Egypt, young men with secondary-level education were more likely to sexually harass women than their older, less-educated peers.

    The researchers were surprised by the findings. Generally, men who have finished high school or college hold more enlightened attitudes toward women than those who have had no primary school or schooling at all, says Barker, who has studied men and gender equality in over 20 countries.

    Barker and El Feki suspect that factors contributing to the behavior include the region’s high unemployment rates, political instability and pressure to supply their family’s daily needs. About half the men surveyed, for example, said they felt stressed, depressed or ashamed to face their families. Perhaps harassing women is a way to assert their power, suggests Barker.

    These young men “have high aspirations for themselves and aren’t able to meet them,” he says. “So they [harass women] to put them in their place. They feel like the world owes them.”

    In a place like rural Egypt, the situation is easy to understand, says El Feki. “It speaks to the mind-numbing tedium of being a young man [there],” she says.

    They can’t find work. They can’t afford to marry. They’re stuck living with their parents. There is nothing to do. “They’re in a suspended state of adolescence,” she says.

    The harassment is also a way for young men to “get their kicks,” says El Feki. When the men in the survey were asked why they sexually harassed women in public, the vast majority, up to 90 percent in some places, said they did it for fun and excitement.

    That is not how women see it. “It’s not fun at all,” says Saleh. “It’s a nightmare.”

    Holly Kearl, executive director for Stop Street Harassment and author of Stop Global Street Harassment: Growing Activism Around the World, says she is not surprised. “I’ve seen that reasoning before in other studies: ‘I’m bored. I’m bonding with my male friends. We’re just having fun,’ ” she says. “Men aren’t thinking about how women are feeling.”

    The researchers at Promundo suspect that men’s motivations behind the behavior is not unique to the Middle East. “We know that street harassment is an issue around the world, and there are likely similar dynamics at play,” says Brian Heilman, a fellow at Promundo who helped write the report. “We just happen to have a rich glimpse of what it looks like in (this) region through this data set.” This report is the first time that the group has studied street harassment from the male point of view in-depth.

    Women can experience a wide range of psychological effects from street harassment, says Kearl. Studies have shown that for women who are survivors of sexual violence, harassment can be triggering and traumatic. It also can make women feel unsafe, and as a result, they restrict their movement.

    #harcèlement_sexuel #domination_masculine #male_entitlement

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  • La Palestine, des accords au conflit

    On sait aujourd’hui que les accords d’Oslo n’ont pas marqué la fin mais une nouvelle étape du conflit israélo-palestinien. Ils ont aussi ouvert une nouvelle séquence de l’histoire politique palestinienne. N. Dot-Pouillard s’en fait ici l’écho, en restituant la diversité des dynamiques et l’éclatement des représentations qui caractérisent le mouvement national palestinien.

    Livres & études

    / #parti_politique, #représentation_politique, #nation


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  • Israel boycott restrictions thrown out by UK’s High Court | The Electronic Intifada


    The High Court in London ruled on Thursday that the Conservative government acted unlawfully in trying to prevent local councils in the United Kingdom from divesting from firms involved in Israel’s military occupation.

    The successful legal challenge for the right to boycott was brought by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in March, and was supported by War on Want, the Campaign Against the Arms Trade and the Quakers.

    ”We couldn’t be happier that this right has been upheld by the court,” said PSC Director Ben Jamal.

    Recent UK polling showed that two in five people consider BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – a reasonable Palestinian response to Israel’s crimes.

    “Today is a victory for Palestine, for local democracy and for the rule of law,” PSC Chair Hugh Lanning said. “Absolutely everyone has a right to peacefully protest Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights.”

    In a judicial review published on Thursday, judge Ross Cranston overturned part of a guidance document issued in September by local government minister Sajid Javid.

    The court ruled that the government had acted improperly by seeking to use pension law to pursue its own foreign and arms industry policy.

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  • #Mahmoud_Darwich : « Je n’ai nullement cherché à devenir, ou à rester, un symbole de quoi que ce soit »


    Mahmoud Darwich, mon héros.


    n 2007, à l’occasion de la parution en français du recueil de poèmes Comme des fleurs d’amandier ou plus loin de Mahmoud Darwich, André Velter consacrait une émission de "Poésie sur parole" au poète palestinien. Elias Sanbar, traducteur de ce recueil, est au cours de l’entretien l’interprète de Mahmoud Darwich. Les poèmes sont dits en français par Mohamed Rouabhi. Des poèmes courts qui célèbrent les plus simples choses de la vie, que Darwich devait quitter quelques mois plus tard.

    Dans ses Entretiens sur la poésie, parus en 2006, celui que l’on surnommait « le poète de la résistance, le poète de la Palestine » disait :

    "Je n’ai nullement cherché à devenir, ou à rester, un symbole de quoi que ce soit. J’aimerais, au contraire, qu’on me libère de cette charge très lourde."

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  • Saudi Arabia’s role in success of al-Jazeera

    The demand by Saudi Arabia that al‑Jazeera be closed is deeply ironic as it was unwittingly responsible for the TV channel’s original very successful launch (Saudis demand Qatar shut down al-Jazeera, 24 June). I was managing editor of the BBC Arabic TV channel in the mid-1990s. The Saudis objected so strongly to our output that they shut us down by taking us off the satellite that they owned.

    At around the same time, Qatar was trying to get al-Jazeera off the ground, but with little success – chiefly because they could not get the right staff. With the sudden closure of the BBC channel, they had the pick of more than 150 talented BBC-trained Arab presenters, writers, producers and technicians. So, in November 1996, the channel went on the air, staffed chiefly by ex-BBC people who had taken with them the corporation’s ethos of balance, fairness and honesty.

    I have no doubt that if the Saudis had not crushed the BBC channel (not restored by the corporation until 2008), Al Jazeera would have struggled to become the political and social force that it so quickly did.

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  • Palestinian event in London faces ban over Hamas links | World news
    The Guardian | Sunday 25 June 2017

    One of the biggest Palestinian events in Europe scheduled to start in less than a fortnight is in doubt after intervention by the British government.

    Palestinian Expo, which includes political discussions, concerts, comedy acts, workshops, a food court and other events, is scheduled to run at the QE2 centre in London on the weekend of 8 and 9 July. The organisers are expecting the event to attract about 10,000 people.

    But the Department for Communities and Local Government, which is responsible for the QE2 Centre, wrote to the organisers on 14 June saying the secretary of state, Sajid Javid, was minded to terminate the contract. The letter cited “concerns that your organisation and those connected with it have expressed public support for a proscribed organisation, namely Hamas, and that you have supported events at which Hamas and Hizballah – also proscribed – have been praised”.

    The organisers, Friends of Al-Aqsa, wrote to the department complaining about the proposed ban. The department promised a decision by Friday. But on Friday, with just a fortnight to the opening, the department expressed regret that a decision had not yet been made, saying Javid had been busy with other recent events, an apparent reference to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

    Ismail Patel, founder of Friends of Al-Aqsa, said the department was unlawfully interfering in the event. “They have failed to provide any satisfactory reason as to why they have chosen to cancel an event which seeks to celebrate Palestinian culture and heritage,” he said. He accused the department of acting on hearsay from a pro-Israeli lobby group.

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  • Palestinians also to blame for Gaza electricity crisis
    Don’t give a pass to the two rival Palestinian leaderships, who cynically clash with each other at the expense of their people in the Gaza Strip

    Amira Hass Jun 26, 2017 1
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-1.797751

    We must discuss the responsibility of the two Palestinian “governments” for leaving the Gaza Strip in the dark. This article is not meant to absolve Israel of responsibility for the crisis and the chain of catastrophic, horrific disasters it is now creating and will create in the future. Israel is the de facto ruler in the Strip. The siege Israel is imposing on Gaza has led to unprecedented levels of poverty in the coastal enclave. Israel bombed and destroyed the power plant’s transformers and fuel tanks, and it restricts the entry of construction and other raw materials that are required for the speedy rehabilitation and repair of the electricity infrastructure, including the power station.
    But we must not absolve the two rival Palestinian leaderships, who are clashing with each other cynically and brutally, at the expense of their people in Gaza. In this repulsive spat, electricity is a particularly complex issue. Here are some of the main problems:
    Collection of accounts: Gaza owes the Palestinian Finance Ministry in Ramallah a fortune for unpaid electricity bills. The Israeli siege has left most Gazan residents impoverished, with about 80 percent of them dependent on aid. Many simply cannot pay. But there are others who jump on the bandwagon and don’t pay: official (Hamas) institutions; municipalities; mosques; and probably some businesses that have survived the siege.
    Ramallah is not the rich uncle that can absorb everything. The restrictions on movement and development imposed by Israel on the West Bank greatly constrict the economy there. When they want to, the Hamas authorities know full well how to collect multiple taxes from their residents. Why aren’t they trying harder to collect money for electricity, which has to be transferred to the treasury in Ramallah?
    Taxation: The Palestinian Authority is supposed to transfer the diesel fuel needed to operate the private power plant in Gaza, but it doesn’t grant a full tax exemption on the fuel, as it previously promised. Gazans say the poverty there justifies a full tax exemption. The Hamas authorities claim the revenues go to the treasury in Ramallah.

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  • Hundreds of former Israeli generals warn U.S. Taylor Force Act could create security risks for Israel

    Commanders for Israel’s Security say that, in its current form, the proposed bill would reduce the Palestinian Authority’s ability to prevent terror attacks

    Amir Tibon Jun 22, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.797378

    Commanders for Israel’s Security, an organization consisting of hundreds of former Israeli generals and senior security and intelligence figures, has warned that the “Taylor Force Act,” a bill that would cut all U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops paying salaries to convicted terrorists and their families, could create a security crisis and hurt Israel’s military cooperation with Palestinian security forces in the West Bank.
    In a statement issued on Wednesday, the organization said that it supports the major goal of the proposed legislation – named after Taylor Force, an American citizen and army veteran who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist during a trip to Israel last year - but thinks that the details of the proposal need to be changed. According to the group, changes need to be made in order to avoid a situation in which the PA would lose its ability to operate its security and intelligence forces in the West Bank, which currently work together with Israel to prevent terror attacks. 
    “The proposed legislation, which calls for withdrawing funds from vital economic projects – whether directly benefitting the PA or not – and from NGOs, does not meet the test” of acting against the PA’s payments to terrorists without harming Israel’s security, according the group’s statement. The statement emphasized that if the bill were enacted in its current formation it may “undermine PA stability; expand the circle of frustration and hostility; erode the security coordination; and thus hurt Israeli security.” 
    The organization quotes the Israeli military’s chief of staff, General Gadi Eizenkot, who said earlier this week that security coordination with the PA contributes to Israel’s security. The statement comes at a time when Democratic legislators on Capitol Hill are looking for ways to change the legislation’s language and conditions, in order to take action against the PA financial support for terrorists and their families, without putting the basic functioning of the PA at risk. 
    The former commanders ended their statement with the following: “Demanding that the PA ends incitement, continues fighting terror, and upgrades security coordination with our forces – certainly! Hindering the PA’s ability to do all that – absolutely not!” The challenge is to achieve the two goals at the same time. 
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    Noah Pollak, a conservative political consultant who supports the legislation and has been working to promote it, told Haaretz in reply to the letter: “There are, of course, numerous former Israeli generals and security officials - such as Bogie Yaalon, Amos Yadlin, and several former heads of the Shin Bet - who disagree, and understand the simple truth that rewarding terror brings more terror, not less. But the wisdom of this bill does not depend on the political views of ex-generals. We respect their service but are unconvinced that it is in the American interest to continue funding an entity that rewards and celebrates the murder of our citizens.”
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  • Pourquoi les Israéliens doivent perturber l’occupation | Chronique de Palestine
    Miko Peled – 12 juin 2017 – The electronicintifada – Traduction : Chronique de Palestine – MJB
    http://chroniquepalestine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/a0-31.jpg Des soldats des troupes d’occupation prennent ici plaisir à tirer à balles réelles sur des manifestants palestiniens à Nabi Saleh, le 26 mai dernier. Deux semaines auparavant un manifestant, au même endroit, avait été abattu de la même façon - Photo : Haidi Motola ActiveStills

    L’un des aspects les plus inquiétants de la réalité en Palestine c’est sa normalité.

    Il est devenu normal de voir des Palestiniens se faire assassiner, même des enfants. Les visages de jeunes Palestiniens apparaissent quotidiennement sur les réseaux sociaux, ceux de garçons et filles, sur lesquelles des soldats ont tiré, faussement accusés d’avoir tenté de poignarder un soldat.

    Il est devenu normal de voir des soldats israéliens lancer de l’eau puante et des gaz lacrymogènes, des tireurs d’élite tirer à balles réelles sur des manifestants non armés qui réclament la terre qui fut la leur et la liberté qu’ils n’ont jamais eue.

    Et il est devenu normal pour nous de prendre part au débat stérile et sans fin sur la question de savoir si c’est de la violence quand des Palestiniens lancent des pierres sur les soldats israéliens armés qui envahissent leur maison, ou si le sionisme – qui a produit cette violence – est une idéologie raciste. Et pendant tout ce temps la souffrance et l’oppression de millions de Palestiniens se poursuivent quasiment sans répit.

    Ce n’est un secret pour personne que les Israéliens et les Palestiniens vivent deux réalités différentes.

    Même lorsque nous, Israéliens privilégiés, allons au village de Nabi Saleh le vendredi pour participer à la manifestation hebdomadaire, à la fin de la journée nous sommes libres de quitter le village, de quitter l’occupation et de retourner dans notre sphère propre, sécurisée et bien pavée. Contrairement aux Palestiniens que nous laissons derrière nous notre maison ne sera pas prise d’assaut, nos routes ne seront pas barrées et nos enfants ne devront pas se cacher pendant des jours voire des semaines de peur de se prendre une balle, d’être arrêtés et torturés.

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  • Is the State Dept. losing patience with KSA/UAE over Qatar? — The Arabist


    There was a statement yesterday by the spokesperson of the State Department, Heather Nauert, whose language and tone seemed to be shifting blame/responsibility for the continuing Qatar crisis on Saudi Arabia and the UAE. See the video below at 01:00.

    Transcript here:

    Since the embargo was first enforced on June the fifth, the Secretary has had more than twenty phone calls and meetings with Gulf and other regional and international actors. The interactions have included three phone calls and two in-person meetings with the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, three phone calls with the Foreign Minister of Qatar, and three calls with the Qatari Emir. Numerous other calls have taken place with the leaders of UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, and others.

    **Now that it has been more than two weeks since the embargo started, we are mystified that the Gulf States have not released to the public, nor to the Qataris, the details about the claims that they are making toward Qatar. The more that time goes by the more doubt is raised about the actions taken by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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  • UN sees spike in meetings between Israeli army, Syrian rebels, warns of escalation -

    Israel says the meetings are held for humanitarian purposes, but the UN warns they could trigger clashes between rebels and the Syrian army

    Barak Ravid Jun 19, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.796536

    During the last seven months, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force has noted a significant escalation in contact and interactions between Israeli armed forces and rebel organizations along Israel’s border with Syria, chiefly in the area of Mt. Hermon, says a report released in recent days by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the members of the UN Security Council.
    The report expressed Guterres’ concern, for the first time, that the interactions between the Israelis and the rebel organizations could lead to escalation, causing harm to UN observers.
    Published on June 8, the United Nations report describes the activity of the UN observers from March 2 to May 16. Every few days during that time, they observed meetings and contacts between the Israel Defense Forces and the rebels in the area of the border, including by the Hermon. Altogether they listed at least 16 such meetings in that time.
    The meetings took place in proximity to UN outposts in the Mt. Hermon area, in the area of Quneitra and in the central Golan Heights, near moshav Yonatan.
    “Relative to the previous reporting period, there has been a significant increase in interaction between Israel Defense Forces soldiers and individuals from the Bravo side, occurring on four occasions in February, three in March, eight in April and on one occasion in May,” the report stated, referring to the Syrian side of the border.

    Members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) ride armored personnel carriers (APCs) in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights before crossing into Syria, August 31, 2014.Reuters
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    That increase in the number of interactions between Israeli soldiers and representatives of the rebels continues a trend evident in the previous report, which had been published on March 17. That report covered the period between November 18, 2016, and March 1, 2017, and listed at least 17 interactions along the Golan border, including in the vicinity of the Hermon.

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    According to both reports, UN observers saw 33 interactions between Israeli and rebel representatives over the last seven months.
    In comparison, only two such meetings took place from August 30 to November 16 of last year according to UN reports, and they were only by the border, not by the Hermon.
    One topic addressed in the latest report was meetings that took place in the area of the Hermon in the last three months. It stated that all such meetings happened in the vicinity of one of the IDF outposts there and all followed the same pattern: Unidentified people apparently affiliated with the rebel organizations, some of them armed, arrived at the IDF outpost accompanied by mules, and were greeted by the soldiers.
    “In some instances, personnel and supplies were observed to have been transferred in both directions. On all occasions, the unknown individuals and mules returned to the Bravo side,” the report stated.
    The UN secretary general clarified in the report that the nature of the interactions could not be observed.
    “The Israel Defense Forces have stated that the interactions were of a humanitarian and medical nature,” the report said.
    Israel contends that all the interactions with rebel representatives on the Syrian side were for humanitarian reasons, but in recent months the UN has started to view these interactions askance and began to warn they could lead to escalation. The report especially noted concern about the meetings around the Hermon, which the UN secretary-general defined as an area of strategic importance.
    “Interaction between the Israel Defense Forces and unidentified individuals from the Bravo side, including in the area of Mount Hermon, has the potential to lead to clashes between armed elements and the Syrian Arab Armed Forces. I reiterate my call to both parties to the Disengagement of Forces Agreement regarding the requirement to maintain stability in the area. All military activities in the area of separation conducted by any actor pose a risk to the ceasefire and to the local civilian population, in addition to the United Nations personnel on the ground,” the secretary-general wrote in the report.
    The UN secretary-general’s latest report on the activities of the UN observers on the Golan Heights, as well as the three preceding reports, criticized the Syrian army for bringing heavy weapons to the area of the border, violating the disengagement agreement. The UN also criticized Israel for the same thing.
    According to the last four reports, in the last year the IDF has kept one or two batteries of the Iron Dome system in the Golan, and also holds heavy 155mm cannons and rocket launchers in the area, in violation of the disengagement agreement with Syria. UNDOF has protested the violations to both sides.
    On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported Israel has been secretly providing aid to Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights for years, with the goal of maintaining a buffer zone of friendly forces to keep ISIS and forces aligned with Iran at bay.

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  • A Macron tale: The story of a perfect Champs-Elywood recipe

    This article was originally published on Mada Masr, a digital media outlet based in Egypt, and has been republished here with permission. As part of the Egyptian government’s on-going campaign of press censorship, Mada Masr has been blocked inside Egypt. In line with our commitment to press freedom and independent journalism, Orient XXI will be republishing content from Mada Masr, to help circumvent the Egyptian state’s actions and assist Mada Masr in reaching people inside Egypt. Read more about the Egyptian state’s suppression of the media and attacks against Mada Masr here.

    Let me start with a vain introduction.

    I am French.

    Worse, I belong to the Parisian middle-class.

    After needing 10 years to realize human life is theoretically possible outside of Paris and 10 more to realize it actually exists, I left Paris, and have lived outside France for most of the past 10 years.

    Throughout this period, I actively worked on unparisianing myself. This probably seems absurd, but, for me, being Parisian is associated with gray. Gray is more Parisian than Paris itself.

    Gray is a color. Paris is visually quite gray, from its sidewalks to its buildings, from its roofs to its eternally clouded sky. Gray can be beautiful. Paris is beautiful.

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  • Israel, Saudi Arabia are reportedly negotiating economic ties
    Ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia, two of Iran’s staunchest enemies, would start small, The Times reports

    Haaretz Jun 17,
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.796215

    Saudi Arabia and Israel are negotiating the establishment of economic ties, The Times reported on Saturday. 
    The British daily quoted Arab and American sources as saying that the first steps toward ties between two of Iran’s staunchest enemies would start small, including allowing Israeli businesses to operate in the Gulf and letting Israel’s El Al airline fly over Saudi airspace.
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    But it also cited sources close to Saudi Arabia as saying that improved relations between the two countries are nothing more than wishful thinking on the part of the White House in the wake of President Trump’s promise to reach the “ultimate” peace deal in the Middle East.
    The report said the prospect has caused discord in the Trump administration. Jared Kushner, Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, has grown close to Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi deputy crown prince, and the two have reportedly discussed improved ties with Israel as a step toward Israeli-Palestinian peace. In contrast, Trump’s envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, is favoring a more traditional approach to the peace process. 
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    According to the report, the Palestinians are opposed to the idea, fearing it would normalize ties between Arab states and Israel without ensuring the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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  • Trade talks between Israel and Saudi Arabia mark a historic first

    Saudi Arabia and Israel are in talks to establish economic ties, a dramatic move that would put the Jewish state on a path to normal relations with the bastion of Sunni Islam and guardian of the two sacred Muslim cities.

    Arab and American sources said that the links would start small: allowing Israeli businesses to operate in the Gulf, for example, and letting El Al, the national airline, fly over Saudi airspace.

    However, any such progress would bolster the alliance between Iran’s two most implacable enemies and change the dynamics of the many conflicts destabilising the Middle East.

    The possibility of closer ties with Israel would partly explain why Saudi Arabia and its allies have imposed a sweeping blockade on Qatar, in an effort to…

    https://seenthis.net/messages/607789 via Nidal

  • Législatives 2017 : Meyer Habib, favori de Benyamin Nétanyahou et des rabbins israéliens


    Benyamin Nétanyahou a un candidat favori au second tour des législatives françaises : Meyer Habib. C’est son ami de longue date, son intermédiaire privilégié auprès des dirigeants français. Le 25 mai, le premier ministre israélien a même enregistré une vidéo de soutien, tout sourire à ses côtés, diffusé sur le compte Twitter du candidat. Cela suffira-t-il ? Meyer Habib (UDI) joue gros dans la 8e circonscription des Français de l’étranger. Il a été devancé au premier tour par Florence Drory, la candidate adoubée par La République en marche (35,51 % des voix, contre 36,73 %).

    Dans cette circonscription très éclatée, regroupant huit pays dont l’Italie, la Grèce, la Turquie et Israël, le taux de participation est si bas (9,40 % le 5 juin, sur 121 399 inscrits) que chaque voix pèse lourd. Meyer Habib, lui, mise tout sur les Franco-Israéliens, qui lui ont accordé 71 % de leurs suffrages.

    Lire aussi : Législatives 2017 : la République en marche en tête chez les Français de l’étranger

    « Implantations »

    Lors d’un débat avec sa concurrente, jeudi 15 juin, sur la chaîne i24news, il s’est montré offensif, attaquant sa concurrente, souvent désarçonnée, sur son appartenance passée au PS. « Le Parti socialiste a une obsession, ce qu’on appelle les colonies. Ce que j’appelle les implantations », a-t-il dit. Meyer Habib a aussi cité à plusieurs reprises, parmi les soutiens à Florence Drory, le journaliste Charles Enderlin, ancien correspondant de France 2 à Jérusalem, qu’il voit comme un épouvantail pour la frange la plus radicale de la communauté binationale.

    Meyer Habib affirme s’être « battu comme un lion » contre le terrorisme à l’Assemblée et appelle la France à « s’inspirer des méthodes israéliennes ». Tout en espérant la réussite d’Emmanuel Macron, qu’il prétend très bien connaître, le député sortant revendique surtout ses liens avec M. Nétanyahou.

    Il ne recule devant rien pour décrédibiliser son adversaire, quitte à brandir la Torah. Dans un courriel du 12 juin adressé aux électeurs, il assure que Florence Drory « excite le reste de la circonscription » contre lui et l’accuse d’être « une candidate propalestinienne », « chantre d’une laïcité antireligieuse ». Un comble pour cette Franco-Israélienne, vétéran du PS, engagée auprès de François Mitterrand, de Jack Lang et de Ségolène Royal, mais aussi épouse d’un ancien ambassadeur israélien à Rome.

    Dans ce même courriel, Meyer Habib appelle les Franco-Israéliens à la mobilisation : « Pour la première fois, avec moi, vous avez un député qui vous ressemble : profondément attaché à la France, sioniste, partisan de l’intégrité d’Eretz Israël et fidèle aux valeurs de la Torah. » Les références religieuses dans une élection législative française ne dérangent nullement Meyer Habib. Il a même demandé le soutien du grand rabbin séfarade d’Israël, Rav Itshak Yossef, qui apparaît à ses côtés dans une vidéo en hébreu.

    Il a aussi appelé à la rescousse les rabbins francophones de Netanya, ville côtière où la communauté française est très présente. Ils ont réclamé un sursaut des électeurs, au nom de la défense des valeurs de la Torah et de l’intégrité d’Israël. L’un d’eux estime même que le vote pour Meyer Habib est un devoir kadoch, c’est-à-dire sacré.

    « Pas une démarche normale »

    « Je suis très surprise qu’il en appelle aux rabbins, dit Florence Drory. Ce n’est pas une démarche normale en France, pays laïque, dans une élection. En outre, il méprise les électeurs du reste de la circonscription. Il fait ainsi l’aveu qu’il n’a rien fait pour eux comme député, en ne se préoccupant que d’Israël. »

    Le député sortant a lancé sa campagne en accusant le Quai d’Orsay de « biais antisioniste ». Dans un courrier daté du 3 mai, il interpellait le ministère des affaires étrangères au sujet de l’envoi des brochures électorales aux Français vivant en Cisjordanie et à Jérusalem. Le député s’élevait contre la mention sur l’enveloppe des « territoires palestiniens » comme adresse. « Il est grand temps de changer de logiciel, écrivait Meyer Habib. C’est une erreur d’analyse de se focaliser sur les frontières, d’être aveuglé par la question des “territoires” ou de prétendues “colonies”. »

    Les « prétendues » colonies font l’objet d’un consensus international depuis cinquante ans : elles sont considérées comme des implantations illégales. « Ce n’est pas un conflit de territoire, c’est, hélas, un conflit de civilisation », a-t-il renchéri pendant le débat télévisé.

    Depuis son élection en 2013, Meyer Habib a pris l’habitude de relayer, en France, les éléments de langage traditionnels de la droite nationale religieuse israélienne. Le 17 janvier, dans l’Hémicycle, le député avait dénoncé la conférence internationale organisée par la France, quelques jours plus tôt, afin d’encourager une reprise des négociations israélo-palestiniennes. A cette occasion, il avait lancé : « Jamais un juif ne sera un colon à Jérusalem, jamais un juif ne sera un colon en Judée ! Jamais ! » La « Judée-Samarie » est l’appellation biblique de la Cisjordanie, qu’affectionne la droite messianique.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/607502 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • L’ambassadeur d’Israël de retour au Sénégal s’interroge : « Je ne comprends pas pourquoi le Sénégal se montre plus radical que les Arabes »
    AYOBA FAYE | Jeudi 15 Juin 2017

    L’ambassadeur d’Israël au Sénégal, Paul Hirschson va reprendre du service après quelques mois de brouille entre son pays et le nôtre. Dans un entretien accordé au journal L’As, le diplomate pense que la rencontre d’il a dix jours à Monrovia entre Benjamin Netanyahou et le président Macky Sall a permis aux deux pays « de se rendre compte que leurs relations sont très capitales ». Et les déclarations du Sénégal pour supporter la candidature d’Israël au poste de membre d’observateur de l’Union africaine ont beaucoup facilité les retrouvailles entre les deux nations.
    Cependant, en ce qui concerne la question palestinienne, le Sénégal qui président le Comité pour l’exercice des droits inaliénables du Peuple palestinien, depuis sa création en 1975, Monsieur Hirschson admet ne pas comprendre l’excès de zèle dont fait montre le Sénégal. « Nous n’avons pas de problèmes si le Sénégal décide de soutenir le peuple palestinien. Mais nous ne comprenons pas pourquoi le Sénégal doit être plus extrême sur ce sujet que les arabes. Alors que certains pays arabes sont de plus en plus modérés sur cette question. Aujourd’hui les Palestiniens veulent travailler avec Israël. La coopération sécuritaire entre Israéliens et Palestiniens est meilleure que la coopération sécuritaire entre le Sénégal et ses voisins. Chaque jour on compte de nouvelle coopération entre Israël et Palestine. Nous ne comprenons pas pourquoi le Sénégal doit être plus extrême que les palestiniens sur ce sujet. (...) Nous demandons juste au Sénégal de faire ce qui va avec son intérêt », a confié l’ambassadeur israélien à nos confrères


    https://seenthis.net/messages/607496 via Loutre

  • Maroc. Hirak : qu’en disent des chercheurs en sciences humaines et sociales ? | Telquel.ma


    Depuis le mois d’avril, le Hirak du Rif, dont les manifestations durent depuis sept mois, est au cœur de surenchères politico-médiatiques. Pendant que les partis au pouvoir accusent le Hirak de séparatisme et de sectarisme (référence à un prétendu chiisme de certains leaders du mouvement), certains experts et membres d’institutions académiques inscrivent leurs analyses dans la logique du discours officiel, en relayant la piste du complot extérieur à l’encontre du pays. Rares sont les voix qui sont parvenues à s’affranchir d’une lecture binaire et donc forcément sommaire de ce qui se joue dans le Rif.

    Ces allégations sont souvent révélées sans preuve aucune au grand public, à un moment où nous avons besoin de retrouver confiance en la parole publique. Cette absence d’espace de parole critique et plurielle a laissé un vide sur les réseaux sociaux où circulent désormais des stéréotypes, des paroles et des images violentes entre les partisans du mouvement et ceux qui s’y opposent. Ce vide a également été investi par des chercheurs qui, sollicités par les médias, se sentent tenus de donner un avis sur le mouvement, au risque d’amplifier la réalité ou au contraire de réduire la complexité de la société rifaine et de son économie.

    Comprendre le Hirak du Rif nécessite à la fois un esprit critique, une vigilance intellectuelle, une sensibilité sociopolitique et une fine connaissance des mutations de la société rifaine. Au lieu de stigmatiser davantage la population du Rif et de l’observer à travers le prisme de l’analyse coloniale, attisant les dichotomies du genre bled siba (dissidence politique) /bled al Makhzen, berbères/arabes, montagnes/plaines, etc., nous devons, au contraire, tirer les leçons de ce qui s’y déploie pour rendre intelligible l’essentiel, à savoir l’économie politique de ces territoires.

    On ne peut disqualifier un mouvement de contestation en se contentant de cibler les populations et les individus qui le portent dans leur légitimité patriotique et religieuse. Le jeu mobilisé par les décideurs politiques pour discréditer le Hirak en le qualifiant de fitna (discorde) ne peut qu’être contreproductif, tant il est un facteur de division qui conduit à creuser le fossé entre les populations du Rif et le reste de leurs compatriotes marocains. Le Hirak est un vocabulaire dans le champ de la contestation qui réfère justement à une dynamique qui se veut en rupture avec les manières classiques de faire la politique. Et on le voit, le Hirak est un mouvement d’action collective qui produit un dynamisme social neuf, de nouvelles formes de discours et de sens, génératrices de nouvelles formes de mobilisation.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/606758 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • 20 FEB 2017
    Non-Muslim citizenship sought - PRISON ASSAULT ON MUSALLAM AL-BARRAK - ARAB TIMES

    KUWAIT CITY, Feb 20: MP Khalid Al-Shatti has presented a bill allowing non-Muslims to obtain Kuwaiti citizenship by repealing Clause Five under Article Four of Amiri Decree No. 15/1985 which stipulates granting citizenship only to Muslims.

    He explained this condition contravenes the legal concept of citizenship as the relationship between man and God has nothing to do with nationality, citing the famous saying – “Religion belongs to God and the nation belongs to all.” He then stressed the need to remove suspicion of discrimination in the Kuwaiti nation due to the stipulation on granting citizenship only to Muslims.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/606754 via Zara

  • Bataille tragique en Méditerranée autour du sauvetage des #migrants

    Au large de la Sicile, en Méditerranée, l’été dernier. © EPA Grâce aux ONG, des centaines, voire des milliers de migrants sont régulièrement sauvés en Méditerranée. Pourtant, elles font face à une campagne de dénigrement sans précédent, tandis que les États européens financent la #libye pour que ce pays empêche les embarcations d’arriver sur les côtes italiennes. Des militants d’extrême droite s’invitent en mer en récoltant des fonds pour entraver les opérations de secours.

    #International #asile #mer_méditerranée #réfugiés

  • Sexy women, ’missions’ and bad satire: Israeli government app recruits online soldiers in anti-BDS fight

    The missions include sharing positive news about Israel, reporting and complaining about designated YouTube and Facebook posts, and even emailing UNESCO’s director general to ask that her organization ’stop their bias toward Israel’

    Allison Kaplan Sommer Jun 13, 2017 8
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.795169

    “Welcome to BDS News! Where we pretend to care about Palestinians, but really just want to see Israel disappear!”
    Thus opens one of the videos the Israeli government hopes will go viral in what is billed as a new large-scale “cyber second strike” campaign. Supported and spearheaded by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, the campaign enlists Israel’s supporters as foot soldiers against online efforts to “demonize” and “undermine” the country’s legitimacy. 
    The campaign, branded as 4il.org under the slogan “Stop the Hate,” is being paired with a mobile application developed by a trio of organizations in the U.S. and Israel. Two of them – the Israeli-American Council and the Maccabee Task Force – are nearly solely funded by American Jewish billionaire and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who is also Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s buddy. The third partner is the Interdisciplinary Center in Herziliya, to which Adelson is a major donor.
    The app – geared to digitally-aware millennials – turns Israel advocacy into a competitive game in which young defenders perform “missions” on various social media platforms, earning points and badges. The missions include sharing and retweeting positive news about Israel, reporting and complaining about designated YouTube and Facebook posts to the platform’s companies, signing online petitions and even emailing UNESCO’s director general to ask that her organization “stop their bias towards Israel.”
    The initiative was unveiled with fanfare last week in New York City at the Salute to Israel Parade by Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan, who promoted the project as being an “Iron Dome of Truth.”

    https://seenthis.net/messages/606435 via Nouvelles d’Orient