• Netanyahu expects to reach deal with U.S. on restrained settlement construction -

    ’There’s no blank check from Trump for construction in the settlements and that was known from the first minute he entered the White House,’ says Israeli official.

    Barak Ravid Mar 15, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.777320

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expects to reach understandings with the United States within a few weeks on curbing construction in the settlements, according to an Israeli official.
    Although the understandings with U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration are likely to include Israeli willingness to impose significant restrictions on construction in West Bank settlements, the Prime Minister’s Bureau believes that this will not weaken the coalition.
    “There’s no blank check from Trump for construction in the settlements and that was known from the first minute he entered the White House,” said the official, who is involved in contacts between Israel and the United States on the subject. “We are looking for the common denominator with the Americans that will allow construction on the one hand, and on the other promote with the Trump administration diplomatic moves in many areas.”

    Israeli-U.S. negotiations on restraining settlements.
    Netanyahu met on Monday evening for more than five hours with American envoy Jason Greenblatt. Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, was present for most of the meeting and the most significant part of the conversation dealt with the attempt to formulate understandings on construction in the settlements.
    Netanyahu and Greenblatt are expected to meet again this week before the envoy leaves the country.
    Speaking at a Tuesday press conference at his office, Netanyahu described his conversations with Greenblatt as “good and thorough.” Netanyahu added: “I can’t say that we finished or summed things up; we are in a process, but a process of true and sincere dialogue in the positive meaning of the word. It is not yet open to the press.”

    #colonies #Israël #Palestine #Etats-Unis

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  • The Israelis who cultivate connections to Europe’s fascists

    Misguided right-wing Israelis have convinced themselves that anyone who spouts hatred about Muslims is their ally.

    Nitzan Horowitz Mar 14, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.777027

    It’s not only the most sought-after Purim costume, it’s an epidemic. On Wednesday, the Netherlands holds its general election. Why do we even care? Because of the “Dutch Trump,” another politician with a filthy mouth, bleached platinum-blond hair and an Islamophobe to boot – in short, a political hit. Oh, and he’s a “great friend of Israel,” of course.
    The truth is, Geert Wilders should be collecting royalties from U.S. President Donald Trump. Wilders was there first, and he co-owns the copyright for this new, loud, dirty politics that’s sweeping the world. And after its resounding success in the United States, Wilders now hopes to cash in. But even if he doesn’t head the next government, he’s succeeded in dominating the election campaign. He’s also had a pan-European effect: French National Front leader Marine Le Pen is a pussycat compared to him.
    Impassioned citizens across the continent are urging their politicians to “be more like Wilders.” What fun it is to proclaim, without shame, “There are too many Moroccans here.” How liberating it is to say whatever comes into your head, like “Mohammed is a pedophile.” Inciting hatred? Neo-Nazi behavior? What do you mean? We certainly aren’t Nazis! After all, Wilders only declared that “Mosques are Nazi temples,” and that the Koran is a Nazi work “like ‘Mein Kampf,’” which is why its distribution should be prohibited.
    Overall, the Netherlands is in good shape. Growth is up, unemployment is down, investors are streaming in and the standard of living is one of the highest in the world. What’s wrong? Immigration? Note to the demagogues here and there: the real reason for immigration is not imaginary European liberalism. The Dutch simply have fewer children, natural growth is low, and so it needs immigrants to do the hard jobs and to shore up the collapsing pension systems of an aging continent. Even with the immigrants, population growth in the Netherlands is very limited – 0.4 percent last year, compared to 2 percent annually in Israel, for example. Those are the facts. Naturally, Wilders – like many in the Netherlands – knows this.
    By the way, he’s the last person who should be opening his mouth about immigrants. His mother is from Indonesia, his father fled Germany and his wife is from Hungary. But he’s not your typical racist and xenophobe. He’s “just” against Muslims, who in his eyes are all murderous soldiers of jihad.
    So, you may ask, is there no risk of terrorist infiltration or a danger of immigrant groups being radicalized from within? Of course there is. Whoever ignores the danger of Islamic extremism and the phenomena that have already hit Europe is a fool, or worse. But the danger posed by Wilders and his ilk is greater. Wilders is the biggest collaborator to Islamic radicals fighting against integration. He and his sweeping, racist generalizations, dripping with poisonous hatred and incitement, are pushing more and more alienated young people into the arms of the extremists.

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  • A worthy sacrifice for a Judeo-Samarian
    Amira Hass Mar 09, 2017 1:47 AM
    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.776072
    http://www.haaretz.com/polopoly_fs/1.776200.1489061883!/image/2349077637.jpg_gen/derivatives/headline_1200x630/2349077637.jpg

    The demolitions of Palestinian structures are easy prey. The horns of the altar shout: More. Harder. Bigger. It is not enough to destroy, people must be evicted, driven out, uprooted.

    While you recite Emmanuel Levinas and boast of his being Jewish, and while you prepare the list of guests to invite to celebrate our passing from bondage to freedom, the Jewish high priest sharpens his knife. And while you update the anti-Semitism index with another shattered tombstone and read out poetry on Friday nights in Ashkenazi and Sephardi style, your smug faces are reflected in the gleaming blade. And while you beam with joy at the cleverness of the grandson and youngest daughter and book seats for a show in London, the blade moves closer to the neck of the victim tied on the altar in Amona.

    How can we appease you, Judeo-Samarian, how can we placate your wrath, god of vengeance, if not by destroying 10 times more and by the falsehood of symmetry. Kalansua. Umm al-Hiran. Issawiya. Beit Hanina. Jabal Mukkaber. But Moloch is not satiated. The demolitions there are easy prey. The horns of the altar shout: More. Harder. Bigger.

    The knife moves closer and closer, the blade is shining, the saliva is dripping. It is not enough to destroy, people must be evicted, driven out, uprooted. Moloch wants to see the children wet themselves at night, the women waking up in alarm, the shepherds impoverished and selling their goats to pay the court fee, the old men imagining the army loading them on trucks, while you board a plane for a trek in Chile.

    The newspaper reported: The Civil Administration converted the stop-work orders into demolition orders for some 150 structures in the Jahalin community in Khan al-Ahmar (the village whose school is made of tires). The newspaper also reported: The Civil Administration wants to gather all the Bedouin and settle them permanently on Area C in two or three townships. It also said: According to Israel’s laws these structures are illegal.

    The newspaper didn’t report that these are laws of evil and wickedness, which discriminate between one person’s blood and another’s, between one person’s child and another’s. These laws that have evicted the Jahalin time and again, restricted them, and allowed the children of Adumim who came dozens of years later to build and prosper. And now they have their eye on the Bedouin’s little huts as well.

    The newspaper will report: On Thursday the state prosecution will respond to the village of Sussia’s petition against the state’s intent to uproot it for the fourth or fifth time. It will probably say: The state insists on going ahead with its plan. The master plan the villagers proposed is unacceptable. The newspaper has already reported: The state knows it’s better for Sussia residents to move to a place near their brethren in the city of Yatta, with their power and water. The school will be close, and this proximity will empower the women. In secret ink it will say: Jews need living space and a view that’s cleansed of Arabs and a pleasant breeze blowing between the rocks and the vineyards, and this land will be only for us and our seed.

    This fact, too, wasn’t written in the newspaper: As a prelude to carrying out the court’s order – tearing down the Amona houses that were built in good faith and a pure soul on the enemy’s land – it was agreed and decided to sacrifice the Khan al-Ahmar community on the altar. Only its complete destruction will be accepted as a worthy offering.

    And on the way, we’ll teach the Supreme Court judges another lesson. Granted, they have never intervened to thwart our holy determination to deny the Bedouin water and power and building rights. But the judges have also ruled that houses should not be demolished as long as there’s no alternative. Now we’ll show them that it’s possible to destroy and uproot even without an alternative.

    Sussia and Khan al-Ahmar have become symbols of the struggle against the laws of wickedness, a subject of international interest and statements against forced uprooting, which is a war crime. When these communities are defeated and destroyed and torn out, we’ll prove that the world is good only at making statements.

    We will then find time for all the other communities we aim to wipe out. Arab a-Ramadin, Abu Qubeita, Khalet Hamad, Khatib on Hizme and dozens of other families and communities, for whom the knives are being sharpened. While you’re hurrying to a concert.

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  • British royal family may visit Israel to mark Balfour Declaration centenary - Israel News - Haaretz.com
    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.776883
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    The British royal family may visit Israel in an official capacity later this year, on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, according to British media reports.

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    Quand Israël et la Grande-Bretagne célèbrent le traumatisme historique des Palestiniens
    16 février 2017
    par Samah Jabr
    https://seenthis.net/messages/571941

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  • How ’complete’ is normalization between Russia, Turkey?

    The presidents of Russia and Turkey say their recent meeting in Moscow produced encouraging results in diplomatic, trade and economic sectors and paved the way for further bilateral cooperation. The event was of special importance, as it marked the resumption of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council meetings for the first time since Turkey downed a Russian jet in late 2015.

    Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/03/russia-turkey-normalization-process-erdogan-putin-syria.html#ixzz4bHoLZe

    Probably the thorniest issue of dealing with the Kurds remains a “hidden agenda” and neither leader, rather expectedly, voiced any specifics. In a conversation with Al-Monitor, Russia’s Middle East experts were almost unanimous in their assessment of Erdogan’s major objective: to put an end to what Ankara calls a Federation of Northern Syria, a territory under Kurdish control. Referring to his sources in the Russian Foreign Ministry, a notable Russian specialist on the region, speaking on condition of anonymity, mentioned that there is an understanding that despite the pressure from Erdogan, cutting ties with Kurds is not in Russia’s interests.

    “If Moscow abandons the Kurds now, it will reinforce America’s position. They [the US] have already secured some of northwest Syria with their own military infrastructure. It will also allow Turkey to seize further control of the Syrian territory.”

    Ironically, the day after the meeting, Russian media outlets were racking their brains over what to make of the reported news that Turkey cut ferry services with Crimea, virtually halting the delivery of Turkish goods and food to the peninsula. The major storyline seems to be that Ankara is trying to trade some political preferences for the West, showcasing that it has a card to play in what has become a sensitive point between Russia and the West.

    Commenting on the presidents’ meeting and the news on what some are calling “the Crimea blockade,” a Russian-Turkey watcher close to the Kremlin told Al-Monitor, “The current trend is definitely toward a warming of the relations because both objectively need each other. But it’s still early to talk about a comprehensive partnership.”

    #Turquie #Russie #Kurdes

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  • An Arab-free Knesset - Haaretz Editorial
    It is outrageous to demand that the elected representatives of Israel’s non-Jewish minority swear loyalty to the ’Jewish state.’

    Haaretz Editorial Mar 12, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/1.776614

    This morning, a few days after Likud MK Miki Zohar proposed annexing the West Bank without giving Palestinians the right to vote, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation is scheduled to discuss a bill that could harm the right of Arabs who are citizens of Israel to vote and to run for office. The proposed amendment to the Basic Law on the Knesset would add to the oath of office sworn by Knesset members — “to be loyal to the State of Israel” — the phrase “as a Jewish and democratic state, in accordance with the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, to preserve and to respect it symbols.”
    It is not by chance that the preamble to the draft law contains no mention of the purpose of the change. After all, it is obvious that no declaration of loyalty has the power to increase loyalty to the state. At best, the bill will cause hatred, anger and rebellion of Israel’s Arab minority. At worst it will reduce this community’s participation in the electoral process, thus dealing a mortal blow to Israeli democracy. From this it follows that the aim of the draft law is not to solve a problem, but rather to spark outrage and to impinge on the right of Arabs to vote and to run for office.
    For a large portion of Arab Knesset members, the oath’s revised version requires them to be untrue to themselves: For years, the term “Jewish state” means exclusion and discrimination. Even if it’s possible for a national home for Jews to exist here in the framework of a Jewish and democratic state in which all citizens enjoy complete equality, that is not the situation in practice. That being the case, it is outrageous to demand that the elected representatives of Israel’s non-Jewish minority swear loyalty to the “Jewish state.”
    In addition, since the interpretation of the concept “Jewish and democratic” is so controversial, there may also be Jews who are not willing to swear loyalty to it. If “Jewish state” might also include religious content, then what about atheists who call for absolute separation between religion and state? Other communities, such as ultra-Orthodox Jews, might not identify with the concept “Jewish and democratic.”
    President Reuven Rivlin, in his “four tribes” address to the Herzliya Conference in June 2015, said that we must accept that non-Zionists are a part of Israel, that the definition of a national home for the Jewish people in a Jewish and democratic state is a definition of Zionism, and that we cannot force all citizens to be Zionist against their will. In a democratic state, everyone has full freedom of conscience and no one is forced to swear loyalty as a condition for participating in the game of democracy and exercising the right to be elected. The frequent attempts to pass such laws only send a message of insecurity, as if Israel’s Jewish and democratic identity were in doubt.
    It is unwise to create a problem where none exists. The oath sworn by Knesset members today, of “loyalty to the State of Israel,” is sufficient. The government must reject the legislative proposal and stop passing laws whose sole purpose is to sow hatred and cause provocation.

    #apartheid #racism

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  • إفراج متأخر عن الدقامسة لم يمنع الأردنيين من الاحتفالات الواسعة : ليلة ليلاء في اربد وتهاني بعد الخبر.. الأمن نقل “البطل” سرّا وسلمه للمحافظ.. وتحذيرات للحكومة للحفاظ على سلامته.. | رأي اليوم
    http://www.raialyoum.com/?p=636618

    Décidée dans la plus grande discrétion et effective à la fin du week-end, à une heure du matin, les manifestations de joie et les commentaires qui ont accompagné la libération du "héros" (c’est le terme souvent employé) jordanien devrait inciter les partisans d’une normalisation accélérée avec Israël à réfléchir.Il avait emprisonné pour le meurtre de 7 Israéliennes en 1997.

    #jordanie #israël

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  • Disagreement between Egypt, Palestine over proposed amendment to Arab Peace Initiative | MadaMasr

    http://www.madamasr.com/en/2017/03/09/feature/politics/disagreement-between-egypt-palestine-over-proposed-amendment-to-arab-peace

    Disagreement seems to be brewing within the Arab League this week between the delegates of Egypt and Palestine in light of a proposed amendment to the wording of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative (also known as the Saudi Initiative) pertaining to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and other territories.

    While there have been denials regarding any official disagreement on the Arab League’s 15 year-old resolution, sources have confirmed that Egypt’s proposed amendments this week were rejected by the Palestinian delegation. These sources claimed that the Egyptian delegation aimed to open a debate to further develop the Arab Peace Initiative, a proposal which was supported by the Secretary-General of the League and Egypt’s former foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

    In his comments to reporters at the conclusion of the Arab foreign ministers’ meeting in Cairo on Tuesday, Aboul Gheit spoke of the need to consider “new ideas with which to resolve the crises in the region.” However, the meeting’s closing statement mentioned the adherence of state-parties to the Arab Peace Initiative without amendments to it.

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  • For first time, Hamas prepared to accept pre-1967 borders for Palestinian state -
    Hamas soon expected to approve document summarizing the organization’s political and strategic positions, including declaring its independence from any outside party such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Jack Khoury Mar 09, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.775939

    Hamas is formulating a new outline of its policies, which will reportedly include an acceptance in principle of Palestine within the 1967 borders but not a recognition of Israel. According to reports, the document will also state that the organization was not a part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
    According to the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, sources in Hamas say that officials from the organization’s political bureau, Chairman Khaled Meshal and his deputy Ismail Haniyeh, as well as other officials from the military and political leadership, were involved in formulating and amending the document, which is still being worked on. Final approval is expected at the end of this month or early next month, when the Hamas internal elections for the political bureau and Shura Council conclude.
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    The report says the document will make clear that Hamas is an independent organization not tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, and this will help it in its contacts with the Egyptian authorities who are demanding that Hamas be fully disconnected from the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in Egypt.
    Hamas officials believe acceptance of the principle of a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders will help it break the boycott from foreign countries and international organizations.

    Sources in Hamas say that the document will define the fight against Israel as a fight against the occupation and not against Jews, whereas the organization’s platform that was passed 29 years ago defined Hamas as an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine, defined the Palestinian issue as a religious issue and said that the struggle was against the Jews.

    An official with the political wing of Hamas in Gaza told Haaretz that the document that will be approved in the coming weeks will not present new positions, but will summarize positions and principles that came up over the last few years, in the talks for reconciliation and understandings with the other various Palestinian factions, and in the talks with Egypt and other Arab countries.
    “Anyone who has followed the statements of Khaled Meshal and the Hamas leaders will not find anything different, but in light of the major changes that have occurred in the region and within the Palestinian arena, Hamas has formulated this document to stand as an ID card for the movement and its principles,” the official said.
    Last month, Hamas completed its internal elections in Gaza, including the election of Yahya Sinwar as Hamas head in Gaza, and by early next month should complete its election process abroad. In the West Bank, it is not certain there will be such an election, due to organizational difficulties presented by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
    Haniyeh is widely expected to be elected head of the political bureau in place of Meshal who is stepping down, and Hamas will try to present an agenda that will help its standing in relation to the international community and Arab countries, chiefly Egypt.
    At this stage it is not clear how much Hamas wants to end its rift with Fatah and the Palestinian Authority, but it is possible that its agreement to a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders and defining the fight against the occupation in terms of a popular resistance alongside the military struggle, could serve as a basis for national agreement with the other factions, especially Fatah.

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  • #Sahara : la #Tunisie face à la rivalité algéro-marocaine
    http://orientxxi.info/magazine/sahara-la-tunisie-face-a-la-rivalite-algero-marocaine,1746
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    Craignant de se fâcher avec son voisin algérien ou de provoquer une crise avec le #Maroc, la Tunisie maintient une « neutralité positive » sur la question du #Sahara_occidental. Ce sujet oppose Alger et Rabat depuis le milieu des années 1970 et constitue l’un des principaux facteurs de blocage du regroupement régional symbolisé par l’Union du #Maghreb arabe.

    #algérie

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  • Turkey, US, Russia stage surprise tripartite regional security meeting in Antalya - INTERNATIONAL

    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-us-russia-stage-surprise-tripartite-regional-security-meet

    The top soldiers of Turkey, the United States and Russia came together in Antalya in a first of its kind tripartite summit, the Turkish military has stated, highlighting developments in Syria and Iraq as top issues of the agenda. 

    In a written statement issued by the office of the Chief of General Staff, Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, U.S. Chief of General Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Russian Chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov met in Antalya. 

    Sources said the meeting began early on March 7 and is expected to continue through the day. Pictures distributed by the Turkish army feature the three top soldiers sitting side by side. 

    The top soldiers of the three countries held bilateral meetings in recent months, particularly on security issues in Syria and Iraq, but have never met in a three-way meeting. 

    The statement said they discussed security issues concerning Syria and Iraq, without further elaborating. The meeting comes as Turkey presses both Russia and the U.S. to cease cooperation with the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) for defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    Raqqa ops possible with coordination

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım hinted about a military-to-military meeting between the three countries in an interview with the private broadcaster A Haber late on March 6. 

    “There is no point in doing an operation [on Raqqa] without coordinating with Russia and the U.S. It would be futile and the consequences may become more complicated. For that, there are military, technical negotiations going on,” Yıldırım said.

    He recalled Turkey’s proposal for a joint operation on Raqqa on the condition that the PYD will be excluded but stressed that Washington has not yet replied to Ankara. 

    “We have conveyed our offer to the U.S. There has not been a formal response yet. So it would not be right to say ‘they have other plans’ just by taking what has been written about the issue into account. But we will not be anywhere there are terrorist organizations. It is that clear,” Yıldırım added.

    ‘PYD to east of Euphrates’ 

    Yıldırım said Turkey’s main purpose in possible operations toward Manbij, al-Bab or other parts of Syria is to push the PYD and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), to the east of the Euphrates River. “It is quite natural that there would be Syrian elements there after it is provided. Because it is Syrian territory,” he said. 

    “It can be the U.S. or it can be Russia. We are saying, if it is desired, we can make a triple mechanism with Russia, the U.S. and Turkey,” he said.

    “When terrorist groups like the PYD and the YPG are completely cleared, same as we did in Jarablus with the Euphrates Shield operation, or in al-Rai, Dabiq and as we have started to do in al-Bab, Syrians will come and settle there. Life will go back to normal,” he added.

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  • Islamophobie : du déni à la reconnaissance | jef klak
    http://jefklak.org/?p=1001

    La plasticité de l’idéologie dominante
    Par Abdellali Hajjat & Marwan Mohammed

    À l’heure où agiter les épouvantails de groupuscules extrémistes permet d’oublier les causes des conflits mondiaux et de conforter le rôle protecteur de l’État, tout en ratissant des voix fondées sur la peur et le racisme, l’analyse de l’habitus islamophobe des gouvernants et des médias semble un réflexe salutaire. Dans ce texte écrit en juillet 2014, et dans le prolongement de leur ouvrage Islamophobie – Comment les élites fabriquent le « problème musulman » et de l’entretien qu’ils ont accordé à Jef Klak, Abdellali Hajjat et Marwan Mohammed font le bilan de la reconnaissance d’un racisme institutionnel fondé sur les options religieuses et les origines convenues. Alors que les agressions contre des musulmans se sont multipliées ces derniers mois et que les pratiquants de l’islam sont enjoints de lever publiquement le soupçon structurel qui pèse sur eux, les deux sociologues se penchent ici sur les tribulations du concept d’islamophobie pour mieux en saisir les enjeux.

    #islamophobie

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  • The privilege and responsibility of Jewish ’Whiteness’ -
    We white Jews have the choice of navigating our lives without ever having to grapple with our racial identities and our place in a racially hierarchical system. A university class gave us this chance.

    Josh Rosenbaum Mar 02, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.774853

    I have been hesitant to respond to a recent op-ed in Haaretz (“What Happens When a Tulane Student Queries Jews’ ‘Whiteness’”), since Carly is my friend, but I feel since she chose a public forum for this opinion, it warrants a public response.
    I too am a Jewish student who took this class, and I believe my experiences directly contradict her conclusions. Critical Race Theory was one of the most thought-provoking, engaging, and inclusive classes I have ever been in. Our professor did not demand a monolithic view of race and racism, and I never once heard a thoughtful opinion rejected out of hand.
    When our professor asked, “What’s a Jew?” he did not do so in a way that challenged our history of victimhood to oppression and genocide. He did not do so in a way that negated the real experience of anti-Semitism today. He did not do so in a way that belittled the faith or questioned its validity. He did so in an attempt to open our eyes to the very real ways in which white Jews (i.e. the ones he was discussing, as opposed to Mizrahi Jews or Jews of color), like Carly and I, have been incorporated into a racially hierarchical system. He did so in a way that exposed the very real ways in which we benefit from institutionalized white supremacy and anti-blackness in the United States. This is, as she says, how he sees it “in his eyes.”
    But he is using his eyes to see the truth—that we are safe: on this campus, in this country, and at least comparatively speaking, in this world. She writes that “today more than ever Jewish people grapple with their racial identity,” but this simply is not true. Like all white people, we are granted the unfathomable privilege of navigating our lives without ever grappling with our racial identities, should we choose not to. But we should. This classroom offered us one place to do just that, led by a brilliant and empathetic scholar.
    Anti-Semitism exists, and when demonstrated, we should fight against it with as much rigor and passion as any injustice. I’ll be there with Carly at the front lines. But as white American Jews, we face a choice of feigning an oppressed identity that flies in the face of our actual structural positioning or expressing genuine solidarity with people of color. We cannot have it both ways. Deepening our analyses of our own positioning allows us to serve as stronger, more informed allies.
    I believe her when she says she wants to learn. But learning needs to start with listening. Listening must preempt, and then fuel, dialogue. She discusses her “desire to learn, study, expand my views and test [her] knowledge,” but I do not believe this desire is what she displayed in her article.

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    Our professor gave us the opportunity to do exactly these things, but she did not like the answers. She writes that she “punctuate every lecture with a raised hand,” but maybe instead it’s time to punctuate every lecture with an open ear and an open mind.
    As current Tulane University President Michael A. Fitts emphasized, “while we stand ready to enter into respectful debate with others, Tulane will never cease to defend the principles of non-discrimination, mutual respect and open inquiry upon which our university, our country and the international community of scholars are built. ”
    I’ll hold you to it, Carly.
    Josh Rosenbaum is junior at Tulane University studying Political Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies. He is a senator in the Undergraduate Student Government.

    Josh Rosenbaum
    Haaretz Contributor

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  • Malheureusement, le nouveau gouvernement du Liban s’est enfin mis au travail :
    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1038645/la-justice-interdit-une-video-de-la-chanteuse-pop-libanaise-myriam-kl

    La justice libanaise a ordonné samedi l’interdiction de la diffusion d’un clip vidéo de la chanteuse pop libanaise Myriam Klink, après avoir estimé qu’il porte atteinte aux bonnes mœurs, rapporte l’Agence nationale d’information (Ani, officielle).

    Le ministre de l’Information, Melhem Riachi, était entré en contact vendredi soir avec son collègue à la Justice, Salim Jreissati, lui demandant de « prendre les mesures nécessaires ».

    https://seenthis.net/messages/575269 via Nidal


  • TdG | Le désespoir des réfugiés de la guerre du Yémen : « Ici, on meurt peu à peu »
    http://asile.ch/2017/03/04/tdg-desespoir-refugies-de-guerre-yemen-on-meurt-a

    http://asile.ch/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Djibouti_ECHO.jpg

    Camp de Markazi, 50°C à l’ombre. Ils ont réussi à fuir les bombes qui pleuvent sur leur pays. Mais à Djibouti, les réfugiés du conflit pleurent leur vie d’avant.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/575004 via Vivre_Ensemble


  • Cinéma. Hiam Abbass contre le poids des traditions | L’Humanité
    http://www.humanite.fr/cinema-hiam-abbass-contre-le-poids-des-traditions-632765

    Dans vos films, il est question du statut des femmes dans la société. Pourquoi récuser toute démarche féministe ?

    Hiam AbbassRéalisatrice et comédienneHiam Abbass Ce n’est pas ma démarche, même si je n’ai rien contre le féminisme et les féministes. On me propose des rôles de femmes complexes avec lesquels je peux changer quelque chose, qui me permettent d’explorer ces personnages. Il n’y a pas une séparation hommes-femmes dans la vie. Je n’entre pas dans cette pensée. Dans ­Héritage, je n’ai pas voulu parler du combat de la femme, mais de l’individu sous l’emprise de la tradition. C’est vrai que la femme subit plus que l’homme la tradition. Mais je retrace des trajectoires d’êtres humains avec des désirs qu’ils concrétisent.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60JeSPDEc_0

    Pas très convaincu par la bande-annonce, mais Hiam Abbas est une grande dame. Merci à l’Huma de ne pas ooublier la #palestine

    https://seenthis.net/messages/575111 via gonzo


  • Israel loves wars - and does nothing to prevent them -

    There’s no other way to read the state comptroller’s report on the 2014 Gaza war and there’s no more important conclusion that arises from it.

    Gideon Levy Mar 02, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.774709

    Israel loves wars. Needs them. Does nothing to prevent them, and sometimes instigates them. There is no other way to read the state comptroller’s report on the 2014 Gaza war, and there is no more important conclusion that arises from it.
    All the rest – the tunnels, the National Security Council, the cabinet and the intelligence – are trifles, nothing more than efforts to distract us from the main thing. The main thing is that Israel wants war. It rejected all the alternative, without discussing them, without interest in them, to fulfill its desire.
    Israel wanted wars in the past as well. Since the 1948 war, all its wars could have been avoided. They were clearly wars of choice, although most of them were of no use and a few of them caused irreparable damage. Israel usually initiated them, sometimes wars were forced on it, but even then, they could have been avoided, like in 1973. Some of the wars ended the careers of those who started them, and yet, time after time Israel chooses war as the first and preferred option. It is doubtful that a rational explanation can be found for the phenomenon, but the fact is, every time Israel goes to war it receives sweeping, automatic and blind support in public opinion and the media. Thus not only the government and the army love war, all of Israel loves war.
    This is proven by the fact that committees of investigation publish almost identical reports after every war – the report on the Gaza war is almost plagiarized from the Winograd Commission report after the 2006 Second Lebanon War. (“The war was embarked on hastily and irresponsibly.”) When nothing is learned and everything is forgotten, it’s clear that something strong is pulling Israel to war.
    That’s also the way it was in the summer of Operation Protective Edge, when there was no reason at all for war. And that’s the way it will be in the next war, which looms ahead. What a pity that the “red alert” in the south on Tuesday was a false alarm. It was almost the opportunity to strike a disproportionate blow on Gaza, the way Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israel love, the kind that drags Israel down to the next war.

    #Gaza #Israel #war

    https://seenthis.net/messages/574448 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • La liberté de s’exprimer sur Israël en butte à des attaques dans les universités
    The Guardian, le 27 février 2017
    http://www.aurdip.fr/la-liberte-de-s-exprimer-sur.html

    Signatures (plus de 200 profs britanniques): Prof Jonathan Rosenhead, Prof Conor Gearty, Prof Malcolm Levitt, Tom Hickey, Prof Dorothy Griffiths, Prof Moshé Machover, Sir Iain Chalmers, Prof Steven Rose, Prof Gilbert Achcar, Prof Penny Green, Prof Bill Bowring, Mike Cushman, Jim Zacune, Dr Jethro Butler, Dr Rashmi Varma, Dr John Moore, Dr Nour Ali, Prof Richard Hudson, Dr Tony Whelan, Dr Dina Matar, Prof Marian Hobson, Prof Tony Sudbery, Prof John Weeks, Prof Graham Dunn, Dr Toni Wright, Dr Rinella Cere, Prof Ian Parker, Dr Marina Carter, Dr Shirin M Rai, Andy Wynne, Prof David Pegg, Prof Erica Burman, Dr Nicola Pratt, Prof Joanna Bornat, Prof Richard Seaford, Dr Linda Milbourne, Dr Julian Saurin, Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab, Prof Elizabeth Dore, Prof Colin Eden, Dr Neil Davidson, Jaime Peschiera, Catherine Cobham, Prof Haim Bresheeth, Dr Uriel Orlow, Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia, Dr Abdul B Shaikh, Dr Mark Leopold, Prof Michael Donmall, Prof Hamish Cunningham, Prof David Johnson, Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl, Dr Luke Cooper, Prof Peter Gurney, Dr Adi Kuntsman, Prof Matthew Beaumont, Dr Teodora Todorova, Prof Natalie Fenton, Prof Richard Bornat, Dr Jeremy Landor, Dr John Chalcraft, Milly Williamson, David Mabb, Dr Judit Druks, Dr Charlie McGuire, Dr Gholam Khiabany, Glynn Kirkham, Dr Deirdre O’Neill, Dr Gavin Williams, Prof Marsha Rosengarten, Dr Debra Benita Shaw, Dr João Florêncio, Prof Stephen Keen, Dr Anandi Ramamurthy, Dr Thomas Mills, Dr Don Crewe, Prof Robert Wintemute, Andy Gossett, Prof Mark Boylan, Angela Mansi, Dr Paul Taylor, Tim Martin, Keith Hammond, Karolin Hijazi, Dr Kevin Hearty, Prof Daniel Katz, Dr Richard Pitt, Prof Ray Bush, Prof Glenn Bowman, Prof Craig Brandist, Prof Virinder S Kalra, Dr Yasmeen Narayan, Prof Michael Edwards, John Gilmore-Kavanagh, Prof Nadje Al-Ali, Prof Mick Dumper, Graham Topley, Dr Shuruq Naguib, Prof David Whyte, Peter Collins, Dr Andrew Chitty, Prof David Mond, Prof Leon Tikly, Dr Subir Sinha, Dr Mark Berry, Dr Gajendra Singh, Prof Elizabeth Cowie, Dr Richard Lane, Prof Martin Parker, Dr Aboobaker Dangor, Dr Siân Adiseshiah, Prof Dennis Leech, Dr Owen Clayton, Dr John Cowley, Prof Mona Baker, Dr Navtej Purewal, Prof Mica Nava, Prof Joy Townsend, Dr Alex Bellem, Dr Nat Queen, Gareth Dale, Prof Yosefa Loshitzky, Dr Rudi Lutz, Dr Oliver Smith, Tim Kelly, Prof Laleh Khalili, Prof Aneez Esmail, Fazila Bhimji, Prof Hilary Rose, Dr Brian Tweedale, Prof Julian Petley, Prof Richard Hyman, Dr Paul Watt, Nisha Kapoor, Prof Julian Townshend, Prof Roy Maartens, Dr Anna Bernard, Prof Martha Mundy, Prof Martin Atkinson, Dr Claude Baesens, Dr Marijn Nieuwenhuis, Dr Emma Heywood, Dr Matthew Malek, Prof Anthony Milton, Dr Paul O’Connell, Prof Malcolm Povey, Dr Jason Hickel, Dr Jo Littler, Prof Rosalind Galt, Prof Suleiman Shark, Dr Paula James, Dr Linda Pickard, Pat Devine, Dr Jennifer Fortune, Prof Chris Roberts, Dr Les Levidow, Dr Carlo Morelli, Prof David Byrne, Dr Nicholas Cimini, Prof John Smith, Prof Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Dr Peter J King, Prof Bill Brewer, Prof Patrick Williams, Prof Daphne Hampson, Dr Wolfgang Deckers, Cliff Jones, Prof Luis Pérez-González, Prof Patrick Ainley, Dr Paul Kelemen, Prof Dee Reynolds, Dr Enam Al-Wer, Prof Hugh Starkey, Dr Anna Fisk, Prof Linda Clarke, Prof Klim McPherson, Cathy Malone, Prof Graham Dawson, Prof Colin Green, Prof Clément Mouhot, Prof S Sayyid, Prof William Raban, Prof Peter Hallward, Prof Chris Rust, Prof Benita Parry, Prof Andrew Spencer, Prof Philip Marfleet, Prof Frank Land, Dr Peter E Jones, Dr Nicholas Thoburn, Tom Webster, Dr Khursheed Wadia, Dr Philip Gilligan, Dr Lucy Michael, Prof Steve Hall, Prof Steve Keen, Dr David S Moon, Prof Ken Jones, Dr Karen F Evans, Dr Jim Crowther, Prof Alison Phipps, Dr Uri Horesh, Dr Clair Doloriert, Giles Bailey, Prof Murray Fraser, Prof Stephen Huggett, Dr Gabriela Saldanha, Prof Cahal McLaughlin, Ian Pace, Prof Philip Wadler, Dr Hanem El-Farahaty, Dr Anne Alexander, Dr Robert Boyce, Dr Patricia McManus, Prof Mathias Urban, Dr Naomi Woodspring, Prof David Wield, Prof Moin A Saleem, Dr Phil Edwards, Dr Jason Hart, Dr Sharon Kivland, Dr Rahul Rao, Prof Ailsa Land, Dr Lee Grieveson, Dr Paul Bagguley, Dr Rosalind Temple, Dr Karima Laachir, Dr Youcef Djerbib, Dr Sarah Perrigo, Bernard Sufrin, Prof James Dickins, John Burnett, Prof Des Freedman, Dr David Seddon, Prof Steve Tombs, Prof Louisa Sadler, Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins, Dr Rashné Limki, Dr Guy Standing, Dr Arianne Shahvisi, Prof Neil Smith, Myriam Salama-Carr, Dr Graham Smith, Dr Peter Fletcher

    #Palestine #Grande-Bretagne #Liberté_d'expression #Liberté_académique #Universités #Semaine_contre_l'apartheid_israélien #Israeli_Apartheid_Week #BDS #Boycott_universitaire

    https://seenthis.net/messages/574360 via Dror@sinehebdo



  • Telling the Stories of Egypt’s Endangered Journalists | Mohammed Elshamy
    https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/telling-the-stories-of-egypts-endangered-journalists

    I was on a bus heading back to New York when I got news from Egypt that my brother Abdullah had been released from solitary confinement. I was so overwhelmed with joy, all I could do was scream hysterically. Then I realized: Our friend and colleague Shawkan wasn’t so lucky. I grew quiet, as the thought of Shawkan still imprisoned left me wondering. When would Shawkan and his family have their moment of relief and happiness? Source: Lens

    https://seenthis.net/messages/574271 via Rezo


  • Saïda en grève aujourd’hui contre les affrontements à Aïn el-Héloué - L’Orient-Le Jour
    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1037900/saida-en-greve-aujourdhui-contre-les-affrontements-a-ain-el-heloue.ht

    Selon l’agence al-Markaziya, les combats ont opposé le Fateh, posté dans le secteur Barksat, aux islamistes de Isbat el-Ansar, postés à Safsaf, aux islamistes radicaux dirigés par Bilal Badr, positionnés à Tiré, aux partisans du général Mahmoud Issa, mieux connu sous le nom de Lino, installés dans la région des abattoirs (Maslakh), et aux Brigades des martyrs de Chatila, postés à Jabal Halib. Les tirs ont même débordé pour atteindre les quartiers voisins à Saïda, notamment la région de Sinik ou la rue de Hasbé, provoquant la panique des habitants, un incendie à proximité de la mosquée al-Farouk et des embouteillages monstres dans le secteur, vu que l’accès à certaines routes impraticables était interdit par les forces de l’ordre.

    Cette escalade a poussé de nombreux habitants à l’exode et les éléments armés à prendre le contrôle des ruelles du camp. Pour la seconde journée consécutive, les écoles et les commerces de Aïn el-Héloué ont fermé leurs portes, à l’instar de certains établissements situés dans les parages du camp. Les institutions de l’Unrwa, elles, ont interrompu les services à la population.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/574243 via assalam12


  • The Syrian war shakeout is changing the Mideast’s balance of power - Middle East News

    Turkey’s intervention has created a rift with Iran, Jordan-Syria ties are tightening and America’s absence could weaken the Saudis. The alliances emerging in Syria will determine the fate the region.

    Zvi Bar’el Feb 27, 2017 1
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-1.773974

    Secondary relationships born of the Syrian civil war could have a greater impact on the future of the country and the region than the war itself. While the warring parties are busy holding onto and expanding territorial gains, finding funds and arms and jockeying for position in future negotiations, the smaller players are crafting long-range strategies that will divide the region à la the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement.
    The secondary relationships are alliances and rivalries that developed between global powers such as Russia and the United States, and between local powers such as Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. But the term is inaccurate in a sense because the Syrian war has long become a proxy war in which the payer of the bills dictates the military movements while changing proxies based on battlefield success.
    More importantly, the alliances between the sponsors and “their” militias create the balance of political forces between the powers. For example, Russia uses the Kurds in Syria as a bargaining chip against Turkey, whose cooperation with the Free Syrian Army creates a rift between Ankara and Tehran. Meanwhile, Jordan’s strikes on the Islamic State in southern Syria boost the Russian-Jordanian coalition and Jordan’s ties with the Assad regime − and everyone is looking ahead to "the day after.”
    The latest development puts Turkish-Iranian relations to the test. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference a week ago Sunday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on Iran to stop threatening the region’s stability and security. The remark wasn’t only unusually blunt but also seemed to come from an American talking-points page. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi responded the next day, warning that while Turkey was an important neighbor, “there is a certain cap to our patience.”
    Tehran and Ankara are deeply divided over the Assad regime, and particularly over whether the Syrian president should stay on after a negotiated settlement. But these disagreements didn’t affect the two countries’ bilateral trade of some $10 billion a year.
    Iran was the first country to denounce the failed coup attempt in Turkey last July, and President Hassan Rohani is on track for a fourth visit to Ankara in April. Tehran and Ankara share an interest in preventing the establishment of an independent Kurdish region in Syria that could inspire the Kurds in Iran and Turkey.
    But Ankara and Tehran are each deeply suspicious of the other’s strategic ambitions. Turkey believes that Iran seeks to turn Iraq and Syria into Shi’ite states, while Iran is sure that Turkish President Recet Tayyip Erdogan dreams of reestablishing the Ottoman Empire.
    The Iranians were apprehensive about the liberation, by Turkish forces and the Free Syrian Army, of al-Bab, a city around 30 kilometers from Aleppo, even though the defeated party was the Islamic State. The Iranians were worried because control over al-Bab, whose liberation the Free Syrian Army announced Friday, opens up the route critical to retaking Raqqa, the Islamic State’s capital in Syria. Control over al-Bab is also key for taking control of the Iraq-Syria border, which Tehran views as critical.

    #syria #russia #iran

    https://seenthis.net/messages/573537 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Les découvertes de pétrole dans le monde s’effondrent

    http://www.lesechos.fr/industrie-services/energie-environnement/0211812826554-les-decouvertes-de-petrole-dans-le-monde-seffondrent-2066328.

    Année après année, le constat se répète depuis 2013 : les compagnies pétrolières trouvent de moins en moins de pétrole et de gaz . Selon les premières estimations publiées par le cabinet Wood Mackenzie, les volumes d’hydrocarbures conventionnels découverts sont tombées à 11,6 milliards de barils équivalent pétrole en 2016. Soit une baisse de 25 % par rapport à ceux de l’année précédente (ré-estimés à 15,5 milliards de barils), pour un nombre de découvertes en chute d’environ 40 % en un an, a calculé l’IFP EN dans son rapport annuel sur le sujet qui vient d’être publié. Un niveau très faible comparé à ceux atteints en 2005 (59 milliards de barils) ou en 2010 (42,8 milliards).

    http://www.lesechos.fr/medias/2017/02/20/2066328_les-decouvertes-de-petrole-dans-le-monde-seffondrent-web-tete-0211813061036.jpg

    Ces estimations s’entendent toutefois hors gaz et pétrole de schiste, qui pourraient nuancer le constat : l’an dernier, c’est dans ce domaine qu’a été effectué la plus grosse découverte au Texas, par la société Apache, avec 15 milliards de barils dont 3 de pétrole (Alpine High). Toute une série d’annonces dans la région ont conduit l’US Geological Survey à réévaluer en novembre ses estimations des réserves dans la formation de Wolfcamp (qui fait partie du Permian, au Texas), à 20 milliards de barils de pétrole.

    Dans le conventionnel, « aucune découverte d’importance comparable à celle de Zohr en 2015, au large de l’Egypte, n’a été réalisée en 2016. Et ce, malgré quelques réels succès, notamment en Alaska et en Afrique de l’Ouest », commentent les experts de l’IFP EN. L’an dernier, la plus grosse découverte conventionnelle a été effectué par la petite compagnie spécialisée dans l’exploration Caelus Energy, dans le nord de l’Alaska (North Slope), avec 1,8 milliard de barils récupérables. La société Kosmos a découvert des gisements gaziers géants au large du Sénégal (Guembeul et Teranga), tandis qu’ExxonMobil a trouvé un champ pétrolifère important au large du Nigeria (Owowo), associé à d’autres compagnies dont Total.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/571617 via enuncombatdouteux


  • Should Jews have a problem with the term ’Islamophobia’?

    The decision by a major Canadian Jewish organization to oppose a parliamentary motion condemning Islamophobia after a shocking mosque attack, because the term is ’politically charged and imprecise,’ has vocal challengers.

    Mira Sucharov Feb 20, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.772853

    When a multicultural country like Canada faces a stark rise in hatred targeting one ethnic group, it’s social and ethical solidarity is put to the test. The question for Canada’s Jewish establishment is: How will it respond to the shocking spike in hatred targeting the Muslim community?
    On the heels of the Quebec City mosque shooting, which left six worshippers dead, and then a hate-filled protest outside of a Toronto mosque last Friday, a private member’s motion to condemn Islamophobia was introduced in parliament. Regrettably, CIJA (the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the organized lobbying arm of the Jewish Federations in Canada) is opposing the motion, at least in its current form.
    Liberal MP Iqra Khalid introduced the non-binding motion (M-103) urging the government to “better reflect” the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by “quell[ing] the increasing public climate of hate and fear,” while “condemn[ing] Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.” Her motion also asks parliament to convene a study to address these issues and “to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities.”
    As the motion - intended to express the will of parliament but falling short of having any legal force - acknowledges, there are already Charter provisions for opposing racism and discrimination. And Section 319 of the criminal code already outlaws “communicating statements in any public place, incit[ing] hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace.”
    But sometimes the law is not enough to signal collective revulsion.
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    The Friday demonstrators outside a downtown Toronto mosque held signs such as “Ban Islam” and “Muslims are terrorists.” Interviewed on camera, one of the protestors make the following chilling observation: “They [she presumably means Muslims] start out friendly, and before you know it, they grow so much in population that they take over.” The interviewer challenges her: “This sounding a lot like what people said about Jews at one time,” to which the protestor replies: “There’s no comparison. Jews were not evil.”

    For its part, CIJA calls M-103 “flawed.” As CIJA head Shimon Koffler Fogel writes, the motion “requires us to silence legitimate concerns or suppress a public conversation about those strains of Islam that pose a real and imminent threat to Jews around the world,” adding that the motion “denies space and opportunity within the Muslim community to confront those strains of Islam that do indeed exist and do indeed cause harm to the majority of Muslims who do not subscribe to an extremist ideology.” For these reasons, CIJA is urging lawmakers to oppose it.
    It’s not the first time a private member’s motion has been introduced to focus Canada’s attention on a specific form of hatred. In 2015, Conservative MP James Bezan asked “all members [of parliament] and all Canadians [to] join me in denouncing anti-Semitism.” In 2015 Liberal MP Irwin Cotler asked the “House [to] condemn the alarming development of a new anti-Semitism….” And then, of course, there’s the 2010 Ottawa Protocol on Combatting Antisemitism, which convened parliamentary representatives from an array of countries to call out anti-Semitism.
    CIJA Director of Communications Martin Sampson shared with me the amended text of the motion CIJA proposed to Khaled, including trying to add a clause that would “recognize that criticism and condemnation of any and all forms of extremism is not only acceptable but necessary in a free and democratic society; and tasking the proposed study to define “Islamophobia in Canada.” “
    Bernie Farber, former head of Canadian Jewish Congress and now head of the Toronto-based Mosaic Institute, a diversity, peace and justice organization, says he is “baffled and stunned” by CIJA’s opposition to the motion.
    Is the lack of explicit acknowledgment of the legitimacy of criticizing religion a problem, as CIJA is suggesting? No. Parliamentary motions have no legislative force. The existing criminal code — including laws governing freedom of expression — will remain unaffected. Fogel’s claim that the motion will silence criticism by force of law is simply wrong. It may serve to dampen enthusiasm for the kind of hateful anti-Muslim demonstrations we saw in Toronto, but that is the point.
    Or perhaps the vagueness of the term ‘Islamophobia’ is a problem. Sampson calls the word “politically charged and imprecise.” Former Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, for instance, is suggesting that M-103 be amended to say “anti-Muslim bigotry.”

    #islamophobie #canada

    https://seenthis.net/messages/571850 via Nouvelles d’Orient