• Israeli-born BDS supporter vies to head Britain’s Jewish student union -
    Born in Tel Aviv, pro-Palestinian activist Eran Cohen, 27, is challenging the accepted norms of British Jewry.
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-1.756883

    As outsider candidates take the lead in elections around the world, the trend of radical populism may be coming to Jewish student politics in the United Kingdom.
    The surprise contender in this year’s elections for president of the Union of Jewish Students is Eran Cohen, a veteran pro-Palestinian activist and outspoken supporter of the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions movement.
    The 27-year-old’s candidacy marks something of a departure for a body that has long been a bastion of communal politics, committed to fighting campus boycotts and strengthening students’ ties to Israel.
    A senior UJS role has long been a traditional stepping-stone for students considering a future in Anglo-Jewish leadership or mainstream politics.
    Cohen, a member of the U.K.’s Jewish anarchist collective Jewdas and a committed diasporist, comes from a very different place, as he makes clear in his three-and-a-half minute campaign video.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/548404 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Bezalel Smotrich: The face of Israel’s far right wants to ’abort’ Palestinian hope
    And he thinks Netanyahu is a coward. Meet Knesset Member Bezalel Smotrich, who envisions a Greater Israel where the Palestinian Authority doesn’t exist and who believes Reform Jews and LGBT people are living a lie.
    By Ravit Hecht Dec 01, 2016
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.756382

    Bezalel Smotrich, a first-time Knesset member from the Bayit Hayehudi party, already has earned himself a reputation as one of the most brilliant and influential members of the house. He is proud to be the Knesset’s right-wing bellwether, and is perceived as radical even within the national-religious milieu from which he emerged – the settlement movement. In the brief year and a half since he was sworn in, Smotrich has succeeded in guiding the direction of his party (through his leadership of the struggle to prevent the dismantling of the Amona outpost in the West Bank, and to pass the so-called formalization bill), and even that of the government.
    Smotrich has become the powerhouse behind a wave of proposed legislation to advance the cause of the settlements and of judicial reform. As opposed to many politicians who have emerged from the margins, Smotrich doesn’t hanker for legitimacy from the political mainstream. Rather, he views himself as being situated in the heart of the system and the establishment. “I don’t feel like a fifth wheel, or like a guest in the state,” says Smotrich, “and therefore it is completely legitimate for me to try to influence and mold it according to my belief system.”
    Just about the only stipulation Smotrich and his media adviser laid down for the interview we conducted, one of a series of conversations and encounters I had with him during the past month, was that we not talk about the “community” (the LGBT community, that is). That surprised me, because, even though I myself am a “member of the community” – that was the last thing that interested me about the legislator from Habayit Hayehudi.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/547543 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • #Angela_Davis : « Les #Etats-Unis sont en train de vivre une contre-révolution »
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/301116/angela-davis-les-etats-unis-sont-en-train-de-vivre-une-contre-revolution

    À l’occasion de son passage à Paris, Mediapart s’est entretenu avec la féministe, antiraciste et anticapitaliste Angela Davis. Le « choc » de l’élection américaine, la tension entre l’universel et les minorités, la laïcité en France, la justice climatique... « Le défi est de créer des mouvements capables de ramener à gauche les électeurs de Trump et les abstentionnistes », affirme-t-elle.

    #International #Anticolonialisme #antiracisme #Donald_Trump #féminisme #intersectionnalité


  • Today could have been Palestine’s 65th birthday
    The State of Palestine could have been 65 years old today if the UN partition plan of 1947 had been accepted by the Arab world. A just and lasting peace between two sovereign states is still prejudiced by the false narrative that Palestinians were the only refugees created in 1947.

    Irwin Cotler Nov 29, 2012
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/today-could-have-been-palestine-s-65th-birthday.premium-1.481326
    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/today-could-have-been-palestine-s-65th-birthday.premium-1.481326

    Today, the Palestinian Authority is seeking Observer Status at the UN General Assembly with a view to securing a UN General Assembly vote later in the day. The November 29 is no random date – it marks the 65th anniversary of the UN Partition Resolution of 1947. It is sometimes forgotten – and often not even known – that this was the first-ever blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian “two states for two peoples” solution. Regrettably, while Jewish leaders accepted the resolution, Arab and Palestinian leaders did not – which they had a right to do if they felt it did not comport with their objectives or interests.
    However, what they did not have a right to do was to launch a war of aggression against the nascent Jewish state. Nor did they have a right to launch a war against their own Jewish nationals – a documented pattern of state-sanctioned repression and persecution – disenfranchising them, dispossessing them of their – detaining, murdering and expelling them. This double aggression resulted in two sets of refugees: Palestinian refugees resulting from the Arab war against the Jewish State, and Jewish refugees resulting from the Arab war against their own Jewish nationals.
    Yet the false Middle East narrative – prejudicial to authentic reconciliation and peace between peoples as well as between states – continues to hold that there was only one victim population, Palestinian refugees; that Israel was responsible for the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) of 1947-8; and that, as Prof. Rami Khouri of the American University of Beirut recently wrote – during the Israel-Hamas hostilities – “As long as the crime of dispossession and refugeehood that was committed against the Palestinian people in 1947-48 is not redressed through a peaceful and just negotiation that satisfies the legitimate rights of both sides, we will continue to see enhancements in both the determination and the capabilities of Palestinian fighters.” In his words, “Only stupid or ideologically maniacal Zionists fail to come to terms with this fact”.
    But his revisionist view of history ignores the fundamental fact that had the UN Partition Resolution been accepted, there would have been no 1948 Arab- Israeli war, no refugees, and none of the pain and suffering of these past 65 years. Indeed, another event falling on today’s date - the annual UN-organized International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – could this year have been a day commemorating the 65th anniversary of the establishment of both the State of Israel and the State of Palestine.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/546753 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Turkey entered Syria to end al-Assad’s rule : President Erdoğan - MIDEAST
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-entered-syria-to-end-al-assads-rule-president-erdogan.aspx

    The Turkish military launched its operations in Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Nov. 29.

    “In my estimation, nearly 1 million people have died in Syria. These deaths are still continuing without exception for children, women and men. Where is the United Nations? What is it doing? Is it in Iraq? No. We preached patience but could not endure in the end and had to enter Syria together with the Free Syrian Army [FSA],” Erdoğan said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul.

    “Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice. We entered there to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason,” the president said.

    On Aug. 24, the Turkish Armed Forces launched an operation in Syria, the Euphrates Shield operation, with FSA fighters to ostensibly clear the country’s southern border of both the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces, which Ankara considers as a terrorist group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

    Last week, a total of six Turkish troops, of them four in a suspected Syrian government attack, and two in ISIL attacks, were killed in three separate attacks from Nov. 24 to 26.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/546756 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • The first to identify terror by arson
    Education Minister Naftali Bennett uses thefts and arson to promote a racist ideology with national and territorial implications, by raising the question of whom this country belongs to.

    Ravit Hecht Nov 25, 2016 1:31 AM
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.755191
    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.755191

    “Only someone who doesn’t own this land could set it on fire,” tweeted Education Minister Naftali Bennett the other day, as the wave of fires took on the proportions of a national disaster, long before the source of the fires was clear. The post has received 616 “likes” and 80 “shares” so far, a number likely to increase. This is six-fold higher than the responses to his usual tweets.
    Some people compared this to Benjamin Netanyahu’s tweet following the arrest of two Palestinians on suspicion of raping a mentally defective girl. (“This is a heinous crime that demands wall-to-wall condemnation, but for some reason this has not been heard, not in the media and not across the political spectrum. One could only imagine what would have happened if it were the other way around.”) When the suspects were released Netanyahu offered a partial apology.
    Despite the similarities between these statements – referring to a crime while blatantly hinting at the nationality of the perpetrators who are still only suspects – this latest tweet is actually more like an earlier statement that Bennett made during the last elections campaign, in front of high school graduates about to vote for the first time.
    Bennett said that “anyone who has tried to tour the Negev in recent years knows that one can’t leave a car anywhere since it’s bound to be broken into and stolen. Tractors are stolen in Petah Tikva and the Galilee and one can’t go to the Mount of Olives or Mount Scopus anymore. One can’t enter Arab towns or villages, and this hurts the Arabs most of all, since Israel has decided that the rule of law may apply to Tel Aviv, Haifa and Ra’anana, but not to these places.”
    One should note Bennett’s semantics – he never uses the word “Arab” in proximity to the word “steal” or “thief” (the chairman of Habayit Hayehudi actually filed a libel suit against journalist David Feuer who tweeted that Bennett called all Arabs car thieves. He later retracted the suit.) The word “Arab” doesn’t appear in the new tweet at all. Nevertheless, everyone understands what his tweet means.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/545198 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • France issues regulations requiring retailers to label goods from Israeli settlements
    New regulations state that the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights are occupied territories, and packages from these areas say they come from ’an Israeli settlement.’ Israel condemns move as giving ’tail wind to radicals.’

    Barak Ravid Nov 24, 2016
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.755195

    The French government published regulations Thursday requiring importers and retailers to label all products originating from settlements in the occupied territories.
    The notification is headed “Notice to economic operators concerning the indication of origin of goods originating in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967.” It states that, in accordance with the November 2015 European Commission guidelines, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are occupied territories and not considered part of the State of Israel. Therefore, in order not to deceive consumers, the regulations say it is necessary to mark the precise place from which goods originating in these areas came, and not mark them as products of Israel.
    Under the new regulations, if a product comes from a settlement, French retailers and importers must make this clear on the packaging and not just name the geographical location where the product originated.
    The regulations make it clear that this is intended to prevent a situation in which consumers are misled and think they are buying Palestinian goods from the West Bank or East Jerusalem.
    The regulations also state that the geographical region from where the product originated must be noted – for example, “the West Bank” – and then, in parenthesis on the packaging, it must be stated when the product comes from “an Israeli settlement.”
    It is not clear why the French government has published these regulations now – a full year after the European Commission guidelines. So far, many countries in Europe have refrained from issuing unique regulations for their retailers and importers, but instead have made do with the general European Commission guidelines.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/545199 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • I miss the Gaza Strip
    Israeli journalists have been in Syria and Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, but not in Gaza, an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv.
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.754902

    The kindergarten teacher lies on a stretcher, her body covered with blood. The minibus is parked beside her. The cannon fires shells, the children lie on the road. This is a child’s drawing on the wall in the town of Beit Lahiya in the Gaza Strip. It was drawn 10 years ago, a day after an Israel Defense Forces shell hit the kindergarten minibus, killing the teacher and two children who were standing in the street.
    This description was published 10 years ago today, in my last story from Gaza. For 10 years, the only Israeli journalists who have visited Gaza are Haaretz’s Amira Hass, who was there twice, once via the sea and the other time via Egypt, and the military reporters accompanying the IDF, who see nothing but the soldiers’ heroism. Israeli journalists have been in Syria and Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, but not in Gaza, an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv.
    Israel forbids such visits and nobody protests. During my last visit, I saw an elderly man lying wounded on a donkey-drawn cart in the courtyard of the shabby Kamal Radwan clinic. He had been hit by an IDF shell. Afterwards, we went with the children to the funeral of their kindergarten teacher, who had been killed in front of their eyes. It didn’t occur to me that this would be my last visit.
    The toddlers have since become teenage boys and girls, some of them may have been killed. The IDF killed 344 children in the 2008-09 Gaza war, known as Operation Cast Lead; 180 toddlers and 366 children were killed in the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, known as Operation Protective Edge.
    No Israeli journalist can write their stories any more. The Israeli reader knows nothing about them, nor does he want to know. For him, all the dead children are terrorists, or children that terrorists hid behind, as Israeli propaganda tells it. All of Gaza is Hamas, Israelis are told, and everyone in it wants only to destroy Israel.
    I look at my last reports from Gaza. A visit to the remnants of the Abu Udah family – Mohammed, whose son Ismail and daughter Hanan were shot dead by soldiers; Dam al-Ez Hamad, 14, the only daughter of a paralyzed mother, was killed by a missile fired by Israeli Air Force pilots at the house next door. Dam was killed in her sleep, curled up in her mother’s arms. The IDF said it was an attack on a tunnel.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/544897 via Nouvelles d’Orient



  • Viols et agressions sexuelles en France : premiers résultats de l’enquête Virage - Population et Sociétés - Ined - Institut national d’études démographiques
    http://www.ined.fr/fr/publications/population-et-societes/viols-agressions-sexuelles-france/#tabs-2

    Les femmes rapportent des viols et des agressions sexuelles dans des proportions très supérieures à celles des hommes. Pour elles, les violences dans le cadre des relations conjugales s’ajoutent aux violences subies dans la famille dès l’enfance et l’adolescence, ainsi que des agressions sexuelles vécues tout au long de la vie dans les différents espaces de vie (travail, espace public).

    http://www.ined.fr/fichier/s_rubrique/25953/538.population.societes.2016.novembre.viols.agression.sexuelle.fr.pdf

    #enquête #violences #femmes #discriminations #domination_masculine #domination_adulte #statistique

    https://seenthis.net/messages/544813 via mad meg


  • Des lois à la pelle : la loi sur l’appel à la prière en Palestine – Culture et politique arabes
    https://cpa.hypotheses.org/6104

    Bon, vous n’êtes pas obligé de lire le billet de #cpa, mais il ne faut pas rater la vidéo où l’on voit un député israélien lancer l’appel à la prière à la Knesset !

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kagW718_oEk

    (Et dans le billet, une autre vidéo que j’aime bien aussi, l’Ave Maria de Gounod entrelardé (le mot est-il adéquat ?) d’appels à la prière...

    Merci à @loutre pour la veille précieuse !

    #palestine

    https://seenthis.net/messages/544749 via gonzo


  • Why Steve Bannon likes nationalist Israel but dislikes internationalist American Jews -
    Trumpian right discovers what Jews have known for a century: That Zionism is built, in part, on the rejection of Diaspora Jewish identity.

    Peter Beinart Nov 23, 2016
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.754805

    I don’t know if Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, is anti-Semitic. I can’t see inside his soul. What I do know is this: Citing his support for Israel doesn’t exonerate him of the charge. You can believe that Jews are a malevolent force in the United States and still love the Jewish state. It’s easy.
    It’s easy because for Bannon, and many on the Trumpian right, the crucial political divide in today’s world is between internationalists (who they call “globalists”) and nationalists. Internationalists believe in universal principles like human rights, international law and free trade. They see their countries less as ends in and of themselves than as means for achieving these broader principles.
    That’s why they support foreign aid and humanitarian wars even when they don’t serve any direct national interest. It’s why they support admitting refugees even if vetting and settling them poses a challenge. It’s why they support free trade, which they believe enhances global prosperity and peace, even if it dislocates people at home.
    Not all internationalists believe in all the same principles. Left-wing internationalists like Bernie Sanders support foreign aid and refugee resettlement but not humanitarian intervention and free trade. For right-wing internationalists like Bill Kristol, it’s closer to the reverse. But while they fight about which principles the United States should champion, left and right internationalists agree that the United States is a vehicle for causes greater than itself. They see America as not merely a nation but an idea.
    Bannon and Trump reject that. They believe that when American elites pursue their universalist agendas, ordinary Americans get screwed. American kids die in military interventions. American workers lose their jobs as the result of trade deals. Americans lose their lives because refugees commit terrorism. Nationalists like Bannon and Trump think that when internationalists appeal to moral principle, they’re utterly phony. It’s a cover for their own interests. As economic elites, they benefit from freer trade and immigration. It’s not their kids who fight the nation’s wars.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/544726 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • James Mattis, Possible Trump pick for defense post sees Israel turning into apartheid state
    Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who was known as ’Mad Dog,’ also has said that the United States pays a ’price’ for its support of Israel.

    JTA Nov 21, 2016
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/news/1.754253

    James Mattis, a former Marine General seen as one of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s leading candidates for Defense Secretary has said West Bank settlements are turning Israel into an apartheid state.
    Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who was known as “Mad Dog,” also has said that the United States pays a price for its support of Israel, the Times of Israel reported.
    Mattis met with Trump Saturday at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey
    An unnamed official “familiar with the transition process” told CNN that Mattis can be considered a leading candidate for secretary of defense.
    When Trump was asked by reporters whether Mattis is a candidate to lead the Defense Department, Trump said, “All I can say is he is the real deal. He is the real deal.”
    Mattis ran U.S. Central Command in from August 2010 to March 2013. In that position he had command authority for all U.S. forces in the Middle East.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/544309 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Un rapport fustige les dérives d’hôpitaux psychiatriques - Libération
    http://www.liberation.fr/france/2016/05/25/un-rapport-fustige-les-derives-d-hopitaux-psychiatriques_1455035

    Cela se sait, cela le voit. Depuis quelques années, se multiplient des pratiques de contention et d’isolement systématiques dans les services de psychiatrie en France. Et il ne se passe rien. Ou si peu. On laisse faire, on regarde ailleurs. A l’exception de quelques personnalités comme le député (PS) Denys Robiliard, cela se poursuit dans une relative indifférence des pouvoirs publics. Le ministère de la Santé, ainsi, ne réagit pas. Est ce que le rapport que publie, ce mercredi la contrôleure générale des lieux de privation de liberté (CGLPL), Adeline Hazan, va changer la donne ?

    Un rapport clair, ferme, et inquiétant. Pour la première fois depuis sa création en 2008, le CGLPL a établi un bilan thématique de ses 121 visites dans 112 établissements de santé mentale représentant 40% des sites spécialisés en psychiatrie. Il porte sur deux pratiques anciennes qui « connaissent une recrudescence depuis une vingtaine d’années », « l’isolement » ou le placement d’un patient dans un espace fermé qu’il ne peut ouvrir et la « contention mécanique », qui consiste à l’immobiliser par des liens, attaches ou camisoles. « La grande majorité des unités de soins visitées disposent d’une, voire de deux chambres d’isolement et de matériel de contention », explique le rapport.

    Pour le CGLPL, le développement de ces pratiques s’explique par « une réduction des effectifs », « la présence insuffisante des médecins », « une évolution de l’approche psycho pathologique » et « un manque de réflexion d’ensemble sur la liberté de circulation des patients ». « L’impératif de sécurité » est également mis en avant, souligne Adeline Hazan, pour qui le malade mental « ne bénéficie pas de la représentation qui s’attache à toute maladie : souffrance, fragilité, besoins de soins, compassion » en raison d’un présupposé sur sa dangerosité, « plus alimenté par le traitement médiatique d’événements exceptionnels que par une réalité statistique d’un quelconque danger ».
    Défaillances dans la surveillance

    Parmi ses observations, elle constate un détournement de l’utilisation de ces outils, prévus pour faire face à des situations de crise limitée dans le temps, à des fins disciplinaires ou de sanction, « certains services allant jusqu’à établir un barème en jours d’isolement en fonction de la transgression à des règles fixées ».

    #psychiatrie #santé #prison #violence #violence_d'état #violence_médicale #médecine

    http://seenthis.net/messages/493084 via mad meg


  • Un ex-ambassadeur témoigne : « Israël s’est servi de mon père pour couvrir le nettoyage ethnique » | Middle East Eye | Jonathan Cook | 21 novembre 2016

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/reportages/un-ex-ambassadeur-t-moigne-isra-l-s-est-servi-de-mon-p-re-pour-couvri
    http://www.middleeasteye.net/sites/default/files/styles/main_image_article_page/public/IMG_0921%20copy_0.JPG L’ancien ambassadeur néerlandais Erik Ader aux côtés de Khader Dibs (à droite), dont le père a été expulsé de Beit Nattif pendant la Nakba (MEE/Jonathan Cook)

    QALQILYA, Cisjordanie – Un ancien ambassadeur néerlandais devait planter 1 100 oliviers en Cisjordanie ce dimanche pour se faire pardonner du fait qu’Israël a exploité son nom de famille pour « couvrir un acte de nettoyage ethnique ».

    Erik Ader, ancien ambassadeur en Norvège, a déclaré que les arbres étaient sa façon de s’excuser pour un nombre similaire de pins plantés en Israël dans les années 1960 pour honorer son père.

    Le révérend Bastiaan Jan Ader, qui a été exécuté par les nazis en 1944, a été nommé « Juste parmi les nations » en 1967 par le musée israélien de l’Holocauste de Yad Vashem. Il avait aidé des centaines de juifs néerlandais à échapper aux camps d’extermination.

    Ader s’est dit choqué d’avoir découvert, il y a une décennie, que sous la petite forêt de conifères dédiée à son père se cachaient les ruines d’un village palestinien.

    Les 2 400 habitants palestiniens de Beit Nattif, au sud-ouest de Jérusalem, ont été expulsés en 1948, l’année de la création d’Israël. L’armée israélienne a détruit les 350 maisons qui s’y trouvaient et aucun des villageois n’a été autorisé à revenir.

    Ader a nourri une colère particulière à l’égard du Fonds national juif, un organisme de bienfaisance sioniste international bénéficiant d’une autorité semi-gouvernementale en Israël, qui a recueilli des fonds auprès des juifs néerlandais pour planter les arbres.

    Selon lui, ceux qui ont versé les dons ont été trompés et ne savaient pas pour quelle cause leur argent était utilisé.

    « Ce que le FNJ a fait est scandaleux, a-t-il déclaré à Middle East Eye. Ces arbres ont servi à la fois à empêcher les réfugiés de rentrer chez eux et à cacher l’acte de nettoyage ethnique qui avait été commis à leur encontre en 1948. »

    « Le fait qu’ils ont utilisé le nom de mon père, qui a payé de sa vie pour défendre les droits de l’homme, pour agir de la sorte, rend tout cela d’autant plus honteux, a-t-il ajouté. Ils l’ont rendu complice du nettoyage ethnique du village. »

    Ader a également critiqué le gouvernement néerlandais pour avoir pris part à la cérémonie d’inauguration de la forêt plantée sur Beit Nattif. « Ils devaient savoir ce qui s’était passé ici, mais ils n’ont soulevé aucune objection », a-t-il avancé.

    #nettoyage_ethnique

    https://seenthis.net/messages/544237 via Loutre


  • Suddenly it’s okay to be pro-Israel and anti-Semitic
    When friendship for Israel is judged solely on the basis of support for the occupation, Israel has no friends other than racists and nationalists.

    Gideon Levy Nov 20, 2016
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.754073

    All of a sudden it’s not so terrible to be anti-Semitic. Suddenly it’s excusable as long as you hate Muslims and Arabs and “love Israel.” The Jewish and Israeli right has issued a sweeping amnesty to anti-Semitic lovers of Israel – yes, there is such a thing, and they’re en route to taking power in the United States.
    So now we know: Not just pornography but also anti-Semitism is a matter of geography and price. Right-wing American anti-Semites are no longer considered anti-Semites.
    The definition has been updated: From now on, anti-Semites are only found on the left. Roger Waters, a courageous man of conscience without stain, is an anti-Semite. Steve Bannon, a declared racist and closet anti-Semite who has been appointed chief strategist in the Trump White House, is a friend of Israel.
    Jewish and Israeli activists who left no stone unturned in their effort to discover signs of anti-Semitism, who viewed every parking ticket for an American Jew as an act of hate, who moved heaven and earth every time a Jew was robbed or a Jewish gravestone was cracked, are now whitewashing an anti-Semite. Suddenly they’re not convinced we’re talking about that particular disease.
    Alan Dershowitz, one of the biggest propagandists in this field, has already come out in defense of the racist Bannon. In a Haaretz piece late last week, Dershowitz wrote that the man whose wife said he didn’t want their children to go to school with Jews isn’t anti-Semitic. “The claim was simply made by his former wife in a judicial proceeding, thus giving it no special weight,” Dershowitz wrote, with specious logic.
    After all, Dershowitz’s former research assistant, an Orthodox Jew who later worked with Bannon, assured him that he had seen no signs of anti-Semitism in Bannon. And suddenly that’s enough for Dershowitz. Suddenly it’s possible to separate racism from anti-Semitism.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/543844 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Beyond the din of the battle : Stories from the struggle for Port Said | MadaMasr
    http://www.madamasr.com/en/2016/11/07/opinion/u/beyond-the-din-of-the-battle-stories-from-the-struggle-for-port-said

    Une histoire de la résistance populaire à l’invasion franco-britannique de Port-Saïd, après la nationalisation de la compagnie du canal de Suez en 1956, une histoire oubliée

    At midnight on November 4, 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Abdellatif al-Bughdadi snuck out of the Revolutionary Council premises in Zamalek, where they had been camped for days, and took the road to Port Said.

    Egypt had been under attack by Israeli forces since October 29, and was bombarded by French and British forces on October 31, after rejecting a British ultimatum to withdraw from the canal area. Nasser, Bughdadi and the rest of the Revolutionary Council gathered in Zamalek in an attempt to hold the fort. Their days and nights were rife with panic, anxiety and arguments as to whether they should surrender, given the dreary outlook for both them and the country.

    On November 4, Nasser decided to break the paralysis and head to Port Said to assess the damage and entice a stranded military to send back-up forces from Sinai to Port Said. Bughdadi insisted on joining him.

    The road to Ismailia was littered with scenes of defeat: tanks and military vehicles were stranded, set on fire, burned, or simply abandoned. Bughdadi recounts in his memoirs how a shocked Nasser kept asking him why he thought every vehicle looked the way it did. As they drove into the night through the disaster in silence, he recounts how Nasser kept murmuring to himself in English, “I was defeated by my army…”

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  • Trump: I intend to achieve the ’ultimate deal’ - Israeli-Palestinian peace - U.S. Election 2016 -
    In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the president-elect says he wants to do ’the deal that can’t be made’ for the sake of humanity.

    Barak Ravid Nov 12, 2016
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/.premium-1.752681

    President-elect of the United States Donald Trump said he will try and achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians in order to bring an end to what he called “the war that never ends.”
    Trump, who starts his term in office on January 20, made the remarks during an interview with The Wall Street Journal a day after his initial meeting with outgoing President Barack Obama at the White House as part of the process of transferring power to the new administration.
    In the interview with the conservative newspaper, Trump referred to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians in business world terms, calling it “the ultimate deal.”
    “As a deal maker, I’d like to do… the deal that can’t be made. And do it for humanity’s sake,” he added.
    Trump has made similar statements about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during the election campaign, but this the first time that he has addressed the subject since he won the presidency.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/541818 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • A pogrom shakes a Palestinian village strangled by Israeli settlements - A dozen masked settlers wielding knives and clubs and yelling ’death to Arabs’ attacked five Palestinian farmers who were harvesting olives; ’They came to kill,’ one victim says.

    Gideon Levy and Alex Levac Nov 11, 2016
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.752387

    It was a pogrom.
    The survivors are five congenial Palestinian farmers who speak broken Hebrew and work in construction in Israel, with valid entry permits. On weekends they cultivate what is left of their lands, most of which were plundered for the benefit of the settlements that choke their village, Janiya, outside Ramallah. They are convinced that they survived last Saturday’s attack only by a miracle.
    “Pogrom” really is the only word that describes what they endured. “We will kill you!” the assailants shouted, as they beat the men over the head and on their bodies with clubs and iron pipes, and brandished serrated knives. The only “crime” of the Palestinians, who were in the midst of harvesting their olives when the settlers swooped down on them, was that they were Palestinians who had the temerity to work their land.
    Olive harvest time is a traditional season for pogroms in the West Bank, but this was one of the most violent. No Israeli official condemned the assault, no one got upset. One victim needed 20 stitches in his head, another suffered a broken arm and shoulder, a third is limping, a fourth lost his front teeth. Only one managed to get away from the attackers, but he was also hobbled, when he injured his leg on the rocky terrain as he fled.
    skip - Masked men leave a West Bank valley where Palestinians were attacked and arrive at a settler outpost

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  • Palestinians fear Abbas is increasingly becoming a dictator -
    The Palestinian Constitutional Court ruled that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas can revoke the parliamentary immunity of Palestinian Legislative Council members, thus effectively enabling him to sideline rivals.

    Amira Hass Nov 11, 2016
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.752530

    An academic from the Gaza Strip wrote on Facebook in response to Donald Trump’s election victory: “As a first step Trump will order to prepare security reports about the perverts in his party who voted for Clinton, and set up a constitutional court to fire Congress members who didn’t vote for him.”
    The average Palestinian has no difficulty understanding the barb. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been conducting for years a purge and silencing campaign against those he sees as supporters of Mohammed Dahlan, or deviate from the official party line. Even Nikolay Mladenov, the special UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, hinted in public at Abbas’ silencing efforts.
    On Wednesday evening an inauguration ceremony for the Yasser Arafat Museum was held, by invitation only, in Ramallah. The museum itself opened to the public yesterday, on the 12th anniversary of Arafat’s death. Mladenov, who was among the speakers, pointed out landmarks in the life of “the leader who turned refugees into a nation.”
    “He was a man who respected his opponents’ opinions,” he said. Right or wrong, this statement is in keeping with the way PLO and Fatah members remember Arafat, when they contrast his leadership with that of Abbas.
    The Palestinian Constitutional Court ruled on November 3 that Abbas can revoke the parliamentary immunity of Palestinian Legislative Council members, thus effectively enabling him to sideline rivals. In the short term this upholds Abbas’ 2012 order to revoke Dahlan’s parliamentary immunity.

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  • Yes, Israeli mother, your son is abetting a crime in the West Bank - Seizing a tractor from a Palestinian farming family is wrong, especially when the goal is to rid them from the area.

    Amira Hass Nov 06, 2016 8:45 PM
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    In response to my piece two months ago about Israeli soldiers’ routine in the occupied West Bank, a mother living on Kibbutz Lohamei Hageta’ot wrote me a letter.
    “Yes, Amira, wonder of wonders, my child is the darling of his mother. You wouldn’t believe what a wonderful, moral boy he is. And I’m proud of him and worried about him, not least because of the service he has to provide in the West Bank,” she wrote.
    “And I have no doubt that this service threatens him in a number of ways, not just physically. And why should I be ashamed of this? The children in the West Bank, the ones who belong to their mothers, are their darlings, and they’re often proud of them, even when they pull out knives. That’s how it is with mothers and children.
    “So how do you suggest that the soldiers and the army weather all the madness happening here? And what do you want from the children serving there – did they choose it? Could they?
    “Why should I, in your opinion, be ashamed of my boy? He’s my total darling and I’m proud of him. He’s such a moral boy you wouldn’t believe. He grew up in a home in the Galilee that exists, not coexists. It’s more than the scroll that’s the Haaretz newspaper. It’s a complex thing, the scroll of reality in this country. Simplification creates distance, including from people who believe, just as you do, that we all deserve to have a good life.”

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  • Les Palestiniennes d’Israël dans un double étau
    http://orientxxi.info/magazine/les-palestiniennes-d-israel-dans-un-double-etau,1542

    Poursuite de l’occupation, oppression des femmes, solution à deux États, « modèle » sécuritaire israélien, autant de sujets qu’aborde Aïda Touma-Suleiman, membre du Parlement israélien, dans un #Entretien exclusif avec Orient XXI. Le regard espiègle derrière les lunettes austères vous saisit de prime abord, et cet air juvénile malgré la chevelure poivre et sel. Puis le contraste entre la fougue qui s’exprime volontiers avec les mains et la voix, grave et posée. Une langue arabe fluide. Un accent (...)

    #Magazine

    / #Israël, #Palestine, #Statut_des_femmes, #Conflit_israélo-palestinien, #Discrimination, #État, Entretien, Processus de (...)

    #Processus_de_paix


  • Yes, Benny Morris, Israel did perpetrate ethnic cleansing in 1948 - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz.com
    The Israeli historian is right about one thing: The understandings that the Arabs should be expelled in 1948 were not carried out in full.

    Daniel Blatman Oct 14, 2016
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.747508

    A good historian always examines his conclusions. If he comes to the conclusion that things he wrote previously require a reassessment, he is obligated to face that. But a historian who, at the start of his career, determined that Israel is responsible for the mass flight of the Palestinians in 1948 and later changed his views until he became the darling of the settler right, is a pathetic phenomenon. Benny Morris has followed that path.
    He has betrayed two key duties of the historian: to be open-minded and recognize the extensive research literature that directly relates to his own areas of research; and not to distort his own previous conclusions due to current political insights. [Morris’ “Israel conducted no ethnic cleansing in 1948,” Haaretz, October 10, was in response to Daniel Blatman’s “Netanyahu, this Is what ethnic cleansing really looks like,” Haaretz, October 3.]
    On March 10, 1948, the national Haganah headquarters approved Plan Dalet, which discussed the intention of expelling as many Arabs as possible from the territory of the future Jewish state. Morris wrote about it in his book “1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War” (2010). He stated that the plan aroused a historiographical dispute, with pro-Palestinian historians claiming it was a master plan for expelling the Arabs living in Israel. He claimed that a careful examination of the plan’s wording leads to a different conclusion.
    Whose different conclusion? That of scholars who are experts on ethnic cleansing? Or legal experts who grappled with the problem? No, that of Morris, of course. He does not accept the definition of ethnic cleansing that was carried out by the Jews in 1948. Perhaps there was a “mini” ethnic cleansing in Lod and Ramle. Perhaps some marginal massacre (Deir Yassin), which caused the panicked flight of Palestinians.
    The problem is that these are precisely the circumstances that lead to ethnic cleansing. Had Morris bothered to properly study the documents of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, he would understand why his statements would be considered absurd at any serious scientific conference.
    The following was stated by the prosecutor in the trial of Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian-Serb leader who was convicted of responsibility for the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Bosnia: “In ethnic cleansing ... you act in such a way that in a given territory, the members of a given ethnic group are eliminated. ... You have massacres. Everybody is not massacred, but you have massacres in order to scare those populations. ... Naturally, the other people are driven away. They are afraid ... and, of course, in the end these people simply want to leave. ... They are driven away either on their own initiative or they are deported. ... Some women are raped and, furthermore, often times what you have is the destruction of the monuments which marked the presence of a given population ... for instance, Catholic churches or mosques are destroyed.”

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  • Haidar Eid : « la campagne BDS a sans conteste donné de la force au peuple palestinien » -
    Chronique de Palestine | samedi 15 octobre 2016
    http://chroniquepalestine.com/haidar-eid-bds-donne-force-peuple-palestinien
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    Chronique de Palestine : Haidar, pouvez-vous vous présenter, ainsi que le mouvement BDS dont vous êtes l’un des principaux animateurs ?

    Haidar Eid : Permettez-moi de commencer en précisant que tous les points de vue que j’exprime ici sont les miens et les miens seuls ; ils ne reflètent pas nécessairement les vues de l’ensemble du mouvement BDS ou de toute autre organisation.

    Je suis un professeur agrégé en littérature et études culturelles à l’Université Al-Aqsa basée à Gaza, conseiller politique de Al-Shabaka (le Réseau de la politique palestinienne), co-fondateur du One Democratic State Group, et un militant BDS. Il peut être intéressant de rajouter que j’ai passé quelques années en Afrique du Sud où j’ai obtenu mon doctorat à l’Université de Johannesburg, la première institution universitaire internationale à avoir mis fin à ses liens avec une université israélienne.(...)

    #BDS #occupation #colonisation #apartheid

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  • The no-shows at Arafat’s funeral - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz.com
    All those who don’t understand why it was so difficult for the Palestinian-Israelis’ political representatives to show their final respects to Shimon Peres, should recall Arafat’s funeral and the ’respect’ shown him by the Israelis.

    Shlomo Sand Oct 14, 2016
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.747364

    On November 11, 2004, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat died under mysterious circumstances. The next day his body was brought to Cairo, where a official state funeral was held. Representatives of 50 countries participated in the event, both admirers and rivals.
    Behind his coffin marched Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Syrian President Bashar Assad, King Abdullah of Jordan, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, the presidents of Tunisia and Sudan, the leaders of Sweden, Brazil, Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan, the deputy prime minister of China, the vice presidents of Austria, Bulgaria, Tanzania, Iraq and Afghanistan, the foreign ministers of Great Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Greece, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Canada, Indian and Slovenia, the parliamentary leaders of Italy, Russia, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. It was an official farewell that was less impressive that Shimon Peres’ funeral, but still quite respectable for a president without a country.
    The United States, the well known neutral intermediary between Israel and Palestine, sent a low-ranking representative: William Burns, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. Israel, on the other hand, gave it the finger.
    No Israeli representative, either high- or low-ranking, or even very low-ranking, attended. None of the leaders of the opposition dreamed of showing his final respects to the leader of the Palestinian people, the first who recognized the State of Israel, and signed the Oslo Accords. Not Shimon Peres, not Ehud Barak, not Shlomo Ben-Ami and not even Uzi Baram bothered to participate in the Palestinians’ mourning.
    Some of them had courageously shaken his hand in the past, other had embraced him enthusiastically several years earlier. But with the outbreak of the second intifada he was once again categorized as a satanic terrorist. The pundits of the sane, moderate left repeatedly claimed in innumerable learned articles that he was not a partner and there was nobody to talk to. When the body of the rais was transferred to Ramallah, the funeral was attended by several “extremist,” marginal Israelis, the likes of Uri Avnery and Mohammed Barakeh.
    All the other peaceniks had to wait for the screening of the film “The Gatekeepers” in 2012; in other words, for the videos of all the chiefs of the Shin Bet security services, who declared that in real time they knew that Arafat did not encourage, organize or initiate the mass uprising in the second intifada, nor the acts of terror that accompanied it. For lack of choice the leader was forced to join the wave, otherwise he would have lost his prestige and his status. The disappointment at Barak’s unprepared and totally bizarre diplomatic step, and Ariel Sharon’s ascent to the Temple Mount, were among the main reasons for the eruption of the Palestinians’ unbridled opposition.

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