• If there’s such a thing as a murderous culture, then it exists in Israel - Opinion
    Gideon Levy
    dénonce le racisme ordinaire de deux intellectuels israéliens @Haaretz


    This is what the editor of Haaretz’s Culture and Literature supplement, Benny Ziffer, wrote on his Facebook page upon returning from paying a condolence call in the settlement of Ofra: “En route I looked at the Palestinian villages alongside the Jewish communities, and I thought of how for the Palestinians murder is a type of sport or enjoyment, perhaps a substitute for erotica. From that perspective we will never have anything culturally in common with them.”

    And if that weren’t enough, Ziffer also wrote, “Regarding this evil and undignified people living among us, we can only yearn for the land to vomit it out, because it isn’t worthy of this land, which is full of Jewish blood that it has spilled.”

    His post generated no comment. Ziffer has apparently exhausted his allotted attention. By contrast, Yaron London succeeded in raising a bigger momentary storm with less serious remarks: “Arabs are savages … they don’t only hate Jews, they kill their own first and foremost.”

    More than one straight line connects London and Ziffer. Their comments reflect the spirit of the times in Israel.

    Both were once considered leftists; the unbridled right still considers London to be one. Both are extraordinarily talented, brilliant intellectuals, of enviable erudition. Sometimes it’s tempting to say that because of their rare media talent their remarks should be forgiven, lest we be left with Ayala Hasson and Yaakov Bardugo. In contrast to their images as avant garde, they express what many people think, not to mention the majority opinion in Israel, which only the rules of political correctness keep from breaking out into the consensus.

    More than they are racists, London and Ziffer are disseminating lies. I was sitting in London’s studio when he said his piece; I tried to respond in real time but to no avail. So I will try here.

    We examined the past decade; those murderous, bloodletting Palestinians, have since January 2009 killed 190 Israelis. How many Palestinians were killed by Israel, the seeker of peace and goodness, which will never have anything culturally in common with the Arabs? Some 3,500. Israel was 18 times more murderous. Was it for sport? Erotic pleasure? Of course not, but the blood speaks: Israel draws far more of it.
    An Israeli soldier temporarily detains a Palestinian youth in the village of Kfar Qaddum, West Bank, August 23, 2019.
    An Israeli soldier temporarily detains a Palestinian youth in the village of Kfar Qaddum, West Bank, August 23, 2019.AFP
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    Is it permitted to say that it’s Israeli culture to spill blood wholesale? According to London, yes. There is something called national culture, even if it’s a culture of killing. But when one speaks about genetic characteristics, it’s racism. One can even generalize, as London said, a generalization will always be unjust to the individual and the exceptional. But it has to based on reality, and the reality is that the enlightened whites have, in the past 100 years, massacred more people than all the Muslims and savages combined. Not only were Hitler and Stalin not Muslims, since World War II the United States, the land of the free, is guilty of more killing than any other country. Most of its mass killers are decidedly non-Muslim.

    Someone who generalizes isn’t necessarily a racist. But he may turn out to be a liar. If there’s a culture of killing, it actually exists in Israel. Soldiers and policemen who shoot to kill as a first choice testify to a warped morality. Fear, hatred, self-pity, the security cult, dehumanization and an itchy trigger finger are all Israeli cultural traits that lead to this mass blood-letting, but woe unto anyone who dares define Israel as having a murderous culture. He’d be condemned as an anti-Semite. The Palestinian people, on the other hand, are one of the most restrained people in history in its violent resistance to occupation and injustice. That’s the truth, there’s no denying it.

    Israel actually likes cultural and national generalizations, especially when they glorify its image. The “Jewish genius,” “the chosen people,” “Jewish morality,” and “eternal Israel,” are evidence of baseless arrogance. Ziffer has every right to think that the Palestinians enjoy murder and London can think they are savages compared to us, the enlightened and developed. It is our right (and duty) to answer them: There are no lies more abominable than these.
    Gideon Levy

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  • sur le financement saoudien et émirati des universités américaines et britanniques

    Saudi Arabia and the UAE Fund Academia with Strings Attached – LobeLog

    by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

    As Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have both tried to build up their soft power across the Middle East and North Africa, both states have also attempted to gain greater influence in the West. In particular they’ve targeted Western academia, a useful object as it allows them to promote their political narratives.

    Since the 2000s, Western universities have received steadily increasing funding from Gulf Cooperation Council states, directed towards academic centers, student scholarships, academic chairs and fellowships, and donations to archives and museums.

    “By 2008 Saudi Arabia had given UK HEIs £189.8m, £21m to Oxford, £8m to Edinburgh, £8m to Cambridge, £1m to the Oxford Middle East Center at St Antony’s College and a large amount to the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies,” Dr. Anthony Glees, Professor of Politics at the University of Buckingham, who previously researched Gulf funding into Western universities, told LobeLog. Other UK universities like Durham, the London School of Economic and Political Science, and Exeter have since received sizable donations.

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  • Myths of Christian Zionism Exploded By Daniel Hummel – The Forward

    Très intéressant compte-rendu d’un livre (dont l’auteur s’appelle Daniel Hummel) qui affirme que les chrétiens sionistes ne sont pas du tout des antisémites comme présentés traditionnellement (notamment par des « juifs libéraux »), et sont des sionistes convaincus. Ils partagent avec leurs homologues juifs sionistes leur #ultra-nationalisme, leur #racisme anti-arabe et leur #islamophobie ; ces derniers attributs, affirme l’auteur du compte-rendu, sont probablement les raisons pour lesquelles les « juifs libéraux » préfèrent les présenter comme des chrétiens d’extrême-droite pseudo sionistes et antisémites.

    Hagee and Falwell are no longer the most important Christian Zionist leaders. The center of the movement has shifted overseas. When Hummel visited the “International Christian Embassy’s Feast of Tabernacles celebration,” he heard a Nigerian preacher addressing an international audience, with only a muted American presence. The global movement emphasizes Jewish-Christian “reconciliation” and a shared biblical inheritance, often rejecting end-times prophecies. They also associate Israel with far-right, ultra-nationalist politics, as when the Brazilian Pentacostalist Rene Terra Nova “administered a mass baptism in the Jordan river to a group of Brazilian tourists before leading a chant in support” of fascist leader Jair Bolsanaro — a gathering that reached large Brazilian audiences through social media.

    Hummel has written a masterful, very readable book that manages at once to mount a surprising argument and tell compelling narrative history. Nor is he an apologist for Christian Zionism: he emphasizes repeatedly the “dark underside of reconciliation” between Jews and Christian Zionists in “the erasure of concern for Arab Christians and… Palestinians.” That critique is inescapable and damning, though of course it applies to Graham, Falwell, and Hagee not because they are Christians, but because they are Zionists.

    Reading Hummel, I realized that liberal Jews prefer to imagine Christian Zionists as anti-Jewish because we find it painful to confront the sincerity and integrity of their Zionism. We would prefer to think of their Islamophobia and imperialism as “Christian” and quarantine the American right from Jewish concerns and interests. We would prefer not to reckon with the fact that Israel has become the central symbolic cause of the world’s political right. We would prefer to deny what Christian Zionists announce loudly and repeatedly — that they reject Christian anti-Semitism and love Jews — because we are ashamed to be loved by such people. Progressive Jews caricature Christian Zionism only partly because we so poorly understand evangelicalism. More deeply, we do so because we would rather not understand why Zionism is so attractive to the Christian Right, for to do so would prompt too many questions about our own Zionism .


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  • Jean-Paul Sartre et l’existentialisme arabe, un rendez-vous manqué


    Professeur d’histoire aux États-Unis, Yoav Di-Capua a publié fin 2018 No Exit : Arab Existentialism. Jean-Paul Sartre and Decolonization, dans lequel il évoque l’expérience méconnue de l’existentialisme arabe. Revenant sur l’influence de l’œuvre de Sartre au Proche-Orient, Di-Capua montre comment le positionnement du philosophe en faveur d’Israël durant la guerre de juin 1967 a sonné le glas de ce courant intellectuel.

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  • » UPDATE : 30 Palestinian Prisoners Join Hunger Strike In Solidarity With 6 Detainees
    August 13, 2019 4:52 PM – IMEMC News

    Thirty Palestinians in Israeli jails, have joined a hunger strike in solidarity with six detainees who have themselves been refusing to eat or drink to protest their illegal detention without charge or trial.

    The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) stated Monday, that another group comprising 30 prisoners had joined the open-ended hunger strike to protest against the practice of so-called administrative detention.


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  • À Beyrouth, un gigantesque projet d’archive orale de la #Nakba | Middle East Eye édition française

    Pour atteindre les locaux du Palestinian Oral History Archive (#POHA), il faut s’enfoncer dans les sous-sols de la librairie de l’Université américaine de Beyrouth (AUB). C’est au cœur de ce dédale que depuis près de quatre ans, une équipe de chercheurs et de techniciens travaille sur un projet non moins labyrinthique : la #numérisation des témoignages #audiovisuels de la Nakba (la « #catastrophe ») en mai 1948, qui a provoqué l’exode de 750 000 à 800 000 Palestiniens vers les pays frontaliers.

    « Ça a été un long processus, c’est la première fois qu’on amène l’histoire orale dans le champ académique », se félicite Kaoukab Chebaro, qui a copiloté le projet de numérisation avec l’Institut Issam Fares et l’AUB et enseigne désormais à l’Université Columbia (États-Unis).

    Le POHA est né de la fusion des archives de deux ONG locales : Al-Jana et Nakba archive. Au début des années 2000, peu après la commémoration du cinquantenaire de la Nakba, celles-ci se lancent dans une course contre la montre pour enregistrer les témoignages de la première génération de Palestiniens expulsés en 1948 et réfugiés depuis dans des camps au Liban.


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  • Ne pas mélanger art et politique ? Les artistes sont souvent progressistes ? Pas en israel... un argument pour le boycott culturel !

    Le plus grand club de musique live d’Israël légitimise l’extrême droite. Les artistes ne disent rien
    Uri Agnon, Haaretz, 6 août 2019

    La semaine prochaine marque le début du festival Zappa B’Gaï (Zappa dans la vallée de Hinnom) –un effort conjoint du club Zappa de Jérusalem et de la Cité de David. Nous pouvons peut-être espérer que Zappa ne comprenne pas avec qui il va au lit. Peut-être que les artistes qui participent au « festival » – Danny Robas, Arkadi Duchin, Noam Horev, Revital Vitelzon Jacobs, Moshe Lahav, Shlomi Koriat – sont aussi peu familiers de la complexité politique dans laquelle ils se trouvent impliqués.

    En bref : la Cité de David est un parc national au cœur du quartier palestinien de Silwan à Jérusalem Est. Ce parc est géré par l’association Elad, une organisation sans but lucratif, messianique de droite, qui fait des efforts énormes pour judaïser cette zone, avec l’aide d’un système discriminatoire de lois et des paquets d’argent de sources anonymes.

    L’art est toujours politique mais tous les artistes et toutes les institutions culturelles ne choisissent pas de s’exprimer publiquement contre l’occupation, de la même façon que tout un chacun ne s’y oppose pas activement ou ouvertement. Il y a d’innombrables sujets d’œuvres artistiques. Dans une démocratie, les artistes et les institutions peuvent même exprimer des opinions opposées, c’est à dire ultranationalistes et antidémocratiques, mais il est hypocrite et décevant de dissimuler des opinions extrémistes sous le couvert du courant dominant apolitique.

    #Palestine #Musique #Musique_et_politique #BDS #Boycott_culturel #Jérusalem_Est #Cité_de_David #Elad

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  • “How Does It Feel To Be a White Man?”: William Gardner Smith’s Exile in Paris | The New Yorker

    In 1951, the novelist Richard Wright explained his decision to settle in Paris after the war. “It is because I love freedom,” he wrote, in an essay titled “I Choose Exile,” “and I tell you frankly that there is more freedom in one square block of Paris than in the entire United States of America!”


    Baldwin, who moved to Paris in 1948, two years after Wright, embraced the gift at first but came to distrust it.

    While blacks “armed with American passports” were rarely the target of racism, Africans and Algerians from France’s overseas colonies, he realized, were not so lucky. In his essay “Alas, Poor Richard,” published in 1961, just after Wright’s death, Baldwin accused his mentor of celebrating Paris as a “city of refuge” while remaining silent about France’s oppressive treatment of its colonial subjects: “It did not seem worthwhile to me to have fled the native fantasy only to embrace a foreign one.”

    Baldwin recalled that when an African joked to him that Wright mistook himself for a white man, he had risen to Wright’s defense. But the remark led him to “wonder about the uses and hazards of expatriation”:


    #exil #racisme #liberté #France

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  • Normalizing the military judiciary: How the constitutional amendments bring the Armed Forces into Egypt’s judicial system | MadaMasr


    The day after a set of controversial constitutional amendments were approved in a national referendum in April, the Minister of Justice sent three laws to the heads of Egypt’s judicial bodies.

    The first two bills regulate how the heads of the country’s top judicial bodies are selected — namely the Supreme Constitutional Court, the Administrative Prosecution Authority, the State Lawsuits Authority, the Court of Cassation, and the State Council — as well as the military judiciary.

    The third law establishes a Council of Judicial Bodies, headed by the president and comprised of the heads of various judicial agencies, and also includes the head of the military judiciary.

    Justice Minister Mohamed Hossam Abdel Rahim included a letter with the three bills addressed to the head of each body asking them to offer their opinion on the draft laws. According to a judicial source, at least one of the judicial heads responded, inquiring into the reasons for the military judiciary being included in the bills. The minister responded by saying that the laws are an implementation of Article 185 of the amended Constitution.

    The first two laws were eventually ratified by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on June 26, while the third law to establish a Council of Judicial Bodies was postponed by Parliament, pending the selection of new judicial heads by the president.

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  • Le prince héritier saoudien cherche à accélérer le procès des suspects du meurtre de Khashoggi
    David Hearst, Middle East Eye, le 6 août 2019

    Le prince héritier d’Arabie saoudite Mohammed ben Salmane est déterminé à « accélérer » la procédure judiciaire à l’encontre du commando d’assassins envoyés pour tuer Jamal Khashoggi, avant que la campagne de Donald Trump pour sa réélection ne débute sérieusement.

    Mohammed ben Salmane, qui selon la CIA et les enquêteurs turcs aurait ordonné l’assassinat du journaliste saoudien, veut clore ce chapitre aussi vite que possible, peut-on lire dans un rapport basé sur des renseignements émiratis.

    « Riyad a été avisé d’agir rapidement pour clore l’enquête et inculper les responsables avant le début de l’élection présidentielle américaine », indique le document. « Autrement, ce meurtre aurait pu se transformer en sujet de débat présidentiel. »

    Ce rapport fait partie d’une série mensuelle rédigée par l’Emirates Policy Centre, un think tank étroitement lié au gouvernement et aux services de sécurité émiratis.

    Mais aussi :

    La véritable ampleur des contrats d’armement des États-Unis avec l’Arabie saoudite et les EAU
    Frank Andrews, Middle East Eye, le 5 avril 2019

    Entre Khashoggi et ben Salmane, la France opte pour ses intérêts
    Barah Mikaïl, Middle East Eye, le 29 novembre 2018

    Et un commentaire de Hispan TV (la chaîne iranienne en espagnol), qui met Erdogan au centre alors qu’il n’est pas cité dans l’article :

    Revelan plan estratégico de Bin Salman para vengarse de Erdogan
    Hispan TV, le 6 août 2019

    #Arabie_Saoudite #Turquie #Emirats_Arabes_Unis #MBS #Jamal_Khashoggi

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  • La Cour fédérale tranche sur les vins issus des colonies israéliennes
    Lina Dib, La Presse, le 29 juillet 2019


    Enorme victoire pour le militantisme palestinien : un tribunal canadien décide que les vins des colonies ne peuvent pas être étiquetés « Produit d’Israël
    Yumna Patel, Mondoweiss, le 2 août 2019

    « De fait, sans mentionner explicitement BDS, la cour fédérale a décidé que les boycotts sont parfaitement légitimes et qu’un étiquetage faux, trompeur et prêtant à confusion porte atteinte à ce droit, c’est formidable ! », a dit Kattenburg à Mondoweiss.

    #Canada #Palestine #Vin #Occupation #Colonisation #Étiquetage #Tricheries #Droit #BDS #Boycott

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  • Soutien à Fariba Adelkhah, prisonnière scientifique

    – Leetchi.com

    Fariba Adelkhah, directrice de recherche au CERI-SciencesPo de Paris, membre fondatrice du Fonds d’analyse des sociétés politiques (FASOPO) et du Réseau européen d’analyse des sociétés politiques (REASOPO), a été arrêtée en Iran, vraisemblablement le 5 juin. A la date d’aujourd’hui, elle est toujours détenue, et se trouve à la prison d’Evin, dans la banlieue de Téhéran. Le Fasopo/Reasopo considère que Fariba Adelkhah est une prisonnière scientifique puisque rien ne peut lui être reproché d’autre que ses écrits anthropologiques qui sont disponibles sur la place publique en français, en anglais, en farsi, en arabe, en turc, en espagnol… (voir http://fasopo.org/sites/default/files/adelkhah/adelkhah-portrait.pdf).

    La collecte que nous lançons aujourd’hui a pour but d’améliorer les conditions de vie de Fariba en prison. En effet, son employeur, Sciences Po Paris, prend en charge sa protection fonctionnelle, c’est-à-dire les frais d’avocat, puisqu’elle a été arrêtée dans l’exercice de ses fonctions, mais non son assistance matérielle en prison - ce que l’on nomme en français le « cantinage », autrement dit l’amélioration de ses moyens de subsistance.

    Merci pour elle.

    Paris, le 2 août 2019

    Marc Le Pape

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  • Un camp d’entraînement en faveur d’Israël à Bruxelles – Pour la Palestine


    « Des groupes défendant les intérêts juifs et israéliens » ont entamé la « mise sur pied d’une armée européenne« (sic) de « jeunes activistes engagés » (sic) lors d’un camp de formation qui a débuté dimanche 14 juillet et s’est clôturé lundi 15, peut-on lire sur le site de joods.nl.

    Les organisateurs : l’European Jewish Association (EJA) avec le partenariat d’Europe Israel Public Affairs (EIPA) et de l’European Center for Jewish Students (ECJS).

    Bien évidemment, le ministère israélien des Affaires stratégiques n’était pas absent : il y a envoyé des formateurs de son ONG StandWithUs.

    Les participants : « 50 jeunes activistes venus d’Islande et de Roumanie et de tous les pays situés entre les deux ».

    Le contenu : « les bases du lobbying et des relations avec les médias » et « des astuces sur la façon d’être efficacement actif dans les médias sociaux ».

    Selon l’article : « Les participants représentent la première version d’un nouveau « corps d’officiers » (sic) de jeunes activistes qui retourneront dans leur pays pour y faire la publicité d’Israël, mettre sur pied des « armées » (sic) locales d’activistes pro-israéliens et infirmer efficacement les discours antisionistes et antisémites ; ils seront régulièrement informés et préparés selon les meilleures méthodes et campagnes émanant de Bruxelles et d’Israël, de même qu’ils partageront leur savoir et les meilleures façon de s’épauler mutuellement. » MDL.

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  • UAE and Iran hold rare talks in Tehran on maritime security

    For the first time in six years, officials from Iran and the United Arab Emirates met in Tehran to discuss maritime security amid an increase in tensions in the Persian Gulf, both countries confirmed Wednesday.

    This week’s meeting was significant because the UAE, a close ally of Iran’s top rival Saudi Arabia, had downgraded ties with Tehran in 2016. Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s seat of power, has long pushed for more hawkish U.S. policies toward Iran, including supporting tough American sanctions.

    The UAE and Saudi Arabia have also been at war against Iran-aligned rebels in Yemen since 2015. In recent weeks, though, the UAE has pulled thousands of its troops from Yemen as it boosts security at home.

    Recent confrontations in the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial oil shipping corridor, and fears of a wider conflict have prompted the UAE to call for de-escalation and diplomacy with Iran.

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  • Priti Patel, who asked for UK aid for Israel army, now Home Secretary – Middle East Monitor


    The UK’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Priti Patel as Home Secretary despite the fact that she was forced to resign two years ago after holding secret, unofficial meetings with Israeli ministers.

    The former international development secretary made several unofficial meetings including with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was accused of conducting her own foreign policy in the Middle East.

    The meetings included a visit to an Israeli army field hospital in the occupied Golan Heights; Patel asked officials within her department to look into whether British aid money could be funneled into the medical centre.

    In her resignation letter Patel herself admitted she “fell below the high standards that are expected of a Secretary of State.”

    Her appointment has drawn outrage across the board due to her record on key human rights issues.

    Despite the fact that her parents migrated to the UK in the sixties, Patel has voted for a stricter asylum system and against banning the detention of pregnant women in immigration jails.

    UK official: Saudi ownership of British paper has ‘national security implications’

    The Essex MP has suggested using the potential of food shortages in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit as leverage against the backstop being introduced.

    In 2011 Patel supported the death penalty on the BBC’s Question Time arguing it would “act as a deterrent.”

    Before being elected as an MP in 2010, Patel worked for the PR company Weber Shandwick, whose clients included the government of Bahrain, which has been criticised for its high number of torture and forced disappearance cases.

    Shortly after being elected the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs flew Patel to Bahrain to meet several ministers. She has also been on a UAE-funded trip to the country and attended a conference in Washington paid for by the Henry Jackson society.

    Patel will replace former Home Secretary Sajid Javid who is now Chancellor. Earlier this year Javid ordered that Shamima Begum be stripped of her British citizenship and let her two-year-old son die of pneumonia in a refugee camp in Syria.

    Read: Formal ‘anti-Semitism’ complaint made against Corbyn’s Labour critic

    At the time her family accused him of making the decision based on political gain.

    Last week Javid labelled a number of Muslim organisations as extreme, including Cage, the Islamic Human Rights Commission and MEND, saying of Cage that it was “one of the most prominent organisations that rejects our shared values.”

    Two years after becoming MP Javid told the Conservative Friends of Israel annual lunch that as a British born Muslim if he had to go and live in the Middle East, he would not go to a Muslim majority country: “There is only one place I could possibly go. Israel. The only nation in the Middle East that shares the same democratic values as Britain. And the only nation in the Middle East where my family would feel the warm embrace of freedom and liberty.”

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  • AIPAC may be celebrating now, but the BDS battles in Congress have just begun -

    House vote shows that Democrats object to BDS, but they can expect growing Republican pressure to support more thorough anti-boycott legislation
    Allison Kaplan Sommer
    Jul 27, 2019


    You could practically hear the champagne corks popping and fireworks exploding across AIPAC’s social media feeds on Wednesday.

    The celebration was justified. At a time of unprecedented partisan division, it was no small feat for legislation condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel to make it through the Democrat-led House of Representatives, let alone by a vote of 398-17. Even better for the pro-Israel lobby, which aspires to wall-to-wall support of the Jewish state, the overwhelming endorsement garnered “yea” votes from prominent progressives, including a member of the vaunted “squad” — Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts).

    Supporters of AIPAC were delighted that with the passage of House Res. 246, no less than 92 percent of the House had agreed “to condemn the BDS campaign as anti-Israel, anti-peace and damaging to U.S. interests.” This, they said, was “representative of the broad, bipartisan support in Congress for Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship.”

    But anyone who believes that this resolution will in any way resolve or mitigate the bitter political wrangling over BDS has been drinking too much celebratory champagne, said Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace — a nonprofit that promotes a two-state solution.

    “You’d have to be delusional to think that this is over,” said Friedman.

    The nonbinding vote Wednesday may have been impressive, but it was just a short chapter in the saga of BDS legislation that has been underway for two years and will continue into the future. And even as the celebrations continued, future battles were shaping up on both sides of the aisle.

    Although the passage of the resolution did put Democratic objections to the “the Global BDS movement” on the record, Republicans openly dared them to move beyond mere words and support binding legislation that would deliver real consequences to entities that boycott Israel or the settlements.

    Sen. Marco Rubio (Republican of Florida) is author of the Combating BDS Act, which encourages state governments not to sign contracts with supporters of boycotts against Israel or its settlements (passed by the Senate in February). He goaded House Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi by saying that for months she “has refused to bring my bipartisan bill to combat the BDS movement’s discriminatory conduct and strengthen America’s security in the Middle East to the House floor. … Out of fear of retaliation from the far left wing of her conference, it’s clear that Speaker Pelosi has allowed the radical, anti-Semitic minority in the Democratic Party to dictate the House floor agenda.”

    Rubio’s bill was the latest manifestation of legislation that has been in limbo for the past two years. In 2017, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act was first proposed in the Senate, in an attempt to target government-sponsored boycotts of Israel and update laws drafted in response to the Arab League boycott of Zionist goods and services in what was then British Mandatory Palestine in 1945.

    Objections to the legislation — primarily, but not exclusively, among Democrats — focused on the argument that such laws violate free speech, a charge led by the American Civil Liberties Union.

    In his reaction to the House vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican of Kentucky) scoffed while speaking on the Senate floor that “this symbolic BDS resolution is held up as a major victory, while Senate-passed legislation that would actually take action — actually do something against BDS — doesn’t even get a vote.”

    On the Democratic side of the aisle, progressives who were not among the 17 members who voted against the resolution (which included the three other “Squad” members, Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib) were on the defensive, following criticism that they caved to pressure from the pro-Israel lobby.

    In a Twitter thread, Pressley said that while “there are a lot of anti-BDS bills out there that infringe on 1st Amendment rights,” in her view the House resolution “wasn’t one of them.” That, she said, convinced her to support “what I heard resounding” in her district: “That voting yes on this resolution affirmed to my constituents raised in the Jewish faith Israel’s right to exist, a view I share as a supporter of a two-state solution.”

    She vowed that she would never vote for a bill that would punish those who support BDS, and stressed that “this resolution does not mitigate the pain and trauma of the Palestinian people and as with my co-sponsorship of the McCollum bill, I will continue to be a strident voice critiquing conservative Israeli policies.”

    Pressley was referring to the bill introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (Democrat of Minnesota), which would “require that the Secretary of State certify that American funds do not support Israel’s military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children.”

    Another Democratic congressman who voted for the resolution, civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis, also defended himself by pointing to another piece of legislation he co-sponsored: a bill introduced with Tlaib and Omar last week. That bill, which did not mention Israel by name, affirms “that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad.” Lewis said it “was a simple demonstration of my ongoing commitment to the ability of every American to exercise the fundamental First Amendment right to protest through nonviolent actions.” Squad members Pressley and Ocasio-Cortez made a point of signing on as co-sponsors of the bill later in the week as well.

    At the same time, Lewis said he co-sponsored House Res. 246 “as a longtime friend of Israel,” and because he wanted “to make it very clear that I disagree strongly with the BDS movement. Economic, educational and cultural interaction with Israel, America’s democratic ally, is not only in the best interest of Israelis and Americans, but it improves the climate for peace with Palestinians, which is in everyone’s interest to encourage.”

    Friedman, of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, says Democratic leaders are fooling themselves if they think that passage of the resolution will “release some of the pressure on them” to sign onto more punitive anti-BDS legislation and “neutralize the issue as a weapon for attack against them.”

    She predicts that it will have exactly the opposite effect: “Right now, you see Republicans celebrating that they managed to corner the Democrats. For people motivated to go after Democrats, they have signaled that this is an issue on which they — the Democrats — are vulnerable. Once you give into bullies, you are going to get bullied more. I expect BDS to come up in every possible context and that Republicans will keep pushing Democrats, asking them why they won’t move on the Combating BDS Act. They’d have to be nuts not to. the way they see it, this is the gift that keeps on giving.”

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  • RTL info - Vive émotion en Italie après le meurtre sordide d’un gendarme : il a été tué de 8 coups de couteau par deux jeunes touristes (vidéo)

    « Vive émotion » tant qu’on pensait que les assassins étaient des « Maghrébins »,

    Alors que les médias italiens décrivaient les suspects comme maghrébins, une partie de la classe politique a embrayé et les internautes se sont déchaînés.


    Un déferlement qui s’est nettement atténué après l’annonce de l’arrestation des suspects dans l’hôtel quatre étoiles où ils séjournaient.

    Selon un communiqué diffusé samedi matin par les carabiniers, il s’agit de deux Américains de 19 ans qui s’apprêtaient à rentrer aux Etats-Unis le soir même.

    #émotion_frelatée #racisme #air_du_temps #sans_vergogne

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  • A relire
    Pour l’ex-ambassadeur français Gérard Araud, « Israël est un Etat d’apartheid » - Le Parisien

    Il n’a pas souhaité quitter ses fonctions dans la discrétion. Vendredi, jour de son départ à la retraite, le désormais ex-ambassadeur de France aux Etats-Unis Gérard Araud a vertement critiqué Israël, qu’il a qualifié « d’Etat d’apartheid » dans une interview accordée à The Atlantic .

    « [Les Israéliens] ne feront pas d’eux [les Palestiniens] des citoyens d’Israël, a expliqué l’ancien diplomate de 66 ans, qui a représenté la France dans ce pays du Proche-Orient de 2003 à 2006. Donc ils vont devoir officialiser la situation qui est, nous le savons, une situation d’apartheid. »
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    « Le problème est que la disproportion de pouvoir est telle entre les deux parties que la plus forte peut conclure qu’elle n’a aucun intérêt à faire des concessions, a souligné celui qui avait pris ses fonctions en 2014. Le statu quo est extrêmement confortable pour Israël. »
    Il compare Trump à Louis XIV

    Connu pour son franc-parler, notamment sur son compte Twitter, Gérard Araud s’en est aussi pris à Donald Trump dans une interview au Guardian . Pour lui, le président américain est comme Louis XIV, « un vieux roi un peu capricieux, imprévisible et mal informé qui veut malgré tout prendre toutes les décisions ».
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    Selon lui, l’administration Trump « ne pense pas en termes de coopération multilatérale » et « n’a aucune affection à l’égard des Européens ». « Elle traite les Européens comme elle traite les Chinois », a-t-il ajouté, mettant en garde Londres, qui espère négocier un traité commercial avec Washington après le Brexit. « Lorsque les Britanniques viendront pour un accord de libre-échange, il y aura du sang sur les murs et ce sera du sang britannique. »

    LIRE AUSSI > Que représenterait le mur de Donald Trump s’il était construit en Europe ?

    « Après le Brexit et cette élection, tout est désormais possible. Un monde s’effondre devant nos yeux. Un vertige », avait-il ainsi tweeté la nuit de la victoire de Donald Trump, en novembre 2016. Un message qui lui a valu d’intenses critiques, bien qu’il l’ait très rapidement effacé.
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    « J’ai eu beaucoup d’ennuis avec ma propre capitale. Malheureusement, avoir raison trop tôt c’est avoir tort, a-t-il lâché. Rétrospectivement, bien entendu j’avais raison. »

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  • Israel demolishes 70 homes in Palestinian-controlled East Jerusalem neighborhood Haaretz.com
    Un pas supplémentaire dans la politique coloniale israélienne

    Forces deploy at dawn days after top court approves order to evict Wadi Hummus residents, in a move activists are concerned sets a precedent to affect thousands
    Amira Hass and Jack Khoury Jul 22, 2019


    Israeli forces began Monday demolishing buildings in an East Jerusalem neighborhood under the control of the Palestinian Authority, following a legal challenge to the Defense Ministry-issued order to evacuate apartments deemed too close to the West Bank separation barrier, which runs through the city.

    Israeli and international activists said Israeli forces deployed in the neighborhood at dawn, evacuating one family from one of the buildings, as well as activists who protested the move.

    Two hours prior to the demolition, activists say they saw Israel Defense Forces’ soldiers placing explosives in an eight-stories building set for demolition. Later, the forces removed furniture and vehicles that were parked next to the buildings.

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    Aviv Tatarsky, a researcher for the left-wing Ir Amim organization, blasted the move, saying: "In the name of the demographic war waged against East Jerusalem residents, the State of Israel is withholding approval of construction plans allowing those residents to legally build within the city.

    “Residents who didn’t want to build without a permit, sought a creative solution and were granted construction permits from the Palestinian Authority to build in areas and A and B where Israel doesn’t have any authority concerning construction plans. The Israeli insistence to prevent this solution is a very cruel act,” Tatarsky added.

    “I built this house stone by stone. It was my dream to live in this house. Now I am losing everything,” said Fadi al-Wahash, 37, his voice breaking as a bulldozer destroyed his unfinished three-floor house.
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    “I had a permit to build from the Palestinian Authority. I thought I was doing the right thing,” he said.
    Palestinian family evacuated from its home in Wadi Hummus neighborhood, East Jerusalem, July 22, 201

    Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said 700 police and 200 soldiers were involved.

    “Despite an order from the military commander, the residents there are making their own law, building. There are hundreds of illegal structures,” he told Israel’s Army Radio.

    “To my regret there is no sufficient governance there. But it is not just that there are hundreds of structures there — several dozens of them sit almost on the route of the separation fence, endangering the security forces that operate there.”

    Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the Palestinians would complain to the International Criminal Court about the demolitions in Sur Baher.

    “The cabinet condemns this grave aggression. This is a continuation of the forced displacement of the people of Jerusalem from their homes and lands — a war crime and a crime against humanity,” Shtayyeh said.
    Israeli security forces prepare to demolish homes in East Jerusalem, July 22, 2019.
    Israeli security forces prepare to demolish homes in East Jerusalem, July 22, 2019. AFP

    The United Nations and France also issued condemnations of the demolition.

    In June, Israel’s High Court of Justice has ruled in favor of the demolition of 13 large buildings in the Wadi Hummus neighborhood, located on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

    It is on the edge of the Palestinian village of Sur Baher, in southeast Jerusalem. Unlike the rest of the village, this neighborhood lies beyond the city’s municipal boundaries, in the West Bank. Most of the area it occupies is designated as part of Area A – i.e., under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

    Sur Baher residents say Wadi Hummus is the only area that remains for future expansion of the village, which is surrounded by the fence and Jewish neighborhoods.

    The Defense Ministry instructed to demolish some 70 apartments, citing concerns over their proximity to the separation fence, which it said made them a security threat. Two out of the 13 buildings set for demolition are populated with some 17 residents.
    Israel prepares to demolish homes in East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Hummus, July 22, 2019.
    Israel prepares to demolish homes in East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Hummus, July 22, 2019. AFP

    Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator, and other UN officials called on the Israeli authorities last week to halt the demolition plans. The European Union issued a statement saying: “The continuation of this policy undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace.”

    On Sunday, the court rejected a petition to postpone the demolition, which Palestinian activsts are concerned sets a precedent that will enable the demolition of thousands of buildings across the West Bank, effectively annulling the legal protection residents of other PA-controlled areas have.

    “Some families put everything they have to put a roof over their heads, and it’s all being ruined in front of their eyes in this despicable crime committed by Israel,” community organizer Hamada Hamada told Haaretz.

    “Large forces entered after 2 A.M. to the neighborhood, preventing any access to the homes and forcefully removing the residents as well as dozens of activists who were present at the scene, evacuating them while women and children were heard screaming in the background,” Hamada added.

    Palestinian officials say some of the threatened structures lie within areas that they should control. The Palestine Liberation Organization issued a statement accusing the Israeli court of aiming “to set a precedent to enable the Israeli occupying forces to demolish numerous Palestinian buildings located in close proximity” to the barrier.

    The office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas released a statement saying that "Israel bears the full responsibility for the dangerous escalation in Sur Baher, which is part of the implementation of the “deal of the century” whose goal is to bury the Palestinian issue."

    According to the statement, Abbas has approached international and Arab officials in order to halt the demolitions.

    Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said “We will not renounce our lands, and everything that was demolished will be rebuilt.”

    “The demolition is an implementation of the Bahrain conference and we have thousands of documents and petitions filed to the International Court of Justice in The Hague against Israel,” he said in reference to the economic peace conference in Bahrain sponsored by the United States that took place in June.

    Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said “The demolition of buildings in Sur Baher by the authorities of the occupation is a despicable crime, which is a direct result of the Bahrain Conference and the warm relationship between Israel and some Arab nations.”

    The Israeli military had no immediate comment on Monday, but a statement last week by Israel’s military-run civil administration in the West Bank said enforcement would be pursuant to “operational considerations” and “state policy.”

    The International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an advisory opinion in 2004 that building the barrier on occupied territory was “contrary to international law.”

    Israel dismissed the non-binding decision as politically motivated and says the barrier played a key role in drastically reducing the number of attacks, which peaked in 2002 and 2003 during the Second Palestinian uprising known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada.

    The West Bank separation barrier, which was being built since 2003, was intended to pass through Sur Baher, but its route was changed due to residents’ campaign.Thus Wadi Hummus ended up on the Israeli side of the barrier, although legally it part of the West Bank and under the PA’s authority.

    Many buildings were erected in the neighborhood over the last decade or so, most occupied by young couples and families from the village. The buildings set for demolition have some 100 apartments, 20 of which are tenanted and the rest are under construction.

    Building permits for the construction were issued by the PA’s planning ministry. However, seven years ago, the Israel Defense Forces Central Command issued an injunction banning construction of buildings within 250 meters of the separation barrier.

    Locals say the order was not publicized and they had no knowledge of it, and that in any case, it is the PA that has planning authorization in the area.

    Reuters contributed to this article.
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    Haaretz Correspondent

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  • Nelson Mandela’s grandson slams ’Israeli apartheid’
    7 juillet 2019 | News | Al Jazeera

    London, United Kingdom - The grandson of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela has delivered a damning condemnation of “Israeli apartheid”, in a high-profile expression of solidarity between South Africans and Palestinians.

    Zwelivelile Mandela, an MP of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), made the comments on Saturday at the Palestine Expo, an annual event in London aimed at showcasing Palestinian history, heritage and culture. Last year, it attracted 15,000 visitors.

    Addressing a large audience, Mandela said that the Nation-State Law passed in 2018 declaring Israel to be the historical homeland of the Jewish people “confirmed what we have always known to be the true character and reality of Israel: Israel is an apartheid state”.

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  • ’Palestinian Authority is tyrannical’: Joint Gaza, West Bank conference amps criticism of Abbas and Hamas

    At a recent confab, panel members and everyday Palestinians discuss democracy, with their openness only highlighting the obedience enforced on Fatah and PLO
    Amira Hass
    Jul 06, 2019


    A man with flowing white hair appeared on the large screen in the Red Crescent Society building in El Bireh in the West Bank. It was hard to catch the name of the man, who was speaking in the Red Crescent building in the Gaza Strip. The technique of video conferencing between Gaza and the West Bank, as the sole alternative to the forbidden hour-and-a-half trip, has improved greatly over the past 20 years – as the blockade has tightened on the coastal enclave and amid a drastic drop in the number of people authorized to leave it.

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    This is how the conference of the Masarat center for policy research and strategic studies was carried out without any technical disruptions. Each panel had speakers in El Bireh and Gaza, and at the end of every discussion, people in the audience could make comments, from both places. Two moderators ran the panels, one on each screen. But sometimes you could hear voices from the other hall, or the other microphone was left on and a few words that you were meant to hear got swallowed up – like the name of the man with the mane of white hair.

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    He voiced his comments after the discussion entitled “The Palestinian Authority: Between survival and collapse.” From the podium he said with great emotion: “We analyze and analyze the situation, but on the ground there is no change. The Palestinian people want democracy. I advise Masarat to organize a conference on building democracy in the Palestinian homeland. If there is no democracy, there is no point in anything. We must concentrate on building democracy, to stand against those who don’t want democracy, who control everything.”

    The pain could be heard in his voice. It was clear he didn’t distinguish between Hamas rule and Fatah rule when he said “those who don’t want democracy.” A few people in the hall on the screen applauded, but regrettably his time ran out.
    An anti-U.S. protest in Ramallah, June 2019.
    An anti-U.S. protest in Ramallah, June 2019.AFP

    The regular opinion polls by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, headed by Khalil Shikaki, include a question on the degree of fear to speak out against the two regimes. In a poll released this week, 40 percent of respondents in the West Bank answered that they could criticize the PA without fear, while 57 percent said they couldn’t. The latest figures for Gaza are 44 percent and 52 percent, respectively.

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  • Iran Isn’t Trying to Build a Bomb Tomorrow. It Wants Sanctions Relief. – Foreign Policy

    Iran’s decision to surpass uranium enrichment limits isn’t a dangerous provocation. It’s a calculated effort to get European leaders to reinforce the nuclear deal and halt the drift toward war.
    By Gérard Araud, Ali Vaez | July 2, 2019,


    On Monday, for the first time since the nuclear deal with Iran went into effect on Jan. 16, 2016, Iran has deliberately violated its terms by producing more low-enriched uranium than the agreement permits. The threshold of 300 kilograms of uranium hexafluoride—corresponding to 202.8 kilograms of enriched uranium—was designed to keep Iran at a comfortable distance from nearly 1,500 kilograms of 3.67 percent enriched uranium that would be needed for a single nuclear weapon if the uranium were to be further enriched to 90 percent.

    Trump claimed that withdrawal would lead to a better deal—it has not, and chances of that are diminishing if they ever were realistic.It has been a long time coming. A little over a year ago, U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the 2015 nuclear agreement that bound Iran to carefully crafted restrictions on its nuclear program and intrusive inspections of its nuclear sites. He claimed that the Iranians were cheating—they were not, as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has consistently reported. He claimed that this action would lead to a better deal—it has not, and chances of that are diminishing if they ever were realistic.

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  • Le Figaro entend Allah Akbar partout ! | Taha Bouhafs et Jérémie Younes

    Le Figaro a publié vendredi 29 juin un scoop EXCLUSIF : « Un commissariat de l’Eure attaqué par des jeunes aux cris d’Allah Akbar » [1]. Le quotidien du groupe Dassault nous apprend que des hordes de jeunes islamistes cagoulés ont attaqué des fonctionnaires de police dans une zone perdue de la République ! Quelques heures plus tard, on découvrait le pot aux roses : le scoop était en fait une fausse information. Source : Là-bas si j’y suis

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  • Hommage à Djamila Bouhired : Vaillante moudjahida en temps de guerre et modèle de modestie en temps de paix
    Abdelhamid Zeroual | 02 juillet 2019 | El Watan

    C’est avec une forte réprobation que les Algériens ont appris, il y a quelques jours sur la Toile, les divagations de certains esprits malintentionnés qui, donnant libre cours à leurs instincts malsains, débitent des propos haineux et diffamatoires touchant l’honorable moudjahida Djamila Bouhired.

    Nonobstant les mesures pouvant être prises contre une énergumène, en particulier, prêchant la haine et la discorde, nous contribuons pour notre part à rendre un vibrant hommage au nom de tout le peuple algérien à la brave combattante en retraçant son parcours militant occupé en grande partie par le grave et éprouvant procès qu’elle a eu à affronter. (...)

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  • Egypt. Arrests target political figures involved in new coalition to run in 2020 parliamentary elections | MadaMasr

    Several political figures involved in discussions to form a new political alliance meant to stand in 2020 parliamentary elections were arrested beginning at dawn on Tuesday.

    At least eight people have been swept up in the arrest campaign, most prominently former Member of Parliament Zyad Elelaimy, journalist Hisham Fouad, Omar El-Shenety, the founder of the Multiples Group investment firm, and Hossam Moanis, the former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi’s campaign manager.

    The other four people identified by the Interior Ministry in a press release issued this morning are Mostafa Abdel Moez Abdel Sattar, Osama Abdel Aal Mohamed al-Aqbawy, Ahmed Abdel Galeel Hussein Ghoneim, and Hassan Mohamed Hussein Barbary.

    Those detained face accusations of leading a plot “to bring down the state” ahead of the June 30 anniversary. This plot — identified by the ministry as “The Plan for Hope” — was backed by 19 companies and economic entities secretly managed by Muslim Brotherhood leaders from abroad, according to the Interior Ministry.

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