• #Hassan_Soliman - Art Talks



    Le site dédié à cet artiste : http://hassansoliman.com


    Born in 1928, Hassan Soliman graduated from Cairo’s School of Fine Arts in 1951. However, even before his graduation, Soliman’s skill as a draughtsman had drawn the attention of art critics and dealers, to the extent that one dealer offered him generous patronage in return for exclusive rights over what he produced.

    In the Cairo art circles of the late 1940s and 50s there was a rumour that this patron dealt in fakes, and that Soliman had been asked to imitate the works of minor French impressionists on his behalf. When I asked Soliman about this ten years ago, he said he had only produced one fake Pissarro, though he also told me and colleague Fayza Hassan, who was interviewing him for the Weekly in 1998, that he had been barely 20 years old when a rich Jewish businessman in Cairo provided him with a generous stipend, an atelier in Qasr El-Nil St., and an Italian housekeeper in return for his services.

    As Fayza Hassan wrote in her 1998 interview, “It is perhaps one of Soliman’s minor eccentricities to insist upon his debt to Cairo’s foreign communities, the Jews in particular, who, according to him, guided his first steps towards eminence. Without their attentive patronage, says Soliman, he would never have become a known painter overnight when he was barely in his twenties.”

    #égypte #art #peinture

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  • Palestine : A girl’s chutzpah -

    Ahed Tamimi, 16, is a heroine, a Palestinian heroine. Maybe the intifada of slappings will succeed where all other methods of resistance have failed

    Gideon Levy Dec 20, 2017
    read more: https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.830229

    Last Tuesday, Israel Defense Forces soldiers shot Hamed al-Masri, 15, in the head, wounding the unarmed boy from Salfit severely. On Friday, soldiers shot the unarmed Mohammed Tamimi, also 15, in the head, wounding the Nabi Saleh boy severely. Also on Friday, soldiers killed Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a double amputee, shooting him in the head, too. On the same day Ahed Tamimi, 16, stood in the courtyard of her home with her girlfriend and slapped an IDF officer who had invaded her home.
    Israel woke from its slumber angry: How dare she. The three victims of the barbaric shooting didn’t interest Israelis, and the media didn’t even bother to report on them. But the slap (and kick) by Tamimi provoked rage. How dare she slap an IDF soldier? A soldier whose friends slap, beat, abduct and of course shoot Palestinians almost every day.
    She really has chutzpah, Tamimi. She broke the rules. Slapping is permitted only by soldiers. She is the real provocation, not the soldier who invaded her house. She, who had three close relatives killed by the occupation, whose parents have been detained countless times and whose father was sentenced to four months in prison for participating in a demonstration at the entrance to a grocery store – she dared to resist a soldier. Palestinian chutzpah. Tamimi was supposed to fall in love with the soldier who invaded her house, to toss rice at him, but, ingrate that she is, she rewarded him with a slap. It’s all because of the “incitement.” Otherwise she certainly wouldn’t hate her conqueror.
    But there are other sources of the unbridled lust for revenge against Tamimi. (Education Minister Naftali Bennett: “She should finish her life in prison.”) The girl from Nabi Saleh shattered several myths for Israelis. Worst of all, she dared to damage the Israeli myth of masculinity. Suddenly it turns out that the heroic soldier, who watches over us day and night with daring and courage, is being pitted against a girl with empty hands. What’s going to happen to our machismo, which Tamimi shattered so easily, and our testosterone?
    Suddenly Israelis saw the cruel, dangerous enemy they are confronting: a curly-haired 16-year-old girl. All the demonization and dehumanization in the sycophantic media were shattered at once when confronted by a girl in a blue sweater.
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    Israelis lost their heads. This is not what they were told. They’re used to hearing about terrorists and terror and murderous behavior. It’s hard to accuse Ahed Tamimi of all that; she didn’t even have scissors in her hands. Where’s the Palestinian cruelty? Where’s the danger? Where’s the evil? You could lose your mind. Suddenly all the cards were reshuffled: For one rare moment the enemy looked so human. Of course you can rely on Israel’s machinery of propaganda and brainwashing, which are so efficient, to assassinate Tamimi’s character soon enough. She too will be labeled a cruel terrorist who was born to kill; it will be said she has no justifiable motives and that there’s no context for her behavior.

    Ahed Tamimi is a heroine, a Palestinian heroine. She succeeded in driving Israelis crazy. What will the military correspondents and right-wing inciters and security experts say? Why good are 8200, Oketz, Duvdevan, Kfir and all these other special units if at the end of the day the IDF is confronting a helpless civilian population that is tired of the occupation, embodied by a girl with a kaffiyeh on her shoulder?
    If only there were many more like her. Maybe girls like her will be able to shake Israelis up. Maybe the intifada of slappings will succeed where all other methods of resistance, violent and non-violent, have failed.
    Meanwhile Israel has reacted the only way it knows how: a nighttime abduction from her home and detention with her mother. But in his heart of hearts, every decent Israeli likely knows not only who is right and who isn’t, but also who is strong and who is weak. The soldier armed from head to toe who invades a house that doesn’t belong to him, or the unarmed girl defending her home and her lost honor with her bare hands, with a slap?

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  • Iran’s Soleimani sends message of defiance in calls to Hamas

    Also on Dec. 11, the Beirut-based pan-Arab Al-Mayadeen News reported that in the telephone call, Soleimani stated that all the Arab resistance movements, such as Hezbollah and other groups that emerged during the Syrian war, are prepared to defend Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. He expressed Iran’s full support for the Palestinian resistance forces.

    The call came a few hours before a speech by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah urging the axis of resistance to develop a unified strategy to confront Israel. Meanwhile, Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh also called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss Trump’s decision. In a statement by Hamas, Haniyeh described the US decision as an act of aggression against the Palestinian people and the Islamic world.

    Commenting on these phone conversations to Al-Monitor, Hamas’ representative in Iran, Khaled al-Qaddumi, emphasized the ties between the resistance factions and the Iranian Republic. He explained that Soleimani’s phone call to military leaders in Gaza comes in the context of an ongoing partnership against the common enemy, Israel.

    Qaddumi further asserted that the Iranian people, represented by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Rouhani, reject Trump’s decision. Emphasizing Jerusalem’s Arab and Muslim identity, he said Iran fears the move will further inflame the Middle East region.

    In turn, Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza Khader Habib denied news reported by some Israeli media outlets that Soleimani ordered the Palestinian factions to escalate militarily against Israel. “Iran never ordered resistance activities or interfered in the resistance’s field activities,” he told Al-Monitor. Notably, the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip targeting the Gaza envelope settlements increased in the wake of the decision.

    Habib noted that t

    Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/12/palestine-factions-iran-soleimani-hamas-islamic-jihad-call.html#ixzz51sh

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  • Israel’s attorney general backs officer’s libel suit against ‘Jenin, Jenin’ director

    Avichai Mendelblit cites ‘public interest’ to explain his decision to support a second civil lawsuit against Mohammed Bakri for his 2002 documentary

    read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.830284

    In an unusual move, the attorney general is to support a defamation of character lawsuit by a reserve officer against the director of the controversial 2002 documentary “Jenin, Jenin.”
    Avichai Mendelblit’s office said in a statement Wednesday that he decided to support the suit against Mohammed Bakri because of the public interest in the case.
    While Israeli law allows the attorney general to take sides in a civil suit if the case involves the public interest, in practice the privilege is rarely exercised.
    In November 2016 Nissim Meghnagi sued Bakri for 2.6 million shekels (around $745,000).
    Meghnagi took part in Operation Defensive Shield, the military operation in the West Bank refugee camp in Jenin that was the subject of Bakri’s film.
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    In his suit, Meghnagi claims that he appears in and was named in the movie, and that the film libeled Israeli soldiers by presenting them as war criminals.
    Bakri argues that the purpose of the suit is persecution and political silencing, and says the case is without merit.
    The movie makes no accusation against Meghnagi, says Bakri: The camera panned the plaintiff for mere seconds, and he cannot be identified as the person behind the deeds described in the movie.
    On Thursday the District Court of the Central District is scheduled to hear Bakri’s request to reject the lawsuit.
    Mendelblit’s announcement throwing his weight behind the suit followed requests from Meghnagi himsef and from Israel Defense Force Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.
    Five years ago, a district court, ruling on a lawsuit by five soldiers who participated in Operation Defensive Shield, found that Bakri had slandered soldiers but the plaintiffs were not slandered personally. The Supreme Court upheld the decision.
    Then-Attorney General Menachem Mazuz sided with the soldiers.
    The court said that plaintiffs who did not appear in the documentary had no grounds for personal damages, but it also ruled that the movie constituted “libel, at the base of which is bad faith and a deliberate tendency to distort things.” Three times the plaintiffs appealed for another hearing, with Mazuz’s support, to no avail.
    Mendelblit said in his announcement that in contrast to the previous proceedings, this plaintiff actually appears in the movie while the narrator accuses the Israeli soldiers of looting. Hence his support for Meghnagi, a lieutenant colonel in the reserves, in the context of public interest. Mendelblit noted that the movie is still bring distributed and shown.
    “Jenin, Jenin” was first screened in April 2002 at the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem cinematheques. In November 2002, the Israel Film Council banned its distribution to Israeli theaters. The High Court of Justice voided that decision on the grounds of freedom of expression, bucking the council and also the attorney general. “Israeli society can cope with expressions of this sort,” the court ruled.

    In 2014, then-Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein rejected pleas by representatives of soldiers and their families to open a criminal investigation into Bakri, pursuant to libel law. With that, he was in agreement with his two predecessors.

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  • La langue arabe vecteur de culture et de réussite scolaire


    Langue officielle de l’ONU depuis 1973, la langue arabe est fêtée chaque année par l’Unesco tous les 18 décembre. Reportage à la Cité Scolaire Internationale Balzac, à Paris. Un établissement qui a fait de l’arabe une ambition et qui s’empare de cette fête chaque année avec les élèves.

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  • Why an Indian theatre artist decided to boycott the Israel Festival to be held in 2018 – Indian Cultural Forum
    December 14, 2017

    (...)Meanwhile, in India, Mallika Taneja , a theatre artist based in Delhi, has declined to perform at the Israel Festival, although her decision was made before Trump’s announcement, on 24 November. After Trump made his call, she decided to make her letter public in a Facebook post. Taneja has performed her solo performance piece, Thoda Dhyan Se, at several reputed festivals, as well as protest gatherings, to wide acclaim. Her latest work is Rukaawat Ke Liye Khed Hai. Here we publish her Facebook post which contains her letter to the organisers to the Israel festival. (...)


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  • Using Israeli data, study finds rubber bullets cause significant fatalities | The Times of Israel

    A total of 1984 people were injured, they found, of whom 53 (three percent) died.

    “Some 300 (15.5 percent) of all survivors were left with permanent disability as a direct result of the rubber bullet impact they sustained — usually to the head and neck,” the team said in statement.

    “Blindness, and removal of the spleen, or a section of the bowel as a result of abdominal injuries, accounted for most of this disability.”

    Also known as kinetic impact projectiles (KIPs) or rubber baton rounds, rubber or plastic bullets were introduced by the British army in the 1970s for use against rioters in Northern Ireland, deployed against South African protesters in the 1980s, and adopted by the security forces of #Israel and further afield.

    #victimes_civiles #civils

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  • #Lina_Attalah : « J’avais moins peur sous Moubarak »

    Lina Attalah, directrice du site égyptien Mada Masr, un des derniers espaces de liberté médiatique en Égypte, fermé au printemps dernier par les autorités, revient pour Mediapart sur la situation politique du pays.

    #International #Censure #Egypte #indépendance #Information #Journalisme #maréchal_Sissi #presse

  • Labor hopeful says Israel should ’kick out’ Palestinians in future war |

    Departing from his party’s long-held dovish stances, former IDF general Amiram Levin urges expansion of settlements, says Israel was ’too nice’ in the Six Day War


    The Times of Israel

    Appearing to call for ethnic cleansing, a retired IDF general seeking to become a key figure in the left-leaning Labor party said that if the Palestinians continue to violate their agreements with Israel, the military should “tear them apart” in a future war and forcibly transfer them to “the other side of the Jordan River.”

    Amiram Levin criticized longstanding left-wing policies, espoused the expansion of Jewish settlements and called for the rejection of the 1967 borders, in excerpts published Wednesday from an interview with the Maariv daily set to appear on Friday.

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    “The Palestinians caused the occupation. They didn’t accept the borders of the partition plan [after the 1948 War of Independence], and they started the war [of 1967]. We were right to take Judea and Samaria,” he said, referring to the West Bank.

    “We need to engage in tough negotiations that do not take us back to the ’67 borders,” Levin said of Israel’s pre-Six Day War borders, which negotiators have generally agreed will form the basis for partitioning the land under a future peace agreement.

    “We will give [the Palestinians] a carrot in the form of a state, and if they don’t want it, we will tear them apart,” he said. “I have said many times in the past that next time we have a war, they will no longer remain here, we will kick them out to the other side of the Jordan River. That’s how we need to fight. We were too nice in ’67.”

    Levin ran an aborted campaign in July’s Labor leadership race, and has since been touted as one of the party’s security experts by new leader Avi Gabbay. In a sign of his unofficial status in the party, last month Levin escorted Gabbay on a trip with Labor lawmakers to the Gaza border.

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  • C’est personnel : Trump a trahi Mahmoud Abbas et le roi Abdallah de Jordanie
    David Hearst - 14 décembre 2017

    (...) Avant tout, Istanbul a jeté les bases d’un réalignement des États arabes. Le conférence a mis en évidence la rébellion de deux dirigeants arabes pro-occidentaux, le roi Abdallah de Jordanie et Mahmoud Abbas, le président palestinien, contre leurs alliés traditionnels à Washington.

    Le premier est le chef de l’État du second pays arabe à avoir reconnu Israël, le second est le dirigeant palestinien qui a consacré sa vie à la négociation de la désormais défunte solution à deux États.

    Conscients de l’importance de ce qui allait se passer à Istanbul, l’Arabie saoudite et l’Égypte ont déployé d’énormes efforts pour empêcher Abdallah et Abbas de s’y rendre.

    Comme cela a été rapporté, Abdallah et Abbas ont été convoqués pour une réunion d’urgence au Caire. Seul Abbas s’y est rendu.

    Selon mes sources, qui se sont exprimées sous couvert d’anonymat, le président égyptien Abdel Fattah al-Sissi a fait pression sur Abbas pour qu’il ne dirige pas la délégation palestinienne à Istanbul et ainsi amoindrir l’importance de la conférence.

    Pour l’aider à décliner son invitation à Istanbul, de fausses nouvelles ont été diffusées selon lesquelles Abbas avait eu un accident vasculaire cérébral. Abbas les a ignorées.

    Pendant ce temps, le roi Abdallah a été convoqué à Riyad, et là encore, on m’a informé qu’on lui avait dit de ne pas aller à Istanbul. Le roi Abdallah est resté quelques heures à Riyad avant de partir pour Istanbul.

    Leur présence à la conférence a envoyé un message à l’Arabie saoudite et aux États-Unis : l’accord de Riyad avec Trump n’est pas accepté par la Jordanie et la Palestine, qui sont soutenus en cela par les pays musulmans. En d’autres termes : vous n’avez pas carte blanche pour négocier avec Israël sans nous.

    Les deux hommes ont manifesté publiquement leur refus de s’incliner et leur colère en se tenant aux côtés du président turc aux penchants islamistes Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sur la photo de groupe.

    Abdallah II a hoché vigoureusement la tête lorsqu’Erdoğan a affirmé : « Je répète que Jérusalem est notre ligne rouge. L’esplanade des Mosquées appartiendra aux musulmans à jamais. Nous n’abandonnerons jamais notre exigence d’une Palestine souveraine et indépendante. Nous ne pouvons pas rester spectateurs dans cette situation qui affectera notre avenir à tous. »(...)

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  • Ambassade du Liban à Jérusalem : projet ambitieux ou surenchère politique ?
    Yara ABI AKL | OLJ | 15/12/2017

    Au lendemain de l’appel lancé par l’Organisation de la coopération islamique (OCI) à reconnaître Jérusalem-Est comme capitale de la Palestine en réponse à la décision américaine de considérer la Ville sainte capitale d’Israël, le chef de la diplomatie, Gebran Bassil, a voulu aller plus loin. Il a soumis au Conseil des ministres tenu hier à Baabda une demande d’ouverture d’une ambassade du Liban (auprès de la Palestine) à Jérusalem.

    Mais le gouvernement s’est contenté de former une commission ministérielle pour étudier cette proposition. De source informée, on apprend que ce comité présidé par le chef du gouvernement, Saad Hariri, comprend les ministres : Gebran Bassil, Salim Jreissati (Justice, bloc aouniste), Ali Hassan Khalil (Finances, Amal), Mohammad Fneich (Jeunesse et Sports, Hezbollah), Marwan Hamadé (Éducation, bloc Joumblatt) et Nouhad Machnouk (Intérieur, courant du Futur).

    Si la proposition de M. Bassil, qui intervient une semaine après la décision américaine, tend à montrer que le Liban officiel reste à la pointe du combat pour la cause palestinienne, il n’empêche qu’aux yeux de nombreux observateurs, elle reflète surtout un manque de réalisme politique. « Une décision d’une aussi grande importance devrait être exécutée en collaboration avec d’autres pays, et non d’une manière unilatérale », déclare à L’Orient-Le Jour un ministre qui a requis l’anonymat. Se félicitant de ce qu’il appelle « une bonne idée » présentée par Gebran Bassil, le ministre a mis en garde contre la « surenchère politique » qui ressort de telles initiatives.


    Ambassade du Liban à Jérusalem : la proposition de Bassil, plus morale que pratique...
    Khalil FLEYHANE | OLJ | 15/12/2017

    La proposition du ministre des Affaires étrangères, Gebran Bassil, d’établir une ambassade du Liban à Jérusalem-Est et de reconnaître, de ce fait, Jérusalem comme capitale de la Palestine est plus « morale que pratique », selon Sami Baroudi, professeur en sciences politiques à la Lebanese American University (LAU).
    « La suggestion de M. Bassil va à l’encontre de l’accord de Genève (établi en 2003 et qui prévoit entre autres le partage de la souveraineté sur Jérusalem qui serait la capitale des deux États palestinien et israélien) et d’une décision du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU en 1980 qui interdit la création d’ambassades à Jérusalem », souligne M. Baroudi, interrogé par L’Orient-Le Jour.

    Le chef de la diplomatie a proposé hier au président palestinien, Mahmoud Abbas, un échange de terrains entre le Liban et la Palestine, afin de pouvoir créer l’ambassade en question, ainsi qu’une ambassade palestinienne à Beyrouth. M. Abbas lui aurait promis d’œuvrer rapidement afin d’octroyer au Liban une parcelle de terrains à Jérusalem-Est.(...)

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  • Netanyahu agrees to exclude settlements from economic deal with European Union - Israel News

    Deal would award tens of millions of euros to initiatives across Mediterranean ■ EU policy states funding cannot be allocated to territories occupied by Israel in 1967

    Noa Landau Dec 14, 2017
    read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.829063

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given approval in principle to a cooperation agreement with the European Union that contains a provision excluding the settlements.
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    Netanyahu approved the wording of a cabinet resolution on the subject this week. If no ministers object to the resolution by January 1, it will be approved automatically. If so, Israel will effectively have consented to EU funding that is contingent on a boycott of the settlements.
    The resolution has now been signed by all the relevant government offices, including those of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), two of the most vocal settlement supporters in the government.
    The agreement, known by the acronym ENI CBC Med (which stands for “cross-border cooperation in the Mediterranean), awards tens of millions of euros in funding to ventures that entail cooperation with the 14 Mediterranean Basin countries that aren’t EU members. These include Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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  • What defines Terrorism? The Identity of the Victim or that of the Victimizer?
    Azmi Bishara


    No great analytical effort is required to illustrate the widespread use of the terms “terrorism” and “counterterrorism” in today’s world. These terms dominate every major news broadcast and international summit. Various states around the world have prioritized combatting terrorism to the point where they use “counterterrorism” as a determining factor of their international relations, at least ostensibly. Today, “terrorism” is bandied about as a catch-all to prop up demagoguery and advance political platforms in electoral democracies while it is used to justify government suppression by non-democratic regimes.

    The outcome of this unexamined, passive acceptance of these terms as they appear in literature is their instrumentalist use to smear political opponents. Like a talisman, “terrorism” is an accusation that can be employed to silence political opposition. In one fell swoop, the accused is designated as a target for the “war on terror”, a conflict with no defined enemy, aims or objectives typical in war. Countries and political movements across the globe have given up on trying to explain these difficulties. Instead, they capitulate and try to demonstrate to the leader of the “war on terror”— generally, the United States—that they are meeting its standards. For its part, the United States has been able to transform the mantra of “counterterrorism”, with all the implicit premises and the myths surrounding it into its own doctrine.

    Perhaps the most problematic aspects of the “War on Terror” are connected to its ambiguity: unbounded by space and time, and with an ill-defined enemy, the “War on Terror” is an oxymoron. Even the supposed ringleaders of this effort do not take it seriously, and never actually hold the “War on Terror” accountable to the norms which define the rules of engagement in a conventional war. Some of the norms that have been jettisoned include the avoidance of indiscriminate shelling of cities and the appropriate treatment of prisoners of war. Instead, the captives taken in the war on terror are vilified more than any other criminal. Yet, the problematic aspects of this war go further. In fact, the war on terror is inherently counterproductive and self-sustaining: for every terrorist it eliminates, a new crop of terrorists is sown.

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  • The UAE’s ’alternative GCC’


    In a move that certain observers saw as an effort to undermine the Kuwaiti emir, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a new partnership with Saudi Arabia. The announcement came only hours before the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Kuwait on Dec. 4, which fell apart after two hours and was only attended by two council members’ heads of state: the Kuwaiti and Qatari monarchs. The summit will be remembered as the worst GCC summit to date. In addition, the Kuwaiti efforts to mediate the six-month-old Qatar crisis have thus far proven futile.

    This new UAE-Saudi partnership represents an alternative to the GCC while the Qatar crisis continues. Yet it is premature to conclude that it intends to be a substitute for the subregional organization founded by six Arabian Peninsula monarchies in 1981. Regardless, the UAE-Saudi partnership’s purpose is to achieve between these two nations essentially what the GCC was intended to accomplish among all six of the GCC members: enhance transnational cooperation in the areas of military, economics, culture and politics.

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  • Le garçon palestinien de la photo devenue virale, yeux bandés, encerclé de soldats israéliens, inculpé pour avoir lancé des pierres
    Bethan McKernan, The Independent, le 12 décembre 2017


    #Palestine #Enfant #Guerre #Résistance

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  • After a dozen Gaza rockets in a week, Israel is being backed into a corner -

    Frequent rocket fire from Gaza would disturb the feeling of security and would put pressure on Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman to act more resolutely

    Amos Harel Dec 13, 2017
    read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.828581

    Since the evening of December 6, when U.S. President Donald Trump announced American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, eight rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into the Negev region. At least three other rockets were fired from Gaza but fell inside Palestinian territory. This is the largest number of rockets fired at Israel since the end of Operation Protective Edge, the war that Israel fought with Hamas and its allies during the summer of 2014.
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    Israeli intelligence agencies attribute most of the rocket fire, if not all of it, to extremist Salafi factions that operate beyond Hamas’ direction. Israel has also identified preliminary steps taken by Hamas over the past few days to rein in the rocket fire, including the arrest of members of these organizations. In the past, the Hamas government in Gaza has known how to make the rules of the game that it has established with Israel clear to these smaller groups – and has adopted a harsh enforcement policy when it has understood that the rocket fire was endangering the stability of its rule in Gaza.
    This time, either the message was not received or was not properly understood. It appears that in Gaza Trump’s declaration was seen as an opportunity to let off steam and attack Israeli civilian population centers. The stage of the large demonstrations by Palestinians protesting Trump’s declaration is slowly coming to an end, without leaving much of an impression on the international community, or on Trump either.
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    Now there is a shift to a different approach involving firing rockets from the Gaza Strip, a period during which one “lone wolf” terrorist attack also occurred, involving the stabbing by a Palestinian at the Jerusalem central bus station of a security guard, who was seriously wounded.

    The site in the Israeli border town of Sderot where a rocket fired from Gaza fell on Dec. 8, 2017.Eliyahu Hershovitz
    The Israeli response to the rocket fire from Gaza has been rather restrained so far. As has been its custom in the past, Israel has said that it views Hamas as the party responsible for violence coming from its territory – and has exacted a price from it by bombing Hamas positions and command headquarters. But the Israeli attacks have generally been carried out when the targets were empty, and the attacks have been planned in such a way as to limit the damage. In one case, last Friday, a member of the Hamas military wing was killed, and the Hamas leadership felt Israel had gone too far. For now, it seems that the Israeli leadership does not want to rock the boat to too great an extent in Gaza.
    The Israeli government’s problem is that it does not fully control of the situation. Continued rocket fire and “red alert” rocket sirens will exact a psychological price from the Israeli residents in the region near the Gaza border, who have enjoyed a relatively long period of quiet and a major influx of new residents, as a result of a building boom and government tax breaks for the region following Operation Protective Edge. The traumatic experiences of Protective Edge and other previous periods, during military operations in Gaza and between them, are still remembered quite well in Sderot, Ashkelon and the nearby collective moshavim and kibbutzim communities.
    Iron Dome anti-missile batteries intercepted two of the rockets fired over the past few days – and missed one rocket, which fell in a populated area in Sderot but did not cause any injuries. The Israel army made a change recently in how it calculates the area where the rockets are projected to fall (known as the “polygon”), thereby only requiring that alarms sound in a very small and more focused area, and limiting the disruption to local routines in border communities near Gaza. Nevertheless, rocket fire every day, or every other day, would disturb the feeling of security that had been restored with difficulty and would create pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to act more resolutely. The distance could be short from that to another round of violence.
    The latest tensions are occurring against the backdrop of the Israeli army’s announcement Sunday that it had successfully destroyed another attack tunnel dug well inside Israeli territory that was discovered along the border with Gaza, the second in less than two months. It appears, however, that Hamas’ actions are influenced first and foremost by another factor, its reconciliation agreement with the Palestinian Authority. So far the commitments included in the agreement have not been carried out. That’s the case when it comes to the opening of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt and the resumption of funding for Gaza from the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.
    As far as Hamas is concerned, the bad news is coming from almost all directions: Trump’s announcement, the Israeli army’s success in locating attack tunnels and the difficulties with Palestinian reconciliation. If Hamas cannot deliver the goods to Gaza’s residents, who have been waiting with bated breath for a measure of improvement in their economic situation and freedom of movement, Hamas could well find itself dragged once again into an escalation with Israel – as it has acted in the past.
    This is the main worry keeping Israel’s senior defense officials and political leadership busy at the moment, and it explains the relatively restrained Israeli response – restraint that could end if the frequent rocket fire continues, and certainly if the rockets inflict casualties.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/651952 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • The Real History of Hindu-Muslim Relations Under Akbar | The Diplomat


    In October this year, Sangeet Som, a member of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) legislative assembly from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shocked the country by calling the Taj Mahal a blot on Indian culture. Built by the Mughal king Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj, situated in Agra in Western UP has for centuries been synonymous with India and Indian culture.

    I was born Agra and spent 18 years there. For as long as I can remember, this incredible monument has been a source of pride for a city that – thanks to rampant corruption, malfeasance, and public apathy –has little else to be proud of. Yet, on my latest visit, which happened to be a few days after Som’s remarks, I sensed a change. While not many were ready to disown the Taj as readily as the BJP’s Som, they agreed with the spirit of his argument.

    “Mughals were obviously traitors,” said my grandfather. “Don’t call it that!” admonished my aunt when a neighbor’s kid compared the marble on our courtyard floor to the Taj Mahal. “The BJP has put the Muslim in his place,” my childhood friend rejoiced. I was a foreigner in my own city.

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    In hindsight, though, I should not have been surprised. Som’s statements are symptomatic of the communal malaise that has gripped India for centuries now. Since coming into power at the center and in various states the BJP has tapped into it and exacerbated it – but the blame for the malaise’s origin cannot be placed at its feet. Nor is the BJP original in using communalism as a political weapon. The Hindu-Muslim divide was fostered by the British to maintain the Raj, used by Mohammad Ali Jinnah to garner support for the creation of Pakistan, and then exploited by the Congress Party in India for the next 60 years to keep its hold on the reins of power.

    Centuries of Hindus and Muslims being pitted against each other does not make for a convivial relationship. Indeed, in his Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington identified the Hindu-Muslim divide as one of the great civilizational fault-lines. To any reasonable observer then, it would appear that the Hindu and the Muslim are constituted in direct opposition to the other, destined to share a relationship characterized by intolerance and conflict. The observer would be wrong. The (admittedly distant) past sheds a very different light on relations between the two communities.

    Shah Jahan’s grandfather, Akbar, ruled almost all of India from 1556 to 1605. During this period, there did exist various areas of contestation between the two religions, but it was largely characterized by a syncretism that has few parallels in modern-day India. Akbar’s era represented the zenith of Islamic power in India and the zeitgeist was a reflection of the man himself – curious, open-minded, and pragmatic. He is quite possibly one of the first regents in the world to lend his support to regular state-sponsored inter-faith public dialogue, which brought together learned men from across the religious spectrum – Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Parsees, Jains, and even atheists from across the realm were invited to participate in what must surely have a unique event at the time.

    At the famed Ibadatkhana (House of Worship), which was completed in 1576, Akbar is said to have proclaimed that his sole aim was to lay bare the facts of any religion, “whether Hindu or Muslim.” Thanks partly to these dialogues, and partly to personal interactions with Hindu Brahmins, he acquired ever deepening knowledge of the various schools of Hindu thought. Thus, of the transmigration of the soul and divine reincarnation, he is believed to have said: “In India (Hind’) no one set forth a claim to Prophethood: this is because the claim to divinity has had precedence.”

    Upon consideration, this is a remarkable statement. For a Muslim ruler to even brook the idea of reincarnation, let alone to take to its logical conclusion — i.e. the inadmissibility of a Prophet — shows a startling level of open-mindedness. At the same time, he did not shy away from criticizing those sages who advocated that Hindus should do good deeds in order to reap the rewards in their next life: “To me it seems that in the pursuit of virtue, the idea of death should not be thought of, so that without any hope or fear, one should practice virtue simply because it is good.”

    https://seenthis.net/messages/651928 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • لقطات من القمة الإسلامية : خطاب عباس كان الأطول والأكثر رتابة ولم يتضمن كلمة “مقاومة” او “انتفاضة”.. وخطاب العاهل الأردني الأقصر والأكثر تعبيرا.. واردوغان الأكثر شراسة في انتقاد إسرائيل وامريكا واتهامهما بالإرهاب.. قناة “العربية” الوحيدة التي لم تنقل وقائع القمة على الهواء.. وغياب وزراء خارجية الامارات والبحرين والسعودية كان موضع تساؤل | رأي اليوم

    Quelques commentaires à la sortie du sommet islamique d’Istanbul ;
    – Abbas a fait le discours le plus long et le plus monotone, sans jamais utiliser les mots "résistance" ou "intifada"
    – Erdogan a eu les critiques les plus acerbes vis-à-vis d’Israël et des USA qu’il a accusés de terrorisme
    – La chaîne saoudienne Al-Arabiya était la seule à ne pas transmettre les débats en direct
    – Interrogations sur l’absence des ministres des Affaires étrangères des Emirats arabes unis, du Bahreïn et de l’Arabie saoudite...

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  • Egyptian Chronicles : Al-Rawda Mosque Carnage : Two weeks later


    Al-Rawda Mosque Carnage : Two weeks later
    Last Friday, head of Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohamed El-Tayeb led Friday prayers at North Sinai’s El-Rawda Mosque just one week after the horrifying massacre it witnessed where not less than 311 people were killed according to official statements in Egypt’s worst terrorist attack.

    The week before President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi renewed his orders to the Egyptian armed forces and police force during the official celebration of Prophet Mohamed “PBUH” to use “brute force” or “utmost force” to restore order within three months in the Egyptian Northern East governorate.

    The Egyptian Mainstream Media passed over that horrifying massacre as you know life goes on and we should not ask too many questions as terrorism is having its last days in North Sinai.

    I had too many questions and I could not find them in the mainstream media as usual.
    I can not travel to North Sinai except if I have security permits and unfortunately I could not travel to Ismailia to meet with the injured either as I have been battling flu. Yet, thank God for telephones despite it is not perfect.

    In the past week, I managed to speak with locals from both Bir Al-Abd city as well Al-Rawda village through telephone calls.
    Their answers and information did not only reveal something I did not know then about the worst massacre in the history of Egypt but also about the situation in general in North Sinai governorate after nearly four years of war against terrorism.
    The Black Friday
    On Friday 24 November, the People of Bir Al-Abd began to feel that there was something wrong with that 35 km away small village as news came that militants cut the International highway between their city and Al-Rawda.
    The news came that afternoon about how there was a bombing inside the village’s mosque during Friday prayers and the injured were transferred to the Bir Al-Abd hospital as there is no medical facility in there.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/651857 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Lieberman qualifie des députés arabes de «criminels de guerre» - L’Orient-Le Jour

    Un ministre israélien a qualifié lundi des députés arabes de « criminels de guerre » un jour après avoir appelé au boycott économique d’une région du nord, où des Arabes israéliens avaient protesté contre la décision américaine de reconnaître Jérusalem comme capitale d’Israël.

    Le ministre israélien de la Défense Avigdor Lieberman s’exprimait lors d’un débat parlementaire télévisé sur une motion de censure déposée par la Liste unie, une coalition de formations arabes qui représente le troisième groupe au Parlement israélien.

    En présentant cette motion, la députée de cette liste, Haneen Zoabi, a estimé que le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu « devrait être jugé devant la Cour pénale internationale à La Haye, parce que c’est un criminel de guerre ». « L’occupation est toujours (...) violente, illégitime et basée sur des crimes de guerre », a-t-elle ajouté, en référence à l’occupation depuis 50 ans des territoires palestiniens par Israël.

    « Vous tous, à la Liste unie, vous êtes des criminels de guerre », a rétorqué M. Lieberman, s’adressant aux membres de cette alliance qui compte douze membres arabes et un juif. « Vous exploitez les faiblesses et les avantages d’un Etat démocratique pour nous détruire de l’intérieur », a-t-il ajouté. « Vous êtes ici par erreur et le temps viendra où vous ne serez plus là », a-t-il encore lancé.

    #alliés #seule_démocratie #terre_promise

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  • Pillés à Beyrouth il y a 35 ans, maintenant projetés à Tel Aviv
    Traduction : SF pour l’Agence Média Palestine | Source : +972
    https://972static-rsvpteamltd1.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/%D7%97%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%A8%D7%99-%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%A0%D7%94-%D7%9C%D7%A1%D7%A8%D7%98-%D7%96%D7%9B%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%A0%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%95%D7%90%D7%A9-%D7%A1%D7%98%D7%99%D7%9C%D7%A1-%D7%9E%D7%AA%D7%95%D7%9A-%D7%A1%D7%A8%D7%98%D7%99%D7%99-%D7%A9%D7%9C%D7%9C.jpg A still from the film “Looted and Hidden.”

    Par Rami Younis, le 4 décembre 2017

    « Pillés et cachés » puise dans les archives de films capturés par l’armée israélienne en 1982, et braque les projecteurs sur d’autres biens volés par Israël : l’histoire du cinéma palestinien.

    Des images rares issues des archives des films et photographies palestiniens qui documentent des décennies de l’histoire palestinienne d’avant 1948 et d’après la Nakba voient finalement le jour dans un nouveau film de Rona Sela qui est conservatrice, chercheure en histoire et culture visuelle, et chargée de cours à l’université de Tel Aviv. Presque toutes ces images d’archives ont été confisquées dans les attaques de l’armée israélienne contre le bureau de l’Organisation de Libération de la Palestine à Beyrouth en 1982 : des documents et des photos ont alors été pris.
    « Dans le passé, j‘ai recherché de la propagande sioniste datant d’avant l’établissement de l’État d’Israël » a dit Sela, en expliquant ce qui l’a motivée à faire le film. Un des principaux motifs qui revenait constamment était l’image du Juif qui arrive dans une zone désolée, comme si la terre avait attendu que le Juif arrive et la fasse fleurir ».

    « Cela m’a conduite à rechercher des documents de l’histoire palestinienne » a poursuivi Sela. « J’ai cherché dans des matériaux ici et à l’étranger afin de montrer à un public israélien que la Palestine existait avant 1948 ».



    https://seenthis.net/messages/651628 via Loutre

  • Israel This wasn’t supposed to happen at a conference on anti-Semitism -

    Jews are apathetic to suffering of other minorities, World Jewish Congress counsel tells a Tel Aviv conference, but gets lukewarm response from delegates

    Judy Maltz Dec 11, 2017
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    Many would argue that anti-Semitism is no worse than any other hatred. But it’s not every day that a top official at the World Jewish Congress tries to make that case – let alone suggest that Jews are apathetic to the suffering of other minorities.
    So when Menachem Rosensaft, the general counsel of the WJC, an organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, delivered remarks in this vein at a Tel Aviv conference on anti-Semitism on Monday, the audience was – needless to say – caught off guard.
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    “Anti-Semitism is sometimes referred to as the most pernicious hatred,” he told delegates. “I respectfully reject that characterization and any suggestion that anti-Semitism is somehow worse than other forms of bigotry.
    He continued: “I’m sorry, but the white supremacist ideology that holds African-Americans and Hispanics to be inferior to Caucasians is every bit as reprehensible as anti-Semitism. So are other kinds of discrimination and oppression on the basis of religion, race and nationality.
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    “The hatred that resulted in the genocide of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica and of the Tutsi in Rwanda are no less evil than the hatred of Jews that resulted in pogroms and the Shoah,” he added.

    It wasn’t exactly what participants at “The Oldest Hatred Gone Viral” summit had come expecting to hear.
    Rosensaft, who teaches law at Columbia and Cornell, was a keynote speaker at the conference, sponsored by the WJC in cooperation with NGO Monitor, a right-wing organization that tracks the activities of anti-occupation and other civil society groups in Israel.

    Menachem Rosensaft, general counsel of the World Jewish Congress.Courtesy of the World Jewish Con
    Considered an international expert on genocide, Rosensaft suggested that Jews were not sensitive enough to the persecution of other minorities, in particular Muslims and African-Americans.
    “In our fight against anti-Semitism, we must never allow ourselves to lose sight of the fundamental reality: That precisely the same dangerous hatred used to incite violence – sometimes lethal violence – against Jews can just as easily be used against other minorities,” he said.
    Rosensaft said that Jews tend to focus too much on anti-Semitism from the left and ignore anti-Semitism on the right. “I am as concerned about neo-Nazis and white supremacists shouting ‘Jews shall not replace us,’” he said, referring to the violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, “as I am by jihadists or BDS activists who deny Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.
    “We do ourselves a disservice, in my opinion, when some of us focus our attention – primarily, if not exclusively – on the anti-Semitism generated by the anti-Israel left, while minimizing the impact of the bigotry and xenophobia emanating from the extreme right.”
    Rosensaft, a child of Holocaust survivors and considered a leading authority on the second generation, warned that Jewish apathy to the plight of others would cause others to be apathetic to the plight of the Jews.
    “If we do not recognize the suffering of others and the hatred directed against others, for what reason and on what basis can we expect others to look at the hatred directed against us and want to identify with us?” he asked.
    Rosensaft made his remarks during a special session devoted to the memory of Prof. Robert S. Wistrich, a renowned Hebrew University authority on anti-Semitism who died in May 2015.
    In the discussion that followed, members of the audience challenged Rosensaft for asserting that anti-Semitism was comparable to other forms of bigotry.
    Wistrich’s widow, Danielle, drew a large round of applause when she delivered the following statement, summing up the general sentiment among delegates: “I don’t think we Jews need to spend our energy, our money and our time to defend Arabs, because I think they have their own people to do that. I think it is good to be well meaning and wonderful to have a big heart, but let’s keep it for ourselves.”

    https://seenthis.net/messages/651347 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • De nouveaux documents secrets montrent l’étroitesse des liens entre les gouvernements israéliens et celui de l’Apartheid sudafricain, dans les années 1970, 1980 et 1990 :

    Declassified : Apartheid Profits – Ties to Tel Aviv
    Open Secrets, The Daily Maverick (Afrique du Sud), le 6 décembre 2017



    #Afrique_du_Sud #israel #Apartheid

    https://seenthis.net/messages/651131 via Dror@sinehebdo

  • Le CRIF ne représente pas les Juifs de France. Il nous mène à la catastrophe.

    L’UJFP s’adresse solennellement aux Juifs de France. Donald Trump vient de violer un peu plus le droit international en reconnaissant Jérusalem comme capitale d’Israël et en mettant fin pour longtemps à toute perspective de paix fondée sur l’égalité des droits et la justice au Proche-Orient. Il confirme son alignement complet sur les Chrétiens sionistes américains (qui sont des antisémites) et sur un gouvernement israélien d’extrême droite qui a totalement libéré la parole raciste ou la déshumanisation de « l’Autre ». Source : UJFP

    https://seenthis.net/messages/650670 via Rezo