• Tunisie : le mouvement BDS appelle au boycott d’un navire israélien
    Par Pierre Magnan@GeopolisAfrique | Publié le 03/08/2018
    http://geopolis.francetvinfo.fr/tunisie-le-mouvement-bds-appelle-au-boycott-d-un-navire-israel

    TACBI, mouvement tunisien de boycott d’Israël, appelle la Tunisie à empêcher l’arrivée d’un bateau que le mouvement considère comme israélien et demande au syndicat des travailleurs tunisiens UGTT d’« empêcher le déchargement de ce bateau au cas où il serait autorisé à entrer dans le port ».

    « La compagnie maritime israélienne ZIM fera une escale au port de Radès (Tunisie) le 4 ou 5 août avec un bateau battant pavillon turc nommé Cornelius A », affirme le mouvement TACBI (Tunisian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel). Radès est le port spécialisé dans les conteneurs du complexe portuaire de Tunis-La Goulette.

    « Il serait extrêmement scandaleux de permettre à ce bateau d’accoster à Radès, d’autant plus que dimanche dernier, la marine israélienne a intercepté la Flottille de la Liberté en eaux internationales et s’est pris à son équipage. L’Awda, le navire amiral de la flottille partie cette année de Suède et de Norvège, a été intercepté par la marine israélienne, et détourné vers le port israélien d’Ashdod. Son équipage et ses passagers ont été arrêtés et sont actuellement détenus en Israël. L’Awda apportait une cargaison de médicaments dont la Bande de Gaza manque cruellement, et devait elle-même être remise en cadeau aux pêcheurs palestiniens de Gaza », estime TACBI sur son site.

    #BDS

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  • Quand la judéo-facho-sphère verse dans un racisme antimusulman délirant | Le Club de Mediapart

    https://blogs.mediapart.fr/guillaume-weill-raynal/blog/020818/quand-la-judeo-facho-sphere-verse-dans-un-racisme-antimusulman-delir

    Un mot, d’abord, sur cette expression « Judéo-facho-sphère », qui peut paraître provocatrice et outrancière, mais que j’assume pleinement. Le courant néoconservateur, on le sait, n’est pas sans lien avec la communauté juive et les réseaux pro-israéliens, que ce soit en France ou aux Etats-Unis. Le soutien inconditionnel à la politique israélienne a beaucoup contribué à fédérer des milieux hétéroclites, parfois issus de la gauche libérale qui, via la critique de certaines dictatures du tiers-monde, comme on disait alors, ont progressivement évolué vers une adhésion aux thèses très droitières sur le choc des civilisations, pour aboutir finalement à un racisme antimusulman totalement décomplexé. L’article d’Yves Mamou, publié le 1er août dernier sur Facebook apparait à cet égard comme un cas exemplaire.

    Yves Mamou n’est pas n’importe qui. Il a été journaliste durant plusieurs années à la rubrique Economie du Monde. Il est régulièrement invité sur les plateaux de la chaine israélienne francophone i24. Sa page n’est pas réservée à quelques internautes triés sur le volet. Elle est entièrement publique et compte plus de deux mille amis. Les publications quotidiennes qui y figurent font donc partie intégrante d’un débat public qu’elles contribuent à nourrir et à influencer. Il signe par ailleurs un livre, à paraître en septembre prochain, intitulé Intelligence avec l’ennemi, qui entend dénoncer une prétendue complicité des élites françaises avec l’islamisme. Un islamisme compris... au sens large. L’éditeur n’a pas encore fait connaitre le texte de la quatrième de couverture, mais Mamou l’a publié, toujours sur son mur Facebook, en juillet dernier : « L’islam et l’islamisme se propagent en France avec une facilité déconcertante : la multiplication du nombre de mosquées, de femmes voilées ou de commerces halal modifient à grande allure les paysages urbains. L’immigration musulmane augmente, le terrorisme islamiste meurtrit la nation mais la justice pourchasse comme raciste la moindre déclaration "islamophobe" ». Tout dans la nuance.

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  • Israël intercepte un second bateau de militants anti-blocus au large de Gaza
    AFP / 04 août 2018 08h37
    https://www.romandie.com/news/ZOOM-Isra-l-intercepte-un-second-bateau-de-militants-anti-blocus-au-large-de-Gaza/942631.rom

    La marine israélienne a annoncé samedi avoir intercepté un bateau au large de la bande de Gaza, le second en moins d’une semaine avec à son bord des militants dénonçant le blocus imposé par l’Etat hébreu à cette enclave palestinienne depuis plus d’une décennie.

    Selon l’armée israélienne, l’embarcation transportant 12 personnes et battant pavillon suédois a été « interceptée conformément à la loi internationale » et acheminée vers le port d’Ashdod, dans le sud d’Israël.

    Le bateau baptisé « liberté pour Gaza » a « violé le blocus naval légal imposé à la bande de Gaza », a ajouté l’armée, précisant que les passagers avaient été emmenés pour être interrogés.

    La marine israélienne avait déjà arraisonné dimanche le bateau « Awda » ("Retour", en arabe) qui battait pavillon norvégien avec 22 personnes à bord.

    Depuis plus de dix ans, la bande de Gaza, contrôlée par le mouvement islamiste Hamas, étouffe sous un strict blocus israélien. Les habitants de l’enclave souffrent notamment de coupures d’électricité provoquées par la suspension des livraisons de fioul.(...)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjtUs94X0AAJ2-G.jpg
    #Flottille #Gaza

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  • i24NEWS - Flottille/Gaza : la Norvège exhorte Israël à s’expliquer
    Mis à jour le 01/08/2018 11:34:08
    https://www.i24news.tv/fr/actu/international/moyen-orient/180717-180801-bateau-intercepte-a-gaza-la-norvege-demande-des-explications-a
    https://cdn.i24news.tv/upload/image/9fac9d658e17d060d32039f0a9d7c1f12077aea2.jpg

    (...) Le ministère norvégien a indiqué dans un communiqué que ses diplomates en Israël avaient fourni une assistance consulaire à cinq Norvégiens qui faisaient partie des 22 passagers et membres d’équipage à bord du navire « Awda » ("Retour", en arabe) qui battait pavillon norvégien, arraisonné par la marine israélienne.

    « Nous avons demandé aux autorités israéliennes de clarifier les circonstances concernant l’interception du navire et de fournir les bases juridiques de l’intervention », a déclaré le porte-parole du ministère norvégien.

    « Il s’agit du premier navire norvégien envoyé à destination de Gaza pour aider les Palestiniens. C’est un bateau pacifique, en aucun cas il ne menace la sécurité d’Israël », a estimé le chef de ’Ship to Gaza Norway’ qui a organisé l’expédition, Torstein Dahle. (...)

    #Flottille #Gaza

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  • Gaza : les blessés de la « Grande Marche »
    ARTE - Journaliste : Sophie Nivelle-Cardinale
    Disponible du 27/07/2018 au 29/07/2038
    https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/084111-000-A/gaza-les-blesses-de-la-grande-marche
    https://static-cdn.arte.tv/resize/VfKJRcazCFvP0xYFs6AorJrixJA=/1920x1080/smart/filters:strip_icc()/apios/Img_data/19/084111-000-A_2481586.jpg

    Entre Gaza et Israël, la tension reste vive malgré les cessez-le-feu successifs. Dans la bande de Gaza, on continue ainsi de manifester chaque vendredi, le long de la clôture frontalière avec Israël. Même si cette « Grande Marche du Retour » qui commémore la Nakba, l’exode palestinien de 1948, a déjà fait plus de 130 morts et 4000 blessés ; des jeunes hommes en majorité.

    #GAZA

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  • Dareen Tatour : Une ode à la résistance palestinienne - IFEX
    https://www.ifex.org/israel/2016/09/07/profile_dareentatour/fr
    https://www.ifex.org/israel/2016/09/12/dareen-looking-down__468x312.jpg

    Comme Tatour a vécu des exécutions extrajudiciaires de jeunes palestiniens dans son entourage, elle s’est reportée sur les médias sociaux pour exprimer son indignation et sa douleur. Elle a posté un poème sur YouTube intitulé « Résistez mon peuple, résister-leur ». Ce poème, qui, au moment de son arrestation, n’avait que 113 vues, deviendra plus tard l’argument principal de l’affaire contre elle.

    Selon Adalah-NY, une organisation basée à New York qui milite pour le Boycott, le Désinvestissement et les Sanctions (BDS) contre Israël, au cours de la dernière année et surtout depuis le mois d’octobre 2015, les forces de sécurité israéliennes ont arrêté plus de 400 Palestiniens à cause de leurs activités sur des médias sociaux. Tatour est l’une d’entre eux.

    Après son arrestation peu avant l’aube, menée sans mandat de recherche ni d’arrêt, la
poétesse a passé les trois premiers mois de détention allant d’une prison à une autre. Elle-même et sa famille n’ont pris connaissance des charges portées contre elle qu’au bout de 20 jours d’emprisonnement. Elle était détenue pour « incitation à la violence » à cause de deux messages postés sur Facebook et d’une vidéo sur YouTube comme indiqué plus haut. Si elle est reconnue coupable de tous ces faits, Tatour risque jusqu’ à huit ans de prison.

    Le 14 janvier 2017, Tatour a été libérée et placée en résidence surveillée en attendant son procès, qui a débuté en mars.

    En définitive, c’est 5 ans de prison.

    https://al-akhbar.com/Literature_Arts/255295

    #poésie_arabe #palestine #israël

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  • The right’s security service at Ben-Gurion Airport - Haaretz Editorial -

    At first it was the automatic and indiscriminate delay of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs, then it degenerated into blacklists of BDS supporters, now Israelis are also being questioned because of their political views

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    Aug 02, 2018 12:26 AM

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/the-right-s-security-service-at-ben-gurion-airport-1.6338498

    The Shin Bet security service stopped an author and left-wing activist at the airport, questioned him about his opinions and political connections and warned him about the “slippery slope” that could lead him to dangerous places and confrontations with the authorities. There were times when such instances would be linked to undemocratic countries like China, Russia, Iran and Egypt, which see freedom of expression and the right of protest as threats to the regime. Now it’s happening in Israel, which calls itself as the only democracy in the Middle East.
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    The details related this week by Moriel Rothman-Zecher about his detention at Ben-Gurion Airport ought to disturb everyone, even those who object to the activities of protest groups like Breaking the Silence. From his report it emerges that he, an Israeli citizen who lives in the United States, was not suspected of any illegal activity; he was asked about his links to perfectly legal organizations and was essentially warned that his activities make him a legitimate target for the Shin Bet (“Israeli author questioned by Shin Bet at Ben-Gurion Airport over involvement in leftist groups,” July 30). His interrogator also asked for the names of “the main activists” in All That’s Left, which he refused to provide.
    This is not a singular case; there have been a series of reports indicating that the Shin Bet and the border guards are turning Israel’s entry points into a filter designed to remove those whose opinions are suspicious or problematic in the eyes of the government. Last week a U.S. citizen, a senior member of the Jewish community who supports and donates to Israel, was reportedly detained at the airport when a pamphlet from Bethlehem with the word “Palestine” on the cover was found in his suitcase. One word is now sufficient to make someone a suspect, worthy of a humiliating delay and harassing questions.
    If there is a “slippery slope,” it’s the state, its elected officials, its employees and the defenders of its borders that are walking on it. It began with the automatic and indiscriminate delay of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs, degenerated into blacklists of BDS supporters whose entry was banned and is now slipping into Israelis being questioned because of their political views.
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    This is not a local initiative, but a faithful expression of government and coalition policy: to label protest organizations in general and those who work against the occupation in particular as hostile to Israel and ascribe to them an intent to harm and betray it. The questioning of Rothman-Zecher is a warning shot aimed at like-minded people in the hope they’ll take note and be deterred.
    According to the Shin Bet, the investigators acted “to fulfill the mission” of the security service. It seems that the questioning of Israelis about their political opinions is being conducted with permission and authority. But what happens in the airport doesn’t stay there; if policemen and investigators are not restrained, it won’t be long before citizens with opinions the government disapproves of will be woken by knocks on the door in the middle of the night, as in the most benighted of countries.
    The above article is Haaretz’s lead editorial, as published in the Hebrew and English newspapers in Israel.

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  • « Nous avons de sérieuses chances de sauver la communauté palestinienne de Khan Al-Ahmar »
    Dans une tribune au « Monde », le directeur de l’ONG israélienne B’Tselem exhorte à redoubler d’efforts pour sauver de la démolition cette communauté proche de Jérusalem.
    Le Monde | 31.07.2018 à 12h41 • Mis à jour le 31.07.2018 à 15h54 | Par Hagai El-Ad (Directeur de B’Tselem, ONG israélienne vouée à la défense des droits de l’homme dans les territoires occupés)
    https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2018/07/31/nous-avons-de-serieuses-chances-de-sauver-la-communaute-palestinienne-de-kha
    https://img.lemde.fr/2018/07/12/463/0/3500/1750/644/322/60/0/a23561e_FFF-GAZ01_ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-BEDOUIN_0712_11.JPG

    Tribune. Parfois, le dernier jour d’audience n’est pas vraiment le dernier. Le 24 mai, les juges de la Cour suprême israélienne, Sohlberg, Baron et Willner, rendaient une décision de justice censément juste pour Khan Al-Ahmar, une communauté palestinienne située à quelques kilomètres à l’est de Jérusalem. Ce dernier jour devant les tribunaux aurait dû être suivi par la démolition imminente de toute la communauté par les autorités israéliennes.
    Faisant preuve d’un aveuglement formaliste du plus cynique qui soit, les juges ont aisément ignoré certains « détails »

    Mais aussi unanime et sans équivoque soit-elle, cette décision n’était rien d’autre qu’une tentative de délivrer un semblant de justice pour couvrir des actions étatiques profondément immorales – et fondamentalement illégales. Faisant preuve d’un aveuglement formaliste du plus cynique qui soit, les juges ont aisément ignoré certains « détails », comme le fait qu’Israël ait établi un régime de planification systématique, qui ne permette quasiment jamais aux Palestiniens de recevoir des permis de construire.

    L’essence contextuelle allègrement reléguée au second plan, les juges ont ouvert la voie à un raisonnement fondé sur l’« Etat de droit » pour démolir une école, des dizaines de maisons – et la vie de plus de cent soixante-dix Palestiniens. De telles décisions – dont celle-ci – devraient être contestées localement et internationalement.

    #colonisation_de_peuplement

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  • Palestinian poet sentenced to 5 months of prison
    July 31, 2018 4:41 P.M. (Updated: July 31, 2018 4:48 P.M.)
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=780562
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    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Magistrate Court of Nazareth sentenced Palestinian poet Darin Tatour, from the al-Reineh village in northern Israel, to five months of prison and 6 months of suspended sentence on Tuesday.

    The Israeli prosecution accuses Tatour of “incitement and supporting a terrorist organization” for writing a poem criticizing the Israeli occupation and posting it on her personal page on Facebook.

    The Israeli prosecution demanded that Tatour be imprisoned for periods between 15 and 26 months.

    Tatour had previously spent more than 2 years and 8 months between prison and house arrest for writing the poem.

    She said that the decision was “unjust” and that there was no reason for the court to place her under trial in the first place. However, she added that she was not surprised by the ruling.

    She added that she does not trust the Israeli court system, pointing out that the her detention was politically motivated; “democracy is confined to one type of people in this country,” Tatour said pointing out to the discrimination against Palestinian citizens in Israel.

    Tatour was previously detained in October 2015, she was indicted in November 2015 on charges of “incitement to violence and support for a terrorist organization.”

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  • Linda Sarsour, de la Women’s March à la défense des migrants, icône malmenée des droits civiques aux Etats-Unis | Delphine Darmency
    https://information.tv5monde.com/terriennes/linda-sarsour-de-la-women-s-march-la-defense-des-migrants-icon

    Incontournable figure de l’activisme politique américain, Linda Sarsour fut propulsée sur la scène médiatique lors de la Women’s March du 21 janvier 2017 à Washington. Cette new yorkaise de Brooklyn, originaire de Palestine, engagée dans le combat contre la détention des enfants de migrants, inspirée par le parcours de Malcolm X, est aussi souvent attaquée. Une rencontre signée Terriennes Source : Terriennes

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  • Israël : l’impunité en recul 18 ans après un tir israélien contre un journaliste français
    Syndicat National des Journalistes CGT - Article mis à jour le 31 juillet 2018
    https://snjcgt.fr/2018/07/31/israel-limpunite-en-recul-18-ans-apres-un-tir-israelien-contre-un-journaliste
    https://snjcgt.fr/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2018/07/Bourget.png

    La justice française vient dix-huit ans après les faits de condamner le tir d’un soldat israélien qui avait blessé grièvement le journaliste français Jacques-Marie Bourget reconnaissant enfin la responsabilité du tireur contre un reporter en vertu des accords internationaux.

    Le 21 octobre 2000 à Ramallah, en Palestine occupée, Jacques-Marie Bourget, grand reporter à Paris-Match était très grièvement blessé au poumon. Les autorités israéliennes avaient refusé qu’il soit hospitalisé en Israël et empêché son convoi d’arriver à l’aéroport de Tel Aviv. Il a fallu l’intervention du président Chirac pour que le blessé, soigné par les médecins palestiniens, soit autorisé à rejoindre Tel Aviv pour Paris. (...)

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  • Israeli Druze commander quits army over nation-state law in open letter to Netanyahu

    In a Facebook post, Capt. Amir Jmall calls on leaders of his community to work toward putting an end to the compulsory conscription of Israeli Druze

    Yaniv Kubovich
    Jul 30, 2018 5:36 PM

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-druze-quits-idf-over-nation-state-law-in-letter-to-netanya

    In the letter, Jmall also called on leaders of his community to work toward putting an end to the compulsory conscription of Israel’s Druze. The Facebook post has since been removed.
    “This morning, when I woke up to drive to the [army] base, I asked myself, why? Why do I have to serve the State of Israel, a state that my two brothers, my father and I have served with dedication, a sense of mission and a love of the homeland, and, in the end, what do we get? To be second-class citizens,” Jmall wrote.
    >> ’When we’re in uniform they treat us well’: Israel’s Druze no longer feel like blood brothers
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    "Continue serving the country? I do not want to continue and I am sure that hundreds more people will stop serving and will be discharged from the army following your decision, Netanyahu, that of you and your government,” he continued.
    "After many thoughts ran through my head, I decided to let go and to discontinue serving the country, a country that has a government that takes and does not give back.”
    In conclusion, Jmall wrote: “I ask everyone who is against the nation-state law to share and share my proposal to community leaders to stop the conscription law for members of the Druze community.”
    The Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, also known as the nation-state law, approved by the Knesset on July 19, affirmed that only Jews have the right to self-determination in Israel. It also downgraded Arabic to a language with “special status,” among several other controversial measures that affect the Israeli Druze.
    The nation-state law is designed to alter the application of the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty in court rulings, and permits judges to give priority to Israel’s Jewish character in their rulings.

    Last week, Druze lawmakers were the first to file a High Court of Justice petition against the legislation. A hundred Druze Israel Defense Forces reserve officers added their voices to that effort on Wednesday, prompting Education Minister Naftali Bennett to speak out in support of “our blood brothers” on Twitter.
    Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon echoed similar sentiments on Thursday, telling Israeli Army Radio, “The enactment of the nation-state law was done hastily,” and adding: “We were wrong and we need to fix it.”
    On Saturday, Israeli Arab lawmaker Zouheir Bahloul (Zionist Union) announced his intention to resign from the Knesset in protest of the law. "The law oppresses me and oppresses the population that sent me to the Knesset,’’ he said.

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  • Déclaration de la Coalition sur la Flottille de la Liberté - [UJFP]
    mardi 31 juillet 2018 par Freedom Flotilla
    http://www.ujfp.org/spip.php?article6552
    http://www.ujfp.org/local/cache-vignettes/L466xH263/djw4v_luyaifpjn-8a621.jpg?1533022698 Photo de basse résolution transmise depuis le Al-Awda pendant les dernières heures de navigation

    Bien que les forces d’occupation israéliennes affirment que la capture de notre navire s’est déroulée « sans incident exceptionnel », Zohar Chamberlain Regev, témoin oculaire, rapporte qu’au moment de l’embarquement : « Les gens à bord ont reçu des décharges électriques par taser et ont été frappés par des soldats masqués. Nous n’avons pas eu nos passeports ou nos effets personnels avant de descendre du bateau. Ne croyez pas les rapports sur une interception pacifique. »

    Nous avons besoin d’urgence de connaître les détails sur qui a été blessé, le degré de gravité des blessures et quel traitement reçoivent les blessés, le cas échéant. Une attaque militaire contre un navire civil est un acte violent et une violation du droit international. Emmener 22 personnes des eaux internationales vers un pays qui n’est pas leur destination constitue un acte d’enlèvement, ce qui est également illégal en vertu de la Convention internationale sur le droit de la mer.

    Depuis le moment où nous avons perdu le contact vers 13h15 heure locale dimanche, nous savons que l’IOF a bloqué tous les signaux de communication, y compris les téléphones satellites. Nous sommes très préoccupés par cette violation du droit des journalistes de se présenter librement et nous restons gravement préoccupés par leur capacité à conserver leur équipement professionnel et leurs supports de stockage.

    Comme l’a récemment observé le journaliste australien Chris Graham : « Des choses graves se produisent lorsque de bonnes personnes gardent le silence, comme le prouve l’histoire. Mais des choses horribles se produisent lorsque les médias sont empêchés de scruter les actions d’un État. »

    Deux de nos participants, citoyens israéliens, ont été accusés d’avoir tenté d’entrer à Gaza et d’avoir comploté pour commettre un crime, et ils ont été libérés sous caution ce matin. L’un d’eux, le chef de bateau Zohar Chamberlain Regev, rapporte avoir vu du sang sur le pont de l’’Al Awda’ alors que les derniers participants étaient traînés hors du navire.

    #FlottilleGaza

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  • As U.S. pushes for Mideast peace, Saudi king reassures allies |
    Reuters

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-paelestinians-usa-saudi/as-u-s-pushes-for-mideast-peace-saudi-king-reassures-allies-idUSKBN1KJ0F9

    RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has reassured Arab allies it will not endorse any Middle East peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem’s status or refugees’ right of return, easing their concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent U.S. deal which aligns with Israel on key issues.

    King Salman’s private guarantees to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his public defense of long-standing Arab positions in recent months have helped reverse perceptions that Saudi Arabia’s stance was changing under his powerful young son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, diplomats and analysts said.

    This in turn has called into question whether Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and site of its holiest shrines, can rally Arab support for a new push to end the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, with an eye to closing ranks against mutual enemy Iran.

    “In Saudi Arabia, the king is the one who decides on this issue now, not the crown prince,” said a senior Arab diplomat in Riyadh. “The U.S. mistake was they thought one country could pressure the rest to give in, but it’s not about pressure. No Arab leader can concede on Jerusalem or Palestine.”

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    Palestinian officials told Reuters in December that Prince Mohammed, known as MbS, had pressed Abbas to support the U.S. plan despite concerns it offered the Palestinians limited self-government inside disconnected patches of the occupied West Bank, with no right of return for refugees displaced by the Arab-Israeli wars of 1948 and 1967.

    Such a plan would diverge from the Arab Peace Initiative drawn up by Saudi Arabia in 2002 in which Arab nations offered Israel normal ties in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territory captured in 1967.

    Saudi officials have denied any difference between King Salman, who has vocally supported that initiative, and MbS, who has shaken up long-held policies on many issues and told a U.S. magazine in April that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land - a rare statement for an Arab leader.

    The Palestinian ambassador to Riyadh, Basem Al-Agha, told Reuters that King Salman had expressed support for Palestinians in a recent meeting with Abbas, saying: “We will not abandon you ... We accept what you accept and we reject what you reject.”

    He said that King Salman naming the 2018 Arab League conference “The Jerusalem Summit” and announcing $200 million in aid for Palestinians were messages that Jerusalem and refugees were back on the table.

    FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud attends Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
    The Saudi authorities did not respond to a request for comment on the current status of diplomatic efforts.

    RED LINES

    Diplomats in the region say Washington’s current thinking, conveyed during a tour last month by top White House officials, does not include Arab East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, a right of return for refugees or a freeze of Israeli settlements in lands claimed by the Palestinians.

    Senior adviser Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has not provided concrete details of the U.S. strategy more than 18 months after he was tasked with forging peace.

    A diplomat in Riyadh briefed on Kushner’s latest visit to the kingdom said King Salman and MbS had seen him together: “MbS did the talking while the king was in the background.”

    Independent analyst Neil Partrick said King Salman appears to have reined in MbS’ “politically reckless approach” because of Jerusalem’s importance to Muslims.

    “So MbS won’t oppose Kushner’s ‘deal’, but neither will he, any longer, do much to encourage its one-sided political simplicities,” said Partrick, lead contributor and editor of “Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy: Conflict and Cooperation”.

     Kushner and fellow negotiator Jason Greenblatt have not presented a comprehensive proposal but rather disjointed elements, which one diplomat said “crossed too many red lines”.

    Instead, they heavily focused on the idea of setting up an economic zone in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula with the adjacent Gaza Strip possibly coming under the control of Cairo, which Arab diplomats described as unacceptable.

    In Qatar, Kushner asked Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to pressure the Islamist group Hamas to cede control of Gaza in return for development aid, the diplomats said.

    One diplomat briefed on the meeting said Sheikh Tamim just nodded silently. It was unclear if that signaled an agreement or whether Qatar was offered anything in return.

    “The problem is there is no cohesive plan presented to all countries,” said the senior Arab diplomat in Riyadh. “Nobody sees what everyone else is being offered.”

    Kushner, a 37-year-old real estate developer with little experience of international diplomacy or political negotiation, visited Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt and Israel in June. He did not meet Abbas, who has refused to see Trump’s team after the U.S. embassy was moved to Jerusalem.

    In an interview at the end of his trip, Kushner said Washington would announce its Middle East peace plan soon, and press on with or without Abbas. Yet there has been little to suggest any significant progress towards ending the decades-old conflict, which Trump has said would be “the ultimate deal”.

    “There is no new push. Nothing Kushner presented is acceptable to any of the Arab countries,” the Arab diplomat said. “He thinks he is ‘I Dream of Genie’ with a magic wand to make a new solution to the problem.”

    A White House official told reporters last week that Trump’s envoys were working on the most detailed set of proposals to date for the long-awaited peace proposal, which would include what the administration is calling a robust economic plan, though there is thus far no release date.

    Editing by Giles Elgood
    Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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  • Egypt: The White House and the Strongman - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/27/sunday-review/obama-egypt-coup-trump.html

    President Trump boasts that he has reversed American policies across the Middle East. Where his predecessor hoped to win hearts and minds, Mr. Trump champions the axiom that brute force is the only response to extremism — whether in Iran, Syria, Yemen or the Palestinian territories. He has embraced the hawks of the region, in Israel and the Persian Gulf, as his chief guides and allies.

    But in many ways, this hard-line approach began to take hold under President Barack Obama, when those same regional allies backed the 2013 military ouster of Egypt’s first elected president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    That coup was a watershed moment for the region, snuffing out dreams of democracy while emboldening both autocrats and jihadists. And American policy pivoted, too, empowering those inside the administration “who say you just have to crush these guys,” said Andrew Miller, who oversaw Egypt for the National Security Council under Mr. Obama, and who is now with the Project on Middle East Democracy. Some of the coup’s most vocal American advocates went on to top roles in the Trump administration, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser.
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    In July 2013, supporters of the ousted Mr. Morsi protested in Cairo against the killing of 50 demonstrators a day before. A much bigger massacre came in August.CreditNarciso Contreras for The New York Times
    I was The New York Times Cairo bureau chief at the time of the coup, and I returned to the events years later in part to better understand Washington’s role. I learned that the Obama administration’s support for the Arab Spring uprisings had been hobbled from the start by internal disagreements over the same issues that now define Trump policy — about the nature of the threat from political Islam, about fidelity to autocratic allies like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, and about the difficulty of achieving democratic change in Egypt and the region.

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  • Once again, Israel denies the Bedouin what it grants the settlers
    On Wednesday the High Court will hear petitions against the demolition of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, while two Palestinian villages request that the state demolish illegal structures in a nearby settlement
    Amira Hass Jul 27, 2018 10:23 PM
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-once-again-israel-denies-the-bedouin-what-it-grants-the-settlers-1
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    Two Palestinian villages, basing their request on Civil Administration data, are asking the Israeli authorities to demolish illegal structures in the settlement of Kfar Adumim and outposts around it. In question are about 120 villas and other buildings in the settlement against which demolition orders have been issued (though, as of the beginning of 2017, at least half the structures had been approved retroactively), and in four outposts.

    In the outposts, most of the structures have been built on land defined as state land back in the days of Jordanian rule, and a smaller number have been built on land privately owned by village residents. This past Tuesday, at the Justice Ministry High Court department, Attorney Tawfiq Jabareen filed this request for the villages of Deir Dibwan and Anata, east of Ramallah, as the prelude to petitioning for the villages and some of their residents, owners of private land.

    In a preliminary argument, Jabareen talks about Israel’s “selective enforcement” policy. And as a reverse example — of “legalizing” the illegal construction in Kfar Adumim — he mentions the Bedouin village at Khan al-Ahmar, which existed long before the settlements were established and is now threatened by demolition, along with the expulsion of its residents. Before this request, a team of lawyers headed by Jabareen submitted two new petitions on behalf of the residents of Khan al-Ahmar.

    The deliberations on these petitions will be held this Wednesday, at a time when Khan al-Ahmar has become a focus of international interest and hosts protest gatherings every day. This comes against the backdrop of European and UN condemnations of the planned demolition and, in general, of Israel’s policy of thwarting Palestinian construction in the West Bank’s Area C, which is under exclusive Israeli control.

    Thus, three months before the law comes into effect denying the High Court authority to deliberate on matters concerning West Bank land and techniques for grabbing it from the Palestinians, a team of Palestinian lawyers who are Israeli citizens insists on bringing to the High Court matters of principle concerning discrimination, inequality and government arbitrariness.

    Settlements’ concerted action

    For its part, Kfar Adumim continues to demand implementation of the decision to demolish Khan al-Ahmar. This past Sunday, the settlement and two of its offshoots — Nofei Prat and Alon — asked to join the Israel Defense Forces and the Civil Administration as respondents in one of the two new Khan-al Ahmar petitions. This is the petition that asks to oblige the Civil Administration to relate to the detailed master plan recently submitted by the village. On behalf of the three settlements, attorneys Avraham Moshe Segal and Yael Cinnamon asked that the petition be rejected.

    A concerted legal and media battle by the three settlements over the past decade, as well as pressure from the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee’s subcommittee on West Bank affairs, led to the Civil Administration’s decision to demolish the village. During all those years, the previous attorney for the Bedouin village, Shlomo Lecker, managed to delay implementation of the demolition orders, including the order against the ecological school made out of tires.

    But in May a panel of justices headed by Noam Sohlberg, a resident of the settlement of Alon Shvut, ruled that there was no legal reason to intervene in the state’s decision to expel and forcibly transfer the village’s residents to an area the Civil Administration has allotted them next to the Abu Dis garbage dump.

    His partners in the decision were justices Anat Baron and Yael Willner; Willner has a brother and a sister living in Kfar Adumim, but she did not recuse herself from deliberating on the fate of Khan al-Ahmar, nor did she agree to attorney Lecker’s request that she do so. About a week after the High Court’s green light for the demolition, the Civil Administration’s Supreme Planning Council approved the construction of a new neighborhood for Kfar Adumim called Nofei Bereshit about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from the Bedouin community at Khan al-Ahmar.

    Preparations for the demolition and eviction began at the end of June, but the new petitions have halted them. It was Baron who issued a temporary injunction that has suspended the demolition.

    Attorneys Segal and Cinnamon, acting on behalf of the three settlements, write that the new petition (asking that the Civil Administration consider the master plan for the village) “is part of a broader move by the petitioners and influential elements on the ‘left’ side of the political map to ‘leave’ the ‘Palestinian construction criminals’ adjacent to the Israeli locales there and adjacent to Route 1 in order to create contiguous Palestinian settlement there.” (The internal quotation marks are in the original document).

    The settlements say that this is an illegitimate way to deliberate; it will let any judicial ruling be reopened in the hope that a different panel of judges will make a change. Regarding the matter at hand, the settlements note that the High Court has already addressed the possibility of preparing a master plan for the village at its current location and has ruled that there is nothing wrong with the state’s intention to demolish it.

    In their statement accompanying the request to join the respondents, the settlements write that the petitioners from Khan al-Ahmar are “construction criminals who have made a law unto themselves and have wittingly and without building permits built on lands that do not belong to them, adjacent to a major transportation artery [and then] brazenly applied to the honorable court to help them prevent the implementation of the demolition orders.”

    The settlements argue that the petitioners built the structures without any building permits and on land that “no one disputes that they do not have even a speck of a right to claim as theirs.”

    First construction, then legalization

    The Bedouin village’s tents and makeshift shacks are on plots of land belonging to residents of Anata, for which they have received the owners’ permission. These plots include a are part of a large area of lands under private Palestinian ownership listed in the Land Registry, which Israel expropriated in 1975 but has not used since. Route 1, which links Jerusalem to Jericho, was far from Khan al-Ahmar, and only when the road was widened was the distance decreased.

    One of the founders of Kfar Adumim, current Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, submitted an action plan to the IDF back at the end of 1978 or the beginning of 1979. The plan confirms that Bedouin communities were living in the area before the settlements were established, but the plan demands that these communities be expelled, Palestinian construction be curtailed and contiguous Jewish settlement be established.

    On the basis of Civil Administration data, the planning rights group Bimkom published an opinion in 2010 on the pattern of planning and construction in Kfar Adumim and its offshoots: first construction without permits and only then planning that legalizes it.

    The settlement was established in 1979 but a detailed master plan was approved only in 1988. New homes were built without permits, awaiting legalization in another master plan approved years later. Before all the possibilities for construction in the 1988 plan were used up, detailed master plans were advanced aimed at establishing Alon and Nofei Prat, which are called neighborhoods even though they are not contiguous with the mother settlement. Each of these “neighborhoods” spawned an illegal outpost of its own.

    In his preliminary argument to the High Court, Jabareen mentions the Civil Administration’s demolition orders against large private homes in Kfar Adumim. He also mentions the legalization of at least half the structures against which orders were issued, and the four outposts created by the settlement and its offshoots Alon and Nofei Prat. The information about the outposts is based on Civil Administration and Peace Now data.

    The outpost Givat Granit was established in 2002 on about 70 dunams (17.3 acres) of land, of which 10 are privately owned land and the rest is state land from the Jordanian period. Five residential structures and part of the approach road are located on privately-owned land.

    The outpost Haroeh Ha’ivri was established without a master plan in 2015 on about 20 dunams of state land and serves as an educational farm school. The road to the outpost runs along private land, and the outpost receives funding from the Education Ministry. An events venue and desert field lodge was established on about 15 dunams of state land in 2012, and the outpost Ma’aleh Hagit was established in 1999 on about 70 dunams of state land with incursions onto privately-owned parcels.

    In the Kfar Adumim statement to the High Court, the attorneys write that the Khan al-Ahmar petition is political, “and to this will testify the deeds of the petitioners who exploited the temporary order they received for purposes of opening the school year and populating the school building (made of tires) with pupils . The entire aim of the petition is to advance the petitioners’ political agenda and their attempt to create contiguous Palestinian settlement in strategic areas of Judea and Samaria. The petitioners’ attempt to depict the issue as a legal issue is flawed to a large extent by artificiality and testifies to the petitioner’s lack of good faith.”

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  • 180 writers call on Netanyahu to cancel Nationality Law, amend Surrogacy Law
    Amir Alon|Published: 07.28.18 , 20:23
    https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5318575,00.html

    Some 180 novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters and other literary figures on Saturday evening called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel the Nationality Law and amend the Surrogacy Law, which discriminates against gay couples.

    “We ask to express the great shock and heartache we’ve experienced in light of the recent laws passed by the Knesset under your leadership,” they wrote in a letter to the prime minister.

    Among the signatories on the letter, which is an initiative of poet Ilan Sheinfeld, are: Amos Oz, David Grossman, A. B. Yehoshua, Hana Azoulay-Hasfari and Edna Mazia.

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  • Jewish Arab village in the spotlight after Israel passes nationality law

    https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/07/israel-palestinians-nationality-law-neve-shalom-coexistence.html

    Some ambassadors to Israel celebrate their country’s national day at the poolside of their official residences in Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv. Others mark the day with receptions at fancy Tel Aviv hotels. Swiss Ambassador Jean-Daniel Ruch chose to celebrate his country’s independence in a unique spot. He will welcome his guests, among them government, Foreign Ministry and Knesset representatives, to the Jewish Arab village of Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam, which lies midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The principles on which this community, the first and only one of its kind, was founded run counter to the spirit of the nationality law — Israel’s new law that excludes the country’s 20% Arab minority, strips their mother tongue of its official status and negates their national narrative.

    The official invitation to the event says that Neve Shalom — Hebrew for “Oasis of Peace” — is a village of Jewish and Palestinian Israeli citizens working together for justice, peace and equality in the country and the region. Its vision, the invitation quotes from Neve Shalom’s founding principles, is to offer "a model of equality, mutual respect and partnership, challenging the existing patterns of racism and discrimination as well as the continued conflict.” Contrary to the nationality law, which reads that Israel “views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment,” the 70 Jewish and Arab families living in the village reject the idea of Jewish-only communities. The Arabic language has equal footing with Hebrew. The village children attend a bilingual school and unlike other Israeli schoolchildren, are allowed to mark the Palestinian Nakba and to protest the Israeli occupation.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/711130 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Cooperation Agreement Signed Between TAU and the Collège de France | Tel Aviv University
    Agreement strengthens existing strong relations between the two institutions in the areas of humanities and exact sciences
    24 July 2018
    https://english.tau.ac.il/impact/tau_college_de_france_agreement

    A collaboration agreement was signed between Tel Aviv University and the prestigious Collège de France in Paris, during a joint symposium of the two institutions that was held as part of the 2018 France-Israel Exchange Season.

    The symposium addressed four themes through round table discussions with the participation of scholars from both institutions. These included: biblical archeology; literature and society; renewable energies; quantum physics; and string theory.

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  • Palestine. Psychiatrie sous occupation
    Orient XXI > Marina Da Silva > 27 juillet 2018
    https://orientxxi.info/lu-vu-entendu/palestine-psychiatrie-sous-occupation,2563
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    « Birth of Liberty » Aamran/Deviantart

    (...) Diplômée de l’université Al Quds à Jérusalem, des universités Paris VI et Paris VII et de l’Institut israélien de psychothérapie psychanalytique, Samah Jabr est directrice de l’unité de santé mentale en Cisjordanie occupée, et responsable des services de santé mentale pour l’ensemble de la région. Elle enseigne et forme des professionnels palestiniens et internationaux et intervient auprès de prisonniers. « Il y a seulement une trentaine de psychologues et psychiatres pour toute la population de la Cisjordanie et de la bande de Gaza », explique-t-elle. Tout un programme, qui en dit long sur l’ampleur de la tâche. (...)

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  • Egypt : Permits, penalties and paranoia | MadaMasr
    https://www.madamasr.com/en/2018/07/26/feature/politics/permits-penalties-and-paranoia

    Diaa Rashwan, head of the State Information Service (SIS), the government body tasked with overseeing foreign media in Egypt, is outspoken about his belief that the Egyptian state is in open conflict with the international press.

    “We are facing the fiercest foreign media smear campaign that Egypt has encountered throughout its modern history,” Rashwan said in a television interview on the privately owned Al-Haya television station in February. He went on to detail the steps the SIS is taking in response, including issuing written reports denouncing “offensive” coverage and summoning journalists for closed-door discussions.

    Over the last few years, and particularly since Rashwan was appointed SIS head in June 2017, working conditions for foreign reporters in Egypt have gone from being difficult to a grueling daily battle with authorities, as international journalists are forced to endure an increasingly suffocating bureaucracy, public shaming, backroom intimidation and the looming threat of deportation.

    The SIS is an oversight body established in 1954 that defines its role as “the nation’s main informational, awareness and public relations agency” and closely monitors foreign media activities in Egypt. Although initially formed under the now disbanded Information Ministry, it has been operating under the office of the presidency since 2012.

    Rashwan’s tightened grip on the foreign press comes in the context of a wider state crackdown on all media, which dramatically intensified following the military-backed ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 as part of a campaign to silence any and all opposition voices. Authorities have since taken unprecedented measures against press freedoms in an effort to control the narrative about Egypt, both at home and abroad.

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  • Why the expected wave of French immigration to Israel never materialized

    It seemed as if the Jews of France would come to Israel in droves after the 2015 attacks in Paris. It turns out that these expectations were exaggerated - here’s why
    By Noa Shpigel Jul 25, 2018

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-why-expected-wave-of-french-immigration-to-israel-never-m

    It was early 2015 in Paris and the attacks came one after the other. On January 7, there was the shooting attack on the editorial offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that took 12 lives; the next day a terrorist shot a policewoman dead, and the day after that brought the siege on the Hypercacher kosher supermarket that ended in the deaths of four Jews.
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    On January 11, some four million people marched through the streets of Paris and other French cities in a protest against terror; some 50 world leaders marched in Paris, among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who a few hours later spoke at the Great Synagogue in Paris and urged French Jews to make aliyah.

    [You have] the right to live in our free country, the one and only Jewish state, the State of Israel,” he said, to applause from the crowd. “The right to stand tall and proud at the walls of Zion, our eternal capital of Jerusalem. Any Jew who wishes to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed with open arms and warm and accepting hearts.” The Immigration Absorption Ministry estimated that more than 10,000 French Jews would make aliyah that year.
    That forecast was premature. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2014, there were 6,547 olim from France, while in 2015, the number rose only to 6,628. In 2016, the number of immigrants dropped to 4,239, and last year, there were only 3,157. Based on the first five months of this year, it seems that the downtrend is continuing; in the first five months of 2018, there were 759 olim from France, while during the comparable period in 2017, the number was 958.
    Joel Samoun, a married father of four from Troyes and a nurse by profession, remembers Netanyahu’s speech. “The speech definitely moved me. It was also a period when we weren’t feeling safe in France,” he says. He began the aliyah process: He made contact with the Jewish Agency and even had his professional credentials and recommendation letters translated into Hebrew. But when Samoun discovered what a lengthy procedure he would have to undergo to work in his field in Israel, he decided to give up on the dream, at least for now. “It’s somewhere in my head,” he said. “Maybe when I reach retirement age.”

    Nor is Annaell Asraf, 23, of Paris, hurrying to leave. Her sister made aliyah four years ago, did national service, and somehow managed. She herself worked in Israel for six months, then returned to France, finished her degree in business administration and founded an online fashion business.
    “I have a good life in France,” she told Haaretz. Many of her friends, she said, “tried to make aliyah, waited two years to find work, and came back. On paper it looks easy, but it’s much more complicated.”

    Annaell Asraf, 23, of Paris, prefers to remain in France Luana Hazan
    What are the primary obstacles? Gaps in language and mentality that aren’t easy to bridge, she says, plus, for anyone who didn’t serve in the army, it’s harder to find work. Moreover, she now feels safe in France. “Maybe someday,” she says, when asked if she sees herself returning to Israel to live.
    Ariel Kendel, director of Qualita, the umbrella organization for French immigrants in Israel, says, “On the one hand, we see that aliyah is down, but on the other hand, the potential is great. If you know Jews in the community in France – it’s hard to find people who’ll say they don’t want to come to Israel.”
    According to Kendel, the drop in aliyah has a number of causes. The primary ones are absorption difficulties; transitioning from the welfare state they are used to; and the fact that there are no aliyah programs tailored specifically for the French. “Where will I live, how will I make a living, what happens to my kids between 2 and 6 [P.M.],” he says. “In France, there is a developed welfare state. We don’t expect it to be like that here, but you can’t tell an immigrant at the airport to take the absorption basket [of services] and that’s it. Apparently every office in Israel should be asking itself these questions.”
    Another problem he cites is the process of having professional credentials recognized in Israel. Although certification for physicans has been streamlined (to a trial period), nurses must undergo a test.
    “People are asked to take an exam after 30 years of experience, it’s a scandal,” says Kendel. “We have at least one hundred nurses – 50 in Israel and 50 in France – who cannot work here. I don’t think that anyone in France is afraid to go to the hospital; [health care] is not at a low level. You can’t tell someone, ‘come, but chances are that we won’t accept your diploma.’”

    Daniella Hadad, a bookkeeper who made aliyah with her husband and five children in 2015, works now in childcare. “When we made aliyah, there was a lot of terror and they said that we should immigrate more quickly,” she says. “They told me to work as a bookkeeper I would have to take all the courses from scratch, and that’s hard in Hebrew.” Now she’s looking for new avenues of employment and wants to improve her Hebrew.
    Hadad is convinced that being able to make a living is the most important element in a successful landing in Israel. “I know a woman who made aliyah with her husband and children, but they had a hard time and now they are going back after two-and-half years.
    Olivier Nazé, a father of four, is a dentist who made aliyah eight years ago. He had to invest a great deal in order to be able to work in his profession in Israel. Before moving the family, he came a few times on his own, to pass the required exam. He says his brother and family are worried about making aliyah as a result.
    “If you have a profession, and you’re making money, it’s hard to get in because it’s like starting from zero,” he says. “In France I made a lot of money, and in Israel at the beginning, I was making a tenth of that. Now it’s slowly rising, but not everyone can afford to wait.” Despite everything, he says, “the quality of life is better here, for the children as well.”
    According to a survey conducted by Zeev Hanin, the Absorption Ministry’s chief scientist, the results of which were published in June, 47 percent of French immigrants say their standard of living is not as good as it was in France, while 32 percent said their standard of living had improved. In terms of income, 80 percent responded that their situation was less favorable than in France, whereas 5 percent reported an improvement. But while many people indicated a worsening of various conditions compared to what they had in France, 67 percent said that they felt more at home in Israel, and 78.3 percent said they do not intend to leave.
    Drop in incidents
    It’s not surprising to learn that a drop in the incidents of anti-Semitism in France has been accompanied by a lack in emigration to Israel. Riva Mane, a researcher at the Kantor Center for the Study of European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, says that in 2015, the French Interior Ministry reported 808 anti-Semitic incidents in the country, whereas, in 2016 the number dropped to 355, and in 2017 to 311. Although not all incidents are reported, she said, the trend is clear.
    Nevertheless, Mane says, “There is an increase in the number of violent attacks on Jews; 97 such incidents were reported in 2017, compared to 77 in 2016.” She added that there is still a sense of insecurity in the Jewish community, and that in recent years there has been an increase in internal migration. “Tens of thousands are leaving the poorer neighborhoods that also have a significant Muslim population and where there have been many incidents, for central Paris and other wealthier areas, where there are fewer Muslims,” she says. She also noted that Jewish pupils are increasingly leaving the public schools for private ones, where they are also likely to encounter fewer Muslim students.

    Olivier Nazé, a father of four, is a dentist who made aliyah eight years ago Rami Shllush
    “There’s always a reason for a wave of aliyah,” explained Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver. “Not all the olim come because of Zionism. There was a reason for this wave from France – fear of terror. Olim came from Ukraine a year ago when there was a security crisis there vis-à-vis Russia. And now people are coming from Argentina and Brazil due to the economic situation.”
    Landver says that her ministry is fighting to remove barriers to successful absorption. “I’m out in the field and I meet with olim from France who are very satisfied,” she reports. Although the minister knows that the immigrants from France cannot receive what the welfare state provides there, such as schools that are open late and two years of unemployment payments, her ministry continues to encourage aliyah.

    Landver says that she has instructed ministry staff to make home visits to people who have opened an aliyah file, and that the ministry provides money for the translation of documents and removes employment barriers insofar as possible. “We, together with the municipalities, are doing everything possible to increase the number of olim. I really want them here and I’ll do everything to ease their absorption and to support this aliyah.”

    Valerie Halfon, a family financial consultant from the organization Paamonim, said she has met with hundreds of families in France before their aliyah, helping them to prepare an economic assessment, so they’ll know what to expect. For example, she says, she consulted with a young couple who were hesitant, because friends told them that they would need 20,000 shekels a month ($5,500) to get by. She said that after making their calculations, “we got to 8,000-9,000 shekels. There are rumors, and they’re not all true. You have to adapt, you have to make changes.”
    Still, whether it’s the improvement in the security situation in France, or the fear of making a new start – or a combination of these – there has been a decline in aliyah. “Today there’s a feeling that things have calmed down in France,” says Arie Abitbol, director of the European division of the Jewish Agency’s Masa programs. “There’s a president [Emmanuel Macron] who’s empathetic, and there’s a sense that he cares about the Jews and wants them to stay. The feeling is that the threat of Islamic extremism is a threat to everyone, and not only to the Jews.”
    He says that from his experience working with young people in France, “People don’t say that they don’t want to come, they say that at the moment the circumstances are unsuitable and they’ll wait a little more – maybe in a few more years.” He doesn’t blame only the Israeli government and absorption difficulties: “When there’s a trigger of a security situation, people find the strength to leave, but the biggest enemy of aliyah is the routine. From 2014 to 2016, there were unusually high numbers, and now there’s a return to ordinary dimensions, because as far as they’re concerned, the situation is back to routine.”

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  • Keep it up, Ahed Tamimi
    Now it must be said to her, days before her scheduled release after eight months in prison: It was worth it. Keep up the resistance to the Israeli occupation
    Gideon Levy - Jul 25, 2018 10:19 PM
    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-keep-it-up-ahed-tamimi-1.6314846
    https://www.haaretz.com/polopoly_fs/1.5896353.1532538974!/image/2297281808.jpg_gen/derivatives/headline_1200x630/2297281808.jpg

    On Sunday you’re supposed to get out of prison, finally, together with your mother. But maybe it’s better not to open one’s mouth to the devil; the Shin Bet might issue an administrative arrest order against you. After all, only a few weeks ago the Shin Bet determined that you are still “potentially dangerous” – but we can hope that in three days you and your mother will once again be free at home.

    We can also hope that the potential danger you presented did not abate during your months in prison, since winter; that you’re still dangerous to the occupation, that you won’t stop resisting in your way. As far as I know your family, whom Israeli propaganda calls a “family of terror,” and a “family of murderers,” I know that there’s no chance of that happening. Your spirit will not falter. Your “danger” will not dissipate.

    You and your mother were in prison for eight months, although you had done nothing wrong except exhibit natural, justified resistance to the occupation, which invaded your yard. You struck an armed and body-armored soldier with your bare hands, as much as a 16-year-old girl can strike an armed, body-armored soldier, and your mother filmed it. That was your crime. In the occupation, only soldiers are allowed to strike. You did what any brave person living under occupation would do – you slapped him. The occupation has more than that coming to it.

    This happened after soldiers shot your 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, in the head, up the street from your house, leaving him with only half a skull. You should know that they arrested him again since then, despite his disability, and released him. Your brother was also arrested since then, and released.

    Nabi Saleh is waiting for its daughters. Bassem is waiting for Nariman and Ahed. There are also Israelis waiting for their release. Last week another case was uncovered of resistance to the occupation forces: Young men threw stones at the Border Police and injured a policewoman, who was taken to the hospital.

    A stone can kill and there’s a new, harsher policy against stone-throwers. Three young men were arrested, but they were released in a flash. They are settlers from Yitzhar. Ahed injured no one, and spent eight months in prison. No, there’s no apartheid in the territories.

    Ahed will be released on Sunday to a new reality. She has become an icon. While she was in jail, Gaza rose up and paid with the lives of 160 of its inhabitants, shot to death by Israeli snipers. Dozens of others remain disabled, some because Israel denied them proper medical care.

    While Ahed was in prison, the West Bank sank into its summer torpor, busy with internal rifts and disputes. The West Bank needs Ahed. The resistance needs Ahed. Not that one girl can change the world, but Ahed’s generation needs to be the next generation of the resistance. Its predecessor is lost; its children killed, wounded, arrested, in despair, tired, exiled or joined the bourgeoisie.

    Yes, one can be an Israeli and support the Palestinians who resist the occupation, like Ahed Tamimi, and wish them success. In fact, one must do so. With her bare hands and impressive appearance, Ahed is the hope for the future, the inspiration to others. The Shin Bet opposed her early release, saying: “Her statements show her extreme ideology and, given the security situation shows the potential danger of her early release.” Months have gone by, and it is hoped that the Shin Bet believes Ahed has changed her ideology thanks to her additional months in jail. Otherwise she won’t be released.

    But the Shin Bet also knows that except for the sake of abuse, revenge, satisfying Israeli public opinion and a desperate attempt at suppression by force, there is no justification for the continued imprisonment of this poster girl from Nabi Saleh. The Shin Bet knows that her “extreme” ideology is the ideology of everyone living under the occupation.

    Now it must be said to Ahed: It was worth it. Keep it up, Ahed. Keep up the resistance to the occupation. Keep up the protests every Friday of your courageous village. Keep on “inciting” – decrying the occupation and documenting its crimes. Keep on slapping him, if he invades your yard again, or shoots your young cousin in the head.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/710770 via Loutre


  • What Would Happen if the United States Were to Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty Over the Golan Heights? -

    Carnegie Middle East Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/76889?lang=en

    Alain Gresh | Editor of OrientXXI.info

    Such a decision by the United States would only add to the ongoing instability in the Middle East. After the transfer of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, it would confirm that the United States is no longer even a “dishonest broker” in Arab-Israel peace negotiations, but rather has become a direct party in the Arab-Israeli conflict. This will make it even more difficult for Washington to broker “the deal of the century” between Israelis and Palestinians. Talks are in limbo, despite many statements this past year on the imminence of a peace plan.

    This situation will strengthen the hand of Russia, which is now seen as an important actor maintaining working relations with all regional leaders, from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It will also play into the hands of Iran, allowing Tehran to widen its alliance with certain “Sunni groups.” We can even imagine that it may play into Assad’s hands as well. After the 2006 war in Lebanon, some Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leaders were ready to engage with Assad in the name of the struggle against Israel. Today, U.S. recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights may revive such impulses.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/710746 via Nouvelles d’Orient