• Israeli director to helm new HBO-Keshet show about targeted assassinations - Israel News - Haaretz.com


    New York-based Israeli film director Yuval Adler will write and direct the first season of a new Israeli-American series based on the book Rise and Kill First, written by Ronen Bergman, industry publication Deadline reported over the weekend.
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    The bestseller, which tells the history of targeted assassinations carried out by Israeli intelligence agencies, was optioned in 2018, a few months after publication, by the U.S. network HBO and Israel’s Keshet.

    The first season will focus on the joint CIA-Mossad operation to assassinate senior Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh in 2008. The Lebanese-born military commander was assassinated at the age of 46 in a suburb of Damascus, when an explosive device attached to his car went off.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/821544 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Egyptian official: Ethiopia dam negotiations in Washington ’a disaster’ | Mada Masr


    Three days of negotiations in Washington between the foreign and irrigation ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan ended on Wednesday without an agreement over the filling schedule for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, according to a joint statement by the three countries and the World Bank that was released by the US Treasury Department, which hosted the meeting.

    The ministers agreed to hold further technical and legal talks before reconvening again in Washington on January 28 and 29 where they plan to finalize an agreement, the statement said. The three countries agreed to begin filling the dam in stages during the wet season between July and August and will aim for an initial level of 595 meters above sea level.

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Thursday that Egypt is “cautiously optimistic that we are reaching a critical point” in the negotiations.

    But Egyptian officials, who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity, say that Cairo finds itself in a weak negotiating position with little outside support and is coming under pressure to agree to a less than favorable dea❞

    https://seenthis.net/messages/821435 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Israël inonde les terres agricoles des Palestiniens à Gaza
    Date de publication : 2020/01/18

    Gaza, le 18 janvier 2020, WAFA- Pour la troisième fois en cette semaine, les forces de l’occupation israélienne ont ouvert aujourd’hui les barrages collectant l’eau de pluie vers les terres des Palestiniens à l’est de la ville de Gaza, inondant des centaines de dunums (1000 mètres carré) de terres agricoles, selon des témoins.

    Ils ont déclaré au correspondant de WAFA, que les forces israéliennes ont intentionnellement ouvert les barrages et drainé les eaux de pluie collectées vers les terres agricoles de la bande de Gaza, cela a endommagé des centaines de dunums de terres plantées de blé, d’orge, de pois, de chou et de chou-fleur.

    Les pertes des agriculteurs ont été estimées en milliers de dollars.

    La semaine dernière, de vastes étendues de terres agricoles dans la bande de Gaza ont également été inondées lorsque les autorités israéliennes ont à deux reprises ouvert l’eau de pluie collectée.

    Des drones israéliens ont également pulvérisé des terres agricoles avec des pesticides toxiques, endommageant ainsi de grandes quantités de cultures.



    https://seenthis.net/messages/821414 via Loutre

  • Incapable d’expliciter la « menace imminente », Trump peut en revanche justifier l’assassinat de Soleimani par le fait qu’il « disait de mauvaises choses au sujet de notre pays ». Et d’enchaîner avec sa meilleure imitation d’un mafieux des Sopranos : « Et est-ce qu’on est obligés de continuer à supporter ces conneries ? Faut vraiment qu’on continue à supporter ça ? »

    Trump recounts minute-by-minute details of Soleimani strike to donors at Mar-a-Lago

    In his speech — held inside the gilded ballroom on his Mar-a-Lago property — he claimed that Soleimani was “saying bad things about our country” before the strike, which led to his decision to authorize his killing.

    “How much of this shit do we have to listen to?” Trump asked. “How much are we going to listen to?”

    https://seenthis.net/messages/821379 via Nidal

  • “The world is not divided into countries. The world is not divided between East and West. You are American, I am Iranian, we don’t know each other, but we talk together and we understand each other perfectly. The difference between you and your government is much bigger than the difference between you and me. And the difference between me and my government is much bigger than the difference between me and you. And our governments are very much the same.”

    –Marjane Satrapi


    https://seenthis.net/messages/821334 via Vanderling

  • Turkey transfers Ottoman archives to the PA to counter “Israel’s” land claims - Quds News Network


    Ankara (QNN) – Turkey has given a copy of Ottoman-era archived documents to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to help Palestinians legally counter the Israeli occupation’s land claims, according to Hebrew news sources.

    The archives include tens of thousands of land registries from the Palestinian territories under the Ottoman Empire’s control between the years 1516 to 1917.

    “Lawyers from the PA are already using the materials in the archive, in order to undermine Israel’s claim on land around Israel,” and especially in occupied Jerusalem and West Bank, according to “Israel National News.”

    Turkish authorities delivered the archives to representatives of the PA in Ankara last year and a part of the archives was later transferred to Bethlehem.

    Though the documents in the archives have the potential to shake up the occupation state’s real estate market, nothing has happened so far, it said.

    But lawyers from Jerusalem’s Arab neighbourhoods are regularly turning to the archive to find documents that help them in legal battles over claims to many properties, mostly in the Jerusalem area, “Israel National News” said.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/819067 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Arabie saoudite : le Dakar se prépare à Jeddah, malgré les protestations des ONG de défense des droits humains

    Après l’Afrique, puis l’Amérique du Sud, le rallye Dakar prend ses quartiers cette année en Arabie saoudite. Le royaume affiche une volonté croissante de se faire un nom dans le milieu du sport, avec l’idée d’y recourir comme levier pour améliorer son image sur la scène internationale. Une stratégie qui fait bondir les organisations de défense des droits humains. Elles dénoncent une opération de communication et de diversion. "Au moment où le Dakar avait été annoncé, en mai dernier, la conférence de presse suivait de deux jours l’exécution de 37 personnes en Arabie saoudite, explique Andoine Madelin, responsable du plaidoyer de la Fédération internationale pour les droits humains.


    https://seenthis.net/messages/818832 via Loutre

  • Israel had advance notice of U.S. plan to kill Iranian general Suleimani, report says
    By Noga Tarnopolsky – Jan. 3, 2020 - Los Angeles Times


    Israel had advance notice of the U.S. plan to kill Iranian military leader Gen. Qassem Suleimani, Israeli military and diplomatic analysts reported Friday night while refraining from providing further details due to heavy military censorship.

    “Our assessment is that the United States informed Israel about this operation in Iraq, apparently a few days ago,” Barak Ravid, a journalist and commentator with deep sources in the Israeli security establishment, said on Channel 13.

    An Israeli army officer with knowledge of Israeli military assessments, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not have permission to speak to reporters, told the Los Angeles Times that the attack on Suleimani “did not come as a surprise.”

    The reactions of Israel’s political leadership to Suleimani’s assassination were mostly positive, though deep concern was registered throughout the leadership.


    https://seenthis.net/messages/818932 via Loutre

  • Egypt Thinking with Alaa | | Mada Masr

    Software developer and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah has been imprisoned in the Maximum Security Wing 2 of the Tora Prison Complex for the last three months. He was arrested by national security agents on the morning of September 29 as he was leaving Dokki Police Station where he had been forced to spend 12 hours every night — from 6 pm to 6 am — as part of his probation since his release from prison at the end of March after serving a five-year sentence.

    Alaa is being held in remand detention on charges of belonging to an illegal organization and spreading false information. His detention is renewed by the State Security Prosecution every 15 days.

    The conditions of Alaa’s current imprisonment are the worst of his multiple detentions dating back to 2006. He has no access to reading materials, sunlight, or clean water. All visitations are conducted through a glass barrier and he has no physical contact with his family.

    At his most recent detention renewal hearing on December 9, Alaa addressed State Security Prosecution and spoke out about the conditions of his detention. In his remarks, he made historical references to the Egyptian state’s ascent to modernity and its relation to the written word.

    Mada Masr asked historian Khaled Fahmy, a professor of modern Arabic studies at Cambridge University and the author of four books on the social and cultural history of nineteenth-century Egypt, to critically engage and reflect on Alaa’s remarks.

    The following are Alaa’s remarks in full followed by Khaled Fahmy’s text.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/817014 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • ICC to investigate alleged Israeli and Palestinian war crimes
    | Law | The Guardian


    There is sufficient evidence to investigate alleged Israeli and Palestinian war crimes committed in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, the international criminal court has announced.

    In a landmark decision, the ICC said it saw “no substantial reasons to believe that an investigation would not serve the interests of justice”.

    The announcement ended years of preliminary investigations into alleged crimes by both Israeli forces and Palestinians, and signalled that the court was preparing to open a formal investigation.

    A statement published by the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on the court’s website on Friday said her office “has concluded with the determination that all the statutory criteria under the Rome statute for the opening of an investigation have been met”.

    “In brief, I am satisfied that war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip”.

    Bensouda’s statement followed a legal opinion published earlier on Friday by Israel’s attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, arguing that the court had no jurisdiction in the West Bank or in Gaza – apparently intended to pre-empt an imminent decision.

    Despite the unprecedented statement by the court, which had been initially petitioned by the Palestinian Authority, Bensouda added that she had referred the question back to the court to “confirm” the court’s jurisdiction over the occupied Palestinian territories.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/816811 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • « Le sionisme est-il un mouvement libérateur démocratique ? »

    La réponse du bundiste Henryk Erlich à Simon Doubnov (1938)

    Encore un courant politique juif important fermement opposé au sionisme


    « Si l’on examine la politique sioniste au cours des dernières années on arrive à la conclusion que ces gens ont perdu la tête et qu’en voulant sauver une étincelle des illusions sionistes, ils commettent des crimes contre les masses populaires juives plus grands les uns que les autres. Les dirigeants du mouvement sioniste ont commencé à jouer ouvertement la carte antisémite ! Leur esprit est envahi par la pensée folle de former un bloc des pays ayant des gouvernements antisémites comme alliés du sionisme, constituant une force pour « exercer une pression » sur le gouvernement britannique10. Afin de se gagner ces pays, les sionistes présentent aux membres de la Société des nations des « théories » qui coïncident totalement avec les « fondements théoriques » avancés par les « théoriciens » de l’antisémitisme comme base de leur politique d’éradication des Juifs. Que le professeur Doubnov lise l’annexe numéro un au mémorandum (aide-mémoire) adressé par l’ « Agence juive à la Société des nations en septembre 1937, et il les persuadera qu’il en est bien ainsi.

    Ainsi afin de ne pas irriter les représentants de ces pays les sionistes se retiennent, se retiennent consciemment, de signaler toutes les injustices auxquelles les Juifs sont soumis.

    Septembre 1937 c’était le moment où la population juive de Roumanie était menacée de perdre sa citoyenneté et ses droits. En septembre 1937 la population juive de Varsovie vivait des jours douloureux. Et en septembre 1937 le représentant de la Pologne à Genève déclara – et ce pas pour la première fois – que les Juifs devraient quitter la Pologne. Les représentants les plus connus de l’Agence juive et du Congrès juif mondial « circulaient » alors dans les couloirs de la Société des Nations, mais pendant ces journées ces gentlemen n’ont pas prononcé un mot en défense des masses populaires juives en Europe. Et le ministre des affaires étrangères polonaises, Beck, pouvait livrer à la presse un communiqué, après une réunion avec le docteur Weizman, affirmant que le leader du mouvement sioniste, le Docteur Weizmann et lui, étaient parvenus à une compréhension totale et cordiale des problèmes de l’émigration juive.

    Et ce que les sionistes font sur l’arène internationale c‘est aussi ce qu’ils font dans les pays où vivent les Juifs. Qui peut oublier la fameuse déclaration de Grynbaum en 1927 sur le « million de Juifs superflus » qui devaient quitter la Pologne. Qui peut oublier sa déclaration non moins fameuse de 1928 affirmant que « les Juifs souillent l’air en Pologne » ?

    Mais les années 1927-1928 étaient des années paradisiaques comparées à notre époque ; Certainement à cette époque le slogan « Les Juifs en Palestine » était populaire non seulement chez les sionistes mais aussi chez les antisémites. Néanmoins qui alors dans la société polonaise mettait alors en cause nos droits dans le pays ?

    https://seenthis.net/messages/814890 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • From now on, every Palestinian is an anti-Semite - Europe - Haaretz.com

    L’excellent article de Gideon Levy sur la résolution Maillard, “désormais chaque Palestinien est un antisémite”


    ❝The plague is spreading. Under cover of the (just) war against anti-Semitism, Europe and the United States silence every voice daring to criticize Israel. Under cover of this war, they are undermining their freedom of speech. Incredibly, this new phenomenon is not triggering any protest, as one would expect. Laws labeling anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism and the anti-occupation movement as anti-Semitic, are passed with overwhelming majorities. Now they are playing into the hands of Israel and the Jewish establishment, but they are liable to ignite anti-Semitism when questions arise about the extent of their meddling.

    Last week, the phenomenon hit France, cradle of the revolution. The French National Assembly passed by a sweeping majority a bill that adopts the definition of anti-Semitism issued by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. Liberty? Equality? Fraternity? Not when it involves Israel. Here, these values are rendered mute.
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    French parliament member Sylvain Maillard formulated the bill. He is another friend of Israel’s who reportedly participated in a meeting with settler wheeler-dealer Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria regional council, some months ago. “Criticizing the very existence of Israel as a collective composed of Jewish citizens is tantamount to hatred towards the Jewish community as a whole; just like collectively holding Jews accountable for the policies of the Israeli authorities is an expression of anti-Semitism,” the law’s introduction states. The cat is out of the bag: It is forbidden to raise doubts about Zionism, one of the only ideologies in the world whose righteousness cannot be questioned by the nations of the free world.

    First, the language. Israel “as a collective composed of Jewish citizens.” The nation-state law was also accepted in the National Assembly in Paris. If Israel is a collective of Jewish citizens, what are the Palestinian citizens? And what are the subjects living under occupation? The 154 parliamentarians who raised their hands in support of the decision cannot evade these questions. Liberté, égalité, fraternité – only for the Jews? And what are they offering the six million Palestinians, citizens and subjects of the occupation, who live under “the collective of Jewish citizens”? Second-rate liberty, equality, fraternity? From now on no one is even allowed to ask these questions. Anyone who asks is an anti-Semite.

    “Anti-Zionism is a legitimate position in Jewish history, and it also has a long history in Israel,” a petition signed in vain by 129 Jewish and Israeli professors and intellectuals against passage of the law, stated. The petition’s signatories mentioned that there were many anti-Zionist Holocaust survivors. Now they, too, are anti-Semites.

    From now on, every Palestinian and every Arab, except for Ayoub Kara, is an anti-Semite. Even every Jew and every Israeli who supports a solution of one democratic and egalitarian state, precisely in the spirt of the French revolution, is an anti-Semite. So too anyone for whom Zionism is a colonialist movement – is that not a legitimate position? – is an anti-Semite.

    For generations of Palestinians, Zionism is the essence of their existence; it expelled them from their country, deprived them of their lands, dishonored them, ruined their lives, and kills and torments them to this very day, without the end being in sight. Are they forbidden from being anti-Zionists? Are they able to not hate Zionism? Will France try them for the transgression of anti-Semitism? They are not fighting Zionism because they are anti-Semites. They are anti-Zionist only because Zionism destroyed their lives.
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    And what are the protesters of the fence around the cage of Gaza? Are they anti-Semites? Are they not freedom fighters? And what about people of conscience around the world who identify with them? From now on they are all anti-Semites, and that is outlawed in France. And if denying the right of Jewish self-determination is anti-Semitism, how will the French National Assembly refer to Israel’s denial of the Palestinians’ rights? Why does it not pass a law about that? Only because the Palestinians and justice don’t have a powerful lobby in France.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/814809 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • #Elia_Suleiman: ’The world today has become a global Palestine’ - Encore!

    Elia Suleiman, a famed figure in Palestinian cinema, joins us in the studio as his new film “It Must Be Heaven” hits French cinemas and Paris’s Cinémathèque hosts a retrospective of his work. He speaks to Eve Jackson about why Palestinian directors can be funny, how he thinks the press overanalyse his work and why he shows the world as if it were a microcosm of Palestine in his new film.


    https://seenthis.net/messages/814788 via Reka

  • Israel is rewriting the history of Middle Eastern Jews for propaganda - Israel News - Haaretz.com

    After decades of being virtually absent from historical discourse in Israel, its communities of Jews from Middle Eastern and North African lands are finally getting their due, albeit in a partial and revisionist way
    Lior Sternfeld and Menashe Anzi Dec. 1, 2019 | 11:22 AM | 1


    Much has already been written about the apparent lack of interest in the rich culture and history of the Jewish communities of North Africa and the Middle East, not to mention the highly problematic nature of lumping together the histories and cultures of Jews of more than 20 different lands in a single simplistic narrative.

    The Jews in the Muslim world, so that narrative goes, lived humiliated lives as second-class dhimmis, just waiting for Zionist redemption. Once Israel was established, they immigrated there en masse – a story that also includes active deportation of Jews.

    This narrative is misleading in many ways. First, it ignores more than a thousand years of Jewish existence in the Muslim world, a reality that was neither good or bad exclusively, but one that included both aspects, and was characterized by complicated relationships with the majority population, with other minorities, and with the local and imperial political structures. This is the nature of all history.

    Second, the narrative denies the possibility that Middle Eastern Jewish communities were actually integral parts of their respective societies, and links the events and transformations those communities experienced to larger historical processes associated with Zionist history in Europe – rather than to developments that took place in the non-Western world.

    Third, this narrative subjugates the religious traditions of Middle Eastern Jews to the way Middle Eastern Jewry and Judaism was imagined by Israel society, while ignoring the immense variety of options that existed in that context as well, during the modern age: Orthodoxy next to local rabbinical traditions, communism with religious elements, Arab or Iranian or Turkish nationalism, and more.

    Can we talk about the immigration of Yemenite Jews the same way that we describe the experiences of the Jews of Morocco or Egypt? Is it accurate to say that Egyptian Jews were forcibly expelled for reasons of anti-Semitism while, in fact, their leaving was part of a much broader policy of the Egyptian government of deporting foreign nationals, and not Jews in particular? Can we ignore the role played by Israel in the deterioration of relations between the Jews and the governments of the region? Did Iraqi Jews leave in the exact same manner as the Jews of Lebanon? The way this story of expulsion on anti-Semitic grounds is being told today suggests a history that’s been unified and simplified.

    In 2014, the Knesset passed a bill making November 30 (the day after the anniversary of the United Nations vote on the partition of Palestine, in 1947) a Remembrance Day for the Departure and Expulsion of Jews from the Arab Countries and Iran. Despite the name, Jews were never expelled from Iran. How do we reconcile the fact that Iran, just like Morocco and Tunisia, for example, still has a small but vibrant Jewish community? And that in Iraq and Egypt, discussions about Jewish history have become part of a vast public national conversation on local culture? Is it correct to echo Francis Fukuyama and declare that Jewish history in the Middle East came to an end with the creation of Israel?

    https://seenthis.net/messages/813814 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • L’antiterrorisme, une politique devenue une idéologie dangereuse


    L’idéologie antiterroriste, c’est la construction artificielle d’une figure de l’ennemi et ses excès, c’est la participation des militaires à la lutte contre le crime, c’est le mépris du droit et la dramatisation de la menace. Au final, elle permet à l’adversaire d’être reconnu comme le soldat « d’une armée constituée », un succès inespéré. L’antiterrorisme, aujourd’hui, s’apparente à « une chute morale sur le champ de bataille », il nous empêche de voir le vrai visage de la menace.
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    Ce livre, formidable bouffée d’air après quatre années d’un discours à sens unique formaté par un Etat dont l’autorité régalienne étouffe d’autant les esprits que la population a été sidérée par la violence terroriste, est un appel à la raison et au sang-froid. « Il faut opposer au bruit des attentats le silence monacal de la connaissance (…), chacun devrait disposer des facultés de poser un discours sur la sécurité, à la fois la sienne propre et celle que l’Etat peut à bon droit revendiquer, tout en s’affranchissant des propagandes. »

    Malheureusement, au besoin d’explication, l’Etat a répondu par l’extension du secret. « Bien plus que de prévoir, gouverner c’est cacher », note M. Thuillier, pour qui la raison de ce recul du débat démocratique trouve sa source dans une « grande pétoche collective, associée par endroits à une colère et à une vengeance qui pavent parfois la route de la justice préemptive ». Le législateur, dont on se demande s’il est « l’idiot utile des dérives de l’antiterrorisme ou son meilleur garde-fou », a encouragé le chevauchement du renseignement, le monde du secret, sur le judiciaire, le monde du contradictoire et du débat.
    La loi des suspects

    Ce livre entend également alerter les consciences sur un glissement inquiétant de l’antiterrorisme, qui se décline désormais sous forme de lutte contre la radicalisation. « Nous avons placé la lutte antiterroriste sur le terrain spirituel et comportemental, et renoncé ainsi à notre tradition laïque. » En passant d’une police de l’acte à une police du comportement, de la répression d’un crime à la lutte contre une idéologie, on a cru, dit l’auteur, se rapprocher au plus près des intentions des auteurs des attentats. « Faute d’arguments scientifiques, tout porte à croire qu’on s’en est éloigné. » C’est l’avènement de la loi des suspects.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/813527 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Toutes les parties sont dans l’impasse... - Scarlett HADDAD - L’Orient-Le Jour


    Le Hezbollah et Amal sont aussi tiraillés entre, d’une part, leur volonté de combattre ce qu’ils considèrent comme un plan étranger, en particulier américain, visant à les affaiblir et à renverser les rapports de forces établis depuis les élections législatives de 2018, et, d’autre part, leur souci d’éviter une discorde confessionnelle et une déstabilisation qui pourraient revêtir plusieurs aspects et utiliser de nouveaux instruments comme les déplacés syriens déployés sur l’ensemble du territoire libanais. D’ailleurs, selon des sources bien informées, l’attitude face au mouvement de protestation fait l’objet d’un débat interne au sein même du Hezbollah. Certains critiquent ainsi l’approche hostile ou sceptique adoptée depuis le début, alors que le mouvement aurait dû être récupéré puisque le Hezbollah depuis les élections législatives avait fait de la lutte contre la corruption son principal thème de campagne.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/813414 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • La nouvelle version US sur les colonies israéliennes est conforme à « Vous tuerez »
    Par Gideon Levy. Traduction MDH pour l’UJFP de l’article paru dans Haaretz, le 21 novembre 2019.

    Donald Trump est en train de devenir l’un des plus dangereux ennemis d’Israël ; il fait tout son possible pour le corrompre, en augmenter la pourriture, et le rendre de plus en plus répugnant aux yeux du monde éclairé. Et pour aggraver cette corruption, son Secrétaire d’État vient de retourner les Dix Commandements à l’envers.

    A présent dites : « Vous commettrez des pillages » et bientôt « Vous tuerez ».

    Sans aucune posture morale ni autorité légale – derniers domaines où l’administration Trump est capable de juger- Mike Pompeo vient d’annoncer que les colonies de peuplement en Cisjordanie ne constituent pas une violation du droit international.

    Difficile d’imaginer une plaisanterie plus amère. Aux États Unis une déclaration est actuellement en cours pour statuer que le viol n’est pas contraire à la loi. Cela veut dire que le viol deviendra légal, ou moral ? Certainement pas. Il en va de même pour les colonies.

    Pas un seul juriste international d’envergure ne peut accepter cette déclaration américaine. Pas un seul homme d’état à travers le monde ne peut l’accepter, sauf l’extrême droite en Israël et aux USA. Cette intimité idéologique entre l’administration Trump et Israël n’est qu’une nouvelle infamie. Trump et Pompeo, tout comme la plupart des Israéliens, n’ont pas la moindre idée au sujet des colonies, de la manière dont elles se sont implantées, de leur expansion sauvage, et de leurs objectifs, ils n’ont en tête que la propagande diffusée par les lobbies juifs, israéliens et chrétiens évangéliques. (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/813339 via Loutre

  • The contract on Corbyn
    Corbyn is not an anti-Semite. His real sin is to fight against injustice in the world, including the version Israel perpetrates
    Gideon Levy Nov 28, 2019

    The Jewish establishment in Britain and the Israeli propaganda machine have taken out a contract on the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. The contract was taken out a long time ago, and it was clear that the closer Corbyn came to being elected prime minister, the harsher the conflict would get.

    On Tuesday it reached its climax in an article by the chief rabbi of Britain, Ephraim Mirvis, in an article in The Times. Mirvis has decided that the anxiety of British Jews over Corbyn is justified and he is not fit to be prime minister. He called on Jews not to vote for Labour in the election on December 12.

    Born in South Africa and a graduate of Har Etzion Yeshiva in the settlement of Alon Shvut, Mirvis is the voice of British Jewry. In Capetown, Johannesburg and Har Etzion, he should have learned what apartheid was and why one should fight it. His parents did so, but one doubts that he learned the moral lesson from the regions of disenfranchisement in which he lived in South Africa and the West Bank.

    As opposed to the horrid Corbyn, Mirvis sees nothing wrong with the continued occupation; he does not identify with the struggle for Palestinian freedom, and he doesn’t sense the similarity between the South Africa of his childhood, Har Etzion of his youth and Israel of 2019. That is the real reason that he rejects Corbyn. The Jews of Britain also want a prime minister who supports Israel – that is, supports the occupation. A prime minister who is critical of Israel is to them an exemplar of the new anti-Semitism.

    Corbyn is not an anti-Semite. He never was. His real sin is his staunch position against injustice in the world, including the version Israel perpetrates. Today this is anti-Semitism. The Hungarian Viktor Orban, the Austrian Freedom Party and the extreme right in Europe are not the danger to Jews. Corbyn is the enemy. The new and efficient strategy of Israel and the Zionist establishment brands every seeker of justice as an anti-Semite, and any criticism of Israel as hatred of Jews. Corbyn is a victim of this strategy, which threatens to paralyze and silence Europe with regard to Israel.

    British Jewry might not be faking its anxiety, but it is certainly magnifying the danger. There is anti-Semitism, though less that what is presented, certainly on the left. About half of British Jews are considering fleeing if Corbyn is elected. Let them flee. The survey that showed this could actually encourage anti-Semitism: Are the Jews of Britain conditionally British? To whom is their loyalty?

    The future of all British Jews is much more secure than the future of any Palestinian living under the occupation, and even more secure than that of any Arab living in Israel. Jews are persecuted and are victims of discrimination and racism less so than the Palestinians in the Israel they hold dear. Moreover, Islamophobia in Europe is more common than anti-Semitism, but people talk about it less.

    Mirvis presents no evidence of Corbyn’s anti-Semitism. It sufficed for him to note the fact that Corbyn described as “friends” those who “endorse the murder of Jews” – a reference to Corbyn’s comments on Hezbollah and Hamas. Corbyn is indeed a very harsh critic of the occupation, supports the boycott and compares the closure of Gaza with the siege of Stalingrad and Leningrad. These are anti-Israeli positions, but not necessarily anti-Semitic. The Jews of Britain are blurring this difference as are many Jews throughout the world, intentionally. One can (and should) be a harsh critic of Israel without being anti-Semitic.

    If the Jews of Britain and their chief rabbi were more honest and courageous, they would ask themselves: Isn’t Israel’s brutal occupation policy the strongest motive for anti-Semitism today? There is anti-Semitism, it must be fought, but it must also be recognized that Israel supplies it an abundance of excuses and motives.

    The Jews and Israel’s true friends should hope that Corbyn is elected. He is a statesman who can change international discourse about the occupation and the struggle against it. He is a ray of hope for a different world and a different Israel – and what more could we want.


    https://seenthis.net/messages/813334 via Loutre

  • Comment la technologie d’espionnage israélienne pénètre au plus profond de nos vies
    Jonathan Cook | Mardi 26 novembre 2019 | Middle East Eye édition française

    Les armes de l’ère numérique développées par Israël pour opprimer les Palestiniens sont rapidement réutilisées dans le cadre d’applications beaucoup plus larges, et ce contre les populations occidentales qui considèrent pourtant leurs libertés comme acquises.

    Si le statut de « start-up nation » a été octroyé à Israël il y a plusieurs dizaines d’années, sa réputation dans le domaine de l’innovation de haute technologie a toujours reposé sur un côté obscur, qu’il est de plus en plus difficile d’occulter.

    Il y a quelques années, l’analyste israélien Jeff Halper avertissait qu’Israël avait joué un rôle central sur la scène internationale dans la fusion des nouvelles technologies numériques et de l’industrie de la sécurité intérieure. Le danger était selon lui que nous allions tous devenir progressivement des Palestiniens.

    Israël, notait-il, a effectivement traité les millions de Palestiniens soumis à son régime militaire comme des cobayes dans des laboratoires à ciel ouvert – et ce, sans rendre de comptes. Les territoires palestiniens occupés ont servi de banc d’essai en vue de mettre au point non seulement de nouveaux systèmes d’armes conventionnelles, mais également de nouveaux outils de surveillance et de contrôle de masse.

    Comme l’a récemment observé un journaliste de Haaretz, l’opération de surveillance menée par Israël contre les Palestiniens compte « parmi les plus vastes de ce type au monde. Elle inclut la surveillance des médias, des réseaux sociaux et de la population dans son ensemble ». (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/813319 via Loutre

  • Egypt. President’s eldest son, Mahmoud al-Sisi, sidelined from powerful intelligence position to diplomatic mission in Russia | | Mada Masr

    Mahmoud al-Sisi, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s son and a senior official in the powerful General Intelligence Service (GIS), is being reassigned to a long-term position at Egypt’s diplomatic delegation in Moscow, according to multiple sources, including two GIS officials who spoke to Mada Masr separately.

    The move is based on the perception within the president’s inner circle that Mahmoud al-Sisi has failed to properly handle a number of his responsibilities and that his increasingly visible influence in the upper decision-making levels of government is having a negative impact on his father’s image, the GIS sources said.

    The suggestion that the president’s son be sidelined also came from senior government figures in the United Arab Emirates, a close and influential ally of Egypt, who view Mahmoud al-Sisi’s role as having become damaging to the president, according to a source close to Abu Dhabi’s decision making circles.

    The two GIS sources — who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity — did not specify the length of Mahmoud al-Sisi’s term in Moscow, but they both stated that it would be a long-term assignment that could last months, or even years.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/812278 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • ’Endless trip to hell’: Israel jails hundreds of Palestinian boys a year. These are their testimonies - Israel News - Haaretz.com

    They’re seized in the dead of night, blindfolded and cuffed, abused and manipulated to confess to crimes they didn’t commit. Every year Israel arrests almost 1,000 Palestinian youngsters, some of them not yet 13
    By Netta Ahituv Mar 16, 2019


    It was a gloomy, typically chilly late-February afternoon in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar, between Bethlehem and Hebron. The weather didn’t deter the children of the Abu-Ayyash family from playing and frolicking outside. One of them, in a Spiderman costume, acted the part by jumping lithely from place to place. Suddenly they noticed a group of Israeli soldiers trudging along the dirt trail across the way. Instantly their expressions turned from joy to dread, and they rushed into the house. It’s not the first time they reacted like that, says their father. In fact, it’s become a pattern ever since 10-year-old Omar was arrested by troops this past December.

    The 10-year-old is one of many hundreds of Palestinian children whom Israel arrests every year: The estimates range between 800 and 1,000. Some are under the age of 15; some are even preteens. A mapping of the locales where these detentions take place reveals a certain pattern: The closer a Palestinian village is to a settlement, the more likely it is that the minors residing there will find themselves in Israeli custody. For example, in the town of Azzun, west of the Karnei Shomron settlement, there’s hardly a household that hasn’t experienced an arrest. Residents say that in the past five years, more than 150 pupils from the town’s only high school have been arrested.

    At any given moment, there are about 270 Palestinian teens in Israeli prisons. The most widespread reason for their arrest – throwing stones – does not tell the full story. Conversations with many of the youths, as well as with lawyers and human rights activists, including those from the B’Tselem human-rights organization, reveal a certain pattern, even as they leave many questions open: For example, why does the occupation require that arrests be violent and why is it necessary to threaten young people.

    A number of Israelis, whose sensibilities are offended by the arrests of Palestinian children, have decided to mobilize and fight the phenomenon. Within the framework of an organization called Parents Against Child Detention, its approximately 100 members are active in the social networks and hold public events “in order to heighten awareness about the scale of the phenomenon and the violation of the rights of Palestinian minors, and in order to create a pressure group that will work for its cessation,” as they explain. Their target audience is other parents, whom they hope will respond with empathy to the stories of these children.
    Haaretz Weekly, Episode 19Haaretz

    In general, there seems to be no lack of criticism of the phenomenon. In addition to B’Tselem, which monitors the subject on a regular basis, there’s been a protest from overseas, too. In 2013, UNICEF, the United Nations agency for children, assailed “the ill treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system, [which] appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized.” A report a year earlier from British legal experts concluded that the conditions the Palestinian children are subjected to amount to torture, and just five months ago the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe deplored Israel’s policy of arresting underage children, declaring, “An end must be put to all forms of physical or psychological abuse of children during arrest, transit and waiting periods, and during interrogations.”

    https://seenthis.net/messages/811982 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Owners of the Republic: An Anatomy of Egypt’s Military Economy -
    Yezid Sayegh
    Carnegie Middle East Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    The Egyptian military accounts for far less of the national economy than is commonly believed, but its takeover in 2013 and the subsequent rise of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi have transformed its role in both scope and scale and turned it into an autonomous actor that can reshape markets and influence government policy setting and investment strategies.

    The military delivers massive infrastructure projects, produces consumer goods ranging from food to household appliances, manufactures industrial chemicals and transport equipment, and imports basic commodities for civilian markets. It has expanded into new sectors as diverse as gold prospecting, steel production, and managing religious endowments and pilgrimage. In parallel, thousands of retired senior officers benefit from the military’s powerful political influence to occupy senior positions throughout the state’s civilian apparatus and public sector companies, complementing the formal military economy while benefiting themselves.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/811717 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Pourquoi il est faux de dire que les Frères musulmans sont derrière le CCIF - regards.fr


    Bernard Godard est chercheur associé au CéSor. De 1997 à 2002, il est conseiller du ministère de l’Intérieur, puis au Bureau central des cultes en charge des relations avec le culte musulman. Il est l’auteur de La question musulmane en France : Un état des lieux sans concessions, paru chez Fayard en 2015.

    Regards. À l’occasion de la marche contre l’islamophobie, on a beaucoup lu et entendu parlé des Frères musulmans. Ceux-ci seraient à la manœuvre, notamment derrière le CCIF. Quel est votre avis à ce sujet ?

    Bernard Godard. Quand on parle des Frères musulmans, on évoque un mouvement politique – très mal en point – dont le siège est au Caire. Il y a des déclinaisons, comme l’AKP turc, le Premier ministre marocain ou Ennahda en Tunisie, lesquels s’en inspirent beaucoup. La question est de savoir de quoi l’on parle quand on évoque les Frères musulmans en France ? On parle de l’UOIF (Union des organisations islamiques en France). C’est un mouvement qui s’est constitué en 1983. Dans les années 90, en France, en Angleterre et aux États-Unis, les Frères musulmans ont islamisé, socialisé beaucoup de jeunes musulmans. Ils étaient importants, les jeunes n’avaient pas d’apport religieux indépendant de leurs parents. À l’époque, quelqu’un comme Tariq Ramadan est apparu, d’inspiration Frères musulmans. Il a joué un rôle important dans ce qu’il appelle la « fierté musulmane ». La stratégie des Frères musulmans était d’avoir des mouvements en Europe et aux États-Unis pour jouer un rôle de soutien en cas de révolution – comme on l’a vu en 2011. Mais, très tôt, ils se sont pensés comme « minorités », c’est-à-dire qu’ils n’ont pas pensé imposer la charia en Occident, mais développer des moyens de défense, comme la lutte contre l’islamophobie. Ils ont misé sur l’intégration des jeunes, sur le thème de l’identité, particulièrement en France. Dès 1989, ils se sont positionnés sur le voile – sans être à l’initiative du mouvement. À partir des années 2000, ça a changé. Samy Debah n’a pas créé le CCIF au nom des Frères musulmans. Ces jeunes-là ont dû quitter les Frères musulmans, il n’y a pas un jeune dans la direction de l’UOIF. Ça reste un mouvement politique très figé, très conservateur. Le tournant, c’est la loi sur le voile, où ils se sont un peu discrédités. Vous avez des gens comme Omero Marongiu qui sont très critiques de la pensée des Frères musulmans.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/811464 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • The story of Eric Rouleau’s “fantastic career” - AUCPress

    On a recent trip to Egypt, Cairo-born Alain Gresh, former editor in chief of Le Monde diplomatique, author of the foreword to Truths and Lies in the Middle East: Memoirs of a Veteran Journalist, 1952–2012 by Eric Rouleau (AUC Press, 2019), gave a talk about “the fantastic career” of his friend Rouleau, “the best-known French and international journalist in the Middle East.”

    A young Egyptian Jew, Rouleau was exiled from Egypt in late 1951, shortly after the Free Officers coup, and moved to France. He rose to become one of the most celebrated journalists of his generation, writing for Agence France-Presse and later, Le Monde, the leading French daily. In 1963, he was invited by Gamal Abd al-Nasser to interview him in Cairo.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/810924 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • In wake of government crackdown, Egypt lobbies for support ahead of major UN human rights review | | Mada Masr

    Egypt is “fully prepared” to face all the accusations it expects will be brought against it at the Universal Periodic Review session scheduled to be held at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, according to a government official in Cairo.

    The official says he expects an “attack” on Egypt’s record regarding overall freedoms and conditions for civil society, as well as its criminal justice climate: alleged violations committed by security forces against people under arrest, detainees under investigation or in remand detention, and especially issues regarding the death penalty.

    In preparation for its third such review since the 2006 inception of the Universal Periodic Review process, Egypt intensively lobbied other countries to comment positively on its human rights record, according to two government sources. However, the Egyptian delegation nevertheless expects a number of states to criticize Egypt’s rights record and to issue recommendations for improvement.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/810662 via Nouvelles d’Orient