• Sète : le poète franco-libanais Salah Stétié rejoint Paul-Valéry (décembre 2017)

    L e poète franco-libanais lègue 70 œuvres, 14 manuscrits et 187 livres réalisés avec ses amis artistes : une importante donation pour le musée de Sète qui lui a dédié une salle.

    La donation Salah Stétié (70 œuvres contemporaines, 14 manuscrits, 187 livres d’artistes) affirme la vocation littéraire du musée Paul-Valéry, à Sète, où une salle porte désormais le nom du poète franco-libanais, né en 1929, à Beyrouth. Salah Stétié est devenu depuis quelques années une figure familière du monde culturel sétois. Il est le président d’honneur du festival de poésie Voix Vives, de Méditerranée en Méditerranée, qu’anime Maïthé Vallès-Bled, directrice du musée Paul-Valéry. Les deux partagent une même passion pour les mots et la peinture, “la compénétration des arts” selon l’expression de Stétié.

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  • Trop de musulmans en France ? , par Alain Gresh (Les blogs du Diplo, 5 avril 2011) petit rappel

    On peut l’espérer, le ministre de l’intérieur Claude Guéant sera condamné, comme son prédécesseur, pour racisme. En déplacement à Nantes, lundi 4 avril, le ministre chargé des cultes a déclaré :

    « En 1905, il y avait très peu de musulmans en France, aujourd’hui il y en a entre 5 et 10 millions. Cet accroissement du nombre de fidèles et un certain nombre de comportements posent problème », a-t-il fait savoir, en faisant référence notamment aux prières de rue, qui « choquent un certain nombre de concitoyens ». « Les responsables des grandes religions ont bien conscience que ce type de pratiques leur porte préjudice », a poursuivi le ministre (« Guéant : la loi de 1905 “ne sera pas modifiée”, LeMonde.fr, 4 avril 2011).

    Au moment où se tient la journée de l’UMP sur l’islam (pardon, sur la laïcité), il serait vain de croire à des dérapages. Sur tous les fronts, le pouvoir pense qu’il faut relancer les polémiques sur l’islam, histoire de détourner l’opinion des problèmes réels de la société. Il est regrettable de voir souvent des responsables de gauche contribuer à cette stratégie en faisant de chaque incident dans une école ou une banlieue l’élément d’une stratégie islamiste de conquête de notre beau pays. Faut-il s’étonner alors que des administratifs et des enseignants décident de contrôler la longueur des jupes de leurs élèves ? Ou que le ministre de l’éducation prétende interdire à des femmes portant le foulard d’accompagner des sorties scolaires ?

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  • Israel Digs a Grave for the Two-State Solution -
    Editorial The New York Times


    Encouraged by supportive signals from Washington and disarray in Israeli politics, Israeli right-wing politicians are enacting measures that could deal a death blow to the creation of a separate state for Palestinians, the so-called two-state solution that offers what tiny chance there is for a peace settlement. That hope, however remote, should not be allowed to die.

    Israeli nationalists have long sought a single Jewish state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean. While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has paid lip service to supporting the two-state solution, he has continually undermined it. Palestinians have also acted in ways that thwarted their goal of an independent state.

    The United States, Europe and a majority of Israelis have opposed such territorial expansion into the West Bank and supported a negotiated peace.

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    But President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, in contravention of longstanding American policy, followed by United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley’s threat to cut off aid to Palestinian refugees, were seen by the right-wingers as an opening to end any pretense of supporting the two-state idea.

    These hard-liners, taking advantage of the political damage that corruption investigations have done to Mr. Netanyahu, have staked out positions to the right of his. The prime minister was not even present at a meeting of the Likud leadership that for the first time urged the formal annexation of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The Israeli Parliament, meanwhile, voted to require a two-thirds majority vote for any legislation ceding parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians, raising an obstacle to any land-for-peace deal involving Jerusalem.

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    This should be the moment for the United States, Israel’s strongest supporter in the world, to step in and say no, that path can lead only to greater strife and isolation for Israel. But it is evident that for Mr. Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is supposed to be leading the president’s Middle East efforts, diplomacy is a one-sided affair.

    Furthermore, the threat to cut the substantial American contribution to the United Nations agency that supports more than five million Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria would foment a humanitarian crisis in refugee camps, threaten continuing Palestinian security cooperation with Israel and prompt more censure around the world.

    Mr. Trump still claims he is in favor of peace talks. All he has done so far has been to create greater obstacles and fan the ardor of extremists on both sides. If he was really interested in a Middle East deal, as he claimed in his campaign, this would be a good time to reaffirm America’s longstanding commitment to a two-state solution and tell the Israeli right that it is going too far.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/657214 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Maroc : L’opposition veut retirer la nationalité marocaine aux Israéliens vivant dans les colonies

    Après les fameuses propositions condamnant la normalisation avec Israël en 2013 et un amendement pénalisant les échanges commerciaux avec ce pays en 2014, l’Etat hébreu est à nouveau à l’ordre du jour du parlement marocain. Cette fois, il s’agit d’un projet visant à retirer la nationalité marocaine des Israéliens vivant dans les colonies.

    (...) L’opposition parlementaire souhaite la déchéance de la nationalité des Israéliens d’origine marocaine résidant dans les colonies construites après la guerre de juin 1967. A cet effet, les députés Istiqlal, PAM, USFP et UC ont présenté un projet d’amendement du Code de la nationalité, un texte adopté le 6 septembre 1958 et dont la dernière modification date du 23 mars 2007. La proposition a été déposée à la Commission de justice, de législation et des droits de l’Homme de la Chambre des représentants. Aucune date n’a été encore fixée pour son examen.

    (...) De toute évidence, les chances que ladite modification soit adoptée sont nulles. Ce projet devrait connaître le même sort que les propositions de loi, déposées fin 2013, prévoyant des peines d’emprisonnement et des amendes contre toute personne oeuvrant pour la normalisation avec Israël.

    #maroc #israël

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  • Trump on Saudi Leadership Shake-up: “We’ve Put Our Man on Top!”

    When Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad bin Salman effectively launched a coup and unseated his political rival in June, President Donald Trump took private credit. “We’ve put our man on top!” Trump told his friends, writes Michael Wolff in his forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had ousted his nephew Mohammad bin Nayef as crown prince and replaced him with his then-31-year-old son, bin Salman, shaking up the line of succession and turning on decades of custom within the royal family. The move was announced in the dead of night and was just another step in bin Salman’s rise to power in the kingdom in recent years. The king also removed bin Nayef, once a powerful figure in the country’s security apparatus, from his post as interior minister.

    Just a month earlier, Trump had visited Saudi Arabia on his first overseas trip, meeting with leaders from across the Middle East and signing a $110 billion aspirational arms deal with the kingdom’s leaders. When bin Salman was named crown prince, Trump called and congratulated him on his “recent elevation.”

    Wolff describes Trump’s Saudi trip as a “get-out-of-Dodge godsend,” as it was an escape from Washington shortly after the president fired FBI Director James Comey. “There couldn’t have been a better time to be making headlines far from Washington. A road trip could transform everything.”

    The book is based on 18 months of interviews and access to Trump and his senior staff. But Wolff has a history of being an unreliable narrator, and questions have already been raised about the veracity of his claims. Trump, for his part, is outraged by the book, which contains damning passages about him and his family, attributed to the president’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon. The president’s lawyer has demanded that Wolff and his publisher cease and desist publication of the book.


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  • What happened when a Jewish settler slapped an Israeli soldier - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz.com



    This slap didn’t lead the nightly news. This slap, which landed on the cheek of a Nahal soldier in Hebron, did not lead to an indictment. The assailant, who slapped a soldier who was trying to stop her from throwing stones, was taken in for questioning but released on bail the same day and allowed to return home.

    Prior to this incident, she had been convicted five times — for throwing rocks, for assaulting a police officer and for disorderly conduct, but was not jailed even once.

    In one instance, she was sentenced to probation, and in the rest to a month of community service and practically a token fine, as compensation to the injured parties. The accused systematically failed to heed summonses for questioning or for legal proceedings, but soldiers did not come to drag her out of bed in the middle of the night, nor were any of her relatives arrested. Aside from a brief report by Chaim Levinson about the incident, on July 2, 2010, there were hardly any repercussions to the slap and scratches inflicted by Yifat Alkobi on the face of a soldier who caught her hurling rocks a Palestinians.

    #israël #palestine #occupation #colonisation

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  • Trump’s threat to defund UNRWA could cost Israel as much as the Palestinians - U.S. News - Haaretz.com


    U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s declaration that the United States intends to cut aid the Palestinians, and possibly to UNRWA, the United Nations’ relief agency for Palestinian refugees, is no less worrying to Israel than it is to the Palestinian Authority. Officially, Israel has come out time after time against UNRWA employees’ flirtation with messages supporting terror and the funding the agency provides for the grandchildren of the original Palestinian refugees from 1948. In practice, however, the agency is funds educational activities and medical services for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, and a sharp cut in its resources could bring thousands of them into the streets to confront the Israeli army.
    Moreover, if a war were to break out in Gaza, international organizations would be the only ones that Israel could turn to in order to prevent a humanitarian disaster in the enclave. The Israeli army is being careful to maintain an ongoing working relationship with UNRWA, and recently a senior official from the agency was even invited to speak to a group of top Israeli army commanders to explain the severe state of Gaza’s infrastructure.

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  • Les villages #mizrahi détruits par l’establishment israélien - [UJFP]


    Il est bien connu que depuis les premiers temps de l’immigration sioniste en Palestine, la bourgeoisie israélienne et ses diverses branches ont détruit des centaines de villages et de villes palestiniens et syriens, qui ont été jugés ennemis de l’État. Sur la nouvelle carte de la « destruction coloniale » publiée par De-Colonizer, un centre de recherche alternatif sur Palestine/Israël, figurent les villages mizrahi – dont la moitié environ étaient yéménites – détruits par les autorités sionistes avant la fondation d’Israël et par l’État d’Israël après 1948.

    Le terme « destru(A)ction » renvoie à des communautés chassées contre leur volonté – souvent par la violence physique, et toujours avec l’aide de la violence légale et économique. D’autres villes et quartiers, tels les quartiers Mahlul et Nordia de Tel Aviv ou la cité de transit Neve Amal d’Herzliya ont aussi été détruits, quoique leurs habitants aient finalement reçu des indemnités.

    D’un autre côté, il y a eu des villages israéliens démolis contre la volonté des habitants – dans la péninsule du Sinaï par exemple – même si ces démolitions allaient à l’encontre de l’expansion coloniale d’Israël, étant donné qu’elles se produisaient dans le contexte d’un traité de paix avec l’Égypte et, de ce fait ne figurent pas sur la carte. La destruction de ces villages peut être considérée comme une forme de décolonisation.

    La destruction de ces villages juifs ne devrait pas nous étonner, en particulier si l’on considère la façon dont la bourgeoisie sioniste a toujours considéré et traité ceux de l’Est, qu’ils fussent juifs, musulmans ou chrétiens – tous Arabes.

    #israël #palestine #destruction #démolition #occupation #colonisation #expulsion

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  • German foreign minister under fire for accusing Israel of ‘apartheid’ | The Times of Israel

    Open letter from Jewish woman accuses Sigmar Gabriel of ’providing further ammunition to youths who were fed anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk’

    By TOI STAFF and JTA

    ❝BERLIN — German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has come under fire for suggesting that Israel pursues an “apartheid” policy.

    During a meeting with Muslim representatives in mid-December, Gabriel mentioned that he had visited Hebron several years ago and said that what he saw “reminded him of apartheid,” the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported.

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    In an open letter to Gabriel, a Jewish woman has demanded an apology for “providing further ammunition to youths who were fed anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk,” according to a report in the German Jewish weekly, the Juedische Allgemeine.

    Gabriel had been addressing the issue of anti-Semitism among Muslims in Germany with a group of Muslim communal representatives. The event event was hosted by the Kreuzberg Initiative Against Anti-Semitism, a non-governmental organization that works in schools with children of migrant background, trying to combat anti-Semitic attitudes from an early age.

    Instead of helping fight anti-Semitism, Gabriel fed the flames, the letter from Malca Goldstein-Wolf said.

    In her open letter to Gabriel, published on the Israel advocacy website “Honestly Concerned” on December 21, Goldstein-Wolf applauded the idea of meeting with Muslim leaders. “But if you use this occasion to repeat your defamation of Israel as an apartheid state, then it is not only counterproductive but must be vehemently condemned.”

    Responding to a query from the German Jewish weekly, Gabriel’s office said he had emphasized at the meeting that there was no place for anti-Semitism in Germany.

    His comments, which referred to 2012 visit to the region, mirrored a post he published on Facebook at the time accusing Israel of running an “apartheid regime.”

    “I was just in Hebron. There’s a legal vacuum there for Palestinians. This is an apartheid regime, for which there is no justification,” Gabriel, who was then chairman of Germany’s main opposition party, wrote. The post quickly drew hundreds of responses, mostly from pro-Israel surfers, some of whom threatened to cancel their memberships in the SPD.

    Since becoming foreign minister, Gabriel has publicly clashed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    In April, Netanyahu canceled a planned meeting with the Gabriel after the latter refused to cancel a sit-down with Breaking the Silence, an NGO that collects anonymous testimonies from IDF soldiers on alleged human rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    Gabriel also met with B’Tselem, another group that deals with human rights issues and campaigns against Israeli settlement building.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/656191 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • @ggreenwald: “New Zealand’s largest newspaper, @nzherald, eloquently editorializes in defense of @lorde’s decision to cancel her Tel Aviv concert, in the process obliterating the most common arguments made against the boycott against Israel - things are changing ...”

    https://seenthis.net/messages/656187 via Palestine | فلسطين

  • Misreading Qazvin in Washington : On the Protests in Iran

    By : Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi


    Iran has featured protests throughout several provincial cities (e.g., Mashhad, Kermanshah, Rasht, and Isfahan) since they first started on Thursday 28 December 2017. Some reports indicate that conservative opponents of the Rouhani government in the north-eastern city of Mashhad initiated the protests. However, they have since spread and escaped their oversight. In the early stages, protestors’ demands largely revolved around spiraling prices of basic foodstuffs and bore the classic signs of frustration with the country’s ongoing economic torpor. Today, they reached Tehran and have been taken up in limited numbers by students around the university. As of yet, it is not clear whether we can speak of one protest movement or several protest movements, as there are different (and sometimes conflicting) grievances and solutions being articulated.

    Appropriating “The People”

    Commentators and self-styled experts have been quick to jump to hasty conclusions and decree what is driving the present bout of discontent. The giddy enthusiasm of the Trump administration, rightwing DC thinktanks, and many others is palpable. Predictably, the same voices who have consistently demanded Iran’s international isolation, along with the imposition of sanctions, military intervention, and regime change, have rapidly sought to bandwagon the recent expressions of discontent and appropriate them for their own imperial agendas. Such rampant and frankly malevolent opportunism is frustrating to say the least. Within the space of some twenty-four hours, and with only a small number of exceptions, nearly every mainstream Western media outlet has inclined to assimilate legitimate expressions of socioeconomic distress and demands for greater governmental accountability into a question of “regime change.”

    Needless to say, these very same individuals and venues have time and again completely ignored the fact that countless strikes and protests from Khuzestan to Tehran, ranging from teachers to retirees, have become a regular occurrence in Iran since President Hassan Rouhani’s 2013 election. The latter’s administration and those sympathetic toward its agenda have sought on many an occasion to scale down levels of securitization and similarly distinguish between those citizens who express legitimate civic grievances and others who seek the system’s overthrow. These may seem like fine distinctions which fail to assuage the liberal conscience, but they are nevertheless immensely important for the institutionalization of legal and mutually recognized channels of civic contestation. These achievements and many others besides (e.g., indications of relaxed policing of “bad hijab” and the commuting of the death penalty for drug smugglers under two kilograms) are not inconsequential or to be belittled. They harbor implications for the lives of thousands if not millions of Iranians.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/656196 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Ahed is only 16, and no father is prouder of his daughter than me -

    Ahed Tamimi’s father: I’m proud of my daughter. She is a freedom fighter who, in the coming years, will lead the resistance to Israeli rule

    Bassem Tamimi Dec 29, 2017
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    This night too, like all the nights since dozens of soldiers raided our home in the middle of the night, my wife Nariman, my 16-year-old daughter Ahed and Ahed’s cousin Nur will spend behind bars. Although it is Ahed’s first arrest, she is no stranger to your prisons. My daughter has spent her whole life under the heavy shadow of the Israeli prison — from my lengthy incarcerations throughout her childhood, to the repeated arrests of her mother, brother and friends, to the covert-overt threat implied by your soldiers’ ongoing presence in our lives. So her own arrest was just a matter of time. An inevitable tragedy waiting to happen.
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    Several months ago, on a trip to South Africa, we screened for an audience a video documenting the struggle of our village, Nabi Saleh, against Israel’s forced rule. When the lights came back on, Ahed stood up to thank the people for their support. When she noticed that some of the audience members had tears in their eyes, she said to them: “We may be victims of the Israeli regime, but we are just as proud of our choice to fight for our cause, despite the known cost. We knew where this path would lead us, but our identity, as a people and as individuals, is planted in the struggle, and draws its inspiration from there. Beyond the suffering and daily oppression of the prisoners, the wounded and the killed, we also know the tremendous power that comes from belonging to a resistance movement; the dedication, the love, the small sublime moments that come from the choice to shatter the invisible walls of passivity.
    “I don’t want to be perceived as a victim, and I won’t give their actions the power to define who I am and what I’ll be. I choose to decide for myself how you will see me. We don’t want you to support us because of some photogenic tears, but because we chose the struggle and our struggle is just. This is the only way that we’ll be able to stop crying one day.”
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    Months after that event in South Africa, when she challenged the soldiers, who were armed from head to toe, it wasn’t sudden anger at the grave wounding of 15-year-old Mohammed Tamimi not long before that, just meters away, that motivated her. Nor was it the provocation of those soldiers entering our home. No. These soldiers, or others who are identical in their action and their role, have been unwanted and uninvited guests in our home ever since Ahed was born. No. She stood there before them because this is our way, because freedom isn’t given as charity, and because despite the heavy price, we are ready to pay it.

    My daughter is just 16 years old. In another world, in your world, her life would look completely different. In our world, Ahed is a representative of a new generation of our people, of young freedom fighters. This generation has to wage its struggle on two fronts. On the one hand, they have the duty, of course, to keep on challenging and fighting the Israeli colonialism into which they were born, until the day it collapses. On the other hand, they have to boldly face the political stagnation and degeneration that has spread among us. They have to become the living artery that will revive our revolution and bring it back from the death entailed in a growing culture of passivity that has arisen from decades of political inactivity.
    Ahed is one of many young women who in the coming years will lead the resistance to Israeli rule. She is not interested in the spotlight currently being aimed at her due to her arrest, but in genuine change. She is not the product of one of the old parties or movements, and in her actions she is sending a message: In order to survive, we must candidly face our weaknesses and vanquish our fears.
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    In this situation, the greatest duty of me and my generation is to support her and to make way; to restrain ourselves and not to try to corrupt and imprison this young generation in the old culture and ideologies in which we grew up.
    Ahed, no parent in the world yearns to see his daughter spending her days in a detention cell. However, Ahed, no one could be prouder than I am of you. You and your generation are courageous enough, at last, to win. Your actions and courage fill me with awe and bring tears to my eyes. But in accordance with your request, these are not tears of sadness or regret, but rather tears of struggle.
    Bassem Tamimi is a Palestinian activist.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/655852 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Israeli minister gets ’Palestine’ removed from NBA site

    Israel’s sports minister says she got the words “Palestine-occupied territory” removed from an NBA website.

    Miri Regev, in her letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, called Palestine “an imaginary ’state’.” She said the listing was not in line with President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/655764 via Kassem

  • Scoop: U.S. and Israel reach joint plan to counter Iran - Axios

    Un article de Barak Ravid

    The U.S. and Israel have reached a joint strategic work plan to counter Iranian activity in the Middle East. U.S. and Israeli officials said the joint understandings were reached in a secret meeting between senior Israeli and U.S. delegations at the White House on December 12th.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/655746 via Kassem

  • « Nous ne participerons pas à l’occupation » : dans une lettre à Netanyahu, des dizaines des jeunes refusent de s’enrôler dans l’armée israélienne
    28 décembre | Yaniv Kubovich pour Haaretz |Traduction CG pour l’AURDIP

    Un groupe de 63 jeunes a publiquement déclaré qu’ils refuseront d’être enrôlés dans l’armée israélienne, a rapporté Yedioth Ahronoth jeudi matin.

    « Nous avons décidé de ne pas participer à l’occupation et à l’oppression du peuple palestinien », ont-ils écrit dans une lettre au Premier Ministre Benjamin Netanyahu, au chef du personnel militaire Gadi Eisenkot et aux ministres de la défense et de l’éducation. « La situation ‘temporaire’ traîne depuis 50 ans, et nous ne voulons pas lui donner un coup de main. »

    Les jeunes critiquent le gouvernement et l’armée dans leur lettre. « L’armée poursuit la politique raciste du gouvernement, qui viole les droits humains fondamentaux et met en oeuvre une législation pour les Israéliens et une autre pour les Palestiniens sur le même territoire », écrivent-ils.

    Les étudiants protestent aussi contre « la provocation intentionnelle et institutionnelle contre les Palestiniens des deux côtés de la Ligne verte », se référant à la ligne de l’armistice de 1949 qui sépare Israël de la Cisjordanie, « et nous — des garçons et des filles en âge de faire leur service militaire, venant de différentes régions du pays et de différents milieux socio-économiques—refusons de croire à ce système de provocation et de participer au bras armé d’oppression et d’occupation du gouvernement. »

    https://seenthis.net/messages/655701 via Loutre

  • Story of an Egyptian Man – The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

    Especially in the West, Arab men are often stereotyped as violent fanatics or oppressors of women. The truth is that Arab men, too, experience daunting political, economic, and social challenges related to their gender roles.

    By Farha Ghannam

    Violent. Aggressive. Brutal. Misogynist. Anti-Western. Anti-modern. Fundamentalist. Terrorist. Oppressor. Abuser.

    Such are the stereotypes of Middle Eastern/Arab/Muslim men (obviously distinct categories yet often conflated) perpetuated by the Western media. The stereotypes not only stigmatize and marginalize but they also re-inscribe the division between “us and them” and recreate associations that contrast “our” enlightened ways with “their” backwardness. At the same time, such depictions deny Arab/Muslim men the status of human beings who deserve compassion, protection, and recognition.

    Lost both in the popular discourse as well as in most existing literature on gender are the daily struggles and realities of Muslim men and the affective connections and ethics of care that tie them to their families, including female relatives. My ethnographic research over the past ten years in a low-income neighborhood in northern Cairo has been geared toward challenging simplistic and reductionist assumptions by focusing on the daily life of men and how they work (in collaboration with others, particularly female relatives) to materialize social values that define them as gendered subjects. My research seeks to highlight the importance of class, which, over the past two decades has been largely sidelined in analyses of gender in the Middle East.

    Looking at the intersection between gender and class allows us to see the category “men” as a diversified group of agents who are positioned differently in the socioeconomic and political landscape. It helps us appreciate how one’s material, cultural, and social capital are deeply linked to the ability to materialize gender norms that define a proper man.

    Here I would like to share the story of Samer,* an auto shop worker now approaching his late forties, whose “masculine trajectory” I have had the opportunity to follow over the past two decades. A masculine trajectory is the process of becoming a man. It aims to capture the contextual and shifting nature of masculinity and how men are expected to materialize different norms over their lifespan. Gender and class intersect in powerful ways in shaping this trajectory and how a man’s standing is evaluated, affirmed, and redefined by various social agents, including female relatives. Rather than a linear sequence of predetermined and fixed roles, the notion of masculine trajectory aims to account for the ups and downs, the successes and failures, and the expected and emerging discourses and challenges that shape a man’s standing in society.❞

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  • Le #Guatemala, très encombrant allié d’Israël

    L’ancien dictateur Rios Montt devant la Cour suprême du Guatemala, en novembre 2013. © REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez La vieille amitié historique qui expliquerait la reconnaissance de Jérusalem comme capitale d’Israël par le Guatemala cache en réalité une relation moins avouable : les armes fournies par #Israël et les conseillers israéliens ont joué un rôle majeur dans les opérations antiguérilla des dictateurs guatémaltèques qui ont coûté la vie, dans les années 1980, à près de 200 000 membres des communautés autochtones.

    #International #Droits_de_l'homme #Netanyahou

  • Le sombre rôle d’Israël dans la sale guerre du Guatemala
    Gabriel Schivone, The Electronic Intifada – 20 Janvier 2017 - Traduction : Lauriane G. pour l’Agence Média Palestine

    En Novembre, un juge guatémaltèque autorisa l’ouverture d’un dossier séparé contre Ríos Montt. Le dossier relate le massacre du village de Dos Erres en 1982.

    Ríos Montt était président de 1982 à 1983, une période marquée par une intense violence d’état contre les populations indigènes Mayas. Cette violence comprend la destruction de villages entiers, ayant pour conséquence des déplacements en masse.

    Les Mayas furent pris pour cible à maintes reprises pendant cette période de répression qui dura de 1954 – quand les Etats-Unis organisèrent un coup d’état militaire – à 1996. Plus de 200 000 personnes furent tuées au Guatemala pendant cette période, 83 pourcent d’entre elles étaient Mayas.

    Les crimes commis par l’état guatémaltèque furent perpétrés avec de l’aide de l’étranger – particulièrement des Etats-Unis. Une des parties prenantes clé de ces crimes n’a jusque là jamais été mentionnée devant la cour : Israël.


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  • Saudi-led airstrikes kill 68 civilians in one day of Yemen’s ’absurd’ war | World news | The Guardian

    Sixty-eight Yemeni civilians were killed in two air raids by the Saudi-led coalition in one day, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Yemen has said, as he condemned what he described as “an absurd and futile war”.

    Jamie McGoldrick’s unusually direct criticism came in an update citing initial reports from the UN human rights office of the two strikes earlier this week. The first hit a crowded market in Taez province, killing 54 civilians, including eight children, and wounding 32 others, McGoldrick said. The second was in the Red Sea province of Hodeidah and killed 14 people from the same family.


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  • Israel helped establish 14 illegal West Bank outposts since 2011 -

    State support ranges from turning a blind eye to offering government funds ■ Review reveals system that helps clear the way for ’legalization’

    Yotam Berger Dec 25, 2017
    read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.831032

    Israeli authorities in September placed one of the so-called hilltop youth under house arrest at Havat Itamar Cohen – an illegal outpost in the West Bank. That’s one example, and not the only one, of how the authorities are involved in de facto legalization of illegal outposts. (The teen, who asked that his name not be published, said he’d had a falling out with the owner of the farm, who was going to beat him. A few hours later the Shin Bet security service and the army placed the teen in another, legal facility. People at the farm declined to comment.)
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    Another example is that of Hill 387, a small illegal outpost established on state land near Kfar Adumim east of Jerusalem. At the outpost, surrounded by privately-owned Palestinian land, an NGO called Haroeh Ha’ivri (“the Hebrew Shepherd”) operates. Its official purpose is to rehabilitate violent settler teens known as hilltop youth. In fact, the association itself established the illegal outpost. Its documentation shows that it is funded solely by the Education Ministry, with an annual budget of a few hundred thousand shekels.

    Um Zuka. Olivier Fitoussi
    The Education Ministry at first denied that the NGO established the outpost, but the documents it filed with the Civil Administration show that not only did it establish the outpost illegally, it is also seeking to have it legalized retroactively.
    In 2014, Amira Hass disclosed in Haaretz that the Shomron Regional Council was behind the establishment of the illegal outpost Havat Shaharit. The Shomron Regional Council responded at the time that “the work was carried out by law and in coordination with the relevant officials.”
    Yet another illegal outpost, a kind of farm in the Umm Zuka nature reserve, was connected a few months ago to a water pipeline by a nearby Israel Defense Forces base.
    >> Settler leader used state resources to fund illegal outpost, while Israel turned blind eye <<

    Hill 387, the unauthorized West Bank settlement outpost where Jewish Shepherd operates a rehab program for teenage dropouts, in Jan. 2017.Olivier Fitoussi
    Ostensibly, after the report on illegal outposts submitted to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by attorney Talia Sasson in 2005, no more illegal outposts were to have been established, certainly not with government assistance. The report, which revealed that the government had invested hundreds of millions of shekels directly and indirectly in the establishment of dozens of illegal outposts, was to have put an end to this phenomenon. But aerial photos and Civil Administration data show that it has not stopped, it’s only gone underground. Over the past six years illegal outposts are once more being established, some in recent months.

    Most of these outpost are hastily cobbled together, a tent or a prefab where “hilltop youth” – most of them under 18 – live off and on.
    The authorities are fighting against these outposts tooth and nail, removing them and sometimes arresting residents, among other reasons because the security forces see them as a source of violence against Palestinians. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman seems almost pleased to order their evacuation – perhaps because they don’t have a political lobby or economic backing. Last summer, in speaking to journalists covering the West Bank, he called them “disturbed” and “idiots.”
    The law is not being enforced when it comes to the better-planned and more establishment-supported outposts; they are sometimes recognized and receive assistance and protection. Since 2011, 17 illegal outposts have been established, 14 of which are known to the Civil Administration. The way they were established shows their planning. The founders or planners examined aerial photos and the location chosen was not coincidental: They are built on government land, not privately-owned Palestinian land, which increases the chance that they will be legalized in the future. They are mainly built in fairly remote locations with a commanding view of the surroundings.
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    Three of them are near but not connected to existing settlements, such as the so-called “prefab neighborhood” set up near the outpost of Sde Boaz, which was evacuated about two weeks ago. Eleven outposts were set up as farms with living quarters for a few people who raise flocks or crops. No plans are known for evacuating these outposts, although they are all illegal.
    Dror Etkes, of the left-wing organization Kerem Navot, says that the founders of these outposts chose the locales and built their structures on state land so they can claim that they should not be evacuated. “They take over as much surrounding land as possible, including private land, which they steal by other means, such as cultivation or barring access [to the Palestinian landowners].” Etkes, who is in possession of Civil Administration maps, believes the settlers saw them before they established the outposts.
    At the outpost of Nahalat Yosef, east of Elon Moreh, Etkes says: “Huge surrounding areas are private, and were taken over by planting or barring access, and have very much increased the area of the outpost. It’s methodical, and they know exactly what they’re doing.”

    Umm Zuka nature reserveGil Eliyahu
    Civil Administration data obtained by Haaretz show that dozens of demolition orders have been issued against these outposts. Nine such orders were issued against Havat Itamar Cohen, and eight against Haroeh Ha’ivri. But the Civil Administration doesn’t issue demolition orders against outposts within settlement master plans, such as Neveh Ahi near the settlement of Halamish, which was established after the murder this year of the Salomon family in the unused area of where a master plan is in force.
    But the flood of demolition orders is misleading. In fact, these outposts can expect the authorities to turn a blind eye to them, if not support them outright. “Except for Sde Boaz, there are no evacuations,” said Etkes. “This is clearly sweeping immunity against enforcement of the law. Add to this all the infrastructure around it, electricity, water, road-building; this isn’t being paid for with settlers’ private money.”
    A resident of the evacuated outpost at Sde Boaz, which was established with the assistance of the regional council, told Haaretz: “They told us that the High Court had decided that it had to be dismantled. We were told there was no choice, that it could harm the settlements – so we left. We’re not hilltop youth, we’re good, law-abiding people we understood there was no point in going on.”

    West Bank outpost of Nahalat Yosef, east of Elon MorehOlivier Fitoussi
    We might learn about the future of the illegal outposts through the case of Malakhei Hashalom, a small outpost on an abandoned army base near Shiloh in the northern West Bank, with a sheep pen that is presented as a farm. Visits to the site revealed it is inhabited by one family and visited occasionally by teens. The Civil Administration has evacuated the site a few times, but according to officials familiar with the case, a few months ago it was agreed between the Civil Administration and the site that its inhabitants would evacuate it of their own free will. The state sent them trucks and they piled their belongings on them. The Civil Administration proudly touted the evacuation. But within a few weeks later the outpost was established elsewhere, with the same sheep.
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  • Zig Zig

    Une magnifique pièce de théatre historique (en arabe sous-titré en anglais) de Leila Soliman



    The British soldiers entered the house in the afternoon, about 4pm. My mother-in-law asked the soldiers, “Shall we get you some geese?,” but they replied “Zig zig.”

    Almost one hundred years ago, during the British occupation of Egypt, a small village near Giza called Nazlat al-Shobak was violently raided by British soldiers.

    A military court was convened to investigate the villagers’ allegations that the army had looted and burned Nazlat al-Shobak, terrorized its residents and executed five village notables. Amongst the witnesses called to give evidence were a dozen women who had been raped by British soldiers.


    D’autres œuvres et installations artistique de Leila Soliman sont visibles ici :




    HISH VZW is a Belgian-Egyptian non-profit organization founded by Ruud Gielens & Laila Soliman whose specific activities include creating theatre, dance and music productions in collaboration with partners in the Middle East and more specifically Egypt.
    Its objective is to have an intercultural dialogue between artists from the Middle East and Europe. Activities include organizing workshops with the aim of a cultural, educational and social exchange, and the establishment of an outreach program in Cairo for cultural, educational and recreational activities and the development of intercultural awareness and dialogue to a wide audience in Cairo, the Middle East and Europe.


    La Grande Maison

    The famous street of Sidi Abdallah Guech (Zarqoun), in the old medina of Tunis houses the only red light district in the Arab World, a place where sex work is legally regulated. Weaving in and out of architectural models, this project will give the audience an insight into a world of untold stories where the relationship between the individual and authorities is at its very center. Based on personal stories and narratives, between forced conditions and choices.
    Documentary theatre performance in Arabic with English translation, 40’, 2015



    It is 2015.

    Almost 5 years after the fall of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

    According to several sources The State Security Agency was dissolved and does no longer operate.

    What would happen if we imagined a museum for the State Security Agency?.

    A museum built up entirely out of rumors and personal experiences that people had with the “Political Police”, for example.

    But where do rumors end and where does truth begin?





    #égypte #théatre #installations_artistiques #leila_soliman

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  • Country Evaluation Brief : Palestine


    Je conseille la consultation des rapports d’évaluation de la Norad (coopération norvégiennes, en général très informatifs, très bien fait, qui fourmillent de chiffres et de comparaisons intéressantes.


    Pour cette année il y a le Malawi, le Népal, La Birmanie, l Somalie. L’année dernière, le Soudan du Sud, le Mozambique, etc...


    This brief on Palestine is part of a report series from the Evaluation Department – “Country Evaluation Briefs” (CEB) – collecting and summarising existing evaluation findings from selected Norwegian focus countries.

    The purpose is to make relevant, systematically collected and collated knowledge about these countries easily accessible for people that work with these countries and other interested readers.

    In the reference list there are direct links to the underlying evaluation reports and other relevant documents. In the additional document, “Evaluation Portraits”, there are also short summaries of the documents. This compilation may later be updated with new evaluations.

    The CEBs were written by the Chr. Michelsen Institute upon a commission by the Evaluation Department.

    #norad #développement #coopération #palestine

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  • Vente de matériel de #surveillance à l’#Egypte : le parquet de Paris ouvre une information judiciaire

    Paris, le 22 décembre 2017 – En réponse à la demande d’ouverture d’#enquête de la FIDH et de la LDH, soutenue par le Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), le Pôle crimes contre l’humanité du Parquet de Paris vient de décider d’ouvrir une information judiciaire pour la vente de matériel de surveillance par une entreprise française à l’Égypte. En faisant la lumière sur le contrat passé entre le régime autoritaire d’Al Sissi et l’entreprise #Nexa_Technologies (ex #Amesys) et ses conséquences, l’enquête pourrait conduire à une mise en examen pour #complicité de #tortures et #disparitions_forcées. Un signal puissant à destination des entreprises de surveillance et d’#armement, et des autorités françaises.

    cc @marty @albertocampiphoto @daphne

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