• Congress corners Pompeo on Saudi military actions - POLITICO

    The secretary of state faces a Sept. 12 deadline to certify whether Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are doing enough to limit civilian misery stemming from a U.S.-backed military campaign in Yemen, or face a cutback in Washington’s support.
    By NAHAL TOOSI 09/04/2018 04:


    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo must soon make a key decision that could sharply limit U.S. backing for Saudi Arabia’s controversial war in Yemen, where more than three years of fighting have triggered a humanitarian crisis, claims of war crimes and bipartisan anger in Congress.

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers inserted a provision in this year’s congressional defense spending bill requiring Pompeo to certify by Sept. 12 whether Saudi Arabia and its military ally, the United Arab Emirates, are taking meaningful steps to reduce civilian casualties, increase humanitarian aid and find a political solution to the Yemen conflict. If Pompeo doesn’t offer the certification, the law prohibits the U.S. from refueling Saudi aircraft.

    The pressure on Pompeo reflects growing anger among American lawmakers over the U.S. military role in Yemen, where thousands of civilians have died and millions more face starvation as a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE battles Iran-backed Houthi rebels. In addition to the refueling, the U.S. has assisted the Arab-led coalition with targeting and supplied it with munitions.

    The choice for Pompeo also comes as United Nations officials warn that the Saudis may be committing war crimes. Last month, a coalition airstrike hit a school bus, reportedly with a U.S.-made missile, killing 40 Yemeni children.

    The Trump administration has closely aligned itself with the Saudi and UAE governments, and has made combating Iran’s regional influence a top priority. But with international outrage growing — and Democrats widely expected to make gains in the November midterm elections that could lead to new legislative efforts to reduce the U.S. role in the Yemen fight as well as possibly embarrassing hearings, Pompeo faces mounting pressure to act.


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  • Israël poursuit son rôle de grand démolisseur le maisons, de vie et d’espoir.


    La saleté de boulot du gouvernement israélien destructeur se poursuit à Al-Walaja, village traversé par la ligne verte au sud de Jérusalem.

    Ça fait au moins dix ans que les Israéliens martyrisent ce village, en le transformant en ghetto, en transformant la vie de ses habitants en véritable cauchemar. L’objectif, c’est l’éviction de la population et l’accaparement complet du territoire de la commune.

    En d’autres termes les israéliens veulent simplement voler le village pour y construire les extensions ds grandes colonies (illégales aux termes du droit international) voisines.

    J’y ai passé rien qu’une journée en décembre 2006 lors d’un reportage et la situation était déjà effrayante.

    J’éprouve toujours la même honte, et pour avoir assisté plusieurs fois à ces démolitions de foyers, de maisons dans lesqulles vivent des enfants, notre impuissance me donne toujours envie de pleurer. Il faudra bien qu’un jours les responsables de ces crimes payent le prix devant la justice des hommes.


    A SIlwan, même punition

    Israeli forces begin demolition campaign in al-Walaja

    Al Walaja : The story of a shrinking village

    Démolitions de maisons à Al-Walaja

    #israel #palestine #démolition #colonisation #destructions #al-walaja

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  • Eurovision’s demands should serve as wake-up call for Israel - Haaretz Editorial - Israel News | Haaretz.com


    In a different time, the demands of the European Broadcasting Union, the organizer of the Eurovision Song Contest, would have been received in Israel with a shrug, as self-evident.
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    According to a report by the Israel Television News Corporation, the broadcasting union is asking for an Israeli authority, preferably the prime minister, to promise that Israel will grant entry visas for the event regardless of applicants’ political opinions; that visitors be able to tour the country regardless of their political opinions, religion or sexual orientation; that there be freedom of the press and complete freedom of expression for all participants; that there be no religious restrictions on rehearsals on Saturday; and that Israel’s public broadcasting company, Kan, be given complete independence in editing the broadcasts.

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  • Opinion | Is Boycotting Israel ‘Hate’? - The New York Times

    Opponents of the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement are involved in a dishonest branding campaign.

    By Joseph Levine
    Mr. Levine is a philosophy professor and a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Academic Advisory Council.

    The debate over the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (B.D.S.) movement against Israel has been one of the most contentious in American political culture for more than a decade. Now, given the tumultuous and deadly events of the past several months, it is likely to heat up further.

    Casualties in the ongoing protests in Gaza, which began in March, continue to mount; nearly 180 mostly unarmed Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israeli forces, with more than 18,000 injured, according to the United Nations. Dozens of those deaths came in mid-May, as the United States took the provocative step of moving its embassy to Jerusalem. Tensions will surely spike again following last week’s decision by the United States to stop billions in funding to the United Nations agency that delivers aid to Palestinian refugees.

    B.D.S. began in 2005 in response to a call by more than 100 Palestinian civil society organizations, with the successful movement against apartheid South Africa in mind. The reasoning was that Israel, with its half-century occupation of Palestinian territories, would be equally deserving of the world’s condemnation until its policies changed to respect Palestinian political and civil rights. B.D.S. calls for its stance of nonviolent protest to remain in effect until three conditions are met: that Israel ends its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantles the wall; that Israel recognizes the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and that Israel respects, protects and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in United Nations Resolution 194.

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  • Kerry reveals details of Assad’s secret letter to Netanyahu in 2010 - Israel News - Haaretz.com


    WASHINGTON – Syrian President Bashar Assad sent U.S. President Barack Obama a secret proposal for peace with Israel in 2010, which was also shared with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Secretary of State John Kerry writes in his new memoir published Tuesday.
    According to Kerry, Netanyahu found the proposal “surprising” because it showed that Assad was willing to make more concessions than in previous negotiations.
    The letter was drafted by Assad a year before the start of Syria’s civil war; Syria and Israel did engage in American-mediated negotiations up until early 2011, but eventually did not reach any agreements or understandings.

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  • Réfugiés palestiniens – Soutien à l’action de l’UNRWA (03.09.18) - France-Diplomatie - Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères

    La France regrette vivement la décision des États-Unis d’arrêter de contribuer au financement de l’Office de secours et de travaux des Nations unies pour les réfugiés de Palestine dans le Proche-Orient (UNRWA).

    La France rappelle son attachement à l’UNRWA, dont les services aux plus de 5 millions de réfugiés palestiniens sont indispensables à la stabilité locale et régionale.

    La France rappelle que la question des réfugiés palestiniens et de leur droit au retour relève du statut final et ne pourra être déterminée que dans le cadre de négociations entre les parties.

    Il est essentiel que la communauté internationale reste mobilisée afin de permettre à l’UNRWA de mener à bien ses missions de façon pérenne et de poursuivre ses réformes. La France a accru cette année sa contribution et étudie de nouvelles possibilités de soutiens financiers, en particulier pour des actions en faveur de l’éducation.


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  • Turkey must release prisoners to mend ties with EU, German FM says - Turkey - Haaretz.com


    Turkey cannot revive its strained relationship with the European Union until it frees German citizens it has detained, Germany’s foreign minister said on Friday as his Turkish counterpart called for a fresh start with the bloc.
    Turkey, which has had awkward relations with Europe for several years, is seeking to mend them at a time when its currency has been falling and its ties with the United States have sharply deteriorated.
    Germany says 50 of its citizens are being held in Turkish prisons following a crackdown after a failed coup in July 2016. Only seven have been charged. Another 35 are blocked from leaving the country.

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  • BDS: how a controversial non-violent movement has transformed the Israeli-Palestinian debate | News | The Guardian

    Israel involvment in anti-BDS activities in foreing countries


    The Ministry of Strategic Affairs has outsourced much of its anti-BDS activity in foreign countries, helping to establish and finance front groups and partner organisations, in an attempt to minimise the appearance of Israeli interference in the domestic politics of its allies in Europe and the US. Kuper said that anti-BDS groups were now “sprouting like mushrooms after the rain”. He and a number of other former intelligence and security officials are members of one of them, Kella Shlomo, described as a “PR commando unit” that will work with and receive tens of millions of dollars from the Ministry of Strategic Affairs. In 2016, Israel’s embassy in London sent a cable to Jerusalem complaining that the strategic affairs ministry was endangering British Jewish organisations, most of which are registered as charities and forbidden from political activity: “‘operating’ Jewish organisations directly from Jerusalem … is liable to be dangerous” and “could encounter opposition from the organisations themselves, given their legal status; Britain isn’t the US!” Last year, al-Jazeera aired undercover recordings of an Israeli official working out of the London embassy, who described being asked by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs to help establish a “private company” in the UK that would work for the Israeli government and in liaison with pro-Israel groups like Aipac.


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  • La chanteuse américaine Lana Del Rey annule un concert en Israël - Le Point - Publié le 31/08/2018 à 21:52 | AFP
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    La chanteuse américaine Lana Del Rey a annoncé vendredi l’annulation d’un concert prévu en Israël, la justifiant par le fait qu’elle n’avait pas eu le temps d’organiser, dans le même temps, un concert en « Palestine ».

    La venue prochaine en Israël de la jeune femme avait donné lieu à une campagne pro-palestinienne pour l’annulation de sa performance.

    « C’est important pour moi de chanter à la fois en Palestine et en Israël et traiter tous mes fans de la même façon », a déclaré sur son compte Twitter l’artiste de 33 ans, connue pour sa pop baroque mélancolique.

    « Malheureusement, il n’a pas été possible d’aligner les deux visites par manque de temps, et donc je reporte ma performance au Meteor Festival à un moment où je pourrais planifier des visites à la fois pour mes fans israéliens et palestiniens », a-t-elle ajouté.

    La chanteuse avait initialement indiqué qu’elle participerait au festival, qui doit se tenir en septembre dans le nord d’Israël.

    « La musique est universelle et devrait être utilisée pour unir les gens », avait dit la chanteuse le 19 août sur Twitter.

    Réagissant à l’annulation du concert, Meteor Festival a indiqué, da façon ironique : « nous apprécions vraiment la façon dont elle a utilisé Meteor pour s’attirer l’attention de la presse ».

    Une pétition du mouvement BDS (Boycott, Désinvestissement, Sanctions), qui lutte contre l’occupation des territoires palestiniens, avait appelé la chanteuse à annuler son concert en Israël, en affirmant que sa musique allait servir à occulter « les flagrantes violations des droits de l’Homme » israéliennes.

    La pétition a recueilli plus de 14.500 signatures.


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  • Le documentaire Ghost Hunting représentera la Palestine aux Oscars
    Le courrier de l\’Atlas / Par Nadir Dendoune / le jeudi 30 août 2018

    La nouvelle est tombée ce jeudi 30 août au matin. « Ghost Hunting » du réalisateur Raed Andoni représentera la Palestine aux oscars 2019 dans la catégorie du meilleur film étranger. L’an passé, c’était « Wajib » d’Annemarie Jacir qui avait été choisi.

    Huit ans après l’excellent « Fix Me », le cinéaste palestinien Raed Andoni revient avec « Ghost Hunting », Prix du meilleur documentaire à Berlin en 2017.

    Dans « Ghost Hunting », le réalisateur reconstitue dans un hangar de Ramallah un centre d’interrogatoire israélien. A travers des jeux de rôle, d’anciens détenus vont revivre leur détention y compris les mauvais traitements.(...)

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  • Islamic Jihad’s challenge to Hamas in Gaza


    While Hamas has become synonymous with the Gaza Strip in the years since its 2006 election victory and subsequent routing of rival Fatah from the coastal enclave in internecine fighting a year later, one of Hamas’ lesser-known peers has largely escaped notice amid clashes between Hamas and Israel.

    Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or PIJ, shares with Hamas the fundamental objective of fighting Israel. PIJ, however, has felt freer to launch attacks responding to Israel’s ongoing blockade because, unlike Hamas, PIJ has no role in governing Gaza or rebuilding it in the event of the all-but-guaranteed Israeli counterattacks.

    As tensions between Hamas and Israel increase, PIJ may prove the wildcard that triggers yet another war in Gaza.

    At first glance, PIJ would appear a sideshow to Hamas. PIJ has only a few thousand fighters, compared with the tens of thousands in the Hamas ranks, and much of PIJ’s arsenal comprises cheap, simple rockets. Even so, these limitations have rarely prevented PIJ from striking Israel over the past two decades. In 2002, a PIJ car bomb in the Israeli city of Afula killed seventeen and injured thirty-eight. In 2012, PIJ rockets reached as far as Tel Aviv, Israel’s second-largest city and the heart of its economy.

    In fact, PIJ’s smaller size may allow it to act without attracting the public scrutiny that greets Hamas attacks on Israel.

    “Since Hamas is the primary ’culprit’ - in the eyes of Israel - there is less attention, media and otherwise, on PIJ and PIJ might feel more free to initiate a conflict,” Mia Swart, a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, told The New Arab.

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  • Turkey connecting Syria’s al-Bab to its power supply

    Delegates from the Turkey’s State Electricity Generating Company, on Aug. 19 visited the local council for the city of al-Bab, in the opposition-held northeastern Aleppo countryside. The delegates then toured the city to conduct a study to develop a plan to supply it with electricity in agreement with the local council.

    The inspection tour was scheduled to continue throughout August, with the aim of assessing the status of the city’s existing electricity network infrastructure and determining the requirements for its restoration.

    Suite d’une longue série de mesures visant à l’annexion de ce gros bourg entre Alep et la frontière turque.


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  • Hacking a Prince, an Emir and a Journalist to Impress a Client - The New York Times

    With Israel help


    The lawsuits also shed new light on the political intrigues involving Israel and the Persian Gulf monarchies, which have increasingly turned to hacking as a favorite weapon against one another.
    The NSO Group’s actions are now at the heart of the twin lawsuits accusing the company of actively participating in illegal spying.CreditDaniella Cheslow/Associated Press
    The U.A.E. does not recognize Israel, but the two appear to have a growing behind-the-scenes alliance. Because Israel deems the spyware a weapon, the lawsuits note, the NSO Group and its affiliates could have sold it to the Emirates only with approval by the Israeli Defense Ministry.

    Leaked emails submitted in the lawsuits show that the U.A.E. signed a contract to license the company’s surveillance software as early as August 2013.

    A year and a half later, a British affiliate of the NSO Group asked its Emirati client to provide a sixth payment of $3 million under the original contract, suggesting a total licensing fee of at least $18 million over that period.

    An update the next year was sold through a different affiliate, based in Cyprus, at a cost of $11 million in four installments, according to leaked invoices.

    Tensions between the U.A.E. and its neighbor Qatar reached a boil in 2013 over a struggle for power in Egypt. Qatar had allied itself with the Egyptian Islamist movement that won the elections after the Arab Spring. Then the U.A.E. backed a military takeover that cast the Islamists into prison instead.

    In the escalating feud, each side accused the other of cyberespionage. Hackers broke into the email accounts of two outspoken opponents of Qatar — the Emirati ambassador to Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, and an American Republican fund-raiser who does business with the U.A.E., Elliott Broidy. Mr. Broidy has filed a separate lawsuit accusing Qatar and its Washington lobbyists of conspiring to steal and leak his emails.

    Other hackers briefly took over the website of the Qatari news service to post a false report of an embarrassing speech by the emir to damage him, and later leaked Qatari emails exposing awkward details of Qatari negotiations over the release of a royal hunting party kidnapped in Iraq. Allies of Qatar blamed the Emiratis.

    The leaked emails disclosed in the new lawsuits may also have been stolen through hacking. Lawyers involved said the documents were provided by a Qatari journalist who did not disclose how he had obtained them.

    The messages show that the Emiratis were seeking to intercept the phone calls of the emir of Qatar as early as 2014.

    But the Emirati target list also included Saudi Arabia. In the email discussions about updating the NSO Group’s technology, the Emiratis asked to intercept the phone calls of a Saudi prince, Mutaib bin Abdullah, who was considered at the time to be a possible contender for the throne.

    The Emiratis have been active promoters of Prince Mutaib’s younger rival, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Last year, the crown prince removed Prince Mutaib from his role as minister of the national guard and ordered his temporary detention in connection with corruption allegations.

    In a telephone interview, Prince Mutaib expressed surprise that the Emiratis had attempted to record his calls.

    “They don’t need to hack my phone,” he said. “I will tell them what I am doing.”

    According to the emails, the Emiratis also asked to intercept the phone calls of Saad Hariri, who is now prime minister of Lebanon.

    Mr. Hariri has sometimes been accused of failing to push back hard enough against Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese movement backed by Iran. Last year, the U.A.E.’s Saudi ally, Crown Prince Mohammed, temporarily detained Mr. Harari in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, and forced him to announce his resignation as prime minister. (He later rescinded the announcement, and he remains prime minister.)

    Mr. Alkhamis, who resigned in 2014 as the editor of the London-based newspaper Al Arab, called the surveillance of his phone calls “very strange” but not unexpected, since he had published “sensitive” articles about Persian Gulf politics.

    The U.A.E.’s use of the NSO Group’s spyware was first reported in 2016. Ahmed Mansoor, an Emirati human rights advocate, noticed suspicious text messages and exposed an attempt to hack his Apple iPhone. The U.A.E. arrested him on apparently unrelated charges the next year and he remains in jail.

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  • Egypt Political figures arrested over Eid holiday interrogated about political views, affiliations | MadaMasr

    Escalade de la répression en Egypte où Emmanuel Macron a annoncé qu’il se rendrait bientôt


    In interrogations held on Monday and Tuesday, five of the seven political figures arrested over the Eid holiday were questioned about their views on and relationship to prominent political groups and events in Egypt’s post-2011 political landscape.

    On Monday, Supreme State Security Prosecution conducted preliminary interrogations with former ambassador Masoum Marzouk, university professor Yehia al-Qazzaz, economist Raed Salama and activist Nermeen Hussein, all of which will continue next Monday, according to lawyer Khaled Ali.

    Activist Sameh Seoudi’s questioning took place on Tuesday, Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) lawyer Ahmed Abdel Latif told Mada Masr on Wednesday. The sessions will be resumed next Saturday.

    The two remaining defendants in the case, university professor Abdel Fattah Saeed al-Banna and activist Amr Mohamed, are being interrogated today.

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  • « SAMOUNI ROAD de Stefano SAVONA » Sortie nationale au cinéma le 7 novembre - AURDIP - 28 août 2018

    Documentaire, Animation de Stefano SAVONA
    2018 - 116mn - VO / Tous publics

    Sortie nationale le 7 novembre prochain.

    L’Oeil d’Or - Prix du Meilleur documentaire - Cannes 2018 / Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2018


    Dans la périphérie rurale de la ville de Gaza, la famille Samouni s’apprête à célébrer un mariage. C’est la première fête depuis la dernière guerre. Amal, Fouad, leurs frères et leurs cousins ont perdu leurs parents, leurs maisons et leurs oliviers. LE quartier où ils habitent est en reconstruction. Ils replantent des arbres et labourent les champs, mais une tâche plus difficile encore incombe à ces jeunes survivants : reconstruire leur propre mémoire. Au fil de leurs souvenirs, Samouni Road dresse un portrait de cette famille avant, pendant et après l’événement qui a changé leur vie à jamais.

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  • The U.S. is wrong about the Muslim Brotherhood — and the Arab world is suffering for it - The Washington Post

    By Jamal Khashoggi
    August 28 at 3:26 PM


    During the Obama presidency, the U.S. administration was wary of the Muslim Brotherhood, which had come to power in Egypt after the country’s first-ever free elections. Despite his declared support for democracy and change in the Arab world in the wake of the Arab Spring, then-President Barack Obama did not take a strong position and reject the coup against President-elect Mohamed Morsi. The coup, as we know, led to the military’s return to power in the largest Arab country — along with tyranny, repression, corruption and mismanagement.

    That is the conclusion that David D. Kirkpatrick arrives at in his excellent book “Into the Hands of the Soldiers,” which was released this month. A former Cairo bureau chief for the New York Times, Kirkpatrick gives a sad account of Egypt’s 2013 coup that led to the loss of a great opportunity to reform the entire Arab world and allow a historic change that might have freed the region from a thousand years of tyranny.

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  • Lobby israélien aux Etats-Unis, le documentaire interdit,

    par Alain Gresh (Le Monde diplomatique, septembre 2018)


    À l’écran, il a tout du parfait gentleman. Malgré sa dégaine d’étudiant, James Anthony Kleinfeld, jeune Britannique juif bien sous tous rapports, diplômé de la prestigieuse université d’Oxford, parlant six langues, dont le néerlandais et le yiddish, s’orientant sans difficulté dans les arcanes des conflits au Proche-Orient, trouverait facilement sa place dans les bureaux d’un ministère des affaires étrangères occidental ou d’un think tank renommé. Pour l’heure, il a d’autres desseins : s’investir dans les organisations américaines favorables à Israël. Il est recruté par The Israel Project (TIP), qui s’occupe de soigner l’image d’Israël dans les médias. Accueilli à bras ouverts du fait de ses compétences, il côtoie durant cinq mois le gratin des responsables d’associations engagées dans la défense inconditionnelle d’Israël, notamment du puissant lobby pro-israélien aux États-Unis, l’American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac). Il fraie avec eux dans les cocktails, congrès, conventions, stages de formation pour militants, se liant avec les uns et les autres. Avenant, chaleureux, efficace, il gagne la confiance de ses interlocuteurs, qui lui parlent à cœur ouvert, laissant au vestiaire la langue de bois et les « éléments de langage » convenus. Et leurs confidences sont explosives.

    Comment influence-t-on le Congrès ? « Les membres du Congrès ne font rien si on ne fait pas pression sur eux, et la seule manière, c’est l’argent. » Comment combat-on les militants favorables aux droits des Palestiniens sur les campus universitaires ? « Avec les anti-Israéliens, le plus efficace est de faire des recherches sur eux, que vous mettez en ligne sur un site Web anonyme et que vous diffusez par des annonces ciblées sur Facebook. » Avec une candeur d’autant plus grande qu’ils croient s’épancher auprès d’un ami, les interlocuteurs de Kleinfeld admettent qu’ils se livrent à des opérations d’espionnage de citoyens américains, avec l’aide du ministère des affaires stratégiques israélien.

    Créé en (...)

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  • Israel Violence from God -

    Amira Hass


    The IDF spokesman did not miss the target and proved what we have known for a long time. In other words, his employer, the army, is a willing captive of the settlement enterprise and the settlers.
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    In a response after the attack on six activists from Ta’ayush by about a dozen or more Israelis, (Jews), at the Mitzpeh Yair settlement outpost on the holy Sabbath of the 14th of the Jewish month of Elul, 5778, the IDF spokesman lied twice: “Friction” – that’s what he called the brutal attack, after which four of the victims required treatment in the hospital. He also claimed that the soldiers declared a closed military zone. If they did, the activists didn’t hear it.

    Soldiers evacuating an injured activist after the attack in South Hebron Hills, August 25, 2018.B’Tselem
    There is no group of Israeli Jewish activists that has been and is being exposed to physical attacks by the settlers more than Ta’ayush. For almost 20 years the activists of this left-wing group have been going out to the battlefields: the pastures, fields and orchards that the settlers have their eyes on.

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  • Jeremy Corbyn must not back down on Palestine | The Electronic Intifada


    Since his election as Labour leader in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn has faced an unprecedented campaign of vitriol from the combined forces of the Jewish Labour Movement, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, right-wing Labour MPs, and pro-Israel newspapers with mainstream press and broadcast media all too happy to jump on the bandwagon.

    In response there has been an impressive show of solidarity from his supporters. Following days of manufactured outrage over comments made by Peter Willsman – Labour veteran and Corbyn ally – the hashtag #WeAreCorbyn trended at number one in the UK and number three worldwide. (Willsman’s crime: to demand evidence from those denouncing Corbyn for anti-Semitism.)

    This reflexive defense of Corbyn shows the level of respect for his hitherto unwavering commitment to social justice and fighting racism. The invective against him has, however, also prevented any real examination of Corbyn’s positions on Palestine -– positions that are far less radical than often presumed.

    More urgently at the present juncture, save for a few dissenting voices (such as The Electronic Intifada’s Asa Winstanley), he has also escaped opprobrium for manifestly failing to push back against the smear of anti-Semitism and for becoming increasingly apologetic for past solidarity with Palestine.

    This can no longer be allowed to stand. The stakes are much too high.

    Reports suggest Corbyn has capitulated to the demand that Labour incorporate into its Code of Conduct all four of the thus-far resisted “examples” of anti-Semitism devised by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This is despite Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) voting against this in mid-July.

    Ostensibly, a Labour NEC working group is still “consulting” on the issue. However, Corbyn has preempted the final outcome. He has unilaterally announced Labour now has an issue with only “half of one [IHRA] example.” Worryingly, reports suggest Corbyn will seek adoption of the IHRA examples as early as 4 September, conveniently before the Labour Party Conference at the end of the same month.

    These developments reveal the need for an urgent refocusing away from defending Corbyn to the real task at hand: exposing the manufactured anti-Semitism crisis and the IHRA’s assault on the right to criticize Israel.

    Tragically, the fight over the IHRA now looks to have also become a fight against Corbyn.

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  • Egypt
    Security forces arrest 4 political activists on 3rd day of Eid holiday | MadaMasr

    A source had told Mada Masr that a wide arrest campaign is in the cards ahead of plans to amend the Constitution to allow for an extension to Sisi’s current term, his last according to the Constitution.

    Sources who spoke to Mada Masr last month said that the amendment scenario is being seriously touted within parliamentary circles, where there is an intention to either amend the duration of the four-year term or remove the current constitutional stipulation that imposes a maximum of one re-election for presidents, or both.

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  • Benjamin Netanyahu Is Fine With Anti-Semites — as Long as They Support Israel’s Occupation


    PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN Netanyahu likes to accuse critics of Israel of being anti-Semites. But how does he explain his own glaring ties to anti-Semitic world leaders and evangelical preachers, not to mention his defense of Adolf Hitler and his son’s attack on George Soros? Does defending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands make you immune from the charge of anti-Jewish hatred?

    In this video, I ask whether the prime minister of Israel is part of the solution to rising anti-Semitism — or part of the problem.

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  • Netanyahu expands his struggle against EU during Baltics visit -

    Netanyahu said he intended to counterbalance the EU’s ’unfriendly approach to Israel’ through direct contact with European leaders

    Noa Landau
    Aug 24, 2018 4:18 AM


    In the heart of Vilnius, Lithuania – his ancestors’ homeland, as he often points out – Benjamin Netanyahu formally thanked the country’s prime minister for helping him wage his all-out diplomatic war on the European Union in recent years.
    Netanyahu lauded Saulius Skvernelis on Thursday for his “strong stand” in support of Israel in EU forums. He said it was refreshing to see Skvernelis stand for “clarity, truth and courage.”
    “I want to thank you, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Linas, for the strong position you have taken in the forums of the EU on behalf of truth, on behalf of Israel, on behalf of decency. Israel is often mistreated by the EU in Brussels. There are many distortions that are leveled at us and it’s refreshing to see that you take a stand of clarity, of truth and of courage. And we discussed how that can be expanded,” he said.

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    Netanyahu said he intended to counterbalance the EU’s “unfriendly approach to Israel” through direct contact with European leaders, as he began a three-day trip to Lithuania, where he is set to meet leaders of the Baltic nations.
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    Lithuania helped Netanyahu visit the EU headquarters in December by getting him a breakfast invitation with European foreign ministers before their monthly session. The move was seen at the time as running contrary to protocol and raised considerable anger in the office of the union’s head of foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini.
    Netanyahu has systematically cozied up to the most nationalistic countries of central and east Europe, with the aim of sabotaging the required consensus among the union’s 28 members to pursue a uniform foreign policy. Now he further revealed his strategy to use sub-regional blocs of states, like the Visegrad Forum and its star from Hungary, Viktor Orban, to sway EU positions on the Palestinians and Iran, or at least prevent a consensus, a tactic that would hinder the possibility of advancing new moves affecting Israel.
    “I am interested in balancing the not always friendly attitude of the European Union towards Israel so that we receive fairer and more straight-forward treatment. I am doing this through contacts with blocs of countries within the European Union, Eastern European countries, [and] now with the Baltic countries, as well, of course, as with other countries,” Netanyahu said before boarding his plane.
    Netanyahu is also due to meet Lituhania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas. Also, Netanyahu is scheduled to attend a commemoration ceremony at the memorial site of the Jews’ massacre in Ponar, meet the leaders of the Jewish community in the Vilnius’ Choral Synagogue, the only in the city to survive the Holocaust, and visit the gravesite of the Vilna Gaon, where he will no doubt tell his hosts yet again the history of his family, descendants from the sage of Vilna.
    “You know, my family’s from here,” Netanyahu told his Lithuanian counterpart a moment before their meeting. “I know, I know,” the host said.
    Israel’s relations with Lithuania and Latvia have been growing warmer in the last few years. Estonia is seen as cooler in its position and leaning toward a neutral stand on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – especially during its term as the EU’s president. Unlike West Europe’s larger states, the Baltic states suffer from negative migration to other EU countries, which leads to a brain drain, and Israel is seeking to strengthen its relations with Estonia on the basis of this issue. Also, the complex history of the Baltic states and Russia has led to the rise of ultra-nationalistic views, and, since the Russian invasion of Crimea, deep concern over defense and military power.
    Netanyahu emphasized that, too, in his meetings, telling Lithuanian leaders that like Israel, Lithuania has great national pride, while stressing that this quality stood “alongside democratic values and individual rights.”
    Observers in the corridors of Brussels told Haaretz that Netanyahu’s acts indeed have a “chilling effect” on the ability to publish joint statements in the name of the 28 member states. These dynamics are not new but became more prevalent and assertive in the past two or three years. “It’s more difficult for the EU to speak with one clear voice on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” one observer said.
    Netanyahu’s cultivation of relations with the eastern European and Baltic states at the expense of the large liberal countries, like France and Germany, comes at a price that some would call ideological and others would call strategic. He is doing all he can to undermine Germany and France in a bid to prevent EU support for the two-state solution, which he himself usually supports in statements made to international audiences.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/716978 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • The Exclusionary Turn in GCC Politics | ACW
    Kristian Coates Ulrichsen


    The sudden rupture in diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada has thrown a spotlight on the regional political dynamics that have placed unprecedented and potentially irreversible strains on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Over the past three years the inclusionary vision that had originally created and sustained the GCC as a grouping of six relatively like-minded states has given way to an exclusionary security-centered approach to regional affairs. The GCC always functioned best as a loose collective of monarchies whose ruling families guarded their autonomy and resisted attempts to draw closer on “big ticket” issues that encroached on national sovereignty. This combination of flexibility and consensus saw the GCC states through three major interstate wars in the Gulf––the Iran-Iraq war, 1980-1988; the war to expel Iraq from Kuwait, 1990-1991; and the invasion of Iraq, 2003––and helped them maintain relative stability in an otherwise conflict-wracked region. However, the emergence of a hyper-hawkish geopolitical axis running from Riyadh to Abu Dhabi has widened existing fractures, created new fault lines, and inflicted potentially long-term damage on what had been the most durable regional organization in the Arab world.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/716874 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Les détentions administratives, un Guantanamo israélien


    Quand la communauté juive de Palestine dénonçait les lois qui servent aujourd’hui contre les Palestiniens en général, et Salah Hamouri en particulier

    La communauté juive s’était en son temps violemment opposée à cette législation. (…) Une de ces manifestations fut un meeting organisé par l’Association des juristes juifs de Palestine, auquel assistèrent 400 avocats juifs, le 7 février 1946. On pouvait entendre le Dr M. Dunkelblum (nommé ensuite membre de la Haute Cour de justice d’Israël) : « Ces ordonnances constituent (…), une violation flagrante des principes fondamentaux de la légalité, de la justice, de la discipline. Elles légalisent le plus parfait arbitraire des autorités militaires et administratives. (…) Les Defense Regulations dépouillent les citoyens de leurs droits et confèrent aux autorités des pouvoirs illimités.

    Encore plus intéressantes furent les paroles prononcées par le Dr Bernard Joseph de l’Agence juive (devenu le Dr Dov Joseph, plus tard ministre de la Justice) : « La question que posent ces ordonnances est la suivante : seront-nous tous soumis au terrorisme légal ? (…) Le citoyen n’a aucune garantie contre une arrestation à vie sans jugement, aucune garantie de liberté individuelle. Il n’existe pas de possibilité de recours contre les actes du commandement. (...) Il n’est pas nécessaire qu’un délit soit réellement commis. Il suffit qu’une décision soit prise dans un bureau, et le destin d’un homme est fixé. (…) Entre la liberté et l’anarchie, il n’y a pas d’alternative. On ne peut pas demander au citoyen de se plier à une législation qui le met hors-la-loi ».

    M. J. Shapira [futur ministre israélien de la justice], s’exprima de manière encore plus violente : « Le régime instauré avec la promulgation des Defense Regulations en Palestine n’a son équivalent dans aucun pays civilisé. Même en Allemagne nazie il n’existait pas de telles lois. Ce qui se passait à Maidanek3 et ailleurs était contraire à la lettre écrite de la loi. (…) Nous devons déclarer à la face du monde : les Defense Regulations minent les fondements de la loi. (…) Le transfert d’une grande partie de la juridiction civile à une juridiction exclusive ou parallèle des tribunaux militaires signifie la négation de la loi elle-même ».

    À la fin du meeting, les résolutions suivantes furent adoptées :
    1) Les Defense Regulations privent les citoyens de leurs libertés fondamentales ;
    2) Elles (…) instaurent un régime d’arbitraire sans aucun contrôle juridique.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/716794 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Arabie saoudite : cinq militants des droits de l’homme risquent la peine de mort


    Le Monde, décidément ne fait aucun progrès : parmi les cinq personnes mentionnées il y a au moins une femme (Israa Al-Ghomgham) et peut-être plus, mais le Monde s’en fout. Ce serait pas trè compliqué de s’adapter (Cinq militant·es pour la défense des droits humains), mais bon, n’en demandons pas trop à des journalistes méprisants et limités.

    La peine de mort a été requise à l’encontre de cinq militants des droits de l’homme en Arabie saoudite, ont annoncé, mercredi 22 août, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International et plusieurs groupes de défense des droits de l’homme.

    Parmi ces personnes figure Israa Al-Ghomgham, militante chiite de premier plan qui a rassemblé des informations sur les manifestations de masse qui ont eu lieu dans la province orientale du pays à partir de 2011.


    Saudi Prosecution Seeks Death Penalty for Female Activist | Human Rights Watch



    International standards, including the Arab Charter on Human Rights, ratified by Saudi Arabia, require countries that retain the death penalty to use it only for the “most serious crimes,” and in exceptional circumstances. Human Rights Watch opposes capital punishment in all countries and under all circumstances. Capital punishment is unique in its cruelty and finality, and it is inevitably and universally plagued with arbitrariness, prejudice, and error.

    A recent crackdown on women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia has led to the arrest of at least 13 women under the pretext of maintaining national security. While some have since been released, others remain detained without charge. They are: Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al-Yousef, Eman al-Nafjan, Nouf Abdelaziz, Mayaa al-Zahrani, Hatoon al-Fassi, Samar Badawi, Nassema al-Sadah, and Amal al-Harbi. Authorities have accused several of them of serious crimes and local media outlets carried out an unprecedented campaign against them, labeling them “traitors.


    Saudi Arabia arrests two more prominent women’s right activists


    Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested two high-profile women’s rights activists, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, amid what the organisation called an “unprecedented” crackdown on dissent.

    Award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi was arrested along with fellow campaigner Nassima al-Sadah this week, “the latest victims of an unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement,” HRW said in a statement.

    #droits_humains #droit_des_femmes #arabie_saoudite #barbares et aussi #journalisme_misérable

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