• Europe must not buy what Israel is selling to combat terror
    Israel has managed to turn 50 years of Palestinian resistance to occupation into a cottage industry, and is now selling the concept of a police state to the world

    Jeff Halper Aug 20, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.807941

    Whenever a terrorist attack happens such as the one last week in Barcelona, Israel politicians and security “experts” get on TV to criticize European naïvité. If only they understood terrorism as we do and took the preventive measures we do, they say, they would suffer far less attacks. Most infamous in this regard were the remarks of Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz after the Brussels bombing in March 2016, in which 34 people died.
    Rather than convey his condolences in the name of the Israeli government, he scolded the Belgians in the most patronizing way possible. “If in Belgium they continue to eat chocolate, enjoy life and parade as great liberals and democrats while not taking account of the fact that some of the Muslims who are there are organizing acts of terror,” he pronounced, “they will not be able to fight against them.”
    The Belgians reacted angrily, and asserted the position of most European governments: While we will continue to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions, we are not going to forsake our freedoms and political openness to become copies of Israel. For they understand that Netanyahu’s government is peddling something far more insidious than mere precautions – even more than the weapons, surveillance and security systems and models of population control that is the bread-and-butter of Israeli exports. What Israel is urging onto the Europeans – and Americans, Canadians, Indians, Mexicans, Australians and anyone else who will listen – is nothing less than an entirely new concept of a state, the Security State. 
    What is a Security State? Essentially, it is a state that places security above all else, certainly above democracy, due process of law and human rights, all of which it considers “liberal luxuries” in a world awash in terrorism. Israel presents itself, no less, than the model for countries of the future. You Europeans and others should not be criticizing us, say Katz and Netanyahu, you should be imitating us. For look at what we have done. We have created a vibrant democracy from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River that provides its citizens with a flourishing economy and personal security – even though half the population of that country are terrorists (i.e., non-citizen Palestinians living in isolated enclaves of the country). If we can achieve that, imagine what we can offer those of you threatened by terrorist attacks?
    In a brilliant shift in imaging, Israel has managed to turn 50 years of Palestinian resistance to occupation into a cottage industry. By labeling it “terrorism,” it has not only delegitimized the Palestinian struggle but has transformed the occupied territories in a laboratory of counterinsurgency and population control, the cutting edges of both foreign wars and domestic repression. It has transformed tactics of control and their accompanying weapons of surveillance systems into marketable products. No wonder, as Netanyahu constantly reminds us, “the world” loves Israel. From China to Saudi Arabia, from India to Mexico, from Eritrea to Kazakhstan, Israel supplies the means by which repressive regimes control their restless peoples.

    #Europe #Israel #terror

    https://seenthis.net/messages/623383 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • #Yéménites disparus : une affaire d’Etat longtemps étouffée en #Israël

    http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2017/08/10/yemenites-disparus-une-affaire-d-etat-longtemps-etouffee-en-israel_158933

    Des enfants évanouis dans la nature, placés dans des familles ou utilisés comme #cobayes lors d’ #expérimentations_médicales à leur arrivée dans le pays. Cinquante ans après les faits, sous la pression des médias et des familles, le gouvernement ouvre enfin ses archives, accablantes.

    Yona Yossef reprend espoir. Aujourd’hui âgée de 85 ans, cette grand-mère juive d’origine yéménite est persuadée qu’elle apprendra bientôt ce qu’est devenue sa petite sœur, Saada, mystérieusement disparue au début des années 50, peu après l’arrivée de sa famille en Israël. Et qu’elle aura peut-être la chance de la serrer dans ses bras.

    Ce bébé disparu fait partie des milliers d’enfants en bas âge évaporés peu après l’arrivée de leurs parents en « Terre promise ». Officiellement, ils seraient morts de ne pas avoir supporté leur vaccination ou d’avoir contracté une maladie inconnue. Mais l’histoire n’est pas si simple. Peu après la création d’Israël en 1948, des centaines de milliers de juifs originaires des pays arabes et du bassin méditerranéen se sont installés dans l’Etat hébreu. Parce que leur nouveau pays était en guerre, que ses institutions, fraîchement créées, étaient désorganisées et que son économie était au bord de la faillite, ils y ont été mal reçus. Mais aussi parce que ces olim (nouveaux arrivants) étaient des mizrahim (issus des pays orientaux) et que l’establishment constitué d’ashkénazes (originaires d’Europe) les méprisait.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/621702 via celine.a

    • Lire à ce sujet « Meurtre sur la route de Bethléem » de Batya GOUR, où l’enquête du commissaire Michaël Ohayon l’amène à découvrir des événements historiques tabous...


  • Pourquoi la tentation d’interdire #al_jazeera reste vive au Moyen-Orient
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/110817/pourquoi-la-tentation-dinterdire-al-jazeera-reste-vive-au-moyen-orient

    « La révolution a maintenant été télévisée. Merci Al Jazeera ! » Pancarte d’un manifestant durant la révolution égyptienne en février 2011. © Reuters Après la demande, ensuite abandonnée, de l’Arabie saoudite et de l’Égypte de faire fermer la #télévision qatarie, c’est au tour d’Israël de vouloir se débarrasser du bureau de la chaîne à Jérusalem. Ces exigences soulignent la fébrilité des dirigeants de la région soumis à une situation géopolitique instable.

    #International #Arabie_Saoudite #Censure #Egypte #Golfe #Israël #Liberté_de_la_presse #médias #Qatar #révolutions_arabes


  • La justice israélienne se rapproche de Netanyahou
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/070817/la-justice-israelienne-se-rapproche-de-netanyahou

    En annonçant leurs soupçons contre le premier ministre dans deux #affaires de #Corruption et de trafic d’influence, les magistrats israéliens menacent la survie politique de #Benjamin_Netanyahou. Mais l’homme a suffisamment montre sa résilience pour ne pas l’enterrer par avance.

    #International #Ari_Harow #Arnaud_Mimran #Enquête #Israël


  • #Palestine : le PRCF condamne la détention de #khaleda_Jarrar et de ses camarades #FPLP
    https://www.initiative-communiste.fr/articles/palestine-prcf-condamne-detention-de-khaleda-jarrar-de-camarad

    Le PRCF condamne la détention de Khaleda Jarrar, députée du Conseil législatif palestinien, de ses camarades Khitem Saafin, d’Ihab Massoud et d’autres militants du Front Populaire pour la Libération de la Palestine par l’armée d’occupation israélienne. Khaleda Jarrar détenue par l’armée israélienne en avril 2015 était sortie de prison en juin 2016 grâce à l’action […]

    #3-INTERNATIONAL #articles #FPLP #Israël #prisonniers_politiques


  • #Antisémitisme et #anti_sionisme : #shlomo_sand l’historien israélien condamne vertement #macron
    https://www.initiative-communiste.fr/articles/culture-debats/antisemitisme-anti-sionisme-lhistorien-israelien-condamne-vert

    L’historien israélien Shlomo Sand interpelle Emmanuel Macron sur son discours, tenu en présence de Benjamin Netanyahou, pour la commémoration de la rafle du Vel’ d’Hiv. Un discours ouvertement néo conservateur, aligné sur ce dirigeant israélien, appuyé sur les pires partis d’extrême droite de ce pays. Un discours qui n’est pas sans rappeler les éructations de […]

    #5-CULTURE_DEBATS #articles #colonisation #Israël #Sionisme




  • #Israël renâcle à assurer la protection des collaborateurs palestiniens
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/260717/israel-renacle-assurer-la-protection-des-collaborateurs-palestiniens

    Depuis les accords d’Oslo, Israël a accordé l’asile à des centaines de Palestiniens reconnus pour avoir apporté une « contribution significative » à la sécurité du pays. Mais plusieurs centaines d’autres peinent à obtenir ce statut et restent livrés à eux-mêmes, sans aucun droit ni aucune aide.

    #International #collaboration #Palestine


  • These four things will get you barred from entering Israel under its new BDS travel ban

    After BDS activists pulled off plane to Israel, senior minister warns, ’The rules of the game have changed’

    Judy Maltz Jul 25, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.803427

    A day after five activists in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement were pulled off a flight from the United States bound for Israel, senior government ministers published an official statement explaining their decision to keep them out of the country.
    “These were prominent activists who continuously advocate for a boycott and who sought to come [to Israel] as part of a delegation of extremist boycott organizations whose entire purpose is to harm Israel,” Interior Minister Arye Dery and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said in a joint statement. 
    In March, the Knesset passed a law that bars from Israel any foreigners who have publicly expressed support for boycotting Israel. In their statement, Dery and Erdan said the BDS supporters were pulled off the plane because of this new law.
    Separately, Erdan said that “the rules of the game have changed” and that organizations seeking to harm Israel’s “national security” through boycotts would be denied entry to the country. “We will not let key boycott activists in here to harm us,” he said.

    The interior minister is responsible for enforcing the new law. A spokeswoman said that decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, usually in compliance with recommendations from the Ministry of Strategic Sffairs, which monitors the international boycott movement.
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    “The Interior Ministry prevented in this case and will also prevent in the future the entry of boycott activists whose key objective is to work against the State of Israel,” said Dery.
    The five activists pulled off the flights were part of a 22-member interfaith delegation. They were about to board a Lufthansa flight from Dulles Airport when a representative of the airline notified them that instructions had been received from Israeli immigration authorities not to allow them on the flight. The activists prevented from flying with the group were members of three organizations that support the boycott: Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.
    On Monday, the Interior Ministry published a list of criteria that determine which organizations and activists fall under the controversial new ban. The organizations that will be targeted, according to these criteria, are those that promote a boycott “actively, consistently and continuously.”
    The document notes, however, that just because an organization is “anti-Israel or pro-Palestinian, or has an agenda that is critical of Israeli government policy” is not an excuse to ban its members from the country.
    The ban on BDS activists, the document said, will apply to activists in those organizations that have been targeted as well as to independent activists who meet one of the following criteria:
    1. They hold senior-level positions in the targeted organizations;
    2. They are key activists in the boycott movement, whether or not they operate independently or through the targeted organizations;
    3. They are establishment figures (such as mayors) who openly support a boycott;
    4. They operate on behalf of targeted organizations.
    A complete list of organizations that have been targeted by the new law will be published in the near future, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Strategic Affairs said.

    #BDS #Israël

    https://seenthis.net/messages/617760 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Les diplomaties qui ont aidé Israël à vouloir contrôler El-Aqsa...
    https://www.argotheme.com/organecyberpresse/spip.php?article3125

    Dans une tentative de contrôler définitivement le 3ème lieu saint de l’islam, la mosquée d’Al-Aqsa, en installant des portiques qui signifient prendre entièrement possession de cette place, dont l’esplanade sert de passage, l’Etat hébreu s’est vu encourager par des actions diplomatiques. Toutes ses démarches dans sur la scène internationale, outre la reprise d’une place perdue en Afrique ainsi que les contacts avec plusieurs nations du Monde, quêtent l’impunité face à la légalité onusienne. Le retour en (...)

    diplomatie, présence, officiels, relations, échanges, politique internationale, rapports,

    / Netanyahou, François Hollande, Toulouse, Canard Enchaîné, Israël, élections , #diplomatie,_sécurité,_commerce,_économie_mondiale, #Israël,_Proche-Orient,_EPU,_droits_de_l’homme,_ONU, Terrorisme , islamisme (...)

    #diplomatie,présence,_officiels,_relations,_échanges,_politique_internationale,_rapports, #Netanyahou,_François_Hollande,_Toulouse,_Canard_Enchaîné,_Israël,_élections #Terrorisme_,islamisme,Al-Qaeda,politique,_ #économie,_politique,_arts,_corruption,_opposition,_démocratie #Afrique,_Monde_Arabe,_islam,_Maghreb,_Proche-Orient,


  • Les diplomaties qui ont aidé Israël à vouloir contrôler El-Aqsa...
    http://www.argotheme.com/organecyberpresse/spip.php?article3125

    Dans une tentative de contrôler définitivement le 3ème lieu saint de l’islam, la mosquée d’Al-Aqsa, en installant des portiques qui signifient prendre entièrement possession de cette place, dont l’esplanade sert de passage, l’Etat hébreu s’est vu encourager par des actions diplomatiques. Toutes ses démarches dans sur la scène internationale, outre la reprise d’une place perdue en Afrique ainsi que les contacts avec plusieurs nations du Monde, quêtent l’impunité face à la légalité onusienne. Le retour en (...)

    diplomatie, présence, officiels, relations, échanges, politique internationale, rapports,

    / Netanyahou, François Hollande, Toulouse, Canard Enchaîné, Israël, élections , #diplomatie,_sécurité,_commerce,_économie_mondiale, #Israël,_Proche-Orient,_EPU,_droits_de_l’homme,_ONU, Terrorisme , islamisme (...)

    #diplomatie,présence,_officiels,_relations,_échanges,_politique_internationale,_rapports, #Netanyahou,_François_Hollande,_Toulouse,_Canard_Enchaîné,_Israël,_élections #Terrorisme_,islamisme,Al-Qaeda,politique,_ #économie,_politique,_arts,_corruption,_opposition,_démocratie #Afrique,_Monde_Arabe,_islam,_Maghreb,_Proche-Orient,


  • L’occupation sioniste de la #Palestine n’en finit pas de provoquer des tragédies au Proche-Orient.
    https://www.initiative-communiste.fr/articles/prcf/loccupation-sioniste-de-palestine-nen-finit-de-provoquer-trage

    L’occupation sioniste de la Palestine n’en finit pas de provoquer des tragédies au Proche-Orient. Le terrorisme d’État et les provocations israéliennes contre l’héroïque peuple palestinien se déchaînent.Comme il y a deux jours sur l’esplanade d’Al-Aqsa où #Israël prend prétexte d’un argument sécuritaire pour prendre le contrôle de l’esplanade des Mosquée et assassiner des Palestiniens qui […]

    #1-PRCF #3-INTERNATIONAL #articles #PRCF ?


  • L’esplanade des Mosquées embrase à nouveau le conflit israélo-palestinien
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/230717/l-esplanade-des-mosquees-embrase-nouveau-le-conflit-israelo-palestinien

    L’installation controversée de détecteurs de métaux aux abords de l’esplanade des Mosquées a dégénéré en bain de sang vendredi avec la mort de trois Palestiniens à #Jérusalem, et de trois Israéliens en Cisjordanie.

    #International #Benjamin_Netanyahou #Esplanade_des_mosquées #Israël #Palestine


  • Netanyahou n’est pas le bienvenu : justice contre les crimes sionistes !
    https://www.initiative-communiste.fr/jrcf/netanyahou-nest-bienvenu-justice-contre-crimes-sionistes

    Après la venue du fascisant Trump à notre fête nationale, le président-monarque #macron a reçu le réactionnaire et criminel Netanyahou, premier ministre de l’État d’Israël, aux commémorations de la rafle du Vél d’Hiv. Cette invitation n’est d’ailleurs pas sans lien avec la venue de Trump, puisqu’avec son élection à la tête des Etats-Unis, c’est toute […]

    #3-INTERNATIONAL #articles #JRCF #colonisation #crimes_de_guerre #Israël #Palestine #peuple_palestitine #Sionisme


  • Trois Palestiniens tués lors d’affrontements à #Jérusalem
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/210717/trois-palestiniens-tues-lors-daffrontements-jerusalem

    La tension monte dans la vieille ville de Jérusalem après que Netanyahou a décidé d’installer des portiques de sécurité aux entrées de l’esplanade des Mosquées, le 16 juillet. Des heurts ont éclaté ce vendredi après la grande prière des musulmans, au cours desquels trois Palestiniens ont perdu la vie.

    #International #Esplanade_des_mosquées #Israël #Jérusalem-Est #Palestine


  • La #Littérature comme seule #Histoire possible de la #Palestine
    http://orientxxi.info/lu-vu-entendu/la-litterature-comme-seule-histoire-possible-de-la-palestine,1947

    La Palestine ne possède pas d’histoire officielle. Les pages des écrivains et des poètes palestiniens ont donc un rôle essentiel dans le parcours douloureux de la réapparition existentielle d’un peuple soumis au processus colonial d’effacement de son identité. L’Andalousie était-elle là ou là-bas ? Sur la terre... ou dans un poème ? écrivait le grand poète Mahmoud Darwich, questionnant métaphoriquement l’histoire et le destin de sa terre, la Palestine. Où est la Palestine aujourd’hui ? Trouver ce qu’il en (...)

    #Lu,_vu,_entendu

    / #Israël, Palestine, #Colonisation, Histoire, Littérature, #Palestine_mandataire, #Culture, #Identité_nationale, #Sionisme, #Occupation, (...)

    #Diaspora
    « http://mondoweiss.net/2016/03/sayed-kashua-doesnt-want-to-write-in-hebrew-for-haaretz-anymore »
    « http://www.qcodemag.it/2017/03/24/ma-la-palestina-esiste »
    « https://www.documenta.de/fr/retrospective/documenta_12# »


  • Netanyahu attack on EU policy towards Israel caught on microphone | World news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/19/eu-will-wither-and-die-if-it-does-not-change-policy-on-israel-netanyahu
    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/9bd7bce4cc8c567fb5e0dcdf95a95ec7c73ab8cd/405_330_5028_3018/master/5028.jpg?w=1200&h=630&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=crop&crop=faces%2Centropy&bm=normal&ba=bottom%2Cleft&blend64=aHR0cHM6Ly91cGxvYWRzLmd1aW0uY28udWsvMjAxNi8wNS8yNS9vdmVybGF5LWxvZ28tMTIwMC05MF9vcHQucG5n&s=4236e0a48dd62ec782e4c1c8e6754d4e

    The bombastic remarks, which bizarrely predicated Europe’s future on its attitude towards #Israel – not one of the most burning issues on an EU agenda confronting the challenges of immigration, Brexit and economic growth – were made in a meeting with the leaders of Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland, whom Netanyahu urged to close their doors to refugees from Africa and the Middle East.

    “I think Europe has to decide if it wants to live and thrive or if it wants to shrivel and disappear,” he said. “I am not very politically correct. I know that’s a shock to some of you. It’s a joke. But the truth is the truth – both about Europe’s security and Europe’s economic future. Both of these concerns mandate a different policy toward Israel.”

    #ue

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616120 via Kassem


  • #Netanyahou cède à nouveau aux religieux ultra-orthodoxes
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/160717/netanyahou-cede-nouveau-aux-religieux-ultra-orthodoxes

    Des membres de l’association Les Femmes du Mur manifestent © (CD) Brisant une promesse faite aux juifs libéraux, Benjamin Netanyahou vient de geler la mise en place d’un espace de prière mixte au #Mur_des_Lamentations. Malgré les nombreuses mobilisations, le premier ministre donne ainsi un nouveau gage aux ultra-orthodoxes qui siègent dans sa majorité.

    #International #Israël #partis_religieux


  • Netanyahu réprimande le chef de la diplomatie irlandaise en visite pour son soutien aux Palestiniens
    The Times of Israël | Raphael Ahren | 11 juillet 2017
    http://fr.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-reprimande-le-chef-de-la-diplomatie-irlandaise-en-visite
    http://cdn.timesofisrael.com/uploads/2017/07/ראש-הממשלה-בנימין-נתניהו-נפגש-עם-שר-החוץ-של-אירלנד-11.07.171-300x

    Le Premier ministre a pris à parti Simon Coveney, représentant d’un pays qui ne parvient pas à condamner la glorification du terrorisme et qui finance des ONG niant la légitimité d’Israël

    #Israel_Irlande #Israel_Europe

    https://seenthis.net/messages/614306 via Loutre


  • Simon Veil, la Hongrie, l’antisémitisme, Netanyahu, et Macron – charlesenderlin
    https://charlesenderlin.com/2017/07/11/simon-veil-la-hongrie-lantisemitisme-et-netanyahu-et-macron

    Mais, juste avant, le 16 juillet, Benjamin Netanyahu sera l’invité du Président français Emmanuel Macron, lors de la commémoration de la rafle du Vel d’Hiv. Pourtant, ce lieu n’était t pas un camp de concentration. Il n’y avait pas d’allemands sur place. C’était une opération de la police française. Et, au fil des décennies, un long contentieux entre la République et ses juifs. Finalement ce fut Jacques Chirac qui dans son discours du 16 juillet 1995 a reconnu « La France, patrie des Lumières et des Droits de l’Homme, terre d’accueil et d’asile, la France, ce jour-là, accomplissait l’irréparable. Manquant à sa parole, elle livrait ses protégés à leurs bourreaux. » Depuis le FN, Marine Le Pen, mais aussi Eric Zemmour, et Alain Finkielkraut rejettent cette prise de position.
    Cette histoire est franco-française et ne concerne pas directement la Shoah mais un crime français. Le fait que Netanyahu soit invité à prendre la parole au cours de la cérémonie brouille les choses. Par sa participation, de fait, se considérant comme représentant l’état nation du peuple juif, il assume en quelque sorte la responsabilité du judaïsme français. Sans compter le fait que Macron accueillera le dirigeant israélien, allié aux adversaires de sa politique européenne..

    #Hongrie #Israël #génocide #Nétanyahou

    https://seenthis.net/messages/614099 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • New guideline allows Israel to deny entry to visitors over ’BDS activity’ -

    Regulation follows the passing of a law this past March that forbids the issuance of a visa or other entry permit to foreign citizens who have called for a boycott of Israel or the settlements

    Ilan Lior Jul 06, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.799805

    The Population, Immigration and Border Authority last month issued a directive implementing the recently-passed law that blocks entry to Israel of visitors because of “BDS activity.”
    The regulation, entitled “Handling entries at Israel’s international border crossings,” lists 28 reasons for refusing someone entry to Israel, and constitutes the first time such a policy has been set down in writing. “BDS activity” is specifically listed. The regulation follows the passing of a law this past March that forbids the issuance of a visa or other entry permit to foreign citizens who have called for a boycott of Israel or the settlements.
    Other reasons the regulation gives for refusing entry include risk of security or criminal activity; lies told at the border; suspected intent to remain in Israel illegally; lack of cooperation with border officials; an inappropriate visa; entry with the intent to work illegally; disrupting public order; impersonation; violent behavior; suspected intent to carry out missionary activity and past refusal of entry or illegal presence. Another reason to refuse entry is “suspicion of becoming a burden on the state,” presumably meaning someone suspected of not having the financial means to finance his stay in Israel.
    The regulation makes it clear that this is not a definitive list and that border guards are permitted to refuse entry for other reasons as well.
    Over the past year, at the instruction of Interior Minister Arye Dery and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, Israel has blocked the entry of a few people known to support the BDS movement, which calls for boycotting, divesting from and sanctioning Israel to pressure it to end the occupation, at the very least. In December, entry was denied to Dr. Isabel Phiri, a Malawi citizen who lives in Switzerland and is a senior official in the World Council of Churches. At the time, the Population Authority said, “This is actually the first time the State of Israel is refusing the entry of a tourist because of anti-Israel activity and the promotion of economic, cultural and academic boycotts against Israel.”

    #BDS #Israël

    https://seenthis.net/messages/612970 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Arab lawmakers vow to step up calls to #boycott #Israel due to wave of pro-settlers legislation - Israel News - Haaretz.com
    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.799336
    http://www.haaretz.com/polopoly_fs/1.646295.1426026107!/image/2955151250.JPG_gen/derivatives/headline_1200x630/2955151250.JPG

    MK Haneen #Zoabi tells fellow Mks ’without punishment, sanctions and boycott by the Europeans and the international community, Israel will continue unhindered and will even get worse’

    #bds

    https://seenthis.net/messages/612338 via Kassem


  • Hungarian premier praises Hitler ally, Israel accepts clarification to avoid marring Netanyahu visit

    Viktor Orban’s remarks placed Israel in an embarrassing position in light of Netanyahu’s slated visit. After protesting remarks, Israel decided to consider matter resolved even though Hungary didn’t apologize

    Barak Ravid and Amir Tibon Jul 02, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.798853

    Two weeks before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to join a diplomatic summit in Budapest, tension erupted between Israel and Hungary over a speech by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in which he praised the leader of Hungary during the Holocaust, Miklos Horthy, who collaborated with the Nazis. Israel protested the remarks, but according to a senior Israeli official, Jerusalem agreed to accept a weak clarification by the Hungarian foreign minister in order to avoid damaging the upcoming summit.

    The affair began on June 21, when at a political rally of Fidesz, the party Orban heads, the prime minister said of Horthy, who was regent of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1920 to 1944: “The fact that history did not bury us after World War I was thanks to a number of extraordinary statesmen like the regent, Miklos Horthy. This fact cannot be contradicted by mentioning the unfortunate role of Hungary during World War II.”

    According to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Horthy led anti-Semitic policies, passed laws against the Jews over the years, was an ally of Adolf Hitler and collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. From 1942 to 1943, Horthy resisted German pressure to place the Jews in ghettos and deport them to extermination camps. But after Germany conquered Hungary in 1944, Horthy appointed a puppet government obedient to the Nazis and gave it full authority to act against the Jews. As a result, half a million Hungarian Jews were sent to extermination camps; most were murdered in Auschwitz.

    Orban’s remarks were made as part of an extremist nationalist and racist campaign he is conducting ahead of elections in 2018 and to prevent his party’s voters from leaving it for the extreme right-wing party Jobbik. One of Orban’s close advisers is the American political consultant Arthur Finkelstein. The latter served as campaign director for Benjamin Netanyahu’s and Likud’s campaigns in 1996 and 1999, and for Yisrael Beiteinu and its chairman, Avigdor Lieberman, in 2006. He was also deeply involved in the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu’s joint campaign in 2013.

    Orban’s statements drew criticism from the Hungarian Jewish community and the World Jewish Congress. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., the leading institution in Holocaust research in the United States, released an unusually harsh statement in response to Orban’s remarks: “The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum condemns any attempt to rehabilitate the reputation of Hungary’s wartime leader, Miklos Horthy, who was a vocal anti-Semite and complicit in the murder of the country’s Jewish population during the Holocaust.”

    The U.S. museum also wrote that Orban’s praise for Horthy as a statesman was “a gross distortion of historical fact and is the latest in a long series of propagandistic attempts of the Fidesz political party and the Hungarian government that Mr. Orban leads to rewrite Hungarian history.”
    Orban’s remarks placed Israel in an embarrassing position considering that Netanyahu is to meet his Hungarian counterpart at a summit in Budapest on July 18, and the next day he and Orban are to meet with the leaders of Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. This is Netanyahu’s first visit to Hungary since he returned to the prime minister’s office in 2009.
    Still, Orban’s remarks required a response by the government in Jerusalem and four days after the speech, Israel’s ambassador in Budapest, Yossi Amrani, issued a statement noting that Orban’s words were very disturbing and the collaboration of the Horthy regime with the Nazis must not be forgotten, as well as the race laws enacted during his time and the destruction of Hungary’s Jewish community. “Whatever the reason and national goal might be, there is no justification for such statements,” Amrani said in a public statement.
    A senior Israeli official said that Amrani also communicated through quiet channels with senior officials in the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry in Budapest, demanding clarifications and saying Israel hoped Orban’s statements would not cast a pall over the upcoming summit. A few days later, when the Hungarian government had still not issued a clarification, Amrani gave an interview on a major Hungarian television station and reiterated Israel’s demand for clarification and a warning that the tension could hurt the summit.
    Quiet diplomatic contacts had been underway since Wednesday in an attempt to resolve the crisis, and on Saturday Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto spoke by phone to Amrani to put an end to the affair. In a statement to the press released after the phone call, Szijjarto said he had made clear to the Israeli ambassador that the Hungarian government had zero tolerance for any kind of anti-Semitism.
    Szijjarto also said that he told Amrani that “the regime of Miklos Horthy had its positive times but also very negative times and we must respect the historical facts that clearly indicate this.” The foreign minister added that the positive part of Horthy’s legacy was his work to stabilize Hungary after World War I, but the very negative part was “his historical sin,” when contrary to his promises he did not protect the Jewish community, passed laws against it and that hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust. “All of these are historical sins whose seriousness cannot be diminished,” Szijjarto said.
    Although Szijjarto did not clarify Orban’s remarks, apologize or express regret for them, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, with an eye on the upcoming summit, decided to act with restraint and end the affair. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in response: “Israel believes that the statements by the Hungarian foreign minister to the Israeli ambassador in Budapest constitute an important clarification with regard to recognition of Horthy’s crime against the Jews of Hungary. We will always remember the 564,500 of our brothers and sisters of the Jewish community of Hungary who were murdered in the Holocaust.”
    Zionist Union Ksenia Svetlova turned to Netanyahu on the issue. “As you dared to cancel your meeting with the German foreign minister after he met with Breaking the Silence, I demand that you cancel your visit to Hungary and your meeting with Viktor Orban, who has expressed sympathy for his country’s dark past from the time of the Holocaust, and not for the first time.”
    "I expect the person who turned the ’whole world is against us’ [mantra] into a career to have the same standards against people from the extreme right in the world," she added.
    “These says I am working on an amendment to the proposed entry into Israeli law so that it prohibits the entry into Israel of declared anti-Semites, people who oddly enough have become his party’s partners, and are even invited by them to visits to Israel,” Svetlova said.

    #Israel #genocide #Hungary #Hongrie

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  • #Amichai, la nouvelle #colonie israélienne contestée
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/280617/amichai-la-nouvelle-colonie-israelienne-contestee

    Destinée à relocaliser les évacués de l’avant-poste illégal d’Amona, Amichai, dont la construction vient de débuter, s’étend en partie sur des terres palestiniennes. Un recours déposé par une association devant la Cour suprême pourrait freiner les travaux.

    #International #Amona #Cisjordanie #Israël #Palestine