• Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike in Israeli jails ends - Palestinians - Haaretz

    The hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ended after 40 days on Friday night, according to the Israel Prison Service and Palestinian officials.
    The hunger strike ended after Israel reached an agreement with the Palestinian Authority and the Red Cross over prisoners’ visitation rights, according to the prison service. The sides agreed that the prisoners would be eligible for two visits a month, as was in the past before being reduced to one visit a month.
    The strike ended in time for the month-long Muslim fast of Ramadan, which begins on Saturday.
    Despite Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s remarks according to which there will be no negotiations and that the prisoners’ demands won’t be met, the strike ended following days of talks that peaked on Friday night. This, while the prison service attempted to reach some understandings over the strike prior to U.S. President Donald Trump’s arrival in Israel earlier this week. The prison service stressed that there were no negotiations with the prisoners, but rather that “understandings” had been reached.

    #Palestine #grèvedelafaim #Israël

    https://seenthis.net/messages/601804 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Au Moyen-Orient, Trump se focalise sur le #terrorisme

    À l’issue de quatre jours passés en #Arabie_Saoudite, en #Israël et à Bethléem, le président américain a renoué l’alliance avec la monarchie saoudienne au prix de nombreuses contradictions, mais il a aussi surpris en ne s’alignant pas complètement sur les positions de la droite israélienne et américaine.

    #International #Attentats_de_Manchester #Benjamin_Netanyahou #Donald_Trump #Etats-Unis #Iran

  • Derrière la vitrine culturelle israélienne, une intolérable occupation

    Avec Un boycott légitime, le cinéaste israélien Eyal Sivan et la productrice Armelle Laborie ont jeté l’automne dernier un pavé dans la vitrine culturelle et intellectuelle d’Israël. Ils démontent méthodiquement les mécanismes de la #Propagande qui sert à présenter une image démocratique, libérale, dynamique — et fausse — d’un État d’exception permanent, hors-la-loi pour le droit international. Pour eux, le mode de résistance pacifique qu’est le boycott culturel et académique n’est pas une atteinte à la liberté (...)


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    #Université #Boycott_Désinvestissement_Sanctions_BDS_
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  • The Jerusalem obsession - Opinion -

    Of all of Israel’s whims, this is the craziest of all. A country trying look secular, Western and modern is going nuts over a wall

    Gideon Levy May 18, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.789919

    The sky has fallen. America is stuttering about the Western Wall. Where is it located? Whom does it belong to? It’s the end of the world, the Zionist enterprise is finished. It’s a good thing we have a Habayit Hayehudi representative in the United Nations (in the guise of the American ambassador), Nikki Haley. She hastened on Tuesday to prevent another emotional holocaust by stating that in her personal opinion, the Kotel is ours. What a relief! The Temple Mount is (again) in our hands.
    Of all of Israel’s whims, this is the craziest of all. A country trying look secular, Western and modern is going nuts over a wall. It’s a fetish. You can live with it, of course, but like any obsession it can drive you insane.
    But the obsession with the Kotel is part of a wider syndrome, the Jerusalem obsession. There’s no more divided city than united Jerusalem, and we’ve devised no greater self-deception than thinking there can be a solution without justice in Jerusalem. You can of course love Jerusalem, which was a lovely city until its last occupation, with an amazing history and holy places. You can pray toward it a dozen times a day, to a city that Jews lived in for generations and also longed for. It is truly an exciting and recommended tourist destination, just check out TripAdvisor.
    But a country that wakes up in terror because some American official avoided saying that the Kotel is part of Israel, proves not only that its discourse is delusional, but that it isn’t at all sure that the Kotel really belongs to it, and how uncertain it is about its borders, sovereignty and justness. When it comes to talking about Jerusalem, it loses its moorings; when it comes to the Kotel, it loses consciousness. In both instances we’re talking about detachment from reality.

    #Israël #Jérusalem

    https://seenthis.net/messages/599355 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Tillerson: Trump considering impact of U.S. embassy move on peace process -

    In first, the U.S. secretary of state publicly admits that the embassy move is being weighed as part of the larger effort to reach an Israeli-Palestinian agreement

    Amir Tibon and Barak Ravid May 14, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.789140

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that while President Donald Trump still hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he will move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an important part of his deliberations is how such a move would impact the Trump administration’s efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
    Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Tillerson explained that “the president, I think rightly, has taken a very deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of a peace initiative, what impact would such a move have.”
    This is the first time that a senior figure in the Trump administration has admitted publicly that the embassy move, a promise Trump made during the election campaign, is being weighed as part of the larger effort to reach a peace agreement. Tillerson added further that Trump was “being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process.” In recent weeks, press reports in Israel indicated that the Trump administration was not planning to move the embassy.
    Tillerson also said that the president wants to understand “whether Israel views it as being helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps as a distraction,” hinting at possible disagreements on the issue within the Israeli government. The Israeli security establishment and the army have warned in the past that moving the embassy could lead to increased violence on the ground in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

    #Israël #Jérusalem #Etats-Unis

    https://seenthis.net/messages/598293 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Let FIFA bring peace
    The powerful and impartial world soccer association might be just the right body to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Too bad its president balked

    Assaf Gavron May 14, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.788937

    It’s a pity FIFA backtracked on its intent to vote on the suspension of Israel for violating a clause in the constitution of the world soccer association. The succumbing of FIFA president Gianni Infantino to pressure exerted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a half-hour phone conversation last Friday, as reported by Netanyahu’s bureau, was both cowardly and embarrassing.
    Israel is violating a clear-cut clause, which is simple and logical. Article 72.2 in FIFA’s statutes prohibits a member state from establishing a soccer team in the territory of another state which is a FIFA member. It cannot include such a team in its soccer leagues without the consent of the other state. The lower Israeli leagues have six teams from settlements in the West Bank. The West Bank is not recognized as part of Israel, not even by Israel itself. However, Palestine has been a FIFA member since 1998.
    According to some reports, Netanyahu told Infantino that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been around for a long time and that FIFA would not be the one to resolve it. But, actually, why not? Or at least, why can’t it try to? If Netanyahu and his predecessors haven’t managed to do so in all their attempts over the years – Netanyahu still claims that he’s trying — why can’t someone else be given the chance to try something different?
    FIFA is an international organization with immense power. Its power stems from soccer’s great popularity, which is translated into big moneyand widespread influence. Understandably, an organization such as FIFA can get mired in internal power struggles and corruption, which has set in over the years. But in the Israeli-Palestinian context the advantage of FIFA is that it is impartial with regard to inter-state politics. Israel cannot accuse it of political bias or anti-Semitism. This is an organization that deals with soccer tournaments.

    #Israël #FIFA @Football

    https://seenthis.net/messages/598160 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Le conflit israélo-palestinien dilemme pour république en marche

    Rarement abordé pendant la campagne électorale de la dernière présidentielle en France, pour des raisons qui restent à cerner, le conflit israélo-palestinien est, sujet de taille diplomatique, d’actualité incontournable. Cependant aussi quand on ne plaide pas uniformité de sionisme, Israël et judaïsme, l’accusation facile d’antisémitisme qui a frappé bien des profils de militants français pour la paix équitable et juste, frappe le 1er qui cite ces termes sans se plier à la doctrine de la doxa... Pour (...)


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  • Le conflit israélo-palestinien dilemme pour république en marche

    Rarement abordé pendant la campagne électorale de la dernière présidentielle en France, pour des raisons qui restent à cerner, le conflit israélo-palestinien est, sujet de taille diplomatique et d’actualité incontournable. Cependant aussi quand on ne plaide pas uniformité de sionisme, Israël et judaïsme, l’accusation facile d’antisémitisme a frappé bien des profils de militants français pour la paix équitable et juste. Pour déterminer l’orientation générale, du nouveau parti présidentiel apparu depuis moins (...)


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  • The People vs. Haaretz - The New York Times

    Un violent article contre Haaretz, qui s’inscrit dans la campagne du gouvernement israélien de museler les médias, comme il le fait avec la première chaîne de télévision

    TEL AVIV — Haaretz is an Israeli newspaper. Admired by many foreigners and few Israelis, loathed by many, mostly Israelis. Read by few, denounced by many, it is a highly ideological, high-quality paper. It has a history of excellence. It has a history of independence. It has a history of counting Israel’s mistakes and misbehavior. It has a history of getting on Israel’s nerves.

    Still, it is just a newspaper. The story of the people vs. Haaretz — that is, of a great number of Israelis’ growing dislike for the paper — is worth telling only because it tells us something about Israel itself: that the country’s far left is evolving from a political position into a mental state and that the right-wing majority has not yet evolved into being a mature, self-confident public.

    Consider an incident from mid-April. Haaretz published an op-ed by one of its columnists. It made a less-than-convincing argument that religious Zionist Israelis are more dangerous to Israel than Hezbollah terrorists. And yet, the response was overwhelming. The prime minister, defense minister, education minister and justice minister all denounced the article and the newspaper. The president condemned the article, too. The leader of the centrist party Yesh Atid called the op-ed “anti-Semitic.” Leaders of the left-of-center Labor Party called it hateful. The country was almost unified in condemnation.

    Of course, not completely unified. On the far left, a few voices supported the article and the newspaper. Some argued that the article was substantively valid. Others argued that whether the article was substantive or not, the onslaught on Haaretz is a cynical ploy to shake another pillar of the left — maybe its most visible remaining pillar.

    If there is such ploy, it doesn’t seem to be working. Last week, on the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day, a day of somber reflection, Haaretz was at it again. One article by a leading columnist explained that he could no longer fly the Israeli flag. Another seemed to be calling for a civil war. These are not exceptions; they are the rule for a newspaper that in recent years has come to rely on provocation.

    #Israël #libertés #médias

    https://seenthis.net/messages/598038 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Les crises internationales qui attendent le nouveau pouvoir (2/2)

    Des opposants au président Kabila ont défilé dans les rues de Kinshasa, au mois de septembre 2016, quand il a été annoncé que les élections seraient repoussées. © Reuters Mediapart poursuit sa revue des douze situations de crise que le nouveau pouvoir devra affronter en priorité. Après les six crises liées à la présence des groupes djihadistes et du terrorisme, nous avons sélectionné six autres pays ou zones qui peuvent constituer un risque majeur pour la sécurité internationale.

    #International #Algérie #Birmanie #Chine #Corée_du_Nord #Israël-Palestine #les_12_crises_internationales #RDC_Congo #Ukraine

  • La #grève_de_la_faim de plus de 2000 prisonniers politiques palestiniens entre dans sa troisième semaine.

    Dimanche 7 mai 2017 a marqué la troisième semaine de grève de la faim des 2000 prisonniers politiques palestiniens dans les geôles d’Israël. Cette mobilisation a été nommée « le combat pour la Liberté et la Dignité » par les #prisonniers_palestiniens qui franchissent ainsi « une nouvelle étape dans leur longue lutte pour la liberté » déclare Marwan […]

    #3-INTERNATIONAL #articles #apartheid #international #Israël #Moyen-Orient #Palestine

  • Le #Hamas annonce faire peau neuve

    Le mouvement islamique qui dirige #Gaza a publié un document politique infléchissant sa position sur les frontières de la #Palestine et sa relation à l’Égypte. Au même moment, le président palestinien #Mahmoud_Abbas s’apprête à rencontrer Donald Trump. Véritable changement ou adaptation stratégique ?

    #International #charte #Israël

  • The attack in Syria: Israel’s policy of ambiguity is nearing an end

    Strike in Damascus international airport attributed to Israel ■ Why isn’t Russia taking action? ■ defense chief draws a new red line: No Iranian and Hezbollah military presence on the Syrian border

    Amos Harel Apr 28, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/1.786074

    What has been done up to now with a degree of ambiguity, not to say discretion, is now being done for all to see. Syria confirmed on Thursday, in a report from its official news agency, that the Israeli airforce struck a military compound next to the Damascus airport before dawn.

    Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz implicitly acknowledged Israeli responsibility for the strike when he explained in a somewhat sleepy radio interview from the United States on Army Radio that “the incident totally fits with our policy for preventing weapons transfers to Hezbollah.” And all of this happened while Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was away on a visit to Russia, the chief sponsor of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
    Katz’s comments followed an earlier, first acknowledgement of its kind by Israel, after numerous reports in the Arab media of an Israeli airstrike in Syria in late March. And this past Tuesday, a senior Israel Defense Forces officer told journalists that about a hundred missiles, some intended for Hezbollah, were destroyed in that March airstrike. But it is still not certain that a deliberate decision has been made to abandon the policy of ambiguity that Israel has adhered to for the past five years, neither denying nor confirming its responsibility for such air strikes.
    This policy of ambiguity seems to be based on the idea that Israel’s refusal to comment on these strikes makes them less of an embarrassment for the regime and thus does not whet the Syrians’ appetite for revenge as much. The recent deviations from this policy were likely random occurrences and not the product of long-range strategic thinking.

    The initial reports from Damascus did not specify what types of weaponry was hit. Arab intelligence sources (quoted by an Amman-based reporter for Reuters) claimed that the targets this time were arms shipments from Iran being smuggled on civilian commercial flights via the international airport in Damascus.

    #Syrie #Israël #Hezbollah

    https://seenthis.net/messages/593966 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Abbas believes ’historic opportunity’ for peace under Trump, says Palestinian envoy

    ’President Trump has the political capital, the relationships with all the parties involved and the will to actually achieve this goal,’ Husam Zomlot says ahead of Abbas visit to Washington

    Amir Tibon (Washington) Apr 28, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-1.786177

    WASHINGTON - Five days before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in Washington for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, one of his closest advisers told Haaretz that Abbas believes there is a “historic opportunity” to reach a peace agreement under Trump’s leadership, and that he is looking forward to forging a “strategic partnership” with the new American president.
    Dr. Husam Zomlot, the recently appointed chief representative of the PLO in Washington, said that Abbas is coming to Washington with one clear objective: creating a political horizon for peace together with Trump. He added that Trump and Abbas had a “very positive conversation” when they spoke on the phone last month, and that Abbas is ready to “employ his vision for peace with full force.”
    Asked about the meeting’s agenda, Zomlot clarified that “there is one thing on the agenda – and that thing is the historic opportunity for peace presented by President Trump.”
    In an interview with Reuters overnight, Trump said, “I want to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians. There is no reason there’s not peace between Israel and the Palestinians - none whatsoever.”
    In contrast to some in Israel who declared that Trump’s election was the end of the peace process, Zomlot sounded positive about working with the U.S. administration.

    #Palestine #OLP #Etats-Unis #Israël

    https://seenthis.net/messages/593976 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Ce que dit Emmanuel Macron

    Quels sont selon vous les principaux intérêts que la #France doit défendre en Afrique du nord et au #Proche-Orient ? Selon Emmanuel Macron, les intérêts que la France doit défendre sont de trois ordres. « Nos intérêts sécuritaires, d’abord, c’est avant tout lutter contre le terrorisme. Protéger les Français en France et dans le monde doit être notre préoccupation constante. Puis nos intérêts climatiques (…), et enfin nos intérêts économiques ». Pour garantir la sécurité des Français, la France doit tout autant (...)


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  • Anti-settlements resolution in Mass could be ’last straw’ for many Dems, warns party boss in AIPAC’s pocket


    This is good news. The Massachusetts Democratic Party is getting involved in the Israel/Palestine issue, with rival resolutions that are already dividing the state committee.

    Writes Shira Schoenberg at Mass Live:

    Democratic State Committeewoman Carol Coakley, of Millis, introduced a resolution, which will be voted on by the State Committee later this month, condemning Israeli settlements as “obstacles to peace” and urging Massachusetts’ members of Congress to oppose the settlements.

    James Segel, a former aide to Congressman Barney Frank, at a public hearing on Wednesday introduced an alternative resolution urging support for a two-state solution and acknowledging that there are many impediments to peace — including both Israeli settlement expansion and Palestinian incitement and terrorism.

    Longtime Democratic Party boss/treasurer Steve Grossman, who also headed the Israel lobby group AIPAC, is upset that anyone would take a stance against settlements:

    “I think passage of the Coakley resolution would be deeply divisive at a time when Democrats should be working on common shared principles and values, and I think it would harm the Democratic Party,” warned Steve Grossman, a former state Democratic Party chairman and a lifetime member of the Democratic State Committee who previously led the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a national pro-Israel lobby.

    Here’s the Globe’s panicky report, which gives Grossman paragraph after paragraph to sound off:

    State Democratic Party heavyweights are sounding a red alert against a provocative proposal for their state committee to declare opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank without specifically mentioning Palestinian violence, a step some top leaders fear would lead to an exodus of Democratic voters…

    Grossman… said it feeds a “one-sided blame game,” which is playing out across college campuses and in pockets of the “progressive wing of the Democratic Party,” and would send a disturbing message to many Democratic activists.

    “A lot of people would read about it and would read the language and say: ‘Frankly, that’s the last straw. This is not a place I feel comfortable any longer,’ ” Grossman said.

    “Many would see it as an attempt to drive a rhetorical stake through Israel’s heart and lay the blame — not part of the blame, but virtually the exclusive blame — for the failure of the peace process at Israel’s door, to the exclusion of any responsibility by Palestinians,” he said.

    Here’s that resolution. Very mild! We affirm our support for longstanding US policy, from Johnson to Obama, that settlements “are an obstacle to peace.”

    #Israël #colonies #Etats-Unis

    https://seenthis.net/messages/592492 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Le commerce des armes selon la géopolitique post-guerre froide

    L’Institut international de recherche sur la paix de de Stockholm, plus connu sous son acronyme « SIPRI », vient de publier une base de données, des grandes nations exportatrices d’armes ainsi que de leurs meilleurs clients. Les chiffres de cette ONG suédoise concernent toutes les périodes depuis 1988, nous vous proposons ce sujet sur celle de 2011 à 2015. Depuis les révoltes des populations arabes pour déloger les despotes qui passent des décennies à la tête des Etats, le désordre fomenté par les (...)

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  • Le commerce des armes selon la géopolitique post-guerre froide

    L’Institut international de recherche sur la paix de de Stockholm, plus connu sous son acronyme « SIPRI », vient de publier une base de données, des grandes nations exportatrices d’armes ainsi que de leurs meilleurs clients. Les chiffres de cette ONG suédoise concernent toutes les périodes depuis 1988, nous vous proposons ce sujet sur celle de 2011 à 2015. Depuis les révoltes des populations arabes pour déloger les despotes qui passent des décennies à la tête des Etats, le désordre fomenté par les (...)

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  • #Israël-Palestine : l’heure de #Marwan_Barghouti ?

    En prenant la tête d’une grève de la faim qui touche déjà près d’un détenu palestinien sur quatre, le dirigeant le plus populaire de #Palestine lance depuis sa prison un double défi. Au gouvernement israélien, tenté par un refus de négocier lourd de menaces. Et à Mahmoud Abbas, dont l’immobilisme est de plus en plus critiqué.


  • Guerre en #Syrie : #Israël campe sur ses positions

    Si Israël a vivement dénoncé l’attaque à l’arme chimique du 4 avril, le pays n’entend pas modifier sa politique vis-à-vis du conflit syrien. Depuis 2011, l’État hébreu s’en tient à des frappes ciblées pour protéger sa frontière et empêcher les convois d’armes à destination du Hezbollah, allié du régime syrien.


  • Israel fighting to stop FIFA from suspending settlement soccer teams -
    Move against six teams initiated by Palestinians, backed by FIFA panel; Israelis pessimistic

    Barak Ravid Apr 20, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.784442

    Israel is increasingly concerned that when the FIFA Congress holds its annual meeting in another four weeks, the international soccer federation will decide to suspend six Israeli soccer teams based in West Bank settlements.
    Consequently, ambassadors in dozens of capitals worldwide have been ordered to work with officials of their host countries to foil the move.
    An official involved in the issue said that two weeks ago, Israel learned that Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub had asked to put the issue of the settlement teams on the agenda of both the FIFA Council, which will meet in Manama, Bahrain on May 9, and the FIFA Congress, which will meet in the same city on May 10 and 11.
    On Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry sent a cable to dozens of Israeli embassies instructing embassy staffers to try to persuade their host countries to remove the issue from FIFA’s agenda or ensure that no vote on it takes place. But the official said Israel must be prepared for the worst-case scenario, in which a vote does take place. If so, Israel’s chances of winning are negligible.
    “Our growing assessment is that the FIFA Congress is liable to make a decision on suspending six Israeli teams that play over the Green Line, or even on suspending Israel from FIFA,” the cable said. “We urge you to contact your countries’ representatives on the FIFA Council as soon as possible to obtain their support for Israel’s position, which rejects mixing politics with sport and calls for reaching an agreed solution between the parties ... and to thwart an anti-Israel decision if it is brought before the council.”

    #BDS #Israel #Palestine

    https://seenthis.net/messages/591331 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • Barghouti’s N.Y. Times article met by Israeli ritual of diversion and denial -

    Comparing article to terror attack and suggesting sanctions against the Times, as Michael Oren did, is more damaging to Israel’s image

    Chemi Shalev Apr 19, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.784060

    At the end of his opinion piece in the New York Times about the Palestinian prisoners’ strike, Marwan Barghouti was originally described as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.” After 24 hours of outrage and condemnation, an editor’s note conceded that further context was needed, pointing out that Barghouti had been convicted on “five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization.” News of the clarification spread like wildfire on social media. It was described in glowing terms as yet another historic victory of good over evil and of the Jewish people over its eternal enemies.
    It was another example of the time-tested Israeli ritual of accentuating the insignificant at the expense of the essence, the results of which are well known in advance. First you manufacture righteous indignation over a minor fault in an article or the problematic identity of its writer, then you assault the newspaper or media that publicized it and cast doubt on its motives, then you demand to know how this was even possible and who will pay the price. In this way, the Israeli public is absolved of the need to actually contend with the gist of the article or public utterance, in this case Barghouti’s claims that he was physically tortured, that almost a million Palestinians have been detained over the years, that their conviction rate in the Israeli military court system is absurdly high, whether it’s really wise to hold as many as 6,500 security prisoners in custody at one time and so on.
    The guiding principle of this perpetual war waged by Israel and its supporters against the so-called hostile press - to paraphrase a legendary John Cleese episode about a visit by German visitors to Fawlty Towers - is “Don’t mention the occupation!” After one spends so much energy on protestations and exclamations of how unthinkable, how outrageous and how dare they, there’s very little enthusiasm left to consider eternal control over another people or the malignant status quo that many Israelis view as the best of all possible worlds or how is it even possible that someone who is defined by former Israeli Ambassador and current deputy minister Michael Oren as a terrorist and a murderer on a par with Dylann Roof, who killed nine African American worshippers in a church in Charleston, is considered by many people around the world, including those at the New York Times, as an authentic leader whose words should be read and heard.
    In an interview with IDF Radio on Tuesday, Oren put the ingenious diversionary strategy on full display. He described Barghouti’s op-ed as nothing less than a “media terror attack.” To this he added a pinch of conspiracy theory with a dash of anti-Semitism by claiming that the Times purposely published Barghouti’s article on Passover, so that Israeli and Jewish leaders wouldn’t have time to react. Then he approvingly cited the wise words of his new oracle, Donald Trump, describing the publication of the article and its content as “fake news.” And for his grand finale, Oren intimated that the proper Zionist response would be to close down the Times’ Israel office, no less.
    In this way, anyone who wants to address Barghouti’s claims substantively, even if it’s to criticize them, is seen as collaborating with a terrorist and enabling terror. It’s the same system by which anti-occupation groups such as Breaking the Silence are tarred as traitorous, backstabbing informants so that no one dares consider the actual testimonies they present about the hardships of occupation and the immorality of forcing the IDF to police the West Bank. What’s hilarious, however, is that so many Israelis and Jews are convinced that articles such as the one written by Barghouti, which most readers probably view as yet another tedious polemic about an intractable Middle East conflict, somehow causes more harm to Israel’s image than a senior government official who compares a news article to a terror attack and who recommends closing down the offices of the most widely respected news organization in the world, a la Putin or Erdogan.

    #Palestine #Israel #Barghouti

    https://seenthis.net/messages/590911 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • L’« homonationalisme » drapeau de l’occupation israélienne

    Tel-Aviv a été déclarée en 2012 « meilleure ville gay du monde » à l’issue d’une #Enquête menée par le site gaycities.com et American Airlines, ce qui lui vaut une fréquentation touristique conséquente, notamment en juin, au moment de la Gay pride. Mais cette image « sea, sex and sun » d’ouverture et de tolérance présentée à l’Occident n’est qu’un mirage, selon Jean Stern. Car #Israël, pays à la fois colonisateur et largement homophobe, a du mal à passer pour un défenseur des libertés, même si sa politique de (...)


    / Israël, #Propagande, #Minorités, Enquête, Sexualité


  • 700 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel declare mass hunger strike -

    Thousands of Palestinian prisoners have threatened hunger strike over past several weeks in campaign spearheaded by imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti

    Yaniv Kubovich and Jack Khoury Apr 16, 2017 1
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.783772

    700 Palestinian prisoners currently held in Israel announced the start of a indefinite hunger strike in prisons on Sunday, according to a statement released by Israel’s Prison Service. Imprisoned Fatah official Marwan Barghouti spearheaded the campaign, though Hamas and Islamic Jihad prisoners held at Hadarim prison will join the campaign largely associated with Fatah.
    The hunger strike is expected to expand Monday morning, with over 2,000 prisoners participating. Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah announced his support of the strike, as did leaders of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
    Nearly 2,900 Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel and affiliated with Fatah have threatened to launch a hunger strike over the past several weeks. Barghouti, the campaign’s organizer, has often been floated as a possible successor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
    The fate of more than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israel, whose number has grown considerably in the past 18 months due to the wave of stabbing and car-ramming attacks (the “lone-wolf intifada”), affects nearly every family in the territories. A hunger strike, if it is widely observed and well managed, could immediately turn up the heat in the Israeli-Palestinian arena. If down the road a threat to the strikers’ lives develops, it could lead to another wave of violence.
    The April 17 date was originally chosen with an eye on the start of Ramadan, which is toward the end of May. A full hunger strike during Ramadan, when Palestinians fast by day and break their fasts at night, could be religiously problematic. Setting a potential strike period of a little over a month will allow the struggle against Israel to escalate, but also limits it in time so as to prevent a total loss of control. It also marks the annual Palestinian prisoners day anniversary.

    #Palestine #Prisonniers #Israël

    https://seenthis.net/messages/590059 via Nouvelles d’Orient

  • #seenthis_fonctionnalités : Les mots « flous »

    En ajoutant une étoile à la fin de l’URL de la page d’un thème, on obtient une sélection beaucoup plus large de billets : non seulement les billets avec ce hashtag précis, mais aussi ceux avec des hashtags plus généraux, dont on a déterminé qu’ils revenaient fréquemment à proximité du hashtag qu’on cherche (par exemple : Liban / Syrie / Hezbollah…).

    Par exemple :

    Je vois que le squelette n’a pas été totalement maintenu et affiche une erreur, mais apparemment la liste des messages, elle, est correcte.

    Pour comprendre ce principe de « flou », on peut aller sur la page du mot-clé lui-même et regarder la colonne de droite :
    il y a une liste des « thèmes liés » :

    #liban / country: liban / country: lebanon / #réfugiés / organization: hizballah / #migrations / city: beyrouth / #asile / #syrie / #international / country: syrie / #réfugiés_syriens / #israël / #proche-orient / city: beirut / country: israël / country: syria / country: israel / person: michel aoun / city: alep / person: saad hariri / #beyrouth / #hezbollah / region: proche-orient / #liban / #france / region: moyen-orient / #jordanie / currency: usd / country: états-unis / country: jordan / #israel / country: iran / city: gaza / #crimes / country: russie / #hassan_nasrallah / #michel_aoun / #syrie / #déchets

    On voit que, notamment grâce à la thématisation automatique OpenCalais, c’est plutôt pertinent (oui, pour ceux qui l’ignorent : « #déchets » est tout à fait pertinent ici).

    https://seenthis.net/messages/589555 via ARNO*