• One person, one vote for Israel-Palestine

    Gideon Levy

    – Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-one-person-one-vote-for-israel-palestine-1.8443289
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    The Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan brings with it good news and bad news. It will put the final nail in the coffin of that walking corpse known as the two-state solution – that’s the good news. It will also create a new reality in which international law, the resolutions of the international community and especially international institutions are meaningless.

    Filled with the hope that the U.S. president instills in us, in his great mercy, let’s begin with the good news. Once his proposal is made public, no one will ever be able to talk with any seriousness about the two-state solution. It was probably never born, but now it is clearly dead. There is no Palestinian state and there never will be.

    The gall of America to support Israeli annexation now and the establishment of a Palestinian state only “in the future” – as if the burning issue were annexation, not the occupation – is only an ornament for the casket. The Palestinian Authority, the European Union, the United Nations, the Jewish establishment and the Zionist left will no longer be able to mention this option without making complete asses of themselves.

    How would European countries dare mention the two-state solution without disgracing themselves? How would the Zionist left dare speak of the creation of a Palestinian state? Where exactly? Between Bethlehem and Beit Ummar, with the monstrosity of the annexed Gush Etzion bloc in the middle? Between East Jerusalem and Jericho, with greater Ma’aleh Adumim in between? A Palestinian Lilliput, Mini Palestine, a miniature park with tiny-scale models of buildings and people in a grotesque demonstration of a just solution.

    With the Jordan Valley and most of the West Bank settlements under Israeli sovereignty, the Palestinians are guaranteed not to have a state, half-state, city government or neighborhood. Nothing but a penal colony. With the Jordan Valley and most of the settlements annexed, Donald Trump makes official the establishment of the apartheid state to be known as the State of Israel. What Herzl began in Basel, Trump finished in Washington.

    From now on, it will be impossible to let the international community, especially the pretentious and self-described seeker of the good, keep paying lip service to the two-state solution. There is no such thing. There never was. There never will be. If the international community, and with it the PA, hope to ever solve the Palestinian problem, they have just one way forward: the establishment of a democracy between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Nothing else is left.

    Europe, which has turned into the muzzle of critics of the occupation, must adopt a new language, the language of equal rights. The world has two choices: It can recognize apartheid or it can support the one-democratic-state solution. Europe can’t continue to embrace Israel and talk about “shared values” with the official apartheid state. It will have to remember, finally, how it behaved with that state’s predecessor, South Africa, and how Europe and a version of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement led to the fall of that regime.
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    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the PA will also have to say goodbye to the dream. It has been shelved. It has been replaced by a different dream, and they will have to take it on, speak its language and work to make it come true – that or give in to apartheid in exchange for the fistful of dollars promised by the Americans. It’s the same for Israel, of course. Their dream, a Jewish state, has also been shelved. Zionism is over. You remained silent, you supported, you ignored. Now deal with it.

    Trump’s news and the world’s capitulation, however, is much more portentous. Trump is creating not only a new Israel, but a new world. A world without international law, without honoring international resolutions, without even the appearance of justice. A world in which the U.S. president’s son-in-law is more powerful than the UN General Assembly. If the settlements are permitted, everything is permitted.

    What was won with brutal military force shall be liberated only with force. In the world of Trump and the Israeli right, there’s no room for the weak. They have no rights.

    From now on, it’s one person, one vote – the single vote of Trump (and Benjamin Netanyahu), or the equal vote of every person living in Israel-Palestine. Europeans, Palestinians and Israelis: The time has come to choose between the two.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/822408 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Allez à Gaza et criez « plus jamais ça » | Agence Media Palestine
    https://agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2020/01/24/allez-a-gaza-et-criezplus-jamais-ca
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    Il est très important de se souvenir du passé, et il n’en demeure pas moins important que d’être conscient et de faire face à ce qu’il se passe dans le présent. Les dizaines de chefs d’État qui sont arrivés en Israël hier se souviennent peut-être du passé, mais ils gomment le présent. En se taisant, en détournant leurs yeux de la réalité tout en s’alignant de manière inconditionnelle sur les positions d’Israël, ils ne manquent pas seulement à leurs devoirs, ils trahissent aussi la mémoire du passé au nom duquel ils sont venus ici. Être reçus par Israël sans faire mention de ses crimes, commémorer l’Holocauste tout en ignorant les leçons à en tirer, visiter Jérusalem sans aller dans le ghetto qu’est Gaza lors de la Journée internationale dédiée à la mémoire des victimes de l’Holocauste, il est difficile de trouver plus grande hypocrisie.


  • » Israeli Authorities Ban the Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Four Months
    January 25, 2020 4:07 AM – IMEMC News
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    On Saturday at 2:00 am, Israeli forces hammered on the door of the head of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, while he was sleeping. When he woke, the troops handed him a notice that he would be banned from entering the mosque that he heads for a period of four months.

    The ban comes after Sheikh Ekrema Sabri went to the mosque for Friday prayers on the shoulders of his supporters on Friday January 24th, following a two-week ban placed by Israeli authorities on Muslims wishing to pray at their mosque.

    Despite the fact that Israeli authorities have no jurisdiction, and are supposed to leave the operation and functioning of the Al Aqsa Mosque up to its Islamic leadership, according to signed agreements, Israeli authorities have taken it upon themselves to decide who can and can’t pray at the mosque.

    Sheikh Sabri stated, upon receiving the order banning him from the Mosque that he runs for four months, “These are reprisal actions aimed at suppressing speech. Israeli authorities do not want to allow anyone to speak publicly against their actions in the blessed Al-Aqsa, as they attempt to take over Al-Aqsa.”

    (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/822315 via Loutre


  • [Extrême droite] Auschwitz à Jérusalem

    https://leblogcosmopolite.blogspot.com/2020/01/extreme-droite-auschwitz-jerusalem.html
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    Par Henri Goldman

    L’appropriation par Israël de ce qu’il convient désormais d’appeler « la mémoire de la Shoah » est pour moi une vraie souffrance. Les derniers grands prêtres autoproclamés de cette nouvelle religion civile, les Sharon, Netanyahou et autres Liebermann, ont beaucoup plus de sang sur les mains que nos petits fascistes locaux. Aujourd’hui, le gouvernement d’Israël compte en son sein des ministres qui développent exactement la même idéologie suprémaciste que le Vlaams Belang, le MHP turc ou le Ku Klux Klan. Dans leur chef, c’est même plus qu’une idéologie. C’est une pratique.

    Mais le plus obscène, c’est sans doute de voir les leaders de la « communauté internationale » se presser à Jérusalem pour avaliser cette escroquerie. Comme Macron qui rappela son engagement à lutter « contre l’antisémitisme, le racisme, tout discours de haine qui vient diviser notre société et en nier les fondements mêmes » devant les représentants d’un État pratiquant l’apartheid et la discrimination institutionnelle. À aucun moment, ceux-ci ne furent renvoyés à la poutre qu’ils avaient dans l’œil. Mais, en bonne diplomatie, ça ne se fait pas de dire ses quatre vérités à ses hôtes. N’est pas Lumumba qui veut.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/822354 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Among the Syrian Militiamen of Turkey’s Intervention in Libya | by Frederic Wehrey | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

    https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/01/23/among-the-syrian-militiamen-of-turkeys-intervention-in-libya
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    Tripoli, Libya—At a mud-caked intersection this month, some hundred-and-fifty feet from the front line, a lanky militia fighter approached and then abruptly turned around when he saw me, a Westerner. I’ve been covering Libya’s conflicts for years and noticed some minor but distinctive details about his appearance: a do-rag tied around his head, an olive green tactical vest, and perhaps a certain military bearing. The Libyan commander I was with confirmed it, with a chuckle: “That’s not a Libyan look.”

    Fifteen minutes later, I was inside a poured-concrete villa that served as the living quarters for a group of war-hardened Syrian fighters. Seated before me on a plush purple couch, behind a coffee table strewn with ash-trays and blown-glass decanters, was the Syrians’ leader, a thirty-four-year-old former Syrian military officer named Ahmed, and two other Syrian fighters. Numbering roughly five hundred on this section of the front, they told me they’d been in Libya several days and were part of a larger contingent of roughly two thousand Syrian militiamen that started arriving a month ago, along with Turkish military personnel. There are plans, they said, for an additional six thousand Syrian fighters.

    Turkey’s military intervention in Libya, involving the deployment of Syrian fighters, is the latest chess move in a long-running civil war that followed the 2011 revolution, the NATO-led intervention, and the overthrow of the dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Since then, this oil-rich country has disintegrated into a patchwork of regions, towns, and militias sparring over power and wealth.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/822186 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Trump invite Nétanyahou et Ganz pour la présentation de son « plan du siècle » ! sans doute pense-t-il que le problème est de faire la paix entre les deux responsables israléiens ! Exit les Palestiniens !

    Trump’s peace deal could be a green light for Israel’s annexation plan - Israel News - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-trump-s-peace-deal-could-green-light-israel-s-annexation-plan-1.84
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    U.S. President Donald Trump plans to publish his peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians by Tuesday and invite Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz to the White House. We may now, with hindsight, decode some of what transpired in the past week.
    It seems the prime minister and his Kahol Lavan rival both knew what Washington was cooking up. In Netanyahu’s case, this would be no surprise, given his close bond with Trump. But it’s clear Gantz was in the loop as well.

    This explains Netanyahu’s bid to outflank Gantz by again raising the proposal to annex the Jordan Valley. Kahol Lavan had to respond, but it seemed forced and awkward – Gantz’s party was ready for annexation if it was coordinated with the international community.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/822192 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • pourquoi personne n’en parle ?

    Bernie Sanders Leads Donald Trump by Widest Margin of All 2020 Candidates : Election Poll

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    Senator Bernie Sanders leads President Donald Trump by the widest margin of all the candidates in the Democratic Party’s 2020 race when Americans are asked to choose in a face-off against the Republican incumbent, according to a poll.

    SurveyUSA asked 4,069 registered voters nationwide how they would vote in an election today if Trump was pitted against each of the 2020 candidates in the Democratic race. The progressive Vermont independent came out on top.

    The poll found that 52 percent of voters would choose Sanders and 43 percent Trump, giving the veteran senator a nine-point lead. Next was former vice president Joe Biden at 50 percent to Trump’s 43 percent, a seven-point lead.

    Michael Bloomberg, the media and financial data billionaire, also led Trump by seven points at 49 percent to 42 percent. Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Trump 48 percent to 45 percent, a three-point advantage.

    Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is also ahead of Trump by three points, at 47 percent to 44 percent. The tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang is ahead of Trump by two points, at 46 percent to 44 percent.

    The billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer is tied with Trump at 44 percent apiece, Democratic Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar loses to Trump by two points at 43 percent to 45 percent.

    Democratic Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard loses to Trump by five points at 39 percent to 44 percent.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/822195 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Egypt 25th of January Égypte anniversaire du 25 janvier

    Your guide to surviving downtown during the revolution anniversary crackdown | | Mada Masr

    https://madamasr.com/en/2020/01/21/feature/politics/your-guide-to-surviving-downtown-during-the-revolution-anniversary-crackdo
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    In the lead-up to each anniversary of the January 25th revolution, the authorities launch widespread security campaigns in downtown Cairo and its surrounding areas. These include apartment raids, arbitrary arrests, and the stopping and searching of cars, motorbikes and pedestrians throughout December, January and early February. Heavily armed police and armored security vehicles are currently stationed throughout the area. During this period, downtown becomes dangerous for its own residents, and many people choose to stay away from the area.

    It’s impossible to accurately report the number of raids and arbitrary arrests that have taken place this year, or to tell every story of humiliating search or interrogation. Perhaps comprehensive data is not the most useful information we could give you, when the context is one of such relentless threat and harassment. We will try, instead, to think of how we can avoid being targeted. Mada Masr gathered the advice of lawyers and downtown residents with years of experience dealing with these annual campaigns.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/821884 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Israeli Soldiers Kill Three Palestinians In Gaza– IMEMC News
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    Israeli soldiers killed, on Tuesday evening, three young Palestinian men near the perimeter fence, in central Gaza, after the army alleged they breached the fence and hurled grenades.

    The army claimed that the three managed to breach the fence and advanced approximately 400 meters, before they hurled a grenade, or an explosive, at a military post.

    According to the army, the soldiers fired many live rounds, and shells, at the three Palestinians, leading to their death.

    Palestinians in Gaza said the soldiers executed the three Palestinians, and were not in any danger, especially since they ordered them to remove their clothes before killing them, the Maan News Agency has reported.

    The three slain Palestinians have been identified as Mohammad Hani Abu Mandeel, 18, Salem Zuweid an-Na’ami, 18, and Mahmoud Khaled Sa’id, 18 . The three are from Central Gaza. The three were from al-Maghazi Central Gaza.

    The corpses of the three Palestinians remain held by the army.

    #Palestine_assassinée

    https://seenthis.net/messages/821853 via Loutre



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

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    New York-based Israeli film director Yuval Adler will write and direct the first season of a new Israeli-American series based on the book Rise and Kill First, written by Ronen Bergman, industry publication Deadline reported over the weekend.
    Hijacking the Holocaust for Putin, politics and powerHaaretz Weekly Ep. 57

    The bestseller, which tells the history of targeted assassinations carried out by Israeli intelligence agencies, was optioned in 2018, a few months after publication, by the U.S. network HBO and Israel’s Keshet.

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

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


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

    https://madamasr.com/en/2020/01/16/feature/politics/egyptian-official-ethiopia-dam-negotiations-in-washington-a-disaster
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    Three days of negotiations in Washington between the foreign and irrigation ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan ended on Wednesday without an agreement over the filling schedule for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, according to a joint statement by the three countries and the World Bank that was released by the US Treasury Department, which hosted the meeting.

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

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

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

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


  • Israël inonde les terres agricoles des Palestiniens à Gaza
    Date de publication : 2020/01/18
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    Gaza, le 18 janvier 2020, WAFA- Pour la troisième fois en cette semaine, les forces de l’occupation israélienne ont ouvert aujourd’hui les barrages collectant l’eau de pluie vers les terres des Palestiniens à l’est de la ville de Gaza, inondant des centaines de dunums (1000 mètres carré) de terres agricoles, selon des témoins.

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

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

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

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

    K.R

    #GAZA

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


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

    Trump recounts minute-by-minute details of Soleimani strike to donors at Mar-a-Lago
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/18/politics/trump-soleimani-details-mar-a-lago/index.html

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

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

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


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

    –Marjane Satrapi

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    https://crimethinc.tumblr.com/post/190080499545/the-world-is-not-divided-into-countries-the
    #Marjane_satrapi

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    #Honte

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  • Israel had advance notice of U.S. plan to kill Iranian general Suleimani, report says
    By Noga Tarnopolsky – Jan. 3, 2020 - Los Angeles Times
    https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-03/israel-had-advance-notice-of-u-s-plan-to-kill-iranian-general-suleimani-sou
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    JERUSALEM —

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

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

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

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

    #IsraelIran

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  • Egypt Thinking with Alaa | | Mada Masr
    https://madamasr.com/en/2019/12/21/feature/society/thinking-with-alaa
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    Software developer and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah has been imprisoned in the Maximum Security Wing 2 of the Tora Prison Complex for the last three months. He was arrested by national security agents on the morning of September 29 as he was leaving Dokki Police Station where he had been forced to spend 12 hours every night — from 6 pm to 6 am — as part of his probation since his release from prison at the end of March after serving a five-year sentence.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/dec/20/icc-to-investigate-alleged-israeli-and-palestinian-war-crimes
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    There is sufficient evidence to investigate alleged Israeli and Palestinian war crimes committed in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, the international criminal court has announced.

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

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

    A statement published by the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on the court’s website on Friday said her office “has concluded with the determination that all the statutory criteria under the Rome statute for the opening of an investigation have been met”.
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    “In brief, I am satisfied that war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip”.

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

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

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


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

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

    Encore un courant politique juif important fermement opposé au sionisme

    https://cahiersdumouvementouvrier.org/au-fil-des-semaines/henryk-erlich

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-from-now-on-every-palestinian-is-an-anti-semite-1.8230347
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    ❝The plague is spreading. Under cover of the (just) war against anti-Semitism, Europe and the United States silence every voice daring to criticize Israel. Under cover of this war, they are undermining their freedom of speech. Incredibly, this new phenomenon is not triggering any protest, as one would expect. Laws labeling anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism and the anti-occupation movement as anti-Semitic, are passed with overwhelming majorities. Now they are playing into the hands of Israel and the Jewish establishment, but they are liable to ignite anti-Semitism when questions arise about the extent of their meddling.

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • #Elia_Suleiman: ’The world today has become a global Palestine’ - Encore!
    https://www.france24.com/en/culture/20191203-encore-culture-cinema-elia-suleiman-palestinian-film-director-pal
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    Elia Suleiman, a famed figure in Palestinian cinema, joins us in the studio as his new film “It Must Be Heaven” hits French cinemas and Paris’s Cinémathèque hosts a retrospective of his work. He speaks to Eve Jackson about why Palestinian directors can be funny, how he thinks the press overanalyse his work and why he shows the world as if it were a microcosm of Palestine in his new film.

    #palestine

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • L’antiterrorisme, une politique devenue une idéologie dangereuse

    https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2019/11/29/l-antiterrorisme-une-politique-devenue-une-ideologie-dangereuse_6020972_3232
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    L’idéologie antiterroriste, c’est la construction artificielle d’une figure de l’ennemi et ses excès, c’est la participation des militaires à la lutte contre le crime, c’est le mépris du droit et la dramatisation de la menace. Au final, elle permet à l’adversaire d’être reconnu comme le soldat « d’une armée constituée », un succès inespéré. L’antiterrorisme, aujourd’hui, s’apparente à « une chute morale sur le champ de bataille », il nous empêche de voir le vrai visage de la menace.
    Article réservé à nos abonnés Lire aussi Terrorisme : quatre ans après le 13-Novembre, la France face à une menace en profonde mutation

    Ce livre, formidable bouffée d’air après quatre années d’un discours à sens unique formaté par un Etat dont l’autorité régalienne étouffe d’autant les esprits que la population a été sidérée par la violence terroriste, est un appel à la raison et au sang-froid. « Il faut opposer au bruit des attentats le silence monacal de la connaissance (…), chacun devrait disposer des facultés de poser un discours sur la sécurité, à la fois la sienne propre et celle que l’Etat peut à bon droit revendiquer, tout en s’affranchissant des propagandes. »

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

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

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