• Le @CRIF et les arabes mangeurs d’enfants |
    Le Club de Mediapart
    https://blogs.mediapart.fr/melusine-2/blog/210518/le-crif-et-les-arabes-mangeurs-d-enfants

    Il y a six jours, le CRIF a publié sur Twitter une souriante photographie de l’ancienne Première ministre israélienne Golda Meir. Elle y dit : « Nous pouvons pardonner aux arabes de tuer nos enfants, mais nous ne pouvons pas leur pardonner de nous forcer à tuer leurs enfants. La paix s’installera le jour où les arabes aimeront leurs enfants plus qu’ils nous haïssent. » La photographie de Golda Meir sourit et le chargé de communication du CRIF commente : « #Actu – Golda Meir disait cela il y a près de 50 ans, et c’est toujours d’actualité ».

     #Actu : la veille, les snipers israéliens avaient abattu par balles plus de cinquante Palestiniens, dont huit enfants, et blessé près de deux mille sept cents, alors qu’ils manifestaient pacifiquement pour commémorer leur catastrophe, leur exil, leur absence de droits fondamentaux, de droits civils, de droit à vivre. Pacifiquement, parce que les frondes ne menacent pas la vie des soldats israéliens – encore moins celle des civils israéliens – parce que les soldats sont à plusieurs centaines de mètres, derrière une clôture, derrière des miradors, derrière la « frontière », de l’autre côté de l’enclos. Parce qu’il n’y a que dans la Bible qu’on vainc l’injustice avec des pierres, et dans cette région, on sait que la Bible ne dit pas toujours la vérité.

    Les arabes tuent les enfants des autres. Pire encore, ils forcent leurs ennemis à se rendre coupables du meurtre de leurs propres enfants. Ils les forcent à se souiller du sang des innocents. Ils les forcent, oui, ils ne voulaient, ils y ont été forcés, ils auraient préféré l’éviter, éviter de tirer une balle dans la tête de Wesal Khalil, de viser la tête d’une enfant de quatorze ans, mais elle avait une fronde, et elle était palestinienne, alors ils y ont été forcés, d’ailleurs elle voulait mourir. Ce n’est plus seulement le Hamas qui utilise des enfants comme boucliers humains, ce sont les Palestiniens qui apprennent à leurs enfants à monter au front. Mieux, ce sont les arabes qui font des enfants dans le seul but de les envoyer se faire tuer pour que France 2 puisse filmer des balles dans la tête et que ça fasse des images terribles et que ces images nuisent à la réputation de l’armée israélienne.

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  • A Gaza, la misère sociale terreau de la révolte
    Par Guillaume Gendron — 20 mai 2018 à 21:36
    http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/05/20/a-gaza-la-misere-sociale-terreau-de-la-revolte_1651536
    http://md1.libe.com/photo/1123276-61a029544b7a80efe41c74e0faajpg.jpg?modified_at=1526844978&picto=fb&ratio_x=191&ratio_y=100&width=600

    (...) Dans son bureau enfumé, le docteur Fadel Ashour ne s’en étonne pas : « Gaza connaît ces dernières années une épidémie de suicides, plus ou moins cachés par les familles et les autorités », assure le psychiatre. Il y voit une accumulation de causes « qui n’ont rien de psychiatriques ». Une décennie de blocus évidemment, l’asphyxie économique mais aussi, ironie tragique, l’ouverture sur le monde des jeunes Gazaouis, dont les moins de 25 ans constituent 75 % de la population. « On a une des populations les plus éduquées du Moyen-Orient, des gosses totalement ouverts sur le monde grâce à Internet, la télé satellitaire, énumère-t-il. Ils savent très bien ce qu’ils manquent, coincés chez leurs parents, sans avenir, sans femme, sans savoir qui combattre. Israël ? Le Hamas ? L’Autorité palestinienne ? Tous sont trop puissants. » Le docteur écrase son mégot : « Ce qu’on a vu ces dernières semaines, c’est une manipulation sociale pour contenir l’explosion imminente. »

    Personne ne sait si la Marche du retour va continuer. Le Hamas a envoyé des signes contradictoires. Le comité d’organisation originel, dépossédé du mouvement, appelle à sa continuité. Un jeune raconte que, vendredi, il s’est rendu à frontière et n’y a trouvé quasi personne. « Pas de transport, plus de tentes, pas d’ambulances… Rien. Comme si le Hamas n’en avait plus rien à foutre, même s’ils disent qu’ils vont continuer. En vérité, ils se sont servis de nous pour parler aux Egyptiens. » (...)

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  • Lettre à nos camarades palestiniens - Zone A Défendre
    dimanche 20 mai 2018
    https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article5869
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    A nos camarades palestinien.es, à nos sœurs et nos frères.

    Nous vous écrivons depuis la ZAD de Notre-Dame-des-Landes, France, où nous résistons ces derniers temps à l’opération militaire menée par l’Etat français. Celui-ci vise à détruire aussi bien des lieux de vie que des organisations sociales et politiques autogérées.

    Il y a quelques semaines, nous avons reçu un message de soutien de certain.es d’entre vous, à laquelle nous voulons répondre pour vous remercier de ces mots. En apprenant le massacre du 14 mai, le jour de la Nakba, causant d’innombrables pertes, nous avons décidé de nous réunir pour vous faire passer ce message. Tout d’abord, nous déplorons le peu de réaction de notre part et ceux-elles qui nous entourent par rapport à la répression israélienne. Bien que nous écrivons cette lettre sous les détonnations de bombes lacrymogènes et assourdissantes, notre situation à la Zad est bien différente de ce qui se passe en Palestine. Nous savons que la solidarité internationale est un enjeu crucial pour nous permettre à tous d’etre victorieux-euses. (...)

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  • Trump ME peace plan : Half West Bank for Palestinians, Abu Dis as capital - DEBKAfile
    https://www.debka.com/trump-me-peace-plan-half-west-bank-for-palestinians-abu-dis-as-capital
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    The president had discussed the peace plan’s content with three Arab leaders, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, UAE emir Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed, the Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, as well as thoroughly briefing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was invited to come aboard, but he rebuffed the offer – and that was even before he generated a crisis with Israel for its deadly confrontation with Hamas in Gaza.
    (...)
    A Palestinian state will be established with limited sovereignty across about half of the West Bank and all the Gaza Strip.
    Israel will retain security responsibility for most of the West Bank and the border crossings.
    The Jordan Valley will remain under Israel sovereignty and military control.
    .The Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem will pass to the Palestinian state, excepting the Old City, which will be part of Israeli Jerusalem.
    Abu Dis east of Jerusalem is the proposed capital of Palestine.
    Palestine and Jordan will share religious jurisdiction over the city’s mosques.
    Gaza will be integrated in the new Palestinian state provided Hamas agrees to disarm.
    There is no provision in the plan for the Palestinian refugees’ “right of return” – but a compensation mechanism will be established and managed by the international community.
    The Trump plan mandates Israel’s recognition as the homeland of the Jewish people, and Palestine with limited sovereignty as the Palestinian homeland.

    Debka est un site « d’intelligence » qui sert souvent aux Israéliens à faire passer des infos à confirmer par la suite... Les choses seraient décidées à la fin du mois de ramadan...

    #palestine

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  • Still too ‘tough on Arabs’ - Haaretz Editorial - Israel News | Haaretz.com
    Police violence against the Arab community in Israel appears part of a racist policy led by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government

    Haaretz Editorial May 21, 2018

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/still-too-tough-on-arabs-1.6098764

    Over the weekend there was a demonstration in Haifa protesting the killings along the Gaza border fence. The violent suppression of this protest and the detention of 21 demonstrators, including Jafar Farah, the director of the Mossawa Center that advocates for Israeli Arabs’ rights, are a further sign of the growing restrictions on the democratic space available to this community.
    The harsh events in Gaza should have brought multitudes out onto the streets, particularly in light of the complexities plaguing relations between Arab citizens and the state. In practice, the protest in Arab society was minor and measured: a partial strike lasting only a day and local protest gatherings. Despite this, the police failed to contain the demonstrations.
    True, the protest in Haifa on Friday evening had no permit, but these are precisely the times when the police must use their discretion and show restraint. They should have used the presence of Farah, a veteran activist who once headed the Arab student union and who for years has been a partner to civic initiatives for Arab civil rights and against racism. A wise police force would have seen his presence as a channel for dialogue and an opportunity for calming tensions. Instead, the police used him to quell the protest.
    In footage taken at the demonstration one sees that the police did not suffice with arresting him but marched him handcuffed through Haifa’s streets as a warning to others. Even though Farah was seen walking, he was hospitalized the next day; relatives said one of his knees had been broken in detention.
    The Arab community is calling for an investigation into the police’s conduct in the demonstration, and the police are expected to carry out an internal probe into the Farah case. But this doesn’t suffice; the violence by the police against Arab protesters appears not random but intentional, part of an inflammatory and racist policy against the Arab community in Israel that Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is leading.
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    Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich talk a lot about the importance of making police services more accessible to the Arab community, using every public platform to announce the opening of new police stations and the recruitment of Arab police officers. But the conduct in Haifa shows yet again that the police showed unwarranted “resolve” while ignoring the ramifications on the Arab community’s faith in law enforcement.
    The Public Security Ministry and police brass must understand that the delegitimization of elected Arab officials and prominent Arab activists, as well as the suppression of any political protest by brutal arrests, won’t contribute to a sense of trust. On the contrary, police violence against Arab citizens widens the circle of mutual suspicion and deepens this community’s alienation.

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  • Egypt and Qatar working on long-term ceasefire, Hamas disarmament plans for Gaza - Israel News - Haaretz.com

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-egypt-qatar-working-on-long-term-ceasefire-hamas-disarmament-in-ga

    According to diplomatic sources in Israel, Egypt seeks to promote reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, expand the Palestinian Authority’s role in the Gaza Strip, initiate economic relief and arrange for the gradual dismantling of the Hamas military wing. Qatar is proposing that an unaffiliated council of experts manage the Gaza Strip, a halt to Hamas arming itself with offensive weapons and getting international organizations involved to monitor the process. Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations’ special coordinator for the Mideast Peace Process, is trying to organize a new regional forum that will include Israel, Egypt, the PA and the UN to create and operate a long-term aid mechanism for the Strip.

    From Israel’s perspective, the gaps with Hamas are too great to bridge at the moment. Israel is concerned that a “Hezbollah model” could emerge in the Gaza Strip, in which Hamas keeps its weapons while the PA takes responsibility for managing civilian issues. It is also skeptical about international monitoring mechanisms to prevent arms smuggling, which failed in an agreement brokered by the Bush administration after the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005.
    Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip and the organization’s current strongman, gave a rare interview Wednesday to the Al Jazeera network. Sinwar, who spent more than 20 years in Israeli prisons for murdering Palestinians who cooperated with Israel, was singing a new tune. He announced that Hamas had reached an understanding with Egypt that the demonstrations along the border with Israel would continue but would not deteriorate into a military confrontation. He then praised the “popular nonviolent struggle,” a new position coming from a man who for years headed Hamas’ military wing, which fired rockets at and dug tunnels into Israeli territory.

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  • » Artistic Director of Portuguese National Theater Joins Cultural Boycott of Israel
    IMEMC News | May 18, 2018 8:24 PM
    http://imemc.org/article/artistic-director-of-portuguese-national-theater-joins-cultural-boycott-of-is

    The artistic director of the D. Maria II National Theater, Tiago Rodrigues, canceled his participation in the Israel Festival, scheduled to take place in Jerusalem next month, and announced his decision to join the cultural boycott of Israel, according to a statement released by the theater, today.

    “I have decided not to present my show at the Israel Festival in June because I believe it is the only way to ensure that my artwork will not serve to justify or support a government that commits deliberate human rights violations and is currently violently attacking the Palestinian people,” says the author, actor and director.

    Rodrigues says that although his decision as the artistic director of a national theater “could cause discomfort in the diplomatic plane”, “it was a well thought-out decision and I must, above all, obey my conscience. I have consulted with friends and colleagues whom I trust, and I have read statements by many intellectuals and artists, notably Israelis. Also I bear witness to the Israeli government’s terrible and violent conduct in this moment.” (...)

    #BDS

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  • Les surprenants propos d’Ignazio Cassis sur l’#UNWRA - SWI swissinfo.ch
    https://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/politique/conflit-isra%C3%A9lo-palestinien-_les-surprenants-propos-d-ignazio-cassis-sur-l-unwra/44126600

    Le ministre #suisse des Affaires étrangères déclare tout d’abord à propos de l’impasse du processus de paix israélo-palestinien : « Tant que les Arabes ne sont pas prêts à accorder à Israël le droit d’exister, #Israël se sent menacé dans son existence et se défendra. »

    Ancien diplomate suisse au Proche-Orient, Yves Besson n’en revient pas : « Comment peut-il dire une chose pareille ? Tant la Jordanie que l’Egypte ont signé un accord de paix avec Israël. Et les pays arabes avaient soutenu un plan de paix proposé par l’Arabie saoudite il y a une quinzaine d’années. Et ça n’est là que quelques exemples qui contredisent les propos de notre ministre. Ignazio Cassis doit être mal renseigné. »

    Dans la même interview, Ignazio Cassis aborde la question des réfugiés palestiniens : « Les réfugiés rêvent de retourner en #Palestine. Entre-temps, il n’y a plus 700’000 réfugiés palestiniens dans le monde [comme en 1948], mais 5 millions. Il n’est pas réaliste que ce rêve devienne réalité pour tout le monde. Cependant, l’UNRWA maintient cet espoir. Pour moi, la question se pose : l’UNRWA fait-elle partie de la solution ou du problème ? »

    Relancé par le journaliste, Ignazio Cassis finit par répondre à sa question : « Tant que les Palestiniens vivent dans des camps de réfugiés, ils veulent retourner dans leur patrie. En soutenant l’UNRWA, nous maintenons le conflit en vie. C’est une logique perverse, parce qu’en fait, tout le monde veut mettre fin au conflit. »

    #air_du_temps #sans_vergogne

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  • Under Sisi, firms owned by Egypt’s military have flourished
    https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/egypt-economy-military

    In the four years since former armed forces chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became Egypt’s president, companies owned by the military have gone from strength to strength. Local businessmen and foreign investors are concerned.

    By Reuters staff Filed May 16, 2018, 11 a.m. GMT

    CAIRO – In a four-decade military career, Osama Abdel Meguid served in the first Gulf War and was an assistant military attaché in the United States.

    These days he issues orders from an office that overlooks the Nile, as chairman of the Maadi Co. for Engineering Industries, owned by the Ministry of Military Production.

    Maadi was founded in 1954 to manufacture grenade launchers, pistols and machine guns. In recent years the firm, which employs 1,400 people, has begun turning out greenhouses, medical devices, power equipment and gyms. It has plans for four new factories.

    “There are so many projects we are working on,” said Abdel Meguid, a 61-year-old engineer, listing orders including a 495 million Egyptian pound ($28 million) project for the Ministry of Electricity and an Algerian agricultural waste recycling contract worth $400,000.

    Maadi is one of dozens of military-owned companies that have flourished since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former armed forces chief, became president in 2014, a year after leading the military in ousting Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

    The military owns 51 percent of a firm that is developing a new $45 billion capital city 75 km east of Cairo. Another military-owned company is building Egypt’s biggest cement plant. Other business interests range from fish farms to holiday resorts.

    In interviews conducted over the course of a year, the chairmen of nine military-owned firms described how their businesses are expanding and discussed their plans for future growth. Figures from the Ministry of Military Production - one of three main bodies that oversee military firms - show that revenues at its firms are rising sharply. The ministry’s figures and the chairmen’s accounts give rare insight into the way the military is growing in economic influence.

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  • Jean-Luc Godard annonce son soutien au mouvement de boycott du cinéma israélien | The Times of Israël

    https://fr.timesofisrael.com/jean-luc-godard-annonce-son-soutien-au-mouvement-de-boycott-du-cin

    Le cinéaste français Jean-Luc Godard a rejoint des dizaines d’autres professionnels de l’industrie cinématographique française qui ont promis de boycotter un événement célébrant le cinéma israélien.

    Godard, pionnier du cinéma de la Nouvelle Vague des années 1960 et marxiste avoué qui a déjà combattu des accusations d’antisémitisme, a ajouté son nom à une pétition du 4 mai appelant à un boycott de la saison France-Israël organisée par l’Institut français.

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  • Israel and the U.S. are triggering a risky, unnecessary war of choice in the Middle East

    Triggering a Risky, Unnecessary War of Choice in the Middle East
    But neither Israel’s prime minister, nor other regional U.S. allies, have any assurances America will stick around to manage the dangerous fallout from the Iran deal’s implosion

    Daniel Levy May 10, 2018

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-and-the-u-s-are-triggering-a-risky-unnecessary-war-in-the-m

    We will probably never know the extent of responsibility Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bears for the U.S. withdrawal, under President Trump, from the Iran nuclear deal.
    U.S.- Iranian relations have certainly long been poisonous, independent of Israel. Congressional enthusiasm for the deal was always low and, within the GOP, support for it near non-existent.
    Still, Netanyahu and the campaign he spearheaded certainly helped to create part of the backdrop to Trump‘s announcement; indeed, in his announcement, Trump gave Israel direct credit for supposedlysupplying “definitive proof” that Iran’s nuclear intentions were never peaceful. Not for the first time, a U.S. presidential text read like it was written in Jerusalem. 

    Israel will now have to live with the consequences of that success. Following Trump’s announcement, the nuclear deal is now on a clear path to unravelling completely, with only a small chance of reversing that trajectory.
    Iran has been honoring the stipulations of the JCPOA, something that Netanyahu and the deal’s many critics said would never happen, and they have produced no evidence to the contrary.
    The concerns which the U.S. and Israel had raised regarding the limitations of the deal, and with which Europeans, at least, were sympathetic – the sunset clause arrangements regarding Iranian nuclear energy, ballistic missile development, and especially the challenges posed by Iran regionally – all will now have to be addressed in an atmosphere of growing crisis.
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    That atmosphere will only be heightened now the nuclear issue is presumably back on the table, while tensions are escalating on Israel’s northern border, and the value of American international commitments have been significantly devalued. 
    Without batting an eye-lid, President Trump has effectively just called his European allies (as well as the Chinese and Russians) a bunch of morons for negotiating what he described as a “horrible,” "one-sided," “decayed,” "rotting" and “defective” deal.
    Despite his recent protestations that a shortcoming of the nuclear deal was its failure to address Iran’s regional ambitions, Netanyahu was among those who pushed hardest to keep the nuclear and regional files separate in any P5+1 dealings with Iran. He has now helped bring those two together.
    After Trump’s withdrawal decision there might be an attempt to create a semblance of continuity – Europeans and Iranians might explore avenues for retaining the deal which was, after all, blessed by the UN, and they could attempt to address the additional concerns raised by the U.S. But the odds are heavily stacked against that succeeding, if it is even attempted. 

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on Iran’s nuclear program, in Tel Aviv, April 30, 2018.JACK GUEZ/AFP
    Europe cannot salvage the deal without the U.S. Thus far, Iran has implemented its side of the bargain without the reciprocal economic easing really materializing – that is primarily because European banks and companies feared being frozen out by U.S. financial institutions. Now what was speculation and risk management from European business has become fact, even fewer in the European private sector will risk extensive business dealings with Iran.

    A strong economic stand by Europe against U.S. direct and secondary sanctions, possibly even at the WTO, might make a difference. There are few signs that Europe is preparing such a response. 
    On the Iranian side the smart money will be on this strengthening those who cautioned against any expectations from the West in general, and the U.S. in particular, to honor agreements. 
    To try and claim, as the White House has done recently, that this exit could be a prelude to a better deal is to stretch incredulity to breaking point.
    The logic of Trump’s announcement is that he and his team expect one of three scenarios to play out - regime change in Iran, capitulation by Iran or confrontation with Iran.
    The music suggests that that the U.S. is betting on scenarios one or two. Neither option has much going for it other than wishful thinking. American-driven attempts at regime change have a very poor record indeed in the Middle East, and anyone who thinks that Iran will agree to terms dictated by Washington, Riyadh and Jerusalem has not been paying attention.
    All of which points in the direction of an increasing likelihood of the gloves coming off and of direct confrontation between some combination of the key protagonists (the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia on one side, Iran, Hezbollah and allied militias, including in Iraq, on the other.)

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  • This American Is A General For A Foreign Army Accused Of War Crimes In Yemen

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/aramroston/stephen-toumajan-general-us-uae-yemen-contractor

    Stephen Toumajan spent most of his professional life as an officer in the US Army — but these days the country he serves is not the US but the United Arab Emirates. He is a major general for the Emirati military, according to his own statements and a UAE government website.

    He commands the UAE’s military helicopter branch at a time when that country’s forces are fighting one of the world’s deadliest conflicts: the brutal war in Yemen, which has left over a million people with cholera, 8 million people at risk of starvation, and 5,000 children dead or wounded. The UAE and its partners in the war have been accused of atrocities. Toumajan says he is not involved in that war.

    To be a UAE general is a step up for Toumajan, who left the US Army as a lieutenant colonel and once had a side gig running a women’s bust–enhancement business in Tennessee called Breast Wishes.

    More importantly, it represents a marked escalation of the role US private military contractors play in foreign conflicts. While military contractors have become deeply entwined in warfare all over the world, they traditionally have stuck to strict limits: advising, training, and supplying foreign armies — but not actually serving in them. It’s the distinction between being a contractor and a mercenary. Toumajan’s role blurs that distinction.

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  • Hamas in message to Israel: Willing to negotiate long-term truce -

    According to intelligence assessments, the organization is still in dire distress and is currently more open to discussing options it rejected in the past

    Amos Harel May 07, 2018

    Israel News - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-hamas-in-message-to-israel-willing-to-negotiate-long-term-truce-1.

    Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip have recently conveyed messages to Israel indicating their willingness to negotiate a long term cease-fire in the enclave. These messages were passed through different channels on several occasions over the last few months. Hamas wants to tie the cease-fire with an easing of the siege on Gaza, permission to embark on large-scale infrastructure projects and a prisoner and body exchange deal.
    As far as is known, Israel has not responded clearly to the messages.
    Reports presented to senior defense establishment officials and the political echelons say that tensions in Gaza will remain high even after the massive Nakba Day demonstration Hamas has planned for May 15, when Palestinians mark the expulsion of Arabs from their homes during the 1947-49 Israeli War of Independence. According to intelligence assessments, Hamas is still in dire and unprecedented strategic distress and is currently more open to discussing options it rejected in the past.
    The Hamas leadership is engaged in a lively debate regarding the negotiation of a cease-fire and the exchange of prisoners and bodies. The daily Israel Hayom reported two weeks ago that Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’ leader in Gaza, is in favor, while the overall Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh is opposed. The paper claimed that Sinwar accused Haniyeh of yielding to Iranian pressure in forming his positions.
    At the same time, reconciliation efforts between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are still on hold after the assassination attempt on the PA’s Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah during his visit to Gaza in March. The PA blamed Hamas for detonating explosives close to Hamdallah’s convoy while Hamas blamed internal rivalry within the PA and attributed the attempt to the head of the General Intelligence Service in Ramallah, Majid Faraj, who was also in the convoy.

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  • Winner of prestigious Israeli award to donate prize money to human rights organizations

    Feminist and scientist Evelyn Fox Keller, a former professor at MIT, will give her Dan David Prize money to anti-occupation organization B’Tselem, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and Physicians for Human Rights

    Haaretz.com | Amira Hass May 07, 2018 8:11 AM
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-winner-of-dan-david-prize-to-donate-proceeds-to-fight-occupation-1
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    One of the winners of this year’s Dan David Prize plans to give the prize money to three Israeli human rights organizations.

    Prof. Evelyn Fox Keller, one of nine people who received the award at Tel Aviv University Sunday night, will give the money to B’Tselem, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and Physicians for Human Rights.

    The scientist and feminist thinker told Haaretz that the moment she found out she had won the prize, she decided she could accept it only if she gave the money to organizations combating Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

    In a written statement to Haaretz on Sunday, the 82-year-old, who last taught at MIT wrote, “I am deeply grateful to the Dan David Foundation both for the honor conferred by the prize, and for the opportunity it provides me to support those elements of Israeli society committed to peaceful coexistence and to the protection of human rights for all.”

    Asked why she didn’t just refuse the prize, since it is granted by an Israeli university which is part of the system and doesn’t criticize it, she replied, “I didn’t see it that way. I am accepting the prize in support of people who resist the system. I didn’t see what would be served by turning it down. As a political statement, it is stronger if I take the prize and give it away.”

    The interview with Fox Keller took place last Thursday, less than 24 hours after she landed in Israel. She said she decided to announce her plans for the prize money through this interview rather than during the ceremony because “I didn’t want it to be a ‘fuck you’ statement. I don’t want to be the focus of the night.”

    On Saturday, she revealed her plans to her two co-winners in the “Past – History of Science” category, Prof. Lorraine Daston of Berlin’s Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and Prof. Simon Schaffer of Cambridge University. The other six winners were in the categories of “Present – Bioethics” and “Future – Personalized Medicine.” The $3 million purse will be evenly divided among the nine of them.

    The prize, named for the international entrepreneur and philanthropist who established it, is granted annually “for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world,” according to its website. Fox Keller won for “pioneering work on language, gender, and science” which “has been hugely influential on shaping our views of the history of science.” Her research specialties are theoretical physics, mathematical biology, feminist thought and history of science.

    The website’s reference to her “pioneering work” refers to her discovery of the degree to which modern scientific thought and its depiction of natural phenomena were shaped by patriarchal ideology and language. For instance, biologists searched for a “master” molecule – a dominant molecule that would operate an entire system – rather than recognizing the cooperation and self-organization of the various component parts.

    Christina Agapakis, a biologist and founding editor of “Method Quarterly,” wrote in her introduction to an interview with Fox Keller in 2014, “Throughout her career she has pushed the boundaries of science, confidently crossing the borders that separate disciplines and breaking down the barriers keeping women out of the highest reaches of scientific achievement.”

    Asked whether she thought Israeli universities should speak out against infringements on Palestinians’ academic freedom — such as Israel’s refusal to let students from the Gaza Strip study in the West Bank and obstacles it places before foreign academics and students who wish to teach or study in the occupied territories — Fox Keller responded, “Of course I think they should, but they don’t. And they don’t want to and don’t have a voice.”

    It’s not just Tel Aviv University that “doesn’t have a will,” she added. “None of the universities in Israel have a will.”

    Her last visit here was 10 years ago, when she was hosted by the Weizmann Institute of Science. She said she was shocked by the changes in her friends, who used to consider themselves liberals and socialists, yet had no idea what was happening in the Palestinian territories under Israeli rule.

    “The biggest change is probably the children, the effect the army had,” she said.

    “I said [then that] Israel makes me ashamed of being a Jew,” she added. “Yes, I feel the same today.”

    Asked why she should feel that way, since she’s an American Jew rather than an Israeli, she replied, “It was just a gut response. I cannot defend it ... [except to say that] my political commitments are whatever remains of my Jewish leftist heritage.”

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  • Israeli Operatives Who Aided Harvey Weinstein Collected Information on Former Obama Administration Officials

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/israeli-operatives-that-aided-harvey-weinstein-collected-information-on-former-obama-administration-officials/amp?__twitter_impression=true

    In June, 2017, Ann Norris, a former State Department official, received an e-mail containing an unusual proposal. Norris is married to Ben Rhodes, a former foreign-policy adviser to President Barack Obama and a prominent advocate of the Iran nuclear deal. In the e-mail, a woman who introduced herself as Eva Novak and claimed to work for a London-based film company called Shell Productions asked Norris to consult on a movie that she described as “ ‘All the President’s Men’ meets ‘The West Wing’ ”: it would follow the personal lives of “government officials in the positions that determine war and Peace” during times of geopolitical crisis, including “nuclear negotiations with a hostile nation.” Recalling the exchange, Ann Norris said that she found Eva Novak’s request “bizarre,” and that she “never responded.”

    The e-mail appears to be part of an undercover campaign by an Israeli private-intelligence firm to discredit Obama officials who had been leading proponents of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The campaign was first reported, on Saturday, by the British newspaper the Observer. However, sources familiar with the effort and pages of documents obtained by The New Yorker reveal that there is more to understand. Two of those sources told me on Sunday that the operation was carried out by Black Cube—a firm that was also employed by Harvey Weinstein and that offers its clients access to operatives from “Israel’s élite military and governmental intelligence units,” including the Mossad.

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  • Israel braces for Iran missile attack from Syria over last month’s deadly strike

    Israeli officials believe Iran is determined to retaliate for the April 9 airstrike on Syria’s T4 airbase, which killed seven Iranian military advisers and members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards

    Amos Harel May 06, 2018
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-braces-for-iran-missile-attack-from-syria-over-t4-airstrike

    Israeli defense officials are bracing for the possibility of an Iranian revenge attack from Syria in the near future, in the form of rocket and missile launches at northern Israel.
    Officials believe Iran is determined to retaliate for the April 9 airstrike on Syria’s T4 airbase, which killed seven Iranian military advisers and members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Iran blames Israel for this attack.
    >> Iran’s proxy wars: The four battlegrounds Iran uses to threaten Israel and the Middle East | Analysis: Despite Iran’s threats, Israeli army pushes aggressive line against Tehran in Syria >>
    Israel has detected unusual involvement by Hezbollah in Iran’s preparations for retaliation, even though the organization has been trying to keep its activity low-profile so as not to affect its position within Lebanon. Aside from Hezbollah commanders, operatives from the Shi’ite militias that Iran funds in Syria have also been active in the preparations.
    The operational planning, however, is being done by members of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds force.

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  • Dear occupiers, sorry if we hurt your feelings - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz.com
    Not one Israeli statesman today intends to apologize for the Nakba – not for the ethnic cleansing, nor for the exiling. But Abbas had no choice but to apologize for his Holocaust remark

    Gideon Levy May 06, 2018

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-dear-occupiers-sorry-if-we-hurt-your-feelings-1.6055095

    It’s hard to imagine a more unfounded, bizarre and insane scenario than this: The leader of the Palestinian people is forced to apologize to the Jewish people. The one who was robbed apologizes to the robbers, the victim apologizes to the rapist, the dead to the killer.
    After all, the occupiers are so sensitive – and their feelings, and only theirs, must be taken into account. A nation that hasn’t stopped occupying, destroying and killing, and has never considered apologizing for anything – anything – gets its victims to apologize for one measly sentence by their leader. The rest is known: “apology not accepted.” What did you think would happen? That it would be “accepted”?
    You don’t have to be an admirer of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to understand the depths of the absurd. You don’t have to be an Israel hater to understand the extent of the chutzpah.
    Israel holds a magic card, the lottery of the century: the horror of anti-Semitism. The value of this card is on a dizzying rise, especially now as the Holocaust recedes and anti-Semitism is being replaced in many countries by criticism of Israel. Playing this lucky card covers everything. Its holders not only can do anything they please, they can be insulted and put on the squeeze.
    The world became agitated over Abbas like it never was over any Israeli incitement – the chorus of the European Union, the UN envoy and of course, the ambassador of the settlers, David Friedman, who never denounces Israel for anything, only the Palestinians. Even The New York Times took on an amazingly sharp tone: “Let Abbas’ vile words be his last as Palestinian leader.”
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    It’s hard to imagine that the newspaper the Jewish right has marked as an Israel hater, baselessly of course, would use similar language against an Israeli prime minister; the one responsible, for example, for the massacre of unarmed protesters.

    There’s a double standard in Israel as well: It will never attack the anti-Semitic right in Europe as it attacks Abbas, who is certainly much less anti-Semitic, if at all, than Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache or Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
    Abbas said something that should not have been said. A day later he apologized. He regretted and retracted what he said, condemned the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, and reaffirmed his commitment to the two-state solution. It wouldn’t have taken much more for him to bend his knee to Israel’s hobnail boots and ask forgiveness for continuing to live under them.
    But Israel won’t let any apology stop its nefarious gloating. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was quick to damn the other side, as usual: “despicable Holocaust denier apology not accepted.”

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  • Les Cafés Géo » L’épopée du #Canal_de_Suez, des pharaons au XXIe siècle

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    Voilà bien une exposition idéale pour réconcilier histoire et géographie, si c’est nécessaire.

    Elle a plusieurs mérites. Elle présente d’abord la cérémonie de l’inauguration elle-même avec son faste étonnant, ses invités au premier rang desquels l’impératrice Eugénie, dont le Yacht impérial l’Aigle est placé en tête de la flottille officielle, puis François-Joseph de Habsbourg qui a déjà commencé son long règne. Des portraits et photos nous permettent d’admirer les épaules d’Eugénie, puis les moustaches et favoris de l’empereur d’Autriche-Hongrie. Les visiteurs furent sensibles nous dit-on au contraste entre ce faste et la misère populaire alentour. Un bal fut organisé pour 5 000 personnes, où figurait peut-être Paul Vidal de La Blache. Ce dernier en effet était alors membre de l’Ecole Française d’Athènes où il se préparait à une carrière d’archéologue et épigraphiste ; il vint assister à l’inauguration. Peut-être cet épisode de sa vie ne fut-il pas étranger à son choix de devenir géographe

    #grands_travaux #verrous_maritimes #transports_maritimes

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  • Despite Iran’s threats, Israeli army pushes aggressive line against Tehran in Syria

    IDF believes Iran won’t strike back before Trump’s deadline on nuclear deal, elections in Lebanon

    Amos Harel May 04, 2018
    Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-israeli-army-chief-eisenkot-stay-forceful-in-syria-despite-iran-1.

    Both the government and the military are sticking to an aggressive policy on Iran, arguing that Israel must continue to act in any way possible to stop Iran’s military consolidation in Syria.
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    Even after the two latest airstrikes attributed to Israel in Syria, on April 9 and April 29, and despite Iran’s threats of revenge, there has been no sign of any change in Israeli policy.
    The person spearheading this activist policy in the north is Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, whose position is backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Reportedly, no cabinet minister has voiced opposition to the IDF’s stance, despite the risks it entails.
    According to the defense establishment’s analysis, Iran continues to send advanced weapons systems to Syria. But these arms are no longer necessarily slated to be passed on to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Instead, they are being used to bolster Iran’s military deployment in Syria, and may even be meant to prepare an Iranian military response against Israel.

    For now, however, Tehran seems to be debating over the nature of its promised retaliation against Israel, and even more, over its timing.
    One theory being advanced is that Tehran may be reluctant to respond prior to Lebanon’s parliamentary elections this coming Sunday and U.S. President Donald Trump’s expected announcement on May 12 as to whether his country is quitting the nuclear agreement with Iran. Israel’s announcement of the theft of Iran’s nuclear archive by Mossad agents is likely to increase Iranian leaders’ embarrassment.

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  • Un pavillon pour le cinéma palestinien pour la première fois à Cannes
    TSA | Par : AFP 04 Mai 2018 à

    https://www.tsa-algerie.com/un-pavillon-pour-le-cinema-palestinien-pour-la-premiere-fois-a-cannes

    Les Palestiniens auront pour la première fois un pavillon de représentation officielle au festival de Cannes, une chance de promotion pour le cinéma palestinien.

    Des films palestiniens ont déjà été présentés à plusieurs reprises à la grande messe du cinéma, qui débute le 8 mai, mais c’est la première fois que les cinéastes palestiniens disposeront d’un pavillon.

    “La Palestine a presque chaque année un film sélectionné à Cannes mais jusqu’à présent nous n’avions pas de représentation officielle”, a expliqué le cinéaste Mohanad Yaqoubi, un des co-fondateurs du Palestine Film Institute.

    “C’est très important d’avoir un organisme qui essaye de représenter (le cinéma palestinien) et d’établir des contacts”, a-t-il ajouté, s’exprimant en anglais.

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  •  » Pourquoi je participe à la grande marche du retour à Gaza « |Agence Media Palestine
    Fadi Abu Shammalah, 27 avril 2018
    http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2018/05/01/pourquoi-je-participe-a-la-grande-marche-du-retour-a-gaza
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    (...) Les habitants de Gaza ont subi une tragédie après l’autre : des vagues de déplacements massifs, la vie dans des camps de réfugiés sordides, une économie piratée, un accès restreint aux zones de pêche, un siège asphyxiant et trois guerres au cours de ces neuf dernières années. Israël a imaginé qu’une fois la génération qui a connu la Nakba disparue, les jeunes renonceraient à notre rêve de retour. Je crois que c’est en partie pour cela qu’Israël maintient Gaza au bord de la catastrophe humanitaire – nos vies réduites à une lutte quotidienne pour la nourriture, l’eau, les médicaments et l’électricité, nous ne serions plus en état de nous soucier de plus nobles aspirations. La Marche prouve que ma génération n’a pas l’intention d’abandonner les rêves de son peuple.

    La Grande Marche du retour a galvanisé mon optimisme, mais je reste réaliste. La Marche, seule, ne mettra pas fin au siège et à l’occupation, ne résorbera pas l’énorme déséquilibre des forces entre Israël et les Palestiniens ni ne réparera les torts historiques. L’engagement se poursuit jusqu’à ce que tous les êtres humains dans la région puissent partager les mêmes droits. Mais je ne pouvais pas être plus impressionné par mon peuple ou être fier de lui – nous voir unis sous un même drapeau, avec une approbation quasi unanime des moyens pacifiques pour réclamer nos droits et affirmer notre humanité.

    Tous les vendredis, jusqu’au 15 mai, je continuerai à aller aux campements pour envoyer un message à la communauté internationale décrivant les conditions désastreuses dans lesquelles je suis obligé d’élever mes fils. J’irai, jusqu’à ce que je puisse apercevoir nos terres – nos arbres – de l’autre côté de la frontière militaire alors que les soldats israéliens me surveillent derrière leurs armes.

    Si Ali me demande pourquoi je retourne à la Grande Marche du Retour malgré le danger, je lui dirai ceci : J’aime la vie. Mais plus que ça, je t’aime, toi, Karam et Adam. Si risquer ma vie signifie que toi et tes frères aurez une chance de grandir, d’avoir un avenir digne, de vivre en paix avec vos voisins, dans un pays libre, alors c’est un risque que je dois prendre.

    #Marcheduretour

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  • Army Green Berets Secretly Help Saudis Combat Threat From Yemen Rebels - The New York Times

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/us/politics/green-berets-saudi-yemen-border-houthi.html

    By Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt
    May 3, 2018
    WASHINGTON — For years, the American military has sought to distance itself from a brutal civil war in Yemen, where Saudi-led forces are battling rebels who pose no direct threat to the United States.

    But late last year, a team of about a dozen Green Berets arrived on Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen, in a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.

    With virtually no public discussion or debate, the Army commandos are helping locate and destroy caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites that Houthi rebels in Yemen are using to attack Riyadh and other Saudi cities.

    Details of the Green Beret operation, which has not been previously disclosed, were provided to The New York Times by United States officials and European diplomats.
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    They appear to contradict Pentagon statements that American military assistance to the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen is limited to aircraft refueling, logistics and general intelligence sharing.

    There is no indication that the American commandos have crossed into Yemen as part of the secretive mission.

    But sending American ground forces to the border is a marked escalation of Western assistance to target Houthi fighters who are deep in Yemen.

    Beyond its years as a base for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen has been convulsed by civil strife since 2014, when the Shiite Muslim rebels from the country’s north stormed the capital, Sana. The Houthis, who are aligned with Iran, ousted the government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the Americans’ main counterterrorism partner in Yemen.

    In 2015, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia began bombing the Houthis, who have responded by firing missiles into the kingdom. Yet there is no evidence that the Houthis directly threaten the United States; they are an unsophisticated militant group with no operations outside Yemen and have not been classified by the American government as a terrorist group.

    The Green Berets, the Army’s Special Forces, deployed to the border in December, weeks after a ballistic missile fired from Yemen sailed close to Riyadh, the Saudi capital. The Saudi military intercepted the missile over the city’s international airport, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman renewed a longstanding request that the United States send troops to help the kingdom combat the Houthi threat.

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  • La prestation de Netanyahu prouve seulement pourquoi l’accord nucléaire iranien doit rester en place.
    Patrick Cockburn – 02 mai 2018 – Counterpunch.org – Traduction : Chronique de Palestine – MJB
    http://www.chroniquepalestine.com/la-prestation-de-netanyahu-prouve-seulement-pourquoi-laccord-nuc

    Patrick Cockburn – La mine de documents iraniens sur le programme nucléaire de l’Iran présentés par le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu comme preuve de la duplicité de Téhéran ne contiennent rien de substantiel qui n’ait été connu auparavant.

    Bien que la divulgation ait été faite pour justifier le torpillage de l’accord sur le nucléaire iranien par le président Donald Trump le 12 mai prochain, M. Netanyahu n’a pu trouver aucune preuve que l’Iran ait violé l’accord signé en 2015. (...)

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