Over 1,180 Palestinians displaced and affected by Israeli demolitions in the West Bank so far in 2011

Total displaced and affected WB EJ to May 20111
The number of people displaced and affected by demolitions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the start of 2011. Displaced means people whose homes have been demolished. Affected is when a demolition has had an impact in other ways such as on people’s livelihoods or on basic services and utilities. (Source: UNRWA)

UNRWA: Demolition watch
The Israeli practice of demolishing homes, basic infrastructure and sources of livelihoods continues to devastate Palestinian families and communities in East Jerusalem and the 60 per cent of the West Bank controlled by Israel, known as Area C.  Demolition = Dispossession: Many of the people affected already live in poverty, and demolitions are a leading cause of their ongoing displacement and dispossession in the West Bank. The impact of home demolitions on children can be particularly devastating. Many children affected by demolitions show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Their academic achievement often suffers … The stats:The table and graph above shows the number of people displaced and affected by demolitions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the start of 2011.

Bedouin children hope their West Bank school will be spared Israel’s bulldozers / Harriet Sherwood
Guardian 12 June — Each morning, they scrabble through a drainage pipe under a busy main road slicing through the unforgiving landscape between Jerusalem and Jericho, where hard-baked stony hills roll down to the Dead Sea. At the end of the school day, they clamber back down to the drainage pipe to pass beneath the thundering traffic on their way home. But, after today, the last school day in the academic year, the pupils of Khan al-Ahmar primary in the West Bank cannot be certain their school will still be standing come September. Head teacher Hanan Awad fears that if the building is left empty, bulldozers will rumble up the hill from the main road to tear down the illegal two-year-old structure built out of old car tyres and mud. So she and her team of nine women teachers are planning a programme of children’s summer activities to keep the building occupied.

And more from Today in Palestine:

Absent military escort endangers Palestinian children of Tuba and Maghayir Al-Abeed
Operation Dove 11 June — At-Tuwani – On the morning of Saturday June 11th, the military escort which accompanies the Palestinian schoolchildren of the village of Tuba and Maghayir Al-Abeed to their school in At-Tuwani did not arrive. The children had to walk to school alone, thereby risking attack by settlers from the Ma’on settlement and the Havat Ma’on outpost. Usually there is no school on Saturday, but today was the last day of final exams, therefore the schoolchildren of Tuba and Maghayir Al-Abeed had a normal school day, which was known by the military escortFor further information about the trend of the military escort during the school year 2009/2010, the report “The Dangerous Road to Education. Palestinian Students Suffer Under Settler Violence and Military Negligence” is available at the URL: http://goo.gl/CXfi9
http://www.operationdove.org/?p=553&utm_source=OperativeDove&utm_medium=OD

Poll: Most Israelis don’t know Jordan Valley is occupied / Dimi Reider
972mag 12 June –  A poll conducted by our esteemed Dahlia Scheindlin (for ACRI’s Action a Day campaign) indicates a sweeping majority of Israelis – 63.5%, to be exact – think the Jordan valley is part of Israel; in other words, not part of the West Bank; or, in plain words, don’t understand why or how Israeli presence there is being called into question. The special status of the valley in the Israeli collective consciousness is nothing new. Partly thanks to a highly successful campaign of displacement, Palestinian residents of this occupied territory — as occupied as Jenin or East Jerusalem — are rarely heard about in the Israeli media, and Palestinian political violence of the kind that makes Israelis notice Palestinians has been negligible in the valley through both Intifadas. The Palestinians of the valley are so invisible to most Israelis that the poll indicates 34.5% thought Israelis formed an overwhelming majority in the valley, while in fact it’s the other way around, with Palestinians outnumbering Israelis 6 to 1.
http://972mag.com/polljordanvalley/

Israel to demolish three buildings in illegal Migron outpost
Haaretz 12 June — State Attorney’s Office informs High Court that Ministry of Defense ‘will not put up with construction of new buildings in the outpost,’ and will be demolished within 45 days … The outpost was erected on private Palestinian land. In 2006, the Peace Now movement filed a petition on behalf of the land owners, demanding the outpost be evacuated and the land returned to its owners. After lengthy proceedings, the state reached a compromise with the Yesha Council, permitting it to build a neighborhood for the Migron residents in the Geva Binyamin settlement. The compromise was rejected by the residents … Barak’s order reflects a current trend in the Palestinian territories, whereby the Civil Administration demolishes buildings in outposts that are not backed by the Yesha Council [price-tag attack on some village to follow, no doubt]
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israel-to-demolish-three-buildings-in-illegal-migron-outpost-1.367223

Settler ‘price tag’ pogroms against Palestinians go under the radar / Yossi Gurvitz
972mag 11 June — With violence against Palestinians becoming commonplace and essentially condoned, it begins vanishing from the media and becomes a non-issue — When a post mortem on Israeli democracy takes place, there’s a good chance that the “Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi” will be considered akin to Radio Rwanda, which encouraged and led the murderers to the victims during that country’s genocide … Ha’Kol Hayehudi reports steadily and enthusiastically about the pogroms carried out by settlers, under the code name of ‘price tag’ — referring to acts carried out against Palestinian in revenge of government actions harming the settler enterprise.
http://972mag.com/%E2%80%9Ctag-price%E2%80%9D-pogroms-go-under-the-radar/

From: Interior Ministry Re: Ruth the Moabite
978mag 12 June — Last week, Israel celebrated Shavuot, the holiday on which we read the Book of Ruth. The following is a take on how correspondence between Anat Hoffman of the Israel Religious Action Center and the Ministry of Interior would look like if the Biblical Ruth, the great-grandmother of King David and Judaism’s first convert, were to be seeking legal status in Israel today. Chag sameach! [Happy Holiday!]
http://972mag.com/caseofruth/

Israeli army, police

OCHA report: IOF injured 88 Palestinians June 1-7
RAMALLAH (PIC) 11 June — A report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territories says that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) injured 88 Palestinians during the first week of June 2011 most of them Naksa Day protesters. The alarmingly high number brings the count to 787 injuries this year, the OCHA report says, a 17 percent increase from the equivalent period in 2010. The majority of this week’s injuries (76) took place during June 5 protests at the Qalandiya checkpoint in East Jerusalem as the IOF fired gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets at protesters.
The official report also marks an increase in violence by Jewish settlers that week, with 15 attacks that caused six injuries on Palestinians and the torching of a mosque in Al-Mughayyir village near Ramallah.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc

Israel kills Palestinian at Golan border
PressTV 12 June — Israeli military forces have opened fire on a group of Palestinian refugees in Syria’s Golan Heights, killing at least one and injuring five others, a Syrian state TV report says. According to the report, a number of Palestinian youth were targeted by Israeli forces after they approached the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights border line.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/184302.html

Bil‘in residents say regular incursions are intimidation tactic
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 12 June — The day after anti-wall protests in Bil‘in, Israeli forces enter the village causing anger amongst residents, leading to the throwing of rocks and glass bottles at patrol cars. The coordinator of the local popular committee against the wall, Ratib Abu Rahma, told Ma‘an that several military vehicles and infantrymen entered the village and started firing live ammunition, tear gas, and stun grenades at the young men. Abu Rahma condemned what he called a “provocation,” saying there was no reason for the troops to be in the village, and accusing the soldiers of attempting to intimidate villagers and keep them away from the weekly demonstrations against the wall.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=395817

Cop guilty of sex crime against Palestinian
Ynet 12 June — Within the framework of a plea bargain, the Kfar Saba Magistrates Court convicted Khader Eldin, a police officer from the Druze town of Daliat el-Carmel, of committing indecent acts against a Palestinian woman who requested an Israeli ID in order to be united with her husband. [and would he have been indicted if he'd been Jewish instead of Druze?]
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4081093,00.html

Detention

Israel army detains 3 Palestinians in southern West Bank
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 12 June — Israeli armed forces detained two Palestinians from Bethlehem Sunday morning and officially summoned a third to the intelligence office for interrogation. According to witnesses, seven military jeeps invaded Al-Khas village east of Bethlehem and detained 21-year-old Ahmad Naji Salman after ransacking his home.
In a separate incident, Israeli forces also raided the As-Saff neighborhood of Bethlehem and detained 23-year-old Tamer Mahmoud Hamoud.
In Hebron, Israeli forces detained 22-year-old Saddam Abdul-Aziz from Beit Ummar in the north.
Israeli troops also stormed Al-Azza refugee camp near Bethlehem and delivered a warrant to a young man asking him to appear before the Etzion intelligence office.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=395975

Palestinian woman detained at Jenin checkpoint
JENIN (Ma‘an) 12 June — Israeli forces on Sunday detained a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint near Jenin in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said. Kifah Imad Zeid, a university student, was trying to cross Umm Ar-Rayhan checkpoint into Israel with her father. Soldiers detained her and said the ID card and entry permit she presented did not belong to her, security officials told Ma‘an.
Meanwhile, three Israeli military jeeps stormed Zububa village in the northern West Bank, witnesses said. No injuries or detentions were reported.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=395823

Activism / Solidarity

Video: Nabi Saleh attempts to peacefully protest for its water rights and against the occupation / Jenny Levin
My first taste of ‘fire’ today, 10 June 2011, in solidarity with the pastoral Palestinian village of Nebi Saleh. Like everyone else, first-timers and seasoned demonstrators, I was shocked at the violence used by the soldiers against non-violent protesters – men, women and children, Palestinians, Israelis, and foreigners alike! I can confirm that there was absolutely no provocation on the part of the demonstrators. We’d hardly taken our first steps through this sleepy village when tear gas canisters started falling all around us, the air became filled with the acrid smoke, and our eyes, mouths and skin took the impact of the tear gas. Is this not chemical warfare? Personally, I can’t think of any other description that fits.
http://mondoweiss.net/2011/06/nabi-saleh-attempts-to-peacefully-protests-for-its-water-rights-and-against-the-occupation.html

Fear and tear gas in Nabi Saleh: a coward’s story / Shoshana London Sappir
11 June — Today I had a small taste of confronting the Israeli occupation from the Palestinian side, and I confess that even my brief exposure was traumatic. Heeding the invitation of my friend Gershon Baskin for Israelis to join him at the weekly non-violent protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, in the hope of mitigating the brutal force the Israeli army exerts against the protesters, I set out early Friday morning with most of the things on the list Gershon sent me — food, water, sunscreen, a towel against tear gas – in my backpack, and a sense of foreboding in my heart … Gershon told us that at first a lot of Israelis had signed up for this action, but as the week went on they started cancelling out of fear. He said he didn’t blame them.
http://www.didyoulearnanything.net/2011/06/11/fear-and-tear-gas-in-nabi-saleh-a-coward%E2%80%99s-story/

Flash mob – We will boycott Israel – Brisbane Australia 3 June 2011
Brisbane BDS Campaign activists surprise shoppers by performing “we will boycott Israel” to the tune of a popular music anthem in the Myer centre food court below the Seacret Dead Sea Cosmetics stall.[no dancing in this one - clapping while seated]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLVE9Vu1w1k&feature=player_embedded

Gaza

Forced to fish in swimming waters
[with photos] GAZA CITY (IPS) 12 June – In Gaza’s main port, beyond the newly-built memorial to the Freedom Flotilla martyrs, Gaza’s fishermen prepare to go out trawling at shallow depths in Palestinian waters. Other fishers stay on land to mend nets and fix boats damaged or destroyed by Israeli navy gunfire, shelling, water cannoning and even ramming. Such moves as the opening of Rafah have done nothing for Gaza’s fishermen. [at the end of the story, 5 links to other articles, with photos, about the plight of Gaza fishermen]
http://ingaza.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/forced-to-fish-in-swimming-waters/

Despite paralysis, he works in wheelchair to support his poor family
Gaza (Alresalah.ps) 9 June — When ”hope of [for?] pain”‘ team visited Abo Alabed , a 50-year-old paralyzed man, received us with big smile, which reflected his happiness and hope of help by our visit that he still believes in.  In spite of being disabled, Abo Alabed gets out every day in the early morning on his wheelchair, moving  between markets and alleys to sell local newspapers. He has no work except this to feed his 11-member poor family. Abo Alabed, who got wounded  in 2006 in Israeli shelling that targeted civilians including him, has been working in selling newspapers since 18 years, whereas he gets 30 shekels (some 8 dollars) every week which does not meet the minimum limit of his family’s basic life needs. [contains interview video (in Arabic) which shows his home]
http://www.alresalah.ps/eng/?action=showdetail&seid=385

Israel to allow limited goods into Gaza
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 12 June — Israeli authorities will allow limited deliveries of goods and humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian officials said. Liaison officer Raed Fattouh told Ma‘an that Israeli officials decided to allow 230 truckloads of supplies to enter Gaza through the southernmost Kerem Shalom crossing.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=395825

Suppression of dissent

Israeli rights groups that cooperated with Goldstone may no longer get National Service volunteers
Haaretz 12 June — Association for Civil Rights, Amnesty, Public Committee Against Torture and Physicians for Human Rights could lose eligibility under new proposed criteria … Behind the initiative is MK Israel Hasson (Kadima) … Hasson accused the organizations of slandering the IDF and its officers … The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) was not surprised by the new initiative. According to Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director, “Hasson’s initiative joins in with Yisrael Beitenu’s Parliamentary Inquiry Committees and other recent legislative initiatives, in a similar spirit. Several MKs have chosen the persecution of human rights NGOs as a goal — just because these organizations fulfill their societal roles — to criticize government policy when it harms human rights.”
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israeli-rights-groups-that-cooperated-with-goldstone-may-no-longer-get-national-service-volunteers-1.367163

Volunteers protest National Service bill
Ynet 12 June –  Israeli organizations which contributed to the Goldstone Report criticized a proposal by MK Israel Hasson (Kadima) to revoke their right to use National Service volunteers on Sunday. Some claimed a deliberate witch hunt is being held against them. “I feel persecuted,” says Dr. Yishai Menuchin, director of the Public Committee Against Torture. “The rightist MKs continue to persecute human rights groups. They want to prevent us from being heard.”
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4081029,00.html

Political / Diplomatic / International news

Fatah wants Fayyad to stay Palestinian PM
RAMALLAH (AFP) 12 June — Fatah will seek to keep on prime minister Salam Fayyad to head a Palestinian unity government, an official said on Sunday, in a nomination immediately rejected by Hamas. The central committee of Fatah, headed by president Mahmud Abbas, agreed at a Saturday night meeting to throw their support behind Fayyad, a committee member told AFP on condition of anonymity And on Sunday, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri downplayed the nomination, warning that his movement had made its opposition clear. “Hamas informed Fatah during the last meeting of its rejection of the choice of Salam Fayyad to head the new government,” Zuhri told AFP.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110612/wl_mideast_afp/palestinianspoliticsunityfatahha

Hamas: No role for Fayyad in unity govt
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 12 June …”Hamas will not agree on Salam Fayyad as a prime minister, or even a minister in the upcoming unity government,” Al-Bardawil said in a statement … “Hamas’ activists and leaders have had enough suffering, enough torture during the four years Fayyad served as prime minister. He is also responsible for accumulated debts the Palestinian people have.” He said the nomination of Fayyad crossed a “red line” and that his “presence provokes and hurts the Palestinians.” Fatah and Hamas are scheduled to meet in Cairo on Tuesday, as the two groups try to agree the make-up of a transitional government mandated by a unity deal they inked last month.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=395957

Palestinian Fatah movement removes once-powerful official, charging corruption
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) 12 June — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has booted a once-powerful official from his Fatah movement. Abbas announced Sunday that Fatah’s central committee has dismissed Mohammed Dahlan. The statement referred to “criminal, financial and other charges” made against Dahlan by an investigative committee. The move marks another stage in the fall of Dahlan, once the powerful security chief in Gaza, a Western darling and a potential successor to Abbas.Dahlan lost Gaza to Hamas forces in 2007  [if you've never seen Hamas's 2007 'Lion King' video starring Dahlan as the Chief Rat, see it here]
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/palestinian-fatah-movement-removes-once-powerful-official-charging-corruption/2011/06/12/AGXlk0RH_story.html

Erekat to diplomats: Peace talks, UN move not exclusive
JERICHO (Ma‘an) 12 June — In a series of meetings with UN, US and French officials, PLO leader Saeb Erekat stressed the centrality of the 1967 borders in both continued efforts toward peace talks and a simultaneous move to garner UN support. “Settlement construction must end and a two-state solution must be based on the 1967 borders,” Erekat insisted during meetings with UN Middle East envoy Robert Serry, US General Consul Daniel Rubenstein and French Consul General Frederic Desagneaux.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=396010

Palestinian PM supports Israel’s Stanley Fischer for IMF top job
Haaretz 12 June — Bank of Israel governor Stanley Fischer has a new and unexpected supporter in his bid to head the International Monetary Fund: the Palestinian prime minister. Salam Fayyad says Stanley Fischer would make a “great managing director” for the world financial body and is a “superb human being.”
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/palestinian-pm-supports-israel-s-stanley-fischer-for-imf-top-job-1.367308

European Jewish Congress lobbies against unilateral Palestinian state
JTA 12 June — The European Jewish Congress has contacted leaders on the continent in a bid to prevent recognition of a unilaterally declared Palestinian state in the United Nations. Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, wrote a letter to all European heads of state, foreign affairs ministers and EU leaders explaining the problems with recognizing a Palestinian state when the issue comes before the United Nations in September. 
http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/06/12/3088094/european-jewish-congress-lobbies-against-unilateral-palestinian-state

Egypt detains Israeli man on suspicion of spying
Reuters 12 June — State news agency reports that the man will be detained for 15 days on suspicion of trying to recruit Egyptian youth to act against the authorities … MENA said the man worked for Israel’s Mossad intelligence service.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/egypt-detains-israeli-man-on-suspicion-of-spying-1.367274

Shas members meet Palestinian officials
Ynet 11 June –  Minister of Religious Affairs Yakov Margi, of the Shas Party, took part in a two-day seminar recently attended by other party members and a number of former Palestinian officials. The seminar, which was organized by the Geneva Initiative, included a tour of the future separation fence near Jerusalem. “We didn’t change the world, but it is definitely important to talk,” said former Palestinian negotiator Sufian Abu Zaida.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4080668,00.html

Other news

US investing $9 million in Israeli alternative fuels start-up companies
Haaretz 12 June — A joint Israeli-American venture developing alternative fuels from cellulosic feedstocks has scored a $9 million investment by the U.S. Department of Energy … The investment by the Energy Department is part of the Obama administration’s plan to reduce America’s dependence on oil.
http://english.themarker.com/u-s-investing-9-million-in-israeli-alternative-fuels-start-up-companies-1.367171

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood attends Gaza funeral of Hamas leader
12 June — Representing the brotherhood were former legislator Hazem Faruq and a member of the group’s policy office, Sa’d Al-Huseini.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=396039

Red Crescent medics treat settler woman after crash
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 12 June — Medical staff with the Palestinian Red Crescent treated a settler woman Sunday afternoon when she was injured in a car accident near the Palestinian city of Bethlehem … After receiving primary care from Palestinian medics, who were called onto the scene by residents who witnessed the car crash, an Israeli medical team was called in to transfer her to hospital.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=396055

Analysis / Opinion

The quiet corner of the Mideast (Surprise)
WASHINGTON (NYTimes) 11 June — Helene Cooper — In the Arab democracy movement, there is a dog that has not yet barked. And whether or not it does — and how loudly — is causing a lot of heartburn among American policy makers. Egyptians, Tunisians, Libyans and Syrians gathered in their respective city squares and neighborhood streets to demand democratic rights, and the Western world cheered, if with varying degrees of diplomatic or military support. But by and large, so far, the Palestinians in the West Bank, who see Israel as the source of their grievances, have not. Yet. … “If you’re looking for a game-changer, that would be it,” says Robert Malley, the program director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group. “At a time when the entire world, including President Obama, is applauding nonviolent popular protests from Cairo to Tehran, it would put Israel in an acute dilemma about how to react if tens of thousands of Palestinians started organizing protests in the West Bank, or marching on Israeli settlements or on Jerusalem demanding an end to the Israeli military occupation.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/weekinreview/12palestinians.html?_r=1

Is the Palestinian Authority doing enough to stop honor killings? / Amira Hass
Haaretz 12 June — Mahmoud Abbas recently announced his intent to crack down on those who murder women to preserve ‘family honor.’ But women’s advocacy groups say the legal changes he proposes are too little and too lateWomen’s advocacy groups have found that men exploit the “family honor” clause in order to murder women in their families over disagreements involving inheritance or the desire of a woman to marry someone of her own free choice, as well as to conceal acts of rape or incest. The Israel Defense Forces, which in a series of military orders changed various articles in the Jordanian and Mandatory laws that were in force in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, left in place those laws that discriminate against women.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/is-the-palestinian-authority-doing-enough-to-stop-honor-killings-1.367175

US TV: CBS ’60 minutes’: Jerusalem, City of David
5 June — Lesley Stahl reports from under the city of Jerusalem from a controversial archaeological dig that has become a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Sam Bahour adds: If you are interested in knowing more about this settler organization, ELAD, see this excellent documentary: http://www.eastsidestory.ps/ ]
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7368462n%3Ftag%3Dfacebook

Film trailer: A Third Way – Settlers and Palestinians as Neighbors
10 June — A feature documentary in-progress: about courageous Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank, who decide, whatever the future holds, they need to get to know the strangers who live so close to them. Please support us finishing this film by contributing here: http://goo.gl/0qJcq
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  1. James says:

    and if their homes aren’t being demolished, their livelihoods are.. razing olive grooves, closely off access to their own water and on and on… get these zio freaks to comment on any of this, but nada a word from any of them on any of it……

  2. Avi says:

    Uri Avnery disappoints as he seems to be engaging in historical revisionism.

    In his recent article entitled: “Netanyahu: Stupid Like a Fox?”

    Avnery writes (Emphasis added):

    [One protester] was one of hundreds of refugees who held the demonstration on the Syrian side of the Golan border fence, to commemorate the Naqba—“Disaster”—the exodus of more than half the Palestinian people from the territory conquered by Israel in the war of 1948. Some of the protesters ran down to the fence, crossing a minefield. Luckily, none of the mines exploded—perhaps they were just too old.

    1. The dictionary defines “Exodus” as “Mass Departure”. And while the Nakbah did see more than 750,000 Palestinians forced out of their homes at the barrel of a Zionist gun, they did not willingly depart. That is an important point and I’m sure Avnery knows that.

    2. The “departure” — if Avnery insists on using such euphemisms — started well before the war of 1948. In fact, Illan Pappe and Simha Flapan cite the first forced expulsions and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to have occurred as early as five months prior to the war. Again, I’m fairly certain that Avnery is familiar with these details.

    So, I see no reason for him to smooth-over the ugly rough patches of an ethnic cleansing.

  3. patm says:

    Settler ‘price tag’ pogroms against Palestinians go under the radar / Yossi Gurvitz 972mag 11 June

    More news about those swell settlers we saw in the twins’ video:

    With violence against Palestinians becoming commonplace and essentially condoned, it begins vanishing from the media and becomes a non-issue

    When a post mortem on Israeli democracy takes place, there’s a good chance that the “Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi” will be considered akin to Radio Rwanda, which encouraged and led the murderers to the victims during that country’s genocide.

    The site (Hebrew), whose name means “The Jewish Voice,” is operated by the Yehudim Smechim (“Happy Jews”) Association (Hebrew), which is the active front of the students of the “Od Yoseph Khai” yeshiva in Yizhar. Led by Yizhak Ginzburg, this is in all likelihood the most extreme yeshiva around. It became famous, or rather infamous, when two of its rabbis wrote “Torat Ha’Melekh,” a treatise on the proper way – according to Jewish law – to kill gentiles. Even the Ministry of Education stopped funding it for a time after that.

    Ha’Kol Hayehudi reports steadily and enthusiastically about the pogroms carried out by settlers, under the code name of “price tag” – referring to acts carried out against Palestinian in revenge of government actions harming the settler enterprise. One wonders how involved is the site in those activities: When Itamar Sha’altiel and I tried to find out, two months ago, why price tag activities went drastically down for some two weeks, we found those weeks correlated with the yeshiva’s Passover vacation.

    Be that as it may, Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi enjoys excellent sources in the Jehovistic right. It reported on Thursday (Hebrew) about a pogrom which took place two months ago in Pisgat Ze’ev, a settlement close to Jerusalem: 40 Jewish young men organized themselves and went on a Palestinian hunt, claiming Palestinians were bothering Jewish women in the neighborhood. They managed to find four Palestinians next to the local mall, and after making sure the order of battle met KKK standards – which is to say ten attackers per victim – they began their attack. The police showed up, the Palestinians were taken to the hospital, suffering light wounds, and the pogromchiks fled. No arrests were reported. In fact, nothing whatsoever was reported.

    Three years ago, Israel was shaken to its core for about twenty minutes, after proud Jewish pogromchiks did precisely the same thing, at the same place, except the time was the eve of Holocaust Day. In both cases, the gangs were organized in closed forums – the police thought they were organized by text message last time; the report says a Facebook group was the communication channel this time around – and in both cases, the police failed to grab the list and identify the organizers.

    One wonders whether the source of Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi is Neryah Ophan, a former student at “Od Yoseph Khai,” who was scandalously ordered to stay away from Pisgat Ze’ev by an order of the Home Front Command. Ophan was suspected of organizing precisely such events. Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi used the pretext of the attack to reprint the call by Ginzburg and other extrme rabbis to support the pogromchiks, which was originally printed three years ago. Needless to say, none of the rabbis was either detained or interrogated; they are too powerful for the police to handle.

    The attack three years ago yielded 11 arrests and a hell of a lot of noise; the latest attack drew just silence. After a bombardment of rabbis’ and rabbis’ wives letters, after “price tags” became a commonplace occurrence in the West Bank, after we’ve seen some incidents in Israel proper, after 46 percent of the public said (Hebrew) they consider the attacks a justified response to the Itamar massacre – after all that, this time there were no detainees and no publicity. Had Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi refrained from mentioning it; the incident would have evaporated into thin air, like most incident it reports on.

    The vast majority of these cases do not end in death, and pogroms or just abuse of non-Jews which is non-lethal is becoming a non-issue. We’ve become used to it. Pogroms are a daily event – nothing to write home about, as long as they are kept within bounds. It’s background noise. A dog bites a man. Nothing to see here, move along.

    That’s what a low-level terror campaign looks like, when the government lends a quiet hand: Beginning with never-ending investigations; making it clear to hoodlums who hesitate to take part that they have nothing to fear; going along with the rabbis, who the police avoid, who provide the ideological framework for these crimes; and sealing the deal with the fact that those rabbis are government employees and their yeshivas are publicly funded. In fact, Israel, in fact, funds “price tag” activities.

    All they have to do now is convince the Israelis to go the extra step, and ignore not just assault, but murder as well. This will be done with the usual excuses – would you like an Arab to date your sister, do you know what the Arab would have done to you if he could – and then we’ll take the final slide into silent darkness. This will take some time: A majority of the population is not yet Jewish enough, is still inhibited.

    But we’re no longer in on a slippery slope, we’re in freefall.

  4. Kate says:

    Avi, I hesitate to put Avnery articles in at all now, since I know they will be controversial. He is, after all, a Zionist, as many people have pointed out. Dorothy Naor, among others, commented on his latest article ‘A brown-haired young man’:

    1. Uri Avnery’s article about refugees is an excellent analysis. I nevertheless feel a word or two needs to be said to clarify matters.

    Avnery remarks below that the 1967 line refers to agreements signed upon the conclusion of the 1948 war. More accurately, they were armistice lines signed with Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. These left the West Bank (including Jerusalem) under Jordanian rule, and Gaza under Egyptian governance. Palestinians were not part of the deal because they did not constitute a state. They thus ended up totally dispossessed. Yet despite their having lived some 400 years under Ottoman rule and some 20 under British mandate, Palestinians during these periods lived normal lives as farmers on their land and in their villages, as well as in the cities. Neither the Ottomans nor the Brits drove them off their land or out of their villages. Neither colonized Palestine. This does not mean that everything was perfect, particularly during the time of the British, but by and large, except for battles with Zionists, Palestinians did not suffer unduly until the Nakba, their dispersal, in 1948-9,

    By contrast, Israel demolished whole villages, stole lands, and colonized, and is continuing to do so in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Moreover, Gaza, which is an integral part of Palestine, has been cut off from the West Bank, and thus from historic Palestine. The present situation is that Israel controls the whole (it controls Gaza by siege). Any new agreement that Israeli leaders wish to make, therefore, will be first and foremost primarily with Palestinians.

    Even should deliberations end in 2 states, this does not guarantee that most refugees will, as Uri seems to think, agree to settling only in the West Bank and Gaza (assuming that there will be a Palestinian state). Does this mean that if Israel allows refugees to enter and resettle in Israel that it will be the end of the Jewish state? Perhaps. But it will not be the end of Jews living here in peace with Muslims, Christians, and others in a democratic secular state where all citizens will have equal rights.
    link to groups.google.com

  5. Kate says:

    patm, many thanks for your appreciation of Today in Palestine.

    However, I feel a little uncomfortable about being credited with the list because others have gone before me. Shadi Fadda of Lebanon started the list in late 2002, and continued compiling it daily until 2007. During this time I compiled it sporadically — only when he was taking exams or was otherwise unable to do it. In 2007 Seham took over the list and I soon started doing it on weekends only. Thus she did 5/7 of the work. When the ‘Arab Spring’ started this year, Seham switched to compiling a list for that, and I took over the Palestine list. Just wanted to set the record straight.

  6. RoHa says:

    Kate, have you or Seham seen this one?

    “Israel’s military officials announce that eight Israeli jetfighter engines have been stolen from Tel Nof airbase near Tel Aviv.”

    link to presstv.ir

    Since we know that Israel would never sell F15 and F16 engines to China, I can only assume that some evil Palestinian cleaner at the base shoved them down the front of his trousers and walked off with them.