The Netanyahu-Lieberman alliance will accelerate isolationism and discrimination
When I interviewed Professor Avi Shlaim last month, he said that the current Israeli government was “is the most right-wing, the most hawkish, the most uncompromising … in Israel’s entire history”. That could be about to get worse. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced that he is to join forces with hard-line coalition partner Avigdor Lieberman, who is currently the foreign minister. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party will merge with Lieberman’s ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu. The new party will be called Likud Beiteinu, meaning “The Likud is our Home”.
Egypt: Judaizing Jerusalem threatens stability in the region
Egypt strongly condemned the Israeli occupation authority’s plan to construct nearly 800 new settlement units in eastern Jerusalem and government headquarters in Mount of Olives.
Two Hamas Leaders Killed By Syrian Army Fire
Palestinian sources in Syria reported that two senior Hamas leaders were killed by Syrian army fire in Daraa refugee camp, in Syria.
10 million Palestinians. Almost 5 million of them are refugees. And half of those are still living in camps. Everywhere we find great poverty, but also the same steadfast will to return to their country, Palestine.
Body Of Third Palestinian Local Under Tunnel Rubble
Palestinian medical sources reported Saturday that the body of a third Palestinian was located under the rubble of a siege-busting tunnel that collapse, last Wednesday, on the border with Egypt. Two bodies were located earlier on Saturday and on Friday.
IDF airstrike kills Palestinian in Gaza Strip
Israeli military confirms there was an attack but had no further details.
Just before noon local time on October 24th, 2012 Michigan Peace Team (MPT) member “Katrina” Katarzyna Dybzynska was choked by the neck and then bodily dragged behind a line of military vehicles by Israeli border police in the Binyamin region of Palestinian Authority, outside the Rami Levy Market near an illegal Israeli settlement.
Israeli police and Muslim officials say the prayers at the Temple Mount-Al Aqsa mosque site are a provocation. Others call them a basic human right.
Only few days ago, Haaretz published disturbing, though not surprising, survey that was conducted among Jewish Israelis, where most Israeli supported Apartheid regime in Israel. Among many disturbing data in the survey, 42% of the questionnaires said they don’t want to live in the same building with Arabs and 42% don’t want their children in the same class with Arab children. Soon enough this is illustrated in real life.
Israel: Asylum Seekers Blocked at Border
The Israeli military has since June 2012 prevented dozens of asylum seekers, most of them Eritreans, from crossing Israel’s newly constructed fence on its border with Egypt, Human Rights Watch, the Hotline for Migrant Workers, and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel said today. Israel has also unlawfully deported dozens more back to Egypt, the three groups said. Israel should stop rejecting asylum seekers at the fence unless its officials determine in a fair procedure that they do not face threats to their lives or freedom or inhuman and degrading treatment because of that rejection.
Basem Abu Rahma
Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator for the popular committee in Bil’in, recently spoke to us about Basem Abu Rahma. Basem had participated in actions against the Wall since they began in the village in 2005 until 17 April, 2009, when he was martyred at age 31 during his last protest in Bil’in. Basem Abu Rahma was from a poor family and did not finish secondary school. His father passed away some time ago, leaving him along with his mother and five brothers and sisters. He worked inside the ’48 until the second Intifada broke out, after which he began to work in the West Bank as a laborer in various workshops.
Over 150 former international anti-Apartheid activists tell South Africa’s ANC to boycott Israel, Ali Abunimah
“We once galvanized world opinion against Apartheid South Africa, the time is to now galvanize world opinion against Apartheid Israel.”
Press release from our member group Adalah-NY. Check out photos from the action here. New Yorkers, cultural workers speak out against Israel Philharmonic for whitewashing apartheid. October 25, 2012 – Over 60 New Yorkers protested the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s (IPO) performance at Carnegie Hall Thursday evening, using chants, songs and street theater to highlight the IPO’s role in whitewashing Israel’s apartheid policies against the Palestinian people.
Video shows the activist running onto the pitch with the flag before being tacked by security officers.
Resheq calls for boycotting all companies operating in WB settlements
Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheeq has called on the UN to boycott all companies operating in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Political science professor at the Palestinian al-Najah University, Abdel Sattar Qassem, criticized Fatah’s calls on resistance factions in the Gaza Strip to stop armed resistance against occupation.
Israel criticizes Falk for boycott call
The Israeli government criticized Richard Falk after he had urged a boycott of companies working in or dealing with Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian land.
Haniyeh: Gaza is an integral part of Palestine
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh stressed that Gaza is an integral part of the Palestinian land and that the Strip, the West Bank and Jerusalem are an integral part of Palestine.
I reported here last year on one of the greatest stories never told in the Israeli media: that education minister Gideon Saar had sex in a Tel Aviv club with an underage girl; that all the Israeli reporters knew this and that none could report it. Though this blog gets the discreet attention of the military censor and other intelligence officials, reports here aren’t strong enough evidence for Israeli police to commence an investigation. No one followed up on this story and Saar emerged unscathed. Now a new scandal is brewing thanks to a brave Haaretz reporter, Yossi Klein. He wrote a story today, What You Won’t Read in the Papers (censored version). The report is one of those breathless intrigue-filled exposes which allude to far more than they expose.
Dia al-Azzawi’s “Sabra and Shatila Massacre”, Maymanah Farhat
Earlier this year, London’s Tate Modern acquired “Sabra and Shatila Massacre” (1982-83), an epic mural-sized drawing by pioneering Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi. Sprawling as it is towering and engulfing, the artist began the massive work after news surfaced that between two and three thousand Palestinian and Lebanese civilians were strategically murdered in and around the refugee camps of southern Beirut in 1982. While creating “Sabra and Shatila Massacre,” al-Azzawi was also moved by Jean Genet’s “Four Hours in Shatila,” a written dispatch of the hell on earth that was the site of this civil-war era carnage, the violent details of which are impossible to take in without periodically searching for respite by turning away from the page.
THE NEW SCHOOL HISTORY DEPARTMENT PRESENTS: AMOS GOLDBERG The Holocaust and the Nakba: Traumatic Memories and (Bi)National Identities in Israel-Palestine. The Jewish Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba fundamentally shape two peoples’ identities. Memories of each function as exclusionary “Myths of Origin,” at once demanding acknowledgement by the other, while denying recognition of the other. Deeply polarizing, the Jewish and Palestinian national narratives become irreconcilable, inhibiting prospects for a political settlement. Amos Goldberg will offer a framework – influenced by Arendt, Agamben, and LaCapra — for establishing an egalitarian public sphere for Jews and Palestinians which will enable both catastrophes to be told on shared ground. Dr. Amos Goldberg is a senior lecturer of Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of Trauma in the First Person: Diary Writing During the Holocaust (2012). October 29, 6-8pm 80 5TH Ave, Room 529
Israel First thriving in Governor Romney’s camp, And Still Trying to Get me Fired, Silenced, Michael Scheuer
Readers of this blog will recall several previous battles I have been engaged in with Israel-Firsters intent on getting me fired from various jobs and banned from the media. In these efforts, the Israel-Firsters have had some success.
Netanyahu/Lieberman Unite for War, Stephen Lendman
American crimes of war and against humanity perhaps exceed all other rogue states in history combined. Pound-for-pound, however, Israeli lawlessness matches the world’s worst. Long ago, it graduated from a regional menace to a global one. It enforces barbaric occupation harshness. Its war machine threatens and attacks neighbors. It gets away with murder because world powers don’t intervene to stop it.