Palestinian leaders seek to charge Israel with the crime of “Apartheid,” and 22 other charges including seven war crimes, according to Shawan Jabarin, the director of the Palestinian human rights group Al Haq. The thick set of documents were ceremoniously handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) today at headquarters in The Hague, yet yesterday morning Jabarin was given exclusive access to the report in Ramallah.
Monthly Archives: June 2015
Mohammed Zaidan awoke in an Israeli hospital, recovering from serious injuries to his stomach, eye socket, head and arm. At the height of the second intifada the Jenin resident had gone on a suicide bombing operation, but the explosives he brought failed to properly detonate. Fifteen years later, Dan Cohen interviews Zaidan in his home in Gaza City where he recounts why he decided to become a suicide bomber, what his life has been like since the failed attack and whether he would do it again.
On June 8th, 2015 Tel Aviv University academics held a first ever debate on BDS. Read a speech by Dr. Hilla Dayan given in support of the academic boycott of Israel.
James Michie writes the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori to ask her to support six resolutions relating to Israel and Palestine at the upcoming 78th General Convention later this month.
Nadya Raja Tannous writes about the destruction of the Church of the Multiplication on the shores of the Sea of Galilee by Israeli settlers and the massacre of 9 people by a white supremacist in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
In arguably the strongest signal Congress has ever sent in support for Palestinian human rights, 19 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urging the Department of State to make the human rights of Palestinian children a priority in the U.S. bilateral relationship with Israel. Rep. Betty McCollum makes it clear that this letter is intended to result in decisive action. In the Congresswoman’s own words: “Israel’s military detention of Palestinian children is an indefensible abuse of human rights. I hope this letter results in State Department pressure on the Government of Israel to end this systemic abuse immediately. Palestinian children should be treated exactly the same as Israeli or American children, without the fear that one day soldiers will arrest them, beat them, and lock them away in prison.”
AFP reports: An announcement by a [Palestinian] lawmaker that he plans to join a pro-Palestinian flotilla seeking to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza caused outrage Monday among the country’s political class. Basel Ghattas, an Israeli MP with the Joint Arab List, sparked controversy after he announced he would join other parliamentarians and public figures from around the world in the latest attempt to reach Gaza by ship later this month.
The Palestine News Network announced this week that the suicide rate in the Occupied Territories jumped 68.4 percent last year. In Gaza, Al-Shifa Hospital said that at least one person attempted suicide every day. Gaza writer Anas Jnena shares one story of an attempted suicide in the besieged Gaza Strip that helps sheds light on the statistics.
In March, The Carey Academy, Israel announced the 1st Israeli Feis, a competitive tournament of traditional Irish dancing, to take place in Tel Aviv in August. In response, the Irish Palestinian Activist Collective has called on organizers to cancel it in solidarity with the Palestinian BDS call: “Your performance in Israel is the moral equivalent to performing in South Africa during the apartheid era.”
The 51-day summer war between Hamas and Israel was not only “heartbreaking,” but rampant with “possible war crimes” according to a much anticipated United Nations report published Monday. Investigators conducted nearly 300 interviews over the past year. All took place outside of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, as Israel denied entry to the researchers. Witnesses and victims—both Israeli and Palestinian—gave testimonies about the targeting of civilians, medical facilities and United Nations shelters, along with the existence of human shields (and the lack thereof), collective punishment, and the proportionality of the attacks.
A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli member of the Border Police at the Damascus Gate Sunday, and Netanyahu hailed the victim as a “fighter”. The Border Police serve as soldiers in the occupation, and the use of the term police is pure semantics.
A thought experiment: Israeli president Reuven Rivlin announced today that he was removing the Israeli flag from his presidential residence in Jerusalem as an acknowledgment of the more than 500 children killed by Israel in Gaza a year ago.
Léa Georgeson Caparros writes about crossing the Qalandia checkpoint while traveling in the occupied Palestinian territories with the Palestine Festival of Literature in May 2015.
“Six Jews sitting in the White House, three Israelis and three American Jews, discussing the Palestinian state. It happens all the time. Very often the only non Jewish person in the room was the vice president or the president.” But Michael Oren says the American Jews are often married to non-Jews and don’t feel a sense of shared peoplehood with Israel
The UN Human Rights Commission report on last summer’s Gaza war is inappropriately “balanced.” It is more or less equally critical of Israeli and Hamas actions, without regard to the differences between the vast and horrific extent of civilian destruction caused by Israel and the far lesser civilian deaths and destruction that resulted from the largely ineffective Hamas attacks. –Scholar Jerome Slater
Refaat Alareer and Lina Alsharif are among contributors to a special issue of the journal Biography on Life in Occupied Palestine, published by the University of Hawaii Press. Editor Cynthia Franklin says The quelling of free speech in the United States works in tandem with Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinians.
Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft brought a group of 20 former NFL stars, including Thurman Thomas, Curtis Martin, Mel Blount and Raymond Berry, to meet Netanyahu in Israel, and the PM used the meeting to rail against Obama’s Iran deal, saying Iran is about to get into the end zone
If Hillary Clinton is elected, Israel will have to limit settlements to the major settlement blocs in the West Bank, Michael Oren offered last night, so as to restore the special relationship between the countries that Obama has broken.
The New York Times report on the UN Human Rights Council report on Gaza conflict equates numbers of Palestinian rockets fired to Israeli air strikes, and leaves out Israeli death toll (72 to 2251 Palestinian deaths) in dishonest effort to equate the suffering during the war
IMEMC reports: The Israeli District Court in occupied Jerusalem sentenced, on Sunday morning, a young Palestinian man to 13 months of imprisonment, with an additional four months suspended, for what the court called “incitement” on his Facebook page.
Read an excerpt from the new graphic novel “Baddawi”, by Leila Abdelrazaq. Baddawi is the story of a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the many thousands of refugee children born to Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel. Leila Abdelrazaq explores her father’s childhood in the 1960s and ’70s from a boy’s eye view as he witnesses the world crumbling around him and attempts to carry on, forging his own path in the midst of terrible uncertainty.
Center for American Progress lies, saying Republican candidates are tailoring their pro-life ideas for Sheldon Adelson. But CAP never mentions Israel; and– Adelson is pro-choice!
‘What do u call Obama coffee? Black and weak” is racist tweet from Judy Mozes, wife of Israel’s vice prime minister, which she has now removed and apologized for. More clueless rightwing culture in Israeli leadership
Israeli diplomats “are not allowed to speak” on US campuses, while North Korean and Iranian diplomats are, Akiva Tor, head of World Jewish Affairs in the Israeli Foreign Ministry, lamented in a panel called “The Coming Storm: BDS on campus” at the American Jewish Committee June 9
Latest State Dep’t report on terrorism itemizes the cost of Israel’s attack on Gaza, over 500 children killed, in what US News is calling a “subtle slap” at Israel. Numbers were not included before