Max Blumenthal was in Gaza during last year’s ferocious Israeli assault, and his book tells truths that are missing from the New York Times. Even those of us who followed Israel’s attack as it happened will still learn plenty from this book.
Monthly Archives: August 2015
Over 20 agents for the real estate corporation RE/MAX Israel, working in at least eight offices, are selling many millions of dollars worth of illegal properties in over 15 settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Mondoweiss has compiled a list of RE/MAX Israel offices and agents engaging in these illegal transactions.
From the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America report on its recent national convention: Delegates upheld the UE tradition of taking courageous stands on foreign policy issues when they adopted the resolution on Palestine and Israel that calls for cutting off U.S. aid to Israel, U.S. support for a peace settlement on the basis of self-determination for Palestinians and the right to return. The resolution also endorses the worldwide BDS movement making UE the first U.S. national union to endorse BDS. Speaking for the resolution were Angaza Laughinghouse, Local 150, Matt Braddon, Local 222; Chris Wolford, Local 170; Autumn Martinez and Elizabeth Jesdale, Local 255. Martinez and Jesdale both said they had met Palestinian trade unionists when they attended the World Social Forum in Tunisia, and Martinez said, “It’s absolutely disgusting what is going on. Free Palestine!”
The settlement enterprise in the West Bank is an “international problem,” Peace Now says, after Sara Yael Hirschhorn’s figures reveal that 60,000 of 400,000 West Bank settlers are Americans
Israel’s culture minister Miri Regev says Palestinian women protesters who tackled an Israeli soldier beating a boy in occupied Nabi Saleh on Friday should have been fired on. Even as the world is shocked by the Israeli soldier’s conduct.
Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s rightwing Justice Minister, posted a commentary calling Palestinian children “little snakes” that must be rubbed out with many other elements of Palestinian society; now she’s at NY’s Center for Jewish History, along with several other Zionists, Bret Stephens, Seth Siegel and Lawrence Summers. Where’s the opposing view?
Veolia has sold the last of its remaining businesses in the occupied Palestinian territories, becoming the first major BDS target company to fully withdraw from all of its various Occupation enterprises. Barbara Harvey says the successful BDS campaign against Veolia makes a persuasive case that profiteering from legal and human rights violations can be bad for business when the opposition is organized.
Ma’ale Adumim is also the third largest illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, 4.5 kilometres east of the Green Line and next to the Palestinian town of Ezariya (Bethany). It lies at the heart of the Israeli government’s E1 project that seeks to connect the settlement with Jerusalem by building a corridor of settlements enclosed by the separation wall. Most of the 40,000 settlers who live in Ma’ale Adumim will never set foot in Abu Nuwwar – a village under threat of demolition as part of the E1 plan. Abu Nuwwar resident Ahmed explains, “Now every time we build something they say we can’t have it. They want us gone. They could come anytime and destroy everything”.
Tantura was a beautiful Palestinian fishing village 15 miles south of Haifa. In the early hours of May 23, 1948 it was attacked and occupied by the Haganah. Over 200 villagers, mostly unarmed young men, were massacred; others were taken prisoner and put to forced labor. The site of the village is now a beach resort. The mass grave in which the victims of the massacre are buried is covered by a parking lot. Stephen Sheinfeld interviews Hala Gabriel, a Palestinian-American filmmaker, about her new film Road to Tantura. Gabriel was born as a refugee to parents who had fled from Tantura (the house left partly standing had belonged to her family). In 2010, Hala managed to enter Israel and visit the site of her ancestral village. She also met relatives who had taken refuge in the nearby village of Fureidis, which had escaped destruction, and interviewed three of the men who had participated in the attack on Tantura.
Filmmakers Ali Kriegsman and Jana Kozlowski have documented an intellectual scandal, the ways that Jewish day schools misrepresent Israeli history and conditions so as to make young American Jews political advocates for the Jewish state
Al Haq Director Shawan Jabarin argues that “Ban” should be added to the BDS lexicon: “Products originating from Israeli agricultural and industrial settlements are essential to reinforcing the illegal settlement enterprise, and provide vital revenues that help ensure their viability and growth. Accordingly, states fail to comply with their international legal obligations by allowing settlement products to enter domestic markets. By not implementing a ban on settlement products, states themselves are politicizing a legal issue and shifting the burden to consumers.”
“Destruction of Gaza is not history; it’s still news”, Jewish Voice for Peace says, and demands end to Israeli blockade, in a demonstration outside the Museum of Natural History in NY
Mamilla cemetery does not exist anymore. What exists now is a hotel, a school, a parking lot, a public garden, a nightclub and the US consulate. Also a museum to celebrate tolerance. But the meaning of tolerance in West Jerusalem, a few steps away from the Old City, is surreal. To build the story of a new Jerusalem, the Israeli authorities are erasing its past. Mamilla cemetery is a prominent cornerstone of the Arab, Islamic and Palestinian identity of the city. And thanks to Israel, today it’s a forgotten place.
Nearly 1,200 Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers were released from Israel’s Holot detention center on Tuesday and Wednesday after the High Court ruled that asylum seekers could not be held for more than one year. Interior Minister Silvan Shalom barred the released asylum seekers from living or working in Tel Aviv and Eilat where their communities are based, effectively leaving them without a place to sleep and slim chances of earning income. Though the Ministry of Interior offered no explanation for the decision, it is the latest move to make life intolerable in order to coerce African refugees to leave Israel.