Israel arrests human rights campaigner Ezra Nawi and puts gag order on case as part of growing ‘witch hunt’ against activists

Israel/Palestine
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In the last nine days, Israeli authorities have cracked down on activists associated with Ta’ayush, the Jewish-Palestinian partnership that works to stop settlement growth in the occupied territories. There is a gag order on the case, but details have emerged. Israeli authorities have arrested Ezra Nawi, the great campaigner against human rights abuses in the occupied territories, as well as another member of Ta’ayush and a staffer of the human rights group B’Tselem.

Elisabeth Tsurkov, a human rights advocate in Israel, reported today on her twitter feed:

There are gag orders on the cases of the 3 activists who’ve arrested: 2 Israelis from Taayush & a Palestinian employee of Btselem.

Israeli court ordered the release from detention of Ezra Nawi, a leftist activist, to house arrest. Police may still appeal the decision.

We are informed that the Palestinian’s name is Nasser Nawaja. Tsurkov notes that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu denounced B’Tselem 10 days ago with smears:

“Those who encourage murder cannot continue to hide under the fake mask of human rights”

Update: B’Tselem issued the following statement via Twitter:

Jewish Voice for Peace called on Israel to free Ezra Nawi, and issued the following report:

A Kafka-esque situation is unfolding in Israel.

Jewish-Israeli activist Ezra Nawi has now spent more than a week detained by the Israeli authorities — for no apparent crime. A gag order was put on his case, so our allies in Israel couldn’t raise the alarm about his arrest. He was even denied access to a lawyer for four days.

That appalling gag order means our Israeli allies can’t speak out so they’ve turned to us for help. We need to raise our voices, get out the word, and get Ezra out of jail. His detention was recently extended for the second time until Wednesday — and he may face serious charges after that…

An Israeli friend (who must remain anonymous because of the gag order) wrote this:

Having denied Palestinians under Occupation their rights to any form of political protest, the Israeli government is now in the process of doing the same to Israeli citizens who support the Palestinian cause. Last week the Israeli police arrested Ezra Nawi, our friend and prominent dissident, who has been indispensable in the struggle for the survival of Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills.

This arrest is not an isolated incident but the latest in an orchestrated campaign against dissenting voices supporting Palestinian rights. In recent months the Israeli government has taken new steps to demonize, deny funding access, and now literally threaten with imprisonment, those of us who oppose its criminal policies. And while these violations of Nawi’s rights are no more severe than the routine violation of the rights of Palestinians in countless ways, they do however signal a new stage in Israel’s practice of violently crushing dissent and resistance.

Amira Hass in Haaretz has also said that Ta’ayush is being targeted because it stands in the way of the settlement project. While Margaret Olin, an instructor at Yale, likens the amateurish video that appears to implicate Nawi with the undercover Planned Parenthood videos that appeared to implicate officials of that organization in sales of fetal tissue.

This is not the first time that Nawi has been arrested for work he has undertaken against the occupation. David Shulman, a member of Ta’ayush, reports in an article titled, “A Sting to Legitimise the Theft of Palestinian Land” that the 30 seconds of video of Nawi, in which he appeared to approve of a possible attack on a Palestinian selling land to settlers, appeared on an Israeli investigative TV show called Uvda. But the footage was shot by a shadowy undercover group called “Ad Kan.”

In the present case, the main “mole,” who called himself Itzik, did arouse suspicion among several of the [Ta’ayush] activists. They smelled a rat, and they were right. Ezra Nawi, on the other hand, who has played a central role in all our activities over the last 15 years, took this Itzik in to his far-too-generous heart, suspecting nothing. Over many months, Itzik traveled with Ezra, filming him surreptitiously with the aim of turning up something he could use against Ta’ayush and against Ezra personally.

Before I go on, it is important to know that Ezra Nawi has and for years has had enemies who would stop at nothing to harm, even kill, him. I myself witnessed violent attacks on him by armed settlers at Twaneh, Susya, and Chavat Maon…

A Palestinian man telephoned Ezra (in the presence of the mole) and tried to seduce him into furthering some shady land deals involving the sale of Palestinian land to settlers. Such land-sharks exist and have existed since the very beginning of the Zionist project. They are considered the lowest of the low in Palestine, and selling land to the Jews is usually seen as the worst crime a Palestinian can commit. There was a time, over ten years ago, when such men were executed inside Palestine. I’m not condoning this in any way. ..

On the “Uvda” program we saw footage, secretly filmed by the spy, in which Ezra says he intends to turn the so-called land-dealer over to the Palestinian security authorities who, he says, are likely to torture and kill him. Whether Ezra acted on this supposed intention or not, we don’t know. But he was certainly wrong about the facts. As I have just said, for the last ten years there have been no executions in Palestine; and if the Palestinian security forces torture people, usually their political rivals, they probably do so at the behest of their Israeli counterparts in the shadowy world of intelligence and security cooperation. At no point, apparently, was the land-dealer, if that is what he really was, in any real danger. What is more, if you look coldly at the story as I’ve described it, it’s hard not to see it as a deliberate sting operation set up from the start to trap and discredit Ezra Nawi. It’s possible that the treacherous and self-glorifying moles planted by “Ad Kan” were not acting on their own initiative, though we shall never know.

Shulman says Nawi was wrong to say what he did and that Nawi did not mean the words even as he uttered them. He says the case is a witchhunt aimed at the remnants of the Israeli peace camp by crucifying Nawi:

From its inception, the hallmark of Ta’ayush has been its manifest integrity in word, thought, and deed. We speak the truth and we act in the spirit of truth, resisting oppression and systemic wickedness with our bodies and our minds. We have no secrets, and we have nothing to hide. At the moment, our enemies — and they go up to the highest levels of the government and large sections of the Knesset — have been indulging in a furious witch-hunt against all the Israeli human-rights organisations and the still surviving remnants of the Israeli peace camp. It is in our enemies’ character to act like this, in a manner characteristic of anti-democratic, tyrannical regimes familiar to us from around the world. They will no doubt do what they can to crucify Ezra Nawi. We in Ta’ayush will continue to resist them and do our best to make sure the world, inside and outside Israel, knows what is really going on in South Hebron.

56 Responses

  1. Shmuel
    January 20, 2016, 11:01 am

    An interesting article by Dmitry Shumsky links all of the things described above and more — in a seemingly concerted governmental-judicial-mediatic-public campaign against anti-occupation groups — to Israel’s recent diplomatic woes with the EU and Brazil or, more broadly to the erosion of Israel’s international standing.

    Shumsky suggests that Israeli leaders — who face virtually no significant internal dissent — now fear that external pressure may sway many ordinary Israelis, not ideologically-opposed to the occupation or settlements, to begin to weigh their international cost. The orchestrated campaign against the anti-occupation groups is thus intended to paint such international pressure as devoid of any real basis, but rather instigated by “disloyal” elements within Jewish-Israeli society. Punishing the “disloyal” elements and preventing them from doing “further damage” thus serves the dual purpose of providing potentially dissatisfied voters with both a scapegoat (one that is, like all good scapegoats, already widely despised) and a solution to supposedly unjust and unjustified international pressure.

    link to haaretz.co.il (Hebrew)

    • Mooser
      January 20, 2016, 4:12 pm

      “The orchestrated campaign against the anti-occupation groups is thus intended to paint such international pressure as devoid of any real basis, but rather instigated by “disloyal” elements within Jewish-Israeli society.”

      Go ahead, lay it on thick. Those F40s did their work, Ms. Unity won’t open her eyes until tomorrow.

    • Michael Rabb
      January 21, 2016, 3:05 pm

      damn! the resistance must be serious when Jews start going after Jews .

      • Annie Robbins
        January 21, 2016, 4:54 pm

        the reality is, groups like yesh dim, b’tselem, breaking the waves have helped expose a LOT of israeli crimes. and their documentation and testimonies have landed in many important documents and reports that could help, eventually (i’m so waiting!), to bringing justice to the region. shut them down and it could be much more difficult.

  2. eljay
    January 20, 2016, 11:16 am

    … In the last nine days, Israeli authorities have cracked down on activists associated with Ta’ayush, the Jewish-Palestinian partnership that works to stop settlement growth in the occupied territories. …

    “Jewish State”: A “moral beacon” and “light unto the nations” that’s not quite as bad as Saudi Arabia, Mali and African “hell-holes”.

    • amigo
      January 20, 2016, 3:42 pm

      eljay , this might have some connection!!.

      “Under Bennettian Darwinism, voicing opposition to the occupation and taking action to end it is not a valid, if undesirable, political position. It is corrupted at the DNA level, blighted and putrescent, which assumedly justifies the use of a scalpel or whatever other measures Bennett and his ubermenschen are contemplating. When it comes to genetic diseases, one doesn’t mess around.

      It’s worth noting that Bennett was not talking about Arabs, who he and his ilk have long regarded as a splinter in the ass and a lot worse. We have become inured to anti-Arab racism in Israel and it no longer makes headlines. His latest targets were members of the Foreign Ministry diplomatic corps – almost entirely Jewish and predominantly Ashkenazi. In other words, people exactly like Bennett – who, it turns out, is not only a superb educator, but a practitioner of eugenics with an unerring eye for spotting the genetic markers that separate bad, self-hating DNA from the healthy, Zionist, pro-settlement variety.” Haaretz

      It,s a paywall so I gave you the Web cache link.

      link to webcache.googleusercontent.com

      • Marnie
        January 21, 2016, 12:49 am

        “Bennett did not retract or apologize for his DNA remark. He simply clarified that it did not refer to all Foreign Ministry employees. Presumably, then, the rest of us deviants are still on the minister’s watch-list.

        We have been warned.”

        “Eugenics”. I’ve know from incidents when my daughter was in school that israelis are “blood” crazy, as in “what’s your background (pedigree)”? This might explain the claim to “israeli beauty” that a classmate told my daughter she didn’t possess. “israeli beauty” sounds so much like the touted “aryan beauty” that hitler and his henchmen coveted and were so enamoured with. Lehava and their obsession with “purity”. It isn’t something benign like Brian Wilson’s wishing they all could be California girls. It’s all about the blood.

        The source: Der Reichsführer SS/SS-Hauptamt, Rassenpolitik (Berlin, 1943 [?]).

        “I speak prophetically. Just as the discovery that the earth moved around the sun led to a complete transformation of the way people looked at the world, so too the blood and racial teachings of National Socialism will change our understanding of mankind’s past and its future.”

        (The Führer before the Reichstag on 30 January 1937)

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      January 21, 2016, 12:13 pm

      I beg to differ Eljay. It’s time to break the silence and push against israel’s outrageous tyranny

      • eljay
        January 21, 2016, 12:55 pm

        || Lillian Rosengarten: I beg to differ Eljay. It’s time to break the silence and push against israel’s outrageous tyranny ||

        I agree. My comment was in response to the article (more specifically, to the excerpt I quoted), which reminded me of the contrast between how Zio-supremacists routinely:
        – promote their state; and
        – defend their state.

  3. a blah chick
    January 20, 2016, 12:56 pm

    Do they really expect us to believe that the Israeli police are concerned about the safety of a Palestinian man, albeit a fictitious one? As the Brits would say pull the other one.

    I was on 972mag this morning and it seems the Israelis were arrested for going to the Palestinian authorities rather than the Israeli ones. I guess the only Jews allowed to have contact with Palestinians are the price tag gangs.

  4. amigo
    January 20, 2016, 4:12 pm

    Ezra Nawi was partner to David Norris who is a member of the Irish senate and a fierce opponent of Israel,s policies.This action is probably directed at Norris for his outspoken opposition to Israel,s actions.

    See him in action here. Btw, forgive his statements about early Israel being socialist and left leaning in the beginning.He like many of us were unaware of all the facts.

  5. oldgeezer
    January 20, 2016, 4:18 pm

    While 70% of Arab citizens consider themselves Israelis only 20% of Jewish Israelis see them as equals.

    Stats the KKK can only dream of. Racism on steroids.

    • Jon66
      January 20, 2016, 6:18 pm

      Geezer,

      “selling land to the Jews is usually seen as the worst crime a Palestinian can commit. There was a time, over ten years ago, when such men were executed inside Palestine. ” – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      Don’t you think this is racist as well?

      • Annie Robbins
        January 20, 2016, 6:49 pm

        no it’s not racist, it practical.

      • Mooser
        January 20, 2016, 6:59 pm

        “Don’t you think this is racist as well?”

        Why, were you thinking about negotiating a quid pro quo? Or maybe trading racism-cap points?

        How much do you figure that one anecdote, quote mined out, cut, and polished, is worth?

      • gamal
        January 20, 2016, 7:10 pm

        Just like the notorious racist Little Bigman

        link to books.google.ie

      • Annie Robbins
        January 20, 2016, 9:08 pm

        LOL ~~gamal!

      • Kris
        January 20, 2016, 7:41 pm

        What would you call a member of your community who sold land to the enemy that was engaged in the ethnic cleansing of your community?

        “Traitor” is what comes to mind.

        I guess this is “racist” in the same way that it is “anti-semitic,” which is to say, it’s not.

      • Jon66
        January 20, 2016, 8:30 pm

        i understand the desire to limit ownership of private real estate to citizens. I guess what struck me about the quote was the structure of the prohibition. It did not limit ownership to citizens, but rather prohibited “Jews”. Maybe the use of “Jews” was a substitute for any foreigner.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 20, 2016, 9:04 pm

        or maybe “jews” was a substitute for “jewish state”.

      • oldgeezer
        January 20, 2016, 10:20 pm

        @jon66

        Is whataboutery your main strength?

        My understanding of the prohibition is that it forbids the sale of land to Israelis which is a common sense policy. I stand to be corrected but until that time…

        There is racism everywhere but Israel is racism on steroids and a wet dream for KKK types.

      • Kris
        January 20, 2016, 10:47 pm

        @jon66: “I guess what struck me about the quote was the structure of the prohibition. It did not limit ownership to citizens, but rather prohibited “Jews”.

        What if it did prohibit “Jews”?

        “Jews” are the people who are actively involved in the ethnic cleansing and occupation of Palestinian lands. “Jews” are the people who have been methodically destroying Palestinian lives for 60+ years. “Jews” are the people who are not content with destroying and stealing Palestinian homes and resources, but also find perverse satisfaction in such pointless cruelties as preventing Palestinian students from leaving Gaza in order to take up their scholarships at universities abroad, and delaying women in labor at checkpoints to prevent them from reaching the hospital in time.

        “Jews” are people who should be tearing their clothes and pouring ashes on their heads over what they have done to the Palestinians, not complaining that their victims may harbor some prejudice against them. For God’s sake.

      • talknic
        January 21, 2016, 12:36 am

        @ Jon66 //“selling land to the Jews is usually seen as the worst crime a Palestinian can commit…..” –//

        “Don’t you think this is racist as well?”

        Uh? We’re not a race. Amongst others there are Chinese Jews, Australian Aboriginal Jews, even a few Inuit Jews.

        BTW can you name any instances when Australia or the US or UK sold real estate to Germans or Japanese during WW2? It’s quite normal NOT to when people are at war, especially when one party is in belligerent occupation the other in contravention of International Law

      • Marnie
        January 21, 2016, 1:04 am

        “I guess what struck me about the quote was the structure of the prohibition. It did not limit ownership to citizens, but rather prohibited “Jews”. Maybe the use of “Jews” was a substitute for any foreigner.”

        Try just accepting this idea. Why would any Palestinian sell a square centimeter of land to a Jew, when the zionist enterprise is stealing everything they can, killing, destroying homes, livelihoods, etc. A lot of israelis talk about the “100 year war” they’ve been engaged in with “Arabs”. Okay. In wartime, a Palestinian selling land to a Jew would be considered providing aid and comfort to the enemy, being a traitor to their people, which, even in western countries like the USA, is punishable by death.

        How you can quibble with this when Palestinians are being summarily executed just because they made some dog-faced soldier soil himself. You still teaching Jon?

      • Jon66
        January 21, 2016, 6:54 am

        Talknic,
        “Uh? We’re not a race. Amongst others there are Chinese Jews, Australian Aboriginal Jews, even a few Inuit Jews.

        BTW can you name any instances when Australia or the US or UK sold real estate to Germans or Japanese during WW2? It’s quite normal NOT to when people are at war, especially when one party is in belligerent occupation the other in contravention of International Law”

        – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net.
        I agree that Jews are not a race. That’s why Zionism isn’t racism. But I think that’s OT for this discussion. As to enemies buying land, I agree citizens of enemy states are reasonably restricted. That’s why I asked if the restriction was for Israelis (regardless of religion) or “Jews”.

      • eljay
        January 21, 2016, 7:10 am

        || Jon66: I agree that Jews are not a race. That’s why Zionism isn’t racism. … ||

        But Jewish is a religion-based identity and that’s why Zionism and the “Jewish State” project represent religion-based supremacism.

      • oldgeezer
        January 21, 2016, 7:42 am

        @jon66

        Saying zionism isn’t racism is a distinction without a difference.

      • RoHa
        January 21, 2016, 8:14 am

        As Annie and Kris have pointed out, it is a practical measure. From the Palestinian point of view, letting Jews buy land, or, indeed, letting them anywhere near the land, hasn’t worked out too well so far. Preventing it seems like reasonable caution.

      • Talkback
        January 21, 2016, 9:01 am

        Jon66: “Don’t you think this is racist as well?”

        Not if the same group is interested in expelling and disposessing you.

        “That’s why Zionism isn’t racism.”

        First of all it doesn’t matter if the victim of racism is a race. Secondly Zionism is highly racist, because the difference between Jews and Nonjews is more important than the difference between being a citizen and being a foreigner.

      • MHughes976
        January 21, 2016, 9:57 am

        I’d think of racism as prejudice based on ancestry, so unreasonable claims made on the basis of ancestry, which being unreasonable must result from prejudice, certainly qualify. Zionism makes unreasonable claims, I believe, on grounds of ancestry linked to a certain religion, so is racist by my standards. I think that any Palestinian might have some good reason for not wanting to sell property to people who are involved in advancing this race-based agenda: it would not be on the purchasers’ ancestry that this reluctance was based.

      • talknic
        January 21, 2016, 10:33 am

        @ Jon66 I agree that Jews are not a race”

        Uh huh. This yours “Don’t you think this is racist as well?” ?

        “But I think that’s OT for this discussion”

        Uh huh. So why did you say “Don’t you think this is racist as well?” ?

        Thanks again for showing readers how Zionists will say anything, absolutely anything, no matter how nonsensical, untrue or contradictory

        Keep up the good work

      • Jon66
        January 21, 2016, 10:49 am

        Talknic,

        “Uh huh. So why did you say “Don’t you think this is racist as well?” ? – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

        Kris made the statement that Zionism was racist. I was trying to see if she thought that religious based discrimination in property ownership was “racist” according to her definition of ‘racism’. It seems inconsistent to me that when Israelis base discrimination on religion that is ‘racist’, but when Paelstinians base discrimination on religion that is ‘practical’.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 21, 2016, 2:30 pm

        It seems inconsistent to me that when Israelis base discrimination on religion that is ‘racist’, but when Paelstinians base discrimination on religion that is ‘practical’.

        jon, scroll up and read all the previous comments. it’s as if you are not listening. palestinians are not discriminating “based on religion”. it is based on practical reasons based on israel’s history of ethnic cleansing.

        Kris made the statement that Zionism was racist.

        kris said a lot of things, which comment are you referring to? this one:

        I guess this is “racist” in the same way that it is “anti-semitic,” which is to say, it’s not. – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

        thus far kris has not mentioned zionism in this thread unless i am missing something. it seems like you’re willfully missing the point tho. btw, i am not sure if you are aware that pertaining to international law and US hate crime laws there is no distinction between race and ethnicity as it pertains to racism under the law.

        racism: link to en.wikipedia.org

        The UN does not define “racism”; however, it does define “racial discrimination”: According to the United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,

        the term “racial discrimination” shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.[25]

        This definition does not make any difference between discrimination based on ethnicity and race…..Similarly, in British law the phrase racial group means “any group of people who are defined by reference to their race, colour, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origin”.[27]

        iow, regarding the debate ‘zionism is not racism’ …the argument ‘jews are not a race’ is moot and non applicable. find another defense.

      • Mooser
        January 21, 2016, 5:44 pm

        “As Annie and Kris have pointed out, it is a practical measure.”

        As “Mooser” timidly ventured to point out, isn’t this entire conversation over an uncorroborated anecdote of a time a decade ago? Which “Jon66” seized on in a rather dishonest way. Since when is he so bothered by Palestinians getting shot, if indeed any were in this instance.

        “But he was certainly wrong about the facts. As I have just said, for the last ten years there have been no executions in Palestine”; – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      • talknic
        January 21, 2016, 9:33 pm

        @ Jon66

        “It seems inconsistent to me that when Israelis base discrimination on religion that is ‘racist’, but when Paelstinians base discrimination on religion that is ‘practical’”

        Israel’s discrimination is against non-Jews, it is therefore religious.

        Palestinians are preventing the citizens of an invading enemy state from usurping Palestinian land and ultimately dispossession of non-Jewish people from Palestine.

        It has nothing to do with religion. Were Catholics colonizing Palestine do you really think the Palestinians would submit?

        Keep acting stupid tho. It continues provide clear examples of the kind of serial liars, abusers and purposefully ignorant types who’re attracted to the rotting corpse of Zionist colonization

      • Sibiriak
        January 22, 2016, 5:24 am

        jon66: “selling land to the Jews is usually seen as the worst crime a Palestinian can commit.”
        […]Don’t you think this is racist as well?

        —————

        In practice, selling Palestinian land isn’t just selling land, it’s selling sovereignty. It creates “facts on the ground” that are used by Israel to justify de facto annexation of territory.

        Example:

        [April 2009] […] Fatah legislator Hatem Abdel Kader, an advisor to the PA Prime Minister, asserted that the ban on sale of property to Jews was still necessary as the Israeli government and settlers were mounting a “fierce onslaught” on the Arab sector in East Jerusalem, attempting to alter the demographic balance there by demolishing Palestinian homes.[3] East Jerusalem was annexed by Israel in the wake of the 1967 war, but the annexation has not been recognized by the international community. [emphasis added]

        link to en.wikipedia.org

        It is precisely Jewish land purchases and Jewish settlement in occupied Palestinian territory which provides the impetus and justification for the Jewish State to de facto annex Palestinian territory. If it were Palestinian citizens of Israel who were purchasing land/settling in Palestine, there would be no such impetus for Israeli annexation.

      • The Hasbara Buster
        January 22, 2016, 7:20 am

        @Jon66

        I guess what struck me about the quote was the structure of the prohibition. It did not limit ownership to citizens, but rather prohibited “Jews”. Maybe the use of “Jews” was a substitute for any foreigner.

        There’s absolutely no prohibition on the sale of land to Jews. The PA has a prohibition on the sale of land to Israel or its agents, which makes an enormous amount of sense. Of course, on a practical level there will be a lot of Jewish American billionaires who will try to buy land to turn it over to Israeli settlers. Such a sale is forbidden not because they’re Jewish, but because they intend to use the land to further Israel’s colonizing enterprise.

        On the other hand, if a Jewish person who intends to live in the PA-controlled territory as a Palestinian citizen (such as Uri Davis) wants to buy land, they can do so.

      • Jon66
        January 22, 2016, 8:58 am

        Hasbara Buster,

        “There’s absolutely no prohibition on the sale of land to Jews – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

        Thanks. That’s all I was asking.

      • Mooser
        January 22, 2016, 11:32 am

        “There’s absolutely no prohibition on the sale of land to Jews. The PA has a prohibition on the sale of land to Israel or its agents, which makes an enormous amount of sense.”

        Thank you. Mr. “Buster”!

        And thank you, “Jon66″ for a very handy illustration of the uses Zionists will put the word”Jew” (and derivatives “Jewish” Jews” etc.) to.

        They will sell it, and discounted to the bone, for a mess of potash.

  6. Jon66
    January 20, 2016, 10:28 pm

    or maybe “jews” was a substitute for “jewish state”.

    – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

    The sale restriction seems to apply to private sales, not to a state.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 20, 2016, 11:45 pm

      i know, but how many private homes in settlements is israel not considering annexing? you act like you’re not aware israel is eating up palestine inch by bloddy inch. don’t play daft jon.

      • talknic
        January 21, 2016, 2:55 am

        @ Annie Robbins ” don’t play daft jon”

        Jon66 ‘d be out of the picture

      • amigo
        January 21, 2016, 8:59 am

        “don’t play daft jon.” Annie

        Forgive him , he spends most of his life in the company of children.

        Those poor wretches , even if they are the children of illegal squatter zionist thieves.

        Speaking of racism and not selling property to “Jews”.

        link to haaretz.com

      • Jon66
        January 21, 2016, 10:39 am

        Amigo,
        I think we can both agree that discriminating against fellow citizens based upon religion is wrong. We continue to have some of this in the US. Donald Trump as an example.

        I do think it is reasonable to regulate the sale of land of foreigners although I think it should be reciprocal. I don’t think the sales should be regulated based upon religion. Of course, in the US, buying private land as a foreigner does not guarantee you the right to live in your new home.

      • Kris
        January 21, 2016, 12:52 pm

        @amigo: “Forgive him , he spends most of his life in the company of children. ”

        You are thinking of “jon s,” An Israeli history teacher,long-time activist on the Israeli Left.link to mondoweiss.net

        Jon66 says, of himself: “I am a husband, father, and surgeon. I was raised in a Zionist household and am interested in a peaceful solution.”

      • amigo
        January 21, 2016, 2:56 pm

        “Of course, in the US, buying private land as a foreigner does not guarantee you the right to live in your new home.” Jon 66

        News to me.Do you have a source.I know,knew many foreigners who owned property in the US and lived in their homes.Many entertainers and business people do so .A friend of mine owns a pub in Washington DC which he bought some three years ago.Clearly these people have to return to their own countries periodically to satisfy US visa /immigration laws.If you meant to say , buying property does not gain you citizenship , who would possibly think it would.

        As to the business of Palestinians selling land to Jews, based on statements by successive Zionist leaders to take all the Land back –Ie The so called greater Israel, one can hardly blame them for keeping that bunch of land thieves and murderers as far away as possible.That they are Jews , is a matter for your shame but the same rule would apply if they were martians.Nothing racist here at all.

      • amigo
        January 21, 2016, 3:06 pm

        “You are thinking of “jon s,” An Israeli history teacher,long-time activist on the Israeli Left.link to mondoweiss.net”.Kris

        Aren,t they all on the Israeli Left.

        Thanks Kris.

      • Mooser
        January 21, 2016, 3:51 pm

        Ah, yes, good ol’ “Jon s”! He reported, with his last breaths, the terrible Eritrean terrorist attack on Beersheba! And then seemed to expire, no doubt exhausted by the defense of his “historical homeland”.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 21, 2016, 4:50 pm

        And then seemed to expire, no doubt exhausted by the defense of his “historical homeland”.

        no, according to jon s, it wasn’t that. he wrote us pissed the moderation rules were too lax. (that is a radical paraphrase for what he said which is private, but it amounted to that). so i am not sure if he’s merely taking a break or if he has left us for good.

      • RoHa
        January 21, 2016, 5:57 pm

        “he wrote us pissed the moderation rules were too lax. ”

        And so they are. The mods permit an appalling number of comments that are riddled with bad grammar and poor punctuation. Time for a crackdown!

      • Mooser
        January 21, 2016, 6:44 pm

        ” he wrote us pissed the moderation rules were too lax”

        Ah, that explains it. He thought some Islamophobic tropes, latent Islamophobia, or incipient Islamophobia might be getting past the Moderator’s best efforts?

  7. Asad
    January 21, 2016, 1:11 pm

    The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict By Jews for Justice in the Middle East: link to ifamericansknew.org

    Occupation 101 – An excellent documentary about the Palestine-Israeli conflict: link to occupation101.com

    The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination – The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict: link to amazon.com

    • Annie Robbins
      January 21, 2016, 1:28 pm

      asad, i took the liberty of replacing your “victly.com” urls for the original links on your 3 duplicate comments (2 others threads besides this one and i trashed your 4 other duplicates) because i couldn’t see where your link lead to these articles/video without downloading from an unidentified mysterious source. please do not spam the site — thanks.

  8. just
    January 22, 2016, 1:48 pm

    Michael Sfard, today in Haaretz:

    “The Israeli Occupation Will End Suddenly

    The strength of organizations working to end the occupation and their supporters is greater than we think. …

    … The ground on which the occupation stands might appear firm. But it’s definitely possible that beneath it, close to the crust, fissures are forming. Increasingly wide cracks are being created. Those who stand on that ground do not see them. They think the ground is more firm than ever. And then, with no prior warning, the cracks will widen and the ground will collapse like a Dead Sea sinkhole.

    One day the occupation will end, just as apartheid in South Africa was vanquished, as the Berlin Wall fell, without anyone expecting those events even shortly before they occurred.
    And then, when the occupation ends, we will discover that it wasn’t hundreds of Israelis who demonstrated at the West Bank village of Bil’in, but tens of thousands. And that everyone supported the B’Tselem rights organization. That’s how it is with a bad memory. In the best case, it’s repressed, in the worst case, it’s replaced by fictitious memory.

    And then, when the occupation ends, it’s unlikely that we will establish truth and reconciliation committees, because we do not have a tradition of public contrition. After all, we come from a culture in which one apologizes and confesses only on one day a year, and even then it stays between us and the Lord. Still, though, when the occupation ends and we have to rehabilitate Israeli society, we will not be able to do that without acknowledging the sins of the past, without learning from them. The events of recent days show how vast the work of rehabilitation will be, how many scars will require in-depth treatment. And then, when we reformulate the Israeli social contract, we will have to take a hard look at what we did to others and to ourselves, and understand what, as a society, we are capable of.

    Without internalizing the crime we perpetrated on millions of people across a generation, without understanding the racism, the fascism and the McCarthyism that sprang up among us, we will not be able to articulate guidelines that will prevent this in the future.

    These are trying times. The right wing is burning with the desire to bury any criticism of government policy, in order to ensure that the colonialist occupation becomes an irreversible fait accompli. That desire has now led to a combined, coordinated assault, involving the use of spies, vicious incitement and Putin-like legislation aimed against the last pockets of resistance to the occupation: the organizations of civil society. All the others have already been conquered and silenced or have deserted.

    It suddenly emerges that not only is the rhinoceros not in danger of extinction, but that it has been fruitful and multiplied and has filled the land. Only the stubborn bastions of Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem, Yesh Din, Peace Now and their fellows remain. It’s hard not to notice the blood that’s drooling from the lips of those who are assaulting these bastions. It’s hard not to discern the method of combat whereby the assaulting force destroys all the moral assets of its country along the way. It’s hard not to be worried.

    But it’s precisely now that we must recognize that the brutal onslaught shows that the right wing apparently knows something that we do not know. That they have cause for worry from us. We need to internalize one thing: The strength of both the organizations that are working to end the occupation and of their supporters is greater than we think. The defeatist sarcasm we often hear among members of the anti-occupation camp is unjustified. The tremendous baleful and violent force that is being unleashed against us shows something good about us. Given that in the meantime the hard-core right, the center right and their allies in the pitiful center are not collapsing in the polls – what is the source of this fear and, concomitantly, what is the secret of our strength?

    The answer is simple. The world is driven by diverse forces. We vividly see and feel the political, economic and military forces daily. But there are also less visible forces, whose mode of operation is less overt. One of them is actually an idea: that all human beings are equal and that all deserve rights because they are human beings. That idea is responsible for the greatest and most important revolutions in history. It’s an idea that operates like dark matter in the universe – in silence. And it, together with those who oppose the occupation, is pushing us to end the occupation and to bring about a substantive change in the way Israeli society functions. It vests these ostensibly small and weak organizations with inexplicable might. And it will bring about the end of the occupation.

    I am not claiming that the occupation will end tomorrow. I don’t know when it will happen. It is unfortunately possible that a great deal more blood will be shed along the way. I only know that the struggle has not ended. Not the struggle to end the occupation and not the struggle for the character of Israeli society.

    Michael Sfard is a legal adviser to some of the organizations mentioned in this piece.”

    read more: link to haaretz.com

    • diasp0ra
      January 22, 2016, 2:05 pm

      @Just

      The thing is, the occupation is just a symptom, it’s not a root cause.

      Even if the occupation were to end tomorrow, things would be far from over. Israelis need to look back at their history and realize that Israel isn’t the mythic democratic society they thought it was before “it went bad” with the occupation.

      • just
        January 22, 2016, 2:19 pm

        Very well said, diasp0ra.

        Spot- on, too.

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