Israeli ‘left’ comes up with plan to segregate and disenfranchise 200,000 ‘enemy’ Palestinians

Israel/Palestine
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We often complain that the New York Times is laggard in informing Americans about the true face of Israeli society. Well, Isabel Kershner has an excellent piece in the New York Times today about a new plan to fence off Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem originated by what passes for the Israeli left so as to preserve the Jewish state, and Kershner says the campaign has a “jingoistic” flavor. The Palestinian leader Saeb Erekat is quoted calling the plan “racist.”

The contentious plan, promoted by a group of liberal Israeli Jews and adopted in principle by the center-left Labor Party, would unilaterally fence off most of East Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhoods and transfer responsibility for their 200,000 residents from City Hall to the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank.

Kicked off with advertisements under the heading “Saving Jewish Jerusalem,” the campaign’s almost jingoistic tone seems intended to appeal to the broadest Jewish constituency, including Israel’s growing political center and conservative “nationalist camp.”…

The new campaign describes Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents as imperiling the security, demographic balance, standard of living and economy of the city. It argues that a majority of people 18 and under in the city are Palestinian and plays on fears raised by the recent surge of Palestinian attacks against Israeli Jews.

Here Kershner quotes a leading leftleaning politician describing Palestinian voters as “the enemy.” And you (and Barack Obama) thought Netanyahu was so bad when he warned that Arabs were going to the polls in droves a year ago!

Haim Ramon, a former minister from Labor and the centrist Kadima Party who is the architect of the new plan, said that if the Arab residents ended their boycott of city elections, the next mayor of Jerusalem would not be Jewish. “If the Palestinians were clever, they would decide, instead of the knife, to use the vote,” he told reporters. “You cannot have a strategy that your enemy will be stupid forever.”

(By the way, Ramon is a guy who converted me when I was new to this subject to the two-state solution nine years ago with a speech to a liberal Zionist group in New York. And look at him, he’s an arrant racist.)

Here’s a former American liberal who became an Israeli rightwinger embracing the racial demographics of the plan:

“Demographically, it’s a compelling argument,” said Michael Oren…

The New York Times should be congratulated for portraying this Israel to American leaders: a racist, segregationist Jewish Israel reminiscent of the Jim Crow south.

Last month at an exhibit of photographs in Soho, Chemi Shalev of Haaretz said the only political hope of the Israeli left to regain the government is to nominate as prime minister the likes of Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi or Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, men with proven military experience (pulverizing Palestinians). This is the same ugly message about Israeli political culture the Times has today.

It is also what Adam Shatz relates in LRB: “The Putinisation of Israel.” Shatz describes the toughening of the Israeli discourse and concludes that the secret of Israel’s aims is finally getting out to the world:

Israel has stubbornly carried on a colonial project at the risk of harming its relations with Europe and the United States, both of which are finally realising that Israel has no intention of making a genuine peace with the Palestinian people.

The Times advances this understanding today.

Thanks to Scott Roth.

34 Responses

  1. a blah chick
    March 7, 2016, 2:04 pm

    So, they want to fence off the Jerusalem Palestinians but you dare call it apartheid!

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      March 8, 2016, 12:39 pm

      Disgusting! This includes the NYTimes for it’s complicit support of Zionist Israel’s racist-Nationalist Regime . It is time to Break The Silence and speak out against the NYTimes’ failure to report on the suffering of Palestinians under this brutal occupation, still denied by Zionists who say in Hebron and elsewhere,”Palestinians Don’t Exist”

  2. Ossinev
    March 7, 2016, 2:21 pm

    “The new campaign describes Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents as imperiling the security, demographic balance, standard of living and economy”

    “Almost jingoistic” !!! Forget jingoism – it is quite simply ugly racism.

    Definitely more overt in your face strains of Mein Kampf emerging in the Land of Creation. Can`t be long now before Israeli Zionists start to simply cut and paste from what (second of course to the Torah ) must be on the way to becoming their favourite book (delete “Jews “insert ” Arabs ” ).

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  3. Krauss
    March 7, 2016, 3:17 pm

    And you (and Barack Obama) thought Netanyahu was so bad when he warned that Arabs were going to the polls in droves a year ago!

    Hey, don’t drag the rest of us down in the mud. I remember the coverage on the election last year. There were plenty of us who threw cold water on the idea that Labor would be any different. You should read some of your pieces on the eve of the election, its like you were in love with the “liberal” Zionist movement but for a brief moment.

    Overall, this proposal simply confirms what we all know. It further underscores that nobody in liberal America will believe a single word coming out of Clinton’s mouth as she attempts to pretend that the 2SS is alive and well in 2017.

    The question is: what happens next? I think there are good reasons to believe that the next 8 years will be crucial for the BDS movement in general. And it would also mark the passing of America over Europe in the political activism, as I suspect Europe will move further to the right in response to the refugee crisis, which means plenty of pro-Zionist parties.

    The sheer slavishness of Hillary for Israel means that the liberal left will become unchained in their criticism.

  4. Froggy
    March 7, 2016, 3:53 pm

    In the Middle Ages it was called creating a ghetto.

  5. Bumblebye
    March 7, 2016, 5:14 pm

    Oh boy, Nutty’s in a snit! He’s blown off Obama, cancelling a meeting they were to have at the end of the month – but WH only found out thru the media. Cue Repugs lining up to blame O and sympathise with dear Bibi.

    • a blah chick
      March 7, 2016, 6:05 pm

      I can hear Netanyahu now…

      “On your knees!”

      • Bumblebye
        March 7, 2016, 7:12 pm

        It’s his boorish (Boer-ish?) way of stating that he owns Congress and the Senate, what does he need the WH for?!

    • Egbert
      March 8, 2016, 6:00 pm

      Obama isn’t the only one the Israelis have blown off recently. The Israeli President cancelled at short notice, a long planned meeting with their counterpart in Australia, in favor of a short notice meeting in Moscow. The Australians were spitting feathers. All that grovelling wasted, and in favour the Russians!

      link to haaretz.com

      One thing I will wager – Nuttyahu will not get not standing ovations at the Duma should he ever visit.

    • El Cazador
      March 8, 2016, 7:12 pm

      « what does he need the WH for?! »

      I’d say: to occupy it, for a change…

  6. Boomer
    March 7, 2016, 6:45 pm

    I thought that AIPAC et al. always insisted on an “eternally Jewish, undivided Jerusalem.” Is this a break from the past, a recognition of reality, a desperate attempt to avoid one state, or just a fringe idea?

    From 2008:
    link to realclearpolitics.com

    From 2012: link to thedailybeast.com

    From 2014: link to theguardian.com

    • Citizen
      March 8, 2016, 3:47 am

      Part of Cruz’s campaign spiel is a direct promise to make Jerusalem Israel’s capital city.

  7. inbound39
    March 7, 2016, 7:24 pm

    Back in 2008 when I began investigating Israeli history etc for myself I never thought America would stand alongside Israel in partnership. I still find it bewildering as to why Americans allow it. If I look at what happened in NZ when the Dead Sea Cosmetics crowd were revealed here and the types of people they were targeting and ripping off,the Government here ummed and aaahed about what to do. The people of NZ made the Governments mind up for them. They demanded their removal. The Dead Sea employers were effectively chased out of NZ physically by Kiwi’s that were disgusted by Israeli behaviour. I expected similar regarding the Israeli government actions toward Palestinians from the American Government and American people given America has always been known for standing for freedom and justice. Then I learnt about the billions in aid and the weaponry and ammunition supplied to Israel by America. I thought how can Americans be comfortable with this given it gets used to maintain an illegal Occupation and ethnic cleansing. I have watched America drop in status globally since Cast Lead and Protective Edge et al. It is unfathomable to me why America would allow its government and status to be meddled with by Israel, a proven war criminal state. This election Americans need to take advantage of the opportunity open to them to send a message to Israel….NO MORE. Any Zionist affilliate candidate needs to be dropped like a lead balloon. America needs to claim America back for America and reclaim its self respect.

    • Kay24
      March 7, 2016, 8:45 pm

      It is obvious the US is also under zionist occupation. We are not losing our lands to the land thieves, but our credibility and respect around the world. Our filthy alliance with this disliked nation, has brought us nothing but trouble. I am not exaggerating here, but I have met many people from around the world the last few months, and NO ONE has had a positive impression of the US, and many seem to know that we are controlled by that fascist nation.

      Polls have shown that the majority of Israelis approve of apartheid policies, and want the status quo. So let us not fool ourselves into thinking the “left” wants anything different. They may say the correct things, but deep down either they are afraid to speak out louder, nor want to play the good cop. Until the Palestinians are all killed, or driven out.

    • bryan
      March 8, 2016, 1:21 pm

      “This election Americans need to take advantage of the opportunity open to them to send a message to Israel….NO MORE. Any Zionist affilliate candidate needs to be dropped like a lead balloon.”

      And who would you recommend Americans to vote for? Seems they don’t get a choice of candidates on foreign policy, just like they don’t really get a choice on social and economic policy. Bernie sounds Ok on the latter, but the establishment will surely destroy his candidacy long before November, and the American people will be left with their usual “Heads – you win: tails – we lose” choice.

  8. iResistDe4iAm
    March 7, 2016, 10:27 pm

    Another Palestinian Bantustan?

    De facto Palestinian Bantustans:
    1. Area A – Palestinian Security & Civil Admin control (18% of West Bank land).
    2. Area B – Israeli Security and Palestinian Civil Admin control (21% of West Bank land).
    3. Area C – Israeli Security & Civil Admin control (61% of West Bank land).
    4. East Jerusalem – Illegally annexed by Israel.
    5. Gaza Strip – Illegally besieged by Israel (via air, land & sea) and Egypt (land).

    Proposed new Palestinian Bantustans:
    6. East Jerusalem Ghettos – Fenced off Palestinian neighborhoods (Beit Hanina, Sur Baher and Issawiya).

    As the land under Palestinian control shrinks in size, the number of de facto Palestinian bantustans is actually increasing. Excluding the 43% of the West Bank that is off-limits to Palestinians (reserved for Jewish-only settlements/councils and roads, closed military bases and zones, Israeli declared nature reserves, areas cut off by separation wall, etc), leaves Palestinians with only 13% of their original homeland. It’s ironic that this is equivalent to the 13% that the other Apartheid regime tried but failed to impose in the form of 10 Bantustans.

  9. pabelmont
    March 8, 2016, 8:23 am

    If the proposal is for Israel to devolve a portion of its territory, “annexed” (East) Jerusalem (de-annex it, deaccess it), then that annexation was not so permanent I guess. Or not so real.

    Yes, maybe it is finally time for all Palestinians living in what Israel calls “Israel” (a 78% + ?? 3% subset of what Israelis call the Land of Israel) to accept citizenship and the vote. The Palestinians living in Israel-48 have already done so. Let those living in Israel-67-48 do so now. And vote! Let Israel “feel” what a “democratic” 1SS feels like. See if they like it.

    • rosross
      March 8, 2016, 6:04 pm

      The utterly astonishing thing is that the only thing which has ever prevented Israel from doing what every other nation founded through a more powerful colonising force has done, create one state with equal rights for all, shared by indigenous and coloniser alike, is because of the most backward and primitive religious bigotry which holds that members of Judaism are superior to all others and particularly to the non-Europeans like the Palestinians, whom they equate as sub-human.

      How on earth can any developed nation, particularly the US which is forever proclaiming how it defends freedom, justice, equality etc. etc. etc. give a feather of support to the bigotry of the Israeli State?

      The hypocrisy is breathtaking. It is bad enough from Israel making anyone of intelligence want to vomit when they claim they are the only democracy in the Middle East and a beacon to others, blah, blah, blah, but to see the rest of the developed world, by omission and commission, aid and abet Israel is even worse.

      Israelis have reasons to be deluded, the rest of the world does not.

      • MHughes976
        March 8, 2016, 6:52 pm

        The belief that people who are Jewish have unique rights in Palestine has roots in religion but has come to be defended with many arguments that are not ostensibly religious so it is hard to convince undecided people that this is just obstinacy or bigotry in religious belief. As for the conscience of the West, we should not be surprised to find it at least fickle. There is hypocrisy, there is confusion, expertly exploited of course.

  10. James Michie
    March 8, 2016, 9:01 am

    So, Phil Weiss, the New York Times and one of its infamous Jerusalem Bureau “correspondents” throws you an exceptional “bone”, after years of shielding and defending indefensible Zionist Israel–and you call it “excellent”. Well do yourself a favor, Phil, don’t hold your breath for another “excellent” piece from the insufferable New York Times Jerusalem bureau! Also, Phil, is racially segregating the Palestinians from their brutal racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing Zionist rulers what you had in mind when you stated that a one-state solution–obviously Zionist Israel–is inevitable?

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      March 8, 2016, 1:26 pm

      I believe Phil meant this tongue in cheek. We know where the NYTimes Stands.I do not wish to speak for Phil, but I do think you misinterpret “Excellent”

      • Mooser
        March 8, 2016, 2:20 pm

        Phil’s just preventing anemic writing, and making sure we get our MDR for irony.

  11. amigo
    March 8, 2016, 9:07 am

    Meanwhile back in the occupation nation , expelling , a euphemism for ethnic cleansing , is on the minds of 50% of Israeli Jews.

    Groundbreaking Pew Survey Almost Half of Israeli Jews Back Transfer or Expulsion of Arabs
    read more: link to haaretz.com

    no paywall.

    On the racism front , here is further proof that only racism against Israeli Jewish citizens is taken seriously.

    “A First in Israel: Construction Firm Fined for Racist Ad

    Lands Authority agrees that commercial by real-estate firm, featuring boisterous Mizrahim, is offensive; human rights group contesting company’s exclusive marketing of homes to national religious community. ”

    read more: link to haaretz.com

    Another day in the land of blooming deserts and most moral army .

    • eljay
      March 8, 2016, 9:15 am

      || amigo: Meanwhile back in the occupation nation , expelling , a euphemism for ethnic cleansing , is on the minds of 50% of Israeli Jews. … ||

      I’m sure it’s on the minds of many non-Israeli Zio-supremacists as well.

      And when an American “liberal Zionist” openly says…

      “I cannot consistently say that ‘ethnic cleansing is never necessary’.”
      ” … currently its [sic] not necessary.”

      …one can only imagine what disturbing things the hard-core Zio-supremacist hate-mongers are thinking.

      • amigo
        March 8, 2016, 11:44 am

        And when an American “liberal Zionist” openly says…

        “I cannot consistently say that ‘ethnic cleansing is never necessary’.”

        With the one exception of when it is suggested for Jews who are expelled from land they stole , Gaza for example ,then it is a Pogrom, a war crime that is born of Jew hatred and antisemitism , etc , etc.

        Of course , if Jews do it , it is because they can do no wrong , given that they are the chosen people and do only as their God decreed them , as written and handed down to them in a book , albeit a book written by Jews for Jews which the rest of us are by some strange stretch of the zionist imagination , required to accept as divine law.

        Collective insanity , anyone.

      • eljay
        March 8, 2016, 11:54 am

        || amigo: … With the one exception of when it is suggested for Jews … ||

        That’s a given, since one of the core beliefs of Zio-supremacists is that Jews are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them.

      • oldgeezer
        March 8, 2016, 1:40 pm

        @eljay

        Are they even thinking?

        While in favour of ethnic cleansing the majority of the same people surveyed don’t think that Arabs/Muslims are subject to much prejudice.

        I used to think that zionists used words outside of their meanings purely for propaganda purposes even though they knew better,

        I am beginning to wonder if their culture is so insular and sick that the definition of words have been perverted (and perverted is the only word that could be used) to interpreted only through ideology and not linquistics or facts.

      • eljay
        March 8, 2016, 1:43 pm

        || oldgeezer: … I used to think that zionists used words outside of their meanings purely for propaganda purposes even though they knew better, I am beginning to wonder if their culture is so insular and sick that the definition of words have been perverted (and perverted is the only word that could be used) to interpreted only through ideology and not linquistics or facts. ||

        Hard to know whether it’s done intentionally or as the result of some ideologically-based mental deficiency.

    • rugal_b
      March 8, 2016, 11:41 am

      On the racism front , here is further proof that only racism against Israeli Jewish citizens is taken seriously – Amigo

      They’re taken seriously because they threaten the Zionist creation myth which serves as the prime motivation for every Israeli to swear allegiance to their state, which in turn benefits the white Israelis who mostly occupy the privileged sector of society. In reality, the racist white Israelis hate their Arab Jewish brethren as much as they hate the Arab Muslims or Christians.

  12. amigo
    March 8, 2016, 10:13 am

    Isabel Kershner had better stay away from Britain or she might be mistaken for tipsy livni the war criminal and find herself in irons at the olde bailey before she is shipped to the Hague to face war crimes charges.

  13. JLewisDickerson
    March 8, 2016, 2:00 pm

    RE: “The contentious plan, promoted by a group of liberal Israeli Jews and adopted in principle by the center-left Labor Party, would unilaterally fence off most of East Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhoods and transfer responsibility for their 200,000 residents from City Hall to the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank.” ~ Isabel Kershner

    MY COMMENT: That’s why I support making Jerusalem an ‘international city’ pursuant to General Assembly resolution 181 (II) November 29, 1947, which provides for the full territorial internationalisation of Jerusalem: “The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations.”
    Netanyahu recently made it clear that as far as he is concerned there will never be a sovereign nation-state of Palestine in the West Bank (with, or without, E. Jerusalem as its capital). Consequently, unless Jerusalem is protected by virtue of its being made an ‘international city’ administered by the UN, it is just a matter of time before the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa mosque and numerous other historic sites come under existential threat as Israel’s radical, extremist nationalists (like Yehuda Glick and Moshe Feiglin of the Temple Institute) become more and more determined to completely “Judaize” the city.

  14. rosross
    March 8, 2016, 5:50 pm

    On the plus side, Israelis have passed the point of no return and are so drowned in delusion and propaganda that they don’t even attempt to hide the truth of what they are and that spreads the message, around the world, even more powerfully and pushes BDS which will be the implement which creates the final one state solution. And that solution will be in the interests of all and perhaps even more so the Israelis given the corruptive and constant debasement of their society and culture.

  15. El Cazador
    March 8, 2016, 7:36 pm

    While all this occupation’s planned series is being worked at, you have some famous Zionists who are trying to accuse anyone against those Zionist plans of being antiSemite. I’m thinking of the French philosopher, Bernard Henri Lévy, nicknamed BHL’ a very strong proponent of France’s participation in the war against Libya…

    According to BHL, being against Israel’s policies of Palestinian land occupation and theft, and also against BDS and whatever Israel does against the Palestinians, is antiSemite, and antiZionists are antiSemites. Of course he’s simply trying to scare people from joining the BDS movement.

    Canada went further recently: it’s illegal to join organizations whose goals are BDS against Israel. This change of BDS policy in Canada followed a private motion by a member of the previous Harper Conservative government, and the new Trudeau Liberal government didn’t have the guts to try to modify the motion so it would not be illegal to promote BDS… Is Netanyahoo’s influence so strong in Canada that all future Canadian governments will have to report to Israel once elected?

    link to observer.com

    • oldgeezer
      March 8, 2016, 7:59 pm

      BDS is quite legal in Canada. The private members had no restrictions or penalties.

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