Notes for Ian Fisher, NYT Jerusalem bureau chief: Biased reporting from Israel/Palestine is not only the fault of reporters. Your editors must be ready to resist the Israeli propaganda machine.
Monthly Archives: January 2017
Last Wednesday Mohammed Jahalin and his family were ordered out of their houses in the Jahalin Tribe Bedouin encampment west of Jericho and watched as the metal blades of Israeli bulldozers smashed through their homes. In 2016, Israeli forces demolished homes, particularly Bedouin homes, in record numbers and in the first 23 days of 2017, Israeli forces demolished 119 Palestinian-owned structures, leaving 177 Palestinians displaced. “They keep tearing down our homes, and it’s so expensive to rebuild,” he said. “But we don’t know what else to do, we are refugees, we don’t own land, we have nowhere else to go. Tell us where to go where we can continue our way of life and we can do that, but right now we have nowhere else to go, this is our home,” Jahalin says.
The Quebec mosque shooter who killed 6 Muslim worshipers appears to be a white-nationalist, with anti-Muslim and anti-immigration beliefs. He was also pro-Zionist. The media ought to mention the sympathy, because it is relevant to reaching an understanding of such actions.
Former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro speculates Trump extracted shocking endorsement of his immigration policies from Israeli PM Netanyahu in exchange — for what? Allowing settlement expansion, or killing Iran deal, or moving embassy to Jerusalem, Shapiro speculates
Some 10,000 protesters gathered in Battery Square Park in lower Manhattan, to listen to an array of speakers; from grassroots organizers Linda Sarsour of Mpower Change and Steven Choi of the New York Immigration Coalition to New York State Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
In January, 2016, an Israeli military court sentenced 5 youths from the West Bank village of Hares — Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Amer Souf, Tamer Souf, and Ali Shamlawi, known internationally as the Hares Boys — to a grueling 15 years in prison for manslaughter for a crime that did not even take place. A free 39-page e-book, The Hares Boys, From Palestine to Israeli Prison, tells their story and the history of Israel’s imprisonment of Palestinian children.
California Reps Ted Lieu and Maxine Waters, and LA City Council member Mike Bonin came to LAX to support the immigrant protectors in their demand DHS release detainees from the “Muslim ban” countries. At LAX: ‘No hate, no fear, Muslims are welcome here’
Ma‘an reports: “Israeli forces shot and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Mahmoud Abu Khalifa and injured several others early Sunday morning in Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank, after clashes erupted following an Israeli army raid into the camp. State-run Palestinian news agency Wafa said that Abu Khalifa was left on the ground for hours before paramedics were able to evacuate his body.”
The House of Representatives denies Palestinian humanity: Reps Alcee Hastings and Rob Woodall have introduced a bipartisan resolution against Palestinian terror attacks that refuses to mention how many of the alleged attackers were executed on the spot. Only the Israeli victims count.
Normalizing oppression has always been one of the tools used by the colonizer against the resistance of the oppressed and colonized. Britain, France, America, and Apartheid South Africa are just a few of the colonizers who privileged one sector of the colonized population to make them willing propagandists for the colonizer’s ‘mission civilisatrice.’ Apartheid Israel does exactly the same. Haider Eid outlines the symptoms of normalization to be on the lookout for.
The Stop the Wall movement in Palestine began a dozen years ago and has transformed the international struggle: bringing people together based on human rights to end the occupation, end racial discrimination towards Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, and to support the right of return for refugees.
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Listening to Donald Trump’s inaugural speech led Richard Falk to consider what it might mean to live in a pre-fascist state. While the pieces are in place to facilitate a horrifying transition from pre-fascism to fascism, Falk says there are also some more encouraging tendencies that could mount anti-fascist challenges from within and below.