Talia Sasson, a liberal Zionist, says that Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has fostered Palestinian “terror” but it can’t kill the peace process ’cause there’s no alternative to a Palestinian state. If Palestinians could vote, “Israel won’t be ever more the home nation of the Jewish people” and “Israelis will never accept that.”
Monthly Archives: December 2017
Hanukkah is a holiday of Jewish liberation from occupation 2150 years ago. But Jews cannot celebrate the Jewish holidays as a matter of the ancient past at a time when Israel continuously presses its ‘Jewish liberation’ upon the besieged Palestinians, who are crushed under the boot of the ‘most moral army’.
Richard Plepler, the CEO of HBO, said he got his start in media humanizing the Israelis in a documentary during the First Intifada, when they were getting drubbed in the international press. He’s like a lot of other media execs and high-flyers, from Gary Ginsberg of Time Warner to David Cohen of Comcast, whose careers have included hasbara.
Cartoonist Eli Valley reduces all evangelicals to the very worst attitudes of some of them– racism and ignorance — and uses religious imagery to do it. When people do this to Muslims over support for Islamist terrorists or Jews over parasitical financiers, we call it Islamophobia or anti-Semitism.
We share today comments from some of the Thousand Voices for Truth—which we hope will inspire you to help us get $60,000 in challenge funds.
The streets of Beach refugee camp in Gaza City were quiet for once this morning, as the camp mourned Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, shot dead at a demonstration over Jerusalem on the Gaza border on Friday, December 15. Abu Thurayeh was legless: he had lost his legs when he was targeted by Israeli soldiers in 2008 after putting up a Palestinian flag at a demonstration then.
In Havana, Cuba, around 500 people, including Palestinian expats, students, as well as locals, and government officials, gathered in a large government-owned community center to mark the 50th anniversary of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Mousa Solyman, the head of the PFLP in Cuba, told Mondoweiss that representing the group in Cuba was an experience like no other. “In the West it seems all aspects of the Palestinian struggle are illegal, not just the PFLP, any combative organization that supports Palestinian rights are considered terrorists, but in Cuba the government is always supporting us because our cause is justice, and living and working here, that support is felt everyday,” Solyman said.
A 60-year-old Palestinian woman suffered a fatal heart attack overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday when Israeli army soldiers raided her home in the village of al-Zubeidat, north of Jericho in the northeastern occupied West Bank. Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that Hamda Zubeidat, 60, suffered a heart attack after Israeli soldiers threw a stun grenade at her house during a raid on the town.
On Monday, the Israeli parliament passed an amendment to the ‘Prevention of Infiltration Act’ so that it could continue to coerce African refugees to be deported. In 2011, former Interior Minister Eli Yishai said that the mere presence of the refugees is an “existential threat”, and vowed to defend the “Jewish majority”. This law shows that in the Jewish State Zionism informs each and every detail of Israel’s policy.
Here we go again. The neoconservatives are on the march for a war with Iran, and Trump’s delivery on the Jerusalem promise, raises the fear that he may also attack Iran. A reported cabinet shuffle would elevate militarists Mike Pompeo and Tom Cotton, giving power to the neocons, and even Bill Kristol has had a nice word for the president recently.
On December 14, the FCC will vote on a proposal to repeal government regulations known as “net neutrality” which ensure that internet service providers treat all data equally. As this critical issue unfolds in the U.S., it is worth looking at the case of internet freedom for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank where the severe technological gap is just another example of how Israel dominates and restricts almost all aspects of Palestinian life.
The detention of a 12-year-old boy in occupied Hebron last week while protesting the arrest of his uncle when he was trying to get medication, is an example of widespread practice of child detention by Israeli forces that has gained international attention, including 17 US congresspeople saying American funds should be cut off when Israel uses them against Palestinian children.
In 2017, despite daily horrors, one thing has visibly improved: the movement for justice in Palestine has grown enormously. Mondoweiss has published the work of more than 1,000 writers, artists, scholars and activists: A Thousand Voices for Truth! If the reports you read in Mondoweiss speak to you—if you share them to advance the cause of human rights in Palestine—we ask that you give today to keep Mondoweiss going strong.
Retired Israeli general Amiram Levin is regarded as a liberal Zionist and is a strong supporter of Labor leader Avi Gabbay. In an interview, he says “Palestinians deserved the occupation” and Israel should give Palestinian leadership “a carrot in the form of a state, and if it doesn’t want it, we’ll tear it apart…. if they violate agreements, the next time we’ll fight here they will not remain, we will toss them across the Jordan…. We were way too nice in ‘67.”
When Bret Stephens, the new super-Zionist columnist at the New York Times, states that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the “ancestral Jewish homeland,” who can take him seriously? Joseph Levine states, “My roots can be traced back to Eastern Europe, and earlier than that is all speculation and conjecture, nothing that can compete with the Palestinians’ actual residence on the land for the past hundreds of years.”
Ariel Gold writes: American Jews generally take great pride in the support we have shown for civil rights and free speech. As such, we should be appalled at the nomination of Kenneth Marcus for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education. His appointment will greatly damage free speech rights on campuses.
The New York Times has just enough coverage of the war crimes in Yemen, and US complicity in them, so it can say it covered the issue, but not enough to signal to readers that the issue matters. Meanwhile, a torrent of stories has convinced readers that Russiagate is the great issue of our time. For the educated liberal it is convenient to believe that whatever is really wrong can be identified with the Republican Party, so Russiagate is irresistible.
New York Times columnist David Brooks has never come clean for the time that his neoconservatism trumped any conservative notion of government action and he supported the Iraq war. Once again he offered an empty apology, “We went into Iraq because we thought it would help for democracy around the world, and we overstepped in that case.”
The largest Jewish denomination in the US, Reform Jewry, showcased a leader of the dispossession of Palestinian lands at its biennial last week: the head of the Jewish National Fund. So the Union for Reform Jewry has embraced the violence inherent in Zionism, the group that covers up the Nakba with forests. Shouldn’t Jews debate this?
Democrats usually jump at opportunities to counter Trump’s reckless and incendiary policies. That is, when the policies don’t have to do with the state of Israel.
Nada Elia: It is likely President Trump had no clue what his “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel” declaration heralded. He may have been aspiring for “the deal of the century,” when all he has done is unwittingly announce the end of a farce. With the cumbersome “peace process” out of the way, we can focus on the real solution: grassroots activism and global solidarity.
American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says that recognition of Jerusalem is about ‘not picking sides’. Yes, she and Trump are behaving recklessly. But they are continuing a policy of pandering to Israel that has been going on for many decades, under the mask of ‘peace talks’ and a supposed ‘honest broker’, the US.
Scores of Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces suppressed protests of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Soldiers responded to a protest at al-Aida camp “by showering” it with gas, Ma’an reports. Last month, a UN official, Pierre Krähenbühl, said “health experts suggests residents of Bethlehem’s ‘Aida camp are exposed to more tear gas than any other population surveyed globally.”
NYT columnist Max Fisher is realistic when he says in the wake of Trump’s Jerusalem decision that Israel must choose apartheid or granting “Palestinians full rights, establishing a pluralistic democracy that is no longer officially Jewish.” More journalists should be so honest about the death of the two-state solution.
Marc Ellis writes, “Seeing Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration as an end game, as if Trump’s Hanukkah gift came from out of the blue, is a mistake. When celebrated, it gives him too much credit. When lamented, it places too much blame on him. Jerusalem has been in stalemate since the formation of the state of Israel: West Jerusalem colonized by Israel since 1948; East Jerusalem colonized by Israel since 1967. Trump’s Hanukkah gift comes at the end of this colonization. It gives a green light to the final phase of Judaizing Jerusalem.”