Marilyn Garson reflects on the recent news that the Trump administration is cutting aid to UNRWA as the World Bank and UN Special Rapporteur warn of an imminent collapse of Gaza society.
Monthly Archives: March 2018
Many of the Eda Haredit, an ultra-Orthodox group in Jerusalem, are descendants of the Old Yishuv, Jews who resided in historic Palestine under Ottoman and then British rule. The group opposes the Israeli state and any attempts at assimilating them into the larger Israeli society. The cloistered neighborhood of Mea Shearim has become a symbol for the group and outside many Eda Haredit homes hangs a sign that reads: “Here lives a non-Zionist Jew.”
After Jewish leader Ron Lauder wrote an op-ed in the New York Times saying Israeli settlement policy and “semi-theocratic” leadership are delegitimizing the country and fostering the assimilation of young American Jews, he was confronted in Jerusalem by rightwing minister Naftali Bennett. “What are you doing? What are you doing, Man?” the 45-year-old said condescendingly to the 74-year-old.
Recent criticism of Women’s March activists Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory over accusations of antisemitism have caused a new round of moral manic about left-wing antisemitism. Eric Morgenson recounts a similar episode from the 1980s when Jesse Jackson faced criticism over Israel and his association with Louis Farrakhan: “If the Jewish community’s experiences with Jesse Jackson in the 1980s teaches progressives anything, it should be that accusations of antisemitism can be weaponized to de-legitimize those on the left, especially people of color.”
James North writes a memo to New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief David Halbfinger on the paper’s coverage of Ahed Tamimi: “Enough of the ‘dueling narratives.’ Go to her village in Occupied Palestine, Nabi Saleh, and report some facts.”
Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian who was imprisoned in December for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier, has reportedly reached a plea bargain to serve eight months in prison including time served. She would be released in July along with her mother, who video’d the incident, according to preliminary reports.
Two activists from the International Solidarity Movement, Rana Nazzal and Joe Catron, describe their work in Palestine on a North American tour that continues to many other venues in Canada and the States. Anyone who wishes to understand the depth of the conflict, and the trauma visited on Palestinian children, should catch one of these appearances.
Apologists for Israel continue to slander Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian imprisoned for three months and counting for slapping an Israeli soldier, but Ben Ehrenreich’s superb book, The Way to the Spring, published in 2016, gave Americans a compelling profile of the stoical girl and her remarkable family.
Israeli justice is defined by two events on Monday: the military parole board further reduced Elor Azarya’s prison sentence for killing an incapacitated Palestininian suspect, and a military appeals court rejected Ahed Tamimi’s appeal for an open trial on charges of slapping an Israeli soldier occupying her home.
Nada Elia reviews ‘Why Palestine Matters: The Struggle to End Colonialism,’ a new book by the Presbyterian Church Israel Palestine Mission Network: “With Why Palestine Matters, the Israel Palestine Mission network of the Presbyterian Church is once again proving that it is serious in enacting solidarity, with a highly-readable book providing accessible analysis, online resources, discussion guidelines, and concrete action steps towards a solution.”
Bay Area activist Alice Diane Kisch pans Senator Kamala Harris over her AIPAC speech: “Your support for Israel is the diametric opposite of a path to peace in the Middle East. I am so sorry that you are not the politician that I was hoping you’d be.”
Gaza resident Ahmed Alanouq responds to an Israeli who writes to him: “You say that your ‘dream is to advance the cause of Palestinian human rights and to expose the ‘human face’ of the Israeli occupation.’ But the Israeli occupation is humane. It is much more humane than your own regime and your people, the Arabs. The occupation supplies you with everything you need.”
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin says that Trump is especially threatening to Jews with his “blood and soil” ethno-nationalism. He reminds her of Hitler. “The Germans thought that they could use Hitler as well. We’ll control him. He’ll get us what we want. The other stuff he’s not serious about.”
Zionists have manipulated history to hide the Palestinian Nakba. Their brilliant yet deeply disturbing introjection of “victim” status sustains fears still smoldering in Jewish consciousness and is aided by clever, ugly propaganda. In truth, Israel is an occupying power.
The Israeli Knesset ethics committee has suspended Member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi for a week for having used the word ‘murder’ to describe actions of Israeli soldiers against Palestinians. She says that she cannot comfort an “insulated” Israeli society by allowing it to regard its oppressive actions as “just.”
Today, over 130 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations called on German sportswear giant Adidas to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA) over its inclusion of football clubs based in illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday called the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman a “son of a bitch,” and referred to him and his family as “settlers” during a meeting with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, further straining the rift between the Palestinian officials and the White House.
Abier Almasri writes: “Friends and family back home keep asking, ‘How’s life outside Gaza?’ I can’t answer. How to tell people who live on four to six hours of electricity daily that high-rise buildings in New York leave their lights on 24 hours a day, simply because it looks nice?”
Ronald Lauder, a stalwart of the Israel lobby as head of the World Jewish Congress, has published a landmark essay in the New York Times attacking Israel’s settlement program and intolerant political culture as threats to its existence, and to Jews worldwide. The tide is turning against Israel.
Israel’s military appeals court ruled on Monday against an appeal by 17-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi and her defense team to hold the teenager’s trial proceedings in open court, citing historical “benefit” of closed-door trials for minors. Fadi Quran, coordinator of the Free The Tamimis campaign, tells Mondoweiss, “The military can close the courtroom doors but it cannot close people’s’ eyes to the injustices that are happening.”
“The greatest threat to Israel in the short term is Iran, we know that. That’s why I opposed the agreement, because Iran is such a danger,” Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer told the the Council of Jewish Organizations of Brooklyn yesterday. He also said he met for an hour alone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the greatest long term threat to the Jewish state: young Americans’ “support for Israel is declining, in every part of the country.”
In a horrifying video from the occupation, a Jewish settler from an outpost in the South Hebron Hills releases an attack dog on Palestinian shepherds grazing a flock on their lands. The dog rips off the tail of a sheep and part of its buttocks, and bites another sheep in the head.
Seemingly unrelated events all point to a tectonic shift in which Israel has begun preparing the ground to annex the occupied Palestinian territories.
Anna Baltzer of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights was raised to regard neutrality in a conflict as a virtue– till she went to Palestine, and saw the grotesque imbalance of power and brutal occupation. She describes her path to activism at TEDxOcala.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech was about ‘the good, the bad and the beautiful’. All about equality and justice – but not for Palestinians.