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Author Archives: Allison Deger
Fruits of a right-wing takeover: Knesset barrage limits Arab parties, conscripts the ultra-Orthodox, and puts the peace process to a vote
This week legislation introduced by right-wing members of Knesset passed in quick succession, nearly unanimously with the exception of lawmakers who boycotted the debates. Within two days the government approved military conscription for ultra-Orthodox, raised the electoral threshold which will keep Arab parties out of office, and amended Basic Law for the first time in 22 years to require a referendum on ceding any Israeli controlled land during negotiations.
Tuesday marked a day of funerals as Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza mourned six killed by Israeli forces within twenty-four hours. Three were killed in the West Bank in separate instances and three were killed in the Gaza Strip from an air strike. Above, the funeral of Saji Darwish, 18, in Beitin, a village in the West Bank.
Last Sunday over 300,000 protesters shut down central Jerusalem to protest a Knesset bill to draft Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community into the military. Allison Deger talks to some of the protesters who compare Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid, the main backer of the compulsorily conscription legislation, to the assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, suggesting he would meet a similar fate.
The killing of three Palestinian men in Qalandia refugee camp last August is a central case in the Amnesty International report on Israeli soldiers killing dozens of Palestinian protesters in the last three years. Amnesty has called for governments to suspend military aid to Israel because of the pattern. Allison Deger investigated that violent night in the occupation. Here is her assessment of Israeli actions.
Palestinians in Hebron demand Israel ‘Open Shuhada Street’ and protest twentieth anniversary of Ibrahimi mosque massacre
On Friday around one thousand Palestinian and Israeli activists protested in the West Bank city of Hebron to reopen Shuhada Street.
In Israel torturing Palestinian prisoners is illegal, but since 2001 there has not been a single conviction—even when the state admits its use. Above, the shabach position is demonstrated: A prisoner is bound to a low tilted chair with one hand tied behind him. The suspect’s head is covered by an opaque sack. Loud music is played in the room.
While officials in the U.S. are undertaking efforts to punish those who call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), inside Israel more members of government are backing settlement boycotts.
What is a Jewish dog? Allison Deger visits a pet cemetery (above) and ranch run by an Israeli couple that enjoys water, electricity and waste removal as a result of government plans to make life attractive for Israeli Jews in the Negev desert. Yet about two kilometers away is an unrecognized Bedouin encampment with 24 residents from the Abu Alkin clan who are not allowed to access municipal services, and are forced to live off the grid. “Martin Luther King, 2014: My dream is to be a dead Jewish dog. For then I will have equal rights,” quips Khalil Alamour of the legal rights group Adalah.
Do these teens remind you of the dizzy teens awaiting the Beatles? Change the scene: Days before John Kerry will arrive in the Middle East for more negotiations, thousands of Israelis marched in the occupied Jerusalem hills to claim land that would be essential to a two-state solution
After leaving Oxfam, Scarlett Johansson has gained the support of Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Last week, noted African asylum seeker organizer Mutasim Ali, 27, was given a summons to report to prison. Since mid-December testimonies have surfaced that African asylum seekers are being summoned to report to a desert detention facility, and now this leader has been ordered to give up his life in Tel Aviv and turn himself in. Mondoweiss publishes copy of a new prison summons used to order African asylum seekers to report to a desert detention facility.
A week ago the world rejoiced when food trucks finally arrived to Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria to alleviate mass starvation, but since then the siege is back. Even after the food arrived, it did little to curtail starvation throughout the camp of 40,000. The death toll now has exceeded 63,
Israeli-American Orit Arfa has followed up her Miley Cyrus pro-settler parody “Jews Can’t Stop” with “Gaza Wrecking Ball.”
The late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was eulogized in a service at the Knesset in Jerusalem earlier today and the turnout was low. There was no scramble for foreign dignitaries to board planes like they did for Nelson Mandela weeks ago. Even the Israeli public, who came out by the hundreds of thousands last October for the passing of chief Sephardic rabbi Ovadia Yosef, mostly stayed away. Above, the coffin of Ariel Sharon leaving the Knesset.
What is “hot return”? Israel’s policy of “voluntary deportation” in which some Africans are given $3,000 and taken to their embassies for early morning rush passports then driven directly to Ben Gurion airport. Tens of thousands of African asylum seekers protested this and related policies in front of the Israeli Knesset yesterday, demanding to meet with authorities.
During a third day of strikes African asylum seekers in Israel have announced plans to march from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to demand refugee status. Over 20,000 have already demonstrated in front of foreign embassies, and United Nations and European Commission offices.
Today, tens of thousands of African asylum seekers gathered in Tel Aviv to protest in front of eight embassies, UN and EU offices as part of a three-day strike against Israel’s policy of imprisoning for those requesting refugee status. The protests brought out record numbers and caused the U.S. Embassy to shut down. Israeli onlookers jeered at the marches, shouting “Go home!” and “back to Africa!” as the protesters met for a second day of actions.
John Kerry’s peace process may be stalled, but a Disney-like bible park in occupied East Jerusalem is devouring a Palestinian village, bringing paintball and a surround-sound media center. “Hear the Babylonian forces laying siege to the city?” asks “Amos,” a 3-D Israeli-accented talking head in a cowboy hat. Something jumped out at us from the screen. Maybe a sword? I dropped my glasses on the ancient floor. This historical adventure was too extreme for me.
In a scaled back ceremony early Tuesday morning 18 Palestinians returned to the West Back in the third round of prisoners released by Israel during the U.S.-backed direct negotiations. Families of the released prisoners still gathered to welcome loved ones home, but perhaps reflecting the malaise towards the ongoing negotiations the crowd was noticeably smaller than past releases.
JNF launches $1 billion program to settle ‘Western’ Jewish immigrants ‘fueled by Zionism’ in the Negev and Galilee
Over the next 10 years the Jewish National Fund aims to inject $1 billion into programs to increase North American immigration to Jewish-only communities in the Negev and Galilee, and bolster Zionist education, including a program for “a young person to bond with a child who perished in the Holocaust as part of his or her B’nai/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.”
In late November the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ran a Gaza ground invasion training exercise by occupying an Ashkelon playground—explosions by the swing set and all. The mock raid was a surprise to suburban residents who awoke to find their town invaded. Haaretz journalist and artist Roy Chicky Arad was tipped off in advance the military would practice a ground incursion for the besieged coastal Mediterranean strip near a manicured recreational play area.
After attending Mandela’s memorial, Knesset member’s blood rejected in gov’t drive because she is African
One day after attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial, Israel’s first Ethiopian Knesset member Pnina Tamano-Shata has her blood refused in a government donation drive because she is African.
“Palestinians have to also recognize that there is going to be a transition period where the Israeli people cannot expect a replica of Gaza in the West Bank,” President Obama said at the Saban Forum in Washington this weekend (with Haim Saban, above). While Secretary of State John Kerry indicated that he envisions Palestinian “state institutions,” but not statehood. So once again, Israeli security concerns trump Palestinian sovereignty
Despite attempts to shut down Max Blumenthal’s book tour stop at the liberal think tank the New America Foundation, his lecture on Israeli policies to “finish 48″ was well received.
Ari Shavit wants to end the occupation, and is an archetype for what is referred to as “the Left” in Israel, a dwindling breed of earnest defectors from the occupation machine. The Ha’aretz senior columnist and author of “The Promised Land” is a well-positioned and influential political commentator, but he has an abysmal record of reading Palestinian politics. As much as he may reflect the assumptions, and anxieties, of the liberal establishment, it’s clear from his writing that he doesn’t know Palestinians.