On Monday three Israelis who have admitted to the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 16-year old Palestinian who was burned to death over the summer after being abducted from behind his East Jerusalem home in a revenge killing for the unrelated kidnapping and slaying of three Israeli youths a month prior, will give their pleas in district court
Category Archives: Israel/Palestine
Maybe you saw that a top minister in Israel’s government accused John Kerry, the US secretary of state, of anti-Semitism? Naftali Bennett’s accusation is not singular. As Israel grows more isolated in world opinion the anti-Semitism charge is being thrown around in a new way, at a new crowd.
Thousands attended the funeral in Beit Laqiya, a West Bank village, of 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Thursday
The policy of ethnic cleansing ever since 1948, and in particular since 1967, is a consensual issue in Israel and thus leaves very little hope for peace and reconciliation. This strategy is marketed differently domestically and externally: It is based on the need to ‘preserve Jewish identity’ to the Israeli public and abroad as ‘Israel’s need for security’. These concepts are used widely across the political spectrum in Israel and provide the ambiguous framework for the Israeli ‘national consensus’. They also underpin the political instruments which deny the rights of the indigenous people of Palestine and to bring about its goal of maintaining a Jewish majority. The problem with Israel thus is not a policy here or there, but its overall strategy that has not changed
Palestinians leaders will likely table a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an Israeli deadline to set borders based on the pre-June 1967 line until after fall mid-term elections in the United States. Haartez’s Barak Ravid reports this week that while Palestinians have stalled, Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to prevent the initiative all together. As a last-ditch effort to stop the Palestinian plan, Kerry has sought to reprise his direct talks that collapsed earlier this year. Israeli officials abandoned that effort after the announcement of a Palestinian unity government and there are no signs they are interested in restarting talks
Israeli forces raided the West Bank village of Beit Laqiya on Thursday night and opened fire and shot Bahaa Samir Badir, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, 3 times in the chest. Badir died 2 hours later at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.
Reuters reports: “A mosque [Abu Baker al-Saddiq] was set alight in a suspected arson attack in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday and the name of an Israeli vigilante group called ‘price tag’ was found scribbled on an outside wall, Palestinian officials and witnesses said. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemned the incident in ‘Aqraba, a village east of Nablus, and urged Israel’s police chief to head an investigation adding that the case ‘should be treated as terrorism.'”
In the latest edition of “Axis of Evil” politics Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued to the United Nations on September 29th that “Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas,” and that they are following the path blazed by Iran 35 years ago. The Prime Minister in the process exposed the mutual relationship between Zionism and its crutch: Islamophobia
In an unhinged analogy, Frederick Krantz, a Canadian Jewish leader, says that Hamas is the Nazi Luftwaffe trying to cross the channel to bomb Britain, and the Israeli army is the valiant RAF holding the Nazis at bay.
Before voting 274-12 to recognize Palestinian statehood, the British parliament had an astonishing debate on Palestine you’d never hear in the US Congress. That the occupation is worse than apartheid, that Israel committed war crimes in Gaza, and that British public opinion has shifted dramatically to view Israel as a bully, and the US must pay attention.
In a historic move, the British Parliament voted overwhelmingly tonight, 274-12, to recognize a Palestinian state. The sense of the speechmaking was almost entirely in favor of the motion, with members of the House of Commons saying they were reflecting the popular will in the wake of the Gaza slaughter and the failure of the peace process. Richard Ottaway, a Conservative, said “I have to say to the Government of Israel that if they are losing people like me, they will be losing a lot of people.”
Shirabe Yamada writes about the work of Sunbula, a Palestinian fair trade organization that uses the traditional handicrafts as a tool for cultural and economic empowerment for the most marginalized. Sunbula works with 19 grassroots craft groups, which operate in refugee camps and villages of the West Bank, support marginalized groups in East Jerusalem, give opportunity to people with disability and refugee women in the Gaza Strip, and empower Palestinian community inside the Israel proper.
Ma‘an reports: A large group of Israeli settlers on Saturday morning violently beat a young Palestinian woman while she was picking olives from trees in an orchard in the village of Yasuf in the Salfit district in the central West Bank, a Palestinian official said.
The finale of Israel’s mass destruction of the Gaza Strip during “Operation Protective Edge” was the flattening of several landmark towers that provided essential social and economic functions and which stood as symbols of the besieged coastal strip’s beleaguered professional class. While the war began with the flattening of the areas the Israeli military considers Gaza’s “hard shell” — border areas like Shujaiya and Khuza’a — it ended with a brazen assault on its soft core. The targeting of the professional class, a key pillar of Palestinian society generally considered unsympathetic to the political goals of Hamas, was a new front of economic and social warfare on Gaza
Today the United Kingdom will vote on recognizing the state of Palestine. The House of Commons’ symbolic motion is poised to pass the Parliament despite Britain’s history of refusing to approve previous and similar bids. When the UK government was faced with Palestine’s own plans to seek recognition from the United Nations in 2012, Britain abstained. The bill’s backers from the Labour party have shored up votes from Liberal Democrats and Conservatives alike, making Monday a likely Palestinian victory. But the vote is coming at a cost. The Independent is reporting inside of Britian’s Labour party, pro-Israel members of Parliament are “furious.” Still the measure more or less models what former Prime Minister Tony Blair has proposed through the Quartet. And the House of Commons bill is also being pushed by heavyweights from within the government
Marc Ellis says Shlomo Sand may have trouble resigning from Judaism. Shlomo, your article sounds like the Jewish prophetic tradition you so ably deconstructed and now you seek to resign? Is it so hard to see your own life her
Obama’s dear friend Elie Wiesel celebrates the settlers of East Jerusalem for “strengthening the Jewish presence” in the city, in an ad in Hebrew. Thus the man who bore witness to the ethnic cleansing of Jews in Europe participates in ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
Mahmoud Abbas’s use of the word “genocide” for Israel may not have been helpful given popular conceptions of the word but we need a word to describe the incremental destruction of Palestinian communities. The late Baruch Kimmerling invented a word, “politicide”
Arpen Roy talks with Ofra Yeshua-Lyth about her book “The Case for a Secular New Jerusalem” and the sociopolitical foundation of Israeli society.
If the quality and quantity of documentaries on the situation determined matters, the Palestinians would have won a substantial measure of justice long ago. Now two European professors of film have set up a one-stop-shopping site called PalestineDocs that will serve as a web resource for films chronicling the lives of Palestinians
Hundreds of people demonstrated outside Senators Schumer and Gillibrand’s offices in New York yesterday over eight hours, calling on them to enforce the Leahy Law and cut off aid to Israel because of human rights violations. Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No co-sponsored.
Liberal Zionism is in crisis, because its answers have proved to be helpless against the occupation. Still some hang on, using slogans. Todd Gitlin says that pogroms are “raging” in Europe and people who support boycott of Israel are “tribalists.” Susan Talve, St. Louis progressive rabbi, suggests that the three Israeli teens killed in occupied territories were kin to American martyrs Schwerner Chaney and Goodman.
Swedish PM Stefan Lofven has announced that the country will recognize Palestine. The move has two big implications: it telegraphs a normative shift, Israel is no longer regarded as working hard to find a friendly guide through the wilderness. And it opens the door on radical activism, and states supporting BDS.
The residents of Israel’s southern periphery, bordering the Gaza Strip, are among the Israelis who suffered the most from Operation “Protective Edge.” By the end of the Operation, it was clear that residents of the embattled south — one of Israel’s poorest regions to begin with — were in dire need of the state’s aid. Yet money designated for the rehabilitation of the south is apparently being diverted to bolster West Bank settlements — again
This takes crust. Benjamin Netanyahu went on Face the Nation yesterday and lectured the U.S. on open housing and “ethnic purification” even as he’s trying to swallow up Jerusalem for the Jewish state. After your meeting with the president last week, the White House issued what some call “a very sharp rebuke,” host Bob Schieffer began.