Imagine a leading Jewish organization attacking a citizen of another country for complaining about discrimination in that country against people of color there. Rula Jebreal’s op-ed on Israeli “hate policies” hit a nerv
Category Archives: Israel/Palestine
The NYT tries to make the occupation seem normal. That’s why it’s devoting 16 paragraphs to a story about the time difference between Israel and Palestine when it could be covering the crisis in US-Israeli diplomacy over illegal settlement building and the detention of Palestinian children
Ten weeks after his death during dawn prayers in Gaza, the body of a 20-year-old father of one was found under the rubble of a mosque destroyed by Israel in August
Many Jewish Israelis want to believe that Palestinians will accept Zionism. They never will, nor should they, Israeli president Reuven Rivlin has said in his latest nod to “equality” for all under Israeli ru
It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age has tentatively only just begun two months after the end of the fighting. According to the United Nations, 100,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, leaving 600,000 Palestinians – nearly one in three of Gaza’s population – homeless or in urgent need of humanitarian help. Aid agency Oxfam warns that at the current rate of progress it may take 50 years to rebuild Gaza. Where else in the world apart from the Palestinian territories would the international community stand by idly as so many people suffer – and not from a random act of God but willed by fellow humans? The reason for the hold-up is, as ever, Israel’s “security needs”. Gaza can be rebuilt but only to the precise specifications laid down by Israeli officials
Why did John Kerry meet with Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman when Lieberman has endorsed the transfer of Palestinian citizens from Israel? Rula Jebreal itemizes the country’s “hate policies” on the Int’l New York Times op-ed page and calls for a “civil rights movement.”
Haaretz reports: “A plan to build the first new Arab city in Israel since the establishment of the state will come before the National Planning and Building Council for approval next week. The city, to be built adjacent to the Arab community of Jdeideh Makr, which is just east of the northern coastal city of Acre, is planned for a population of 40,000. Planning for the new city, initiated by the Israel Lands Authority, the Housing and Construction Ministry and the planning administration in the Interior Ministry, has been in the works for the past four years in fulfillment of a 2008 cabinet decision.”
On Wednesday evening, Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, 21, drove his vehicle at high speed into a crowd of Israelis on a light rail platform at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem, wounding eight people. 3-month-old Israeli-American Chaya Zissel Braun died hours later, and Karen Yemima Muscara, an Ecuadorian woman in her twenties, died from her injuries last night. As the news of a terrorist attack spread, the Israeli public demanded the Netanyahu government punish East Jerusalem Palestinians. The day after the incident, Netanyahu convened with Aharonovich, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Shin Bet Head Yoram Cohen, and police officials ordering 1,000 more police and troops from the border police, instructing them to “exercise Israeli sovereignty” over the occupied territory. This episode illustrates how anti-Arab racism in Israeli society — what Israeli President Reuben Rivlin recently called “sick” — makes it susceptible to manipulation of facts in order to advance the far right’s agenda
The pro-Israel press is enraged that the US government did a “hazing” of Israeli Defense Minister Ya’alon, refusing to meet with him on recent visit. But Ya’alon just called for segregated bus lines in the West Bank. Isn’t that just the kind of person we should be snubbing?
A Palestinian teen with U.S. citizenship was killed today by the Israeli army at a demonstration in the West Bank town of Silwad, near Ramallah. Fourteen-year old Orwah Hammad was shot in the neck with a live bullet, according to Ramallah hospital staff.
Thousands gathered in the West Bank town of Silwad outside of Ramallah to bury Orwah Hammad, a 14-year old Palestinian-American from Louisiana who was killed by the Israeli army on Friday. Hammad was died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the neck and head during a demonstration against the killing of another Palestinian earlier in the week
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called for a “speedy and transparent investigation” into the killing of Orwah Hammad, a Palestinian who has US citizenship. “The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a U.S. citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad on October 24.”
Ilan Pappe reviews “Jaffa Forever” by Adly Massoud Derhally: “This elegantly bi-lingual book will be an important part in our struggle to remember and rebuild what was lost in the past.”
Katie Miranda reflects on some of the appalling ironies of U.S. and Israeli policy towards Gaza. The Obama administration is paying to both destroy and rebuild the war torn strip, and Israeli companies are now promoting their military equipment worldwide using a sales pitch of having been tested during “Operation Protective Edge.”
Wednesday’s hit-and-run, where Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, 21, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem, rammed his car onto pedestrians waiting at a Jerusalem light rail stop killing a three-month old Chaya Zissel Braun became the latest outburst between Israelis and Palestinians since summer’s start. Following the crash, al-Shaludi sprinted from the scene. He was then gunned down by an undercover police officer in the area
After British MPs moved overwhelmingly to recognise the State of Palestine, the governments of Britain and Israel affected indifference in an attempt to undermine the vote’s significance. These dismissals mask a deep and growing anxiety about the direction of political traffic. “There is indeed reason to worry”, a senior Israeli diplomat acknowledged. “Not because it’s going to be translated into actual government policy, but because it’s a public opinion setter. It does create a trend”. But trends don’t set themselves, and fortunately for Israel, rather than mobilising to publicise and build on last week’s achievement, significant tendencies within the Palestine solidarity movement are working instead to undermine and contain it. Instead, we need to accept the victory and build on it
Israel gained recognition in 1948 by accepting the UN Partition borders of 1947, but has negated those borders since. But any partition of the land must reflect that division, explains scholar David Gerald Fincham
Rabbi Danielle Leshaw really wants to free Palestine. That’s a sacred idea, she says. But she’s not interested in the Palestinian answer to that problem
Hatim Kanaaneh writes an open letter to author, and fellow Palestinian citizen of Israel, Sayed Kashua about the recent correspondence between Keshua and Israeli novelist Etgar Keret that was published in the New Yorker.
Ahmed Moor shares a story from an American friend of his who recently traveled from Amman to Jenin to assist with the yearly olive harvest.
Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances. “I do not hope for anything from the Israeli court because it is a racist court,” said the deceased’s father Hussein Abu Khdeir, continuing, “It judges for the Israelis, not the Arabs.”
Watch as as settlers from the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, clap, shout and cheer as an Israeli soldier binds the hands of a child behind his back and fastens a blindfold over his eyes as another soldiers stands on guard before they lift the frightened boy into the back of their military jeep. The boy is eleven and developmentally disabled
Recently Jerome Slater passed along the following statement from a London friend named David, saying, “I think it should be widely read.” The writer requested anonymity because of relatives in Israel. He comments on our site as “Bornajoo.” –Editor. I was born into a poor Jewish family in the slums of the East End of London in the