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  • BDS movement nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
  • The EU builds schools for Palestinian children. Israel destroys them.
    • Here's another article by Michael Sfard from today~ actually an excerpt from his book:

      "It's Every Israeli's Moral Duty to Resist the Occupation ...

      As Israelis, we are all responsible for the realm of occupation, even if we do not man the checkpoints, live in settlements, or hand out permits, because our society, its institutions, and its governing bodies make their discriminatory decisions in partnership with us and implement their discriminatory policies in our name; and, inasmuch as this injustice yields profits (financial profits, for instance), Israeli society benefits as a whole.

      The occupation is an Israeli project, not only the project of those who support it. The Israeli government draws the resources to sustain the occupation from all the country’s citizens, not just those who support its continuation, and the benefits of the occupation to the country’s economy are enjoyed by all its citizens, whether directly or indirectly. ..."

      more @ https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/it-s-every-israeli-s-moral-duty-to-resist-the-occupation-1.5804828

      A lot of folks all around the world should also realize that they, too, are responsible, eh?

      Levy's piece from Amman is more than remarkable and so very moving... I read it the other day and it still haunts me. Thanks very much for including it among all the other haunting pieces that you've included, Kate.

      I did read something 'arresting' in Haaretz today:

      "'A Strategic Terror Attack': Top Court Rejects Insanity Appeal of Israeli Killer of Palestinian Teen

      ... The Supreme Court on Thursday denied the appeal of Yosef Chaim Ben-David, who had been convicted of the abduction and gruesome murder of Palestinian East Jerusalem teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July of 2014. The court rejected Ben-David's argument that he had been insane at the time of the crime and also confirmed his sentence of life in prison plus another 20 years. The high court called Ben-David "the living spirit" behind the crime.

      Abu Khdeir, 16, was abducted from the neighborhood Shoafat near his home by Ben-David, 29, and two Israeli Jewish juveniles. The Palestinian was driven to the Jerusalem Forest, where he was beaten and burned alive. The state has officially recognized him as a terror victim. ...

      In confirming the convictions and the sentences of the three, the Supreme Court panel of justices spoke of the defendants' "racism, ignorance and hatred" and described their deeds as "a strategic terrorist attack that ignited a conflagration in the territories in general and in East Jerusalem in particular."

      With regard to the juvenile defendants, the court rejected their claim that they had not intended to kill Abu Khdeir. The three, the justices ruled, should be viewed as having acted together and therefore as all being directly guilty for the murder. "The cruelty of the act in addition to the racist, ideological motive on which it was based, lead to the conclusion that there are no grounds to interfere with the punishment that was imposed on them [by the district court]."

      In convicting Ben-David, the Jerusalem District Court found that he had been in control of all of his actions, had given orders to his accomplices, and "at the critical moment in which the pitiful victim was lying on the ground and taking his last breaths, kicked him and explained [the defendant's] motives of revenge." The court also refused a request for leniency that was made based on his mental state. Although the district court acknowledged that he was taking psychiatric medication and was in treatment at the time of the crime, the three-judge panel said that he was leading a normal life at the time and was holding down a job and doing volunteer work.

      At the conclusion of their ruling, the Supreme Court justices, Isaac Amit, Uri Shoham and George Karra, said the case should prompt "pointed soul-searching in Israeli society" over racism and its effects on the country."

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-top-court-rejects-mohammed-abu-khdeir-killer-s-insanity-appeal-1.5804608

      Thanks again.

  • Trump calls Egypt, Afghanistan, Turkey and Jordan 'enemies of America' for Jerusalem vote
    • There's nothing "sovereign" nor "right" about Trump's pronouncement! Al- Quds / Jerusalem cannot be given nor granted away.

      The US has bombed the hell out of Afghanistan~ how dare he call the Afghans "enemies"??? The US and its 'allies' are still bombing the hell out of the entire region!

      Now, this happened:

      "Israel using tourism to legitimise settlements, says EU report

      Exclusive: European Union Heads of Mission warn ‘touristic settlements’ are being used as a political tool

      Israel is developing archaeological and tourism sites to legitimise illegal settlements in Palestinian neighbourhoods of Jerusalem, European Union diplomats in the city have warned.

      A leaked report acquired by the Guardian cited projects in parts of East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel since 1967 – that are being used “as a political tool to modify the historical narrative and to support, legitimise and expand settlements”.

      The report identified settler-run excavation sites in the heart of majority-Arab districts, a proposed cable car project with stops on confiscated land and the designation of built-up urban areas as national parks.

      “East Jerusalem is the only place where Israeli national parks are declared on populated neighbourhoods,” the report said.

      The document, a report written annually by the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem, presented a bleak picture, saying the overall situation in the city and the prospects for peace had worsened.

      Marginalisation of Palestinians, who comprise about 37% of the city’s residents, continued unabated, with more than 130 building demolitions and the displacement of 228 people, it said.

      A record number of Israeli settlement proposals and the physical isolation of Palestinians under a strict Israeli permit scheme meant “the city has largely ceased to be the Palestinian economic, urban and commercial centre it used to be”.

      Archaeology and tourism development by government institutions as well as private settler organisations established what it said was a “narrative based on historic continuity of the Jewish presence in the area at the expense of other religions and cultures”. Chief among them, the report warned, was the City of David, a government-funded archeological park in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan that provides tours in the ruins of ancient Jerusalem.

      The site is operated by a settler organisation “promoting an exclusively Jewish narrative, while detaching the place from its Palestinian surroundings”.

      Approximately 450 settlers live under heavy protection in Silwan, the report said, alongside almost 10,000 Palestinians. Continued evictions of Palestinian families and the increased Israeli security presence have created a particular tension, it warned.

      More recently, a cable car project approved by the Israeli cabinet in May plans to connect West Jerusalem with the Old City, part of Jerusalem internationally recognised as occupied.

      Expected to be operational in 2020 and aiming to transport more than 3,000 people per hour, the report warned the “highly controversial” plan would contribute to the consolidation of “touristic settlements”. The project also aims, in a second phase not yet approved, to extend further into East Jerusalem.

      “Critics have described the project as turning the World Heritage site of Jerusalem into a commercial theme park while local Palestinian residents are absent from the narrative being promoted to the visitors,” it said.

      In addition, the diplomats warned, the cable car could lead to a deterioration of the security situation, as it would be located about 130 metres from the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif complex, revered as a holy site by both Muslims and Jews. ..."

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/01/israel-settlements-jerusalem-tourism-un

      Wish that it wasn't only a "leaked report", but hurrah for, and thanks to, The Leaker...

  • Stop the attacks on David Palumbo-Liu
    • The good Professor speaks out:

      "I'm a Stanford professor accused of being a terrorist. McCarthyism is back ...

      Today anyone can be accused of anything, without basis in fact or evidence, and that accusation can be instantly trumpeted over the airwaves unchecked by any journalistic standard. That is the painful lesson I have had to learn this year.

      As a scholar-activist working on issues such as sexual assault, Palestine, and anti-fascism, I am used to receiving abusive messages and being publicly maligned. Now, however, attacks on me have reached troubling new heights.

      Last month, the Stanford Review, a rightwing publication co-founded by Peter Thiel and based on my university campus, wrote that I have helped set up an “organization [that is] undeniably a chapter of a terrorist group” and demanded my resignation. Their article was picked up by groups like JihadWatch, Campus Fix, Campus Reform, Fox & Friends, and other rightwing media outlets.

      The organization I belong to is called the Campus Antifascist Network. We advocate for organized resistance to fascist violence on campus, and for educating our communities and others as to the nature of fascism today. We claim solidarity with a proud tradition of anti-fascism dating back to the early 20th century.

      The group was founded shortly after the election of Donald Trump, and responded to the steady rise of a well-funded rightwing campaign on college campuses. We do not – and never would – advocate – for initiating violence.

      The attack on me is part of a broader phenomenon noted by the American Association of University Professors, which claims that college campuses are the new battleground for conservative groups, far-right organizations and white supremacists. These groups are all trying to intimidate faculty and students, to recruit members, and to attract publicity. Not just careers and reputations are on the line – often personal safety is as well.

      Today, we are seeing the resurgence of a wretched phenomenon we thought we had put behind us – McCarthyism, which involves “the use of tactics involving personal attacks on individuals by means of widely publicized indiscriminate allegations especially on the basis of unsubstantiated charges”.

      Professors are more than hesitant about fighting back against accusations that emanate from organizations supported by the likes of Peter Thiel or Charlie Kirk, who founded Turning Point USA. ...

      CNN ran a story on the increasing numbers of professors like myself who have faced death threats for their political statements and activism. But it’s not just political progressives and radicals who are being hit. Scientists are under attack, too. Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, has received death threats for his work on climate change.

      Despite this new and alarming phenomenon on campus, university administrators seem loth to aggressively protect their faculty. My own university has left it to me to press charges, and has chosen not to make any public comment on the Stanford Review’s defamation of my character, despite an open letter supporting me signed by nearly 700 members of the Stanford community.

      Besides those who signed letters of support, six constitutional law scholars from the Stanford School of Law wrote a letter to the editor of the Stanford Daily declaring that there was no evidence that I had advocated violence, nor that I am a member of a terrorist group. These then were my sources of support, not the university. Yet this has not stopped the attacks on me.

      I don’t have the resources to bring a libel suit – I cannot out-lawyer a newspaper that has an ally in its founder and major contributor to the university, Peter Thiel.

      The troubling question is: who does?"

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/08/stanford-professor-mccarthyism-antifa

  • Israel, are you a real state?
    • To your point, Ossinev~ here's Haneen Zoabi @ +972:

      "Between Poland's Holocaust revisionism and Israel's Nakba denial

      Poland’s attempt to scrub clean its role in the murder of European Jewry is, at its core, no different from Israel’s attempt to erase the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948.

      The responses coming from Israel to the new Polish law, which forbids discussing war crimes committed by the Polish people during the holocaust, are nothing if not paradoxical. While the Israeli establishment, from the Right to the Left, denies the identity, history, and catastrophe of the Palestinian people, it reprimands those who deny responsibility for the fate of the Jews during the Holocaust.

      The Holocaust, a monstrous, well-planned genocide, was possible not only because of the Nazis’ nightmarishly meticulous implementation, but also because those who stood aside as it was happening. The Germans had willing accomplices, including many Poles, who took an active part in the persecution and murder. ...

      A state in denial

      So how is this law any different from the Nakba Law, which would withhold state funds from cultural and educational institutions that commemorate the horrors that befell the Palestinians in 1948? Isn’t the Nakba Law also an attempt to rewrite history? To hide and deny certain parts of it? It is true that the Nakba Law does not — yet — criminalize individuals. But in its essence, it is a law that seeks to silence, just as the Polish law does, and allows the effective denial of the Palestinian catastrophe.

      As opposed to Poland, which legislated this disgraceful law at the behest of its right-wing president, the Zionist state was established entirely on denying my identity, and my connection to my homeland. One example of that denial is the artificial separation between “Israeli Arabs” and Palestinians. “Arab MKs must take care of ‘Israeli Arabs,’ not the Palestinians,” we are told over and over again. The term is one of domestication — of denial — and I am expected to identify with it, to adopt that separation.

      There is no doubt that the Polish law is wrong. But it is no less wrong than the Nakba Law. Yet the Polish law does not deny the Holocaust, while the Israeli law denies the Nakba. The Polish law denies that part of the Polish people were responsible for the Holocaust — that is, it distinguishes between the crime and the criminals. The latter are “the others,” the bad guys, the Nazis. The Poles were “okay,” they were victims of the Third Reich, just like the Jews.

      The Nakba Law, on the other hand, denies history itself, since according to the law the Nakba never actually took place. Instead, there were Palestinian villages whose residents rejected the Partition Plan and “voluntarily” left their villages “with the expectation that they would return after a few days.” There was no expulsion, no murder, and no home demolitions. The events at Deir Yassin were an outlier — if they even happened in the first place.

      The Nakba Law is the natural result of a process that began long ago. Moreover, the state’s use of the Holocaust is no worse than Holocaust denial. The Holocaust has turned into a political tool to be used against anyone who dares criticize the state. Accusations of anti-Semitism has become a way to defend Israel, which claims to represent world Jewry.

      We, the native Palestinians of the land, blame Israeli society, in its entirety, for its historical indifference and blindness. We accuse it of denying our existence, our identity, and the crimes carried out by the state until this very day — on both sides of the Green Line.

      As a Palestinian, I feel a kinship with the victims of the Holocaust. I am angry at all those who continue to murder and remain silence, those who force others to remain silent.

      Israel expels, denounces, and persecutes not only Palestinians, but anyone who identifies with them: human rights activists, parliamentarians, BDS supporters. Israel needs a world beset by fear — one that sees what is happening and remains silent. Just like Poland."

      https://972mag.com/between-polands-holocaust-revisionism-and-israels-nakba-denial/132744/

  • New Orleans City Council rescinds human rights resolution, igniting the movement for Palestinian rights
    • How the hell do dollars and cents/filthy lucre always and forever trump justice??? Perhaps as Siegman says in Phil's article:

      "I happened to be in Israel during a launch of a new book by an author and historian, Raphael Israeli, a professor emeritus at the Hebrew University. The event, which drew a large Likud crowd, including government ministers and Knesset members, reminded me—like nothing else ever did in my over sixty years of professional engagement with the Israel-Palestine conflict—of how woefully uninformed not only the American public but our government officials and academics are about the realities on the ground in Israel and in the Palestinian occupied territories.

      The central thesis of this new book, titled “The Arab Minority in Israel” (published only in Hebrew), is that Israeli Arabs are a fifth column “who suck from the state’s teats” and cannot be integrated into Israeli society. Expressing admiration for the Americans’ internment of its Japanese citizens during World War II, the author advocates the confinement of Israeli Arabs in concentration camps. The author sees Israel’s failure to have taken such measures as a sign of “an enfeebled Israel that has lost its will to exist.” For “although the Arabs openly identify with our enemy . . . [n]ot only are they not incarcerated in camps, we allow them to stand on our platforms.”"

      http://mondoweiss.net/2018/01/struggle-palestinians-significant/

      That's some willful brainwashing/hasbara/garbage, ain't it? The US and far too many others are absolutely complicit.

      NOLA pols should be ashamed, but they aren't. This resolution should have meant something to every single person affected by Katrina/Deepwater Horizon and in anticipation of the next ones when the US gov't fails their folks and their planet... again. It will happen given the accelerating climate crisis run amok and Corporate America. A shanda that Israel prevails again over human rights in 2018 and in NOLA.

      (PS~ Perhaps the reference to Rabbi Brant is a mistake in the second to the last paragraph.)

  • Open Letter to Ben Jealous: Please take a progressive stand on Palestine
    • Ditto.

      Why, oh why, is there such a paucity of existing or aspiring pols with any sense of justice? To your point about the "woke" millennials:

      "Young American Jews Increasingly Turning Away From Israel, Jewish Agency Leader Warns ...

      Israel is rapidly losing its hold on young American Jews, who increasingly view the Jewish state as antithetical to their liberal values, a leader of the Jewish Agency warned on Monday.

      Speaking in uncharacteristically blunt terms for an official in his position, Alan Hoffman, the CEO and director-general of the Jewish Agency, described the trend as “extremely worrisome” and said it was time to take a different approach to engaging young American Jews with Israel.

      “I think it’s very important that we move to a new mode and encourage young Jews not only to engage in Israel advocacy and in defending Israel – those are all important things – but also to have them accept the legitimacy of challenging Israel,” Hoffman said. He was alluding to the tendency among Israeli political leaders to view Jewish students as their ambassadors on college campuses.

      Hoffman was addressing a conference sponsored by the Israel Democracy Institute on Israel’s relations with Diaspora Jewry.

      He cited a recent study conducted by the Brand Israel Group that showed that support for Israel among Jewish college students in the United States had dropped 32 percent between 2010 and 2016.

      “In the year since Trump was elected, the situation has only been exacerbated,” he said. “Jewish student college students in the United States, not including those who are Orthodox, see Israel, justifiably or not, as something opposed to their basic liberal and progressive values.”"

      He added: “If I were to target one demographic that is critical for the future of Israel and the Jewish people, it is them.”

      The growing rift between Israel and American Jewry in general, according to Hoffman, was “like nothing we have ever seen before.”

      Older American Jews are not as disengaged from Israel as their younger counterparts, he said, but they were deeply offended by recent actions of the government. “Among large sections of American Jewry, there is a real question today about how much Israel is home to them,” he said. ..."

      more @ https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-jewish-agency-chief-warns-young-u-s-jews-more-turned-off-to-israel-1.5751616

  • A private tour of the Hebron Heights winery
    • "Boris January 13, 2018, 8:53 am
      This is my last comment here, which sums everything up:

      Losers, you can’t face reality!"

      LOL! That was quick...

    • Thanks for this, Leo and Molly. Exposure of Israeli thievery and lying is paramount in the struggle for Palestinian rights. More, please! So how did the Palestinian wine taste?

      " The vineyards are mainly in the southern West Bank and all have to be “owned“ by law-abiding Jews… "

      "law- abiding"??? rotflmao!

  • Israeli soldiers shoot 3-year-old Palestinian child in the head during West Bank military training exercise
    • Well, perhaps "regret" for merely and only wounding Palestinians...

      Here's Gideon Levy:

      "The Death of Guilt in Israel ...

      Keshet TV’s morning program. It’s the usual mix of news, leisure and entertainment. A discussion about Gaza, with the usual panel – a retired army general and an expert in Middle Eastern affairs. Whenever they talk about Gaza they bring a reserve general and a Middle Eastern affairs expert, who is close to the defense establishment.

      The message is always the same: strike, destroy and deter. Nothing about the siege that has been going on for almost 11 years. No siege. No context. The Palestinians were born to kill, and the Gazans to launch Qassam rockets. Apart from that, they have no interest in life. Moving on to the next topic.

      They move on to talk about Ahed Tamimi. They make sure to preserve the holy balance: a leftist journalist next to a representative of the fascist Im Tirzu movement. And again, no context. Tamimi woke up one morning and went to slap soldiers. She doesn’t have a 15-year-old cousin who was shot in the head ­– at short range – an hour earlier, no soldiers who invaded her home.

      Dr. Uzi Rabi, Middle Eastern affairs expert, confirms that her family is a “family of murderers,” repeating the libel uttered by Im Tirzu’s representative.

      Rabi knows. He’s a Middle Eastern affairs expert. The Tamimi family consists of 5,000 people. All murderers. Rabi knows them. He visits Nabi Salah a lot. He met Bassam and Nuriman, Naji and Bushra, the awe-inspiring struggle leaders, and he knows. Trust Rabi. This is what they say in the defense establishment, and Rabi gives it the academic stamp of approval.

      One can assume he’s never met the Tamimis or ever been to Nabi Salah. But he’s playing his role obediently, otherwise they won’t invite him to TV morning shows or to Institute for National Security Studies conferences.

      I was in the leftist’s role. I commented that they didn’t mention the siege. The retired general, Yom-Tov Samia, rose defiantly and left the studio. He won’t sit with an Israel hater, he said. A few minutes earlier he had greeted me cordially. But now, with the cameras on and the Labor primaries perhaps on the threshold – he will be defense minister, so he declared – it’s better to walk out. Maybe it will be a news item.

      He, of course, is an insignificant man, the general who conceived of the “pressure cooker” doctrine to destroy houses with the fugitives hiding inside them. But his behavior is emblematic. The self-declared candidate for the leadership of the left-center party won’t sit with an Israel hater who dared to broach the siege in Gaza. The hater also mentioned that Tamimi had a right to resist the occupation that barbarically shot her cousin in the head.

      As far as the Israeli media and public opinion are concerned, there’s never any context, no cause and effect. Oh, how cozy and pleasant it is to be blind. This is what we have commentators for, to leave us in the comfortable darkness. For this we’ll have them on morning shows, before the cooking programs.

      But there was also something encouraging about Samia’s performance. He got up and left because he’s involved, and that’s why he isn’t capable of hearing the truth about himself, a candidate for the International Court of Justice in The Hague. In his mind, he is a moral person (“I’ve done more for Gaza than you have,” said the former head of Southern Command). Such a state of mind can only be maintained by omitting the Israeli atrocities from one’s consciousness. This is the routine of the TV channels’ debates, and that’s why Samia was so agitated when someone mentioned things that are forbidden to mention.

      Samia is a wonderful example of the Israeli psychological mechanism, which enables the horror to continue indefinitely, thanks to a systematic, unconscious omission of guilt. Any attempt to dispute this drives him out of his mind. He came to the studio to talk about deterrence, and suddenly – the siege. He came to talk about the female terrorist, and suddenly, she has a cousin left with half a head. What’s going on here? I’ve got to get out of here.

      To Samia’s credit, his theatrical exit showed that something in him still lives, moves, rebels. He still feels guilty, that’s why he protested so dramatically. With the indifferent majority, everything is already dead. Guilt died here long ago."

      read more: https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.834183

      Weep- worthy, eh? So is today's entire compilation, Kate. Thank you.

  • Nuwara family fights secret plea deal with Israeli officer who killed their teenage son during Nakba Day protest
    • Thanks, Yumna. I just finished reading an excellent and comprehensive article by Joshua Leifer over at +972:

      "'There is no justice in Israel — it’s always postponed'

      The Nawara family expected to hear the sentence of the Israeli soldier who killed their son, Nadeem. Instead, they were forced to sit quietly while the soldier’s lawyer argued that it was not his client but Nadeem who was guilty of a crime. ...

      The Beitunia shootings have also become a prime example of how, even when faced with overwhelming evidence, many Israelis, and especially those who are professional defenders of the state and its policies, refuse to believe that Israeli forces can do any wrong.

      As part of the sentencing proceedings, Ben Deri’s lawyer, Zion Amir called several character-witnesses to testify on Deri’s behalf and persuade the judge to grant him a lenient sentence. Amir, a well-known criminal defense lawyer, has made his career defending right-wing extremists and some of Israel’s most unsavory characters: former President Moshe Katzav, convicted of rape; the Jewish youths who burned the Dawabshe family to death in the West Bank village of Duma; and the Israelis who killed Haftom Zarhum, an Eritrean asylum seeker, in a lynching following a terrorist attack at the Be’er Sheva central bus station in October 2015. Amir has worked with the Honenu legal group, which represented the three Israelis who burned to death 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in 2014.

      Three of the five witnesses that Amir called to the stand had been Deri’s commanding officers; the fourth was an army human-resources officer whom knew Deri well, while the fifth was a high-ranking police munitions expert. None of them seemed to understand that by signing the plea bargain, Deri had admitted to killing Nadeem, nor that the charge of negligent manslaughter was two-fold: not only had he fired a live round instead of a rubber-coated bullet, but he had fired at someone who did not present an immediate danger.

      The army officers spoke about the shooting as if it were theoretical. “I don’t believe this event occurred,” one of Ben’s commanding officers said. “Ben was the most moral soldier in the unit,” another claimed, adding, “I didn’t believe the things that were reported.” “If one of my children would grow up to be like Ben, I would praise God,” the third commanding officer said. “He did his job, he fired a rubber bullet. I put him on the front, and I would do it again,” the third officer concluded. The judge intervened to remind them that Ben Deri had, in fact, admitted to causing Nadeem’s death. For a moment, even Zion Amir looked embarrassed.

      Then the high-ranking munitions expert took the stand. “There’s no such thing as a scene that’s free from danger,” responding to Amir’s prompts to describe the situation from the soldier’s point of view. “From our perspective, anyone at the scene [of a protest] presents a threat.” It is rare to hear the Israeli military’s view of Palestinian protesters so clearly and nonchalantly articulated.

      Blaming the victim

      As the hearing dragged to a close, the prosecution presented its recommendations quickly: a strong sentence, including jail time, not simply for the crime but to deter future negligence. The lead prosecutor, a tall woman with jet-black hair, pointed out that the defense witnesses and Deri himself had shown little remorse or willingness to take responsibility for the killing.

      When it was time for the defense’s closing arguments, however, Amir put on a show. Draped in the billowy black robe that Israeli lawyers wear in court, and with white hair that descended to his collar, Amir assumed the role of a kind of cartoon villain. He had already demanded that the judge order veteran Haaretz journalist Amira Hass to sit in the back of the room because her typing disturbed him, and continued to throw threatening looks in Hass’s direction throughout the trial. Now, he demanded that the judge force Assali, who was translating for Nadeem’s father, to move seats or leave the courtroom. People talking behind his back made him feel threatened, Amir said.

      His closing remarks were long-winded. He claimed to “express the cry of soldiers who defend their homeland.” He stressed, “We are in a war for our lives here, I’m not exaggerating.” He asked that the text of the court proceedings be edited so that Avner Gvaryahu, the executive director of Breaking the Silence, could not use them against Israel at the United Nations. He threatened to withdraw the plea bargain. He asked the judge for a light sentence and to rule out jail time, calling the prosecution’s recommendation “a call for punishment that cries out to the heavens in its injustice.” He demanded the judge accept new material that would strengthen the case against Deri having to serve any time — even community service.

      Halfway through Amir’s remarks, he switched from defending his client to, perversely, casting blame on Nadeem. The teenager’s face was covered by a keffiyeh when he was killed — why, Amir asked, “perhaps because he wanted to a commit a crime?” “Something in the deceased’s behavior was meant to threaten,” Amir charged. He claimed Nadeem had thrown stones, adding that stone throwing is a crime punishable by a mandatory minimum. “No one should call a 17 year old who goes to a protest to throw stones a good boy,” Amir declaimed. It was as if Nadeem was being tried for getting killed. ..."

      much more @ https://972mag.com/there-is-no-justice-in-israel-its-always-postponed/132320/

  • Ahed Tamimi offers Israelis a lesson worthy of Gandhi
  • Jailed for 36 years, Karim Younis is now the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner
    • Thanks Kate. Sad list today, as in every day except for the news about the no longer conjoined chidren and the young Gazan donating a kidney to his little brother...

      "Israel demands compensation from family of Palestinian crushed to death under army jeep"

      Just goes to show Israel's depth of depravity. It's putrified.

      Shame on Theophilus III !!!

  • Finally a 'New York Times' columnist says liberal Zionism is dead
    • Thanks for posting that, amigo!

      From the article:

      "... The shareholders and directors include former ministry director general Yossi Kuperwasser; former UN ambassador Dore Gold, who is also a former adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and former UN ambassador Ron Prosor.

      They also include businessman Micah Avni, whose father, Richard Lakin, was killed in a 2015 terror attack in Jerusalem; Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, who heads the Institute for National Security Studies; and Col. (res.) Miri Eisin, who served as the prime minister’s adviser on the foreign press during the Second Lebanon War.

      Also on the list are a former National Security Council chief, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, and Sagi Balasha, a former CEO of the Israeli-American Council, which has casino magnate Sheldon Adelson as a major supporter. ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.833817

      gag

  • Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital of 'Jewish people' is assault on my religion -- Queens rabbi
  • Israel issues BDS blacklist against 20 organizations-- 'badge of honor,' Munayyer says
    • wrt "Apartheid":

      "Israel’s BDS blacklist is straight out of apartheid. The UK can’t condone it

      Asad Rehman

      ... This repressive move is borrowed straight from the playbook of South Africa’s apartheid regime, which had the same aim of silencing critics. Ultimately, Israel’s blacklist will fail, just as South Africa’s did. But first and foremost, the ban calls for a robust condemnation from people of conscience around the world – and the UK government, which continues to conduct “business as usual” with Israel.

      As one of the blacklisted organisations, War on Want is in good company, alongside groups such as the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee – a US Quaker group awarded a Nobel peace prize in 1947 for assisting people persecuted by the Nazis.

      Barring foreign advocates of human rights and international law is the latest in a string of increasingly frantic attempts to gag critics of the Israeli government’s unjust and illegal policies, and to intimidate the growing global movement in defence of Palestinian rights.

      Israel is not alone in this. Leaders of rightwing governments, from Narendra Modi to Donald Trump, are increasingly resorting to authoritarian measures for the purposes of political censorship. Yet grassroots opposition shows that a deep and abiding will exists to defend free speech and civil liberties.

      This isn’t War on Want’s first encounter with a blacklist from an apartheid state. In the 1980s, when the South African government banned foreign funding for anti-apartheid groups there – in particular those calling for boycotts – War on Want led the UK campaign to oppose the ban. At that time, our staff regularly visited South Africa to work with partner organisations; they were under constant surveillance and followed everywhere they went. Of course, the government’s primary aim was to target the grassroots black activists we worked with, who faced arbitrary imprisonment, torture and death.

      Similarly, the bans and blacklists that we face today are only a shadow of what Palestinians endure every single day. This year we remember that it is 70 years since more than 800,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes; they are still denied their right to return by Israel.

      Over these seven decades, Israel has imposed travel bans, evictions, and home demolitions that have become part of daily life for Palestinian families. So are arbitrary arrest and detention without trial, collective punishment, violence, and torture without redress.

      These injustices are the very reason why the BDS movement exists: when all other roads to justice have led nowhere, Palestinians have refused to give up their rights, calling on people of conscience around the world to help make Israeli oppression visible and to campaign against the institutions that profit from it. The BDS movement, as this blacklist demonstrates, spans the globe: a non-violent means of winning peace and justice. That is why we are proud to support it.

      Israel’s BDS blacklist is designed to intimidate and silence people and organisations, such as War on Want, who call for international law and human rights to be respected. It is an attempt to smear human rights defenders, and to make principled calls for justice seem “controversial”. That’s why civil society must come together in the face of such attacks and refuse to let human rights defenders be silenced.

      The UK government has a heavy responsibility. While Israel is violating international law and Palestinian human rights, the UK government continues its bloody arms trade with Israel, encouraging repression against Palestinians, and the demonisation of groups abroad that condemn the repression.

      That’s why we are calling on the British government not only to condemn this crackdown, but to stop arming Israel – and to hold its government to account for the apartheid policies that made BDS a necessity in the first place."

      • Asad Rehman is executive director of War on Want"

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/09/israel-bds-blacklist-apartheid-uk-war-on-want

    • Interesting article up @ +972:

      "Why has Israel banned Jewish leftists but not members of Nazi-linked groups?

      Israel has banned leaders and key activists from Jewish Voice for Peace, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, among other groups that support BDS, from entering the country. So why doesn’t it extend the same restrictions to members of Nazi-affiliated groups? ...

      ... In its choices over who and who not to ban from the country, the Israeli government has demonstrated that its concern is not what Nazis and the rest of the far-right think about Jews, but rather what they think about Muslims, leftists, and the proper way — i.e., the authoritarian way — to run a country. Gorka, Strache et al mirror the dominant political culture in Israel today, one that is anti-democratic, racist, populist, virulently Islamophobic and intolerant of the merest suggestion of left-liberal values. And while their Nazi ties may prompt “official” Israel to purse its lips and furrow its brows, they are clearly quite welcome to visit the country.

      Yet there’s a further element to Israel’s latest blacklist, which specifically concerns Jewish Voice for Peace. They are, of course, not unique in being banned from the country for their political outlook; as executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson told +972 on Saturday, JVP members are “now joining Palestinians, Muslims from around the world, people of color and other activists who are often barred from entry.” JVP members are also far from the first Jewish left-wing activists to have been refused entry to Israel-Palestine.

      But the formality of this step — banning outright leaders and key members of a Jewish organization — is yet further concrete evidence of what has been clear for some time: that even as the Israeli government makes crystal-clear its commitment to having as few non-Jews as possible within its borders, it is also becoming increasingly blatant about possessing criteria for the types of Jews it considers kosher. ...

      There is a toxic mix of prejudices at work here: racism, illiberalism, religious chauvinism. As the checks on these impulses fall by the wayside — and not just in Israel — these blacklists will continue to grow. For now, though, this latest ban sends a clear message: acting in support of Palestinian human and civil rights makes you persona non grata in Israel."

      https://972mag.com/why-has-israel-banned-jewish-leftists-but-not-members-of-nazi-linked-groups/132268/

      Things are not looking up for Israel. They're not looking up for Kushner, either ;-) :

      "Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

      Family’s real estate company received a subpoena from the SEC, and separately questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel"

      much more @ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/08/jared-kushners-company-under-renewed-scrutiny-over-chinese-and-israeli-deals

  • 'We have taken Jerusalem off the table' -- Trump bullies Palestinians
  • Ahed Tamimi has polarized western opinion -- but stirred some liberals to solidarity
    • It's a very good piece by Diana Buttu. Thanks for posting it.

      The very next paragraphs gripped me:

      "... For Ahed was born after the false promises of Oslo, and after the diplomatic community turned its attention away from holding Israel accountable for its now 50 years of colonization and military rule to, instead, press for "both sides" to come together.

      In short, while the world is living in the fantasy world of negotiations and recognition, Ahed is living in the brutal reality of occupation – where the settlers of nearby Halamish have superior rights to her, even though they live illegally in the West Bank, and she is considered a "security threat" for daring to challenge this reality. ..."

      read more: https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.832783

    • "...In Hebron the settlers – who make up less than one per cent of the total population – exert a disproportionate influence. Not only do they regularly trade acts of violence with the Palestinians, but, according to many reports, they also attack Israeli soldiers when they take a softer line towards the Arabs, or attempt to curb settler activity.

      Nadav Bigelman, a former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldier who served in Hebron, has witnessed this first-hand. ..."

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/meetthesettlers/chapter2.html

      Remember the vicious and despicable Anat Cohen?

      "You are a Jew, you need to stand with the Jews’: Peace activist Ariel Gold assaulted by settlers in Hebron ..."

      http://mondoweiss.net/2017/07/activist-assaulted-settlers/

      She's injured and slapped many folks... and she is free and protected by the IOF.

      "Anat Cohen hitting international in the face"

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vzZ1xfR2zg

      "Illegal settler attacks school-children"

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9XIN4Nrtoo

      Free Ahed and her family! Celebrate their courage and resolve and sumud!

  • The trauma of being Palestinian
  • Shmuley Boteach's unhinged attack on Lorde will only help the movement to boycott Israel
    • Check this out:

      "Lorde’s artistic right to cancel gig in Tel Aviv

      More than a hundred well-known writers, actors, directors and musicians pledge their support for the singer Lorde, who has decided not to perform in Israel

      We write in support of Lorde, who made public her decision not to perform in Israel and has now been branded a bigot in a full page advertisement in the Washington Post (Report, 1 January).

      Shmuley Boteach, the author and promoter of the advert, supports Israel’s illegal settlements and wrote last month on Breitbart to thank Donald Trump for “electrifying the world” with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in defiance of international law.

      He has nothing to teach artists about human rights. We deplore the bullying tactics being used to defend injustice against Palestinians and to suppress an artist’s freedom of conscience. We support Lorde’s right to take a stand. ..."

      see the impressive list @

      https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/05/lordes-artistic-right-to-cancel-gig-in-tel-aviv

  • Why Ahed Tamimi's slap is so thrilling to Palestinians
    • It's absolutely beautiful! I have listened so many times now, and I keep crying too. Ahed and the Taminis are magnificent and soulful Palestinians of Palestine, and the beautiful woman and her voice is mesmerizing.

      Thank you, Hatim, for your soulful article and for the translation. May this New Year be better for all~ especially for those that suffer so much at the hands of the Israelis, the Americans, the Saudis, and all of their complicit and cowardly 'allies'.

  • Zionism didn't have to turn out so badly for Palestinians, says Roger Cohen
    • Here's the article:

      "The Voice of the Next Palestinian Generation...

      A lecture hall at Australia’s University of Adelaide, about a month ago. The event: An open discussion between longtime Palestinian diplomat Afif Safieh and the rising Palestinian star Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada website.

      The mood was charged, very tense; it was an intra-Palestinian clash of ideas — for and against the Palestinian Authority; one state or two, boycotts. It was a personal clash and also a generational confrontation, just as transfixing. The debate raised issues long brewing in Palestinian circles, in the territories and even more so in the diaspora. It is embarrassing to think that Israel hasn’t even begun such discussions. They are sorely needed.

      Safieh is a senior Palestinian diplomat. He has served as ambassador to Moscow, Washington, The Hague and London. He sat on Fatah’s Revolutionary Council and was very close to Yasser Arafat, who once sent him to deliver a letter to 25 African leaders. In that pre-email era, he presented the letter to nine of them and gave the rest to ambassadors. He is now a private individual, living in London with his Belgian wife. He visits Ramallah for meetings of the Revolutionary Council.

      Abunimah was born and lives in the United States. He knows Barack Obama from Chicago and often appears in the international media.

      Abunimah accused Safieh and members of his generation of capitulating to Israel, which made Safieh practically choke with rage. Abunimah appeared via video hookup from Chicago, where it was late at night. Safieh was on stage in Adelaide, squirming in his chair, flailing with anger, occasionally glancing up at the electronic screen above his head. He knows that the man appearing there represents the next generation, but Safieh’s cohort is not yet ready to yield the stage.

      Twenty-one years separate them, years of frustration and despair. Both are exiles — articulate and polished, educated and media-savvy, yet an abyss separates them. Safieh is an old-school diplomat, Abunimah is from the social networks. The latter’s generation will pose much more difficult challenges to Israel.

      Abunimah said that if you move slowly you’ll achieve nothing, while Safieh said that Israel is so strong that achieving great things is impossible, which is why one must be realistic and struggle for what one can. He recalls that it was his generation that raised the idea of one state, which was subsequently abandoned. “We aren’t able to get to two states, how will we get to one?” Safieh barked at Abunimah, and their mutual contempt was evident.

      It was a confrontation between the realpolitik of the previous generation and the revolutionary spirit of its heirs. Between modernity and the electronic struggle and diplomatic messages and the world of old. Between a compromise with Israel (never achieved) and an unwillingness to compromise on anything and to conduct a determined struggle that is unlikely to achieve anything in the near term, but at least exudes a new spirit.

      Safieh is an excellent spokesman for his people but the debate demonstrated the total ideological bankruptcy of the PA he represents. Fifty years of occupation and zero achievements is a worthy time to debate what went wrong and whether to adopt a new strategy. It’s doubtful it will bring the Palestinians any accomplishments, however; the continued bickering over two states, the 1967 borders and the peace process is a proven path to a dead end.

      Israelis should listen to the new voices. They will get louder. Abunimah is not a terrorist, nor is Safieh, of course; but Abunimah will not compromise with Israel that way Safieh was prepared to and still wants to. Israel has missed the opportunity for compromises. Abunimah wants one state and the right of return; boycotts, divestment and sanctions; the end of Zionism and a halt to racism. On American campuses they listen to him much more readily than to Safieh. The old Palestinian locomotive has reached the end of the line. “And then one track whispered to the other, the king is dead, long live the new king,” (from “Song of the Locomotive” by Arik Lavie). Let’s see how well Israel does with him."

      read more: https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.831586

      I feel such sadness for the Palestinians who have tried and tried to achieve some kind of peace with violent, racist, genocidal Israel. It's a new day now... there really are good (some of them formerly ignorant and brainwashed) people who are paying attention to the voices crying and yearning for justice. At last.

      May their voices be amplified and never silenced again.

  • Mohammad Saba'aneh sends Christmas greetings from Palestine
    • "Christmastime in Bethlehem, and not all is merry"

      https://twitter.com/haaretzcom/status/945370384504971264

      (MSNBC is reporting on this and on Lorde's sane decision~ (unfortunately, Ayman Mohyeldin used the term "anti- Israel" ! I guess he has to please his masters... ugh.)

    • How can this tragedy go on and on and on?

      Israel has viciously and violently stomped on the "Holy Land"/Palestine and all Palestinians.

      "By Bethlehem’s Manger Square, Palestinians lament Trump’s season of ill-will

      ...Trump made a big mistake. He said that Jerusalem is for one religion. For the Jewish people. But Jerusalem is not just for one religion. It is for Muslims and Christians as well.

      “Trying to cancel our existence and our connection with the city is very dangerous because it is mixing religion with politics.”

      Like many Palestinians this Christmas, Giacaman is feeling very weary. “Palestinians are tired. It is clear since the second intifada that the Oslo peace accords have been a failure and we should dissolve the Palestinian Authority. Since the beginning it has always been clear that the United States has been on the side of Israel.

      “All Trump has done is put that on table in plain sight rather than under the table. Nothing has changed apart from that. And we, as Christian Palestinians, have been victims of these policies for years.”"

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/24/bethlehem-manger-square-palestinians-lament-trump-season-of-ill-will

      And the Christian Zionists could care less! They preach and sin at the same time.

      Thank you, Mohammad and Annie. I wish both of you the best.

      btw, did you happen to hear/read the Archbishop of Canterbury's and the Pope's Christmas messages?

      "Archbishop of Canterbury criticises 'populist' world leaders

      Justin Welby joins Pope Francis in using traditional Christmas Day message to make oblique criticism of Donald Trump over Jerusalem decision

      The archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out against “tyrannical and populist” world leaders in a Christmas message likely to be seen partly as a rebuke against US president Donald Trump.

      Justin Welby was preaching at Canterbury cathedral at the same time as Pope Francis made oblique criticism of Trump in his traditional Christmas address in St Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

      The pontiff made particular reference to the situation in the Middle East just two weeks after the US president inflamed tensions in the region by controversially recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

      In Canterbury, Welby told worshippers that much could be learnt from the nativity story, where Jesus is “power seen in humility”.

      He said: “In 2017, we have seen around the world tyrannical leaders that enslave their peoples, populist leaders that deceive them, corrupt leaders that rob them, even simply democratic, well-intentioned leaders of many parties and countries who are normal, fallible human beings.” ..."

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/25/pope-calls-for-two-state-solution-in-israel-and-palestine

      More, please. Some real and positive action would be a pleasant surprise. Sanctions against the Occupiers is at the top of my list. Hope that all of their parishoners/ believers were listening.

  • A Christmas letter to Nikki Haley
    • "Israeli minister plans to name Western Wall train station after Trump

      Yisrael Katz wants to name stop on new rail line after US president for his ‘brave decision to recognise city as Israel’s capital’

      Israel’s transport minister is pushing ahead with a plan to extend Jerusalem’s soon-to-open high-speed rail line to the Western Wall, where he wants to name a station after the US president, Donald Trump.

      Yisrael Katz’s proposal, which is in the initial planning stage, involves constructing two underground stations and excavating more than two miles (3km) of tunnel beneath downtown Jerusalem and under the politically and historically sensitive Old City. The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray.

      A spokesman for the transport ministry, Avner Ovadia, said the project was estimated to cost more than $700m (£522m) and, if approved, would take four years to complete.

      Katz’s office said the minister advanced the plan in a recent meeting with Israel Railways executives and fast-tracked it in the planning committees.

      Katz said a high-speed rail station would allow visitors to reach “the beating heart of the Jewish people: the Western Wall and the Temple Mount”. ..."

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/27/israeli-minister-plans-name-western-wall-train-station-donald-trump

      Seriously??? They are going to "tunnel" under the Old City? They're crazy! Perhaps they'll name the WC after Haley...

  • How a Palestinian girl from an occupied village emasculated the Israeli army
    • Well worth revisiting:

      "Videos: Brave Tamimi women of Nabi Saleh take down Israeli soldier assaulting injured child

      Annie Robbins on August 28, 2015" @ http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/israeli-soldier-assaulting/

      ~and~

      "Nabi Saleh and the revenge of the IDF

      Annie Robbins on February 25, 2016" @ http://mondoweiss.net/2016/02/nabi-saleh-and-the-revenge-of-the-idf/

      There's much more here about this abused & courageous Palestinian family... just type in 'Tamimi' in the search box...

    • Ahed Tamimi has more courage and grace than any IOF'er ever had!

      They are cowardly bullies & assasins who are armed to the hilt. Pathetic.

      "... Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, posted on Facebook following Thursday’s hearing that all three are being held in HaSharon prison – Nariman and Nour in one cell and Ahed in another.

      According to Bassem, they are being held in the section of the prison for Israeli criminals instead of the section where Palestinian women are usually detained.

      Ahed, Nariman and Nour are in high spirits and “sending their love and respect for you, our partners in our struggle for freedom and justice,” Bassem Tamimi wrote.

      Silent resistance

      On Wednesday there had been reports that Bassem, himself a former prisoner of conscience in Israel’s jails, had again been detained by occupation forces.

      According to extended family member Manal Tamimi, Bassem had not been formally arrested but has been summoned for questioning.

      Bassem also posted a Facebook message after Wednesday’s hearing for Ahed. He said his daughter was “refusing to speak with Israeli officers who are trying to interrogate her.”

      “Despite the abuse and ongoing imprisonment, she is staying silent and refusing to have any cooperation with [the] occupation,” Bassem added.

      He also appealed for ongoing support “to defend our family from the propaganda the Israeli media is instigating against us.”

      Bassem also told media after the hearing the he feels proud of Ahed, “but I also worry about her because she is in the hands of this terrorist regime.” He added that he had no trust in Israel’s military court, because it is a part of the occupation. ..."

      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/tamimi-women-send-love-israeli-prison

      ..."And even so: Courage, ‘Ahed, courage. To victory."

      Amen! Thanks, Yossi.

  • Lexicography for Dummies
    • This is magnificent!

      Thank you, Doctor.

      'Jihad' has been similarly deliberately mistranslated, misunderstood, and maligned. 'Terrorism' has also been corrupted only to apply to those that the West and its allies seek to destroy and/or dominate and occupy.

  • The case for US government sanctions on Israel
    • How I wish that all Americans, Europeans, Arab States, India, etc. would wake up and smell the grotesque and foul apartheid that they support.

      This article and all of MW should be required reading for everyone who is willfully and/or blissfully blind and complicit (Congress, the White House, the MSM, preachers and pastors and rabbis, too!) to the atrocities visited upon indigenous Palestinians of Palestine and those that were/are expelled to refugee camps and imprisoned in Gaza! I wonder why you don't mention the ethnic cleansing and genocide that Israel has been employing since day one and before. I also wonder why you don't mention the horrific incarceration without trial of Palestinians and the murders of so many Palestinians and the lack of punishment for those Israelis that commit these crimes~ IOF and settlers, etc. Why no mention of the constant incitement from the Israeli government and members of the Knesset?

      I'll stop there, but there is more to be said and written.

      BDS, BDS, Boycott, Divestment and SANCTIONS!

  • Michael Oren says Palestinian activists stage 'kids in American clothes' to provoke Israeli army
    • Hey Michael Oren~ check this TRUTH out:

      "Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinian

      They are dressed like Palestinian protesters, speak with the same accents and expressions, and show the same mannerisms. Their faces covered with checkered keffiyehs or balaclavas, they chant against the Israeli army and sometimes throw stones in the direction of the soldiers, all while drawing in other protesters as they get closer and closer to the army.

      Then, quick as a bang, the scene erupts, and this group suddenly turns on the rest of the Palestinian protesters, brandishing guns that were concealed under their shirts, firing in the air, grabbing those nearest to them and wrestling them to the ground.

      The army advances and takes into custody the Palestinians that were caught, as the rest of the protesters disperse, screaming out one word as a warning to others: "Musta'ribeen!"

      Disguised as Arabs

      Musta'ribeen, or mista'arvim in Hebrew, is a word that is derived from the Arabic "musta'rib", or one that is specialised in Arabic language and culture. In Israeli security terms, the word denotes security forces who disguise themselves as Arabs and carry out missions in the heart of Palestinian societies or other Arab countries.

      The agents are given rigorous training, and in operations concerning the occupied territories, are taught to think and act like a Palestinian. Their main missions, according to Israeli affairs expert Antoine Shalhat, include gathering intelligence, arresting Palestinians, and - in their eyes - counterterrorist operations.

      "The first musta'ribeen unit was established in 1942 before the state of Israel came into being until 1950," Shalhat said. "This unit was part of the Palmach, an elite division of the Haganah militia, which went on to later become the core of the Israeli army."

      Not much is known about these agents because they operate in secret, he added. The Israeli army dissolves these units once their work is found out, and forms new ones to take their place. ...

      Presence in recent protests

      Over the past two weeks, Palestinians have been protesting US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Hundreds have been arrested by Israeli forces, and 10 people have been killed so far in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

      Last week, during one of the protests at Ramallah's northern entrance near the illegal Bet Il settlement, a group of musta'ribeen infiltrated the protest and arrested three young Palestinian men, according to journalist Rasha Harzallah.

      "They were only there for 10 minutes," said Harzallah, who was standing the closest to the first Palestinian protester arrested on Wednesday, December 13. "They were dressed exactly like the other Palestinian protesters, and threw a sound grenade at them."

      "They were about five in total, and pulled out their guns and began firing in the air," she continued. "The army then suddenly advanced in huge numbers, and they began firing live bullets at people and in the air, even at the journalists."

      Harzallah, who works for the official Wafa news agency, said that the agent nearest to her was wearing a dark red shirt and had his face covered with a keffiyeh.

      "Before, he was standing on the front line with the other Palestinian protesters throwing rocks at the Israeli army," she said.

      "The army then suddenly advanced quickly. Then I noticed the red-shirted man on top of a Palestinian protester, and he was waving his gun towards me and the photographer next to me shouting 'don't get close!'"..."

      much more @ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/musta-israel-agents-pose-palestinians-171218061118857.html

  • US vetoes UN resolution on Jerusalem, as Muslim states recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital
    • Here's Trump's "tramp":

      "Nikki Haley in Threatening Letter to UN Members: Trump 'Will Be Watching' Who Votes Against U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem

      U.S. envoy's letter, obtained by Haaretz, sent one day before resolution rejecting U.S. move expected to pass by sweeping majority at the General Assembly

      U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sent a letter to representatives of UN member-states, warning them against supporting a resolution rejecting President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

      The resolution, which expected to pass by sweeping majority, is slated for vote on Thursday.

      "The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us," she wrote in a letter obtained by Haaretz. "Thank you for your consideration, and please do not hesitate to contact my team with any questions or concerns." ...

      Haley continued, "As you know, the General Assembly is considering a resolution about President Trump's recent decision on Jerusalem. As you consider your vote, I encourage you to know the president and the U.S. take this vote personally.

      "Twenty-two years ago, the U.S. congress declared that Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel, and that the U.S. embassy should be moved to Jerusalem. President Trump affirmed that declaration by officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, the President's announcement does not effect final status negotiations in any way, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. The president also made sure to support the status quo of Jerusalem's holy sites, and did not advocate changes to arrangements at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif."

      Haley added: "The U.S. announcement is an acknowledgment that peace is best advanced, not set back, when all parties are honest Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since the country's founding nearly seventy years ago The President clearly voiced support for a two-state solution if that's what the sides agree on."

      "I know that many in the General Assembly are also committed to the cause of peace," Haley wrote, asking the member-states to consider whether such a resolution will not only fuel "the heated rhetoric and violence."

      Haley stressed that the United States "was not asking for other countries [to] move their embassies to Jerusalem," but "simply asking you acknowledge the historical friendship, partnership, and support we have extended and respect our decision about our embassy."

      Haley also tweeted on Tuesday that the U.S. will stand by the Jerusalem decision and will be "taking names" of those who criticize impending embassy move.

      "At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more," Haley tweeted on Tuesday. "So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names."

      The UN General Assembly is set to meet on Thursday at 5 P.M. Israel time (10 A.M. EST) for an emergency discussion on the unilateral American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Turkey and Yemen requested the meeting after an Egyptian draft resolution against the recognition was presented to the Security Council and was vetoed by the United States, although the 14 other members of the council voted for it. ..."

      read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.830088

      The US is wrong and imploding. The stain will remain with lasting shame.

  • Israel opens an investigation into army for killing double-amputee in Gaza
  • Ibrahim 'the half bodied,' an icon of Gaza skirmishes, loses his other half for Jerusalem
    • 'Naftush'~ you're not only pathetic, you are also an immoral Israeli Zionist (probably another 'settler'), squatting on Palestinian land which you call "the territories".

      Here's Gideon Levy's video about this deliberate murder:

      https://twitter.com/haaretzcom/status/942496831585554432

      Here's his article:

      "... The Israeli Military First Took His Legs, Then His Life

      The Israeli army sharpshooter couldn’t target the lower part of his victim’s body — Ibrahim Abu Thuraya didn’t have one. The 29-year-old, who worked washing cars and who lived in Gaza City’s Shati refugee camp, lost both legs from the hips down in an Israeli airstrike during Operation Cast Lead in 2008. He used a wheelchair to get around. On Friday the army finished the job: A sharpshooter aimed at his head and shot him dead.

      The images are horrific: Abu Thuraya in his wheelchair, pushed by friends, calling for protests against the U.S. declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; Abu Thuraya on the ground, crawling toward the fence behind which the Gaza Strip is imprisoned; Abu Thuraya waving a Palestinian flag; Abu Thuraya holding up both arms in the victory sign; Abu Thuraya carried by his friends, bleeding to death; Abu Thuraya’s corpse laid out on a stretcher: The End.

      The army sharpshooter couldn’t aim at the lower part of his victim’s body on Friday so he shot him in the head and killed him.

      It can be assumed that the soldier realized that he was shooting at a person in a wheelchair, unless he was shooting indiscriminately into the crowd of protesters.

      Abu Thuraya posed no danger to anyone: How much of a danger could a double amputee in a wheelchair, imprisoned behind a fence, constitute? How much evil and insensitivity does it take in order to shoot a handicapped person in a wheelchair? Abu Thuraya was not the first, nor will he be the last, Palestinian with disabilities to be killed by soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces — the most moral soldiers in the world, or not.

      The killing of the young disabled man passed almost without mention in Israel. He was one of three demonstrators killed Friday, just another humdrum day. One can easily imagine what would happen if Palestinians had killed an Israeli who used a wheelchair. What a furor would have erupted, with endless ink spilled on their cruelty and barbarism. How many arrests would have resulted, how much blood would have flowed in retaliation. But when soldiers behave barbarically, Israel is silent and shows no interest. No shock, no shame, no pity. An apology or expression of regret or remorse is the stuff of fantasy. The idea of holding those responsible for this criminal killing accountable is also delusional. Abu Thuraya was a dead man once he dared take part in his people’s protest and his killing is of no interest to anyone, since he was a Palestinian.

      The Gaza Strip has been closed to Israeli journalists for 11 years, so one can only imagine the life of the car-washer from Shati before his death — how he recovered from his injuries in the absence of decent rehabilitation services in the besieged Strip, with no chance of obtaining prosthetic legs; how he rumbled along in an old wheelchair, not an electric one, in the sandy alleys of his camp; how he continued washing cars despite his disability, since there are no other choices in Shati, including for people with disabilities; and how he continued struggling with his friends ... .

      No Israeli could imagine life in that cage, the biggest in the world, the one called the Gaza Strip. It is part of a never-ending mass experiment on human beings.

      One should see the desperate young people who approached the fence in Friday’s demonstration, armed with stones that couldn’t reach anywhere, throwing them through the cracks in the bars behind which they are trapped.

      These young people have no hope in their lives, even when they have two legs to walk on. Abu Thuraya had even less hope.

      There is something pathetic yet dignified in the photo of him raising the Palestinian flag, given his dual confinement — in his wheelchair and in his besieged country.

      The story of Abu Thuraya is an accurate reflection of the circumstances of his people. Shortly after he was photographed, his tormented life came to an end. When people cry out every week: “Netanyahu to Maasiyahu [prison]” someone should finally also start talking about The Hague."

      read more: https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.829384

      "Too good to be true"? I am almost positive that you would support giving the IOF coward and immoral "sharpshooter" a medal... you probably also revere the grotesque war criminal Elor Azaria, too.

  • Child of 12 is roughed up, then detained, by Israeli forces in occupied Hebron
    • With all due respect, I ask you to inform me where exactly do I find evidence that "The world is beginning to pay attention to Israeli crimes against children"?. I read a few articles about the latest criminal activity by Israel, but not so much in Western MSM.

      Israel's evil crimes against Palestinians (including children) are infamous, but not recognized as such by those that are complicit and willing enablers. These crimes are almost 99% ignored by "the world".

      Please share where it was that you found some optimsm... it's sorely needed.

  • A Thousand Voices for Truth. Add Yours!
    • "Your mother will surely be proud of you as well. Not a doctor, not a lawyer, but an Israel basher. Well done, you must be doing something right"

      He certainly is doing something right~ he's faced the truth about Zionism and Israel and continues to spread the truth far and wide to those whose eyes and ears are not slammed shut by hasbara.

      What about you, Emet? Your muter aun foter must be so proud of the ziotroll that they produced, Emet. Mazel Tov! Are you a "doctor " and/or "a lawyer"? From whence do you gain your money?

  • US Reform Jews endorse land theft in Israel and occupied territories
    • I posted this the other day:

      '“Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Reform Jews: Trump’s Jerusalem Move Hinders Mideast Peace …

      Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on Friday she worries that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will make it harder to achieve peace in the Middle East.

      Addressing several thousand attendees at The Union For Reform Judaism convention in Boston, the Massachusetts Democrat said she believes a two-state solution is the best hope for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

      While Warren said Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, she added that diplomacy between Israelis and Palestinians should determine the final status of the city. …”"

      read more: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.827830

      She's not progressive... she embraces the "dark side".

      Many so- called progressives inhabit the same ugly and unjust sphere.

  • Democrats abandon the resist Trump movement when it comes to Jerusalem
    • Misterioso~ that is incredible and beautiful and oh -so- true!

      Thank you so much for posting it here~ it brought lovely chills and grateful tears to my heart and soul.

      Memories...

  • 'We don't want to pick a side,’ Nikki Haley says. But you just did
    • Thanks, Jonathan.

      Haley said:

      "... “The sky’s still up there. It hasn’t fallen.”

      Nikki Haley echoed that message across three televised appearances on Sunday, four days after the president announced that the US recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel. ...

      ... Haley argued that the decision has realpolitik logic. She suggested Israeli settlements and Palestinian poverty do not weigh as heavily on the minds of Middle East allies, especially Saudi Arabia, as does Iran’s growing influence in the region.

      “We have a whole lot more in common with the Arab League than we have ever had before and mainly that’s because of our fight with Iran,” Haley told CNN’s State of the Union. “What they mostly care about and what is their top priority is Iran, and we are in lockstep with them.”

      Asked about fears that the decision, an explicit step in favor of Israel, might inflame extremists in the region, Haley said: “I have no concern.”...

      Haley argued that the president’s decision reflected his appreciation for facts on the ground. “You’ve got the parliament, the president, the prime minister, the supreme court [in Jerusalem], so why shouldn’t we have the embassy there?”

      She insisted, without offering details, that the decision would advance peace talks. “When you recognize the truth, when both parties recognize reality, peace comes,” she told CBS’s Face the Nation. “We are living in the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.” ..."

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/10/jerusalem-capital-israel-donald-trump-nikki-haley-defend

      Just another warmongering Israel- firster who cares not a whit about justice.

  • 'My aim is not to resolve the conflict' -- former top Israeli negotiator
    • "And it’s true, Israel is struggling and making an effort to meet this promise within the Green Line. "

      Sorry, but don't make me laugh so hard!

      "The Declaration promised “equal citizenship” to its Arab inhabitants, but Israel then played fast and loose with the concept of citizenship, by differentiating between citizenship and nationality. It’s akin to placing a big brown “A” on the lapels of its Arab citizens."

      As evidenced below:

      "Following Riots, Israeli Defense Minister Calls for Boycott of Arab Citizens: 'They Don't Belong Here'

      Avigdor Lieberman says residents of Wadi Ara 'are not welcome here'; Minister Bennett: 'Arabs should not test our patience' ...

      Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday said that Israeli Arab residents of the Wadi Ara region “do not belong to the State of Israel" and should be boycotted. ...

      The residents of the Wadi Ara region should be boycotted, Lieberman told Army Radio in an interview on Sunday morning. “They should understand that they are not wanted here, they are not part of us.” According to the defense minister, Wadi Ara residents "have no connection to this country.”

      “What is happening in Wadi Ara is intolerable,” Lieberman said. “So I am calling for a boycott of Wadi Ara. Don’t go there and don’t buy there. They need to understand that it is impossible to demonstrate with Hezbollah flags, Palestinian flags and pictures of [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah. To accept billions from the National Insurance [Institute] and to also destroy us from within,” he added. ...

      In another radio interview on Reshet Bet on Sunday morning, Lieberman made similar comments.  He added that “formally, the residents of Wadi Ara are Israeli citizens, but they are not a part of Israel and must be part of the Palestinian Authority. He later repeated his call for a boycott of businesses in Wadi Ara. 

      The chairman of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh, responded to Lieberman's comments, saying the minister is “a representative of the dark fascist regime of [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s extreme right-wing government.”

      “The call to boycott citizens just because of their national and religious origin reminds one of the darkest regimes in human history. The thought that such a person is responsible for the security of the country should worry every rational citizen.”

      MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint List) said the protest by Arab citizens of Israel against Trump’s decision is a legitimate protest, “and we have not heard the [Defense] Minister call to boycott Haredim or Ethiopians who blocked roads in the demonstrations they held.”

      The chairman of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, the former MK and leader of the Hadash party Mohammed Barakeh, said “every protest by the Arab community is considered a security incident. I did not see tear gas grenades at the demonstrations by the disabled.”"

      read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.827961

  • 'Will the protesters turn violent?' Deconstructing the media's view of Palestine
    • Boomer~ I heard that interview, and uttered some special words when it was over...

      In an almost laughable irony, check this out:

      "Israeli Army Commander Suspended for Stealing Fruit From Palestinian Vendor in Hebrew

      An investigation has been opened into a commander who was caught on video taking apples from a vendor's stall while deployed to keep the peace ..."

      read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.827915

      ( video at link)

      There are no words . I'm not even sure that 'irony' does it justice.

    • Thanks for this, Dr. Rothchild.

      It's pretty clear who always, always, always 'turns' violent with malice and premeditation:

      It's not the Palestinians. It is Israel and its armed forces/thugs/zionists including the "settlers".

  • Dionne and Shields ignore the Adelson in the room
    • Not one that I've read about. Since you mention Warren, here's her bs:

      "Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Reform Jews: Trump's Jerusalem Move Hinders Mideast Peace ...

      Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on Friday she worries that U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital will make it harder to achieve peace in the Middle East.

      Addressing several thousand attendees at The Union For Reform Judaism convention in Boston, the Massachusetts Democrat said she believes a two-state solution is the best hope for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. 

      While Warren said Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, she added that diplomacy between Israelis and Palestinians should determine the final status of the city. ..."

      read more: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.827830

      bah humbug.

    • So all of these "journalists" are actually working for "Israel Hayom" and The Lobby.

      Pitifully, shamefully and entirely Israel- first.

  • Netanyahu has been interfering in U.S. politics for a long, long time
    • Wonderful exposure of many truths. I wistfully (angrily) wonder why the MSM doesn't /hasn't covered any of this, but I dipped into some infotainment today... they had Kushner @ Saban on in the lower right hand corner and muted and Witt said she would report on anything important that was said and never, ever did. But it was all about Russia, Russia and North Korea...

      I found this fitting tweet today:

      "jewdⒶs // יידהודה‏
      @geoffreyjewdas
      ...
      All I want for Hanukkah is for Russiagate to turn into Israelgate."

      https://twitter.com/geoffreyjewdas?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

      Thanks, Phil.

  • War rumblings continue, as Netanhayu says Iran is another Nazi Germany
    • A true axis of evil~ those three morally bereft, lying 'leaders', consummate inciters and undiplomatic warmongers.

      From Haaretz, these nasties are/were welcomed to Saban:

      "...Excerpts of his speech were published on Saturday night, in which he vowed to stop Iran from entrenching itself in Syria.

      The Saban Forum is an annual conference on U.S. policy in the Middle East organized by the Brookings Institution.

      Other Israeli speakers at the event this year included former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and the new leader of the Labor Party, Avi Gabbay. Topics discussed included the Iran deal and Saudi Arabia's role in the Middle East.

      Later on Sunday, Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, will speak publicly for the first time about the Trump administration's attempts to facilitate an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Kushner will talk about the administration's peace efforts together with Haim Saban, the Israeli-born business mogul who funds the annual event." 

      read much more: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.826483

  • Israel's top diplomat spouts anti-Semitic criticism of American Jews -- 'having quite convenient lives'
    • omg, Marnie!

      That's perfect. rotflmao... (also had to wipe my screen because of the coffee...)

      I'm not sure that I've told you how much I appreciate your comments here.

      I do.

  • 'Facebook' ads are way more important than the children we slaughter in some poor country
    • Thank you very much for this, Donald.

      No matter where I've lived (nor how long I have lived), the US and the West's 'foreign policy' has been my most significant concern. Ignorance, greed, and dislike for others/racism fuels this all over the Western world (including Israel from which most Zionists came and come from).

      [I also care about the climate disaster that we are experiencing secondary to grasping rich folk and mostly ignorant and brainwashed Western folk, and healthcare that is denied to too many, etc.]

      If the US came clean and stopped the wanton and horrific killings all over MENA, all things much better might become possible . The US spends billions to kill millions. Meanwhile, people are dying of cholera, bombs, blockade, neglect, pernicious racism and Islamophobia.

      "Yemen's cholera outbreak now the worst in history as millionth case looms

      Experts predict fastest-spreading cholera epidemic since records began will affect at least 1 million people by turn of year, including at least 600,000 children ..."

      https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/oct/12/yemen-cholera-outbreak-worst-in-history-1-million-cases-by-end-of-year

      Please don't forget Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria, etc. Why the US allies itself with Israel and KSA/Kuwait et al is beyond my ken.

  • Families as pawns: Israel pressures Palestinians into exile through foreign spouse visas
  • Israeli gov't minister says there will be one million West Bank settlers in the next 10-20 years
    • Look at this horror

      "According to Israel's Deputy Defense Minister, the Palestinians Might Have Landed From Mars

      Orders intended to deal with Jewish outposts are now being used to uproot Palestinian communities in the West Bank ..."

      read more of this abomination: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.823359

    • How can it be that any sentient human being supports Israel? I'll never understand...

      Thanks for bringing the mostly dreadful truth here to MW, Kate.

      I read this early this morning:

      "Editorial// Israel's Right to Steal Palestinian Land ...

      Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit on Wednesday authorized the confiscation of private Palestinian land for the needs of West Bank settlers. His move followed Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s request regarding the paving of a road to the illegal outpost Harasha, without which it would be impossible to “legitimize” it.

      His opinion was ostensibly based on the ruling of retired Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran about Amona. Joubran ruled that the military commander in the West Bank must also see to the settlers’ needs, as they number among the region’s residents. Joubran cited former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak’s ruling that “Israelis in the area are entitled to life, dignity, property and the rest of the rights enjoyed by anyone in Israel.”

      With all the problems that these rulings raise, the assumption that Mendelblit is implementing Joubran’s verdict is groundless. Joubran had stressed that the need to protect the settlers cannot blur the Palestinians’ special status of a “protected” population under international law, and that the military commander must be careful not to take any move to infringe on their rights in favor of the occupying state’s residents.

      Mendelblit and Shaked clearly chose to ignore these points. They are also throwing sand in the public’s eyes, because the court verdict didn’t deal with expropriating land for settlements’ needs at all and didn’t rule that such an act was legal.

      Mendelblit’s opinion can now be expected to serve the settlers’ insatiable appetite for private Palestinian land. However, in the legal whitewashing process, the officials involved omitted, as usual, the issue of the settlements’ legality. According to international law all the West Bank settlements are illegal. So Mendelblit cannot legitimize stealing Palestinian land in favor of any settlement in the name of “public needs,” because the public for whom his opinion is intended stole the land it is dwelling on.

      Israel is acting like a criminal organization that operates according to its own laws and is convinced it can be seen as a legal body.

      Mendelblit adorned his opinion with a series of vague qualifications like “feasibility” and “proportionality.” These terms have no practical meaning when it comes to the lust for land theft driving the settlers and the government. Such an opinion is conducive to infringing on the Palestinians’ rights, to Israel’s flouting international law and to undermining the legitimacy of Israel’s justice system."

      read more: https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/1.823308

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