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Monthly Archives: December 2017
The power of Ahed Tamimi’s slap in the eyes of Palestinians: “Your slapping of those soldiers speaks for all of us,” Hatim Kanaaneh writes. “Israelis slapped us in 1948 and in 1967 and innumerable times since. By slapping their faces, you are telling those aggressors to permit the return of the exiled Palestinian Refugees and to end the apartheid their state forces on us under the dogma of ‘the Jewish State.’”
Psychiatrist Samah Jabr and three US mental health clinicians called on the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) to reconsider its decision to hold its 2019 international meeting in Israel because the state is “perpetrating massive injury to the Palestinian people, through its relentless assault on the minds and bodies of its individuals and its remorseless ambition to annihilate Palestinian history, culture, economy, artifacts, architecture, and community life.”
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Assaf Wohl has authored an empty book about Palestinian history, and now he hurls anti-Semitic tropes against New Zealand Jewish activist Justine Sachs, for persuading Lorde to cancel her performance in Israel. He calls her a “classic Jewish wimp,” and refers to the Holocaust, when some Jews collaborated with Nazis.
‘I am sure we will die young because of this,” a resident of Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem says in a Berkeley Law School study documenting that the Palestinian camp is the most-teargassed place in the world. More than half the residents surveyed told researchers they’d experienced three to ten tear gas exposures just in the previous month!
Nada Elia says that when the singer Lorde decided to cancel her concert in Tel Aviv she was not caving to BDS pressure, she was rising to the occasion.
Mariam Barghouti reports from Nariman, Nour, and Ahed Tamimi’s latest hearing where the three women’s detention was extended even though no official charges have been brought against them. Nawal Tamimi, Ahed’s aunt, tells Mondoweiss, “in the end, this is an occupation. If they could they would officially charge us with the crime of being born Palestinian.”
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When liberal Zionist groups say anything about Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old Palestinian girl who has been imprisoned without charges for slapping an Israeli soldier occupying her back yard, it’s to praise Israeli soldiers for their restraint. They know the case has made the Palestinian cause heroic in the eyes of the world, but they are not allowed to identify with Palestinians.
As the #MeToo movement continues to build and uplift more marginalized voices CODEPINK’s Ariel Gold and Taylor Morley write that Ahed Tamimi should be regarded as a pillar in the movement: “Ahed is revoking her consent for Israel’s brutal occupation. She refuses to give her consent to Israeli forces that invade her family’s home in yet another vicious, meritless night raid. She continually confronts her aggressors and stands up to the violent system of power that keeps perpetuating this cycle of abuse against Palestinians, and for that, she is threatened with sexual violence. Now is the time for voices in the #MeToo movement to call for her release and help draw the parallels.”
Rachael Ray, an American celebrity chef and television personality, posted a tweet claiming hummus to be an Israeli dish, alongside tabbouleh, meze stuffed grape leaves, and an assortment of dips familiar to the Arab world. CJ Werleman writes, “Ray’s tweet amounts to more than your everyday willful, yet forgivable display of ignorance, but rather reflects the effectiveness of unchallenged pro-Israeli narratives and storytelling in Western political discourse, one that seeks to erase any memory of Palestinian existence.”
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On the night of December 12, Israeli soldiers threw stun grenades at the home of Hamda Zubeidat, a mother of 12 in her late 70s, triggering her death by heart attack. Israeli police have not returned calls about consequences for the killing deep in occupied territory, as Hamda’s family struggles to make sense of her loss. A report by Yumna Patel from Hamda’s village in the Jordan Valley.
In a radio debate with Israeli journalist Ben Caspit, writer Shany Littman says his call for a price to be exacted from Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian girl, in the dark without witnesses was a suggestion of sexual assault. Caspit says he merely called for her arrest and denies the Israeli occupation exists.
Before Ahed Tamimi slapped an Israeli soldier on her family’s occupied property on December 15, the soldier slapped her hand away from him. But no one is talking about that violent moment; and Israeli media are showing video of the incident that begins right after that moment, in an effort to describe the incident as one of provocation and restraint, not the usual violence, which in fact preceded and followed the video.
When Fawzi Mohammad al-Juneidi, 16, was arrested and assaulted by 23 Israeli soldiers on December 7th a photo of the incident went viral around the world. Yesterday al-Juneidi was released on 10,000 shekel bail and rushed to the hospital for specialized treatment for a fracture in his shoulder. The teen says during his incarceration he was kept in a dark room where he was beaten. “I felt I was going to fall unconscious as a result of torture,” al-Juneidi was quoted as saying.
The Israeli government has announced that a stop on a new train line connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will be named after Donald Trump. The station will be near the Western Wall in occupied East Jerusalem, and honor is meant to mark Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The train line in question was already controversial as it was built in part of land taken from the West Bank village of Beit Iksa.
Sheikh Saih Abu Madiam, 68, has been sentenced by an Israeli court to 10 months in prison and fined over $10,000. The crime? Trespassing state land — which he in fact owns in Al Araqib, one of the nearly 40 “unrecognized” Bedouin villages in the Negev.
The fact that Israel kicked out 750,000 Palestinians and then occupied the West Bank for 50 years “was not inevitable and is still not irreparable,” Roger Cohen writes in the New York Times. But given the actual history, was it possible for Zionism not to be anti-Palestinian racism. The burden of proof is on Cohen.
Mahatma Gandhi anticipated the incident in which 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapped an Israeli soldier occupying her back yard. In 1932, scholar Norman Finkelstein relates, Gandhi wrote that a woman slapping an attacker “has no strength to cause harm. Hence her act is not violence.”
Oren Hazan from the ruling Likud party received backlash today after he boarded a bus full of Palestinians traveling from Gaza to visit relatives who are detainees in Israeli prisons, and called them “dogs” and “terrorists” in a video he posted of the encounter to social media. “No, it’s not a question of family visits-this is a reality that must stop, and that’s why I came to confront the beasts,” Hazan wrote yesterday. He further said the Palestinian passengers were “human scum.”
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Prominent Israeli journalist Ben Caspit caused international furor last week, when he wrote of Ahed Tamimi, “in the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras”. Caspit has felt the heat in response to his insidious suggestions and is now in crisis control mode. In a new article Caspit trys to “clarify” in English but Jonathan Ofir says the attempt at spin control is futile and disingenuous: “Caspit, in his desperate attempt to backpedal, is providing an even more pathetic article, which suggests that its just the ‘goyim’ who didn’t understand Israeli jargon.”
Yesterday, an Israeli military court extended Ahed Tamimi’s detention and postponed her trial. Mariam Barghouti reports from Ofer military court, where on Christmas day Palestinian families, including the Tamimis, gathered to attend the trials of their imprisoned loved ones. Wafa Daud, who was waiting to attend a hearing for her 19 year old son tells Barghouti, “Behind the numbers, there are the family members and friends that are also being punished in this system.”