Yossi Klein Halevi, the author and Israel advocate, said that the left has “weaponized” the Holocaust against Israel. Speaking on i24 News on the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, he said that he “frequently” hears leftwingers saying of Israel, “How can you do the same thing to Palestinians” that was done to Jews during the Holocaust.
Monthly Archives: January 2020
Three 17-year-old Gaza boys were killed by Israeli forces near the Gaza fence on January 20. Their families deny Israel’s accusation that they were attacking Israeli soldiers, and are demanding the return of their bodies, according to a report by Middle East Eye.
Today, the extreme right is a wholly acceptable idea in the Israeli mainstream. Supporting illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory has shifted to being a centrist policy.
Palestinian NGOs are hitting back at international donors, particularly the EU, for their “anti-terror” funding requirements, which the groups argue unfairly target Palestinian civil society groups.
Donald Trump has a political motive to release his unbalanced “peace plan”: His biggest donors the Adelsons want it out before anyone else gets into the White House. But only Dan Raviv of Israeli broadcaster i24 News will say so.
Denmark’s Prime Minister was in Israel for a Holocaust commemoration, and she has announced the intention to apply the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, which conflates critique of Israel with hatred of Jews. She is also using this idea to incite against immigrants, equating them with neo-Nazis.
US President Donald Trump is set to release his long-awaited “deal of the century” peace plan in the coming days. It is expected the plan will extend Israeli sovereignty to settlements in the West Bank, in addition to annexing the Jordan Valley.
Benny Gantz support for annexing the Jordan Valley shows that the left is completely feckless in Israeli politics, and the only liberal hope is in Palestinian politicians. American liberal Zionists should accept that the two state solution is dead, and they should abandon the ideology that created apartheid: Zionism.
Arizona legislation would revise statutes relating to crime reporting to include the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism as an “aggravating factor” in sentencing decisions. That definition infamously includes some criticisms of Israel.
Ahmed Alnaouq, a Palestinian from Gaza whose brother was killed by Israeli forces, explains what motivated him to pair up with an Israeli journalist, Yuval Abraham, and co-launch a project that brings first-person narratives from Palestinians to an Israeli audience: “Translating the stories published by We Are Not Numbers into Hebrew offers unfiltered content straight from Gaza to all Israelis willing to try to understand.”
The Democrats who say that we only need to get rid of Netanyahu for Israel to be great again should be aware of the long history of plans by the Labor politicians to annex the Jordan Valley, lately endorsed by Netanyahu’s “liberal” rival, Benny Gantz. Annexation is the buzzword.
Benny Gantz, the leader of the “centrist” Blue & White party and main challenger to the premiership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, vowed on Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley if he wins the Israeli elections on March 2.
Elizabeth Warren’s very-carefully modulated position on Israel/Palestine– praising Israel as a great ally and liberal democracy but also saying she might condition aid over annexation of the West Bank — reflects official liberal thinking, and the J Street line.
Voting for the 38th World Zionist Congress begins today, and progressive Zionist organizations in the US are encouraging American Jews to vote for their slate. Donna Nevel says the elections themselves illustrate the racism and inequity of Zionism: “Participating in the World Zionist Congress elections under the banner of progressive values effectively whitewashes Zionism’s impact on Palestinians. These elections don’t begin to tackle Israel’s unjust, apartheid system and its underlying Zionist ideology, but, rather, feeds that system and ideology and gives them more roots.”
Israeli police arrested a delegation of foreign activists, including a member of the Finnish parliament, while the group were attempting to break the 13-year blockade on Gaza by cutting through the Israeli “security fence” around the territory.
Here are eight ways in which the toxic policies of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba have contaminated American institutions, as well as our laws and customs, in the 20 years since the first detainees arrived there.
The Arab Bank appears to be closing accounts of Palestinian community-based organizations and former prisoners due to a suit by Israelis alleging that the bank played a role in terrorist actions. “I never thought that being arrested by the occupation, simply for fighting for my rights as a Palestinian, would affect something so simple as trying to open a bank account,” Ahmad Salah says.
British peace activist Tom Hurndall was shot in Gaza in 2003 and died in Jan. 2004, and his death was commemorated by a group called Gaza 2020 Breaking the Siege that tried to enter the blockaded strip. They were arrested in Israel before they could cut the fence.
Here is a selected listing of some of the most egregious muzzling of Palestine solidarity activities from the past week alone.
Congressional Republicans continue to push legislation that targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and their first move of 2020 is the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.
The ADL has smeared lefties Max Blumenthal, Jefferson Morley and Phil Weiss as serving rightwing antisemites because they said that Trump killed Qasem Soleimani out of concern for Israel’s interest, Weiss writes. “To do so it lies about what I wrote about the number of Zionist Jews in the Trump administration.”
Hubert Murray reports from Cambridge, Massachusetts where Scientists for Palestine held their third international conference, this year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Another conclusion from witnessing this sophisticated and productive exchange of ideas is that despite the politically-imposed privations endured by Palestinian scientists (and of course the population as a whole) there is a corresponding ingenuity at prevailing against the odds,” Murray writes.
In an interview with the New York Times editorial board Amy Klobuchar also cited her strong record of pro-Israel votes in the Senate. “I still think that they are in a really tough neighborhood in a really dangerous position,” she explained, “And made worse by what Trump just did with Syria because now Iran has a foothold there.”
Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett pretends to be a liberal by refusing to run with the “Jewish Power” party despite pressure from Netanyahu to do so. But the collection of rightwingers Bennett is aligned with have made many racist comments of their own.
On January 14, South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order that prohibits state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. South Dakota becomes the 28th state to pass legislation that targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.