On June 21, Jon Lansman, chair of Momentum (UK) and senior member of the UK Labour Party, will deliver a lecture in Tel Aviv on ‘Corbyn, Labour and Israel-Palestine’. Ofer Neiman writes: “Jon Lansman works hard to police the debate on Palestine, for the privileged few rather than the many. The policy which Lansman wants to impose on the UK Labour Party is the epitome of ‘Progressive Except Palestine’. Supporters of the Palestinian cause – a struggle for justice and full equality – would do well to challenge Lansman and his partners instead of viewing them as allies.”
In a horrifying video from the occupation, a Jewish settler from an outpost in the South Hebron Hills releases an attack dog on Palestinian shepherds grazing a flock on their lands. The dog rips off the tail of a sheep and part of its buttocks, and bites another sheep in the head.
Ofer Neiman, an Israeli who has spent years fighting for Palestinian equality and against apartheid, describes the experience of being ostracized within his country. “The anti-apartheid camp in Israel is simply way too small. So we desperately need to communicate with the outside world. And for those who seek justice and full equality in Palestine/Israel, Mondoweiss empowers via information, commentary and action alerts. The sense of utter isolation is why I’m writing to urge your support of Mondoweiss today.”
The Israeli ‘Peace Camp’ should draw conclusions from its failure to end occupation. The overwhelming majority of Israelis have consistently failed to take to the streets. To challenge this Israeli passivity, Israeli activists should focus on direct solidarity actions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Segregation is a state whereby people are separated and isolated by race or ethnicity. When separation is the outcome of decades of systematic policies and practices, segregation can surely be considered involuntary. In Israel, segregation determines the Zionist class system and goes largely unquestioned. The challenge at the forefront of civil rights is how to rewrite Israel’s racial space divisions as something other than a foregone conclusion.
Aluf Benn urges Israeli elites to fight BDS because it will transform Israel into a state of its citizens, possibly ending up with an Arab prime minister. But that’s what decolonization means.
BDS is influencing American Jewish students, pollster Frank Luntz warns a secret conference in Jerusalem, with less than a third of the students regarding Israel as a democracy and less than half believing it wants peace.
Sensing their international isolation, Israelis in a poll turn to the idea of Benny Gantz, military leader during the last Gaza slaughter, to head a center-left government as prime minister after Netanyahu. It’s a traditional dodge, writes Ofer Neiman
Israeli peace camp group linked with Molad says that rightwing MK Bezalel Smotrich is a demagogue for saying Hamas is an asset; but in fact that has been the policy of all Israeli governments.