A Jewish-Israeli actor and Muslim-Arab-Israeli TV host get married, and Israel is on fire about it. “The pain of assimilation worldwide is consuming the Jewish people,” Minister of Interior Arye Deri said. “It’s their own private affair. But, as a Jew, I have to tell you that I’m against such things because we must preserve the Jewish people.”
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A tiny Palestinian Bedouin town located in the West Bank hills outside of Jerusalem is bracing for an impending eviction to make way for plans to expand an Israeli settlement. This case has implications far beyond the 32 families who live there and the nearly 200 students who attend the school in the town. If the eviction moves forward, it will pave the way for a Jewish-only settlement bloc to divide the West Bank into two, rendering impossible the creation of a unified Palestinian state in the occupied territory.
On August 15, Israel closed its military investigation into the Black Friday incursion in the southern Gaza Strip when nearly 200 Palestinians were killed over four days during the 2014 war. “It is the responsibility of those who believe in the inalienable dignity of all humans, to campaign in the name of real justice for the victims of Israeli state terror,” writes Ahmed El Kady.
Yad Vashem’s chief historian assists in the whitewashing of Poland’s role in the Holocaust and is willing to ignore the strengthening of Israel’s ties to anti-Semites, so long as Netanyahu stands to gain politically.
Given recent history, it is surprising Israel has not invaded Gaza again. Previous massive Israeli ground attacks, in 2008, 2012 and 2014, required fewer pretexts than we see today with the success of the Great March of Return. But Israel’s ground forces stay put. Two respected analysts of Israel’s military explain why: the Hamas resistance movement has prepared strong defenses inside Gaza that have raised the costs of an invasion above an acceptable level.
Your country for a country club! Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant inaugurated a swimming pool and country club in the Bedouin town of Rahat and made clear that the gift has a political price, accepting the Jewish nation state law and the higher value it gives to Jewish settlement of the land.
Uri Davis writes Israel’s Nation State Law is exactly in tune with the values outlined during Israel’s founding. In fact the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel passed in 1948 never established a principle of equality or respect of national or ethnic origin.
At the same time that Israel passed its Nation-State Law, it is consolidating ties to the hard right in Europe.
The settler-leader and former terrorist Moshe Zar talks about wiping out “a hundred Arabs” and “tens of thousands of non-Jews” at Education Ministry conference
A Dutch song focusing on Israel’s human rights violations parodies “Toy,” the song by Israeli Netta Barzilai that won the 2018 Eurovision contest. The parody says that Israel is in it for the money; and the Israeli ambassador to the Netherlands has said that it crosses a line, in anti-semitic stereotype.
It took a visiting New York Times reporter from Cairo to finally tell some truths about Israel’s ongoing massacre of Palestinian demonstrators inside Gaza. Meanwhile, the paper’s Israel correspondents continue to distort and whitewash.
Hours after announcing a watershed deal with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to relocate African asylum seekers in Israel to Western Europe and Canada, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reneged, saying he is “suspending implementation of the agreement,” throwing the fate of tens of thousands into uncertainty. Some Israeli supporters of Netanyahu were angry the multi-lateral resettlement program would send asylum seekers to Western nations instead of deporting them to harsh conditions in third-party African nations.
Many of the Eda Haredit, an ultra-Orthodox group in Jerusalem, are descendants of the Old Yishuv, Jews who resided in historic Palestine under Ottoman and then British rule. The group opposes the Israeli state and any attempts at assimilating them into the larger Israeli society. The cloistered neighborhood of Mea Shearim has become a symbol for the group and outside many Eda Haredit homes hangs a sign that reads: “Here lives a non-Zionist Jew.”
The Israeli Knesset ethics committee has suspended Member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi for a week for having used the word ‘murder’ to describe actions of Israeli soldiers against Palestinians. She says that she cannot comfort an “insulated” Israeli society by allowing it to regard its oppressive actions as “just.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech was about ‘the good, the bad and the beautiful’. All about equality and justice – but not for Palestinians.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that he wants the West Bank to remain under Israeli’s military control and does not want the Palestinians living there to become citizens or “subjects” of Israel, revealing an apparent hope to annex the occupied Palestinian territory while leaving its residents stateless.
In a wild speech in Munich, Netanyahu warned of a global Holocaust if Iran gets nuclear weapons. And he said that Iran was similar to the Nazis, in its supposed desire to annihilate 6 million Jews in Israel. Netanyahu is seeking any distraction he can get from the corruption investigation that is closing in on him, Jonathan Ofir writes.
Following on the heels of the Israeli police recommendation to indict Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges a new book on David Ben-Gurion shares new discoveries on the first Israeli prime minister’s marital unfaithfulness. Jonathan Ofir says that regardless of the personal failings of Israel’s leaders, the state building project they are carrying out has always been corrupt to the core: “The deceit that Zionism applies in order to cover up for its colonialist designs to erase Palestine is a constant factor, and the goal is always corrupt.”
Ayelet Shaked, the Israeli justice minister has done it again: She has spelled out Israeli Apartheid in unequivocal terms, and tied it directly to Zionism: “There is place to maintain a Jewish majority even at the price of violation of rights.”
Israel’s ruling Likud party announced last Sunday a new bill that seeks to apply Israeli domestic law directly to settlements, which would de facto annex all of the illegal West Bank settlements to Israel. Whether the bill is finally passed or not, it is clear is that Israeli annexation policies will continue unstopped, as they have since the beginning of the occupation.
When Israeli lawmaker Oren Hazan, a member of the governing coalition, told BBC he’d kick Ahed Tamimi’s face and land her in hospital, Israeli apologist ‘Honest Reporting’ attacked the BBC, in a piece titled “BBC News Kicks Israel in the Face”. But Hazan was saying what other Israeli leaders have said.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says that Israeli poet Yehonatan Geffen should be banned from the media for comparing Ahed Tamimi to Jewish heroes Hannah Szenes and Anne Frank.
Israeli officials in the Population and Immigration authority have begun distributing an ‘information page’ for African refugees at the Holot desert detention center. The document is chilling. It does not name the third country the refugees would be deported to, but ends with a warning that “if you do not agree to leave voluntarily to a third country, enforcement and deportation steps will be taken against you.” Not mentioned in the document is the new rule that refusal to leave will entail indefinite incarceration. The document ends with a “best of luck” wish.
There was no end to the denunciation by Israelis of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech last Monday: “Laced with vile antisemitic conspiracy theories,” Abbas has “lost his marbles,” “disgraceful lies.” But Abbas’s crime, as Gideon Levy points out, is correctly identifying Zionism as a colonial project. That must not be said, and marks Abbas as an extremist.
On Monday, the Israeli parliament passed an amendment to the ‘Prevention of Infiltration Act’ so that it could continue to coerce African refugees to be deported. In 2011, former Interior Minister Eli Yishai said that the mere presence of the refugees is an “existential threat”, and vowed to defend the “Jewish majority”. This law shows that in the Jewish State Zionism informs each and every detail of Israel’s policy.