Bernie Sanders’s call for reciprocity for Palestinians and Israelis in understanding the others’ narrative actually erases the Palestinian experience of Zionism and imposes a Zionist frame on the history of the conflict, Joseph Levine writes. Sanders’s concern for the “just claims” of Israeli Jews turns the moral and historical facts of the case upside down and show the incompatibility of his democratic Socialism and his Zionism.
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Nada Elia says that once again she is reading the statistics about casualties in Gaza and is deeply disturbed by the emphasis on the number of women and children. “This does not do the Palestinians any favor,” Elia writes, “as it inadvertently reinforces the racist Zionist narrative that treats every Palestinian man as a fighter, a militant, a terrorist.”
“On Monday night I told myself I needed to sleep early in order to get up the next day to head to work as usual. I sat the alarm for 5:00 a.m. However, it was not the phone alarm that woke me. It was an Israeli airstrike targeting the home of Islamic Jihad senior commander Bahaa Abu al-Ata,” Aya Al Ghazzawi writes.
Israel has vigorously escalated its aggression in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza in the past several week and the timing could not be better for Netanyahu and his allies. Netanyahu is employing a tactic he has used time after time, with near consistent results, to stay in power: start a war in Gaza.
Guardian editor Jonathan Freedland’s latest attack on Jeremy Corbyn robs the charge of antisemitism of its real and important meaning. His broadside is a hodgepodge of assertions based on guilt-by-association and statements taken out of context. If 87 percent of British Jews now believe Corbyn is antisemitic it is because of the media parroting pro-Israel propaganda.
David Kattenburg reports on the testimony of Yakov Berg, the CEO of Psagot Winery in the occupied West Bank, in a case pending before Canada’s Federal Court regarding the labeling of products made in the occupied territories. Berg says labeling his wine as anything other than a ‘Product of Israel’ would be discriminatory and antisemitic.
Majed Abusalama is experiencing the trauma of Israel’s latest attack on Gaza, even if he doesn’t live there any longer. “All Palestinians endure ongoing trauma, stress, and fear even if we are exiled outside of colonized Palestine,” Majed Abusalama writes, “We all carry this package of pain and trauma.”
In Israel, the military is by far the most trusted institution. And though it terrorizes Palestinians daily, the fealty it gets from Jewish Israeli society serves as a shield against taking it to account.
Bernie Sanders’ editorial, “How to Fight Antisemitism,” strikes many right notes with today’s progressives, but Nada Elia says his shockingly anachronistic understanding of Israel shows the two-state delusion is a hard one to give up.
The act of Palestinian activists covering their faces during anti-Israeli occupation rallies is an old practice that spans decades. Ramzy Baroud writes now Palestinians should be more worried than ever, as NBC discovered Microsoft has funded the Israeli firm AnyVision, which supplied the IDF with facial recognition software.
In March 2016 the United Nations Human Rights Council mandated a database of companies profiting from Israel’s settlements. Originally due in 2017, its publication remains in limbo as the release was delayed several times. However, a similar database on Myanmar was ordered in September 2018 and completed a year later.
Major presidential candidates are now supporting conditioning US aid to Israel. Josh Ruebner says it is up to us to support these candidates’ steps in the right direction while at the same time acknowledging that none of them go nearly far enough. “With continued education, determined and strategic organizing and mobilizing, we will get them there,” Ruebner writes.
Dan Gertler, Israeli looter of oil assets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is too corrupt for the Trump administration, which has ruled that he cannot do business in the U.S. But Alan Dershowitz has now registered as a lobbyist for Gertler, presumably to argue for the removal of Treasury Department sanctions against Gertler as a “malign” actor.
Meir Shamgar, former president of the Israeli Supreme Court, passed away on October 19. Benjamin Netanyahu said he “played an important role in shaping Israel’s legal foundations, including the legal policy in Judea and Samaria,” and Dr. Uri Weiss agrees. “Judge Shamgar was the chief architect of the Israeli legal regime of occupation, settlement construction, and apartheid,” Weiss explains.
Jared Kushner told a conference of business leaders in Saudi Arabia that, “Israel is not the cause of all the suffering of the Palestinian people.” Haider Eid says Kushner’s combination of racism, Orientalism, and colonialism can only be described as “Palestinophobia.”
Author Thea Halo, whose memoir follows her mother’s life as a survivor of the Greek Genocide, notes the House res. acknowledged genocide against Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians, yet most news organizations failed to report the full scope of who were the victims.
Long read: Physician Hatim Kanaaneh returns to Arab al-Naim, a rare case for Bedouin villages in the Galilee where the community gained recognized status after a decades-long battle for paved roads and running water.
Nada Elia says that Palestinian participants at the 2019 J Street national conference betrayed Palestinian interests by validating the organizations’s regressive agenda which has been long rendered moot by an on-the-ground reality that predates Trump and Netanyahu.
“We oppose Zionism. We oppose the role that Zionists play in the diaspora,” historian Jack Jacobs explains Bundism at the Yivo Institute in New York, on a breakthrough panel that included Molly Crabapple calling for one democratic state to whoops and applause and Jacob Plitman saying his Zionism was “shattered” after one encounter with Palestinians and learning their story.
Benjamin Netanyahu has announced he is giving up on his mandate to form a new government following elections. The baton will now be passed to Benny Gantz – but he will likely fail as well. Unless something surprising happens, Israel is most likely headed to yet another national election.
Thirteen years after the discovery of gas fields off the coast of Gaza, efforts to develop them remain deadlocked despite the international backing the project enjoys. Meanwhile, the besieged Gaza Strip suffers prolonged power cuts and the Palestinian economy bears a huge financial cost – as do the Western taxpayers keeping it afloat. Al-Shabaka Program Director Victor Kattan discusses the actors and amounts involved as well as the reasons why the project has stalled and recommends some policy options to break the deadlock.
The United States has given a pass on corruption to the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala in part because they have played the Jerusalem card: recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and opening offices there.
The two state solution is dead. Sen. Chris Murphy on the Senate floor, Yousef Munayyer in Foreign Affairs, and Ian Lustick in a new book are the latest public figures to acknowledge as much. But Democratic presidential candidates liberal Zionists want to deny the one-state reality so as to maintain the dream of a Jewish democracy. Amplifying Palestinian voices is the only answer to this logjam.
Ramzy Baroud writes the call by Mahmoud Abbas for elections is a ploy. “There will be no true, democratic elections under Abbas’ leadership. The real question is why did he make the call in the first place?”
The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes – some for the second or third time – should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be.