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Edo Konrad, +972 Magazine 3/30/2015
The word ‘occupation’ evokes the West Bank, but the policies of land expropriation and Judaization were perfected inside Israel long before they were used on Palestinians in the occupied territories.
In 2005, Amnon Raz-Karkotzkin, a professor of Jewish history at Ben-Gurion University known to his friends and associates simply as Nono, published a seminal article titled “There is No God, But He Promised Us the Land.” The article, published in Hebrew in Mitaam, an Israeli journal devoted to literature and radical political thought, captured perfectly the spirit of the Zionists who founded the State of Israel. While Judaism may have been the source behind the fervor to re-claim Zion, Nono wrote, those who envisioned and founded the State of Israel only used it inasmuch as it provided them a vehicle for demographic and territorial power in their nascent state.
For instance, the national symbols, created upon the formal establishment of the state, have always been inextricably tied to Judaism. The best example is the national flag, whose double stripes are based on the patterns found on the tallit (Jewish prayer shawl). Turning Jewish symbols into national ones was never very difficult; the difficult part was converting the most valuable resource in the country into a national (read: Jewish) asset. That resource, of course, was land.
From the founding of the state until 1966, approximately 90 percent of Palestinian citizens — those who neither fled nor were expelled during the 1948 war — were placed under a military regime. In the Galilee, the Negev and the Triangle, Palestinian citizens (who were given the right to vote in Israeli elections) were subject to a harsh permit regime, strict curfews and very often coerced collaboration (for more, see Hillel Cohen’s “Good Arabs” and Shira Robinson’s “Citizen Strangers”).
It was during this time that Israel’s secular regime expropriated the land of Palestinians refugees who had fled the country as well as much of the land belonging to those who remained.... more.. e-mail Palestine formally joins International Criminal Court
AFP, Al Jazeera 4/1/2015
Palestinians join The Hague-based International Criminal Court, setting scene for potential legal action against Israel.
Palestine has formally attained membership of the International Criminal Court, a move that could open the door to possible war crime indictments against Israeli officials despite uncertainty over its wider ramifications.
The accession on Wednesday is another landmark in the Palestinian diplomatic and legal international campaign, which gained steam in 2014.The Palestinians moved to join The Hague-based court on January 2, in a process that was finalised on Wednesday, setting the scene for potential legal action.
"Palestine has and will continue to use all legitimate tools within its means in order to defend itself against Israeli colonisation and other violations of international law," said senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat.
Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull, reporting from The Hague, said despite their membership, the Palestinians may still have to wait for the ICC to begin investigating Israelis accused of war crimes.
"This is such a heavily politicised case, that the court will have to think hard before taking action against the Israelis. It may be years before we something."
Diana Chehade, a former ICC official, told Al Jazeera, preliminary examinations could be completed by the end of this year, but the court would not investigate cases already being looked in to by other judicial institutions. more.. e-mail End of Israeli ‘Nuclear Ambiguity’ Good For Peace
Grant Smith, Antiwar.com 3/31/2015
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An Israeli-conceived, U.S.-enforced farce masquerading as "grand strategy" is finally dead. For years the Israeli government refused to confirm or deny its nuclear weapons program. The February release of the Israeli section of the Defense Department-commissioned report "Critical Technology Assessment in Israel and Nation Nations" (PDF) killed off the policy while setting off an Internet conflagration last week (the most vicious unfolding over Twitter). At one side of the political spectrum, the document’s release was evidence of "a shocking breach" by the Obama administration and betrayal of Israel by some media outlets for even reporting it. At the other it revealed a "highly successful partnership of American and military science" despite zero evidence the U.S. intended such "Atoms for Peace" gifts as Israel’s Soreq nuclear reactor to be used for anything but peaceful purposes.
The five tragedies of "ambiguity" and benefits to be gained by its demise are only slowly emerging from the rubble.
Ambiguity was premised on presidential fear of the Israel lobby. The history of so-called "ambiguity" is sordid, which is why it was classified for decades. Until the very end, JFK waged a two-front battle against Israel going nuclear and the undue influence of the Israel lobby. Both the LBJ and Nixon administrations considered withholding conventional military aid in order to keep Israel from going nuclear. In the end, fear of Israel’s US lobby, rather than any legitimate US national security concern, was the linchpin of "ambiguity." As recently declassified administration papers put it, fears of a “Zionist campaign to try to undermine“(PDF) Nixon encouraged him to sign America on.
American presidents lied about Israel. As Professor John Mearsheimer once characterized it, the key question to ask about Israel’s opacity policy was, "who are you fooling?".... more.. e-mail Netanyahu: Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis danger to humanity
Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center 3/29/2015
The agreement on Iran's nuclear programme is even worse than Israel had feared, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, as reports emerged of possible progress in the ongoing talks between Iran and the world powers.
Netanyahu added that alongside the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran's proxies in Yemen are in the process of gaining control of the strategic Ba'ad el-Mandeb waterway.
"After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is carrying out a pincer movement from the south to take over and occupy the entire Middle East. The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity and it must be stopped,” the prime minister told his cabinet Sunday morning.
"This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that."
Apparently attempting to preempt a negative Israeli reaction to a possible Iran deal, in early February the US Defence Department released a 1987 report confirming that Israel is in possession of nuclear weapons. This step undermines previous American cooperation with Israel's policy of nuclear ambiguity, and may assist the Arab League in demanding that Israel sign nuclear non-proliferation agreements.
William Greider revealed in The Nation that this report was published by the Department of Defense in response to an information request submitted by Grant Smith, a journalist who directs the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.
The nuclear capabilities of Israel are publicly known and the country is considered one of the four countries that possess nuclear weapons but have not signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).... more.. e-mail
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