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Yossi Gurvitz, Yesh Din, +972 Magazine 2/13/2016
Soldiers detain a child in his pajamas and slippers, harshly interrogate him without a parent or attorney present, and then release him 12 hours later as if nothing ever happened. We can already tell you what the military’s investigation will look like.
J., a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, lives in the West Bank village of Al-Janiya. One cold morning in the beginning of last December, wearing pajamas and slippers, J. left his house and went to collect items for his relative’s engagement party. A large carob tree stood nearby to where he went for the errand. J. was accompanied by A., a six-year-old child.
As J. would later describe it, upon reaching the tree, several soldiers jumped on the children and began hitting them. The altercation attracted the attention of an adult, who arrived and began yelling at the soldiers. The soldiers released A. but held onto J.
J.’s mother rushed to the scene and tried to dislodge the child from their grasp. In response, one of the soldiers pressed his rifle barrel to her chest. The mother, who suffers from a medical condition, lost consciousness. In the ensuing chaos, the soldiers threw stun and tear gas grenades, taking off in a vehicle with J.
Meanwhile, at home, J.’s father heard the news from children who came to his door in tears. He and his relatives would spend the next few hours in desperate attempts to talk to the Palestinian District Coordination Office (DCO) to try and find out where his son was.
J. was first taken to a military base, where – as he later described – the soldiers blindfolded him with a gun cloth, and then tied his hands and beat him with their rifle butts.... more.. e-mail Is Bernie Sanders a civil rights campaigner or a loyal supporter of Israel?
Nasim Ahmed, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/12/2016
Standing metres from Martin Luther King during a Civil Rights march must have been a proud moment for the young Bernie Sanders. One can imagine the now veteran US senator sensing the gravity of the situation, burdened by duty and moral obligation to bring an end to centuries of legalised discrimination.
In those defining years, the presidential hopeful possibly found no contradiction between campaigning for equal civil rights in his own country and his Zionism. In fact, his visits to Israeli kibbutzim in the sixties may even have reinforced his socialist beliefs. Zionism back than, and Israel before 1967, despite its creation through the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, had seduced many on the progressive left. This is no longer the case.
Increasing numbers of American Jews have realised that liberal values are incompatible with support for Israel. The Zionist state’s champions these days are very much part of the establishment; neo-con elites, even right-wing fascist groups; people who are diametrically opposed to the apparently inclusive and universal politics of Bernie Sanders.
The Vermont senator is not your typical clone politician or an establishment candidate. He is a socialist in a climate that is hostile to socialism; he is championing the redistribution of wealth in a country where “greed is good”; he is taking on Wall Street; and he hopes to return the United States to the people instead of a handful of wealthy campaign donors.
His message will be familiar to millions around the globe where the political landscape has been shaped by years of austerity, lower living standards, growing frustration over unprecedented levels of inequality and, possibly even more defining, Western foreign policy in the Middle East. more.. e-mail The U.S. Election: Any Good News for Palestine?
Robert Fantina, CounterPunch 2/12/2016
As the United States lumbers towards another one of its periodic displays of its own peculiar brand of democracy, there is little that all the candidates of the two major parties (Republican, aka Tweedle Dum, and Democrat, aka Tweedle Dee) agree on. But the one place where they all converge is their worshipful adoration of that most apartheid of nations, Israel.
For example, if it were possible to have a love affair with a country, Israel would most certainly be Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lover. Her almost romantic statements about that nation are nauseating to any non-Zionist observer. Across the aisle, Ted Cruz has said that if people don’t stand with Israel, he doesn’t stand with them. After observing this fact to a non-receptive audience, he stalked off the stage. We needn’t list the empty platitudes of all the candidates; these examples will suffice.
At first glance, the elevation of any of the current, clown-like contenders to the Oval office would appear to have disastrous results for Palestine. After all, when the candidates all try to outdo each other in their support for Israel, condemning Palestinian resistance and vowing to provide Israel with even more weaponry to kill innocent Palestinians, how can their election be anything but a disaster for human rights and international law? One would imagine Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu gloating over the possibility of seeing any of them replace current president Barack Obama, with whom he has long had an adversarial relationship, despite Mr. Obama jumping through every hoop the Prime Murderer holds, with the possible exception of the one marked ‘Iran’.
But this election could represent a major breakthrough for the Palestinians. The world community has, incredibly, looked to the pointless negotiations the U.S. was forever brokering to give the appearance that some progress was being made in the long conflict between Palestine and Israel. With Mr. Netanyahu’s intractable attitude, even U.S. spokesmen have said that Israel can’t necessarily rely on the U.S. to protect Israel at the United Nations.... more.. e-mail To my Fellow Israelis: We Can Stop This
Jonathan Ofir, Mondoweiss 2/8/2016
An open letter to my fellow Israelis:
This is probably a culmination of nearly a decade’s reviewed study of our history. At some point, beyond the singular stories, cases and arguments, I feel something unequivocal and very generally encompassing needs to be said about our Israeli “miracle”, the manifestation of the Zionist “dream”.
I will not write this in Hebrew, although that would probably have been the most direct idiomatic tool to reach your minds. I will not do so, because I have had enough of dirty laundry recycled amongst us “self-understanding” Israelis. Whilst I write to you, my hopes of change coming from within us Israelis have regrettably declined in the years – and thus, I am also, if not more so, placing my bets upon the involvement of the international community – whose help we need so badly – not for more cash, weapons, or apologetic “understanding”, but rather for its intervention in what we are apparently unable, and mostly unwilling, to fix. The attitude which I thus exhibit here is an extremely unpopular one in Israeli and Jewish culture. It is the vein of the “moser” – the one who “snitches” against the “Jewish nation” towards the goyim.
Well, get over it. There are far more serious issues at hand.
I have to tell you first that our evaluation of Israeli history omits so much atrocity from our side. Indeed, much of it is still classified – even back to 1948.
Yes, you may have heard about the Deir Yassin massacre, it is often taught in school books, yet portrayed as an aberration, perpetrated by “extremist”, “rogue” factions before the Declaration of Independence (although the leaders of those extremist factions became our Prime Ministers). But what of the dozens of other massacres perpetrated by – us – in 1948.... more.. e-mail
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