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Yossi Dahan, Haokets, +972 Magazine 6/25/2016
What kind of hope does the prime minister offer us when every attempt to bring about peace is rejected as a plot to destroy Israel?
Less than a year ago, in a rare moment of honesty, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented his vision for Israeli citizens, in present and future tense. It happened during a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, which came together to mark the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. These days there is talk about what would have happened if someone or other would have remained. This is not relevant we will forever live by the sword. From Netanyahus blood-soaked vision, as opposed to, say, Rabins vision of hope, we can tease out his worldview and political behavior. In fact, his remarks summarize his continual refusal to respond to every single initiative that attempts to bring about the end of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians through negotiations.
In Netanyahus eyes, every peace initiative is nothing more than a plot intended to put an end to the State of Israel a death trap that we must escape using every trick in the book. This thinking also explains Israels behavior over the past few weeks, including Netanyahus upcoming trip to Europe, where he will try to block every opportunity that may bring about negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, while seeking to soften the tone of an upcoming Quartet report on the frozen peace process, which will likely include harsh language regarding Israels settlement activities in the occupied territories.
Netanyahu stridently rejects all peace initiatives. During a Likud party meeting several weeks ago, he sent the Saudis, who proposed the Arab Peace Initiative back in 2002, to update their plan according to Israeli demands. Then he rejected the Paris Peace Initiative, which was accepted by foreign ministers of 28 EU member states.... more.. e-mail Dozens protest for release of Palestinian poet under house arrest
Yael Marom, +972 Magazine 6/26/2016
Dareen Tatour was arrested by Israeli police last year because of a poem she posted to Facebook. Now she lives with an ankle monitor under strict house arrest.
Dozens of Palestinians and Israelis demonstrated at Jaffas Clock Tower Square on Saturday evening to call for the release of Palestinian poet, Dareen Tatour, who has been held under house arrest for the past five months.
Tatour, 33, from the Arab village Al-Reineh near Nazereth, was arrested by Israeli police on October 10, 2015 because of a poem she had posted to Facebook, along with a number of other Facebook statuses she published at the height of latest wave of violence between Palestinians and Israelis. She was charged with incitement to violence and identifying with a terrorist organization all because of her poem.
The main clause of her indictment was based on a poem that she had allegedly posted on YouTube under the title: Qawem ya shaabi, qawemhum (Resist my people, resist them). Another main clause in the indictment relates to a news item, cited in a post on Tatours Facebook page, according to which The Islamic Jihad movement calls for continuing the Intifada all over the [West] Bank The same post calls for a comprehensive intifada. (Read more about Tatours arrest here).
On Saturday night demonstrators held signs and Palestinian flags, while passersby responded with curses and threats. Policemen at the scene prevented any physical confrontations.
Among the protesters was Dareens father, Tawfik, who thanked the crowd for standing alongside his daughter.... more.. e-mail In first, Israel grants refugee status to Sudanese asylum seeker
Yael Marom, +972 Magazine 6/24/2016
Six years after he fled Darfur for Israel, Mutasim Ali, one of the leaders of the asylum seekers struggle in Israel, has been granted refugee status. Ali: Now I can live a normal life with dignity.
Mutasim Ali was in the middle of his law school class when he learned that he would become the first Sudanese asylum seeker to be granted refugee status in Israel. According to the announcement, which was sent by fax to Attorney Asaf Weitzen, who represents Ali on behalf of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri had decided to grant Ali refugee status.
Israel has yet to respond to nearly 1,000 asylum requests lodged by Darfuris who fled their country to Israel. These join a long list of over 10,000 of requests by asylum seekers the vast majority of whom are Eritrean and Sudanese, which are still waiting for a response from the state. Many of these asylum have been in Israel since 2005.
This is huge, Im still in shock. I didnt believe this would happen, Ali told +972's Hebrew sister-site, Local Call. I thank the State of Israel for letting me stay here for all these years, and that it made a decision to grant me refugee status. I hope this is the first step in a positive direction, and that direction should be to grant refugee status to all those who are eligible, regardless of where they come from. Even if our stories are different, they are also very similar, and I am sure that many of us are eligible all the state needs to do is check.
This will be a fundamental change in my life, says Ali, Now I can begin to think like a normal person. I wont worry about what may happen tomorrow. I can live a normal life, with dignity its an incredible thing...." more.. e-mail NATO endorses Israels security narrative
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/23/2016
Israels permanent representation at NATO has not only delighted the colonial entity, which continues to garner prominence at an international level due to the corruption of international organisations. NATO has also deemed cooperation with Israel as essential, revealing the extent to which Israels security narrative has been endorsed.Last month, Israel, together with other countries, was asked to open diplomatic missions to the Headquarters of the Atlantic Alliance in Brussels. A generic invitation at first glance; however Israels inclusion is indicative of NATOs intent to accomplish military and economic domination.
Quoted in the Times of Israel, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg stated that after 20 years of Israel being an active alliance partner, further cooperation was now essential. Violence in North Africa and in the Middle East is a clear threat to all our nations It is vital that countries which share the same values stand together against hate and terrorism. No mention of who embarked upon fomenting the mutating violence which has had severe repercussions in the region was forthcoming from NATO.
Shared ambitions to dominate and manipulate, as opposed to the alleged values fleetingly mentioned by Stoltenberg, make Israel and NATO compatible partners. Both share a penchant for operating against international law through manipulation or overt disregard; expansion is also a common phenomenon of both the military alliance and the colonial presence in Palestine. However, the most perilous consequences regarding the new collaboration is NATOs endorsement of colonialism, which is also reflective of the alliances actions, as well as Israels security narrative having been legitimised at an ultimate level, to the detriment of Palestinians and the entire world.
Awareness of NATO as a global threat has increased in recent years.... more.. e-mail
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