Mondoweiss

  • First they came for Alan Dershowitz
    First they came for me in Martha’s Vineyard, But I was in Nantucket. Then they came for me in Nantucket, But I was in Cape Cod. Then they came for me in Cape Cod, But I was in Bar Harbor. Then they came for me in Bar Harbor, But I was in the Hamptons. Then they came for me in the Hamptons, But I was in … Coney Island. Coney Island! I no longer cared what befell me. [For reference.]  ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-11
  • ‘We have been ignored’: Palestinian diaspora in Guatemala responds to Jerusalem embassy move
    On May 16, 2018, Guatemala followed the U.S.’s contentious example by moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, thereby recognizing the city as Israel’s capital to almost unanimous criticism from the international community. Guatemala’s long-standing alliance with Israel was widely mentioned at the time, but little attention was given to the reaction of its own large Palestinian population. In a bid to overturn the embassy move Guatemalans of Palestinian origin have brought a case to Guatemala’s constitutional court. Nidal Hanna Alhadweh, head of the group who filed the petition, the Asociación Palestina Guatemalteca, explained that online campaigning and debates are, “This is changing the Guatemalan mentality, which is largely unaware of the Palestinian cause and supports the state of Israel for religious reasons…that is why we continue to work with great effort and dedication.” Unlike most of the international community, Guatemala sided with the the US by voting against a resolution denouncing the change of embassy move at the UN in December. “As Guatemalans,” Alhadweh wrote days later to his UN representative, “we lament that Guatemala cannot decide on its own international politics and that we have to cede before the pressure of certain countries to which we owe ‘debts.'” Such debts ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-10
  • The improbable tale of the Israeli settlements map that supposedly made Obama see the light
    Several contacts have been sending me an article that appeared in The New Yorker yesterday, titled “The Maps of Israeli Settlements That Shocked Barack Obama”, by Adam Entous. The article features a map, here headlined “West Bank – What a One State Reality Looks Like”, where the archipelago of Palestinian controlled/partially controlled areas (A and B) are ‘bathed’ inside the surrounding and disconnecting Israeli Area C (about 60% of West Bank), where Area C has the same color as Israel (blue). Thus, one can clearly see the disconnect of Palestinian Bantustans (Gaza is also seen as a separate enclave). Entous opens his ‘Tomb-raider’ like exposé: One afternoon in the spring of 2015, a senior State Department official named Frank Lowenstein paged through a government briefing book and noticed a map that he had never seen before”. […] The new map in the briefing book was different. It showed large swaths of territory that were off limits to Palestinian development and filled in space between the settlements and the outposts. At that moment, Lowenstein told me, he saw “the forest for the trees”—not only were Palestinian population centers cut off from one another but there was virtually no way to squeeze ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-10
  • Hasbara is dead
    Maybe it was when Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would respond to flaming kites from Gaza with an “iron fist.” Or maybe when 13 senators bucked the Israel lobby to call for an easing of the siege on Gaza. Or maybe when five young American Jewish women walked off their “Birthright” trip saying they needed to see the occupation. Or maybe it was the election in a New York Democratic congressional primary of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even after she described Israel’s actions in Gaza as a “massacre.” Or maybe it was the two Israeli government ministers who issued statements justifying the deportation of an American who supports boycott against Israel, with one minister saying, “This is a Jew who tried to abuse this fact.” Hasbara has died. The Israeli effort to “explain” its actions to the world– that era is over. Israel has given up trying to explain itself to fair-minded people. Because the fair-minded have all made up their minds; the slaughter in Gaza has seen to that. And Israel doesn’t think they are fair anyway. No, its explanations are reserved now for the hard-core supporters. The hasbara is pure propaganda, aimed at rallying the base. And everyone else is tuning out. It didn’t used ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-10
  • Dems have four congressional candidates willing to criticize Israel — and ‘reap political rewards’
    The Israel issue is heating up in American politics, with ABC News publishing a report that progressive Democrats are increasingly willing to criticize Israel and may “reap political rewards” by doing so. The report cites four congressional candidates, in Pennsylvania, NY, Minnesota and Virginia. And it shows that Republicans are publicizing the trend, in an effort to peel away Jewish voters from Democratic ranks. ABC: For decades it was seen as too politically risky, but this midterm cycle a growing number of Democratic candidates have begun openly criticizing some of Israel’s policies. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the first-time candidate who upset 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley in last month’s Democratic primary, incorporated criticism of Israel’s actions into her campaign, condemning what she called a recent “massacre” in Gaza and calling on more Democrats to focus on the struggle of Palestinians. The Republican Jewish Coalition is attacking Ocasio-Cortez and several other candidates as harbingers of days to come in the Democratic Party. Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only harbinger of the decline of @TheDemocrats support for Israel. Ds also nominated @ScottWallacePA & @LeslieCockburn who both have a nasty history of anti-Israel animus, & of course Ilhan Omar, who’s vying to replace @keithellison The Cook Political Report ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-09
  • Dems have four congressional candidates willing to criticize Israel — and ‘reap political rewards’
    The Israel issue is heating up in American politics, with ABC News publishing a report that progressive Democrats are increasingly willing to criticize Israel and may “reap political rewards” by doing so. The report cites four congressional candidates, in Pennsylvania, NY, Minnesota and Virginia. And it shows that Republicans are publicizing the trend, in an effort to peel away Jewish voters from Democratic ranks. ABC: For decades it was seen as too politically risky, but this midterm cycle a growing number of Democratic candidates have begun openly criticizing some of Israel’s policies. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the first-time candidate who upset 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley in last month’s Democratic primary, incorporated criticism of Israel’s actions into her campaign, condemning what she called a recent “massacre” in Gaza and calling on more Democrats to focus on the struggle of Palestinians. The Republican Jewish Coalition is attacking Ocasio-Cortez and several other candidates as harbingers of days to come in the Democratic Party. Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only harbinger of the decline of @TheDemocrats support for Israel. Ds also nominated @ScottWallacePA & @LeslieCockburn who both have a nasty history of anti-Israel animus, & of course Ilhan Omar, who’s vying to replace @keithellison The Cook Political Report ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-09
  • Speaker at Israeli gov’t conference promotes genocide against Arabs and non-Jews
    A week ago, the Israeli Ministry of Education held a conference in Jerusalem for the state’s religious education sector (Ynet reports, Hebrew, English here). Education Minister Naftali Bennett was also present. The theme was “speaking about the values of the Jewish family in 2018, about education to healthy sexuality, modesty, feminism, values and Zionism.” On the stage was an aging terrorist, Moshe Zar, a former founding member of the Jewish-terrorist movement “Jewish Underground” (in 1980’s), who said the following: “I am known for saying ‘Build a house, it’s like you wiped out a hundred Arabs. Build a settlement, it’s like you wiped out tens of thousands of goyim [‘non-Jews’]’. That’s the truth”. His words were applauded by a considerable number of the public, including the settler standing beside him, Yael Shevach, the widow of rabbi Raziel Shevach, who was murdered in January on a road in the occupied West Bank outside the settlement he lived in. Israeli journalist David Sheen has provided the video with subtitles here. The immediate context within the conference was about settlement in “Judea, Samaria and Gaza”. After a video was screened, Zar told about an attack that had occurred in a settlement and said that ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-09
  • Speaker at Israeli gov’t conference promotes genocide against Arabs and non-Jews
    A week ago, the Israeli Ministry of Education held a conference in Jerusalem for the state’s religious education sector (Ynet reports, Hebrew, English here). Education Minister Naftali Bennett was also present. The theme was “speaking about the values of the Jewish family in 2018, about education to healthy sexuality, modesty, feminism, values and Zionism.” On the stage was an aging terrorist, Moshe Zar, a former founding member of the Jewish-terrorist movement “Jewish Underground” (in 1980’s), who said the following: “I am known for saying ‘Build a house, it’s like you wiped out a hundred Arabs. Build a settlement, it’s like you wiped out tens of thousands of goyim [‘non-Jews’]’. That’s the truth”. His words were applauded by a considerable number of the public, including the settler standing beside him, Yael Shevach, the widow of rabbi Raziel Shevach, who was murdered in January on a road in the occupied West Bank outside the settlement he lived in. Israeli journalist David Sheen has provided the video with subtitles here. The immediate context within the conference was about settlement in “Judea, Samaria and Gaza”. After a video was screened, Zar told about an attack that had occurred in a settlement and said that ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-09
  • By razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will bulldoze illusions of peace process
    Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But the only vehicles allowed along it are the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes. If one community has come to symbolize the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan al-Ahmar. It was for that reason that a posse of European diplomats left their air-conditioned offices late last week to trudge through the hot, dusty hills outside Jerusalem and witness for themselves the preparations for the village’s destruction. That included the Israeli police viciously beating residents and supporters as they tried to block the advance of heavy machinery. Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain have submitted a formal protest. Their denunciations echoed those of more than 70 Democratic lawmakers in Washington in May – a rare example of U.S. politicians showing solidarity with Palestinians. It would be gratifying to believe that Western governments care about the inhabitants of Khan al-Ahmar – or the thousands of other Palestinians who are being incrementally cleansed by Israel from nearby lands but whose plight has drawn far less attention. After all, the razing of Khan al-Ahmar and the ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-09
  • By razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will bulldoze illusions of peace process
    Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But the only vehicles allowed along it are the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes. If one community has come to symbolize the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan al-Ahmar. It was for that reason that a posse of European diplomats left their air-conditioned offices late last week to trudge through the hot, dusty hills outside Jerusalem and witness for themselves the preparations for the village’s destruction. That included the Israeli police viciously beating residents and supporters as they tried to block the advance of heavy machinery. Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain have submitted a formal protest. Their denunciations echoed those of more than 70 Democratic lawmakers in Washington in May – a rare example of U.S. politicians showing solidarity with Palestinians. It would be gratifying to believe that Western governments care about the inhabitants of Khan al-Ahmar – or the thousands of other Palestinians who are being incrementally cleansed by Israel from nearby lands but whose plight has drawn far less attention. After all, the razing of Khan al-Ahmar and the ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-09
  • Miriam Adelson urges young American Jews to ‘have more Jewish babies’ and ‘lobby governments’ for Israel
    Birthright, the program that brings young Jews to Israel for nothing, posted video of its bash in Jerusalem on June 27. The leading sponsors of the program spoke: Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam. Miriam said that she wanted the thousands of young Jews on the trip to “have more Jewish babies” because assimilation is “decimating the Diaspora,” then go back and “lobby governments” and “sway public opinion.” Here are Sheldon Adelson’s comments on Korea: I wasn’t born here here I wasn’t raised here, I didn’t serve in the army here. I did serve in the United States Army. I’m a veteran of the Korean war. Actually I hope Trump gets North and South Korea to finish the war. I feel as though I might be called back up. I fight enough. I don’t want to go back to Korea to fight. I want to go back to Korea to open up my business. Adelson is one of Donald Trump’s biggest contributors, having given upwards of $25 million to the 2016 campaign. He owns casinos in Macau, China; Singapore, and Las Vegas. Here are Miriam Adelson’s comments on the young American Jews being soldiers for Israel on campuses and street corners ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-07
  • Sheldon Adelson urges Trump to make Korea deal so he can open a casino there
    Birthright, the program that brings young Jews to Israel for nothing, posted video of its bash in Jerusalem on June 27. The leading sponsors of the group are Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam. Miriam said that she wanted the thousands of young Jews on the trip to make Jewish babies because assimilation is “decimating the Diaspora,” then go back and lobby governments and “sway public opinion.” Here are Sheldon Adelson’s comments on Korea: I wasn’t born here here I wasn’t raised here, I didn’t serve in the army here. I did serve in the United States Army. I’m a veteran of the Korean war. Actually I hope Trump gets North and South Korea to finish the war. I feel as though I might be called back up. I fight enough. I don’t want to go back to Korea to fight. I want to go back to Korea to open up my business. Adelson is one of Donald Trump’s biggest contributors, having given upwards of $25 million to the 2016 campaign. He owns casinos in Macau, China; Singapore, and Las Vegas. Here are Miriam Adelson’s comments on the young American Jews being soldiers for Israel on campuses and street corners in ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-07
  • Israel enies entry to Swedish activist who walked to Palestine
    Restriction of movement Israel denies entry to Swedish peace activist who walked to Palestine IMEMC 6 July — The Israeli Border Authority denied entry to a Swedish peace activist who started walking to Palestine eleven months ago to raise awareness about the Israeli occupation and the suffering of the Palestinian people. The peace activist Benjamin Ladraa started his walk on August 8th, 2017, with the aim of informing the world about the situation in Palestine and spread awareness about the Israeli military occupation. His walk also marked the centennial of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, in which Britain pledged a Jewish homeland in Palestine during the British mandate and occupation of the country. … After being denied entry into occupied Palestine, Ladraa wrote the following statement on his Facebook account: The Israelis didn’t allow me to enter Palestine. I was interrogated for about six hours before they told me I was denied entry. They only gave two reasons for denying me entry, one was that they thought I was lying during the interrogation and the other was that they thought I would go to Nabi Saleh and make a demonstration (which they just assumed). On this day it has been ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-07
  • Israel denies entry to Swedish activist who walked to Palestine
    Restriction of movement Israel denies entry to Swedish peace activist who walked to Palestine IMEMC 6 July — The Israeli Border Authority denied entry to a Swedish peace activist who started walking to Palestine eleven months ago to raise awareness about the Israeli occupation and the suffering of the Palestinian people. The peace activist Benjamin Ladraa started his walk on August 8th, 2017, with the aim of informing the world about the situation in Palestine and spread awareness about the Israeli military occupation. His walk also marked the centennial of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, in which Britain pledged a Jewish homeland in Palestine during the British mandate and occupation of the country. … After being denied entry into occupied Palestine, Ladraa wrote the following statement on his Facebook account: The Israelis didn’t allow me to enter Palestine. I was interrogated for about six hours before they told me I was denied entry. They only gave two reasons for denying me entry, one was that they thought I was lying during the interrogation and the other was that they thought I would go to Nabi Saleh and make a demonstration (which they just assumed). On this day it has been ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-07
  • The Gaza blockade is illegal– and so is the use of force to maintain it
    Human Rights Watch (HRW) is among the leading guardians of human rights in the world. Sari Bashi is HRW’s Israel/Palestine Advocacy Director. She can lay claim to an impressive academic pedigree (BA, Yale; JD, Yale), and she co-founded the important Israeli human rights group Gisha. It thus cannot but depress that Bashi is so wanting in elementary moral and legal judgment when it comes to the people of Gaza. Shortly after the Israeli massacre in Gaza on 14 May 2018, Bashi posted a commentary under the title, “Don’t Blame Hamas for the Gaza Bloodshed.” Its essence is captured in the opening sentence: “Israel has a right to defend its borders, but shooting unarmed protesters who haven’t breached its frontier is disproportionate and illegal.” Insofar as the demonstrators didn’t pose an “imminent threat to life,” Bashi concludes, Israel had no right to use lethal force against them and, in any event, did not “exhaust” nonlethal means “such as tear gas, skunk water, and rubber-coated steel pellets” to throw back the assembled crowd. The UN has pronounced Gaza unlivable, while Sara Roy of Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies has written, “Innocent people, most of them young, are slowly being poisoned by the water ... read more
    Source: Mondoweiss Israel PalestinePublished on 2018-07-07