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Ripples of the 1967 War

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Ahmad Samih Khalidi - The Cairo Review of Global Affairs - The 1967 war did much more than register the defeat of three regular Arab armies, only this time without any of the alleged mitigating circumstances of 1948 (such as underequipped forces or foreign tutelage), or the unabashed external colonial interventions of 1956. The war demonstrated the fundamental vacuity of the Arab existential threat to Israel and the limits of post-independence Arab military power, amateurish and incompetent at best, criminally negligent at worst.-rh

Reflections of a daughter of the ’48 Generation’

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Tikva Honig-Parnass - Mondoweiss - As said, in the world of thought that characterized my generation, there was no place for criticism of Zionism and its leadership. In the essays I used to write, which were hung in a prominent place on the wall in my elementary school in Hadera, I repeated the mantra which had been drummed into my head: “We sow, and they come and uproot; we plant and they come and burn them; we build and they destroy.” We never ever asked the obvious question: “But why?” We were indeed well-trained not to think and not to challenge.-rh

Trump Is About To Really Mess Up In The Middle East

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Robert Fisk - Information Clearing House - In Riyadh, Trump couldn’t mention where most of the the 9/11 hijackers came from or whose Sunni cult-faith was the inspiration for Isis – nor which country chopped off heads with Isis-like relish. (Answer: Saudi Arabia). And when he arrived in Israel on Monday, Trump was faced with a new censorship protocol: don’t mention who was occupying whose property in the West Bank or which country was outrageously and continuously stealing land – legally owned by Arabs – for Jews and Jews only. (Answer: Israel). So bingo, in the biggest Middle East alliance ever created in history, the Saudis and the other Sunni Arab dictators and America’s crackpot President and Israel’s cynical Prime Minister have all agreed on the identity of the devil country they can all curse with one voice, inspirer of “world terror”, instigator of Middle East instability, the greatest threat to world peace: Shia Iran.-rh

Israel jails writer Ahmad Qatamesh without charges

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Patrick Strickland - Aljazeera - When Israeli forces showed up last week to arrest 66-year-old writer Ahmad Qatamesh at his home in the occupied West Bank, his wife says she was overcome with shock and confusion. "Why now? Why him? He`s old, he has health problems, and he`s just doing what he knows: speaking," said Suha Barghouti, Qatamesh`s wife. "Our family and friends are shocked," she told Al Jazeera by phone from Ramallah. Israeli soldiers arrested Qatamesh, a public intellectual known for his writing and lectures, during the pre-dawn hours of May 14 after raiding his brother`s nearby home.-rh

Trump’s Wavering Promises And Scandals Complicate Israel Trip

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Nick Robins-Early - Huffington Post - The controversies around Trump’s visit underscore a larger shift in how some Israel officials are viewing the new U.S. president. Since the inauguration, analysts say Trump’s changing policies and vague statements have made him a more unreliable ally than many on the Israeli far right anticipated. “There is a sense of disappointment with Trump, because their knee-jerk reaction to his election was ‘great, we don’t have to worry about a Palestinian state, we don’t have to worry about pressure on settlements and we’re going to have the American embassy in Jerusalem,’” Yossi Alpher, a former senior Israeli intelligence official, told HuffPost. “It’s clear to them that this is not the case, and they are confused and disappointed.”-rh

Israeli Statistics Do Not Give Real Number of Palestinians in Jerusalem

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
The Palestine Chronicle - According to the official Israeli statistics, around 60,000 Palestinians live in Shu’fat and Kafr Aqab, while the unofficial number is around 140,000. Haaretz cited Maya Hoshen from the Al-Quds Institute said that the number of Palestinians living in Jerusalem is more than 900,000 or 41 per cent. Israel is fearful of Arabs in Jerusalem outnumbering Jewish residents due to political considerations regarding the Arab nature of the holy city, and pressures Palestinians to leave the city while encouraging Jews to move to it.-rh

Life Behind Israel’s Checkpoints

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
RAJA SHEHADEH - The New York Times - After living for half a century under occupation, I can no longer endure the anxiety of what might appear on the road, whether it is angry drivers bottlenecked at the hundreds of barriers scattered through the West Bank or the pathetic boys who throw themselves at your car pretending to clean the windshield, asking for money. The plight of these boys invariably makes me hate myself, forcing me to confront the extent to which my society has failed. Then, of course, there is the indignity of having to wait on the whim of an Israeli teenage soldier to motion me to pass.-rh

Why Trump is on track to disappoint Israel’s Netanyahu

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post - Even by their standards, the bromance between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed particularly deep in Jerusalem on Monday. Netanyahu, relaxed and beaming, welcomed the American president to the “united capital of the Jewish state,” the second stop on Trump`s overseas tour“ "I think we quote each other,” said Netanyahu, with Trump grinning at his side. “We understand each other and so much of the things that we wish to accomplish for both our countries.”-rh

The one day Jerusalem`s Palestinians fear the most

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Suleiman Maswadeh - +972 - In my childhood I witnessed right-wing Israelis violently rampaging through the Old City, and especially in the Muslim Quarter where I lived. These rampaged only intensified over the years, due to the security situation as well as the leniency of the authorities. Those who celebrate Jerusalem Day know full well that these kinds of actions are an outright provocation toward the city’s Muslim inhabitants. This is especially felt in the Muslim Quarter.-rh

Trump Chases His “Ultimate Deal”

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Nathan Thrall - The New Yorker - The man behind “The Art of the Deal” has called Israeli-Palestinian peace “the ultimate deal.” If he is serious about pursuing it, he will need to do more than sweeten the pot; he will need to revisit the advice dispensed in a section of the book’s second chapter: “Use Your Leverage.” So far, the Trump Administration has vowed to do the opposite.-rh

Mr. President, beware Israeli and Palestinian lies

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Major-General (Res.) Noam Tibon - Ynet - "In light of the voices on both sides, which aim to present a distorted picture that is completely “fake news,” I was unable to keep silent and decided to publish this letter. If you want to succeed, it’s important that you carefully filter these comments and check every “fact” twice." - id

Anti-Trump protests greet U.S. president in Israel

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Yael Marom - +972 - "“Trump and U.S. government policy are part of the problem, not the solution. After 50 years of occupation, peace between Israel and the Palestinians will come from the people who live here, and not from the interests of the American superpower — which is the biggest beneficiary of the continuing wars, destruction and repression in the region.”" - id

Trump Selfie with Israeli MK Features Two Moral Degenerate Birds of a Feather

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "...and posterity will record that America’s leading moral degenerate president suffered a selfie with Israel’s leading moral degenerate MK (and that’s saying a lot because there are so many prominent Israelis to fit the bill)." - id

Trump vows to support Palestinian economy

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "“As I discussed with President Abbas in Washington earlier this month, I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal."" - id

Donald Trump forced to change travel plans after Palestinians protest in Bethlehem

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Reports - International Solidarity Movement - "The US President changed plans at the last minute, reportedly infuriating the Palestinian Authority by breaking with official protocol." - id

As Trump Toured the Holy Land, Palestine Went On Strike

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Jesse Rosenfeld - The Daily Beast - "...the arrival of an American president whose ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and whose chief advisor, son-in-law Jared Kushner, have actively supported expanding Israeli settlements in the West Bank — that injected new energy into the protests." - id

American Jewish Activists assaulted by troops at Sumud Freedom Camp

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 00:00
Sharon Goldtzvik / Adam Greenberg / Oriel Eisner - If Not Now/CJNV 2017 - Approx. 25 IDF soldiers arrived at Sumud Freedom Camp, which re-established the Palestinian village of Sarura in the South Hebron Hills. About 90 activists were present, approx. 60 American, Canadian, European and Australian Jews, 20 Palestinians and 10 Israelis. An American Jewish activist was punched in the ribs by a soldier. Several activists stood around the camp`s generator - whereupon soldiers shoved, punched, and kicked them in order to seize the generator. One soldier hit an American Jew in the leg with the butt of his gun, causing a large visible bruise. Another soldier punched another American Jew activist in the face. A Canadian Jewish activist was thrown into a table by a soldier. Soldiers tore down three tents and confiscated tent poles and sleeping mattresses. They also confiscated a generator and threw the camp`s food on the ground. After approx 45 minutes, the soldiers left the area. No arrests were made. The activists remain. [ak]

Bethlehem Rally for Palestinian prisoners develops into anti-Trump protest

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 00:00
Ma`an - Solidarity demonstrations with the hunger striking prisoners developed into fierce anti-Trump rallies. At least 20 Palestinians were shot and injured during rallies that were violently suppressed by Israeli forces. In front of the the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, protesters chanted “Trump, listen! The prisoners will not kneel!” and “We have a message to the Americans: Prisoners are our priority!". An effigy representing Palestinian prisoners was erected in front of the Nativity Church. However, Trump avoided the location, heading back to Jerusalem by another route after his meeting with President Abbas. [ak]

Ahead of Trump`s arrival, soldiers kill a 15-year old near Bethlehem

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC - According to Israeli military sources, the boy had ran towards the soldiers while carrying a knife and after a short scuffle, the soldiers shot and killed him. There were no injuries among the soldiers. The dead boy was identified as Raed Ahmad Radayda, 15 years old. His parents said he had disappeared from his home and they started searching when getting word of his being killed. [The closely guarded convoy of US President Trump passed on the scene some 12 hours later, but evidently no one informed Trump of what happened on the spot. ak]

100 year of conflict - 50 years of occupation

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 00:00
Palestine-Israel Journal invitation to public event at the occasion of its new issue "50 Years of Occupation". It will be held May 24, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the American Colony Hotel, and the keynote speakers will be Dr. Hanan Ashrawi and MK Zehava Galon. [bz]