If Palestinians were black

On October 15,2000 The UK Observer printed an article by writer Knut Rognes which made the salient point: If Palestinians were black, Israel would now be a pariah state subject to  economic sanctions led by the United States. Its development and settlement  of the West Bank would be seen as a system of apartheid, in which the 
indigenous population was allowed to live in a tiny fraction of its own  country, in self-administered ‘bantustans’, with ‘whites’ monopolising the supply of water and electricity.
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This is undoubtedly true and the Biden administration and in particular Joe Biden and Kamala Harris who both have genuflected to the Zionist idol would be raising hell. Loudly proclaiming as they have that “America is back” and the rule of law and universal rights is sacred their blindness to Palestinian rights is palpable and shameful.
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Amira Hass the brave Israeli reporter calls out the EU for its timidity below

The sloth  of the European Union has once again been  revealed in all tits shame,. The EU is good at giving the Palestinians charity and preaching the rule of law. It fails politically when it comes to stopping Israel’s plan to concentrate the Palestinians into reservations in the West Bank and clear most of the land for Jews.

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Where will the EU be when the supporters of Kahanist Itamar Ben-Gvir and the erudite proponent of transfer Bezalel Smotrich get even stronger-as seems likely given the anti-Arab attitudes of Haredi and so-called religious Zionist teens in Israel? What will it do when they carry out their threats to expel Palestinians “disloyal to Israel?” Will it send it in organizations to hand out tents and teach the Palestinians about hygiene and desert conditions?

On Monday for the first time this year and the sixth since November, iIsraeli civil administration and Army forces razed and seized structures in Khirbet Humsa, in the northern Jordan Valley. Their plunder this time:17 tents, five of which served as an animal pens, four water tanks and a few tents that hadn’t yet been pitched. Israel wants the entire community to move to the west, to a reservation allocated to it-ostensibly so the army can train in the area, but as experience of over 73 years teaches, it’s to make more room for Jews in this case the settlement of Ro’l and Bekaot on either side of Humsa. Many of the structures that were destroyed/confiscated were donated by European states, representatives have even visited the site three times.

The Office of the EU Representative in Jerusalem has already said that this is a forcible transfer that violates international law, like ones carried out and planned for the future in the southern West Bank. Like those executed daily by the privatized arms of the military and the Civil Administration – those proliferating outposts resembling ranches of armed and violent cowboys, behind which stands the Amana dispossession movement. Amana’s eternal director, Ze’ev Hever, confirmed Sunday what has long been clear to every Ta’ayush and Machsom Watch activist: In terms of stealing land from Palestinians and promoting expulsions, these ranches are more effective than construction in the settlements.
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Israel’s reservations plan is known and is contrary to Europe’s official policy, and over the past decade it has been expedited openly and shamelessly. The European failure to stop it has nothing to do with the coronavirus crisis, some internal weakness or disagreements between Hungary and France. It testifies to the fundamental apathy of Europe, whose 19th-century colonialism is alive and kicking in the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. After all, the Palestinians’ international position, unlike Israel’s, is very weak; they have no superpower or great economic force with teeth standing behind them.

The Israeli Jews of north Tel Aviv, for example, or of Dimona or Mishmar Ha’emek, don’t care that every day their army, their friends and relatives and they themselves are carrying out some small transfer, guaranteeing with their cannons that the Gaza reservation remains isolated and cut off. How do we know? Look at the news shows, see which posts are popular on social media and note how few Israelis support the Palestinians against their predators. But that’s precisely why we have international law, human rights conventions, historical research and European apologies for the crimes of the past – in order to prevent new catastrophes, the products of human action, politics and economic interests.

Only painful political and economic sanctions imposed by Europe will teach the Israeli Jewish public that it cannot have the best of both worlds: to receive unconditional support as “the eternal collective victim and survivor” of the expulsion and genocide project carried out in Europe in the 1930s and ‘40s, while also engineering an expulsion and dispossession project that seems to have no end.

Haaretz reader John C. Walsh adds his own postscript

War crimes, crimes against humanity, distain for international law, apartheid. We’ve been abusing the Palestinians on a daily basis for years. In the West Bank, we’re stealing their lands from them. Humaneness? What does that have to do with us?

If only Palestinians were black…sigh.

Medical apartheid

Israel never misses a chance to bait and switch, deflecting its flouting of international’sl law. It first tried  greenwashing, Israel as an environmental leader (NOT), then Pinkwashing, come to Tel Aviv where gays have total freedom, Now here they are cashing in on the good Dr. Fauci hoping people will miss the elephant in the room.
Code Pink says not so fast.

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Anthony Fauci just received a prestigious public health award for his work during the coronavirus crisis and “speaking truth to power.” Just one problem: it was given to him by Israel — the country that is number one in coronavirus vaccinations worldwide, but is denying those lifesaving vaccines to more than 4.5 million Palestinians.In other words, medical apartheid. Israel has even been preventing the Palestinian Authority from sending Russian donated vaccines into Gaza. Only yesterday did Israel allow a meager 1,000 doses to enter.

We are happy Dr. Fauci is being recognized for his tireless work. Now, we ask him to speak truth to power by publicly demanding Israel meet its legal, moral, and humanitarian obligations to share the COVID-19 vaccine with the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. We are sending an open letter to Dr. Fauci asking him to condemn Israeli medical apartheid. Add your name!

Dr. Fauci was awarded the Dan David Award, including $1 million in prize money, on February 15 for “courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging Covid crisis.” Fauci even recently praised Israel’s vaccine program: “Israel is way up there with 78 doses per 100 people, compared to the United States, which is 16.7 doses per 100 people,” he said during a press briefing. We certainly agree Dr. Fauci deserves recognition for leading the country’s coronavirus response, especially under the Trump administration. But, we also have no intention of allowing Israel to use the award to distract from their medical, and other forms of, apartheid.

It wasn’t until February 1, 2021, that Israel finally delivered 5,000 COVID-19 vaccines for front-line Palestinian medical staff in the West Bank. And until February 17, Palestinians in Gaza did not have any access at all to COVID vaccines. Now they have 1,000 doses for two million people. By comparison, Israel has vaccinated 33.4 percent of those inside the green line. The situation is particularly dire in Gaza, given the air, land, and sea blockade, shortages of medicine and medical equipment, and severe poverty. 

According to the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority is solely responsible for the health care of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. However, those deals were supposed to be part of a more complete peace agreement to be signed within five years. Almost three decades later, this larger peace agreement still hasn’t happened and Israel has entrenched its settlement enterprise occupation while flouting international law, which says clearly that an occupying power is obligated to meet the humanitarian needs of the people it is  occupying.Tony please  speak out for Palestinians’ equal right to the COVID-19 vaccine.    Codepink,org

Is the cavalry coming?

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“So far the  cavalry is  not coming,”  so said  Peter Beinart the thoughtful American Jewish commentator on his zoom chat of  February 11.The cavalry is a reference to the astounding failure of yet another American administration to enforce its oft repeated commitment to the rule of law
In his opening address of February 4,2021 on America’s Place in the World starting with “starting  with diplomacy rooted in America’s most cherished democratic values: defending freedom, championing opportunity, upholding universal rightsrespecting the rule of law, and treating every person with dignity.

Even a cursory knowledge of history  would reveal how America has never lived up to this in its foreign relations.It is the poster child of the adage that a state has interests and seldom values.The USA  acted virtually as an empire  around the globe searching for hegemony with  cheap markets and local henchmen to see to this.William Blum’s Killing Hope is a primer on the subject.

General George C Marshall’s plan to aid war torn Europe was as much as creating markets as anything.John Quincy Adams, America’s sixth president had it right when he said “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.

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And America’s  continual support of Israel’s trashing of universal rights, disrespecting the rule of law and daily humiliating Palestinians is obvious for most people around the world and many Americans particularly in a time of massive unemployment, the western world’s worst health care and the unconscionable gap between the rich and the poor in the wealthiest country in the world are wondering why their country is shipping $10 million dollars a day to beef up Israel’s public health care system and its hi tech economy centred around massive security production.
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Beinart’s latest missive was to the point

Biden has s been lousy on Israel-Palestine. (Last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken wouldn’t even say that East Jerusalem should be the capital of a Palestinian state, which would be frustrating if it weren’t so absurd. Given how mythical a Palestinian state has become, it was as if Blinken had deferred judgement on the borders of Narnia). But when it comes to Biden and Israel-Palestine, my expectations were low.

So why isn’t the cavalry coming to put an end to this assault on democracy and human rights?

The answer is follow the money. Many Jewish billionaires long ago ditched authentic Jewish values for Zionism a political movement which reinvented Judaism as a national movement.The great Reform rabbi  David Phillipson of Cincinnati phrased this best:” Reform Judaism is spiritual, Zionism is political. the outlook of reform Judaism is the world. The outlook of Zionism is a corner of eastern Asia.”

As Zionism began to replace Judaism many of these wealthy billionaires saw this commitment to Israel as a religious act.They pledged allegiance to the latest idol the state of Israel and they eschewed the biblical faith of the prophets.

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Predatory capitalism as we have seen too often has its way and Israel firsters with deep pockets  have managed to buy a lot of politicians. Adelson funded Trump, Haim Saban bought the Clintons and Obama and the Dems folded under AIPAC pressure. This makes one wonder: who is the superpower here?

So in terms of affecting change vis a vis Israel, concerned citizens and lovers of justice must be steely-eyed about what we are up against.

According to Gideon Levy the Israeli population is brainwashed, numb to the glaring fact of the occupation so the solution to peace in the middle east is in America, the powerful defender of Israel The apartheid state has American Orthodox Jews on its side along with  Christian Zionists and  their heretical and bizarre theology.They are definitely not part of the cavalry, more like those holding the whip hand but there are others who have laterally joined.

Israel is rapidly losing young Jews who because of their education and assimilation in US democratic culture they are not buying occupation and a supremacist state. Many have rediscovered their Judaism and its ethical tradition, and they place their trust not in Netanyahu and out of touch American Jewish organizations but they do trust their Jewish sage  Hillel’s  injunction not to do the others the things that we would find harmful is done to us. These Jews are carrying the prophetic and the the traditional Judaic universal values of nonviolence, human dignity and social justice.
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These anti-Zionist Jews are part of Bernie’s army fighting for the soul of the Democratic party against an out of touch leaders still in hock to AIPAC and its friends.

This is the cavalry slowly gaining strength among Americans of conscience.

Peter Beinart on Matt Duss, Authentic Christian

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There is a history  certainly of Christian anti-Semitism and the corollary is true there is Jewish animosity to Christians. 


I mention all this because my friend Matt Duss, who currently serves as Bernie Sanders’ foreign policy advisor, is reportedly being considered for a job in Joe Biden’s State Department. As in the case of Rob Malley, hawks are calling Matt anti-Israel. As in the case of Rob Malley, they’re attacking Matt’s father. But Matt has a vulnerability that Rob didn’t: He’s a Christian, and his faith is central to his views on foreign policy, including Israel-Palestine. 


That’s a good thing—because Matt is a Christian in the tradition of Reverend William Sloane Coffin and Reverend William Barber. His Christianity makes him care about the powerless and the abused, whatever their race, religion or nationality. And yet, in Washington today, it’s more perilous for Matt to talk about how his Christian faith compels him to care about human rights in Israel-Palestine than it is for Mike Pompeo to talk about how his Christian faith compels him not to. The ancient Jewish anxiety about Christians has become morally warped. In the hands of the Israeli government and its American Jewish allies, it has become an anxiety directed solely toward those Christians who care about justice.


Matt’s father, Serge, was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany after World War II.
Serge Duss took from this experience an obligation to help others dispossessed by oppression or war. In 1983 he moved his family from New York State to the Philippines, where he worked for World Relief, a Christian organization that helped Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese refugees. Later, he helped World Relief ferry persecuted Christians and Jews out of the Soviet Union. During the second intifada, Serge Duss worked with NGOs that brought aid to people in the West Bank, an experience that awakened him to the brutality of Israel’s occupation. 

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Matt has applied this humanitarian impulse to American foreign policy. Like his father, he hasn’t focused exclusively on Israel-Palestine. A. In 2018, he helped Sanders introduce a bill to end US support for Saudi Arabia’s horrific war there, thus laying the groundwork for the Biden administration’s decision last week to do just that. But Matt hasn’t ignored Israel-Palestine either. He’s helped Sanders—a man shaped by his own family’s story of persecution—become the boldest voice for Palestinian rights in the Senate.


From a career-perspective, Matt’s commitment to Palestinian rights has been utterly irrational. Had he simply kept his head down—like most other aspiring Democratic foreign policy wonks—he’d be entering the Biden administration without opposition. But I suspect that Matt’s faith makes such moral evasion impossible. So, instead, he must now endure the Simon Wiesenthal Center declaring that his rhetoric about Israel—which would be standard fare at a J St event or in the pages of Haaretz—is “infected with Jew-hatred.”


It’s a good example of how warped establishment Jewish discourse about Christians has become. Because you know whose rhetoric the Simon Wiesenthal Center doesn’t think is “infected with Jew-hatred?” Donald Trump’s.


It’s a simple bargain: If you’re a Christian who disregards Palestinian rights, establishment Jewish organizations will often disregard your flirtations with anti-Semitism. AIPAC has sponsored speeches by Pastor John Hagee who—in addition to being blatantly Islamophobic—has suggested that the Rothschilds control the US economy.” In 2005, Benjamin Netanyahu declared that “we have no greater friend in the whole world than Pat Robertson,” the evangelical leader who wrote an entire book about globalist economic conspiracies, much of it lifted from anti-Semitic sources.

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If, only the other hand, you’re a Christian like Matt, who believes Palestinians deserve freedom, you will be tarred as anti-Semitic even if you work for a Jewish Senator and have gained the deep admiration of many Jewish activists and writers. Not only that, but your father will be tarred as anti-Semitic even though he devoted years of his life to rescuing Jews from the USSR.

Most American Jews disapprove of this perverse double standard. In their views on Israel, they are closer to Black Christians—who tend to support Palestinian rights—than they are to the white Christian evangelicals who leading Jewish organizations embrace. On domestic issues as well, from abortion to same-sex marriage to climate change, Jews and conservative white evangelicals are on opposite sides. All of which may help explain why, in a 2017 Pew Research Center poll, Jews were the only religious group that felt less favorably towards evangelicals than they felt toward atheists.
Every Christian, progressive, conservative or somewhere in between, should be considered innocent of anti-Semitism until proven guilty. But there’s a big difference between the distrust many rank-and-file Jews feel toward conservative Christians and the distrust that Jewish leaders feel toward progressive Christians. The difference has to do with power. The distrust many ordinary Jews feel toward Mike Pompeo didn’t bar him from the State Department. The distrust that America’s establishment Jewish organizations feel toward Matt Duss just might.


I look forward to the day when Christians like Matt Duss can say, without fear of imperiling their careers, that in defending people whose lands are stolen and whose villages are bulldozed and whose freedom is denied, they are living the teachings of Jesus Christ. And I look forward to the day when America’s most powerful Jewish leaders will respond not with smears but with admiration. Because if Christians—as a result of their history—owe Jews anything, it is not to defend Benjamin Netanyahu. It is to live up to the highest teachings of their faith, which in the Book of Luke calls on Christians “to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Like his father, Matt Duss has dedicated himself to that principle, sometimes at considerable cost. I hope he has the chance to do so at the State Department.

The rabbi of the settlements

A sure sign of desperation among the Zionist tribalists is their hysterical attack on any decision maker in government who expresses any concern for the cause of the Palestinians. The Israeli government and the trolls they hire have gone batshit crazy as they realise they have lost the moral argument on Palestine.They are busy smearing anybody  who dares show any solidarity with the indigenous victims of Israel.  Their shocking attack on British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was unconscionable, and particularly the shocking behaviour of the chief rabbi of Britain, Ephraim Mirvis.
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As only he can Gideon Levy, reminded the world what happens when a rabbi loses sight of Judaic universal values and  becomes a tribalist perpetrates. who places a political movement, Zionism at the heart of his ministry. His column of Nov.28, 2019 once again shows us that “the Spirit blows where it wills” and the Jewish prophetic, the greatest gift of Judaism most often moves beyond the confines of court rabbis like Mervis and finds voice where it always does on the margins.Levy below
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Corbyn is not an anti-Semite. His real sin is to fight against injustice in the world, including the version Israel perpetrates.

The Jewish establishment in Britain and the Israeli propaganda machine have taken out a contract on the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. The contract was taken out a long time ago, and it was clear that the closer Corbyn came to being elected prime minister, the harsher the conflict would get.

On Tuesday it reached its climax in an article by the chief rabbi of Britain, Ephraim Mirvis, in The Times. Mirvis has decided that the anxiety of British Jews over Corbyn is justified and he is not fit to be prime minister. He called on Jews not to vote for Labour in the election on December 9
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Born in South Africa and a graduate of Har Etzion Yeshiva in the settlement of Alon Shvut, Mirvis is the voice of British Jewry. In Capetown, Johannesburg and Har Etzion, he should have learned what apartheid was and why one should fight it. His parents did so, but one doubts that he learned the moral lesson from the regions of disenfranchisement in which he lived in South Africa and the West Bank.

As opposed to the horrid Corbyn, Mirvis sees nothing wrong with the continued occupation; he does not identify with the struggle for Palestinian freedom and he doesn’t sense the similarity between the South Africa of his childhood, Har Etzion of his youth and Israel of 2019. That is the real reason that he rejects Corbyn. The Jews of Britain also want a prime minister who supports Israel – that is, supports the occupation. A prime minister who is critical of Israel is to them an exemplar of the new anti-Semitism.

Corbyn is not an anti-Semite. He never was. His real sin is his staunch position against injustice in the world, including the version Israel perpetrates. Today this is anti-Semitism. The Hungarian Viktor Orban, the Austrian Freedom Party and the extreme right in Europe are not the danger to Jews. Corbyn is the enemy. The new and efficient strategy of Israel and the Zionist establishment brands every seeker of justice as an anti-Semite, and any criticism of Israel as hatred of Jews. Corbyn is a victim of this strategy, which threatens to paralyze and silence Europe with regard to Israel
British Jewry might not be faking its anxiety, but it is certainly magnifying the danger. There is anti-Semitism, though less than what is presented, certainly on the left. About half of British Jews are considering fleeing if Corbyn is elected. Let them flee. The survey that showed this could actually encourage anti-Semitism: Are the Jews of Britain conditionally British? To whom is their loyalty?Israeli-occupation-soldiers-while-abducting-Palestinian-child-Fawzi-14-in-occupied-West-Bank-city-of-Al-Khalil..jpg

The future of all British Jews is much more secure than the future of any Palestinian living under the occupation, and even more secure than that of any Arab living in Israel. Jews are persecuted and are victims of discrimination and racism less so than the Palestinians in the Israel they hold dear. Moreover, Islamophobia in Europe is more common than anti-Semitism, but people talk about it less.

Mirvis presents no evidence of Corbyn’s anti-Semitism. It sufficed for him to note the fact that Corbyn described as “friends” those who “endorse the murder of Jews” – a reference to Corbyn’s comments on Hezbollah and Hamas. Corbyn is indeed a very harsh critic of the occupation, supports the boycott and compares the closure of Gaza with the siege of Stalingrad and Leningrad. These are anti-Israeli positions, but not necessarily anti-Semitic. The Jews of Britain are blurring this difference as are many Jews throughout the world, intentionally. One can (and should) be a harsh critic of Israel without being anti-Semitic.

If the Jews of Britain and their chief rabbi were more honest and courageous, they would ask themselves: Isn’t Israel’s brutal occupation policy the strongest motive for anti-Semitism today? There is anti-Semitism, it must be fought, but it must also be recognized that Israel supplies it an abundance of excuses and motives.

The Jews and Israel’s true friends should hope that Corbyn is elected. He is a statesman who can change international discourse about the occupation and the struggle against it. He is a ray of hope for a different world and a different Israel – and what more could we want.

The base rules in Israel

The only democracy in the Middle East which privileges one group over any other long ago had its coup by letting terrorists like Begin, Shamir and Sharon become prime ministers and let soldiers beat up and murder with impunity.on a daily basis. The “only democracy” denies justice and dignity to the indigenous people from whom they stole their country seventy years ago.


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Israeli writer B.Michael (Michael Brizon)  proves that not all citizens buy this version of democracy.His articles are laced with sardonic observations and the one below is a good example. In Israel, the tone deaf and racist base is already in power.

It is important that Mr Michael can only say these things on the high quality Haaretz newspaper, read by only 4% of Israel. Most Israelis get their ant-news from the rag called Israel Hayom which the late Sheldon Adelson bankrolled  and which was a conduit for the poison that Netanyahu and Trump spewed.

Follow Adelson’s  money! In Israel it purchased a lot of Kool Aid.


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A vigorous debate has been taking place in all of the media outlets. There isn’t a single newspaper, television channel, website, radio program or social media platform that hasn’t engaged in it. And it all revolves around one single question: Could it happen here? That is, will we, too, have the privilege of looking on blindly as a savage mob storms the legislature to punish it and impose its will on it.

The debate is fascinating. Invigorating. Thorough. Expansive. It’s just too bad that it’s completely unnecessary. Because in Israel it won’t happen. In Israel, it can’t happen. Nor is there any need for it to happen.

Because here, it already has happened – long ago. Our revolution is behind us. The “base” took control of the government a decade or more ago. Our legislature has long since become the “base legislature.”

Our revolution needed no violence. After all, why use force when it’s possible to do it peacefully, through deceit? Our parliament, for instance, castrated itself voluntarily, without damaging the furniture. And our thugs took power without breaking any windows, dirtying the carpets or stealing computers. Nor did they need ridiculous costumes or fur hats with horns (okay, there are fur hats here as well, but without the horns).

And recently, when it seemed as if the revolution’s accomplishments were in some danger, our revolutionaries quickly gave it a stimulating blood transfusion. Not by force, heaven forbid. Not by violence. Solely by bluff. By deception. By an extensive campaign of vote theft and deceit. A sting operation virtually without parallel in human history. And the revolution indeed immediately regained its full power.

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That is how we reached this point – a government that’s entirely dependent on a gang of egotistic evangelicals who educate their children to believe that slavery is freedom and ignorance is strength; on a gang of delusional, avaricious thugs who have convinced themselves and others that war is peace and that the eyes of Big Brother in the heavens are always watching; and on a herd of corrupt people who see the state treasury as their private purse from which money is available for the taking.
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And that’s how we merited a government that is headed by a person who has been charged with crimes and various misdemeanors. A government, one of whose members – not long ago, while serving as the speaker of the Knesset – peed, figuratively speaking, on an order issued by the High Court of Justice, with neither hesitation nor shame. A government, at least two members of which are living under the shadow of indictments that could land on top of them at any moment.

A government, nearly all of whose members are busy with carrying out the will of the base that rules them, with diligence and dedication. In order to teach us that everything the American base sought to obtain through violence, our base has achieved peacefully.

Yet another wonder: The will of the base here and the base there are as alike as two drops of snot. All the foreigners should be kicked out, all the elites should burn, all the Arabs should die and everyone should come back to God. And that’s it. You don’t need to do it by force.kill-arabs.jpg
The resemblance between these two bases is already so great that we even have our own Hilltop Bullies (a fitting Israeli answer to American hillbillies), who think they have the right to beat up soldiers and police officers to their heart’s desire. Not, heaven forbid, to seize power, since that is already in their hands, simply for purposes of entertainment.

In fact, all of the above could be summed up in one short sentence: In a country where Amir Ohana is the minister of public security, there’s no longer anything to overturn. Because everything in it has already been turned upside down long ago.

The Catholic silence

f there is one blatant example  of how prophecy has fled the ranks of the Catholic episcopacy the deadly silence on on the rights of Palestinians is it. Again and again they have turned their backs  on the decades long abuse of the Palestinian indigenous. Michel Sabbath the former Catholic archbishop of Jerusalem, pleads once again, this time on the pages of the Jesuit Magazine, America

Former Jerusalem archbishop: How long will Catholics keep ignoring the suffering of Palestinians?

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America  Dec.22,2020

Israel’s military occupation of Palestine continues in its 53rd year. In particular, Palestinians in Gaza are suffering under a callous siege. The U.S. administration has withdrawn aid for Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem and for the United Nations’ humanitarian work in the occupied Palestinian territory.
President Trump’s so-called peace proposal is little more than a justification for the occupation and a false promise of prosperity to Palestinians at the cost of their freedom and independence. In spite of promises to the contrary in recent peace deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Israel’s annexation of Palestinian land and resources continues with the recent approval of 3,000 new settlement homes in the West Bank.


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Palestinian Christians join the Hebrew prophet Habakkuk in his cry for justice:

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not listen?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?

It is a question of humanity in the Holy Land. Human beings continue to kill or be killed. The power of the stronger, not the power of God, continues to prevail. Moreover, in regarding the state of Israel as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy, Christian Zionists believe that Israel should receive special status, thereby using the word of God to support policies and practices that privilege one people over another—with deadly consequences.

We say that the word of God is a word of life for all. Our God is one of love, not war. God’s word, even spoken in the midst of the conflict, must lead all of us to respect one another as equally created—Israelis and Palestinians having equal rights, freedom and independence.
So we turn to the media, the global Catholic Church and civil society asking, “Will you help?” Can you help both Israelis and Palestinians achieve a just, definitive peace? Or will you keep looking with indifference toward the Holy Land, a land in which one people continues to oppress another people, resulting in continued bloodshed and hatred?

To again quote Habakkuk: “Destruction and violence are before us. The law has become slack and justice does not prevail.”

It is a question of humanity in the Holy Land. The power of the stronger, not the power of God, continues to prevail.

In 2009, Palestinian Christians from diverse churches, institutions and walks of life called for an end to the Israeli occupation. We at Kairos Palestine issued the document “A Moment of Truth: A Word of Faith, Hope and Love From the Heart of Palestinian Suffering.” This Christian Palestinian cry, a bold theological document grounded in the Scriptures, was welcomed by some but misunderstood and rejected by others. The heart of the document is an invitation for Christians to join Palestinians in their nonviolent resistance shaped by the “logic of love.”Kairos.jpeg
Sadly, this document and further pleas did not achieve the kind of solidarity we expected from our sisters and brothers in U.S. churches.

We realize that many have been led to believe a false narrative that the source of trouble is a religious conflict between Muslims and Jews. We say: The heart of the unrest is a prolonged military occupation that abuses human rights and has been declared illegal under international law.

Some Western European and North American churches are hesitant to act boldly for fear of being charged as anti-Semitic. We say: Speak as Christians, behave as Christians, concerned with what happens in your Holy Land, to save all of us, and perhaps yourself.
Other church leaders, desiring to be “balanced” in their views, seek to put the victims and the perpetrators on an equal footing. We say: Look at us both as we are—the one, oppressor; the other, oppressed. Help us both to achieve peace and justice in our land, the land of God.

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Earlier this year, representatives from 20 countries across five continents joined Palestinian Christians to issue “Cry for Hope: A Call for Decisive Action.” This document has been translated into 13 languages and endorsed by more than 350 Christian leaders, scholars and organizations around the world, and it has been signed by more than 12,400individuals and churches.

We have made this call out of concern for the future of the people in the Holy Land and beyond—people of every faith and of no expressed faith at all. As we wrote of both Israelis and Palestinians in “A Moment of Truth”: “Our future and their future are one.” Together, we face “either the cycle of violence that destroys both of us or peace that will benefit both.”
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In Palestine, as in Israel, there are human beings who wait to be saved from the evil that now prevails. Those who kill need to be healed. Those who are oppressed and threatened with death need to be healed. Our common healing is in the prayers and actions of the church and civil society, acting toward a just and lasting peace that restores dignity, freedom and security to all.

As we declared in “A Moment of Truth,” we believe in God, good and just. We believe that God’s goodness will finally triumph over the evil of hate and of death that still persist in our land. We will see here “a new land” and “a new human being,” capable of rising up in the spirit to love each one of his or her brothers and sisters.

Zionism is their religion-not Judaism

Real Jews are filing for divorce from Zionism, an ersatz religion totally devoid of the universal ethics of Judaism. One can easily sum up the situation in this sentence: Torah and occupation are mutually exclusive, the replacement of the dedication to israel for the dedication to God and the demands of Torah is a tragedy that continues to haunt diaspora Jews.The hysterical attacks on a real Torah Jew like Peter Beinart  by American Zionists like Bret Stephens, Jeffrey Goldberg and Bari Weiss.

Israel could have been rid of the stench of Netanyahu had it not been such a racist country.Gantz, hardly an improvement could have been Prime Minister  simply by accepting the votes of the Palestinian Joint List/

The Joint List is a political alliance of the main Arab-majority political parties in IsraelGantz could have toppled Netanyahu by taking these 15 votes as part of coalition. The List comprises citizens of Israel,…but for racists like Netanyahu and others, members of the List are “terrorists.” ’It is of course to laugh.Such a shining democracy, now headed for a fourth election.

To many diaspora Jews Zionism is indeed their religion, having long ago junked the universal ethics of Torah Judaism. These American and Canadian landsmen have no understanding of the colossal pain and suffering visited on the country’s indigenous. They choose not to know.They are accomplices, as are Justin Trudeau, Bob Rae, Erin O’Toole and Annamie Paul, the new leader of the Green Party. They are today’s “blind guides.”

Levy I trust. A life long sabra with impeccable credentials he has long been my guide here. He has

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY GUILLAUME LAVALLEE – Journalist at Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, Gideon Levy poses in his home on August 12, 2014 in the coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv. After Haaretz commentator Gideon Levy accused air force pilots of perpetrating “the cruelest (and) most despicable deeds” against Gaza’s weakest and most helpless,” his employer hired him bodyguards. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN

Zionism contradicts human rights, and is thus indeed an ultranationalist, colonialist and perhaps even racist movement, as proponents of justice worldwide maintain”. 

Israeli society is today by far too brainwashed. Life in Israel is by far too good. Israel is, let’s face, it a society which lives in denial, totally disconnected from realit

Levy wrote on March 6

I know some Israelis who agonized for days whether to vote for the Joint List, who talked about crossing the Rubicon and the end of the world, and at the last moment their hand betrayed them and they voted for Gantz or Peretz. They say they just couldn’t do it

What exactly prevented them? After all, they support justice and equality and peace for two states – and the Joint List offers them all of this good stuff. But they found excuses for themselves: Balad is too nationalist, Ra’am too religious, Tibi too glib and Odeh too charming. Others who did vote for the Joint List after a lot of soul-searching, likened the feeling to coming out of the closet.

This reluctance does not necessarily derive from racist motivations. The Arab character of the Joint List was far less off-putting than its being non-Zionist. That’s just going too far, an unforgiveable crime. Voting for a party that doesn’t have the Zionist banner flying over it is a painful, almost impossible step. That’s the result of 100 years of indoctrination that is practically unmatched.

 With the exception of North Korea, no other country has such a ruling ideology that is not to be doubted or deviated from. Aside from Iran, no other country has a mandatory religion. In Israel, Zionism is a religion, and it is mandatory.

A Jew who votes for the Joint List is still considered a traitor, or at least a person who has some kind of screw loose. In our childhood, this is how we viewed activists from Rakah and Matzpen, and we shunned them like lepers. The Rakah office on Maza Street in Tel Aviv was like a mysterious, menacing headquarters of an enemy army. You didn’t want to be seen anywhere near it. I remember the first time I went there: I was terrified.

These were the adolescent growing pains of a young country. But when a strong, thriving country disqualifies a legal ideology and makes it illegitimate, something has gone wrong with its democracy.

Zionism is a worldview like any other. One can see its attractive and unattractive sides. It is not a religion in which doubters are denounced as heretics – yet it is forbidden to reject Zionism. Why? Because Zionism is not sure of itself. It knows that it brought a catastrophe upon another people and it knows that the fire of evil and injustice is burning beneath the carpet upon which it treads.

 If Zionism were certain of its righteousness, it would put itself to the test like any other worldview and it would be permissible to doubt it. Israel in 2020 is not yet ready for that. A true left will only arise here when we wean ourselves of the addiction to Zionism and free ourselves from its chains.

One state: Zionism, a settler colonial project

The “Palestinian-Israeli conflict” has often been presented as one of the most intractable in modern world history.

But one reason for this is precisely that it has been wrongly analyzed as a conflict and thus the “solutions” offered and the “peace processes” for getting there fail.

This is not a conflict. There are not two sides fighting over some issue that can be resolved through technical negotiations and compromise. Rather, Zionism was – and is – a settler-colonial project.


Jewish settlers arrived in Palestine from Europe with the intention of taking over the country and making it their own. Like all settler movements they came equipped with a narrative of why the country actually belonged to them, and they pursued their claim to entitlement unilaterally. The indigenous Palestinian population (which included Sephardi, Mizrahi and ultra-Orthodox Jews) had no voice in the process; they were not a “side,” but simply a population to be disposed of.

That remains true to this day as the settler Zionist project has virtually completed its task of Judaizing Palestine, of transforming an Arab country into a Jewish one. Its inescapable conclusion is apartheid: confining Palestinians into disconnected and impoverished enclaves scattered over 15 percent of their country.

Settler-colonialism and apartheid, however, cannot be resolved through negotiations and compromise. A people cannot negotiate their fundamental human, national, political and civil rights. The only way out of a colonial f situation is through a process of decolonization.

What does that entail? It entails a fundamental readjustment to the current reality. It entails the return of Palestinain refugees and their reintegration into society. It entails the dismantling of all structures of domination and control, be they political, economic or ideological and cultural.It requires acknowledging that the colonized population has the right to an equal say in the construction of the post-colonial polity. It necessitates the formation of a new political system and civil society that guarantees equal rights to all its citizens as well as to the national, ethnic and religious groups that comprise it.

It further demands an equitable redistribution of resources, especially land, the prime target of settler-colonialism, along with an acknowledgment by the colonizers of the suffering they have brought, and consequent reparations.

It is such fundamental change that is needed to generate a new, shared political community. And that, in turn, is the only possible way settler-colonialism can be transcended.

A political program

Settler-colonial analysis is well-developed in academic circles and offers genuinely new horizons for a just peace in Palestine/Israel. But it has not yet penetrated popular or political discourses, which are still mired in necessarily fruitless attempts to negotiate – or, more precisely, manage – a conflict.

Attempting to replace conflict resolution with the more appropriate and just process of decolonization, a Palestinian-led initiative has emerged out of Haifa over the past three ye

The One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC), though still in its infancy, comprises Palestinians from every major community (citizens of the areas that in 1948 became Israel, the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, the refugee camps and the Diaspora/Exiles), together with their anti-colonial Israeli Jewish allies. It has issued a call for the establishment of a single democratic state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, one that will also witness the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homeland.

Building on the work of others, the ODSC has also formulated a 10-point political program that “thinks through” the entire process of decolonizing the settler-colonial entity of Israel through the establishment of a post-colonial polity and political community. They are, in brief:

• Decolonization.
• A Single Constitutional Democracy. One democratic state shall be established between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River belonging to all its citizens, including Palestinian refugees who will be able to return to their homeland. All citizens will enjoy equal rights, freedom and security. The State shall be a constitutional democracy, the authority to govern and make laws emanating from the consent of the governed.
• Right of Return, of Restoration and of Reintegration into Society. The single democratic state will fully implement the Right of Return of all Palestinian refugees who were expelled in 1948 and thereafter, whether living in exile abroad or currently living in Israel or the Occupied Territory.

 Individual Rights. No State law, institution or practices may discriminate among citizens on the basis of national or social origin, color, gender, language, religion or political opinion or sexual orientation.
 Collective Rights. Within the framework of a single democratic state, the Constitution will also protect collective rights and the freedom of association, whether national, ethnic, religious, class or gender.  No group or collectivity will have any privileges,
   • Economy and Economic Justice. Our vision seeks to achieve justice, and this includes social and economic justice. Economic policy must address the decades of exploitation and discrimination which have sown deep socioeconomic gaps among the people living in the land.
• Commitment to Human Rights, Justice and PeaceThe State shall uphold international law and seek the peaceful resolution of conflicts through negotiation and collective security in accordance with the United Nations Charter.
• International responsibility. On a global level, the ODSC views itself as part of the progressive forces striving for an alternative global order that is just, egalitarian and free of any oppression, racism, imperialism and colonialism.

Considerable work still needs to be done to flesh out our program, which is very much a participatory work in progress. A democratic state in historic Palestine is no utopian vision. It is doable, it is critical and it is urgent.

Awad Abdelfattah is the Coordinator of the One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC). He is the former Secretary-General, Balad/Tajamo party.

Jeff Halper is the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and a founding member of the ODSC.

Israel’s war on children

After Israel’s mad rampage in Lebanon in 1982  Haaretz reporter Yoel Marcus commented that  “most us realize that killing of Arabs in general and Palestinians in particular is quite popular or at least doesn’t bother anyone.” 28 years later ”the only democracy in the Middle East” still gets away with murder even of children.

This rampant  and shocking abuse  gets little play in Canada while we are always reminded of the Nazi holocaust which serves to shield Israel from its daily oppression of its indigenous.

Gideon Levy, intrepid reporter, once again reminds us of the importance of the Fourth Estate’s role in speaking truth to power.

Israel’s War on Palestinian Children


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Last week, we were in the Al-Arroub refugee camp, searching for an open area in which to sit, for fear of the coronavirus. There wasn’t one. In a camp in which house touches house, whose alleys are the width of a man and strewn with garbage, there’s nowhere to sit outside. One can only dream of a garden or a bench; there isn’t even a sidewalk. This is where Basel al-Badawi lives. A year ago, soldiers shot his brother dead, before his eyes, for no reason. Two weeks ago, Basel was snatched from his bed on a cold night and taken, barefoot, for questioning. We sat in his family’s cramped home and realized there was no “out” to go to. While we were there, Israeli soldiers blocked the entrance to the camp, as they occasionally do, arbitrarily, and the sense of suffocation only grew.

This is Basel’s world and this is his reality. He is 16, a bereaved brother, who was abducted from his bed in the dark of night by soldiers. He has nowhere to go to except for school, which is closed for part of the week due to COVID-19. Basel is free now, more fortunate than certain other children and teenagers. Around 170 of them are currently detained in Israel. Other children are shot by soldiers, wounded and sometimes killed, with no distinction made between children and adults – a Palestinian is a Palestinian – or between a life-threatening situation and a “public disturbance.”

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On Friday they killed Ali Abu Alia, a 15-year-old boy. It was a lethal shot to the abdomen. No one could remain indifferent to the sight of his innocent face in photographs, and his last picture – in a shroud, his face exposed, his eyes closed, as he was carried to burial in his village. Ali, as he did every week, went with his friends to demonstrate against the wild and violent outposts that sprouted out of the settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, taking over the remaining land of his village, al-Mughayir. There is nothing more just than the struggle of this village, there is nothing more heinous than the use of lethal force against protesters and there is no possibility that shooting Ali in the abdomen could have been justifiable. In Israel, of course, no one showed any interest over the weekend in the death of a child, one more child.

Up until the current school year, around 50 children from the shepherding community of Ras a-Tin studied at the school in al-Mughayir, the village of the deceased boy. They had to walk about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) each day, round trip, to attend. This year their parents, with the help of a European Commission aid organization based in Italy, built them a modest, charming school in the village. Israel’s Civil Administration is threatening to demolish it, and in the meantime it is harassing the pupils and teachers with surprise visits to check whether the toilets had been, God forbid, connected to a water pipe – in a village that was never connected to the power grid or the water supply. The children of Ras a-Tin must have known Ali, their former classmate, now dead.

The children did not know Malek Issa, of Isawiyah, in East Jerusalem. The 9-year-old boy lost an eye after it was hit by a sponge-tipped bullet fired by an Israeli police officer. On Thursday the Justice Ministry department that examines allegations of police misconduct announced that no one would be charged in the shooting, after 10 months of intensive investigation. It was enough for the policemen involved to claim that stones had been thrown at them, perhaps one of them hit the boy. But no video shows stones being thrown, nor is there any other evidence of this. Ali’s killers can also sleep in peace: No one will prosecute them. All they did was to kill a Palestinian child.


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These and many other incidents are taking place during a period that is among the quietest in the West Bank. This is the terror taking place, committed by the state. When we hear of such incidents in vicious dictatorships – children who are snatched from their beds in the middle of the night, one boy who was shot in the eye, another who was shot and killed – it sends shivers down our spine. Shooting at demonstrators? At children? Where do such things happen? Not in some faraway land, but rather just an hour’s drive from your home; not in some dark regime, but in the only democracy.

What would you think of a regime that allows the shooting of children, that abducts them in their sleep and razes their schools? That’s exactly what you must think of the regime here in our country.