All hail the peacemakers 22

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All hail the peacemakers 22

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"Is Peace Still Possible?" An Evening with Peter Beinart

https://youtu.be/EYxHXGq_7hc

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Around the stove, about 30 Palestinians gather inside a big tent on top of Mount Al-Urma, east of the town of Beita in the occupied West Bank, taking a rest and preparing for the latest confrontation with Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Hours earlier on Monday, settlers had tried for a second time to reach the top of the mountain, but the residents of Beita, which lies south of Nablus, had quickly gathered to defend their lands.

Clashes erupted, during which the Israeli army opened fire, wounding two Palestinians with live ammunition and 10 others with rubber bullets.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/our-mountain-palestinians-repel-settl...

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Palestine declares state of emergency over coronavirus

https://youtu.be/5772UerqRYI

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I know exactly how many knees I’ve hit, says Eden, who completed his service in the Israel Defense Forces as a sniper in its Golani infantry brigade six months ago. For much of the time, he was stationed along the border with the Gaza Strip. His assignment: to repel Palestinian demonstrators who approached the fence.

“I kept the casing of every round I fired,” he says. “I have them in my room. So I don’t have to make an estimate – I know: 52 definite hits.”

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-42-knees-in-one-da...

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They’re the best of our boys. One is a “musician from a good high school,” another a “boy scout” who majored in theater.” They’re the snipers who have shot thousands of unarmed protesters along the Gaza border fence.

In the Gaza Strip there are 8,000 permanently disabled young men as a result of the snipers’ actions. Some are leg amputees, and the shooters are very proud of that. None of the snipers interviewed for Hilo Glazer’s frightening story in Haaretz (March 6) has any regrets. If they are feeling at all apologetic it’s because they didn’t spill more blood. One was mocked in his battalion with “here comes the killer.” They all act like murderers. If their actions don’t show it – more than 200 dead as a result of them – then their statements prove that these young men have lost their moral compass. They are lost. They will go on to study, to have careers and to raise families – and will never recover from their blindness. They disabled their victims physically, but their own disabilities are more severe. Their souls were completely twisted. They will never again be moral individuals. They are a danger to society. They lost their humanity, if they ever had it, on the shooting berms facing the Gaza Strip. They are the sons of our friends and the friends of our sons, the young people from the apartment across the hall. Look how they talk.

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-the-israeli-army-doesn-t-have-s...

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Episode 02: Umar al Ghubari of Zochrot

https://youtu.be/MP5nFGvdsyQ

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On the rare occasions that the Israeli authorities afford me a permit to visit Jerusalem, my mother always insists that I bring her a stack of "ka'ak al-Quds" (ka'ak of Jerusalem).

Ka'ak is an ovular bread coated in a generous layer of sesame seeds. It is widely available across Palestine and also in Ramallah, where we live. But for most Palestinians, Jerusalem's ka'ak is a unique delicacy. Like my mother, I also ask friends who get a chance to visit Jerusalem to bring me batches of ka'ak al-Quds - not only because it tastes particularly good, but because it carries with it a part of Jerusalem's cultural history.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/closure-palestinian-bakery-jer...

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Are you annoyed by the anti-motorcycle barriers or speed bumps on your local bike path? Spare a thought for Palestinian bicycle advocates. According to the UN, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank imposes 705 obstacles to the free movement of Palestinians.

These obstacles include military checkpoints where only those with permits can pass, a 440-mile separation barrier, and roving patrols that can turn a joyous bike ride into humiliating roadside detention.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2020/mar/10/why-cyclin...

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A 15-year-old Palestinian was killed by Israeli army fire during clashes in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Wednesday. According to the ministry's report, 16 other Palestinians were wounded, two of them gravely. The clashes erupted against the backdrop of a tour by Israeli settlers to a fortress at an archaeological site near Nablus in Area B, a zone that up 22 percent of the West Bank, and is under Palestinian Authority civilian control and Israeli security control. According to the settlers, the fortress dates back to the Hasmonean era.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-fifteen-year-old-shot-dead-...

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A social media post inciting violence against Palestinians and Arabs was published every 64 seconds during the first two rounds of Israeli elections in 2019, a new report finds.

According to the latest annual “Index of Racism and Incitement in Israeli Social Media,” produced by the organization 7amleh – Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media, 2019 saw a 14 percent increase from the previous year in violent or racist discourse against Palestinians and Arabs on Israeli social media. In 2017, such posts were made every 71 seconds; in 2018, every 66 seconds.

Election-related incitement accounted for more than half of the increase in 2019, the report reveals, with popular incitement running parallel to incitement by Israeli officials during the unprecedentedly long campaign season.

https://www.972mag.com/7amleh-online-incitement-israel-election/?fbclid=...

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Standing at the podium in the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem Saturday night, a grave-looking Benjamin Netanyahu declared Israel was in a state of emergency. The prime minister, who did not field questions from reporters, announced he would be ramming through a series of emergency directives, including the mass surveillance of Israeli citizens, as part of the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

https://www.972mag.com/netanyahu-surveillance-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR3M...

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The Israeli government unanimously passed in the early hours of Tuesday new emergency regulations for tracking the cellphones of coronavirus patients or those suspected of being infected, circumventing the approval of the Knesset in the process.

Ministers authorized the move despite the Justice Ministry's commitment to have it go through the Israeli parliament, which did not have the time to deliberate on the matter.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-cellphone-tracking-authoriz...

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Why is Trump's Middle East plan so divisive? I Start Here

https://youtu.be/E1-IOyJd7DM

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Rashid Khalidi "Brokers of Deceit"

https://youtu.be/vRTHJ91Tq9g

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Two days after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Bethlehem, Amjad Zaghir, a shoe factory owner from the Palestinian city of Hebron, realized the West Bank would soon run out of face masks. Less than three weeks later, he is now the only mask manufacturer there.

Zaghir’s factory, which he started overnight, now produces thousands of masks a day, and has made him a national hero for helping Palestinians protect themselves from the virus.

Zaghir got to work as soon as news broke of the first diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Bethlehem. He bought a mask and began studying it, tilting it left and right.

https://www.972mag.com/coronavirus-mask-factory-hebron/?fbclid=IwAR2NQqC...

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Episode 03 Rafat Abu Aish from al-Naqab (The Negev Desert) in Southern Palestine

https://youtu.be/Dl3Wsk4hhTU

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Miko Peled speaking at University of California San Diego with Students for Justice in Palestine

https://youtu.be/A-CfmOPn5FU

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Netanyahu ally resigns, deepening Israeli political turmoil

https://youtu.be/w5FsklJ0HY4

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Speaking on Channel 12 news on Sunday, the director general of Magen David Adom emergency medical services announced that there will be no more testing for the coronavirus in the Arab community if the criteria aren’t changed. This surprising statement only intensified our fears that the number of those infected in the Arab community is far higher than what has been reported until now, but there is no information because there are no tests.

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-israel-pays-a-price-for-ignorin...

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Big Brother: Internet Age Surveillance and Censorship in the Middle East

https://youtu.be/l0FicuB0G7g

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Webinar Series- Part 1: The Gaza Strip

https://youtu.be/cyStkxhnJ8s

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Webinar Series- Part 2: The West Bank and East Jerusalem

https://youtu.be/Kci-7Pl6mqE

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IN 2006, ST. Louis-based activist and academic Mark Chmiel received a message on his answering machine from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI wanted to talk to Chmiel about trip three years ago that he and other St. Louis activists took with the International Solidarity Movement to the West Bank, in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. When Chmiel’s attorney reached out to the FBI, they did not respond.

Chmiel later wrote that he was motivated to travel to the West Bank by Palestinians’ calls for volunteers, international organizations’ inability to deal with the occupation, and his own country’s complicity in Israel’s actions. The International Solidarity Movement, or ISM, which would be Chmiel’s vehicle, encourages international volunteers to come to the occupied territories and engage in nonviolent direct action against the occupation. During the delegation Chmiel was on, Israel soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian protest and injured one of the St. Louis activists. An aging Holocaust survivor who was also part of the delegation was subjected to a humiliating and invasive search when departing from Israel.

https://theintercept.com/2020/04/05/israel-palestine-fbi-terrorism-inves...

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Two organizations with close ties to the Israeli government have teamed up on a federal lawsuit targeting the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), one of the leading Palestine advocacy groups in the United States.

The civil lawsuit, which marks an escalation of the Israeli-led campaign against global Palestinian rights activism, was filed by the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF, often referred to simply as JNF), the quasi-public body that owns 13 percent of state land in Israel and holds significant sway within Israeli land bodies. The International Legal Forum, an Israeli legal group that has received funding from the Israeli government, is advising the JNF on the case.

https://www.972mag.com/jnf-lawsuit-us-campaign-palestinian-rights/?fbcli...

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Episode 04: COVID-19 in Palestine with Steve Sosebee of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund

https://youtu.be/ZIzMmtsjqYE

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Webinar Series- Part 3: Israel

https://youtu.be/Z3x-ghQYbak

travissmith

There will only be peace in the Middle East when Western powers stop interfering, Arabs and Persians accept the existence of Israel and a stronger Asia sphere serves as a balance of power.

China has been lending aid to Israel recently and India also has good relations. With the collapse of the USSR and decline of White power, sorry the USA/NATO/EU I think the future is full of hope.

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As I sit in my house in Haifa, quarantined, like others around the world, I cannot help but recall a previous experience under Israeli-imposed curfew.

Eighteen years ago, during March and April of 2002, the Israeli army re-invaded the West Bank, including the city in which I was residing at the time, Ramallah. For months, we remained under lockdown as Israeli tanks, jeeps and soldiers terrorized our streets and homes.

We spent the days hearing about the rising death toll and worried about what the future would hold. While the initial action was met with international condemnation, soon the lockdown – and the terror of Israel’s army – became “normal.” Few raised their voices at Israel’s collective punishment of Palestinians and all of the accompanying land confiscations and home demolitions undertaken by the army.

https://electronicintifada.net/content/pandemic-lays-bare-israels-system...

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Israeli authorities agreed on Tuesday to halt almost all demolitions of illegal Palestinian structures in the West Bank for the remainder of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was relayed to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, which had appealed to the Civil Administration, the Defense Ministry body responsible for carrying out the demolitions. ACRI had called the practice “inhumane,” particularly in the midst of a public health crisis.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-agrees-to-halt-most-demolitions-of-...

Sean in Ottawa

CMOT Dibbler wrote:
Israeli authorities agreed on Tuesday to halt almost all demolitions of illegal Palestinian structures in the West Bank for the remainder of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was relayed to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, which had appealed to the Civil Administration, the Defense Ministry body responsible for carrying out the demolitions. ACRI had called the practice “inhumane,” particularly in the midst of a public health crisis.
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I cannot praise someone for not doing what they never ever should have done in the first place but I guess this is better than still doing it

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Israel's ultra-Orthodox communities ‘ignoring’ COVID-19 rules

https://youtu.be/uQl0GYE7ZWE

Sean in Ottawa

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Israel's ultra-Orthodox communities ‘ignoring’ COVID-19 rules
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In lock step with religious extremists in every religion in the world

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When people started to share the Facebook post “Dear world: How is the lockdown? – Gaza,” I felt uncomfortable. Though the posters sought to generate empathy for the 2 million Palestinians trapped in the Gaza Strip, the attempt to compare the closure that free citizens of the West are experiencing to the 13-year siege on the Strip is, at the very least, tasteless. Now that the virus has crossed the military checkpoints and 12 Palestinians have been diagnosed as infected, the distortion of this comparison is going to become tragically clear.

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-coronavirus-in-gaza-the-blockad...

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Israeli soldiers secure settlers attack Palestinians, Burin & Madama, 7 March 2020

https://youtu.be/PUJ_1Qr1AO0

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Muted Easter celebrations in the holy city of Jerusalem

https://youtu.be/3exdCA3M-TM

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Israeli Democracy at a Crossroads

https://youtu.be/OmocbJbJRPA

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Armed Israeli settlers with dogs enter home, attack residents in Ras al-‘Auja, 21 Feb. 2020

https://youtu.be/cUqiSiJZm04

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Episode 05: Listener Q&A (Part One) with Miko Peled

https://youtu.be/WE-7HGBdwwc

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A group of radical settler youth who had been put in a military-run coronavirus quarantine facility attacked Palestinian campers and torched their cars overnight on Monday.

Israeli police have launched an investigation into the incident which took place in the southern West Bank, near the Dead Sea, but so far no suspects have been arrested.

According to an initial investigation, two Palestinians from Jenin and a third from Haifa, an Israeli citizen, set up their tent in a camping site near the quarantine compound. The settler youth approached them and asked for cigarettes, then returned to the quarantine compound. About 15 minutes later, they came back to the site and began throwing stones at the group of campers and set their two cars ablaze.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-settlers-in-coronavirus-qua...

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Episode 06: Listener Q&A with Miko Peled (part two)

https://youtu.be/aG6M7gnD5UE

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Episode 07: Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro from New York

https://youtu.be/fruMJXp35So

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https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/idf-halts-coronavirus-testing-in-gaza-...

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett has ordered a stop to testing for COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip, Maariv reported.
Previously, the IDF had said that it would conduct about 50 tests per day for Gaza residents at the military laboratory in Tzrifin. The decision to cancel testing was made after the IDF's initiative was not approved on the government level, and Bennett was not notified of the decision due to coordination issues inside the army, Maariv said. In total, only about 100 tests were done over the course of two days.

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https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/omar-karmi/israels-unity-government...

It took one year, three elections and a global pandemic, but Israel finally has a new government, and this time, it is one with a broader mandate than any other in recent memory.

This is mostly thanks to Benny Gantz who repeatedly said that he would not join a government led by Benjamin Netanyahu, only to join a Netanyahu-led government at the third time of asking.

He did so under the pretext of creating an emergency government to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. But this is not a government established to deal with any emergency. This is a government with the specific brief of determining when and over what further areas of territory occupied in 1967 Israel will start applying its sovereignty.

Ken Burch

It will be interesting to see where the Blue and White Party is in the polls by the time Netanyahu is supposed to leave office in eighteen months-18 of the 33 MKs elected on the Blue and White slate in the last election split off to sit in opposition, and it's quite possible that the remnant of Blue and White which is a junior partner in the continuing Netanyahu ministry will now go into long term decline.

In any case, it is now a virtual certainty that Netanyahu will stay in power as long as he likes, and perhaps for life, with no progressive, pro-peace alternative anywhere close to emerging on the scene.

NDPP

travissmith wrote:

There will only be peace in the Middle East when Western powers stop interfering, Arabs and Persians accept the existence of Israel and a stronger Asia sphere serves as a balance of power.
 

NDPP wrote:

Israel is the result of western powers' interference. There can and should  be no acceptance of the existence of this murderous, racist apartheid settler- state and its ever increasing illegal occupation. Free Palestine. Down Israel.

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Nabil Mattar is unable to fulfill his family’s needs.

Until recently, he sold cellphone accessories in Gaza’s markets. The restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have left him without an income.

“I used to earn $10 per day,” Mattar, a father of seven, said. “It was too small an amount to be able to save anything. I have no money to feed my children since I have stopped working.”

The loss affects his sense of dignity. “You cannot imagine how it feels for a father to stand helpless in front of his children,” he said.

Unemployment was already a major problem before the first cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed in Gaza during March.

The official unemployment rate in Gaza was 43 percent during the last few months of 2019. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, that meant more than 208,000 people were without work.

https://electronicintifada.net/content/gaza-grinds-halt/30116?fbclid=IwA...

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From Corbyn to Sanders: Are Zionist Organizations Targeting Progressive Politicians? (Part One)

https://youtu.be/qJ2jeN1ORY0

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https://forward.com/opinion/445951/netanyahus-emergency-government-was-n...(Sunday%20RSS)&utm_maildate=05/07/2020

When Donald Trump announced his “Deal of the Century” at the White House in late January with Netanyahu at his side, many in Israel and the US dismissed it as an PR stunt to boost his election campaign. With Palestinians outright rejecting the plan and the Israeli right up in arms over potential recognition of Palestine, the plan appeared dead on arrival, and seemed to receive a death blow when Netanyahu failed to secure a right-wing majority in the last elections. Netanyahu, also facing a trial date for corruption and bribery, seemed to be out of options.

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Israeli CA demolishes agricultural pool and a cinderblock room and confiscates materials

https://youtu.be/jXgLvMGpmAM

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