Jump to navigation
The chequered print often seen on the traditional Arab keffiyeh headdress is currently being deployed by luxury brands such as Cecilie Copenhagen, where the print features heavily as part of its autumn/winter collection, as well as fast fashion retailers Boohoo and Asos.
There are concerns that its connections with the Palestinian struggle are being diluted and exploited. Omar Joseph Nasser-Khoury, a Palestinian fashion designer, says the keffiyeh symbolises “dispossession, systematic displacement, extrajudicial killings [and] oppression”. Its use by designers divorced from that context is, he says, irresponsible. “It’s almost disrespectful and it’s exploitative.”
Israeli police fired rubber bullets and tear gas inside the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem on Sunday after worshipping Muslims objected to around 450 Israeli settlers being allowed into the holy site despite it being the first day of Eid al-Adha. The Muslim celebrations coincided with the Jewish holiday of Tisha B'av, which sees an increase in Jewish visits to the Al-Aqsa compound. The Israeli actions broke up the festival atmosphere inside the area as thousands of Muslims worshippers had gathered to celebrate Eid al-Adha.
Analysis: Israeli police fire tear gas at Palestinians at Al-Aqsa
Israel last week advanced plans to build over 2,000 more homes for Jews throughout the West Bank, many well beyond the current settlement blocks. Some of them will be in outposts even Israel considered illegal, which – in a familiar pattern – will now be rendered retroactively "legal."
On a hill just south of the Old City lies a 54-hectare thriving pine forest, located within the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan - one of occupied East Jerusalem's most ghettoized areas, owing to Israeli government and settler initiatives.
The park, named the "Peace Forest," is for many visitors a tourist attraction, promoted as a "natural treasure" in the wider Israeli City of David archaeological site open to the public.
The forest was created and named shortly after Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, by the Jewish National Fund, an organisation that financially supports illegal Jewish settlement projects targeting Palestinian neighbourhoods.
Since the 1970s, the area has been zoned by the Israeli government as "green," meaning construction there is prohibited.
In 1977, the government handed control of the City of David project to the El-Ad Jewish settlement group.
The area of Wadi Yasul in Silwan, housing over 500 residents, has been slated for demolition by Israeli authorities.
With nowhere to expand over the decades, the residents of Wadi Yasul have had to build without difficult-to-obtain Israeli permits, subjecting them to demolition orders and displacement.
Anti Zionism is not antisemitism - Ilan Pappé
Forty-one Democratic House members were in Israel last week on a trip led by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, working hard to highlight their unified support for their host country. Rejecting ongoing Republican attacks accusing Democrats of being insufficiently pro-Israel, Hoyer said: “The central reality is that there is extraordinary unity on issues that Israel is very concerned about.” He noted that a large majority of the Democratic caucus voted in favor of a resolution condemning the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. Of course it was lost on no one that two Democratic members who voted against the resolution, Representatives Ilhan Omar and and Rashida Tlaib plan to visit Israel later this month, and it is their vocal criticism of Israeli policies and actions that Republicans have seized on and which Rep. Hoyer evidently sought to counter. https://forward.com/opinion/429401/aipac-took-41-democrats-to-israel-and...
The Anti-Defamation League’s Ken Jacobson wants you to believe that I called Israel racist in my recent article “The Real Reason So Many Republicans Love Israel. Their Own White Supremacy.” “Characterizing Israel as fundamentally racist,” he claims, constitutes one of my “arguments.”
But he has a problem. I didn’t call Israel racist because that’s not what I believe. I called it an “ethnic democracy.” Jacobson calls that a “euphemism” and says my real “intent is unmistakable.” No, “ethnic democracy” and “racist” are different. He’s confusing my motives with his ignorance.
Israel is a democracy inside its original, pre-1967, boundaries because it holds elections in which virtually everyone can vote. It’s an ethnic democracy because it has a special obligation to protect and represent one ethno-religious group: Jews. That means that, even inside the green line, where Palestinians (sometime called “Arab Israelis”) enjoy Israeli citizenship, they lack all the rights of Jews.
Analysis: Israel blocks visit by Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib
Bernie Sanders SLAMS Israel's Ban Of Tlaib and Omar
In a series of Tweets on Friday remarkable for their clarity and honesty, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has laid out Israel’s crimes and abuses of Palestinians.
On Thursday, Israel confirmed that it would bar Omar and fellow Democratic lawmaker Rashida Tlaib from traveling on a congressional delegation to Israel and the occupied West Bank.
The information Omar provides will not be new to many readers of this publication. But it is almost unheard of for a member of the United States Congress to use their platform to make it available to an even wider audience.
In an attempt to prove to a mostly shielded American audience the facts of the Israeli occupation, Omar often uses Israeli sources to document Israeli abuses and violations of human rights and international law.
Such sources can be valuable, but one hopes her exceptional courage will also mean she can use more Palestinian sources to document what their occupiers do to them.
Her recommendation that Twitter users follow the human rights group Al-Haq is an excellent start.
Israel kills three Palestinians in besieged Gaza Strip
Does Trump and Netanyahu's special relationship serve or harm the US? | Inside Story
Bill Maher’s Descent Into Radical Centrism Continues…
Rashida Tlaib Makes POWERFUL Plea To Israel
Ilhan Omar: Go to Israel, see 'cruel reality of the occupation'
Palestinian artist Kamal Boullata buried in Jerusalem
The allegation that Jews are inherently “disloyal” is a basic building block of anti-Semitism. It has served Jew-baiters since the dawn of civilization, when Pharaoh worried in the Book of Exodus that his Hebrew slaves “may join our enemies in fighting against us and rise from the ground.”
Incitement against disloyal Jews fueled the first pogrom in Alexandria in the first century C.E. It has remained a potent mainstay of Jew-haters throughout 2,000 years of Jewish exile and persecution, taking center stage in the Dreyfus affair, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the lethal Nazi battle cry against a Jewish “knife in the back.”
Dabke on wheelchairs in Gaza
What does "The Israel Lobby - US" documentary reveal about the lobby in America? - Ali Abunimah
On Monday, when a “senior government official” said Israel was willing to help Palestinians emigrate from the Gaza Strip, it sounded to many people like empty talk. But this statement follows a series of Israeli attempts at demographic manipulations, so what the official said shouldn’t be played down. Still, Israel has a history of utter failure in getting Palestinians to respond to material enticements to emigrate.
Over the last couple of months, Israeli society has been in the throes of a protest movement against police violence led by Ethiopian Israeli youth, who refer to it as their Black Lives Matter moment. In July, an Ethiopian Israeli teenager named Solomon Tekah was shot to death by a police officer in a town near Haifa, and thousands of young Ethiopian Israelis took to the streets demanding equal treatment and an end to police violence. Israel’s right wing very quickly began attempting to discredit the protests on social media by claiming they were being organized by left-wing organizations like the New Israel Fund (where I work as Vice President for Public Engagement)–a tactic that will be familiar to American activists dismissed as “paid protesters.” In the wake of this unrest, I sat down with my friend, Ethiopian Israeli activist, thinker, and community organizer Avi Yalou.
Will Iran respond to Israel's attacks? | Inside Story
Palestinians national day held as Israel withholds victims' bodies
Gaza in state of alert after blasts kill 3 Hamas policemen
A building that serves as a home and restaurant in a village near Bethlehem has been bulldozed by Israeli forces, on a site where houses have been razed twice before.
Israeli authorities gave the building's owner, Ramzi Qaisiyya, a notice saying the building was constructed without the correct permits.
The two earlier buildings on the same site were demolished under the same pretext, the Palestine News Network reported on Monday.
Israel called in reinforcements to Al Makhour, north-west of Beit Jala, after a woman confronted soldiers, said Hassan Brejiya, head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in Bethlehem.
The woman clung to the balustrade of the building's top-floor balcony as Israeli soldiers try to force her away from the building.
Then the bulldozers moved in to level the two-storey home.
Mr Brejiya condemned the demolition, accusing Israel of clearing the area to expand its settlement projects.
Lebanon's Hezbollah pledges to retaliate against Israel
The Israeli Elections Are Not About Palestine or Peace
Israeli army fires into Lebanon after Hezbollah missile attack
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday renewed his pledge to annex all Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as he reached out to right-wing voters ahead of a 17 September election and amid allegations of corruption.
Netanyahu and his Likud party have been working to maximise turnout and wrest votes from other right-wing parties close to the influential settlement movement, AFP said.
“With the help of God we will apply Jewish sovereignty to all communities, as part of the land of Israel, and as part of the state of Israel,” he told an audience at the West Bank settlement of Elkana.
He did not say when he planned to make such a move, Reuters noted.
Hezbollah warning: Israel reveals 'intelligence' detail
More than 1,000 Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip “are suffering from severe bone infections developed in the aftermath of being shot by the Israeli army”, according to a new update by global medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
MSF said it is “dealing with immense challenges” treating those shot by Israeli forces during protests in the Gaza Strip, including bone infections that add “to the already complicated path to recovery that these injured people must tread”.
More than 7,400 Palestinians have been injured by live ammunition during the protests, MSF stated, “with around half suffering from open fractures, where the bone is broken near the wound”.
“Gunshot wounds by their very nature are prone to infection,” MSF said.
Reading, writing and the second-class citizenship of Palestinians in Israel: that’s what students will be taught in Israeli classrooms this school year as the controversial nation-state law becomes part of the state curriculum.
In August, the Ministry of Education announced that the law, passed in 2018, which codifies Jewish supremacy in the country, would be a mandatory topic starting in September.
Education Minister Rafi Peretz said that it is important to teach the law “that demonstrates our historical right as a sovereign people and constitutes a legal basis for the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people”.
For years, Kenya has served as Israel’s gateway to Africa. Israel has been using the strong political, economic and security relations between the two states as a way to expand its influence on the continent and turn other African nations against Palestine. Unfortunately, Israel’s strategy seems, at least on the surface, to be succeeding – Africa’s historically vocal support for the Palestinian struggle on the international arena is dwindling. The continent’s rapprochement with Israel is unfortunate, because, for decades, Africa has stood as a vanguard against all racist ideologies, including Zionism – the ideology behind Israel’s establishment on the ruins of Palestine. If Africa succumbs to Israeli enticement and pressure to fully embrace the Zionist state, the Palestinian people would lose a treasured partner in their struggle for freedom and human rights. But all is not lost.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin stormed the holy Ibrahimi Mosque and he will be followed by the occupation’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This storming is similar to that of Ariel Sharon in Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was followed by Palestinian outrage and a Second Intifada that lasted several years.
In recent weeks, the West Bank witnessed numerous operations against the Israeli occupation. The West Bank is already a volcanic crater without such provocative visits and it is not unlikely for a new intifada to break out. It is also not unlikely for the city of Hebron to mobilise against the hundreds of settlers who live in it. The West Bank has enough reasons to explode, but no one can predict when that will come.
Amnesty International is calling out the discriminatory regulations taken out on Palestinian members of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, for undermining “their ability to represent and defend the rights of the Israeli Arabic minority population in Israel.”
In a new report published on Wednesday, the human rights organization details how Palestinian MKs, unlike their Jewish counterparts, face systemic discrimination in the form of Knesset regulations, legislative changes, and bill proposals aimed at silencing them.
The report comes just two weeks before Israel heads into its general election, during which the Joint List of Arab parties in Israel are poised to win 10-12 seats — making them the third largest party in Israel.
Ten days after being interrogated for hours by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and denied entry into the United States, Ismail Ajjawi was admitted into the country Monday. The 17-year-old Palestinian, who lives in a refugee camp in Lebanon, arrived just in time to begin his undergraduate degree at Harvard.
“The last ten days have been difficult and anxiety filled, but we are most grateful for the thousands of messages of support and particularly the work of AMIDEAST [the organization that sponsored Ajjawi],” the family said in a statement. “We hope now that everyone can respect our and Ismail’s privacy and he can now simply focus on settling into College and his important class work.”
The Israeli Supreme Court on Monday voted by a 4-3 majority that Israel has the right to withhold the bodies of 13 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in its custody and be used as bargaining chips.
The ruling states that emergency regulations allow the Israeli military to order the temporary burial of the bodies of Palestinians classified as enemies “based on considerations that take into account state security, civil order, and the need to negotiate for the return of the bodies of Israeli soldiers”, the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah) said in a statement Monday.
One of the lawyers on the case was told Monday morning that a verdict would be reached in the afternoon, without being given any more details.
“We understood that the political context and the timing, that it would be a negative decision and not in our favour as Palestinians,” said Salwa Hamad, the head of Jerusalem Legal Aid Center’s legal campaign, which is fighting for 116 bodies.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin stormed the holy Ibrahimi Mosque and he will be followed by the occupation’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This storming is similar to that of Ariel Sharon in Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was followed by Palestinian outrage and a Second Intifada that lasted several years. In recent weeks, the West Bank witnessed numerous operations against the Israeli occupation. The West Bank is already a volcanic crater without such provocative visits and it is not unlikely for a new intifada to break out. It is also not unlikely for the city of Hebron to mobilise against the hundreds of settlers who live in it. The West Bank has enough reasons to explode, but no one can predict when that will come.
It goes without saying there will be no criticism from Canada or its Israeli ambassador for this outrageous and dangerous provocation/desecration by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin either...
'...I came here to thank you for your support of Israel. Canada supports us also because of you and their relationship with you and because of your ability to make the case for the Zionist movement in the land of Israel.' - Reuven Rivlin- Apr 2019
Climate change is a human rights issue. Nowhere is this clearer than in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), where land and natural resources required for climate adaptation are controlled by Israel, and systematically denied to Palestinians. Of all these resources, none are more vital than water.
‘Water apartheid’, it’s called: Jewish settlers receive copious volumes for cheap, Palestinians scrape and scratch to get what they need, at great cost. A highly asymmetrical, discriminatory and exploitative regime formalized in law, achieved through physical separation and enforced by soldiers and police. The very definition of apartheid.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea if reelected. (For the latest election polls – click here)
Speaking to the press a week before the election, Netanyahu also said that the Trump administration's peace plan, which he said would be released days after the election, would provide a "historic opportunity" for annexing the West Bank and other areas.
Will Netanyahu annex the Jordan Valley? | Inside Story
Netanyahu slams 'fake news' amid corruption charges
An illegal Israeli outpost was set up on land belonging to KKL-JNF Jewish National Fund just days after authorities demolished a Palestinian family’s home and restaurant that had stood there for nearly 15 years, a defense official confirmed on Thursday.
A group of Israeli settlers arrived at the site near Bethlehem less than a week after the August 26 demolition and began working the land, a defense official told The Times of Israel, confirming an earlier report in the Haaretz daily. A number of temporary structures and construction vehicles were moved onto the now-gated-off site.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does like a visual presentation.
There was this one, and that Trump one, and of course, the bomb one.
And as Israelis prepare to vote next week in the second general election they’ve had this year, Netanyahu has been at it again.
This time, it’s a map of the Jordan Valley, the occupied West Bank region which Netanyahu is promising to annex to Israel should he lead the next Israeli government.
Now, as has been pointed out many times, people will say almost anything to get elected.
Ban Muslims. Build a wall. Leave by Halloween, “do or die.”
It doesn’t necessarily mean anything, and Netanyahu is not above a little campaign hyperbole, unbounded racism, or indeed war mongering if it helps galvanize his voters.
Nevertheless, his promise to annex the Jordan Valley, and the revelation that he would already have done so had it not been for the Israeli attorney general, provoked angry denunciations from around the world.
PM Netanyahu on Alex Odeh
The Most Moral Army
Israel election: Voters return to polls on Tuesday
Lately we’ve seen a great deal of institutional effort to show that American Jews are all for Israel, except the lunatics.
–The American Jewish Committee says the Jewish group, IfNotNow, is a “radical fringe.”
–The Jewish Federations in Seattle actually blocked a $1000 gift to IfNotNow from a family fund it advises because it would damage the goal of building “a cohesive Jewish community” and undermine Israel as a Jewish state.
IfNotNow are young Jews generally with strong communal upbringing who are demanding an end to Palestinian occupation after 52 years.
–Next week Bari Weiss’s book comes out saying that All good Jews celebrate the rebirth of Jewish sovereignty in Israel, except for a handful of enemies within: “a very small but very vocal group of Jews seems as deeply opposed to Jewish interests as many of our community’s enemies.” Anti-Zionist Jews, she says, are anti-Semitic.