Another Journalist with Children in the Israeli Military

by ALISON WEIR

The New York Times recently published a news brief, reporting that Israel is going to re-investigate an incident in which an American citizen, Tristan Anderson, was permanently maimed.

Anderson suffered extensive brain damage (part of his frontal lobe was destroyed) and paralysis, and was blinded in one eye, after Israeli soldiers shot him with a tear gas canister intended as a “barricade penetrator” from inappropriately close range. According to eyewitnesses, Anderson was shot as he was taking photographs in a Palestinian village after an unarmed protest against the illegal and extensive confiscation of village land.

Israeli forces have a history of shooting unarmed protesters with these canisters, which one expert likens to “a small missile.”

Yet the New York Times report, “Israel Reopens Inquiry Into Activist’s Injury” (July 11, 2013, P. 9) reveals few of these details.

The Times article states that Anderson was injured when he was hit in the head by a tear gas canister and is partly paralyzed and blind in one eye, but does not mention his extensive brain damage and that his paralysis is over half his body. It doesn’t reveal that the type of canister used is extraordinarily destructive or that it was fired at such close range.

The report also omits the fact that this incident is part of a pattern, even though Israeli forces have killed at least two Palestinians with these canisters, and shot out the eye of an American student with another. According to a report by an Israeli organization, Israeli forces “frequently fire tear-gas canisters directly at demonstrators.”

The Times report states that the protest was “against the extension of Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank” without citing the villagers’ actual complaint — the confiscation of their land and, thus, livelihood by Israel. It similarly fails to mention that over previous decades Israel confiscated over 80 percent of the village land and now intends to take between a quarter and a third of what remains to build the “barrier.”

Finally, the Times report repeats, without attribution, the Israeli security forces’ claim that the shooting occurred “during a clash,” implying that it happened accidentally during a violent engagement, ignoring eyewitness testimony that the protest had dissipated and most people had gone home.

The byline on the Times report is Myra Noveck. Noveck has bylined a number of stories for both the New York Times and its European affiliate the International Herald Tribune, where ZoomInfo lists her as a contributor.

Noveck is frequently cited in New York Times news reports as a contributor to stories, and a prominent Israeli newspaper calls her the Times’ “deputy bureau chief” for the Times’ Jerusalem bureau, its bureau for covering Israel-Palestine.

From information she has posted online, it appears that Noveck is an American who moved to Israel after college. According to Torah in Motion, which promotes Jewish dialogue and speakers, two of her children were serving in the Israeli military as of 2012. It is unclear whether her children are currently still on active duty or whether they are now serving as Israeli reserve soldiers.

In either case, it appears that while Noveck has been writing and contributing to news reports about Israel and about the Israeli military, her children have been serving in it.

Such a situation appears to constitute a clear conflict of interest – even according to the Times’ own ethics standards – and should normally cause a journalist to be assigned to a different area of reporting.

When it came to light in 2010 that then chief of the Times’ Jerusalem bureau, Ethan Bronner, had a son in the Israeli military, even the Times’ own ombudsman concluded that Bronner should be reassigned.

In response to requests for information and interviews with Noveck and Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, a Times spokesperson issued a written statement claiming that Noveck is “not a reporter,” but merely a “long-time news assistant in The Times’s bureau in Jerusalem.”

The statement went on to say:  “She works under the direction of our bureau chief primarily doing translation and research.  She is an Israeli citizen.  If she has children and they are also Israeli citizens, presumably they would be required to serve in the military*.  This situation would not constitute a ‘breach with impartiality.’”

I wrote back pointing out (1) that Times’ conflict of interest requirements include family members and (2) that Noveck’s byline appeared on a news report. The spokesperson then admitted that Noveck “on rare occasions received a byline” but still maintained that “she is not a reporter.”

However, the Times’ published ethics standards generally extend ethical requirements ”to all newsroom and editorial page employees, journalists and support staff alike.”

Reporters Frequently Have Ties to Israeli Military

This incident is part of a pattern of ethics violations concerning reporting on Israel.

Isabel Kershner, a senior Times reporter in the region, is an Israeli citizen whose husband, according to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (Fair) works for an Israeli organization, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), which has close ties to the Israeli military and is “tasked with shaping a positive image of Israel in the media.”

A FAIR study of articles that Kershner had written or contributed to since 2009 found they had overwhelmingly relied on the INSS for analysis about events in the region.

A multitude of journalists at the Times and elsewhere have had close personal and family ties to the Israeli military – almost none of them ever disclosed, including the previous Times bureau chief Ethan Bronner, as noted above.

Jonathan Cook, a British journalist based in Israel, quotes a Jerusalem bureau chief who stated: “… Bronner’s situation is ‘the rule, not the exception. I can think of a dozen foreign bureau chiefs, responsible for covering both Israel and the Palestinians, who have served in the Israeli army, and another dozen who like Bronner have kids in the Israeli army.”

Cook writes that the bureau chief explained: “It is common to hear Western reporters boasting to one another about their Zionist credentials, their service in the Israeli army or the loyal service of their children.”

For more information on journalists’ pro-Israel conflict of interest violations see ”US Media and Israeli Military: All in the Family,” “Jodi Rudoren, Another Member of the Family: Meet the New York Times’ New Israel-Palestine News Chief,” “Ethan Bronner’s Conflict With Impartiality,” and ”AP’s Matti Friedman: Israeli citizen and former Israeli soldier.”

It would appear from this pervasive pattern that many of the owners, editors, and journalists who determine U.S. reporting on Israel-Palestine believe that normal ethics requirements don’t apply in regard to Israel.

This situation holds serious consequences for the American public. American taxpayers give Israel over $8 million per day (more than to any other country) and, as a result, most of the world views Americans as responsible for Israeli actions, exposing us to escalating risks.

Osama Bin Laden and others have often cited U.S. support for Israeli crimes as a primary cause of hostility against us.

It is thus essential that Americans be accurately and fully informed. This is unlikely to happen while those reporting for American news media (whether “reporters” or “assistants”) have such close ties to Israel and its powerful military forces.

Witnesses Describe Soldiers Shooting Protesters with High-Speed Canisters

Anderson was shot in 2009 after a protest in the Palestinian village of Ni’lin in the West Bank. Since 2007 Ni’lin villagers and others have been demonstrating against the illegal Israeli confiscation of up to a third of the village’s land (following previous confiscations in which the majority of the village’s original land was taken by Israel).

Gabby Silverman, a witness to the shooting of Tristan Anderson, describes the incident: “Tristan had wandered off with his camera. I was looking at him. And out of nowhere, they opened fire on us. The first shot they fired, they got Tristan.”

Anderson is now in a wheelchair with permanent brain damage. He is hemiplegic (paralyzed on the left, formerly dominant, side of his body). He is blind in his right eye and part of his head and frontal lobe were destroyed.

The kind of canister Israeli forces shot at Anderson is particularly dangerous, according to their manufacturer itself. The shells have a range of several hundred meters, yet Israeli soldiers fired at Anderson from approximately 60 meters away.

The canisters’ manufacturer, Combined Systems, Inc. (CSI), classifies them as “barricade penetrators” and advises that they should not be fired at people. A spokesperson for an Israeli human rights organization says, “It’s like firing a small missile.” Because of an internal propulsion mechanism, they hurtle through the air at 122 meters per second.

CSI is reportedly the primary supplier of tear gas to Israel. A watchdog group reports that the company flew the Israeli flag at its Jamestown, Pennsylvania, headquarters until, in advance of a planned Martin Luther King Day demonstration, CSI took it down and replaced it with the Pennsylvania state flag.

According to an in-depth report on CSI by Pennsylvania professor Dr. Werner Lange, the company was founded by two Israelis, Jacob Kravel and Michael Brunn.

A month after Anderson was shot, a Palestinian nonviolence leader was killed by this same type of tear gas canister when an Israeli soldier shot it into the victim’s chest (the fifth Palestinian killed in Ni’lin by the Israeli military in a year and a half).

The next year Israeli forces fired a similar canister at a young American art student, Emily Henochowicz, destroying one eye. An eyewitness reported that an Israeli soldier intentionally aimed the canister at Henoschowitz while she was participating in a nonviolent demonstration.

In 2012 another Palestinian was killed when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with what appears to have also been a long-range CSI canister.

The occupying Israeli forces have consistently suppressed the Ni’lin villagers’ unarmed protests against the stealing of their land. As of 2012, Israel had arrested more than 350 villagers, killed 5 – including a 10-year-old child – injured “multiple” protesters with live ammunition, and broken the bones of 15 people with tear gas projectiles, according to the villagers’ website, created to document the situation.

There are similar reports from other Palestinian villages, where several other protesters have died from tear gas fired by Israeli forces.

It is unfortunate that almost none of this was even hinted at in Myra Noveck’s New York Times report.

*While military service is required for both males and females in Israel, only about 50 percent actually serve; many Israelis have refused to serve in the Israeli military for reasons of conscience.

Alison Weir is executive director of If Americans Knew and president of the Council for the National Interest. She can be reached through contact@ifamericansknew.org.

For more information on Anderson, videos of the incident, and the latest updates go to http://www.justice4tristan.org/.

Ni’lin is also sometimes referred to as Nilin or Na’alin.

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Palestinian kid with dual US citizenship shot in neck with live bullet | Defence for Children International Palestine

Ramallah, 25 July 2013­—Defence for Children International Palestine is disturbed by the shooting of a Palestinian child with dual American citizenship by an Israeli soldier in the West Bank town of Silwad on Wednesday.

Around 7 pm, an Israeli soldier fired live bullets at a small group of boys walking home near the main road in the western part of town, according to DCI-Palestine sources. Two bullets struck Jihad Hamad, 14, in the neck and right shoulder. One of the bullets also caused damage to his vocal chords. He was first rushed to an emergency clinic in Silwad, and later transferred to the Ramallah Medical Complex for treatment. His condition was described as stable.

Hamad’s father told DCI-Palestine that his son holds American citizenship.

“It is clear from incidents like this that some Israeli soldiers plainly view Palestinian kids as targets,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director. “Israeli soldiers are rarely held accountable for acts like this and the resulting impunity simply leads to increasing violence against Palestinian civilians, including children.”

According to eyewitness reports, the situation was calm and the Israeli soldiers in the area were not in any danger that would allow the use of live ammunition.

The Israeli army’s open-fire regulations allow soldiers to use live ammunition “only under circumstances of real mortal danger,” according to a recent report by B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group.

Israeli forces are prohibited from firing rubber-coated metal bullets at women and children. Where firing rubber-coated metal bullets is allowed, police and military procedures state that they must only be fired from a distance of 50-60 meters (165 – 195 feet) and at the legs of people.

Despite these regulations, at least 21 children have been shot and injured by live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets or tear-gas canisters since January 2013, including two fatalities, according to evidence collected by DCI-Palestine.

In May, Atta Sabbah, 12, from Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah was shot by an Israeli soldier while trying to retrieve his school bag from another soldier nearby. The live bullet struck Atta in the stomach and exited through his back, severing his spinal cord and causing paralysis from the waist down. It also caused damage to his liver, lungs, pancreas and spleen.

DCI-Palestine documentation shows 32 percent of children were shot in the face or head, 18 percent in the arm or chest, and 14 percent in the stomach. One child was shot multiple times with live ammunition.

The majority of these children’s families have not filed any complaints to the Israeli authorities regarding injuries incurred through use of lethal or non-lethal weapons, as they do not believe there will be any criminal case brought against soldiers.

Since 2000, Yesh Din reports only five percent of complaints submitted to the Military Police Criminal Investigations Division lead to an indictment. Moreover, victims of soldier crime are reluctant to speak out “for fear they may come to harm, either for the soldiers who discover they filed a complaint or by the denial of various permits.”

viaPalestinian kid with dual US citizenship shot in neck with live bullet | Defence for Children International Palestine.

Le nazioni occidentali non vogliono la pace in Medio Oriente

di Ireo Bono

Sig. Direttore de ‘La Stampa’

e p.c. Nandino Capovilla
e Forumpalestina

Tutte le volte che leggo un nuovo articolo di Abraham Yehoshua ( in foto ) , il famoso scrittore ebreo che si ritiene ed è considerato in Europa, a torto, uno dei più rappresentativi pacifisti israeliani, trovo la conferma della meschinità di questo intellettuale nei confronti dell’occupazione israeliana. Nell’ultimo articolo su ‘La Stampa’ del 18/7/2013 intitolato ‘Israele, giusto bloccare nuovi insediamenti’ , al di là di questo titolo che è condivisibile, la principale ed unica preoccupazione di Yehoshua è che la prosecuzione degli insediamenti ebraici porti ad una futura creazione di uno Stato binazionale.
Da un pacifista ti aspetteresti che si esprimesse contro l’occupazione e l’oppressione del Popolo Palestinese, privato della libertà e dei diritti umani, per il riconoscimento del diritto al ritorno o almeno un indennizzo a causa delle sofferenze indotte con l’esilio e la sottrazione delle terre, per l’accettazione di Gerusalemme-Est come capitale di uno Stato palestinese, per il ritorno d’Israele ai confini del 67, per la liberazione di tutti i prigionieri politici palestinesi, per l’abbattimento del Muro, una vergogna per chi l’ha costruito, per la fine dell’assedio-embargo della Striscia di Gaza che affama ed isola 1.400.000 persone. E non sarebbe niente altro che quanto stabilito da innumerevoli Risoluzioni Onu e dalla Corte internazionale dell’Aia, ed invece tutto ciò che sa scrivere lo scrittore e pacifista Abraham Yehoshua, rivolgendosi alle nazioni europee, è : “ Sarebbe giusto che anche oggi l’Europa ostacolasse l’eventuale creazione di uno Stato binazionale in Israele che perpetuerebbe questo infinito e pericoloso conflitto”.

Cito questo ennesimo articolo di Abraham Yehoshua perché , a proposito della questione palestinese, la maggior parte degli ebrei israeliani, come confermano i sondaggi, non opponendosi all’occupazione impediscono di fatto la nascita di uno Stato palestinese, ma sono decisamente contrari ad uno Stato binazionale israelo-palestinese che invece sarebbe una soluzione auspicabile, la più logica e giusta e forse la più fattibile per porre fine ad una guerra a bassa intensità permanente che dura da circa 70 anni, però dopo il riconoscimento delle ragioni e dei diritti del Popolo palestinese, del diritto ad uno Stato.

In questi giorni, per le pressioni sui dirigenti palestinesi dell’Amministrazione Obama, è iniziata l’ennesima farsa delle trattative di pace ed hanno ragione Hamas, il FPLP ed il leader di Iniziativa Nazionale Palestinese,Mustafà Barghouti, ad opporsi e a non aver fiducia in queste trattative, perché il Primo Ministro Netanyahu ha già dichiarato che Israele non ritornerà ai confini del 67 e proseguirà la costruzione di case per i coloni, mentre i dirigenti palestinesi si impegnano, per almeno un anno, a non denunciare Israele al Tribunale Penale Internazionale e l’unica concessione che ottengono è la liberazione di qualche centinaio di prigionieri politici, legata al procedere delle trattative, e la promessa di qualche miliardo di dollari.

Questi nuovi negoziati, definiti un suicidio palestinese dal FPLP, non mettono in discussione l’occupazione, ma la rafforzano e la estendono, in conformità alle richieste del governo Netanyahu.

Continua infatti la sottrazione di terra palestinese secondo quella che il filosofo di origine ebraica, Daniel Bensaid, già nel 2002 aveva definito “La strategia di Sharon: creare la grande Israele”, mentre i Palestinesi si privano dell’unica forza che hanno e che è temuta dai governi israeliani : la denuncia per crimini di guerra e contro l’Umanità al Tribunale Penale Internazionale e la richiesta del rispetto delle Risoluzioni Onu e della sentenza della Corte Internazionale dell’Aia. Ed infine, ad aggravare la situazione palestinese ed in tutto il Medio-Oriente, è giunta la decisione degli Stati Uniti di armare, alla luce del sole, i ribelli siriani e quella dell’Ue che su pressione degli Stati Uniti, Israele e UK , ipocritamente, inserisce il braccio armato di Hezbollah nella lista delle organizzazioni terroristiche, come punizione per la resistenza ad Israele ed il sostegno dato ad Assad. Le potenze occidentali non vogliono la pace in Medio-Oriente.

Cordiali saluti Ireo Bono-Savona

thanks to: Ireo Bono-Savona

 

Ilan Pappé: inutili e pericolosi nuovi negoziati israelo-palestinesi

I colloqui israelo-palestinesi stentano a partire nonostante l’annuncio in pompa magna fatto la scorsa settimana dal Segretario di Stato americano John Kerry. In ogni caso Abu Mazen e Benyamin Netanyahu mettono le mani avanti. Il presidente dell’Anp e il premier israeliano hanno entrambi avvertito che un referendum tra le rispettive popolazioni deciderà l’approvazione dell’eventuale accordo tra le due parti. Referendum che sul lato israeliano solleva un interrogativo: è giusto che la popolazione di uno Stato occupante, di fatto, decida con un voto se approvare l’indipendenza e la libertà di un altro popolo sotto occupazione? E’ solo una delle tante questioni che solleva il tentativo diplomatico sul quale si gioca la reputazione il Segretario di Stato. Ne abbiamo parlato ad Haifa con l’autorevole storico israeliano Ilan Pappé, professore cattedratico del Dipartimento di Storia dell’Università di Exeter (Gb), rientrato in Israele per l’anno sabbatico. Pappé ha pubblicato numerosi testi sulle origini del conflitto israelo-palestinese, il sionismo e la storia della Palestina. Tra i suoi libri tradotti in italiano il più noto è “La pulizia etnica della Palestina” (Fazi, 2008).

viaNena News Agency | Ilan Pappé: inutili e pericolosi nuovi negoziati israelo-palestinesi.

Dalla Solidarietà alla Lotta Internazionalista – A fianco della Resistenza palestinese – Secondo Convegno Nazionale – Firenze

La resistenza del popolo palestinese vive un singolare e complesso momento storico, schiacciata da una parte dalle politiche aggressive e razziste (a livello politico, sociale ed economico) della colonizzazione sionista e dall’altra dalla polarizzazione politica e sociale tra Hamas e Fatah. Tale divisione contribuisce anch’essa all’indebolimento della lotta dei palestinesi e rappresenta una minaccia per l’unità del popolo nella lotta di liberazione e per il rispetto dei suoi diritti.

Da un altro punto di vista, tuttavia, il duopolio Hamas-Fatah sta entrando in crisi e le loro scelte hanno spinto il popolo palestinese e i suoi diritti in un pericoloso angolo: mentre Hamas vive una crisi generata dalla scelta dell’Islam politico e dal suo tracollo in Egitto e Siria, Fatah è in crisi per il fallimento del progetto politico di Oslo e per i suoi legami con l’America, ma anche per la strategia economica neoliberista adottata e per le condizioni imposte dalla Banca Mondiale.

All’interno di questo contesto esiste e resiste la sinistra palestinese, che negli ultimi vent’anni ha avuto un ruolo marginale, anche a causa di alcune sue scelte e decisioni (inserite nel contesto di una più generale crisi globale della sinistra) ma che oggi ha il dovere di diventare un’alternativa e di presentare una nuova strategia.

Questo può accadere solo con il sostegno della solidarietà internazionalista, che ha il dovere di non lasciare soli, come troppo spesso ha fatto, i comitati popolari, i prigionieri, i profughi e tutti i palestinesi che stanno lottando per il superamento Hamas-Fatah, vedendo in questo un gradino essenziale per la liberazione del loro popolo.

Anche in Italia c’è stata la necessità di aprire un confronto tra le varie realtà che lavorano a sostegno della resistenza palestinese, nel tentativo di creare un percorso, da più parti prospettato, con l’obiettivo di costruire in maniera chiara e netta una rete di condivisione dell’analisi politica e degli obiettivi nonché una piattaforma di solidarietà, lotta e resistenza.

Per questo è stato organizzato a Milano, l’8 giugno scorso, un convegno dal titolo “dalla Solidarietà alla Lotta Internazionalista – al fianco della Resistenza palestinese”, un primo incontro in cui tutti i partecipanti hanno manifestato l’interesse per un coinvolgimento attivo nella costruzione di tale percorso. Durante il dibattito in cui le realtà si sono confrontate, si è discusso degli argomenti proposti dall’invito e sono state approvate due mozioni.

Tale percorso vuole proseguire con un secondo incontro focalizzato su aspetti più organizzativi, anche in vista di una manifestazione nazionale in cui ribadire i concetti chiave emersi dal primo incontro:

  • No al progetto sionista di pulizia etnica della Palestina;

  • Unità del popolo palestinese nella lotta contro la colonizzazione sionista;

  • Rigetto degli accordi di Oslo;

  • Sostegno al BDS, sostegno alla Resistenza ed alle lotte dei prigionieri;

  • Interruzione dei rapporti commerciali ed economici, politici e militari, nonché culturali tra l’Italia e lo stato d’Israele.

In vista dell’incontro tra le istituzioni italiane e quelle israeliane per favorire nuove forme di cooperazione che si terrà a Torino il 2 dicembre, si proporrà all’assemblea di organizzare la manifestazione nazionale nel capoluogo piemontese il 30 novembre, per chiedere la sospensione di ogni relazione con Israele finché non rispetterà i diritti dei palestinesi e per denunciare chiunque collabori con l’oppressore, favorendo la colonizzazione e l’apartheid in Palestina

I compagni e le compagne del Cantiere Sociale Camilo Cienfuegos, che hanno aderito al convegno, vi invitano sabato 7 settembre a Campi Bisenzio (FI), in via Chiella 4, per ospitare il secondo incontro nazionale.

L’incontro prevede una prima parte tra le 10.30 e le 12.30 in cui, riprendendo alcuni punti del convegno precedente, ci si aggiornerà rispetto agli ultimi eventi. Seguiranno la pausa pranzo (chiunque volesse mangiare al Cantiere deve mandare una mail a info [at] k100fuegos [dot] org oppure chiamare il 329.2451019) e una seconda parte più organizzativa che si svolgerà dalle 14.30 alle 18.30.

Invitiamo tutte le realtà affinché inizino a lavorare fin d’ora per coinvolgere più adesioni possibili per questo incontro e per la manifestazione nazionale.

Gli impegni assunti dal convegno, se da una parte indicano la necessità di chiudere una lunga fase di difficoltà nell’individuare e praticare un terreno comune di lavoro, dall’altra rappresentano la scelta di ripartire per una nuova stagione nella quale il sostegno alla resistenza del popolo palestinese possa acquisire nuovo vigore, e contrastare quella “solidarietà” fine a se stessa che allude alla liberazione attraverso le trattative.

Noi partiamo dal dato di fatto che Israele non permetterà uno stato palestinese.

Un caro saluto,
Rete di Solidarietà con la Palestina – Milano
 

Info: info [at] k100fuegos [dot] org – coordinamento [dot] palestina [dot] milano [at] gmail [dot] com
Report del primo convegno

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Ancora un piccolo sforzo per aiutare i volontari di M4P

Amici,

anche grazie al vostro supporto la missione e’ riuscita ad uscire da Alessandria e ad arrivare a Rafah. Ma i problemi non sono finiti! Abbiamo ancora bisogno del vostro aiuto. Mandate la lettera sotto alla Presidente della Camera Laura Boldrini.
La situazione dei volontari e’ estremamente pericolosa. Sono bloccati in una zona molto calda dove ieri c’e’ stata un auto bomba e al momento nella città si odono frequenti spari. Ormai la missione deve andare avanti perché anche volendo non possono riportare il carico ad Alessandria. Gli stessi ufficiali della dogana al confine di Rafah si rifiutano di rilasciare sia il lasciapassare per attraversare il confine, che il rifiuto delle merci che permetterebbe al convoglio di tornare in Italia. E’ una situazione paradossale e pericolosa ed e’ necessario l’intervento del governo italiano!

da mandare a: laura.boldrini@camera.it

Oggetto del messaggio: URGENTE convoglio umanitario Music for Peace in pericolo
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Gentile Presidente,

Le scrivo a riguardo della situazione dei volontari della missione umanitaria dei Music for Peace che oggi nonostante avessero tutti i documenti necessari ad attraversare il valico di Rafah, sono stati bloccati al confine e rimandati indietro a El Arish, in una delle zone più pericolose possano esservi in Egitto in questo momento.

Le scrivo per chiederLe di sollecitare un intervento del governo Italiano affinché venga garantito l’attraversamento del valico di Rafah ai cinque volontari
Stefano Rebora,
Valentina Gallo,
Sandra Vernocchi,
Alvaro Gando Jara,
Claudia D’Intino
ed ai sei container e all’ambulanza che il convoglio umanitario ha portato da Genova.

I volontari sono stati oggi bloccati alla frontiera. Le autorità doganali Egiziane non hanno riconosciuto parte del carico come aiuti umanitari destinati ad ospedali, nonostante tutto il carico e la sua finalità’ fossero descritte nei documenti che accompagnano la carovana.

Il materiale contestato è il seguente: l’ambulanza, donata dalla Croce Bianca Genovese e completamente attrezzata, lettini per ospedale, detergenti disinfettanti; gruppo elettrogeno, donato dall’ospedale San Martino di Genova; giocattoli per gli ospedali pediatrici.

I volontari sono stati costretti al lasciare il valico di Rafah e si trovano ora in una situazione di estremo pericolo ad El Arish.

Oggi pomeriggio nella città c’è stato un attentato. Un’ autobomba. Tre persone sono morte. I volontari al momento riferiscono di una città deserta nella quale si sentono solo colpi di arma da fuoco ed elicotteri che continuano a sorvolare nel cielo.
Chiediamo a gran voce un forte e pronto intervento del governo Italiano affinché i nostri volontari vengano fatti uscire da una situazione di chiaro pericolo e venga garantito loro l’attraversamento del valico di Rafah ed il raggiungimento di Gaza.

Due petizioni lanciate pochi giorni fa (http://links.causes.com/s/clLqJB?r=ruEW ehttp://firmiamo.it//l-egitto-lasci-passare-la-carovana-di-music-for-peace#.Ueo1-YwlVnA.facebook) hanno raccolto in totale già quasi di 5000 firme in sostegno dei volontari e chiedendo che la carovana dei Music for Peace venga fatta partire e possa raggiungere la sua destinazione.

Sicura del suo pronto intervento la ringrazio per la sua attenzione

Cordiali Saluti

US sanctions violate Iranians’ right to life: Analyst

The illegal US sanctions against Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program deprive the Iranian people of their basic “right to life,” a political analyst tells Press TV.

“These sanctions are cruel and these sanctions violate the Iranian people’s right to life. It’s the most basic right that we have guaranteed by numerous treaties, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights,” said Paul Wolf in a Saturday interview with Press TV.

“It should be obvious to everyone that this is really not fair in international politics to put pressure in this manner,” he pointed out.

Wolf pointed to the recent US move to partially ease sanctions affecting Iran’s medical sector as “probably a good sign” but noted that the measure is still a “very small step.”

The US Treasury Department conceded on Thursday that its bans have created major challenges for pharmaceutical companies to conduct transactions with Iran.

The department said it was now expanding the list of medical items that can be exported to Iran without a special license.

At the beginning of 2012, the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran. The sanctions entered into force in early summer 2012.

The illegal US-engineered sanctions were imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Iran may be seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.

Although the US-led sanctions imposed on Iran do not directly ban selling medicine and medical supplies to the Islamic Republic, the sanctions on Iran’s banking sector have effectively hindered the import of medicine to the country through obligating the importers of medicine to Iran to apply for special licenses.

The cumbersome process has dissuaded many of the importing companies. As a result, the lives of many Iranian patients suffering from special diseases such as thalassemia, hemophilia, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, etc., have been put at stake.

Many prominent international lawyers contend that Iran is entitled to file a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice against the US, France, the UK and their allies, on behalf of all the Iranian citizens being harmed by illegal and political economic sanctions.

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Activists Criticize Singer Alicia Keys for Performing in Israel

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I 5 RAGAZZI DI HARES

Sembra un film la storia dei 5 ragazzi di Hares, Palestina. Invece è, purtroppo, la realtà. E’ il 14 marzo del 2013, un colono percorre la strada n.5 vicino ad Hares con la sua auto, a bordo ci sono le sue tre figlie. Ovviamente il colono è su quella strada illegalmente. Ad un certo punto si schianta contro un camion fermo. Lui e le tre figlie rimangono feriti, una in modo grave. Da una prima ricostruzione il camionista dice di essersi fermato per una ruota forata e che l’auto del colono gli è arrivata addosso, ma poi la versione cambia….

Il colono accusa alcuni ragazzi di aver tirato pietre verso la sua auto e quindi di essere responsabili. Non ci sono testimoni dell’incidente.

E’ venerdì mattina quando 50 soldati fanno irruzione nelle case di Hares: sfondano le porte e devastano le case e interrogano le famiglie suiloro bambini/ragazzi.Acora buio, vengono arrestati 10 ragazzi, che vengono bendati e condotti in luogo segreto e senza informare le famiglie delle accuse. Due giorni dopo parte un’altra ondata di arresti ad Hares, sono le 3 del mattino. L’esercito fa irruzione accompagnato dallo Shabak (servizio segreto israeliano).Portano via altri 3 ragazzi. Ad uno di loro dicono : “bacia ed abbraccia tua madre perchè non la rivedrai mai più”.Ma non è finita: una settimana dopo l’esercito irrompe di nuovo ad Hares e prende molti ragazzi e bambini appena tornati da scuola. Fra di loro c’è anche un piccolino di 6 anni. Lo zio di quest’ultimo insiste perchè vengano lasciati subito liberi i piccoli, anche se viene tenuto sotto scocca dalle armi dell’esercito. Lasciano i più piccoli e scelgono a caso tre ragazzi, li bendano, li ammanettano e li portano via, sempre seza formalizzare le accuse e senza avvisare le famiglie.In totale prendono 19 ragazzi e dopo l’interrogatorio vengono trattenuti 5 di loro e portati a Megiddo, una prigione per adulti israeliana. Questi 5 ragazzi sono “i ragazzi di Hares”. I ragazzi interrogati hanno relazionato ai loro avvocati di torture e maltrattamenti in prigione, di 3 violenti interrogatori, di celle d’isolamento con luci sempre accese e hanno ipotizzato che qualcuno di quei 5 rimasti dentro avesse confessato di aver eseguito la sassaiola per fermare le torture.I 5 ragazzi sono accusati di 25 capi d’imputazione per tentato omicidio. il numero 25 è per ogni pietra lanciata…

Per loro 5 vengono chiesti 25 anni di carcere, le motivazioni sono le confessioni e le testimonianze di 61 persone che quel giorno sarebbero state su quella strada con le loro auto anch’esse oggetto di sassaiole. Non si sa se ci siano prove delle auto danneggiate, di referti ospedalieri, di interrogatori ai testimoni. Nulla è stato comunicato agli avvocati dei ragazzi. Ci sono poi le testimonianze dello Shabak e dell’esercito (che non era presenti) e nemmeno queste sono state fornite agli avvocati difensori. Quest’incedente è stato fatto passare dai media come un atto terroristico e dopo l’arresto dei 5, Netanyahu ha dichiarato che i “terroristi sono stati catturati”.

Il 25 luglio i 5 ragazzi di Hares verranno giudicati dal tribunale militare israeliano come adulti, senza rispettare alcuna legge internazionale, senza rispettare alcuna giustizia, senza rispettare i diritti umani e del fanciullo e la Convenzione delle Nazioni Unite. 5 vite rovinate che in questo momento stanno, molto probabilmente, subendo torture e violenze. Ipotesi, quest’ultima, quasi certa visto che le udienze vengono svolte a porte chiuse e le famiglie non hanno più visto i ragazzi. 5 vite di età fra i 16 e i 17 anni, minorenni, incensurati. Questo è quello che fa Israele alla Palestina.

viasamantha comizzoli: I 5 RAGAZZI DI HARES.

SENZA PIETA’

samantha comizzoli: SENZA PIETA’.

SPARI SUI GIORNALISTI

samantha comizzoli: SPARI SUI GIORNALISTI.

RAPITI PALESTINESI E INTERNAZIONALI DA ISRAELE, OGGI

samantha comizzoli: RAPITI PALESTINESI E INTERNAZIONALI DA ISRAELE, OGGI.

Third interview with Ilan Pappé: “All international activists that come to Palestine should be VIP’s…they should Visit, they should Inform and they should Protest” e traduzione in italiano

18th July 2013 | International Solidarity Movement | Haifa

Ilan Pappé is an Israeli academic and activist. He is currently a professor at the University of Exeter (UK) and is well known for being one of the Israeli “new historians” – re-writing the Zionist narrative of the Palestinian Israeli situation. He has publicly spoken out against Israel’s policies of ethnic cleansing of Palestine and condemned the Israeli occupation and apartheid regime. He has also supported the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, calling for the international community to take action against Israel’s Zionist policies.

Activists from the International Solidarity Movement had the opportunity to talk to Professor Pappé about the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, Israeli politics and society and the role of the international community and solidarity activists in Palestine, resulting in a three part series of interviews which will be released on the ISM website in the coming weeks.

This is the final section; the role international community and solidarity activism in Palestine. Find part one on the ethnic cleansing of Palestine here and part two on Israeli society and politics here

International Solidarity Movement: If, as you said in the previous interview (Israeli politics & society), support from the European Union (EU) and the USA is not going to stop, what could the international community do or what should change in order to force Israel to implement and respect international standards?

Ilan Pappé: We need a European spring. In the sense that we all know that if the European political leaders would only reflect what the European people want, the policy of European countries would be much tougher on Israel. Today, governments do not reflect what the people want or think. So the question is how do we transfer the pro-Palestinian sentiments of the people of Europe to the governments of Europe. By the way, this situation is the same in the USA.

I don’t think that Americans are more pro-Palestinian than Europeans, but they are starting to have enough of Israel and they would like the USA to concentrate on their own growing internal issues. But again, political leaders do not represent this wish. We had the same problem in South Africa; it took 21 years for the first European civil act against South African apartheid, which came in the form of economic sanctions. So it’s a very long process. What the international community must do is find ways of convincing their political leaders that it is both ethically and politically better to adopt a much tougher policy against the illegal Israeli occupation. The EU is a good example here because they have strong connections and relations with Israel, they essentially treat them like a member of the EU. When the boycott campaign started, it was the EU who first tried to get Israel to act in a different manner. That was just a small beginning, there is still a lot to be done, but for me, this is the right direction: a process from below towards the political elites.Boycott_Israeli_Goods_by_Latuff2

ISM: There are many European politicians that would like Israel to be a member of the EU. Do you think this is possible, and if so, what will that lead to?

IP: Maybe is a good idea because then Israel would need to change its entire governmental policy, which is currently violating many EU laws. On the other hand, that could be a problem because it may just lead the different governments of the EU to accept Israel’s cruelty and violations. I still think that the best strategy is to explain to these pro-Israel politicians that history will judge them really badly because of their positions. The problem is that politicians don’t have the tendency to look beyond tomorrow. The only way is to explain to them that when this situation changes (in our case, when the occupation ends and when Palestine will be free), they will be on the wrong side in the history books, because they were the politicians that were supporting a state of apartheid.

 It is similar for those politicians who were supporting Benito Mussolini. If politicians feel comfortable with being on the wrong side, that’s okay. But if they want to be portrayed in the history books as people who were working for peace and justice, they need to change their positions and friendships before it is too late. Israel has been kept alive because it serves a lot of strategic and military functions for the West, not because of its morality. Reality isn’t how the Christian Zionists see the world; thinking that Israel should be supported because it represents some kind of moral value. This kind of support has been overcome today, and this is also thanks to the work of the BDS campaign, it is one of the few victories we had.

ISM: In which way is international solidarity useful? What is or what should be the role of international activists in Palestine?

IP: I think that international aid, which is a bit different from solidarity movements, is often problematic. On one hand, it allows the Palestinians some level of existence, but on the other it kind of pays for the occupation and for Israel’s mistakes and violations. But the International Solidarity Movement is different:  it is not about money but about people coming to help other people.  As long as this injustice is happening, I think it is really important that ISM keep coming. All international activists that come to Palestine should be VIP’s. I mean they should Visit, they should Inform and they should Protest. ISM is doing all these three together, but maybe sometimes one less than another, because of particular circumstances or because of the lack of resources, and this is a pity. I think it’s essential to do them all together.

I think that ISM’s main role is to be the ISM’ers of the outside world. I once visited the Basque country, and I noticed that there was a distance between ISM and the boycott movement there, which is a shame because they should definitely work together. What ISM sees in Palestine is the result of the BDS movement’s work outside Palestine, and it works. It is not only about solidarity on the ground, which is very important, but also solidarity from outside.

You cannot replace the liberation movement – the Palestinians have to liberate themselves, nobody can help them with that, not even I, but we can and we must show solidarity with their liberation. This solidarity can be shown on the ground, but mostly by acting in the country that activists come from. It is about finding the right balance. I remember one of the first ISM groups that came to Jenin, after the terrible massacre of 2002. The fact that somebody came, was interested and sympathetic and supportive, meant a lot to the people.

We can see how much effort the Israelis are putting into preventing you from coming here, and I think that’s a good indication – proof that you are doing something right. I would be worried if tomorrow Israel said all ISMers are welcome – that would mean you’re not doing something right.

Protest against the construction of the wall in Al Walaja

Protest against the construction of the wall in Al Walaja

ISM: What about the BDS campaign, do you think that an academic and cultural boycott could be an effective instrument against the Israeli occupation?

IP: I was always a great supporter of the BDS movement. As it did in South Africa, it will also play an important role in changing the reality on the ground here. But it is a long process and we need to be patient.

In the case of Israel, the academic and cultural boycott is particularly important, because Israel sees itself as a European and democratic country in the middle of the Arab world. ‘European’ not because of the economic relations it has with Europe, or because it sells tomatoes in Holland – among others it also has strong economic relations with China, Russia and Africa – but because it is part of the European cultural and academic elite. If European academic and cultural institutions say that they do not want to work with Israeli institutions because of Israel’s behaviour, I think it would send a very strong message.

The cultural and academic boycott (unlike the economic one, which only affects the occupied territories) makes a huge and direct impact on Israeli society, and it is only when that happens that Israelis will talk about what is happening in Palestine. For example, the only time that the Israeli press – and sometimes international media as well – talks about the occupation is when someone like Stephen Hawking says he is going to boycott an event organized by Israeli personalities. Before the spread of the boycott movement, it was only when there were bomb attacks in Israel that Israelis remembered that there is an occupation. Now this issue is brought up more regularly, when a famous pop group or author refuses to come, or when an important university in the USA says that they do not want to work with Israeli universities. This type of boycott is really important, and it is the main thing that the international community can do.

Pro-Palestinian activists hold a boycott protest during a football match between Scotland and Israel

Pro-Palestinian activists hold a boycott protest during a football match between Scotland and Israel

International solidarity movements sometimes think that they should have an opinion regarding, for example, the one-state or two-state solutions, but this is actually not their business. It is up to the Palestinians and Israelis to decide how they are going to live. What international movements can do is to create the conditions for a reasonable dialogue. But we need to end the occupation before starting to speak about peace. The Israeli trick has for many years been to try to convince the world that peace will end the occupation. But we know that actually this goes the other way around: we end the occupation and then we will start to talk about peace. I think that ISM, the BDS movement and the Palestinian solidarity movements are all grassroots organizations that do not accept the Israeli diktat “Peace will end the occupation”. These organizations are not part of the peace talks but instead they work on ending the occupation and the apartheid.

ISM: What would you say to people that believe that cultural and sport events should not be politicized?

IP: Well, it was very effective in the case of South Africa. In fact white South Africans only began to think about apartheid when the big sports teams of South Africa were not invited to international sporting events. Moreover, I think that sport is political. For example, Israel is going to host the UEFA Under-21 football tournament, and the Palestinian football team has not been invited. Palestinian players from Gaza will not even be able to go to Israel and see the tournament. Sport is political if it is not free for everyone to participate.

Academia as well is clearly political. Israeli academics, when they are abroad, think they are Israel’s ambassadors. Synagogues abroad see themselves as Israel’s embassies. When Israeli academics see themselves as ambassadors, and represent something that most decent people abroad will see as unacceptable, then people have the right to show their rejection.

And nobody tells these people that they represent Israel, they say it themselves. There was a big debate in the Basque country about the Israeli singer Noah – whether people should boycott her concert or not. People went to her website and saw she had written that she represents Israel on her tour. So she wasn’t coming just as a singer, but as a representative of Israel. We are in 2013 and if you say that, it means you represent what Israel represents, and what Israel is doing today. Therefore you are a legitimate target of the boycott.

This is the last of a three part interview series: Ilan Pappé in conversation with the International Solidarity Movement.

«Gli attivisti internazionali in Palestina dovrebbero essere VIP: Visitare, Informare, Protestare»

Questa è la sezione finale; il ruolo della comunità internazionale e dell’attivismo solidale in Palestina.

International Solidarity Movement: Se, come ha detto nell’intervista precedente (sulla politica e società israeliana), il sostegno dell’Unione Europea e degli Stati Uniti non ha intenzione di smettere, cosa potrebbe fare o dovrebbe cambiare  la comunità internazionale per obbligare Israele ad attuare e rispettare gli standard internazionali?

Ilan Pappé: Abbiamo bisogno di una “primavera” europea. Nel senso che tutti noi sappiamo che se solo i leader politici europei rappresentassero ciò che i cittadini europei vogliono, la politica dei paesi europei sarebbe molto più dura nei confronti di Israele. Oggi, i governi non rispecchiano ciò che la gente vuole o pensa. Quindi la domanda è come trasferire i sentimenti filo-palestinesi dei cittadini europei  ai governi europei. Questa situazione è la stessa anche negli Stati Uniti.

Non credo che gli americani siano più pro-palestinesi rispetto agli europei, ma stanno iniziando ad averne abbastanza di Israele, e vorrebbero che gli Stati Uniti si concentrassero maggiormente sui crescenti problemi interni. Ma anche in questo caso, i leader politici non rappresentano questo desiderio. C’è stato lo stesso problema in Sud Africa, ci sono voluti 21 anni per il primo atto civile europeo contro l’apartheid sudafricano, venuto sotto forma di sanzioni economiche. Pertanto, è un processo molto lungo. Quello che la comunità internazionale deve fare è trovare il modo di convincere i propri leader politici che è eticamente e politicamente meglio adottare una politica molto più dura contro l’occupazione illegale israeliana. L’UE qui è un buon esempio perché ha forti legami e relazioni con Israele, che viene essenzialmente trattato come un membro dell’UE. Quando la campagna di boicottaggio è iniziata, proprio l’UE, per prima, cercò di spingere Israele ad agire in modo diverso. Questo è solo un inizio, c’è ancora molto da fare, ma per me, questa è la direzione giusta: un processo che spinge dal basso verso le élite politiche.

ISM: Ci sono molti politici europei che vorrebbero che Israele fosse un membro dell’UE. Crede che questo sia attuabile, e se sì, a che cosa porterà tutto questo?

IP: Forse è una buona idea, perché Israele, in quel caso, dovrebbe necessariamente cambiare la sua intera politica governativa, che attualmente viola numerose leggi comunitarie. D’altra parte, potrebbe risultare in un problema perché vari governi dell’UE potrebbero essere portati ad accettare la crudeltà e violazioni di Israele. Io continuo a pensare che la strategia migliore sia quella di spiegare a questi politici pro-Israele che la storia li giudicherà davvero male a causa delle loro posizioni. Il problema è che i politici non tendono a guardare oltre al domani. L’unico modo è quello di spiegare loro che quando la situazione cambierà (nel nostro caso, quando l’occupazione finirà e quando la Palestina sarà libera), saranno dalla parte sbagliata nei libri di storia, perché erano i politici che avevano sostenuto l’apartheid.

 È simile a quei politici che sostenevano Benito Mussolini. Se i politici si sentono a loro agio a stare dalla parte sbagliata, va bene così. Ma se vogliono essere ritratti nei libri di storia come persone che hanno lavorato per la pace e la giustizia, allora devono cambiare le loro posizioni e le amicizie prima che sia troppo tardi. Israele è ancora in vita perché svolge molte funzioni strategiche e militari per l’Occidente, non per la sua moralità. La realtà non è nella visione dei sionisti cristiani, che pensano che Israele dovrebbe essere sostenuto perché rappresenta una sorta di valore morale. Oggi questo tipo di sostegno è stato superato, e anche grazie al lavoro della campagna BDS, ed è una delle poche vittorie che abbiamo ottenuto.

ISM: In che modo la solidarietà internazionale è utile? Qual è o dovrebbe essere il ruolo degli attivisti internazionali in Palestina?

IP: Credo che gli aiuti internazionali, che è un po’ diverso da movimenti di solidarietà, siano spesso problematici. Da una lato, consentono ai palestinesi un certo livello di esistenza, ma dall’altra pagano per l’occupazione e per gli errori e le violazioni di Israele. Ma l’International Solidarity Movement è diverso: non si tratta di soldi ma di persone che vengono per aiutare altre persone. Finché questa ingiustizia sarà in atto, penso che sia davvero importante che i volontari ISM continuino a venire. Tutti gli attivisti internazionali che vengono in Palestina dovrebbero essere VIP. Voglio dire che dovrebbero visitare, dovrebbero informare e dovrebbero protestare. L’ISM fa tutte queste tre cose insieme, ma forse a volte alcune cose meno rispetto ad altro, a causa di circostanze particolari o per la mancanza di risorse, e questo è un peccato. Penso che sia essenziale farle tutti insieme.

Penso che il ruolo principale dell’ISM sia quello di essere l’ISM del mondo esterno . Una volta ho visitato i Paesi Baschi, e ho notato che c’era una certa distanza tra lìISM e il movimento di boicottaggio, il che è un peccato, perché è assolutamente necessario lavorare insieme. Ciò che l’ISM vede in Palestina è il risultato del lavoro del movimento BDS fuori della Palestina, e funziona. Non è solo solidarietà in loco, che è molto importante, ma anche solidarietà dall’esterno.

Non è possibile sostituire il movimento di liberazione – i palestinesi devono liberarsi, nessuno li può aiutare in questo, nemmeno io, ma possiamo e dobbiamo essere solidali con la loro liberazione. Questa solidarietà può essere mostrata in loco, ma soprattutto agendo nel paese da cui gli attivisti provengono. Si tratta di trovare il giusto equilibrio. Mi ricordo uno dei primi gruppi ISM che è venuto a Jenin, dopo il terribile massacro del 2002. Il fatto che qualcuno sia venuto, che era interessato, partecipe e solidale, ha significato molto per la gente.

Si può notare quanto impegno gli israeliani stiano mettendo per impedirvi di venire qui, e penso che sia un buon segno – la prova che si sta facendo qualcosa di giusto. Mi preoccuperei se domani Israele dicesse che i volontari ISM sono tutti benvenuti – vorrebbe dire che non si sta facendo qualcosa nel modo giusto.

ISM: A proposito della campagna BDS,  pensa che un boicottaggio accademico e culturale potrebbe essere uno strumento efficace contro l’occupazione israeliana?

IP: Sono sempre stato un grande sostenitore del movimento BDS. Come è stato per il Sud Africa, anche qui svolge un ruolo determinante nel cambiare la realtà. Ma è un processo lungo e dobbiamo essere pazienti.

Nel caso di Israele, il boicottaggio accademico e culturale è particolarmente importante, perché Israele si considera un paese europeo e democratico nel bel mezzo del mondo arabo. ‘Europeo’ non per le relazioni economiche che ha con l’Europa, o perché vende pomodori in Olanda – tra le altre cose ha anche forti relazioni economiche con la Cina, la Russia e l’Africa – ma perché fa parte dell’élite culturale e accademica europea. Se le istituzioni accademiche e culturali europee dicessero che non vogliono lavorare con le istituzioni israeliane a causa del comportamento di Israele, penso che si manderebbe un messaggio molto forte.

Il boicottaggio culturale e accademico (a differenza di quello economico, che riguarda solo i territori occupati) ha un impatto enorme e diretto sulla società israeliana, e solo quando avverrà, gli israeliani parleranno di ciò che sta accadendo in Palestina. Ad esempio, l’unica volta che la stampa israeliana – e talvolta anche i media internazionali- parla dell’occupazione è quando qualcuno come Stephen Hawking dice che boicotterà un evento organizzato da personalità israeliane. Prima della diffusione del movimento di boicottaggio, era solo quando c’erano attentati in Israele che gli israeliani si ricordavano che c’era un’occupazione. Ora questa questione è cresciuta più regolarmente, cioè quando un gruppo pop o un autore si rifiuta di venire, o quando un’università importante negli Stati Uniti dice che non vuole lavorare con le università israeliane. Questo tipo di boicottaggio è molto importante, ed è la cosa più importante che la comunità internazionale può fare.

I movimenti di solidarietà internazionale a volte pensano che dovrebbero avere un parere in merito, per esempio, alla soluzione a uno stato o a due stati, ma in realtà, questo non è il loro compito. Spetta ai palestinesi e agli israeliani decidere come vivere. Quello che movimenti internazionali possono fare è creare le condizioni per un dialogo ragionevole. Ma bisogna porre fine all’occupazione prima di iniziare a parlare di pace. Il trucco di Israele è stato per molti anni quello di cercare di convincere il mondo che la pace porrà fine all’occupazione. Ma noi sappiamo che in realtà questo funziona al contrario: prima finisce l’occupazione e poi inizieremo a parlare di pace. Penso che l’ISM, il movimento BDS ei movimenti di solidarietà palestinesi siano tutte le organizzazioni che non accettano lo slogan israeliano “la Pace porrà fine all’occupazione”. Queste organizzazioni non prendono parte ai colloqui di pace, ma lavorano per la fine dell’occupazione e dell’apartheid.

ISM: Cosa direbbe alle persone che credono che gli eventi culturali e sportivi non dovrebbero essere politicizzate?

IP: Beh, è ​​stato molto efficace nel caso del Sud Africa. Infatti, i sudafricani bianchi cominciarono a pensare all’apartheid solo quando le grandi squadre sportive del Sudafrica non erano state invitate ad eventi sportivi internazionali. Credo, inoltre, che lo sport sia politica. Per esempio, Israele ospiterà la Coppa UEFA Under 21, e la squadra di calcio palestinese non è stata invitata. Giocatori palestinesi di Gaza non potranno neppure andare in Israele a vedere il torneo. Lo sport è politico, se c’è la libertà per tutti di partcipare.

L’accademia è anche evidentemente politica. Accademici israeliani, quando sono all’estero, pensano di essere gli ambasciatori di Israele. Le sinagoghe all’estero si sentono come se fossero ambasciate di Israele. Quando gli accademici israeliani si vedono come ambasciatori, e rappresentano qualcosa che le persone più decenti all’estero ritengono essere inaccettabile, allora le persone hanno il diritto di mostrare il proprio rifiuto.

E nessuno dice a queste persone che rappresentano Israele, se lo dicono loro stessi. C’è stato un grande dibattito nei Paesi Baschi sulla cantante israeliana Noah – se la gente dovrebbe boicottare il concerto o meno. La gente aveva visto sul suo sito che lei aveva scritto che rappresenta Israele nel suo tour. Lei non era andata lì solo come cantante, ma come rappresentante di Israele. Siamo nel 2013 e se dichiari così, significa che rappresenti ciò che Israele rappresenta, e ciò che Israele sta facendo oggi. Pertanto sei un legittimo obiettivo del boicottaggio.

Questa è l’ultima di una serie di tre interviste: Ilan Pappé in conversazione con l’International Solidarity Movement.

thanks to:  Palsolidarity
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Second interview with Ilan Pappé: “The basic Israeli ideology – Zionism – is the problem” e traduzione in italiano

11th July 2013 | International Solidarity Movement | Haifa

Ilan Pappé is an Israeli academic and activist. He is currently a professor at the University of Exeter (UK) and is well known for being one of the Israeli “new historians” – re-writing the Zionist narrative of the Palestinian Israeli situation. He has publicly spoken out against Israel’s policies of ethnic cleansing of Palestine and condemned the Israeli occupation and apartheid regime. He has also supported the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, calling for the international community to take action against Israel’s Zionist policies.

Activists from the International Solidarity Movement had the opportunity to talk to Professor Pappé about the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, Israeli politics and society and the role of the international community and solidarity activists in Palestine, resulting in a three part series of interviews which will be released on the ISM website in the coming weeks.

This is the second section; Israeli politics and society. Find part one on the ethnic cleansing of Palestine here.

International Solidarity Movement: We were following the last Israeli elections and we were surprised to see that there was no actual talk about Palestine, it was all basically about internal issues. Then after the elections, Netanyahu commented about extending the settlements. What do you think about this?

Ilan Pappé: Your observation is correct. Israeli voters think that the problem of the West Bank has been solved, so they think there is no need to either talk about it, or come up with solutions. You propose a solution as an idea for an election only if you think there is a problem, which they think is not the case here. They think that what we have is good for Palestinians and good for Israelis. They think that the world is stupidly trying to create a problem that is not there, and is trying to be involved where there is no need to be. They think that even if there are still missiles coming from Gaza, Israel has a strong army that will answer back. So, if you speak with Israelis in the subway, they will tell you that there is not a problem between Israel and Palestine.

The only thing that makes Israelis think about Palestine is when the boycott campaign is successful, like what happened recently with Stephen Hawking. Do you know what the problem is? 95% of Israelis don’t even want to go to the West Bank, so they don’t know what is really happening. Or they know what is happening only from their children who are serving as soldiers. But their children don’t tell them about the checkpoints, the arrests from homes and all the other awful things. Israelis could know if they wanted to – they have the internet – but they don’t want to. For example in Tivon, my neighbourhood, everybody votes for the left, but if you ask them if they have ever seen a checkpoint or the apartheid wall, or if any one of them wants to go to the West Bank and see what the soldiers and settlers are doing, they will say no. They’ll tell you that’s not their problem. They have other problems – standard of living, house prices, the new car, the education of their children etc.

ISM: Yair Lapid, the head of the Ministry of Finance of the new coalition government, stated on 20th May that Israel is not going to stop the colonization of the West Bank or end subsidies for illegal settlers, which in fact will not only continue but increase. Do you think that any switch of parties in power could truly make an impact on this situation?

Hallamish settlement, built on Nabi Saleh's land (Photo by ISM)

Halamish settlement, built on Nabi Saleh’s land (Photo by ISM)

IP: No. We haven’t had any party or leader different from the others, including Rabin, who became a hero after he was shot. Israelis like Lapid are always busy implementing policies so that the land has no Palestinians – so in this sense Lapid is just continuing what everyone before him was doing. The problem they have is not technical – they know how to do it, they have a script. They do not build new settlements, but they allow the natural growth of the current settlements, while Palestinians are not allowed natural growth. Then they say they’re not building a new settlement, but need to build a new neighbourhood because the settlement population has grown. So you can see from this that they do not have any technical problem, it’s more that they maintain this funny dialogue with the world: “You know that we are colonizing, you know that we are ethnically cleansing the Palestinians, you know that we are keeping them in prison, but still we are playing this game where we are speaking about a peace process.”

The only problem that Israel has – although within 10 years I unfortunately don’t believe it will be a problem anymore, unless we change something – is that they still think that what they’re doing will never be accepted by the world, so they think they need to find a new language for what they’re doing. But practically on the ground I don’t think there has been one day since 1967 that something was not built by the Israelis in the West Bank, whether it’s a house or a flat or a road or a balcony, it goes on and it will continue.

Israel knows that the EU and the USA will not stop supporting them, and they’re right. So they will talk about stopping colonization, but they will not actually stop it. This is something to worry about because that’s the reality. Lapid comes from the new generation of politicians and I think that when you are new in politics you say a bit more openly what you are doing. Then, like Silvio Berlusconi, when you have another term, you stop saying what you are actually doing. So, if Lapid were to become Prime Minister, he would stop saying what he’s doing, he’d say, “we are not building, we are just fabricating.”

Today, there is no hope for a change from within the Israeli political system. This system is just going to get more and more right wing, and less and less willing to change Israel’s unilateral policies.

ISM: There is this new far-right party “The Jewish Home” that just entered the government following the recent elections, with leader Naftali Bennet, who became Minister of Religious Services and Industry, Trade and Labour. What kind of change will that bring?

IP: He is a very clever man, he comes from a settlement, and his main agenda is to strengthen the connection between the settlements and Israel. This was not openly his agenda during the elections. At that time he was talking to young Israelis in Tel Aviv about how nice it is to be Israeli, and saying that he would bring back pride in being Israeli – and it actually worked, they liked him. It was all about this idea of the ‘great nation’. And he added Judaism to this – saying it is not just good to be Israeli, but to be a Jewish Israeli. He is young, he was in the army, he was a military hero and a successful businessman. But he is not so different from Lapid, they live the same way – “it doesn’t matter whether you are from a settlement or from Tel Aviv, we are all from Israel”.

ISM: Do you think that the settlers will have more impact on Israeli politics because of Bennet’s success?

IP: Yes, I think so, but this is not so important. It doesn’t matter if you are from a settlement or from Tel Aviv, or if you are on the right or on the left. The basic Israeli ideology – Zionism – is the problem. I think that as long as Zionism is regarded as an ideal concept, the same policies will continue. If Israel has a more right-wing government – for example Netanyahu’s government compared to the Barak government – then the differences are small. You just have a few more checkpoints and a bit more brutality. But I think in the end it’s really just the same. What matters is not the government of Israel, but how much the Palestinians are willing to accept. If they are willing to accept the current reality, then Israel will allow them to work within Israel, remove some of the checkpoints, give them some more autonomy. But the moment Palestinians show some form of resistance, Israel is going to repress them brutally. Everything is about how much Palestinians accept the Israeli diktat.

ISM: You previously said that there is no more hope for a change at the political level in Israel. But on the other side, in what way do you view today’s Israeli citizens’ commitment against the occupation? How important is it that the present and future Israeli society challenges this form of colonization?

IP: I think that the forces that oppose the occupation are very small, but there have been two positive developments. First of all, the rejection of the occupation is growing and secondly, it is led by the new generation, not like before. This is an essential element. But, pressure from the international community and the Palestinian resistance will be the main factors that will bring down the occupation. One day, when we will need to rebuild a new society, it will be much better to know that there were many Jewish people who were fighting against the occupation. When the occupation ends and takes its apartheid with it, I am sure that a lot of Jewish people will say that they were against it, like the white South Africans said at the end of their apartheid system, but everybody knows that it was not the case during that period. It is good to see that this wave is growing every day. Nonetheless, a lot of Israelis, they still don’t know that there is a military occupation! For the future it is essential that this view changes, and it is changing.

Israeli activists protesting the Gaza massacre in 2008-2009 (Photo by Activestills)

Israeli activists protesting the Gaza massacre in 2008-2009 (Photo by Activestills)

ISM: Young Israeli people often feel criticized when they travel abroad. Do you think that this criticism has an impact or influence on Israeli society?

IP: Yes, I think it’s good to criticize young Israelis abroad. Some of them have actually changed because of that, no doubt about it. There’s a wonderful YouTube clip which shows what happens to young Israelis abroad. The Israeli military used to show this clip about young Israelis going abroad, to India. It was a clip especially against the refuseniks – people who refuse to serve in the army. In the clip they’re all sitting with young nice Indian girls, then some young Europeans come along and ask the Israelis what they did in the army. One speaks about the time he was a commander and about how cool it was to be in the army, and the Europeans look at him amazed, like he’s a hero. Meanwhile, the refusenik seems ashamed, looking down, without saying anything, basically really uncomfortable because he didn’t serve in the army. So this Israeli anti-apartheid organization made a counter-video, with the same setting, but instead of being soldiers they were Israeli activists, and the ashamed person was the one who served in the army, he was the one feeling really uncomfortable.

Now in 2013, some young people do not buy the whole story of anti-Semitism. They meet people abroad of the same age who know about the occupation, and where older people might just say that the people are neo-Nazis or something, young people are more likely to see the difference between being against the occupation and being anti-Semitic. This is an important new development, which I have seen with my own eyes.

ISM: What are the long term effects, social and psychological, on Israeli youth because of military conscription?

IP: Military conscription frames your mind. It makes you see human beings through a rifle and therefore you dehumanize them. It makes you very insensitive to suffering of others and at the same time makes you very racist. It also makes you limited in the way you can think about new options in life, because power obscures your mind. In any kind of situation you will think that the only way out from a state of affairs is the use of force. This has very negative effects on Israeli youth and it is clearly just part of the heavy indoctrination they face throughout life.

Young Israelis do not often speak about the psychological problems that come afterwards. I went to the psychiatric department in Israel and the vast majority of people are young Israelis who served in the army. This is a secret in Israel, nobody talks about it.  Two days ago a young boy who just finished his military service went into a bank that refused to give him a loan. He ended up shooting four people to death. This is just one example of the impact and effects of military conscription and militarization on the Israeli society.

Israeli young female on the Israeli military service uniform

ISM: How does it feel to live in Israel and at the same time be against the state? What are the consequences?

IP: It’s a fact that there are not many cases like mine and I pay a price for my position. So far, people like me pay a price not in the sense that the government is chasing them, it is different from other countries. Israel is such a racist state that it won’t do that to Jewish people. What they do instead, is to encourage society to punish you. The fact that I had to leave Haifa University is the result of this. They aim at the place where you work. For example, we had 4 brave former pilots that refused to serve in occupied Palestine because of what Israel was doing there – they were forced to leave their jobs outside of the military.

So, the public sphere or even your family or your friends make you pay a price, because you are considered a traitor. The reward you get is that you feel better about yourself and when you go abroad, people respect you. This, I hope, will encourage people to pay the price. If the Palestinians did what some Israelis are doing, they would just find themselves in jail. The Jewish people will maybe lose their job, be insulted, be hated by their neighbours, students. It is a long but really important process.

ISM: How did they kick you out from Haifa University?

IP: What they did is something called a special university court. They wanted to judge me as a traitor and kick me out of the university. This resulted in an international outrage because luckily, I was already well known at this time in the academic world, so they couldn’t go through the court process. What they did instead was to make it impossible for me to teach: they stopped my teaching allowances, they persecuted my PhD students, they gave me small classes, they told everyone at the university not to sit with me, not to speak to me. It was the director who gave the “orders”. He told to the other teachers that they would put their own career at risk if they violated these rules. They never formally fired me but I decided that that was enough, so I left.

Today there are many similar cases throughout Israel but speaking out against Israeli policies as an academic has now become more difficult than before, since in 2012 a new law was passed in the Knesset. This law says that if you are an Israeli academic and you support openly the academic boycott of Israel or you speak against Israel’s policies and actions, they have to fire you or you could even be arrested. After all, a large number of Israeli academics against the occupation created the “Israeli Academic Committee for Boycott”. These people are suffering and will never be able to become professors or further their academic careers – but more importantly I think that they feel better than the others. After this draconian law was passed, even more people decided to speak openly against the Israeli occupation or apartheid and for now, nobody has actually been arrested. How can Israel speak about democracy when our supposed freedom of speech is being violated so clearly.

This is the second of a three part interview series: Ilan Pappé in conversation with the International Solidarity Movement. Look out for the final part on the role of the international community and solidarity activism next week.

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Elicotteri e carri armati per la tribù più minacciata del mondo – Survival International

Survival International ha appreso che le forze armate brasiliane hanno lanciato una vasta operazione militare contro il disboscamento illegale intorno al territorio degli Awá, la tribù più minacciata del mondo.

Nell’area sono arrivati centinaia di soldati, funzionari di polizia e agenti speciali del Ministero dell’ambiente con carri armati, elicotteri e un centinaio di altri veicoli. L’obiettivo è fermare la deforestazione illegale che ha già distrutto più del 30% di uno dei territori della tribù.

Dall’inizio dell’operazione, che sarebbe cominciata a fine giugno, almeno otto segherie sono state chiuse e altri macchinari sono stati confiscati e distrutti.

viaElicotteri e carri armati per la tribù più minacciata del mondo – Survival International.

Primo oggetto sacro restituito agli Hopi dopo la ‘vergognosa’ asta di Parigi – Survival International

Primo oggetto sacro restituito agli Hopi dopo la ‘vergognosa’ asta di Parigi – Survival International.

Taking Israel to the International Criminal Court

The ruling was therefore non-binding; yet despite its purely theoretical nature, the ruling was enough to shine a light on a number of colonialist Israeli policies. Nevertheless, the Palestinians failed to utilize the ICJ ruling adequately to mobilize international public opinion behind their cause. All but ignored, the ruling was almost forgotten within a few months. Today, nine years after that historic ruling, many things have changed.

Palestine is now an internationally recognized state that is qualified to seek membership of such international bodies as the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Rome Convention. It is also qualified to activate the ICJ ruling, especially as Israel has not only continued but also intensified its crimes after the ruling was issued. The Palestinians must exploit their new status by asking international bodies to compel Israel to cease construction work on the wall and reverse the measures it has undertaken to Judaize the Palestinian capital of East Jerusalem.

Among the Arab states bordering Israel, only Jordan has joined the ICC. While it is true that many countries chose not to seek membership of the tribunal (including the United States, which fears that its soldiers could be prosecuted for the war crimes they committed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and countless other places; besides, the Americans, who believe their country to be a beacon of human rights, considered it beneath themselves to see their commitment to these rights called into question), Arab countries on the whole refused to become members because of their appalling human rights records. Syria for example could have sought ICC membership in order to obtain a resolution condemning Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights and the measures the Jewish state took against the inhabitants of that occupied Syrian territory. But Damascus knew that ICC membership is a two-edged sword. What with its constant violation of the human rights of the Syrian people, Damascus knew that it would have been only a matter of time before it too were censured by the ICC. That was why it did not care to seek membership of the international judicial body.

But there is an exception to this rule. Non-member states are not strictly unaccountable, since they can be referred to the ICC by the Security Council. Yet because of the complexity of relations and interests between the permanent members of the UN Security Council, this could be a very difficult process. The term ‘occupied Palestinian territories’ is no longer legally accurate. The fact that Palestine has acquired the status of a state (albeit in an observer capacity) by a resolution of the UN General Assembly makes it the only UN member state to be completely under occupation; an anomaly if there ever was one.

Yet this was not the only reason why Israel – backed by the United States – sought to obstruct the General Assembly resolution. What Israel really feared was that the Palestinians could ask the ICC to look into the issues of settlements, Judaization, and the racist Separation Wall.

The State of Palestine has yet to seek ICC membership. Some see this as a deliberate policy designed to strengthen the hands of Palestinian negotiators in the U.S.-sponsored peace talks. The Palestinian leadership believes that threatening to seek ICC membership would help the Palestinians pressure Israel into reversing some of its settlement policies and remove the obstructions it has put in the way of resuming peace talks. Clearly, this policy has not worked. Yet some jurists believe that that is not the sole reason why the Palestinians have not sought ICC membership. They point to the violations of Palestinians’ human rights committed by the Palestinian authorities, violations such as torture and extrajudicial detention, which make the Palestinian leadership wary of seeking ICC membership – especially if we take into account that, legally speaking, the Palestinian leadership is responsible for all Palestinian territory including the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza.

It is perfectly feasible that the Palestinians would be subject to constant Israeli complaints should they seek to become ICC members – especially if Israeli citizens were to be harmed by for example Palestinian rockets emanating from Gaza. Israel could exploit Palestinian membership to divert attention away from its own violations by portraying the Palestinians as aggressors. Yet justifications and excuses aside, I believe that it is essential for Palestine to become a member of the ICC.

viaNena News Agency | Taking Israel to the International Criminal Court.

Documents Show Undersea Cable Firms Provide Surveillance Access to US Secret State

Antifascist Calling…: Documents Show Undersea Cable Firms Provide Surveillance Access to US Secret State.

“Hasbara” courses at Israeli universities exposed in new report | The Electronic Intifada

“Hasbara” courses at Israeli universities exposed in new report | The Electronic Intifada.

Remember us: raccontare i profughi di Gaza parlando ai profughi di Gaza | Osservatorio Iraq – Medioriente e Nordafrica

Un progetto che piano piano vede la luce: una ricerca lunga due anni, cinque storie, Gaza, un campo profughi in Giordania, dei diritti negati, un ritorno impossibile e la speranza che dal basso, dalle persone stesse, riesca a rinascere la scintilla della speranza e del cambiamento.

Sono questi gli ingredienti di ‘Remember us’, docu-drama diretto dalla giovane filmmaker e produttrice Dalia Abuzeid, gazawi in Giordania: “La prima volta è stato uno schiaffo in pieno viso. Ho iniziato a chiedermi ‘ma dove sono stata in tutto questo tempo? Dove siamo stati tutti, come esseri umani?’. Una sera, tornando a casa dal campo, mi sono resa conto d’essere invecchiata dieci anni di colpo”.

Se a dirlo è una ragazza di poco più di vent’anni, non è facile cogliere al volo il significato di queste parole. Ma mentre racconta dove ha passato gli ultimi 24 mesi della sua vita, tutto diventa un po’ più chiaro.

Dalia Abuzeid ha una carta d’identità che dice ‘Striscia di Gaza’, un passaporto da rinnovare ogni due anni, ma non ha una nazionalità ne’ un paese in cui tornare. Dalia Abuzeid, con una famiglia, degli amici, un tetto sopra la testa, un percorso di studi artistici, un lavoro e dei sogni da realizzare, è nata e cresciuta in Giordania, ma sa per certo che l’unico posto che non la accetterà mai come cittadina è proprio questo.

Perché è gazawi, in un paese che riconosce il diritto di cittadinanza a molti palestinesi, ma non a tutti.

viaRemember us: raccontare i profughi di Gaza parlando ai profughi di Gaza | Osservatorio Iraq – Medioriente e Nordafrica.

Israel: Demolitions of Bedouin homes in the Negev desert must end immediately | Amnesty International

Israel must immediately halt all demolitions of Arab Bedouin homes in communities in the Negev/Naqab desert which the government has refused to recognize officially, Amnesty International said, following news that the village of al-‘Araqib was once again razed by land authorities.

“The Israeli authorities must halt demolitions in these communities and change course completely to guarantee all citizens’ right to adequate housing,” said Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

“The Israeli government’s Prawer-Begin plan would lead to the forced eviction of tens of thousands of Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel. The plan is inherently discriminatory, flies in the face of Israel’s international obligations and cannot be accepted in any circumstances.”

Bulldozers from the Israel Land Administration, accompanied by a large and heavily-armed police force in more than 60 vehicles, arrived in al-‘Araqib early on Tuesday morning and began to destroy 15 shacks, effectively flattening the village and displacing 22 families.

The village, which has never been officially recognized by the Israeli authorities despite the residents’ longstanding claims to their lands, has been demolished more than 50 times in the past three years. Each time, residents have tried to rebuild their homes, constructing makeshift shelters on the same land.

“We have the right to remain here; our struggle has continued for generations and we will persevere,” said Aziz al-Turi, a resident from the village. “Our grandfathers are buried on this land. We will continue to rebuild and demonstrate to defend our right to live here.”

The latest demolition came a day after mass protests were staged across Israel, the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, against the proposed “Law for Regularizing Bedouin Habitation in the Negev”. This law would provide for the forced eviction of more than 30,000 residents from 35 “unrecognized” Bedouin villages in the Negev desert. In some areas, including Be’er Sheva and Sakhnin, Israeli police used excessive force against peaceful demonstrators opposing the plan.

All construction in these villages is considered illegal by the Israeli authorities, and their 70,000 residents lack basic services, including water and electricity.

Amnesty International is urging the Israeli authorities to scrap the draft law, which is expected to lead to a massive increase in home demolitions in these communities. Although the draft has only passed its first reading in the Knesset (parliament), the Israel Land Administration regularly demolishes homes and other structures in these villages unhindered. More than 120 homes and other structures in these villages have been demolished over the last five months.

“The repeated demolitions in al-‘Araqib and other villages show that the Prawer-Begin plan is being implemented on the ground, despite the fact that the bill is still pending in the Knesset and that the communities which will be affected still have not been genuinely consulted,” said Philip Luther.

“The Prawer-Begin plan discriminates against Arab Bedouin by providing less protection for their land and housing rights compared to other Israeli citizens. The international community must pressure the Israeli government to respect its human rights obligations within its borders, as well as in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

Further information:

Protests on 15 July and responses of the authorities

Protests against the Prawer-Begin plan and the draft Israeli law took place on 15 July in Palestinian communities throughout Israel, as well as in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel also called for a general strike.

Israeli security forces and police used excessive force against demonstrators in Be’er Sheva and Sakhnin, while the Hamas de facto administration prevented a demonstration by youth activists in Gaza City and the Palestinian Authority prevented protesters from marching from Ramallah towards the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El.

In Be’er Sheva, the largest city in Israel’s southern Negev region, Israeli police and special police forces arrested 14 demonstrators, including two women and two children. Delegates from Amnesty International Israel observed the protest. Demonstrators were peaceful, but Israeli police charged into the crowds on horseback and used force during the arrests. The demonstrators have been charged with “assaulting a police officer.”

In Sakhnin, in the north of Israel, Israeli forces arrested some 14 demonstrators, including three women and a child. One of the women arrested was Fathiya Hussein, a human rights activist who works at Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. Israeli police forces charged into the demonstrators on horseback and fired tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets at demonstrators.

In occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrested at least 10 protesters, some of whom were children. Approximately 12 protesters were injured when Israeli forces, including men in civilian clothing, attacked the demonstrators and bystanders.

viaIsrael: Demolitions of Bedouin homes in the Negev desert must end immediately | Amnesty International.

Un messaggio dal parlamento russo al parlamento italiano? « SibiaLiria

GUERRA CIVILE? “Non si può parlare in Siria di guerra civile perché le ingerenze esterne sono fortissime. In qualunque contesto, se mandate “aiuti”per tre miliardi di dollari e gente a combattere “per la democrazia” come ha fatto il Qatar finanziando gruppi armati, la guerra è assicurata” e si provoca “una libanizzazione della Siria” alla quale potrebbe succedere, in un allargamento del conflitto, quella che potremmo chiamare “sirizzazione del Libano”. A proposito, il Libano pur con le sue fragilità dimostra che la pace e la convivenza possono sempre tornare ma appunto occorre sostenere la pace e una soluzione politica, non il bagno di sangue”.

viaUn messaggio dal parlamento russo al parlamento italiano? « SibiaLiria.

Il golpe in Egitto, l’informazione narcotica e la doppia morale della sinistra | Infopal

Il golpe in Egitto, l’informazione narcotica e la doppia morale della sinistra | Infopal.

Gideon Levy Incontra WADI’A ,il bambino di 5 anni fermato dall’IDF a Hebron

Non sapevamo che Wadi’a fosse in realtà un detenuto recidivo: egli aveva 5 anni e 9 mesi di età, quando è stato arrestato la scorsa settimana dai soldati israeliani di fronte alle telecamere dell’ organizzazione per i diritti umani ” B’Tselem” . Non era il suo primo arresto, ma piuttosto il terzo.

Il bambino sembra essere traumatizzato: non sorride, parla poco, si ritira ad ogni tentativo di accarezzargli la testa, si spaventa per ogni soldato che passa, bagna il letto durante la notte, si sveglia urlando e si rifiuta di dormire nella sua casa situata di fronte alla Tomba dei Patriarchi a Hebron.

Wadi’a è diventato parte della consapevolezza pubblica, israeliana e internazionale dopo che otto soldati armati della Brigata Givati delle Forze di Difesa Israeliane lo hanno arrestato per strada e lo hanno portato con loro nella loro jeep blindata con l’accusa di aver gettato un sasso contro le ruote di una vettura appartenente ai coloni. Le telecamere di B’Tselem hanno documentato l’accaduto : il bambino detenuto piange con il padre, ammanettato e bendato, seduto accanto a lui.

viaFrammenti vocali in MO:Israele e Palestina: Gideon Levy Incontra WADI’A ,il bambino di 5 anni fermato dall’IDF a Hebron.

In photos: Palestinian workers’ everyday nightmare at Israeli checkpoints | The Electronic Intifada

In photos: Palestinian workers’ everyday nightmare at Israeli checkpoints | The Electronic Intifada.

EU Publishes Guidelines Banning Funding for Israeli Settlements

BRUSSELS, July 20, 2013 (WAFA) – In spite of strong Israeli objections, the European Union Friday went ahead and published guidelines that ban EU funding of projects and individuals in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territory.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement meant to clarify the EU position in advance of negotiations of agreements with Israel during the forthcoming financial perspective commencing in 2014 that the guidelines reiterate “the long-held position that bilateral agreements with Israel do not cover the territory that came under Israel’s administration in June 1967.”

She rejected Israeli claims that publishing the guidelines would undermine peace efforts spearheaded by the United States and stressed that “in no way will this prejudge the outcome of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”

Ashton said that “the EU is deeply committed to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and fully supports (US) Secretary (of State John) Kerry’s intense efforts to restart negotiations at a particularly delicate stage. In this way, the EU hopes to further contribute to an atmosphere conducive to a meaningful and sustainable negotiation leading to a peace agreement between the parties.”

The specific provisions of the guidelines will not be implemented before 1 January 2014.

M.S.

viaPalestine News & Info Agency – WAFA – EU Publishes Guidelines Banning Funding for Israeli Settlements.

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