• Cour Pénale Internationale : face aux Palestiniens, Badinter défend Netanyahou
    20 févr. 2020 Par christophe oberlin | Le Club de Mediapart
    https://blogs.mediapart.fr/christophe-oberlin/blog/200220/cour-penale-internationale-face-aux-palestiniens-badinter-defend-net

    La Procureure de la Cour Pénale Internationale a annoncé son intention d’ouvrir une enquête sur les crimes de guerre commis en Israël-Palestine. Elle demande confirmation à la Cour que sa juridiction s’applique bien à la Palestine, Cisjordanie, Jérusalem Est et Gaza. Etats, spécialistes, peuvent s’exprimer auprès des juges. Parmi eux Robert Badinter. (...)

    Parmi la trentaine de propositions de contribution, celle du Français Robert Badinter. Que nous dit-il ?

    « La Cour Pénale Internationale n’a pas juridiction sur les crimes prétendus avoir été commis en Cisjordanie, incluant Jérusalem Est et la bande de Gaza (« Gaza »). Le terme « Etat » selon l’article 12(2) (a) du Statut de la Cour signifie que l’Etat est souverain, or la Palestine ne l’est pas. La Palestine n’est pas un « Etat » au regard de l’article 12 (2) (a) du Statut par sa simple adhésion au Statut de Rome. Ce n’est pas à la CPI de déterminer si la Palestine est un Etat souverain selon le droit international, ou si l’enquête en question s’applique « sur le territoire de » la Palestine alors que les parties sont engagées à trouver une solution négociée sur le statut d’Etat et les frontières. La Palestine ne remplit pas les critères d’un Etat selon le droit international. Et la seule façon d’enquêter sur des crimes commis dans ce cadre est constituée par la saisine de la CPI par le Conseil de sécurité. Les accords d’Oslo s’imposent à la juridiction de la Cour. »

  • Soudan-Israël. Le changement de cap provoque une crise politique
    Gwenaëlle Lenoir > 18 février 2020
    https://orientxxi.info/magazine/soudan-israel-le-changement-de-cap-provoque-une-crise-politique,3636

    Préparée dans le plus grand secret avec le soutien actif de l’administration Trump, la rencontre le 3 février en Ouganda entre l’homme fort de Khartoum, le général Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan et le premier ministre israélien Benyamin Nétanyahou a bouleversé la donne au Soudan. Révélatrice des fractures entre militaires et civils au sein du régime, contestée par la rue, cette normalisation réveille les vieilles rancœurs des Soudanais à l’égard du monde arabe.(...)

    #IsraelSoudan #Israelafrique

  • Le « Deal du siècle » : Tango entre le document et la réalité | مجد كيّال | السفير العربي
    2020-02-16 | Majd Kayyal
    http://assafirarabi.com/fr/29141/2020/02/16/le-deal-du-siecle-un-tango-entre-la-realite-et-le-document

    Nabil Anani - Palestine

    Il est vrai que « l’Accord du siècle » n’ajoute rien à la réalité établie aujourd’hui par l’occupation sioniste en Palestine, 27 ans après la signature des Accords d’Oslo.Ce nouvel accord donne une légitimité internationale et un ancrage juridique à des faits qu’Israël avait imposés par l’agression et les abus. Il cherche à transformer les mutations accumulées sur le terrain, en un nouveau tournant temporel irréversible. Il tente, en fait, d’imposer une nouvelle plateforme à toute la question palestinienne – ce que Trump appelle la « base pour des négociations directes »- afin de remplacer celle, fragile et désormais inopérante, de la solution à deux États.

    La série de crimes de l’occupation n’était donc pas l’aboutissement d’une nouvelle réalité ayant permis un tel accord, ni une accumulation sur du vide. Bien au contraire, c’est elle qui a produit cette réalité de manière méthodique sur les bases objectives que l’Organisation de Libération de la Palestine avait convenues avec Israël et acceptées sous l’égide de l’Accord d’Oslo et de ses annexes. C’est-à-dire que les concepts géographiques (tels que la division de la Cisjordanie en zones) et les principaux mécanismes administratifs (tels que le système de coordination sécuritaire), qui ont préparé l’avènement de l’ « Accord du siècle » et constituent le fondement de son existence, sont des concepts et des mécanismes qui avaient été tous déjà adoptés en tant que principes fondamentaux pour le lancement d’ « Oslo ».

    Il ne s’agit pas là de provoquer une polémique ni de dénoncer l’hypocrisie de ceux qui prétendent s’opposer aujourd’hui à cet "Accord", alors qu’ils avaient participé effectivement à sa mise en œuvre. Il s’agit plutôt d’une remarque dont le but est de faire la lumière sur une logique d’action politique et diplomatique à laquelle se cramponne le sionisme, alors que l’Autorité palestinienne est à mille lieux de la comprendre. (...)

    #deal_du_siècle

  • Oui, Israël veut la paix — après s’être débarrassé des Palestiniens
    Par Orly Noy, 17 février 2020 | Source : +972 | Trad. de l’anglais : CG pour l’Agence Média Palestine

    https://agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2020/02/19/oui-israel-veut-la-paix-apres-setre-debarrasse-des-palestiniens

    Un panneau affiché à Tel Aviv par le Israeli Victory Project (IVP, Projet de la victoire israélienne) d’extrême-droite montre les dirigeants palestiniens Ismail Haniyeh et Mahmoud Abbas, les yeux bandés. La légende dit : « La paix se fait avec des ennemis vaincus ». (Oren Ziv)

    La semaine dernière, piétons et chauffeurs de Tel Aviv ont aperçu des panneaux particulièrement perturbants affichés dans toute la ville. Les panneaux, érigés par le groupe d’extrême droite « Projet de la victoire israélienne », montraient le président palestinien Mahmoud Abbas et le dirigeant du Hamas Ismail Haniyeh agenouillés, avec un bandeau sur les yeux, sur fond de destructions. La légende disait : « La paix se fait seulement avec des ennemis vaincus ».

    Dimanche matin, le maire de Tel Aviv Ron Huldai a ordonné que les panneaux soient démontés, disant que les images « incitaient à la sorte de violence qui rappelle l’Etat islamique et les Nazis ». Mais ce qui était vraiment perturbant à propos des panneaux n’est pas l’incitation. Israël n’a pas besoin de chefs de claque pour la violence qu’il exerce contre le peuple palestinien. Ce qui est particulièrement écoeurant est la manière dont le panneau expose à la vue de tous les aspects les plus sombres et les plus malsains du regard collectif d’Israël vis-à-vis de nos voisins.

    D’abord, le texte lui-même. « La paix se fait seulement avec des ennemis vaincus ». Quiconque espère mettre à genoux son ennemi (et les yeux bandés, pour faire bonne mesure) ne s’intéresse absolument pas à un protocole de paix — il s’intéresse seulement à la soumission. Voici l’amère vérité au coeur de tous les « pourparlers de paix » et des négociations avec les Palestiniens : Israël veut mettre à genoux les Palestiniens et les forcer à accepter de honteux accords de défaite, tout en remerciant les Israéliens des « concessions douloureuses » que nous avons été contraints de supporter. (...)

  • L’Holocauste, la BBC et les accusations calomnieuses d’antisémitisme
    Par Jonathan Cook | 04 février 2020 – The Palestine Chronicle – Traduction : Chronique de Palestine – MJB
    http://www.chroniquepalestine.com/lholocauste-la-bbc-et-les-accusations-calomnieuses-dantisemitism

    La journaliste chevronnée de la BBC Orla Guerin s’est trouvée dans une situation critique d’un type de plus en plus courant.

    Lors d’un reportage sur les préparatifs de la commémoration du 75ième anniversaire de la libération du camp de concentration d’Auschwitz, elle a brièvement fait référence à Israël et encore plus brièvement aux Palestiniens. Son reportage coïncidait avec l’accueil par Israël la semaine dernière, des dirigeants du monde entier à Yad Vashem, son Centre de Commémoration de l’Holocauste à Jérusalem.

    Voici ce qu’a dit Orla Guerin lors de la séquence montrant Yad Vashem :
    « Dans le Hall of Names (la salle des noms) de Yad Vashem des photos de morts. De jeunes soldats [israéliens] s’y rassemblent pour partager la tragédie qui lie le peuple juif. L’État d’Israël est désormais une puissance régionale. Il occupe les territoires palestiniens depuis des décennies. Mais certains ici verrons toujours leur nation à travers le prisme de la persécution et de la survie. »

    Des dirigeants de la communauté juive de Grande Bretagne et d’anciens cadres de la BBC se sont jetés sur ses propos « offensants », l’accusant même d’antisémitisme. Orla Guerin avait osé, contrairement à tous ses collègues des médias occidentaux, faire allusion au terrible prix qu’a infligé au peuple palestinien la décision de l’Occident d’aider le mouvement sioniste à créer un état juif peu de temps après l’Holocauste. Les Palestiniens furent dépossédés de leur patrie en guise de dédommagement apparent – du moins pour les juifs qui sont devenus citoyens d’Israël – pour les crimes génocidaires commis par l’Europe. (...)

  • » Israeli Forces Recover Body of Palestinian In West Bank
    February 18, 2020 12:46 PM – IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/israeli-forces-recover-body-of-palestinian-in-west-bank

    Israeli soldiers stationed in the occupied West Bank recovered, Monday, the body of a Palestinian man tangled among bushes in a rural area, who apparently died of his wounds after a shooting attack targeting Israeli soldiers two weeks prior.

    The corpse was found near Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

    The slain Palestinian has been identified as Fakhr Mahmoud Abu Zayed Qurt , 53, from Betunia town, south of Ramallah.

    According to the Israeli military spokesperson, the body was found “at the end of operational and intelligence efforts and after sweeping operations of the Israeli security services.”

    The military claimed the Palestinian was injured after the soldiers responded to him firing at them, and fled the scene.
    (...)
    The attack which the deceased Palestinian is suspected of having taken part was a shooting incident targeting Israeli soldiers two weeks ago, in which one Israeli soldier was lightly wounded near the “Dolip” settlement on Feb. 6th.

    Local sources in Betunia said that, five days ago, the soldiers invaded and ransacked his home, before abducting two of his sons, Haitham and Mohammad, in addition to confiscating his car. (...)

    #Palestine_assassinée

  • En Israël, les Palestiniens du Triangle redoutent le plan de transfert « illégal et humiliant » de Trump
    Par Clothilde Mraffko – TRIANGLE, Israël
    Date de publication : Vendredi 14 février 2020 | Middle East Eye édition française
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/reportages/en-israel-les-palestiniens-du-triangle-redoutent-le-plan-de-transfert

    Le projet américain envisage de céder le Triangle, région d’Israël majoritairement peuplée de Palestiniens, aux autorités en Cisjordanie. Un transfert dénoncé par les habitants, qui se disent Palestiniens mais veulent conserver leur citoyenneté israélienne

    #transfert

  • » Israel Further Severs Ties with UN over Settlement Blacklist
    February 13, 2020 10:44 PM – IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/israel-further-severs-ties-with-un-over-blacklist

    Israel has suspended its ties with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Israeli Foreign Ministry (FM) announced on Wednesday, several hours after the UN body published a list of 112 companies that do business in West Bank settlements.

    FM Israel Katz’s office said he ordered the “exceptional and harsh measure” in retaliation for Michelle Bachelet’s office “serving the BDS campaign,” referring to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.

    Katz intends to protect the companies operating in Israel, his office stated.

    He claimed that by publishing the list, the Human Rights Council joined the anti-Israel boycott movement, but stressed that the database is not legally binding.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also slammed the council and similarly vowed to fight the database, Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports. (...)

    #BDS

  • Siding with Israel, Germany says ICC has no jurisdiction in Palestinian territories
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-germany-offers-to-join-deliberation-in-icc-case-on-israel-palestin

    Germany filed a petition Friday with the International Criminal Court in which it requested to be “a friend of the court” (amicus curiae) in deliberations that will examine if the court has jurisdiction to rule whether Israel committed war crimes against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

    In its petition, Germany backed Israel’s argument that the court’s jurisdiction does not extend to occupied Palestinian territories, as Palestine is not a state that fulfills all the criteria under general international law, although it has joined the ICC’s Rome Statute.

  • Israel’s rejection of UN list of companies tied to settlements reveals stark truth about annexation
    Israel isn’t interested in the distinction between its right to exist as a country and the dispute over West Bank settlements. Instead, it seeks to blur the borders
    Noa Landau Feb 13, 2020 8:22 AM
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-israel-s-rebuff-of-un-list-of-firms-tied-to-settlements-shows-trut

    The wall-to-wall support for West Bank settlements voiced in Israel on Wednesday in response to the UN human rights office’s release of a list of businesses operating in the settlements shows that the annexation everyone is talking about these days has actually happened de facto long ago.

    Without any dramatic Knesset votes or referendums, and without the need for any favors from the Trump administration, the entire Israeli establishment stood unambiguously on the side of the settlements.

    Granted, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprisingly restrained himself from accusing the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights of anti-Semitism. But he did announce, as is customary among countries that are becoming increasingly internationally isolated, that “If anyone boycotts us, we’ll boycott them.” Israel is already boycotting the International Criminal Court and numerous other multilateral organizations, so adding one more to the list won’t be a big deal.

    Ministers from Netanyahu’s Likud party, including Yariv Levin and Gilad Erdan, were less restrained. They jumped straight into the standard clichés – exploiting and cheapening the Holocaust by accusing the UN of anti-Semitism.

    The prize, however, goes to President Reuven Rivlin. The very president who tries so hard to project a statesmanlike, tolerant, balanced image said that the list is a “shameful initiative reminiscent of dark periods in our history.”

    In other words, publishing an international database about businesses that operate in the settlements – which is illegal according to international law and UN resolutions – is just as bad in Rivlin’s eyes as the Holocaust. It should be pointed out that this list isn’t even accompanied by any actual sanctions or boycotts, much less gas chambers.

    This is also the same president who just recently hosted an impressive phalanx of dozens of world leaders at a conference against anti-Semitism in Jerusalem, where he urged them to protect democracy. Just as the international community was able to unite after World War II to promote a shared goal, he added, it must continue working together today on the basis of shared values.

    But international law and international institutions evidently aren’t democratic enough for him – or perhaps he’s only selectively protective of democracy, when it’s convenient for him.

    The support for de facto annexation of the settlements was also glaringly apparent among members of Israel’s so-called opposition. Kahol Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz said this was “a black day for human rights. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has lost all connection with reality.”

    His partner in the party’s leadership, Yair Lapid, went even farther, calling the high commissioner for human rights – a woman with a long record of achievement who is internationally admired – the “UN commissioner for terrorists’ rights.” He even threated that “when we form a government, we’ll work against them with all our might, with no qualms.” When you recall how Israel actually deals with terrorists, this quote is even more troubling.

    But the most surprising condemnation came from Amir Peretz, chairman of the ostensibly left-wing Labor-Gesher-Meretz joint ticket. “We oppose boycotts, and outrageous and superfluous UN decisions,” he said – although Meretz, which is part of this ticket, has until now actually supported boycotting settlements products. “We’ll work in every forum to repeal this decision and preserve a strong Israeli economy and Israelis’ jobs,” he added, in a statement that aroused unease, to say the least, among what remains of Meretz’s voters.

    This was an official death certificate for the Zionist left in the face of the annexation that has already happened.

    Behind the scenes, official state agencies, headed by the Foreign Ministry, also gave briefings assailing the list’s publication. During these briefings, the term BDS (referring to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement) was repeatedly thrown around.

    Anyone who still mistakenly thinks that Israel’s war against BDS is aimed against boycotts of Israel as a whole, including within the 1948 armistice lines, ought to sober up. Israel’s intention, as evident from both its legislation and in actions, is unequivocally to protect the settlements against boycotts. The state isn’t interested in the distinction between Israel’s right to exist as a country and the dispute over the settlements; rather, it seeks to blur the borders.

    This was once again made clear by the Israeli bureaucrats who mobilized on Wednesday to assail international law in the name of annexation. With an uncomfortable giggle, one briefer even recited those same accusations of anti-Semitism in his talking points. In the Israel of 2020, official state bodies use BDS and anti-Semitism as synonyms in their campaign to protect the settlement enterprise.

    In recent weeks, following the release of the Trump administration’s peace plan, there have been stormy campaigns on both the right and the left for or against officially annexing the settlements. But what happened on Wednesday proves that this is a sterile debate over mere symbolism. De facto annexation has already happened and continues to happen every day; it is only de jure annexation that’s still being fought over.

    Israel has been treating the settlements as an inseparable part of the country for a long time already. De jure annexation won’t drastically change anything of importance that isn’t already happening on the ground. Israel has already annexed everything all by itself, and doesn’t need U.S. President Donald Trump and his ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. Official recognition is just icing on the cake.

    #ListeONU

  • Release of long-delayed UN settlement database significant step towards holding Israel accountable | BDS Movement
    https://www.bdsmovement.net/news/release-long-delayed-un-settlement-database-significant-step-towards-ho

    Palestinian civil society welcomes this long-awaited UN list of companies that are complicit in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise, which constitutes a war crime under international law. We thank all human rights organizations that worked tirelessly for the release of such an important instrument of transparency and accountability.

    Some notable mentions amongst the 112 complicit companies on the UN list of shame are the top five Israeli banks in which AXA invests (Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, First International Bank of Israel, Mizrahi Tefahot Bank and Israel Discount Bank), Delta Israel, Puma’s exclusive licensee in Israel, and Shapir, CAF’s partner for the development of the Jerusalem Light Rail. Also included are Delek Group, Egged, General Mills, Motorola Solutions, JCB, Alstom, Israeli national water company Mekorot, and travel companies TripAdvisor, Airbnb, Booking.com, Edreams and Expedia.

  • Ça fait plus de 20 ans que l’Internet est un outil d’information grand public. Hier, on nous annonce que « L’ONU identifie 112 sociétés ayant des activités dans les colonies israéliennes ». Maintenant, essaie de me trouver un seul article de grand média reprenant cette information avec un lien hypertexte vers le document d’origine sur le site de l’ONU… (bon courage).

    Moi j’ai pas trouvé. Le document est là, à la ligne « A/HRC/43/71 » : Database of all business enterprises involved in the activities detailed in paragraph 96 of the report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem - Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
    https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session43/Pages/ListReports.aspx

    Et la liste elle-même :
    https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session43/Documents/A_HRC_43_71.docx

    Par ailleurs, le texte de la résolution définissant les critères de cette base de données est ici (1er février 2018) :
    https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/1475002?ln=en

    Où l’on constate que l’intitulé des médias français (dont, évidemment, le Monde), décrivant cette liste comme celle d’entreprises « ayant des activités dans les colonies », « qui continuent de commercer illégalement avec les colonies », est un bel euphémisme : la résolution dénonce des entreprises qui « avaient, directement et indirectement, permis la construction et la croissance des colonies de peuplement, les avaient facilitées et en avaient profité ». On n’est pas dans la simple « présence », mais dans la complicité. Le texte de la résolution précise :

    3. La résolution 31/36 dans laquelle le Conseil des droits de l’homme demandait la création d’une base de données faisait suite au rapport de la mission internationale indépendante d’établissement des faits chargée d’étudier les effets des colonies de peuplement israéliennes sur les droits civils, politiques, économiques, sociaux et culturels des Palestiniens dans le Territoire palestinien occupé, ycompris Jérusalem-Est (A/HRC/22/63). Dans ce rapport, la mission d’établissement des faits constatait que certaines entreprises avaient, directement et indirectement, permis la construction et la croissance des colonies de peuplement, les avaient facilitées et en avaient profité ; au paragraphe 96 du rapport, elle donnait la liste des activités suscitant des préoccupations particulières sur le plan des droits de l’homme (« activités énumérées »). Dans la résolution 31/36, le Conseil a défini comme suit, conformément à la liste établie dans le rapport de la mission d’évaluation, les paramètres des activités visées aux fins de la base de données :
    a) La fourniture d’équipements et de matériel facilitant la construction et l’expansion des colonies de peuplement et du mur, ainsi que des infrastructures associées ;
    b) L’installation d’équipements de surveillance et d’identification dans les colonies de peuplement, le long du mur et aux points de contrôle directement liés aux colonies de peuplement ;
    c) La fourniture d’équipements destinés à la démolition de logements et de propriétés et à la destruction de fermes agricoles, de serres, de vergers d’oliviers et de plantations ;
    d) La fourniture de services d’équipements et de matériel de sécurité à des entreprises exerçant dans les colonies de peuplement ;
    e) L’offre de services et de prestations contribuant à l’entretien et à l’existence des colonies de peuplement, y compris dans le domaine des transports ;
    f) Les opérations bancaires et financières contribuant au développement, à l’expansion et à l’entretien des colonies de peuplement et de leurs activités, y compris les prêts immobiliers destinés à la croissance des entreprises ;
    g) L’utilisation de ressources naturelles, en particulier l’eau et la terre, à des fins commerciales ;
    h) La pollution et le dépôt de déchets dans les villages palestiniens ou le transfert de tels déchets vers les villages palestiniens ;
    i) L’utilisation des profits et des réinvestissements réalisés par les entreprises appartenant en totalité ou en partie à des colons pour développer, élargir et entretenir les colonies de peuplement ;
    j) La captivité des marchés financiers et économiques palestiniens et les pratiques qui mettent les entreprises palestiniennes dans une situation défavorable, notamment les restrictions à la liberté de circulation, les restrictions administratives et les contraintes juridiques.

  • L’ONU identifie 112 sociétés ayant des activités dans les colonies israéliennes
    12 février 2020 - Le Monde avec AFP, AP et Reuters
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/02/12/l-onu-identifie-112-societes-actives-dans-les-colonies-israeliennes_6029347_

    L’ONU a publié, mercredi 12 février, une liste de 112 sociétés ayant des activités dans les colonies israéliennes, et considérées ainsi comme complices de l’établissement et du maintien de ces colonies, illégales au regard du droit international.

    « J’ai conscience que ce sujet a été, et continuera d’être, matière à controverse », a déclaré la haut-commissaire aux droits de l’homme de l’ONU, Michelle Bachelet, tout en soulignant que ce rapport se « basait sur des faits ».

    Cette initiative de mise à l’index est sans conséquence légale immédiate, mais vise à sanctionner symboliquement les sociétés faisant affaire avec les colonies israéliennes. Cette liste « ne constitue pas, et n’entend pas constituer, un processus judiciaire ou quasi judiciaire », précise un communiqué des Nations unies, en référence implicite aux craintes israéliennes de la voir servir de base à des boycotts. (...)

    https://unwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/A_HRC_43_71.pdf

    L’ONU identifie 112 sociétés liées aux colonies israéliennes
    Par Le Figaro avec AFP
    Publié hier à 15:31, mis à jour hier à 16:05
    https://www.lefigaro.fr/international/l-onu-identifie-112-societes-liees-aux-colonies-israeliennes-20200212
    #colonisation. #ListeONU

  • Palestinians recognize Texas as part of Mexico - The Beaverton
    https://thebeaverton.com/2017/12/palestinians-recognize-texas-part-mexico

    JERUSALEM – In response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the Palestinian National Authority has announced that it will recognize Texas as a state of Mexico since it was violently annexed by the United States in the 1840s.

    “The territory north and east of the Rio Grande is very important to the Mexican people,” explained a PNA spokesperson. “Before American settlers showed up and implemented slavery, Mexico oversaw this land. Then, President Polk sent his armies to invade the rest of these Mexican territories, and force the country to give up California, New Mexico, most of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado. We may soon recognize these states as part of Mexico too.”

  • L’indignation de Macron à Jérusalem révèle la complicité de la France dans l’oppression des Palestiniens
    Malia Bouattia - Lundi 10 février 2020 | Middle East Eye édition française
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/opinion-fr/lindignation-de-macron-jerusalem-revele-la-complicite-de-la-france-da

    De la même manière, Macron, qui était en visite officielle – au cours de laquelle il a rappelé la relation étroite et spéciale de la France avec Israël –, a démontré qu’il était prêt à défendre ses droits et ceux de la France pour que cette église reste exempte de la présence des forces militaires israéliennes, tout en trahissant les droits des Palestiniens vis-à-vis de leur terre.

    La France reste un fier partenaire d’Israël dans le soutien à la colonisation de la Palestine

    Il a rappelé aux sceptiques que, comme tous les autres dirigeants occidentaux, il estime que le harcèlement et l’arrogance des soldats israéliens doivent être réservés exclusivement aux Palestiniens et leurs alliés. La position pro-Israël adoptée de longue date par l’Élysée confirme cela.

    La France reste un fier partenaire d’Israël dans le soutien à la colonisation de la Palestine. Elle a soutenu la création d’Israël, son annexion militaire de terres palestiniennes en plus de celles lui ayant déjà été transférées par l’ONU, et même le développement de son programme nucléaire.

    En échange, elle pouvait compter sur un allié fidèle dans la région. Bien que cette relation se soit distendue quelque peu depuis la fin des années 1950, Macron et ses prédécesseurs ont maintenu leur soutien à l’égard d’Israël, malgré le meurtre, le vol et l’exploitation continus du peuple palestinien.

    #IsraelFrance

  • L’évangile selon Donald Trump
    Par Stéphanie Le Bars - 11 février 2020
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/02/11/l-evangile-selon-trump_6029134_3210.html

    Certains de ses électeurs dans les milieux les plus évangéliques voient en lui un « envoyé de Dieu », venu « sauver » les Etats-Unis, et même le monde.

    Les deux minutes de prières et de louanges déversées sur scène par le pasteur Guillermo Maldonado semblent avoir paru longues au président américain, le 3 janvier, à Miami. Mains jointes, paupières closes, Donald Trump se tient debout, entouré d’une demi-douzaine de religieux, hommes et femmes. Dévotement, certains l’effleurent, comme ils vénéreraient une idole. Au plus près de lui, sa conseillère spirituelle, Paula White, figure controversée du protestantisme, semble habitée par les forces de l’Esprit.

    #Trump #évangélique

  • How Bernie Sanders Became a Fighter for Palestine - Steve Salaita
    https://stevesalaita.com/how-bernie-sanders-became-a-fighter-for-palestine

    In short, Sanders is similar to his opponents around Palestine, but his reputation around Palestine is far better. That reputation doesn’t correspond to the substance of his legislative history or his public comments. Supporters project onto him what they hope or assume he’ll do, but hasn’t done throughout his long career in office. The myth of Sanders being “good” or “the best” has made it so that supporting him isn’t merely a pragmatic concession; it can now be passed off as devotion to Palestine.

    […]

    Try to extricate yourself from the hullabaloo of electoralism and consider a straightforward question: when have we ever witnessed Bernie Sanders fighting for Palestinians? Many of his supporters have taken up the fight, but Sanders hasn’t joined them. Instead, he gestures toward vague ideals of justice without committing to what Palestinians in struggle repeatedly profess to be their version of freedom (the right of return and equality in their ancestral homeland). He’s happy to let supporters fill the vagueness with their own suppositions. 

    Was Sanders fighting for Palestinian rights when he fondly recalled living on a kibbutz (in other words, a racialized settlement)? When he voted in favor of a Senate resolution (introduced by Mitch McConnell) that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital? When he yelled at constituents protesting the war crimes Israel was committing with weapons he voted to provide? When he fired a campaign staffer for criticizing Netanyahu? When he went on a Zionist diatribe in an interview with a Palestinian journalist? When he blamed an Israeli massacre of 50 civilians on “Hamas”? When he suggested that Palestinian parents train their children to become suicide bombers? 

    All of these things happened since Israel’s 2014 destruction of the Gaza Strip, one of the century’s most vicious events. 

    How about when he calls himself “100 percent pro-Israel”? Or opposes BDS? Or offers “both sides” pabulum in response to yet more Israeli war crimes? Or declines to support the right of return (Andrew Yang accidentally provided the model for a good answer)? 

    • Sanders’ adviser tells Haaretz what his ’progressive’ foreign policy means for Israel
      Matt Duss says calling Bernie Sanders an ’isolationist’ is a ’slur’ – and explains what the difference between Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz is for the Democratic presidential contender
      Alexander Griffing | Feb. 12, 2020 | 12:43 PM | 9
      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-sanders-advisor-on-what-his-progressive-foreign-policy-means-for-i

      With his win in New Hampshire on Tuesday and strong showing in Iowa last week, Bernie Sanders has established himself as the front-runner in the Democratic 2020 race. And while he is likely to be locked in another fierce left versus right battle this year, one thing is already starkly different from his 2016 run: the added clarity of his foreign policy vision.

      While much of the criticism surrounding Sanders’ stance on Israel remains the same as it was four years ago, the Vermont senator’s foreign policy adviser Matt Duss told Haaretz over the phone, ahead of the Iowa cauceses, that to label Sanders an “isolationist,” as many of his critics have done, is simply a “slur.”

      Following his loss to Hillary Clinton, Sanders worked to bolster his foreign policy credentials – a perceived weak point for the longtime independent lawmaker. Despite not serving on the Senate’s foreign affairs or armed services committees, where a U.S. senator would regularly hire a Middle East adviser, Sanders added Duss to his team after the 2016 campaign to help him beef up his foreign policy chops.

      Duss, 47, who was described by The Nation last February as “one of the most significant figures reshaping progressive foreign policy in the Trump era,” got his start in politics on Ralph Nader’s 2000 presidential campaign. He started blogging on foreign policy matters and worked his way up through D.C.’s liberal think tanks, eventually becoming president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace – a left-wing nonprofit that promotes the two-state solution – before joining Sanders’ Senate staff.

      Together, they led the charge for Congress’ historic April 2019 vote in which it used the War Powers Act to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. While Trump eventually vetoed the measure, Duss claims that the vote was the most significant foreign policy achievement of the current Congress.

      More than any other leading Democratic contender, Sanders has detailed his foreign policy vision on the campaign trail, focusing on addressing the causes of international conflict and ending America’s “endless wars.” He argued in Foreign Affairs last June that George W. Bush’s “war on terror” has actually emboldened terrorism in the Middle East.

      Critics have characterized this part of Sanders’ rhetoric as isolationist and even Trump-like, given the U.S. president’s “America First” pledges to end “stupid” Middle Eastern wars and reinvest the money at home instead. Sanders vehemently opposed the Iraq War and criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for his vote and campaigning for the war, which Sanders – like Trump – calls “disastrous.”

      However, Sanders and Trump differ on several key areas. Duss notes that Sanders regularly acknowledges both the need for building strong international alliances and the use of military action in specific circumstances – despite consistently advocating to “end America’s endless wars.” He also echoes Trump in his promises of dealmaking, but replaces the president’s “transactional” approach with one that Duss says is focused on “upholding international human rights standards.”

      “As president,” Sanders told the Pod Save America podcast over the summer, “I will sit down in a room with the leadership of Saudi Arabia, with the leadership of Iran, with the leadership of the Palestinians, with the leadership of Israel, and hammer out some damn agreements which will try to end the conflicts that exist there.”

      Also, while willing to meet with authoritarian leaders to make a deal, Sanders explained in a major foreign policy speech in October 2018 that, unlike Trump, his progressive approach is aimed at undoing the “damage” of the populist, anti-immigration right that has swept the world in recent years. This holistic worldview, Duss says, is also relevant when it comes to the Middle East.

      Sanders sees the effort to confront the threats of ISIS and Al-Qaida as going hand in hand with addressing the oppression and corruption they feed off in the Middle East, Duss explains. He cites Sanders’ foreign policy speeches that often center around upholding universal human rights and improving standards of living. For example, he regularly begins speeches about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by mentioning the high unemployment rate in Gaza.

      When asked if there is any historical comparison for Sanders’ “progressive international engagement,” Duss points to the Marshall Plan, which provided billions of dollars of U.S. aid to postwar Western Europe. He explains that while clearly “a different historical moment,” the plan serves as a blueprint for “the massive economic mobilization and investments in technological innovation needed to address shared global challenges like climate change.”

      ‘Not stoking hatred’

      When it comes to Israel, Sanders has the rare distinction of being both the only candidate to have actually lived in the country (spending several months on a kibbutz in northern Israel in 1963) and to be regularly accused of being anti-Israel.

      Sanders, who called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “racist” in a televised Democratic debate last December, also listed Israel alongside Russia, India, Brazil and Hungary as countries where “we see the rise of a divisive and destructive form of politics. We see intolerant, authoritarian political leaders attacking the very foundations of democratic societies,” he wrote in Jewish Currents last November.

      Speaking at the J Street conference in Washington last October, Sanders promised to use U.S. military aid as leverage to get Israel back to the negotiating table with the Palestinians, even suggesting to send some of that $3.8 billion annual aid to Gaza for humanitarian relief. Fellow presidential contenders Senator Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg have left that option open as well. Duss notes, however, that if Sanders were to become president, he would make every effort to work with any Israeli government to advance shared interests.

      When asked whether he sees any major differences between Netanyahu and his political rival, Kahol Lavan’s Benny Gantz, ahead of the March 2 Israeli election, Duss points out that Gantz is not out “stoking hatred and division” the way Netanyahu is – which Duss sees as an important distinction.

      While Sanders is popular with progressives and young Democrats, he polled as the least popular of the leading contenders among Jewish Democrats in a Pew Research Center survey released ahead of the Iowa caucus. And Michael Bloomberg, also running to be America’s first Jewish president, said at a recent rally: “As president, I will always have Israel’s back,” while declaring he would not touch U.S. aid for Israel – a thinly veiled jab at Sanders.

      Jack Rosen, president of the American Jewish Congress, a mainstream pro-Israel group, wrote recently on the Fox News website that, if elected, Sanders would be “the most anti-Israel president since the founding of the modern Jewish state in 1948.” He added that “Sanders has surrounded himself with political allies who champion anti-Israel policies,” specifically mentioning Linda Sarsour and Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

      Sanders has previously addressed such criticism directly, insisting in a CNN town hall last April that he is “100 percent pro-Israel” and committed to Israel’s security.

      In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd last May, Sanders left open the possibility of moving the U.S. Embassy out of Jerusalem as a way to get a peace deal, saying that “whether it is Iran and Saudi Arabia, whether it is Israel and the Palestinians, the United States needs to bring people together, needs an evenhanded policy.”

      Regardless of the outcome of the Democratic primary, Israel is all but certain to be a flash point when the party’s general election platform is drafted – as it was in the last two cycles. In 2012, for instance, controversy erupted when language declaring Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital was removed and then reinstated at then-President Barack Obama’s behest, eliciting boos at the party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

      For his part, Duss – who will have a key role in crafting Sanders’ policies on Israel and worked on the contentious 2016 Democratic platform – said at the time: “There is no question that we should be and will be Israel’s friend in resolving this conflict.” However, he argued that the U.S. must “recognize that Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territories … run contrary to fundamental American values.”

  • Journalist Abby Martin Sues State of Georgia Over Law Requiring Pledge of Allegiance to Israel
    https://www.mintpressnews.com/abby-martin-lawsuit-state-georgia-over-bds-law/264798

    After refusing to sign a pledge of allegiance to the state of Israel, the state of Georgia shut down a media literacy conference featuring journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin at Georgia Southern University. Martin had recently released a documentary critical of the Israeli government called “Gaza Fights for Freedom.” Now she is suing the state, claiming the decision is a violation of the First Amendment. Along with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), today she filed a federal free speech lawsuit against the university system of Georgia.

    Martin was dismayed by the university’s decision: “This censorship of my talk based on forced compliance to anti-BDS laws in Georgia is just one level of a nationwide campaign to protect Israel from grassroots pressure. We must stand firmly opposed to these efforts and not cower in fear to these blatant violations of free speech,” she said.

  • Action contre BlackRock : « Nous devons mettre hors d’état de nuire les plus grands pollueurs de la planète »
    11 février 2020 / Entretien avec Clément, de Youth for Climate
    https://reporterre.net/Action-contre-BlackRock-Nous-devons-mettre-hors-d-etat-de-nuire-les-plus

    (...) Quel bilan faites-vous de cette action ?

    On est satisfait. D’un point de vue technique, malgré la répression policière, on a réussi à envahir un lieu emblématique. Cela nous a permis aussi de faire écho à la lutte contre la réforme des retraites. C’est un message fort envoyé à tous ceux qui se battent et qui font grève contre le projet du gouvernement. C’est un signe de convergence. Nous devons comprendre que les luttes sociales sont indispensables et que nos combats sont indissociablement liés. On s’attaque au même système. On ne veut pas d’un monde écolo où les inégalités demeurent. Ça n’aurait aucun sens.

    Pourquoi avez-vous ciblé BlackRock ?

    C’est le premier investisseur de Total. D’un point de vue climatique, c’est la pièce maîtresse d’un système capitaliste que l’on combat à Youth for Climate Ile-de-France. On considère que le système capitaliste n’est pas viable. Il pousse à consommer toujours plus de ressources et d’énergie. En ciblant BlackRock, on vise l’un des principaux financiers mondiaux qui alimente des entreprises très polluantes. BlackRock fait aussi énormément de greenwashing, on peut le voir sur son site internet. Elle dit qu’elle prône la finance verte et que la croissance verte serait la solution. Nous, on ne le croit pas. (...)

    #BlackRock

  • Pneus crevés et mosquée vandalisée dans un village arabe israélien
    Par Le Figaro avec AFP – Publié il y a 2 heures
    https://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/pneus-creves-et-mosquee-vandalisee-dans-un-village-arabe-israelien-20200211

    Les pneus de plus d’une centaine de voitures ont été crevés et une mosquée la cible de graffitis racistes dans un village arabe du nord d’Israël, a indiqué mardi 11 février la police israélienne qui soupçonne des extrémistes juifs.

    « Les Juifs se réveillent », « Arrêtez d’assimiler » ont été tagués dans la nuit de lundi à mardi sur une mosquée et un autre édifice dans le village de Jish, aussi connu sous le nom de Gush Halav, situé dans le nord d’Israël près de la frontière avec le Liban. La police israélienne a ouvert une enquête sur l’incident et condamné du même souffle « tous les crimes de haine nationalistes ». Selon le chef du conseil local de Jish, Elias Elias, ce n’est pas la première fois que son village, peuplé de musulmans et de chrétiens arabes, est la cible de vandalisme.

    « Je ne peux imaginer ce qui se passerait si des choses comme celles-ci avaient été barbouillées sur une synagogue aux Etats-Unis ou en Europe, le monde entier serait choqué », a-t-il déclaré à l’AFP, en référence au graffiti sur la mosquée locale. Ces actes de vandalisme semblent présenter la signature de la campagne « Prix à payer », menée par des extrémistes juifs ainsi que des activistes d’extrême droite qui se livrent à des agressions contre des Palestiniens et des Arabes israéliens. (...)

    #racisme

  • App used by Netanyahu’s Likud leaks Israel’s entire voter registry - Israel Election 2020 - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-app-used-by-netanyahu-s-likud-leaks-israel-s-entire-voter-registry

    The Likud has uploaded the full register of Israeli voters to an application, causing the leak of personal data on 6,453,254 citizens. The information includes the full names, identity card numbers, addresses and gender of every single eligible voter in Israel, as well as the phone numbers and other personal details of some of them.

    Israeli political parties receive personal details of voters before the elections and commit to protecting their privacy, as well as not to reproduce the registry, not to provide it to a third party, and to permanently erase all the information once the election is over.

    The voter registry was uploaded by Likud to the Elector app, which is used by the party to manage Election Day. The firm that developed the application, Feed-b, commented that the vulnerability was a “one-off incident that was immediately dealt with," and that security measures have since been boosted.

    The Likud has yet to respond to a request for comment.

    According to information obtained by Haaretz, as well as Noam Rotem and Ido Kenan of the Cybercyber podcast, a vulnerability in the application allowed for anyone to easily download the entire voter registry. The only known leak of a similar magnitude occurred in 2006, when an Interior Ministry employee stole the population registry and distributed it illegally.

    Haaretz received an anonymous tip about the security lapse, allowing anyone to obtain the leaked information in its entirety without using sophisticated tools. Right-clicking on the Elector app’s home page and choosing “view source” revealed the original code of the internet page. The code revealed all the usernames and passwords of system admins, allowing one to log in and download the registry.

    The anonymous tipper also provided Haaretz with personal details of powerful people in Israel. It is unknown how many people gained access to the data and downloaded it. However, the application has users in various countries abroad, among them the United States, China, Russia and Moldova.

    Dans le paquet, il y aurait les données de personnalités importantes, y compris dans le domaine de la sécurité... #israël

  • Trump administration nixes funding for Palestinian security forces from 2021 budget
    Amir Tibon Washington, D.C. - Feb 11, 2020- Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-trump-administration-cuts-funds-for-palestinian-security-forces-fr

    WASHINGTON – The Trump administration excluded funding for the Palestinian Security Services in its budget request for the 2021 fiscal year, after 27 years of bipartisan support and Israeli backing.

    The budget request does include, however, $200 million for a “Diplomatic Progress Fund” that could be used to support the administration’s Mideast plan, unveiled two weeks ago. Some of that money, according to the State Department, could go towards an “agreement to resume security assistance in the West Bank.” But such an agreement would likely require the PA to accept the Trump plan.

    For the past 27 years, Republican and Democratic administrations have provided funding for the for the PA’s security services, which operate under Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and work in coordination with Israel to thwart terror attacks in the West Bank. Israel has advocated over the years for continuous American funding for the PA services because it views the coordination with them as a security asset.

    For the first three years of Donald Trump’s presidency, U.S. security assistance to the PA was the only form of aid to the Palestinians not eliminated by the American administration. The PA decided to boycott the Trump administration at the end of 2017, following Trump’s declaration that he has “taken Jerusalem off the table” by recognizing the city as the capital of Israel. The administration retaliated by cutting all aid to the Palestinians, including to hospitals and economic projects in East Jerusalem.

    Even when it punished the Palestinians for their reaction to the Jerusalem declaration, the administration still didn’t cut the security assistance budget, which amounted to $75 million in the current fiscal year. But the administration’s new budget request, which was published on Monday, changes that, and marks the first time that the administration is allocating no funding at all for the PA security services.

    This is likely another form of diplomatic punishment against the Palestinian Authority, this time over its rejection of the administration’s Mideast plan to redraw the borders of Israel, which was published two weeks ago. The plan was unveiled by Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu six weeks before the March 2 Israeli election, and just hours after three criminal indictments against Netanyahu were officially submitted to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court.

    In November 2019, Axios reported that Israeli officials asked the Trump administration to continue funding the PA security services, but Trump refused, saying Netanyahu’s government should pay for those forces if their activity was so important to Israel. American support for the security services has also been complicated by the “Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act,” a law that passed Congress in 2018 and could expose the PA to massive lawsuits in the United States if it accepts any form of U.S. assistance.

    #deal_du_siècle #financement_occupation

  • #AIPAC must stop Bernie #Sanders – at all costs - U.S. News - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-aipac-must-stop-bernie-sanders-at-all-costs-1.8512287

    At a time of unprecedented hyper-partisanship, and with the possibility that support for Israel will be a point of partisan contention in the fall presidential campaign - especially if the Democrats nominate Bernie Sanders, it’s hard to see how AIPAC can continue to navigate between the parties. It just isn’t possible to attack Democrats who are anti-Israel without sounding pro-Trump.

    While it’s easy to criticize the pro-Israel lobby for its missteps, the real problem is that at a time when Democrats are divided on Israel and Trump is tilting hard toward the Jewish state all the time, AIPAC is just being asked to do something that may no longer be possible.

    #sans_vergogne