• Algérie / Nouvelle-Calédonie – destins croisés
    Interview de Joseph Andras dans @cqfd : « On peut toujours arracher une bataille, trouver une brèche »

    par Emilien Bernard, illustré par Baptiste Alchourroun

    L’écrivain Joseph Andras en est convaincu : l’histoire officielle est un leurre. Qu’il s’agisse de la lutte indépendantiste en Nouvelle-Calédonie ou de la guerre d’Algérie, ce sont les dominants qui l’écrivent. Lui s’inscrit dans une démarche inverse, donnant la parole à ceux qui s’en sont vu privés pour n’avoir pas courbé l’échine


  • Une affaire relativement petite et technique, mais qui démontre le recul des anti-BDS aux États-Unis, pourtant pays leader en la matière :

    Les sénateurs américains rejettent la loi anti-BDS et pro-Israël
    Maannews, le 10 janvier 2019

    Traduction de :

    US Senators vote down anti-BDS, pro-Israeli bill
    Maannews, le 10 janvier 2019

    A regrouper avec un autre recul aux Etats-Unis :

    Former legislator in Maryland sues state over anti-BDS law
    Middle East Eye, le 9 janvier 2019

    #BDS #USA #Palestine

  • 24 janvier : Dr. Jill Stein

    US has backed right-wing coups up and down Latin America for 100+ years. Not one was about democracy. All have been to enrich the global elite. But we’re supposed to believe this time in Venezuela - which has the world’s largest oil reserves - is different?

    Tulsi Gabbard, 24 janvier :

    The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don’t want other countries to choose our leaders—so we have to stop trying to choose theirs.

    Le Représentant Ro Khanna le 24 janvier :

    With respect Senator Durbin, the US should not anoint the leader of the opposition in Venezuela during an internal, polarized conflict. Let us support Uruguay, Mexico, & the Vatican’s efforts for a negotiated settlement & end sanctions that are making the hyperinflation worse.

    Important : Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a retouité le message de Ro Khanna. Ça a été sa première intervention sur le Vénézuela.

    Ocasio-Cortez a ensuite retouité ce message de John Hudson commentant la nomination d’Eliot Abrams :

    Mike Pompeo just named Eliot Abrams his new special envoy for Venezuela. Abrams plead guilty to withholding information from Congress about the Iran-Contra affair. Pompeo says Abrams will be in charge of “all things related to our efforts to restore Democracy in Venezuela.”

    Ilhan Omar, le 25 janvier :

    We cannot hand pick leaders for other countries on behalf of multinational corporate interests. The legislature cannot seize power from the President, and Venezuela’s Supreme Court has declared their actions unconstitutional.
    https://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/24/former_un_expert_the_us_is …

    suivi de :

    If we really want to support the Venezuelan people, we can lift the economic sanctions that are inflicting suffering on innocent families, making it harder for them to access food and medicines, and deepening the economic crisis.

    We should support dialogue, not a coup!

    Pour l’anecdote (intéressante), Rania Khalek a commenté l’intervention d’Ilan Omar ainsi :

    This is the best and most detailed statement I’ve seen so far from a Democrat on Venezuela. @IlhanMN as well as her other colleagues who spoke out should be commended for opposing Trump’s coup attempt, this will surely provoke malicious attacks from the pro-war crowd. Very brave

    Message repris par Omar avec la réponse :


    Alors tu t’en doutes, depuis c’est le déferlement de bouffées délirantes.

  • Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog who detailed Israeli firm NSO’s link to #Khashoggi scandal

    Operatives with fake identities are pursuing members of #Citizen_Lab, the group that uncovered the connection between Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and Israel’s surveillance company #NSO
    The Associated Press | Jan. 26, 2019 | 4:19 PM

    The researchers who reported that Israeli software was used to spy on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s inner circle before his gruesome death are being targeted in turn by international undercover operatives, The Associated Press has found.

    Twice in the past two months, men masquerading as socially conscious investors have lured members of the Citizen Lab internet watchdog group to meetings at luxury hotels to quiz them for hours about their work exposing Israeli surveillance and the details of their personal lives. In both cases, the researchers believe they were secretly recorded.

    Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert described the stunts as “a new low.”

    “We condemn these sinister, underhanded activities in the strongest possible terms,” he said in a statement Friday. “Such a deceitful attack on an academic group like the Citizen Lab is an attack on academic freedom everywhere.”

    Who these operatives are working for remains a riddle, but their tactics recall those of private investigators who assume elaborate false identities to gather intelligence or compromising material on critics of powerful figures in government or business.

    Citizen Lab, based out of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, has for years played a leading role in exposing state-backed hackers operating in places as far afield as Tibet , Ethiopia and Syria . Lately the group has drawn attention for its repeated exposés of an Israeli surveillance software vendor called the NSO Group, a firm whose wares have been used by governments to target journalists in Mexico , opposition figures in Panama and human rights activists in the Middle East .

    In October, Citizen Lab reported that an iPhone belonging to one of Khashoggi’s confidantes had been infected by the NSO’s signature spy software only months before Khashoggi’s grisly murder. The friend, Saudi dissident Omar Abdulaziz, would later claim that the hacking had exposed Khashoggi’s private criticisms of the Saudi royal family to the Arab kingdom’s spies and thus “played a major role” in his death.

    In a statement, NSO denied having anything to do with the undercover operations targeting Citizen Lab, “either directly or indirectly” and said it had neither hired nor asked anyone to hire private investigators to pursue the Canadian organization. “Any suggestion to the contrary is factually incorrect and nothing more than baseless speculation,” NSO said.

    NSO has long denied that its software was used to target Khashoggi, although it has refused to comment when asked whether it has sold its software to the Saudi government more generally.

    The first message reached Bahr Abdul Razzak, a Syrian refugee who works as a Citizen Lab researcher, Dec. 6, when a man calling himself Gary Bowman got in touch via LinkedIn. The man described himself as a South African financial technology executive based in Madrid.

    “I came across your profile and think that the work you’ve done helping Syrian refugees and your extensive technical background could be a great fit for our new initiative,” Bowman wrote.

    Abdul Razzak said he thought the proposal was a bit odd, but he eventually agreed to meet the man at Toronto’s swanky Shangri-La Hotel on the morning of Dec. 18.

    The conversation got weird very quickly, Abdul Razzak said.

    Instead of talking about refugees, Abdul Razzak said, Bowman grilled him about his work for Citizen Lab and its investigations into the use of NSO’s software. Abdul Razzak said Bowman appeared to be reading off cue cards, asking him if he was earning enough money and throwing out pointed questions about Israel, the war in Syria and Abdul Razzak’s religiosity.

    “Do you pray?” Abdul Razzak recalled Bowman asking. “Why do you write only about NSO?” ’’Do you write about it because it’s an Israeli company?" ’’Do you hate #Israel?"

    Abdul Razzak said he emerged from the meeting feeling shaken. He alerted his Citizen Lab colleagues, who quickly determined that the breakfast get-together had been a ruse. Bowman’s supposed Madrid-based company, FlameTech, had no web presence beyond a LinkedIn page, a handful of social media profiles and an entry in the business information platform Crunchbase. A reverse image search revealed that the profile picture of the man listed as FlameTech’s chief executive, Mauricio Alonso, was a stock photograph.

    “My immediate gut feeling was: ’This is a fake,’” said John Scott-Railton, one of Abdul Razzak’s colleagues.

    Scott-Railton flagged the incident to the AP, which confirmed that FlameTech was a digital facade.

    Searches of the Orbis database of corporate records, which has data on some 300 million global companies, turned up no evidence of a Spanish firm called FlameTech or Flame Tech or any company anywhere in the world matching its description. Similarly, the AP found no record of FlameTech in Madrid’s official registry or of a Gary Bowman in the city’s telephone listings. An Orbis search for Alonso, the supposed chief executive, also drew a blank. When an AP reporter visited Madrid’s Crystal Tower high-rise, where FlameTech claimed to have 250 sq. meters (2,700 sq. feet) of office space, he could find no trace of the firm and calls to the number listed on its website went unanswered.

    The AP was about to publish a story about the curious company when, on Jan. 9, Scott-Railton received an intriguing message of his own.

    This time the contact came not from Bowman of FlameTech but from someone who identified himself as Michel Lambert, a director at the Paris-based agricultural technology firm CPW-Consulting.

    Lambert had done his homework. In his introductory email , he referred to Scott-Railton’s early doctoral research on kite aerial photography — a mapping technique using kite-mounted cameras — and said he was “quite impressed.

    We have a few projects and clients coming up that could significantly benefit from implementing Kite Aerial Photography,” he said.

    Like FlameTech, CPW-Consulting was a fiction. Searches of Orbis and the French commercial court registry Infogreffe turned up no trace of the supposedly Paris-based company or indeed of any Paris-based company bearing the acronym CPW. And when the AP visited CPW’s alleged office there was no evidence of the company; the address was home to a mainly residential apartment building. Residents and the building’s caretaker said they had never heard of the firm.

    Whoever dreamed up CPW had taken steps to ensure the illusion survived a casual web search, but even those efforts didn’t bear much scrutiny. The company had issued a help wanted ad, for example, seeking a digital mapping specialist for their Paris office, but Scott-Railton discovered that the language had been lifted almost word-for-word from an ad from an unrelated company seeking a mapping specialist in London. A blog post touted CPW as a major player in Africa, but an examination of the author’s profile suggests the article was the only one the blogger had ever written.

    When Lambert suggested an in-person meeting in New York during a Jan. 19 phone call , Scott-Railton felt certain that Lambert was trying to set him up.

    But Scott-Railton agreed to the meeting. He planned to lay a trap of his own.

    Anyone watching Scott-Railton and Lambert laughing over wagyu beef and lobster bisque at the Peninsula Hotel’s upscale restaurant on Thursday afternoon might have mistaken the pair for friends.

    In fact, the lunch was Spy vs. Spy. Scott-Railton had spent the night before trying to secret a homemade camera into his tie, he later told AP, eventually settling for a GoPro action camera and several recording devices hidden about his person. On the table, Lambert had placed a large pen in which Scott-Railton said he spotted a tiny camera lens peeking out from an opening in the top.

    Lambert didn’t seem to be alone. At the beginning of the meal, a man sat behind him, holding up his phone as if to take pictures and then abruptly left the restaurant, having eaten nothing. Later, two or three men materialized at the bar and appeared to be monitoring proceedings.

    Scott-Railton wasn’t alone either. A few tables away, two Associated Press journalists were making small talk as they waited for a signal from Scott-Railton, who had invited the reporters to observe the lunch from nearby and then interview Lambert near the end of the meal.

    The conversation began with a discussion of kites, gossip about African politicians, and a detour through Scott-Railton’s family background. But Lambert, just like Bowman, eventually steered the talk to Citizen Lab and NSO.

    “Work drama? Tell me, I like drama!” Lambert said at one point, according to Scott-Railton’s recording of the conversation. “Is there a big competition between the people inside Citizen Lab?” he asked later.

    Like Bowman, Lambert appeared to be working off cue cards and occasionally made awkward conversational gambits. At one point he repeated a racist French expression, insisting it wasn’t offensive. He also asked Scott-Railton questions about the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and whether he grew up with any Jewish friends. At another point he asked whether there might not be a “racist element” to Citizen Lab’s interest in Israeli spyware.

    After dessert arrived, the AP reporters approached Lambert at his table and asked him why his company didn’t seem to exist.
    He seemed to stiffen.

    “I know what I’m doing,” Lambert said, as he put his files — and his pen — into a bag. Then he stood up, bumped into a chair and walked off, saying “Ciao” and waving his hand, before returning because he had neglected to pay the bill.

    As he paced around the restaurant waiting for the check, Lambert refused to answer questions about who he worked for or why no trace of his firm could be found.

    “I don’t have to give you any explanation,” he said. He eventually retreated to a back room and closed the door.

    Who Lambert and Bowman really are isn’t clear. Neither men returned emails, LinkedIn messages or phone calls. And despite their keen focus on NSO the AP has found no evidence of any link to the Israeli spyware merchant, which is adamant that it wasn’t involved.

    The kind of aggressive investigative tactics used by the mystery men who targeted Citizen Lab have come under fire in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. Black Cube, an Israeli private investigation firm apologized after The New Yorker and other media outlets revealed that the company’s operatives had used subterfuge and dirty tricks to help the Hollywood mogul suppress allegations of rape and sexual assault.

    Scott-Railton and Abdul Razzak said they didn’t want to speculate about who was involved. But both said they believed they were being steered toward making controversial comments that could be used to blacken Citizen Lab’s reputation.

    “It could be they wanted me to say, ’Yes, I hate Israel,’ or ’Yes, Citizen Lab is against NSO because it’s Israeli,’” said Abdul Razzak.
    Scott-Railton said the elaborate, multinational operation was gratifying, in a way.

    “People were paid to fly to a city to sit you down to an expensive meal and try to convince you to say bad things about your work, your colleagues and your employer,” he said.

    “That means that your work is important.”

  •  » Israeli Soldiers Kill One Palestinian, Injure 30, Near Ramallah
    IMEMC News - January 26, 2019 6:39 PM

    Israeli soldiers killed, Saturday, one Palestinian and injured at least 30 others, after a group of illegal colonialist settlers attempted to invade the northern part of the al-Mughayyir village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and were intercepted by the villagers.

    The Palestinian Health Ministry said the Palestinian, identified as Hamdi Taleb Sa’ada Na’san , 38, was shot with a live round in his back, and the bullet was logged in the upper abdomen.

    The Palestinian was rushed to Palestine Medical Complex, in Ramallah, but died from his very serious wounds.

    The soldiers also injured at least thirty other Palestinians, among them six who were shot with live fire, including one who suffered a very serious injury.

    One of the wounded Palestinians was shot with a live round in his mouth, before he was rushed to the Istishari hospital, in Ramallah, in a moderate-but-stable condition.


    A Palestinian Civilian Killed by Israeli Settlers

    At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 26 January 2019, a group of Israeli settlers moved into al-Moghayer village, northeast of Ramallah, and rioted on the streets while opening fire at several houses; 2 of them belonged to Jamal ‘Ali al-Na’asan and ‘Abdullah al-Na’asan, breaking all the houses’ windows.
    Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered to throw stones, empty bottles and Molotov Cocktails at them. In response, the settlers immediately and randomly fired a barrage of bullets, wounding Hamdi Taleb al-Na’asan (38) with a bullet that entered his lower back, hit the lungs and then exited from the chest. As a result, Hamdi fell on the ground and was immediately taken via an ambulance belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where his death was declared in the ED due to arriving in a very critical condition.

    Following that, the Israeli forces moved into the village to provide protection for settlers and opened fire at the Palestinian protestors. As a result, 22 civilians were wounded with bullets and shrapnel; 8 of them were taken to the Palestine Medical Complex, 6 were taken to the Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Rihan Suburb, north of Ramallah, and 8 were taken to the medical center in nearby Termes’aya village. It should be mentioned that Hamdi al-Na’asan was a former prisoner in the Israeli jails, where he served an 8-year sentence. He was also married with 4 children; the youngest is only 1 year old.


    • Welcome to the Palestine Circus
      Gideon Levy Jan 27, 2019 3:38 AM

      A lethal weekend for Palestinians — four killed, from Rafah in the Gaza Strip to Ramallah in the West Bank — ended Saturday with the death of a farmer in his olive orchard, in the central West Bank village of Al-Mughayyir.

      It was the afternoon. Hamdi Na’asan and a few fellow villagers were about to finish tilling their fine olive orchard, downhill from the virulent outpost of Adei Ad. It is plowing season and the farmers were turning over the earth on their beautifully terraced orchard. At around 4 P.M., a group of armed settlers approached from the direction of Adei Ad and began attacking them in an effort to chase them off their land.

      That is the routine here in the land of the outposts, especially in Al-Mughayyir. I was in the village last week, and I saw the still and bleeding remains of 25 olive trees planted 35 years ago, cut down by electric saws, tree after tree, on Friday January 11, three days before the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat, sometimes called Jewish Arbor Day.

      Footprints led to the Mevo Shiloh outpost, whose residents took over a half-abandoned army barracks on the hill above Al-Mughayyir’s fields. For the past two months, villagers had gathered every Friday at their land to demand the removal of Mevo Shiloh. Its settlers graze their flocks on the village’s land and have carried out so-called price tag attacks in the village, vandalizing cars.

      On Saturday they came from Adei Ad. A few days before, villagers said they had somehow learned to live with Adei Ad, and their problem was with Mevo Shilo. This weekend it became clear to them that it was a choice between plague and cholera. One week the evil came from the east, from Mevo Shilo, a week later from the north, Adei Ad — a rotation of hate crimes coming from the outposts. You should have seen the fear of the residents as we drove to their orchards last week as we approached Mevo Shilo, to see the atmosphere of threats and terror with which they live.

      After the settlers came down and attacked them, the farmers phoned for help. They were utterly helpless: The army will always side with the settlers, of course. The residents also called the Palestinian liaison bureau but didn’t get any help. Military forces arrived, and soldiers and settlers began shooting live ammunition toward the farmers.

      Villagers deny claims that the settlers were attacked by farmers. Anyone familiar with the Shiloh Valley knows how difficult, impossible really, it is to believe such claims. The settlers descend upon fields that aren’t theirs for the sole purpose of evicting residents from their land and striking fear. That’s the aim, that’s the goal.

      The farmers and villagers who rushed to help them fled south, toward the village, as soldiers and settlers fired first tear gas, that enveloped the homes, and then live ammunition. They shot at them as they fled. Na’asan was shot in the back. The Israel Defense Forces said Saturday night that he was shot by a settler. It took an hour to bring him to the government hospital in Ramallah. An additional 15 villagers were wounded. Nine were admitted to the Ramallah hospital; three needed surgery.

      The view from Al-Mughayyir is gorgeous this time of year, a fertile valley, cultivated amazingly. Brown earth sprouting blossoming olive orchards and green fields. And here are the photographs of Na’asan’s death: His dead face and closed eyes, the small hole in his back, near his spine. He was 38, a father of four, a relative of Abed al Hai Na’asan, the owner of the orchard whose trees were cut down, with whom we went last week to witness the damage and his pain.

      Thus fell the village’s first victim since the start of its popular protest, and he will probably not be the last.

    • UN Mladenov condemns Israeli settler killing of Palestinian father
      Jan. 27, 2019 12:36 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 27, 2019 1:08 P.M.)

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, condemned in a tweet the Israeli settlers’ killing of a Palestinian father during an attack on al-Mughayyir village, on Saturday.

      Mladenov posted in a tweet, “Today’s violence in al-Mughayyir is shocking and unacceptable!”

      He added, “Israel must put an end to settler violence & bring those responsible to justice.”

      “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the #Palestinian man killed and those injured… All must condemn violence, stand up to terror,” he stressed.

    • Hamdi Naasan, un père de quatre enfants, assassiné par les colons
      Annelies Keuleers - 28 janvier 2019 – Al-Jazeera – Traduction : Chronique de Palestine

      Nikolay Mladenov, l’envoyé des Nations Unies au Moyen-Orient, appelle Israël à traduire en justice les assassins du Palestinien Hamdi Naasan.

      L’envoyé de l’ONU au Moyen-Orient a qualifié le meurtre d’un Palestinien par les colons israéliens en Cisjordanie occupée de « choquant et inacceptable ».

      Nikolay Mladenov a appelé dimanche Israël à « mettre fin à la violence des colons et à traduire les responsables en justice ».

      Hamdi Naasan, âgé de 38 ans, a succombé à ses blessures samedi près du village d’Al Mugheir après que des colons israéliens de la colonie illégale d’Adei Ad, située à proximité, aient tiré des coups de feu.

      Selon le ministère palestinien de la Santé, Naasan aurait reçu une balle de fusil dans le dos. Selon l’agence de presse Maan, au moins 30 autres Palestiniens ont été blessés, dont six par des tirs à balles réelles.

      Des milliers de personnes se sont rassemblées dans le village d’al-Mugheir pour assister aux funérailles de Naasan.

      L’armée israélienne a temporairement empêché les personnes en deuil d’atteindre le lieu de sépulture en érigeant un barrage routier entre l’autoroute et une route menant au village. Lors d’un affrontement qui a suivi, l’armée israélienne a kidnappé deux adolescents palestiniens.

  • Toward a democratic, not Jewish, state

    A civil alternative to the right’s doctrines – one God, one people, one land and one leader – is urgently needed, and whoever has the courage and inspiration to stand at this front will win it all
    Avraham Burg
    Jan 25, 2019 1


    The spirit in the election atmosphere is the spirit of the time, the insane Netanyahu spirit. That’s the wind blowing in the sails of his fervid supporters and defining his rivals. He is asking for the voters’ confidence to do more of the same and his opponents say “Just not Bibi.”
    Haaretz Weekly Ep. 13Haaretz

    For 35 years Israel has had no opposition. We have no experience and memories of alternative thinking anymore. There is nobody to offer a different kind of hope at the end of all the despair.

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    Many years ago I contended for the leadership of the Labor Party, which at the time was stuck in the mire of the national unity government. It was characterized by no governance and little unity. That is exactly where the destruction of democracy and the nationalization of the political discourse, together with its turn to ultra-nationalism, began.

    At the time I planned to take Labor out of the government, to turn it into a civil alternative to the right’s doctrines – one God, one people, one land and one leader. I was told then: Your ideas are premature. Today I’m telling us all: In a moment it will be too late. Because this is exactly what is urgently needed, even more than before.

    In this sense Avi Gabbay is absolutely right to make the public commitment he is making – not to join Netanyahu’s next government. But this is an empty commitment. It deals with title and status, not with content. To replace Netanyahuism one must present a comprehensive, complete worldview.

    The right of recent years stands on five legs: sowing of fear, Jewish supremacy, abandonment of Western values, systematic weakening of the institutions of law and divisiveness.
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    After so many years of such thorough indoctrination it’s not enough to say “I won’t sit in the same government with him.” It must be self-evident – what’s needed is to “turn from evil.” But what does it mean to “do good,” what is the ideological content that will heal Israel from Netanyahu’s curse?

    The renewal of Israel must stand on a foundation of civil equality. There is no other supreme value capable of uniting the variety of our identities, with absolute commitment to a democratic way of life. To achieve it we must set up a coalition for civil equality including various parties, movements and interests, all of which have one ultimate goal: changing Israeli discourse from ethnic domination to equal citizenship for all. The coalition’s agenda should include:

    Redefining Israel from “a Jewish-democratic state” to “a constitutional democracy in which part of the Jewish people has established its sovereignty, and which belongs to all its citizens.”
    Proposing a civil constitution including complete civil equality, secularizing the public sphere, separating state from religion, a fair distribution of public resources and decent, fair “rules of the game.”
    Significantly minimizing the Law of Return and closing all the automatic fast tracks granted on the basis of (at times dubious) genetic connection to the Jewish collective.
    Changing the Israeli security concept, from the obsessive amassing of power to the constant striving for long-term political arrangements, including with the Palestinian people.
    Waiving the monopolies and privileges of Israel and the Jews between the Jordan River and the sea. Turning it into a shared space as much as possible, in which every person is entitled to the same rights and every nation has the right to self-determination and confederate partnership in every walk of life.
    Implementing a policy of affirmative action and justice to redress past iniquities to the excluded and discriminated-against populations in Israel, centering on the Arab population, until the goals of civil equality are met.

    Yes, all these things mean a painful parting from the Jewish comfort and supremacy zones. It’s a dramatic evolution from the ideas of 1948 and 1967 to a new model of society, in a world of populistic madness stretching from Washington to Ankara and from Moscow to Balfour Street in Jerusalem.

    Anyone who has the courage and inspiration to stand at this front, and is ready to pay the price, will win it all. And make all of us winners.

  • » Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Teen Near Ramallah
    IMEMC News - January 26, 2019 3:41 AM

    Israeli soldiers killed, on Friday evening, a Palestinian teen, only 17 years of age, from Silwad town, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and wounded another Palestinian, in addition to moderately injuring a young man in ar-Reesan Mountain area, west of Ramallah.

    Palestinian medical sources said a soldier, stationed in a fortified military tower, shot Ayman Ahmad Othman Hamed , 17, from Silwan town, with a live round in his chest.

    The soldier was in the fortified military tower, which was installed by the army near Ein Yabrud nearby village.

    After shooting the Palestinian, several soldiers surrounded him, and later allowed Red Crescent medics to approach him. His corpse was then moved to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

    The soldiers also shot young man with a live round in his arm, before he was rushed to a hospital.


  • Israeli police shoot, kill Palestinian in Jerusalem
    Jan. 26, 2019 10:07 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 26, 2019 10:07 A.M.)

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli police during a high-speed chase, on predawn Saturday, near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, in the central occupied West Bank.

    The Israeli police said in a statement that they opened fire towards a suspicious vehicle near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem under the pretext of posing a threat to members of the Israeli police situated in the area.

    The statement added that the Palestinian was a West Bank resident and entered Jerusalem without an Israeli entry permit.

    Palestinian security sources identified the killed Palestinian as Riyad Muhammad Hamad Shamasneh , from the Qatanna village, northwest of the Jerusalem district.


    • Israel returns body of killed Palestinian to family
      Jan. 30, 2019 11:42 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2019 12:18 P.M.)

      RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Israeli authorities returned the body of a killed Palestinian, on Tuesday evening, near the Ofer detention center in western Ramallah City in the occupied central West Bank.

      A Ma’an reporter confirmed that Israel returned the body of Riyad Shamasneh, from the Qatanna village northwest of Jerusalem, to his family.

      Shamasneh was shot and killed by Israeli police following a high-speed chase, on predawn Saturday, near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

      Shamasneh’s body was taken to the Forensic Medicine Department at the Al-Quds University for an autopsy.

      Funeral procession for Shamasneh is planned to take place on Wednesday afternoon in Qatanna.

  • Le fabriquant du LBD 40 sur un volcan | Reflets.info

    Selon le fabriquant, le LBD 40 GL06 touche sa cible avec une marge d’erreur de 10 centimètres à 50 mètres (sans le viseur EOTech). En outre, le fabriquant souligne que son arme, lorsque dotée d’un viseur laser en fait un outil utilisable par des tireurs peu expérimentés. En l’occurence, B & T fait référence à un pointeur laser. Un outil qui permet de dessiner un point rouge dans le viseur, sur la cible. Selon EOTech, qui équipe en fait les LBD français, le point rouge est bien moins précis que son viseur holographique. Ce dernier dessine un cercle rouge avec un point au centre. Il permet de viser avec les deux yeux ouverts et permet d’estimer la distance de la cible.

    C’est donc en appuyant sur les munitions que B & T tente de s’en sortir. Selon Brügger & Thomet, Paris n’utilise pas ses munitions : « le LBD40 GL06, en combinaison avec les cartouches SIR fabriquées par nous, présente une bonne précision et un faible risque de blessures (...) les munitions utilisées en France n’ont pas été conçues, fabriquées ni livrées par B&T AG. ».
    C’est vrai. Les munitions françaises sont fabriquées par la société Alsetex, dont le site Web fait preuve d’une pudeur de jeune fille tant il est vide de toute information, en dépit d’un certain nombre de mauvaises pratiques.
    Ces munitions sont-elles moins souples que celles de B & T ? Plus dangereuses ? Moins précises ? La question mérite d’être posée et un comparatif de tirs tant pour la précision que pour les effets s’impose. Le défenseur des droits, en pointe depuis des années sur l’usage du LBD serait sans doute bien inspiré de s’intéresser à ce point en particulier. Une seule certitude : comme nous l’avions écrit précédemment, les blessés éborgnés par les forces de l’ordre ne le sont pas par accident.

    • https://www.bt-ag.ch/site/eng/news

      Statement on the use of GL06 in France / Avis sur l’utilisation du GL06 en France
      Version française si-dessous

      In various media, accusations are being levelled at the company B&T AG in connection with the use of the LBD40 in France. These accusations falsely state that the munitions used, which are regarded as dangerous or unfit for use, were manufactured and delivered by B&T. Furthermore, the LBD40 launcher (B&T designation: GL06) has been assessed as being imprecise and dangerous.

      To this end, we must assert that the munitions used in France were neither designed, manufactured nor delivered by B&T AG. Therefore, we cannot assess the risk potential of the munitions used in France. However, we must make it clear in this context that the munitions used in each case constitute a substantial proportion with regard to the action and precision.

      B&T AG can confirm that the launchers used in France were produced by B&T AG and exported to France properly according to the legal regulations with an approved export license. Regarding the accusations that the device is imprecise and dangerous, we must assert that – as mentioned previously – the munitions used are primarily responsible for action and precision. To attribute poor precision and an increased risk of injury to the launcher is therefore technically wrong. Therefore, the launcher cannot fundamentally be assessed to be an imprecise and dangerous device.

      B&T AG knows that the LBD40 or GL06 together with the SIR cartridges that we manufacture shows good precision and a low risk of injury. The SIR cartridge is, however, not being used in France. The risk potential of our SIR cartridge was assessed by Swiss Police forces and was approved for use. When used correctly (GL06/SIR), a low risk of injury can be assumed. Regarding these findings and the experience of the user that by using this system, individual aggressors (e.g. those throwing stones or Molotov cocktails) can be approached in a targeted way and thus a huge crowd of peaceful protestors is affected as little as possible, in recent years has led to the GL06 System with SIR impulse cartridge superseding or supplementing older products with higher risks of injury or more harmful effects for the masses, such as batons, rubber bullets and tear gas in the crowd control services.

      To conclude, it must be asserted that the LBD40 (GL06), together with the SIR munitions manufactured by B&T, is a precise and effective product that comes with little risk of injury. When using munitions of thirdparty manufacturers, in some cases precision decreases and the risk of injury rises significantly.

      Version française

      En ce moment, l’on voit dans divers médias des accusations adressées à la société B&T AG en relation avec l’utilisation du LBD40 en France. Ces accusations prétendent à tort que les munitions utilisées, considérées comme dangereuses ou impropres, ont été fabriquées et livrées par B&T. En outre, le lanceur LBD40 (désignation de B&T: GL06) est jugé imprécis et dangereux.

      Nous devons insister à cet égard, que les munitions utilisées en France n’ont pas été conçues, fabriquées ni livrées par B&T AG. Par conséquent, nous ne pouvons pas juger le danger potentiel des munitions utilisées en France. Toutefois, il doit être souligné à ce propos que les munitions utilisées exercent une influence substantielle sur les effets et la précision.

      B&T AG peut confirmer que les lanceurs utilisés en France ont été produits et exportés correctement par B&T AG conformément aux dispositions législatives et accompagnés d’une autorisation d’exportation approuvée. En ce qui concerne les accusations d’imprécision et de dangerosité de l’appareil, nous devons prendre en compte le fait que, comme nous l’avons déjà dit, les munitions utilisées portent la principale responsabilité des effets et de la précision. C’est pourquoi il est techniquement faux d’accuser le lanceur de la mauvaise précision et du risque de blessures élevé. Par conséquent, le lanceur ne peut pas être jugé comme fondamentalement imprécis et dangereux.

      B&T sait que le LBD40, resp. GL06, en combinaison avec les cartouches SIR fabriquées par nous, présente une bonne précision et un faible risque de blessures. Les cartouches SIR ne sont pas employées en France. Les police cantonales de Suisse ont évalué le potentiel de risque de nos cartouches SIR et les autorisées pour l’emploi. En cas d’utilisation adéquate du système (GL06/SIR), l’on peut s’attendre à un risque de blessures faible. Ce constat et les expériences des utilisateurs confirmant que ce système permet d’aborder les agresseurs isolés (p. ex, lanceurs de pierres ou de cocktails Molotov) de façon ciblée et de limiter au maximum les dégâts collatéraux pour des groupes de manifestants pacifiques de toute taille ont eu pour résultat ces dernières années que le système GL06 avec les cartouches à impulsion SIR a remplacé ou complété dans le domaine du service d’ordre les anciens moyens d’intervention à risques de blessures plus élevés ou à effets nocifs pour les masses, comme la matraque, les balles en caoutchouc et la gaz lacrymogène.

      Pour résumer, force est de constater que le LBD40 (GL06), en association avec les munitions SIR fabriquées par B&T, est un moyen d’intervention précis et efficace avec un faible risque de blessures. En cas d’utilisation de munitions des autres fabricants, il y a le risque que la précision baisse et le risque de blessures augmente considérablement.


    La Tate Modern de Londres propose une belle rétrospective consacrée aux artistes du Réalisme magique sous la République de Weimar. Leurs travaux montrent les traumatismes de la Grande guerre, les reflets de la crise générale de la trop fragile République allemande, les pulsions érotiques ou encore le redoutable humour jaune et noir qui protégeait leurs âmes. L’expression éclatée de leurs fissures intimes bouleverse le visiteur. (Cette époque artistique me passionne.) On peut y admirer des œuvres de Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Georg Grosz, Conrad Felixmüller, Rudolf Schlichter, Jeanne Mammen, Otto Rudolf Schatz...
    L’exposition a lieu jusqu’au 14 juillet 2019 et l’entrée est libre. Si vous êtes à Londres, vous n’avez donc aucune excuse.

  • On 44th  Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian and Wound 117 Others, including 25 Children, 3 Women and 3 Paramedics
    Palestinian Center for Human Rights l January 25, 2019

    On Friday evening, 25 January 2019, in excessive use of force against peaceful protesters on the 44th Friday of the March of Return and Breaking the Siege, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 117 others, including 25 children, 3 women and 3 paramedics, in eastern Gaza Strip.

    According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, though the demonstrators were around tens of meters away from the border fence, the Israeli forces who stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence continued to use excessive force against the demonstrators by opening fire and firing teargas canisters at them. As a result, many of the demonstrators were hit with bullets and teargas canisters to their head without posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.

    On this Friday, the Israeli forces have increasingly targeted the medical personnel in the field and wounded 3 of them, including 2 paramedics in eastern Gaza City and another paramedic in eastern Jabalia. All of this indicates an Israeli systematic policy to target the medical personnel and obstruct their humanitarian action that is guaranteed with protection under the international humanitarian law.
    In Khan Yunis, the Israeli forces pumped wastewater at the demonstrators. The Israeli shooting, which continued at around 17:00, resulted in the killing of Ihab ‘Atallah Hussain ‘Abed (24), from Rafah. Ihab was hit with a live bullet to the chest while participating in demonstrations in eastern Rafah. (...)

    #Palestine_assassinée #marcheduretour 44

  • Un spot électoral israélien se vante que les bombardements sur Gaza l’ait ramenée à « l’âge de pierre »
    Par Ali Abunimah, 21 janvier 2019 | Traduction : J. Ch. pour l’Agence Média Palestine | Source : The Electronic Intifada

    Benny Gantz, ancien chef de l’armée israélienne, se vante de la quantité de morts et de destructions qu’il a provoqués à Gaza dans une série de vidéos de campagne pour son nouveau parti politique publiées sur YouTube et les réseaux sociaux au cours du week-end.

    Gantz espère remplacer Benjamin Netanyahu au poste de premier ministre d’Israël dans les élections programmées pour avril.

    L’une des vidéos, ci-dessus, montre les images prises par un drone d’un quartier dévasté de Gaza en août 2014 après les 51 jours d’attaque israélienne sur le territoire.

    Dans le titre de la vidéo, on lit « Des parties de Gaza sont retournées à l’âge de pierre ».

    Sur fond de musique emphatiquement dramatique, les légendes sur l’écran annoncent : « 6.231 cibles détruites » et « 1.364 terroristes tués ».

    Le spot déclare alors que ce carnage a procuré « 3 à 5 ans de tranquillité ». (...)

    #indécence #sansvergogne

  • La réponse policière aux manifestations est-elle proportionnée ?
    Par Guillaume Naudin | Diffusion : jeudi 24 janvier 2019
    La réponse policière aux manifestations est-elle proportionnée ?

    Pour en débattre :
    – David Dufresne, écrivain, documentariste, auteur de Maintien de l’ordre (Ed. Pluriel 2013)
    – Linda Kebbab, déléguée nationale unité SGP Police.



  • Des drones non identifiés photographient depuis des mois une base secrète israélienne – Site de la chaîne AlManar-Liban

    Des médias israéliens ont rapporté que des drones ont survolé ces derniers mois une base secrète de l’armée de l’air israélienne et en ont pris des images, sans que l’armée israélienne ne puisse en identifier les opérateurs en temps réel.

    Selon le site en ligne du journal Israel Hayom, proche du Premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu, ce sont les militaires stationnés sur cette base secrète qui avaient constaté de petits drones équipés de caméras qui photographiaient leurs activités. « Ils en ont informé leurs commandants, mais ni ces petits avions sans pilote ni ceux qui les ont téléguidés n’ont été identifiés », lit-on sur les colonnes du journal.

    Selon un autre site israélien, koi de 9 en Israël, Yoav Limor, un porte-parole de Tsahal, a confirmeé le mercredi 23 janvier qu’une base secrète de Tsahal a été filmée à plusieurs reprises ces derniers mois.
    Le site assure que cet événement inquiète énormément les commandants de la région ainsi que le quartier général de l’armée de l’air et les services de renseignements. D’autant que les tentatives de localisation des responsables n’ont pas porté de fruit.

  • Israël soumet à Macron les cartes des tunnels du Hezbollah à la frontière - L’Orient-Le Jour

    Israël est passé à la vitesse supérieure dans son épreuve de force avec le Liban au sujet des armes du Hezbollah, en lançant une offensive diplomatique occidentale contre ce qu’il considère être une menace à sa sécurité. Le quotidien israélien Haaretz rapportait ainsi hier que Tel-Aviv « a envoyé au Liban des messages très fermes, prévenant des conséquences des efforts constants du Hezbollah pour acquérir des missiles téléguidés de haute précision ». Le journal a ajouté que ces messages seront transmis par la France à Beyrouth où le président français, Emmanuel Macron, est normalement attendu entre le 11 et le 14 février, dans le cadre d’une tournée qui devrait également le mener en Irak.

    Le dossier du Hezbollah, la menace qu’il fait peser sur Israël et l’affaire des tunnels transfrontaliers au Liban-Sud ont été longuement évoqués mercredi par le président israélien, Reuven Rivlin, avec Emmanuel Macron, lors de leur entretien à l’Élysée. Le Haaretz précise à ce propos que Reuven Rivlin « dont les actions sont coordonnées avec le Premier ministre, Benjamin Netanyahu », était accompagné – « fait inhabituel », selon le journal – du commandant des forces aériennes israéliennes, le major-général Amikam Norkin, qui a « présenté au président français des cartes et des photos aériennes détaillant les changements intervenus dans le déploiement du Hezbollah ».

    Toujours selon le quotidien israélien, Reuven Rivlin a aussi fait savoir à son hôte que son pays considérait « les usines de missiles de haute précision du Hezbollah au Liban (dont la présence avait été dévoilée par Benjamin Netanyahu au cours de l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU, en septembre dernier) comme la plus grande menace pour sa sécurité et agirait pour les anéantir s’il le jugeait approprié ».

    Par ailleurs, cet article signé du quotidien libanais (de temps à autre maladroitement) francophone est un festival d’écriture journalistique tendancieuse. Par exemple, le passage du futur (seront présentés) au présent (soumet) dans le titre, entre autres biais assez énormes...

  • The sadists who destroyed a decades-old Palestinian olive grove can rest easy
    Another Palestinian village joins the popular protest, its inhabitants no longer able to bear attacks by settlers. Vandals have butchered a grove of 35-year-old olive trees in the village. The tracks led to a nearby settler outpost
    Gideon Levy and Alex Levac Jan 24, 2019

    Vandalism in an olive grove in the West Bank village of Al-Mughayyir. Credit Alex Levac

    Who are the human scum who last Friday drove all-terrain vehicles down to the magnificent olive grove owned by Abed al Hai Na’asan, in the West Bank village of Al-Mughayyir, chose the oldest and biggest row, and with electric saws felled 25 trees, one after another? Who are the human scum who are capable of fomenting such an outrage on the soil, the earth, the trees and of course on the farmer, who’s been working his land for decades? Who are the human scum who fled like cowards, knowing that no one would bring them to justice for the evil they had wrought?

    We’re unlikely ever to get the answers. The police are investigating, but at the wild outposts of the Shiloh Valley, and Mevo Shiloh in particular, where the perpetrators’ tracks led, they can go on sleeping in peace. No one will be arrested, no one will be interrogated, no one will be punished. That’s the lesson of past experience in this violent, lawless, settlers’ country.

    The story itself makes one’s blood boil, but only the sight of the violated grove brings home the scale of the atrocity, the pathological sadism of the perpetrators, the depth of the farmer’s pain upon seeing that his own God’s little acre was assaulted by the Jewish, Israeli, settlers, believers, destroyers – just three days before Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish Arbor Day, the holiday of the trees celebrated by the same people who destroyed his grove. This is how they express their love for the land, this is a reflection of the encroacher’s fondness for the earth and for nature.

    And on a boulder at the far end of the grove they left their calling card, smeared on a rock: a Star of David smeared in red, shamefaced, shameful, a Mark of Cain that stigmatizes everything it stands for, and next to it, the word “Revenge.” Revenge for what?

    The 25 felled trees lie like corpses after a massacre on the fertile brown, plowed earth. Twenty-five thick trunks stand bare and decapitated, their roots still deep in the earth, their tops gone, the work of a malicious hand – now mere dead lumber after years of having been tended, cultivated and irrigated. It was the most impressive row of trees in the grove; the destroyers moved along it with satanic deliberateness, sawing mercilessly. When, walking amid the stumps in the grove, the distraught owner Na’asan said that for him the act was tantamount to murder, his words made perfect sense. When we were just arriving there, his wife had phoned and begged him not to visit the grove, for fear he would not be able to abide the sight. Na’asan has cancer.

    In the briefcase of documents he always carries with him is a copy of the official complaint he submitted to the Binyamin district station of the Israel Police, despite the fact that he knows nothing will ever come of it, that it will be buried like every such complaint. Anyone who wanted to apprehend the rampagers could have done it that same day: Mevo Shiloh, where the tracks of the all-terrain vehicles led, is a small settler outpost – violent and brazen.

    The way to Al-Mughayyir, located south of Jenin, passes through the affluent town of Turmus Ayya, many of whose residents live most of the year in the United States, only visiting their splendid homes in the summer. The village, with a population of 3,500, is separated from the town by pasture land where sheep are now grazing. Everything is lushly green.

    Abed al Hai Na’asan, with a butchered olive tree. The people of Al-Mughayyir say their problems have never been with the army, only with the settlers. Credit : Alex Levac

    In the center of Al-Mughayyir, a few men are standing next to an official vehicle of the Palestinian Authority. Personnel from the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture have arrived to assess the damage suffered by the farmers; at best the ministry gives them a symbolic amount of compensation. Such is the deceptive semblance of a government that supposedly protects helpless farmers.

    Everyone in the village knows that the PA can do nothing. So, about two months ago, the residents launched a popular protest, just as citizens of other villages before them have done – from Kaddoum, Nabi Saleh, Bil’in, Na’alin and others. Every Friday, they gather on their land, which lies on the eastern side of the Allon Road, and are confronted by a large number of army and Border Police forces, who disperse them with great quantities of tear gas that hangs like a pall over Al-Mughayyir, and with rubber bullets, rounds of “tutu” bullets (live 0.22-caliber bullets). Then come the nighttime arrests. Overnight this past Sunday, the troops arrested another seven villagers who took part in the demonstrations; 35 locals are currently in detention. This is the method Israel uses to suppress every popular protest in the territories.

    According to the villagers, their sole demand is removal of the Mevo Shiloh outpost, which was established without a permit on a half-abandoned Israel Defense Forces base that overlooks their fields. The settlers burn the Palestininans’ fields, allow their sheep to graze on their land without permission, chase away the villagers’ flocks and perpetrate various “price tag” operations – hate crimes – against them.

    In the previous such assault, on November 25, eight cars were damaged. The graffiti, documented by Iyad Hadad, a field researcher for the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, leave little to the imagination: “Death to the Arabs,” “Enough administrative orders,” “Revenge,” “Price Tag” – and also the unfathomable “Regards to Nachman Rodan.”

    The people of Al-Mughayyir say their problems have never been with the army, only with the settlers. Here the war is for control of the land. It is a primeval, despairing war in which law, property rights and ownership play no part – what counts is the violence that can be perpetrated, under the aegis of the occupation authorities. When, one day, these people are forced to give up their land in the wake of the violence, the settlers will chalk up yet another impressive achievement in their effort to chop up the West Bank into separate and disconnected slices of territory. This week, when we drove across village land toward Mevo Shiloh, the villagers who rode with us begged us to turn around at once. So great is their fear of the settlers, that even when they crossed their fields in a car with Israeli plates, accompanied by Israelis, they were seized by dread.

    The home of Amin Abu Aaliya, head of the village council, is perched atop a high hill, overlooking all the houses in his village and the fertile valley where his lands lie. In the winter sun that shines on the holiday of the trees, he serves a local pastry stuffed with leaves of green za’atar (wild hyssop), baked by his wife, who doesn’t join us. When we ask him to “Tell her it was delicious,” he replies, “She mustn’t get a swelled head.”

    The view from the roof of his elegant home is indeed stunning. Scratchy music that blares from an old Citroen Berlingo down below heralds the arrival in the village of a vendor selling the sweet cotton candy known here as “girls’ hair.” In the middle of the village, young people are decorating one of the houses with flags of Fatah and Palestine: A resident of the village is due to return home today after serving two years in an Israeli prison, and a festive welcome is being prepared for him.

    The Allon Road, which was paved in the 1970s and runs north to south in the eastern part of the West Bank, with the aim of severing its territories from the Kingdom of Jordan, also separated Al-Mughayyir from most of its land, about 30,000 dunams (7,500 acres), located east of the road. The villagers grew used to that over the years. They also forgave the expropriation of land for the road and afterward for its widening. There is no safe place for them to cross the Allon Road with their herds, to access their land but they grew used to that, too. Sometimes the army blocks the dirt road that leads from the village to their land and they are cut off from it, unless they decide to take a long bypass route there. A matter of routine.

    The people of Al-Mughayyir also learned how to live with the former existence of the military base of Mevo Shiloh, which dominated their land. They even came to terms with the Adei Ad outpost, whose members also assaulted them. But then the IDF evacuated the base and the settlers seized it. An internet search reveals that the settlers were ostensibly removed from this outpost a few years ago. But mobile homes sprout from the high hill that overlooks the village’s fields, and alongside them, large structures used for farming. Mevo Shiloh is alive and kicking.

    The villagers say that the Civil Administration, a branch of the military government, promised them in the past that the outpost would be evacuated, but that didn’t happen. Lacking the funds to wage a legal battle, and not believing it would produce results anyway, they embarked on their Friday demonstrations.

    I asked whether they had first consulted with other locales that have waged similar struggles. “There was no need to,” the council head said. “You don’t need consultation when you are in the right. We feel unsafe on our own land. How are we to protect ourselves and our lands? It’s a natural reaction: Either to turn to violence or to popular protest. We chose the path of popular protest.”

    The dirt path that leads east from the village toward the Allon Road reflects the events here in the past two months. Empty canisters of the tear gas fired at the demonstrators hang from electrical cables, the ground is strewn with the remnants of scorched tires and with stone barriers. During the Friday protest two weeks ago, 30 villagers were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets. The troops film the demonstrators and raid the village at night to arrest them – standard procedure in the villages of the struggle. Close to 100 residents have been detained during the past two months.

    A dense cloud of tear gas hangs over Al-Mughayyir during the demonstrations and, according to council head Aaliya, even wafts upward to his house high on the hill. In some cases the settlers join the security forces to disperse the demonstrations, throwing stones at the protesters.

    Na’asan, whose trees were ravaged, arrives at Aaliya’s house and shows him a copy of the complaint he filed with the Binyamin police: “Confirmation of submission of complaint.” The space for the details of the incident is empty. The space for the place of the event contains the following, word for word: “Magir RM in the forest, nursery, grove, field.” The charge: “Damage to property maliciously.” Hebrew only, of course. “File No. 31237.”

    The police arrived at the grove last Friday, two hours after Na’asan discovered what had happened and reported it to the Palestinian Coordination and Liaison office. They said the ATV tracks seemed to lead to Mevo Shiloh. According to Na’asan, while the police were in the grove, a few settlers stood on the hill opposite and watched. The police are now investigating.

    About 20 members of Na’asan’s extended family subsist thanks to this grove, which before the attack boasted a total of 80 trees of different ages, all meticulously cultivated. Standing here now, he says he’ll have to clear away those that were felled and bandage the stumps against the cold. That’s the only way they will perhaps sprout new branches, which he will have to tend. It will take another 35 years for the grove to return to its former state. Na’asan is 62. This grove grew together with his children, he says. He knows there’s little chance he’ll be around to see it recover.

  • Une possible nomination française à l’ONU fait grincer des dents
    24 janvier 2019 Par Thomas Cantaloube

    François Zimeray (main tendue, au centre), accompagnant Emmanuel Macron lors de la visite de ce dernier au Danemark en août 2018. C’est après cette rencontre que le président aurait décidé d’appuyer la nomination de l’ambassadeur au HCDH. © Reuters

    L’ancien ambassadeur François Zimeray est soutenu par l’Élysée pour devenir haut-commissaire adjoint aux droits de l’homme de l’ONU. Une promotion que les ONG et certains diplomates au Quai d’Orsay souhaiteraient éviter, car le candidat est jugé trop proche du gouvernement israélien.
    Aujourd’hui, ceux qui alertent sur sa possible accession au poste d’adjoint de Michelle Bachelet, qui répond directement au secrétaire général des Nations unies, le font pour deux raisons : son entrisme et son indéfectible soutien à Israël. François Zimeray a fait toute une partie de sa carrière politique dans l’ombre de Laurent Fabius, dont il est très proche : il fut son témoin de mariage et maire du Petit-Quevilly, dans l’agglomération de Rouen, fief de l’ex-premier ministre. Avocat d’affaires reconverti dans l’humanitaire, il a été très actif dans les années 2000 pour mobiliser sur la question du Darfour aux côtés de Bernard-Henri Lévy et de Bernard Kouchner. Ostensiblement socialiste, il est néanmoins nommé en 2008 (sur ordre de l’Élysée occupé par Nicolas Sarkozy et de Kouchner) ambassadeur de France pour les droits de l’homme.
    François Zimeray remplit bien les trois cases moquées par la CFDT : ami, courtisan et réfugié du suffrage universel. De 1999 à 2004, il a été député européen, placé sur la liste socialiste par Fabius. Mais à la fin de son mandat, il n’est pas reconduit par le PS, qui choisit de l’écarter. Il a fait tiquer beaucoup de socialistes par ses prises de position systématiques en faveur d’Israël et par ses dénonciations de l’Autorité palestinienne. La plupart de ses interventions au Parlement européen concernent en effet ces sujets. Il s’y illustre notamment en dénonçant les manuels scolaires palestiniens, qu’il accuse de prêcher la haine, et pousse l’Office antifraude de l’Union européenne à ouvrir une enquête sur le financement du terrorisme via un détournement des aides budgétaires de l’Europe par l’Autorité palestinienne. Une enquête qui durera une année et ne soulèvera aucun lièvre.

    François Zimeray ne cache pas son amitié et son soutien à Israël et à la lutte contre l’antisémitisme. Il est le cofondateur du cercle Léon-Blum, qui remplace en marge du PS l’association Socialisme & Judaïsme, et du groupe MedBridge qui organise des conférences et surtout des voyages de députés européens en Israël, dans les territoires palestiniens et en Jordanie. Tout en prêchant la lutte contre l’antisémitisme (et parfois contre l’antisionisme, quand les deux ne sont pas confondus) et en faveur d’une paix équitable au Proche-Orient, ces organes sont perçus par beaucoup à gauche comme « des lobbys pro-israéliens », selon le mot d’un ancien élu socialiste qui a côtoyé Zimeray. « En soi, ce ne serait pas gênant s’il s’agissait de défendre Israël, mais, bien souvent, ces associations soutiennent les politiques du gouvernement israélien, qui a dérivé à l’extrême droite depuis vingt ans. » (...)

  • Prisonniers palestiniens attaqués : raids à la prison d’Ofer et résistance des prisonniers -
    23 Janvier 2019 | Source : Samidoun - Traduction : Coup pour coup 31

    Les unités spéciales israéliennes ont intensifié leur répression contre les prisonniers politiques palestiniens ces derniers jours. Ces attaques ont conduit à une manifestation de masse en cours à l’intérieur de la prison d’Ofer, appelée « la bataille de l’unité et de la dignité » par les prisonniers. Les forces répressives ont attaqué la section 17 de la prison d’Ofer le 20 janvier, suivie de la section 15 et d’autres sections le 21 janvier. La répression s’est poursuivie alors que la section 2 de la prison de Megiddo avait également subie une attaque par ces forces répressives, qui avaient prétendu installer des dispositifs de brouillage afin d’empêcher les communications par téléphone mobile.

    Ces raids violents ont impliqué l’utilisation de chiens, de matraques et de pistolets-mitrailleurs, des dégâts considérables et la confiscation des biens des prisonniers par les unités lourdement armées. Plus préoccupant encore, ces unités armées ont tiré des bombes lacrymogènes et des balles en métal recouvert de caoutchouc dans des locaux de prison fermés, mettant en danger la santé et même la vie des prisonniers. Environ 150 prisonniers palestiniens ont été blessés lors de ces attaques. Certains ont souffert des effets des gaz lacrymogènes, d’autres ont été meurtris et blessés, tandis que d’autres encore ont subi des fractures à la mâchoire, au nez ou à la tête. Il y a entre 1 000 et 1 200 prisonniers palestiniens détenus à Ofer, dont des centaines d’enfants palestiniens.

    Les forces israéliennes ont complètement fermé la prison, annulant les visites légales et les comparutions devant le tribunal. Les prisonniers ont continué leurs protestations en réponse. Les prisonniers refusent leurs repas et la promenade dans la cour. Mercredi 23 janvier, plusieurs prisonniers de premier plan, dont Ziad Bseiso et Mohammed Abu Armaneh, ont annoncé une grève de la faim, exigeant le rétablissement des conditions qui prévalaient avant le raid sur la prison d’Ofer. (...)

  • Une pétition devant la Cour suprême contre la loi sur l’État-nation : l’anti-arabisme porte atteinte aussi aux mizrahim [juifs-arabes] - [UJFP]
    Par Orly Noy. Article paru sur le site Si’ha Mekomit le 1er janvier 2019 et traduit de l’hébreu par Joëlle Marelli et Annie Ohayon.

    « Ma langue arabe est muette
    étranglée dans ma gorge
    elle s’insulte elle-même
    sans prononcer un mot
    dans l’air étouffant des refuges de mon âme
    elle se dissimule
    aux yeux des membres de ma famille
    derrière la jalousie de l’hébreu

    Ces lignes sont tirées de « Ma langue arabe est muette » d’Almog Behar, poète, écrivain et chercheur. Ce poème figure dans son intégralité en ouverture de la pétition exceptionnelle qui a été déposée ce matin [mardi 1er janvier 2018] devant la Cour suprême, contre la loi sur l’État-nation : environ cinquante Juives et Juifs [1] [israélien.nes] issu.es du monde arabo-musulman exigent le retrait de cette loi, non seulement parce qu’elle est « fondamentalement irrecevable, dommageable, humiliante et raciste, anti-démocratique et négatrice du statut de la minorité arabo-palestinienne en tant que minorité nationale en Israël, ou parce qu’elle instaure une hiérarchie et une inégalité sociales », mais aussi – et en cela réside la singularité de cette pétition – parce qu’il s’agit « d’une loi anti-juive, qui rejette l’histoire et la culture arabe, rabbinique et populaire contemporaine des Juifs issus des pays arabo-musulmans, qu’elle accroît l’infériorisation de la culture judéo-arabe dans l’espace public de l’État d’Israël et qu’elle défend au niveau constitutionnel la carte d’identité de l’État d’Israël comme État anti-arabe ».

    Parmi les signataires figurent notamment l’écrivain Sami Michael, le professeur [sociologue] Yehuda Shenhav, le professeur [sciences juridiques] Yossi Dahan, la professeure [sciences politiques et sociales] Henriette Dahan-Kalev, le militant associatif et ancien membre des Panthères noires [israéliennes] Reuven Abergil, l’artiste de spoken word et acteur Yossi Zabari. La pétition a été rédigée et déposée par l’avocate Netta Amar Shiff.

    Le texte de cette pétition, à l’élaboration de laquelle j’ai eu le privilège de participer et que j’ai signée, demande donc l’annulation de la loi sur l’État-nation dans sa totalité, tout en se référant plus spécifiquement à deux de ses articles : l’article 4, qui réduit le statut de l’arabe, de langue officielle à une langue « de statut particulier », et l’article 7, qui parle d’encourager et de perpétuer la colonisation juive.

    En outre la pétition exprime le regret que les mizrahim [2] , en tant que collectif, aient été tenus à l’écart du processus d’élaboration de la loi sur l’État-nation et que leur voix n’ait pas été entendue dans les débats qui l’ont précédée. Ceci en dépit du fait que cette loi a des conséquences immédiates et destructrices non seulement (bien que principalement) sur les citoyens palestiniens de l’État [d’Israël], mais aussi sur l’ensemble des mizrahim, en portant atteinte à leur droit de cultiver leur héritage, leurs attachements et leurs traditions culturelles et historiques ainsi que leurs liens avec l’espace où s’est formée leur identité culturelle, et que l’orientation anti-arabe dont témoigne la loi sur l’État-nation retentit également sur la situation des citoyens juifs originaires des pays arabes. (...)

  • « Si la dialyse cesse, mon fils mourra » : des vies d’enfants menacées par le manque de fuel à Gaza
    Middle East Eye | 21 janvier 2019

    GAZA, Territoires palestiniens occupés - Des parents et des membres du personnel de l’hôpital pour enfants al-Rantissi de Gaza ont fait part à MEE de leurs craintes alors que l’établissement est sur le point de manquer de carburant.

    Le ministère gazaoui de la Santé a averti ce week-end que la santé de centaines de patients de la bande assiégée était menacée en raison du blocus qu’Israël continue d’imposer à des fonds vitaux en provenance du Qatar.

    Ashraf al-Qedra, porte-parole du ministère, a déclaré que plusieurs hôpitaux risquaient d’arrêter leurs générateurs électriques en raison de la crise du carburant.

    « Nous parlons de centaines de patients, dont 800 patients souffrant d’insuffisance rénale et des dizaines d’enfants prématurés, de plus de 250 interventions chirurgicales par jour et de grossesses dangereuses, dont 150 césariennes », a précisé Qedra lors d’une conférence de presse ce dimanche.

    « Nous avons besoin de 300 000 litres de diesel tous les mois pour assurer le fonctionnement de nos services de santé. »

    Le Dr Mohammed Abu Salmiyyah, directeur général d’al-Rantissi, s’est exprimé pour MEE : « À l’hôpital al-Rantissi, nous avons un service de dialyse ouvert 24 heures sur 24 et un service pour les patients atteints de cancer. Il fait froid maintenant et le vent est glacial. Nous ne pouvons pas faire fonctionner le chauffage ou d’autres services connexes lorsque le courant [électrique] est coupé.

    « Nous risquons de perdre de nombreuses vies. Nous sommes confrontés à une crise majeure.

    « En plus des pénuries occasionnelles de médicaments, il y a un manque de traitements et une impossibilité de franchir les points de passage [pour sortir de Gaza].

    « Ceci est totalement contraire aux normes et aux lois internationales. Le patient doit se sentir en sécurité dans son lit d’hôpital. » (...)


  • Palestine : un activiste gagne son procès contre une base de données le liant au terrorisme |
    Middle East Eye | Richard Assheton et Jan-Peter Westad
    22 janvier 2019

    Le directeur d’une influente organisation palestinienne de lobbying a gagné sa bataille juridique concernant son inscription dans la base de données financière World-Check, qui l’a, à tort, lié au terrorisme.

    Dans une décision annoncée lundi, Majed al Zeer, directeur du Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), reconnu par les Nations unies pour sa campagne en faveur du droit au retour des réfugiés palestiniens, a été retiré de la catégorie « terrorisme » et a obtenu 10 000 livres sterling (environ 11 300 euros) de dommages et intérêts.

    Les avocats représentant Zeer, qui a également été indemnisé pour ses frais de justice, estiment qu’il a été ajouté sur World-Check en raison d’une proscription « à motivation politique » du gouvernement israélien.

    Selon eux, cette conclusion a « entamé » ce qu’ils ont présenté comme la tactique israélienne consistant à abuser des bases de données de diligence raisonnable à des fins politiques.

    « Il s’agit d’un moment historique pour la cause palestinienne », a déclaré Majed al Zeer à Middle East Eye.

    « C’est le premier pas pour que tous les Palestiniens ou ceux qui travaillent pour la Palestine relancent World-Check pour ses fausses informations, qui ont été diffusées partout afin d’empêcher la Palestine de devenir libre et les Palestiniens de revendiquer leurs droits. »

    @sinehebdo je le reposte car je ne retrouve pas ton commentaire

  • OCHA : Plus de 250 Palestiniens tués, 23 000 blessés dans les manifestations de Gaza - Traduction : Catherine G. pour l’Agence Média Palestine - Source : Maan News
    Maan 21 janvier 2019

    BETHLEEM (Ma’an) — Plus de 250 Palestiniens ont été tués par des tirs de l’armée israélienne et plus de 23 000 ont été blessés, depuis le début des manifestations de la « Grande Marche du retour » dans la bande de Gaza du 30 mars à la fin de l’année dernière, selon un rapport du Bureau des Nations Unies pour la coordination des questions humanitaires (OCHA) en territoire palestinien occupé.

    OCHA a publié un rapport ce lundi, indiquant que « depuis le 30 mars 2018, la bande de Gaza est le témoin d’une augmentation significative des victimes palestiniennes dans le contexte des manifestations de masse et d’autres activités le long de la barrière de séparation entre Israël et Gaza, dans le cadre de la Grande Marche du retour, ainsi que lors de combats et d’incidents relatifs à l’accès ».

    OCHA a confirmé que « 254 Palestiniens ont été tués à Gaza entre le 30 mars et le 31 décembre 2018, dont 180 tués pendant les manifestations de la Grande Marche du retour à la frontière entre Gaza et Israël et les autres dans d’autres circonstances, mais toujours par des tirs israéliens. Parmi eux, figurent 44 enfants et 4 femmes ».

    Le rapport ajoute que « 23 603 Palestiniens ont été blessés pendant la même période, presque tous pendant la Marche du retour ; ceci inclut 5183 jeunes garçons, 464 jeunes filles et 1437 femmes ». (...)

    #Bilan #marcheduretour

  • Activists block Israeli ’Apartheid Road’ near Jerusalem
    Jan. 23, 2019 5:38 P.M.

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian, Israeli and international activists shut down the recently opened “Apartheid Road” near Jerusalem, which separates Palestinian and Israeli drivers by a wall, on Wednesday.

    The Popular Struggle Coordination Committees (PSCC) said, in a press release, that dozens of activists closed the gates to the newly opened road.

    Israeli forces detained two protesters, while four others were injured as they (Israeli forces) attempted to re-open the road for traffic.

    Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called the highway “an example of the ability to create coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians while guarding (against) the existing security challenges.”

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) denounced the opening of the “Apartheid Road” and said, “It’s a shame on the international community to see an apartheid regime being established and deepened without doing anything to stop it.”

    The road, divided in the middle by a high concrete wall; the road’s western side serves Palestinians who cannot enter Jerusalem, whereas its eastern side serves Israeli settlers, is the first road to have a wall along its entire length, dividing Palestinian and Israeli drivers, however, the West Bank has many segregated roads.


    Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian And An Australian Peace Activist In Jerusalem
    January 23, 2019


    Israeli soldiers abducted, Wednesday, a Palestinian and an Australian peace activist during a nonviolent protest near Anata town, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

    Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists were nonviolently protesting the new Jewish-only, ‘Apartheid Road’, built on Palestinian lands near Anata town.

    The protesters carried Palestinian flags and chanted for ending Israel’s segregation and apartheid policies against the indigenous Palestinians in their homeland, before the soldiers fired many concussion grenades at them, and assaulted several nonviolent protesters. The soldiers then abducted one Palestinian and one Australian. (...)

  • Voici le nouveau « Netflix » : gratuit, écolo et engagé

    Le site ImagoTV mis en ligne en décembre 2018 regroupe des podcasts, documentaires et vidéos YouTube écolos et engagés. Une vidéothèque gratuite et participative.


    Accessible en ligne depuis le 18 décembre, la plateforme IMAGO sélectionne et répertorie les chaînes Youtube, courts-métrages et émissions web axés autour des problématiques de développement durable et de transformation sociale.

    Le catalogue compte déjà près de 2 000 vidéos regroupées en 8 grandes thématiques (économie, alternatives, conscience, société, esprit critique, santé, écologie, connaissance). Parmi cette sélection, quelques titres familiers et de belles trouvailles, le tout sans avoir à fouiller dans les méandres d’Internet

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