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  • VIDEO - Marche républicaine: quand #Netanyahu attend le bus

    On peut y voir le Premier ministre israélien, à quelques centimètres de la caméra de BFMTV, s’étonner de n’avoir pu prendre place dans le premier bus devant lui, quelques secondes après avoir court-circuité la file d’attente devant lui.

    Netanyahu’s Paris appearance was a PR disaster - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz

    Netanyahu was captured by news cameras elbowing his way into the front row, gently pushing aside the President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The French weekly Paris Match later reported that Netanyahu’s place in the front row (alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) was in fact determined by the organizers of the rally, but by that point the videos showing Netanyahu’s break into the first row were already out. The damage was done.

    During the march Netanyahu was caught off-guard again, waving to the crowd in response to a pro-Israel shout from the audience, looking rather cheerful in comparison to his grim and somber compatriots, who kept their cool and did not respond to the crowd.

    Of course, Netanyahu’s biggest humiliation was a video that has since gone viral, in which he is seen waiting for a bus to take him to the rally, after missing the bus that ferried other world leaders to the march.

    The footage, captured by a French TV station, is remarkable: The prime minister of Israel looks nervous, dejected, beaten down, surrounded by his security detail yet still standing in the middle of the street, looking exposed to danger in a way world leaders should never be. Netanyahu appears furious, annoyed, confused, trying to busy himself with talking on his phone or fixing his hair, constantly looking over his shoulder to check whether his bodyguards are still there. Even the French news anchors had to sympathize with his distress.

    In no time, Netanyah’s anguish over the bus like was memefied and joked about. His gauche waving became the subject of scorn and derision, his apparent shoving the subject of intense criticism.

    “Such behavior as cutting in line, sneaking onto the bus by pushing and shoving, using elbows to get to the front at some event is so Israeli, so us, so Likud Party Central Committee, that I want to shout: "Je suis Bibi!” wrote my Haaretz colleague columnist Yossi Verter.

  • Israel’s security brass: Abbas blocking Palestinian uprising -
    While Netanyahu and his cabinet blame the Palestinian president for the recent Jerusalem terror wave, senior defense officials see him as the primary hope for mitigating the hostilities.
    By Amos Harel | Nov. 24, 2014 Haaretz

    f you compare the declarations made in recent days by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers to the assessments of the heads of the security services, you might get the impression that each group is operating in its own alternative reality, one totally divorced from that the of other group. While Netanyahu and his ministers are describing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as bearing the primary responsibility for the recent outbreak of terror in Jerusalem, senior defense officials still see him as the primary hope for preventing this confrontation from spreading throughout the West Bank.

    After the Har Nof synagogue massacre last week, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett went so far as to call Abbas one of the greatest terrorists ever produced by the Palestinian people. Over the weekend, in a Channel 2 interview, Bennett called on Israel to stop talking about occupation and to launch an anti-terror offensive in Jerusalem and the territories. Bennett’s remarks about Abbas, like similar ones made by other ministers, were in sharp contrast to the declaration by Shin Bet security service head Yoram Cohen that Abbas is not encouraging terror, overtly or covertly.

    Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon tried to bridge this gap by arguing that Cohen’s remarks to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee were leaked to the media in a distorted fashion for political reasons. Ya’alon added: “Abu Mazen [Abbas] fears the possibility of terror in the West Bank because he understands that he will be deposed by it. On the other hand, one cannot ignore his incitement with regard to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. There is no contradiction here: On the one hand, Abbas is not masterminding terror. On the other hand, [he] is inciting violence in Jerusalem.”

    The heads of the security services are less critical of Abbas. Somewhat unusually, there is a broad consensus among them; they are categorically against collective punishment in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and oppose bringing Israel Defense Forces soldiers into the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem (something Bennett is demanding outright), while agreeing that the religious component of the conflict – the dispute over the Temple Mount, but also the inspiration coming from the Islamic State’s atrocities – is gaining weight, though it hasn’t overwhelmed the Palestinian anger over the continuing occupation.

  • Behind the silent reaction of the Palestinian street - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz

    Palestinians believe that all means, including armed struggle, are legitimate to fight the occupation. But in private conversations, even those who support killing Israelis seem embarrassed by an attack on civilians at prayer.

    So why are those who oppose murdering civilians at prayer keeping silent now? Because they share the despair and anger that pushed the Abu Jamals to attack Jews in a synagogue. Like the Abu Jamals, they feel themselves under assault: The Israeli nation is constantly attacking them with all the tools at its disposal.

    The Har Nof neighborhood, where the attack took place, is built on the lands of the former Palestinian village of Deir Yassin. Those who are keeping silent now see the murder as a response to an Israeli policy toward the Palestinians that has been one long chain of attacks, dispossessions and expulsions since 1948.

    #silence #impunité #colère #désespoir #Palestine

  • Policeman faces murder charge in Nakba Day shooting of Palestinian teen - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz


    A Border Police officer arrested Tuesday over the killing of a Palestinian youth during Nakba Day protests six months ago will be charged with murder.


    The Judea and Samaria District Police on Tuesday detained an enlisted border policeman on suspicion that he shot and killed Palestinian youth Nadim Nuwara. Two Palestinian teenagers, Nuwara and Muhammad Salameh, were killed during protests in Beitunia, near Ramallah in the West Bank, on May 15.

    #israël #palectine #occupation #meurtre

  • Israël - Inédit : 106 généraux de l’armée, directeurs du Mossad et membres de la police écrivent à Netanyahu pour lui demander de relancer le processus de paix - Haaretz


    In what appears to be the largest-ever joint protest by senior Israeli security personnel, a group of 106 retired generals, Mossad directors and national police commissioners has signed a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to “initiate a diplomatic process” based on a regional framework for peace with the Palestinians.

    Several of the signers told Israel’s Mako-Channel 2 News in interviews that Israel had the strength and the means to reach a two-state solution that “doesn’t entail a security risk,” but hadn’t managed to reach an agreement because of “weak leadership.”

    “We’re on a steep slope toward an increasingly polarized society and moral decline, due to the need to keep millions of people under occupation on claims that are presented as security-related,” reserve Major General Eyal Ben-Reuven told Mako’s Roni Daniel. “I have no doubt that the prime minister seeks Israel’s welfare, but I think he suffers from some sort of political blindness that drives him to scare himself and us.”

    The letter was initiated by a former Armored Corps commander, reserve Maj. Gen. Amnon Reshef. He told Yedioth Ahronoth in an interview published Friday, and posted in English on Yedioth’s Ynetnews.com website, that he was “tired of a reality of rounds of fighting every few years instead of a genuine effort to adopt the Saudi initiative.”

    He was referring to the Saudi-backed peace proposal that was adopted unanimously by the Arab League in 2002 (here is the full text) and later endorsed 56-0 by the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation, with Iran abstaining. It has since been repeatedly reaffirmed and its terms softened. As currently framed, it offers full peace, diplomatic recognition and “normal relations” between the Arab states and Israel in return for Israeli withdrawal to borders based on the pre-1967 armistice lines, with negotiated land swaps, and a “just” and mutually “agreed” compromise solution to the Palestinian refugee problem.

    The generals’ call echoes a proposal for a regional peace conference that was floated during the Gaza war this summer by Israel’s science minister, Yaakov Peri, a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party and a former director of the Shin Bet security service. It’s currently being advocated within the security cabinet by Lapid and justice minister Tzipi Livni.

    Netanyahu takes the position that Palestinian statehood at this juncture would imperil Israel’s security.

    Retired generals have occasionally made joint statements in the past, but never in such numbers and rarely on political matters that aren’t directly related to army business. In January 2012, 52 ex-generals signed a petition calling for legislation to require military or equivalent national service for Haredi men. In November 2011, 19 ex-generals called on IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz to combat growing religious extremism in the army. In February 2010, 15 ex-generals signed a statement criticizing “leftist organizations,” including the New Israel Fund, that they said had damaged the IDF by aiding the Goldstone Report.

    The 106 signers of the current letter to Netanyanu include 101 IDF veterans with the rank of brigadier or major general, as well as two former chiefs of the Mossad intelligence agency and three former commanders of Israel’s National Police. (Yediot’s report, which preceded Mako, gave a total of 105.)

    The generals’ letter apparently doesn’t refer directly to the Arab Peace Initiative (I haven’t seen the letter’s full text yet), but in calling for a regional process it appears to rely on the willingness of the Saudis and Egyptians to sponsor a conference leading to negotiated peace that renders “the Arab-Israeli conflict ended,” based on the initiative.

    The purpose of enlisting the neighboring Arab states is to give the Palestinian leadership backing and legitimacy to accept compromises it has failed to embrace on its own in bilateral talks.

    Here are the portions of the letter published by Yedioth (translation by Ynetnews):

    We, the undersigned, reserve IDF commanders and retired police officers, who have fought in Israel’s military campaigns, know first-hand of the heavy and painful price exacted by wars.

    We fought bravely for the country in the hope that our children would live here in peace, but we got a sharp reality check [literal translation: “but reality slapped us in the face” — jjg], and here we are again sending our children out onto the battlefield, watching them don their uniforms and combat vests and go out to fight in Operation Protective Edge…

    This is not a question of left or right. What we have here is an alternative option for resolving the conflict that is not based solely on bilateral negotiations with the Palestinians, which have failed time and again… We expect a show of courageous initiative and leadership from you. Lead – and we will stand behind you.

  • How will Jerusalem passport case affect U.S. foreign policy?
    U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether Obama administration should allow U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.
    By Reuters | Nov. 2, 2014

    The United States is facing an unconventional challenge as it seeks to project credibility as a neutral peacemaker between the Israelis and Palestinians: a case before the Supreme Court involving a 12-year-old boy.

    On Monday, the nine justices will consider whether the administration of President Barack Obama must follow a law enacted by Congress that allows U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.

    What appears to be a dry legal question is a foreign policy minefield for the U.S. government, which has refused to enforce the law ever since it was enacted in 2002. The concern for the United States is that the law could be interpreted as an endorsement of Israel’s hotly disputed sovereignty claim over Jerusalem, a holy city for Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

    The case was instigated by the parents of Jerusalem-born U.S. citizen Menachem Zivotofsky because they want his passport to state that he was born in Israel. Ari and Naomi Zivotofsky sued on behalf of their then-baby son in 2003.

    The legal fight has bounced around the U.S. court system for a decade, an odyssey that included a previous trip to the Supreme Court that led to a ruling in 2012 on a more technical procedural issue.

    The legal question is whether the law is unconstitutional because it infringes on the president’s exclusive right on whether to recognize a foreign nation and under what terms.

    The most recent U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israelis and Palestinians broke down in April. Tensions are even higher than usual in Jerusalem after Israel on Thursday briefly closed access to a Muslim holy site, the Al Aqsa mosque, following the wounding of a far-right Jewish religious activist.

    Negotiations over the status of Jerusalem have long been seen as key to any potential peace settlement. The United States has been neutral on the question ever since Israel was founded in 1948.

    “The last thing you want is the United States to come in from left field and undermine the credibility of the process,” said Daniel Kurtzer, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2005 and now teaches at Princeton University.

    Israel calls Jerusalem its capital, but most countries, including the United States, do not recognize that claim and maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. Palestinians want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war, as capital of the state they aim to establish alongside Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    ’Irreversible damage’

    The State Department’s position is that a loss for the U.S. government would be perceived around the world as a reversal of American policy that could cause “irreversible damage” to the government’s power to influence the peace process, according to court papers. The administration, over the objections of members of Congress, has told the court that the president alone gets to make key foreign policy decisions.

    If enforced, the law sends the message that “the United States has concluded that Israel exercises sovereignty over Jerusalem,” administration lawyers said in the court papers. The government currently requires that the passports of any U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem list only the name of the city.

    Even some of the Zivotofsky family’s supporters agree that a ruling in their favor could be read within the Muslim world as an endorsement of Israel’s claim for sovereignty over Jerusalem, although they say that would be an incorrect assumption.

    “It’s hard to imagine Muslim countries doing anything but object strenuously,” said Marc Stern, general counsel of the American Jewish Committee, one of several U.S.-based Jewish groups that have backed the Zivotofskys by filing friend-of-the-court briefs.

    The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is the only pro-Palestinian group that filed a brief in support of the U.S. government, saying the law discriminates against Americans of Palestinian heritage because it does not allow U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to list Palestine as their place of birth.

    “The law benefits some Americans, but not others,” said Abed Ayoub, the group’s legal and policy director.

    Other nations, including Israel, have not filed court papers on either side.

    The Zivotofsky’s are represented by Washington-based lawyers Nathan Lewin and his daughter, Alyza. They came up with the legal basis for the challenge and said they have worked on the case without charge since 2002.

    In an interview, Alyza Lewin downplayed the impact the case could have on foreign policy issues, framing it instead as a personal tale based on a family’s close connection with Israel.

    At this point, Menachem Zivotofsky has lived with the case his whole life, Lewin said. “He is incredibly proud to be born in Israel,” she added.

  • Egypt and Israel are tightening the rope around Hamas’ neck
    With both Israel and Egypt closing the border crossings and efforts to rebuild Gaza at a halt, the path to renewed violence may be shorter than it seems.
    By Amos Harel | Nov. 3, 2014 | Haaretz

    This summer’s war in Gaza continues to leave its mark on Israel’s relations with the two Palestinian camps, even though more than two months have passed since the cease-fire agreement was reached between Israel and Hamas. The serious escalation in Jerusalem has not yet subsided, while Gaza seems to be heating up again.

    In both cases, the tension stems from the complex relationship between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas (in which Egypt and Jordan are also involved), and is rooted in the events of this past summer.

    The Israel Police announced on Sunday with satisfaction that it had curbed the urban intifada raging in Jerusalem since the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in early July, citing the relative quiet in the city over the weekend and only a few incidents around the Temple Mount. But it seems that the calm, after last week’s assassination attempt on Yehuda Glick followed by the killing of the suspect in short order by a police SWAT team, is probably better attributed to the stormy weather that kept demonstrators off the streets, and the large contingent of police reinforcements brought to the capital from elsewhere.

    Anyone visiting East Jerusalem in recent days might get the impression that it was under aggressive military occupation, with policemen and border policemen at every corner, armored jeeps in the streets, and observation balloons in the air.

    Sooner or later the police command will have to send most of those police officers back to their home districts. And since there has been no change in the original reasons for the outbreak of rioting – decades of neglect and frustration in the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, increased Jewish settlement in those areas, and the growing national and religious tensions due to Palestinian fears that the status quo on the Temple Mount (which today favors the Muslims) might be altered – it is hard to see full-fledged calm being restored for very long.

    One can’t ignore the fact that the Palestinian Authority leadership has a strong interest in preserving the popular uprising in the Jerusalem, which is acceptable to the majority of the residents of the territories, and is not perceived by the world as real terrorism, despite the victims it has claimed, including a 3-month-old baby.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did well when he said repeatedly on Sunday that he would not allow any change to the status-quo prayer arrangements on the Temple Mount. But the Palestinians, as well as Jordan, are not only hearing Netanyahu, but also Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel, who promised in a radio interview on Sunday that the Temple will be rebuilt.

    If the prime minister is indeed looking to go to elections, as many political commentators seem to believe, it’s doubtful he will take any meaningful steps to rein in the right flank of his coalition. One can also assume there will be more announcements of new construction plans for Israelis on the city’s eastside.

    Meanwhile, the situation in Gaza has gotten significantly worse. The Netanyahu government, which was accused by many of its members of being too restrained when confronted with rocket fire in the days before the last war, is seeking to appear more determined this time. When a rocket was fired at the western Negev on Friday, the crossings at Kerem Shalom and Erez were closed in response.

    Israel’s move came only a few days after Egypt’s far more punishing measures: Following the killing of 33 Egyptian soldiers late last month, Egypt shut down the Rafah crossing and began to implement a contingency plan for establishing a buffer zone between the Palestinian side of Rafah and the Egyptian side.

    The bulldozers sent by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, unencumbered by a High Court of Justice or B’tselem, are destroying hundreds of homes on the Egyptian side of the border to create a “sterile” zone hundreds of meters wide, aimed at making it even more difficult to dig smuggling tunnels under the border.

    While Hamas has often sought to undermine Egyptian control in Sinai, it seems that the current Egyptian allegations that Hamas had aided the recent attacks, carried out by a radical jihadist group called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, don’t hold much water. Nevertheless, the Egyptian media has no problem calling Hamas leaders in Gaza “dogs,” or threatening that even more serious measures will be taken against them.

    Hamas is now trying to appease the Egyptians while also signaling to Israel that it wasn’t their men who fired the rocket at the Negev and that the group remains committed to the cease-fire mediated by Cairo at the end of August. Hamas security forces on Saturday arrested five Gazans suspected of being involved in the rocket fire. At this point it’s not clear to which Palestinian group they belong.

    The practical result of all these developments is the same: The siege on Gaza is worsening and efforts to rebuild after the devastation left by this summer’s IDF operation have ground almost to a halt. It’s not just that the transfer of construction materials has been delayed; so far there has been no breakthrough on the reopening of the Gaza-Sinai crossings.

    Egypt and the PA want a significant presence of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ Presidential Guard at the crossings, and apparently also along the Philadelphi corridor in Rafah, under which the tunnels were dug. Hamas would probably accept the presence of Ramallah officials at the crossings, but armed police are another matter.

    Somehow, these events are beginning to echo the way the escalation toward war began in the summer. Even if ostensibly no one has any interest in another round of violence, once Hamas feels the rope around it tightening, the path to a renewed outbreak against Israel may be shorter than it seems.

  • La Commission des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies demande à Israël de lever le blocus de Gaza, de mettre fin aux détentions arbitraires aux mauvais traitements et à la torture des détenus.
    (sur BBC, mais pas trouvé en anglais)

    ONU pide fin de bloqueo a Gaza - BBC Mundo - Últimas Noticias

    La Alta Comisionada de Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, Navi Pillay, instó a Israel a levantar el bloqueo a Gaza. También solicitó a las autoridades en el territorio que acaben con las detenciones arbitrarias, los malos tratos y la tortura de los detenidos.

    La Commission demande également qu’Israël fasse cesser les attaques de la population palestinienne par les colons, qu’il enquête sur de tels faits et que les coupables soient jugés.

    También solicitó a Israel que evite los ataques de los habitantes de los asentamientos contra la población palestina, que los sucesos sean investigados y los culpables sean juzgados.

    • The experts concluded that Israel’s “creeping annexation” of the West Bank had led to many rights violations, and brought up the possibility that future cases might be handled by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

      No U.S. delegate spoke on this issue. When the council turned to the wider issue of human rights in the Palestinian territories, U.S. ambassador Eileen Donahoe said that “the United States remains extremely troubled by this council’s continued biased and disproportionate focus on Israel.”


    • http://www.lorientlejour.com/category/Derni%C3%A8res+Infos/article/805826/Israel%3A_des_experts_de_lONU_demandent_larret_immediat_de_la_colonis

      « La mission demande à Israël de se conformer aux dispositions de l’article 49 de la quatrième convention de Genève, de cesser immédiatement et sans condition préalable la colonisation ainsi que d’initier un processus de retrait des colons », a déclaré la présidente de la mission, la Française Christine Chanet, devant le Conseil.

      La mission d’experts demande également à Israël de « mettre fin à toutes les violations issues de la colonisation » ainsi qu’à « l’impunité », a souligné Mme Chanet.

      La mission, composée de trois experts, a déjà fait part de ses recommandations dans un rapport publié le 31 janvier comparant la colonisation à un « système de ségrégation totale » et évoquant un éventuel recours devant la Cour pénale internationale (CPI).

      L’accession de la Palestine au statut d’Etat observateur à l’ONU, suite à une décision de l’Assemblée générale du 29 novembre, donne en effet le droit aux Palestiniens de procéder à une saisine de la CPI, ce dont ils se sont jusqu’ici abstenus.

      Le rapport des experts fait suite à une résolution du Conseil adoptée en mars 2012 mandatant « une mission internationale indépendante d’établissement des faits » pour étudier les effets des colonies de peuplement dans les territoires palestiniens.

      Depuis la guerre des six jours de 1967, 250 colonies ont été créées, occupées par quelque 520.000 colons.

      En dépit des demandes écrites de coopération auprès des autorités israéliennes, la mission n’a obtenu aucune réponse d’Israël et n’a pas pu se rendre dans les territoires.

      Israël boycotte depuis mars 2012 les réunions du Conseil des droits de l’Homme et a rejeté le rapport, estimant qu’il ne ferait « que saper les efforts pour trouver une solution durable au conflit israélo-palestinien ».

      A Genève, l’ambassadeur de la Palestine auprès de l’ONU, Ibrahim Khraishi, a estimé lundi que « la construction d’implantations dans les territoires (palestiniens, ndlr) ne permet pas la solution à deux Etats » et « permet une politique d’apartheid ».

      Exceptés les Etats-Unis dont l’ambassadrice Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe a estimé que le Conseil « se concentre de manière excessive sur Israël », tous les autres pays ayant pris la parole — ainsi que l’Union européenne — ont dénoncé les colonies israéliennes.

      Pour sa part, la Haut-Commissaire de l’ONU aux droits de l’Homme, Mme Pillay a dénoncé les actes de violence commis par les colons dans la quasi-impunité. L’ONU a ainsi comptabilisé 383 actes de violence commis par des colons entre le 16 novembre 2011 et le 29 novembre 2012, selon un rapport de la Haut-Commissaire sur la situation des droits de l’Homme dans les territoires palestiniens, publié le 6 mars.

  • IDF complains over Bar Refaeli’s involvement in Israeli hasbara campaign -



    The Israeli Defense Forces criticized a public relations campaign launched by the Foreign Ministry to boost Israel’s image around the world because it starred Israeli model Bar Refaeli, Channel 2 news reported Sunday.

    The report stated that the IDF spokesman sent an official letter to the Foreign Ministry arguing that by using Refaeli, who didn’t complete her military service, the Foreign Ministry was sending a “message of forgiveness and turns a blind eye towards people that chose to enlist.”

    “In recent years, the IDF has been trying a verity of methods to improve the value of military service and to fight draft evasion, in order to preserve the moral dimension whereby the IDF is the people’s army,” Channel two quoted the letter.

  • Bulgaria will not take lead in blacklisting Hezbollah, says PM

    La Bulgarie fait-elle marche arrière?

    Haaretz Daily Newspaper


    Bulgaria’s new interim prime minister said on Saturday he would not initiate any move to impose EU sanctions on the Islamist group Hezbollah, even though the country had implicated the Islamist movement in a bombing at a Black Sea resort.


    • En même temps, la technique du Schmilblick de Coluche n’est pas nouvelle : « Mais non je l’ai pas dit » : fuites, off, confidences qui permettent de buzzer puis de se rétracter, manière de « plausible deniability » dans le champ médiatique…

  • Oh là !
    New Israeli organization aims to be first right-wing Palestinian rights watchdog - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

    Yoaz Hendel, chairman of the Institute for Zionist Studies, has set up the first rightist human rights organization of its kind. The organization intends to monitor the violation of Palestinians’ human rights at West Bank checkpoints, collate testimonies of apparent war crimes by IDF soldiers and provide medical assistance to Palestinians and African asylum-seekers.

    Hendel, former head of the National Information Directorate in the Prime Minister’s Office, quit his post a year ago.

    The new organization, dubbed BlueWhite Human Rights, started operating under the IZS about a month ago as the rightist version of leftwing watchdog groups such as Machsom Watch, Breaking the Silence and Physicians for Human Rights.

    Hendel announced the organization’s establishment in his Facebook page this week. Unlike the leftist organizations, the new group will act in cooperation with the IDF authorities to make sure the complaints are investigated and acted on, he wrote.

  • Voilà ce que je craignais
    The settlers will rise in power in Israel’s new government - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

    U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro probably sat down Wednesday to write a long cable to the White House ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to report on the new government in Israel. Aside from noting the obvious fact that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is even weaker and has become the political hostage of all of his coalition partners, Shapiro probably emphasized the dramatic rise in the power of the settlers in Netanyahu’s third government.

  • Obama préfère, malgré tout http://seenthis.net/messages/120434, le dôme de Fer au dôme du Rocher.

    Obama to visit Church of Nativity, Iron Dome to be moved to airport for photo-op

    According to the itinerary that was presented on Monday morning, Obama will land in Israel at around noon on Wednesday, March 20 and be welcomed in an official ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport. Immediately afterward, Obama will be shown an Iron Dome battery. Due to lack of time, the battery will be set up at Ben-Gurion Airport,...


    • The advance American delegation responsible for organizing U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel this month arrived in the country on Sunday evening. The delegation of about 50 people, which includes diplomats, security and logistics personnel and White House representatives, met on Monday with high-ranking officials of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry to finish preparing the schedule.

      The members of the delegation are expected to see the prime minister’s official residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem, and to see the arrangements for the joint press conference with Obama and Netanyahu. They also visited the president’s official residence, where an official dinner will be held, and the International Conventions Center in Jerusalem, where Obama will give a speech for the Israeli public. On Tuesday, the advance delegation will visit Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, where Obama will be staying, as well as Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum and Israel’s national cemetery at Mount Herzl, which he is also expected to visit.

      On Wednesday, the American delegation will visit Ramallah and Bethlehem.
      Obama is expected during his trip to pay a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on Friday, March 22, members of his delegation told Israeli government ministry representatives on Monday.

      According to a high-ranking Israeli official, that stop was added to his itinerary only in the past few days. The UN recognized the Church of the Nativity as a Palestinian World Heritage Site several months after Palestine became a full-fledged member of the organization.

      According to the itinerary that was presented on Monday morning, Obama will land in Israel at around noon on Wednesday, March 20 and be welcomed in an official ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport. Immediately afterward, Obama will be shown an Iron Dome battery. Due to lack of time, the battery will be set up at Ben-Gurion Airport, and at the conclusion of his welcome ceremony, Obama will be joined by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres to be shown the battery.

      Later in the day, Obama will go to the president’s official residence in Jerusalem for a meeting with Peres. Afterward, he will meet with Netanyahu at the prime minister’s official residence and hold a press conference with him. Then, the two leaders will have dinner with their advisory teams.

      On Thursday morning, Obama will visit the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum and will be shown the Dead Sea Scrolls. Officials of the Prime Minister’s Bureau would also like Obama to see an exhibit of Israeli technological developments, but it is not yet clear whether the exhibition will be mounted in time for the president’s arrival.

      After visiting the Israel Museum, Obama will go to Ramallah, where he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other high-ranking PA officials. At 5:00 PM, he will return to Jerusalem and give the major speech of his visit at the International Conventions Center.

      After the speech, at 6:00 PM, Obama will attend a reception organized by Secretary of State John Kerry at the American Consulate in Jerusalem, which is responsible for relations with the Palestinian Authority. Afterward, Obama will go to the president’s residence for an official dinner with the country’s highest officials.

      On Friday, Obama will visit Mount Herzl and Yad Vashem. He will lay wreaths at the tombs of Theodor Herzl and former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem. Afterward, he will meet in the King David Hotel with the head of the opposition – most likely Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich. Obama will then visit Bethlehem.

      On Friday afternoon, Obama will leave Israel after an official farewell ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport.

  • Israël aurait trompé les Etats-Unis en faisant obstacle à leurs efforts pour empêcher les massacres de Sabra et Chatila, affirme un chercheur américain qui a pu consulter des documents déclassifiés.

    ’Israel misled U.S. diplomats during Sabra and Shatila massacre’ - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

    On September 15, then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin told U.S. envoy Morris Draper that the reason the IDF had entered West Beirut was to keep the peace there. “Otherwise, there could be pogroms,” Begin said. But upon hearing that Defense Minister Ariel Sharon was considering allowing the Phalange militia into West Beirut, even Chief of General Staff Rafael Eitan acknowledged that he feared “a relentless slaughter,” according to Anziska.

    Another Israeli official who feared a massacre was Deputy Prime Minister David Levy. On September 16, during a cabinet meeting at which the ministers learned that the Phalange had been allowed into the camps, he said, “I know what the meaning of revenge is for them, what kind of slaughter. Then no one will believe we went in to create order there, and we will bear the blame,” according to the documents Anziska found.

    But Sharon told the Americans that the conquest of West Beirut was justified because there were “2,000 to 3,000 terrorists who remained there.”
    At a meeting on September 17 that included Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir, Sharon, several Israeli intelligence officials and Draper, Shamir did not mention the slaughter that had occurred in the camps the previous day, according to Anziska.

    A transcript of the meeting reveals that the Americans were browbeaten by Sharon’s false insistence that “terrorists” needed “mopping up,” Anziska writes.

    • En réalité, si les Etats-Unis l’avaient vraiment voulu Israël ne les aurait pas « trompé » (peut-être des élections devaient se tenir aux Etats-Unis à cette époque ?)

      A Preventable Massacre

      Working with only partial knowledge of the reality on the ground, the United States feebly yielded to false arguments and stalling tactics that allowed a massacre in progress to proceed.

      The lesson of the Sabra and Shatila tragedy is clear. Sometimes close allies act contrary to American interests and values. Failing to exert American power to uphold those interests and values can have disastrous consequences: for our allies, for our moral standing and most important, for the innocent people who pay the highest price of all.

  • Tissue test requirement for Israelis living in Gaza goes back to court -

    Haaretz Daily Newspaper


    Kafka? Big Brother? Racisme?

    The Interior Ministry’s planned measure to obligate Israeli citizens living in Gaza to undergo tissue-typing tests will be discussed again on Sunday at the Jerusalem District Court, sitting as the Court for Administrative Affairs.

    A representative of the State Prosecutor’s Office will ask the judge to dismiss a petition by three sisters who have been trying since August 2012 to leave Gaza and visit Israel on the strength of their Israeli citizenship.

  • Netherlands calls on stores to label products from Israeli settlements - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

    The Dutch government has for the first time called for retail chains in the Netherlands to state the origin of products from West Bank settlements, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. This makes the Netherlands, one of Israel’s greatest friends in Europe, the second country in the European Union, after Britain, to recommend such labeling.

    The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs issued a directive Wednesday to all retail chains in the country, stating that it wished to clarify procedures regarding the labeling of products from the settlements and to assist consumers. “The decision was made after consulting the European Commission,” the document said.

  • Palestinian students force British envoy out of West Bank university -



    Dozens of Palestinian students at a West Bank university heckled a British diplomat and attacked his car on Tuesday, preventing him from speaking on campus.

    British Consul-General Sir Vincent Fean was mobbed by students at Birzeit University who chanted and held banners protesting what they said was Britain’s support for the establishment of Israel and its policies.

  • Anti-AIPAC posters in downtown Washington greet conference delegates -

    Haaretz Daily Newspaper


    Anti-AIPAC posters in downtown Washington greet conference delegates
    Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace and the Avaaz global advocacy group, billboards read: ’AIPAC does not speak for me. Most Jewish Americans are pro­peace. AIPAC is not.