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  • Chèr⋅es ami⋅es, la récente remise sur le tapis du débat antisémitisme/antisionisme, la manif d’aujourd’hui, la loi que certaines personnes voudraient faire… tout cela me remue toujours, et me remémore un très modeste et très petit texte-manifeste que j’avais écrit en août 2014 en plein durant les bombardements sur Gaza. Écrit du point de vue d’une personne de culture juive, extérieur à Israël, donc.

    Je ne l’ai jamais vraiment publié ni donc diffusé. Je n’ai jamais trop su où le mettre, car je ne voulais pas spécialement le publier en mon nom, et j’aurais voulu que ce soit en plusieurs langues dès le départ. Je ne savais pas si je prenais un nom de domaine « juste » pour ça… et donc en devant payer. Au final je l’ai laissé dans un coin. Pourtant depuis 5 ans déjà, c’est possible que ça dise encore quelque chose, et je suis toujours à peu près d’accord avec moi-même.

    – Est-ce que c’est toujours pertinent, intéressant, de publier ça ?
    Si oui…
    – Est-ce que je dois le reformuler pour le rendre encore plus intemporel, ou est-ce que je dois laisser le contexte dans lequel il a été écrit, avec une phrase disant que c’est toujours d’actu quand même ?
    – Où le mettre ? Sur un nom de domaine dédié ? Mais du coup quoi, en français, en anglais ? Ou sur un Github avec un compte anonyme ? Ou Medium, ou autre ?

    Enfin bref, j’en sais rien. Et comme on est plus intelligent à plusieurs, si vous avez des remarques…

    Juif, pas Israélien

    Je suis juif, ou je viens d’une famille de culture juive, mais je ne suis pas Israélien.

    Je vis dans un autre pays quelconque du globe. Ma culture, mon éducation, est liée à l’endroit où j’ai fais ma vie.

    Le gouvernement ou les grands médias de l’endroit où je vis ne condamnent pas fermement, clairement, explicitement, les massacres et les crimes de guerre perpétrés sur la population palestienne. Ils ne demandent aucune sévère sanction contre l’État d’Israël à l’échelle des relations internationales.

    Pire encore, ils affirment que les personnes révoltées par ce qui se passe en Palestine, et notamment à Gaza, sont peu ou prou antisémites.

    Je tiens donc à affirmer que je ne supporte en aucun cas l’État israélien, ni les nombreux citoyens qui approuvent ses actions.

    Je suis contre toute forme de colonisation et d’impérialisme.

    Je condamne tous les discours assimilant ou liant indéfectiblement l’ensemble des juifs à l’État d’Israël, et en particulier ceux des gouvernements et associations qui défendent ou aident cet État.

    Je condamne l’utilisation de tout procédé linguistique ou argumentaire visant à faire croire à un conflit symétrique.

    Lorsque je pense à l’histoire européenne d’une partie de ma famille, je suis révolté lorsque je vois le Mur, les barbelés, les miradors, les humiliations, la ghettoïsation, les bombardements et les meurtres infligés aux Palestiniens.

    Tout ceci ne se fera pas en mon nom.

    Je vous invite, selon vos centres d’intérêts, à lutter politiquement, littérairement, artistiquement ou mystiquement contre ces injustices.

    Août 2014 / #JuifPasIsraélien #JewNotIsraeli

    #juif #Israël #Palestine #notinmyname

    • Cher @rastapopoulos

      Merci pour ce partage

      Et ici, sans doute, le mot « partage » n’est pas galvaudé.

      Ton texte si court soit-il sur un sujet si difficile a de belles qualités. Et on ne peut pas douter, pas une seule seconde, de ses intentions louables. En revanche je dois te dire que je lui préfère une argumentation plus développée qui est celle par exemple de Claude Askolovitch. signalée ici ( https://seenthis.net/messages/747159 )

      Je te donne un seul exemple. Quand tu écris

      Je suis contre toute forme de colonisation et d’impérialisme.

      On ne peut, en quelque sorte, que te donner raison. Singulièrement pour ce qui est de la politique actuelle, et même passée jusqu’à un certain point, d’Israël (je vais revenir sur ce certain point justement). Et de fait les bombardements de Gaza en 2014 ont été l’apogée sans doute de ce qui mérite d’être condamné, et de l’être sans ambiguïté ce dont nos gouvernements successifs se sont tous tenus très éloignés de faire pour des raisons de real politik qui les regardent mais dont ils devraient se demander aujourd’hui si justement le peu de représentativité de cette real politik forcenée n’est pas en train justement de leur exploser à la figure.

      Et je suis à peu près certain que tu dois être favorable, de ce que je sais de toi au travers de ce que je lis dans tes signalements et autres participations dans seenthis, à une solution dite à deux états. Et pour cela on pourrait te demander de te pencher sur toutes les cartes particulièrement nombreuses dans le temps du « partage » (le mot est mal choisi, je le fais exprès) des territoires entre ceux palestiniens et ceux israéliens. Or quelle que soit la carte, si reculée soit-elle dans le temps jusqu’en 1948, que tu choisiras, elle sera déjà celle d’une colonisation.

      Et je présume que je n’ai pas besoin de te rappeler que de 1945 à 1948, les Juifs d’Europe ayant survécu à la destruction n’avaient d’une part plus où que ces soit où aller et que le camp des vainqueurs n’a pas assumé sa responsabilité de libérateur des camps, côté Russe, n’en parlons pas, mais du côté de la Grande Bretagne et des Etats-Unis, les quotas pour accueillir les survivants étaient ridiculement bas, le sionisme alors était une question de survie. Avec toute l’hypocrisie qui la caractérise la Grande Bretagne a réglé le problème en abandonnant sa colonie palestinienne, ce qu’elle aurait sans doute pas fait si la même colonie avait eu certaines richesses à faire valoir.

      Le sionisme contemporain, singulièrement sa pratique coloniale dans les territoires occupés et au delà d’eux est abject et devrait oui, être viscéralement condamné, ce qui ne se produira jamais en Occident puisque nos pays sont englués à la fois dans des logiques et real politik et une mauvaise conscience qui n’est pas prête de s’éteindre, même avec les derniers et dernières survivantes de la destruction des Juifs d’Europe.

      Que les députés de la REM se ridiculisent et montrent une fois de plus leur manque édifiant de profondeur à la fois politique et historique est une chose, je tente de me rassurer en me disant que quelques filtres et autres fusibles devraient rendre l’adoption d’une telle loi très compliquée, parce qu’à ce moment-là j’imagine qu’il faudra également légiférer contre tant et tant de stigmatisations. En revanche la question est bien là, les antisémites en France se proclament antisionnistes, non pas qu’ils et elles soient particulièrement sensibles à la souffrance du peuple palestinien mais parce que cela leur permet de contourner l’illégalité de leur antisémitisme pour lequel nul n’a de doute.

      Quant au retentissement de ce qui est en train de devenir l’affaire des injures antisionnistes envers le philosophe Alain Finkielkraut, je suis frappé par le caractère hystérique des réactions d’une part, mais d’autre part aussi je suis étonné par le caractère admirablement artificiel et fabriqué de l’affaire. Je trouve très curieux d’une part que cette confrontation soit advenue fortuitement et quand bien même un tel accident statistique était advenu quelle est la probabilité pour qu’au même moment il y ait à la fois une équipe de télévision sur les lieux et un peloton de CRS pour s’interposer et prendre la défense du philosophe. Enfin quelle est également la probabilité pour que les insultes émanant d’une foule soit aussi respectueuse des limites de la légalité des insultes, « sale sioniste » (qui n’est pas interdit) en lieu et place de « sale juif » (qui est un délit) ?

      Et pour terminer il ne faut évidemment pas tomber dans le piège de dire ou même de sous entendre que Finkielkraut puisse mériter son sort, en revanche il ne me paraît pas injustifié de rappeler utilement que ses propos habituellement rances constituent une provocation continue pour laquelle il y aurait moyen de le poursuivre sans doute, qu’en l’état il bénéficie d’une immunité très douteuse et rappeler la phrase de Brecht à propos de la violence : on s’indigne beaucoup de la violence des crues, on ne parle jamais de celle des berges qui emprisonnent le fleuve dans son lit.

      Amicalement.

      Phil


  • 1st of 2019
    http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/popeclectic/1st-of-2019

    First boadcast of 2019 with a mix of old and new material.

    Playlist:

    Ben Bertrand Orion Molecular Cloud Irmin Schmidt Klavierstück III Throbbing Gristle Catholic sex Eyeless In Gaza Three Kittens Minny Pops Minny Pops Loren Connors & Jim O’Rourke Or Possibly Köln Lorren Connors Chant III Glenn Kotche Clapping Music Variations Anthony Pateras & Erkki Veltheim Entertainment = Control (ecerpt) Anthony Burr & Anthony Pateras To Crowd and keep Off balance Tom Rogerson & Brian Eno Motion In Field Saule paperfilm William Basinski Evening Stars Lloyd Cole Autogyro François Bayle, Robert Wyatt, kevin Ayers It Arca (...)

    http://www.radiopanik.org/media/sounds/popeclectic/1st-of-2019_06209__1.mp3


  • The Knesset candidate who says Zionism encourages anti-Semitism and calls Netanyahu ’arch-murderer’ - Israel Election 2019 - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium.MAGAZINE-knesset-candidate-netanyahu-is-an-arch-murderer-zionism-e

    Few Israelis have heard of Dr. Ofer Cassif, the Jewish representative on the far-leftist Hadash party’s Knesset slate. On April 9, that will change
    By Ravit Hecht Feb 16, 2019

    Ofer Cassif is fire and brimstone. Not even the flu he’s suffering from today can contain his bursting energy. His words are blazing, and he bounds through his modest apartment, searching frenetically for books by Karl Marx and Primo Levi in order to find quotations to back up his ideas. Only occasional sips from a cup of maté bring his impassioned delivery to a momentary halt. The South American drink is meant to help fight his illness, he explains.

    Cassif is third on the slate of Knesset candidates in Hadash (the Hebrew acronym for the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality), the successor to Israel’s Communist Party. He holds the party’s “Jewish slot,” replacing MK Dov Khenin. Cassif is likely to draw fire from opponents and be a conspicuous figure in the next Knesset, following the April 9 election.

    Indeed, the assault on him began as soon as he was selected by the party’s convention. The media pursued him; a columnist in the mass-circulation Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Ben-Dror Yemini, called for him to be disqualified from running for the Knesset. It would be naive to say that this was unexpected. Cassif, who was one of the first Israeli soldiers to refuse to serve in the territories, in 1987, gained fame thanks to a number of provocative statements. The best known is his branding of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked as “neo-Nazi scum.” On another occasion, he characterized Jews who visit the Temple Mount as “cancer with metastases that have to be eradicated.”

    On his alternate Facebook page, launched after repeated blockages of his original account by a blitz of posts from right-wing activists, he asserted that Culture Minister Miri Regev is “repulsive gutter contamination,” that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an “arch-murderer” and that the new Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, is a “war criminal.”

    Do you regret making those remarks?

    Cassif: “‘Regret’ is a word of emotion. Those statements were made against a background of particular events: the fence in Gaza, horrible legislation, and the wild antics of Im Tirtzu [an ultranationalist organization] on campus. That’s what I had to say at the time. I didn’t count on being in the Knesset. That wasn’t part of my plan. But it’s clear to me that as a public personality, I would not have made those comments.”

    Is Netanyahu an arch-murderer?

    “Yes. I wrote it in the specific context of a particular day in the Gaza Strip. A massacre of innocent people was perpetrated there, and no one’s going to persuade me that those people were endangering anyone. It’s a concentration camp. Not a ‘concentration camp’ in the sense of Bergen-Belsen; I am absolutely not comparing the Holocaust to what’s happening.”

    You term what Israel is doing to the Palestinians “genocide.”

    “I call it ‘creeping genocide.’ Genocide is not only a matter of taking people to gas chambers. When Yeshayahu Leibowitz used the term ‘Judeo-Nazis,’ people asked him, ‘How can you say that? Are we about to build gas chambers?’ To that, he had two things to say. First, if the whole difference between us and the Nazis boils down to the fact that we’re not building gas chambers, we’re already in trouble. And second, maybe we won’t use gas chambers, but the mentality that exists today in Israel – and he said this 40 years ago – would allow it. I’m afraid that today, after four years of such an extreme government, it possesses even greater legitimacy.

    “But you know what, put aside ‘genocide’ – ethnic cleansing is taking place there. And that ethnic cleansing is also being carried out by means of killing, although mainly by way of humiliation and of making life intolerable. The trampling of human dignity. It reminds me of Primo Levi’s ‘If This Is a Man.’”

    You say you’re not comparing, but you repeatedly come back to Holocaust references. On Facebook, you also uploaded the scene from “Schindler’s List” in which the SS commander Amon Goeth picks off Jews with his rifle from the balcony of his quarters in the camp. You compared that to what was taking place along the border fence in the Gaza Strip.

    “Today, I would find different comparisons. In the past I wrote an article titled, ‘On Holocaust and on Other Crimes.’ It’s online [in Hebrew]. I wrote there that anyone who compares Israel to the Holocaust is cheapening the Holocaust. My comparison between here and what happened in the early 1930s [in Germany] is a very different matter.”

    Clarity vs. crudity

    Given Cassif’s style, not everyone in Hadash was happy with his election, particularly when it comes to the Jewish members of the predominantly Arab party. Dov Khenin, for example, declined to be interviewed and say what he thinks of his parliamentary successor. According to a veteran party figure, “From the conversations I had, it turns out that almost none of the Jewish delegates – who make up about 100 of the party’s 940 delegates – supported his candidacy.

    “He is perceived, and rightly so,” the party veteran continues, “as someone who closes doors to Hadash activity within Israeli society. Each of the other Jewish candidates presented a record of action and of struggles they spearheaded. What does he do? Curses right-wing politicians on Facebook. Why did the party leadership throw the full force of its weight behind him? In a continuation of the [trend exemplified by] its becoming part of the Joint List, Ofer’s election reflects insularity and an ongoing retreat from the historical goal of implementing change in Israeli society.”

    At the same time, as his selection by a 60 percent majority shows, many in the party believe that it’s time to change course. “Israeli society is moving rightward, and what’s perceived as Dov’s [Khenin] more gentle style didn’t generate any great breakthrough on the Jewish street,” a senior source in Hadash notes.

    “It’s not a question of the tension between extremism and moderation, but of how to signpost an alternative that will develop over time. Clarity, which is sometimes called crudity, never interfered with cooperation between Arabs and Jews. On the contrary. Ofer says things that we all agreed with but didn’t so much say, and of course that’s going to rile the right wing. And a good thing, too.”

    Hadash chairman MK Ayman Odeh also says he’s pleased with the choice, though sources in the party claim that Odeh is apprehensive about Cassif’s style and that he actually supported a different candidate. “Dov went for the widest possible alliances in order to wield influence,” says Odeh. “Ofer will go for very sharp positions at the expense of the breadth of the alliance. But his sharp statements could have a large impact.”

    Khenin was deeply esteemed by everyone. When he ran for mayor of Tel Aviv in 2008, some 35 percent of the electorate voted for him, because he was able to touch people who weren’t only from his political milieu.

    Odeh: “No one has a higher regard for Dov than I do. But just to remind you, we are not a regular opposition, we are beyond the pale. And there are all kinds of styles. Influence can be wielded through comments that are vexatious the first time but which people get used to the second time. When an Arab speaks about the Nakba and about the massacre in Kafr Kassem [an Israeli Arab village, in 1956], it will be taken in a particular way, but when uttered by a Jew it takes on special importance.”

    He will be the cause of many attacks on the party.

    “Ahlan wa sahlan – welcome.”

    Cassif will be the first to tell you that, with all due respect for the approach pursued by Khenin and by his predecessor in the Jewish slot, Tamar Gozansky, he will be something completely different. “I totally admire what Tamar and Dov did – nothing less than that,” he says, while adding, “But my agenda will be different. The three immediate dangers to Israeli society are the occupation, racism and the diminishment of the democratic space to the point of liquidation. That’s the agenda that has to be the hub of the struggle, as long as Israel rules over millions of people who have no rights, enters [people’s houses] in the middle of the night, arrests minors on a daily basis and shoots people in the back.

    "Israel commits murder on a daily basis. When you murder one Palestinian, you’re called Elor Azaria [the IDF soldier convicted and jailed for killing an incapacitated Palestinian assailant]; when you murder and oppress thousands of Palestinians, you’re called the State of Israel.”

    So you plan to be the provocateur in the next Knesset?

    “It’s not my intention to be a provocateur, to stand there and scream and revile people. Even on Facebook I was compelled to stop that. But I definitely intend to challenge the dialogue in terms of the content, and mainly with a type of sarcasm.”

    ’Bags of blood’

    Cassif, 54, who holds a doctorate in political philosophy from the London School of Economics, teaches political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Sapir Academic College in Sderot and at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. He lives in Rehovot, is married and is the father of a 19-year-old son. He’s been active in Hadash for three decades and has held a number of posts in the party.

    As a lecturer, he stands out for his boldness and fierce rhetoric, which draws students of all stripes. He even hangs out with some of his Haredi students, one of whom wrote a post on the eve of the Hadash primary urging the delegates to choose him. After his election, a student from a settlement in the territories wrote to him, “You are a determined and industrious person, and for that I hold you in high regard. Hoping we will meet on the field of action and growth for the success of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state (I felt obliged to add a small touch of irony in conclusion).”

    Cassif grew up in a home that supported Mapai, forerunner of Labor, in Rishon Letzion. He was an only child; his father was an accountant, his mother held a variety of jobs. He was a news hound from an early age, and at 12 ran for the student council in school. He veered sharply to the left in his teens, becoming a keen follower of Marx and socialism.

    Following military service in the IDF’s Nahal brigade and a period in the airborne Nahal, Cassif entered the Hebrew University. There his political career moved one step forward, and there he also forsook the Zionist left permanently. His first position was as a parliamentary aide to the secretary general of the Communist Party, Meir Wilner.

    “At first I was closer to Mapam [the United Workers Party, which was Zionist], and then I refused to serve in the territories. I was the first refusenik in the first intifada to be jailed. I didn’t get support from Mapam, I got support from the people of Hadash, and I drew close to them. I was later jailed three more times for refusing to serve in the territories.”

    His rivals in the student organizations at the Hebrew University remember him as the epitome of the extreme left.

    “Even in the Arab-Jewish student association, Cassif was considered off-the-wall,” says Motti Ohana, who was chairman of Likud’s student association and active in the Student Union at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s. “One time I got into a brawl with him. It was during the first intifada, when he brought two bags of blood, emptied them out in the university’s corridors and declared, ‘There is no difference between Jewish and Arab blood,’ likening Israeli soldiers to terrorists. The custom on campus was that we would quarrel, left-right, Arabs-Jews, and after that we would sit together, have a coffee and talk. But not Cassif.”

    According to Ohana, today a member of the Likud central committee, the right-wing activists knew that, “You could count on Ofer to fall into every trap. There was one event at the Hebrew University that was a kind of political Hyde Park. The right wanted to boot the left out of there, so we hung up the flag. It was obvious that Ofer would react, and in fact he tore the flag, and in the wake of the ruckus that developed, political activity was stopped for good.”

    Replacing the anthem

    Cassif voices clearly and cogently positions that challenge the public discourse in Israel, and does so with ardor and charisma. Four candidates vied for Hadash’s Jewish slot, and they all delivered speeches at the convention. The three candidates who lost to him – Efraim Davidi, Yaela Raanan and the head of the party’s Tel Aviv branch, Noa Levy – described their activity and their guiding principles. When they spoke, there was the regular buzz of an audience that’s waiting for lunch. But when Cassif took the stage, the effect was magnetic.

    “Peace will not be established without a correction of the crimes of the Nakba and [recognition of] the right of return,” he shouted, and the crowd cheered him. As one senior party figure put it, “Efraim talked about workers’ rights, Yaela about the Negev, Noa about activity in Tel Aviv – and Ofer was Ofer.”

    What do you mean by “right of return”?

    Cassif: “The first thing is the actual recognition of the Nakba and of the wrong done by Israel. Compare it to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in South Africa, if you like, or with the commissions in Chile after Pinochet. Israel must recognize the wrong it committed. Now, recognition of the wrong also includes recognition of the right of return. The question is how it’s implemented. It has to be done by agreement. I can’t say that tomorrow Tel Aviv University has to be dismantled and that Sheikh Munis [the Arab village on whose ruins the university stands] has to be rebuilt there. The possibility can be examined of giving compensation in place of return, for example.”

    But what is the just solution, in your opinion?

    “For the Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland.”

    That means there will be Jews who will have to leave their home.

    “In some places, unequivocally, yes. People will have to be told: ‘You must evacuate your places.’ The classic example is Ikrit and Biram [Christian-Arab villages in Galilee whose residents were promised – untruly – by the Israeli authorities in 1948 that they would be able to return, and whose lands were turned over to Jewish communities]. But there are places where there is certainly greater difficulty. You don’t right one wrong with another.”

    What about the public space in Israel? What should it look like?

    “The public space has to change, to belong to all the state’s residents. I dispute the conception of ‘Jewish publicness.’”

    How should that be realized?

    “For example, by changing the national symbols, changing the national anthem. [Former Hadash MK] Mohammed Barakeh once suggested ‘I Believe’ [‘Sahki, Sahki’] by [Shaul] Tchernichovsky – a poem that is not exactly an expression of Palestinian nationalism. He chose it because of the line, ‘For in mankind I’ll believe.’ What does it mean to believe in mankind? It’s not a Jew, or a Palestinian, or a Frenchman, or I don’t know what.”

    What’s the difference between you and the [Arab] Balad party? Both parties overall want two states – a state “of all its citizens” and a Palestinian state.

    “In the big picture, yes. But Balad puts identity first on the agenda. We are not nationalists. We do not espouse nationalism as a supreme value. For us, self-determination is a means. We are engaged in class politics. By the way, Balad [the National Democratic Assembly] and Ta’al [MK Ahmad Tibi’s Arab Movement for Renewal] took the idea of a state of all its citizens from us, from Hadash. We’ve been talking about it for ages.”

    If you were a Palestinian, what would you do today?

    “In Israel, what my Palestinian friends are doing, and I with them – [wage] a parliamentary and extra-parliamentary struggle.”

    And what about the Palestinians in the territories?

    “We have always been against harming innocent civilians. Always. In all our demonstrations, one of our leading slogans was: ‘In Gaza and in Sderot, children want to live.’ With all my criticism of the settlers, to enter a house and slaughter children, as in the case of the Fogel family [who were murdered in their beds in the settlement of Itamar in 2011], is intolerable. You have to be a human being and reject that.”

    And attacks on soldiers?

    “An attack on soldiers is not terrorism. Even Netanyahu, in his book about terrorism, explicitly categorizes attacks on soldiers or on the security forces as guerrilla warfare. It’s perfectly legitimate, according to every moral criterion – and, by the way, in international law. At the same time, I am not saying it’s something wonderful, joyful or desirable. The party’s Haifa office is on Ben-Gurion Street, and suddenly, after years, I noticed a memorial plaque there for a fighter in Lehi [pre-state underground militia, also known as the Stern Gang] who assassinated a British officer. Wherever there has been a struggle for liberation from oppression, there are national heroes, who in 90 percent of the cases carried out some operations that were unlawful. Nelson Mandela is today considered a hero, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but according to the conventional definition, he was a terrorist. Most of the victims of the ANC [African National Congress] were civilians.”

    In other words, today’s Hamas commanders who are carrying out attacks on soldiers will be heroes of the future Palestinian state?

    “Of course.”

    Anti-Zionist identity

    Cassif terms himself an explicit anti-Zionist. “There are three reasons for that,” he says. “To begin with, Zionism is a colonialist movement, and as a socialist, I am against colonialism. Second, as far as I am concerned, Zionism is racist in ideology and in practice. I am not referring to the definition of race theory – even though there are also some who impute that to the Zionist movement – but to what I call Jewish supremacy. No socialist can accept that. My supreme value is equality, and I can’t abide any supremacy – Jewish or Arab. The third thing is that Zionism, like other ethno-nationalistic movements, splits the working class and all weakened groups. Instead of uniting them in a struggle for social justice, for equality, for democracy, it divides the exploited classes and the enfeebled groups, and by that means strengthens the rule of capital.”

    He continues, “Zionism also sustains anti-Semitism. I don’t say it does so deliberately – even though I have no doubt that there are some who do it deliberately, like Netanyahu, who is connected to people like the prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, and the leader of the far right in Austria, Hans Christian Strache.”

    Did Mapai-style Zionism also encourage anti-Semitism?

    “The phenomenon was very striking in Mapai. Think about it for a minute, not only historically, but logically. If the goal of political and practical Zionism is really the establishment of a Jewish state containing a Jewish majority, and for Diaspora Jewry to settle there, nothing serves them better than anti-Semitism.”

    What in their actions encouraged anti-Semitism?

    “The very appeal to Jews throughout the world – the very fact of treating them as belonging to the same nation, when they were living among other nations. The whole old ‘dual loyalty’ story – Zionism actually encouraged that. Therefore, I maintain that anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are not the same thing, but are precisely opposites. That doesn’t mean, of course, that there are no anti-Zionists who are also anti-Semites. Most of the BDS people are of course anti-Zionists, but they are in no way anti-Semites. But there are anti-Semites there, too.”

    Do you support BDS?

    “It’s too complex a subject for a yes or no answer; there are aspects I don’t support.”

    Do you think that the Jews deserve a national home in the Land of Israel?

    “I don’t know what you mean by ‘national home.’ It’s very amorphous. We in Hadash say explicitly that Israel has a right to exist as a sovereign state. Our struggle is not against the state’s existence, but over its character.”

    But that state is the product of the actions of the Zionist movement, which you say has been colonialist and criminal from day one.

    “That’s true, but the circumstances have changed. That’s the reason that the majority of the members of the Communist Party accepted the [1947] partition agreement at the time. They recognized that the circumstances had changed. I think that one of the traits that sets communist thought apart, and makes it more apt, is the understanding and the attempt to strike the proper balance between what should be, and reality. So it’s true that Zionism started as colonialism, but what do you do with the people who were already born here? What do you tell them? Because your grandparents committed a crime, you have to leave? The question is how you transform the situation that’s been created into one that’s just, democratic and equal.”

    So, a person who survived a death camp and came here is a criminal?

    “The individual person, of course not. I’m in favor of taking in refugees in distress, no matter who or what they are. I am against Zionism’s cynical use of Jews in distress, including the refugees from the Holocaust. I have a problem with the fact that the natives whose homeland this is cannot return, while people for whom it’s not their homeland, can, because they supposedly have some sort of blood tie and an ‘imaginary friend’ promised them the land.”

    I understand that you are in favor of the annulment of the Law of Return?

    “Yes. Definitely.”

    But you are in favor of the Palestinian right of return.

    “There’s no comparison. There’s no symmetry here at all. Jerry Seinfeld was by chance born to a Jewish family. What’s his connection to this place? Why should he have preference over a refugee from Sabra or Chatila, or Edward Said, who did well in the United States? They are the true refugees. This is their homeland. Not Seinfeld’s.”

    Are you critical of the Arabs, too?

    “Certainly. One criticism is of their cooperation with imperialism – take the case of today’s Saudi Arabia, Qatar and so on. Another, from the past, relates to the reactionary forces that did not accept that the Jews have a right to live here.”

    Hadash refrained from criticizing the Assad regime even as it was massacring civilians in Syria. The party even torpedoed a condemnation of Assad after the chemical attack. Do you identify with that approach?

    “Hadash was critical of the Assad regime – father and son – for years, so we can’t be accused in any way of supporting Assad or Hezbollah. We are not Ba’ath, we are not Islamists. We are communists. But as I said earlier, the struggle, unfortunately, is generally not between the ideal and what exists in practice, but many times between two evils. And then you have to ask yourself which is the lesser evil. The Syrian constellation is extremely complicated. On the one hand, there is the United States, which is intervening, and despite all the pretense of being against ISIS, supported ISIS and made it possible for ISIS to sprout.

    "I remind you that ISIS started from the occupation of Iraq. And ideologically and practically, ISIS is definitely a thousand times worse than the Assad regime, which is at base also a secular regime. Our position was and is against the countries that pose the greatest danger to regional peace, which above all are Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and the United States, which supports them. That doesn’t mean that we support Assad.”

    Wrong language

    Cassif’s economic views are almost as far from the consensus as his political ideas. He lives modestly in an apartment that’s furnished like a young couple’s first home. You won’t find an espresso maker or unnecessary products of convenience in his place. To his credit, it can be said that he extracts the maximum from Elite instant coffee.

    What is your utopian vision – to nationalize Israel’s conglomerates, such as Cellcom, the telecommunications company, or Osem, the food manufacturer and distributor?

    “The bottom line is yes. How exactly will it be done? That’s an excellent question, which I can’t answer. Perhaps by transferring ownership to the state or to the workers, with democratic tools. And there are other alternatives. But certainly, I would like it if a large part of the resources were not in private hands, as was the case before the big privatizations. It’s true that it won’t be socialism, because, again, there can be no such thing as Zionist socialism, but there won’t be privatization like we have today. What is the result of capitalism in Israel? The collapse of the health system, the absence of a social-welfare system, a high cost of living and of housing, the elderly and the disabled in a terrible situation.”

    Does any private sector have the right to exist?

    “Look, the question is what you mean by ‘private sector.’ If we’re talking about huge concerns that the owners of capital control completely through their wealth, then no.”

    What growth was there in the communist countries? How can anyone support communism, in light of the grim experience wherever it was tried?

    “It’s true, we know that in the absolute majority of societies where an attempt was made to implement socialism, there was no growth or prosperity, and we need to ask ourselves why, and how to avoid that. When I talk about communism, I’m not talking about Stalin and all the crimes that were committed in the name of the communist idea. Communism is not North Korea and it is not Pol Pot in Cambodia. Heaven forbid.”

    And what about Venezuela?

    “Venezuela is not communism. In fact, they didn’t go far enough in the direction of socialism.”

    Chavez was not enough of a socialist?

    “Chavez, but in particular Maduro. The Communist Party is critical of the regime. They support it because the main enemy is truly American imperialism and its handmaidens. Let’s look at what the U.S. did over the years. At how many times it invaded and employed bullying, fascist forces. Not only in Latin America, its backyard, but everywhere.”

    Venezuela is falling apart, people there don’t have anything to eat, there’s no medicine, everyone who can flees – and it’s the fault of the United States?

    “You can’t deny that the regime has made mistakes. It’s not ideal. But basically, it is the result of American imperialism and its lackeys. After all, the masses voted for Chavez and for Maduro not because things were good for them. But because American corporations stole the country’s resources and filled their own pockets. I wouldn’t make Chavez into an icon, but he did some excellent things.”

    Then how do you generate individual wealth within the method you’re proposing? I understand that I am now talking to you capitalistically, but the reality is that people see the accumulation of assets as an expression of progress in life.

    “Your question is indeed framed in capitalist language, which simply departs from what I believe in. Because you are actually asking me how the distribution of resources is supposed to occur within the capitalist framework. And I say no, I am not talking about resource distribution within a capitalist framework.”

    Gantz vs. Netanyahu

    Cassif was chosen as the polls showed Meretz and Labor, the representatives of the Zionist left, barely scraping through into the next Knesset and in fact facing a serious possibility of electoral extinction. The critique of both parties from the radical left is sometimes more acerbic than from the right.

    Would you like to see the Labor Party disappear?

    “No. I think that what’s happening at the moment with Labor and with Meretz is extremely dangerous. I speak about them as collectives, because they contain individuals with whom I see no possibility of engaging in a dialogue. But I think that they absolutely must be in the Knesset.”

    Is a left-winger who defines himself as a Zionist your partner in any way?

    “Yes. We need partners. We can’t be picky. Certainly we will cooperate with liberals and Zionists on such issues as combating violence against women or the battle to rescue the health system. Maybe even in putting an end to the occupation.”

    I’ll put a scenario to you: Benny Gantz does really well in the election and somehow overcomes Netanyahu. Do you support the person who led Operation Protective Edge in Gaza when he was chief of staff?

    “Heaven forbid. But we don’t reject people, we reject policy. I remind you that it was [then-defense minister] Yitzhak Rabin who led the most violent tendency in the first intifada, with his ‘Break their bones.’ But when he came to the Oslo Accords, it was Hadash and the Arab parties that gave him, from outside the coalition, an insurmountable bloc. I can’t speak for the party, but if there is ever a government whose policy is one that we agree with – eliminating the occupation, combating racism, abolishing the nation-state law – I believe we will give our support in one way or another.”

    And if Gantz doesn’t declare his intention to eliminate the occupation, he isn’t preferable to Netanyahu in any case?

    “If so, why should we recommend him [to the president to form the next government]? After the clips he posted boasting about how many people he killed and how he hurled Gaza back into the Stone Age, I’m far from certain that he’s better.”

    #Hadash

    • traduction d’un extrait [ d’actualité ]

      Le candidat à la Knesset dit que le sionisme encourage l’antisémitisme et qualifie Netanyahu de « meurtrier »
      Peu d’Israéliens ont entendu parler de M. Ofer Cassif, représentant juif de la liste de la Knesset du parti d’extrême gauche Hadash. Le 9 avril, cela changera.
      Par Ravit Hecht 16 février 2019 – Haaretz

      (…) Identité antisioniste
      Cassif se dit un antisioniste explicite. « Il y a trois raisons à cela », dit-il. « Pour commencer, le sionisme est un mouvement colonialiste et, en tant que socialiste, je suis contre le colonialisme. Deuxièmement, en ce qui me concerne, le sionisme est raciste d’idéologie et de pratique. Je ne fais pas référence à la définition de la théorie de la race - même si certains l’imputent également au mouvement sioniste - mais à ce que j’appelle la suprématie juive. Aucun socialiste ne peut accepter cela. Ma valeur suprême est l’égalité et je ne peux supporter aucune suprématie - juive ou arabe. La troisième chose est que le sionisme, comme d’autres mouvements ethno-nationalistes, divise la classe ouvrière et tous les groupes sont affaiblis. Au lieu de les unir dans une lutte pour la justice sociale, l’égalité, la démocratie, il divise les classes exploitées et affaiblit les groupes, renforçant ainsi le pouvoir du capital. "
      Il poursuit : « Le sionisme soutient également l’antisémitisme. Je ne dis pas qu’il le fait délibérément - même si je ne doute pas qu’il y en a qui le font délibérément, comme Netanyahu, qui est connecté à des gens comme le Premier ministre de la Hongrie, Viktor Orban, et le chef de l’extrême droite. en Autriche, Hans Christian Strache. ”

      Le sionisme type-Mapaï a-t-il également encouragé l’antisémitisme ?
      « Le phénomène était très frappant au Mapai. Pensez-y une minute, non seulement historiquement, mais logiquement. Si l’objectif du sionisme politique et pratique est en réalité de créer un État juif contenant une majorité juive et de permettre à la communauté juive de la diaspora de s’y installer, rien ne leur sert mieux que l’antisémitisme. "

      Qu’est-ce qui, dans leurs actions, a encouragé l’antisémitisme ?
      « L’appel même aux Juifs du monde entier - le fait même de les traiter comme appartenant à la même nation, alors qu’ils vivaient parmi d’autres nations. Toute la vieille histoire de « double loyauté » - le sionisme a en fait encouragé cela. Par conséquent, j’affirme que l’antisémitisme et l’antisionisme ne sont pas la même chose, mais sont précisément des contraires. Bien entendu, cela ne signifie pas qu’il n’y ait pas d’antisionistes qui soient aussi antisémites. La plupart des membres du BDS sont bien sûr antisionistes, mais ils ne sont en aucun cas antisémites. Mais il y a aussi des antisémites.


  • » Israeli Soldiers Injure 20 Palestinians In Gaza
    IMEMC News - February 15, 2019 10:04 PM
    http://imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-injure-20-palestinians-in-gaza

    Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the Great Return March processions, ongoing for the 47th consecutive week in the besieged Gaza Strip, and injured dozens of Palestinians, including at least twenty with live fire, one of them a child, who suffered a life-threatening injury.

    The Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that the soldiers shot twenty Palestinians with live fire, and added that one of the wounded is a child, 15, who suffered a serious injury after the soldiers shot him with a live round in the chest.

    It stated that the child was shot east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, and was rushed to the Al-Aqsa Hospital.

    Furthermore, a Palestinian woman, 29, was injured with a shrapnel in her head, causing a moderate wound, before she was rushed to the Al-Aqsa Hospital.

    The soldiers also shot and moderately injured a photojournalist, identified as Mohammad Za’noun, east of Gaza city.

    More than 11000 Palestinians participated in the ongoing Great Return March processions this Friday, media sources in Gaza have confirmed.

    It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army stated that one of its undercover soldiers was injured, Friday, after a Palestinian hurled a pipe bomb at a military jeep, near the perimeter fence in Gaza.

    Media sources in Gaza said the officer opened the door of his armored jeep, and started firing live rounds at the protesters, before one Palestinian hurled a pipe bomb at the jeep, mildly wounding the soldiers in the leg.

    #marcheduretour 47

    • Vingt Palestiniens blessés par des tirs israéliens
      AFP - 15/02/2019

      Vingt Palestiniens ont été blessés par des tirs de soldats israéliens vendredi lors de heurts le long de la frontière entre la bande de Gaza et Israël, a indiqué le ministère de la Santé dans l’enclave contrôlée par le Hamas. Un garde-frontière israélien a également été légèrement blessé à la jambe par les éclats d’un engin explosif, a déclaré la police israélienne.

      Selon l’armée israélienne, environ 11.000 Palestiniens ont manifesté en plusieurs points le long de la barrière frontalière de plusieurs mètres de haut et lourdement gardée par les soldats israéliens.
      Les Palestiniens ont lancé des pierres et des engins explosifs vers les forces israéliennes qui « ont riposté avec des moyens anti-émeutes et tiré selon les procédures standards », a indiqué une porte-parole de l’armée à l’AFP.

      Un journaliste de l’AFP sur place a indiqué que les Palestiniens avaient eu recours à des dizaines d’engins assourdissants.

      Le ministère de la Santé à Gaza a fait état dans un communiqué de « 20 blessures (causées par des) balles réelles (tirées) par les forces d’occupation israéliennes ». (...)


  • Encore un article du New-York Times qui aborde la Palestine positivement, même si c’est par le biais de la cuisine :

    Une écrivaine décrit la cuisine palestinienne et le monde qui l’entoure
    Mayukh Sen, The New-York Times, le 4 février 2019
    http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2019/02/13/une-ecrivaine-decrit-la-cuisine-palestinienne-et-le-monde-qui-l

    “Zaitoun” est la dernière publication d’une explosion de livres de cuisine en anglais affichant fièrement un nom palestinien, dont La cuisine de Gaza de Laila El-Haddad publié en 2013 et La Table palestinienne de Reem Kassis (2017). Pendant des années le seul livre de cuisine palestinienne en anglais était La cuisine palestinienne classique de Christiane Dabdoub Nasser, publié en 2000, sur lequel Mme Khan s’est beaucoup appuyée dans sa recherche.

    La forte résonnance des livres de cuisine palestinienne au-delà du Moyen Orient a toute son importance pour Joudie Kalla, l’auteure de La Palestine sur une assiette et de Baladi, deux ouvrages publiés ces trois dernières années.

    #Palestine #Cuisine #Nourriture

    Voir aussi :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/537468
    https://seenthis.net/messages/612651
    https://seenthis.net/messages/671981
    https://seenthis.net/messages/737305

    –---------------------

    Rappel de cette évolution du New-York Times depuis quelques mois :

    Boycotter Israël est-il de la « haine » ?
    Joseph Levine, The New-York Times, le 4 septembre 2018
    https://www.aurdip.org/boycotter-israel-est-il-de-la.html?lang=fr

    Curbing Speech in the Name of Helping Israel
    Editorial, The New-York Times, le 18 décembre 2018
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/opinion/editorials/israel-bds.html

    Un jour, une vie : quand une infirmière a été tuée à Gaza, était-ce un accident ?
    David Halbfinger, The New-York Times, le 30 décembre 2018
    http://www.france-palestine.org/Un-jour-une-vie-quand-une-infirmiere-a-ete-tuee-a-Gaza-etait-ce-un

    Il est temps de briser le silence autour de la Palestine
    Michelle Alexander, The New-York Times, le 19 janvier 2019
    http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2019/01/22/il-est-temps-de-briser-le-silence-autour-de-la-palestine

    A mettre quand même avec l’évolution de la situation aux États-Unis vis à vis de la Palestine :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/752002

    #Palestine #USA #New-York_Times


  • D’abord Israël asphyxie les Gazaouis, puis nous disons que nous sommes inquiets pour leur sort
    2 février | Amira Hass pour Haaretz |Traduction J.Ch. pour l’AURDIP
    https://www.aurdip.org/d-abord-israel-asphyxie-les.html

    (...) Les responsables de la de sécurité sont inquiet devant l’effondrement du système de santé de Gaza parce que cela fera que les Forces de Défense Israéliennes auront plus de difficultés à poursuivre une opération militaire majeure dans le cas où la direction politique en ordonnerait une. C’est ce que Yaniv Kubovich a écrit la semaine dernière dans son rapport sur la récente discussion du cabinet de sécurité à ce sujet. En d’autres termes, la très pauvre performance du système de santé palestinien est l’une des choses qu’il faut prendre en compte si on décide d’attaquer à nouveau l’enclave palestinienne assiégée.

    Ce rapport peut nous apprendre directement deux autres choses : 1. La plupart des morts dans la confrontation attendue seront des civils (comme ce fut le cas, accessoirement, dans les opérations précédentes) qui ne seront pas secourus hors des zones de combat dans des délais convenables ou qui ne recevront pas de traitement médical approprié, et 2. La communauté internationale (c’est-à-dire probablement les pays occidentaux) vivront un moment difficile en soutenant une autre opération israélienne à cause de l’incapacité à sauver les civils blessés.

    Ce que l’on peut comprendre entre les lignes, c’est que, et la sécurité et les responsables politiques dénient toute responsabilité de leur part dans la situation à Gaza en général et dans le système de santé palestinien en particulier. A l’opposé, une source politique a même dit que l’Autorité Palestinienne veut que le système de santé de Gaza s’effondre. (...)


  • 35 Palestinians injured during Gaza’s weekly naval march
    Feb. 13, 2019 11:00 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 13, 2019 2:58 P.M.)
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=782535

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — At least 35 Palestinians were injured as Israeli forces suppressed the 23rd naval march along the northern besieged Gaza Strip, on Tuesday afternoon.

    Local sources said Israeli forces repeatedly fired live ammunition and tear-gas bombs towards hundreds of Palestinian protesters participating in the weekly march.

    Israeli war boats also fired at dozens of boats, which were attempting to break the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

    Medical sources confirmed that 35 Palestinians were injured and were immediately transferred to a nearby hospital for necessary medical treatment.

    About twenty boats, along with hundreds of Palestinian protesters, holding up Palestinian flags and banners, had set off from the Gaza seaport towards the Israeli “Zikim” beach.

    Many attempts have been made throughout the years to draw the public’s attention to and break the ongoing siege of the Gaza Strip whether via ships attempting to sail into Gaza or ships attempting to sail from Gaza.

    #Gaza #marchecôtière


  • Palestinian teen succumbs to wounds sustained in Gaza protests
    Feb. 13, 2019 11:02 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 13, 2019 2:58 P.M.)
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=782536

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teen succumbed, late Tuesday, to wounds he had sustained by Israeli forces last Friday during protests at the eastern borders of the al-Breij refugee camp in the central besieged Gaza Strip.

    Spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed that 17-year-old Hasan Nabil Nofal , who was hit with a tear-gas bomb in the head, died of his injury on Tuesday evening.

    Nofal had been receiving treatment at the al-Shifa Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    According to the ministry’s latest numbers, 266 Palestinians, including more than 45 children, were killed by Israeli forces during the protests along the Gaza border.

    #Palestine_assassinée #marcheduretour


  • Intervention #de Simon Assoun pour l’UJFP au meeting unitaire pour la libération de George Ibrahim Abdallah
    https://nantes.indymedia.org/articles/44512

    Près de 200 personnes, réunies samedi 2 février au CICP à Paris, ont exprimé leur soldarité avec Georges Abdallah, par leur présence, leurs interventions, leurs messages et leur participation efficace à l’organisation réussie de cette soirée organisée par la Campagne unitaire pour la libération de Georges Abdallah. Le meeting a débuté par la lecture de la déclaration de Georges Abdallah, suivie d’un message de son frère Robert pour la Campagne internationale. S’ensuivirent la déclaration de la Campagne unitaire d’Île de France, un message du secteur pénitentiaire du FPLP de Gaza, puis celui de Samidoun. Se sont succédé à la tribune : Omar Slaouti (collectif Rosa Parks), Saïd Bouamama (sociologue et militant du FUIQP), Olivia Zémor (Capjpo-EuroPalestine), deux jeunes camarades du Secours rouge de (...)

    #Répression #/ #prisons #centres #rétention #Répression,/,prisons,centres,de,rétention


  • Netherlands recognize Gaza, West Bank as official Palestinian birthplaces
    Feb. 10, 2019 3:30 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 10, 2019 3:51 P.M.)
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=782505

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians living in the Netherlands will be allowed to register the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as their official place of birth, Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops told the House of Representatives in The Hague.

    The Netherlands, which does not recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, currently offers Palestinians two options when specifying their birthplace at the Dutch civil registry, the two options are Israel or “unknown.”

    Knops wrote a letter to the House of Representatives, saying that he intends to add the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem to a list of official states used by the Dutch civil registry.

    The new category will be available to Palestinians born after May 15th 1948, the day the British Mandate was officially terminated and Israel became a recognized state.

    In the letter, Knops stated that the new category is in accordance with “the Dutch viewpoint that Israel has no sovereignty over these areas,” as well as the Netherlands’ refusal to recognize Palestine as a state.

    Knops added that the new category was named based on the Oslo Accords and United Nations Security Council resolutions.
    While the UN General Assembly and at least 136 countries have recognized Palestine as a sovereign state, most of the European Union has refrained from recognition until such status is established peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. (...)


  • Deux enfants palestiniens tués par les tirs des forces de l’occupation à la frontière de Gaza
    Vendredi 8/Février/2019 8:28:47 PM
    https://french.palinfo.com/news/2019/2/08/Deux-enfants-palestiniens-tu-s-par-les-tirs-des-forces-de-l-occupati

    Deux adolescents palestiniens ont été tués et des dizaines d’autres blessés, les forces d’occupation israéliennes continuant d’attaquer des manifestations pacifiques hebdomadaires organisées dans le cadre des marches pour le retour.

    Le ministère palestinien de la Santé a affirmé que les forces israéliennes avaient abattu les enfants Hasan Iyad Shalabi, âgé 14 ans, et Hamza Mohammad Shteiwi , âgé de 18 ans.

    Dix-sept autres manifestants ont été blessés lors de l’attaque, tandis que des centaines de personnes ont été asphyxiées avec du gaz lacrymogène, a ajouté le ministère.

    Trois des blessés ont été transférés à l’hôpital dans un état critique, a déclaré le journaliste du CPI.

    Plus de 260 Palestiniens ont été tués et plus de 27 000 autres blessés par les forces israéliennes depuis le début des manifestations de la Grande Marche du Retour à la frontière de Gaza le 30 mars.

    #Palestine_assassinée


    • On 46th Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinian Children and Wound 90 Civilians, including 32 Children, 3 Women and a Paramedic
      Date: 08 February 2019
      https://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=11940

      On Friday, 08 February 2019, the incidents were as follows:

      At approximately 15:00, thousands of civilians, including women, children and entire families, started swarming to the five encampments established by the Supreme National Authority of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege adjacent to the border fence with Israel in eastern Gaza Strip cities. Hundreds, including children and women, approached the border fence with Israel in front of each encampment and gathered tens of meters away from the main border fence, attempting to throw stones at the Israeli forces. Although the demonstrators gathered in areas open to the Israeli snipers stationed on the top of the sand berms and military watchtowers and inside and behind the military jeeps, the Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets in addition to a barrage of teargas canisters. The Israeli shooting, which continued at around 17:30, resulted in the killing of 2 children identified as:

      1- Hasan Iyad ’Abed al-Fattah Shalabi (14), from Hamad city in Khan Yunis, was hit with a live bullet to the chest at approximately 15:50 while he was around 60 meters away from the border fence, east of Khuza’ah, east of Khan Yunis. Hasan’s death was declared after his arrival at a field medical point; and

      2- Hamza Mohamed Rushdi Ishtawi (17), from Gaza City, was hit with a live bullet to the neck while he was around 50 meters away from the border fence, east of al-Shuja’iyia neighborhood, east of Gaza City.

      Moreover, 90 Palestinian civilians, including 32 children, 3 women and a paramedic, were hit with live and rubber bullets and direct tear gas canisters . In addition, dozens of demonstrators, paramedics and journalists suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures due to tear gas canisters that were fired by the Israeli forces from the military jeeps and riffles in the eastern Gaza Strip. During this week, Israeli waste-water pumping vehicles pumped skunk water at the demonstrators and agricultural lands along the border fence in eastern Khan Yunis.

    • Israeli Soldiers Kill Two Palestinian Teens, Injure Eighteen, In Gaza
      February 8, 2019 9:53 PM
      http://imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-kill-two-palestinian-children-injure-eighteen-in-gaza

      The Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has confirmed, Friday, that Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian teens, 18 and 14 years of age, and injured at least eighteen others with live fire, after the army resorted to the excessive use of force against the Great Return March processions in several parts of the coastal region.

      The Health Ministry said the soldiers killed a child, identified as
      Hasan Eyad Shalabi

      , 14, from the Nusseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza, after shooting him with live fire in the chest, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

      It added that the soldiers also killed Hamza Mohammad Roshdi Eshteiwi , 18, from Gaza city, after shooting him with live fire in the neck, east of Gaza.❞


  • « Gaza » remporte le prix du meilleur court métrage documentaire aux Goya
    Agence Media Palestine | 8 02 2019
    http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2019/02/08/gaza-remporte-le-prix-du-meilleur-court-metrage-documentaire-au


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=35JBwmNCslQ

    Goya du meilleur court métrage documentaire est pour ‘Gaza’, réalisé par Carles Bover Martínez et Julio Pérez del Campo. Tous deux dénoncent « les tentatives de censure » qu’ils ont subies et remercient les universitaires. « Ce prix est dédié à ceux qui maintiennent la lutte du peuple palestinien », déclarent-ils avant de demander : « L’Eurovision en Israël non ».
    Voici le court métrage espagnol ‘Gaza’
    Documentaire de Carles Bover, Julio Pérez del Campo (18 minutes, 2017)
    (attention images insoutenables, car la situation à Gaza est insoutenable)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Ss2Zk7Jb4


    Voici le discours d’un des réalisateurs, Julio Pérez del Campo, avec un hommage à la campagne contre l’Eurovision :
    [ avec sous-titres en français ]
    https://www.facebook.com/ajplusfrancais/videos/vb.394973304203658/426635441411531/?type=2&theater

    #GAZA


  • Un jour, une vie : quand une infirmière a été tuée à Gaza, était-ce un accident ?
    David M. Halbfinger, The New York Times
    Traduction de l’anglais par Yves Jardin, membre du GT prisonniers de l’AFPS
    http://www.france-palestine.org/Un-jour-une-vie-quand-une-infirmiere-a-ete-tuee-a-Gaza-etait-ce-un

    Le 1er juin, un soldat israélien a tiré sur une foule, tuant une infirmière bénévole du nom de Razan al-Najjar. Les responsables israéliens disent que les soldats ne tirent à balles réelles qu’en dernier recours. Cette enquête du New York Times prouve le contraire. Le NYT a analysé plus de 1.000 photos et vidéos, bloqué l’instant fatal sur un modèle en 3 dimensions de la manifestation et interviewé plus de 30 témoins et officiers des F.D.I. pour révéler comment Razan a été tuée.

    Publié le 30 décembre 2018

    Khuzaa, Bande de Gaza — Une jeune infirmière, portant un foulard, va au-devant du danger, avec sa blouse blanche comme seule protection. A travers un brouillard de gaz lacrymogène et de fumée noire, elle s’efforce d’arriver jusqu’à un homme affalé sur le sol le long de la frontière de Gaza. Des soldats israéliens, leur arme braquée, regardent avec méfiance depuis l’autre côté.

    Quelques minute plus tard, un tir de fusil déchire le vacarme, et la tragédie israélo-palestinienne s’enrichit de son tout dernier personnage tragique.

    #Razan_al-Najjar
    https://seenthis.net/messages/747975


  • Gaza : comment soigner les blessés des marches contre le blocus ? - moyen orient
    RFI - Publié le 07-02-2019
    Avec notre correspondant à Jérusalem, Guilhem Delteil.
    http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190207-gaza-comment-soigner-blesses-marches-contre-le-blocus

    Depuis dix mois désormais, des rassemblements ont lieu au moins chaque semaine dans la bande de Gaza près de la barrière de séparation. Les protestataires réclament la levée du blocus imposée à l’enclave palestinienne depuis onze ans. Pour l’armée israélienne, il s’agit « d’émeutes ». Et, disant défendre son territoire, elle a tiré à balles réelles, faisant près de 250 morts et plus de 6 000 blessés dans les rangs des manifestants.

    Partout dans le monde, plus de 6 000 blessés par balle représenteraient un défi sanitaire. Mais à Gaza sous blocus, leur prise en charge est encore plus compliquée. Le système public est saturé. (...)

    #Gaza


  • » Palestinian Detainee Dies From Medical Neglect In Israeli Prison
    IMEMC News - February 7, 2019 6:50 AM
    http://imemc.org/article/palestinian-detainee-dies-from-medical-neglect-in-israeli-prison

    The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported, on Wednesday evening, that a Palestinian detainee from Gaza, who has been held by Israel since 1991, died from serious complications resulting from being denied required specialized medical attention.

    The Committee stated that the detainee, Fares Mohammad Baroud , 51, from the Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza city, died shortly after being moved to Soroka Israeli medical center.

    It added that, although the details of his death remain unclear, Baroud has been facing several health conditions for many years and was not granted urgently needed professional medical treatment.

    On November 18, 2018, the detainee, who was also suffering from a psychological condition, suffered an internal hemorrhage and was moved to Soroka after losing consciousness.

    He later underwent a surgery where the doctors removed a part of his liver and a blood vessel leading to it.

    The Detainees Committee held the Ramon Prison administration and the Israeli government responsible for Baroud’s death, as it is just one example of the numerous and ongoing serious violations against the Palestinian detainees, depriving them from basic life-saving medical attention.

    Baroud was taken prisoner on March 23, 1991 and was sentenced to a life-term after being convicted of killing an Israeli colonialist settler.

    He has been denied visits since the year 2000, and was supposed to be released as part of the fourth phase of a prisoner release agreement reached in late 2013, but Israel cancelled the deal.

    As part of that agreement, Israel was supposed to release all long-term detainees who had spent many years in prison, in four phases, in order to facilitate the resumption of direct “peace talks”. But the Israeli government backed out of the deal before implementing the final phase, which included 30 detainees.

    His death brings the number of detainees who died in Israeli prisons since the year 1967 to 218, including 63 who died after being denied the required essential medical treatment.

    #Palestine_assassinée


  • Gantz, son of Holocaust survivor, mentions Bergen-Belsen but ignores the camp that is Gaza
    If Benny Gantz had the courage, he’d go to The Hague himself
    Amira Hass
    Feb 03, 2019

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-gantz-son-of-holocaust-survivor-mentions-bergen-belsen-but-ignores

    Benny Gantz frequently mentions his mother, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Anshel Pfeffer wrote in Haaretz on January 30. My mother also survived Bergen-Belsen. The former IDF chief of staff’s mother encouraged him to continue fighting in Gaza, but not to stop sending food to its inhabitants. (To make things straight: Israel did not and does not send food to the Palestinians. The food is bought at full price from Israeli merchants and producers. What Israel can do is to prevent food and other essential products from entering Gaza, as it has done more than once.) My mother was revolted by generals, their wars against the Palestinians and the trafficking in the memory of the murdered Jews.

    If Gantz had the courage, he would go to The Hague himself, to the Dutch district court there. The judge would have to decide whether the Dutch court has the authority to hear a civil suit against the former Israeli chief of staff for war crimes in Gaza in 2014 – the killing of six members of a family in one bombardment. Gantz’s lawyer would argue that the judge should reject the suit because the court has no jurisdiction, and in any case Gantz has immunity because he did what he did for the State of Israel, in the framework of his state-sanctioned role. This is also whyIsrael pays for his legal representation.

    >> Read more: Like Netanyahu, Gantz plays on the anxieties of his would-be voters ■ 180 Palestinian women wounded by live Israeli fire since start of Gaza protests

    Suing for war crimes specific people, who were serving in official capacities, is based on the concept that human beings, even soldiers and certainly their supreme commander, are creatures capable of thinking and are therefore responsible for their actions. They are not just following orders. A civil suit for a war crime committed in another country is based on the concept that universal values exist and that when international law is breached, a third state has the right to adjudicate.

    If Gantz had the courage, he would leave his new Knesset (or cabinet) seat for a day or two and stand in The Hague before the plaintiff Ismail Ziada. But even if Gantz doesn’t go, two tracks of uprootedness, injustice and trauma, will intersect there. Europe made clear to Gantz’s parents, who were born in Hungary and Romania, that they were not wanted there. In fact, that they didn’t deserve to live. They were not killed, and they arrived in this country. In Israel we became the victors, and we continue to take revenge on those who have nothing to do with the expulsion and murder of the Jews.


  • In video - Israel starts building massive barrier along Gaza border
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=782439

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel began the construction of the over-ground portion of the Gaza border barrier that will connect to the under-construction sea barrier aimed at preventing the movement of the Hamas military wing out of the coastal enclave and into Israel.

    The Israeli Defense Ministry confirmed, on Sunday, that the over-ground section of the barrier will be 65 kilometers (40 miles) long and will be six meters (20 feet) high.

    The Israeli Defense Ministry’s border administration said, “The border is uniquely suited to the threats from the Gaza Strip and will give a comprehensive solution to preventing entry into Israel.”

    The barrier is meant to prevent underground tunnels from Gaza.

    The barrier, estimated to cost 3 billion shekels ($833 million), will include a concrete wall fitted with sensors and reaching dozens of meters deep into the ground and standing six meters high from ground level.
    (...)
    The video below shows the start of the barrier’s construction:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=QJujTzjTBjY

    #Gaza


  • » Palestinian Succumbs to Wounds in Gaza
    IMEMC News - February 4, 2019 8:42 AM
    http://imemc.org/article/palestinian-succumbs-to-wounds-in-gaza

    A Palestinian man succumbed, Sunday, to critical wounds he sustained last week, as Israeli forces attacked the “Great Return March” protests along Gaza’s borders

    Ahmad Ghazi Abu Jabal , 30, died of critical wounds he sustained last week, after being shot by Israeli forces offshore the town of Beit Lahia, north of Gaza.

    Abu Jabal, from the Sheja’eyya neighborhood east of Gaza city, was shot and seriously injured, on January 29 2019, during a naval procession along Beit Lahia Sea and shore, in northern Gaza.

    The soldiers who shot him with live fire were stationed at the Zikim military base, near Gaza’s northern border.

    The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) issued a statement mourning his death, and declaring that he was one of its members.

    #Palestine_assassinée #marchecôtière



  • Sébastien Marchal, L’Histoire n’est pas finie , 2013, France.

    Plus d’une soixantaine de graphistes, dessinateurs, typographes et illustrateurs, professionnels pour beaucoup ou amateurs pour quelques-uns, nous ont envoyé une ou plusieurs #affiches en solidarité avec la population de #Gaza. Une image de chacun d’entre eux est présentée sur cette page. Dans certains cas, d’autres images ont été publiées également : cliquez sur les liens pour voir les billets avec les légendes développées et tous les compléments visuels.

    Au total, entre le 25 juillet et le 29 août 2014, vingt-quatre affiches sont parues sur une page de l’Humanité. Toutes les images rassemblées sur ce blog constituent une constellation plus vaste encore.

    http://www.humaginaire.net/post/Des-affiches-pour-Gaza%3A-inventaire-provisoire


  • Israel starts construction on 20-foot-high fence surrounding #Gaza

    Covered in barbed wire and sensors, new fence to sit atop tunnel-blocking subterranean wall and connect to sea barrier.
    The Defense Ministry has begun the final phase of construction of a 20-foot high galvanized steel fence that will completely surround the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials said Sunday.

    The barrier will extend 65 kilometers (40 miles) miles around the enclave and sit atop the subterranean concrete wall Israel is constructing around the Gaza Strip to block terrorist groups’ attack tunnels from the coastal enclave.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the barriers were needed to “prevent the infiltration of terrorists into our territory,” at the start of weekly cabinet meeting.

    The fence will connect to the barrier recently built out into the Mediterranean Sea from north of Gaza, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

    The overall Gaza barrier project is due to be completed by the end of 2019, according to the army.

    “On Thursday, we began work on the final component of the Gaza Strip border barrier project. The obstacle is unique and specially designed to protect against the threats from the Strip and to give a superior solution to preventing infiltration into Israeli territory,” said the head of the project, Brig. Gen. (res.) Eran Ofir.

    The barrier project is expected to cost approximately NIS 3 billion ($833 million), with each kilometer of the underground portion of the barrier costing approximately NIS 41.5 million ($11.5 million). The above-ground fence is significantly cheaper, at just NIS 1.5 million ($416,000) per kilometer.

    The new fence surrounding the Gaza Strip will be constructed within Israeli territory, a few dozen meters east of the current shorter, more easily penetrable fencing. The old barrier will not be removed.

    According to the Defense Ministry, the new galvanized steel fence will weigh approximately 20,000 tons and comes equipped with a number of sensors and other “modern security components.”

    The barrier is being constructed jointly by the Israel Defense Forces-Defense Ministry Borders and Security Fence Directorate, run by Ofir, who has overseen the construction of barriers along Israel’s borders with Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

    In 2016, Israel began construction of the new barrier around the Strip, focusing first on the underground portion, following the 2014 Gaza war in which Hamas used subterranean attack tunnels to deadly effect against Israeli troops.

    Over the past two years, work has persisted on the underground sensor-studded concrete wall, despite regular riots and clashes along the border and occasional attacks on the construction sites.

    In addition, the Defense Ministry built a barrier extending out from Israel’s coast aimed at preventing maritime infiltration from Gaza, as occurred in the 2014 war when a team of Hamas naval commandos landed on the beach near the community of Kibbutz Zikim before they were killed by Israeli forces. Construction of the undersea wall and breakwater was completed last month.

    The new above-ground fence will begin at the Egyptian-Israeli-Gaza border, near Kerem Shalom, and will continue out to the sea barrier, according to the Defense Ministry.

    “The above-ground barrier… is another important element in the defense of the [Israeli] communities surrounding Gaza, which already includes: the sea barrier, which provides a response to terrorist infiltration from the sea to the west, and the underground barrier that surrounds the Strip and is meant to prevent the digging of terror tunnels into Israel,” the ministry said.

    The military proposed building the barrier following the 2014 Gaza war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge. During the fighting, Hamas made extensive use of its tunnel networks to send fighters into Israel as well as to move its terrorist operatives and munitions within the Gaza Strip.

    Hundreds of people, some Israeli and others from abroad, are involved in the project, wearing flak jackets and under guard by IDF soldiers as protection against attack from terror groups in the Strip.

    Concrete factories were built next to the Gaza Strip to speed up construction.

    To build the underground wall, the workers use a hydromill, a powerful piece of drilling equipment that cuts deep, narrow trenches into the earth, which was brought to Israel from Germany.

    In addition to opening up the ground where the barrier will be constructed, the hydromill also exposes any previously undiscovered or newly dug Hamas tunnels that enter Israeli territory. The space left behind by the hydromill — and any Hamas tunnels that get in the way — is then filled with a substance known as bentonite, a type of absorbent clay that expands when it touches water.

    This is meant to prevent the trenches from collapsing, but also has the additional benefit of indicating the presence of a tunnel, as the bentonite would quickly drain into it. Workers then pour regular concrete into the trench. Metal cages with sensors attached are then lowered into the concrete for additional support.


    https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-starts-construction-on-20-foot-high-fence-surrounding-gaza/amp
    #murs #barrières_frontalières #frontières #Israël
    ping @reka


  • On 45th  Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 98 Civilians, including 15 Children, 4 Women; 2 of them Paramedics, and 1 Journalist
    Palestinian Center for Human Rights | February 1, 2019
    https://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=11940

    On Friday afternoon, 01 February 2019, in use of excessive force against peaceful protesters on the 45th Friday of the Great March of Return in the eastern Gaza Strip, Israeli forces wounded 98 civilians, including 15 children, 4 women; 2 of them are paramedics, and a journalist. The injury of 7 of those wounded were reported serious, including a 17-year-old girl who was shot with a bullet to the chest in eastern Khan Younis.

    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, dozens of them were hit with bullets and teargas canisters without posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.

    On this Friday, the Israeli forces continued to target the medical personnel in field and wounded 2 of female paramedics in eastern Gaza City and Rafah when a PRCS ambulance was targeted with a bullet. This indicates an Israeli systematic policy to target the medical personnel and obstruct their humanitarian work that is guaranteed with protection under the international humanitarian law.

    #marcheduretour


  • L’épidémie de superbactéries qui menace Gaza devrait préoccuper le monde entier
    Middle East Eye | Belen Fernandez | 31 janvier 2019
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/opinions/l-pid-mie-de-superbact-ries-qui-menace-gaza-devrait-pr-occuper-le-mon

    Le Bureau of Investigative Journalism, une ONG britannique consacrée à la réalisation d’articles d’investigation, a récemment publié un rapport intitulé « Un ennemi invisible : des médecins luttent contre une épidémie de superbactéries à Gaza ».

    Compte tenu des atrocités commises régulièrement par un ennemi très visible – l’État d’Israël – dans la bande de Gaza, la dernière chose dont nous avons besoin est certainement d’un ennemi invisible. (...)

    #Gaza


  • UPDATE: Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli forces for alleged stab attempt
    Jan. 30, 2019 11:13 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2019 2:39 P.M.)
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=782391

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli security forces shot and killed a Palestinian teen at the al-Zaayim checkpoint, on a road that leads to the entrance of the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, east of occupied Jerusalem, on Wednesday morning.

    Hebrew-language news sites reported that Israeli soldiers deployed at the checkpoint opened fire at a Palestinian teen who was allegedly wielding a knife and running towards them.

    The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the killed teen as 16-year-old Samah Zuheir Mubarak , a resident from Ramallah City.

    An Israeli police spokesperson said in a statement that the Palestinian teen attempted to stab one of the Israeli soldiers situated at the checkpoint, when security forces intervened and opened fire.

    The teen was critically injured, however, succumbed to her injuries within a few minutes.

    No injuries were reported among Israelis.

    #Palestine_assassinée

    • Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Teenage Girl Near Jerusalem
      January 31, 2019 1:04 AM
      http://imemc.org/article/soldiers-kill-a-palestinian-teenage-girl-near-jerusalem

      Israeli soldiers shot and killed, Wednesday, a Palestinian teenage girl, only 16 years of age, at the Zaim military roadblock, east of occupied Jerusalem, reportedly after she “attempted to stab them.”

      The Israeli Police claimed that the child, Samah Zoheir Mubarak, 16, was carrying her schoolbag when she “pulled a knife and attempted to stab the soldiers,” when the officers fired several live rounds at her and killed her.

      Furthermore, the police later abducted Samah’s father, and moved him to the al-Maskobiyya interrogation center in Jerusalem.

      Media sources said the Samah was wearing an Islamic Niqab, and that the soldiers ordered her to uncover her face, but she refused before the soldiers shot and killed her, alleging that she attempted to stab them.

      She was walking in an area of the military roadblock only designated for vehicles and not pedestrians when she was fatally shot from a close range. The Border Police examined her schoolbag, which was filled with books, and school stationary.

      Samah was left bleeding on the ground and died from her wounds. She is from Nusseirat in Gaza, but her family moved to Umm ash-Sharayet neighborhood in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and was an eleven-grade school student.

      It is worth mentioning that Samah has just returned from Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, a few days ago, after performing pilgrimage.


  • » Palestinian Dies From Wounds He Suffered Last Friday In Gaza
    IMEMC News - January 29, 2019 9:19 PM
    http://imemc.org/article/palestinian-dies-from-wounds-he-suffered-last-friday-in-gaza

    The Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has confirmed that a Palestinian man died, Tuesday, from serious wounds he suffered, last Friday, after Israeli soldiers shot him during the Great Return March Procession.

    The Health Ministry stated that the man, Samir Ghazi Nabahin , 47, was shot with a high-velocity gas bomb in the face, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

    It added that Nabahin was rushed to the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza, and received the urgently needed medical treatment, but remained in a critical condition until he succumbed to his wounds.

    Also on Tuesday, the soldiers shot at least fourteen Palestinians with live fire, and caused eleven others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, during the nonviolent naval procession near the shore of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

    #Palestine_assassinée #marchecôtière