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  • Washington, Tel Aviv et Londres préparent-ils des bombardements contre l’Iran ? (Sputnik)
    https://www.crashdebug.fr/international/16226-washington-tel-aviv-et-londres-preparent-ils-des-bombardements-cont

    Israël se préparerait à des activités militaires contre l’Iran. La presse israélienne évoque des projets de raids communs au-dessus de la Syrie et de l’Iran avec des chasseurs-bombardiers de 5e génération F-35 de l’aviation américaine, israélienne et britannique.

    Les avions d’Israël, des Etats-Unis et de la Grande-Bretagne s’entraînent actuellement à interagir en conditions de guerre, écrit le quotidien Nezavissimaïa gazeta. Le Pentagone a projeté 12 F-22 sur sa base d’Al Oudeid au Qatar. Jérusalem a accusé les militaires russes d’utiliser des moyens de guerre électronique empêchant la navigation aérienne dans la région. Damas se dit « totalement prêt » à utiliser le système antiaérien S-300 fourni par la Russie fin 2018. Moscou ne nie pas l’éventualité de livrer des S-400 à (...)

  • La dangereuse idée d’une propriété juive de Jérusalem
    Chris den Hond > 1er juillet 2019
    https://orientxxi.info/magazine/la-dangereuse-idee-d-une-propriete-juive-de-jerusalem,3189
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWAu3ChZf84


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    Des pro-palestiniens manifestent contre l’inauguration de la place de Jérusalem à Paris (IMAGES) — RT en français
    https://francais.rt.com/france/63492-pro-palestiniens-manifestent-contre-inauguration-place-de-jerusal

    Des dizaines de militants pro-palestiniens ont manifesté contre l’inauguration par Anne Hidalgo de la place de Jérusalem à Paris, en présence du maire Moshe Leon. Ils voient en cet événement un appui à la politique de colonisation d’Israël.

    Un rassemblement pro-palestinien s’est tenu ce 30 juin à Paris afin de protester contre l’inauguration de la place de Jérusalem. Cette place, premier espace public de la capitale française à porter ce nom depuis 1883, a été inaugurée à l’intersection de la rue de Courcelles et du boulevard de Reims, en présence de la maire de Paris Anne Hidalgo et du maire du XVIIe arrondissement, Geoffroy Boulard. Le maire de Jérusalem, Moshe Leon, était lui aussi présent.

    Tandis que la cérémonie se déroulait bien encadrée par un important dispositif policier, des protestataires se sont rassemblés quelques centaines de mètres plus loin, accusant la mairie de Paris d’apporter un soutien à la politique de colonisation menée par le gouvernement israélien dans les territoires palestiniens.

    #PlaceJerusalem

  • Feu sur la liberté d’expression en Europe
    dimanche 30 juin 2019 par Coordination nationale de l’UJFP
    http://www.ujfp.org/spip.php?article7264

    Il aura fallu que Yossi Bartal, guide au musée juif de Berlin, démissionne pour qu’apparaissent toutes les manœuvres de l’État d’Israël, toutes ses compromissions aussi.

    La démission de Yossi Bartal(1) se produit huit jours après celle du Directeur du musée, Peter Schäfer (2).

    Peter Schäfer avait protesté avec 240 intellectuels juifs (dont Avraham Burg et Eva Illouz) pour s’opposer à une motion du Parlement allemand qui considérait le mouvement BDS comme antisémite. Il a été directement attaqué par l’ambassadeur d’Israël, Jeremy Issacharoff et Josef Schuster, directeur de l’équivalent du Crif allemand qui n’ont pas hésité à utiliser des « fake news » pour le salir.

    L’année dernière déjà le budget d’une exposition consacrée à Jérusalem, montrant aussi son versant palestinien a été divisé par 2 à la suite d’une intervention de Benjamin Netanyahou (qui réclamait l’annulation totale du budget). De son côté, Josef Schuster avait critiqué le fait que la majorité des employés du musée n’étaient pas juifs. Et les détracteurs de la liberté d’esprit du musée sont soutenus par l’ALD, le parti d’extrême droite…

    Un panier de crabe insoupçonné que nous révèle son (ex) guide. (...)

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    (1) Opinion Why I Resigned From Berlin’s Jewish Museum
    Yossi Bartal - Jun 22, 2019 9:39 AM
    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/why-i-resigned-from-berlin-s-jewish-museum-1.7398301

    Last Monday, after guiding hundreds of different tour groups from Germany and around the world to various exhibitions, I submitted my resignation as a guide at the Jewish Museum of Berlin in protest against the crass political intervention by the German government and the State of Israel in the work of the museum.

    The shameful firing of Peter Schäfer, among the most important scholars of Judaism in the world, in the wake of an aggressive campaign of “fake news” conducted by the Israeli Ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, and Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, made it clear that the German government is not interested any more in guarding the artistic and academic autonomy of the museum. And I am not interested in working for an institution that relinquishes its independence to serve the political interests of this or that state.

    From the beginning, working as a Jewish guide at a Jewish museum where most of the staff and visitors are not Jews presented personal, political and pedagogical challenges. Thus questions of representation of the other and of speaking in their name have accompanied the work of the museum since its opening in 2003.

    Is it appropriate for a German state museum to be called a Jewish museum at all, or must it be under the complete control of the official Jewish community (that itself only represents part of German Jewry)? Is a Jewish museum, in the absence of a similar institution addressing the Muslim community or other minority groups, responsible for providing space for the perspectives of children of migrants in Germany, many of whom live in neighborhoods nearby, and for conducting Jewish-Muslim dialogue?

    Should the museum function as a forum in which various opinions in the Jewish world can be heard, those touching on Israel as well? The answer of the head of the Jewish community, the Israeli ambassador and right-wing journalists, who for years have been running a toxic and untruthful campaign against museum staff, is an absolute no.

    Thus a significant portion of the criticism of the museum suggests, or even declares openly, that the very fact that many of the staff members of the museum are not Jews negates their right to social activism that is not in keeping with the political preferences of the Jewish community’s representatives. This discourse reached the point of absurdity when Schuster, the leader of a community in which many members are not considered Jewish according to halakha, negated the museum’s right to call itself Jewish.

    But we should not be confused by the legitimate criticism over the lack of Jewish representation in leading positions in Germany, because this criticism is raised only when non-Jews dare, even in the most sensitive way, to criticize policies of the Israeli government, or to come out against anti-Muslim racism. Proof of this may be seen in the Jewish community’s support for the 10 officials who have been nominated to fight anti-Semitism in the country: All 10 are non-Jews, and all 10 support the position that strong criticism of the occupation and of Israel’s religiously discriminatory character should be seen as an expression of anti-Semitism.

    Not surprisingly, the extreme right-wing “Alternative for Germany” is the party that, by way of parliamentary questions, has been leading the campaign against the museum for the last year, as reported sympathetically by the house newspaper of Benjamin Netanyahu. Despite the Israeli Embassy’s contention that it is not in contact with members of the party, its opposition to museum activities is based on a fervent rejection of democratic discourse, and its absolute conflation of the interests of the Israeli government with those of world Jewry. Already in the past year, as part of an exhibition on Jerusalem and its significance to three religions, the museum was forced to cancel a lecture on the status of LGBTQ Palestinians in East Jerusalem because the Israeli ambassador suspected that the speaker, God help us, supports BDS.

    Accusations of anti-Semitism, which carry enormous weight in Germany, lead more and more to censorship and self-censorship. Cultural institutions in Germany, which are supposed to provide a stage for critical positions, are threatened financially and politically if they even dare to host artists and musicians who at any time expressed support for non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation. This policy of fear-mongering that Miri Regev leads in Israel is imported by supporters of Israel to Germany. Only in Germany, because of its great sensitivity to anti-Semitism and deep identification with Israel in the wake of the Shoah, are there politicians not only on the right but on the left as well who vehemently endorse the silencing of criticism of Israel.

    The extreme right’s ascendance to power in places across the globe is based in great part on the constriction of democratic space and the intimidation and sanctioning of anyone who dares to oppose suppressive nationalist policies. The efforts of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and the Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with Jewish and right-wing organizations around the world, to defame and slander anyone who refuses to join their campaign of incitement against human rights activists, has now led to the firing of an esteemed scholar, strictly because he chose to defend the rights of Israeli academics to oppose the designation of the BDS movement as an anti-Semitic movement.

    Against this paranoid impulse toward purges, which to a great extent recalls the years of McCarthyism in the United States, one must take a clear public stance. If the firing of Peter Schäfer has a moral, it is that no matter how much approbation a person has received for his opposition to anti-Semitism and support for Israel, opposition to Netanyahu’s anti-democratic policies is enough to turn him into an enemy of the people and the nation.

    If the German and Israeli governments are interested in the Jewish Museum representing only their narrow political interests and denying its staff members freedom of expression, I am not interested in having a part in it. So despite my deep respect for the museum’s staff, I proffered my resignation. I and many other Jews of my generation do not want or need a kashrut certificate from the State of Israel or the heads of the institutional Jewish community, nor, certainly, from the German government. Judaism, as a pluralistic and democratic world culture, will continue to exist after the racist, ultra-nationalist politics that has taken over many communal institutions passes from the world.

    The writer has lived in Berlin for 13 years and works as a tour guide.

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    (2) https://seenthis.net/messages/788398

  • En busca de los platos perdidos de la cocina palestina | El Comidista EL PAÍS
    https://elcomidista.elpais.com/elcomidista/2019/06/11/articulo/1560255130_664398.html

    Magnifique initiative pour la sauvegarde du patrimoine culinaire palestinien. Et mise en évidence sur un site « grand public » de gastronomie : inutile de dire que c’est totalement inimaginable en France où la cuisine du Moyen-Orient est bien souvent vendue en librairie par des auteur(e)s juifs/juives...

    ¿Qué ocurriría si te impidieran volver a comer tortilla de patatas? ¿Qué pasaría si otro país convenciera a todo el mundo de que el gazpacho les pertenece? ¿Y si el cocido fuera una historia que te contaron tus abuelos pero que tú jamás probaste? Probablemente nos pondríamos de acuerdo en que estaríamos perdiendo parte de nuestra identidad, esa parte del legado cultural que representa la cocina y que se conserva en recetarios, guisos e ingredientes particulares.

    Mirna Bamieh es una artista y cocinera palestina. Nacida en Jerusalén, en 1983, de pequeña pasaba mucho tiempo viendo cocinar a su madre. La madre, libanesa, preguntaba a la pequeña Mirna si aquello que estaba preparando le gustaba o si se le ocurría cómo mejorarlo… lo normal en una casa en la que se guisa. Pero aunque el amor por la comida se le inculcó desde muy joven, Mirna estudió Psicología y más tarde Bellas Artes y, a partir de 2009, dedicó su carrera al arte.

    Sin embargo, el runrún de la comida iba por dentro. “En 2016 hice una exposición en la que mostraba mi producción de los últimos dos años”, cuenta Mirna. Y sigue: “Toda mi obra era de estudio: vídeos, instalaciones… y en la mayoría usaba mi cuerpo para expresar lo que quería transmitir. Cuando vi todo mi trabajo reunido pensé que quería hacer algo nuevo, que ya era suficiente de mí misma. Así, que mi siguiente proyecto fue Potato Talks”.

    En Potato Talks un grupo de personas se sentaba a pelar patatas en una calle principal con un par de sillas vacías enfrente. Cuando un paseante se sentaba, el ‘pelador’ empezaba a contarle una historia personal. Se trataba de crear un contexto de intercambio –los paseantes también terminaban contando sus historias– alrededor de algo tan cotidiano como una patata.
    Potato talks o conversaciones alrededor de una patata. AYUNTAMIENTO DE RAMALLAH

    “Esa fue la semilla de Palestine Hosting Society”, afirma Mirna, “un proyecto que explora la comida tradicional en Palestina, especialmente la que está a punto de desaparecer”. Más allá de su importancia para sobrevivir, la comida refleja la historia y la identidad de un pueblo. Desde un punto de vista frívolo y superficial, esto ha quedado demostrado cuando un cocinero extranjero nos ha tocado la paella y Twitter se ha llenado de mensajes heridos y amenazantes, escritos por autores ofendidos en su orgullo culinario patrio.

  • Barak Ravid sur Twitter : “WATCH: U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman takes a 10 pounds hammer and breaks open a tunnel which runs under the Palestinian village of #Silwan to the old city of #Jerusalem. This happens at a settlers organisation event with Sara Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson at his side” / Twitter
    https://twitter.com/BarakRavid/status/1145362268022067200

    https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1145362068507430912/pu/vid/640x360/A_akO0XpJxkZ-Rl-.mp4?tag=10

    Des officiels américains à un évènement lié aux colons israéliens à Jérusalem-Est - L’Orient-Le Jour
    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1176973/des-officiels-americains-a-un-evenement-lie-aux-colons-israeliens-a-j

    Deux responsables américains ont assisté dimanche à l’inauguration à Jérusalem-Est d’un site archéologique organisée par une association ultranationaliste israélienne, une présence qui rompt une nouvelle fois avec la pratique diplomatique s’agissant de la colonisation et du secteur palestinien de la ville occupé par Israël.

    Jason Greenblatt, conseiller du président américain Donald Trump, et David Friedman, ambassadeur en Israël, ont assisté en compagnie de responsables israéliens à une cérémonie dévoilant le résultat de travaux archéologiques à Silwan, quartier palestinien de Jérusalem-Est. Silwan, situé en contrebas des murailles de la Vieille ville, est le théâtre de tensions permanentes entre les résidents palestiniens et des colons juifs de plus en plus nombreux.

    Les travaux archéologiques, portant sur une route souterraine utilisée il y a environ 2.000 ans pour le pèlerinage vers le Second Temple juif, ont été entrepris par l’association Elad, dont le but avoué est de renforcer la présence juive à Jérusalem-Est.

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    Les Palestiniens accusent Israël et la fondation Elad de chercher à les chasser de Jérusalem.

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    L’ONG israélienne Emek Shaveh, qui lutte contre l’usage de l’archéologie au service de la colonisation, a également critiqué la présence d’officiels américains à la cérémonie. Elle dénonce un « acte politique qui se rapproche le plus d’une reconnaissance américaine de la souveraineté israélienne » sur toute la Vieille ville de Jérusalem.

    Israël considère Jérusalem comme sa capitale « unifiée et indivisible ». Mais la communauté internationale ne reconnaît pas l’annexion en 1967 de la partie orientale occupée de la ville, dont les Palestiniens veulent faire la capitale de l’Etat auquel ils aspirent.

    Le président Donald Trump a rompu en décembre 2017 avec des décennies de consensus diplomatique en reconnaissant Jérusalem comme la capitale d’Israël, poussant les Palestiniens à couper tout contact formel avec Washington.

    L’ambassadeur américain en Israël David Friedman est un fervent soutien des colonies israéliennes dans les Territoires palestiniens, considérées comme illégales par la communauté internationale.

    #sionisme #etats-unis

    • Editorial Settlers From the White House
      Haaretz Editorial
      Jun 30, 2019 11:20 PM
      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/settlers-from-the-white-house-1.7424748

      The event held Sunday in a tunnel under the main street of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem, just outside the Old City walls, would have been impossible only a few years ago. Two of the U.S. administration’s most senior diplomats, Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt and U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, were there alongside Israeli ministers at the inauguration of the Path of the Pilgrims – a tunnel excavated by the right-wing Elad organization with generous help from the state.

      The tunnel, which according to Elad exposed a street from the Second Temple period that brought pilgrims from the Shiloah pool to the Temple Mount, is a central project in the organization’s efforts to Judaize Silwan and its environs by way of archaeology and tourism. When the tunnel opens to the public, presumably in a few months, it will become a major tourist attraction.

      The participation of American diplomats at an event sponsored by a right-wing group in East Jerusalem constitutes de facto recognition of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem’s historic basin. If anyone had any doubts about that, Friedman made clear in an interview with the Jerusalem Post that, “The City of David is an essential component of the national heritage of the State of Israel.” Giving it up, even in the context of a peace agreement, he said, “would be akin to America returning the Statue of Liberty.”

      This recognition doesn’t just put the American administration on the extreme right of the Israeli political map – thus undercutting the claim that American can be an unbiased broker between Israel and the Palestinians – but it also ignores the complicated reality in Silwan, East Jerusalem and the entire region. The tunnel, which was excavated using controversial methods from a scientific standpoint, harnesses archaeology to politics while ignoring the nuances of Jerusalem’s ancient past.

      But the main problem is that excavating under the street blatantly ignores what’s happening at street level. In Silwan alone there are 20,000 Palestinians without citizenship or civil rights, who justifiably feel that this archaeological project is aimed at forcing them out of their neighborhood. Surrounding Silwan are another 300,000 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, also without rights.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfbMcYhJY6Q


      Anyone having even a passing familiarity with the Palestinian people knows that there’s no chance of arriving at any kind of agreement that will end the occupation so long as Israel continues to control East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Thus, by mere words and an event dripping with sweetness and smiles, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has sentenced Israelis to a life of constant conflict, or to an apartheid state in which there are two types of residents, those with rights and those without them.

  • En revenant de la manifestation contre l’inauguration de la place de Jérusalem en présence du Maire de Jérusalem, Moshe Leon, qui en chasse violemment les Palestiniens ... , je croise des Israéliens qui provoquent en brandissant leur drapeau.

    https://twitter.com/Mariableuee/status/1145374741878005766?s=20

    https://twitter.com/Mariableuee/status/1145374853597413376?s=20

    La police a déclaré aux manifestants, qu’elle leurs faisait une protection jusqu’au Métro Villiers, pour les protéger de ces Israéliens agressif (le Bétar d’après certains manifestants).

    Quand j’ai voulu partir dans l’autre sens, un policier a cherché à me dissuader :
    « S’ils ont repéré que vous étiez parmi les manifestants (hostiles à un Jérusalem ethniquement épuré), ils peuvent vous agresser et on ne pourra pas vous protéger. »

    Ce policier m’a ainsi benoitement avoué qu’Israël tient le 17ème arrondissement de Paris et pas notre police.

    #Police #Israel #Paris #Hidalgo #Consistoire #Joel-Mergui #Judaisme #Jerusalem #Betar #Moshe-Leon

  • Israeli Soldiers Kill One Palestinian, Injure Many, In Jerusalem
    June 28, 2019 2:25 AM – IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-kill-one-palestinian-injure-many-in-jerusalem

    Israeli soldiers and the police invaded, on Thursday evening, the al-‘Isawiya town, north of occupied East Jerusalem, killed a young Palestinian man, and injured many other residents, in addition to imposing a strict siege on the town.

    Media sources said the soldiers invaded Obeid neighborhood in the town, and attacked many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, in addition to searching homes and shops.

    They added that the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinian youngsters protesting the invasion.

    Local nonviolent activist, Yousef Obeid, said the soldiers killed a former political prisoner, identified as Mohammad Samir Obeid , 21, after shooting him with several bullets, including a live round in the heart.

    He added that the soldiers also injured four other Palestinians, causing mild-to-moderate wounds.

    After killing the young man, the soldiers took his body away, and assaulted several Palestinians with clubs and batons.
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    It is worth mentioning that the invasion, and the killing of the young man, took place after the army attacked the nonviolent procession held by the locals against the daily invasions and violent searches of homes and property, carried out by the Israeli military and the police.

    #Palestine_assassinée

    • In Serious Ongoing Escalation, Israeli Soldiers Kill one Palestinian, Injure 95 And Abduct Three, Since Thursday
      June 30, 2019 12:20 PM
      https://imemc.org/article/in-serious-ongoing-escalation-israeli-soldiers-kill-one-palestinian-injure-95

      Israeli soldiers have killed one Palestinian, injured more than 95 and abducted at least 30, in ongoing invasions and serious escalation since this past Thursday, in the al-Isawiya town, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem.

      Besides the ongoing invasions, and the excessive use of force against the Palestinian protesters, the army and the police have also imposed a series of sanctions and collective punishment measures against the residents, in addition to invading and ransacking dozens of homes, hospitals and clinics.

      Although the invasions are more violent in al-‘Isawiya, they also targeted many other parts of occupied Jerusalem, including the Old City, and surrounding areas, and once again, the army invaded various sections of al-Makassed Hospital.

      During the invasions into the hospital, the army assaulted many physicians, nurses and even patients, while the soldiers were also deployed it in various sections, and around it, looking for wounding Palestinians to abduct them.

      On Thursday, June 27th, the soldiers killed a former political prisoner, identified as Mohammad Samir Obeid, 21, when they shot him with a live round in the heart, from a close range, after the soldiers assaulted and resorted to the excessive use of force against the Palestinians in al-‘Isawiya town.

      After killing the young man, the soldiers took his corpse away, and are still refusing to send it back to his family for burial. They later abducted his father Samir, and his sister, Sondos. The slain Palestinian spent a total of four years in Israeli prisons, and was released a year ago, after being held for twenty months.
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      This escalation came while Israel has already been imposing sanctions and collective punishment against the Palestinians, their homes and lands, and started shortly after Israel decided to demolish homes and remove the Palestinians from their lands, to build what it called a “National Garden.”

      It also came after Israel issued demolition orders targeting 16 Palestinian apartment buildings of more than 100 apartments in Sur Baher town, and similar orders targeting homes and structures in and around occupied Jerusalem.

  • Incidents lors de la réouverture du Tombeau des rois, au cœur de Jérusalem-Est
    Par RFI Publié le 27-06-2019
    http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190627-incidents-lors-reouverture-tombeau-rois-coeur-jerusalem-est

    La France a brièvement rouvert, ce jeudi 27 juin, l’un de ses domaines nationaux dans la ville de Jérusalem. Le Tombeau des rois, site archéologique vieux de 2000 ans, a accueilli un premier groupe de touristes après neuf ans de fermeture. Mais moins d’une heure plus tard, des incidents avec des juifs ultra-orthodoxes ont poussé les responsables du site à fermer à nouveau les portes.

  • Benyamin Netanyahu envisage d’annuler les législatives de septembre prochain
    Publié le 26-06-2019 - RFI - Avec notre correspondant à Jérusalem,Guilhem Delteil
    http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190626-israel-netanyahu-annuler-legislatives-septembre-prochain

    Alors que de nouvelles élections législatives sont prévues le 17 septembre après la récente dissolution du Parlement israélien, le Premier ministre Benyamin Netanyahu envisage d’annuler le scrutin.

  • Oman veut ouvrir une ambassade en Cisjordanie - moyen orient
    Publié le 26-06-2019 - RFI
    http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190626-oman-veut-ouvrir-ambassade-cisjordanie

    Le sultanat d’Oman va ouvrir une ambassade dans les Territoires palestiniens. L’annonce a été faite ce mercredi 27 juin alors que le pays est de plus en plus présent dans le dossier israélo-palestinien.

    Le ministère omanais des Affaires étrangères a indiqué dans un communiqué qu’une mission se rendrait à Ramallah en Cisjordanie, siège de l’Autorité palestinienne, pour préparer l’ouverture de cette mission diplomatique.Avec cette représentation, Oman va devenir le cinquième pays arabe, mais le premier du Golfe, à ouvrir une ambassade dans ce territoire palestinien occupé par Israël depuis plus de 50 ans.

    Ce geste de « soutien au peuple palestinien », comme le présente le ministère omanais des Affaires étrangères, est aussi l’occasion pour le sultanat de renforcer sa présence dans les Territoires palestiniens et possiblement de se poser en tant que médiateur avec les Israéliens, relève notre correspondant à Jérusalem, Guilhem Delteil.

    Car Mascate est de plus en plus présent dans le dossier israélo-palestinien. En octobre dernier, le sultan , Qabus ibn Saïd a notamment reçu à tour de rôle le président de l’Autorité palestinienne, Mahmoud Abbas, et le Premier ministre israélien, Benyamin Netanyahu. Oman n’entretient pourtant pas de relation diplomatique avec Israël. (...)

  • Over 1 Million Settlers Living in 503 West Bank & East Jerusalem Settlements
    June 25, 2019 9:09 PM – IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/over-1-million-settlers-living-in-503-west-bank-east-jerusalem-settlements

    Latest statistics show that the number of Israeli settlements, established on Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, has reached 503, of which 474 are located in the West Bank and 29 others in Jerusalem, says Hanna Issa, Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places.

    Issa added, in a press statement on Monday, that the number of settlers residing in these settlements exceeds one million, indicating that “Peace Movement,” in Israel, says that settlement expansion on Palestinian lands in the West Bank is higher than population growth itself, in Israel. (...)

    #colonisation_de_peuplement

  • Le coup de gueule de Dominique de Villepin contre le plan pour les Proche Orient
    https://rmc.bfmtv.com/mediaplayer/video/le-coup-de-gueule-de-dominique-de-villepin-contre-le-plan-pour-les-proche

    Plan pour le Proche Orient par l’administration Trump : « 50 milliards pour fermer sa gueule et accepter d’être dépouillé de ses droits ? C’est ignoble ! » selon Dominique de Villepin

    • Point de presse du 26 juin 2019
      Salle de presse - France-Diplomatie-Ministère des Affaires étrangères
      https://basedoc.diplomatie.gouv.fr/vues/Kiosque/FranceDiplomatie/kiosque.php?fichier=ppfr2019-06-26.html

      2. Conférence de Manama

      Q - La France est-elle représentée à la réunion de Manama ? Comment évaluez-vous cette initiative américaine ?

      R - La France est représentée à cette conférence par le chef de son service économique à Manama.

      Notre position sur le règlement du conflit israélo-palestinien a été rappelée à de nombreuses reprises et n’a pas varié : nous sommes attachés à un cadre, celui du droit international, en particulier les résolutions du Conseil de sécurité ; à une méthode : la négociation ; à un objectif : deux Etats - Israël et la Palestine - vivant dans la paix et la sécurité au sein de frontières reconnues, avec Jérusalem pour capitale de ces deux Etats.

      Nous sommes prêts à accompagner tout plan économique en faveur des Territoires palestiniens dès lors qu’il intervient de manière complémentaire à des efforts politiques conduits sur la base de ces paramètres internationalement agréés./.

    • La cheffe du FMI estime possible de relancer l’économie palestinienne
      Par AFP — 26 juin 2019
      https://www.liberation.fr/depeches/2019/06/26/la-cheffe-du-fmi-estime-possible-de-relancer-l-economie-palestinienne_173

      La directrice générale du Fonds monétaire international (FMI) Christine Lagarde a estimé possible de relancer l’économie palestinienne, en s’adressant mercredi à la conférence de Bahreïn sur le volet économique d’un plan de paix américain au Proche-Orient.

      Le FMI n’a cessé de mettre en garde contre la détérioration de l’économie palestinienne avec le blocage de recettes fiscales en raison d’une dispute entre l’Autorité palestinienne et Israël et le blocus israélien imposé depuis plus d’une décennie à la bande de Gaza.

      Devant les participants à la conférence, Mme Lagarde a déclaré que l’économie palestinienne risquait de se contracter de 15% et salué le plan présenté par le conseiller de la Maison-Blanche, Jared Kushner, qui se concentre sur la création, pour l’instant encore théorique, d’emplois.

      « Donc, s’il y a un plan économique et s’il y a urgence, il faut s’assurer que l’élan soit maintenu », a-t-elle déclaré lors de la deuxième journée de l’atelier « De la paix à la prospérité ». (...)

  • Vieille ville de Jérusalem : comment le passé de la Palestine est lentement effacé
    Par Jonathan Cook - Mardi 25 juin 2019 - Middle East Eye édition française
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/en-bref/vieille-ville-de-jerusalem-comment-le-passe-de-la-palestine-est-lente

    (...) Le statut final de la vieille ville a fait l’objet de diverses propositions depuis le plan de partage élaboré par les Nations unies en 1947. Celui-ci suggérait que la ville relève d’un régime international spécial, distinct de la division de la Palestine historique en États arabe et juif en raison de son importance commune pour les musulmans, les juifs et les chrétiens.

    Les Palestiniens revendiquent Jérusalem-Est – vieille ville comprise – comme capitale d’un futur État, tandis que les dirigeants israéliens revendiquent l’ensemble de Jérusalem comme « capitale éternelle » de l’État depuis 1949.

    La vieille ville a un énorme symbolisme historique, économique, religieux et désormais national pour les Palestiniens et les Israéliens, en particulier à cause du complexe al-Aqsa, connu sous le nom de Haram al-Sharif pour les musulmans et du Mont du Temple pour les juifs. C’est le problème le plus explosif dans un conflit déjà enflammé. (...)

  • À #Gaza, Israël fait des expérimentations sur des humains en situation de stress et de privations | Middle East Eye édition française
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/opinion-fr/gaza-israel-fait-des-experimentations-sur-des-humains-en-situation-de

    (Juillet 2017)

    Israël porte la plus grande partie de la responsabilité de cette situation, à cause du siège qu’il impose, mais n’est certainement pas le seul coupable.

    L’Autorité palestinienne et l’Égypte sont parties prenantes à part entière dans ce #crime. J’ai bien dit « crime ». Nous sommes en 2017 et priver des millions d’êtres humains de l’accès à l’électricité revient à les priver d’oxygène et d’eau. Israël porte une criante responsabilité parce que Gaza est toujours partiellement sous occupation israélienne. Israël a certes rappelé ses militaires et ses colons de la bande de Gaza, mais il conserve la seule responsabilité de beaucoup d’autres aspects de la vie à Gaza. Cela rend Israël responsable de la fourniture d’électricité aux habitants de Gaza. L’Autorité palestinienne porte aussi une lourde responsabilité pour la situation actuelle, car elle abuse aussi de son propre peuple. De même l’Égypte, qui aime se donner l’image flatteuse de « sœur des Palestiniens », alors même que son propre rôle dans le siège de Gaza est intolérable.

    Gaza se meurt, lentement. Ses souffrances n’intéressent personne ailleurs. Personne à Washington, Bruxelles, Jérusalem ou au Caire, ni même à Ramallah. Aussi incroyable que cela puisse paraître, visiblement personne ne se soucie du sort de deux millions de personnes, abandonnées aux ténèbres la nuit et à la chaleur oppressante des journées d’été, avec nulle part où se tourner et pas le moindre espoir. Aucun.

  • Bahrain debacle marks crash of Trump team’s campaign to diss Palestinians into submission

    Kushner’s Peace for Prosperity includes Utopian projects funded by non-existent money as part of peace deal that won’t happen
    Chemi Shalev
    Jun 25, 2019 9:12 AM

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-bahrain-debacle-marks-crash-of-trump-team-s-campaign-to-dis-palest

    The unveiling of the U.S. administration’s long-awaited production of Peace for Prosperity, premiering in Bahrain on Tuesday, garnered mixed reviews, to say the least. Barak Ravid of Axios and Israel’s Channel 13 described it as “impressive, detailed and ambitious – perhaps overly ambitious.” Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Dan Kurtzer offered a slightly different take: “I would give this so-called plan a C- from an undergraduate student. The authors of the plan clearly understand nothing,” he said.

    The plan, released in a colorful pamphlet on the eve of the Bahrain economic summit, is being portrayed by the White House as a vision of the bountiful “fruits of peace” that Palestinians might reap once they reach a peace agreement with Israel. Critics describe it as an amateurish pie-in-the-sky, shoot-for-the-moon, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink hodgepodge that promises projects that cannot be implemented, funded by money that does not exist and contingent on a peace deal that will never happen.

    But the main problem with Peace for Prosperity isn’t its outlandishly unrealistic proposals – such as the $5 billion superhighway between the West Bank and Gaza, which Israel will never agree to; or its occasional condescending and Orientalist attitude towards Palestinian society - their great hummus could attract millions of tourists; or even its offer to manage and foster Palestinian institutions and civil society in a way that can be viewed either as implicit state-building or as imposing foreign control on a future Palestinian government.

    >> Read more: ’There is no purely economic solution to the Palestinian economy’s problems’ ■ Trump’s Bahrain conference - not what you imagined ■ Kushner’s deal holds some surprises, but it’s more vision than blueprint ■ The billion-dollar question in Trump’s peace plan

    The Palestinians would have been suspicious in any case, even if Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama were President. They have always been wary of the term “economic peace”, especially when detached from the real nitty-gritty of resolving their dispute with Israel. Nonetheless, if the President was anyone other than Trump, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas would have more or less emulated Benjamin Netanyahu’s reaction: Somber nodding of the head, then a non-committal reaction to Peace for Prosperity, followed by effusive but general praise for our lord and savior Donald Trump. Israelis and Palestinians would have attended the Bahrain conference, while doing their best to suppress their inner guffaws.

    If it was anyone by Trump and his peace team - which often doubles as Netanyahu’s cheerleading squad – the Palestinians might have allowed themselves to believe that A. A comprehensive peace plan isn’t just a mirage and is indeed forthcoming. B. The deal won’t be tilted so far in favor of Israel that it will be declared stillborn on arrival and C. That it isn’t a ruse meant to cast Palestinians as congenital rejectionists and to pave the way for an Israeli annexation of “parts of the West Bank”, as Ambassador David Friedman put it when he pronounced Trump’s imperial edict conceding territory to Israel, which even Palestinian minimalists claim as their own, in advance of any actual talks.

    But because the plan bears Trump’s signature, it was received in most world capitals with shrugs, as yet another manifestation of the U.S. administration’s preposterous handling of foreign policy – see North Korea, Europe, Mexico, Venezuela et al. Israel, of course, didn’t miss the opportunity to regurgitate the cliché about the Palestinians “never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity”.
    A Palestinian man steps on a painting depicting U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest against U.S.-led Bahrain workshop in Gaza City, June 24, 2019.
    A Palestinian man steps on a painting depicting U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest against U.S.-led Bahrain workshop in Gaza City, June 24, 2019. \ MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS
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    For Palestinians and their supporters, however, Kushner’s bid was but the latest in the Trump team’s never-ending stream of slights, slanders and slaps in their collective faces. In Palestinian eyes, the economic bonanza isn’t a CBM – confidence building measure – but a con job and insult rolled into one. It dangles dollars in front of Palestinian noses, implying they can be bought, and it sets up a chain of events at the end of which Jason Greenblatt will inevitably accuse them on Twitter of being hysterical and dishonest while praising Netanyahu’s bold leadership and pioneering vision. They’ve been there, and done that.

    This has been the Trump approach from the outset: Uncontained admiration for Israel and its leader coupled with unhidden disdain for Palestinian leaders and contempt for their “unrealistic” dreams. Trump’s peace team swears by Israel’s security needs as if they were part of the bible or U.S. Constitution; the ongoing 52-year military occupation of millions of Palestinians, on the other hand, seems to have escaped their attention.

    For the first ten months of Trump’s tenure, the Palestinians put up with his administration’s unequivocal pledges of allegiance to Israel as well as the White House’s departure from past custom and continuing refusal to criticize any of its actions – not to mention the appointment of a peace team comprised exclusively of right-wing Netanyahu groupies, which Palestinians initially thought was surely a practical joke.

    Trump’s announcement in December 2017 that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy there was both game-changer and deal-breaker as far as the Palestinians were concerned. While Netanyahu and most of Israel were celebrating Donald the Daring and the long-awaited recognition of their eternal capital, Palestinians realized they were facing a President radically different from any of his predecessors - one willing to break the rules in Israel’s favor and to grant his bestie Bibi tangible victories, before, during and after elections - without asking for anything in return.

    The Palestinians have boycotted the Trump administration ever since, embarrassing Friedman, Greenblatt, Kushner and ultimately Trump in the process. They, in response, have increasingly vented their anger and frustrations at the Palestinians, and not just in words and Tweets alone: The administration shut down the PLO’s office in Washington, declared Jerusalem “off the table” and indicated that the refugee issue should follow it, cut aid to UNRWA and is endeavoring to dismantle it altogether and slashed assistance to Palestinian humanitarian organizations.

    In March 2018, in a move strongly supported by Israel and vigorously endorsed by Evangelicals and other right wing supporters, Trump signed the Congressionally approved Taylor Force Act that prohibits U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority as long as it continued to pay monthly stipends to the families of what the Act describes as “terrorists”. Palestinians, who, to many people’s regret, regard such terrorists as heroes and martyrs, noted that the passage of the Taylor Force Act embarrassed Israel and spurred it to legislate its own way to withholding Palestinian tax money for the very same reason.

    Throughout the process, Trump and his peace team have lectured the Palestinians as a teacher reprimands an obstinate child. The Palestinians need to face reality, to lower their expectations, to land back on earth, Kushner and colleagues insist. Not only will they never realize their dreams and aspirations, they should also forget their core demand for an independent state free of outside control and not confide inside Israeli-controlled gates. Israelis are worthy of such independence, the Palestinians are told, but you are not.

    Trump approach is a product, first and foremost, of his own inexperience, arrogance and unwillingness to learn anything from a past in which he wasn’t in charge. It is fed by anti-Palestinian prejudices prevalent in his peace team as well as his advisers and most of his political supporters. Trump and his underlings basically adhere to the arguably racist tenet encapsulated in the Israeli saying “The Arabs understand only force.” The more you pressure them, the greater the chance they will succumb.
    Women protest against the U.S.-led workshop in Bahrain in the Moroccan capital Rabat, June 23, 2019.
    Women protest against the U.S.-led workshop in Bahrain in the Moroccan capital Rabat, June 23, 2019.AFP

    At this point at least, it hasn’t worked out that way. Bahrain, by any measure, is a humiliating bust. As Trump and his aides contemplate the reasons for their abject failure they are likely to blame stubborn Palestinians who don’t know what’s good for them, along with radical Muslims, perfidious Europeans, idiot liberals and all the other usual suspects.

    In a better world, they would take a hard look at themselves in the mirror and possibly have an epiphany. They can make an immediate adjustment that will cost them nothing but possibly achieve dramatic results. Instead of incessantly rebuking, reproaching, reprimanding, threatening and intimidating the Palestinians in a way that garners cheers from Christian messianics and Jewish zealots, they could try and treat them, as Aretha Franklin sang, with just a little respect. And perhaps, if it isn’t asking too much, take down their fawning for Netanyahu a notch or two.

    It might not be enough to reconcile irreconcilable differences or to make peace, but it will signal that Trump is finally getting serious about his claim to be the peacemaker the world has been waiting for. Alternatively, the Palestinians will continue to frustrate his designs and pray to Allah for his quick departure.

  • Manifestation à Paris le dimanche 30 juin à 15h contre la décision scandaleuse de la mairie

    La dénomination d’une place Jérusalem doit être annulée ! - Groupe

    communiste - Front de gauche au Conseil de Paris
    http://www.communiste-frontdegauche-paris.org/La-denomination-d-une-place

    La dénomination d’une place Jérusalem doit être annulée !

    Lors du conseil de Paris de juin dernier, a été soumise au vote des conseillers une délibération concernant la dénomination d’une place Jérusalem, en remplacement d’une rue ayant disparue.

    Dans l’exposé des motifs aucune mention des objectifs de la Ville d’utiliser celle-ci dans le but de commémorer l’amitié qui unit la ville de Paris à l’État d’Israël comme l’écrit Mme Hidalgo dans cette même lettre.

    Aux inquiétudes de nos groupes, a été répondu qu’en aucun cas cette dénomination ne serait utilisée à des fins « geo-politiques » comme Catherine Vieu-Charier l’a d’ailleurs souligné dans sa réponse au conseil, nous étions simplement dans la tradition parisienne de donner des noms de villes à nos rues. Nous avons émis des réserves, et nous nous sommes abstenus forts de ces assurances données.

    Las, deux jours à peine après le conseil nous découvrons par un tweet de Joël Mergui, président du Consistoire central israélite de France, qu’en réalité, cette dénomination fait suite à une demande directe qu’il aurait faite à Anne Hidalgo lors de la visite du président israélien Reuven Rivlin à l’Hôtel de Ville.

    Ce qui nous a étonnés c’est l’inauguration expresse de cette place et l’invitation du maire de Jérusalem connu pour ses prises de position et ses actions en faveur de la colonisation. Nous sommes choqués de voir qu’aucun des représentants des trois communautés religieuses creuset de Jérusalem n’y sont invités, et encore plus de l’absence de représentant de l’autorité palestinienne.

    L’ensemble de ces faits, mis bout à bout, semble légitimer une confiscation de Jérusalem par l’État d’Israël alors que nous aurions pu en faire un symbole de la paix entre les peuples et les différentes communautés.

    Pour toutes ces raisons, nous demandons à Mme Hidalgo de renoncer à cette inauguration vécue comme une provocation et qui ne respecte pas les positions prises par la diplomatie française sur le statut de Jérusalem.

    Pour cela nos organisations seront présentes au rassemblement prévu par le « collectif national pour une paix juste et durable » pour protester de cette décision le jour même de l’inauguration, si celle-ci n’est pas annulée.

    • L’inauguration d’une « place de Jérusalem » à Paris indigne
      Par MEE - Date de publication : Lundi 24 juin 2019
      https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/en-bref/linauguration-dune-place-de-jerusalem-paris-indigne

      En « oubliant » les deux autres religions monothéistes et en « important le conflit israélo-palestinien » en France, la maire de Paris Anne Hidalgo a pris une décision irresponsable, selon l’Association France Palestine Solidarité
      Le Conseil municipal de la ville de Paris a décidé, mercredi 12 juin, d’attribuer la dénomination « place de Jérusalem » à un square de la capitale situé dans le XVIIe arrondissement.

      Une décision qui aurait pu éclairer sur la situation politique de cette ville et de ses habitants palestiniens, victimes d’une violation du droit international par Israël, qui occupe la partie orientale de Jérusalem depuis 1967. Sauf que ce n’est pas le cas, d’après Bertrand Heilbronn, président de l’Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS).

      Dans une lettre ouverte adressée à la maire de Paris, ce dernier s’indigne de cette mesure. Se basant sur un échange de lettres entre Anne Hidalgo et le président du Consistoire, Joël Mergui, Bertrand Heilbronn déplore que pour la maire de Paris, Jérusalem « n’aurait d’importance que pour le judaïsme ».
      (...) « La place de Jérusalem » devrait être inaugurée ce dimanche 30 juin en présence de la maire de Paris.

    • @alaingresh
      Le Maire israélien de Jérusalem, Moshe Lion, qui est annoncé à l’inauguration de la place de Jérusalem, ne devrait-il pas être arrêté ? La colonisation est illégale en Droit français.

      Moshe Lion est un épurateur ethnique. Il doit rendre compte de ses crimes devant un Tribunal.

      Pourquoi personne ne lance d’appel en ce sens ?

  • Lettre ouverte à Anne Hidalgo : Place de Jérusalem à Paris
    Bertrand Heilbronn - Paris, le 21 juin 2019 - Association France Palestine Solidarité
    https://www.france-palestine.org/Lettre-ouverte-a-Anne-Hidalgo-Place-de-Jerusalem-a-Paris

    Madame la Maire de Paris,

    Le 12 juin, le Conseil de Paris a décidé de créer une Place de Jérusalem.

    Une belle idée pour éclairer la population sur la situation de cette ville martyre, fracturée, divisée ; pour rappeler la nécessité absolue de mettre fin à cette violation du droit international et du droit humanitaire et pour condamner sans ambiguïté le fait accompli et la loi du plus fort.

    Vous auriez pu rappeler à cette occasion que nul ne peut conquérir un territoire par la force et que « la création par Israël de colonies de peuplement dans le Territoire palestinien occupé depuis 1967, y compris Jérusalem-Est, […] constitue une violation flagrante du droit international […] » (résolution 2334 de l’ONU).

    Il semble cependant que la décision que vous avez prise ne soit pas animée par ce souci de respect du droit, du respect de l’autre, de l’amitié et de la solidarité entre les peuples.

    Si l’on en croit votre échange de lettres avec le président du Consistoire [1], Jérusalem n’aurait d’importance que pour le judaïsme. Ce choix, vous l’avez fait en acceptant la demande du Consistoire que cette place soit située « aux abords du lieu hautement symbolique du Centre Européen du Judaïsme ». Oubliées les deux autres religions monothéistes qui la considèrent comme une ville sainte. D’où vient cette primauté d’une religion sur les autres exprimée par la Maire de la capitale de la France, État laïc ? (...)

  • PCBS Report : 6 Million Palestinians Registered as Refugees with UNRWA in 2018
    June 21, 2019 8:45 AM - Ali Salam– IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/pcbs-report-6-million-palestinians-registered-as-refugees-with-unrwa-in-2018

    On June 20, 2019, the ‘International Day of Refugees’, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics released a report showing that nearly half of all Palestinians throughout the world, were registered as refugees in 2018.

    According to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), of the 13 million Palestinians in Palestine and the Diaspora, 6 million are registered as refugees.

    In 1948, the Palestinian Nakba began, when the land was occupied, and 800,000 indigenous people from 1,300 towns and villages were forcefully expelled from historical Palestine.

    The report breaks down that 17% of the 6 million Palestinian refugees, or 1,020,000 live in the West Bank, and 25% or 1,500,000 of the total number of Palestinian refugees are in the Gaza Strip.

    Jordan hosts the largest Palestinian refugee population at 39%, or 2,340,000, while Syria is home to 11% or 660,000, and finally Lebanon with 9%, or 540,000 Palestinian refugees.

    In 1967, another 300,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes, and today, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine continues with home demolitions occurring on a near daily basis in and around the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Nablus, to name a few.

    #réfugiés_palestinens

  • The Iraqi and Syrian refugees using body-mapping to share their stories

    What does it mean to flee one’s country and undertake the dangerous journey to Europe? What does it mean to suddenly lose everything and be forced to live in a different country? A new home, new school, new friends and a totally new life? To what extent does it influence family lives and the family unit as such? These are questions that a new research project, based at the University of Birmingham and funded by the British Academy, is tackling. The focus is not only on the changes occurring within refugee families, but equally on the impact of the influx of refugees on the host society.

    We use art as a research method to allow Iraqi and Syrian women and men to express their thoughts and feelings, on both their refugee journey and their new lives in their host countries. Fleeing one’s country puts enormous pressure and stress on an individual, both emotionally and physically. Using the artistic technique of body mapping proved to be very useful in this project, as it allowed participants to embody the emotional and psychological pain caused by their refugee experiences through art. Holding a paint brush, painting and being taught by a renowned artist, in this instance Rachel Gadsden, were for the majority of the participants a new experience. It provided them with a feeling of pride, achievement and self-fulfilment, at a time when they needed it the most. But what are they painting? How are they expressing their experiences? How do they portray themselves? What do they say about their new lives? Do their own narratives confirm widespread notions of their ‘vulnerability’?

    Decades of displacement

    Saddam Hussein’s decades of authoritarian rule in Iraq, the continuous political instability caused by his fall in 2003 and the rise of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014 has forced over three million Iraqis to flee their country since the 1980s. Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Syrians have become one of the largest groups of refugees, with more than five million civilians forced to flee to neighbouring Middle Eastern countries and to Europe. Many Iraqi and Syrian refugees have headed to Europe directly and settled in countries such as Germany or the UK, others went through multi-local trajectories of displacement in so-called ‘transit countries’ such as Jordan.

    Syrian and Iraqi societies are to a significant extent tribal and patriarchal in nature, with familial or community-based social networks often serving to protect their members. However, these networks may be disrupted or disappear entirely during a migration process, leaving women and children in particular in extremely vulnerable situations, unprotected by their family networks. Women, as well as children, very often find themselves in the most subservient and marginal positions, making them vulnerable to abuse and violence, inflicted either by social and religious communities or the state. Human trafficking operations have played a central role in facilitating immigration. In such circumstances, human traffickers who bring migrants across borders abuse women and children and force them into sexually exploitive occupations, or subject them to physical and sexual abuse themselves. Tackling violence against women and girls is one of the UK government’s most important goals. The UK’s aid report in 2015 highlights explicitly the challenges the UK faces regarding the conflict in Iraq and Syria and the need to support peace and stability abroad, in order to secure social and political stability in the UK. The UK government is working extensively towards implementing the ‘No One Behind Promise’, which strives to achieve gender equality, prioritise the empowerment of girls and women and end violence against them, within war zones, such as in Syria and Iraq, and during migration processes in particular.

    Women are often limited to gender-specific narratives of female vulnerability within patriarchal social structures. Without neglecting the fact that women are more affected by and subject to sexual and gender-based violence, the over 150 women we talked and worked with in our projects so far have another story to tell. In our art workshops, these women used art and body-mapping to express their powerful stories of resilience, endurance and survival.

    Gender roles in a time of war and instability

    “I never worked with fabric, but I learnt how to produce the most amazing clothes for women’s engagement and wedding parties. I go around clothing shops in the city and try to sell them. Now I have my own network of buyers. I earn more money now than my husband used to earn. He passed away five years ago and left me with three children to feed. Yes, they call me sharmuta – a slut – because I go around male merchants in town to see whether they would buy my products. I don’t sleep with them. I only sell them my dresses. I don’t do anything wrong. Therefore, I will not stop. I cannot stop. I have children to feed. The problem is not me – the problem is their dirty thinking, only because I am a woman and a good-looking one too [laughing].”

    The young Iraqi widow above was not the only female refugee in Jordan, the UK or in Germany who struggles with social stigmatisations and sexual harassment, on the way to and from work as well as in the workplace. Women’s independence is very often violently attacked, verbally and physically, in order to control women’s lives, bodies and sexuality. Refugee women’s pending legal status, their socio-economic integration and the degree of their security within the host environment change long-held values on family structures and socio-cultural expectations on gender roles. They also influence women and men’s own understanding of their roles which, in most cases, represents a shift from their traditional gender roles within their families. Women and men’s roles in family and society inevitably change in time of war and forced migration and society needs to adapt to this development. In order to achieve sustainable change in society’s perception, both men and women need to be socialised and equipped to understand these societal changes. This does not solely apply to the refugee communities, but also to the host communities, who are also influenced by the presence of these newcomers.

    Through stitching fabric onto their body map paintings or adding pictures of the food they cook to sell on the canvases, women express their attempts to survive. Through art, women can portray how they see themselves: strong in enduring the hardship, without neglecting the challenges they face. “I want to show the world out there that we are not poor victims. One woman like us is better and stronger than 100 men,” as one Iraqi in Germany explains. Another Syrian in the UK emphasised women’s resilience, saying “wherever we fall we will land straight. I want to paint my head up for these politicians to know that nothing will bend us”.

    Women in our art workshops see the production of their artwork and the planned art exhibitions as an opportunity to provide a different narrative on Muslim refugee women. It provided them with a space to articulate the challenges they faced, during and after their refugee journey, but also to create a bridge between the refugee communities and the host community. The artwork produced in the workshops helped to facilitate community bonding, integration and above all, as one Syrian in Jordan explains, “a better understanding of what we really are”.
    https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/summer-showcase-2019-iraqi-syrian-refugees-body-mapping
    #corps #cartographie #cartoexperiment #réfugiés #réfugiés_syriens #réfugiés_irakiens #asile #migrations #couture #femmes #genre #dessin
    ping @reka

    • Negotiating Relationships and Redefining Traditions: Syrian and Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan
      Art workshops in Jordan April 2019

      Narratives of displacement is a research-based project of the University of Birmingham and funded by the British Academy, documenting the effects of the long and extensive conflict in Syria and the consequent process of significant temporary and permanent displacement of families, upon the marriages and the family-units of the many thousands of Syrian and Iraqi women affected, and now living as refugees, and as asylum-seekers, within several host nations, namely: Germany, UK and Jordan.

      The project is devised and directed by Dr Yafa Shanneik, and comprises at its core the collecting and collating of data, in several locations, in this instance within Jordan, by Shanneik, by means of a comprehensive and broad-reaching programme of interviews with women affected, personal testimony, that considers the sustainment of the marriage and the family unit, and those topics directly related to this, ranging from, the physical, and frequently arduous and perilous, journey from home to host country, to the shifting balance as to the family provider – affected in turn by, for example, skills and the availability of opportunity, psychological changes within individual family members, cultural differences within those host nations.

      Dr Shanneik is acutely conscious of the forced upheaval, the diaspora of no choosing, and the desire therefore, the longing, of those affected, to give voice to the emotional impact, simply to tell their own stories. And, for this reason she has enlisted the services of artist Dr Rachel Gadsden, who will, over an extended period, work with the interviewees, together with family members, mothers, sisters, children, to create mural-style artwork, using the body-mapping process as a starting-point, to depict not only the destruction they may have left behind, the harrowing passages and the significant demands imposed by the process of integration, but also, perhaps, the opportunities, both foreseen and unforeseen, of the new circumstances that they find themselves in.

      The artwork will serve an additional purpose: the opportunity for the testimony, the stories, to be presented to the outside world, a public voice in the form of an exhibition; and therefore, as a means of enhancing this experience, composer and musician Freddie Meyers has been commissioned to compose an original score integrates the Syrian and Iraqi narratives as part of a live art performance, that will sit alongside the exhibition of artworks, to provide an additional layer in terms of expressing the emotional response.

      The starting-point for this particular leg of the project is the one-time fortified town of Karak. Historically, Karak was always of importance, in its strategic location overlooking the easy trading route formed by the valley and the escarpment that is now the Kings Highway, running from north to south through the centre of the country. There will always have been a ‘stop-over’ here, and certainly in the time of the Nabateans, it would have been both a military base and one of many toll-gates, alongside of course Petra in the south, used to control the movement of frankincense, in particular, shipped and sold to Rome, that made the Nabateans so wealthy and enduring. Later, it was held by the Romans themselves, and later again the, Frankish, Crusaders, who used it as a means of protecting Jerusalem, until finally it was laid siege to and liberated by Saladin.

      This fascinating and colourful history is of great significance in terms of Narratives of Displacement, exemplifying as it does the history of the different forms of migration, movement, cross-cultural trade and interface that has been instrumental in forging the tolerant and diverse nature of modern Jordan.

      Since the conflict in Syria began it is understood that there are, conservatively, over a million Syrians currently taking refuge in Jordan, and the country therefore actively engages in seeking to understand the many and continuing pressures consequent to this, borne not only by the refugees themselves but by their hosts, and impinging upon the infrastructure and social and work environment, the better to accommodate the enormous influx.

      The project for five days has based itself at the Al Hassan Cultural Community centre, interestingly on the other side of the valley from, and having spectacular views of, the liberated fortress. Strategically this location is still of importance. Under the inspirational guidance of its director, Ouruba al Shamayle, the community centre houses an extensive library, research and study rooms, and also a brilliant 800 seat theatre and, used in conjunction with Karak University, attracts students hailing from every other part of the country, north and south.

      The immediate vicinity of the centre alone plays host to many hundreds of refugee families, and so over the juration of our stay the centre has witnessed a continuous visitation of the women and their families, attending for interview with Shanneik, and subsequently to interact in creating body-mapping paintings. The interviewing process has been successful and revealing in documenting individual narratives, and the participants have rendered their often-harrowing stories within a total so far of 7 narrative canvases.

      The venue has proved wholly appropriate for additional reasons. The centre plays host to the regular round-table forum of local community leaders, and consequently on Wednesday, Shanneik was given the opportunity to present to a near full complement of forum members including influential local tribal and community leaders. The talk generated considerable interest and discussion amongst the forum, who voiced their appreciation of the objectives, and offered continuing support.

      Subsequently the governor of Karak, Dr. Jamal Al Fayez, visited the centre to familiarize himself with the research, taking a short break for coffee and relaxed discussion about the project’s aims and objectives, and additionally contributing to the artwork underway, completing a part of the painted surface of one of the artworks, and also superimposing in charcoal some of the written word to be contained in the finished pieces.

      From Karak we journeyed north to Irbid where the weather took a turn for the worse. With the rain and the cold, we were conscious of how such conditions might affect our ability to link up with prospective artistic collaborators. The first workshop in Irbid brought together a group of both Syrian and Iraqi women and was hosted in a private home. A red plastic swing swaying in the sitting room, caught our attention. Our Iraqi host has 2 young children, a daughter, and a son who is autistic. The swing allows the son to continue to enjoy physical activity throughout the winter months – this winter, apparently, having been one of the longest. We painted two canvases; one that accommodated two Syrian sisters and our Iraqi host, and one created on traditional dark canvas and telling the stories of displacement of the four Iraqi women, designed in a circular pattern and evoking journeys and life’s force. After the women drew and painted, music filled the air as all the Iraqi women danced and sang traditional songs together. It was a joy for Yafa and Rachel to witness: art and music transports the mood, and the women let their feelings go, laughed, sang and danced together. Rachel recorded their ululation; to incorporate in the music and performance Freddie Meyers is composing.

      That night there was crashing thunder and flashes of lightning, so no surprise that our trip to Mafraq, further north, had to be postponed – flooding can be a hazard on these occasions as rainwater pours down from the mountains and fills up the dry wadis. So instead the project headed to a Palestinian refugee camp, to a society that supports orphaned children.

      Freddie and Tim were not able to join the workshop and so went off to film the surrounding area. Hearing the stories of migration is always a challenge, but as Yafa interviews the women a clear narrative emerges to guide the piecing together of the artwork. This time there were two Iraqi women and also two Syrian women. Despite living in the same building, the two Syrians had never before spoken to one another. One of the Iraqi women has been fantastically creative in her efforts to secure the lives of her children, taking whatever work she can to support her family, having been widowed five years ago. Adoption is rare in these communities so it was heartening to hear about the work of the society as it goes about raising funds to educate and support the young orphans. The psychological impact upon the women is invariably, but perhaps not always addressed or discussed, and the process of art and the interviews can be cathartic, allowing the women to be open and perhaps emotionally truthful about their predicament.

      The weather turned the following day, so Mafraq was back on the schedule. The project visited a centre that teaches basic skills to support and enable refugees to seek work. A group of five women who all had direct contact with the centre joined the workshop. The women were all from Homs, and its environs. One of the canvases tells of the many ways the refugees fled their homeland and made their way to Jordan, both north and south. The key factor that emerged was that all of the women wanted to hold hands in the painting. It is clear that they support one another. Yafa and Rachel had the opportunity to visit the temporary homes of three of the women. As is to be expected, living conditions can sometimes be difficult, with problems related to dampness, for example, lack of adequate heating, and overcrowding. Despite the challenges the women were making traditional food to sell in the market and doing whatever they could to make the daily conditions and circumstances for their families better.

      The final destination for the project was Amman, where the project was hosted at the Baqa’a Palestinian refugee camp. It was market day in Baqa’a so our journey into the camp was more a case of maneuvering around stallholders than following the road. Al Baqa’a camp was one of six “emergency” camps set up in 1968 to accommodate Palestine refugees and displaced people who left the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Over 200,000 people live in the camp now; the community has welcomed recently many Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

      We were hosted by an organisation that also supports orphans, and they had brought together the group of Syrian women refugees and their children for our art workshop. 
Their husbands and fathers are all missing as a direct result of the Syrian conflict. We hear this narrative often, the bravery of each of the women as they share their stories and continue to support their families in the best possible way they can, is humbling. 
We will be creating a full narrative artwork, but these images say so much already.

      14-sketches13-blue-muralWe were additional joined in this workshop by Nicola Hope and Laura Hope, friends of Rachel’s. Nicola is at University studying Arabic and is currently attending Arabic classes as part of her degree process in Amman, and Laura, an Italian literature teacher was visiting her daughter. Additionally so as not to let the men miss out of the experience of the centre and the Baqa’a hospitality, the hosts took all of us on a tour of the camp after the workshop.

      Having listened to many harrowing and challenging stories of displacement during their time in Jordan, told by the Syrian and Iraqi refugee artistic collaborators, at the forefront of Yafa’s and Rachel’s mind is the fact that displacement is never a temporary predicament, it is a continuing one. The emotional scars are life long, and they have yet to meet a single refugee whose greatest hope is anything other than to safely return home.

      This was even more evident at Baqa’a Refugee Camp. Vulnerable individuals have a remarkable ability to survive, and ultimately they have no other choice other than to do just that.

      https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/ptr/departments/theologyandreligion/research/projects/narratives-of-displacement/blog.aspx
      #art

  • Le directeur du musée juif de Berlin démissionne après une polémique sur l’antisémitisme
    Mis à jour le 15/06/2019
    https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/europe/allemagne/le-directeur-du-musee-juif-de-berlin-demissionne-apres-une-polemique-su

    Le directeur du musée juif de Berlin, Peter Schäfer, a démissionné, vendredi 14 juin, sur fond de polémique. En cause : un tweet controversé de son établissement recommandant la lecture d’un article critique de la décision, en mai, du Parlement allemand de considérer comme « antisémites » les méthodes du mouvement BDS (Boycott Désinvestissement Sanctions). Peter Schäfer a remis sa démission à la ministre de la Culture allemande, Monika Grütters, « pour éviter de nouveaux préjudices au musée juif de Berlin », a indiqué ce dernier.

    #BDS

    • Berlin Jewish Museum Director Resigns After Tweet Supporting BDS Freedom of Speech

      Peter Schäfer steps down days after sharing of petition calling on German government not to adopt motion defining anti-Israel boycotts as anti-Semitic
      Noa Landau - Jun 14, 2019 8:48 PM
      https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/berlin-jewish-museum-director-resigns-after-tweet-supporting-bds-freedom-of

      The director of Berlin’s Jewish Museum has resigned, the museum announced Friday, days after it was criticized for endorsing a petition against a parliamentary motion defining anti-Israel boycotts as anti-Semitic and banning the boycott movement from using public buildings.

      The resignation of museum Director Peter Schäfer comes after Israeli Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff called the museum’s sharing of the petition “shameful.”

      The petition, asserting that “boycotts are a legitimate and nonviolent tool of resistance,” was signed by 240 Jewish intellectuals.

      The signatories, among them Avraham Burg and Eva Illouz, called on the German government not to adopt the motion, to protect freedom of speech and continue funding of Israeli and Palestinian organizations “that peacefully challenge the Israeli occupation, expose severe violations of international law and strengthen civil society. These organizations defend the principles and values at the heart of liberal democracy and rule of law, in Germany and elsewhere. More than ever, they need financial support and political backing.”

      An Israeli guide at the Berlin museum told Haaretz he planned to resign in protest of “the crude interventions by the Israeli government and Germany in the museum’s work.”

      Professor Emeritus Yaacov Shavit, former head of the department of History of the Jewish People at Tel Aviv University, told Haaretz that “this whole story is nothing more than a cause to displace Prof. Sheffer, a researcher of international renown of the Second Temple period, Mishna, and Talmud.”

      “Community leaders in Berlin needed to be grateful that someone like him agreed to serve as manager of the museum. This foolish act by community leaders is outrageous and bothersome,” he added.

      Last year, it was reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded from Chancellor Angela Merkel that Germany stop funding the museum because it had held an exhibition about Jerusalem, “that presents a Muslim-Palestinian perspective.” Merkel was asked to halt funding to other organizations as well, on grounds that they were anti-Israel, among them the Berlin International Film Festival, pro-Palestinian Christian organizations, and the Israeli news website +972, which receives funding from the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

      Netanyahu did not deny the report and his bureau confirmed that he had raised “with various leaders the issue of funding Palestinian and Israeli groups and nonprofit organizations that depict the Israel Defense Forces as war criminals, support Palestinian terrorism and call for boycotting the State of Israel.”

      The Bundestag’s motion last month marked the first time a European parliament had officially defined the BDS movement as anti-Semitic. The motion, which is a call to the government and isn’t legally binding, won broad multiparty support from Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, the Social Democrats and the Free Democratic Party. Some members of the Greens Party also supported the motion, though others abstained at the last minute. The motion stated that the BDS movement’s “Don’t Buy” stickers on Israeli products evoke the Nazi slogan “Don’t buy from Jews.”

  • Israël : la justice expulse une famille palestinienne de Silwan à Jérusalem-Est
    Par Guilhem Delteil Publié le 20-06-2019
    http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190620-israel-justice-tribunal-jerusalem-expulsion-famille-palestinienne-silwa

    C’est la fin d’un combat judiciaire de 24 ans. Un tribunal de Jérusalem a ordonné cette semaine l’éviction d’une famille palestinienne du domicile dans lequel elle habitait dans le quartier de Silwan, à Jérusalem-Est. Cette famille va devoir quitter les lieux et ce sont des colons israéliens qui vont emménager à sa place.

  •  » Palestinian From Jerusalem Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Two Weeks Ago
    June 19, 2019 11:37 AM – IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/palestinian-from-jerusalem-dies-from-serious-wounds-suffered-two-weeks-ago

    A Palestinian man died, Wednesday, from serious wounds he suffered two weeks ago, when several undercover Israeli soldiers repeatedly assaulted and struck him, in Shu’fat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem.

    The Palestinian, identified as Mousa Abu Mayyala , 60, was assaulted by the undercover soldiers while standing in front of his home in the refugee camp.

    Abu Mayyala suffered various serious injuries, including fractures in his ribs, due to the violent assault against him, before he was rushed to a hospital in occupied Jerusalem.

    Various Palestinian human rights groups, and national factions, strongly condemned the fatal attack against Abu Mayyala, and denounced the seriously escalating Israeli violations against the Palestinian people, including children and the elderly.

    #Palestine_assassinée

  • No Palestinians, no Israelis, maybe even no journalists: What’s left of Kushner’s Bahrain summit - Israel News - Haaretz.com

    The White House’s initial sense of euphoria about Arab participation at its economic workshop on June 25 has eroded, much to the (unspoken) relief of Jerusalem
    Amir Tibon and Noa Landau (Washington) Jun 18, 2019

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-no-palestinians-no-israelis-no-journalists-what-s-left-of-kushner-

    WASHINGTON - With just a week to go before the Bahrain conference convenes to discuss the economic chapter of the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan, things are looking increasingly gloomy for the U.S. team led by Jared Kushner.

    The White House had surprised journalists in Washington and Israel on an otherwise boring Sunday last month when it announced that the workshop would take place in the Gulf state on June 25-26. That announcement created a temporary sense of momentum behind the so-called deal of the century, and the small team working on the plan viewed Bahrain’s sponsorship of the event as a major achievement.

    But there have been a series of setbacks since then. The Palestinian Authority is boycotting the conference and has succeeded in convincing Palestinian business leaders not to attend as well. Russia and China — two of the most important economic players in the new Middle East — aren’t expected to attend, while Arab countries such as Iraq and Lebanon have also announced they won’t be participating.

  • Maintaining a Jewish majority: Jerusalem Municipality to demolish entire Palestinian neighborhood, leaving 550 people without a roof over their heads | B’Tselem
    http://www.btselem.org/jerusalem/20190613_wadi_yasul

    Ever since 1967, planning policy in Jerusalem has been geared toward establishing and maintaining a Jewish demographic majority in the city. Under this policy, it is nearly impossible to obtain a building permit in Palestinian neighborhoods. The outline plans the city has prepared for these neighborhoods are largely aimed at restricting and limiting building opportunities in Palestinian neighborhoods. One way the plans do so is by designating vast areas as open green spaces, thereby barring Palestinians from building there. The resulting housing shortage forces Palestinian residents to build without permits. At the turn of the millennium, the city estimated that about 20,000 housing units had been built without a permit in East Jerusalem. This estimate was made before the Separation Barrier cut off Kafr Aqab and Shu’fat Refugee Camp from the city. Since that time, many high-rises have been built in those areas.

    The justices who heard the appeals that residents filed against the demolition orders issued for their homes chose to follow in the footsteps of all previous Israeli courts. They chose to ignore this policy which has been applied openly for more than fifty years. Instead, they focused solely on the question of whether or not the residents had building permits. District Court Judge Chana Miriam Lomp held that, “the residents have no one to blame but themselves,” as they had chosen to build without a permit and did not wait for planning conditions to change. Supreme Court Justice Yosef Elron refused to consider the residents’ arguments regarding planning discrimination and the fact that the Jerusalem Municipality deliberately avoids promoting a plan that would regulate construction in the area, saying they were not pertinent “to a criminal proceeding hearing.”