• The Story Behind the New York Times October 7 Exposé
    https://theintercept.com/2024/02/28/new-york-times-anat-schwartz-october-7

    Un article méticuleux et rigoureux qui met en pièces les allégations du New York Times sur les soit-disant viols ;

    La seule et unique motivation du NYT est la #hasbara,

    The woman who filmed Abdush on October 7 told the Israeli site YNet that Schwartz and Sella had pressured her into giving the paper access to her photos and videos for the purposes of serving Israeli propaganda. “They called me again and again and explained how important it is to Israeli #hasbara,” she recalled, using the term for public diplomacy, which in practice refers to Israeli propaganda efforts directed at international audiences.

    • En ce lundi, l’#armée_israélienne affirme avoir frappé, via les airs et au sol, plus de 600 cibles dans #Gaza ces vingt-quatre dernières heures. Dans le détail : « des dépôts d’armes, positions de lancement de missiles antichar, caches du #Hamas » et « des dizaines » de chefs du mouvement islamiste tués. Des chars israéliens sont postés à la lisière de #Gaza_City et le principal axe routier nord-sud est coupé. C’est vendredi en fin de journée que l’État hébreu a lancé son opération d’envergure, annoncée depuis près de deux semaines déjà. Mêlant #incursions_terrestres localisées – surtout dans le nord de l’enclave palestinienne – et #bombardements intensifiés. Samedi, le Premier ministre israélien Benyamin Netanyahou a prévenu : la #guerre sera « longue et difficile ».

      Vendredi, 17 h 30. La #bande_de_Gaza plonge dans le noir. Plus d’électricité, plus de réseau téléphonique, ni de connexion internet. Le #black-out total. Trente-six heures de cauchemar absolu débutent pour les Gazaouis. Coupés du monde, soumis au feu. L’armée israélienne pilonne le territoire : plus de 450 bombardements frappent, aveugles. La population meurt à huis clos, impuissante. Après avoir quitté Gaza City au début de la riposte israélienne (lire l’épisode 1, « D’Israël à Gaza, la mort aux trousses »), Abou Mounir vit désormais dans le centre de la bande de Gaza, avec ses six enfants. Ce vendredi, il est resté cloîtré chez lui. Lorsqu’il retrouve du réseau, le lendemain matin, il est horrifié par ce qu’il découvre. « Mon quartier a été visé par des tirs d’artillerie. L’école à côté de chez moi, où sont réfugiées des familles, a été touchée. Devant ma porte, j’ai vu tous ces blessés agonisants, sans que personne ne puisse les aider. C’est de la pure #folie. Ils nous assiègent et nous massacrent. Cette façon de faire la guerre… On se croirait au Moyen-Âge », souffle le père de famille, qui dénonce « une campagne de #vengeance_aveugle ». L’homme de 49 ans implore Israël et la communauté internationale d’agir urgemment. « La seule et unique solution possible pour nous tous, c’est la #solution_politique. On l’a répété un million de fois : seule une solution politique juste nous apportera la paix. »

      Toujours à Gaza City avec sa famille, la professeure de français Assya décrit ce jour et demi d’#angoisse : « On se répétait : “Mais que se passe-t-il, que va-t-il nous arriver ?” On entendait les bombardements, boum, boum, boum… Ça n’arrêtait pas ! Ma petite-fille de 1 an, la fille de mon fils, quand il y avait de grosses explosions, elle pleurait. Alors nous, on faisait les clowns pour lui faire croire que c’était pour rire. Et elle se calmait… Chaque matin, c’est un miracle qu’on soit encore là… » Chaque jour aussi, Assya demande si nous, journalistes, en savons plus sur un cessez-le-feu.

      Plus de 8 000 Gazaouis ont péri, mais leurs suppliques résonnent dans le vide jusqu’à présent. Elles sont pourtant de plus en plus pressantes, face à la #situation_humanitaire qui se dégrade dramatiquement. Ce samedi, des entrepôts des Nations unies ont été pillés. « C’est le signe inquiétant que l’ordre civil est en train de s’effondrer après trois semaines de guerre et de #siège de Gaza. Les gens sont effrayés, frustrés et désespérés », a averti Thomas White, directeur des opérations de l’UNRWA, l’agence onusienne pour les réfugiés palestiniens. Assya confirme : l’un de ses cousins est revenu avec des sacs de sucre, de farine, des pois chiches et de l’huile. Quand elle lui a demandé d’où ça venait, il lui a raconté, le chaos à Deir Al-Balah, dans le sud de l’enclave. « Les gens ont cassé les portes des réserves de l’UNRWA, ils sont entrés et ont pris la farine pour se faire du pain eux-mêmes, car ils n’ont plus rien. La population est tellement en #colère qu’ils ont tout pris. » Depuis le 21 octobre, seuls 117 camions d’#aide_humanitaire (lire l’épisode 2, « “C’est pas la faim qui nous tuera mais un bombardement” ») ont pu entrer dans la bande de Gaza dont 33 ce dimanche), via le point de passage de Rafah au sud, à la frontière égyptienne. L’ONU en réclame 100 par jour, pour couvrir les besoins essentiels des Gazaouis. Le procureur de la Cour pénale internationale Karim Khan a averti : « Empêcher l’acheminement de l’aide peut constituer un #crime. […] Israël doit s’assurer sans délai que les #civils reçoivent de la #nourriture, des #médicaments. »

      Les corps des 1 400 victimes des attaques du 7 octobre sont dans une #morgue de fortune. Beaucoup ont subi des sévices, ont été brûlés. L’#horreur à l’état pur

      En écho à cette situation de plus en plus dramatique, Israël a intensifié sa guerre de la #communication. Pas question pour l’État hébreu de laisser le Hamas ni les Palestiniens gagner la bataille de l’émotion au sein des opinions. Depuis une dizaine de jours, les autorités israéliennes estiment que les médias internationaux ont le regard trop tourné vers les Gazaouis, et plus assez sur le drame du 7 octobre. Alors Israël fait ce qu’il maîtrise parfaitement : il remet en marche sa machine de la « #hasbara ». Littéralement en hébreu, « l’explication », euphémisme pour qualifier ce qui relève d’une véritable politique de #propagande. Mais cela n’a rien d’un gros mot pour les Israéliens, bien au contraire. Entre 1974 et 1975, il y a même eu un éphémère ministère de la Hasbara. Avant cela, et depuis, cette tâche de communication et de promotion autour des actions de l’État hébreu, est déléguée au ministère des Affaires étrangères et à l’armée.

      Un enjeu d’autant plus important face à cette guerre d’une ampleur inédite. C’est pourquoi, chaque jour de cette troisième semaine du conflit, l’armée israélienne a organisé des événements à destination de la #presse étrangère. Visites organisées des kibboutzim où les #massacres de civils ont été perpétrés : dimanche dans celui de Beeri, mercredi et vendredi à Kfar Aza, jeudi dans celui de Holit. Autre lieu ouvert pour les journalistes internationaux : la base de Shura, à Ramla, dans la banlieue de Tel Aviv. Elle a été transformée en morgue de fortune et accueille les 1 400 victimes des attaques du 7 octobre, afin de procéder aux identifications. Dans des tentes blanches, des dizaines de conteneurs. À l’intérieur, les corps. Beaucoup ont subi des sévices, ont été brûlés. L’horreur à l’état pur.

      Mais l’apogée de cette semaine de communication israélienne, c’est la convocation générale de la presse étrangère, lundi dernier, afin de visionner les images brutes des massacres. Quarante-trois minutes et quarante-quatre secondes d’une compilation d’images des GoPro embarquées des combattants du Hamas, des caméras de vidéosurveillance des kibboutzim, mais aussi des photos prises par les victimes avec leurs téléphones, ou par les secouristes. Le tout mis bout à bout, sans montage. Des images d’une violence inouïe. Une projection vidéo suivie d’une conférence de presse tenue par le porte-parole de l’armée israélienne, le général Daniel Hagari. Il le dit sans détour : l’objectif est de remettre en tête l’ignominie de ce qui s’est passé le 7 octobre dernier. Mais également de dire aux journalistes de mieux faire leur travail.

      Il les tance, vertement : « Vous ! Parfois, je prends trente minutes pour regarder les infos. Et j’ai été choqué de voir que certains médias essayent de COMPARER ce qu’Israël fait et ce que ces vils terroristes ont fait. Je ne peux pas comprendre qu’on essaye même de faire cette #comparaison, entre ce que nous venons de vous montrer et ce que l’armée fait. Et je veux dire à certains #médias qu’ils sont irresponsables ! C’est pour ça qu’on vous montre ces vidéos, pour qu’aucun d’entre vous ne puisse se dire que ce qu’ils font et ce que nous faisons est comparable. Vous voyez comment ils se sont comportés ! » Puis il enfonce le clou : « Nous, on combat surtout à Gaza, on bombarde, on demande aux civils d’évacuer… On ne cherche pas des enfants pour les tuer, ni des personnes âgées, des survivants de l’holocauste, pour les kidnapper, on ne cherche pas des familles pour demander à un enfant de toquer chez ses voisins pour les faire sortir et ensuite tuer sa famille et ses voisins devant lui. Ce n’est pas la même guerre, nous n’avons pas les mêmes objectifs. »

      Ce vendredi, pour finir de prouver le cynisme du Hamas, l’armée israélienne présente des « révélations » : le mouvement islamiste abriterait, selon elle, son QG sous l’hôpital Al-Shifa de Gaza City. À l’appui, une série de tweets montrant une vidéo de reconstitution en 3D des dédales et bureaux qui seraient sous l’établissement. Absolument faux, a immédiatement rétorqué le Hamas, qui accuse Israël de diffuser « ces mensonges » comme « prélude à la perpétration d’un nouveau massacre contre le peuple [palestinien] ».

      Au milieu de ce conflit armé et médiatique, le Président français a fait mardi dernier une visite en Israël et dans les territoires palestiniens. Commençant par un passage à Jérusalem, #Emmanuel_Macron a réaffirmé « le droit d’Israël à se défendre », appelant à une coalition pour lutter contre le Hamas dans « la même logique » que celle choisie pour lutter contre le groupe État islamique. Il s’est ensuite rendu à Ramallah, en Cisjordanie occupée, au siège de l’Autorité palestinienne. « Rien ne saurait justifier les souffrances » des civils de Gaza, a déclaré Emmanuel #Macron. Qui a lancé un appel « à la reprise d’un processus politique » pour mettre fin à la guerre entre Israël et le Hamas. Tenant un discours d’équilibriste, rappelant que paix et sécurité vont de pair, le Président a exigé la mise en œuvre de la solution à deux États, comme seul moyen de parvenir à une paix durable. Une visite largement commentée en France, mais qui a bien peu intéressé les Palestiniens.

      Car si les projecteurs sont braqués sur Israël et Gaza depuis le début de la guerre, les Palestiniens de #Cisjordanie occupée vivent également un drame. En à peine trois semaines, plus de 120 d’entre eux ont été tués, selon le ministère de la Santé de l’Autorité palestinienne. Soit par des colons juifs, soit lors d’affrontements avec les forces d’occupation israéliennes. Bien sûr, la montée de la #violence dans ce territoire avait commencé bien avant la guerre. Mais les arrestations contre les membres du Hamas, les raids réguliers menés par l’armée et les attaques de colons prennent désormais une autre ampleur. Ce lundi matin encore, l’armée israélienne a mené un raid sur le camp de Jénine, au nord de la Cisjordanie, faisant quatre morts. Selon l’agence de presse palestinienne Wafa, plus de 100 véhicules militaires et deux bulldozers sont entrés dans le camp. Déjà, mercredi dernier, deux missiles tirés depuis les airs en direction d’un groupe de personnes avait fait trois morts à #Jénine.

      À chaque mort de plus, la colère monte derrière les murs qui encerclent les Territoires. À Gaza, mais aussi en Cisjordanie

      À chaque mort de plus, la colère monte derrière le mur qui encercle les territoires palestiniens. Du sud, à Hébron, au nord, à Naplouse, en passant par Jénine et Ramallah, les #manifestations ont émaillé ces trois dernières semaines, s’intensifiant au fil du temps. À chaque fois, les Palestiniens y réclament la fin de l’#occupation, la mise en œuvre d’une solution politique pour un #accord_de_paix et surtout l’arrêt immédiat des bombardements à Gaza. Ce vendredi, quelques milliers de personnes s’étaient rassemblés à Ramallah. Drapeaux palestiniens à la main, « Que Dieu protège Gaza » pour slogan, et la rage au ventre. Yara était l’une d’entre eux. « Depuis le début de la guerre, le #traitement_médiatique en Europe et aux États-Unis est révoltant ! L’indignation sélective et le deux poids deux mesures sont inacceptables », s’énerve la femme de 38 ans. Son message est sans ambiguïté : « Il faut mettre un terme à cette agression israélienne soutenue par l’Occident. » Un sentiment d’injustice largement partagé par la population palestinienne, et qui nourrit sa colère.

      Manal Shqair est une ancienne militante de l’organisation palestinienne Stop The Wall. Ce qui se passe n’a rien de surprenant pour elle. La jeune femme, qui vit à Ramallah, analyse la situation. Pour elle, le soulèvement des Palestiniens de Cisjordanie n’est pas près de s’arrêter. « Aujourd’hui, la majorité des Palestiniens soutient le Hamas. Les opérations militaires du 7 octobre ont eu lieu dans une période très difficile traversée par les Palestiniens, particulièrement depuis un an et demi. La colonisation rampante, la violence des colons, les tentatives de prendre le contrôle de la mosquée Al-Aqsa à Jérusalem et enfin le siège continu de la bande de Gaza par Israël ont plongé les Palestiniens dans le #désespoir, douchant toute perspective d’un avenir meilleur. » La militante ajoute : « Et ce sentiment s’est renforcé avec les #accords_de_normalisation entre Israël et plusieurs pays arabes [les #accords_d’Abraham avec les Émirats arabes unis, Bahreïn, le Maroc et le Soudan, ndlr]. Et aussi le sentiment que l’#Autorité_palestinienne fait partie de tout le système de #colonialisme et d’occupation qui nous asservit. Alors cette opération militaire [du 7 octobre] a redonné espoir aux Palestiniens. Désormais, ils considèrent le Hamas comme un mouvement anticolonial, qui leur a prouvé que l’image d’un Israël invincible est une illusion. Ce changement aura un impact à long terme et constitue un mouvement de fond pour mobiliser davantage de Palestiniens à rejoindre la #lutte_anticoloniale. »

      #7_octobre_2023 #à_lire

    • Ma petite-fille de 1 an, la fille de mon fils, quand il y avait de grosses explosions, elle pleurait. Alors nous, on faisait les clowns pour lui faire croire que c’était pour rire.

      C’est exactement ce qu’on faisait ma femme et moi à notre fils de 4 ans en 2006 au Liban.

  • Vijay Prashad sur X :

    1. He is speaking in English.
    2. Palestinians in Gaza have no internet or electricity or data.
    3. Palestinians in Gaza cannot flee because the crossings are closed.
    4. This message is entirely IDF propaganda (#hasbara) for the compromised Western liberals.

    https://twitter.com/vijayprashad/status/1718260909791940651
    https://video.twimg.com/amplify_video/1718240127992868864/vid/avc1/636x360/RAWPIPPiyxLVy1jR.mp4?tag=14

  • Freed Israeli Hostage’s Remarks Seen by Government Officials as Damaging to Israeli Interests - Israel News - Haaretz.com
    https://archive.ph/2023.10.24-184133/https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2023-10-24/ty-article/.premium/freed-hostages-remarks-were-seen-by-government-as-damaging-to-israeli-interests/0000018b-628c-d288-afef-f2dc7ad60000

    A source who is involved in Israel’s wartime public diplomacy efforts said that the National Public Diplomacy Directorate should have taken charge of the situation in advance of its news conference at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital Monday evening.

    “Lifshitz’s statements about the humane treatment of the hostages at the hands of the Hamas terrorists harmed Israeli #hasbara,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    “It would have been appropriate at the very least to make it clear to Lifshitz or her family members that messages in this spirit serve the enemy at a sensitive time.” He added that in the future the head of the directorate should control communication between media outlets and released hostages.

  • En direct. L’armée israélienne se prépare à une semaine de raids sur Gaza
    https://www.ledauphine.com/defense-guerre-conflit/2022/08/06/l-armee-israelienne-se-prepare-a-une-semaine-de-raids-sur-gaza

    L’armée israélienne se prépare à une semaine de raids sur Gaza

    Magnifique titre, qui circule largement dans les sites d’information car la machine est bien huilée... Une lecture rapide induit à entendre que l’armée israélienne se prépare à SUBIR une semaine de bombardements. Quant à imaginer que les habitants de Gaza se préparent eux à recevoir des bombes pendant une semaine, en raison des raids programmés par l’armée israélienne, cela ne semble pas intéresser le rédacteur/la rédactrice.

    #israël #palestine #gaza #hasbara

    • Pour la comparaison, et ce ne sont pas des gauchistes à El Pais « Israel amenaza con prolongar una semana la mayor ofensiva contra Gaza en más de un año... »

      Dans la presse française, certains ont tout de même pensé à « envisage » plutôt que « se prépare » (20’), ou encore « s’attend à » (RFI).

  • The true story behind this iconic photo that became a symbol of gender equality in the Zionist movement
    The granddaughter of female pioneer seen in shorts in a quarry in Mandatory Palestine reveals that the ’propaganda’ scene was in fact staged
    Ofer Aderet | Jun. 25, 2020 | 2:19 PM
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-the-true-story-behind-photo-that-symbolized-gender-equality-in-the

    Among the handful of surviving photographs depicting female pioneers during the pre-state British Mandate period, one of the best known is a picture of Aviva Alef.

    She was photographed in the summer of 1941 next to an open rail-cart full of rocks at a quarry at Kibbutz Ein Harod. The man who took the image was Zoltan Kluger, one of the greatest photographers in the country at the time, and who documented the Jewish state in the making for various Zionist organizations.

    Over the years, the iconic photo became a symbol of groundbreaking female equality in the Zionist movement. Just this week, however, 79 years after it was taken, Aviva Alef’s granddaughter decided to reveal the true story behind the picture, which is now in the official photography collection of the State of Israel.

    “My grandmother became a symbol of female pioneers against her will,” her granddaughter, Yael Avrahami, told Haaretz.

    Avrahami called the photograph “propaganda.”

    In contemporary Israel, every year when the weather warms up, a controversy resurfaces in the country’s schools over the appropriate length of female students’ shorts. “Someone recalled the picture and retrieved it from the archives,” noted Avrahami, a biblical studies lecturer at the Oranim Academic College of Education in Kiryat Tivon, northern Israel.

    The photo became part of an effort to demonstrate how “things had been different here” at one time, how women went around freely in short-shorts. It turned Avrahami’s grandmother into a symbol to be emulated.

    ‘Rebellious girl’

    “Let me tell you the real story about that picture,” Avrahami wrote Monday on Facebook, recounting how her grandmother, born Lotte Perschak, fled Czechoslovakia at age 17 after the outbreak of World War II. She immigrated to Mandatory Palestine with Youth Aliyah, a Zionist organization that at the time rescued young Jews from Europe and brought them to the Holy Land.

    “Here she was arbitrarily given the name Aviva. She settled at Kibbutz Beit Hashita in the Harod Valley and thought she was coming to an agricultural dorm and that she would return home at the end of the war. A very innocent young girl,” Avrahami wrote.

    But she also quickly discovered less pleasant aspects of the pioneering enterprise that had saved her life at a time when her family was sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

    “In Youth Aliyah, you weren’t allowed to speak your native language. Everyone had to speak Hebrew,” the granddaughter recounted. Aviva was caught speaking Czech with her friend one day, and as a punishment was “exiled” to work in the rock quarry next to the adjacent kibbutz, Ein Harod – “as was befitting for a rebellious girl.”

    The punishment was meted out, Avrahami said, by two adults in charge: Tikva Sarig, a kindergarten teacher, children’s author and the wife of Nahum Sarig (who later became the commander of the Negev Brigade of the pre-state Palmach elite strike force); and Aryeh Ben-Gurion, the nephew of Israel’s first prime minister.

    But unlike male pioneers, and contrary to what the famous photograph suggests, “she didn’t drive rail carts with rocks and didn’t blast rocks. She cooked and did laundry for the male pioneers,” her granddaughter disclosed.

    On the day Kluger arrived to take pictures of the pioneers, “girls’ legs suited him for the picture,” as Avrahami put it – meaning that the iconic photo was staged.

    “Men are less sexy and my grandmother’s legs were legendary,” Avrahami said. “My grandfather once said she had the prettiest legs in the valley.”

    At age 20, Aviva gave birth to a son. That son’s daughter is Yael Avrahami.

    “My grandmother was saved from the horrors of the world war by the pioneering that was forced upon her. But it’s hard to look nostalgically upon the shorts in the picture and think that anything was perfect at the time,” the granddaughter wrote, “that the world saw her for what she was and not for her beautiful legs.

    “The shorts are not the be-all and end-all,” Avrahami added.

    Aviva’s parents didn’t survive the Holocaust. Her brother survived Auschwitz and married a Catholic nurse who had taken care of him, but he died relatively young behind the Iron Curtain.

    Aviva married journalist Yitzhak Avrahami at Beit Hashita and had a son. The couple divorced and Aviva made her way to Kibbutz Ayelet Hashahar, where she married Haim Alef and took his surname. “She would work in various jobs at the kibbutz, including being in charge of purchasing at the grocery. She also worked for many years in the sewing workshop,” Avrahami recounted.

    Aviva Alef died 18 years ago. One of the stories she told her granddaughter has bothered Yael Avrahami to this day.

    “She once told me that they needed to guard the watchtowers in the valley. The immigrant girls, who were afraid to do guard duty alone, were forced ‘to kiss’ male pioneers who would come along to stand guard with them at night. ‘Kissing’ is all she told me. I hope it wasn’t more than that,” Avrahami said.

    #propagande #hasbara

  • Une « ruse » de l’armée israélienne face au Hezbollah fait débat
    https://www.lapresse.ca/international/moyen-orient/201909/02/01-5239534-une-ruse-de-larmee-israelienne-face-au-hezbollah-fait-debat.php

    Les médias israéliens y ont vu d’emblée une « ruse » de l’armée israélienne afin de faire croire à des blessés, sans pour autant l’annoncer officiellement.

    But de la manœuvre : apaiser les tensions à la frontière en signifiant pendant quelques heures au Hezbollah qu’il a accompli sa mission de venger une frappe israélienne sur ses agents en Syrie, et qu’il peut ainsi cesser les hostilités.

    Si telle était bien le but de la manœuvre israélienne, alors pourquoi un membre du gouvernement a-t-il rapidement déclaré que les frappes ennemies n’avaient pas fait de victimes ?

    « Ce n’était pas le but de l’armée que tout cela soit connu. Ca devait rester dans une sorte de brouillard […] afin de confondre le Hezbollah », a commenté un général israélien à la retraite requérant l’anonymat.

    Selon lui, un ministre a court-circuité la manœuvre en affirmant en ondes, avant l’armée, qu’il n’y avait pas de blessés.

  • How Israeli spies are flooding Facebook and Twitter | The Electronic Intifada
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/how-israeli-spies-are-flooding-facebook-and-twitter/27596

    Act.IL is run by a former Israeli spy who has argued that his outfit is involved in “a new kind of war.”

    While Act.IL publicly denies being supported by the Israeli government, the group’s chief executive has admitted in Hebrew to working closely with Israeli ministries, and in English that his staff are mostly former Israeli spies.

    His name is Yarden Ben Yosef. Last year, he explained his group’s methods in an article for a journal aimed at Israeli diplomats. He lamented that – in #Gaza that May – “the Palestinian narrative prevailed in world media over the Israeli one.”

    Israeli snipers had massacred more than 60 unarmed Palestinian protesters on a single day during the Great March of Return protests, injuring thousands more.

    Ben Yosef advocated for “inserting ourselves” into online discussions, because readers nowadays see the comments section under articles published by websites as part of the story.

    Using sophisticated “monitoring software,” he wrote, Act.IL closely watched news and social media the week before the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem – one of the triggers for the Palestinian protests.

    Ben Yosef explained that “controlling the online media discussion became our top priority.”

    He claimed victory in these efforts, successfully “bumping the pro-Israeli comments to the top of the list in 85 percent of the cases.”

    #hasbara #propagande #Palestine

  • « تل أبيب ع نار » للفلسطيني سامح زعبي : السلاح يغير السيناريو لا الحمص | القدس العربي
    https://www.alquds.co.uk/%D8%AA%D9%84-%D8%A3%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%A8-%D8%B9-%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%84%D9%

    Ne vous jetez pas sur un traducteur en ligne si vous avez envie de savoir pourquoi le hoummous/khoummous est un personnage essentiel de Tel Aviv on fire (تل أبيب ع نار), le second film de Sameh Zoabi, un Palestinien de 48 qui considère "qu’au Moyen-Orient le feuilleton est une chose sérieuse". Un must à ne manquer sous aucun prétexte. (Au fait, certains experts de la région vont être déçus : pas une seule allusion à l’islam, même pas un petit appel à la prière !)

    في الفيلم يأمر الضابط سلام بالقدوم بصحن حمص، كلما مرّ بالحاجز كي «يساعده» في إعادة كتابة السيناريو. سلام الذي لا يأكل الحمص منذ الصغر بسبب عقدة سببها حصار الجيش لبيت أهله في الانتفاضة الأولى، ولم يكن لديهم غير الحمص لأكله، اشترى مرة حمصا معلبا وأعده للضابط الذي أكله بشهية. لاحقا، في مطعم حمص فلسطيني، يقول الضابط لسلام إن الأحمق فقط من يأكل الحمص المعلب، عاجزا عن التمييز بين المعلب والطازج.
    وإن استطاع الضابط إحداث تغييرات في السيناريو الفلسطيني، بالسلاح، ليلائم الإسرائيلي، في الصراع بين الروايتين/الحكايتين وأصحابهما، يبقى هذا القادم الطارئ على البلاد عاجزا عن التمييز بين الحمص الطازج والحمص المعلب، وله روايته الكاذبة عن «ملكية الحمص»، ولنا روايتنا، وهذا ما لا يستطيع تغييره بالسلاح.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udLZLSfcKMA

    #palestine #zoabi

  • #Hasbara is dead – Mondoweiss
    https://mondoweiss.net/2018/07/hasbara-is-dead

    Hasbara has died. The Israeli effort to “explain” its actions to the world– that era is over. Israel has given up trying to explain itself to fair-minded people. Because the fair-minded have all made up their minds; the slaughter in Gaza has seen to that. And #Israel doesn’t think they are fair anyway.

    No, its explanations are reserved now for the hard-core supporters. The hasbara is pure propaganda, aimed at rallying the base. And everyone else is tuning out.

  • The Insult: Six points toward clarification – Mondoweiss
    http://mondoweiss.net/2018/02/insult-points-clarification

    In an attempt to counter the resulting confusion, I supply below six straightforward, interconnected analytic points regarding the film. These points are meant to underscore, through clarification, the dual fact that The Insult is a vehicle of Zionist propaganda (#hasbara) and that director Doueiri has collaborated with Zionists in its making, in an effort to forward the normalization #agenda which he evidently supports.

    #normalisation

  • L’usine à trolls et à fake news dont tu ne dois pas t’inquiéter : Meet the spies injecting Israeli propaganda into your news feed
    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/meet-spies-injecting-israeli-propaganda-your-news-feed

    “I want to create a community of fighters,” Vaknin-Gil said soon after her appointment to the strategic affairs ministry.

    She said she planned to “flood the internet” with Israeli propaganda that would be publicly distanced from the government.

  • Les candidats de l’Eurovision plantent des arbres et chantent à Tel Aviv | The Times of Israël
    http://fr.timesofisrael.com/les-candidats-de-leurovision-plantent-des-arbres-et-chantent-a-tel

    Les 28 participants de l’Eurovision 2017 après avoir planté des arbres KKL-JNF durant leur voyage de quatre jours en Israël (Autorisation : Yosi Zeliger)

    Israël ne se contente pas de participer au concours annuel de la chanson de l’Eurovision. Le pays accueille également ses participants lors d’un spectacle de promotion en amont de l’événement.

    Intitulé ‘Israel Calling 2017’, ce séjour de quatre jours qui s’est déroulé cette semaine a permis à 28 candidats de venir en Israël à l’occasion d’une visite parrainée par les ministères des Affaires étrangères, du Tourisme et de Jérusalem, ainsi que par le Jewish National Fund, l’organisation Stand With Us et la municipalité de Tel Aviv, qui a accueilli le groupe.

    C’est la seconde année qu’Israël accueille un contingent de candidats au concours de l’Eurovision.

    #Hasbara

  • Invasion of the #troll armies: from Russian Trump supporters to Turkish state stooges
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/nov/06/troll-armies-social-media-trump-russian

    #Israel
    There’s been an Israeli public relations war for about as long as there’s been an Israel. In Hebrew it’s called “#hasbara”, literally meaning “explanation”, and it involves trying to improve the world’s opinion of the country and its causes. Accordingly there are around 350 official Israeli online channels, covering the full range of social media. For instance, besides its well-known Twitter accounts in English, Hebrew and Arabic, the Israeli Defence Force even has its own Pinterest page, featuring photo collections with themes such as “Soldiers’ Stories” and “IDF Style”.

    In 2013, the Israeli government revealed that it would also recruit “covert units” however. These would be staffed by a mixture of international supporters and domestic students, whose high intelligence, low income and familiarity with social media make them generally well suited to professional trolling. “We need a unified effort to explain why we have a legal right to be here in Israel,” the Knesset member Dov Lipman told the Jerusalem Post. “That is key to defeat the movements pushing to #boycott, divest and sanction Israel.” Those who signed up would get quick access to government information, and leaders of student groups would also be awarded scholarships.

    Sure enough, during the war in Gaza the following summer, a student group called Israel Under Fire emerged as one of many voices promoting the Israeli side of the story. “We counter Palestinian propaganda and explain the Israeli perspective,” the group’s leader, Yarden Ben-Yosef, said. “Social media is another place where the war goes on. This is another way to tell our story.” We do not know whether Israel Under Fire was itself one of these covert units, or whether Ben-Yosef got a scholarship. The group’s Facebook Page is still active today.

    Estimated troops Low thousands.

    Favourite subjects Palestinian brainwashing, friendliness of Israeli troops, justifiedness of Israeli force.

  • The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب : Hummus restaurant
    Saturday, November 05, 2016
    http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2016/11/hummus-restaurant.html

    Hummus restaurant
    I arrived at SFO yesterday and yelped for some restaurants close by in San Mateo. I encountered one named “Hummus Village”. I got excited. I drove there and looked at the menu. They have very specialized Hummus dishes. I asked the man and woman behind the counter: do you have whole wheat bread? The man answered: no, we get our food form Israel. I said with utter revulsion: this is an Israeli restaurant? He said: yes, we offer Israeli food. I said: Israeli food. Let us read the menu: falafel is an Arabic word. Hummus is an Arabic word. Musabbahah is an Arabic word. How come those Israeli dishes all have Arabic names? Those are Arabic dishes. I naturally stormed out mumbling obscene Arabic—not Israeli—words.

    PS Shawirma is from a turkish Anatolian word çevirme, which means rotation.
    Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 8:09 AM

  • Nazi genocide and “girls in bikinis” failing to sell #Israel, experts say | The Electronic Intifada
    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/nazi-genocide-and-girls-bikinis-failing-sell-israel-experts-say

    The conference heard from #Frank_Luntz, the prominent US Republican pollster, that Israel’s propaganda messaging was failing even among American Jewish students.

    According to Luntz’s findings, only 42 percent of Jewish students believe that Israel wants peace, just 39 percent view Israel as a “civilized and Western country” and a mere 31 percent consider Israel to be a democracy.

    As many as one fifth of Jewish students believe the US should support the Palestinian side and a similar proportion sees Israel as racist.

    One of the conference participants told NRG that Israel’s tourism ministry “came out very badly.”

    The participant characterized Israel’s marketing in these terms: “ ‘we have girls in bikinis, we have beaches, we have beer and bars – come to us,’ and this does not work.”

    Indeed, Israel’s tourism industry went into freefall as a result of Israel’s summer 2014 attack on Gaza that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including 551 children, and has still not recovered.

    The conference was also told that instrumentalizing the Nazi genocide of European Jews – a favorite tactic to deflect criticism of Israel’s occupation and violent colonization of the Palestinians – is also not a winning strategy.

    “They explained that the moment an Israeli speaker speaks about the Holocaust or about Nazis it hurts us, it doesn’t come across well on campuses,” one participant recalled.

    #hasbara #propagande #Israël #échec

    • Le génocide nazi et les “filles en bikini” ne peuvent faire vendre Israël, disent les experts
      Ali Abunimah
      http://www.pourlapalestine.be/le-genocide-nazi-et-les-filles-en-bikini-ne-peuvent-faire-vendre-isr

      (...) Le participant a défini le marketing d’Israël en ces termes : «  »Nous avons des filles en bikini, nous avons des plages, nous avons de la bière et des bars – Venez donc chez nous. » Et ça ne marche pas. »

      En effet, l’industrie israélienne du tourisme a été en chute libre, suite à l’agression israélienne de l’été 2014 contre Gaza, qui a tué plus de 2 200 Palestiniens, dont 551 enfants, et elle n’a toujours pas connu de reprise depuis lors.

      Il a également été communiqué à la conférence que l’instrumentalisation du génocide nazi des Juifs européens – une tactique de prédilection pour détourner les critiques à l’encontre de l’occupation israélienne et de la colonisation violente des Palestiniens – n’est pas non plus une stratégie gagnante.(...)

  • Israel’s secret weapon in the war against Hezbollah: The New York Times -
    Israel is turning to the media and diplomacy to head off an almost inevitable new round of confrontation with Hezbollah. Its message: Israel won’t be able to avoid attacks on Lebanon’s civilians so long as the Shi’ite militias use them as human shields.
    By Amos Harel | May 15, 2015 | | Haaretz
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.656516

    In a prominent article on Wednesday, The New York Times reported detailed Israeli allegations about Hezbollah’s military deployment in Shi’ite villages in southern Lebanon. The paper cited a briefing by Israeli military officials as its source, added an evasive response from “a Hezbollah sympathizer in Lebanon,” and noted that the Israeli claims “could not be independently verified.”

    The Times cited data, maps and aerial photographs provided by the Israel Defense Forces in regard to two neighboring villages, Muhaybib and Shaqra, in the central sector of southern Lebanon. The former, according to Israeli military intelligence, houses “nine arms depots, five rocket-launching sites, four infantry positions, signs of three underground tunnels, three antitank positions and, in the very center of the village, a Hezbollah command post” – all in a village of no more than 90 homes. In the latter village, with a population of 4,000, the IDF claims to have identified no fewer than 400 Hezbollah-related military sites.

    Throughout southern Lebanon, Israel has identified thousands of Hezbollah facilities that could be targeted by Israel, according to the report by Isabel Kershner.

    Israel, Kershner writes, is preparing for what it views as “an almost inevitable next battle with Hezbollah.” According to the IDF, Hezbollah has significantly built up its firepower and destructive capability, and has put in place extensive operational infrastructure in the Shi’ite villages of southern Lebanon – a move which, Israel says, “amounts to using the civilians as a human shield.”

    Although Kershner’s Israeli interlocutors don’t claim to know when or under what specific circumstances war will erupt, they pull no punches about its likely consequences. In such a war, the Times report says, the IDF will not hesitate to attack targets in a civilian setting, with the result that many Lebanese noncombatants will be killed. That will not be Israel’s fault, an unnamed “senior Israeli military official” says, because “the civilians are living in a military compound.” Israel “will hit Hezbollah hard,” and make “every effort to limit civilian casualties,” the military official said. However, Israel does “not intend to stand by helplessly in the face of rocket attacks.”

    The Times reports that Hezbollah, as part of the lessons it drew in the Second Lebanon War, in 2006, moved its “nature reserves” – its military outposts in the south – from open farmland into the heart of the Shi’ite villages that lie close to the border with Israel. That in itself is old news; Hezbollah began redeploying along these lines immediately after the 2006 war (as reported in Haaretz in July 2007.

    In July 2010, Israel presented similar data to the local and foreign media, which revealed in great detail Hezbollah’s military infrastructure in southern Lebanon. The village that was singled out then was Al-Hiyam.

    On all these occasions, Israel made it clear that in the event of a war it would have to operate in the villages, and that civilians would inevitably be harmed. In the current incarnation of warnings, as conveyed in this week’s Times report, the potential consequences of the situation are noted by two former senior officials of the defense establishment.

    Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, a former director of Military Intelligence, is quoted as saying that the residents of villages in southern Lebanon do not have full immunity if they live close to military targets. Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, formerly head of the National Security Council, asks why the international community is doing nothing to prevent Hezbollah’s arms buildup. A few years ago, at the instruction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Amidror, as head of the NSC, presented similar aerial photographs and maps from Lebanon to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

    Why again now?

    The question is: Why again now? The IDF says that the briefing by the senior officer, together with the information provided to the Times, is intended to reinforce the ongoing Israeli messages to Hezbollah and to the international community. The essence of those messages is that Hezbollah is continuing to violate UN Security Council Resolution 1701 by smuggling increasing quantities of arms into Lebanese territory and by deploying its forces south of the Litani River; that Hezbollah’s military infrastructure is an open book to Israeli intelligence and that the IDF can inflict serious damage on it when needed; and that, because Hezbollah chooses to shelter among a civilian population, strikes at its military targets will entail the non-deliberate killing of innocent persons.

    An additional explanation for why these points were emphasized in the briefing to the Times lies in the spirit being dictated to the IDF by the new chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. In his view, the army’s mission, under his leadership, is “to distance war.” This involves preparing the IDF as thoroughly as possible for the next possible confrontation – alongside an active effort, in the sphere of public diplomacy and to a degree even in the state-policy realm, to prevent war. This is the reason for the frequent emphasis on training as the IDF’s first priority, following a lengthy period of compromises and budget cuts in that sphere. Recent weeks have seen a fairly extensive series of training exercises by the ground forces, a trend that is slated to continue in the months ahead.

    Proper management of the daily risks to Israel, most of which stem from possible indirect consequences of the region’s chronic instability, could reduce the danger of an all-out war. At the same time, a higher level of fitness and readiness displayed by the IDF could help deter Hezbollah – at present, the most dangerous and best-trained enemy Israel faces – from setting in motion a deterioration of the situation that would lead to war.

    Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon also hinted at this, in a talk he gave at a meeting of officials from regional councils on Tuesday. Ya’alon warned that “Israel could unite all the forces in the region against it, if it acts incorrectly.” Israel’s approach, he said, consists of “surgical behavior based on red lines, and those who cross them know we will act.” Those lines include “violation of sovereignty on the Golan Heights, the transfer of certain weapons.”

    Israel is apparently deeply concerned by Hezbollah’s effort to improve the accuracy of its rockets. The organization has in its possession vast numbers of missiles and rockets – 130,000, according to the latest estimates – but upgrading its capability is dependent on improving the weapons’ accuracy, which would enable Hezbollah to strike effectively at specific targets, including air force-base runways and power stations.

    “There are some things for which we take responsibility and others for which we don’t, but we do not intervene in internal conflicts unless our red lines are crossed,” Ya’alon reiterated. In other words: Israel is upset at the smuggling of weapons by the Assad regime in Syria to Hezbollah, but understands that launching a lengthy, systematic series of attacks is liable to affect the delicate balance in the north, generate a confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah, and, as a consequence, foment a change in the civil war in Syria. Israel does not wish to see any such change, preferring a continuation of the status quo.

    Ratcheting up the risk

    In recent weeks, the Arab media have been flooded with reports and conjectures about the imminent fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Israeli intelligence is voicing more cautious appraisals, to the effect that the war in Syria has not yet been decided. If the regime does fall, it’s likely that Hezbollah will greatly step up its efforts to smuggle out from Syria the advanced weapons systems that remain in its hands there. That scenario would ratchet up immensely the risk of a confrontation with Israel, as the latter is likely to launch a broad effort to disrupt the smuggling efforts, while Syrian rebel organizations intensify their pressure on Hezbollah and the Assad camp.

    In any event, even without the war in Syria being decided, it’s clear that a confrontation of tremendous intensity is under way, in which all the parties involved are making immense efforts, and that the clash of the blocs in the Arab world over Syria, Lebanon and also in Yemen is overshadowing other issues, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that appeared so central in the past.

    Israel is not alone in having to walk a thin line in the north. Hezbollah, too, is obliged to preserve a deterrent image: outwardly, in order to ensure that Israel does not act as it pleases in its backyard (which is apparently how Hezbollah perceived several assassinations and attacks on convoys that it attributed to Israel); and inwardly, to rebuff criticism within Lebanon that it is an emissary of Iran and is involving Lebanon needlessly in the war in Syria.

    An occasional terrorist attack of limited scope, on the Golan Heights or in the Har Dov area near the Lebanese border, could serve its purposes. Nor is it certain that, from Hezbollah’s point of view, accounts have been settled regarding the events on the Golan Heights in January, when six Hezbollah personnel and an Iranian general were killed in an attack on a convoy that was attributed to Israel. Ten days later, an officer and a soldier from the IDF’s Givati infantry brigade were killed in the Har Dov area when their vehicle was struck by antitank missiles during a Hezbollah ambush.

    Nevertheless, Israel is now a secondary front for Hezbollah. The organization’s main force is deployed in Syria, particularly in the fighting in the Kalamun Hills, on the border with Lebanon. Dozens of combatants from both sides are being killed there every day in battles being fought by the Syrian army and Hezbollah against the organizations of Sunni rebels. Even though Hezbollah tried to conceal its losses in Syria (the IDF estimates that more than 600 of its personnel have been killed), the casualty rate is now probably too high to keep secret.

    Last week, a mass funeral was held in Beirut for Hezbollah fighters who have been killed in the Kalamun battles, among them, according to reports, a colonel. The Arab media are describing the campaign there as “battles of retreat and advance”: one step forward, two steps back. The two sides are deployed on adjacent ridges, and at this stage, neither is apparently able to gain a significant advantage.

    The fighting at Kalamun, an important area because it is a corridor for the transfer of reinforcements and arms between the Assad regime and Hezbollah, is only a small part of the overall picture in Syria. Most of the attention lately has been devoted to the decline in Assad’s status and to speculation that he will ultimately have to flee Damascus under rebel pressure, and focus on defending the Alawite region in the north of the country. Concurrently, however, another important process is taking place. Iran is now the salient master of the Assad camp and is dictating the military strategy of the gradually collapsing regime.

    Together with thousands of fighters from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and from Hezbollah, tens of thousands of members of Shi’ite militias are pouring into Syria to take part in the religious war against the Sunnis. Those combatants are more likely to heed the Iranian Guards than the Assad regime, which is rapidly losing its reserves of potential soldiers from among the Syrian population.

    There’s an extra benefit here for Iran: Its involvement in the fighting affords it a presence in the northern Golan Heights, creating a type of border with Israel by means of which it can take action against Israeli targets.

    In the civil war in Syria, Hezbollah is the spearhead of the Shi’ite armies, and Iran’s behavior is disturbing to all the Sunni Arab states. So much so that even U.S. President Barack Obama, when opening the conference of leaders of Persian Gulf states that he convened this week at Camp David, lashed out at Iran for the negative role it is playing in the wars in the Middle East.

    #propagande #hasbara

  • Des soldats israéliens refusent de participer à de nouveaux abus contre les Palestiniens
    http://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2014/09/12/des-soldats-israeliens-refusent-de-participer-a-de-nouveaux-abus-contre-les-

    C’est une lettre envoyée par 43 officiers et soldats israéliens de réserve à leur premier ministre et à leur chef d’état-major. Ayant servi dans l’unité 8200, la plus prestigieuse unité de renseignement militaire israélien, ils ont décidé de ne plus servir, refusant de participer aux « abus » commis selon eux contre les Palestiniens.

    Cette lettre, dont des extraits sont parus dans le quotidien à grand tirage Yediot Aharonot, est l’une des plus importantes expressions d’#objection de conscience depuis longtemps en Israël. Les 43 signataires, hommes et femmes, ont servi dans cette unité, qui est souvent comparée à l’Agence nationale de sécurité américaine (National Security Agency, NSA). Réservistes, ils peuvent y être rappelés à tout moment.

    Dans leur lettre, ils évoquent leur rôle capital dans les opérations d’éliminations ciblées pratiquées par l’armée. Une femme parle de l’erreur d’identification qu’elle a commise et qui a conduit selon elle à la mort d’un enfant. D’autres s’émeuvent d’avoir à écouter les conversations les plus intimes de Palestiniens. « Nous appelons tous les soldats qui servent actuellement dans cette unité ou qui vont y servir, tous les citoyens d’Israël à faire entendre leurs voix contre ces abus et agir pour y mettre un terme », dit leur lettre. Les 43 objecteurs de conscience encourent des peines de prison.

    #armée #crimes

    • 43 soldats israéliens contre les injustices faites aux Palestiniens
      http://www.romandie.com/news/43-soldats-israeliens-contre-les-injustices-faites-aux-Palestiniens/516987.rom

      Il y est question de mise sous surveillance de millions de Palestiniens sans distinction, jusque dans leur vie privée.

      Ces refuzniks (Israéliens refusant de servir) dénoncent la « persécution politique » à laquelle contribue leur activité d’espionnage.

      Des tribunaux militaires rendent leurs jugements sans que les Palestiniens aient accès aux preuves rassemblées contre eux et certains agissements montent les Palestiniens les uns contre les autres.

      L’armée ignore
      Les signataires s’en prennent plus largement à la règle militaire sous laquelle des millions de Palestiniens vivent depuis plus de 47 ans, ainsi qu’à la colonisation et à l’hypocrisie d’une politique invoquant les nécessités de sécurité pour se justifier.

      L’armée a nié la réalité de ces accusations et a affirmé dans un communiqué ne « pas avoir d’informations selon lesquelles des violations spécifiques mentionnées dans cette lettre ont eu lieu ».

      (ats / 12.09.2014 16h45)

    • Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories
      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/12/israeli-intelligence-reservists-refuse-serve-palestinian-territories

      The signatories include officers, former instructors and senior NCOs from the country’s equivalent of America’s NSA or Britain’s GCHQ, known as Unit 8200 – or in Hebrew as Yehida Shmoneh-Matayim.

      They allege that the “all-encompassing” intelligence the unit gathers on Palestinians – much of it concerning innocent people – is used for “political persecution” and to create divisions in Palestinian society.

      The largest intelligence unit in the Israeli military, Unit 8200 intercepts electronic communications including email, phone calls and social media in addition to targeting military and diplomatic traffic.

      The signatories say, however, that a large part of their work was unrelated to Israel’s security or defence, but appeared designed to perpetuate the occupation by “infiltrating” and “controlling” all aspects of Palestinian life.

      Written in uncompromising language the letter states: “We, veterans of Unit 8200, reserve soldiers both past and present, declare that we refuse to take part in actions against Palestinians and refuse to continue serving as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories.”

      They add: “The Palestinian population under military rule is completely exposed to espionage and surveillance by Israeli intelligence. It is used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself. In many cases, intelligence prevents defendants from receiving a fair trial in military courts, as the evidence against them is not revealed.”

      “It’s important to say, the reason I decided to refuse – and I decided to refuse long before the recent [Gaza] operation. It was when I realised that what I was doing was the same job that the intelligence services of every undemocratic regime are doing.

    • Reservists from elite IDF intel unit refuse to serve over Palestinian ’persecution’
      Forty-three signatories, including a major and two captains, in a letter to the prime minister: ’Intelligence is an integral part of Israel’s military occupation over the territories.’
      By Gili Cohen | Sep. 12, 2014 | 2:50 PM
      http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.615498

      Forty-three former members of Israel Defense Forces intelligence Unit 8200, including some officers, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top military officials, saying they would refuse to do reserve service because of Israel’s `political persecution’ of the Palestinians.

      “We, veterans of Unit 8200, reserve soldiers both past and present, declare that we refuse to take part in actions against Palestinians and refuse to continue serving as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories.” the soldiers said in the letter, which was also addressed to IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, the head of the Military Intelligence Directorate.

      Among the signatories are a major and two captains in the reserves. Also signing were other intelligence personnel, who include officers and non-commissioned officers who served in the unit in professional capacities.

      “It is commonly thought that the service in military intelligence is free of moral dilemmas and solely contributes to the reduction of violence and harm to innocent people" they said in the letter. “However, our military service has taught us that intelligence is an integral part of Israel’s military occupation over the territories.”

      The signatories claimed, among other things, that while surveillance of Israeli citizens is strictly limited, “the Palestinians are not afforded this protection.”

      The 43 unit members who signed the letter, some of whom serve in the reserves, say that the information that is gathered and stored in the army’s systems “harms innocent people. It is used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself.”

      For this reason, the signatories say, their consciences do not allow them to continue serving that system and depriving millions of human beings of their rights.

      Daniel, a captain in the reserves who lives in Jerusalem and signed the letter, said that the process of getting signatures for the letter, which took about a year, started with a small group of people who knew each other from the unit.

      “There were fears of how people, and friends from the unit, might respond — if they knew that it was I and if they didn’t know,” Daniel says. But he adds that they felt a sense of responsibility and urgency, so they wrote the letter, Daniel told Haaretz on Thursday. According to the letter’s organizers, most of the people who signed it are reservists, but some of them have adopted a kind of “gray-market dodge” and were not summoned to perform reserve duty.

      “I don’t feel comfortable in my conscience continuing to serve, and instead of dealing with the dilemmas and the ramifications, I chose to take a more evasive route,” Daniel said, describing the “gray-market dodge” he has used for the past three years.

      “Now, later on, we feel that evasion is wrong, and that we have to take responsibility. In the end, I served there for seven years. I believed in what we did there — and for all those reasons, I must take responsibility for what I see as the perpetuation of the cycle of violence. We hope that people will think critically about these things.”

      An official of the IDF Spokesman’s Office said that “Unit 8200 has worked since the day it was established to gather intelligence that allows the army and security agencies to perform their tasks, and each day it helps protect the citizens of the State of Israel.

      "The unit uses varied methods and many fields while using methods and rules directed toward those who consume the information and for its own uses only. Those who serve in the unit are trained after a meticulous search process using training methods that have no parallel in the intelligence community in Israel or in the world. The content of their training places special emphasis upon the fields of ethics, morals and work procedures. These are put into practice during their service as soldiers and officers of the unit, and they are under the constant supervision of commanding officers of various ranks.

      “The concrete claims made in the report are unknown in the Intelligence Directorate. The fact that the alleged signatories of this letter contacted the media before bringing their complaints to their commanding officers or relevant agencies in the army is surprising and raises doubts regarding the sincerity of their claims.

      "Over the years, and particularly in recent years, the unit daily has received appreciation that often takes the form of citations, medals and national-security awards. As for the claims about harm done to innocent people, the process of gaining approval for targets in the army, which is long and meticulous, also takes the topic of uninvolved parties into account.”

      The spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority’s security services, Adnan Damiri, said the reservists made a moral move, and that the Palestinians salute humanitarian ideas of this sort, which come to the aid of an oppressed people, Israel Radio reported.

    • ‘Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother’
      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/12/israeli-intelligence-unit-testimonies

      Y compris du chantage contre les #homosexuels palestiniens et les personnes #malades qui ne peuvent obtenir le droit de se faire soigner en Israël qu’en acceptant de se transformer en #indics.

      Autant pour la #hasbara israélienne sur « nos #valeurs »...

      The period during which I collected information on people who were accused of attacking Israelis, trying to attack Israelis, the desire to harm Israelis, thinking of attacking Israelis, in addition to collecting information on completely innocent people, whose only crime was that they interested the Israeli defence establishment for various reasons. Reasons they have no way of knowing. If you’re homosexual and know someone who knows a wanted person – and we need to know about it – Israel will make your life miserable. If you need emergency medical treatment in Israel, the West Bank or abroad – we searched for you. The state of Israel will allow you to die before we let you leave for treatment without giving information on your wanted cousin.

      #pink_washing

  • The Double Identity of an « Anti-Semitic » Commenter | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
    http://www.commondreams.org/hambaconeggs

    Un étudiant étatsunien #sioniste ("Common Dreams" lui donne le pseudo de Beck) abreuve les sites qui ne se plient pas à la doxa israélienne de commentaires antisémites auxquels il répond ensuite lui-même pour fustiger le « climat antisémite qui règne » dans les sites en question.

    The impersonation, this character wrote, must be part of an “elaborate #Hasbara setup,” referring to an Israeli international public-relations campaign. When Common Dreams finally confronted the man behind the deceptive posting, he denied that he himself was involved with Hasbara.

    (...)

    “Today many supporters of Israel worldwide are becoming digital ambassadors,” Neil Lazarus, a prominent Israeli public-relations consultant to the government, wrote in the Times of Israel in 2012. “The internet is transforming the battle lines of Israel’s public relations war. . . . As Hasbara becomes a grass-roots movement, the very essence of the relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jewry is being transformed.”

    Lazarus, in fact, has teamed up with the pro-Israel website HonestReporting.com to train “digital ambassadors” globally to promote Israel’s interests online. The website claims 3,000 such ambassadors, a number Lazarus confirmed in a phone conversation with Common Dreams from Israel.

    (...)

    Beck may have shown the future, unless defenses are mounted. As the ADL’s Todd Gutnick said, “Any idiot with a computer can do something like this.” But Beck is highly intelligent—at least in some ways. Think what a team of Becks could do.

    #Israel #Israël #délétère