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  • Has the Jewish state forgotten to fight the anti-Semitic far right? - Israel News -

    When Israel’s government and major Jewish groups cosy up to the global far right, it is a fundamental betrayal of Jewish history, Zionism and the Jewish values we believe in
    Hannah Rose and Benjamin Guttmann Feb 28, 2019

    We, Jewish student leaders in the UK and Austria, were raised in and by the Jewish community, which embedded in us a fierce set of values. We were taught that every individual is deserving of equal respect and rights, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality or gender.

    These are not values we take lightly; these are the very foundations of our Jewish identity. The injunction to “treat the stranger justly” appears 36 times in the Torah, more often than any other commandment. Those qualities of justice and solidarity distinguished Abraham, who cared for the strangers who visited his tent, from the people of Sodom, who attacked them, and faced divine punishment.

    The Shoah survivor, author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel famously declared: “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the centre of the universe.”

    It is therefore not only with shock, but with great disappointment, that we see the current government of our Jewish state, and some of our Jewish institutions, giving succour to those who discriminate against other vulnerable communities.

    In Europe, it is a fearful reality that the far-right is gaining power and popularity and that the survival of liberal democracy is no longer self-evident. Jewish experience teaches us that political intolerance usually ends with blame falling on Jews.

    Yet Israel, the place to which we, as Zionists, are deeply connected, has a government which not only tolerates these views, but invites their most prominent representatives to summits, not least the Visegrad Group, whose aspiration is a Europe of “illiberal democracies.”

    As a sign of the moral jeopardy this opens up, the formal summit was scuppered (despite bilateral meetings going ahead) not because of a principled move by courageous Israeli leaders, but because the Polish government took WWII historical revisionism more seriously than its relationship with Israel.
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    Israel’s prime minister lauded the election of Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro who, among many other comments exposing his weak allegiance to democratic values, and endorsement of torture and racism repeatedly told a congresswoman: “I wouldn’t rape you because you don’t deserve it.”

    On Holocaust Memorial Day, the World Jewish Congress, one of the major Jewish organisations posted a video of Jair Bolsonaro claiming to support Holocaust remembrance. It is a struggle to believe that the same person who said he would be “incapable of loving a gay son” and they’d prefer his child to die in a car crash rathe than come out as gay, would respectfully and sincerely commemorate the WWII persecution of LGBT+ people in their thousands.
    Netanyahu and Bolsonaro in Brazil.
    Netanyahu and Bolsonaro in Brazil.Leo Correa/אי־פי

    Meaningful Holocaust remembrance looks at the lessons we can learn, and how we can take action to stamp out analogous hateful ideologies. If we take these responsibilities seriously, we can never embrace someone fundamentally opposed to the values behind Holocaust remembrance out of timidity and short-term political gain.

    The recent co-option of the racist Arab-baiting Kahanist political tradition into the Knesset is nothing less than an endorsement of the subjugation of the rights of others to the rights of Jewish people. Having struggled for thousands of years against those seeking to remove our rights, getting into bed with the far right in our own state is nothing short of an insult to our history and our Zionism as well as hypocrisy of the highest level.

    We understand states seek to protect their interests through realpolitik and pragmatism. But support for, or tolerance of the far-right, is alarmingly short-sighted. Not only is it strategically ill-advised for Israel to align itself with the global far right, it endangers local Jewish communities.

    Morally speaking, this is inexcusable. Sacrificing the rights of other vulnerable groups because the far-right are supposedly “good for Israel” is an outrageous contravention of everything Judaism teaches.
    Anti-Semitic tags reading “Dirty Jew, get out” and a swastika graffitied on a door on Rue d’Alesia in Paris’ 14th arrondissement. February 21, 2019.
    Anti-Semitic tags reading “Dirty Jew, get out” and a swastika graffitied on a door on Rue d’Alesia in Paris’ 14th arrondissement. February 21, 2019.AFP

    Israel thus becomes partner to the legitimization of the far right’s whitewashing of their hateful ideology, not least their anti-Semitism, through a façade of skin-deep support for Israel.

    Human rights are Jewish rights and Jewish rights are human rights. We must be robust and we must be outspoken; any homophobe, any misogynist or any Islamophobe is no friend of the Jewish community.

    If there is any chance of eliminating discrimination against Jews and non-Jews alike, we must first look at ourselves. As Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin eloquently articulated: “You cannot say ‘we admire Israel and want relations with your country, but we are neo-fascists. Neo-fascism is incompatible with the principles and values on which the State of Israel was founded.”

    This is a cross-party political issue; no matter one’s views on border control or economic systems, as a people who have faced antisemitism for thousands of years, we must all be able to acknowledge that no individual should be discriminated against simply because of who they are.

    As Jews, we should know better than that.

    Benjamin (Bini) Guttmann is President of the Austrian Union of Jewish Students (JöH. Twitter: @bin_gut and @joehwien

    Hannah Rose is President of the UK Union of Jewish Students. Twitter: @hannah1_rose and @UJS_PRES

  • جريدة الأخبار

    Rare : un beau projet, une belle architecture (arabo-canadienne), une belle réussite apparemment. Ouverture peu ordinaire d’un musée au nord du Liban.

    Son site (arabe et anglais) :

    On the coast of the Mediterranean in Ras al -Chakka, North of Lebanon stands Nabu Museum. Named after the Mesopotamian patron god of literacy, the museum offers an exceptional permanent collection of early Bronze and Iron age artifacts, antiquities from the Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Phoenician and Mesopotamian epochs, rare manuscripts and ethnographic material. The museum’s collection also includes examples of local and regional modern and contemporary art by key artists such as Shafic Abboud, Amin al -Bacha, Helen Khal, Dia Azzawi, Shakir al - Said, Omar Onsi, Mustapha Farroukh, Ismail Fattah, Adam Henein, Khalil Gibran, Paul Guiragossian and Mahmoud Obaidi in addition to an exceptional collection of works by Saliba Douaihy. Notable in Nabu’s collection is a unique selection of Cuneiform tablets dating from 2330 to 540 B.C.E that recount epic tales, give indications of other economic systems, information on ethnic groups and maps of ancient cities.

    #liban #musée #nabu

  • The Imprudent Cartography of Thought - Performance | Indiegogo

    Ouf, intéressant, créatif et marrant (et j’aime bien le concept de « cartographie imprudente »). Danse avec les frontières :)

    In brief: this dance is an exploration on the abstract concept of borders. Borders defined not only as lines on maps, but also as separations on terrains like social structures, cultures, bodies, thoughts, and economic systems.

    Geopolitical borders are of special relevance in these times given the mass migrations occurring across the world. These migrations are sadly caused not for the enrichment of cross-cultural interactions but by (among others) political and economic conditions. We believe that to comprehend the formation, function and rearrangement of geopolitical borders we have to understand the latent mechanisms that precede and give rise to them.


  • Chicago Meatspace | View | Architectural Review

    Architecture carnivore :)

    The fin-de-siècle Modernism of Chicago was determined by its secret twin city: the South Side Stock Yards and their infrastructural logic

    One of the most intriguing qualities of late 19th-century Chicago School buildings is their meaty and rugged object-hood, their continued solid presence in the contemporary city of flows. The well known examples of the Rookery, Monadnock Building, Auditorium Building, and the Fine Arts Building characterise this brash materiality. Encounters with these buildings continue to intrigue. Where did this unique architecture come from? What were the sources and drivers of their emergence? And increasingly, how did this shared architectural value of a strong visceral materiality work with the social, ecological, and economic systems emerging at the same time?

    #chicago #alimentation #viande

  • Qui profite [de la colonisation en Palestine] ?

    Despite outcry, EU guidelines on settlements will have little effect | Who Profits

    Via le projet anti-atlas des frontières (Iméra, Marseille)

    Contrary to confused press reports, the new European Union guidelines do not entail a boycott of the settlements but in fact reflect a misguided notion of two independent economic systems divided by the 1967 borders. Nevertheless – a precedent was set.

    According to the new guidelines issued by the EU last month, the various EU bodies can no longer fund or dispense awards and grants to commercial companies, public bodies and organizations working within settlements. But what do these guidelines entail in practice?

    The new guidelines sent shockwaves across the Israeli and global press alike. It was suggested by many reports that EU bodies shall cease to fund public and commercial organizations and bodies directly involved in settlements across the Palestinian and Syrian occupied territories – beyond the 1967 lines. In fact, these are not binding directives, but rather mere guidelines, constituting a recommendation. Their binding powers only apply to bodies operating directly on behalf of the EU, not each individually EU member state. Nevertheless, according to the recommendations, academic and governmental institutes, as well as many Israeli and international companies, may cease to enjoy grants from the EU as long as they maintain their activities in the occupied territories.

    #israël #palestine #colonisation #occupation

  • Angry Arab – Why elections are the least of my priorities in the Middle East

    It does not matter anymore. Do you see why I would never ever consider elections to be a matter of priority? There are tons of real reforms that we need to implement before we reach the point where we can call for free elections. Cleaning up the economic systems and freeing our countries from foreign intervention in many forms is the priority. No elections are meaningful before we first implement changes in the economic and banking systems where a special electoral commission can monitor all banking transactions within a year prior to an election. There should be strict monitoring in that to ban the transfer of foreign money. No, An-Nahda did not win in Tunisia: it was not an election between parties. It was merely a competition between Qatari money (which went for An-Nahda) and between US money (which went to the “liberal” business parties). Qatari money won against US money. As simple as that. Just as the last parliamentary election in Lebanon saw a competition between Saudi money and Iranian money (Saudi money won). It is a sham.

    • Pour le coup, me semble-t-il : la commission électorale tunisienne, constituée de représentants de la société tunisienne. Elle a voulu imposer l’interdiction des financements étrangers, et alors les partis conservateurs soutenus par l’étranger ont boycotté les séances de la commission. C’est ce que j’ai référencé (pour archive) ce matin.

      Ensuite il faut faire la différence entre ce que peut écrire Angry Arab, qui se trouve être arabe, et les commentateurs étrangers (tels que moi). Il me semblerait totalement saugrenu que, de l’extérieur, je décide, moi, de définir les « préalables » aux élections – je me contente de m’interroger sur ces financements et j’essaie de signaler que la question se pose (après, je suis content si les gens sont contents). Mais qu’un arabe explicite ce qu’il considérerait comme un fonctionnement démocratique dans un pays arabe, c’est très différent.

  • Joel Kotkin, Contributor in Forbes :
    The U.K. Riots And The Coming Global Class War

    ’[...] Many conservatives here, as well as abroad, reject the huge role of class. To them, wealth and poverty still reflect levels of virtue — and societal barriers to upward mobility, just a mild inhibitor. But modern society cannot run according to the individualist credo of Ayn Rand; economic systems, to be credible and socially sustainable, must deliver results to the vast majority of citizens. If capitalism cannot do that expect more outbreaks of violence and greater levels of political alienation — not only in Britain but across most of the world’s leading countries, including the U.S.’