• Des milliers de personnes manifestent contre Netanyahu à Jérusalem et Tel Aviv
    Par Times of Israel Staff et Aaron Boxerman 27 septembre 2020 13:18
    https://fr.timesofisrael.com/des-milliers-de-personnes-manifestent-contre-netanyahu-a-jerusalem

    Des milliers de personnes ont pris part au mouvement de protestation anti-Benjamin Netanyahu, samedi, dans tout le pays, mais aussi sur Internet. Les plus grands rassemblements ont eu lieu à Jérusalem, Tel Aviv et Césarée.

    Cinq manifestants ont été arrêtés à Jérusalem au cours du regroupement, qui a été l’un des plus violents de ces dernières semaines. La police et les participants se sont affrontés alors que les agents s’efforçaient de faire respecter les restrictions de distanciation sociale. Les manifestants ont dénoncé un usage excessif de la force.

    Ces regroupements ont eu lieu malgré le confinement national dû au coronavirus, mais conformément toutefois à ses réglementations actuellement encore en vigueur – les députés israéliens ayant échoué, vendredi, à faire approuver une législation qui aurait sévèrement restreint les manifestations et la prière publique. (...)

    #Israelmanif #Israelmanifs

  • Why do Google and Apple maps recognize illegal Israeli settlements, but not Palestine? - Middle East News - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-why-do-google-and-apple-map-illegal-settlements-but-not-palestine-

    Despite their claims, the two tech giants’ ubiquitous, influential maps and navigation tools aren’t value-neutral at all. Just ask a Palestinian

    #google #palestine #israel #Apple #carte #maps

  • Netanyahu calls to curb protests against him under coronavirus restrictions
    Jonathan Lis, Ido Efrati, Noa Landau | Sep. 22, 2020 | 8:38 PM |
    Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-netanyahu-calls-to-curb-protests-against-him-under-coronavirus-res

    As coronavirus cabinet mulls intensifying lockdown restrictions, protests and prayer services become a central point of contention

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that the “farce” of anti-government protests calling for his resignation must be curbed under the coronavirus restrictions.

    Israel’s coronavirus cabinet met Tuesday to discuss intensifying lockdown restrictions amid a spike in infections and mortality and the increasing burden on hospitals.

    Discussions were adjourned without a decision. Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi offered to hold a meeting on Tuesday evening with representatives of the Attorney General, the police and the Health Ministry to clarify restrictions on prayers and protests. Their recommendations will be heard when the cabinet reconvenes on Wednesday morning at 11:30 A.M. Israel time (4:30 A.M. EDT).

    “For a long time I’ve avoided weighing in on the matter, but after I’ve heard experts claiming that gatherings are a huge threat to public health, it is my obligation to speak about it. The entire public is obligated to abide by the regulations and only a group of protesters is exempt,” Netanyahu said. “You can only visit the Western Wall if you live within a kilometer of it, but people can come to Balfour from all over the country. At the Western Wall people can only pray in groups of twenty, but at the protests everything is permitted. This farce must stop!”

    “There must be one law for prayers and protests and all forms of gatherings. Otherwise the public won’t listen to the guidelines and the rate of infection will soar to threatening proportions,” Netanyahu said.

    Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn of Kahol Lavan said, “We must adjust the protests to the demands of the lockdown. But restrictions must be decided by experts and not by the politicians who are the subject of the protests."

    "We will support giving police the authority to enforce the restrictions at the protests.” Nissenkorn added, “however, in a democratic country governments do not forbid protests against them.”

    Netanyahu supporters have not been the only ones calling for protesters to stay home however. Ofer Shelah, a veteran member of opposition party Yesh Atid, who is currently staging a bid for its leadership, called on those hoping to unseat Netanyahu to “stop until the end of the lockdown, continue in other ways.”

    “There is nothing more just than a protest against a corrupt and failed prime minister. And there is nothing more justified than stopping the mass demonstrations against him at this critical moment,” Shelah said on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

    COVID-19 czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu presented cabinet ministers with his plan to reduce prayer activity in synagogues after an assessment by health professionals.

    Gamzu’s plan drew ire from Interior Minister Arye Dery, who chairs the ultra-Orthodox Shas party. “I cannot understand why demonstrations are a yes and prayers are a no,” Dery said. “Prayer is important not only for the ultra-Orthodox, but also for the religious, the conservatives and the secular. It is a sacred value,” Dery said.

    Dery threatened to resign over the matter. “We live in a Jewish and democratic state. From my perspective it is a Jewish state first and foremost. If we cannot hold prayers in synagogues and the protests continue, I don’t think we’re talking about a Jewish state anymore and I cannot stay at my post,” Dery said.

    The Black Flag movement, which is among the organizers of the anti-Netanyahu protests, also said last week that its activists would stop attending the protests in Jerusalem, and instead focus on coming out in multiple locations throughout the country. But it blasted the prime minister’s remarks on Tuesday evening: “The destroyer of the country Netanyahu is the reason that Israel is under lockdown. He’s busy with silly flights and managing his trial and not with the coronavirus!"

    “This is an order, for everyone who wants to save the nation,” the statement added. "Come to the bridges, intersections, and in convoys on Thursday and Saturday in order to fight the defendant who is destroying the nation.”

    #Israelmanif #Israelmanifs

    • Coronavirus Israel live : Cabinet discusses further lockdown restrictions
      Haaretz | Sep. 22, 2020 | 8:59 PM
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-coronavirus-israel-live-gantz-asks-army-to-begin-working-on-new-fi

      Two Israeli hospitals turn away virus patients due to full wards ■ Netanyahu aides violate post-D.C. trip coronavirus quarantine order ■ New guidelines allow protests in groups of 20 during lockdown

      Israel, the West Bank and Gaza are dealing with a renewed coronavirus outbreak, leading to proposals and measures intended to curb its spread and mitigate the economic ramifications of the crisis by both Israeli and Palestinian authorities.

      Israel currently has 51,338 active cases; 1,273 people have died. In the West Bank, there are 11,425 active cases and 291 deaths, and in Gaza 1,825 active cases and 17 deaths. (...)

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      Charles Enderlin
      @Charles1045
      https://twitter.com/Charles1045/status/1308122037358034944

      deux grands hôpitaux israéliens avec un taux d’occupation à plus de 100% refusent les nouveaux malades de Covid 19. Assouta à Ashdod et Shaarei Tzedek à Jérusalem

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      Noga Tarnopolsky
      @NTarnopolsky
      https://twitter.com/NTarnopolsky/status/1308504212783935488

      West Jerusalem hospitals are so overrun that the Health Min is asking East Jerusalem hospitals to admit their patients. But east Jerusalemite corona patients hospitalized in west Jerusalem are adamantly refusing to be transferred to the east of the city.

    • Flouting quarantine, Netanyahu aides reveal industry of lies
      Yossi Verter | Sep. 22, 2020 | 8:20 AM - Haaretz.com
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.highlight-flaunting-quarantine-netanyahu-aides-reveal-industry-of-

      The praiseworthy alertness of demonstrator Yoav Glasner, who recognized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s social media adviser, Topaz Luk, and Netanyahu family spokesman Ofer Golan, revealed an astounding sight Sunday night, after the Rosh Hashanah holiday ended. These two men so dear to Netanyahu and his wife, one of whom has already been questioned by police on suspicion of witness-tampering, were caught red-handed in a scene which, had it not been so disturbing and outrageous, could have been genuinely comic.

      Luk, using a professional camera, was filming the protesters who had arrived – purely by chance – at the same moment that he and Golan were on the scene; Luk then began spouting delusional coronavirus-denial conspiracy theories. Golan was assisting him. Upon being identified, both men, wearing dark caps that merely magnified the farce, fled like frightened ducks from the cellphone of Glasner, who chased after them.

      If we had previously thought Netanyahu was the local version of Richard Nixon, not just in his deceitfulness but also in his methods, we discovered that our local incompetence is hardly comparable to the American president’s “plumbers.” Had the break-in at the Watergate Hotel been assigned to the two heroes of our story, they would have been caught even before they arrived, driving in the wrong lane.

      What were the two geniuses thinking? That nobody in that politically savvy crowd would recognize them? Luk, after all, has been interviewed often of late. (And what ever happened to Jonathan Urich?)

      Luk, we should also mention, was supposed to be in quarantine. The Prime Minister’s Office, of course, admits nothing. A response by Likud said the man had gone there to take a coronavirus test. But of course – with a camera, in the middle of a demonstration, shortly before midnight, and far from his home.

      Later, Netanyahu, the coronavirus screw-up in chief, sent a hypocritical, self-righteous response to the media: “Suddenly, everyone’s upset over one man.” Let’s just remind him that for all the demonstrations that have taken place to date outside his official residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street, not one single quarantine violator has ever been found among the protesters.

      All the problems have emerged from him and his circle – violations, lies, incitement, smears, blood libels. The Pandora’s box in the prime minister’s residence, in the spirit and on the orders of his son, is a far greater source of danger to the public’s health than the virus. Modern medicine will never find a vaccine for that.

      Anyone who violates quarantine is subject to a fine, as Netanyahu graciously admitted. Now, we have to wait and see whether an investigation is opened against Luk and whether he’s fined 5,000 shekels ($1,400). Given the law enforcement agencies’ current weakness in the face of the Balfour mafia, don’t count on it.

      Had the two not been discovered and fled for their lives, the web would have been flooded with footage of the “coronavirus-denying” demonstrators. Netanyahu’s pet journalists and fans would have tweeted voraciously. Likud MK Osnat Mark would have screamed her lungs out in some television studio. Amir Ohana, the Netanyahu security minister, would have urged police to investigate. And more, similar garbage.

      The entire incident shone a spotlight on the industry of lies, deceit and fraud that has sheltered under Netanyahu’s wings: fraudulent videos, staged incidents, bots and fake profiles that flood the web. When it succeeds, the foot soldiers are sent out to echo and condemn. When it doesn’t, well, it’s not so terrible; we’ll lie brazenly in response and move on.

      For some reason, this reminded me of the (false) accusation that Netanyahu – who had no qualms about lies and filth even back in the mid-1990s – clearly aimed at David Levy regarding a tape that implicated Netanyahu in an adulterous affair. Netanyahu spoke of “a senior Likud official surrounded by criminals.” Well, who is the senior official and who are the criminals here?

      Then on Monday, Noa Landau reported on Haaretz’s website that Netanyahu’s diplomatic adviser, Reuven Azar, who also serves as deputy national security adviser, was caught violating quarantine for the second time (the first having been back in Washington). He turns out to be a recidivist, a serial coronavirus violator. Referring to people like that, we used to say “either he’s stupid or he’s evil.”

      The first time, he wasn’t punished, because the violation occurred abroad. Let’s see what excuse they use this time.

      Just as Netanyahu himself proved on seder night, when he violated the coronavirus rules to host his son Avner, there’s nothing like a personal example. When this is what the leader is like, that’s what his inner circle is like. And when that’s what his inner circle is like, it’s unsurprising that half the country thinks it’s fine when they cheat on the lockdown rules and cause further rises in the curves of all our woes.

  • Première manifestation anti-Netanyahu à Jérusalem depuis le reconfinement
    Jérusalem (AFP) 20.09.2020
    https://www.courrierinternational.com/depeche/premiere-manifestation-anti-netanyahu-jerusalem-depuis-le-rec

    Plusieurs milliers de manifestants se sont rassemblés dimanche soir à Jérusalem pour réclamer le départ du Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu, inculpé pour corruption et accusé de mauvaise gestion de la crise sanitaire, alors que le pays est reconfiné depuis vendredi.

    Les manifestations ont été autorisées malgré le reconfinement, dans le cadre duquel les Israéliens ne peuvent toutefois sortir de chez eux que dans un rayon d’un kilomètre pour se détendre, et plus loin uniquement pour aller faire des courses ou pour travailler si leur profession est jugée essentielle.

    Les protestataires étaient aussi nombreux dimanche soir que lors des manifestations précédentes, organisées chaque samedi depuis près de trois mois devant la résidence de M. Netanyahu à Jérusalem, malgré les nouvelles restrictions, a constaté un journaliste de l’AFP.

    Ils portaient des masques mais ne respectaient pas plus que lors des manifestations précédentes les mesures de distanciation sociale imposées pour lutter contre la propagation du nouveau coronavirus.

    La police a indiqué que les barricades qu’elle avait placées sur la place où se déroulait la manifestation avaient été enlevées par les protestataires qui « n’ont pas écouté les règles ».

    Un automobiliste qui avait tenté de lancer son véhicule vers des barricades de police dressées aux abords du lieu de la manifestation a été arrêté par la police qui n’a pas donné davantage de détails sur l’incident ni sur l’identité du conducteur.

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    Noga Tarnopolsky
    @NTarnopolsky
    https://twitter.com/NTarnopolsky/status/1307759034708234243

    There was an attempted car ramming of protesters near the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem. Had it happened in the West Bank, it would be headlining news. The main Israeli radio anchors are talking about how much they ate over Rosh Hashanah. @GLZRadio
    @kann_news

    Noga Tarnopolsky
    @NTarnopolsky
    https://twitter.com/NTarnopolsky/status/1307762397352951810

    In Oren Ziv’s video, the car ramming looks less dramatic than reports have indicated

    Noga Tarnopolsky
    @NTarnopolsky
    9:30 PM · 20 sept. 2020
    https://twitter.com/NTarnopolsky/status/1307764140853932033

    Another view of Jerusalem’s Paris Square (via @SuleimanMas1)

    #Israelmanif #Israelmanifs

  • Frontières maritimes : Les USA pousseraient à des négociations Israël-Liban
    Par Times of Israel Staff 20 septembre 2020
    https://fr.timesofisrael.com/frontieres-maritimes-les-usa-pousseraient-a-des-negociations-israe

    (...) Axios a expliqué que le secrétaire d’Etat adjoint aux Affaires du Proche-Orient, David Schenker, s’était entretenu avec les responsables de Jérusalem et de Beyrouth, ces dernières semaines, pour tenter d’obtenir un résultat.

    Les officiels israéliens cités par Axios ont déclaré que l’un des désaccords portait sur les médiateurs susceptibles d’intervenir lors de ces pourparlers, le Liban cherchant à impliquer les Etats-Unis et les Nations unies tandis qu’Israël désire que l’ONU ne tienne aucun rôle actif au cours des futurs entretiens.

    Schenker a expliqué aux journalistes libanais, au début du mois, que des « progrès graduels » étaient réalisés, et il a ultérieurement dit au cours d’une visioconférence qui était organisée par le Brookings Institute que le « point de friction… est absurde ».

    Il n’est pas possible d’affirmer qu’il faisait référence, à ce moment-là, à la question de la médiation, comme Axios a pu le mentionner.

    Schenker a également dit en évoquant les incitations données au Liban que « nous parlons ici d’argent gratuit pour un pays actuellement en proie à une crise financière ».
    David Schenker, secrétaire d’Etat adjoint aux Affaires du Proche-Orient à Beyrouth, au Liban, le 9 septembre 2019. (Crédit : Hussein Malla/AP)

    Mais un officiel israélien qui s’est entretenu avec le site d’information a confié : « Il y a des progrès. Nous constatons une volonté d’aller de l’avant du côté libanais pour régler ce point. Nous sommes prêts à lancer immédiatement les pourparlers et nous espérons qu’ils aboutiront avant la fin de l’année. » (...)

    #Liban #israelliban

  • The Missing Peace in the Abraham Accords
    Heaps of hype at the Israel-Emirati-Bahraini festivities on the White House lawn—but no hope for peace, Palestinians, or the Middle East

    by Daniel Levy

    September 17, 2020 - The American Prospect
    https://prospect.org/world/missing-peace-in-abraham-accords-israel-uae

    (...) Since its establishment, Israel has fought in at least six wars involving various Arab states, with perhaps another five if one includes two campaigns against Palestinian intifadas and periodic escalations with Gaza and the devastation wrought there. These wars have, cumulatively, involved tens of thousands of casualties.

    Did Tuesday’s ceremonial treaty signings at least lay some of that to rest? Er, hate to break it to you, but again, nada.

    More from Daniel Levy: Don’t Call It a Peace Plan

    The UAE and Bahrain have now signed the so-called Abraham Accords on the White House lawn, committing to normalize and conduct mutually expansive relations with Israel that would far exceed the ongoing limited exchanges Israel has with Egypt and Jordan. But the UAE and Bahrain have never been at war with Israel, never so much as fired a shot in anger against Israel; they have no unresolved territorial or other dispute, and their capitals are 1,260 miles and 1,000 miles, respectively, from Jerusalem.

    That Donald Trump was able to package and market as “peace” the upgrading of bilateral relations between countries not party to any conflict is galling. (...)

    #IsraelEAU #IsraelBahrein

  • Israel returns to virus lockdown as cases mount
    https://apnews.com/ff70d10700ebe2ed7becc3b2a9e08bc7

    Under the new lockdown, nearly all businesses open to the public will be closed. People must remain within 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) of home, but there are several exceptions, including shopping for food or medicine, going to work in a business that’s closed to the public, attending protests and even seeking essential pet care.Israel has reported a total of more than 175,000 cases since the outbreak began, including at least 1,169 deaths. It is now reporting around 5,000 new cases a day, one of the highest per capita infection rates in the world.Israel was among the first countries to impose sweeping lockdowns this spring, sealing its borders, forcing most businesses to close and largely confining people to their homes. That succeeded in bringing the number of new cases down to only a few dozen per day in May.But then the economy abruptly reopened, and a new government was sworn in that was paralyzed by infighting. In recent months authorities have announced various restrictions only to see them ignored or reversed even as new cases soared to record levels.
    The occupied West Bank has followed a similar trajectory, with a spring lockdown largely containing its outbreak followed by a rise of cases that forced the Palestinian Authority to impose a 10-day lockdown in July. The PA has reported more than 30,000 cases in the West Bank and around 240 deaths.The Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007, was initially insulated from the pandemic. But authorities detected community spread last month, and there are now more than 1,700 active cases in the impoverished territory of 2 million, straining its already fragile health system. At least 16 people have died.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#israel#gaza#sante#religion#systemesante#frontière#reconfinement

  • Covid-19 : Israël se reconfine pour les fêtes du Nouvel An juif
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/09/14/coronavirus-israel-se-reconfine-pour-les-fetes-du-nouvel-an-juif_6052115_321

    Ce retour à l’isolement est le résultat d’un échec politique : le gouvernement a renoncé la semaine dernière à imposer un confinement local à des villes arabes et ultraorthodoxes, parmi les plus pauvres du pays, les plus touchées par l’épidémie. Les alliés religieux de M. Nétanyahou, indispensables à son gouvernement de coalition, s’y étaient refusés.
    Article réservé à nos abonnés Lire aussi En Israël, la deuxième vague de Covid-19 touche surtout les communautés ultraorthodoxes et arabes
    Israël pouvait se féliciter d’avoir mieux fait face que d’autres à la première vague, en confinant rapidement et en fermant ses frontières, en mars. Mais l’épidémie était repartie à la hausse dès le mois de mai. Les autorités s’interrogent encore pour savoir si cela est dû à la réouverture des écoles. Elles ont multiplié depuis les arbitrages illisibles, et déplorent le manque de discipline des Israéliens.Pour Arnon Afek, membre de l’équipe qui coordonne la réponse sanitaire, les fêtes de fin d’année représentent « le moment le moins inapproprié. Mais sans stratégie de sortie, ce sera inutile : vous obtiendrez un pays très appauvri et un nouveau reconfinement à terme ». Cette stratégie se met en place depuis deux mois : le gouvernement entend décentraliser le traitement de l’épidémie, en travaillant avec les maires, reconfiner au cas pas cas les points chauds, et fait confiance à l’armée pour tracer les contaminations et tester les cas suspects. Mais l’architecture informatique nécessaire à un tel système ne sera opérationnelle qu’en novembre au plus tôt. Cela laisse craindre que le reconfinement s’éternise après la fin des fêtes.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#israel#sante#santepublique#religion#frontiere#pelerinage#reconfinement

  • Israel is proud to have halted international projects for Palestinians in Area C
    Amira Hass | Sep. 13, 2020 | 6:17 AM - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-knesset-committee-39-of-west-bank-suffices-for-palestinian-constru
    The legislators revel in cuts to humanitarian projects funded by the EU but ask for more measures against Palestinian construction in Area C, which some call a ‘virus,’ ‘cancer’ or ‘territorial terror’

    In the battle over Area C, where Israel maintains full security and civilian authority, it’s chalking up successes against the Palestinians and the European Union and has significantly reduced the number of internationally (mainly European) financed Palestinian projects. That’s the news provided by the head of Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank, Brigadier General Ghassan Alian, to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in two meetings in late July and mid-August. The subject: “the Palestinian takeover of Area C,” referring to 61 percent of the occupied West Bank.

    The committee members, however, had reservations about the description of the situation as a “success.” “Even though there are wonderful and highly motivated people [in the Civil Administration], they are too small and this mission is several sizes too large for them,” said Matan Kahana of the right-wing Yamina party. The legislators demanded a firmer hand to prevent what they called a hostile illegal takeover of the area.

    Yamina’s Bezalel Smotrich suggested that the settlements receive the authority to supervise and demolish unlicensed Palestinian structures in open areas; he was backed by Likud’s Ariel Kallner. Yamina’s Ayelet Shaked, a former justice minister, proposed pressure on the government to appoint a project manager “whose entire objective would be to prevent the takeover of Area C.” Kahana suggested that a special Israeli authority be set up to this end.

    Until about two years ago, these issues were discussed by a subcommittee for the West Bank at the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, headed by then-MK Moti Yogev of Habayit Hayehudi. The subcommittee was a key tool of right-wing Knesset members, including many settlers, for shaping Israelis’ conviction that Area C is Israeli territory for all intents and purposes. The subcommittee was also vital for planning Israeli policy there: accelerating and expanding construction of settlements while preventing Palestinian construction.

    The committee members and its regular guests – including settler leaders and members of the group Regavim, whose proclaimed mission is to safeguard “the Jewish nation’s land” – often criticized what was described as the helplessness of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and the Civil Administration subordinate to it. The committee members encouraged these agencies to show greater firmness against the Palestinians.

    European involvement in financing humanitarian projects in Area C was often raised in the subcommittee as a practice that must be eliminated. At the two sessions on July 29 and August 13, Chairman Zvi Hauser of the Derech Eretz party said he intended to continue the subcommittee’s tradition and promote Israeli interests in Area C, where he said Israeli governments’ position remains “that Israel has just historical, legal and civil claims.”

    In fact, at the July meeting, it was reported that Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi considers any present or planned European activity in Area C that “doesn’t honor Israeli construction-permit procedures European intervention in an attempt to define a border.” That’s what he wrote in his reply to a parliamentary question submitted by Moshe Arbel of Shas, an initiator of the meeting’s topic.

    Ashkenazi also wrote that his ministry has made clear to EU representatives that “in cases of a failure to grant a permit and activity in the area, one should expect consequences stemming from the violations.” Also, Israel rejects out of hand “any demand for payment of compensation for the demolishing or confiscation of the equipment,” he wrote.

    But the Europeans have already gotten the message, according to data submitted to the committee by Alian. The number of internationally (mainly European) financed Palestinian projects shrank to 12 in 2019 from 75 in 2015, he said, linking that to the supervision and enforcement steps adopted by the Civil Administration. He said previous Defense Minister Naftali Bennett gathered together the ambassadors and attaches of the relevant countries, and along with the Civil Administration’s section dealing with international organizations, “we warned all of them that we won’t tolerate any international project without Israeli approval for that part.”

    ‘The main battle’

    At the two meetings the words “war,” “struggle,” “battle” and “campaign” were used. Gideon Sa’ar of Likud called this “the main battle, the main campaign over the Land of Israel in Area C …. Our demand, which is also derived from the [Oslo] agreements, is a demand for all of Area C.” Amit Halevi of Likud called Palestinian construction in Area C “an exponential virus.” His party colleague Avi Dichter described it as “territorial terror.”

    One of the guest participants was Benzi Lieberman, a resident of the settlement of Peduel, former head of the Yesha Council of settlements and director of the Israel Land Authority. He presented a map of the Palestinian areas under construction and referred to part of it as “a cancer.”

    According to descriptions at the meetings, Palestinian construction is strangling or attempting to strangle Jewish settlement. Nitzan Horowitz, Yair Golan and Tamar Zandberg of the Meretz party, and guest attorney Roni Pelli of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, objected to this description. They noted that Israel does not permit construction and development for Palestinians in Area C, not even a linking up to the water and electricity grids. Thus the Palestinians are forced to build without a permit, and this is usually very simple construction. But these four speakers were in the minority; the others dismissed the facts that were cited.

    Alian listed other achievements of the Civil Administration, which was established in 1981 with the declared objective of serving the Palestinian population. In 2019 it uprooted 7,500 trees that Palestinians had planted in areas that Israel has designated over the years as state land (and thus for Jews only). In the past 20 years, Alian said, the total number of trees planted by Palestinians and uprooted by the Civil Administration is 42,000. As a farmer, he knows that this is a lot, he added.

    Marco Ben-Shabbat, the head of the Civil Administration’s enforcement unit, said that in 2019 the administration confiscated 700 excavators and bulldozers and the like, and that confiscation provides “very significant deterrence.” While in 2015 the administration removed only six structures placed in Palestinian communities, in the first eight months of this year “we took care of 242” – that is, they were confiscated and removed from the area. Today, he said, no more than 14 days elapse from the moment the administration locates a trailer or any other structure until it dismantles it and removes it from the area.

    As Alian and Ben-Shabbat put it, the acceleration of the Civil Administration’s efforts against Palestinian construction was made possible by two legislative amendments: a military order for removing mobile homes and an order against unauthorized structures. The two amendments were originally written to prevent the construction of settler outposts on private Palestinian land and were later applied to Palestinian communities, which usually build on private Palestinian land – theirs or rented.

    These two legal tools were adopted as a result of constant criticism of the Civil Administration in the subcommittee for the West Bank. Alian said a larger budget for the administration would improve its performance even more.

    The right deterrence

    Former legislator Yogev, a resident of the settlement of Dolev, took part in the August 13 meeting as a guest. Trying to cool Ben-Shabbat’s enthusiasm, he said: “But Marco, if [the excavator] is brought back within a day … or a water pump or any other thing confiscated for a day … that doesn’t represent any punishment and contains no deterrence. If it’s brought back after a year the monetary loss will end the phenomenon.”

    Ben-Shabbat replied that he has to obey the law, but “in the test of reality, we stipulate conditions to those offenders. For example, opposite the settlement of Psagot Kokhav Ya’akov, a truck was seized two and a half months ago. We stipulated conditions [for its return], for example, removing the trash that was dumped there ... Two trucks, each of which is worth almost 5,000 shekels [$1,470] a day, have been with us for over three months. There are tractors that have been in the process for about two months, and some for a week and a half, all according to the stipulations of the law. And I think we’re stretching those places to their limits, as long as it’s within the confines of the law.”

    Meir Deutsch of Regavim, a resident of the settlement of Efrat, attended the two meetings. Yogev described Regavim as the “intelligence officer” of the subcommittee that he once headed. Deutsch told the participants that 70 percent of areas A and B, where Palestinians are allowed to plan and build, are empty. “That means that there’s no need for the Palestinian Authority to build in Area C because they have nowhere [else] to build. Because they have 70 percent of Areas A and B that are still unpopulated, they can build there.”

    Nir Barkat of Likud said there should be a goal of settling 2 million Jews in the West Bank, along with the “thwarting of the Palestinians’ attempt to change the situation. They have enough territory in A and B.”

    At both meetings it turned out that the cabinet decided already in July 2019 to appoint a kind of project manager for the Area C issue. This manager wasn’t appointed, but the Civil Administration did map Palestinian construction without permits and made a new estimate of the Palestinian population (though not via a census). The findings were not disclosed at the meetings.

    The Civil Administration drew up regional priorities for demolishing Palestinian structures: at this stage in the area surrounding Jerusalem, the South Hebron Hills and firing zones, with an emphasis on the Jordan Valley. Later the Civil Administration plans to do the same near the separation barrier, in areas along main roads and on state lands.

    Ben-Shabbat said the coordination between various groups that report immediately on Palestinian construction has improved greatly, whether it’s settlers who are ordinary civilians and report Palestinian construction, or soldiers and reservists who stop construction immediately via the mobile-homes order.

    Ben-Shabbat also spoke about intelligence tools: The Civil Administration adviser on Palestinian affairs is on Palestinian social media as well as Facebook, “which looks as though there’s nothing there but contains a great deal of information, both cautionary and certainly information that’s sent to our enforcement activities.”

    The Civil Administration also uses the Palestinian Geographic Information System “in order to see trends.” Also, information comes from Central Command intelligence, and from the army’s West Bank Division and brigades, Ben-Shabbat reassured his listeners.

    During the Oslo negotiations, the two parties agreed to artificially divide the West Bank into the categories A, B, C (Palestinian cities, villages and the thinly populated area, respectively). This was to facilitate the gradual redeployment of the Israeli military and transfer more territory to the PA’s responsibility. This artificial division should have ended by 1999, according to the accords.

    According to the PA’s interpretation, most of the West Bank was supposed to become Area A – where the PA maintains policing and planning authority – on the eve of the implementation of a final-status accord in 1999.

    Since the establishment of the PA in the mid-’90s, Israel has restricted Palestinian construction to a minimum in Area C, which constitutes 61 percent of the West Bank excluding East Jerusalem.

    For years the EU’s position has been that Area C is an integral part of the future Palestinian state, and that its financial support to the Palestinians is geared toward the establishment of this state, as part of the Oslo Accords. The EU expressed hope that Israel would in the meantime approve master plans for Palestinians communities to enable legal construction and a linkup to infrastructure.

    When it turned out that Israel was not approving master plans submitted by Palestinian villages in Area C, and continues to refuse to connect them to the electricity and water grids, the EU, or individual countries, supported projects they described as humanitarian: rehabilitating cisterns, installing solar energy technology, building schools or adding classrooms, financing clinics, and distributing trailer homes instead of the tin shacks and huts of shepherd communities, which were eroded by the weather, mobile toilets and the rehabilitation of agricultural land and roads. This is the nature of projects that so alarm the Knesset committee.

    #IsraelUE

  • Protesters rally against Netanyahu over corruption, coronavirus
    Reuters | Published : 09.12.20
    https://www.ynetnews.com/article/r1tRAi5Ev

    Thousands of Israelis protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Saturday over his alleged corruption and the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The crowd rallied outside Netanyahu’s residence, blowing whistles, waving signs and flags and calling for his resignation. Smaller protests were held along bridges at major intersections in cities across Israel.
    Israeli media estimated that about 10,000 people attended what has become a weekly demonstration in Jerusalem.

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    Noga Tarnopolsky
    @NTarnopolsky
    https://twitter.com/NTarnopolsky/status/1304866688387682306

    Suleiman Maswadeh also reports the number of marchers & protesters rising at anti-Netanyahu rallies ( @SuleimanMas1 )

    @NTarnopolsky
    https://twitter.com/NTarnopolsky/status/1304867900612902916

    @nirhasson reports Paris Square completely full, but with more space than in the huge August demos. “About 10,000, very energetic & impressive. The next few weeks between re-lockdown & the Jewish holidays will be the test.”

    Noga Tarnopolsky
    @NTarnopolsky
    https://twitter.com/NTarnopolsky/status/1304909938746159104

    9 protesters were detained/arrested tonight for “disturbing the public.”
    As far as I know, @TheBlackFlags1 @MovGov & #CrimeMinister protests will not take place during the 3 weeks of High Holy days but expect to resume October 10 or 17.

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    Charles Enderlin
    @Charles1045
    https://twitter.com/Charles1045/status/1304865545867714562

    Jérsualem. Ils ne lâchent pas. des dizaines de milliers de manifestants à Balfour - place de Paris contre la corruption du pouvoir

    #Israelmanif #Israelmanifs

  • Pourquoi « Fauda » n’est pas une série réaliste
    (The Conversation, 26 mars 2020)

    Sortie sur Netflix, la troisième saison de Fauda, la série israélienne portant à l’écran le quotidien de forces spéciales de Tsahal, est louée par une partie de la presse française. Produite en 2015 par deux vétérans de cette unité, (...) elle narre les « aventures » des mista’aravim (littéralement les « arabisés »), dont la mission est d’opérer incognito derrière les lignes ennemies en se déguisant en civils palestiniens, ce qui est interdit au regard du droit international. Elle a suscité des éloges appuyés aussi bien que de virulentes critiques (...). La réponse des deux showrunners à ces critiques est ambiguë. Ces derniers arguent de leur licence fictionnelle sans craindre la contradiction avec leurs déclarations sur « l’honnêteté brutale » de leur série. Ils estiment « honorer le discours palestinien » tout en expliquant que : « Nous sommes Israéliens, nous écrivons une série israélienne, le discours est israélien, et je veux vraiment dire à tous les critiques qui nous demandent d’apporter des scénaristes palestiniens, vous savez, si les Palestiniens veulent écrire une série, qu’ils écrivent une série. » Une telle remarque ignore le fait cinéma palestinien rencontre de nombreux obstacles, notamment du fait que les permis de filmer en Cisjordanie soient délivrés par l’État d’Israël. Le film Five Broken Cameras décrit les difficultés rencontrées par les Palestiniens à filmer leur quotidien. Co-réalisé par le Palestinien Emad Burnat et l’Israélien Guy Davidi, il a pour sujet les manifestations à Bil’in, un village de Cisjordanie traversé par le mur de séparation. Au cours du tournage, cinq caméras ont été détruites par les soldats israéliens, ce qui témoigne des difficultés des Palestiniens à produire et décrire leur propre histoire.

    #asymétrie #récits #récit #appropriation_culturelle #séries #Fauda #Palestine #Israël #colonisation #colonialisme #guerre #Palestiniens #représentations #soft_power #Netflix

    https://theconversation.com/pourquoi-fauda-nest-pas-une-serie-realiste-129394

  • Bahreïn et Israël concluent un accord de normalisation de leurs relations
    Reuters11 septembre 2020
    https://fr.news.yahoo.com/bahre%C3%AFn-isra%C3%ABl-concluent-accord-normalisation-173229420.htm
    https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/XV0tFw8CINQnlZgmzB_i_A--~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTgwMDtoPTM1MztzbT0xO2lsPXBsYW5l/https://media.zenfs.com/fr/reuters.com/a40c3469028d6733e2e608ffa64ea43a.cf.jpg

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bahreïn et Israël ont conclu un accord de normalisation de leurs relations, annoncent vendredi les dirigeants des deux Etats et le président américain Donald Trump dans un communiqué commun.

    « C’est une étape historique en direction de la paix au Moyen-Orient. L’ouverture d’un dialogue direct sur la création de liens entre ces deux sociétés dynamiques et économies développées va permettre de confirmer la transformation du Moyen-Orient et accroître la stabilité, la sécurité et la prospérité dans la région », est-il écrit dans ce communiqué.

    La décision de Bahreïn suit celle qu’ont prise au mois d’août les Emirats arabes unis, provoquant une vague de réprobation dans certaines parties du monde arabo-musulman. (...)

    #IsraelBahrein

    • Bahrainis Speak Out Against ’Betrayal’ of Palestinians in Normalization With Israel
      Jack KhouryNoa Landau and Reuters | Published on 12.09.2020
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/bahraini-opposition-slam-betrayal-of-palestinians-in-israel-normalization-d

      A day after Trump announces a second Gulf state has agreed to establish relations with Israel, local intellectuals and rights activists blast the move ■ Israeli officials say embassy to open soon
      Intellectuals and human rights activists in Bahrain expressed Saturday their fierce opposition to the kingdom’s move to normalize ties with Israel, saying the decision is a “betrayal” of the Palestinian people.

      Israel and Bahrain announced the decision on Friday in a joint statement along with the United States. The agreement will be signed on Tuesday in Washington, senior officials in Israel’s Foreign Ministry said that the ministry will soon open an embassy in Manama.

      Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi spoke on Saturday with his Bahraini counterpart Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in a phonecall and “exchanged friendly talks on the occasion of the peace declaration.” The two ministers also “stressed the need to move these relations forward in all aspects in a way that serves the mutual interests and promotes peace and stability in the region,” said the Bahrain Foreign Ministry in a statement.

      A Shia majority country ruled by a Sunni minority, Bahrain is experiencing more popular opposition to the deal with Israel than the UAE. After the move was announced, Palestinian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Husam Zomlot said that “Bahrainis against normalization” was trending high on Bahraini Twitter.

      Organizations representing the Shia majority in the kingdom, which make up 70 percent of the Bahraini population, rejected to move to establish ties with Israel.

      Bahrain’s opposition umbrella group, the al-Wefaq political association, condemned the move and called it “betrayal.” In addition, the group said that the Bahraini regime is illegitimate, dubbing Israel an illegitimate entity."

      The organization, which is illegal in Bahrain, but is very influential there, said in a statement that it opposes the normalization with Israel due to its support for the Palestinian people. (...)

    • Behind the scenes of the U.S.-brokered Israel-Bahrain agreement
      Sep 11, 2020 - Barak Ravid
      https://www.axios.com/behind-scenes-us-brokered-bahrain-israel-deal-44d1a7d3-a93c-4eee-970e-1e354f3

      Hours after the August 13 announcement of the U.S.-brokered normalization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, senior Bahraini officials called President Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House envoy Avi Berkowitz with a message: “We want to be next,” U.S. officials involved in the talks tell me.

      Why it matters: Israel and Bahrain had a secret relationship for over two decades, meaning neither country had diplomatic relations and most of their contacts were through covert talks behind the scenes. However the talks which led to the joint statement on establishing full diplomatic relations took just 29 days.

      The state of play: Sources familiar with the talks told me that starting August 13, intense discussions between the U.S., Bahrain and Israel started. Other than Berkowitz and Kushner, several other U.S. officials were involved in the talks including: National security adviser Robert O’Brien, Iran envoy Brian Hook, national security council Middle East director General Miguel Correa, White House official Adam Boehler and U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman. (...)

  • Bob Woodward’s ’Rage’ paints in-depth portrait of Trump’s foreign policy approach
    By Matthew Kassel - September 11, 2020

    https://jewishinsider.com/2020/09/bob-woodwards-rage-paints-in-depth-portrait-of-trumps-foreign-policy-

    (...) The president’s son-in-law, for his part, concluded that Tillerson was ill-equipped to do his job and that he “resented” Kushner’s long-standing rapport with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But Tillerson believed that Kushner’s relationship with Netanyahu was “nauseating to watch” and “stomach churning.”

    Woodward also recounts an incident on May 22, 2017, when Trump met with Netanyahu in Israel and was presented with a disturbing video of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “It sounded like Abbas was ordering the murder of children,” Woodward writes. Trump, who was scheduled to meet with Abbas the next morning, was appalled. But Tillerson, who watched the “spliced-together” video, believed Netanyahu had doctored the tape and shown it to Trump in order to “counter any pro-Palestinian sentiments that were surfacing,” according to Woodward, though Kushner disputes this.

    When Trump met with Abbas behind closed doors, according to the book, he accused the Palestinian leader of deceiving him and called him a “murderer” and a “liar.” Though the two played nice for the press, Woodward notes that after Trump saw the video, he took decisive action, ordering “the closure of the Palestinian Liberation Organization office in Washington, D.C. in September 2018” while canceling “nearly all U.S. aid to the West Bank and Gaza, as well as $360 million in annual aid previously given to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees.” (...)

    #IsraelUSA

  • Des travailleurs palestiniens martyrisés et dévalisés par la police israélienne
    Par Gideon Levy, Alex Levac | 5 sept. 2020
    https://www.chroniquepalestine.com/travailleurs-palestiniens-martyrises-devalises-par-police-israel

    « J’attendais la balle qui mettrait fin à ce cauchemar » : les Palestiniens brutalisés par un gang de flics israélien racontent.

    Cinq agents de la police des frontières ont été inculpés dans une affaire choquante de violence contre des travailleurs palestiniens, qui comprenait des passages à tabac, des humiliations et aussi des vols. Nous rapportons ici les témoignages de deux des victimes.

    Voici les noms des policiers incriminés, pour l’édification de tous : Amit Edri, 21 ans, de Sderot ; Tal Yosef Mizrahi, 20 ans, d’Ashdod ; Uri Medina, 20 ans, de Netivot ; Refael Hazan, 20 ans, de Moshav Neve Michael ; et Lidor Zafriri, 19 ans, de Moshav Patish. Cinq agents de la police des frontières, membres du corps de police d’occupation, la plus brutale des unités, que les médias israéliens qualifient généralement de « combattants », pour une raison que l’on ignore. Les quatre premiers, les principaux suspects, sont toujours en détention. Edri était leur commandant.

    Le sinistre acte d’accusation contre ces hommes a été déposé au tribunal de district de Be’er Sheva le 13 août : ils sont accusés en relation avec 14 incidents, pour des chefs d’accusation qui incluent le vol à main armée, l’agression causant des lésions corporelles, le complot en vue de commettre un crime, les voies de fait graves, l’abus d’une personne sans défense, le vol, l’abus de confiance et la destruction de preuves. (...)

    #Israel #Violences_policières

  • La Ligue arabe refuse de condamner l’accord entre Israël et les Emirats - Challenges
    https://www.challenges.fr/monde/la-ligue-arabe-refuse-de-condamner-l-accord-entre-israel-et-les-emirats_7

    L’Autorité palestinienne n’est pas parvenue à convaincre les Etats membres de la Ligue arabe de condamner l’accord de normalisation des relations entre Israël et les Emirats arabes unis conclu le 13 août sous la houlette des Etats-Unis.

    Lors d’une visioconférence des ministres des Affaires étrangères de l’organisation, les représentants palestiniens se sont pourtant montrés moins fermes dans leur rejet de l’accord, qui doit être signé la semaine prochaine à la Maison Blanche.

    « Les discussions sur ce point ont été intenses. Elles ont été exhaustives et ont pris du temps, mais elles n’ont finalement pas abouti à un accord sur le projet de communiqué proposé par la partie palestinienne », a déclaré Hossam Zaki, secrétaire général adjoint de la Ligue, lors d’une conférence de presse.

    Ramallah redoute que l’accord du 13 août ne remette en question la position des Etats membres de la Ligue, qui ont fait du retrait israélien des territoires occupés et de la création d’un Etat palestinien les conditions de la normalisation de leurs relations avec Israël.

    Sans évoquer l’accord, le prince Fayçal ben Farhan, ministre saoudien des Affaires étrangères, réaffirme dans un communiqué le soutien de Ryad à la création de cet Etat dans les frontières de 1967 avec Jérusalem-Est comme capitale.

    #israël

  • Netanyahou a approuvé en privé le plan étasunien de vente d’armes aux EAU, disent de hauts responsables
    Mark Mazzetti, Edward Wong et Michael LaForgia, The New-York Times, le 3 septembre 2020
    https://agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2020/09/09/netanyahou-a-approuve-en-prive-le-plan-etasunien-de-vente-darme

    #israel #USA #Émirats_arabes_unis #armes #F35

    Un article qui n’est pas tendre avec les administrations israéliennes, américaines et émiraties, et qui émane encore une fois du New-York Times dont la ligne pro-israélienne ne cesse de connaître des accrocs...

    A rajouter à ma recension sur l’évolution du #New-York_Times vis à vis de la Palestine :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/793061

  • En Israël, la deuxième vague de Covid-19 touche surtout les communautés ultraorthodoxes et arabes
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/09/08/israel-peine-a-endiguer-la-deuxieme-vague-de-coronavirus-qui-frappe-ses-mino

    Les rabbins se disent prêts à travailler avec l’armée pour repérer les malades et les isoler dans des hôtels. Dimanche, ils ont reçu le ministre de la défense à Bnei Brak. Mais ils refusent de fermer les écoles religieuses, où les étudiants demeurent de toute façon enfermés jusqu’aux fêtes de Rosh Ashana et de Kipour. D’ici une semaine, des centaines de bus doivent converger de tout le pays vers Jérusalem et Bnei Brak, où les religieux s’entasseront à plusieurs dizaines dans des appartements loués pour l’occasion.D’autres comptent venir d’Europe et des Etats-Unis, pour prier à plusieurs milliers, dans les plus grandes synagogues, pendant deux jours. « Ils ne porteront pas de masques ou peu. Et après ils rentreront tous chez eux, malades pour un grand nombre… De quoi auront-ils l’air alors ? Bien sûr qu’ils seront blâmés ! », s’emporte Dov Halbertal, figure critique au sein de la communauté, qui ne voit d’autre solution que d’imposer un retour au confinement à tout le pays durant les fêtes. C’est exactement ce qu’a proposé le ministre ultraorthodoxe Aryeh Deri : ce sera tout le monde ou bien personne.

    #Covid-19#migration#migrant#israel#etatsunis#europe#sante#religion#contamination#communaute

  • L’Union européenne met en garde la Serbie contre le transfert de son ambassade à Jérusalem
    7 septembre 2020
    https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_l-union-europeenne-met-en-garde-la-serbie-contre-le-transfert-de-son-amb

    L’Union européenne (UE) a exprimé lundi sa « grave préoccupation » et ses « regrets » à propos de l’engagement de Belgrade à transférer son ambassade en Israël de Tel-Aviv à Jérusalem, jetant une ombre sur la reprise des discussions Serbie-Kosovo à Bruxelles. (...)

    #IsraelSerbie

  • UPDATED: Two Palestinian Brothers in Critical Condition, after Israeli Attack


    IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/two-palestinians-shot-injured-and-detained-by-israeli-soldiers-in-jenin

    UPDATED: Sept 7 @ 0613

    A Palestinian Detainees’ Committee lawyer, Khaled Mahajna, has reported that after Israeli forces wired and detonated the front door of their home, on Saturday, both Palestinian brothers remain in critical condition.

    Mahajna stated that the young men, Ahmad, 22, and Mohammad Jad’oun, 27, from the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank, are currently being treated for severe wounds, in the Intensive Care Unit of the Israeli al-Afula hospital.

    As a result of the Israeli army bomb detonated at the entrance of the home, Mohammad suffered severe injuries to his left leg, said Mahjna, adding that the youth underwent extensive surgery where doctors attempted to remove all the bomb fragments from the leg.

    He further stated that Mohammad underwent a second surgery, on Sunday, and that a massive section of the leg was blown off by the blast, adding that the youth has suffered an excessive amount of blood loss.

    The younger brother Ahmad also remains in the Intensive Care Unit, having suffered profound trauma from the explosion, mainly in his face and neck. The young man has undergone two major surgeries for his face, and is scheduled to undergo at least one additional surgery to repair his neck wounds.

    The Jad’oun family asserted that, immediately after the Israeli soldiers detonated the door, they immediately dragged the two brothers onto the ground, despite their extensive bleeding and injuries.

    The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee issued a statement denouncing this new Israeli crime against the entire family, and the callous manner in which the soldiers treated the seriously wounded civilians, with utter contempt, in violation of the right to life and bodily integrity.

    The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) declared that it holds the Israeli occupation responsible for the lives of the two young men, whom are former prisoners.

    The PPS maintained that this crime is only one of the protracted Israeli assaults and attacks being carried out on a daily basis.

    #Israel_terroriste

  • The dehumanization is the point
    Israeli soldiers placed IEDs at the entrance to a Palestinian village. Why is such an act so hard to believe, even after everything we’ve seen the army do?
    By Sarit Michaeli September 4, 2020
    https://www.972mag.com/kufr-qaddum-protests-dehumanization

    Israeli soldiers carry away a Palestinian protester in Kufr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, August 23, 2019. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

    After 15 years of documenting protests and clashes in the occupied West Bank as part of my work for Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, I thought that nothing about the Israeli military’s suppression of Palestinian demonstrations against the occupation could surprise me. Last Thursday, however, I was proved wrong.

    That day, residents of Kufr Qaddum, who since 2011 have been protesting weekly against the closure of the main entrance to their village, posted photos of camouflaged improvised explosive devices that Israeli forces had placed at spots where protesters gather.

    I found it hard to believe that soldiers on duty had snuck into the outskirts of a Palestinian village close to its built-up area, where they know villagers roam and children play, and planted IEDs made from military stun grenades the day before a protest. They had been placed in such a way that any contact would cause them to explode.

    Yet this is precisely what had happened last Thursday. The first device exploded after it was discovered by a 7-year-old who luckily did not touch it. Wasim Shteiwi, a relative who was summoned to the area and examined the device, was wounded lightly from the blast. The military admitted planting the devices, in response to a query from Haaretz reporters Hagar Shezaf and Yaniv Kubovich.

    After my initial surprise, however, I thought about the things I’ve seen the Israeli military do with my own eyes over the last decade-and-a-half at the hundreds of protests I’ve attended in West Bank villages, including Bil’in, Ni’lin, Nabi Saleh, and Kufr Qaddum. I’ve seen soldiers firing live rounds at, toward, and above protesters, wounding and sometimes killing them; soldiers and Border Police officers wantonly firing crowd control weapons such as tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at people who hadn’t posed any risk, often contradicting the military’s own open-fire policy (including the time I filmed a Border Police officer firing a rubber bullet at me, later removed from my thigh at the hospital).

    I’ve filmed dozens of incidents of Israeli snipers firing 0.22 caliber bullets (known as “Ruger” or “two-twos”) at protestors in Kufr Qaddum and other villages, resulting in dozens of injuries, and killing 22-year-old Saaba ‘Obeid in front of our very eyes in Nabi Saleh. Also in Nabi Saleh, in 2011, a soldier fired a tear gas canister at Mustafa Tamimi from close range, killing him. I reached the scene seconds later, to document him lying on the ground, mortally wounded. (...)

    Mustafa Tamimi, a 28 year-old Palestinian from Nabi Saleh, seconds before an Israeli soldier shoots him in the face with a tear gas canister from a short distance, Nabi Saleh, December 12, 2011. (Haim Scwarczenberg)

    #Israel_terroriste

  • Jerusalem police clash with anti-Netanyahu demonstrators as protest enters 11th week - Israel News - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-thousands-at-anti-netanyahu-protest-in-jerusalem-for-11th-week-in-

    Jerusalem police clash with anti-Netanyahu demonstrators as protest enters 11th week
    Protesters march through Jerusalem on their way to the prime minister’s official residence ■ Prominent artist and activist blocked from entering protest site
    Nir Hasson, Bar Peleg, Noa Shpigel | Sep. 6, 2020 | 2:23 PM

    Thousands of Israelis gathered on Saturday evening outside the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem and at other locations around the country for the 11th consecutive week, calling on the prime minister to resign in light of his ongoing corruption trial.

    Alongside the protest, demonstrators marched from the city’s Chords Bridge to the official residence. Police forces tried to stop the group from marching through Jaffa Street towards Netanyahu’s residence, but protesters removed police barriers and brief clashes ensued. At least 12 arrests were made, and on Sunday a district court extended the detention of five protesters who tried to remove the barriers until Monday afternoon.

    Police said two officers were wounded in clashes with protesters.

    Prominent artist and activist Zeev Engelmayer, who regularly participates in the weekly demonstrations in the costume of his female character Shoshke, was stopped at the entrance to the demonstration and prevented from entering it.

    According to an eyewitness, police detained him after an argument over wearing a mask, but police said the reason was his costume.

    Engelmayer said police violated his freedom of expression. “Instead of the police arresting our corrupt Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu who has cases [against him] and cheated and incites the people against each other, they stop me because of a cloth outfit.”

    The police said in a statement they detained “a man who arrived at the protest compound dressed as a naked woman, in a manner that could constitute sexual harassment of the public.”

    Additional demonstrations were held at intersections and on bridges across the country, as well as near Netanyahu’s private residence in Caesarea, where hundreds gathered. About 40 supporters of the prime minister showed up for a counter-demonstration.

    Several dozen people also protested against Netanyahu’s government on bridges in the Arab cities of Taibeh and Nazareth.

    Wajdi Haj Yahya, a resident of Taibeh, has been protesting on a bridge at the entrance to the city for six weeks. “We are growing from week to week,” he said. Demonstrations in the city continue even though the city has been defined as “red” due to high coronavirus infection rates. “Corona will not prevent us from demonstrating and protesting,” he said.

    Salim Abbas, a member of the Arab-Jewish movement Standing Together, who demonstrated in Nazareth, said: “We demand that the government start working for us in health, livelihood and welfare. We demand hope.”

    The protest comes amid ongoing tensions between protesters and the police. On Friday night, thirteen anti-government activists were arrested for attempting to load several police crowd control barriers onto a truck, ahead of Saturday’s demonstration outside the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem.

    In addition, a press photographer was detained for over an hour, with the police confiscating his camera. He was detained, according to the police, because his press card had expired.

    Nine of the activists will be brought before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court to extend their detention on Saturday evening.

    Last Saturday, about 20,000 protesters gathered outside Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem. Tensions ran high with police following documented incidents of police violence at a previous protest.

    Parallel protests were held outside Netanyahu’s private residence in Caesarea and at over 300 bridges and major intersections nationwide.

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    Noga Tarnopolsky
    @NTarnopolsky
    Live from Jerusalem, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT
    #SNL
    https://twitter.com/NTarnopolsky/status/1302317962838278145

    Noga Tarnopolsky
    @NTarnopolsky
    https://twitter.com/NTarnopolsky/status/1302357746763870210

    While the police figure out what “sexual harassment” means they also release comedian & artist Zeev Engelmayer, aka “Shoshke,” who was arrested & illegally prevented from attending the protest.

    #Israelmanifs #Israelmanif

  • Une nouvelle grave : Salah Hamouri est menacé d’expulsion - Association France Palestine Solidarité
    https://www.france-palestine.org/Une-nouvelle-grave-Salah-Hamouri-est-menace-d-expulsion

    Ce jeudi 3 septembre 2020, Salah Hamouri a été convoqué au centre d’interrogatoire de Moskobiyeh, à Jérusalem. Une lettre du ministre de l’intérieur israélien, Aryé Deri, membre du parti ultra-orthodoxe Shas, lui a été remis. Par cette missive, le ministre indique sa décision de retirer purement et simplement la carte de résidence permanente de Salah Hamouri, seul papier officiel lui permettant de vivre, chez lui, à Jérusalem. A cette fin, il invoque incroyablement une loi de 1952 sur « l’entrée en Israël » alors que Salah est né et vit à Jérusalem depuis 1985.

    Cette révocation aboutirait à une expulsion définitive de Salah. Elle est arguée pour des faits supposés, et jamais prouvés, pour lesquels néanmoins il a déjà effectué plus de 8 années de prison (5 incarcérations). Le ministre de l’intérieur israélien, par cette lettre supplante le système judiciaire, ainsi que le droit de chaque "accusé" à se défendre. Nul ne peut être puni deux fois et encore moins par simple décision d’un ministre !

    Il prend une décision politique et uniquement politique, une décision par ailleurs arbitraire, inhumaine et extrêmement rare : celle de déchirer, en quelque sorte, la carte de résident de Salah Hamouri afin de procéder à son expulsion de sa terre natale.

    @loutre

    • ElsaLefort
      @ElsaLefort
      ·3h
      https://twitter.com/ElsaLefort/status/1301753193714638849

      1- Bafouer le droit international, harceler les Palestiniens
      2- Chouiner à la moindre réaction de la communauté internationale

      La méthode ne prend plus, tout comme @francediplo
      , on vous voit

      Un ministre qui juge un individu ≠ indépendance de la justice ≠ démocratie
      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EhDBoXuWoAAwvr2?.jpg

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      Ambassade d’Israël
      @IsraelenFrance
      https://twitter.com/IsraelenFrance/status/1301567102499852288
      Surpris que @francediplo
      apporte son appui sur twitter à LibertéPourSalah qui incrimine Israël des pires maux et remet en cause l’indépendance de la justice et l’Etat de droit israéliens. Le dialogue entre nos 2 démocraties suppose une confiance entre nos institutions mutuelles.
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      C’est : l’ @ambfranceisrael qui avait retwitté hier le message du Comité de soutien de Salah Hamouri, depuis la réprimande israélienne, il l’a effacé.
      #Salah_Hamouri

    • Israël entame des démarches pour expulser le franco-palestinien Salah Hamouri
      Par Le Figaro avec AFP
      Publié hier à 22:18
      https://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/israel-entame-des-demarches-pour-expulser-le-franco-palestinien-salah-hamou

      Les autorités israéliennes ont entamé des démarches pour expulser l’avocat franco-palestinien Salah Hamouri, au cœur d’un différend entre Israël et la France, a indiqué jeudi à l’AFP le ministère israélien de l’Intérieur. Salah Hamouri, un militant de la cause palestinienne accusé par Israël -malgré les dénégations de l’avocat- d’être un membre actif du Front populaire de libération de la Palestine (FPLP), un mouvement jugé terroriste par l’Etat hébreu, avait été arrêté le 30 juin à Jérusalem, puis libéré après une semaine de détention.

      D’après l’ambassade d’Israël en France, l’avocat, qui défend des prisonniers palestiniens, avait été arrêté « dans le cadre d’une opération policière antiterroriste ». Pour être libéré, Salah Hamouri a dû payer une caution, s’engager à ne pas parler pendant trois mois à certaines personnes et se tenir prêt à se rendre « disponible pour d’éventuelles convocations de la justice », avait indiqué en juillet le Quai d’Orsay qui avait suivi le dossier. Mais, jeudi, le ministre israélien de l’Intérieur Arié Dery, figure de proue du parti ultra-orthodoxe Shass, a informé Salah Hamouri de « son intention (...) de révoquer son statut permanent en Israël », selon les services du ministère.

      Né à Jérusalem de mère française et de père palestinien, Salah Hamouri avait été emprisonné entre 2005 et 2011, un tribunal israélien l’ayant reconnu coupable de projet d’assassinat d’Ovadia Yossef, ancien grand rabbin d’Israël et fondateur du parti Shass, décédé en 2013. Les Palestiniens nés à Jérusalem, ville dont la partie orientale a été annexée par l’Etat hébreu en 1967, n’ont pas la nationalité israélienne, à moins d’en faire la demande, mais un permis de résidence permanent les autorise à vivre et travailler sur le territoire israélien. Sans ce permis, Salah Hamouri ne pourrait donc plus rester à Jérusalem ou sur le territoire israélien, ce qui conduirait à son expulsion.

      « Israël n’ayant pas réussi à le contraindre (...) à quitter la Palestine, il entend maintenant l’expulser purement et simplement de sa terre natale », a réagi jeudi dans un communiqué l’ONG France-Palestine qui a demandé aux autorités françaises et européennes d’intervenir. Après l’arrestation de Salah Hamouri en juin, la France avait demandé des « éclaircissements » sur les raisons de son arrestation et déclaré tout mettre en oeuvre pour que sa situation soit « réglée au plus vite ».

  • Dozens are killed in air strikes attributed to Israel in Syria. But who’s counting?
    Gideon Levy | Sep. 3, 2020 | Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium.highlight-dozens-are-killed-in-air-strikes-attributed-to-israel-in

    They are the most boring and low-priority reports of all. Most Israeli media outlets don’t even bother to post them. They are like a bus plunging into a river in Nepal, like victims in Chad’s civil war or trapped mine workers in Siberia.

    The same applies to the victims of yet another Israeli air strike in Syria. Who’s heard about it? Who knows about it, who cares? Who has the energy to look into it? Military correspondents parrot, as is their wont, unfounded statements dictated by military spokesmen, with diplomatic correspondents celebrating in the Emirates, while on Monday night 11 more people are killed in a raid in southern Syria, attributed to Israel. On Wed night, Syria reported another strike.

    According to the Damascus Center for Human Rights, three of the victims were Syrian soldiers and seven were “Iranian militia operatives,” which automatically justifies any bombing. A female villager was also killed and her husband wounded, but these things happen, after all. A dead woman in Syria really is a non-story.

    Are these air strikes essential? What is their goal? What are the risks they entail? What is being bombed and why? It’s Iran, you know. Everything is done under a thick smokescreen, with Israeli media openly and gleefully collaborating, with no one stopping to ask questions or bringing it up for discussion. The sun rises in the east, and Israel bombs in Syria. What is not clear here? What is not self-evident? Only those who understand nothing or know nothing dare ask questions.

    The army spokesman, in response to the strike: “The IDF is working day and night to ensure that its strategic goals in the northern arena are met in an appropriate fashion.” We seem to be satisfied with this blah-blah. It’s hard to think of a greater insult to one’s intelligence. After all, the IDF is also working day and night in the West Bank, where we’re familiar with the results and with the modus operandi, but the media and public opinion will swallow anything. As long as not one hair of a Jewish soldier’s head is touched, nothing is of interest. Go ahead, bomb Syria, bomb Lebanon, bomb Iran, bomb Gaza, to your heart’s content.

    Every few weeks there is an air strike in Syria, usually with lethal results. On July 20, five deaths were reported in a strike in Damascus. On June 23, five Iranians and two Syrians were killed in an attack attributed to Israel. On June 4, there were nine victims in a bombing by warplanes firing from Lebanese airspace, attributed to Israel, not to Luxembourg. On February 7, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that an IDF attack in Damascus had endangered a passenger plane with 172 people on board. Three months earlier, there were reports of 23 fatalities and dozens of wounded in an air strike attributed to Israel.

    Only imagine 11 Israeli fatalities, three soldiers and seven settler militia members, in a Syrian air strike, in a mirror image of what transpired this week in Syria. War would ensue. But 11 Syrian dead in an Israeli bombing, who’s counting? Imagine a constant bloodletting with dozens of Israeli fatalities over several months. Israel would never put up with it, and rightly so. But in Syria it’s all right. It will go on as long as Israel can continue. It will go on until Israel pays a price for its strikes.

    Israel is determined to prevent Iran from getting a foothold in Syria. Are the strikes contributing to this process? To what extent? The possibility that Israel will one day pay a terrible price for all this warmongering is not even raised for discussion. That’s Israeli hubris, which usually pays off. Usually, but not always.

    Such fateful decisions cannot be kept in absolute darkness. They cannot be left up to a handful of politicians, intelligence officials, pilots and generals. After all, we’ve learned in many areas that we can’t trust them blindly. So why is it that when it comes to war and peace, we shut our eyes, submitting ourselves to them in total blindness? Continue bombing in Syria. We trust you. Everything will be fine.

    #IsraelSyrie