• 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. (...)

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  • 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.”

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    • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • En Israël, les manifestations contre Netanyahu ne faiblissent pas
    30/08/2020 - Avec notre correspondant à Jérusalem, Michel Paul
    https://www.rfi.fr/fr/moyen-orient/20200830-en-isra%C3%ABl-les-manifestations-contre-netanyahu-faiblissent-pas

    Nouvelle soirée de manifestations ce samedi contre le Premier ministre israélien Benyamin Netanyahu. Un mouvement qui continue à prendre de l’ampleur.
    La police demande aux manifestants de réduire le niveau de bruit et de se disperser dans le calme. À Jérusalem ce sont des dizaines de milliers de personnes qui se sont rassemblées face à la résidence du Premier ministre.

    Ailleurs dans le pays des milliers d’autres aux carrefours et sur les ponts ont réclamé le départ de Benyamin Netanyahu. C’est la dixième semaine consécutive que se déroulent ces manifestations.

    #Israelmanifs #Israelmanif

  • A striking difference between Palestinian and Israeli protests
    Gideon Levy | Aug. 27, 2020 - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-the-difference-between-palestinian-and-israeli-protests-1.9104487

    People are demonstrating against injustice and for justice both in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum and outside the prime minister’s residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street. In both places, the protesters are imbued with a sense of mission.

    It’s more pleasant on Balfour, more dangerous in Qaddum. There’s more sacrifice in Qaddum, more art on Balfour. Balfour gets exhaustive media coverage; Qaddum is completely excluded from the Israeli media.

    In Qaddum, the protesters are fighting for freedom; on Balfour, there’s a feeling of freedom. On Balfour, the demonstrators are citizens; in Qaddum, they’re subjects with no rights. On Balfour, the most privileged are demonstrating; in Qaddum, the most oppressed are.

    But both are subject to the same government. Both are legitimate protests, and the government that’s trying to suppress them isn’t a democracy, but a tyranny.

    There’s no symmetry between Qaddum and Balfour except in their shared legitimacy. Balfour isn’t interested in Qaddum, and Qaddum isn’t interested in Balfour.

    On Balfour, they’re fighting against the prime minister; in Qaddum, they’re fighting against the regime. The Balfour protests are legitimate in the eyes of most Israelis; those in Qaddum aren’t. Balfour is close to our hearts; Qaddum lies behind mountains of darkness, denial and repression. On Balfour, people are “demonstrating”; in Qaddum, they’re “disturbing the peace,” or maybe they’re even “terrorists.”

    Balfour is politics, Qaddum is terror. The people who throw stones and burn tires to protest the army and the settlements have no legitimacy to be there. On Balfour, police using their fists and detentions lasting for hours are considered severe, unacceptable violence; in Qaddum, the authorities are permitted every abuse.

    They shoot demonstrators with live bullets and sponge-tipped steel bullets, throw tear gas canisters in frightening quantities, hurl stun grenades and shoot protesters in the head, including children. Twice in the last two months I’ve visited children who became vegetables in Qaddum after soldiers shot them in the head from far away, for no reason.

    On Wednesday, Hagar Shezaf and Yaniv Kubovich had a mind-boggling report in Haaretz revealing that Israeli soldiers have also begun planting bombs in Qaddum. You have to understand that these bombs were meant to be used against demonstrators. The Nahal Brigade’s reconnaissance unit has suddenly become a terrorist organization by any measure, and its soldiers have become terrorists who plant bombs meant to blow up innocent civilians.

    This doesn’t interest the protesters on Balfour; they’re busy with their own issues. But the Balfour protesters ought to be interested in Qaddum, because the police violence on Balfour was born amid the olive groves of Qaddum. First they took Qaddum; next they’ll take Balfour.

    The fact that most Israelis see the violence against the Qaddum protesters as legitimate, having been convinced that the soldiers shooting in Qaddum are protecting them, is what legitimizes the milder violence used against the Balfour protesters, even though the latter hasn’t yet gained complete legitimacy.

    So this must be said clearly: Anyone who wasn’t interested in Qaddum and bought the propaganda offered by the army and the military reporters who do its bidding, is now getting brass knuckles in uniform at Balfour. And if the protests on Balfour persist, their suppression will become more violent, like in Qaddum.

    There ought to be solidarity between the Balfour and Qaddum demonstrators, but there isn’t. The Balfour protesters are Zionist and proud of it; the Qaddum protesters are anti-Zionist and can’t be otherwise. The key is to understand the connection between these two foci of protest and the necessity of acknowledging the legitimacy of both.

    Qaddum has been suffocating for 17 years, ever since Israel blocked the main road connecting it to Nablus, the district capital, to expand the settlement of Kedumim. The road to Nablus has been made 14 kilometers longer so that Daniella Weiss and her friends can recklessly build more and more homes. If protests against that aren’t legitimate, no protest in the world is.

    But Israel doesn’t recognize this. Most Israelis think Qaddum has no right to protest at all.

    At Balfour, people demonstrate against a prime minister charged with crimes. At Qaddum, they demonstrate against one of the most tyrannical regimes on earth, one that commits war crimes like planting bombs and building settlements.

    Murad Shatawi, head of Qaddum’s popular committee, sent me a report last Friday, just as he does every Friday: “Two people wounded by metal bullets, and I broke my leg.” If the Balfour protesters are serious, they must start getting interested in Qaddum.

    #Israelmanifs // #Kafr_Qaddum

  • Israelis’ shock at police violence at anti-Netanyahu protests is quite shocking
    Amira Hass | Aug. 25, 2020 | 11:29 PM - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-israelis-shock-at-police-violence-at-anti-netanyahu-protests-is-qu

    For a moment I thought I would begin by writing that I welcome every blow delivered by a Jewish police officer to a Jewish demonstrator on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street. But I changed my mind. Violent police – who are arousing such shock among the mainstream media these days – are situated on the same continuum as individual and gang rapists, sexual harassers, nursery school teachers who abuse toddlers and social media bullies. I changed my mind because in my search for a lead for this article, this literary stratagem (“I welcome every blow,” etc.) does not apply to all parts of that continuum.

    All those individuals are people with power and physical strength, who resort to violence in order to harm and cause pain to others – just because they can. To feel strong and superior, to scare and silence. And in order to enjoy themselves. Let’s not forget that dimension. Enjoyment and satisfaction are an important component in demonstrating superiority, in the act of causing pain to another person.

    All the recent expressions of shock are encouraging: from the spontaneous demonstrations against rape culture and the forgiving attitude toward acts of rape and harassment, to the condemnations in the media that are putting the police on the defensive. Such shock is evidence of the health of a society.

    That’s on the one hand. On the other hand, however, the shock at police violence on Balfour Street is surprising. Or to be more precise – it’s shocking. It demonstrates that Israeli society does not understand how deeply mired it is in a culture of superiority, of birthright entitlement and of the divine right to exercise our muscles to attain satisfaction, real estate and a cheap and submissive work force.

    Or again, to be precise: Israeli society is living in a state of conscious denial. It refuses to internalize the scope of violence that it is nurturing. And I refer not only to police violence against Palestinian in East Jerusalem or against Palestinians who are Israeli citizens.

    Fifty-three years of military, police and Shin Bet security service domination over about 5 million people are exactly that: violence. Supremacy. Satisfaction with the violence and the supremacy. Every floor tile in every house in every Jewish settlement is just that: arrogant, prolonged violence, which is defended day and night by brigades and generations of our delicate and armed children.

    As part of their calling to garner real estate in the West Bank, they go out to make arrests every night, including of minors. They throw them to the floor of their jeeps, handcuff and blindfold them. In about 50 percent of the cases they hit minors. A slap here, a kick or shove there. Because they can.

    Open the website of the B’Tselem human rights organization to the “Updates” section. You’ll find several examples there of kicking, laughter abuse by Israel Defense Forces soldiers in uniform. Yes, I know. The right-wing propaganda has succeeded. For you the testimony of an Arab about an attack – not documented in full in a video clip, from every angle, and preferably on the smartphone of the soldiers themselves – is worthless. By the way: That’s also violence, to first believe the version of events espoused by the ruler, the one in power. The strong one, which is us.

    And still, maybe the physical blow delivered by a police officer did upset something in the collective denial mechanism, and you’ll realize the connection between it and the routine violence by soldiers, only an iota of which reaches the B’Tselem website. Not killing. Not serious injury. Just incidental violence, along the way. Because they can.

    Jump from there to another website of bleeding hearts, that of Yesh Din rights organization. Read the statistics: The chances that a Palestinian complaint about a soldier’s violence against him will lead to prosecution are 0.7 percent. And is there any need to mention the extent to which Jewish Israeli citizens who harm Palestinians and their orchards, in most instances, receive immunity from a police investigation and prosecution?

    From January through August 10, 2020, the United Nations counted 163 incidents of assault by Jewish Israelis, from the settlements, against Palestinians. Of them 49 were physical attacks that caused wounds and bruises. There were 114 attacks against orchards, crops, fields and other property. What is the systematic turning of a blind eye to these attacks, if not a blow delivered by Israeli society – again and again?

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  • Dozens arrested at ten thousand-strong protest against Netanyahu in Jerusalem
    Nir Hasson | Aug. 22, 2020 | 11:44 PM | Haaretz.com
    Ten thousand Israelis are protesting Saturday in front of the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem, demanding the resignation of Benjamin Netanyahu.
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    Ten thousand Israelis are protesting Saturday in front of the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem, demanding the resignation of Benjamin Netanyahu.

    So far, police have arrested 33 people and is forcefully dispersing protesters from the area.

    Earlier in the evening, about 1,000 protesters marched from the Chords Bridge near the entrance to the city toward Balfour Street, where the residence is located, despite not receiving a permit for the march from the police.

    Meanwhile, demonstrators from the “Black Flag” movement, who call to defend Israel’s democracy from what they perceive as Netanyahu’s government attacks against it, have already gathered at some 300 intersections, junctions and bridges across Israel.

    Another thousand protested near the prime minister’s private home in Caesarea.

    During the march to Balfour Street, a police officer was documented forcefully arresting a protester while hitting him in the head. A police source said protesters refused to heed instructions and caused disturbances.

    The statement claimed that one of them attempted to assault an officer and remove his mask and was subsequently arrested.

    One of the protesters said that “There were some of us who started talking to the cops and told them to watch over us, but then all of a sudden the cops started throwing people into a nearby cafe, just like that they started pushing people.”

    “This officer just took the first person he saw and threw him to the floor for no reason,” he added.

    Police also said that one officer was injured after he was hit with a rock by the protesters.

    The police detained seven protesters that were marching, claiming that they disrupted public order and attacked police officers, and reiterated in a statement that they will allow protests as long as they are peaceful and non-violent.

    As they marched, protesters split and turned into separate lanes, all leading to Balfour street. Large police forces, for no apparent reason, chose to block the protesters in the lane that passed through the wide Bezalel Street, blocked the road for traffic and resorted to severe and disproportionate violence against the protesters.

    Protesters reported that police officers beat them and officers on horseback trampled them. In particular, violence was directed at older protesters.

    The Jerusalem police had said Saturday afternoon that they will “Continue to allow the freedom of protest and expression and we are prepared accordingly, but at the same time, we will not allow public disruption and violation of the law,” adding that they will “act against violators who do not obey police instructions and endanger public health and safety.”

    Protest organizers predicted earlier that clashes may erupt with police during the demonstration, but believed it would be due to the enforcement of noise laws as requested by the High Court.

    A statement on behalf of the field organizations coordinating the protest said “Those who harm the fabric of day-to-day life and violate public order are not those who march but this disconnected government that occupies itself with political absurdities while we, the people, face the worst crisis in this country’s history.”

    The statement blamed the Israel Police of “Joining the blind leadership and harassing us instead of doing their job and protecting us. This shall not pass. Tonight we march because when the country collapses, you cannot remain silent.”

    There is a massive police presence on the streets of Jerusalem Saturday night, including water cannons near the city’s entrance and the High Court of Justice.

    According to the outline presented by the police in a hearing of a petition filed by 60 residents living near the prime minister’s residence against the demonstrations, the use of air horns, trumpets and drums will be banned from 9:30 P.M., and from 11 P.M. the use of voice amplifiers will balso be disallowed.

    The High Court rejected on Wednesday the petition seeking to limit the protests in scope or move them to a different location. The court did however say that the municipal by-law banning noise after 9:30 P.M. should be “effectively enforced.”

    The protest follows Friday night’s demonstration that also drew thousands to Balfour street, as part of the anti-Netanyahu protest movement that has been ongoing for the past two months.

    A protest camp in front of the prime minister’s residence was forcibly evacuated by the police Thursday, to allow for the separation between the left-wing demonstrators and Netanyahu supporters who came out for a counter-protest, assuming that thousands of right-wing Israelis would participate, however, only about 300 did.

    The police forcefully removed about ten activists from the protest camp who chained themselves to nearby roadblocks, including former Shin Bet chief Carmi Gillon, who was dragged by the police and injured. Additionally, dozens of other protesters were removed, and one was injured and sought medical treatment at a hospital.

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    30 arrested at 10,000-strong protest against Netanyahu in Jerusalem
    Police officer filmed hitting protester as law enforcement forcefully disperse demonstrators ■ Police: Incident will be investigated, three officers injured
    Nir Hasson, Josh Breiner | Aug. 23, 2020 | 6:26 AM | 6
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    Thirty people were arrested as 10,000 demonstrated Saturday night in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem demanding his resignation.

    A police officer with the rank of brigadier general was filmed hitting a protester. According to police, one protester, who was arrested, admitted to punching the officer and apologized. It was not immediately clear whether this was the same protester who was filmed being hit. Protesters who were arrested and brought to court for a hearing on their detention meanwhile described violence on the part of police that went beyond that in previous protests.

    A police statement earlier said that “different groups chose today the path of provocation, including physical and verbal violence” against police, and that the protest was dispersed after demonstrators refused to stop using noisemakers. Three officers were injured during the protests, police said.

    “There were some of us who started talking to the cops and told them to watch over us, but then all of a sudden the cops started throwing people into a nearby cafe, just like that they started pushing people,” said one protester. “This officer just took the first person he saw and threw him to the floor for no reason,” he added.

    Earlier Saturday, about 1,000 protesters marched from the Chords Bridge near the entrance to the city toward Balfour Street, where the residence is located, despite not receiving a permit for the march from the police.

    Meanwhile, demonstrators from the so-called Black Flag movement, who call to defend Israel’s democracy from what they perceive as Netanyahu’s government attacks against it, gathered at some 300 intersections, junctions and bridges across Israel.

    Another 1,000 protested near the prime minister’s private home in Caesarea.

    As protesters marched in Jerusalem, they split up and went into separate lanes, all leading to Balfour Street. Large police forces blocked the protesters in the lane that passed through the wide Bezalel Street and blocked the road to traffic.

    Protest organizers predicted earlier that clashes might erupt with police during the demonstration, but believed it would be due to the enforcement of noise laws as requested by the High Court.

    A statement on behalf of the field organizations coordinating the protest said: “Those who harm the fabric of day-to-day life and violate public order are not those who march, but rather this disconnected government that occupies itself with political absurdities while we, the people, face the worst crisis in this country’s history.”

    The statement accused the police of “joining the blind leadership and harassing us instead of doing their job and protecting us.”

    According to the outline presented by the police in a hearing on a petition filed by 60 residents living near the prime minister’s residence against the demonstrations, the use of air horns, trumpets and drums was banned from 9:30 P.M., and from 11 P.M. the use of voice amplifiers was also forbidden.

    The High Court rejected on Wednesday the petition seeking to limit the protests in scope or move them to a different location. The court did however say that the municipal by-law banning noise after 9:30 P.M. should be “effectively enforced.”

    The protest follows Friday night’s demonstration, which also drew thousands to Balfour Street, as part of the anti-Netanyahu protest movement that has been ongoing for the past two months.

    A protest camp in front of the prime minister’s residence was forcibly evacuated by the police Thursday, to allow for the separation between the left-wing demonstrators and Netanyahu supporters who came out for a counter-protest, apparently assuming that thousands of right-wing Israelis would participate, while only about 300 did.

    The police forcefully removed several from the protest camp who chained themselves to nearby roadblocks, including former Shin Bet chief Carmi Gillon, who was dragged by the police and injured. Additionally, dozens of other protesters were removed, and one was injured and sought medical treatment at a hospital.