• Blinken: US to move forward with reopening Jerusalem Consulate that served Palestinians
    October 15, 2021 - Quds News Network

    Washington (QNN)- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Wednesday that Washington will be moving forward with its plan of reopening its consulate which served Palestinians in Jerusalem.

    “We’ll be moving forward with the process of opening a consulate as part of deepening those ties with the Palestinians,” Blinken stated at the State Department as speaking to the press after hosting a trilateral meeting with Israeli occupation Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed al-Nahyan.


  • BREAKING| Progressive lawmakers successfully remove extra $1 billion in weapons to ’Israel’
    September 21, 2021 - Quds News Network

    Washington (QNN)- Progressive representatives in the US Congress have successfully removed an extra $1 billion in weapons to the Israeli occupation army. A move that has been seen as a notable victory for Palestinian human rights.

    The extra $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome was added by Congressional leadership to a must-pass funding bill to avoid a government shutdown. It was supposed to be in addition to the nearly $4 billion the US government already sends to the Israeli occupation forces every year.

    Since World War II, the United States has given Israel $146 billion in aid, mostly for weapons.

    The United States and Israel have an agreement under which the US government will allocate $38 billion from fiscal 2019 through 2028, including $5 billion for missile defense.


    • Progressive Democrats succeed in removing $1 billion Iron Dome funding from bill - U.S. News - Haaretz.com

      Israel will still very likely receive the promised $1 billion emergency aid it requested earlier this year attached to a different piece of legislation, according to Democratic sources on the Hill
      Ben Samuels, Jonathan Lis | Sep. 21, 2021 | 10:12 PM | 7

      An internal dispute within the ranks of the Democratic Party led on Tuesday to the removal of a provision granting $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system from a key funding bill. The removal came after behind-the-scenes pressure from several progressive Democratic lawmakers.

      The development led to sensational headlines about Democrats rejecting U.S. support for the Iron Dome, but in practice, Israel will still very likely receive the promised $1 billion emergency aid it requested earlier this year. That money, according to Democratic sources on Capitol Hill, will now be attached to a different piece of legislation, the 2022 Defense Appropriations bill.

      The decision on Tuesday means more for Democratic politics surrounding Israel than the Iron Dome funding itself. It came about after lawmakers including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Pramila Jayapal threatened to vote against the funding bill, sources familiar with the matter tell Haaretz.

      If that were to happen, given the razor-thin Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, it would have led to a government shutdown or debt default on September 30.

      The $1 billion in aid, which the Biden administration publicly committed to following May’s Gaza war, will now be attached to the final fiscal year 2022 Defense Appropriations bill.

      The impetus behind the progressive pushback wasn’t the funding itself, but rather its addition as a provision to the spending bill. The U.S. provides Israel with $3.8 billion in military aid every year, $500 million of which is for the Iron Dome. Progressives are not necessarily arguing against the necessity of that aid, and no lawmaker has publicly come out against it - although some may do that later on.

      Their main argument in their behind-the-scenes effort was the need for a transparent legislative process surrounding such vast additional military aid.

      Rep. Jim McGovern, chair of the House Rules Committee, said following the provision’s removal that Democrats are committed to passing the provision as part of the final defense appropriations bill.

      The result is a political win for the progressive lawmakers – they achieved what they wanted via a discrete process, and the White House and Democratic leadership must explain why they opted to go down this route, rather than attach the new aid to the FY2022 defense bill in the first place.

      Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Tuesday night, who told him that the postponement is purely technical, and relates to broader discussions about the debt ceiling in the U.S. budget.

      Hoyer reiterated the commitment of the Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, and speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, who pledge that the aid will be sent to Israel shortly.

      Lapid thanked his counterpart for his “commitment to Israel’s security” and spoke of the importance of “rebuilding” the relations between the Democratic Party and Israel “after years of neglect.”

  • Blinken va réunir Israël et trois pays arabes pour l’anniversaire de leur normalisation
    14 septembre 2021 Par Agence France-Presse

    Le chef de la diplomatie américaine Antony Blinken va réunir vendredi, virtuellement, ses homologues d’Israël et de trois pays arabes pour marquer le premier anniversaire des accords de normalisation de leurs relations, a annoncé mardi le département d’Etat.

    Le secrétaire d’Etat va s’entretenir avec les ministres des Affaires étrangères de l’Etat hébreu, des Emirats arabes unis, de Bahreïn et du Maroc pour « commémorer le premier anniversaire de la signature des accords d’Abraham et discuter des manières d’approfondir les relations et bâtir une région plus prospère », a dit un porte-parole.

    Le 15 septembre 2020, les Emirats arabes unis et Bahreïn étaient devenus les premiers pays du Golfe à normaliser publiquement leurs relations avec Israël, sous l’égide du président américain de l’époque, Donald Trump. Le Maroc et le Soudan avaient ensuite fait de même.

    Le Soudan ne sera pas représenté à la réunion virtuelle de vendredi, sans que le département d’Etat n’en précise la raison.

    Après son arrivée au pouvoir, le gouvernement du président Joe Biden et son secrétaire d’Etat Antony Blinken ont dit approuver ces accords considérés comme un des principaux succès diplomatiques de leurs prédécesseurs républicains.


  • Israel’s Diaspora minister warns: If we lose U.S. Jews, we’ll lose America
    Ben Samuels | Aug. 9, 2021 | 7:11 PM | Haaretz.com

    Nachman Shai says he briefed cabinet on the dangers of losing bipartisan support for Israel, implicitly criticizes Netanyahu’s prioritization of evangelicals

    WASHINGTON – Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai has warned that Israel risks losing bipartisan political support in the U.S. if it does not properly invest in its ties with the Jewish American community.

    “The other day, I briefed the cabinet and said: ‘If we see more of the radical left and progressive liberal Jews continuing to support BDS and Black Lives Matter, and similar to the Palestinians they relate to Israel as a genocide state or an apartheid state, we may lose America,’” Shai told the American Jewish Committee’s “People of the Pod” podcast. “The bridge to the Democratic Party and the Republican Party goes through the American Jewish community, and that’s the only bridge I believe in.”

    The progressive wing of the Democratic Party has been increasingly critical of Israel, calling for probes into whether Israel violated U.S. law, accusing it of apartheid and violations of basic human rights, and attempting to block a sale of precision-guided missiles to Israel.

    Meanwhile, a survey released last month by the Jewish Electorate Institute, a group led by prominent Jewish Democrats, found that 34 percent of U.S. Jewish voters agreed that “Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is similar to racism in the United States,” 25 percent agreed that “Israel is an apartheid state” and 22 percent agreed that “Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians.” The poll found that 9 percent of voters agreed with the statement “Israel doesn’t have a right to exist.” Among voters under 40, that proportion was 20 percent.

    Shai noted that while American Jews “may be very critical of what’s going on in Israel — I also have a lot of criticism — it doesn’t matter. We should share the same values, we should believe in the same things, we should get together and help each other for a common future.”

    He said he had brought up the U.S.-Israel memorandum of understanding on military aid, slated to expire in 2026, to his colleagues as one reason to prioritize improved relations between Israel and the U.S. Jewish community. “I don’t want to hear those voices coming from the Democratic Party’s sidelines of refusing to sell arms to Israel, or to support us internationally,” Shai said, stressing the need to have bipartisan political allies.

    Shai said he would be successful in his role concerning the U.S. if Israel is “able to maintain bipartisan support for Israel, if any future president — whoever he or she is going to be — will share Israel’s values and interests. And that means investment. It doesn’t go without huge investment in the political arena.”

    He also implicitly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, alluding to his prioritization of ties to the evangelical Christian community over the U.S. Jewish community. “There were ideas to rely on other groups in America today,” he said. “You know exactly who I mean. No, I believe only in you and I have to make sure that hundreds of thousands of you will stay with us.”

    Shai is a former Labor Party and Kadima lawmaker who once ran the Jewish Federations of North America office in Israel. Much of his committee work in the Knesset was focused on improving Israel’s ties with Jewish communities around the world, especially those in North America. Shai resigned from the Knesset two years ago and has spent the interim period teaching courses on Israel at several universities in the United States.


  • « Palestinian lives matter, too » : comment la cause palestinienne s’élargit à une lutte mondiale contre le racisme
    Par Hassina Mechaï | Published date : Mardi 18 mai 2021 - 06:55 | Last update : 13 hours 4 mins ago | Middle East Eye édition française

    « Le combat pour la vie des noirs et le combat pour la libération palestinienne sont liés. Nous nous opposons à ce que notre argent serve à financer la police militarisée, l’occupation et les systèmes d’oppression violente et de traumatisme. Nous sommes anti-guerre. Nous sommes anti-occupation. Et nous sommes anti-apartheid. »

    Ces mots de Cori Bush ont résonné de façon inhabituelle, le 14 mai, dans l’enceinte de la Chambre des représentants. Au cœur du pouvoir américain, l’allié indéfectible d’Israël.

    The fight for Black lives and the fight for Palestinian liberation are interconnected.

    We oppose our money going to fund militarized policing, occupation, and systems of violent oppression and trauma.

    We are anti-war. We are anti-occupation. And we are anti-apartheid. Period. pic.twitter.com/DO42FEre0W
    — Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) May 13, 2021
    Dans un tweet, la démocrate élue en 2020, représentante du Missouri, a ajouté : « Les luttes noire et palestinienne pour la libération sont interconnectées, et nous ne lâcherons pas tant que nous ne serons pas tous libres. »

    Une prise de parole isolée alors même que les États-Unis ont réaffirmé officiellement, entre autres par la voix du secrétaire à la Défense américain Lloyd Austin, « le soutien à toute épreuve » des États-Unis au droit d’Israël « à se défendre » en pleine opération meurtrière de l’armée israélienne à Gaza et de répression contre les Palestiniens en Cisjordanie occupée, à Jérusalem-Est et en Israël.

    Cori Bush a ainsi joint sa voix aux élues démocrates Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar et Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – la « squad » (équipe) qui bouscule à maints égards l’establishment démocrate.

    La même analyse se retrouve dans les mots de Bernie Sanders. Dans une tribune publiée par le New York Times, le sénateur démocrate du Vermont note : « Nous assistons à l’émergence d’une nouvelle génération d’activistes qui veulent construire des sociétés fondées sur les besoins humains et l’égalité politique. Nous avons vu ces militants dans les rues américaines l’été dernier à la suite du meurtre de George Floyd. Nous les voyons en Israël. Nous les voyons dans les territoires palestiniens. »

    « Nous devons reconnaître que les droits des Palestiniens sont importants. Les vies palestiniennes comptent [Palestinian Lives Matter] », a conclu l’ancien candidat à la présidentielle. (...)


  • 29 US Senators call for Ceasefire; Biden Sends Israel Weapons amid Israeli attacks
    May 18, 2021 – – IMEMC News

    A group of 29 US Senators led by Senator Jon Ossoff of Georgia and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont have issued a statement calling on the Biden administration to take immediate action to broker a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Gaza.

    Both Ossoff and Sanders are Jewish progressives who have criticized the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land, and the ongoing Israeli violations of international law.

    The letter from the Senators comes after the US representative at the United Nations vetoed Security Council resolutions calling for a ceasefire three separate times since the Israeli bombardment of Gaza began on May 10th.

    The Security Council is set to meet again on Tuesday May 18th, and several countries have vowed to continue the pressure on the US to stop blocking the other 14 Security Council members from calling for a ceasefire.

    Axios.com reported Monday that an unnamed Israeli official told them that during a phone call with the Biden White House, “The overall message was that they support us but want this to end”, adding that the Biden administration didn’t give Israel a deadline to stop their bombardment of Gaza, but stressed that the US administration was “reaching the end of its ability to hold back international pressure on Israel over the Gaza operation.”

    Meanwhile, the Biden administration has approved a $735 million weapons sale to Israel in the midst of the massive escalation that Israeli forces began one week ago.

    The arms sale to Israel includes GBU-39 small diameter bombs, which are being used against Palestinian civilians. The House Foreign Affairs Committee called for an emergency meeting to discuss the sale, and to discuss the Israeli escalation.

    Congressmember Ilhan Omar issued the following statement about the decision to move ahead with the $735 million weapon sale – which is in addition to the $3.5 billion of U.S. taxpayer money provided annually, unconditionally, to the state of Israel:

    The statement from the U.S. Senators said, “To prevent any further loss of civilian life and to prevent further escalation of conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories, we urge an immediate ceasefire.”

    The Washington Post reported Monday that an unnamed Democrat from the House Foreign Affairs Committee told their reporter, “Allowing this proposed sale of smart bombs to go through without putting pressure on Israel to agree to a cease-fire will only enable further carnage.”


  • Clashes renew in Jerusalem as some 90,000 gather to pray at Al-Aqsa
    Nir Hasson, Jack Khoury, Josh Breiner | May 8, 2021 | 3:03 PM |
    Updated: May. 8, 2021 8:10 PM Haaretz.com

    Clashes break out near Damascus Gate and in Sheikh Jarrah ■ Israeli police deploy tear gas, stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets ■ 29 Palestinians arrested in East Jerusalem, two in the Old City

    Violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police broke out in Jerusalem Saturday night, one day after 205 Palestinians and 17 police officers were injured in violent clashes that garnered international condemnation.

    Police used sponge-tipped bullets and tear gas against the thousands of Palestinians who were gathered at the Damascus Gate. Palestinians threw stones at Israeli police forces at the site.

    The Palestinian Red Crescent said that 17 Palestinians had been wounded, many by sponge-tipped bullets. Six were evacuated to hospitals. They added that the Israeli police had prevented ambulances from reaching the site to evacuate the injured.

    The clashes began shortly after prayers marking Laylat Al-Qadr, the holiest night in the month of Ramadan, concluded at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Some 90,000 worshippers had come to pray at the site.

    Clashes also broke out in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem, and police dispersed protesters with stun grenades and stink bombs. The police said that dozens of residents had instigated clashes that included “flying Palestinian flags and throwing stones toward police forces.”

    The police added that officers had been attacked in the Old City and two suspects had been arrested. Palestinian protesters threw stones at officers, and one officer was lightly injured and received medical treatment at the site.

    The Israeli army said some 450 Gazans are protesting near the border fence in solidarity with the Palestinians in Jerusalem. The Israeli army said that protesters are “burning tires and throwing explosives. IDF soldiers are spread out at sites along the border and are using riot dispersal methods.” According to Palestinian reports, dozens, not hundreds, of Palestinian youth are protesting at the border.

    To Jerusalem on foot

    Earlier Saturday, the Jerusalem police halted dozens of buses carrying worshippers on their way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

    Hundreds of worshippers made their way to the Old City on foot. Police argued that they had reason to believe that some of the passengers were planning to cause disturbances.

    The Israeli Police spokesman Eli Levi said that the police had no intention of closing the road to Jerusalem, but rather were attempting to remove specific individuals from the buses. The police eventually allowed the buses to continue on to Jerusalem.

    The police later allowed the buses to carry the passengers to Jerusalem, after they caused severe roadblocks on the Highway.

    The Israeli army, police and Magen David Adom bolstered their presence in East Jerusalem and around the Temple Mount on Saturday, as they expect violent clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians will continue through the night.

    Police believe the clashes on the Temple Mount are led by Hamas operatives, and that they are linked to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to postpone the Palestinian parliamentary elections this month.

    Activists arrested

    Israel Police carried out arrests of 29 Palestinians in East Jerusalem raids earlier Saturday afternoon according to Palestinian activists. The police have been arresting young Palestinians and activists since early Saturday morning, according to the activists.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, IDF chief of staff Aviv Kochavi, the head of Shin Bet and other senior officials on Saturday to assess the situation in Jerusalem.

    “Israel is acting responsibly to ensure law and order in Jerusalem while maintaining freedom of worship in the holy places,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

    Gantz also commented on the escalation in Jerusalem, saying that "Extremists on both sides cannot be allowed to cause an escalation of the situation. Israel will continue to ensure freedom of worship at the Temple Mount and at the same time not allow terror to raise its head or disturb public order.”

    Adding to the tensions in Jerusalem’s Old City, dozens of young Jewish activists marched through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City ahead of the Al Qadr night, singing the Israeli song “Jerusalem of Gold.”

    Rallies were also held in Israeli-Arab cities on Saturday, with protesters waving Palestinian flags in solidarity with the Palestinians who were injured in East Jerusalem on Friday. The rallies took place in Nazareth, Umm al-Fahm, Tamra and other Arab-Israeli towns. A peaceful protest also took place in Jaffa, which ended just before sunset.

    ’Crosses a red line’

    On Friday night, at least 205 Palestinians and 17 police officers were wounded as clashes erupted at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in a serious escalation in tensions that have been building up in Jerusalem over the past weeks.

    United Arab List chairman Mansour Abbas declared that he won’t allow any escalations at Al-Aqsa to prevent freedom of worship for Muslims, calling every injury sustained by a worshipper an act which ’crosses a red line.’

    The United States called for both sides to ease tensions on Friday night.

    “The United States is extremely concerned about ongoing confrontations in Jerusalem, including on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount and in Sheikh Jarrah, which have reportedly resulted in scores of injured people,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in perhaps the Biden administration’s most in-depth comment on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to date.

    Jordan and Egypt fiercely condemned Israel for the violence, saying it’s on Israel to uphold freedom of worship for Palestinian locals.

    A spokesperson for the Jordanian Foreign Ministry warned against a “dangerous escalation,” emphasizing that an international law tasks Israel responsible for upholding peace for worshippers at Al-Aqsa, even as an occupying force.

    Egypt’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez slammed Israel’s behavior, especially abusing the human rights of Palestinians, and Israel’s unacceptable efforts to uproot Palestinians from their homes in the flash point East Jerusalem neighborhood Sheikh Jarrah.

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    100 Palestinians injured as Jerusalem clashes continue for second night
    Clashes break out near Damascus Gate and in Sheikh Jarrah ■ Israeli police deploy tear gas, stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets ■ Some 90,000 worshippers gather to pray at Al-Aqsa
    Nir Hasson, Jack Khoury, Josh Breiner | May 9, 2021 | 8:37 AM

    About 100 Palestinians were injured in violent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, as some 90,000 Muslim worshipers poured into Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark Ramadan’s holiest night.

    Clashes were concentrated on the Temple Mount, at various sites in the Old City and in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. They follow escalating tensions in the city throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and have garnered international condemnation.

    Hundreds of young Palestinians threw fireworks and stones at police after early morning prayers on Sunday morning. Most of them dispersed, but a few dozen remain at the site, clashing with officers. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 10 people were injured in the morning’s clashes; six of them were evacuated to the hospital.

    The Red Crescent established a field hospital near Al-Aqsa Mosque to treat the injured, who were hit by sponge-tipped bullets, stun grenades and tear gas fired by Israeli police.

    The organization said that it treated another 90 people over the course of the night, 14 of them at the field hospital. Six children were bruised in the commotion, including a one-year-old infant.

    The Red Crescent had reported earlier in the night that the Israeli police had prevented its ambulances from entering the Damascus Gate area to evacuate the injured.

    Police evacuated the Western Wall plaza twice over the course of the night after Palestinians fired fireworks at the area, but worshipers returned minutes later.

    Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai said that police had regained control over the situation by about 1:30 A.M., and that about 20,000 Muslim worshipers remained on the Temple Mount.

    In Sheikh Jarrah, which has become a flashpoint for violence between Jews and Palestinians in the past week over the planned evictions of Palestinian homes in the neighborhood, police dispersed the dozens of protesters who had gathered with stun grenades and stink grenades. Palestinians also pelted a car belonging to Jews with stones.

    Police said that the clashes involved “Waving Palestinian flags and throwing stones at officers. Police began dispersions and were forced to use means.” Two Palestinians were arrested on suspicion of pepper spraying officers. During the arrest, police said that they found weapons on their persons.

    Earlier in the evening, police reported that they arrested two suspects who attacked police officers in the Old City. One officer was lightly injured and received medical treatment after Palestinian protesters began throwing stones at police forces.

    A rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel in the early hours of Sunday morning, landing in an open area. The IDF responded by attacking a Hamas military post in the southern Gaza Strip.

    The Israeli army said some 450 Gazans protested near the border fence in solidarity with the Palestinians in Jerusalem. The Israeli military said that protesters are “burning tires and throwing explosives. IDF soldiers are spread out at sites along the border and are using riot dispersal methods.” According to Palestinian reports, dozens, not hundreds, of Palestinian youth are protesting at the border. (...)

    Jack khoury.جاك خوري


    #Jerusalem #Sheikh_Jarrah

    • Alice Froussard
      9:00 PM · 8 mai 2021

      Il y a eu ces grenades assourdissantes, ces gaz lacrymo, ces balles de caoutchouc de l’armée israélienne, toutes ces arrestations, ces restrictions à l’entrée de Jérusalem. Pourtant, l’Esplanade des Mosquées est pleine ce soir. #LaylatulQadr

      Diana Buttu
      · 2h

      Al Aqsa compound now.

      9:00 PM · 8 mai 2021·Twitter Web App

      mohammed el-kurd
      10:07 PM · 8 mai 2021

      Israeli forces have gone mad in Sheikh Jarrah, beating everyone in sight, demolishing the solidarity tents, using excessive force... Impunity breeds fascism.

      the Occupation knows it will not be held accountable by a complicit international community. #SaveSheikhJarrah
      À l’origine en anglais et traduit par
      Les forces israéliennes sont devenues folles à Sheikh Jarrah, battant tout le monde en vue, démolissant les tentes de solidarité, utilisant une force excessive ... L’impunité engendre le fascisme.

      l’Occupation sait qu’elle ne sera pas tenue responsable par une communauté internationale complice.#SaveSheikhJarrah

    • Democrats urge U.S. to act against Israel’s ’abhorrent’ East Jerusalem evictions
      Ben Samuels | May 8, 2021 | 9:22 PM - U.S. News - Haaretz.com

      Several Democratic lawmakers are calling for an investigation on whether Israel’s ‘forced displacement for Palestinians’ violates U.S. laws

      WASHINGTON – A steadily increasing number of Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to make clear to the Israeli government that the eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in Jerusalem must stop immediately.

      Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Chris Murphy have called on Israel to stop efforts at evicting Palestinian residents from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah based on claims by Jewish settlers, while Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Gregory Meeks and Andy Levin also voiced their dismay.

      “The forced removal of long-time Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah is abhorrent and unacceptable,” Warren tweeted, saying the administration must make clear to Israel that these evictions are illegal.

      “The United States must speak out strongly against the violence by government-allied Israeli extremists in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and make clear that the evictions of Palestinian families must not go forward,” Sanders said.

      Murphy - chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism - noted his deep concern by the recent violence and encouraged all parties to exercise restraint.

      “Evictions of Palestinian residents, who have lived in homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah for a generation, are unjustified and must stop. So must Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians, Palestinian attacks on Jewish Israelis, and Hamas rocket and mortar launches,” the Connecticut senator said, adding that he was also concerned about “the Israeli forces’ militarized approach to this unrest, which is escalating, rather than deescalating, the situation.”

      Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called the situation in Sheikh Jarrah “deeply concerning” and calling on Jerusalem’s residents, leaders and officials to ensure that Jerusalem is a city where coexistence, not violence, reigns.

      Ocasio-Cortez called the situation in Sheikh Jarrah “inhumane” and called for the U.S. to show leadership in safeguarding human rights. “From the paramilitary violence in Colombia and Shiekh Jarrah, to the detention of children on our own border and the militarization of US police departments, the United States must seriously assess its role in state violence and condition aid,” she added.

      Ocasio-Cortez and Levin both noted their dismay that these events are occuring during the final days of Ramadan, with Levin similarly urging the State Department to work to immediately deescalate before bringing both sides to the table for a long-term solution.

      The growing criticism comes one day after several progressive House Democrats decried the events in Sheikh Jarrah, urging the State Department to pressure Israel on the matter. Two of those lawmakers, Reps. Marie Newman and Mark Pocan, are circulating a letter intended for Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling the eviction plans “a clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.” They are also calling for an investigation on whether Israel’s “forced displacement of Palestinians” violates two U.S. laws stating U.S. weapons are to be sold only for legitimate self-defense and prohibiting U.S. funding for foreign military forces suspected of human rights abuses.

      The State Department issued their most extensive comment on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to date on Friday, expressing deep concern about the evictions and urging Israel to avoid steps that would exacerbate tensions while calling on both Israeli and Palestinian authorities to act decisively to de-escalate the situation.


  • Biden pas pressé de courtiser Netanyahu et de s’embourber dans le dossier israélo-palestinien
    AFP - Francesco FONTEMAGGI - mer. 10 février 2021 à 9:28 PM

    Le coup de fil se fait attendre. Mais le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu, chouchouté comme jamais par Donald Trump, va devoir composer avec un Joe Biden beaucoup moins pressé d’afficher la même proximité et, au-delà, de s’impliquer dans l’épineux dossier israélo-palestinien.

    Si « Bibi » fait mine de minimiser cette attente de trois semaines depuis l’entrée en fonctions du nouveau président des Etats-Unis, le chef de la branche internationale de son parti, le Likoud, a lui décidé mercredi de l’interpeller directement.

    « Le moment est peut-être enfin venu d’appeler le dirigeant d’Israël, le plus proche allié des Etats-Unis ? », a lancé dans un tweet Danny Danon. Et pour enfoncer le clou, il a fourni à Joe Biden un numéro de téléphone pour joindre son Premier ministre.

    Côté américain aussi, Nikki Haley, ex-ambassadrice aux Nations unies sous Donald Trump, a accusé le gouvernement Biden de « snober » un « ami comme Israël » tout en faisant « ami-ami » avec « un ennemi comme l’Iran ». (...)


  • La coopération scientifique Israël-États-Unis élargie aux colonies cisjordaniennes
    Publié le : 28/10/2020 avec notre correspondant à Jérusalem, Guilhem Delteil

    L’ambassadeur américain en Israël a signé ce mercredi 28 octobre un document étendant la coopération scientifique américaine à l’ensemble des établissements israéliens. L’université d’Ariel, située dans une colonie, pourra donc bénéficier de fonds américains.

    En droit international, les territoires conquis par Israël en 1967 la Cisjordanie, la bande de Gaza et le plateau du Golan sont considérés comme occupés. Dans leur coopération, les partenaires d’Israël veillaient donc à ne pas financer de projets israéliens au-delà des frontières internationalement reconnues du pays.

    Mais ce mercredi, les États-Unis ont « retiré les restrictions géographiques » à leur coopération scientifique avec Israël, affirme l’ambassade américaine dans un communiqué. L’ambassadeur David Friedman a jugé qu’il s’agissait d’un « anachronisme », rappelant que l’administration Trump ne considère plus la colonisation comme contraire au droit international. (...)


  • Les "orphelins de Trump", ces dirigeants étrangers qui sentent le vent tourner
    mercredi 28 octobre 2020
    par Pierre Haski

    La scène se passe il y a quelques jours dans le bureau ovale de la Maison Blanche, où Donald Trump vient d’annoncer un accord entre Israël et le Soudan. Devant les caméras, le Président américain s’entretient par téléphone avec Benyamin Netanyahou, et lui tend une perche un peu grosse : « est-ce que Sleepy Joe aurait pu obtenir un tel accord, je ne crois pas », demande-t-il au premier ministre israélien – « Sleepy Joe », évidemment, c’est le surnom péjoratif dont il affuble son rival Joe Biden. Et là, surprise générale, Netanyahou esquive et bafouille qu’Israël est reconnaissant pour « tout ce qui vient des États-Unis ».

    Que Benyamin Netanyahou, le chef de gouvernement étranger qui a sans doute le plus profité politiquement du mandat de Donald Trump, refuse d’accorder au candidat républicain ce coup de pouce qu’il lui demande à un moment difficile de sa campagne, Trump, visiblement, ne s’y attendait pas ; son visage se referme aussitôt. (...)

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


    (...) 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.” (...)


  • Palestine: la mascarade du «plan Trump»
    29 janvier 2020 Par René Backmann | Mediapart

    (...) Face à un monde arabe divisé et timoré, avec les Émirats, Bahrein et Oman représentés mardi à la Maison Blanche, avec l’Égypte qui ne peut rien refuser à Washington et appelle Israéliens et Palestiniens à un « examen approfondi du plan », et alors que la Jordanie rappelle comme l’ONU qu’elle s’en tient aux frontières de 1967, que peuvent aujourd’hui tenter les Palestiniens ? Un recours aux Nations unies ? Les tentatives précédentes n’ont pas été concluantes. Une nouvelle intifada ? En rupture avec une classe politique largement discréditée, la jeunesse est-elle prête à affronter les chars israéliens ? Et pour quelle cause alors que le soutien à la solution à deux États s’effondre ? Que peuvent-ils espérer ? Un sursaut de l’Europe ? Londres, au bord du Brexit, qualifie le plan de « proposition sérieuse ». À Paris, le Quai d’Orsay a « salué » les efforts du président Trump et rappelé son attachement à « la solution à deux États en conformité avec le droit international ».

    Ancien ambassadeur américain en Israël, conseiller de Bill Clinton puis de Barack Obama pour le dossier israélo-palestinien, Martin Indyk est moins diplomate. « Ce plan n’est pas du tout un plan de paix, affirme-t-il. C’est une mascarade du début à la fin. »

    « C’est un coup de force, réagit de son côté l’avocat israélien Michael Sfard, défenseur depuis un demi-siècle des Palestiniens devant les tribunaux israéliens et spécialiste des procédures contre le mur de séparation. Et la communauté internationale devrait y prendre garde. Si ce plan est appliqué, si Netanyahou réussit à faire accepter l’annexion d’une partie de la Cisjordanie, c’est un pilier du droit international qui s’effondre. Car à ce jour la Cisjordanie reste un territoire occupé militairement. Et le droit interdit l’annexion des territoires conquis par la force. Imaginez ce que la Russie ou la Chine pourraient entreprendre si Netanyahou annexe la vallée du Jourdain sans opposition de la communauté internationale. » C’est pourtant ce qu’il compte entreprendre dès dimanche. Bien qu’il ne préside qu’un gouvernement intérimaire, il a en effet annoncé, dès mardi, qu’il proposerait au conseil des ministres de voter l’annexion de 30 % de la Cisjordanie.

    #IsraelUSA #deal_du_siècle

  • Israël s’interroge sur la fiabilité de l’ami américain face à l’Iran
    Par Thierry Oberlé - Publié le 8 octobre 2019

    Les officiels israéliens avaient déjà sonné l’alarme après la décision américaine de s’abstenir de riposter à la destruction par l’Iran d’un drone américain dans le golfe Persique.

    La politique erratique de Donald Trump au Moyen-Orient sème le désarroi en Israël. Les responsables politiques et militaires de l’État hébreu sont profondément préoccupés par les volte-face de celui qu’ils considéraient encore voici quelques semaines comme leur meilleur allié. Ils se disent inquiets du lâchage des Kurdes syriens, qui aurait pour conséquence un accroissement de l’empreinte iranienne en Syrie.
    « Si les Kurdes ressentent une détresse croissante, ils s’approcheront de Damas. Cela signifie qu’il y aura plus d’influence iranienne dans ce triangle qui revêt une importance stratégique énorme pour nous », estime Eran Lerman, vice-président du Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies (JISS). (...)


  • Builders of Israel’s apartheid walls profit from US border militarization
    Nora Barrows-Friedman 8 October 2019 | The Electronic Intifada

    US militarization of the border with Mexico uses technology field-tested on Palestinians. (Art Foxall UPI)

    A major Israeli weapons company has been named as one of the top profiteers of US border militarization.

    Elbit Systems has secured border contracts worth $187 million from the US government, according to research by journalist Todd Miller.

    The largest, awarded during the Obama administration, is to build more than 50 surveillance towers near the US-Mexico border for the US government’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.

    Ten of those towers will be on land belonging to the Indigenous Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona.

    A 2014 Bloomberg analysis predicted that Elbit’s initial profits could multiply if Congress authorized more funds to militarize the border.

    Miller’s report – “More Than a Wall: Corporate Profiteering and the Militarization of US Borders” – was recently published by human rights research group the Transnational Institute, in collaboration with No More Deaths, a humanitarian organization which protects migrants along the southern US border.

    The report profiles the top 14 companies profiteering from US border militarization, including Elbit.


  • Netanyahu’s son: Ex-US envoy to Israel trying to ‘destroy Jewish state’ September 2, 2019 at 5:08 pm – Middle East Monitor

    The son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk of trying to “destroy the Jewish state” on Twitter.

    The pair clashed after news broke that Netanyahu was allegedly “frantically” trying prevent a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and US President Donald Trump, according to Channel 13 reporter Barak Ravid.

    Scoop: Netanyahu frantically tried to reach Trump for hours on Sunday to block Zarif meeting but the President couldn’t take his call – @jonathanvswan and me report for @axios and @newsisrael13 https://t.co/nMyfXTxh2l

    — Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) August 29, 2019

    Indyk then tweeted: “I’ve been on the other end of those phone calls many times from desperate Bibi [Netanyahu] aides insisting that he has to speak to the President or SecState IMMEDIATELY. When he’s in panic mode the fact that the President is in meetings with other world leaders is irrelevant.”

    He continued, speculating on Netanyahu’s standing in the elections: “I wonder whether kowtowing over the Taib/Omar visit, silence in the face of Trump’s “loyalty” accusations, and now inability to speak to Trump when Israel’s vital interests are on the line, will affect Bibi’s standing in the polls. So far he hasn’t been able to move the needle.”

    Netanyahu’s son, Yair, hit back to say: “Wow. The prime minister of Israel insisted to talk to president Clinton as equal and see himself as a world leader and not as a ghetto Jew or as a court jew. I know it’s hard for you to see a proud Jew. You guys are used to Epstein type (sic).” (...)


  • Le Hezbollah, menace pour la stabilité du Moyen-Orient, selon Pompeo 21 mars 2019 Par Agence Reuters

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Le secrétaire d’Etat américain Mike Pompeo a estimé jeudi en Israël, avant de poursuivre sa tournée régionale par Beyrouth, que le Hezbollah chiite libanais était une menace pour la stabilité du Moyen-Orient.

    Reçu par le président israélien Reuven Rivlin à Jérusalem, le chef de la diplomatie américaine a dit considérer le Hezbollah, le mouvement palestinien Hamas et la milice yéménite des Houthis - qui bénéficient tous du soutien de Téhéran - comme « des entités représentant des risques pour la stabilité du Moyen-Orient et pour Israël ».

    « Ils sont résolus à rayer ce pays de la carte et nous avons l’obligation morale et politique d’empêcher que cela advienne. Vous devez savoir que les Etats-Unis s’y tiennent prêts », a dit Mike Pompeo lors de son entretien avec le président israélien.

    La visite de Mike Pompeo à Jérusalem passe pour un coup de pouce à Benjamin Netanyahu, à trois semaines d’élections législatives qui s’annoncent serrées, le 9 avril. (...)

    #IsraelUsa #Hezbollah

  • Washington abandonne les termes d’"occupation israélienne" pour le Golan
    13 mars 2019 Par Agence Reuters

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Les termes « d’occupation israélienne », employés jusqu’ici par les Etats-Unis pour le plateau du Golan syrien, ont été remplacés par « sous contrôle israélien », dans le rapport annuel du département d’Etat sur les droits de l’homme dans le monde, publié mercredi.

    Les mots « occupé » ou « sous occupation » ne sont par ailleurs plus utilisés pour la Cisjordanie et la bande de Gaza, dont Israël s’est également emparées lors de la guerre des Six Jours, en 1967.

    L’Etat hébreu a annexé le plateau du Golan en 1981, ce que le Conseil de sécurité de l’Onu a jugé nul et non avenu.