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  • Barak Ravid sur Twitter : “WATCH: U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman takes a 10 pounds hammer and breaks open a tunnel which runs under the Palestinian village of #Silwan to the old city of #Jerusalem. This happens at a settlers organisation event with Sara Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson at his side” / Twitter

    Des officiels américains à un évènement lié aux colons israéliens à Jérusalem-Est - L’Orient-Le Jour

    Deux responsables américains ont assisté dimanche à l’inauguration à Jérusalem-Est d’un site archéologique organisée par une association ultranationaliste israélienne, une présence qui rompt une nouvelle fois avec la pratique diplomatique s’agissant de la colonisation et du secteur palestinien de la ville occupé par Israël.

    Jason Greenblatt, conseiller du président américain Donald Trump, et David Friedman, ambassadeur en Israël, ont assisté en compagnie de responsables israéliens à une cérémonie dévoilant le résultat de travaux archéologiques à Silwan, quartier palestinien de Jérusalem-Est. Silwan, situé en contrebas des murailles de la Vieille ville, est le théâtre de tensions permanentes entre les résidents palestiniens et des colons juifs de plus en plus nombreux.

    Les travaux archéologiques, portant sur une route souterraine utilisée il y a environ 2.000 ans pour le pèlerinage vers le Second Temple juif, ont été entrepris par l’association Elad, dont le but avoué est de renforcer la présence juive à Jérusalem-Est.


    Les Palestiniens accusent Israël et la fondation Elad de chercher à les chasser de Jérusalem.


    L’ONG israélienne Emek Shaveh, qui lutte contre l’usage de l’archéologie au service de la colonisation, a également critiqué la présence d’officiels américains à la cérémonie. Elle dénonce un « acte politique qui se rapproche le plus d’une reconnaissance américaine de la souveraineté israélienne » sur toute la Vieille ville de Jérusalem.

    Israël considère Jérusalem comme sa capitale « unifiée et indivisible ». Mais la communauté internationale ne reconnaît pas l’annexion en 1967 de la partie orientale occupée de la ville, dont les Palestiniens veulent faire la capitale de l’Etat auquel ils aspirent.

    Le président Donald Trump a rompu en décembre 2017 avec des décennies de consensus diplomatique en reconnaissant Jérusalem comme la capitale d’Israël, poussant les Palestiniens à couper tout contact formel avec Washington.

    L’ambassadeur américain en Israël David Friedman est un fervent soutien des colonies israéliennes dans les Territoires palestiniens, considérées comme illégales par la communauté internationale.

    #sionisme #etats-unis

    • Editorial Settlers From the White House
      Haaretz Editorial
      Jun 30, 2019 11:20 PM

      The event held Sunday in a tunnel under the main street of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem, just outside the Old City walls, would have been impossible only a few years ago. Two of the U.S. administration’s most senior diplomats, Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt and U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, were there alongside Israeli ministers at the inauguration of the Path of the Pilgrims – a tunnel excavated by the right-wing Elad organization with generous help from the state.

      The tunnel, which according to Elad exposed a street from the Second Temple period that brought pilgrims from the Shiloah pool to the Temple Mount, is a central project in the organization’s efforts to Judaize Silwan and its environs by way of archaeology and tourism. When the tunnel opens to the public, presumably in a few months, it will become a major tourist attraction.

      The participation of American diplomats at an event sponsored by a right-wing group in East Jerusalem constitutes de facto recognition of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem’s historic basin. If anyone had any doubts about that, Friedman made clear in an interview with the Jerusalem Post that, “The City of David is an essential component of the national heritage of the State of Israel.” Giving it up, even in the context of a peace agreement, he said, “would be akin to America returning the Statue of Liberty.”

      This recognition doesn’t just put the American administration on the extreme right of the Israeli political map – thus undercutting the claim that American can be an unbiased broker between Israel and the Palestinians – but it also ignores the complicated reality in Silwan, East Jerusalem and the entire region. The tunnel, which was excavated using controversial methods from a scientific standpoint, harnesses archaeology to politics while ignoring the nuances of Jerusalem’s ancient past.

      But the main problem is that excavating under the street blatantly ignores what’s happening at street level. In Silwan alone there are 20,000 Palestinians without citizenship or civil rights, who justifiably feel that this archaeological project is aimed at forcing them out of their neighborhood. Surrounding Silwan are another 300,000 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, also without rights.

      Anyone having even a passing familiarity with the Palestinian people knows that there’s no chance of arriving at any kind of agreement that will end the occupation so long as Israel continues to control East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Thus, by mere words and an event dripping with sweetness and smiles, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has sentenced Israelis to a life of constant conflict, or to an apartheid state in which there are two types of residents, those with rights and those without them.

  • Bahrain debacle marks crash of Trump team’s campaign to diss Palestinians into submission

    Kushner’s Peace for Prosperity includes Utopian projects funded by non-existent money as part of peace deal that won’t happen
    Chemi Shalev
    Jun 25, 2019 9:12 AM

    The unveiling of the U.S. administration’s long-awaited production of Peace for Prosperity, premiering in Bahrain on Tuesday, garnered mixed reviews, to say the least. Barak Ravid of Axios and Israel’s Channel 13 described it as “impressive, detailed and ambitious – perhaps overly ambitious.” Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Dan Kurtzer offered a slightly different take: “I would give this so-called plan a C- from an undergraduate student. The authors of the plan clearly understand nothing,” he said.

    The plan, released in a colorful pamphlet on the eve of the Bahrain economic summit, is being portrayed by the White House as a vision of the bountiful “fruits of peace” that Palestinians might reap once they reach a peace agreement with Israel. Critics describe it as an amateurish pie-in-the-sky, shoot-for-the-moon, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink hodgepodge that promises projects that cannot be implemented, funded by money that does not exist and contingent on a peace deal that will never happen.

    But the main problem with Peace for Prosperity isn’t its outlandishly unrealistic proposals – such as the $5 billion superhighway between the West Bank and Gaza, which Israel will never agree to; or its occasional condescending and Orientalist attitude towards Palestinian society - their great hummus could attract millions of tourists; or even its offer to manage and foster Palestinian institutions and civil society in a way that can be viewed either as implicit state-building or as imposing foreign control on a future Palestinian government.

    >> Read more: ’There is no purely economic solution to the Palestinian economy’s problems’ ■ Trump’s Bahrain conference - not what you imagined ■ Kushner’s deal holds some surprises, but it’s more vision than blueprint ■ The billion-dollar question in Trump’s peace plan

    The Palestinians would have been suspicious in any case, even if Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama were President. They have always been wary of the term “economic peace”, especially when detached from the real nitty-gritty of resolving their dispute with Israel. Nonetheless, if the President was anyone other than Trump, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas would have more or less emulated Benjamin Netanyahu’s reaction: Somber nodding of the head, then a non-committal reaction to Peace for Prosperity, followed by effusive but general praise for our lord and savior Donald Trump. Israelis and Palestinians would have attended the Bahrain conference, while doing their best to suppress their inner guffaws.

    If it was anyone by Trump and his peace team - which often doubles as Netanyahu’s cheerleading squad – the Palestinians might have allowed themselves to believe that A. A comprehensive peace plan isn’t just a mirage and is indeed forthcoming. B. The deal won’t be tilted so far in favor of Israel that it will be declared stillborn on arrival and C. That it isn’t a ruse meant to cast Palestinians as congenital rejectionists and to pave the way for an Israeli annexation of “parts of the West Bank”, as Ambassador David Friedman put it when he pronounced Trump’s imperial edict conceding territory to Israel, which even Palestinian minimalists claim as their own, in advance of any actual talks.

    But because the plan bears Trump’s signature, it was received in most world capitals with shrugs, as yet another manifestation of the U.S. administration’s preposterous handling of foreign policy – see North Korea, Europe, Mexico, Venezuela et al. Israel, of course, didn’t miss the opportunity to regurgitate the cliché about the Palestinians “never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity”.
    A Palestinian man steps on a painting depicting U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest against U.S.-led Bahrain workshop in Gaza City, June 24, 2019.
    A Palestinian man steps on a painting depicting U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest against U.S.-led Bahrain workshop in Gaza City, June 24, 2019. \ MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS
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    For Palestinians and their supporters, however, Kushner’s bid was but the latest in the Trump team’s never-ending stream of slights, slanders and slaps in their collective faces. In Palestinian eyes, the economic bonanza isn’t a CBM – confidence building measure – but a con job and insult rolled into one. It dangles dollars in front of Palestinian noses, implying they can be bought, and it sets up a chain of events at the end of which Jason Greenblatt will inevitably accuse them on Twitter of being hysterical and dishonest while praising Netanyahu’s bold leadership and pioneering vision. They’ve been there, and done that.

    This has been the Trump approach from the outset: Uncontained admiration for Israel and its leader coupled with unhidden disdain for Palestinian leaders and contempt for their “unrealistic” dreams. Trump’s peace team swears by Israel’s security needs as if they were part of the bible or U.S. Constitution; the ongoing 52-year military occupation of millions of Palestinians, on the other hand, seems to have escaped their attention.

    For the first ten months of Trump’s tenure, the Palestinians put up with his administration’s unequivocal pledges of allegiance to Israel as well as the White House’s departure from past custom and continuing refusal to criticize any of its actions – not to mention the appointment of a peace team comprised exclusively of right-wing Netanyahu groupies, which Palestinians initially thought was surely a practical joke.

    Trump’s announcement in December 2017 that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy there was both game-changer and deal-breaker as far as the Palestinians were concerned. While Netanyahu and most of Israel were celebrating Donald the Daring and the long-awaited recognition of their eternal capital, Palestinians realized they were facing a President radically different from any of his predecessors - one willing to break the rules in Israel’s favor and to grant his bestie Bibi tangible victories, before, during and after elections - without asking for anything in return.

    The Palestinians have boycotted the Trump administration ever since, embarrassing Friedman, Greenblatt, Kushner and ultimately Trump in the process. They, in response, have increasingly vented their anger and frustrations at the Palestinians, and not just in words and Tweets alone: The administration shut down the PLO’s office in Washington, declared Jerusalem “off the table” and indicated that the refugee issue should follow it, cut aid to UNRWA and is endeavoring to dismantle it altogether and slashed assistance to Palestinian humanitarian organizations.

    In March 2018, in a move strongly supported by Israel and vigorously endorsed by Evangelicals and other right wing supporters, Trump signed the Congressionally approved Taylor Force Act that prohibits U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority as long as it continued to pay monthly stipends to the families of what the Act describes as “terrorists”. Palestinians, who, to many people’s regret, regard such terrorists as heroes and martyrs, noted that the passage of the Taylor Force Act embarrassed Israel and spurred it to legislate its own way to withholding Palestinian tax money for the very same reason.

    Throughout the process, Trump and his peace team have lectured the Palestinians as a teacher reprimands an obstinate child. The Palestinians need to face reality, to lower their expectations, to land back on earth, Kushner and colleagues insist. Not only will they never realize their dreams and aspirations, they should also forget their core demand for an independent state free of outside control and not confide inside Israeli-controlled gates. Israelis are worthy of such independence, the Palestinians are told, but you are not.

    Trump approach is a product, first and foremost, of his own inexperience, arrogance and unwillingness to learn anything from a past in which he wasn’t in charge. It is fed by anti-Palestinian prejudices prevalent in his peace team as well as his advisers and most of his political supporters. Trump and his underlings basically adhere to the arguably racist tenet encapsulated in the Israeli saying “The Arabs understand only force.” The more you pressure them, the greater the chance they will succumb.
    Women protest against the U.S.-led workshop in Bahrain in the Moroccan capital Rabat, June 23, 2019.
    Women protest against the U.S.-led workshop in Bahrain in the Moroccan capital Rabat, June 23, 2019.AFP

    At this point at least, it hasn’t worked out that way. Bahrain, by any measure, is a humiliating bust. As Trump and his aides contemplate the reasons for their abject failure they are likely to blame stubborn Palestinians who don’t know what’s good for them, along with radical Muslims, perfidious Europeans, idiot liberals and all the other usual suspects.

    In a better world, they would take a hard look at themselves in the mirror and possibly have an epiphany. They can make an immediate adjustment that will cost them nothing but possibly achieve dramatic results. Instead of incessantly rebuking, reproaching, reprimanding, threatening and intimidating the Palestinians in a way that garners cheers from Christian messianics and Jewish zealots, they could try and treat them, as Aretha Franklin sang, with just a little respect. And perhaps, if it isn’t asking too much, take down their fawning for Netanyahu a notch or two.

    It might not be enough to reconcile irreconcilable differences or to make peace, but it will signal that Trump is finally getting serious about his claim to be the peacemaker the world has been waiting for. Alternatively, the Palestinians will continue to frustrate his designs and pray to Allah for his quick departure.

  • Bahrain stresses commitment to Palestinian state after backlash over U.S.-led peace conference - Palestinians -

    The earlier English statement, however, made no mention of a Palestinian state, but mentioned Bahrain’s support for “the aspirations of the Palestinian people.”

    #dirigeants_arabes #indigents_arabes #sans_vergogne #médiocrité_abyssale

  • Barak Ravid sur Twitter : « 1 \ Scoop on news10 tonight : Israel asked France to convey a warning message to Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri regarding the missile factories built by Hezbollah and Iran near Beirut, Western Diplomats told me » / Twitter

    Si je comprends bien ces psychopathes qui promettent depuis plus de 10 ans à longueur de colonnes de journaux l’apocalypse au Liban, ce dernier devrait fermer les soit disant ateliers de missiles pour pouvoir pulvériser tranquillement le pays ?

    #insane #Israel #pays_de_merde

  • MBS : les Palestiniens doivent accepter le « plan de paix » étasunien ou « la fermer »

    In a closed-door meeting with heads of Jewish organizations in New York on March 27th, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) gave harsh criticism of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), according to an Israeli foreign ministry cable sent by a diplomat from the Israeli consulate in New York, as well three sources — Israeli and American — who were briefed about the meeting.

    The bottom line of the crown prince’s criticism: Palestinian leadership needs to finally take the proposals it gets from the U.S. or stop complaining.

    According to my sources, the Saudi Crown Prince told the Jewish leaders:

    In the last several decades the Palestinian leadership has missed one opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given. It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining.
    — MBS

    MBS also made two other points on the Palestinian issue during the meeting:

    He made clear the Palestinian issue was not a top priority for the Saudi government or Saudi public opinion. MBS said Saudi Arabia “has much more urgent and important issues to deal with” like confronting Iran’s influence in the region.

    Regardless of all his criticism of the Palestinian leadership, MBS also made clear that in order for Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to normalize relations with Israel there will have to be significant progress on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    What we’re hearing: A source who was briefed on the meeting told me the attendees were stunned when they heard the Saudi Crown Prince comments on the Palestinian issue. “People literally fell off their chairs,” the source said.

    Why it matters: In the last year, the Trump administration has been drafting a plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The White House peace team, led by Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt, has basically finished drafting the plan and is discussing how and when to launch it.

    Launching the plan will be difficult because of the Palestinians have been boycotting the White House since Trump’s December 6th Jerusalem announcement.

    In the last year, Kushner managed to get MBS on board in trying to move the peace process forward, and get the Arab world to urge the Palestinians to enter peace talks with Israel on the basis of the U.S. peace plan.

    #Arabie_saoudite #Palestine #Israel #dirigeants_arabes #indigents_arabes « #monde_arabe »

    • « Qu’ils négocient ou qu’ils ferment leur bouche » : ce que MBS pense des Palestiniens
      Devant des responsables juifs américains, en mars dernier, le prince héritier saoudien a vivement critiqué la posture de la direction palestinienne
      MEE | 30 avril 2018

      « Au cours des dernières décennies, les dirigeants palestiniens ont manqué les opportunités, les unes après les autres, et rejeté toutes les propositions de paix qui leur ont été faites. Il est temps que les Palestiniens acceptent les propositions, qu’ils viennent à la table des négociations ou alors qu’ils ferment leur bouche et qu’ils arrêtent de se plaindre. » Cette déclaration n’émane pas d’un faucon israélien ou d’un leader de la droite dure de Washington. L’auteur de ces critiques n’est autre que Mohammed ben Salmane, prince héritier du royaume d’Arabie saoudite.
      C’est la chaîne israélienne Channel 10 et son journaliste Barak Ravid qui rapportent les détails d’une rencontre du prince saoudien avec des responsables d’organisations juives aux États-Unis le 27 mars dernier. MBS a alors rencontré des représentants de l’American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), des Fédérations juives d’Amérique du Nord, du Comité des juifs américains, de la Ligue anti-diffamation et de l’Ordre indépendant du B’nai B’rith à New York. (…)

  • Asaf Ronel on Twitter : "Breaking by BarakRavid : under US & Israeli pressure, @UNHumanRights commissioner will delay publishing of « black list » of companies working in the West Bank settlements until further notice"

    Officiellement, les reports successifs sont dus à « l’ampleur de la tâche » et le manque de « ressources »

    Le premier rapport incluant la liste des noms des entreprises concernées par ces activités aurait dû être publié en mars 2017 mais au regard de l’ampleur de la tâche, le bureau du Haut-Commissaire avait obtenu une extension du délai jusqu’à fin 2017, en vue d’une présentation au Conseil en mars 2018.

    Le Haut-Commissariat indique par ailleurs que seules 64 des 206 entreprises ont pu être contactées pour l’instant, faute de moyens. Une fois qu’il aura pu les contacter toutes, « et sous réserve de leur (...) réponse ou non-réponse, le Haut-Commissariat prévoit de fournir les noms des sociétés », indique-t-il. Mais pour que cette base de données soit finalisée, « il faut plus de ressources ».

    #ONU #sans_vergogne #Israel #Etats-Unis #états_voyous #Palestine

  • Scoop: U.S. and Israel reach joint plan to counter Iran - Axios

    Un article de Barak Ravid

    The U.S. and Israel have reached a joint strategic work plan to counter Iranian activity in the Middle East. U.S. and Israeli officials said the joint understandings were reached in a secret meeting between senior Israeli and U.S. delegations at the White House on December 12th.

  • L’alliance israélo-saoudienne bat les tambours de guerre
    Richard Silverstein | 8 novembre 2017

    (...) Le prince héritier saoudien semble désireux de faire monter d’un cran le conflit avec l’Iran. Mohammed ben Salmane, comme son nouvel allié, le Premier ministre israélien Benyamin Netanyahou, semble vouloir exploiter et manipuler l’hostilité envers un ennemi étranger afin de renforcer sa propre stature nationale.

    Étant donné qu’il est déterminé à établir sa propre domination dans la politique intérieure saoudienne, un tel ennemi est très utile pour éloigner les rivaux.

    Israël a réagi de même. Lundi, le ministère israélien des Affaires étrangères a envoyé un télégramme urgent à tous les diplomates pour leur demander d’afficher une ligne pro-saoudienne concernant la démission de Hariri. Le correspondant diplomatique de Haaretz, Barak Ravid, a tweeté le contenu du câble :

    1 \ I published on channel 10 a cable sent to Israeli diplomats asking to lobby for Saudis\Hariri &against Hezbollah

    — Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) November 6, 2017

    Traduction : 1 \ J’ai publié sur Channel 10 un câble envoyé aux diplomates israéliens demandant de faire pression en faveur des Saoudiens|Hariri et contre le Hezbollah … – Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid)

    Cela indique qu’Israël et l’Arabie saoudite développent le genre de relation « no daylight » (c’est-à-dire sans le moindre désaccord apparent) que les dirigeants israéliens avaient l’habitude de promouvoir avec leurs homologues américains. Avec leur puissance militaire et leur richesse pétrolière, ces deux pays pourraient constituer un produit hautement inflammable.

    MBS a peut-être aussi appris une autre leçon auprès d’Israël : il est vain de chercher l’aide de puissances extérieures pour mener de tels conflits. Il a vu Netanyahou passer des années à supplier en vain deux présidents américains de le rejoindre dans une aventure militaire contre l’Iran.

    La nouvelle alliance de Netanyahou avec l’Arabie saoudite pourrait fournir l’élan militaire dont il a besoin pour mener à bien une série d’attaques contre ses ennemis régionaux. (...)

  • Thread Reader

    Barak Ravid

    1 \ I published on channel 10 a cable sent to Israeli diplomats asking to lobby for Saudis\Hariri &against Hezbollah
    האיום האיראני: ישראל מיישרת קו עם סעודיה נגד מעורבות טהראן וחיזבאללה בלבנון
    משרד החוץ שיגר מברק הנחיות לכל שגרירויות ישראל בו התבקשו לפעול נגד המעורבות של חיזבאללה ואיראן במערכת הפוליטית בלבנון

    2 \ The cable sent from the MFA in Jerusalem to all Israeli embassies toes the Saudi line regarding the Hariri resignation
    3 \ The Israeli diplomats were instructed to Demarch their host governments over the domestic political situation in Lebanon. Very rare move
    4 \ The cable said: “You need to stress that the Hariri resignation shows how dangerous Iran and Hezbollah are for Lebanon’s security”
    5 \ “Hariri’s resignation proves wrong the argument that Hezbollah participation in the government stabilizes Lebanon”, the Cable added
    6 \ The cable instructed Israeli diplomat to support Saudi Arabia over its war with the Houthis in Yemen
    7 \ The cable also stressed: “The missile launch by the Houthis towards Riyadh calls for applying more pressure on #Iran & #Hezbollah”. END

    #Israel #Arabie_saoudite

    Via angryarab

  • Israel secretly using U.S. law firm to fight BDS activists in Europe, North America -

    Israeli government hired lawyers to counter BDS; nature of work is kept a secret, and defined as ’extremely sensitive’

    Chaim Levinson and Barak Ravid Oct 25, 2017
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    The government has been secretly using a U.S. law firm to help it fight the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement in Europe, North America and elsewhere, according to documents obtained by Haaretz.
    The government has hired the Chicago-based firm Sidley Austin to prepare legal opinions and handle court proceedings. The Justice Ministry and the Strategic Affairs Ministry have declined to reveal the nature of these activities, for which the state has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past two years. The ministries call the activities “diplomatically extremely sensitive.”
    About two years ago, the security cabinet made the Strategic Affairs Ministry responsible for coordinating the fight against “delegitimization” and earmarked major resources for these efforts. The Strategic Affairs Ministry transfers some of the money to the Foreign Ministry in various places worldwide and some money has been given to Jewish organizations overseas for public relations work on campuses and elsewhere.
    But the Strategic Affairs Ministry is also operating on these matters in ways that have not been made public. In the past, the ministry’s director general, Sima Vaknin, told the Knesset that it is involved in “gathering intelligence and attacking.”
    Over the past year, attorney Eitay Mack has asked government ministries in the name of human rights activists to receive information on all the contracts signed with bodies overseas involving anti-BDS activities. The Foreign Ministry said it had no such contractual obligations, but the Justice Ministry provided censored documents.
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    The documents show that the special-tasks department in the State Prosecutor’s Office, which is responsible for dealing with matters of national security – in cooperation with the Strategic Affairs Ministry – called for bids in early 2016 from international law firms.
    This was for “preparing documents and legal opinions, handling legal proceedings (suits or representation) to the extent needed battling the BDS phenomenon in particular concerning calls and initiatives to impose boycotts and sanctions against Israeli companies and businesses, as well as against foreign companies that have business operations in Israel.”
    The detailed description of the services was censored from the document. The Justice Ministry said the details were redacted because their publication could lead to “damage to the country’s foreign relations and damage to the ability of these bodies to provide the requested service.”
    In February 2016, the Justice Ministry contracted with a law firm, but in May the ministry asked to switch firms after the original outfit was found to have a possible conflict of interest.
    A contract with a different law firm for 290,000 euros was then approved, with the option of increasing the amount by another 200,000 euros for additional work. Another expansion of the original contract was later approved, this time for another 437,000 euros, making a total contract value of 925,000 euros, or 4 million shekels ($1.1 million).
    The tenders committee decided not to publicize the contracts in the government’s Manof information system because of the sensitivity of the matter to Israel’s foreign relations.
    The secrecy surrounding the contracts raises the suspicion that the work involves not only writing legal opinions but also preparing lawsuits against BDS supporters, as Israel does not want to be revealed as supporting such actions, to avoid the perception that it is interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
    The money is disbursed as budgetary allocations for international contracts. The Justice Ministry’s report on such contracts shows that the government contracted with Sidley Austin in March 2016 for consulting services, without issuing a tender for competitive bidding. In the first half of 2017, the firm received $219,000 in payments. No other law firms were paid under the same budgetary section.
    Sidley Austin did not reply to questions on whether it was working for the Israeli government.
    Sidley Austin is one of the largest American law firms and employs 1,900 lawyers. It is the firm where a young lawyer, Michelle Robinson, met a summer intern named Barack Obama. The firm has four offices in Europe: in Brussels, London, Munich and Geneva.

    Chaim Levinson
    Haaretz Correspondent

  • DERNIERES NOUVELLES : L’ONU a envoyé des avertissements à 150 sociétés qui font des affaires dans les colonies israéliennes
    28 septembre | Barak Ravid pour Haaretz |Traduction J.Ch. pour l’AURDIP

    Des responsables israéliens ont dit que certaines sociétés ont répondu au commissaire aux droits de l’Homme de l’ONU qu’elles ne renouvelleraient pas leurs contrats avec Israël.

    Le Commissaire aux Droits de l’Homme de l’ONU a commencé à envoyer des lettres il y a quinze jours à 150 sociétés, en Israël et dans le monde entier, les avertissant qu’elles allaient être ajoutées à la base de données des sociétés qui font des affaires dans les colonies israéliennes en Cisjordanie et à Jérusalem Est, c’est ce qu’ont dit à Haaretz de hauts responsables israéliens et des diplomates occidentaux investis dans cette question.

    Un responsable israélien, qui a demandé de rester anonyme étant donné la sensibilité du sujet, a fait remarquer que les lettres, envoyées par Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, disaient que ces entreprises faisaient des affaires dans les « territoires palestiniens occupés » et risquaient donc de se retrouver sur la liste noire de l’ONU des sociétés qui agissent en violation « du droit international et des décisions de l’ONU ». Les lettres, dont le gouvernement israélien a également reçu des copies, demandent aussi que ces entreprises envoient au haut commissariat des éclaircissements sur leurs activités commerciales dans les colonies.

  • Israeli court upholds manslaughter conviction, 18-month sentence against Elor Azarya
    July 30, 2017 4:16 P.M. (Updated: July 30, 2017 4:16 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israel court upheld the manslaughter conviction and the 18-month sentence levied against former Israeli soldier Elor Azarya on Sunday for the execution-style shooting of 21-year-old Palestinian Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif in 2016.

    Azarya was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to a year and a half in prison for shooting and killing al-Sharif as the disarmed Palestinian lay severely wounded on the ground after allegedly committing a stabbing attack in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron in March 2016.

    Azarya’s defense team appealed both the manslaughter conviction and the 18-month jail sentence for being too harsh, while the Israeli military prosecution had submitted an appeal to increase the sentence.

    According to The Times of Israel, the appeal court judges ruled to maintain the manslaughter conviction, calling Azarya’s act “forbidden, severe, immoral” and claiming that “ethics are fundamental for an army’s resilience both externally and internally.”

    The judges voted three to two in favor of upholding the sentence.“The punishment is on the lower edge of appropriate sentencing,” the judges noted, while lamenting that “such an excelling soldier committed such a terrible error.”

    Hebron Shooter Loses Manslaughter Appeal, Israeli Soldier to Serve Full 18-month Sentence
    Gili Cohen Jul 30, 2017 4:07 PM

    Sgt. Elor Azaria, who killed an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in Hebron, was ’unreliable,’ judge says ■ Court rejects prosecution’s appeal for harsher sentence ■ Lieberman and Bennett call on family to request pardon


    • Netanyahu, two ministers call for pardon of Hebron shooter after appeal loss
      Barak Ravid, Jonathan Lis and Gili Cohen Jul 30, 2017 4:34 PM

      A military court on Sunday denied an appeal by Sgt. Elor Azaria, who killed a wounded Palestinian attacker in Hebron last year

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and two other cabinet ministers called on Sunday for Sgt. Elor Azaria to be pardoned, after a military court denied the appeal of his manslaughter conviction for killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker last year in Hebron. The military appellate court upheld Azaria’s conviction, but also rdenied a prosecution appeal seeking a harsher sentence.

      Azaria shot and killed Abdel Fattah al-Sharif on March 24, 2016 after the Palestinian had stabbed an Israeli soldier. He was sentenced in February to 18 months in prison.

    • Un soldat israélien tue un Palestinien : appel rejeté
      30 juillet 2017

      IsraëlUn tribunal rejette l’appel d’un soldat franco-israélien condamné pour avoir achevé un Palestinien blessé en 2016.
      Un tribunal militaire israélien a rejeté dimanche l’appel d’un soldat franco-israélien, confirmant sa condamnation à 18 mois de prison pour avoir achevé un Palestinien blessé, selon des médias israéliens.

      Les juges ont aussi rejeté un appel des procureurs d’augmenter la peine d’Elor Azaria pour homicide volontaire, a-t-on indiqué de même source. Contactée par l’AFP, l’armée n’a pas confirmé ces informations dans l’immédiat.

      Au terme d’un procès ultramédiatisé, Elor Azaria, 21 ans, avait été condamné en février à 18 mois de prison ferme, une peine jugée trop légère et « inacceptable » par l’ONU et qui avait déçu les défenseurs des droits de l’Homme. Le soldat et des procureurs de l’armée israélienne avaient fait appel, ces derniers ayant jugé la peine « trop indulgente ».

      Une balle dans la tête

      Membre d’une unité paramédicale, Elor Azaria avait été filmé le 24 mars 2016 par un militant propalestinien alors qu’il tirait une balle dans la tête d’Abdel Fattah al-Charif à Hébron en Cisjordanie occupée. Le Palestinien venait d’attaquer des soldats au couteau. Atteint par balles, il gisait au sol, apparemment hors d’état de nuire. Les images s’étaient propagées sur les réseaux sociaux.

  • Reports of ‘attempted security breach,’ 1 killed at Israeli embassy in Jordan
    uly 23, 2017 9:38 P.M. (Updated: July 23, 2017 9:47 P.M.)

    Jordanian security forces blocking off roads leading to the Israeli embassy in Amman on July 23, 2017.

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jordanian media reported on Sunday that the area surrounding the Israeli embassy in the Jordanian capital, Amman, had been shut down on Sunday evening following an ’attempted security breach’ which allegedly left one person dead and another injured.

    According to media outlet Ammon News reported that security forces had cordoned off the area, adding that one Jordanian was believed to be dead, while an Israeli was reportedly wounded.

    Meanwhile, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said that the incident was “under full censorship” — preventing Israeli media and foreign journalists with Israeli press cards from reporting on the event.

    Israeli embassy security guard shoots, kills 2 Jordanians in Amman
    July 23, 2017 9:38 P.M. (Updated: July 24, 2017 11:50 A.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli embassy security guard shot and killed two Jordanians in Amman under unclear circumstances Sunday night, with Jordanian media describing the incident as a personal dispute and the Israeli foreign ministry saying the Israeli guard was defending himself from a politically-motivated attack.

    According to reports, two Jordanian carpenter workers had arrived to an apartment in the residential complex used by the Israeli embassy to replace furniture.

    An Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson said in a statement that one of the workers crept up behind the guard and began stabbing him with a screwdriver. The guard then opened fire, killing the alleged attacker, and also inadvertently shot the Jordanian owner of the building who was present at the scene, who later succumbed to his wounds as well.

    A third Jordanian worker was present at the scene, according to the statement, which was released Monday morning after the incident was put under a media ban by Israeli authorities overnight.

    The ministry’s statement said the Israeli guard was lightly injured in the incident, without elaborating on the nature of his injuries. Israeli news outlet Haaretz said he was injured when jumping back away from the Jordanian as he his cocked his weapon.

    The slain alleged assailant was identified as 17-year-old Muhammad Zakariya al-Jawawdeh, reportedly of Palestinian origin, who died after being shot twice. He had previously done maintenance work in the Israeli embassy and its residential compound.

    The Jordanian General Security Administration issued a statement, reportedly saying the circumstances surrounding the incident were still being investigated, and did not say that a Jordanian carpenter had attacked an Israeli.

    Later Sunday night, dozens of al-Jawawdeh’s family members gathered in Asharq Al-Awsat square in Amman to protest his death, demanding that the Jordanian government release all details of the investigation and punish the shooter.

    One relative told news cameras from private Jordanian outlet Ammon that the boy had went to the apartment to collect money in return for a bedroom set purchased by the Israeli guard, claiming that al-Jawawdeh did not realize the customer was armed or a Jewish Israeli.

    “He was a student on summer holiday. The boy went with the young guys to collect the money, and a heated argument broke out between him another young man there. We didn’t know they were armed, nor did we know they were Jews. If we knew they were Jews, we would have considered it dishonor that they visit our stores,” the man said.

    “What has happened is that our son had heated argument with the man. Regardless of whether he slapped you or you boxed him, how dare you in cold-blood cock your handgun and shoot the boy as if he was a cockroach?”

    The father also said in an interview with Jordanian television station Roya TV that his son did not know the nationality of the man who killed him and that he was a regular customer who bought furniture from them.

    However, Israeli authorities have been treating the incident as a possible attack in retaliation to rising tensions in occupied East Jerusalem.

    #Ambassade_israélienne #Amman #Jordanie #Ziv

    • Un Jordanien tué et un Israélien blessé à l’ambassade d’Israël en Jordanie

      La mise en place par Israël de détecteurs de métaux aux entrées de l’esplanade des Mosquées à Jérusalem-Est, gérée par la Jordanie, a engendré des violences meurtrières.
      Le avec AFP | 23.07.2017 à 21h31

      Alors que la tension reste vive à Jérusalem-Est, secouée depuis une semaine par la crise de l’esplanade des Mosquées, Amman, la capitale jordanienne est à son tour visée. Un Jordanien a été tué et un Israélien grièvement blessé lors d’un « incident » survenu dimanche 23 juillet à l’intérieur de l’ambassade d’Israël à Amman, la capitale jordanienne, selon une source des services de sécurité jordaniens.

      Cette dernière n’a toutefois pas fourni plus de précisions et il n’était pas clair, dans l’immédiat, si l’« incident » est lié aux tensions à Jérusalem, les autorités jordaniennes n’ayant pas donné davantage de détails tandis qu’Israël n’a pas réagi.

      Les forces de sécurité jordaniennes ont encerclé l’ambassade d’Israël, située dans le secteur de Rabieh, dans l’ouest d’Amman, et se sont déployées dans les rues voisines, selon un correspondant de l’Agence France-Presse (AFP).
      « Nous irons à al-Aqsa en martyrs par millions »

      Vendredi, plusieurs milliers de manifestants ont défilé à Amman et dans d’autres villes de Jordanie, à l’appel de la mouvance islamiste et de partis de gauche, pour protester contre ces nouvelles mesures.

      « Nous irons à Al-Aqsa en martyrs par millions », répétaient-ils entre autres, en référence à la mosquée Al-Aqsa s’élevant sur l’esplanade des Mosquées, troisième lieu saint de l’islam.

      Mis à jour le 24.07.2017 à 10h42 |

      L’un des fonctionnaires israéliens en poste à l’ambassade d’Amman, en Jordanie, a tué deux Jordaniens après avoir été victime d’une agression. Les faits se sont produits dans son appartement, à côté de l’ambassade. Responsable de la sécurité, il avait convié un menuisier jordanien pour effectuer des travaux, en présence du propriétaire. Le menuisier a attaqué le fonctionnaire avec un tournevis. Ce dernier a ouvert le feu et l’a tué, tout en blessant grièvement le propriétaire jordanien, qui est mort.

      Les Israéliens disent ne pas douter de la motivation idéologique de l’agresseur, qui serait liée à la situation à Jérusalem. Le gouvernement a voulu rapatrier l’ensemble de ses diplomates, mais a dû renoncer. La Sécurité générale jordanienne souhaite interroger l’Israélien impliqué. Or il jouit de l’immunité diplomatique, selon le ministère des affaires étrangères.

    • Jordanian killed in shooting incident inside Israeli embassy compound in Amman
      //Petra// AF // 23/7/2017 - 11:02:23 PM
      Amman, July 23 (Petra) — Police said they are investigating a shooting incident inside the Israeli embassy compound in Amman, which left a Jordanian citizen dead and injured two others; a Jordanian and an Israeli.

      The Public Security Department (PSD) said a police forced rushed to the scene of the incident and evacuated the three for medical treatment but one of them, a Jordanian, was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

      The PSD added in a statement that preliminary investigations indicate that the two Jordanians had entered the embassy’s compound to do carpentry work.

      The statement said the PSD launched an extensive investigation into the incident and informed the Public Prosecution in order to find out all details and circumstances in accordance with legal procedures followed in such cases.

    • Diplomatic Crisis With Jordan: Embassy Guard Who Killed Assailant Prevented From Returning to Israel

      Israeli Embassy guard shoots and kills a Jordanian teen who tried to stab him, and another man; Israel decides to pull out its diplomats but halts the evacuation when Jordan insists on interrogating him
      Barak Ravid, Jack Khoury and Gili Cohen Jul 24, 2017 7:58 AM

      An unusual security incident in which a Jordanian civilian tried to attack an Israeli embassy guard in Jordan on Sunday and was shot dead has become a diplomatic crisis. Jordan is barring the Israeli guard from leaving the country.

      On Sunday evening, following an emergency meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, it was decided to immediately evacuate all the staff of the Israeli embassy in Amman for fear that the incident would lead to riots and attempts to attack the embassy. However, the Jordanian authorities have refused to allow the security guard to leave the country and have demanded an investigation.

      Israel is currently refusing to allow an investigation of the security guard at this stage, claiming that the guard has diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention. The dispute over a possible investigation has led to the delay in the evacuation of the Israeli diplomatic team in Amman.
      (...) The guard at the Israeli Embassy in Amman was stabbed on Sunday by a Jordanian carpenter who was installing furniture in his apartment near the embassy compound. The Israeli security officer, who was lightly wounded in the incident, shot and killed the attacker. His landlord, who was also present during the incident, was also wounded during the incident and later died of his wounds.

  • Hungarian premier praises Hitler ally, Israel accepts clarification to avoid marring Netanyahu visit

    Viktor Orban’s remarks placed Israel in an embarrassing position in light of Netanyahu’s slated visit. After protesting remarks, Israel decided to consider matter resolved even though Hungary didn’t apologize

    Barak Ravid and Amir Tibon Jul 02, 2017
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    Two weeks before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to join a diplomatic summit in Budapest, tension erupted between Israel and Hungary over a speech by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in which he praised the leader of Hungary during the Holocaust, Miklos Horthy, who collaborated with the Nazis. Israel protested the remarks, but according to a senior Israeli official, Jerusalem agreed to accept a weak clarification by the Hungarian foreign minister in order to avoid damaging the upcoming summit.

    The affair began on June 21, when at a political rally of Fidesz, the party Orban heads, the prime minister said of Horthy, who was regent of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1920 to 1944: “The fact that history did not bury us after World War I was thanks to a number of extraordinary statesmen like the regent, Miklos Horthy. This fact cannot be contradicted by mentioning the unfortunate role of Hungary during World War II.”

    According to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Horthy led anti-Semitic policies, passed laws against the Jews over the years, was an ally of Adolf Hitler and collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. From 1942 to 1943, Horthy resisted German pressure to place the Jews in ghettos and deport them to extermination camps. But after Germany conquered Hungary in 1944, Horthy appointed a puppet government obedient to the Nazis and gave it full authority to act against the Jews. As a result, half a million Hungarian Jews were sent to extermination camps; most were murdered in Auschwitz.

    Orban’s remarks were made as part of an extremist nationalist and racist campaign he is conducting ahead of elections in 2018 and to prevent his party’s voters from leaving it for the extreme right-wing party Jobbik. One of Orban’s close advisers is the American political consultant Arthur Finkelstein. The latter served as campaign director for Benjamin Netanyahu’s and Likud’s campaigns in 1996 and 1999, and for Yisrael Beiteinu and its chairman, Avigdor Lieberman, in 2006. He was also deeply involved in the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu’s joint campaign in 2013.

    Orban’s statements drew criticism from the Hungarian Jewish community and the World Jewish Congress. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., the leading institution in Holocaust research in the United States, released an unusually harsh statement in response to Orban’s remarks: “The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum condemns any attempt to rehabilitate the reputation of Hungary’s wartime leader, Miklos Horthy, who was a vocal anti-Semite and complicit in the murder of the country’s Jewish population during the Holocaust.”

    The U.S. museum also wrote that Orban’s praise for Horthy as a statesman was “a gross distortion of historical fact and is the latest in a long series of propagandistic attempts of the Fidesz political party and the Hungarian government that Mr. Orban leads to rewrite Hungarian history.”
    Orban’s remarks placed Israel in an embarrassing position considering that Netanyahu is to meet his Hungarian counterpart at a summit in Budapest on July 18, and the next day he and Orban are to meet with the leaders of Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. This is Netanyahu’s first visit to Hungary since he returned to the prime minister’s office in 2009.
    Still, Orban’s remarks required a response by the government in Jerusalem and four days after the speech, Israel’s ambassador in Budapest, Yossi Amrani, issued a statement noting that Orban’s words were very disturbing and the collaboration of the Horthy regime with the Nazis must not be forgotten, as well as the race laws enacted during his time and the destruction of Hungary’s Jewish community. “Whatever the reason and national goal might be, there is no justification for such statements,” Amrani said in a public statement.
    A senior Israeli official said that Amrani also communicated through quiet channels with senior officials in the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry in Budapest, demanding clarifications and saying Israel hoped Orban’s statements would not cast a pall over the upcoming summit. A few days later, when the Hungarian government had still not issued a clarification, Amrani gave an interview on a major Hungarian television station and reiterated Israel’s demand for clarification and a warning that the tension could hurt the summit.
    Quiet diplomatic contacts had been underway since Wednesday in an attempt to resolve the crisis, and on Saturday Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto spoke by phone to Amrani to put an end to the affair. In a statement to the press released after the phone call, Szijjarto said he had made clear to the Israeli ambassador that the Hungarian government had zero tolerance for any kind of anti-Semitism.
    Szijjarto also said that he told Amrani that “the regime of Miklos Horthy had its positive times but also very negative times and we must respect the historical facts that clearly indicate this.” The foreign minister added that the positive part of Horthy’s legacy was his work to stabilize Hungary after World War I, but the very negative part was “his historical sin,” when contrary to his promises he did not protect the Jewish community, passed laws against it and that hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust. “All of these are historical sins whose seriousness cannot be diminished,” Szijjarto said.
    Although Szijjarto did not clarify Orban’s remarks, apologize or express regret for them, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, with an eye on the upcoming summit, decided to act with restraint and end the affair. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in response: “Israel believes that the statements by the Hungarian foreign minister to the Israeli ambassador in Budapest constitute an important clarification with regard to recognition of Horthy’s crime against the Jews of Hungary. We will always remember the 564,500 of our brothers and sisters of the Jewish community of Hungary who were murdered in the Holocaust.”
    Zionist Union Ksenia Svetlova turned to Netanyahu on the issue. “As you dared to cancel your meeting with the German foreign minister after he met with Breaking the Silence, I demand that you cancel your visit to Hungary and your meeting with Viktor Orban, who has expressed sympathy for his country’s dark past from the time of the Holocaust, and not for the first time.”
    "I expect the person who turned the ’whole world is against us’ [mantra] into a career to have the same standards against people from the extreme right in the world," she added.
    “These says I am working on an amendment to the proposed entry into Israeli law so that it prohibits the entry into Israel of declared anti-Semites, people who oddly enough have become his party’s partners, and are even invited by them to visits to Israel,” Svetlova said.

    #Israel #genocide #Hungary #Hongrie

  • Israel set to approve plans for 2,100 new settlement housing units in West Bank - Israel News -

    Settlers had hoped for approval of thousands more homes, but Prime Minister’s Office reduced the number; around 600 outside of settlement blocs
    Yotam Berger and Barak Ravid Jun 03, 2017 9:02 PM

    Some 2,100 new housing units all over the West Bank will be on the agenda of the planning and building committee of the Israel Defense Forces’ Civil Administration next week. Most of the units – around 1,500 – are to be constructed inside the settlement blocs.

    The top planning council for the West Bank announced the agenda for the meeting on Friday morning. This is the first significant meeting of the council since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January.

    While some of the plans to be examined relate to final approval before construction, the vast majority still have some way to go before reaching that stage.

    Many of the projects are not actually new, but their progress has been delayed for bureaucratic reasons, a source told Haaretz. Some of the housing units already exist and their approval by the planning council will just authorize their status retroactively, he added.

    Despite the seemingly large number of homes under consideration, the settler leadership was disappointed because it had hoped for thousands more units to be discussed by the planning council.

    On Friday, several settlement leaders released statements accusing Netanyahu of freezing construction.

    Yossi Dagan, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, said in a statement to the press that “Netanyahu is trying to create a voluntary construction freeze. After eight years of Obama, a new freeze won’t pass.”

    Knesset Member Bezalel Smotrich said on Twitter that the agenda is “very disappointing,” and added: “I don’t think we will be able to live with it.”

    The Yesha council, an umbrella organization for all local authorities in the territories, said that while it welcomes the renewed planning and construction, dozens of plans are missing from the agenda.

    The prime minister’s bureau reacted angrily to the statements.

    “Contrary to the claims, there is no construction freeze,” it said. "In recent months, thousands of housing units have been approved across Judea and Samaria, and a new town has been approved for the first time in decades.

    “Repeating the lie doesn’t make it true. The policy set by the cabinet is very clear: planning will be advanced next to the settlements’ built-up area, and plans are to be approved every three months. No one takes care of the settlements more than Prime Minister Netanyahu, while also maintaining the national and international interests of the State of Israel in an informed manner.”

    Settlers’ dashed hopes

    The planning council will meet to issue permits to advance a number of different projects in various settlements. Some of the plans are outside the large settlement blocs and will be for construction in Susya, in the South Hebron Hills; Beit El, north of Jerusalem; and Revava in the northern West Bank. However, a large amount of the construction expected to be approved is in Ma’aleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem, and Ariel.

    The publication of the agenda of the Civil Administration’s top planning council came after a meeting Thursday evening in the Prime Minister’s Office.

    The settlers have been waiting for the meeting for weeks, and the regional councils in the West Bank and the Yesha Council of Settlements in Judea and Samaria had been hoping the meeting would lead to the legalization of unauthorized outposts and the approval of thousands of new homes.

    The settler leadership had hoped understandings with the Trump administration would enable the advancement of numerous projects that were frozen during the Obama administration.

    Settler leaders have said recently they expected five-digit numbers of new housing units to be approved all over the West Bank, both inside and outside the settlement blocs.

    At Thursday’s meeting in the PMO, it was decided to limit the number of units to be discussed by the planning council, two people involved in the process told Haaretz.

    Now the settlers are hoping for approval of at least 5,000 new housing units, and not the tens of thousands they had hoped for.

    Thousands of units were taken off the agenda at the meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said one of those involved.

    The retroactive legalization of the unauthorized outpost of Kerem Re’im in the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council will be on the agenda, and its expansion may even be discussed.


  • L’UE proteste vivement contre les démolitions de maisons palestiniennes en Zone C, et avertit que cela conduira à un « transfert forcé »
    4 avril | Barak Ravid pour Haaretz |Traduction JPP pour l’AURDIP

    (...) Les diplomates israéliens et européens ont déclaré que, la semaine dernière, Rotem avait tenu sa première réunion avec les ambassadeurs de tous les États membres de l’UE en Israël. La réunion, qui s’est tenue à l’Hôtel Dan à Tel Aviv, devait être une réunion d’informations de routine avec les envoyés de l’UE, mais qu’elle s’est transformée, au moins au départ, en une confrontation sur la politique du gouvernement en Zone C, où Israël exerce un contrôle civil et sécurité total.

    Immédiatement après le début de la rencontre, Faaborg-Andersen a annoncé qu’il profitait de la réunion pour envoyer un message qui avait été approuvé par la commission Sécurité et Diplomatie de l’UE, dans laquelle tous les 28 États membres sont représentés. Le document, obtenu par Haaretz, est rédigé en termes vigoureux et qualifie Israël de « puissance occupante ».

    « La mise en œuvre de mesures d’exécution telles que les transferts forcés, les expulsions, les démolitions et confiscations de maisons et de biens humanitaires (notamment financés par l’UE) et l’entrave à la fourniture de l’aide humanitaire, sont contraires aux obligations d’Israël en vertu du droit international, y compris et en particulier des dispositions spécifiques de la IVe Convention de Genève… et causent des souffrances aux Palestiniens ordinaires », affirme le document qui a été lu à voix haute par Faaborg-Andersen lors de la réunion.

    « Nous demandons par conséquent à Israël, en tant que puissance occupante, de remplir ses obligations vis-à-vis de la population palestinienne en Zone C, de cesser totalement les démolitions et confiscations, et de laisser un plein accès à l’aide militaire. Nous demandons instamment à Israël d’accélérer les agréments aux plans directeurs palestiniens, de cesser les transferts forcés de la population et les démolitions des logements et infrastructures des Palestiniens ; de simplifier les procédures administratives pour l’obtention du permis de construire, d’assurer l’accès à l’eau, et de répondre aux besoins humanitaires ».

    Selon les diplomates : une atmosphère très tendue

    Selon les diplomates présents, Rotem a été déconcerté par le message. L’atmosphère était très tendue et Rotem a cyniquement remarqué, « Quelle merveilleuse façon de commencer une première rencontre avec le directeur-général du ministère des Affaires étrangères ». Le porte-parole du ministère, Emmanuel Nahshon, a confirmé la remise de la protestation et du document par les ambassadeurs européens, mais il a déclaré aussi que la rencontre elle-même avait été conduite de façon professionnelle.(...)


    L’UE “obsédée” par Israël et les démolitions en Cisjordanie, déplore l’Etat juif
    Times of Israel Staff 5 avril 2017

    (...) Jérusalem aurait réprimandé l’envoyé spécial adjoint pour se plaindre des critiques “disproportionnées” de l’Europe concernant la démolition de maisons bédouines construites illégalement
    Times of Israel Staff 5 avril 2017

    En réponse à cette réprimande publique, le ministère des Affaires étrangères a convoqué l’adjoint de Faaborg-Andersen, Mark Gallagher, et l’a vertement tancé. La responsable de l’Union au ministère, Avivit Bar-Ilan, a déclaré à Gallagher que les constructions en question avaient été érigées en toute illégalité et que « des constructions illégales sont gérées conformément à la loi », selon un article paru mardi dans le quotidien Haaretz.

    Bar-Ilan a dit à Gallagher qu’Israël était « perplexe face à l’implication obsessionnelle de l’UE dans ce dossier ».

    « Il y a 32 crises humanitaires dans le monde, mais l’UE choisit de se focaliser de manière disproportionnée sur ce qui est fait dans la Zone C de Cisjordanie, qui ne souffre certainement pas d’une crise humanitaire », aurait-elle expliqué.(...)

  • Inside the clandestine world of Israel’s ’BDS-busting’ ministry

    The Strategic Affairs Ministry’s leaders see themselves as the heads of a commando unit, gathering and disseminating information about ’supporters of the delegitimization of Israel’ – and they prefer their actions be kept secret.
    By Uri Blau Mar 26, 2017
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    The Haaretz report that Minister Gilad Erdan wants to set up a database of Israeli citizens who support the BDS movement has led to questions about the boundaries of freedom of expression and the government’s use of its resources to surveille people of differing opinions. The report also shone a light on the Strategic Affairs Ministry, which Erdan heads, and cast doubt about its ambiguous activities and goals.
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    Now, through official documents, Haaretz reveals some elements of the ministry’s clandestine activities, whereby even its location is a secret, described only as “greater Tel Aviv.” Its internal terminology comes from the world of espionage and security; its leading figures appear to see themselves as the heads of a public affairs commando unit engaged in multiple fronts, gathering and disseminating information about people they define as “supporters of the delegitimization of Israel.”
    That definition does not necessarily include only supporters of BDS, but intentional ambiguity remains, alongside campaigns and public diplomacy activities against these individuals in Israel and abroad.

    Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Olivier Fitoussi
    “If you want to win the campaign you have to do it with a great deal of ambiguity," the ministry’s director general, Sima Vaknin-Gil, who is a former IDF chief censor, explained to a Knesset panel recently. “The way I worked with military issues like Hezbollah or terror funds or Syria or any other country against which I conducted a campaign as an intelligence officer – we didn’t tell the other side what we intended to do; we left it ambiguous.”
    The ministry spends tens of millions of shekels on cooperative efforts with the Histadrut labor federation, the Jewish Agency and various nongovernmental organizations in training representatives of the “true pluralistic face” of Israel in various forums.

    The Strategic Affairs Ministry was established mainly as a consolation prize for ministers when the need arose to pad them with a semi-security portfolio during the formation of governing coalitions, and has taken on various forms. It was founded in 2006 as a portfolio tailored to Avigdor Lieberman. It was dismantled two years later and reestablished in 2009 in a different format. Under each ministry it was given new meaning and content.

    Strategic Affairs Ministry Director General Sima Vaknin. Alon Ron
    During Lieberman’s tenure, its authority was defined mainly as “thwarting the Iranian nuclear program.” In addition, Nativ, which maintained contact with Jews in Eastern Europe during the Cold War and encouraged aliyah, came under its aegis. Then, under Moshe Ya’alon (2009-2013), the ministry focused on “Palestinian incitement” as well as the Iranian threat. During the term of Yuval Steinitz (2013-2015), the ministry was unified with the Intelligence Affairs Ministry into the “Intelligence Ministry.” In May 2015, it was once again separated out and given to Erdan, incorporating the Public Diplomacy Ministry, which had been removed from the Prime Minister’s Office.
    A harsh state comptroller’s report in 2016 concerning the “diplomatic-media struggle against the boycott movement and manifestations of anti-Semitism abroad,” noted that the transfer of authority to fight BDS from the Foreign Ministry to the Strategic Affairs Ministry was damaging to the powers of the Foreign Ministry and created unnecessary duplication that paralyzed government action in that area, as Barak Ravid reported extensively at the time.
    According to the comptroller, after years of contention and mutual entrenchment, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had given in to pressure and shifted more powers for fighting BDS from the Foreign Ministry to the Strategic Affairs Ministry, together with major funding.
    In October 2015, the security cabinet finally gave the Strategic Affairs Ministry responsibility to “guide, coordinate and integrate the activities of all the ministers and the government and of civil entities in Israel and abroad on the subject of the struggle against attempts to delegitimize Israel and the boycott movement.”
    Nevertheless, tensions with the Foreign Ministry remained. The reason for this might also be a difference in approach. According to the comptroller’s report, the Foreign Ministry’s strategy of action against BDS “focuses on expanding dialogue with individuals, bodies, organizations, corporations and institutions abroad” – i.e., dialogue – as opposed to surveillance and more aggressive public diplomacy activities by the Strategic Affairs Ministry.

    Tzahi Gavrieli. Tomer Appelbaum


    La décision des #Etats-Unis de ne pas utiliser leur droit de #veto, contrairement à un précédent projet de texte, a permis l’adoption par le Conseil de sécurité de l’#ONU d’une résolution condamnant les colonies israéliennes vendredi 23 décembre.

    • Against Israel’ at Security Council

      Israel rejects anti-settlement motion out of hand, will work with incoming U.S. administration to ’negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution,’ Prime Minister’s Bureau says in statement.
      Barak Ravid Dec 23, 2016 11:39 PM

      Israel said it will impose sanctions on two states that pushed for the UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli ambassadors in New Zealand and Senegal for consultation. Israel does not have diplomatic ties with the two other states that called for a vote on the resolution – Venezuela and Malaysia.

      The prime minister’s bureau said that Netanyahu has canceled an impending visit of the Senegalese foreign minister to Israel, and ordered the Foreign Ministry to void all planned aid to the country. He also canceled the visits of the non-resident ambassadors from Senegal and New Zealand.

      Netanyahu’s bureau also lambasted United States President Barack Obama for not casting a veto against the resolution.

    • #Obama Allows Toothless UN Resolution Against Israeli Settlements to Pass

      The administration’s abstention reflects a larger reality: President Obama did more to shield Israel from international pressure at the United Nations than any of his predecessors.

      This was the only Security Council resolution calling on Israel to respect international law that Obama ever refused to veto. Under George W. Bush, six similar resolutions were allowed through. Under H.W. Bush, nine resolutions critical of #Israel were allowed through.

    • Représailles diplomatiques d’Israël contre la Nouvelle-Zélande et le Sénégal
      Le Figaro, le 24 décembre 2016

      Le premier ministre israélien Benyamin Nétanyahou a ordonné samedi « une série de mesures diplomatiques » contre la Nouvelle-Zélande et le Sénégal qui ont obtenu qu’un vote soit organisé vendredi à l’ONU sur une résolution contre les colonies israéliennes.

      La résolution, initialement proposée par l’Egypte et qui devait être votée jeudi, avait finalement été présentée au vote vendredi à l’initiative de la Nouvelle-Zélande, du Sénégal, de la Malaisie et du Venezuela, après une volte-face du Caire. Israël n’entretient pas de relations diplomatiques avec la Malaisie et le Venezuela.

      Netanyahou a annoncé quelques heures seulement après le vote de la résolution, le rappel « immédiat » de ses ambassadeurs en Nouvelle-Zélande et au Sénégal « pour consultations ».

      Il a également décidé d’annuler la visite du ministre sénégalais des Affaires étrangères, prévue en janvier, ordonné l’annulation de tous les programmes d’aide au Sénégal, et l’annulation des visites en Israël des ambassadeurs non résidents du Sénégal et de Nouvelle-Zélande.


      Compile #Israfrique :

    • Colonisation israélienne : le résultat de la frustration d’Obama
      Dave Clark24 décembre 2016

      Mais l’abstention décidée par Barack Obama a été sévèrement critiquée à Washington, des démocrates et des républicains criant à la trahison du plus proche allié au Moyen-Orient.

      Le président élu Donald Trump, qui s’était impliqué personnellement dans le dossier en obtenant jeudi un premier report du vote, a tenu à rassurer les Israéliens. « Concernant l’ONU, les choses seront différentes après le 20 janvier », date de sa prise de fonctions, a-t-il dit sur Twitter.

      Le sénateur démocrate Chuck Schumer, qui a fait pression sur l’administration Obama jusqu’à la dernière minute, a décrit une décision « extrêmement frustrante, décevante et déconcertante ».

      L’AIPAC, puissant groupe de pression pro-Israël à Washington, a estimé que ce vote montrait une fois de plus que « les Nations Unies sont un forum destiné à isoler et délégitimer Israël ».

      Pour beaucoup d’experts, la décision de Barack Obama, prise alors qu’il passe la fin de l’année à Hawaï, s’explique en partie par ses mauvaises relations personnelles avec le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu. C’est une relation « empreinte de méfiance », souligne Jonathan Schanzer, vice-président de la Fondation pour la défense des démocraties, un centre de réflexion de Washington.

    • ONU : pourquoi Obama a « lâché » Israël
      Intransigeance israélienne sur les colonies, relations exécrables avec Benjamin Netanyahu : l’abstention des États-Unis lors du vote à l’ONU était attendue.
      Par Armin Arefi
      Modifié le 24/12/2016

      Pourtant, un ancien ministre français des Affaires étrangères qui a côtoyé Benjamin Netanyahu affirme que ce dernier a en tête l’idée de finalement déplacer les Palestiniens en Jordanie. Et l’arrivée au pouvoir du gouvernement le plus à droite de l’histoire d’Israël, qui fait la part belle aux colons ultra-orthodoxes et aux nationalistes, ne laisse guère de place au compromis.

    • Le Conseil de sécurité exige d’Israël qu’il cesse ses activités de peuplement dans les territoires palestiniens

      23 décembre 2016 – Le Conseil de sécurité a adopté vendredi une résolution réaffirmant que la création par Israël de colonies de peuplement dans le Territoire palestinien occupé depuis 1967, y compris Jérusalem-Est, n’a aucun fondement en droit.

      La résolution, présentée conjointement par la Malaisie, la Nouvelle-Zélande, le Sénégal et le Venezuela, a été adoptée avec 14 voix pour, zéro contre et une abstention – celle des Etats-Unis.

      Dans sa résolution, le Conseil exige « de nouveau » d’Israël qu’il arrête « immédiatement et complètement » toutes ses activités de peuplement.

      Les membres du Conseil ont réaffirmé que la création de colonies de peuplement par Israël constitue une violation flagrante du droit international ainsi qu’un « obstacle majeur à la réalisation des deux Etats et à l’instauration d’une paix globale, juste et durable ».

      Aucune modification aux frontières du 4 juin 1967, « y compris Jérusalem », ne sera reconnue, a indiqué le Conseil, à l’exception de celles convenues par les parties par la voie de négociations.

    • Résolution 2334 (2016)
      Adoptée par le Conseil de sécurité à sa 7853e séance,
      le 23 décembre 2016

      Le Conseil de sécurité,
      Rappelant ses résolutions sur la question, notamment les résolutions 242(1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478(1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003) et 1850 (2008),
      Guidé par les buts et principes énoncés dans la Charte des Nations Unies et rappelant notamment que l’acquisition de territoire par la force est inadmissible, (...)

    • Netanyahou organise lui-même le boycott diplomatique d’Israël

      Une caricature d’Obama a été largement répandue sur les réseaux sociaux par les propagandistes sionistes aussitôt après le vote de la résolution 2334 : le Président des États-Unis poignardant dans le dos un soldat israélien en train de prier.

  • Le Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU reporte le vote d’une résolution sur les colonies israéliennes après une intervention de Donald Trump - France 24 | Dernière modification : 23/12/2016

    Le Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU a reporté, jeudi, à la suite d’un appel de Donald Trump, le vote d’un projet de résolution égyptien réclamant qu’Israël cesse ses activités de colonisation dans les Territoires palestiniens et à Jérusalem-Est.

    Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies devait se pencher, jeudi 22 décembre après-midi, à New York, sur un projet de résolution réclamant qu’Israël cesse ses activités de colonisation dans les Territoires palestiniens et à Jérusalem-Est. Mais l’Égypte, qui est à l’origine du texte qualifiant notamment les implantations juives de « violation flagrante du droit international », a fait volte-face.

    Le Caire a accepté le report du projet de résolution après un appel du président américain élu Donald Trump au chef de l’État Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, a annoncé vendredi la présidence égyptienne. Selon cette dernière, les deux dirigeants se sont mis d’accord pour donner à la prochaine administration américaine que dirigera Donald Trump une chance de gérer le dossier.

    Un diplomate occidental avait indiqué jeudi, que le président égyptien Abdel Fattah al-Sissi avait demandé à la mission égyptienne de faire reporter le vote, qui était prévu dans la journée et semblait certain de se heurter à un veto américain.

    Netanyahou a fait pression

    Sur Twitter, le Premier ministre israélien, Benjamin Netanyahou, avait mis la pression jeudi sur Washington en l’appelant à « opposer son veto à cette résolution anti-israélienne ». Les États-Unis sont connus pour traditionnellement protéger leur allié israélien des initiatives jugées hostiles à l’ONU.

    #ONU #Israël #Egypte

    • UN Security Council to Vote on Resolution Against Israeli Settlements Today
      New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal decide to push for a vote after Egypt asks to postpone it due to Israeli pressure.
      Barak Ravid Dec 23, 2016

      The UN Security Council is expected to vote on Friday on a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements.

      The vote is to take place at 3 P.M. EST (10 P.M. Israel time).

      The decision was made following a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York between the envoys of New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal. The four states were signed on the resolution that Egypt had submitted before ultimately asking to postpone the vote on Thursday due to Israeli pressure.

      The four states told Egypt on Thursday that if it did not clarify whether it planned to call a vote on the draft resolution, then they reserved the right to move ahead with the vote.

  • Hollande propose d’organiser une rencontre Nétanyahou-Abbas à Paris
    Par Cyrille Louis Mis à jour le 06/12/2016 à 22:12

    INFO LE FIGARO - François Hollande veut recevoir les deux hommes à l’issue de la conférence de paix qui doit se tenir avant Noël pour leur en présenter les conclusions et, si possible, favoriser une reprise du dialogue.

    Correspondant à Jérusalem

    La France prévoit toujours d’organiser une conférence internationale pour la paix au Proche-Orient avant Noël. Loin de se laisser décourager par l’accueil glacial des dirigeants israéliens, François Hollande espère réunir dans la foulée Benyamin Nétanyahou et Mahmoud Abbas à Paris afin de leur en exposer les conclusions. « Le premier ministre israélien, qui a clairement exprimé son refus de participer à notre initiative, martèle en revanche qu’il est prêt à rencontrer à tout moment le président palestinien, sourit un diplomate français. Nous avons donc pensé qu’il était temps de le prendre au mot. » (...)

    French President Invites Netanyahu, Abbas to Paris Meet in Two Weeks

    The tripartite meeting would take place immediately after a foreign ministers’ summit in the French capital on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Barak Ravid Dec 07, 2016 9:10 AM

  • Unpacking four years of frustration, Kerry leaves door open for Obama UN bid on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Nearly all of Obama’s advisers support U.S. action at the Security Council. Whether Obama decides to accept or reject their advice will have a significant impact on his legacy.

    Barak Ravid (Washington) Dec 05, 2016
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    WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat on the stage at the Saban Forum in Washington on Sunday and painted an exceedingly gloomy picture of the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Kerry, talking without notes, spoke from the heart like someone who truly fears for Israel’s future, as he expressed frustrations over four years of repeatedly trying to revive the two-state solution, the prospects for which seem to be expiring.
    Kerry’s criticism of the Israeli government’s settlement policy and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was unprecedented in its intensity. Fifty days before he leaves his post, Kerry finally publicly acknowledged the reality, admitting that the Israeli government was not really interested in a two-state solution. He made it clear that anyone who wants to know the Israeli policy should take heed of the words and actions of Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett rather than Netanyahu.
    The U.S. secretary of state described a situation where a small group within the Israeli government is exploiting the disinterest of the majority of the Israeli public to what goes on in the West Bank to work quietly behind the scenes and create facts on the ground that will make it impossible to establish a Palestinian state. The bill to legalize unauthorized outposts in the West Bank, the strengthening of illegal outposts, the massive demolitions of Palestinian homes in Area C and more and more Jews moving into settlements outside the established blocs and east of the separation barrier are just some of the issues Kerry mentioned.

  • France issues regulations requiring retailers to label goods from Israeli settlements
    New regulations state that the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights are occupied territories, and packages from these areas say they come from ’an Israeli settlement.’ Israel condemns move as giving ’tail wind to radicals.’

    Barak Ravid Nov 24, 2016
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    The French government published regulations Thursday requiring importers and retailers to label all products originating from settlements in the occupied territories.
    The notification is headed “Notice to economic operators concerning the indication of origin of goods originating in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967.” It states that, in accordance with the November 2015 European Commission guidelines, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are occupied territories and not considered part of the State of Israel. Therefore, in order not to deceive consumers, the regulations say it is necessary to mark the precise place from which goods originating in these areas came, and not mark them as products of Israel.
    Under the new regulations, if a product comes from a settlement, French retailers and importers must make this clear on the packaging and not just name the geographical location where the product originated.
    The regulations make it clear that this is intended to prevent a situation in which consumers are misled and think they are buying Palestinian goods from the West Bank or East Jerusalem.
    The regulations also state that the geographical region from where the product originated must be noted – for example, “the West Bank” – and then, in parenthesis on the packaging, it must be stated when the product comes from “an Israeli settlement.”
    It is not clear why the French government has published these regulations now – a full year after the European Commission guidelines. So far, many countries in Europe have refrained from issuing unique regulations for their retailers and importers, but instead have made do with the general European Commission guidelines.

    • JO du 24/11/2016

      Avis aux opérateurs économiques relatif à l’indication de l’origine des marchandises issues des territoires occupés par Israël depuis juin 1967 | Legifrance;jsessionid=92A6841A0AE3E072C23C1177B0B0FB9A.tpdila17v

      Le règlement n° 1169/2011 du 25 octobre 2011 concernant l’information des consommateurs sur les denrées alimentaires prévoit que les mentions d’étiquetage doivent être loyales. Elles ne doivent pas risquer d’induire le consommateur en erreur, notamment sur l’origine des produits. Aussi, les denrées alimentaires en provenance des territoires occupés par Israël doivent-elles porter un étiquetage reflétant cette origine.

      En conséquence, la DGCCRF attire l’attention des opérateurs sur la communication interprétative relative à l’indication de l’origine des marchandises issues des territoires occupés par Israël depuis juin 1967, publiée au Journal officiel de l’Union européenne le 12 novembre 2015.

      Celle-ci précise notamment qu’en vertu du droit international le plateau du Golan et la Cisjordanie, y compris Jérusalem Est, ne font pas partie d’Israël. En conséquence, l’étiquetage des produits alimentaires, afin de ne pas induire en erreur le consommateur, doit indiquer de manière précise l’exacte origine des produits, que leur indication soit obligatoire en vertu de la réglementation communautaire ou qu’elle soit volontairement apposée par l’opérateur.

      En ce qui concerne les produits issus de Cisjordanie ou du plateau du Golan qui sont originaires de colonies de peuplement, une mention limitée à « produit originaire du plateau du Golan » ou « produit originaire de Cisjordanie » n’est pas acceptable. Bien que ces expressions désignent effectivement la zone ou le territoire au sens large dont le produit est originaire, l’omission de l’information géographique complémentaire selon laquelle le produit est issu de colonies israéliennes est susceptible d’induire le consommateur en erreur quant à la véritable origine du produit. Dans de tels cas, il est nécessaire d’ajouter, entre parenthèses, l’expression « colonie israélienne » ou des termes équivalents. Ainsi, des expressions telles que « produit originaire du plateau du Golan (colonie israélienne) » ou « produit originaire de Cisjordanie (colonie israélienne) » peuvent être utilisées.

  • Scotland Yard a convoqué Livni pour des soupçons de “crimes de guerre”
    Par i24news \ Publié: 03/07/2016 - 14:31

    La convocation a été annulée suite à des contacts diplomatiques entre Israël et la Grande-Bretagne

    L’ancienne ministre des Affaires étrangères et actuelle députée de l’Union sioniste Tzipi Livni a reçu jeudi une convocation de la police britannique pour être interrogée sur des soupçons de participation à des crimes de guerre pendant l’Opération Plomb Durci à Gaza en 2008.

    Livni se trouve actuellement à Londres pour assister à une conférence organisée par le journal israélien Haaretz.

    La convocation a cependant été annulée après des contacts diplomatiques entre Israël et la Grande-Bretagne, à la fin desquels Tzipi Livni a pu bénéficier d’une immunité.

    Un haut fonctionnaire à Jérusalem, qui a requis l’anonymat en raison de la sensibilité de l’affaire, a déclaré au journal Haaretz que l’ambassade d’Israël à Londres a reçu jeudi une lettre de l’unité des crimes de guerre de Scotland Yard, demandant à ce que la convocation soit remise à Livni.

    Selon le responsable, le courrier indiquait que la police britannique savait que Livni devait arriver à Londres durant le week-end, et lui a donc demandé de venir au poste de police pour être interrogée.

    Le but de l’entrevue était de discuter de la participation de Livni à des crimes de guerre et des violations de la Convention de Genève, en tant que ministre des Affaires étrangères et vice-premier ministre, et en tant que membre du cabinet diplomatique de sécurité lors de l’opération Plomb durci en 2008 à Gaza.

    Au cours des dernières années, les organisations pro-palestiniennes ont déposé une série de plaintes concernant cette opération contre de hauts responsables israéliens, notamment Livni, dont le dossier a été traité avec ténacité par les autorités britanniques.

    La lettre a été reçue par l’ambassade deux jours avant la venue de Livni à Londres, qui devait participer à une conférence organisée par Haaretz et rencontrer la communauté juive.

    Le haut fonctionnaire a précisé que la lettre soulignait le fait que la convocation devait se faire « sur une base volontaire », et qu’elle n’était effective seulement si Livni souhaitait venir.
    Des contacts ont par la suite été établis avec le gouvernement britannique, par crainte de voir Livni arrêtée à son arrivée à Londres ou durant de son séjour.

    Il a alors été convenu avec le ministère britannique des Affaires étrangères que la visite de Livni à Londres allait obtenir le statut d’une « affectation diplomatique spéciale », qui lui accorderait automatiquement une immunité, la mettant à l’abri d’une éventuelle arrestation et de poursuites judiciaires.

    Dans le même temps, l’ambassade d’Israël en Grande-Bretagne a informé Scotland Yard que Livni ne se rendrait pas pour interrogatoire.

    In Unprecedented Move, British Police Summoned Tzipi Livni Over Suspected Gaza War Crimes

    Livni is currently in London to attend the Haaretz Israel Conference; The summons was cancelled after diplomatic contacts between Israel and Britain.
    Barak Ravid (London) Jul 03, 2016 12:41 PM

    (...) Livni referred to the summons at the Haaretz conference in London on Sunday, saying that a solution needed to be found once and for all to the legal threat facing Israeli leaders who visit Britain.

    Livni said that she came to the conference to “speak about what I represent, the desire for peace,” but added that for years, every one of her visits to the U.K. has been subject to legal threat due to the arrest warrants against her in connection with Israeli military action against Hamas in Gaza.

    She added that she had decided to address the issue publicly in light of the police summons. “I’m proud of the decisions I made as a cabinet minister in the Israeli government,” Livni said.

    She slammed Hamas, stressing that it was defined as a terrorist organization in Europe. The group’s religious ideology was not directed at establishing a state, but at fighting Jews and Christians, Livni said.

    Hamas, she added, continued to attack Israel despite the fact that Israel had left the Strip and abandoned its settlements in the territory. “Just two days ago, Hamas targeted a children center in Sderot. Thank God it was closed,” she said.

    Livni said she rejects any comparison between Israeli soldiers or air force pilots, who try to avoid harming civilians, and terrorists, as well as any comparison between a Hamas arch-terrorist who gives an order and Israeli decision makers.

    “The British legal system is being abused,” she said.

    Livni said that Israel is open to visits by British ministers, and that Israel did not question their decisions in cabinet. Israel, she said, respects Britain’s fight against global terrorism and therefore expects Britain to respect Israel.

    “The fact that Israeli decision-makers and army commanders are forced to participate in a ’theater of the absurd’ when we come to London is something that is not acceptable,” she said. “It’s not a personal issue, it’s a moral issue and this is something that needs to be changed.”