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  • Apartheid under the cover of a Jewish state -


    The smell of shampoo wafted through the bathroom. Steam covered the mirror and blurred the image of the person standing in front of it. The guy who had just gotten out of the shower hadn’t even dried himself off before reaching for his phone. Before getting into the shower he had angrily debated right-winger Bezalel Smotrich about whether Israel should draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the army.

    “Bezalel, damn it, look at the facts,” he had tweeted before getting into the shower. It’s no coincidence they wrote in the newspaper that Yair Lapid, the No. 2 in Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan, is the only person in the party with a killer instinct.

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    The shower didn’t take his mind off the argument. “And another thing, Smotrich. Israel has to be a state of all its citizens.”

    Boom. Smotrich quickly replied: “Thank you, Yair, for finally putting it out there.” And Abba Eban’s protégé, new Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz, hastened to join in: “A seriously outrageous anti-Semitic remark … the slogan of the enemy.” Help.

    Now the candidate for prime minister had to dry himself off and do some damage control. “Somebody really misunderstood what he was reading,” Lapid tweeted. “I’ve been totally against a state of all its citizens all my life. Israel is a Jewish and democratic state, and that’s how it will remain. What I wrote referred to LGBT rights.”

    What he followed up with was characteristic Lapid: “The following are two facts about a state of all its citizens: 1. I’m against it. 2. I’m not going to tweet from the shower anymore before drying off.” So now the reader understands the message correctly: Israel has to be, yet doesn’t have to be, a state of all its citizens.

    Drying off or not, this is something that actually took place on Twitter the other day, and it might have been funny. But it’s not. Once the steam lifted the picture was clear: racism in all its ugliness. Lapid meant Jewish members of the LGBT community, to whom the state also belongs. But it’s not a state of all its citizens. That’s what happens when you live a lie: You get confused in the shower.

    If Israel is a democracy, it’s a state of all its citizens. There is no democracy that isn’t a state of all its citizens. From America to Germany, all are states of all their citizens. If they weren’t, to whom would they belong? Only to their privileged citizens. There’s no such thing as a democracy that belongs only to the privileged of one nationality.

    The state belongs to everyone. A regime that segregates and discriminates is called apartheid. There is no other name. The fact that Azmi Bishara, who fled Israel amid suspicions he supplied information to Hezbollah, was the first to draw attention to this obvious truth doesn’t detract from it one iota. A state of all its citizens isn’t “the slogan of the enemy,” as the new foreign minister put it. It’s the heart and soul of democracy.

    But the center-left feels exactly the same as the right and doesn’t recognize this simple truth. From their standpoint Israel is a democracy for its Jews and a guesthouse for its Arabs. Let’s thank Lapid’s towel for returning things to their proper place. One moment he was in favor of a state of all its citizens and the next he was against. He has been against it all his life, like almost all Israeli democrats.

    How can a democrat be against a state of all its citizens? Only in Israel. In no other democracy is there room for such a question. The state belongs to everyone. Equally.

    The right’s annexation plan will soon raise questions about the citizenship of millions of Palestinians. But in present-day Israel, right, left and center are talking apartheid – under the cover of the slogan a Jewish state. That’s the real slogan of the enemy, the enemy of democracy. This combination doesn’t work. It’s an oxymoron. Either Israel is a state of all its citizens and it’s a democracy, or it’s a Jewish state and it’s apartheid.

    It’s good that the steam from Lapid’s shower lifted quickly and he could return to the truth he shares with Smotrich. Zionism’s eternal truth. It’s an undemocratic truth. Smotrich at least admits to it, Lapid tries to hide behind a towel.

  • Avec une régularité d’horloge, un officiel israélien fait des menaces extrêmement violentes contre le Liban, et tout le monde s’en fout.

    Israel minister threatens Lebanon

    An senior Israeli minister and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet says he is confident that once the Israeli army has a pretext for a war with its neighbour to the north, it “will return Lebanon to the Stone Age”, Channel 10 News reported.

    Responding to a panelist who questioned whether the recent alleged discovery of tunnels on the Israeli side of the border with Lebanon might mean that Israeli deterrence power has decreased, Construction Minister Yoav Galant threatened to destroy Lebanon itself – not only Hezbollah.

    “I presume that when we have the reasons, then we will know what to do,” said Galant, a former top general in the Israeli army. “I propose that we trust in the IDF and in its power; we know what to do. That doesn’t mean that we want a battle or a war everyday. But if, regretfully, we get to war, we will return Lebanon to the Stone Age – no less than that.”

    Asked if he meant Lebanon, the country, or Hezbollah, Galant said: “Both of them. It is unacceptable [that] Israeli citizens, Israeli children, Israeli women are threatened in our cities, and in Lebanon, it’s business as usual. When I say to return the Stone Age, I mean what I say.”

    When the show’s host pivoted to Galant’s political patronage, the minister affirmed he was still number two on the list of the Kulanu faction of the government, but hinted that he might switch to Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party, since he shares its hawkish views on security.

    “I never hid that my opinions on politics and security are identical to those of the Likud. And by the way, I’m the not the only one in the Kulanu party who holds those views,” Galant said.

    Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz similarly threatened to send Lebanon back to “the Stone Age” in 2014 and to “the age of cavemen” in April of this year, according to Israeli reports.

  • » Israel Confiscates Thousands Of Dunams To Expand Colonialist Road
    IMEMC News - October 24, 2018 12:51 PM

    The Israeli government has approved, Wednesday, the expansion of Road #60, used by illegal colonialist settlers, between Hebron and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank.

    Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the National Committee against the Wall and Colonies in Bethlehem, has reported that Israeli Transportation Minister, Yisrael Katz, has authorized the illegal annexation of thousand of Dunams of Palestinian lands, to expand the colonialist road.

    He added that the road would be expanded to include four lanes, with a width of approximately 100 meters, and would lead to the annexation of thousands of Dunams from the towns of al-Khader, Beit Jala and al-Ma’sara, in Bethlehem governorate, in addition to Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.

    Breijiyya stated that the decision is part of Israel’s illegal policies to confiscate lands in large areas of lands in Bethlehem, to be part of “Greater Jerusalem.”


  • We should be saluting the Gaza Strip
    The spirit of Gaza is unbroken by any siege and breathing life into the desperate and lost cause of the Palestinian struggle
    Gideon Levy | Jul 15, 2018 2:28 AM

    Were it not for the Gaza Strip, the occupation would have been long forgotten. Were it not for the Gaza Strip, Israel would have erased the Palestinian problem from its agenda and continued on blithely with its crimes and annexations, with its routine, as if 4 million people were not living under its heel. Were it not for the Gaza Strip, the world would also have forgotten. Most of it already has. This is why we must now salute the Gaza Strip — mainly the spirit of the Gaza Strip, the only one that is still breathing life into the desperate and lost cause of the Palestinian struggle for liberty.

    The resolute struggle of the Gaza Strip should also spark admiration in Israel. The handful of people with a conscience who still remain here should give thanks to the unbroken spirit of the Gaza Strip. The spirit of the West Bank crumpled after the failure of the second intifada, as did the spirit of the Israeli peace camp — most of which shattered long ago. Only the spirit of the Gaza Strip stands steadfast in its struggle.

    And so, anyone who does not want to forever live in an evil country must respect the embers that the young people of the Gaza Strip are still trying to stoke. Were it not for the kites, the fires, the Qassam rockets, the Palestinians would have entirely exited the awareness of everyone in Israel. Only the World Cup and the Eurovision Song Contest would hold any interest. Were it not for the blackened fields in the south, there would be a huge white flag fluttering not only over the Gaza Strip but over the entire Palestinian people. Seekers of justice, including in Israel, cannot wish for this kind of submission.

    It’s difficult, even insolent, to write these words from tranquil and secure Tel Aviv, following one more sleepless and nightmarish night in the south, but all days and nights in the Gaza Strip are much more difficult due to Israel’s inhumane policy, supported by most of its citizens, including people who live in the south. They don’t deserve to shoulder the burden but every struggle exacts a price from innocent victims, who we wish do not become casualties. One should remember that only Palestinians are being killed. On Saturday, the 139th victim of Israeli fire along the border died. He was 20. On Friday a 15-year-old boy was killed. The Gaza Strip is paying the full price in blood. This doesn’t cause it to desist. That is its spirit. One cannot but admire it.

    The spirit of the Gaza Strip is unbroken by any siege. The evil ones in Jerusalem shut down the Kerem Shalom border crossing, and Gaza shoots. The malicious ones in the Kirya government complex in Tel Aviv prevent young people from receiving medical treatment in the West Bank in order to save their legs from being amputated.

    For years they have been preventing cancer patients, including women and children, from receiving lifesaving treatment. Only 54 percent of requests to leave the Gaza Strip for medical reasons were approved last year, compared to 93 percent in 2012. That is wicked. One should read the letter written in June by 31 Israeli oncologists who called for a cessation of the abuse of Gaza women with cancer whose applications for exit permits take months to process, sealing their fates.

    The 31 rockets fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip Friday night are a restrained response to this malice. They are no more than a muted reminder of the fate of the Gaza Strip, addressed to those who think that 2 million people can be treated like this for over 10 years while continuing as if nothing was happening.

    The Gaza Strip has no choice. Nor does Hamas. Any attempt to pin the blame on the organization — which I only wish was more secular, more feminist and more democratic — is an evasion of responsibility. It wasn’t not Hamas that closed the Gaza Strip. Nor did the Gaza Strip’s inhabitants close themselves off. Israel (and Egypt) did it. Every hesitant attempt by Hamas to make some progress with Israel is immediately answered by automatic Israeli refusal. Nor is the world willing to talk with them, who knows why.

    All that’s left are the kites, which might lead to another round of merciless bombing and shelling by Israel, that Israel of course does not want. But what choice does the Gaza Strip have? A white flag of surrender over its fences, like the one the Palestinians in the West bank raised? A dream of a green island off the coast of the Mediterranean, which Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz will build for them? The struggle is the only path remaining, a path that should be respected, even if you are an Israeli who might be its victim.


  • Israeli violations of Palestinian media freedoms in October highest for 2017
    Nov. 9, 2017 12:36 P.M.

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) —The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) monitored 28 violations against media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territory during October, 27 of which were carried out by Israeli forces, according to a statement released by the group on Wednesday.

    According to the group, the number of violations committed by Israeli forces increased from 22 in September to 27 during October, all of which were “serious attacks.” The statement added that the violations in October constituted the most serious of all violations of media freedoms in the territory recorded since the beginning of 2017.

    Israeli violations of media freedoms in October included storming 10 offices and headquarters of Pal Media, Trans Media and Ramsat media companies in the cities of Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem and Nablus, “confiscating their property and turning 94 journalists and employees working in these institutions jobless,” MADA said.

    “Not only did these companies lose their work... but they have also endured heavy losses of equipment as a result ofthe destruction and confiscation of property,” MADA said, adding that these media companies used to provide at least 15 local, Arab and foreign TV channels with media services.(...)

    • By +972 Blog |Published November 8, 2017
      When political persecution hits close to home

      +972 Magazine strongly condemns the silencing and political assault against Palestinian journalist Makbula Nassar by Israel’s most-read newspaper and a senior government minister.

      Israel Hayom, the free daily widely viewed as Prime Minister Netanyahu’s mouthpiece, reached new heights of McCarthyism when it targeted journalist Makbula Nassar, a blogger for Local Call and frequent +972 Magazine contributor, above the fold on its front page Wednesday. According to the newspaper, Nassar, who was recently appointed the National Road Safety Authority’s head of Arabic-language public relations, was accused of being an “active member of anti-Zionist and pro-Palestinian organizations.”

      The “investigative report,” by journalist Daniel Soryoti, included looking through old posts on Nassar’s personal Facebook page, in which she expressed criticism of the state and the way it treats the Arab public in Israel. These posts were carefully handpicked and packaged under a sensationalized headline calling Nassar a “prominent activist against the state.” It didn’t take long for Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz to call for her to be fired.

      The latest developments in highly publicized police interrogations of Netanyahu two closest confidants, part of several looming criminal corruption probes against the prime minister, however, only appeared on page five of the paper.

      +972 Magazine condemns in the strongest possible terms the persecution of our friend and colleague, and we are proud that she is part of our community of writers. Nassar, one of the bravest and most renowned Palestinian journalists in Israel, was appointed to the job for her unrivaled professionalism. Despite the political silencing that has come to define this era, she has never once hidden her political opinions.

  • Netanyahu throws support behind bill that would annex 19 illegal settlements
    Oct. 4, 2017 4:40 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2017 4:40 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged his support for the so-called Greater Jerusalem bill, which is tantamount to the annexation of 19 illegal settlements in the Jerusalem area, including Maaleh Adumim, where between 125,000 and 150,000 Israeli settlers live.

    Maale Adumim is the third largest settlement in population size, encompassing a large swath of land deep inside the occupied West Bank’s Jerusalem district. Many Israelis consider it an Israeli suburban city of Jerusalem, despite it being located on occupied Palestinian territory in contravention of international law.

    “Maaleh Adumim will always be part of Israel and in addition I support the Greater Jerusalem bill,” The Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying during a visit to the illegal settlement Tuesday. “I am also weighing placing Maaleh Adumim within the boundaries of Greater Jerusalem within the context of the Greater Jerusalem bill,” he said.

    The legislation was authored by Likud minister Yisrael Katz who is reportedly expected to bring the bill to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the upcoming Knesset session. It would place 19 settlements, including those of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc and Givat Zeev within Israel’s municipal boundaries for Jerusalem.


    • Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa denounces the Arab boycott of Israel and allows the subjects of his kingdom in the Gulf to visit Israel freely.


      In recent years, Bahrain has begun to slowly externalize its relations with Israel. Khedouri recently met Israeli Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz at a conference of the World Jewish Congress, and the two were even seen in public together.

      Meanwhile, most of Bahrain’s pro-Israel activity takes place through the heads of the Jewish community in the United States, in order to stay close to Washington and earn points in the White House. Qatar is also very active in this sphere, as the country is under a Sunni blockade in the Middle East.

      Al-Monitor learned that the government in Bahrain recently contacted high-ranking officials in Israel with the suggestion to institutionalize mutual visits and trade between the two countries.

      #Bahrain #israel #Normalisation

  • Europe must not buy what Israel is selling to combat terror
    Israel has managed to turn 50 years of Palestinian resistance to occupation into a cottage industry, and is now selling the concept of a police state to the world

    Jeff Halper Aug 20, 2017
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    Whenever a terrorist attack happens such as the one last week in Barcelona, Israel politicians and security “experts” get on TV to criticize European naïvité. If only they understood terrorism as we do and took the preventive measures we do, they say, they would suffer far less attacks. Most infamous in this regard were the remarks of Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz after the Brussels bombing in March 2016, in which 34 people died.
    Rather than convey his condolences in the name of the Israeli government, he scolded the Belgians in the most patronizing way possible. “If in Belgium they continue to eat chocolate, enjoy life and parade as great liberals and democrats while not taking account of the fact that some of the Muslims who are there are organizing acts of terror,” he pronounced, “they will not be able to fight against them.”
    The Belgians reacted angrily, and asserted the position of most European governments: While we will continue to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions, we are not going to forsake our freedoms and political openness to become copies of Israel. For they understand that Netanyahu’s government is peddling something far more insidious than mere precautions – even more than the weapons, surveillance and security systems and models of population control that is the bread-and-butter of Israeli exports. What Israel is urging onto the Europeans – and Americans, Canadians, Indians, Mexicans, Australians and anyone else who will listen – is nothing less than an entirely new concept of a state, the Security State. 
    What is a Security State? Essentially, it is a state that places security above all else, certainly above democracy, due process of law and human rights, all of which it considers “liberal luxuries” in a world awash in terrorism. Israel presents itself, no less, than the model for countries of the future. You Europeans and others should not be criticizing us, say Katz and Netanyahu, you should be imitating us. For look at what we have done. We have created a vibrant democracy from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River that provides its citizens with a flourishing economy and personal security – even though half the population of that country are terrorists (i.e., non-citizen Palestinians living in isolated enclaves of the country). If we can achieve that, imagine what we can offer those of you threatened by terrorist attacks?
    In a brilliant shift in imaging, Israel has managed to turn 50 years of Palestinian resistance to occupation into a cottage industry. By labeling it “terrorism,” it has not only delegitimized the Palestinian struggle but has transformed the occupied territories in a laboratory of counterinsurgency and population control, the cutting edges of both foreign wars and domestic repression. It has transformed tactics of control and their accompanying weapons of surveillance systems into marketable products. No wonder, as Netanyahu constantly reminds us, “the world” loves Israel. From China to Saudi Arabia, from India to Mexico, from Eritrea to Kazakhstan, Israel supplies the means by which repressive regimes control their restless peoples.

    #Europe #Israel #terror

  • The attack in Syria: Israel’s policy of ambiguity is nearing an end

    Strike in Damascus international airport attributed to Israel ■ Why isn’t Russia taking action? ■ defense chief draws a new red line: No Iranian and Hezbollah military presence on the Syrian border

    Amos Harel Apr 28, 2017
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    What has been done up to now with a degree of ambiguity, not to say discretion, is now being done for all to see. Syria confirmed on Thursday, in a report from its official news agency, that the Israeli airforce struck a military compound next to the Damascus airport before dawn.

    Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz implicitly acknowledged Israeli responsibility for the strike when he explained in a somewhat sleepy radio interview from the United States on Army Radio that “the incident totally fits with our policy for preventing weapons transfers to Hezbollah.” And all of this happened while Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was away on a visit to Russia, the chief sponsor of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
    Katz’s comments followed an earlier, first acknowledgement of its kind by Israel, after numerous reports in the Arab media of an Israeli airstrike in Syria in late March. And this past Tuesday, a senior Israel Defense Forces officer told journalists that about a hundred missiles, some intended for Hezbollah, were destroyed in that March airstrike. But it is still not certain that a deliberate decision has been made to abandon the policy of ambiguity that Israel has adhered to for the past five years, neither denying nor confirming its responsibility for such air strikes.
    This policy of ambiguity seems to be based on the idea that Israel’s refusal to comment on these strikes makes them less of an embarrassment for the regime and thus does not whet the Syrians’ appetite for revenge as much. The recent deviations from this policy were likely random occurrences and not the product of long-range strategic thinking.

    The initial reports from Damascus did not specify what types of weaponry was hit. Arab intelligence sources (quoted by an Amman-based reporter for Reuters) claimed that the targets this time were arms shipments from Iran being smuggled on civilian commercial flights via the international airport in Damascus.

    #Syrie #Israël #Hezbollah

  • La Chine va aider Israël à construire une île dans la Méditerranée
    18:47 01.07.2016

    Les autorités israéliennes ont décidé d’inviter la Chine à participer à la construction d’une île artificielle près de la bande de Gaza.

    Le vice-premier ministre israélien Yisrael Katz a initié un projet de création d’une île artificielle près des côtes de la bande de Gaza dans la Méditerranée. Il estime que cette initiative est une bonne occasion de collaboration internationale. Selon lui, la Chine et la Russie pourraient y participer.

    Le projet de création d’une île prévoit la construction d’un port maritime, d’un aéroport, d’hôtels, d’une centrale et d’une station de dessalement. La construction d’immeubles n’est pas prévue. L’île sera reliée à la bande de Gaza par un pont, au centre duquel un point de contrôle sera installé. Le contrôle maritime de cette île sera effectué par Israël alors que le contrôle de sécurité devrait être international.

    Selon le vice-premier ministre d’Israël, ce projet économique a un rôle politique et stratégique. Il affirme que le programme devrait faciliter la vie des habitants de la bande de Gaza.

    La Chine s’engagera dans ce projet si elle estime que cela peut améliorer la situation dans la région, a déclaré dans une interview à Sputnik le professeur du Centre de l’examen des relations internationales de l’Institut chinois des médias Yan Mian.(...)

  • Le BDS, les droits des Palestiniens et les menaces de mort proférées par Israël
    24 mai 2016 Par Les invités de Mediapart | Omar Barghouti

    L’ONG Human Rights Watch a récemment condamné l’interdiction effective de voyager que m’impose le gouvernement israélien, en disant que cette mesure « semble une tentative pour punir [Barghouti] d’exercer son droit au militantisme politique pacifique, en utilisant l’arsenal du contrôle bureaucratique sur les vies palestiniennes ».

    En tant que défenseur des droits humains des Palestiniens, profondément et passionnément engagé dans la lutte non violente pour les droits des Palestiniens relevant du droit international, je suis inquiet pour ma sécurité après les récentes menaces israéliennes, officielles et à peine voilées, de nuire physiquement à ma personne comme à celle de mes collègues palestiniens, israéliens et internationaux actifs dans le mouvement de Boycott, Désinvestissement et Sanctions (BDS).

    Au cours d’une conférence organisée en mars dernier par un quotidien israélien de droite en vue de combattre le BDS, des ministres du gouvernement israélien ont proféré des menaces, directes et indirectes, contre ceux qu’ils appellent les « meneurs du BDS », plusieurs d’entre eux me désignant explicitement. Le ministère de l’intérieur a menacé de révoquer mon statut de résident permanent en Israël et d’entraver ma capacité à voyager dans le monde entier pour défendre les droits palestiniens.

    La plus grave de ces menaces, cependant, est venue du ministre israélien des Renseignements, Yisrael Katz, qui nous a menacés d’ « élimination civile ciblée », un terme, comme Amnesty International le confirme, qui fait référence à des « assassinats ciblés ».(...)


    • Interdit de voyage par Israël et menacé de pire encore
      Glenn Greenwald questionne Omar Barghouti, cofondateur de BDS
      Publié le 13 mai 2016 sur The Intercept
      Traduction : Jean-Marie Flémal

      (...) BARGHOUTI. Quand il s’agit de non-Juifs – comme on nous appelle en Israël – personne ne sait ce qui est applicable ou pas. Comme vous le savez, il existe en Israël plus de cinquante lois qui sont discriminatoires à l’égard des citoyens palestiniens de l’État, sans parler des Palestiniens de Cisjordanie et de Gaza qui, eux, sont des non-citoyens.

      Latuff apartheidC’est ainsi qu’un citoyen palestinien d’Israël ne dispose pas de toute la série de droits dont dispose le citoyen juif, tout simplement parce que le Palestinien n’est pas un ressortissant juif et que ce n’est que si vous en êtes un – quoi que cela puisse signifier – que vous disposez de toute la série des droits. C’est une définition extraterritoriale de la nationalité de telle sorte qu’en Israël il n’y a pas de nationalité israélienne – cela n’existe tout simplement pas.

      La Cour suprême a rejeté cette notion, la Knesset l’a fait aussi, il n’y a pas de nationalité israélienne. Il existe une citoyenneté israélienne, mais cela ne vous habilite pas à disposer de la série complète des droits. Et ainsi donc, oui, ma femme est une citoyenne israélienne et j’ai mon statut de résident permanent par ce biais mais, quant à connaître les droits dont je bénéficie et ceux dont je ne bénéficie pas, cela dépend de l’humeur des politiciens et de jusqu’où les tribunaux sont disposés à être d’accord avec cela.
      C’est en France que la situation est la pire, avec un gouvernement qui prétend, en fait, qu’appeler au boycott des produits israéliens est désormais illégal sur le territoire français. On peut appeler à un boycott des produits français à Paris et ce sera OK, mais pas des produits israéliens. Imaginez l’énorme hypocrisie !

      GREENWALD. Et des personnes ont été arrêtées à Paris parce qu’elles portaient des t-shirts BDS…

      BARGHOUTI. Exactement. Ces mesures de répression en France sont sans précédent. Nous n’avons jamais rien vu de tel. Ces derniers temps, Paris est vraiment devenu la capitale de la répression anti-palestinienne. Imaginez – la cité prétendument des libertés est devenu la cité des ténèbres, pour les Palestiniens.

      GREENWALD. Il y a juste un an, il y a eu là une énorme marche en faveur de la liberté d’expression.

      BARGHOUTI. Nous ne considérons pas cette répression anti-palestinienne comme un cas isolé. Israël entretient la chose, mais il y a déjà beaucoup de répression, en Occident. Il y a déjà des attaques contre les syndicats, des attaques contre la liberté d’expression, contre la justice sociale, contre les mouvements en faveur de la justice raciale, on assiste à une énorme militarisation et sécurisation de la société, en Occident.

      Et Israël tire profit de son énorme marché sécuritaire et militaire national – ce sont des affaires très juteuses, pour Israël. Il entraîne des forces de police un peu partout aux États-Unis, de Ferguson à Baltimore. La police de Londres, également. Celle de Paris.

  • In Israel, BDS is winning | +972 Magazine
    By Mairav Zonszein |Published March 28, 2016

    It was a tell-tale sign that the global movement to boycott Israel has become significant enough to warrant such an event, whose speakers included President Reuven Rivlin, senior Knesset ministers, members of the opposition, World Jewish Congress head Ron Lauder and comedian Roseanne Barr. (There were, of course, no speakers at the conference who represent or support BDS).

    The cognitive dissonance became clear the moment the conference began. Yedioth Ahronoth Editor-in-Chief Ron Yaron told the crowd that the power of BDS cannot be underestimated, and that we do not want to find ourselves in the position Apartheid South Africa was in within 5 t0 10 years. Yaron immediately caveated that there is no connection between Israel and South Africa. Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who oversees government efforts at combating BDS, opened by saying that people should not “overemphasize” BDS.

    • Un ministre préconise des “éliminations ciblées” de militants BDS par les services secrets israéliens
      Publié le 29 mars 2016
      Sources : compte rendu du site +972 par Mairav Zonszein, et de Mondoweis par Antony Lowenstein, Jerusalem Post, Le Monde.

      Les orateurs se sont ensuite succédés à la tribune pour affirmer, dans un même souffle, que quoique BDS connaisse le succès ce n’est pas un succès ; que BDS n’est pas une menace mais que la menace que constitue BDS ne doit pas être prise à la légère ; que BDS n’a pas d’impact négatif sur l’économie israélienne, mais qu’Israël doit consacrer de plus gros budgets pour combattre l’impact économique BDS…

      Le Ministre du Renseignement, Yisrael Katz, a déclaré que Israël doit entreprendre des “éliminations ciblées de civils” visant des militants de BDS, avec l’aide des services secrets israéliens. Il s’agit du même ministre qui, juste après les attentats terroristes du 22 mars dernier à Bruxelles, avait finement ironisé sur la propension des Belges à aimer le chocolat et à profiter de la vie, ce qui selon lui expliquerait la facilité avec laquelle des jihadistes ont pu agir…

      Tzipi Livni – elle-même un ancien agent du “service action” du Mossad – a affirmé que c’est actuellement “réellement tendance d’être végétalien et de haïr Israël”. A un moment donné, Ron Lauder, le chef du Congrès Juif Mondial, a comparé les efforts pour mettre en place le boycott d’Israël aux “lois de Nuremberg” [1], tandis que Roseanne Barr, oratrice vedette de la conférence, a qualifié BDS de “fausse gauche” et de “fasciste”.

      Omar Bargouti, porte-parole le plus connu de BDS, a évidemment été la cible privilégiée de la conférence (il a été question de lui à plusieurs reprises quand les orateurs ont évoqué les récents efforts du gouvernement pour lui retirer son titre de séjour permanent), mais les mouvements de défense des droits humains ont eu droit eux aussi à leur part d’attaques, car ils sont accusés d’aider BDS.


  • Gaza : La communauté internationale promet de reconstruire Gaza... avec des ateliers de misère pour exploiter les ouvriers palestiniens - Max Blumenthal- Traduction : MR pour ISM

    Lorsque l’équipe internationale d’entretien d’Israël s’est réunie cette semaine au Caire avec un engagement de lever 5 milliards de dollars pour participer à la reconstruction des 8 milliards de dollars de dégâts causés par Israël à la population civile, le ministre israélien des Transports, Yisrael Katz, l’a assurée que ses efforts étaient parfaitement inutiles. « Les habitants de Gaza doivent décider s’ils veulent être Singapour ou le Darfour, » a fait remarquer Katz, alignant la menace de génocide et le fantasme de la prospérité économique. « Ils peuvent choisir entre la reprise économique et la guerre et la destruction. S’ils choisissent la terreur, le monde ne devrait pas gaspiller son argent. Si un missile est tiré, tout disparaitra. »

    Exposition « Tahaluk » [Exténué] de l’artiste palestinien Iyad Sabbah, sur la plage de Gaza, une série de personnages en argile qui fuient leurs maisons, pour représenter le récent massacre perpétré par l’armée sioniste d’occupation dans le quartier de Shejaiya
    (source Jamal Dajani)

    (...) Les diplomates réunis au Caire savaient que la conférence des donateurs était une farce qui ferait peu pour soulager la souffrance de la population assiégée de Gaza. Pourtant aucun ne semble prêt à s’écarter du statu quo. Ils ont abordé la destruction de Gaza comme si elle était le résultat d’une catastrophe naturelle aléatoire et non la fureur maléfique d’une colonie de peuplement anachronique armée jusqu’aux dents par la seule superpuissance du monde. Évidemment, la violence israélienne contre la population civile de Gaza a été à peine mentionnée, pas plus que n’a été proposée la moindre mesure diplomatique contre elle. Et avec le Hamas interdit de participation à la conférence, le gouvernement de Gaza n’a pas pu soulever la question.

    Kerry a salué Israël comme une nation généreuse qui prend des « mesures positives » pour aider à soutenir l’économie de Gaza et à remettre sur pied le territoire assiégé. Il a claironné que « de nouvelles mesures qui devraient permettre une augmentation du commerce des produits agricoles entre Gaza et la Cisjordanie , et davantage de permis d’entrée en Israël pour les chefs d’entreprise palestiniens, » omettant le fait qu’Israël a interdit l’entrée de tout matériel de construction à Gaza, retardant indéfiniment l’entrée de 60 camions. « Nous espérons voir beaucoup d’autres mesures positives annoncées et mises en œuvre dans les semaines et les mois à venir, » a déclaré Kerry.

    (...) Même s’il a admis que l’aide à Gaza était une « solution de fortune », Kerry n’a offert aucun remède politique au-delà du plan-cadre pour deux Etats que le gouvernement israélien a déjà rejeté de façon retentissante plus tôt cette année. Ainsi son apparition au Caire et l’ensemble du spectacle de la conférence des donateurs ont ajouté une nouvelle couche de poudre aux yeux sur le statu quo brutal.

    Pendant ce temps, tandis que les diplomates rentraient chez eux, les responsables israéliens ont intensifié leurs imprécations à vous glacer le sang. « Si une Opération Bordure défensive ne suffit pas, vous en aurez deux ou trois, jusqu’à ce que cesse la terreur du Hamas, » a clamé le ministre des Transports Katz. « Je préfère 1000 mères palestiniens en pleurs que de laisser pleurer une seule mère juive. »

  • Israel pushing ahead with grandiose West Bank railway plan, ignoring political borders
    By Chaim Levinson
    Haaretz 25th of July 2013

    The Civil Administration decided Wednesday to go ahead with its grandiose railway plan for the West Bank and open it up for public objections, after the Palestinian Authority refused Israel’s request to participate in the planning.

    The program is being aggressively promoted by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud). Some NIS 1 million has already been invested in the planning process. The plan, first made revealed by Haaretz, included 473 kilometers of rail with 30 stations on 11 lines, meant to connect all cities and regions within the West Bank and the West Bank with Jordan and Syria. Due of the West Bank’s hilly terrain, the plans include dozens of bridges and tunnels.

    The railway plan, which is supposed to accommodate all populations living in the West Bank, completely ignores all current political borders. Initial discussions were held about 18 months ago. Even if the hundreds of billions of shekels needed to realize the plan are never found, the mere existence of the plan means that any construction program from now on will have to take the theoretical railway lines into account.

    Today the Civil Administration discussed the details of the plan, presented by Alex Schmidt , who was hired by Israel Railways to planning the lines. “There are 11 tracks. The central line runs parallel to the route connecting Jenin, Nablus, Jerusalem’s outskirts, Hebron and Be’er Sheva. Another line runs along the Jordan Valley and connects to Jordan and Syria. There will also be latitudinal lines connecting the two main lines: a line between Nablus and the Adam Bridge, Tul Karm and Nablus, and Nablus and Rosh Ha’ayin; a line connecting the Allenby Bridge to Jerusalem and Ramallah; a line from Ramallah to Lod and Tel Aviv; a line connecting Kiryat Gat to Hebron; and another line in Gaza that will make it possible to connect Ramallah with the Gaza Strip using Israeli trains.”

    In terms of the demand for railway services, Schmidt said: “We used the data provided by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics. We got the number of residents who work in the industrial areas. We checked how many people use private vehicles compared to how many use public transportation. We also calculated population growth. We expect 12,000 people to use the mountain ridge line between Jerusalem and Ramallah during the morning rush hour, and 3,000 between Hebron and Beer Sheva at the same time. We estimate that 2035 will see 30 million train rides.”

    During the discussion, it was revealed that the Civil Administration forwarded the plans to ask the Palestinian Authority asking for its input but that PA personnel refused the request. The issue was also raised at a meeting between the Civil Administration head and the director general of the PA’s Interior and Civil Affairs Ministry but to no avail. It was therefore decided to proceed without Palestinian input. Survey Staff Officer Eli Livni, who is also a member of the Supreme Planning Council in Judea and Samaria (and brother of Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni), asked if such a small area really required so many lines. Schmidt responded, saying “This is what reality on the ground requires considering the cities that have to be connected.” Committee member Benny Weil added “OK, let’s say you’re right about the mountain ridge. But the Jordan Valley?! There are hardly any buses traveling there today. Is there really a demand for trains?” Schmidt responded that “The mountain ridge line is for local passengers and commuters, whereas the valley line would serve tourists traveling to the Dead Sea, Eilat and the Sea of Galilee. In any case, it’s the last of our priorities.”

    At the end of the discussion it was decided to publish the plan for submission in another 30 days, which means that the documents will now be made public so that reservations and comments may be submitted. Once these objections are discussed, the plan will be published for final validation, whereupon concrete discussions of each and every railway line will begin. Committee chairman Daniel Halimi said that he hopes that the Palestinians will cooperate this time. “From our perspective, publishing the plan for comment submission is an important step for including the public in the planning process.”

  • Israeli Minister admits state subsidizes public transportation for settlers - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

    Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz confirmed Monday that the state subsidizes bus tickets within West Bank settlements, causing them to be cheaper than tickets for rides within the Green Line.

    According to Katz, the move was intended to incentivize settlers to use armor-protected public transportation within the West Bank, which would reduce state spending on stationing military and security escorts for non-armored private vehicles. Katz also stated that the reduction of prices has increased use of public transportation by nearly 80% in the last decade.

    Ah, si c’est une mesure écologique, alors...

  • #Israel may build artificial island off #Gaza Strip coast | World news | The Guardian

    Israel is considering plans to build an artificial island off the coast of the Gaza Strip to house a sea and airport, and encourage tourism in the area.

    Yisrael Katz, the Israeli minister for transport, said the plan had been under consideration for many months and had been encouraged by Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister. He said it would also relieve Israel of the obligation to be the transit point for goods into the enclave.