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Jewish migration and deportation of Arabs and Jewish colonies

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التوطين هو أساس البند (٨) في معاهدة وادي عربة والذي يتحدث عن اللاجئين والنازحين مشيرا بأنها مشاكل إنسانية وليست حقا بالعودة وان الطرفين الإسرائيلي والأردني سيسعيان الي تحقيق مزيد من التخفيف من حدة المشاكل الناتجة عن اللاجئين وليس اللجوء نفسه، وتحديدا في الفقرة (٤) عن حل مشكلة اللاجئين: “من خلال تطبيق برامج الامم المتحدة المتفق عليها وغيرها من البرامج الاقتصادية الدولية المتعلقة باللاجئين والنازحين، بما في ذلك المساعدة على توطينهم”. انتهي الاقتباس.

وتضمن الموقف الإسرائيلي بوضوح والذي وافق عليه الأردن ولم يمانع من “التوطين” حسب بنود المعاهدة، بعكس كل التصريحات و “الكلات” التي صدرت مؤخرا وهي: “كلا للتوطين، كلا للوطن البديل، وكلا للقدس”، فقد تم التوقيع علي الموقف من القدس وعلي التوطين في المعاهدة الالزامية كما هو مشار اليه أعلاه و التي مفهومها هو: “عدم حق العودة للفلسطينيين إلى وطنهم فلسطين، وعدم ربط قضية اللاجئين بقرارات الشرعية الدولية وان تحال قضية اللجوء إلى المفاوضات المتعددة الأطراف وقضية النازحين إلى اللجنة الرباعية المشكلة من إسرائيل والأردن ومصر وسلطة الحكم الذاتي الفلسطيني” وبذلك تم القفز عن قرارات الأمم المتحدة وتحويل اللاجئين والنازحين الي أطراف اخري.

وهذا يعني “لا عودة ولا تعويض من قبل إسرائيل الغاصبة وتشير صراحة إلى “توطين اللاجئين” في الاردن وتحميل العرب والمجتمع الدولي تبعات الاستعمار الاستيطاني اليهودي التي تطبقها إسرائيل في مجالات الهجرة اليهودية وترحيل العرب والمستعمرات اليهودية. ليس كذلك فقط وانما تعني ضمنيا الموافقة على تقنين سرقة الأرض الأردنية – حتى وان كانت شراء او استملاكا او بدون تعويض- ملثما هو حادث في أراض المخيمات في البقعة وغيرها من المدن – من أبنائها وعشائرها لتكون حقا للاجئين في وطنهم البديل.

وأعود مؤكدا أن هذه الفقرة، خطيرة للغاية وهي التي تتحدث عن دور الأمم المتحدة في مساعدة الفلسطينيين في توطينهم في الدولة الأردنية، وهي أول وثيقة سياسية – علنية – يوقع عليها الأردن وتقر بالتوطين وليس بتنفيذ حق العودة كحل لمشكلة اللاجئين الفلسطينيين، وتعتبر مشكلة اللاجئين والنازحين مشكلة إنسانية، وأن «إسرائيل» غير مسؤولة عن ترحيل وطرد الفلسطينيين قانونياً وأخلاقيا ويتعهد الطرفان لإيجاد مخرج لها بتوطينهم في أماكن تواجدهم مما يعني مجددا “الوطن البديل”.

وقد صرح يهود باراك بعد توقيع الاتفاقية، معلنا موقف إسرائيل الرسمي من التفاوض النهائي بخصوص اللاجئين الفلسطينيين للأردن، وهو الذي كان قد عمل وزيرا للداخلية ١٩٩٥، ثم وزيرا للخارجية ١٩٩٥/١٩٩٦ وبعدها نائبا في الكنيست ثم رئيسا للوزراء من ١٩٩١ الي ٢٠٠١، فيما يتعلق بحل قضية اللاجئين الذي………..

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Settlement is the basis of item (8) in the treaty of the valley of the cart, which speaks of refugees and displaced persons, pointing out that it is humanitarian problems, not really back, and that the Israeli and Jordanian parties will be able to achieve further mitigation of the problems resulting Refugees and not asylum itself, specifically in paragraph (4) about the solution of the refugee problem: ” through the application of the agreed united nations programmes and other international economic programmes related to refugees and displaced persons, including That help to settle them “. the quote is over.

The Israeli position clearly included and approved by Jordan and did not mind ” settlement ” according to the treaty’s clauses, unlike all the recent statements and ” Nets ” that are: ” no just mud, both alternative home, and both Jerusalem “, The position of Jerusalem and the settlement of the mandatory treaty, as referred to above, has been signed: ” the absence of the right to return to the Palestinians to their homeland Palestine, the failure of the refugee issue to be linked to the decisions of international legitimacy and to be transmitted The issue of the resort to multilateral negotiations and the issue of displaced persons to the quartet problem from Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian self-government authority ” The United Nations Resolutions and the conversion of refugees and displaced persons to other parties have been jumped.

This means ” no return and no compensation by Israel Al-angry and explicitly refers to ” settlement of refugees ” in Jordan and download the Arabs and the international community the consequences of Jewish settlement colonialism applied by Israel in the areas of Jewish migration and deportation of Arabs and Jewish colonies. It is not only that it implies the approval of the legalization of the theft of the jordanian land – even if it is a purchase, an angel or no compensation – then it is an accident in the territory of the camps in the spot and other cities – from their children and their families to be Really for refugees in their alternative home.

I believe that this paragraph is very serious and is talking about the role of the united nations in assisting the Palestinians in their settlement in the jordanian state, the first political document – public – signed by Jordan and recognizes the settlement and not the implementation of the right Return as a solution to the problem of Palestine refugees, and the problem of refugees and displaced persons is a humanitarian problem, and “Israel” is not responsible for the deportation and expulsion of Palestinians legally and morally and undertakes the parties to find an exit for them in places Facing them which means again “alternative home”.

Barack Barak has stated after signing the convention, declaring Israel’s official position of the final negotiation of the Palestinian refugees of Jordan, who had worked as minister of the interior 1995, then minister for abroad 1995/1996 and then Ebba in the knesset and then prime minister from 1991 to 2001, regarding the solution of the refugee issue that………..

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Ireland to expel Nazi ambassador over protest deaths

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Gerry Adams calls for Ireland to expel Israel ambassador over protest deaths

Former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has called for Ireland to expel the Israeli ambassador over the killing and wounding of Palestinian protesters. (Brian Lawless/PA)Former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has called for Ireland to expel the Israeli ambassador over the killing and wounding of Palestinian protesters. (Brian Lawless/

Former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has called for Ireland to expel the Israeli ambassador over the killing and wounding of Palestinian protesters.

A least 15 Palestinians were killed on Friday as thousands protested the right of return for refugees.

Mr Adams said: “There can be no justification or excuse by Israel for the calculated slaughter by Israeli military snipers of unarmed Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border with Israel.

“I visited Gaza and the Israeli town of Sderot in 2009. The conditions for the almost two million Palestinians surviving in the Gaza strip were appalling. It is an open prison, under siege by Israel, with the people of Gaza being denied the basic requirements of a decent life,” he said.

“In the nine years since then the Israeli stranglehold on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank has increased. More Palestinian land and water rights have been stolen and significant numbers of new Israeli settlements have been constructed on Palestinian land in flagrant breach of international law.”

Mr Adams said he was urging the EU and UN to take a stand against Israeli violence, and urged the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador “as a first step in formally and officially recognising the state of Palestine”.

“The time for excuses is long over,” he added.

Palestinian health officials said 15 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and more than 750 hit by live rounds, making it the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 cross-border war between Israel and Hamas.

During Friday’s confrontations, large crowds gathered near the border fence, with smaller groups of protesters rushing forward, throwing stones and burning tyres.

Israeli troops responded with live fire and rubber-coated steel pellets, while drones dropped tear gas from above. The army released video showing soldiers with rifles perched on high embankments overlooking the scene.

Brig Gen Ronen Manelis, the chief army spokesman, denied allegations of excessive use of force, saying those killed by Israeli troops were men between the ages of 18 and 30 who were involved in violence and belonged to militant factions.

On Saturday demonstrations are being staged in Derry, Belfast and Dublin in protest at the killing of Palestinian protesters by Israel.

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Protests in Nigeria, South Africa in support of Palestinian rights

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Hundreds took to the streets in the south-western Nigerian city of Iwo (Osun State), in a march organised by Nigerian Friends of Palestine on 30 March, 2019 [File photo]

Hundreds took to the streets in the south-western Nigerian city of Iwo (Osun State), in a march organised by Nigerian Friends of Palestine on 30 March, 2019 [File photo].

Nigerians and South Africans joined tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in commemorating the first anniversary of the Great March of Return and Palestinian Land Day on Saturday.

On Saturday, hundreds took to the streets in Iwo, in a march organised by Nigerian Friends of Palestine. “Until freedom is attained we will remain committed to the Palestinian cause,” spokesperson Daood Imran Molaasan told the Afro-Palestine Newswire Service.

Today, we are defending a just cause and we need not be Palestinians or Muslims to do so

he added.

Other Nigerian rights activists and Muslim scholars have hailed Palestinians for resisting the occupation by Israel.

“The Palestinian struggle is about the existence of a generation of people who keep fighting, and they must continue to sustain the struggle until justice is achieved,” said Nigerian author and veteran broadcast journalist, Abdur-Razaq Abdus-Salam.

READ: South Africa to downgrade Israel diplomatic mission

South Africans also gathered at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg for a tree-planting ceremony and protest organised by the Palestine Solidarity Alliance to commemorate Palestinian Land Dayand the anniversary of the Great March of Return on Saturday.

Over 260 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army over the last year during protests that aim to challenge Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. Palestinians are protesting calling for an end to the 12-year Israeli siege on the enclave and to return to the homes from which their families were forcibly displaced to make way for the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

READ: Nigerian Muslim body calls for sanctions on Israel

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Harvard Undergraduate Council Votes to Fund Nazi Apartheid Week

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Harvard Undergraduate Council Votes to Fund Israeli Apartheid Week
UC Meeting

On Sunday afternoon during the Undergraduate Council meeting, student representatives from organizations across campus met to debate whether the council should fund Israeli Apartheid Week.

The Undergraduate Council voted to allocate the Palestine Solidarity Committee $2,050 to host Israeli Apartheid Week at Sunday’s general meeting.

IAW is an international movement across college campuses to raise awareness of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. The PSC planned much of the programming of Harvard’s event, which began on March 30 and runs until April 4. The week includes Palestinian speakers, a student panel, an unveiling of a physical Wall of Resistance, and a movie screening.

The bill to fund IAW passed 21-13-4 and drew money from the UC’s Grant for an Open Harvard College, which subsidizes student initiatives that address one of the UC’s indicated “compelling interests.” The interests for the 2018-19 academic year are “mental health, race, culture, and faith relations, sexual assault and harassment prevention, social spaces, and financial accessibility.”

The council financed the event with the special grant because it does not typically give funds of more than $2,000 through its normal grant process, according to Finance Committee Chair Noah Harris ’22. Harris also stated that the event, which addressed the “race relations” interest, does not actually have to improve race relations; it is sufficient for the event to relate to them.

PSC Treasurer Katie M. Farkouh ’21 said the organization needed the UC to help finance the event because it lacks sufficient funds of its own. PSC Co-President Christian B. Tabash ’21 said in an interview after the meeting that the group, which is entirely student-run, is “certainly happy” that the UC decided to pass the resolution to grant funding for IAW.

“We have no outside funding, and our main purpose is to uplift the voice of the voiceless,” Tabash said.

Dozens of students who supported and opposed the Council’s funding of the event attended Sunday’s meeting. Students disagreed as to whether the event allowed for open dialogue among students with opposing views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“One of the main focuses of Israeli Apartheid Week, featured both on their wall and with their speakers, including the founder of the movement is the BDS [boycott, divest, sanction] movement,” Ariel R. Hecker ’21 said.

Multiple Jewish students said the event makes them feel uncomfortable because some of the speakers invited to the week’s events have previously endorsed violence against Israeli civilians.

“One of the speakers that is slated to come, Omar Barghouti, has said that he supports the euthanasia of Zionism,” Gabriel Dardik ’21 said. “Really, it makes me feel unsafe that this kind of person could come here.”

PSC supporters said Harvard Hillel has also brought speakers to campus who contributed to military operations against Palestinian civilians.

“We can’t have a conversation about this if we are consistently obfuscating the facts of the situation, which is also, by the way, that Hillel has consistently hosted members of the Israeli military who have led operations that kill Palestinian civilians,” Anwar Omeish ’19 said.

UC representatives said they support freedom of speech but do not want to provide a platform for speakers who support violence.

“I don’t think that the UC should start to approve or not approve different speakers based on their views, but I do think that that line is the incitement of violence,” Currier Representative Michael A. Shadpour ’20 said. “I’ve heard uncontested that there are speakers [at IAW] that have advocated violence in the past.”

Harris clarified that UC funds do not support speakers. Though PSC applied for speaker honorarium, accomodations, and travel assistance, event funding was not allocated for those purposes. Instead, the UC funded the venue, food, and decorations.

Many council members said they recognize some of their constituents would be offended no matter how they vote. They said they decided to fund the event because it met the requirements of the UC’s Finance Committee, and funding a student event is not necessarily a sign of endorsement.

“I think it’s important in our vote that we completely divest our personal opinions and vote just based on policy,” Pforzheimer Representative C. Scott Courvoisier ’20 said. “It seems to me that these people have met our requirements for getting the grant, and therefore, I think we should fund it.”

UC Treasurer Jack M. Swanson ’22 clarified to the Council after the vote had taken place that none of the allocated funds will be distributed before IAW occurs because the College has not yet provided the UC with its funds for the semester.

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UK Queen in Depleted Uranium Trade – Her Fortune is £17 Billion

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is one of the richest women on earth and much of her profits are from arms trade including the notorious depleted uranium trade.

The British monarch has managed to increase her wealth from £300 million early in her 60-year reign to £17 billion at present thanks to investments in arms firms that produce uranium used in depleted uranium (DU) shells, including Rio Tinto Zinc. DU shells are notorious for their ability to pierce armor and kill targets due to their deadly radioactive features.

The video cites the American nuclear radiation expert Jay M. Gould as saying in his 1996 book titled “The Enemy Within: the High Cost of Living Near Nuclear Reactors” that the British “royal” family, especially the Queen herself, privately own investments in uranium holding worth some £4 billion through Rio Tinto Zinc.

The mining company, originally named Rio Tinto Mines, was allegedly created for the British “royal” family in the late 1950’s by Ronald Walter Rowland, the Queen’s “buccaneer”.

The video argues that the Queen and other “royals” have been investing in the death trade of depleted uranium globally with little ethical concerns for the consequences of their profiteering.
DU weapons were first used by the US military during the first Persian Gulf War against Iraq in 1991.

The US Defense Ministry estimated that between 315 and 350 tons of DU bombs, shells and bullets were fired during the conflict

There are allegations that American and British troops used more than five times as many such weapons as the total number used in the 1991 war in Iraq. The US has confirmed the use of depleted uranium in both wars but refuses to disclose the scale of the use.


Iraq has seen a sharp rise in the number of children with leukemia and genetic malformation in the decades after the First Persian Gulf War that are attributed to the use of DU weapons.

Let’s take these “royal” mass-murderers to court and make them pay for their horrific crimes against humanity!

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Ken Livingstone Says Allegations of British Labour Party anti-Semitism Are Lies and Smears

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Ken Livingstone, who was suspended from the U.K. Labour party in 2016 and quit last year over comments about Hitler and Zionism, was responding to claims that the Labour party was anti-Semitic.

File photo: Ken Livingstone addresses the annual Labor Party conference in Brighton September 28, 2005.File photo: Ken Livingstone addresses the annual Labor Party conference in Brighton September 28, 2005

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone called allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party “lies and smears” to bring down party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Nine Labour lawmakers quit the party last month over its failure to tackle the problem of hatred toward Jews among party supporters and leaders.

Livingstone was suspended by the Labour Party in 2016 and quit last year over comments about Hitler and Zionism. He told a meeting of Labour Against The Witchhunt last week, according to the Sunday Mail, that: “This is endemic. If you have a genuine socialist leader who is going to transform things for ordinary people and make the bloody corporations pay their fair share of tax – they will do whatever is necessary to stop you…”

“That means lies and smears in most of the West. In other parts of the world it can mean assassination,” the Sunday Mail reported Livingstone as saying.

Livingstone said that Corbyn’s office did not support his suspension from the party in 2016, after he said that Hitler supported Zionism. He also asserted that he was suspended because the press had spread “lie after lie after lie” about what he said.

Speaking in April 2016, Livingstone said: “When Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.”

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Friends of Nazi regime smears of brave Gaza paramedic Razan Al-Najjar

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Friends of Israel smears of brave Gaza paramedic Razan Al-Najjar and Christchurch Muslims are vile

Supporters of Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who is judged for shooting a wounded Palestinian in his head in West Bank's Hebron, gather outside of the court to show their support to him during the trial in Tel Aviv, Israel, on January 04, 2017 [Daniel Bar On / Anadolu Agency]

Supporters of Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who is judged for shooting a wounded Palestinian in his head in West Bank’s Hebron, gather outside of the court to show their support to him during the trial in Tel Aviv, Israel, on January 04, 2017 [Daniel Bar On / Anadolu Agency]

Four more Palestinians, three of them teenagers, have sacrificed their lives and been killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip. They have been added to the 190 others who have paid the ultimate price for freedom over the past 12 months while taking part in the powerful peace protests known as the Great March of Return. Palestinian refugees in the besieged territory have been demonstrating in support of their legitimate right of return to their homes and land usurped by Israel.

Each of these needless deaths is a tragedy and there are so many that the victims’ names are hard to recall: fellow journalists Yaser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein stick out in my mind, though, as does young paramedic Razan Al-Najjar, whose short life and violent death captured both the indomitable spirit of the people of Palestine and the murderous brutality of the Israeli occupation. She continues to loom large in our consciousness, largely for her heroism and bravery in the weeks leading up to the fateful day when she was shot dead by Israeli soldiers as she attended to the wounded during the ongoing protests.

In a poignant and moving article, Razan’s mother Sabreen wrote how her 20-year-old daughter’s death “transformed her into a symbol for an entire nation under the boot of Israel. But her mere presence at the 2018 protest, even in a medical capacity, was never guaranteed. Denied a career as a doctor by our financial circumstances, she studied nursing, and in anticipation of the Great March of Return, sold her phone and ring to buy medical equipment.”

Those circumstances mentioned by Sabreen Al-Najjar make it all the more repugnant that supporters of Israel continue to ridicule the young paramedic who was killed on 1 June last year. It has now emerged that at one point, a particular pro-Israel lobby group in Britain took to social media to dismiss her death as fake news. Glasgow Friends of Israel posted on Facebook at the time: “We have deliberately said nothing about the death of Razan Najjar because we suspected that, as always, Pallywood was manufacturing a story. Was she shot? Did she even exist? Why does Pallywood NEVER tell the truth?”

Tweets by Glasgow Friends of Israel

It is barely conceivable that the killing of this brave young woman could be dismissed in such a way. Not only did Razan Al-Najjar exist, but her memory is still alive today. It will remain so in the minds of her family and friends as well as millions of others around the world who know of her heroic efforts, and the cowardice of the soldier who shot her.

Not content with trying to dismiss her death as fake news, Glasgow Friends of Israel’s next tactic, revealed the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC), which monitors the group closely, “proved to be much more vile and sordid. They pinned a tweet suggesting that the young girl Razan was raped and coerced into being at the Great March of Return for refugees.” These “Friends of Israel” even claimed that Razan had deliberately used herself as a human shield with the specific purpose of trying to “get killed while shielding other terrorists.”

Tweets by Glasgow Friends of Israel

Mick Napier, co-founder of SPSC, sent the evidence to MEMO. “If you think this coverage of the death of civilians is morally corrupt,” he added, “[Glasgow Friends of Israel] decided to plumb the depths even further by injecting humour into their coverage of the deaths of Palestinians. ‘Pallywood’ is the concept invented by Israel supporters to suggest that the journalistic coverage of human rights abuses carried out by Israel on Palestinians is all fake.”

There’s certainly nothing fake about the moving words written by Razan’s mother in MEMO and the Independent newspaper last week when she recalled the events leading to her daughter’s killing with both pain and pride: “[Razan] defied those in Gazan society that would not have a young woman take part. And from the very first day of the protest, she was tending to the wounded. As at so many times during a life cruelly cut short, she evinced a determination that was born out of the rubble of Gaza following the 2008 attack on the city.”

Razan, she pointed out, was insistent that she support her countrymen and women at the Great March. “As she saw it, she was not only a paramedic, but an active member of the resistance. She joined activists and writers, journalists and youth group members, and found herself at home among the mass of peaceful faces that together reflected the spirit of Palestine.”

Reflecting the original grassroots aim of the protests, “Like so many of them, [Razan] held the simple dream of one day returning home – in her case, to her family’s village in Jaffa. She was optimistic that she would meet her grandparents, from whom she was separated by the illegal blockade. But those who put that same blockade in place would make sure she never did.”

Glasgow Friends of Israel then turned their odious attention away from their favoured rogue state and used their Facebook account to post offensive comments about the deadly shootings at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand which shocked the world, but not Israel’s heartless supporters. Messages on the GFI page included:

  • Diana Meijer jeering at the victims.
  • John Sanderson getting “likes” from 9am on the day of the murderous attacks for his suggestion that there was excessive press coverage of Christchurch.
  • Richard Treadaway condemning “the hook of emotion in the water for you to bite onto when Muslims suffer.”
  • John Byrne welcoming the massacre and adding, “It’s payback for the attacks that muslims [sic] have perpetrated across the globe.perhaps [sic] this will curb their appetite for bloodshed.” He later asked about the massacre, “And the problem is?”

The SPSC’s Mick Napier took the screenshots of the offensive comments. “All those who promote racism — including Islamophobia and hatred towards Jews — have to be called out for their creation of the hatred that prompts some to murder,” he insisted, “including Glasgow Friends of Israel.”

Napier added that just a few days ago, the group posted a red flagged warning on its Facebook account in an obvious effort to distance itself from the hatred that it allowed to fester on its page: “Please THINK before you post!!! Antisemitic groups seize on anything they can to try and show us in a bad light. Racism is unacceptable to us. Racist posts, including anti-Muslim or anti-Palestinian, will be deleted and the posters banned. Do not do the haters’ work for them.”

Such a robust and firm stance is welcome, albeit probably too little, too late. Perhaps the group should go further and challenge the so-called Israel Defence Forces for their anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian aggression in using battlefield weapons against civilians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Furthermore, a full apology to her family for the vile comments made about Razan Al-Najjar is the least that “Friends of Israel” can do.

The Great March of Return protests that Razan supported so much are a raw cry for justice by her people who are suffering unimaginable hardships under Israel’s brutal military occupation and blockade. The peaceful protests show that the Palestinians are determined to win the kind of freedoms and liberties enjoyed elsewhere in the world, but not under the yoke of “the only democracy in the Middle East”. Maybe Glasgow Friends of Israel and its enlightened “no anti-Muslim or anti-Palestinian” approach might want to reconsider its blind support for a state which has little regard for either Muslims or Palestinians, and tramples international laws and conventions into the dust with impunity. We shall monitor the group’s social media with interest.

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Nazi soldier beats blind, diabetic, kidney-diseased Palestinian man

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Munzer Muzher a few days after the assault. Photo by Musa Abu Hashhash, B’Tselem, 25 Feb. 2019

Israeli soldier beats blind, diabetic, kidney-diseased Palestinian man in bed, continuing even after the man’s face was bloodied

One of the soldiers assaulted my father and beat him in the face until he bled. I was shocked and furious. I couldn’t understand why he’d done it. Didn’t he know my father was ill and blind? What did my father do to deserve that? I have a lot of questions that I still need answered. It’s a nightmare I can’t ever forget, even though it’s very upsetting whenever I think about it.

Taken from the testimony of Mazen Muzher (15)

On 20 February 2019, at around 4:30 A.M., about five soldiers forced their way into the Halawah family’s apartment in the town of a-Doha, west of Bethlehem, in search of Fadi Halawah (21) who was at work at the time. When they realized he was not home, the soldiers ordered his father, Nizar, to call him and tell him to come turn himself in. In the meantime, some of the soldiers decided to enter the first-floor apartment of the Muzher family, who own the building. They did so despite Nizar Halawah’s warning that the head of the family is very sick. Meanwhile, Fadi Halawah arrived and turned himself in to the soldiers. Some of them left, taking Fadi with them.

The soldiers stormed into the Muzhers’ home. The family – Iman (44) and Munzer (46), and their four sons: a 17-year-old and 15-year-old triplets – were all asleep in bed. Munzer Muzher, a retired laboratory worker, has diabetes and kidney disease. He lost his sight 15 years ago, had his toes amputated and has to undergo dialysis three times a week. He needs intensive help around the house. His wife, Iman, has cancer. The soldiers went into Munzer and Iman’s bedroom and one assaulted Munzer, punching him in the face for several minutes. The soldier continued despite Iman’s pleas that her husband is sick and blind. The soldiers also went into the boys’ room and ordered them into the living room.

Iman helped her husband, whose face was bleeding, to the living room. Their sons were brought there a moment later. The soldiers ordered the boys to raise their hands behind their heads, and one soldier kept his gun pointed at them. The soldiers stayed in the apartment for several minutes without explaining why they had come, and then left.

Once they were gone, a neighbor drove Munzer Muzher to al-Hussein Hospital in Beit Jala, where doctors found his jaw and left hand were fractured, his face bruised, wounded and swollen, and his right leg swollen.

In other words, armed soldiers broke into the house of a sick man, beat him and threatened his entire family without offering any explanation, and then left. They did so although they knew full well that the man they were seeking was not in the building and was, in fact, on his way over to give himself up.

Soldiers raiding Palestinians’ homes in the dead of night, waking entire families, has long since become part of the routine that the occupation regime imposes in the West Bank. To carry out these raids, which sometimes include searches or arrests, but are often aimed solely at intimidating the entire household, soldiers are not required to show a search warrant or even provide a reason. These actions, which are clearly intended to intimidate and menace the local residents, are unjustified and are but another example of the arbitrary abuse of power by the military.

B’Tselem field researcher Musa Abu Hashhash collected testimonies from members of the Muzher family.

In a testimony he gave on 25 February 2019, the father of the family, Munzer Muzher, described how things began:

I was asleep in bed with my wife, in our bedroom. I woke up in a fright when I felt someone grab my face. Then he started punching me hard in the face. At first, I thought I was still asleep and was having a nightmare. But it hurt so bad that I realized this was no dream. I thought we were being attacked by robbers. I started shouting: “Robbers! Robbers!” to wake my wife and sons. I heard my wife screaming and crying. She said: Leave him alone, he’s sick, he’s blind, he can’t move. The man kept hitting me. I tried to raise my hands to protect my face, but I couldn’t.

After he punched me in the face for a long time, I heard him say in Arabic: We are the Israel Defense Forces. He paused for a moment and then went on punching me in the face for another thirty seconds or so. Then he stopped. I felt my face was bleeding.

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MUNZER AND IMAN MUZHER IN THEIR HOME. PHOTO BY MUSA ABU HASHHASH, B’TSELEM, 25 FEB. 2019

Iman Muzher described what she and her family underwent that morning in a testimony she gave on 25 February 2019:

I have cancer. My husband and I spend a lot of time in hospital, especially him. At home, he spends most of his time in bed. He needs me and our four boys to help him get about, both in the house and outside. Despite my illness and my husband’s condition, we cope and stay upbeat. Our sons, who are all in high school, are strong and help us a lot.

On Wednesday, 20 February 2019, before 5:00 A.M., I was woken by my husband shouting: Robbers, robbers! I leaped out of bed in my pajamas, without my head cover. The room was dark and all I could see were colored laser beams moving around. After my eyes got used to the dark, I made out five or six soldiers in the room. One of them had grabbed my husband and was punching him in the face. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

My husband shouted: “Who are you? What do you want from me?” He said he couldn’t see them. I also screamed at the soldier punching him that my husband is blind and can’t move. I begged him to stop. I went up to the soldier and tried to get him off my husband, but he pushed me away and kept beating him. The other four soldiers just stood there, doing nothing. I cried and yelled and didn’t know what to do. I kept asking: “What do you want from us? What do you want from a sick blind man?” After several minutes of non-stop punching, the soldier said they were from the Israel Defense Forces. He paused for a few seconds and then started up again, hitting my husband’s bloody face. Then he stopped. My husband asked me to get him out of the room and asked after our sons.

I helped him out of the room. He was terrified and very worried that something bad had happened to the boys. I helped him sit down on a chair in the living room. There were five or six soldiers around us, all but one of them wearing masks. I asked if they felt no remorse for attacking someone in my husband’s condition. I couldn’t understand what on earth they had been thinking. They made three of my sons sit and one of them stand, all with their hands behind their heads, and told them to keep still. One of the soldiers kept his gun pointed at them. A few minutes later, the soldiers left the house, leaving my husband bleeding. I tried to calm him and the boys down. We wiped the blood off my husband’s face. His face and eyes were swollen. I held back my tears, I didn’t want him to be upset that I was crying. Why did they attack my husband when they saw he’s disabled? I keep asking myself, why did this happen to us? Aren’t we suffering enough with these illnesses, to have soldiers now attack us for no reason? I still have no idea why the soldier attacked my sick husband in his sleep. I just don’t get it.

Mazen Muzher, 15, described the attack on his father in a testimony he gave on 27 February 2019:

I woke up in a fright when somebody opened the door to the room I share with my brothers. We sleep in bunk beds. The room was dark and I didn’t know who had opened the door. There were several people in the room, and that scared me even more. When I tried to get up, one of them came over and shoved me. I fell down from the top bunk and hit my head on the carpeted floor. I figured the men were soldiers.

The soldiers ordered us to go into the living room. I stood up with difficulty and went into the living room. My three brothers followed me. The light was on in the living room. I saw five or six soldiers there. My mother was standing next to my father, who was sitting in a chair. His face was bleeding. I was scared and didn’t know what had happened. One of the soldiers told my brothers to sit and told me to remain standing. He ordered us to put our hands behind our heads and keep still. I stood for a few minutes and then collapsed onto the couch, probably because I’d banged my head when I fell out of bed. My brothers told me afterwards that I passed out for a few seconds.

My mother tried to wipe the blood off my father’s face. The soldiers didn’t give him any medical care. I thought my dad may have fallen on his face. It never occurred to me that the soldiers might have assaulted him.

Later I learned that one of the soldiers had assaulted my dad and punched him in the face until he bled. I was shocked and furious. I couldn’t understand why he’d done it. Didn’t he know my father was ill and blind? What did my father do to deserve that? I have a lot of questions that I still need answered. It’s a nightmare I can’t ever forget, even though it’s very upsetting whenever I think about it.

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Valid criticism of ‘Israel’ is not antisemitic

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“Valid criticism of Israel is not antisemitic” – Ex-ANC minister Ronnie Kasrils

Former ANC Minister Ronnie Kasrils has penned an explosive opinion piece for The Guardian, comparing the current Israeli regime to that of South Africa’s apartheid in the 21st century. Their treatment of Palestinian citizens in Gaza has received widespread condemnation, and the situation is under the microscope as elections loom. Ronnie Kasrils compares Israel to […]

Former ANC Minister Ronnie Kasrils has penned an explosive opinion piece for The Guardian, comparing the current Israeli regime to that of South Africa’s apartheid in the 21st century. Their treatment of Palestinian citizens in Gaza has received widespread condemnation, and the situation is under the microscope as elections loom.

Ronnie Kasrils compares Israel to apartheid

Kasrils has lashed out at the nation for “trying to conflate opposition to Israel with antisemitism”, an action which he has warned against. He compared these attempts to shift the blame with the Botha Administration, which attempted to smear any supporters of the opposing ANC as “communists”:

“During the South African struggle, we were accused of following a communist agenda, but smears didn’t deflect us. Today, Israel’s propaganda follows a similar route, repeated by its supporters – conflating opposition to Israel with antisemitism. This must be resisted.”

Ronnie Kasrils

Diplomatic relations between Israel and South Africa

Israeli relations with South Africa have hit rocky terrain over the past 12 months. Things escalated dramatically when Donald Trump made the decision to shift the US Embassy in the country up to Jerusalem, sparking major protests from Palestinians.

Unfortunately, their dissent was met by gratuitous fire and fury from Israeli police, as 80 people were gunned down and targeted by officers. The incident – with all the hallmarks of the Sharpeville Massacre – prompted South Africa to withdraw its ambassador from the country. Officials are also in the process of “downgrading” the embassy there.

“The government is shifting towards the far-right” – Ronnie Kasrils:

Kasrils was a staunch adversary of the apartheid regime in Mzansi. The 81-year-old spent four years as the minister of intelligence services, under Thabo Mbeki’s government, but had fought for the ANC’s right to participate as a political party long before that. He now fears the Israeli elections will encourage a further shift to the far-right:

“The parallels with South Africa are many. The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, recently said: ‘Israel is not a state of all its citizens … Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people – and them alone’.”

“[Israeli President] Netanyahu’s Likud party is desperately courting extremist parties and abandoning any pretext of negotiating with the Palestinians. His plan to bring an extremist settler party and Kahanist terrorist party into his governing coalition is obscene.”

Ronnie Kasrils

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Why the new nationalists love ‘Israel’

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Why the new nationalists love Israel A trip to Jerusalem has become almost compulsory for today’s ‘strongman’ leaders GIDEON RACHMAN Add to myFT Share on Twitter (opens new window) Share on Facebook (opens new window) Share on LinkedIn (opens new window) Save Save to myFT Gideon Rachman APRIL 1, 2019 Print this page207 With a week to go before the Israeli election, Benjamin Netanyahu has rarely been in a weaker situation at home or a stronger situation overseas. The Israeli prime minister is fighting the elections weighed down by a preliminary indictment for fraud, bribery and breach of trust. He is currently neck-and-neck in the polls, with the centre-left opposition led by Benny Gantz, a former head of the Israeli military. The campaign is also taking place against the backdrop of continuing unrest in the Gaza Strip. But while the clouds are gathering at home for Mr Netanyahu, they are lifting overseas. Israel is benefiting from the rise of a new generation of nationalist-populist political leaders — from Washington to Delhi, and from Budapest to Brasília — who ardently admire the Jewish state. This change in the international political atmosphere has created new breathing space for a country that has long feared international isolation and trade boycotts. The single most important change for the Israelis was the election of Donald Trump. The US president has delivered on a long list of Israeli objectives which once seemed like distant fantasies. Mr Trump has moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord. And this month, America recognised Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel seized during the Six-Day War of 1967. Mr Netanyahu sounded almost incredulous as he received this gift in the White House. Another leader who loves to stress his friendship with Mr Netanyahu is Jair Bolsonaro, the new president of Brazil, who is currently visiting Israel. Having the largest country in Latin America as an ally is a breakthrough for Israel because the “global south” of developing nations has traditionally been solid in its support for the Palestinians. For Mr Bolsonaro, embracing Israel is a way of simultaneously appealing to the large evangelical community in Brazil and to the Trump White House, while sticking a finger in the eye of his enemies on the liberal left. Indeed, a trip to Israel has become almost a compulsory stop for a new generation of “strongman” leaders, who revel in defying liberal opinion. Last September, Rodrigo Duterte, the leader of the Philippines, came to Jerusalem and told Mr Netanyahu: “We have the same passion for human beings” — a double-edged compliment, given that Mr Duterte is under investigation by the International Criminal Court for encouraging extrajudicial killings. Another strongman cultivated by Mr Netanyahu is Viktor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary and champion of “illiberal democracy”, who visited Jerusalem last year. This relationship is controversial in Israel because Mr Orban launched a poster campaign in 2017 that used anti-Semitic imagery portraying George Soros, a Jewish philanthropist, as a puppet master intent on flooding Hungary with refugees.  How to contribute to the FT’s opinion pages Here at the FT opinion section, we want to hear from you. We particularly relish pieces that highlight fresh ideas, unexpected places and diverse points of view. Find out more here. Nonetheless, there are ideological affinities between the Israeli and Hungarian leaders. They are both ethnic nationalists — “Israel for the Jews” and “Hungary for the Hungarians” are similar ideas. The fact that Mr Orban’s nationalism has more than a whiff of anti-Semitism about it is not especially shocking to Mr Netanyahu, whose brand of Zionism has always assumed that the outside world is inherently anti-Semitic.  For the Israeli leader, making a tactical alliance with a dubious figure like Mr Orban is justified if it helps Israel. And central European nationalists are currently doing just that. Last year, the Czechs, Hungarians and Romanians vetoed EU condemnation of America’s embassy move to Jerusalem. Since then, the Romanian prime minister has suggested that his own government might move its embassy to Jerusalem.  These days, Europe’s far-right is far more hostile to Muslims than Jews, and that Islamophobia often translates into support for Israel. Something similar may be going on with Narendra Modi, who in 2017 became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel since the state’s foundation. Mr Modi leads the Hindu nationalist BJP, whose supporters are often antagonistic towards Muslims. Some BJP loyalists see Israel’s ferocious response to Palestinian violence as a model for India in its struggle with terrorists based in Pakistan. Technology is Israel’s calling card with China. Wang Qishan, China’s vice-president, visited an Israeli tech fair last October. At a time when American tech companies are getting warier of working with China, Israel is an attractive alternative. A Chinese firm now operates the port of Haifa, which is the main base for the Israeli navy. Mr Netanyahu regards these new relationships as great achievements and dismisses liberal scruples about palling up with the likes of Messrs Duterte, Bolsonaro and Orban. But, even in terms of pure realpolitik, Mr Netanyahu’s diplomacy carries substantial risks for Israel. The most damaging charge made against Israel by its critics is that the Jewish state’s claim to be a beacon of democracy is undermined by its treatment of the Palestinians. By allying with a new generation of populist-nationalists — many of whom have dubious democratic credentials — Israel will further weaken its claim to be a champion of democracy.  Mr Netanyahu is certainly finding new friends for Israel. But he also risks creating a whole new batch of enemies.

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