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Why aren’t Europeans calling ‘Israel’ an apartheid state?


Israel’s apartheid is not that different from the one South Africa used to have, both in terms of policy and brutality.


People hold banners saying 'Stop the genocide in Gaza. Stop the occupation' and 'Yesterday South Africa, today Palestine. Boycott Israel' at a protest in Malaga, Spain on July 17, 2014 [File: Reuters]
People hold banners saying ‘Stop the genocide in Gaza. Stop the occupation’ and ‘Yesterday South Africa, today Palestine. Boycott Israel’ at a protest in Malaga, Spain on July 17, 2014 [File: Reuters]

Apartheid is alive and well and thriving in occupied Palestine.

Palestinians know this. South Africans know this. Many Israelis have accepted this as part of their political debate. Americans are coming to terms with this, with new voices in Congress and NGOs like Jewish Voice for Peace unafraid of speaking this truth.

Only in Europe is there a steadfast denial of Israeli apartheid over Palestinians despite overwhelming evidence underlining it.

Israel‘s restrictions on freedom of movement in the occupied Palestinian territory are a resurrection of South Africa’s hated pass laws, which criminalised black South Africans without a permit or pass to be in a “white” city. Israel’s policy of forcible population removals and destruction of homes resembles the relocation of black people from areas zoned for exclusive white occupation in apartheid South Africa.

The Israeli security forces engage in torture and brutality exceeding the worst practices of the South African security apparatus. And the humiliation of black people that was a feature of apartheid in South Africa is replicated in occupied Palestine.

Racist rhetoric in the Israeli public debate offends even those familiar with the language of apartheid South Africa. The crude racist advertising that characterised campaigning in Israel’s recent elections was unknown in South Africa.

Of course, there are differences that arise from the different histories, religions, geography and demography, but both cases fit the universal definition of apartheid. In international law, apartheid is a state-sanctioned regime of institutionalised and legalised racial discrimination and oppression by one hegemonic racial group against another. 

In some respects, apartheid in South Africa was worse. In some respects, Israeli apartheid in occupied Palestine is worse. Certainly, Israel’s enforcement of apartheid in occupied Palestine is more militaristic and more brutal. Apartheid South Africa never blockaded a black community and methodically killed protesters as Israel is currently doing along its fence with Gaza.

These facts are well known. No one who follows the news can claim to be ignorant of the repression inflicted on the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation army and Jewish settlers. It is common knowledge that the different legal systems for settlers and Palestinians have created a regime of separate and grossly unequal legal statuses.

Why then do Europeans consistently deny the existence of apartheid in occupied Palestine? Why is it business as usual with Israel? Why is Eurovision to be held in Tel Aviv? Why does Europe sell arms to Israel; trade with it, even with its illegal settlements; maintain cultural and educational ties? Why is Israel not subjected to the kind of ostracism that was applied to South Africa and complicit white South African institutions?

Why were sanctions against apartheid South Africa welcomed while European governments take steps to criminalise the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to secure freedom, justice and equal rights for Palestinians?

There are three explanations for this conundrum.

First, pro-Israeli lobbies in many European countries are as effective as their US counterparts without the same degree of visibility.

Second, there is Holocaust guilt. The policies of some countries towards Israel, such as the Netherlands, are still determined by guilt stemming from the failure to have done more to save Jews during World War II.

Third, and most important of all, there is the fear of being labelled anti-Semitic. Encouraged and manipulated by Israel and Israeli lobbies, the concept of anti-Semitism has been expanded to cover not only hatred of Jews but criticism of Israeli apartheid.

In the case of South Africa, President PW Botha was hated because he applied apartheid and not because he was an Afrikaner. It would seem obvious that in the same way many hate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because he enforces apartheid and not because he is a Jew. But this distinction is increasingly blurred in Europe. To criticise the government of Israel for applying apartheid is seen as anti-Semitism. And so it becomes dangerous and unwise to criticise Israel.

In Europe, criticism of apartheid in South Africa was a popular cause. The Anti-Apartheid Movement, which lobbied for the boycott of South African exports, trade, sport, artists and academics was encouraged and subjected to no restrictions. Governments imposed different kinds of sanctions, including an arms embargo. Public protests against apartheid were a regular feature of university life.

Criticism of Israel’s discriminatory and repressive policies, on the other hand, can result in one being labelled anti-Semitic with serious consequences for one’s career and social life. Consequently, there are fewer protests against Israeli apartheid on European campuses and less popular support for BDS. Public figures who criticise Israel are attacked as anti-Semites, as evidenced by the witch-hunt against members of the British Labour Party.

Until Europeans have the courage to distinguish criticism of Israel for applying apartheid from real anti-Semitism – that is, hatred of Jews – apartheid will continue to flourish in occupied Palestine, with the direct complicity of Europe.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.

Naomi Klein: I don't 'pick and choose' on BDS


Naomi Klein: I don’t ‘pick and choose’ on BDS


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Nazi troops detained a 9-year-old Palestinian at school

Israeli troops detained a 9-year-old Palestinian at school. It’s ‘becoming normal’, locals say
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(CNN)The day before we met, human rights campaigner Aref Jaber recorded the arrest of a 9-year-old Palestinian boy, taken out of school in the West Bank city of Hebron by armed Israeli soldiers.

His footage shows soldiers inside Ziad Jaber elementary school, arguing with the school principal and other teachers, as they attempt to remove Zein Idris and his 7-year-old brother Taim.
At one point on the video, one of the teachers is told that if he does not let go of Zein, the soldier will break the teacher’s arm.
The age of criminal culpability in Israel — under both civilian and military law — is 12, but when the principal points out that the brothers are just young children, an Israeli officer replies, “They threw stones, I don’t care how old they are.”
Taim was hidden in a classroom but, as the video shows, Zein was eventually frog-marched away and taken to an army vehicle.
According to the school and residents of the neighborhood, he was taken off to a nearby military post and held for just under an hour.
Describing the incident to CNN, the Israeli army spokesperson’s unit said that a group of students had thrown stones toward cars belonging to residents of Israeli settlements in the city, and that soldiers then conducted a warning chat with the pupils.
The army disputed the suggestion it had made any arrests, but added that the incident will be investigated, and regulations clarified accordingly.
Zein Idris plays on the rooftop of his house in Hebron.

‘You threw a stone’

When I visit Zein Idris, he is playing on the roof of the family house.
Sitting next to his mother, he tells me he was on his way out of school with Taim when they saw the soldiers running towards them, so they went back to school to hide.
“They ran into the school and arrested me. One of the soldiers screamed at me while twisting my ear and said, ‘you threw a stone.’ I told him I didn’t, but he grabbed my shoulder and pushed me hard to the wall and kept me arrested for two hours.”
Aref Jaber has lived in Hebron all his life. He documents as much as he can in the West Bank’s largest Palestinian city with his video camera or his phone.
“The most dangerous thing,” he says, “is that arresting children here is becoming normal.”
Aref Jaber, the human rights activist who took the video.

Children’s rights

UNICEF, the United Nations agency which seeks to protect children’s rights, characterizes what happened as an arrest.
While noting that Zein was released without charge, it says that incidents of military forces entering schools are all too common in the West Bank.
“Not only do all children everywhere have a right to a safe education and protection from all forms of violence and exploitation, but it is also essential for their mental and physical well-being,” says UNICEF Palestine Special Representative, Genevieve Boutin.
“Children who face such violations often experience difficulties in schools and are at risk of drop out.”
In 2018, the UN agency received testimony from 65 Palestinian children arrested or detained either at school, or on their way to or from classes.
Numbers from the Israeli Prison Services show a monthly average of 271 Palestinian children detained in 2018 for alleged security offenses.
This does not include the total number of children who come into contact with security forces but are released after a few hours, such as in Zein Idris’s case, UNICEF adds.

Permanent state of tension

The situation in Hebron is a particular concern.
Lying less than 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Jerusalem, even by the standards of the region, the city’s administrative arrangements are complex.
It is divided into two, with Palestinians controlling one part, Israelis the other.
The Israeli part, which includes the Old City, is home to about 40,000 Palestinians and a few hundred Israeli settlers, according to figures from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Guarding the settlers are around 650 Israeli soldiers, according to Breaking the Silence, an anti-occupation organization made up of former Israeli servicemen and women. The army itself does not comment on the number of troops it deploys.
Security in the Israeli-controlled part is based on what is called the “principle of separation.”
In the words of Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem this means that Palestinians living there “are subjected to extreme restrictions in their movement, by car or on foot, including the closure of main streets, while [Israeli] settlers are free to go where they wish.”
The result is a permanent state of tension; a place seething with hostility and mistrust.
Abu Jalal owns a shop right in front of Zein Idris’s school and was present when the soldiers marched him out.
He describes what he sees as a game the soldiers play with the children.
“The soldiers storm the school to provoke the kids. When the kids see them with their weapons they start screaming, to provoke the soldiers, who then feel they have a reason to arrest the kids,” he says.
Abu Jalal owns a shop right in front of Zein Idris's school and was present when the soldiers marched him out.

The army disputes that description and says it only ever enters a school when it believes an incident, like a stone-throwing, has taken place and it wants to find the perpetrator.
Going forward, Israeli authorities, in discussions with UNICEF, have also “expressed willingness … to issue directives that would forbid the entry of armed forces into schools” according to the UN agency, though this is yet to be implemented.

‘Moral blindness’

B’Tselem is another group which records incidents in the West Bank in which it says Israeli security forces have detained Palestinian children below the age of criminal liability without informing their parents.
It says the justification often given is that soldiers were detaining the children before handing them over to Palestinian authorities.
“It is unacceptable for armed forces to hold a young child alone for any time at all, and especially without notifying his or her parents, regardless of whether the child has thrown stones or not. The fact that Israeli authorities believe that this conduct is acceptable speaks volumes as to the moral blindness afflicting them.”
The influence on Israeli society of Israel’s long military occupation of the Palestinian territories is a sensitive one for many Israelis, especially when the suggestion is made that its own soldiers might be paying a price.
Israeli TV news anchor Oshrat Kotler was heavily criticized recently for suggesting, during a live broadcast in February, that serving in the West Bank was turning Israeli soldiers into animals.
“We send our children to the army, to the territories and get back animals. That is the result of the occupation,” she said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was just one of those to raise a critical voice against the TV anchor.
“I am proud of the soldiers of the IDF and love them very much. Kotler’s comments should be condemned,” he said.

‘Careful, they are filming!’

Aref Jaber says Hebron’s children are clearly paying a psychological price.
“The scars are deep. Many of the children here are scared to go to school, others are prevented by their own parents from leaving the house and playing with their friends in the neighborhood,” he says.
Another human rights activist, Imad Abu Shamsiyeh, sees no solution to the current situation.
The only weapon that can make even a small difference he says is a camera.
“As soon as the soldiers see a camera they start telling each other, ‘Careful, they are filming!’ This is the only way we have succeeded to document their crimes and show them to the whole world.”

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Why is UNICEF a “proud supporter” of Nazi Jewish settlements?

Why is UNICEF a “proud supporter” of Israeli settlements?
The EU-financed EuroAsia Interconnector will link Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land in violation of international law with the European electricity grid.

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UNICEF has confirmed to The Electronic Intifada that EuroAsia Interconnector used its logo without permission.
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UNICEF is sponsoring a major EU-financed project to link Israeli settlements to Europe’s electricity grid.

The United Nations children’s agency is listed among the “proud supporters” of the EuroAsia Interconnector, a project to build a 1,000-mile subsea cable linking the European electricity grid with Israel via Greece and Cyprus.

This means that Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Syria’s Golan Heights – all illegal under international law – would be linked to the European network and would benefit from Israel’s ability to trade electricity through the interconnector.

When completed, the system will also allow Israel to sell electricity produced from gas extracted from Mediterranean fields that are the subject of international disputes involving Israel, the Palestinians and Lebanon.

“This multi-billion euro project rewards Israel for its war crimes while Palestinians are being kept in the dark,” the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) said in an action alert this week urging the public to tell UNICEF to drop its support for the project.

“Israel’s siege on Gaza limits electricity to just a few hours per day for close to two million Palestinians living there,” the action alert states. “Israel has repeatedly demolished Palestinian solar energy installations in the occupied West Bank, the only source of energy for many communities.”

Many of the Palestinian energy projects destroyed by Israel were funded by the EU.

Crimes against children

The BNC notes that UNICEF’s slogan is “For every child, hope,” and that the UN organization “has widely documented how Israel’s illegal settlements deny Palestinian children their basic human rights and any hope for a future of justice, peace and dignity.”

Yet UNICEF is “supporting an electricity cable to these colonial settlements, granting them recognition, money and infrastructure so they flourish,” the BNC states.

Israel’s systematic abuse of Palestinian children includes military detention and torture in the West Bank.

And in Gaza, a UN independent commission of inquiry recently called for the arrest of Israelis involved in alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity including the intentional killing of children during Great March of Return protests.

With a budget of $4 billion largely financed by the European Union, the EuroAsia Interconnector has received a high-level blessing from the Trump administration, which recently granted US recognition to Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights.

“By financing the interconnector and connecting Europe’s electricity grid with Israel’s, the EU and member states would provide direct support to Israel’s illegal settlements in violation of their legal obligations and commitments,” the BNC states in a recent briefing document on the project.

The BNC, a broad-based Palestinian civil society coalition, is demanding that the EU withdraw tenders and financing related to the Israel-Cyprus electricity link, conduct a credible human rights assessment of the EuroAsia Interconnector and warn companies and investors of legal and other risks of involving themselves in Israeli gas and electricity projects.

Risk to citizens’ privacy

The BNC is also warning of a risk to citizens’ privacy in relation to a side project of the EuroAsia Interconnector, the so-called Quantum cable, a fiber-optic line that will run from Spain to Israel.

“Laying of the Quantum cable will mean that 60 percent of the world’s internet traffic – between Europe and Asia – will pass through Israel, raising serious concerns on security and civil rights,” according to the BNC.

Israel has a well-documented record of cyberspying and subterfuge, capabilities that its intelligence agencies and firms deploy against advocates for Palestinian human rights or market to other repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

“The EU’s support for the EuroAsia Interconnector and Israeli gas export to Europe stands in stark contrast with Israel’s systematic assault on Palestinian human rights, energy sources and supply,” the BNC adds.

While UNICEF’s open support for Israel’s criminal activities is out of keeping with its mission and mandate, the EU’s complicity is typical of the bloc’s long-standing policy of rewarding Israel for its violations in spite of European lip service to peace, human rights and international law.

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Arizona Lawmakers Running Scared After Anti-Boycott Law Ruled Unconstitutional


Last year, an Arizona federal court blocked the state from enforcing its anti-boycott law, ruling that the law — which requires government contractors to certify that they are not participating in boycotts of Israel or Israeli settlements in the West Bank — violates the First Amendment. In response, the state appealed the court’s decision and asked the Ninth Circuit to allow it to continue enforcing the unconstitutional law pending appeal. The Ninth Circuit refused and scheduled oral arguments for the appeal for June 6.

But instead of trying to defend its law in court come June 6, the state of Arizona is running scared. Today the state amended its anti-boycott statute in a transparent attempt to avoid another loss in court. The new law, signed today by Gov. Ducey, limits the anti-boycott certification to for-profit companies with more than 10 employees and government contracts worth more than $100,000. This means the law no longer applies to our clients as well as many other individuals and small businesses. It also means that the state will try to escape further judicial review and continue imposing the anti-boycott certification in at least some cases, even though a federal court has held that the law unconstitutionally infringes the First Amendment rights “that Americans and Arizonans use ‘to bring about political, social, and economic change.’”

We’ve seen this tactic before.

In Kansas, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of Esther Koontz, a member of the Mennonite Church USA, who lost the opportunity to participate in a state program to train math teachers after she refused to sign the anti-boycott certification. A federal district court blocked Kansas’s law, holding that the First Amendment protects the right to participate in politically motivated boycotts of Israel. Shortly after the court issued its ruling, state legislators scaled backthe law so that the certification requirement applied only to companies and only to government contracts worth more than $100,000.

In Texas, we are currently litigating a lawsuit on behalf of four individuals who were forced to choose between signing the state’s anti-boycott certification and losing a government contract, including two university students who want to judge high school debate tournaments, a writer and translator, and a reporter. In response to our lawsuit and a similar lawsuit by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Texas legislators introduced an amendment that would limit the certification requirement to companies with more than 10 employees and government contracts worth more than $100,000.It’s easy to understand why legislators are afraid to stand by their laws in court. These anti-boycott laws are obviously unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has unanimously recognized that the First Amendment protects the right to boycott. Anti-boycott laws have a terrible track record in court. And several of the country’s most prominent First Amendment scholars have declared twice now that these laws are “plainly unconstitutional” because they are “clearly directed at the suppression of speech with which the state disagrees.”

But if state legislators know these laws violate the First Amendment, they should be repealing them, not passing half-measures designed to thwart judicial review. These amendments do nothing to cure the laws’ fundamental defects. The government is still forcing contractors to disavow participation in constitutionally protected boycotts, and it is still using its economic leverage to suppress one side of a public debate. The Supreme Court has made crystal clear that individuals and companies have the same First Amendment right to participate in political expression and association. Individuals like Esther Koontz, small businesses like Mik Jordahl’s solo law firm, and larger businesses like the Arkansas Times newspaper all have First Amendment rights. None can be forced to sign an anti-boycott certification.

It’s a shame that state legislators are trying to save face without addressing the fundamental First Amendment violations federal courts have expressly identified. But we won’t let them take the easy way out. Any business asked to sign an anti-boycott certification form should contact their local ACLU. While we don’t take a position on boycotts of Israel, we’ve defended the right to boycott for decades, and we don’t plan to stop any time soon.

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Rumors of War: Washington Is Looking for a Fight


Rumors of War: Washington Is Looking for a Fight

It is depressing to observe how the United States of America has become the evil empire. Having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and in the Central Intelligence Agency for the second half of the Cold War, I had an insider’s viewpoint of how an essentially pragmatic national security policy was being transformed bit by bit into a bipartisan doctrine that featured as a sine qua non global dominance for Washington. Unfortunately, when the Soviet Union collapsed the opportunity to end once and for all the bipolar nuclear confrontation that threatened global annihilation was squandered as President Bill Clinton chose instead to humiliate and use NATO to contain an already demoralized and effectively leaderless Russia.

American Exceptionalism became the battle cry for an increasingly clueless federal government as well as for a media-deluded public. When 9/11 arrived, the country was ready to lash out at the rest of the world. President George W. Bush growled that “There’s a new sheriff in town and you are either with us or against us.” Afghanistan followed, then Iraq, and, in a spirit of bipartisanship, the Democrats came up with Libya and the first serious engagement in Syria. In its current manifestation, one finds a United States that threatens Iran on a nearly weekly basis and tears up arms control agreements with Russia while also maintaining deployments of US forces in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and places like Mali. Scattered across the globe are 800 American military bases while Washington’s principal enemies du jour Russia and China have, respectively, only one and none.

Never before in my lifetime has the United States been so belligerent, and that in spite of the fact that there is no single enemy or combination of enemies that actually threaten either the geographical United States or a vital interest. Venezuela is being threatened with invasion primarily because it is in the western hemisphere and therefore subject to Washington’s claimed proconsular authority. Last Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence told the United Nations Security Council that the White House will remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from power, preferably using diplomacy and sanctions, but “all options are on the table.” Pence warned that Russia and other friends of Maduro need to leave now or face the consequences.

The development of the United States as a hostile and somewhat unpredictable force has not gone unnoticed. Russia has accepted that war is coming no matter what it does in dealing with Trump and is upgrading its forces. By some estimates, its army is better equipped and more combat ready than is that of the United States, which spends nearly ten times as much on “defense.”

Iran is also upgrading its defensive capabilities, which are formidable. Now that Washington has withdrawn from the nuclear agreement with Iran, has placed a series of increasingly punitive sanctions on the country, and, most recently, has declared a part of the Iranian military to be a “foreign terrorist organization” and therefore subject to attack by US forces at any time, it is clear that war will be the next step. In three weeks, the United States will seek to enforce a global ban on any purchases of Iranian oil. A number of countries, including US nominal ally Turkey, have said they will ignore the ban and it will be interesting to see what the US Navy intends to do to enforce it. Or what Iran will do to break the blockade.

But even given all of the horrific decisions being made in the White House, there is one organization that is far crazier and possibly even more dangerous. That is the United States Congress, which is, not surprisingly, a legislative body that is viewed positively by only 18 per cent of the American people.

A current bill originally entitled the “Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019,” is numbered S-1189. It has been introduced in the Senate which will “…require the Secretary of State to determine whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and whether Russian-sponsored armed entities in Ukraine should be designated as foreign terrorist organizations.” The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado and is co-sponsored by Democrat Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

The current version of the bill was introduced on April 11th and it is by no means clear what kind of support it might actually have, but the fact that it actually has surfaced at all should be disturbing to anyone who believes it is in the world’s best interest to avoid direct military confrontation between the United States and Russia.

In a a press release by Gardner, who has long been pushing to have Russia listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, a February version of the bill is described as “…comprehensive legislation [that] seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia’s interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in the Kerch Strait. The legislation establishes a comprehensive policy response to better position the US government to address Kremlin aggression by creating new policy offices on cyber defenses and sanctions coordination. The bill stands up for NATO and prevents the President from pulling the US out of the Alliance without a Senate vote. It also increases sanctions pressure on Moscow for its interference in democratic processes abroad and continued aggression against Ukraine.”

The February version of the bill included Menendez, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina as co-sponsors, suggesting that provoking war is truly bipartisan in today’s Washington.

Each Senator co-sponsor contributed a personal comment to the press release. Gardner observed that “Putin’s Russia is an outlaw regime that is hell-bent on undermining international law and destroying the US-led liberal global order.” Menendez noted that “President Trump’s willful paralysis in the face of Kremlin aggression has reached a boiling point in Congress” while Graham added that “Our goal is to change the status quo and impose meaningful sanctions and measures against Putin’s Russia. He should cease and desist meddling in the US electoral process, halt cyberattacks on American infrastructure, remove Russia from Ukraine, and stop efforts to create chaos in Syria.” Cardin contributed “Congress continues to take the lead in defending US national security against continuing Russian aggression against democratic institutions at home and abroad” and Shaheen observed that “This legislation builds on previous efforts in Congress to hold Russia accountable for its bellicose behavior against the United States and its determination to destabilize our global world order.”

The Senatorial commentary is, of course, greatly exaggerated and sometimes completely false regarding what is going on in the world, but it is revealing of how ignorant American legislators can be and often are. The Senators also ignore the fact that the designation of presumed Kremlin surrogate forces as “foreign terrorist organizations” is equivalent to a declaration of war against them by the US military, while hypocritically calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism is bad enough, as it is demonstrably untrue. But the real damage comes from the existence of the bill itself. It will solidify support for hardliners on both sides, guaranteeing that there will be no rapprochement between Washington and Moscow for the foreseeable future, a development that is bad for everyone involved. Whether it can be characterized as an unintended consequence of unwise decision making or perhaps something more sinister involving a deeply corrupted congress and administration remains to be determined.

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Nazi Jewish settlers raze Palestinian farmlands in Salfit

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Palestinian farmers on Tuesday said that Nazi Jewish settlers have razed vast tracts of their lands near Ariel settlement, north of Salfit, without prior notice.

The farmers told the PIC reporter that they were allowed access to their lands on Tuesday after a three-day ban by the Nazi regime and they were shocked to see their lands bulldozed by the settlers.

They added that about 30 dunums of land were bulldozed and the razing has not stopped yet.

Local sources said that the Nazi Jewish settlers’ recent land-razing operations serve as a prelude to a new plan to build 800 housing units in Ariel settlement, which is part of Naziyahu’s election campaign.

They noted that the illegal Nazi Jewish settlement expansion activity has been stepped up recently in Ariel. Based on a newly-approved project, Nazi regime has started the construction of several buildings for the Faculty of Medi

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Nazi Jewish settler runs over and kill female Palestinian Teacher


Nazi Jewish settler has run over and killed female Palestinian teacher in Khirbet al-Dira in Taqou Neighbourhood, east of West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The teacher was identified as Fatima Sulieman, 42 years old.

Local sources told Palestine Post 24 that the Nazi Jewish settler hit the car of the teacher and when she took off to see what happened, the settler hit her and ran over her body.

According to the sources, the extremist Nazi Jewish settler continued driving his way carelessly as if he did nothing wrong.

Nazi Jewish settler, who live in illegal settlements build in usurped Palestinian lands, continuously commit crimes against the Palestinians.

Rights groups, including Nazi ones, have several times investigated the continuous settlers’ crimes against the Palestinians and found that they are encouraged by the government.

The rights groups said that the settler criminals go unpunished even if they killed Palestinians.


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On Jews being united

Alain Soral and Jewish unity

Gilad Atzmon writes:

In an article in the Times of Israel entitled “What all anti-Semites have in common”, Andres Spokoiny, president and chief executive of the Jewish Funders Network, tells us everything we shouldn’t know about the current state of the Jew-gentile divide.

“Today,” Spokoiny complains, “many Jews are willing to overlook and even excuse anti-Semitism when the bigots hate a certain type of Jews.” In the good old days, anti-Semitism was a uniting force. “Anti-Semitism used to be the big Jewish unifier. Jews were always fractious and quarrelsome, but when it came to anti-Semitism, everybody agreed. Anti-Semites hated us without distinction, so in the face of a common threat we would recognise the danger and unite.” Spokoiny is nostalgic, he wants to see the Jews reunited into a fist of resistance against anti-Semitism.

In the eyes of Spokoiny, the three types of contemporary anti-Semitism, be it left, right or Islamic (“which is not only fascistic but outright genocidal”, according to Spokoiny) are in fact one by nature: “There’s just one type of anti-Semitism that simply dresses its ugly persona in different ideological garments.” So, it isn’t just the Jews that should be reunited; the goyim [gentiles], or shall we say the rest of humanity, aren’t diverse either; their opposition to Jewish politics, Israel or Zionism are only a matter of “different ideological garments”.

In Spokoiny’s universe, the Jews are hated for being Jews. It is not that some oppose Israel for being racist, expansionist and genocidal. It is not because some may be upset that the Israeli lobby dominates Western foreign affairs in the open. It is not because American and British boys and girls are sent to fight and die in Zio-con wars, it is not because some have noticed that it was a bunch of prominent Jewish intellectuals who have managed to reshape the Western ethos by means of so-called progressive ideologies. It is not because the media seems to be biased in favour of a criminal state, which happens to be a Jewish one. In Spokoiny, reasoning and self-reflection are pushed aside. In his universe some just hate Jews blindly, irrationally and for no reason.

The so-called “enemies of the Jews” are upholding the most enlightened rational universalist ethical positions. They treat Jews as ordinary people and expect their state and institutions to subscribe to ethical standards.

But Spokoiny might as well be right. There is a common element in the left wing, right wing, Christian and Islamic opposition to Jewish politics, culture and ideology: opposition to chosenness is how Bernard Lazare described it in his 1894 Zionist text,Anti-Semitism: Its history and causes. There is a shared common ground that unites all of those so-called “anti-Semites”. The alleged “enemies of the Jews” are people who want the Jewish past to be subject to scrutiny like all other historical chapters, Israeli barbarism to be curtailed, Wall Street to be restricted, Palestine to be free. They want globalisation to be halted, immoral interventionism to die out. The so-called “anti-Semites” actually follow the Zionist promise: they want Jews to finally assimilate and become “a people like all other people”, as Theodor Herzl put in his pamphlet, Der Judenstaat. The so-called “enemies of the Jews” are upholding the most enlightened rational universalist ethical positions. They treat Jews as ordinary people and expect their state and institutions to subscribe to ethical standards.

Spokoiny hates Alain Soral, the French intellectual who was sentenced this week to one year in prison by a French court for “negationisme” (historical revisionism).

In the eyes of French Jewish institutions and Spokoiny, Soral is the ultimate enemy. He has managed to present a unifying message that appeals to the left, the right and Muslim immigrants. Soral calls for a universal reconciliation between them all under a French nationalist egalitarian ethos. The French Jewish institutions see Soral’s call as a vile anti-Semitic message as it doesn’t seem to accommodate Jewish exceptionalism. However, some Jews have joined Soral’s movement. But they clearly demoted themselves to French patriots. They left chosennism behind, they see themselves primarily as French.

“We in the Jewish community need to believe him [Soral].” Spokoiny writes: “We need to stop participating in the divide-and-conquer game of those who hate us.” In other words, Spokoiny wants to see Jews as one monolithic identity. One that sticks together and exercises its power. If Spokoiny or anyone else thinks that such politics may eradicate anti-Semitism, he or she must be either naïve or just stupid. What Jews need to do is to self-reflect, to ask themselves why anti-Semitism is rising again. Jews must identify their own role in this emerging reality. Rather than constantly blaming their so called “haters”, Jews may want to repeat the early Zionist exercise and ask what is exactly in Jewish culture, identity and politics that makes Jewish history a chain of disasters.

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Extreme-right Frenchman jailed for Holocaust denial

Alain Soral, 60, published comments by his lawyer that were deemed to have negated Nazi crimes; International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism praises decision to hand down prison sentence.
A French court sentenced far-right essayist Alain Soral to a year in prison on Monday for Holocaust denial in relation to images and remarks posted on a website.
Soral, 60, was convicted for publishing on his website a litigious text written by his lawyer in regards to another case.
Alain Soral, left, with French comedian Dieudonné (Photo: Reuters)

Alain Soral, left, with French comedian Dieudonné (Photo: Reuters)

He was not present for the decision. The judge in the case issued a warrant for his arrest.

Soral, an associate of French comedian Dieudonné, has previous convictions, notably for incitement of racial hatred, and the court went beyond prosecutors’ requests for six months in prison.
His lawyer, Damien Viguier, received a 5,000-euro fine for complicity, due to the content of his conclusions. Prosecutors had asked for a 15,000-euro fine.

Both Soral and Viguier were also ordered to pay a symbolic one-euro fine reflecting damages as well as 1,500 euros in legal fees to four anti-racist groups.
“After 10 years of convictions for racist and anti-Semitic offenses, the justice system is finally taking the right measures against the Soral phenomenon,” said Stéphane Lilti, lawyer for one of the plaintiffs, the French Union of Jewish Students.
The International League agnst Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra) hailed “the firmness of this decision” and called on web servers to close all of Soral’s websites.
Viguier’s own lawyer, Gérard Guillot, denounced “a scandal” in which “a French lawyer is convicted for defending a case.”Multiple convictions over a contested image

The conviction concerns an image published on Soral’s website Egalité et Réconciliation (Equality and Reconciliation) in 2016 in which a fictional newspaper called “Chutzpah Hebdo” bears a caption reading “disoriented historians”.


Before a Star of David, a likeness of Charlie Chaplin surrounded by a shoe, a wig, a bar of soap and a lampshade asks “Holocaust, where are you?” 

Chutzpah Hebdo cover

Chutzpah Hebdo cover


The image was a reference to a controversial cover of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo depicting a young man asking “Daddy, where are you?” surrounded by dismembered body parts, published in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels of 22 March 2016. 

A court ruled the image on Soral’s site to be an instance of Holocaust denial and fined Soral 10,000 euros with the possibility of imprisonment in case of non-payment. 

Monday’s conviction and sentence concerned a text by Viguier that Soral published on the same site in November 2017 

In the text, Viguier says the shoes and wig were a “reference to memorial sites and sites of pilgrimage” that were “brought together to stir readers’ imaginations.” 

Concerning the wig, Viguier wrote “haircuts occur in all places of concentration for reasons of hygiene,” and said claims that Nazis made soap from human fat and lampshades from human skin were “war propaganda”. 

Viguier posted a message on Soral’s website saying they would both appeal the court’s decision.

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Trump’s army: More than 300 asylum seekers surrender to armed militia

Trump’s army: More than 300 asylum seekers surrender to armed militia of ‘New Mexico residents, veterans and ex-cops’, after crossing the US border
  • Three hundred asylum seekers surrendered to ‘United Constitutional Patriots’
  • Armed militia group claims to be made up of New Mexico ex-cops and veterans, who patrol the border
  • One of the militia, Jim Benvie, recorded a group of migrants trying to enter the US on Tuesday
  • The group handed themselves in and Border Patrol arrived to process them
  • Benvie has documented the armed militia’s encounters with asylum seekers for the past two months
  • Border Patrol said it does not condone the group’s actions

Hundreds of asylum seekers surrendered to an armed militia of New Mexico citizens last night, after trying to cross the U.S. border.

A group of 300 men, women and children gave themselves up to the ‘United Constitutional Patriots’, a gang of vigilantes who claim to be made up of veterans and former police officers, who then handed them over to border officials.

Video recorded by one of the militia, Jim Benvie, who has been camping out on the New Mexico-Chihuahua border for two months, shows the asylum seekers walking on a dirt road having crossed through a fence gap in Sundland Park, New Mexico.

Asylum seekers gave themselves up
Asylum seekers gave themselves up

A group of 300 men, women and children gave themselves up to the ‘United Constitutional Patriots’, a gang of vigilantes made up veterans and former police officers who then handed them over to border officials

Graphic shows the number of attempted border crossings since 2016, according to NPR statistics

Graphic shows the number of attempted border crossings since 2016, according to NPRstatistics

The emergence of the vigilante group comes amid a boom in asylum seekers aiming to make their way into the U.S. through New Mexico, and the El Paso sector.

In 2018, Border Patrol stopped 162,000 people in the Rio Grande Valley.

None of the eight other Border Patrol sectors on the Southern border have experienced anywhere near those figures, as the graphic above indicates.

However, El Paso, where the 300 asylum seekers were filmed, has seen a significant spike in the past year, as other corridors in the U.S. are explored.

In October and November of 2018,as the average number of apprehensions grew, El Paso’s share doubled.

The video, which was streamed live on Facebook, shows the asylum seekers giving themselves up to the militia, intending to turn themselves over to Border Patrol.

‘I literally walked out and I looked, and all I saw was hundreds of people coming at us,’ said Benvie.

Benvie and three other men had been scouting the area Monday night before coming across what the U.S. Border Patrol estimated was 300 migrants.

‘We held them there until Border Patrol came,’ said Benvie.

Benvie and three other men had been scouting the area Monday night before coming across what the U.S. Border Patrol estimated was 300 migrants
Benvie and three other men had been scouting the area Monday night before coming across what the U.S. Border Patrol estimated was 300 migrants

Benvie and three other men had been scouting the area Monday night before coming across what the U.S. Border Patrol estimated was 300 migrants

‘And once they came then we did what we do, and that’s to help Border Patrol get them to the processing van. So, everybody is safe.’

Benvie has documented the armed militia’s encounters with asylum seekers for the past two months.

‘We’re just Americans. We’re veterans, we’re ex-law enforcement, we’re people that care about our national security,’ he said.

‘We’re people that care about our strained Border Patrol.’

Border Patrol said it does not condone the group’s actions

United Constitutional Patriots:  Border patrol vigilantes

For two months, an armed group of ex servicemen and police officers have been patrolling the New Mexico-Chihuahua border for asylum seekers from central America.

The group describe themselves on Facebook as: ‘Americans that believe in the constitution and the rights of every American that will stand up for there rights in unity and help keep America safe.’

Some of the militia cover their faces while dealing with migrants – an the Border Patrol has stated it does not support their work

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