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‘We gave up on historic Palestine in exchange for nothing’

Bassem Tamimi, who has led popular protests in Nabi Saleh for more than a decade, says the two-state solution is ‘no longer an option.’

By: Oren Ziv

Nariman Tamimi (left), Bassem Tamimi (center), and Ahed Tamimi (right) walk into Nabi Saleh after Nariman and Ahed are released from Israeli prison, July 29, 2018. (Oren Ziv)

Nariman Tamimi (left), Bassem Tamimi (center), and Ahed Tamimi (right) walk into Nabi Saleh after Nariman and Ahed are released from Israeli prison, July 29, 2018. (Oren Ziv)

“We need to wake up and change our strategy, to unite our struggle,” says Bassem Tamimi, a veteran Palestinian activist and father of Ahed Tamimi, as he sits in his Nabi Saleh home in the occupied West Bank. Tamimi, who was born in 1967 and has only ever known military occupation, was jailed during the First Intifada and has been among the leaders of the village’s popular protests over the past decade. Now, however, he has given up on the two-state solution. “It’s no longer an option,” he says.

The Tamimi family, and their village, made global headlines in late 2017 when Ahed slapped an Israeli soldier who had entered her family courtyard during a Friday demonstration. Earlier that day, a soldier had shot a 15-year-old relative in the head. A few days later, soldiers arrested Ahed, then 16, from her home in the middle of the night. Her mother, Nariman, was arrested shortly after her daughter for filming the slapping incident. Both spent eight months in prison.

“Why did Ahed slap that soldier?” Tamimi asks rhetorically, in a meeting with journalists from Israel. “Because I didn’t. That’s the reality: We need new ideas, and we cannot expect different results if we continue on the same path. We need to be focused on a goal and change our methods accordingly, not the other way round.Get Our Weekly NewsletterSign up

“We don’t want to live in an illusion,” Tamimi continues. “The peace process began in Madrid in 1992, but the ‘Deal of the Century’ finished that process off. But the current situation is better than what they’re proposing [in Trump’s plan], which offers no right of return and no territorial contiguity — just population transfer, and total control for Israel.”

‘Changing the mentality of occupation is harder than changing the situation on the ground’

Nabi Saleh was one of four West Bank villages to have its entrance sealed off by the Israeli army last week, following a settler protest over stone-throwing in the area. Last Tuesday, traffic backed up outside the village as soldiers and Border Police officers expanded the collective punishment, checking vehicles entering as well as those leaving. The day after, residents simply began driving around the closed gate, despite the presence of Israeli troops.

Nabi Saleh, which lies north of Ramallah in the northern West Bank, is home to a few hundred people. In 2009, residents began staging weekly demonstrations against the occupation and against the takeover of their spring by settlers from neighboring Halamish. The protests continued for two years before being suspended, by which time Israeli forces suppressing the demonstrations had killed four young Palestinians — three from Nabi Saleh, and one from a nearby village.

Members of the Tamimi family prevent an Israeli solider from arresting Mohammed Tamimi, 11, during the weekly protest against the occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, August 28, 2015. (

Members of the Tamimi family prevent an Israeli solider from arresting Mohammed Tamimi, 11, during the weekly protest against the occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, August 28, 2015. (

Dozens of residents — including women and children — have been injured, arrested and imprisoned over the years. Numerous Israeli activists participated in the protests, despite the military’s efforts to block their access to the village. Demonstrations have renewed in the wake of Trump’s plan; already, one youth has been wounded by live ammunition.

“Ahed once asked me why we’re fighting for a two-state solution,” Tamimi says. “I’ve sat in jail for this idea, I’ve lost my sister and 22 other people from our village in the struggle for two states. We put our faith in international law and the international community, but we’ve lost. How can I convince my daughter to continue down this road?”

Tamimi, a longtime Fatah member, now believes that a one-state solution is the only way. “My children can’t go to the beach, which is 25 miles from here. So I’m now talking about one state. We need to change our thinking, to accept the idea that we need to live together.” The idea is gaining ground among Palestinians, he says, citing a recent survey by Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, according to which 37 percent of Palestinians support a single state.

Nonetheless, he continues, “Israeli society is going to the right. Changing the mentality of occupation is harder than changing the situation on the ground.”

Tamimi recalls a talk he and his daughter gave in the United States, before his visa was canceled, in which she thanked the audience for their tears but noted “we have enough of them from the tear gas.” Palestinians weren’t after their pity, she said, because “we’re fighting for our freedom.” Tamimi, with evident pride, adds that the Palestinian Authority “talk about needs, not rights. But the refugee who lives in a Manhattan villa has as much right to return [to Palestine] as someone in a Lebanese refugee camp.”

Bassem Tamimi being led out of the Ofer Military Court, West Bank, April 10, 2011. (

Bassem Tamimi being led out of the Ofer Military Court, West Bank, April 10, 2011. (

Tamimi, like many Palestinians in the occupied territories, considers the PA Israel’s subcontractor in the West Bank. “The PA has become the handmaiden of the occupation,” he says, adding that this is the precise reason Israel created the PA — in order to redirect Palestinian anger and sow internal strife.

This is, he says, the reason that Palestinians in the West Bank chose not to launch mass protests against Trump’s plan. “People stayed home not because they’re scared of the occupation, but because they don’t trust the Palestinian leadership,” he says.  “But change will come.”

‘There is one settlement, and it’s Israel’

Tamimi wholeheartedly believes in returning to the tactics of the First Intifada. “It changed perceptions, because everyone could participate. In a popular protest everyone can, and needs to, play a part.

“Armed struggle might be easier, but it doesn’t instill faith in people to see a guy holding a weapon,” he says.

Tamimi himself has had a long career resisting the occupation. In 1993, he was tortured during an interrogation and spent several days in a coma. His sister, Basma, was killed the same year while on her way to his remand extension hearing at the military court in Ramallah; an army interpreter pushed her in a stairwell, she fell, and broke her neck and died.

In 2011, Tamimi was arrested and jailed for 11 months for his role in organizing protests in Nabi Saleh. In October the following year, he was arrested again during a protest outside a grocery store in an Israeli industrial zone south of Ramallah, and released in early 2013. And in early 2018, following the arrests of Ahed and Nariman, Tamimi’s son, Waleed, was also arrested and jailed for a year for protesting.

Ahed Tamimi is seen before her hearing at Ofer Military Court near the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/

Ahed Tamimi is seen before her hearing at Ofer Military Court near the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/

“There is one settlement, and it’s Israel,” Tamimi says when asked about settlement expansion in the West Bank. “Whether there are more or fewer settlements, whether there are checkpoints or not, are just details in the reality created by the occupier. We need to change the mentality around ruling over another people. The problem is not just that we cannot build houses on our own land. That’s part of it, but we want freedom, respect and rights.”

‘When power is the central value, everything starts to collapse’

“We should have struggled for all of Palestine,” Tamimi says. “Our mistake in the Oslo Accords is that we gave up on 78 percent of historic Palestine in exchange for nothing.”

The failure to establish a Palestinian state since the 1990s is, he says, down to Oslo. “Oslo’s main aim was to show that there is ‘Israel’ and there’s the ‘occupation.’ It changed the perception of Israel, but created a schism among Palestinians.”

When asked about the role of the Israeli left in the struggle against the occupation, Tamimi responds cynically. “There’s a left? Everyone in Israel is moving to the right, like in the rest of the world. It will keep rising until everything falls apart. When power is the central value, everything starts to collapse.”

For Tamimi, Palestinians need to formulate a strategy before inviting support from outside. “Palestinians need a plan first and foremost,” he says. “When we have a plan for a nonviolent struggle, then we’ll invite you [to join us]. That is a Palestinian problem, not a Jewish one. And you need to retake your religion that has been conquered by Zionism.”

Returning to the subject of Ahed’s slap, Tamimi says her act “changed people’s thinking around the world.” The gap between his and his daughter’s generation, he continues, is driven by “freedom of information. They know more than I do about human rights and international law.

“But that’s also a problem, because when you concentrate on universal values of freedom, justice, and democracy, it pushes you away from national belonging, and away from collective rights to individual ones.”

Nonetheless, Tamimi still believes in fighting for his children’s generation. To illustrate, he shares an anecdote about his son Salam. “One day, while I was in prison, he started crying and saying he didn’t want to be called Salam [‘peace’ in Arabic]. When we asked why, he said he’d heard people saying bad things about peace, and he thought they were talking about him.

“So you see, I have to fight in order to convince him to believe in peace.”

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Athletes Take a Knee Against ‘Israel’s’ Occupation

Two volleyball players at Brooklyn College are facing a torrent of abuse for protesting during the Israeli national anthem.

By Dave ZirinTwitter

Omar Rezika and Hunnan Butt kneel before a game against Yeshiva University.

Brooklyn College players Omar Rezika and Hunnan Butt kneel during Israel’s National Anthem at Yeshiva University. (@StopAntisemites / Twitter)

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In August of 2016, quarterback Colin Kaepernick began his NFL season by kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racism and state violence. He purposefully chose the space of the anthem to raise the issue of the gap between what this nation promises and what it delivers. It was a powerful, iconic act that inspired athletes from a variety of sports to do the same. From the pros to college, to high school, to even middle school, athletes were inspired to take a knee less to lend their solidarity to Kaepernick than to protest racist police killings where they lived.


In the tradition—and the extension—of this movement, two volleyball players from Brooklyn College went to one knee before a game this week against Yeshiva University. During the playing of Israel’s national anthem, which Yeshiva plays before every contest, they kneeled as a protest against Israel’s racism and state violence, most pointedly against the country’s apartheid policies of occupation that keep the 2 million Palestinians of Gaza in an open-air prison surrounded by checkpoints and walls. They weren’t just going to stand for Israel’s anthem, hand over hearts, and do nothing.

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Yeshiva University President Ari Berman went on the attack, and in a shockingly irresponsible—not to mention dangerous—statement about two students, he said:

It is unfortunate that some members of the opposing team disrespected Israel’s national anthem. We are proud to be the only university who sings both the American and Israeli national anthems before every athletic competition and major event. Nothing makes me prouder to be an American than living in a country where our religious freedom, our Zionism and our commitment to our people will never be impeded and always be prized.

Think about the irony of this statement. Berman prizes “living in a country where our religious freedom, our Zionism and our commitment to our people will never be impeded and always be prized,” yet this educational leader is willing to demonize two teenagers for exercising our most cherished freedom: freedom of speech. Berman also doesn’t see the irony in the fact that this was the national anthem of another country during which the players kneeled, not the country in which the players were in fact living or playing.

Berman, by turning up the heat instead of seeking some kind of dialogue, opened the floodgates against these two students, who have since set their social media to private in the face of a tidal wave of attacks. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, to take just one example, described their actions as “this flagrant display of antisemitism,” and demanded that Brooklyn College punish the students.

Not surprisingly, the story was also picked up by far-right Zionist Twitter feeds, none of which I care to give free publicity to. But suffice to say, these same feeds that praise a president who makes anti-Semitic comments and whose acolytes chant “Jews Will Not Replace Us” are slandering two young people in frightening fashion because they dared stand for the voiceless of Palestine.

Several of these feeds have also spread the lie that the athletes did not shake hands with their opponents following the game, something that both Yeshiva and Brooklyn College have denied.

I reached out to Noura Erakat, the author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. She said to me, “There’s a stark distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. And though there has been a deliberate effort to conflate Jewish liberation with Zionism, that is neither universally accepted and hardly historically accurate. These students took a clear stance against a national symbol of the state in a manner that echoes protests among black athletes in the US. And just as black protest has been maligned in order to avoid the issues of racial injustice, so too is the students’ legitimate protest being unjustly attacked.”

I also talked to Yousef Munayyer, from the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. He commented, “These young athletes demonstrated the courage of their convictions and chose to send a message of dissent with this simple act. At a time when activism for Palestinian rights is increasingly facing attempted repression, they stood tall for justice by taking a knee. They should be applauded.”

Now, the two athletes are not making any comment, perhaps fearful that being put on “jihad watch” by one website (seriously) could affect their lives. This is not Israel. If Yeshiva wants to play the anthem, that is their business. To expect athletes to stand with their hand over their hearts only demonstrates just how many inroads Trump’s brigade of Christian soldiers (who think we are going to hell come the rapture) along with their pro-Occupation allies have made in challenging basic freedoms of speech. Many rushed to Colin Kaepernick’s side in solidarity when he took the knee. We should do the same for Hunnan and Omar.

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Terrified detainee on list for Home Office’s deportation flight fears ‘he’ll die’ in Jamaica

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Rupert, 31, who was on the flight (Image: collect)

Rupert, 31, says he was imprisoned after getting in a fight with a man who was sexually harassing his step-daughter. He’s lived in Britain since he was 13. Now he’s being deported to a country he barely knows

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A terrified detainee told of his fears he “will die” if he was deported to Jamaica after courts prevented the Home Office from sending some – but not all of those originally due to travel – on a now notorious flight which took off from the UK this morning. 

On Monday evening the Court of Appeal ordered the Home Office not to deport people to Jamaica on Tuesday unless they had access to a functioning, non-O2 Sim card on or before 3 February.

But this only covers Heathrow detention centres and not the Brook House detention centre located at Gatwick – where for some detainees the flight is still scheduled to go ahead.

Some 17 detainees were on the flight, which took off for Jamaica early Tuesday morning.  A further 25 were due to take the flight, but were removed after a Court of Appeal injunction.

Talking from Brook House at around 8.15pm Monday night, one detainee, Rupert, aged 31, stated “We’ve been locked in our cells since 5.30 this evening. 

“They’ve just come around and told us we’re going to be processed for deportation in fifteen minutes. 

“If I got to Jamaica, I’ll die – I can’t survive out there. 

“I don’t have any family out there, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what’s happening. 

“They’re saying that the people at Heathrow did not have access to proper mobile phones which is why they’ve been put on hold – we haven’t had access to proper internet or anything.

“They’ll take my phone off me tonight and I won’t be able to contact anyone”.

An hour later, Rupert’s partner, Andrea, said: “I’m sat here convinced that it’s going to happen just like that my whole life, gone. 

“Rupert is scared… panicked is the correct term – just as the rest of the detainees are. Everyone and everything is unsettled with little news from the outside world he’s definitely now feels defeated.”

“Rupert said it sounds like they’re taking people out their cells now.

“But I thought the flight was at 6am”.

It’s understood Rupert was on the flight when it left the UK.

The government has insisted that all those being deported are “serious criminals”, such as rapists, murderers, or drug dealers. 

But this is not the case for detainees like Rupert.

He arrived to the UK at the age of 13 in 2002 as a child to join his mother – and was granted indefinite leave to remain in 2009 on the grounds of family ties. 

Since living in the UK, he has had three children aged 13, eight, and four, has a partner of 10 years, and acts as a father to 2 step-children – all of which are British nationals. 

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In 2015, Rupert got into an altercation with another man – who he claims was sexually harassing his step-daughter – and was sentenced to 15 months in prison for ABH, but was released after 7 and a half months. 

Rupert was targeted for deportation in 2017 but the Home Office were unsuccessful in this attempt. 

However, on Tuesday last week, the Home Office detained Rupert – without warning – and informed him that he was facing deportation again, with a flight scheduled on 11th February.

They claim that Rupert is at high risk of absconding, a high-risk to the public, and does not have sufficient family ties to remain.

However, Rupert has never absconded – always meeting his obligations to sign-on with immigration, his OASIS reports say he is not “high-risk”, and he has several biological children, two step-children, and a partner of ten years – all of which are British nationals. 

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Zionist Eurdogan: what “business” Russia has in Syria?

Russia is the only country with a legitimate, internationally recognized right to station troops in Syria, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

“Russia is the only country which has troops in Syria on a legal basis and at the request of the legitimate Syrian government,” Peskov said, speaking to Russia 1’s Moscow.Kremlin.Putin programme on Sunday when asked to comment on President Erdogan’s remarks about what “business” Russia has in Syria.

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“All other military forces of other countries are in Syria in contravention of the norms and principles of international law,” Peskov added.

According to the Kremlin spokesman, all of the actions by the Syrian military in Idlib in recent days have been aimed at fighting terrorists. Turkey, on the other hand, has failed to meet its obligations under the Sochi agreements, he said.

“We know that under the Sochi agreements from a year ago, it was the Turkish side which was required to ensure a regime of inactivity by these terrorist elements. Unfortunately, Turkey has not fulfilled these obligations, and the terrorists went on the offensive against Syria’s armed forces,” Peskov said.

Peskov recalled that in addition to attacking the Syrian Army, the terrorists were also attacking Russian military units in the Arab Republic. “Therefore,” he noted, “regardless of any statements, the fight against these terrorist elements will continue.”

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Peskov also confirmed that Presidents Putin and Erdogan would meet on March 5 or 6 in Moscow to discuss the Syrian crisis. According to Peskov, the meeting would not be an easy one. “This will undoubtedly be a difficult meeting, but the heads of state have nevertheless affirmed their focus on resolving the situation in Idlib and their adherence to the Sochi accords. This is important,” he said.

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Putin and Erdogan spoke by telephone on Friday. On Saturday, Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul that he asked Putin about Russia’s “business” in Syria, adding that while Turkey didn’t mind if Russia established a base in the country, it should “get out of our way and leave us face to face with the [Syrian] regime.”

Russia established an airbase in Latakia, northwestern Syria in 2015 on the request of Syria’s internationally recognized government to assist the country in its fight against a broad array of foreign-backed terrorists.

Russia and Turkey reached an accord in Sochi in September 2018, allowing the Turkish military to establish observation posts in Idlib on the condition that terrorist groups be separated from other armed groups and expelled from the de-escalation zone. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has recently said that Ankara has failed to do so.

Tensions in Idlib escalated in February after Syrian artillery struck a Turkish observation post, killing eight Turkish troops and injuring several others. The situation has since turned into a shooting war between Syrian troops, Turkish forces and Ankara-backed militants.

On Thursday, Syrian strikes killed at least 33 Turkish troops who were mixed in among jihadist militants, sparking off a Turkish response which included attacks on dozens of Syrian government targets in ‘Operation Spring Shield’. Syria initiated its Idlib operation in December, citing repeated terrorist attacks on army positions.

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Zionist puppet Eurdogan forces strike military airport in southern Aleppo

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Zionist puppet Eurdogan announced on Sunday the targeting of the Nayrab Military Airport in the southern Aleppo countryside.

The Anatolia Agency, citing Turkish military sources, said that the Nayrab Military Airport was targeted by aircraft and taken out of service.

However, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) denied that the airport was destroyed, pointing out that its runway was targeted, along with some warehouses.

Turkish Defense Minister Zionist Hulusi Akar earlier said, “The Turkish army operation in Idlib, Syria, which it called (Operation Spring Shield) is continuing successfully.”

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Syria: Hezbollah crack Zio-Wahhabi militant lines

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah are currently advancing at the Saraqib front in eastern Idlib, as their forces have reportedly captured several sites from the Zio-Wahhabi jihadists and Turkish-backed militants.

Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah managed to retake the towns of Kafr Bateekh, Dadikh, Tal Dadikh, Jawbas, and San, putting their forces at the outskirts of Nayrab in eastern Idlib.

Furthermore, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah are currently advancing inside the city of Saraqib, as their forces have already captured several neighborhoods and building blocks from the Zio-Wahhabi jihadist rebels and Turkish-backed militants.

This latest advance by the Syrian Army and Hezbollah comes just hours after they resumed their offensive in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

The Syrian Army is hoping to clear Saraqib in the coming hours before they redeploy troops to the Jabal Al-Zawiya region in southern Idlib.

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Woman on Universal Credit cleans up vomit in pub loos but ‘can’t afford a haircut’

Sue, 61, from Liverpool, was forced onto the monthly benefit after being made redundant from her job as a nursery cleaner – and desperately tried to get more than 35 hours of work a week to get off Universal Credi

By: Paddy Shennan

A woman struggling on Universal Credit has been forced to take a job cleaning pub toilets – but said she can’t even afford a haircut.

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Desperate to move off Universal Credit, Sue has taken three jobs in order to boost her weekly working hours to 35 a week.

She is now featuring in a new three-part BBC2 series, Universal Credit: Inside the Welfare State.

It focuses on claimants in Liverpool’s Toxteth jobcentre, where “work coaches” are thinly-stretched following the closure of two jobcentres and their subsequent merger with Toxteth – where we see a long queue of people when its doors open for business.

Sue needs to be looking to get 35 hours work a week and to regularly attend the job centre, or face having her benefits reduced.

Sue was forced onto Universal Credit after being made redundant from her job as a nursery cleaner (Image: BBC / Peter Flude)

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Trump’s 2021 budget nixes funding for Palestinian security forces

Last year, the US State Department said the aid was ‘key to the national security of the US and our allies’

Palestinians protest against Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ near the West Bank village of Tubas, near the Jordan Valley.

The US is planning to cut funding to Zionist puppet Ab-A$$ security forces according to a budget proposed by the State Department, as Washington appears to be punishing him over its rejection of the “deal of the century”.

The US has been withholding humanitarian assistance to the Zionist puppet Ab-A$$ since Donald Trump was sworn into office in 2017, but Monday’s budget proposal would nix funds that have continued to be paid to the Ab-A$$ security forces.

Republican and Democratic administrations have been providing funding for the Ab-A$$ security services since 1993.

The US gave aid of around $35m last year to support Ab-A$$ security forces in the occupied West Bank who work with his Zionist masters to maintain stability in the territory and help prevent attacks against the Nazi Jewish settlers . 

The Trump administration has previously described that aid as “key” to US interests.

“A stable West Bank is key to the national security of the US and our allies,” last year’s budget request said.

The announcement comes two weeks after the White House released its long-awaited plan to end the Zionist-Palestinian conflict, which contained conceptual maps showing how ‘Israel’ and a future Palestinian state would appear if the Palestinians agreed to the deal.

Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” would allow the Nazi regime to keep all of its settlements in the illegally occupied West Bank and annex about a third of the territory in exchange for a dwarfed, disjointed Palestinian state with no sovereignty over its airspace, territorial waters or borders.

Zionist puppet Ab-A$$ said earlier this month that he ordered an end to security cooperation with Israel in response to the plan. 

Diplomatic Progress Fund

The State Department’s requested budget for this year appears to be seeking to leverage financial aid to pressure Palestinians to accept the deal.

It asks for a $200m Diplomatic Progress Fund to “respond to new opportunities arising from progress in diplomatic and peace efforts around the world”.

The fund, the budget request says, would grant the department “flexibility” to dispense aid in accordance with emerging political conditions, “such as progress on a plan for Middle East peace”.

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It is not clear how much of that total amount could be allocated to Ab-A$$ regime, but the West Bank is mentioned in the description of a $25m subsection of the programme.

“The Diplomatic Progress Fund will be used where changing diplomatic conditions permit new or greater engagement on anticrime issues,” it reads.

“This may include progress on Central America migration, agreement to resume security assistance in the West Bank, political transition in Venezuela, or other policy priorities.”

In last year’s proposed budget, Trump proposed cutting all “non-security assistance for the West Bank and Gaza”.

It also called for $175m to back a Diplomatic Progress Fund. But Congress did not grant the funding for the programme. Instead, it restored $150m in assistance to Palestinians.

The proposed budget is likely to undergo major changes as it goes through Congress, which has the authority to appropriate money for the federal government. 

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The Nazi Gestapo Spokesman Announces: Continue to Shoot Palestinian Children


The IDF Spokesman Announces: Continue to Shoot Palestinian Children

Gideon Levy  

Abd el-Rahman Shatawi at an intensive care unit in an Israeli hospital
Abd el-Rahman Shatawi at an intensive care unit in an Israeli hospitalAlex Levac

Israeli soldiers shoot children. Sometimes they wound them and sometimes they kill them. Sometimes the children wind up brain dead, sometimes disabled. Sometimes the children have thrown rocks at the soldiers, sometimes Molotov cocktails. Sometimes by chance they wind up in the middle of a confrontation. They almost never put the soldiers’ lives in danger.

Sometimes the soldiers intentionally shoot at the children, sometimes by mistake. Sometimes they aim at the children’s heads or the upper body, and sometimes they shoot in the air and miss, hitting the children in the head. That’s how it goes when a body is small.

Sometimes the soldiers shoot with the intent to kill, sometimes to punish. Sometimes they use regular bullets and sometimes rubber-coated bullets, sometimes from a distance, sometimes in an ambush, sometimes at close range. Sometimes they shoot out of fear, anger, frustration and a sense of having no other option, or a loss of control, sometimes in cold blood. The soldiers never see their victims afterward. If they saw what they caused, they might stop shooting.

Israeli soldiers are allowed to shoot children. Nobody punishes them for shooting children. When a Palestinian child is shot it’s not a story. There’s no difference between the blood of a small Palestinian child and the blood of a Palestinian adult. They’re both cheap. When a Jewish child is hurt, all of Israel shakes, when a Palestinian child is hurt, Israel yawns. It will always, always find a justification for soldiers shooting Palestinian children. It will never, never find a justification for children throwing stones at soldiers who raid their village.

For six months a boy named Abd el-Rahman Shatawi has been convalescing at the rehabilitation hospital in Beit Jala. For 10 days a relative of his, Mohammed Shatawi, has been at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, in Jerusalem. Both are from the village of Qaddum in the West Bank. Israeli soldiers shot them both in the head. They shot regular bullets from a great distance at Abd el-Rahman as he stood at the entrance to a friend’s home, they shot a rubber-coated bullet at Mohammed from a nearby hilltop as he tried to hide from them down the same hill. The army said he had set a tire on fire.

Abd el-Rahman is 10 and looks small for his age. Mohammed is 14 and looks older than he is. These are the children of the Palestinian reality, both hanging between life and death. Theirs and their parents’ lives have been destroyed. Abd el-Rahman’s father drives him home from Beit Jala to Qaddum once a week for a weekend in the village, Mohammed’s father doesn’t stray from the doorway of the neuro-intensive care unit at Hadassah Ein Karem, where he’s alone facing his son and his fate. Neither of these children should have been shot. Neither should have been shot in the head.

After Abd el-Rahman was shot the army spokesman’s office said that “during the incident a Palestinian minor was wounded.” After Mohammed was shot the spokesman said: “A claim about a Palestinian who was wounded by a rubber bullet is known.” The office is familiar with the complaint. The army spokesman is the voice of the Israel Defense Forces. The IDF is a people’s army, therefore the IDF spokesman also speaks for Israel.

The spokespeople publish their bloodcurdling statements from a new office tower in Ramat Aviv near Tel Aviv, where the office recently moved. They refer to a 10-year-old boy as a “Palestinian minor” and remark that “the Palestinian claim is known” about a boy fighting for his life because soldiers shot him in the head. The dehumanization of Palestinians has reached the IDF spokespeople. Even children no longer rouse human sentiment such as sorrow or mercy, certainly not in the IDF.

The IDF spokesman’s office does its job well. Its statements reflect the spirit of the time and place. There’s no room to express any regret for shooting children in the head, there’s no room for mercy, an apology, an investigation or punishment, and certainly not for any compensation. Shooting a Palestinian child is considered less severe than shooting a stray dog, for which there’s still a chance someone will do some investigating.

The IDF spokesman announces: Continue to shoot Palestinian children.

Gideon Levy

Gideon LevyHaaretz Correspondent

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‘Brexit means you won’t have to share the pain of Greek workers’

Was leaving the EU a racist move or an achievement to be celebrated?

Christina Kostoula

Comrade Christina talks from the floor of the recent Workers Party of Britain meeting in Birmingham, congratulating Britain’s workers on having successfully achieved an exit from the much-hated European Union.

“I’m glad,” she says, “that you do not have to share the pain of the 61 percent of Greeks who voted to leave the EU and had their votes overturned.”

Greek workers were betrayed first by Pasoc (the Greek social-democratic/Labour party) and then by Syriza, the allegedly ‘left’ ‘alternative’, which had promised to let the people decide but ended up overturning that decision and handing Greece’s economy over the the unelected EU banking troika, who have been administering shock austerity treatment to the country ever since.

Christina describes how Greece has effectively been colonised by the EU, its resources stolen, its people plunged into poverty and its decision-making put into the hands of unelected EU bureaucrats.

The impoverishment of the Greek people has gone hand in hand with the privatisation of all the country’s wealth – everything from its beautiful landscapes and natural resources to its public services, industries, ancient monuments and cultural heritage.

“I’ve seen my country of origin destroyed by the European Union. I hate the EU because of what it did to the hospitals, because of the genocidal policies that are literally killing my country. We have no sovereignty any more. There is no voting in Greece – democracy has ended.”

Christina rebuts the idea that workers who oppose the EU must be racist. She warns that if the left is not able to unite workers on a progressive platform, the right step in to harness workers’ anger against their own interests.

Class unity in the struggle for socialism is our best weapon against the neoliberal imperialist system as represented by the EU.

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