These thugs really need to be stopped

On Sunday, July 4th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

An Arab-Israeli research group is taking the International Development Research Centre to court, alleging the Canadian Crown corporation cut off funding to the group under pressure from the Israeli government. Mada al-Carmel, a 10-year-old social research centre based in Haifa, conducts research into Israel’s Arab minority. Two years ago, Mada received a pair of three-year grants from the IDRC to study the marginalization of women in Arab-Israeli society and the low level of political participation by Arab Israelis. In March,


The times really are a-changing

On Sunday, July 4th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

The cross-party motion, an unusual demonstration of unity against Israeli policy, follows calls in Germany to being Hamas into the political process. The German parliament is due to back a rare cross-party motion later on Thursday demanding that Israel lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip immediately, in an unusual demonstration of unity against Israeli policy. The motion by lawmakers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, her coalition partners the Free Democrats (FDP), and the main center-left opposition parties follows calls


From Bilin

On Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 in Multimedia, News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Video.

Dozens suffer from tear gas inhalation in Bil’in Friday 2 July 2010 Today the people of Bil’in were joined by internationals and Israelis in the weekly demonstration against the illegal apartheid wall that has stolen more than half of Bil’ins land. About 150 protestors carried out the message to the Palestinian leaders, expressing the need for unification, bringing a large banner showing a picture of Arafat and Yaseen together. The popular committee in Bil’in, represented by Iyad Burnat said there


Conjurers and scarecrows

On Friday, July 2nd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

The scarecrow There is a long tradition of frightening people over the release of terrorists. The suggestion of talking to the Palestine Liberation Organization was once an especially frightening scarecrow, as was the establishment of a Palestinian state. By Gideon Levy Our landscape is strewn with monuments, but there is one thing we have even more of: scarecrows. That sorry, ridiculous rag doll, hands stretched wide in a helpless gesture, intended to frighten (birds ). In recent years the birds


Dutch to declare January 1-December 31 (excepting December 25) "Holocaust Remembrance Days"; replica of Auschwitz to be built on every city block; microwaves to be stamped "Remember the Holocaust!"

On Friday, July 2nd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

“The main problem relating to anti-Semitism is the lack of education.” A Dutch police initiative to go undercover as Jews to combat anti-Semitism will be futile unless it is backed by a greater emphasis on education within the Dutch public, Chief Rabbi of the Netherlands Binyomin Jacobs said on Monday. “The main problem relating to anti-Semitism is the lack of education,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Today, there are many schools which simply skip the lessons relating to World War


What will Israel do then? Shoot the thousands approaching the fence?…One can already envision the headlines calling for the dismantling of the walls of the world’s largest prison. And just as the flotilla forced us to remove the economic blockade, so such demonstrations will break the limitations of Palestinian free movement, and force Israel to open the crossings to human movement as well….As Israel sees it, exporting from Gaza is a red line today. Strengthening the economy means strengthening and shoring up Hamas’s rule, and this is liable to obscure the distinction between Gaza and the West Bank. In the Israeli view, the West Bank must prosper and Gaza must wither, so that the Palestinians understand which is preferable.

On Thursday, July 1st, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Yedioth’s military reporter, with good ‘internal’ sources analyses the Gaza Blockade “easings” and gives his forecast Preparing for Exports, Too/ Falling from One Pit into Another Yedioth Ahronoth (25.6.2010 p. 8) by Alex Fishman – It is already possible to plan the headline for the next trap Israel is about to fall into in Gaza: “Palestinians on the Fence.” The phenomenon is expanding, but we have not yet begun to regard it as a threat. And the scenario of the


When in doubt, say "Auschwitz"

On Thursday, July 1st, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Turkey has barred an Israeli military flight from Turkish airspace, in apparent retaliation for Israel’s raid on an aid convoy bound for Gaza. Turkey’s prime minister confirmed that a “ban” had been implemented after the raid, which left eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-US citizen dead. Military flight bans are now being considered on a case-by-case basis, Turkish officials said. The banned flight was carrying Israeli officers to Poland to tour Auschwitz. The plane was denied permission to cross Turkish



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