Israel Debates “Total Suspension Of Individual Freedom” In Knesset Intel Hearing – Activist Post

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21-03-20 09:01:00,

By Tyler Durden

Is this where we’re all headed? Will the “Israeli model” soon be the reality across the West amid the coronavirus pandemic?

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last Saturday that authorities will tap the country’s ‘counter-terror’ technology and systems to combat the “invisible enemy” of Covid-19, Israeli media is now reporting the government is actually considering the “total suspension of individual freedom” — as a new Haaretz headline reads.

Israel’s public health services chief is now urging just that: Sigal Sadetsky told the Knesset Subcommittee on Intelligence and Secret Services this week that “A lockdown and personal monitoring of people, and a total halt to personal freedoms” is urgently necessary.

Image source: IDF Spokesperson/Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The public health chief’s alarming remarks raised eyebrows among lawmakers in the emergency session. When pressed on what the “halt to personal freedoms” would entail, she emphasized that going beyond a mere curfew was needed – in short a total lockdown on a national level. Haaretz reports:

Sadetsy and Moshe Bar Siman Tov, the Health Ministry’s director general, tried to persuade committee members to give the Shin Bet the go-ahead to use “special technological means” to detect where people diagnosed with the disease had been and the people they were exposed to while they were contagious, and to isolate them.

Consider too this shocking exchange between an Israeli lawmaker and health services chief Sadetsky, where the latter essentially concedes that the state needs to be given totalitarian powers like China in order to combat the pandemic:

Ashkenazi then asked: “When did they start it, and how effective was it?”

Sadetsky: “It’s about when you start and how strenuously you apply it, because the fact that it was all collapsing there … there was no doubt about it. Everyone will do the same. How do we see it? They will do it after the collapse and then they will…”

She was interrupted by Kish: “Lockdown?”

Sadetsky: “A lockdown,

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Big Brother in Israël en elders

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18-03-20 02:13:00,

Dat de digitalisering van vooral de communicatie voor vele zaken een zegen is kan niet worden betwist. Er is echter een schaduwzijde aan dit fenomeen dat weinig belicht wordt of waarbij men zelden of nooit kijkt naar de consequenties.

Zo heeft de Shin Bet, de binnenlandse veiligheidsdienst, vorige week op bevel van de Israëlische premier Benjamin Netanyahu de opdracht gekregen om wegens de coronacrisis de data van miljoenen gsm’s te traceren op het vlak van de bezitter en gebruiker en waar en wanneer hij ergens gaat of staat. (1)

Officieel is het om de problemen rond het coronavirus beter te bestrijden en zou dat alleen maar voor beperkte tijd gelden. Maar men ziet onmiddellijk wat hier aan de hand is. Het betekent dat de Shin Bet, en vermoedelijk ook zo alle veiligheidsdiensten wereldwijd met een voldoende professionele werking, in staat zijn de bewegingen van alle inwoners, en wie weet die van andere landen, in kaart te brengen.

De Israëlische premier Benjamin Netanyahu wil weten waar alle Israëlisch gaan en staan. Om het coronavirus beter te bestrijden zegt hij. Volgens het Israëlisch gerecht is hij een crimineel. En niet alleen volgens het Israëlisch gerecht trouwens. Met als vraag: Hoeveel gegevens verzamelde de Mossad al in België?

Bovendien is er het digitale betalingsverkeer en winkelen via het internet. En dan zijn er op de markt ook al luidsprekers en televisietoestellen te koop die aan of niet alle geluiden en beelden in de kamer registreren. En waarom maakt bijvoorbeeld Samsung dergelijke televisietoestellen? Om een betere beeldkwaliteit te krijgen misschien? 

Het invoeren van een totalitaire staat die alle woorden en daden van zijn inwoners zo kan registreren en desnoods ingrijpen is geen onmogelijkheid meer. Het is in wezen alleen nog wachten op de politieke wil van de overheid om dat te realiseren. Technisch staat alles klaar. En wie gaat dat verhinderen? De media of ngo’s als Human Rights Watch? Kom nou. Die eten allen uit de hand van diezelfde overheid.

Willy Van Damme

1) The Financial Times, 18 maart 2020, Mehul Srivastava, ‘Netanhyahu enlists Israeli intelligence to keep track of sufferers’.

Daarvoor mocht Shin Bet dat alleen doen in het kader van terreuraanslagen en de nationale veiligheid. Maar kan iemand voor dat begrip een goede en sluitende definitie geven?

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Israel to use ‘anti-terrorism’ tech to monitor infected citizens, as Netanyahu declares ‘war’ on coronavirus

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15-03-20 09:39:00,

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said he was given the go-ahead to deploy invasive digital surveillance tools to track coronavirus patients, sparking privacy concerns and fears the move will be used to suppress dissent.

Dubbing the rapidly spreading Covid-19 “an invisible enemy” with which Israel is currently in a state of “war,” Netanyahu said on Sunday that he would ask the government to allow law enforcement to deploy “technologies used in the war against terror” to make sure coronavirus-hit citizens don’t breach quarantine.

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The Israeli Justice Ministry is already on board with the proposal, he said.

Acknowledging that new ‘Big Brother’ measures would constitute an infringement on citizens’ privacy, Netanyahu justified the move by arguing that it was for a greater public good.

There is a certain invasion of the privacy of those people, where we will check who they came in contact with, including while sick, what came before that, what came after

Netanyahu’s militaristic stance on combating the disease has spawned backlash on social media. Netizens argued that with the pending rollout of new Orwellian surveillance measures, Netanyahu is opening “a scary Pandora’s box,” further cementing Israel’s reputation as a “security state.”

Some suggested that an actual reason behind the expansion of the state’s surveillance powers was to quell Palestinian resistance against Netanyahu’s government.

“Watch him use it to choke off Palestinians even further and making it impossible for them to enact an effective response,” a commenter tweeted.

Watch Netanyahu use the Corona virus response he is enacting more for self-serving purposes than for truly helping. Watch him use it to choke off Palestinians even further and making it impossible for them to enact an effective response. /2

— Milenaac (@milenaac) March 12, 2020

Netanyahu: To fight coronavirus Israel will begin mass surveillance of its citizens by implementing the same kind of technology it uses “against terrorism.”Palestinians: *The longest side eye in history*

— Edo Konrad (@edokonrad) March 14,

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Israel’s Third Election: Netanyahu Wins, Justice Loses – Global Research

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10-03-20 05:06:00,

Israel just completed its third national election in less than a year. The first two votes in April and September 2019 ended in an impasse with no party able to form a governing coalition of 61 Knesset Members (i.e. a majority of the 120-member body). While the result of this third round appears to be as muddled as first two, it also consolidated several profoundly disturbing trends that are shaping Israeli politics.

It is not as if nothing happened in the intervening months since Israelis first went to the polls in April. In fact, there were a number of dramatic developments.

In the first place, Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the Likud Party and current Prime Minister, was formally indicted on charges of political and financial corruption. His trial may begin in just a few weeks. His attempt to secure immunity from prosecution failed. Now Netanyahu’s opponents are attempting to pass legislation that would bar a Knesset Member under indictment, meaning, of course, Netanyahu, from serving as prime minister.

The past few months also saw the release of the Trump Administration’s “Deal of the Century”. Since it gave Netanyahu everything he could have hoped for, the “Deal” might be better called “Trump’s Gift of the Century”. In remarks delivered in Jerusalem just a week before the election, Netanyahu described the benefits of the “Deal” in this way:

“For the last three years I’ve worked very closely with a good friend of mine, President Trump…to fashion a different plan for peace in the Middle East…

“A few weeks ago, I stood as an Israeli prime minister in Washington next to the president of the United States, who said that the United States will recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea and all the… Jewish communities large and small, in Judea and Samaria. This is a breakthrough…”

Another factor that impacted this round was the extent to which Netanyahu’s opponents surrendered in the face of his continued racist incitement against Israel’s Palestinian Arab citizens. Netanyahu continued to insist that should Benny Gantz, the leader of the Blue-White Party, be victorious, he would “partner with terror supporters” (which is the way Netanyahu describes Arabs) to form a new government.

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Israel Confiscates Sole Medical Vehicle Serving 1,500 Palestinians – Global Research

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09-03-20 07:43:00,

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USA und Israel treten Völkerrecht mit Füßen – Deutsche “Qualitätsmedien” schauen verschämt weg | Anti-Spiegel

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09-03-20 12:55:00,

Der Westen und das Völkerrecht – das ist ein ganz heikles Thema. Besonders deutlich wird das bei den USA und Israel, die Ermittlungen des Internationalen Strafgerichtshof gegen sich selbst nicht nur ablehnen, sondern den Richtern sogar offen drohen.

Dass die USA dem Vertrag über den Internationalen Strafgerichtshof nicht beigetreten sind, ist nicht neu. Dass die USA sogar den Niederlanden eine Invasion angedroht haben, sollten US-Soldaten in dem entsprechenden Gefängnis in Den Haag festgehalten werden, weil der Internationale Strafgerichtshof gegen sie zum Beispiel wegen Kriegsverbrechen ermittelt, ist auch ein alter Hut.

Letztes Jahr wollte der Internationale Strafgerichtshof Ermittlungen gegen US-Soldaten wegen Kriegsverbrechen in Afghanistan aufnehmen. Die USA drohten den beteiligten Richtern, Staatsanwälten und Mitarbeitern ganz offen mit Sanktionen und verhängten Einreisesperren gegen sie. Mit Erfolg: Die Ermittlungen wurden mit der fadenscheinigen Begründung eingestellt, dass Ermittlungen „zu diesem Zeitpunkt den Interessen der Justiz nicht dienlich“ seien. Ich habe damals darüber berichtet.

Natürlich hatte im Westen daran niemand etwas auszusetzen. Es gab keine Proteste von Politik und Medien im Westen, weil die USA einem internationalen Gericht gedroht hatten. Lediglich Russland hat in einer offiziellen Erklärung protestiert.

Vor einigen Tagen gab es dazu Neuigkeiten, denn die Staatsanwältin hat sich nicht abschrecken lassen und ist gegen das Urteil vorgegangen und sie hat Recht bekommen. Der Spiegel schrieb dazu:

„Diesmal entschieden die Richter, dass auch Ermittlungen gegen Angehörige der CIA möglich seien. Zu möglichen Kriegsverbrechen in mutmaßlich geheimen Gefangenenlagern der US-Streitkräfte außerhalb von Afghanistan darf die Anklage nun ebenfalls offiziell ermitteln.“

Man kann dem Spiegel nicht vorwerfen, er würde darüber nicht berichten. Aber wie er berichtet, provoziert Kritik.

Der Internationale Strafgerichtshof nahm seine Arbeit 2002 auf und er ist für Kernverbrechen des Völkerstrafrechts, nämlich Völkermord, Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit und Kriegsverbrechen, soweit sie nach seiner Gründung begangen wurden, zuständig. Die USA haben ihn immer abgelehnt. Seine Gründung wurde in der Zeit von Präsident Clinton beschlossen und alle US-Präsidenten (also Clinton, Bush jr., Obama und Trump) waren seine Gegner. Aber davon lenkt der Spiegel ab. Und das klingt im Spiegel so:

„Die Regierung von US-Präsident Donald Trump lehnt Ermittlungen des IStGH zu Afghanistan ab, sein Land gehört dem Gericht ohnehin nicht an. Kurz vor der Entscheidung in erster Instanz verhängte Washington deshalb Visasperren gegen Mitarbeiter des Gerichts.

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Who Made Coronavirus? Was It the U.S., Israel or China Itself?

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05-03-20 03:05:00,

The most commonly reported mainstream media account of the creation of the Coronavirus suggests that it was derived from an animal borne microorganism found in a wild bat that was consumed by an ethnic Chinese resident of Wuhan. But there appears to be some evidence to dispute that in that adjacent provinces in China, where wild bats are more numerous, have not experienced major outbreaks of the disease. Because of that and other factors, there has also been considerable speculation that the Coronavirus did not occur naturally through mutation but rather was produced in a laboratory, possibly as a biological warfare agent.

Several reports suggest that there are components of the virus that are related to HIV that could not have occurred naturally. If it is correct that the virus had either been developed or even produced to be weaponized it would further suggest that its escape from the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab and into the animal and human population could have been accidental. Technicians who work in such environments are aware that “leaks” from laboratories occur frequently.

There is, of course and inevitably, another theory. There has been some speculation that as the Trump Administration has been constantly raising the issue of growing Chinese global competitiveness as a direct threat to American national security and economic dominance, it must might be possible that Washington has created and unleashed the virus in a bid to bring Beijing’s growing economy and military might down a few notches. It is, to be sure, hard to believe that even the Trump White House would do something so reckless, but there are precedents for that type of behavior. In 2005-9 the American and Israeli governments secretly developed a computer virus called Stuxnet, which was intended to damage the control and operating systems of Iranian computers being used in that country’s nuclear research program. Admittedly Stuxnet was intended to damage computers, not to infect or kill human beings, but concerns that it would propagate and move to infect computers outside Iran proved to be accurate as it spread to thousands of PCs outside Iran, in countries as far flung as China, Germany, Kazakhstan and Indonesia.

Inevitably there is an Israeli story that just might shed some light on what has been going on in China.

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“Israel: Central to the Middle East’s Future”, by Mike Pompeo

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04-03-20 06:52:00,

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Wow, good evening, everyone. (Cheers.) What a crowd. What a crowd. It’s great to be here. It is wonderful to be with you all tonight. I want to say a few thank yous. My thanks to AIPAC board chairman Mort Fridman, my friend Howard Kohr and your new president Betsy Berns Korn, and all the incredible AIPAC members and amazing volunteers for putting this amazing gathering together. Thank you. God bless you all. (Applause.)

I’ve been here a few times. When I was a member of Congress, I got to know the AIPAC team. They were relentless. I came to love them. (Laughter.) But it is wonderful, and it never gets old to be here with so many great friends of the relationship between America and Israel. (Applause.)

You should know that there is no president and no administration that loves Israel more than President Trump and our team. (Applause and cheers.)

So I was going to walk through the things we’ve done in three years, but I’m just going to do since I was here last time, because we got to – we all got to get some place tonight. (Laughter.) So let’s take a look at what we’ve done just since the last time I stood right here.

We declared the common-sense truth that the Israeli West Bank settlements aren’t per se inconsistent with international law. (Applause.)

We released a groundbreaking Vision for Peace. (Applause.)

And President Trump took out one of the world’s worst anti-Semites, the terrorist Qasem Soleimani. (Cheers and applause.)

So the previous administration had a phrase they used to say. They used to say that Usama bin Ladin is dead and General Motors is alive. So that was good.

I think we can do one better: Qasem Soleimani is dead; and Israel and the United States are alive. (Cheers and applause.)

What’s really important about that is that nations of the Middle East and the world are recognizing just how enduring Israel is. They’re coming to recognize that the more the Middle East embraces Israel, the brighter their future will be. And that’s what I want to focus on this evening.

Under President Trump, Israel is not a pariah,

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Israel has to get rid of Netanyahu, and not because of his ideology | Opinion

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26-02-20 08:51:00,





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    Israel Bombs Syria for Moral Support to al Qaeda, Erdogan

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    14-02-20 09:02:00,

    SAA air defense within its limited capacity managed to shoot down a number of the US-made most advanced missiles fired by Israeli fighter jets.

    Israel bombed Syria again at 2345 Damascene time, 13 February. Firing from the Syrian Golan criminally occupied by Israel, Syrian air defenses — within limited capacities — intercepted a “number of missiles” before they reached their targets on the southern perimeter of Damascus.

    These bombs were launched from Syria’s Golan, occupied by Israel, NATO’s favorite dog in the Levant. Israel chose the 38th anniversary of the National Open Strike to engage in another round of war crimes against the Syrian Arab Republic.

    The video is also available on BitChute

    No details have been provided at this time, and therefore it is unknown if the missiles were fired from the three inches of Syria’s Golan which were named for the King George wannabe, Donald Trump. Trump — who currently engages in appointing presidents around the world, as King George once appointed governors — decreed last year that squatter Israel could keep the stolen portion of Golan, Syria after which the thieves held a mad hatters party.

    February has been a difficult month for NATO supported al Qaeda in Syria. The 3 Pee’s running the UN had no success in demanding Syria to stop defending its citizenry from these foreign-owned pathogens. Channel 4‘s propaganda for al Qaeda’s White Helmets department was so ridiculously idiotic it was the butt of international jokes. Not one, but two Nazi — er, al Qaedapropaganda movies did not get an Oscar from Hollywood.

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    Israel und die USA verweigern Zusammenarbeit mit UNO-Menschenrechtsrat – Wie berichtet der Spiegel? | Anti-Spiegel

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    13-02-20 06:05:00,

    Die deutschen Medien sind auf dem „israelischen Auge“ blind. Jetzt hat Israel die Zusammenarbeit mit dem UNO-Menschenrechtsbüro eingestellt. Zu kritisieren hat der Spiegel daran aber nichts.

    Man stelle sich einmal vor, Russland, China, Nordkorea oder ein anderes „böses“ Land würde die Zusammenarbeit mit dem UNO-Menschenrechtsbüro einstellen und ihm eine zum Beispiel „Russland-feindliche Haltung“ vorwerfen. Wir würden Schlagzeilen wie „Unterdrückung in Russland: Autokrat Putin wirft UNO-Menschenrechtsbüro aus dem Land“ lesen. Oder noch viel schlimmere.

    Nicht so, wenn Israel das tut. Dann lautet die Überschrift im Spiegel: „Streit über veröffentlichte Firmenliste – Israel kündigt Zusammenarbeit mit Uno-Menschenrechtsbüro auf

    Der Spiegel-Artikel ist dann vollkommen sachlich gehalten, was ja auch gut wäre, wenn der Spiegel über Vorwürfe gegen alle Länder genauso sachlich berichten würde. Aber der Spiegel bezeichnet Regierungen, die ihm nicht passen, als „Regime“ und benutzt noch viele andere Adjektive, die den Leser gegen eine solches Land negativ einstellen sollen. Wenn es jedoch um Israel geht, dann bleibt der Spiegel absolut sachlich. Man kann ihm nicht vorwerfen, er würde viel verschweigen, aber man sieht deutlich, wen der Spiegel schützen und wen er verteufeln will.

    In dem Spiegel-Artikel konnte man über Israel lesen:

    „Israel schränkt die Zusammenarbeit mit den Vereinten Nationen (Uno) weiter ein, nachdem das Uno-Menschenrechtsbüro eine Liste mit 112 Firmen veröffentlichte, die in israelischen Siedlungen im Westjordanland aktiv sind. (..) Israel wirft den Vereinten Nationen und ihren Organisationen eine israelfeindliche Haltung vor. Das Uno-Menschenrechtsbüro in Genf hatte am Mittwoch 112 Firmen benannt, die in geschäftliche Aktivitäten in jüdischen Siedlungen in den von Israel besetzten Gebieten involviert waren. Über 90 der Unternehmen stammen aus Israel, weitere aus den USA, den Niederlanden, Großbritannien und Frankreich sowie je eines aus Thailand und Luxemburg. (…) Für Aufsehen sorgte im November 2019 ein Urteil es Europäischen Gerichtshofs: Seitdem ist es Händlern vorgeschrieben, Waren aus israelischen Siedlungen zu kennzeichnen. Israel nennt das diskriminierend.“

    Es findet sich im ganzen Artikel kein Wort der Kritik an Israel. Dabei ist das Verhalten Israels illegal und völkerrechtswidrig. Es gibt eine Reihe von Beschlüssen des UNO-Sicherheitsrates, die Israel nach Belieben ignoriert, obwohl sie völkerrechtlich bindend sind. Dazu gehört auch die Besetzung von palästinensischen Gebieten und der Bau von Siedlungen dort.

    Die deutschen Medien und Politiker, die immer behaupten, für das Völkerrecht zu stehen,

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    Israel Charged with War Crimes and Genocide. Complete 2013 Judgment of the Kuala Lumpur Tribunal – Global Research

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    10-02-20 09:13:00,

    This text was first published by Global Research in November 2013, following the indictment. 

    The government of Israel headed by Benjamin Netanyahu has committed extensive crimes against humanity. President Trump in his “Deal of the Century” has endorsed this criminal agenda directed against the people of Palestine. 

    World public opinion is largely unaware of the fact that in July 2014, the State of Israel was the object of a historic judgment by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT).  

    “From 1948 and continuing to date the State of Israel (hereafter ‘the Defendant’) carried out against the Palestinian people a series of acts namely killing, causing serious bodily harm and deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about physical destruction. … Such conduct constitutes the Crime of Genocide under international law including the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide 1948 (‘the Genocide Convention’) in particular Article II and punishable under Article III of the said Convention. It also constitutes the crime of genocide as stipulated in Article 10 of the Charter of the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War.”

    In enforcing the so-called  “Deal of the Century”, the president of the United States is complicit in extensive war crimes.

    Below are selected excerpts from the judgment. The full judgment is available in pdf. form.

    The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad chaired the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC) which led to the indictment against the State of Israel.

    THE STATE OF ISRAEL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WAR CRIMES AND GENOCIDE

    “The Tribunal recommends to the War Crimes Commission to give the widest international publicity to this conviction and grant of reparations, as these are universal crimes for which there is a responsibility upon nations to institute prosecutions.”

    Please Help us in this endeavour. Forward this text far and wide. 

    Michel Chossudovsky, Member of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC), February 10, 2020

    ***

    The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC) versus the State of Israel

    The proceedings directed against the State of Israel were led by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC)

    Members of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC) are:

    Tun Dr.

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    “De toe-eigening door Israel van ‘de herinnering aan de Shoah’ is voor mij een ware lijdensweg” – DeWereldMorgen.be

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    30-01-20 09:31:00,

    Henri Goldman is als kind van ouders die Auschwitz hebben overleefd geschokt door de manier waarop westerse staatsleiders goedkeurend toekijken terwijl de huidige politieke leiders van Israël “die exact dezelfde supremacistische ideologie aanhangen als het Vlaams Belang, de Turkse MHP of de Ku Klux Klan” zich de erfenis van de Shoah toe-eigenen. “Mijn grootouders, vergast in Treblinka samen met negen van hun tien kinderen – mijn moeder was de tiende – waren geen zionisten. Zij hebben aan niemand een mandaat gegeven om in hun naam te spreken. En ik, hun erfgenaam, al evenmin.”

    Auschwitz. Mijn familie heeft een geschiedenis met dit kamp. Mijn moeder, Szanjndla, roepnaam Sonja, werd er in januari 1944 vanuit Mechelen naar gedeporteerd met het 23ste konvooi. Kort daarna beviel ze van een klein meisje dat zachtjes werd geëuthanaseerd om erger te vermijden. Mijn vader Yisroël, roepnaam Charles, kwam wat later toe met het 24ste konvooi, het voorlaatste, samen met zijn vrouw en het jongste van zijn drie kinderen.

    Bij hun aankomst werden zij op het perron van elkaar gescheiden. Mijn vader ging het kamp binnen. Zijn vrouw en zijn zoon werden naar de andere rij geduwd. Zij zouden een douche nemen. Ze werden nooit meer teruggezien. Hun namen staan gebeiteld in de muren van het Joods Memoriaal in Anderlecht, samen met 25.000 andere namen.

    Mijn ouders hebben elkaar leren kennen na de Bevrijding, toen de overblijfselen van vernietigde families zich samen zetten omdat je nu eenmaal door moet met het leven. Zij waren communisten. En tegelijk waren ze Joden tot in de tippen van hun vingers. Door hun beroep (mijn vader was kleermaker voor dames, mijn moeder maakte korsetten), door het Jiddisch, hun moedertaal, door de humor en de keuken, door de ontroerende solidariteit die de overlevenden met elkaar verbindt. In mijn jonge jaren werd ik gekoesterd in die warmhartige sfeer, waar men er maar niet over kon nog in leven te zijn, terwijl zovelen van de onzen… Het leven hernam zich, we hadden geen zin om al dat lijden te herkauwen.

    In 1960 werd nazi-crimineel Adolf Eichmann uit Argentinië gesmokkeld door Israëlische agenten. Hij werd geëxecuteerd na een proces dat twee jaar duurde. Het is vanaf dan dat Israël een ware strategie heeft in gang gezet rond ‘de Shoah’, een woord dat we voordien in onze familie,

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    Israel Resumes Aerial Herbicide Spraying Along Gaza’s Perimeter Fence, Deliberate Destruction of Palestinian Farming – Global Research

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    27-01-20 03:22:00,

    On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Israeli crop-duster planes flew along the perimeter fence separating Gaza and Israel, spraying chemicals assumed to be herbicides into the Strip. Israel continued to conduct aerial herbicide spraying along additional sections of the perimeter fence on Wednesday, January 15, as well on the morning of January 16. Each morning, the spraying was conducted sporadically for about four hours, with the sprayed chemicals reaching Palestinian farmlands inside Gaza.

    Palestinian farmers who were working the land west of the perimeter fence on Tuesday morning told Al Mezan that at about 7:20 am, they saw plumes of black smoke emanating from Israel’s side of the fence, a practice used in the past as a means to discern wind direction. A few minutes later, crop-duster planes flew along the perimeter fence spraying chemicals believed to be herbicides, carried by westward-blowing winds into the Strip. Over the course of the three days, aerial spraying was conducted in areas adjacent to the fence stretching from Beit Hanoun in the north of the Strip and all the way south to the section of the fence to the east of Khan Yunis. Samples from affected fields have been sent for lab testing, and the results are expected next week.

    On Thursday, January 16, human rights organizations Gisha, Adalah and Al Mezan sent a letter (Hebrew) to Israel’s Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett, Military Advocate General Sharon Afek, and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit with an urgent demand to refrain from conducting further aerial spraying of herbicides inside and near the Gaza Strip, due to the severe damage to crops and the health risks to Gaza residents.

    The last time Israel conducted aerial herbicide spraying was in December 2018. No incidents of spraying were recorded in 2019, which was the first year without spraying since Israel first implemented the hazardous practice in 2014. In a clip produced by human rights organizations Gisha, Adalah and Al Mezan over the summer, farmers and shepherds whose livelihoods depend on access to the lands closest to the fence with Israel described the damage caused by spraying over the years and emphasized the potential of a season without spraying.

    In response to Freedom of Information requests submitted by Gisha over the years,

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    Putin’s Trip to ‘Israel’ Will be Remembered as an Important Part of His Legacy – Global Research

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    24-01-20 07:58:00,

    Putin’s trip to “Israel” on Thursday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a defining moment of his 20-year-long presidency and will forever be remembered as an important part of his legacy due to the extremely emotional symbolism that was on display during that solemn day.

    Very rarely does President Putin ever do anything without receiving unfair treatment from the Western Mainstream Media, but his trip to “Israel” on Thursday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was an unforgettable exception. The Russian leader was invited by caretaker “Prime Minister” Netanyahu as the guest of honor among more than 40 other heads of state who arrived to participate in what was billed as the biggest diplomatic event in the self-professed “Jewish State’s” history. He earned this VIP treatment because it was the Soviet Union that stopped the Nazi’s genocidal machine, something that “Foreign Minister” Katz emotionally brought up in his exchange with President Putin when he personally thanked him for what the Russian Federation’s predecessor state did in saving his mother from the world’s most notorious death camp.

    Before reporting on and then subsequently analyzing some of the other memorable moments from that solemn occasion, it’s important to share the highlights of President Putin’s visit from the Kremlin’s official website so that the reader can peruse it all if they’re interested:

    As can be glimpsed by even just the headlines themselves, President Putin’s visit saw him participate in events that are very dear to his heart — strengthening Russian-“Israeli” relations, remembering the siege of Leningrad and the Holocaust, and fighting anti-Semitism.

    Many in the Alt-Media Community have unfortunately been indoctrinated with the completely false narrative that President Putin is supposedly “against Israel” for whatever reason they imagine but which usually has something to do with their dogmatic belief that he’s secretly allied with the Iranian-led Mideast “Resistance” that’s dedicated to removing the Zionist occupation entity from Palestine.

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    The Mad Geopolitics of Israel’s EastMed Gas Pipeline | New Eastern Outlook

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    20-01-20 10:29:00,

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    At just a time when the world holds its collective breath over risk of a World War over the US assassination of Iran’s leading general and other provocations, Israel has chosen to sign a natural gas pipeline deal with Greece and Cyprus that is the equivalent of tossing a loaded hand grenade into the hyper-tense region.

    Until some months ago it was doubtful whether Israel’s long-touted EastMed gas pipeline deal with Cyprus and Greece would see the light of day. Despite being backed by the US and the EU as an alternative to Russian gas, the EastMed as it is known, is dubious on many grounds, not the least its high cost compared with alternatives. The January 2 signing by the governments of Israel, Greece and Cyprus is directly connected to provocative moves by Turkey’s Erdogan to conspire with Libya to illegally declare almost all of the Eastern Mediterranean waters to be a Turkish and now Libyan Exclusive Economic Zone.

    If Mideast tensions were not already at the breaking point, the Israeli move throws a huge monkey wrench into the region’s troubled geopolitics.

    As recently as December, 2019 the Israeli companies involved in their offshore Leviathan gas field were openly discussing further options for export of the gas following an export agreement with Egypt and Jordan. The EastMed pipeline was not mentioned in Israeli media.

    What has changed the situation was the announcement by Turkey’s President Erdogan that he was sending Turkish troops to defend the Tripoli UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli of Fayez al Sarraj, on their request, to counter the forces of General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

    Libya has the potential to become a major new explosion point in the rapidly-deteriorating Middle East terrain. Haftar is backed by Russia, Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and yes, France, and secretly since 2017 by Israel. Since April 2019 Haftar has been moving to take Tripoli from his stronghold in the oil-rich east. The GNA in Tripoli in turn is backed by Turkey, Qatar and Italy. The EU is desperately trying to mediate a truce between the GNA and Haftar after Putin failed some days ago.

    The Mediterranean energy clashes

    As Cyprus has discovered rich offshore fields of natural gas in addition to those of Israel at Leviathan,

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    Israel, Palestine, and Torture

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    05-01-20 10:06:00,

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    There is something quite unseemly in the sordid public spectacle of Benjamin Netanyahu trying so desperately to maintain a failing grasp of prime ministerial power in Israel. As long as he stays in public office Mr. Netanyahu can apparently hold at bay the criminal charges against him for bribery and such.

    The crimes threatening to engulf Netanyahu call attention to a broad array of more heinous crimes that so far have yet to be formally reckoned with in the arena of international jurisprudence. The top tier of Israel’s leadership, including prominently Netanyahu himself, has so far been shielded from legal accountability for war crimes and crime against humanity. This unchecked crime spree has as its goal the violent replacement of the indigenous Palestinians with Jewish settlers whose proliferating settlements have become Greater Israel’s dominant emblem.

    The virtual immunity from criminal prosecution protecting those responsible for a Palestinian version of the Trail of Tears is contributing to the Israelification of ethnic cleansing in the Western Hemisphere. Wayne Madsen writes, “Israel’s genocide advisers and technicians” are “returning to Latin America in force.” He continues,

    Fascist-oriented regimes in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, Paraguay, and Chile, eager to displace Indigenous peoples, have invited the Israelis back to their nations to provide advice on depopulating indigenous regions as systematically as Israel has done to Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. 

    In Israel a complex network of officials has conspired together to deploy torture as a key expression of the dominant group’s power over the group targeted for repression, displacement and elimination. The jurisprudence concerning the practice of torture in Israel is replete with loopholes and exceptions. The result is that Shin Bet agents and others are afforded wide discretionary powers to torture Palestinians on the grounds of “necessity” and “ticking-bomb” scenarios.

    It has come to light that many medical doctors and other health professionals are deeply involved in falsifying evidence to downplay accusations of torture.

    Since 2001 the Israeli agency, Shin Bet, has received over 1200 complaints that the torture of Palestinians has taken place in Israeli prisons. This large body of complaints did not result in even a single indictment.

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    Israel Demolishes Newly Built Houses of Palestinian Families on New Year’s Day – Global Research

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    02-01-20 03:05:00,

    Israeli forces demolished two houses 0n Wednesday belonging to Palestinian families in the Silwan neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

    After two years of construction, the al-Khalialeh families had made ready their houses to move into in the near future, their relative Jamal al-Khalialeh told Middle East Eye.

    The two families were shocked to wake up on the first day of the new year to hear that Israeli bulldozers accompanied by military forces were demolishing the two houses.

    They were not at the scene when Israeli security forces had earlier broken into the two properties, local media reported.

    “They had an Israeli court hearing at 10am to look into the issue of demolishing the houses, but at 8:30 am they were surprised to hear the demolishing vehicles had come to knock down their houses,” said Jamal.

    The two houses are 100 metres square and located next to each other.

    The first house is owned by Wafa al-Khalialeh with her husband and their seven children. The second house belonged to Mohanad al-Khalialeh and his wife and their two children.

    Both families declined to comment for MEE, as they were still in a state of shock.

    Jamal said that the families’ lawyer had managed to get a halt decision from an Israeli judge at around 9:15am but that the Israeli authorities had refused to stop the demolition.

    “They started demolishing at around 9am and said that they cannot leave the house half demolished as it is unsafe for the public,” Jamal said.

    ‘Nearly impossible to obtain building permits’

    The demolishment of the houses was carried out based on the basis that “building without permit” had occurred.

    Israel rarely issues building permits for Palestinians in East Jerusalem or in Areas B and C of the occupied West Bank.

    Since Jewish settlements are allowed to grow in the same area, many Palestinians consider the policy an effort to “Judaise” the areas by preventing Palestinian construction.

    The Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan is a hotbed of Israeli settler activity, often promoted by the right-wing Elad settler group.

    Ali Jaabis, an activist in Silwan, told MEE that despite supporting their building application with documents from regulated lawyers,

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    Turkey and Israel: Enemies or Allies? | New Eastern Outlook

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    27-12-19 01:52:00,

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    After Israel was created in 1948, Turkey became its most important partner in the Middle East. Ankara recognized the Jewish state as far back as 1949, establishing official diplomatic relations with it, which clearly illustrated the direction of Turkey’s foreign policy. The first two Israeli prime ministers, David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Sharett, spoke Turkish.

    However, relations between the two countries over the past decades have often been characterized by periods of both rapprochement and distancing, the latter even leading to the emergence of a very significant wave of anti-Israeli sentiment in Turkish society. This was especially evident after the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid, when a convoy of ships tried to break through the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    Upon reviewing the history of relations between Israel and Turkey, one can say that the first significant blow to them occurred after 1973, when Ankara distanced itself from Israel because of the Arab oil embargo. The cool relations persisted for over two decades. In the 1980s, anti-Semitic sentiments in Turkey intensified and began to appear in official party platforms. The main ideological source of anti-Semitism in Turkey was Islamism, left-wing anti-Zionism and right-wing nationalist extremism.

    Afterwards, Ankara aimed for rapprochement with Israel once more after the 1993 agreement between Tel Aviv and the PLO. Both parties hoped that the revival of their alliance would help change the strategic balance of power and the geopolitical situation in the oil-rich Middle East. In addition, Israel saw this as an opportunity to exit political and economic isolation, in the hope that other Muslim countries would draw closer to Tel Aviv as well.

    However, despite the West’s support for this renewal of friendship, other countries in the region, such as Greece, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian National Authority began to accuse Ankara of a ‘Zionist and imperialist conspiracy’, especially with regard to its stance on the Middle East peacemaking process. Nevertheless, during this period Turkey saw its ties to Israel as more important than those to the Islamic world, hoping to gain access to new military technologies based on rebuilt relations. This was facilitated by the establishment of a close bilateral military strategic partnership. Israel, in turn, never stopped perceiving Turkey as a partner which it influenced in cahoots with the United States.

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    Israel and al-Qaeda Coordinate Drone Attacks against Syria

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    23-12-19 05:16:00,

    Syrian air defense repel Israeli missiles – archive photo

    Israel and al Qaeda have coordinated drone attacks against Syria. On 22 December, a Syrian Arab Army unit neutralized a Kamikaze drone (explosives-carrying drone) deployed by al-Qaeda terrorists in the Tal al Dara and al Hamra farm area in Hama governate.

    On 22 December, SAA air defenses responded to missiles fired by Israel in the area of Damascus countryside. This coordinated attempt in the ongoing plot of a final solution against the Syrian Arab Republic is likely a perverse celebration of the Trump regime signing of the new ‘defense’ bill, which includes the criminal Caesar legislation.

    Israel and al Qaeda have a long history of war crimes against Syria. In May 2013, Israel bombed a food supply center for the SAA, a Syrian Arab Army air defense unit, and an SAA weapons and munitions depot — while al Qaeda blasphemed and videoed the Kodak moment with expensive cameras.

    In early 2017, Israeli media bragged about providing state of the art trauma care to injured members of al Qaeda, on the Syrian Golan occupied by Israel, and bringing others into Israeli hospitals, for extended free medical care.

    In short, Israel has functioned as al Qaeda’s air force against Syria. The US did not become al Qaeda’s second air force until September 2016, when the Obama regime ‘accidentally’ bombed a Syrian military position at al Thardeh Mountain near Deir Ezzor airport, slaughtering 83 soldiers, rescuing al Qaeda terrorists.

    AleppoAleppoMass funeral for 83 Syrian soldiers massacred by US war criminal bombings was unreported in western media

    The Trump regime continued as ISIS’ second air force, beginning 7 April 2017, when he bombed Ash Sha’irat Airbase based on al Qaeda news on Khan Sheikhoun, much of which was provided by an illegal Brit whose medical license was permanently revoked in his homeland, via fake news! CNN.

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    The US as Israel’s Colony – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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    13-12-19 02:45:00,

    The US as Israel’s Colony

    by Philip Giraldi

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    Jewish groups in the United States are adept at creating mechanisms that benefit themselves and also frequently Israel at the expense of the American taxpayer. The proliferating holocaust museums are a good example, sometimes built by private donations but then paid for and operated by the local government. The national holocaust museum in Washington is, for example, supported by the taxpayer to the tune of $54 million per year. When one considers that the so-called holocaust occurred nearly eighty years ago and did not involve the United States at all, it is a remarkable achievement to so memorialize the claimed uniqueness of Jewish suffering, which then is used to justify other abuses and excuse Israel’s ongoing war crimes.

    For those who deny that claims of the uniqueness of Jewish suffering are exploited and even promoted in order to be able to influence public opinion while also obtaining special favors from government, one might cite specific instances where that has most definitely been the case. Jewish organizations receive over 90% of discretionary grants from the Department of Homeland Security, for example, and Israel benefits from $3.8 billion in aid annually plus another $10 billion through bogus charities, trade concessions and U.S. government funded projects approved by Congress that the American public knows little or nothing about.

    And benefiting Jews worldwide is also part of the agenda. Apart from the creation of the state of Israel itself, which was opposed by most of the U.S. foreign policy establishment, the first major effort to condition U.S. foreign policy to benefit Jews specifically came with the Jackson-Vanik Amendment of 1975, which made some aspects of relations with the Soviet Union conditional on that country’s willingness to let Jews emigrate. Far more outrageous was the so-called Lautenberg Amendment enshrined in the 1990 Public Law 101-167 that granted refugee status to Russian Jews even though they were not actually being persecuted or in any way endangered. The refugee status is significant as it provided food stamps, housing, social security, Medicaid and educational benefits along with a free ticket into the U.S. to an “estimated…350,000 to 400,000 Jews [who] entered the United States …”

    Holocaust education is mandatory in the public schools of 15 states and Jewish groups are active in determining just what appears in textbooks about Israel,

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    The Israel Lobby’s Hidden Hand in the Theft of Iraqi and Syrian Oil

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    11-12-19 05:10:00,

    KIRKUK, IRAQ — “We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers because we’re keeping the oil,” President Trump stated on November 3, before adding, “I like oil. We’re keeping the oil.” 

    Though he had promised a withdrawal of U.S. troops from their illegal occupation of Syria, Trump shocked many with his blunt admission that troops were being left behind to prevent Syrian oil resources from being developed by the Syrian government and, instead, kept in the hands of whomever the U.S. deemed fit to control them, in this case, the U.S.-backed Kurdish-majority militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

    Though Trump himself received all of the credit — and the scorn — for this controversial new policy, what has been left out of the media coverage is the fact that key players in the U.S.’ pro-Israel lobby played a major role in its creation with the purpose of selling Syrian oil to the state of Israel. While recent developments in the Syrian conflict may have hindered such a plan from becoming reality, it nonetheless offers a telling example of the covert role often played by the U.S.’ pro-Israel lobby in shaping key elements of U.S. foreign policy and closed-door deals with major regional implications.





    Indeed, the Israel lobby-led effort to have the U.S. facilitate the sale of Syrian oil to Israel is not an isolated incident given that, just a few years ago, other individuals connected to the same pro-Israel lobby groups and Zionist neoconservatives manipulated both U.S. policy and Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in order to allow Iraqi oil to be sold to Israel without the approval of the Iraqi government. These designs, not unlike those that continue to unfold in Syria,

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    Why Israel can and must help as Jordan’s economy implodes | Opinion

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    10-12-19 06:54:00,





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    The kingdom’s economy risks going the route of Lebanese chaos. Its neighbor can help by creating business and jobs before it’s too late

    It s perfectly understandable that here in Israel we can look on at the collapse of the Lebanese economy with studied indifference. That s the plus side of being in a perpetual state of war with your neighbor….

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      Russia–Israel Rapprochement for “Coordination” on Syria? – Global Research

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      10-12-19 03:37:00,

      Is Russia changing her position in the Middle East? – Not likely. To the contrary, Russia is ascertaining her role in the Middle East and assuring her allies of Russia’s full and alert presence.

      When reading a recent article in the Anadolu Agency (AA) News, Ankara (screenshot below) one would have the impression of witnessing a growing love affair between President Vladimir Putin and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. This is deceiving. And it is important to be pointed out, because of transparency vis-à-vis Russia’s partners and allies in the Middle East.

      This rightwing news-outlet, AA, also falsely talks about the Syrian ‘civil war’ – Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.” The article goes on saying, “Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced,” – fraudulently implying that the killing and displacing of the people happened at the hands President Assad’s. When in reality the mass-killing, destroying of infrastructure and entire cities was the result of US, UK, French, Israeli and Saudi air strikes.

      Yes, President Putin has accepted an invitation to visit Israel in January 2020. In addition to attending together with French President Emmanuel Macron the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem, there will, for sure, be other items on the Russian – Israeli agenda, including cooperation in Syria. And, who says Syria, must also say Iran and Hezbollah.

      Let’s not forget, Russia has vital interests in Syria, not only because of Russia’s involvement in and fight against the Western War on Syria – and that by invitation of President Bashar al-Assad – but also because of Russia’s military bases in Syria, i.e. Russia’s naval facility at Tartus, and the Hmeimim airbase in the Syrian province of Latakia. Israel’s hundreds if not thousands of Syrian airspace violations present a permanent danger for Russia’s military bases and for thousands of Russian troops stationed in Syria.

      Earlier this month Russian war planes intercepted Israeli jets over southern Syria. According to the Russian publication Avia.Pro,

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      Zur Abschreckung: Israel zerstört Häuser palästinensischer Terrorverdächtiger

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      28-11-19 11:41:00,

      Die israelische Armee hat im Westjordanland die Häuser von vier Palästinensern zerstört, die im August einen israelischen Soldaten getötet haben sollen. Während der Zerstörung der Häuser, die Israel als eine Abschreckungsmaßnahme ansieht, kam es zu einem Zusammenstoß zwischen Soldaten und Dutzenden Palästinensern.

      Israelische Sicherheitskräfte haben die Häuser von vier mutmaßlichen palästinensischen Attentätern im besetzten Westjordanland zerstört. Die vier Männer seien Teil einer Terroreinheit gewesen, die Anfang August einen 19 Jahre alten Soldaten südwestlich von Bethlehem getötet habe, teilte die Armee am Donnerstag mit.

      Proteste gegen den Kurswechsel der amerikanischen Regierung zum Bau israelischer Siedlungen im Westjordanland

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      Die Häuser hätten sich in einem Dorf nordwestlich von Hebron befunden. Die Männer wurden kurz nach der Tat festgenommen und sitzen seither im Gefängnis.

      Nach Militärangaben vom August hatten Sicherheitskräfte die Leiche des 19-Jährigen im Bereich Gusch Etzion südlich von Jerusalem gefunden. Sie habe mehrere Stichverletzungen aufgewiesen. Eine Armeesprecherin sagte, das Opfer habe zur Tatzeit zivile Kleidung getragen.

      Während der Zerstörung der Häuser ist es nach israelischen und palästinensischen Angaben zu Konfrontationen zwischen Dutzenden Palästinensern und israelischen Sicherheitskräften gekommen. Es gab zunächst keine Berichte über palästinensische Verletzte.

      Die Zerstörung der Häuser mutmaßlicher, verurteilter oder auch getöteter Terroristen ist umstritten. Menschenrechtsorganisationen lehnen die Maßnahme als Kollektivstrafe und Kriegsverbrechen ab. Israel rechtfertigt sie hingegen als wichtige Abschreckung. In den Häusern leben in der Regel die Familien der Attentäter, die durch die Zerstörung häufig obdachlos werden.

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      Israel cuts Palestinian farmers’ access to their land behind separation wall with yearly quotas

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      24-11-19 10:47:00,

      Palestinian farmers, whose land ended up on the wrong side of Israel’s West Bank separation wall, have had their access further restricted with yearly quotas. Those affected see it as part of a creeping theft of their property.

      In the early 2000s, Israel began the construction of a long barrier between itself and the West Bank, saying it was a necessary temporary measure in response to the Second Intifada. Two decades on, the wall is still in place, and its impact on the life of Palestinian civilians is increasingly harsh.

      Large sections of the separation wall have been built across land seized from Palestinian farmers, trapping some of their lots on the Israeli side. The owners now have to receive permits from Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank to gain access to tend to the land. The rules on what kind of access can be granted have been recently tightened, the newspaper Haaretz reported.

      The changes include a limit on how many times a farmer can travel through a wall checkpoint each year, depending on the type of produce he grows on his land. The quota is 40 times a year for olives, 50 times for figs, 30 for barley, and 220 for tomatoes or strawberries.

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      Once exhausted, a new request for access will need to be obtained, provided the Israeli officials agree there is a need for extending the quota, which is not a certainty. In fact, the rejection rate for entry permits has jumped to 72 percent in 2018 from just 24 percent four years earlier, the newspaper noted.

      Pretty restrictive limitations for land access existed even before the latest change, based on factors such as seasons. For example, olive growers are given a month to collect their harvest – regardless of whether a particular family has enough labor to complete the job in the allocated period of time. Some farmers have to take lengthy trips to the nearest gate before backtracking on the other side, whereas they had only to walk a short direct path before the erection of the wall.

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      Jordanians now see Israel as an implacable enemy, despite 25 years of peace | Opinion

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      03-11-19 12:51:00,


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      Jordan’s King Abdullah II is trapped between an aggressively pro-Israel Trump, a hardline Israel and an increasingly radicalized grassroots clamoring to cut all diplomatic and trade relations with Israel

      Jordan banked more heavily than any other Arab state on hefty returns from peace with Israel and the vision of a future Middle East Common Market.

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        Israel: König Bibi ist tot, lang lebe König Bibi!

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        14-10-19 12:42:00,

        Nach den Knesset-Wahlen im April gab es ein Kopf-an-Kopf-Rennen und war es ungewiss, ob Benjamin Netanyahu (in Israel gemeinhin nur „Bibi“ genannt) sein fünftes Kabinett zusammengestellt bekommen würde.

        Heute, fünf Monate später, befindet sich Israel nach den Neuwahlen vom 17. September in der exakt selben Situation. Bevor das Land vielleicht bald zum dritten Mal an diesem Punkt steht – „Neuneuwahlen“ werden schon zaghaft diskutiert – hier nun ein Blick auf die Wahlen, das Phänomen Netanyahu und das aus linker, friedensorientierter Sicht katastrophale Parteiensystem Israels. Von Jakob Reimann.

        Seit Ende 2018 brodelt es in der israelischen Regierung. Im November kam es nach einer vermasselten israelischen Geheimdienstoperation in Gaza zum heftigsten Schlagabtausch seit dem letzten großen Gaza-Krieg im Sommer 2014. Aus Protest über den folgenden Waffenstillstand verließ Verteidigungsminister und Ultra-Falke Avigdor Lieberman die Regierung. Der rechtsaußen angesiedelte Bildungsminister Naftali Bennet wollte dessen Amt – und bekam es nicht. Das Kabinett Netanyahu IV begann, sich zu zerfleischen, und hatte in der Konsequenz nur noch eine hauchdünne Knesset-Mehrheit von einem Sitz (die NachDenkSeiten berichteten).

        Ausschlaggebend wurde ein Streit zwischen den säkularen und religiösen Kräften um das Recht orthodoxer Jüdinnen und Juden, den mehrjährigen Militärdienst zu verweigern. Zwar schwebt über allen Konflikten der massive Korruptionsskandal um Netanyahu und seine bevorstehende Anklage wegen Bestechung in mindestens drei Fällen, doch zerbrach die Regierung letztendlich am Streit um die Wehrpflicht der Orthodoxen.

        Im Dezember 2018 lösten sich Regierung und Parlament auf und es wurden vorgezogene Wahlen für April 2019 ausgerufen. Diese gewann Netanyahus Likud im Nachkomma-Bereich und erhielt genau wie die neugegründete Wahlgemeinschaft Blau-Weiß unter Generalleutnant Benny Gantz 35 der insgesamt 120 Knesset-Sitze. Präsident Reuven Rivlin beauftragte Netanyahu mit der Regierungsbildung innerhalb von sechs Wochen, doch scheiterte dieser daran, die erforderlichen 61+ Sitze zusammenzubekommen. In der letzten Nacht des Ultimatums boxte die Knesset einen Likud-Vorstoß durch, das Parlament aufzulösen – schon wieder. Nur so konnte verhindert werden, dass Präsident Rivlin Blau-Weiß und Benny Gantz das Mandat übertrug. Die Times of Israel spricht zu Recht von einer „schockierenden Wendung der Ereignisse“ – nie zuvor in der israelischen Geschichte scheiterte eine Regierungsbildung.

        Wiederum wurde die Frage um die Wehrpflicht zur entscheidenden Bruchlinie, Netanyahu war unfähig,

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        Israel condemned this Gazan fisherman to life in eternal darkness | Opinion

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        05-10-19 06:32:00,

        This is what Israel should have done. A military vehicle should have waited last week for Khader al-Saaidy on the Israeli side of the Erez crossing point from Gaza, waiting to take him to the hospital to examine whether his remaining eye, the one that wasn’t ripped out, could be saved.

        Then Israel should have seen to his rehabilitation, providing him with a guide dog, buying him a new fishing boat instead of the one it took away – and that was returned to him as a pile of wood. And of course, Israel should have properly compensated him for his blindness and ruining his life.

        Read more: At odds with military, Netanyahu uses Gaza fishing zone for collective punishment | Analysis ■ A Gazan blinded by Israeli navy gunfire loses a final glimmer of hope

        The soldiers who inflicted this upon him should have been tried and severely punished. Those in every course in the navy should be told his story, from time to time bringing him in as a guest lecturer – living testimony of the hell he has endured.

        Let the sailors in their white uniforms know what they do in the name of the rite of security to helpless fishermen who endanger no one and who have done no harm. They should know what happens when they recklessly fire at Gaza fishermen.

        This is what Israel has done: For months, a blinded Saaidy knocked at Israel’s door, desperately trying to get to the appointment that had been made for him for tests at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, where he was operated on after the soldiers shot him. The office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, an agency of the occupation, refused for months to approve his entering Israel, so he missed several checkups at the hospital.

        Al-Saaidy with his children, Gaza, June 12, 2019.Al-Saaidy with his children, Gaza, June 12, 2019.Khaled Aziza

        In desperation, he went to Egypt, where they said they had nothing to offer him, but maybe in Israel they would be able to save his eye. Only the wondrous intervention of Prof. Dan Turner, deputy director of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, who is a West Bank settler from Kfar Adumim,

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        Malaysian PM: Israel is the origin of modern terrorism

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        04-10-19 07:34:00,

        The creation of Israel by seizing Palestinian land and expelling its 90 per cent Arab population is the root cause of terrorism, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in his speech at the UN, reports Malay Mail.

        The Malaysian PM stated that since the creation of Israel “…wars have been fought in many countries, many related to the creation of Israel. And now we have terrorism when there was none before, or at least none on the present scale.”

        Making his comments at the General Debate of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York, he added: “Military action against acts of terrorism will not succeed. We need to identify the cause and remove it. But the great powers refuse to deal with the root cause.”

        General view of the 74th session of UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, United States on September 24, 2019 [Erçin Top / Anadolu Agency]

        General view of the 74th session of UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, United States on September 24, 2019 [Erçin Top / Anadolu Agency]

        The prime minister added that Malaysia accepts the state of Israel “as a fait accompli”, adding:

        …Malaysia cannot accept the blatant seizure of Palestine land by Israel for their settlements as well as the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel. The Palestinians cannot even enter the settlements built on their land….

        He went on to add: “Because of the creation of Israel, there is now enmity towards the Muslims and Islam. Muslims are accused of terrorism even if they did nothing. Muslim countries have been destabilised through the campaign for democracy and regime change. Muslims everywhere have been oppressed, expelled from their countries and refused asylum.”

        “Thousands have died at sea and in the severe winters. One cannot deny that in the past there were no massive migration. Now the wars and instability due to regime change have forced them to run away from their countries,” he added.

        Dr Mahathir also said that the application of the rule of law has been selective.

        He said: “Friends may break any law and get away scot-free. Thus, Israel can break all the international laws and norms of the world and it will continue to be supported and defended. The unfriendly countries can do nothing right.

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        How Israel Controls Its Narrative

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        01-10-19 08:09:00,

        It is interesting to note how the Israel Lobby is able to manage and contain the commentary of groups in America that might normally be critical of Israeli policies vis-à-vis the United States. A recent article by Professor Andrew Bacevich entitled “President Trump, Please End the American Era in the Middle East” is a good example of how self-censorship by authors works. The piece appeared as one of Bacevich’s regular weekly contributions to The American Conservative website under the rubric “Realism and Restraint.”

        The article particularly focused on the foreign policy pronouncements of Bret Stephens, the resident neocon who writes for The New York Times. Stephens, per Bacevich, has been urging constant war in the Middle East and worrying lest “we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of the American era in the Middle East.” Bacevich, unlike Stephens, is a genuine foreign policy expert, a realist, an Army veteran, and always quite sensible. He correctly described how “in the Middle East, the military power of the United States has played a large part in exacerbating problems rather than contributing to their solution.”

        The overall message is sound, but in this case, it is interesting to note what Bacevich left out rather than what he included. It is easy to understand the “realism” part when he writes and it is sometimes also possible to perceive the “restraint.” He cited Iran seven times as well as Saudi Arabia, but, strangely enough, he never mentioned Israel at all, which a number of commenters on the piece noted. It rather suggests that there is a line that Bacevich is reluctant to cross. The omission is particularly odd as Israel is absolutely central to and might even be described as driving American policy in the Middle East and Bret Stephens, whom Bacevich excoriates, is a notable Israel-firster who once worked as the editor of the Jerusalem Post. Almost everything Stephens writes is basically a promotion of Israel and its interests coupled with a call for the United States to do what it must to attack and destroy the Jewish state’s principal perceived enemy Iran.

        The reticence is perhaps understandable as Bacevich is president of a newly organized group called the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft,

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        Der Wandel, der in Israel anbricht

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        19-09-19 07:01:00,

        Vor fünf Jahren unterstützte Präsident Obama die Zusammenkunft wichtiger pensionierter israelischer Militärs, um jede regionale Friedenspolitik zu unterstützen. Es war die Schaffung von “Kommandanten für Israels Sicherheit” [1]. Gleichzeitig unterstützte er ein Bündnis der israelischen arabischen Parteien. Ziel war es, die “Zwei-Staaten-Lösung” voranzubringen.

        Diese Strategie ist an den Parlamentswahlen 2015 an Benjamin Netanjahu gescheitert. Der Likud-Führer, unterstützt von der kostenlosen Tageszeitung Israel Hayom, die dem amerikanischen Casinobetreiber Sheldon Adelson gehört, führte eine Kampagne, in der er die bevorstehende Zerstörung Israels anprangerte. Am Ende gewann er doch eine Mehrheitskoalition in der Knesset.

        Im Laufe der nächsten vier Jahre wiederholte Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu seine aufsehenerregenden Äußerungen über die Gefahr von Hamas, Hisbollah und Iran, vermied aber so weit wie möglich jegliche Konfrontation. So begannen die Wähler, die Realität der drohenden Bedrohung in Frage zu stellen.

        Der Rücktritt von Verteidigungsminister Avigdor Lieberman, der die Bedingungen des Waffenstillstands mit der Hamas ablehnt, löst im April 2019 Parlamentswahlen aus. Der ehemalige Generalstabschef Benny Gantz gründet um ihn herum eine Partei mit zwei laizistischen Personen und zwei anderen ehemaligen Stabschefs. Er behauptet, er wolle mit den Palästinensern verhandeln, aber ohne die israelische Identität zu entwerten; und die Demokratie stärken zu wollen, ohne jedoch die jüdische Identität des Landes zu entwerten. Diese zweideutige Position erlaubt ihm nicht, sich durchzusetzen.

        Doch Benjamin Netanjahu gelingt es nicht, eine neue Regierung zu bilden. Tatsächlich prangert Avigdor Lieberman plötzlich die rechtliche Verwirrung an, die der Premierminister aufrechterhält, um sein Bündnis mit religiösen Parteien aufrechtzuerhalten. Die Debatte über die Befreiung vom Wehrdienst für Jeschiwa-Studenten geht weiter in einer Reihe von anderen Themen, einschließlich verbotener Aktivitäten am Schabbat Tag. Daher sind Neuwahlen für September 2019 einberufen. Der ehemalige Ministerpräsident Ehud Barak kehrt in die Politik zurück, um “die Apartheid zu bekämpfen”. Die einheitliche arabische Liste von 2015 wird neu konstituiert, sie umfasst alle arabischen Parteien, von Kommunisten bis zu Islamisten.

        Wegen der Sommerferien dauert der Wahlkampf selbst, eigentlich nur zwei Wochen. Lieberman schafft es, das Thema des staatlichen Säkularismus durchzusetzen, während Netanjahu ein Referendum über sich selbst fordert. Die diplomatischen und militärischen Fragen werden nicht viel diskutiert. Der Premierminister kündigt plötzlich seine Absicht an, bestimmte Gebiete des Westjordanlandes zu annektieren, und erwähnt dann einen möglichen Militärbündnisvertrag mit den Vereinigten Staaten. Er vervielfacht die Hilferufe angesichts des möglichen Eintritts israelischer Araber in die Regierung an der Seite von Benny Gantz.

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        Israel election results: Netanyahu will pull out all the stops – including military action – to hold on to power | Opinion

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        18-09-19 02:43:00,





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