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Wanted, for crimes against the state PDF Print E-mail
Jul 25, 2007 at 02:10 PM

Tuesday July 24, 2007
The Guardian

When war broke out in Lebanon last summer there were few dissenting voices in Israel. Opinion polls showed unprecedented public support for the conflict. Politicians and pundits crowded television studios to argue that Israel was fighting for its survival in its battle to wipe out Hizbullah.

But one Israeli MP saw it differently. Hizbullah, he wrote, was a resistance movement, fighting a war brought on by an Israeli government led by "mediocrities, cowards and opportunists" who were responsible for "barbaric vandalism and the deliberate targeting of civilians".

After a decade as a member of parliament in the Knesset, Azmi Bishara, politician, author and academic, had long established a reputation as the most outspoken political figure to emerge from Israel's Arab minority. Soon after the war was over, Bishara and a handful of MPs from his Balad party travelled to Syria and Lebanon, both "enemy states", where he continued to denounce his government. He did not have to wait long for a reaction: in September the Israeli attorney general ordered police to begin a criminal investigation.

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Disgrace Unto the Nations PDF Print E-mail
Jul 23, 2007 at 12:42 PM
by Nurit Peled-Elhanan

Speech at the June 9 Tel-Aviv rally

...For forty years now, racism and megalomania have dictated our lives. Forty years during which more than four million people do not know the meaning of freedom of movement. Forty years, in which Palestinian children are born and raised as prisoners in their homes that the Occupation converted into a prison, deprived at the outset of all the rights that human beings are entitled to because they are human.

Forty years during which Israeli children are educated in racism of the type that has been unknown in the civilized world for decades. Forty years during which they have learned to hate the neighbours just because they are neighbours, to fear them without knowing them, to see a quarter of the citizens of the State as "a demographic danger" and an "enemy within", and to relate to the residents of the ghettos created by the policy of occupation as "a problem" that must be solved.

Only sixty years ago, Jews were residents of ghettos and seen in the eyes of their oppressors as a problem that needed to be solved. Only sixty years ago the Jews were enclosed behind ugly concrete and electrified walls topped with watchtowers manned by erect armed figures, and deprived of the ability to make a living or to raise their children with dignity.

Only sixty years ago racism exacted its price from the Jewish people. Today racism rules in the Jewish state, tramples people's dignity underfoot and deprives them of liberty, condemns all of us to lives of hell.

For forty years now the Jewish head has unceasingly been bowed in worship of racism while the Jewish mind is devising the most creative ways to devastate and demolish and destroy this country...

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Binational Currents in Israel and Palestine on the Anniversary of 40 Years of Occupation PDF Print E-mail
Jul 04, 2007 at 03:45 PM

Go to the Alternative Information site to listen to an interview with Michael Warschawski, longtime Israeli political observer and analyst, as well as co-founder of the AIC, on June 12, 2007. He talks about understanding binationalism in both an Israeli and Palestinian context against the backdrop of 40 years of occupation, as well as the Israeli/Palestinian peace movement in the light of the larger struggle against globalization and  neo-colonialism....

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Israel plans 20,000 Jewish homes in East Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
May 10, 2007 at 12:00 AM

By Avida Landau
Reuters May 10, 2007

Jerusalem - Israel plans to build 20,000 new homes for Jews in a settlement in Arab East Jerusalem, angering Palestinians who want the land for a future state.

An Israeli official said on Thursday that the plan forsees three separate Jewish neighbourhoods being set up on land Israel annexed after the 1967 Middle East War in a move that has not been recognised internationally.

Some 200,000 Jews already live in the eastern part of Jerusalem among about
230,000 Palestinians who, under an agreement forged after Israel's capture of the city, are legal residents.

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UN Committee Questions Israel's Policy of Apartheid PDF Print E-mail
Mar 15, 2007 at 01:04 PM

THE UN ANTI-RACISM COMMITTEE QUESTIONS ISRAEL'S POLICY OF APARTHEID IN ISRAEL AND THE OPT AND CALLS FOR EQUALITY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RIGHT OF RETURN

By Badil Staff

On 22-23 February 2007, after nearly 10 years of evading its responsibility, Israel finally met with the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) to discuss its report on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.  A number of Palestinian, Israeli and international NGOs attended, including Adalah, ACRI, Al Haq, Amnesty International, Badil, B'Tselem, Habitat Coalition International, National Lawyers Guild and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

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Negev desert nomads on the move again to make way for Israel's barrier PDF Print E-mail
Feb 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Security fence and spread of Jewish settlement risks way of life for thousands

Rory McCarthy in Azariya
Wednesday February 28, 2007
The Guardian

The bulldozers came for Hamid Salim Hassan's house just after dawn. Before the demolition began, the Bedouin family scrambled to gather what they could: a fridge, a pile of carpets, some plastic chairs, a canister of cooking gas and a metal bed frame.

Now, with their house a wreck of smashed concrete and broken plastic pipes, Mr Hassan and his family are living in a canvas tent on a neighbour's land. Their possessions are piled outside, along with boxes of supplies, including washing-up liquid, toothpaste, corned beef, wheat flour and tomato paste, provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

His tent is small but it affords Mr Hassan a compelling view of the future. Stretched out before him are the hilltops of the West Bank where he and his family, all Bedouin shepherds who fled Israel in 1948, used to live and graze their sheep. Standing there now is Ma'ale Adumim, one of the largest Jewish settlements which is illegal under international law. Snaking up the hillside towards his tent is the West Bank barrier, also ruled unlawful in advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice. When complete, the steel and barbed wire barrier, which here will be 50m wide and include a ditch and patrol roads, will surround Ma'ale Adumim, attaching it to a greater Jerusalem.

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Occupied Gaza like apartheid South Africa, says UN report PDF Print E-mail
Feb 23, 2007 at 12:00 AM

The Guardian
Friday February 23, 2007

By Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem

A UN human rights investigator has likened Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories to apartheid South Africa and says there should be "serious consideration" over bringing the occupation to the international court of justice.

The report by John Dugard, a South African law professor who is the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, represents some of the most forceful criticism yet of Israel's 40-year occupation.

Prof Dugard said although Israel and apartheid South Africa were different regimes, "Israel's laws and practices in the OPT [occupied Palestinian territories] certainly resemble aspects of apartheid." His comments are in an advance version of a report on the UN Human Rights Council's website ahead of its session next month.

Read the UN report (pdf): www.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/4session/A.HRC.4.17.pdf

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Israel asks Supreme Court to delay evacuation of West Bank settlement

The Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2012

JERUSALEM — Israel's government on Sunday asked the country's Supreme Court to delay the evacuation of an unauthorized West Bank settlement outpost by a month, its latest attempt to put off a potential clash with extremist settlers. No court decision was announced.

The Migron outpost, about 15 kilometres north of Jerusalem, was built on privately owned Palestinian land, a practice the court outlawed decades ago. Some Migron settlers have petitioned the court to remain in their homes. About a third of them claim they've recently bought the land where their houses stand from Palestinians.

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