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The Canadian Progressive: U.S. Taxpayers Subsidizing The Defense Of Palestinian Teen’s Alleged Killers

Controversial Israeli group Honenu is raising tax-exempt money in the U.S. to support Israelis charged with or convicted of violence against Palestinian tens.

The post U.S. Taxpayers Subsidizing The Defense Of Palestinian Teen’s Alleged Killers appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau lauds Israel’s “commitment to peace”

In official statement that reiterates the Liberal Party’ of Canada’s position on the Middle East, leader Justin Trudeau lauds Israel’s “commitment to peace.”

The post Justin Trudeau lauds Israel’s “commitment to peace” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Cowichan Conversations: Israel Is Captive To Its ‘Destructive Process’

This analysis by Chris Hedges is well worth the read.

By Chris Hedges

Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint,”

Hilberg wrote.

The Palestinians over the past few decades have endured a similar “destructive process.” They have gradually been stripped of basic civil liberties, robbed of assets including (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The NDP and the Middle East-An Open Letter to Nathan Cullen

Dorothy Field, Writer, Artist, Poet, Contributor

Dear Nathan Cullen,

I’m writing to you because I think you are still a man we can trust, not just an NDP hack. I am in despair about the NDP’s silence on Israeli rocket attacks on Gaza.

First, let me say, though I shouldn’t have to, that I write as a Jew who strongly believes we must be both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian. If not, we are part of the problem, not part of the solution. By pro-Israeli, I mean I support Israel’s right to exist, not these horrendous policies.

Nathan Cullen MP

I will (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Israeli propaganda and spin seeks to justify Gaza attack: yet another civilian bloodbath

Top: Wounded Palestinian girl following strike in northern Gaza strip  Below: Israeli strike on buildings in Khan Younis / Palestinian boy with  younger wounded sibling upon learning family was killed in strike

Yet another bloodbath in Gaza. One of the most powerful militaries on the planet is once again turning its US-supplied weaponry on an enclave no bigger than Manhattan. Palestinian civilians are paying a heavy price in this grotesquely unequal contest: to date Palestinian dead stands at over 200…  Israeli dead 1.

The stark contrast between the military power of Israel and the resources of beleaguered Gaza was (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Chris Hedges: Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

Chris Hedges agitates for a global mass movement of boycotts, divestment and sanctions to stop Israel’s ongoing Gaza assault and “destructive process.”

The post Chris Hedges: Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Bill Longstaff: Settlers killed in Palestine—echoes of another colonialism

The killing of three Jewish teenagers from a West Bank settlement in Palestine brought to mind another colonialism—that of North America. As the Europeans swarmed across the Americas, the Native people found themselves overwhelmed. Sometimes they fought to keep the intruders out, but inevitably they found themselves outmatched by superior numbers and technology. Sometimes out of desperation

The Canadian Progressive: Canada must press Israel to end assault on Gaza

The Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East calls on Canadian MPs to press Israel to end its ongoing “disproportionate assault on Gaza.”

The post Canada must press Israel to end assault on Gaza appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

drive-by planet: Netanyahu gov deceived public about killings of Israeli teens: incident exploited for political ends

A short time following the kidnapping of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, Israeli authorities knew the teens were dead. They knew who the Hebron-based suspects in the killings were, yet the details were covered up.

The gag order that banned media outlets from reporting details on the incident cast doubt on the cynical fiction – that the teens were alive and capable of being rescued. The order banned Israeli journalists from publicizing “All the details of the investigation” and “All details that might identify the suspect”… details and suspects known to Shin Bet in the early going.

Under (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Jerusalem’s checkpoints and ‘Kafkaesque’ restrictions through the eyes of visiting authors: video

Stills from Jerusalem: Uprooted, Walled Out and Cut off  – (view video beneath).

The video Jerusalem: Uprooted, Walled Out and Cut off was first released by the Palestine Festival of Literature (Palfest). The camera follows a group of authors in the course of their visit to Jerusalem and records their reactions as they encounter checkpoints, barriers and bureaucratic restrictions… part of the of the web of laws and “security” related checks designed to control the lives and movement of indigenous Palestinian residents.

The group of writers includes Gillian Slovo, Omar El-Khairy, China Melville and Tom Warner.

The term “Kafkaesque” is (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Israeli ex-minister Ben-Eliezer calls violent settlers ‘godless’: writer Amos Oz warns of ‘Hebrew neo-Nazis’

One of Israel’s best known writers, Amos Oz, has ignited controversy by labeling Israelis responsible for hate crimes against Muslims and Christians “Hebrew neo-Nazis.”

Before Oz made his comments a Jerusalem church and an Arab home in the Old City became targets of so-called price tag attacks. The term “price tag” is used by hardline Jewish settlers as justification for attacks on Palestinians and their property. The attacks are seen as retaliation for settlement freezes, Palestinian attacks on Jews and other perceived anti-settlement activity.

The term is viewed by Oz as little more than a sanitized euphemism. He is (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Vijay Prashad on anti-imperialism [video]: the ‘third way’ on Syria

I concur with most of what Vijay Prashad is arguing in this video talk except to say that there is a lot more at stake in Syria than for example Libya, in terms of the power balance in the Middle East.

When the NATO attack on Libya got underway some on the left took the side of Gaddafi and I always considered that a mistake. Gaddafi was an enabler of imperialism, just as Assad has been an enabler. Both opened their nations for rendition flights and permitted torture of war-on-terror detainees in their prisons. Gaddafi joined forces with then Italian (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Palestinian legislator Ahmad Tibi slams Harper’s postion on Israel as "unbalanced" and "right of Likud": why Tibi gets it right

Ahmad Tibi, the Palestinian legislator who walked out of Stephen Harper’s Knesset speech said in an interview with CBC’s Evan Solomon that Harper’s views on Israel were “unbalanced” and “right of Likud.” Sounds pretty accurate. Harper’s views are indeed extreme even by some Israeli standards and certainly more extreme than most average Canadians on the subject of Israel.

Tibi and a fellow legislator raised objections from the floor when Harper dismissed the idea that  apartheid exists in Israel. Anyone who has even a rudimentary understanding of the Israeli system knows that segregation lies at very heart of daily life (Read more…)

LeDaro: Ariel Sharon Dead

Stephen Harper is very saddened.

Sharon who butchered Palestinians mercilessly.

Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, described Sharon as “one of the architects of modern-day Israel” and one of its “staunchest defenders” in a statement of condolence.

“A renowned military leader, Mr. Sharon pursued the security of Israel with unyielding determination that was recognized by friends and foes alike.” CBC

I wonder what rest of the folks think.

drive-by planet: Max Blumenthal’s Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel – reviews: liberal hypocrisy on Israel

Max Blumenthal‘s  Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is a remarkable and courageous book that reveals hard truths about Israel’s dark side. What makes Goliath especially impressive is the amount of time Max Blumenthal spent in Israel and the occupied West Bank in order to gather information and get a first hand understanding. His research shows in the wealth of detail he brings to the book, including key historical information and interviews.

In a review of Goliath that appeared in Electronic Intifada, Rod Such opens with a few paragraphs that highlight key areas in Blumenthal’s book:

A specter (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Israeli ‘master of disinformation’ Danny Ayalon takes a hit: hasbara fantasies exposed in new video

Lara Sawalha and Dana Dajani take on the hasbara revisionism of Danny Ayalon in a video that sets the record straight.

Some bio information on Lara Sawalha – here – and Dana Dajani – here. Preparing for the unlikely

FB.Event.subscribe(‘edge.create’, function(response) { _gaq.push(['_trackEvent','SocialSharing','Facebook - like button',unescape(String(response).replace(/\+/g, " "))]); }); Share this: A version of this post appeared as a signed editorial in The Canadian Jewish News on Sept. 12. As a new Jewish year begins, renewed U.S.-led peace talks continue between Israel and the Palestinians. Much has been written about the low expectations surrounding these negotiations on both sides. Certainly, Israelis and Jews have good […]

drive-by planet: Ehud Olmert called ‘war criminal’ and ‘murderer’ during speech at Woodrow Wilson Center

Former Israeli PM, Ehud Olmert, who authorized operation Cast Lead against the people of Gaza, had his speech interrupted earlier this month at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. Student activists showed their outrage at Olmert’s role in the Gaza assault by standing up at various points during his speech and calling him out, before staging walk outs.

The protest was led by students from George Mason University Students Against Apartheid.

Statements called out from the floor included:

“I’m appalled that the Wilson Center would host a war criminal such as yourself.”

“To hell with you and (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Israeli soldiers testify: powerful new Breaking the Silence videos featuring female ex-soldiers

I’ve posted before about the work of a remarkable site called Breaking the Silence. It features candid video testimonials by former Israeli soldiers about the experience of being the uniformed enforcers of occupation and state control. The site has released a series of new testimonials by females who served in the Israeli military and I’ve chosen to post one that features testimony by a former soldier named Gil Hillel.

Hillel offers no solutions but simply states what the exercise of military power does to a human being…  those who as Hillel describes it are made into ‘violent, aggressive creatures. (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Rashid Khalidi’s ‘Brokers of Deceit’: how the U.S. has undermined the peace process

In Jerusalem at the start of his current visit to Israel, Obama went over-the-top with superlatives in a speech that employed high flown rhetoric and symbolism. He painted the US/Israel relationship in transcendent terms – “eternal” no less. In a later speech, adopting a more pragmatic approach, the president characterized Israeli settlements as “counterproductive” without directly calling for a halt to new settlements as he did in 2009. Much of the world condemns Israeli settlements as illegal – not merely an impediment to peace.

Obama’s artful diplomacy – praising Israel it to the skies on the one hand while mildly

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LeDaro: Palestinians Need Their Rosa Parks

There has been great progress, great steps forward worldwide, in human and civil rights. In the United States, people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and others fought a hard battle against racial segregation – and for equal rights, such as voting – in the 1950s and 1960s, making great strides for African-Americans. These struggles paved the way, four decades later, for the election of the first African-American president, Barack Obama.

In South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned for almost thirty years for standing up against apartheid, would oversee the end of this appalling system of discrimination

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drive-by planet: Mor Ostrovski’s offensive Instagram image: what it says about the IDF ‘culture of impunity’

Top: Instagram ‘sniper’ image Below: Mor Ostrovski and weapons

A photo posted on the personal Instagram account of Israeli soldier, Mor Ostrovski, showing rifle crosshairs trained on the head of what appears to be a Palestinian youth has sparked outrage and criticism.

Ostrovski’s twisted visual isn’t exactly unusual. That Palestinian life is cheap in the eyes of some IDF soldiers comes across also in t’shirts. In an earlier post I discussed incredibly offensive anti-Palestinian t’shirt graphics, one of which depicted crosshairs trained on the stomach of a pregnant Palestinian woman along with the line “1 shot kills 2.”

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Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Debasement Of Canadian Foreign Policy

That Canada once enjoyed a sterling reputation in the international arena is something beyond dispute. That its standing has fallen precipitately under the misguided direction of the Harper regime is a truth that I suspect only the most rabidly ideological would disagree with.

Perhaps the most egregious departure from norms that most would consider reasonable is found in its Mid-East policy, which can be summed up in four words: unqualified support for Israel. Despite its disproportionate response to aggression from Hamas, Israel, it seems, can do no wrong in the eyes of our political ‘leaders.’

In his Star column

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Drive-by Planet: ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’: Israeli and South African parallels

 Clips from “Roadmap” that draw Israel/ S. African parallels

A feature-length documentary Roadmap to Apartheid is the first time close parallels between the apartheid of the old South African regime and Israeli-style apartheid have been explored in a documentary film in significant depth.

The parallels between the two systems have been all too evident to those on the receiving end of Israel’s colonial-style apartheid and to the activists on the front lines. Roadmap brings the message to a larger audience including those who may be learning about the parallels for the first time.

The film is a joint project

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Bill Longstaff: The U.S. squeezes the Palestinians

The Palestinian Authority has announced that before the end of the year (but after the U.S. presidential election) it will press for a vote by the General Assembly for upgraded status at the UN. On cue, the United States has gone into bullying mode, warning European nations that if they support the Palestinians there will be “significant negative consequences,” including financial sanctions, for