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I study History of the Middle East. Mostly posting translated news and blog posts from the Israeli media relating to the historical and contemporary aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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/ Israel’s cruelty dispersed and hidden (Amira Hass)

[…] Israeli cruelty is hidden not only because its partners and perpetrators are too numerous to count and the state protects most of their anonymity. The cruelty is hidden because it is dispersed in both time and space, like an invisible chemical element. Dozens of kilometers separate the lands of Sakhneen, Arabba and Deir Hanna in the Galilee, which were expropriated in 1976, from the Silwan neighborhood and its constantly demolished homes. Long years separate those who signed the declaration of Palestinian lands in the Jordan Valley as a firing zone in the 1970s from the soldiers who beat Basel al-Adra from the village of At-Tuwani (ﺍﻟتوانة) in 2022, a “Sikha Mekomit” journalist and one of the creators of the movie “No Other Country”. And except for their ID cards, there is no connection between the Supreme Court justices who approved in 2022 the holding live fire drills in the heart of the Palestinian villages in the Masafer Yatta (مسافر يطا) area, to the IDF soldiers shooting towards hungry Palestinians in , literally. Neither ones nor others see themselves as technicians in the production line of Palestinian expulsion. But all are shocked by the cruelty of the Palestinians.

I’ll add a link to the full English translation when available.

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/ 10,000 people participated in anti-government protests across Israel

Thousands participated in anti-government protests across Israel Saturday night, amid rising public anger at the government over its handling of the security situation, police violence at previous protests, and demands for equal military service. The protests appear to be gaining momentum.

[Hebrew] https://www.ynet.co.il/news/article/h1tdo9xpa

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/ “Antisemitic Attitudes” in the USA in 2024, according to the ADL

From the 1960s until 2014, there was a decline in in the US, according to the index of the which examines respondents' agreement with a set of antisemitic statements.

In 2014, about 9% of respondents agreed with 6 or more antisemitic statements, in 2015 the number rose to 10% and in 2019 to 11%. In 2022 there was a significant jump to 20% and in 2024 the number is already close to 24%.

2014 is of note here. Between 2,125 and 2,310 Gazans were killed during the conflict while between 10,626 and 10,895 were wounded (including 3,374 children, of whom over 1,000 were left permanently disabled). See 📄 https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIGaza/A_HRC_CRP_4.doc

Some findings:

  1. Over 40% of US citizens think that Israelis intend to cause maximal suffering to the Palestinians (impression shared with Israeli Palestinians, see Mohamed Barakeh’s comment https://kolektiva.social/@oatmeal/112026724167982937)

  2. A third of US citizens think Israeli operatives are manipulating US national policy

  3. Younger generations are much more comfortable being friends with Hamas supporter

https://www.adl.org/resources/report/antisemitic-attitudes-america-2024

Note the broadening definition of antisemitism according is using. Observers noted that ADL counted 3,000 antisemitic incidents since Oct. 7, two-thirds of which were tied to Israel. https://forward.com/news/575687/anti-defamation-league-adl-antisemitism-count-anti-zionism

More info on the objections to ’s methods of operation and criticism by other Jewish organizations in the US: https://droptheadl.org/

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see also “Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism” and “Nexus Document”, among other

A chart titled "The Two-State Solution is the Most Popular Solution Across All Generations" showing percentage support for various solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict across different generational cohorts: Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers/S
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Bar chart titled "After a Steady Decline from 1964 to 2019, Endorsement of Six or More Anti-Jewish Tropes Has Increased," showing a decline in the percentage of endorsement from 29% in 196

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The Anti-Defamation League's Expanding Definition of Antisemitism Correlates with Increased Israeli Violence in Palestine

A broadened definition of by the Anti-Defamation League () correlates with heightened Israeli state violence against Palestinians.

From 2014 to 2024, the ADL documented a rise in antisemitic attitudes among Americans coinciding with Israel's military actions in Gaza causing thousands of Palestinian deaths and injuries.

In July 2014, Israel assaulted Gaza, killing 2,125-2,310 Palestinians, wounding 10,626-10,895, and left over 1,000 children permanently disabled according to a UN report [1]. That same year, the ADL recorded only 9% of Americans professing multiple antisemitic attitudes [2]. But by 2024, this figure had jumped to 24%, as the ADL applied an expanding definition of antisemitism, which includes criticisms of Israeli policy in the occupied territories (including besieged and blockaded ).

The data suggests a correlation between Israel's use of force in and a rise in perceived antisemitism in the US. This correlation calls for Western media to scrutinize the data presented by the ADL Against evolution of the conflict, which reaches new levels of violence with each iteration.

[1] https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIGaza/A_HRC_CRP_4.doc

[2] https://www.adl.org/resources/report/antisemitic-attitudes-america-2024

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/ US makes its first Gaza aid airdrop amid fears of humanitarian disaster

[…] U.S. President Joe Biden has said he hopes a ceasefire will be in place by the time of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on March 10. Speaking to reporters on Friday, he said: "We’re not there yet."

At least 576,000 people in the Gaza Strip - one quarter of the enclave's population - are one step from famine, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israeli-airstrike-hits-gaza-tent-killing-11-gaza-health-ministry-2024-03-02/

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[…] U.S. C-130s dropped over 38,000 meals along the coastline of Gaza allowing for civilian access to the critical aid.

https://twitter.com/CENTCOM/status/1763950219547287820

I am not sure whether to feel comforted or horrified by this.

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/ “we are against the killing of innocents on both sides, but the other [Zionist] side enjoys the killing”

Mohammad Barakeh [محمد بركة], head of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel [لجنة المتابعة العليا للجماهير العربية في إسرائيل], spoke at a protest against the war in Kafr Kanna and said that "anyone who supports this war - from to the last soldier who shoots at a Palestinian - is outside the human norm, and should be behind bars."

Barakeh also said that "a massacre is also taking place in the West Bank, we will no longer be silent about what they want to do in al-Aqsa - we will defend al-Aqsa." According to him, "from the beginning we said that we are against the killing of innocents on both sides, but the other Zionist side enjoys the killing."

[Hebrew] https://www.haaretz.co.il/news/politics/war-2023/2024-03-02/ty-article-live/0000018d-fc17-d73a-a9ed-febfe28a0000?liveBlogItemId=1975394368

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/ 9,000 women have been killed in Gaza since early October

[...] An estimated 9,000 women have been reportedly killed by Israeli forces in Gaza to date. This figure is likely an underestimate, as many more women are reported to be dead under the rubble.

[...] Every day the war in Gaza continues, at the current rate, an average of 63 women will continue to be killed.

[...] An estimated 37 mothers are killed every day, leaving their families devastated and their children with diminished protection.

https://www.unwomen.org/en/news-stories/press-release/2024/03/press-release-9000-women-have-been-killed-in-gaza-since-early-october

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/ Congressional Delegation Statement on Trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories

6 House Dems, back from , accuse of ‘utter disregard for Palestinian lives’

“We are deeply worried that Prime Minister Netanyahu is moving toward the total destruction of Gaza and has demonstrated an utter disregard for Palestinian lives, […] Nearly 30,000 Palestinians have been killed – with almost 70,000 more injured and thousands missing. He has shamefully been unwilling to allow humanitarian services in at the scale needed.”

https://delauro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressional-delegation-statement-trip-israel-and-palestinian

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    / Gaza: Worst famine fears realised as 10th child reportedly ‘starves to death’

    […] Today, finding food within Gaza itself, whether from farming or fishing, “is almost impossible”, Mr. Laerke continued. “Putting food on the table…has completely stopped. The very foundation for people's daily sustenance is being ripped away.”

    […] According to , the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, the quantity of aid supplies reaching Gaza in February was just half of January’s total, “and we know that January was not enough at all”, the spokesperson said.

    https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/03/1147112

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    / Biden says US military to airdrop food and supplies into Gaza

    "We need to do more and the United States will do more, […] aid flowing to Gaza is nowhere nearly enough."

    […] Biden said the U.S. airdrop would take place in the coming days but offered no further specifics. Other countries, including Jordan and France, have already carried out airdrops of aid into Gaza.

    […] With people eating animal feed and even cactuses to survive, and with medics saying children are dying in hospitals from malnutrition and dehydration, the U.N. has said it faces "overwhelming obstacles" getting in aid.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/biden-announce-us-air-drop-aid-into-gaza-us-officials-say-2024-03-01/

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    / Nicaragua institutes proceedings against Germany and asks the ICJ to indicate provisional measures

    filed a lawsuit against at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, claiming that Germany is providing political, economic and military assistance to Israel in committing genocide in the Strip, and for halting funding to . Nicaragua is asking the Court to take emergency measures that would compel Germany to stop its military support for Israel, arguing that Germany is violating the 1948 Convention, and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 which deals with protecting civilian populations during war or under occupation.

    https://twitter.com/CIJ_ICJ/status/1763633881939427400

    https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/193/193-20240301-pre-01-00-en.pdf

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    / News outlets express solidarity with journalists in Gaza

    […] The leaders of more than 30 news organizations from across the world, including the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and Reuters, have joined an open letter affirming their solidarity with journalists reporting in Gaza.

    […] A total of at least 94 journalists have been killed in the Israel-Gaza war; the majority of them (89) were Palestinians killed by the Israeli military.
    Aluf Benn, Editor in Chief, , is the only Israeli signed.

    https://cpj.org/2024/02/news-outlets-express-solidarity-with-journalists-in-gaza/

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    / ‘They took our home, our land, everything’: Palestinians displaced by illegal settlers tell their stories

    […] Ori Givati, advocacy director with Breaking the Silence, a group founded by Israeli combat veterans to document military abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories, said the sanctions were a “good step in the right direction”. “I hope it’s just the beginning,” he added. “There should be dozens, if not hundreds, of settlers on those lists.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/01/they-took-our-home-our-land-everything-palestinians-displaced-by-settlers-tell-their-stories

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    / Abolishing the Jewish-Arab Divide

    [...] In this two-part series, Omri Ben Yehuda reflects on the hegemony of Ashkenazi Jews in Israeli society. Ben Yehuda contends that reckoning with this form of hegemony requires an analysis of the links between marginalized communities in Israel/Palestine, including the Palestinians, Mizrahi, and Ethiopian immigrants. While the conflict in Israel is often portrayed as one between Jews and Arabs, Ben Yehuda contends that it is better understood as a conflict between Ashkenazi [*] Jews and the Global South. Coming to terms with this dynamic requires a Left that is more emboldened in its protest of Israeli occupation and Ashkenazi hegemony in Israel/Palestine.

    https://contendingmodernities.nd.edu/theorizing-modernities/abolishing-the-jewish-arab-divide/

    https://contendingmodernities.nd.edu/theorizing-modernities/palestinian-protest-global-south/

    [*] the generic Ashkenazi includes today both Eastern European and German Jews, which historically were separate communities in every respect

    Omri (Hannah) Ben Yehuda (he/she) is a scholar of comparative Jewish literatures in EUME, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin. She has published two books, 25 scientific articles and essays, and more than 80 essays and op-eds for the general public. Currently, she is working on a co-edited volume with Dotan HaLevi on Gaza as an Israeli heterotopia to be publish in 2022.

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    / At least 70 people killed in an attack on a crowd of Palestinians waiting for humanitarian aid

    According to , it was a response to a "violent gathering". Even more creatively deceptive, Times of Israel title is: "IDF says it fired on Gazans who endangered troops in stampede; Hamas claims 70 dead"

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/feb/29/middle-east-crisis-live-updates-israel-hamas-war-latest-today-gaza-death-toll-hamas-health-ministry

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    [cont’d] Hamas threatens to end talks after scores of civilians waiting for scarce food aid were killed in Israeli strikes on , which initially denied then justified by blaming crowds. With humanitarian conditions dire, the high casualties provoked outrage and accusations of a from Palestinian authorities.

    [Arabic] https://www.alarabiya.net/arab-and-world/2024/02/29/%D8%AD%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B3-%D8%AA%D9%84%D9%88%D8%AD-%D8%A8%D9%88%D9%82%D9%81-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%81%D8%A7%D9%88%D8%B6%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%8A%D9%84-%D8%AA%D8%AA%D9%86%D8%B5%D9%84-%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%82%D8%B5%D9%81-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AA

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    [cont’d] / reported firing on Gazans waiting for aid a 'serious incident'

    "We mourn the loss of innocent life and recognize the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, where innocent Palestinians are just trying to feed their families,"
    "This underscores the importance of expanding and sustaining the flow of humanitarian assistance into Gaza, including through a potential temporary cease-fire."

    https://today.lorientlejour.com/article/1369835/white-house-reported-firing-on-gazans-waiting-for-aid-a-serious-incident.html

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    [cont’d] / Blood bath in Gaza

    Speaking on France Inter radio on Friday, Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne said Paris would back the United Nations' call for an independent investigation.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/frances-macron-demands-justice-after-shooting-palestinians-gaza-2024-03-01/

    « La France dit les choses. Elle dit les choses quand il s’agit de qualifier de terroriste le Hamas. Mais elle doit dire les choses aussi quand il se passe des atrocités à Gaza »

    [French] https://www.lesoir.be/571684/article/2024-03-01/bain-de-sang-gaza-la-france-demande-une-enquete-independante

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    [cont’d] ‘Army must explain’: Nations slam Israel for killing Palestinians waiting for aid

    Germany's foreign minister Annalena Baerbock "People wanted relief supplies for themselves and their families and found themselves dead. The reports from Gaza shock me. The Israeli army must fully explain how the mass panic and shooting could have happened. My condolences go out to the families of the victims,"

    President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen "Every effort must be made to investigate what happened and ensure transparency Humanitarian aid is a lifeline for those in need and access to it must be ensured,"

    India’s foreign ministry "Such loss of civilian lives and the larger humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to be a cause for extreme concern,"

    Brazil's foreign ministry: "Humanity is failing the civilians of Gaza. And it's time to prevent further massacres,"

    https://www.theweek.in/news/world/2024/03/01/army-must-explain-nations-slam-israel-for-killing-palestinians-waiting-for-aid.html

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    @bifouba @israel see Nicaragua … someone thought it was to disgusting to ignore I guess

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    [cont’d]

    […] Dr Mohammed Salha, the acting director of Al-Awda Hospital, told The Associated Press that of the 176 injured people brought to the facility, 142 had gunshot wounds and the other 34 showed injuries from a stampede, suggesting heavy shooting by Israeli troops. He could not address the cause of death of those killed, because the bodies had been taken to government-run hospitals to be counted.

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/gunshot-wounds-gaza-aid-convoy-rush-israel-b1142736.html

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    / Free the Israeli Hostages, Establish a Palestinian State [Amos Schocken, Haaretz publisher]

    [...] This is an apartheid project, which is in its entirety a violation of international law, as determined by the UN Security Council. A project that is contrary to what Israel agreed to in 1947, in 1978 and in the Oslo Accords, and which is causing Israel to live by the sword and triggering hostility against it among those who do not understand how Israel can maintain a situation of apartheid, oppression and denial of rights to millions of people. Today, the world's attitude toward Israel is opposite what it should and can be and what it once was before the settlement project. This is a real danger.

    Shocken believes that recognizing a Palestinian state now would free hostages, benefit security, relieve Israel of controlling others, and improve its global image. Ending is an urgent moral and strategic necessity.

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/2024-02-28/ty-article-opinion/.premium/free-the-israeli-hostages-establish-a-palestinian-state/0000018d-f13b-dd0a-afcf-ffffa4320000 or https://archive.md/0c6kH

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    / Conservative MPs accuse BBC of fuelling 'global antisemitism'

    Right-leaning, pro-Brexit Daily Express reports on primarily Conservatives MPs arguing has shown anti-Israel bias in its coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict and of fueling .

    A BBC spokesperson said: “We don’t agree with this opinion which we reject entirely and is not borne out by the facts.”

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1871395/bbc-bias-israel-palestine-gary-lineker-politics-latest

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    / The majority of US Jews believe Biden would be better for US-Israel relations

    […] Survey respondents believe that Israel will be a “meaningful factor” in deciding who to vote for in November.

    […] American Jews rate the importance of Israel’s “Jewish character” higher than Israeli Jews.

    […] The majority of will vote for Joe in the November presidential elections, and most believe that he would be better for Israel-US relations.

    […] American Jews detect a considerable decline in US support for the Israeli war effort.

    https://jppi.org.il/en/14543-2/

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    Line graph titled "The US doesn't support Israel enough" showing the opinions of different political groups from January to February, with an increase in the percentage of each group who feel the US support for Israel is insufficient, ranging from strong liberal to strong conservative

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    / Hamas listed a terrorist group, sanctions 'extremist' Israeli settlers

    […] New Zealand on Thursday listed Palestinian Islamist group in its entirety as a terrorist entity and imposed travel bans on "extremist" Israeli settlers whom it said had committed violent attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank.

    […] Prime Minister Christopher said in a statement that the attacks by the Hamas on Israel in October "were brutal and we have unequivocally condemned them." But he added that "New Zealand wants to be clear that the designation of Hamas is about the actions of an offshore terrorist entity and is not a reflection on the Palestinian people in Gaza and around the world."

    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/new-zealand-lists-hamas-terrorist-group-sanctions-extremist-israeli-settlers-2024-02-29/

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    / The number of fatalities in Gaza is likely three times higher than the official figure (Dr. Marteen Wein)

    Based on global models, a reasonable estimate is that the true death toll in already exceeds the official figure by at least 3 times, so likely over 90,000. The long-term effects of malnutrition, disease, trauma and devastation will drive the excess mortality much higher in the coming months.

    Dr. Wein is suggesting that the official tally only counts those directly killed in the attacks, not the much larger excess mortality from secondary causes related to the disaster. This underestimate serves Israeli and Western interests by making the humanitarian catastrophe and crimes committed in Gaza appear smaller.

    has an interest in keeping official casualty figures in Gaza relatively low for political reasons, and has undercounted victims since the start of the war.

    According to Dr. Wein, Hamas is manipulating the death toll numbers in three key ways:

    1. Not counting Gazans killed or captured inside Israel during the October 7 attack

    2. Categorizing many dead buried in rubble as "missing" rather than deceased

    3. Undercounting wounded who died of infections, as well as starvation deaths

    [Hebrew] https://www.mekomit.co.il/%d7%9e%d7%a1%d7%a4%d7%a8%d7%99-%d7%94%d7%94%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%92%d7%99%d7%9d-%d7%91%d7%a2%d7%96%d7%94-%d7%9b%d7%a0%d7%a8%d7%90%d7%94-%d7%92%d7%91%d7%95%d7%94%d7%99%d7%9d-%d7%a4%d7%99-%d7%a9%d7%9c%d7%95/

    Dr. Martin “Moussa” Wein has taught history at Tel Aviv University and New York University. He specializes in Jaffa’s history, Czech-Israeli relations and inter-religious studies.

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    The Israeli and Palestinian Women Calling for Peace [Yasmeen Serhan]

    [...] “We said all the time that we have to solve this conflict as soon as possible because it’s a ticking bomb—it will kill all of us, [...] Now when you see the crisis, this terrible war, how can we suffer it and continue on this path?”

    On October 4th. 2023, days before the Hamas massacre, 1,500 members of "Israeli Women Wage Peace" and "Palestinian Women of the Sun" gathered to demand an end to violence and resumption of negotiations. Their optimism, as we now know, was short-lived.

    Since then, the situation has severely deteriorated. But the groups still believe a mutually agreed resolution is urgently needed to prevent further suffering, though political solutions seem increasingly remote.

    Despite the challenges, they remain committed to women's participation in the peace process. Their joint Mothers' Call advocates this view, and seem to be gaining momentum. They were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and invited to speak to the French Parliament.

    https://time.com/collection/women-of-the-year/6691522/yael-admi-reem-hajajreh

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    [cont'd] The Israeli and Palestinian Women Calling for Peace

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    Diverse in our Faiths.
    Common in our Humanity.
    Together in Peace.

    At the heart of the Abrahamic Family House (بيت العائلة الإبراهيمية) are a Mosque, a Church and a Synagogue, each established to welcome Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities to practice their individual faiths.

    "The Abrahamic Family House is dedicated to the pursuit of peaceful coexistence for generations to come. Our space serves to bridge our common humanity through the exchange of knowledge, ongoing dialogue, and the practice of faith."

    https://www.abrahamicfamilyhouse.ae/about-us

    https://religionnews.com/2019/09/23/higher-committee-of-human-fraternity-unveils-design-for-the-abrahamic-family-house/

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    / There Are No 'Uninvolved Civilians' in Israel [Odeh Bisharat]

    Israel's anger at is for reminding it of its original sin - expelling Palestinians in 1948. Israel needs to atone, instead of living a lie and resenting those who mourn its crimes. It is high time Israel put an end to its aggressive defiance towards the world, and instead, strive for peace.

    Bisharat appeals to to recognize nearly all Israeli Jews support the disastrous status quo - unlike , where civilians are truly uninvolved [*].

    Bisharat points at the fact that dictates the national agenda unchallenged. The opposition did not dare criticize his recently unveiled brutal "day after" plans for Gaza. This plans, like many others, are in fact Netanyahu's habit of manufacturing threats is meant to scare Israelis to unit against the world behind unjust policies.

    • Bisharat is referencing bomb-signing-Herzog saying:

    […] Unequivocally. It is an entire nation out there that is responsible. It is not true this rhetoric about civilians not aware, not involved. It is absolutely not true. They could have risen up. They could have fought against that evil regime which took over Gaza in a coup d’état. — 12 October 2023, Isaac Herzog

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/2024-02-27/ty-article-opinion/.premium/there-are-no-uninvolved-civilians-in-israel/0000018d-e6c3-dda5-a18d-e7ef5b9e0000 or https://archive.md/sNga6

    Odeh
    Bisharat profile: https://iias.huji.ac.il/people/odeh-bisharat

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    / There Are No 'Uninvolved Civilians' [*] in Israel [Odeh Bisharat]

    Israel's anger at is for reminding it of its original sin - expelling Palestinians in 1948. Israel needs to atone, instead of living a lie and resenting those who mourn its crimes. It is high time Israel put an end to its aggressive defiance towards the world, and instead, strive for peace.

    Bisharat appeals to to recognize nearly all Israeli Jews support the disastrous status quo - unlike , where civilians are truly uninvolved.

    Bisharat points at the fact that dictates the national agenda unchallenged. The opposition did not dare criticize his recently unveiled brutal "day after" plans for Gaza. This plans, like many others, are in fact Netanyahu's habit of manufacturing threats is meant to scare Israelis to unit against the world behind unjust policies.

    • Bisharat is referencing bomb-signing-Herzog saying:

    […] Unequivocally. It is an entire nation out there that is responsible. It is not true this rhetoric about civilians not aware, not involved. It is absolutely not true. They could have risen up. They could have fought against that evil regime which took over Gaza in a coup d’état. — 12 October 2023, Isaac Herzog

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/2024-02-27/ty-article-opinion/.premium/there-are-no-uninvolved-civilians-in-israel/0000018d-e6c3-dda5-a18d-e7ef5b9e0000 or https://archive.md/sNga6

    Odeh
    Bisharat profile: https://iias.huji.ac.il/people/odeh-bisharat

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    / There Are No 'Uninvolved Civilians' [*] in Israel [Odeh Bisharat]

    Israel's anger at is for reminding it of its original sin - expelling Palestinians in 1948. Israel needs to atone, instead of living a lie and resenting those who mourn its crimes. It is high time Israel put an end to its aggressive defiance towards the world, and instead, strive for peace.

    Bisharat appeals to to recognize nearly all Israeli Jews support the disastrous status quo - unlike , where civilians are truly uninvolved.

    Bisharat points at the fact that dictates the national agenda unchallenged. The opposition did not dare criticize his recently unveiled brutal "day after" plans for Gaza. This plans, like many others, are in fact Netanyahu's habit of manufacturing threats is meant to scare Israelis to unit against the world behind unjust policies.

    • Bisharat is referencing bomb-signing-Herzog saying:

    […] Unequivocally. It is an entire nation out there that is responsible. It is not true this rhetoric about civilians not aware, not involved. It is absolutely not true. They could have risen up. They could have fought against that evil regime which took over Gaza in a coup d’état. — 12 October 2023, Isaac Herzog

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/2024-02-27/ty-article-opinion/.premium/there-are-no-uninvolved-civilians-in-israel/0000018d-e6c3-dda5-a18d-e7ef5b9e0000 or https://archive.md/sNga6

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    / There Are No 'Uninvolved Civilians' in Israel [Odeh Bisharat]

    Israel's anger at is for reminding it of its original sin - expelling Palestinians in 1948. Israel needs to atone, instead of living a lie and resenting those who mourn its crimes. It is high time Israel put an end to its aggressive defiance towards the world, and instead, strive for peace.

    Bisharat appeals to to recognize nearly all Israeli Jews support the disastrous status quo - unlike , where civilians are truly uninvolved.

    Bisharat points at the fact that dictates the national agenda unchallenged. The opposition did not dare criticize his recently unveiled brutal "day after" plans for Gaza. This plans, like many others, are in fact Netanyahu's habit of manufacturing threats is meant to scare Israelis to unit against the world behind unjust policies.

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/2024-02-27/ty-article-opinion/.premium/there-are-no-uninvolved-civilians-in-israel/0000018d-e6c3-dda5-a18d-e7ef5b9e0000 or https://archive.md/sNga6

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    / Biden warns Netanyahu that Israel is losing support worldwide and its government must 'change'

    In remarks on Tuesday, issued his sharpest criticism yet of the Israeli government under following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack.

    Biden has also stated his commitment to Israel's security remains steadfast. However, he believes Netanyahu's government, including figures like National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, is making it very difficult for Biden to move forward.

    I guess everyone else understands Netanyahu himself, not just his extremist coalition, is the core problem, alongside Israel's occupation. Nevertheless, this political game continues. Biden could end it by blocking aid, as Israel's military depends on US support. But for now, the pretense is maintained.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-warns-netanyahu-israel-losing-support-worldwide-government-must-rcna129337

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    / Israel is deliberately starving Palestinians, UN rights expert says

    Michael Fakhri, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food:

    “There is no reason to intentionally block the passage of humanitarian aid or intentionally obliterate small-scale fishing vessels, greenhouses and orchards in Gaza – other than to deny people access to food,”

    “Intentionally depriving people of food is clearly a war crime. Israel has announced its intention to destroy the Palestinian people, in whole or in part, simply for being Palestinian. In my view as a UN human rights expert, this is now a situation of genocide. This means the State of Israel in its entirety is culpable and should be held accountable – not just individuals or this government, or that person.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/27/un-israel-food-starvation-palestinians-war-crime-genocide

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    @CanadianCrone it defies belief
    An occupied people being killed en masse by their oppressor, under a pretext of self-defense we all know is a lie.
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    [cont’d] if you squint your eyes, Israeli denialism begins to look a little bit like denialism… or at least qanon false flag paranoia …

    [Headline] Riding on the humanitarian card: The trap Sinwar is setting for Israel if the deal doesn't go through

    is trying to create an illusion that the Gazans are starving to death. Sinwar is betting that when images of children and infants dying of hunger start spreading around the world, international actors will force Israel to stop fighting.

    Liraz Margalit, PhD, is a Social Psychologist who specializes in Behavioral Design… 😬

    https://m.maariv.co.il/journalists/Article-1079589 or https://archive.is/ISeQo

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    / Orthodox pop star Ishay Ribo’s scheduled performance at the Sinclair Music Hall boycotted

    Sinclair staff boycotted the event, scheduled for today (27), forcing organizers to look for outside help.

    From the promotional material:

    “An evening to lift the spirits of Israeli and Jewish students on campus. Announcing a second concert with Israeli sensation and international superstar, Ishay Ribo!”
    […] Jew-hate and anti-Israel voices are targeting Harvard and Israeli artist, Ishay Ribo. Ishay is a man who embodies profound love and peace. His music inspires the soul and elevates consciousness. Jewish consciousness, and human consciousness. This evening was created to lift the spirits of Israeli and Jewish students suffering from Jew-hate on college campuses. Love, peace, and music will prevail. Though there are no concert proceeds to speak of at this time, should there be, it will absolutely go to the healing and rebuilding of Israel, who is recovering from and fighting off an enemy seeking its destruction.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/C30sQU0vCvX

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    / Artists and Curators Call for Israel to be Excluded

    “Art does not happen in a vacuum and cannot transcend reality, […] While Israel’s curatorial team plans their so-called ‘Fertility Pavilion’ reflecting on contemporary motherhood, Israel has murdered more than 12,000 children and destroyed access to reproductive care and medical facilities. As a result, Palestinian women have C-sections without anesthetic and give birth in the street.”

    “Any official representation of Israel on the international cultural stage is an endorsement of its policies and of the genocide in Gaza.”

    https://news.artnet.com/art-world/petition-israel-venice-biennale-2440366

    The letter https://anga.live/index.html

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    [cont’d] Culture Minister Sangiuliano rules out Israel exclusion from Venice Biennale

    Israel will always have Neo-fascists to defend it. Like Gennaro Sangiuliano, Italy's Minister of Culture, appointed by far-right PM Giorgia Meloni.

    Sangiuliano was previously the director of the state-owned news channel TG2, which critics accused of normalizing right-wing discourse under his leadershiP. In his youth, he was involved with the far-right Youth Front and a neo-fascist political party. Claims to be independent though.

    […] "The diktat of those who think they are the holders of the truth and, with arrogance and hatred, think they can threaten the freedom of thought and of creative expression in a democratic, free nation like Italy is unacceptable and shameful,"

    https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2024/02/27/minister-rules-out-israel-exclusion-from-venice-biennale_dcb675a4-81ca-4d30-977a-5a74f1bf186f.html

    Biographical background: https://news.artnet.com/art-world-archives/gennaro-sangiuliano-italy-culture-minister-2200501

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    "Wire Services Face Fallout Over Exposure of Gaza Photojournalists’ Oct. 7 Actions"

    https://honestreporting.com/wire-services-face-fallout-over-exposure-of-gaza-photojournalists-oct-7-actions/

    "Fallout from...exposure of Gaza-based photojournalists who infiltrated into Israel from Gaza on October 7 continues...concerning the ethics of...Palestinian media workers and...outlets that employed them or used their work has been consequential:"

    "Reuters Distances Itself from Gaza Freelancer"

    "Lawsuit Accuses AP of 'Materially Supporting Terrorism'”

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    HonestReporting (or Honest Reporting) is a pro-Israel, non-governmental organization that monitors the media for what it perceives as bias against . The organization is a United States 501(c)3 registered charity headquartered in Skokie, Illinois, with its editorial staff based in Jerusalem, Israel.
    It has affiliates in the United States, UK, Canada, Italy, and Brazil. They claim their mission as “HonestReporting combats the false depiction of Israel in the media by challenging the biased coverage and demanding accountability. HR’s mission is to educate the public about unfair media coverage of Israel and to empower the grassroots to respond in an effective manner.”
    It’s one many such sites that spread pro-Israel propaganda claiming to be neutral or balanced. They’re not.
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    Best documentary winner 'No Other Land'

    Co-directed by a collective of Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers, the film offers a ground-level view of an in action.

    "I ask one thing of , since I am in : Stop sending weapons to !"

    https://vimeo.com/905531031

    […] Since October up until today, there are 16 entire villages in the West Bank that have been depopulated. In one village, the settlers burned houses. In another village, they shot somebody and people got scared, so they started leaving. I think that if this is not stopped, and if there aren’t more international sanctions against settlers who are using violence, then this process will continue.

    https://variety.com/2024/film/global/palestinian-israeli-no-other-land-doc-eradication-palestinian-villages-political-solution-1235910522/

    Review https://www.indiewire.com/criticism/movies/no-other-land-review-israel-palestine-1234956485/

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    @nathan can you share a link?

    Btw the broadcaster claimed he should’ve mentioned October 7th.

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    [cont’d]

    "Our film ‘No Other Land' on occupied Masafer Yatta's brutal expulsion won best documentary in Berlinale. Israel's channel 11 aired this 30 second segment from my speech, insanely called it ‘anti semitic' - and I've been receiving death threats since. I stand behind every word."

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    [cont’d] Public Broadcaster Kan Removes Segment Labelling Israeli Berlinale Winner's Speech Antisemitic

    "Yesterday we reported on Yuval Abraham's speech after the film No Other Land won the prize for Best Documentary Film at the Berlin Film Festival. The report was accompanied by a caption that described his speech as antisemitic. We want to make it clear that it would have been better to word the caption differently… As we emphasized in the evening news, what was missing from Abraham's speech at the festival was Hamas, the October 7 massacre, and the hostages."

    It seems to me that the broadcaster's non-apology implies an expectation that any speech about or Palestinians, must also mention October 7th. With losing control of the narrative and being accused for , accusations of now appear to be used to intimidate people into adhering to their preferred narrative.

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2024-02-27/ty-article/.premium/israels-public-broadcaster-removes-accusations-of-antisemitism-against-berlinale-winner/0000018d-ea27-d7f4-a3dd-ee2f193d0000 or https://archive.is/UCNnj

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    / Jewish Insider wants WAPO's coverage of the Middle East to be more like that of NYT and WSJ ... 🤔

    Jewish Insider claims the Washington Post is "under fire" for "repeated anti-Israel bias, systemic sloppiness in Middle East coverage."

    The "fire" seems to be repeated claims by sources such as Jewish Insider editors themselves, Time of Israel and organizations such as , and few others.

    No need to remind anyone who or what is and how it operates https://droptheadl.org/, but CAMERA (so called "Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America") is possibly even worse.

    "To its supporters, CAMERA is figuratively - and perhaps literally - doing God's work, battling insidious anti-Israeli bias in the media. But its detractors see CAMERA as a myopic and vindictive special interest group trying to muscle its views into media coverage. ... To many in the media CAMERA is ... an advocacy group trying to impose its pro-Israeli views on mainstream journalism." --- The Boston Globe, Mark Jurkowitz observed https://web.archive.org/web/20090213190540/http://www.hnn.us/comments/8390.html

    The most relevant part in the WAPO's editor's note, later added to the article, states:

    "The article incorrectly said that all Palestinian mothers who received authorization to leave Gaza for humanitarian reasons had to return to Gaza to reapply after their permits expired. In fact, it was not always necessary for mothers to return to Gaza."

    They also mention addition of comments from Israeli officials.

    "Some" is not none, but WAPO correcting itself should be praised. Jewish Insider and the other critics mentioned though want to discredit yet another publication documenting Israel's in Gaza.

    Jewish Insider seem to claim that WAPO's coverage of Israel must be biased, because its tone and findings seem to be very different from that of NYT and WSJ. But, is that a bad thing?

    Considering the NYT exploitative coverage of the unconfirmed systematic rape by Hamas militants (in which its reporter misled one of the victims' family) and the hit job on the ran in the WWSJ, the Washington Post has really nothing to apologize for.

    “The institution as a whole is a haven for Hamas’ radical ideology,” an anonymous senior Israeli official told the Wall Street Journal in a widely cited article penned by a former IDF soldier. https://theintercept.com/2024/02/07/gaza-israel-netanyahu-propaganda-lies-palestinians/

    The original report in question https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/11/17/israel-gaza-war-babies-families/ or https://archive.is/Cs71w

    https://jewishinsider.com/2024/01/washington-post-anti-israel-bias-gaza-palestinians-war-hamas or https://archive.is/NFLzh

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    Walla journalist David Wertheim, author of the cheerleading tweet, not apologizing … justifies IDFs action in Gaza on basis of “large public support” …

    […] The act of publishers monitoring social media posts and likes is inherently anti-journalistic. This type of "regulatory" behavior by bosses who track tweets and likes constitutes surveillance that undermines journalistic independence and freedom.

    Wertheim insists Schawartz liking his post should not invite scrutiny of her “work”.

    [Hebrew] https://walla.co.il/item/3646902

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    [cont'd] / The Story Behind the New York Times October 7 Exposé

    [...] The fear among staffers who have been critical of the paper’s coverage is that Schwartz will become a scapegoat for what is a much deeper failure. She may harbor animosity toward Palestinians, lack the experience with investigative journalism, and feel conflicting pressures between being a supporter of Israel’s war effort and a Times reporter, but Schwartz did not commission herself and her nephew to report one of the most consequential stories of the war. Senior leadership at the New York Times did.

    So who is Anat Schwartz?

    She's an Israeli filmmaker with no prior journalism experience. She was assigned to work on a controversial New York Times investigation into alleged sexual violence, despite lacking objectivity. She was paired with veteran Times reporter Jeffrey Gettleman, though she and Sella did most of the reporting.

    She pushed for the Times story alleging systematic Hamas sexual violence to be published quickly to aid Israeli propaganda, despite lack of evidence. Furthermore, she relied heavily on testimony from dubious sources, like Israeli officials and workers, who known for spreading false information. Even worse, she dismissed her own doubts and lack of forensic evidence to remain convinced of the sexual violence claims.

    Schwartz had liked tweets saying Israel should "turn Gaza into a slaughterhouse" and that Palestinians were "human animals".

    https://theintercept.com/2024/02/28/new-york-times-anat-schwartz-october-7

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    / The fact the world is missing is that threatening to ban Israel from participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, would have had much bigger impact than any ruling against it. Israelis are addicted to attention, and pity.

    Feel bad for Eden Golan. Representing Israel while your country is standing accused of must be morally challenging for her … or maybe not?

    Q: How are you preparing for the public diplomacy [hasbara] front?

    […] I'm planning a huge and powerful Eurovision number. I want to show everyone how strong we are.

    […] I have a huge team behind me that will help me, that will get me ready for this. All we need to do is bring our truth. I will bring this truth, because we have nothing to hide.

    Note to self: “having nothing to hide” is the literally the antonym of 🙈 … maybe her is not that great?

    [Hebrew] https://mobile.mako.co.il/tvbee-tv-news/Article-c7f3a2071d08d81027.htm or https://archive.is/G2Pvw

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    [cont'd] / EBU rejects second Israeli candidate

    corporation sent another song for 's consideration to represent at Eurovision, as part of the negotiations to approve a song that have been taking place in recent weeks.

    The EBU signalled to the corporation that both songs are generally unacceptable to them, and the crisis regarding Israel's participation is very deep.

    The lyrics of the song "To Dance Forever" include the chorus:

    "To dance like an angel / You will remember / I will dance forever", as well as the lines in Hebrew "Hope does not stop it only spreads its wings / It is like a million stars that suddenly light up the skies".

    https://www.haaretz.co.il/gallery/music/eurovision/2024-02-28/ty-article/.premium/0000018d-f01e-dd0a-afcf-ffde05560000 or https://archive.md/9GCaC

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    / Before Invoking Antisemitism, We Need To Define It

    Derek J. Penslar, a William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History and the director of the Center for Jewish Studies, is the co-chair of Harvard’s new task force on . Another task force was established to combat .

    In an opinion essay from December last year Penslar wrote:

    “Conflating criticism of Israel with antisemitism magnifies divisions within our Harvard community and stymies a common struggle against hatred.”

    Penslar presented the three competing definitions of antisemitism from different Jewish groups - , Jerusalem Declaration, and Nexus Document, which agree on core aspects but differ on Israel criticism.

    While IHRA sees some criticism of Israel as antisemitic, Jerusalem Declaration and Nexus Document allow more criticism of Israel policies/actions without deeming it antisemitic.

    Penslar supports the Jerusalem Declaration and Nexus Document as more conducive to discussions happening at Harvard. Both documents say criticizing Israel policies is not inherently antisemitic, but have examples of criticism that is antisemitic.

    https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2023/12/29/penslar-define-antisemitism

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/22/us/harvard-antisemitism-task-force-bill-ackman-lawrence-summers-derek-penslar.html

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    [cont'd]

    [...] “I found that the IHRA definition was deployed as a distraction tactic, where routinely I felt burnt out defending the right to freedom of expression and solidarity with Palestine,” one student at a British university said. “I had crippling anxiety of who I could even trust, as it felt like the IHRA definition was a mode of surveillance in my day-to-day life.”

    https://mastodon.social/@TommyOrbell/112008720007520866

    H/t @TommyOrbell

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