5 July, 2014 Palestine Chronicle
The reignited cycle of violence in Palestine and Israel provides the Israeli government with exactly what it has been begging for months for, violence. However, for once, Israel may be facing a new fact of life—as the sole military power in the conflict, it has the full ability to start a widespread campaign of violence, but it may no longer be the party who single-handedly decides how it ends. This particular round of violence has the potential to surprisingly end with political progress towards peace. Continue reading Israel’s Self Constructed Image is Crumbling→
A study by the Middle East Project of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa
The Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa commissioned this study to test the hypothesis posed by Professor John Dugard in the report he presented to the UN Human Rights Council in January 2007, in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel (namely, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza, hereafter OPT). Professor Dugard posed the question:
Israel is clearly in military occupation of the OPT. At the same time, elements of the occupation constitute forms of colonialism and of apartheid, which are contrary to international law. What are the legal consequences of a regime of prolonged occupation with features of colonialism and apartheid for the occupied people, the Occupying Power and third States?
Several agencies and authorities filed responses to the High Court of Justice yesterday in accordance with a court order issued in a petition filed by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) seeking a solution to the water crisis in the Jerusalem neighborhoods east of the Separation Barrier. The Israel Water and Sewage Authority, the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources, Hagihon (Jerusalem’s water utility), and the Jerusalem Municipality filed updates regarding steps taken so far to solve the crisis. Continue reading East Jerusalem Water Crisis Persists While Government Authorities Trade Blame→
14, Jan, 2013
A disturbing new video by David Sheen shot on New Year’s Eve on the streets of Tel Aviv shows Israelis rally against Africans and then Jewish youths assaulting, insulting and humiliating African people – presumably identifiable only by the color of their skin.
A rally speaker called for buses to be brought to Tel Aviv to transport 12,000 Africans to a desert internment camp [a concentration camp in the Negev desert called ‘Saharonim’ – ed].
After the rally a group of Israeli Jewish youths went through the streets assaulting and abusing Africans as police followed them doing nothing. One man, apparently a rally participant, is seen assaulting Sheen and threatening him with further violence.
17, Oct. 2013
About 60,000 African ‘migrants’ [asylum-seekers and refugees – ed] have arrived in Israel since 2006, fleeing unrest in their home countries. But upon arrival in the ostensibly democratic country, the ‘migrants’ faced intense persecution and have been branded as “infiltrators” by right-wing politicians and activists.