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‘Illegal, meaningless clownery’: #Russia condemns US searches of diplomatic property

source: https://www.rt.com/news/401842-trade-mission-dc-closed/

The spiral of #provocation continues ...

😣😒😖😧

#USA #politics #news #Embassy #diplomacy #problem #danger #trump #WhiteHouse #government

‘Illegal, meaningless clownery’: Russia condemns US searches of diplomatic property

The FBI has conducted searches at Russian diplomatic compounds in the US, which the Russian Foreign Ministry calls “meaningless clownery.” Russian diplomats have posted photo and video evidence of what they call a “travesty of justice.”
 
#Burundi: time is running out
https://newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2017/01/24/burundi-time-is-running-out/

The displacement – largely neglected by international media – is rapidly becoming one of Africa’s biggest refugee crises

#diplomacy #refugees #refugee #crisis #NewInternationalist

Burundi: time is running out

Diplomacy has failed, and the international media has turned its back. But the crisis is continuing, writes Philip Kleinfeld.
 
"Summary of Facts: Investigation of CIA Involvement in Plans to Assassinate Foreign Leaders", an 86 page section of the report produced by the United States President's Commission on CIA Activities within the United States (Rockefeller Commission) that was suppressed by Dick Cheney while he served in the White House for U.S. President Gerald Ford. #usa #cia #diplomacy

Summary of Facts: Investigation of CIA Involvement in Plans to Assassinate Foreign Leaders : The United States President's Commission on CIA Activities within the United States (Rockefeller Commission) : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

This is a copy of Summary of Facts: Investigation of CIA Involvement in Plans to Assassinate Foreign Leaders, an 86 page section of the report produced by...
 

Eben Moglen, Software Freedom Through Diplomacy, SFLC 16



Software Freedom Law Center president and executive director Eben Moglen speaks about the most effective ways to approach open source license compliance at the SFLC fall conference on Oct. 28, 2016.

The best way to ensure software freedom is by working together to make open source license compliance easier and by helping those out of compliance through education and diplomacy.

“We’re not in a place where the difficulty is how do we get enough ammunition to force everybody to comply,” said Moglen, president and executive director of the Software Freedom Law Center, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal services to open source developers. “We don’t need ammunition. We need diplomacy. We need skill. We need to work together better.”

Video courtesy of the Software Freedom Law Center
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Expert: Prosecuting #Böhmermann #satire could 'cost #Merkel the chancellery'

source: http://www.dw.com/en/expert-prosecuting-b%C3%B6hmermann-satire-could-cost-merkel-the-chancellery/a-19179199

--> je suis Böhmermann

https://despora.de/posts/6223629
#germany #turkey #diplomacy #politics #justice #freedom

Expert: Prosecuting Böhmermann satire could 'cost Merkel the chancellery' | Germany | DW.COM | 11.04.2016

Turkey is asking Germany to prosecute a satirist who made fun of its president. No matter how Merkel decides, experts say she can't win. She'll either offend an important diplomatic partner or alienate German supporters.
 

"The #fact is, #climate #change affects every human, in every country, on our #planet. If any challenge requires global #cooperation and effective #diplomacy, this is it."

#Quote by: Secretary John #Kerry at #COP21 Climate Change #Conference.

And because you mean what you say is the reason, why the United States never ratified the #Kyoto #Protocol. Politicians are lying just by opening the mouth :(

source: http://statedept.tumblr.com/post/134864076377/the-fact-is-climate-change-affects-every-human
#Paris #environment #nature #humanity #fail #USA #atmosphere #pollution #capitalism #lie
http://statedept.tumblr.com/post/134864076377/the-fact-is-climate-change-affects-every-human
 
I am so sorry Tennant. But Capaldi is my Doctor.



#doctorwho #antiwar #diplomacy
 
The Hamas-Fatah government of Palestinian unity recently collapsed. It seems that Benjamin Netanyahu is now secretly negociating a truce with the fundamentalist Hamas, excluding Fatah from the negociations. If that is true, he should definitely be labeled a political autist.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.671466

#academic #activism #antisemitism #countries #diplomacy #diplomatie #ethics #fatah #gaza #global #globalresearch #hamas #humanrights #israel #krieg #military #palestine #plo #peace #politics #politik #société #states #war #world

Is there a long-term Israel-Hamas agreement in the works? - Diplomacy and Defense

An advisor to Turkey's prime minister says progress has been made on an accord. Such a deal would remove the last obstacle in normalizing Israel-Turkey relations.
 
By +972 Blog |Published August 13, 2015

Bedouin tent burned in alleged 'price tag' attack

A tent belonging to a Bedouin in the West Bank was torched in an apparent ‘revenge’ attack.



Torched tent of Palestinian Bedouin in alleged “Price Tag” attack in the West Bank village of Ein Samiya. August 12, 2015. (Zakaria Sadeh, Rabbis for Human Rights)

A Bedouin tent was burned Wednesday night in Ain Samiya, in the West Bank, in a suspected attack by the “price tag” movement, a group of pro-settler Israelis who vow that for every time the government seeks to curb settlement expansion it will exact a “price” by attacking Palestinian properties or persons.

The tent was not occupied at the time, and only contained food that was intended for the Bedouin owner’s herds, according to the human rights NGO Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) which arrived to the scene. On a rock nearby the perpetrator... mehr anzeigen
 

Netanyahu to Appoint Danny #Danon as Israel's Next #UN-Envoy


Danny Danon. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

Israel's current science minister strongly opposes a two-state solution and has expressed support for the annexation of the West Bank. He is also an ally of Rick #Perry, one of Obama's most outspoken critics.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday that he will appoint Science, Technology and Space Minister Danny Danon as Israel's next ambassador to the United Nations due to the UN platform's current significance.

"The UN platform is very important at this time, and I'm sure Danny will fight with all his might to present the truth in the international arena," Netanyahu said. "Houston, we... mehr anzeigen
 

#Force-feed #hunger-striking #Palestinian #Prisoners

A bill made its way through the Israeli #parliament and would authorize the #force-feeding of Palestinian #prisoners on hunger strike . After the country’s main doctors’ association (#Israel-Medical-Association #IMA) said the practice amounts to #torture, #... mehr anzeigen
 

#Blame the victime

Following fatal settler attack, Israeli army raids Dawabshe family homes in the West Bank village of Duma



A Palestinian man inspects a house after it was torched, in Duma, near the West Bank city of Nablus, July 31, 2015. (Photo: AP)

While a man hunt is underway to apprehend the Israeli killers of 18-month old Ali Dawabshe, the Palestinian baby burned to death in a settler arson attack last Friday, for the past two nights more than one hundred Israeli soldiers and Shin Beit security officials have raided the homes of the Dawabshe family in the West Bank village of Duma near Nablus.

Speaking to Mondoweiss via telephone, Nasser Dawabshe, an uncle of the deceased, said that at 2:00 am Wednesday morning 30 Israeli army Jeeps with approximately 150 soldiers arrived in Duma. He said they woke sleeping members of the Dawabshe family, removed them from their houses, and... mehr anzeigen
 

Obama Isolates Netanyahu as Head of #Warmongers

In a speech liable to be seen as a turning point in U.S.-Israeli relations, the president clarified that the two countries' security interests are not always the same.

... The most worrisome part of Obama’s address was his reference to the Israeli government’s opposition to the nuclear agreement. What he said is liable to be seen in the not-so-distant future as a real turning point in the strategic relations between Jerusalem and Washington.

Obama marked Netanyahu not as a major ally, but as his greatest political rival. While he noted that he understands Netanyahu’s concerns and believes his intentions are sincere, this expression of empathy was merely an introduction to a sharp attack on the prime minister. At times you could hear Obama’s disdain for Netanyahu, as when he unconsciously imitated the latter’s baritone from his speeches against the nuclear agreement. “It’s a bad deal, we need a better deal,... mehr anzeigen
 

Iran Is Not an 'existential' #Threat to Israel No Matter What #Netanyahu Claims

There are good reasons to worry about Iran's rising power and legitimate questions about a nuclear deal. But it is not #Nazi #Germany.

Mike Huckabee’s sin was being too vivid. Last week, after the #Republican presidential hopeful said that by signing the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama “would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven,” a parade of organizations and politicians accused him of inflammatory language and bad taste. But in both the United States and Israel, Huckabee’s core assumption—that the Iranian government is #... mehr anzeigen
 

Israel’s New Plan for Dealing With Jewish Terrorists Is All Wrong

When there’s so much hatred in the air, terrorism – whether it be Jewish or Palestinian – will always prevail.

... Israel will now detain Jewish terror suspects without trial, thereby applying a policy applied to Palestinian terror suspects to Jewish terrorists as well. The move, announced in response to the attacks, is meant to show Israel’s resolve to do away with Jewish terror by any means necessary, even if that means giving Jewish extremists the same treatment Palestinians have been receiving for decades. The problem is that Israel has promised to curb Jewish terrorism for decades, at least since the members of the Jewish underground were arrested after attempting to blow up Palestinian buses in East Jerusalem in 1984. So far, little has happened. In fact, most members of the Jewish underground were welcomed back into society after serving light sentences and settler violence increased. In the past few years, attacks on Palestinians and Palestinian establishments by you... mehr anzeigen
 

Former security chiefs urge Netanyahu to accept Iran deal

**Former heads of Shin Bet, #Mossad and dozens of former generals call Iran deal a 'fait accompli' and push to 'restore trust with the American

Many Israeli ex-generals and former security chiefs have signed a #petition urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the #nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, which he strongly opposes.

A petition signed by the former officials and made public Monday calls the July 14 accord a "fait accompli."

It urges the government to pursue a policy that would "restore trust and reinforce security and diplomatic cooperation with the American administration."

The signatories include two former heads of the Shin Bet internal security agency, Ami Ayalon and Carmi Gillon; a former deputy director of the Mossad intelligence agency, Amiram Levin; the ex-chief... mehr anzeigen
 

No way to defeat Jewish terrorism without ending the occupation

For the extreme right, violence against Palestinian civilians is not solely a result of racism — it is, first and foremost, a form of control.

The vast majority of settlers are not violent, although different levels of violence toward the Palestinian population in the occupied territories have accompanied the settlement enterprise since its inception. These acts of violence are never an outlier, but as a direct consequence of the situation in the West Bank.

The public turns a blind eye to this fact whenever these events happen. The responses to the murder of the 18-month-old baby Ali Dawabshe, are a sign that we will continue to ignore the bigger picture.

The defining characteristic of the occupation is that it includes two civilian populations living alongside one another, which are... mehr anzeigen
 
 

All #Israelis Are #Guilty for Setting a Palestinian Family on Fire

It’s simply not possible to cheer for the brigade commander who shoots a Palestinian teenager, and then be shocked by settlers who throw a firebomb at an inhabited house.

Gideon #Levy Aug 02, 2015 4:43 AM

Israelis stab gay people and burn children. There isn’t a shred of slander, the slightest degree of exaggeration, in this dry description. True, these are the actions of a few. True, too, that their numbers are increasing. It’s true that all of them – all the murderers, everyone who torches, who stabs, who uproots trees – are from the same political camp. But the…

read more: http://www.haaretz.com/beta/.premium-1.669005?utm_medium=t... mehr anzeigen
 

Justice Minister proposes alternative tribunal for West Bank land disputes

After demolition of houses in West Bank settlement of Beit El, #Shaked suggests replacing the High-Court in land dispute cases , … Bild/Foto Justice Minister Shaked looking innocent and baby faced (Photo: Hillel Meir of Tazpit)

Shaked told Yedioth Ahronoth that "the root of the problem is the fact that all the rulings regarding land disputes in the West Bank are handed down by the High Court and not regular courts." Wednesday, MK Moti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi), said that
"a Caterpillar D- 9's bulldozer blade should be raised against the High Court". … She added that two lawyers are using the High Court to implement a far-left agenda, referring to Michael Sfard and Shlomi Zecharia, lawyers for Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights group providing legal assistance to citizens of the Palestin
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#Pinkwashing is over -reality ahead

History of #hate: An unremorseful plot to #murder at the gay pride parade

Yishai #Shlissel wrote of his intentions to attack Thursday's gay pride parade in Jerusalem just two weeks before - and it wasn't the first time he'd attempted murder. Bild/Foto Shlissel under arrest on Thursday. (Photo: AP)

"I came to kill in the name of the lord."

Yishai Shlissel's words to police over a decade ago resounded painfully throughout Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon. Shlissel and his knife wounded six at the city's gay pride parade, but it wasn't his first attempt at murder bred from hate.

Three Israelis became the Haredi Jew's victims during the pride parade of 2005. Shlis... mehr anzeigen
 

#Analysis Deadly West Bank #Arson Surprised No One in Israel's Defense #Establishment

The arson on Friday morning in which a Palestinian infant was burned to death was preceded by attempted attacks, which miraculously failed.

The torching of a house in the West Bank on Friday morning, in which a Palestinian infant was killed, caught no one in the defense establishment by surprise. For two years, the police and Shin Bet security service have identified a pattern of predawn attempts to set Palestinian houses on fire, with the intent of burning it along with its inhabitants. The first incident occurred in November of 2013 in the village of Sinjil. A house along route 60, the main transportation artery in the West Ba... mehr anzeigen
 
It is absolutely unacceptable that the Eurogroup (the financial ministers of the eurozone + one member of the EU Commission + the president of the European Central Bank) has excluded Greece from its second meeting yesterday, just because its government decided to consult by referendum the Greek population. After all Greece is still member of the euro.

http://www.euronews.com/2015/06/27/eurogroup-says-no-deal-to-greek-request-for-bailout-extension/

#academic #activism #allemagne #anticapitalism #austerity #business #... mehr anzeigen
 

Israel must look in mirror held up by UN report

Among the panel's concerns was the fact that the IDF continued the same pattern of aerial and artillery attacks even after it was clear they caused many casualties and much destruction. By Aeyal Gross | Jun. 24, 2015



From a factual and legal perspective, the allegations against Israel in the report are more complex, but it’s interesting to see what the committee focused on. It stressed that it was concentrating on the newer elements of that phase in the conflict – not on patterns familiar from previous rounds.

The most central of the new elements identified by the investigators were the attacks on residential buildings in Gaza that led to the deaths of entire families, ground operations in which Israel levelled urban neighborhoods, and the attack tunnels on the Palestinian side.

The committee examined the Israeli attacks in light of the main principles of international humanitarian law: the principle of distinction; the principle of proportionality, which forbids an attack on a mi... mehr anzeigen
 
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The stupid, racist Israeli tweet heard around the world at the worst time possible

A bad joke comparing the U.S. president to 'black and weak' coffee was far from the Interior Minister’s wife’s first social media faux pas - but it was by far, her worst.

The list of international media outlets reporting on the tasteless joke calling President Obama black and weak, which the wife of Israeli Interior Minister and Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom famously tweeted, deleted, and then apologized for, is seemingly endless: CNN, Washington Post, Sky News, Guardian, Daily Mail, Slate the Independent … and that’s only English language publications.

Frankly, it would be more efficient to just note the media that didn’t feel it necessary to broadcast the fact that socialite Judy Shalom-Nir-Mozes, media heiress, TV and radio show host, lifestyle guru, philanthropist, and staple of the Israeli social... mehr anzeigen
 

More than 6,500 complaints against Israeli #military #commanders found justified in 2014

#Ombudsman says most #complaints were about commander-subordinate relations, involving either humiliation, callousness or invasion of privacy.

The number of justified complaints lodged against IDF commanders in 2014 declined to 6,711 complaints from 7,158, according to the report of the Israel Defense Forces ombudsman published Tuesday,

Most of the complaints were about relations between commanders and their subordinates. The ombudsman’s office believes last year's military operations after the kidnapping of three yeshiva students in Gush Etzion and in Gaza contributed to the decline.

IDF ombudsman Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick published the annual report surveying the complaints submitted aga... mehr anzeigen
 

Massive Hasbara Campaign ahead!

Israel launches diplomatic front against Arab majority at UNHRC

UN likely to officially adopt report on Gaza war, sparking Israeli effort to remove the power of Arab majority voting bloc within the human rights council. …

The diplomatic efforts to sway opinion in the #UNHRC in Israel's favor will include a public propaganda campaign in the coming days, meant to spread Israel's view that IDF conduct during the war was "according to the highest international standards." This effort is expected to be led on social media.

Meanwhile pro-Israeli groups are organizing a protest to take place outside of UN headquarters next Monday when the report will be discussed by the UNHRC in Geneva before the upcoming vote. … "There is no indictment of Israel here," said officials in the Foreign Ministry. "They are aware that they don't have enough information for an indictment. What's disturbing is that it puts Israel and Hamas on the same weighing scale. There's n... mehr anzeigen
 

photo: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Remember those #kids #murdered in cold blood on July 17th last year? Getting hit by two missile strikes on Gaza's #beach on a sunny day while playing #football and hide-and-seek?

Hicks wrote in NYT:
The boy I had seen running was now dead, lying motionless in the sand, along with three other boys who had been playing there. …We arrived at the scene to find lifeless, mangled bodies. The boys were beyond help. They had been killed instantly, and the people who had rushed to them were shocked an
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Palestinian 'left for 3 hours' under Israeli jeep

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man who was killed by Israeli forces on Sunday in Kufr Malik village near Ramallah was left under an Israeli military jeep for three hours before he died, an eyewitness said.

Nabil Abd al-Karim recounted the details of the incident saying that Abdullah Iyad Ghuneimat, 22, was heading to his work in a poultry farm when Israeli forces shot him in the back and chased him down as he tried to return home. The jeep then hit Ghuneimat pushing him into a wall that collapsed on him and caused the jeep to overturn on him as well, Abd al-Karim said. Soldiers vacated the jeep and left Ghuneimat under it with his back crushed and his leg completely severed, he added. He was left under the jeep for three hours screaming in pain while gas and oil from the jeep dripped over him and the vehicle crushed his body, the witness added. After three hours of Israeli forces preventing any assistance or medics to come to his aid, residents of the village attacked Israeli soldiers with their bare hands and manage... mehr anzeigen
 

Netanyahu threatens new TV station for Palestinian citizens of Israel

The new satellite station, ‘Palestine 48,’ aimed at Arab citizens of Israel, presents an opportunity to use the community as a bridge between Israel and Palestine, a member of its board says.

sraeli Communications Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday declared his intention to shut down a brand new television station, “Palestine 48.” A day later, its employees and management vowed that they would not fold so easily. The station began pilot broadcasts on Thursday morning from Nazareth, and for the time being, its launch schedule is proceeding as scheduled.

Israeli authorities — and the Netanyahu government in particular — have been targeting Arab cultural institutions in recent weeks, cutting off funding for an Arabic-language theater in Haifa and threatening to do the same to a children’s theater in Jaffa operated by an Arab actor.

… Hammoud warned, the government’s campaign endangers the constitutionally protected freedoms of oc... mehr anzeigen
 

Israel blocks visit of UN human rights envoy


It was the second time Makarim Wibisono, the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, had been barred entry by Israel (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini, File)

JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel has blocked a visit to the Palestinian territories by a UN rights envoy, an official said Monday, just ahead of the publication of a United Nations report on last year's Gaza war. It was the second time Makarim Wibisono, the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, had been barred entry. "We didn't allow this visit," which was to take place last week, foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told AFP. …

https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=765979

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The Big Lie at the Heart of the Myth of the Creation of Israel

Lia Tarachansky’s heart-wrenching documentary, On the Side of the Road, reveals the Big Lie at the heart of the myth of the creation of Israel.

Tarachansky had to break through a lot of personal and social barriers to produce this often infuriating film about the Nakba, the “catastrophe” of 1948, when approximately 750,000 Palestinians (a number that has grown to 1.5 million refugees living in camps over the ensuing 67 years) were expelled from their homes and forced into squalid camps, where they are denied basic human rights.

Tarachansky’s toughest challenge was overcoming her own deeply ingrained assumptions. Born in Kiev in 1984, her youth, as she described it in a previous interview, was “a shifting, uncertain reality. While I was only learning to read, my parents split, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor blew up, and the Soviet Union collapsed. I was too young to understand what was happening when we evacuated the city and prepared for what would turn into years of econ... mehr anzeigen
 
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Stepson of Stuxnet stalked Kaspersky for months, tapped Iran nuke talks

... "We see this battle or arms race emerging and now it involves some kind of confrontation between the security industry and nation-state sponsored spies," Vitaly Kamluk, a Kaspersky principal security researcher, told Ars. "Bringing this to the next level is a very alarming trend for us because before people and organizations of all kinds could understand that the security solutions they were deploying can protect them. There was kind of an unspoken rule not to atta
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Stepson of Stuxnet stalked Kaspersky for months, tapped Iran nuke talks

... "We see this battle or arms race emerging and now it involves some kind of confrontation between the security industry and nation-state sponsored spies," Vitaly Kamluk, a Kaspersky principal security researcher, told Ars. "Bringing this to the next level is a very alarming trend for us because before people and organizations of all kinds could understand that the security solutions they were deploying can protect them. There was kind of an unspoken rule not to attack the security industry. But now we see they are stepping on this territory. They are trying to step on our land and they are trying to ruin the last island of safety for all these organizations and companies, which is very alarming for us." Duqu 2.0, as Kaspersky has dubbed the 2014 version, used at least one "zero-day" in Windows that Microsoft patched only Tuesd
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Six lies they told me about the anti-Israel boycott

** A mixture of nationalistic and false statements about BDS campaign is blinding Israeli public and preventing a real discussion of the issue.**

Published: 06.10.15, 00:35 / Israel Opinion

But a mixture of nationalistic and false statements is blinding the Israeli public and preventing a real discussion of the issue. Here are a few examples.

The boycott is a continuation of the Arab boycott against Israel:

No, it's not. From the 1950s till the 1990s, the Arab League imposed an economic boycott that used the weapon of oil to force countries and international companies to sever ties with Israel. This time, the boycott is not being led by Arab states, or by one main organization. …

The boycott is a unique phenomenon against Israel and because we are Jews, and is therefore anti-Semitic:

No, it's not. Comparing the anti-Israel boycott to the international boycott imposed on the apartheid regime in So... mehr anzeigen
 

Made in Israeli (illegal) settlements

EU edges closer to labeling of West Bank products

Reuters Published: 06.10.15, 13:55 / Israel News

Israel would be required to label products that are made in West Bank settlements and exported to Europe, according to guidelines being prepared by the European Union.

The move is the latest sign of international discontent with Israeli construction of settlements on occupied lands claimed by the Palestinians, as well as frustration over the bleak state of Mideast peace efforts.

It also comes as a grassroots movement promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel appears to be gaining steam.

Israeli officials reject the European labeling plan, saying it would amount to a type of boycott and help discourage Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from returning to negotiations.



An EU official said Tuesday the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, told European foreign ministers May 18 that work is underway and that a set of guidelines will be "finalized i... mehr anzeigen
 

BDS

Avoiding West Bank settlement goods isn't boycott - it’s the law

According to int’l law - by which the State of Israel was established and recognized - the settlements are stolen lands, which is a war crime, and abetting war criminals, such as by financing them, is a crime, too.

The boycott issue is once again in the headlines, and I wish to make a confession: I don’t buy products made in the settlements. This isn’t, heaven forbid, a boycott, and it obviously isn’t a call to others to boycott. It’s forbidden to boycott. There’s a law. And I’m a law-abiding citizen. Always. Even when I don’t like the laws. ….

The full text is available for subscribers & registered users.

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.660424

#Hasbara #TheIsraelProject #... mehr anzeigen
 

How every Israeli profits from the occupation

Israel’s government, #economy and #citizens regularly #exploit everything they can from the West Bank, leaving the Palestinians the bare minimum for #survival. If Israelis want change, they’ll have to come to terms with reality.

Contrary to popular belief, the boycott is not the greatest threat facing Israel, at least not at the moment. However, now that BDS has become a household name, it is perfect opportunity for Israelis to have an honest conversation about the occupation.

… it is clear that the support for the BDS movement overwhelmingly stems from our control over millions of people in the West Bank and Gaza who lack basic rights.

The occupation is one of Israel’s biggest national projects, if not the... mehr anzeigen
 

### Against 'hasbara': Explaining ourselves to death

The Israeli obsession with showing ‘our side’ of the story not only guzzles financial and human resources — it is a conscious attempt to distract the world from policies of occupation.
… Netanyahu re-established the “Ministry of Hasbara,” which had existed only briefly in 1960s and 70s. In addition, there is a national headquarters for hasbara within the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). In recent years the Foreign Ministry is largely a de facto instrument of hasbara. Add to that the Government Press Office (also part of the PMO) and the IDF spokesperson’s unit, and there at least five separate bodies paid by taxpayers, dealing with the issue. This may not be exhaustive.

Over the last decade-and-a-half, Israeli government hasbara has been matched by massively funded private organizations from abroad. Two of the most prominent are The Israel Project (TIP) which was established in 2003, the height of the se... mehr anzeigen
 
 
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