September 3, 2022 at 10:19 am #232620
Israeli rules on Palestinian romances.
Foreigners must tell the Israeli defence ministry if they fall in love with a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank, according to new rules… a demand on foreigners to inform the Israeli authorities within 30 days of starting a relationship with a Palestinian ID holder.
New restrictions on Palestinian universities include a quota for 150 student visas and 100 foreign lecturers, while there are no such limits in Israeli ones.
If they marry, they will be required to leave after 27 months for a cooling-off period of at least half a year.
The new rules specify that foreign visitors coming on a West Bank-only permit are obliged to travel via land crossings with Jordan and can only use Israel’s Ben Gurion airport in exceptional cases.
the new rules completely exclude nationals of Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Bahrain, and South Sudan – although these countries have diplomatic ties with Israel.
Holders of passports from these countries – including dual nationals – can only enter the West Bank in exceptional and humanitarian cases for a limited period.
This is of course not apartheidOctober 1, 2022 at 1:24 am #233956
American “Liberal progressives” cancel Katie Halper for saying Israel is an apartheid stateOctober 2, 2022 at 6:20 pm #234010
CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL):
“In one sentence, @RepRashida simultaneously tells American Jews that they need to pass an anti-Zionist litmus test to participate in progressive spaces even as she doubles down on her #antisemitism by slandering Israel as an apartheid state.”
Here’s what Tlaib actually said:
“I want you all to know that among progressives, it becomes clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values yet back Israel‘s apartheid government.”
She didn’t say anything to American Jews. She didn’t tell anyone they needed to pass any litmus test. She didn’t say anything anti-Semitic.
And she is definitely not alone in describing Israel as an apartheid stateOctober 2, 2022 at 10:54 pm #234017Lizzie45Participant
Israeli officials and politicians, too, have described their own country as an apartheid state.
Former attorney general Michael Ben-Yair wrote in 2002, “we established an apartheid regime in the occupied territories immediately following their capture. That oppressive regime exists to this day.”
Zehava Galon, former chair of Israel’s Meretz party, said in 2006, Israel was “relegated” to “the level of an apartheid state.”
In 2007, Israel’s former education minister Shulamit Aloni wrote, “the state of Israel practices its own, quite violent, form of apartheid with the native Palestinian population.”
In 2008, former environment minister Yossi Sarid said, “what acts like apartheid, is run like apartheid and harasses like apartheid, is not a duck — it is apartheid.”
Even Israel’s prime ministers have used the A word. In a recently published 1976 interview, assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said, “if we don’t want to get to apartheid … I don’t think it’s possible to contain over the long term, a million and a half [more] Arabs inside a Jewish state.”
In 2007 yet another prime minister, Ehud Olmert, warned, “If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights, then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished.” Well, Israel isn’t finished, but they do face a “South African-style struggle.”
Prime Minister Ehud Barak said in 2010, “As long as in this territory west of the Jordan river there is only one political entity called Israel it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic. If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.”October 20, 2022 at 6:17 pm #234739
Israel has implemented strict rules limiting the ability of foreigners to enter and stay in the occupied West Bank despite international criticism of the measures, which include the compulsory declaration of romantic relationships.
Nearly all foreign nationals coming to volunteer, work or study in the West Bank will be granted only single-entry visas, some valid for just three months, and will have to leave between visas and wait – in some cases for more than a year – before reapplying for entry. In most cases, residency is limited to a 12- to 27-month period, making family life and long-term employment almost impossible.October 23, 2022 at 2:01 am #234817
Norman Finkelstein, Anti-Zionist, defends freedom of speech for ZionistsNovember 4, 2022 at 12:29 am #235609
128 scholars have urged the United Nations not to adopt the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism due to its “divisive and polarising” effect.
In a statement published on Thursday, the scholars, who include leading Jewish academics at Israeli, European, United Kingdom and United States universities, said the definition has been “hijacked” to protect the Israeli government from international criticism.
They also called on the UN to instead rely on universal human rights instruments and different resources, such as the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism.November 26, 2022 at 12:44 pm #236930
Yiddish anti-Zionist songNovember 28, 2022 at 4:59 pm #237064
Netanyahu appoints Avi Maoz, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Noam party, as a deputy minister, whose portfolio includes an office bolstering Jewish identity among Israelis. Maoz said the deal with Likud was the “first step in returning the soul to the country”.
Maoz, a Jewish fundamentalist and West Bank settler, is an outspoken opponent of LGBTQ+ rights and women serving in the military, and has voiced opposition to Arabs teaching Jewish students in Israeli schools. He has denied the legitimacy of non-Orthodox Judaism, including the Reform and Conservative movements, which are marginal in Israel but dominant in the US
This is in addition to a supporter of Zionist terrorism, Itamar Ben-Gvir, being given the security portfolioNovember 29, 2022 at 11:12 am #237107
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries is widely expected to lead the Democrats in the US House of Representatives and it has been greeted with delight by pro-Israel groups.
Jeffries maintains close ties to Aipac and other hardline pro-Israel lobby groups. One of them, Pro-Israel America, was his largest single donor over the past year, giving his campaign more than $213,000. Pro-Israel groups gave him $460,000 in total, second only to donations from the financial industry.
In 2020, Jeffries told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), that “back home in New York City we consider Jerusalem to be the sixth borough”.
Jeffries opposed a bill introduced last year by another party member, Betty McCollum, to ensure that the nearly $4bn in annual American military aid to Israel is not used to illegally annex Palestinian land, to demolish Arab homes and forcibly remove Palestinians, or to detain children in Israel’s military judicial system. Jeffries told Aipac that aid should continue with “no conditions”.January 5, 2023 at 3:34 am #239045
The Charity Commission has said it has opened a regulatory compliance case against the Campaign Against Antisemitism, which was at the forefront of antisemitism allegations against Corbyn’s leadership.
Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) has complained to the charities regulator, alleging the CAA is not fulfilling its stated principal charitable objects of promoting racial harmony by the elimination of antisemitism. It alleges the CAA has engaged in “persistent conflation and equating of antisemitism with criticism of the state of Israel”.
Margaret Hodge, a former CAA patron, tweeted that the charity was “more concerned with undermining Labour than rooting out antisemitism”.
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