May 23, 2021 at 3:20 am #218281AnonymousInactive
That ceasefire is very fragileMay 23, 2021 at 7:49 am #218283
Since my comments here didn’t result in disagreement, I once more dared to blog on the situation. It is difficult to present a case that is both sympathetic but also critical so I centred on Hamas as being problematic even if there can be much more to be said.May 23, 2021 at 8:38 am #218290
Israel indirectly assures Hamas funding
In an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 News, former Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman revealed details about a secret visit to Qatar by Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen and the Israeli military’s chief of Southern Command Herzl Halevi to allegedly “beg the Qataris to keep pouring money into Hamas.”
Qatar, with Israeli acquiescence, has provided substantial funding to Hamas in recent years, by some tallies, millions of dollars a month, chiefly to pay administrative salaries, some of which can then be siphoned off.
” A guy from Qatar comes every month with his suitcases of money accompanied by Israeli soldiers to pay Hamas administrative staff…” said the senior European official.May 23, 2021 at 11:18 pm #218310
UAE offer to become peace mediator. Are they an honest broker?
They signed the Abraham Accords, normalising relations with Israel. They are political rivals to Qatar which funds Gaza. They are deeply involved in the Yemen war.
Perhaps it might suit Hamas to have a new sponsor.May 25, 2021 at 1:25 am #218386
Israeli police announced they will arrest hundreds of Palestinian citizens of Israel over the coming days for their participation in recent sit-ins in support of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli police said some 1,550 people have already been arrested since May 9 and the campaign is a “continuation” that aims to “prosecute” demonstrators who have over the past two weeks taken to the streets in towns and cities across Israel.
Hassan Jabareen, the general director of Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, declared is a “militarised war against Palestinian citizens of Israel,”May 25, 2021 at 9:40 am #218405
Patrick Cockburn’s take
An ominous new feature of it is Palestinians in Israel taking to the streets to demand equality and an end to discrimination. Israeli settlers from the West Bank have been coming back to Israel to lead anti-Palestinian demonstrations within mixed Jewish/Palestinian towns and cities.May 27, 2021 at 9:14 am #218536james19Participant
Palestinian Program ajj
A Pro Palestinian protester was hit by a car (one last week in London) but it doesn’t make the front pages of the newspapers? But cars in St Johns Wood makes national headlines?
According to on website, which took down the video according to their software, saying the video has been doctored, with a voiceover?May 27, 2021 at 1:05 pm #218561
It will make little difference but Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, has said, “Air strikes in such densely populated areas resulted in a high level of civilian fatalities and injuries, as well as the widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure.” she added if deemed to be indiscriminate and disproportionate in their impact on civilians. “Such attacks may constitute war crimes.”
Also guaranteed to be ignored by the pro-Hamas left is her statement that the tactics of locating rocket launchers in densely populated civilian areas, and firing rockets which were indiscriminate and fail to distinguish between military and civilian objects, “..constitutes a clear violation of international humanitarian law…”May 27, 2021 at 8:32 pm #218584May 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm #218585
Weekly Worker has an article worthy of a readJune 7, 2021 at 1:27 am #218912
Paul Mattick Jnr’s take
…There is in fact only one resolution to the problem — more properly, the social system — of exploitation, racism, war, inequality, and public corruption that Israel shares with every other nation of sufficient weight: the no-state solution. The function of each national state is to safeguard this social system of inequality and private property, with whatever local peculiarities ornament that structure. If you accept the system, you are stuck with the state…June 8, 2021 at 12:34 pm #218951
‘…Pursuit of a chimerical Palestinian state that, in any foreseeable political situation, is not going to be more than a collection of beleaguered Bantustans, has become a culpable diversion from seeking equal civil rights and personal security for Palestinians… Prolonged peaceful mobilisation of millions of Palestinians on the streets, wherever those streets may be, is their most powerful card and one which Israel would find it difficult to counter…As for the Palestinians, there are opportunities in the current turmoil, hobbled though they are by their useless leadership. This is not going to be displaced or relax its grip on formal power any time soon, but it could be bypassed. The best way forward for the Palestinians would be to establish a broad-based civil rights movement to mobilise their communities everywhere, using their great numbers to challenge systemic oppression and prevent further erosion of their rights’
June 9, 2021 at 2:06 am #218970
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A march by far-right nationalists and pro-settler groups through occupied East Jerusalem will go ahead.
So who is actually de-escalating tensions?June 16, 2021 at 11:22 am #219168
If you read the media headlines, one would believe that yet again Israel bombed Gaza to retaliate in self-defence against Palestinian aggression.
Only when you read deeper that the reason for the primitive balloons carrying crude incendiary devices was actually in response to Israeli provocations of Zionists marching into a Palestinian district, shouting “Death to the Arabs”.
But as usual, the media prefers to present the reverse course of events hoping people don’t read the sub-text.June 25, 2021 at 12:21 pm #219507
Four Palestinians were recently shot dead by Israeli troops as they protested against the theft of more than five acres of their land, which was previously used for the cultivation of olives, for the construction of the illegal Israeli settlement of Evyatar. 50 prefabricated settler homes at Mount Sabih were illegally have been built on private Palestinian land.
Israeli governments have offered economic and political support for the settler movement including turning a blind eye to illegal outposts. The settlers in Evyatar refusing to evacuate, but they are planning to build another 70 settler homes, a synagogue, daycare centre and a school.
The military’s civil administration unit ruled have ruled that their activities were destabilising security in the area. Zvi Sukkot, one of the leaders of Evyatar said, “To drive Jews out of their homes because of Arab riots can only be called surrender to terrorism. They should be ashamed of themselves.”
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