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Archive for 'Israel'

Israeli policeman indicted for beating Palestinian-American teenager

For the record, and because it is far less likely to be widely reported than was the original incident last July:
Israel’s Justice Ministry says police have charged an officer who was filmed beating a Palestinian-American teenager during a violent protest in July.
The ministry said Wednesday a police investigation concluded that “evidence was found supporting the [...]

Austrian president Heinz Fischer is worried about Israel

Guest post by Karl Pfeifer
Austria did not ask its surviving Jewish population to return after its liberation in 1945. Only very few Jews came back and had to confront a vicious antisemitism for several decades. Today about 7,000 Jews live in Austria.
As far as antisemitism is concerned, there was not much difference between the conservative [...]

Here we go again

Hamas has broken yet another ceasefire (have any Israel-bashers noticed a pattern here?) and resumed rocket launches into Israel.
What do they expect to achieve this time around? A more compliant Israel– one that will allow access to more weapons and concrete to build more attack tunnels in exchange for a “permanent” truce? Fat chance. More [...]

“Anti-Zionist” activism: then and now

I take Saul O’s point that the BDS campaign against Israel is in some ways disturbingly reminiscent of Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses in the 1930s. But I think it’s more accurate to compare most of today’s anti-Israel activism to the Soviet Union’s campaign against Zionism, which began in earnest after the 1967 war and [...]

Tricycle Theatre backtracks on Jewish Film Festival

Good news: After first refusing to host the the UK Jewish Film Festival if it took funding from the Israeli embassy, the Tricycle Theatre has invited back the festival next year with no restrictions on funding by the embassy.
Who will be the first to suggest sinister forces behind the reversal?
Update: To put it in visual [...]

British government threatens Israel with arms halt

Apparently in a partial cave-in to the demands of the Liberal Democrats, the British government will suspend some of its arms exports to Israel if the current ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is broken.
The business department said a review of UK exports to Israel had identified the 12 licences for “components which could be part [...]

Two more things worth reading

I realize that by now, the thought of reading even one more piece about Israel, Hamas and Gaza may make you feel a bit unwell, but I think these two are worth it:
Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist living in East Jerusalem, explains why it’s ultimately up to Palestinians themselves to get rid of [...]

BBC and NY Times: Israeli strikes in Gaza not “indiscriminate”

Two major media outlets– the BBC and The New York Times– have got around to reporting what many noticed weeks ago: that IDF strikes in Gaza have been far from “indiscriminate.”
Citing figures released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the BBC’s head of statistics Anthony Reuben found that the number of civilian men [...]

Are they allowed to visit Bradford, George?

Fania Oz-Salzberger is the eldest daughter of Amos Oz.

Think the BBC’s coverage of Gaza is unbalanced? Check out The Guardian

Cross-posted from Eric Lee
Three hours after the end of the 72-hour ceasefire, Israel finally retaliated with air strikes. Hamas missiles were fired at a range of different target’s in southern parts of Israel.
The BBC headline at the moment reads:
Gaza rockets fired as ceasefire ends
Palestinian militant group Hamas rejects any extension of the three-day Gaza [...]