• antisemitism,  Israel/Palestine,  UK Politics

    Let’s Raise Money for Matthew!

    The Jewish Chronicle reports: A Jewish lawyer has been fined £1,750 and ordered to undergo diversity training for saying an anti-Israel campaign group accused of hounding a Jewish businessman were “scummy racists.” Matthew Berlow, a solicitor based in Glasgow, was responding to a Facebook event organised by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) to protest against the sale of Dead Sea products in an Aberdeen shopping centre. “You simply found a soft Jewish target to aim your bile at,” Mr Berlow told the group, also calling them “scummy racists, bullies and cowards.” This strikes me as a gross injustice, for reasons that hardly need to be communicated. Though I will add that this…

  • Israel/Palestine,  Trump

    A higher price?

    It’s possible that President Trump was a tad distracted by new developments on Tuesday, which caused him to ramble even more wildly and incoherently than usual. But when he addressed a campaign rally in West Virginia, he touched on his decision to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “You know what, in the negotiation, Israel will have to pay a higher price because they won a very big thing – but I took it off the table,” Trump told the crowd, speaking of the Jerusalem decision. “They [the Palestinians] could never get past the fact of Jerusalem becoming the capital. Now it’s off the table…

  • Israel/Palestine,  Stateside

    Zionists on Campus “a declaration of war against Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians”

    Across the Atlantic in California: California State University Chancellor Timothy White said this week he would “explore all appropriate options” in response to a San Francisco State University professor who on Facebook described welcoming Zionists to her campus as “a declaration of war against Arabs, Muslims [and] Palestinians.” In a March 26 email, White criticized SFSU associate professor Rabab Abdulhadi (who oversees the university’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas program, or AMED) for a Feb. 23 Facebook post, which she signed using her official university title and address. School administrators, including the university’s president Les Wong, have at least pushed back against this publicly. Wong reaffirmed support for Jewish students, faculty…

  • Israel/Palestine

    Ahed Tamimi and Ben Caspit

    In a much discussed recent incident in a West Bank village, young female Palestinian activists (including Ahed Tamimi) apparently tried to provoke two Israeli soldiers into a violent reprisal which would show the IDF in a bad light. Video footage shows the soldiers patiently fending off blows from the girls, but carefully avoiding any more forceful retaliation. This recent report from CBS News correctly points out that the encounter divided onlookers. The sharply conflicting Palestinian and Israeli interpretations of the widely viewed video clip highlight the deep rift between the two societies, at a time of heightened tension over the status of contested Jerusalem, the centerpiece of the long-running conflict.…

  • Israel/Palestine

    Running for Children of Peace

    Do consider supporting the Children of Peace team on their 10k run today.  Tori, Helen, Claire and Cathy will be running through central London in order to raise money for projects that bring Israeli and Palestinian children together so that they can build friendships, understanding and a shared, peaceful future in the region. You can find out more about Children of Peace here.

  • Israel/Palestine,  Stateside

    Rasmea Odeh at Jewish Voice for Peace Conference

    Jewish Voice for Peace had their annual conference this weekend, earning more press than normal due to the inclusion of Rasmea Odeh. She’s a convicted terrorist preparing to be deported for entering the United States illegally, but Rasmea Yousef Odeh has seen her status as a leftist celebrity remain intact. The Palestinian and feminist activist is scheduled to speak this weekend at the Jewish Voice for Peace conference in Chicago despite agreeing last week to a plea deal in which she will admit to failing to disclose her criminal record on her visa application. In exchange Odeh will be sent to Jordan and receive no jail time. Still, Jewish Voice…

  • Israel/Palestine,  Trump

    Trump meets Netanyahu, says interesting things

    As the his administration sinks further into confusion and scandal of its own making (or is it all going according to plan?), President Trump met with Bibi Netanyahu at the White House and held a joint press conference at which the president answered a question about antisemitism in the US by talking about his Electoral College victory, told Netanyahu to “hold back on the settlements a little bit” (OK, he deserves some credit for that) and offered the following approach to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “I’m looking at two states and one state,” Trump said. “I’m happy with the one they [i.e., the Israelis and Palestinians] like the best.” Problem…

  • Israel/Palestine,  Trump

    Is Trump “betraying” Israel too?

    It may be couched in the gentlest possible terms, but the Trump administration’s statement that new or expanded settlements in the West Bank “may not be helpful” in achieving peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians is really no different from what the Obama administration and other administrations before that were saying in somewhat stronger language. The Washington Post reports: The apparent genesis of the statement was a story in Thursday’s Jerusalem Post, which quoted an unnamed senior administration official telling Netanyahu’s government to stop a spree of housing construction approved since Trump’s inauguration, lest it interfere with Trump’s plans to work toward a peace plan. I suspect that however…

  • Israel/Palestine

    David Brinn on Mustafa Barghouti

    Discussion of Resolution 2334 has been extremely – often unedifyingly – heated.  Both here on HP and elsewhere some of the sharpest clashes have been between different shades of Zionist.  Perhaps there will be less disagreement over Mustafa Barghouti’s response to Kerry’s recent speech. The Jerusalem Post’s David Brinn sums up pithily:

  • Israel/Palestine

    The Incitement Must End

    This is a guest post by Stephen Hoffman On Sunday October 9 2016, after a busy day with family I sat down to catch up with the events of the day across the world. I’ve always been interested in the world around me and given my job I feel it’s my duty to be as informed as possible about events in Israel and the wider Middle East. My heart sunk when I read that there had been a terrorist shooting in Jerusalem, reminding me of how I felt when I was last in Israel and heard about the Sarona Market attacks. Since October 2015 a wave of terror has hit…