Next door to the plush Israeli settlements of the Jordan Valley live small Bedouin communities who must struggle for even the smallest bit of water. By Eitan Kalinski More than 90 percent of the West Bank's Jordan Valley region are Palestinians. Less than 10 percent are Israeli settlers. Yet when it comes to water distribution, it turns out, we see a different distribution: settlers are entitled to between eight and nine times more water, while Palestinian communities are subject to a policy of water deprivation. In fact, this is a policy of ethnic cleansing, whose goal is a Jordan Valley bereft…Read More... | 1 Comment
Five parties announced the establishment of the 'Democratic Alliance' that will run in the upcoming municipal elections. The goal: a third party option to Fatah and Hamas. Five left-wing Palestinian parties in the occupied territories announced they will run on a joint list in the upcoming municipal elections. Elections are expected to take place on October 8th in over 300 municipalities, village councils, and regional councils in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The parties, which will run together under the name the "Democratic Alliance," have not ruled out the possibility that this will be the first step in forming a…Read More... | 14 Comments
An international light installation coordinated by the 'Water Coalition' calls for equal water rights for Palestinians. Activists across the world organized light installation protests over the past few days to bring attention to the diminishing water supply for Palestinians in the West Bank, along with contamination and severe water shortages in the Gaza Strip. In a display of lights reflected in the water, activists from Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Boston, New York, Houston, Johannesburg, Melbourne, and Perth stood alongside ponds and beaches forming illuminated words reading, "Water is a basic right," in different languages. Israel has taken control of most sources of water…Read More... | 17 Comments
Israel's National Water Company, Mekorot, supplies water to Israeli settlements in Area C of the West Bank while Palestinians are denied access to wells and pipes that run through their land. Watch Israeli and international activists show solidarity with Bedouin living on the edge of the village of Fasayil in the Jordan Valley.Read More...
Israel is a disturbing demonstration of how far violent intolerance involving ethnic and religious prejudice can go. Americans should be vigilant regarding any signs of this happening in the United States. By Paul R. Pillar One of the more pertinent observations about Donald Trump’s comment this week on what gun owners could do about a Hillary Clinton presidency comes from columnist Thomas Friedman, who recalls the assassination in Israel 21 years ago of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. The assassination was preceded by a stream of hateful invective with violent overtones directed by elements on the Israeli right against Rabin—for his having…Read More... | 2 Comments
Israeli authorities have demolished more Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank thus far in 2016 than in any other calendar year in the last decade. Israeli authorities destroyed 33 structures, 20 of them homes, across the West Bank since the beginning of August. The demolitions have left 53 people, including 25 minors, homeless, according to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. The demolitions began on August 4th in the Al-Mu’arrajat community in the Jordan Valley, where four homes were destroyed and 14 people were left homeless. On August 8 authorities bulldozed two homes in the village Fasayil in the Jordan Valley,…Read More... | 1 Comment
In the 1950s thousands of babies, children of mostly Yemenite immigrants to lsrael, were allegedly taken away from their parents and given up for adoption to Ashkenazi families. Now an investigative report by Haaretz reveals dozens of Ashkenazi children also disappeared, arguing that the crime was not racially motivated. On Friday morning, Haaretz readers woke up to find that the newspaper had decided to dedicate its lead story to a piece titled “Dozens of Ashkenazi Babies Mysteriously Disappeared During Israel’s Early Years.” The article, written by Ofer Aderet, was labeled as an exclusive investigatory piece that tells the story of Ashkenazi families whose…Read More... | 15 Comments
The Beersheba District Court also ruled that Bilal Kayed, who has been hunger striking for 58 days, will be prevented from seeing his doctor, citing 'adequate' treatment he receives at Ashkelon's Barzilai hospital. The Beersheba District Court decided in a precedent ruling that Bilal Kayed, a hunger-striking Palestinian administrative detainee, would be prevented from seeing his doctor. [tmwinpost] The court also ruled that he would remain handcuffed to his bed, and accused Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), the organization that represented him, that they petitioned in bad faith. Kayed, 35, was jailed in 2002, during the second intifada, for attempted…Read More... | 2 Comments
Palestinians working in Israel will see thousands of shekels reduced annually from their barely sufficient salary, as per an amendment proposed by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon. The arguments he put forth are hair-raisingly infuriating. By Ala Khatib Every now and again the Israeli government declares that it intends to ease restrictions on Palestinian employment in Israel – from improving the workflow at West Bank checkpoints to clamping down on the bribes they need to pay to get a permit (up to a third of their monthly salary, in some cases). Earlier this year, outgoing Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said that…Read More... | 1 Comment
The property Jews abandoned across the Middle East has been long used by Israel as a bargaining chip, to offset similar Palestinian claims. If Mizrahi Israelis are serious about claiming it back, it can only be done by bringing the Palestinians on board. By Uri Zaki Israel's powers that be have been surprisingly attuned recently to causes championed by Mizrahi activists – such as equitable distribution of wealth, cultural marginalization, allegations that babies were snatched from their immigrant Yemeni parents in the 1950s, and others. [tmwinpost] The effect of this fad is twofold. On the one hand, it indicates that…Read More... | 15 Comments
Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal has been in custody without charges put in administrative detention for nearly four months. For the most part, his Israeli counterparts have remained decidedly silent. By Noam Rotem The Union of Journalists in Israel made an appeal this week for solidarity with investigative reporter Sharon Shpurer, who was sued for libel by Urban, a real estate development company, after she revealed on her Facebook page that it was owned by a convicted human trafficker. The union's call to collectively foot the NIS 1.7 million bill, in the event Shpurer loses, is admirable. However, it begs the question where all that…Read More... | 2 Comments
Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy, who in the past has called Israel Air Force pilots a 'death squadron,' condemned Israel as 'pure evil.' But is he right this time? By David Sarna Galdi Israeli media’s reigning provocateur, Gideon Levy, is an intellectual hooligan hanging around the neighborhood pub just waiting to cause some trouble. Levy insists on instigating scholarly brawls; if he takes a few punches it's no big deal because he relishes showing off his cogitative muscle. In an op-ed published by Haaretz last Sunday, Levy claimed that aside from nationalism, racism, and hatred for Arabs, there is “one more…Read More... | 12 Comments
Culture Minister Miri Regev may be right in wanting to change the unbalanced distribution of Israel's resources, but she's going about it all wrong. By Yossi Dahan Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev is right to speak about the need for "social justice" in Israel, and she is correct when she says that the distribution of resources vis-a-vis cultural institutions is skewed and discriminates against different groups in Israeli society. [tmwinpost] Yes, state funds dedicated to culture often go directly to institutions and art based in Tel Aviv, while communities in the social and geographical periphery are not properly allocated resources…Read More...
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