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WATCH: Israeli forces dismantle West Bank protest camp

Soldiers dismantle a protest camp built by Palestinians, Israelis, and diaspora Jews in the south Hebron Hills — less than 48 hours after it was built.

Video by Ahmad al-Bazz/

Dozens of Israeli soldiers dismantled on Saturday night a protest camp in the West Bank village of Sarura, which was established by Palestinians, Israelis, and diaspora Jewish activists a day earlier. At the time of the dismantling, around 80 people were there, roughly 60 American Jews and 20 Palestinians.

The camp, called “Sumud: Freedom Camp,” was built in the south Hebron Hills on the former site of Sarura, whose residents were expelled by Israeli forces between 1980 and 1998. The residents have been unable to return to their land due to a combination of military orders and ongoing violence and harassment from Israeli settlers. As a result, Sarura was completely depopulated from 1998 until Friday, when the village was re-established.

After nearly 48 hours of restoration work, soldiers came in without a military order and began taking the camp apart, disconnecting it from electricity and confiscating all the equipment. Meanwhile the activists chanted in English, “We will build this tent again!” “The whole world is watching” and “There is no other time, Jews must stand with Palestine!” Some also yelled out, “What will I tell me congregation about this back home?” and “What will I tell my Hebrew school students?”

No arrests were made, nor was anyone was forced to leave the camp. According to people on the ground, some were shoved to the ground, while and a few of the Jewish activists were punched. As of Saturday night, there was virtually no coverage of the event in Hebrew, except for on Local Call.

The action, linked directly to the 50-year anniversary of Israel’s occupation, took place in the shadow of a mass Palestinian hunger strike and protests taking place across other parts of the West Bank, in which dozens of Palestinians have been wounded, as well as President Trump’s visit to Israel on Monday. Israeli media essentially has ignored the story.

The encampment was organized by an anti-occupation coalition of groups, including the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, local Palestinian committees, Youth Against Settlements, the All That’s Left Collective, the Holy Land Trust and Combatants for Peace. Members of the Jewish American anti-occupation group, IfNotNow, also participated in the action.

While Palestinians in the West Bank have been engaged in nonviolent protests against Israeli occupation for many years,...

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By nixing German FM meet, Netanyahu ups Israel's tyranny a notch

While Netanyahu’s move appears to be extreme, it actually fits coherently with his government’s orchestrated campaign against Israeli human rights organizations.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled his meeting on Tuesday with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel just one hour before it was slated to begin, after the latter refused to cancel scheduled meetings with anti-occupation organizations B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence. Both organizations refused to comment on the matter, but confirmed their meeting is taking place as planned Tuesday evening.

It is important to note that Netanyahu himself has not publicly stated his ultimatum or the cancellation at any point, with the messages instead conveyed through “senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office.” This leaves Netanyahu room to later shirk responsibility. Gabriel defended his meetings in a statement to the press before the meeting was cancelled: “You never get the full picture of any state in the world if you just meet with figures in government ministries.”

While Netanyahu’s move appears to be extreme and quite dumb, it actually fits coherently with his government’s orchestrated campaign against Israeli human rights organizations over the last two years. In recent months Netanyahu has called on European governments to stop funding and cooperating with Breaking the Silence, and Israel’s education minister Naftali Bennett has already effectively banned Breaking the Silence from giving presentations in high schools.

Netanyahu’s move is situated well within the context of an increasingly tyrannical government that has now upped its authoritarianism a notch. Israel has been censoring and restricting the freedoms of Palestinians since 1948, it has been applying similar tactics to Israeli leftists for years and is now taking that strategy to its biggest European ally. And Netanyahu knows he will not have to pay any consequences for it. Gabriel has already said cancellation of the meeting would be “regrettable” but would not hurt or affect Israel’s ties with Germany in any way.

The ultimatum and refusal to meet with a German diplomat is reminiscent of the tactics used by the Israeli government against peace activists who began meeting with PLO representatives in the 1970s. In this sense, Israel is now treating Israeli organizations who document occupation as if they were Palestinians: Persona non grata.  Now, anyone who wants to merely meet with or listen to these persona non grata is also an enemy. And just like in 1975, when Israel decided to legislate a law banning Israelis from meeting with PLO members, don’t...

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Israeli troops shoot Palestinian activist in head with 'less lethal' bullet

The veteran activist, known for leading non-violent popular protests in the West Bank village of Ni’lin, was shot with a ‘sponge-tipped’ bullet, causing a head injury. Police later shackled him to his hospital bed.

Israel Border Police officers shot Muhammed Amira in the head with a sponge-tipped bullet at close range during a weekly protest against the separation wall on Friday, activists and the man’s attorney said. Amira, also known as Abu Nasser, is a well known figure who has been leading unarmed popular protests against Israel’s separation wall in his village of Ni’lin since 2007, when the protests began. Amira, 47, is a science teacher at the local school and is married with four children. In 2009, he helped organize an exhibition in the village about the Holocaust to increase Palestinian awareness of the Nazi genocide against the Jewish people.

Amira was armed only with his usual megaphone when Israeli Border Police officers shot him in the back of the head with a sponge-tipped bullet, according to activists who were at the protest that day. As seen in the photo above, Amira was shackled to his hospital bed while being treated for internal bleeding in his head, according to Sarit Michaeli of human rights organization B’Tselem, who visited him at Sheba Medical Center outside of Tel Aviv.

Read also: Israel ‘punishes’ Ni’lin activist, denies access to trees behind the wall

The policemen who arrested Amira claimed he was throwing stones, although he is known for trying to prevent youth in Ni’lin from throwing stones during protests and maintaining an entirely non-violent resistance despite the violence Israel uses to suppress them.

Israeli activist Yaron Ben-Haim, who goes to Ni’lin regularly and videotapes the protests, told +972 Magazine, “[Amira] has never thrown a stone in his life.” Ben-Haim did not see the shooting itself, but described a situation in which the police ambushed Amira, having been overheard on the other side of the barrier saying that they needed to get people away from him, to isolate him. He says heard a shot and then saw police running toward Amira to arrest him. Ben-Haim was with him at the hospital, where he overheard one of the police officers saying to Amira, “shut up, you’re lucky you are here.”

Amira’s lawyer, Gaby Lasky, told +972 Magazine that it appears police are trying to frame him with the stone-throwing charge to cover up for the fact that...

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WATCH: Jewish Defense League activists beat Palestinian-American at AIPAC

Wearing shirts and carrying flags bearing insignia of the JDL, once declared a terrorist organization, the violent men and women also attacked left-wing Jewish activists. At least one was arrested.

Members of the Jewish Defense League severely beat a 55-year old Palestinian American man and assaulted several American Jewish activists with IfNotNow outside the AIPAC Conference in Washington, D.C. Sunday, new video footage provided to +972 Magazine shows.

Kamal Nayfeh, a father of four and an instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, was reportedly visiting his daughter Danya, a student at Georgetown University in Washington at the time.

He was punched and kicked and clobbered with flag poles, leaving him with cuts and bruises all over his face and body. He was taken to George Washington University Hospital and treated for his injuries. He had to have 18 stitches around his eye.

His daughter Danya, who can be heard screaming in the video “that’s my dad!”, recalled the attack in a statement provided to the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU):

When I heard the screams and found out my father was being beaten nearby, I was horrified. I ran to him as quickly as I could. He appeared stunned and his eye looked awful, all swollen and cut up. They beat him after they heard he was Palestinian. He was not threatening at all, it’s perfectly clear that my father was brutalized simply because of who he is.

Two of the JDL members who attacked Nayfeh were eventually arrested by the police and released, according to the IMUE. One was charged with a misdemeanor and another with felony assault.

Speaking via phone with +972 Magazine, Danya Nayfeh said she had to repeatedly plead with police to arrest her father’s attackers, screaming “who did this?” and that officers threatened to arrest her instead for if she didn’t stop demanding they take action against the JDL men. She said the first people to pull JDL guys off her dad were other protesters, she assumes from IfNotNow.

The violent confrontations went largely unreported in the coverage and social media buzz surrounding the IfNotNow protests against AIPAC.

A second video shows his eventual detention after appearing to assault IfNotNow activists:

In a Facebook status published Tuesday, IfNotNow member Shana Shawn Salzberg described a...

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The question isn't whether feminism has room for Zionism

The question is whether Zionism can make room for a truly inclusive equality.

In a recent New York Times op-ed “Does Feminism have Room for Zionists?” Emily Shire, who identifies as a feminist and a Zionist, argues that her belief in “Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state” should not be at odds with her feminism.

According to Shire, women who seek to be included in the women’s protests against the current U.S. administration should not have to face a “critical of Israel” litmus test. She takes issue with the Strike’s platform, which specifically calls for the “decolonization of Palestine,” but which doesn’t mention the myriad other injustices inflicted on women across the world.

But Shire herself brings up her own Zionism. She states her relationship to Israel shouldn’t be a factor for the women’s protest, while simultaneously demanding a space for it — Zionism being a giant, pertinent caveat. In doing so, Shire is ironically subjecting women active in the movement to her own litmus test.

Shire is asking the wrong question. It is not whether feminism has room for Zionists, but whether Zionism has room for equal rights. Zionism’s manifestation as a political system operating for almost 69 years now has thus far proven it does not have that room. The State of Israel was founded as a safe haven for Jews and is premised on privileging Jews over all others. It is not a country for all its citizens — over 20 percent of whom are not Jewish at all — but for all Jewish people (and increasingly, only certain kinds of Jews to boot).

Shire gives the impression that she hasn’t sat down to consider how Palestinian women’s rights, in Israel and in the occupied territories, are systematically affected by Israel’s very raison d’être. (The fact that they are also trampled within Palestinian society does not absolve Israel of responsibility). Instead she insists on Israel’s “right to exist as a Jewish state.” But if one does not define what that should mean for Palestinians, one is evading the core issue. So far, it has de facto meant Israel has had the right to exist as a system of supremacy of one group over another.

I also support the right of Jews to self-determination. But as a Jewish ethno-nationalist state, Israel cannot uphold equal rights. That is a fact. So the question then, is, can a Jewish state exist that doesn’t systematically violate...

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Israel's travel ban strikes Liberal Zionism at its core

Israel’s new anti-BDS law is antagonizing some of the state’s most loyal supporters, rewriting a decades-old relationship.

Israel ramped up its fight against the global boycott movement last week, when the Knesset passed its own travel ban: a new law barring entry to any non-citizen or non–permanent resident who has publicly called for or pledged to support a boycott of Israel — or its settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

How this new approach will play out politically — whether it will energize the BDS movement or scare off potential supporters — remains to be seen. But one thing is clear: the new law will necessarily redefine Israel’s relations with diaspora Jews.

By re-configuring alliances based not on whether a person is Jewish but whether they are sufficiently “pro-Israel” — which to the current government means being pro-settlement, pro-occupation, and anti-Palestinian — Israel has indicated it is no longer interested in the ingathering of Jews simply because they are Jewish. What matters now is whether a person toes the government line, regardless of whether they are Jewish or not.

One group that has been particularly rattled by the new law is American liberals, and specifically American Jewish liberals. These are men and women who strongly oppose settlements and the occupation while remaining loyal to the fading ideal of Israel as Jewish and democratic state; who have continued to promote the idea of a two-state solution with vigor even as Israel takes step after step to undermine it and even renounces it.

They are people who condemn the BDS movement, often stridently, even as some of them advocate for a boycott only of Israel’s settlements. They are people who, time and again, have gone to bat for Israel even as it has spat in their faces. They are some of the most invested and engaged Israel supporters, true believers who grapple with the contradictions and complexities of the country, and are critical of it because they care.

With this law, Israel is pushing them into a corner where they must choose once and for all which side they are on: the side of universal values and human rights, or the side of Jewish nationalism, perennial military occupation, and inequality.

Already, leading American Jewish liberals have come out against the law, among them Peter Beinart, who publicly called for a boycott of settlements in 2012. Letty Cotty Pogrebin, a veteran American Jewish leader and...

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Israel passes 'dissenter ban' barring entry to boycott advocates

It’s impossible to predict how and against whom the new law will be applied, but the message it sends is clear: if your politics don’t toe the Israeli government line, you won’t be allowed in. Even if your opposition is entirely non-violent.

As Donald Trump signed a revised travel ban against nationals of six Muslim countries and many refugees, Israel’s Knesset passed a law that bars giving temporary visas or residency to any non-Israeli citizen who has publicly called for or pledged to participate in a boycott of Israel.

The way the law is worded makes its possible application very broad, including individuals who are affiliated with organizations that support the boycott, and applies not only to those who have called on others to boycott Israel but also those who have pledged to participate in the boycott. The ban also applies to those who call for boycotts of any area “under Israeli control,” language designed specifically to include those who refuse to do business with Israeli settlements in the West Bank but do not boycott Israel or Israeli entities within the ’67 borders. A significant number of prominent American Jewish figures and organizations endorse settlement boycotts.

The law is an amendment to Israel’s Entry Law, and draws its definition of what constitutes a boycott from the 2011 Boycott Law.

For years Israel has denied entry to all kinds of foreign nationals, chief among them those with Palestinian or Arab heritage and other human rights activists who work in the West Bank, the latter of which the state deems to be politically problematic. The major difference is that now, instead of people largely being let in — save for exceptions determined by the Interior Ministry — every foreign visitor is guilty until proven innocent.

The law appears to have been devised primarily to combat BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) activists by controlling who enters the occupied territories (which no one can do without Israeli border approval).

BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti, the BDS movement’s most prominent spokesperson, is unlikely to be affected by the law. Barghouti, a Qatari-born Palestinian who is married to a Palestinian citizen of Israel and resides in the northern city of Acre, has had permanent residency status (not citizenship) in the country for 23 years, and travels regularly to promote the BDS campaign.

Last year, Israeli authorities refused to renew his travel documents, and have been threatening to revoke his residency status. (Last...

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Netanyahu's silence on Trump and anti-Semitism

Netanyahu built his career on the idea that only he can protect the Jewish people. Yet his silence in the face of Trump’s disregard for rising American anti-Semitism speaks volumes. 

One year ago, former president Barack Obama delivered a speech on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in which he declared, “We are all Jews.” This is a far cry from the statement issued by the Trump Administration last week, which made no mention of Jews or anti-Semitism at all. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has since said that he does not regret the omission, but that “obviously” all of the Jewish people were “affected in the miserable genocide.” Apparently so obvious it does not warrant mention. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer went on to call the widespread backlash from both Jewish groups and Democrats as “pathetic” and added that “the president went out of his way to recognize the Holocaust.”

It is hard to say whether the omission was a deliberate calculation that, as Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and others have already deemed, “soft-core Holocaust denial,” or simply an incredibly insensitive and disingenuous oversight. But what I can say is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s silence on the matter is resounding. The Israeli leader who never misses an opportunity to invoke the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, or the threat of the elimination of the Jewish state has remained utterly silent on this matter.

This is the same prime minister who never missed an opportunity to criticize or outright undermine Obama. Yet in this case he seems to be going out of his way to avoid any criticism of Trump. When asked for comment, Netanyahu spokesperson David Keyes told me, “I don’t have anything on that.” Netanyahu’s silence is even more deafening considering that staunchly conservative, pro-Trump, pro-Israel hawkish groups like The Republican Jewish Coalition, and the Zionist Organization of America broke ranks and criticized the White House statement.

At Yad Vashem on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Netanyahu implored: “Any person of conscience should speak out about resurgence of same attitude that decades ago openly said we are out to destroy Jewish people…. As prime minister of Israel I will not be silent, I have not been silent.” He only mentioned Europe and “the East.” When it comes to growing anti-Jewish rhetoric in the U.S., he has been deafeningly silent.

Where was he in the last few weeks as 48 Jewish institutions across the U.S. faced bomb threats? Why did...

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Compare and contrast: Israel's evacuation of Jews vs. Arabs

Can you spot the difference?

Compare and contrast: When Israel Police came to evacuate the Bedouin village Umm el-Hiran, they arrived at dawn and were armed withM16 assault rifles and black sponge-tipped bullets, the latter they still refuse to admit they used. They also shot several people with sponge-tipped bullets who the police claim were throwing stones.

And this is how Israeli police officers arrived on Wednesday to evacuate the illegal outpost Amona, whose residents are on occupied land, in violation of both international and Israeli law. No helmets, no riot gear, no guns. Just blue sweatshirts in the middle of the day. There were reports of a few senior officers on the scene who were armed. Despite reports and images of some settlers throwing stones, no shots were fired as of time of this report.

Umm el-Hiran is one of dozens of so-called “unrecognized villages” in Israel’s Negev Desert, in which approximately 100,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel live without electricity, water, and other basic services the state has refused to provide. For more background on the village, click here.

Amona, an illegal settlement outpost first built in the 1990 on Palestinian land belonging to the villages of Silwad, Ein Yabrud and Taybe – and partly demolished in 2006 – is one of about 100 outposts considered illegal even by Israeli law — although tolerated and sustained by Israeli authorities nonetheless. Israel’s Supreme Court ordered its evacuation because it is built on private Palestinian land, and several demolitions orders have been issued against it in the past. For more background on Amona, click here.

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Israel Police backtrack over injury to Palestinian MK

When MK Ayman Odeh received a head wound during clashes in Umm el-Hiran a fortnight ago, witnesses contradicted the police claim that he had been hit by stones. A new forensic report throws the official narrative further into doubt — and police spokespeople are now denying their original statements.

When the news came out that MK Ayman Odeh was injured during “clashes” in Umm el-Hiran two weeks ago, shortly after Yaqub Musa Abu Qi’an and police officer Erez Levy were killed, almost all Israeli media outlets reported the police claim that Odeh had been wounded by stones, while noting that Odeh himself claimed he was hit by sponge-tipped bullets. No one seemed to care about the very serious allegation that a Knesset member was shot in the face by police for no reason and no one seemed interested in getting to the bottom of it.

As I reported then, Odeh filed a police investigation report and underwent a forensic exam. The findings of the medical examination by the National Center for Forensic Medicine (part of the Israeli Ministry of Health) published Monday, while not conclusive, show that the injury “can be consistent with a bullet wound — in other words an abrasion from a sponge bullet, as the patient claims.” The report does not conclude what caused the injuries to Odeh’s head and back, but does throw into further doubt the police’s version and exposes the police and government’s account to be fraught with lies.

With the release of the report Monday, police spokesperson Luba Samri chose to put out a statement which claimed that due to the general investigation into the car ramming attack, the police could not respond to any information about the incident, but then added, “at no point did the Israel Police specify the circumstances of MK Ayman Odeh’s injury.”

This is a lie. I spoke to police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld on January 19 and asked him directly for his comment on Odeh’s injury, including specifically what caused it and whether he was aware of the fact that people at the scene and MK Odeh himself claimed he had been shot with a sponge-tipped bullet. As I reported already, Rosenfeld told me outright, “it was stones,” adding that the precise details of his injury would be investigated.

This is the same version of events that all Israeli journalists reported in the media and several claim they were briefed as such off the record by police....

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PHOTOS: Hundreds protest Trump in Tel Aviv Women's March

Hundreds of women and men march to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump outside the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Around 400 people, mostly dual American-Israeli citizens, gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, in solidarity with the Women’s March taking place in Washington D.C. following the inauguration of Donald Trump. The Tel Aviv march was one of dozens that took place across the world in solidarity with the march on the U.S. capital, where protestors rallied around issues such as women’s rights, reproductive rights, anti-racism and immigration.

The march was organized by the local Israeli chapter of Pantsuit Nation, a Facebook group that was used to rally support for Hillary Clinton during the election campaign, as well with Jewish activist groups All That’s Left and If Not Now.

The speakers and marchers chanted not only for women’s rights, but also LGBT, Palestinian, refugee, immigrant and minority rights, as well as against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

One speaker, All That’s Left activist Liya Rechtman, wearing a hat that read “Make America Gay Again,” told the crowd she had grown up in a Jewish home in the U.S., which meant she came from an activist home. “To be a Jew is to demand justice — to be a Jew is to resist Trump,” she said.

If Not Now activist Simone Zimmerman also spoke, asking the crowd why Trump and Netanyahu didn’t speak out after dozens of Jewish institutions across the U.S. received bomb threats over the past few weeks.

“It is more clear than ever that we need a Jewish resistance that can say that our leaders failed us when they incite hatred and fear. We insist that we deserve a better world, and we will resist with everything we have to win it,” Zimmerman told the crowd.

Some members of the crowd chanted against the occupation and called to boycott David Friedman (Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel). Another speaker, All That’s Left activist Erez Bleicher, mentioned solidarity with the women of Umm al-Hiran and Al-Araqib, two Bedouin villages in Israel that continue to face state violence and home demolitions.

Democrats Abroad, the official Democratic Party arm for Americans living outside the United States, were conspicuously missing from the protest. Several protesters said their leadership had decided to hold a small meeting at home, as they are still in mourning.

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Palestinian MK injured ahead of home demolitions: 'The police are liars'

Although all evidence points to wounds from sponge-tipped bullets, police claim Joint List head Ayman Odeh was hit by stones thrown by Bedouin protesters in Umm el-Hiran. If the police are proven wrong, it means they shot the leader of the third-largest party in Israel in the face without any justification. 

UPDATE: This post was updated with a photo of Ayman Odeh’s back showing his injury to be consistent with that of a wound from a sponge-tipped bullet, and that he is filing a complaint with the Department of Internal Police Investigations.

The debate continues to rage over the killing of an Israeli police officer and a Bedouin man in Umm el-Hiran on Wednesday, when Israeli forces turned up to begin demolishing the Bedouin village in order for it to be replaced with a Jewish town. Police and much of the media have the incident down as a car-ramming attack, while residents and eyewitnesses say that police opened fire at the car before it sped up and hit officers — a version that appears to be supported by police aerial footage. But another contested event, involving the injuring of Joint List head and Knesset member Ayman Odeh, flew largely under the radar.

Police claim that Odeh was hit by rocks thrown by the Bedouin residents he was with, and police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld insisted to +972 that Odeh’s injuries were caused by stones. Yet Odeh and the people who were beside him all say he was shot by black sponge-tipped bullets. A report in the Ma’ariv newspaper on Thursday morning cited police as saying that Odeh’s injuries could not have been caused by these projectiles as they aren’t in possession of such weapons. But police use of black-sponged tipped bullets against Palestinian youth is widely documented — particularly in East Jerusalem, where they have resulted in at least one death. On the other hand, the injuries Odeh suffered were relatively minor, which is unusual for this kind of bullet, but it also depends on the exact distance and angle it was shot from, which is unclear.


There were no firsthand reports of any rocks being thrown when Odeh was allegedly attacked by police, and none of the injuries at the scene were reported as having been caused by stones. You can hear bullets being fired in the video shot by Activestills that was broadcast all over the Israeli media. There are photos of Odeh holding the bullet that he says hit him and...

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New Israeli campaign pushes racism in guise of two-state solution

Former top generals and commanders in Israel have launched a new campaign that pushes for unilateral separation from Palestinians. But their messaging reminds us just how racist the notion of a Palestinian ‘demographic threat’ really is.

A new campaign in Israel by a group of former top military and security officials warns that Palestinians will soon be the majority in the country. It is billed as a centrist, pragmatist approach to enhance Israel’s security in lieu of a peace process, which it may be — but it is also blatantly racist.

Launched Sunday to coincide with the Paris Peace summit that Netanyahu is boycotting, the campaign by the group, “Commanders for Israel’s Security,” (CIS) features signs in Arabic across the country that read “We will soon be the majority.” At the bottom it says to call a number for Hebrew, where you can hear the group’s founder, retired IDF major general Amon Reshef telling you: “Are you sick of these Palestinian billboards? We are too. But they will disappear in a matter of days. What will not disappear are the millions of Palestinians who live in the West Bank. They want to be a majority. And we are supposed to annex them? If we don’t separate from them we will be less Jewish and less secure. We must separate from Palestinians now!”

This is an anti-annexation campaign, meant to counter the right-wing elements in the government pushing to annex the West Bank and legalize the unequal one-state reality we currently live in. The CIS is made up of former top IDF generals, Shin Bet, Mossad and police chiefs. Out of the 248 members, I believe there are two women.

Their vision, as presented on their website, is to push a “security first” plan which advocates Israel unilaterally separate from Palestinians east of the separation barrier (deep into the West Bank, beyond the internationally-recognized pre-1967 borders), continue to have military control over the entire West Bank and keep the two-state solution in mind as a distant but ideal principle.

The campaign strategy is apparently to be provocative by using Arabic so as to wake Israelis from their apathy. But it’s not provocative, it’s just inhumane. It describes an entire people — people who are native to this land — as an existential threat, simply for living. It dehumanizes the entire Palestinian population that has been  living under military rule for half a century, portraying them...

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