1. united-nations:

The Palestinian Authority is expected to apply for full membership at the UN on Friday. Find out more about the Palestinian bid for statehood.

Q&A: How a country becomes a UN Member State
Press release: UN rights expert calls on the world to recognize the reality of Palestinian statehood 
Details on UN Permanent Observers
UN News Centre article: Palestinian leader updates General Assembly chief as statehood bid nears  
Readout of Secretary-General Ban’s meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, 19 September  
UN News Centre article: Palestinians will submit UN membership application to Ban on Friday 

    united-nations:

    The Palestinian Authority is expected to apply for full membership at the UN on Friday. Find out more about the Palestinian bid for statehood.

    Q&A: How a country becomes a UN Member State

    Press release: UN rights expert calls on the world to recognize the reality of Palestinian statehood

    Details on UN Permanent Observers

    UN News Centre article: Palestinian leader updates General Assembly chief as statehood bid nears 

    Readout of Secretary-General Ban’s meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, 19 September 

    UN News Centre article: Palestinians will submit UN membership application to Ban on Friday 

    (via headphonesnotrequired)

     

     general assembly  palestine  statehood  un  unga  united nations 

  2. lifeisliterallylimited:

    West Bank settlers to receive tear gas and stun grenades to prepare for ‘Operation Summer Seeds’. 

    The IDF has conducted detailed work to determine a “red line” for each settlement in the West Bank, which will determine when soldiers will be ordered to shoot at the feet of Palestinian protesters if the line is crossed. It is also planning to provide settlers with tear gas and stun grenades as part of the defense operation.

    The IDF is currently in the process of finalizing its preparations for Operation Summer Seeds, whose purpose is to ready the army for September and the possibility of confrontations with Palestinians following the expected vote in favor of Palestinian statehood at the UN General Assembly.

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     Palestine  United Nations  IDF  settler  UN  West Bank 

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  4. azspot:

    The first revelation of the trip changed that. It was so obvious, so bound to be true, that I’m almost ashamed to admit what it was: Palestinians are normal people. Unlike the turbulent, vengeful individuals I had been expecting, I encountered warm, rational, intelligent human beings, concerned for their families and struggling with a difficult situation.

    Moreover, I personally didn’t encounter a whiff of antisemitism. People spoke about the settlers or the army, never about “the Jews.” In fact, to my great surprise, some spoke about missing living together with Jews. In many places, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, for example, that had been the situation for centuries. To get over the invisible barrier of fear and find real people, great hospitality and humanity, was a wonderful discovery, one that filled me with hope. But increasingly over the following days what I was seeing caused anguish.

    The great benefit of being there yourself is that it releases you from the endless to-and-fro of argument about the situation. You can see what is happening, the facts on the ground, facts that can’t be contradicted by any argument from either side. What you see is that there are a huge number of illegal settlements within Palestinian territory and that the wall is in the wrong place.

    The settlements are shocking in their scale. They are easy to spot because they are always on the tops of hills and are reinforced. Some, like those in a ring around Nablus, are so far into territory necessary and promised for a viable Palestinian state as to make that future seem impossible.

    What can be done with these armed fundamentalist inhabitants who would rather kill than move? Settler Judaism is hard for me to comprehend. It seems to lack all the moral and intellectual depth, the subtlety and sensitivity, of the Judaism I am proud to have grown up in. Full of messianic fervour, indifferent to pain, soaked in violence, it privileges the one commandment to settle over the other six hundred and twelve. That they have been tolerated and supported in pursuing this activity, which seriously damages the chances of a two-state solution, is mystifying to me.

    In Bethlehem, you see the placement of the wall. Nine metres high it rises just beyond the last house, wrapped so tightly around the little town, severing it from the landscape, that natural population growth can be expected to produce extreme overcrowding. At certain points you can see over the wall to olive groves that formerly supported a large number of Bethlehemites and that now they can’t reach. An Israeli law states that land “abandoned” for seven years becomes state property. Trapped inside the wall, they wait for this to happen.

    If the security rationale for the wall was the only one, it would be in a different place, running along the green line, and it would be continuous. It remains possible to get around the wall. Impoverished Palestinian labourers do this regularly to find manual work within Israel. Standing there, seeing where it is, it is plain that the construction of the wall has been in part a land-grab.

    Seeing, too, the frightening checkpoints, and Hebron settlements built directly over the remaining Palestinians in the old city, over whom rubbish and urine are thrown down, I came away with a new understanding of why so many Jews within Israel and the diaspora are protesting against current Israeli government policies. For myself, the words of William Blake came to mind: opposition is true friendship.

     

     Israel  Palestine 

  5. If Americans Knew Investigations; Part 1 (YouTube) - Alternate Focus

    These are the types of videos I don’t like to share. This is the type of world we live in. These are the videos I can’t not share.  If you have 30 minutes to watch youtube videos. Watch this, please.

     

     youtube  Israel  Palestine 

  6. [W]e Israelis must also be taught the discourse of rights. The better we understand that the world is not willing to accept the continual undermining of human rights for reasons of security, and the more we ourselves adopt the discourse of rights, the easier we will find it to present our viewpoint to the world.
    — 

    The above quote is drawn from a thoughtful op-ed by Gilad Heiman about Israel and human rights in Ha’aretz. The author makes a number of compelling points about the fact that Israel will almost certainly continue to lose the public relations war with the Palestinians as long as its leaders fail to credibly speak to the world in the language of human rights.

    Of course, the quote also raises an important question: is it generally the case that “the world is not willing to accept the continual undermining of human rights for reasons of security” or is it the case with regard only to certain countries? In other words, is the world willing to accept the undermining of human rights from the United States or China or Russia, but not from Israel? And, by accept, what exactly do we mean? Does acceptance here simply signal the international community’s recognition of its own inability to do anything about objectionable behavior or is it, instead, more actively tolerating such behavior from certain states and not others?

    Full op-ed here.

    (via kohenari)

    I highly recommend kohenari for those following human rights issues. I find his posts most informative and insightful. That being said, I take exception to his question is it generally the case that “the world is not willing to accept the continual undermining of human rights for reasons of security?

    Please see: If Americans Knew Investigations; Part 1

    I’ve posted this (above video) before knowing full well it’s not what tumblrs tend to like. It’s 30 minutes. The production values are lacking. It’ll likely elicit the opposite of LOL. It’s gut-wrenching. It’s heart-wrenching. But in all honesty, I feel like I’d be doing a disservice to humanity if I didn’t share it. Honestly, if I have to keep posting it til I lose every one of my followers, I will. Quite frankly, I don’t know how one can keep searching for lolcats, cartoons, and pithy quotes but simply ignore when fellow human beings are being treated in this manner. As a grown man I feel tears well up when thinking about what some are subjected to.

    Also see this report by 2 combat soldiers of the IDF on the war in Gaza.

    Sir, I still highly respect you despite our differences on this matter but to frame this as a question of what should or should not be allowed in the name of security frankly I feel is doing a disservice to your readers. imho

     

     Israel  Palestine 

  7. As Israeli soldiers we hang our heads in shame over last year’s attack on Gaza’s civilian population. Dialogue, not war, is needed.

    The Israeli media marked the one-year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, the war on Gaza, almost as a celebration. The operation is recognised almost unanimously in Israel as a military triumph, a combat victory over one of Israel’s deadliest enemies: Hamas.

    As combat soldiers of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), we have serious doubts about this conclusion, primarily because hardly any combat against Hamas took place during the operation. As soon as the operation started, Hamas went underground.

    Guardian Co. UK via omarha-redeye

     

     Israel  Palestine  Gaza  war  IDF 

  8. Is criticism of Israeli government policies a taboo subject, akin to covert anti-Semitism?

    Recent comments by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney implying that some of those criticizing Israeli policies might actually be motivated more by anti-Semitism than anything else raise disturbing questions for anyone who believes strongly in freedom of speech in a democratic society.

    […]

    The fact that Jason Kenney is now expressing concern that criticism of Israel’s actions and policies may be a form of anti-Semitism is an extremely dangerous contention. The timing is also of interest, given that both Israel and Hamas have been accused by a United Nations report of having committed crimes against humanity during the Israeli invasion of Gaza. The report was prepared by a Jewish South African judge.

    Mr. Kenney should be aware that even sectors of Israeli society have expressed concern over their government’s actions in the Israeli occupied territories. Israeli human rights organizations have condemned the Netanyahu government’s refusal to allow badly needed building material to be permitted into Gaza to carry out reconstruction there. Israeli military personnel have also issued statements criticizing the way Palestinian civilians were treated during the invasion.

    Should one assume such criticism of Israeli policies by Israelis themselves is a form of anti-Semitism?

    Embassy

     

     Canada  Jason Kenney  human rights  Israel  Palestine  Gaza 

  9. The blonde ‘assassin’: ‘Hit squad with British passports accused of executing senior Hamas leader

    Claims that British and Irish passport holders are among an alleged 11-man hit squad wanted in Dubai for the apparent assassination of a Hamas commander are tonight being investigated by London and Dublin.

    Dubai police say the main suspect is Peter Elvinger, 49, who holds a French passport. He was the gang’s logistical co-ordinator and the one who booked room 237 in Al Bustan Rotana, down the corridor from the victim’s room – 230.

    But he did not directly implicate Israel - as Hamas has done. The group has accused Israel’s Mossad secret service of carrying out the killing and has pledged to strike back.

    Mail Online via warheadz

     

     Hamas  Israel  Palestine 

  10. Israeli diplomats ‘hazed’ on campus - Al Jazeera

    Consider the way in which a mockery was made of Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, who presented at the University of California at Irvine.

    The New York-born former academic had nary a minute to get into his talking points when he himself was taken to school by angry students, at least one of whom shouted “propagating murder is not an expression of free speech!”

    The heckling made it impossible for Oren to carry on, and persisted in spite of pleas and threats by audience members and promises of arrest by the rattled college rector.

    Most of the Oren’s detractors made reference to Israel’s actions during the  2009 Gaza War.

    Israel is under heavy strain by UN officials and international rights organizations to be held accountable for crimes of war during the 17-day Israeli assault on Gaza.  Some from academia have defended Israel from the charges, including Harvard’s Alan Dershowitz who went so far as to attack UN Investigator Richard Goldstone with a provocative Hebrew word that translates as “traitor to the Jewish people”.

    Related:

    Students Protest at General Petraeus Address (youtube):

    Olmert faces tough crowd at Columbia University - Al Jazeera

     

     Israel  Palestine  Israeli Ambassador  UC Irvine  war  war crimes  war criminals  America 

  11. In other words, the UN granted Israel legitimate title to its previous conquests if it would give up its later conquests. This has set a disastrous precedent that aggression can lead to irreversible facts. Encouraged by this, Israel began its settlement project with the express intention of “creating facts” that would make withdrawal impossible and force international recognition of Israeli claims to the land.

    It worked; in April 2004 the United States offered Israel a written guarantee that any peace agreement would have to recognize and accept the settlements as part of Israel. The rest of the “international community” as they always do, quietly followed the American line.

     

     Israel  Palestine  Middle East 

  12. skatenotwar:redguard:

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Palestinian refugee camp on the edge of Jerusalem erupted in violence on Monday after Israeli police carried out a raid to arrest tax evaders and Palestinians responded by throwing stones.

    Eleven people were arrested, some for involvement in the unrest and others for the non-payment of municipal taxes and other bills, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

    Because it’s not enough to steal people’s land and make them refugees. They have to pay taxes for the privilege.

     

     Israel  Palestine  Middle East 

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