Wednesday, December 5, 2018

11-22-2018 Seven months of protests by Gaza fence: Over 5,800 Palestinians wounded by live Israeli gunfire – B’tselem

https://www.btselem.org/gaza_strip/20181122_over_5800_palestinians_wounded_in_7_months_of_protests

 Since the protests by the Gaza perimetefence began on 30 March 2018, Israeli security forces have fatally shot over 180 demonstrators – including 31 minors – and injured over 5,800 demonstrators with live gunfire. The vast majority of casualties were unarmed, and were fatally shot from a distance while in the Gaza Strip itself. As a general rule, the protectively clad troops sniping at them from other side of the fence were not in any real danger. Some protesters threw stones, some damaged the fence, and a small number crossed it or threw hand grenades, IEDs and Molotov cocktails at the troops. 

According to figures by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), over 12,700 casualties have required treatment in Gaza hospitals. This number includes the over 5,800 who suffered live gunshot wounds as well as some 1,900 who suffered teargas inhalation injuries, and some 480 who were hit by rubber-coated metal bullets. Approximately 2,300 of the casualties are minors. Doctors have had to perform amputations on 90 protesters, including 17 minors and one woman. In the majority of cases (82), the amputations were of lower limbs. 

Over the past few months, B'Tselem field researchers in the Gaza Strip have conducted an extensive survey, canvassing 406 protesters who suffered live gunshot wounds; including 63 (15%) minors under the age of 18. The survey is not a representative sample; it consists of a detailed compilation of data regarding approx. 7% of gunshot casualties. An attempt was made to incorporate various protests sites and dates in order to achieve as diverse, comprehensive and reliable a picture as possible, given the complex setting of protests that have been taking place over a long period of time and at many sites along the perimeter fence…

 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

11-2-2018 Watch the film the Israel lobby didn’t want you to see – Electronic Intifada https://electronicintifada.net/content/watch-film-israel-lobby-didnt-want-you-see/25876 The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of The Lobby – USA, a four-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel’s covert influence campaign in the United States.We are releasing the leaked film simultaneously with France’s Orient XXI and Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar, which have respectively subtitled the episodes in French and Arabic. The film was made by Al Jazeera during 2016 and was completed in October 2017.But it was censored after Qatar, the gas-rich Gulf emirate that funds Al Jazeera, came under intense Israel lobby pressure not to air the film….watch episodes three and four here. Update: On 6 November, The Electronic Intifada published the final two episodes of The Lobby – USA. You can watch episodes three and four here.

https://electronicintifada.net/content/watch-film-israel-lobby-didnt-want-you-see/25876

 

The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of The Lobby – USA, a four-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel's covert influence campaign in the United States.We are releasing the leaked film simultaneously with France's Orient XXI and Lebanon's Al-Akhbar, which have respectively subtitled the episodes in French and Arabic.  The film was made by Al Jazeera during 2016 and was completed in October 2017.But it was censored after Qatar, the gas-rich Gulf emirate that funds Al Jazeera, came under intense Israel lobby pressure not to air the film….watch episodes three and four here. Update: On 6 November, The Electronic Intifada published the final two episodes of The Lobby – USA. You can watch episodes three and four here...

Posted by Judith Ferster, AIME member

11-13-2018 Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes Israel-Backed Attacks on US Activists – Ben Norton The Real News Network

https://therealnews.com/stories/finally-released-censored-al-jazeera-documentary-exposes-israel-backed-attacks-on-us-activists

Al Jazeera's undercover film The Lobby – USA, censored by Qatar, has finally been published by The Electronic Intifada. Editor Ali Abunimah discusses the documentary's explosive revelations, exposing Israel-backed attacks on US activists…

 

Posted by Judith Ferster, AIME member

11-13-2018 Gaza Is Already Unlivable: A Response to Israel’s Deadly Airstrikes Targeting TV Station & Homes –Democracy Now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8ORe6FPutw

Interview with Gazan writer and activist Muhammad Shehada

 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

11-13-2018 Hamas didn't start this fight, but it won't win it either - Samer Badawi +972

https://972mag.com/hamas-start-gaza-escalation-israel/138590/

If Hamas allows Israel to drag it into another lopsided fight, it will not only cost the lives of countless innocent civilians in Gaza, it will also distract from ongoing mass resistance to the siege… As we hold our breaths during this latest "escalation" — between an Israeli government recently put on notice by the International Criminal Court and a Palestinian faction that routinely uses torture to silence dissent — let us remember that, though they may beat their chests and claim their mantles, there are no heroes among them. The truth is that [Hamas commander Nour] Baraka's killing has not changed the stakes for Gaza's two million Palestinians, who, like their compatriots in the West Bank and Israel, will continue to find ways to resist the daily injustices of occupation. Ultimately, neither Netanyahu nor Hamas can eclipse them.

 

 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

7-25-2016“Ten ways the Israel lobby ‘moves’ America” Grant F. Smith [video of speech at Washington Report Conference Israel's Influence: Good or Bad for America?]


https://youtu.be/j1cIm2C1DWo

 

An [old but excellent] analysis of the history, size, scope and activities of Israel affinity organizations and their increasingly negative—but little known—impact on all Americans.

 

Posted by Judith Ferster, AIME member

11-1-2018 New Al Jazeera film uncovers 'rotting foundation' of U.S. Israel lobby - Antony Loewenstein +972

https://972mag.com/al-jazeera-film-us-israel-lobby/138412/

A new Al Jazeera documentary provides a sobering look at a lobby that continues to defend Israel's control of Palestinian lives, despite the many Americans turning against it….This…documentary deserves a wide audience because it exposes the motivations and methods of individuals and groups that will spend the next 50 or 100 years defending Israeli control of Palestinian lives.

Posted by Judith Ferster, AIME member

11-4-2018 The rise of the global far-right could energize the anti-occupation movement - Eli Bitan +972

https://972mag.com/rise-global-far-right-energize-anti-occupation-movement/138470/

The warm relations between Israel and a new crop of anti-democratic leaders are tragic, but they also expose the true nature of Israel's relationship to the Palestinians.  [E.g.,] Only hours after Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil last Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to phone the extreme-right candidate. Netanyahu accepted Bolsonaro's invitation to Brazil, inviting the president-elect to Jerusalem, after the latter declared his intention to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem…

 

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

10-27-18 Why the Tree of Life Shooter Was Fixated on the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society - Masha Gessen New Yorker

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/why-the-tree-of-life-shooter-was-fixated-on-the-hebrew-immigrant-aid-society

 

Another [of the shooter's]posts that most likely referred to HIAS read, "Open you Eyes! It's the filthy EVIL jews Bringing the Filthy EVIL Muslims into the Country!!"

Bowers isn't the only person apparently obsessed with HIAS. The extreme right has been vilifying the organization for some time. The anti-Semitic right has accused HIAS of bringing immigrants to the United States in a scheme that is somehow designed to benefit Jews. On the Jewish far right, the Zionist Organization of America has attacked HIAS and other Jewish organizations for lobbying to admit Syrian refugees to the U.S. and has accused HIAS of doing so for profit...

 

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