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I fought South African apartheid. I see the same brutal policies in Israel

Ronnie Kasrils

As a Jewish South African anti-apartheid activist I look with horror on the far-right shift in Israel ahead of this month’s elections, and the impact in the Palestinian territories and worldwide.

Israel’s repression of Palestinian citizens, African refugees and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza has become more brutal over time. Ethnic cleansing, land seizure, home demolition, military occupation, bombing of Gaza and international law violations led Archbishop Tutu to declare that the treatment of Palestinians reminded him of apartheid, only worse. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 949

Trump Replaces God in Grateful Republican Jews’ Passover Song ‘Dayenu’

During the Republican Jewish Coalition, an American lobbying group that met in Las Vegas over the weekend, President Trump was the center of praise — and a new version of the Passover song “Dayenu.”

RJC chairman Norm Coleman introduced Trump: “There were some doubters in this room, and I was foolishly among them.” He then led the crowd in a Trump-style rendition of Dayenu, which means “It would have been enough for us,” JTA reported. He listed what he said were the president’s accomplishments, including his tax cuts, moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Israel’s right to the Golan Heights and pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 948

Canadian apologist for Israeli war crimes nominated for Peace Prize

Yves Engler

Hypocrisy, lying, disdain for the victims of ‘our’ policies and other forms of rot run deep in Canadian political culture.

The latest example is former Prime Minister Paul Martin nominating Irwin Cotler for the Nobel Peace Prize, which has been applauded by the likes of Bernie Farber, Michael Levitt and Anthony Housefather.

This supposed promoter of peace and former Liberal justice minister has devoted much of his life to defending Israeli violence and has recently promoted war on Iran and regime change in Venezuela. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 947

Netanyahu’s Bankrupt Gaza Strategy

Akiva Eldar

“Hamas needs to know that we will not hesitate to move in and take all the necessary steps,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on March 26, responding to the rocket fired from Gaza on March 25 that destroyed a home in Mishmeret and injured seven Israelis. In an unmistakable reference to the April 9 elections, Netanyahu added, “This is not connected to anything, to any date, only to the needs of Israel’s security.”

Really, sir?  You want us to believe that there is not an opinion poll on your desk measuring public support for a military ground operation in Gaza? Are you not taking into consideration that photos of dozens of soldiers’ funerals and hundreds of thousands of civilians cowering in shelters might cost you your comfortable leather armchair in the Prime Minister’s Office and send you in the direction of the defendant’s bench in district court? (more…)

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