« End of Occupation » No 979

Former Israel commander says Israel’s ‘unjust’ war in Palestine fuels ‘anti-Semitism around the world’

Last week a former Israeli security official urged American Jews to restrain Israel’s “unjust” war in Palestine because it fuels anti-Semitism around the world. The statement is remarkable because that view is generally seen as anathema: saying that Israel’s actions have any role in the growth of anti-Semitism.

Ami Ayalon, a Navy commander and former head of the Shin Bet, spoke at J Street last week and said that Israelis believe they are fighting a just war of defense for their existence, and that the world refuses to acknowledge that. But in fact Israel’s existence is established, and American Jews can see that Israel is engaged in an unjust war (more…)

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PAJU Annual General Assembly November 10th, 2019

PAJU Annual General Assembly

November 10th, 2019

Association Des Travailleurs Grecs De Montreal

5359  avenue du Parc

On November 10th, 2019, Palestinian and Jewish Unity will hold its annual General Assembly in the hall of the Montreal Greek Workers’ Association, located at 5359 Park Avenue (between St-Viateur and Fairmount). PAJU was established in November 2000, so we mark 19 years of existence and 19 years of solidarity with the Palestinian people!

PAJU invites you to share a meal and ideas with us. We also invite you to become a member of PAJU ($ 10 for the year) if you are not already. Together we will continue our work of solidarity and our mission to educate the Quebec public on the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the daily realities of the Palestinians, under occupation since 1948. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 978

‘NY Times’ produces a weak report on the Israeli soldier sentenced to 1 month in prison for murdering a Palestinian boy

James North on  October 31, 2019

Relatives of Palestinian Othman Hellas,15, who was shot dead by Israeli troops during clashes at Gaza-Israel border, mourn during his funeral in Gaza city on July 14, 2018. Photo by Mahmoud Ajour

The New York Times did the bare minimum today in reporting on the Israeli soldier who was sentenced to only one month in prison for murdering a young Gazan demonstrator last year. The victim was a 14-year-old boy, Othman Helles, and video evidence showed he was clearly unarmed. In the print edition, the Times headline did not include the shocking short prison sentence, and the Times used some of its other techniques to minimize the damage to Israel’s reputation.

Use the passive voice: The second paragraph reports that “. . . hundreds of Palestinians were killed during the [Great March of Return] protests. . .” Why not “Israeli soldiers killed 183 Gazans and wounded another 9204. Gazans killed 1 Israeli and wounded 11.” (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 977

WhatsApp sues Israeli firm NSO for ‘helping spies hack phones with video calls’

WhatsApp sued Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group, accusing it of helping government spies break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four continents in a hacking spree whose targets included diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco, messaging service WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, accused NSO of facilitating government hacking sprees in 20 countries. Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were the only countries identified. (more…)

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