End of Occupation » No 1055

Israel is committing ‘crime of apartheid,’ Human Rights Watch says

Arno Rosenfeld April 27, 2021

Human Rights Watch, the widely respected research and advocacy group that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, on Tuesday released a report declaring that the Israeli government is committing the crime of apartheid. It is the first official use of the term by the group, which is based in New York but documents human-rights abuses across 100 countries and has long clashed with Israeli officials.

The 213-page report cites Israel’s “intent to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians.” Titled “A Threshold Crossed,” it alleges decades of persecution that cannot be justified by Israel’s security needs or the stalled peace process. (more…)

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End of Occupation » No 1054

Dozens Wounded in Far-right, anti-Arab Jerusalem Protest

  • 105 Palestinians reported wounded ■ At least 50 arrested, police use stun grenades in demonstration that drew hundreds of far-right protesters■ “We’re burning Arabs today, the Molotov cocktails are already in the trunk.”

Dozens were wounded in violent clashes that erupted in Jerusalem following a march by far-right Jewish activists Thursday night, following days of escalating tensions in the city.

A hundred and five Palestinians were wounded, with 22 being hospitalized in moderate condition, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. At least 50 people were arrested, including both right-wing extremists and Palestinians.

Stones were thrown at police in different locations around Jerusalem throughout the night. An Israeli Jewish man was lightly wounded in an attack by Palestinians in East Jerusalem, meanwhile. (more…)

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End of Occupation » No 1053

175 000 Holocaust Survivors Live in Israel. Most Live on $101 a Month in Government Stipends

While some Holocaust survivors in Israel are entitled to 10,000 shekels a month, the majority have to get by with a fraction of that

Israel prides itself on taking care of its 174,500 Holocaust survivors, but the government’s policy on stipends for them has been criticized as unequal and inadequate, with most survivors living on a small stipend of 4,000 shekels ($1,217) a year.

The policy divides survivors into multiple categories, each corresponding to a different sum of money, which the director general of the Social Equality Ministry says has caused ‘intolerable’ disparities.

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End of Occupation » No 1052

23 Reasons I’m Ashamed of Israel

By Yehuda Atlas

I’m ashamed to live in a country in which the prime minister is facing a hearing, and a possible trial, over so many serious charges.

I’m ashamed of living in a country in which election campaigning stoops to such a foul level, including allegations of secrets the Iranians know from Gantz’s mobile phone, or claims that Gantz is unfit for office. What nonsense. Bibi, he was your chief of staff!

I’m ashamed of living in a country in which an actor was made up to look like journalist Amnon Abramovich, mocking a decorated war hero who was seriously burned in the 1973 war, with someone believing that this would impress and influence anyone and affect the election results. (more…)

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