End of Occupation » No 1098

No to the dissolution of  Collectif Palestine Vaincra

Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, has just announced his desire to dissolve the CPV and another solidarity organization for Palestine at the request of Emmanuel Macron. This scandalous decision is the result of a relentless campaign of defamation led by the Israeli extreme right and its representatives in France against the collective, while we are carrying out a work of solidarity with the Palestinian people against colonialism, racism and apartheid.

This announcement is a new step in the authoritarian escalation of the French government which has already dissolved, or threatened to do so, Muslim organizations, anti-racist organizations and radical left media. We will not be intimidated; solidarity with Palestine is not only a right but a duty. We call now for a broad response from political organizations, trade unions, associations and collectives, in support of the CPV against the criminalization of the solidarity movement with Palestine. (more…)

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End of Occupation » No 1097

German State Broadcaster Fires Palestinian, Arab Employees after ‘Flawed Antisemitism Probe’

The German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has suspended five of its employees, all of Palestinian and Arab descent, after accusations of ‘antisemitism’, but critics have accused the channel of anti-Arab bias in handling the matter, The New Arab reported.

The decision followed the publication of an article in the German press, claiming that a number of DW journalists had shared ‘antisemitic’ comments on their personal social media accounts.

However, some of the journalists affected have denied the accusation and attacked the channel for silencing valid criticism of Israel. (more…)

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End of Occupation » No 1096

PAJU note:   

The Amnesty International new report on Israeli apartheid has forced the so-called ‘liberal’ Zionists out of their hiding places. There is no place to hide anymore.

We don’t use the word apartheid — say the liberal Zionists

Liberal Zionists are not accepting the reports of the leading human rights organizations, lately including Amnesty International, saying Israel practices apartheid. J Street and Ameinu and Partners for Progressive Israel reject the term, while Americans for Peace Now says it has no comment for now.

By Philp Weiss    February 6, 2022

The Amnesty International report condemning Israeli “apartheid” as a cruel and enduring system of dominion over Palestinians is turning into a big moment in the discourse of the conflict. The Israel lobby is going haywire over the report, and politicians from both parties are duly standing up and trashing the report.

The Israel lobby needs to build a firewall to keep apartheid from entering the establishment discourse. We’ve all seen “apartheid” move from the Palestinian solidarity community into the human rights/progressive community over 15 years.

What Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu (and I) got pilloried for saying years ago is now everywhere. Betty McCollum and Aida Touma-Sliman said it four years ago. Human Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said it in lengthy reports last year. (more…)

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End of Occupation » No 1095

Israel Apartheid towards the Palestinian people


Amnesty International dissects Israel’s apartheid system

The first jolt came in 2020, when the Israeli jurist organization Yesh Din used the term “apartheid” to describe a self-proclaimed democratic system which, until now, had passed through the filaments of objective political analysis. In near proximity came another Israeli NGO, B’Tselem, to further the critique in January 2021 by estimating that it was time to say “no to apartheid from the shores of the Jordan to that of the Mediterranean”. The two NGOs wer followed in April 2021 by Human Rights Watch (HRW). However, the organization spoke of apartheid only for the occupied territories and Gaza, setting aside the specific discriminations of the Israeli Palestinians. The report published by Amnesty International on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – and of which Orient XXI got the scoop – goes much further and uses the term “apartheid” for all Palestinians, regardless of their place of residence and their status.

For the first time, Amnesty International (AI), one of the world’s most important human rights organisations, one of the most careful also about the choice of words to describe situations, considers that “the apartheid of Israel against the Palestinian population is a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity”, in a report which should make noise, published this Tuesday, February 1, 2022. The text will also be a landmark, because it deals without distinction with the situation of Palestinian men and women “living in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT), as well as displaced refugees in other countries”. (more…)

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