« End of Occupation » No 1034

Gaza’s Great Return March: 234 killed, 17 investigations, one indictment

Two years after Israeli soldiers killed more than 200 Palestinians during Gaza’s Great Return March, the IDF has done little more than whitewash its own violence.

By Orly Noy

Razan a-Najjar died about two-and-a-half years ago, but I can still clearly see her in my mind’s eye. The 21-year-old paramedic was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers during one of the Great Return March protests in Gaza on June 1, 2018. Witnesses say she was shot as she made her way toward the fence that separates Israel and the Gaza Strip to tend to the wounded, donning a white medical coat.

Pictures of the smiling young woman flooded the online world but were soon lost in the sea of photos and names of those who were killed during the weekly protests, in what quickly became a weekly ritual of death, despair, and blood. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 1033

For the Jewish state, the Holocaust is a tool to be manipulated

If Zionism previously justified its crimes against the Palestinians in the name of the Holocaust, today it uses it as a tool to justify antisemitism itself.

By Orly Noy November 20, 2020

Something remarkable happened within the same week that an internal Israeli government committee approved the appointment of Effi Eitam, a former IDF general and far-right politician, as chairperson of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum. In a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that President Donald Trump intends to declare the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement antisemitic.

The proximity between the two announcements symbolizes the final phase in the manipulative metamorphosis that antisemitism and the Holocaust have undergone in the hands of Zionism. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 1032

Deputy Mayor Disrupts EU Visit to Planned Jerusalem Settlement

Construction in Givat Hamatos is considered problematic since it would make dividing Jerusalem between Israel and the Palestinians in the future much harder

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Arieh King and a number of right-wing activists prevented Monday European Union ambassadors from holding a press a conference in a Jerusalem neighborhood located over the Green Line to protest the decision to start construction there.

The ambassadors, headed by the EU’s representative to the Palestinians, Sven Kuehn von Burgsdorff, came to Givat Hamatos to express EU countries’ disapproval of the Israel Lands Authority’s decision to start the bidding process for the construction of 1,257 housing units in the neighborhood. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 1031

Israel will never be a bipartisan issue again because Jews are divided

 By Philip Weiss

The prayers of the Israel lobby are united today on one hope. That with the end of Trump’s extreme pro-Israel, pro-Netanyahu policies, we will return to a period of “normalcy” in which both political parties happily support the “two-state solution” and bottomless aid to Israel even as it swallows more territory. Israel will stop being a “political football,” as the liberal Zionist group J Street implores. “For Kamala, Israel isn’t a political football,” Douglas Emhoff, Kamala Harris’s Jewish husband promised, per Democratic Majority for Israel.

Or as AIPAC says: “Whatever other issues divide us, America stands with Israel.” (more…)

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