Examples of continuous Israeli harassment/murder of Palestinians

Human Rights Watch have written a joint letter to the UN, urging them not to accept the new 'working definition of antisemitism' of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance:
As the UN develops its own action plan towards a coordinated and enhanced response to antisemitism rooted in human rights, we are aware that a number of Member State governments and organizations aligned with some of those governments, as well as the former Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Ahmed Shaheed, have been advocating that the UN adopt and use the “working definition of antisemitism” of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). We urge the UN not to do so.

The IHRA definition was originally developed to guide research and law enforcement data validation before being used by the IHRA in its work, which includes education about the Holocaust and antisemitism. Adoption of the definition by governments and institutions is often framed as an essential step in efforts to combat antisemitism. In practice, however, the IHRA definition has often been used to wrongly label criticism of Israel as antisemitic, and thus chill and sometimes suppress, non-violent protest, activism and speech critical of Israel and/or Zionism, including in the US and Europe. Such misuse has also been criticized by the former Special Rapporteur on Racism E. Tendayi Achiume.

Ken Stern, the main drafter of the IHRA definition, recently reiterated his concerns about the institutional adoption of the definition in light of its proposed inclusion in an American Bar Association (ABA) draft resolution on antisemitism. Stern’s concern stems from the IHRA definition’s repeated use as “a blunt instrument to label anyone an antisemite.” In the end, ABA members adopted a resolution on antisemitism that did not reference the IHRA definition. Stern’s message to ABA applies equally to the UN.
Many groups in the US, UK, Germany and other countries already use the IHRA definition and we have certainly seen the abuse of the antisemitism tag, especially in the UK.

In the letter they call out two of the eleven contemporary examples of antisemitism:

  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination; e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour
  • Applying double standards by requiring of Israel a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

The wording of the first example above on “racist endeavour” opens the door to labeling as antisemitic criticisms that Israeli government policies and practices violate the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the findings of major Israeli, Palestinian and global human rights organizations that Israeli authorities are committing the crime against humanity of apartheid against Palestinians. This example could also be used to label as antisemitic documentation showing that Israel’s founding involved dispossessing many Palestinians; or arguments, also made by some Members of the Israeli Knesset, to transform Israel from a Jewish state into a multiethnic state that equally belongs to all of its citizens – that is, a state based on civic identity, rather than ethnic identity.

The example on “applying double standards” opens the door to labeling as antisemitic anyone who focuses on Israeli abuses as long as worse abuses are deemed to be occurring elsewhere. By that logic, a person dedicated to defending the rights of Tibetans could be accused of anti-Chinese racism, or a group dedicated to promoting democracy and minority rights in Saudi Arabia could be accused of Islamophobia. This example suggests also that it is antisemitic to evaluate Israel as anything but a democracy, also when assessing its actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, where it has for more than half a century governed millions of Palestinians who have no say on the most consequential issues affecting their lives and who are deprived of their basic civil rights.

The 104 Signatories:

Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel*
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Mankind
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Amnesty International*
Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement
Human Rights Watch
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Ligue des droits de l'Homme (LDH)
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel

Joined by:
7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement
A Different Jewish Voice (Netherlands)*
Academia for Equality*
Africa4Palestine (AFP)
American Friends Service Committee
American Humanist Association*
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)*
Americans for Peace Now*
Arab Canadian Lawyers Association*
Association "Pour Jérusalem"
Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AUDRIP)
Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS)
BDS Netherlands
Belgian Academics & Artists for Palestine (BAA4P)
Bisan Center for Research and Development*
Breaking the Silence*
British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)*
Broederlijk Delen
Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)*
Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)*
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
Catholics for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land (CJPHL)*
CCFD-Terre Solidaire
Charity & Security Network*
Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine (CJACP)
Combatants for Peace
Comhlamh Justice for Palestine
Defending Rights & Dissent*
Defense for Children International - Palestine
Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN)
EuroMed Rights*
European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP)*
European Jews for a Just Peace
European Legal Support Center (ELSC)
European Middle East Project (EuMEP)
Finnish-Arab Friendship Society
Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)*
Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA)*
gate48 - critical Israelis in the Netherlands*
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ
Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church
Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF)*
Independent Australian Jewish Voices (IAJV)*
Independent Jewish Voices Canada
International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)*
Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC)*
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (Finland)
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (UK)
Jahalin Solidarity*
Jewish Network for Palestine (UK)
Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East (Germany)
Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL)*
Jewish Voice for Peace - Twin Cities*
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)*
Jews against the Occupation Australia*
Jews for Palestine-Ireland
Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste*
Kairos Ireland
La Cimade (France)
Law for Palestine*
Le Comité de Vigilance pour une Paix Réelle au Proche-Orient (CVPR PO)
Medico international
Mennonite Church Canada Palestine-Israel Network*
Middle East Peace Now*
Minnesota BDS Community*
Mouvement de la paix France
Nederlands Palestina Komitee
One Justice
Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK*
Palestinian NGOs Network (PNGO)
Parents Against Child Detention (PACD)
Pax Christi USA
Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Project South*
Promise Institute for Human Rights*
Sadaka - The Ireland-Palestine Alliance*
The Rights Forum
Trinity College Dublin BDS*
Tzedek Collective*
Une Autre Voix Juive (France)
Union Juive Française pour la Paix (UJFP)
United Jewish People's Order of Canada
United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI)*
University Network for Human Rights
Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)*
Women in Black (Vienna)
* Post-launch signers that joined this letter after its initial release on 3 April 2023

Israel Targeted Palestinian Islamic Jihad With New Gaza Operation
19.05.2023 Video Snip: Via SouthFront
Israel has launched a new military operation against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the Gaza Strip in an attempt to isolate the group and counter its influence in the occupied West Bank.

The operation, codenamed Shield and Arrow, was launched early on May 9. The decision to launch the operation came in response to a series of rocket attacks which were launched from Gaza between May 2 and 3. The attacks, which saw the firing of 104 rockets, were a retaliation to the death of senior PIJ member Khader Adnan who had been on hunger strike in Israeli prison.

Yesterday at #Jérusalem , traditional march of the flags. An annual parade attended by a coalition of religious fundamentalists, Jewish supremacists to mark what they call "the reunification of the city", namely Israel's annexation of its eastern part in 1967
L-2 Each year, it is a surge of violence and hatred. An opportunity for these demonstrators to assert their domination over the Palestinians. The songs are racist, provocative. The most famous ? “Death to the Arabs” Middle fingers and insults burst forth.

Meanwhile in #Syria



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Israeli forces launch the biggest military operation in West Bank’s Jenin since 2002
Snip Mon July 3, 2023
Israeli forces launched what a military source said is its largest military operation in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin in more than 20 years, killing at least eight people and injuring about 100 others, according to Palestinian officials.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement it launched the ongoing “extensive counterterrorism effort in the area of the city of Jenin and the Jenin Camp,” striking “terrorist infrastructure.”

The IDF carried out around 10 airstrikes using drones, and hundreds of soldiers targeted what it said was a militant “command and control” center as well as weapons and explosive manufacturing sites.

Videos obtained by CNN from Jenin show Israeli bulldozers tearing up streets to disarm potential explosives, as well as Israeli tanks outside the city limits.

Residents told CNN there were explosions and heavy gunfire in the area, while video from the scene showed wounded Palestinians being evacuated by ambulance to Jenin Government Hospital.

Hundreds of Palestinian families fled the area amid the destruction; Jenin deputy mayor Mohammed Jarrar said homes and infrastructure had been destroyed, cutting off electricity and water in the refugee camp.

Duha Turkman, a 16-year-old Jenin resident, said they were given two hours to evacuate.

“We ran out with people from the camp, so many children walked with their parents while terrified and crying, they didn’t understand what was happening to them and why,” she told CNN. “Many were missing; families were looking for members that they couldn’t get in contact with due to the electricity cut.”

Five of those killed in the attack were teenagers, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. A ninth Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces near Ramallah in the West Bank in a separate incident, according to the health authorities.

IDF chief spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari told reporters “eight terrorists” were killed in Jenin and there are “no non-combatants that have died as far as we know.”

Hagari acknowledged that civilians were among the injured, but insisted the operation only meant to target “terrorists.” “It’s not an invasion on Jenin, it’s not against the Palestinian Authority. It’s not against innocent, innocent Palestinians. It’s against terrorists in this camp,” he said.

The raid sparked immediate condemnation. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the large-scale Israeli military operation “a new war crime.”

Israeli PM Netanyahu is rushed to hospital; his office says he's in 'good condition'
JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was rushed to a hospital on Saturday, but was in "good condition" as he underwent a medical evaluation, his office said.

The Israeli leader's office said he was being treated at Israel's Sheba Hospital, near the coastal city of Tel Aviv, but gave no further details.

Walla, a leading Israeli news site, quoted an unnamed official close to Netanyahu as saying he had fainted at home but was fully conscious at the hospital. Haaretz, another news site, quoted hospital officials as saying Netanyahu was conscious and walking on his own. The reports could not immediately be confirmed.

Netanyahu, 73, is Israel's longest serving leader. He has served multiple terms stretching over 15 years in office. His current far-right government, a collection of religious and ultranationalist parties, took office last December.

Netanyahu is said to be in generally good health, though he was briefly hospitalized last October after feeling unwell during prayers on Yom Kippur, day when observant Jews fast.

Israel is currently in the midst of a heat wave, with temperatures in the mid-30s degrees Celsius, (mid-90s in Fahrenheit).

PM’s office says his ‘condition is good and he is undergoing medical tests’ at Sheba Medical Center; said to be fully conscious, walking without assistance
Netanyahu, 73, was brought by convoy from his home in Caesarea, where he was spending the weekend. He was said to be fully conscious and walking without assistance.

His personal doctor, Tzvi Berkovitz, told Channel 12 news the prime minister’s condition was “good and stable,” adding he was undergoing examination.

Channel 12 news said Netanyahu had complained of chest pains and asked to be driven to the hospital for checks, including a CT scan. It said he walked from his car to the emergency room. His wife Sara and son Avner were at his side in the hospital, the TV report said.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid wished Netanyahu good health and a speedy recovery, writing “feel better” on Twitter.

In October, Netanyahu was hospitalized at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center after feeling unwell during Yom Kippur synagogue services. He was released the next morning after undergoing exams and remaining overnight for observation.

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Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, has not formally designated an acting prime minister since his second stint as premier began in 2009, and similarly refrained from doing so upon returning to office in late July, setting up the potential for political chaos if he were to suddenly vacate his seat or be incapacitated. Justice Minister Yariv Levin holds the title of deputy prime minister, but that would not provide for Levin to automatically fill in for Netanyahu in any such circumstance.

In the past, when on trips abroad or when he has undergone brief scheduled medical procedures, Netanyahu has designated a ministerial colleague to temporarily fill in for him.

I strongly condemn the decision of the authorities in Sweden to allow the burning of a Bible book in front of the Israeli embassy in the country. The State of Israel takes very seriously this shameful decision that damages the Holy of Holies of the Jewish people. The sacred books of all religions must be respected.

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For the second time in a week, Channel 13 news reports that the publicly available version of events regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hospitalization is concealing crucial details.

Netanyahu got a pacemaker last night, with the premier saying that a heart monitor implanted a week earlier had beeped and prompted him to go to the hospital again.

But according to the report, in fact it was Netanyahu who activated the device to warn his doctors when he felt dizzy, with his doctors fearing his life was in danger.

For 12 seconds, Netanyahu suffered from heart arrhythmia, leading his doctors to believe his life was in immediate danger and leading to the urgent implanting of the cardiac pacing device, Channel 13 reports.

A week ago, after Netanyahu’s first hospitalization, the network reported that he had fainted at home and that doctors considered fitting him with a pacemaker after heart irregularities were observed. That report, not confirmed at the time, proved to be accurate today, with the premier indeed getting a pacemaker implanted and Sheba doctors confirming the other details.

Israeli Ambassador To Germany Thrown Out Of Café In Berlin

The incident had occurred Sunday noon. When Avi Berg, the Israeli owner of the café "Dodo" recognized the diplomat, he told Ambassador Ron Prosor that he was not wanted in his establishment - because he was a representative of the Israeli government. Shortly afterwards, Ron Prosor and his entourage left the café.

As Prosor's spokeswoman told B.Z. the ambassador had already been sitting in the café for an hour when he was apparently recognized. The tone of owner Avi Berg was not aggressive, but unmistakable. The diplomat knew nothing about the restaurateur's political position.

Avi Berg told the paper that he accuses the Israeli government, among other things, of having formed an "apartheid state," which is why he left his country in 2011 because minorities such as the Palestinians were oppressed.


Avi Berg standing in front of his café. (Ambassador Prosor, encircled)

The proprietor emphasizes that his actions relate exclusively to the Israeli government's policies and is not motivated by anti-Semitism. He is a member of the association "Jewish Voice for A Just Peace in the Middle East."

Since the man is an Israeli himself the German media are keeping this on the back burner.
Not even all of Berlin's papers are running the story.

If - God forbid - the owner of the place had been a German, the New York Times would have sent several investigators on an overnight flight to Berlin. The German media would have discussed never-ending German guilt for days on end. The German parliament - currently in summer recess - would have called back its members from around the world for a special session, and German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock would have immediately been summoned to Yad Vashem...

Considering all the hassle it's no wonder that Germans normally do not uninvite Israeli ambassadors.
Are they afraid of the cosmic backlash?
Ex-Mossad Chief: Netanyahu Government Worse Than Ku Klux Klan
FRIDAY, JUL 28, 2023 - 06:05 PM

The former head of Israel's Mossad says the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is filled with "extreme lunatics" that are "a lot worse" than the Ku Klux Klan.

In a Thursday interview, Tamir Pardo, who led the Israeli intelligence agency from 2011 to 2016, said national security minister Itavar Ben Gvir and finance minister Bezalel Smotrich represent "horrible racist parties" -- respectively, Jewish Power and Religious Zionism -- that make the Klan pale in comparison.

However, Pardo said suggestions that Netanyahu is being coerced by extremists amounds to "urban legend," telling Kan radio, "The leader has lost his mind. Nothing that has happened would have happened if the prime minister didn't lead this process."

Substantiating the comparison, Pardo pointed to Smotrich's call for the wholesale destruction of an entire Palestinian village. In the wake of the killing of two Israeli brothers, Smotrich liked a tweet in which a West Bank Israeli mayor called for the government to "wipe out the village of Huwara today."

When asked why he "liked" it, Smotrich said, “Because I think the village of Huwara needs to be wiped out. I think the State of Israel should do it,” adding that "God forbid" private Israelis take matters into their own hands.

Previously, Smotrich called for Palestinian mothers to be separated from Jews in the country's maternity wards, saying, "[My wife] would not want to sleep next to someone who just gave birth to a baby who might want to murder her baby in twenty years,”

Meanwhile, security minister Ben-Gvir decorated his home with a poster of mass murderer Baruch Goldstein, who in 1994 killed 28 Muslim worshippers and wounded 125 in the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre.

Exposing the hypocrisy of the Israeli government, Pardo said that if a different country adopted laws against Jews akin to the anti-Palestinian laws being passed by the Knesset, it would be considered anti-semitic. For example, this week saw the passage of a law empowering about half of Israeli's small towns to bar Palestinians from moving in.

Pardo has been outspoken against the Netanyahu government's drive to reform Israel's judiciary system. Middle East Eye notes that in a speech against that effort, Pardo said that if a law was passed to remove the Supreme Court's ability to apply a "reasonableness" standard, Israel would "be similar to Iran and Hungary - ostensibly a democracy, in practice a dictatorship."

That law was passed Monday, following months of enormous protests across the country. Pardo pins the division on Netanyahu: "A nation has been torn in two and the prime minister does not blink and shows happiness on his face."
'Chaos is coming to Israel.'

(Translated by Google)

Israeli military refuses to defend the country: Netanyahu undermined Israel's defense


By Mark Weiss - Jul 28 2023

Israel’s judicial overhaul sparks military crisis as number of refusing reservists grows

By Nadeen Ebrahim, Amir Tal and Mick Krever - July 26, 2023
Dozens of Israeli soldiers were punished, including sergeants, and several put in military jail after riots erupted during a training session for the Israeli's infantry units.

08 September 2023

'The Israeli military is falling apart.'
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