2010 - Anti-zionist Orthodox Jews burn the Israeli flag during a protest in the US. Check out the end of the [video] for an interesting explanation of the views of this group on nationalism and the state of Israel.

edit: I know this group rejects Zionism out of religious reasons, and probably holds views I disagree with strongly on other issues, but I feel it’s good as an example to show that Judaism and Zionism, or Judaism and support for the state of Israel are not necessarily linked.

Dear Anti-Zionists

Do you actually know what Zionism is?

Do you know who Theodor Herzl was?
Do you know anthing about The Jew State written by Theodor Herzl?
Do you know anything about the history of the Zionist movement?
Do you know why the Zionist movement started in the first place?
Do you know why Jews felt and still feel the need to have their own state?
Do you know anything about socialist and communist Zionists?
Do you know anything about the history of the Kibbuzim?
Do you know anything about Zionist working class struggles in the 1920s?

Do you actually know what Zionism is?

Or did you just replace the word “Jews” with “Zionists” to pretend you’re not antisemitic?

Egyptian court bans Hamas' armed wing, lists as terrorist organization - 31 January 2015

An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization.
Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Morsi, from the presidency in 2013.

Wedding of two Eritreans in Haifa, who came to Israel as refugees. There are about 50,000 African asylum seekers in Israel, mostly from Eritrean and Sudan. In December 2013, the Israeli Knesset added an amendment to the Anti-Infiltration law. It requires asylum-seekers from Eritrea and Sudan to be automatically detained for at least a year and then placed, indefinitely, in an open detention center. This applies to single men who have been in Israel for more than 5 years. If you are married you are suppose to be exempted from being detained, but you have to go through questioning and prove that you are married.

The country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to what he sees as illegal immigrants as being “infiltrators” in Israel. Worldwide, Eritrean and Sudanese nationals have very high rates of what the UNHCR calls “refugee recognition“: 82% for Eritreans and 68% for Sudanese. Israel, however, has one of the world’s lowest rates of refugee recognition. Photo by @malinfezehai #eritrea #sudan #israel #refugees #ICPTakeTen #womeninphoto

"A new independent medical fact-finding mission in Gaza has detailed Israel’s deliberate killing of Palestinian civilians in its summer 2014 attack, codenamed Operation “Protective Edge.” Acts documented in the investigation include the use of human shields, close-range murder of civilians, targeting of medics, and more.

The report, based on fieldwork and research conducted by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel), in conjunction with several other human rights and medical organizations, sits at a bulky 237 pages. PHR-Israel, in its words, “recruited eight independent international medical experts, unaffiliated with Israeli or Palestinian parties involved in the conflict,” leading specialists in numerous medical, health, and human rights fields. Jennifer Leaning, the Director of the Center for Health and Human Rights Department of Global Health and Population in Harvard University’s School of Public Health, was among those chosen to oversee the report.

The investigation was also supported by a wide array of prominent international organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Science and Human Rights Program, the British Shalom-Salaam Trust, Christian Aid, the Open Society Foundation, and many more.

In its executive summary, the fact-finding mission estimates that, in Israel’s 50-day attack on Gaza,

•over 2,100 Palestinians were killed;
•at least 70% of those killed were civilians;
•over 500 children were killed;
•more than 11,000 were wounded; and
•at least 100,000 were made homeless.

The Electronic Intifada published a summary of the investigation’s findings, drawing particular attention to an incident in the Gazan village of Khuzaa, in which the Israeli military shot into a crowd of civilians who were fleeing Israel’s siege and carrying white flags while shouting “peaceful, peaceful.”

This attack, nonetheless, pales in comparison to those disclosed in the report. PHR-Israel reported Israel did the following in its Operation Protective Edge:

•used civilians as human shields;
•shot civilians dead at close range;
•left mortally wounded children on the ground to die, even after soldiers made eye contact with them;
•conducted multiple consecutive strikes on a single location (“double taps”), killing injured survivors and those attempting to rescue them;
•bombed medical clinics that were acting as shelters for civilians and the wounded;
•“deliberately” attacked hospitals;
prevented emergency medical evacuation, even by international organizations such as Red Cross;
•killed and injured “many” medical teams that were evacuating the injured;
•refused to allow civilians to exit areas being attacked;
•targeted civilian escape routes;
shelled ambulances;
•attacked civilians attempting to flee areas under fire;
•physically beat civilians;
•denied civilians food and water;
and more.

The report additionally documented Israel’s use of unconventional and experimental weapons, resulting in injuries local doctors characterized as “strange or inexplicable.” Among those used were

•flechette munitions (which doctors reported surgically removing from the faces of children);
•“explosive barrel” bombs, referred to as “Tzefa Shirion” weapons, that were made to be used to clear mines, but were dropped on civilians;
•what are suspected to be DIME weapons, leading to “unusual burns” and “unusual amputations,” with “charred” black skin that did not smell like burning flesh and black “tattooing” around cauterization-like stumps of amputees;
•weapons that left “‘computer chips’ with Sony markings embedded as shrapnel in people’s bodies”;
•and “a gas of unknown type,” a white-colored substance with a “sewage-like smell” that burned skin and caused respiratory problems and could be seen and smelled from 500 meters away. The medical fact-finding mission notes that the “overwhelming majority of injuries causing death or requiring hospitalisation … were the result of explosion or crush injuries, often multiple complex injuries.” Roughly half of interviewed Gazans were attacked in their homes. Entire families were killed in the attack.”

anonymous asked:

why do people say that the leftists or Antifa are zionists? Or doing dirty work for zionists?

Because the people who are saying that are fascists and anti-Semites.

Mostly people who talk about Zionism outside of the specific context of Israel/Palestine conflict are anti-Semitic conspiracy nuts, and you should stop talking to them.

Anyway, for the most part the Left is firmly on the side of the Palestinian cause and against the Israeli government’s apartheid policies and criminal occupation of Palestine, so I don’t see in what kind of bizarro world these people live. 

Professor fired over anti-Israel tweets sues University of Illinois

Professor Steven Salaita quit Virginia Tech University, after he was offered a position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). However, just two weeks before the start of the 2014 academic year, Salaita was informed of a job offer being rescinded over his “uncivil” tweets, posted mainly during the summer war in Gaza.

The university cites some of those in a statement backing the decision.

“You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not: I wish all the f**king West Bank settlers would go missing,” one of the tweets said. Another one was “If you’re defending #Israel right now you’re an awful human being.”