Es ist die Aufgabe unserer Generation, fest an der Seite Israels zu stehen, selbst wenn das unserer Politik anderswo Schaden bringt. Das israelische Volk ringt um den Bestand seines kleinen, dem Wüstensand abgetrotzten Staates, kämpft unter sengender Hitze um sein Lebensrecht - hinter sich das Meer und rundherum den Haß seiner Feinde.

Where’s the Apartheid: Israel Knesset

Many lies, myths, smears and Pallywood fake photos are being circulated in honor of Israel Apartheid Week. The name itself is misleading, as the ‘week’ is scheduled to last for more than a month this year.

We plan to share new and real photos of the Apartheid situation in Israel each week of the hate fest.

It is a fact that 10% of Israeli Knesset members are Arab.

All official signs in Israel are in Hebrew and Arabic, the Israeli house of government is no exception.

But it took more than one visit to find this room and sign. People working in the Knesset building were not aware there was such a room, let alone its location.

Inside the Knesset building there is a Muslim prayer room. No shoes allowed!

I was not allowed inside, but the guard made a call and he was allowed to unlock the door and let me take photos.

The photo hanging inside is not of Mecca, but of the Temple Mount filled with bowing Islamic worshipers.

Did you know that this poster was hanging inside the Israeli Knesset?

One day last week a group of Arab students were on a visit to the Knesset.

After eating lunch in the Knesset staff cafeteria, they wandered around the area.

Where’s the Apartheid?

The only signs of separation were for the toilets – one for men and one for women.

Arab women and girls use the same restrooms as other female Israelis.

So where’s the Apartheid?

No sign of it anywhere in the Israeli Knesset.

Israel's anti-boycott law: the lowdown

Basically, this new law means that “a person or an organization calling for the boycott of Israel, including the settlements, can be sued by the boycott’s targets without having to prove that they sustained damage”.

Time to vomit links!

What is the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement? (Joseph Dana)

Israel passes law banning citizens from calling for boycotts (Guardian)
Israel passes law banning calls for boycott (Haaretz)
Breaking: Knesset outlaws political boycott (+972Mag)
Israel MPs approve settlement boycott ban (Ma'an)
Israeli lawmakers pass West Bank settlement boycott law (BBC Online)

What is the anti-boycott law? Who does it affect? (+972Mag)
What exactly does the anti-Boycott bill say? (Joseph Dana)

Some quotes:

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator, said the bill would punish those who “refuse to recognise the illegal situation associated with Israel’s settlement enterprise in occupied Palestinian territory”.

As debate on the bill opened in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament’s legal adviser presented an opinion that parts of the proposed law were “borderline illegal”. “The broad definition of a boycott on the state of Israel is a violation of the core tenet of freedom of political expression and elements in the proposed bill are borderline illegal,” Eyal Yinon said.

As of today, a wide range of people and groups who once called for a boycott will cease doing so. The space for debate and discussion in Israeli society will shrink right before our eyes.

[Association for Civil Rights in Israel]’s executive director Hagai El-Ad said the bill “represents the current unfortunate crest in a wave of anti-democratic legislation that is gradually drowning Israel’s democratic foundations.”

Dear Zionists,
Israel’s founding has been done on the dispossession of the Palestinians, from the evil terrorist cells of the Haganah, Irgun and Stern gang and the murderous Ben Gurion and his ilk through to this modern day terrorist netanyahu.
At no point has Israel wished to live in peace with the Palestinians.
Israel wants as much Palestinian land with as few Palestinians as possible.
To this day Israel still has no border!
Israel’s massacre in Gaza is because Zionism wants to crush the spirit of the Palestinians. You will never be able to do so!
Your government is made up fascists like Netanyahu, but do not forget or in anyway insinuate that the Liberman, Bennet, Deri are not in anyway representative of your Knesset. Just two days ago your democratic Knesset banned a MK (Zoabi) for 6 months … not for theft or rape like your previous Presidents but for challenging the racist language of the Israeli narrative.
Your ability to absolve yourself of responsibility for over 2000 dead, mostly women and children is where your humanity fails you, until you can see a Palestinian has as much right to live as a Jew you will not cease being a rabid fascist racist.
—  Robert Martin
Israeli Election Quick Reactions

Confused about the Israeli election outcome? I guarantee you you’re not alone. And while my knowledge is highly partial and Americanized, I’d still like to think I’m decidedly above median. In any event, take what I’m saying with a grain of salt. And what I’m saying can be boiled down to, “things are probably going to be okay, but with a non-negligible chance of catastrophe.”

Note: For numbers, I’m going to rely on this average of exit polls, though of course final allocation of MKs may vary. Those results are as follows (parenthetical indicates current seats):

Zionist Union: 27 (21 – Labor 15, Hatnuah 6)

Likud: 27 (18 [previously in coalition with Yisrael Beiteinu which added another 13 MKs])

United Arab List: 13 (11 across three parties)

Yesh Atid: 12 (19)

Kulanu: 10 (N/A)

Jewish Home: 8 (12)

Shas: 7 (11)

United Torah Judaism: 6 (7)

Meretz: 5 (6)

Yisrael Beitenu: 5 (13)

The main potential shake-up at this stage is if the far-right Yahud party squeaks over threshold and takes four seats. If it does, those seats would likely come at the expense of one each from Zionist Union, Kulanu, Yesh Atid, and the United Arab List – in other words, a pretty substantial right-ward swing.

Okay, without further delay, here are the highlights as I understand them.

Bibi the Cannibal. The main headlines you’re reading now talk about Likud’s late-breaking surge to either tie or exceed the vote count for the left-of-center Zionist Union. And while that’s true, it’s also misleading – the question is where those votes came from. It appears that for the most part, Bibi cannibalized votes from other, further right-wing parties. Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home is at 8 seats and Yisrael Beytanu is down to a mere 5. The upshot is that those three parties dropped from 43 to 40 MKs.

Many attribute Likud’s late turnaround to him taking a hard right turn in the final days of the campaign – capped off by his best Paul Revere cum Pam Geller cry of “the Arabs are coming!” Now that the immediate danger of a liberal landslide has dissipated, he’s sounding more conciliatory notes by promising to promote the welfare of “all of Israel’s Jewish and non-Jewish citizens.”

The Arabs are coming. Racist though its intent and effect may have been, Bibi was at least descriptively accurate – this was an election where the Israeli Arab community flexed its political muscle. Two additional seats in the Knesset may not seem like a ton, but becoming the third biggest party (behind traditional powerhouses Likud and Labor) is no small thing. And having united under a single banner, the UAL is poised to wield unprecedented influence in the next Knesset. Indeed, the big question now is whether the Arab parties will break their long-standing policy of refusing to join the government. Of the constituent elements of the UAL, only Balad (a pan-Arab nationalist party) seems absolutely implacably opposed to such an arrangement. Sufficient incentives from Labor could encourage a UAL split and a landmark moment in Israeli political history.

Whose coalition is it, anyway? People keep talking about the right-wing having an easier path to forming a government than the left. And, well, maybe … but it isn’t really as straightforward as that. Canvassing the results, the right bloc starts with 40 MKs (from Likud, Jewish Home, and Yisrael Beiteinu). Add another 13 from the religious UTJ and Shas and they’re up to 53. To get over that 61 vote hump, they need somebody else – and pretty much the only plausible “somebody else” is Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party. Though running an avowedly centrist campaign, Kulanu’s conservative roots have caused many to slot them into the right-wing camp. This is an evaluation I continue to pushback against. Kahlon is, to put it mildly, no fan of Bibi’s. And I am extremely skeptical that he wants to be the furthest left member of the government coalition. The political positions he’s run on bear a lot in common with the Zionist Union. Moreover, Kulanu’s highest-profile member, former US Ambassador Michael Oren, has expressed significant concern over the deterioration of the US/Israel relationship, and he has to know that this would accelerate in dramatic fashion under a purely right-wing government.

So what about a left-wing government? They start with 44 MKs via Zionist Union, Yesh Atid, and Meretz – with another 13 if UAL was in the picture. In that case, Kulanu’s additional 10 MKs puts them over the top, and one has to think Herzog will pull out every stop to make that happen. But assuming that isn’t in the cards, Isaac Herzog’s path to the Prime Minister’s office becomes much harder. Adding in Kulanu puts the center-left camp to 54, but it would be well-nigh impossible for him to get above that because the religious parties and Yesh Atid are mortal enemies. Perhaps he could buy them off, but it seems more likely that they’d be able to fit into a right-wing government without as much trouble.

The final alternative is a unity government combining Likud and the Zionist Union with Kulanu. Those three parties alone carry more than 60 MKs (and that coalition could probably bring in Yesh Atid too). It’s not clear whether ZU or Likud really would like that (though it might be the best option available to ZU). But I have to think Kulanu would really like that – it’d be a centrist party in a centrist government. The other party which would be a big winner in this arrangement would be none other than the UAL. It would become leader of the opposition as the largest party outside of government – arguably the best possible outcome for the Arab list because being head of opposition means they are incorporated into many high level security and policy decisions. It’s a way to “enter government” without actually entering government.

Kahlon the Kingmaker. Ultimately, the results of this election really boil down to Kulanu and what it wants. Does it want a pure right-wing government? It can easily make that happen. Does it want a left-wing government? Harder, but potentially still doable with the right suasion. Does it want a centrist government? If it holds out for one, it’s hard to see how either of the big parties can avoid it. All roads lead through Moshe Kahlon. And since my gut tells me he doesn’t want to be part of a hard-right, anti-Arab, and internationally isolated coalition, my sense is that he’ll be able to force an outcome that isn’t great, but isn’t catastrophic either.

via The Debate Link

Bibi wishes Muslims worldwide a happy Ramadan.

Israel’s Central Election Committee (CEC) voted today (Wednesday) to disqualify Palestinian Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi from participating in the coming elections. MK Zoabi is the number two candidate on Balad’s Knesset list. The decision is automatically transferred to the Supreme Court, which will hear the appeal next week. Earlier today, Balad announced that if the Supreme Court doesn’t allow Zoabi to run, the entire party will withdraw from the elections.

The decision did not come as a surprise: The CEC is a political body whose members are determined in proportion to the representation of their parties in the Knesset. The current committee therefore has a clear right-wing majority. The decision to ban Zoabi from taking part in the elections was also supported by members of Kadima, widely considered a centrist party. Labor, Meretz, Hadash, Livni’s Hatnua party and the Palestinian parties voted against, and the result was 19-9 in favor of the disqualification.

Interestingly enough, the CEC rejected requests to disqualify Palestinian parties Balad and Ra’am Ta’al from taking part in the elections. In previous elections, both parties were disqualified but the decision was reversed by the Supreme Court.

Still, Balad held a press conference today, in which party leader Dr. Jamal Zahalka made it clear that Balad will not run without Zoabi:

This [move] hurts the entire Arab public. Its purpose is to weaken the political power of the Arab citizens in the Knesset and to strengthen the Israeli right. We fully support MK Zoabi and all her actions, and we emphasize again that if the Supreme Court does not reverse the decision, Balad will not take part in the coming elections.

MK Zoabi, the only Palestinian woman in the Israeli parliament, was singled out by the Israeli right in 2010 due to her participation in the first Gaza flotilla. But despite all the video evidence that the IDF confiscated from passengers on the Mavi Marmara, it failed to prove that MK Zoabi knew or took place in any action against IDF soldiers who stormed the ship (leaving eight Turkish citizens and one American dead). After failing to press criminal charges against Zoabi, coalition members tried to withdraw some of her rights as an MK, and even to physically attack her. At one point, the Knesset speaker had to assign bodyguards to the Arab Knesset member.


Chances are that the Supreme Court will indeed let Zoabi run (I am pretty sure that some of the MKs who voted against her had this in mind). Israeli law actually makes it harder to prevent a specific candidate, rather than an entire party, from running, and the evidence against him or her needs to be very strong. This is not the case with Zoabi. Earlier this week, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein issued an opinion claiming there is not enough evidence to disqualify Zoabi. It is thus very unlikely that even the current Supreme Court, which is more conservative then previous ones, will take a different position.

In the unlikely event that Zoabi is disqualified, a boycott – at least partial – of the elections by Palestinian citizens of Israel will probably take place. Such a scenario won’t only change the outcome of the vote, but would also be a watershed moment between Arab and Jewish citizens in Israel, the significance of which will be felt long after these elections.

(Follow this link to the original article to watch the Knesset video.)

anonymous asked:

You make a good point. But why do you assume this 'propoganda' is incorrect? And you may not see anti-Palestinian-ness on Tumblr, but it's perfectly visible in the eyes and actions of Zionists and the Knesset, out in the real world. Tumblrs are replying to that.


Firstly what do you understand by the term Zionist. Many people use the term in a very loose way. There are many types of Zionism, be that religious, secular or environmental. Ultimately the only unifying Zionist belief, is the belief in Jewish self-determination something that is not very controversial at all. Sorry for the Zionism 101 but i feel it is important that when people use the term they understand the many different complexities it contains as an ideology. 

Additionally, those who seek peace do not continue classic throw backs, and perpetuate one-sided narratives, they overcome it, to understand that both people are ultimately humans and that both people deserve peace. Simplifying it, to that of Israelis are evil and cause war, is not only false it is also damaging to pursuing peace.

I appreciate the fact that you didn’t bombard me with aggression, Anon. I hope you accept this response.