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Indymedia Israel Archive: September 18, 2002 - January 13, 2003
by Indymedia Israel 8:45am Wed Jun 18 '03

Indymedia Israel Archive: September 18, 2002 - January 13, 2003
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Ethnic Cleansing: Some Common Reactions
by Ran HaCohen
5:14pm Mon Jan 13 '03

oriental Jews were pushed out of Arab countries as a result of the conflict with Israel, and at the same time pulled by Israel, to consolidate its Jewish majority, and by Zionism, that regarded the Jewish state as the only proper place for Jews to live in. It is a major case of hypocrisy to compare those Jewish immigrants to Palestinians who fled or were driven out of Israel to other countries during a war, people for whom Palestine was their only homeland and who found themselves against their will as refugees in foreign and hostile Arab states, people who were willing but not allowed to return home, and whose property was dispossessed by Israel.

To read the whole article, click here.

To read "Ethnic Cleansing: Past Present and Future", click here.

Environmentalism, Zionism and the Social Framing of Natural Open Spaces
by Bryan Atinsky
8:52pm Fri Jan 3 '03

Much discussion in the past several years, on the issue of land and nationalist ideology in Israel, has been focused on the ways in which building and active use of land operates in Zionist ideology and action as a form of legitimation of control and ownership. However, until recently, little has been said of the ways in which the retention of 'natural' spaces operates in Zionist ideology in much the same manner. The dominant Israeli discourses on nature and the environment, as expressed by the principal governmental and non-governmental environmental organizations, and the educational system, act as elements that contribute to framing the public's conception of their social space. These environmental constructs, which partially stem out of, and partially become reintegrated into the Zionist nationalist discourse, are utilized by different social elements as a legitimation for both the creation of demarcated open 'natural' spaces, and the enforced retention of their 'pristine' state.

To read the whole article, click here.

End the Occupation!
by Latuff
5:25pm Sun Dec 29 '02



A Vote for Mitzna is a Vote for Sharon
by Tanya Reinhart
12:33pm Sun Dec 15 '02

Just over a month ago, Mitzna appeared to offer a new hope to Israeli politics. He was even perceived by some as the potential Israeli de Gaulle. Throughout all the years of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, the Israeli political system has managed to generate only two alternatives: eternal negotiations while preserving the occupation and expanding settlements - the Oslo model of the Labor party, or slow elimination of the Palestinian people - Sharon's model. The hope that many (including myself ) attached to Mitzna was that a third alternative is possible as well, following the model of Lebanon - an immediate withdrawal from the territories that most Israelis are willing to evacuate (all of Gaza and about 90% of the West Bank), and the opening of serious negotiations over the rest. But by now, it is obvious that a vote for Mitzna is a vote for Sharon.

To read the whole article, click here.

To read a review of Tanya Reinhart's new book on Israel/Palestine, click here.
Surviving Armegeddon, Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Apocalypse
by Rita Corriel
12:33pm Sun Dec 15 '02

What do fundamentalist Christianity, the U.S. 'War on Terror' and the hit movie 'Signs' all have in common? Everything. It is a movie that promises to be about the enigma of crop circles but turns out to be an insipid morality play; a cinematic trojan horse that delivers a subliminal attack on our collective psyches. It has been several months since I left the theatre feeling intellectually insulted and spiritually violated, and yet I still feel a deep sense of malignment and outrage whenever I think about it. So why does a movie that has all the passion, sophistication and emotional depth of Pat Roberson's '700 Club' elicit such a powerful response? 'Signs' is a propaganda film. But unlike the pentagon financed Black Hawk Down, which is a straight forward piece of revisionist history, 'Signs' goes much further. There is something really scary and malevolent about this movie; not because of its content, but because of its intent. It is an insideous psycho-spiritual manipulation that echoes the tone of the post 911 American zeitgeist. This movie evoked the precise feelings I had when George W. Bush announced his war on terror. In fact, I believe that this film is actually part of the arsenal in that 'war'. And it mirrors that same dissonace which tells us to be very afraid, while telling us there is really nothing to worry about.

To read the whole article, click here.
The Sad Decline of Indymedia
by Chuck0 for InfoShop news
10:40am Mon Dec 9 '02

It was a great idea when the Independent Media Center opened up its first website for the Seattle anti-WTO protests in December 1999. The first IMC website came out of years of alternative and grassroots media activism. By a strange quirk of fate, the Seattle IMC also included something called the "open newswire," an experiment that allowed every reader to be a reporter, if they wanted to get involved in DIY, participatory media production. The IMC network recently observed its 3rd anniversary and the 100th IMC went online, but the IMC project is facing some serious problems which, if they aren't addressed by the supporters of the IMC network, will eventually destroy the wonderful idea that is Indymedia.

To read the whole article, click here.

The Israeli Elections
by Tanya Reinhart
11:09pm Sun Dec 1 '02

If Mitzna sticks to this plan, which offers a real alternative and hope, there is a good chance that he will be the next Israeli prime minister. But there are many dangers lurking on his way. From the right-wing pole, pressure is exerted on him to 'appeal to the center' and, thus, become vague and meaningless. But the bigger danger is from the pole labeled left, in his own Labor party. Beilin and the other masterminds of Oslo are working against the idea of immediate evacuation: -Why evacuate immediately - they say - when we can simply resume the road of negotiations. Let's sit down with the Palestinians; let's talk and discuss. In the meanwhile, the IDF (Israeli army) will continue to maintain order in the occupied territories. Perhaps the Palestinians will give up eventually, and allow us to implement the Beilin Abu-Mazen plan, which does not require the dismantling of a single settlement.

To read the whole article, click here.

A Glimmer of Hope?
by Dr. Michael Dahan
10:56pm Wed Nov 27 '02

Lately, there have been calls from the far left to boycott the elections or to cast a blank ballot. The goal of this strategy is clear - to contribute to the rise of a far right government whose radical actions will finally convince the public as a whole to support the left. Palestinian Israelis, disappointed with the Arab parties' ability to bring about significant change of their 2nd class status as citizens, are also calling for a boycott of the elections. While one can understand the call for a boycott of the elections - a call borne out of the despair of the public on the far left - it is clearly mistaken and misguided, particularly when there is the chance of alternative leadership. It is also dangerous and irresponsible to leave the leadership of the country in the hands of the radical right.

To read the whole article, click here.

Living with the Holocaust: The Journey of a Child of Holocaust Survivors
by Sara Roy in The Journal of Palestine Studies
12:41pm Sat Nov 23 '02

Israel's occupation of the Palestinians is not the moral equivalent of the Nazi genocide of the Jews. But it does not have to be. No, this is not genocide, but it is repression, and it is brutal. And it has become frighteningly natural. Occupation is about the domination and dispossession of one people by another. It is about the destruction of their property and the destruction of their soul. Occupation aims, at its core, to deny Palestinians their humanity by denying them the right to determine their existence, to live normal lives in their own homes. Occupation is humiliation. It is despair and desperation. And just as there is no moral equivalence or symmetry between the Holocaust and the occupation, so there is no moral equivalence or symmetry between the occupier and the occupied, no matter how much we as Jews regard ourselves as victims.

To read the whole article, click here.

Feeding the Cuckoo
by Paul de Rooij
7:11pm Tue Nov 19 '02

Israel is America's cuckoo. Massive aid flows go in ever increasing quantities to the cuckoo, and the negative aspects of this are evident for all to see. It is increasingly dangerous for Americans to set foot in the Middle East, the hostility directed at them originates primarily from Israeli actions in the area. Few people forget that the bomb dropped on them was US-made (maybe even US-owned), dropped by a US-made F16, piloted by an Israeli pilot, and the whole thing made possible by US funds. We all know that some Middle Eastern hostility has hit America's home soil. Why Americans should subject themselves to the whims and demands of the cuckoo remains as one of today's greatest mysteries. All the justifications proffered for the aid flows ring increasingly hollow, and raise significant questions on why this detrimental relationship continues.

To read the whole article, click here.

"Blaming one side and not mentioning the wrongs of the other side"
by Yehudith Harel
3:27pm Wed Nov 13 '02

The Zionist left always calls "to stop the Violence on both sides" and pays such careful attention to address both sides as if they were equal in their respective positions, in power, in responsibility, in accountability and culpability. By doing so the Zionist Left creates a corrupt and incorrect equation between two kinds of violence: the Violence of the colonization and occupation which are in contravention to International law and legitimacy, and the violence generated by this occupation and the legitimate de-colonization struggle, a struggle that is a reaction to a result of 35 years of military occupation and ongoing and ever increasing and intensifying colonization process.

To read the whole article, click here.

Settlers and Trash
by Al-Bireh Mayor, Walid Hamad
10:36am Wed Nov 6 '02

While the Israeli military strangulation of the West Bank tightens by the day, the Israeli settler community of Psagot, a settlement illegally erected near my city of Al-Bireh, is taking advantage of the Israeli government’s determination to militarily crush Palestinian society to pursue their three decade old policy of illegal land confiscation. Just as the Israeli occupation of the entire Palestinian civilian population has taken on new shapes and forms in the absence of any international intervention, Israeli settlers are camouflaging this latest round of land confiscation behind a facade of environmental issues..

To read the whole article, click here.

Roadmap To Nowhere
by Sam Bahour and Michael Dahan
7:40am Mon Oct 28 '02

The new US "road map" for peace in the Middle East presented by US Assistant Secretary of State William J. Burns is no more than a placebo for consumption by both Palestinians and the world community in response to their pressuring Israel for positive movement toward immediately ending the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

To read the whole article, click here.

Dialogue on the book "Blood Brothers"
by Fr. Elias Chacour, with commentary by Angela Godfrey and Norma Archbold
11:54pm Mon Oct 2 1 '02

Some months ago I read Father Elias Chacour's book Blood Brothers (of which MidEast Web says in its Bibliography of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict: A Galilee priest tells of his fight for brotherhood and coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis). I was so impressed by its message of peace and truth that I posted 33 pages here on Indymedia, where it is still to be found.

You responded on-line from Illinois: "Don't take too seriously the things written in this book. Chacour in Blood Brothers leads us to believe that the Israeli Army slaughtered the people of an Arab Christian town (Jish or Gish) and buried them in a shallow grave where 8-year old Chacour discovered the decomposed bodies."You continued: "I went with another journalist to Gish and spoke with an Arab Christian who was 16-years-old and living in Gish when the massacre was supposed to have happened. He had never heard of a massacre there." And: "I spoke to the town historian on the phone and he had never heard of a massacre there. When I mentioned Chacour and Blood Brothers, he said, "I wouldn't take too seriously the things written in that book."You say: "Chacour presents himself as forgiving the Israelis for a massacre that (according to the people living there) didn't happen. How difficult is it to forgive someone for something that never happened?" You end: "What concerns me about this book is that it is sixth on Amazon's bestselling list out of more than 8,000 books. That means that tens of thousands of people around the world have received false information. The Middle East is a powder keg. False information could start a world war there. It is in the best interests of everyone in the world to demand that absolute truth be published about the situation there. The false information is all the more damaging because of the beautiful ideas expressed, which make us want to believe what Chacour says. Two publishers stopped publication of this book and a third publisher listed it as fiction after finding out that it is not true."

Norma, following communication with you, and having visited Fr. Elias Chacour, I have the following to report. You told me to speak to "the priest and historian of the village". I spoke with him this week by phone (after seeing Fr. Elias, because I wanted him to have the first word). He tells me, contrary to what you have written as above, that everyone knew about the massacre. In his Hebrew words "Haya kever. Ze haya yadua." (There was a grave. It was well-known.) He says that you were told this by the people you interviewed, but that they threw some doubt on whether an 8-year old boy would have found the mass grave.

To read the whole article, click here.
To read the book excerpt and the critique by Norma Archbold, click here.

Reform by Imprisonment
by Sam Bahour
6:00pm Sun Oct 13 '02

While the most brutal of measures are being taken against the Palestinian population, the world is being deceived into believing that political reforms can happen in the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. As the Bush Administration continues to call for regime change in the Palestinian Authority, Israel is silently pursuing a violent strategy of establishing internment camps that imprison Palestinians from all walks of life. With over 12,000 acts of detainment and over 5,000 Palestinian detainees now languishing in Israeli jails, the fa?ade of reform unfolds in a political vacuum.

To read the whole article, click here.

Joint Israeli Palestinian Demonstration in Abu Dis.
by ICAHD and Indymedia Israel
6:00pm Sun Oct 13 '02

Yesterday (Oct. 12, 2002) over three hundred activists from Ta'ayush, The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Bat Shalom and others, joined with five hundred Palestinians in a joint demonstration against the separation wall built by the Israeli government in Abu Dis. Three months ago the state of Israel constructed the wall which isolates 60,000 Palestinian residents (the majority of whom have Israeli residency) from the city of Jerusalem.

To read the whole article, click here.

To look at more pictures from the demo, click here.

Class, Economy, and the Second Intifada
by Adam Hanieh in The Monthly Review
3:32pm Fri Oct 4 '02

The current Palestinian Intifada and Israel's brutal response has been the subject of countless articles over the last two years. What is strikingly absent from virtually all left analysis is any discussion of class and political economy in both Israel and the Occupied Territories. While this may seem a strange accusation to make of left-wing writing, I believe the absence of class-based analysis is in itself indicative of the confusion with which much of the left views the Israeli state. For much of the left, Israeli politics is simply understood as the binary opposites of the right-wing Likud and the more peace-inclined Labor Party. I aim to show below that such a view stems from a mistaken approach to understanding class formation in Israel and that without placing class at the center of our analysis, it is difficult to develop an adequate understanding of what is actually occurring on the ground.

To read the whole article, click here.

Looking Behind Ha'aretz's Liberal Image
by Ran HaCohen
8:30pm Wed Oct 2 '02

Ha'aretzdaily.com is not a full translation of the Hebrew paper; it's a selection. It often omits certain items, certain columns, that Ha'aretz does not find "suitable" for foreign eyes, like the report I just mentioned. Another way to achieve the same hidden bias is by "nationalistically correct" translations

To read the whole article,
click here.

Unprecedentend Pressure From Bush And Public Protests Forced Sharon To Let Arafat Breathe
by Hans Lebrecht, Kibbutz Beit-Oren
8:07pm Mon Sep 30 '02

No doubt, the sudden turn-around of Sharon and his army commanders of releasing Arafat to breath some air (hardly much more for the time being), was the result of an unprecedented pressure from the Bush people in Washington, who could not risk an interference with their impudent own war designs against Iraq. Sharon’s own war against Arafat was too dangerous for the anyway almost "operation impossible" to win the Arab world, with the exception of the few stools in Kuwait and one or two of the Gulf Emirates, for their aggression against Iraq. But, no less, Sharon and his gang were pressed by the rapid growing pressure of public opinion the world over, the U.S. and England included, as well as in Israel itself.

To read the whole article,
click here.

Wake Up And Smell The Occupation
by Sam Bahour
9:02am Sat Sep 28 '02

The peace and security that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promised during his year 2001 election campaign have vanished in the dust of Israeli tanks rampaging Palestinian cities. Israel’s economy is declining at a record pace. The right-wing Sharon government has sparked a national debate in Israel that questions the legal right to citizenship for over 1.1 million of its Palestinian citizens. Israeli families across the social strata are sending their children to study abroad and emigrating at a pace that was not thought possible only a few years ago. Over 400 Israeli conscripts, soldiers, or reservists are refusing to serve in the occupied Palestinian areas and some are now imprisoned in Israeli jails as conscientious objectors. The moral fabric of Israeli society is tearing apart at the seams as the Israeli military proudly reverts to a policy of assassination, imprisonment, demolition of homes, deportation, and collective punishment.

To read the whole article,
click here.

Academics' statement: Israeli government may be contemplating crimes against humanity
by Jacob Katriel
12:22pm Sun Sep 22 '02

We, members of Israeli academe, are horrified by US buildup of aggression towards Iraq and by the Israeli political leadership's enthusiastic support for it. We are deeply worried by indications that the "fog of war" could be exploited by the Israeli government to commit further crimes against the Palestinian people, up to full-fledged ethnic cleansing...

To read the whole article,
click here.

From besieged Ramallah
by Rita
6:56pm Sat Sep 21 '02

It has been so stressful again here in Ramallah, not only strict curfew and the sounds of bombing and shooting basically all night, but today, emergency has meant that many people, simple ordinary citizens, are in a serious need of assistance:

To read the whole article,
click here.

Racist Double Entendre in Ha'aretz Advertisement
by Bryan Atinsky
4:32pm Fri Sep 20 '02

Though Amos Schocken and Ha'aretz may have won an award recently from the University of Missouri "in recognition of its long tradition of fiercely independent and balanced reporting under the most difficult of conditions.", the newspaper has no qualms about accepting advertising money for an obviously racist full page ad. On Sept. 15, 2002, Ha'aretz ran a full page advertisement, three-quarters of the page taken up by a purposefully ambivalent statement, which means either: "At our place, there are no Arabs!" or "With us, no need for guarantors!"

To read the whole article,
click here.

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