Israel/Palestine

Various somewhat haphazardly organised links:

About the Arab section of the Kibbutz youth movement:
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-experiment-that-invited-israeli-arabs-to-live-the-zionist-dream-1.7575293

https://www.the7eye.org.il/253465

https://www.the7eye.org.il/335240

War Profits, Peace Dividends:
http://bnarchives.yorku.ca/229/

On Israeli
propaganda efforts:
https://www.the7eye.org.il/288393

Facebook
arrests:
https://freehaifa.wordpress.com/2018/09/15/free-raja-eghbarieh/
https://freehaifa.wordpress.com/category/prisoners/dareen-tatour/

https://freehaifa.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/why-did-yifat-slap-the-military-prosecutor-at-the-tamimi-trial/

Akiva Or’s book from 1961:
https://libcom.org/library/peace-peace-when-there-no-peace-akiva-orr-moshe-machover

Akiva Or:
https://libcom.org/tags/aki-orr

TR (originally from Israel) writes on BDS (Boycott, Disinvest, Sanction – Israel):

” The whole idea that “the occupation” is solely a national and separated affair and that only the official state of Israel is responsible for what’s going on is not in line with reality to say the least. It’s not like Israel is a school-bully that everyone can boycott and stop talking to so that he will have to stop his behavior. Just like the state of Israel was not REALLY born “by itself”, by the will of the abstract “Jews” or even the Jewish bourgeoisie to allegedly build a national home for “their people”, but out of the mutual necessities of the different sections of the international ruling class – including the Arab ones – and most importantly by the ongoing dependency and subordination to the United States, you can’t honestly accept the idea that the ongoing occupation or anything that has to do with it (since the official occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is only one aspect of a reality of mutually-dependent characteristics that make everyday life in Israel what they are: ethnic conflict, war-industry, hi-tech industry/laboratory, unquestionable militarism, political corruption, almost zero history of conscious class-struggle etc.) can be reduced to an Israel-Palestine affair, to colonists vs. colonized.

the whole idea that “the occupation” is solely a national and separated affair and that only the official state of Israel is responsible to what’s going on is not in line with reality to say the least. It’s not like Israel is a school-bully that everyone can boycott and stop talking to so that he will have to stop his behavior. Just like the state of Israel was not REALLY born “by itself”, by the will of the abstract “Jews” or even the Jewish bourgeoisie to allegedly build a national home for “their people”, but out the mutual necessities of the different sections of the international ruling class – including the Arab ones – and most importantly by the ongoing dependency and subordination to the United States, you can’t honestly accept that idea that the ongoing occupation or anything that has to do with it (since the official occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is only one aspect of a reality of mutually-dependent characteristics that make everyday life in Israel what they are: ethnic conflict, war-industry, hi-tech industry/laboratory, unquestionable militarism, political corruption, almost zero history of conscious class-struggle etc.) can be reduced to an Israel-Palestine affair, to colonists vs. colonized.

And this is even without going into how this approach strengthens nationalism (and by consequence strengthens Zionism, which depends on nationalistic myth and antisemitism for its existence, the same Zionism that the BDS supposedly fights against), makes all the Jewish citizens of Israel accomplices by default in something they never even had a chance to decide about and of which the vast majority of them are victims as well: not only victims of the ongoing war and semi-war (okay, of course the common BDS person will say to this “how can you compare a few missiles on the south of Israel to living in Gaza?!” or “there are this-times-more Palestinians dying weekly/monthly/whatever from the “normal” routine of occupation than the death of Jews in the entire history of Palestinian counter-terror…), but also by all the other effects of living in this kind of contradictory, chauvinistic, xenophobic, militarist and capitalist society (false machoism, pent-up rage, domestic violence, unemployment and competition against illegal Palestinian and migrant workers for jobs in certain manual-labor sectors, and more…). Just notice how some Palestinian intellectuals responded to the recent Ethiopian riots, something along the lines of: “this is an internal affair of the colonists, they are all equal in their privileges as occupiers, until they fly the Palestinian flag we don’t give a shit about them”, blah blah blah.

Chronology

2/7/19:

Israel:
111 cops hurt as nationwide  riots of Ethiopian Jews (in Haifa, Tel
Aviv, Jerusalem, Hadera, Petah Tikva, Kiryat Malahki, Ashdod &
Netivot) continue to escalate

Above:
official version is that this shows ultra-orthodox Jews running as
members of the Israeli Ethiopian community block the main entrance to
Jerusalem on July 2, 2019, to protest the killing of 19-year-old Solomon
Tekah by an off-duty police officer, who was merely put on house
arrest.

Below: Netanya: cop car placed right way up

Video here

More here Demonstrator
moderately injured in hit-and-run; some 50,000 commuters remain stuck
in traffic as thousands block highways nationwide; car set on fire in
Tel Aviv…
The
throngs of protesters closed down at least 12 critical junctions across
the country. Nineteen-year-old Solomon Tekah was shot dead during an
altercation in the Kiryat Haim neighborhood of Haifa on Sunday. An
eyewitness to the shooting has reportedly told the Justice Ministry’s
Police Internal Investigations Department that, contrary to the
officer’s claims, he did not appear to have been in danger when he
opened fire. The officer was briefly arrested before being released to
house arrest, sparking rage in the community….Footage captured in the
center of Tel Aviv saw a demonstrator leap onto a moving car and proceed
to smash its windshield. Hours later, the car was set on
fire….While protests Monday against the police were primarily attended
by Ethiopian-Israeli demonstrators, Tuesday saw a mobilization of
members of the general Israeli public, who joined the chants against
police brutality toward the minority community.”  

Tal, from Israel, writes: “…the
Ethiopian protests in Israel are spreading, many main junctions
throughout the country are blocked for most of the day and night, with
burning tires & burning cars (a “new” thing here – you could
hear how the journocops are gasping and shocked when describing this, as
if it’s the most extreme act they ever saw). It’s still going on as I’m
writing this. I was trying to reach a blockade at a junction in the
area where my parents live (about 35 minutes by car) but there was no
possibility of arriving with public transport because of the blockade
itself… This junction is close to the town where the murdered youth was
shot. I tried to walk from the nearest stop of the diverted bus route,
but it was way too much walking from there to the blockade (I think
about 45 minute walk, or more), so I headed back. I spent 1½ hours
trying to arrive there and then trying to get back to where my parents
live. Anyway, on the TV they say that in some places they are also
throwing rocks and other objects at the cops and fire-trucks. There were
also a few dozen (maybe more at this point ?) violent arrests. The
“leaders” of the Ethiopian community who speak on TV, at least the ones I
had a chance to watch, are justifying the protests but imploring the
protesters not to turn violent and be peaceful. But there are also
others, such as the young man who just spoke on TV while I was writing
this (I don’t know who he is, if he is a known figure or not) who 
angrily
asked of the
others in the TV studio why they are so shocked by a burning car and
how it’s bollocks compared to the suffering of the Ethiopians at the
hands of the police and the state etc. They even lie about what they
show to the viewers while they show it, for example showing live a
demo/blockade at the entrance to Jerusalem where you can clearly see a
large presence of non-Ethiopians and even Orthodox Jews among the
protesters and the reporter ignores this and describes all of them as
Ethiopians. A broken and old-looking car that was dragged by protesters
to the bonfire at another blockade made the reporter say something like
“obviously, this car was attacked [how can you ‘attack’ an empty car?]
and probably dragged from among the cars abandoned by their owners who
couldn’t get home due to the blockade…” [Afterwards I heard someone else
on the same program say that this was an already broken and probably
abandoned car from a nearby parking-lot.]…many confrontations.
brick-throwing, police-car flipping and burning, a molotov cocktail was
even thrown towards a police station. The police are preparing for a
heavy crack-down for tomorrow morning to prevent any sort of
demonstration.”

A Facebook page in Hebrew wrote this (translated by Tal): “In
2006, Border Police officers entered a house in Jaffa to locate illegal
[Palestinian] residents. Some are caught. They are made to stand in a
row with their backs to the officers, who beat them vigorously, also
with the truncheon of their commander who was present at the event. For
dessert, a rifle was attached to the back of one of them, and he was
shot to death. The commander claimed that a bullet was accidentally
discharged. Do you know who the commander in that the event was? I don’t
know, but he has the same name as the policeman who now claims to have
fired on the floor and the bullet was accidentally sprayed at Salomon
Takka and killed him.”

More here: “In
addition to the protests, dozens more Ethiopian-Israelis joined a
Facebook campaign declaring that they would refuse to perform their
reserve army duties. ”
This official report
shows that young ‘offenders’ of Ethiopian origin in Israel are 3 times
more likely to be sent to prison than ‘offenders’ with other
backgrounds. And see this for a report on previous examples of cop racism and brutality against Ethiopian Jews. See also ethiopian jews riot in israel (may 2015)And “they stole our bodies: work in Israel” which in part talks of racism there, though more generally.

1/7/19:

Israel: thousands of Ethiopian Jews protest nationwide after teenager shot dead by cop“Hundreds
of protesters burned tires and blocked major roads in the Haifa area on
Monday afternoon and evening, and thousands reportedly staged protests
nationwide, amid intense anger in Israel’s Ethiopian community over the
fatal shooting of an unarmed man by an off-duty police officer a day
earlier…In Haifa and nearby Kiryat Ata, demonstrators blocked roads and
hurled burning tires in the streets. Three police officers were injured
by rocks hurled by protesters”
More hereThe
largest protest was taking place in the Haifa suburb of Kiryat Ata,
where more than 1,000 people had been blocking the Histadrut Junction
since the morning hours. Similar protests were taking place in Rehovot
in central Israel and the southern cities of Be’er Sheva and Ashkelon.
In Ashdod, protesters blocked the southern entrance to the city, as well
as main roads in the area….Dozens of protesters also gathered Monday
night outside the home of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan in Kiryat
Ono, near Tel Aviv.”
See also ethiopian jews riot in israel (may 2015)


Shfaram  declares general strike of all schools and businesses in
solidarity with Arabs convicted of manslaughter of soldier-murderer
 28/11/13

Israel: clashes with cops on demo against Bedouin forced resettlement plan (more here and here) 30/11/13

Israel: 100s of undocumented African migrants flee detention centre (Sunday) to march and  demonstrate (Monday)…..and next day (today) dozens of them demonstrate in  Jerusalem outside PM’s office (more here) 17/12/13

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