Liberal Zionist’s teen son is – an anti-Zionist

 

Artwork that appeared with Eric Flamm post on Medium about his son becoming an anti-Zionist.  (photo: Image has been cropped / Used with permission of author)
A  father/son navigating a conversation about Israel where opinions are divergent but respected.

By Philip Weiss  |  Mondoweiss |  Feb 21, 2020

About a month ago my 15-year-old son told me he was an anti-Zionist because he couldn’t support the notion that in Israel the Jews received preferential treatment over Palestinians in all aspects of life, such as education, housing, employment, and access to justice.
— Eric Flamm, writer

I keep telling friends that before long a prominent liberal Zionist is going to say, I’m sick of what the Jewish state is doing in my name so I’m going to become an anti-Zionist, just like an American pol leaving one party for another. But it hasn’t happened. Peter Beinart hasn’t been able to take the plunge. My college friend Dan Fleshler is still with J Street. David Rothkopf and David Remnick and Roger Cohen haven’t made the break. The only real exception is Henry Siegmann.

The shift is surely happening inside many Jewish families, though, and writer Eric Flamm has published an important piece documenting the change. Flamm himself is dedicated to Israel. He moved there in his 20’s in 1994 and became an Israeli citizen and was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces and served in a combat unit as a reservist. Then in 2001, he moved back to his college town, Portland, Oregon, and emerged as a leading liberal Zionist. He chaired the J Street chapter there from 2012-2018 and wrote a book of stories titled “Portland Zionists Unite!”

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Trump-Kushner ‘Peace’ Plan ignores elephants in the room: Israel created this mess

Trump-Kushner “Peace” Plan ignores elephants in the room: Israel created this mess
Senior advisor and son-in-law of the President Jared Kushner (left), US President Donald Trump second from left, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (far right) are always accompanied by their shared comfort animal, the elephant in the room (second from right). (photo: collage by If Americans Knew.)
The Trump-Kushner “Peace” Plan is slick and businesslike, with an aura of objectivity and balance – but it is exactly the opposite, and something about it stinks.

By Kathryn Shihadah | If American Knew  | Feb 21, 2020

The basic premise on which the Trump-Kushner Plan is based shows disdain for fundamental facts: Palestinian society is languishing because of Israel’s policies – not some deficiency in Palestinians or their leadership.

There is a giant herd of elephants circling the Trump-Kushner Peace Plan, and they’re not going away. The fragrance of pachyderms is unmistakable, but Trump administration, the Netanyahu government, and Israel partisans have decades of experience in ignoring whatever is inconvenient to their agendas.

That unmistakable throng of elephants is the disenfranchisement and subjugation of the Palestinian people that has gone for a hundred years, and is presently so flagrant that numerous human rights organizations and experts have called it apartheid.

And while the Trump administration claims it wants a future of peace, this Plan will not bring peace.

Because, elephants.

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Reconciliation is a lifestyle, not a quick fix solution

Musalaha gathering. (photo: screenshot Musalaha)
A Musalaha intern reflects on recent women’s group gathering.

By Sophie Rice | Musalaha| Feb 20, 2020

In this honest, raw space, the group was encouraged that it’s okay and it’s important to hold different perspectives, and that it’s also okay to disagree, but the true beauty of reconciliation is found in our shared humanity.

The journey of reconciliation isn’t always easy. The conflict in Israel-Palestine runs deep through history, society, and personal lives, and given the current political climate you can find yourself asking, “Do my actions really make a difference for peace?” At times, positive change can feel like a small drop in a very large bucket. However, over the past two weekends, two groups of Musalaha women gathered together, one a newly formed reconciliation group and one an alumni group where some had been on the journey with Musalaha for 30 years. As they shared life, meals, honest stories, debate, and laughter, I was profoundly encouraged to see that through genuine friendships and deep love for each other, grassroots change is happening, and hope for a better future is possible.

Our new women’s group gathering was held in Beit Jala where for most of the Israeli women, it was their first time traveling to the West Bank outside of military service. As one woman shared, “Before I came to Beit Jala I was scared because I didn’t know if it was safe for me to drive here alone or not. Now that I’ve been here I know it’s safe.” At this early stage in the reconciliation process there are many new realities, like this, to be exposed to and new perspectives to hear and learn from.

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Profiting from loss: how business in illegal Israeli settlements continues unchecked

A man pushes a shopping cart outside Shufersal, Israel’s largest supermarket chain, in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)
A man pushes a shopping cart outside Shufersal, Israel’s largest supermarket chain, in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim. (photo: Ammar Awad / Reuters)
UN efforts to protect Palestinian land from economic exploitation are failing, and exposing the hypocrisy of western states.

By Jonathan Cook  | Information Clearing House | Feb 18, 2020

The UN has even taken an extremely narrow view of what constitutes involvement with the settlements.

After lengthy delays, the United Nations finally published a database last week of businesses that have been profiting from Israel’s illegal annexation and settlement activity in the West Bank.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced that 112 major companies had been identified as operating in Israeli settlements in ways that violate human rights.

Aside from major Israeli banks, transport services, cafes, supermarkets, and energy, building and telecoms firms, prominent international businesses include Airbnb, booking.com, Motorola, Trip Advisor, JCB, Expedia and General Mills.

Human Rights Watch, a global watchdog, noted in response to the list’s publication that the settlements violate the Fourth Geneva Convention. It argued that the firms’ activities mean they have aided “in the commission of war crimes”.

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Coping With Occupation

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Saint Mark’s Mideast Focus Ministry for a film series to educate and promote understanding about the struggle for peace and justice in the Holy Land.  Each screening includes presentations by guest speakers with personal experience on the subject. The opening film “Tel Aviv on Fire” will feature guest speaker playwright Ed Mast.
Date: Fridays:
February 28, 2020
March 27, 2020
April 24, 2020
May 15, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: St. Mark’s Cathedral,
Bloedel Hall
1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Free
Event Details

For over 70 years the U.S. has supported the illegal and invasive occupation of Palestine by the Government of Israel. How are we to cope with the fact that our country, almost alone in the world, is responsible for this violation of Human Rights?

Our series begins with humor because it is the most bearable coping device. Through satire we get perspective on our common humanity. Then we look at how Gazans try to make their desperate situation known to the world, how families endure when their children are forcibly removed from their homes and placed in military prisons, and how they cope when their homes are demolished before their eyes. Finally, we explore some of the factors explaining why the U.S. leads the way in supporting this occupation.

Film Series Dates:

  • February 28, 2020: Tel Aviv on Fire (catered reception at 6:15 p.m.)
  • March 27, 2020: Gaza Fights for Freedom
  • April 24, 2020: Imprisoning a Generation
  • May 15, 2020: The Lobby—U.S.A

Event information here →

Where is the world for the Palestinians?

Fact Check: MSNBC’s Palestinian Loss of Land Map
MSNBC map showing loss of Palestinian land to Zionist settlers and then to Israel from 1946 to the present. (photo: screenshot MSNBC). Additional info about image
The Trump administration’s peace plan for Israel and Palestine embodies none of the ingredients of successful conflict resolution, including talking and listening, accommodation of core interests, and a compromise solution that the majority can support. It reads, not surprisingly, more like a real-estate transaction.

By Prince El Hassan Bin Talal  | Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation | Feb 12, 2020

‘It’s very clear that the overarching goal is to eliminate the Palestinian refugees as an issue by defining them out of existence.’
— Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace

AMMAN – It should come as no surprise that the proposed US peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians bears all the hallmarks of a real-estate transaction. This supposed “Deal of the Century” certainly embodies none of the ingredients of successful conflict resolution, including talking and listening, accommodation of core interests, and a compromise solution that the majority can support. And how could it when the most important partners in the conversation – the Palestinians – were notable only by their absence, having been forced from the room by impossible demands.

Shortly after Jared Kushner’s laudable comment in May 2018 that the pursuit of peace is “the noblest pursuit of humankind,” the journalist Robert Fisk asked the right question about Kushner’s plan: “After three Arab-Israeli wars, tens of thousands of Palestinian deaths, and millions of refugees, does Kushner really believe that the Palestinians will settle for cash?”

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Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb Keynote: Culture as a Tool for Social Transformation: A Palestinian Christian Perspective

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Seattle Pacific University for an event sponsored by the Social Justice and Cultural Studies Dept and Churches for Middle East Peace.  Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will speak about the work of culture building and preservation in Palestinian society under the Israeli military occupation.
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:45 am
Location: Seattle Pacific University,
3307 3rd Ave W, Room: Beegle 201, Seattle, WA
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Tickets: Free, limited seating open to the public
Event Details

Come learn about the critical work of culture building and preservation in Palestinian society under the Israeli military occupation. Featuring keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, founder and president of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine, and co-founder of U.S.-based fundraising and advocacy organization Bright Stars of Bethlehem. Rev. Dr. Raheb is the most widely published Palestinian Christian theologian to date.

In 2015 he received the Olof Palme Prize for his courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. In 2012 he was awarded the German Media Prize for his “tireless work in creating room for hope for his people, who are living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health.”

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How do Bernie & Buttigieg stand on Israel-Palestine?

How do Bernie & Buttigieg stand on Israel-Palestine?
Pete Buttigieg / Bernie Sanders
One supports Palestinian human rights. One says he’d keep the $10 million per day flowing to Israel no matter what it does. Which is which?

By Kathryn Shihadah and Alison Weir  |  If Americans Knew Blog  | Feb 11, 2020

While it may be an exaggeration to suggest that “billionaires in wine caves” are choosing the next president of the United States, it may be that some wealthy donors have an agenda that they can advance in a wine cave event, while a teacher or pipefitter has little more to wield than a vote.

For over 70 years, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been the core issue of the Middle East, central to tragic wars – some involving American troops – and escalating violence. In the past ten days Israeli forces have shot dead nine unarmed Palestinians, seven of them teenagers. In 2019, 149 Palestinians were killed in the conflict along with 10 Israelis.

US Middle East policies, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, have been largely driven by the pro-Israel lobby in the US for many decades. Campaign donors like Sheldon Adelson have influenced Trump policies, while other billionaires such as Haim Saban have influenced Democratic ones.

The US blockade against Iran (which, under international law, constitutes an act of war), was begun by Bush and continued under Obama. The Trump “Muslim Ban” focused on countries that had been selected by the Obama administration and that had long been targeted by Israel

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Water as a Weapon Against Palestinians

 

From: Water Justice in Palestine <waterjusticeinpalestine@gmail.com>

Subject: Fact #151: Water as a weapon against Palestinians

 

Fact

This week, the Israeli military once again destroyed pipelines that supplied irrigation water to the West Bank village of Bardala. The village depends on agriculture for its main source of income.

Bardala was already suffering water shortage, due to Israel’s refusal to provide it with more than 100 cubic meters of water/hr. (The necessary minimum is 240.) 

Before Israel’s occupation of Palestine, Bardala’s wells provided more than sufficient water.

In 1974, Israel and its water company, Mekorot, closed Bardala’s wells, demanded the village’s residents pay to receive water from their own springs, and built several deep wells on Bardala’s lands for use by Israelis only.

In 2006, Mekorot further reduced Bardala’s water supply by 75%. 

In 2017, Israel bulldozed Bardala’s rebuilt water outlets and destroyed 168 meters of pipelines to farms.

A month later, Israeli soldiers shot at the village’s peaceful Right to Water march of 500

 

Sources

 

See our blog  for the article Trump to Palestinians: surrender and we’ll give you a pretend ‘state’ and water too.

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine

Facebook | Website waterjusticeinpalestine.org | Twitter @WaterPalestine

 

Sources

 

See our blog  for the article Trump to Palestinians: surrender and we’ll give you a pretend ‘state’ and water too.

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine

Facebook | Website waterjusticeinpalestine.org | Twitter @WaterPalestine

Palestinian Christian Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb speaking in the Pacific Northwest

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Rev. Dr. Raheb is speaking in several places around the PNW sponsored by the Bright Stars of Bethlehem with additional event at Seattle Pacific University sponsored by SPU and Churches for Middle East Peace.

By Kairos Puget Sound Coalition | Feb 13, 2020

‘For the people of Palestine, the fact that God revealed himself in the most unexpected place of Palestine meant that defeat in the face of the empire was not an ultimate defeat.’
— Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, sermon, Duke University Chapel

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem is coming to Seattle/Tacoma in March 2020. Born and raised in Bethlehem, Palestine, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb is the co-founder of Bright Stars of Bethlehem. In 2015 he received the Olof Palme Prize for his courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. In 2012 he was awarded the German Media Prize for his “tireless work in creating room for hope for his people, who are living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health.”

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