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Features & translations
Red Rag column: Netanyahu and the Mufti - Palestinian Grynszpans? - One-State solution
Gideon Spiro - Imagine a declaration to the effect that we should look at Eichmann in a new light. He was not a

Red Rag column: the slave revolt
Gideon Spiro - What has been happening here in recent weeks is not a “wave of terror” but a spontaneous slave r

Red Rag column: No to Roni Alsheikh for Israel Police Commissioner!
Gideon Spiro - Roni Alsheikh; Children of the Stones in Jerusalem; Let Mordechai Vanunu join his wife in Oslo

Red Rag column: On turning 80
Gideon Spiro - To all my well-wishers, thanks from the bottom of my heart. A few words about old age. At age 20

Red Rag column: new police commissioner; US youth volunteer for the Occupation army; observations on Meretz
Gideon Spiro - This week 160 young Jews arrived in Israel from the United States in order to volunteer to serve

Red Rag column: Krystallnacht Judaism; the Iran agreement; letter to Judge Esther Chayut
Gideon Spiro - The murder of the baby Ali Dawabshe in the village of Douma, and the danger of death that threat

Red Rag column: Reflections on the 1980s
Gideon Spiro - Memories from the 1980s, and one lesson. One year since the crime of "Protective Edge". Thank yo

Red Rag: Settlers speak - Correspondence with Amos Oz - Dr. Ilana Dayan, queen of Galei Tzahal
Gideon Spiro to Amos Oz in 1986: `An inextricable part of the corruption I spoke of above is the new language t

Red Rag column: Israeli antisemitism; Vanunu`s wedding; Moshe Levinger; Ethiopian protests
Gideon Spiro - Not only is Mordechai Vanunu not broken, but he is looking to the future with optimism. This wee

`I Love Jerusalem. I Hate Racism!`
Beate Zilversmidt - On the bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with a school class of greatly misbehaving teenagers.

Red Rag column: nuclear submarines, Mordechai Vanunu etc.
Gideon Spiro - A few days ago I read in the news that Israel had taken delivery of the fifth submarine Germany

Don`t be afraid to talk about Zionism
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Is practical Zionism really over? On the contrary, it looks like it is alive an

Red Rag column: not democratic and not legitimate
Gideon Spiro - I will begin by asserting that the latest elections were not democratic. The elected government,

Red Rag column: Time to decide
Gideon Spiro - I am faced with three choices: a blank ballot, as the Pirate Party suggests, Meretz, or the Join

Red Rag column: Holocaust-denial, settler style
Gideon Spiro - If Israeli human-rights organizations enjoy the support of Der Stürmer as the settlers cl

Meet the Israeli lawyer fighting the occupation in court
Video by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org - "For Palestinians in the West Bank, Ofer Military Court has come to be

Israel-US: an alliance of shared values
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Is there not a danger or chance (depends on who’s looking) that an independent

Red Rag column: terrorist judges; lynching in Jerusalem
Gideon Spiro - I am writing this letter on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and I am reminded of the wor

Red Rag column: religious fanaticism in Paris and elsewhere
Gideon Spiro - The government of Israel has jumped onto the bandwagon of struggle against terror, but that is a

Another election: expect no peace breakthrough
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Among all the contending parties is there one party – just one – that truly asp

My Israel
Ralph Benmergui--The first video of a 4-part series of My Israel, in which Ralph Benmergui sets out to find ans

Red Rag column: Elections in Israel; political Supreme Court; Noam Kaminer, RIP
Gideon Spiro - The Netanyahu government has dissolved itself and the public is feeling fed up with Netanyahu. T

Red Rag weekly column: Atrocity in Jerusalem; PM Bennett: 3 scenarios
Gideon Spiro - After Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Muslim worshippers in a mosque in Hebron, the Rabin governmen

Red Rag weekly column: Haneen Zoabi, Azmi Bishara and Hani Zubida
Gideon Spiro - The pilot, the airplane and the missile are all products of the scientific era, everything is di

Red Rag weekly column: Netanyahu the propagandist; ISIS
Gideon Spiro - The Israeli Prime Minister’s speech at the UN (29 September 2014) was typical propaganda. Any pr

Abbas UN Speech To Include Bid For Ending Occupation
IMEMC & Agencies - IMEMC "He said his speech would outline a “vision" the Palestinian leadership will be ta

Red Rag weekly column: The Hour of the Right
Gideon Spiro - The power of the racist incitement against the Arabs has reached nearly 10 on the Incitement Scale

Pride and predicament
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - Prime Minister Netanyahu has already found the culprit: "Abu Mazen is responsible f

Red Rag weekly column: Barkat: Occupation Mayor - Bedouin death-march - Pete Seeger RIP
Gideon Spiro - Nir Barkat, Mayor of the Occupation - water apartheid - death-march in Sinai, 1972 - Adam Verete a

Open Letter to Scarlett Johansson
Beate Zilversmidt: Your controversy ultimately may help draw worldwide attention to the facts of the occupation

Imprisonment of Conscientious Objector Mahmood Saad
New Profile - "Mahmood Saad, 20 years old from Shfaamer, a village in the Galil, was arrested on 6.12.2013 a

Red Rag weekly column: In memory of Mandela
Gideon Spiro - Netanyahu and Peres did well to stay away from Nelson Mandela`s memorial service in South Africa -

Red Rag weekly column: Arik Einstein, 1939-2013 - Idolatrous dayanim - The cycle of violence
Gideon Spiro - In my humble opinion, Arik Einstein`s great gift, in addition to his musical talent, was his abili

Red Rag Weekly Column
Gideon Spiro - Black November: the anniversaries of Krystallnacht and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin - the as

Palestinian Lands Uprooted Near Al-Khader
IMEMC & Agencies - "[Thursday November 21, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Baten Al-Ma’sy Mount

UNDER THE FORESTS - A satiric piece full of wishful thinking
Rafi Shtendel Chairperson, New KKL -JNF November 2013 "The title refers to AB Yehoshua’s novella, “Facing th

Red Rag column: Forty years since the Yom Kippur War
Gideon Spiro - What will not be said in the mainstream media I will say here: the Yom Kippur War was unnecessary.

Red Rag column: Great, another war!
Gideon Spiro - Things are developing much to the satisfaction of the government of Israel. The Israeli and conser

Zionism and torn papers
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - Why did Jewish Knesset Members from Meretz and Labor and even Shas mobilize again

Yiddish classic--our village is burning-- adapted to the Palestinian situation
Annie Robbins--video dn

Strategic assets and a threatening toilet
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - And Secretary of State John Kerry? Well, we are patiently waiting for the announc

Solidarity shifts in Sheikh Jarrah: 17 to 20 May
Sheikh Jarrah Protest - "The Shamashne family has decided to erect a protest tent outside of their house, an

Never a dull moment in this crazy country (week review)
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - The Shamasnah family in the Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood of East Jerusalem is far

Video:Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished a house and a building in al-Tur village– Jerusalem
Video - Silwanic Net ca

`You`re not allowed to use public transportation at all`
Ofra Yeshua-Lyth - First-hand report of "bus apartheid": Palestinian workers returning home are forced to leave a

Winds of war
Adam Keller - From the polling stations to the long waiting lines at the gas mask distribution stations (...) aft

A story of a Palestinian village without basic infrastructure #2
Blog - Wordpress "Why Do They Want Wipe an Entire Palestinian Village from the Map, and Not for the First Tim

The Israeli Green Party and Gideon Spiro: a correspondence
Gideon Spiro - How can an "Israeli Green Party" that ignores the issue of radioactive waste be relevant?

The colonization instinct has not been tamed
Dimitry Shumsky - Haaretz - It isn`t just Gush Emunim and the fanatics in Hebron who want to colonize the West Ba

Red Rag: can Germans criticize Israel?
Gideon Spiro - Is a German allowed to criticize Israel? Reflections on the history of the dehumanization of the O

Red Rag weekly column: polishing swords; value of a Palestinian woman`s life
Gideon Spiro - polishing swords - price of a Palestinian life - hardship of life in Israel - brainwashing Jewish

Week 2357 of Occupation
Daniel Breslau - Occupation Magazine - The cleansing of the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills

Week 2356 of Occupation
Daniel Breslau - To appreciate the almost sadistic callousness of Mitt Romney’s infamous July 30 comments in Jeru

Red Rag column: Moshe Silman; propaganda film; Olmert`s acquittal; the Levy Report; ugly Israel
Gideon Spiro - Moshe Silman; Propaganda about Dimona; Olmert`s acquittal; military service for Haredim; the Occup

No Accreditation for Expropriation
Reuven Kaminer - Email "The Israeli Council for Higher Education has protested the usurpation of its authori

An immigrant in his own country
Sami Michael - If we don’t find a solution besides the machine-gun and the tank, which we have already seen are h

Beating & abuse
B"Tselem - "Testimonies taken by B’Tselem indicates that during April 2012, soldiers arrested Muhammad a-Zir

Susiya Forever - Stop the Demolition
Susiya Forever - "On Friday, June 22 we will stand side by side with the residents of Palestinian Susya in a p

URGENT: Act now for Mahmoud Sarsak on 88th day of hunger strike; Palestinian soccer star at risk of death
SAMIDOUN - Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network "As European soccer stars compete in the European Champi

The 45th birthday of the Occupation
Nurit Peled-Elhanan - Speech given at Gan Meir in Tel Aviv, 9 June 2012 - This year the apartheid regime of the S

Red Rag weekly column: `One leader, one nation, one kingdom`
Gideon Spiro - One leader, one nation, one kingdom - Ahinoam Nini - file closed on Samouni family massacre - Nakb

Choose Your Theatre: London or Ariel
Vardit Shalfy - Haaretz - Did the theaters really have no choice but to surrender to the dictate of Culture Minis

To talk about ourselves
Nir Baram - Haokets - Today it was reported that after Nir Baram’s speech at the Writers’ Festival two years ago,

Police besiege, arrest activists planning to commemorate Nakba in Tel Aviv
Haggai Matar - +972 Some 15 activists from the organization Zochrot were besieged by police on Wednesday night

Israel mobilizes special forces to deport ‘flytilla’ activists
Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "The AirFlofilla2 is an expensive direct action. Activists from around the world w

Deal reached to free Hana Shalabi
Ma`an News Agency - "The officials say Shalabi will be sent to Gaza for three years in exchange for giving u

Open Letter to Beit Berl College
Open letter in protest against the anti-democratic exclusion of MK Haneen Zoabi from the annual conference in mem

Civil Disobedience
Nurit Peled-Elhanan - Israelis must refuse to obey unjust laws just as South Africans did.

New extreme right plan: How to `Annex all of Judea and Samaria` and maintain Jewish supremacy
KM Uri Ariel of the National Union party today presented a new plan: The entire West Bank to be annexed to Israel

The guilt of the judges
Ofra Ben Artzi - They give a judicial seal of approval, without which the Occupation would have ended long ago..

Red Rag: Divine Terror
Gideon Spiro - Divine terror - All quiet on the Gaza Front - The Great Inventor - another right-wing innovation -

UN report: Smuggling tunnels help alleviate Gaza`s economic woes
Amira Hass - Haaretz "The smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border are the primary cause of the improvem

Dissolving the Palestinian National Authority or considering a new strategic direction
Sameer Abu Eisheh - Bitterlemons "The facts on the ground, especially the accomplishments in building insti

Israeli leftists demonstrate for PA statehood in TA
Ben Hartman - Jerusalem Post "Dozens of Israeli artists and academics on Thursday proclaimed their support fo

The Shabab Vs.The Jesh at Qalandia Checkpoint 21-9-2011.wmv
You Tube "During a violent five-hour clash between Palestinian youths and Israeli special forces at the Qaland

Jenin’s Freedom Theater raided by the Israeli army
Joseph Dana - 972 magazine "Overnight, roughly 50 Israeli Special Forces troops raided the Jenin Freedom Thea

The other Jerusalem march
Haaretz - Editorial "The Friday march is meant to be a joint demonstration by the peace-seekers of both Israe

Pyrrhus in Piraeus
Adam Keller - One could have thought that Israel was facing a major invasion by a mighty fleet of dreadnaughts. <

Israel 2011 - it depends what you are boycotting
Adam Keller - If this law is passed, Israeli consumers would be allowed to call for a boycott of products sold at

Israeli geography 101: song
David Rovics - For a long time now, every time I hear an Israeli patriot or apologist complaining that such-and-s

Greenstein and Fine: debate on BDS and Zionism
Professors Greenstein and Fine - Is Israel being held to an unfairly high standard by the West?

On the academic boycott (again) - plus exchange of letters
Article on boycott of Israel by Prof. Ran Greenstein, followed by an extended exchange of letters with Prof. Robe

Red Rag Weekly Column
Gideon Spiro - Judges of the Deportation Service - Dr. Strangelove - Another step towards fascism

Video 5 minute-- A Week in Gaza
Helping traumatized children

Israel/Palestine and the apartheid analogy (part 2)
Ran Greenstein - In the previous section I made a distinction between historical apartheid (unique to South Afric

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) releases a Statistical
Statistical Report 2009 - PCBS "Available data indicate that the number of settlers in the West Bank reache

Week 2252 of Occupation
Daniel Breslau - Occupation Magazine - When talks are bad for peace - The prison diet improves - Wave of West Ban

Is Israel singled out - and why?
Adam Keller - "The State of Israel has been vociferously criticized for planting settlers in the occupied territo

Jerusalem/al-Quds Multi-Day Tour
The Jerusalem/Al Quds Multi-day tour is a unique experience that allows you to get to know the city and its many

Sleepless in Gaza
A video diary about life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Articles by Victoria Buch
The editors of Occupation Magazine are mourning the recent loss of our friend and co-editor, Professor Victoria B

Our friend and co-editor, Victoria Buch, has passed away
The Occupation Magazine Team


Democracy, the High Court and punitive home demolitions
Frances Raday - +972 "Quiz 1: If this is not a matter of human rights, as Israeli politicians claim, then what is? Is the demolition of a home not a criminal penalty? As such, does it not require a fair trial of the accused and conviction of all who are to be punished, including each parent and all siblings? Are Arab parents more responsible for the murderous misbehavior of their offspring than Jewish parents? Has anyone considered punishing Yigal Amir‘s mother or Baruch Goldstein’s parents as a deterrent for the growing phenomenon of Jewish terrorism? Are our politicians unaware that their very own Defense Ministry concluded that efficacy of house demolitions as a counter-terrorism tool is questionable and hence should not be employed?" ca
Israeli journalists slam Netanyahu over closure of Arabic media outlets
Haggai Matar - +972 "As reported on the media watchdog site The Seventh Eye, police and Shin Bet agents raided and shut down the newsroom of veteran newspaper, Sawt al-Haq wa Al-Hurriya, as well as the news website PLS48, while confiscating computers and other equipment. The raids were conducted due to the fact their publishers belong to a corporation owned by the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, which was made illegal last week. Approximately 30 journalists lost their job in one fell swoop." ca
Ahmad Jaradat Hebron’s isolation continues unabated
Ahmad Jaradat - Alternative Information Center "Two weeks ago, all the entrances to the city, except one, were blocked with concrete blocks and iron barriers, severing hundreds of Palestinian villages’ connection to Hebron.The only pathway to the city that remained open was in the north. However, Israeli forces erected a military checkpoint at the entrance to search civilians and their cars, causing significant delays.Israeli soldiers also initiated a somewhat new occupation tactic for Hebron – enforcing age restrictions at checkpoints. Four weeks ago, in the Hebron-area villages of Nabi Younis and al- Shuyouck, soldiers prevented people under 30 years old from passing through checkpoints. Similar age restrictions were enforced at the entrance to the town of Beit Aynoun." ca
Stores Demolished near Bethlehem, Settlers Close Major Junction
IMEMC News - "Hassan Hamamreh, mayor of Hosan, told WAFA that an Israeli army force, accompanied by bulldozers, broke into the village and demolished two commercial structures belonging to Ishaq Shousha and Bajes Oudeh, two local Palestinians, citing unpermitted construction as a pretext for the demolition. The two structures are used as stores to sell construction related material and scrap." ca
Names Of The 101 Palestinians Killed By Israeli Fire Since October 1st
IMEMC News - "The Following is a list of names of the 101 Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including one in the Negev, in the period between Thursday October 1st and Thursday November 26th, 2015, as confirmed by the Palestinian Health Ministry. The 17 Israelis killed in the same time period are listed below." ca
Thanksgiving - More Than a Turkey Dinner
Lawrence Ware - ICH "Let’s be honest: every year on the last Thursday of November, we celebrate the beginning of a European invasion that ends with the death or relocation of millions of native people. While many have tried to redefine the meaning of Thanksgiving into a time when we cultivate a sense of gratitude, the undeniable truth is that the blood of native people stains the genesis of the holiday." ca
Israeli Military Offensive in Hebron May Be Inevitable
Amos Harel - Haaretz "The army has doubled its troops in Hebron and the surrounding area over the past two months. Hundreds who are suspected of involvement in acts of terrorism and violence have been arrested in Hebron and adjacent villages. Soldiers inspect about 1,500 Palestinian cars daily before allowing them to enter the main roads in the Hebron and Bethlehem region.But the ongoing violence may force the army to do more." ca
Israeli forces raid al-Fawwar refugee camp, injure 5
Ma`an News Agnecy - "Youths threw rocks, empty bottles and Molotov cocktails while Israeli soldiers responded with live fire, tear gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets, al-Muhseiri said.Five Palestinians were injured with live bullets, one of whom was hit in the stomach, while dozens of residents suffered from tear gas inhalation. Another witness told Ma`an that an Israeli patrol vehicle broke down during the raid, and that Israeli reinforcements arrived shortly after, firing from rooftops at residents...Israeli forces typically enter the home for measurements prior to demolition. Such demolitions often cause extensive damage when implemented in the West Bank’s cramped refugee camps...Muhammad Ismail Shubaki, 19, died hours after being shot by Israeli forces when he stabbed and injured an Israeli soldier near the al-Fawwar junction." ca
PA to build 2,110 new housing units in Gaza Strip
Ma`an News Agency - "The Palestinian Authority announced on Thursday that the government is going forward with a plan to build 2,110 new housing units in the Gaza Strip, the PA Minister of Public Works told Ma`an.Mufied al- Hasanyneh said that despite the PA having faced numerous obstacles in starting the recontruction of the Gaza Strip, it will "replace all the houses that were destroyed in the latest Israeli aggression." ca
Violence, Moral Equivalence, and the End of a Two-State Solution in Israel-Palestine
Henry Siegman - The Nation "A full-page advertisement in the New York Times of November 14 accuses Secretary of State John Kerry of anti-Semitism. The accuser is a Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who has designated himself as nothing less than “America’s Rabbi.” He ministers to the spiritual needs of the casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who finances the organization headed by Boteach in whose name the ad was placed." ca
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