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Activism
Tell Congress not to attend Netanyahu`s speech
with a special link for "Not from the US" just above the standard letter

Online petition: UN Security Council, set the date to end the occupation


Thursday 29/1 at Ministry of Defence: demo calling for the immediate release of the 14 yr-old girl Malak al-Khatib


Humanitarian relief aid urgently needed in storm-battered Gaza and for Syrian refugees


From Gaza to London-Help me to study abroad
Awni Farhat, known from the Gaza Ark, worked during the July-August war with children taking refuge in UN schools

Features & translations
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

PEACE BUS ACTION PLAN November 5 - November 12
Peace Bus Project - "This Friday, at 9am, we plan to visit the Makassed Hospital of the Red Cross in East Jerusal

Red Rag weekly column: the face of a Chosen People
Gideon Spiro - The attempt on the life of Yehuda Glick by a Palestinian assailant who was identified within a few

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: Greetings from Berlin
Gideon Spiro - When I stand before monuments in memory of the Red Army, I cannot avoid choking up, because I cann

Red Rag weekly column: superfluous death
Gideon Spiro - Daniel Tragerman was given a state funeral that moved all whose heart is not made of stone. Now le

Red Rag weekly column: Letter to the IDF Chief of Staff
Gideon Spiro - Operation “Solid Cliff” will be remembered to our eternal shame for massacres of a civilian popula

Emergency call from Gaza
Martin Lejeune - Gaza City, 31st July - The nerves are constantly on the edge after three and a half weeks of con

"The front line is none of your business"
Martin Lejeune - Gaza City, 1st August - “During such attacks from Israel, the population decides to stand toget

Red Rag weekly column: Comrade Parabellum has the floor
Gideon Spiro - This war has served the Israeli government very well so far. Everyone is talking about the unity o

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

Red Rag weekly column: kidnapping and solidarity
Gideon Spiro - Some will say: kidnapping that the army does under the rubric of the arrest of suspects is not ter

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

Red Rag weekly column: Holocaust Memorial Day - Eichmannite mentality - Netanyahu: peace-refuser - Independence Day
Gideon Spiro - The Prime Minister of Israel is a peace refuser who is an expert in the Peace Process, an endless

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

What Shulamit Aloni missed
Assaf Ronel - Haaretz - Shulamit Aloni `believed that the Israeli original sin was the occupation of the West Ban

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: Germany against Germans - Letter to Ismail Haniyeh
Gideon Spiro - In his book Germans against Germans Professor Moshe Zimmermann casts light on an aspect of

Red Rag: folly of the parents, the Liar, the Preacher, From Russia, with Love
Gideon Spiro - How does Netanyahu know that Rouhani is a liar? From personal experience. For generations now all

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

Red Rag Weekly Column: Letters to Judges
Gideon Spiro - Over 30 years ago I began the “letters to judges” project, in which I rebuke, criticize and condem

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

Red Rag column: the death-mongers
Gideon Spiro - The death-mongers - murder in Beersheba - Muhammad al-Dura

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

Red Rag column: The secret plan
Gideon Spiro - The secret plan - Racism in the Knesset, the religion, Orit Struk and Shai Dromi - Purity of the

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

Red Rag Column: The death-cult
Gideon Spiro - The Week of the Dead in Israel - 65 years of independence - Brainwashing Israeli children - The l

“Ich bin ein Bil’iner!”
Uri Avnery - THIS DOES not happen every day: a Minister of Culture publicly rejoices because a film from her coun

`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

`Equal burden` - a disaster for the IDF
Uri Avnery - Translation of Haaretz Hebrew for OM - There is a simple solution to the problem of "equal burden":

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

Red Rag column: letters to judges and politicians
Gideon Spiro - "In short, Mr. dishonourable Minister: take off your shoes when you stand before Mordechai Vanunu,

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

Red Rag Weekly Column: Naftali Bennett, Haneen Zoabi, Moshe Feiglin
Gideon Spiro - On refusal - Haneen Zoabi - Moshe Feiglin, the new "Benefactor" - the fiction of "Area A"

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?

Red Rag: A toothless condemnation
Gideon Spiro - Toothless condemnation - corrupt politician - in praise of fear - heroism - "No miracle happened h

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 Weekly Column
Gideon Spiro - Gaza held out - Israel and North America against the world - New face of the Likud - Barak`s depar

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

The new expropriation regime in the West Bank - Week 2362 of Occupation
Daniel Breslau - Occupation Magazine - Israel’s takeover of West Bank lands for settlement construction has p

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

Red Rag weekly column: terrorist ping-pong
Gideon Spiro - terrorist ping-pong - chemical weapons - cycle of history - letter to Judge Daphne Barak-Erez

Silwan: Conflicting Narratives in East Jerusalem
Brian Britt - Jerusalem’s ancient past is changing quickly. Since 1967 when Israel captured the eastern part of

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

URGENT: TAKE ACTION TO STOP THE DEMOLITION OF SUSIYA!
Email: Moriel Rothman "Take facebook action! Take a picture of yourself inside or outside of your house– whi

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

Living the occupation, 45 years
Adam Keller - Would Israel put an end to the occupation, before the occupation puts an end to Israel?

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

Life in prison, on both sides of the walls
Ilana Hammerman - An Israeli peace activist takes Palestinian women and children on recreational expeditions in I

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

Red Rag column: Israel as Auschwitz? Pavlov`s dog - Hillary Clinton is right
Gideon Spiro - Israel as Auschwitz? - "Pavlov`s dog" syndrome in Gaza - Retirement of Israeli Supreme Court Presi

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.

Red Rag - non-violent victory - kosher sperm - fascist? - bogus equality
By: Gideon Spiro - Khadr Adnan`s non-violent victory - kosher IDF sperm - who`s a fascist? Bogus "equality" at th

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

Better an Iranian A-Bomb in the Basement than missiles on the roofs of Tel Aviv
Shraga Elam - cafe.themarker.com translated from Hebrew by George Malent
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

A Palestinian woman’s response to Israel’s Naomi Chazan on BDS (recommended reading)
Although she presented herself as a veteran Israeli peace activist, Chazan’s mission here in Australia was oste

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

On the hunting of Palestinian children and re-education at the Ofer prison
Ofra Ben Artzi - On 15 November 2010 the IDF spokesman issued the following news flash: “During the night IDF for

Covering for a war criminal from the Kafr Qasim massacre
Shraga Elam - Gabriel Dahan lives in a European capital, where he is a manager for Israel Bonds. He is the only o

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

Dr. Avineri and Mr. Lieberman
Ran Greenstein - Occupation Magazine - A discussion of the liberal Zionist apologetics for an exclusionary Jewish

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

Israel/Palestine and the apartheid analogy: critics, apologists and strategic lessons (part 1)
Ran Greenstein - University of the Witwatersrand - Is the Israeli system of political and military control over t

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

The unbearable nonviolence of Bil`in
Adam Keller - The army`s escalation shows the increasing brutalization since the Gaza War, inherited and expanded

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



01/02/2015

Sky News airs Gaza war images during Holocaust segment
Itamar Eichner - Ynet - In a discussion on anti-Jewish sentiments, anchor Adam Boulton said that "many people would say that the behavior of the state of Israel, unfortunately, its attitude towards the Palestinians, has poured fuel on anti-Semitism." While Britain`s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was responding to Boulton`s claims, noting that anti-Semitism has existed long before Israel`s establishment and that many of the anti-Zionist sentiments are affected by anti-Semitic ones, images from the wreckage in the Gaza Strip of the summer`s war were shown. Israel`s Embassy in London lodged a complaint against Sky News. [bz]
A Strained Alliance: Obama-Netanyahu Rift Grew Over Years
PETER BAKER and JODI RUDOREN - NYT - It reflects fundamentally different world views between the leaders of two longtime allies: an American president eager for a historic rapprochement with Iran and an Israeli premier nursing an existential fear of a nuclear-armed enemy. [bz]
Report: CIA helped Mossad kill Hezbollah`s Imad Mughniyeh
Yitzhak Benhorin--Washington Post says US spy agency helped build, test bomb and carried out surveillance, while Israelis remotely detonated bomb in 2008 targeted killing. dn
Israel Takes New Step to Expand West Bank Housing
ISABEL KERSHNER--JERUSALEM — Israel on Friday published bids for the building of 450 new housing units in West Bank settlements, deepening Palestinian anger and eliciting blunt criticism from the United States, which called the move illegitimate, counterproductive and likely to worsen Israel`s isolation. dn
Hezbollah, Israel and the old deterrence equation
John Bell--Neither side wants war, the cost will be too high for both - but such logic may not prevail. dn
How the joint Arab slate challenges Israel`s discriminatory politics
Amjad Iraqi - +972 "...the joint Arab slate represents the only multi-party bloc that is unequivocally committed to full equality, the end of the occupation and a just peace to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These are expressions of the landmark Future Vision Documents (including the Democratic Constitution), which were authored and endorsed by Palestinian citizen politicians, intellectuals, community representatives and civil society members. The slate’s candidates further attest to the bloc’s democratic vision and diverse representation, which includes Arabs and Jews, men and women, Marxists and nationalists, religious and secular, and others." ca
Bombing Homes in Gaza: "It was supposed to be their shelter"
Samer Badawi - +972 "“Even if the Israeli cabinet thought this policy would bring an end to attacks on Israeli communities, it should not have implemented it because of its foreseeable, horrifying consequences as well as because of the black flag of illegality flying over it.” Of course, B’Tselem’s report coincides with the recent Palestinian decision to sign the Rome Statute, a precondition for leveling war crimes charges against Israeli leaders at the International Criminal Court. B’Tselem, though, stops short of naming Israel’s actions “crimes” under international humanitarian law, or IHL. It concludes instead that, “at least in some cases, the military’s actions ran contrary to IHL provisions and, in other cases, there is grave concern that they did so.” ca
Israel Destroys Water Lines Feeding Palestinian Areas in Jordan Valley
Ma`an News Agency - " Israeli forces on Thursday destroyed a water network which feeds Palestinian villages and Bedouin dwellings in the northern Jordan Valley, the head of the village council of al-Maleh and its surrounding Bedouin dwellings said.Arif Daraghmah told Ma`an that Israeli troops escorted excavators which destroyed a 2,000-meter-long water pipeline near the village of al-Atuf. The pipeline, he said, was funded by the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees." ca
UNRWA Forced to Suspend Gaza Assistance Due to Lack of Funds
by UNWRA - IMEMC "Gaza, 27 January 2015: UNRWA has been forced to suspend its cash assistance programme in Gaza to tens of thousands of people for repairs to damaged and destroyed homes and for rental subsidies to the homeless... It is easy to look at these numbers and lose sight of the fact that we are talking about thousands of families who continue to suffer through this cold winter with inadequate shelter. People are literally sleeping amongst the rubble, children have died of hypothermia”. USD 5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable.” ca
Water Crisis in East Jerusalem Continues
ACRI - "Update: Following the court hearing, the Justices gave the parties 14 days to meet to begin outlining a plan for upgrading water infrastructure in East Jerusalem. The plan must be submitted to the court within 60 days...Israeli planning authorities have never conducted urban planning for the neighborhoods of Ras Khamis, Ras Shahada, Dahyat a-Salam, and the Shu’afat Refugee Camp, located in North-East Jerusalem and within the city’s municipal boundaries for 48 years...The prolonged water crisis is just one example of the chaos and neglect suffered by Jerusalem residents living beyond the separation barrier." ca
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