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Israel: fascism or apartheid?

Handwringing about Israel’s transformation into a fascist state problematically glosses over the fact that it has implemented apartheid since its inception.

In an online conversation concerning the regime in Israel, my friend wrote: “I find it difficult to determine what is worse from a moral perspective: a fascist regime or an apartheid regime?” To the best of my understanding, a fascist regime elevates one social group over all other groups. An apartheid regime, on the other hand, degrades the status of a social group. But, I don’t know which is worse and I won’t compare between these two horrible phenomena for the sake of arriving at an abstract moral determination. Rather, I want to attempt to understand these social orders in order to struggle against them.

Embedded within my friend’s question is an assumption that both phenomena already inform the characterization of the state of Israel. Indeed, both characterizations of Israel are constantly mentioned. But, I wish to cast doubt on their shared existence in Israel. So, which of them – apartheid or fascism – is absent?Read more

Israel: The Keepers Of The Gate

I recently mentioned the German word Gleichschaltung – one of the most typical words in the Nazi vocabulary.

“Gleich” means “the same”, and “Schaltung” means “wiring”. The long German word means that everything in the state is wired up the same way – the Nazi way.

This was an essential part of the Nazi transformation of Germany. But it did not happen in any dramatic way. The replacement of people was slow, almost imperceptible. In the end, all important positions in the country were manned by Nazi functionaries.

We are now witnessing something like this in Israel. We are already well into the middle of the process.

Position after position is taken over by the far-far right, which is ruling Israel now. Slowly. Very, very slowly.Read more

The Center Doesn’t Hold

by Uri Avnery

“The best lack all convictions, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity!”
Is there a better description of what is happening in Israel now?

Yet these words were written, almost a hundred years ago, by the Irish poet W. B. Yeats.

Yeats was writing shortly after the terrible slaughter and destruction of World War I. He believed that the world was coming to an end, and expected the second coming of the Messiah.

As part of the chaos, he foresaw in the same poem that “the center cannot hold”. I believe he took this metaphor from the battlefields of former ages, when the opposing armies were arrayed in two lines facing each other, with the main force in the center, and the two flanks protecting it.Read more

Religious Extremists Waging a Quiet Revolution in Israel

By Jonathan Cook
Global Research, May 23, 2016
Jonathan Cook: The View from Nazareth 23 May 2016

In a surprise move, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week forced out his long-serving defence minister, Moshe Yaalon. As he stepped down, Mr Yaalon warned: “Extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel.”

He was referring partly to his expected successor: Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, whose trademark outbursts have included demands to bomb Egypt and behead disloyal Palestinian citizens.

But Mr Yaalon was also condemning extremism closer to home, in Mr Netanyahu’s Likud Party. Mr Yaalon is to take a break from politics. With fitting irony, his slot is to be filled on Likud’s backbenches by Yehuda Glick, a settler whose goal to destroy Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple has the potential to set the Middle East on fire.

Israeli commentators pointed out that, with Mr Lieberman’s inclusion, the government will be the most extreme in Israel’s history – again.

French prime minister Manuel Valls, who began a visit to the region on Saturday, is likely to face an impregnable wall of government hostility as he tries to drum up interest in a French peace plan.

Less noticed has been the gradual and parallel takeover of Israel’s security institutions by those espousing the ideology of the settlers – known in Israel as the national-religious camp.Read more

Israeli defence minister resigns in protest

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon resigned on Friday and announced that he would take a break from politics, citing a lack of trust in the prime minister and warning that extremism and racism was taking over Israel, Arabi21.com reported.Read more

IDF Deputy Chief Likens 'Revolting Trends' in Israeli Society to pre-Holocaust Germany

‘On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we ought to discuss our ability to uproot the seeds of intolerance, violence, self-destruction and moral deterioration,’ says Maj. Gen. Yair Golan.

In an unusual speech in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday evening, IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen.Yair Golan likened recent developments in Israeli society to processes that unfolded in Europe before the Holocaust.

“If there’s something that frightens me about Holocaust remembrance it’s the recognition of the revolting processes that occurred in Europe in general, and particularly in Germany, back then – 70, 80 and 90 years ago – and finding signs of them here among us today in 2016.”

Golan said that the Holocaust “must make us think deeply about the responsibility of leadership, the quality of society, and it must lead us to fundamental thinking about how we, here and now, treat the stranger, the orphan and the widow, and all who are like them.”

“There is nothing easier than hating the stranger, nothing easier than to stir fears and intimidate. There is nothing easier than to behave like an animal and to act sanctimoniously,” he added.

“On Holocaust Remembrance Day we ought to discuss our ability to uproot the seeds of intolerance, violence, self-destruction and moral deterioration,” Golan said.Read more

Israel Has Been Infected by the Seeds of Fascism, Says ex-Prime Minister Ehud Barak

Barak tells TV interviewer that ‘there are no serious leaders left in the world who believe the Israeli government.’

Israel has been “infected by the seeds of fascism,” former prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak said during a TV interview on Friday night.

Responding to the resignation of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon earlier in the day, Barak said that it “should be a red light for all of us regarding what’s going on in the government.”

“Life-sustaining Zionism and the seeds of fascism cannot live together,” Barak told a Channel 10 interviewer.

Ya’alon’s resignation is “the end of a chain that began with the case of the soldier who shot [a wounded Palestinian assailant to death],” Barak said. "Such incidents give us an X-ray image that is opposed to the will of the people.

“What has happened is a hostile takeover of the Israeli government by dangerous elements. And it’s just the beginning.”

To illustrate his point, Barak referred to legislation promoted by members of the coalition, including the law to lift the parliamentary immunity of Knesset members who allegedly support terrorism and a bill to impose Israeli law on Israelis living in the West Bank.Read more

“What Is Israel Supposed To Do?”

By Miko Peled

December 30, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “AHT” – Israel is being attacked by Arab countries that want to destroy it, so what is Israel supposed to do? Israeli soldiers are being assaulted by Palestinian terrorist with knives, what are they supposed to do? Iran has nuclear capabilities and it wants to wipe Israel off the map, so what is Israel supposed to do? Hamas is determined to kill Israeli civilians so what is Israel supposed to do? And the list of things that make it impossible for Israel to do anything but arm itself and then attack and kill Palestinians goes on and on. So there is no hope, and no reason to expect change.

Well that’s just fine and dandy. This has been the one liner that Israeli officials have used since it was officially created around 1956 by then General Moshe Dayan (and used prior to that from time to time by Zionists) to justify any and all crimes committed by the state of Israel. Moshe Dayan was an inept, cowardly war criminal that was made famous because of his eye patch. He was also a renown antiquities thief and whore monger (it is said that when Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister was told that Moshe Dayan’s insatiable sexual appetite was becoming an embarrassment, Ben Gurion replied: “So what? King David was also a womanizer and he was a great king”). Serving as the Israeli army Chief of Staff Dayan expressed this “what are we to do” excuse in an unforgettably eloquent eulogy he gave, prior to Israel’s 1956 attack on Egypt.Read more

Spain ‘issues arrest warrant’ for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over 2010 Gaza flotilla attack

‘We consider it to be a provocation. We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it cancelled’

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven other former and current government officials are at risk of arrest if they set foot in Spain, after a Spanish judge effectively issued an arrest warrant for the group, it has been reported.

According to the Latin American Herald Tribune, Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata ordered the police and civil guard to notify him if Mr Netanyahu and the six other individuals enter the country, as their actions could see a case against them regarding the Freedom Flotilla attack of 2010 reopened.Read more

ISRAELI HIGH COMMANDERS TO BE ARRESTED ON ENTRY INTO SOUTH AFRICA

Posted On 17 Nov 2015
By : MRN

“This decision sets an important precedent for the utilisation of South Africa’s ratification of the Rome Statute. It has massive implications as it is one of the first in our country’s history where South African Authorities have undertaken enforcement proceedings arising from codified principles of universal jurisdiction in order for this case to proceed in co-operation with the case unfolding in Turkey as a result of the Rome Statute,” says Attorney Ziyaad Patel

Issued: 17 November 2015

High ranking officials of the Directorate of the Priority Crimes Investigation Unit of the South African Police Services have this week confirmed that warrants of arrest have been issued against four Israeli commanders from the Israeli Navy and Israeli Defence Force (IDF), who were responsible for the attacks on the Mavi Marmara. The ship was part of a flotilla of vessels travelling to Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid and medical supplies in May 2010.

The four Israeli Defence Force High Commanders are:

Rau Aluf Gabriel Ashkenazi, Chief of General Staff
Eliezer Alfred Marom, Naval Forces Commander
Avishay Levi, Head of Airforce intelligence
Amos Yadlin, Major General Chief of IDF Military Intelligence

These commanders will be arrested upon entry into the Republic of South Africa. An arrest alert notice in this regard was circulated to the South African Border Control system on 3 September 2015.

This information has also been forwarded to Interpol Pretoria, South Africa, to liaise with Interpol Turkey in order for a red alert notice to be issued.

Should the suspects be arrested in South Africa, Interpol Pretoria, must be informed to arrange with Turkish authorities for their extradition.Läs mer

Netanyahu Rewrites History

October 26, 2015
by Cesar Chelala

In Shakespeare’s famous play “King Lear” Lear says, “When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.” I was reminded about these words after reading Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu state that a grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, an Arab nationalist and a zealous foe of Zionism, was one of the main instigators of the Holocaust. With his assertion, Netanyahu not only shows his ignorance of history but, more seriously, contributes to the demonization of the Arab peoples, particularly the Palestinians.

Netanyahu’s words intend to give the impression that resistance of the Palestinians is based on their hatred of the Jewish people, and not in the miserable occupation that they have been undergoing for decades. Although it has been historically proved that Husseini met with Hitler in 1941 seeking his support, there is no evidence that he communicated to Hitler the idea of the “final solution”. This is not the first time that Netanyahu makes such an outrageous assertion. He said something similar in a speech before the Knesset in 2012.

Netanyahu’s statement was later denied by a spokesman of the German Government who, in an unusual move, admitted that Nazi Germany was exclusively responsible for the murder of 6 million Jews. Although he later toned down his original assertion, Netanyahu’s words only serve to inflame an already violent situation between Israelis and Palestinians.

Netanyahu’s declaration wasn’t an ordinary slip of the tongue. He read it from a prepared text that soon after it was spoken was translated into Hebrew and appeared on the Prime Minister Bureau website. Prof. Dina Porat, chief historian of Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and professor at the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University said that Netanyahu’s statements were “completely erroneous, on all counts”. More pointedly, she declared to Haaretz, “Hitler did not need anyone to encourage the final solution. In terms of the facts, there’s no debate…all these actions, Hitler’s obsessions, have no link to the mufti”.

According to Porat, Hitler told the mufti that he “would continue his plans” which had already began, and didn’t need the approval of the mufti. Porat said that Hitler’s plans to exterminate the European Jews were drawn years before his meeting with Husseini, and there are even references to it in “Mein Kampf” which was published in 1925.Läs mer

Netanyahu’s Latest Ethnic Cleansing Scheme: Forcibly Displacing East Jerusalem Arab Residents

By Stephen Lendman
Global Research, October 26, 2015

Israeli media report he may revoke the longtime Arab population’s permanent residency status, his scheme for curbing Israeli initiated violence, a sure-fire way to increase it exponentially throughout the Occupied Territories.

The fate of over 370,000 East Jerusalemites hangs in the balance. Netanyahu’s proposed scheme sounds ominously like Hitler loading Jews on trains for death camps.

Where will this huge population go if forcibly expelled?

What does Netanyahu have in mind – greater ruthlessness and mass murder than already? For sure with full US support for whatever he does, no matter how outrageous!

Israel’s Channel 2 news said the scheme was discussed during a weekly security meeting earlier in October. Netanyahu was quoted saying:

“We need to examine the possibility of canceling their residency. There needs to be a discussion about it.”

Permanent East Jerusalem Arab residency is de facto Israeli citizenship. Imagine another nation deciding to displace, deport or otherwise remove a significant segment of its population. Overwhelming world outrage would follow, likely punitive measures slapped on the offender.

Israel already imposed unprecedented East Jerusalem movement restrictions, adding checkpoints and erecting separation barriers between Jewish and Arab neighborhoods, encircling Palestinian ones, preventing them from entering or exiting without permission, subjecting them to intrusive searches, a clear example of collective punishment ignored by the world community.

Will it remain silent if Netanyahu implements his latest scheme? Will it let him destroy a vital Arab community, home for the capital Palestinians claim for a future state, including Islam’s third holiest site?

According to Channel 2, no further discussions were held since the proposal was raised – focus so far on implementing other draconian measures.Read more

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