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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Imagined letter from a Palestinian prisoner

17 April 2014

Good morning to us… and also good morning… to …you! Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades. Bars, wires, soldiers, rifles, walls, observation towers…but the eye keeps searching for a glimpse of hope... children, youth, old men, women and men...from here...and from.....


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Please join us at the AICafe on Tuesday 22 April for Struggle of the Village of Al Walaja with a member of the Al Walaja Popular Committee.
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Israeli Society

Economy of the occupation

Netanyahu’s pathetic “price tag” attack

Created on 06 December 2012

Israeli settlers invented the concept of "price tag" to justify their attacks against Palestinian civilians. It is time for the international community to impose a price tag on Israel. 



UN General Assembly voting board on resolution to recognise Palestine as a non-member observer state


Netanyahu is angry, very angry. The recognition of Palestine as a non-member state by the General Assembly of the United Nations is a slap in the face of Israel. Netanyahu very much wishes to retaliate. Leaving the UN? Not realistic. Cutting diplomatic relations with more the over 130 states which supported the recognition of Palestine is even less so. So Israeli PM advisors have been brainstorming and trying to find a way to retaliate. They finally found it, using their typical methods of cowardice. Israel cannot attack powerful Europe (the main trade partner of Israel)? Okay, so it will attack the weak Palestinians.


Though the Palestinians gain a symbolic victory in the UN, on the ground Israel is still - and by far - the strongest and can unilaterally take brutal initiatives…like confiscating the VIP permit of Palestinian leaders Nabil Sha’ath and Jibril Rajoub (sic), or keeping for several weeks the Palestinian taxes which, due to the horrible 1994 Paris Protocol, must transit through the Israeli pocket. How pathetic!


More serious, though, is Israel’s decision to build 3,000 new housing units for settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and to advance construction in the E1 zone, located between East Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.


The decision to build in E1 is not only an aggression against the Palestinian people, but also a provocation against the American administration. For more than two decades, the United States has imposed on Israel a kind of veto against the project to build in E1, as such a project would divide the West Bank into two separate entities and bring the "two states solution" to its end.


Defying the US veto, Netanyahu-Lieberman have also rendered major European governments extremely angry, some of which are even considering calling their ambassadors home "for consultations". According to the media, some European countries may even suspend trade agreements between them and Israel.


Will Netanyahu climb down from the tree under these pressures? It appears that the man has made the choice to go to the end of his extremist agenda, even if the state of Israel may have to pay a very heavy price for such irresponsible conduct. In fact he does not have many choices: the recent Likud primaries elected a future parliamentarian group for the next Knesset composed of ultra-nationalists, crazy messianics and goons. In comparison, Netanyahu looks as a moderate, as even a leftist even.


More than ever, the international campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions confirms not only its moral power but also its practicality: now is the time to put pressure on the governments of the world and to demand strong sanctions against a state that is not only violating international law, but also spitting in their faces.


Israeli settlers invented the concept of "price tag" to justify their attacks against Palestinian civilians. It is time for the international community to impose a price tag on Israel.