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Gideon Levy: The Zionist Tango: Step Left, Step Right

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Speaking on the eve of the AIPAC summit in Washington DC, Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy says that across the mainstream Israeli political spectrum, there is no challenge to the occupation of Palestinian land

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Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 2:27 am
Posted on behalf of our friend, Evelyn B.

Speaking on the eve of the AIPAC summit in Washington DC, Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy says that across the mainstream Israeli political spectrum, there is no challenge to the occupation of Palestinian land Visit for more stories and help support our work by donating at

Animae C (514)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 2:57 am
Noted & Shared

TY Darren & Evelyn

Evelyn B (62)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 3:26 am
Thank you Darren - I tried some 15 times, always getting a "Bad request" message!

Gideon Levy is a man of principle & of courage - and this is a very powerful talk.
As he says, it's not a new message - but it is no less valid, & details are up-dated - as is his desperate call for support to help Israelis wake up to what is done in their name.

Fiona Ogilvie (590)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 5:33 am
Noted and will share.

Lona Goudswaard (84)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 5:39 am
Kudos to Gideon Levy for his brave stance for showing Israelis their politics with regard to Palestinians for what they really are: Zionist, both from the Right and from the Left. Let's hope his messages at least reaches the left and shakes it from their coma-like state.

Evelyn B (62)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 10:16 am
****************************************************** Lona - one GS isn't enough for that comment!!!

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 11:49 am
Agree with Lona's comment. Thanks Darren and Evelyn

fly bird (26)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 1:45 pm

Barb SiteIssues V (200)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 2:11 pm
Signed & Noted, Thank you

Barb SiteIssues V (200)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 2:12 pm
Sorry.......Noted, Thank you

Glennis W (405)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 6:32 pm
Very interesting Thank you for caring and sharing Darren and Evelyn

Sylvie A (193)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 3:53 am
Thank you for sharing.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 4:01 am
Thanks Darren - I'll try to watch later when my body and mind are feeling better. Now on another medication - again I take, hope, and wait for improvement.

Evelyn B (62)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 6:19 am
Sheryl - I do hope this new one is effective ... rapidly -

Farah Hage Ali (152)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 7:54 am
noted, thank you for sharing

Janis K (128)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 11:22 am
Thanks for sharing.

fly bird (26)
Friday March 9, 2018, 12:10 am
Palestinian refugees continue ‘March of Return’ mobilization.

The International Coordination Committee for the Great March of Return reiterated on Wednesday that arrangements for the march scheduled to take place on Land Day is continuing by leaps and bounds, Quds Press has reported.

A statement from the Committee explained that it has agreed with many NGOs, youth and women’s movements in the Gaza Strip to take part in what it describes as a “national activity which adopts peaceful resistance as a new approach to retake Palestinian rights, at the top of which is the refugees’ right of return.”

The Committee stressed the peaceful and legal nature of the proposed march. It is intended to impose a new reality leading to practical outcomes related to the legitimate right of return based upon UN Resolution 194.

According to Zaher Birawi, a coordinator of the project based in London, “The popular movement is one of the main tools of popular resistance at this stage. This is a practical Palestinian response to the blind support of the international powers to the Israeli occupation and their failure to regain any Palestinian rights.”

March of Return: Refugees will return to their homes

Palestinian refugees from the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jerusalem, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt are expected to take part in this year’s marches in occupied Palestine and solidarity marches elsewhere to be held on 30 March.

It was on that date in 1976 that a general strike and protests were organised across the land of Palestine occupied since 1948 in response to Israeli government proposals to confiscate thousands of acres of land for “security” reasons. In the ensuing clashes with the occupation security forces, six unarmed Palestinians were killed and one hundred more were wounded. Land Day has been commemorated annually ever since.

fly bird (26)
Friday March 9, 2018, 12:13 am
EU to supply electricity to Israeli settlements.

The European Union will within a few years be supplying electricity to Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank and Syria’s Golan Heights, all of which are illegal under international law.

That is what will happen when a major EU-backed infrastructure project, the EuroAsia Interconnector, is completed.

This is a subsea cable system that will connect the Israeli electricity grid to Europe via Greece and Cyprus.

This “energy highway” will create “a reliable alternative route for the transfer of electric energy to and from Europe,” according to the project website.

The European Union has given the initiative high-level support as a “project of common interest” that will “allow for bidirectional transmission of electricity” between EU states and the Israeli grid.

The leaders of Greece and Cyprus signed an agreement in June 2017 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, blessing the EuroAsia Interconnector and other joint energy projects.

Last month a $4.3 billion tender was published seeking contractors to build the EuroAsia Interconnector.

Supplying settlements

When the system is completed by 2021, European electricity will help fuel Israel’s impunity for international crimes, according to the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the steering group of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign for Palestinian rights.

“This would connect Israel’s illegal settlements with the European electric grid,” putting the EU in violation of its own policies and its obligation not to recognize or assist Israel’s illegal actions, the BNC notes in a briefing document published last month.

The BNC notes that since large natural gas reserves were discovered in the late 1990s in the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean, Israel has been involved in disputes over who should control them.

“By purchasing gas from Israel, whether directly or indirectly, the EU would become complicit in Israel’s illegal annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory, its illegal settlements and the war crime of pillage of Palestinian natural resources,” the briefing states.

Keeping Gaza in the dark

Human rights defenders have previously concluded that Israel’s ongoing maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip is motivated by its desire to prevent Palestinians exploiting the gas reserves off Gaza’s shores.

“Israel not only denies Palestinians access to gas reserves off the coast of Gaza but has also illegally exploited these resources for its exclusive benefit while depriving Palestinians of revenues,” the BNC states.

Meanwhile, Gaza continues to suffer acute, life-threatening electricity shortages, compounded by Israel’s “refusal to live up to its responsibilities as an occupying power.”

Palestinian efforts to develop the gas reserves off Gaza continue to falter. This week, Royal Dutch Shell announced it was giving up its stake in the Gaza Marine gas field, leaving the Palestinian Authority with no international partner.

Israel also recently threatened Lebanon over the Beirut government’s plans to develop its maritime gas fields.

“EU gas purchases from Israel will foment armed conflict between Israel and Lebanon, which in turn threatens Europe’s energy security arising from interruptions of supplies should war break out,” the BNC warns.

It also says EU investors face a “high probability of financial losses due to the unstable and unpredictable security situation.”

According to the BNC, Israel has faced difficulties securing investment in some of its gas projects due to concerns over potential Palestinian and Lebanese legal challenges, security, cost and geological instability.

But the EU has continued to be a reliable source of support for Israel.

Greece’s Energean Oil & Gas has just announced that it has secured $1.27 billion in financing to develop the Israeli-controlled Karish gas field.

That deal is being underwritten by the French banks Natixis and Société Générale, and Israel’s Bank Hapoalim. Like all major Israeli banks Hapoalim is deeply complicit in illegal colonization of occupied territory.


“Israel’s approach for accessing the European gas market has been to forge an alliance with Cyprus and Greece, spanning economic, political and military cooperation,” the BNC states. “This has come at the expense of both countries’ historic support for Palestinian rights.”

Greece’s ostensibly radical left Syriza government – headed by Alexis Tsipras – has continued to tighten its embrace of Israel.

But elite collaboration with Israel at the expense of Palestinians is not restricted to Israel’s European allies.

The Israeli and American partners developing the so-called Leviathan field announced Wednesday that they are ready to start supplying Jordan with gas through direct pipelines and via Egypt.

This will bring online a $10 billion deal Jordan signed to buy Israeli-supplied gas in the face of staunch popular opposition.

Also last month, Egypt’s ruling junta signed a deal to buy $15 billion worth of gas from Israel.

That came after news that Abdulfattah al-Sisi, the army chief who seized power in a 2013 military coup, has been allowing Israel to carry out airstrikes against insurgents in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

“This dependence bodes ill for Egyptians, who will find their politics circumscribed by Israel’s, and Palestinians, for whom any normalization of Israel’s role and position in the region and the world is a normalization of occupation and oppression that shows no sign of ending,” The Electronic Intifada’s Omar Karmi has commented.

Climate betrayal

In addition to the human rights harm the EU is doing by bringing Israel into its energy infrastructure, the BNC points out that the 28-member bloc is also betraying its commitments to fight climate change by continuing to make massive investments in fossil fuel infrastructure.

The BNC is urging the EU and the governments of Greece and Cyprus to scrap the EuroAsia Interconnector, cancel a feasibility study for a planned Eastern Mediterranean gas pipeline and warn companies and investors of the legal, economic and security risks involved.

Given the history of EU support for Israel’s violations of international law, it will likely be up to campaigners in Europe to apply pressure on companies and other stakeholders to end their complicity.

fly bird (26)
Friday March 9, 2018, 2:47 am
Zionism is at Heart of the Palestinian Tragedy.

By Rima Najjar

In breathtaking cognitive dissonance that is impossible to explain, so-called liberal Zionists stand against every wrong known to man except for the wrong meted out by the Zionist movement to Palestinian Arabs.

Zionism is, as Dr Gideon Polya put it, “genocidal racism in awful theory and appalling, intentional genocidal practice”. [See Zionist quotes reveal genocidal racism and Palestinian Me Too: 140 Alphabetically-listed Zionist crimes Expose Appalling Western Complicity & Hypocrisy.]

fly bird (26)
Friday March 9, 2018, 4:40 pm
Zionist goals scored on the Arab pitch.
March 6, 2018

It was not a slip of the tongue or a joke when Al-Sisi explained his purchase of Israeli gas, despite celebrating the discovery of the Zohr gas field two weeks ago and claiming that he would achieve self-sufficiency for Egypt, by telling the Egyptians “you scored a goal”. It was more of a shocking expression, as it is the first time we hear the president use such language. However, it expresses the reality for the Israelis, not the Egyptians, as expressed by the Israeli Prime Minister himself, Benjamin Netanyahu, when he said that Israel is in a state of celebration after signing the gas agreement with Egypt. The goal was not scored against the Israelis and the Egyptians did not score any goals, nor were they victorious. The goal was scored by the Israelis and they were certainly the victors.

Israel continues to score goal after goal in the Arab world, especially Egypt’s goal, as not a week passed since the goal was scored that another was scored by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, in favour of Israel, when he visited Egypt. He began the initial steps to carry out his NEOM project, which links the Saudi naval borders to the borders of the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as the Egyptian and Jordanian border. Bin Salman was given 1,000 square kilometres of land in south Sinai, which will be a part of a mega city and commercial area. He will also establish seven sea tourist attractions, including tourism projects, in NEOM, and 50 resorts and four mini cities in a separate tourism project in the Red Sea. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan will cooperate to attract European navigation and tourism companies to operate in the Red Sea. They also aim to build ports for yachts.

OPINION: The Egyptian regime is complicit in Israel’s gas racket

This announcement came two days after the constitutional ruling confirming Egypt’s concession of the Tiran and Sanafir Islands to Saudi Arabia, which are actually being conceded to Israel. Saudi Arabia is only a front for this, as under this concession, Israel will have an outlet to the Strait of Tiran and it will become an international waterway subject to international treaties, not an Egyptian waterway subject to Egyptian laws and where passing ships are subject to inspection. This is what Israel has been seeking to achieve since its wars in 1956 and 1967 and had been unable to achieve. However, it was able to peacefully obtain what it couldn’t obtain through war.

The NEOM project is just the nucleus of the new Middle East that the former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice referred to in 2006 and the beginning of normalised relations between all of the Arab countries and the Israelis by means of joint projects and ventures dominated by the Israelis. This is occurring at a time when the deal of the century is about to be announced, a deal where parts of Jordan and the Sinai, parallel to the Gaza Strip, will be annexed for the Palestinians to be moved there and for it to act as an alternative homeland for them. This will eliminate the right of return and the Palestinian cause will be completely and permanently liquidated with the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem on 15 May. This date in particular was chosen as a means to score more goals against the Arabs, as it is the day that Palestine was occupied, the day of the Nakba, which was followed by several more catastrophes and setbacks for the nation regrettably at the hands of their own leaders.

Deal of the century: Palestinian airport, port in Egypt’s Sinai.
Excerpt :

"The sources added that the vision also includes the establishment of a service area for the Gaza Strip on Egyptian territory, such as the establishment of a giant power station and fuel tanks, financed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, on condition that a formula would be found to manage these projects ..."
Is 'zionism' a 'formula'... ?
What matters, NOW, is ending Zionist colonization and settlements, and returning Palestinian lands to their rightful owners.
I read, recently, that Palestinians do not refer to the 'occupation', now, rather - annexation!


Shirley S (187)
Friday March 9, 2018, 8:48 pm
What a lovely man!

fly bird (26)
Friday March 9, 2018, 11:48 pm
Rights Group: Israeli Law Allowing Revocation of Palestinian Residency in Jerusalem Illegal.
March 9, 2018

On Wednesday, the Israeli parliament approved a new law, allowing the Interior Minister to revoke the permanent residency status of any Palestinian suspected of “breach of loyalty” to Israel.

According to rights groups, the law, approved by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, in a 48 to 18 vote with six abstentions, is illegal.

The new law was formulated following an Israeli Supreme Court decision of September 13, 2017 to accept a petition filed against the revocation of Israeli residency permits of four Palestinian parliamentarians from East Jerusalem.

The court ruled then that there was no law that granted the interior ministry authority to revoke residency status for “breach of loyalty.”

However, the Supreme Court’s decision allowed the interior minister’s revocation of the four parliamentarians’ residency to remain valid for six months despite its illegality, upon which time their residency status would be renewed.

During this six-month period, the Knesset was allowed to change the law – within constitutional constraints – to permit the revocation of residency for “breach of loyalty.”

HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, Adalah, and ACRI issued a joint statement in response to the Knesset’s Wednesday approval of the new law:

“This law is unconstitutional and is intended to result in the illegal expulsion of Palestinians from Jerusalem, the city of their birth. East Jerusalem is an occupied territory, and its Palestinian residents are a protected population under the international humanitarian law. It is therefore forbidden to impose upon them an obligation of loyalty to Israel”.

This is the opinion of Adalah, ACRI, and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, which issued a joint statement in response to the Knesset’s Wednesday approval of the new law.

fly bird (26)
Saturday March 10, 2018, 7:21 pm
Gideon Levy: The Zionist Tango: Step Left, Step Right.

Gideon Levy speaking at the National Press Club in Washington DC on the eve of the official AIPAC conference.

Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Israeli daily Haaretz, says when you shoot a fifteen year old in the head and say he fell from his bicycle, no Zionist questions it, there is no room for debate and discussion, no room for the right and the left in Israel.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday March 14, 2018, 6:52 pm
Official: Israel army preparing for war on six fronts
March 9, 2018

A senior Israeli military official said on Wednesday that the Israeli army is preparing for war on five fronts, in addition to another with Iran.

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, Aviv Kochavi, said: “Iran is fuelling many terrorist activities in the Middle East”, adding that the Israeli army continues to grow and prepare for any future military confrontation.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of navy officers, Kochavi said the army anticipates war on five fronts but he did not name them.

Meanwhile, Commander of the Israeli navy, General Eli Sharvit, said the navy has the ability to work in absolute secrecy, above and below the water which enables it to expand the scope of operations quickly.

Read: Lebanon army says ready to confront Israeli aggression

The Israeli army has recently intensified military training on the northern border with Lebanon and Syria and southern border with the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel is also holding joint military exercises with American troops on its ground this week. About 2,500 US soldiers and 2,000 Israelis are taking part in the drills, which will last for one week, the Sama news agency said.

Note: This page was edited at 12:20 GMT on March 13, 2018 to change “occupied Gaza Strip” to “besieged Gaza Strip”.
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