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A US scholar has won a prestigious prize for a book which argues that Israel intentionally maims Palestinians under its control


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fly bird (26)
Monday September 17, 2018, 9:49 am
Book on Israel’s deliberate maiming of Palestinians wins top academic prize

US scholar has won a prestigious prize for a book which argues that Israel intentionally maims Palestinians under its control.

Rutgers University Professor Jasbir Puar was awarded the National Women’s Studies Association’s Alison Piepmeier Book Prize for “The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability”.

Puar, a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, is a supporter of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

According to Puar, writing in the book, “a complementary logic long present in Israeli tactical calculations of settler colonial rule” is “that of creating injury and maintaining Palestinian populations as perpetually debilitated, and yet alive, in order to control them”.

Report: Number of Israel settlers quadrupled since Oslo Accords

Duke University Press, the book’s publisher, says Puar presents “an interrogation of Israel’s policies toward Palestine, in which she outlines how Israel brings Palestinians into biopolitical being by designating them available for injury”.

“Supplementing its right to kill with what Puar calls the right to maim, the Israeli state relies on liberal frameworks of disability to obscure and enable the mass debilitation of Palestinian bodies.”

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers congratulated Puar on the prize, and quoted the award committee’s praise for the book as “a major milestone…across multiple disciplines, with much to teach us about contemporary disability politics”.

fly bird (26)
Monday September 17, 2018, 9:49 am
Palestinians killed as Gaza vows new push to break siege.
14 September 2018

Israeli forces shot and killed at least two Palestinians during protests held under the slogan of “Resistance is Our Choice” along Gaza’s eastern boundary on Friday.

In addition to those killed by Israeli live fire, a 12-year-old boy, Shadi Abd al-Al, died of internal bleeding after being hit in the head by a hard object during a demonstration in Jabaliya, in the north of the Gaza Strip, according to the rights group Al Mezan.

“The nature of the object that hit and killed him has not been fully established at the publication of this press release,” the group stated late Friday.

The two Palestinians killed by live fire on Friday were identified as Hani Ramzi Afaneh, 21, and Muhammad Shaqoura, 20.

More than 130 Palestinians have been killed during the Great March of Return protests and around 20,000 have been injured, nearly 5,000 by live ammunition.

More than 100 were wounded by live fire during Friday’s protests, including 14 children, according to Al Mezan.

Palestinian killed at boundary fence

Another Palestinian, Atef Muhammad Saleh, 32, was killed by Israeli occupation forces earlier in the week while allegedly attempting to damage the militarized fence along the Gaza boundary.

Israel claimed that the man was evacuated for medical treatment and later died of his injuries.

The Ma’an News Agency reported that Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching Saleh for more than half an hour, “during which he succumbed to his injuries.”

A United Nations human rights official has previously stated that attempts to breach or damage the Gaza-Israel boundary fence “do not amount to a threat to life or serious injury and are not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunition.”

“This is also the case with regards to stones and Molotov cocktails being thrown from a distance at well-protected security forces located behind defensive positions,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in May.

Human rights groups including Amnesty International have previously condemned the failure of Israeli forces to provide medical aid to Palestinians they have wounded, or for preventing Palestinian medics from doing so.

“It is a basic duty under international law to provide medical aid to the wounded, and failure to do so – especially intentional failure – violates the prohibition on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment,” according to Amnesty.

The International Criminal Court stated this week that it would “continue to do its work undeterred” after John Bolton, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, said that the US would sanction court officials and seek their prosecution if they pursue investigations into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan or those committed by Israel.

The situation in Palestine has been under preliminary examination by the prosecutor’s office since 2015 and earlier this year the prosecutor warned that Israeli leaders may face trial for the killings of unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip.

In a sign the ICC may be edging towards an unprecedented challenge to Israeli impunity, a panel of judges ordered court officials last July to begin reaching out to victims of war crimes in Palestine.

Great March of Return to continue

A Hamas spokesperson on Friday confirmed that the weekly Great March of Return protests that began at the end of March would continue but with wider participation and “new tools and means to realize its full aims.”

“The occupation’s bet on the policy of biding its time is failing and will not bring it calm and stability along the boundary with Gaza,” Abd al-Latif al-Qanou added, as indirect talks between Israel and Hamas over Gaza’s future had reportedly stalled.

Last week Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, said that his faction and other resistance groups in the territory would break the siege by any means necessary and within the coming weeks.

The steering committee of the Great March of Return meanwhile called for mass participation in next week’s protest, which would mark the 26th consecutive week of demonstrations.

The committee decried the failed efforts of 25 years of peace negotiations under the framework of the Oslo accords and called “for a great national alignment … on the basis of the abolition of recognition of the Zionist entity.”

The committee called on Arab and Muslim nations “to restore as their first cause the cause of Palestine and Jerusalem.”

Leo C (312)
Monday September 17, 2018, 9:49 am
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fly bird (26)
Monday September 17, 2018, 10:08 am
Censored film reveals The Israel Project’s secret Facebook campaign.
13 September 2018

The Israel Project, a major advocacy group based in Washington, is running a secret influence campaign on Facebook.

This is revealed in The Lobby – USA, an undercover Al Jazeera documentary that has never been broadcast due to censorship by Qatar following pressure from pro-Israel organizations.

The video above, exclusive to The Electronic Intifada, shows the latest excerpts to leak from the documentary.

Earlier leaked footage published by The Electronic Intifada and the Grayzone Project has already revealed underhanded tactics by anti-Palestinian groups planned and executed in collusion with the Israeli government.

In the newest clips, David Hazony, the managing director of The Israel Project, is heard telling Al Jazeera’s undercover reporter: “There are also things that we do that are completely off the radar. We work together with a lot of other organizations.”

“We produce content that they then publish with their own name on it,” Hazony adds.

A major part of the operation is the creation of a network of Facebook “communities” focused on history, the environment, world affairs and feminism that appear to have no connection to pro-Israel advocacy, but are used by The Israel Project to spread pro-Israel messaging.

“Secretive thing”

The Cup of Jane Facebook page claims to be about “Sugar, spice and everything nice.” It is run by The Israel Project as part of a “secretive” influence campaign.

In a conversation also revealed in the leaked video excerpts, Jordan Schachtel, who worked for The Israel Project at the time, tells the undercover Al Jazeera reporter about the logic and extent of the covert Facebook operation.

The undercover reporter, known as “Tony,” was posing as an intern at The Israel Project.

“We’re putting together a lot of pro-Israel media through various social media channels that aren’t The Israel Project’s channels,” Schachtel states. “So we have a lot of side projects that we are trying to influence the public debate with.”

“That’s why it’s a secretive thing,” Schachtel adds. “Because we don’t want people to know that these side projects are associated with The Israel Project.”

Tony asks if the idea of “all the rest of the non-Israel stuff is to allow the Israel stuff to pass better.”

“It’s just that we want to like blend in everything,” Schachtel explains.

One of these Facebook pages, Cup of Jane, has almost half a million followers.

Cup of Jane’s “About” page describes it as being about “Sugar, spice and everything nice.”

But there is no disclosure that this is a page run for the purpose of promoting Israel.

The “About” page does identify Cup of Jane as being “a community launched by TIP’s Future Media Project in DC.”

There is however no direct and explicit mention of Israel or indication that “TIP” stands for The Israel Project.

The Electronic Intifada understands that even this vague acknowledgment of who is behind the page was only added after The Israel Project learned about the existence of the Al Jazeera undercover documentary and presumably anticipated being exposed.

The Israel Project also added an acknowledgment on its own website that it runs the Facebook pages. However its website is not linked from the Facebook pages themselves.

There is no evidence in the Internet Archive of the page existing before May 2017 – months after “Tony’s” cover was blown.

According to Schachtel, The Israel Project is putting considerable resources into producing Cup of Jane and a network of similar pages.

“We have a team of like 13 people. We are working on a lot of videos, explainers,” he tells Tony in Al Jazeera’s documentary. “A lot of it is just random topics and then maybe like 25 percent of it would be like Israel or Jewish-based.”

Al Jazeera states in the documentary that it “approached all those featured in this program. None of the pro-Israel advocacy organizations or individuals working for them responded to our allegations.”

Fake progressives

Cup of Jane tries to establish progressive credibility by posting pictures and quotations from such Black female icons as Maya Angelou and Ida B. Wells, whom the page honored on her birthday as a “revolutionary thinker, writer and activist.”

There are also posts about groundbreaking environmentalist Rachel Carson and Emma Gonzalez, who along with classmates launched a national campaign for gun control after surviving the February 2018 high school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

Woven into the stream of progressive-flavored fluff are attacks on actual progressive movements, such as Chicago’s Dyke March, whose organizers faced an Israel lobby smear campaign after asking pro-Israel provocateurs to leave their march in 2017.

Amid a continuous stream of innocuous posts, The Israel Project’s “Cup of Jane” Facebook page markets Israeli militarism as cute and feminist.

And a posting in October 2016, soon after the Cup of Jane page was launched, attempted to portray Israeli militarism as cute and empowering for women.

“The Israeli Airforce has painted fighters pink in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How cool is that?” the post states, accompanied by a photo of an Israeli fighter jet. “This is fierce. Women, by the way, need an air force all their own,” Cup of Jane adds, along with a smiley face.

Other pages identified by the censored Al Jazeera documentary as run by The Israel Project include Soul Mama, History Bites, We Have Only One Earth and This Explains That.

Some have hundreds of thousands of followers.

History Bites does not reveal its affiliation with The Israel Project, not even with the vague formula used by Cup of Jane and the other pages.

History Bites simply describes itself as conveying “The awesome of History in bite-sized chewable pieces!”

That page re-posted Cup of Jane posts presenting Golda Meir, the Israeli prime minister who implemented racist and violent policies against indigenous Palestinians, and viewed Palestinian women giving birth as an existential threat, as a feminist hero.

A 2016 This Explains That video spreads false Israeli claims that the UN cultural agency UNESCO “erased” Jewish and Christian reverence for holy sites in Jerusalem.

History Bites reposted the video last December stating that it “seems to support President Trump’s declaration today that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish state of Israel.”

The video has received almost five million views.

Another video posted by History Bites attempts to justify Israel’s June 1967 surprise attack on Egypt, launching the war in which Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Syria’s Golan Heights.

The video describes Israel’s military occupation of East Jerusalem as the city being “reunified” and “liberated.”

Israel’s toxic brand

The Israel Project’s resort to a spoonful of proverbial sugar to try to make pro-Israel messages go down more easily is an acknowledgment of what a tough sell an apartheid state can be.

As Ali Abunimah, one of the authors of this article, states in the Al Jazeera documentary, “The Israel brand is increasingly toxic, so you can’t sell Israel directly. You have to have other hip stuff that’s just very innocuous, fun and then from time to time you’re going to slip something about Israel in.”

The Israel Project’s attempts to co-opt progressive sensibilities in the service of Israel, even though its own policies are on the hard right, fit into a wider Israeli strategy, which seeks to divide the left and weaken Palestine solidarity.

Run by Josh Block, a former Clinton administration official and former senior strategist at the Israel lobby powerhouse AIPAC, one of The Israel Project’s top goals was to scupper the international nuclear deal with Iran.

The Israel Project’s covert Facebook campaign is manipulative on its face, but is even more cynical given that its mastermind is Gary Rosen.

For years Rosen ran a virulently homophobic and Islamophobic Twitter account called @ArikSharon – the nickname of the late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who was responsible for Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon and the massacres at the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila that same year.

In transcripts of a recording made by Al Jazeera’s undercover reporter seen by The Electronic Intifada, Rosen acknowledges operating @ArikSharon as a “secret account.”

Rosen was employed at the global advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi, but in November 2013 joined The Israel Project, where he is responsible for digital strategy.

Rosen deleted many of the most offensive tweets from the @ArikSharon Twitter feed after he was exposed in 2013 by one of the authors of this article as the person running the account.

But while operating covert Facebook pages attempting to normalize support for Israel among progressive audiences, Rosen continues to use the @ArikSharon Twitter account to spread right-wing, pro-Israel messaging.

Anonymous ads exposed

This is not the only covert effort by the Israel lobby to use Facebook to achieve its goals.

A joint report by The Forward and ProPublica reveals that the Israel on Campus Coalition ran anonymous Facebook ads smearing Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian American poet, in advance of his appearances on US campuses.

The Electronic Intifada was the first to report the Al Jazeera film’s revelations about how the Israel on Campus Coalition’s efforts to smear and harass Palestine solidarity activists are covertly coordinated with the Israeli government.

A Facebook spokesperson told The Forward and ProPublica that the Israel on Campus Coalition ads targeting Kanazi “violate our policies against misrepresentation and they have been removed.”

In 2012, The Electronic Intifada exposed a scheme by Israel’s government-backed national student union to pay students to spread pro-Israel propaganda on Facebook. However the current covert effort run by The Israel Project appears to be far more sophisticated.

Since the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook has been accused of allowing its platform to be used for manipulative Russian-sponsored propaganda aimed at influencing politics and public opinion.

Despite the hype, these allegations have been grossly overblown or unsubstantiated.

Nevertheless, Facebook has partnered with the Atlantic Council in an effort to ostensibly crack down on “fake accounts” and “disinformation.”

The Atlantic Council is a Washington think tank that has been funded by NATO, the US military, the brutally repressive governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, European Union governments, and a who’s who of investment firms, oil companies, arms makers and other war profiteers.

As the apparent result of this partnership, a number of completely innocuous social media accounts with few or no followers were recently taken down.

More worryingly, pages run by leftist news outlets focusing on countries targeted by the US government, such as Venezuela Analysis and teleSUR, were suspended, though later restored.

Now with solid evidence of The Israel Project’s well-resourced and extensive influence campaign on Facebook, it remains to be seen if the social media giant will act to ensure that unwitting users are aware that what they are being exposed to is propaganda designed to boost and whitewash the Israeli state.

In response to a request for comment, a Facebook spokesperson told The Electronic Intifada the company would look into the matter.

fly bird (26)
Monday September 17, 2018, 3:24 pm
VIDEO: Why Palestine Matters. (1:32:46)
Streamed live on Oct 27, 2016

Investigative Journalist Abby Martin speaking about her recent visit to Palestine. She's accompanied by her producer, Mike Prsyner. They are going to share their experiences in Palestine and illustrate how the United States are active participants in the subjugation of the Palestinian people. This is being sponsored by Allied Students for Another Politics (ASAP!), Anarres Project for Alternative Futures and Corvallis Palestine Solidarity.

Cathy B (424)
Monday September 17, 2018, 3:33 pm

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 

Book Accusing Israel of Sparing Palestinian Lives ‘In Order To Control Them’ Wins Women’s Studies Award

by Algemeiner Staff

A Rutgers University professor who accused Israeli forces of deliberately sparing the lives of Palestinians in order to debilitate them has been awarded by the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).

Jasbir Puar, an associate professor of women’s and gender studies, co-won the NWSA’s 2018 Alison Piepmeier Book Prize for her work The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability.

Published in November 2017 by Duke University Press — which has come under scrutiny for its editorial advisors’ ties to the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel — the book posits that the “Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shown a demonstrable pattern over decades of sparing life, of shooting to maim rather than to kill.”

Yet it contends that this “purportedly humanitarian practice of sparing death by shooting to maim” is not rooted in a desire to minimize fatalities, but rather seeks to maintain “Palestinian populations as perpetually debilitated, and yet alive, in order to control them.”

The NWSA award’s review committee called The Right to Maim a “major milestone book,” which argues “that debilitation and the state production of disability are biopolitical projects both useful and productive for states under Neoliberal capitalism.”

Puar — a supporter of BDS who wrote that the book’s “ultimate purpose … is to labor in the service of a Free Palestine” — has been accused by critics of advancing illegitimate and demonizing claims against the Jewish state.

Seth Mandel, an op-ed editor at The New York Post, said Puar on Twitter on Saturday that Puar received an “award for book-length medieval blood libel because academic anti-Semitism is not just tolerated, but encouraged and rewarded.”

Andrew Getraer, director of Rutgers Hillel, added in response, “the fact that this unreadable piece of dreck received an academic award is unsurprising.”

The book has raised concerns since it was first published, with Richard Cravatts — president emeritus of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, a network of academics that seeks to counter “anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism” — asserting that its core notion was “an outrageous and grotesque resurrection of the classic anti-Semitic trope that Jews purposely, and sadistically, harm and kill non-Jews.”

Kenneth Waltzer — executive director of the Academic Engagement Network, which opposes the BDS campaign against Israel on university campuses — said at the time that Puar was “more interested in defining and theorizing than in getting things as they are.”

He also said the professor had displayed “terrible (and unapologetic) antisemitism” during a 2016 event at Vassar College, when she claimed that Israel “manifests an implicit claim to the right to maim and debilitate Palestinian bodies and environments,” according to a transcript of the talk provided by the Vassar alumni group Fairness To Israel.

During that appearance, Puar repeated allegations that the bodies of “young Palestinian men … were mined for organs for scientific research.” She also asserted that Israel’s actions against Palestinians could be called a “genocide in slow motion,” and said, “We need BDS as part of organized resistance and armed resistance in Palestine as well. There is no other way the situation is going to change.”


fly bird (26)
Monday September 17, 2018, 8:30 pm
sorry.. but none of the above detracts from the facts, period.

Same old propaganda-hasbara, by same expected places.

The state of Israel, it's government and supporters, will never be able to continue to think they can, fool the world, and continue to use 'useful idiots' to serve and fund a regime that has for many decades, methodically, taken action to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their lands, displaced them, while the usurpers, claiming entitlement, or use the 'anti semitism' ploy, to distract from Israeli state brutality and crimes against humanity, denying them, as was done by the Nazi regime ..
That was in the 20the century. This is the 21 st century. Different in practice, means and ends.. 'mow the lawn'...
Still genocide.
'Never again', means for anyone!

fly bird (26)
Friday September 21, 2018, 2:11 am
To: Human Rights and Palestinian solidarity campaigners

Israel Military Must Release to Gaza Medical Supplies from Gaza Flotilla.

Petition Text

Please sign our demand that the Israeli military release 114 boxes of medical supplies-sterile gauze and sutures- to the Gaza health system.

Why is this important?

For 22 consecutive Fridays, Palestinians have gone to the border with Israel demanding the end to the horrific Israeli blockade of Gaza. Israeli snipers have wounded by gunfire 6729 including 1140 children, 203 women, 78 journalists and 103 paramedics. Among those wounded, 422 are in serious condition and 69 persons' lower or upper limbs were amputated. Thousands of others suffered tear gas inhalation and sustained bruises. The Gaza health facilities need medical supplies.

Two boats of the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla carried 114 boxes of medical supplies-sterile gauze and sutures-for the Gaza health system. By international law, Israel must deliver them to the Gaza border. One month has passed since the Israeli military hijacked the boats, arrested, imprisoned and deported 34 persons on the boats. While the amount of medical supplies is small compared to the massive need, it is critical to force Israel to abide by international law and let medical supplies into Gaza.
Please sign the petition to put pressure on the Israeli government to deliver the 114 boxes of medical supplies to the Gaza health system.

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In the U.S., call the Israeli Embassy at 202-364-5500 and the Department of State at 202-647-4000 and ask for the Office of Israel/Palestine Affairs.
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