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17.11.2019 - 09:24 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

When I am president, the United States will lead not in war-making but in bringing people together to take on authoritarianism and corporate greed.

02.11.2019 - 14:07 [ Haaretz ]

Mendelblit, Don’t Delay

(14.02.2018)

The police announcement Tuesday – that the investigations into two cases involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been completed – came 13 months after Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit decided that a “preliminary examination” of the allegations, which itself took six months, should become full-fledged criminal investigations.

02.11.2019 - 14:04 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s attorney general scheduled talks regarding Netanyahu indictment

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit will be holding talks in the coming week with aims to reach a decision at the end of November on whether or not to …

01.11.2019 - 12:32 [ Business Insider ]

Russia officially introduced a ’sovereign internet‘ law to let Putin cut the entire country from the rest of the web

It requires Russian internet providers to install hardware to allow authorities to locate the source of traffic and block it.

01.11.2019 - 12:29 [ theRegister.co.uk ]

China and Russia join to battle ‚illegal internet content,‘ which means what you fear it does

(09.10.2019)

More disturbing were the extraordinary technical capabilities that were used to remove – in real time – any mention of the death of Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Russia wishes to be equally restrictive although it does not appear to have the technical capabilities and it has not put itself behind a national firewall, at least not yet – it is working on it. It has instead focused on removing people’s ability to access information anonymously.

29.10.2019 - 08:07 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says No Progress Achieved in Talks on Unity Government With Netanyahu’s Likud

Yair Lapid, the No. 2 on the Kahol Lavan roster, said at the party meeting that a government can’t be created in the space of 48 hours, and that all Netanyahu had to agree to was to be second in the rotation – i.e., to agree that Gantz serve as prime minister first, then Netanyahu. But what Netanyahu wants is a third election, Lapid said.

“That’s what his lawyers suggested to him, that’s what he needs because of the indictments,” Lapid said.

26.10.2019 - 16:44 [ Intercept ]

The FBI Has a Long History of Treating Political Dissent as Terrorism

While terrorism in the U.S. is relatively rare, over the last decade most politically motivated violence has come at the hands of far-right extremists. Despite that reality, the FBI has devoted disproportionate resources to the surveillance of nonviolent civil society groups and protest movements, particularly on the left, using its mandate to protect national security to target scores of individuals posing no threat but opposing government policies and practices.

24.10.2019 - 00:05 [ junge Welt ]

Proteste in Chile: Vorgetäuschte Reue

Für den gestrigen Mittwoch sowie den heutigen Donnerstag riefen zahlreiche Gewerkschaften – darunter der Dachverband CUT – zu einem landesweiten Generalstreik und zu Kundgebungen gegen die Repression auf. Zudem erklärten die indigenen Mapuche im Süden des Landes, sich der Bewegung anschließen zu wollen. Unterdessen setzt die Regierung weiter auf brutale Repression. Laut neuesten Zahlen hat diese mittlerweile 17 Menschen das Leben gekostet, schon fast 5.500 Protestierende wurden festgenommen.

23.10.2019 - 07:15 [ Haaretz ]

The End of Israel’s Free Press

The indecent acts committed as a result of the relationship between government, money and the media in Cases 2000 (the Yedioth quid-pro-quo affair) and Case 4000 (the Bezeq-Walla affair) are extremely serious. Even if proving criminality is stymied by “legal difficulties,” a term Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit loves to use to describe any complex matter, we’re talking about a complete undermining of the last remaining shred of public confidence in politicians and media outlets.

23.10.2019 - 07:05 [ Haaretz ]

Palestinian Authority Blocks 59 Palestinian Websites, Social Media Channels Critical of Abbas

The decision was made at the request of the Palestinian prosecution, but it is widely assumed that senior PA officials were behind the move. The prosecution, in its petition to the court, argued that the sites disseminate harmful content about the PA and its officials and are likely to be used to incite lawlessness.

21.10.2019 - 17:53 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu

The officials also discussed current bilateral topics and Syria.

Vladimir Putin also sent a message of greetings to Benjamin Netanyahu.

The message reads, in part:

05.10.2019 - 10:04 [ Economist.com ]

Binyamin Netanyahu’s last chance to avoid indictment

Even if he is indicted, Mr Netanyahu intends to stay on as prime minister. The law does not require him to step down until a final conviction.

02.10.2019 - 18:52 [ Haaretz ]

Short and to the Point, Attorney General Mendelblit

The hearing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the criminal cases against him will begin Wednesday, nearly three years after they were opened. (Cases 1000 and 2000 came first, followed later by Case 3000.) That is an unreasonable period of time, including in comparison to investigations of and legal steps taken against other public figures. Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit is responsible for this.

30.09.2019 - 20:57 [ CNN ]

Trump circulates quote invoking ‚civil war-like fracture‘ if he’s removed from office

President Donald Trump spent the weekend on Twitter defending himself against Democrats‘ upcoming impeachment inquiry by quoting his supporters on cable news, including a pastor’s inflammatory prediction that the country could be destroyed and a civil war would ensue if the President was removed from office.
Evangelical pastor and Fox News contributor Robert Jeffress claimed on the network, „Democrats don’t care if they burn down and destroy the nation in the process“ of impeachment.

30.09.2019 - 20:49 [ New York Times ]

Trump Raises Idea of Arresting House Chairman for Treason

President Trump on Monday questioned whether the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff, should be arrested for treason for his description of a phone call Mr. Trump had with the president of Ukraine during a recent congressional hearing.

A day earlier, Mr. Trump called for Mr. Schiff — the California Democrat who is the de facto head of an impeachment inquiry into the call — to be “questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason.”

29.09.2019 - 12:15 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General Agrees to Hold Netanyahu’s Pre-indictment Hearing Over Four Days

After being asked by the attorney general to submit the basis of his plea in advance of the hearings last week, Netanyahu sent Mendelblit one page void of explanations to back his statement that he is innocent.

„We regret that instead of complying with this directive, you have found it appropriate to submit a very short document with no actual content,“ Mendelblit’s office wrote in a letter published Thursday.

24.09.2019 - 14:41 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Gantz Capitulates Without Battle

Less than a week after his impressive electoral achievement, the head of the largest Knesset faction, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, conceded his right to be the first to try and form a coalition government. The explanation given by “party sources” for this concession is that Gantz prefers to wait for Netanyahu to try first and fail.

Regrettably, this lame excuse is unconvincing. This move looks like a capitulation without a fight, an admission that the right wing’s long-standing tactic of delegitimizing parties representing Arab society succeeded.

24.09.2019 - 07:19 [ Haaretz ]

Benny Gantz’s Tactical Waiting Game Is Too Clever by Half

Netanyahu getting a first nod from the president would land a harsh blow on the center-left’s morale, which could facilitate Netanyahu’s plan to divide the party from within. The nightmarish vision of Netanyahu settling back in the driver’s seat and recklessly pushing the gas pedal to reach his target would make a mockery of his clear-cut defeat in last Tuesday’s election. While Gantz and his colleagues rejoice over sucker Netanyahu supposedly falling into their well-laid trap, their supporters will see them as naive novices who could soon add insult to injury by reneging on their main pledge not to participate in his coalition.

24.09.2019 - 07:04 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz, Netanyahu meet at President Rivlin’s residence to launch unity talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz (R) as President Reuven Rivlin looks on, at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, on September 23, 2019.

20.09.2019 - 18:30 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu lawyers submit defense arguments ahead of pre-indictment hearing

Quoting sources in the State Prosecutor’s Office, Channel 12 news reported Netanyahu’s hearing was not likely to be delayed due to the election results, which left no party with a clear path to forming a government.

It is widely believed that had Netanyahu won the election with a clear majority, he would have sought immunity from prosecution via a Knesset vote and then sought legislation to prevent the Supreme Court from overturning any such Knesset decision. I

17.09.2019 - 19:57 [ New York Times ]

Israel Wants Palestine’s Land, but Not Its People

His announcement prompted widespread international condemnation. But for most Palestinians such declarations mean nothing. We’ve heard many statements of support over the years, and nothing ever changes. Cynicism is widespread; by now, many of us would prefer straight talk. As Gideon Levy, a columnist for Haaretz, wrote recently, referring to Mr. Netanyahu’s plan: “Let him turn the reality in this territory into a political reality, without hiding it any longer. The time has come for truth.”

17.09.2019 - 17:48 [ Haaretz ]

On Election Day, Russia’s Putin Says Plans to Visit Israel in January 2020

Campaign posters of Netanyahu shaking hands with Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at the Likud headquarters, Tel Aviv, July 28, 2019.

17.09.2019 - 10:49 [ CNN ]

In the face of Netanyahu’s annexation plans, his centrist rivals remain silent

Netanyahu’s recent announcements, like a pledge to annex parts of the West Bank he made three days before the April 9th elections, have barely registered in the campaign of Blue and White, the centrist party co-led by Generals Benny Gantz, Moshe „Bogie“ Ya’alon, and Gabi Ashkenazi (all former chiefs of the Israeli Defense Forces) along with former finance minister Yair Lapid

16.09.2019 - 12:08 [ Washington Post ]

If Netanyahu wins Israel’s election, the Mideast doomsayers may finally be proved right

If Benjamin Netanyahu succeeds in prolonging his tenure as Israel’s prime minister following Tuesday’s election, the proposition that Israelis and Palestinians will be condemned to live in one state forever is likely to become inescapable. That would mean a choice between a country that is secular and democratic but binational, or a Jewish apartheid regime.

In other words, if “Bibi” wins, the doomsayers about Israel are finally going to be proved right.

16.09.2019 - 08:49 [ Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין / Twitter ]

This is a big deal and a big win for Netanyahu – and a vehemently anti-Democratic act, affirming Israeli disenfranchisement of Palestinian citizens. It shows the Right has permeated every institution in the country, and that legality has no meaning.

16.09.2019 - 08:45 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Central election committee rules „Zazim“ initiative illegal

The injunction came after the Likud party submitted a petition arguing that Zazim, which is heavily funded by the US-based New Israel Fund, an organization that has butted heads with the Likud party before, was violating election laws with its initiative.
In 2017 the V15 law was passed in order to prevent foreign funded non-party political organizations from interfering with the elections.

15.09.2019 - 16:35 [ Haaretz ]

‚If Netanyahu Wins, Turn Out the Lights‘: Meet the Most Die-hard Opponents of Israel’s ‚Crime Minister‘

As a young Israeli studying abroad, I recently came home for a visit eager to discuss the upcoming elections with family and friends – but found an atmosphere of utter apathy. So I decided to go find people who were actually getting involved, and that’s how I ended up meeting Elisheva and her fellow protestors.

15.09.2019 - 14:34 [ Haaretz ]

Four Days to the Election, Netanyahu’s Last-minute Surge Hinges on Millennial Apathy

(14.09.2019)

His victory hangs on the fates of racist Otzma and leftist Labor – and on right-wingers coming out in droves while leftists go to the beach

15.09.2019 - 14:24 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is Destroying Israel’s Democracy to Survive

Another term would probably leave Israel’s democratic institutions, built through great work and years of care, in ruins. The damage Netanyahu will leave behind will be difficult to repair. On Tuesday, at the voting booths, the people must end his reign.

The above article is Haaretz’s lead editorial, as published in the Hebrew and English newspapers in Israel.

09.09.2019 - 09:42 [ Haaretz ]

‚Camera Law‘ Would Let Israeli Parties Retain Footage of Voters Filmed at Polling Stations

In practice, the proposed law would permit parties‘ representatives to maintain a database of voters and record their conversations both inside and outside the polls

07.09.2019 - 09:20 [ Haaretz ]

Casting Doubt on Election’s Integrity, Netanyahu Commits the Worst ‚Terror Attack on Democracy‘

Netanyahu has been in favor, since his earliest days as a politician over three decades ago, of a presidential system of governance – without insisting on a constitution to check and balance the president’s power, however. He sees the Israeli parliament as an unnecessary nuisance. In recent years, he has described every perfectly legal and legitimate attempt to replace him as a “coup.” As far as he’s concerned, the only purpose of an election is to confirm his personal mandate to rule.

06.09.2019 - 06:29 [ Haaretz ]

Poodles of the Autocracy

Over the past few days, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intentions and modus operandi have been exposed. It once again turns out that he seeks to get rid of all the checks and balances that he views as impediments to his continued rule, and also to annex the settlements to Israel, including even the most isolated and extreme ones, under a new system of government he has invented – “Jewish sovereignty.”

02.09.2019 - 16:49 [ Haaretz ]

Incitement, the Best Defense

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s frontal assault on Channel 12 television was in line with his permanent strategy: If you can’t silence them, incite against them. Plan A failed when the acting chairman of the Central Elections Committee rejected Likud’s request for an injunction that would bar Channel 12’s legal correspondent, Guy Peleg, from continuing to publish statements made by key prosecution witnesses in the cases against Netanyahu prior to the election. So Netanyahu turned to Plan B – libeling Channel 12 as anti-Semitic and urging the public to boycott the station.

02.09.2019 - 06:24 [ Haaretz ]

This Election, It’s Good Guys vs. Bad Guys

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s shocking attack on Channel 12 television, it s clearer than ever who the good guys and the bad guys are, and the current election revolves around this choice.

01.09.2019 - 10:48 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Ratchets Up Attack on Production Company, Journalist Reporting His Corruption Probes

PM claims Keshet Media Group, which produced the HBO series ‚Our Boys‘ that he blasted as anti-Semitic, is ‚committing a terror attack against democracy‘

01.09.2019 - 10:44 [ Haaretz ]

It’s Now Clear: Netanyahu Won’t Rest Until a Journalist’s Blood Is Spilled

We know what should be the fate of perpetrators. The man who more than two decades ago marched in front of a coffin (which he didn’t see, of course, a meter behind him) in a protest against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and who incited from a balcony in Zion Square, with posters of Rabin in SS uniform below him (which he didn’t see either), has gone back to his evil ways. Or, as the verse says in another context, as a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. He seeks chaos, violence and loss of restraint that will allow him to show off his “leadership” and take control of what’s happening.

31.08.2019 - 11:23 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu urges boycott of ‘fake’ Channel 12, calls its ‘Our Boys’ anti-Semitic

Earlier the Central Elections Committee rejected a petition from Netanyahu’s Likud party to bar news outlets from publishing transcripts and documents from Netanyahu’s corruption investigations ahead of national elections next month.

29.08.2019 - 21:07 [ Jerusalem Post ]

The conversation that may lead to a Netanyahu conviction – Analysis

Until now, we knew from Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit that the prime minister would likely be indicted, with the timing expected to be by December.

However, Netanyahu has a strong chance of getting Mandelblit to drop any indictment in Case 2000, the Yediot Ahronot-Yisrael Hayom Affair, probably has a 50/50 chance of beating the charges in Case 1000, the Illegal Gifts Affair, and has a series of real defenses even in Case 4000.

29.08.2019 - 19:55 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Wars on Both Iran and Israel

Such trepidations are valid for any caretaker government, all the more so regarding Netanyahu, who’s already suspected of subverting every value of governance to his personal interests. Someone who doesn’t loathe quashing the rule of law to be saved from the terror of the law, who doesn’t hesitate to shamelessly lie to preserve his rule, who isn’t deterred from overturning the parliamentary rules of the game to keep the charges against him from scrutiny seems destined to raise security tensions to distract public opinion from issues he isn’t comfortable with.

25.08.2019 - 07:55 [ NewStatesman.com ]

Fear, shame, guilt, suicide: ordinary Germans at the end of the Second World War

Each author focuses on one segment of the world that was falling apart. For Rein, it is a little group of dissidents – a young deserter, a heroic saboteur, a humanitarian doctor, a doctrinaire communist, and a kindly innkeeper – who work together clandestinely, attempting to save at least some of the people and buildings of Berlin by persuading German troops to accept defeat.

25.08.2019 - 07:43 [ Telegraph..co.uk ]

Boris is serious about a deal, but the Brussels Eurocrats still want to punish the British ‘deserters’

Even the civil servants seem suddenly to be standing straighter. After three years of immobilism, dreariness and funk, the Government is again exuding purpose.

24.08.2019 - 15:40 [ Spiked ]

The strangling of European democracy: The EU is the high point of an anti-democratic project that has been brewing for a hundred years.

So, while the EU might well be the apogee of constrained democracy, constrained democracy has many facets. Moreover, the model of constrained democracy existed on a national level before the EU was created. Indeed, the EU can be seen as the grotesque extension of a flawed system that was first developed within nation states after the First World War. For instance, the model of independent central banking was pioneered in Germany before being transposed to the EU much later on.

18.08.2019 - 23:30 [ Washington Post ]

Modi has stoked Kashmir’s anger and stained all India’s democracy

As The Post’s Niha Masih reported from Srinagar, streets are no longer crowded with civilians but awash with India’s armed soldiers, and “instead of traffic jams at intersections, there are spools of concertina wire. People remain inside their homes with no telephone, Internet or cable TV service. No one has seen or heard from local political leaders, hundreds of whom are in detention. Of the more than 200 newspapers in the region, only five are publishing physical copies. Their websites are stuck at Aug. 5.”

18.08.2019 - 16:21 [ Omer Katz / Twitter ]

In summary: ? #Netanyahu’s regime must fall for the sake of Jews and Palestinians alike. ?Netanyahu is merely a symptom of a bigger problem, the Israeli occupation which is undemocratic by nature.Its practices leak into Israel & make it look more like the West Bank than Berlin.

18.08.2019 - 16:02 [ the_drow / instagram ]

Now in Petach Tikva: A thousand people are protesting police brutality and unlawful arrest of anti-corruption activists. Protests in Petch Tikva, where the AG Mendelblit lives occur weekly. Yesterday, activists were arrested for walking down the street.

18.08.2019 - 15:59 [ אתון עיוור‏ / Twitter ]

@nytimesworld Please do a follow up on this story. Israeli police arrest people with no charges, trying to bully people from not protesting ( legally) in front of Attorney General of Israel, Dr. Mandelblit’s home. Apparently by his influence. Brutal arrest of older people.

18.08.2019 - 15:45 [ Times of Israel ]

Four arrested, 3 detained during anti-corruption protests near AG’s home

Anti-corruption activists have been holding regular protests near Mandelblit’s home for years, demanding he indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the corruption cases into his affairs.

18.08.2019 - 15:27 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General Is Allowing the Gender-segregation Tsunami to Sweep Over

In recent years, gender segregation and discrimination against women have been expanding into various aspects of public life. This is seen on army bases where women are marginalized; on academic campuses where female “modesty supervisors” check the length of skirts; in the civil service, which has cadet courses for men only; in funeral ceremonies, where women cannot mourn or stand with their families; in signposts forbidding women to walk on certain sidewalks, while men police their clothing, applying ever harsher modesty rules, occasionally with curses and spitting. Bus drivers refuse to let on a female passenger in shorts, or don’t allow women to board, claiming there’s “room for men only.”

This is merely a partial list. The struggle for woman’s place in public – and for Israeli society – is in full force.

18.08.2019 - 15:12 [ Haaretz ]

In Netanyahu’s Israel, Democracy Is Dying in Broad Daylight

(13.08.2019)

Ominous pre-election right-wing purges inspired by Trump’s brazenness have been met with apathy and impotence on the center-left