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26.04.2018 - 12:22 [ Radio Utopie ]

Das friedliche Zusammenleben der Völker und Heimat aller Religionen, das ist die Berliner Republik, nicht Israel

„In 15 Jahren von politischem Aktivismus, und rund acht Jahren als ein Journalist, kann ich mich nicht an eine Zeit erinnern, an der Menschen um mich so angsterfüllt waren ihre Meinung zu sagen. Jedenfalls nicht Juden, und definitiv nicht in Tel Aviv“.

Haggai Matar, Jewish Daily Forward, 21. Juni 2014

„Ich lese ihnen einmal vor, was Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz, ein entschiedener Gegner der Besatzung, 1968 geschrieben hat, ein Jahr nach dem Sechs-Tage-Krieg: ´Ein Staat, der über eine feindliche Bevölkerung mit Millionen Fremden herrscht, wird notgedrungen zu einem Geheimdienststaat, mit allen Folgen für die Erziehung, die Rede und Meinungsfreiheit und die Demokratie. Die für jedes Kolonialsystem typische Korruption wird auch Israel erfassen. Die Verwaltung wird arabische Aufstandsbewegungen unterdrücken und sich arabische Quislinge und Verräter heranziehen.´ Was halten Sie von dieser Prophezeihung in Hinblick auf den Staat Israel heute?“

„Ich stimme dem Wort für Wort zu.“

„Geht es etwas genauer?“

„Wozu? Jedes Wort das er geschrieben hat, ist in Fels gehauen.“

Ex-Elitesoldat der israelischen Streitkräfte Dror Moreh, Regisseur und Fragesteller, und Yuval Diskin, ehemaliger Leiter des Inlandsgeheimdienstes Shin Bet, in „The Gatekeepers“ („Töte zuerst“).

„Warum haben Sie sich dafür entschieden, mit Leuten vom Geheimdienst zu sprechen und nicht mit Politikern?“

„Weil niemand Politikern traut. Politiker würden ihre Mutter verkaufen, um eine Stimme zu bekommen.“

Dror Moreh zu seiner Dokumentation „The Gatekeepers“ im Interview mit der „Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung“.

Seit Jahren emigrieren Israelis in die Stadt, die der Berliner Republik ihren Namen gibt. Dafür gibt es einen Grund. Dieser Staat und seine Regierung sind es nicht. Als sich ihr Kollege Yair Lapid, seines Zeichens glorreicher Finanzminister, im Oktober 2013 lauthals über die Flucht gerade junger und kreativer Israelis nach Berlin beschwerte, entblödete sich der Botschafter der Merkel-Steinmeier-Regierung nicht, sich zu entschuldigen und zu behaupten, diese quasi-Abtrünnigen würden ja Deutschland bald wieder verlassen.

26.04.2018 - 12:06 [ Haaretz ]

Not One Israeli Opposition Member Stood in Solidarity

(24.1.2018) The only ones who faithfully represented opponents of the occupation, seekers of peace and lovers of Israeli democracy on Tuesday were the members of the Joint List. All the other opposition members, by their spontaneous apathy, proved that their leader is none other than Netanyahu, and that they deserve their marginal role in the nationalist puppet theater that the prime minister manages.

26.04.2018 - 11:37 [ diePresse.com ]

Israel: Netanjahu und Lapid wollen breite Koalition

(25.1.2013) Der israelische Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu und Yair Lapid, der mit seiner Zukunftspartei bei der Parlamentswahl überraschend Platz zwei erreichte, wollen offenbar eine möglichst breite Koalitionsregierung bilden. Das berichtete die Zeitung „Jerusalem Post“ am Freitag.

26.04.2018 - 11:04 [ Arutz Sheva 7 ]

Lapid wears a kippah and demonstrates in Berlin

„I came to Berlin as part of our concerted effort to get the EU to define Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and to stop the money earmarked for terror. The moment I heard that the head of the community here told Jews not to walk around with a kippah in the streets because of anti-Semitism, I went and bought the biggest kippah I could find in Berlin. I wore it and came to a demonstration against anti-Semitism with hundreds of Jews and non-Jews who all wore a kippah and told anti-Semites, ‚You will fear us, we will not fear you,'“ Lapid said.

23.04.2018 - 22:13 [ Newsweek ]

Natalie Portman Has ‚Turned To the Dark Side‘ Like Anakin Skywalker: Israeli Minister

In a letter to Portman Sunday, cited by Israeli media, Erdan said “Anakin Skywalker, a character you know well from Star Wars, underwent a similar process. He began to believe that the Jedi Knights were evil, and that the forces of the Dark Side were the protectors of democracy, “Erdan wrote. “I call upon you not to let the Dark Side win.”

23.04.2018 - 20:05 [ Axios ]

Trump asked Netanyahu if he genuinely cares about peace

Trump was pressing Bibi on the importance of striking a „deal“ for Mideast peace. He’d read news reports about Bibi planning to build additional settlements to please his conservative base in Israel. Trump thought Bibi was unnecessarily angering the Palestinians. So, in the course of a longer conversation that was mostly friendly and complimentary, he bluntly asked Bibi whether or not he genuinely wants peace.

23.04.2018 - 20:01 [ Business Insider ]

Trump reportedly bluntly asked Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu if he really wants peace or not

„The President has great relationships with a number of foreign leaders but that doesn’t mean he can’t be aggressive when it comes to negotiating what’s best for America,“ Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the reported comment.

23.04.2018 - 11:43 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Bundeswehr: Von der Leyen plant Milliarden-Rüstungsaufträge

Wie tagesschau.de bereits berichtete, sollen auch israelische HeronTP-Drohnen beschafft werden. Der Leasingvertrag für neun Jahre solle mehr als eine Milliarde Euro kosten, heißt es nun. Bestellt werden sollen demnach unter anderem auch Rettungshubschrauber, Gefechtsstände, Transportflugzeuge und Raketenwerfer. Zudem sollen die Betreiberverträge für die Heron 1-Aufklärungsdrohnen, die bereits in Afghanistan und Mali im Einsatz sind, bis Ende Februar 2020 verlängert werden.

23.04.2018 - 10:34 [ n-tv ]

Unfreiwillige Allianzen, schizophrene Interessen: Warum Frankreich den Iran-Deal platzen ließ

(12.November 2013) Irans Außenminister Jawad Sarif twitterte lakonisch, an seinen US-amerikanischen Kollegen Kerry gerichtet: „Herr Minister, war es der Iran, der Donnerstagnacht den Entwurf der USA demontierte? Und der am Freitagmorgen öffentlich dagegen Stellung bezog?“ Das spielte auf eine im Alleingang gehaltene Pressekonferenz von Fabius an. Aus Sicht des Iraners haben ganz klar die Franzosen die Einigung sabotiert, und das offenbar mit einem kräftigen Anschub aus Israel.

21.04.2018 - 15:27 [ Natalie Portman / Instagram ]

My decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others. Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony.

By the same token, I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power.

21.04.2018 - 15:22 [ theNews.com.pk ]

Israeli ex-spymasters: warn country is ‘critically ill’ under Netanyahu

(28.3.2018) Six former Israeli spymasters accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday of jeopardising the country’s future as it prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding next month.

The surviving ex-Mossad intelligence agency chiefs voiced their opinion of the fourth-term, right-wing leader in a joint interview excerpted on the front page of Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s best-selling newspaper and a regular Netanyahu critic.

21.04.2018 - 08:25 [ Nickolay E. Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process / Twitter ]

It is OUTRAGEOUS to shoot at children! How does the killing of a child in #Gaza today help #peace? It doesn’t! It fuels anger and breeds more killing.

#Children must be protected from #violence, not exposed to it, not killed! This tragic incident must be investigated.

21.04.2018 - 08:23 [ Haaretz ]

Palestinians Report Four Killed, 156 Wounded by Israeli Fire in Fourth Friday of Gaza Protests

The ministry said a total of 729 Palestinians were wounded in the protests by, among other things, live fire, tear gas inhalation and rubber bullets. Those killed were named as Ahmad Nabil Abu Aqel, 25, Mohammed Ayoub, 15, Ahmad Rashad Al-Atamana, 24, and Said Abd Al-Aal Abu Taha, 19. Of those wounded, 305 were taken to hospital, 4 of them in serious condition and 166 in moderate condition.

19.04.2018 - 22:33 [ Junge Welt ]

Hysterische Festtage

Ein weiteres Gebot ist Israels Forderung, dass Iran und Hisbollah sich von den besetzten Golanhöhen fernhalten müssten – am besten 40 bis 60 Kilometer weit. Das Ziel besteht offensichtlich darin, in diesem Gebiet eine Schutzzone für islamistische Milizen aufrechtzuerhalten, die von Israel materiell unterstützt werden.

18.04.2018 - 10:03 [ Kommunistische Partei von Israel ]

Hundreds Protest US-Led Strikes vs. Syria outside Haifa Consulate

Holding aloft red flags and chanting anti-imperialist slogans, several hundred Hadash and Communist Party of Israel (CPI) activists demonstrated in Haifa Saturday evening, April 14, against Washington-led missile strikes on Syrian targets. The rally against the attack was held in front of the US Consulate in Haifa.

Hadash and CPI condemned the attack and said that the US has a history of “aggression and bullying in the region, with the excuse of destroying weapons of mass destruction, which turned out to be false.”

17.04.2018 - 18:01 [ Business Insider ]

Syria claims to thwart missile attack, later says it fired off defenses in a false alarm

Syrian state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying a number of air defense missiles had been fired but no foreign attack had taken place.
Separately, a commander in the regional military alliance backing the government attributed the malfunction to „a joint electronic attack“ by Israel and the United States targeting the Syrian radar system.

17.04.2018 - 10:13 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Prosecutors leaning toward charging Netanyahu with breach of trust

The top two benefactors in the case, Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian casino mogul James Packer, reportedly stood to gain tax advantages determined by a change in their visa circumstances.

Both gave evidence in the investigation, and while police also recommended charging Milchan, Packer was not considered a suspect.

Monday’s report did not mention the second investigation, Case 2000.

16.04.2018 - 16:36 [ Times of Israel ]

At 10th J Street conference, Trump and Netanyahu seen as peas in a rotten pod

J Street was instrumental in 2015 in helping to pass the Iran nuclear deal. Trump appears ready to dismantle it next month. J Street’s operating credo when it was established in 2008 was to advance the two-state solution. Trump and Netanyahu have both retreated from commitment to a two-state outcome.

16.04.2018 - 16:36 [ Jerusalem Post ]

J Street: Trump and Netanyahu are a threat

‘We are here to call out—and to change—a right-wing, populist government, with a leader who thrives on hatred and division, who mocks and attacks the press, and who sees the strangers among us as a danger to be feared and mistreated, not as fellow humans,” said keynote speaker Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

“Hmm…about which country am I speaking?” she continued, to laughter.

16.04.2018 - 09:20 [ Haaretz ]

Despite Tensions Over Syria Attack, Israel’s Line to the Kremlin Remains Open

Moscow issued public denunciations of the strike and called in Israel’s ambassador to Russia for a „conversation.“ These are symbolic, relatively „soft“ use of tools in the diplomatic toolbox meant to telegraph Moscow’s displeasure with Israeli activities in its sphere of influence.But below the surface, a number of figures who are familiar with Israeli-Russian ties say the diplomatic and military communications have continued — consistent, stable and practical — even after the attack.

16.04.2018 - 08:09 [ Jeremy Corbyn / theGuardian.com ]

Diplomacy, and not bombing, is the way to end Syria’s agony

Already this devastating conflict has cost more than 500,000 lives and led to 5 million refugees being forced to flee Syria, and 6 million internally displaced. We must put negotiations for a political settlement centre stage, and not slip into a new cycle of military reaction and counter-reaction.

Protracted external military intervention in Syria – from funding and arms supplies to bombing and boots on the ground – has not helped in the slightest. Syria has become the theatre for military action by regional and international powers – the United States, Britain, Russia, France, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates among them.

15.04.2018 - 19:54 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Chief justice warns: Nixing judicial review threatens Israel’s democracy

Supreme Court President Esther Hayut is set to declare on Sunday that Israel cannot maintain the rule of law and democracy if the court’s judicial review powers are cut off, according to a statement released by the court.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the coalition appear to be moving forward with several initiatives to circumscribe the Supreme Court’s powers.

13.04.2018 - 15:32 [ Zeit.de ]

Israel verteidigt Vorgehen: Über 100 verletzte Palästinenser bei neuen Gaza-Protesten

Einige hätten Schussverletzungen erlitten, andere Tränengas eingeatmet, teilte das palästinensische Gesundheitsministerium mit.

Ein Sanitäterzelt sei direkt von einer Tränengasgranate getroffen worden, zehn Sanitäter hätten mit Atembeschwerden zu kämpfen gehabt.

13.04.2018 - 11:29 [ Marc Pocan, Abgeordneter des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses ]

Members of Congress Release Statement on Protests in Gaza

WASHINGTON, DC (April 12, 2018) – U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (GA-04) released the following statement in advance of demonstrations scheduled to take place on Friday within the territory of Gaza. The Members of Congress are urging Gaza protesters to carry out their right to assembly nonviolently, while also calling on members of Israel Defense Forces to exercise utmost restraint in the use of deadly force and to fully comply with international law.

13.04.2018 - 11:26 [ theGuardian.com ]

We were Israeli snipers and are filled with sorrow at Gaza shootings

We, a group of former combatants who were members of sniper teams, seek to express our feelings of distress regarding the recent incidents in the Gaza Strip. As we hear about military orders permitting snipers to fire live ammunition at unarmed demonstrators, we are filled with shame and sorrow: shame at the orders devoid of moral and ethical judgment, and sorrow for the young soldiers, whom, as we know very well from our own experience, will always carry with them the scenes that they witnessed through the sights of their rifles.

13.04.2018 - 11:25 [ i24news.tv ]

IDF braces for Gaza flag burning protest as ‘Great March’ enters third week

Israel deployed snipers and tanks along the Gaza border on Friday as it braced itself for violent clashes with thousands of Palestinians protesters set to surge the fence for the third consecutive week.

Some 32 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire over two consecutive weekends of protests in Gaza, demanding the right to return to ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

12.04.2018 - 18:32 [ Heike Hänsel, Mitglied des Bundestages ]

Stimmen der Vernunft müssen Eskalation in Syrien Einhalt gebieten

„Die NATO-Staaten und ihre Verbündeten, Israel und Saudi-Arabien, scheinen geradezu wahnhaft entschlossen, den Krieg in Syrien nach über sieben Jahren noch einmal weiter zu eskalieren, um die Lage zu ihren Gunsten zu verändern. Statt den Krieg zu beenden steht militärischer Regime-Change an erster Stelle. Damit wird ein neuer internationaler Konflikt provoziert“, sagte Heike Hänsel, stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Fraktion DIE LINKE. Die Außenpolitikerin weiter:

„Die Bundesregierung stellt sich bei diesem drohenden neuen Krieg in die erste Frontlinie. Bundeskanzlerin Merkel sieht trotz ausstehender Untersuchungen und öffentliche Beweise eine ‚klare Evidenz‘ für einen Chemiewaffeneinsatz und ist sich dabei mit Trump und Erdogan einig. Die deutsche Fregatte ‚Hessen‘ ist praktischerweise schon in einem Übungseinsatz mit einem Kampfverband um den US-Flugzeugträger USS Harry S. Truman Richtung Syrien unterwegs.

12.04.2018 - 07:02 [ Hamas.ps ]

Israel desperately attacks Gaza to deter Great March of Return

Hamas Spokesman Fawzi Baroum said on Wednesday the Israeli aggression on Gaza reflects Israeli intention to deter peaceful Great March of Return.

In a press release, Barhoum said that this was aimed to undermine the Palestinian efforts to regain their fundamental rights.

He also said that Israeli bombardment of Palestinian resistance sites reveals the fear and hysteria that the Occupation government is currently going through due to the success of the Great March of Return.

12.04.2018 - 07:01 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Army Hits Hamas Targets in Gaza Strip, One Palestinian Reported Killed

The IDF spokesman said that the strike on a Hamas target was carried out in response to an explosive charge that was placed and discovered earlier on Wednesday, when Israeli Defense Forces opened fire on a Hamas outpost after an explosive charge was detonated by a military bulldozer east of Shujaiyeh, near the Gaza border.

According to the IDF, the tractor was performing infrastructure work near the Karni crossing when it mounted the charge. No wounded or casualties were reported.

12.04.2018 - 05:41 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israeli side’s initiative.

The two leaders discussed issues dealing with Syria, including in the context of recent missile strikes by the Israeli Air Force at the T4 airbase in Homs province. Vladimir Putin emphasised the importance of respecting Syria’s sovereignty and called for refraining from any steps that could further destabilise the situation in the country and threaten its security.

10.04.2018 - 19:27 [ New Yorker ]

Watching a Fellow-Journalist Die in Gaza

“Anyone who lives in Gaza knows that their life is in danger, that one day they might be targeted, whether they’re civilians, journalists, even if they were foreigners or international workers, their lives are in danger. So, we were in danger. When Yaser went to report on Friday, he didn’t rule out that the I.D.F. would target anyone in the area. But we thought that at least there is some sanctity to journalists. But it is clear today that there is no respect for human rights, or for anything that is sacred.”

10.04.2018 - 19:12 [ ORF.at ]

Video mit Schüssen setzt Israels Armee unter Druck

Die Aufnahmen dokumentieren Stimmen, die auf Hebräisch darüber beraten, ob sie das Feuer auf Palästinenser am Grenzzaun eröffnen sollen. Nach dem, was den Videobildern zu entnehmen ist, stellte der Mann zu diesem Zeitpunkt keine unmittelbare Bedrohung dar. Ein Schütze eröffnete dennoch das Feuer, der Mann fiel zu Boden.

10.04.2018 - 10:56 [ Internationaler Strafgerichtshof ]

Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, regarding the worsening situation in Gaza

(8.4.2018) I remind all parties that the situation in Palestine is under preliminary examination by my Office. While a preliminary examination is not an investigation, any new alleged crime committed in the context of the situation in Palestine may be subjected to my Office’s scrutiny. This applies to the events of the past weeks and to any future incident.

10.04.2018 - 10:49 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

„Nur die Toten finden hier ein besseres Leben.“ – Das Massaker und die blutigen Tage von Gaza

Der Karfreitag der Christen, der Beginn des Pessach-Fests der Juden, der „Tag des Bodens“ der Palästinenser: der 30. März bescherte Gaza ein Blutvergießen, wie es die Mittelmeerenklave seit Ende des letzten großen Krieges im Sommer 2014 nicht erlebt hatte. Beim Auftakt einer mehrwöchigen Protestaktion gegen die längste militärische Okkupation der Welt wurden 18 Menschen von israelischen Sicherheitskräften getötet, Hunderte weitere teils schwer verletzt. Von Jakob Reimann

10.04.2018 - 10:39 [ Antikrieg.com ]

Israelischer Verteidigungsminister: es gibt keine unschuldigen Menschen im Gazastreifen

In der Praxis läuft Liebermans Haltung darauf hinaus, dass die Palästinenser notwendigerweise Terroristen sind und dass jeder, der gegen die Aktionen der israelischen Regierung protestiert, notwendigerweise Terror gegen sie betreibt.

Wenn es auch in der rechtsextremen Koalition gut ankommen mag, führt jedoch selbst in Israel der Anblick eines Palästinensers, der eine Weste mit der Aufschrift „PRESSE“ trägt und von israelischen Scharfschützen erschossen wird, zu Besorgnis und Unbehagen. Liebermans Argument, dass Sanitätshelfer und Journalisten bekanntlich in „Terroraktivitäten“ verwickelt sind, ist kein gutes Argument, zumal sogar selbst das israelische Militär über den Tod des Journalisten besorgt schien und eine Untersuchung versprach.

10.04.2018 - 10:37 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Is the Terrorist

Because what is land confiscation on a huge scale, what are restrictions on freedom of movement, and with it freedom of employment and commerce, home demolitions, the imposition of curfews and closures, the building of innumerable fences and walls and the deployment of military forces armed to the teeth, in the heart of a Palestinian civilian population, in order to protect an Israeli civilian population that settled among it by force – what are all these if not terror, in other words, a war against unarmed citizens?

10.04.2018 - 01:44 [ Jerusalem Post ]

ANALYSIS: STRIKE IN SYRIA SHOWS NETANYAHU FOLLOWS THROUGH ON THREATS

At Wednesday night’s Yad Vashem ceremony marking the start of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – if past speeches are a gauge – will touch on the theme that one of the lessons of the Holocaust is that Israel can, in the final analysis, only rely on itself.

If, as the Russians, Syrians, Iranians and even the Americans said on Monday, Israel was indeed responsible for the predawn attack on the T-4 airbase near Homs in Syria, it is a sign that Netanyahu means what he says every year in those speeches.

10.04.2018 - 01:40 [ Jerusalem Post ]

INDICTMENT FOR PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU’S WIFE COULD BE IMMINENT

(8.4.2018) It is likely that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit will be filing an indictment against Sara Netanyahu imminently now that Passover is over, The Jerusalem Post has confirmed.

The exact timing, however, is still undecided and it is possible that it could take weeks, rather than days.

09.04.2018 - 10:14 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Syrien: Russland macht Israel für Angriff auf Militärflughafen verantwortlich

Zwei israelische Kampfjets vom Typ F-15 hätten in der Nacht zum Montag aus dem libanesischen Luftraum heraus acht Raketen auf den Flugplatz Taifur (auch T4 oder Tiyas genannt) abgefeuert, teilte das Verteidigungsministerium in Moskau den Agenturen Tass und Interfax zufolge am Montag mit. Die syrische Luftabwehr habe fünf der Raketen abgefangen.

09.04.2018 - 09:48 [ axios.com ]

Netanyahu couldn’t convince Trump to rethink Syria policy

The phone call between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump — which took place last Tuesday — has failed. Netanyahu could not convince Trump to rethink his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, an Israeli source briefed on the call told me.

09.04.2018 - 03:43 [ jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com ]

Donald Trump wants out of Syria. Why Israel thinks that’s a problem

(5.4.2018) “We don’t have any limits on our action in Syria,” Netanyahu told reporters. “We see eye to eye,” he said of Israeli and U.S. policy.

A few weeks later, Middle East watchers are wondering which eye bears watching: Trump keeps saying he wants out of Syria, while U.S. defense officials and diplomats say the United States remains committed to its role in pacifying the country after seven years of a devastating war.

09.04.2018 - 03:36 [ New York Times ]

As Trump Seeks Way Out of Syria, New Attack Pulls Him Back In

Days after President Trump said he wanted to pull the United States out of Syria, Syrian forces hit a suburb of Damascus with bombs that rescue workers said unleashed toxic gas.

Within hours, images of dead families sprawled in their homes threatened to change Mr. Trump’s calculus on Syria, possibly drawing him deeper into an intractable Middle Eastern war that he hoped to leave.

08.04.2018 - 02:51 [ RT ]

US only Security Council member to block UN inquiry into Gaza violence

Fourteen of the 15 Security Council members agreed to the statement, but the United States, Israel’s closest ally, voted against, Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday evening. He said the UN rejection was “very irresponsible,” and that it gives Israel “the green light to continue with their onslaught against the civilian population” in Gaza.

07.04.2018 - 12:18 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Puppet Master Naftali Bennett Is No Fanatic, but Rather a Cynic in Paradise

if Bennett were a concrete alternative, or even just a mensch, he would not have rushed to depict the absorption of 16,000 Africans in distress as “folding,” “capitulation to a campaign of lies” and “turning Israel into an infiltrators’ paradise.” But Bennett, like his partners in this pile-on, the miserable cowards Moshe Kahlon and Gideon Saar, recognizes that Israel has become something else: a cynics’ paradise.

07.04.2018 - 12:12 [ Zeit.de ]

Neun Tote und 1354 Verletzte bei Protesten an Gaza-Grenze

Unter den Toten seien auch ein 16-Jähriger und ein palästinensischer Journalist, hieß es in der Mitteilung. Auch Frauen und Kinder seien verletzt worden. 491 Menschen erlitten den Angaben zufolge Schussverletzungen, viele andere klagten über Beschwerden nach dem Einsatz von Tränengas.

06.04.2018 - 21:11 [ B´tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories ]

Why Israeli soldiers must refuse to fire at unarmed Palestinian protesters

(3.4.2018) Contrary to the impression given by senior military officers and government ministers, the military is not permitted to act as it sees fit, nor can Israel determine on its own what is permissible and what is not when dealing with demonstrators. Like all other countries, Israel’s actions are subject to the provisions of international law and the restrictions they impose on the use of weapons, and specifically the use of live fire. The provisions limit its use to instances involving tangible and immediate mortal danger, and only in the absence of any other alternative. Israel cannot simply decide that it is not bound by these rules.

06.04.2018 - 20:56 [ alaraby.co.uk ]

#GreatReturnMarch: Israeli soldiers kill five Palestinians, injure hundreds in second week of Gaza protests

More than 922 people were taken to hospitals and field clinics, the ministry said, but did not provide a breakdown of those injured by live fire, rubber-coated steel pellets or overcome by tear gas.

It said 19 people were in serious condition.

Thousands of protesters – Israel estimated 20,000 – gathered in locations near the border east of Khan Yunis, in the south of the blockaded Palestinian enclave, and east of Gaza City, among other spots.

06.04.2018 - 20:52 [ tagesschau.de ]

Proteste in Gaza: Erneut Schüsse, erneut Tote

Unter den Toten sei auch ein Teenager. Ein Drittel der Verletzten soll nach Angaben der Behörde von Schüssen getroffen worden sein.

Insgesamt kamen damit seit Karfreitag etwa 30 Palästinenser ums Leben. Die israelische Armee hatte zuletzt angegeben, dass die Soldaten gezielt auf palästinensische Rädelsführer geschossen hätten

06.04.2018 - 07:54 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

The Israel Massacre Forces

(1.4.2018) The killing of Palestinians is accepted in Israel more lightly than the killing of mosquitoes. There’s nothing cheaper in Israel than Palestinian blood. If there were a hundred or even a thousand deaths Israel would still “salute” the IDF.

06.04.2018 - 07:25 [ ORF ]

UNO mahnt Israel vor Palästinenserprotest zur Vorsicht

Vor den für heute erwarteten neuen Massenprotesten von Palästinensern an der Grenze des Gazastreifens zu Israel hat UNO-Generalsekretär Antonio Guterres Israel zur Zurückhaltung aufgefordert. „Ich mahne insbesondere Israel zur Vorsicht hinsichtlich eines gewaltsamen Vorgehens, um Opfer zu vermeiden“, erklärte Guterres gestern.

03.04.2018 - 20:53 [ antikrieg.com ]

NPR verdreht die Tötung von 17 Palästinensern nach dem Drehbuch der israelischen Armee

Wie FAIR im Laufe der Jahre festgestellt hat (z.B. 8/14/01, 11/01, 2/5/02, 11/15/12, 10/10/14), vertritt NPR (National Public Radio – der US „Kultursender“) bei der Berichterstattung über die Angelegenheiten von Israel/Palästina standardmäßig eine pro-israelische Linie. Seine Korrespondenten leben fast immer in Westjerusalem oder in Israel selbst, sind selten Palästinenser oder Araber, und sie arbeiten konsequent daran, die Schuld für israelische Gewalt abzulenken – entweder indem sie die Schuld auf palästinensische Opfer abwälzen oder sie durch falsche Parität zerstreuen.

03.04.2018 - 20:24 [ Spiegel.de ]

Warum Netanyahu doch keine Flüchtlinge nach Deutschland schickt

Ein kurioser Vorgang. Netanyahu gilt als absoluter Polit-Profi. Anders als beispielsweise US-Präsident Donald Trump ist er seit Jahrzehnten in diesem Geschäft, kennt alle innen- und außenpolitischen Kniffe. Nun aber hat sich der israelische Premier verzockt – ein Zeichen dafür, wie sehr er politisch unter Druck steht.

03.04.2018 - 20:20 [ New Israel Fund ]

NIF CEO: PM’s Lies “Pathetic, Shameful, Stain on Israel”

This evening, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement on Facebook appearing to backtrack on his announcement that Israel has entered a deal to halt its mass deportation plan, including incitement and lies blaming the New Israel Fund for pressuring Rwanda to cancel the deal. Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund released the following statement:

„Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has once again resorted to lies about the New Israel Fund in order to score cheap political points. The New Israel Fund had nothing to do with Rwanda’s decision to refuse to participate in the Prime Minister’s cruel mass deportation plan.“

03.04.2018 - 08:49 [ sueddeutsche.de ]

Umsiedlung afrikanischer Migranten aus Israel: Israels Flüchtlingsdeal bringt Netanjahu unter Druck

Montagabend schien es noch so, als hätte Israels Premier wieder einmal seinen unbestreitbaren politischen Instinkt bewiesen: Während bei den Vereinten Nationen noch darüber diskutiert wurde, wie man der Forderung nach unabhängigen Untersuchungen zu den Toten an Gazas Grenze Nachdruck verleihen könnte, während Politiker in Europa den Dialog mit den protestierenden Palästinensern anmahnten, trieb Benjamin Netanjahu die Dinge voran:

03.04.2018 - 07:17 [ Washington Post ]

For Israel, there’s little political cost to killing Palestinians

And at the United Nations, the Trump administration blocked the Security Council from issuing a statement that called for an “independent and transparent investigation” and affirmed the Palestinians’ right to peaceful protest. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the United States was “deeply saddened” by Friday’s events. But Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s leading envoy for Israeli and Palestinian negotiations, undercut that message by taking Israel’s side and pinning the blame on Hamas for the “hostile march.”

02.04.2018 - 18:28 [ Zaklin Nastic, Mitglied des Bundestages ]

Es braucht eine sofortige internationale Untersuchung des Todes von mindestens 15 Palästinensern

(31.3.2018) „Eine unabhängige, internationale Untersuchung der Vorgänge, die gestern zum Tod von mindestens 15 Palästinenserinnen und Palästinensern und zu mehr als 1.400 Verletzten geführt haben, ist dringend notwendig und wurde inzwischen auch von den Vereinten Nationen gefordert“, so Zaklin Nastic, menschenrechtspolitische Sprecherin der Fraktion DIE LINKE, in Reaktion auf das Vorgehen israelischer Soldatinnen und Soldaten gegen palästinensische Demonstrierende an der Grenze des Gazastreifens. „Wenn nicht schnell aufgeklärt wird, wie es zum Tod so vieler, vorwiegend friedlich demonstrierender Menschen, darunter auch Kinder, kommen konnte, ist die Gefahr einer Eskalation der Gewalt sehr groß.“ Die gestrigen Demonstrationen waren der Auftakt für sechs Wochen des Protests der Palästinenserinnen und Palästinenser, die bis zum 70. Jahrestag der Gründung Israels Mitte Mai und zugleich dem Gedenken an die Vertreibung von über 800.000 Palästinensern andauern sollen.

02.04.2018 - 04:53 [ Hurriyet ]

Erdoğan to Israeli PM: You are a terrorist and an occupier

“You are not popular. The step you took regarding Jerusalem at the United Nations is out in the open. The answer you received is out in the open. Stop bragging about owning nuclear weapons. The time may come when those weapons don’t work,” Erdoğan added.

“You are also a terrorist. History is recording what you have done to all those oppressed Palestinians,” Erdoğan said, adding that he believes Israelis too are disturbed by Netanyahu’s misdeeds.