10 June 2018 — Jonathan Cook
Just as Israel’s belligerent rule in the occupied territories is under ever greater scrutiny, so too is its claim to be a democracy conferring equal rights on all citizens
The National – 10 June 2010
16 March 2018 — Jonathan Cook
Key Knesset committee approves draft of ‘Zionism’s flagship bill’ defining Israel exclusively as nation-state for Jews
After seven years of delays, the Israeli governing parties have agreed the final terms of controversial new legislation that would define Israel exclusively as “the nation-state of the Jewish people”.
17 November 2012 — Gilad Atzmon
Benjamin Netanyahu, is made of different material than Barak. Unlike Bark, who is obsessed with the banal implementation of military power, Netanyahu is concerned with the power of deterrence and he is also intelligent enough to realise that the consequences of a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip may mean the total eradication of such a power. Continue reading
12 October, 2010 — The Real News Network
Knesset will vote on new citizenship law requiring a loyalty oath to a “Jewish and democratic state”
10 October, 2010 — Gush Shalom
A protest rally against the government’s “Loyalty Oath Bill” was held outside the Tel Aviv house where Ben-Gurion read the 1948 the Declaration of Independence. There, today, the “Declaration of Independence from Fascism” was signed.
“We are citizens of the Israel which was depicted in the Declaration of Independence, a peace-seeking country based on the principles of equality and civil liberties. We do not intend to be the citizens of a state purporting to be Israel which stops being democratic and embarks on becoming a fascist state,” proclaimed intellectuals, public figures, and Israel Prize laureates who gathered this afternoon for a protest rally against the “Loyalty Oath Bill” approved by the government. A protest rally was held on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, in front of the museum building where David Ben Gurion had read the Declaration of Independence in 1948.
Beneath the statue of Meir Dizengoff, first mayor of Tel Aviv, actress Hanna Meron read out from that Declaration of Independence: “The State of Israel will be based on based on Liberty, Justice and Peace, as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, irrespective of religion, race or gender; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations”. She noted that, sixty-two years later, the reality of Israel is very different than what the country’s Declaration of Independence envisaged. At the end of the rally, a “Declaration of Independence from Fascism” was signed (see full text below).
Among participants in the initiative were Shulamit Aloni, Uri Avnery, Alex Ansky, Shery Ansky, Menachem Brinker, Ran Cohen, Ruth Cohen, Yaron Ezrachi, Galia Golan, Haim Guri, Sna’it Gisis, Yoram Kaniuk, Dani Karavan, Yehoshua Knaz, Elia Leibowitz, Alex Libak, Hanna Meron, Sammy Michael, Merav Michaeli, Sefi Rachlevsky, Gabi Solomon, David Tartakower, Micha Ullman, and many others.
Following is the full text of the Declaration of Independence from Fascism:
A state which forcibly invades the hallowed realm of the individual citizen’s conscience, and which imposes punishment on those whose opinions and beliefs do not fit the authorities’ opinions and the prescribed “character” of the state, stops being a democracy and embarks on becoming a fascist state.
Behind these stairs where we stand, the state of Israel was proclaimed. The state which increasingly takes Israel’s place – a state which fills the country with a variety of racist legislation, promoted by the Knesset and the cabinet – is excluding itself from the family of democratic nations. Therefore we, citizens of the Israel envisaged in the Declaration of Independence, hereby declare that will not be citizens of a country purporting to be Israel and which violates its basic commitment to the principles of equality, civil liberty and sincere aspiration for peace – principles upon which the State of Israel was founded.
6 October, 2010 — VTJP
Israeli settlers looted olive trees in Nablus
IMEMC – 6 Oct 2010 – Wednesday October 06, 2010 – 16:46, On Wednesday afternoon,Israeli settlers cut down dozens of olive trees and looted the harvested fruits from villages of Yanoun and al-Hawara near the city of Nablus.
Israeli Army Intensified Its Military Operations In Hebron
IMEMC – 6 Oct 2010 – Wednesday October 06, 2010 – 12:42, On Wendesday, the Israeli army intensified its military operations in Hebron, in the southern West Bank
22 Sep 2010 — Al Jazeera
If Palestinians recognised Israel as a Jewish state they would be effectively legitimising their own dispossession.
Avigdor Lieberman is at it again. The right-wing Israeli foreign minister wants the Palestinian Authority (PA) to effectively accept the expulsion of Palestinian-Israelis (or Israeli-Arabs as they are known inside Israel) as part of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
Introduction by Gilad Atzmon: Jewish racism knows no boundaries. Though many people of many ethnic origins live between the river and the sea, the Jewish State is not exactly a multi- cultural society. The Israeli legal system is racist to the bone; it is a true mirror of Jewish supremacy and Talmudic tribalism. The Guardian continues to follow the astonishing story of Saber Kushour, a young Palestinian man who was convicted of rape after having consensual sex with a Jewish Israeli woman who had believed him to be a fellow Jew.
Saber Kushour: ‘My conviction for ‘rape by deception’ has ruined my life’
Saber Kushour, an Arab Israeli convicted of ‘rape by deception’ of a Jewish woman, gives his side of the story in an exclusive interview
Saber Kushour convicted Israeli Arab Saber Kushour insists the partner of his casual sexual encounter was willing and never showed any interest in his background.
Saber Kushour apologises as he asks his guests to move the plastic chairs on his breeze-block balcony a little closer to the door to his house. If he were to sit where they are now, he explains, the electronic tag attached to his ankle would set off an alarm.
Kushour’s edginess is understandable – he is recalling a 15-minute encounter almost two years ago which he says ‘has destroyed my life’.