Israel Police broke up a demonstration (which apparently didn’t have a permit, whatever) and arrested people (fine, whatever) including a journalist who was taking pictures for his job (probably not okay) and then deleted pictures from his camera (uncool) and told him he could never publicize them or else be held for interrogation (which probably really means this. MEGA uncool).
Of course, all this information follows the quote from one of my least favorite MKs, Danny Danon:
Likud MK Danny Danon demanded that the Attorney General charge the arrested demonstrators soon. “Whoever supports terror is treasonous to the State of Israel, they must be jailed immediately,” said Danon.
This is not the only time this has happened; I think uniformed law enforcement in Israel have a penchant for censorship and violating rights of journalists (and lots of other people, too).
There is somewhere I want to be this week: on board a flight to Tel Aviv, prepared to announce my intentions – no lying – to visit the Territories, to visit the Negev, and to speak out on behalf of the more than 20% of Israel’s citizens who face daily discrimination.
I believe it is a duty and a right to speak out when there is a wrong, to bring light to injustice, to show solidarity to the downtrodden. It is not to attack, but to defend. Continue reading →
A warning, in advance: this turned into a much larger project than I had anticipated. But the activity was far more engaging and educational than I had foreseen. Also, if someone wants to pay for the inevitable overage charge on my data plan now from all this research, I’d appreciate it.
I think the best part of this is: “As we say in Jewish…” .. “I think it’s bad when there are like sects of Judaism that are like against Israel” … “American Indians! Looking real nice in their clothes” …
In case you missed it, George Mitchell resigned yesterday, Friday, May 13. He was most recently Obama’s “Special Envoy for Middle East Peace” or some such nonsense. He is a former Senator from Maine. Word on the street here (in Maine) is that he resigned in order to spend more time with his two elementary-school-aged children (the man is something like seventy). Word on the Twitter street is that his resignation is a symbol of American withdrawal from the current peace process strategy, which could actually be an interesting admission of its ineffectiveness. Anyway. That’s all.
Netanyahu expressed his disappointment in Mitchell’s decision to quit, and in the Palestinians’ refusal to attend talks that Mitchell worked so hard to advance. The prime minister added that the Palestinians “set countless preconditions that made [Mitchell's] work difficult, and at the end of the process even united with Hamas.”
On May 15th of each year since 1948, Israel and pro-Israel groups around the world celebrate what they call national Israeli Independence Day. For Israeli Jews, the day marks the end of the British Mandate wh
ich made way for the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine. In cities and campuses around America, Israeli flags visibly hang in celebration. Often times, the Israeli flag is linked to an American flag, reminding everyone of Israel and Americas uniquely close relationship which became especially cozy after the beginning of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967. Israel is the largest recipient of foreign funding from the US government, receiving more than 3 billion dollars a year in military aid.