Israel steps up punitive actions against, but world pressure steadily mounts

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Israel steps up punitive actions against, but world pressure steadily mounts

To Israel, the rule of law seems irrelevant judging by its abrasive actions. Law seems to matter to Israel only when it deals with the Palestinians. And even then, the application of the law is exaggerated and false on most occasions.

Governments, in general, abhor a media that is critical. Israel displays utter intolerance for media criticism despite its pretence of being a democracy. That is Israel. It will not brook any criticism of its wrong doings. It thinks nothing of persecuting media persons, and resorting to horrific tactics to subdue them. Israeli decision makers do not realize that when they hit the media, their actions get covered and public opinion veers away from them. We share a report on ruthless and irrational attacks against the media.

In our report today, we also see how Israel is losing friends and winning enemies! It has won enemies in far away in Massachusetts where Massachusetts Democrats voted last weekend to declare opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The resolution states “that Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank are obstacles to peace.” Even more embarrassing for Israel is the fact that there is not any reference whatsoever to Palestinian violence.Following close on the heels of that action, UNESCO is all set to pass a resolution on Israel’s 69th Independence Day that indicates rejection of the Jewish state’s sovereignty in any part of Jerusalem. The resolution severely censures Israel for settlement construction in Jerusalem’s Old City and at holy sites in Hebron. It also demands an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza without mentioning attacks from the Hamas-run Strip.

In distant Australia, a group of three journalists brought listeners the untold side of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. In an episode they compared parallels between settler colonialism in Israel and Palestine and the dispossession of both indigenous peoples by European settlers. The programme also offered an update on Palestine Prisoners’ Day.

This Week in Palestine is journalism at its creative best coming from Palestine. In the current issue, under the theme: “What You Didn’t Know about Gaza”, there are insightful articles attesting to the ongoing suffering and a people’s ingenuity and determination to make the best of life as a result of a ten-year, ongoing siege. Gaza’s economy is crippled, unemployment is rampant, and reconstruction after Israeli assaults is lagging behind schedule. But, as the editor, Tina Basem points out, “the Gazans who live under these dire circumstances are prevailing and show inspiring stories of perseverance and creativity.”

There is much that angers those who crave justice for Palestine. But there is hope that comes from the various forms of resistance to the brutalities of Israel.

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In solidarity
Ranjan Solomon
Editor


Massive Israeli attacks against journalists in Jerusalem
Israeli occupation forces and police escalated their attacks against journalists and media, culminating in a wave of attacks on at least 14 journalists in East Jerusalem last weekend. Israeli cavalry police unit, attacked and persecuted journalists, injuring several journalists, destroying their equipment, as well as preventing them from covering a peaceful assembly organized in Jerusalem in solidarity with the Palestinian hunger strikers in the Israeli occupation prisons since 17/4/2017.One photo journalist had a broken rib and his cameras were broken after being persecuted and knocked down by a policeman from the cavalry unit. A Reuters photographer was also beaten with a riffle by an Israeli police officer, causing a slight fracture in his arm while, trying to help his colleague get up.
Read more  on Palestine News Network website

Massachusetts democrats to act on Israeli settlements
Massachusetts Democrats voted last weekend to table a provocative proposal for the state committee to declare opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank without mentioning Palestinian violence. Called the Resolution on peace and security for Israelis And Palestinians, it would have put the state party on record “that Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank are obstacles to peace.”
Read more on The Boston globe website

UNESCO to fire another volley at Israel – on Independence Day
The United Nations’ cultural agency is set to pass a resolution on Israel’s 69th Independence Day that indicates rejection of the Jewish state’s sovereignty in any part of Jerusalem. The resolution also harshly criticizes the government for various construction projects in Jerusalem’s Old City and at holy sites in Hebron, and calls for an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza without mentioning attacks from the Hamas-run Strip.

Submitted to UNESCO’s Executive Board by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, the resolution on “Occupied Palestine” will most likely pass, given the automatic anti-Israel majority in the 58-member body. Its wording as of Monday was slightly less harsh on Jerusalem than previous resolutions, in that it does affirm the importance of the city to the “three monotheistic religions.”Israeli diplomats are busy trying to prevent a European-Arab agreement that would see the council’s European members either vote in favor or abstain in exchange for a slightly softer text.
Read more on the Times of Israel

Palestine remembered
Yousef Alreemawi, Nasser Mashni and Robert Martin present their weekly news and views regarding the Palestinian situation to bring listeners the untold side of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. In this episode they speak to the similarities and parallels between settler colonialism in Israel and Palestine and the dispossession of both indigenous peoples by European settlers.

Also an update on Palestine Prisoners’ Day and the leadership of Marwan Barghouti in a mass prisoner hunger strike inside Israeli jails.
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“What You Didn’t Know about Gaza”
Tina Basem, Editor of “This week in Palestine” has brought together an insightful edition of the magazine under the theme: “What You Didn’t Know about Gaza” with articles attesting to both these aspects of life in Gaza, the ongoing suffering and a people’s ingenuity and determination to make the best of life. She says: “As we go about our daily lives, we tend to push many facts about Gaza to the backs of our minds. This issue will remind you of the hardships that continue to afflict Gazans as a result of a ten-year, ongoing siege: Gaza’s economy is crippled, unemployment is rampant, reconstruction after Israeli assaults is lagging behind schedule, and for a population of 1.9 million people, 95 percent of groundwater is undrinkable, electricity is available on average only 2 to 6 hours a day, medicines are among the many items banned from import, and the list goes on and on. But the Gazans who live under these dire circumstances are prevailing and show inspiring stories of perseverance and creativity.”
Read more on This Week in Palestine