Palestine Update 452
Anti-Palestinian racism and incitement in Israeli social media increased by 16% in 2020 – center
7amleh – The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement said in a new report that the results of its racism and incitement in the Israeli social media index showed that about 574,000 posts on social media in 2020 included violent anti-Arab text, at a rate of one out of every 10 posts about Arabs containing violent speech, which is an increase by 79,000 posts compared to last year during which 495,000 violent posts were published. The results showed that, due to the Corona pandemic, racist posts towards Palestinians and Arabs increased by 21 percent, while insults constituted 29 percent of the posts. Incitement speech constituted 7 percent. The report further said the Twitter platform topped the index where 61 percent of violent posts were published, which is more than doubled compared to 2019, while Facebook platform came second this year and had 19 percent of the post, a decrease of 20 percent compared to 2019.
Israel separates women living in Gaza from families in West Bank
Israel implements an apartheid regime between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea to perpetuate the supremacy of Jews over Palestinians. A key means of promoting this goal is dividing the area into separate units. Israel accords Palestinians different rights, while for Jews the area is a single, contiguous space.
These restrictions prevent thousands of families in which one spouse is a resident of Gaza and the other a resident of the West Bank from maintaining a routine family life. Jewish supremacy is perpetuated via this cruel bureaucracy of family separation, which presents the families with an impossible choice: live together in Gaza while cut off from the rest of the family in the West Bank, or live apart. Raising a family, living together with one’s spouse and children and maintaining contact with close relatives are the most elementary and fundamental human connections, but they become unattainable for Palestinians.
“Special representative for the Middle East peace process” and the theory of bullshit jobs
Susanna Terstal (left) denounces “rocket attacks” from Gaza, without criticizing Israeli aggression.
“The late anthropologist David Graeber developed the theory of “bullshit jobs.” Such a post, he wrote, was “utterly meaningless, contributed nothing to the world” and “should not really exist.” Although Graeber had a corporate lawyer in mind, his description applies neatly to some work in the field of international relations.
Ever so often, the European Union bestows a diplomat or politician with the title of “special representative for the Middle East peace process.” The title is built on a lie. The truth is that there is no peace process in the Middle East because Israel’s political establishment is dedicated to Zionism. That anachronistic ideology underpins the ongoing colonization of Palestinian land and the denial of Palestinian rights. Advancing a real peace process – one with justice and equality at its core – would mean demanding that Israel ditches Zionism.
Susanna Terstal, the EU’s current “special representative” for that “peace process,” takes the opposite approach. By repeatedly stressing that the EU is committed to Israel’s “security,” she is offering a reassurance that Zionism will not be confronted. As Terstal says exactly the kind of thing that Zionists want to hear, it is little wonder that they seek her company.”
Support for David Miller grows
“More than 315 academics and public intellectuals have signed an open letter to the University of Bristol in support of Professor David Miller. Miller is a researcher who has studied the Israel lobby, the Zionist movement and Islamophobia. Professor Miller is renowned and respected for his rigorous analysis and considered judgments. “A sustained campaign led by Israel and its lobby is calling for Miller to be fired due to his opposition to Zionism, Israel’s racist state ideology. Among the signatories to the open letter are Noam Chomsky, novelist and retired English professor Ahdaf Soueif, Palestinian scholar and activist Sami al-Arian, dissident Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, and writer Malia Bouattia.
The signatories write that they “oppose anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all forms of racism” and that they “also oppose false allegations and the weaponization of the positive impulses of anti-racism so as to silence anti-racist debate.” They add that “efforts to target isolate and purge individuals in this manner are aimed at deterring evidence-based research, teaching and debate…As public intellectuals and academics, we feel duty-bound to express our solidarity with Professor Miller and to oppose such efforts to crush academic freedom.” Miller is the target of “well-orchestrated efforts” to misrepresent his views “as evidence of anti-Semitism.”
New Zealand state pension fund divests from Israeli banks
“New Zealand’s $33 billion national pension fund has excluded five Israeli banks from its portfolio because of their role in financing Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. An assessment by the NZ Super Fund concludes that holding shares in Israel’s biggest banks would violate its responsible investment policy.The document cites New Zealand’s 2016 vote for UN Security Council resolution 2334 which reaffirms the illegality of the settlements, as well as statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he intends to proceed with large-scale annexations of occupied Palestinian land. Israel’s construction of settlements is a war crime. It is one of the matters currently before the International Criminal Court, whose judges last month cleared the way for a formal investigation of Israel’s actions in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. In a 2018 report, Human Rights Watch documented the essential role Israeli banks play in building the colonies and perpetrating large-scale abuses of Palestinian human rights. All five excluded financial institutions are on the NZ Super Fund exclusion list”.
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Victory for BDS as judge SLAPPS down Zionist attempt to stifle free speech
An Israeli soldier who launched a $6 million defamation action in America against a Palestinian Christian has seen her legal efforts backfire spectacularly. Although her lawyer urged the US judge to apply Israeli defamation law, which punishes criticism of the Zionist State by up to one year in prison, Rebecca Rumshiskaya lost her case.
Californian Judge Craig Griffin rejected and dismissed the lawsuit as well as the attempt to apply Israeli laws in his Orange County Superior Court. In his ruling, the judge also granted Palestinian Suhair Nafal’s anti-SLAPP motion and said that Rumshiskaya must pay the defendant’s legal costs. The anti-SLAPP laws are designed to deter people from using the US courts, and potential threats of a lawsuit, to intimidate people who are exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech. A “strategic lawsuit against public participation” (SLAPP) is one intended to deter freedom of speech, and which the plaintiff usually doesn’t really expect to win. The outcome of this particular lawsuit is a major blow to Israel’s ongoing efforts around the world to silence the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, especially on social networks.