Palestine Update 152
Israel colonialists in disarray and bewildered by growing resistance
Israel feels bulldozed by BDS campaigners. The Eurovision contest to be held in Israel next year is running into rough weather with campaigners from many countries demanding the boycott of the contest if it is held in Israel. After stubborn resistance, Israel is now affording space to the protests by offering to change the venue from Jerusalem to just any place as long as they can hold on to hosting rights. And another defeat for Israeli supporters – Eminent film makers and pop stars lined up to protest the decision to drop Scottish band The Young Fathers for their support of the pro-Palestinian BDS movement. The backlash has pushed organizers to re-invite “The Young Fathers”. They did not simply re-invite the group; they even authorized them to engage their audiences about their support of BDS while onstage. Meanwhile, the Presbyterian Church (USA) through the leadership of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) has taken to affirm Palestinian rights. This year’s general assembly fully adopted overtures on: Opposing congressional and state anti-BDS legislation, creating a task force to examine the call for ecumenical solidarity by the National Council of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) and supporting an end to Israel’s oppressive policies in Jerusalem
For certain, Israel and its supporters’ are bewildered by the widening molization. They fear they are on the losing side. And so the fight needs to be intensified. French philosopher Albert Camus’ words must now guide us: “Against eternal injustice, (Humans) must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, (they) must create happiness”
Jared Kushner’s inanity shows in his “deal of the century”
After three Arab-Israeli wars, tens of thousands of Palestinian deaths and millions of refugees, does Kushner really believe that the Palestinians will settle for cash?
(Extract from a report in ‘The Independent’)
Is there no humiliation left for the Palestinians? After Oslo, after the “two state solution”, after the years of Israeli occupation – of “Area A” and “Area C” to define which kind of occupation the Palestinians must live under – after the vast Jewish colonization of land thieved from its Arab owners, after the mass killings of Gaza, and Trump’s decision that Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem, must be the capital of Israel, are the Palestinians going to be asked to settle for cash and a miserable village? Is there no shame left?
For the Palestinians are soon to be awarded the “ultimate deal” – “ultimate”, as in the last, definitive, terminal, conclusive, no-more-cards-to-play, cash-in-your-chips, go-for-broke, take-it-or-leave-it, to-hell-with-you, cease-and-desist, endgame “deal”. A pitiful village as a capital, no end to colonisation, no security, no army, no independent borders, no unity – in return for a huge amount of money, billions of dollars and euros, millions of pounds, zillions of dinars and shekels and spondulix and filthy lucre, the real “moolah”.
“I believe,” said Kushner this week, “that Palestinian people are less invested in the politicians’ talking points than they are in seeing how a deal will give them and their future generations new opportunities, more and better paying jobs and prospects for a better life.” Is Trump’s son-in-law – “adviser” on the Middle East, real estate developer and US investor – delusional? After three Arab-Israeli wars, tens of thousands of Palestinian deaths and millions of refugees, does Jared Kushner really believe that the Palestinians will settle for cash?
Israeli Government fears Palestinian cameras
Recently the Israeli Knessett passed the first draft of a bill that would criminalize the filming of Israeli soldiers in Palestine, with a proposed five year jail sentence for offenders. The bill specifically focuses on the shame and discrediting that results from such footage and also mentions those who film with the intention to break “soldiers’ spirits,” and “undermine the morale of IDF troops and residents of Israel.” The bill is aimed at Palestinian human rights defenders and their allies, who document soldiers’ abuse to expose it before the world’s eyes, and who also film as a form of nonviolent protection against the soldiers, who tend to be more discreet when a camera is running. These films have succeeded in breaking through the media blockade of Palestinian reality in an environment of lawlessness and indescribable brutality. A human rights defender said: “This is a racist law that attempts to silence ordinary Palestinians and activists like us who choose to resist the occupation and attempt to liberate our people nonviolently. If we do not do this work, how will the international community know about what goes on here?”
Palestinians claim first win in Eurovision boycott campaign –
The apartheid regime is beginning to unravel
Palestinians are claiming their first win in their campaign to boycott next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This comes as ever more international figures are speaking out in support for the right to boycott Israel. Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists are claiming credit for Israel dropping demands that Eurovision 2019 be held in Jerusalem. “This marks a striking failure in Israel’s PR efforts to assert its illegal claim over the city,” PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, said this week. “The BDS movement sees this as the first milestone in the campaign to boycott Eurovision 2019 if it is hosted by Israel while it continues its decades-old, grave violations of Palestinian human rights.” Bruce Katz, the co-president of Palestinian and Jewish Unity, told Press TV: “The Israeli apartheid regime is beginning to unravel as did the apartheid regime in South Africa,”
Yet one more BDS victory at Germany’s Ruhrtriennale arts festival
Film makers Viggo Mortensen, James Schamus, Laurie Anderson, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh are among those to have attacked the Ruhrtriennale festival’s “repressive” decision to drop Scottish band The Young Fathers for their support of the pro-Palestinian BDS movement. A number of figures from the film world have given their support to those who choose to participate in the cultural boycott of Israel following a series of developments at a leading European festival.
Earlier this month, Germany’s Ruhrtriennale arts festival announced that Scottish hip-hop trio The Young Fathers would be dropped from the lineup due to their support for the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, a pro-Palestinian activist group that seeks to cut, among other things, global cultural ties with Israel. The band was among several names that pulled out of Berlin’s Pop-Kultur festival due to its sponsorship by the Israeli embassy, listed as a partner. However, following an international backlash — one that saw the festival accused of “McCarthyism,” with several other artists pulling out in solidarity with The Young Fathers – Ruhrtriennale has now reversed its decision, re-inviting the group and actually encouraging them to actively discuss their support of BDS while onstage.
Presbyterians continue with bold stances to affirm Palestinian
The church also voted down two overtures introduced by the opposition. The first overture attempted to create a false equivalency between the abuses faced by Palestinian and Israeli children. The second tried to prevent the Presbyterian Church from distributing IPMN’s new publication “Why Palestine Matters: The Struggle to End Colonialism.”
Don’t befriend me for a day, and leave me a month. Don’t get close to me if you’re going to leave. Don’t say what you don’t do. Be close or get away.
لا تصاحبني يوماً .. لتهجرني شهراً ولا تقربني .. لتبعدني .. لا تقل ما لا تفعل كُن قريباً .. أو ابتعد.