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Kahanist Party Leader Allowed to Run in Israeli Election Despite Attorney General’s Objection on Ha’aretz

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The chairman of the far-right Otzma Yehudit party, Michael Ben Ari, received approval to run for the Knesset from the Central Elections Committee on Wednesday.

Prior to deliberations, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit submitted his opinion to the comittee, stating he was in favor of disqualifying Ben Ari from running for Knesset on the grounds of incitement to racism.

… Zandberg referred to Mendeblit’s opinion, which included quotes from Ben Ari, stating it clearly shows a political agenda that is inherently racist and calls for violence. She quoted Ben Ari, who once said, “Those who only dare to speak against Jews [will] not live,” as an explicit call for violence, and “even incitement to genocide.”

Continue reading at https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-kahanist-party-leader-allowed-to-run-in-israeli-election-despite-ag-s-objection-1.6999112

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A Lawsuit Could Expose U.S. Organizations’ Involvement in West Bank Settlements by Zaha Hassan at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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The case almost ended abruptly when a judge dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims in August 2017, asserting that the matter was outside the court’s purview. But the appeals court found that not all the issues at stake were political and beyond the court’s jurisdiction. Its ruling came down to two pivotal questions: whether the court would have to determine who held sovereignty over the territory in question, and whether the judges were empowered to hear claims of genocide allegedly committed by Israeli settlers funded by the defendants.

Continue reading at https://carnegieendowment.org/2019/02/27/lawsuit-could-expose-u.s.-organizations-involvement-in-west-bank-settlements-pub-78464

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The Writing on the Wall by Amira Hass

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Such graffiti, including its variations, such as “Kahane was right” appear on walls at bus stations for Israelis or on cement blocks positioned alongside West Bank roads. They are hard to miss. The writing on the wall inside the IDF checkpoint is almost hidden… Whoever wrote “Death to the Arabs” in very small print letters did not intend to provoke the passersby. 

… But there’s a connection between the natural way a wish for genocide was scribbled on the wall of a military installation, and the automatic responses of soldiers when a Palestinian vehicle struck them. The soldiers shot immediately at the vehicle, deciding on the spot that the driver and the passengers merit the same fate – death. The IDF spokesperson also issued an automatic response: Terror attack. Automatically all the Israeli media report in unison that these were terrorists… The values of the army, the state and Israeli society clearly say here: First thing you do is kill the Arab.

Continue reading at https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-the-writing-on-the-wall-1.6995559

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Opinion: Ethical study of genocide should include Palestine on The Register-Guard

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We must also come to grips with the fact that even today, our government strongly supports an ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people by the colonial regime in Tel Aviv.
We must teach our children that their government not only supports this genocide but many are striving to ban protest of that horror by equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. The aim of that campaign is to conflate protest of the racist Israeli government with racism.

Continue reading at https://www.registerguard.com/opinion/20190227/ethical-study-of-genocide-should-include-palestine

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Letter To The Editor: On Human Rights by the Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine’s divestment campaign

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Since Israel’s origin, the state has dispossessed countless Palestinians through violent means, starting with the 1948 al-Nakba (“The Catastrophe”) in which nearly a million indigenous Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes or otherwise murdered by Zionist militias. The U.S. shares a common history with Israel as a fellow settler-colonial project rooted in genocide, making the countries’ current close relationship unsurprising.

Continue reading at https://cornellsun.com/2019/02/26/letter-to-the-editor-on-human-rights/

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Netanyahu seals a devilish pact with despicables by Linda S. Heard

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Netanyahu, who fears indictment on multiple corruption and bribery charges, has chosen to gamble for his political life. He is now in bed with the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, the most heinous hard-right racist party in the country’s recent history.

Otzma Yehudit is made up of vicious racist bigoted disciples of Rabbi Meir Kahane who called for Palestinian genocide and organised terrorist attacks against Palestinian targets. His party was declared a terrorist group by both Israel and the United States. It may have changed its name but not its despicable hate-filled ideology. Today, its ambitions include the resettlement of Palestinians and Arab Israelis throughout the Arab world, an enlargement of Israel’s borders, the barring of Muslims from Haram Al Sharif as well as the criminalisation of romantic relations between Jews and non-Jews.

Continue reading at https://gulfnews.com/opinion/op-eds/netanyahu-seals-a-devilish-pact-with-despicables-1.62273915

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Nos sumamos a la campaña internacional contra la celebración de Eurovisión en Tel Aviv / We join the international campaign against the Eurovision celebration in Tel Aviv by Confederación General del Trabajo/General Confederation of Labor (CGT)

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Desde la Confederación General del Trabajo seguimos denunciando el genocidio del Pueblo Palestino por parte del Estado Israelí. A pesar de todos los intentos de lavado de imagen, la memoria histórica así como la realidad de los ataques a la clase obrera palestina por parte del Estado sionista son una constante diaria.

From the General Confederation of Labor we continue to denounce the genocide of the Palestinian People by the Israeli State. 
Despite all attempts at whitewashing, the historical memory as well as the reality of the attacks on the Palestinian working class by the Zionist State are a daily constant.

Continue reading at http://cgt.org.es/noticias-cgt/comunicados/nos-sumamos-la-campana-internacional-contra-la-celebracion-de-eurovision-en

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Adelson, Israeli Banks Must Defend Palestinians’ U.S. Suit on Fortune

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The ruling raises the prospect whether a U.S. court has to determine Israeli settlers committed war crimes and whether those targeted in the suit are financially liable. U.S. Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson said in her decision that the sovereignty issue was separate from a broader question of whether war crimes, including genocide, were being committed there.

“A legal determination that Israeli settlers commit genocide in the disputed territory would not decide ownership of the disputed territory and thus would not directly contradict any foreign policy choice,” Henderson said in a ruling joined by U.S. Circuit judges Nina Pillard and Harry Edwards.

Continue reading at http://fortune.com/2019/02/19/adelson-israeli-banks-must-defend-palestinians-u-s-suit/

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BASSEM AL-TAMIMI, ET AL. v. SHELDON ADELSON, ET AL. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia

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The plaintiffs, both Palestinian nationals and Palestinian
Americans, claim the defendants, pro-Israeli American
individuals and entities, are conspiring to expel all non-Jews
from territory whose sovereignty is in dispute. They sued in
federal district court, pressing four claims: (1) civil conspiracy,
(2) genocide and other war crimes, (3) aiding and abetting
genocide and other war crimes and (4) trespass. Concluding
that all four claims raise nonjusticiable political questions, the
district court dismissed the complaint for lack of subject matter
jurisdiction. We now reverse.

… the second potential political question presented—are Israeli settlers committing genocide—is a purely legal issue… Genocide has a legal
definition. See United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide art. 2, Dec. 9, 1948, 78 U.N.T.S. 277, 280 (defining genocide, in part, as “[k]illing members of [a national, ethnic, racial or religious group]” “with intent to destroy [the group], in whole or in part”). Thus… by incorporating the law of nations and the definitions included therein—provides a judicially manageable standard to determine whether Israeli settlers are committing genocide… We are well able… to apply the standards enunciated by the Supreme Court to the facts of this case.

Continue reading at https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/0/A3E75E70F0CD8003852583A6005636CA/$file/17-5207-1773741.pdf

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The Knesset Candidate Who Says Zionism Encourages anti-Semitism and Calls Netanyahu ‘Arch-murderer’ on Haaretz

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You term what Israel is doing to the Palestinians “genocide.”
“I call it ‘creeping genocide.’ Genocide is not only a matter of taking people to gas chambers. When Yeshayahu Leibowitz used the term ‘Judeo-Nazis,’ people asked him, ‘How can you say that? Are we about to build gas chambers?’ To that, he had two things to say. First, if the whole difference between us and the Nazis boils down to the fact that we’re not building gas chambers, we’re already in trouble. And second, maybe we won’t use gas chambers, but the mentality that exists today in Israel – and he said this 40 years ago – would allow it. 

Continue reading at https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium.MAGAZINE-knesset-candidate-netanyahu-is-an-arch-murderer-zionism-encourages-anti-semitism-1.6935511

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