Category Israel

RIGHT TO INNOCENCE

Former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) deputy chief of staff Uzi Dayan, testifying this morning in the trial of ‘Hebron shooter’ Elor Azaria: Asked by the prosecutor, Gen. (res.) Nadav Weisman, if the rules of engagement don’t prohibit killing a terrorist just for being a terrorist, Dayan answered, ‘That’s certainly not true. . . . I’ve ordered to […]

BEFORE THE ‘DAHIYEH DOCTRINE’

A 1978 interview with General Mordechai Gur, then-chief of staff of the Israel Defence Forces: Q- Is it true [during the March 1978 Israeli invasion of Lebanon] that you bombarded agglomerations [of people] without distinction? A- I am not one of these people who have a selective memory. Do you think that I pretend not […]

WHY ISRAEL’S RIGHT TRIUMPHS

B. Michael: For 50 years (at least), Israel has been experiencing the existence of occupation, a brutal, wicked, unrestrained existence. The number of people exposed to the abominations of occupation – through their eyes, hands, feet, weapons and children – is growing. Even the best-honed skills of denial, and all the media’s huffing and puffing, […]

THE POLITICS OF ISRAEL’S ‘EXISTENTIAL THREATS’

Moshe Ya’alon, then-Israeli defence minister (February 2016): Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon told defense officials attending the Munich global security conference this weekend that Iran is the ‘biggest generator of terrorism in the world’, and saying that the recently implemented nuclear deal with Iran posed an ‘existential threat’ to Israel. Moshe Ya’alon, now out of […]

TEL AVIV MAYOR: TEL AVIV ATTACK A SYMPTOM OF THE OCCUPATION

A sober statement from Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai, when asked to comment on reports of Palestinians celebrating yesterday’s shootings in Tel Aviv: We might be the only country in the world where another nation is under occupation without civil rights. The problem is that when there is no terrorism, no one talks about [the occupation] . […]

WHERE, O WHERE, IS THE BEAUTIFUL ISRAEL OF YORE?

A vignette from the glory days. * The right-wing Begin government, elected in 1977, began forcibly transferring the Bedouin of the Negev desert into a reservation area, pending their forcible resettlement in industrial townships. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) urged instead that they be permitted to establish agricultural settlements (moshavim). Hundreds of Bedouin families had already applied […]

DISPATCH FROM THE ISRAELI LEFT

[At] the close of the 67th Independence Day, the truth must be told: this may be an insignificant minority that is becoming obsolete, but the fact that this handful has nowhere else to go and nowhere else to run is far from insignificant. This minority’s sense of suffocation is increasing. I feel it myself every day. […]