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Israeli racial profiling at an airport near you

Oh the irony! An Israeli Jewish soldier suffers humiliation, some of his property is taken (stolen?), and he is held in isolation by Israeli security staff at a foreign airport, Brussels to be precise, because his name “sounds Arab”. He and his family are outraged, but from the report it appears their anger derives only [...]

‘Jewish gene’ myth finally exploded

Bravo to the Israeli geneticist Eran Elhaik, who has finally exploded the racist consensus created by “Jewish geneticists” (read: hasbara scientists) that there is a unique Jewish gene. He also apparently finds conclusive evidence showing that European / Ashkenazi Jews are not descended from the Middle East, as the “Jewish geneticists” have long claimed. He [...]

Full video of Hebron killing surfaces

The unedited video of an Israeli soldier shooting dead 17-year-old Muhammad Awad Salaymeh at a Hebron checkpoint earlier this month has finally surfaced, thanks to what looks to have been a misjudgment by an Israeli journalist. It shows conclusively, as I and others argued even based on the edited footage, that the soldiers executed the [...]

Kafka at Israeli airports and courts

A wonderful example of the Kafkaesque legal system in Israel. The Nazareth district court (which is actually in the Jewish city of Upper Nazareth, not Nazareth) found against three Palestinian citizens of Israel who brought a class-action suit against the Israeli airport authorities and national airlines for routine discrimination in carrying out invasive and humiliating [...]

UNICEF victory for Palestinian children

A small victory: the campaign we began here to get Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes ousted from her post as UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador in Israel has been effective. She has stepped down, complaining that UNICEF had insisted they be allowed to vet her social media activity – to prevent her spouting more racist utterances against Palestinians, including [...]

Did child deserve to die over lost temper?

I am glad to see Abir Kopty examining the video Israel says is of the shooting of Muhammad Awad Salaymeh, the teenager killed at a Hebron checkpoint when he went to buy cake for his 17th birthday party. What this killing reveals is: a) How little interest the killing of a Palestinian juvenile (let alone [...]

Researchers shocked by job discrimination

A comprehensive survey of wages in Israel, conducted among half a million graduates and covering a 13-year period, has found – surprise, surprise – gross racism in Israeli employment practices. So gross, in fact, that it shocked even the researchers. When starting work in the same kinds of professions, white Israeli Jews start at a [...]

Racism even within the Jewish tribe

Zionism = racism, or so the UN was once brave enough to declare. But the racism inherent in Zionism is not directed solely at Palestinians and non-Jews. Zionism, like other ethnic nationalisms, creates hierarchies within its own favoured group. Some people are simply more Jewish, or purer Jews, than others. When Israeli officials talk of [...]

No cost to AP in hoax story on Iran bomb

A further update on the AP – aka Israeli propaganda – story, which included a graph supposedly showing that Iran was developing a nuclear bomb. After the outcry from a host of experts, and non-experts like myself, at this obvious hoax, AP has finally been forced to write a very partial retraction. It admits that [...]

Why Israel cannot let the PA fail

This is one to put in the chutzpah file. Today the Israeli cabinet approved confiscating more than $100m in tax receipts – mostly customs duties on Palestinian imports – it collected this month for the Palestinians under the Oslo accords and using it to bail out the Israel Electricity Company, which is billions in the [...]

AP story shows how easily media coopted

Since I first questioned the credibility of an Associated Press story of a “leaked” graph supposedly proving that Iran was working on a nuclear bomb, experts galore have been ridiculing it as a patent hoax. It is pretty clear, even from the AP report itself, that the story was planted by Israel. What disturbs me [...]

Hate message from UNICEF Israel

UNICEF, the UN’s children’s charity, apparently has a new goodwill ambassador in Israel: Judy Shalom-Nir-Mozes, a wealthy American-Israeli socialite and the wife of a Likud cabinet minister. UNICEF describes itself as “a non-partisan organization which aims, in everything it does, [to help] the most disadvantaged children, and the countries in greatest need have priority.” So [...]

Israel’s prints on AP Iran bomb story

More Israeli meddling to raise the pressure on the US to attack Iran. According to the AP news service, “officials of a country critical of Iran’s atomic program” – ie Israel – leaked its reporters a diagram purportedly showing that Iran has been running computer simulations of a nuclear warhead capable of producing three times [...]

Nazareth: Apparently it’s a ‘nest of terror’

I’ve just discovered, thanks to the mayor of Upper Nazareth, the Jewish city “Jadiaising” Nazareth’s lands, that I’ve been living in a “nest of terror” – and I hadn’t even noticed. Apparently we in Nazareth are “on the lookout for the right moment to stick a knife in the back of the state” and we [...]

Israel and ideologies of hatred

Lots of interesting things to chew over in this interview with Israeli sociologist Niza Yanay on ideologies of hatred. Excerpts below: The media often describes the suicide attack as a hate crime, but I have never come across a report describing the US drone attacks in Pakistan – that have killed over 3,500 people – [...]

Lawyers who whitewashed the occupation

Someone once told me that Israel has more lawyers per capita than any other country. I don’t know whether it’s true, but it should be. In the West Bank alone, Israel applies Ottoman, British Mandate, Jordanian and Israeli military laws, cherrypicking them to make life as oppressive as possible for Palestinians. A new Israeli movie, [...]

The real pain behind the hasbara image

Here are two contrasting images from the past few days of the Israeli army. The first is being used in a hasbara (propaganda) poster campaign by a new group calling itself Zionists Breaking the Silence, designed to restore the image of the Israeli army as the “most moral in the world”. The slogan says: “This [...]