http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/paper/index.php?article=4138: Israeli tourism wipes Palestinian territories from the map
A deceptive tourism poster, which included occupied Palestinian territories as part of Israel, has been removed from the London Underground after protests from commuters.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jul/31/israel-british-jewish-community: Breaking Israel's spell The British Jewish community must move beyond the idea that being 'loyal' means placing Israeli policy is beyond criticism
"The latest figures on antisemitic hate crimes are indisputably unpalatable, yet those releasing the statistics play their own part in ensuring that the Venn diagrams of anti-Israeli and antisemitic sentiment overlap again and again, thanks to their own interlinking of Jewish and Israeli interests."
'If a single person deserves the title of serial thorn in the side of the Israeli state, Uri Davis, a professor of critical Israel studies at al Quds University on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, might be the one to claim it.
The crowning moment for Dr. Davis arrived last weekend when he became the first Israeli Jew to be elected to one of Fatah's governing bodies, the Revolutionary Council.'
'"The lesson that Israel must learn from the Holocaust is that it can never get security through fences, walls and guns," Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa told Haaretz Thursday.
Commenting on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement in Germany Thursday that the lesson of the Holocaust is that Israel should always defend itself, Tutu noted that "in South Africa, they tried to get security from the barrel of a gun. They never got it. They got security when the human rights of all were recognized and respected."'
Palestinians run for cover during the Israeli phosphorus strike over the UN Relief and Works Agency HQ in Gaza in January
'A fact-finding team from the United Nations has accused Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza. The investigation set up by the Human Rights Council concluded that Israeli forces had been systematically reckless in their use of white phosphorus during the Gaza war earlier this year. '
Israeli minister Ehud Barak faces war crimes arrest threat during UK visit
'Israel received an uncomfortable reminder of international anger over the Gaza war today when lawyers representing 16 Palestinians asked a London court to issue an arrest warrant for its defence minister, Ehud Barak, who is visiting Britain.
After a day of delays and legal wrangling the bid failed on the grounds that Barak enjoyed diplomatic immunity from prosecution. But the episode triggered a brief storm that is likely to give Israeli officials second thoughts about the risk of prosecution in foreign courts.'
'"Guess which country arrested 17 human rights activists today?" asked blogger and former Yedioth journalist Gal Mor on his Facebook status on January 15, 2010.
Among the activists arrested in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah was the Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) Hagai Elad. The activists participated in a series of ongoing weekly demonstrations of both Palestinian and Jewish activists, against Jewish settlers moving into the neighborhood while banning Palestinian families from their homes by a court order, claiming those were former Jewish homes illegally colonized by local families. Li Lurian of Peace Now, who has taken this video of the demonstration, was among the arrested, as well as blogger Didi Remez.'
'Looking at the way the right acts makes one go green with envy and want to learn from them. Four hundred criminal cases opened against opponents of the 2005 Gaza Strip disengagement, people who threw oil, acid, garbage and stones at soldiers and police, were closed last week and their criminal record expunged. Fifty-one MKs voted in favor of the closure, nine against. That is the true map of Israeli politics (and society). Only about seven percent of the lawmakers believed that this was a worthless and dangerous decision. All the rest agreed with it, or did not bother to vote or take an interest.
Neither did anyone think to apply a similar rule to 800 protesters against Operation Cast Lead, who were arrested and charged, perhaps because they are Arabs, nor to the dozens arrested for protesting in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, perhaps because they are leftists. Left-wing demonstrators never acted as violently as the settlers do, but no one thinks about pardoning them. Not even a semblance of equality before the law, not even the appearance of justice for all - that is unnecessary in a place where public shame no longer exists.
This scandalous decision did not appear out of nowhere. It is the fruit of a campaign of pressure and solicitation, bullying and extortion. From now on, settlers and Israeli society will know that they can go as wild as they want:'
'Israel's new immigration police has joined security forces in cracking down on foreign activists residing in the Palestinian West Bank, Haaretz has learned.
The Oz Unit participated last week in the attempted arrest of a number of activists in the West Bank town of Bil'in, and also in the raid that nabbed leading Palestinian militants Mohammed Hatib that same night. Two weeks ago, the unit took part in the arrest of a Czech activist in Ramallah.'
'GAZA, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Israel deported a Palestinian from the West Bank to the isolated, Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Thursday, a Palestinian prisoners rights association said.
The Palestinian Prisoner Club said in a statement that Baker al- Haffi has spent nearly one month in an Israeli detention center after he was arrested in Tulkarem city in the West Bank.
According to the statement, al-Haffi's ID card indicates that he was originally from Gaza and that's why Israel has expelled him. Al-Haffi is married to a woman from the West Bank and had lived there for 10 years. He also has two children, a house and a farm in Tulkarem.
Since Israel announced Gaza a hostile entity following Hamas' takeover of the coastal strip in 2007, it is increasingly deporting the West Bank-residents of Gazan origins if they are caught in raids the Israeli army conducts on daily basis.
In October last year, Israel deported a Palestinian student of Bethlehem University to Gaza two months before her graduation after soldiers on a checkpoint found out that she was born in Gaza. Later, in December, the Israeli High Court ruled that Berlanty Azzam, 22, can't return to the West Bank to continue her studies.'
'Greater, unified Jerusalem is being torn apart. The Israeli - Jewish and Arab - capital is becoming the capital of the hallucinatory, dangerous fanatics. This is not the city of all its residents nor the capital of all its citizens. It is a sad city that belongs to its settlers, its ultra-Orthodox, its violent residents and its messiahs.
The prophet asked, "How is the faithful city become a harlot! She that was full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers" (Isaiah 1: 21). We haven't had murders here yet, but the nation's soul is dying here every day before our very eyes. The Israeli spirit of justice is being run roughshod by politicians, settlers and judges. The national soul is being slain with red tape and bureaucratic indifference.
Yes, the capital of the Jewish people - the people that always swore not to do to others what it would not have done to it - has become a harlot. Morally wanton, emotionally sealed-off. It is manipulated by its shepherds for their benefit and is full of law - everyone is suing everyone else, hiding behind the laws of injustice. And the judges - as though forced - issue rulings in accordance with discriminatory laws, unique to the "chosen people." Once justice dwelled here. Now the settlers do, murderers of the nation's soul.'