Articles Tagged With Israel
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2012-10-18 22:01:08
Next week, the European Parliament in Strasbourg will vote on a Protocol to the EU-Israel Association Agreement (officially known as the “Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Member States and the State of Israel”). If passed, this Protocol on “Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products” (link here) would represent an upgrading of trade relations between the EU and Israel and would give a green light from the EU to Israel to continue with its oppression of Palestinians. It would be a continuation of the EU policy of crocodile tears about gross breaches of human rights by the Israeli state and verbal support for a Palestinian state, at the same time as providing political and economic support to Israel and attempting to integrate it into the European economy. By Paul Murphy.
Section: Politico - Fair Comment | Date: 2012-04-17 22:17:48
From the moment you cross the border at Rafah you realise that there is something particularly striking about Gaza. It isn't the bombed out shells of what used to be peoples homes and places of work that struck you the hardest. It isn't even the sounds of the fighter jets flying overhead, or the Israeli gunfire in the bay preventing Palestinian fishermen from making a living in their own waters. It isn't the bullet holes that riddled the cities or the man made poverty and squalor that people were forced to live in. It isn't the hum of the spy drones overhead. It is the beauty of Gaza and the children of Palestine. By Cathal Óg Donnelly.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2011-11-23 13:57:01
Day two of Paul Murphy's trip to Gaza. Find his account of day one here.
I’m back in the hotel after a long day of meetings and trips. Just getting out during the daytime is educational in itself. Poverty is everywhere, as is evidence of the airstrikes and "Operation Castlead", the Israeli regime’s attack on Gaza at the end of 2008 and start of 2009. It is estimated that over 4831 buildings around Gaza were severely damaged and some 3,914 were completely destroyed. Those figures chime with what you see as you drive around Gaza.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2011-11-15 17:16:06
Norman Finkelstein is one of the world's foremost scholars on the Israel-Palestine conflict. He is the author of, most recently, Beyond Chutzpah, which systematically documents the realities of Israel's human rights record, and This Time We Went Too Far, an analysis of Israel's assault on Gaza in 2008-9.
His forthcoming book argues that American Jews are distancing from Israel as the dissonance between the latter's conduct and their liberal values increases. Also, together with Mouin Rabbani, he has written a pamphlet intervening in the Palestinian solidarity movement to make a case for how to resolve the conflict. Jamie Stern-Werner of New Left Project met up with him last week to talk about it.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2011-11-15 14:06:58
Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy has released a statement describing his experience of imprisonment in Ramla’s Givon prison. Murphy was one of the crew on the Freedom Waves flotilla intercepted in international waters by Israeli security forces on 4 November as it sought to breach the naval blockade of Gaza. He was imprisoned for 7 days by the Israeli authorities after the flotilla was intercepted and redirected to the port of Ashdod.
Section: Politico - Politics | Date: 2011-11-07 13:30:29
In administering the EU's scientific research programme, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn oversees the allocation of grants to companies profiting from war and human rights abuses. By David Cronin.
Ensconced in Brussels, the only controversy Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has been embroiled in over the past few years related to her bloated income. While she has displayed remarkable chutzpah in seeking to draw down both a European commissioner’s salary and Oireachtas and ministerial pensions, her personal greed is of little consequence compared to her abetting of Israel’s crimes against humanity.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2011-09-30 14:47:59
Palestine's bid for statehood at the UN is likely to fall at the first hurdle of the Security Council, and never reach the General Assembly, but the effort has drawn attention to the reality of Palestine – Israeli military occupation, neverending settlement building, the sham of negotiations, etc – in a way that nothing else has done in recent years. By David Morrison.
On 23 September 2011, President Mahmoud Abbas made a formal application for UN membership for a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, that is, in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip – the Palestinian territories which have been under Israeli military occupation since June 1967.
The Palestinian leadership has been under fierce pressure from the US and the EU not to apply for UN membership, so it is a minor miracle that the application has actually been made. The EU has been doing its best to save the US from the opprobrium in the Arab world and further afield of having to apply its veto in the Security Council in order to block the application at the behest of Israel.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2011-09-22 08:26:50
The ‘Arab Spring’ has raised the cost to US elites of conspicuous support for Israel, and if the Palestinian bid for statehood is successful, Israel will suffer “a painful and dramatic process of Southafricanization” and become an international pariah. By Jamie Stern-Weiner.
The wave of popular uprisings across the Middle East created many new spaces for popular political participation. Even where those new spaces are now coming under counterrevolutionary attack, as in Egypt, many Arab governments have had to modify their policies to better reflect the views of an increasingly assertive public.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2011-09-15 07:38:05
Given legitimate concerns over the implications for Palestinian rights arising from UN recognition of Palestinian statehood, John Reynolds considers whether Ireland should support the move.
With the Obama administration poised to use its Security Council veto to block Palestine’s bid to gain full UN membership next week, the most likely outcome is an upgrade of Palestine’s existing observer status by the General Assembly from ‘entity’ to ‘non-member state’. Another alternative is that the General Assembly will simply be asked to grant collective recognition to a Palestinian state, without any formal change to Palestine’s observer status. The necessary General Assembly majority for either of those options is already guaranteed by the support of Asian, African and Latin American states for Palestinian statehood, but the weight of the UN’s recognition can be bolstered by the endorsement of EU states, who await full details of the Palestinian request with a view to arriving at a common voting position. With that in mind, what factors should sway Irish government considerations in advance of next week’s assembly?
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2011-08-16 11:03:36
What started as a local protest against the skyrocketing housing market in Tel-Aviv has escalated into the largest public uprising that the state of Israel has ever witnessed. The movement for social justice spurred tent cities in major metropolitan hubs across the country, mobilizing over 4 per cent of Israel's total population (one out of every 20 Israelis took to the streets in last week's massive protest).
While the Israeli economy is strong, unemployment is low, the shekel is powerful, foreign investment high and economic growth steady, Israelis from across the board have come together in protest for a higher ideal - not political and not necessarily demanding for a change in government.
This is a protest against what Israel has become, in the name of what it once was. It is an effort by the young Israelis to recapture an older, more egalitarian, more idealistic country that their parents lost. - Michael Walzer
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2011-07-19 12:32:29
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have boarded the French Vessel Dignité Al-Karam which was attempting to break through the Israeli blockade of Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory.
The Dignité Al-Karam was the only remaining vessel of the Second Freedom Flotilla, which originally consisted of 10 ships, including the Irish vessel MV Saoirse.The Saoirse was prevented from taking part in the flotilla when its propeller was sabotaged, making it extremely dangerous to sail. Another ship due to take part in the flotilla was also allegedly sabotaged, while the rest were prevented from leaving port by the Greek authorities.
According to the IDF, the Dignité Al-Karam was ordered to divert from their destination of Gaza, and dock at the port of Ashdod, about 40 kilometres south of Tel Aviv. The IDF then dispatched the navy to intercept the Dignité Al-Karam. The IDF claims that these soldiers "operated in line with procedures and took every precaution necessary while using all operational tactics determined prior to the operation, and avoid causing harm to the activists on-board while ensuring the safety of the soldiers."
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2011-07-07 10:30:53
While the second flotilla to Gaza prepared to set sail this week under the motto ‘Stay Human,’ Europe moved a step closer to full participation in the Israeli oppression of Palestinians. By Mimi Weingarten.
Despite widespread Greek support for the Palestinian cause, the Greek government bent to intense pressure from various quarters and declared that the flotilla's boats were forbidden to leave for Gaza. On Monday afternoon Greek coastguards boarded the ‘Tahrir’, a Canadian boat bound for Gaza, and forced it back to port.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2011-06-30 11:58:46
The Irish-owned ship, the MV Saoirse, due to sail this week with the Freedom Flotilla 2 to Gaza, has been sabotaged while at berth the Turkish coastal town of Göcek, according to the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign. The extent of the damage to the ship is such that it will not now participate in the flotilla.
Concerns for the boat first emerged on Monday evening following a short trip near the Göcekmarina and an inspection was carried out by divers and by skipper Shane Dillon on Tuesday morning. Evidence was found that the shaft of the starboard propeller has been interfered with and the boat was taken out of the water for a further visual inspection. On Wednesday, the boat was put on land at a local shipyard and the extent of the sabotage became apparent.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2011-06-28 08:22:29
Paul Murphy MEP is taking part in the Freedom Flotilla II, aboard the MV Saoirse. On Sunday, he outlined his reasons for taking part in the flotilla, here; in this second installment, written yesterday, he highlights EU complicity in the oppression of Palestinians, saying, "It is important for those of us involved in opposing the oppression of the Palestinians by Israel (particularly those of us who are MEPs!), that we publicise and protest the fact that the EU is complicit in this."
Waiting here in a port in the Mediterranean is one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had. We are simply hanging around in a beautiful location, with hot sun and a sea to swim in. In other circumstances, this would be paradise. As it is, it’s certainly not a bad way to spend a few days, but the anticipation of what is coming in looms over everything. The mood is generally good and people are getting on well, but it’s clear we are all eager to get going.
Section: Politico - Books | Date: 2011-06-07 12:52:42
Greg Philo and Mike Berry expand on their work in Bad News from Israel in a follow-up book, and uncover the ideological biases at work in coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict. By Ronan MacDubhghaill.
Following on from the successes of the widely acclaimed “Bad News From Israel”, “More Bad News From Israel” sheds light on an important topic which is so easily misunderstood. In so doing, the authors expand on the work carried out in the first edition to include a detailed analysis of the coverage of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza strip in December 2008 and January 2009, as well as on the Gaza flotilla in 2010. An in-depth thematic analysis of the coverage of the conflict is carried out, with the intention of uncovering the underlying ideological biases at work regarding how the conflict is reported in the West. Not only does this include a scrupulously detailed account of the coverage itself in the form of a discourse analysis, but the new book also presents new and original quantitative and qualitative research. The quantitative component of this research includes questionnaires used in the UK, US and Germany, which are informed by and interpreted with reference to a highly instructive set of qualitative research. Vitally, this qualitative component involves interaction between veteran journalists and members of the public in the setting of focus groups, which lends real illustrative texture to the study, bringing sharply into focus the discrepancies through which the dynamics of the conflict are misunderstood.
Section: Politico - Society | Date: 2010-08-15 09:31:34
A group of Irish artists together with the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) have launched a cultural boycott of Israel. By Eamonn Costello.
At a gathering in Dublin's Temple Bar, creative and performing artists undertook to boycott Israel by refusing to perform, or to allow their work be displayed there.
The signatures of over 160 poets, writers, actors, playwrights, dancers, sculptors, musicians and visual artists were collected for a pledge “not to avail of any invitation to perform or exhibit in Israel, nor to accept any funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights”.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2010-08-10 15:23:41
Fragile peace could be broken in Lebanon if Hezbollah fails to convince of Israel's involvement in Hariri murder. By Malachy Browne in Beirut.
The Lebanese paramilitary group Hezbollah has implicated Israel in the 2005 assassination of then Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri. In a two hour press conference aired on television and radio last night, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah outlined details of alleged Israeli espionage in Lebanon dating to 1997. It showed aerial footage allegedly intercepted by Hezbollah from Israeli reconnaissance flights outlining the route taken by Rafik Hariri on the day he was killed. Hezbollah has previously used intercepted footage in attacks on Israeli forces.
(Pictured: Hassan Nasrallah giving a press conference last night aired on Hezbollah TV station Al-Manar)
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2010-07-30 08:48:13
Dunnes Stores has received a petition signed by over 6,000 people demanding that it cease stocking Israeli goods. By Eamonn Costello.
Around fifty protesters gathered with flags and banners at Dunnes Stores head office in Georges Street, Dublin at lunchtime yesterday to support the boycott.
The petition was organised by the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) following the attack by Israel on the 'Freedom Flotilla'. IPSC national chairperson, Freda Hughes said at the rally: "We are here today to support the call from consumers in Ireland for a boycott of Israeli produce, until Israel fully complies with international law, ends the siege of Gaza, ends the occupation of Palestine, and affords full and equal rights to Palestinian people."
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2010-06-26 09:04:22
The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) held a debate on Tuesday entitled, ‘Israel: Is Boycott the Answer?’. The debate was held following Minister Michael Martin's expulsion of an Israeli official for the alleged forgery of Irish passports linked with the murder of a Hamas official in Dubai.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2010-06-08 23:42:11
Israel claims it had compelling reasons for hijacking the Free Gaza ships in international waters and kidnapping their passengers; all of them are bogus. By Dr. David Morrisson.
The World Bank estimates that 80% of the imports into Gaza come via the tunnels under the Egypt/Gaza border. They are not checked for arms by the Israeli (or Egyptian) authorities. Why does Israel remain relatively relaxed about this vast quantity of goods that enter Gaza unchecked, while it insists that the small amount being carried in by the Free Gaza flotilla had to be checked?
If Israel applied the criteria to these goods that it did to those being transported by the Free Gaza ships it hijacked last Monday, then it would have to retake military control of the Egypt-Gaza border and either block goods entering Gaza via this border or check them for arms.
Section: Politico - Politics | Date: 2010-06-01 15:07:16
Over 1000 demonstrators gathered in Dublin’s city centre yesterday to protest against the killing of activists bringing aid to Gaza. Such global comdemnation of an international event has not been seen since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. By Denise O’ Riordan
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2010-05-14 10:15:45
An audience in Dublin heard yesterday that a Committee of the European Union will be refused access to Palestine by Israel in a forthcoming trip, and that media reportage does not reflect the "reality on the ground" for Palestinians. By Shane Creevy.
Proinsias de Rossa, Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council (DPLC), explained that a European Parliament Committee are to meet Israeli and Palestinian sides in the last week of May.
However, de Rossa said that the Committee had received a letter from Israeli diplomats this week, stating that the Committee may not meet Palestinian officials or visit Palestine while in the Middle East.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2010-05-06 15:05:32
For the first time, the US delivers to Israel the message that it may be impossible for a Jewish state to encompass the whole of mandate Palestine. By David Morrison.
General David Petraeus is the head of US Central Command (CENTCOM), whose area of responsibility (AOR) stretches from Egypt to the borders of China, covering a large swathe of the Muslim world. As CENTCOM commander, General Petraeus is in overall command of US military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
On 16 March 2010, he presented a report on CENTCOM activity to the US Senate Armed Services Committee. In it, he listed a series of factors that “can serve as root causes of instability or as obstacles to security” in the CENTCOM area. First on the list is “insufficient progress toward a comprehensive Middle East peace”, of which he wrote:
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2010-05-06 13:47:33
Ireland Palestine Alliance opposes Israel's probable OECD membership, citing human rights violations. By David Morrison.
In a written answer to Sinn Fein Deputy, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Foreign Minister, Micheál Martin, told the Dáil on 21 April 2010 that “it is expected that Ireland will join with the other 29 members of the OECD to formally invite Israel to become a member.”
The Roadmap for the Accession of Israel to the OECD Convention, adopted by the OECD Council in November 2007, states:
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2010-02-21 16:42:41
Leading Israeli, Palestinian and Jewish academics yesterday called for a new approach to solving the decades old Israel-Palestine conflict. The proposed ‘one state’ solution would see Israeli and Palestinian territories organised under a central government, reminiscent of post-apartheid South Africa.
The speakers were attending a talk on the subject organised by the Irish Anti-War Movement in Dublin's Gresham hotel.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2010-01-20 16:27:21
Two new reports released by the OECD reveal that serious inequalities are rife in Israeli society despite the resilience of its economy during the global recession.
The reports, released today, note that despite the fact that Israel had successfully weathered the global economic crisis there were severe weaknesses in the Israeli economy, particular with regard to its social welfare provisions. The reports also highlight the need for wide ranging reform of education in Israel.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2009-12-22 18:10:55
Reply to Foreign Minister Martin's statement 21 December 2009 :
Contrary to the Minister's statement, Israel has no policy of 'punishment' of the people of Gaza.
Israel has facilitated the entry of, and increased the quantities of, food, medicine and humanitarian supplies to Gaza since the end of its military operation in January last.
There is no lack of information about the situation in Gaza, as there is a large and permanent UN mission there which reports routinely to the UN Secretary-General.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2009-12-22 12:11:10
Labour MEP Proinsias De Rossa last night criticised Israeli policy and the system of “apartheid” in operation in much of the West-Bank and Gaza. Mr. De Rossa made the comments during a briefing following last week’s visit to the Palestinian Territory, where he led an official European Parliament Delegation.
De Rossa, in his capacity as President of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), led a cross-party delegation of eight MEPs on a four-day fact finding mission to the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Section: Politico - World | Date: 2009-11-18 11:48:21
The 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall last week was a cause for much celebration and received huge coverage in the global media. World leaders descended upon Berlin to celebrate the momentous event which reunited Germany and changed the face of Europe, and the world, forever. Such high profile celebration was wholly fitting. The Berlin Wall did more than just divide a people, it represented the legacy of a monstrous war while its fall represented the end of the seemingly intractable Cold War. The structure cost the lives of at least 136 people who attempted to cross it. President Obama said of its fall; “There could be no clearer rebuke of tyranny, no stronger affirmation of freedom”.
Section: Archive - World | Date: 2009-01-17 00:00:00
The war in Gaza that began on 27 December 2008 reaches the end of its third week with its human toll still rising: by the end of 16 January 2009, more than 1,100 people had been killed (including over 300 children) and 5,100 injured (including over 1,500 children). The Israel Defence Forces (IDF's) air attacks intensified as the three-week mark approached, and its tanks and armoured vehicles moved closer into the crowded urban areas where the majority of the strip's 1.5 million Palestinians live. The concentrated assaults have inflicted damage estimated at $1.4 billion on Gaza's infrastructure, destroyed much of the infrastructure of the governing Hamas movement and eliminated some of its senior officials.
By Paul Rogers of www.opendemocracy.net
Section: Archive - World | Date: 2008-09-09 01:00:00
The Israeli government is attempting to Judaise Palestinian East Jerusalem, and maintain a Jewish majority against the demographic threat of a higher Palestinian birth rate. By Mel Frykberg, Inter Press Service
Section: Archive - World | Date: 2008-07-03 00:00:00
Israeli anthropologist Jeff Halper believes Ireland should make a stand against the Israeli occupation and destruction of Palestinian territories and homes. Interview by David Shanks
An Israeli activist, recently visiting Ireland, has been critical of the Irish government's refusal to support the Palestinian cause and alleges that two companies in Ireland have been involved in projects for the Israelis.
Section: Archive - World | Date: 2008-01-03 13:51:42
Direct action to improve the human rights and living conditions of Palestinian communities must be an essential part of the new negotiations process that is being put in place after last month's Middle East summit writes David White, Co-ordinator of Amnesty International Irish Section's Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories Group.
Section: Archive - World | Date: 2007-10-26 13:58:19
Jerusalem and religion. An extract from Richard Crowley's new book, No Man's Land.
Section: Archive - World | Date: 2007-07-05 00:00:00
Hamas has won a military victory in Gaza at the cost of exposing its political weakness.
Section: Archive - World | Date: 2007-07-05 00:00:00
The differences between Hamas and Fatah lie in their respective visions for a Palestinian future and the methods employed to achieve these ends. Since its foundation following the first intifada against Israel's occupation of Palestinian land in 1987, Hamas has seen Fatah's two-state solution as implicit recognition of Israel. Instead, Hamas wants to establish an Islamic state on all of historic Palestine – much of which lies within Israel's present borders.
Section: Archive - Forum | Date: 2007-07-03 16:18:24
The recent re-jailing of the Israeli Mordechai Vanunu for supposedly talking to people he should not talk to (the Nazis were not this bad) must be condemned by all right-thinking people.
Section: Archive - Books | Date: 2007-03-01 00:00:00
The state of Israel is under threat, not from military instability or Palestinian militancy but from its own moral contradictions. A new book explores the anti-Zionist movement. By David Shanks
Section: Archive - Media | Date: 1978-05-02 00:00:00
ISRAEL'S WIN OF THE 23rd Eurovision Song Contest at the Palais des Congres on Saturday 22nd April 1978 was the greatest upset for the form books virtually since the launching of the contest in 1956.
Section: Archive - World | Date: 1969-10-01 16:40:49
AFTER THE FALL of the Jewish state of Palestine in the year 70, up to the fateful year of 1948 only two Jewish states were ever formed. One was in the Yemen in the sixth century and the other was on the Lower Volga and lasted for three centuries until 1000. During the Middle Ages Jews had formed tight, closely knit communities. But in the nineteenth century the movement towards cultural assimilation became much greater. Then in 1879 a tragic event took place. Bismarck for completely pragmatic reasons found it necessary to launch a campaign of anti-Semitism. This cynical use of pogroms by rulers was to continue in Austria, France and Russia. Thus in a century in which bourgeois nationalism developed all over Europe rulers exorcised many of the class hatreds and tensions by forcing a new political identity on international Jewry.
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