Tel Aviv under return fire from Gaza

A rocket launched by Palestinian fighters at the Occupied Palestinian Territories makes its way from the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, November 16, 2012

Returning Israel’s recent wave of attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has so far killed at least 20 people, Palestinians have fired over 250 rockets taking Tel Aviv under fire and targeting several other spots in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The attacks have been targeting Gaza since Wednesday.

The retaliatory fire from the coastal strip has struck the heart of Tel Aviv. On Thursday, the Israeli Army said a projectile fired from Gaza struck Rishon LeTzion, some 15 kilometers (nine miles) southeast of Tel Aviv, but there were no injuries or damage.

The Israeli Minister for Military Affairs, Ehud Barak has given the green light for the military to call up 30,000 reservists.

The return fire has sounded off air raid sirens across the occupied territories for the first time in nearly two decades.  Continue reading

Troubling Israeli Religious Fundamentalism


Stephen Lendman

Islamic fundamentalism is vilified in the West. Extremist Jews are largely ignored. In Israel they’re dangerous. They influence  government policy. They seek control of Israel’s rabbinical system.
Last January, Haaretz reported that ultra-Orthodox Shas party members used “improper methods bordering on the criminal (to get) its people appointed to key offices.”
Israeli Haredim are ultra-Orthodox extremists. They believe their way is the only way. Others are heretics. Israel Shahak’s (1933 – 2001) “Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel” explained its pervasive, destructive influence on Israeli politics, the military and society.
He called all forms of bigotry morally reprehensible, saying:

“Any form of racism, discrimination and xenophobia becomes more potent and politically influential if it is taken for granted by the society which indulges in it.”

In Israel, he added:
“The support of democracy and human rights is….meaningless or even harmful and deceitful when it does not begin with self-critique and with support of human rights when they are violated by one’s own group.”
“Any support of human rights for non-Jews whose rights are being violated by the ‘Jewish state’ is as deceitful as the support of human rights by a Stalinist….” Continue reading

Racist Apartheid Israel : Schools for Whites, Schools for Blacks

Ethiopian students? Not in our school

By Dany Adeno Adebe

Students of Ethiopian descent living in Netanya are sent to ‘their own’ school; municipality: Registration areas determined years ago

In the Azorim neighborhood in Netanya 40% or residents are of Ethiopian descent. Most of them live on Motzkin and Eshkol Streets. The local Rambam elementary school is on Eshkol Street. The school has a student body that consists of mostly Ethiopian students.

In its website, the municipality made a statement that more than anything underscores the separation that exists within schools. On the same street, but in different ‘blocks’ there are two separate registration areas.

For example, from 2 Motzkin Street to 20 Motzkin Street, where residents are mostly from the Ethiopian community, children are registered at the nearby Rambam School. Those living in numbers 22 through 28, the newer houses on the block, are registered at the Uziel School some 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) away.

The municipality said in response that the registration areas were determined several years ago after the Uziel School’s student body dwindled as the neighborhood average age increased. This led the municipality to expand the Uziel School registration area.

This, in contrast to the Rambam School, where no such problem arose. “Sadly over the years, due to social processes of which the municipality has no control, there is a growing trend of students leaving the neighborhood and the city over their parents’ refusal to send them to Rambam School.

“Some chose to go to independent haredi schools which led to a situation where the number of haredi schools has risen dramatically and their number now equals State schools.

“In order to deal with this new reality and with the mistakes made by the State of Israel when they allowed the Ethiopian aliyah to settle in large concentrated numbers, the education minister and mayor are working to form a plan that will assist in integration and which will change the current reality.”

Boycott Nestlé

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Nestlé investit et soutient ainsi l’économie israélienne et l’occupation de la Palestine
Nestlé a un lourd passé de collaboration active avec l’Apartheid sud-africain. Ici une publicité pour un aliment de substitution au lait maternel ; cette campagne avait été vigoureusement dénoncée par le mouvement anti-apartheid.

La mainmise d’Israël sur les Palestiniens dure maintenant plus d’un demi siècle déjà : leur terre et leur eau leur sont volées, leurs oliviers coupés et leur économie ruinée (ainsi que leur tissu social).

Derrière le Mur de l’Apartheid encore un vaste territoire a disparu, pendant que les colonistes – dans la plupart des cas des juifs fondamentalistes – déchirent la terre conquise en des bantoustans ingouvernables en soi, ce qui était clairement l’intention et l’est toujours.

Fondamentalement le but visé est clair : rendre un état Palestinien impossible pour ses habitants d’origine. Et pour cela tous les moyens sont bons. De la discrimination directe de ses propres habitants Arabes par Israël jusqu’à la violation permanente des Droits de l’Homme (pas de protection de la population en terre occupée, une masse de prisonniers politiques, qui en plus subissent des tortures).

Dans la bande de Gaza ce système est encore mis en accélération. La population y est littéralement affamée.

Nestlé a commencé ses investissements en 1995 en s’engageant dans un partenariat avec la firme Israélienne Osem (production alimentaire). Nestlé possède maintenant $140 millions du capital de cette firme et la contrôle avec 50,1% des actions. Continue reading