This Week's Message

Bennett's Responsibility

A matter of concrete debate
Is it moral
To take revenge
On a whole family
For the act of
One family member?

This is not only a matter of
Abstract philosophical debate
Among Israelis.

Also those who think that
Palestinians... • More...

What change?
Lapid, as Foreign Minister
Opens an embassy
In Abu Dhabi
And says niceties
To Arabs who live
Thousands of kilometers away.

And on the very same day
Lapid's 'government of change'
Sends bulldozers... • More...

No avoiding of the real issues
Before the government
Was formed, uniting
Right-wing and Left-wing,
It was declared that
This government would
Avoid dealing with
Controversial ideological issues.

After just a week,
The new... • More...

No moment of grace
Should thousands of
Extreme right settlers
Be allowed to "Dance with flags"
At the heart of the
Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem,
Provoke the Palestinian residents,
With crude racist songs,
And risk a... • More...

What has changed in this war?
After 11 days
Of death and destruction,
Does the government of Israel
Intend to fundamentally change
Its policy in the Gaza Strip?
There is no sign of
Any such intention.

The Israeli siege will... • More...

Turning "collateral damage" into war crime
"Our bombing of Gaza is moral"
Cried the Prime Minister
As if he cares.

"We are doing all
To avoid harm to civilians".
So he said.
Well, perhaps we try.

But when you drop
450 bombs in half an... • More...

Not much of a respite
The alternative bloc embarked on
Negotiations to form
A government without Netanyahu.

At the same time
A huge conflagration
Because of plans to evict
Hundreds of Palestinians
From their homes in... • More...

Asymmetric confrontations
Violent confrontations in East Jerusalem.
The Israeli media presented a symmetrical picture:
"Jewish demonstrators" versus "Arab demonstrators"
With the impartial police interposing,
Prime... • More...

A debt to the future
Itzik Saidian was
Sent by the State of Israel
To fight in the Sajaiya refugee camp.

He shot and killed residents of the camp,
Saw several of his comrades being killed,
Came back with battle... • More...

Thieves in the night
In the middle
Of the night
15 settler families
With heavy police escort,
Came to Silwan
In East Jerusalem,
And established themselves
In Palestinian houses.
By the morning, there were... • More...

Who is afraid of democracy?
The State of Israel
Held democratic elections.
All parties, factions and movements
Could take part,
Even those considered extremists

The Palestinians, too
Want to hold
Democratic elections
And... • More...

A trick too far
In a desperate effort to hold on to power
Netanyahu bonded with the
Rabidly racist Kahanists.

He also caused a split
Among the Arab parties
And got the Islamists
To run separately.

Both moves... • More...

What peacemaker?
No peace with
The Palestinians,
And for many years
Not even a semblance of negotiations.
Continuing occupation
Increasing settlement
And a Palestinian complaint
To the International Court in The... • More...

Why does the ICC pick on us?
Halida Jarar, Member of
The Palestinian Legislature,
And a well-known Feminist activist,
Was sentenced by
An Israeli military court
To two years in prison.

To mark International Women's Day... • More...

The Um El Fahm paradox
The demonstrators in
Um El Fahm
Were protesting
Police ineffectiveness
In confronting the
Rising crime wave
In Israel's Arab towns.

But, the police proved
Quite capable of
A vigorous use of force... • More...

Why so harsh?
"Gaza should get
No vaccines
And no humanitarian aid.
I don’t care if
Hundreds of people in Gaza
Will die of the coronavirus."

So declared
Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked.
Why so harsh?
Well, the... • More...

The vaccine paradox
The Palestinians want to send
A thousand vaccinations to Gaza
Just one thousand, but
The Israeli authorities
Take their time about
Giving permission.

It was the Israeli employers who
Came with... • More...

And don't you dare protest!
What is there
To be surprised about
That Israel faces
Prosecution at the Hague?

It is not about
Legitimate self-defence.
It's about saying
"We are the bosses here
And don't you dare protest!
A... • More...

Speaking the demoted language
Arabic is no longer
An official language
In the State of Israel,
Due to the Nation State Law.

But, surprise, surprise!
Unable to reign in
The Haredi lock-down breakers -
Fearing that vaccine... • More...

They all have families to support
Fuad Sabti Jouda, 48 years old
From the village of Iraq at-Tayeh
Did not get a permit
To work in Israel.

To support his four children,
He, like thousands of others.
Crossed every morning
A breach... • More...

Starting point
Four years ago,
The UN Security Council
Resolved that Israeli settlements
In the Occupied Territories
Constitute a flagrant violation
Of International Law
And called on Israel to cease
All... • More...

Holding on to power
Netanyahu uses
Every machination and trick
To cancel his trial
Or at least obstruct it.

He is simply determined
To hold on to power.

Would he also do what
Trump and his supporters did?
If all... • More...

The army is too busy
The "Hilltop Youth" settlers
Are rampaging, attacking
Any Arab they meet.

The army has no time to stop them,
Too busy demolishing Palestinian homes,
Confiscating generators from
People who are... • More...

Inocculation and the vote
Minister Ohana, a Netanyahu groopie,
Instructed Israel's Prison Authority
"For the time being" not to inoculate
Palestinian prisoners.

Prisoners in their cells
Cannot keep social distance
And 140... • More...

The next step
It is Netanyahu's hour
To at long last be
Removed from power.

But to replace him with
Gideon Sa'ar, Mr "Likud clean" -
No less supporting occupation
And settlement... Why?

In the coming... • More...

Autocratic governments
Trump appointed judges
And expected them
To help him
Stay in power.

But at the
Moment of truth
The judges chose for
Judicial integrity.

Judges and public officials
Who keep their independence
Of... • More...

Peace according to Netanyahu
Israeli soldiers
Shoot to death
A 13-year old Palestinian,
The army declaring
It was within army regulations,
And in the sky above
Thousands of Israelis
Are flying to a holiday in Dubai.
Peace... • More...

He died of old age
Professor Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
Was a senior
Iranian scientist,
Nicknamed "Father of
The Iranian Nuclear Program".
He was killed by
Mysterious assassins
Who ambushed his car.

Many years before him... • More...

Mordechai Vanunu and Jonathan Pollard
Mordechai Vanunu
And Jonathan Pollard
Were both arrested in 1986.
Both were denounced
As "traitors". Both served
Many years. On both,
Severe restrictions
Were imposed, even after
Release from... • More...