Keeping sane.

Juil 24


If Americans ever wonder why the world hates their country, they should take a look at what is going on in Gaza and then take a look at how their country voted today at the UN Human Rights Council when the rest of the world wanted to investigate Israel for war crimes in Gaza.

Juil 23

Gaza divise la France

La question palestinienne est une question fondamentale de la conscience collective arabo-musulmane depuis les années 1970. Ce qu’on appelle la “minorité visible”, l’immigration maghrébine, greffe sur la question palestinienne ses propres questions sociales et politiques. La communauté musulmane ici en France instrumentalise le conflit israélo-palestinien et transmet ainsi un message politique au reste du pays. 

De nombreux Français ne connaissent rien aux conditions de vie de leurs concitoyens musulmans. Il y a une ségrégation sociale qui se développe d’une façon très choquante. II y a deux France : celle des policiers et des bobos d’un côté, celle des cités de l’autre. Et quand ces deux France se rencontrent, c’est l’incompréhension et la bagarre.

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“Oh rascal children of Gaza. You who constantly disturbed me with your screams under my window. You who filled every morning with rush and chaos. You who broke my vase and stole the lonely flower on my balcony. Come back, and scream as you want and break all the vases. Steal all the flowers. Come back, just come back.” — Khaled Juma, a Palestinian poet from Gaza

US plays decisive role in Israel’s attack on Gaza

In short, Sisi and Netanyahu share a keen interest to weaken and humiliate Hamas. And yet, the US encouraged them to negotiate a ceasefire over Hamas’ head. Since then, Washington has rebuffed an alternative proposal from Qatar and Turkey, who are more sympathetic to Hamas.

It was a foregone conclusion that Hamas would reject the Egyptian offer. It failed to address key concerns, not least that the suffocating siege be ended and that Israel honour earlier agreements, particularly on prisoners.

The ceasefire proposal was nothing more than a trap – one whose purpose was to elicit a Hamas rejection and thereby provide Israel with a pretext to launch its ground invasion.

Netanyahu, backed by the US, is using the current attack to terrorise Gaza’s civilian population, deplete Hamas’ rocket stockpile, and then force it to accept terms of surrender.

Despite its public pronouncements, Washington was also secretly conspiring with Israel on a huge expansion of settlement projects. These were announced – to loud condemnation by Kerry – each time a batch of Palestinian prisoners was released, a condition Abbas had set for his participation.

But US opposition was feigned, writes Drucker. In reality, Washington was “informed of the [settlement] tenders in advance”.

It is no surprise that Netanyahu has been acting in bad faith, and that his military campaigns in the West Bank and Gaza are designed to disrupt the recent reconciliation between Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah.

As Israeli analyst Noam Sheizaf points out, Netanyahu is opposed to a peace deal of any kind. For him, “Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas are pretty much the same. Any gain by either one of them is a loss to Israel.”

But of far greater concern should be the Obama administration’s decision to back Israel to the hilt and the US media’s silence on the matter. There can be no hope of a peaceful solution ever gaining traction – or these bouts of blood-letting in Gaza coming to end – unless Washington is finally unmasked as Israel’s abettor-in-chief.


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Anonyme a dit: the US voted "no" couse they are the only state that share intl' you litle prik. they are not stupied in the white house

come again ?

and once again the US votes against the world consensus and protects Israel at the UN by voting down the Human Rights Council’s attempt to open up an investigation against Israel for war crimes in Gaza. This is not a ‘conflict’ between Israel and Palestine. This is United States vs the rest of the planet.

Juil 22

BBQ chicken, beef kofta, palak paneer, and rice. For iftari.

BBQ chicken, beef kofta, palak paneer, and rice. For iftari.

Contrary to what some might say, there’s nothing such as Beautiful Israel — an Israel that only turned ugly after the 6 Day War. Israel is a colonial-settler state and there never was any other reality to it than this.

i don’t know if this feeling of deep calm is because things will be ok or whether i have, somewhere inside, resigned myself to fate.

An Israeli Shot In India’s Arm

Israel has also offered its help in battling insurgencies in India, particularly with the Maoists — with, in particular, ‘intelligent’, semiautonomous drones. Sources told us that India has sent positive word (though not on-paper MOUs yet) for another lot of 100 drones over the next two or three years.

Not that Israeli drones in India are unprecedented. Israel has steadily been supplying drones to India, but nowhere close to these numbers. In December 2013, the Cabinet Committee on Security, headed by the then prime minister, Manmohan Singh, had approved about $300 million for 15 Heron (Machatz-1) drones from Israel. They were meant to build up to 40-plus Herons, each costing $10 million, with the rest for human-guidance systems and upgrades.

Modi has been working harder to improve his ties with Israel than at getting the Barack Obama administration to lift its ban on him. As erstwhile chief minister of Gujarat, Modi had developed a keenly friendly relationship with Israel, promoting Israel’s involvement with grassroots ventures from drip irrigation in agriculture to water recycling. Indeed, while Modi was building his bridges with Israel, the Congress government at the Centre set about quietly and increasingly involving, over the years, Mossad’s expertise at surveillance at the Republic Day Parade — which is, more than just a national-pride jamboree, India’s biggest defence exhibition.

Forty days before Narendra Modi took office, the incumbent foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, had announced that Israel was a “reliable partner”, and that the Congress government quietly acknowledged it. On a three-day visit to Israel starting 3 April as chair of the Indo-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group, Swaraj had said that the Congress government had not broken “the continuity in the foreign policy” vis-à-vis Israel and that there was “a lot of warmth in the relationship between the two countries…”

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Why do Palestinians continue to support Hamas despite such devastating losses?

Hamas tells the Palestinians the simple truth: freedom comes at the cost of blood. The tragedy is that we usually provide the evidence. After all, the evacuation of settlements in Gaza came after the Second Intifada, not as a result of negotiations. The Oslo Accords came after the First Intifada; before that, Israel turned down even the convenient London Agreement between Shimon Peres and Jordan’s King Hussein.

Israelis are convinced they are fighting a terror organization driven by a fundamentalist Islamic ideology. Palestinians are convinced Israelis are looking to enslave them, and that as soon as the war is over the siege will be reinforced. Since this is exactly what Israel intends to do, as our government has repeatedly stated, they have no reason to stop fighting.

Hamas may accept a ceasefire soon. Its regime might collapse. Either way, it is only a matter of time before the next round of violence. Human lives are not cheaper for Palestinians than they are for us. But nations fighting for their freedom will endure the worst sacrifices. Like in Shujaiyeh.

is keenly waiting on Israelis to produce a Gandhi or a Martin Luther King (at least in their forms as understood by liberals).

Juil 21

how much longer like this? 

is on the verge of breaking down.