It has been a tropubling week for Palestine. I summarize some of the events that have caught my attention: These events include:
Protests of Tel Aviv residents angry that Israeli judge surprisingly rules in favour of NOT demolishing Palestinian house.
Israeli demolition of Palestinian home blocked by High Court
but then a review of the case has been requested. I am not aware of any democracies that allow punishment to extend to the whole family through the demolition of the family’s property.
House demolitions. “Israel has implemented a policy of mass demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories,” B’Tselem reports, and since September 2000 “has destroyed some 4,170 Palestinian homes.” Until just recently Israel routinely resorted to house demolitions as a form of collective punishment. According to Middle East Watch, apart from Israel, the only other country in the world that used such a draconian punishment was Iraq under Saddam Hussein. http://normanfinkelstein.com/2006/01/13/economic-boycott-of-israel/
Response to Beinart article “I No Longer Believe in a Jewish State” from conservatives very damning, no chance of two parties living together and resigned to a necessary apartheid but no shame in calling it such either.
Unbalanced response to incendiary balloons, yet again!! Social media showing images of balloons alongside fighter jets and bombings of Gaza. In the meantime, little mainstream media coverage although there is some activity on other social media channels such as Twitter and Instagram. Apart from the ‘light’ bombings, other measures imposed further plummet the people of Gaza into destitution: no power, further movement restrictions etc.
“A statement from the fire service says most of the blazes were small and didn’t pose any danger.”
Video shows new laser system intercepting Gaza fire balloon
UAE/Israel alliance condemned by many nations. UAE quickly (within a few days, no less!) moves to stifle any dissent and jails many!
In an interview with Dr Norman Finkelstein On UAE-Israel Normalization, the issue is discussed along with the implications for the ICC case against Israel.