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A Sort-a Truce Extended 24 Hours

by Oui Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 08:43:36 AM EST

Israel and Hamas agree to extend truce for seventh day | Al Jazeera |

An agreement has been reached, with 10 minutes to go.

The last time a ceasefire extension was announced was for two days; this one is only for the next 24 hours.

This goes to show you how hard-fought these negotiations are and how difficult it is for the Qatari mediators, Egypt and the US to get to an agreement.

Antony Blinken's third visit since 7 October

17 hour IDF raid on Jenin two children killed

Israeli forces kill two Palestinian children in occupied West Bank raid

Residents of Jenin camp, which has seen nightly raids since October 7, say they were `shocked' at scale of 17 hour siege

Last minute threats and attack on civilians in Jerusalem

Netanyahu, Gallant emphatic war will resume soon, though current truce may be extended

Israel's ambulance service says a shooting attack took place in Jerusalem | Al Jazeera |

Smotrich: Israel 'at war on all fronts,' will pursue and 'destroy' terrorists everywhere | TOI |

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich responds to this morning's Jerusalem terror attack by saying that Israel is "at war on all fronts."

Terrorists shot people at a bus stop, killing two people and wounding seven, shortly after Israel's ceasefire with Hamas was extended for a seventh day.

"The terrible attack in Jerusalem reminds us that our enemies are not only the Nazis in Gaza. We will pursue and destroy them, with God's help, everywhere," Smotrich writes on X, saying Israel is going for "total victory on all fronts."

US ambassador condemns `abhorrent' Jerusalem terror attack | TOI |

Has Mr. Ambassador condemned any military raid on civilians in Jenin, Hebron or West Bank? How about daily attacks on Palestinian community by illegal Zionist settlers on West Bank? Continuing harassment and making life and making a living impossible? Incitement to hate across the Israeli ministers and government. "We're in total war."

'Continue Killing Them': Twitter Deletes Post of Israeli MK Who Said Soldiers Did 'Nice Work' in Fatal Jenin Raid | Haaretz - 27 Jan. 2023 |

Almog Cohen said he was referring to terrorists, not those uninvolved in fighting in the post he wrote after ten Palestinians were killed and 20 others were wounded in clashes that ensued an Israeli army raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Hurt, scared but free now. Palestinian boy recalls abuse in Israeli prison | Al Jazeera |

Mohammad Salhab Tamimi, 18, was returned to his family on Tuesday as part of an ongoing prisoner exchange deal.

Hebron, occupied West Bank - After eight months in Israeli prisons without being charged or processed, 18-year-old Mohammad Salhab Tamimi was finally able to return to his family as part of an ongoing prisoner exchange deal.

He had been through a lot in the past eight months of uncertainty, torment that only increased since the start of the Al-Aqsa Flood operation on October 7.

The last thing he was told by the forbidding Israeli prison guards was that he would be rearrested and put back into the limbo of administrative detention if his family and friends showed any signs of celebrating his return.

"'Tell your friends [they said]'... If we have a big celebration, I will return to prison," he recalled.

At 7am (05:00 GMT) on Monday, November 27, a guard at Rimon Prison demanded that Mohammad get ready to be transferred to Ofer Prison. That was all; nothing about the reason why he was being moved. Just told to strip off completely, put on just a grey prison sweatsuit, and gather all his belongings.

"I put my clothes in one of those plastic envelopes and walked to the cell door where they cuffed my hands and forced my head down so I was looking at the ground.

"The officer then kicked me, hard. His boots have steel in them, so it felt like he crushed my feet, it really hurt.

"He dragged me to the prison yard but, as he was dragging me out of the prison, he stopped to take my clothes from me and threw them into a garbage pail. Then, cursing me with obscene language, he dragged me out," Mohammad recalled haltingly.

Mohammad was loaded into a prisoner transfer vehicle known as a "bosta" - a van with blacked-out windows and tight cells with metal seats, to which prisoners are chained.

Bosta rides can take 12 hours or more. There are no rest stops, food, or toilet breaks. "I was kept in the vehicle cell without anything to eat or drink until after midnight," said Mohammad.

A decision to humiliate

Things were more unpleasant than usual in prison after October 7, which was when Hamas launched a surprise attack from Gaza on southern Israel killing some 1,200 people.

People held in several institutions have reported severe beatings, denial of medical attention, lawyer and family visits, yard time, electricity, water, and hygiene essentials from the prison shop.

Abraham Accords agreed over the heads of the Palestinian people

Destroying Palestinian culture, libraries and mosques in the Gaza Strip

Israel-Palestine war: Gaza's main public library destroyed in Israeli bombing | MEE - 26 Nov. 2023 |

The bombing of the library has been decried as a deliberate attempt to destroy thousands of books and historical documents

Authorities in Gaza announced on Monday that the pause in fighting has revealed that Gaza City's main public library was among the many civilian buildings destroyed during the war. 

Officials have decried the bombing of the building as a "deliberate attempt to destroy historical documents and books".

Photos of the destroyed building, with books scattered around on the floor, were released by the Municipality of Gaza.

Video footage shared by Storyful, an intelligence agency and open source intelligence and verification platform, showed the destroyed building and the collapsed bookshelves inside. 

A heroin for resistance to fascism and an occupying power with disregard for human rights. Totalitarianism, not a true democracy. The Palestinians have no voice on the world stage. FREE PALESTINE 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸

Israel 75 Years Crimes Against Humanity

Following the death of their daughter, Corrie's parents filed a civil lawsuit against the state of Israel, asserting she had been intentionally killed--or that the soldier driving the Israel Defense Forces bulldozer had shown criminal negligence. That lawsuit was rejected by a Haifa judge in 2012, who found that the driver had not seen Corrie as she stood in the bulldozer's path at the village of Rafah. The ensuing internal Israeli military investigation cleared the bulldozer driver of any fault, and the ruling judge decided that Israel could not be held liable because the bulldozer was engaged in a "combat operation."

 My diary @BooMan

Twisted Minds In Republican-Jewish Circles of Anti-Muslim Hate | May 29, 2014 |


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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 09:14:46 AM EST
Posted @TikunOlam today

Haaretz has been asked to "tone down" ... meaning more pro-government narrative and stop independent reporting.

Even the Israeli military censor has been pressured ... to expand limits on reports from Gaza atrocities.

Military censor says PM unjustifiably pressing him to clamp down on reporting

Brig. Gen Kobi Mandelblit said to tell other senior officers Netanyahu sought to prevent publication of comments from cabinet in which he came off as hesitant on war effort

The "terror porn" circus too travelled to The Hague for parliamentary journalists. Big time influencers, just as unreliable. The Dutch already are nearly 100% pro-Israel and fascism. A warm bath ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 10:55:48 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 11:07:45 AM EST
Elon Musk visits site of Hamas massacre at Israeli kibbutz

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 11:08:28 AM EST
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+972 | Inside Israel's calculated bombing of Gaza (30.11.23)
The investigation by +972 and Local Call is based on conversations with seven current and former members of Israel's intelligence community—including military intelligence and air force personnel who were involved in Israeli operations in the besieged Strip—in addition to Palestinian testimonies, data, and documentation from the Gaza Strip, and official statements by the IDF Spokesperson and other Israeli state institutions.
'An excuse to cause destruction'
Israel launched its assault on Gaza in the aftermath of the October 7 Hamas-led offensive on southern Israel. During that attack, under a hail of rocket fire, Palestinian militants massacred more than 840 civilians and killed 350 soldiers and security personnel, kidnapped around 240 people—civilians and soldiers—to Gaza, and committed widespread sexual violence, including rape, according to a report [Nov 2023] by the NGO Physicians for Human Rights Israel.
Sexual & Gender-based Violence as a Weapon of War During the October7, 2023 Hamas Attacks
...It is important to note that this position paper2 does not attempt or aim to meet legal thresholds. Past experience has shown that survivors of sexual assault are only able to speak, if ever, after sufficient time has passed. As a human rights organization, our role is to validate and voice the experiences of those who endured sexual and gender-based violence—even if they are no longer here to do so themselves. Therefore, this document cautiously outlines the currently available information while citing all sources used and working with the understanding that we still no not possess a complete account of the events. The information published to date is only partial, both due to a lack of systematic analysis of the findings for forensic evidence of sexual abuse and due to the conditions of some of the victims' bodies, their quantity, and the urgency of identifying and evaluating them—sometimes under fire....
From the first moment after the October 7 attack, decision-makers in Israel openly declared that the response would be of a completely different magnitude to previous military operations in Gaza, with the stated aim of totally eradicating Hamas. "The emphasis is on damage and not on accuracy," said IDF Spokesperson Daniel Hagari on Oct. 9. The army swiftly translated those declarations into actions.
...An eyewitness described seeing a woman being raped by several Hamas militants who pulled her hair while taking turns raping her. One of them cut off her breasts, and the other played with them like they were toys. The last Hamas militant to rape her proceeded to shoot her in the head...
According to the sources who spoke to +972 and Local Call, the targets in Gaza that have been struck by Israeli aircraft can be divided roughly into four categories. The first is "tactical targets," which include standard military targets such as armed militant cells, weapon warehouses, rocket launchers, anti-tank missile launchers, launch pits, mortar bombs, military headquarters, observation posts, and so on.

The second is "underground targets"—mainly tunnels that Hamas has dug under Gaza's neighborhoods, including under civilian homes. Aerial strikes on these targets could lead to the collapse of the homes above or near the tunnels.

The third is "power targets," which includes high-rises and residential towers in the heart of cities, and public buildings such as universities, banks, and government offices. The idea behind hitting such targets, say three intelligence sources who were involved in planning or conducting strikes on power targets in the past, is that a deliberate attack on Palestinian society will exert "civil pressure" on Hamas.

The final category consists of "family homes" or "operatives' homes."

by Cat on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 06:21:22 PM EST
Israeli War a Mix of Sex, Lust and Death | by Richard Silverstein July 25, 2014 |

Israeli women have added a new bizarre twist to Operation Protective Edge.  They've pledged their bodies in explicit photos published on Facebook to the soldiers fighting on behalf of the homeland.  Add this to the Israeli calls to sexually brutalize Palestinian mothers and calls in Israeli social media to figuratively rape Gaza and you have a heady mix of sex, violence and death.

The pictures Israeli women displayed on Facebook remind me of the German World War II images of pure Aryan maidens waiting to mate with their Teutonic male counterparts and produce exemplary Aryan children.  It smacked of the Nazi purity of race doctrine.  To be sure, the Israeli women aren't proclaiming their racial superiority.  But they're certainly offering their bodies on the altar of Israeli patriotism.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 18th, 2023 at 03:36:26 PM EST
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Zionist rhetoric of territorial expansionism and genocide | Tikun Olam |

Israel's media offensive effectively smothers an alternative narrative. One that examines Zionist history and finds that Israel itself is guilty of the very charge of territorial expansionism and genocide it promotes.  As I've written here, a 1920 poem by Zeev Jabotinsky contained a slogan which became a watchword among right-wing Zionists: "there are two banks of the Jordan, both are ours."

A latter day affirmation of that sentiment is inscribed in the Likud Party platform which affirms that all the land from the Mediterranean to the Jordan river is under Israeli sovereignty.  Unlike the theoretical genocide suggested by pro-Israel apologists, Israel is maintaining a very real ethnic cleansing and genocide in both Gaza and the West Bank.

Zionist revisionist vision is territorial `genocide': two banks of the Jordan...

The genocide claim regarding this slogan conceals what's really at stake for Israel: it means the end of a state based on Judeo-supremacy; the end of theft of Palestinian land; the end of racism; the end of settler terrorism and pogroms; the end of ethnic cleansing; the end of Jewish privilege over non-Jewish citizens.  Eliminating such privilege and a society built upon it is, of course, not genocide. But it is an existential threat to the Zionist dream of a state of, for and by Jews.

Further reading ...

The New Zionism | Foreign Policy - No. 51 Summer, 1983 |
By Ofira Seliktar

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 10:26:43 PM EST
The Iconic JNF Blue Box

Found in homes, synagogues and schools, the JNF Blue Box remains the most visible symbol of the Jewish National Fund and tzedakah (charity). The Blue Box is so foundational that it was imbedded into JNF Canada's logo. The act of collecting funds in a special box reminds Jews everywhere of our collective goal - historically and today - to build the foundations for Israel's future.

More than a century after its creation, the Blue Box reaffirms the deep bond linking Diaspora Jewry to the land and people of Israel. The Jewish National Fund is known for so much more than our Blue Boxes, but we are as proud as ever of the iconic Blue Box that built a country.

Our History 1901: It All Started with a Dream

From my diary and updated links from cache memory ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 10:29:39 PM EST
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If 'Palestine' Jerseys Incite Hatred, What About JNF? | The Forward - 10 Jan. 2014 |

By Sigal Samuel

By using a one-state map of Palestine to replace the numeral one, the new jerseys effectively erase Israel, making it seem like the state doesn't exist. Of course Israelis and Jews worldwide would take umbrage at this. And, predictably, statements condemning the jerseys poured in this week from all the usual suspects.

According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center's January 6 statement, the jerseys are not only "inciting hatred among the large Arab community in Chile." They are also "fomenting a terrorist intent." The Anti-Defamation League added on January 8 that the one-state map constitutes "inappropriate political imagery" and a "clear delegitimization of Israel." Both organizations called for the imposition of penalties on El Palestino soccer club.

For these groups to take issue with imagery that depicts Israeli and Palestinian land as a single state makes perfect sense. But El Palestino isn't the only group to do so: the Jewish National Fund also favors one-state imagery. Their iconic blue donation boxes, ubiquitous in Jewish schools across the globe, feature a map depicting Israel without the Green Line. That means the JNF doesn't distinguish Israel from the Palestinian-populated West Bank -- even though the Israeli government itself officially endorsed the idea of two states in 2009.

Since this observation was the subject of a Forward cover story last week, ADL spokesman Todd Gutnick, whom I spoke to Thursday, was well aware of it. Yet, while he was clear that the ADL believes it's wrong for El Palestino to use one-state imagery, he couldn't say whether we could safely assume, then, that the ADL also considers it wrong for JNF to do the same thing. "On that question, I'm going to have to see if I can get someone to give you a call back," Gutnick said. More than 24 hours later, no one had called.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 10:30:49 PM EST
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The Effects of Zionist Discourse on the Arab-Israeli Peace Process | May 2005 |

The Zionist movement resulted in the establishment and recognition of Israel as a Jewish state on May 14, 1948, granting the movement its primary goal: "the creation of a home for the Jewish people in Palestine secured by public law." Given the current prospect of Israeli disengagement from occupied territories and an uncertain Arab-Israeli peace, a review of Zionism's evolving framing processes can aid in analyzing the various discursive processes that shape the present Israeli predicament. Social Movement Theory (SMT) will be applied here to Zionism with an emphasis on competing frames prior to state independence and up to the current disengagement debates. By using SMT to analyze the Zionist movement, I argue that because Zionism is and has been the dominant discourse for Israeli Jews, a critical factor impeding the Arab-Israeli peace process is the ongoing framing of Israeli identity through a particular Zionist discourse.

Originally framed within biblical contexts and dominated by passive, orthodox discourse which dismissed any notions of non-messianic Redemption, Zionism required continuous reframing over time to gain legitimacy in the modern era. With increasing anti-Semitism and nationalism throughout Europe, a minority of Jewish elites adapted secular and nationalistic frames to
Zionism. Zionism became more offensive, coordinated, and inclusive within Palestine spawning several institutional and armed components to facilitate mobilization. With statehood, Zionism became exclusionary and defensive as the Israeli center sought to legitimate itself from its external advocates and as surrounding Arab states became increasingly aggressive. Despite the
dominance of secular Zionist frames after independence, competing but subordinate religious frames lingered within Israel and reemerged in dominant fashion due to reclamations of sacred land during the Six Day War.

The prevailing ultra-orthodox discourse of New Zionism, which justifies Zionist achievements through religious frames, serves as a barrier to peace negotiations and disengagement. However, Zionism seems to have come full circle as post-Zionism, which resembles the pre-movement anti- Zionism, has regained strength within the past decade by framing the Zionist movement and its achievements as blasphemous, immoral, and illegitimate. Some argue this burgeoning post- Zionist movement provides a much-needed critique of Zionism's impact on Israeli identity and the peace process. Laurence Silberstein contends that "for significant social and cultural transformation to occur, a change in the discourse through which events are framed and assigned meaning must first occur." Similarly, social constructivist Ted Hopf also argues that domestic discourse shapes state identity and thus how states behave towards others. If applied to Israel, it is possible that further reframing of Zionist discourse at the domestic or state level can reshape Israeli identity and provide the impetus for a more conciliatory peace settlement.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 10:32:49 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 10:34:40 PM EST
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Hiding war crimes, genocide intent, murder of civilians, torture and crimes against human rights. Modern digital warfare to destroy Palestine ...

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Unveils Revolutionary AI 'Hasbara' Bot | The Judean - Sept. 2023 |

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs unveiled its groundbreaking AI 'Hasbara' bot. This innovative avatar is set to revolutionize the production of content in eight different languages, facilitating the rapid dissemination and promotion of Israel's messages across the globe. In a historic development, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes the lead as the world's first ministry capable of swiftly delivering public diplomacy messages through high-quality videos.

The technology harnessed by this bot allows for the effortless creation of informational videos with just a click of a button, utilizing input from professional diplomatic agents. These videos can seamlessly incorporate video clips, lending the final product a polished and professional appearance akin to a studio-based speaker. The avatar is proficient in a diverse array of languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Hindi, Italian, Polish, and Portuguese.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 1st, 2023 at 06:31:49 PM EST
The new hasbara campaign Israel doesn't want you to know about | 972mag - 25 Jan. 2022 |

Losing the war for public opinion abroad, Israel is relaunching a heavily-funded plan to disguise its own propaganda behind the façade of 'foreign agents.'

The Israeli cabinet approved a project that could inject up to NIS 100 million [$30 million] toward covertly funding government propaganda in the United States and other Western countries. Led by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, the initiative is expected to revive a failed plan entrusted until recently to the now-defunct Strategic Affairs Ministry, which closed in 2021. The plan is to transfer money indirectly to foreign organizations that will spread Israeli propaganda in the countries in which they operate, all while hiding the fact that they are backed by the Israeli government.

The project, which was initially established under the name "Solomon's Sling" and is now known as "Concert," was supposed to serve as the spearhead of the Strategic Affairs Ministry and change the global discourse on Israel, particularly online. Solomon's Sling's mission was vaguely described as a struggle against "delegitimization" of the state through "mass consciousness activities."

In the original plan, which was revealed in a series of investigations by The Seventh Eye, Solomon's Sling was allocated a huge budget of NIS 256 million [$80 million]. Half of that amount was supposed to come from the state budget, and the other half from wealthy individuals and foreign organizations, primarily in the United States.

Meet the spies injecting Israeli propaganda into your news feed | The Electronic Intifada - 18 Jan. 2018 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 1st, 2023 at 06:33:08 PM EST
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