Israel protest against annexation

Submitted by AWL on 10 June, 2020 - 4:03
Israeli protest

On Saturday 6 June 6,000 people (equivalent of 45,000 in Britain) demonstrated in Tel Aviv against the plan of the new Netanyahu-Gantz coalition government to formally annex large parts of the West Bank to Israel, thus creating a bar against any future Palestinian state being more than a collection of scattered patches of land. Netanyahu has long threatened annexation, and now the government talk of moving on 1 July.

Police initially tried to ban the protest on virus-control grounds, but backed down.

The Joint List of Israeli-Arab parties, the soft-left Meretz, and the grassroots movement Standing Together supported the protest. They need international solidarity.

• For recent interviews with activists from Arab-Jewish Israeli left and anti-occupation movement Standing Together, see here and here.


Submitted by John D on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 08:32

When shopping, I cannot remember off-hand the various competitive prices for all the products on the usual shopping list. But a few "marker" prices tell me fairly reliably how this or that shop positions itself.

I find the same can help me with assessing some political issues. One, for example, is when discussing the application of Israel civil law to areas of Judea and Samaria (as they have been known for hundreds of years to English-speaking church-goers).

When I read that the valley of the river Jordan is "fertile" or even "very fertile", I know that I am reading someone who is parroting a line. Certainly not someone who has served in the valley, driven the road - or even talked to someone who has been there.

Who does not have access to Google Maps? Take a look. Fertile ONLY at Jericho and its close northern town, because of the abundant water springs. The rest is dust, stones and close to the Jordan, sticky grey mud. Dust, stones and sand everywhere.

What grows, in small patches, does so only because of enormous investment in infrastructure.

This comment is offered ONLY to indicate the trivial, repetitive language that suffices for impassioned outrage.


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