Israeli Apartheid Constitutionalized

“JERUSALEM — After several days of rushing and intense debates, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had his wish come true. He urgently wanted to get the Nation State bill passed into law before the Knesset goes into summer recess on July 22, and for several days now the Knesset committee charged with ironing out the bill was delaying the process with long discussions. Now the law passed 62 to 55 and 2 abstentions. In an almost symbolic act of racism, the Palestinian members of the Knesset were kicked out of the chamber following the vote because of their vocal protests.”

https://www.mintpressnews.com/knesset-passes-nation-state-law-codifying-israel-as-an-apartheid-state/246100/

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Using one occupation to legitimize another.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/legitimizing-the-occupation-an-occupied-palestine-is-a-land-without-hope/245476/

One of the most important achievements of the war of 1967 was making the conquests of 1948 legitimate, and now it was about post-1948 Israel “giving back” or not “giving back” the territories it occupied in 1967. One clear example of that is the well known and totally ignored UN resolution 242, which was passed in November of 1967. It mentions “withdrawal of Israel Armed Forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;” in other words, the territories captured in 1948, in violation of prior UN resolutions regarding Palestine and regarding the status of Jerusalem, became irrelevant as a result of the 1967 conquests.

A Few Kilometers Away, World’s Apart.

“It is obvious that the technological and medical advancements that very early on were made available to the community of Jewish immigrants, was denied to the indigenous Palestinian people. Even though more often than not the distance between the communities of Jewish settlers and indigenous Palestinians is negligible. Yet the access to water and electricity, along with health care and other crucial services always stop along Arab-Jewish lines.”https://ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-west-asia/palestine/2347-jerusalem-nabi-saleh.html

 

 

 

Impressions from Iran, part 2

 

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A lovely oasis, the city of Yazd sits in the middle of a dessert surrounded by snowy peaks.

YAZD, IRAN – The Revolutionary Guard base in Yazd is right off the main road. I was informed the night before that I was to deliver a 7:30 a.m. lecture but no details were provided. That morning, as we were driving, I was told that I would need to leave my camera and phone behind because we were entering a military base. Then they told me that I would be speaking in front of cadets of the famed Iranian Revolutionary Guards, known in Iran as the “Sebah.” I entered the prayer hall, accompanied by a translator and several reporters who escorted me throughout the trip, and we were greeted and led to a seat with a microphone. About 10 rows of young men seated 20-across were on the floor with their legs crossed

To read more, please go to:

https://www.mintpressnews.com/israeli-addresses-iran/243290/

Impressions from Iran, part 1

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Imam Reza Shrine in Meshhad

Meshhad, IRAN — The look on people’s faces when I mention that I had just returned from visiting Iran is priceless. Even if the trip had been a terrible failure, it still would have been worth it just to see these expressions of confusion, disbelief and sometimes disdain at the mere mention of a visit to Iran. The trip was not a terrible failure; quite the opposite in fact. It was a reminder that looking at the U.S. from the outside, and in this case from a country that has all but been declared an enemy of the U.S., one has the advantage of a very different perspective; and America, led as it is by Donald Trump, seems petulant and dangerous and possessing far too much power.

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https://www.mintpressnews.com/face-us-threats-iranians-met-remain-calm-confident-strength/242819/