#Israel bans Arab cab drivers from airports. And #Egypt votes today. Which is the only #democracy in the Middle East again?
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A primer on the candidates for the 2012 Egyptian elections, courtesy @CairoReview of AUC
Who said the current Israeli government hates all Arabs? They seem to adore Arab dictators:
“We believe that Egypt is going to overcome the current wave of demonstrations, but we have to look to the future,” says [a] minister in the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel enjoys diplomatic relations and security cooperation with both Egypt and Jordan, the only neighboring states that have signed treaties with the Jewish state. But while it may be more efficient to deal with a strongman in Cairo — Mubarak has ruled for 30 years — and a King in Amman, democracies make better neighbors, “because democracies do not initiate wars,” he says.
“Having said that, I’m not sure the time is right for the Arab region to go through the democratic process,” he adds.
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The Only Liberal Democracy In The Middle East (Because It Doesn’t Stone Women Or Hang Gays):
Three Palestinians also were injured by gunfire in the same area, medical officials said.
Israel Defense Forces would only confirm that soldiers fired on two Palestinians who were seen in a 300-meter (984-foot) restricted “no-go” zone near the crossing. Both were hit below the waist, according to IDF.
The shepherd died Thursday night after getting shot in the spine earlier in the day, Palestinian medical officials said.
The medical officials also said three teenage boys out collecting stones Thursday were injured by gunfire in separate incidents in the same area as the fatal shooting. A 14-year-old boy was shot in the head. Another victim, 18, was shot in the leg. A third victim, 19 was shot in the arm.
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Binyamin Netanyahu agrees with your sardonic blogger that Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.
In related news:
Israeli policies in the West Bank harshly discriminate against Palestinian residents, depriving them of basic necessities while providing lavish amenities for Jewish settlements, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The report identifies discriminatory practices that have no legitimate security or other justification and calls on Israel, in addition to abiding by its international legal obligation to withdraw the settlements [colonies], to end these violations of Palestinians’ rights.
The 166-page report, “Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” shows that Israel operates a two-tier system for the two populations of the West Bank in the large areas where it exercises exclusive control.
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Netanyahu has reportedly agreed to a further three-month settlement construction freeze in the West Bank (but not Jerusalem) while he and Abbas try to nail down final boundaries for a new Palestinian state. It appears he has a majority in his cabinet to approve the deal:
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I agree with Sully.
In general, I think this is right. Mead doesn’t mention one important factor in this – the evangelical end-times view of Israel. It’s the politics of the Book of Revelation that impels Sarah Palin to take the view of the right-wing Jewish settlers and terrorists in the West Bank (Yes, I take setting fire to mosques, poisoning fig trees, destroying Palestinian agriculture as terrorism). The pro-Israel lobby is successful not just because it pursues legitimate lobbying of Congress to defend almost anything Israel does, but because it also has a sturdy outreach program to non-Jewish Americans who, by and large, identify far more with Western-seeming Israelis than with Arabs and Muslims, an identification understandably intensified after 9/11.
But there comes a point – and this is what many pro-Israel critics of Israeli policy like yours truly have been saying – when this generalized support can blind us to real issues that hurt us and hurt Israel. The Gaza campaign did not command massive American public support – the public was deeply divided but the Congress was unanimously on Israel’s side (that’s AIPAC’s influence in a nutshell).
Supporting the continuing construction of settlements in East Jerusalem and the neo-colonization of the West Bank are also issues that are not synonymous with support of Israel, as Mead and Goldblog have stated.
My snapping point was the Israeli refusal to help Obama reach out to the Muslim world, the horrible human casualties of the Gaza campaign (and Israeli indifference to Arab life they revealed), the fast-growing influence of far right religious parties in Israel (and America), and the dogged refusal to make any meaningful gesture on settlements to get the peace process re-booted with the most promising West Bank leadership ever. And on those issues, AIPAC has been clearly on Netanyahu’s side, not Obama’s.
what do you think brother thabet?
say….should we change the tag now that Turkey is an islamic democracy?
The playground was destroyed to prevent future terrorists from learning their trade:
Bulldozers entered Far’un village supported by soldiers and began the demolition, while Palestinian children threw stones at them, villagers said.
Residents said soldiers had ordered residents to demolish the area themselves within seven days. Further, they were told that the village would bear the cost of the demolition if Israeli forces carried it out.
The play area had cost $150,000 to build, locals added.
Tikun Olam blog has great coverage of dancing israeli IDF fucktard Ari Yakabov.
Dababisa spoke to Ma’an’s correspondent in her home in Nuba village, west of Hebron, and described the ordeal which followed her detention.
Dababisa said she was detained at Etzion checkpoint at 8 a.m. on 11 December 2007, and thrown into a military jeep, handcuffed and blindfolded. She was taken to the yard of Etzion detention center in front of a group of soldiers.
Moments later, she said, she heard loud music and one of the soldiers tried to touch her. She tried to stay close to the wall, and another soldier arrived with a bottle of wine, and offered her a drink. When she refused, but he continued to harass her, she said.
The soldiers then attacked her “like vicious dogs.”
“They began beating me with rifle butts and legs. One of the soldiers hit my head against the metal of the military jeep until I fainted. Then I found myself in front of a female doctor wearing military uniform. After examining me they moved me to the interrogation center where my journey of torture and humiliation started.
“The officer’s name who began to interrogate me was Beran. He threatened to demolish my family home and arrest my siblings, the interrogation lasted for two hours. After that I was transferred with my eyes blindfolded to another interrogation center, I think it was the Russian compound, where there were three interrogators.
“Soon after I came in they began insulting and cursing using words I do not want to say. One of the interrogators was pulling me by my hair. I was handcuffed the whole time. The interrogation lasted until 11 at night, then they transferred me to Hasharon prison where they accused me of trying to stab someone, and of affiliation with the Islamic Jihad. Lawyers from the prisoners’ society defended me and I was sentenced to 22 months in prison. I was released on 6 September 2009.”
I love the internet.
Meet dancing Israeli fucktard “soldier” with three-quarters of a million views.
Check out his facebook wall……now that is funny.
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