Israel/Palestine thread

Get him elected :pray:

Sounds like Netanyahu has about a week to try and convince one or two individuals to defect and the whole thing falls apart. So confused right now.

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Good point at that end here I think - the dodge of a “two state solutuon” doesnt really work when the PM is explicitly opposed to Palestinian statehood.

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The hashtag #غرد_كأنها_حرة is worth checking out

It’s Palestinians tweeting as if they were free, and it’s beautiful

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Locking up the people they’re most scared of

missed this at the time

the leader of the Belgian socialist party has called for economic sanctions :+1:

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:heart:

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:two_hearts::two_hearts::two_hearts::sob:

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So happy and relieved for them, and hope the arbitrary and groundless nature of their arrest will draw more attention to political prisoners being held without justification.

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this is a few weeks old but a decent read i thought

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Interesting article arguing why “people to people” initiatives are so problematic.

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Anyone with any particular thoughts on the elections in Israel and the forming of this coalition? I’ve been a bit distracted lately but it doesn’t seem great. A lot of focus on how good it is that Netanyahu won’t be there rather than focusing on who is replacing him? Will the coalition be effective?

Nafalti Bennett who is potentiially heading up the coalition has stated in the past that “I have killed lots of arabs in my life and there is no problem with that” He has also stated that Hamas are using “self genocide”.

Just recently he tweeted this out in response to John Oliver and others who had been commentating. Nevermind it repeats the usual tropes in order to justify killing children and blowing up hospitals, it’s just factually wrong in other ways. There has never been any evidence of Hamas using SHifa hospital…let alone the fact he using a picture of a pakistani hospital iin the video?!

It feels like we should be wary of celebrating an “anyone but…” type victory? It’ll be easy now for people to be critical of israel by being critical of netanyahu as he has gone however with bennett as prime minister, even with a coalition behind him, its hard to see any hope for Israel changing policy on palestine and the rights of palestinian people?

Not sure if anyone has any views or useful links?

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Not so much specific, useful thoughts as much as a general sense of absolute dread

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Netanyahu is a corrupt old monster in this only for himself and his image, which is why he was so cosy with Trump. Bennett is a believer, and that’s an altogether more terrifying prospect. We can expect him to ride roughshod over the wishes of the rest of the coalition for the next two years to follow an agenda that will likely make Bibi look like a cantankerous but cuddly old uncle who was prone to a bit of off-the-cuff bigotry.
I very much fear the worst is yet to come.

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I’ll be staggered if this disparate collective - Arabs, liberals, nationalists, centrists - lasts more than 3 months, tbh. Israelis tend to gravitate towards strong leaders who head strong coalitions, which is ironic seeing as it feels like there’s been dozens of general elections in the past 3 or 4 years, so I wouldn’t be surprised if, once this ridiculous coalition falls, Likud, who have always been seen as a strong party, are returned to government, most likely backed by the religious right, headed by Yuli Edelstein, maybe. He’s been touted as a possible replacement for Netanyahu for quite a while now.

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yeah, that’s a really good point

Thanks, and yeah, it does seem like its on incredibly shaky ground already so i think you’re probably right. How very depressing.