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As Gaza Death Toll Nears 30,000, Israel’s Isolation Grows

As Gaza Death Toll Nears 30,000, Israel’s Isolation Grows

When David Ben-Gurion, one of Israel’s founding fathers, was warned in 1955 that his plan to seize the Gaza Strip from Egypt would provoke a backlash in the United Nations, he famously derided the U.N., playing off its Hebrew acronym, as “Um-Shmum.” The phrase came to symbolize Israel’s willingness to defy international organizations when it believes its core interests are at stake. Nearly 70 years later, Israel faces another wave of condemnation in the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, and from dozens of countries over its military operation in Gaza, which has killed an estimated 29,000 Palestinians, many of them women and children, and left much of the territory in ruins. The huge swell in global pressure has left the Israeli government and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, deeply isolated, if not yet bowed, largely because it still has the support of its staunchest ally, the United States. This time, though, Israel faces a rare break with Washington. The Biden administration is circulating a draft resolution in the United Nations Security Council that …

‘We resist silently’: Many Palestinians to boycott Israel’s municipal vote | Occupied East Jerusalem News

‘We resist silently’: Many Palestinians to boycott Israel’s municipal vote | Occupied East Jerusalem News

Occupied East Jerusalem –  Munir Nuseibeh has the right to vote in Jerusalem’s upcoming municipal elections, but he refuses to do so. The 42-year-old Palestinian doesn’t want to legitimise Israel’s occupation and annexation of the city’s east. “This election will not liberate us. It will – at best – give Palestinians [in East Jerusalem] a few more services,” Nuseibeh, a legal expert, told Al Jazeera. “But why should we integrate ourselves into an apartheid machine, as opposed to working on the real goal which is to dismantle the apartheid regime?” Ever since Israel captured East Jerusalem and other Arab lands in the 1967 war, Palestinians in the city have collectively boycotted these elections for the same reasons as Nuseibeh. There are about 362,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem, most of whom have residency status but are stateless. That means they can participate in local elections — like the municipal vote in Israeli cities on February 27 — but not national ones. Despite the acute racial discrimination, some Palestinians argue that their people should back a single …

As Israel’s assault on Rafah approaches, Egypt prepares for a flood of Palestinian refugees

As Israel’s assault on Rafah approaches, Egypt prepares for a flood of Palestinian refugees

Satellite imagery and video footage have emerged suggesting that Egypt is building what appears to be a large, concrete-walled enclosure which observers believe will be used to manage a major influx of Palestinian refugees flooding out of Gaza via the Rafah crossng on its eastern border. As Israel’s planned military assault on the city of Rafah edges ever closer, it presents the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, with a potentially serious problem. The displacement into his country of potentially hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from the afflicted enclave could seriously destabilise what is an extremely fragile political environment. To keep Palestinians out, or welcome them into Egypt? For Egyptians, the potential for spillover of the Gazan conflict is a major concern. Plagued with Islamist groups mounting regular attacks on Egyptian military instalments in the Sinai Peninsula since 2013, the last thing Sisi needs are enormous numbers of displaced and traumatised refugees. Yet, with the Palestinian death toll now approaching 30,000 – approximately 70% of whom are reported to be women and children – and Israel …

How does Israel’s occupation of Palestine work? | Israel War on Gaza News

How does Israel’s occupation of Palestine work? | Israel War on Gaza News

Hearings have started at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on Monday in a landmark case in which 52 countries are jointly presenting evidence about the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. The case stems from a request from the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 30, 2022. A majority of UNGA members voted to seek the court’s opinion on the legal consequences of the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestine. The hearings will last until February 26. A panel of 15 judges is expected to take about six months to issue a non-binding, advisory opinion on the request, which also asks them to consider the legal status of the occupation and its consequences. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the legitimacy of the ongoing proceedings at The Hague in a statement released by his office on Monday. Netanyahu appeared to suggest he would disregard any ruling against Israel by the ICJ when he added that Israel will maintain full “security control” over areas that are west of the Jordan …

Eurovision Bosses Address Fresh Rumours About Israel’s Involvement

Eurovision Bosses Address Fresh Rumours About Israel’s Involvement

Despite repeated calls for Israel to be dropped from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza, organisers have insisted the country will be allowed to compete. A statement from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) released over the weekend said: “The Eurovision Song Contest is a competition for public broadcasters from all over Europe and the Middle East. It is a competition for broadcasters – not for governments – and the Israeli public broadcaster has been participating in the competition for fifty years. “The EBU is a member-led organisation. The governing bodies of the EBU – led by the Board of Directors – represent the members. These authorities assessed the list of participants and decided that the Israeli public broadcaster complies with all competition rules. Together with 36 other channels, it can participate in the competition next year.” However, reports have now suggested Israel could withdraw from the contest voluntarily if it is required to make changes to its competing song. According to the Israeli newspaper Ynet, the country’s offering is currently …

ICJ hearings on Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land: Day 3

ICJ hearings on Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land: Day 3

The International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, is holding the third day of hearings Wednesday on the legal consequences of Israel’s policies and practices “in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” Dozens of countries are expected to present oral arguments during the hearings, which span six days and deal with questions of Israeli control over the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. While the proceedings are not directly about the war in Gaza, they could intensify pressure on Israel over its military campaign there. Palestinian officials offered impassioned remarks on Monday, with one arguing that “successive Israeli governments have given the Palestinian people only three options: displacement, subjugation or death.” Israel said it does not recognize the legitimacy of the hearings and will not attend. The United States presented arguments on Wednesday. State Department official Richard Visek on Feb. 21 argued that calls for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territory ignored “very real security needs.” (Video: International Court of Justice) What are the hearings about? The hearings come in response to …

How is Israel’s arms industry profiting from the war on Gaza? | TV Shows

How is Israel’s arms industry profiting from the war on Gaza? | TV Shows

Made in Israel, tested in Palestine. The war on Gaza seems to be a testing ground for Israel’s new weaponry, with devastating effect. Despite the country’s relatively small size, Israel is one of the world’s largest weapons exporters. In 2022, its arms sales reached $12.5bn, a 20 percent increase over the previous year. Praised for their innovation, Israeli manufacturers proudly advertise their “battle-tested” products but what is the cost to the test subjects, the Palestinians, especially in the context of the current bloodshed in Gaza? We look at how this brutal business is profiting from the destruction of Gaza as well as how technology, money and the lack of accountability are fueling the flames of war. Presenter: Anelise Borges Guests:Antony Loewenstein – Author, The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports the Technology of Occupation Around the WorldSophia Goodfriend – JournalistMarwa Fatafta – Access Now, MENA Policy and Advocacy DirectorSaleh Hijazi – BDS Movement activist Source link

U.N. Court Hearings on Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian Territories: What to Know

U.N. Court Hearings on Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian Territories: What to Know

The International Court of Justice began hearing arguments on Monday on the legality of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. It is the first time the world’s highest court has been asked to give an advisory opinion on the issue, which has been the subject of years of debates and resolutions at the United Nations. The hearings at the Peace Palace in The Hague are focusing on decades of Israeli actions in the Palestinian territories, including the West Bank and East Jerusalem. But the arguments have gained urgency amid the deadliest-ever Israeli-Palestinian war, in Gaza, and less than a month after the court ordered Israel in a separate case to restrain its attacks in Gaza. The Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister, Riyad al-Maliki, opened the proceedings by telling the court that Israel had subjected Palestinians to decades of discrimination, leaving them with the choice of “displacement, subjugation or death.” Israel is not scheduled to appear at the hearings, but it has filed a written submission rejecting the validity of the proceedings. Here is what to know. What …

Israel’s war on Gaza: List of key events, day 136 | Israel War on Gaza News

Israel’s war on Gaza: List of key events, day 136 | Israel War on Gaza News

Palestine will be the first of 52 countries to speak as the ICJ begins six days of hearings looking into the legality of Israel’s 57-year occupation. Here’s how things stand on Monday, February 19, 2024: Fighting and humanitarian crisis Gaza’s Ministry of Health said another patient died at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, taking the number of deaths to eight since the Israeli military cut electricity and oxygen supplies. Footage verified by Al Jazeera shows hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza City rushing towards aid trucks before fleeing after Israeli forces open fire at them. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed off growing calls to halt the military offensive in Gaza, promising to “finish the job”. Israeli air raids have continued across Gaza, killing at least 18 people overnight into Monday, according to medics and witnesses. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a WHO team was not allowed to enter the Nasser Hospital. In a post on X, he said about 200 patients remain, including 20 who need urgent referrals elsewhere. Israeli Defence Minister …

Tel Aviv Protesters Show Anger Toward Netanyahu and Israel’s Government

Tel Aviv Protesters Show Anger Toward Netanyahu and Israel’s Government

Thousands of antigovernment protesters on Saturday filled a central Tel Aviv thoroughfare, the same street where demonstrations riled the nation before the start of the Israel-Hamas war, in the largest show of anger toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in months. In the immediate aftermath of the Hamas-led attacks on Oct. 7, in which some 1,200 people were killed, according to Israeli officials, the nation was in shock and the antigovernment protests were put on pause. The protesters said at the time that they felt a need to be unified as a nation, and many demonstrators were called up to the military reserves or volunteered to help the war effort. But as the war has passed the four-month mark, protests against the government have been strengthening. On Saturday, calls for an immediate election were heard above a deafening din of air horns. A red flare was lit in the middle of a drum circle that beat out marching tunes. Flag-wielding demonstrators stared down half a dozen police officers on horseback. “The people need to rise up, …