قانون حرمان نتنياهو من الحكم بيد الفلسطينيين…؟

د. عصام نعمان

لكي يفوز في الانتخابات احتاج بنيامين نتنياهو إلى أصوات أكثرية الناخبين اليهود. لكن ليبقى رئيساً للحكومة يحتاج الى موافقة أقلية من النواب الفلسطينيين. في انتخابات الكنيست الأخيرة نال نتنياهو من أصوات اليهود أكثر من منافسيه، لكنه لم يفز وحلفاءه بالأكثرية النيابية اللازمة لتأليف الحكومة. يلزمه لتكوين الأكثرية المطلوبة انشقاق نائبين أو ثلاثة من أحزاب منافسيه وانضمامهم الى تكتله البرلماني اليميني.

هذا الاحتمال ممكن، لكنه صعب التحقيق. لضمان حرمان نتنياهو من تأليف أوّل حكومة بعد الانتخابات، يسعى منافسوه لتكوين أكثرية مضادة وقادرة على سنّ قانون في الكنيست يقضي بمنع النائب الموضوع قيد التحقيق بتهم جنائية من تولي رئاسة الحكومة. لا سبيل الى تكوين هذه الأكثرية إلاّ بمشاركة النواب الفلسطينيين الـ 15 من أعضاء القائمة (العربية) المشتركة، فهل يشاركون؟

الفلسطينيون، جمهوراً ونواباً، يكرهون نتنياهو لأنه صهيونيّ عنصريّ متعصّب ويمارس وحزبه اليميني أبشع صنوف التمييز ضدّهم. لكن فريقاً من منافسيه اليهود الصهاينة لا يقلّ عنه تعصّباً وسوءاً. أبرز هؤلاء بني غانتس، زعيم تحالف «أزرق أبيض» (33 مقعداً) وأفيغدور ليبرمان، زعيم حزب «إسرائيل بيتنا» (7 مقاعد).

غانتس يدعو الى اعتماد «صفقة القرن» كما لضمّ أجزاء من الضفة الغربية إلى «إسرائيل». ليبرمان يصف القائمة المشتركة بأنها طابور خامس. رئيس القائمة المشتركة أيمن عوده ردّ على غانتس داعياً إياه إلى التراجع عن تصريحات كان أعرب فيها عن دعمه لتأليف حكومة ذات أغلبية يهودية، ولضمّ أجزاء من الضفة الغربية الى «إسرائيل». كما ردّ على ليبرمان بموقفٍ صارم: معارضة أيّ حكومة ائتلافية توافقية إذا كانت تضمّ هذا العنصري الفاقع.

تحالف أحزاب العمل و «جيشر» و»ميرتس» (7 مقاعد) أعلن بالتفاهم مع تحالف «أزرق أبيض» (33 مقعداً) اعتزامهما اتخاذ جميع الإجراءات اللازمة لمنع نتنياهو من مواصلة تولي رئاسة الحكومة بينما هو ملاحق بتهم جنائية وبالفساد. مع موافقة حزب «إسرائيل بيتنا» (7 مقاعد) على دعم مشروع قانون يقضي بمنع نتنياهو من شغل منصب رئيس الحكومة، فإنّ مجموع المقاعد التي يشغلها هؤلاء (47 مقعداً) تبقى قاصرة عن تكوين الأكثرية المطلوبة (61 مقعداً من مجموع مقاعد الكنيست الـ 120) لإقرار قانون إبعاد نتنياهو عن رئاسة الحكومة. لضمان ذلك يقتضي إقناع نواب القائمة المشتركة بالانضمام الى مؤيدي القانون المطلوب.

نواب القائمة المشتركة مستعدّون، بطبيعة الحال، لدعم أيّ إجراء يؤدّي الى إقصاء نتنياهو اليميني العنصري. فقد خاضوا الانتخابات الأخيرة تحت هذا الشعار وعبّأوا الجمهور العربي معتمدين على عدائه الغريزيّ لكلّ عنصرية وعنصري في المشهد الإسرائيلي الداخلي. لكن تعاونهم مع سائر خصوم نتنياهو في هذا السبيل يتطلّب الوفاء ببعض الشروط، وربما ببعض الضمانات ايضاً. ذلك أنّ بعضاً من هؤلاء الخصوم لا يتوانى عن ممارسة سلوكية عنصرية فاقعة ضدّ الفلسطينيين.

مترسملاً على اتحاد غير مسبوق بين مختلف أطياف المجتمع السياسي العربي ضدّ الأحزاب والتكتلات الصهيونية العنصرية، ومعلناً باسم كتلة نيابية بـِ 15 مقعداً أضحت في الواقع ثالث أكبر حزب في الكنيست، أكّد أيمن عوده انّ القائمة المشتركة لن تتنازل عن دورها كمجموعة شرعية فاعلة في ميدان السياسة الإسرائيلية. معنى ذلك أنّ القائمة العربية ستستخدم حجمها الوازن في الكنيست للحصول على تنازلات سياسية واجتماعية مهمة من سائر الأحزاب والتكتلات، ولا سيما الوسطية واليسارية منها.

لعلّ التنازلات المطلوبة ستتركز في الميدان الاجتماعي لا سيما حيال قضايا المساواة أمام القانون، ووقف التمييز ضدّ العرب عند تطبيق قانون مخالفات البناء، والتوظيف، وممارسة الحقوق السياسية. الى ذلك، قد يوفّق قادة القائمة المشتركة في حمل بعض أحزاب الوسط واليسار على تقليص الالتزام بمضمون «صفقة القرن»، لا سيما حيال مشاريع الاستيطان والضمّ وفرض «سيادة إسرائيلية» إضافية على بعض الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة، وفي مقدّمها غور الأردن.

يبقى أنّ أهمّ ما يمكن أن ينتج عن تعاون القائمة المشتركة مع خصوم نتنياهو في الكنيست هو تمرير القانون الموضوع من أجل حرمانه من تولي منصب رئيس الحكومة طالما هو ملاحق بتهم جنائية. ذلك سيؤدي الى مفاعيل ثلاثة وازنة: إقالته فوراً من رئاسة الحكومة، وتعزيز مضابط الاتهام ضدّه لدى قضاة التحقيق ومن ثم لدى المحكمة، والدفع باتجاه إجراء انتخابات رابعة خلال سنة واحدة او ما يزيد عنها قليلاً. ولا شك في أنّ اجتماع هذه المفاعيل يتيح لمعارضي نتنياهو الفرصة والقدرة على إضعافه في أوساط الناخبين عموماً والحؤول، تالياً، دون سيطرة أحزاب اليمين العنصرية والمستوطنين على الكنيست أو على الحكومة. كما أنّ ذلك يُسهم في مشاغلة حكام الكيان الصهيوني، قليلاً أو كثيراً، عن شنّ حروبٍ صغيرة أو كبيرة على قطاع غزة وسورية ولبنان.

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Israel’s National Bill

JANUARY 03, 2020BY GILAD ATZMON

Source: https://www.presstv.com

The Education Ministry in Israel has published a new civics teacher’s guide. According to it, all students taking the matriculation exam in civics will be tested on their knowledge of the details of the controversial nation-state law. Tel Aviv’s nation-state law that was passed by the Knesset in 2018 has been labeled as “apartheid” due to its marginalization of the indigenous Arab population. This episode touches on this subject and more.

Video here

India Protests: 15 People Killed in Anti-citizenship Law Rallies

By Staff, Agencies

At least six people were killed in fresh clashes between Indian police forces and people protesting against a contentious citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim, making Friday the single deadliest day of the latest unrest.

Uttar Pradesh Police Chief O.P. Singh told Reuters that 32 other people were also wounded in clashes between police and demonstrators on Friday.

The latest killings bring the death toll to 15 in more than a week of protests.

Singh said none of the deaths on Friday were due to police shooting, adding that 144 people were detained.

However, chief medical officer of Meerut, Rajkumar, who goes by one name, told AFP earlier on Friday that four protesters – two from the district of Meerut and the others from the neighboring district of Muzaffarnagar – were brought to a hospital in Meerut, adding that they died of “gunshot wounds” in the northern state, where nearly 20 percent of India’s 200-million-strong population are Muslim.

A police spokesman also confirmed that one person had died and at least one other had been injured during protests in the city of Firozabad. But he said that the cause of death was not clear yet.

The new deaths came a day after three people lost their lives when police opened fire on protesters in the northern city of Lucknow and Mangalore City in the south of the country.

India has been engulfed by protests since last week, when the country’s parliament passed the citizenship act, which is seen as discriminatory toward Muslims.

Under the law, migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan will be allowed to claim Indian citizenship — but not if they are Muslims.

The heart of India’s capital also witnessed street battles late Friday as police used water cannon and charged at protesters with batons.

Israel’s Supreme Court — Upholding “Targeted Assassinations” and Torture

Global Research, November 08, 2019

Time and again, Israel’s high court upholds human and civil rights abuses committed by the state.

In 2006, the court upheld its targeted assassinations policy, claiming they’re OK when no other choices exist to protect against dangers to national security — that don’t exist it failed to say.

The policy contravenes Israeli law, the laws of war, and human rights law. Time and again, Israel falsely calls legitimate self-defense by Palestinians “terrorism,” unjustifiably justifying its lawless actions, most often upheld by its high court.

In Public Committee against Torture in Israel et al v. the Government of Israel et al (1999), Israel’s Supreme Court banned the practice it earlier OK’d, ruling “psychological pressure (and) a moderate degree of physical pressure” are permissible.

Israel’s 1987 Landau Commission condemned harsh interrogations amounting to torture, but approved the practice to obtain evidence for convictions in criminal proceedings, saying these tactics are necessary against “hostile (threats or acts of) terrorist activity and all expressions of Palestinian nationalism.”

Despite calling the 1984 UN Convention against Torture “absolute (with) no exceptions and no balances,” Israel’s high court OK’d coercive interrogations in three cases.

It permitted violent shaking, painful shackling, hooding, playing deafeningly loud music, sleep deprivation, and lengthly detainments.

Loopholes in the high court’s 1999 ruling OK’d abusive practices amounting to torture despite banning the practice.

It notably allowed physical force in so-called “ticking bomb” cases, giving Israeli interrogators and others wide latitude on their actions.

The court effectively ruled both ways, approving torture and other abusive practices despite banning it.

International law is clear and unequivocal on this issue, banning it at all times, under all circumstances with no allowed exceptions.

In 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a petition by human rights groups and political movements that called for overturning the Anti-Boycott Law.

At the time, the Global BDS Movement and Coalition for Women for Peace called the bill “one of the most dangerous anti-democratic laws promoted” by Knesset members, adding:

“Boycott is a nonviolent, legal and legitimate means to promote social and political aims that are protected in civil rights of freedom of expression, opinion and assembly. The bill constitutes a fatal blow to all these civil rights.”

The police state law punishes entities or individuals that call for boycotting Israel, or an economic, cultural, or academic boycott of its illegal settlements.

According to the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Israel’s Supreme Court “ignored the chilling effect of this law, and missed the opportunity to tell legislators that there are limits to their anti-human rights actions. This law encourages discrimination against the Arabs in Israel.”

The 2012 Nakba Law “harms both the freedom of expression and the civil rights of Arab citizens, even before its implementation.”

“Because the law’s formulation is so broad and vague, many institutions have already begun and will self-censor in order not to risk incurring penalties.”

Israel’s high court upheld the law, falsely claiming it “does not raise difficult and complex questions.”

It violates Arab history, culture, heritage, and the right to express, teach, or disseminate it freely.

Arab intellectual Constantin Zureiq earlier called the Nakba “the worst catastrophe in the deepest sense of the word, to have befallen the Arabs in their long and disaster-ridden history.”

Compromising their ability to publicly denounce what happened compounds the high crime against them.

Speech, press, and academic freedoms in Israel are gravely endangered. In 2017, legislation was enacted that banned foreign nationals who support BDS from entering the country.

Last April, Israel’s Jerusalem district court ruled against Human Rights Watch’s Israeli office director Omar Shakir, a US citizen, ordering him deported for supporting the global BDS movement, his lawful free expression right.

HRW appealed the ruling, petitioning Israel’s Supreme Court to overturn the injustice. It got an injunction to let Shakir stay in the country until the high court heard his case.

On Tuesday, the court ruled against him, Shakir tweeting:

“Breaking: Israeli Supreme Court upholds my deportation over my rights advocacy. Decision now shifts back to Israeli gov; if it proceeds, I have 20 days to leave…(W)e won’t be the last.”

Critic of Israeli human rights abuses Amnesty International said

“the court has made it explicitly clear that those who dare to speak out about human rights violations by the Israeli authorities will be treated as enemies of the state.”

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled against free expression. Without it, all other rights are jeopardized.

Compromising speech, press, and academic freedoms is the hallmark of totalitarian rule — the new normal in the US, other Western societies and Israel, affirmed by its high court.

Is is just a matter of time before Western ones rule the same way?

Is digital democracy in the West and Israel endangered?

Are abuses against Chelsea Manning, other whistleblowers, Julian Assange, and other independent journalists prelude for much more severe crackdowns against fundamental freedoms ahead?

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His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

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The Only Jewish Ghetto in the Middle East

 

Separation Wall by Enzo Apicella RIP (A to Zion-the Definitive Israeli Lexicon)

Separation Wall by Enzo Apicella RIP (A to Zion-the Definitive Israeli Lexicon)

by Gilad Atzmon

The results from Tuesday’s Israeli elections have confirmed what many of us have known for a long while.  The Jewish state is an ultra nationalist right wing swamp. Israel is more hawkish than more hawkish than ever. There is not a single Jewish Israeli Left wing party. The Democratic Party is led and mentored by a war criminal. What is left of Israel’s Labour Party has very little to do with peace, harmony and reconciliation. In fact, that Party is also led by a person wanted for war crimes.

 As things now stand, although Bibi’s right/religious block has shrunk, Israel is more right wing than ever.  The longest serving Israeli PM cannot form his natural right/religious coalition. Most Israeli commentators agree that the only way out of the current political stalemate is with a wide ultranationalist government led by Likud, Blue and White and others.  Such a coalition will be brokered in the coming days by the rabid nationalist zealot Avigdor Lieberman who has skillfully made himself into Israel’s king maker.

 While Netanyahu has proven to be pretty cautious  in his deployment of Israel’s vast military forces,  we have good reason to believe that a coalition led by Blue and White and its IDF generals, Lieberman and Netanyahu, may be less adept at such maneuvers. The components of Israel’s next government are destined to compete among themselves for the ‘Mr. Security’ title. They will be determined to reinstate the long faded Israeli ‘power of deterrence,’ and presumably, they will push for questionable measures that will likely pull the region into carnage.

 This was written on the wall some time ago. Israel, that was born to emancipate the Jews from diaspora conditions, to replace the Jewish ghetto and to eradicate the ghetto mentality, didn’t just fail in its mission: it has matured into the epitome of a ghetto. It has surrounded itself with humongous ghetto walls. It hates its neighbours and not surprisingly, it is not loved in return.

The Jewish ghetto on the Palestinian seashore resembles, on many levels, its East-European ancestor. Israel’s Jews are united by their hostile feelings towards their neighbours although they are in sharp disagreement amongst themselves about pretty much everything else. Once again, the old Yiddish joke comes to mind:

“How many synagogues do you need in a village with just one Jew?   Two, one to go to and one to boycott.”

Jews are defined not only by what they are or what they believe themselves to be, but also by what they hate or claim to oppose.

Israel is not troubled by its failure to fulfill the early Zionist promise to ‘civilize’ the Jews by means of a ‘homecoming,’ to become “people like all other people.” For more than three decades Israel has defined itself as the Jewish State. Israel is not a state of its citizens. Israel is the state of the Jews, both Israelis and Diaspora.  Israel is a state that enforces racial laws and has institutionaized discrimination against the people of the land, the Palestinians.

Unlike Israeli Jews who are divided in their politics, the Palestinians are more united than ever and not just in Gaza.  Once again, the Arab Joint List is the 3rd biggest party in the Knesset. If Likud and Blue and White manage to form a national unity government, the Arab party will be leading the opposition in the Knesset. The Arab party not only united the Palestinians in Israel, it is also the only Left party in the Israeli parliament. It has been said that the Party expanded electorally on Tuesday because those very few Israeli Jews who adhere to Left universal values gave their votes to the Arab party. It is more than symbolic that the only humane and universal political force in the Israeli ghetto is a Palestinian party.

My battle for truth and freedom involves some expensive legal and security services. I hope that you will consider committing to a monthly donation in whatever amount you can give. Regular contributions will enable me to avoid being pushed against a wall and to stay on top of the endless harassment by Zionist operators attempting to silence me and others.

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Saudi Authorities Target Families of Activists: Deprived of Life!

By al-Ahed

Beirut – The Saudi authorities continue their escalatory policies to silence any voice demanding rights and justice. In the context of tightening the grip on peaceful activists, the Saudi regime continues its oppressive measures against their families. It is preventing the families of those “wanted” from basic services, punishing them for their rightful activism.

According to information obtained by al-Ahed news, the Saudi authorities are banning families of activists from the governmental services, as well as depriving them of traveling or obtaining any personal document such as a passport or an identity card.

The families are also deprived of issuing identity and health cards belonging to their children, making it impossible for them to receive any kind of medical treatment or even entering hospitals.

The measures are practiced against the mothers, fathers, siblings, wives and children of those “wanted”, and include the educational services, banning them even from registering them at schools.

Not to mention, they are also being targeted financially as they are not allowed to renew their bank cards once they are expired, leading eventually to close their entire bank accounts, and logically, stop their living and daily affairs…

“People Who Never had a Voice Now Have One and will Never Give it up Again”

Interview with Venezuelan in Canada

*re-published at Global Research

Eva Bartlett 

On April 25th, I gave a talk on some of what I had seen in Venezuela, March-April, sharing photos and clips–with an emphasis of allowing people to hear voices our media generally silences or pretends don’t exist.

In Q & A, the issue of discrimination and racism in Venezuela was raised. This eloquent Venezuelan musician replied to the question so articulately, and disturbingly, that I asked him to re-address it on camera after the event.

Do listen to his words not only on the racism that still exists (not only in Venezuela but in media portrayal of Venezuelans), that in the 80s there actually was a crisis, unlike today, and that the people won’t let their revolution end.

Excerpts:

“In 1999, for the 1st time every in any country in South America, a law was passed to not discriminate against people of colour. People that never had a voice now have one and will never give it up again. You can go to the remotest area in my country and everybody can read. Everybody knows their rights and knows that their voice counts.” <!–more CONTINUE READING–>

“In Venezuela, its a racism that’s very alive, but hidden under class status. When you come to Canada, you just don’t see Venezuelans that look like me, at all. Or even if you go to the States, anywhere you go, you’re not gonna see Venezuelans that look like me.”

“What the Canadian public, the American public and the international community are watching is a huge Hollywood show.”

“I have a challenge for anyone in the opposition to simply answer one question: What would they do different? What is their plan? If they’re planning to go back to those great old days (sarcasm), the people are not having it. Two million militias, old people, young people, everybody knows what the United States is doing. My mother is 70, she’s about to join the militia!”

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