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Friday, October 20, 2017

From Ian:

Jonathan S. Tobin: Liberal Jews and that inconvenient Israeli consensus
Jewish institutions are under siege these days, and their principal critics aren’t neo-Nazis. Despite the clear leftward tilt of most organized Jewish life, liberal critics are constantly telling us that mainstream groups like AIPAC and federations are toadies of an Israeli government that is pursuing policies that American Jews abhor. The ferment on the left runs from tame—and largely irrelevant—liberal Zionist groups like J Street to more extreme opponents like IfNotNow and the virulently anti-Zionist Jewish Voice for Peace, which also dabbles in anti-Semitic libels as well as support for boycotts of Israel.

The critics and the naysayers have the ear of many Jews. The reason for this has more to do with the demographic collapse and decline of a sense of Jewish peoplehood among the non-Orthodox denominations that make up about 90 percent of American Jews, than it does with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s shortcomings. But it’s also true that the majority of the non-Orthodox Jewish community has little sympathy with the Israeli government’s positions on the peace process.

The notion promoted by President Barack Obama that Israel needs to be saved from itself still resonates among the majority of Jews who voted for him. This view holds that Israel’s continued presence in the West Bank is the prime obstacle to peace as well as the future of the Jewish state. But while this liberal consensus deems Netanyahu a problem, its proponents rarely stop to ask why he was elected prime minister four times, including winning the last three elections in a row.

The answer is simple. There exists a broad consensus within Israeli society that contradicts the assumptions held by most American Jews. The majority of Netanyahu’s compatriots see his policies as the only possible response to a Palestinian political culture that still refuses to accept the legitimacy of a Jewish state, no matter where its borders might be drawn. Moreover, that Israeli consensus isn’t merely upheld by Netanyahu and his allies; his rivals on the center and the left also embrace it.

The most complicated city in the world: Talking to Mayor Nir Barkat about running Jerusalem
On 12 September Fathom hosted a briefing with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Below is an edited transcript of the event. Barkat spoke candidly about running a city that is under the microscope like no other and contested like no other. He also discussed his vision for Jerusalem to be a model for peace and coexistence around the world and his policies to close the gaps between its different communities.

Nir Barkat: I think with this expert audience I’m excused from explaining how complicated the job is. What I’d like to do is share with you the vision that I have for my city. If you understand that vision, you will better understand the decisions I take.

Let me take you back 3,000 years.

When the people of Israel came back from Egypt after hundreds of years of slavery, the land was divided between 12 tribes. Each tribe had its own bit of land, except for Jerusalem, which for a thousand years made everyone welcome at the gates of the Holy City. Hence the phrase in the Bible, “Jerusalem makes all people friends” – a place where all tribes, Jews and non-Jews alike, could worship.

There is another famous phase in Hebrew, “from Zion, new leadership comes out of Jerusalem”. Returning pilgrims would be asked, “what’s new in Jerusalem?” The idea was, if it works in Jerusalem, it might work here. And that need not apply only to the past of Jerusalem; it could apply to its future too. My experience as a mayor is that Jerusalem is a thought-leader. When we get things to work here – between the secular and the religious, between Muslims, Jews and Christians – we offer a model to others.
Arab Muslim Israeli: Anyone Who Slanders Jewish State As ‘Apartheid’ Regime Should Be Ashamed
An Arab Muslim citizen of Israel blasted the anti-Semitic charge that the Jewish state is an “apartheid” regime, saying people should be “ashamed” of using that term to describe the only country in the Middle East that provides “freedom of belief, the right to educate, to elect and be elected” to all minorities.

In a video that went viral this week on Facebook, Dema Taya, who lives in the central Israeli city of Qalansawe, said on an Arabic-language news channel, “Israel is not an apartheid state and anyone who believes this should be ashamed of himself.”

“You live in this country and enjoy the full benefits of its citizenship. You are free to work, study, express yourselves and whatever you desire,” she told the host. “You lead and educate the next generations in a state that respects you. Look at Syria, Iraq, Egypt and the rest of the Arab countries. What have they done for the good of their people?”

Taya is currently in the U.S. on a speaking tour as part of a delegation organized by Reservists on Duty to fight the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) and tell of their personal experiences growing up as members of Israel’s minority communities.

“I’m proud to stand up and speak for Israel and that I’m an integrated part of it,” Taya said in the interview.

“I hope that all Arab countries will adopt the Israeli democratic regime – and for your information, 90% of Gaza Strip citizens and the West Bank wish they were under such a regime,” she concluded.

Mother of Islamist Gunman Mohammed Merah, Who Murdered Rabbi and 3 Children in French Jewish School Attack, Causes Outrage at Ongoing Terror Trial
Chaotic scenes broke out on Wednesday at the trial in France of the brother of an Islamist extremist who carried out a spree of terrorist attacks around the southern city of Toulouse in March 2012, including a gun assault on a Jewish school that resulted in the brutal murders of a rabbi along with three young children.

Shouts and jeers erupted from the gallery at the court in Paris during the testimony of Zoulika Aziri — the mother of 35-year-old Abdelkader Merah, who could face a life sentence if he is found guilty of having aided his brother, Mohammed, in carrying out three separate terror attacks between March 11-19, 2012. Mohammed Merah was shot and killed by French police on March 22 of that year at the culmination of a 30-hour siege after he was tracked down.

Tempers at the court flared after Aziri’s lawyer, Eric Dupond-Moretti, justified her decision to lie in some of her statements to the court by describing her as a grieving mother. “This woman is the mother of the accused, but she is also the mother of a dead man,” he said, when urging prosecution lawyers to be less aggressive in their questioning. At this point in the proceedings, the brother of Sgt. Imad Ibn Ziaten — an off-duty French-Moroccan paratrooper shot dead by Mohammed Merah on March 11, 2012 — cried out “Are you not ashamed?” before leaving the courtroom sobbing in the arms of his relatives.

Prosecution lawyers became exasperated when Aziri denied having a conversation with Abdelkader Merah that had been secretly recorded by French police, in which Abdelkader described Mohammed Merah’s actions as a “gift.” “I am better than your engineers, I have my head!” Aziri told the court.

When questioned over the atmosphere in the Merah family home — depicted frankly in French press coverage as ridden with domestic violence and frequent expressions of Islamist hatred toward Jews and the West — she responded angrily, “We are not animals, we are a normal family!”

Aziri continued to insist on Abdelkader’s innocence, denying as well that she had advance knowledge of Mohammed’s plans to carry out terrorist attacks. Aziri has fallen out with her three other children, having denounced a third brother, Abdelghani, for having cooperated with the French police investigation into the attacks. A former wife of Abdelghani’s has said that Aziri abused her by spitting on her and calling her a “dirty Jew.”
West Bank city erects memorial to Saddam Hussein
The Palestinian city of Qalqilya has named a street after Saddam Hussein and erected a memorial with his likeness, an NGO monitoring Arabic media reported.

The monument was unveiled Wednesday at a ceremony attended by the Qalqilya District Governor Rafi Rawajba and two other Palestinian officials. It bears the slogan “Saddam Hussein – The Master of the Martyrs in Our Age,” as well as “Arab Palestine from the River to the Sea,” a slogan often used by Hussein that refers to the intended destruction of Israel.

One side of the memorial shows Saddam saluting, while another depicts him holding a gun.

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, the ceremony during which the monument was revealed included speeches in praise of Hussein.

Rawajba said: “Saddam was an emblem of heroism, honor, originality and defiance, as was the martyr Yasser Arafat. [Both served as] a compass for the Arabs and their resolute decisions, and when they departed Arabism departed with them. President Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] makes sure to follow in the footsteps of these two great leaders.”
To get Harvey relief funds, residents of Dickinson must vow not to boycott Israel
Applicants for Hurricane Harvey relief grants for the storm-battered city of Dickinson are asked as part of the terms of the agreement to not boycott Israel, a move the ACLU has called unconstitutional.

The city began accepting applications Oct. 11 for grants to rebuild homes or businesses damaged in the storm that made landfall Aug. 25. The grant money was donated to the Dickinson Harvey Relief Fund.

"By executing this Agreement below, the Applicant verifies that the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement," the form states.

ACLU of Texas Legal Director Andre Segura called the requirement "an egregious violation of the First Amendment" and said it was reminiscent of "McCarthy-era loyalty oaths requiring Americans to disavow membership in the Communist Party and other forms of 'subversive' activity."

"The First Amendment protects Americans' right to boycott, and the government cannot condition hurricane relief or any other public benefit on a commitment to refrain from protected political expression," Segura said in a written statement.

The language is reflective of a law passed in the last legislative session that prohibits all state agencies from contracting with or investing in companies that boycott Israel. The law, which is similiar to laws in at least a dozen other states, took effect Sept. 1. (h/t abeleehane)
Quebec MNA Amir Khadir scolded for ‘Israel lobby’ comment
A member of the Quebec National Assembly is being accused by B’nai Brith Canada of promoting “anti-Semitic tropes.”

The organization is calling on Amir Khadir, a Québec solidaire MNA, to apologize to the Jewish community for comments he makes in a film produced by British filmmaker Abid Mahi, called #Quebec4Palestine.

A trailer for the film on YouTube is accompanied by the text, “Why are so many Canadians waking up to Israeli’s [sic] crimes!” Elsewhere, Mahi says his goal is advancing the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Khadir can also be seen telling interviewer Melanie Messier that, “The dynamics of politics is completely controlled when it comes to the Palestinian issue … by the Israeli lobby.” He goes on to say that “there was a direct link to some lobby that was authorizing or not authorizing (Quebec politicians’) support of this.”

Later, he says: “Unfortunately, as we know, money talks a lot in politics.… In that case, the pro-Israeli – the pro-extremist politics of Israel – lobby is very strong.”

B’nai Brith chief executive officer Michael Mostyn stated that this is “a dangerous anti-Semitic canard. The odious belief that Jews or Zionists control the political system has led to terrible anti-Jewish persecution in dozens of countries over the course of history. There’s no place for this in Quebec in 2017.”

Khadir has a long history of anti-Israel activity, going back long before Québec solidaire was founded. The left-wing separatist party officially endorsed BDS in 2009 and Khadir has tried repeatedly to get the National Assembly to entertain a motion on the issue.
Dutch activist who called Netanyahu a racist named deputy foreign minister
A Dutch activist for Palestinian rights who is married to a senior member of the PLO was nominated cabinet minister for international aid at her country’s foreign ministry.

Sigrid Kaag’s nomination to the position — the second-most powerful cabinet post at the Dutch foreign ministry — will be formalized in the coming days following the signing of a coalition deal between the ruling People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy and three other partners, including her left-wing D66 party, the NOS public broadcaster reported Friday.

The wife of PLO politician Anis al-Qaq, a deputy minister under Yasser Arafat in the 1990s and a Palestinian Authority ambassador to Switzerland – Kaag has worked for the United Nations UNRWA agency for relief for Palestinians.

As minister for aid, Kaag will not be directly responsible for the foreign relations of her country, which is one of Israel’s strongest allies within the European Union. But she will be responsible for implementing aid projects in the West Bank — including ones considered illegal by Israel, and which have led to friction between the Jewish state and the Netherlands. The Netherlands’ next foreign minister will be the ruling party’s Halbe Zijlstra, whom pro-Palestinian activists in the Netherlands described as “very pro-Israel.”
Report: Los Angeles School District Approved Workshop With Readings Accusing Israel of ‘Genocidal Policies’
The largest public school district in California approved a workshop for teachers containing inflammatory content on Israel with an organization that supports boycotts of the Jewish state.

The voluntary workshop — titled “Learning about Islam and the Arab World” — includes courses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for educators belonging to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), The Israel Group first reported. It was organized by the LA chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FORUSA), an interfaith organization that supports the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, according to its website.

The first session took place on October 14 at the United Teachers Los Angeles development center, with a second portion scheduled for October 21. LAUSD teachers are incentivized to attend the workshop by the prospect of gaining one “salary point” — helping them earn higher pay — if they complete the required assignments.

Upcoming classes at the workshop include “Palestine/Israel,” taught by Jeff Cooper, according to an agenda obtained by TIG.

A 40-page primer Cooper reportedly assigned for his lesson calls Israel a “supremacist ethnic state” and “a State of Oppression,” alleges that Palestinians are “at the mercy of the Israeli war machine,” and claims that non-Jews in the country “do not possess equal rights with their fellow Jewish citizens.”

It also accuses Israel of implementing “ethnic cleansing and incremental genocidal policies,” and posits that “the Zionist vision, since 1896/97, [was] of a Jewish state in all of historical Palestine, with very few, if any, native Palestinians living in it.”
IsraellyCool: Alan Parsons Proud to be Speaking at Anti-BDS Event
We already knew Alan Parsons was a mensch who has stood up to bully BDS-hole Roger Waters.

But to see him post this to promote an anti-BDS event is still extremely satisfying.

The post links to this event:

Sunday, October 29, 2017 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple (WBT) and Israel Bonds in association with Liberate Art will bring high profile artists from music, television and film together to have an impactful conversation about the issues surrounding the cultural boycott campaign against Israel.

Sadly, anti-Semitism is on the rise across the globe. Politically motivated groups and individuals are clamoring for a boycott of Israel in entertainment and the arts; impacting not just Israel, but freedom of artistic expression itself. The event will educate the audience on the current issues and how they can make a difference.

Present participants include:

Lana Melman (moderator), counter boycott expert & CEO of Liberate Art
Alan Parsons, Musician/Producer (11 Grammy nominations, Former Pink Floyd engineer)
Mark Pellegrino, Actor (The Big Lebowski, Lost, Dexter, Supernatural)
Ken Hertz, Entertainment Attorney (Will Smith, Gwen Stefani, The Black Eyed Peas, Keith Richards)
David Zucker, Writer/Director/Producer (Airplane!, Naked Gun, Scary Movies)
Guy Erez, Israeli Musician (Alan Parsons Project bassist)
IsraellyCool: Vancouver Sun Shamelessly Promotes Roger Waters BDS Event
Stuart Derdeyn of the Vancouver Sun has written a piece about an upcoming Roger Waters event organized by vehemently anti-Israel Jews-in-name-only group Independent Jewish Voices Canada.

But it is does not read like an objective report about the event, but rather as a fully blown advertisement for it.

Note how the event time, and other event info, is mentioned, including pricing and suggested donation! There is even a link to ticketmaster to purchase Roger Waters concert tickets.

Derdeyn also calls the event a “human rights forum”, even though it is clearly nothing of the kind: it is a forum for bashing Israel and supporting BDS (as well as a way for Waters to deflect accusations of antisemitism since it is an event organized by a so-called Jewish group).
IsraellyCool: WATCH: Antisemite Robert Martin Harassing Israelis
I have written about Robert Martin before – a vile antisemite who pretends he is only “anti-Zionist” (poorly, might I add).

He is currently in Israel, releasing a bunch of videos to supposedly show how evil we are.

What he in fact shows is how full of hatred for Jews he really is.

Note the dehumanizing ways he speaks to and about the Jews.

“You are a bunch of animals.”

Of course, Martin thinks if he hangs out with anti-Israel Neturei Karta – a fringe minority of nutjobs – he is immune from charges of antisemitism.

Sorry, Martin, it doesn’t work that way.
IsraellyCool: Antisemite Robert Martin Still Does a Terrible Job Hiding his Jew Hatred
Yesterday I posted video of vile antisemite Robert Martin in Israel, harassing Jews. While his purpose in posting the video was to somehow demonize Israelis, his nasty, dehumanizing language really exposed his own hatred.

After publishing my post, I decided to see if he was generally more careful these days about exposing his antisemitism. I discovered he has an Instagram account, and he repeatedly tries to show he is only an “anti-Zionist”, not antisemite.
In Erdogan’s Post-Coup Turkey, Anti-Semitism is on the Rise
For a few years, it appeared as though Erdoğan might actually be a force for liberal change in Turkey. He spoke of democracy and Turkey’s bid for inclusion into the European Union. In 2013, he announced several reforms: allowing a greater number of Kurds to serve on Parliament, Kurdish language instruction at private schools, and rescinding the headscarf ban. In 2014 he tried to reassure his Jewish population of their security, stating “Jews in Turkey are our citizens;” in 2016 he said they were “safe and secure.” This all rings hollow given that in 2014 he screamed “spawn of Israel,” to insult protesters of his handling of the Soma mine blast. In 2015 a two hour documentary, The Mastermind, inspired by one of Erdoğan’s speeches, was broadcast on a pro-government propaganda channel, in which Jews (collectively deemed “the Mastermind”) were blamed for all of Turkey’s problems. Several pivotal events witnessed his increasing authoritarianism and intolerance of any perceived as opposition—his brutal reaction to the 2013 Gezi Park protests and fury at the exposure of his alleged involvement with the Iran-gold-Halbank corruption scandal, his 2016 statement that he would “stamp out” the Kurdish conflict, and now his purge of thousands in the aftermath of the July 2016 coup attempt. It is increasingly clear that Erdoğan has now ceased any pretence of caring about individual human rights in Turkey, much less about its ethnic and religious minorities. In fact, he has cast the latter as the “dangerous others” which threaten Turkey’s security.

My own sensitivity to anti-Semitism, as a Muslim, deepened with my involvement in interfaith activities, my journey in Jerusalem with Shalom Harman’s Muslim Leadership Initiative, and by living in Trump’s America, where anti-Semitic (and Islamophobic) neo-Nazis feel newly free to publicly shout “Jews will not replace us.” It also grew with the joyful birth of my exquisite granddaughter, whose great-grandmother is still alive and remembers that only five of her thirty-five relatives survived the Holocaust. I share in the anger of Jews and other religious minorities at Erdoğan’s broken promise to them. His brutal post-coup purge has led to almost 125,000 people detained, and almost 60,000 arrested (as of August 17, 2017). Allowing himself free rein against those he considers enemies, the Turkish president has now indefinitely suspended the European Convention of Human Rights. Erdoğan’s fearmongering and use of scapegoating tactics to increase his own power have strengthened anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, making Turkey less of a refuge for Jews than it once was. Shame on him.
Israeli envoy warns of growing trend as Ukraine unveils statue of anti-Semite
Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine warned Friday of rising nationalism in the country after the erection of a new statue of a Ukrainian nationalist who is blamed for the murder of tens of thousands of Jews during the Russian Revolution.

On Saturday, officials unveiled the monument to Symon Petliura in Vinnitsa, in an area of the city once known as Yerusalimka (Jerusalem), just some 200 meters (600 feet) from a small, functioning synagogue.

“What really matters is not this specific statue in Vinnitsa, but the trends. There is a trend, nationalism is on the rise,” said Israeli Ambassador Eliav Belotzercovsky, speaking at a conference organized by Limmud FSU, a Jewish educational outreach group, at the Black Sea port of Odessa.

Vinnitsa, located 260 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, already has a street named for Petliura.

Soldiers of Petliura’s Ukrainian People’s Republic were responsible for 493 out of the recorded 1,236 pogroms and other violent incidents against Jews in 524 Ukrainian towns during the Russian Revolution, from 1918 to 1921. Between 35,000 and 50,000 Jews were killed in the violence, although Petliura’s actual role remains unclear.
Leading Neo-Nazi Urges Supporters to Target Jewish, Black Institutions Near Richard Spencer’s University of Florida Speech
The head of a leading neo-Nazi website is encouraging people who are unable to attend white supremacist Richard Spencer’s talk at the University of Florida (UF) on Thursday afternoon to target local Jewish and other minority institutions in Gainesville.

Andrew Anglin, founder of the Daily Stormer, urged followers on Thursday morning to dress “normally” — “don’t look like an antifa (but don’t look too Nazi either)” — and stage flash demonstrations across the city to “protest Jews, black crime, Jewish media, Jewish coffee — whatever.”

He listed the addresses of the Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student Center at UF, the Institute of Black Culture, the Gainesville Sun, and a local Starbucks (one of the popular chain’s founders was Jewish, as is its executive chairman) — though he cautioned that cops might be at these locations due to their inclusion on his list, so other spots could be preferable.

“You can also demonstrate in favor of things, if there are statues of historically great white men (there are),” Anglin added, noting that each protest should not exceed ten minutes.

He listed a number of recommended chants, including, “We’ve had enough of this anti-white Jewish coffee,” as well as “You/Jews will not replace us,” and “Shlomo go home.”

“The point is to confuse the situation and to create public attention, to make it feel like the entire city is taken over by our guys,” Anglin wrote.
96-Year-Old Former Nazi Death Camp Guard Charged in Germany With Murder Complicity
German prosecutors have charged a former guard at the Majdanek death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland with accessory to the murder of at least 17,000 Jews.

The 96-year-old Frankfurt man—whose name was not released due to German privacy regulations—allegedly served as a member of the Nazi SS’s Death’s Head division as a perimeter guard at the death camp between August 1943 and January 1944.

“According to the known evidence, the suspect, as well as all other SS members of the camp, knew of the cruel and organized mass murder,” the German prosecutors said in a statement, The Associated Press reported.

“He also knew that these people, facing their fate innocently and defenselessly, were killed for inhuman reasons based on race,” they added.

The prosecution said it is prioritizing the investigation of the man’s involvement in the so-called “Operation Erntefest” of Nov. 3, 1943, in which at least 17,000 Jewish prisoners at the camp as well as others were shot in ditches. The man “contributed in his role as a perimeter guard and as a tower guard, and thus knowingly and deliberately aided” the killings, the prosecutors said.

No trial date has been set yet.
Bulgaria adopts international definition of anti-Semitism
The Bulgarian government has adopted the international working definition of anti-Semitism and has appointed a national coordinator on combatting anti-Semitism.

Bulgaria’s Cabinet on Wednesday voted to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, which was adopted last year by the Berlin-based IHRA. The Cabinet also appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Georg Georgiev as national coordinator on combating anti-Semitism to serve as a liaison to other countries and international organizations on dealing with the fight against anti-Semitism and hate speech, the Sofia Globe reported.

Bulgaria was admitted as an observer country to the IHRA in December 2012, and is taking steps to become accepted as a full member.

The definition of anti-Semitism, adopted by the alliance in May 2016, is: “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” The IRHA currently has 31 member states and 11 observer countries, including Bulgaria.
NY Jewish woman won’t paint over anti-Semitic graffiti
A Jewish woman in Staten Island, New York, is refusing to paint over the swastika and anti-Semitic slur spray painted on her garage.

The vandalism, discovered early Tuesday morning, includes a large swastika and the misspelled slur “Kyke.”

Debra Calabrese, whose husband is not Jewish, told the Staten Island Advance that she was “devastated” by the attack. “It’s disturbing. It’s a horrible thing,” she said.

She said police detectives on Tuesday collected evidence and then told her she could paint over the anti-Semitic messages.

But Calabrese said she intends to leave the graffiti there, so that everyone can witness it.

“I just want people to see it. The people driving by can’t believe it. Nobody can,” Calabrese told the Advance. She has lived in the house for 14 years.
Printer who helped Raoul Wallenberg rescue Jews gets plaque
Hungarian printer who helped Jews flee the Nazis during the Holocaust was honored with a plaque in Budapest.

Emil Wiesmeyer’s printing company printed 4,000 blank passports to assist Swedish ambassador Raoul Wallenberg in saving Jews from deportation to Nazi death camps. He then printed another 20,000 to help more Hungarian Jews.

Wiesmeyer’s son, Gabor, was on hand for the unveiling ceremony Wednesday led by Szabolcs Szita, director of the Holocaust Memorial Center, and Swedish Ambassador Niclas Trouve, The Associated Press reported.

The communists jailed Wiesmeyer in the 1950s in Hungary. He died in 1967.
Israel's Iron Dome a Quick Fix for Seoul's Vulnerability to North Korean Attack?
One of the most vexing challenges U.S. military planners face in figuring out what to do about the growing nuclear threat posed by North Korea is the vulnerability of South Korea's capital to non-nuclear retaliation. Seoul is a mere 35 miles from the demilitarized zone separating the two countries, putting it within range of North Korean artillery and short-range rockets. The North has deployed thousands of guns and rocket launchers along the border, in effect holding 25 million South Koreans -- half the country's population -- hostage.

The U.S. and its South Korean ally have several defensive options for dealing with longer-range missiles, including the land-based Patriot air and missile defense system, the sea-based Aegis air and missile defense system carried on U.S. warships, and the land-based Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad). The latter system, built by Lockheed Martin, is especially well-suited to defending urban areas against ballistic missiles, having achieved a perfect testing record of 15 kills in 15 attempts. Highly mobile and quickly reloadable, truck-mounted Thaad batteries began deploying in South Korea earlier this year.

But none of those systems is configured to deal with artillery shells, and the rocket launchers located right over the border from Seoul don't loft their munitions to an altitude where systems like Thaad could be effective. So protecting Seoul against short-range threats is difficult, even if nuclear weapons never come into play. Last week, though, Massachusetts-based Raytheon displayed an effective solution at the annual exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington that could be available for deployment within months.
Prototypes for Trump’s wall, including Israeli model, take shape on border
The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego.

The prototypes, including one built by Israeli defense firm Elta, form a tightly packed row of imposing concrete and metal panels, including one with sharp metal edges on top.

Another has a surface resembling an expensive brick driveway.

Companies have until October 26 to finish the models but Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said the last two came into profile, with crews installing a corrugated metal surface on the eighth model on a dirt lot just a few steps from homes in Tijuana, Mexico.

As the crews worked, three men and two women, one carrying a large red purse, jumped a short rusted fence from Tijuana into the construction site and were immediately stopped by agents on horseback.

Francisco said there have been four or five other illegal crossing attempts at the site since work began September 26.

The models, which cost the government up to $500,000 each, were spaced 30 feet (9.1 meters) apart. Slopes, thickness and curves vary. One has two shades of blue with white trim. The others are gray, tan or brown — in sync with the desert.
Japanese Firm Finalizes Record-Setting $1.1 Billion Acquisition of Israel’s NeuroDerm
Following announcements in July that Japan’s Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (MTPC) would acquire the Israeli pharmaceutical company NeuroDerm for $1.1 billion, the companies announced the deal’s finalization on Wednesday.

The deal — part of MTPC’s business strategy to grow its US-based operations — is the largest-ever acquisition of an Israeli healthcare company.

The Japanese company announced NeuroDerm’s delisting from America’s Nasdaq stock exchange, and said shareholders in the Israeli company would be paid $39 per ordinary share.

Founded in 2003, the Rehovot-based Israeli pharmaceutical company specializes in developing new drug delivery methods and devices for central nervous system disorders, and hopes to launch two new groundbreaking products during the next two years.

“We believe that this transaction will yield important benefits for NeuroDerm’s shareholders and the Parkinson’s disease patients that urgently need new therapies,” said NeuroDerm CEO Dr. Oded Lieberman following the acquisition announcement in July.
Data Storage Startup Raises $95 Million, Making it Israel’s Latest High-Tech “Unicorn”
Last week, Herzliya and Waltham, Massachusetts-based Infinidat announced it had closed a $95 million Series C financing round, led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing with participation from existing investor TPG Growth.

Infinidat specializes in perabytes — a million gigabytes. Perabytes may not be coming to a PC near you in the immediate future, but it’s what large corporations need to store their data in the cloud.

The company’s InfiniBox system, launched in 2014, can hold more than 5 perabytes of data, enough to consolidate a large number of legacy enterprise systems onto a single platform.

The latest round brings the total raised by the company to $325 million. Infinidat is valued at $1.6 billion, making it the latest Israeli “unicorn” – a private startup with a valuation of $1 billion or more (although the company was claiming a billion-dollar valuation two years ago already).

Data-storage requirements are set to explode in the next decade, primarily due to the rise of the Internet of Things (machines communicating with each other), artificial intelligence, and genomic science (the study of the human genome). Analyst firm IDC estimates that the global datasphere will grow from 16 zettabtyes today to 163 zettabytes by 2025. A zettabyte is 1,000 exabytes (or a billion gigabytes).
TV film debuts on Kraft and NFL Hall of Famers’ visit to Israel
As they step off the charter bus in Tel Aviv, you might confuse them for just another American tour group — if not for the yellow Hall of Fame jackets and all those Super Bowl rings.

In July, Robert Kraft, the New England Patriots owner and celebrated Jewish philanthropist, led a high-profile pilgrimage — he brought 18 National Football League Hall of Famers (and their spouses!) by private jet to Israel for a weeklong goodwill mission.

Like any dedicated tourists, they took plenty of video — which the rest of us can now get to see. At 8 p.m. Friday, the NFL Network will premiere “Touchdown in Israel,” a one-hour special as part of its NFL Films Presents series. (Yes, that’s Shabbat — so set those DVRs before sundown if you’re so inclined.)

The short film follows football greats Joe Montana, Jim Brown, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk and a dozen others as they embark on an itinerary any Birthright alum would recognize, from the Old City to Masada to the Dead Sea.
NFL Films Presents: Touchdown in Israel I NFL Network

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From Ian:

Quoting Arafat, Palestinian mission in Colombia calls for Israel’s destruction
The official Palestinian mission to Colombia on Thursday night tweeted a quote from former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat calling for the destruction of the State of Israel.

The tweet read, “Our goal is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediations…. We don’t want peace. We want WAR and victory — Yasser Arafat,” according to a spokesperson for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Following a report on Israel’s Channel 1 television, the Spanish-language tweet was removed. No explanation or apology was offered.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry responded to the tweet by condemning Arafat for his “legacy of hostility” and death.

“A quote from one of Arafat’s statements clearly illustrates to us the hatred that was always his lot and the legacy of hostility he left behind,” the ministry told the TV station. “In his life and death, his entire legacy is death, hatred and disgust.”
Israel’s ambassador to Colombia said the matter had been raised with the local authorities.

“We brought the matter of the Palestinian mission’s tweet to the attention of the government in Bogata,” Marco Sermoneta told Channel 1. “Anyone who believes everything the Palestinians say must also believe them when they say this.” (h/t Yenta Press)
Senior UK Jewish Leader Criticizes British UN Diplomat Over Balfour Declaration Comments to UN Security Council
The top organization representing British Jews has lodged a complaint with the British government over remarks by the UK’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN suggesting that the absence of a Palestinian state represents the “unfinished business” arising from the 1917 Balfour Declaration.

In a speech to a UN Security Council debate on the Middle East on Tuesday, Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Allen underlined that the “UK is proud to have played a role in helping to make a Jewish homeland a reality” when it issued the declaration in November 1917. But Allen drew the ire of British Jewish leaders when he added, “let us remember, there are two halves of Balfour, the second half of which has not been fulfilled.”

“There is therefore unfinished business,” Allen said, a remark he repeated in a later tweet.

In a letter to Britain’s senior diplomat at the UN, Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, Jonathan Arkush – president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews – invoked Prime Minister Theresa May when he asserted that it is “completely inconsistent with the United Kingdom’s declared policy to mark, commemorate and celebrate the Balfour Declaration (all terms used by the Prime Minister and other ministers in recent weeks).”

“In just a fortnight’s time a commemorative dinner is to take place to be attended by the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Netanyahu,” Arkush said. “It is deeply unattractive for the UK’s Mission to the UN to strike a critical note and exposes the UK Government to a charge of hypocrisy.”
Yisrael Medad: Tweeting to UK UN Depty Ambassador Allen
It really is, my man, quite at matter of simple historical facts.

You are reading into the text things that are not in it, or intended to be. The Arabs of the area were to gain at least three national states, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, and the area known as Palestine was to be the Jewish state. The one Jewish state.

And in any case, as Jonathan Hoffman tweeted,
Oh rubbish. The 'civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in [former] Palestine' are completely protected.

Caroline Glick: Iran’s very good week
The same day Iranian-backed forces were taking control of Kirkuk, Israel both destroyed a Russian- made anti-aircraft battery in Syria in retaliation for Syria’s targeting of IAF jets, and welcomed Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to Israel for his first visit in office.

Israel’s willingness to attack the Syrian battery the day Shoigu arrived made clear that Russian support for its Syrian client is not unconditional.

This was brought home yet again and more powerfully the next day. On Tuesday, Maj.-Gen.
Mohammad Bagheri, chief of staff of the Iranian military, made an official visit to Damascus.

While he was there Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk to him about Iran’s nuclear weapons program and its increased presence in Syria. Netanyahu also beseeched Putin to support Kurdish independence in Iraq.
Interestingly, it was Putin’s office, not Israel, which revealed the call had taken place.

Russia’s willingness to accept Israeli air strikes in Syria and to openly work with Israel indicates that Iran may have overstepped the boundaries. It is possible that Russia is not interested in having an empowered Iranian ally. Given past Russian practice, it is likely that Russia would like to see Iran weakened and therefore more dependent on Moscow.

Then there are the Germans and British. Whereas German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May came out strongly for maintaining the nuclear deal with Iran, both leaders indicated this week that they are willing to take a stronger stand against Iranian support for terrorism, missile development and regional expansion. Netanyahu reportedly has spoken at length to both leaders, and to a host of others, in recent days lobbying them to support the anti-Iranian Kurdish regional government.

By not abandoning the Kurds and by continuing to press for the West – including the Trump administration – to support Barzani and his government, and by pushing back against Iran’s empowerment in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, Netanyahu is trying to exploit and expand Iran’s weaknesses. He does this even as Iran’s strengths become more obvious and Iran’s power rises against an America that remains strategically adrift.

Netanyahu’s actions alone will not stop Iran.

But they do make it clear that Iran’s rise is not unstoppable. There are plenty of actors with plenty of reasons to oppose Iran’s empowerment. And once they see the danger Iran poses to them, working together and separately, they can help to cut it down to size.
At some point, the Americans may come to their senses and finish off the job.
In Syria, Russian Air Defenses Involve Much Bark and Little Bite
In September, a Syrian chemical-weapons plant was destroyed, most likely by Israeli airplanes, not far from a high-tech Russian anti-aircraft installation. Yet Russian troops did not respond to—or attempt to prevent—this attack on their Syrian ally. Nor has Moscow acted to protect its coalition partners from numerous other Israeli airstrikes over the past few years. Likewise, Russia did not retaliate when the U.S. launched cruise missiles at a Syrian air-force base in April. Guy Plopsky concludes that, despite repeated threats, the Kremlin wishes to avoid conflict with either America or Israel:
Moscow’s warnings to Israel are . . . directed more toward the Syrian and Russian public than they are toward Jerusalem. Offering no threatening response to Israeli airstrikes would make the Kremlin appear weak, prompting pro-Assad factions to question Moscow’s commitment to the regime and weakening Russia’s influence.

At the same time, Russia has been rebuilding Syria’s air defenses in the hope that they would deter both Israel and the coalition from further strikes. Russia’s defense ministry has mentioned Syrian air defenses in warnings directed at coalition forces and has pledged to “increase [their] effectiveness.” . . .

As for Russia’s own air defenses, Moscow has not utilized them to defend Assad’s forces and is unlikely to do so for fear of an armed confrontation with the U.S. and its partners. Indeed, while Syrian fighters are known to have flown escort missions for Russian strike aircraft, the reverse has not occurred. Furthermore, like Israel, the U.S. maintains a de-confliction line with Russia and has developed agreements to avoid clashes. . . .
Justice needed for American victims of Palestinian terrorism
For over two decades, Palestinian terrorists have literally and figuratively gotten away with the murder of dozens of Americans, slaying at least 64 US citizens in a chilling variety of stabbing, shooting and bombing attacks.

And yet, despite Washington’s undisputed commitment to fighting terrorism, not a single Palestinian perpetrator has been brought to justice for spilling American blood, nor has the Palestinian Authority been held to account.

After eight years in which the Obama administration did virtually nothing to pursue Palestinians wanted in connection with the murder of American citizens, essentially giving the terrorists a free pass, now is the time for the Trump administration to take a much tougher line on this critical issue.

Indeed, this week marks the 14th anniversary of one of the more brazen examples of anti-American Palestinian terrorism. It was on October 15, 2003, that Palestinian terrorists set off a remotely controlled explosive device on a Gaza road as a US diplomatic convoy passed by. The bomb killed three Americans: John Branchizio, 37, of Texas, John Linde Jr., 30, of Missouri, and Mark Parsons, 31, of New Jersey. One other American was wounded in the blast.

Despite the fact that the attack took place in broad daylight and the American vehicles all bore diplomatic license plates, the Palestinian Authority, first under Yasser Arafat and then with Mahmoud Abbas at the helm, refused to take action, preferring instead to allow the murderers to roam free.

Not surprisingly, the incident came in the wake of weeks of ongoing anti-American incitement in the official Palestinian media.

Just five days prior to the bombing, Palestinian television broadcast a sermon delivered in Gaza in which the preacher threatened “destruction for the United States” and noted ominously, “From this place [i.e.

Gaza] we warn the American people that this president is dragging them to the abyss.”
Replacing the old paradigm
Recently elected Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay's controversial remarks this week, arguing that Israel does not necessarily need to evacuate any settlements in a future peace deal with the Palestinians, sparked uproar mainly within the hard core of the Israeli Left. The Left still clings to the precarious paradigm of "land for peace." It was the same group that vehemently opposed the cabinet's simple assertion this week that Israel does not negotiate with Hamas because Hamas is a terrorist organization that seeks to destroy Israel and murder Jews.

Every so often, the Left becomes afflicted with dementia and becomes convinced that we are back in the 1970s or 1980s, before the colossal failures of the Oslo Accords, Camp David and the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza. We tried it. We exhausted the possibilities. Do we really want to ensure "safe passage" between the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria? Even at the cost of bisecting Israel's south? Is this the lesson you have taken away from our neighbors' behavior over the last 100 years?

The old paradigm operates on the assumption that the "occupation" occurs only in those parts of the country that Israel seized in the 1967 Six-Day War. I wrote last week that the Jews keep arguing among themselves about the 1967 occupation while the Arabs scream something else entirely directly in their ears. I dare the Israeli Left to find one single Arab leader willing to officially declare that the Jewish-Palestinian conflict is about the territories captured in 1967.

Allow me to save you some time – there is no such Arab leader. For the Arabs, the very establishment of Israel is actually the original sin. The conflict begins in 1948 at the latest. Some of them would say that it began in 1917 with the Balfour Declaration. Others would go as far as to say that it began in 1880s with the first wave of Jewish immigration. Therefore, the conflict between us and the Arabs of the region clearly isn't territorial – it is over the Jewish people's basic right to a state in our homeland.
Netanyahu: If we are not in the Jordan Valley, Iran will be
Iran will take over the Jordan Valley unless Israel maintains a military and civilian presence in the area, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday night at a jubilee event marking the 50th anniversary of the state’s control of the region.

“If we are not here, Iran and ‘Hamastan’ will be here.

We will not let this happen,” said Netanyahu, as he made a rare visit to the Jordan Valley where some of the first settlements were built after the Six Day War.

The area is beyond the West Bank security barrier, and the future of its settlements was considered tenuous when the Obama administration was in power in Washington. It was feared that Obama’s diplomatic plans included Israel withdrawing from the settlements in the valley while leaving an Israeli military presence there.

Eliciting shouts, whistles and applause, Netanyahu pledged that he would not uproot the Jordan Valley settlements.

“The Jordan Valley will always be part of Israel. We will continue to settle it and invest in its industry and its tourism,” the prime minister said.

The region “has supreme security importance for the State of Israel,” he added.

“The Middle East is fickle and violent. The Jordan Valley is a strategic defensive belt for the state. Without it, a flood of fundamentalism could enter the country and reach as far as the Dan region. That’s why our eastern line of defense begins in this place,” Netanyahu said.
Labor chief: Settlements represent the ‘beautiful face of Zionism’
Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay on Thursday called the settlement enterprise “the beautiful and devoted face of Zionism” and said Israel must retain control over the Jordan Valley in any peace deal with the Palestinians.

“The settlement [project] was and remains the beautiful and devoted face of Zionism,” he said, in quotes carried by Army Radio in a pre-recorded video for an event celebrating 50 years of settlement in the Jordan Valley.

“Over the years, regardless of the party in power, the settlement project demonstrated commitment, determination, and love of the country. You, the settlers, are the pioneers of our generations, people who act in the face of adversity, who cause the wilderness to bloom, who realize the impossible,” he added.

Gabbay’s remarks marked further dramatic evidence of his shift to the right. They came days after he said in an interview he would not evacuate West Bank settlements as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians, in comments that represented a dramatic break from the historical stance of the dovish Labor party.

In the past week, he has also said he would not have the Joint (Arab) List as a member of any coalition he heads, and indicated he was “unsure” that Israel has a viable partner on the Palestinian side for a peace accord.

His position on ruling out the evacuation of settlements has been condemned by a number of lawmakers from the Zionist Union, an amalgam of Labor and the Hatnua party.
Hamas Chief: We Won't Discuss Recognizing Israel, Only Wiping It Out
The Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip on Thursday dismissed US and Israeli demands that it lay down its arms and recognize the Jewish state, saying the terror organization is instead debating “when to wipe out Israel.”

The remarks came during a closed roundtable discussion between Yahya Sinwar and Gazan youth about the ongoing reconciliation negotiations with rival Palestinian faction Fatah, to which some media outlets were invited to attend.

“Over is the time Hamas spent discussing recognizing Israel. Now Hamas will discuss when we will wipe out Israel,” Sinwar said, according to the Hamas-linked news agency Shehab.

A Hamas spokesperson released a few official quotes from the meeting. The Sinwar comment about discussing “when we will wipe out Israel” was not included in the transcript, which featured the Hamas leader again rejecting disarmament and Israel recognition.

“No one in the universe can disarm us. On the contrary, we will continue to have the power to protect our citizens,” Sinwar said, according to the official statement. “No one has the ability to extract from us recognition of the occupation.”

Since its inception nearly three decades ago, Hamas has sought to destroy the State of Israel. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Report: EU to increase aid to PA
Nabil Shaath, adviser to PA Chairman Abbas, said that the EU plans to increase the amount of aid it grants to the PA from 80 million euro to 320 million euro a year.

Shaath added that 12 European parliaments had demanded their respective governments recognize a Palestinian state. He blamed Israel for lies, asserting that it doesn’t want peace and aims to steal more land in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem by setting conditions for the recognition of a PA-Hamas unity government.

Shaath asserted that Israel tried to avoid a peace initiative and worked deceitfully with the Trump administration. According to Shaath, Israel will not agree to a peace process without international pressure, therefore he called on superpowers to pressure Israel to establish a Palestinian state within pre-1967 borders and to return “refugees.” The terms "refugees" or "right of return" are used by the Palestinian Authority to refer to the thrid and fourth generation descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in the1948 war.

Shaath also emphasized that the PA does not fear retribution from Israel. “We reject all Israeli conditions,” he said.
Republican Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Affirming Jewish Ties to Jerusalem
Following the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the U.N.’s educational, scientific, and cultural body (UNESCO) over it’s anti-Israel bias, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced a resolution that “recognizes and affirms the historical connection of the Jewish people to the ancient and sacred city of Jerusalem.”

The resolution states that “for over 3,000 years, Jerusalem has played a central role in the history and identity of the Jewish people” and notes that “Jerusalem is the location of the holiest site for the Jewish people, the Temple Mount, as well as the Western Wall, where Jews from across the world come to pray.”

It also notes that UNESCO “has passed a series of anti-Israel resolutions in recent years regarding Jerusalem” and points out that “these biased resolutions are attempts to erase or minimize the Jewish as well as Christian historical and religious ties to Jerusalem, and unjustly single out our close ally Israel with false accusations and criticism.”

“The Jewish people, and the people of Israel, have a deep and ancient connection to the holy city of Jerusalem,” Gaetz told the Times of Israel. “Yet the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization … is actively trying to rewrite history.”

Cruz reportedly said, “The Trump administration has demonstrated strong moral clarity in deciding to withdraw and continuing to withhold US taxpayer dollars from UNESCO as a result of its relentless hostility towards our close ally Israel.”
Unsettled under the Trump administration
Either way, it turns out that Israel has agreed not only to refrain from marketing new settlement housing before the end of the year but also to limit the number of construction plans to measured quotas that will not increase the population of the settlements disproportionately.

The meetings with the Americans in recent weeks have proven that when it comes down to it, Israel is complying with the latest decree to not build any new industrial areas – a demand that even the Obama administration never made. Trump's people claim that new industrial areas, even though they would not be zoned for housing, are not "near the edges," take up additional land and therefore go against the president's belief that the settlements should shrink, making do as much as possible with the land they already control.

Today, unlike in the past, the Judea and Samaria settler leaders are keeping mum. Off the record, they are speaking harshly about Netanyahu and believe that he has missed a historic opportunity to secure much more for Judea and Samaria. Other than Likud activist and head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan, no one has dared to attack the prime minister directly for one simple reason: fear that the Prime Minister's Office will seek retribution by freezing the little they can still get.

The shift in the settlers' fighting spirit is evident in the fact that this time, heads of local settlement councils have refrained from seeking plans that were too big or "strategic" as part of the third round of planning approvals, fearing a brushoff from Netanyahu's staff. They didn't even take part in the meetings with the Americans.
'EU should worry about Hamas, not Jewish homes'
The YESHA (Judea and Samaria) Council slammed the European Union's harsh condemnation of the recent approval of new housing units in Judea and Samaria.

YESHA Council Chief Foreign Envoy Oded Revivi said in a statement: "As the Palestinian Authority cosies up with Hamas, all the European Union can focus on is the building of a few hundred homes for Jews in Judea. Had the European diplomats actually visited our towns and cities in Judea and Samaria, they would have learned that we are the key to building a peaceful future, every additional building equals opportunity and progress for everyone in the region."

1,292 housing units for Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria were advanced Tuesday, including the long-awaited 296 housing units in Beit El. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu first promised to construct the units in Beit El five years ago.
Isil attacks villages south of Kirkuk as Iraqi and Kurdish forces are distracted fighting each other
Islamic Stateof Iraq and the Levant (Isil) jihadists attacked villages south of the city of Kirkuk yesterday, exploiting the growing crisis between Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the area.

Three villages near the town of Daquq were briefly captured by Isil in a nighttime assault on Wednesday.

The region had until recently been controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, but they were driven out earlier this week by Iraqi forces looking to claim zones disputed with the Kurds after they voted last month to secede.

Isil had been mostly driven out of the province after an Iraqi army offensive in the major city of Hawija saw more than a thousand of its militants surrender.

But the current chaotic security situation has given Isil room to manoeuvre.

The US and its coalition partners had warned Kurdistan’s President Masoud Barzani against holding the referendum, saying that pursuing independence would undermine the war Iraq was still fighting against Isil.

Washington has stressed it would like its allies in Iraq to work together against the militant group, and warned it may consider halting its massive train-and-equip program for Iraqi forces if they continued their offensive against the Kurds.

“As long as there will be problems between Baghdad and Erbil, Isil extremists benefit from the conflicts,” said Kamal Chomani, a nonresident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

“Isil can easily reorganise itself when there is a political and security vacuum, this is the strength of any extremist groups here as the ideology remains the same.”
Germany approves controversial submarine deal with Israel
Germany has secretly approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel for the construction of three dolphin type submarines that will be added to Israel’s fleet of six submarines despite an ongoing corruption investigation into the deal, Hebrew media reported on Friday.

Germany had held up the signing of the deal amid an ongoing and wide-ranging corruption investigation in Israel into a series of naval contracts signed between the two countries.

According to the reports citing Israeli officials, over the past few weeks the text of the MOU was amended to include a paragraph saying it will not be advanced so long as the investigation continues. It also gives Germany the right to withdraw from the deal if any criminal activity is found, the Ynet news site reported.

President Reuven Rivlin, on a recent visit to Germany, defined the submarines as an existential need for Israel.

The three additional submarines will cost 2 billion euros. All changes in the MOU were done at Berlin’s behest, Channel 2 reported.
IDF tanks strike Syrian army post after errant mortar fire
Israeli tanks struck a Syrian army mortar position near the city of Quneitra on Thursday, hours after a shell from Syria landed in the northern Golan Heights, the Israel Defense Forces said.

On Thursday afternoon, the mortar shell landed in an open field on the Golan Heights in an apparent case of spillover fire from the fighting in Syria, the army said.

There were no reports of injuries or property damage.

In response to the shelling, Israeli tanks stationed near the border fired back at the Syrian military position on Thursday evening. The IDF said the mortar position it attacked was the same one that fired the shell earlier in the day.

“The IDF holds the Syrian regime responsible for any aggression from within its territory, and will not tolerate any attacks threatening the Israeli sovereignty and the safety of its civilians,” the army said.

No siren was sounded as the warning system detected the projectile would land in an uninhabited area.
Rambam hospital prepares for chemical attack on Haifa
The Rambam Medical Center, the largest hospital in northern Israel, carried out a drill Thursday, simulating rocket and missile attacks on the city of Haifa, including a scenario involving projectiles carrying chemical warheads.

During the drill, Rambam was forced to transfer activity to the Sammy Ofer underground hospital and treat hundreds of wounded there, some of whom had been exposed to chemical substances.

The exercise, that enjoyed cooperation of the Home Front Command, the rescue forces, and various government ministries, took place throughout the morning and many of the hospital emergency personnel as well as dozens of soldiers from the Home Front Command participated. During the course of the scenario, the professionals got experience transforming the underground parking lot at Rambam into a protected underground hospital, populated with casualties who would arrive in a real war scenario from the entire northern region and treating them when it is understood that they were exposed to chemical substances whose nature is unknown.

"As a trauma center and the largest hospital in the north of the country, we have a responsibility to provide treatment to soldiers and civilians even in times of emergency," says Prof. Rafi Beyar, Director of Rambam. "The reality around us forces us to practice different situations and prepare ourselves for a reality that could come to pass. I hope we will never have to face the test of reality, but we are prepared for any scenario."
September terror attacks against Israelis at 5-year low
Israel’s domestic security agency recorded 103 attacks against Israelis in September, the lowest tally in five years for that tense month.

The figure for September, published last week by the Shin Bet internal security agency in its monthly report, is 25 percent lower than the average for September attacks in the years 2012-2017.

The attacks resulted in the slaying of three Israelis.

Israeli security services consider September and October months with elevated risk of attacks because they have many Jewish holidays, motivating Arab terrorists and their groups to carry out attacks.

As in previous year, Israel closed border crossings from Judea and Samaria to Palestinian Authority Arabs for the holiday period as a precaution.
Police: Palestinian nabbed with stolen truck, planned ramming attack on soldiers
Police on Thursday chased down and arrested a Palestinian man driving a stolen truck who had allegedly planned to use the vehicle to carry out a ramming attack on Israeli soldiers.

Officers were alerted that the vehicle was stolen from the coastal city of Holon, and located the truck in Beit Dagan, adjacent to Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv, according to a police statement on Friday morning.

Cops called on the driver — a 39-year-old resident of the West Bank city of Ramallah — to stop but were ignored. That set off a car chase during which the truck smashed into a police car and another vehicle.

The truck driver was eventually arrested on Moshe Dayan Boulevard in Rishon Lezion, police said.

The Palestinian man admitted during questioning that he had stolen the truck in order to carry out a vehicular ramming attack against Israeli soldiers, according to the police statement.
Amid Egyptian-led reconciliation efforts, Hamas delegation arrives in Iran
A high-level Hamas delegation led by Hamas Deputy Politburo chief Salih al-Arouri arrived in Tehran on Friday to meet with Iranian officials, Hamas’s official website reported.

The delegation’s arrival in the Iranian capital came just a week after Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement to advance national reconciliation efforts under the auspices of Egypt. Iran and Egypt have cold ties.

The Hamas delegation plans to meet with Iranian officials, with which it will discuss “the latest developments in the Palestinian arena, bilateral relations and developments in conflict with the occupation” the Hamas website report said.

A senior Hamas delegation also visited Iran in August to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s second term and meet with senior Iranian officials.

The Hamas officials visiting Tehran include Aroui, Hamas Politburo member Ezzat al-Rishq, senior Lebanon-based Hamas official Osama Hamdan, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri and other high-ranking Hamas officials.

The visit is slated to last “several days,” according to the Hamas website report.
Taking Stock of Hizbullah's Losses in Syria
Many scholars studying the civil war in Syria have declared Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi’ite militant group sponsored by Iran, one of the few “winners” in the conflict. But for all the praise enjoyed by the “Party of God,” much of the analysis has failed to highlight how participating in the war has hurt Hezbollah.

In many ways, Hezbollah has overextended its organization, its brand and reputation have been sullied and it has ceded the autonomy it is so notorious for protecting.

As a result of its role in the Syrian civil war, Hezbollah faces real-world blowback – serious negative consequences.

Hezbollah militants have been involved in some of the most serious skirmishes in the nearly six-year conflict in Syria, including the May 2015 battles in the Qalamoun region near the border with Lebanon. The fighting has been taxing on Hezbollah as an organization, which has been asked to do some heavy lifting to make up for shortcomings of the inferior military forces of Syria’s Assad regime.

The body count is high. Hezbollah has lost between 1,700 and 1,800 fighters, including many seasoned veterans. In comparison, Hezbollah lost 1,200 fighters during its 18-year conflict with Israel between the years 1982 and 2000.

To replenish its ranks, the group has been forced to recruit younger and less qualified fighters, making Hezbollah seem desperate.
Dr. Martin Sherman: Decertifying Iran- A moral imperative. But now what?
Decertification- what now?

So how is the US (and Israel( to deal with a post-JCPOA reality? What strategies are available to prevent a good initiative from making the situation worse?According to its adherents, the JCPOA was the best possible agreement. This is clearly an untenable contention—unless the underlying assumption is that the only feasible alternatives are those Iran deigns to accept.

However, if the rationale is not to accommodate the ayatollahs, but to coerce them or replace them, the alternatives are clear:
The first of these options is to enhance US sanctions, backed by a credible threat of military action aimed at destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities and their attendant infrastructure.

Skeptics as to the efficacy of such a harsh alternative should be reminded of the events of 2003, when Iran, in effect, curtailed its nuclear program after the US-led invasion of Iraq created a tangible threat which US-military presence projected in the eyes of the Islamic Republic. As a result “Iran agree[d] to suspend its uranium–enrichment activities and ratify an additional protocol requiring Iran to provide an expanded declaration of its nuclear activities and granting the IAEA broader rights of access to sites in the country.”

Significantly, once the threat perception receded, Tehran annulled this agreement and reverted to accelerating its nuclear program.

What now? (cont.)
The only effective alternative to coercing the ayatollahs to abandon their nuclear program is to replace them –i.e. induce regime change. Sadly, just as it has greatly reduced the possibility (or at least, greatly increased the cost) of coercing them to forgo nuclear weapons capability, so it has dimmed the prospects for regime change. In the words of one well-known Iranian expatriate: “The Vienna [i.e JCPOA] deal bears a very grave danger for Iran’s civil society. Not only won’t we see their economic situation improve, but the regime will also have an incentive to abuse human rights more severely. A flood of cash is going into the pockets of this leadership. It will be used to tighten their grip [on power] and to further imprison, torture and kill innocent Iranians.”

So over two years after it was agreed upon, all the JCPOA has really achieved is to empower the Iranian tyranny militarily, enrich it economically and entrench it politically—for nothing more than a dubious delaying of its acquisition of weaponized nuclear capability.
Which, of course, is why decertifying it was no more than a moral imperative.
CIA Director: Iran Deal Failed to Permanently Block Tehran's Path to Nukes
The Iran nuclear deal failed to permanently cut off Iran's path to a nuclear weapon, as well as thwart its Middle East terror activities, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said at a conference Thursday.

US President Donald Trump had concluded the deal had only delayed Iran’s nuclear program, and that “the notion that entry” into the deal “would curtail Iranian adventurism, the terror threat, proved to be fundamentally false.”

Pompeo was being interviewed on stage by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance chairman Juan Zarate, just days after Trump decertified Iran’s compliance with the deal in a major speech.

Though he evaded a question about whether Iran had violated the nuclear deal on a technical level, Pompeo focused on the Islamic Republic's continued testing of ballistic missiles, prompting of Hezbollah to threaten Israel and being “at the center of so much turmoil in the Middle East.”

He admitted the deal’s inspection provisions had put things “in a marginally better place” in following Iran’s nuclear activities, but said he hoped Trump’s new pressure on Iran would lead to “more intrusive inspections.”

The CIA director expressed concern that the exchange of nuclear technology between Iran and North Korea was a major danger, and specifically mentioned them assisting each other in the area of nuclear weapons testing.
McMaster says Trump ‘absolutely’ prepared to terminate Iran deal
US President Donald Trump is prepared to withdraw from a nuclear agreement reached with Iran and other international powers in 2015, his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said on Thursday.

Speaking at a forum hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank that contributed research and scholarship to the Trump administration’s new strategy on Iran unveiled last week, McMaster said the president’s first choice is to get Congress and European allies on board with a “pressure” strategy that will force Iran back to the negotiating table.

Trump’s national security team hopes to negotiate an addendum to the nuclear deal that will address its greatest concerns with the current agreement: its expiration dates, its omission of any restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missile work and its opaque language on granting international nuclear inspectors swift access to Iran’s military bases.

If Congress fails to pass legislation that helps bolster Trump’s diplomatic leverage, and if European powers refuse to come along with his strategy, the president will “absolutely” terminate the deal, McMaster said. Trump last week threatened to terminate the accord wholesale if his more measured approach fails to deliver.

“This is a gift that gives over time” to Iran, McMaster said of the nuclear accord. “There’s the fundamental flaw of the sunset clause,” he added, characterizing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as “cover” for Iran to reach a nuclear “threshold capability.”
Iran's Revolutionary Guards say missile program will accelerate despite pressure
Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said on Thursday its ballistic missile program would accelerate despite U.S. and European Union pressure to suspend it, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

In a significant US policy shift on Oct. 13, President Donald Trump disavowed Iran's compliance with a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and launched a more aggressive approach to the Islamic Republic over its missile development activity.

"Iran's ballistic missile program will expand and it will continue with more speed in reaction to Trump's hostile approach towards this revolutionary organization (the Guards)," the IRGC said in a statement published by Tasnim.

The Trump administration has imposed new unilateral sanctions aimed at impairing Iran's missile program. It has called on Tehran not to develop missiles capable of delivering nuclear bombs. Iran says it has no such plans.

Tehran has repeatedly pledged to continue what it calls a defensive missile capability in defiance of Western criticism.

"Trump's anxiety and trembling voice in his speech was a sign of beginning of the era of failure for America's hegemony," Tasnim quoted IRGC chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying. "Boosting Iran's defense power remains our top priority."

Iran has one of the most advanced ballistic missile programs in the Middle East, viewing it as an essential precautionary defense against the United States and other adversaries, primarily Gulf Arab states and Israel.
New York Times Launches ‘Strident’ Attack on Ambassador Haley for Iran Truthtelling
The New York Times cheerleading for Iran is spilling over from its editorial and op-ed pages into its news columns.

The Times recently published seven editorial or op-ed pieces in 12 days supporting the Iran nuclear deal that the Israeli government and its American friends oppose. But now you don’t even have to read the Times editorial or op-ed page to find pro-Iranian commentary: it’s available in the news columns, starting with a dispatch by Rick Gladstone that is just terribly tilted.

The Gladstone article appears under the online headline “U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Escalates Confrontation With Iran.” At least three times, it applies different standards to covering the Iran-Israel-US dispute than the Times applies in other situations.

The first double standard is a sexist one. Describing comments made at the UN by the American ambassador, Nikki Haley, the Times said “her remarks were among the most strident denunciations Ms. Haley has made of Iran since she became President Trump’s ambassador in January.”

My authoritative Webster’s Second unabridged dictionary defines “strident” as “creaking; harsh; grating.” When it is applied to liberal women, like, say, Hillary Clinton, the Times says it is a term that can signal sexism. Here, for example, is a 2008 column by Times public editor Clark Hoyt, discussing coverage of Clinton: “I asked my assistant, Michael McElroy, to run a database search for some key words that might indicate sexism in The Times — ‘shrill,’ ‘strident,’ ‘pantsuit’ and ‘giggle,’ among them.” A 2016 opinion piece in the Times by the president of Smith College, Kathleen McCartney, published after Clinton’s election loss, said, “If women stay boxed in by the norms of our gender — passive, gentle and congenial — we may not be viewed as leadership material. If women adopt the norms of a leader — commanding, decisive and assertive — we may be punished for being too bossy, too pushy, too strident, too ambitious, too scary.”

What the Times describes as “strident” coming from Haley strikes me as “principled” and “brave.” It’s another example, among too many, of the Times hurling negative adjectives at Israelis or at pro-Israel politicians or public figures.
US spies can make it harder to do business with Iran. Here's how, says CIA chief Mike Pompeo
The U.S. intelligence community and Treasury Department can make it harder for Iran to meddle in regional affairs by exposing Iranian businesses that have ties to the nation's elite security force, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said on Thursday.

Their comments suggest the investment climate in Iran could become more challenging just as foreign firms seek to build or restore ties in the country following the lifting of sanctions last year.

The remarks also come as the administration overhauls its policy toward the U.S. adversary. Last week, President Donald Trump refused to certify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, marking the beginning of a campaign to toughen the terms of the agreement and rein in Iranian activities not addressed by the accord.

Those "transgressions" include Tehran's support for the U.S.-designated terror group Hezbollah, its threats to Israel and Lebanon and its support for Shiite Muslim militias in neighboring Iraq, according to Pompeo.
Pompeo: Al-Qaeda-Iran Connection an "Open Secret"
CIA director Mike Pompeo described the connection between Iran and al-Qaeda as an “open secret” Thursday, a relationship that he and others criticized the Obama White House for downplaying.

“It’s an open secret and not classified information that there have been relationships, there are connections,” Pompeo said during an event held by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “There have been times the Iranians have worked alongside al-Qaeda.”

Pompeo said that that cooperation sometimes occurs because the two view the West as a common enemy.

“They’ve cut deals so as not to come after each other, that is, they view the West as a greater threat than the fight between the two along their ideological lines,” he said.

He added that the intelligence community is still monitoring those ties, especially given the complexity of the situation in Syria.
PreOccupiedTerritory: Allies Regret Cannot Screw Over Kurds As Deeply As They Did Europe’s Jews (satire)
Diplomats in Washington, London, Paris, and other capitals voiced disappointment this week that despite betraying Kurds and insisting they not pursue sovereignty after years of indispensable Kurdish help in defeating the Islamic State and stabilizing their portion of fragmented Iraq, they would be unable to guarantee that the Kurds would suffer the same fate as Europe’s Jews after the Allies decided against direct targeting of death camps and other instruments of the Holocaust during World War Two.

Speaking to reporters at the State Department in the presence of officials from other countries in the anti-ISIS coalition, Deputy Undersecretary for the Middle East and North Africa Charles Coughlin described the sense of letdown that the coalition would not be able to duplicate against the Kurds the impact and extent of the abandonment they had so successfully pursued between 1939 and 1945 when Jewish survival hung in the balance.

“Unfortunately, under current circumstances, only a pale imitation of that episode remains possible,” explained Coughlin, who also holds ordination as a Catholic priest. “The Kurds have been at the front of the fight against the Islamic State and its predecessors since forever, after decades of repression under Turkish, Iranian, Syrian, and Iraqi rule. Now that they, the most distinct ethnicity in the region without a nation-state, are finally in a position to attain one, we can certainly deny such an entity recognition and discourage the Kurds form declaring themselves sovereign, and even withhold protection, but the consequences, in terms of body count and atrocities, will far far, far short of those that occurred after our analogous withholding of assistance from European Jews during the Holocaust. And that’s a shame. We like to think big.”

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MEMRI recently published this clip:

Fatah Revolutionary Council member Salwa Hudaib said that the Oslo Accords had destroyed Jerusalem. "I say, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Fatah movement, that we are not bound by the Oslo Accords, because these accords no longer exist on the ground," she declared, speaking on the Palestinian Authority's Alfalstiniah TV channel on September 16. "Our leaders were tricked into signing some of the articles," she said, adding that Israel "is known for its deception, its treachery" and "regularly avoids implementing agreements."

Interviewer: "Has the Palestinian leadership ever officially declared that it is no longer bound by the Oslo Accords?"

Salwa Hudaib: "The Vienna Convention stipulates that if any party breaches an agreement, that agreement becomes null and void. Israel did not implement the agreement within five years, and it continued its activities of settlement, of Judaization, of deportation, killings, and oppression, and only intensified its occupation and settlements, and therefore, we are not bound by the Oslo Accords. President Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] has not declared this officially, except for when he said, during the [2017] Al-Aqsa Uprising, that we were halting the [security] coordination and all bilateral relations with the Israelis. This started on July 14th, 2017, and it continues to this day. In addition, the popular resistance has intensified. So we are not bound by the Oslo Accords. I say, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Fatah movement, that we are not bound by the Oslo Accords, because these accords no longer exist on the ground."

The Oslo Accords created the Palestinian Authority. it is what gave the Palestinians self-rule over Areas A and B.

So if they say it is abrogated, then Israel has every legal right to take over the entire West Bank again, and control it legally under international law, since there is no Palestinian legal entity.

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Jasbir K. Puar of Rutgers University is publishing a book called The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability.

The blurb:

In The Right to Maim Jasbir K. Puar brings her pathbreaking work on the liberal state, sexuality, and biopolitics to bear on our understanding of disability. Drawing on a stunning array of theoretical and methodological frameworks, Puar uses the concept of “debility”—bodily injury and social exclusion brought on by economic and political factors—to disrupt the category of disability. She shows how debility, disability, and capacity together constitute an assemblage that states use to control populations. Puar's analysis culminates in an interrogation of Israel's policies toward Palestine, in which she outlines how Israel brings Palestinians into biopolitical being by designating them available for injury. Supplementing its right to kill with what Puar calls the right to maim, the Israeli state relies on liberal frameworks of disability to obscure and enable the mass debilitation of Palestinian bodies. Tracing disability's interaction with debility and capacity, Puar offers a brilliant rethinking of Foucauldian biopolitics while showing how disability functions at the intersection of imperialism and racialized capital.
It is, as always, an amazing coincidence that such a high percentage of so-called "academics" somehow manage to find Israel to be the paradigm of whatever evil they identify - "settler-colonialism" is a classic example, but even campus rape and racism have been linked to Israel through the magic of the new intersectionality where any two concepts can be linked as long as the author hates both of them - and one of them is Israel.

We looked at the hate that animated a speech of Puar's last year, when she attempted to link Israel to pretty much everything evil at a conference on gender and ecological issues:
In centering in human entities and temporalities how Palestine matters resituates the geopolitical that has been oddly alighted in the resurrection of the ecological and the geographical and emergent fields of new materialisms and Anthropocene studies. Many scholars have rapidly noted that much of the Anthropocene talk has been enabled through a rather bald-faced appropriation of long-standing native and indigenous cosmologies. So the book attempts to offer a counter genealogy to the surge of theories of object-oriented ontology and theories of post-humanism by putting them into direct relation to the fields of post-colonial theory, questions of imperial occupation and settler colonialism and disability studies.
This is the germ of her idea for this new book.

But first, let's look at the first paragraph of Puar's new book's preface, before she completely  descends into pseudo-academic gobbledygook:

 The intensification of the writing of this book, and the formulation of “the right to maim,” its most urgent political theoretical contribution, began the summer of 2014. This was the summer police shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the summer of Operation Protective Edge, the fifty one-day Israeli siege of Gaza. Organizers protesting these seemingly disparate events began drawing connections, tracing the material relationships between the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the militarization of police in Ferguson, from the training of U.S. law enforcement by the Israeli state to the tweeting of advice from Palestinians on how to alleviate tear gas exposure. Descriptions of the militarized containment of civilians in Ferguson
echoed those of the settler colonial occupation of Palestine. It was not long before the “Ferguson to Gaza” frame starting taking hold as an organizing rubric. Ferguson-to-Gaza forums sought to correlate the production of settler space, the vulnerability and degradation of black and brown bodies, the demands for justice through transnational solidarities, and the entangled workings of settler colonialism in the United States and Israel. The comparisons, linkages, and affective resonances between Ferguson and Gaza were not perfectly aligned, and they did not always yield immediate alliances. But these efforts were convivial in their mutual resistance to the violent control of populations via targeted bodily assaults, and reflected desires for reciprocating, intersectional, and co-constituted assemblages of solidarity.
Puar accidentally highlights the sequence of events that contradicts her entire academic career. Israel-hating activists (like Puar herself)  decided to tenuously attempt to link protests against US police practices to Israel which even Puar admits is "disparate" and that the connections between the two are not obvious.  The desire to link the two completely disconnected issues precedes the actual supposed linkage. Puar the quasi-academic is willing to embrace and fabricate these linkages not because there is any truth to them but because they fit her politics. Facts are merely props for foregone conclusions where context is the enemy.

As a thought experiment, decide: Which is closer linked to each other,  Israeli practices with US police brutality, or Palestinianism and Nazism? The links between Palestinianism and Nazism are direct: the founder of the Palestinian national movement was an open antisemite who proudly supported the Nazi aims of genocide against Jews; Palestinianism aims to remove Jews from positions of political power as the Nazis did in the 1930s, Palestinian media today continues to publish articles that are antisemitic and which include the blood libel and Holocaust denial just as Nazi media did, the Palestinian leadership violently suppresses any dissent within their own areas of power. Yet can one even imagine an academic paper pointing out these links ever getting published, let alone an entire book by an academic press?

The linkages that Puar and her ilk claim where Israel is the personification of whatever is fashionably evil at the moment are not only tenuous - they are fictional. One can literally choose any topic and any nation and find linkages that are at least as believable. All one needs is the desire and the links come by themselves. It isn't research - it is dumpster diving.

In fact, the next two paragraphs of Puar's preface highlight exactly that. She claims that US police (as if all the police departments in the US are magically linked to each other in what she calls the "US security state") have a seeming default "shoot to kill" policy against blacks, but Israel's policy not to kill Palestinians is framed instead as a "shoot to maim" policy: They are, obviously, opposite.

One striking aspect of the connective tissue between Ferguson and Gaza involved security practices mining the relationship between disability and death. Police brutality in the United States toward black men and women in particular showed a definitive tendency to aim for death, often shooting numerous bullets into an unarmed, subjugated, and yet supposedly threatening body—overkill, some might call it. Why were there seemingly so few attempts to minimize the loss of life? The U.S. security state enacted powerful sovereign entitlements even as it simultaneously claimed tremendous vulnerability. ....

The might of Israel’s military—one of the most powerful in the world—is built upon the claim of an unchanging ontological vulnerability and precarity, driven by history, geopolitics, and geography. Alongside the “right to kill,” I noted a complementary logic long present in Israeli tactical calculations of settler colonial rule—that of creating injury and maintaining Palestinian populations as perpetually debilitated, and yet alive, in order to control them. The Israeli Defense Forces (idf) have shown a demonstrable pattern over decades of sparing life, of shooting to maim rather than to kill.This is ostensibly a humanitarian practice...
The ostensible "US security state" policy of shooting to kill is linked to the IDF policy of trying to avoid death.

Yet, sure enough, Puar finds a linkage between the two in the next paragraph - because anyone can find any linkage to anything when they look hard enough.

Indeed, immediately after that she describes the egotism that caused her to try to link the movement for the rights of the disabled with Black Lives Matter and therefore Israel:

On this particular day [July 10, 2016] the main Black Lives Matter protest in New York City was happening in Times Square. Not far from this location, the Second Annual Disability Pride parade, marketed as a festival and celebration, was marching on Broadway from Union Square to Madison Square Park. International in scope, the parade included veterans and actors involved in the development of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I was in a part of Manhattan equidistant from both activities, one being an action and the other being an event. The relationship between the two confounded me.
Why does there have to be a relationship between two completely different marches in Manhattan on a single day? Because Puar wants there to be one. After all, she was equidistant from both - that must have some sort of divine (sorry, intersectional) meaning, right?

And, of course, Puar succeeds in finding that link, which is the basis for this entire book!

This isn't research. This isn't innovation. This is simply hate dressed up in academic clothing, and the hate that Puar has is just as toxic and noxious as the racism she pretends to oppose.

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