Democracy Now! Digest: Late Summer in Israel
Posted by uscsjp on September 1, 2011
Israeli Military Prepares to Supply Jewish Settlers with Tear Gas, Stun Grenades
“The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reports the Israeli military is planning to give tear gas and stun grenades to Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank ahead of the expected United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood this fall. The move comes as part of Israel’s preparations to deal with possible confrontations with Palestinians after the vote. The Israeli army is also drafting guidelines on when it would be appropriate to shoot live ammunition at the feet of Palestinian protesters.”
–Democracy Now!, 30 August, 2011
Israel Orders Reinforcements Deployed to Gaza Strip, Egypt Border
“Israel has ordered the deployments of reinforcements around the southern Gaza Strip and Egyptian border. Meanwhile, Israeli police have arrested a Palestinian man from the West Bank accused of wounding eight people in South Tel Aviv. Police say the man ran over a police officer with a stolen taxi and then stabbed people outside a night club.”
–Democracy Now!, 29 August, 2011
Glenn Beck Holds Rally in Israel Denouncing United Nations, Human Rights Organizations
Former Fox television host Glenn Beck has declared he is forming a new Texas-based global movement to defend Israel from the United Nations and international human rights organizations. Beck made the announcement while addressing roughly 1,000 American Evangelical Christians and right-wing Israelis in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Beck, a born-again Mormon, showered praise on Israelis and the Israeli state.
Glenn Beck: “In Israel, there is more courage in one small square mile than in all of Europe. In Israel, there is more courage in one soldier than in the combined and cold hearts of every bureaucrat at the United Nations.”
Beck’s appearance in Israel was the first stop in his worldwide speaking tour entitled “Restoring Courage,” which will take him to South Africa and South America before a major event in Texas on Sunday. Roughly three dozen activists with the group Peace Now gathered to protest the rally. Yariv Oppenheimer is Peace Now’s secretary general.
Yariv Oppenheimer, Peace Now Secretary General: “We came to protest against this show of Glenn Beck. I think he tried to use the tension in this city for his career. And we have enough fanatics here, we don’t need anymore. We need friends who come from abroad to support the idea of two states, of sharing Jerusalem as capital for two states, for the Palestinians and the Israelis, and not people who come here just to provoke.”
–Democracy Now!, 25 August, 2011
Israeli Air Strikes in Gaza Kill Four; Nine-Month-Old Israeli Baby Wounded by Rocket
“In news from the Middle East, Israeli air strikes in Gaza have killed at least four people. Meanwhile, more than 20 rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel. A nine-month-old Israeli baby was wounded. The attacks threaten an informal truce agreed by Israel and Hamas on Sunday.”
–Democracy Now!, 25 August, 2011
Israel, Hamas Agree to Ceasefire Following Days of Cross-Border Violence
“Israel and Hamas have reportedly agreed to a ceasefire after five days of cross-border violence. The violence erupted on Thursday when militants crossed into southern Israel and carried out a series of deadly attacks near the Egyptian border. Since then, Israel has launched a series of air strikes against Gaza. On Sunday, at least nine Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, were wounded by Israeli drones and F-16 fighter jet attacks.”
–Democracy Now!, 22 August, 2011
Israel Bombs Gaza in Response to Deadly Attacks on Egyptian Border
“Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas outposts in Gaza earlier today while Palestinians fired rockets into southern Israel, as violence escalated following a series of deadly attacks. On Thursday, eight Israelis died and 25 were injured in southern Israel in an attack along the border with Egypt. Israel blamed the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees for the attack. Israeli jets later carried out air strikes in Gaza, killing at least six people, including a nine-year-old boy.”
–Democracy Now!, 19 August, 2011
Deadly Attacks Hit Southern Israel
“In breaking news out of the Middle East, at least five people have been killed and a number of others have been wounded in simultaneous attacks on vehicles in southern Israel. The exact number of deaths is unknown, nor is it clear if the assaults were related. In the first attack, a passenger bus carrying both civilians and Israeli soldiers was fired on as it traveled to the port city of Eilat. At least 10 passengers were reportedly wounded. The attackers were pursued by helicopters and Israeli forces who reportedly exchanged fire with the gunmen. Moments later, an Israeli military vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, injuring an unknown amount of people. In the third reported incident, an anti-tank missile was fired at a passenger car, critically injuring at least five people. The Associated Press has reported a fourth potential attack, but details have not been confirmed.”
Israel Refuses to Apologize to Turkey for Flotilla Killings
“The Israeli government has announced it will refuse to apologize to Turkey for the deadly flotilla raid that killed nine people, including a U.S. citizen, last year. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the decision was long overdue.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: ‘It’s clear that it’s a pity we didn’t make this decision earlier. The fact that it took so long shows a bit of insecurity. Sending a message of weakness would be the most dangerous thing for Israel today.'”
–Democracy Now!, 18 August, 2011
Israel Arrests Al Jazeera Journalist in West Bank
“A journalist for the news network Al Jazeera has appeared in an Israeli court one week after his arrest while crossing the border between Jordan and the occupied West Bank. Israel has charged Samer Allawi with being a member of Hamas and has extended his detention by at least seven more days. Allawi currently serves as Al Jazeera Arabic’s bureau chief in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Allawi’s attorney says his client has been interrogated about his work and management of the Kabul bureau, his personal financial information, and his relationships with colleagues, friends and relatives. Allawi reportedly told his lawyer he would be charged with transferring money and orders from Afghanistan to the West Bank if he refused to act as an informant.”
–Democracy Now, 17August, 2011
1 Palestinian Killed, 5 Wounded in Israeli Bombings of Gaza Strip
“At least one Palestinian has been killed and five others wounded in a series of Israeli air strikes on the occupied Gaza Strip. Two of victims were left on life support. Israel has said it is responding to rocket fire that has increased from Gaza over the past month. But Palestinians have accused Israel of escalating attacks on the Occupied Territories in order to subvert the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations next month.
Israel Approves New Settlements in West Bank
“The Israeli government has approved a new settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank. The settlement of Ariel will receive nearly 300 new homes in the largest housing project in a single settlement since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office. One hundred of the apartments will house Israeli settlers who left the Gaza Strip six years ago.”
Israeli Lawmakers Meet on Economic Protests
“In Israel, lawmakers have interrupted a summer recess amidst ongoing protests against economic inequality and the high costs of living. Tens of thousands of people continue to take part in the protests across Israel.
Protester: ‘The gaps between rich and poor really got wider and wider, and I think right now people really feel frustrated, because they’re working, they do work, they work in very, like, respectable jobs, but they don’t get enough to live their lives and to raise their children. So I think this is the uprising. This is where it comes from.’
Protester: ‘I believe it might get a bit more violent towards next week, if we don’t start seeing the government taking us a bit more seriously.’
–Democracy Now!, 16 August, 2011