Tag Archives: Haaretz

Israel and Netherlands in row over security scanner at Gaza border

High-tech machine was supposed to offer solution to Israel’s security concerns about Gazan exports.

Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza-Ph AssayagBy Barak Ravid – Dec. 8, 2013

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has canceled a gala ceremony planned for Sunday to inaugurate a new container scanner donated by the Netherlands to Israel’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip, due to Israel’s refusal to view the high-tech machine as grounds for allowing exports fromGaza to the West Bank to resume.

EU: Future agreements with Israel won’t apply to territories

Jerusalem says guideline will make it impossible to sign accords with Brussels without recognizing in writing that West Bank settlements are not part of Israel.

By  Jul. 16, 2013 | Source

Palestinians and Canadian natives join hands to protest colonization

Palestinians, both at home and abroad, have found an unlikely partner in the struggle against colonization: First Nations, the indigenous peoples of Canada.

by Hadani Ditmars – First published in Haaretz 29 January 2013

Native peoples from all over the world joined together on Monday as part of an international day of solidarity with Idle No More, an indigenous uprising that has supporters across the globe.

Idle No More began in Canada, but it has sparked support from peoples including North African Tuaregs and New Zealand Maoris.

And with the many messages of support that came on Monday from indigenous peoples across the globe were messages of solidarity from Palestinians – both in their historic homeland and flung throughout the diaspora.

Stephen Hawking confirms he is boycotting Israeli conference

World-renowned physicist confirms he is boycotting next month's Presidential Conference at urging of Palestinian activists and academics

Stephen Hawking

by Yarden Skop, 8 May 2013

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has canceled his planned appearance at next month's Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, apparently in response to the urging of Palestinian activists and academics.

Hawking informed President Shimon Peres of his decision last weekend, but decided not to make it public. Thus it became public knowledge only yesterday, when it was reported on the website of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine and picked up by the British daily The Guardian.

Israeli crackdown on Palestinian mobility began well before suicide bombings

By Amira Haas – April 1, 2013

The signs that Israel did not mean peace were given from the start, 1995.

Palestinians at the Qalandiyah checkpoint in 2012.

“I didn’t know you were such an empiricist,” a friend told me impatiently, a veteran peace activist with a doctorate, when I insisted at some meeting on specifying the prohibitions on the movement of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

That was in 1995, and he thought I didn’t see the big picture, the positive direction, the vision, the beat of the wings of history, and instead was merely insisting on going into detail, into temporary malfunctions. He wasn’t alone in thinking that. One of my editors at the time told me I lacked perspective because I lived in Gaza, and so my reports looked the way they did. In short, wearisome.

Palestinians at the Qalandiyah checkpoint in 2012. Photo by Michal Fattal

Humanitarian hush money

The generous aid given to the Palestinians through various channels is the reward offered by Western states in exchange for the tolerance they show toward Israeli apartheid.

amira_hassBy Amira Hass            | Feb.06, 2013 | 4:33 AM

There is something embarrassing, even humiliating, about the pairs, trios and flocks of off-road vehicles that rush to the site of a disaster. Their foreign-language-speaking passengers emerge in order to carefully record the damage, assess the aid required and then consider how to provide it. Afterward they publish their findings and conclusions in internal reports and in glossy brochures with spectacular images, because suffering is photogenic.

Haaretz opinion article: Free Gaza


The effort to promote prosperity in the West Bank and poverty in the Gaza Strip as a way of proving that cooperation with Israel reaps dividends, whereas hostility to Israel does the opposite, has never ignited the longed-for chain reaction.

By Zvi Bar’el | Sep.05, 2012 | 3:31 AM

Haaretz opinion article

The time has come to free the Gaza Strip, to lift the closure against it and to maintain a “normal” relationship both with its Hamas leadership and its population. The time has come to allow European nations and the United States to make direct investments in the Strip and allow the Gaza economy to develop, like its counterpart on the West Bank. The time has come to stop bluffing and pretending that the Gaza blockade punishes Hamas, impedes missile fire and serves Israel’s security needs. Israel’s fantasy about “destroying the terror infrastructure” – that is, destroying Hamas’ leadership – has shattered time after time, and it is time to end this illusion.