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October 22, 2009
October 22, 2009: Israel's Dangerously Battered Image: A Continuing Series  

"Always be ready to speak your mind and a base man will avoid you. Opposition is True Friendship."-William Blake, "Marriage of Heaven and Hell" 1796

Patrick Seale is a leading British writer on the Middle East, and the author of The Struggle for Syria; also, Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East; and Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire.

Israel’s Dangerously Battered Image

by Patrick Seale   
16 Oct 2009

In international politics, image counts. A country’s reputation, the aura it projects, the esteem in which its leaders are held -- these are as important as its armed services in providing protection for its citizens. Most politicians know that soft power, skillfully used, can be at least as effective as blood-drenched hard power.

This is a lesson Israel appears to have forgotten. Its pitiless treatment of the Palestinians, whether under occupation on the West Bank or under siege in Gaza -- not to mention its repeated assaults on Lebanon, its 2007 raid on Syria and its relentless sabre-rattling against Iran -- have done terrible damage to its image.

The admiration which its early state-building once aroused in many parts of the world has turned into angry impatience, outrage, even contempt.

Few outside Israel itself -- and outside the shrinking ranks of its diehard supporters in the United States and Europe -- would today be prepared to defend its arrogant militarists, its fanatical land-grabbing settlers, its racist politicians.

Astonishingly, there is no sign that Israel’s political leaders have understood the magnitude of the problem or are doing anything serious to address it. On the contrary, they are busy digging deeper into a hole of their own making.

Turkey’s sudden cancellation this week of a major air force exercise with Israel was a salutary wake-up call. Evidently, Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan found it necessary to cancel the drill because of the widespread hostility to Israel among Turkey’s population. He has had to take Turkish public opinion into account. Foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu spelled out the reasons in diplomatic terms: “We hope that the situation in Gaza will improve...and that will create a new atmosphere in Turkish-Israeli relations...”

To offend the Turks is no small matter. Israel cannot afford to ignore the warning or sweep it under the carpet. Turkey has for many years been Israel’s main regional strategic partner -- indeed its only one since the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979. Losing Turkey could turn out to be the worst setback Israel has suffered for a very long time.

Turkey’s army is the largest in the region; so is its industrial base. Its GDP, at over $1,000bn (in 2008) dwarfs that of the oil producers, whether Arab or Iranian, and is four times larger than Israel’s own. In recent years, Turkey has greatly improved its relations with Iran and with neighboring Arab states -- Syria in particular -- and is emerging as the wise “big brother” of the greater Middle East. It has offered to mediate local conflicts and is attempting to spread stability and security all around it.

From the moment Israel started hammering Gaza last December, it was clear that its insane war was a grotesque mistake, which would end up fuelling nothing but hate, and might even delegitimize Israel in the eyes of much of the world. The Goldstone report has now driven a giant nail into the coffin of Israel’s reputation by finding that, in Gaza, there was evidence that Israel “committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity.”

Instead of agreeing to carry out an independent investigation into these charges, as the UN mission demanded -- before the matter was referred to the Security Council for prosecution at the International Criminal Court -- Israel launched an all-out attack on Goldstone and his report. It used all its diplomatic clout to get the report discredited as biased and its examination deferred.

Not only is Judge Richard Goldstone an eminent international jurist with a towering reputation for integrity and fairness, but he is also a Jew and a self-proclaimed Zionist. He won praise for exposing the crimes of South Africa’s Apartheid regime and for his scrupulous work as chief UN prosecutor in Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

So anxious was he to be even-handed that, before accepting to head the Gaza fact-finding mission, he insisted that the mandate be expanded to include Palestinian rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. Indeed, his report found evidence that Palestinian armed groups also committed war crimes, as well as possible crimes against humanity.

Israel’s propaganda war on the Goldstone report has proved both wrong-headed and self-defeating. Among its victims is the hapless Mahmud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority who, under pressure from both Israel and the United States, agreed not to press for an immediate examination of the report by the Security Council. Recognizing his mistake, he has since tried to backtrack, but his leadership has been severely dented.

The result has been to undermine and weaken Palestinian moderates -- such as Abbas -- whom Israel, one might have supposed, would want to strengthen, and with whom it would seek to negotiate. But does Israel want peace? Does it want to negotiate? Or does it, on the contrary, seek to radicalize the Palestinians so as to avoid serious negotiations until it has seized more territory?

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s extremist foreign minister, has given the game away by declaring that there can be no peace with the Palestinians for several more years. In refusing to freeze settlements or engage in negotiations, what Lieberman and his boss, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, are doing is to challenge not just peace-loving opinion around the world, but also -- first and foremost -- U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Israeli right-wing and its neo-conservative supporters in the United States have launched a frontal assault on a central goal of Obama’s foreign policy, namely a two-state solution of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. To undermine Obama, they have not hesitated to mount a vicious campaign of incitement against him. He is depicted as a Nazi, a Muslim and a Jew-hater. His Nobel Peace Prize has been mocked.

Israel is here venturing on very dangerous ground. So far, Obama has sought to persuade rather than to threaten. In his dealings with both Iran and Israel, he has tried to reach agreement by accommodation. With Iran, he has achieved some progress -- breaking a 30-year long stalemate -- and no doubt more progress will follow. With Israel, he has met a stone wall.

Israel should reflect. Obama’s patience is not endless. Losing Turkey is one thing. To risk losing America is quite another.

Copyright © 2009 Patrick Seale – distributed by Agence Global

 Update on the Arrest of Human Rights defender and activist Mohammad Othman
29 days after Mohammad’s arrest still no charges have been laid
[Ramallah, 20 October 2009] On Monday 19 October 2009, a court hearing at Salem military court, in the Northern West Bank, extended Mohammad Othman’s detention period for another 11 days. It has been 29 days now since human rights defender, Mohammad Othman was arrested at the Allenby Bridge Border Crossing between Jordan and the West Bank. Mohammad, who volunteers with the “Grassroots Stop the Wall Campaign”, was on his way back to Ramallah from an advocacy tour in Norway, during which he was engaged in a number of speaking events and meetings with government officials. Monday’s court hearing was Mohammad’s third since the moment of his arrest on 22 September 2009. The two previous hearings have consistently extended Mohammad’s detention period for 10 and 12 days respectively, although no clear allegations have been made against Mohammad and no external evidence was brought to the attention of the court. Arrests of individuals based on reasonable suspicions are admissible in the beginning of one’s detention. However, after one month of continuous interrogation, such suspicions need to be substantiated and built upon by external evidence if any fair trial standards are to be upheld.  Based on Israeli military orders, a military judge can authorize the detention of Palestinian detainees for up to 90 days, which can be extended for another 90 days by the judge of the Military Appeal Court.
During the hearing, the Israeli interrogation police failed once again to provide any evidence justifying Mohammad’s arrest, but contended that an extension of his detention period was necessary for further interrogation. The military judge rejected the interrogators’ initial request to extend Mohammad’s detention period to 23 additional days, arguing that the period was too long, but agreed to a 10 day extension period, based on “secret information”, which was made available to him by representatives from the Israeli Security Agency (ISA).  Military Judge Eliahu Nimni argued that the extension is required in order to end the interrogation and clarify suspicions against Mohammad. At the same time, he maintained that releasing Mohammad would constitute a security threat, despite the fact that no concrete suspicions of any alleged offences were made, thus siding with the interrogation police. Addameer appealed the court’s decision and the appeal hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, 22 October.
Additional information: the detention of an international observer
Monday’s hearing was attended by Mohammad’s father, a Machsom Watch volunteer and two German human rights activists working with Pax Christi. A third international activist, a Norwegian university student and member of the Norwegian Socialist Youth party visiting the West Bank on a research trip, was detained at the door of the court even though the court had previously agreed to allow him to attend the hearing. Moreover, he attended Mohammad’s appeals hearing at Ofer on 14 October 2009. He was held for three hours, during which he was questioned about his activities in the West Bank and was asked to give his cell phone number and email address. 
Change in Tactics during Interrogation
After approximately one week following his arrest, Mohammad has been subjected to long interrogation sessions, lasting at times from 10 to 15 hours, during which he was repeatedly cursed at, intimidated and threatened. These interrogation sessions are on-going until today. During one of the sessions, an interrogator threatened to hurt Mohammad’s sister if he did not reveal information. However, at no point were suspicions against Mohammad made clear to him. No specific dates, events or names were mentioned and Mohammad still believes that the real reasons behind his arrest are related to his successful advocacy and lobbying activities, both locally and internationally. All other suspicions are unfounded. On 14 October, Addameer attorney Mahmoud Hassan stated before the Judge of the Military Appeals Court in an appeals hearing that Mohammad has been ill-treated. Since then, the interrogation police have abandoned their tactics of intimidation and threats, and instead have adopted a strategy of physical and mental exhaustion by leaving Mohammad alone, sitting in the interrogation room in the same position for several hours at a time, with his hands tied behind his back. Every few hours, the interrogators question him on issues relating to his human rights activism and activities as a volunteer with the “Stop the Wall Campaign”. They also ask questions about other staff members of the campaign, which only reinforces Addameer’s and Stop the Wall’s belief that Mohammad is detained for his activities as a human rights defender. 
Mohammad complained to Addameer attorneys that on 15 October, he was kept in the interrogation room from 1:45 pm until 1:20 am, while being interrogated intermittently. During what totaled twelve hours, the interrogators only wrote five pages of notes in their report. When Mohammad fell finally asleep on his chair out of exhaustion, the interrogators woke him up by pouring cold water over his head. During the hearing on 19 October, military judge Eliahu Nimni stated that the court would look into the interrogation techniques should charges be pressed against Mohammad, arguing that the measures used by the interrogators aim to physically exhaust him. Moreover, Addameer and Stop the Wall fear that by physically and mentally exhausting Mohammad, the interrogation police aim to coerce him into giving a false confession to crimes he has not committed.  
Detention conditions
Mohammad is still held in solitary confinement in Kishon detention center, in an individual cell, with no windows and natural sunlight. The cell contains only a mattress and a Turkish toilet falling short of acceptable hygiene standards. Mohammad is prevented from communicating with other detainees or with his family. His only contact with the outside world occurs during lawyers’ visits. Although Mohammad is allowed to shower every day in a bathroom located outside of his cell, he has not been able to change his clothes since the moment of his arrest, totaling 29 days. Mohammad’s meals are usually served to him in the interrogation room during short breaks, lasting no longer than 20 minutes. 
Addameer and Stop the Wall position
Addameer and Stop the Wall reiterate that Mohammad’s arrest is completely arbitrary and constitutes a violation of various international human rights instruments, in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. As 29 days of continuous interrogation have not proved anything, vague suspicions have not been translated into any allegations and no external evidence has been brought to the court’s attention, Addameer and Stop the Wall are led to believe that Mohammad is being detained as a punishment for his human rights activism. In addition, there is reason to believe that the Israeli military authorities use Mohammad’s continuous detention as an example to deter other activists against the occupation and the Annexation Wall in particular, from continuing their human rights work.
The protection of human rights defenders is not only a moral obligation, but has been recognized by the United Nations as a social, individual and collective right and responsibility. It has also been an important element of the European Union’s human rights external policy for many years.  Addameer and Stop the Wall thus urge foreign government officials, including members of foreign representative offices to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and foreign Consulates in East Jerusalem, as well as representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament, human rights organizations and United Nations bodies to:
·         Raise Mohammad Othman’s case in their official meetings with Israeli officials;
·         Demand clarifications regarding the reason for Mohammad’s arrest and extended detention in official letters addressed to Israeli authorities;
·         Demand Mohammad’s immediate release and pressure Israel to put an end to its policy of arbitrary detention.
For more information about Mohammad’s arrest, please refer to Addameer and “Stop the Wall” joint statement and update or directly contact:
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
Tel: +972 (0)2 296 0446 / 297 0136
Stop the Wall Campaign
Tel: +972-2-2971505

October 21, 2009

The following is from the Israeli New Profile list-serve; a group of feminist women and men who are convinced that they do not need to live in a soldiers’ state and who understand that the state of war in Israel is maintained by decisions of politicians.

Dorothy wrote: This is Israel—the country in which a non-violent peace activist is sentenced to jail and fined for attempting to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian dwelling, while IOF soldiers who beat and harass Palestinians get off scott free, without so much as reprimand!  Some ethics! "Without order there can be no democracy," say the judges who sentenced Ezra Nawi.  Truth is that without order there can be no fascism!  Democracy allows for the voices of the people, fascism does not.  Guess on which side of the fence these judges are!

Officers won't be prosecuted for 'slight beating'

State Prosecutor's Office decides Border Guard policemen documented hitting Palestinians will not face criminal charges, 'as they did not cause real damage'

The State Prosecutor's Office has decided to close a criminal investigation against Border Guard officers documented beating Palestinians.

Nechama Zusman, senior deputy to the state prosecutor, responded to a petition filed by the Yesh Din human rights organization, saying that "the behavior was indeed inappropriate, but the strikes were very light and did not cause real damage."

Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan decided that there was no basis to intervene in the Police Investigation Unit's decision to turn over the affair to the Israel Police's discipline unit, with a recommendation to file discipline charges against the officers.

The State Prosecutor's Office wrote that the case would be handed over to the discipline unit within the next few days.

Incidents documented

Attorney Michael Sfard, who represents Yesh Din, sent a letter to the State Prosecutor's Office in response to the decision. He wrote to Zusman that clips attached to the complaint filed with the Police Investigation Unit show a Border Guard officer forcing a Palestinian detainee to salute him several times, a Border Guard officer hitting a detainee in the head and neck, kicking him in the backside and raising his shirt several times.

Sfard also addressed the State's claim that the strikes were light. "Your answer amazed me, and I wonder whether you, and the deputy state prosecutor, even considered the serious implications of your decision.

"Your stance demonstrates unprecedented tolerance of abuse against people placed under the custody of a person in authority, while using violence and humiliation. The question of damage is irrelevant, as criminal law forbids assault and does not state that the assault should cause any physical damage.

"Ruling that striking a detainee is not within the bounds of a criminal act is even more serious than the beating itself, and constitutes an unfit and dangerous case of 'turning a blind eye.'"

Attorney Sfard concluded his letter by asking the State to "seriously reconsider your decision to close the case on the criminal level."


Ezra Nawi sentenced to 30 days in jail, a 500 NIS fine to pay to soldiers
by MC
Oct 21st, 2009

On Wednesday, October 21, Ezra Nawi was sentenced for a 30 days in Jail, 750 Shekels fine (about 150$), 500 Shekels compensation to each of the two Israeli soldiers who accuse him of attacking them, and another 6 mouths in jail if he is convicted in the next three year of “illegal gathering”. Illegal gathering can be declared by any police officer, and basically means that Ezra will not be allowed to keep doing his solidarity work in occupied Palestine.

A couple of months ago, Judge Eilata Ziskind, found Ezra guilty of assaulting two border police officers and participating in a riot, during a house demolition in the West Bank, in the village of Um el-Hir in February, 2007. Ezra was convicted based solely on the the border police officers' testimonies, while the video footage from the event clearly showed that Ezra did not use violence in his protest against the injustices of the occupation.

In her decision the judge Elisabeth Ziskind said that “this court does not deal with ideology, but with whether a criminal activity took place. A dangerous behavior cannot be allowed in a normal society. If we allow these kind of acts we are becoming undemocratic.” at this point Ezra interrupted the judge to ask if she is giving him a lecture, or reading the sentence. The judge, annoyed by Ezra remarks, moved to read the sentence while emphasizing again that if laws and regulation are not protected the Israeli society will be become an anarchy.

Ezra conviction and sentence, shows again the intimate relation between the occupying forces and the Israeli courts. On the one hand the state puts apartheid laws into place that deny the right of people to water, food, or (as in this case) housing, and on the other hand those who resist this laws by participating in civil disobedience are branded “anarchists” and accused of trying to disturb society's order. Like many colonial ideologists judge Ziskind ignored the overwhelming laws that make it impossible for Palestinian to survive in the name of the “civilized” society based on “order“.

Relying on the testimonies of two Israeli Soldiers who are shown in a movie documenting the event to attack a Palestinian family and activists trying to stop a house demolition, the judge showed who she would rather believe to. By stating that somehow, the court decision does not deal with ideology, Judge Ziskind shows plain ignorance.

More, on the same day the legal adviser to the government has decided not to press charges against a group of Israeli soldiers who were filmed harassing Palestinians in Jerusalem. Justice in Israel for trying to stop a house demolition one receives jail time, and for harassing and attacking Palestinians one walks free.

In years from now, Ezra will be remembered as a person who fought for human rights, along activists during the Civil Rights movement in America and those who opposed the Apartheid government in South Africa. All of them willing to spent time in jail for their heroic activism. And what would be remembered of judge Ziskind? A defender of a colonial and apartheid laws who like other judges in dark times in history thought that her ruling does not involve a political line.

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