- Tagesspiegel – „Siedlungen schwächen den Zionismus“ – Der israelische Historiker und Autor Tom Segev über die Siedlungspolitik, die Aussichten auf Frieden im Nahen Osten und den Zustand der Gesellschaft
Herr Segev, Obama übt auf Israel großen Druck aus, den Bau von Siedlungen zu stoppen. Wird er Erfolg haben?
Es ist noch zu früh, zu sagen, ob Obama damit Erfolg haben wird. Seit dem Sechstagekrieg 1967 sind Städte entstanden, die nicht mehr aus der Welt zu schaffen sind. Selbst wenn Obama das verlangt. Leider. Wir hätten es niemals so weit kommen lassen sollen. Wir hätten die damals eroberten Gebiete und insbesondere Jerusalem nicht länger als einen Tag behalten dürfen. Wer Ost-Jerusalem erobert, wusste, dass damit Frieden so gut wie unmöglich wird. Weil man Ost-Jerusalem nicht zurückgeben kann.
Israel wird die Siedlungen nicht räumen?
Das ist noch schwerer geworden, seitdem die islamistische Hamas nach dem israelischen Rückzug aus Gaza die Macht übernommen hat. Zudem hat Israel die Siedler kleinlich behandelt und nicht ausreichend entschädigt. Das war ein großer Fehler. Tausende Siedler aus Gaza haben noch immer keine neue Existenz. Die Siedler in der Westbank haben das ganz genau beobachtet…
- LOS ANGELES TIMES – Opinion – Boycott Israel – An Israeli comes to the painful conclusion that it’s the only way to save his country.
Israeli newspapers this summer are filled with angry articles about the push for an international boycott of Israel. Films have been withdrawn from Israeli film festivals, Leonard Cohen is under fire around the world for his decision to perform in Tel Aviv, and Oxfam has severed ties with a celebrity spokesperson, a British actress who also endorses cosmetics produced in the occupied territories. Clearly, the campaign to use the kind of tactics that helped put an end to the practice of apartheid in South Africa is gaining many followers around the world.
Not surprisingly, many Israelis — even peaceniks — aren’t signing on. A global boycott can’t help but contain echoes of anti-Semitism. It also brings up questions of a double standard (why not boycott China for its egregious violations of human rights?) and the seemingly contradictory position of approving a boycott of one’s own nation.
It is indeed not a simple matter for me as an Israeli citizen to call on foreign governments, regional authorities, international social movements, faith-based organizations, unions and citizens to suspend cooperation with Israel. But today, as I watch my two boys playing in the yard, I am convinced that it is the only way that Israel can be saved from itself.
I say this because Israel has reached a historic crossroads, and times of crisis call for dramatic measures. I say this as a Jew who has chosen to raise his children in Israel, who has been a member of the Israeli peace camp for almost 30 years and who is deeply anxious about the country’s future.
The most accurate way to describe Israel today is as an apartheid state. For more than 42 years, Israel has controlled the land between the Jordan Valley and the Mediterranean Sea. Within this region about 6 million Jews and close to 5 million Palestinians reside. Out of this population, 3.5 million Palestinians and almost half a million Jews live in the areas Israel occupied in 1967, and yet while these two groups live in the same area, they are subjected to totally different legal systems. The Palestinians are stateless and lack many of the most basic human rights. By sharp contrast, all Jews — whether they live in the occupied territories or in Israel — are citizens of the state of Israel.
- JP – British fire fighter union calls for complete boycott of Israel
A British fire fighter union is calling for sanctions and a complete boycott of Israel, months after forming a new global movement along with its Israeli counterpart.
The Fire Brigades Union has also urged Britain’s 6.5-million member Trade Union Congress to distance itself from its counterpart, the Histadrut Labor Federation, for not condemning Operation Cast Lead.
The Fire Brigades Union asked the Trade Union Congress to „carry out a review“ of its relationship with the Histadrut at the Trade Union Congress annual conference in Liverpool next month.
Motion P76 submitted by the Fire Brigades Union, which represents around 85 percent of UK fire fighters and support staff, calls on the General Council of the Trade Union Congress to condemn Israel for the Gaza operation and „ongoing blockade in contravention of international law.“
It comes months after the Fire Brigades Union worked closely with the Israeli fire fighter union to form the International Fire Fighter Unions Alliance to represent fire fighters globally, which was set up shortly after the IDF offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The alliance’s slogan is „Stronger together.“
The sanctions call has been questioned by Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine (TULIP). The new organization works with Israeli and Palestinian trade unionists and non-governmental organizations to find practical ways to respond to Israel-boycott calls.
TULIP’s Eric Lee has accused the Fire Brigades Union of having a „split personality.“
„The irony here is that two months after the Gaza war – which supposedly made Israeli unions pariahs – unwelcome in the international trade union movement – the Fire Brigades Union happily joined forces with an Israeli union and just 10 other unions to launch a global federation of fire fighters unions,“ Lee said. „I can’t imagine why they think it’s appropriate for them to work with Israeli trade unionists, but are calling on the TUC [Trade Union Congress] to ‚review‘ its links with the Histadrut. It’s almost as if the FBU [Fire Brigades Union] had a severe case of split personality.“
In response, Mick Shaw, president of the Fire Brigades Union, said his group was „merely“ calling for the Trade Union Congress to „review“ links with the Histadrut. „As an affiliate of the TUC, we are part of the international trade union movement and recognize that Histadrut is also a part of that movement. We therefore participate in international organizations and their conferences alongside Histadrut, including this year at both the International Fire Fighter Unions Alliance and the European Federation of Public Service Unions. We merely call in our motion for the TUC to review their links with Histadrut,“ Shaw said in a statement.
The Fire Brigades Union wants the Trade Union Congress to review its links with the Histadrut based on evidence from the fringe Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the findings of a delegation of Scottish Trade Union Congress members who visited the region in February with a view of boycotting and calling for sanctions against Israel.
At the time the delegation said it was meeting trade unionists in Israel and the Palestinian territories to „investigate the merits of supporting a boycott, disinvestment and sanctions against the State of Israel until it complies with international law and agreed human rights principles.“
„The debate within the FBU followed officials from within the union having participated in delegations to the Occupied Palestinian Territories organized by both the Scottish Trade Union Congress and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign; and reporting back their findings,“ Shaw said.
Asked why the Fire Brigades Union was happy to work closely with the Israeli fire fighter union soon after the Gaza conflict but was now calling for sanctions and boycotts against Israel, Shaw said the Fire Brigades Union recognized, and sought to work with, „progressive elements“ within Israeli society.