Israel-Palestine News Compiler

Long Shadow of 1929 Hebron Massacre

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 27, 2009
Hajj Yussef is one of the Palestinian Arabs who saved Jews during the massacre

Hajj Yussef is one of the Palestinian Arabs who saved Jews during the massacre

“Jews in the old city were mostly shopkeepers, doing business. We used to visit each other,” he says speaking through an interpreter. “We used to go to each others’ places for tea. They were our Palestinian Jews, they spoke Arabic and they dressed like us Arabs.”

“Jews lived here peacefully with their Arab neighbours,” confirms Mr Arnon. “Jews here were not involved in any politics. They did not have any self-defence. And this wonderful life finished with a tragedy.”

For full article, visit

Johann Hari: Israel’s Voice of Reason? An Exclusive Interview With Amos Oz

Posted in Interviews, Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 14, 2009

Oz is sitting in the coffee shop of Joseph’s bookstore in Golder’s Green, north London, looking older and more fragile than his vigorous black-and-white author’s picture. He is 70 now, his hair wispier and whiter. He greets me with a gravelly voice, and we order black coffees. It seems far away and long ago, but Oz once dreamed of bombing this city. He was once a child of what he calls “the Jewish intifada” – the stone-throwing, death-defying Jewish rebellion against British occupation. He believed the state that would emerge from the rubble would be a model of justice and idealism for all mankind. If you were a child in Gaza now, Mr Oz, would you be dreaming the same dreams against Israel? “I don’t even have to imagine the answer to this question – I know it,” he says. “Because I was a kid in Jerusalem in ’48 when the city was besieged, shelled, starved, [and] the water supply [was] cut off. And I know the horror, and I know the despair, and I know the hopelessness, and I know the anger, and I know the frustration.” He says he was “not so much a child as a bundle of self-righteous arguments, a brainwashed little fanatic, a stone-throwing chauvinist. The first words I ever learnt to say in English were ‘British, go home!'”

For full article, visit

Arab professor ‘kicked out of eatery over bartender’s racist T-shirt’

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

“It hurts my feelings and the feelings of Arab customers,” said Suleiman. “I’m not willing to accept such shirts. It’s like the reaction of Jews who see people wearing shirts with a cross.” The bartender at the Haifa restaurant was wearing a shirt with a drawing of a rifle sight and the words, in Hebrew, “Institution for special-ed children.”

Suleiman demanded the bartender change his shirt, saying it advocated killing Palestinian children – similar to T-shirts printed for Israel Defense Forces soldiers that depict violence against Palestinians, as Haaretz reported last month.

For full article, visit

Rally protests Jerusalem home demolitions

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

About 150 Jews, international human rights activists, and local Arabs hit the streets in east Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood Saturday to protest demolition orders for homes in the area.

The protesters rallied under the slogan: “Jews and Arabs against house demolitions.”

One of the stops in the march was the ruins of a home razed two weeks ago. “Under these ruins, you can still find the furniture of a whole family, with five daughters, that has no other home,” one protester declared. “This is an act by (Jerusalem Mayor) Barkat, who in his first day on the job already decided to raze homes, and is going to continue razing homes in the area.

For full article, visit,7340,L-3693438,00.html