Friday, 10 July 2009

Rabbis start fast to lift siege on Gaza

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- An ad hoc group of rabbis is organizing a monthly communal fast to protest Israel's actions in Gaza.

Called Ta'anit Tzedek -- Jewish Fast for Gaza, the water-only fast will take place on the third Thursday of every month from sunrise to sunset, with the first fast scheduled for July 16. Participants also are being asked sign onto a statement at the group's Web site and donate money they save on food to the Milk for Preschoolers Campaign sponsored by American Near Eastern Refugee Aid, a campaign fighting malnutrition among Gazan preschool children.

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Netanyahu compares demands to end settlements with Nazi holocaust

The lengths that people like Netanyahu will go to to defend the settlements on the West Bank is revealed today by Haaretz. He used the Nazi term 'Judenrein" to refer to Palestinian demands for an end to Israel's land grabbing. In other words he is willing to enlist, and thereby undermine, the legacy and meaning of the holocaust in defence of the colonial project in Palestine. Shame on Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the Nazi term 'Judenrein' in a recent meeting with the German foreign minister to condemn the Palestinian demand that West Bank settlements be removed, a confidant of the premier has said.

"Judea and Samaria cannot be Judenrein," the confidant quoted the prime minister as telling Frank-Walter Steinmeier earlier this week.

Asked how Germany's top diplomat responded to hearing the term used by the Nazis to refer to areas "cleansed of Jews", the confidant said, "What could he do? He basically just nodded."

According to the confidant, Netanyahu had encouraged cabinet colleagues to deploy the term in their defense of the settlements and of Israel's insistence that Palestinians recognize it as a Jewish state. more at Haaretz