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TOP STORIES TODAY

Israeli-made cluster bombs used by Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, says Amnesty (Middle East Eye)

"Israeli-made cluster bombs are being used by Azerbaijan against civilians in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Amnesty International warned on Tuesday."

"Analysing footage obtained from the region's capital Stepanakert, the rights group identified Israeli-made M095 DPICM cluster munitions which, it said, "appear to have been fired by Azerbaijani forces" towards residential areas of the city."

"Over 100 countries have signed a ten-year-old convention banning the use of the munitions, but neither Armenia, Azerbaijan or Israel are signatories."
Naftali Bennett’s secret to power: He is not Netanyahu (Al Jazeera)

Avika Eldar writes "Six months, 1,500 pandemic fatalities and more than 800,000 newly jobless Israelis later, Netanyahu’s failed handling of the crisis is boosting the meteoric rise of his nemesis, Naftali Bennett, head of the right-wing Yamina alliance."

"A recent poll released by Channel 12 indicates that if elections were to be held now, Bennett’s Yamina would win enough votes to get 21 seats, a significant jump from the six seats it currently holds."

"Bennett, as a member of the parliamentary opposition, does not bear responsibility for the flawed health and economic policy. He does not have to tread through the minefield of his coalition partners’ sensitivities, especially those of the ultraorthodox parties, nor to manoeuvre between them and the greater good."

"Instead, he has mounted his soapbox in the role of the government’s lead critic and has even published a handbook on handling a pandemic."
The Campaign to “Kill” the BDS Movement Against Israel Extends Far and Wide (Jacobin)

Caren Holmes writes "Israel is facing declining public support in the United States and sees the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign as a key threat to its legitimacy. That’s why Israel is enlisting the US government, American university administrators, and even tech companies like Zoom and Facebook to try to destroy the BDS movement."

"In 2019, Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs (MSA), an intelligence agency established to map out and combat growing support for BDS around the world, was provided over $35 million in government funding over three years, a budget set to be matched by private donations."

"Among the primary tactics the Israel lobby uses to derail Palestine solidarity movements are legal and legislative processes to turn legitimate criticisms of Israel into expressions of anti-Semitism. At a moment when right-wing anti-Semitic violence is on the rise, this is particularly dangerous."

The colonial heritage of Israel’s police (+972 Magazine)

Attorney Suhad Bishara, Director of the Land and Planning Rights Unit at Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, writes:

"Israel’s national police force is inherently tied to the state’s legal system and to the values of the regime under which it operates — that is, the goals of ethnic supremacy for Jews and oppressive control over Palestinians."

"Based on these values imprinted since its inception, the Israeli police have taken on two main roles vis-à-vis the Palestinian citizenry: suppression of any political protest against the Israeli establishment, and enforcing policies that ensure Jewish demographic, geographic, and political domination."

VOICES FROM THE GROUND

A time to empathize with Gaza? (We Are Not Numbers)

Israa Mohammed Jamal, an English literature graduate and a mother of five (ages 2-11) living in Gaza's southern city of Rafah, writes:

"The global panic of the coronavirus and being in quarantine here in Gaza make me recall the panic of the Israeli wars on Gaza. I can’t forget what I witnessed in the 2014 war. I had four children at that time."

"With the explosion of each bomb, I my heart raced and hot blood coursed through my chest. I wanted to cry, but my eyes were dry. The children screamed. We hugged them fiercely, frozen in our places with pale faces and desperate spirits."

"The Israeli drones had targeted children who were feeding their chickens on the roof of their house. The people of the neighborhood gathered around the targeted house; the parents’ hysterical screaming and crying went right to my heart."

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