Hot off the Arab press

ByMEDIA LINE
January 31, 2013 12:47

A short round-up of the latest Middle East news.

A MAN buys an ‘Ensaf’ newspaper at a kiosk in Kabu

Arabic Newspaper Afghan (R300). (photo credit:reuters)

WEST GLOSSES OVER ISRAELI RACISM
Al Quds Al Arabi daily editorial, London, January 27 It is difficult to understand why Western and particularly European countries gloss over Israeli racism and discrimination, not only against Arabs but against Israeli Jews of African descent. Yesterday, a senior Israeli official admitted that Israeli authorities injected many Ethiopian women with Depo-Provera, a highly effective contraceptive method with side effects that could threaten the women’s lives. The ethnic and religious racism reached a climax when fans of an Israeli soccer team (Beitar Jerusalem) demanded the team not sign a Bosnian Muslim player, in order that the team remain “pure.” Discrimination exists among athletes, contradicting the spirit of sport that focuses on tolerance and the acceptance of others. Arabs are not surprised by the racism of the Israeli people, who have supposedly suffered more than any other people on earth. Racial discrimination is practiced against one and a half million Arabs living in Israel. They are treated in their own country, the land of which they are the rightful owners, as 10th-class citizens.

Democratic principles totally contradict with racism, whether against black Jews or Arabs. However, in this time of racial fascist control by the Right in Israel, we expect more of these racist practices in the coming years, as long as the hypocritical silence of the West continues.

PALESTINIANS BETWEEN DECLARING THE DEATH OF THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION AND THE NONCONTIGUOUS CANTONS

Al Hayat daily, London, January 28 The new aerial photos of the Palestinian lands acquired by Israel in 1967 show that the scattered Jewish cities in the West Bank left cantons of inhabited noncontiguous Palestinian territory that can’t be formed into a state. The Palestinian Authority controls 40% of the West Bank, while Israel controls the rest, including east Jerusalem. Successive Israeli governments have followed a building policy in the West Bank since 1967 in order to prevent the possibility of establishing a connected Palestinian state. In the last four years, the Netanyahu government accelerated “settlement” building in an unprecedented way, raising assumptions that a new Netanyahu government will only continue doing so. A settlement expert said that the Netanyahu government built 14,000 new Jewish housing units in the West Bank in 2012 and brought in 120,000 new “settlers” in the past four years. Palestinians are waiting for the new Israeli government to revive the peace process or declare it dead. A Palestinian negotiator said if the situation persists, the apartheid state will take the place of the two-state solution.

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