After 50 years, one of the occupation's new innovations is doing things out in the open
Hagai El-Ad is an Israeli human rights activist and the executive director of B'Tselem. He is the former executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and is also a blogger at The Huffington Post.
El-Ad was the first executive director of the Jerusalem Open House (JOH), the community and advocacy center for the city's LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
An entire army of politicians and judges, PR flacks and diplomats, prison guards and Shin Bet security service agents, police officers and soldiers, bureaucrats and clerks is invested in the occupation. And still, Netanyahu is afraid.
UN resolution 2334 isn't just another piece of paper. It requires the international community itself to actively distinguish between Israel and the settlements. This time, inaction is complicity.
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There is no chance Israeli society, of its own volition and without any help, will end the nightmare. Too many mechanisms insulate the violence we conduct in order to control the Palestinians.
The campaign against human rights activists? That is nowhere as frightening as the occupation, of indifference to injustice, sanctimoniousness and passing shock.
Insisting on due process in cases of demolition of terrorists' houses obscures the fact that this practice has across-the-board support.
When it is not documented on video, Palestinian suffering interests almost no one in Israel. And when it is documented, it is repressed as a conspiracy.
An array of NGOs, including NGO Monitor, are advancing an assault on Israeli democracy in lockstep with the government, attempting to establish a specific state ideology as a loyalty test against which everyone and everything should be judged.
What sort of society do we live in?