Israelis protest “Thuggish” “Fascist” new Government, as it Proceeds to Ensconce Apartheid toward Palestinians


Last Saturday evening, activists said that on Sunday, 20,000 Israelis staged demonstrations and marches against the new Netanyahu government, which has given powerful ministries to the small Religious Zionist and Jewish Power blocs of Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir, respectively. Both are given to racist and intolerant statements about persons of Palestinian heritage, who constitute roughly half of the people living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean sea, most of them held in a condition of statelessness by Israeli policy….

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The new, far right wing government in Israel, some elements of which are fairly characterized as fascist, has in a few short days already generated a lot of news. It has provoked large demonstrations against itself by anti-fascist Israelis, it has elicited a strong international condemnation when one of its ministers stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque complex with a band of fanatics, it has withheld millions of dollars from the Palestinian Authority, and it has lacerated the United Nations and its International Court of Justice for finally initiating a case against Israel for its illegal colonization of the Palestinian West Bank.

For those who get most of their news from television or mainstream news feeds on social media, much of the above may come as a surprise. Even though the U.S. government gives Israel $4 billion a year that the relatively wealthy country does not even need, Israel and especially Israel-Palestinian news is very seldom reported on American cable news. The print newspapers, or more relevantly their news sites, do a much better job, but even then the perspective is often an Israeli one. Critical investigative reporting on Israel is rare indeed in the United States. Major social media sites such as Facebook stand accused by activists of using algorithms to deep-six news about Palestinians….