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West Bank coronavirus cases soar
Tamara Nassar, Electronic Intifada, Jul 15 2020

IOF stand guard in Halhul, a village near Hebron on Jun 30. Photo: Mosab Shawer/APA

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has topped 8k in the occupied West Bank. That’s more than 11 times the number recorded this time last month. There have been 46 fatalities in the West Bank, including a newborn baby. Around 5k cases were recorded in Hebron, the epicenter of the recent outbreak. The UN monitoring group OCHA attributed the recent surge to social gatherings, particularly weddings. The PA imposed limited, internal lockdowns in municipalities since the beginning of the month, including the closure of all non-essential shops. Grocery stores, bakeries, pharmacies, banks and factories have been allowed to remain open. Restaurants are still permitted to deliver food. A night-time curfew has also been imposed and movement prohibited between West Bank regions until Jul 27. Those who test positive in the West Bank can isolate at home and are not required to enter official quarantine or be hospitalized if their symptoms are mild. This is unlike neighboring Jordan, where all those who test positive are required by the government to be hospitalized.

As the occupying power, Israel has the legal obligation under international law to guarantee basic services and health infrastructure for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The PA announced it was suspending coordination with Israeli authorities in May due to Israel’s plans to annex large swaths of the occupied West Bank. This has seriously affected the ability of Palestinians to procure medical equipment. In addition to the pandemic, Palestinians face continued attacks on their persons, rights and property by Israel. Since the beginning of the month, Israel demolished or confiscated 26 Palestinian structures, displacing 13 people and affecting dozens more. Settler violence continues to rise, “with physical attacks on Palestinian farmers and vandalism against Palestinian vehicles and olive trees,” OCHA said.

No new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the Gaza Strip in over a month. There have been a total of 72 confirmed cases in Gaza, including one death. Only eight cases remain active. This is largely due to the closure of the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt by the Egyptian authorities since May 15. It is the sole entry and exit point for the vast majority of Gaza residents to the outside world. Only 14 people were able to enter into Gaza through Rafah in June. The Erez checkpoint on the boundary with Israel, the only other exit for Gaza residents, has significantly reduced operations since March in an attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19. An average of just 70 to 80 people exit Gaza through Erez every week, according to OCHA. The usual channel by which Palestinians in Gaza could apply for permits to enter Israel were disrupted along with communications between Israel and the PA. That includes Palestinians in need of critical medical treatment unavailable in the blockaded coastal enclave.

Human rights groups have reaffirmed however that Israel is responsible for ensuring that Palestinians in Gaza can travel for health-care regardless of whether there is coordination with the PA. Israeli authorities then announced that Palestinians in need of urgent medical treatment can apply through COGAT, the bureaucratic arm of Israel’s military occupation. Still, Palestinians who need to exit Gaza “for all other medical, humanitarian and additional needs still have no way of submitting applications for consideration,” Gisha said. Moreover, the portal set up for applications by the Israeli authorities appears to be only in Hebrew, a language few people in Gaza speak. There was a 98.5% drop in the number of residents leaving through Erez in June compared to the monthly average of 2019, according to Gisha. A limited number of patients were recently able to exit the Erez checkpoint into Israel on an ad hoc basis in coordination with human rights groups. The Gaza authorities have decided that all those entering the Strip will be placed in mandatory three-week quarantine for the remainder of the year. Lockdown restrictions in Gaza have significantly eased, however. OCHA said:

Most public places, including wedding halls, coffee shops, restaurants, markets and playgrounds have gradually re-opened in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian prisoner diagnosed with cancer has contracted the virus. Kamal Abu Waar, 46, was transferred from Gilboa prison in northern present-day Israel to several hospitals in the past week, the PA Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs stated. He is now being held at the Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center in Tel Aviv. Israeli prison authorities isolated section two of Gilboa prison, where Abu Waar had been held, and the prison director and 23 guards are in isolation. Abu Waar is from the northern occupied West Bank city of Qabatiya. He is serving multiple life sentences and 50 additional years.

The end of Zionism
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Jul 15 2020

On Tuesday, I joined Mondoweiss editor Philip Weiss and writer and activist Nada Elia for a discussion titled “The End of Zionism: Thoughts and Next Steps,” co-organized with Haymarket Books. The starting point was a talk I gave in 2009, at the Hampshire College conference on BDS. My talk predicted, with some accuracy, how Israel’s battle for legitimacy around the world would play out. Then, as now, Israel retains immense power. But I argued that despite overwhelming military power, an ideological project that loses legitimacy in the eyes of the world would eventually crumble. I described how Israel would try to win back declining support among young people in the United States and elsewhere by marketing itself as LGBTQ friendly and environmentally conscious, propaganda strategies known as pinkwashing and greenwashing. All of this is designed to obscure and distract from the fundamental facts about Zionism, Israel’s racist state ideology which holds that Jews from anywhere in the world have a right to settle in historic Palestine and maintain a Jewish-majority state there that trumps any rights of the indigenous Palestinian people. This month also marks the 15th anniversary of the Palestinian call for BDS, another opportunity for reflection, assessment and looking to what is ahead. In our Tuesday webinar we also spoke about what Peter Beinart’s recent abandonment of the two-state solution and Jewish statehood portends for liberal Zionism in general. Beinart, the author of the 2012 book The Crisis of Zionism, had over the last decade been the great hope of the liberal Zionist establishment that it could lay new roots for long-term, broad support of Israel. But with Beinart’s defection and embrace of some form of one-state solution, it looks like liberal Zionism as it has existed for decades is in total collapse. As the world goes through the pandemic, and the attendant political, economic and social crises, we are also seeing a resurgence of activism and radicalism, especially the Black-led uprising against systemic white supremacy. Can this moment also deliver justice in Palestine? Will we see an end to Israeli apartheid and oppression in the next five, 10 or 20 years? Our panel could not predict that with certainty, of course, but we had a lively and passionate discussion about what it might take to get us there. Watch the video:

UN envoy promotes “peace” at expense of justice
Maureen Clare Murphy, Electronic Intifada, Jul 15 2020

A Palestinian woman is detained during a protest against Israeli police violence in East Jerusalem on Jul 9.
Photo: Oren Ziv/ActiveStills

The Middle East peace process, for which many an obituary has been written, remains alive and, if not exactly well, it at least maintains some people’s salaries. Nikolai Mladenov, the UN’s Middle East peace envoy, tweeted a screenshot of a video conference between Palestinian and Israeli “peacebuilders” on Monday. He hailed what he called an “excellent discussion” on dialogue and “keeping the prospect of peace alive.”

Some of the Palestinians who participated in the meeting work for organizations whose programming runs counter to the principles of the BDS movement. That movement is based on a 2005 call endorsed by the vast majority of Palestinian civil society. As the BDS steering committee’s website explains, the movement “opposes activities that create the false impression of symmetry between the colonizer and the colonized, that portray Israel as a ‘normal’ state like any other, or that hold Palestinians, the oppressed, and Israel, the oppressor, as both equally responsible for ‘the conflict.’” It’s a principle diametrically opposed to the approach pushed by Mladenov and others who are paid to impose a paradigm that prioritizes a two-state solution over demanding respect for Palestinians’ human rights.

While Mladenov was discussing “the need for dialogue,” more than 80 Palestinian and international human rights groups made an urgent appeal to the UN over the extrajudicial killing of Ahmad Erakat at an Israeli military checkpoint last month. The groups call for “international justice and accountability for Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy targeting Palestinians.” The Israeli military released footage purporting to show Erakat intentionally ramming the checkpoint with his car. Erakat, blurred in the footage, is shot as soon as he steps out of the vehicle. Israel later released the footage without blurring after demands by Erakat’s family. The groups state:

Ahmad Erakat was shot in the absence of necessity and without posing a threat to life or serious injury.  He was then left to bleed to death for an hour and a half, while the IOF denied him access to medical care. The unaltered video clearly shows that he was unarmed and that he was raising his hands in the air, posing no threat to fully armed Israeli soldiers or anyone else in the area.

Meanwhile, the family of Iyad Hallaq, another Palestinian recently executed on a street by IOF, rejects Israel’s claims that the security cameras in the area were not working at the time of the shooting. Haaretz found that there are at least 10 security cameras in the vicinity of Jerusalem’s Old City where Hallaq, who had autistic traits, was chased by police and killed while on his way to a school for persons with disabilities. The slain man’s attorney told Haaretz:

We have a very strong suspicion that they are concealing evidence in this case.

Hallaq’s parents said that their son often recorded his walks to and from school with his cell phone, which was returned to the family with its contents deleted, according to Haaretz. Israel only releases the documentation of its violence when it thinks it serves its narrative, as in the case of the execution of Erakat. More typically, security cameras are confiscated and any footage recorded never sees the light of day.

Two of the handful of convictions of Israeli soldiers over the killing of a Palestinian have occurred when the execution was recorded on video and published by prominent organizations. Even in those cases, soldiers received lenient sentences. Ben Dery, a MAGAV Border Police officer, was sentenced to nine months in prison for the intentional killing of 17-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara in 2014. IOF medic Elor Azarya was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for shooting at the head of Abd’al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif as he lay injured and prone in a street in 2016. More than 750 Palestinians have been killed by IOF in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since Oct 2015, the human rights groups state in their intervention to the UN. They note that Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy is used against Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line separating Israel from the territories it occupies.

The groups add:

Israel’s pervasive impunity must be seen as part and parcel of its institutionalized regime of systematic racial oppression and domination over the Palestinian people, which constitutes the crime of apartheid.

Apartheid in South Africa ended when perpetuating injustice came at too great a cost for the ruling class in that country to bear. It did not end as a result of interminable “dialogue” and “peace-building” efforts. Only when systems of violence and oppression are dismantled will peace be possible. By calling for peace without demanding accountability, Mladenov makes it clear that the pacification of the Palestinians is really what he seeks.

Israeli court backs notorious spy firm NSO Group
Tamara Nassar, Electronic Intifada, Jul 14 2020

Roger Torrent, the president of Catalonia’s parliament, was targeted with spyware made by Israeli firm NSO Group.

An Israeli court on Sunday denied a petition backed by Amnesty International demanding that Israel’s defense ministry revoke the export license of cyber-warfare company NSO Group. Judge Rachel Lavi-Barkai ruled that the petitioners failed to provide evidence to show that the Israeli company’s technology was used to spy on Amnesty personnel. Lavi-Barkai said of NSO Group’s vetting process, according to Haaretz:

I’ve been convinced that the oversight procedures and the handling of requests for permits for defense export are meticulous.

The court’s decision comes despite “mountains of evidence” that surveillance tools made by NSO Group were used to target journalists and human rights defenders, said Danna Ingleton, a tech specialist for Amnesty. Ingleton said:

This disgraceful ruling is a cruel blow to people put at risk around the world by NSO Group selling its products to notorious human rights abusers. NSO Group continues to profit from human rights abuses with impunity.

The legal action over NSO Group was pursued by some 30 petitioners in May 2019. Amnesty International supported the effort after one of its staff was targeted in 2018 using Pegasus, a sophisticated cyber-weapon produced by NSO Group. Pegasus allows its remote operators to hijack smartphones undetected and extract massive amounts of private data. NSO Group welcomed the court’s decision, saying:

The allegations did not have an evidentiary basis.

NSO Group claims:

Our products are used exclusively by government intelligence and law enforcement agencies to fight crime and terror.

Meanwhile, a top Catalan politician has been the latest target of NSO Group software. The phone of Roger Torrent, the president of Catalonia’s regional parliament, was infected with Pegasus, according to a joint investigation by The Guardian and El País. The messaging service WhatsApp alerted Torrent that his phone had been hacked with Pegasus by exploiting a critical vulnerability to install spyware on phones. Torrent said:

It seems wrong that politicians are being spied on in a democracy with the rule of law. It also seems to me to be immoral for a huge amount of public money to be spent on buying software that can be used as a tool for the persecution of political dissidents.

Two other pro-independence Catalan figures have been targeted as well. Anna Gabriel, a former member of Catalonia’s parliament, was informed by Canadian cybersecurity organization Citizen Lab that her phone was infiltrated. Jordi Domingo was targeted by the software as well. Although Domingo supports Catalan independence, he believes that he was targeted mistakenly and speculates that the real target was “a prominent lawyer who shares his name and helped to draft the Catalan constitution,” according to The Guardian. Given NSO Group’s insistence that it sells its software exclusively to governments, Torrent believes the Spanish government is the main suspect in the recent hackings. The office of Spain’s prime minister said it had “no evidence” that the three Catalan politicians “have been the targets of hacking via their mobiles.” It also insisted:

Any operation involving a mobile phone is always conducted in accordance with the relevant judicial authorisation.

WhatsApp in 2019 released an update to fix the vulnerability which was used to spy on 1,400 people. According to The Guardian:

Until now, it has not been suggested that any European country used NSO Group’s software in the 2019 attacks.

Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, has also sued the Israeli firm. Despite the notorious role of NSO Group in violating the rights of journalists and human rights defenders around the world, several European countries, including The Netherlands and Sweden, have been cozying up to Israel’s tech industry, which is intricately tied to its cyber-warfare and espionage apparati.

Has the UK’s “Labour anti-Semitism” probe been rigged?
Asa Winstanley, Electronic Intifada, Jul 14 2020

The Jewish Labour Movement’s lawyer James Libson belongs to a firm
that has represented the Israeli prime minister and embassy in the UK.
Photo: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

The UK’s official equality watchdog is facing questions over its impartiality after it was revealed that one of its commissioners failed to declare financial links to the ruling Conservative Party. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) last year launched an investigation into the Labour Party amid accusations that it is institutionally anti-Semitic. Newsweek has revealed that EHRC commissioner Pavita Cooper made donations totaling $4.4k to the Conservative Party. Cooper’s donation was not declared when she took up the role in 2018. Cooper and her husband also hosted a fund-raising event for their local Conservative member of Parliament. The investigation into Labour was launched at the request of two pro-Israel lobby groups in May 2019. It is expected to report sometime this summer. The supposedly impartial watchdog also appointed one of the same groups’ leaders to its panel of legal advisers mere days before it announced its probe of Labour. The Jewish Labour Movement’s vice chair Sarah Sackman said she was “delighted” to have been given the post.

A spokesperson for Sackman at her law firm denied to The Electronic Intifada that she had discussed the investigation with anyone at the EHRC at any stage, saying:

Her appointment to the panel was entirely independent and unrelated.

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn charged in an interview with Middle East Eye that the Conservative government has in recent years politicized the EHRC. Corbyn said last month:

I think it’s quite significant that the Conservative government has underfunded the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and for some reason, which I don’t fully understand, decided to take away its independent status and make it part of the government machine.

Last year, after the EHRC first announced it may investigate Labour’s anti-Semitism “crisis,” activists said it was“part of the witch-hunt against Jeremy Corbyn.” The first of the two pro-Israel organizations that referred Labour to the EHRC was right-wing anti-Palestinian group, the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism. It was founded in 2014 during that year’s Israeli war against the people of the Gaza Strip, in order to shield Israel by smearing critics of its actions as anti-Semitic. In December the group claimed to have “slaughtered” Corbyn after Labour’s general election defeat. The group then attempted to have the video of these disturbing comments removed from the internet. The second group that referred Labour to the EHRC is the Jewish Labour Movement, a Zionist organization affiliated to Labour which acted as a proxy for the Israeli embassy during its long war against Jeremy Corbyn.

One Jewish Labour Movement activist last year tweeted out an article claiming that Labour “risks bankruptcy,” from the same investigation his group had helped instigate. For years the Jewish Labour Movement smeared its own party as anti-Semitic, as a political weapon against Corbyn, the left-wing leader many supporters of Israel despised. Having insisted that Labour was “insitutionally anti-Semitic” under Corbyn, a false allegation that it repeated in its submission to the EHRC, the Jewish Labour Movement has now abruptly decided:

We are not going to get the answer to the question, “Is Labour institutionally anti-Semitic?”

With the former leader now safely out of the way and his successor Keir Starmer purging the party of the left, the Jewish Labour Movement no longer needs to destroy the leadership. Left-wing group Jewish Voice for Labour called the Jewish Labour Movement’s submission to the EHRC, “gossip, distortion, double standards and presumed guilt.” Last year, the day after the EHRC announced the start of its formal investigation, the Jewish Labour Movement told its members:

A problem of leadership and culture has meant that Labour has become a party which discriminates against Jews and that it has become an unsafe space for them.

In an email to members obtained by The Electronic Intifada, the Jewish Labour Movement said that it had “retained top law firm Mishcon de Reya” to represent it to the EHRC, led by James Libson. Mishcon de Reya is the high-profile law firm that represented Princess Diana in her divorce from Prince Charles. But it has also repeatedly represented the government of Israel and other Israeli bodies in the UK. Libson himself has been part of the Mishcon legal team in at least two cases against the boycott of Israel. In 2012 this writer witnessed him watching in a London court room as the Israel lobby accused the University and College Union of supposed “institutional anti-Semitism,” the same false charge now brought against the Labour Party. The University and College Union was completely vindicated in 2013, when the case against it failed on all counts. The judge famously dismissed the complaint as “an impermissible attempt to achieve a political end by litigious means,” and threw out claims that opposition to Zionism was inherently anti-Semitic. Judge A M Snelson warned:

It would be very unfortunate if an exercise of this sort were ever repeated.

His advice seemed to have been ignored. The second known anti-Palestinian case pursued on behalf of Israel by Libson was that of Moty Cristal. An Israeli army colonel, Cristal sued public sector union Unison as well as the NHS after they declined his offer to host a workshop on “negotiations.” The case was ultimately dropped. Former Jewish Labour Movement chair Jeremy Newmark (who resigned in disgrace in 2018 amid serious financial irregularities) was also deeply involved in the Israel lobby’s case against the academics and teachers’ union. In 2012, Newmark told an Israeli newspaper that he and his Israel lobby group of the time, the Jewish Leadership Council, were “liaising closely with the government of Israel” on the Cristal case.

At a conference in 2011, Newmark told pro-Israel activists to join political parties “and become a voice for Israel.” You can watch his comments in the video above. It was obtained by The Electronic Intifada but was later deleted by conference organizers from YouTube. Newmark was a leading force in the 2015 revival of the Jewish Labour Movement specifically to fight Corbyn. The group’s main strategy was to smear Corbyn and his supporters as anti-Semitic, and it worked. The campaign involved increasingly thuggish tactics over the years before Newmark was forced out. Huda Elmi, a left-wing member of Labour’s ruling national executive, last year said the EHRC should be abolished. She later back-pedalled.

As well as the Newsweek revelation, The Morning Star ran a series of exposés last year of a string of conflicts of interest at the EHRC. Journalist Phil Miller revealed a litany of the body’s financial ties to the Conservative Party and the government. Perhaps the clearest sign so far of the EHRC’s institutional bias against Labour is how it has repeatedly refused to investigate the Conservatives for their endemic bigotry against Muslims, even while investigating Labour for supposed anti-Semitism. Writing for The Financial Times, Trevor Phillips, a former EHRC chair who has himself made Islamophobic comments for years without consequence, insisted:

The EHRC should ignore protests that the Conservative party should also be investigated for Islamophobia. These are transparent attempts to get Mr Corbyn off the hook. Those making them should be ashamed. They are aiding and abetting anti-Semitism.

PM Boris Johnson has attacked Muslim women as looking like “letter-boxes.” One poll last year showed that almost two-thirds of Conservative Party members consider Islam a “threat to Western civilization.” And 43% of those polled said they would refuse to accept a Muslim prime minister. By comparison, even polling commissioned by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism confirms that the Labour Party is one of the least likely to have members with any anti-Semitic views.

German anti-Semitism chief must resign, say Jewish and Israeli scholars
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Jul 13 2020

Felix Klein. Photo: Wolfgang Kumm/DPA

Almost three dozen prominent Jewish and Israeli scholars are calling for the resignation of Germany’s top official responsible for combating anti-Semitism. The latest demand for the removal of Felix Klein comes following his claim at an event on Jun 30 that “anti-Semitism from the left-liberal milieu” had been “making life a bit harder for me personally.” Klein went on to say that “even if right-wing narratives currently have a higher potential for violence, we must not underestimate this area.” The scholars reject this entirely, writing:

No ‘left-liberal anti-Semites’ are bullying you, but Jews and non-Jews are protesting the way in which you are weaponizing the fight against anti-Semitism at the expense of free speech and basic civil rights, and the fight against anti-Semitism itself.

The signers include Dani Karavan, Alex Levac, Yehuda Judd Ne’eman and David Shulman, all winners of the Israel Prize, the state’s highest official cultural honor. They also include Harvard University’s Jean Comaroff, writer and Yeshayahu Leibowitz Prize-winner Ilana Hammerman, and Shlomit Rimmon-Kenan, a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Among the signers are Mark Levene, retired professor at the University of Southampton and winner of the Lemkin Prize of the Institute for the Study of Genocide; Michael Rothberg, chair in Holocaust studies at the University of California; and Barry Trachtenberg, chair of Jewish history at Wake Forest University. The scholars call Klein’s latest declaration “deeply offensive.” They write:

You basically called us and many others criticizing you in a legitimate way anti-Semites. We demand an apology for that.

They also accuse Klein of minimizing the “acute danger that Jews in Germany face due to the surge in far-right anti-Semitism.” Klein already faced calls for his sacking earlier this year following what the scholars term his “shameful attack on Professor Achille Mbembe, one of the most important intellectuals in Africa and globally.” In response to Klein’s smear campaign against Mbembe, hundreds of scholars pledged not to cooperate with institutions in Germany that censor advocates of Palestinian rights. Many of the scholars now urging Klein to resign wrote to Germany’s interior minister Horst Seehofer following the Mbembe episode, urging him to fire Klein. Despite the backlash, Klein refused to apologize for his false accusations of anti-Semitism against Mbembe. Asked to justify those attacks, Klein made it crystal-clear to Die Zeit in May that his motivation for smearing Mbembe was to shield Israel from accountability and criticism. Klein said of Mbembe’s essay “The Society of Enmity”:

It contains all the features of Israel-focused anti-Semitism. Israel is demonized, a double standard is established, and the legitimacy of the country as a whole is called into question.

In fact, the essay contains detailed and factually accurate descriptions of the systems of control and segregation Israel imposes on Palestinians, including walls, checkpoints, fences and watchtowers. Klein described how Mbembe wrote the foreword to the 2015 book Apartheid Israel “in which he argued that Israel is worse than the apartheid regime of South Africa,” and complained that proceeds from the book “went to a BDS group.” The volume, published by Haymarket Books, is a thought-provoking and carefully considered collection of essays by 18 scholars of Africa, who can hardly be accused of making light of the term apartheid. Comparisons of Israel’s system to the crime of apartheid as it was perpetrated in South Africa have been common for years, because they are accurate, and have been advanced not least by former Israeli PMs including Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak. In his own defense, in an interview published in April, Mbembe declared:

It would never occur to me to contest Israel’s right to exist. I have no relationship whatsoever with BDS.

Klein, therefore, not only seeks to silence those who oppose Israel’s claimed “right to exist” as a racist Jewish state, but even those like Mbembe who don’t. But facts are not important to pro-Israel zealots like Klein who are determined to smear any and all criticism of Israel as akin to anti-Jewish bigotry. Klein asserted regarding Mbembe’s work:

For me, the matter is unfortunately clear-cut, and I am surprised that there are readers of this composition who apparently ignore that.

Indeed the matter is clear-cut, but not in the way Klein thinks: What is evident is that all the examples of alleged anti-Semitism he produced against Mbembe amount to criticism of Israel’s brutal system of military occupation, settler-colonialism and violent ethno-religious segregation. The signers of the letter calling on him to resign call Klein a “driving force behind attempts to undermine free speech by categorically disqualifying the BDS movement, which has a minuscule footprint in Germany, as anti-Semitic.” They note that this logic was rejected in a landmark ruling by the ECHR last month, which confirmed that Israel boycott activism is protected political free speech. The scholars charge Klein:

You display a lack of awareness and respect for democratic values. You fail to distinguish between legitimate criticism and real anti-Semitism.

As Israel moves towards annexing large parts of the occupied West Bank, the scholars say that “the need for loud international criticism and opposition is only growing,” but Klein keeps “chilling the public and political debate in Germany and beyond.”

Klein is one of several high-profile anti-Semitism officials appointed by European governments and Pindostan who have used their positions as a cover to advance Israel’s campaign to muzzle supporters of Palestinian rights. Prominent among them is Katharina von Schnurbein, a German functionary who leads the EU’s effort to spread smears and lies against the BDS movement.

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