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April 21, 2013

Kepler discovers two habitable planets


New poll: 36% of Jewish Israelis back apartheid

Un­sur­pris­ing but im­por­tant new poll that re­veals the deep racism within Is­rael (so often ig­nored in West­ern media cov­er­age of the coun­try).

Mairav Zon­szein re­ports for 972:

Ac­cord­ing to a poll* re­leased Sun­day, a ma­jor­ity of Jew­ish Is­raelis (57 per­cent) be­lieve Is­rael should de­ter­mine its bor­ders uni­lat­er­ally ac­cord­ing to the cur­rent route of the sep­a­ra­tion wall, which cuts deep into the West Bank, wind­ing through Pales­tin­ian land well east of the 1949 Armistice Lines (Green Line).

This con­firms that 1) Is­raelis are ad­mit­ting the coun­try does not have de­fined and rec­og­nized bor­ders 2) Is­raelis are per­fectly happy (in­clud­ing 87 per­cent of Meretz vot­ers) push­ing for­ward uni­lat­er­ally de­spite re­peated claims by both the Is­raeli and U.S. gov­ern­ments that no uni­lat­eral steps should be taken by ei­ther side in the con­flict, and  3) Is­raelis don’t care that the ban­tus­tans cre­ated by the sep­a­ra­tion wall and the set­tle­ments are un­ac­cept­able to Pales­tini­ans or the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, thus ig­nor­ing the im­prac­ti­cal­ity of this op­tion as a long-term so­lu­tion – not to men­tion an un­just one.

But what is even more telling and in­ter­est­ing about the poll is that while 61 per­cent sup­port a two-state so­lu­tion (39 per­cent op­pose), a sub­stan­tial 23 per­cent said they sup­port a bi-na­tional state “with­out giv­ing Pales­tini­ans full civil rights” (up sub­stan­tially from last year’s 13 per­cent). In other words, this can be un­der­stood to mean that 23 per­cent of Jew­ish Is­raelis want to live under an Is­raeli apartheid regime where Pales­tini­ans are in­sti­tu­tion­ally dis­en­fran­chised – though the poll does not men­tion the word apartheid any­where.

The poll also men­tions that 13 per­cent think the sit­u­a­tion should re­main as it is (“de facto Is­raeli con­trol of Pales­tini­ans with­out an­nex­a­tion of Judea and Samaria”), which means main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo. The sit­u­a­tion we live in right now is de facto a bi-na­tional state (or ‘one state’), in which every per­son be­tween the Jor­dan River and the Mediter­ranean lives under vary­ing de­grees of Is­raeli rule, so I think it is fair to add this 13 per­cent to the 23 per­cent  –which es­sen­tially means that a whop­ping 36 per­cent of Jew­ish Is­raelis sup­port Is­raeli con­trol of the West Bank with­out Pales­tin­ian civil rights – what I think can safely be called apartheid.

This may not come as such a sur­prise to some – as back in Oc­to­ber, we re­ported about a Haaretz poll that showed if Is­rael an­nexed the West Bank, a ma­jor­ity of Is­raelis would not want Pales­tini­ans to get the right to vote for Knes­set.

It should also be noted that the seven per­cent of the polled Jew­ish Is­raelis said they sup­port giv­ing Pales­tini­ans full civil rights within a bi-na­tional state – not so tiny con­sid­er­ing how mar­gin­al­ized the left-wing one-state vi­sion is in Is­rael.

The ques­tions in the poll about the bi-na­tional state are worded thusly (trans­lated from He­brew): “Which of the fol­low­ing sce­nar­ios would you pre­fer in order to main­tain Is­rael’s char­ac­ter as a Jew­ish and de­mo­c­ra­tic state 20 years from now?” I think this word­ing is quite telling since the very no­tion that we need to try very hard to “keep” Is­rael Jew­ish and de­mo­c­ra­tic in­her­ently re­flects that being both Jew­ish and de­mo­c­ra­tic isn’t re­ally work­ing out.

The poll was com­mis­sioned by an or­ga­ni­za­tion called Blue White Fu­ture, who pub­lished it in He­brew. The poll ques­tioned 500 Jew­ish Is­raelis, rep­re­sent­ing the adult Jew­ish pop­u­la­tion of Is­rael.

*The poll can­not be found on­line but here is a copy of it in He­brew.


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CNN Quits Breaking News, Becomes “CNN Classic”

April 20, 2013

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cnn-desert-storm.jpgNEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—In a sweeping format change that marks the end of an era for the nation’s first cable news outlet, CNN announced today that it would no longer air breaking news and would instead re-run news stories of the past “that we know we got right.”The rebranded network, to début nationwide on Monday, will be called “CNN Classic.”

“Breaking news is hard,” said the newly installed CNN chief, Jeff Zucker. “You have to talk to sources, make sure their stories check out O.K., and then get on the air and not say anything stupid. I, for one, am thrilled to be getting out of that horrible business.”

CNN Classic will begin its broadcast day on Monday, Mr. Zucker said, “with round-the-clock coverage of Operation Desert Storm.”

Mr. Zucker did not indicate what impact the new format would have on such CNN stars as Wolf Blitzer, saying only, “I can’t promise that Wolf will be a part of CNN’s future, but he will continue to be a big part of our past.”

The CNN chief scoffed at reports that other cable news outlets had eclipsed his network once and for all, throwing down this gauntlet: “We are going to win May sweeps with Hurricane Katrina.”

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