Late last week, Israeli Prime Benyamin Netanyahu returned from India following a several day visit. Described as a “historical visit”, this was the second time an Israeli prime minister visited India. The first was made by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2003. Netanyahu’s visit marked the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between both countries.

Released on 15 January 2018, a new report by Yaacov Lozowick, Director of the Israel State Archives, has caused considerable controversy among relevant circles over the archive disclosure policy at the Israel State Archives in particular, and official government archives in general. Lozowick states that many challenges obstruct the proper functioning of the State Archives. Obstacles are associated with the approaches/policies of disclosing and allowing public access to the archives.

Over the past few days, controversy has stirred up by a prominent settler rabbi, who called on soldiers to refuse military service if they are forced to serve in mixed military units, which comprise both men and women. There were people who immediately supported that rabbi. However, he aroused the full ire of other settler rabbis as well as angry reactions by politicians. A prominent researcher in army affairs warned against the ongoing religionisation of the Israeli army since the beginning of the 2000s. The researcher stressed that this process, which involves religious and political extremism, reflects on the soldiers’ performance against Palestinians in the field.

Avigdor Feldman is a key, if not the most prominent and significant, Israeli lawyers. Systematically and unrelentingly, he has waged a stubborn struggle against torture techniques, used by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), which particularly targets Palestinian suspects or detained persons under investigation. Feldman has opposed that these technique be established as “a dedicated and normal approach” in the Shin Bet operations.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

MADAR CENTER

The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.

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