The National Theatre of Norway is cooperating on a project with Habima, the national theatre of Israel. Hanne Tømta, the director of the Norwegian National Theatre, is explaining why she chose not to boycott Habimah. On the theatre’s website Hanne is writing that she made it clear to Ilan Ronen that the cooperation would stop the minute Habimah would play in Ariel. Hanne is also reassuring us that “Habima is a national theater with a wide social mission. It caters to Jews and Muslims, secular and believers, young and old, from city and country.”
Here are the 18 paragraphs Habimah is committed to..
Have fun looking between the lines for the hiding 50% of Israel’s residents. If you fail to, do not despair, you can try again with the 20% who do have an Israeli citizenship.
artistic, cultural, social and educational values, and to implementing them at the highest level.
aiming particularly high artistically, by performing quality performances – artistically, from the best theatre productions, promoting theatrical national goals.
maintaining the artistic freedom of the various creators, out of artistic considerations of the highest professional level, in all areas of theatre productions.
the existence of a dedicated framework that would act in the spirit of the cultural heritage of the Jewish people in its various communities through Jewish theatrical creation in Israel and in the world.
performing primarily in Hebrew, while ensuring the preservation of the Hebrew language and its correctness.
encouraging and promoting original Israeli playwriting of high quality, innovative and daring, both in content and in its artistic expression, anchored in the Israeli experience.
being a faithful reflection of the multicultural society in Israel.
re-producing Israeli masterpieces with new directing that gives a fresh interpretation of classical texts.
integration of the original playwriting with the finest global playwriting both classical and modern from various cultures and periods in exemplary Hebrew translations .
running a permanent ensemble of outstanding artists and performers, whose activities would be identified with the National Theatre’s vision and their work will create a unique theatrical language to the national theatre.
producing plays and especially in Habimahs halls proper, while reaching out to diverse target audiences in order to bring them from all over the country to the permanent residence of the national theatre.
locating talented young creative artists and creating frameworks that would promote continuous cultivation of vocational training among the creating and performing artists who work at the theatre .
nurturing a young generation of theatre-goers, educating for intelligent viewing and creating cooperation with the education system in order to advance theatre and for the creation of theatrical awareness among young audiences all over the country.
the establishment of archive services open to the general public with plays, photographs, sketches, maquettes and other documentary materials, which will illustrate the tradition and history of the National Theatre and of the Israeli theatrical creation from its inception to the present.
establishing quality professional workshops which would meet the needs of the Israeli theatre, among them workshops, in directing, writing and playing of original Israeli exemplary texts, including biblical texts.
creating cooperation with artists and theatre lovers ,in a number if theatre centres in the periphery. These partnerships will be reflected in the establishment of studio classes in Hebrew and other languages as well as in the production of high-quality independent theatrical pieces and performing them in front of the viewers in the periphery.
promoting multicultural creation and bringing a diverse audience to the National Theatre, hosting productions by peripheral theatre centres, by acting schools, by experimental workshops and by unusual and talented artists in the early stages of their careers.
encouraging and nurturing partnerships and relationships with other theatres in Israel and other national theatres worldwide,
She left no ring with me
2.2 Original Pronunciation
3.1 Original Pronunciation
Blood, destruction and tears
The smell of the remains of my family
And the sound of wailing and groans
A few borrowed lines from Salim Assi (Translation from Arabic Angel Fox), Gaza’s Story,
“It is permitted to bomb an urban area, as crowded as it may be” to “create deterrence, and they [the resistance] will realise it does not pay them off to use their rockets.” Prof Asa Kasher
“The IDF is a moral army, and criticising it is an act against democracy. I am in favour of targeted killings because the moral explanation behind it is very good.” are some of the statements made by Prize laureate and ethics-expert Prof Asa Kasher, in an interview with Israel Hayom on the 8th of August 2014.
I’ve asked Jamal Daher, a writer, researcher, and the Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy at Birzeit University to analyse Prof Kasher’s statements: “Prof Kasher does not speak as a philosopher but he is also not only The Occupier, but The Fascist Occupier.”
Prof. Asa Kasher was quoted saying on the 8th of August:
“ We meet the requirements of morality. Talking about the number of dead is irrelevant. It is not an indicative of the lack of rigour of the army or of wrong doing. I am in favour of targeted killings because the moral explanation behind it is very good. My point of view is that it is permitted to bomb an urban area – as crowded as it may be – when there is a person who is planning terrorist acts in it, despite the possibility of death of unrelated people around him.
In the midst of a war criticism does not help, it is a shot in the back. During the war tens of thousands of people are in a situation of life or death. Therefore, one should not interfere. Criticism has no place at this moment.
World opinion? They do not understand anything and have a vague and superficial goodness which leads them to momentary identification with the underdog. It has nothing to do with reality and nothing to do with the norms.” 1
Jamal Daher: ”Limiting the conversation to the ethics of the Israeli “Defence” Forces in Gaza is risky. Not to hold Israel accountable internationally for its practices in Gaza is not only a breach of ethical standards, but also of laws and of international treaties.”
1,975 people were killed in Gaza, 71% of them verified civilians (only 13% verified armed forces), 459 of them children, 10,197 Palestinians are injured, 365,000 are in emergency shelters or with host families (UN figures on the morning of 15.08.14) Are all of us who oppose this massacre irrational emotional fools?
“I am in favour of targeted killings” Asa Kasher
In 2004 Prof Kasher took part in an IDF forum who formulated what is known as “The ethics code for war on terror”. Without going into details (at least 7 out of the 11 articles have clearly been broken, but I could only verify them on Wikipedia ), not only does this range of ethical rules not constitute a reference to the practices of Israeli “Defence” Forces in Gaza, but it does not constitute a reference to the statements made by Prof Asa Kasher himself – like his statement “My point of view is the it is permitted to bomb an urban area, as crowded as it may be, when there is a person who is planning terrorist acts in it, despite the possibility of death of unrelated people around him.”
Jamal: “Such statement is not one made by a philosopher, but by an occupier who ignores the problem of war crimes while concentrating on achieving its objectives.”
But Prof Kasher does not stop there: “To say that one rocket from Gaza or from the north means we failed, is a complete misunderstanding. In the new wars our goals can not be zero rockets. This is a complete misunderstanding of the situation. We have to reach a situation where our military action would create deterrence, and they will realize it does not pay them off to use their rockets.”
What does Kasher actually mean? “it is permitted to bomb an urban area, as crowded as it may be” to “created deterrence, and they (the resistance) will realize it does not pay them off to use their rockets.”
Jamal Daher: “Palestinian citizens, men, women and children, are the target of Israeli military operations. Meaning, in other words, that residential areas are not hit because of the presence of Palestinian resistance, but are a goal in itself.” – and that without being criticised.
“In the midst of a war criticism is a shot in the back.” Asa Kasher
So when is a good time to criticise Israel? According to Prof Kasher the answer is simple – Never.
A clue to understanding Prof. Kashers’s opinion about this question can be found back in 2004 when Israeli conscientious objectors started gathering together and writing various public letter explaining the reasons behind their objection. While discussing such letters in front of student in Ben-Gurion university, Prof kasher made the following statement:
“Such a thing as writing the letter is an act of breaking the law. It is civil disobedience. In a democracy there is supremacy of compliance with the law”2
“And it is also not permissible to criticize the army during the war,” says Jamal Daher “Even the title Prof Kasher’s opposition gave him – ‘Occupation Philosopher’ – is not quite accurate, Prof Kasher does not speak as a philosopher but he is also not only The Occupier, but The Fascist Occupier. As a reminder, the idea “supremacy of compliance with the law and / or command of the military” was not taken up by a court before the trial of the Nazis in World War II.”
“Prof Kasher wants the machinery of the Israeli military to be used on civilian population in order for the Palestinians to understand that “it does not pay them off to use their rockets.” And he even considers those who criticise such use of civilians’ lives and their property, to be breaking the law. Law breakers should be imprisoned.
Does it not remind us (again) of Nazi Germany?”
“In a democracy there is supremacy of compliance with the law” Asa Kasher
Criticizing the behaviour of soldiers in a battle does not constitute a contradiction with democracy. On the contrary, it confirms one of the most important elements in the heart of democratic freedom, which is the freedom of expression. Moreover, ethics is only relevant when the circumstances are “normal” – and when we talk about the army, the examination of ethics should be done at war-time and not at peace-time. It is much more important for public intellectuals in times of war than it is in times of peace, to express their critical opinions against the behaviour of the state because it is their very role to try their utmost best to correct the behaviour of that state by raising its awareness to the fact that it is committing crimes against humanity.
1. Asa Kasher, “Criticism at time of war is a shot in the back”, Israel Hayom, 8th august 2014, (accessed 16th aug 2014) 2. Asa Kasher, “Prof Asa Kasher against the objectors”, ynet.co.il, 18th January 2004, (accessed 16th Aug 2014)
Since I have published the post “Newborn in Gaza” a few events have happened which I would like to add as an update.
Some say there were 1400 babies born in Gaza since the beginning of Israel’s ground invasion.
A new baby, 25 days old, has just been reported injured
Beautiful baby girl Shayma e-Sheikh Qanan — who was saved from the womb of her dead mother who was 8 months pregnant — died. Shayma, named after her mother, died at the age of 5 days when a power failure, cause by Israel bombing Gaza’s power station, stopped the incubator she was in.
A young life taken by the brutality of Israel, for no need. She was not a terrorist.
I like the picture below where she is in the incubator protected by the picture of her martyr mother. She was not protected enough. She was buried beside her mother.
In the tweet you would find a link to the beautiful memorial site Humanizepalestine
Other babies died due to the power cut
or had difficulties due to it
Within the sadness there is always someone who cares
and… are there no milk donors?
This Is Gaza! Life always wins!
and from January
We teach life.
Bellow is the original post, as published on the 26th of July 2014
NEWBORN IN GAZA
Babies are the worst enemy of the Zionist project. They are considered to be a Demographic Threat and are directly targeted – by snipers, by calculated malnutrition and by chemical weapon aiming at causing their mothers to miscarry and their fathers to become sterile.
Meet some of these terrorists-
Baby Shaymaa was saved. Born from 23-yr-old killed mother Shaymaa Qennan.
Here is another beautiful baby.
Also UNWRA’s shelters became a place for birth. As those shelters were later bombed, a further investigation concerning the wellbeing of mother and baby is required.
could not verify whether this is the picture of the UNRWA baby
Some newborn, could not be saved. This baby is one of the youngest death from Gaza. His mum was about to give birth 2 him & was killed. The baby couldn’t be saved
and another one whose name I do not know
The reason they are not the youngest to be killed is that many women miscarry
Or are being murdered pregnant
But no form of inhumane oppression brought upon by the Occupation has the power to stop LIFE
People in Gaza are being murdered by the 100s. They all have faces and stories. Check out this beautiful memorial page.
Ahmad Ibrahim Shbeir, 24 years old, was killed on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Khan Younis, after the Israeli army fired a missile at him while on his motorcycle. Hani Awad Sammour, 27 years old, was also killed during this attack, and many more were injured.
Have a look at all their blog entries. Pictures and small stories of dear lives murdered by #Israel.