As an Israeli soldier, I played God with Palestinians | +972 Magazine

The idea that one can detain and physically harm a person who doesn’t have the right to respond is one of the most revolting aspects of human existence. Last night this memory came back to me. Just a small episode — there are thousands of them every day. I wasn’t very far from shooting a man who probably had young children and parents waiting for him back at home.This situation, which has become so natural for us, just like for the police officer in East Jerusalem, allows us speak to an Arab from a position of superiority. As if we were his God, to demand his identification card, to slap him and shove him if necessary, even if he is the same age as your father or young enough to be your child. It is the most disgusting thing I carry with me from my army service.

Source: As an Israeli soldier, I played God with Palestinians | +972 Magazine

Extremist settlers vandalize Spanish consulate in Jerusalem – PNN

Extremist Israeli settlers on Monday afternoon have sprayed racist slogans on the walls of the Spanish consulate in Jerusalem, according to local sources in the city.Sources said that the ultra-orthodox Jewish “Pay the Price” groups have vandalized the walls of the consulate located in East Jerusalem.Settlers also partially damaged and vandalized some of the cars parked outside the building.

Source: Extremist settlers vandalize Spanish consulate in Jerusalem – PNN

White House to States: Shield the Undocumented and Lose Police Funding – The New York Times – They are sworn to protect and serve their citizens, not White House cronies and traitors.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said state and local governments seeking certain law enforcement grants would have to certify that they were complying with a law that bars any official from withholding information from the Department of Homeland Security about a person’s immigration status. Those that are violating the policy could see such grants clawed back, he said.Mr. Sessions’s appearance was an effort to threaten painful consequences for so-called sanctuary cities, those that decline to cooperate with the federal government in efforts to track and deport undocumented immigrants.“I strongly urge our nation’s states and cities and counties to consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws and to rethink these policies,” Mr. Sessions said. “Such policies make their cities and states less safe — public safety as well as national security are at stake — and put them at risk of losing federal dollars.”

Most Germans think Trump won’t last four years in office – The Local

More than half of Germans (55 percent) don’t think Trump will last as president for his entire four-year term, according to a survey released by YouGov on Monday. The opinion research group polled more than 1,000 people between February 20th and 23rd.

Source: Most Germans think Trump won’t last four years in office – The Local

Should we blame Islam for terrorism? | David Shariatmadari | Opinion | The Guardian – And blame slaughter of North and South American native people on Christian Theology, as well as convert or die in Spain? Slaughter of Muslims in Burma on Buddha’s followers?

For some – and I suspect this includes Steve Bannon, Marine Le Pen and more than a few British pundits – the natural conclusion is that people should be convinced to abandon Islam, and if that doesn’t work, it should be driven out. This, of course, would be a grossly illiberal and violent programme – but one, I suppose, that sits in a rather long tradition of nationalism and supremacism in the west.Remind me: who’s special again?

Source: Should we blame Islam for terrorism? | David Shariatmadari | Opinion | The Guardian