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The Ugly Reason Naftali Bennett Is Minimizing Anti-Semitism Raphael Magarik - Forward - on Wednesday, four days after an avowedly Jew-hating man slaughtered eleven Jews in a synagogue in the largest anti-Semitic attack in American history, suddenly Bennett discovered the virtue of restraint. Speaking on a panel at the Council for Foreign Relations, he said he was “not sure there’s a surge in anti- Semitism in the United States” and expressed skepticism about the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) recent report, which found a massive increase in anti-Semitic incidents over the last two years. (Nor was Bennett alone: David Bernstein, a conservative law professor, attacked the details of the ADL’s report over at Tablet. I looked for previous examples of a Tablet writer arguing there’s been no rise in anti- Semitism, or that accusations of anti-Semitism were overblown. I couldn’t find any.).rh 6/11/2018
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On Boycotts, Academic Freedom, and the Struggle for Justice in Israel-PalestineBruce Robbins - The Nation - When the young Palestinian-American Lara Alqasem was finally allowed to enter Israel after being detained at the airport and threatened with deportation, who won? Liberal Zionists, many of whom had championed her case, felt they had cause to celebrate. You see, they could now tell the world, Israel is not (yet) the bastion of build-the-wall intolerance that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, like his buddy in the White House, has wanted to make of his country. On October 16, two days before the Israeli Supreme Court’s decision, Jeremy Ben-Ami, president and founder of J Street, had an op-ed in Haaretz under the title “The Ban on Lara Alqasem Is a Gift for BDS, and a Disaster for Israel.” -rh6/11/2018
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Israel & Gaza Close To Ceasefire says Israeli SourceIMEMC News - Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza are close to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, a report said Saturday, citing a high- level Israeli source. According to the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, an unnamed senior political figure leaked that a deal was in the making between Israel and the Gazan administration to allow Qatar to provide the enclave with funds to pay its civil servants, as well as fuel.-rh6/11/2018
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Netanuyahu’s Courting of Bolsonaro is the Latest of Israel’s Alliances with Far-right FiguresJonathan Cook - Dissident Voice - The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election last week has won Israel a passionate new friend on the international stage. The world’s fifth-most populous nation will now be “coloured in blue and white”, an Israeli official said, referring to the colours of Israel’s flag. The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately called to congratulate Bolsonaro, a former army officer with a pronounced nostalgia for his country’s 20-year military dictatorship. Critics describe him as a neo-fascist.-rh6/11/2018
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Support for Israel `continues to drop` among US liberals, youthBen White - Aljazeera - In February 2017, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked expressed concern about "decreasing support for Israel in the Democratic party", telling her Jewish American audience that the problem was "a strategic issue" for Israel. "I couldn`t sleep after I saw a poll two weeks ago", she added. A new US poll on the same topic will not help Shaked rest easy. The results indicate that key trends identified in recent years show no signs of slowing; Israel`s reputation is deteriorating among demographics such as Democrats, younger voters, African Americans and Hispanic Americans.- rh6/11/2018
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New Al Jazeera film uncovers `rotting foundation` of U.S. Israel lobbyAntony Loewenstein - +972 - “People at AIPAC know that something has changed,” Gallagher says. “They know something is wrong. They are not as effective as they used to be.” He worries that the day is coming soon when AIPAC wouldn’t be able to deeply influence the Israel lobby crafted in the U.S. Congress, as it does today, and that the pro- Israel lobby will have to operate without AIPAC’s power. “There’s this big bowling ball that’s being hurled towards them [AIPAC] and the response is to run faster,” Gallagher continues. “They need to get on the bowling ball and start dancing.”-rh 6/11/2018
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Is the PLO serious about suspending its recognition of Israel? Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The credibility of both Abbas and the PLO`s various institutions, including the Palestine National Council (PNC) and the PCC, has been devastated ever since the Palestinian president and his security team failed to adhere to the May 4 decision of the PNC that had called for “the suspension of all forms of security coordination with Israel.” When asked by Al-Monitor about the seriousness of the Palestinian leadership in carrying out its threats this time, half a dozen well-respected officials, experts and analysts all answered in the negative.-rh 6/11/2018
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Why is Benjamin Netanyahu defending Mohammed bin Salman?Richard Silverstein - Middle East Eye - For the past month, while governments and media outlet around the world sounded a drumbeat of shock and dismay over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, all that could be heard on the subject from Israel was the sound of crickets. Israeli columnist Ben Caspit said his country`s leadership was avoiding the subject "like the plague". It appears no Israeli politician wants to say anything for fear of offending that country`s latest Arab bromantic partner, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Bin Salman, according to many analysts, would have had to have ordered the murder of a figure as prominent as Khashoggi. Then on Friday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally gave his view on the Khashoggi case, saying it had to be "dealt with" but not at the cost of the stability of Saudi Arabia and the fight against Iran.-rh6/11/2018
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Israel killed 32 Palestinians, 6 children in OctoberMEMO - "Israel killed 32 Palestinians – 26 in the besieged Gaza Strip and six in the occupied West Bank – in October, including six children. A further 2,166 others were wounded across the occupied Palestinian territories" [ry]5/11/2018
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Watch the film the Israel lobby didn’t want you to seeThe Electronic Intifada - "The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of The Lobby – USA, a four-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel’s covert influence campaign in the United States." ca2/11/2018
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UN: Humanitarian aid to Palestinians ‘at an all-time low Fidaa Shurrab - +972 Magazine - The funding crisis is particularly devastating in the Gaza Strip, where humanitarian officials say basic services such as education, health, and food security have been reduced to a minimum. funding for NGOS in the besieged enclave was halved in 2016, compared to the previous year. The lack of funding means that the remaining aid has gone almost exclusively to addressing short-term needs and emergency response projects. Doing so takes away from humanitarian organizations’ sustainability and development goals. 1.57 million of the Gaza Strip’s 1.8 million residents rely on humanitarian assistance. The unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip has reached 32.4 percent — the highest it has been in two decades. The combination of Israel’s siege and internal Palestinian divisions means that the NGO sector often has to provide basic services in place of the weakened Hamas government. The majority of the employment programs in the Palestinian territories depend on international financial aid, but the funding cuts have created a situation where a number of organizations are dramatically decreasing their services. [ak]30/10/2018
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US support for Israel eroding, but not among Trump voters, poll findsAli Abunimah - EI - "This poll confirms long-term trends about the profound change in the profile of support for Israel, which includes a dramatic erosion of support among younger American Jews. It also suggests that the tens – perhaps hundreds – of millions of dollars Israel and its lobby are spending on shoring up that support has been a very poor investment" [ry]29/10/2018
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Gaza’s Dying of Thirst, and Its Water Crisis Will Become a Threat to IsraelSandy Tolan - Daily Beast - Studies point to sharp rises in water- borne ailments, as doctors here forecast an outbreak of epidemic disease due to deteriorating water quality. Already, 97 percent of the water from Gaza’s wells is unfit for human consumption—the result of seawater leaking into the aquifer from severe over-pumping. And because there’s insufficient electricity to run Gaza’s sewage plant, 110 million liters of untreated sewage flows into the Mediterranean every day.-rh 24/10/2018
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The Apartheid State of Israel and the Palestinian ResistanceNwabisa Sigaba - The Palestine Chronicle - The living conditions of Palestinians are appalling and inhumane and the UN has reported that the Gaza Strip will be unlivable by 2020. The lives of Palestinians do not matter to Israelis and they are treated as a cheap trade-off by Israel for their continued apartheid rule. According to Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, 194 Palestinians have been killed and wounded more than 18,000 people in the Gaza Strip since the commencement of the protests on March 30.-rh24/10/2018
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Netanyahu temporarily delays forcible eviction of Khan al-AhmarYumna Patel - Mondoweiss - The Israeli government has postponed the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar until further notice, following weeks of rising tensions in the Bedouin village. Following a meeting with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the village will soon be “evacuated,” adding that the government plans on implementing the September High Court decision allowing for the demolition of the village.-rh 24/10/2018
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Abbas and Hamas use systematic torture to crush dissent – Human Rights WatchTOI STAFF and AP - The Times of Israel - Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas of routinely engaging in “systematic” unwarranted arrests and torture of critics, suspected dissidents and political opponents, and of developing “parallel police states” in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, respectively. In a 149-page report based on interviews with 147 witnesses, Human Rights Watch detailed a common method of abuse and torture known as shabeh — used both by the PA and Hamas — in which detainees are placed in painful physical positions for lengthy periods of time. Such practices cause distress and trauma to detainees, while often leaving “little or no trace on the body,” the report said.-rh24/10/2018
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Israel-has-chosen-settlements-over-securityAmi Ayalon and Liat Schlesinger - Forward - Netanyahu’s conflict management policy, in Gaza and the West Bank, seeks to keep the two Palestinian entities divided and isolated. The Israeli government chooses not to try to resolve the conflict, and not because this conflict is irresolvable. On the contrary, the conflict is indeed resolvable, but its solution will require dismantling Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In other words, the Israeli government is choosing settlements and occupation over security for its citizens.-rh 24/10/2018
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THE NEXT INTIFADA MIGHT BE STIRRING IN THE WEST BANKMehul Srivastava - OZY - Tirawi, who ran a militia in the 1990s, was convicted of helping carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv during the uprising and was described recently by one Israeli military official as the sort of man the Israel Defense Forces worries about. A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, he is an outcast from the West Bank leadership who see him as an unreliable rival. He has a grim warning for both groups. Any second now we could see the beginning of a third intifada,” he says solemnly, sitting between two portraits — one of Yasser Arafat in military garb, the other of his more moderate successor, Mahmoud Abbas, in a suit. “The reality is that the fire has already started, but any second now, the flames could get really high — we are talking about total chaos.”-rh24/10/2018
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`A cruel choice`: Why Israel targets Palestinian schoolsMaan News Agency - Several Palestinian students, along with teachers and officials, were wounded in the Israeli army attack on a school south of Nablus in the West Bank on October 15. The students of al- Sawiya al-Lubban Mixed School were challenging an Israeli military order to shut down their school based on the ever-versatile accusation of the school being a "site of popular terror and rioting." "Popular terror," is an Israeli army code for protests.rh24/10/2018
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PHOTOS: Israeli bulldozers demolish homes in West Bank villagesAhmad al-Bazz, Activestills.org - +972 - Israeli bulldozers demolished nine Palestinian structures in the West Bank villages of Al-Hadidiya and Al-Jiftlik late last week [ry]15/10/2018
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