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Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza Strip in video statementReuters - The Guardian - The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the US-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.-rh1/7/2015
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Today in Palestine for June 26, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn28/6/2015
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BDS 10 years on, Israel eyes ‘strategic threat of the first order’Joe Catron--Launched by Palestinians a decade ago, the BDS movement has sparked action around the world - and fear among the Israeli elite. dn28/6/2015
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Foreign minister submits files in person at the Hague court, to feed into preliminary investigation that could lead to charges against both sidesThe Independent--Riyad al-Maliki, foreign minister of the Palestinian Authority, submitted the files in person at the Hague court, to feed into an investigation by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda into possible crimes on Palestinian territory. The preliminary probe aims to establish if there is enough evidence to merit opening a full-scale investigation that could ultimately lead to charges against both Israelis and Palestinians. dn 28/6/2015
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Third Gaza Freedom Flotilla sets sail from Greece Kristoff Saunders--“As a human being and an Israeli citizen, I do not want to stay silent over Israel’s human rights violations,” Zohar Chamberlain Regev, a member of the organization committee of the flotilla, told Anadolu Agency Saturday.dn28/6/2015
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Rift in Foreign Ministry prevents effective fight against BDSShahar Ginosar--Division developed in the ministry after professionals urged cooperating with Jewish left-wing organizations to fight boycott, with politicians choosing to brand all criticism as anti-Semitism -- thus excluding potentially powerful voices. dn28/6/2015
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Foreign investment in Israel drops by almost half in 2014UTC--One of the report`s authors suggested the sharp decline could be down to the 2014 Gaza war and an international boycott campaign Foreign investment is down globally, but the drop experienced by Israel is markedly larger (AFP)dn 28/6/2015
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The one thing you won’t find Israelis doing after UN report on Gaza warDon Futterman--The one thing that will not result from the UN report on last summer’s Gaza war will be national soul-searching in Israel. dn27/6/2015
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Presumed Guilty: Remand in Custody by Military Courts in the West BankB`Tselem - To all intents and purposes, the Israeli military court appears to be a court like any other. There are prosecutors and defense attorneys. There are rules of procedure, laws and regulations. There are judges who hand down rulings and verdicts couched in reasoned legal language. Nonetheless, this facade of propriety masks one of the most injurious apparatuses of the occupation.-rh24/6/2015
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Deputy interior minister to Arab MK: Israel is doing you a favor by giving you citizenshipMoran Azulay - Ynet - Mayhem broke out following the controversial remarks, with MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) walking up to the podium with her ID card, while others demanded Mazuz to apologize. Mazuz`s refused to apologize for his remarks and said: "Anyone who supports terrorism won`t be here."-rh 24/6/2015
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Presumed Guilty: Remand in Custody by Military Courts in the West BankB’Tselem - "The application of Israeli law may be significant on a declarative level. In practice, however, the use of language rooted in the Israeli legal world obfuscates the crucial differences between the Israeli justice system that operates inside Israel’s sovereign borders and the military courts operating in the West Bank. As such, its main contribution to the military justice system is not in providing broader protection for defendants’ rights or seeing justice done, but rather as a whitewash, glossing over the flaws of the military court system" [ry]22/6/2015
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When the criminal justice system is subject to occupation lawZiv Stahl - +972 - Instead of regular criminal proceedings against Israelis who commit crimes against Palestinians, the police cut corners using military administrative orders [ry]22/6/2015
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Today in Palestine for June 19, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn21/6/2015
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Gaza Welcomes Break From Strife and Reopening of Border With EgyptDIAA HADID--GAZA CITY — For much of the past year, Gaza has sat in frustrated isolation as it struggled to recover from a devastating war with Israel. But for the people of the battered coastal enclave, the past week brought some welcome signs of relief. dn21/6/2015
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Students who fly abroad to undergo hasbara and public diplomacy lessonsShachar Chai--A new initiative currently underway, takes students who are meant to fly abroad on different delegations, and requires them to undergo a minimum of 10 hours of public diplomacy training. The effort is meant to combat the de-legitimization of Israel abroad. dn20/6/2015
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Israel`s Minister of Culture Miri Regev vows to withhold funds from artists who `defame` the stateBen Lynfield--More than 3,000 artists, including some of the country’s most prominent actors and directors, have signed a petition against Ms Regev’s policies and a recent decision by the education minister, Naftali Bennett, to put an end to attendance of Parallel Time by groups of high-school students. “We protest [against] the anti-democratic steps that government ministries are taking against artists and cultural persons whose productions or views don’t accord with the winds blowing from these ministries,” the petition says. “We declare that we will continue to look reality in the eye, express our views and obey our conscience even if we have to pay a price.” dn 20/6/2015
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Will US churches help bring down Israel’s prison walls?Ryan Rodrick Beiler - The Electronic Intifada "Desmond Tutu, the South African archbishop, has endorsed the divestment call. In a message to the United Church of Christ this week, he affirmed that “economic pressure can force the most powerful to the table.” All of the resolutions in question cite the Kairos Palestine document, signed by some 3,000 Palestinian Christians, which calls for “boycott and disinvestment as tools of nonviolence for justice, peace and security for all.” The resolutions follow initiatives taken by other churches in response to the Palestinian call for BDS." ca19/6/2015
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The Adalah database of 50 discriminatory laws in Israel Roland Nikles - Mondoweiss - Advocates for a “Jewish and democratic” state admit that even if the occupation of the Palestinian territories ended and there emerged a separate independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, a “Jewish and democratic” state would still necessarily privilege Jewish (75%) over non-Jewish (25%) citizens of the state of Israel: in its symbols (national flag and anthem), in its national holidays, and, above all, in its immigration policy.-rh17/6/2015
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Israel says war in Gaza was moral and deaths are the fault of HamasWilliam Booth - The Washington Post - Israeli officials issued a broad defense Sunday over how their country waged the war in the Gaza Strip last summer, making a case that Israel sought to minimize civilian casualties as the Islamist movement Hamas put its people in the line of fire and cynically used the ensuing death and destruction to stoke anti-Israel propaganda.-rh17/6/2015
Israel issues its own Gaza war report, pre-empting U.N. inquiryDan Williams - Reuters - "Israel issued a report on Sunday arguing its 2014 Gaza offensive was lawful, a move aimed at pre-empting the release of findings of a U.N. war crimes investigation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scorned as a waste of time. The 277-page report, which cited Israel`s internal probes and statements from Western leaders backing its right to self-defense, suggested the Netanyahu government hoped to defuse criticism from the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) inquiry in advance" [ry]15/6/2015
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Accounting for the Benefits of Mideast PeaceThe Editorial Board of the NYTimes--In the endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict over claims to disputed land, what has been mostly lacking is a hard-nosed calculation of the benefits of peace, the costs of war and the gray zone of the status quo. A report published this month by the RAND Corporation, a nonpartisan think tank, attempts to offer that.dn14/6/2015
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IDF to hire civilian students in part-time jobsYossi Yehoshua--[Israel finds more ways to militarize education. DN] A new business model is currently being adopted by the IDF, turning Israel`s military into an army of workers, in a move that will allow students to work for the army with hourly wages and benefits. dn14/6/2015
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Today in Palestine for June 12, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn14/6/2015
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The Guardian report on the same attack as the Ynet report--Israeli report vs more damning onePeter Beaumont--Israel exonerates itself over Gaza beach killings of four children last year Israeli investigation says missile attack that killed boys aged between nine and 11 was ‘tragic accident’ in findings contradictory to journalists’ reports from scene dn 13/6/2015
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Military Court Watch Newsletter Mai 2015Military Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 30 April 2015, there were 5,554 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza) held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities including 164 children. In the case of children there was a 10 per cent decrease in the numbercompared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 8 per cent compared with 2014. According to the IPS, 52 per cent of Palestinian children and 91 per cent of adults continue to be detained in facilities inside Israel, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh10/6/2015
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Mental disability on the rise under the Israeli siegeMiguel Hernandez - ISM - The number of mentally disabled people in the Gaza Strip has increased substantially in the last years.It so happens that 70% of the cases come from the communities located near the fence that separates Gaza from the territories occupied in 1948. Such data is surprising, as most of Gaza’s population lives on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, relatively far from the fence.-rh 10/6/2015
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The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian ConflictA two-state solution provides by far the best economic outcomes for both Israelis and Palestinians is the conclusion of this free downloadable ebook by: C. Ross Anthony, Daniel Egel, Charles P. Ries, Craig Bond, Andrew Liepman, Jeffrey Martini, Steven Simon, Shira Efron, Bradley D. Stein, Lynsay Ayer, Mary E. Vaiana [bz] 9/6/2015
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The Month in Pictures: May 2015The Electronic Intifada [ry]8/6/2015
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Report: 93 Minors Incarcerated in Ofer Prison AloneIMEMC News & Agencies - "Since the beginning of this year, the report said, some 161 Palestinian minors under the age of 18 were brought to jail by the Israeli authorities, a rate of one minor every day. This includes 30 children under the age of 15 arrested in May alone" [ry]8/6/2015
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Today in Palestine for June 5, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn7/6/2015
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Israel’s Allies in U.S. Challenge BoycottRICK GLADSTONE--South Carolina has become the first state to enact legislation aimed at thwarting an international pro-Palestinian economic and disinvestment campaign intended to penalize Israel. Illinois will soon become the second, and advocates say plans are underway for similar laws in 18 more states. dn7/6/2015
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UN report condemns Israel as violator of children`s rights over Gaza conflictLouis Charbonneau--UN report condemns Israel as violator of children`s rights over Gaza conflict Secretary-General to decide whether Israel will be included on final list of violators of children`s rights due to the large number of children killed in the war in Gaza last summer. dn 7/6/2015
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The plight of the West Bank BedouinFredrik Brogeland Laache - AlJazeera - Around 7,000 Bedouin residing in central West Bank are at risk of being forcibly relocated by Israeli authorities [ry]1/6/2015
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