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Israeli Extrajudicial Execution Policy Resumed: IOF Airstrike Kills Senior Leader of Islamic Jihad, and his Wife, in Gaza Palestinian Center for Human Rights - According to PCHR investigation, at approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, IOF warplanes fired a missile at Bahaa’ Salim Hassan Abulatta’s house (42), member of the al-Quds Brigades’ military bureau which is the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, and he was in charge of its northern Gaza Strip activity. Abulatta and his wife, Israa’ Mohammed Hassan Abulatta (38), were killed during the targeted airstrike on their apartment, on the second floor of a residential building, resulting in complete destruction. The victims’ bodies were extracted from the rubble at the UNRWA school across the street from their apartment due to the extreme intensity of the explosion: his body was found near the gates, while his wife’s was found within the school. Furthermore, 7 others sustained shrapnel wounds in the airstrike, including 4 of the victims’ children (including two little girls): Salim (19); Mohammed (18); Fatima al-Zahra’ (13); Layan (11); two women from the neighborhood: Hanan Shehda Mohyaldeen Helles (26); Shereen Fouad Khalil Helles (21); and Mahmoud Fouad Abdulrahman Abulatta, victim’s bodyguard. The injuries were reported to be minor and moderate. - rh 12/11/2019
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Israel soldiers filmed assaulting father in front of his young childMiddle East Monitor - The footage, which went viral on social media, was recorded in Hebron, the occupied West Bank, where Israeli forces protect a small, radical settler population. Both soldiers and settlers regularly harass and attack local Palestinians, who are subjected to numerous movement restrictions. The video shows two soldiers shouting at the father, claiming that the small boy had been throwing stones. The father expresses incredulity at the accusation, and replies his son is just five-years old. The soldier replied that he does not care how old the child is, at which point another soldier joins, and both attack the man, who tells them: “don’t raise your hands on me”. -rh12/11/2019
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Life in the Gaza StripBBC - Gaza is significantly poorer than it was in the 1990s, with annual income per person falling from $2,659 in 1994 to $1,826 in 2018. In 2017 the Gaza Strip had the highest unemployment rate in the World Bank`s development database. At 44% it was more than double the rate in the West Bank. And of particular concern was the high youth unemployment rate, which stood at more than 60% in Gaza. [bz]12/11/2019
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Gaza tensions threaten chances for minority Israeli government Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/11/israel-arabs-avigdor-liberman-joint-list-party-minority.html#ixzz65650atObAfif Abu Much - Al-Monitor - Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz` attempts to form a new coalition, the option of a minority government headed by Gantz keeps hovering in the background. It got a big boost late last week. Just moments before the start of the Sabbath on Nov. 8, Netanyahu surprised everyone by appointing New Right senior Naftali Bennett as defense minister. It is hard to forget how critical the Likud was of Bennett just one year ago. The party went so far as to declare Dec. 18, “The security of Israel rises above politics, and the Defense Ministry is not some way to find a job for Naftali Bennett.” It is obvious to everyone that the sole purpose of the appointment was to prevent Netanyahu’s 55- seat bloc from falling apart.Then, on the night of Nov. 9, it was Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Liberman’s turn to steal the show. The wildcard of the election dropped a bombshell of his own, in the form of an ultimatum to Gantz and Netanyahu. His started with a proposed compromise that Gantz accept President Reuven Rivlin’s guidelines for a unity government and that Netanyahu abandon his bloc. Liberman said that if either side rejected this compromise, he would immediately throw his support behind the other. It looks like he is determined to avoid a third round of elections no matter the cost, and this ultimatum is his way of preparing to blame Netanyahu and the Likud if he decides to join forces with Blue and White.-rh 12/11/2019
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What would Israelis do if Palestinians disappeared overnight?Natasha Roth - +972 - Azem’s novel is a work of magical realism: she uses the impossible scenario of millions of Palestinians vanishing in the blink of an eye in order to pull at the loose threads of Zionist mythology about Israel’s establishment. Accordingly, several eerie scenes in the novel have a ring of familiarity to them for anyone who has read about the Nakba: homes with plates of food uneaten on the table; televisions still switched on; house keys still hanging by the front door — empty rooms that are innately disturbing for how undisturbed they looked, as if the residents had been suddenly spirited away in silence.-rh12/11/2019
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Three options for Benny Gantz to compose a government Yossi Beilin - Al-Monitor - The delusional appointment Nov. 8 of New Right senior right-wing hard-liner Naftali Bennett to the position of defense minister indicates that Netanyahu is determined to ensure his continued role as prime minister. Now Benny Gantz has that rare opportunity to form the next government. It is not because his Blue and White party has one seat more than the Likud. It is because Avigdor Liberman, chairman of the Yisrael Beitenu party, decided to keep victory out of Netanyahu’s clutches. The motivation behind Liberman’s decision to fill the role of liberal in his current incarnation remains unclear. Then again, it doesn’t really matter. As long as this is the situation, it is a patriotic duty to save Israel from the unenlightened forces of extremism, and to start a new chapter in the country’s history. Giving up on this option to return the liberal camp to power is too big a risk, as will be seen if all other options are blocked.-rh 12/11/2019
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Survey: Health care gaps between Jews & ArabsPhysicians for Human Rights - Without proper investment in primary care, conditions that could have been diagnosed and prevented or treated early, are discovered only at a stage where treatment and rehabilitation are more expensive - with the cost borne by the health care system and taxpayers. The “savings” on preventative medicine are swallowed by the high cost of emergency care, long hospital stays, medication and everything these involve. This state of affairs is enabled by the capitation system, which mostly hurts disempowered groups that require multiple services, particularly preventative care. Under this system, Israeli health funds have little incentive to improve the quality of the services they provide and prefer not to invest too much in these population groups. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance bear a responsibility to find a solution for this situation and ensure a fair and equal distribution of resources within health funds, while strengthening the geographic and social periphery.-rh 12/11/2019
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This Week Proves It: Anti-Semitism On The Right Is The Only Real Threat To JewsLiam Hoare - Forward - This week provided yet another illustration that despite the endless handwringing about anti-Semitism on the left, it is far-right extremism which constitutes the paramount threat to American Jewish life today.-rh12/11/2019
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Pressure increases on Israel`s attorney general over case against Netanyahu Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor - Even as Blue and White leader Benny Gantz struggles to break the impasse in his effort to form a government, Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Liberman continues to rule out a narrow or minority governing coalition, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists on going first in any power-sharing agreement with Gantz, all eyes are nonetheless on Jerusalem. In a modest office on Salah al-Din Street, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is holding intense discussions with 20 senior-level attorneys before announcing his decision on whether to indict Netanyahu on charges of corruption.-rh 12/11/2019
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Protests Against Israel’s Nation-State Law Proved a More Just State Is PossibleDov Khenin - The Nation - In the summer of 2018, I witnessed two scenes that sum up the contradiction that defines Israeli politics at this moment. Late one summer night, as a member of the Knesset (parliament) for the left-wing Hadash Party, I watched the dramatic passage of the Nation-State Law, which attempts to codify the inferior status of Arab citizens. In that messy parliamentary scene, I saw how far-right racism had made its way to the highest reaches of power, rendering dissenting voices helpless when it came time to vote. Yet later that same summer, I also witnessed a remarkable opposing political reality here: a defiant mass joint Jewish-Arab protest against the Nation-State Law, organized by the leadership of the Arab minority in Israel, and attended by tens of thousands of people. On that evening, I could barely move through the overcrowded streets of Tel Aviv. Chants in Hebrew mixed with those in Arabic, and bilingual placards were handed out among those present. For many who were there, that evening was so powerful because it provided us with a picture of the possible, demonstrating that Arab-Jewish equality was indeed not merely a slogan but also a reality we all knew how to achieve.-rh12/11/2019
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Bernie Sanders Is The Only Presidential Candidate Who Truly Cares About Palestinian LivesMuhammad Shehada - Forward - But this year, several Democratic presidential candidates actually debated serious action — including leveraging US military aid to Israel — to end the ongoing destruction of the peace process. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a town hall event on October 18, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia. My eyes filled with tears as I watched Bernie Sanders demand that Israel “fundamentally change [its] relationship to the people of Gaza,” my home.-rh 12/11/2019
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Jerusalem: Israel approves controversial Old City cable car planbbc.com - A controversial plan to build a cable car network in Jerusalem`s Old City to transport visitors to one of Judaism`s holiest sites has been approved by Israel`s housing cabinet. The cable cars will ferry up to 3,000 people an hour about 1.4km (0.9 miles) from West Jerusalem to the Western Wall in occupied East Jerusalem. Israel`s government says the project will reduce traffic congestion. But opponents say it will damage the area`s historic landscape. They intend to petition Israel`s High Court of Justice to stop it.-rh12/11/2019
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Palestine in Pictures: October 2019EI - "A total of 214 Palestinians have been killed during Great March of Return protests along Gaza’s eastern and northern perimeter with Israel since their launch on 30 March 2018. Nearly 9,500 more have been wounded by live fire during the demonstrations" [ry] 11/11/2019
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Arab Israeli leaders launch hunger strike over failure to curb crimeTOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - Arab community leaders in Israel have announced a three-day hunger strike and will set up a protest tent near the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem in protest of the failure to adequately deal with a wave of criminal violence within the community. The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, the top representative umbrella organization for Arab Israelis, announced the steps after two members of the community were killed Friday in criminal violence, bringing the last week’s tally to four and the year’s total to 80.-rh 5/11/2019
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Israeli Soldiers Attack School, Abduct A Child And Injure Many, In JerusalemImemc News - Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday morning, a Palestinian school in the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted one child, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation after throwing gas bombs into their school. Media sources said the soldiers abducted Saleh Tawil, in the al-‘Isawiya Secondary School for Boys, and took him to an unknown destination. They added that the soldiers fired gas bombs, in addition to hurling gas grenades into the campus, causing many children to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported.-rh5/11/2019
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Rights group: Record number of Jerusalem home demolitionsAssociated Press - Ynetnews - A rights group says Israeli authorities have demolished at least 140 Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem this year, the highest annual number since it began keeping records in 2004. The demolition of homes built without permits comes amid a major increase in Jewish settlement activity both in east Jerusalem and in the West Bank since President Donald Trump took office.Israeli officials did not respond to requests for comment.-rh 5/11/2019
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On Jared Kushner’s PalestinophobiaHaidar Eid - Mondoweiss - Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Middle East adviser and son-in-law is at it again. In June, he cast doubt about the ability of the Palestinian people to govern themselves. And, as if that was not enough, he made it absolutely clear this week that Israel is not responsible for Palestinian hardship.- rh5/11/2019
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Birthright does not apply to Palestinians in JerusalemDaoud Kuttab - Arab Media Internet Network - Life has been difficult as a stateless person in Jerusalem for Mustafa Kharouf. He had the unfortunate case of being born to Jerusalem parents while they were in Algiers. His parents brought him back to Jerusalem but the Israelis for obvious racist reasons have refused to grant him residency in the only city he has lived in all his life. Ironically Jews around the world have a legal right not only to residency but also to citizenship in Israel simply because of what the government considers is their birthright because they belong to the Jewish faith.-rh 5/11/2019
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The US-Israel relationship, revisitedNaomi Chazan - The Times of Israel - The discussion about attaching strings to American aid to Israel that developed among Democratic party candidates at the J Street conference last weekend has evoked yet another minor furor in Israel. The Likud caretaker government’s denunciation of the mere mention of such a possibility was echoed not only in broader political circles in the country, but also in the mainstream media.-rh5/11/2019
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New tourism: learning about the Palestinian-Israeli conflictKsenia Svetlova - Al-Monitor - Enjoying a Sabbath meal at a West Bank settlement, meeting Palestinian artists in Ramallah, popping over to Israel’s border to see the Gaza Strip from there — a growing number of tourists is interested in seeing more than just the regular tourist sites and attractions of the Holy Land. They want to hear about the people living here, Jews and Palestinians alike, and learn about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from up close. These aren’t study groups that come to Israel and the West Bank with some specific educational objective. They are “ordinary” tourists, who are taking a break from their busy lives, and paying good money to boot, just to experience the complex realities of this land for themselves. What they find is light-years away from any glittery ad campaign.-rh 5/11/2019
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The White House Plan to Strangle IranPhilip Giraldi - ICH - Make no mistake, the United States is conducting an economic war against Iran that is undeniably aimed at making the Iranian people so miserable that they will rise up in revolt. And the punishment being meted out will hurt the poorest and weakest most of all while also hardening support for the regime rather than weakening it. Not only is the White House action directed against Iran immoral, it is also illegal as Iran and the United States are not at war and Iran does not threaten Americans in any way. The whole affair is just one more example of how powerful domestic constituencies, in this case that of Israel, have distorted U.S. foreign policy and driven it in directions that are both shameful and that serve no plausible national interest.-rh5/11/2019
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As indictment deadline approaches, Netanyahu panics Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor - Ohana’s wild attack on the country’s law enforcement authorities, which he delivered in a specially convened news conference, astounded even top figures in his Likud party. Some of them kept silent, and didn’t back publicly his remarks. Others have expressed lukewarm and not particular committed support. Many of the party’s top echelons realize that the timing of the attack, its severity and the fact that the prime minister did not condemn it are instrumental in the attempts to torpedo the formation of a unity government comprised of the Likud and opposition Blue and White party.-rh 5/11/2019
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October: a slight increase in the chances of the Two States Solution The Two-State Index - Geneva Initiative - Throughout October, there were indications of a general shift in opinion within the US Democratic Party on the issue of aid to Israel. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders,as well as Mayor Pete Buttigieg, all hotly contesting the Democratic Primaries, came out in support of aid to Israel conditional on its conduct towards the Palestinians. Fromer Vice president Biden disagreed, but an opinion poll showed roughly 70% of Democrats are in favor of conditioning aid to Israel. At the same time, Trump`s so-called "vision for peace", considered to be damaging to the Two States, remains stuck. The combination of these two trends in October slightly increases the chances for implementation of the Two States Solution, as measured in the Two States Index. [ak] 5/11/2019
If Not Now, then When? And if Not 2020 Presidential Candidates, then Who?Benay Blend -Palestine Chronicle - According to Kane, for example, Mayer says that IfNotNow plans to publicly question presidential candidates about such issues as Israel’s “52-year” (not 71?) occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, as well as issues surrounding “Arabs” (not Palestinians?) living in the ’48. Their questions skirt, however, such topics as Palestinian refugees’ legal right of return as well as military aid to Israel. These omissions, Kane explains, are in line with the group’s broader mission of targeting the American Jewish establishment’s support for Israel’s occupation. This stance also seems to fall within IfNotNow’s concern with the future of Judaism which they understand will be in jeopardy if the Occupation continues. As Max Zahn explains, their position derives, too, from “the contradictory demands of allyship and movement building.”-rh5/11/2019
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Israel destroyed record number of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem in 2019YUMNA PATEL - Mobdoweiss - Israel has demolished a record number of homes in occupied East Jerusalem in 2019, the most in the past 15 years, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported on Thursday. More than 140 Palestinian homes were demolished, resulting in the displacement of 238 Palestinians.-rh 29/10/2019
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Why more Israeli-Arabs go to universityDanny Zaken - Al-Monitor - Afif Abu Much wrote in Al-Monitor on Oct. 24 that the Arab public has succeeded in forcing its will on the leadership of the Joint List — the predominantly Arab unified list — by introducing a new discourse on the issue of inclusion, which barely existed over the last few years. This reflects a desire among the Arab population to integrate into Israeli society and become part of the circle of decision-makers in the country. One of the reasons for this shift is the growing influence of the younger generation, which draws on the higher education it is receiving.-rh 29/10/2019
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What the Dismantling of the Berlin Wall Means 30 Years LaterJames Carroll - Truthout - For almost half a century, only readily dismissed peaceniks insisted that, in the nuclear age, war and endless preparations for more of it were not the answer. When the Berlin Wall came down, such idealists were proven right, even if their triumph was still ignored.-rh29/10/2019
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If the Netanyahu Recordings Aren’t Bribery, What Is?Editorial - Haaretz - When you listen to the recordings revealed Saturday on the television program “Hamakor” – in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes discuss trading favorable press coverage for customized legislation – you gain insight into the cynical, corrupt-to-the-core world at the top of Israel’s elites in both government and journalism.-rh 29/10/2019
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Israeli settlers attack olive harvesters in NablusWafa - NABLUS, Sunday, October 27, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers attacked today a Palestinian family with stones as they were picking olives in their own land near the village of Rujib, to the east of Nablus City in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources. They told WAFA that settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Itamar hurled a barrage of stones at a Palestinian family while harvesting olive trees in their land . There were no reports of injuries though.-rh29/10/2019
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Rethinking the Looming Threat of Neoliberal FascismHENRY GIROUX - Counterpunch - Talk of a fascist politics emerging in the United States and in the rise of right-wing populist movements across the globe is often criticized as a naive exaggeration or a misguided historical analogy. In the age of Trump, such objections feel like reckless efforts to deny the growing relevance of the term and the danger posed by a society staring into the abyss of a menacing authoritarianism. In fact, the case can be made that rather than harbor an element of truth, such criticism further normalizes the very fascism it critiques, allowing the extraordinary and implausible, if not unthinkable, to become ordinary. Under such circumstances, history is not simply being ignored or distorted, it is being erased. Moreover, after decades of a savage global capitalist nightmare both in the United States and around the globe, the mobilizing passions of fascism have been unleashed unlike anything we have seen since the 1930s-rh29/10/2019
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British Forensic Researchers Confirm Palestinian Child Was Hit by Israeli Live FireThe Palestine Chronicle - A team of British forensic researchers confirmed this week that 9-year-old Abdul Rahman Shteiwi was shot in the head on July 12 in the northern West Bank by a live bullet fired by Israeli soldiers and not by a rubber bullet, according to a press release by International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Shteiwi was shot in the head while sitting outside his friend’s house during a protest in his village. He sustained severe brain damage and remains hospitalized more than three months after the shooting. The Israeli army claimed that soldiers did not use live fire that day and that Shtawi was most likely hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet.-rh29/10/2019
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New Survey Shows Americans Want a More Progressive Foreign Policy and, Yes, That Includes IsraelMichael Arria -Portside - During the recent Democratic debate in Ohio, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard asked Senator Elizabeth Warren if she would join her in calling for an end to “the regime change war in Syria.” “So, look, I think that we ought to get out of the Middle East,” Warren responded. “I don’t think we should have troops in the Middle East. But we have to do it the right way, the smart way.”-rh29/10/2019
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Report: Gantz tried for minority gov’t with Haredim, New Right — was rebuffedTOI STAFF -Times of Israel - Before he was officially tasked with forming a government, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz looked at the possibility of attempting to form a minority coalition that would include Labor-Gesher, ultra-Orthodox parties and New Right, Channel 12 reported Friday evening. Blue and White was said to hope such a coalition could be backed from outside by the Yisrael Beytenu party of Avigdor Liberman — who has repeatedly ruled out sitting with Haredi parties.-rh29/10/2019
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Secret Israel-Jordan gas deal revealedTamara Nassar - Electronic Intifada "Amid intense criticism, Jordanian officials have tried to distance the government from the deal, obfuscating the extent of state involvement on both sides." ca4/10/2019
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Palestinians to resume taking Israeli collected tax moneyReuters - Ynetnews "The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority (PA) will once again accept tax revenues collected on its behalf by Israel, after rejecting the money for months, Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Friday. The PA had stopped taking the money because of a dispute with Israel over stipends paid to the families of Palestinian terrorists killed or jailed by Israel." ca 4/10/2019
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