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Why Israelis are defending IDF soldier who shot Palestinian attackerBen Caspit - Al-Monotor - There is reason for worry in the IDF as well. The military, like the people, is now divided. One section continues to adhere to the rule of law, moral values and following orders. The other part is mainly comprised of the forces with policing duties in Judea and Samaria. They are blending in with the settlers and becoming a kind of obscure police militia, not entirely controllable. Something is happening to the Israeli public under the media radar, and something is happening to the IDF. And it doesn`t bode well for the State of Israel.-rh 30/3/2016
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On the 40th anniversary of Land Day: Adalah releases new report on Israel’s discriminatory land and housing policies in 2015Adalah - To mark the 40th anniversary of Land Day, on 30 March 2016, Adalah issued its annual Land Day report, monitoring Israel’s land marketing and allocation for Palestinian citizens of Israel. The report compiles and analyzes official government statistics of the Israel Land Authority (ILA) and the Ministry of Construction and Housing and indicates the furtherance and continuation of discriminatory land policies as well as a worsening of the land and housing crisis in Palestinian towns and villages in Israel.-rh 30/3/2016
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Wiki Settlement ProductsThe comprehensive collection of companies and products marks factories misleading and concealing their location and those who claim "Hebrew Labor". [bz]29/3/2016
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Thousands of Area C Residents Face Expulsion. Share This Information. Prevent the Expulsion! B`Tselem -Israeli authorities demolish homes in Khirbet Tana for third time this year, leaving 85 people homeless, including 30 children [ry] 28/3/2016
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Israel’s “less lethal” weapons take children’s eyes and livesCharlotte Silver - EI - "Israel’s military regulations supposedly instruct soldiers not to fire rubber-coated metal bullets at women or children or above the torso. But since October 2015, eight children have been shot in the head or neck during protests" [ry] 28/3/2016
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To divide or not to divide, that is the questionYuval Karni--Haim Ramon and the Save Jewish Jerusalem Movement want to remove the surrounding Arab villages and neighborhoods from the capital`s city limits, leaving 200,000 Palestinians out; but the plan provokes criticism both on the right, that says the proposal is dangerous, and the left, that define it as impractical. dn27/3/2016
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Mental Illness on the Rise in Israeli ArmyPalestine Chronicle--The head of the Mental Health Unit in the Israeli army warned that the number of patients with mental illnesses among IDF soldiers will triple over the next ten years, as reported by the Quds Press Service. dn26/3/2016
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Explaining the New Violence in Palestine Bashir Abu-Manneh - Jakobin - Palestinians see no hope in an Israel that is humiliating and dominating their lives even more cruelly and with impunity. As the situation on the ground worsens by the day, cries of help, and for justice and international accountability are all left unheard. No wonder some feel they have nothing left to lose. Rather than looking at Islam for answers, Israel should look at itself.-rh23/3/2016
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Palestinians in Gaza are drinking contaminated water Abeer Abu Shawish - Mondoweiss - Palestinians in Gaza regularly consume contaminated water, even when the liquid they drink has already been treated at a purifying facility. In Gaza 45-percent of the water processed in desalination plants is contaminated, according to the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA).-rh 23/3/2016
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Israel makes an unexpected decision to close the Palestinian territoryGisha - Israel generally imposes closures of this kind on the Palestinian territory on the Jewish high holidays. Purim, which begins Wednesday evening is not one of these holidays. The last time a closure of this kind occurred during Purim was apparently 2011.-rh 23/3/2016
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Economic policies entrench Israeli occupationNassar Ibrahim - AIC - Economic agreements between Israel and Palestine have ensured the ongoing dependency and submission of Palestine`s economy to that of the occupation [ry] 21/3/2016
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Sephardic Chief Rabbi Argues Ethnic Cleansing Justified by Jewish LawRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam - Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi Yitzhak Yosef delivered a sermon (video above with English translation by Ronnie Barkan) to the faithful two weeks ago in which he argued that Jewish law (halacha) directs the State to expel all non-Jews [ie. Palestinians] from Israel. Of course, he adds some qualifiers: if they accept the Noahide Laws, they may remain (because they will be useful as servants to Jews). But otherwise, they may be driven from the land.-rh30/3/2016
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Today in Palestine for March 18, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn20/3/2016
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Breaking the Silence Under Investigation After Report Claims It Collects Military Intel Gili Cohen, Jonathan Lis, and Barak Ravid--Netanyahu announces probe after Channel 2 reports group milks former soldiers for information about military activity; group fires back, saying testimonies it publishes are in line with IDF censorship guidelines. dn20/3/2016
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Fire in another Dawabsheh house in DumaElior Levy--Arson suspected after house of Ibrahim Dawabsheh and wife set ablaze; glass bottles and a brick were found in the house; couple in light condition, suffering from smoke inhalation. dn20/3/2016
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Jews indicted in racist beating of Jerusalem ArabRoi Yanovsky--Earlier this month, five teenagers violently attacked an Arab employee of the Jerusalem Municipality in a park, yelling `Death to Arabs` while they beat him, the attackers were indicted on Thursday. dn20/3/2016
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The US election as an existential threat to the worldHamid Dabashi--Who will win and what difference does it make for the world at large? dn20/3/2016
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Zionism’s long and rich history of delegitimizing PalestiniansThomas S. Harrington--Demonstrating once again the sniveling and shameless fealty to the wealthy that she and her husband have elevated to a high art over the last 30 years, Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban last July 6th in which she said that: I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority. I am seeking your advice on how we can work together across party lines and with a diverse array of voices to reverse this trend with information and advocacy, and fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel. dn 19/3/2016
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PCHR Weekly Report: 4 Palestinians Dead from Israeli Military Attacks, 6 WoundedPCHR-Gaza - IMEMC "In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 10– 16 March 2016, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 3 Palestinian civilians were killed and a 4th succumbed to his injuries in the West Bank. 6 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip."ca18/3/2016
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Is free speech a crime in Palestine?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Majed Arruri, a media rights expert from Ramallah, told Al-Monitor, “Defamation in both its written [libel] or spoken forms [slander] is a tangible issue that doesn’t require [criminal] investigation and, therefore, there is no need to hold someone in jail awaiting the results of an investigation.” He believes Palestinian legislation needs to be enacted to eliminate imprisonment in cases involving defamation.-rh 16/3/2016
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What Trump Means for IsraelLawrence Davidson - Counterpunch - The rise of Donald Trump certainly suggests that the right-wing Israeli politicians badly misread the Republican political scene. Trump has tapped into a large and growing stratum of citizens who never cared very much about foreign policy, much less Israel-Palestine specifically. And, now that that indifference has been plainly revealed on the Republican side of the ledger, it may not be long before Democratic voters also start to say, loud enough for their leaders to hear, that Israel isn’t important to them either. As Shaley suggests, what is happening here is the exposure of Israel’s weakness in the United States.-rh 16/3/2016
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Israel jails teen without charge after 22 days in solitary confinementAhmad Gharabli - No Way to Treat a Child - Israeli forces arrested Mohammad Nadi Hamda Hashlamoun, 17, from his home in the Ras al-Amoud neighborhood of Jerusalem around 2 a.m. on December 3. He was held in solitary confinement for 22 days, denied access to an attorney, and subjected to repeated prolonged interrogation sessions. He was accused of planning to carry out unspecified future attacks, which he denied. Hashlamoun appeared in the Jerusalem Magistrates Court where the judge ordered he be released on bail. Before his family could pay, Israeli authorities approved a six-month administrative detention order that expires on June 20, 2016.-rh16/3/2016
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Human Rights Violations and Popular Struggle in South Hebron HillsOperation Dove - February 2016 recorded the highest number of demolitions in the West Bank since the UN Office for Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA) began recording in 2009. During the month, Israeli forces destroyed, dismantled or confiscated 235 homes and other structures, displacing 331 Palestinians,including 174 children, and affecting another 740 Palestinians. More than a third of the structures targeted since the beginning of the year were provided as humanitarian assistance to families in need.-rh16/3/2016
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Trends in 2015 inmate figures: Record number of Palestinians held in IsraelB`Tselem - "At the end of December 2015, the IPS was holding 6,066 Palestinians on what Israel defined as security grounds – the highest number since the end of July 2010. This category does not include Palestinians held for entering Israel without a permit, an act that the authorities consider a criminal offense, notwithstanding that it is substantially different from other criminal offenses" [ry] 14/3/2016
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Today in Palestine for March 11, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn13/3/2016
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The anniversary of Tristan Anderson and the ongoing struggleISM Al-Khalil Team--On the 13th March 2009 around 4:30pm, Tristan Anderson, an ISM volunteer from the US was critically wounded by the occupying Israeli forces while peacefully demonstrating against the ongoing occupation of the West Bank village of Ni’lin. The wounds he sustained were from a high velocity/long range tear gas canister that was used against him at a distance of around 50-60 meters.dn13/3/2016
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Chief rabbi: It is a commandment to kill a knife-wielding terroristYnetnews--The Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, during his weekly lesson, states that one is commanded by the Torah to kill a terrorist with a knife; IDF chief of staff stated last month that `he doesn`t want a soldier to empty a magazine on a girl with scissors.` dn13/3/2016
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McGraw-Hill destroys textbook to placate pro-Israel bloggersRania Khalek Lobby Watch--The publisher McGraw-Hill Education is destroying all copies of a political science textbook after receiving complaints from hardline supporters of Israel that it features a series of “anti-Israel” maps.dn12/3/2016
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Are Israel`s Arabs losing hope for peace?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Two-thirds of Israeli Arabs surveyed by the Pew Research Center said religion is very important in their lives, compared with just 30% of Jews. Israeli Muslims (68%), Christians (57%) and Druze (49%) all are more likely than Jews to say religion is very important to them, the survey concluded.-rh 9/3/2016
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Backed by the System : Abuse and Torture at the Shikma Interrogation FacilityB`Tselem - Over the past few months, Israeli media have given extensive coverage to the abuse and humiliation Israel Security Agency (ISA) interrogators inflicted on the Jewish detainees in the Duma torching case. Interrogation methods involving pain and suffering are unacceptable, unlawful, and there can be no justification for employing them. Engaged, critical public debate is certainly merited when they come to light. And yet, the abuse, humiliation and torture the ISA inflicts on Palestinian detainees on a daily basis is met by both the media and the public with disregard and indifference.-rh9/3/2016
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Nearly half of Jewish Israelis want to expel Arabs, survey showsMarissa Newman - The Times of Israel - The survey makes no distinction between Palestinian Arabs of the West Bank and citizens of Israel in its question about whether Arabs should be expelled from Israel. And yet, 48% of Jewish Israelis said they were in favor, 46% were opposed, and 6% said they didn’t know.-rh9/3/2016
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Army Kidnaps 6 Palestinians In The West Bank, Seriously Injure A Palestinian In GazaIMEMC News - "Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, several Palestinian communities, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, broke into and searched homes and stores, and kidnapped six Palestinians, including two children. The army also shot, and seriously injured, a Palestinian in central Gaza" [ry] 7/3/2016
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The Month in Pictures: February 2016EI - “At least 17 Palestinians were killed, including seven children, during the month of February and three Israelis were slain as an unprecedented phase of violence in the occupied West Bank that began last October showed no signs of ebbing” [ry] 7/3/2016
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Today in Palestine for March 4, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn6/3/2016
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The Tantura massacre of 1948 and the academic character assassination of Teddy KatzJonathan Ofir-- “All of the men of Tantura [in Israel] were taken to the cemetery of the village, and they put them in lines, and they ordered them to begin digging, and every line that finished digging just was shot and fell down to the holes. Which I guess reminds at least a few of you, something that had to do with Germans, three years after the end of 2nd World War.” —Teddy Katz, lecture, Olean, NY, April 14th 2005. dn6/3/2016
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Al-Haq Under Attack – Staff Member’s Life ThreatenedAl Haq--Since its establishment in 1979, Al-Haq has faced various forms of attack and smear campaigns by the Israeli authorities, ranging from the arbitrary detention of staff members and the imposition of travel bans to having its offices raided, as well as Israeli newspaper articles targeting the organisation and its Director. Those behind the attacks on Al-Haq have also tried to use various forms of pressure to undermine the work of the organisation and convince our partners not to support us. Al-Haq has always taken these attacks in its stride as a natural consequence to its defense of human rights. Al-Haq has chosen international law as its weapon to challenge the injustices perpetrated against the Palestinian people because it truly believes that the pen is mightier than the sword. dn6/3/2016
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Israel`s war on liberal democracyNeve Gordon--A spate of draconic new laws, policies and regulations reinforced by incitement campaigns against the Palestinian citizens of Israel and, increasingly, Jewish liberals is leading very quickly to an inversion of Israel`s colonial project. dn6/3/2016
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41 Palestinian Children Killed by Israeli Forces since October MAAN--All were killed as a “direct result of intensified violence,” DCIP said in a statement, and all but one were killed by Israeli military forces. dn6/3/2016
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FROM OCCUPATION TO ANNEXATION : THE SILENT ADOPTION OF THE LEVY REPORT ON RETROACTIVE AUTHORIZATION OF ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION IN THE WEST BANKYesh Din - A new position paper by "Yesh Din" describes how the Government of Israel (GOI) unofficially adopted the Levy Report and is working towards implementing its recommendations and legal doctrine. The position paper demonstrates how over the past three and a half years the GOI has been gradually absolving itself of its duty to act within international law, and extricating itself from its duty to protect the property of the protected Palestinian population. This is a policy of de-facto annexation, while Israel refrains from officially annexing the West Bank, a step which would require granting Palestinian residents of the West Bank citizenship and equal rights.-rh2/3/2016
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In Israel, racism is the law : Successive Israeli governments since 1948 are responsible for the institutionalised discrimination against PalestiniansBen White - Aljazeera - On January 3, two Palestinians were removed from an Aegean Airlines flight from Athens to Tel Aviv, after Jewish Israelis claimed that they constituted a "security risk". The incident made headlines worldwide. A month later, a Tel Aviv-based cleaning company sparked outrage with a flyer that priced its staff based on ethnicity. The story was also covered around the world.-rh2/3/2016
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Video: Did Israel target Gaza’s ambulances?Charlotte Silver - EI - "In total, 11 ambulance drivers and civil defense workers were killed during Israel’s 51 days of aerial bombing and ground invasion. Twenty-four ambulances and 70 medical facilities were damaged or destroyed. In many cases, ambulances and facilities appear to have been directly targeted despite having provided their coordinates to the Israeli army" [ry] 1/3/2016
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Today in Palestine for March 15, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn27/3/2016
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Top Israeli officials who issued directive to execute Palestinians hang Hebron killer out to dryDan Cohen--Elor Azraya, the soldier who summarily executed Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif as he lay on the street immobile and unarmed yesterday, is suspected of murder. dn27/3/2016
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