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How media blackout on Hebron shooter trial will undermine IDFMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - Azaria’s trial will also have enormous importance in the battle over the country’s values. Furthermore, the judges could decide that there were expedient circumstances behind his decision to shoot and kill a neutralized attacker. But if the court accepts the prosecution’s request and the important testimonies are delivered behind closed doors, the court will be betraying its own role in the process and contribute to further blurring the boundaries between what is moral and what is political.-rh 29/6/2016
Documentary About ‘The Settlers’ Shows Them as Israeli Left Wants To See ThemYitz Landes - Forward - Shimon Dotan’s recent documentary, “The Settlers,” currently attracting a lot of attention in Israel, is painfully beautiful. Dotan’s shots capture both the beauty of the West Bank and the complexity of the geopolitics that are tragically tearing it apart. Along with the fantastic production, Dotan’s skills as an interviewer present the settlers, an often-misunderstood segment of Israeli society, to a wide audience. Yet the film has much more to teach us about the dogma of left-wing Israelis than it does about settlers.-rh 29/6/2016
Turning entire Palestinian villages invisibleUmar al-Ghubari - +972 - Standing on the “Ayalon Valley Lookout,” the villages of Beit Sira, Beit Liqya, Kharbatha, Beit Ur al-Fuka, Beit Ur al-Tahta and Safa are in front of your eyes on the opposite mountain range. They are visible even more clearly than are Modi’in and Shaalabim, which you can see only by craning your neck to the north and to the south. The colonizer fails to see the natives, even though they are right there before him. The sign tells you to look at the view, and to fail to see the Palestinian; to see a purely Jewish landscape. Ignore the rest. Or better yet, make it unseen.-rh29/6/2016
Israel`s water cuts: West Bank `in full crisis mode`Sheren Khalel - AlJazeera - Israel stands accused of using `water as a weapon` as some West Bank homes have gone without water for a week [ry] 27/6/2016
Today in Palestine for June 24, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn26/6/2016
Erdogan to Betray Gaza for Israeli OilRichard Silverstein--Israeli and world media have featured screaming headlines over the past few days that Turkey and Israel are about to resume diplomatic relations broken off after Israeli naval commandos murdered 10 Turkish citizens on the Mavi Marmara in 2010 (including one U.S. citizen). The freeze between the two countries cut off Israeli trade and military coöperation with one of the largest and most influential Muslim nations in the region. Prior to the massacre, Turkey and Israel’s militaries conducted joint military exercises, intelligence agencies freely shared information, and bilateral trade flourished. dn26/6/2016
Exclusive // The Multimillion Dollar Panama Channel to West Bank Settlements Chaim Levinson, Uri Blau--The Amana movement that carries out settlement construction in the West Bank has been receiving tens of millions from a mystery company in the Central American tax haven, via a nonprofit that was also controlled by the movement. A Haaretz investigation as part of the Settlement Dollars Project. dn26/6/2016
Abbas retracts accusation of well-poisoning JewsElior Levy--The Palestinian president has retracted the accusation that he made before the European Parliament that rabbis in Israel had called for poisoning Palestinian wells ad emphasized his deep respect for Judaism. dn26/6/2016
Smugglers in West Bank Open Door to Jobs in Israel, and ViolenceJAMES GLANZ and RAMI NAZZAL--DAHIYAT AL BARID, West Bank — At 4:15 a.m. on a dead-end street, a 33-year-old Palestinian man came running from the shadows between buildings with a rickety wooden ladder. He slapped it against the hulking concrete wall and climbed up, hoisting himself the last six feet because the ladder was too short.dn25/6/2016
PCHR Weekly report 16-22 June 2016PCHR--• Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt - A Palestinian child was killed while another civilian succumbed to his wounds in the West Bank. - 6 civilians were wounded, including 3 children, in the West Bank. - A civilian was wounded when he played with a suspicious object from the Israeli forces` remnants, east of al-Zaytoun neighbourhood.dn 25/6/2016
The UN’s damning report on Israel and torture: The desperate case of Palestinian youth in the occupied territory David Palumbo-Liu - Salon - What emerges is a deeply troubling picture of the situation of Palestinian youths and children living in the occupied territories. Despite Israel’s adoption of the amendment on youth mention above, it would appear that those protections would not apply to Palestinians living in the occupied territories. We have only to think of the attacks on Gaza and the arrests and killing of Palestinian youths on the West Bank to see a dangerous form of immunity protecting Israel from being held responsible. We therefore have a formula for the perpetuation of violence and death, as more and more children and young people, already living at the heart of despair, are being pushed to react and then met with even greater violence and abuse.-rh22/6/2016
PM: Israel`s suspension of West Bank water supplies `inhumane and outrageous`Ma`an News Agency - The Palestinian Prime Minister’s office on Thursday slammed Israel’s decision to cut off water supplies for tens of thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank this week as “inhumane and outrageous.” Rami Hamdallah issued a statement in response to the move by Israel’s national water company Mekorot, which saw water supplies suspended in the municipality of Jenin, several villages in Nablus, as well as the city of Salfit and its surrounding villages. “Israel wants to prevent Palestinians from leading a dignified life and uses its control over our water resources to this end; while illegal Israeli settlements enjoy uninterrupted water service,” Hamdallah said. “Palestinians are forced to spend great sums of money to buy water that is theirs in the first place.”-rh22/6/2016
Israeli defense minister moves to muzzle Palestinian voices for peaceShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - On June 15, Liberman ordered the revocation of Madani’s entry permit into Israel on the grounds that he had promoted subversion in Israel, attempted to intervene in its internal affairs and had even tried to establish a political party. The revocation of Madani’s entry permit means the muzzling of the committee that was created at the instruction of Abbas to establish a dialogue with Israeli society and convey the message that the Palestinian Authority seeks peace and does not engage in incitement and warmongering, as the Netanyahu government depicts it.-rh 22/6/2016
Israeli army commander testifies soldier had no justification for shooting al-SharifMa`an News agency - The company commander of Azaria, Maj. Tom Naaman, recounted to the court the chilling moments after the execution-style killing that took place in Hebron’s Old City on March 24, for which Azaria is now on trial for manslaughter. "I approached him and asked, `Why did you do it?`,” Naaman said during his testimony. “He answered me, `This terrorist was alive, and he needs to die.`" "I was angry at him for doing this. Essentially a shooting had been conducted at the scene that I was in charge of, without my permission," Naaman added.-rh22/6/2016
An Israeli-Palestinian confederation? Not so fastYuval Eylon - +972 - The latest hit in the peace plan business comes from “Two States One Homeland,” an initiative that eschews both the two-state solution and the one-state solution, instead envisioning a confederation between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Founder Meron Rapoport fleshed out the movement’s core principles at the movement’s conference a few weeks ago: “We believe that the central aspect that was missed here over the past 22 years is the fact that the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is one country, while at the same time belongs to two peoples. Jews and Arabs are interwoven in every part of this land. The two nations have a deep connection to all parts of this land: Jews feel a connection not only to Ramat Hasharon but to Hebron, and Palestinians are connected to Jaffa and Haifa no less than to Ramallah. Dividing the land goes against these very emotions.”-rh 22/6/2016
Today in Palestine for June 17, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn19/6/2016
European Parliament Faction Heads to Rivlin: NGO Funding Bill Could Hurt Israel-EU Ties Haaretz--Ahead of Europe visit, president receives letter from five European leaders expressing `concerns about the mounting pressure and recent attacks against civil society organization in Israel.`dn19/6/2016
Rabbi Crosses Communal Line to Work with Controversial Muslim GroupJosefin Dolsten--Prominent rabbi Marc Schneier has started working with a Muslim advocacy group that has been off-limits to major Jewish groups due to its alleged ties to Hamas and anti-Israel views. dn19/6/2016
French pro-Israel group threatens to `scalp` thousands of BDS activists972Magazine--The ‘Brigade Juive’ claims to have sent the threatening email to 8,000 activists worldwide, lamenting that since French law doesn’t do enough against boycott supporters it must take matters into its own hands.dn18/6/2016
PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (09 – 15 June 2016)Human rights, News Report, Palestine IMEMC News & Agencies "Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories continued during the reporting period (09 – 15 June 2016)." ca17/6/2016
Knesset extends `racist` emergency provision on Family Unification Law for 13th yearMa`an News - The `emergency` provision to Israel’s Family Reunification Law, which grants automatic legal status to non-Israelis who marry Israeli citizens or residents, was first enacted in 2002 during the political upheavals of the Second Intifada, and was adopted into Israeli law in 2003. The law prevents the granting of Israeli citizenship or residency permits to Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens or residents, including prohibiting Israeli citizens or residents from passing on their legal status to their children if married to someone from the occupied Palestinian territory.-rh 15/6/2016
UN: 2015 was most violent year in West Bank, Israel in the last decadeTovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - Settler violence against Palestinians has declined, the UN report stated, noting that there were 305 such attacks in 2013, which dropped to 217 in 2014 and then declined again to 130 in 2015 [ry] 13/6/2016
Reality check: Almost fifty years of occupationB`Tselem - “In 1967, all Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories had the same status. Since then, Israel has annexed thousands of hectares, declared the Gaza Strip a ‘hostile entity’, and signed the Oslo Accords, which divided the West Bank into dozens of disconnected enclaves. These areas, all under Israeli control, now function as discrete units that differ based on how Israel defines them, what it plans for them, and the status of their residents” [ry] 13/6/2016
Today in Palestine for June 10, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn12/6/2016
Israel removes key sites from Jerusalem`s Old City MapNigel Wilson--The Israeli tourism ministry`s official Old City map erases important Muslim and Christian holy sites and entire neighbourhoods around the historic basin [Harvey Meston/Getty Images]The Israeli tourism ministry`s official Old City map erases important Muslim and Christian holy sites and entire neighbourhoods around the historic basin [Harvey Meston/Getty Images]dn12/6/2016
Gaza attempts to deal with beggarsRasha Abou Jalal--GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On May 24, the director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs of the General Investigation Department of the Palestinian police in the Gaza Strip, Imad Harb, announced in a press statement to Safa Press Agency the arrest of 72 beggars, including 42 children in the streets of Gaza. The arrests were part of the campaign launched May 8 by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Gaza in cooperation with the Palestinian police and the Ministry of Culture to fight begging and arrest beggars in Gaza’s streets. dn12/6/2016
Israel sets 3 day closure on West Bank ahead of ShavuotAssociated Press, Ynetnews & Reuters--The holiday celebrations, in conjunction with the deadly terror attack at Tel Aviv`s Sarona Market on Wednesday, have contributed to a tense atmosphere, causing Israeli authorities to impose the strict measure on Palestinian travel. dn11/6/2016
Nearly 70 years on, disappearance of 1,000 children in Israel remains a mysteryEhud Ein-Gil--Twenty years ago, Haaretz ran a series of reports about the disappearance hundreds of Mizrahi infants, most from Yemenite families, during Israel’s early years. Were they kidnapped and put up for adoption? Had they died and been buried without their parents’ knowledge? Or is there a third possibility? dn11/6/2016
The war of succession brewing in PalestineMenachem Klein - +972 - The struggle over Abbas’ succession signals a generational change among the Palestinian leadership. The old guard, those who established Fatah and the PLO, the refugees of 1948 whose families were dispersed across the Arab world and spent many years in the diaspora, will be replaced by young people who have spent the majority of their lives in Palestine, where the majority of their families live. They acquired the majority of their experience and public status in the intifadas or in Israeli prison. This is precisely how the new generation is different from the old guard, whose status was built on the legacy of armed struggle. Abbas’ generation used this status to convince the public of the necessity of going the political route. The failure of this approach has only hastened the rise of the generation of the “children of the land.”-rh8/6/2016
Soldiers gather children in Hebron neighborhood, photograph them and release themB`Tselem - "On Tuesday, 24 May 2016, at around 7:30 P.M., several dozen soldiers came to the Jaber neighborhood in Hebron. [...] Testimonies given to B’Tselem [...] indicate that the soldiers passed through the neighborhood, gathering, seemingly at random, some twenty children and teens from the streets. The soldiers had them stand against a wall and began questioning them about an incident that occurred in the area earlier that day, in which stones were thrown at an Israeli bus. They then took a photo of every child and teen using a mobile phone and released them. B’Tselem obtained the details of fourteen of these minors, seven of whom are under the age of twelve – the cutoff age for criminal liability" [ry] 6/6/2016
The Month in Pictures: May 2016The Electronic Intifada [ry] 6/6/2016
Nine Palestinians shot and woundedAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Over the weekend, Israeli forces opened fire at demonstrating Palestinians, wounding nine, and escorted settlers into Area A in the West Bank [ry]6/6/2016
Report slams Israel`s `squandering` of aid to PalestineBelal Aldabbour - AlJazeera - The Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor releases a report documenting Israel`s destruction of EU-funded projects in Palestine [ry] 6/6/2016
Today in Palestine for June 3, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on the current situation in the oPt.5/6/2016
`Peace` Is the Buzzword in the New Strategy for Fighting BDS on Campus Taly Krupkin--NEW YORK — On Tuesday morning, 1,500 American students, representatives of Jewish organizations, as well as elderly Jews who live in New York, gathered in the historic United Nations General Assembly hall. They were attending the largest-ever event devoted to the fight against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The Israeli Mission to the United Nations has marketed the conference in recent weeks as a student event, and although only half of those present were members of the target audience, all the speakers addressed the American Jewish students, dubbed “Israel’s Iron Dome,” according to Danny Danon, Israel’s UN ambassador. dn5/6/2016
May OverviewOCHA--Protection of Civilians Weekly Report--dn 5/6/2016
Israeli Lawmakers Lead Smear Campaign Under Guise of `Transparency` Haaretz Editorial--Bill that seeks to `out` foreign-funded NGOs is a stellar example of falsehood and disingenuousness. dn5/6/2016
Wiping Palestinian history off the map in JaffaNatasha Roth--A tourist map of Jaffa presents a reimagined, Zionist version of the city: Jaffa 2.0 is a boutique neighborhood of Tel Aviv, with a smattering of ‘local’ (read: native) color. But the map itself simply represents a much broader process of destruction and reconstruction. dn5/6/2016
Rafah Crossing to open for fourth day this weekYnetnews--Egypt opened the Rafah crossing for three days this week and announced that it will remain open on Sunday, as well. Egypt has opened the crossing only a handful of times since the overthrow of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, leaving many Gazans unable to travel outside the small coastal enclave. dn5/6/2016
78% of Israelis support unilateral annexation of Ma’ale Adumim, poll findsKate-- JPost 31 May by Lahav Harkov — Right-wing MKs draft bill to apply sovereignty in West Bank city the day after PM expresses support for Saudi peace plan; Gush Etzion calls to be included in annexation effort. The Knesset Land of Israel caucus called on Tuesday to annex Ma’aleh Adumim, citing a poll showing nearly 78 percent of Israelis agree to it, a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he is ready to negotiate based on the Arab Peace Initiative. The controversial Arab Peace Initiative – long rejected by Jerusalem and also known as the Saudi Initiative – calls for normalizing relations between Arab countries and Israel, in exchange for a complete withdrawal by Israel to pre-1967 lines, which Ma’aleh Adumim is beyond. Most calls for a two-state solution on pre-1967 lines with land swaps put Ma’aleh Adumim on the Israeli side of the proposed border. dn5/6/2016
List of Non-profits That Would Be Affected by Proposed NGO Bill Revealed Jonathan Lis--Twenty-five of the 27 groups that would be impacted by the law, which requires them to disclose that a majority of their funding is from foreign governments, are organizations whose agenda is either left-wing or deals with human rights or social justice...The bill, which is sponsored by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), would also require representatives of the groups affected by the law to wear identifying tags at the Knesset. dn4/6/2016
`We became subcontractors to the occupation`: B`Tselem ends work with Israeli armyMa`an News - “B’Tselem has gradually come to the realization that the way in which the military law enforcement system functions precludes it from the very outset from achieving justice for the victims. Nonetheless, the very fact that the system exists serves to convey a semblance of law enforcement and justice,” the report stated.-rh1/6/2016
Could Sins of Sara Netanyahu Force Bibi’s Downfall (He Wouldn’t Be the First)?Anshel Pfeffer - Forward - Twenty years to the day Benjamin Netanyahu won his first election, scraping past Shimon Peres by less than 30,000 votes, he received an anniversary gift: the police recommendation to press charges against his wife for misuse of public funds for the upkeep of their private residence in Caesarea. Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, Netayahu’s former cabinet secretary and personal choice for his current job, now has to rule on two cases of allegations against the Netanyahus’ personal finances.-rh 1/6/2016
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