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Fascism Par Excellence!! Sami The-Bedouin - The Arab Daily News - "The new zio-fascist trend is not limited to the occupied territories in the West-Bank and Gaza, but it is also carried out against all the Palestinians including those living in and under the Israeli law where there are over 60 discriminatory laws that are applied on them as a “second class” citizens." - id 1/6/2016
EU Warns Israel: Policy of Demolishing Palestinian Homes in Area C Will Harm RelationsBarak Ravid - Haaretz - "Public opinion in Europe is opposed to home demolition and forced evacuation of populations," he said. [bz]31/5/2016
Beersheba University rejects political pressure by British donorLidar Garve-Lazi - Jerusalem Post - British businessman Michael Gross, a longstanding member of the Beersheba university’s board of governors, decided to withhold a $1 million donation - due to his objection to the university holding an academic conference on "“Whistle-blowing throughout the ages". Among other featured speakers are Yuli Novak of the "Breaking The Silence" movement which came under fire for its publication of soldiers` testimonies from the Occupied Territories. In response the university informed Mr. Gross that the conference will take place as scheduled, since "The role of academia is to research and study past and current trends, and on the basis of that research to promote a critical discourse that asks questions and deepens our knowledge about historical, cultural and scientific issues". Further, the university returned to Gross a 100,000 donation he already made and told him he is free to resign from its board of governors. [ak] 31/5/2016
Netanyahu says willing to discuss Arab initiative for peace with PalestiniansReuters - Ynet - Netanyahu`s comments were a formal response to a speech last week by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who promised Israel warmer ties if it accepted efforts to resume peace talks. [bz]31/5/2016
Israeli court demands cancelling citizenship of Haifa PalestinianPNN - "If he was a Jew, the Interior Ministry would not suggest the cancellation of his citizenship." [Alaa Zeyoud was found guilty of an October 11 car-ramming attack-bz] 31/5/2016
200 former senior security officials present plan to end impasseAssociated Press - Ynet - IDF generals and Mossad, Shin Bet, and police equivalents call for freeze on settlement building, acceptance of the Arab Peace Initiative, and recognition that East Jerusalem should be a part of a future Palestinian state; the former security officials also urge the completion of the security fence in such a way that does not undermine the two-state solution. [bz]28/5/2016
Why is Egypt calling on Israel to release Marwan al-Barghouti?Ahmed Fouad - Al Monitor/Egypt Pulse - The fact that the Egyptian announcement that Cairo sought to see Barghouti released coincided with his wife’s statement that he intended to run for the presidency perhaps indicates his candidacy has Egypt’s blessing, given “[Barghouti’s] … wide-ranging popularity as well as his ability to convince Palestinian organizations to work with him," according to statements to Al-Monitor from a former official at the Egyptian Embassy in Ramallah. [bz]28/5/2016
The secret Arab plan to oust Palestinian leader Abbas Middle East Eye - The UAE has already held talks with Israel about the strategy to install Dahlan, and the three parties will inform Saudi Arabia once they reach an agreement on its final shape. Not keen to present himself as a candidate for the presidency “at this stage,” Dahlan is said by these sources to be seeking the post of parliamentary speaker, a position from which he believes he can control the presidency. Dahlan wants former Palestinian foreign minister Nasser al-Qudwa for the post of president, although the Israelis prefer Ahmed Qurei (Abu Alaa). Dahlan claims to be able to influence both. [bz]28/5/2016
Israeli authorities transfer political prisoner Marwan Barghouti to undisclosed locationMa`an News Agency - "Barghouti, a member of Fatah’s central committee, was transferred to Israel’s Ramon prison five days before the most recent transfer to an undisclosed location, according to a statement by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners` Affairs...He has remained politically active from behind bars, including assisting in the drafting of the Mecca agreement in 2007, which paved the way for a unity government aimed at ending internal political conflict in the besieged Gaza Strip." ca 27/5/2016
Palestinian businesses report strong growth in past year Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Arab Palestinian Shopping Centers recently launched its new Bravo supermarket in Nablus, the largest in Palestine, at a total investment of USD8 million. Total retail area is 3800 square meters and employs more than 100 people." - id25/5/2016
Retracing Jaffa’s erased Palestinian historySilvia Boarini - The Electronic Intifada - "Zochrot’s Houses Beyond the Hyphen initiative takes up Jaffa, the historical Palestinian city currently obscured by the Tel Aviv-Yafo hyphen, as the site of a series of video installations in private homes and walking tours that uncover what has been happening there since 1948. " - id25/5/2016
`This time, Netanyahu will not escape the international community” Raoul Wootliff - Times of Israel - In his meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, PM Netanyahu reiterated his opposition to the international peace conference promoted by France, and offered instead to hold in Paris a bilateral meeting between himself and Palestinian President Abbas. In his own meeting with Valls, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah dismissed Netanyahu`s proposal out of hand: "“Time is short. Netanyahu is trying to buy time… but this time he will not escape the international community.” “Time is short,” Hamdallah said. “[Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is trying to buy time… but this time he will not escape the international community.” [ak]24/5/2016
EPA photographer refuses strip-search demand, departs PM`s officeItamar Eichner/Becky Azran - AFP/Y-net - Atef Safadi, a Druze journalist with the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), was asked by guards at the PM`s office in Jerusalem to pull down his trousers as a condition for being admitted to Netanyahu`s meeting with French PM Valls. He regarded the demand as humiliating. As a result of his departure, there were no photos of the event for the foreign media. The Foreign Press Association refused to accept photos offered by the Israeli governmental Press Bureau. [ak]24/5/2016
As Hamas Tunnels Back Into Israel, Palestinians Are Afraid, TooDIAA HADID and MAJD AL WAHEIDI - New York Times - A neighbor who is 29 and goes by the name Abu Mohammad, said that the danger of nearby tunnels made him reluctant to rebuild. “I give it 99.5 percent that our house will be destroyed again,” he said. “I go crazy thinking about it.” Instead, Abu Mohammad said he was trying to sell his plot of land on the fringe of Beit Hanoun and move to the relatively safer confines inside town. But the only offer he has gotten was for the equivalent of $140 a square meter — less than half the $310 he paid in 2013. [bz]24/5/2016
Arab Worker Freed to House Arrest Hours After Barbaric Police Beating in Tel Aviv Almog Ben Zikri and Yaniv Kubovich - Haaretz -  Abu Alqian complained that the police prevented him from receiving medical care for hours after the incident, and did not allow him to speak with his parents. Maysam’s father, Ahmad Abu Alqian, told Haaretz that he arrived at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv Sunday night at around 10:30 P.M. to visit his son, but police officers kept him from seeing him. A doctor from the Clalit health maintenance organization who examined Abu Alqian said a preliminary examination showed that he apparently suffered no irreversible injury to his eye, but added that further tests in the hospital are still necessary. [bz] 23/5/2016
Border Police assault Arab worker in central Tel AvivMairav Zonszein - +972 - An employee of Yuda Market, a mini-market, went out to dispose of some garbage, when he was approached by a plainclothes officer who, without identifying himself, demanded to see the man’s identity card. When the employee said his I.D. card was inside the store and asked the Border Police officer to identify himself, he and a friend began beating him. More officers and other citizens quickly joined in. [bz]23/5/2016
Leaders of Belgium`s parliament nominate Marwan Barghouti for Nobel Peace PrizeMa`an News Agency - "Peace requires the freedom of Marwan Barghouti and all of the political prisoners, and more generally the freedom of the Palestinian people living for decades under occupation,” the nomination letter sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated. “By granting the Nobel Peace Prize to someone who embodies the Palestinian people`s struggle for freedom, but also their aspiration to achieve peace, a leader who can unite Palestinians around a political project that clearly includes a two-state solution on 1967 borders, more threatened than ever by colonization and the absence of a political horizon, the Committee for the Nobel Prize would be helping to resurrect the indispensable hope of creating a way out of the current [political] impasse.” ca20/5/2016
68 Years of the Palestinian Ongoing NakbaSami The-Bedouin - The Arab Daily News - "The irony is that while Palestinian commemorating the 68th anniversary of their Catastrophe, the Palestinian exodus, Israelis celebrate what they call “independence day”." - id 18/5/2016
Ethnic cleansing is an everyday realityYara Hawari - The Electronic Intifada - "For millions of Palestinians, the Nakba is not an event that belongs to the past. It is an everyday reality." - id 18/5/2016
French Foreign Minister: We don`t expect Netanyahu to come to the meeting, he wasn`t invitedY-net - Netanayhau reiterated to the visiting French Minister his well-known position - i.e. that the sole acceptable way to proceed is "direct negotiations without preconditions"; other ways such as the international conference promoted by France are to be rejected out of hand. Foreign Minister Ayrault clearly anticipated that such would be Netanyahu`s reaction: "I explained to Netanyahu what our plan means. I will not ask him to come to the planned meeting, he wasn`t invited, he will only be expected at a later date." ak 17/5/2016
While the Nakba Law threatens publicly-funded institutions, there are signs of optimism at the grassroots level.Ben White - al Jazeera - This year marked the first time that the March of Return took place in the Negev/Naqab, a decision heavy with political significance. The specific village where it occurred, Wadi Zubala, was destroyed in 1948 and its land given to kibbutzim. Its residents were ultimately forcibly displaced by the Israeli military to Umm al-Hiran - a village that is now also under threat, with the state planning to destroy it and establish a Jewish community in its place. The "nucleus" of future residents for the new town comes from Eli, a West Bank settlement. According to an Israeli government website, the goal of their relocation is to "build a faithful community dedicated to …contributing meaningfully to the demographic balance, out of a Zionist vision of settlement". [bz] 17/5/2016
French FM meets with Netanyahu, Abbas over peace initiativeMa’an - "If we do not want the Islamic State’s ideas to prosper in this region, something must be done” said French Foreign Minister Ayrault. Unlike Ayrault`s tense meeting with Netanyahu, his meeting with Abbas in Ramallah was cordial. Abbas spokesperson Nabil Abu Rdeina said that Arab and French efforts were heading quickly "in the right direction" to attempt to stop the instability and deteriorating situation in Palestine and the region. The Palestinian Authority is hopeful of the French initiative, enough so to have a few weeks ago shelved its own plan of submitting an anti-settlement resolution in the Security Council when told this might sabotage th French efforts. ak 17/5/2016
Bill Clinton defends his and Hillary’s Israel record, spars with heckler over GazaEric Cortellessa - Times of Israel - “That’s [secretary Clinton’s] position,” he added. “Not to agree with the Israeli government on everything, not to pretend that innocents don’t die, not to pretend that more Palestinian children don’t die than Israeli children. But that we can’t get anything done unless [the Israelis] believe, when the chips are down, if somebody comes for them we will not let them be wiped out and become part of the dustbin of history.” [bz]14/5/2016
Gaza`s first food truck brings out the hungry and curious Asmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - "With the help of the women in their family, which consists of 14 members living in one house, every night Mahmoud and Moath prepare 9 kilograms of marinated chicken that they will fry en route to each of their destinations the following day." - id for ca 12/5/2016
Israel Independence Day Evokes Nazi-Era SloganRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "A live TV broadcast featured a flag-bearing color guard which formed the configuration of Hebrew words reading: “One people. One nation.” In the Israeli context, this is Palestine denialism." - id for ca 12/5/2016
13-Year-Old Terrorist Ahmad Manasra Convicted of Attempted Murder Michael Bachner - Tazpit - "Manasra committed the attack in October 2015 with his 15-year-old cousin Hasan, who was subsequently killed by police forces. The two stabbed and critically wounded 13-year-old Naor Shalev, as well as a 21-year-old man." - id 11/5/2016
Gag orders in Israel have tripled over last 15 years Haggai Matar - +972 - "According to the figures revealed by Landau, 231 requests were submitted in 2015, as opposed to 186 in 2011 (more than a 20-percent increase)." - id 11/5/2016
Israel brings fresh charges against nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu Agence France-Presse - The Guardian - According to the charge sheet, Vanunu in 2013 met two US nationals in Jerusalem without having permission to do so. He is also accused of moving to a different flat in his apartment building in 2014 and failing to inform police. And in 2015, he granted an interview to Channel 2 television, in which he relayed to the interviewer “classified information (,,,)" says the indictment. In the interview, Vanunu said he no longer had any secrets to spill and just wanted to join his new bride in Norway, theology professor Kristin Joachimsen whom he married at a Lutheran church in Jerusalem in May that year. He cannot as he has been barred from emigrating on the grounds that he still poses a threat to national security. [bz] 10/5/2016
The deeper meaning of IDF general`s Holocaust comparisonDahlia Scheindlin = +972 = "I am not waiting for all Israelis to embrace liberal, universalist and humanist values that I seek as a guide for my life, because who knows if I’m right? But perhaps we can acknowledge we’ve gone too far in the other direction." - id6/5/2016
Killing the Count Al Jazeera - "Bernadotte negotiated the release of more than 30,000 prisoners, one third of them Jews, from German concentration camps, in an extraordinary humanitarian effort which would come to be known as the `White Buses campaign`...three years later, as the United Nation`s first mediator in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and his assassination four months later in September 1948 by Zionist extremists during an official visit to Jerusalem." ca4/5/2016
Statement on “Labour’s problem with antisemitism”Statement published by the UK-based "Jewish Socialists" - Criticism of Israeli government policy and Israeli state actions against the Palestinians is not antisemitism. Those who conflate criticism of Israeli policy with antisemitism, whether they are supporters or opponents of Israeli policy, are actually helping the antisemites. We reject any attempt, from whichever quarter, to place legitimate criticism of Israeli policy out of bounds. [bz]3/5/2016
Israel appropriates Jerusalem`s Mamilla PoolLenny Thomas - AIC - Israel`s development of Jerusalem`s Mamilla Pool is a cynical appropriation of Palestinian culture to normalize the annexation of East Jerusalem [ry] 2/5/2016
What the Left can learn about anti-Semitism from Ken LivingstoneGilad Halpern - +972 - Why would the senior Labour member allow himself to be dragged into a debate about the Holocaust while his party is bending over backwards to fend off accusations that it is teeming with anti-Semites? [ry] 2/5/2016
Deadly Israeli euphemismsAsa Winstanley - MEMO - "There is a concerted campaign going on in the UK, in France, in the US and in the entire western world to suppress any form of criticism of Israel – especially the movement to boycott Israel. It takes many forms.A prime example is the current witch hunt in the British Labour Party against “anti-Semites” – a grave charge indeed. But in reality, the people being purged are those expressing support for Palestinian human rights" [ry]2/5/2016
Did the Arabs Betray Palestine? – A Schism between the Ruling Classes and the Wider SocietyRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “Arabs can be unelected governments as much as they can be a kindly old woman earning two dollars a day in some dirty Cairo hotel. Arabs are emboldened elites who care only about their own privilege and wealth while neither Palestine nor their own nations matter, but also multitudes of peoples, diverse, unique, empowered, oppressed, who happen at this point in history to be consumed with their own survival and fight for freedom. The latter ‘Arabs’ never betrayed Palestine; they willingly fought and died for it when they had the chance” [ry] 2/5/2016
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