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Hamas debates direct talks with IsraelAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - "Ahmad Youssef, a former representative of Hamas’ Foreign Ministry who is close to Abu Marzouk, said that these statements will be seen in a good light by the international community. They highlight Hamas’ maturity and its understanding of political realities." - id 17/9/2014
Gaza war to reverse years of growth in Palestinian economy - World BankReuters - Trust - ""The conflict and humanitarian tragedy in Gaza has made an already struggling Palestinian economy worse and put further stress on the fiscal situation of the Palestinian Authority (PA)."" - id 17/9/2014
Israeli air force chief: We may have to send planes to Iran tomorrow Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel - Stressing the need for additional defense spending, Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel gives an insight into his preoccupations [ry]15/9/2014
Netanyahu: Israeli Economy Saved by Deficit Spending on WarJason Ditz - AntiWar - Hawks Push for Massive Increases in Military Spending [ry]15/9/2014
Analysis: PA `balking` at war crimes probeDalia Hatuqa - Al Jazeera - ""If the court tries to open an inquiry, the Israelis can claim they have jurisdiction [to do it themselves] because the ICC`s jurisdiction is complementary," he explained. "The ICC is legally bound to allow an Israeli [probe] to continue."" - id 14/9/2014
Banking chaos in Gaza amid unity govt employee confusionDr. Shlomo Swirski and Attorney Noga Dagan-Buzaglo - Haokets "Poverty in Israel is not the result of low social security transfers, it’s the result of low income. And the truth of the matter is that the issue of poverty is not high on the Israeli government’s list of priorities." ca12/9/2014
Syrian women find independence in embroideryFlorence Massena - Al Monitor "Of the nearly 3 million Syrian refugees currently sheltered in Lebanon, 52.3% are women, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Coming alone or with their families, they are often subject to violence, but some have been able to find help from the many nongovernmental organizations in the country. One of them, Basmeh wa Zeitooneh, helps Syrians find stability and dignity in sewing and embroidery." ca 12/9/2014
Let Israel`s Arabs and their language beYaron London - Ynet - "The bill ... calls for the annulment of the Arabic language`s legal status as one of the two official languages in Israel." - id 10/9/2014
Good Lorde! Now we`re fighting New Zealand!Yuval Ben-Ami - +972 - "In the world of Israel’s ‘anti-diplomacy,’ anything is possible — including the extremely improbable." - id 10/9/2014
Egypt, PA deny report that Sisi offered Abbas land in Sinai for Palestinian state Khaled Abu Toameh & Lahav Harkov - Jpost - The Palestinian official accused the Israeli media of publishing “fabricated stories”, noting that this was an old idea that had been proposed by former Israeli national security adviser Giora Eiland. Also a spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that the report was “completely baseless and untrue.” Israeli politicians, meanwhile, responded enthusiastically to the report. [bz]9/9/2014
PA will not pay Hamas wages in Gaza but may provide financial assistance Ma`an - Palestinian Authority Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa said Sunday "We want to avoid any legal confrontation with the United States whose law prohibits channeling money to Hamas because it`s blacklisted as a terrorist organization according to American law." But though the PA will not pay the salaries of Hamas civil servants in Gaza, it may provide financial assistance through UN channnels. [bz] 9/9/2014
Arab states back new UN appeal by PalestiniansAssociated Press - Ynet - Gamal Abdal Gawad Sultan, a political science professor at the American University of Cairo, said Arab governments are reminding Washington and the international community of the urgency of the Palestinian issue. Arab governments "are hoping to throw a rock in the water," he said. "Going to the Security council will force ... the international community, to do something." [bz]9/9/2014
Leading Israeli human rights group stops cooperating with IDFSamer Badawi - +972 - In a move that could strengthen the case for international investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes, B’Tselem says it will no longer share its current Gaza case files with the country’s Military Advocate General. Human rights watchdog declares that Israel is unable and unwilling to investigate alleged war crimes committed by its own soldiers [ry]8/9/2014
Report: Hamas’ Meshal agrees for Palestinian state based on 1967 bordersJack Khoury - Haaretz - Throughout the meeting, Meshal demanded details from Abbas on his plans regarding any negotiations with Israel. “Don’t come to me only with updates and results, I want Hamas to be partners in the process of policy formation,” Meshal reportedly said. Abbas answered that there are few details to provide, since, in his eyes, things were straightforward: the only solution is the Israeli recognition of an outline for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders [bz]6/9/2014
MADA condemns `assassination` attempt of critical Palestinian MPMa`an News Agency - "A media watchdog on Thursday condemned what it called an "assassination attempt" in the West Bank earlier in the day against a Palestinian member of parliament known to be a government critic, calling it a "serious violation of freedom of expression." ca 5/9/2014
Petition: Deny Nomination of PM Harper for Nobel Peace PrizeGeorge Rishmawi - IMEMC "The petition -- launched by Edward Tanas, a GIS Specialist from Calgary, Canada, demanding the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Norway to “Deny Nomination of PM Harper for Nobel Peace Prize” -- was initiated after B`nai Brith Canada announced that it would nominate Harper for the prestigious prize, according to his "outstanding moral leadership"." ca 5/9/2014
End of Gaza war doesn`t translate into peace.Jeffrey Heller - Yahoo News - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s bickering governing coalition and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, are on a collision course over threatened Palestinian unilateral moves toward statehood and exploration of war crimes prosecution against Israel in the absence of direct talks." - id 3/9/2014
Palestinian Leaders Seek Actions in Security Council and CourtSOMINI SENGUPTA and RICK GLADSTONESEPT - NYT - "Ever since Palestine won upgraded status at the United Nations in late 2012, over Israeli and American opposition, its government has threatened to join the international court as a way to prosecute Israeli actions in the occupied territories. " - id3/9/2014
Netanyahu hints he will agree to convene regional peace conference, Lapid says Gil Hoffman - Jpost - “We cannot and will not let this cease-fire be a countdown to the next round of fighting,” Finance Minister Yair Lapid said at a press conference organized by the Government Press Office. “If we don`t take diplomatic initiative, this is exactly what will happen. At that conference the countries of the world will commit aid to rebuild and rehabilitate Gaza. Israel must act before the conference or Gaza will get support and Israel will get nothing.” [bz]1/9/2014
Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Palestinians agree to halt weeks of fightingHarriet Sherwood and Hazem Balousha - GGuardian - "The Gaza conflict began on 8 July following weeks of tension after the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, and the subsequent revenge killing of a Palestinian youth. Israel responded with a wave of arrests of Hamas members, which triggered intensified rocket fire from Gaza." - id 27/8/2014
Ceasefire: Israel, Hamas reach open-ended deal to end fighting Edo Konrad - +972 - " Thousands of Palestinians poured into the streets of Gaza Tuesday night, as well as in refugee camps in southern Lebanon, to celebrate what they viewed as a victory for Hamas. Israeli officials claimed their own victory, saying that the military dealt a strong blow to Hamas, killed several of its military leaders and destroyed the organizations’s underground tunnels."- id 27/8/2014
Anti-Israel Professor Returns to Trinity College — Will Controversy Come Back Too?Nathan Guttman - The Jewish Daily Forward - Activists and Jewish communal leaders look forward with fear that recent events in Gaza will make life on campus much more difficult than during the Prashad debate four years ago. [bz]26/8/2014
UNRWA criticizes false Israeli claim that shelter used to fire mortarMa`an - The UN`s Palestine refugee agency UNRWA on Saturday criticized the Israeli military for publishing allegations -- that have since been retracted -- that Hamas militants fired a rocket from one of their schools in Gaza the day before. In a statement, the organization called upon "Israeli military spokespersons and other official sources to ensure the accuracy of their facts before going public." [bz]26/8/2014
Abbas turns to international community with deadline for IsraelAP - Ynet - In a meeting in Qatar over the weekend, Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashal agreed to set a timetable for "the end of the Israeli occupation" and the removal of the Gaza blockade. The Qatari news agency reported the two also agreed to work to achieve a UN resolution that would bring to the establishment of a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. [bz]26/8/2014
Palestinians say ceasefire near, still waiting for Israeli response Roi Kais, Attila Somfalvi - Ynet - Palestinian and Israeli officials have confirmed Monday night that a renewed Egyptian ceasefire proposal is being discussed and that the Palestinian factions are still waiting for Israel`s response, for what some claim will be a limited ceasefire deal spanning up to a month, after which additional talks will take place. The deal was put forward by Egypt and would see an end to fighting in return for an opening of the crossings into Gaza and reconstruction of the Strip, devastated by over seven weeks of fighting with Israel. [bz]26/8/2014
Israel and Hamas blame each other as rockets and air strikes end Gaza truceHarriet Sherwood & Patrick Kingsley - Guardian - "Israel accused Hamas of violating the latest of a series of temporary ceasefires after rockets were launched from Gaza, triggering a swift military and political response. More than 25 airstrikes hit Gaza in response to rocket fire, killing a woman and a two-year-old girl, and wounding at least 15 others in Gaza City. Two children were injured in Rafah, hospital officials said, and there were reports of hundreds of civilians fleeing their homes for UN shelters." - id 20/8/2014
Israeli Warplanes Pound Gaza Strip AgainJason Ditz - Antiwar - "The indications so far are that the new round of violence is not escalating dramatically, with Israel not really looking to build up the war again, but to keep it going just enough to avoid the discomfort of being involved in peace talks." - id20/8/2014
Israel shifted its position from demilitarizing Gaza to making sure Hamas cannot rearmYnet - "No one can take Hamas` arms or those of any Palestinian faction in Gaza because these arms are used to resist the occupation, and the occupation continues" [also containing the details of the looming deal-bz] 19/8/2014
Activists protest to stop Israeli ship from docking in US, CanadaJerusalem Post - "Block the Boat" activists look to prevent Zim cargo ship from unloading Israeli goods on North America`s West Coast. [bz]16/8/2014
Noam Chomsky on BDS, the Occupation and apartheidNoam Chomsky - Democracy Now/Znet - "To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by `apartheid` you mean South African-style apartheid. [...] The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just don’t want them. They want them out, or at least in prison." gm16/8/2014
Dutch nonagenarian returns Righteous Among the Nations medal after six relatives killed in GazaAmira Hass - Haaretz "Henk Zanoli, who helped save a Jewish child from deportation to concentration camps, said holding on to the medal would be an `insult to the family.`...six of his relatives were killed by an Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip last month." ca15/8/2014
Israeli official confirms US nixed arms shipment; pols argue over who’s to blameMarissa Newman - The Times of Israel "WSJ report of frayed relations between Washington and Jerusalem, including combative Obama-Netanyahu phone call, sparks firestorm among Israeli politicians." ca 15/8/2014
Israeli army`s Gaza inquiry meant to head off calls for war crimes probeAmos Harel - Haaretz "The Tibon committee uses officers from the General Staff who were not directly involved in the fighting and are not part of the chain of command of the units that fought in Gaza, including from the Air Force and Navy, as well as the Southern Command...State Comptroller Joseph Shapira said yesterday he intends to examine whether Israel violated international law in Gaza." ca15/8/2014
Palestinian-Jewish couple hires wedding security for fear of anti-miscegenation groupMairav Zonszein - +972 "According to a report in NRG (Hebrew), Lehava – whose mission is to prevent marriage between Jews and non-Jews, and thus “save the daughters of Israel” – got hold of a copy of the wedding invitation on social media and reportedly published it in full, providing the date and location of the wedding, and called on people to come out in full force and protest." ca 15/8/2014
Israel accused of using illegal weapons in Gaza warRasha Abou Jalal - Al Monitor "During a press conference on July 13 at Al-Shifa Hospital, attended by Al-Monitor, Dr. Fosse said, “Many of the casualties that have arrived at the hospital confirm Israel`s use of internationally banned weapons of the [Dense Inert Metal Explosive] DIME variety." Testimony given to Al-Monitor by Palestinian nurses, doctors and human rights activists indicate that the Israeli army used DIMEs, which causes the loss of limbs and leads to wounds that do not respond to treatment." ca 15/8/2014
A new Suez Canal?Sherine Abdel-Razek - Al-Ahram Weekly "The new canal will be 72 km long, 35 of which will be dug afresh with the remaining 37 km expanding and deepening the current Canal. The overall cost will be $4 billion, according to Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish." ca15/8/2014
Jerusalem Mixed and UnmixedMichelle Campos - MERIP - Even before he decided to leave Jewish Jerusalem, Kashua’s television series and other writings showed a gradual progression from the mentality of an assimilation-aspiring Arab Bill Cosby to that of an Arab Spike Lee, politically much less compromising and painfully aware that his intellectual role is to point at the gulf between Jewish and Arab societies in Israel, perhaps especially when the gulf seems increasingly unbridgeable.-rh14/8/2014
An inside look at IDF`s `faith-driven` warriorsMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - "The IDF and Israeli society as a whole must cope with religious-Zionist commanders, who perceive fighting terrorism in Gaza as a divine decree, thus reshaping the military ethos." - id 13/8/2014
Head of the international commission of inquiry, prof. William Schabas, already under attackDaniel Siryoti, Mati Tuchfeld, Dan Lavie and Reuters - IsraelHayom - Israel is still irate by a U.N. inquiry into 2008`s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. That report said both Israel and Hamas appeared to have committed war crimes, though it was tougher on Israel. [bz]12/8/2014
Hamas official: This is second and final cease-fire with IsraelJerusalem Post - Palestinians reportedly turn down Israeli offer to allow seaport in exchange for a disarmed Gaza Strip; talks emerge of Israeli intentions to "ease some restrictions" on Gaza. [bz]12/8/2014
Netanyahu, Ya’alon Urge Patience in ‘Long’ Israeli War in GazaJason Ditz - AntiWar - Israeli Hawks Press Full Conquest of Gaza [ry]11/8/2014
Israel acts to head off war crime claims Sergio Yahni - AIC - "We didn`t cooperate with the Goldstone report and in the end it disappeared from the world" [ry]11/8/2014
Hadar Goldin and the Hannibal DirectiveRuth Margalit - The New Yorker "Just what those circumstances were began to filter out early this week, and they attest to deep contradictions in the Israeli military—and in Israeli culture at large." ca9/8/2014
Israel Acts to Head Off War Crime ClaimsAlternative Information Center - IMEMC "According to the The New York Post, during a meeting on Wednesday with members of Congress who are visiting Israel as guests of AIPAC, Netanyahu urged the American representatives to assist Israeli officials who wish to avoid trial by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.The members of Congress heard the latest from the prime minister regarding the tenuous Gaza ceasefire, as well as Jerusalem’s strained relations with the Obama administration." ca 8/8/2014
US Senator Filibusters Live Coverage of Powerful Palestinian TestimoniesEI - IMEMC - "On Friday, fifteen-year-old Tariq Abukhdeir spoke at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the brutal beating he endured at the hands of Israeli police in early July." - id 6/8/2014
Growing Movement of American Jews Speaking Out Against Assault on GazaNaomi Dann - Jewish Voice for Peace - More than in any previous outbreak of bloodshed in Gaza, Jewish Americans have been organizing in outright protest against the devastating assault carried out by the State of Israel. Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) reports organized street protests, demonstrations and civil disobedience actions, carried out specifically by Jews, in Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, New York,Chicago, Washington DC, the Bay Area and other locations. This might have long term implications, long past the end of the current terrible round of bloodshed which claimed nearly 2000 lives in three weeks. ak 5/8/2014
In France, Progressives Fight a Two-Front Battle Against Israeli Propaganda and Anti-SemitismPierre Guerlain - Truthout - Israeli government propaganda always plays the same game: deflecting legitimate critiques of Israel toward accusations of anti-Semitism, often conflating anti-Zionism with anti- Semitism (precisely what some anti-Semites are doing). Yet in France, a small group of people does correspond to what is generally a slanderous accusation. Some individuals and groups close to the far right and supporters of anti-Semitic Dieudonné or of former leftist turned far- rightist Soral, mix with pro-Palestinian demonstrators and Islamist groups who advocate violence against Jews. This very small minority gives the pro-Israel lobby an opportunity to base their propaganda on a few facts. ak 5/8/2014
Ceasefire approaching?Ynet updates - **Hamas accepts Egyptian brokered 3 day ceasefire to begin at 8am Tuesday (00:14 , 08.05.14) **Israel agrees to Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire, official says (23:58 , 08.04.14) **PA: `Demilitarization will come when the occupation ends` (23:46 , 08.04.14) [bz]5/8/2014
Israeli delegation joins Palestinian factions in Cairo for long-term truce talks Jerusalem Post - With the 72-hour cease-fire which began at 8 a.m. appearently holding, Israel sent a negotiating team to Cairo for indirect talks with Palestinians factions, aimed at reaching a long-term truce. Earlier cases of indirect talks between Israel and Hamas had never been so openly and officially proclaimed. Demands presented by the Palestinian delegation, already in Cairo, include an immediate cease- fire, a lifting of the siege and reopening of all border crossings, international assurances that Israel would refrain from launching military attacks, and UN assistance in rebuilding the Strip. More fundamental demands include an airport, seaport and free passage to the West Bank.ak5/8/2014
Palestinians consider joining the International Criminal Court Ma`an - Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, visint the Netherlands, met with officials of the International Criminal Court in the to discuss the Israeli offensive on Gaza. He inquired about the legal procedures necessary for Palestine to join the ICC and sign the Rome Statute, in order to take possible action against Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Al-Maliki said he would consult members of the Palestinian Authority government on the matter after his visit.ak5/8/2014
UK minister quits over `morally indefensible` Gaza policyWilliam James and Kylie Maclellan - Reuters - Sayeeda Warsi, a senior minister in Britain`s Foreign Office and the first Muslim to serve in a British cabinet, resigned on Tuesday, accusing Prime Minister David Cameron`s government of taking a "morally indefensible" approach to the conflict between Israel and Hamas. While the British government has repeatedly called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, Cameron has come under criticism from political opponents for what they say has been his reluctance to condemn Israel`s actions in stronger terms. ak5/8/2014
"The front line is none of your business"Martin Lejeune - Gaza City, 1st August - “During such attacks from Israel, the population decides to stand together and resist in unity explains Mahmoud Abu Rahma, Director of the independent Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza City. The center bravely records human rights violations of all warring factions in the Gaza Strip.2/8/2014
Obsession with Iran blinded Netanyahu to Hamas threatShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "A commission of inquiry, should it be established, will have to answer the following questions: Why were the voices of the Nirim and Ein Hashlosha residents ignored? Why did the defense establishment close its eyes, ears and purse strings? The main question to be asked by a commission is this: Why, despite Israel’s intelligence capabilities, was a mass attack — which according to senior defense leaders would have brought Israel to its knees — only averted somewhat miraculously?" ca 2/8/2014
US Senate blocks Iron Dome funding to Israel JPOST.COM STAFF - Jerusalem Post "A United States Senate bid to deliver aid to Israel during Operation Protective Edge was blocked by Republicans "over concerns that it would increase the debt," Politico reported.The Democrats proposed a $2.7 billion border aid package that included $255 for the Iron Dome missile defense system." ca 1/8/2014
Do Palestinians Really Exist?Dean Obeidallah - The Daily Beast "I share this story because I think that lost in the current Gaza conflict is the story of the Palestinians as a people. Instead, they’ve been continually defined as being the “bad” part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They’ve been broadly labeled as terrorists or seen as acceptable loses. Some Israeli leaders have alleged Palestinians don’t exist, or called them “cockroaches,” “crocodiles,” or a “cancer.” ca1/8/2014
Gaza Ministry of Health: “Gaza Surgery Being Performed in Corridors, On the Floor"Gaza Ministry of Health - IMEMC "Lack of theatre space sees two persons being operated on at a time in the same theatre, while others receive surgical interventions in the corridors...Despite 30 patients being ready for discharge, they literally have nowhere to go. These 30 beds are desperately needed." ca 1/8/2014
As war flares, some women flee from violence at homeOr Kashti - Haaretz "While fighting in Gaza continues, violence is also intensifying inside Israeli homes, with NGOs reporting a spike in complaints of abuse against women." ca1/8/2014
The awful decisions I’ve made to protect my Palestinian children from this warWejdan Abu Shammala - Washington Post "My children, as with all children in Gaza, will need therapy following this carnage. Most, of course, will not receive it. They will enter adulthood remembering these days and the soldiers, F-16s and drones that were heedless of their nighttime cries and terror. Their mothers and fathers — unable to guard their children from these horrors — will need psychological help." ca1/8/2014
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