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ANERA CEO urges US to restore Palestine AidRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - " Anera and USAID have worked very successfully together to provide relief as well as sustainable, long-term health, education, and economic development in vulnerable Palestinian communities across the region and in the West Bank and Gaza." - id17/1/2019
Netanyahu challenger Benny Gantz faces Dutch war crimes caseAdri Nieuwhof - Electronic Intifada - The generals’ lawyers submitted a response which ignored Ziada’s key argument that the bombing of the family home was illegal and a war crime under international law. (Palestinian-Dutch citizen Ismail Ziada lost his 70-year-old mother Muftia Ziada, three brothers, a sister-in-law and a 12-year-old nephew.) The generals claim a right to immunity. They also dispute the jurisdiction of the Dutch court based on the claim that Ziada could seek justice in Israel. The law in the Netherlands allows the country’s courts to exercise universal jurisidiction over genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes perpetrated elsewhere when a Dutch national cannot obtain justice in the country where the crimes were committed. Ziada holds Gantz and Amir Eshel, then air force chief, responsible for the decision to drop the bomb. [Under Israeli conditions this may help Gantz`campaign-bz] 15/1/2019
The many battles of Gadi EisenkotYossi Yehoshua - Y-net - Eisenkot inherited a greatly deterred Gaza, but his replacement Aviv Kochavi will have to contend with the significant erosion of that deterrence. In addition, the IDF`s performance and results in recent rounds of fighting against the strip have not been good. But the main problem during Eisenkot`s term is the issue of motivation. The motivation to serve in combat units reached an unprecedented low during his tenure. Even the motivation for enlisted service is constantly in decline; with no other tasks but keeping order in the Territories and skirmishing of Gaza fence, young officers feel less inclined to continue with a military career. [ak] 15/1/2019
Palestine to apply for full UN membershipVoice of Palestine/IMEMC - During his upcoming visit to New York, scheduled for mid January 2019, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki will once again initiate an application to upgrade Palestine’s status, from an observer state to a full-member state in the international body. To secure full state membership, Palestinians need support from nine out of the UNSC’s 15 member states, and that none of the five Permanent Members use its veto power. In practice, the US under Trump is virtually certain to veto full Palestinian membership. [However, if the Palestinians do manage to get nine or more supporting votes, the US would be embarrassed and isolated by its use of the veto.-ak]15/1/2019
Israel refuses entry to member of UK Labour PartyZachary Keyser - Jerusalem Post - Spedding claimed that he had invitations from civil society organizations and had planned to meet members of Knesset "regarding peace building in Northern Ireland." “I wish to put on public record that I am not a member of the BDS movement and do not actively advocate for a boycott of Israel. I support the democratic right of others to boycott, but I do not participate myself,” Spedding said. [bz]15/1/2019
The Freedom Theatre presents: `Us Too... Women of Palestine`The Freedom Theatre - An original production and urgent protest inspired by Aeschylus’s play “The Suppliant Women” and performed by women from across Palestine involved with Interpeace’s programme in Palestine, and hoping to pursue theatre school. Taking refuge in a holy place, asking God and the citizens of the city to grant them asylum, these women are running not from war, or famine or occupation, but from men. Directed by Zoe Delemere Lafferty and Ahmed Tobasi with an all- female cast, this production is a juxtaposition of the original text, as well as powerful personal stories of harassment, fights to be educated, a choice in marriage, and dreams of determining their own futures.[ak]15/1/2019
Israel okays signing deals with companies working in Iran, gov’t revealsYaakov Katz - Jerusalem Post - Over the years, Netanyahu has been pushing Western countries to impose tough economic sanctions on Iran and to cut business ties with Iranian companies. Apparently though this does not apply to doing business in Israel. According to a letter written by a high-level government official in the Finance Ministry, foreign companies that do business in Iran are not prevented from competing for major infrastructure projects in the State of Israel. The letter was written in response to questions from some of the foreign companies competing in the $3.5 billion Jerusalem light-rail tender, whether their involvement in projects in Iran would disqualify them from competing for the Jerusalem light-rail contract. [bz]15/1/2019
Israeli censorship increasingly engenders a self-defeating backlashAsa Winstanley - MEMO - “Israel’s image among the general population is in terminal decline, and there is no going back. Behind closed doors, professional propagandists for Israel admit as much. In 2017, the Electronic Intifada obtained a leaked report co-authored by Israeli think tank the Reut Institute and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which desperately tried to suggest solutions to the problem” [ry] 14/1/2019
World Food Programme cuts aid for PalestiniansAl Jazeera - Some 27,000 Palestinians are no longer receiving food aid through the UN programme, amid funding shortages [ry] 14/1/2019
Israel Showcases Stolen Palestinian AntiquitiesAlternative Information Center - "The exhibit ‘Finds Gone Astray’ in Jerusalem constitutes a violation of international law, yet frames Israel as a preserver of history...Emek Shaveh, an Israeli organization that opposes the politicization of archaeology, released a statement condemning the exhibition." ca11/1/2019
Law Clashing with Morality - The Case of Sheikh SayyakhAmos Gvirtz - Gush Shalom - "The state has a police force that enables it to carry out the robbery and punish the victim. The state has no force against morality and justice. These do not budge. Any person, whose national affiliation does not blind his moral judgment, should oppose the state’s crime." - id 10/1/2019
Hamas warns of escalation after Egypt border closure, Qatari funds stalledi24NEWS/AFP - As Egypt’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip remains closed and Israel is said to have frozen incoming Qatari aid to the blockaded enclave, extremist groups in Gaza have warned that worsening circumstances for residents could lead to a violent escalation with Israel. Though Qatari funds are supposed to reach Gaza within two days according to Hebrew media reports, the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt remains closed for Palestinians seeking to leave Gaza (...) [bz] 8/1/2019
Angela Davis is latest Black target of Israel lobbyAli Abunimah - EI - The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has canceled its annual gala at which iconic Black scholar and activist Angela Davis was to receive a prestigious human rights award. Randall Woodfin, the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, expressed his “dismay” at the decision, which he said came “after protests from our local Jewish community and some of its allies.” “The reactive decision of the BCRI did not create an opportunity for necessary consensus dialogue,” Woodfin added. Angela Davis, a Birmingham native, has long been an outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights and an advocate of the BDS. [bz]8/1/2019
Israel`s Nation-State Law also discriminates against Mizrahi JewsOrly Noy - +972 - Over 50 prominent Israeli Jews of Mizrahi origin filed a petition to the High Court of Justice demanding it strike down the Jewish Nation-State Law, saying it discriminates against both Palestinian citizens and Jewish Mizrahi citizens of Israel. They criticize not only the demotion of the Arabic language but also a clause in the law that establishes Jewish settlement “as a national value”, as every time Israel takes it upon itself to demographically “re-engineer” the land, it harms Mizrahim. This process hinders their access to highly-valued land through admissions committees, which allow communities across the country to reject housing applicants based on their “social suitability”, pushing Mizrachim into the country’s underserved geographical periphery [bz] 8/1/2019
US Democrats split about "anti-BDS bill"Lisa Mascaro - AP/Time - Democrats in Congress are split over Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s “Combatting BDS Act,” which would affirm the legal authority of state and local governments to restrict contracts and take other actions against those “engaged in BDS conduct.” Several states are already facing lawsuits after taking action against workers supporting BDS boycotts of Israel. The first Palestinian American woman in Congress, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who has spoken about the rights of Americans to support the BDS issue: “This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order". And Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted, “It’s absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity." For his part Rubio said: "A significant part of Senate Democrats now support #BDS & Dem leaders want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that”. For the time being the Democrats, whatever their position on BDS and Rubio`s bill, are united in putting President Trump`s shutdown of government into their absolute first priority, declaring that until that shutdown is resolved they would block bills on any other issue. [ak] 8/1/2019
Slaughter of Gaza family reverberates 10 years laterMousa Tawfiq - EI - "The Samouni story is the subject of an Italian documentary by filmmaker Stefano Savona. `Samouni Road` won international recognition at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where it garnered the L’Oeil d’or prize for best documentary. For Palestinians it has special resonance. For those of us from Gaza who lived through those dark days, it’s personal" [ry] 7/1/2019
Hosting top Trump aide, PM asks US to recognize Israeli sovereignty over GolanRaphael Ahren - The Times of Israel - Netanyahu plans to go to northern border Monday with National Security Adviser Bolton, who reassures Israel over Syria withdrawal [ry] 7/1/2019
US-Palestinian man gets life sentence for selling home to JewsShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - "A Ramallah court has sentenced a Palestinian-American to life in prison for selling East Jerusalem property to Jewish Israelis in what could be a sign that the Palestinians are considering ending security coordination with Israel." - id 3/1/2019
In forgotten article after Six Day War, Amos Oz warned of ‘eternal annexation’Mitch Ginsburg - Times of Israel - Looking ahead, he wrote, “The shorter the occupation, the better for us. Because an imposed occupation is destructive. Even an enlightened and humane and liberal occupation is an occupation. I fear for the quality of the seeds we sow in the near future in the hearts of the occupied. More than that, I fear for the seed that is being sown in the heart of the occupiers. And the first signs are already recognizable now, on the fringes of society.” [bz]1/1/2019
Palestinian superbug epidemic could spread, say doctors Madlen Davies and Emma Graham-Harrison - The Guardian - Shortages of water, power and fuel for generators mean doctors cannot always meet even basic hygiene standards, making it easier for any drug-resistant infection to spread. At times doctors are not even able to wash their hands and there are shortages of gloves, gowns and chlorine tablets for disinfecting. [bz]1/1/2019
Safe from deportations, asylum seekers in Israel still living in fearOren Ziv - +972 - 2018 began with the Israeli government attempting to deport 35,000 asylum seekers to countries where they would face persecution and possible death. The tireless work of activists stopped the government in its tracks — yet asylum seekers in Israel continue to face an uncertain future [ry] 31/12/2018
Elections Don’t Make Israel a DemocracyAriel Gold - CounterPunch - "It’s official, Israel is racing towards early elections. But no one is talking about who can vote in them" [ry] 31/12/2018
BDS victory: HSBC divests from Elbit SystemsPalestine Solidarity Campaign UK - "We have great news to share with you as we end 2018: HSBC have announced they have divested in full from Elbit Systems, which is Israel’s largest private arms security firm, who market their weapons as “battle-tested” due to them being tested on Palestinian civilians in Gaza.This victory comes after a campaign calling on HSBC to end its financial support for Israel’s military, led by PSC, War On Want and Campaign Against the Arms Trade with huge support from the British public." ca 29/12/2018
Pope`s Christmas wishes: Mideast peace, religious harmonyAP/Y-Net - In his Christmas message, read from the central balcony of St. Peter`s Basilica, Pope Francis offered a wish for fraternity among people of different faiths, races or ideas, describing the world`s differences as a richness, not a danger, and calling for political solutions to end wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. He singled out the Israel-Palestinian conflict, expressing his hope for dialogue among Israelis and Palestinians so they can "undertake a journey of peace that can put an end to a conflict that for over 70 years has rent the land chosen by the Lord to show his face of love." [ak] 25/12/2018
Frustration in Ramallah growing with government leadersStefanie Dekker - Al Jazeera - Palestinians say they are increasingly frustrated living in the occupied West Bank and disappointed by their own government [ry] 24/12/2018
Why Palestinians are protesting new social security law.Annelies Verbeek - Electronic Intifada "The Palestinian Legislative Council has not convened since the Hamas-Fatah split of 2007, after Hamas won elections for the legislative branch of government. As a result, legislation is pushed through under presidential decree, something that angers some protesters.“The government is exploiting the situation,” Anas, 25, said...“The law, as it is now, is unfair. After 15 or 20 years of service, I will receive 1,200 shekels [approximately $320] in retirement per month. This is not enough. I pay 1,500 shekels [$405] in bills every month. This retirement will not be enough for me to live a decent life.” ca 22/12/2018
Intel: How Russia`s responding to US pullout from Syria Al-Monitor Staff - "What’s next: Despite the public reactions, the current mood in Moscow over the Trump decision can be described with one word: uncertainty. Speculation over what comes next is rife but virtually all relevant experts and policy-makers find it hard to say with certainty that Trump’s decision will benefit Moscow, at least in the short run." ca 22/12/2018
‘NYT’ calls out AIPAC and ADL for assault on free speech criticizing IsraelPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Congress is acting in haste and secrecy because the next Congress won’t stomach the bill, especially with the addition of vocal supporters of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) who are joining the Democratic caucus...Of course the action is being undertaken under the pressure of AIPAC, the leading Israel lobby group, and the ADL, whose own staff has warned that the anti-free- speech bill will end up hurting Jews." ca22/12/2018
Anti-Semitism allegations are splitting the Women’s MarchJosefin Dolsten - Times of Israel "Last week, the Women’s March in Washington State cited anti- Semitism in its decision to sever its affiliation with the national Women’s March organization.“Continuing to be a part of the Women’s March with the blatant bigotry they display would be breaking a promise. We can’t betray our Jewish community by remaining a part of this organization,” board director Angie Beem wrote in a Facebook post announcing the decision." ca 22/12/2018
Videos - Jericho Agro - Industrial ParkWAFA - "A purportedly new development in the Jericho area. Not very well- known. Deserves to be seen and questioned: why so little publicity?" ca22/12/2018
Jerusalem Criticizes Berlin’s Jewish Museum for ‘Anti-Israel Activity’Melissa Eddy&Isabel Kershner- NYT "Its latest show, “Welcome to Jerusalem,” also got people talking. And it appeared to draw criticism from an unlikely source: the highest levels of the Israeli government." ca 22/12/2018
Israeli Policy Keeps Black African Jews From Their FamiliesYardena Schwartz - The Daily Beast - "Israel used to be proud that it rescued Ethiopian Jews from persecution and famine. But new arrivals face barriers white Jewish immigrants don’t have to overcome." - id 20/12/2018
UJA Federation Chief Executive: ‘Israel Makes Donors Want to Vomit’Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Goldstein told his Israeli interlocutors that Israel’s exceedingly warm embrace of the Trump administration was causing him no end of headaches with Jewish donors who were disturbed by this alliance. Netanyahu’s violent crackdown on the Palestinians also contributed to this antipathy. These developments further distanced American Jews from Israel and reduced their support for it." - id20/12/2018
`Israeli authorities treat gun violence in our community as an Arab problem` Rami Younis - +972 - "According to Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, 90 percent of illegal firearms in the north of Israel can be traced back to the military." - id20/12/2018
Israel could face ICC charges if bill expelling terrorist families passes, expert warns The Jerusalem Post - Israel may face criminal charges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague if it approves legislation to expel the families of Palestinian terrorists, a top Israeli human rights expert warned. The bill received preliminary approval in the ministerial committee for legislation. The legislation, which now needs Knesset approval, allows for members of a terrorist’s family to be expelled from their home within seven days of an attack or attempted attack. According to the IDF, they will be forced to relocate to another area of the West Bank. Attorney-General Avichai Mandeblit has said that the forced relocation of terrorist’s family members is illegal under Israel and international law. PM Netnayahu defended the bill and said the measure "would be effective" and would only be applied in cases of murder. [The background seems to be the looming elections in which Netanyahu`s Likud Party will contend for votes with Naftali Bennet`s extreme right "Jewish Home Party". [ak] 18/12/2018
Israel says Airbnb walking back settlement boycott; company denies itJacob Magid - Times of Israel - A spokeswoman for the Tourism Ministry said that its statement had been issued in response to one that she had received from Yuval Lidor, a representative of Airbnb in Israel. But while Lidor had indeed issued a statement saying that the settlement boycott “would not be implemented in practice,” he later appeared to walk back that announcement, asking The Times of Israel to refer exclusively to the English press release from Papas — one that appeared to deny that Airbnb had changed its mind (...) [but] suggesting that it has yet to establish a mechanism for its site to differentiate between Israeli and Palestinian listings in the West Bank. [bz]18/12/2018
A million Israeli children living in povertyTelem Yahav - Ynet - No food, no heating and no medication - one NGO paints a dismal image of the Jewish state in winter 2018 [ry] 17/12/2018
Messianic Jewish Lobbying Group Builds Support for U.S.-Funded Ethnic Cleansing Plan in Palestine Lee Fang - The Intercept - "A Pro-Israel Activist group is quietly pushing lawmakers on Capitol Hill and key officials in the White House to embrace a plan that would entail paying Palestinian residents in the West Bank to move abroad" [ry] 17/12/2018
Israeli gov`t is trying to defund +972 Magazine, report says+972 Magazine Staff - +972 - "Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report."..."Both foundations have pledged to continue supporting +972 despite the political pressure." - id 13/12/2018
Facebook, Twitter Impose Israeli Military Censorship on Their PlatformsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "There’s been a great deal of media reporting on the increasing level of censorship by social media platforms on political speech, especially supporting Palestinian rights or criticizing Israel. I and others have reported the intense pressure by Israeli ministers to censor their content and rid it of attacks on Israel or its Occupation. Though companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter have denied the most blatant claims by Israel that they are collaborating with the government, actions say otherwise." - id 13/12/2018
After protests, Haifa Arab leader cedes deputy mayor appointmentTOI STAFF - Times of Israel - "Raja Za’atara gives spot to someone else in Joint List party, says he will not apologize for views, but rejects criticism he supports terror. - id 13/12/2018
B’Tselem director at French award ceremony: Hysterical Israeli government response illustrates reality of propaganda, lies, and threatsAmit Gilutz - B’Tselem - The Human Rights Award of the French Republic was presented to B’Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad, despite intensive pressure that Israeli government officials tried to exert on decision-makers in France, attempting to stop the prize from being awarded. “The hysterical response by the government of Israel itself illustrates the reality within which we work: propaganda, lies, and threats by a government which believes that silencing and cover-up will enable further human rights violations. In the face of this moral bankruptcy, we are here not only to further expose the truth – but also to bring an end to the injustice” said El-Ad. [ak]11/12/2018
Netanyahu urges Merkel to stop funding Berlin`s Jewish MuseumItamar Eichner - Ynet - "While Netanyahu acts against the Jewish Museum in Berlin, he is aiding Hungary`s anti-Semitic Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in establishing a dubious Holocaust Museum that absolves Hungary from its part in the Holocaust. [bz]11/12/2018
The `Holy Land Five` and the fight to delegitimize Palestine advocacyHenriette Chacar - +972 - Five Palestinian-American men are serving time for providing aid to Palestinian refugees. Their conviction 10 years ago spurred broader efforts to criminalize Palestine advocacy in the United States [ry] 10/12/2018
Neo-Nazis push Israel’s bogus anti-Semitism definition at EUAsa Winstanley - EI - “The declaration was spearheaded by Austria, whose coalition government includes ministers who are members of a neo-Nazi party. The EU meeting that formally adopted the declaration on Thursday included several ministers from a number of right-wing parties which have encouraged anti-Jewish bigotry” [ry] 10/12/2018
Trump`s international anti-Iran coalition looks like it`s falling apart. He doesn`t have a back-up planTrita Parsi - NBC News - The president upended diplomatic relations based on support from the leaders from Saudi Arabia and Israel. Now our position is rather precarious [ry] 10/12/2018
For U.S. Police, Refusing Israeli Training Is Not BDS – It’s Common SenseSari Bash - Information Clearing House "The problem begins at the highest level, with public statements by senior police officials encouraging a shoot-to-kill policy against Palestinians suspected of attacking Jews. “Everyone who stabs Jews or harms innocent people – should be killed,” Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri said, following the fatal shooting in 2015 of a Palestinian child suspected of stabbing two Israeli Jewish youths. Police Minister Gilad Erdan warned that “every attacker who sets out to inflict harm should know that he will not likely survive the attack.” ca8/12/2018
Netanyahu’s Israel is state in crisisAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "As the devil or the police commissioner would have it (Netanyahu sees them as one and the same), this Hanukkah the police have turned Netanyahu’s festival of light unto nations into a festival of dark recommendations. On Dec. 2, the police announced that with the completion of the investigation known as Case 4000, it was recommending Netanyahu’s indictment on suspicion of taking a bribe, fraud and breach of trust and fraudulently accepting benefits under egregious circumstances. Netanyahu is suspected of making regulatory decisions benefiting Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder in the country’s largest telecommunications firm Bezeq, in exchange for positive coverage for Netanyahu and his wife by Elovitch’s Walla! news site." ca 8/12/2018
Attacks On Marc Lamont Hill Will Only Strengthen Solidarity Between Blacks And PalestiniansNihad Awad&Edward Ahmed Mitchell - Huffington Post "Recognizing the suffering of the Palestinian people is not an act of bigotry. Neither is calling on Israelis and Palestinians to co- exist in a democratic state with equal rights.So why did CNN fire professor Marc Lamont Hill after he did so at the United Nations last week, and why are there still suggestions that Temple University might follow suit? The answer lies in a double standard that our society applies to Americans who express solidarity with Palestinians, especially African-Americans." ca 8/12/2018
Irish Senate approves bill criminalizing goods made in settlements PNN/ Bethlehem - "The bill now needs the endorsement of the lower house of the parliament, known as the Dáil Éireann, before the Irish president signs and makes it into law.The draft bill has been met with severe criticism from Israel’s foreign minister spokeman, Emmanuel Nashon" ca 8/12/2018
NYU student government passes resolution to divest from corporations that violate Palestinian human rightsNYU Students for Justice in Palestine - "The New York University (NYU) Student Government Assembly passed a divestment resolution inspired by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) on December 6th by a vote of 35 in favor, 14 against, and 14 abstaining, meeting the ⅔ threshold that was 33 votes. This is the first resolution of this nature ever to be presented at NYU. The “Resolution on the Human Rights of Palestinians” calls for divesting from corporations that violate Palestinian human rights and calls on NYU to adopt a socially responsible investment policy that upholds human rights for all. The resolution was presented by Senators-at-Large Bayan Abubakr and Rose Asaf along with Alternate Senator-at-Large Leen Dweik. Asaf, Abubakr, and Dweik are all seniors at NYU and members of Students for Justice in Palestine. Additionally, Asaf is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace." ca8/12/2018
Israeli Military Industries Moving Massive Testing Facility South, Bedouins at Risk of Forced DisplacementIMEMC - "Israel’s state-owned weapons manufacturer is relocating a massive testing facility from the center of the country to an area in the Naqab (Negev) desert in a move that puts some 1,200 Bedouin homes and other structures at risk of forced displacement. The planned facility is more than twice the size of Tel Aviv. Adalah & Bimkom are demanding authorities to reject or find alternative plan for Ramat Beka that doesn’t harm Bedouin residents." - id6/12/2018
`Gender violence pushed Jewish, Palestinian women into a corner — together`Edo Konrad - +972 - "Samah Salaime, a prominent feminist activist, speaks about building solidarity between Jewish and Palestinian women and why this moment feels so urgent." - id6/12/2018
UN criticizes Israel’s “Nation State Law” as “discriminatory”Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Following a special request for action issued by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, four United Nations special rapporteurs have given Israel a 60-day deadline to respond to their grave concerns regarding the Jewish Nation-State Law, adopted by the Knesset on 19 July 2018." - id6/12/2018
Pope Francis meets Mahmoud AbbasVatican News - During the cordial discussions(...) attention turned to the path of reconciliation among the Palestinian people, as well as the efforts to reactivate the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, and to reach a two-state solution, hoping for a renewed commitment on the part of the international community to meet the legitimate aspirations of both peoples. [bz]4/12/2018
Army: no connection between Lebanon border operation and police investigation of Netanyahu Judah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel - The IDF vehemently denied allegations that the timing of "Operation Northern Shield", suddenly launched this morning, is connected to the recent Israel Police recommendation to press bribery charges against PM Netanyahu. ˇ§Thereˇ¦s no cynicism here, the operation was planned over the past year and a half and its launch was determined weeks ago, before the police recommendations were released". The army asserted that "an attack tunnel reaching 200-meter from Lebanon into Israeli territory has been discovered and is now being destroyed", and that it is but "the first of many". While at present the destruction of tunnels is limited to the Israeli side of the border, the army did not rule out the option of later on sending soldiers into Lebanese territory in order to discover and destroy tunnels - and act which is almost certain to cause a major escalation and flareup along the border. [ak] . 4/12/2018
Rejecting the traditional AIPAC tours to Israel, representative-elect Rashida Tlaib plans to lead delegation to Palestine Alex Kane, Lee Fang - The Intercept - Rashida Tlaib, Democratic representative-elect from Michigan, does not intend to take part a in the traditional "Freshman trips to Israel" sponsored by the education arm of AIPAC, which typically consist of a weeklong tour of Israel and meetings with leading Israeli figures in business, government, and the military - and no exposure to the Palestinain point of view. Both critics and proponents of the AIPAC freshmen trip say the endeavor is incredibly influential, providing House members with a distinctly pro-Israel viewpoint on complex controversies in the region. Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress, hopes to draw on her roots in the region to offer her fellow incoming representatives an alternative introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She said her group`s visit will focus on issues like Israel’s detention of Palestinian children, education, access to clean water, and poverty. She may even take them to Beit Ur al-Foqa, the village where Tlaib’s grandmother lives, in the northern West Bank. [ak]4/12/2018
Top court gives Israel even broader powers to use tortureEdo Konrad - +972 - Nearly 20 years after it banned torture, Israel’s High Court is finding new ways to justify using physical force in the interrogation of security suspects [ry]3/12/2018
British report: Exposed IDF force posed as medical workersElior Levy - Ynet - The Independent reports Israeli Special Forces in the botched raid in Gaza used `detailed but fake` IDs of real Gazans and claimed they were transporting patients back to their homes, but their accents arouse suspicions [ry]3/12/2018
J Street decries ‘smears’ of Airbnb for delisting settlement rentalsThe Times of Israel - Dovish lobby group says Israeli officials accusing booking site of anti-Semitism are ‘grossly abusing that term,’ rejects calls for punitive moves [ry]3/12/2018
Marc Lamont Hill politically lynched for telling truth about PalestineElectronic Intifada - "Smeared as an anti-Semite and grotesquely and falsely accused of calling for genocide against Jews, Hill was fired from his role as a political commentator for CNN.The same Israel lobby operatives who bullied CNN into ending Hill’s contract are also demanding that he be fired from his teaching position.The university has rebuffed these calls, citing Hill’s “constitutionally protected right to express his opinion as a private citizen.” ca 1/12/2018
Murder of 12-year-old girl shows human rights in Israel are only for JewsVered Lee - Haaretz "The asylum-seeker community in Israel is in a state of crisis and its women and teenage girls are paying an increasingly heavy price. Women are a minority among the refugees – there are only 7,000 female asylum seekers in Israel. Thirty percent of these were victims of abuse and torture in the Sinai desert, and many of them have suffered sexual harassment at work but don’t report it. Without access to the police and out of fear of how the authorities will relate to them, these women and girls don’t report the domestic violence they suffer. The handful who do report it do not get protection from the police and say that their partners ignore restraining orders fearlessly. Battered women’s shelters are not set up to accept asylum seekers, even as the demand increases." ca1/12/2018
Marc Lamont Hill Dumped By CNN For ‘River To Sea’ Barb Against Israel Dave Goldiner - "Hill’s remarks were quickly condemned by the Anti-Defamation League Thursday, which said the slogan calls for the destruction of the Jewish state.But Hill, a professor at Temple University, insisted he meant no such thing when he made the comments at a United Nations event to commemorate solidarity with the Palestinian cause." ca 1/12/2018
Ashrawi urges EBU not to broadcast Eurovision in Israeli settlementsMa`an News Agency - "Ashrawi said, in a statement, that giving Israel the privilege of hosting the 2019 Eurovision amounts to rewarding it for and helping it to conceal its decades-old military occupation and grave violations of Palestinian national and human rights."At the very least, the EBU must ensure that Israel`s illegal settlements throughout the occupied Palestinian territory are strictly excluded from any broadcast of the Eurovision activities." ca1/12/2018
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