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Dispute over Mideast nuclear arms ban torpedoes UN conferenceReuters - Ynet - Egypt`s proposals, Western diplomats say, were intended to focus attention on Israel. Washington and Israel say Iran`s nuclear program is the real regional threat. Iran says its program is peaceful. It is negotiating with world powers to curb it in exchange for lifting sanctions. Israel has said it would consider joining the NPT only once at peace with its Arab neighbors and Iran. [bz]23/5/2015
Obama gives $1.9 billion in weapons as welcome gift to Israel’s racist governmentRania Khalek - Electronic Intifada - Among the tens of thousands of bombs included in the weapons package are (...) 750 bunker buster bombs that can penetrate up to twenty feet, or six meters, of reinforced concrete. (...) Israel used bunker buster munitions to pummel Gaza’s high rise towers and wipe out entire families as they sheltered in their homes in 2014. [bz]23/5/2015
Israel rules out any payment to `enemy` IranMa`an News Agency - " After a Swiss court reportedly ordered an Israeli oil firm to compensate Iran over a scrapped joint venture, Israel said Thursday that its laws prohibited any payment to "the enemy." Iranian state news agency IRNA said Wednesday that the court had found Israel`s Trans-Asian Oil liable for payment of $1.1 billion to the National Iranian Oil Company." ca22/5/2015
Daniel Barenboim-Edward Said music academy to celebrate new centerBy DPA - Haaretz "The Barenboim-Said Academy is to be housed in the former stage depot of Berlin`s famous opera house, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, and has been designed by Frank Gehry, who "has donated his work as a contribution to the project," the foundation said. Due to open in the autumn of 2016, the academy houses rehearsal rooms over a floor area of 6,500 square metres and a 622-seater concert hall."Up to 90 young students from the Middle East will be enrolled in a four-year bachelor degree programme in music, with a curriculum rooted in both music and the humanities. Daniel Barenboim will be in charge of the academic and musical direction of the academy," the Barenboim-Said Foundation says on its website." ca22/5/2015
Report: Hamas, Israel holding secret talksMa`an - ""Hamas has a lot of important cards to play."" - id 20/5/2015
State of Palestine and Nakba 67Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "May 15th commemorates the displacement of 750,000 Palestinians and the ‘wiping off the map’ of over 500 Palestinian villages which followed the day after Israel’s Declaration of Independence was signed which promised: THE STATE OF ISRAEL…will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants." - id20/5/2015
Pax Christi International Favors Recognition of Palestine, Ban on Israeli Settlements WAFA - The World Assembly of Pax Christi urged all United Nations member states to recognize the state of Palestine and ban Israeli settlements’ construction in the occupied territories. “Without hope and vision and solidarity neither the oppressed nor the oppressor can find a way out of violence, war and a culture of death. To stand for life is Pax Christi`s international responsibility.” [bz]19/5/2015
Europe wants central role in Middle East peace, Mogherini saysReuters - Ynet - The European Union`s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says EU is ready and willing to play a major role in a re-launching of this process on the basis of the two-state solution. The EU, as Israel`s biggest trade partner and as the Palestinians` main aid donor steps in after last year`s failure by the United States to make progress to broker a two-state peace deal. [bz] 19/5/2015
War Then and Now - breaking the silence from 1967 to 2015The Economist - As one soldier says, "We may not be doing a great service to what they call `the national morale`, but we`ll do a small service to the truth." [bz]19/5/2015
New hasbara section in Israeli armyAIC - The Israeli army has tasked a special section of its planning division with fighting the “delegitimisation” campaign against Israel during times of war [ry]18/5/2015
Sepp Blatter calls for Israel concession in Palestine football dispute Sport360 - The Palestinians have sought a vote at the FIFA Congress on May 29 claiming abuse of Palestinian footballers by Israel. Blatter has made it clear he opposes the vote but that "a solution is only a realistic proposition when those who are privileged are prepared to concede something and contribute to equality. "The onus in this respect is on Israel (...)" [bz] 16/5/2015
Investors remain wary of GazaAziza Nofal - Al Monitor - "A recent conference of investors landed six projects for the West Bank, but none for Gaza because of the risk involved." - id 15/5/2015
Israel sells its story on a new Lebanon war, and the `Times` bitesNoa Yachot - +972 - "It certainly seems that Israel learned the wrong lesson from the most recent Gaza war. Instead of reexamining its rules of engagement, which turn civilians into fair game, it has chosen the tack of trying to preempt criticism of future carnage. “We told you this would happen,” they’ll be able to say." - id 15/5/2015
Bedouin village razed 83 times must pay $500,000 for demolitions, Israel saysAllison Deger - Mondoweiss - The unrecognized Bedouin village of al-Araqib was in court Wednesday, where the state of Israel argued the southern desert town must pay $500,000 [2 million Israeli Shekels] to cover the cost of demolitions, and more than 1,000 police deployed to carry out the destruction. Since 2010 al-Araqib has been razed to the ground 83 times, more than any other locality in Israel.-rh 13/5/2015
Israel prepares for a post-Assad phase in neighboring SyriaARA News - " Spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Alon Ben-David, said Sunday that the military intelligence service are working on the preparation of a list of targets that are likely to be struck inside Syria, after a possible fall of the Assad regime.Israel is concerned about the opposition party that may replace Assad regime in case of the latter’s downfall." ca13/5/2015
"She did not realize the consequences of moving to the Occupied Territories"Jerusalem Post - The EU`s ongoing confrontation with Israel`s settlement policy touched a sensitive spot: a 90-year-old Dutch woman Holocaust survivor, moved to Israel to be with her children - and it turned out that her children are living in a West Bank settlement. Thereupon, she was informed by the Dutch government that her pension will be slashed by 35%. Following a media uproar, a Dutch ministry spokesman said: "This very unfortunate incident should have been prevented. Since the woman could not have known the consequences of moving to the Occupied Territories, her pension will not be reduced.". As to how other cases would be treated, where Dutch citizens move knowingly to a settlement, "Comprehensive guidelines would be formulated and published". ak 12/5/2015
Free Speech vs. Hate Speech New York Times Editorial - Some of those who draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad may earnestly believe that they are striking a blow for freedom of expression, though it is hard to see how that goal is advanced by inflicting deliberate anguish on millions of devout Muslims who have nothing to do with terrorism. As for the Garland event, to pretend that it was motivated by anything other than hate is simply hogwash. [bz]9/5/2015
Attorney General weighs in against Bayit Yehudi High Court billBen Niran - Tazpit News Agency/Ynet - On Wednesday, the last, crucial day of coalition negotiations, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced his opposition to a bill proposed last year by Naftali Bennett`s Bayit Yehudi party. "An independent High Court is essential to the existence and strength of Israel as a democratic state," said Weinstein, adding that "it contributes to Israel`s character and image in the world as a civilized, progressive country." [bz]9/5/2015
One of Jeb Bush’s top advisers on Israel: George W. BushRobert Costa&Matea Gold - Washington Post "After spending months distancing himself from his family’s political legacy, Jeb Bush surprised a group of Manhattan financiers this week by naming his brother, former president George W. Bush, as his most influential counselor on U.S.-Israel policy." ca8/5/2015
No charges for officers involved in Kafr Kanna killingMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "On Tuesday, the Israeli police internal affairs division (PID) announced it was closing its investigation into Hamdan’s death. No charges will be brought against the officers who killed him." - id 6/5/2015
Days before Nakba anniversary: Israel to completely demolish Negev village & displace its peoplePNN - Palestine News Network - "The court in its decision admitted the Israeli intentions to demolish the village in order to establish a settlement "with a Jewish Zionist majority," according to the decision." - id 6/5/2015
Lauryn Hill cancels Israel showMa`an - R&B star Lauryn Hill on Monday canceled a concert in Israel just a few days away, saying she had tried unsuccessfully to perform in the occupied Palestinian territories as well. The former Fugees singer had been scheduled to perform Thursday near Tel Aviv but faced a social media campaign by activists who urged her to boycott Israel over its ongoing military occupation of Palestinian land. Hill said that she had wanted to schedule a second show in Ramallah in the West Bank but that the logistics "proved to be a challenge." [bz]5/5/2015
Redefining civilians and legitimate targets: Israeli soldiers testify on Gaza warMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 Magazine - Reading through the 136 pages of testimonies from soldiers and officers from nearly every involved division and brigade, two common denominators quickly become apparent. First is the massive, intentional and unnecessary destruction of homes and buildings throughout the Strip, but particularly in places that ground troops set foot. The second theme, central to nearly every testimony collected from nearly every unit involved in the fighting, was the massive volume and scope of fire employed. ak5/5/2015
Likud MK gives false testimony to Breaking the Silence in attempt to discredit itAdiv Sterman - The Times of Israel - The fabricated account had been given not by Asaf Hazan, but rather by Oren Hazan, who was elected to Knesset last month on the Likud party’s 30th slot. Hazan later admitted he had provided false testimony to Breaking the Silence, but insisted that his made-up description had in fact been published. Not true says Breaking the Silence, all accounts are carefully and rigorously examined in order to ensure reliability, exactly because of the many attempts by public bodies and individuals to discredit us. [bz] 5/5/2015
`Fire at every person you see`: Israeli soldiers reveal they were ordered to shoot to kill in Gaza – even if the targets may have been civilians Alistair Dawber - The Independent - Israeli campaign group Breaking the Silence interviews more than 60 members of the Israeli army, air force and navy, including soldiers and officers [ry]4/5/2015
Police fire stun grenades at Tel Aviv rally by Ethiopian IsraelisJack Guez, AFP - Yahoo! News - "Police fired stun grenades to disperse a rally by Ethiopian Israelis demonstrating in central Tel Aviv on Sunday against alleged police brutality and widespread discrimination" [ry]4/5/2015
Israeli army escalates to increase its budgetAIC - Israel`s military command perhaps pushes for escalation in order to increase the army`s budget, claims a military budget officer in an anonymous Facebook posting. “Wars, operations, exceptional events, they were our way to close gaps in the budget and even build up a reserve for the coming years...Facts are traitors which incite against the army and the state” [ry]4/5/2015
IDF soldiers looted home in Gaza `to pay for party`Yoav Zitun - Ynet - ""We entered a home in Saja`iyya at 4 am on Saturday night, and began searching for weapons. We had to block the windows to protect us from gunfire, using beds and furniture to do so. Another soldier and I moved the closet to block a window when a box fell out of the closet. He opened it and we saw money, about NIS 2,400. He gave me the money and I put it in my trouser pocket. I wasn`t thinking about anything at that moment."" - id for ca 1/5/2015
MK says advocating for two-state solution is treasonMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man- +972 - "Magal clarifies that he does not think Liel should be sentenced to death, but is adamant that he has committed treason — for advancing the two-state solution." - id for ca 1/5/2015
Comic Relief in the Saga of Mordechai VanunuEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "As of this writing 33 comments have been posted at Michael Sfard’s Facebook Wall following his comment:..." - id for ca 1/5/2015
One person shot at protest against Israel’s cancer-causing chemical plants in TulkaremInternational Solidarity Movement - Around fifty Palestinians and international activists gathered today in Tulkarem, east of Nablus, to protest the presence of 11 Israeli chemical plants located in the city. The protest took place outside the Gishuri chemical plant on what is locally referred to as the “death road” due to the health problems caused by the Israeli plants.-rh29/4/2015
Zoological terrorism? Israelis up in arms over `Palestine Gazelle`Mairav Zonszein - +972 "I don’t know what is sadder (or dumber): The fact that any human being would see a problem with this, or that the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo felt the need to respond to this idiocy. This is truly a low point in Israeli society. An Israeli nationalist so filled with animosity that he is picking a bone with science, with history, spreading not only hate but stupidity. And a national zoo so concerned with the idea that Israelis may begin boycotting it for using the word “Palestine” that it feels the need to respond. (The Facebook page has a bunch of comments calling The Shadow out for being a moron, but also many agreeing with him)." ca for id29/4/2015
Mass Strike Staged in Pre-48 Occupied TerritoriesIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Israeli governments lead a racist policy against the Palestinian people; they besiege them from one hand, and demolish their homes at the other, under false pretenses and under the pretext of unauthorized demolition, in addition to preventing of Palestinian town expansion and issuing racist laws against that." ca for id29/4/2015
Scottish Parliament supports Palestinian statehood Scottish Parliament Record - There was widespread support in the Scottish Parliament for the motion of Sandra White of the Scottish National Party, representing the Glasgow Kelvin Constituency, to support "recognition of the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel based on 1967 borders". While the Scottish Parliament has no authority in foreign relations issues, the debate showed the width of support for Palestinian aspirations in the Scottish society. (Note: The debate on Palestine is the last issue covered in the minutes here, following upon various other issues.) ak 28/4/2015
US Expects Israeli Pledge to Two-States to Continue or US will have trouble backing it in UN.Arutz 7 - Undersecretary Wendy Sherman`s remarks come amid renewed efforts on the part of France and New Zealand to draft a UN Security Council resolution to revive long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.[bz]28/4/2015
Spread of BDS Movement Unprecedented WorldwideIMEMC - The PLO Executive Committee welcomed a letter sent by the foreign ministers of 16 countries to the High Commission of the European Union demanding the speedy marking Israeli settlement products in European markets. It called for the adoption of policies and decisions of concrete and binding and action on illegal Israeli settlements, including the source of certification and proper marking appropriate to the source of goods and products manufactured in these settlements, calling it a first step in a series of steps should lead to a complete ban of all settlement products. [bz] 28/4/2015
Israeli Airstrike Kills Four Along Golan FrontierJason Ditz - AntiWar - Officials Say Slain Were Planting Mine on Border [ry]27/4/2015
Congress: There is no legitimate form of Palestinian resistanceMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Congress uses U.S. trade policy to undercut European pressure against Israeli settlements. A new U.S. bill legitimizes Israeli settlements and delegitimizes Palestinian non-violent resistance to the occupation [ry]27/4/2015
Activists turn to PalestineAmira Howeidy - Al-Ahram "A broad coalition of political parties, groups, student unions and professional syndicates has rediscovered its solidarity with the Palestinians, and is rallying around a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli occupation. The Egyptian Popular Campaign to Boycott Israel (BDS) seeks to name companies operating in Egypt that also work in Israel or do business with the occupation army. Its aim is to pressure them to either stop doing business with the Israelis or to leave Egypt." ca24/4/2015
Blair Family Impending Corruption Scandal? Tony Blair Faces Pressure Over Role as Middle East EnvoyGlobal Research News - Information Clearing House "The declassified letter of 2009 – published in full by Exaro – was obtained for a new book, ‘Blair Inc’, and shows how the Middle East envoy regarded the project as one of the two most important “key issues” in trying to forge a two-state solution for the Palestinians and Israelis. He lobbied Israel to allocate the bandwidth for the network, although his spokesman said that the full transfer took until 2011.Disclosure of the letter added to pressure on Blair to quit as the Quartet’s representative." ca24/4/2015
Social divide widens between West Bank, Gaza StripHazem Balousha - Al-Monitor "The inequitable distribution of resources and political and social opportunities between the West Bank and Gaza Strip is deepening the rift between the two territories, feeding people’s growing dissatisfaction on each side." ca 24/4/2015
“Farmers are not Hamas, and farmers are not ISIS”
How a Biblical Edict Became a Boon for Palestinian Farmers
Naomi Zeveloff - Forward - Soon after the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashanah, workers in Froush Beit Dajan loaded boxes of young cucumbers with yellow blossoms still attached to their stems into a truck bed shaded by a blue tarp. The cucumbers were destined for Israel, where, to the consternation of some Israeli Jews, they would be sold almost exclusively to the ultra-Orthodox.[bz]21/4/2015
Likud minister: Drowning of migrants justifies Israeli policyLisa Goldman - +972 - Katz demonstrates vulgarity and an almost pathological lack of compassion with his gleeful-sounding status, in which he makes political capital of a catastrophe involving the massacre of hundreds of human beings — including small children. [bz]21/4/2015
Settler group tries to shut down bi-national Memorial Day eventHaggai Matar - +972 - The Samaria Settler Council, the same group that recently released a video defaming human rights groups with anti-Semitic imagery, petitions the defense minister to stop Palestinians from participating in, and to pass a law banning an alternative Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony. [bz]21/4/2015
Israel: Leaders Decline to Meet CarterJodi Rudoren - NYT - When Carter visited Jerusalem in 2012 with a group of former leaders called The Elders, he met with Shimon Peres, then president, but said he had been denied meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet. [bz]21/4/2015
War is America’s BusinessRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Calvin Coolidge once famously remarked that `the business of America is business.` Now that statement has become a tautology. But it needs to be updated: today, the business of America is war" [ry]20/4/2015
Israel, Palestinians Agree on Tax Revenue TransferAP - The Wallstreet Journal - Speaking to a gathering of Palestinians leaders, Mr. Abbas said that “There is an agreement; the money will be sent in full.” [bz]18/4/2015
Eye on the futureNevine El-Aref - Al-Ahram "Culture, Al-Nabawi believes, is the “soft power of the state” and should be used to convert enemies into friends. “This requires time and effort,” he says. “Changing people’s thoughts and traditions is not an easy task and cannot be accomplished overnight...The ministry has 34,000 employees and an annual budget of LE1.5 billion, 66 per cent of which goes to paying salaries." ca17/4/2015
How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons ProgramAvner Cohen and William Burr - Information Clearing House "An exclusive look inside newly declassified documents shows how Israel blocked U.S. efforts to uncover its secret nuclear reactor." ca17/4/2015
Vandals attack Christian graveyard in northern IsraelMa`an News Agency - "Police opened an investigation after receiving a report about damage to a number of graves at the Christian cemetery in Kufr Birim, spokeswoman Luba Samri said, indicating that the tombstones were "broken and displaced." Kufr Birim is a derelict Palestinian village whose inhabitants were evicted by Israeli forces 1948 six months after Israel was established and never allowed to return. The village was almost totally razed by the Israeli army in 1953." ca17/4/2015
IDF`s Gaza probe reveals Hamas outsmarted forces in RafahYoav Zitun - Ynet - "Internal IDF investigation into `Black Friday` incident during Gaza war reveals forces entered Rafah without proper military equipment, fell prey to Hamas ruse conducted under cover of humanitarian lull." id 15/4/2015
How Israel was absolved of Deir Yassin and all other massacresIlan Pappe - EI - "On the anniversary’s eve, I went with a group of Palestinians, Israelis and visitors from abroad to a tour in the village organized by Zochrot, the Israeli group that continues relentlessly to remind Israelis of the crimes committed during the Nakba." id for bz 14/4/2015
How the Israeli army obfuscates its use of live fire against PalestiniansRodrick Beiler - +972 = "Recent statements by unnamed military sources attempt to confuse the issue of lower-powered but completely lethal ammunition used against Palestinians." id for bz 14/4/2015
Justice unlikely in deadly Kafr Kanna police shootingMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Clashes break out in the town in northern Israel as police demolish local resident’s home. Knesset member warns of ‘consequences’ if the officer who shot Khair Hamdan isn’t charged [ry]13/4/2015
High court success for al Arakib residentsAIC - A decision of Israel`s High Court is now being published which rejects the state`s appeal and accepts the position of al Arakib residents, the Abu Madyam A-Turi and Abu Freih families: al Arakib residents who are struggling for their land that was stolen from them can bring their arguments before the court in the city of Beer Sheva and to demand recognition of their ownership and annulment of the confiscation of their land in the 1950s [ry]13/4/2015
Zionist Camp MK: Israel can maximize benefits from Iran dealMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "It’s not too late; there’s still time for damage control of the nuclear deal reached with Iran,” newly elected Zionist Camp Knesset member Maj. Gen. (Res.) Eyal Ben-Reuven said. Ben-Reuven, who is expected to serve on the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on behalf of the Zionist Camp told Al-Monitor, with reference to the progress made in the Lausanne nuclear talks..." ca 12/4/2015
New Joint List MK: Israel discriminates against ArabsMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "In his first interview with Al-Monitor, Jabareen states that in no other country in the world that boasts about its democracy is there such a large volume of discriminatory legislation against a national minority." ca 12/4/2015
NYU faculty call for divestment from companies supplying the Israeli army Alex Kane - Mondoweiss "About 120 New York University (NYU) professors are calling on the school to divest from companies linked to the Israeli occupation." ca 12/4/2015
Why I took my family to Sinai for our Passover vacationOrly Noy - +972 "While Sinai used to be one of the most popular tourist destinations for Israeli Jews, today it is nearly abandoned. But neither the threat of Al-Qaida attacks, ISIS kidnappings or her friends’ pleading could stop Orly Noy from going back to her own private heaven." ca12/4/2015
Netanyahu resurrects ‘no partner’ excuse for Iran dealMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - " pulling out all of its usual tricks. It is clear that the Israeli prime minister will never accept any deal with the current Iranian regime — much like his approach to the two-state solution." - id 8/4/2015
Palestinians Want UN Timetable to End Israeli OccupationEdith M. Lederer, Associated Press - ABC News - "The Palestinians are `ready and willing` to see if the U.N. Security Council has `the political will` to adopt a resolution with a deadline for ending Israel`s occupation and establishing a Palestinian state, the Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Monday. Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters that adoption of a resolution with a timetable would be `one of the most effective measures to combat extremism in our region, because extremists receive their fuel from the injustice of the Palestinian people`" [ry]7/4/2015
PLO and Hamas decry Yarmouk `death trap`Ma`an - IS reportedly captured a square where residents of Yarmouk gather to receive aid handouts. On Saturday, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness described the situation in the camp as "an affront to the humanity of all of us, a source of universal shame." "The humanitarian actors on the ground, like UNRWA, must have immediate access to bring urgent assistance to civilians," Gunness said. He urged "moral and diplomatic leadership from the international community" to ensure the protection of civilians. [bz] 6/4/2015
Yarmouk: Not sure which is worse, the arrival of Islamic State, or the starvation and war that preceded it. Roi Kais - Ynet - Thousands of Palestinians live in Yarmouk, the descendants of Palestinians who fled Israel upon the establishment of the state in 1948. They are now caught between a rock and a hard place: on the one hand Bashar Assad`s air force is launching barrel bombs in the area in an attempt to eliminate his opponents, and on the other side is fierce fighting between rebel groups – the brutal Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda`s arm in the country. [bz] 6/4/2015
Refusing handout, Abbas threatens to turn to ICC over frozen tax moniesMa`an - "We will not take the money until we get all of it: either you give us the full amount or we go to the ICC." [bz]6/4/2015
Will PA focus on settlements at ICC?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - To start war crimes cases against Israelis involved in last summer`s attack on Gaza, Palestinians would need to show to the ICC`s satisfaction that investigations carried out by Israel`s own judicial system were not effective; this might take years. On the other hand, the case against Israeli settlement activities, land confiscation and the movement of persons from the occupying country to the occupied areas form a much easier case to win. The Fourth Geneva Convention makes very clear that settlements and those directing and protecting the settlers are committing a violation of international humanitarian law — which makes the settlement track stronger for Palestinians, since it is a crime that is still continuing, and no denial of its existence is possible. ak 6/4/2015
‘This is what happens when you don’t have a nuclear weapon: America attacks.’, Obama in interview.Thomas Friedman - NYT - “We know that a military strike or a series of military strikes can set back Iran’s nuclear program for a period of time — but almost certainly will prompt Iran to rush towards a bomb, will provide an excuse for hard-liners inside of Iran to say, ‘This is what happens when you don’t have a nuclear weapon: America attacks.’ `There is no option, to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon that will be more effective than the diplomatic initiative and framework that we put forward.` [bz]6/4/2015
Israel Dismantles Solar Panels Providing Power To A Bedouin CommunityIMEMC - "The Hebron Defense Committee said the solar panels were the only source of electricity to the residents, and provided power to a children`s school.Israel repeatedly invades Palestinian Bedouin communities near occupied Jerusalem, the West Bank Northern Plains, Hebron, and several other areas in occupied Palestine. " ca3/4/2015
A Promising Nuclear Deal With IranThe Editorial Board - NYT "Mr. Obama, speaking at the White House, insisted he was not relying on trust to ensure Iran’s compliance but on “the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program.” ca3/4/2015
Will the real Isaac Herzog please stand up?Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - Tthe only remaining path to bringing the occupation beyond the Green Line to an end is forcibly removing Israel from the territories. The first, unavoidable step on this path is a UN Security Council resolution recognizing a Palestinian state on the basis of 1967 borders, together with a specified time frame for negotiations or international arbitration on the details. This is the highest interest of Jewish, democratic, moral and secure Israel. The international community must know that a large proportion of elected officials in Israel, and not only “the usual suspects” such as Meretz and the Joint List of Arab parties, support the immediate admission of Palestine to the United Nations. The heads of the Security Council member states must know that in the eyes of a central group within Israeli society, a vote for Palestine would not be considered an “anti-Israeli” or “anti-Semitic” act. [bz for id]1/4/2015
The Jewish establishment has banned these four valiant Jews. Why?Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - All in their 70s, they are veterans of the civil rights movement; they went south 50 years ago to help free our country from Jim Crow, risking their lives for equal rights. But they have been banned from speaking at Hillel, the Jewish campus organization, because they have come out in favor of Palestinian human rights. Last Wednesday they were to speak at Swarthmore Hillel, but... [bz for id]1/4/2015
Israel offering African asylum seekers departure to third country - or detentionOmri Efraim - Ynet - Africans refusing to take part in the `willing departure` program will face a hearing, where it will be decided whether to move him to another detention facility as someone who fails to cooperate in his expulsion. [bz for id] 1/4/2015
Obama, Netanyahu and the Palestinian conflict: What`s next?Noam Sheizaf - +972 - The first policy option the administration has is to publish the parameters for a future Palestinian state. In other words, to let it be known how the U.S. envisions this state (probably pre-’67 borders with land swaps, the division of Jerusalem and no substantial refugee return). Such positions matter because they serve as the starting points for future negotiations. Since Israel is the stronger party, which holds all the cards, publishing parameters is traditionally considered as a move that serves the Palestinians. [bz for id]1/4/2015
Gazans hope ICC will make `Israel pay`Ma`an - Palestine joined the ICC with the goal of trying Israeli leaders for alleged war crimes in the fighting in and around the Gaza Strip in summer 2014, and alleged crimes relating to the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. [bz for id]1/4/2015
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