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Coalition Chairman Threatens to Strip Citizenship of Israeli Activist Who Criticized Occupation at UN Jonathan Lis - Haaretz - Likud lawmaker David Bitan told Channel 2 that B`Tselem head Hagai El-Ad`s remarks were an "explicit breach of trust by an Israeli citizen against the state, and as such he should find himself another citizenship." The law allows the state to revoke someone`s citizenship only in cases of terrorism, treason or espionage. [bz]22/10/2016
Inside Palestine’s first green schoolAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor "Civil and state institutions in Palestine are increasingly using eco-friendly services like solar power and are working to promote this culture among the next generation. The Palestinian cabinet decided during its meeting on Aug. 25, 2015, that the Ministry of Education and the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority would coordinate to study the possibility of supplying all schools in Palestine with alternative power sources. On Aug. 28, the solar cell project was launched to light all the schools in the town of Jinsafut in the northern West Bank, producing 28 kilowatt-hours. The project was funded by the United Nations Development Programme." ca 21/10/2016
Does Donald Trump Realize Jewish Refugees Were Also Called ‘Trojan Horses’?Marion Kaplan - The Forward "Beginning in 1933 and ramping up as German tanks rolled into neighboring lands, European Jews desperately sought entry into America. Yet, while Jews faced increasing persecution and violence, American leaders worried about “fifth columnists,” alleged Nazi agents who might sneak into the United States as refugees." ca21/10/2016
Palestine Official Writes To SA Over SA MP’s Proposed Visit To IsraelPNN - Palestine News Network - "Meshoe planned to visit illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied State of Palestine as part of an upcoming conference organised by the ‘Israel Allies Foundation’ in co-ordination with the Israeli government. It is understood that the conference was scheduled to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Liberation and Unification of Jerusalem." - id19/10/2016
In Kansas City: can asking a question critical of Israel lead to prosecution? Ian Cummings - Kansas City Star - At the Kansas City Public Library, former diplomat Dennis Ross gave the inaugural Truman and Israel Lecture, established by the Truman Library Institute and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City. A member of the audience, Jeremy Rothe-Kushel, asked Ross whether Jewish Americans such as himself should be concerned about actions by the U.S. and Israel "which amount to state-sponsored terrorism.” Instead of Ross answering the question, private security guards employed by the Jewish Community Foundation grabbed Rothe-Kushel and dragged him out. Now, is charged in city court with "trespassing" and "resisting arrest", while library employee Woolfolk is charged with "interfering" with Rothe-Kushel`s arrest by the police. “This is a big violation of the very first amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” says Kansas City Public Library executive director R. Crosby Kemper III. [ak] 18/10/2016
US ‘troubled’ by attacks on Israeli rights group B’TselemBarak Ravid/Rapul Wootliff - Haaretz/Times of Israel - US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said that Washington valued the information provided by B’Tselem about the situation in the West Bank. Reacting to the sharp attack of PM Netanyahu against B’Tselem, Kirby said: “We believe that a free and unfettered civil society is a critical component of democracy. We believe it is important that governments protect the freedoms of expression, and create an atmosphere where all voices can be heard. We are troubled by instances anywhere in the world where these principles are threatened.” [ak]18/10/2016
Women told not to walk on main road in ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem townShehab Khan - The Independent - Females in Mea Sharim urged to use side streets and to minimise their visits to the neighbourhood [ry] 17/10/2016
UNESCO to Vote on Resolution Refuting “Jewishness” of Al Aqsa MosqueIMEMC News & Agencies - "The proposal, presented by the Palestinians, along with Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, condemns Israel on several issues related to Jerusalem and its holy sites.Haaretz additionally reported that the proposal “acknowledges that the city of Jerusalem is holy to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity but says the Temple Mount holy site is sacred only to Muslims and fails to mention its significance to Jews.” ca 14/10/2016
Hollande: `France has a problem with Islam`Al-Jazeera and Agencies - "President Francois Hollande told the authors of a book just published that France has "a problem with Islam" and there are too many immigrants arriving in the country who "shouldn`t be here".Hollande made the controversial remarks to the authors of A President Shouldn`t Say That... in December 2015, a month after gunmen attacked Paris, killing 130 people. "It`s true that there`s a problem with Islam. No one doubts it," Hollande is quoted as saying in the book published this week...Hollande also told the Le Monde journalists Gerard David and Fabrice Lhomme: "I think there are too many arrivals of immigration that shouldn`t be there." ca 14/10/2016
NDA: arrest of party members reeks of political persecutionAIC - `Never before in the political history of Israel have the leadership and members of a political party been targeted by police in a wave of arrests for similar allegations,` writes National Democratic Assembly (NDA) representatives [ry] 10/10/2016
Israel strips residency of slain Palestinian’s widowThe Palestinian Information Center (PIC) - The Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Thursday decided to strip a Palestinian woman of her Israeli residency status, as a ‘message of deterrence to Palestinian attackers and their families`. [bz]9/10/2016
Unprecedented Decision: Woman Sentenced to Death Penalty in Khan Younis; PCHR Reiterates Rejection of Death Penalty and Calls for its AbolishmentPCHR Gaza - IMEMC " According to PCHR’s follow-up, the First Instance Court in Khan Younis sentenced a woman (N. ‘A.) (26), from ‘Abasan village, east of Khan Younis, to death by hanging, after being convicted of premeditated murder of her husband (R. ‘A.) (36). In 2016, the number of death sentences issued has so far risen to 15 sentences, 12 of which were issued by Military Courts, while the rest 3 were issued by a Civil Court." ca 7/10/2016
One Year Later, a Tip About a Border Crossing Pays OffBEN HUBBARD and KARAM SHOUMALI - NYT "Rare are the cases in foreign reporting when publishing an article brings about a concrete effect, but we recently got proof that one of ours made it harder for the jihadists of the Islamic State to make bombs — in a document from the jihadists themselves." ca7/10/2016
Shimon Peres: Not Just a Man of PeaceTOM SEGEV - NYT - "As Ben-Gurion’s deputy minister of defense, Mr. Peres also held part of the responsibility for the harsh and often arbitrary restrictions that the military imposed on the county’s Arab citizens, including extensive land confiscations." - id 5/10/2016
How we learned to forget the villages we destroyedTom Pessah- +972 - "...the book enabled me to de-familiarize the familiar – to finally notice the ruins and the cacti I regularly passed on bus rides, and to start asking questions about their former inhabitants." - id 5/10/2016
Israel Censors Story on 2011 Sinai Attack on Israeli TerritoryRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "All of this makes both Bibi a liar and the censor look like even more of an idiot than she already is.  I thought about titling this post: Bibi Lies, Israel Cries, and the Censor Doesn’t Think Twice!" - id 5/10/2016
Abbas visits former hunger-striking prisoner Malik al-Qadi in hospitalMa`an 30 September [same day as Peres funeral] - While meeting al-Qadi at the Arab Istishari Hospital in Ramallah, Abbas congratulated the young man for obtaining his release after going 68 days without food to protest being held by Israel in administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges. [bz]2/10/2016
World Leaders Gather to Mourn Shimon Peres, and Possibly His DreamPeter Baker - New York Times - In his eulogy, Mr. Netanyahu welcomed by name many of the foreign figures in attendance without mentioning Mr. Abbas. It was left to Mr. Obama to acknowledge the Palestinian leader, saying that his “presence here is a gesture and a reminder of the unfinished business of peace.” For his part, Mr. Abbas, in a move perceived by some analysts as a jab at Mr. Netanyahu’s government, brought along an adviser, Mohammed al-Madani, who was barred by Israel last summer for “subversive” activities. [bz] 1/10/2016
Israel police target Palestinian Balad party in arrestsZena Tahhan - Al Jazeera - "Six party members and activists, including party chairman Awad Abdel Fattah, remain in police custody, while at least 29 others were released after varying periods of interrogation." - id 28/9/2016
Abbas discusses French initiative with Socialist Party delegationWAFA - "Hamdallah briefed the delegation on Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, particularly home demolitions and violations against prisoners." - id 28/9/2016
IDF Censor redacts 1 in 5 articles it reviews for publicationHaggai Matar - +972 - "The Israeli military censor has redacted, in full or in part, over 17,000 articles since 2011."..."the new IDF Censor is attempting to redact already-published information with alarming frequency." - id28/9/2016
Bennett: US election period is ‘opportunity’ to annex parts of West Bank Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - “I see this as a period of opportunity to take action with regard to the future of Judea and Samaria,” the Education Minister told Israel Radio. [bz]27/9/2016
What Did Clinton and Trump Say About the Middle East?Allison Kaplan Sommer - Haaretz - None of the moderator’s questions touched directly on Israel or the Palestinian conflict at all - a telling fact in itself. Trump did drop Netanyahu`s name once, in connection with Iran, Clinton chose not to mention her meeting with him. The nuclear deal with Iran and ISIS were the Middle East topics in the debate. Trump hotly claimed that he had opposed the invasion of Iraq, but asserted that once already there the US should have left some 10,000 to 15,000 soldiers in Iraq and kept control of the Iraqi oil, and on the other hand he also asserted that the US spent far too much money in the Middle East. Clinton said that the most secret part of Trump`s plan to defeat ISIS is that he does not have any plan. [ak] 27/9/2016
Trump links plan for Mexico border wall to Israel`s `successful` separation barrierBen Jacobs - The Guardian - Republican’s campaign highlights lengthy discussion between Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on securing borders [ry] 26/9/2016
Palestinians try to kick WB soccer teams out of FIFAAP, Ynet - The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is headlining another international venue once again following a Palestinian push to have FIFA declare settlement soccer teams illegal; Israel Football Association head Shlomi Barzel: `FIFA is not the United Nations` [ry] 26/9/2016
Facebook `blocks accounts` of Palestinian journalistsSophia Hyatt - AlJazeera - Account suspensions come on heels of agreement between social media giant and Israel to team up against "incitement" [ry] 26/9/2016
Extremist Jewish settlers attack Christians in JerusalemMEMO - "The Israeli settlers, led by the extremist Jewish activist Benzi Gopstein, attacked the gathering which was organised inside a hall on Thursday night whilst chanting anti-Christian slogans and insults" [ry] 26/9/2016
Netanyahu calls for fighting “savages” and “pulling out the weeds” at Africa event at U.N.Ben Norton - Salon - The right-wing Israeli prime minister espoused aggressive "security" policies in a talk on technology in Africa [ry] 26/9/2016
Mideast Quartet warns that Israeli settlements eroding two-state solutionReuters - Ynet - France`s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that while the path to peace was narrowing, it still existed... [bz]24/9/2016
Accept Palestine or face ‘sea of hatred,’ Jordanian king warns IsraelGabriel Samuels - Independent - `Peace is a conscious decision. Israel has to embrace peace or eventually be engulfed in a sea of hatred in a region of turmoil`. [bz]24/9/2016
Women gain ground in Jordan election despite yawning gender gapOlivia Cuthbert - The Guardian "Women claim 20 parliamentary seats as move to proportional representation reaps dividends for record number of female candidates." ca23/9/2016
Israel`s `50 most influential women` — not a single ArabSamah Salaime - +972 "So, dear editors of Lady Globes, next time before you include MK Shelly Yachimovich (Zionist Union) in your list of Israel’s most influential women — despite the fact that most of the struggles she has spearheaded have not really succeeded — perhaps you should pick up the phone and call MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), the first Arab woman to head the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, and who has a positive influence on many aspects of women’s lives here, be they Arab or Jewish." ca23/9/2016
Obama at UN: Israel can`t permanently occupy PalestiniansAlexander J. Apfel - Ynet - "Taking his final opportunity to reflect on the world`s achievements during his leadership, the US president stressed that `Palestinians must recognize they can`t incite against Israelis and Israel has to recognize it can`t permanently occupy Palestinians.`" - id21/9/2016
Levy named president of US/Middle East Project. The Arab Daily News - "Longtime American Jewish peace activist to head international peace group succeeding founder Henry Siegman. The group is based in London and New York and advocates for Palestinian-Israeli peace." - id 21/9/2016
Massacre at Ras Sudr, How Future IDF Chief of Staff Ordered 1967 War CrimeSeptember 19, 2016Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Like many readers, I like to unravel a good mystery and the censorship of Benn’s piece piqued my interest. A confidential Israeli source told me that his story dealt with the massacre of captive Egyptian prisoners at Ras Sudr." - id 21/9/2016
AIPAC gets 88 Senators to support continued American veto Jerusalem Post - On the eve of Netanyahu`s meeting with Obama, AIPAC once again demonstrated its control of Capitol Hill, getting 88 US Senators to sign a letter calling upon the President Obama to uphold the long-standing US policy of "a veto of any one-sided United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding the Israeli- Palestinian conflict". While paying lip-service to "a sustainable two-state solution, with a future state of Palestine living in peace and security with Israel", the AIPAC letter ruled out any involvement by international bodies; "direct negotiations" with the US as "an indispensable trusted mediator" was declared the only acceptable format. Still, any reference to the Two State Solution US was too much for Senator and failed presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who refused to add his name. [ak]20/9/2016
Kerry `concerned by surge in settlement activity, violence`Jerusalem Post - Following Secretary of State Kerry`s meeting with President Abbas, the State Department announced that the two "Discussed regional challenges and constructive ideas for the way forward", reiterated their "Shared goal of a two state solution" and “Agreed on the importance of continuing to work with key partners". Israeli media immediately seized on one key phrase, where Kerry combined "violence and settlement activity" as the two factors undermining the chances of the Two-State Solution. [ak] 20/9/2016
In the village of Ara: right-wing provocatuers with Israeli flags; residents blocking the roadHassan Shaalan - Ynet - Dozens of right-wing activists staged a demonstration Monday afternoon in the northern Israeli village of Ara outside the home belonging to the parents of Nashat Melhem, who carried out a deadly shooting terror attack on New Year’s Day. Local residents however, posit that the real targets of the demonstration are not terrorists or their sympathizers but the Arab community as a whole. [bz] 20/9/2016
Israel`s `50 most influential women` — not a single ArabSamah Salaime - +972 - Israel’s leading economic paper couldn’t find a single Arab to put on their list of Israel’s most influential women [ry]19/9/2016
Israeli justice minister: BDS is the ‘new face of terrorism’MEMO - “Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked branded the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement a form of `terrorism` […] compared the BDS campaign to tunnels under the Gaza border fence” [ry]19/9/2016
Israel linked to suspension of Palestine course at UC BerkeleyNora Barrows-Friedman and Ali Abunimah - EI - "The University of California, Berkeley [...] has shut down a student-led course on Palestine. The censorship is one of Nicholas Dirks’ last acts as chancellor of the college. His administration decided to suspend the course after Israel-aligned organizations demanded that he do so. There are indications of pressure from the Israeli government as well" [ry]19/9/2016
Death amongst the tourists of occupied East JerusalemImran Khan - AlJazeera - Life in Jerusalem quickly returns to normal after a man is killed by Israeli troops for allegedly trying to carry out a stabbing attempt [ry] 19/9/2016
Palestinian Supreme Court freezes municipal elections in West Bank, GazaAhmad Jaradat - AIC - The Israeli occupation and the division between Fatah and Hamas has created a crisis of democracy in Palestine [ry] 19/9/2016
‘Shame on you,’ Israel, for turning Obama ‘into some Jew hater,’ Tom Friedman saysPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Tom Friedman went on a great rant on Israeli television saying Shame on Israel for turning Obama into a Jew hater, and that Prime Minister Netanyahu “won the debate” and was turning Israel into one state and that Israel has the same issue as the United States, becoming a minority-majority country, but Israel’s answer to that condition is: apartheid." ca16/9/2016
Shimon Peres, Former Prime Minister of Israel, Suffers a StrokePETER BAKER - NYT - "Mr. Peres...played a key role through much of the country’s history as both warrior and peacemaker. He remains an influential figure in Israel and abroad...through the Peres Center for Peace, a nonprofit organization that promotes reconciliation, tolerance and innovation." - id 14/9/2016
US and Israel to sign record military aid dealAl-Jazeera - "The United States has agreed a record multi-billion-dollar deal to provide Israel with military assistance for 10 years from 2019, according to US officials.| - id14/9/2016
Israel’s anti-BDS task force enjoys unchecked power to ‘struggle against terror’Sergio Yahni - AIC - Even the Israeli ministry of justice – a crucial arm of Israeli occupation – fears that the almost complete secrecy afforded to the MoSA could result in unchecked “adventurous operations” against BDS activists. [bz]13/9/2016
CUNY ‘Anti-Semitism’ Investigation Finds Scant Evidence of Wrongdoing by Pro-Palestinian ActivistsJosh Nathan-Kazis - Forward - While the ZOA had specifically targeted SJP for criticism, the report said that there was a “tendency to blame SJP for any act of anti-Semitism on any CUNY campus,” which the report called a mistake. Noting that an SJP leader had been the victim of an anti-Muslim incident at Brooklyn College, the report said: “No fair-minded person would attribute that conduct to Hillel, and SJP should be judged by the same standards.” [bz]13/9/2016
Daily planner for school kids encourages return to Gush KatifShahar Chai - Ynet - Parents outraged at controversial planner given to elementary school children in the national-religious sector, which contains messages of Jewish superiority over the gentiles, religious preaching and problematic political texts concerning historic events [ry] 12/9/2016
Israeli Supreme Court: Force Feeding of Hunger Strikers is ConstitutionalIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Israeli Supreme Court ruled, on Sunday, that a law which permits force feeding hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners is constitutional, rejecting petitions filed last year by the Israel Medical Association (IMA), and by several human rights groups who argued the law contravened medical law and ethics regarding patients’ rights" [ry] 12/9/2016
Netanyahu is a war criminal, says former Dutch PM Adri Nieuwhof - EI - "“While the streets of Gaza were red with the blood of children in the summer of 2014, the red carpets are being rolled out here,” Kuzu wrote on Facebook. “That doesn’t deserve a handshake but a reference to #FreePalestine.”" - id 9/9/2016
Why the Abbas KGB ‘revelation’ came out now Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man- +972 - "Israeli academic who fed the story to the press tells the ‘NY Times’ he wanted to undercut the Kremlin’s efforts to host Israeli-Palestinian peace talks." - id 9/9/2016
Israel Whitewashes Genocidal Sudanese Regime Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The next thing you know, there will be African refugees expelled from Israel and dumped in Kharthoum as they currently are in Uganda and other states whose acquiescence has been bought by Israeli arms and trade deals." - id 9/9/2016
Guerrilla Art Exhibit Unmasks the Face of TerrorismPETER BAKER - NYT "Mr. Douek, a businessman who was a founder of the social change movement Zionism 2000 and of other civic organizations, said Israel needed to show more respect to its Arab citizens to help prevent the sort of alienation that gives rise to violence. “People think you can deal with terrorism just by killing people,” he said. “It doesn’t work that way.” ca7/9/2016
Israeli Trump supporters open campaign office in West BankEli Berlizon - Reuters "Israeli supporters of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have opened a campaign office in the occupied West Bank, saying they hope to get as many American expatriates as possible to cast an absentee ballot for their candidate...There are about 300,000 U.S. citizens in Israel, according to the non-profit group Republican Overseas Israel, which opened the office in the Jewish settlement Karnei Shomron on Monday. It estimates as many as 80,000 of them live in the West Bank, though it is not clear how many are eligible voters." ca7/9/2016
Born again peaceniks: How ex-IDF generals clean their conscienceOrly Noy - +972 - For years they have served in high-ranking positions in the Israeli army, taking part in the most violent aspects of the occupation. Only once they leave do they suddenly discover that, perhaps, military rule isn’t such a great idea [ry] 5/9/2016
Will Israel be put on trial for war crimes?Jonathan Cook - AlJazeera - An expected visit by ICC delegation could increase the risk of Israeli officials being tried for war crimes [ry] 5/9/2016
PA opens fire on funeral of Fatah leader beaten to death by Palestinian security officers Kate - Mondoweiss "Thousands of Palestinians in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday afternoon took part in a funeral for Ahmad Izz Halaweh, who was beaten to death in detention earlier this week by Palestinian security officers. The funeral set off from the Rafidiya governmental hospital and headed to the eastern cemetery of Nablus amid maximum security procedures by Palestinian security forces. Mourners in the funeral called for Nablus district Governor Akram Rujoub to resign from office and for those responsible for Halaweh’s brutal killing to be held accountable." ca2/9/2016
The metamorphosis of a Jewish supremacistOrly Noy - +972 "David Mizrahi, once a vocal anti-Arab hatemonger, made amends in a heartfelt Facebook post, and began preaching tolerance and acceptance. In the current climate in Jerusalem, this is a brave and commendable thing to do." ca2/9/2016
Israel/OPT: ‘Secret trial’ of Gaza aid worker will not deliver justiceAmnesty International - "The Israeli authorities must ensure that the trial of a detained humanitarian worker employed by the charity World Vision is fair and open, said Amnesty International on the eve of his trial, amid reports that the proceedings are due to take place in secret. Mohammed al-Halabi, the manager of Gaza operations for the child- focused global development NGO, is facing 12 charges including being a member of a “terrorist organization” and siphoning off the charity’s funds for “terrorism” purposes. He was initially denied access to a lawyer and, when she was eventually allowed to meet him, he alleged he had been seriously mistreated in custody." ca 2/9/2016
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