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Major Russian-Israeli Diamond Merchant and Real Estate Developer Under Criminal InvestigationRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "This story is important … because of Leviev’s role in expanding Israeli settlements." … " Leviev was also known to have close business relationships with other Russian Jewish oligarchs like Roman Abramovich. Both men lived in Britain. Leviev himself once owned the most expensive home in the entire UK, which he purchased for $70-million." - id8/11/2018
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Israel lawmakers to debate death penalty for Palestinian `terrorists`AFP/Middle East Eye - Israel`s parliament will renew debate next week on a bill that would make it easier to sentence Palestinian attackers to death, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. The bill, which passed a preliminary vote by the full parliament in January, would ease the requirements military courts in the occupied West Bank must meet to sentence Palestinians convicted of "terrorist" crimes to death. As the law stands now, a panel of three military judges must unanimously approve any death penalty in military courts. The new bill, planned by members of Lieberman`s Yisrael Beitenu party at his behest, would change the requirement to a majority instead of unanimity. "Death Penalty to Terrorists" had been one of the planks of Lieberman`s elections campaign in 2015. Lieberman`s rival on the extreme right, Education Minister Bennet, had been accusing Lieberman of "taking tough but acting softly". With new elections coming near, Lieberman feels obliged to make a show of toughness, and for the same reason PM Netanyahu now supports the death penalty bill. [ak] 6/11/2018
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Victory for San Francisco State professor over pro-Israel lawfare suitNora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada - The lawsuit was initially filed in June 2017 by the Lawfare Project against professor Rabab Abdulhadi and the university over her Palestine research and criticisms of Israel. It was re-filed twice more after each attempt was dismissed and accused Abdulhadi and her employer of fostering a hostile environment for Jewish students which they claimed was due to the growing support for Palestinian rights on campus. [bz]6/11/2018
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It Is a New Era, But China’s Balancing Act Will Fail in the Middle EastRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “The political division of Arab countries, the wars in Syria and elsewhere have pushed Palestine down from being a top Arab priority into some strange bargain involving ‘regional peace’ as part of Trump’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’. This painful reality has weakened Palestine’s position in China, which, at least for now, values its relationship with Israel at a higher level than its historical bond with Palestine and the Arab people” [ry]5/11/2018
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Netanyahu hails Brazil leader`s plan to move embassy to Jerusalem AFP - "I congratulate my friend Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro for his intention to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, a historic, correct and exciting step!" Netanyahu said in a statement." ca 2/11/2018
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Traveling the world as a Palestinian on an Israeli passport+972 Magazine - "When I traveled to Morocco last year, I was escorted from the airport by security — for my protection, because of my Israeli passport — and greeted with “Shabbat Shalom.” When I told the airport official “thank you, but I am not Jewish,” he responded, “it does not matter.” In 2013, I applied for a visa to conduct research in Egypt. The application has been pending ever since. I did not really know what happened until recently when my Egyptian friend, whose address I had used on the application, finally told me that Egyptian intelligence officers had come to her house and questioned her about her relationship with “this Israeli student,” even though I wrote my name in Arabic on the application. My Israeli passport trumped my Palestinian heritage." ca 2/11/2018
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Will Europe use Israeli drones against refugees?Mark Akkerman - The Electronic Intifada - "In September, the EU’s border management agency Frontex announced the start of trial flights for drones in Italy, Greece and Portugal. There was a major omission in the Frontex statement: the type of drones being tested have been used previously to attack Gaza." - id 1/11/2018
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AG rules out house demolition for mentally ill terroristsTova Tzimuki - Ynet - " In a letter to Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Mandelblit wrote that in cases of terrorists suffering from mental disorders, the demolition of their homes would not achieve the desired goal of deterrence." - id 1/11/2018
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Arab themes dominate 32nd Annual Israeli Film Festival in Los AngelesRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Films include “Foreign Land,” “In Her Footsteps,” “The Oslo Diaries,” “Avanti Popolo,” “Tzeva Adom: Color Red”" - id 1/11/2018
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Muslim Groups Raise Thousands for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims Matthew Haag - New York Times - “Putting our religious differences or even your political differences aside, the core of all of us is that we have a shared humanity,” Mr. El-Messidi said in an interview. “We really wanted to reach out as human beings to help.” (...) One person who jumped at the chance to help was Shay Khatiri, an Iranian-American who immigrated to the United States four years ago. Mr. Khatiri, who lives in Washington, created a GoFundMe campaign for the synagogue on Saturday. Over the weekend, donors contributed more than $100,000. Then $200,000. And by Tuesday evening, the campaign had raised nearly $900,000. The latest goal is to bring in $1 million. Among the donors, “there are Steins and Bergs, and there are Mohammeds. There are generic American names, and there are Asian ones,” Mr. Khatiri wrote on GoFundMe. “It is only fitting that Americans of all backgrounds — immigrant, native-born, Jewish, atheist, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim, etc. — are uniting against this hateful act. America is beautiful!” [bz]31/10/2018
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PCC decides to suspend recognition of IsraelMa`an - The Palestinian Central Council (PCC) decided on Monday, a day after meeting in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, to end all commitments in agreements the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has signed with Israel, suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine, end security coordination and end the Paris Economic Protocols, in view of Israel`s continued denial of the signed agreements. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was authorized to decide whether and when to implement the decisions.[bz]30/10/2018
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I wish we could mourn Pittsburgh as one Jewish people — but we can`tSimone Zimmerman - IfNotNow . +972 Magazine - I want to mourn with my beloved Jewish people who feel terror and are wondering if anyone else sees our pain. I want to mourn with all of my beloved Jewish people, but as the Israeli Right exploits this tragedy for their political gain, aided by their apologists in the American Jewish establishment, it is clear that even in our mourning, we are divided. Following the massacre, Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted, “They were killed because they are Jews… We must never forget that. We are one,” and thanked President Trump for his support of the victims. Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer deflected a question about Trump’s anti-Semitic dog whistles by justifying criticism of George Soros and insisted that Trump’s election had nothing to do with what happened in Pittsburgh. Conveniently omitted was the detail that the killer was a white supremacist who, hours before his attack posted that “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people" and that this was heis reason to go in and kill Jews. And also omitted - that this same week, after railing against “corrupt, power hungry globalists,” Trump proudly declared himself a “nationalist,” and continued to stoke conspiracy theories about George Soros running a nefarious plot to infiltrate the U.S. with immigrants. [ak] 30/10/2018
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Thousands signed a letter saying Trump was not welcome in Pittsburgh. He plans to visit anyway.Allyson Chiu and Amy B Wang - The Washington Post - More than 35,000 people have signed an open letter to President Trump from the leaders of a Pittsburgh-based Jewish group who say the president will not be welcome in the city unless he denounces white nationalism and stops “targeting” minorities. Nevertheless, the White House announced Trump would travel to Pittsburgh, ignoring the letter as well as a plea from Pittsburgh’s mayor that the president at least refrain from visiting “while we are burying the dead.” The open letter, which was published and shared on Sunday, was written by 11 members of the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc, a ational organization for progressive Jews focused on social justice. “For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement,” the Jewish leaders wrote. “You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence. Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted. You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.” [ak] 30/10/2018
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Revealed: The Jerusalem Jews Behind the Israeli Conduit Funneling Money to Canary Mission Uri Blau - Haaretz - "Haaretz found that Jonathan Bash, who heads Megamot Shalom, is also the owner of Royal Research, a company which provides "research, data collection and website preparation services." The company was founded in September 2015, a few months after Canary Mission started to operate online. In an expose published by the Forward, two sources who spoke with the paper said that Bash, a resident of the Old City of Jerusalem`s Jewish Quarter, told them he was the person behind Canary Mission. Ben Packer, an American-born rabbi who runs the Jerusalem Heritage House and is known to be an outspoken supporter of the far-right extremist rabbi Meir Kahane, is a shareholder in Megamot Shalom alongside Bash." ca 27/10/2018
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Under public attack, Cairo film festival cancels award to French director Lelouch Youssra el-Sharkawy - Al-Monitor - " The cancellation comes after several artists and intellectuals protested the festival`s decision to give the Faten Hamama Honorary Award to the French director, on the grounds that he is "a supporter of Israel" and called the country his homeland during a visit in 2016. Lelouch, whose film “A Man and A Woman” won the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 1966, comes from a Jewish-Algerian family..." ca 26/10/2018
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Jordan says peace treaty won’t be affected by decision to nix land leasesTOI staff and AP - "Jordan said Thursday that its decision to end a pair of land leases with Israel would not affect the decades-old peace agreement between the countries, seeking to calm fears in Jerusalem that ties could be downgraded...Officials in Jerusalem had expressed fears that the move signaled Jordan’s desire to effectively reduce diplomatic ties with Israel, and many saw it as a reflection of intense domestic pressure from a public that still largely views Israel as an enemy." ca26/10/2018
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Israelis urge cutting water supply to JordanTamara Nassar - Electronic Intifada "Israeli agricultural minister Uri Ariel reportedly threatened to reduce Israel’s water supply to Jordan if King Abdullah does not reverse his decision.Ariel called Jordan’s decision a “provocation,” according to media reports.“I urge Prime Minister Netanyahu to explain to the king that Jordan needs Israel more than Israel needs Jordan,” Ariel said.The minister warned that the supply of water to the Jordanian capital Amman could be cut from four days per week to just two." ca 26/10/2018
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Gaza’s first maritime emergency service attends to protestersAhmad Abu Amer - Al Monitor - "The Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip launched the first maritime emergency service in Gaza in order to provide medical assistance to demonstrators injured by Israeli fire while protesting at sea." - id 24/10/2018
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Israeli writer Larry Derfner on The Arab Street podcastRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Author Larry Derfner joined Palestinian writer Ray Hanania on TheArabStreet.org Podcast for a discussion about the challenges facing Palestinians and Israelis and the fight for peace." - id24/10/2018
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Palestinian Authority and Hamas run parallel police states — Human Rights WatchAnnelies Verbeek - Electronic Intifada - “Twenty five years after Oslo, Palestinian authorities have gained only limited power in the West Bank and Gaza, but yet, where they have autonomy, they have developed parallel police states,” said Tom Porteous, a Human Rights Watch representative. [bz]23/10/2018
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Traveling the world as a Palestinian on an Israeli passportAnwar Mhajne - +972 - I find myself having to explain my identity not only to foreigners but also to Jewish Israelis and fellow Arabs. At a conference in the United States earlier this year, a Jewish Israeli participant was confused by how I could be both Palestinian and Israeli. Israel uses the term “Israeli Arabs” to define us, a term I avoid because it disregards our heritage and attempts to disconnect us from the Palestinian struggle. (,,,) It should be up to us, the people living the conflict, to interpret our own experiences and determine our own identity accordingly. [bz]23/10/2018
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Controversial ‘Cultural Loyalty Bill’ Advances in Knesset Amy Spiro - The Jerusalem Post - We will fight to make sure the law does not pass in its present form,’ says Israeli Actors Guild [ry]22/10/2018
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King says Jordan to reclaim land leased to Israel under 1994 dealAli Younes - Al Jazeera - King Abdullah II says Amman will terminate parts of peace treaty which allowed Israeli farmers to use Jordanian land [ry] 22/10/2018
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What Israelis and Palestinians think – uncut interviews from the streetsRoger Hamilton-Martin - The Guardian - Corey Gil-Shuster puts his followers’ questions to the public, no matter how controversial [ry]22/10/2018
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Saudis Used Israeli Spyware to Track Khashoggi Associate, Leading DissidentRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "It’s well known the the leading spyware package bought by repressive regimes, intelligence agencies, and corporate malefactors is Pegasus, which was created by the Israeli hacking company, NSO Group. Its development has allowed NSO to thrive financially and become an attractive target for major corporate interests." ca20/10/2018
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Defying US, UN gives ‘Palestine’ extra rights so it can head major bloc in 2019RAPHAEL AHREN - The Times of Israel - "A whopping 146 states voted in favor of Resolution A/73/L.5, while only three countries — the US, Israel and Australia — opposed it. Fifteen countries abstained. US ambassador Nikki Haley branded the move “a mistake.”" - id 17/10/2018
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MADA: 48 Violations against Palestinian Media Freedoms during SeptemberIMEMC - "Most of the 39 Israeli attacks fall under the extremely serious types of attacks. It is worthy to mention that 25 of these attacks were mostly physical injuries inflicted upon both female and male journalists while they covered field events in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip; sixteen of these injuries were caused by live, explosive, and rubber bullets, as well as gas bombs fired directly at the bodies of the journalists." - id17/10/2018
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Ramallah open mic night: An outlet for Palestinian youthStefania D`Ignoti - Al Jazeera - Young Palestinians express themselves in front of a live audience at Sard, a growing community of poets and musicians [ry]15/10/2018
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State Prosecutor Nitzan against Regev`s Loyalty in Culture LawTova Tzimuki - Ynet - Shai Nitzan, who serves as acting attorney general, submits recommendation to the government, saying the culture minister`s proposed amendment, which seeks to deny state funds to artists who denigrate national values and symbols, `raises serious legal concerns,` and will be difficult to defend in High Court of Justice [ry] 15/10/2018
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Trump’s Middle East Delusions PersistSheldon Richman - AntiWar - "Jason Greenblatt, Donald Trump’s No. 2 special envoy to the Middle East behind son-in-law Jared Kushner, assures us that his boss’s plan to settle the Palestine-Israel `conflict` once and for all is still in the works and is going to be great. (It’s a conflict in the same way that a confrontation between a car owner and a car thief is a conflict)" [ry]15/10/2018
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Birzeit students win gold in international innovation challengeRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "The idea for the project came from Sajdyeh’s own need for a relatively-inexpensive prosthetic arm after a bomb left by Israeli soldiers in Qalandiya amputated his right hand in November 2014." - id 10/10/2018
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Qatari fuel enters Gaza to avert `humanitarian disaster`Al Jazeera - "Fuel delivery bypassed the Palestinian Authority, which has threatened retaliatory measures if deliveries continue." - id 10/10/2018
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Not just Canary Mission: SF Jewish Federation bankrolls these hate groupsMairav Zonszein - +972 - "The Federation’s tax filings reveal a litany of radical-right and anti-Muslim groups that have received its support for years. The Federation says its review process has recently been strengthened but refuses to account for its funding of notorious Islamophobic hate groups." - id10/10/2018
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`One Palestinian murders, the other saves`Meir Turgeman, Korin Elbaz Alush - Ynet - Sarah Vettori, 54, who was moderately wounded in the Alon recycling factory terror attack, said a Palestinian warehouse worker saved her life. "Basel saved my life," she repeated several times. "I was vaguely conscious and Basel, who ran into the office where I was hiding, pulled me under the table and reassured me when he said: `Habibti, habibti (My dear, my dear).` He stroked my face in an attempt to keep me conscious and tried to stop the bleeding with tissue paper until the ambulance arrived." [bz] 9/10/2018
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Dutch supplier of Israeli attack dogs compensates Palestinian victimAdri Nieuwhof - The Electronic Intifada - The company knew or should have known that the Israeli army regularly unleashed its dogs against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. That is why damages for Abu Hashem were demanded. In June 2016, Four Winds K9 announced that it was no longer providing Israel with “biting dogs,” but only tracking hounds. [bz]9/10/2018
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Israeli Minister: If Detained U.S. Student Condemns BDS, Expresses Regret, I`ll Consider Allowing Her InNoa Landau - Haaretz - Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan slams `far-left, Meretz members,` and Hebrew University for cooperating with `campaign of lies of the boycott activist`. In her testimony to the appeals court last week, Alqasem said, “If I supported BDS, I wouldn’t be able to come to Israel as a student.” [bz]9/10/2018
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profits of Israel’s war industryGabriel Schivone - EI - "When Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general in the Israeli army, addressed a 2012 convention of specialists in border control technology in El Paso, Texas, he clicked onscreen a photo of the wall, built by Magal Systems, that isolates Gaza from the outside world. ‘We have learned lots from Gaza,’ he said. ‘It’s a great laboratory’” [ry]8/10/2018
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Uri Avnery`s Column - There will never again be a new article added hereGush Shalom staff - Gush Shalom - "The article "So who the hell are we?" Was published here on Friday, August 4, 2018. That; as it turned out, was the last article. The next day, Uri collapsed in his apartment and never regained consciousness. No new article will ever again be published here. We will continue to maintain this column as it is, as an archive and memorial." - id 3/10/2018
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Irish public broadcaster won`t sanction employees who refuse to travel to Tel Aviv EurovisionThe Journal (Ireland) - Members of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity met with representatives of the Irish public broadcaster RTÉ, presenting presented a petition with over 11,000 signatures calling for RTÉ to boycott the 2019 Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv, since "Israel is determined to put forward a pretty face to hide its ugly regime of settler colonialism, apartheid and brutal military occupation”. The RTÉ representatives stated that they “will take away all that has been said and think about it”, and promised that "there will not be any sanction against anyone from within RTÉ who doesn’t wish to travel to the event in Israel, on conscientious grounds”. [ak]2/10/2018
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States can’t punish businesses for boycotting Israel, federal judge in Arizona saysIsaac Stanley-Becker - The Washington Post - U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa issued an injunction blocking enforcement of an Arizona state law which compels any business contracting with the state to submit a written pledge that it was not involved in boycott activity targeting Israel. The appeal was lodged by Jordahl, a lawyer involved in Jewish Voice for Peace, who asserted that the law infringed his First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech. The ruling was the second this year to turn back a wave of state legislation against boycott of Israel. The first was in January, when a federal judge in Kansas ruled that forcing contractors to sign a no-boycott certification violated "expressive rights guaranteed under the First Amendment." [ak]2/10/2018
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Shin Bet opens up about border interrogations, detentionsTova Tzimuki - Ynet - Shin Bet reveals numbers of foreigners detained at border-crossings, says it does not deviate from its authority or deal with phenomena such as BDS or ask about political preferences [ry]1/10/2018
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