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San Francisco Bay area Jews moving away from attachment to IsraelJudy Maltz - Haaretz - A survey polling the Jewish population in San Francisco`s Bay Area, based on responses from 3,516 interviewees, found that only 21 percent described themselves as `very attached` to Israel and almost as many (20 percent) described themselves as `not attached at all.` While 43 percent said they sympathized with Israelis and only 8 percent preferred the Palestinians, almost half said they either sympathized with both sides, with neither or were not sure. Prof. Steven M. Cohen of the Hebrew Union College, who led the study, said: `We see there are a growing number who are "Israel disengaged", especially among younger people.` [ak]20/2/2018
Will Israel, Qatar cooperate to save Gaza?Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - The donor states that convened in emergency session last month in Brussels have not come through yet, leaving only Qatar that is willing to come to the rescue at once. [bz]20/2/2018
Motorcycle racing star refuses to appear in occupied territory - race movedEdo Konrad - +972 - A Honda-sponsored racing event is moved from a settlement into Israel proper. Organizers admit they didn’t inform the headliner that it was in occupied territory, and the racer says he wouldn’t have participated if he had been told. [ak] 20/2/2018
Abbas at UN urges multilateral peace effort, says PA never rejected talksAlexander Fulbright - Times of Israel - Palestinian leader accuses Israel of acting as a “state above the law” and creating “permanent settlement colonization.” Abbas says unilateral recognition of an independent Palestinian state would not undermine negotiations. He calls on Security Council members who do not recognize such a state to do so. [ak]20/2/2018
When Trump officially called Netanyahu a liarOrly Azoulay - Ynet - The White House wasn’t just angered by the prime minister`s lie that he was holding talks with the Americans about applying Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank, but also by the liberty he took to get the US administration in trouble with the world [ry]19/2/2018
Are weapons at the heart of Britain’s romance with Israel?David Cronin - EI - "The pro-Israel lobby in Britain is secretive about its precise activities, including its relationship to the arms industry. For all their talk about beacons of light, Israel’s supporters keep many things in the dark" [ry]19/2/2018
Israel`s Netanyahu attacks `dangerous Iranian tiger`BBC - "The Israeli prime minister was speaking with the huge shadow of potential corruption charges hanging over his head. He is likely to have directed his Munich appearance as much at his domestic audience as to the wider international community" [ry]19/2/2018
New York bookseller bowed to Israel supporters after violent threatsAli Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - "Columbia University Students for Justice in Palestine and Columbia/Barnard Jewish Voice for Peace are reaffirming a call to boycott the bookseller, Book Culture, unless it rescinds the statement. Book Culture issued the statement in the wake of threats and intimidation because it was promoting a children’s book called P is for Palestine." - id 14/2/2018
BYE BYE BIBI?Olivia Messer - The Daily Beast - "According to the Associated Press, the potential charges do not directly threaten Netanyahu’s position in the immediate future but could hasten the public calls for him to step down. The attorney general must now decide whether to file charges in the cases." - id14/2/2018
Palestinian leader Abbas tells Putin he wants U.S. peace role dilutedReuters, from Moscow - Abbas was quoted as saying he wanted an expanded new mediation mechanism to replace the Middle East Quartet. “For instance, ‘the quartet’ plus some other countries like the model used to achieve the deal on Iran.” [ak]13/2/2018
An atmosphere of extremism and a ‘lynching’ that wasn’t Joshua Davidovich - Times of Israel - The case of two Israeli soldiers straying into Jenin and being surrounded by an angry Palestinian crowd became front-page news in the Israeli press, which repeatedly used the term "near lynch". Yisrael Hayom, considered as Netayhau`s own semi-official propaganda sheet, made the most of the drama - the paper quotes the female soldier yelling, “I don’t want to die,” as “dozens of Palestinians began to attack the car, throwing stones from point blank and hitting them with everything they could find.” The two soldiers had a reason to be thankful to the often derided "security cooperation" between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian police forces quickly arrived on the spot, acting firmly to extract the two soldiers and get them safely out of the city. Yedioth Ahronoth notes that Jenin is different now, with anti-Israel sentiment “at a peak” since an army operation in the city last week culminating with a killing of "a terrorist suspect". A Palestinian security source is quoted “I’ve been in the security forces since they were founded and I’ve never seen such an atmosphere of extremism you see on the Palestinian street these days, not even during the Second Intifada." [ak] 13/2/2018
Trump White House charges Netanyahu with spreading `false reports`Sputniknews - Faced with the pressure of hardliners within his own Likud party, who demand annexation of Israeli settlements on the West Bank (while keeping Palestinian cities as non-annexed enclaves), Netanyahu sought to deflect the pressure by asserting that he is in the process of discussing the matter with Trump, and asking the hardliners to wait for the outcome of these discussions. This earned Netanyahu a public rebuff from the normally-friendly Trump White House: "Reports that the United States discussed with Israel an annexation plan for the West Bank are false” said White House spokesman Josh Raffel. [ak] 13/2/2018
Stop the hypocrisy: There’s foreign funding in the Right too Mickey Gitzin - Ynet - The Mida website is the online version of Channel 20. Alternatively, it is the Israeli version of the Breitbart website, the mouthpiece of the radical right in the Trump administration. Every day, Mida features attacks on anti-corruption protestors, on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s critics and on leftist and centrist parties. [bz]13/2/2018
Netanyahu`s big and small troublesMoran Azulay - Ynet - If the prime minister’s name is eventually linked to the submarine affair, he is set to suffer huge political damage; meanwhile, the tensions between the prime minister and the Knesset speaker reveal the silent battle taking place in Likud over who will replace Netanyahu if he is suddenly forced to resign [ry]12/2/2018
Israel Launches Large-Scale Attack on Syria After F-16 CrashesJason Ditz - AntiWar - Israeli Officials Try to Spin Attacks as Targeting Iran [ry]12/2/2018
BDS movement nominated for the Nobel Peace PrizeMondoweiss - "Norwegian parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes officially nominated the BDS movement for Palestinian rights for a Nobel Peace Prize. He did so with the support of his party, the progressive Rødt (Red) Party, explaining why BDS “should be supported without reservation by all democratically-minded people and states.” ca10/2/2018
Al-Hudood: the Onion-style website poking fun at the Middle East Kareem Shaheen - The Guardian "Satirical news site set up by Isam Uraiqat uses black humour to take aim at region’s absurdities." ca9/2/2018
Rallies against Israel`s refugee removal plan expectedJillian Kestler-D`Amours - Al Jazeera - "On Wednesday, rallies are expected in Tel Aviv, London, New York, Paris, Berlin, Toronto and more than a dozen other cities to protest Israel`s effort to deport asylum seekers to third countries in Africa, namely Rwanda and Uganda." - id 7/2/2018
Palestinian official Erekat tells UN Ambassador Haley to “shut up”Alex Christoforou - The Duran - Veteran Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat blasted the American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley for a recent speech, which he said amounted to fomenting a coup against Palestinian Authority Presdident Mahmud Abbas: “Nikki Haley called for overthrowing the democratically elected Palestinian president. She needs to shut up and realize that the Palestinian leadership is not the problem.(...). We don’t seek a confrontation or a fight with the US administration. On the contrary — they are the ones taking several steps, since the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital. The US administration is itself saying that it’s not an honest broker in the peace process. Therefore, we are seeking, together with international parties, to convene an international conference for peace.” [ak]6/2/2018
BDS Opponents Want Israel Held To A Lower StandardLara Friedman - Forward - Too many are still unwilling to talk about the key related factor causing the estrangement of Democrats, and American progressives in general, from Israel: the gradual redefinition of “pro-Israel” to mean support for extremist, anti- democratic policies not just in Israel, but in the United States as well. [bz] 6/2/2018
IDF chief: Gaza war likely if humanitarian crisis persistsStuart Winer - The Times of Israel - IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot reportedly warned ministers during a cabinet meeting on Sunday that Israel could soon face another war with the Gaza-based Hamas, as a result of the deteriorating humanitarian and economic conditions in the coastal enclave. In his briefing, Eisenkot pointed to the lack of electricity, drinkable water, and food in the Gaza Strip. The IDF chief favored stepping up aid to Gaza, but conditioned the full rehabilitation of the Strip on the return of the bodies of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, killed in the 2014 war. According to Israeli radio, there is tension between Eisenkot and the political echelon, who accuse the IDF chief of "getting Israel blamed for the conditions in Gaza, while the real blame falls upon Hamas and the Palestinian Authority". [ak] 6/2/2018
`They told me to go to a third country. I won`t go. I`ll go to jail.`Oren Ziv - +972 - Israel begins issuing deportation notices to African asylum seekers: leave the country within two months, or face indefinite imprisonment [ry]5/2/2018
Israel using tourism to legitimise settlements, says EU reportOliver Holmes - The Guardian - Exclusive: European Union Heads of Mission warn ‘touristic settlements’ are being used as a political tool [ry]5/2/2018
Secret Alliance: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Egypt, With Cairo’s O.K.DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK - NYT "The jihadists in Egypt’s Northern Sinai had killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, briefly seized a major town and begun setting up armed checkpoints to claim territory. In late 2015, they brought down a Russian passenger jet.Egypt appeared unable to stop them, so Israel, alarmed at the threat just over the border, took action.For more than two years, unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and jets have carried out a covert air campaign, conducting more than 100 airstrikes inside Egypt, frequently more than once a week — and all with the approval of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi." ca 3/2/2018
BREAKING: Israeli Security Forces Arrest Turkish Professor and Cultural Official; Gag Order Slapped on Reporting StoryRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "Two weeks ago, the Shabak arrested a Turkish professor, Cemil Tekeli, from Medeniyet University. He was arrested at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport before boarding a flight to Istanbul...This story has been banned from the Israeli media under a judicial gag order sought by the Shabak. If you are Israeli, this is your only way to find out why this story remains unreported there." ca2/2/2018
Israel`s Shin Bet to face first-ever torture probeJonathan Cook - Al Jazeera - "It will be the first probe of the Shin Bet since Israel`s supreme court issued a landmark ruling nearly two decades ago prohibiting, except in extraordinary circumstances, the use of what it termed "special methods" of interrogation. Before the ruling, physical abuse of Palestinians had been routine and resulted in several deaths in custody." - id 31/1/2018
Campaign for refugees a rare reminder of our collective moralityOrly Noy - +972 - "The campaign to stop the deportation of the asylum seekers is an encouraging reminder that Israeli society’s collective conscience has not yet totally disappeared." - id31/1/2018
Failed Mossad Assassination of Hamas Operative in LebanonRichard Silverstein- Tikun Olam - "Finally, note that when the Mossad murders an Israeli enemy in a foreign country, it’s a righteous act to defend the homeland.  But when a Palestinian attempts to do virtually the same thing to the Israeli army in the process of kidnapping Palestinians, then it’s an act of terror.  Hypocrisy, much??" - id 31/1/2018
For an Israeli Lawyer Fighting for Palestinian Rights, Winning Is a Double-edged SwordDavid B. Green interviews Michael Sfard about his new book `The Wall and the Gate` - Haaretz - Yes, the damage wrought by the fence on individual Palestinian communities of Bil`in was lessened, but it came at the expense of the court giving its legal imprimatur to the barrier as a whole. And because he and his barrister colleagues were participating in the process, by necessity on Israeli terms – even though they resisted the temptation to propose alternate, less-invasive routes for fence segments they were challenging – he says he often found himself wondering whether he had become an involuntary collaborator in the creation of the barrier. [bz]30/1/2018
Palestinian Authority PM Hamdallah to meet with Israeli Finance Minister Kahlon Gil Hoffman - Jerusalem Post - Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah plans to break the boycott against meetings with Israeli officials and is scheduled to head to Jerusalem on Sunday to meet with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) to try and avert a financial crisis. Sunday`s meeting will follow up on a conversation in Jerusalem Monday between Kahlon and American negotiator Jason Greenblatt. The coordinator of government activities in the territories, General Yoav Mordechai also participated in the meeting, which Greenblatt wrote on Twitter was about "economic issues related to the peace process." [bz]30/1/2018
Trump`s Mideast envoy slams Hamas for `wasting resources` on terrorMatan Tzuri - Ynet - Following an IDF security briefing during a tour of the Gaza border region, Trump special envoy Jason Greenblatt blames terror organization for investing resources in tunnels and rockets to attack Israel, `instead of helping the people of Gaza by getting the lights on, the water flowing & the economy growing’ [ry]29/1/2018
New Orleans City Council rescinds human rights resolution, igniting the movement for Palestinian rightsJesse Rubin - Mondoweiss "Pushed for months by the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee (NOPSC), Resolution 18-5 would have established a committee to assess all city contracts and terminate those with companies complicit in human rights abuses...the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans (JFNOLA) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed immediate outrage that the council would support anything put forth by the NOPSC." ca28/1/2018
Pew Poll: Democrats, Youth Increasingly Alienated from IsraelRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "As America is increasingly Israel’s strongest (and at times, only) champion in the world, softening of support for Israel here will put increasing pressure on Israel to retreat from its rejectionist approach. While this alone may not change Israeli policy, added to other negative developments it could play a decisive role." ca26/1/2018
Poisoned Toothpaste and Exploding Phones: Israel’s Proxy for WarEthan Bronner - Bloomberg Politics "Ronen Bergman, the intelligence correspondent for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, persuaded many agents of Mossad, Shin Bet and the military to tell their stories, some using their real names. The result is the first comprehensive look at Israel’s use of state- sponsored killings." ca26/1/2018
Is the US undermining the Middle East peace process?Laura Kyle - Al Jazeera - "Israeli Palestinian members of parliament were forcibly removed while listening to his speech. The applause in the Knesset was especially loud when he promised to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of next year. And when he repeatedly referred to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel." - id 24/1/2018
Israel`s sports minister posts video with genocidal chants by fansMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "At the end of a Facebook video encouraging sportsmanlike conduct by fans from one of Israel’s most notoriously racist soccer clubs, those surrounding Miri Regev break out into chants of ‘burn your village,’ directed at the opposing team — from an Arab city in Israel." - id 24/1/2018
Arab Knesset Members forced out of the plenum for protesting during US Vice President`s speechMaya Yagoda - The Independent - Arab MPs were forcibly removed by ushers after protesting at the the Israeli parliament`s hall during US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech. The lawmakers heckled Mr Pence and brandished signs which read: “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine”. PM Netanyahu branded the boycott "a disgrace". He and other parliamentarians stood to applaud Mr Pence during the disturbance. However, a commentator on Israeli Channel 1 TV remarked that the footage of the Arab Knesset Members being forcibly removed might be the most enduring image left of Pence`s otherwise bland visit. [ak]23/1/2018
Model fired from L’Oreal campaign due to 3-years old `anti-Israel tweets`IMEMC - Amena Khan, a model who has worked for L’Oreal since 2016, was fired Monday due to a vicious ad campaign, targeting her wearing a hijab and the allegedly "anti-Israeli" tweets which she published during the 2014 Israeli bombings of Gaza. The tweets, unearthed by the extreme right Breitbart news website, expressed support for the British journalist who at the time reported from the Gaza Strip and strongly criticized the killing of children by Israel. That was enough for L’Oreal to fire her. Ironically, when first starting to work for that company, Amena Khan had been herself the target of a BDS campaign - due to L’Oreal having a factory in the Israeli city of Migdal Ha`Emek. Now, those who then campaigned against her are demanding that L’Oreal reinstate her. [ak] 23/1/2018
EU supports Abbas on East Jerusalem as Palestinian capitalReuters/Jerusalem Post - Meeting with Palestinian president Abbas provided a chance for the EU to reiterate its rejection of Trump`s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel`s capital. "I want to reassure President Abbas of the firm commitment of the European Union to the two-state solution with Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states", Mogherini said - calling on those involved in the process to speak and act "wisely", "with a sense of responsibility".Deputy German Foreign Minister Michael Roth told reporters that Trump`s decision had made peace talks harder but said all sides needed to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, Abbas` call for the European Union to immediately and officially recognize a state of Palestine was unlikely to be answered, two senior EU diplomats said. [ak]23/1/2018
El Al pilots refuse to fly deported African refugees to dangerous country Melanie Lidman - Times of Israel - One of the El Al pilots, Ido Elad, wrote on Facebook: “I have joined many of my best friends by declaring that I will not fly refugees to their deaths. I will not be a partner to this barbarism.” Noting the similar dangers Jews faced throughout history, pilot Yoel Piterbarg posted a lengthy missive on Facebook detailing why he refuses to fly the refugees back to Africa.“The State of Israel is populated mainly by Jews who were in their distant and recent past refugees in countries [around] the world,” wrote Piterbarg. “Most of them went through the Holocaust, many were forcibly expelled from their countries, and many emigrated voluntarily to better their situation to better countries that agreed to accept and care for them.” [ak] 23/1/2018
The Shin Bet’s secret activity in Israel’s Arab schoolsGuy Lieberman, Lior Eilati - Ynet - Confidential documents obtained by Yedioth Ahronoth reveal how Israel’s internal security service operated in the Arab sector for years, in cooperation with the Education Ministry, to remove teachers and principals and thwart the appointments of educators considered hostile to the State of Israel; in many cases, the disqualified teachers were unaware of the real reason for their dismissal [ry]22/1/2018
Mike Pence arrives in Israel after tense meeting with King Abdullah of JordanGuardian staff and agencies - Abdullah appeals for effort to ‘rebuild trust and confidence’ \ Pence is first senior US visitor to region since Jerusalem move [ry]22/1/2018
Netanyahu in India: What was swept under the carpetVijay Prashad - Al Jazeera - “Modi and his government said nothing about Gandhi`s views on the Palestinians during this visit. After all, they would have come in the way of the arms deals” [ry]22/1/2018
The fear I learned during Cast Lead has never left meMuhammad Shehada - Electronic Intifada "The morning of 27 December 2008 was as any other. My 14-year-old self put on a worn pale-blue school uniform, prepared my heavy bag and ran – late as usual – to catch the bus...Just as we walked out of the bus the earth literally shook beneath my feet. Unbelievably loud explosions drowned out the screams and cries of those around me. My heart skipped several beats and all I really remember during the confusion was pulling my brother into the bus and down to the floor and holding on to him tightly...I was only 14 back then. Today, after two further Israeli military onslaughts, the constant fear I first felt in those days has become chronic. Sleep is hard: nightmares and memories prey on my mind. Loved ones are always exposed to danger." ca19/1/2018
Global NGOs criticise drastic US cuts of UNRWA fundingAl Jazeera News - "Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a Twitter post late on Tuesday that Washington was "holding Palestinian kids` humanitarian needs hostage to political agendas"." - id 17/1/2018
Abbas Calls Oslo Accords Dead and Blasts U.S.: ‘Damn Your Money!’DAVID M. HALBFINGER - New York Times - “Israel has killed Oslo” Mr. Abbas said. “Now we are an authority without any authority." (...) “This is a colonial enterprise that has nothing to do with Jewishness,” Mr. Abbas said. “The Jews were used as a tool under the concept of the promised land — call it whatever you want. Everything has been made up.” [bz]15/1/2018
UK to PA: Israel will have to share JerusalemSettler site Arutz-7 - In a statement released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, it was revealed that the UK’s top diplomat, Boris Johnson, told a senior Palestinian Authority official that Jerusalem should be the “shared capital” of both Israel and a future Palestinian state. Johnson told PA foreign affairs chief Riyad al-Maliki that the UK fully endorses the “two-state solution”, and believes the future Palestinian state should have Jerusalem as its capital. “I reiterated the UK’s commitment to supporting the Palestinian people and the two-state solution, the urgent need for renewed peace negotiations, and the UK’s clear and longstanding position on the status of Jerusalem,” Johnson said. [bz]9/1/2018
US projects in Palestinian territories face backlash amid calls for boycottPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Palestinian NGOs under pressure to boycott US-funded projects after Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital [ry]8/1/2018
Palestinians attack car of Greek Patriarch in protest against land dealsReuters - Ynet - Hundreds of Palestinians smash windshields, bang on motorcade of Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III in protest of his church`s sale of lands to Israelis; Palestinians call Patriarch `traitor`, pulled away from convoy by Palestinian security forces [ry]8/1/2018
Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic RoleJesse Drucker - The New York Times - “One issue, said Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, a nonprofit government ethics group, is that ‘the ethics laws were not crafted by people who had the foresight to imagine a Donald Trump or a Jared Kushner.’ […] The deal with Menora is one of many financial relationships that Kushner Companies has in Israel” [ry]8/1/2018
Extra-Judicial Executions Never Stopped: New Attempts Before Israeli Knesset to Legitimize Killing of PalestiniansIMEMC - "The Israeli judiciary has applied life imprisonment instead of death penalty, constituting a stable precedent over the past decades. Those who presented this bill are attempting to cancel this precedent, bring the death penalty to life, and facilitate sentencing it without requiring the consensus of the judicial body to issue the death sentence." - id 3/1/2018
The Israeli government is paying for anti-BDS journalismItamar Benzaquen - +972 - "Alongside the paid-for articles, Ynet also published promotional videos produced by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, as well as three interviews with a ranking official at the ministry, Tzahi Gabrieli. Two of those paid-for interviews were conducted by Ynet’s senior political correspondent, Attila Somfalvi, who asked soft-ball questions that allowed him to present his talking points." - id 3/1/2018
An Israeli NGO has specifically focused on the US organization, `Refuser Solidarity Network.`i24NEWS - The NGO, “Reservists On Duty,” which was established in 2015 by IDF reserve combat soldiers and officers, works to counter Israeli NGOs that assist the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement(BDS). They sent a letter to the Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, regarding 63 Israeli 12th graders who declared their refusal to serve in the IDF - a letter originally revealed by Yedioth Ahronoth. “Shockingly enough", they write, "this organization is financed by an American based organization called RSN (Refuser Solidarity Network)." They argue that RSN’s status as a 501 (C)3, allowing it to receive tax deductible donations, is illegitimate due to the special alliance between the US and Israel. [bz]2/1/2018
Palestine recalls US envoy after Trump`s Jerusalem moveAl - Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian Liberation Organization envoy to Washington, DC, was "recalled for consultations". In diplomatic practice, such a "recall for consultations" is a way of expressing grave displeasure while still stopping short of a complete severance of diplomatic relations. It is part of the new assertive Palestinian posture towards the US, with Palestinian officials declaring they will "no longer accept" any peace plan put forward by the Americans. It also shows the Palestinians not intimidated by threats made in Congress to altogether close down the PLO Washington office. [ak]2/1/2018
Likud calls for annexation of parts of West BankAl Jazeera - "Ahead of the vote, analysts told Al Jazeera that they saw the Likud central committe`s vote as a cynical political calculus to rally the party faithful" [ry]1/1/2018
Israel to deliver asylum seekers to the hands of human smugglersNoa Yachot - +972 - Even as it invokes the Holocaust at every turn, Israel is feeding the people who most need its protection to a brutal human smuggling industry. In doing so, it becomes an active player in the worst migration crisis since the Jewish people’s near-extinction [ry]1/1/2018
Probe into police slaying of Palestinian math teacher to closeMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - "Israel’s justice ministry intends to close a probe into the January killing of a Palestinian citizen by police in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in southern Israel. For a second time the ministry’s police investigations unit has recommended to state prosecutors that no charges be filed against police. Israeli police assert that Yaqoub Abu al-Qiyan, a 50-year- old math teacher, deliberately ran over and killed a police officer, 37-year-old Erez Levi" [ry]1/1/2018
Government creates joint program for rapid BDS responseItamar Eichner - Ynet - Israeli government joins hands with Diaspora Jewry to combat delegitimization of Israel in the world; Strategic Affairs Minister Erdan promotes decision to create `PR commando unit`—similar to `Birthright Israel` project—enabling to provide rapid response to anti-Israeli attacks; `Imagine Lorde was hit with a viral campaign the same day she announced her show`s cancelation,` says source close to program [ry]1/1/2018
Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli GovernmentsGlenn Greenwald - The Intercept - “One can create a fantasy world in one’s head, if one wishes, in which Silicon Valley executives use their power to protect marginalized peoples around the world by censoring those who wish to harm them. But in the real world, that is nothing but a sad pipe dream. Just as governments will, these companies will use their censorship power to serve, not to undermine, the world’s most powerful factions” [ry]1/1/2018
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