|Israel, Palestinians to investigate war crime accusations||Reuters & Israel Hayom - Israel`s Military Advocate General "incorrectly applied international humanitarian law by reversing the presumption of civilian status in case of doubt" Mary McGowan Davis told the UN forum.
|Amsterdam abandons sister city agreement with Tel Aviv||Daniel Bernstein - Times of Israel - In an attempt to assuage mounting disapproval, Van der Laan tried to push a compromise by which Amsterdam would also become a sister city of the Palestinian metropolis of Ramallah.
But his compromise proposal failed to ease tensions.
|Israeli forces, settlers carry out reprisals for West Bank shooting||Ma`an - Israeli forces carried out multiple detention raids across the occupied West Bank overnight Monday after three Israeli settlers were injured in a shooting south of Nablus and an explosive device was allegedly hurled at a settler vehicle near Ramallah.
Dozens of settlers from the illegal settlement of Beit El were also reported to have attacked Palestinian vehicles on the road between Ramallah and Nablus.
Meanwhile, fierce clashes broke out between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers late Monday after they stormed the village of Kafr Malik east of Ramallah.
Locals told Ma’an that the soldiers broke into shops and gas stations where they seized surveillance cameras. [bz]||30/6/2015|
|Why I Broke the Silence||Nadav Weiman - Haaretz - The battalion intelligence officer explained to me that the aim of “mapping” is not actually to gather intelligence. He told me to throw away the maps that we had sketched, and to delete the images from the camera. At first I didn`t understand. If the information we collected was not important, why were we sent to wake families in the middle of the night?
In the end I figured it out. As my commander explained to me, the aim of this operation, as with many others that I carried out throughout my service, was to create “a sense of persecution” among the Palestinian population.
|The `new Zionism` is turning Negev Bedouin into a myth||Ariel Dloomy - +972 - As the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran prepares to be replaced by a Jewish town with a near-identical name, its residents are offering solutions based on real co-existence.
|Officer involved in suppression of October 2000 riots mustn`t be police chief, Arab leaders say|| Yaniv Kubovich&Jack Khoury -
"Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan appointed Thursday Tel Aviv District police chief Bentzi Sau as acting police commissioner. But members of the Arab community promptly challenged the appointment, urging the attorney general to disqualify it...the Arab community has never forgiven Sau for his role in suppressing violent Arab riots in October 2000. Thirteen Israeli Arabs were killed by the police during those riots." ca||26/6/2015|
|PLO: Palestinian refugees in Syria face imminent threat from fighting||Ma`an News Agency -
"Some 150,000 Palestinian refugees in four camps on the outskirts of Damascus face severe threats due to ongoing fighting in the Syrian conflict, a PLO official said Thursday...The majority of Palestinians in those camps are originally from Yarmouk refugee camp, which has been on the front line of the Syrian conflict and severely affected by fighting." ca||26/6/2015|
|Michael Oren`s diplomatic psychobabble||Aviad Kleinberg -
"Michael Oren blames President Barack Obama for ruining relations with Israel, after the latter broke two sacrosanct rules that Oren himself came up with: that the United States and Israel should not have public disagreements, and that no steps should be taken to publicly embarrass the other side." ca||26/6/2015|
|1,000 Palestinian Homes Demolished in Negev Per Year||IMEMC News & Agencies -
"Days of Palestine reports that this has been revealed by Amichai Yogev, the southern region director of Regavim, which was founded in 2006 in order to confiscate Palestinian land and build illegal Jewish only settlements in the occupied West Bank and Al-Naqab.In an interview with Jewish Voice, Yogev said that there are 220,000 Arabs in Al-Naqab today and that they are living on 13,000 km2 of land." CA||26/6/2015|
|Palestinian NGO closes in on consultative status at UN||Hassan Obeid -
"The United Nations recommended on June 1 granting the Palestinian Return Center (PRC) a consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and said the finalization of this status would take place in July." ca
|IAF strikes in Gaza after rocket explodes in Israel||Yoav Zitun & Ilana Curiel -
"Yisrael Beytenu Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman said after the incident that "He who is willing to absorb `trickles` will ultimately get torrential rain."" - id
|Ambassadors for Peace and Divisiveness: Nasr and Oren
||Eileen Fleming -
The Arab Daily News -
"Political representatives who fuel divisiveness instead of being Ambassadors for Peace are the epitome of disconnection." - id||24/6/2015|
|War crimes suspect Shaul Mofaz evades arrest at UK parliament||Hilary Aked -
"On learning of his trip to London, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) stated that, acting on behalf of Gaza victims of alleged war crimes, it had sent the UK police and Crown Prosecution Service evidence relating to Mofaz’s alleged crimes to enable his arrest on suspicion of committing offenses contrary to the Geneva Conventions Act 1957." - id
|Israel launches diplomatic front against Arab majority at UNHRC ||Itamar Eichner, Aviel Magnezi - Ynet - UN likely to officially adopt report on Gaza war, sparking Israeli effort to remove the power of Arab majority voting bloc within the human rights council. [bz] ||23/6/2015|
|U.N. Report on Gaza Finds Evidence of War Crimes by Israel and by Palestinian Militants||JODI RUDOREN and SOMINI SENGUPTA - NYT - Netanyahu called the document “flawed and biased” and said the Human Rights Council “has a singular obsession with Israel.” (In fact, it also has Eritrea, Sri Lanka, Syria and other countries on its agenda.) - The report could serve as a road map for the preliminary examination already underway by the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor. The Palestinians are expected to present their own files to the court regarding Israeli crimes on Thursday.
Israel — and Hamas — refused to cooperate with the inquiry. Israel barred panel members from entering both its territory and Gaza to conduct research. [bz]||23/6/2015|
|French FM: U.S. may back UN resolution to kick-start peace talks||Barak Ravid and Jack Khoury - Haaretz - Laurent Fabius tells Netanyahu he wants to pass a Security Council resolution that would set a clear timetable for concluding a final-status agreement and lay out principles for such an agreement on all the conflict’s core issues. Netanyahu: “The international proposals pay no real heed to Israel’s security needs,” and seek “to force us into borders that aren’t defensible.” [bz]||23/6/2015|
|Working to prevent another round in Gaza||Smadar Perry--Analysis: Key players seek an agreement to forestall the next conflict, but major sticking points remain as the game of intricate Middle East politics gets muddier. dn||21/6/2015|
|Israeli army: Palestinian kills Israeli, wounds another in West Bank||Ma`an - An average of two Israeli civilians per week have sustained injuries by Palestinians so far in 2015, with one Israeli killed, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
In the same time period, an average of 39 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces per week and 13 killed. [bz]||20/6/2015|
|Jewish extremists torch revered Christian site in northern Israel||Ma`an News Agency -
"The Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha on the shores of the Sea of Galilee is where many Christians believe Jesus fed the 5,000 in the miracle of the five loaves and two fish.
"During the night a fire broke out at the Tabgha church," a police statement said, indicating that police and fire service investigators were examining the scene."Graffiti in Hebrew was found on the wall of the church." A member of the Roman Catholic Benedictine order, which manages the site, said one of the buildings within the compound was completely destroyed in the blaze but the church itself was not damaged." ca||19/6/2015|
| Lieberman seeks to define Knesset parties who call for boycott ||Moran Azulay -
"The explanatory portion of the legislation states: "In conjuncture with Israel`s current battle against boycotts, sanctions and financial damages caused by states and anti-Israel organizations seeking to hurt Israel, including Israeli owned corporations and businesses, it is only appropriate that the state itself doesn`t fund Knesset parties and factions which call for such a boycott or support it." ca||19/6/2015|
|Drone Pilots Are Exhausted and Suffering From PTSD||Lucy Steigerwald -
"Though they get to fight their wars in safety, and see their families every night, these new type of soldiers suffer from a surprisingly high burnout rate, and equivalent levels of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to fighter pilots. And though when that news first broke two years ago, the temptation to be withering and unsympathetic was strong (okay, maybe that was just me), perhaps that kind of a mental reaction says something vital about the dangers of war to the human soul. Even people who aren’t themselves in danger suffer when they’re killing innocent people." ca||19/6/2015|
|Joint Arab List calls for dismissal of Israeli police chief after church torching||Jack Khoury -
"Netanyahu stands at the head of the incitement system against the Arab public in Israel, and he is guilty of the revenge attacks we witness in the morning news," the party stated. "A so-called price-tag attack is not an act by deviants, but rather an act by calculated, thinking people that are indicative of the existence and repercussions of institutionalized racism and oppression." ca||19/6/2015|
|Palestinian Bedouin fight for their survival||Rich Wiles - Aljazeera - The case of Abu Nuwwar is being seen as a landmark in Israel`s E1 development plan inside the West Bank. The E1 plan is intended to create Israeli territorial contiguity between Jerusalem, Maale Adumim and other Jewish settlements inside the West Bank, thus isolating Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank.-rh||17/6/2015|
|Hanan Ashrawi: US must act quickly to save two-state solution||Daoud Kuttab -
Al Monitor -
"In this interview with Al-Monitor, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi speaks about the controversy surrounding Israel’s upcoming report on Gaza, current negotiations and potential solutions." - id
|Bedouin village of Atir to be replaced with forest of ‘Yatir’||Amjad Iraqi -
"Atir is hardly the first case in which forestation has been used by the Israeli government and the JNF as a method of displacement and land grabbing against Palestinians — on both sides of the Green Line." - id
|PHOTOS: Asylum seeker theater troupe re-imagines life in Israel||Oren Ziv / Activestills.org - +972 - A theater troupe made up of both asylum seekers and Israelis puts on their debut performance — and lets the audience choose the ending [ry]||15/6/2015|
|Israeli artists protest against `anti-democratic` government ||Mairav Zonszein - The Guardian - Prominent artists claim they are being silenced for holding views that do not agree with those of government ministers [ry]||15/6/2015|
|Israel Insists Only 56% of Those Killed in Gaza War Were Civilians||Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Report Defends Attack as `Moral War` [ry]||15/6/2015|
|UN envoy Mladenov: Absence of political process `dangerous`||Daoud Kuttab -
Al Monitor -
"UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov stressed the UN`s commitment to supporting peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine." - id
|Jordanian karate master fights for peace in Israel||Asaf Kamer -
"Sensei Imad Khalil, a master in martial arts and social media, holds special special practice session on Herzliya beach for Jews and Arabs.Sensei Imad Khalil is the current head of both the Jordanian Karate Association, and the Shotokan karate association in his home country. Due to his popularity in karate circles, Khalil has garnered a vast social media presence in the Arab world, including thousands of followers from Egypt to the Emirates."ca||10/6/2015|
|Israeli Arab theaters under fire for terrorism play, refusing to perform in West Bank settlements||Itay Stern, Yarden Skop,Yair Ashkenazi -
"Two of the government’s most right-wing members, Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, on Tuesday threatened to sanction two Israeli Arab theaters, one because its artistic director refuses to perform in a West Bank settlement, the other because it is staging a play taken from the life story of a Palestinian who murdered an Israeli soldier." ca||10/6/2015|
|Israeli army recruits thousands of soldiers with criminal records||Gill Cohen -
"Most of the offenses range from drug offenses and theft to violent crimes. However, there are also cases in which the army takes recruits
convicted of more serious crimes, including sex offenses.
The latter was revealed during the investigation of a recent sexual assault case at Hatzerim, an Israel Air Force base. It came to light that the - soldier accused of raping two female soldiers was not discharged from the army, despite having a criminal history that included sex offenses.The IDF maintains that it only recruits soldiers with criminal records after they have gone through rehabilitation. In the army’s view, military service is a second opportunity for troubled youths, many of whom are able to complete their full military service, sometimes in combat units." ca||10/6/2015|
|Remembering USS Liberty: When Israel attacked America||Video -
Information Clearing House
"Survivors of an Israeli attack on a US naval ship during the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War in 1967 have marked the anniversary of the incident that left 34 soldiers dead. Israel said it was a case of mistaken identity, something many survivors still reject.Al Jazeera`s Alan Fisher reports from from Arlington Cemetery, Virginia." ca||10/6/2015|
|Life as a Gaza street vendor||Rasha Abou Jalal - Al Monitor - Thousands of unemployed in the Gaza Strip wait for the summer season to get their small projects up and running to support their families in light of the continuing economic downturn. These projects include the sale of boiled corn and summer fruits on small carts, moving between markets and beaches. The owners of these projects, who are trying to fight poverty and unemployment, usually face several types of harassment by local authorities, most notably the latter’s imposition and collection of taxes. [bz]
|The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict||A two-state solution provides by far the best economic outcomes for both Israelis and Palestinians is the conclusion of this free downloadable ebook by: C. Ross Anthony, Daniel Egel, Charles P. Ries, Craig Bond, Andrew Liepman, Jeffrey Martini, Steven Simon, Shira Efron, Bradley D. Stein, Lynsay Ayer, Mary E. Vaiana [bz]
|US Supreme Court rejects law to allow `Jerusalem, Israel` on passports||Yitzhak Benhorin, Associated Press - Ynet - The vote is seen as underscoring the president`s authority in foreign affairs. The policy is part of the government`s refusal to recognize any nation`s sovereignty over Jerusalem, until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status through negotiations. [bz]
|China demands workers sent to Israel not be placed in West Bank settlements||Meirav Arlosoroff - Haaretz - More recently Beijing has cracked down on corruption and has shown greater interest in an agreement regulating the terms for Chinese workers in Israel. As a result, Israel renewed the talks with China about 18 months ago and the main points of a labor pact have reportedly been settled. But now China is demanding that its nationals not be employed beyond Israel’s pre-1967 borders, meaning primarily the West Bank. Last year home construction in settlements accounted for just 3% of all housing starts in Israel, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, but putting settlement construction outside the accord would be politically unpalatable for the Netanyahu government. So far, it has refused to accede to the demand. [bz]
|Security and defense: Taking the law into battle ||YAAKOV LAPPIN, YONAH JEREMY BOB - Jpost - Officers from the IDF’s Operational International Law Department closely instruct and train commanders on how to act on the battlefield, but until now this dialogue did not cross into control rooms. Now the IDF is contemplating to let its international law advisers receive intelligence on targets and order attacks during conflicts. [bz]
|Israel to allocate NIS 100 million for BDS battle||Itamar Eichner - Ynet - In letter, Netanyahu tells attendees at emergency BDS summit in Las Vegas, `You are on the front lines of fight against BDS, and Israel must stand with you` [ry]||8/6/2015|
|Dropping West Bank annexation bid, Bennett turns to the Golan||Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel - Education minister calls on international community to choose between Israel and ISIS and finally recognize 1981 annexation [ry]||8/6/2015|
|Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence meets Obama aides in Washington|| Barak Ravid - Haaretz - The meetings with representatives of the NGO came during a week in which the organization attracted harsh criticism from the Israeli government because of its exhibition in Zurich, partially funded by the Swiss government. Israel’s ambassador to Switzerland, Yigal Caspi, lodged a protest with the Swiss Foreign Ministry over it, and asked that donations and support for a group that deals with the “defamation of Israel” be halted. [bz]||6/6/2015|
|Warning shots?||Amany Maged -
"The self-proclaimed Call of Egypt statement demands “retribution be exacted against all rulers, judges, officers, soldiers, muftis, journalists and politicians proven to have committed crimes” or “taken part, if only through incitement, in the violation of honour, the shedding of innocent blood and the wrongful taking of lives.” Such people, it continues, “will be judged as murderers in accordance with Islamic law and the provisions applying to murders shall apply.” Some observers fear the statement may signal a change in tactics among Brotherhood supporters and herald a new wave of violence." ca||5/6/2015|
|What I Was Told: Arabs hate Jews||Essrea Cherin -
"Growing up in Upstate New York in a progressive Reform Jewish family, I absorbed the understanding that Arabs hate Jews...Looking back on time in the Middle East, I recognize this as a transformational period. I now understand quite viscerally how fear can distort one’s view of the world. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to experience Arab culture for myself and have replaced mental images of monsters with real live people. Until that experience, I was unaware of the magnitude of the fear I had been clinging to. What a relief to let it go. Engaging with Syrians, and all Arabs, as one individual to another, I discovered that humans are humans everywhere one goes; it is as simple as that." ca
|Listen up, Canada: You can`t advocate free speech and criminalize dissent at the same time||Hadani Ditmars -
"Following the lead of Israel, where a law criminalizing participation or encouragement of BDS was recently upheld by the High Court of Justice, in a majority ruling equating boycotts with “political terror,” the Canadian Conservatives are now conflating the advocacy of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign with hate speech." ca||5/6/2015|
|Obama: Netanyahu`s Palestine stance erodes Israel`s credibility||DAN WILLIAMS -
"Obama also suggested that continued U.S. diplomatic defense for Israel at the United Nations over the Palestine dispute may be reviewed, while reaffirming U.S. support for Israeli security in a conflict-riven Middle East." - id||3/6/2015|
|Is Israel finally taking the world`s shifting attitude to heart?||Tami Arad -
"The way Netanyahu managed the FIFA affair shows he realized how close we had come to playing soccer against ourselves, and that is just the beginning." id||3/6/2015|
|Netanyahu’s declaration of war on BDS is its first major victory||Chemi Shalev - Haaretz - Adelson and his wife Miriam are looking to appoint their favorite Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to lead legions of boycott-fighting students tentatively known as “Campus Maccabees”.
Adelson’s generous funding could ensure that such a group would be able to organize impressively massive events – like the one put on by the Adelson-funded Israeli American Council (IAC) in honor of Israeli Independence Day in New York on Sunday – but it would equally also deter moderate students from joining the cause. [bz]
|Demonstration in Jerusalem over Israeli Discrimination against Christian Schools||PNN/IMEMC - Recently, Israeli right-wingers have tried to take Arab and Palestinian
Christians under their wing as part of wild anti-Muslim
demagoguery. However, Christian schools - long established in the
country and providing quality education to Christian and Muslim youths
alike - accuse Israel`s Education Ministry of discriminatory and
oppressive measures bringing the Christian schools to the verge of
collapse. The Christians` demonstration, due to be held at the
Education Ministry, is the first of its kind. ak ||2/6/2015|
|German FM in Gaza: Israel must ease blockade, Hamas must work to end rockets||Matan Tzuri - Ynet - Steinmeier also visits school on Israel`s border with Gaza; visits come day after he warned that Israel`s security is tied to the prosperity of Gaza. [bz]||2/6/2015|
|The Soldier`s Story ||Gershom Gorenberg - The American Prospect - When a mike was passed to the audience, Shachar stood and said, "I propose that what makes a country good isn`t whether a country is happy or not; it`s the ethics and morality of a country," and went on to talk about what occupation duty does to soldiers and gave examples he`d witnessed. The army`s hasty response brought him Israeli media coverage. Ironically, the people who wanted him punished for standing and speaking insured that he was better heard. [bz]||2/6/2015|
|Israel could join Isis in United Nations list of groups and states that harm children ||Adam Leyland - The Independent - If included in the blacklist, Israel could face harsh UN sanctions and international isolation [ry]||1/6/2015|
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