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Israelis, Defy the Boycott of Arabs and Go Shopping in Wadi Ara : Lieberman’s statement that residents of Wadi Ara are `formally citizens of Israel, but they are not part of Israel,` reflects worse on the state than residents of Wadi Ara Haaretz Editorial - Singling out citizens on national and religious grounds and calling for a boycott against them are familiar characteristics of dark regimes, and they are always presented as a response to a threat. Lieberman’s comment that residents of Wadi Ara are “formally citizens of Israel, but they are not part of Israel,” reflects more on the State of Israel, in whose cabinet Lieberman is a senior member, than on the residents of Wadi Ara.-rh 13/12/2017
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Did Trump kill a Two-State Solution? He says no, Palestinians say yesMark Landler, David M. Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner - New York Times - President Trump, in formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday, declared that the US still supported a two-state solution, provided it was “agreed to by both sides.” For the first time in his 26 years as a peacemaker Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiator for the Palestinians did not agree. Hitherto a steadfast advocate for a Palestinian state, Erekat said that Trump and Netanyahu “have managed to destroy that hope.” He embraced a radical shift in the P.L.O.’s goals — to a single state, but with Palestinians enjoying the same civil rights as Israelis, including the vote. “They’ve left us with no option,” he said. “This is the reality. We live here. Our struggle should focus on one thing: equal rights.” [ak] 12/12/2017
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Pence Prepares Mideast Visit, but neither Palestinian leaders nor Christian groups want him Jack Khoury - Haaretz - "The United States has crossed all the red lines with the Jerusalem decision" said President Abbas` diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi. Therefore, Abbas is not going to meet U.S. Vice President Pence who arrives in the region next week. Originally, Palestinian Christians intended to meet Pence, who is close to American Christian Evangelical groups, and present to him their views as being "the original Christians, the first ones". However, these Palestinian Christians were also offended by Pence supporting Trump`s "Jerusalem Declaration". "We see Pence standing behind Trump as he announced Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and saying this not political, or legal or even security based, but this is Biblical and this about the ordain of God . If you believe you know His will then it shuts the discussion" said Palestinian adviser Husam Zomlot. Now, there will be no Pence meeting with Christians in Bethlehem, either. [ak] 12/12/2017
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Congress Member McCollum: US Tax Dollars Must Not Be Used to Detain Palestinian ChildrenCongress Member Betty McCollum - The Nation - Israel is the single greatest beneficiary of American military assistance, receiving $3.8 billion, some 25 percent of its defense budget, from American taxpayers each year. Of this, Israel is allowed to spend as much as $800 million a year with little transparency, accountability, or oversight by US officials. Some of this money almost certainly flows to Israel’s abusive military detention of Palestinian children.To help sustain the occupation, Israel’s military and police forces have arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned thousands of Palestinian children, mostly for throwing stones.Israel’s military court and detention system is unique in the world in its systematic incarceration of children, in this case Palestinian children. It is a system that denies basic due-process rights and is cruel, inhumane, and degrading.[ak]12/12/2017
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Wadi Ara residents angered over Lieberman`s call for their boycottHassan Shaalan - Ynet - Husam Abbas, one of the owners of the Al-Babor restaurant in Umm al-Fahm: "His statements are appropriate for a punk and not for the defense minister. I do not believe a statement by him will succeed in influencing our customers, it will only influence the extreme right. (...)" [bz] 12/12/2017
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Interview with the filmmakers of “Holy Air”Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Movie review of “Holy Air” by writer and producer Shady Srour and Director Ilan Moskovitch. Arabic, English and Hebrew.Holy Air is a satirically sad and humorous look at Christian life in Israel." - id 6/12/2017
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Trump tells Abbas of plans to move embassy as world leaders warn of consequencesMa`an - American President Donald Trump called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday and confirmed his intentions to move the embassy. Abbas reiterated the Palestinian position that without what is now occupied East Jerusalem as its capital, there is no future of a Palestinian state. Abu Rudeineh stressed that Abbas “will continue to contact world leaders in order to prevent this unacceptable move.” Trump also phoned Jordanian King Abdullah II, who told Trump over the phone that he pledged to “thwart any American initiative to renew the peace process and would encourage rage and resistance among Muslims and Christians alike,” if the embassy was moved. Trump’s decision has drawn condemnation from leaders across the globe, including Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, and the EU. [ak] 5/12/2017
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John Kerry: `What would Israel do if 40,000 Palestinian kids march up to the Wall?` Carlos Ballesteros - Newsweek/Israeli CH.10 TV - At the very end of his term, a hitherto unpublished statement of John Kerry says: "The Palestinian [Authority] has done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to nonviolence. When the intifada took place [in 2015] they delivered non-violence in the West Bank. This is overlooked by the general [Israeli] populations because it is not a topic of discussion. Why? Because the majority of the cabinet currently in the Israeli government has publicly declared they are not ever for a Palestinian state(...). If you see 40,000 kids marching up to the wall every day with signs saying, ¡¥Give us our rights,¡¦ I mean I don¡¦t think Palestine is going to be immune forever to the civil rights movements that have swept other nations in the world. Somehow Israel is ignoring this. That¡¦s not leadership." [ak] 5/12/2017
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Tensions mount over Trump`s Jerusalem brinkmanship The Guardian - In an act of brinkmanship over one of the Middle East’s most fraught issues, President Trump appears to have missed a deadline for signing a waiver on a US law requiring its embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. This does not automatically mean that the Embassy would now be moved, but it does increase the tension and uncertainty. Either moving the Embassy or declaring a US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital would have serious repercussions in the Middle East and likely abort altogether the Middle East diplomatic initiative which Trump was supposed to launch in the near future. The Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, The Arab League, Turkey, the EU and French President Macron have all warned Trump against unilaterally determining the status of Jerusalem. However, as usual with this President, no one - not even Trump himself - knows what he is going to do. [ak]5/12/2017
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Government angered by EU visit to B’Tselem eventAFP/Times of Israel - Next week, PM Netanyahu is due to visit Brussels for talks with EU foreign ministers. But just ahead of this event, officials and ministers of the Netanyahu government are strongly attacking the European Union, angered at the news that the EU Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret will visit an exhibition on “50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank”, held at the Port of Jaffa by the Israeli Human Rights group B’Tselem. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nahshon said it constituted "spitting in the faces of Israelis”. However, the EU reiterated that visiting an event by a Human Rights organization was an appropriate way of marking Human Rights Day [ak]. 5/12/2017
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In Generational Shift, Millennial Evangelicals Not as Supportive of IsraelAmir Tibon - Haaretz - According to the survey, American evangelicals under 35 are less likely than their older counterparts to offer unquestionable support for Israel, and are more likely to hold positive views of the Palestinians.  The survey was conducted by a firm called Life Way Research and commissioned by the Chosen People Ministries, a group that proselytizes, and Joel Rosenberg, an evangelical author and activist based in Jerusalem whose father was Jewish. [bz]5/12/2017
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Talk of a Peace Plan That Snubs Palestinians Roils Middle EastAnne Barnard, David M. Halbfinger and Peter Baker - NYT - Prince Mohammed, 32, is very close to Mr. Kushner, 36, both young men without much foreign policy experience who see themselves as creative reformers able to break with the ossified thinking of the past. And the Saudi prince has made clear that his top priority in the region is not the Palestinian-Israeli issue, the fulcrum of Arab politics for generations, but confronting Iran. Regional officials and analysts say they believe he might be willing to try to force a settlement on Palestinians in order to cement Israeli cooperation. Alarms began to go off across the region last month, when Mr. Abbas started making phone calls to political leaders in the region after he had left Riyadh in which he spoke of a Saudi suggestion that the Palestinians could have Abu Dis, a suburb of East Jerusalem, as their capital. [bz]5/12/2017
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BREAKING: Two Israeli Bedouin Arrested for Murder of IDF SoldierRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "This is a very unusual terror attack for a number of reasons. First, because Arad is a town that is wholly unassociated with security threats or ethnic tension. Second, while Israeli Bedouin are deeply disaffected from Israeli society and the state routinely destroys their homes and their communities and sometimes murders them in cold blood, this has almost never led to such terror attacks. It may indicate that Negev Bedouin have been recruited by Islamist terror groups. Or it may indicate a new level of anger and violence which the younger generation is prepared to use to protest treatment of the Bedouin in Israel. It also could indicate a new domestic terror threat facing the Israeli regime from its own Arab- Palestinian community." ca3/12/2017
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Israel Has A Robot Army - And It Should Scare The Sh*t Out Of YouDarius Shahtahmasebi - Information Clearing House "Israel is the first country in the world to use unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to not only patrol its borders but also to replace soldiers on missions, as well. The new Border Patroller model can be armed with remote-controlled weapons, reconnaissance means, and additional components that cannot be fitted on the traditional Guardium model it had been using for years prior.The robot is also able to patrol underground and gather information for units that are present on the surface. For example, it can help soldiers avoid booby-trapped tunnels. These robots can be given pre-designated routes for their patrol, making them more or less autonomous." ca 3/12/2017
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Will Israel launch pre-emptive strike against Assad?Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor "What disturbs the Israeli officers more is the Iranian "Precision [Missile] Project," intended to provide Assad and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah with the capability to manufacture their own rockets and missiles, which could strike within dozens of meters of strategic targets. As one top Israeli minister told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, "For that, we would need to consider going to war." ca 2/12/2017
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Hopes for solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict fall across the Mideast, poll findsJames J. Zogby - +972 "Many Arabs appear to have lost faith in finding a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Only in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE are majorities still inclined to support a two-state solution, while more than 40 percent of Lebanese, Jordanians, and Palestinians now say they no longer believe any solution is possible." ca2/12/2017
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Hasbara Alphabet: A is for ApartheidRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "In honor of “P is for Palestine,” Golbarg Bashi’s children’s book excoriated by the fearful and ignorant hasbara mommies of Manhattan, and denounced by the self-righteous rabbinic anti-Semitism mavens of the Upper West Side, here’s my humble contribution, the Hasbara Alphabet." - id29/11/2017
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Palestinian PM Hamdallah: Israeli plans to forcibly transfer Bedouins in E1 `cross a red line`Ma’an - Earlier this month, Israeli forces distributed evacuation notices to all 300 Palestinian residents of the village in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, saying the residents had eight days to move to a “relocation site” designated for them by Israeli authorities. The plan would not only disconnect occupied East Jerusalem from the West Bank, but also “complete a stretch of illegal settlements from East Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, severing the West Bank into two for Palestinians. The village is populated by some 55 Bedouin families who have inhabited the area for 65 years -- after being forced out of their original lands in 1948 when Israel was created. [bz]28/11/2017
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MANDELA’S GRANDSON ON VISIT: ‘ISRAEL IS THE WORST APARTHEID REGIME`ILANIT CHERNICK - Jerusalem Post - “The settlements I saw here reminded me of what we had suffered in South Africa because we also were surrounded by many settlements and were not allowed to move from one place to another freely. (...) What we have experienced in South Africa is a fraction of what the Palestinians are experiencing. Us, we were oppressed in order to serve the white minority. The Palestinians are being eliminated off their land and brought out of their territories (...)."[bz]28/11/2017
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Israel Is Growing Increasingly Worried About the Trump AdministrationBrian Katulis / Yoram Schweitzer - Foreign Policy - The Trump administration’s unclear and disjointed approach to the Middle East has unnerved key allies like Israel while giving the emerging coalition of Russia, Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah a free pass. True, the new tone of warmth and support to Israel projected by President Trump is widely welcomed by Israeli officials, as are the increased criticisms of Iran expressed in the President`s speech last month. But actions speak louder than words, and nearly a month after Trump’s Iran speech many top security officials in Israel are still asking: Does the United States care about the region, and does it have a plan? And many Israelis were dismayed earlier this week when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Iran’s presence in Syria was legitimate and that they would not force Iranian- aligned Shiite militias to withdraw from positions close to Syria’s border with Israel. [ak]28/11/2017
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Charges dropped over protest at Israeli military drones factory in UKDamien Gayle - The Guardian - Company witnesses pull out of case involving five activists accused of blocking access to UAV Engines in Staffordshire [ry]27/11/2017
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Saudi crown prince calls Iran`s supreme leader `Hitler of Middle East`#SaudiPurge - "Mohammed bin Salman makes direct comparison in New York Times interview in which he also defends the roundup of rivals for `corruption`." ca24/11/2017
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Palestinian factions leave Cairo with little reconciliation progress AFP - Al-Monitor "Analysts said a three-page document agreed between the 13 largest Palestinian political parties Wednesday offered little substantive change, with no steps agreed on key points of difference.They said questions would now be raised over the fate of an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation agreement signed last month between the two largest parties, Hamas and Fatah." ca 24/11/2017
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Palestinian Children’s Book Stirring Cries of Anti-SemitismIMEMC News & Agencies- "The author, Golbarg Bashi, a Pace history professor and former Rutgers Iranian-studies instructor, told an audience at a bookstore reading Saturday, that she “came up with the idea for this book after I couldn’t find a book about Palestine for children.’’... Bashi’s detractors point out that she has written pro-Palestinian blog posts, where she responded: “By all measured historical accounts . . . Israel is a racial and religious apartheid state,”. ca24/11/2017
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Before and after Al-Hariri Hassan Al-Qishawi - Al-Ahram "With the return of Lebanese prime minister Saad Al-Hariri to Lebanon on Tuesday night, many things are expected to change in this small Arab country, with many Lebanese hoping that the crisis will pass and the looming escalation between Saudi Arabia and the Shia group Hizbullah will fade...Al-Hariri’s ability to return home follows the adoption of an Arab League resolution on Sunday condemning Hizbullah, a partner in the Lebanese government." ca24/11/2017
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Nick Cave shuns Palestinians, wins praise from Israel lobbyNora Barrows-Friedman - EI - "In a land of injustice, Nick Cave is giving comfort to the unjust” by performing in Tel Aviv and crossing the international picket line, artists say...Roger Waters, who has been an outspoken advocate for the BDS movement, said he read Cave’s press conference statements “with a mixture of sorrow, rage and disbelief.”" - id 22/11/2017
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Palestinians to suspend US ties if PLO office closedAl Jazeera - Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, said in a statement that the US measure (...) "represents a blow to peacemaking efforts, while rewarding Israel, which is working to obstruct US efforts by persisting with its policy of settlements and its refusal to accept the two-state solution". [bz] 21/11/2017
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Hamas and Fatah meet in Cairo to resume reconciliation talksMaan - The feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, are set to meet in Cairo, to continue their reconciliation talks - following handover of the Gaza Strip border crossings to the Palestinian Authority security forces. According to the official PA news agency Wafa, the topics up for discussion include the holding of presidential and legislative elections, security control in Gaza, reforming the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), government formation and reconciling families who lost loved ones when Hamas took over power in Gaza in 2007. Several key issues, such as the status of Hamas’ military wing, and the future of between 40,000 and 50,000 civil servants that have been hired by Hamas since the faction took over Gaza in 2007, remain unclear and hotly disputed. [ak]21/11/2017
Saudi FM: normalization with Israel hinges on peace with PalestiniansRoi Kais - Ynet - "Saudi Arabia is committed to the Arab peace initiative. When (Israeli-Palestinian) peace is achieved, Israel will have normal relations with all Arab states. All Arab countries have professed their support of this notion once again at the Amman summit at the beginning of this year," al-Jubier explained in an interview to the Egyptian CBC network. The Saudi minister was then confronted with reports Arab states would be willing to make the terms stipulated in the Arab peace initiative more flexible. "The Arab terms are clear: two states, one of which is Palestinian with east Jerusalem as its capital. As for other matters, they can be agreed upon between the Israelis and Palestinians. [bz]21/11/2017
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Arab League steps in to salvage peace processMa`an - The Arab League has reportedly approached the United States government regarding its recent threat to punitively shut down the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington D.C, over the Palestinian leadership’s threat to bring Israel before the International Criminal Court (ICC). A regional organization of 22 Arab countries, the Arab League announced that its Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit approached the US President Donald Trump’s administration over the closure. The league is reportedly attempting to do damage control. [bz]21/11/2017
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BREAKING: Corrupt Israeli Arms Deal with Azerbaijan Under Gag OrderRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "Yesterday, The Marker reported that the Israeli drone manufacturer, Aeronautics Group, was under investigation by the Israeli major crimes unit 433 for corrupt dealings with a “significant client.” Since the publication included a reference to a previous case brought against the company involving dealings it with Azerbaijan, it’s clear that the paper was implicitly saying that this new matter also involves Azerbaijan." ca 18/11/2017
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Palestinian rights make a rare appearance in CongressSamer Badawi - +972 "A first-of-its-kind bill introduced this week focusing on the rights of Palestinian children could pave the way for greater transparency and accountability in America’s dealings with Israel...“As the first-ever bill on Palestinian human rights introduced in Congress, we see [this] as a direct challenge to the systemic impunity enjoyed by Israeli forces,” said Brad Parker, an attorney with Defense for Children International-Palestine, which has been working to support McCollum and other members of Congress through its No Way to Treat a Child campaign." ca18/11/2017
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Global medical watchdog complicit with Israeli abusesDerek Summerfield - Elecronic Intifada "It is now more than 20 years since Amnesty International first concluded that Israeli doctors working with Israel’s security services “form part of a system in which detainees are tortured, ill-treated and humiliated in ways that place prison medical practice in conflict with medical ethics.” Since then there have been repeated attempts – of which this author has been part – to have the global medical ethics watchdog World Medical Association (WMA) hold the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) accountable for these practices...Unfortunately, as the case with Israel illustrates, the WMA seems unwilling to act against those with powerful friends like the US." ca 18/11/2017
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Israeli Diplomat: Rabbis Who Demanded End to Burmese Arms Trafficking Guilty of ‘Blood Libel’Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "At a rally held by the activists after the ruling, one of the speakers revealed that the Court sided with the defense ministry and upheld the right to traffic in arms with Burma.  Nevertheless, the ruling itself is under gag order and may not be published in Israel." - id 15/11/2017
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The Saudis and the Arab springYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "A democratic transformation in Saudi Arabia, when it happens, will determine not only the fate of that country but of the entire Arab world. The writing is on the wall. It was written in the winter of 2011, and it cannot be erased." - id 15/11/2017
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Illinois Governor Rauner promises to turn in names of Arab activists to IsraelRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Racist Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner promises to provide Israel, a foreign country, with intelligence information on American citizens living in Illinois as a part of anti-Terrorism security measures. The Governor made the promises during a weeklong visit to Israel this week." - id 15/11/2017
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Israel to turn away European delegation over their support of BDS, BarghoutiItamar Eichner and Amir Alon - Ynet - The delegation, which includes 20 participants, including French parliamentarians, European Parliamentarians and mayors, is scheduled to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority on November 19-23 - with the official purpose of meeting with Barghouti in Hadarim Prison. [bz]14/11/2017
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Israel lobby is slowly being dragged into the lightJonathan Cook - Redress - Priti Patel, forced to resign as Britain’s international aid minister, had been pressing for the Israeli army to receive a chunk of Britain’s overseas aid. Meanwhile, she has sought to cut aid to the Palestinians, including to vital projects in Gaza. Patel’s off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, were organised by a British lobbyist in violation of government rules meant to prevent illicit lobbying by foreign powers.[bz]14/11/2017
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MK Azaria: Barkat is letting electoral considerations blow up Jerusalem Israel National News (Arutz-7) - Knesset Member Rachel Azaria (Kulanu) has criticized Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem, following a TV report that Barkat intends to demolish an entire residential neighborhood in East Jerusalem`s Kufr Akeb and evict hundreds of residents from their homes. As reported, Barkat asked the army`s help in blowing up eight "illegal" residential buildings, seven floors high each. [ak] 14/11/2017
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Greenblatt: No Israel-Palestine peace talks in sightAndrew Friedman - TPS/Ynet - Greenblatt has visited the region a half-dozen times, making clear the president’s desire for progress on what Trump calls the “deal of the century”, but “We are not going to put an artificial timeline on the development or presentation of any specific ideas and will also never impose a deal—our goal is to facilitate, not dictate (...)" [bz]14/11/2017
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Two houses, a sheep pen, olive trees, straw bales, a grocery store...Amos Gvirtz - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - At Thabat Mar`i, in the southern part of the Jiftlik, they destroyed two houses. 16 persons remained homeless. -- At Umm Batin they uprooted dozens of young olive trees and destroyed a fence; near Abu Talul they uprooted many young olive trees and large straw bales; On Thursday at Bir Hadaj they demolished a grocery store. [NB: Destruction of Palestinian property on both sides of the Green Line-bz]14/11/2017
Syrian refugees in Lebanon face evictionScott Preston - Al-Monitor "Thousands of Syrian refugees residing in several municipalities across Lebanon are under threat by eviction campaigns that have ramped up in recent weeks. Aid workers from several humanitarian organizations say that reports of refugee evictions have increased in a number of predominantly Christian areas." ca 10/11/2017
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UK minister Priti Patel secretly urged aid for al-Qaida via IsraelAsa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada "Underreported, but well-documented, the Israeli army occupying the Golan Heights uses its field hospitals to treat anti-government fighters involved in the war in Syria – including members of factions linked to al-Qaida.Israel’s alliance with such groups is part of its effort to hold back the influence of Hizballah, the powerful Lebanese resistance organization that defeated the Israeli army when it invaded Lebanon in 2006.Belying “humanitarian” claims, the known al-Qaida-linked extremists are allowed back to fight in Syria after being treated. In an interview with Al Jazeera last year, the former head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency denied that there would be blowback after Israel had gotten “into bed” with the al-Nusra Front – for years al-Qaida’s formal Syrian affiliate." ca 10/11/2017
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Anti-Semitism Isn’t Rampant on College CampusesBarry Trachtenberg - History News Network "Much of the testimony you will hear today is likely to argue that antisemitism is at crisis levels. I urge you to be skeptical of such claims. First, many of the stories that get wide circulation contain factual distortions and are misrepresented in the media. Second, many studies are based on a definition that de facto defines criticism of Israel as antisemitic." ca10/11/2017
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BREAKING: IDF Discovers New Gaza Tunnel November 6, 2017 By Richard Silverstein Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The story cannot be reported in Israel because it is under military censorship.The only media outlet which has reported the story was forced to remove it by the censor. " - id9/11/2017
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The kibbutz that sells riot control weapons to war criminalsEitay Mack - +972 - "For decades, Kibbutz Beit Alfa has sold riot control vehicles to despotic regimes such as Pinochet’s Chile and Nkunrunziza’s Burundi." - id 9/11/2017
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Mordechai Vanunu: Big Media and The Big Get The Media Didn’t GetEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "The restrictions preventing Israel’s infamous nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu from leaving the state expire this November. Vanunu’s Norwegian wife, Professor Kristin Joachimsen applied for his asylum in 2015 after their wedding in Jerusalem. Asylum applications in Norway average four months to be approved." - id  9/11/2017
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Activist Moshe Machover reinstated in the British Labour Party, after intensive campaignAsa Winstanley - Jewish Voice for Labour - The former Israeli activist Moshé Machover regained his membership in the British Labor Party after numerous resolutions were passed by Labour Party constituencies and branches, protesting his expulsion some weeks ago. However, the language of letter which Machover got, announcing his reinstatement, is highly grudging and petulant - with no hint of apology for having falsely accused Machover of "antisemitism" because of his support for the Palestinians. [ak] 7/11/2017
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Despite reconciliation, PA detains 46 Hamas members on West Bank Elior Levy - Y-Net - Shortly after Hamas began ceding control of the Gaza Strip`s border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the Palestinian Authority, PA forces detailed no less than 46 Hamas activists on the West Bank. According to a PA official, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Israeli Y-Net news website, these detentions had foiled no less than seven planned stabbings, shootings and bombings targeting Israeli soldiers and settlers on the West Bank. This clamp down on Hamas in the West Bank seems aimed at sending a clear signal to Israel and the US, that reconciliation does not mean that the PA will permit Hamas to re-establish its West Bank infrastructure. For its part, Hamas has publicly demanded from the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to to immediately cease its arrests, which the movement dubbed as “criminal.” [ak] 7/11/2017
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Convicted Trump adviser George Papadopoulos championed Israeli settlersMichael F. Brown - EI - "Lying to the FBI is a felony that can entail serious punishment. But supporting violations of international law by Israeli settlers is, well, generally ignored or acclaimed by many in Washington. George Papadopoulos, former foreign policy adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, provides a prime example" [ry]6/11/2017
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Israeli deputy foreign minister denies Palestinians live under occupation: `This is Judea and Samaria`Samuel Osborne - Independent - Tzipi Hotovely says it is `very clear Palestinians are not interested in a Palestinian state` [ry]6/11/2017
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No return of Israel embassy staff until killer faces justice Mohammad Ghazal - Jordan Times "Jordan on Thursday reiterated that it would not allow the reopening of the Israeli embassy in Amman and the return of its crew until an Israeli staffer who had killed two Jordanians is referred to a court of law."The reopening of the Israeli embassy and the return of its staff hinges on taking proper legal procedures against the Israeli staffer who killed the two Jordanians," Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani told The Jordan Times on Thursday." ca 4/11/2017
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Sympathy and prejudiceNesma Seyam - Electronic Intifada "In Gaza, the distinction between refugees and the local population is most obvious in older generations. Initially, there was more pity than contempt...Stereotypes emerged, where refugees came to be disparaged as dependents of international aid organizations. Locals, landowners in particular, were seen as arrogant and disrespectful of refugees’ plight." ca3/11/2017
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Everything wrong with Theresa May`s ridiculous assertion that we should feel proud of the Balfour Declaration Robert Fisk - Independent "Let’s remember what the document actually said in 1917 – and consider what the Israeli ambassador to the UK said this week...Even more disgraceful than May’s foolish words – for many Britons may well feel shame or prefer silence when they contemplate this episode of history – were Mark Regev’s remarks this week that citizens of the United Kingdom, to which he is currently accredited as ambassador – are “extremists” if they oppose the Balfour Declaration." ca3/11/2017
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Pandering to Israel Has Got to StopPhilip Giraldi - Information Clearing House "Both the recent cases in Kansas and Texas involve state mandates regarding Israel. Both states are, one might note, part of the Bible belt. The anti-boycott legislation was sponsored by powerful Christian Zionist constituencies and passed through the respective legislatures with little debate. In Kansas, Esther Koontz, a Mennonite curriculum coach was fired by the State Department of Education as a teacher trainer because she would not certify in writing that she does not boycott Israel. Koontz’s church had passed a resolution in July seeking peace in the Middle East which specifically opposed purchasing products associated with Israel’s “military occupation” of Palestine. With the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Koontz is contesting the Kansas government position." ca3/11/2017
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Israel is being dragged into the Syrian warYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Those who ignored Assad`s crimes, seeking to benefit from genocide and civil war, are now paying the price of their short-sightedness and evil. And do not, by the way, blame Netanyahu alone. Silence in the face of genocide, and in the face of the biggest refugee tragedy since World War II, enjoyed a wall-to-wall consensus here. In the entire Israeli establishment, coalition and opposition alike, no one can claim to have clean hands." - id 1/11/2017
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Israel Lied About How it Discovered Gaza TunnelRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "When asked whether the informant had arranged for the senior commander to be present and Israel deliberately detonated the tunnel intending to kill him, the source would only say “the timing of the bombing wasn’t coincidental.”" - id 1/11/2017
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