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European Delegation Says Khan al-Ahmar Demolition Is A War CrimeIMEMC - "European parliamentarians from the delegation for relations with Palestine visited Khan al-Ahmar village on Wednesday, and warned that its demolition could be considered a war crime.20/9/2018
According to `Israel Hayom,` BDS has nothing to do with the occupationMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Do not let your worldview be shaped by an online news desk editor who deletes a crucial context paragraph just because it rubs him or her the wrong way." - id20/9/2018
Press Release: Ashrawi laments flaws in peace process, Israeli bad faithRay Hanan9a - The Arab Daily News = "Dr. Ashrawi stressed, “Israel’s violations, expansionism and total disregard for Palestinian rights and the requirements of peace have led to the entrenchment of the military occupation and the placing of the two-state solution in serious jeopardy." - id 20/9/2018
Gaza: 13,000 UNRWA Employees Protest Against CutsIMEMC - "Amir Al-Mishal, head of the UNRWA staff union, said that the staff gathered to reject all the obstacles by the administration of the agency and those behind it, stressing that the UNRWA crisis is not financial, but is rather subject to political agendas. “We are not fighting against the UN agency,” he said, “but against job insecurity. We offered mediation to resolve the crisis with the agency, and to not put our rights in prejudice. We [the staff] agreed that we were ready to make contributions to overcome the crisis by the end of December.”" - id20/9/2018
Judge: Israeli police `scandalous` for trying to deport U.S.-French activist applying military procedures.Orly Noy - +972 - According to Lasky, the decision to book her client under military law instead of into the civilian justice system was made in order to give them time to deport him before he saw a judge. The judge, upon hearing what police had done, reminded the police representative that she had scheduled a detention hearing and “[I get] the impression that you want to thwart it.” [bz]18/9/2018
US Expels Palestinian Envoy And His Family IMEMC News - "Analysts say that this appears to be another move by the US to pressure the Palestinian Authority into surrendering and accepting the so- called ‘deal of the century’ outlined by Jared Kushner and Trump" [ry]17/9/2018
Israel Project’s secret Facebook campaignAli Abunimah and Asa Winstanley - EI - "The Israel Project, a major advocacy group based in Washington, is running a secret influence campaign on Facebook. This is revealed in The Lobby – USA, an undercover Al Jazeera documentary that has never been broadcast due to censorship by Qatar following pressure from pro-Israel organizations" [ry]17/9/2018
Israel: Never Met a Genocidaire It Wouldn’t Do Business WithRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "In effect, just as Israel destabilizes the Middle East with its constant invasions, assassinations, air assaults and repeated military operations outside its own borders, so it offers its customers the same capability to inflict damage on their own rivals and enemies. Israel is a major force for destabilization among the nations of the world." - id12/9/2018
Palestinian envoy says Washington mission given a month to pack upThe Times of Israel - Stating "The PLO has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel… To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a US peace plan they have not yet seen", the Trump administration gave Palestinian Delegation staffers a month to pack up. Palestinian Envoy Husam Zomlot responded: "We lost the US administration but we gained our national rights. The delegation closure would not deter Palestinians from seeking a state with East Jerusalem as the capital" and in Ramallah President Abbas`s Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh stated that "core issues of the conflict, including the status of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees, are more important than the relationship with the United States.” In practice, the Palestinian Delegation in Washington will likely revert to being a private institution staffed by American Palestinians and with no official diplomatic status - as it was before the US recognized the PLO. [ak] 11/9/2018
ICC responds to US sanctions threatsMa`an - On Monday, Bolton had threatened ICC judges with imposing sanctions if they proceed with a probe into reported war crimes by the US in Afghanistan. Bolton`s threats said that if such an investigation was launched, the US administration would consider banning ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the United States, in addition to sanctioning funds they have there and prosecuting them in U.S. courts. The court said in a statement that it is an independent and impartial institution with the backing of 123 countries. The statement added that "the ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law." [bz]11/9/2018
European countries warn against demolishing West Bank villageAP - Ynet - As part of interim peace deals in the 1990s, the West Bank was carved up into autonomous and semi-autonomous Palestinian areas, known as Areas A and B, and Area C, which is home to some 400,000 Israeli settlers. The Palestinians say that Area C, home to an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 Palestinians, is crucial to the economic development of their future state. Israel says the structures that make up the Khan al-Ahmar encampment, which include an Italian-funded school, pose a threat to residents because of their proximity to a highway. But critics have dismissed this claim as a ploy to remove the village`s 180 or so residents to clear the way for new Jewish settlements. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights` office has called on Israel to abandon its plans and said the destruction of private property by an occupying power violates international law. [bz]11/9/2018
Palestinians reject Trump bid to force talks through aid cutAFP and The Times of Israel - Saeb Erekat says the US is acting in ‘bad faith’ and its policies are weakening moderates and encouraging radicals across the Middle East [ry]10/9/2018
US cuts $25m aid for Jerusalem hospitals serving PalestiniansAl Jazeera - Donald Trump orders redirection of $25m earmarked for Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals [ry]10/9/2018
Museum to showcase bewildering history of Palestinian money Entsar Abu Jahal - Al-Monitor "The museum will be created through cooperation between the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and the Palestinian Monetary Authority (PMA), the Ramallah-based central bank that is responsible for formulating and implementing the country`s monetary and banking policies.PMA Governor Azzam al-Shawa told Al-Monitor that the museum will tell the story of the Palestinian economy through the ages — from the time of bartering to modern economic concepts. The museum, to be located at the PMA headquarters, will also support research and publication in monetary and financial history with its research and resource center." ca 7/9/2018
Do Israeli politicians care about Israel?Nahum Barnea - Ynet - "Recent events that have taken place in Israel, such as the attack on 3 Arabs in Haifa, which was met with almost complete silence from Israeli officials, and Katz’s halting of Ayalon Highway bridge construction, makes one wonder whether our leaders care about us." - id 5/9/2018
The truths that won’t be heardAlain Gresh - Le Monde diplomatique - A never-shown Al Jazeera documentary on the pro-Israel lobby in the United States reveals possibly illegal Israeli spying on American citizens, and the lobby’s fear of a changing political mood [ry]4/9/2018
UNRWA chief defends refugee criteria for millions of PalestiniansJeffrey Heller - Reuters - "Millions of Palestinian refugees `cannot simply be wished away`, the head of a U.N. support agency said on Monday, hitting back at a U.S. aid cutoff and allegations its work only perpetuates their plight" [ry] 4/9/2018
Israel Signals They Could Attack Iraq Over Alleged Iran MissilesJason Ditz - AntiWar- Lieberman: Israel won`t limit attacks just to Syria [ry]4/9/2018
Duterte thanks Netanyahu for help in ending Marawi siegeAl Jazeera - Israeli leader welcomes first Philippine president to the country as critics slam Duterte`s human rights record [ry]4/9/2018
Abbas: no `confederation` with Jordan, only tripartite ‘confederation’ with both Israel and JordanRaphael Ahren - Times of Israel - Meeting with a delegation of Peace Now activists, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that said senior US administration officials Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt had asked about his opinion of a “confederation with Jordan” to which Abbas had replied that he would only agree to a three-way confederation with both Jordan and Israel.’ That must have taken place before the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, after which Abbas refused to have anything more to do with Trump`s emissaries. Abbas recounted that Russia, Japan, Belgium, and the Netherlands all offered to host Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, but such offers were rejected by Netanyahu. The Israeli PM holds out for an exclusive US mediation, which the Palestinians consider Trump as blatantly biased in Israel`s favor and thus not an acceptable mediator. Sunday’s meeting with Abbas was attended by Peace Now executive director Shaqued Morag, Meretz MK Mossi Raz (a former Peace Now director), and Zionist Union MK Ksenia Svetlova. According to the PA’s official Wafa news agency, unnamed “peace activists” from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party attended the meeting as well. “I have a problem with Netanyahu, not with Likud,” Peace Now quoted Abbas as saying.[ak] 3/9/2018
Jordan can`t afford to lose UNRWA battleOsama Al Sharif - Al-Monitor "UNRWA provides essential services to more than 370,000 Palestinian refugees residing in 10 camps in the Hashemite kingdom. Over 2 million registered Palestinian refugees live in Jordan, making it the largest host country." ca 30/8/2018
Iran`s only Jewish hospital grapples with fallout of US sanctionsTed Regencia - Al-Jazeera "For 76 years, the Dr Sapir Hospital has been a fixture in Tehran`s Oudlajan neighbourhood, once a Jewish quarter just blocks from the capital`s centuries-old Grand Bazaar and Iran`s parliament.Most of the Jewish residents in the area have since left, but the hospital has remained open, sustained by funds from the Tehran Jewish Committee. It continues to operate as a charity hospital serving mostly low-income patients from the predominantly Muslim neighbourhood.Currently, 98 percent of the patients and 95 percent of the staff at Dr Sapir Hospital are not Jewish." ca 30/8/2018
The Deliberate Pauperisation ofPalestineFawaz Turki - Information Clearing House "America’s cut of $200 million,along with the drastic cut in its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) inJanuary this year, is calculatedly pauperising Palestinians and bringing them to their knees. This is an effort to educate them out of the folly of their putative recalcitrance...It is clear that Palestinians have been pauperised because, very simply, they are robbed of their land and water resources, and they were brought to their knees — their choked psyche gasping for breath — because they are an occupied people with little control over their social, political, economic,cultural and even daily lives." ca30/8/2018
Painting a false pictureRod Such - Electronic Intifada "Greg Shupak, who teaches media studies at the University of Guelph- Humber in Canada, probes these framing narratives and other questions in his new book The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel and the Media." ca30/8/2018
It is Netanyahu, not Corbyn, who deserves `unequivocal condemnation`Richard Silverstein - Middle East Eye - "He was in Tunisia. He did lay a wreath. He did honour the memories of dead Palestinians. But nothing beyond that. He laid a wreath that commemorated the 60 Palestinians and Tunisians who died in an Israeli revenge attack on PLO headquarters in Tunis. He did not lay a wreath at the grave of Salah Khalaf, also known as Abu Iyad, the former deputy to Yasser Arafat, who was assassinated by Israel in 1991 and who is buried nearby in the same cemetery." - id 29/8/2018
Palestine Refugees: Beyond the NumbersIMEMC - "The Nakba and the dispossession of more than 800,000 Palestinians from their villages and towns out of the 1.4 million Palestinians who lived in historic Palestine in 1948 in 1,300 Palestinian villages and towns was the beginning of the suffering of generations deprived of their right to their land who have become to be known as refugees until their return." - id 29/8/2018
There were 8 Munich Terrorists – NONE are buried at the Tunis Cemetery that Jeremy Corbyn visitedTom D. Rogers - Evolve Politics - As part of the ongoing vicious campaign against Jeremy Corbyn, leader of British Labour Party, Israel`s PM Netanyahu charged Corbyn with having "laid a wreath the graves of the terrorists who perpetrated the 1972 Munich massacre". However, an examination of the facts shows that this - like some other historical assertions by Netnayahu - is factually untrue. There were eight perpetrators involved in the attack on the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. Five of them were killed by the German police at Munich and their bodies were later buried at Sid Munaidess Cemetery in Libya, where Corbyn had never been. Two others were later hunted down and killed by the Israeli Mossad; it is unknown where these two - Mohammed Safady and Adnan Al-Gashey - are buried, but it is not at Tunis. The final Munich perpetrator, Jamal Al-Gashey, was last heard of in 1999, when he was alive and hiding in either North Africa or Syria. It is unknown whether at present he is still alive, and if dead - where he is buried. In short, the facts are clear enough: Jeremy Corbyn did visit a PLO cemetery in Tunis and did lay a wreath - but none of the Munich perpetrators is buried there. This did not stop Netanyahu`s propaganda machine from further elaborating the story, for example demanding that Corbyn "apologize to the families of the Munich victims". [ak] 28/8/2018
As US buries era of evenhandedness, will shift bring Palestinians to the table?Ron Kampeas - Times of Israel - Radicals would be “empowered,” said Peter Lerner, a former longtime Israel Defense Forces spokesman. “Hardballing the Palestinians into submission is likely to blow up on Israel’s doorstep.” It’s also not likely to bring the Palestinians on board, said Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the US campaign for Palestinian rights. “When you want coercion to lead to a change of behavior, the actor has to see there’s something to lose,” he said. “In the case of the Palestinians they’re already the party living under military occupation. It’s a people that has lost faith in the ability of the United States to deliver anything for them. [bz] 28/8/2018
Israeli defence officials warn UNRWA cuts may strengthen Hamas: ReportMiddle East Eye - Severe cuts to the United Nations` agency for Palestinians, UNRWA, could lead to a vacuum in services that may be filled by Hamas, Israel`s defence officials warned the country`s leaders on Sunday, according to Israeli daily Haaretz. A lifeline for millions in the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, UNRWA provides aid and services to Palestinians. 28/8/2018
New challenge to Israel’s effort to undermine Jeremy CorbynAsa Winstanley - EI - "Human rights activists have lodged a freedom of information request under Israeli law seeking documents about the state’s ongoing disinformation campaign against UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Israeli lawyer Eitay Mack on Sunday sent a letter on behalf of 18 Israeli citizens to the ministries of foreign affairs and strategic affairs" [ry]27/8/2018
The Palestinian Flag: Striking a Nerve and Possibly Struck DownCharles Bybelezer - The Jerusalem Post - After Palestinian flags flown at protest in central Tel Aviv, Israeli parliamentarian moves to ban the controversial symbol from the public sphere [ry]27/8/2018
Palestinians see aid cut as latest US move to `liquidate` their causeMike Smith, AFP - Yahoo! News - "The move follows Trump`s recognition in December of the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital as well as his freezing of $300 million in annual funding for the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees" [ry]27/8/2018
UNRWA Confronts Deficit of $270 MillionIMEMC News & Agencies - "During a UN security council meeting, UN Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Rosemary Anne DeCarlo said, “We always take note of the unprecedented financial problems that UNRWA has faced.” DeCarlo stressed, according to Ma’an, “The Secretary-General warned that if we cannot cover UNRWA’s budget deficit of $270 million, we will face serious repercussions regarding the humanitarian situation, which will negatively affect the stability of the region.” ca 24/8/2018
Israel rejects UN report on protecting PalestiniansMEE and agencies - MIDDLE EAST EYE - Israel has rejected a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlining options for strengthening the protection of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories. Israel`s UN Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement late on Friday that "the only protection the Palestinian people need is from their own leadership". The 14-page report laid out four options, from increasing aid to the Palestinians, sending UN rights monitors and unarmed observers to deploying a military or police force under UN mandate.-rh22/8/2018
Hamas: End to Israel`s Gaza blockade `around the corner`Aljazeera - "Hamas and Israel have discussed easing the devastating blockade but not a complete lifting of it." - id 22/8/2018
Israel`s symbol of the hard Left, Uri Avnery, passes away at age 94Ynet - A laureate of the Israeli journalism Sokolov Award, a prolific writer, a fierce critic of Israeli policies and a prominent advocate of boycotts against Israel, Avnery, who attended Yasser Arafat`s funeral and described him as a man `with a warm heart` who demonstrated `leadership`, passes away after suffering a stroke [ry]20/8/2018
Jordan – Staunch Western Ally – Angry andConfusedAndre Vltchek - Information Clearing House "In June,massive protests shook the capital,Amman. Protesters were demanding thechange of the government. They wereoutraged by planned tax hikes and therapidly declining standard of living.They also called for the end of endemiccorruption among government officials. Scores ofpeople were arrested.In July,the government resigned, and KingAbdullah asked Omar al-Razzaz, a formerWorld Bank economist, to form a newgovernment. People dispersed. They were told that they had won, but almost nothing changed." ca 17/8/2018
BREAKING: Star Israeli Athlete Paralyzed in IDF Hazing IncidentRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Any army which permits such a hazing ritual at which a star athlete is paralyzed should immediately remove the commanding officer and review all its training guidelines. Someone should be accountable. Do you think this will happen? No, of course not. And one way to ensure it won’t is to maintain this entire incident under a shroud of opacity." - id15/8/2018
Jared Kushner’s sleight of handOmar Karmi - EI - “Jared Kushner, the American president’s son-in-law, may be a diplomatic novice (who would have noticed?) but he is not afraid of innovating. As his quest for the Ultimate Deal™ has shown, there is an agility of mind and ability to adapt that is truly mind-boggling” [ry]13/8/2018
Home Office stopped author from speaking at UK festival, says publisherSian Cain - The Guardian - Visa refusals mean Palestinian Nayrouz Qarmout unlikely to get to Edinburgh book festival [ry]13/8/2018
Our Government Is Awash With Foreign Citizens Chuck Baldwin - Information Clearing House "The U.S. government is awash with foreign citizens—Israeli citizens. And if you don’t think that Israel is exerting tremendous influence over the decisions, policies and wars of the United States, you are hopelessly naïve.It is absurd that people who are citizens of foreign nations would be allowed to hold public office in the United States—or, at the very least, would not be required by law to disclose those foreign citizenships and recuse themselves from any vote or decision involving the countries in which they hold citizenship..." ca 10/8/2018
A Bedouin Artist`s All-but-dashed Dreams for a Shared Life May Palti - Haaretz "The film in question is Abu Fraiha’s documentary “In Her Footsteps,” which was screened at the Jerusalem Film Festival last year and has since garnered acclaim abroad and at home, and the prize for best director of a documentary at that 2017 festival. It tells the wrenching story of her mother, Rodaina, who, after developing breast cancer, fought to be buried as a Muslim in Omer – a predicament the Jewish town had never before considered." ca10/8/2018
Trump moving to strip Palestinians of refugee status: reportAl Jazeerah - Prior to the announcement, Kushner, in a leaked email obtained by FP, wrote: "It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA." "This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn`t help peace," he reportedly wrote in an email dated January 11 and addressed to several senior US officials. [bz]7/8/2018
5-year drought raises questions over Israel`s water strategyCaron Creighton - Yahoo! News - "Desalination doesn`t make up for everything, and when groundwater is suffering from drought and the Sea of Galilee is suffering from drought, you need to conserve" [ry]6/8/2018
My son, Osama: the al-Qaida leader’s mother speaks for the first timeMartin Chulov - The Guardian "Nearly 17 years since 9/11, Osama bin Laden’s family remains an influential part of Saudi society – as well as a reminder of the darkest moment in the kingdom’s history. Can they escape his legacy?" ca3/8/2018
Jordan army says several ISIL fighters killed in border clashesNews agencies - "Jordan`s military says it was warding off ISIL fighters after they were chased by Syrian troops...Military units used "all types of weapons" to shell a group of fighters who had come close to its side of the Yarmouk Valley in clashes that lasted nearly 20 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon, an army source told state news agency Petra." ca3/8/2018
Are We Saving Syrian `Heroes`... or Just Importing More Fanatics?Peter Hitchens - Information Clearing House "You may recall the fuss Theresa May made about getting rid of the Islamist preacher Abu Qatada.In the end it took 11 years of legal wrangling to get this fanatic, with his very nasty opinions, out of the country.Without her personal intervention at the end, he would probably still be here. Why, then, is the British Government seriously considering welcoming into this country an unknown number of men who have been – I put this at its mildest – closely associated for several years with an armed faction linked to Al Qaeda, or with others perhaps even worse?" ca Was all the fuss about Abu Qatada just a public relations front? 3/8/2018
Journalist Quits After Jerusalem Post Fires Cartoonist Over Caricature Mocking Netanyahu Itay Stern - Haaretz "Watzman, a Ohio native born in 1956, is an author and translator, and wrote a column for The Jerusalem Report called “Necessary Stories,” which was published as a book last year. The Israel Press Council published a statement of concern about Katz’s dismissal and demanded that the owners of The Jerusalem Post group explain the reasons behind the decision. The council added that it condemns any harm to journalists or their livelihoods." ca 2/8/2018
Enough Pity; Enough Hell: the Psychological and Physical Costs of the Israel-Gaza WarJULIA CHAITIN - CounterPunch - "What is it like knowing that my two million neighbors in the Gaza Strip have been collectively punished since 2007, when the Israeli government imposed a blockade on that tiny region? What is it like knowing that while they have only three to four hours a day of electricity, and no potable water, they do have plenty of sewage running in the streets that is polluting their piece of the Mediterranean Sea? What is it like knowing that thousands of people there have been killed – many of them innocent adults and children – and thousands more wounded? What is it like knowing that the Gazans have given up giving up, have become fed up with being invisible, and for the last four months have been clanging on the jail gates to be released?" - id 2/8/2018
Congresswoman McCollum stands out as principled voice on human rightsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - " regards to her bill, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Detention of Palestinian Children." - id 2/8/2018
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