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Republican Jewish Coalition Boss Declares BDS as Dangerous to Jews as White SupremacistsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - " Brooks has the unmitigated gall to claim that the “radical left”– by which he means the BDS movement and “intersectionality,” by which he means Black Lives Matter and its alliance with pro-Palestinian activists–is as dangerous to American Jews as white supremacists. Now keep in mind that neo-Nazis have murdered hundreds of Americans over the past few decades, including a number of Jews. Meanwhile no BDS leader or supporter, nor any BLM leader or supporter, has ever harmed anyone physically, let alone murdered them." - id18/7/2018
No Legitimacy to anti-Semitism! Protest Hungarian PM`s visit to Holocaust museum 17/7/2018
`Breaking the Silence` bill passed into lawGil Hoffman - Jerusalem Post - The law targets Breaking the Silence, an organization made up of former IDF soldiers who report about their negative experiences serving over the Green Line. “Organizations that undermine Israel and besmirch IDF soldiers will no longer be able to reach Israeli students,” says Education Minister Naftali Bennett. “Bennett wants the schools to teach his view that it is justified to fire upon 8-year-old Palestinian children, but forbidden to evacuate settlers,” a Breaking the Silence spokesman said. [bz]17/7/2018
EU Blasts Israeli Minister: You Feed Disinformation and Mix BDS, Terror Noa Landau - Haaretz - Federica Mogherini, sent a personal, sharply worded letter to Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, asking him to provide proof of his ministry’s “vague and unsubstantiated” allegations that the EU is financing terror and boycott activities against Israel. Mogherini responds to a report issued in May by the Strategic Affairs Ministry titled “The millions given by EU institutions to NGOs with ties to terror and boycotts against Israel.” She also claims that the report in question contained errors. “For example, of the 13 organizations listed in the report, 6 do not receive EU funding for activities in Palestine and none of them receives EU funds for BDS activity,” She also noted, “In addition, as reported widely by the Israeli press in recent weeks, a number of the organizations referred to in the report also receive funding from other international donors including the United States.” [bz]17/7/2018
Shouting at Knesset committee over nationality billMoran Azulay, Inbar Tvizer - Ynet - `How can you have a democratic process on an undemocratic bill?` MK Pnina Tamano-Shata wonders after MK Bezalel Smotrich seeks to add the word `religious` to type of rights Jewish people have in Israel, while other MKs contend result of vote on one of the reservations [ry]16/7/2018
Qatar funded Zionist Organization of AmericaTamara Nassar&Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "Qatar donated $250,000 to some of the most extreme pro-Israel organizations in the United States, including one that funds senior Israeli military officers to go on propaganda tours.Joseph Allaham, a lobbyist working for the Qatari government, transferred the money through his firm Lexington Strategies in late 2017 and early 2018. The sums included $100,000 to the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), $100,000 to Our Soldiers Speak and $50,000 for Blue Diamond Horizons, Inc.Blue Diamond Horizons is a company controlled by Mike Huckabee, the Christian Zionist former governor of Arkansas." ca 13/7/2018
President Rivlin condemns discriminatory `Nationality Bill`Moran Azulay - Ynet - President Reuven Rivlin strongly objects to "The Nationality Bill" whose aim is to enshrine into law the status of Israel as "the nation state of the Jewish people" and which is massively backed by PM Netanyahu. Rivlin espcailly objects to clause 7(B) under which the state would be authorized to allow a community, including a one-religion or a one-nationality group, to "establish a separate community." This would legalize the exclusion of non-Jews or of specific groups such as Mizrahi Jews or LGBT people. In Rivlin`s view this is "contrary to the basic vision of Zionism" and might legitimize discrimination against Jews elsewhere in the world. [ak] 10/7/2018
Painting Palestine: Samir Salameh’s art embodies the Palestinian causeJack Stubbs - PNN - "...considered one of Palestine’s seven master painters. The first retrospective of his life’s work opened in Palestine last week, with exhibitions currently being held at four galleries in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem- a testament to the size and variety of his oeuvre." - id 4/7/2018
Mordechai Vanunu and 32 years of Security RisksEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Israel renewed the draconian restrictions against him for another year despite his being released from jail in 2004, and Norway’s granting Vanunu asylum so that he can join his wife of three years in Oslo." - id 4/7/2018
UN concerned over expected demolition of illegal W. Bank villageAP - Ynet - "We call on the Israeli authorities not to proceed with the demolition of (Khan al Ahmar), to respect the rights of residents to remain on their land and have their status regularized," the spokeswoman, Liz Throssell, said. The Palestinians seek all of the territories captured by Israel in 1967 for a future independent state. They say that Area C, home to an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 Palestinians, is crucial to a future Palestine`s economic development. J Street, a left-wing liberal group in the US that describes itself as "pro-Israel", submitted a petition against the demolition signed by 7,000 people to the Israeli Embassy in Washington. It said the demolition would have far-reaching effects. "Beyond the devastation it would create for Khan al-Ahmar`s residents, the demolition would also strike a major blow to prospects for a two-state solution and a peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians." [bz]3/7/2018
US court blames murdered teen`s family for living in territories Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - The Frenkel family appealed the amount of damages, which it wouldn’t have received in any event due to Syria and Iran`s refusal to respond to the legal proceeding. The judge refused to reconsider her decision, stating that the plaintiffs had taken the risk involved in living beyond the Green Line in Israel and sending Naftali Frenkel a further 40 kilometers into the West Bank to a school in Gush Etzion, 6 kilometers from the city of Hebron. [bz]3/7/2018
U.N. Expert: Israel Moving Closer To Formal West Bank AnnexationTova Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - “After years of creeping Israeli de facto annexation of the large swathes of the West Bank through settlement expansion, the creation of closed military zones and other measures, Israel appears to be getting closer to enacting legislation that will formally annex parts of the West Bank,” Michael Lynk said. “This would amount to a profound violation of international law, and the impact of ongoing settlement expansion on human rights must not be ignored.” [bz]3/7/2018
Abbas said seeking unity government with Hamas to counter US peace maneuversStuart Winer - Times of Israel - Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper says PA president has asked former PM Salam Fayyad to lead new coalition with aim of later calling general election. Sources told the London-based daily the maneuver is intended to prevent the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip from being isolated from the West Bank as part of the Trump administration’s peace plan, details of which have not yet been published. [bz]3/7/2018
Australia’s decision to end direct aid to PalestineDr. Hanan Ashrawi - PLO Department of Culture and Information - I would like to remind Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that since 1948 Israel has imprisoned more than one million Palestinians without due process and killed roughly 75,000 Palestinians. Every single Palestinian family has thereby been affected by this longstanding injustice. It is disconcerting that the Palestinian leadership is being charged with ‘politically motivated violence’ by Foreign Minister Bishop. We have been committed to non-violent resistance and to legal and responsible forms of countering Israeli violations and violence. It is ironic that Israel has not been held accountable for its ‘official and unofficial’ violence carried out both by its occupation army and extremist settlers, while the Palestinians are expected to remain docile and subservient victims. We strongly urge the government of Australia to reconsider its decision and not embolden Israel in its unilateral and illegal policies. Bringing Israel to compliance with international law and international humanitarian law would be the most constructive action for governments interested in peace and justice.” [ak]3/7/2018
Between Adelson and BDS, Birthright Has Become a Political BattlefieldAllison Kaplan Sommer - Haaretz - Birthright Israel has done its best to stay above the political fray ever since its founding in 1999. Like most major institutions, though, in these divisive times it is losing the struggle to remain detached from deep political differences. Over the past months, it has been targeted directly by young activist Jews, angry over what they believe is the program’s refusal to deliver a balanced message to its participants regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The activities have ranged from protests against the Birthright gala in New York, to leafleting Birthright participants boarding their flights to Israel, to the high-profile walkout of five female participants toward the end their trip to Israel last Thursday, opting instead to join a Breaking the Silence tour in Hebron. This last event kicked off what the activist group IfNotNow predicts will be a long, hot summer against the program.[ak]3/7/2018
Listen: Israel lobby seeks to erase occupation from Virginia schoolbooksNora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada "While some of their suggested edits address issues of Holocaust denial and offensive stereotypes of Jews and Judaism in biblical references, others address the way Israel’s establishment has been explained, as well as Israel’s current policies of discrimination, occupation and land theft.In the video, Elias bragged that ICS had successfully changed a textbook entry to omit reference to Israel’s forced expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the lead up to and after the state of Israel was declared." ca 2/7/2018
The road to nuclear disarmament runs through Israel-PalestinePaul R. Pillar - +972 "By fully backing the Israeli side, the Trump administration is not only making reconciliation with the Palestinians impossible, it is delaying the nuclear disarmament of the entire Middle East...The conclusion: the unresolved Israel-Palestinian conflict is one of the major factors preventing an effective region-wide prohibition of nuclear weapons." ca29/6/2018
Global Xenophobia and Historical AmnesiaRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "I saw a photo in the NY Times today of African immigrants who’d survived a Mediterranean crossing after being picked up by a humanitarian relief ship."...."In 1939, a German ocean liner, the MS St. Louis, set sail from Hamburg with 937 German and European Jews aboard who sought refuge in the New World, away from the madness swamping Europe." - id27/6/2018
Toking on the Base in IsraelAmira Hass - The positive interpretation: the soldiers, young and programmed as they may be, feel that what they’re doing is bad: breaking into homes; waking up children in the middle of the night and pointing guns at them; shooting at the inmates in the prison that is Gaza, whether they’re demonstrators, fishermen, shepherds or farmers; securing the demolitions of people’s dwellings and cisterns; or standing idly by under orders while masked Jews attack Palestinian shepherds and farmers. Reinforcement of sorts for this interpretation comes from a soldier named Shira who told that she was suffering emotional problems because of her service, “And then the only thing that comforts you is the toke. Cannabis helps you relax, get through the pain – mental and physical – and thoughts. (...) For a moment you forget all your problems.” Yuval, a combat soldier, explained why soldiers get high: “To get through the situation in a nicer, fun way. Sometimes many things make no sense, annoying orders or all kinds of things we have to do that we don’t agree with. When you’re wasted, it goes right past you.” [bz]26/6/2018
UK would `recognise Palestine as state` under Labour government, Jeremy Corbyn saysChris Baynes - The Independent - “The next Labour government will recognise Palestine as a state, as one step towards a genuine two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict” said Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labor Party. The statement was made while on a visit to Jordan - specifically, to the Al-Baqa’a refugee camp, home to about 100,000 Palestinians uprotted to Jordan in past wars. As always when talking to journalists, Corbyn was asked about allegations of antisemitism within the Labour Party, to which he replied "there is no place whatsoever for antisemitism in our society”. [ak] 26/6/2018
PA: US `working hard` to topple Mahmoud AbbasAl Jazeera - Palestinian leaders react with fury after Jared Kushner questions Palestinian president`s ability to make peace deal [ry]25/6/2018
P. A Files Appeal With IFG Against Israeli Law Criminalizing Filming Israeli SoldiersIMEMC News - "The Palestinian Authority’s Information Ministry sent a letter to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) complaining about the preliminary Israeli Knesset proposal, which passed the first reading, forbidding journalists, and ordinary residents, from filming and documenting Israeli invasions and military activities in occupied Palestine.The new bill passed the first reading in a 45-42 vote and aims at outlawing filming the soldiers with what is described as “the intent to demoralize them, or harming Israel’s security.” 23/6/2018
King Abdullah Of Jordan Calls For “Serious Peace Talks”IMEMC News - "King Abdullah of Jordan stated, during a Friday meeting in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, that the region requires “serious peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians,” based on the two-state solution...He also held separate meetings with the U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, and mainly discussed the “joint U.S.-Jordanian relations,” and the current conditions in the Middle East." ca23/6/2018
Iran’s Alleged Israeli Spy: A Former Cabinet Member Once Jailed for Drug SmugglingNoga Tarnopolsky - The Daily Beast - "Gonen Segev was a rising star in Israeli politics who crashed and burned in 2005 and has since been living in Africa. Now the Israeli government says he was spying for Iran." - id 20/6/2018
`They Told Me I Couldn`t Enter`: Israeli Public Pool Separates Bedouin From Jews Almog Ben Zikri - Haaretz - The separation is the result of the pool establishing designated hours during which only members may use the pool, even though this is not specified in its regulations. Several members of a Bedouin family who tried to use the pool on Saturday were refused entry based on this condition. However, a number of non-member residents said they have never encountered this condition and often use the pool on Saturdays with a one-time payment. "There is a tacit agreement here," a resident of Mabu`im said. "Bedouin will not enter the pool when there are Jews because the residents threatened to stop coming." [bz] 19/6/2018
Asserting `anti-Semitism`, Camp Ramah rejects IfNotNow alumnis` criticism of IsraelAiden Pink - The Forward - There are 15 Ramah camps across the United States, Canada and Israel, where more than 10,000 Jewish youth and teens gather to grow and goof around — and of course, learn about Judaism. But some of the alumni, looking back, have misgivings about what the camp told them of Israel. “I wasn’t taught about the occupation, that the Palestinians are people with a rich culture. That’s the kind of thing that makes you look back on the army nights that were seemingly so fun, and make you go, ‘Oh, why do I glorify the army?" says Aviva Schwartz, a camp alumna and IfNotNow activist, involved in the campaign to change the camp`s Israeli curriculum. After some intitial willingness by Rabbi Mitchell Cohen of the Ramah administration to "engage" with the dissident alumni, Ramah came out with a harsh statement:"The camps wouldn’t allow `anti-Israel, anti-Zionist or anti-Semitic` education". “As someone who went as a camper to three different Ramahs, who worked as a counselor for seven years, to say that I’m an anti-Semite, it hurts,” Schwartz said. [ak] 19/6/2018
Amid Trump`s Mideast push, an abandoned building reminds Palestinians of past failuresF. Brinley Bruton and Lawahez Jabari - NBCnews - The whole point of placing [the parliament building] in Abu Dis was that it was part of Jerusalem, not that it replaced the city, Ahmed Qurei, chief Palestinian negotiator of the Oslo Accords and an Abu Dis native, said. Qurei then recalled that the walk to school in Jerusalem when he was a child took less than an hour. But nowadays Abu Dis is a largely walled-off island. Israel’s security barrier slices across the town of some 13,000, and it, along with crossing closures and a pass system make it hard or impossible for residents to visit Jerusalem. [bz] 19/6/2018
Trump ambassador blocks scrutiny of IsraelNAHAL TOOSI - Politico - In the email to colleagues, he rejected the idea that his embassy needed to enhance its scrutiny of military aid, saying he did “not believe we should extend the new [guidelines] to Israel at this time.” “Israel is a democracy whose army does not engage in gross violations of human rights,” Friedman wrote, adding that Israel “has a robust system of investigation and prosecution in the rare circumstance where misconduct occurs.” Besides, he added, “it would be against [U.S.] national interests” to take a step that could limit Israel’s access to military equipment – “especially in a time of war.” [bz] 19/6/2018
After international pressure, Netanyahu postpones for third time demolitions in Khirbet Susya Yoav Zitun, Itamar Eichner - Ynet - The demolition of illegal Palestinian homes in Khirbet Susya is seen as one of the symbols of the Palestinian battle in the West Bank, and Israel has been under heavy international pressure—mainly in recent weeks—to prevent the evacuation which would have received wide international coverage. The demolition may have also been postponed due to the upcoming visit of US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, and his special advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, this weekend. [bz] 19/6/2018
Filming Israeli soldiers in action could soon become a crime carrying prison terms of five to 10 years.Ruth Eglash - Washington Post - Amit Gilutz, a spokesman for B’Tselem, one of the organizations identified as problematic in the bill, said the group was unperturbed by the legislation. “If the government finds the occupation too embarrassing to even be visibly documented, it should work to bring it to an end — not go after photographers. [bz] 19/6/2018
Impose sanctions on Netanyahu for Gaza war crimes, says HRWAli Abunimah - EI - “Despite the resolution’s toothlessness, the vote was nonetheless another signal of US and Israeli isolation. The only countries joining the pair in voting against the resolution were Togo, Australia and tiny island states and dependencies Nauru, Micronesia, Marshall Islands and the Solomon Islands” [ry]18/6/2018
US envoy scolds Israeli MKs for demanding US recognition of Golan — reportStuart Winer - The Times of Israel - TV report says Ambassador David Friedman berated lawmakers for being `ungrateful` in asking for more after relocation of embassy to Jerusalem [ry]18/6/2018
Israeli Lawmaker Proclaims Supremacy of ‘Jewish Race’Stuart Winer - Information Clearing House "Tibi, in response, tweeted a picture of Zohar with the message: “An elected official in ‘the Jewish state’ presents: race theory.” ca15/6/2018
Lies Will Not Save Israel from the Responsibility of Killing Razan Al-NajjarDr. Mustafa Barghouti- IMEMC - "We are deeply shocked at the amount of lies that the Israeli officials and spokesperson of the Israeli army are trying to spread to justify the horrible war crime of killing the innocent young first aid provider, Razan Al-Najjar, who was volunteering with our organization the Palestinian Medical Relief Society." - id 13/6/2018
‘I wanted no more of it’ - Driven Out by Rising Extremism, More Israelis Are Leaving Orthodox JudaismHa`aretz - A recent study published by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies confirms the findings of an earlier study by the Pew Research Center, showing a large number of Israelis raised in the Religious Zionist community rebelling and leaving.(...) “I always felt a conflict between Orthodoxy, on the one hand, and my beliefs in feminism and humanism, on the other,” says Yael Krieger, 31, who grew up in the West Bank settlement of Efrat and today works as a parliamentary aide to Michal Rozin, a lawmaker for the left- wing Meretz party. “The more I studied, the angrier and angrier I got,” she says. “Not only the attitudes to women but also to foreigners and anyone not Jewish. At one point, I just decided I wanted no more of it.” [ak] 12/6/2018
The Palestinians who never leftStuart Braun - Le Monde Diplomatique - ixty unarmed protestors were killed last month by Israeli military on the Gaza border, on the day that the US inaugurated its new embassy in Jerusalem, outraging the world; the Palestinians had been, in part, commemorating the Nakba, the catastrophe of the displacement of so many from the new state of Israel 70 years ago. The Great March of Return movement argues for the refugees’ right to come back to their ancestral lands. Yet some communities never left. Staying in an Arab area south of Tel Aviv (1), I realised that Christian and Muslim Arabs and Jewish Israelis were, despite the divisive policies and rightward march of the Israeli government, still living together in a microcosm of what was once a very diverse part of the world.-rh6/6/2018
Argentina cancels football friendly with Israel in JerusalemAljazeera - "The fixture between the two teams was set to be played in Jerusalem`s Teddy Stadium on June 9, which is built on land that was once a Palestinian village that was destroyed in 1948. Israeli media reported that in light of this latest development, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak to his Argentinian counterpart Mauricio Macri by telephone." - id6/6/2018
WATCH: What do Israelis think of the violence in Gaza?Social TV - +972 - "I think the government doesn`t believe there are people there." - id6/6/2018
Avaaz Large majority of French to Macron: Tell Bibi sanctions are on the table!Avaaz/BDS - A recent IFOP poll shows a majority (67%) of French citizens now support President Macron putting sanctions on the table when he speaks with Netanyahu, and 59% agree that there should be a ban on settlement goods. [ak] 5/6/2018
Knesset Council Bans Bill to Define Israel as State for All Its Citizens Jonathan Lis - Ha`aretz - Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon clarified in a statement that, “it is hard to not see such a proposal as one that seeks to deny Israel’s existence as the state of the Jewish people, and therefore, and in accordance with Article 75(e) of the regulations, the Knesset presidium is qualified to prevent its submission.” The bill would change Israel from the nation-state of the Jewish people to a state in which there is equal status from the point of view of nationality for Jews and Arabs." The legal adviser also said that the legislation seemed to be aimed at altering basic principles – for example, by essentially cancelling the Law of Return (which declares the right of every Jew to immigrate to Israel), determining instead that receipt of Israeli citizenship will be based on a person’s familial affiliation to another citizen of the state. In addition, wrote Yinon, the bill negates the principle according to which the symbols of the state reflect the national revival of the Jewish people, in addition to rejecting Hebrew language as the principal language of the state.[ak]5/6/2018
Eight Things I learned About Palestine While Touring Eight Western NationsRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "It is these people, and millions like them, who represent the real constituency for Palestine. They are fighters in the trenches of human solidarity that neither Israel, nor anyone else, can possibly defeat" [ry] 4/6/2018
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