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Arab MK: Israel must `pay a price` for occupationDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Ahmad Tibi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, believes that a two-state solution is still the best way to address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In an Al-Monitor interview during Tibi’s short visit to Amman March 15, he acknowledged the declining fortunes of the two-state solution, but added that “despite a slow erosion of support among Palestinian citizens of Israel and despite not having a good chance of it ever being accomplished, I am still in support of the two-state solution."-rh 30/3/2017
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Only 12% of Israelis believe full West Bank withdrawal would end conflictHerb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - While 17% of the Jewish population said Israel should agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state in all of the West Bank, fully 77% said it should not. When the settlement blocs were excluded from a future Palestinian state, the numbers changed dramatically, however, with 37% saying Israel should agree to that situation, but a majority of 57% saying it should not. [bz]28/3/2017
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U. Professor Falk blocked from lecturing in UK over anti-Israel reportAbhiram Karuppur - The Daily Princetonian - “As far as I can tell, there is a growing kind of feeling that the educational establishment in Britain, specifically in England, has been kind of intimidated in dealing with those who are seen as critics of Israel," says Falk. He sees his treatment as endemic of the trend of restricting academic freedom on university campuses. [bz] 28/3/2017
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Political poetry as a crime: Inside the surreal trial of Dareen TatourYoav Haifawi - +972 - Arresting a Palestinian for publishing a political poem is extraordinary. Having to prove at trial that police mistranslated her poem is nothing short of surreal [ry]27/3/2017
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David Friedman confirmed: Man who said liberal Jews worse than Nazi collaborators to be US ambassador to IsraelRichard Lardner - Independent - Democrats claim that he lacks the temperament for such an important diplomatic post [ry]27/3/2017
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Richard Gere on segregation in Hebron: It`s exactly like the Old SouthLisa Goldman - +972 - In the report, broadcast during the prime time evening news hour Wednesday, Gere responds to what he sees in blunt terms. He compares occupied Hebron to the Jim Crow era in the southern United States. "Blacks knew where they could go: they could drink from that fountain, they couldn’t go over there, they couldn’t eat in that place. It was well understood — you didn’t cross over if you didn’t want to get your head beat in, or to get lynched.” [bz for dn]26/3/2017
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Human Rights Council Urges States and Businesses to Cut Off Ties to Israeli Settlements Barak Ravid - Haaretz - Thirty-six member states voted in favor of the resolution criticizing Israeli settlements, including Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, China, India, Japan, South Africa, Nigeria and Brazil. [bz for dn]26/3/2017
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More Palestinians in Jerusalem seek Israeli citizenshipAP - Ynet - Fearing they would lose their residency rights and the freedom of movement these rights entail, Palestinians seek citizenship in greater numbers. But Israel was apparently dragging its feet in granting it, according to those who track Palestinian applicants. Lawyers said their Palestinian clients now wait months for an appointment with the Interior Ministry and an average of three years for a decision. [bz]25/3/2017
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Former Dutch Ambassador, Son of “Righteous Gentile,” Apologizes for Ethnic CleansingJonathan Cook - Washingotn Report on ME "Erik Ader, a former Dutch ambassador to Norway, said the trees were his way of apologizing for a similar number of pine trees planted in Israel in the 1960s to honor his father...Ader said he had been shocked to discover a decade ago that under the small conifer forest dedicated to his father were concealed the ruins of a Palestinian village. All of the 2,400 Palestinian inhabitants of Bayt Nattif, southwest of Jerusalem, were expelled in 1948, the year Israel was established. The Israeli army destroyed the 350 homes there, and none of the villagers has ever been allowed to return." ca 24/3/2017
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Israel`s human rights spies: Manipulating the discourseNeve Gordon&Nicola Perugini- Al Jazeera "A fascinating expose in Haaretz reveals how, in the mid-1970s - not long after the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights - Israel used university faculty members to infiltrate Amnesty International. The state thus actively intervened in order to shape human rights activism, just as the rights discourse was becoming one of the most popular forms of political struggle against injustice around the globe." ca 24/3/2017
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After 115 Days in Jail, Conscientious Objector Tamar Zeevi Released From Israeli Army Gili Cohen - Haaretz "Zeevi, who refused to enlist in the IDF last November, was consequently sent to military jail for lengthy periods. At the beginning of the week, she appeared in front of a military panel authorized to grant service exemptions for reasons of conscience, and on Thursday was told that she will be discharged from the army for that reason.Another conscientious objector, Tamar Alon, who was meant to enlist in the army at the same time as Zeevi, did not receive such an exemption, spending 118 days in military prison. Alon also testified in front of the military panel, which decided not to grant her an exemption for reasons of conscience, claiming that her refusal to enlist was inconsistent and was based on political motives." ca " 24/3/2017
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The voices missing from Syria`s peace talksZena Tahhan - Al Jazeera "Other than the fact that the government was sending people to prison for this, the regime outlawed the use of the term `civil society`. Civil society was being likened to Zionism and Masonry. There was a complete criminalisation of the term," Syoufi told Al Jazeera...With the war entering its seventh year, hundreds of civil society organisations have developed both inside and outside of Syria, amid a security vacuum and harrowing bloodshed, to fill the role of state institutions meant to protect and inform civilians." ca24/3/2017
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The Persecution and Assassination of Omar Barghouti by the Inmates of the Asylum of Israel Under the Direction of the Marquis de MillikovskyRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "What a clever way to destroy the career of a Palestinian activist. He founded an international movement, BDS, so arresting him for espionage or on a political pretext would bring the wrath of the world down upon Israel. So you look for an alternative and rip a page from the early FBI, which couldn’t topple Al Capone by conventional means. So it chose an alternative: taxes." ca24/3/2017
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IDF Chief’s Disinformation Seeks to Obscure Mossad Assassination of Hezbollah CommanderRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "What has been fast emerging in recent months is that Israel may have badly misjudged the potential outcome of the Syrian war." - id 22/3/2017
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Israel-funded “infiltrators” behind London campus “provocation”Asa Winstanley - EI - "“It’s a violent religion” — video still shows former Israeli foreign ministry fellow Elliot Miller abusing student protesters he perceived as Muslim. An Israeli soldier’s controversial appearance at University College London (UCL) involved provocations by groups funded from Israel, a journalist for Israeli state media is alleging." - id 22/3/2017
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Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts againAssociated Press - Ynet - "If Gaza or Lebanon`s terrorist organizations decide to go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty, as Israel draws up plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities." - id 22/3/2017
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Israeli Ministry Trying to Compile Database of Citizens Who Support BDS Barak Ravid - Haaretz -  Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan wants to set up a database of Israeli citizens who are involved in promoting and supporting boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel or the settlements. But Attorney General Mendelblit told the government that the only body with the authority to collect this type of information on Israelis is the Shin Bet security service, and that “setting up such a database by collecting material on Israeli citizens would undermine their right to privacy.” [bz]21/3/2017
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UN Removes Report Accusing Israel of The Crime Of Apartheid From Its Web SiteMitchell Plitnick - The Third Way - The report makes more than a few points that I find either valid or, at the very least, troubling enough that a serious discussion about them is not only warranted, but crucial. (...) I have decided to post the report and the executive summary here. Let’s not stifle discussion, let’s not de-legitimatize debate. Let’s examine the substance of the arguments Falk and Tilley make and deal with them. [bz] 21/3/2017
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In bid to expel Arab MK, Israel manages to break its own recordOrly Noy - +972 - MK Basel Ghattas will serve two years for smuggling cellphones to Palestinian security prisoners. That’s a longer sentence than the one handed down to an Elor Azaria, who executed an incapacitated Palestinian [ry]20/3/2017
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Netanyahu on the road to self-destructionNahum Barnea - Ynet - The prime minister’s sudden concern for the Israel Broadcasting Authority workers is completely false. The only rational explanation for his conduct can be found elsewhere—in the police investigations. But even if he does decide to resign and call elections, the Knesset doesn’t have to be dissolved, and the president can task a different MK with establishing a new government [ry]20/3/2017
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FIFA delay on Israeli settlement decision fuels concernNigel Wilson - Al Jazeera - World football body will soon have to resolve the status of six Israeli football teams based in the occupied West Bank [ry]20/3/2017
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U.S. State Dept. reports grave violations against Palestinian kidsDCIP - The report noted a “significant increase in detentions of minors” in 2016, and that “Israeli authorities continued to use confessions signed by Palestinian minors, written in Hebrew.” N.B.: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refrained from participating in the launch of the 2016 State Department Human Rights Reports. [bz for dn]19/3/2017
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Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima KhalafJadaliyya - I cannot but stand by the findings of ESCWA’s report that Israel has established an apartheid regime that seeks the domination of one racial group over another. The evidence provided by this report drafted by renowned experts is overwhelming. Suffice it to say that none of those who attacked the report had a word to say about its content. I feel it my duty to shed light on the legally inadmissible and morally indefensible fact that an apartheid regime still exists in the 21st century rather than suppressing the evidence. [bz for dn]19/3/2017
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Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of ApartheidUN Beirut 2017 - ESCWA - After pressure from Israel and the US, the PDF document was removed from the UN website, but you may want to read the text for yourself. [bz]18/3/2017
Apartheid Israel: Public Broadcasting Suspends, Demotes Palestinian News Anchor for “Terror Retweet” Richard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "Bibi Netanyahu let loose a barrage off incendiary rhetoric claiming that the new public broadcasting authority was a nest of leftist vipers; and that she had “praised a terrorist.” The real insanity here is this is the same broadcasting authority Bibi proposed when he wanted to “reform” (i.e. neutralize) the leftist propaganda supposedly spewed by the Israel Broadcasting Authority. He later thought better of the notion, then tried to kill it. But his own nationalist allies said “not so fast.” So now Bibi assaults the very Golem he himself created to flatter himself...Returning to Wattad, in apartheid Israel a Palestinian walks through a perpetual minefield without a map. She stepped on an explosive device. When far-right reporter Kalman Liebskind discovered her tweet, he went to town."ca17/3/2017
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Arab Diplomat Resigns UN Post Amid Pressure to Pull Report Accusing Israel of `Apartheid` Reuters,Haaretz,The Associated Press - "The head of a Lebanon-based United Nations agency that promotes development in Arab countries has resigned, after refusing to withdraw a controversial report that concludes that Israel has established an "apartheid regime."...Rima Khalaf, a Jordanian who heads the Beirut-based ESCWA, announced her resignation at a hastily-arranged press conference in the Lebanese capital Friday." ca17/3/2017
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How a small-town street sign became center of latest Israeli-Palestinian disputeDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The mayor of the Palestinian town of Jatt in Israel is caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, the last thing a Palestinian patriot and representative of a nationalist community wants is to take down a street sign bearing the name of Yasser Arafat. On the other hand, the local official has to respect the law and the order by the Israeli minister of interior that requires governmental approval prior to posting any street sign.-rh 15/3/2017
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Apartheid Israel seeks to expel non-Jewish Knesset member Editorial - The Arab Daily News - "This law, enacted in 2016, allows a majority of 90 Knesset Members (MKs) to oust a serving MK for denying the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, and/or for supporting the armed struggle of an “enemy state” or a “terrorist organization” against Israel." - id15/3/2017
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Palestinians protest over PA-Israel security tiesHisham Abdallah - Al Jazeera - "The recent incidents reveal the cracks in the current status quo where the Israeli occupation and the PA work hand in hand to suppress Palestinians who dare to speak out." - id 15/3/2017
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Israel denies entry to prominent British boycott activist AP / Ynet - Ahead of anti-BDS law`s approval, Hugh Lanning of the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign was prohibited Sunday from entering Israel. The BDS movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence. It has urged businesses, artists and universities to sever ties with Israel and includes thousands of volunteers around the world. [bz] 14/3/2017
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Trump mulls Middle East peace conferenceOrly Azoulay & Elior Levy - Ynet - The White House said in a statement that the two leaders (Trump and Abbas) on Friday discussed ways to advance peace throughout the Middle East, including a comprehensive agreement that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "The president noted that such a deal would not only give Israelis and Palestinians the peace and security they deserve, but that it would reverberate positively throughout the region and the world," the White House clarified. [bz for dn]12/3/2017
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Richard Gere calls for an end to `the occupation`Tzipi Shmilovitz - Ynet - "The occupation must end. The occupation is ruining everyone on both sides. A bi-national state won`t solve anything, and it will only turn Israel into an apartheid state. There needs to be two states for two peoples, with Jerusalem as the capital of both nations. In his comments, Gere also referred to the issue of settlements, saying, "Why do you need all these provocations? How is it that the settlers are running the government? During his visit to Israel, Gere is also planning on meeting members of Breaking the Silence. [bz] 11/3/2017
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Top Israeli university marketing country`s arms industry to the worldShimrit Lee - +972 "Contrary to popular belief, Israel’s military-industrial complex doesn’t run on government and arms manufacturers alone. Academia, a sphere often imagined as a bastion of free speech, independent from corporate interests, plays a crucial, though less visible, role in the establishment. Its complicity in violence shouldn’t be ignored." ca10/3/2017
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Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud Reuters in Cairo - "Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th century BC.Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago." ca10/3/2017
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Mohammad Diab - Film makerBBC - Hard Talk - VIDEO "HARDtalk`s Stephen Sackur speaks to Egytpian film director, Mohamed Diab. Freedom of expression is severely curtailed in Egypt. Journalists, bloggers, civil society activists and political dissidents have been locked up by the thousand under the Sisi regime. Which makes the Egyptian movie, Eshtebak, or Clash all the more important. The much lauded film paints a remarkable picture of the tumult in Egypt which led to the military takeover in 2013. The director, Mohamed Diab is our guest today. What has happened to the spirit of the Tahrir revolution?" ca10/3/2017
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Is an `Arab NATO` in the works?Ahmed Fouad - Al-Monitor "Sisi had raised the idea of the Arab military alliance on Feb. 22, 2015, in a recorded speech broadcast on Egyptian state TV. He said the need to form a joint Arab military force is increasing by the day, at a time when the Arab region is facing the risk of militant groups." ca 10/3/2017
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Malta and Palestine Search for New Ways to Facilitate Tourism Investments IMEMC - "The Maltese Middle Eastern Tourism Corporation had organized a second meeting and cultural dinner for a group of businessmen in the city of Bethlehem, where they discussed ways and mechanisms of creating an economic investment between the two countries in general, in the tourism field in particular." - id 8/3/2017
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Wikipedia Censors Mordechai Vanunu and “The Samson Option” May Provide an ExplanationEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Wikipedia claimed “we don’t need a quote from unreliable sources” - id8/3/2017
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Lieberman rejects idea of Israeli sovereignty in West BankMoran Azulay - Ynet - `We need to separate from the Palestinians, not absorb Palestinians into us.` The Defence Minister strengthened his point quoting a `direct message from the United States` saying that Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank will lead to a crisis with the new administration. [bz]7/3/2017
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Character assassination as a tool to silence a Palestinian activistMalaka Shwaikh - Altahrir News - I believe the attacks against me have been an attempt to defame my character, particularly as a Palestine activist and as a Muslim woman. It is no coincidence that they coincide with my election to various positions in Exeter University Students’ Guild. [bz]7/3/2017
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White House calls on UN Human Rights Council to end ‘obsession with Israel’Andrew Buncombe - Independent - UNHRC’s statements on Israel’s actions in Gaza and the West Bank prompt riposte from US [ry]6/3/2017
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WATCH: Trump Israel envoy praises Israeli leftists — for sending kids to the armyMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - + 972 - "Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next American ambassador to Israel has come under intense criticism for, among other things, saying the Jewish American pro-peace lobby J Street is “far worse than kapos – Jews who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps.”" - id3/3/2017
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Israel`s hateful posts target Palestinian politiciansNigel Wilson - Aljazeera - A Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament since 2009, Zoabi has been verbally and physically assaulted since she participated in a flotilla attempting to break the blockade of Gaza in 2010. She has also received threats by telephone and email to her office. According to a recent study by the Palestinian digital rights group 7amleh, Zoabi was the subject of 60,000 hateful online posts in 2016. Her fellow Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi, was the subject of 40,000 posts, while President Mahmoud Abbas appeared in 30,000 posts.-rh 2/3/2017
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Pro-Israel Activists Deliver 40,000+ Signatures Opposing Friedman Nomination to SenatorsPress Release - J-Street Conference "The petitions were delivered to Senate offices today by more than 600 members of J Street, who held more than 150 meetings on Capitol Hill today as part of the organization’s National Advocacy Day. In their meetings, J Street advocates expressed strong concerns over Friedman’s extreme ideological agenda and long history of offensive and fundamentally undiplomatic rhetoric." ca1/3/2017
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Two dead in Ein al-Hilweh fightingMaureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada "Fierce fighting in Ein al-Hilweh, the most populous Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, left two dead, including a child, before a ceasefire was declared on Tuesday afternoon...The fighting on Tuesday prompted civilians to flee Ein al-Hilweh, as well as the closure of schools and universities outside of the camp, located near the southern coastal city of Sidon.A general strike is to be held in Sidon on Wednesday in protest of the violence." ca 1/3/2017
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Elor Azarya’s ‘normative’ support for genocideJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss "Let us pay particular attention to the sentence “positive personality and his being a normative person until his current complication”. Below are two exchanges between Elor Azarya and his family – that is, his parents (Charlie and Oshra), on Facebook, July 2014. The first is from July 15th, with the background of a discussed ceasefire with Hamas in the midst of the 2014 Gaza onslaught. The second is from July 30th." ca1/3/2017
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Bernie Sanders: We Need to End the 50-year-long Israeli OccupationAmor Tibon - Haaretz - "We can oppose the policies of President Trump without being anti-American. We can oppose the policies of Netanyahu without being anti-Israel. We can oppose the policies of Islamic extremists without being anti Muslim. Peace means security not only for every Israeli but also for every Palestinian." Senator Sanders at J Street conference [bz]28/2/2017
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Why can’t Democratic leaders say they support Palestinian rights?Michael F. Brown - EI - “Wednesday’s debate raises a question that is all the more urgent at a time when unrestrained bigotry is again widespread in American politics: why can’t would-be leaders of the Democratic Party stand both against anti-Semitism and clearly for Palestinians’ freedom in the face of rampant Israeli violations of their human rights?” [ry]27/2/2017
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Israel walks back barring Human Rights Watch worker from countryAgencies and Times of Israel Staff - NGO’s regional director Omar Shakir, who previously campaigned against Israel and led BDS efforts, may now enter on a tourist visa and then seek work visa; 2 US Jewish groups protested earlier ban [ry]27/2/2017
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PEN America drops Israel sponsorshipCharlotte Silver - EI - PEN America came under heavy criticism last year for accepting funding from the Israeli government, which jails Palestinian journalists and writers in Israel and the occupied West Bank for their work. More than 250 writers, poets and publishers, many members of PEN, had signed an appeal urging the group to end the relationship with Israel’s government. They include Wallace Shawn, Alice Walker, Eileen Myles, Louis Erdrich, Russel Bank, Cornel West, Junot Díaz and Viet Thanh Nguyen. [bz for dn]26/2/2017
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Israeli warplanes shoot down Hamas drone: armyAgence France Presse - The Daily Star "OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli warplanes on Thursday shot down over the Mediterranean a drone controlled by the Gaza Strip`s Islamist rulers Hamas, the army said."An (Israeli) fighter aircraft shot down a Hamas-owned unmanned aircraft flown from the Gaza Strip to the Mediterranean," an army spokeswoman said.The drone fell into the sea without entering Israeli territory, she added." ca 24/2/2017
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Why the Dutch Are Drawn to Right-Wing Populist Geert WildersSebastiaan Faber - The Nation "Amsterdam, The Netherlands—On January 23, Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister and leader of the center-right Liberal Party (VVD), wrote a 500-word letter “to all Dutch people” that appeared as a full-page ad in the country’s major newspapers...Polls predict that Wilders—who wants to leave the European Union, “de-Islamicize” the Netherlands by putting a ban on Muslim immigrants and refugees, lower taxes, abolish public broadcasting, and dramatically increase military spending—will garner close to 20 percent of the vote, corresponding to 30 deputies in the 150-seat Parliament. Rutte’s own party will likely end up in second place, with around 16 percent of the ballots." ca24/2/2017
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Israel: Human Rights Watch Denied Work PermitHuman Rights Watch - " Israeli authorities denied Human Rights Watch’s application for a work permit for its Israel and Palestine director on the grounds that it is not a real human rights group, the organization said today.In its February 20, 2017 letter denying a work permit for Omar Shakir, the Interior Ministry cited an opinion received from the Foreign Ministry that Human Rights Watch’s “public activities and reports have engaged in politics in the service of Palestinian propaganda, while falsely raising the banner of ‘human rights.’” The denial comes as the authorities seek to limit the space for local and international human rights groups to operate in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories." ca 24/2/2017
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Film about Israeli imprisonment of Palestinians wins top award in BerlinCeline Hagbard - IMEMC - "A film depicting the torture, humiliation and violence experienced by Palestinians imprisoned by Israel won the first ever “Silver Bear” award at the Berlinale international film festival. The film, “Istiyad Ashbah” (Ghost Hunting), was produced by Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni." - id22/2/2017
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A prison sentence that tells the true story of the occupationNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "An 18-month prison sentence for Elor Azaria, who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian attacker last year, is a reminder that the occupation has no place for law and justice." - id 22/2/2017
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Hamas and Hezbollah no longer terror organizations, says Lieberman: Ynet - "It`s vexing, it`s bothersome, but when you speak of Hamas and Hezbollah, they`re without a doubt no longer terror organizations; each of them has built its own army." [bz]21/2/2017
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Elor Azarya sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for point-blank shooting of wounded PalestinianMa`an - Leading up to the announcement of the sentence, the panel of three judges weighed the “complexity” and “competing values” of the case; while they agreed Azarya acted with the intent to kill and not because he felt threatened, a two-judge majority believed the “unique post-terror attack” atmosphere should work heavily in his favor. [bz]21/2/2017
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PNC chairman urges suspension of Israeli Parliament’s membership in IPUWAFA/Tehran - At a Tehran International Conference, Salim Zanoun noted that there will never be regional security and peace without East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. Zanoun slammed the so-called “Regularization Bill” as a serious threat to the efforts to secure a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Middle East, including the two-state solution, noting that it would undermine regional stability and security. He also called for the implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 2334 in order to halt Israeli settlement construction. [bz] 21/2/2017
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Event involving Israeli Ambassador to Ireland cancelled following BDS protestsYnet - An event supposed to take place at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland involving Israeli Ambassador Ze’ev Boker was cancelled following pro-Palestinian protests and demonstrations. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "They obviously have no interest in helping efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." [bz]21/2/2017
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How the Israel lobby is using Owen JonesAsa Winstanley - EI - Last week the U.K. Jewish Labour Movement announced that Guardian columnist Owen Jones will be the big name speaker at an event the group is holding on 2 April. Jones will lecture on “left anti-Semitism, the Middle East and the Labour Party.” Scoring Jones appears to be a high-profile instance of a new push endorsed by Israel’s government to ensure that Palestine solidarity “instigators” are “singled out” from so-called “soft critics” of Israel, accepting progressive critics of Israel” while also demanding “an all-out assault on leading critics of Israel, sometimes using covert means.” Al Jazeera’s recent undercover documentary The Lobby revealed the Jewish Labour Movement’s close ties to the Israeli embassy, as well as its campaign against BDS. [bz] 21/2/2017
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Prominent Australians write open letter opposing Benjamin Netanyahu`s visitGuardian staff and agencies - Israel’s prime minister will be its first serving PM to visit Australia but he is expected to face protests [ry]20/2/2017
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US offered Israel secret peace deal in 2016 `but Netanyahu walked away`Aron Heller - Independent - John Kerry reportedly proposed regional recognition of Israel as a Jewish state - a key Netanyahu demand - alongside a renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians with support of Arab countries [ry]20/2/2017
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Reform Judaism Movement Opposes David Friedman’s Nomination for U.S. Ambassador to IsraelRabbi Rick Jacobs - Reform Judaism Movement - Following a private meeting with David Friedman, Rabbi Jacobs noted: "This is a critical moment. Never before have we opposed the nomination of a U.S. Ambassador. We do so now because of the imperative need for us to voice our concerns about this critically important appointment. After extensive consideration of his lengthy public record on issues related to Israel and the U.S.- Israel relationship, as well as hearing from Mr. Friedman during his confirmation hearing and a one-on-one private meeting between Mr. Friedman and URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, we oppose the nomination of David Friedman and urge all Senators to join us and vote against Mr. Friedman’s nomination. It is our firm belief that Mr. Friedman is the wrong person for this essential job". [ak for dn]19/2/2017
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London college invests in makers of Israel’s weaponsShahd Abusalama and David Cronin - Electronic Intifada "A group called Demilitarise King’s has researched how the college invests – via funds – in such companies as BAE Systems and GE. The group has calculated that King’s has invested more than £1.5 million ($1.9 million) in the weapons trade.Rather than address the concerns raised by the group, the chief administrator at King’s has tried to fob them off." ca 17/2/2017
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Since Trump Won, All Israel Is Talking About Annexation. Why?Naomi Zeveloff - Forward - In general terms, annexation means the political transfer of land. In the current Israeli context, it refers to the application of Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, which Israel captured and has occupied since 1967, and where Palestinians hope to build a state. Naftali Bennett, chief of the hard-line Jewish Home party, has a plan to annex Area C, for example, where hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers live, and then offer citizenship to the less than 50,000 Palestinians living in that area.-rh16/2/2017
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Shin Bet Has Bad Case of TransphobiaRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The Shin Bet is a perfect exemplar of the Israeli nation: suspicious of The Other.  Ready to brand anyone who isn’t “like us” as an exotic animal.  Akin to medieval bear-baiting rituals." - id15/2/2017
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President Rivlin: "Applying sovereignty to an area gives citizenship to all those living there" Daniel K. Eisenbud - Jerusalem Post - Stating that he believes “Zion is entirely ours,” and that “the sovereignty of the State of Israel must be in all the blocs,” President Rivlin may have tested the waters for the one-state solution he has long championed.“It must be clear: If we extend sovereignty, the law must apply equally to all,” he told a packed auditorium of mostly right-wing participants. “Applying sovereignty to an area gives citizenship to all those living there.” [ak]14/2/2017
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Yahya Sinwar elected new leader of Hamas in Gaza StripAl Jazeera - Hani Habeeb, a Gaza political analyst, said Sinwar`s victory sent a message of defiance to Israel and was also likely to complicate efforts further to conclude a stalled reconciliation with rival Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas`s Fatah faction. [bz]14/2/2017
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11-strong NFL stars’ trip to Israel now down to sevenJessica Steinberg - Times of Israel - Michael Bennett was first to quit Holy Land tour, saying he didn’t want to be ‘used’ - after reading comments about the trip made by Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan and Tourism Minister Yariv Levin in a press release. [bz]14/2/2017
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Buoyed by Trump-Netanyahu summit, ministers openly scratch annexation itchMarissa Newman - The Times of Israel - Right-wing lawmakers, policy wonks and several government ministers gathered to fete what they see as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity created by the ascension of Donald Trump to the US presidency. Undampened by some warning signals from Trump`s White House itself, the annexationists` reached fever pitch, demanding that Netanyahu discard his declared support for the two-state solution - lip service as it is generally perceived to be. There was, however, considerable dispute about the details - especially, on which devious scheme to use in order to carry out annexation and still avoid giving civil rights to the Palestinians. [ak]14/2/2017
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Palestine activists in Spain could face prison over Matisyahu boycott callAli Abunimah - EI - The legal complaint follows tactics advocated by the Israeli government to pursue and punish supporters of Palestinian rights using all means, including covert “black ops” and lawfare, lawsuits and prosecutions to sabotage and attack activists. Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister in charge of combating the BDS movement, vowed last year that “Soon, any activist who uses their influence to delegitimize the only Jewish state in the world will know they will pay a price for it.” [bz]14/2/2017
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Trump: Israeli Embassy Is Not Moving to JerusalemJason Ditz - AntiWar - Message Delivered to Palestinians at Behest of Jordan`s King [ry]13/2/2017
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A painful embrace to the White House’s darlingOrly Azoulay - Ynet - While Trump showers Netanyahu with compliments and smiles, he will also make it clear to him that the party is over and that he finds the settlement construction in the West Bank unacceptable [ry]13/2/2017
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Israel Bulldozes DemocracyAyman Odeh - New York Times - The reality for Arab citizens is Kafkaesque: The state refuses to create municipal plans to accommodate growing communities, and instead destroys homes that are built without permits it makes impossible to obtain. The government must meet the housing needs of Arab communities. I have proposed a two-year moratorium on demolishing illegally built homes, together with a public campaign to discourage illegal building. During that time, the state should create municipal plans for every Arab city and town and ensure that there is proper accommodation for expected growth. This plan has the support of both relevant ministries. But Mr. Netanyahu is ignoring it. [bz for dn]12/2/2017
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Efforts To Fight BDS Have Failed, Says ADL, ReutJosh Nathan-Kazis - Forward - While the report’s authors acknowledge that the Israeli government’s own actions play a role in the worldwide growth of anti-Israel sentiment, they propose their own action plan for what they call the “pro-Israel network.” The prescription seems to contain a contradiction. On the one hand, it calls for a big tent approach that accepts progressive critics of Israel. And the other, it demands an all-out assault on leading critics of Israel, sometimes using covert means. “The instigators must be singled out from the other groups, and handled uncompromisingly, publicly or covertly,” the report reads. [bz for dn]12/2/2017
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What Happens When Refugees Are Resettled in the US?Michelle Chen - The Nation "They—and the communities into which they’re placed—thrive." ca11/2/2017
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US moves to block Salam Fayyad as UN Libya envoyAl Jazeera and news agencies - "United States says acting in the interests of Israel as it objects to appointment of former prime minister Salam Fayyad...Fayyad served as the Palestinian Authority`s prime minister from 2007-2013." ca11/2/2017
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Dutch artist creates beauty from rubble of warHamza Abu Eltarabesh - Electronic Intifada "The unusual idea is the brainchild of Dutch artist Marjan Teeuwen, who for years has worked with the concept that buildings can become sculptures, adding a sense of temporality by working on buildings slated for demolition.Seven such installations have been created: five in her native Holland, one in South Africa and one in Russia. But Gaza was a departure for her in more ways than one: here, the building had already been destroyed." ca 11/2/2017
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Israel Apologizes for Airport Questioning of New Israel Fund LeaderBen harris - Forward "The agency that manages Israel’s border crossings apologized for any “anguish” caused by the questioning of the leader of the New Israel Fund at Ben-Gurion Airport...The questioning of Gorovitz prompted Knesset member Tamar Zandberg, from the left-wing Meretz party, to complain to Interior Minister Aryeh Deri." ca10/2/2017
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Nablus` only oud maker keeps city in tuneAhmed el-Komi - Al-Monitor - "Cultural and musical life in Palestine is going through a kind of renaissance, with the emergence of a number of cultural centers, conservatories and numerous art festivals, most notably the Palestine International Festival, which hosts top Arab and international singers and musicians." - id8/2/2017
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Widespread destruction in wake of Israeli attacksMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "The air strikes took place the day before by Israeli forces against alleged Hamas movement targets in the Gaza Strip, but the damage was sustained by civilians." - id 8/2/2017
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European Union condemns Regulation Bill in sharp statement.Itamar Eichner - Ynet - The law may provide for `legalizing` numerous settlements and outposts previously considered as illegal even under Israeli law, which would be contrary to previous commitments by Israeli governments and illegal under international law. "In passing this new law, the Israeli parliament has legislated on the legal status of land within occupied territory, which is an issue that remains beyond its jurisdiction," said Mogherini. "Should it be implemented, the law would further entrench a one-state reality of unequal rights, perpetual occupation and conflict." [bz] 7/2/2017
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Umm al-Hiran driver`s widow: `They said "terrorist" without investigating`Attila Somfalvi - Ynet - Criticizing officials` immediate leap to paint her deceased husband as a terrorist, Dr. Amal Abu Saad tells Ynet that her husband was clearly intending to visit his mother, not carry out an attack and calls for governmental inquiry. [bz] 7/2/2017
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Netanyahu’s visit comes amid tensions between UK and EU over IsraelPatrick Wintour - The Guardian - EU leaders are concerned that Theresa May could soften UK’s opposition to settlements as she seeks closer ties with Donald Trump [ry]6/2/2017
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Israel debates controversial anti-boycott bill banning BDS supporters from the countryBethan McKernan - Independent - Critics say proposed legislation, which would affect anyone who has publicly called for a boycott of Israel, violates international law [ry]6/2/2017
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Appointment of US ambassador to Israel delayed over political concernsAlex Fishman and Orly Azoulay - Ynet - Friedman`s appointment is reportedly being delayed by senior Republican party officials who have expressed concerns over Friedman`s outspoken views against the two-state solution and in favor of the settlements. [bz]5/2/2017
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Israel’s Hard-Liners Want to ‘Go Big’: Annex a SettlementIAN FISHER - NYT - After eight years of little building, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just allotted 100 new building units to Ma’ale Adumim, part of 2,500 new proposed housing units around the West Bank settlements, and another 560 in East Jerusalem. Mr. Netanyanu has proclaimed this as just the beginning of a new wave of building. [bz]4/2/2017
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G4S turned to UK government after Israeli threatsAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "The multinational security and incarceration firm G4S wrote to the UK government after an Israeli minister threatened it for yielding to pressure from the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, according to emails obtained by the Financial Times under a freedom of information request...Earlier in 2016, after G4S revealed its intention to divest, Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister tasked with combatting BDS, accused the firm of caving in to pressure." ca3/2/2017
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Middle Eastern cinema has so much to say, and we need to be listening now more than ever Glenn Dunks - The Guardian "In Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, a husband seeks the truth behind a violent assault on his wife. In Hussein Hassan’s The Dark Wind, two families are torn apart by the ramifications of an Islamic State ambush. And Orlando von Einsiedel’s documentary The White Helmets follows Syrian volunteers as they help rescue women and children from airstrike rubble. All three films have collected awards, nominations and critical acclaim for, among other things, the insights they offer into countries of the Middle East." ca 3/2/2017
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We have nowhere else to go’: Bedouins say they will continue to rebuild as Israel carries out home demolitions at a record pace Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - On the morning of Wednesday, January 25th, Israeli forces escorted two bulldozers down from the main road up to the small Bedouin community. Mohammed Jahalin and his family were ordered out of their houses and forcefully gathered together on the edge of their encampment where they watched as the metal blades of bulldozers smashed through their homes.-rh 1/2/2017
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