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Investing in storageMona El-Fiqi - Al-Ahram "The project was first proposed last year as part of plans to provide food security for Egypt’s 90 million people. Egypt is the largest wheat importer in the world. The Damietta project includes construction of high-tech storage silos for grains, and will increase Egypt’s storage capacity from its current 2.5 million tons to 7.5 million tons." ca27/3/2015
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Naomi Klein: Let`s Kick Oil While the Price is DownVIDEO - "Climate change should be a catalyst for a major change, but we`re not treating it as a real emergency. Naomi Klein believes that capitalism is at war with the climate, but she says sometimes it gives us a gift – the sudden drop in oil prices. So let`s not blow what could be our best chance to prevent catastrophic global warming." ca27/3/2015
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PHOTOS: Joint List marches for unrecognized Bedouin villagesActivestills - +972 "Dozens of members of the Joint List — including chairman Ayman Odeh, Dov Khenin and other future members of Knesset — marched alongside other Arab leaders Thursday on a four-day trip through the Negev/Naqab’s unrecognized Bedouin villages. They were joined by representatives of the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee and the Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages. The march is set to end at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on Sunday." ca27/3/2015
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Official: White House was part of bid to oust NetanyahuAvi Issacharoff - The Times of Israel - "Senior Jerusalem source says administration wanted ‘revenge’ over Congress speech; declares there’ll be no Palestinian state ‘in our generation’." - id 25/3/2015
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In Israel’s elections, racism is the winning ballotADALAH - The Arab Daily News - "The elections also saw an unprecedented level of racist incitement against Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, a fifth of the population, which played a critical part in the election’s events and results. This series of threats, intimidations, and attempts to delegitimize Arab citizens and their political participation, which occurred throughout the process, did not end until the polls closed on 17 March." - id 25/3/2015
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IDF warns: Freeze in Palestinian funds could fuel West Bank unrestYoav Zitun, Elior Levy - Ynet - Meanwhile, the IDF are preparing for a possible escalation in the West Bank, both spontaneous and organized. The different scenarios include multi-site riots involving thousands of protesters, some armed, throughout the West Bank; simultaneous terror attacks; kidnapping and infiltration attempts; and a possible end to security coordination with the Palestinians, which they say is very unlikely, though a number of such cases have happened at a local level. [bz]24/3/2015
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White House Chief of Staff: `Israel`s occupation must end`Rebecca Shimoni Stoil - The Times of Israel - White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough called for the end of Israel’s “50-year occupation” in a warmly received speech to the lobbying group J Street in Washington. The statement to the dovish group’s national conference represented an unusually harsh repudiation of Israel’s control over the Palestinian territories. ak24/3/2015
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Former Sec. of State Baker blasts Netanyahu at J Street Jerusalem Post - Also a keynote speaker at the J Street conference, former Secretary of State James Baker - who had been at the center of a 1992 confrontation with then Israeli PM Shamir - attacked current PM Netanyahu for “diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship," a reference to the prime minister`s alliance with Republicans. “Frankly, I have been disappointed with the lack of progress regarding a lasting peace — and I have been for some time,” Baker said. “In the aftermath of Netanyahu’s recent election victory, the chance of a two-state solution seems even slimmer, given his reversal on the issue.” Baker has been appointed foreign policy adviser to the nascent Presidential campaign of Florida Governor Jeb Bush. ak24/3/2015
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US, Joint List MKs reject PM’s apology to Israeli ArabsJerusalem Post - The administration of US President Barack Obama joined Arab Knesset members in questioning an apology offered by PM Netanyahu for election day remarks - considered highly offensive - about "Arab voters bused to the ballots in droves". Netanyahu made his apology to a group of Arab mayors of minor villages allied to his own Likud Party. Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List which gained most Arab votes, called Netanyahu’s statement unacceptable and noted that immediately after making this supposed apology the PM spoke with his extreme right coalition partner Naftali Bennet about passing nationalist laws designed to "enhance the Jewish character of Israel".ak 24/3/2015
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British PM Cameron to Netanyahu: Lasting peace requires two-state solutionFrances Perraudin - The Guardian - The British PM told the House of Commons “We must put pressure on both sides to make sure talks get going on a two-state solution. I think that’s in the long term interest not just to the Palestinians, but also to the Israelis, and Britain’s policy on that will not change.” This was followed by a phone call to the newly re-elected Netanyahu, in which Cameron reiterated the same points. Cameron himself faces general elections in a month`s time, and such British groups as the Palestine Solidarity Camapaign have striven to put the Palestinian issue on the campaign agenda. ak 24/3/2015
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Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S.Adam Entous - Wall Street Journal - “It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy.” ak24/3/2015
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Vanunu lost libel suit against Yediot Ahronot, has to pay 40 000 NISNot only are they allowed to publish absurd lies about me but I also should pay them. Please, help.24/3/2015
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Israel `boycotts` UN rights council session on Gaza warMa`an News Agency - "Israel`s representative was conspicuously missing when the UN Human Rights Council started a special session Monday on the situation in the Palestinian territories and the 2014 Gaza conflict" [ry]23/3/2015
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Israeli Delegation Heads to France to Try to Kill Iran DealJason Ditz - AntiWar - Amid US Tensions, Israel Turns to France to Sabotage Diplomacy [ry]23/3/2015
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Technion opens new `defense exports` courseAIC - The Technion is launching a new training programme for professionals to enter Israel`s growing “defense exports” industry. “People aren`t aware of just how much money can be made in this field”, states a programme lecturer. “Israeli high tech and Israeli security have good reputations – the combination is a winner” [ry]23/3/2015
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Obama: US and Iran have chance to mend tiesAl-Jazeera - "Video Message - In video message directed at Iranians, US president says nuclear negotiations present a "historic opportunity"." ca20/3/2015
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New York Times Published Piece About Netanyahu’s Racism, Then Rewrote All Of ItBen Norton - Information Clearing House "The New York Times published an article about the incident—and more generally about Netanyahu’s bigoted, jingoistic, far-right tactics to attract more votes—titled “Netanyahu Expresses Alarm That Arab Voter Turnout Could Help Unseat Him.” The piece was written by Isabel Kershner and Rick Gladstone. At least, for the moment, that was the case. Several hours later, the NYT published a rewrite of the article—a rewrite not just of parts of it, but of all of it." ca20/3/2015
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Netanyahu victory gets muted response from WestAFP - Ma`an - "Netanyahu`s hard line had already plunged relations with the West to an unprecedented low, which his latest comments will do little to repair." - id for rh 19/3/2015
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Netanyahu wakes up to shock election victoryYaron Druckman- Ynet - "While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been trailing his Zionist Union opponent in the polls leading up to the elections, the real-time results on Wednesday morning show the Likud leader enjoying a major advantage over the left-wing`s Isaac Herzog." - id 18/3/2015
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A Victory for War and Racism - Netanyahu’s WinSTEPHEN LENDMAN - CoounterPunch - "Netanyahu is a world-class thug – a ruthless demagogue. He spurns rule of law principles. He abhors democratic values. He prioritizes stealing all valued Palestinian land. He deplores peace. He calls pursuing it a waste of time." - id 18/3/2015
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Netanyahu defeat could mean `peace dividend` for Israel`s business sectorTova Cohen and Steven Scheer - Reuters/Haaretz - Though a centre-left government may spend more on social and welfare issues, the potential benefits of a return to a peace process outweigh the risks. (...) Dov Moran is part of a non-profit group called Breaking the Impasse, formed by 200 business leaders to promote a return to the negotiating table for Israelis and Palestinians. [bz]17/3/2015
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Peacemakers arrested for escorting Palestinian kids on way home from kindergartenAmos Gvirtz - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know 446 - Furthermore, government agents, escorted by police, destroyed cereal fields of Bedouins in the Negev.17/3/2015
Exclusive: Netanyahu Canceled Intel Briefing for U.S. Senators on Iran DangersMassimo Calabresi - Time Magazine - Freshman Republican Senator Tom Cotton (initiator of the letter of 46 senators to Iran) has said that rather than negotiate with Iran, the U.S. should adopt a policy of regime change and should arm Israel with bombers and bunker busting bombs with which it could attack Iranian nuclear sites. bz16/3/2015
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Israel elections: Benjamin Netanyahu claims foreign money is being used to help left-wing Zionist Union beat himThe Independent - Ben Lynfield reports from Jerusalem on the last days of a bitter election campaign [ry]16/3/2015
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Netanyahu Tried to Block Mossad Briefing US Senate on IranJason Ditz - AntiWar - Mossad Warned Them Against New Sanctions [ry]16/3/2015
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UNRWA chief joins aid convoy into besieged Damascus campAFP - Yahoo News - The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees accompanied the first aid convoy in three months to enter the besieged Yarmuk camp in the Syrian capital on Tuesday. Pierre Krahenbuhl said it was "totally unacceptable" that some 18,000 residents of Yarmuk had not received aid for so long. Rebel groups inside the camp, the largest in Syria, have been under army siege for more than a year. More than 200 people have been killed since the siege began, among them dozens who have died of starvation, non-governmental groups say. "There should be distributions more regularly during the week, not just one day and interrupted again," Krahenbuhl told AFP. The last UNRWA aid delivery was in December, "which from a human point of view is totally unacceptable". [bz]14/3/2015
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Students in Brussels defeat Israeli embassy`s attempt to silence apartheid week eventsCharlotte Kates - Mondoweiss "Students filled a lecture hall for a lecture via Skype by Palestinian leftist parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels, VUB) on Wednesday evening, March 4, after student organizers defeated an attempt by Israel’s ambassador to Belgium to cancel Israeli Apartheid Week at the Dutch-speaking university in the Belgian capital." ca13/3/2015
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Palestinians Were Among The 180 Who Drowned Near Italian ShoresIMEMC & Agencies - "Palestinian Ambassador in Italy, Mai al-Kaila, stated that the ship carrying refugees from the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and the al-Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, which drowned on March 4, close to Italian shores, carried nearly 60 Palestinian refugees...She added sixty were rescued; sixty others died, and around sixty are still missing.They were heading from Libya to Europe." ca13/3/2015
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Hamas and Iran: Rapprochement?Ahmed El-Sayed - Al-Ahram "...the London-based Raialyoum newspaper quoted unnamed Hamas sources as saying that the group is looking forward to new relations with Iran, especially after the war on Gaza. It is also hoping for renewed support for the resistance and its armed wing, including missiles and materiel that could be used in any future confrontation with Israel.However, it does not want this to come at the expense of the Qatar axis opposing the Al-Assad regime, which is Iran’s ally." ca13/3/2015
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High Court greenlights racial profiling at Israel`s airportsEdo Konrad - +972 - "Although Ben-Gurion Airport has made changes to its security policy in the years since the petition was filed – including the installment of an automated system to check all passenger luggage that replaced the public checks that often took place in the ticketing area — ACRI claimed that the new system only sweeps the policy of racial profiling under the rug." - id or rh 12/3/2015
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Qatar says to begin rebuilding 1,000 homes in GazaReuters - Ynet - "Qatari official says reconstruction project as part of $1 billion aid pledge has begun, urges `more countries to come and build Gaza`." - id 11/3/2015
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Banksy British artist spotlights devastation in GazaMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "The anonymous British “graffiti” artist known only as “Banksy” secretly entered the Gaza Strip recently to help bring international attention to the suffering of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip." - id11/3/2015
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PA calls for arrest of Liberman for saying anti-Israel Arab citizens should be beheaded Khaled Abu Toameh & Lahav Harkov - MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta’al) called Liberman the “Jewish Islamic State.” Tibi added that The Joint List, made up of several Arab parties and one mixed Arab-Jewish party, “will remove the heads of racists and fascists only through democratic means – bringing as many [Knesset] seats as possible and active participation in the election. The stronger we are, the weaker Jewish Islamic State will be.” [bz]10/3/2015
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Oren: Israel must restrict settlement building, create `two-state reality` AP - Ynet - Israel has to start creating a "two-state reality" on the ground, says former Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren, by restricting settlement construction to major blocs and East Jerusalem - lands Israel expects to keep - while improving the living conditions of Palestinians. Ambassador under Netanyahu, Oren now is candidate for the Knesset on the list of former Likud minister Kahlon`s "Kulanu" party. [bz]10/3/2015
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Herzog sets three mains goals for first 100 days in office:Moran Azulay - Ynet - Implementing economic plan, dealing with housing crisis, presenting peace initiative to Arab League. [bz]9/3/2015
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Former diplomats slam Liberman for saying disloyal Israeli Arabs should be decapitated / MK Ahmed Tibi calls Yisrael Beytenu chairman `Jewish ISIS.`Lahav Harkov - Jpost - "Whoever is against us, there`s nothing else to do. We have to lift up an axe and remove his head, otherwise we won`t survive here" says Liberman in a speech at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya Sunday. [bz]9/3/2015
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Erekat: Netanyahu never believed in two-state solution, always chose settlements Jodi Rudoren - NYT - The apparent contradictions between Mr. Netanyahu’s political and governmental apparatuses came as he is struggling to shore up support in his conservative base and win over voters in West Bank settlements before March 17 elections. It might have been more hairsplitting than actual disagreement: both statements cited the chaotic regional situation and said Israel would not cede territory for fear of takeover by Islamists. [bz]9/3/2015
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“A Palestinian State is no longer relevant”Sergio Yahni - AIC - An Arab League draft resolution to be discussed on Monday states that a "just and comprehensive peace is a strategic option," [but] Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister ruled out the establishment of a Palestinian state. [bz]9/3/2015
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Netanyahu says Israel won`t cede land to Palestinians, despite reports, docs claiming otherwise Ynet/AP - Despite past speech, commitments to world and Palestinians, Netanyahu now says Israel won’t withdraw from West Bank; report says Netanyahu aide Dermer promised Blair `Palestinian state along 67` borders` during past talks. [Including document scan-bz]9/3/2015
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Torture of Palestinian detainees by Shin Bet investigators rises sharplyChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Under torture, Hatib admitted to serving as a lookout for Kawasme and his accomplice, Amar Abu-Aisha, on the night of the abduction. This was a lie; the investigation showed that there was no lookout. The Shin Bet and the military prosecution did not believe Hatib, as can be seen by the indictment he was served, in which there is no mention of involvement in the abduction. (...) Information collected by Haaretz from military courts, and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. [bz]7/3/2015
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Netanyahu`s secret peace offer concessions to Palestinians revealed Nahum Barnea - Ynet - During his previous tenure as prime minister, Netanyahu sent his confidant to negotiate with Palestinians and offered land swaps along the 1967 lines and limited right of return. However, according to Netanyahu`s office it was an American proposal that Israel never signed-off on. [bz]6/3/2015
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10 Reasons to Pray for AIPAC’s DeclineMedea Benjamin - ICH "AIPAC’s support of the Israeli prime minister over the US president is turning AIPAC into a Republican-biased lobby that could hopefully prove fatal to its future influence in Washington." ca4/3/2015
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Amid nuclear dispute, Israel and Iran face off over past oil tiesAri Rabinovitch and Tova Cohen - Yahoo News "n a Swiss court, lawyers for each side are locked in arbitration over the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Co. (EAPC), a joint venture set up in 1968, when the two nations were friendly, to transport Iranian oil to the Mediterranean." ca 4/3/2015
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50 MPs urge gov’t to prevent listing of Palestinian villages as Israeli heritage sitesRaed Omari - The Jordan Times "In a memorandum they signed during Tuesday’s Lower House session, 50 lawmakers warned against measures being taken by the Israeli occupation authorities to declare the Palestinian villages of Lafta and Ein Kerem near Jerusalem as part of Israel’s heritage." ca4/3/2015
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VIDEO: Palestinian MK Zoabi Assaulted by Israeli ExtremistsIMEMC News & Agencies - "According to the Palestinian News Network (PNN), Zoabi was giving a lecture in Ramat Gan college near Tel Aviv, when suddenly Israeli rightists threw glass bottles on her head, and spilled milk on her. Zoabi sustained moderate to light injuries due to the attack." ca4/3/2015
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Netanyahu speech will be tested by its effect on Iran dealNachum Barnea - Ynet - There is another absence which is taking place quietly, under the radar: The 11 US Supreme Court justices have been invited to the event. They all said they would be unable to attend. Three of the Supreme Court judges are Jews who support Israel; at least six are conservatives appointed by Republican presidents. This was their way of saying: There is something faulty, unconstitutional, in the way the prime minister was invited. We are not part of this affair. [bz]3/3/2015
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Right-wing activist hurls drink at Arab MK ZoabiThe Times of Israel - The activist and others also verbally attacked Zoabi, interrupting a Ramat Gan event that was meant to encourage women in politics. [bz]3/3/2015
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Satmar Rebbe Calls for Mass Rally to Protest NetanyahuEliyahu Berkowitz - JP Updates - “All this behavior (of Netanyahu) contradicts the internationally accepted diplomatic rules and all the other Zionist heads of government were sure to keep the same rules,” he said. “Israel receives from the United States more than any other country receives, and what gives him the chutzpah so that he dares to come and challenge US President. He is not a mensch, he is not a diplomat, he is vile and despicable.” [bz]3/3/2015
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Top Jewish Senator Feinstein: Netanyahu`s claim he represents all Jews is `arrogant`Itzhak Benhorin - Ynet - As Netanyahu makes way to US to address Congress on Iranian deal, leading Jewish senator slams Netanyahu: `He doesn’t speak for me on this... I think it’s a rather arrogant statement.` [bz]2/3/2015
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Israeli military stages surprise wide-scale drill in West BankXinhua English.news.cn - Army chief Gadi Eisenkot ordered the drill, which involves overall 13,000 reserve soldiers. Out of those, 3,000 must report to their posts in the West Bank, while the remaining 10,000 were put on alert, the IDF said in a statement. The drill, due to end on late Monday, will involve air force, intelligence and field units, and simulate different scenarios, including response to the kidnapping of Israelis. The drill may be associated with a recent military assessment that a possible wave of violence by Palestinians might break out in the West Bank, possibly by the end of March or early April. [bz] 2/3/2015
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Palestinian Coke bottler boasts success despite daily strugglesPaul Crompton - Al Arabiya News - “To send to Gaza from West Bank, you have to go through several checkpoints and do several back to back,” said Hindi. “Each container costs us around $2,200. The same container [can be sent] to China for $1,600.” [bz]28/2/2015
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Thank you, Muslim friendBradley Burston - Haaretz "The tragic murder earlier this month of Dan Uzan, a Danish Jew slain while guarding a bat mitzvah at the central synagogue of Copenhagen, inspired a small group of young Muslims in neighboring Norway to do something extraordinary." ca27/2/2015
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Campaign for Palestinian Recognition Launched in IrelandIMEMC News & Agencies - "Solidarity organization "Sadaka" said that former Irish foreign minister Micheál Martin, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, and PA ambassador to Ireland, Ahmed Abdelrazek, urged the Irish government to recognize a Palestinian state based on the two state parameters, as part of the campaign." ca27/2/2015
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Will Israeli Jews vote for Joint List?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "At Hadash headquarters, they do not yet know how many Jewish voters will possibly support them. No serious poll has been conducted so far on the issue. Nevertheless, the large number of calls to the headquarters by Jewish voters, people with whom the Arab parties had no contact before, alongside an increasing number of new party activists, do indicate a distinct phenomenon." ca 27/2/2015
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Herzog cancels AIPAC speech, takes aim at Netanyahu trip to US Moran Azulay - Ynet - ""Netanyahu`s spin about who is going to Washington must stop," Herzog told a gathering of foreign media in Israel. "My firm position against a nuclear Iran is known by every Israeli and American, including the US president, and I know how to voice it in a sharp, clear manner - from here, not from there."" - id 25/2/2015
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Who is Netanyahu? Why Should Congress Boycott his Speech?Mazin Qumsiyeh - Alternative Information Center - "Benjamin Miliekowsky (Netanyahu) is known both among Israelis and globally as a consummate liar who refused to accept the Oslo accords (even though they were partial to Israel) and has gotten rich off of his political activities." - id 25/2/2015
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Oslo `Ring of Peace` organizers slammed for Palestine solidarityRyan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills - +972 - “Maybe when people see that the same people who have such strong opinions about Israel also support Norwegian Jews, then that will make an impact,” said Qeaam Ibn Malik, another of the event’s organizers. “More will understand that it is a system that we are fighting, not people of another faith.” [bz]24/2/2015
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Leaked cables show Netanyahu`s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad Seumas Milne, Ewen MacAskill and Clayton Swisher - The Guardian - One of the biggest hauls is from Mossad. But there are also documents from Russia’s FSB, which is responsible for counter-terrorism. Such leaks of Russian material are extremely rare. Other spy agencies caught up in the trawl include those of the US, Britain, France, Jordan, the UAE, Oman and several African nations. The scale of the leak, coming 20 months after US whistleblower Edward Snowden handed over tens of thousands of NSA and GCHQ documents to the Guardian, highlights the increasing inability of intelligence agencies to keep their secrets secure. [bz]24/2/2015
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Israel attack victims awarded over $218 mln in PLO trial in NYJoseph Ax and Nate Raymond - Reuters - A U.S. jury on Monday ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority to pay more than $218 million to American attack victims while in the Jerusalem area more than a decade ago. The attacks are attributed to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Hamas.(...) The award could be tripled under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act. [bz] 24/2/2015
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White House Brainstorms Netanyahu Snubs: Will Administration Play Its Trumps?Robert Naiman - Truthout - AP reports that the White House is now brainstorming more ways that they could undercut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s planned speech to Congress on March 3, in which Netanyahu is expected to attack President Obama and US-European efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement with Iran. [ak]24/2/2015
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An Israeli right-winger`s problem with Denmark Yossi Shain - Y-Net - A dinner at the home of a warm Danish Jewish family, some of them Holocaust survivors. The Danish infrastructure minister, a family friend, was also invited. When I said that my son was in the army, the minister’s wife`s asked: "And you allow it?" Of course, I replied. It`s part of our life in Israel. The tone immediately changed, and a heated argument developed over the "Israeli oppression policy." The Danish minister said some harsh words about the "chauvinistic nationalism" in Israel, and about the Israeli violence and injustice towards the Palestinians and about the destruction of the Israeli democracy. He even noted that Israel`s policy was affecting the security of Denmark`s Jews and said it could lead to anti-Semitism against them. [ak]24/2/2015
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Palestinians threaten to end security ties with IsraelAP - Ynet - "We will not be able to continue the security coordination and the Palestinian Authority itself may not be able to continue functioning if Israel continues stealing our money." [bz for ry]22/2/2015
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`Khirbet Khizeh,` by S. Yizhar Dexter Filkins - NYT Sunday Book Review - We don’t know the name of the village that the intelligence officer, Yizhar Smilansky, moved into that day, or exactly what he saw. But the events he witnessed so haunted Smilansky that he wrote a novella about his experience and gave it the same name as the fictional place where he set his story: “Khirbet Khizeh.” The book, published in Hebrew in 1949 under the pen name S. Yizhar, was translated into English only in 2008, and it wasn’t published in Britain until 2011. It has now been brought to the United States for the first time by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. [bz]21/2/2015
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Prepare for the worstEditorial - Daily Star "Speaking earlier this week, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned of a renewed period of violence in Lebanon after the winter recedes.He spoke explicitly of new jihadi attacks in Lebanon, and of Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria...it seems that external powers are increasingly worried about the situation here, more so than Lebanon’s own authorities and institutions seem to be." ca 20/2/2015
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Three Friends, One JihadiMona El-Naggar and Ben Laffin - NYT "VIDEO: Three friends in Cairo`s post-revolutionary turmoil" ca20/2/2015
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How EU-US trade deal could thwart “boycott Israel” campaignRyvka Barnard and John Hilary - Electronic Intifada "Two members of the US Congress have introduced a bill that would turn a giant trade deal between the EU and US into a devastating weapon against the people of Palestine and all those seeking justice alongside them. Together with the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is currently under negotiation, the proposed bill would compel all 28 EU member states to crack down on European groups participating in the growing movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel in solidarity with the Palestinian people." ca20/2/2015
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How Uncle Ibrahim protected the village landsHatim Kanaaneh - Mondoweiss "Next Tuesday in New York City, Hatim Kanaaneh will launch the publication of his short-story collection, Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee, in an event at the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. The book offers a picture of life in a resilient Palestinian-Israeli community in the Galilee, and it has been welcomed by literary leaders like Susan Abulhawa and Ghada Karmi." ca20/2/2015
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Q&A: Hanin Zoabi - Israel`s `bad Arab`Patrick Strickland - Aljazeera - An estimated 1.7 million Palestinians live in communities in cities, towns and villages across the country and carry Israeli citizenship. According to the Haifa-based Adalah Legal Centre, they face more than 50 discriminatory laws that limit their access to state resources and muzzle their political expression.-rh19/2/2015
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Israel`s "Dahiya Doctrine" General Becomes New Chief of StaffSami Sockol - AIC - "Eisenkot, the new chief of staff, is associated more than anyone else with the notorious Dahiya doctrine, which advocates disproportionate use of force as part of Israel`s campaign against guerrilla warfare." - id 18/2/2015
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Film on Israel-Palestine wins Best Documentary in PasadenaRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "...explores the issue of the “Two State Solution” versus the “One State Solution.” It asks the tough question of Israelis, do they want a “Jewish State,” or do they want a “Democracy.”" - id 18/2/2015
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When IDF conscription begins at age threeOrly Noy - +972 - " An education system that brings an inherently violent organization in through the front door is failing at its most basic obligation. This policy is the first injection of militarism, ultimately meant to prevent our children from becoming critical citizens." - id 18/2/2015
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With a right-wing win an even tougher stance toward the Palestinians Aron Heller/AP - Star Tribune - The Palestinians should lower their expectations and forget about statehood, argues Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home Party to the right of the Likud. "We are not going to give up more land. This approach has failed." Bennett is angling to become defense minister as part of the next coalition government if Netanyahu prevails in the March 17 vote. [bz] 17/2/2015
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Palestinian official to i24news: PA mulls cancellation of Oslo Accordsi24news - PLO committee to meet in March to discuss halting of security coordination with Israel, as well, source says. [bz]17/2/2015
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Why can’t media describe Chapel Hill murders as terrorism?Rania Khalek - The Electronic Intifada - A self-described “gun-toting” atheist, Hicks’s Facebook postings were devoted almost exclusively to expressing hostility towards religion. Commenting on Christians, Muslims and Jews, Hicks said in one post, “I wish they would exterminate each other!” [bz]17/2/2015
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Netanyahu campaign video: A victory for the Left means an ISIS invasionLisa Goldman - +972 - By choosing music created by Palestinian-Jordanian rappers with lyrics about the dream of being buried in one’s ancestral homeland, the video’s creators drive home the message: Palestinian aspirations = terrorism = ISIS = the end of Israel. So vote Likud or, as Netanyahu writes on his Facebook introduction to the video, it’s: “Us or them, the ISIS version. Vote for Likud with Netanyahu at its head or for a weak, submissive government with Tzipi and Buji at its head.” [bz]17/2/2015
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Copenhagen shootings: Benjamin Netanyahu calls for `massive immigration` of European Jews to Israel in wake of attack Jamie Campbell - The Independent - Netanyahu made his statements during Sunday morning`s cabinet meeting [ry]16/2/2015
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Nonprofit Humanitarian Organization to Bring Solar Energy to GazaAlexandra Halaby - IMEMC & Agencies - "Gaza is in desperate need of power. One organization hopes to bring clean, renewable energy to Gaza with the installation of solar panels" [ry]16/2/2015
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Samaria Settler Council under fire for video depicting leftists as anti-Semite collaboratorsYnetnews - Animated video titled `The Eternal Jew` features a German named Herr Stürmer paying a hooked-nosed Jew for slanderous information about the IDF and Israel; Peace Now demands AG to open police investigation into video [ry]16/2/2015
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The Casino Republic Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "Who is the ruler of Israel? Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, of course. WRONG. The real ruler of Israel is one Sheldon Adelson, 81, American Jew, Casino king, who was rated as the world`s tenth richest person, worth 37.2 billion dollars at the latest count. But who is counting?" [ry]16/2/2015
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Joint Arab party hopes for 15 seats in upcoming electionsLinda Gradstein/Media Line - reprinted Ynet - Yet they will not join the governing coalition, even if the Zionist camp, led by Herzog and Livni, could form a coalition. However, they would support the coalition from outside. “All of the Jewish parties want Israel as a Jewish state, while we want Israel as a state for all of its citizens.” [bz]14/2/2015
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Corrie Family Statement Regarding Israel`s Supreme Court DecisionRachel Corrie Foundation For Peace And Justice - IMEMC "We continue to be appalled that it requires a lawsuit to have a truthful accounting of what occurred, and complete repatriation of Rachel’s remains. Decisions as to next steps will be made by the family in consultation with our attorneys." ca13/2/2015
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Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel lends support to Netanyahu`s Congress speechWill Dunham and Doina Chiacu - Haaretz "Wiesel, 86, who has written extensively of his imprisonment in Nazi camps, is the latest to join a fray that has exposed deep divisions among American Jews over the policy and propriety behind a speech in which Netanyahu is expected to criticize Obama`s effort to forge an international nuclear deal with Iran." ca13/2/2015
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Obama`s second term goal: Push Netanyahu on peaceYitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - "One of US President Barack Obama`s main goals for his second term in office was to push Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu towards a peace agreement with the Palestinians, a new book by one of Obama`s top advisers reveals." - id 11/2/2015
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J-Street petition against Netanyahu`s Congress speech rallies 20,000 signaturesJerusalem Post - Netanyahu had asserted that he is coming to Washington "not just as the prime minister of Israel but as a representative of the entire Jewish people." In response, J-Street has launched a petition stating that while the PM may represent Israelis, "he certainly cannot claim any mandate to speak for Jews in the United States". It already gained some 20,000 signatures. [ak]10/2/2015
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Israel`s top court orders 9 manifestly illegal settler homes razed - within two yearsMa`an - According to the ruling handed down late on Sunday, the authorities have until 2017 to carry out the demolitions in Ofra, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah. Still, Yesh Din`s lawyer Shlomi Zachary hailed the ruling as making "unequivocally clear that the law, human rights, and particularly the right to property must be respected in the Palestinian territories." [bz] 10/2/2015
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Arab, leftist high schoolers walk out on Naftali Bennett`s speechLisa Goldman - +972 - Bennett suggests Arabs steal Jewish property during conference for Israeli high schoolers who will be voting in their first elections. Activist says he was threatened by Shin Bet outside the event [ry]9/2/2015
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Netanyahu Vows to Sabotage Iran Nuclear DealJason Ditz - AntiWar - Says Israel Will Do Anything to Prevent Agreement [ry]9/2/2015
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Belgian parliament calls for conditional recognition of a Palestinian State European Jewish Press - The boundaries of this state shall be those of 1967 ‘’with changes agreed by both parties,’’ the text says. [bz] 7/2/2015
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Ashrawi: Canada Engaged in Political Blackmail against Palestinian Civil InstitutionsPNN Report - IMEMC - ""Israel is enabled by apologists like John Baird to persist with the support of self-appointed advocates who become complicit in these war crimes," Dr. Ashrawi said." - id for ca 6/2/2015
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Hamas declares opening of Gaza seaportAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - "Hatem Abu Shaaban, an engineer and a Palestinian National Council (PNC) member, said in a report published in late 2014 that the operation of the port would provide 2,000 jobs, helping to reduce unemployment in the Gaza Strip." - id for ca6/2/2015
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IDF to hold hearings for soldiers suspected of looting during Gaza conflictYAAKOV LAPPIN & YONAH JEREMY BOB - J-Post - "Decisions on whether to investigate a number of other notable incidents are still outstanding." - id for ca 6/2/2015
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Antisemitic attacks in UK at highest level ever recordedRobert Booth - Guardian - "...the surge in antisemitism was fuelled by reactions to the conflict in Gaza in July and August that claimed the lives of 2,131 Palestinians and 71 Israelis, according to the UN." - id for rh 5/2/2015
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Israel`s president went to Hebron for all the wrong reasonsAvner Gvaryahu - +972 - "...he told churchgoers in Brooklyn that, “[Martin Luther] King knew that one cannot fight for his own freedom without fighting for the freedom of others.” Well, it turns out that Rivlin’s interpretation of freedom doesn’t apply to Palestinians who have lived under our occupation for nearly half a century." - id for rh 5/2/2015
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The Defiant Ones - US Loses its Grip on Israel and PalestiniansJONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - "At their first meeting Obama reportedly told his Israeli counterpart “not one more brick”, insisting on a settlement-building freeze"..."Netanyahu soon defied the president, and has been doing so ever since." - id for rh5/2/2015
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US Judge McGowan Davis to replace Schabas as head of UN Gaza inquiryItamar Eichner, Associated Press - Ynet - "The UN Council on Human Rights announced it would continue forward with the inquiry, despite Schabas` resignation, and publish its findings on March 23 as determined by the committee`s mandate." - id 4/2/2015
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`How dare you call us traitors?`Yehuda Shohat - Ynet - "V15 founders Itamar Weizman and Nimrod Dweck have had a boost in recent days thanks to accusations from Likud; but the two insist they are non-partisan and that the claims against them are ridiculous." - id 4/2/2015
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Arab governments investing heavily in Satellite TV NewsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Alarab News Channel fills a critical void in Arab-language news programming by delivering to millions of viewers with an objective, fresh and unbiased view of local and world events." - id 4/2/2015
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Case dropped against protesters who cost Elbit drone parts factory $280,000Asa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada - "The most decisive evidence, we feel, is that they dropped the charges.” In other words, they let the activists get away with it rather then let the truth come out in court. [bz]3/2/2015
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Head of UN inquiry into Gaza conflict to quit Reuters - Ynet - In a law journal article of December 2010, Schabas wrote that Netanyahu could be considered "the single individual most likely to threaten the survival of Israel." William Schabas says is resigning "to prevent overshadowing the report and its findings over Israeli allegations of bias." [bz]3/2/2015
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U.N. Gaza war inquiry to pursue work despite resignationAllyn Fisher-Ilan and Stephanie Nebehay - Reuters - The report will be produced on time next month despite the resignation of its chairman, officials of the United Nations inquiry said on Tuesday, brushing aside a demand from Israel`s prime minister to shelve it. [bz]3/2/2015
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Bethlehem mayor recruiting pope to intervene on West Bank barrierHaaretz and Lauren Gelfond Feldinger - Palestinians argue that the wall, in any of the locations Israel has proposed, would either separate the school from the town where the students live, or block off access to the only green area near Bethlehem3/2/2015
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New Israel Fund blacklisted - anti-Zionists everywhereAmericans for Peace Now - News Nosh daily review of Israeli media - Rightist Israeli politicians boycott democracy conference over NGO backing - Politicians from Likud and Habayit Hayehudi announced they would not participate in a conference initiated by Haaretz because of `funding by an anti-Zionist body,` the New Israel Fund. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom) [bz]3/2/2015
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Britons dislike Israel more than Iran – but North Korea beats them both as most maligned nation Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith - The Independent - The Chatham House survey showed there has been a surge in negative attitudes towards Israel in the past two years [ry]2/2/2015
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Poll: Netanyahu Should be Investigated for Nuclear Weapons Tech Smuggling Before US VisitGrant Smith - AntiWar - "A majority of Americans believe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be investigated by the FBI for nuclear weapons technology smuggling before being allowed to enter the United States according to a new poll" [ry]2/2/2015
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It`s over: Jewish National Fund and Israel finally agree to part waysYael Darel--JNF chief Meir Spiegler says breakaway for `purely professional` reasons, stemming from frequent state violations of agreements; split includes land swaps between the sides. dn1/2/2015
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