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The Secret History of the Push to Strike IranRonen Bergman and Mark Mazzetti - New York Times - In July 2017, the White House was at a crossroads on the question of Iran. President Trump had made a campaign pledge to leave the “terrible” nuclear deal that President Barack Obama negotiated with Tehran, but prominent members of Trump’s cabinet spent the early months of the administration pushing the mercurial president to negotiate a stronger agreement rather than scotch the deal entirely. Thus far, the forces for negotiation had prevailed. But counterforces were also at work. Stephen K. Bannon, then still an influential adviser to the president, turned to John Bolton to draw up a new Iran strategy that would, as its first act, abrogate the Iran deal. Bolton, a Fox News commentator and former ambassador to the United Nations, had no official role in the administration as of yet, but Bannon saw him as an outside voice that could stiffen Trump’s spine — a kind of back channel to the president who could convince Trump that his Iran policy was adrift. As a top national security official in the George W. Bush administration, Bolton was one of the architects of regime change in Iraq. He had long called not just for withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or J.C.P.O.A., as the 2015 nuclear deal was known, but also for overthrowing the Iranian regime that negotiated it. [ak] 10/9/2019
22-year old Palestinian escapes Gaza, found dead in BosniaImemc - 22 years Saleh Hamad, from Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, was one of the Gazans driven by terrible conditions to leave thg Strip and seek refuge in Europe. Three weeks after all contact with him was lost, his family got the bitter news: his body was found by the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The family was told that he had drowned, but the precise circumstances are not known (and might never be discovered). [ak] 10/9/2019
Meretz is the last Jewish anti-occupation party. But for how long?Meron Rapoport - +972 - As Israel’s center-left and centrist parties have dropped the topic of the occupation over the years, Meretz has remained the sole Jewish party to emphasize ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But can it continue to hold out amidst running mate Ehud Barak’s talk of annexation? [ry]9/9/2019
Vienna cinema censors film about Palestinian footballAli Abunimah - EI - “Austria, a member of the European Union which purports to uphold freedom of speech as a fundamental right, is increasingly hostile territory for free expression. In March, even the left-wing Rosa Luxemburg Conference in Vienna banned BDS Austria” [ry]9/9/2019
Can Elia Suleiman`s satirical film bring Palestine its first Oscar? Ahmad Abu Amer - Al-Monitor "The film is shot across three cities. The first part takes place in Nazareth, Israel, which is the hometown of the protagonist played by Suleiman himself. Next comes Paris, the first stop in his search for a new home, and finally, New York, which he ultimately leaves in despair.The film competed for the 2019 Palme d`Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving a special mention from the jury. It was also awarded the International Federation of Film Critics’ prize at the festival." ca 7/9/2019
Analysis Israel Pats Itself on Back, but Almost Got Dragged Into War Due to Operational FailureAmos Harel - Haaretz - Once the applause dies down and the Israeli media stops patting the army on the back, perhaps we will be free to delve more deeply into how this incident on the Lebanese border played out. The army had correctly predicted that Hezbollah would try to hit military vehicles moving near the border with anti-tank missiles, and ordered military vehicles to stay away from the border road. Yet five soldiers nevertheless traveled that road, presenting a perfect target - which by blind chance, Hezbollah failed to hit. Had the Israeli military ambulance with five soldiers inside on the Lebanese border taken a direct, lethal hit by a Hezbollah missile, there would have been funerals, not victory celebrations - and perhaps a full-fledged military confrontation would have followed. [ak] 3/9/2019
Post-Post-Zionist HistoriographyAssaf Likhovski - Academia - In the 1980`s and 1990`s, a group of historians and sociologists revolutionized the study of Israeli history. These scholars, often called collectively the Post- Zionists, sought to undermine “the founding myths of Israel”. The Post-Zionist paradigm has made important and lasting contributions to the understanding of Israeli history, but no historiographical trend is permanent. In the last decade, a new generation of scholars, sometimes called “the third wave in Israeli historiography”, or “the Post-Post-Zionists”, has produced works that differ in many respects from those of the previous generation. This generation studies new subjects, utilizes new types of sources and new writing styles, asks new questions about Israeli society, and its attitude to Zionism is often more empathic than that of the previous generation. [ak]3/9/2019
Dr Ashrawi: Netanyahu`s annexation plans require international action, including sanctions Hanan Ashrawi - PLO public diplomacy - "The Palestinian leadership views with utmost seriousness Netanyahu`s declaration that he would annex the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. This is a clear announcement of intent to carry out a war crime under the Rome statute and a grave violation of the UN charter. [ak]3/9/2019
Cash-strapped Israeli diplomats turn to Jewish communities for handoutstamar Eichner - Ynet - With massive budget cuts and diminshed roles, members of Israel`s diplomatic corps are seeking funding from Jews in their host nations so that they can travel to other locations and even attend policy meetings, Dan Oryan, the Israeli ambassador to North Macedonia, recently flew to his assigned country on a trip paid for by an Israeli association to advance people with disabilities. [bz]3/9/2019
Israel, Hezbollah exchange fire at Lebanon borderAl Jazeera - Lebanon`s prime minister asks US, France to intervene to prevent the situation from escalating into a full-fledged war [ry] 2/9/2019
The right-wing has never had any solution to the Palestinian issueArnon Degani - Ynet - Almost a decade before the Six-Day War erupted, a naïve high schooler wondered what Israel would do with millions of Arabs it would potentially annex into its midst; Begin had no answer then and his political successors have no answer today [ry] 2/9/2019
Humanity Denied: What Is Missing from the Omar, Tlaib StoryRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "Palestinians, who have been at the receiving end of racist Israeli laws, will continue to endure separation, isolation and travel restrictions long after the two Congresswomen’s story dies down" [ry] 2/9/2019
EU contributes €24.5 million to PA payment of August salaries and pensionsWAFA - "The European Union announced today a contribution of €24.5 million to the payment of the August salaries and pensions of nearly 56,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank.This contribution is funded by the European Union as part of its Direct Financial Support to the Palestinian Authority channeled through the PEGASE mechanism." ca 30/8/2019
A bipartisan delegation to Israel met with a settler leader arrested for celebrating the murder of Yitzhak RabinMichael Arria - "     A week before Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were barred from entering Israel and Palestine by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a group of congressional staffers attended a tour of the countries carried out by a former Israeli intelligence official. According to the itinerary filed with the House Ethics Committee, the staffers traveled to various sites on a 7-day excursion that featured lectures from an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) base commander, a Palestinian billionaire who has worked alongside occupation forces, and an Israeli settler who advocates for the annexation of the West Bank.Staffers for Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), Rep. John Moolenaar (R- MI) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) all attended the trip between August 2 and August 11. Staffers from the House Committee on the Budget, the Republican National Committee, and the House Committee on Administration also attended." ca 30/8/2019
Hydro-Québec ends collaboration with Israeli power firmAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "In May 2017, the national power generator Hydro-Québec and the Israel Electric Corporation signed a “partnership agreement” to share “best practices” in the field of cybersecurity.At the time, Hydro-Québec board chair Michael Penner claimed it was “an extraordinary opportunity for Hydro-Québec to join forces with a company with world-renowned cybersecurity expertise.” ...Palestinian solidarity activists hope Hydro-Québec’s decision to end its collaboration with the Israel Electric Corporation will pave the way for more wins." ca 30/8/2019
What`s behind Rouhani`s about-face on Trump meeting?Rohollah Faghihi - Al-Monitor " Yet, in fact, Rouhani didn’t rule out any talks with Trump, as he emphasized before the aforementioned sentence: “We [seek to wisely resolve] the issues.” Nevertheless, there is the possibility that after the attacks by hard-liners, Rouhani may have adopted a strategy to refuse a possible meeting publicly in order to relieve himself of the internal oppositions’ pressure — all while secretly continuing on the path to negotiations." ca 30/8/2019
Ayman Odeh can transform Israel: Who will be his partner?Yaniv Sagee - Times of Israel - n the past two years, studies and surveys have repeatedly shown that more than 60 percent of Arab citizens of Israel want the party they vote for to be in a governing coalition. They want to be partners in decision-making about their own future. In the last elections however, they also decided, for the most part, not to vote. Why vote for leaders who you know will opt to stay on the sidelines regardless of electoral success? They stayed home and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rubbed his hands with glee. The plan was working: Netanyahu would make Israeli democracy unattractive, and Arabs would not want to participate in it. The result is that the right wing continue to run the country, helped directly and indirectly by Arab leaders’ policy of shunning membership in the government. The data are clear, when voting levels in the Arab community reach those of Jewish society in general elections, the government of the right will fall.-rh27/8/2019
Iraqi political parties call for US troop withdrawal after Israeli air raids Aljazeera/AP - A powerful bloc in Iraq`s parliament has called for the withdrawal of US troops from the country, following a series of air raids targeting Iran-backed Shia militias in the country that have been blamed on Israel. The Fatah Coalition said on Monday that it holds the United States fully responsible for the alleged Israeli aggression, "which we consider to be a declaration of war on Iraq and its people". The coalition is a parliament bloc representing Iran-backed paramilitary militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.The coalition`s statement came a day after a drone attack in the western Iraqi town of Qaim killed a commander with the Forces - the latest in attacks apparently conducted by Israel against the Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. It added that US troops are no longer needed in Iraq.[ak]27/8/2019
Jewish and Muslim clergy protest planned destruction of Bedouin cemeteryAvi Dabush - Rabbis for Human Rights - The Mekorot national water company plans to build a water storage tank on the cemetery of Hashem Zana, an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev. In protest, some seventy Jewish and Muslim activists and clergy participated in a joint prayer and interfaith encounter in protest. Avi Dabush, executive director of "Rabbis for Human Rights": "In addition to the harassment and hardship that the state puts on the unrecognized villages, it now seeks to shatter the dignity of the dead and massively distress the residents who have lived in the village for decades. Since the founding of the state, there has never been any urgency to connect the village to water, but now all of a sudden the state - through a utilities company- arbitrarily comes into the village and forces its residents to accept its conditions for establishing a water tank system? We have come here tonight to stand with the village and its residents, raise an alternative voice, and show a different face of Judaism that respects the many faiths among us and seeks a shared life based on mutual respect."[ak] 27/8/2019
Jewish Settlers Rule the Roost in Israel, But at What Price?Ramzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "With Jewish settlers dictating the political agenda in Israel, and constantly provoking Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, violence is likely to grow exponentially in the coming months. As is often the case, this violence will be used strategically by the Israeli government, this time to set the stage for a final and complete annexation of Palestinian land, a disastrous outcome by any count" [ry] 26/8/2019
Netanyahu Hits Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon in Desperate Reelection BidJason Ditz - AntiWar - Israel ramps up region-wide aggression, to spin as targeting Iran [ry] 26/8/2019
The decades-old war on Palestinian workersRamzy Baroud - AlJazeera "Over the past month, the Lebanese authorities have unleashed a brutal crackdown on Palestinian workers. In June, Lebanese Minister of Labour Kamil Abu Sleiman decreed that Palestinian refugees in Lebanon must obtain work permits like other foreign workers.This move added to the already precarious situation of many Palestinian workers who are not only barred from employment in 72 professions in Lebanon, but over the past few years have also been forced to compete with Syrian refugees, equally desperate to find jobs.In response, Palestinian refugees protested en masse in Beirut and throughout the refugee camps." ca 23/8/2019
Israeli Arab Party Leader Signals Historic Shift – and Brews a Political Storm Jack Khoury - Haaretz "Ayman Odeh says he`s willing to sit in center-left coalition, demands establishing Palestinian state, ending occupation - but other leaders in his party say they were not consulted on this deal, and Kahol Lavan were quick to rebuff." ca23/8/2019
Israel actively pushing Palestinian emigration from Gaza, official saysRaphael Ahren - Times of Israel - Israel is actively promoting the emigration of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, and is working to find other countries who may be willing to absorb them, a senior Israeli official said Monday. Israel is ready to carry the costs of helping Gazans emigrate, and would even be willing to consider allowing them to use an Israeli air field [by way of extreme favor-bz] close to Gaza to allow them to leave for their new host countries, the official said, apparently referring to air force bases deep inside Israel. [bz]20/8/2019
Jewish Voice for Peace holds Shabbat service with Rep. Rashida TlaibStefanie Fox - Jewish Voice for Peace - Rep. Rashida Tlaib should have been en route to her grandmother’s house last Friday. Instead, as many of you already know, Rashida was making the heart-wrenching decision to not take Netanyahu up on his conditional “humanitarian” visit to Palestine. The only way they would let her in was if she kept her mouth shut — a degrading and impossible demand of the lifelong organizer for the rights and dignity of all people. Rashida is a hero, and that is why JVP Action launched on Friday night with a Shabbat event in Detroit. We honored her leadership and let her know that we are here to support her and her commitment to human rights for all.20/8/2019
The dangers of Israel`s election apathyShlomo Puterkovsky - Ynet - If we believe the polls, there actually isn`t any plausible political constellation that can produce a 61-MK coalition: Avigdor Liberman won`t sit in a government that isn`t a national unity one; Blue and White won’t sit with Netanyahu; the ultra-Orthodox won`t sit with Yair Lapid and Liberman won`t sit with either the ultra-Orthodox or the Arab parties. No matter how we play around with the numbers, none of this adds up to a government — never mind stability or productivity. The outcome is, of course, public indifference. The lower voter turnout is, the higher the power parties with especially eager supporters win. And so, parties like Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) or Zehut (Identity), which are currently unlikely to pass the threshold, could surprise us all by becoming a game changer in the 22nd Knesset. [bz] 20/8/2019
Sanders says he’d leverage aid to change Israel’s racist policies but ‘the fault is not all with Israel’Michael Arria - Mondoweiss - It’s a funny thing. All that I have ever said on this issue, is that U.S. foreign policy should be even- handed. That’s all. Even-handed…we respect Israel. Israel has every right in the world to live in peace and security, but so do the Palestinian people. So do the Palestinian people. And as somebody who is proudly Jewish, to be critical of a right-wing Netanyahu government in Israel is not to be antisemitic…And by the way, the fault is not all with Israel, you got very poor and corrupt Palestinian leadership, but what the goal of the United States has got to be is to bring people in the region together, the Palestinians and the Israelis to create a kind of workable peace which works for both parties not just one…the United States government gives a whole lot of money to Israel and I think we can leverage that money to end some of the racism that we have recently seen in Israel.-rh20/8/2019
`If Israeli soldiers start shooting, we won`t stop the interview`: Palestinian hip-hop crew BLTNMTom Faber - The Guardian (interview) - One song expresses his fury at being held for hours at a military checkpoint. Yet, when I ask in the studio about politics, he bristles, reciting a common question he is asked: “How does it feel to live under occupation?” (...) BLTNM aren’t making music as some kind of righteous mission. Their music is for art, for fun, for getting wasted. There’s something subversive in that, considering how often the media shoehorns Palestinian artists into a simplified narrative of cultural resistance. [bz]20/8/2019
Netanyahu: I Won`t Hold Back from Broad Gaza Operation, Even During ElectionsHerb Keinon - The Jerusalem Post - Netanyahu also related to the furor caused by the decision to bar entry to US congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib [ry] 19/8/2019
Israel lobby’s “commando force” taken outAsa Winstanley - EI - "One of America’s most influential pro-Israel lobby groups has fired all its staff and closed down its offices. The Israel Project, known as TIP, closed its Jerusalem office last month, after reports of a funding crisis" [ry] 19/8/2019
Religiously inspired colonial nationalism feeds Israel’s warsRod Such - Elecctronic Intifada "War over Peace, by the Israeli sociologist Uri Ben-Eliezer, raises several questions about the nature of Israeli society, chief among them being: Why has Israel attempted to solve virtually every conflict it has encountered or engendered by military rather than diplomatic means?" ca16/8/2019
Iraq says Israeli role in Gulf flotilla unacceptableAl Jazeera - "Israel has made no official announcement on the operation, although Israeli media have reported a possible role for it."..."On Thursday, Iran`s Defence Minister Amir Hatami said the formation of a US-led flotilla in the Gulf would "increase insecurity" and any Israeli involvement could have "disastrous consequences" for the region." - id15/8/2019
Wanted: A police force for all IsraelisRasool Saada - Ynet - "A crackdown on organized crime pushed criminals to places with less scrutiny - the Arab neighborhoods; law enforcement agencies may understand they need a community-based policy to make people feel safer, but recent budget cuts are not helping an entire sector that is suffering." - id 15/8/2019
Racist Israel group tries to block Arabs from running for KnessetRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Most of the evidence included with Ben Gvir’s and the Jewish Power party’s request had already been rejected by the Israeli Supreme Court when it was provided with previous attempts to disqualify the Joint List. The only new evidence is based on misrepresented facts and racist commentary that negate the demand of Arab elected officials for equal citizenship." - id15/8/2019
Detroit Jews declare war on Rashida TlaibJewish Telegraphic Agency / Mondoweiss - At the Detroit Jewish Federation round table, there was a consensus: Rashida Tlaib, The Palestinian-American Congressional freshman, has got to go. “We in this community will go against Rashida Tlaib,” said Lisa Lis, a philanthropist who is also a contributor to Democratic candidates, and who otherwise during the roundtable was vocal in her criticism of President Donald Trump. There were nods around the table, where were seated a diverse array of major donors, lay and professional leaders, and folks who have been deeply involved in the Jewish community. Lara Friedman who was there for the Foundation for Middle East Peace points out that the views, expressed here fit with the worst ideas people have of Jews: "[I]f someone was speculating that these were the views, rather than reporting what people said publicly, they’d be accused of antisemitism." [ak]13/8/2019
Newly published documents provide sinister background to the September 1982 Sabra-Shatila MassacreMouin Rabbani and Sherene Seikaly - Jadaliyya - During the Lebanon War of 1982, senior Israeli officials Tamir and Kimche met secretly with Israel`s Lebanese Christian ally Bashir Gemayel. He asked them about what would happen to the Palestinian civilian population in Lebanon after the PLO`s departure. The Israelis answered "You (i.e. the Lebanese government in 1948) invited the Palestinians in, it is up to you to get rid of them". Several months later Bashir Gemayel was elected President of Lebanon under auspices of the Israeli army but was immediately assassinated. In the aftermath, Gemayel`s vengeful followers invaded the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila, in close cooperation with the Israeli army then occupying Beirut, and for three days carried out a massacre of its population. This and many other hitherto secret documents, presented to the Israeli Kahan Commision which investigated the massacres, are now published for the first time. All this at least casts some doubt on the Kahan Commisison`s final report, which placed on then Defence Minister Sharon and other Israeli officials only "indirect responsibility" for the massacres.[ak]13/8/2019
Ynet: California proposes ethic studies curriculum with anti-Israel componentsYnet - The proposed curriculum deals with immigrant communities and minorities in the United States; their history, culture and public perception. Among the immigrant communities to be studies in the proposed program is the American Arab community. The 16 member Jewish caucus in the California state legislator, all Democrats, sent an urgent letter to the head of the education board expressing their "deep concern" calling the proposal "inaccurate and misleading in several critical respects that reflects and anti-Jewish bias, "reinforcing negative stereotypes about Jews and singling out Israel for criticism". (...) The references to the BDS, legislators say "are not inclusive and present a single viewpoint on an extraordinarily complex [sic!] international political dispute". [bz]13/8/2019
Over Half a Million Girls and Boys Will Go Back to UNRWA Schools for the New Scholastic Year 2019-2020East Jerusalem/PNN/ - "Over 700 schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will open their doors in time for the new scholastic year 2019-2020 in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria within less than a month.The steadfast support of UNRWA partners and donors is, once again, enabling the Agency to carry out its largest programme: education for more than half a million Palestine refugee boys and girls." ca 9/8/2019
Basra church restored, but few Christians left to worship there Lizzie Porter - Al-Monitor "BASRA, Iraq — Inside Basra’s Virgin Mary Chaldean Church, light twinkles from delicate glass chandeliers and paintings depicting Christ’s mother line the walls.The church’s last service was held in 2005, but it reopened in June following a 270 million Iraqi dinar ($228,000) renovation funded by Iraq’s central bank and the Association of Iraqi Private Banks. “The idea was to renovate the church so it would be fit for praying in,” Hassan al-Helfe, one of the renovation’s chief engineers, told Al-Monitor. “Everything you see is new, while preserving the old style. The project was supposed to last four months, but we finished in two by working two shifts, day and night.” ca 9/8/2019
UNRWA Accusations: (Im)Perfect TimingDaniel Warner - Counter Punch - "Any serious abuses within UNRWA should be scrutinized and punished. That should go without saying."..."But the timing of the current revelations certainly come at an opportune moment for those who want to pressure the Palestinians into a peace deal. And what about all the refugees who depend on UNRWA for basic services? Are they once again being forgotten as they have been for 70 years?" - id8/8/2019
Are Israel’s spies stealing your data?Katherine Barnett - The Electronic Intifada - "Two cyber warfare and data collection companies that have recently been put under scrutiny were founded by graduates of the Israeli military’s Unit 8200, a high-tech spy branch responsible for the training of some of the country’s top technology experts and leading cyberwarfare efforts. Israeli tech company Onavo, owned by Facebook, and Israeli cyber warfare company NSO Group were both founded by unit veterans." - id8/8/2019
Don`t Deport Kids! - the case of the Israeli-born children of Phillipine care giversUCI United Children of Israel - Over the past few days, you`ve seen them arrested, crying in disbelief. You`ve seen Immigration Authority officers breaking into their homes, hunting them in the streets.
You`ve seen the kids` friends outside the prison, crying out for the children to be released. You`ve seen thousands of people act: teachers, friends, neighbors, grateful patients, soldiers who were once marked for deportation themselves, and the mayors defending the children.
You`ve seen the horror. You`ve seen the love. The UCI mothers fighting for the children have joined the school parent organizations, and volunteers from all walks of Israeli society, in organizing an emergency rally titled: DON`T DEPORT KIDS! [ak]
Freshman Representatives Heading to Israel on AIPAC Sponsored TripDave DeCamp - AntiWar - Some Members of Congress Skipping the Trip [ry] 5/8/2019
UK council refused to host Palestinian event over antisemitism fearsDamien Gayle - The Guardian - Tower Hamlets officials did not divulge real reason for turning down Big Ride for Palestine [ry] 5/8/2019
Israel incites death threats against human rights defendersAli Abunimah - EI - "“Al-Haq has been a particular target of Israel because of the role it plays in compiling evidence of Israeli human rights crimes for the International Criminal Court. Authorities in the Netherlands, where the court is based, have been investigating death threats targeting a lawyer working with Al- Haq” [ry] 5/8/2019
Palestine’s UN Delegation Criticizes Secretary-General for Not Including Israel on ‘List of Shame’Ali Salam - IMEMC News - "To the dismay of Palestine’s delegation to the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres did not include Israel in his new`list of shame`, which includes states committing grave violations against children" [ry] 5/8/2019
Queer Palestinian community holds `historic` protest against LGBT violenceOren Ziv - +972 "Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Haifa on Thursday to protest against LGBT violence, following the stabbing of a transgender Arab teen. ‘The protest represents a voice calling for liberation without restraints – not of the occupiers, and not of the patriarchy.’" ca2/8/2019
Rawabi: The New Palestinian CityREVOLVE - "On the road north from Ramallah, past Bir Zeit University, there is a new Palestinian city being built called Rawabi (which means “cluster of hills” in Arabic). Rawabi is the first Palestinian city to be built in the fragmented and occupied Palestinian territories. Considering the continuous obstacles confronting the Palestinians, making Rawabi a reality is an incredible feat that merits international recognition." ca2/8/2019
Expanding Fight Against Iran, Israel Opens New Military Front in IraqRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "In the past few days, the Israeli air force has launched attacks on what it claims are missile positions inside Iraq which were established by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The missiles emplanted there can supposedly reach Israel. Drones, possibly Israeli, also attacked IRG positions inside Iraq." - id1/8/2019
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