|Long live academic freedom||Yigal Arens - about his being dis-invited to a workshop in Ben Gurion University in Israel||28/5/2007|
|A Palestinian MP calls for international justice against Israel||Ameen Abu Wardeh -- IMEMC News -- "The Palestinian government could file a case in the International Court of Justice against Israel for kidnapping at least 35 Palestinian officials last week, said the Hamas-affiliated legislator from Nablus, Mona Mounsour"||28/5/2007|
|Urgent appeal from Lebanon - Nahr el-Bared camp||Nahr el-Bared Relief Campaign - The situation is extremely urgent for the people in the refugee camp and for those who are becoming refugees once again...a long list of urgent needs was provided by the Naher El Bared Relief Campaign. Please help raise donations or send supplies.||27/5/2007|
|Stand Tall With Baruch Kimmerling||Reuven Kaminer - "His clarity of thought, his devotion to fairness and truth in politics and science made Baruch Kimmerling a heroic figure. Day by day, and year by year he rolled through a fog of pain and over barriers of his severe handicap to do his scientific work, all the time taking a clear and bold stand against the moral degeneration that seized this country."||24/5/2007|
|The Siege of Nahr el-Bared - A Front Row Seat for the Bloodbath in Lebanon||Robert Fisk - the Counterpunch ||22/5/2007|
|Baruch Kimmerling||Obituary for the courageous and outspoken Israeli academic, by Avraham Oz.
Many of his articles were posted on the Occupation Magazine||22/5/2007|
|Shin Bet: Wiretaps legal to protect state`s Jewish character||Yuval Yoaz - Haaretz - The Shin Bet considers itself authorized to use surveillance techniques that violate privacy, such as wiretaps, when activity that `sabotages the state`s Jewish character` is carried out, even if this activity is not illegal.||22/5/2007|
|Army pounds refugee camp as death toll rises in conflict with Islamist militants||C. Chassai - The Guardian - "
Plumes of thick black smoke towered into the sky against a backdrop of the Mediterranean yesterday as shells rained on a sprawling Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon`s northern city of Tripoli."||22/5/2007|
|Israel Prepares for Jerusalem Day||Matti Friedman - AP/Denverpost - Everything is in place for gala celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the moment many Israelis see as their most glorious - the dramatic unification of Jerusalem under their control in the 1967 Middle East war. But the guest list keeps getting shorter, because the world doesn`t recognize Israel`s claim to the whole city.||19/5/2007|
|U.S. official: Peace effort aimed at lessening Arab, EU pressure ||Shmuel Rosner - Haaretz - `U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams on Thursday told a group of Jewish Republicans that the efforts the United States is now investing in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is aimed at lessening the pressure from Arabs and the Europeans, who weren`t happy with the United States in its past approach... Abrams explained that the talks are sometimes not more than "process for the sake of process."` [Editor`s comment (VB): Despite this article, many liberal Israelis seem to believe that there are `positive developments on the diplomatic front`]
|Lod residents protest Arab neighbors||Eli Senyor -- YNET -- Hundreds of demonstrators gather in front of home sold to Arab family in attempt to change owner`s mind; plan to protest all week
| EU boycotts `provocative` Israeli anniversary party||Eric Silver -- The Independent -- "Ambassadors from European Union states are to boycott celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Israel`s conquest of Arab East Jerusalem this week - in the opening shot of what promises to be a challenging summer for Israeli diplomacy. The United States ambassador, Richard Jones, is also expected to join the Europeans in snubbing the celebrations"||14/5/2007|
|In the enlightened world it`s called robbery ||Benny Ziffer - Haaretz - The scientific community used to mock Romanian archaeologists, who during the Ceausescu dictatorship were forced to describe every find that fell into their hands as Romanian-Dacian, in order to serve the national ideology that defined the Romanians as the direct descendants of the Dacians, who fought valiantly against Emperor Trajan.||12/5/2007|
| PCHR Strongly Condemns Bloody Attack in Rafah: A Palestinian Killed and 7 Others Wounded||Palestinian Centre for Human Rights - "PCHR strongly condemns the bloody incidents that took place on Sunday noon in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in Rafah, which took the life of a bodyguard of Majed Abu Shammala, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), and wounded 7 others, including 3 children. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to effectively investigate these incidents, which are part of the state of security chaos plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), and bring the perpetrators to justice.
|IDF unveils plan to counter Gaza militants; rocket strikes Sderot||Aluf Benn, Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff and Mijal Grinberg, Haaretz [Editor`s comment (VB): The eternal principle of Israeli policies: whatever does not work by force, works by more force]||8/5/2007|
| S. Africa defends invite to Palestinian PM||Reuters - Haaretz - ""Those who myopically object to such invitations merely show that they have learned nothing from South Africa`s transition," Kasrils said in a statement. "Such logic as they espouse would not have allowed [apartheid era president] PW Botha to have met with the imprisoned [Nelson] Mandela nor his release by [former president] FW De Klerk as a partner in negotiations."..
Kasrils - who is himself Jewish but also an outspoken critic of Israel - used his visit to "reiterate the commitment of the South African government toward the achievement, through peaceful negotiations, of a two-state solution based on a viable Palestinian state on the 1967 borders," his statement said."||8/5/2007|
|UNRWA school in Gaza is attacked leaving 1 dead and 6 injured||Ma`an -- "One Palestinian was killed and six injured in the Gaza Strip when an unidentified group of gunmen attacked a Palestinian school belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)"||7/5/2007|
|Exercise in escapism||Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - It is a trait of the Israeli people (and perhaps of all peoples): they do all they can to avoid discussing the real disease and busy themselves with secondary, sometimes trivial, symptoms. After the 1973 war, the people did not ask: Why did Golda Meir not respond to Anwar Sadat`s peace offer before the war? Why did we spend, after the 1967 war, six long years on victory festivals, vainglorious speeches and putting up settlements, instead of seizing a unique opportunity for making peace?||6/5/2007|
|Waiting for the next war||Shuki Mairovich - Haaretz -
The countdown to the next war has begun. Not as a result of the strengthening of the Hezbollah, nor as a result of the fact that it has moved south of the Litani, but rather as a result of the Winograd Committee report.||6/5/2007|
|Israeli academics off to U.K. to battle boycott bid ||Charlotte Halle - Haaretz - "a boycott will also damage the system for promotions within Israeli universities, which relies on letters of recommendation from colleagues abroad (...) many British academics who have publicly supported the boycott sit on the boards of scientific journals and may already be adhering to a "silent boycott" of Israeli academics. "This means we can never know whether our work has been rejected on political grounds or because it does not meet the standards of the journal - whether our work is being evaluated on merit alone," says Prof. Wendy Sandler from the English department of Haifa University.||5/5/2007|
|Blessings of war / "Wars Don`t Just Happen"||Reuven Pedatzur- Haaretz - "Every successful war has made it that much easier to choose the use of power in the next war." "...one of the central concepts of the Israeli "military culture" is that there is no political option on which Israel can base its security. The conclusion is thus that Israel has only the military option, which is regarded as an inevitable necessity. "||4/5/2007|
|Unnecessary friction ||Akiva Eldar -
"What the chief of staff forgot to say is that the government of Israel is also not applying the decisions of UN Resolution 1701 on respecting Lebanon`s sovereignty to its own armed forces."||2/5/2007|
|Two pieces on harassment of intellectuals opposing the Occupation||(1) Amy Goodman - Democracy Now - Transcript of interview with Noam Chomsky - `Noam Chomsky Accuses Alan Dershowitz of Launching a "Jihad" to Block Norman Finkelstein From Getting Tenure at Depaul University`
(2) Merav Yudilovitch -
YNET - "[Film-maker] Eyal Sivan has been the target of a witch hunt for an entire week. Since publication of reports that he will direct a film supported by the Rabinovitch Foundation he’s been called “anti-Israeli” and “pro-Palestinian,”"; includes interview with Eyal Sivan||1/5/2007|
|Hamas chief issues intifada warning ||Aljazeera - "Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader, has told Israel that it could face another Palestinian uprising unless conditions in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank improve.
Meshaal said that the continuation of an international economic embargo of the Palestinian government and military actions by Israel would present a catalyst for such actions."||1/5/2007|
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