|Couple faces constant harassment for renting home to Arabs in Nevatim.||Jonathan Cook - Middle East Online - The Zakai and Tarabin families should be a picture of happy coexistence across the ethnic divide, a model for others to emulate in Israel. But Natalie and Weisman Zakai say the past three years – since the Jewish couple offered to rent their home to Bedouin friends, Ahmed and Khalas Tarabin – have been a living hell. "To see the depth of the racism of our neighbours has made me question why we live in this country ” Says Mrs Zakai, 43.
|British lawmakers to call for reevaluating armsdeals with Israel||Saed Bannoura - Haaretz/IMEMC - A report of the Parliamentary Committee on Strategic Export Controls stated that “British arms exports to Israel were almost certainly used during Operation Cast lead”, contradicting UK policy that such arms must never be used in the occupied Palestinian territories. Several Lawmakers in the Britain will therefore be asking the government to halts its weapons deals with Israel. ||30/3/2010|
|Israel gags news of soldier turned journalist under arrest||Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency - Israel has held a journalist under secret house arrest since last December based on allegations that during her military service she leaked classified documents suggesting that the Israeli army violated laws dealing with targeted killings. Anat Kam, 23, was arrested last December and charged under Israel`s espionage and treason laws, JTA has learned. ||28/3/2010|
|Egyptian Protestors Demand Expelling Israeli Ambassador||by Saed Bannoura -
IMEMC & Agencies
" Dozens of Egyptians held a protest on Thursday in front of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo demanding the country to expel the Israeli ambassador from the country, and to sever all ties with Israel."||26/3/2010|
|Israel voices regret at UK expulsion of diplomat ||By Rory McCarthy -
"The crisis in relations with Britain comes at a time when Israel is facing rare international criticism...Relations with the US are at a low...Binyamin Netanyahu, has remained defiant."
|PM, Obama meet twice at White House||HILARY LEILA KRIEGER -
J-lem Post -
"Although they met for a total of two hours, the White House did not issue a formal statement on what was discussed in either meeting."||24/3/2010|
|New Mossad rep to head to UK||Roni Sofer -
"The only official response articulated by the government is the one issued by Minister Lieberman, who said that no proof pointing to Israeli involvement in Mahmoud al-Mabhouh`s assassination had been presented."
|Ashkenazi: Hamas wants Gaza, not violence||Ma`an - "the IDF retaliates against Hamas targets... because we regard them as the sovereign group [in the Strip]."
|Britain to expel Israeli diplomat||Jeremy Bowen BBC M-E editor & Tim Franks, BBC News Jerusalem - "For a diplomat to be expelled, Israel must have had "some hand" in the matter, or been unwilling to co-operate" [says Sir Menzies Campbell].||23/3/2010|
|Is the U.S. Consulate Cooperating in Silencing Palestinian Activists? Includes call for action||Carol Sanders - MuzzleWatch - The U.S. consulate in the Netherlands doesn`t provide a visa to Mohammed Omer, who in 2008 got the Gellhorn Award for Journalism for his work in the Gaza Strip - effectively cancelling his U.S. speaking tour.||23/3/2010|
|Settlements strain Israel`s relationships with U.S. and Hillary Clinton||Dana Milbank - Washington Post - AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr, departing from his prepared text, took a swipe at Clinton for calling Israel`s insult of Biden "insulting."
|`Current Knesset is the most racist in Israeli history` ||Jack Khoury and Dana Weiler-Polak - Haaretz - "The Israeli government passed at least 21 bills aimed at discriminating against the country`s Arab citizens making the current Knesset as being the most racist Israeli parliament since the country`s founding, according to a report released Sunday by civil rights groups"||22/3/2010|
|The Petraeus briefing: Biden’s embarrassment is not the whole story||Mark Perry - Foreigh Policy - As early as January, General David Petraeus of the U.S. Central Command informed Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen of the growing perception among Arab leaders that the U.S. was incapable of standing up to Israel, that CENTCOM`s mostly Arab constituency was losing faith in American promises and that Israeli intransigence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was jeopardizing U.S. standing in the region. The publication of this in the midst of the confrontation between Obama and Netanyahu seems far from accidental. ||20/3/2010|
|Turks take to streets to protest Israel`s new housing plans ||By ASSOCIATED PRESS -
"After Friday prayers a large group in Istanbul began chanting anti-Israeli slogans in support of Palestinians. Some proteters were carrying a big balloon in the shape of the Al-Aqsa mosque. Dozens of others gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Ankara.
The protests have been fueled by the plans for more Jewish housing in east Jerusalem and unsubstantiated rumors that Jewish extremists are planning to seize the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Islam`s third-holiest shrine."
|`Softened` Nakba law passes 1st reading||Amnon Meranda -
"Among the activities forbidden by the "Nakba law" are marking Independence Day and the founding of Israel with mourning ceremonies."||17/3/2010|
|Court intervenes after Jewish town refuses Bedouin family||Jack Khoury -
"The two families, friends for years, believe the moshav members have no reason to oppose the rental agreement other than racism and xenophobia."||17/3/2010|
|Corrie witness: Army tried to alter my statement||Ma`an - "The driver of the bulldozer and his commander had a very limited field of vision, such that they had no possibility of seeing Ms. Corrie" says the statement of the Israeli State Prosecutor’s Office. The state also argued that Corrie`s death was caused by "a military action in the course of war," for which the state therefore bears no responsibility.
|Israel`s unfair `law of return`||by Abe Hayeem -
"While British Jews are offered property in the West Bank, Palestinian refugees are still denied the right to return"||12/3/2010|
|Activists calling on the Pixies to cancel their concert||Jesse Bacon - theonlydemocracy.org - The Pixies are scheduled to play June 9th in Israel. And the folks behind the Boycott from Within are asking them not to perform. As someone who grew up in the wilds of Wisconsin, I know how music can reduce people’s isolation. I also know that the Palestinian revolution is still looking for its freedom twenty years later. And that’s why I admire the courage of the Israelis, Pixies fans even! who are willing to say “Don’t come.”||7/3/2010|
|Haaretz via Herbert Pundik, trying to portray Mossad as a force for the Good||A respected Jewish-Danish journalist came out as an ex-Mossad spy. As Richard Silverstein notes, this is Haaretz joining the Dubai-damage-control effort on behalf of Mossad. But just like the assassination itself, this too might backfire big time: "The damage that Pundik does is in putting the integrity of all journalists into question. If someone of such apparent impeccable political and journalistic credentials as this man can join the spooks couldn’t anyone do so? And then, who does anyone trust when it comes to reporting on the Israeli-Arab conflict?"||6/3/2010|
|`Soon 2-states won’t be possible`||TOVAH LAZAROFF -
J-lem Post -
"“It was disappointing and depressing,” he told journalists. “So little has changed.”"
|Dubai: Israeli premier faces arrest||Al Jazeera -
"Dhahi Khalfan Tamim told Al Jazeera he would ask the Dubai prosecutor to issue arrest warrants for Binyamin Netanyahu and Meir Dagan this week."
|Israel`s apartheid doesn`t stop at the West Bank||Salman Masalha -
"Anyone watching talk shows on television will immediately notice a balance in terms of the guests in the studio: There is a religious person and a secular person, a settler and someone from Peace Now. Only the Arab citizen is absent from every discourse." ||3/3/2010|
|11 justices to debate ban on Palestinian spouses in Israel ||Tomer Zarchin - Haaretz - Doing away with the law will increase the Arab population by 200,000 (...) and threaten the country`s existence as the Jewish homeland - says "The New Zionist movement".
|EU court strikes blow against Israeli settlers||Andrew Rettman - EU Observer - The ruling on Soda-Club products sets an EU-wide precedent for Israeli imports to the union, worth €8.8 billion last year. But recommendations in an internal EU report of November 2009 as to products manufactured in East Jerusalem were so far not taken up by EU foreign ministers.||2/3/2010|
|Israel Intends to Build Civilian Nuclear Plants||STEVEN ERLANGER -
"Israel has never admitted that it has nuclear weapons, and it has refused to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty." ||10/3/2010|
|West Bank universities announce 3-day strike||
Maan News Agency
"Markam Daraghma, head of the student senate union, told Ma`an that the two-day strike was declared because of ongoing disputes over the Ministry of Higher Education`s decision to change scholarship money into loans. Daraghma said the ministry had broken an agreement made with the senate in February, and that further protests would be announced in the coming days."||12/3/2010|
|On Kramer’s Statements||by John Bowman et. al.
The Harvard Crimson
"At the Herzliya Conference in Israel last month, Mr. Kramer, who in his own words provides advice on “U.S. policy options in the Middle East,” advocated measures to diminish Palestinian birth rates as a means of population control. Mr. Kramer stated that Israel’s siege on Gaza, which prohibits the entry of crucial humanitarian supplies, helps “break Gaza’s runaway population growth and there is some evidence that they have.”||12/3/2010|
|`I saw Israeli bulldozer kill Rachel Corrie`||By Donald Macintyre -
"The final moments of Rachel Corrie, the American peace activist crushed to death beneath a pile of earth and rubble in the path of an advancing Israeli army bulldozer, were described to an Israeli court by an eyewitness yesterday."
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