|Rabbis warn Rupert Murdoch: Fox News and Glenn Beck `using` Holocaust|| Ed Pilkington -
Four hundred rabbis, including the leaders of all the main branches of Judaism in the US, have signed an open letter calling on Rupert Murdoch to sanction the head of Fox News and one of the channel`s most famous hosts for frequent inappropriate references to the Nazis and the Holocaust."
|Concerns over Israel inquiry into Gaza flotilla raid||Amnesty International
"Amnesty International has questioned the findings of an Israeli inquiry into last year`s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla after it cleared the Israeli armed forces of wrongdoing."
|Clarion Fund’s New Anti-Iran Film to Star Iranian Fraudster||Eli Clifton -
"I’m ashamed to say that this is a man once employed by the U.S. government as an expert on Islam and the Muslim world. The fact that he’s starring in a new Clarion fund propaganda extravaganza doesn’t surprise me. But that he was sitting in a Pentagon office charting U.S. war policy speaks volumes about our utter failure there during the Bush years."||28/1/2011|
|A federal grand jury in Chicago ||By: Maureen Murphy
"I have been summoned to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago on January 25. But I will not testify, even at the risk of being put in jail for contempt of court, because I believe that our most fundamental rights as citizens are at stake."
|18 Israeli & American Jewish Groups Strongly Oppose Court`s Failure to Stop Israeli Govt & JNF from Wiping Out Bedouin Village ||Media Advisory - Bedouin-Jewish Justice in Israel - The Beer Sheva District Court, which issued a temporary injunction a week ago stopping all further work by the Israel Land Administration (ILA) and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in the Negev Bedouin village of Al-Arakib, decided on Sunday, Jan. 23, not to extend the injunction, permitting the village to be permanently destroyed and replaced by a JNF forest. Judge Nechama Netzer ¡°recommended¡± to the JNF not to ¡°rush¡± the afforestation of Al-Arakib, but failed to order the Israeli Government, the ILA and the JNF to stop their efforts to wipe out the village.
|Al Araqib Residents Expelled To Make Way for Trees||Hithabrut-Tarrabut - Press release - On Sunday, January 16th, 2011, the Israel Lands Administration (ILA) accompanied by a heavy police presence destroyed the Bedouin village of Al Araqib for the 9th time since its total destruction in July 2010. During the village`s destruction the police forces used large amounts of violent force, including sponge bullets (a police method of crowd dispersal) which injured eleven of the residents, one of them in his eye.
|Israeli Arabs earn less than Jews despite working longer hours, data shows||Haim Bior -
"The more education a worker has, the greater the discrepancy between average monthly income among Jews and Arabs grows." id
|`European countries may recognize Palestinian state`||Jerusalem Post - "The UN General Assembly may declare a Palestinian state within 1967 borders as early as September," warned Diskin during a meeting of the Knesset`s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, according to Army Radio.
|Ehud Barak splits from Labor Party ||Roni Sofer - Ynet - Defense minister filed urgent request with Knesset`s House Committee to discuss his plan to quit party, set up new faction along with four other Labor MKs||17/1/2011|
|Secrets of the Pyramids||Sahar El-Bahr -
"With an international conference on Pyramid Science taking place in Cairo tomorrow, it appears the sky may not be the limit for the Egyptian Association for Pyramid and Health Information Science and Research." ca||14/1/2011|
|Analysis: Hearing Lieberman’s footsteps||HERB KEINON -
"Whoever thinks Lieberman is content with the Foreign Ministry, with his 15 seats in Knesset and with the distinction of being the country’s third largest party, is mistaken."
|Schalits get electricity bill for protest tent||MELANIE LIDMAN -
"... as a public utility, the company cannot give discounts or free electricity to anyone."||12/1/2011|
|Ben-Gurion Uni changes ethics code over political dramas||Tomer Velmer -
"..."this ridiculous decision will hurt the academic freedom of expression and force lecturers to speak in an implied and indirect manner instead of teaching and speaking their mind without prejudice.""
|Arab villagers in A-Taibeh struggle to be accepted as Israelis||Meirav Arlosoroff -
"But the biggest complaint of the village elders is that Israel doesn`t like them enough." id
|Israel’s Wrong Friends||Ian Buruma - Leftist and liberal critics of Israeli politics like to point out that anti-Zionism is not the same thing as anti-Semitism. But it is just as true that being a friend of Israel is not necessarily the same thing as being a friend of the Jews. bz
|It`s proven, removing settlements doesn`t bring peace||A video skit from the Israeli comedy show "Eretz Nehederet" (lit: "Wonderful Country) on Channel 2 - with English subtitles. bz||11/1/2011|
|Freedom of expression in Israel is a hollow pretension ||By Uri Avnery -
"Israel is sliding down a slippery slope. A country that imprisons its Jonathan Pollaks will end up with jails filled with `opponents of the regime." ca
|Not all bad?||by Abeya El-Bakry -
"While it is probably true that there has been an increase in violence in 2010, media representations of violence have amplified the phenomenon and drawn attention to it," ||7/1/2011|
|Opposition, trade unions blast Israeli official`s visit to Jordan||m&c -
"The protest follows Israeli reports that Arad paid a secret visit to Jordan on December 27 and met with Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh."
|Ashton ahead of visit: No alternative to a negotiated deal||JPOST.COM STAFF AND HERB KEINON -
J-lem Post -
""Urgent progress is now needed towards a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace and the European Union will continue to support all efforts towards that goal."" Ashton said.
|Rights groups slam proposal to investigate anti-IDF organizations||Jonathan Lis -
""The persecution campaign against human rights and citizens rights groups has reached a new low," said MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz ), calling the initiative "a shame on the Knesset." id
|Survivor`s book on Israel becomes French best seller ||Gil Shefler - Jerusalem Post - A political treatise written by a 93-year-old author lambasting the ills of Western society, the French government and Israel has become a runaway best seller in France this holiday season selling over 600,000 copies in less than three months.
|Barak: No progress on Syrian track, focus on Palestinians ||Hannan Greenberg - Ynet - During visit to Tze`elim army base, defense minister says government must make every effort to reignite peace process, adding international community `tends to adopt Palestinian point of view` [for once Barak shows himself realistic-ed]
|Abbas to focus on meetings with Israeli civil society ||Ma`an - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas intends to spend the coming weeks holding meetings with representatives of Israeli civil society organizations, in order to reach peace-seeking Israelis and bypass the Netanhayu Government, which he accused of thwarting US efforts to broker a peace agreement.||4/1/2011|
|`Chile, Paraguay to recognize Palestine`||Press TV - Chile and Paraguay are set to declare Palestine as an independent state based on 1967 borders to continue the move in Latin American countries, a Palestinian Authority (PA) official says||3/1/2011|
|Iran accuses Israel of kidnapping former deputy defense minister / Israeli TV Report about the case censored||Yossi Melman - Haaretz - After passing through Syria, he arrived at his hotel in Istanbul, when he went missing without a trace. Asghari`s wife and relatives and the Iranian government contend that he would not have defected of his own free will, but that he instead was kidnapped, and are demanding that the Turkish authorities investigate the incident. // Richard Silverstein - blog - Ayalon Prison`s prisoner X was Asgari.
|Selective law enforcement against Bedouin rights activist ||Press release - gush-shalom.org - Nuri al-Okbi, 68, sentenced to seven months imprisonment on charges of "running a business without a license". The business in question is a garage which al-Okbi has been maintaining since 1964 in Lod. From the courtroonm he was immediately taken off to imprisonment.||1/1/2011|
|Palestine Papers: The al-Madhoun assassination||David Poort -
"Among the documents are notes, handwritten in Arabic, revealing an exchange in 2005 between the PA and Israel on a plan to kill a Palestinian fighter named Hassan al-Madhoun, who lived in the Gaza strip."
|Ireland Upgrades Palestinian Mission To Embassy||Saed Bannoura -
"The Foreign Ministry in Tel Aviv claimed that such a move “does not help boost the peace process”." ||26/1/2011|
|US may make UN funds conditional on Israel`s treatment||HILARY LEILA KRIEGER -
"J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami said he “deeply regrets and objects” to the congressman’s characterization, which “reflects a misunderstanding of J Street’s position and of the UN resolution in question.”"
|Peace activist`s murderer released||Raanan Ben-Zur -
"Asked whether he had something to say to Emil Grunzweig`s family, he just bit his lips."
|Cyprus Recognizes Independent Palestinian State||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Cyprus announced Sunday that it recognizes a Palestinian State in the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. Cyprus is the first European Union member country that officially recognizes the Palestinian right to statehood"||31/1/2011|
|Israeli Arabs: We won`t be guinea pigs||Hassan Shaalan - Ynet - Hundreds of sector`s representatives reject Olmert government`s initiative for land exchange in divided Arab towns, say `we were born here and will die here`||31/1/2011|
|Video calls for legal official`s murder ||Ynet - Film distributed on Web against Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan following his request from police to probe anti-Arab incitement on Facebook. Rightist groups condemn video, but suggest it may be `leftist provocation` ||10/1/2011|
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