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Iran Assassination: Melman Hints Israel Killed Wrong ManRichard Silverstein - Tikkun Olam "In reporting on the recent assassination of Iranian electrical engineering graduate student, Darioush Rezaeinejad, I’ve noted the possibility of the Lillehammer-like mistake by which the Mossad may’ve killed the wrong man. The reason is that at first the news media reported the victim was nuclear physicist, Dariush Rezaei-Ochbolagh. Then it reported the murdered man was Rezaeinejad. Prof. Muhammad Sahimi informs me that the general consensus is the real victim was Rezaeinejad, the PhD candidate and not Rezaei-Ochbolagh, the nuclear physicist." ca29/7/2011
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Settler MKs Welcome Russian Neo-Nazi Holocaust Deniers to Knesset, Yad VaShemRichard Silverstein - Tikkun Olam "Lerner attempts to defend his efforts to ingratiate the Russian fascist movement into the good graces of Israeli society by claiming that the two neo-Nazis told him they regretted the anti-Semitic statements they’d made fifteen years ago. But can the leopard changes its spots?? The reporter notes that in just the past year the group wrote that the Holocaust was “a myth.” Then he asks whether the apology was sincere and whether such figures belonged in a place in which the elected representatives of the nation gathered.The report also features an interview with Eldad in which he feigns an intelligence he clearly lacks, when he says that he knew from the outset that something “didn’t smell right.” And that he met them for only a few minutes (when the TV screen fills with images of him shaking hands and laughing jovially with the Russian delegation)." ca 29/7/2011
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Vandals attack UNRWA summer camp in GazaMa`an News Agency - "Ten men entered the camp shortly after midnight, when they burnt a UN flag, damaged a large billboard, and torched part of the camp stage. None of the UN security personnel at the venue were harmed, UNRWA said. In a statement condemning the attack, UNRWA Spokesman Chris Gunness said the agency would repair the damage and go ahead with a world record breaking attempt for the largest number of children flying kites, planned for 6 p.m. the same day." ca 29/7/2011
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Slouching towards SeptemberGraham Usher - Al-Ahram Weekly "The Palestinian Authority`s plan to seek membership as a state at the United Nations in September is setting up a showdown with Washington few of its leaders want." ca29/7/2011
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Jewish American challenges denial of entry to Israel for `suspected conversion to Islam`Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - "With Israel`s use of `psychological screening` techniques at the airport, security services take aside people who seem nervous, unsure, or less than 100% supportive of the Israeli state and the Zionist project." - id27/7/2011
Israel sues 34 Bedouin for costs of repeated demolitions of their homesJack Khoury - Haaretz - ""The state recognizes ownership rights over the lands of Al-Arakib and is constantly offering them meager compensation for the land. What`s more, a law requiring the builder of a house to pay for its demolition was not passed by the Knesset."" - id 27/7/2011
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Palestinian Authority: Israel already gave up on Oslo Khaled Abu Toameh - Jerusalem Post - Had Israel abided by these agreements, the Palestinian state would have been established in 1999, Erekat said. Ghassan Khatib, spokesman for the PA government, said that rescinding the Oslo Accords would harm not only the Palestinians, but Israel as well. 26/7/2011
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Erekat: Palestinian Authority cannot exist without independent stateBarak Ravid - Haaretz - According to Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat if the United States continues to stymie the Palestinian efforts to get a state recognized by the United Nations, the Palestinian Authority should be dismantled.26/7/2011
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Former Israeli diplomats in Washington: 1967 borders are defensibleNatasha Mozgovaya - Haaretz - “Thirty years from now, Jews will be one-third of the population from Jordan to the Mediterranean. And the culture that is developing in Israel these days suggests that the one-third will control the two-thirds.” [bz]26/7/2011
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The latest from Mondoweiss for July 23, 2011Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz--collection of articles of interest dn24/7/2011
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Binyamin Netanyahu urges return to peace talks in rare Arabic TV interview Associated Press - Guardian - "The interview marks the first time Netanyahu has sat down with an Arabic media outlet since he took office two years ago, although he has fielded questions from Arabs on YouTube." - id 22/7/2011
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Foreign press fed up with PM`s Office? Ronen Medzini - Ynet - "The FPA denounced what it called "the continued harassment" of foreign reporters who arrive at the PM Office`s media events, adding that unless policies change, they may stop covering the PMO altogether." - id 22/7/2011
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Palestinian Bid for UN Recognition Moves ForwardKevin Murphy - IMEMC - "Syria has officially recognized a Palestinian state, effective immediately. Norway has affirmed the legitimacy of the plan to take Palestinian statehood to the UN." - id 20/7/2011
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Coalition seeks to discourage Christians from fleeing ME RAY HANANIA - JPost - "Statistics show that the percentage of Christians among the populations of the Middle East has fallen from 20 percent 100 years ago to about 5% today." - id 20/7/2011
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Turkish PM wants to visit GazaAFP - Ynet - "Turkish diplomat tells Hürriyet daily that despite failure to resolve differences, countries` representatives will hold another round of negotiations in late July." - id 20/7/2011
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Abbas to bypass US opposition to UN bidMa`an from Oslo - "It is multilateralism," Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said. "It is taking an issue to the family of nations which I think is the right of Palestinian people." 19/7/2011
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6 in 10 Palestinians reject 2-state solution, survey findsGIL HOFFMAN - Jerusalem Post " 73% of 1,010 Palestinians in W. Bank, Gaza agree with `hadith` quoted in Hamas Charter about the need to kill Jews hiding behind stones, trees.The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, was conducted in partnership with the Beit Sahour-based Palestinian Center for Public Opinion and sponsored by the Israel Project, an international nonprofit organization that provides journalists and leaders with information about the Middle East." ca 15/7/2011
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Israeli propaganda festival finds few fans in MilanStephanie Westbrook - Electronic Intifada "When details of the event were first announced in December 2010, it was projected to cost 2.5 million euros ($3.6 million US) and to include a 900-square-meter plexiglass pavilion featuring Israeli technological and cultural wonders in Piazza Duomo, Milan’s main square. In the end, Piazza Duomo hosted nothing more than a small multimedia installation: 15 amplified pedestals spouting classics of Israeli hasbara (propaganda) to the few visitors who dared enter the fenced-off, heavily guarded area." ca15/7/2011
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PA: US Responsible For Israel`s Racist PoliciesKevin Murphy - IMEMC - "...a statement laying blame squarely with the US for Israel’s continued policies of occupation and the failure to get peace talks moving again." - id 13/7/2011
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Israel`s boycott law prompts rightist MKs to push bill probing NGOs Jonathan Lis - Haaretz - "Some of the organizations targeted by the MKs, including Yesh Din and Physicians for Human Rights, have already said they would not cooperate with the inquiry." - id 13/7/2011
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Israel set to vote on controversial law outlawing boycottsJonathan Lis - Haaretz -Netanyahu: vote will take place as planned, despite Monday`s Mideast Quartet meeting11/7/2011
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Israel police apprehend first pro-Palestinian `fly-in` activists at airportBy Barak Ravid and Zohar Blumenkrantz - Haaretz "Two American citizens planning to take part in the pro-Palestinian “fly-in,” were refused entrance to Israel on Friday morning after landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport, and were sent on an outbound flight back to Greece.The women, wearing “fly-in” T-shirts, flew in from Athens and were stopped by border control by Israel Police, who decided to decrease security presence at the airport on Thursday evening, saying it no longer expects mass fly-in activists, because most of them had been already stopped abroad." ca 8/7/2011
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Who framed pilot-turned-activist Yonathan Shapira?Dimi Reider - +972 - "The IDF did not make do with their laconic “the matter is under investigation” statement, but thanked our alert citizen profusely." - id 13/7/2011
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PA Government Ministers To Be Investigated For Corruptionby Kevin Murphy - IMEMC and Agencies "Immunity from prosecution has been lifted from several PA government Ministers in order to allow investigations into charges they have been involved in instances of corruption according to Rafiq Natsheh, head of the anti corruption commission." ca8/7/2011
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Why was Salah muzzled for preaching peace in London?Jonathan Cook - The Electronic Intifada - Israel’s legal system, despite its reputation for presuming that Palestinian citizens are habitual security offenders, has neither found Salah guilty of anti-Semitism nor of directly helping terrorists. 7/7/2011
U.S. Funding Rigorous Study of Palestinian and Israeli Textbook IncitementBy Naomi Zeveloff - The Forward - In an effort to settle one of the longest-running disputes in the Middle East peace process, American, Israeli and Palestinian researchers are conducting what purports to be the first scientific study of incitement in Palestinian and Israeli textbooks.5/7/2011
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Barak blocks return of Palestinians` bodiesAFP - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has blocked plans to hand over to the Palestinians the remains of 84 militants killed since 1967. The deal, agreed discreetly between Israeli and Palestinian officials, was aimed at enhancing the position of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas. However, Barak proved unable to withstand the counter-pressures generated by Israeli right-wingers when the deal was published. 5/7/2011
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Rights group: Israeli forces raid Ashkelon prisonMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces raided Ashkelon prison on Thursday and attacked Palestinian detainees, a rights group said.Palestinian detainees had protested the prison administration`s decision to close a section of the jail to bring criminal prisoners, the Palestinian Prisoners` Society said." ca 1/7/2011
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State of Israel must prove its commitment to Arab-Jewish equalityMohammad Darawshe - Haaretz - At a time when leading rabbis are calling on their followers not to hire Arabs for work, a government voice calling for equality should be heard much louder and clearer, and then followed by the necessary actions. [bz] 23/7/2011
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IDF in buying spree in anticipation of September YAAKOV KATZ - J-Post - "“The possibility of large demonstrations after September is at the forefront of the military’s activities these days,” one officer said this week. “The entire military is focused on it.”" - id 22/7/2011
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Israeli Arab MK loses more parliamentary rights over role in Gaza flotilla Jonathan Lis - Haaretz - Balad MK Hanin Zuabi will no longer be allowed to address Knesset or vote in committee debates; last year, she lost her diplomatic passport, entitlement to aid for legal assistance, and right to visit countries without ties to Israel18/7/2011
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Israel and Palestinian sources to Haaretz: U.S. peace efforts have failedBarak Ravid - Haaretz - Reportedly the Americans tried to find a formula for resuming negotiations which would offer the Palestinians the 1967 border with territorial exchanges, while promising Israeli recognition of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people. Both parties raised numerous objections to Washington`s proposal, leading the administration to conclude that neither was ready to resume talks. 12/7/2011
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Security Council Debate Offers Preview of Palestinian BidNEIL MacFARQUHAR - NYT - "Opponents, essentially Israel and the United States, condemned the idea as an ineffective “shortcut” that would not budge the deadlocked peace negotiations." - id 27/7/2011
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