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Arab social justice needs heard by the gov’t-what about J14?Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "With a little more hope, we might even imagine a genuine grassroots partnership of Jewish, Arab – and all other sectors – that has nothing to do with left or right, but simply a better Israel." - id 31/8/2011
Israel Police orders its Arab, Bedouin officers to leave illegal homesChaim Levinson - Haaretz - "Regavim provided details about four Bedouin officers and three East Jerusalem officers living in unauthorized structures." - id 31/8/2011
International Law experts debate on the merits of UN Palestinian statehood bidMa`an - The opinion of Oxford Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, that getting the State of Palestine represented in the UN rather than the PLO might damage Palestinian interests and especially those of the Palestinian refugees ( ) has sparked intensive debate among Palestinians and their supporters. Now, other International experts take an opposign view, arguing that being citizens of a recognized sovereign state would stregnthen the position of all Palestinians including the refugees. 30/8/2011
St. Vincent, Grenadines back Palestinian bidElior Levy - Ynet - Palestinians hope to gain the support of Mexico as well. 30/8/2011
Netanyahu examining possible future borders of a Palestinian stateBarak Ravid - Haaretz - It appears, however, that he did not ask adviser Danny Terza to draw any maps. 30/8/2011
New Palestinian strategy document will make it difficult for U.S. to oppose UN voteAkiva Eldar - Haaretz - Instead of recognizing Palestine within the 1967 borders, it will state that the permanent borders will be determined in negotiations with Israel based on the borders of June 4, 1967. 30/8/2011
124 Out Of 193 Countries Recognize Palestinian IndependenceSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "A total of 124 countries, out of 193 UN member countries, have officially declared recognition of Palestine, and the Palestinian UN move this September, to seek recognition of statehood and a full UN membership"29/8/2011
Ashrawi presses EU for UN bid supportMa`an - Europe should maintain its position on Palestine and commit to "upholding international law." Europe has already condemned Israeli settlements as illegal and an "obstacle to peace" and Jerusalem has been recognized as the capital of two states. bz28/8/2011
Report: Egypt convinced Israel not to assassinate Hamas leader in GazaHaaretz - based on Al-Ahram report - Israel planned to target Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh after the terror attacks in south last week but cancelled the operation due to Egyptian pressure. 27/8/2011
Consulate: US envoy did not threaten aid to PAMa`an - The office of PLO official Saeb Erekat quoted consul-general Daniel Rubinstein as saying the US Congress would take punitive measures, "including cutting US aid," if the Palestinians tried to upgrade their position at the UN. But the consulate`s deputy spokesperson Arlissa Reynolds said Erekat`s account of the meeting in Jericho was "not an accurate portrayal of the US position." bz27/8/2011
UN statehood bid `threatens Palestinian rights`Ma`an - Statehood bid could lead to losing the PLO as the sole legitimate representative at the UN - i.e. losing claims as refugees to be part of the official representation, recognized by the world [according to Guy Goodwin-Gill`s expert opinion].25/8/2011
Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Courage” rally in Jerusalem ends with a whimperAmi Kaufman - +972 - It must have been pretty rough for Glenn Beck to see half of the chairs empty [including photos and video] 25/8/2011
The armageddon scorpion`s embrace 1) Haaretz editorial: While peace activists were denied entry into Israel - considered provocative - for the Glenn Beck provocation the archaeological park near the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Silwan neighborhood was made available.
2) AP: Outside the Old City walls, protesters held banners saying, "Glenn Beck, go home."
3) Yossi Sarid: Beck, Hagee and their swarm are anti-Semites
Glenn Beck`s Israel rally prompts Facebook protestHarriet Sherwood - Guardian - "Beck will be supported on stage by the actor Jon Voight and mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat. The audience will be overwhelmingly comprised of American Christians who have bought package deals covering flights, accommodation and access to three Beck events in Israel this week." - id 24/8/2011
U.S. Jews warn Israel not to get too cozy with Glenn Beck Shlomo Shamir - Haaretz - "Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, told Haaretz he believed that Beck was very extreme and controversial even among right-wing groups in the United States." - id 24/8/2011
Social origins of the tent protests in IsraelMax Ajl - Znet - Calls to end the occupation have thus far been mostly absent, a silence that speaks eloquently to the composition of Israeli society, in which a call to end the occupation or dismantle the racist juridical structure is perceived as an attack on the state religion -- militarist nationalism. Such a call would be "political," as opposed to the current protests, merely "social" in nature.19/8/2011
Israel pounds Gaza after deadly attacks near EilatBBC - The Israeli military has confirmed carrying out air strikes over the Gaza Strip following a series of deadly attacks in southern Israel19/8/2011
Glenn Beck exploiting IsraelM.J. Rosenberg - Ynet- "If his rally succeeds in achieving mainstream support in Israel, Israel will be damaged, too – especially among the vast majority of Americans who see him as a bigoted extremist." - id 17/8/2011
Mashaal to discuss Shalit with Egyptian intel chiefElior Levy - Ynet - "On Tuesday, senior Hamas member Usama Hamdan claimed Israel softened its "stubborn" positions in the negotiations to secure the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit." - id 17/8/2011
Livni at special Knesset session: Some MKs don`t get it staff and Lahav Harkov - MK Ahmed Tibi slams lack of minority representation on Trajtenberg c`tee. MK Dov Henin (Hadash) presented a short list of demands to the gathered parliamentarians, but said he doesn`t believe the current government is capable of delivering the change people are demanding. 16/8/2011
Abbas expects Bosnian support for Palestinian UN bidMa`an - SARAJEVO (AFP) - President Mahmoud Abbas was "very satisfied" Monday with meetings in Bosnia, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, to seek support for the Palestinian bid for UN membership [emphasis bz]. 16/8/2011
Palestinian Women: Narrative Histories and Gendered Memory Yehudit Keshet - Fatmeh Kassem, Zed Books, London, 2010, 264 pp. Bibliography, index. - These oral histories come from women who are multi-marginalized: as Palestinian second-class citizens living in Jewish-Arab so-called mixed towns; as working-class, often illiterate, subjects and, not least, as women silenced by the male dominated discourse of their own, and the wider society. In her readable and moving book, Kassem has not only salvaged important memories of painful personal and collective histories, she has empowered her interviewees to speak , perhaps for the first time, in their own voices and given them a place on the public stage. 18/8/2011
Understanding is key to a two-state future for Israelis and Palestinians Lorna Fitzsimons - Guardian - ""I don`t expect the other side to except my version of events, but it is important that we each learn to understand how the other side sees the situation. On this basis we can build a shared future."" - id 17/8/2011
U.S. Senator seeks to cut aid to elite IDF units operating in West Bank and Gaza Barak Ravid - Haaretz - Senator Patrick Leahy claims Shayetet 13 unit, undercover Duvdevan unit, and the Israel Air Force Shaldag unit are involved in human rights violations in occupied territories. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a long-time friend of Leahy`s, met with him in Washington two weeks ago to try to persuade him to withdraw the initiative. 16/8/2011
Humanity Lives On - From Gaza to SomaliaRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "I wondered about it myself. Could Israel-besieged Gaza really be sending aid to famine-besieged Somalia? Indeed. One of multiple Gaza-led charity campaigns to aid Somalia is called ‘From Gaza: hand in hand to save the children of Somalia’. According to Ma`an News Agency, this latest effort is led by the Arab Medical Union. […] Palestinians in the West Bank are also mobilizing around help for Somalia. The doctor` union has opened several bank accounts to accommodate donations"15/8/2011
Abbas: I had four meetings with Peres, but restart of negotiations thwarted by NetanyahuAFP/Ma`an - "I met President Shimon Peres four times in Amman and London, in an attempt to restart negotiations and the peace process on a correct foundation. Peres assured me that the negotiations between us could lead to results that could be adopted by the Netanyahu government. But just before a fifth meeting, which was scheduled in Amman, Peres apologized and said, `I`m sorry but the government does not accept that we negotiate, and I cannot do anything,`" Abbas reportedly told meeting of his Fatah party on Friday. 14/8/2011
Bridging the Palestinian-Israeli divide, one U.K. campus at a timeJoel Hart - Haaretz - A group of U.K. college students have come together to create the Israeli Palestinian Forum, an initiative to forge dialogue between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel activists. 13/8/2011
Jamal Juma’: PA "killing popular resistance"Ida Audeh - The Electronic Intifada "Juma’ spoke to The Electronic Intifada contributor Ida Audeh about the dearth of popular resistance in areas of the West Bank under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction, the UN statehood bid and the role of the Palestinian diaspora in national liberation." ca 12/8/2011
Does AIPAC Have Only Two Major Donors?Grant Smith - Antiwar - "AIPAC’s signature Washington gathering in May 2011 had a Potemkin village feel to it. Many attendees interviewed by Max Blumenthal seemed woefully uninformed about the issues. Many hundreds of others, including student leaders, attended only after receiving heavy travel subsidies." - id 10/8/2011
American Jews and Israeli Arabs KENNETH BANDLER - JPost - "The task force provides vital information to deepen understanding and offers resources for those who want to engage the issues more fully, either on visits to Israel or from their communities in the US." - id 10/8/2011
U.S. `deeply concerned` by Israel`s approval of East Jerusalem construction plansNatasha Mozgovaya & AP - Haaretz - U.S. criticism comes days after EU`s Catherine Ashton and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat criticized Israel`s decision to approve the building of 930 homes in Har Homa neighborhood. 9/8/2011
Israel-Honduras diplomatic row over UN Palestine recognition vote Jewish Telegraphic Agency - The announcemnt by Honduras President Porfirio Lobo, that his country will next month vote at the UN in favor of Palestinian independence, aroused angry reactions at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem. Israeli officials expressed surprise and disappointment at Lobo`s "ingratitude", evoking the "close relations" between the Israeli Army and its Honduran counterpart. This was, in effect, an oblique half-admission of Israeli involvement in the 2009 coup that toppled Lobo`s left-leaning predecessor - an involvement hotly denied at the time (ed.). 9/8/2011
Erekat: `The recognition train has already left for New York` Mor Link - Haaretz - Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat completely denied reports that the PA wants to delay UN bid, fearing cutoff of U.S. aid to West Bank. `The Palestinian recognition train has already left the station and is heading toward New York` said Erekat, adding that this did not contradict continuing efforts to renew negotiations with Israel. ak9/8/2011
Aussie minister examines boycott of Max Brenner Herb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - Michael O’Brien, the minister for consumer affairs in the Australian state of Victoria, has asked authorities to examine whether “campaigners from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group are in breach” of an Australian law against secondary boycotts. bz9/8/2011
Tel Aviv gears up for mass rallyYnet - Teachers, students, social workers, police officers and Prison Service personnel`s wives to join the economic grievances protest in what organizers call `the protest of the entire nation.` 6/8/2011
Doctors claim Netanyahu’s father-in-law enjoys preferential treatment in hospitalBy Dan Even - Haaretz Doctors at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem have sharply criticized the unusually long hospitalization of Shmuel Ben-Artzi, father of the prime minister`s wife, Sara Netanyahu, in the intensive care cardio ward. The 96-year old poet was hospitalized there for a month, while the average time a patient is hospitalized in that ward is less than four days." ca "5/8/2011
Senior Hamas leader in West Bank released from Israeli prisonBy Avi Issacharoff - Haaretz "Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of Hamas` founders, served five years in prison; Yousef`s son, Mosab Hassan Yousef, recently made headlines by coming forward as a spy for Israel`s Shin Bet." ca5/8/2011
Veolia continues to pay a high price for aidingPress Release - Palestine Solidarity Campaign "In another victory for Palestinian rights, Ealing Council, in London , has failed to select Veolia for a comprehensive tender for its domestic refuse, street cleaning and parks maintenance contract. The contract is worth approx Ł300m in total over 15 years and one of Ealing Council’s largest single contracts. This is even more significant given the fact that Veolia had the previous parks maintenance contract." ca5/8/2011
Egypt resumes Palestinian mediation effortsKhaled Amayreh - Al-Ahram Weekly "Rabah Muhanna, a PFLP spokesman in Gaza, said the Egyptians were holding meetings with factional leaders and discussing ways and means to overcome problems hindering the formation of a new Palestinian government that would be acceptable to all factions, especially Fatah and Hamas." ca5/8/2011
Poverty rife among Bedouin women denied status by IsraelThe Electronic Intifada - "The conditions for women living in unrecognized villages are dramatically worse than for their counterparts in Israeli-built Negev towns, she says. “Today 75 percent of the Bedouin students [largely from recognized Negev towns] in university are women. But in the unrecognized villages the situation is very different — 65 percent of girls are out of school because there are no schools.”" - id 3/8/2011
PA: Israel-US plans to revive peace talks `valueless` KHALED ABU TOAMEH - J-lem Post - "Erekat said that reports that Netanyahu has accepted the agreement should be viewed as a publicity stunt. “Why doesn’t Netanyahu declare with his own voice that he accepts the 1967 borders as the basis for a two-state solution?”" - id 3/8/2011
No Muslim ‘radicals’Dan Calic- Ynet - "Those whom the West calls “radicals” are quite simply the ones who are adherents to the faith." - id 3/8/2011
Israeli diplomat fails to locate Roger Waters `antisemitism` Itamar Eichner - Y-net - Foreign Minister Lieberaman instructed the Israeli Embassy at Athens to monitor the concert of Roger Waters - an outspoken critic of Israeli policies - so as to locate evdence of `Waters` antisemitism`. However, Deputy Ambassador Yossi Moustaki sat through the performance and found no trace of such antisemitism - though he says he didn`t like Waters` music and had only gone there in the line of diplomatic duty. 2/8/2011
The real importance of the tent protestNoam Sheizaf - +972 - It was never oppression that held the social order in Israel together, as far as the Jewish society was concerned. It was indoctrination. (...) For the first time, a major part of the Jewish middle class recognized their problem with the entire social order. This is why this protest has such tremendous potential - not so much for the immediate political fallout, but for the long term consequences, the undercurrent, which is sure to arrive. 2/8/2011
Is Netanyahu ready to accept 1967 lines as basis for negotiations? Let him say so! Ma`an/AFP - an Israeli government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, asserted that Israel is willing to begin new peace talks using the 1967 lines as a basis for negotiations, if the Palestinians drop their UN membership bid. Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat said that if Netanyahu wants Palestinians to believe him, he needs to announce this in person. Yesterday`s killing of two young men from Qalandia also added to Palestinian doubts about Netanyahu`s sincerity. 2/8/2011
Video: Nurit Peled Elhanan, a bereaved mother, on racism in the Israeli education system 1/8/2011
Israel`s housing protesters: Bibi go homeBen Piven - AlJazeera - "Protest leaders link their general economic grievances to less well-off OECD countries such as Spain, and relate their political complaints to the Arab awakening. But the Israeli government rejects explicit comparisons with the Middle East revolutions"1/8/2011
New moves to curb criticism of Israel in US and CanadaKristin Szremski - EI - "A number of new initiatives to curtail freedom of speech by conflating opposition to Israeli crimes with anti-Semitism are underway in the United States and Canada"1/8/2011
J14 may challenge something even deeper than the occupationDimi Reider - +972 - The social justice demonstrations have been accused of ignoring the key issue of the occupation. But their tremendous groundswell of solidarity and cooperation is slowly gnawing at something even more significant than that – the principle of separation, of which the occupation is just one exercise8/8/2011
Tent 1948Abir Kopty - Mondoweiss - "I don’t want to beatify the reality, or hide anything for the sake of ‘tactics’ and I will not accept crumbs. I want to speak about historical justice, I want to speak about occupation, I want to speak about discrimination and racism, I want to put everything on the table, and I want to speak about them in the heart of Tel Aviv"8/8/2011
Academic claims Israeli school textbooks contain biasHarriet Sherwood - The Observer - Nurit Peled-Elhanan of Hebrew University says textbooks depict Palestinians as `terrorists, refugees and primitive farmers`8/8/2011
FM: PA planning unprecedented violenceRonen Medzini - Ynet - Avigdor Lieberman says violence and bloodshed in September will be on a scale that has yet to have been seen here8/8/2011
Tonite: The "mother of all demonstrations" in Tel-AvivCommunist Party of Israel - The rally featuring artists` performances and speeches, will be held along the entire length of the Kaplan street, in front of the Interior Ministry building, the Defense Ministry and the IDF headquarters. Organizers say the boulevard will be able to hold far more people than Tel Aviv Museum, the site of the past two mass protests. 6/8/2011
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