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It’s Easy to Forget the Past if You don’t Bear the Scars from It Melkam Lidet - MIFTAH - Since the 1970s, Israel has been promoting “Judiazation” of the Negev, taking up land from the Bedouins to settle Jews and build military facilities. While Jews flock in, Arabs of the Negev are ghettoized in government-built villages that have limited public services and no accompanying industries or businesses that can offer employment for the residents.-rh31/10/2012
Druze youth faces jail for refusing to serve in Israel’s armyBudour Youssef Hassan - EI - "Saad has bravely made his views known to Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, and Ehud Barak, its defense minister. In a letter to both men, Saad stated: “I will not be fuel to the fire of your war”" - id31/10/2012
MK Zoabi Sues MK Danon For IncitementSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "“We are not only facing racism coming from Dannon, we are facing a racist system, racist to the core. People like Dannon cannot understand that the Palestinians are struggling for their freedom, for their dignity, and for their independence”." id 31/10/2012
Photo essay: Galilee Bedouin face house demolitionsActivestills - +972 - "It seems that the Israeli administration has decided to give the northern Bedouin community a hard time too, after abusing the Bedouins in the South for decades. In 2011, houses in the Bedouin village of Zbidat were demolished. During the winter they were rebuilt. One May morning in 2012, all the young men of the village were called in to the police for investigation. When they came back, they found that their houses were demolished in their absence"30/10/2012
IDF pushing to indict `Jenin, Jenin` director for libelGili Cohen - Haaretz - After reservists lost their years-long legal battle, IDF throws its weight behind the reservists, demanding that the Attorney General opens a criminal investigation against Mohammed Bakri. bz 29/10/2012
NGOs reject Israeli asylum policy as Yishai demands arrestsBen Hartman - Jerusalem Post - Groups publish blistering report accusing IDF of denying food and water to migrants, beating them with fists and guns; Yishai pens letter to PM urging mass arrests of Sudanese migrants. A source close to Yishai said the letter is directly related to the upcoming elections [sic!]. bz28/10/2012
Official Silence in Israel Over Sudan’s Accusations of Air AttackISABEL KERSHNER - NYT - "Some newspapers carried maps showing that the distance from Israel to the major Iranian nuclear sites is about 200 miles shorter than the direct flight path from Israel to Khartoum." - id26/10/2012
“We are paying a price in our ability to defend ourselves because of the way what we are doing in the territories is perceived”Gili Cohen - Haaretz - Col. (res.) Liron Liebman, who served as IDF legal adviser during Operation Cast Lead in 2008/9 and during the May 2010 raid on the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in a flotilla trying to break the naval blockade on Gaza, addressed the influence of international law and its application in the IDF. 23/10/2012
Carter: Israel not committed to two-state solutionReuters - Jerusalem Post - "Every (Israeli) prime minister that I have known has been a pursuer of the two-state solution and I don`t know that (US President Barack) Obama has found that Prime Minister Netanyahu has been willing to go that route." Carter added. He spoke during a visit along with other members of "The Elders", a group of former world leaders, to Israel, the West Bank and Egypt.23/10/2012
Former Mossad chief pushes for dialogue with IranDudi Cohen - Ynet - Efraim Halevy criticized Israeli diplomacy on the Iranian issue, saying that “If the purpose was to exert pressure to bring the other side to the table, the rhetoric should be different." (...) “You have to understand what it is that makes Iran tick." He also said that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was damaging the interests of both the US and Israel. 23/10/2012
Cuban missile crisis, 50 years later: Lessons for IsraelLarry Derfner - +972 - JFK courted nuclear war with the Soviets, now Israel is courting a confrontation with the Iranians. But how can Israel contemplate starting a war against another country, a war that will not be negligible and could be devastating, for doing the same thing that it has been doing for over 40 years?22/10/2012
Analysts: Despite Hamas absence, elections still Fatah failureMa`an News Agency - "The first elections held in the West Bank for six years reflect how frustrated Palestinians are with their political system and ruling party Fatah, political observers said Sunday"22/10/2012
The center-left fictionAner Shalev – Haaretz - For years right-wing parties have masqueraded behind centrist rhetoric, and this election is even more extreme. It`s time to rip off the masks. There is no split on the left and there is no center-left party in Israel22/10/2012
Church Appeal on Israel Angers Jewish GroupsLAURIE GOODSTEIN - NYT - "The Christian leaders involved are mostly from the historically mainline Protestant churches. Many of these same churches have taken up contentious resolutions to divest their stock holdings from companies that sell military and security equipment to Israel." - id21/10/2012
Yishai and Deri and the Eritrean hunger strikers Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "The signature of an unknown official at the Interior Ministry is sufficient to get men and women and children behind bars for three years. This is now the law of the land in enlightened Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East." - id21/10/2012
Eritrean asylum seeker details recent hunger strike, fear of indefinite incarcerationSharon Livne +972 "Don’t tell anyone my name, I’m afraid of what they’ll do to me here if they know I talked.” So began a nighttime telephone call with C., age 23, who has been incarcerated for 11 months in the Saharonim prison in the Negev. According to C., the Eritrean detainees in Saharonim began a hunger strike in protest of their imprisonment for a minimum of three years, in accordance with the new Prevention of Infiltration Law. Around one thousand men, women and children held in sections 8, 4 and 3 refused food for a week, ending the strike on Monday. Several hunger strikers felt unwell and were in need of medical attention." ca19/10/2012
Green Party pres’l candidate misses crucial political opportunity by not talking up democracy in Israel/PalestinePhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Platform on this subject: our Party’s support for One Democratic State in Israel-Palestine; and for the non-violent means toward that goal--immediate end to all aid to Israel and support for the Palestinian Civil Society call for boycotts, divestments and sanctions to stop the institutionalized privilege of Jews over non-Jews in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a racism that is intrinsic to a Zionist Israel’s formation and existence. The colonialism and racism on which Israel was founded cannot be ended--nor can sustainable peace be achieved--by the “two-state solution” which your statement supports in its praise for the Zionist Israeli Meretz party." ca19/10/2012
EU support for Israeli crimes makes it unworthy of Nobel Peace PrizeOmar Barghouti - Electronic Intifada "The European Union is not “merely hypocritical” in its relationship with Israel, it is “complicit in crimes against the Palestinian people.” This is one of the main conclusions of David Cronin’s compellingly-argued book Europe’s Alliance With Israel: Aiding the Occupation.In fact, the European Union is steadily upgrading its relations with Israel while overwhelming, and growing, public majorities across Europe’s largest nations view Israel “mostly negatively.” According to a recent BBC GlobeScan poll, Israel is on a par with North Korea as the third worst perceived country in the world ." ca19/10/2012
Left-wing linguist Noam Chomsky makes first Gaza visitJPOST.COM STAFF - "Jewish-American linguist Noam Chomsky traveled to the Gaza Strip on Thursday to attend a conference at Gaza`s Islamic University. Chomsky called on Israel to put an end to the blockade on the Hamas-ruled costal enclave, the French news agency AFP reported. Chomsky entered the Gaza Strip from the Egyptian side of the Rafah Crossing as a member of an academic delegation that is scheduled to partake in a conference..." ca19/10/2012
2 badly hurt in ongoing rocket attack on south Neri Brener, Ilana Curiel and Elior Levy - Ynet - "The Palestinians reported that two people were killed and others were injured...The escalation in the south follows the historic visit of Qatari ruler Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani in Gaza on Tuesday." - id 24/10/2012
FM vows to keep rights of Jewish refugees in public eyeJEREMY SHARON - J-Post - " Critics of the campaign, including former Jewish refugees from the Middle East, have claimed that it is designed merely to forestall negotiations with the Palestinians." - id24/10/2012
Qatar announces £157m plan to rebuild Gaza Reuters - Guardian - "Asked if Qatar was confident that what it helps to build over the next three years would not be smashed in a future war, the ambassador answered that "human life is more precious than bricks and steel"."I don`t think these are targets Israel would hit in the future. This is what we are hoping." - id 17/10/2012
Fundamentalist MK To File Appeal Against Participation Of Arab Party In ElectionsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Rotem stated that the Yisrael Beiteinu party considers the Balad party to be a “supporter of terrorism”, and that the party “is hostile towards the existence of Israel as a Jewish democratic state”." - id 17/10/2012
`Surgery announcement compromised Dagan`s safety` Israel News - Ynet - "Belarus agreed to host the surgery after the US, Germany and Sweden refused." - id 17/10/2012
Between anger and denial: Israeli collective memory and the Nakba Noam Sheizaf - +972 - "“Seven Deadly Myths” (working title) tells the stories of four veterans from 1948, linking them to the lives of modern-day Palestinian refugees and to Tarachansky’s own childhood in a West Bank settlement." - id17/10/2012
South Africa publishes new West Bank goods noticeJTA - Jerusalem Post - The new notice defines Israel`s borders as those recognized by the South African government - the borders of 1948-1967 before they were unilaterally changed by Israel in 1967 Six Day War. bz15/10/2012
CHE to reconsider BGU department`s closingTomer Velmer - Ynet - "We hope that the committee changes its decision to close the department. The university maintains its right to go before an extended committee of the Council for Higher Education for further discussion of the issue." bz 15/10/2012
Little boy, little boy stop - Israeli Protest Song Banned from Army RadioRichard Silverstein translated Izhar Ashdot’s song to English16/10/2012
Eritrean exile community demonstration against detentions without trialThe Eritrean exile calls for a demonstration on Thursday, Oct. 18, against the government policy regarding asylum seekers, the detention of hundreds for three years under the draconian new law. Many of the detainees held a hunger strike under harsh conditions.Eritrean asylum seekers protest against racism, imprisonment without a trial and violation of human rights. 16/10/2012
Hamas military wing claims it will release documentary of Gilad Shalit abduction Yoel Goldman - The Times of Israel - "The relative high quality of the film, however, indicates that it may be a dramatization rather than footage of the actual event." - id 14/10/2012
Report: Senior Hezbollah official flees to Israel Elior Levy - Ynet - "Al-Arabiya reports Hassan Fahes, 29, defected and crossed border into Israel with classified docs and $5 million." - id14/10/2012
Churches In U.S. Call On Government To Review Aid To IsraelSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies "The call caused controversy while former official of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), MJ Rosenberg, wrote an angry column nearly describing the 15 Church organizations as “anti-Semites. He added that American Jewish organizations are furious with the call to evaluate the aid. The Churches did not call for boycotting Israel but asked the Congress to reconsider the $3.5 Billion of U.S. aid to Israel," ca12/10/2012
UNESCO Chief Says US Funding Cuts are "Crippling" OrganizationBy John Irish - Ma`an News Agency "The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization was plunged into crisis in October 2011 when Washington, an ally of Israel, cancelled its grant in protest at the body`s decision to grant the Palestinians full membership." ca12/10/2012
Why Mitt Romney got it both right and wrong on the Middle EastDavid Ignatius - Lebanon Star "What was lacking was any apparent recognition that the Arab uprising has been an assertion of citizen rights against police-state regimes, and that America couldn’t stop this tidal wave even if it wanted to.Obama has understood the nature of this revolution from the beginning, and though I wish he had been more clear and forceful at various points in articulating America’s interests and values, I’d say he has gotten the big things right. He remembers the limits of American power, and the need to let Arabs know they are writing this chapter of their history for themselves." ca 12/10/2012
Supporters of women’s uprising reach 35,000India Stoughton - Lebanon Star "The Facebook page “The uprising of women in the Arab world” was started in October 2011 by Daila Haidar and Yalda Younes from Lebanon, Sally Zohney from Egypt and Farah Barqawi from Palestine.The group aims to unite women from all ethnicities and religions all over the Arab world in support of a common cause – the equality of women and men socially, politically, economically and legally." ca 12/10/2012
Thirty years onFranklin Lamb - Al Ahram Weekly "Most of the Palestinians arriving from Syria are temporarily staying with friends or relatives in Lebanon`s 12 camps. Some 500 families are temporality lodged in Saida, 30 miles south of Beirut, with 350 families sardine-canned in Ain Al-Helwa camp, already extremely densely populated with approximately 20,000 refugees. Roughly 500 Palestinian families, refugees once more, are housed temporarily in the Bekaa valley bordering Syria, including 250 families staying at Jilil (Wavell) camp. Scores or other Syrian Palestinian refugees are being housed in Bedawi camp near Tripoli. A major problem in all the camps is that the severe overcrowding and limited water and electricity are creating extended family tensions." ca 12/10/2012
Conspiracy theories and our view of othersAzmi Ashour - Al-Ahram Weekly "The way forward for any society starts with frank introspection. Unfortunately, this task will grow more difficult under the Islamist newcomers who cloak themselves and their ideas in an aura of sanctity, which they defend with an arsenal of conspiracy theories. As long as we remain prey to the us-versus-the other mentality, how will we ever learn that our most formidable enemy resides in ourselves, in the perceptual blinders we have constructed, in our ignorance?" ca12/10/2012
Binyamin Netanyahu calls early general election in IsraelHarriet Sherwood - Guardian - "Israeli PM announces vote early next year, with campaign likely to focus on economy and security." - id10/10/2012
Israel takes pride in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Bedouin villagesJillian Kestler-D`Amours - The Electronic Intifada - "The Bedouin of the Negev have only two options: unrecognized villages, many of which pre-date the founding of the state itself and yet are denied basic services such as water, roads, schools and health care, or poverty-stricken and woefully inadequate townships." - id10/10/2012
IDF strikes Gaza sites in response to Hamas rocket fire - which was itself a response to IDF targeted killings on SundayJack Khoury, Yanir Yagna - Haaretz - The target located in a mosque, the IDF spokesperson said, "Is part of the use the organization (Hamas) makes of religious sites for terror activities."8/10/2012
Gates: Strike on Iran to have catastrophic resultsYitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned on Thursday that an Israeli or American strike on Iran would only bolster the Islamic Republic`s drive for a nuclear weapon. bz6/10/2012
Aspiring authors share stories online in new platform Rand Dalgamouni - Jordan Times "In a region where "supposedly, no one reads", a group of volunteers set out to find an answer to the question: "Are people still writing fiction in Arabic?"Launched earlier this year, Project Pen is a user-generated content website, where aspiring storytellers from the Middle East and beyond can post their works of fiction and poetry, illustrations and videos in Arabic or English." ca5/10/2012
Egypt detains 3 Palestinians in SinaiMa`an News Agency - "Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained three Palestinian students who entered Sinai through tunnels from Gaza, security sources said.Egyptian security officials told Ma`an the students were detained at a checkpoint in north Sinai and admitted under questioning that they entered through tunnels." ca5/10/2012
Jordanian tribe slams new Israel envoy Roi Kais - Ynet "Obeidat tribe condemns appointment of its member as Jordan`s new ambassador to Jewish state, saying `all red lines have been crossed` "Whoever takes such an appointment upon himself puts his hand in the hands of those who have worked to rob lands and kill Palestinians," the statement said." ca 5/10/2012
Stealing Palestinian ResourcesStephen Lendman - Sabbah Report "Al Haq`s new report provides more evidence. Titled "Pillage of the Dead Sea: Israel`s Unlawful Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory," it details grand theft and war crimes. They benefit Jews by harming Palestinians.At the same time, the Court spurned international law. It also dismissed the opinion of seven distinguished Israeli legal experts.Their judgment is indisputable. Rule of law principles back it. It carries weight. It concluded saying "the license granted to Israeli corporations to mine exhaustible natural minerals in territory under belligerent occupation is illegal." High Court judges know it but ignored them and fundamental international law anyway." ca 5/10/2012
Rights group calls for criminal probe into Israel`s handling of 18 Eritrean migrants returned to EgyptTalila Nesher - Haaretz "Suspicion that the handling of the 18 migrants might be a violation of international law was previously raised in a letter from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Israel, William Tall. The request is based in part on the testimonies of three Eritreans from the original group of 21, who say that the other 18 migrants who were trapped between the border fences were forced back into Egypt." ca5/10/2012
Bedouin village in Negev to be destroyed, Jewish settlement to be built on siteNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "The construction of Jewish Hiran has been promoted by the “Or” movement – an NGO that promotes and facilitates the Judaization of southern and northern Israel." - id3/10/2012
Anti-Christian graffiti sprayed on Jerusalem conventBBC-News - ""What is going on in Israeli society today that permits Christians to be scapegoated and targeted by these acts of violence?"" - id3/10/2012
New Negev Bedouin leadership faces daunting challenges Yeela Raanan - Council for the Unrecognized Bedouin Villages - The latest move in the escalating government offensive aims at erasing the Bedouin village of Im el Hiran, and building in its place a new Jewish community, ironically named "Hiran". The 1,500 residents of Im el Hiran appealed to the courts, requesting that this decision be overturned, but their appeal was denied. 2/10/2012
Israel scrambles Palestinian `right of return` with Jewish refugee talkChrista Case Bryant - Christian Science Monitor - Though many Palestinians recognize at least some Arab Jews as refugees, they are concerned that Israel is trying to cancel its debt to them.2/10/2012
Ein Held unserer Tage / A hero in our time (full German text of the new controversial Guenter Grass poem)Guenter Grass - the Negev where in all silence / his state sought / and achieved nuclear power / and hoped to deceive all the world / and succeeded to do so, until Mordechai Vanunu spoke / and broke the silence. / That`s the name of the hero who hoped to serve his country / by helping to bring the truth to light. [No full translation, alas... bz]1/10/2012
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