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Letter to Joe Claussell - From Israeli Citizens 1/3/2012
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Israel shields public from risks of war with IranGareth Porter - Inter Press Service - The message that Iran is too weak to threaten an effective counterattack is contradicted by one of Israel`s leading experts on Iranian missiles and the head of its missile defence programme for nearly a decade, who says Iranian missiles are capable of doing significant damage to Israeli targets.31/3/2012
MK Zoabi: Struggle for democracy is a struggle against ZionismElsa Rassbach - +972 "To me, Land Day is a day of ongoing and a continuous struggle around the issue of “land property.” This is still the crucial issue between us and the state. The core of the Zionist project is a continuous stealing of land from the Palestinians and transferring it to the Israeli Jews. Renaming the places, the junctions, the villages, the streets, and giving Jewish names to the landscape is part of this “confiscation.” It’s a way to steal from us and confiscate our historical relation with our homeland. This is the meaning of Ariel Sharon’s famous statement in the Knesset in 2002 when he said that the Palestinians inside Israel, whom he called “Israeli Arabs,” in effect have only temporary “rights in the land,” the land not yet confiscated, but “all the rights over the Land of Israel are Jewish rights.” ca30/3/2012
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Israeli interrogated en route home for activism in Palestinian causeLeehee Rothschild - +972 "They recommended that I keep it private, which was one motive for publishing this story. This so-called friendly conversation, just like the less friendly police raid on my house about a year ago, are meant to intimidate and threaten me and others like me. They want us to know that we are being watched, tapped, and followed. They try to frighten us into submission, and to terrorize us into silence. They will fail. Three hours of interrogation were a small price to pay compared with the suffering of my Palestinian partners, and I will keep on raising my voice for freedom and justice, until the whole world will chant along." ca30/3/2012
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PA foreign minister defends arrest of journalistMa`an News Agency - "Riyad al-Malki told reporters on the sidelines of an Arab summit in Iraq that the arrest of Yousef al-Shayeb was justified, and suggested he and the government were victims."I`m surprised some journalists reacted emotionally on behalf of their colleague without hearing the other side`s case, or considering for a moment if Yousef al-Shayeb is the oppressor or the oppressed," he said. The minister is a central character in the report al-Shayeb filed for Jordan`s al-Ghad newspaper." ca 30/3/2012
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Deal reached to free Hana ShalabiMa`an News Agency - "The officials say Shalabi will be sent to Gaza for three years in exchange for giving up a 43-day strike against Israel`s policy of holding detainees without charge.The Palestinian prisoners society confirmed the deal in a statement praising Shalabi`s resolve. It expressed its appreciation for her efforts to bring attention to Israel`s policies toward prisoners." ca 30/3/2012
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Olmert to J Street: Abbas a partner for peaceYitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - "...return to pre-1967 borders, coupled with land swaps only way to achieve peace." - id 28/3/2012
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Israel`s contentious Bedouin relocation plan passes PM`s Office panel Jack Khoury - Haaretz - "`Prawer Plan` calls for relocation of up to 30,000 Bedouin from areas not recognized by the government as residential locations." - id 28/3/2012
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Former Arab soccer player: Beitar Jerusalem fans, the `most dangerous` in Israel Oz Rosenberg - Haaretz - "Civil society NGOs are expecting hundreds to participate in a tolerance march to be held outside the Malha mall tonight." - id 28/3/2012
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UN panel urges Israel to shelve `racist` Bedouin relocation planDana Weiler-Polak - Haaretz - UN committee says the proposed "Law for the Regulation of the Bedouin Settlement in the Negev", better known as "The Prawer Plan", is discriminatory and would legalize racist practices. Implementation might result in 30,000 or more Bedouins being forcibly uprooted from "unrecognized villages" and "relocated" to impoverished "townships". 27/3/2012
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Britain bans ad promoting tourism to Israel for blurring 1967 bordersBarak Ravid - Haaretz - Britain`s Advertising Standards Authority said from looking at the map one could get the impression that the West Bank and Golan Heights are a part of Israel, rather than the "subject of much international dispute." Another reason for banning the ad - that it replaced the internationally-recognized term "West Bank" with "Judea and Samaria." bz 24/3/2012
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Friday of pride and dignityDozens of cases of suffocation by poison gas in the weekly march which organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlements in Bil`in, the march comes to support Palestinian prisoners especially the prisoner Hana` Shalabi in her hunger strike.24/3/2012
Video: Palestinian children ex-detaineesAlternative Information Center: It is estimated that 8,000 Palestinian children, including some as young as 12-years-old, have been arrested and detained by the Israeli authorities since 2000. gm24/3/2012
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Iranians respond to Israeli Facebook initiative: Israel, we love you tooOded Yaron - Haaretz "“My Israeli friends, I do not hate you; I do not want war. love, Peace,” read many Iranian posters that were posted by Iranians to the new group page. Most of the Iranians, who posted messages to the Facebook group, did so with their faces partially veiled, probably out of fear from the Iranian authorities. On Saturday, Edry said that Iranian group members explained that they could be arrested if recognized in the photos." ca 23/3/2012
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Celebrating womenAmany Abdel-Moneim - Al-Ahram Weekly "Citizen advocates, public figures, donors, athletes, policy-makers, artists, musicians, peer organisations, partners and supporters, humanitarians and global leaders all gathered to celebrate the achievements of Egyptian women and to support girls` and women`s empowerment. Yet, some Egyptian women who were central to the revolution worry that their lives may change for the worse in future." ca23/3/2012
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Gov’t interrogations decision will prompt increased use of tortureYossi Gurvitz - +972 - "We can safely assume that once the police are allowed not to tape an interrogation, they will not tape it." - id 21/3/2012
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Israelis to demonstrate against Iran attack amid growing web campaignHaggai Matar - +972 - "We, the citizens of Israel and Iran, are not enemies. Our leaders are inciting a disastrous war – and we’re all trying to prevent it." - id 21/3/2012
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Ashton slammed for Toulouse-Gaza linkEuropean Commission (EU) / UNRWA / Financial Times - "We remember young people who have been killed in all sorts of terrible circumstances - the Belgian children having lost their lives in a terrible tragedy, and when we think of what happened in Toulouse today, when we remember what happened in Norway a year ago, when we know what is happening in Syria, when we see what is happening in Gaza and in different parts of the world - we remember young people and children who lose their lives". (From Ahston`s speech during Gazan children`s visit to Brussels]20/3/2012
Iran strike a death wish Yakir Elkariv - Ynet - The Iron Dome missile defense system, which everyone takes great pride in, is capable of intercepting several missiles, but it is doubtful whether it would bring any benefit in the face of hundreds of missiles fired at once. 20/3/2012
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Einstein`s 1929 peace effort published msnbc.com staff - In a 1929 letter to Falastin editor Azmi El-Nashashibi, Einstein suggests the establishment of a secret council, consisting of four Jews and four Arabs that would meet weekly to thrash out Middle East problems. 20/3/2012
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How many violations of US arms laws are too many? Franklin Lamb - Al-Manar - It depends whether the miscreant enjoys “We will always have your back regardless”… status19/3/2012
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London father-in-law emailed Assad advice -GuardianAsharq-Alawsat- Report "Bashar al-Assad`s father-in-law, a London doctor who had been seen as a modernising influence on him, has been offering advice to the Syrian leader on how to depict his bloody crackdown on a popular uprising to the world, Britain`s Guardian newspaper said on Friday, quoting intercepted emails.In the message he accused Britain`s publicly-funded BBC of a "facts distortion policy" and asked why the U.N. Human Rights Council was so concerned about Syrian deaths when compared to the toll in last year`s overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya." ca 16/3/2012
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Evangelical church meets `at the checkpoint`Charlotte Alfred - Ma`an News Agency "The evangelical church is waking up," says Alex Awwad, a founder of the Christ at the Checkpoint conference that packed out a Bethlehem hotel this week."I can no longer speak about my suffering without being called an anti-semite … I am not anti-semitic, I am a semite," Isaac told the 600-odd delegates in Bethlehem for the five-day gathering.Two years ago, the first conference gathered 100 Christians from abroad. It has tripled numbers this year, adding a strong local attendance." Participants confided they had been warned not to come, and Israeli press slammed what it described as the `anti-Israel` agenda of the conference." ca16/3/2012
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The myth of Israel’s favorable treatment of Palestinian ChristiansFida Jiryis - Mondoweiss "Israel`s fundamental basis is as a racist state built for Jews only, and the majority of the Jewish population doesn`t really care what religion we are if we`re not Jewish. In my daily dealings with the State, all I have felt is rudeness and overt contempt." ca16/3/2012
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The heritage of death Haaretz Editorial "As though a bridge, downtown promenades in three cities, streets, public parks, a moshav, a settlement outpost, a military base, a synagogue and a postage stamp were not enough, the Ze`evi memorial campaign has added classroom lessons, a memorial day and an education prize to commemorate Ze`evi`s name, character and activities. And there`s more: Starting this year, the government will allocate from NIS 3 million to NIS 4.9 million to memorialize him." ca16/3/2012
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NGO Monitor and Adalah: The thinly veiled agendaYehudit Karp - The Times of Israel - NGO Monitor recently went public with an op-ed it knew to be wrong, along with some manipulative interpretation. Having wrongly accused Adalah of participating in a European BDS conference, they attempted to associate the organization with the BDS campaign — even after they were told of their error and after the conference took place without Adalah’s participation.-rh15/3/2012
In Israel, Druze community divided over military serviceEdmund Sanders - Los Angeles Times - Rising in the ranks alongside future Israeli leaders such as Defense Minister Ehud Barak and former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Asad says, he faced relatively few obstacles as a Druze Arab in the Jewish-dominated military. But he says retirement in 2000 hit him like "a slap in the face."-rh 15/3/2012
Before you expel the Bedouin...Mansour Nsasra - Haaretz - Instead of uprooting 30,000 citizens of the state, the Prawer and the Goldberg committees would have done well to first consult both previous Israeli and British records on the subject of Bedouin land claims. bz 10/3/2012
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Palestine submits 20 heritage sites to UNESCO Alakhbar - AFB "The Palestinians are poised to submit the names of 20 sites in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza for addition to UNESCO`s list of World Heritage sites, an official said on Thursday."Within the next few days, we will submit a tentative list of 20 sites to be added to the list," Omar Awadallah, head of the UN department at the Palestinian foreign ministry, told AFP." ca 9/3/2012
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Abbas to deliver ‘mother of all letters’ to IsraelKHALED ABU TOAMEH - Jerusalem Post "Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will deliver a “political letter” to Israel and a number of other countries next week outlining the Palestinians’ conditions for resuming the peace process, Azzam al-Ahmed, a member of the Fatah central committee, said on Thursday." ca9/3/2012
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Case disruptedMohamed Abdel-Baky - Al-Ahram Weekly "Defence lawyer Negad El-Borai told the Weekly that the prosecution case lacked solid evidence and the indictment submitted by the investigating committee was confused."The only viable charge is that the defendants were working without a licence from the Egyptian government which is hardly a serious matter under Egyptian law," said El-Borai. He argued that the Egyptian media was guilty of a systematic campaign of defamation as it sought to portray the defendants as "foreign agents and spies" when "the only thing they wanted to do was serve their country". ca 9/3/2012
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WATCH: Former head of Israeli Mossad: Now is not the time to attack IranHaaretz - "Dagan tells CBS he doesn’t think Israel should strike Iran’s nuclear industry anytime soon, an attack that would have to include “a large number of targets.” Dagan agrees with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and President Obama that there is still time to wait before dire actions need to be taken." ca 9/3/2012
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AI Urgent Action: Palestinian Academic receives third detention orderAmnesty International - Palestinian academic Ahmad Qatamesh received a new six-month administrative detention order on 1 March. He has been held without charge or trial since 21 April 2011. 8/3/2012
US Attorney-General claims President has right to murder US citizensMatthew Rothschild - The Progressive - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder just gave a pathetic rationale for allowing the President of the United States to bump off a U.S. citizen. ... Holder also embarrassingly bragged that Osama bin Laden was “brought to justice.” For the leading law enforcement officer of the United States to say that executing an unarmed, surrounded person is the same as bringing that person to “justice” is, in itself, appalling. gm8/3/2012
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Stop `shielding` Israel, Palestinians tell Obama" News - Daily Star - "We could not believe that an American president is out there proving that he is good for Israel," senior Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) member Hanan Ashrawi told reporters." - id 7/3/2012
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Will US rescue Israeli pilots?Ron Ben-Yishai - Ynet - "Netanyahu knows that Obama needs him on a presidential election year and apparently attempted to leverage this fact to the maximum." - id7/3/2012
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Supreme Court modifies police search procedure Aviad Glickman - Ynet - ""This verdict signifies a very important decision made by the Supreme Court. It marks another step towards strengthening civil rights in Israel."" - id 7/3/2012
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Maradona: `I am the number one fan of the Palestinian people`NET2 News - “I am the number one fan of the Palestinian people. I respect them and sympathize with them. They need that we all stand by them,” said embattled Argentine superstar Diego Maradona in Dubai, where he coaches the al-Wasl football team. "I grew up on struggle and standing against injustice” he said.6/3/2012
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Netanyahu missed an opportunity with ObamaGil Hoffman - Jerusalem Post - Meretz leader KM Gal-On: "Netanyahu did not pay back the president for his friendship by answering his questions about when the occupation would end." 6/3/2012
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Transforming Finkelstein BDS attack into opportunityDavid Letwin - Electronic Intifada "There have been a number of thoughtful and incisive rebuttals to the recent video interview in which Norman Finkelstein absurdly calls the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against apartheid Israel a “cult,” and admonishes Palestinians to limit their struggle to the “two-state solution” (“Video: Arguing the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign with Norman Finkelstein (interviewed by Frank Barat),” 9 February 2012)." ca2/3/2012
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Courting bad relationsMohamed Abdel-Baky - Al-Ahram Weekly "The trial of American and European NGO workers begins this week. Last week Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul-Naga told the press that the US had used NGOs to create chaos in Egypt. A statement signed by 30 Egyptian NGOs condemned what they said was a campaign of "ongoing slander intended to intimidate civil society organisations, particularly human rights groups". ca 2/3/2012
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Yalla Peace: No one knows nose jobs better RAY HANANIA - J-Post - "If Arabs and Jews share anything, it is that they are often stereotyped as having large noses." - id14/3/2012
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The incomplete media debate on IranGlenn Greenwald - Salon.com - North Americans are continuously bombarded with the claims of Israeli officials while others views on Iran are excluded. gm3/3/2012
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Impromptu Israeli checkpoint in LondonAn impromptu Israeli checkpoint right in the heart of Central London last Saturday. In solidarity with the people of Al-Khalil (Hebron) in the West Bank and the Open Shuhada Street campaign. gm3/3/2012
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Protection of civilians weekly report, 22-28 February 2012UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Occupied Palestinian Territory. gm3/3/2012
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Iran is not AuschwitzYehuda Bauer - Haaretz - Bombing Iran, not Iran`s bomb, could destroy Israel12/3/2012
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