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I’m a `lucky` Palestinian: instead of being jailed, I’m subjected to racial profiling Yara Hawari - The Electronic Intifada - Now Palestinian citizens of Israel are allowed to stand in the Israeli queue. They have a new system of security checks that lead to one being classified with numbers ranging from one to six, six being considered the highest security threat.-rh 30/5/2012
Blair aide evades political reality in walking guide to West BankSarah Irving - The Electronic Intifada - "... the endorsement on the back cover from “the Right Honorable Tony Blair,” a war criminal masquerading as a peace envoy, who has failed to stand up to Israeli settlement-building and other abuses of human rights." - id30/5/2012
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Breaking News: Journalist Uri Blau to stand trial for possession of leaked documentsDimi Reider - +972 - "Almost every journalist with claims to be anything but a stenographer for the army spokesman has held onto classified information – written or otherwise – that was received outside official channels, without authorisation." - id 30/5/2012
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A Palestinian king in London: On Ashtar’s ‘Richard II’Yuval Ben-Ami - +972 - This week, Israel’s national theatre, Habima, will bring its production of “The Merchant of Venice” to London, as part of the Globe Theatre’s multi-linguial Shakespeare festival. The following is a review of the Palestinian contribution to the same festival: Ashtar Theatre’s Richard II. It originally appeared in Hebrew in the Tel Aviv culture magazine Achbar Ha’ir28/5/2012
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Tel Aviv ‘Race Riots’ Reveal Much About IsraelRan HaCohen - AntiWar - "Indeed, the asylum seekers are neatly placed into the square allotted to Palestinians and Arabs. ‘Cancer’ is just one common image. The ‘demographic threat’ is evoked against the Africans too: Netanyahu has warned that the 60,000 (about 0.8% of Israel’s total population) ‘might become 600,000 and destroy Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.’ On the backdrop of this blatant incitement, Netanyahu’s condemnation of violence after the riots is nothing but lip service"28/5/2012
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Migrants are not `cancer`Oscar Olivier - Ynet - I have not yet felt the violence personally, but I feel that it’s getting closer to me. So close that it’s hard to breathe. I fled Congo 18 years ago after the government tried to murder me. I entered Israel via Egypt legally and was granted refugee status. bz26/5/2012
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Israel’s Strategic Analyst: Attack Iran, Propose Mideast Peace DealRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "Israel’s premier strategic analyst, Yehezkel Dror, has produced a new study for the Begin-Sadat Center which advocates a military attack on Iran accompanied by an Israeli proposal for a comprehensive peace deal. Essentially, this paper is a blueprint for Bibi Netanyahu in his march toward war. It outlines the major issues he faces in persuading the Israeli public and world opinion that his decision is just. It warns him of the pitfalls that naysayers will suggest and offers him arguments against the nabobs of negativism." ca25/5/2012
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Tel Aviv 2012–Berlin 1938Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "Today, Israel moved one step closer to Nazi Germany circa 1938. In Berlin, Nazis walked the streets terrorizing Jews, smashing windows, burning books and synagogues. Today, in Tel Aviv’s poor Hatikva neighborhood, the cream of Israel’s political Übermenschen, Kahanists Michael Ben Ari, Itamar Ben Gvir and Baruch Marzel terrorized foreign workers who live there with mass violence and nothing less than a pogrom." ca25/5/2012
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Press freedom watchdogs demand release of Palestinian broadcasterRoy Greenslade - The Guardian "Israeli soldiers arrested Baha Khairi Moussa, who runs the Palestine Prisoner Channel, a satellite broadcaster based in the West Bank. They also confiscated the station`s equipment. But the reason for his arrest remains a mystery, as do his whereabouts. Both the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) have called for his release." ca25/5/2012
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Israel offers compensation to Mavi Marmara flotilla raid victimsConal Urquhart - The Guardian "The Israeli government has offered £4m in compensation to the families of Turkish activists killed by Israeli commandos who stormed a ship taking part in an aid flotilla in May 2010, according to a lawyer representing the victims.Ramzan Ariturk said the money would have been paid to a Jewish foundation in Turkey for distribution and would be followed by a statement of "regret" for the raid by the Israeli government on the Mavi Marmara, which was bound for the Gaza Strip." ca25/5/2012
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Airports Authority withdraws hiring ban on Arab cab drivers+972 - "The Airports Authority this week canceled the directive and tried to distance itself from its wording, seeming to chalk it up to a contractual misunderstanding and personnel mishap. The relevant portions of the Airport Authority’s response text are translated below." ca25/5/2012
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Attorney General against prosecuting authors of book justifying killing of non-JewsTomer Zarchin - Haaretz "The book, written in 2009 by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, was endorsed by two other rabbis, Yitzhak Ginzburg and Dov Lior. The authors describe it as a discussion of Jewish law on the conditions under which it is permissible to kill a non-Jew in times of war and peace.The book`s publication led to the launch of a criminal investigation against the four rabbis for incitement to racism and violence." ca 25/5/2012
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How I survived a Tel Aviv mob attackHaggai Matar - +972 - Last night I had to flee a raging mob not too far from my home in south Tel Aviv. After long speeches of incitement by right-wing parliamentarians, the masses stormed after me and a fellow journalist, and then turned on African asylum seekers, their businesses and their homes. This is how it happened.-rh 24/5/2012
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Israeli politicians are fanning the flames of anti-migrant tensionSeth Freedman - The Guardian - Tuesday`s rally saw Marzel – never one to shy away from stirring up racial tension – lead his acolytes through the refugees` neighbourhood, flying the flags of the banned extremist Kahane Chai group.-rh 24/5/2012
"I want to live in a state that’s not racist;" a Bedouin keeps fighting for his people’s rightsJillian Kestler-D`Amours - EI - "Today, nearly 200,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel live in the Naqab. Half the population live in government-planned Bedouin townships, which suffer from widespread unemployment, crime and poverty, and which provide little to no services for their residents." - id 23/5/2012
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High Court: Arabs deserve tax breaksAviad Glickman - Ynet - "Addressing the failure to provide the Arab communities with tax breaks, the judges wrote: “This is a blatant violation of the equality principle.” - id 23/5/2012
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IDF on ‘hunt’ for draft dodgers, desertersSahar Vardi - +972 - "...perhaps the time has come to admit that the “people’s army” is dead, and to abolish the law of mandatory conscription. For everyone." - id 23/5/2012
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Revealed: Arab cabbies banned from driving BG Airport staffDimi Reider - +972 - "The directive, signed by the airport’s transportation director Shuki Shemer, quite simply bans the company from employing “drivers from minorities, including all routes.”" - id 23/5/2012
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FM Lieberman sticks to refusing cooperation with Knesset commission headed by KM TibiLahav Harkov - Jerusalem Post - Despite censure by the Knesset Ethics Committee, Foreign Minister Lieberman refuses to cooperate with the Parliamentary Inquiry on the Integration of Arab Employees in the Public Sector, headed by KM Ahamd Tibi. Minister are obliged by law to cooperate with all Knesset committees and commissions, but in line with his racist ideology Lieberman simply refuses to comply. 22/5/2012
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Family of slain Hamas leader seek to block Israeli film poking fun at 2010 Dubai hitAssociated Press/Ha`aretz - Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, allegedly involved in smuggling weapons from Iran to Hamas, was assassinated in 2010 at a Dubai luxury hotel. Mossad never confirmed or denied involvement. Faik, al-Mabhouh`s younger brother, regards the film - featuring Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli as a temptress working for the hit team - as slandering his brother`s name, "turning him from a freedom fighter into a womanizer". 22/5/2012
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Teaching second graders to love the country through deathAmi Kaufman - +972 - It’s the little things, the everyday things, that really make you wonder about where this place is headed21/5/2012
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Report: Denmark set to label settlement produceMa`an - The Danish FM said that stricter controls and labeling of settlement produce should be seen as part of the European Union`s support for a two state solution. Enforcing controls on settlement produce also shows the Palestinians that the world is against illegal settlement building. 19/5/2012
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Labels must reflect true place of originStaff business reporter - IOL.co.za - Rob Davies, South Africa`s Minister of Trade and Industry, says SA traders who falsely label products that originate from the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) as coming from Israel are in breach of the Consumer Protection Act. 19/5/2012
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Arafat Adviser Suspected of Embezzling Millions of Dollars`William Temple - IMEMC "Ma`an News has reported from Bethlehem that Muhammad Rashid, a former adviser to the late President Yasser Arafat, is accused of embezzling tens of millions of dollars, the head of the PA Anti-Corruption Commission said Wednesday.Natsheh`s Commission was set up by the Palestinian Authority in 2010 in an internationally-lauded effort to crack down on corruption." ca 18/5/2012
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Israel bans Lebanese edition of Jewish philosophical workAkiva Eldar - Haaretz "Customs authorities are holding up a new version of a seminal work in Jewish thought because importing this Arabic-language edition "violates laws regarding trade with the enemy." The book was printed in Beirut.The work is the Kuzari by Yehuda Halevi, a Spanish Jewish poet and philosopher who died in 1141. Dozens of copies are being held in storage at customs at the Allenby Bridge, which crosses into Jordan." ca 18/5/2012
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A tale of two Zionists: the dramatic origins of IsraelDONALD MACINTYRE - Independent - "...the ideological division which still reverberates in today`s failure to achieve consensus within Israel on how to end its conflict with the Palestinians." id 16/5/2012
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Palestinians in Egypt insist on right to returnRami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - "“I cannot see my only daughter [in Gaza]. The law here states that a woman over the age of 60 can cross the Rafah terminal between Gaza and Egypt easily. I have applied for a permit from the authorities here but have been refused. Is that because I am a refugee?”" - id 16/5/2012
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`Nakba Day`? Not in our classroomTzvika Brot - Ynet - "Knesset contemplating bill that would deny budgets from universities that permit `anti-Israel` events." id 16/5/2012
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Top U.S. think tank warns against Israeli, American strike on IranAmir Oren - Haaretz - "RAND Corporation sides with Mossad chief Meir Dagan and former Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin, openly disagreeing with Netanyahu and Barak`s belligerent stance on Iran." - id 16/5/2012
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Egypt brokers deal to end hunger strikeMa`an - "We are waiting for the strikers’ response on what was agreed on, the leaders of the strike will meet today in Ashkelon prison to discuss the issue and announce their final position, which will determine the future of the strike." 14/5/2012
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Education minister: TAU Nakba event `outrageous` JPost staff - Tel Aviv University approved the students` May 14 Nakba commemoration ceremony. The notoriously nationalistic Education Minister Gideon Sa`ar urged TAU President Professor Joseph Klaftner to reconsider. bz 12/5/2012
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Egyptian presidential candidates in first television debateAbdel-Rahman Hussein - Guardian - "Moussa said relations with Israel must be reconfigured until a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital was created. Abul-Futoh was more scathing, labelling Israel a threat to Egypt with its 200 nuclear warheads." - id 11/5/2012
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State of Israel Dispossesses Negev BedouinRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Not content with dispossessing nearly 1 million Israeli Palestinians during the Nakba through exile and theft of their land, Israel is repeating this Original Sin against the Negev Bedouin, who’ve lived in their homes for decades. The State now intends to expel the Bedouin from these settlements, where they’ve lived for several generations, and to appropriate the land for itself.-rh9/5/2012
Master Tactician in Israel Adds Power in a Coalition DealJODI RUDOREN - NYT - "Netanyahu listed “advancing a responsible peace process” among the new coalition’s four top missions, but was quick to reiterate his longstanding position that the process was stalled because of an unwilling partner, not lack of willingness within his camp." - id 9/5/2012
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Zionist history: A short quizNeve Gordon - AlJazeera - Take this test to find out how much you know about the gradual shift in Israeli political thought over the decades7/5/2012
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Abbas-Fayyad feud imperils PAKhaled Amayreh - Al-ahram Weekly "Last week, Abbas asked Fayyad to deliver a much-heralded letter, elucidating Palestinian warnings about the precariousness of the stalled peace process with Israel, to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the latter`s office in West Jerusalem.Fayyad refused to deliver the letter, arguing, "I am not a delivery boy, or post man. I must keep my dignity." ca 4/5/2012
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Early elections cancelled; Kadima joins gov`tLilach Weissman - Globes - MK Danny Danon of Likud: "This move will parachute a left-wing party called Kadima into the government. This is a blow to the settlement movement." Labor leader Shelly Yachimovich: "With the burial of Kadima, the Labor Party will lead the opposition with vigor and belief."8/5/2012
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Netanyahu forges unity govt, election delayedMa`an - The accord stunned the political establishment and drew swift condemnation from the center-left Labour party, which had been touted in opinion polls to be on course for a resurgence at the expense of Kadima. "This is a pact of cowards and the most contemptible and preposterous zigzag in Israel`s political history," party leader Shelly Yachimovich was quoted as saying in the media. 8/5/2012
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Israel closes inquiry into Palestinian family killed during Gaza war Harriet Sherwood - Guardian - ""The way the army has exempted itself of responsibility for this event … is intolerable," said Yael Stein. An investigation process independent of the army was needed. " - id 2/5/2012
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Egypt blocks the pipeNiveen Wahish and Sherine Abdel-Razek - Al-Ahram - "Gas was being exported at a quarter of its real price and the Israelis, unlike the Jordanians, to whom Egypt also exports natural gas, had refused to renegotiate the contract." - id 2/5/2012
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Gaza rocket fired at south; IDF retaliatesElior Levy - Ynet - "The strike was carried out in response to the firing of a Qassam rocket which exploded in the Hof Ashkelon regional Council on Tuesday." - id 2/5/2012
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The late Benzion Netanyahu’s appalling views on ArabsLarry Derfner - +972 Magazine - Prof. Benzion Netanyahu, who this week passed away at the age of 102, is known to have had a profound influence on his son, the Prime Minister. In an interview which he gave to Ma`ariv three years ago – and whose publication the PM`s bureau at the time tried to prevent – Prof. Netanyahu expressed his view that there is no Palestinian people, that peace is utterly impossible, and that the one and only way to deal with Arabs is to keep them down by brute force.1/5/2012
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The unjust court ruling against the Negev Bedouins and what can be done about itFriends of Nuri el-Okbi - Some of the Bedouins have tried to challenge the system of dispossession. Notable among them is Nuri el-Okbi, long-time dedicated human rights activist. In recent years, Nuri and his brothers are conducting a series of law suits against the state, demanding restoration of the lands taken from them in the fifties. ak5/5/2012
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Israelis, Iranians meet in Berlin to protest war speak, Iran sanctionsRoy Arad - Haaretz - "Germany supplies the Iranian regime, for example, with surveillance equipment used to break the resistance. When we heard of the delivery of a German nuclear submarine to Israel, it was too much. We felt we have to do something. We saw that our Israeli friends are dealing with it also, so decided to act together." bz 5/5/2012
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