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On Cabinet Approval of Benny Begin Plan for Negev Bedouin: Plan Continues Racist Policy of DispossessionACRI - (...) such steps will uproot dozens of villages and displace tens of thousands of Bedouin residents, dispossessing them of their property and historical rights to the lands. Thousands of families will be forced into poverty and unemployment while their community life and social fabric is destroyed. Concurrent to these initiatives, the government is promoting the establishment of new Jewish communities, some of which are even planned on the sites of Bedouin villages slated for eviction and demolition. bz 29/1/2013
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Israeli soccer club`s fans object to Muslim playersOri Lewis - Ma`an News Agency - "At a Premier League game on Saturday, Beitar Jerusalem supporters held a banner reading `Beitar will always remain pure`. Other signs hoisted by fans also protested against its owner`s intention to have two Muslim Chechen players join"28/1/2013
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Close your books! We’re having a pop quiz in Hasbara!Ami Kaufman - +972 - Israel’s Hasbara Ministry is starting early these days. ‘Yedioth Aharonoth’ profiles the 10-year-old children who are being trained to ‘make the case for Israel,’ and tests their new skills 28/1/2013
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Israel gave birth control to Ethiopian Jews without their consent Alistair Dawber - The Independent - "Israel has admitted for the first time that it has been giving Ethiopian Jewish immigrants birth-control injections, often without their knowledge or consent"28/1/2013
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Abbas asks Israel to let in Palestinians fleeing SyriaNoah Browning - Reuters - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tried to get Israel to let 150,000 Palestinians fleeing war in Syria resettle in the West Bank, but dropped the request after the Jewish state demanded they first give up their right of return, he said. bz26/1/2013
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Shin Bet: No Israelis killed in West Bank terror in 2012, first year since 1973Gili Cohen - Haaretz "Throughout 2012, there were 578 registered terror attacks in the West Bank as opposed to 320 incidents registered in 2011.There was a 42% increase in the number of registered terror attacks that included shooting, use of explosive devices, or grenades. According to the Shin Bet`s figures, for the first time since 1973, no Israeli civilians were killed by terror attacks in the West Bank, although ten Israelis were killed during security-related incidents in other parts of the country." ca 25/1/2013
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With All Votes in, Netanyahu Assesses the DamageJODI RUDOREN - NYT "About 56 percent of Arab voters cast ballots on Tuesday, according to the Israeli news media, a stronger showing than had been widely predicted. It was thought that frustration with the performance of Arab lawmakers and a call to boycott the elections in protest of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians might depress turnout among Israel’s 1.5 million Arab citizens to below 50 percent; instead it rose a bit from the 53 percent in 2009.One thing that seems clear, though, is that the three Arab-dominated parties, which had 10 seats combined before the vote and 11 seats after it will be left out in the cold." ca25/1/2013
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Individuality and the hijabNehal Elmeligy - Al Ahram Weekly "I started wearing the hijab when I was 13 years old simply because I believed it was the right thing to do. I then had a multi-layered battle with the hijab, but after having worn it for more than ten years I decided I wanted to go on a journey of discovering myself and so I took it off. Aside from someone meeting me after I had taken off the hijab and not recognising me, I have never felt as conscious of my uncovered head as I did during the human chain in Mokattam. I had no idea it was so important to be labelled. I had no idea it was an issue just to walk the streets of Cairo with my religious identity kept to myself." ca25/1/2013
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Ynet updates: Likud troubled by high turnout in leftist areas 22/1/2013
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Rising Chorus Backs Israeli Annexation of West Bank Nathan Jeffay - The Jewish Daily FORWARD - Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been conspicuously silent during the election campaign regarding his plans for the Israeli-occupied West Bank. But some of his close associates have been very open about theirs. BZ 22/1/2013
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The two-state solution: one nation decides Alistair Dawber - The Independent - As right-wingers gain support, the Israeli election could end hopes for peace talks21/1/2013
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Bayit Yehudi candidate calls for resettling GazaGil Hoffman - The Jerusalem Post - No. 13 on party list Horowitz calls to return Gush Katif evacuees to the Strip, rebuild dismantled W. Bank settlements21/1/2013
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Remembering Palestinian refugeesKhaled Dawoud - Al-Ahram - "I sometimes feel that Palestinian refugees, in particular, are the most frustrated among frustrated Palestinians. They feel there is a big contrast between the dynamic situation in other parts of the Arab region and the stagnation that exists in Palestine." - id 23/1/2013
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Links between struggle and art probed in new book on Palestinian poetsSarah Irving - The Electronic Intifada - "Khaled Furani’s Silencing the Sea: Secular Rhythms in Palestinian Poetry is an anthropological study of Palestinian poets, particularly those living in Israel and the occupied West Bank." - id 23/1/2013
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Palestinians warn of `apartheid state` if Netanyahu wins Israeli election The Associated Press--An aide to President Abbas says settlement construction puts the two-state solution at risk and may lead to one state, where a Palestinian majority would have to struggle for equality. dn20/1/2013
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Embarrassment at Israeli President Shimon Peres`s HouseShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor, the pulse of the Middle East - When we were informed that we received the Outstanding Exporter Award, I thought about including some of our Palestinian workers in the ceremony to highlight the sense of solidarity and hope that can be felt throughout our factory. After all, these are the very people who produce the products for which we were receiving that award.” [N.B.: This is about Soda Stream`s CEO Birnbaum behaving and speaking dovish, but it is to be seen against the background of Soda Stream having its main plant in the occupied West Bank - Soda Stream products being a well-known target of the boycott of settlement products-bz] 19/1/2013
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Governor: Nablus gunmen hand themselves in to PA custodyMa`an News Agency - "Ten Palestinian gunmen turned themselves in to Palestinian Authority security forces in the northern West Bank on Thursday evening, according to the regional governor.The group, from Balata refugee camp in Nablus, are being held in Junaid prison and will face charges, Nablus governor Jibrin al-Bakri told Ma`an." ca18/1/2013
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Right-wing Israeli group admits using PIs to spy on leftist NGOsNir Hasson - Haaretz "The Im Tirtzu organization used private investigators to collect information on human rights organizations, its leader told a court Thursday. Chairman Ronen Shoval said his group also asked Yesh Din said on Thursday: "Secret surveillance of a human rights organization is a despicable act of political violence." investigators to snoop on the lawyers representing those groups." ca18/1/2013
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Rightists protest `illegal construction` in Arab villageHassan Shaalan - Ynet - ""It`s ridiculous that the whole country should be up-in-arms because of these lunatic racists. We`re not the provocateurs; this visit is provoking the entire region."" - id 16/1/2013
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Likud accuses Obama of `gross interference` in elections GIL HOFFMAN and HERB KEINON - J-Post - "The officials said Obama had been swayed against Netanyahu by President Shimon Peres and former prime minister Ehud Olmert." - id 16/1/2013
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Patronizing much? Haaretz prints editorial in Arabic, urging Palestinian citizens to voteNoam Sheizaf - +972 - Despair and abstention are the worst enemies of [the civic] struggle, and they are luxuries that Israel’s citizens can’t afford. Massive Arab turnout in this election would serve all those who aspire to democracy in this country, Jews and Arabs alike. The Arab citizenry must get out and vote − for peace, for equality and for democracy. [Sheizaf wonders whether this isn`t too patronizing, but does provide a scan of the Haaretz-Hebrew page with the editorial in two languages-bz] 15/1/2013
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EU working on new Mideast peace planItamar Eichner - Ynet - "There is great movement behind the scenes," a senior Israeli official said. "They are drafting a document which will present the principles of the future peace accord, putting it on the table as a challenge. It is likely the Palestinians will accept it and that Israel will have some difficulty. It will drive us into the corner. bz 15/1/2013
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Britain and France `spearheading new Middle East peace plan` Robert Tait - The Telegraph - This requires Israelis and Palestinians to return to negotiations, Israel to stop illegal settlement building, Palestinian factions to reconcile with each other and the international community led by the United States and supported by European nations to make a huge effort to push the peace process forward urgently. 15/1/2013
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UN chief renews call to halt E1 building plansJerusalem Post staff - Ban stressed that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law and [after the Palestinian nonviolent protest in E1] repeated his call that "any such settlement plans for E-1 must be rescinded." bz15/1/2013
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Israeli settlement products need EU ban, says human rights reportHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - Palestinian organisation Al Haq says Europe is obliged under international law to ban the trade that underpins occupation14/1/2013
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Right-wing activists to march in Arab town, MusmusThe Jerusalem Post - MK Michael Ben-Ari and Strong Israel candidates Ben-Gvir, Marzel given police approval for "No obligations, no rights" march14/1/2013
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IDF conscientious objector says he won`t give in to pressureAmira Hass - Haaretz "Natan Blank, 19, has been in prison for nearly two months for refusing to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces because he opposes the occupation. On November 19 he arrived at the induction center and declared his refusal to serve. He was immediately jailed for 10 days by an IDF disciplinary court, and since then has repeatedly refused to be inducted and has had his imprisonment extended three times." ca11/1/2013
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WATCH: Finally, an Israeli politician demanding Arab-Jewish unityMairav Zonszein - +972 "if I do vote, I know who I will vote for: Da’am, the Arab-Jewish workers’ party. I’m not going to elaborate much more, at least not in this post (you can read their platform here), because I think the message in the video below by the party’s chairwoman, Asma Agbaria Zahalka – a Palestinian citizen of Israel from Jaffa – " ca11/1/2013
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Financial Crisis in the West BankEditorial - NYT "This is not a problem that can be swept under the rug. Whatever the criticisms of the Palestinian Authority, and there are many, Israel has increasingly depended on it to manage and keep the peace in a strategically critical swath of territory. If there is ever to be a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, there has to be a competent government to run a Palestinian state and leaders with whom to make a deal." ca11/1/2013
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Army Attacks Arab MK While Protesting Home DemolitionSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "Israeli soldiers and policemen attacked, Wednesday, Arab member of Knesset (MK) of the Arab Democratic Party, Talab El-Sana’, as he protested the demolition of an Arab home in Tal Es-Sabe’ village, near Be’er Es-Sabe’ (Beersheba).As-Sane’ stated that the Israeli policies against the Arabs and Palestinian, mainly home demolition policies, are “fascist policy”, and added that “in civilized and democratic countries, governments provide aid to the residents during natural disasters, such as storms, but Israel demolishes Arab homes in extreme weather conditions without any mercy, and leaves the children out in the cold”. ca 11/1/2013
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Domestic issues dominating elections, candidates admit… at foreign-policy debateRaphael Ahren - Times of Israel - "Bennett’s meteoric rise from unknown hi-tech millionaire to likely senior minister is the best story of this election season." - id 9/1/2013
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Why didn`t they warn us sooner? Yaron London - Ynet - "It is either because their careers were more important to them than warning the Israeli public, or they believed, in their arrogance, that they are irreplaceable. Either that or they are not telling us the truth." - id 9/1/2013
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Ex-security chief sees risk of Palestinian uprisingReuters - Ynet - "Former Shin Bet Chief Yaakov Peri says Israel must make peace talks a priority; stresses it`s the only solution to rising tensions vis-à-vis Palestinians." - id 9/1/2013
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Arab party`s elections ad banned for `mocking national anthem`Noam Sheizaf - +972 - "The clip shows right-wing legislators (Avigdor Lieberman, Michael-Ben Ari, Danny Danon and Aryeh Eldad) singing the Israeli anthem to an Arabic tune." -id9/1/2013
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Israel`s PM plans to build Syria-Golan fenceAlJazeera - Binyamin Netanyahu pledges to erect 70km barrier along eastern edge of occupied Golan Heights to stop "jihad" fighters7/1/2013
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In an Arab woman, a new hope for Israel`s leftAvner Cohen - Haaretz - Asma Aghbarieh-Zahalka is creating a new political discourse in Israel: revolutionary on one hand but non-radical on the other7/1/2013
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Can Palestine non-violent resistance make into Israel’s education system? Mairav Zonszein--By the time the documentary Five Broken Cameras came out in November 2011, the Palestinian village of Bil’in in the occupied West Bank had already become the symbol of Palestinian non-violent resistance to Israeli settlements and the separation wall/barrier. It had already celebrated six long years of weekly Friday demonstrations by the residents, joined by Israeli and international activists. dn5/1/2013
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Gaza refugee camps portrayed as vibrant and vulnerable in Palestinian contemporary art shown in LondonSarah Irving - Electronic Intifada “These artists have all the right in the world to be on a platform, to have their work seen with dignity, like any other artists,” said Aser El Saqqa, a curator of an exhibition of Palestinian paintings recently displayed in Britain.Born and raised in Gaza, El Saqqa is justly proud of Despite, as the exhibition at the Richmix arts center in east London was called. He assembled this collection, along with Nicola Gray and the organization Arts Canteen." ca4/1/2013
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Gore Went to Bat for Al Jazeera, and HimselfBRIAN STELTER - NYT "Television executives and observers were surprised by both the big price tag and the decision by Mr. Gore, one of the best-known proponents for action to combat global warming, to sell to a Middle Eastern monarchy built with oil wealth.The headline on a FoxNews.com op-ed on Thursday was “Global warming guru Al Gore becomes rich hypocrite with sale of Current TV to Qatar, Inc.” Several analysts said that Al Jazeera overpaid for Current." ca4/1/2013
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PA cancels electricity debts for every West Bank residentMa`an News Agency - "Government spokeswoman Nour Oudeh told Ma’an that all residential bills owed until Dec. 31, 2012 will be canceled. Businesses and people facing investigation for electricity theft will not be included in the deal.The decision aims to open a new chapter of 100 percent enforcement of payment of electricity bills, she said." ca4/1/2013
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Likud members call for Israeli annexation of West Bank territories Harriet Sherwood - The Guardian - extreme rightwing settler Moshe Feiglin, proposed that the state of Israel should pay Palestinian families to leave the West Bank, using funds earmarked for security measures. "We can give every family in Judea and Samaria [the biblical term for the West Bank] $500,000 [£300,000] to encourage [them] to emigrate … This is the perfect solution for us," he said.-rh 2/1/2013
Defend government policy or resign, Israel`s ambassadors are toldMATTHEW KALMAN - Independent - "The undiplomatic bust-up, which occurred behind closed doors but was leaked to the press, reflected mounting frustration among Israeli diplomats who feel they are excluded from key areas of foreign policymaking." - id 2/1/2013
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State accuses Dirani interrogator of abuseYoram Yarkoni - Ynet - "The plaintiff made handcuffed detainee walk naked in the holding facility`s yard while another officer touched the detainee`s buttocks with a club." - id 2/1/2013
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Reform Jews at odds with AIPAC over penalizing Palestinians for UN move Ron Kampeas - JTA - In a letter to Obama the Reform leaders oppose funding cuts to the Palestinians, to the United Nations and “any reduction in the currently recognized Palestinian diplomatic presence.” and they also oppose Israel’s retaliatory plans to build Jewish homes in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank - though supporting “appropriate measures if the Palestinians use their new status at the U.N. to initiate formal action against Israel via the International Criminal Court or other agency.” 1/1/2013
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Israel Set to Boycott U.N. Rights ReviewNick Cumming-Bruce - New York Times - Israel rejected attempts by the United States and others to persuade it to participate, (...) and present their own narrative of their own human rights situation. bz 29/1/2013
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Fatal shootings of unarmed Palestinians raise concerns about Israeli use of forceJoel Greenberg - Washington Post - “The common thread in these cases is the use of lethal force in a policing situation where lethal force is not permitted,” said Sarit Michaeli, the author of the B’Tselem report. “The people who were killed were not posing a mortal threat to the security forces that justifies opening fire with live ammunition.” bz29/1/2013
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Israel`s `Great Book Robbery` unravelledDalia Hatuqa - Al Jazeera - "Many were either recycled into paper (because they "incited" against the nascent Israeli state) or taken to the National Library, where some 6,000 remain with the letters AP - for "abandoned property" - labelled on their spines." - id 30/1/2013
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Sunday Times editor apologises over Benjamin Netanyahu cartoonLisa O`Carroll - Guardian - "Gerald Scarfe `crossed a line` with image of Israeli prime minister published on Holocaust Memorial Day." - id30/1/2013
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New book by Tel Aviv historian uncovers `Land of Israel` mythsAsa Winstanley - EI - "His concluding chapter is a history of al-Sheikh Muwannis, the Palestinian village that Israel ethnically cleansed in 1948 and in place of which his own university now stands." - id 30/1/2013
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