|Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners||Al-Jazeera - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waited to meet the men in the middle of the night. Speaking before thousands, he pledged to continue pressing for the release of long-serving and ill prisoners.
"We will not sign a final peace deal with Israel before all the prisoners are released,`` he said.
|Meretz: We won`t oppose annexation of Jordan Valley ||Dimi Reider - +972 - Far-right politicians prefer it when their more outlandish proposed laws are shot down prudently from across the aisle. To edge out of that role, Zehava Galon declared that her party will no longer rescue Israel’s ruling coalition from itself. bz||31/12/2013|
|Netanyahu: Talks in our interest, but Palestinian must recognize Jewish state||Moran Azulay - Ynet - Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon spoke at the Calcalist committee and said: "Anyone who thinks the conflict will end on the `67 lines is simply wrong. We don`t have to talk too much about the solution; we need to talk about the way. We`re pressuring ourselves with all sorts of statements about time working against us."
|Israeli forces demolish Bedouin village in Negev for 63rd time||Ma`an News- “Forces of demolition and destruction raided our village in the morning and demolished our houses for the 63rd time. This is a barbarian assault as they left residents homeless during wintry weather,” local resident Aziz Sayyah al-Touri told Ma’an.-rh
|Jewish students at Swarthmore Hillel rebel against prohibition on criticizing Israel ||Swarthmore Hillel/Electronic Intifada - In a move that sent shock waves
through the American Jewish community, the Hillel chapter at
Philadelphia’s Swarthmore College declared that it would not comply with
its parent organization’s policy of censoring speech critical of Israeli
policy. The rebellion at Swarthmore was touched off when the Hillel
chapter was forbidden to host Avram Burg, former speaker of Israel`s
Knesset, who in recent years became an outspoken and radical critic of
government policies. Hillel International, the world’s largest Jewish
campus organization, acts as an umbrella group for more than 550
|Erekat: No direct talks with Israel in weeks||Times of Israel staff and AP -
Arab League Assistant Secretary General Mohammad Sbeih said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other Arab officials revealed to an Arab League meeting of foreign ministers that Kerry would present a framework agreement on December 31, according to Ma’an. bz||24/12/2013|
|Arab League nixes US peace deal proposal for IDF presence in West Bank||Herb Keinon, Khaled Abu Toameh - Jerusalem Post - US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peacemaking efforts became that much more difficult on Saturday, when the Arab League effectively rejected security arrangements he recently presented to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. (...) The league was considered instrumental in getting Abbas to agree to reenter negotiations with Israel in late July, and its agreement to amend its peace initiative and include acceptance of the formula of a mutually agreed-upon land swap between Israel and the Palestinians has been hailed by Kerry as a major diplomatic step forward. bz||24/12/2013|
|Revealed from archive: Israel`s secret plan to resettle Arab refugees||Arik Ariel - Haaretz Weekend Magazine - At the conclusion of the first meeting between Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and President Kennedy, held in New York in the autumn of 1961, there was no longer any doubt on the Israeli side that the White House was working on a new initiative concerning the Arab refugees ... Ben-Gurion did not like (to put it mildly) the idea presented to him by the president, which called for ... [a number] to return to Israel. bz||21/12/2013|
|Middle East: The politics of water ||Al-Jazeera -
"Who stands to gain from the historic deal signed to address a critical shortage of water in the region?" ca||20/12/2013|
|Nelson Mandela Received Training From Israeli Agents, Secret Documents Say||Ofer Aderet and David Fachler -
"A letter sent from the Mossad to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem reveals that Mandela underwent military training by Mossad operatives in Ethiopia during this period. These operatives were unaware of Mandela’s true identity. The letter, classified top secret, was dated October 11, 1962 – about two months after Mandela was arrested in South Africa, shortly after his return to the country." ca
|Remembering Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, 1943-2013||Nancy Murray -
"As he told the Boston Globe in April 1997 when he was in Boston to receive the first human rights award given by the Physicians for Human Rights, “I started as a physician in Gaza and did not want to be involved in politics. But many of my patients were victims of torture and I became drawn into advocacy. Defending human rights is my major obsession.” ca||20/12/2013|
|Two Detainees Moved To Hospital In Serious Condition||Saed Bannoura -
"The distance between Hadarim prison and the Ramla Hospital is less than one hour”, Khatib said. “But it took the ambulance nearly eight hours.” He added that the physicians at the Ramla Hospital decided to release Raddad, at approximately 6:30 in the morning, and he was moved back to the Hadarim Prison." ca
|Apartheid and the Arab world||Khaled Diab -
"And despite post-apartheid South Africa’s many imperfections, this rainbow nation also provides our bitterly divided region with an inspiring model of reconciliation and healing." ca||20/12/2013|
|Prawer protesters beaten, threatened with rape by Israeli police in Haifa||Sawsan Khalife` -
The Electronic Intifada -
"Rawan Eghbareyeh, a lawyer and protest organizer, said that the violence by Israeli forces was intended to pressure Palestinians into ceasing political activities." - id
|WATCH: `Canada Park` built on destroyed Palestinian villages||Social TV -
"Israel’s ‘Ayalon Canada Park,’ in the West Bank but abutting the Green Line, is full of cyclists and hikers enjoying the scenery and weather on any given Saturday." - id ||18/12/2013|
|Sources: Hamas agrees to join unity government ahead of elections||Ma`an - The sources pointed out that Hamas requested that the national unity government serve for six months instead of three as agreed in the 2012 Doha Agreement, one of numerous attempts at reconciliation between the rival Palestinian factions.
Abbas might ask current Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah to lead the unity government, sources said.
|Protesting African asylum seekers arrested en masse in Jerusalem||Haggai Matar - +972 Magazine - More than 150 African asylum seekers who
deserted from an ďż˝open prisonďż˝ facility reach Jerusalem and are joined by
supporters in a first-of-its-kind protest. Police and immigration
authorities arrest them all and put them on buses back to prison. ak||17/12/2013|
|EU warns Israel not to announce new settlement building after prisoner release||Barak Ravid - Haaretz - â€śNew announcements of settlement activity after the third round of prisoner releases at the end of the month might be a fatal blow for the peace process,â€ť the ambassadors of the five largest EU states said, requesting that Israel refrain from such a move, adding that if such a move would lead to the end of the talks, Israel would be held responsible.
Israeli diplomats in London, Berlin, Rome, Madrid and Paris were also summoned to the respective foreign ministries Monday, where they heard the same message.
|Equality? It`s complicated ||Ariana Melamed - Ynet - Discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, religious lifestyle has become a norm in Israel||16/12/2013|
|Congress leaves town without passing lobby priority: visa-waiver bill for Israelis||Alex Kane - Mondoweiss - "The defeat of the bill–at least for now–represents the latest setback for the Israel lobby on the Hill. As LobeLog’s Mitchell Plitnick notes, AIPAC failed to kill the Iran deal; failed to muster support for attacking Syria; and now have failed to ensure the passage of the visa-waiver bill. ‘These bills represent strong evidence that AIPAC is becoming a victim of its own hubris, pushing hard on an issue they never had much chance of winning,’ Plitnick wrote"||16/12/2013|
|Former Pink Floyd frontman sparks fury by comparing Israelis to Nazis||Vanessa Thorpe--Religious leaders react angrily to Roger Waters` latest outspoken attack on treatment of Palestinians. dn||15/12/2013|
|`Supporting` Israel is out, U.S. Jews turn to `engaging`||Allison Kaplan Sommer--The Union of Reform Judaism Biennial is buzzing with talk of `engaging` Israel for the benefit of country and the Jewish organization.dn||15/12/2013|
|Mahmoud Abbas States He Opposes BDS Of Israel||Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada - “No we do not support the boycott of Israel,” Mahmoud Abbas said at a press conference in South Africa.
“But we ask everyone to boycott the products of the settlements. Because the settlements are in our territories. It is illegal. ”And the Israelis should first of all stop to build in our territories, should stop everything in our territories..." In reaction Omar Barghouti told The Electronic Intifada: “There is no Palestinian political party, trade union, NGO network or mass organization that does not strongly support BDS. A Palestinian official who lacks a democratic mandate and any real public support, therefore, cannot claim to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people. bz||14/12/2013|
|Top U.S.-Backed Rebel Commander Flees Syria||Noah Rayman -
Information Clearing House
"Gen. Salim Idris of the Free Syrian Army fled into Turkey and flew to Doha, Qatar on Sunday after Islamist rebel groups took over his headquarters and warehouses of U.S.-provided military gear along the border between Turkey and Syria, the Wall Street Journal reports." ca||13/12/2013|
|Syrian refugees facing extreme hardship as blizzards hit region||Harriet Sherwood -
"The worst of the storm has bypassed Camp Za`atari in northern Jordan, although the area was hit by heavy rain and wind, toppling at least 10 tents on Thursday, leaving residents vulnerable to freezing temperatures."It was very cold, windy and muddy and all I was able to think of is how to protect my wife and four children," Ali Shatri, a 36-year-old refugee told Reuters. He said aid workers quickly evacuated him and other families whose tents were blown down to other secure areas in the camp." ca
|`Arabs out` spray-painted in Safed, cars` tires slashed||Maor Buchnik -
"Another apparent `price tag` attack: two days after hate-graffiti was found on walls of mosque in Baqa al-Gharbiyye." - id||11/12/2013|
| Changes in American Jewish Demography threaten the future of the `Israel Lobby`||Alexander H. Joffe - The Times of Israel - According to the much
Research Center study, the non-Orthodox sectors of American Jewish
shrinking fast while the Haredi and Chassidic ones, are growing rapidly.
Who will pay for and staff the sophisticated institutional frameworks of
`Israel Lobby`, two or three decades from now? If the present gives any
lobbyists from the ultra-Orthodox sector will be concerned with their
communal prerogatives in the US and of their counterparts Israel, and
interest and involvement with Israel as a country is negligible.(...)
Most American Evangelicals still love Israel, but American Christianity
as a whole is increasingly influenced by replacement theology, strands
of which posit Palestinians as the new sacred people in place of the
Jews. ak ||10/12/2013|
|`Historic` water deal signed by Israel, Jordan and Palestinians||Al Jazeera - The pact will see Jordan providing 50 million cubic liters of desalinated water each year to Israel`s Red Sea resort of Eilat.
In exchange, Israel will provide northern Jordan with the same amount of water from the Sea of Galilee, a large freshwater lake.
It will also see Israel raising its annual sales of water to the Palestinian Authority by 20 to 30 million cubic meters per year, up from the current level of 52 million cubic meters.
|Dec. 10 Palestinian Newspapers Review: Dailies Focus on Negotiations||Wafa - The story in Al-Ayyam detailed Kerry’s security ideas, which includes keeping Israeli soldiers in the Jordan Valley for 10 years and non-visible presence for its forces on international borders. bz
|Former ambassador: Netanyahu is not welcome in South Africa||Ynetv - Alon Liel, Israel`s former ambassador to South Africa, says "Netanyahu did not realize how complicated this matter was diplomatically and how much resistance his attendance could spark among the South African public. He did the right thing to cancel (the trip) but to give the financial explanation is an insult. This was mistake over mistake." bz||10/12/2013|
|Begin: Bedouins never saw Praver, never agreed||Moran Azulay - Ynet - Benny Begin, architect of Bedouin relocation plan, claims statements regarding Bedouin consent are false: `I never said Bedouins agreed with my plan. The reason is simple: I never presented them with plan`. bz ||10/12/2013|
|Mosque vandalized with anti-Muslim slogans in apparent price tag attack ||Ben Hartman - The Jerusalem Post - Unkonow assailants write "Muhammad is a pig," other hate slogans on Baka al-Gharbiya mosque; car set on fire in West Bank village
|Palestinians remember Mandela as an inspiration||Karin Laub - The State - "Palestinian activists have compared Mandela`s struggle against apartheid to theirs against Israeli occupation — a parallel Israel rejects — and some increasingly look to South Africa for help in pressure campaigns against Israel. Many South Africans also equate the Israeli treatment of Palestinians with their former apartheid regime`s abuse of blacks"||9/12/2013|
|Lapid: Split on Peace Talks, Israeli Coalition Could Crumble||Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Finance Minister Urges Deal, But Other Ministers Condemn Process||9/12/2013|
|Israel’s new airport is angering Jordan, a rare friend in the region||Reuven Pedatzur -
"In July 2011 the government decided to build an international airport north of Eilat, and on May 9 this year the cornerstone was laid. The process took place without coordination with the Jordanians, insulting them and fully ending the Eilat-Aqaba project... The Jordanians were so insulted that about two months ago they dropped their customary restraint and announced their vehement opposition to the construction of the Israeli airport at its present site." ca||6/12/2013|
|Beaten, arrested, threatened: A personal account from the anti-Prawer protest||Alma Biblash -
"On Saturday night at the anti-Prawer demonstration in the village of Houra, a policeman swung a club against my leg when I tried to persuade him to let go of a girl he was holding by the throat.Another policeman grabbed me by the arms and dragged me off. A moment later he grabbed a little boy standing next to me, shoved his face into the dirt and screamed at him that he is going to kill him. A young woman shouted at a policeman to calm down and stop beating people up, and he slapped her so hard she fell onto the ground." ca
|Having never asked, Israel`s gov`t `surprised` Bedouin reject Prawer||Mairav Zonszein -
"Meanwhile, a report released Tuesday by Adalah and the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality confirms (Hebrew) that the government is knowingly denying access to water to the Bedouin citizens who live in the 35 unrecognized villages in the Negev." - id ||11/12/2013|
|Dutch firm severs ties with Mekorot over West Bank policy ||HERB KEINON, SHARON UDASIN -
"Dutch media reports said that Vitens decided to cancel collaborations due to Mekorot`s presence in the West Bank, following consultations with the Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry." - id
|Druze youth likely headed to prison for conscientious objection||Haggai Matar - +972 - Omar Sa’ad reports to Israeli army induction base and announces his refusal to enlist. He is expected to be sentenced to prison. Sa’ad has declared his refusal to be ‘both nationally and conscientiously motivated.-rh
|The sentencing of Zada`s attackers exacerbates the distrust between the state and its Arab citizens||Jack Khoury - Facebook - Another chapter in the history of the relationship between the Arab community in Israel and the state concluded today (Thursday) in the Haifa district court. It ended eight years of a long and tedious legal process. An Arab who kills a Jew is sent to prison, while a Jew kills an Arab is honoured with a citation. This is the formula devised today and the prevailing feeling among the defendants, their families and all the protesters who came to support them in the court`s plaza.-rh
|The racism test||Boaz Okon -
"We are troubled by anyone who is not Jewish: Arabs, migrants and even Druze who serve in the army. That is why we agree to join the shortened line reserved exclusively for Jews and turn a blind eye to the obstacle course reserved for others." - id||4/12/2013|
|Friedman: Bibi, Obama can remake Middle East together||Ynet -
"In surprisingly optimistic op-ed Thomas Friedman says Israeli PM, US president may well win Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 if they approach negotiations on Iran, Israeli-Palestinian conflict `with reasonably shared vision`. You need some Obama `cool` and some Bibi `crazy`, he says." - id
|Head of IDF’s Gaza command: Hamas is the new policeman in Gaza||Noam Sheizaf -
"There is no guarantee that it will last for long but for now it has brought about very serious restraint [in activities against Israel]." - id ||4/12/2013|
|Israeli minister rejects calls for Palestinian state||World Bulletin - "When I entered the government, I said I would respect previous agreements [with the Palestinians], but I am not required to agree to coming agreements," Bennett, leader of the rightwing extremist HaBayit HaYehudi ("The Jewish Home") party, said. bz||3/12/2013|
|Herzog meets with Abbas: `We have partner for peace` ||Lahav Harkov - Jerusalem Post - Herzog told Netanyahu that he "cannot avoid making a decision on the Palestinian issue, and if he decides to make history, the Labor Party will give him the necessary support."
|`Judaization` of the Galilee means racism||Haaretz Editorial - The government must develop the Negev and the Galilee for all its citizens, Jews and Arabs alike||2/12/2013|
|Press body accuses Israel army of targeting journalists||Ma`an News Agency - "The Foreign Press Association [...] accused the Israeli army of `deliberately targeting` journalists after soldiers fired rubber bullets and threw stun grenades at photojournalists clearly identified as press"||2/12/2013|
|Community which confronted Israeli killer suffered years of harassment||Patrick O. Strickland -
The Electronic Intifada -
"“Because they were Arabs”" - id
|The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy: State and Minority Groups in Israel, Poland and Northern Ireland||Yoav Peled - Exeter Studies in Ethno Politics - Ethnic democracy is
constituted by the combination of two
contradictory constitutional principles: liberal democracy and ethno-
nationalism. Its stability depends on the existence of a third,
mediating constitutional principle of some kind. The book compares three
ethnic democracies; Northern Ireland under Unionist rule (1921-1969),The
Second Polish republic (1918-1939), and Israel within its pre-1967
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