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Israel gets 5th German submarineElior Levy - Ynet - The diesel-powered submarines are widely regarded as an Israeli vanguard against foes like Iran. Last year the German government approved the sale of a sixth submarine, which is expected to arrive in Israel by 2017. bz30/4/2013
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Arab League seems to soften Israeli-Palestinian peace planReuters - Speaking on behalf of an Arab League delegation, Sheikh Hamad appeared to make a concession to Israel by explicitly raising the possibility of land swaps, although it has long been assumed that these would be part of any peace agreement. He made the comment after he and a group of Arab officials met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. bz30/4/2013
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What`s so special about one Israeli TV personality`s racism?Rawia Aburabia - Haaretz - It’s not only shepherds or farmers who live in the unrecognized villages. Doctors, lawyers and teachers live there too. They know very well what is happening around them. They see how many communities the Jews have established around them, with admissions committees to make sure that no Arab will ever be able to live there. They know that the few farms that prosper, with their cheese and wine and eco-tourism, exist only because the Israel Lands Administration prefers to give out land for free as long as the recipients are Jews. They know that the unrecognized Bedouin villages are several times more crowded than the Jewish communities, and yet the government prefers to establish new Jewish communities rather than recognize the existing Bedouin ones. bz 30/4/2013
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Israeli coalition parties join forces to reduce land allocated to BedouinNoam Sheizaf - +972 - Prominent members of Knesset from all major coalition parties agreed to further limit the already controversial Prawer Plan. MKs from Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, Netanyahu’s Likud and the settlers’ Jewish Home decided to remove modifications made in the plan by former Minister Benny Begin, who was appointed by the previous government to adjust the initial outline to the needs of the population on the ground. 27/4/2013
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EU countries to accurately label illegal Israeli settlement goodsAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - As the United States attempts to renew the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians, the European Union is adopting tougher measures toward Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Al-Monitor has learned that 13 member states, including Britain, France, Spain and the Netherlands, have decided to label the products imported from the settlements. 27/4/2013
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Planned protests force cancellation of JNF and Friends of the IDF fundraiser in St AndrewsScottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign - bdsmovement.net - Palestine activists, human rights campaigners and students joined forces to speak out against the inclusion of Friends of the IDF and the JNF in the list of organisations that will benefit from the fundraiser.27/4/2013
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Jewish Agency to bring tourists to West Bank settlements AIC - "Rany Trainin, the Acting Deputy Chairperson of the Jewish Agency Executive, has agreed to help bring local and international tourists to sites in the West Bank settlement bloc of Gush Etzion"29/4/2013
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French court: Jerusalem light rail project legalJTA - Haaretz - The judges ordered the plaintiffs - the Palestine Liberation Organization and the France-Palestine Solaridite association - pay a total of $117,000 in legal costs to the three firms: Veolia Transport, Alstom and Alstom Transport. bz28/4/2013
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Lapid-Bennett initiative: Referendum on any peace dealItamar Eichner - Ynet - According to Bennett, the continued rocket attacks have led Israelis to lose all faith in a solution that includes the establishment of an independent Palestinian state (...). Lapid, on the other hand, supports a two-state solution. Once the budget is approved, he plans to take on a more active role in the diplomatic process. bz28/4/2013
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Spanish FM: Abbas wants negotiations with Israel TOVAH LAZAROFF & TAMARA ZIEVE - J-Post - "He spoke with Peres after meeting with Abbas in Amman on Saturday and explained to the Israeli president that his country wanted to help ensure that a two-state solution is reached." - id 24/4/2013
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Apologists for Israel take top posts at BBCAmena Saleem - EI - "... during the Israeli massacre in Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009, when more than 1,400 Palestinians were slaughtered, Harding wrote a Times editorial titled, “In defense of Israel”" - id24/4/2013
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Fatma forgotten yet againAli Zahalka - Ynet - "She wants to shout out one thing: I too am a citizen of the State of Israel, and I don`t even live too far from Hadera – where `Riki Cohen` lives. I am here too." - id 24/4/2013
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Israeli settlers to evacuate disputed building in HebronChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Noam Arnon, spokesperson for the settlers in Hebron: "Those who were supposed to barricade themselves with us in Beit Ezra are now in the government, yet this is the situation." [Haaretz articles are fully accessible only for subscribers, but with our excerpt and what you get from Haaretz you at least have the basics-bz]23/4/2013
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Rightists alarmed by Palestinian demand, supported by US, for `release of terrorists`Nadav Shragai and Gideon Allon - Israel Hayom - Palestinians said to be demanding release of 120 prisoners, many with "blood on their hands", as a condition for renewing peace negotiations • Habayit Hayehudi MK and Hebron settler Orit Struck claims U.S. is exerting heavy pressure on Israel to release them. [Article from "the lion`s den"-bz] 23/4/2013
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Former AG: Settlements worse than DarfurTova Zimuki - Ynet - Discussing a Yesh Din report on facebook, Michael Ben-Yair wrote: "The settlement movement is a political act by a state against another people and as such is the most evil and immoral act since the end of World War II." bz23/4/2013
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Video: Bethlehem Marathon`s inaugural raceThe Guardian - Palestinian runners and those from elsewhere in the world compete in the first ever Bethlehem Marathon in the West Bank on Sunday. Around 1,000 runners competed in the race which looped four times around Bethlehem. The first to arrive at the finish line was Abdul Nasser Nawaj`a, a Palestinian from Jericho22/4/2013
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US to finalise Middle East weapons deal AlJazeera and Agencies - Chuck Hagel, US defence secretary, says arms deal with Israel, UAE and Saudi Arabia sends "clear signal" to Iran22/4/2013
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Jordan Valley troops prepare for W. Bank violenceYaakov Lappin - Jerusalem Post - Scenarios simulated in the drill included attempts to infiltrate Israeli [settler] communities, mass-casualty incidents, and attempts by hostile elements to get past the West Bank security fence. bz21/4/2013
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IDF produces film to counter allegations raised in documentary `Jenin, Jenin`Zvi Harel - Israel Hayom - "Jenin, Jenin" is a Palestinian account of events during a 2002 IDF operation in the West Bank city of Jenin • Israel`s Supreme Court described the film as making false allegations • New film to be used internally, shown mainly to Israeli soldiers [ sic!- bz].21/4/2013
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Amnesty International: Israeli government must scrap plans to forcibly evict Bedouin AI press release - Forcibly evicting tens of thousands of Bedouin from communities where they have lived for generations cannot be justified in the name of economic development or any other reason – Israel’s new leaders must have the courage to venture where previous governments have ignored human rights standards.” bz 21/4/2013
US report: Israel discriminates Arabs, women and migrantsYitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - Israel is guilty of "discrimination of women, Arabs and Ethiopians, mistreatment of refugees and asylum seekers and violations of migrants` rights, says a State Department report. Furthermore, towards the Palestinians, the report accuses Israel of "excessive use of force against civilians, including killings; abuse of Palestinian detainees, particularly during arrest and interrogation; austere and overcrowded detention facilities; improper use of security detention procedures; demolition and confiscation of Palestinian property. and limitations on freedom of expression, assembly, and association; and severe restrictions on Palestinians’ internal and external freedom of movement." bz20/4/2013
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Eminent Europeans: Drop The Oslo Peace ProcessAli Gharib - The Daily Beast - "The present political stalemate, while the situation deteriorates on the ground, is unsustainable, given the disturbed politics of the region and the bitterness generated by the harsh conditions of life under the Occupation. The concern of the European Union at this deterioration, clearly expressed in a series of statements, not least the European Council Conclusions of 14 May 2012, has not been matched by any action likely to improve the situation. The aspirations of Palestinians and Israelis and the interests of the European Union (...) cannot be met by the current stagnation. bz20/4/2013
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Whose land is it anyway? D.H. | TEL AVIV - The Economist "Published by an Israeli NGO called Zochrot (which means “remembering” in Hebrew) the guidebook offers maps, tips, and tours through 18 areas of Israel where Palestinian villages once stood. Written in Hebrew with an Arabic translation alongside it, the guidebook, according to its editors, is an acknowledgment of the Nakba (catastrophe) that befell Palestinians after 1948 when they were driven out of, or fled from, their homes. Purged of most of their Arab inhabitants, only ruins and remnants of these former communities peak out from the ground or appear behind trees and along trails." ca19/4/2013
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A hundred Deir Yassins and countingRamzy Baroud - Al-Ahram Weekly "Few with any sense of intellectual or historical integrity would still question the bloody massacre that took place in the village of Deir Yassin 65 years ago, claiming the lives of over 100 innocent Palestinians. Attempts at covering up the massacre have been dwarfed by grim details unearthed by well-respected historians, including some of Israel’s own." (note from this editor: the attached picture is obviously a Holocaust one. Maybe to make a point, but it had me fooled for a second.)" ca19/4/2013
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Like the Mossad? Israeli intelligence makes social media recruitment driveHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian "The Mossad has launched an online recruitment campaign appealing for "creative men/women who love challenges [to apply] for an interesting, out of the ordinary and dynamic job", according to Israel`s biggest-selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth." ca19/4/2013
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Continuity from Rupture: Deir Yassin’s Absent Presence in an Unmade FilmHanan Toukan - Jadaliyya "Enter Uriel Orlow’s multi-part Unmade Film. This impossible film – this not-yet-made film, this fragmented film that never fully becomes one, despite its “plan” to do so – has been emerging over an extended and ongoing period of research and production that excavates multiple narratives and layered meanings that converge in Deir Yassin. Yet by never actually being realized, Orlow’s Unmade Film reconstructs a narrative of space, time and historical blind-spots that adds layers of unsettled new meaning to questions of subconscious pain, trauma and suffering in the contexts of obliterated geo-histories." ca19/4/2013
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Not an empty sand dune: A Palestinian mansion in downtown Tel AvivAllison Deger - Mondoweiss " a Palestinian mansion only a five-minute walk from the nexus of the city`s transport system.Dubbed the "Red House" by architects and former graduate students at Tel Aviv University this structure serves as a reminder that Israel`s first city was not built from empty sand dunes. And now the future of the Red House, a marker of four Palestinian villages that were destroyed after Israel declared independence in 1948 may be just as dim as its past. The municipality set to purchase the property sometime this year, which could signal historical preservation, or demolition." ca 19/4/2013
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Film-maker captures Israeli spy chiefs` doubts over covert killing operationsHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - "Ruling over the Palestinians, said Leibowitz, would effectively turn Israel into a police state, "with all that this implies for education, freedom of speech and thought, and democracy". "I agree with every word," says the former Shin Bet chief." - id 17/4/2013
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Israel Extends Family Unification Ban For Additional YearSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The law does not apply to family reunification for Israeli Jews married to foreign spouses, and Israeli Arabs married to citizens of foreign countries, excluding Arab states." - id 17/4/2013
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Deputy FM blasts US Jewish leaders’ peace ‘pressure’Ron Friedman - The Times of Israel - Ze’ev Elkin says prime minister should not be guided by external influences when making key diplomatic decisions 15/4/2013
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Barbara Boxer, AIPAC seek to codify Israel`s right to discriminate against AmericansGlenn Greenwald - The Guardian - A bill introduced by the California Democrat would uniquely exempt Israel from long-standing requirements imposed on all other nations15/4/2013
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Cairo’s Copts attackedMichael Adel- Al Ahram Weekly "As attacks on Egypt’s Copts continued this week, Israel has reportedly offered Coptic families political asylum. This week’s events also took place shortly after it was reported that Israel had offered what it called political asylum to Egyptian Copts. According to the Israeli press, 237 Coptic families have already moved to Israel.A senior Coptic Church official told Al-Ahram Weekly that the reports were groundless." ca 12/4/2013
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Hamas says `collaborator` campaign a successMa`an News Agency - "The campaign to combat espionage achieved a number of goals, and from this evening the deadline for Israeli collaborators to turn themselves in has ended," said Interior Ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan. Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel is punishable by death. All execution orders must be approved by the president before they can be carried out, but Hamas no longer recognizes the legitimacy of incumbent Mahmoud Abbas, whose four-year term ended in 2009.During a major eight-day confrontation with Israel in November, at least seven people were gunned down after being accused of being collaborators." ca12/4/2013
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Rights` Groups Slams Hamas` Failure to Investigate Gaza DeathsMa`an News Agency - "The prisoners were publicly killed during two days in November, during Israel`s week-long assault on the enclave. An image of one of the victims being dragged behind a motorcycle through Gaza City quickly became a symbol of the conflict, which killed at least 170 Palestinians." ca 12/4/2013
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Kerry to Focus on Palestinian Economy as Part of Peace ProcessMICHAEL R. GORDON and ISABEL KERSHNER - NYT - "The idea is to make the area more economically viable in the hope of giving the Palestinian leaders more of a stake in a revived peace process and providing Israel with a credible negotiating partner." - id 10/4/2013
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We must never forget the massacre in Deir YassinDina Elmuti - The Electronic Intifada - "Remember the date: Friday, 9 April 1948, a day of infamy in Palestinian history. My grandmother was nine years old at the time of the Deir Yassin massacre and every day since she has lived with a steadfast commitment to never forget." - id 10/4/2013
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Wikileaks: US blamed Israel for holding back peace in 1975 ARIEL BEN SOLOMON - J-Post - "Israel depicted as panicky and suffering from a Samson complex." - id 10/4/2013
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`Jewish terrorist` Jack Teitel gets 2 life sentencesAviel Mengazi - Ynet - "Prof. Sternhell said, "The ruling is just, important, deterring and a sign that the courts will not sit quietly in the face of politically and ideologically motivated murders. This ruling has significance exceeding the bounds of this specific case. Teitel is not just another lunatic. He is a result of his surroundings." - id 10/4/2013
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Court awards damages to Bedouin who lost arm to cluster bombYanir Yagna - Haaretz - Prosecutors argued the plaintiff should have bought survey maps, never mind that the Negev firing zone was not posted. Court disagreed8/4/2013
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Israel Shoots Down US Proposal for Concessions to PalestiniansJason Ditz - AntiWar - Kerry Pushes Abbas to Talk, But Israel Won`t Budge on Any Preconditions8/4/2013
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Beirut PhotographerFilmmakers: George Azar and Mariam Shahin - Al Jazeera "We began the making of Beirut Photographer in 2011, as the 30th anniversary of the siege of Beirut and the Sabra and Shatila massacres approached. Now, 30 years on, he returns to Beirut, retraces his steps and unpicks the stories and people behind some of his most iconic photographs - those that were published and many of which were unseen at the time. A photojournalist returns to Beirut to unpick the stories and people behind his iconic images of Israel`s 1982 invasion." ca 5/4/2013
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