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How American Jewish leaders are undermining two-state solution - via JerusalemMairav Zonszein - Mondoweiss "a U.S. federal appeals court ruled that Americans born in Jerusalem cannot list Israel as their birthplace on their U.S. passports, in accordance with long-standing U.S. policy. The reason the judges provided is that doing so would infringe on the president’s exercise of power regarding recognition of foreign governments — which has since 1948 meant a refusal to recognize Israel or any country’s sovereignty over Jerusalem..." ca31/7/2013
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War in Syria highlights vulnerability of Palestinian refugeesAnne Irfan - Electronic Intifada "To fully understand the significance of this mass migration, we need to consider the dire conditions in these often-forgotten camps, which shelter most of the approximately 450,000 Palestinians registered in Lebanon. The 12 official camps encapsulate the impossible situation of the Palestinians in Lebanon, where they comprise about 10 percent of the population but are deprived of basic civil and legal rights." ca31/7/2013
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Jordanian released after serving time in Israeli jailZain Khasawneh - Jordan Times "Ata Ayash was released from Israeli prison on Tuesday after serving a four-month term, according to activists.The 61-year-old, who was arrested earlier this year for alleged money smuggling to Palestinian resistance groups.Ayash is the uncle of Yihya Ayash, a Hamas leader known as "the engineer", who was assassinated in 1995 by Israel." ca31/7/2013
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Kerry seeks `reasonable compromises` in Israeli-Palestinian talksReuters - The talks, slated to last nine months, were set to begin at the State Department over an iftar dinner - the evening meal at which Muslims break their daily Ramadan fast - at 8 p.m. on Monday (0000 GMT on Tuesday), U.S. officials said. They are due to continue on Tuesday, when Kerry is expected to make an announcement on the next steps. bz 30/7/2013
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Israel, Palestinians agree to nine months of talks: USAFP - Ahram Online - "This is an agreement that they will work together for at least that time period on this effort," she said. "So we`re going to make every effort to reach an agreement within that time frame, but again, if we`re making progress and we`re continuing to make progress, this is not a deadline." bz30/7/2013
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Israeli Land Measure Called DiscriminatoryNICK CUMMING-BRUCE--GENEVA — The United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, urged Israel to reconsider legislation that could lead to the demolition of Bedouin villages in the Negev desert, asserting that Israel was actively pursuing discriminatory policies by forcibly displacing its Arab citizens. dn28/7/2013
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Human rights groups: Israel used ‘excessive’ force against those protesting plan to uproot BedouinsAlex Kane - Mondoweiss "Last week, both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch harshly condemned Israeli treatment of protesters during a general strike against the Prawer Plan--the name given to the Israeli effort to demolish unrecognized Bedouin villages and push the residents into government-approved townships.Witnesses told the group that the police attacked protesters with mounted horses and tear gas. “I saw one of the [riot police] officers walk in front of us, he signaled and all of a sudden horses started running and trampling people." ca26/7/2013
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UN slams Israel Bedouin Resettlement PlanMa`an News - "UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday slammed Israeli plans to resettle up to 40,000 Bedouin and demolish 40 villages in the Negev region, urging the government to reconsider them.The so-called Prawer-Begin Bill calls for the relocation of 30,000-40,000 Bedouin, the demolition of about 40 villages and the confiscation of more than 700,000 dunams (70,000 hectares) of land in the Negev." ca26/7/2013
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The Kerry Talks: Blood, Sweat,Tears and Martin Indyk Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor - "We all need a miracle or somebody with especially creative thinking." 24/7/2013
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Goodbye boycott: The cost of Kerry`s `breakthrough`Larry Derfner - +972 - "The tactic of punishing Israel for the occupation was finally beginning to take a psychological toll – then the U.S. secretary of state rode to the rescue." - id 24/7/2013
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Three Myths about the BedouinArik Ascherman - The Times of Israel - Three wide spread myths about the Bedouin are: 1. “The Bedouin are taking over the Negev.” 2. The Bedouin never owned the land. 3. This plan is for the Bedouin’s own good.-rh 25/7/2013
Netherlands: Retailers ban goods from settlements (so far 2)Hillel Posek - Ynet - In a research among supermarket chains representatives of "Aldi" and "Hoogvliet" confirmed the ban. Aldi explicitly demanded its suppliers to not supply products from the settlements anymore. The chain`s spokesperson commented that Aldi is not interested in its products "being part of public discourse in any way." bz23/7/2013
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Right-Wing Israelis Attack Bedouin Villages In The NegevSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "A group of around forty right-wing Israelis attacked the Palestinian Bedouin villages of Umm al-Hiran and Rakhama, located in the Negev desert, at around 4:30 am on Sunday morning, remaining there until around 8:30 am"22/7/2013
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High Court recommends IDF terminate all use of white phosphorousYonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post - IDF reduced use of white phosphorous after being slammed with harsh criticism for its use during Operation Cast Lead22/7/2013
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Israel agrees to free Palestinian prisonersMa`an - Analysts cautioned against reading too much into the latest developments. (...) Gal Berger, Palestinian affairs correspondent for Israel`s public radio pointed to the fact that Yitzhak Molcho, the personal envoy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has already been holding talks with Erakat, which were still ongoing. "Now Livni is being added, but it is still not a meeting at the level of the leaders (Netanyahu and Abbas)," he said. bz20/7/2013
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The Egyptian Who Wants Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor "Hiba Hamdi Abu Sayyaf has become a star in the Israeli media ever since millions of Egyptians first took to the streets in protest. Just about every media outlet in the country has courted her and begged her to interpret, explain, describe, and provide the Israeli public with a firsthand report about what is happening in her homeland. Hiba, who manages customer relations for a computer company in Cairo, is more than happy to comply. Her fluent Hebrew is peppered with contemporary slang, and she speaks so effortlessly that she could be mistaken for someone born and raised in Tel Aviv." ca 19/7/2013
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Hamas Blocks Mass Pro-Bedouin Protest in GazaMohammed Suliman - Al-Monitor - The protests in Gaza, which were called for via Facebook and succeeded in attracting thousands, did not actually come to fruition. The protest lasted for only fifteen minutes before protesters were asked to leave by Hamas security. Just as dozens of protesters started gathering in Gaza’s main square El-Jundi El-Majhool (the Unknown Soldier’s Square), Hamas internal security personnel arrived at the scene and ordered the protesters to disperse for “failing to license the protest through the Ministry of Interior.”-rh 18/7/2013
`Hasbara` courses at Israeli universities exposed in new reportYara Sa`di - EI - "One such course — “Ambassadors Online” (or “Ambassadors on the Web”) — offered at Haifa University boasts the slogan “Volunteering, Zionism, Digital Diplomacy.”" - id 17/7/2013
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EU guidelines on Israeli settlements send out powerful messageIan Black - Guardian - "In the background is the failure of negotiations, the lingering death throes of the two-state solution and the recent election of an Israeli government that does not really appear to believe in the idea." - id 17/7/2013
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‘When I look at the Prawer Plan, I see another Nakba’Matt Surrusco - +972 - "These same stories that we heard in 1948 and we read in the history books, it’s happening to the Palestinians now 65 years later by the same authority and under the same legal system. It seems that in 65 years nothing has developed in the legal system." - id17/7/2013
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What It Means to Be a Palestinian Immersed in Israeli SocietyTowibah Mjdoob - PNN - "And here is an interesting finding: Palestinians working in NGOs for social change experienced more discrimination and growing frustration than those who worked in the private sector." - id 17/7/2013
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Right-wing MKs: EU decision racist, we will build more in settlementsLahav Harkov - Jerusalem Post - Deputy FM says that EU decision will make it difficult to hold talks with the EU on future joint agreements; Labor, Meretz warn boycotts, sanctions will follow if government does not take action. bz16/7/2013
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Likud minister: PM not serious about peace moves with PalestiniansJerusalem Post Staff - A senior Likud minister says that on the stalled peace process with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not intent to make any far reaching diplomatic moves, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday. Netanyahu`s aim is only to appear to be willing to enter into negotiations with the Palestinians. bz16/7/2013
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An `earthquake` for Israel || EU: Future agreements with Israel won`t apply to territoriesBarak Ravid - Haaretz - The regulation, which goes into effect on Friday, requires that any agreement or contract signed by an EU country with Israel include a clause stating that the settlements are not part of the State of Israel and therefore are not part of the agreement. [see also Ynet http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4405638,00.html bz]16/7/2013
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Protest against the Prawer bill on forced relocation of Bedouins joined throughout Israel`s Arab communityHassan Shaalan - Ynet - Hours after Bedouins clashed with police in Beersheba, hundreds of Israeli-Arab citizens held demonstrations throughout the north Monday, blocking main roads in protest of the Prawer Bill for regulating Bedouin settlement in the Negev. bz 16/7/2013
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Bedouins Fight Israel`s Resettlement Plan — and Bid for American Jews` Support Nathan Guttman and Nathan Jeffay - Forward - “The government allows Jews in the Negev all types of different dwellings — kibbutzim, moshavim and towns…. What we are asking is, treat us like other residents of the Negev and allow us to choose where we live.” bz 16/7/2013
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How Israel Justifies the Immanent Relocation of Thousands of Palestinian Bedouin by Characterizing Them as Invaders - Israel’s Indigenous InvadersNeve Gordon and Nicola Perugini - CounterPunch - "On June 24th the `Prawer Plan for the Arrangement of Bedouin-Palestinian Settlement in the Negev` passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament. If implemented, the Plan will constitute `the largest single act of forced displacement of Arab citizens of Israel since the 1950s,` expelling an estimated forty thousand Palestinian Bedouin from their current dwellings"15/7/2013
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Israel Steps Up Information War Against HezbollahJason Ditz - AntiWar - Hypes `Threat` Posed by Hezbollah Amid Attacks on Syria15/7/2013
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Israeli PM threatens to strike IranAlJazeera - Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel may have to act against Tehran unilaterally to curb it from achieving its nuclear goal15/7/2013
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Nablus mayor: If Kerry peace bid fails, Palestinians will take to streets against IsraelJerusalem Post Staff - Ghassan Shaka`a, a veteran member of the PLO leadership, told Israel Radio that Israel`s refusal to make concessions, release prisoners is pushing moderate Palestinians in the West Bank to support Hamas. bz13/7/2013
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Contrary to Bennett`s statements, sources say . . . threat of European boycotts on Israel is real Yossi Verter--A few weeks ago, the relevant departments at the highest levels of the Israeli government received a disturbing report. dn13/7/2013
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Two Christan Peace Makers Denied Entry By IsraelIMEMC News - "On Tuesday July 2 a CPT reservist from the Netherlands was interrogated and held in the airport for 14 hours before being placed onto a flight home.Three days later a CPT reservist from the United States was also interrogated and held for 10 hours before being placed onto a flight home. Each CPTer had visited Israel-Palestine once or twice before." ca12/7/2013
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Israel`s indigenous invadersNeve Gordon, Nicola Perugini - Al Jazeera - The Plan’s ultimate objective is to Judaize the Israeli Negev. In order to do this, however, seventy thousand (out of 200,000) Bedouin who currently live in villages classified as ‘unrecognised’ by the Israeli government must be moved. The government already forbids them from connecting to the electricity grid or the water and sewage systems.-rh 10/7/2013
Israel warns Arabs against `bashing` it at U.N. nuclear meetingFredrik Dahl - Reuters - "Arab countries are considering putting forward a non-binding but symbolically important resolution on the issue after refraining from doing so at the previous two annual gatherings of the IAEA`s 159 member countries, Arab diplomats said." - id 10/7/2013
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Israeli government shuts down Palestinian puppet fest and attempts to censor Israeli theaterSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The Israeli Khan Theater was challenged by the deputy mayor of Jerusalem David Hadari for its plan to stage a performance of the play `My Name is Rachel Corrie` on July 7th. Hadari called on the municipality to cut off funding for the theater if they decided to go forward with the performance." - id 10/7/2013
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Israeli Chief Rabbi Candidate Supports Ascending Temple MountNadav Perry - Al-Monitor - "The existence of such venom-spewing rabbis in the Israeli public should come as no surprise. We have long known that our clerics find it hard to practice what they preach — that “decency precedes the Torah” (Midrash Leviticus Rabbah 9:3)." - id10/7/2013
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State Dept. urges Kerry to present principles for talksHerb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - Some in the State Department are concerned that Kerry is being dragged into blind alleys by the two sides, expending too much energy on detailed questions about how many Palestinian prisoners Israel would release before and during the talks, and exactly where a settlement freeze would be imposed. Instead, Kerry should simply lay down a formula that would indicate that the talks were to begin with the baseline being the June 4, 1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps, and a Palestinian recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. bz9/7/2013
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Shaath confirms Ramallah meeting with Israeli delegationMa`an - PLO officials met with an Israeli delegation representing the Likud and Shas parties in Ramallah on Monday. (...) The Palestinians told the Israelis that the PLO would seek alternatives in the absence of a two- state solution. bz9/7/2013
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Hypocrisy as Policy - Israel’s Invisible Nukes, the Latest ChapterBarry Lando - CounterPunch - "A new chapter has been revealed in the fascinating saga of Israel’s invisible nuclear weapon’s program. According to documents released by the National Security Archives, in 1963-64 Argentina played a major role in providing Israel with 80-100 tons of uranium oxide (`yellowcake`) vital for Israel’s clandestine nuclear program. (It’s not mentioned in the press release, but Argentina’s aid may well have been tit-for-tat—since Israel was also an important supplier of weapons to Argentina)"8/7/2013
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Egypt: Al-Ahram Staff Cordon Editor-in-Chief, Demanding His SackingAll Africa - Al-Ahram Daily "A source from Egypt`s largest newspaper, Al-Ahram, said on Thursday that journalists have detained Editor-in-Chief Abdel Nasser Salama, demanding his removal.Salama was appointed by the Mohamed Mursi administration that was ousted by the army and popular demand on Wednesday." ca 6/7/2013
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Columbia student representatives . . .support for a divestment campaign Mondoweiss--The current and future battle over the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement will be decided by America’s changing demographic face. That much is clear from divestment campaigns on California campuses and the recent back-and-forth over Alicia Keys’ July 4 concert in Israel.dn6/7/2013
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Egyptian journalist urges Israelis in Hebrew: Stand up to `Bibi and Lapid`Meirav Zonszein - +972 "Israel’s Channel 10 news anchor Guy Zohar interviewed Egyptian journalist and political activist Heba Abo Seif live from Tahrir Square on Tuesday. Abu Saif, who spoke excellent Hebrew, assured Zohar that the military stands behind the Egyptian nation, and urged the Israeli people to stand up to their own government. She specifically references “Bibi and Lapid,” saying that Israelis should not remain silent if they are not getting what they were promised. She also said that Egypt “will never be Syria,” referencing the unity between Egyptian nation and the military." ca5/7/2013
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Abbas `optimistic` over Kerry`s peace effortsMa`an - Amin Maqbul, a senior official in Abbas`s ruling Fatah movement, said there had been "progress" during Kerry`s marathon talks and expressed appreciation for his commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state along the lines that existed before the Six Day War of 1967. "He has made it clear that this is US policy," he told Voice of Palestine radio, adding that there had also been progress on the issue of Israel`s release of Palestinian prisoners. [bz/id]3/7/2013
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A visit to Al-Araqib, the desert village that refuses to be erasedAlice Rothchild - Mondoweiss - There is an evangelical group that is planting one million saplings [on confiscated lands] with the JNF to hasten the apocalypse. bz 2/7/2013
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Livni warns of EU boycott if peace with Palestinians isn`t reachedBarak Ravid - Haaretz - Livni said that calls for an economic boycott of Israel have grown louder recently. "True, it started with the settlements, but the [EU`s] problem is with Israel, which is seen as a colonialist state. It won`t stop with the settlements but will spread to the rest of the country."
In her speech during the accountants convention in Eilat, Livni also urged young activists to rally in favor of a peace agreement with the same fervor that they devoted to protesting against plans to export Israel`s gas. bz
2/7/2013
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Jerusalem deputy mayor: Defund theater showing Rachel Corrie playAmi Kaufman - +972 - Hatred for Rachel Corrie knows no limits, as a Jerusalem municipal official demonstrates by trying to ban a play about the ‘Israel-hater tourist.’ The director to +972 Magazine: ‘He should see it before judging’1/7/2013
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