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4 Problems With Israel’s ‘Jewish Nation-State’ LawOded Yaron-- (Haaretz) — Hundreds of Arab citizens in Israel have replaced their Facebook profile photo with one that is stamped “second–class citizen,” in a protest against the proposed Jewish nation–state law. dn30/11/2014
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New Arabic site provides Israeli news by Jewish, Arab reportersMazal Mualem - Al Monitor "Meir, a 35-year-old resident of Tel Aviv and former Arab affairs correspondent for Israel Army Radio, heads a web-based journalism initiative that targets the large audience of Arabic speakers. The goal is to bring reporting and voices from Israel into the Arab world without censorship and to become a source of credible, up-to-the-minute and direct information about the complex and stormy reality of Israel." ca 28/11/2014
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Anti-Arab incitement grips Israel : The sharp rise in racially motivated attacks compounds the hardships facing Palestinians in Israel.Patrick Strickland - Aljazeera - The apparent uptick in racially motivated harassment and vigilante attacks compounds the already difficult reality for Palestinians in Israel, who make up some 20 percent of the total population. Overcrowding, government neglect and economic marginalisation plague Palestinian communities in cities, towns, and villages spanning the country.-rh26/11/2014
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Israeli forces raid Palestinian football association HQMa`an - Ma`an News Agency - "Susan Shalabi, the head of the PFA, asked an officer about the reason of the raid, and informed him that it was an institute related to the Federal International Football Association and should not be raided by an armed group, to which the officer responded that it was not a raid." - id 26/11/2014
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Britain Reviews Arms Exports Licenses to IsraelIMEMC - "..to ensure that the use of such weapons does not contravene international law." - id .26/11/2014
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Israel views extension of Iran talks as lesser of two evilsMichael Herzog - Al Monitor - "Israel`s attitude, favoring no nuclear agreement with Iran over a bad one, resulted in it being denied any direct influence on this phase of the negotiations, even if some of its worries are legitimate and shared by the US Congress." - id 26/11/2014
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Finance C`tee mulls ending funding to Cinematheque over Palestinian film festivalMoran Azulay - Ynet - "It will take place on November 29, which is the date the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution recommending the implementation of a partition plan for a Jewish state alongside an Arab state." - id 26/11/2014
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Ashkelon mayor bans Arab Israeli workers from construction project in wake of attack on Jerusalem synagogueAM--Tensions gripping Israel after this week’s attack on a Jerusalem synagogue took on distinct ethnic overtones Thursday when a mayor in southern Israel said he was banning Arab workers from construction projects at local day-care centers..dn22/11/2014
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Wounding the World Yvonne Roberts - Guardian - "Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invades Our Lives." - id 25/11/2014
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Residency and social security benefits are not a favor the authorities can bestow and withdraw at willB’Tselem - "Residency status and social security benefits are not a favor or boon granted by the authorities. It is Israel’s fundamental obligation toward all individuals living in its territory, be they citizens or permanent residents. As long as Israel considers East Jerusalem part of the country, it cannot eschew these obligations, and they remain in effect even when citizens or residents break the law" [ry]24/11/2014
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Israel fears EU Parliament will recognize PalestineItamar Eichner - Ynet - In response to Israel’s disregard of calls to halt settlement construction, European Parliament to discuss motion to urge EU governments to recognize Palestinian state [ry]24/11/2014
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Israeli cabinet approves `Jewish state` bill AlJazeera - The bill that defines country as "Jewish state" now heads towards parliamentary vote in a blow to Israeli Arabs [ry]24/11/2014
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Israel’s ‘Jewish State’ Bill Deepens Coalition DivideJason Ditz - AntiWar - Livni Postpones Bill, Netanyahu Vows to Circumvent Committee [ry]17/11/2014
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Ex-Australian Foreign Minister announces himself a ‘Friend of Palestine’John Salisbury - Mondoweiss - “Permanent occupation means Israelis get cast as Afrikaners and the world will recognize Palestine and isolate Israel. After all, the alternative would be unthinkable: to accept colonial rule with one religious and racial group enjoying the vote that the majority denied." The impact of this statement is all the greater due to the fact that Mr. Carr - Australia’s Foreign Minister up until September 2013, when Labor lost the last federal election - is an experienced and savvy political figure widely respected by both sides of politics. Moreover, he was the founder of Labor Friends of Israel. 15/11/2014
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Israel bans Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from GazaMa`an - Upon returning to his hometown of Tromsø in Norway after serving in Gaza over the summer, he gave a speech comparing the Palestinian struggle to the Norwegian resistance to the Nazi occupation in World War II. "This is not a battle between terrorism and democracy. Hamas is not the enemy Israel is fighting. Israel is waging a war against the Palestinian people’s will to resist. The unbending determination not to submit to the occupation!" Although Israeli authorities claim that Gaza is not occupied, they control the movement of both people and goods in and out of the Strip. [bz]15/11/2014
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Opinion Blowback: Academic boycott of Israel gives voice to peaceful protest Lisa Duggan--The American Studies Assn. cites the intertwined histories of Israel and the U.S. as a reason for its academic boycott. Above, a pro-Israel protester demonstrates in downtown Los Angeles in 2009. (Los Angeles Times) dn15/11/2014
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Thousands protest in Israel, West Bank after Friday prayers ITAMAR SHARON AND TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF - Times of Israel "Around 1,500 Israeli Arabs demonstrated Friday afternoon in the town of Umm al-Fahm, east of Hadera, protesting the police’s killing of an Arab man in Kafr Kanna last week and the ongoing turmoil in Jerusalem. Among the participants were MKs Hanin Zoabi (Balad) and Afu Agbaria (Hadash) as well as Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the radical wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel." ca 14/11/2014
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Israelis remember Rabin, but many reject his legacyYuval Avivi - Al-Monitor "Dealing with the issue of tolerance is especially relevant in Israel in 2014, with some people in an uproar over the so-called Rabin festival and even expressing a modicum of support for the assassin, Yigal Amir. A survey conducted by the Mako news website found that some 50% of right-wing voters are not sure that Amir assassinated Rabin, and that 14% of the public believes that he should be released from prison." ca14/11/2014
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The video of an Israeli cop shooting an Arab citizen that has rocked the countryWilliam Booth - The Washington Post - It is also not unusual for the incidents to be captured on video. But the grainy black-and-white recording of police shooting a man in the Galilee early Saturday has lit a fuse in Israel, sparking praise and condemnation, and raising bigger questions about police conduct, allegiance to the state and who, really, is an Israeli and who is not.-rh12/11/2014
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Border closure means lost jobs, deadlock in rebuilding GazaMohammed Omer - Middle East Eye - "Nicknamed the Serry mechanism after UN Mideast Envoy Robert Serry, some say the monitoring of the import, storage and sales of building materials under the mechanism will create an even more restrictive programme for building materials that essentially puts the UN in charge of continuing the Israeli blockade." - id 12/11/2014
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From jail, Barghouthi urges `armed resistance`Ma`an - Barghouthi has said he never supported attacks on civilians inside Israel and in recent years has thrown his support behind peaceful resistance. But now he wrote in a letter to the PA at the occasion of marking 10 years since the death of Yasser Arafat: "It is imperative to reconsider our choice of resistance as a way of defeating the occupier." [bz]11/11/2014
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Soldier hurt Tel Aviv stabbing attack succumbs to woundsShahar Hay - Ynet - "You`d better start waking up. I understand that this country is living under the delusion that everything is fine. Today it`s me, tomorrow it`ll be someone else`s brother" was Sahar Shiloni`s message to policymakers. [bz]11/11/2014
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New EU chief: Palestinian state needed as world `cannot afford` another Gaza warJpost - The entire European Union seeks the establishment of a Palestinian state, AFP cited the EU`s new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini as saying Saturday. [bz]8/11/2014
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Peace Now highlights `epidemic` of incitement in IsraelMairav Zonszein - +972 "Peace Now has launched an online video campaign to raise awareness about incitement, intolerance and hate speech directed specifically at “leftists” in Israel and expressed most visibly on Facebook. The organization produced a two-and-a-half minute video entitled, “The writing is still on the wall,” displaying a selection of comments left on its Facebook page." ca7/11/2014
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Israel moves to outlaw Palestinian political parties in the KnessetJonathan Cook - The Electronic Intifada - "The initiatives against Zoabi are the most visible aspects of a wider campaign to silence all political dissent from the Palestinian minority." - id 5/11/2014
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Is Israel restricting UNRWA`s reconstruction efforts in Gaza?Hana Salah - Al Monitor - "While UNRWA is assessing the houses damaged or destroyed during the Gaza war, some Hamas officials are accusing the international relief organization of working with Israel to the detriment of the Palestinian people." - id 5/11/2014
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The best way to honor Yitzhak Rabin - for every IsraeliYedidia Stern - Ynet - "Memorial day for prime minister`s assassination should become `Democracy Day` - something in which every member of Israeli society could share." - id 5/11/2014
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Beneath the Helmet: The paratroopers who stand for IsraelYitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - New documentary film follows five Israeli soldiers, aims to improve Israel`s image after Operation Protective Edge across US university campuses [ry]3/11/2014
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New play on gender-based violence The Freedom Theatre--"All the stories we heard were of violence, of the land and of the occupation and how we oppress each other – like a pyramid with the few and powerful on top, and people on every level toward the bottom are kicking downwards." dn2/11/2014
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