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Poll: Three quarters of Israeli Jews would accept peace dealRaphael Ahren - The Times of Israel "The survey, commissioned by the non-profit Israeli Peace Initiative, was conducted earlier this month among a representative sample of 500 Hebrew-speaking Israelis. The poll’s sponsors said it indicated that a large majority of the country’s Jews hold hawkish views regarding the peace process but would be willing to accept a deal if they understood what Israel stands to gain from an accord normalizing diplomatic and trade relations with the entire Arab world." ca 28/2/2014
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New law dividing Christian, Muslim Arabs legalizes inequalityMairav Zonszein - +972 - Israel defines and subsequently prioritizes the rights of its citizens according to religion and ethnicity, in blatant contravention of its Declaration of Independence and the most common working assumptions of any democracy. This new law adds another chunk of evidence that Israel is an ethno-religious state with systematic, structural inequalities that work mainly to privilege the Jewish population living between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.-rh25/2/2014
New SodaStream factory could help destroy Bedouin agricultureAndrew Beale - The Electronic Intifada - Israel’s support for the Naqab SodaStream plant is a clear real-world application of Moshe Dayan’s dream, with Bedouin being forcibly removed from their traditional lifestyle and given factory jobs to replace the agriculture they’ve practiced for generations.-rh 25/2/2014
Oren: International sanctions are more dangerous than missilesTovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - Former Israeli ambassador to the United States warns of grave consequences should Israel not accept Kerry`s framework agreement, to be presented soon. bz25/2/2014
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Knesset passes bill distinguishing between Muslim and Christian ArabsJonathan Lis - Haaretz - “This is an important historic move that can balance Israel and bring us closer to the Christians, and I am careful not to call them Arabs, because they’re not Arabs." said Likud`s coalition chair Yariv Levin, who sponsored the law. “Perhaps we should also divide the Jewish population into Poles, Yemenites and Moroccans?” asked Meretz chairwoman Zahava Gal-On. bz25/2/2014
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Omar: the Palestinian Oscar nominee made amid panic and paranoiaNana Asfour - The Guardian - Hany Abu-Assad recounts the challenges of his latest film, which concerns a young man pressured to collaborate with authorities [ry]24/2/2014
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On eve of Merkel`s visit, Netanyahu says settlements not obstacle to peace JPost.com staff - Netanyahu addresses disagreements with Germany on issue of settlement construction as German chancellor set to arrive: "Even in the closest families there are disagreements" [ry]24/2/2014
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Israel’s Bennett: ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Israeli Arabs National IdentityJason Ditz - AntiWar - Interior Minister: Leftists, Arabs `Undermine` Jewishness [ry]24/2/2014
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Racist appeal tax-deductible in US and CanadaLearn and Live, an organization dedicated to saving Jewish women from abusive relationships with Arab men, claims to be a tax-deductible charity in Canada and the US22/2/2014
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Official: PLO could recognize Israel as `Jewish state`Ma`an - Nabil Amro told Ma`an that some form of recognition could be accepted by the current leadership but would need to be approved by a popular referendum. US officials must present an acceptable form of recognition, but what is currently being proposed by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is unacceptable. bz 22/2/2014
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A Jew’s dead dog has more rights than a Bedouin in the NegevAllison Deger - Mondoweiss - These Arab citizens of Israel do not have the same luxuries of municipal services as the deceased, once Jewish-owned dogs decomposing in the watered sod of Goldog cemetery. Their town, which is barely a town, formerly had bonded stone houses and cement foundations, but all 16 of those structures were demolished by the state a year and a half ago.-rh19/2/2014
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Aide’s Return to White House Reflects Changing U.S. Role in Middle EastMARK LANDLER - NYT - "The last time Robert Malley went to work for the White House, it was as a Middle East peacemaker, advising President Bill Clinton during his futile effort to broker an agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians at Camp David in 2000." - id 19/2/2014
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Hamas head sent message to Netanyahu asking for restraint AVI ISSACHAROFF - The Times of Israel - "Intermediary Gershon Baskin confirms he was passed message by contact in room with Ismail Haniyeh, asking Israel to keep from escalating violence." - id 19/2/2014
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Court rules key powers can be taken from Netanyahu Gil Hoffman - The Jerusalem Post - Deputy Defense Minister Danon can now convene Likud central c`tee for votes on key issues PM opposes, including opposing territorial concessions [ry]18/2/2014
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Israel boycott fears prompt foreign bidders to abandon ports tenderAvi Bar-Eli - Haaretz - Finance Minister Yair Lapid said at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem that if current peace talks with the Palestinian collapse, it will be “nothing less than devastating” to the welfare of Israeli citizens. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced confidence that world demand for Israeli high-tech know-how would enable Israel to outflank the boycotters who are classical anti-Semites in modern garb. Meanwhile, the largest German bank has included Israel’s Bank Hapoalim on a list of companies who are ethically questionable for investment, after similar measures were taken by Denmark’s Danske Bank and other financial institutions in recent weeks. bz 18/2/2014
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Abbas: “Jerusalem Should Be A United Capital Of Two States”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - In a meeting with nearly 170 Israeli college students, at his office in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said “Yes, there is incitement carried out by some Palestinian media outlets, in the educational sector…, and many other facilities…” Abbas said. “But, there is also incitement against us in Israel…” As for the issue of the Palestinian refugees, Abbas said that he does not want to “flood Israel with refugees”, and is not seeking to change its “social demography”, adding that there should be an agreed upon solution between Israel and the Palestinians, based on the Arab Peace Initiative. bz17/2/2014
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Hamas rejects UN textbooks in Gaza schoolsThe Associated Press - Haaretz "Motesem al-Minawi, spokesman for the Hamas-run Education Ministry, said Thursday that the government believes the curriculum does not match the "ideology and philosophy" of the local population.He said the textbooks, used in grades 7 through 9, did not sufficiently address Palestinian suffering and did not acknowledge the right to battle Israel. "There is a tremendous focus on the peaceful resistance as the only tool to achieve freedom and independence," he said." ca 14/2/2014
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American Jewish leaders urge support for peace talks in letter to NetanyahuMarissa Newman - Times of Israel - Signatories include lawyer and author Alan Dershowitz, Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, former World Bank president Jim Wolfensohn and historian Deborah Lipstadt. The list includes academics, philanthropists, politicians, community leaders, rabbis and business figures. bz for rh 13/2/2014
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Whose Garbage Is This Anyway?Thomas L. Friedman- NYT - "A team from Friends of the Earth Middle East took me around to see how waste, sewage and untreated water flow, or don’t, between Israel and the West Bank." - id 12/2/2014
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Kerry Plan Includes Palestinian Recognition of Israel as Jewish StateChris Carlson - IMEMC - "... in a recent interview with TIME Magazine, that Kerry is opposed to the boycotting of Israel, something he made clear again this week." - id 12/2/2014
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`Give the Palestinians full voting rights` suggests right-wing MK, as part of a one-state solution Shlomo Cesana - IsraelHayom -"One way or another, the Jews will remain the majority." [One wonders how, exactly-bz]11/2/2014
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EU envoy: Relations with Israel depend on outcome of peace talks Lahav Arkov - Jerusalem Post - ”The failure of negotiations, particularly if it would be ascribed to continued settlement construction, would not make it possible for EU-Israel relations achieve their full potential and carries the risk of Israel becoming increasingly isolated.” bz11/2/2014
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Israeli FM spokesman: Abuse of Palestinian kids `intolerable’Dan Goldberg - Haaretz - The Australian investigation alleged that some Palestinian children were being physically abused, forced into false confessions and targeted in order to gather intelligence on Palestinian activists. Palmor said: “(...) I would like my authorities to do their utmost to make sure that this will not be repeated and that this will change. And I believe that this is precisely what we are doing.” bz11/2/2014
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New US bill to punish academic boycott inspired by Israeli ambassadorAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada - The proposed law defines “an institution of higher education to be participating in a boycott” if “the institution, any significant part of the institution, or any organization significantly funded by the institution adopts a policy or resolution, issues a statement, or otherwise formally establishes the restriction of discourse, cooperation, exchange, or any other involvement with academic institutions or scholars on the basis of the connection of such institutions or such scholars to the state of Israel.” bz 11/2/2014
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Palestinians plan for airport, seaport and railwayElior Levy - Ynet - PA transportation minister announces plans for additional airport in West Bank, modern seaport in Gaza Strip, and a railway from Gaza to Cairo [ry]10/2/2014
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Israel fights back as boycott movement gains strengthRuth Pollard--Producing grapes, dates, tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum and herbs, most of it for export, the settlers` agricultural enterprises cover 3300 hectares and are valued at 500 million Israeli shekels ($158 million), according to the Jordan Valley Regional Council.dn9/2/2014
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John Kerry, a secretary on a mission - an interviewDavid Ignatius - Washington Post - When asked about Abbas’s recent statements that he would allow a phased withdrawal of Israeli troops over five years and accept NATO troops as a buffer after the Israelis leave: “Netanyahu has made it clear he doesn’t want NATO,” Kerry says, but a possible third-party force “is something for the parties to work out.” bz8/2/2014
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A Groundbreaking New App To Launch, Promoting Tourism In PalestineMariam Nabil - PNN - "The age of Guide Books is diminishing as technology advances. This new app entitled "Palestine and Palestinians" will become an important part of the Alternative Tourism sector and improve tourists` experience by having all the needed information available in their hands." - id 5/2/2014
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Even ScarJo can`t prop up SodaStream stockHaaretz and Ora Coren - Earlier this week, the company at the center of a firestorm over its West Bank manufacturing facility, said that the Israeli government has failed to deliver on the tens of millions of shekels of aid it promised to develop a giant factory inside Israel itself. bz4/2/2014
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Palestinian Leader Seeks NATO Force in Future StateJodi Rudoren - New York Times - “For a long time, and wherever they want, not only on the eastern borders, but also on the western borders, everywhere,” Mr. Abbas said of the imagined NATO mission. “The third party can stay. They can stay to reassure the Israelis, and to protect us. “We will be demilitarized,” he added. “Do you think we have any illusion that we can have any security if the Israelis do not feel they have security?” bz4/2/2014
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Boycott on Israel: The overviewAttila Somfalvi - Ynet - "If the negotiations with the Palestinians stall or collapse and we enter the reality of a European boycott – even if it`s extremely limited – the Israeli economy will falter and every Israeli citizen will feel the pain directly," Finance Minister Lapid said. And according to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni it`s those who want to keep building in the West Bank who are supporting boycott. [the overview map gets bigger when clicked-bz] 4/2/2014
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Ya`alon: If we won`t reach deal with Palestinians, `we`ll manage`Eldad Beck - Ynet - After surprisingly not leaving plenum hall when Iran`s top diplomat addressed conference, defense minister says Israel, moderate Arab states share common enemy – Iran, stresses settlements are not obstacle to peace [ry]3/2/2014
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US Plan Offers Palestinians Part of Southern Israel for RefugeesJason Ditz - AntiWar - Refugees on Both Sides to Receive `Compensation` [ry]3/2/2014
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Features Palestinians in Israel: Trapped in the ghetto Jonathan Cook - AlJazeera - One more Galilee village is set to be bulldozed, but residents are fighting to save their homes [ry]3/2/2014
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