|Fureidis goes on strike following `price tag` attack||Hassan Shaalan -
"We don`t want to wake up again to a similar incident here or elsewhere, it could lead to grave responses," Sheikh Abdel-Rahman Abu al-Haija said. "The residents answered our calls for a strike, I hope this helps eradicate this phenomenon."" - id
|Palestinian activist given house arrest for a Facebook status||Edo Konrad -
Israel Police placed Lod resident and Palestinian citizen of Israel Ghassan Munair, 44, under house arrest this week for posting a Facebook status that decried the government’s attempts to enlist Christian Arabs into the Israeli army." - id
|Mosque targeted in hate crime, second in two weeks ||Eli Ashjenazi & Jack Khoury - Vandals sprayed graffiti of a Star of David and the phrase "close mosques, not yeshivas" on a mosque in the northern Israeli Arab town of Fureidis. Tires of several cars parked in the area were also found slashed.
This is the second such incident in the area recently.
|Palestinians to pursue bid to join 60 international bodies||Elhanan Miller - The Times of Israel - In new departures from crisis-stricken negotiating framework, PLO also now rejects any West Bank land swaps with Israel [ry]||28/4/2014|
|Israeli Ministers Call for West Bank Annexation to Spite Palestinians||Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Bennett: Being Annexed Into Israel Best Palestinians Can Hope For [ry]||28/4/2014|
|Israeli `lawfare` backfires ||AIC - "At the opening session of the case, on April 1, Justice Robertson warned Shurat HaDin that the case lacked clear facts linking Lynch’s support of Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions with specific acts of racial discrimination. `You’ll have to do a lot of work to persuade me of the correctness of that position,` he said" [ry]||28/4/2014|
|Kerry: Israel risks becoming apartheid state ||AlJazeera - Secretary of state says Israel risks becoming an "apartheid state" if two-state solution fails, US website reports [ry]||28/4/2014|
|Abbas: New govt recognizes Israel and rejects violence||Ma`an - President Abbas says still willing to extend negotiations with Israel provided it freeze settlements and release as agreed a last round of prisoners. Wednesday`s PLO-Hamas deal infuriated Israel, which said it would "not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas, a terror organization that calls for the destruction of Israel," and vowed unspecified "measures" in response.
|Israeli Leaders Smear Even Peaceful Palestinian Efforts for a State||Ivan Eland -
"Even more threatening to Israel these days than the sporadic violence on its borders from the civil war in Syria or Islamist opposition to the military coup in neighboring Egypt is the peaceful and growing boycott, divestment, sanctions (DS) movement in the West and in Palestine against Israeli companies and institutions,especially those that have a presence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. " ca||25/4/2014|
|PA official says Hamas accepted two-state solution||Haaretz - Wednesday`s reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas recognizes the existence of Israel and is based on the two-state model, says Jibril Rajoub in an interview with Army Radio`s Good Morning Israel program. However, he expressed doubt that Israel would follow suit. "Netanyahu doesn`t lead a peace government," he said. [bz]||24/4/2014|
|U.S.: New Palestinian government must recognize Israel, renounce violence||Barak Ravid and Jack Khoury - Haaretz - A senior administration official told Haaretz that the United States will recognize the unity government expected to be formed under the agreement only if it recognizes Israel, renounces violence and adheres to previous agreements signed by the Palestine Liberation Organization. (...) According to Haniyeh`s statement to reporters, under the deal the two sides must uphold past agreements. [bz for id]||23/4/2014|
|Israel cancels peace talks meeting after Palestinian reconciliation ||Attila Somfalvi - Ynet - Israel Air Force jets fired on a suspected Palestinian terrorist who rode his motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday afternoon, missing their target and wounding bystanders. Shortly after the strike, the "color red" alert for incoming rockets from Gaza sounded in Israeli communities in the southern Hof Ashkelon and Sha`ar Hanegev regions. [bz for id]||23/4/2014|
|Netanyahu: Abbas must choose, peace with Israel or reconciliation with Hamas ||Herb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - On Tuesday, Abbas laid out his three conditions for continuing talks with Israel: that Israel release the [overdue] fourth batch of Palestinian security prisoners (...); that Israel freeze all settlement construction; and that the first three months of the extended talks deal with the borders of a future Palestinian state.
Israel has rejected those conditions.
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|Fatah, Hamas ready to implement unity agreement||Ma`an - Factions agree to terms of reconciliation agreement, will form unity government headed by Abbas or Hamas official within 5 weeks. Presidential and parliamentary elections, as well as elections for the Palestinian National council will take place within six months.[bz for id]||23/4/2014|
|An updated list of Israeli demands from Mahmoud Abbas||Nir Baram - +972 calling it `satire`, but it seems all true. [bz for id]||23/4/2014|
|Over 1,000 protest `price tag` attacks in Umm al-Fahm||Ma`an - Al-Sana said Israel "should arrest members of the `price tag` gang and prosecute them as a terrorist organization."
"However, we are faced with carelessness and recklessness by the ministry of internal security, as the price tag gang has legitimacy in the government," he added.
|Mekorot Loses Portugal Deal, Faces Global Protests||Chris Carlson - IMEMC - Lisbon’s water company EPAL has announced that it has terminated a technology exchange deal with Israeli state water company, Mekorot, following protests over Mekorot’s role in Israel’s ‘water apartheid’ over Palestinians. [bz] ||22/4/2014|
|Settlers fear prisoner release deal, extension of talks||Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Netanyahu has probably spent his Passover vacation trying to reach a deal that would enable the settlers to save face and stay in the government while peace talks continue. The Right is launching campaigns to convince right-wing politicians to vote ‘no. [ry]
|Israeli Arab leaders exploit `price tag` incidents to fan hatred, Liberman says ||jpost.com staff - Foreign minister reacted to statements by Arab leaders in wake of vandalism against Umm el-Fahm mosque [ry]||21/4/2014|
|IDF Officers Produce Islamophobic T-Shirt||Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Yediot Achronot reported that several IDF officers created a T-shirt for their soldiers with a chilling explicitly racist, Islamophobic message. It read: `Every Arab mother should know that the fate of her children is in our hands…Schem [Nablus] we’re on the way`” [ry]||15/4/2014|
|Bennett urges Israeli Arabs to oppose prisoner release ||Stuart Winer and Marissa Newman - The Times of Israel - Jewish Home party leader says controversial move would be a blow to community’s demand for equal rights [ry]
|IAEA Praises Iran Cooperation, But US Still Sour on Deal ||Jason Ditz -
"IAEA chief Amano Yukiya conceded that the process was going to take time to implement, but that everything was going to schedule, and the safeguards department is keeping in close contact with Iran throughout.
That kind of vote of confidence is hard to find, and particularly irksome to the US..." ca
|Palestinian UN envoy: Boycott `illegal` Israeli settlements||Associated Press and Reuters -
"...if the Israelis aren`t prepared to negotiate "in good faith," the Palestinians will be forced "to move into the next stage of holding them accountable for all of their illegal behavior in all fronts, politically, diplomatically and legally."" - id
|Palestinians: Israel exploiting peace talks crisis to make further demands||Khaled Abu Toameh, Michael Wilner, Tovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - Ahead of meeting between Israeli, Palestinian negotiators, Fatah official accuses Israel of not pursing talks in good faith [ry]||8/4/2014|
|Palestinians ready to widen global recognition bid||Karin Laub - Yahoo! News - "The Palestinians are ready to sign up a "state of Palestine" for additional international agencies and treaties — a step Israel views as highly provocative — if U.S. peace efforts collapse after an April 29 deadline for a deal, a senior official said Monday" [ry]||8/4/2014|
|`US should stop blocking Palestinians from joining UN` ||Memo - "Defending the Palestinian decisions, Human Rights Watch said: `Palestine`s adoption of human rights and laws of war treaties would not cause any change in Israel`s international legal obligations`" [ry]||8/4/2014|
|Israel: If Palestinians take us to the ICC, we`ll respond in kind||Moran Azulay - Ynet - (...) the PA "is paying pensions to prisoners we freed and to terrorists currently sitting in Israeli prisons. This payment is like paying (them) for committing terrorist attacks."
The sources, close to the national-religious Minister Naftali Bennett, said the group of legal consultants was also working on a defense in case the Palestinians take Israel to the ICC over settlement construction.
"We`ll come and explain to the world that Russia also did this in Georgia, and Turkey did this in Cyprus. [bz]||5/4/2014|
|Breaking the Silence founder detained in Hebron, banned from city for 14 days||Noam Sheizaf -
"According to the organization’s spokesperson, Avner Gvaryahu, Shaul was confronted by an IDF company commander, who prevented him from continuing on his way, despite the fact that the area is considered public space and that Jewish groups use those streets frequently. Shaul was detained after arguing with the officer." ca||4/4/2014|
|Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas`s moves to join UN-affiliated international organisations threatens to destroy Middle East peace process||BEN LYNFIELD -
The Independent -
"US Secretary of State John Kerry left frustrated as deal to release prisoners from both sides falters." - id ||2/4/2014|
|Kerry-Abbas meeting canceled; effort to extend talks faces hurdles||Noam Sheizaf -
"The talks, however, did not formally end." - id
|Report: FIFA threatens to expel Israel over restrictions on Palestinians||JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF - In recent weeks, the Palestinian Football Association has publicized that it would demand Israel’s expulsion from FIFA at this summer’s FIFA Congress at the World Cup in Brazil, unless travel restrictions for sportsmen between the occupied territories and Israel were removed.
|Kerry offers Pollard release for significant Netanyahu concessions||Associated Press/Y-net - In Kerry`s emergency visit to Israel, attempting to
prevent the imminent collapse of his mediation efforts, the issue of releasing
Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was raised - after many years when the US
completely rejected the idea. Gaining Pollard`s freedom would be a political
coup for Netanyahu in Israeli politics. However, in return Netanyahu would have
to make significant concessions - including the release of more Palestinian
prisoners beyond those he already committed to eight months ago, possibly
prominent names such as Marwan Bargouthi, as well as a settlement construction
freeze. Pollard himself is close to the Israeli extreme right, which for many
years championed his cause, and Minister Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home Party
asserts that he would not want to be released under such terms; however, the
decision might not be taken out of Pollard`s own hands. ak ||1/4/2014|
|Bad Move on Jonathan Pollard||Editorial -
"An Obama administration proposal to free Mr. Pollard, an American intelligence analyst serving a life sentence after spying for Israel, as a political gesture toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is a bad idea and would do nothing to advance progress on the core issues of a peace deal." ca||4/4/2014|
|Desmond Tutu challenges Maryland legislature`s attempt to outlaw boycotts of Israel||Saed Bannoura -
"Desmond Tutu is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end apartheid in South Africa, and has long been a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which uses nonviolent means to challenge the Israeli occupation of Palestine and is the initiative being attacked by these bills." ca
|Clashes Erupt at Joseph`s Tomb, Car Smashed in Nablus||Chris Carlson -
"Palestinian official responsible for the Settlement File in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Doughlas, told the PNN that violent clashes erupted in the area between the Palestinian residents and Israeli forces, amid heavy fire shooting from the Israeli side." ca
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