|Lawmaker revives bill to make Israel a Jewish nation-state, drop Arabic as official language||Jonathan Lis - Haaretz - One of the primary purposes of the controversial bill, which was shelved after Elkin first proposed it, is to grant primacy to the Jewish character of the state over its democratic character. Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who heads the Yesh Atid party, and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnuah) have said they would vote against such a law.
This was the second time MK Zeev Elkin (Likud), chairman of the foreign affairs committee, sponsored the Basic Law on Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People bill. He also cosponsored it during the Knesset’s previous term.
|The conspicuous, unscheduled stop halfway through the pope`s three-day visit to the Holy Land ||Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Head bowed in prayer, the leader of the Catholic church pressed his palm against the graffiti-covered concrete of Israel`s imposing "separation wall". It is an image that will define Pope Francis`s first official visit to the Holy Land. [bz] ||27/5/2014|
|Pope gives Palestinians boost of support||Associated Press - Washington Examiner - "[The Pope] called for a `just and lasting solution` so that Israelis and Palestinians may live in peace. He said Israel deserves peace and security `within internationally recognized borders,` while the Palestinians have a `right to live with dignity and with freedom of movement` in their own homeland" [ry]||26/5/2014|
|IDF Tweets About Hezbollah Missile Threat Using Photo of North Korean Scuds||Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "In the annals of IDF lies this, perhaps, isn’t the worst or most insensitive. It doesn’t falsely claim a Palestinian murdered in cold blood actually died from Palestinian fire. But it does expose the banality of the deceit the IDF perpetrates on Israel and the world" [ry]||26/5/2014|
|Pope prays for peace at separation wall||Dalia Hatuqa - AlJazeera - Pope makes symbolic, unscheduled stop in Bethlehem, and invites Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the Vatican [ry]||26/5/2014|
|WATCH: Israeli Supreme Court hears Rachel Corrie appeal||Jeremy Elster -
"Craig Corrie, Rachel’s father, expressed some optimism that the panel of three justices appeared more receptive than those from Haifa. He then remarked, “I hope that the [Supreme Court] understands the issues. They understand what it means to protect civilians and how important that is. That they reverse the trend of the Israeli military having impunity for what they do. It has to be questioned. And I hope they do that.” Now that the appeal has been heard, the family and supporters will have to wait until a decision is made." ca||23/5/2014|
|Israel threatens NGO`s tax status for political stand||Akiva Eldar -
"“The trend of persecuting us for our political stands is completely transparent.Most of the claims raised by the Treasury relate to activity that has been the organization’s core mission since its founding 26 years ago."" - id
|Australia`s Woodside scraps $2.7B Israeli gas field deal||Reuters -
"Woodside`s decision to end an agreement to buy a 25 percent stake in the project leaves the partners without the expertise in liquefied natural gas (LNG)." - id||21/5/2014|
|WATCH: The warped narrative of a settler - and of mainstream Israel||Ami Kaufman - +972 - "It’s the narrative of government after government for decades. The fanatic settlers are simply emissaries, nothing more, executing the Zionist mission. It is the narrative of a majority of the Jewish population in Israel/Palestine who still believe that after 66 years of occupation and having the most powerful military in the region, that they are still the victims" [ry]||19/5/2014|
| Israel, PLO eye political gains from papal visit||Ma`an News Agency - "’We shall be able to explain to him, from our point of view, what`s happening politically in the region,’ [an Israeli official said] said. ‘We shall explain to him the Iranian threat’" [ry]
|Report: Germany cancels military subsidy deal with Israel following breakdown of peace negotiations||Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - “No chance” Germany’s parliament would approve the deal “given the breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which has been blamed at least partly on Israeli settlement construction.“ [bz]||17/5/2014|
|Traveling Through Palestine While Black||Bill Fletcher Jr--In the first several days after returning from Israel and Occupied Palestine, I dreamed of Palestine each night. It was never a pleasant dream. While I cannot remember the details, I was always left with a feeling of anxiety and insecurity. In that sense the dreams matched the realities of the Palestinians, be they citizens of Israel or residents of the Occupied Territories. It also corresponded to the emotions raised in a recent trip in which I participated.dn||17/5/2014|
|From Israel’s most loyal minority, draft objectors emerge||Elhanan Miller--“Memorial Day reminds me of the extent of Zionist conspiracy against the Druze community,” the 33-year-old lawyer, who serves as legal adviser to the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Prisoner Affairs, told The Times of Israel. “The blood of my brothers was paid so that traditional and so-called community leaders can get jobs. Nothing more.”dn||17/5/2014|
|Onward, Christian Soldiers||Jonathan Cook - Middle East Report Online - Netanyahu does not need many Christians to sign up for military service to sow discord, both between the various Christian denominations and more generally between the Christian and Muslim communities. And with the careful use of legislative changes, the government may think it can gradually prise apart Christians and Muslims, whether they approve or not.-rh||14/5/2014|
|Haifa University drowns out Nakba commemoration with dance music||Sawsan Khalife` -
A university is supposed to protect rights and freedom of expression. I believe a less “intellectual” venue might not have acted the way Haifa University did. I don’t believe random people in the street would even act this way. They probably would just pass by and let us grieve our catastrophe." - id
| Kerry, Abbas to meet in London on Thursday||AFP - Al Arabiya - Kerry last met Abbas in Amman in late March, and had planned to return to Ramallah for further talks a few days later when Israel made a surprise announcement of plans for 700 new settlements and refused to release a last group of Palestinian prisoners.
Angered by the move, Abbas hastily decided to seek membership of 15 U.N. conventions. [bz] ||13/5/2014|
|Israeli Ministers Pass Bill Blocking Prisoner Swaps||Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Would Bar Release of Convicted Murderers [ry]||12/5/2014|
|Livni: Israeli settlements are to blame for failure of talks||Haaretz - Justice Minister and chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni said Friday that the settlements are preventing Israel from reaching a resolution with the Palestinians.
"The settlers want to prevent us from living a normal life and do not accept the authority of the law," Livni told Army Radio on Friday.
Echoing U.S. special envoy Martin Indyk`s comments Thursday night that settlements undermine negotiations and could "drive Israel into an irreversible binational reality," Livni said that the settlers "are preventing us from reaching a resolution," adding that "settlement construction makes it impossible to defend Israel around the world."
|Being a proud Arab and a proud Israeli||Jalal Safadi -
"We must demand from the state full integration into society and opportunities to close the gaps in all areas. And at the same time, we must educate our young people towards good citizenship and contribution to the state." - id
|Israel Won’t Stop Spying on the U.S.||Jeff Stein -
"Israel’s espionage activities in America are unrivaled and unseemly." - id||7/5/2014|
|Bedouin village wins major ruling as court blocks state`s demolition plans||Amjad Iraqi -
"The court’s ruling that the residents’ rights take precedence over the state’s vague agenda for the land inadvertently implies what should have already been an unquestionable fact: the state’s hostility and negligence of Alsira – a deliberate policy since 1948 – was wrong." - id
| Waking Up||Manuela Dviri - Zman Hasharon (via New Profile) - My friend Tamara
Rabinovitz, whose bereavement and experience are older than mine, said
that what makes it especially hard, what makes us us so angry and
screaming out, is perhaps because they - the children - invested
themselves, their lives, their youth for the country, and all that for
nothing. They gave their lives for a country that is finished and
corrupt, sad and despairing. ak ||6/5/2014|
|Netanyahu: You can`t have Palestinian state alongside bi-national state||Omri Efraim - Ynet - After scorching criticism, prime minister defends his `Jewish state` basic law proposal, saying existing legislation gives full expression to Israel`s democratic nature, but not its Jewish nature [ry]||5/5/2014|
|Exclusive: US on failed talks ||Nahum Barnea - Ynet - "People in Israel shouldn`t ignore the bitter truth - the primary sabotage came from the settlements. The Palestinians don`t believe that Israel really intends to let them found a state when, at the same time, it is building settlements on the territory meant for that state. [bz]||3/5/2014|
|Palestinian voices: Life since the Nakba||Areej Abuqudairi, Maya Hautefeuille and Alia Chughtai -
"Dr Muhammad Hatib worked as a doctor in Akkar Hospital where he witnessed the arrival of the first victims of the 1982 Shatila massacre. He’s now the caretaker of a Nakba museum in Shatila camp that houses Palestinian household items from the pre-1948 era.Hassan Dahchah was born in 1934 in Taytaba near the border with Lebanon. He became a schoolteacher in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp at age 16. I have good memories of my life in Palestine. I spent 15 years there and knew every city. We were living in Palestine as brothers between Jews, Christians and Muslims. We didn’t know the difference, the way the Lebanese make a distinction. (And two other testimonies.)" ca
|Starbucks faces possible boycott if it partners with SodaStream||BDS National Committee (BNC) -
"The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that is leading the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, issued a stern warning to Starbucks today that if media reports about its intention to purchase a stake in SodaStream prove accurate, it would be deemed complicit in Israel’s violations of international law and would, therefore, face the prospects of popular boycotts and the possibility of legal action." ca||2/5/2014|
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