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Danish FM threatens sanctions against IsraelThe Local - Denmark`s News in English - Lidegaard wants to see Israel commit to ending its eight-year blockade of Gaza and stop its “illegal settlements”. “If nothing happens in the [Cairo] talks this time, and if we don’t see a new pattern of response from Israel’s side, then we will need to discuss the possibility of taking new steps including changes to our trade relations with Israel,” Lidegaard told Jyllands-Posten. “I hope that it doesn’t come to that, but I think that the EU’s policies are moving in that direction,” he added. [bz]30/9/2014
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Arab Bank to appeal verdict in US terror financing "show trial"Charlotte Silver - Electronic Intifada - Speaking to the jury, defense attorney Shand S. Stephens said, “The proposition that’s being floated here [is] that private businesses, including banks, are supposed to make up their own lists of terrorists. Imagine, actually, what that would do, if a bank did that.” [bz]27/9/2014
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Conspiracy theories aboundAmany Maged - Al-Ahram "Three bombings on a single day, Sunday, 21 September. They occurred in the Egyptian capital and several governorates, but the deadliest was in the vicinity of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.Hardly had the echoes of the explosions subsided than the finger of blame was pointed at the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood rushed to defend itself. It condemned the bombings, the Foreign Ministry attack in particular." ca 26/9/2014
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Israel prepares for cyberwarsBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu established a new espionage organization devoted entirely to cyberwarfare, to prepare Israel for future conflicts." - id 24/9/2014
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Another Israeli act of military madness in SyriaLarry Derfner - +972 - "The incursion of the Syrian plane lasted two seconds. It got about 800 meters onto the Israeli-occupied side of the border. Then the pilots turned the jet back toward Syria." - id 24/9/2014
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PALESTINIANS SEEK $3.8B IN AID FOR GAZAMOHAMMED DARAGHMEH - AP - "$3.8 billion in urgent aid to help rebuild Gaza following its devastating 50-day war with Israel this summer." - id 24/9/2014
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Rabbis Find Talk of Israel and Gaza a Sure Way to Draw Congregants’ WrathLaurie Goodstein - NYT - If they defend Israel, they risk alienating younger Jews who, rabbis say they have observed, are more detached from the Jewish state and organized Judaism. If they say anything critical of Israel, they risk angering the older, more conservative members who often are the larger donors and active volunteers. [bz]23/9/2014
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France: Israel-Palestinian solution to be presented to UNSCAFP - Ynet - After France, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is to go on to New York to participate in the annual UN General Assembly starting September 24. The Palestinians, who have already won observer state status in the world body, are threatening to join the International Criminal Court, which could open the way to them urging the prosecution of Israeli officials for "war crimes". [bz]20/9/2014
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Gaza war to reverse years of growth in Palestinian economy - World BankReuters - Trust - ""The conflict and humanitarian tragedy in Gaza has made an already struggling Palestinian economy worse and put further stress on the fiscal situation of the Palestinian Authority (PA)."" - id 17/9/2014
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Hamas debates direct talks with IsraelAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - "Ahmad Youssef, a former representative of Hamas’ Foreign Ministry who is close to Abu Marzouk, said that these statements will be seen in a good light by the international community. They highlight Hamas’ maturity and its understanding of political realities." - id 17/9/2014
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Israeli air force chief: We may have to send planes to Iran tomorrow Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel - Stressing the need for additional defense spending, Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel gives an insight into his preoccupations [ry]15/9/2014
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Netanyahu: Israeli Economy Saved by Deficit Spending on WarJason Ditz - AntiWar - Hawks Push for Massive Increases in Military Spending [ry]15/9/2014
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Analysis: PA `balking` at war crimes probeDalia Hatuqa - Al Jazeera - ""If the court tries to open an inquiry, the Israelis can claim they have jurisdiction [to do it themselves] because the ICC`s jurisdiction is complementary," he explained. "The ICC is legally bound to allow an Israeli [probe] to continue."" - id 14/9/2014
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Banking chaos in Gaza amid unity govt employee confusionDr. Shlomo Swirski and Attorney Noga Dagan-Buzaglo - Haokets "Poverty in Israel is not the result of low social security transfers, it’s the result of low income. And the truth of the matter is that the issue of poverty is not high on the Israeli government’s list of priorities." ca12/9/2014
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Syrian women find independence in embroideryFlorence Massena - Al Monitor "Of the nearly 3 million Syrian refugees currently sheltered in Lebanon, 52.3% are women, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Coming alone or with their families, they are often subject to violence, but some have been able to find help from the many nongovernmental organizations in the country. One of them, Basmeh wa Zeitooneh, helps Syrians find stability and dignity in sewing and embroidery." ca 12/9/2014
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Let Israel`s Arabs and their language beYaron London - Ynet - "The bill ... calls for the annulment of the Arabic language`s legal status as one of the two official languages in Israel." - id 10/9/2014
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Good Lorde! Now we`re fighting New Zealand!Yuval Ben-Ami - +972 - "In the world of Israel’s ‘anti-diplomacy,’ anything is possible — including the extremely improbable." - id 10/9/2014
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Egypt, PA deny report that Sisi offered Abbas land in Sinai for Palestinian state Khaled Abu Toameh & Lahav Harkov - Jpost - The Palestinian official accused the Israeli media of publishing “fabricated stories”, noting that this was an old idea that had been proposed by former Israeli national security adviser Giora Eiland. Also a spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that the report was “completely baseless and untrue.” Israeli politicians, meanwhile, responded enthusiastically to the report. [bz]9/9/2014
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PA will not pay Hamas wages in Gaza but may provide financial assistance Ma`an - Palestinian Authority Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa said Sunday "We want to avoid any legal confrontation with the United States whose law prohibits channeling money to Hamas because it`s blacklisted as a terrorist organization according to American law." But though the PA will not pay the salaries of Hamas civil servants in Gaza, it may provide financial assistance through UN channnels. [bz] 9/9/2014
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Arab states back new UN appeal by PalestiniansAssociated Press - Ynet - Gamal Abdal Gawad Sultan, a political science professor at the American University of Cairo, said Arab governments are reminding Washington and the international community of the urgency of the Palestinian issue. Arab governments "are hoping to throw a rock in the water," he said. "Going to the Security council will force ... the international community, to do something." [bz]9/9/2014
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Leading Israeli human rights group stops cooperating with IDFSamer Badawi - +972 - In a move that could strengthen the case for international investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes, B’Tselem says it will no longer share its current Gaza case files with the country’s Military Advocate General. Human rights watchdog declares that Israel is unable and unwilling to investigate alleged war crimes committed by its own soldiers [ry]8/9/2014
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Report: Hamas’ Meshal agrees for Palestinian state based on 1967 bordersJack Khoury - Haaretz - Throughout the meeting, Meshal demanded details from Abbas on his plans regarding any negotiations with Israel. “Don’t come to me only with updates and results, I want Hamas to be partners in the process of policy formation,” Meshal reportedly said. Abbas answered that there are few details to provide, since, in his eyes, things were straightforward: the only solution is the Israeli recognition of an outline for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders [bz]6/9/2014
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Petition: Deny Nomination of PM Harper for Nobel Peace PrizeGeorge Rishmawi - IMEMC "The petition -- launched by Edward Tanas, a GIS Specialist from Calgary, Canada, demanding the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Norway to “Deny Nomination of PM Harper for Nobel Peace Prize” -- was initiated after B`nai Brith Canada announced that it would nominate Harper for the prestigious prize, according to his "outstanding moral leadership"." ca 5/9/2014
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Palestinian Leaders Seek Actions in Security Council and CourtSOMINI SENGUPTA and RICK GLADSTONESEPT - NYT - "Ever since Palestine won upgraded status at the United Nations in late 2012, over Israeli and American opposition, its government has threatened to join the international court as a way to prosecute Israeli actions in the occupied territories. " - id3/9/2014
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End of Gaza war doesn`t translate into peace.Jeffrey Heller - Yahoo News - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s bickering governing coalition and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, are on a collision course over threatened Palestinian unilateral moves toward statehood and exploration of war crimes prosecution against Israel in the absence of direct talks." - id 3/9/2014
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MADA condemns `assassination` attempt of critical Palestinian MPMa`an News Agency - "A media watchdog on Thursday condemned what it called an "assassination attempt" in the West Bank earlier in the day against a Palestinian member of parliament known to be a government critic, calling it a "serious violation of freedom of expression." ca 5/9/2014
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Netanyahu hints he will agree to convene regional peace conference, Lapid says Gil Hoffman - Jpost - “We cannot and will not let this cease-fire be a countdown to the next round of fighting,” Finance Minister Yair Lapid said at a press conference organized by the Government Press Office. “If we don`t take diplomatic initiative, this is exactly what will happen. At that conference the countries of the world will commit aid to rebuild and rehabilitate Gaza. Israel must act before the conference or Gaza will get support and Israel will get nothing.” [bz]1/9/2014
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