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Israel warns Brazil faces diplomatic downgrade unless it accepts settler as ambassador Reuters - The Guardian - Israel warns ties may suffer if Brasilia does not accept nominee Dani Dayan, a former head of the Jewish settlement movement [ry]28/12/2015
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Israeli ministers vote on bill `targeting human rights groups`Samuel Osborne - The Independent - Critics say the bill unfairly targets leftwing organisations critical of Israeli government policies towards the Palestinians [ry]28/12/2015
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Bennett at odds with Bayit Yehudi over Duma arson investigationNahum Barnea - Ynet - Bayit Yehudi MKs Ariel and Smotrich`s behavior is reminiscent of that of the ultra-Orthodox politicians: Refusal to accept the state`s authority, while at the same time demanding to receive state funds. Bayit Yehudi leader Bennett:] "Now the situation is different, now we are the government." [bz]26/12/2015
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How Bibi`s wife may be his downfallBen Caspit - Al-Monitor "At the moment, the police want to question Sara Netanyahu under caution on suspicion of violation of integrity. It is altogether possible that her husband will be subjected to a similar probe later on. If that stage arrives, then the question will be asked: Did Benjamin Netanyahu know about or was he aware of his spouse’s activities?" ca 25/12/2015
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Slain Hezbollah figure`s role shrouded in mysteryNour Samaha - AlJazeera "The Israelis targeted [Kantar and Shaalan] because they want to weaken and finish the nascent resistance movement in the Golan Heights," said a Syrian security official, adding that Israel was keen on maintaining a sphere of influence in southern Syria and the development of the SNR is problematic for them." ca25/12/2015
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Israeli Medic: “We Don’t Provide Treatment To Wounded Palestinians”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - "There have been many reports, some captured on video, showing Israeli medics ignoring wounded Palestinians, and leaving them to bleed to death, in direct violation of International Law." - id 24/12/2015
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More and more Israelis are being imprisoned without trialNoam Rotem - +972 - "Israel held at least 31 of its own residents and citizens in administrative detention during the month of November; four of the administrative detainees are Jews, six are Palestinian citizens of Israel, and 21 are Palestinian permanent residents of Jerusalem. When you include Palestinians from the West Bank, Israel was holding a total of 402 administrative detainees as of the start of November. - id 24/12/2015
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Shin Bet: Jewish terror groups want to overthrow gov`tYoav Zitun, Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - "A video that aired on Channel 10 showed guests at a wedding of a young right-wing couple dancing with guns, knives and Molotov cocktails, with one of the guests making mockery of the death of baby Ali Dawabsheh, who died in an arson attack on his home in Duma, by repeatedly stabbing the infant`s picture." - id 24/12/2015
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MORDECHAI VANUNU’S CHRISTMAS UPDATE AND THIRTY-YEAR WAIT FOR FREEDOM FROM ISRAELEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.- Article 19." - id 24/12/2015
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Netanyahu backs Shin Bet as right-wing protests continueItamar Eichner Roi Yanovsky, Ahiya Raved, Yoav Zitun and AP - Ynet - "Ya`alon called for the end of the "cynical political incitement against the Shin Bet and its people, who are acting in accordance with the law, with a close and strict legal guidance, and the investigation they are conducting is meant to bring uncurbed terrorists to justice." - id 23/12/2015
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Leader of Right-Wing Israeli Group Calls Christians "Blood-Sucking Vampires"Celine Hagbard - IMEMC - Benzi Gopstein, in his statement, called for a ban on Christmas in the Holy Land, and said that the Christian Church is the deadly enemy of the Jewish people, and has been for hundreds of years. In the article, published on a Haredi website in Israel, stated, “Christmas has no place in the Holy Land. Let us remove the vampires before they once again drink our blood.” This is not the first time that Gopstein has engaged in incitement and threatening speech. But so far, the Israeli Prosecutors office has declined to pursue any charges of incitement against the extremist leader. [bz]22/12/2015
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Key Suspect in Duma Case Confessed and Reenacted Crime Under Duress, Lawyer ClaimsChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Attorney Ben-Gvir demanded that the investigation be halted since his client confessed only after being tortured. “There is nothing in what he said since in that situation a person will confess to anything they want. [bz]22/12/2015
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How Hezbollah may take revengeYoav Zitun - Ynet - If it plays according to the rules set out in the last two years, it is just a matter of time before Hezbollah avenges the assassinations of Samir Kuntar and Farhan al-Shaalan and it will most likely be a ground operation. "Hezbollah no longer considers itself a terrorist organization but rather an army that can give a good fight," an IDF officer in command of one of the northern fronts recently told Ynet. [bz]22/12/2015
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State to file request to keep Jewish terror suspects under arrestTova Tzimuki - Ynet - "The identity of the suspects is still under gag order." - id 20/12/2015
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Ban Ki-moon says wave of violence in Israel and the West Bank `bred from decades of Israeli occupation`Lizzie Dearden - Independent - Admitting that the prospect of a two-state solution and end to occupation in the near future looks dim, he added: “The anger we are witnessing is bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation. "It is the result of fear, humiliation, frustration and mistrust. It has been fed by the wounds of decades of bloody conflict, which will take a long time to heal. "Palestinian youth in particular are tired of broken promises and they see no light at the end of the tunnel. "This is at heart a political conflict that will require serious negotiations by parties willing to make the necessary compromises." [bz]20/12/2015
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Violence sparks medical ethics fight in IsraelNatasha Roth - +972 - "Bein argued for medical neutrality, saying that MDA’s rule is to “treat the most seriously wounded person who is in life-threatening danger,” no matter who is the attacker and who is the victim. Zahav retorted that if it’s a terrorist, he shouldn’t be helped at all, let alone before others." - id 19/12/2015
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Israel compiled “long file” on journalist it deportedAdri Nieuwhof - EI - Rights and Accountability - "“Israel considers independent journalism as support for terrorism,” he stated. The treatment of Lejeune contradicts Paz’s assertion that “freedom of the press is an important value in Israel.”" - id 19/12/2015
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A small step toward recognizing the NakbaEitan Bronstein Aparicio - +972 - An inspector on a local planning committee recommended that a sign be placed at a site slated for development in the city of Ashkelon, mentioning the Palestinian town of Hamama that stood there until 1948. The inspector’s recommendation came in response to an objection to the development submitted by De-Colonizer. (...) The committee did not accept the full recommendation. It removed the suggestion to put up a sign, but stated: “Should a museum be established, the committee recommends that it include the periods presented, documenting and referencing the village.” [bz]19/12/2015
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WATCH! Activists disrupt Jerusalem Quartet Alternative Information Center - "The Jerusalem Quartet, an Israeli string quartet that has toured around the world and received numerous awards, recently performed in Lisbon, Portugal."During the performance, BDS activists disrupted the concert by blowing whistles, chanting against the Israeli occupation, and calling for a boycott of Israel...as the recent protest in Lisbon shows, activists will not let Jerusalem Quartet members forget that though they may publicly espouse equality, their happy association with Israel is contradictory to any notion of equality or justice. " ca 18/12/2015
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Crimes Against Muslim Americans and Mosques Rise SharplyEric Lichtblau - NYT " Hate crimes against Muslim Americans and mosques across the United States have tripled in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., with dozens occurring within just a month, according to new data...“The terrorist attacks, coupled with the ubiquity of these anti-Muslim stereotypes seeping into the mainstream, have emboldened people to act upon this fear and anger,” said Brian Levin, a criminologist at California State University, San Bernardino."18/12/2015
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Israel: No proof to try `terrorists` for arson attackAl Jazeera - "Israel has come under heavy pressure to try those responsible for the deadly firebombing, with rights groups questioning the slow pace of investigations and contrasting it to the swift reaction often following alleged Palestinian attacks." - id 16/12/2015
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Guess which of these soldiers is not in jail right now?Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "An elite IDF soldier shoots an unarmed Palestinian man point blank in the leg while he’s restrained and in custody. Another soldier from the same elite unit shoots a camel in a drive-by. Which of the two do you think is in jail right now?" - id 16/12/2015
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IDF reserve officer briefly detained in UK for war crimesYoav Zitun, Itamar Eichner - Ynet - The IDF is attempting together with the Foreign Ministry to take preventative action against the arrests of soldiers and officers abroad, among other means, by having representatives of the IDF`s prosecutor`s division and the Operations Directorate brief soldiers and officers about traveling abroad. They also work with foreign countries regarding the issue and in exceptional cases also provide security to senior officials who travel abroad. [bz] 15/12/2015
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PLO`S Erekat: Netanyahu attempting to construct an `apartheid system` Jpost staff - Referencing his nephew`s terror attack, Erekat said, "I don`t dare talk about peace, I want to congratulate Netanyahu for destroying the culture of peace and negotiation." [bz]15/12/2015
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The Verdict Is In: Left-wing American Jews Adore MK Ayman OdehAllison Kaplan Sommer - Haaretz - The Joint List leaders’ sharp speech, repeatedly punctuated by applause, seemed to supply the two elements that many of the conference’s handwringing conversations concerning the feared death of the two-state solution and growth of regional threats lacked and that the crowd, made up largely of left-wing American Jews, were hungry for. The dual elements: bold clear-throated condemnations of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli right, paired with a hopeful call for a “shared future” between Palestinians and Jews based on mutual empathy and recognition of each other’s pain. [bz]15/12/2015
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Is Fatah planning the intifada?Uri Savir - Al-Monitor - “An intifada must be led strategically and have strategic goals,” the source said. “The target must be, first and foremost, to capture international attention to the predicament of the Palestinians and, then, also to influence Israeli public opinion by demonstrating that occupation has its price. The message, therefore, of the intifada, which in some ways has already begun, will be Palestinian independence.” [bz]15/12/2015
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Hateful post by suspected Jewish terrorist`s father calls Rivlin `Fuhrer`Elisha Ben Kimon and Yael Freidson - Ynet - The father of one of the suspects in the Dawabsheh family arson-murder case published an inflammatory post on Facebook against the President, following his recent White House visit [ry]14/12/2015
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Ayman Odeh has a dream, but not all American Jews like itLisa Goldman--The leader of the Joint List got a rude awakening on his first official visit to the U.S. after being falsely accused of refusing to meet the leaders of a major Jewish organization in New York. ‘I have actually found that Jewish Americans are more progressive than Jewish Israelis. But the problem is with the leaders of the community. They want to tell me how to behave and what to think.’ dn12/12/2015
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French MPs vote to force supermarkets to give away unsold food Kim Willsher - The Guardian "French MPs have voted unanimously to force supermarkets to give away unsold food that has reached its sell-by date. Shops will also be banned from destroying food products, as they have in the past – sometimes by soaking them in bleach – to prevent them being distributed." ca11/12/2015
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U.S. says Islamic State has made $1.5 billion from bank looting, oil salesJonathan Saul and Guy Faulconbridge - Reuters "Islamic State militants have looted up to $1 billion from bank vaults in Syria and Iraq and has made at least another half a billion dollars from black market oil sales, senior U.S. Treasury official Adam Szubin said on Thursday." ca 11/12/2015
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NYT’s opening to a ‘fringe voice’ excites rage from Israeli army, journalism, business leaders Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "The battle is taking place now inside the walls of elite institutions; many people are talking about American-Israeli writer Mairav Zonszein’s op-ed piece at the New York Times, saying that Israel is becoming intolerant of dissent because of its increasingly “exclusivist ethno-religious nationalism.” ca11/12/2015
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Ashrawi: MP Jarrar’s sentencing is unjust and politically motivatedPNN - Palestine News Network - "“The actions of the Israeli military court are politically motivated and are part of a deliberate attack on Palestinian politicians. This also constitutes a blatant violation of Khalida’s parliamentary immunity.”" - id 9/12/2015
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Swedish PM: Knife attacks are not classified as terrorismYnet - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Monday tried to improve the strained ties between his country and Israel, but only raised more ire when claiming stabbing attacks were not considered terrorism. "No, it is not classified as that. There is an international classification when it is, or is not. Löfven later called the news agency in an attempt to clarify his own comments. "I was referring to the fact it is not clear whether these knife attacks have been organized by some classified terrorist organization. [bz]19/12/2015
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Arrests in deadly firebombing of Palestinian homeEI - The Electronic Intifada - "The suspects, whose names Israeli media are still withholding due to the gag order, are Hanoch Ganiram, 19, and Elisha Odess, who is a minor." - id 4/12/2015
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Israel to Retaliate over Settlement LabelingAIC - IMEMC - "In response to recently issued EU directives about labeling the origin of settlement products, Netanyahu suspended Israeli dialogue with the EU on the peace process." - id 4/12/2015
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TEEN KILLINGS IN CHICAGO PARALLEL KILLINGS IN PALESTINERay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "...AND THE BIASES OF CHICAGO MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL WHO HAS REFUSED TO ADDRESS HIS ABUSES NOT ONLY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN RIGHTS BUT ALSO HIS CIVIL RIGHTS ASSAULTS AGAINST AMERICAN ARABS IN CHICAGO." - id 4/12/2015
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Racist Israeli Hanukkah Video Mocks Sephardic and Mizrahi JewsSigal Samuel - Forward - Today, November 30, is a special day in Israel. It’s “Jewish Refugee Day,” the day that the country commemorates the expulsion of Jews from Arab countries. It’s also supposed to be the day when the Israeli government recognizes its own historic discrimination against Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews. How awkward, then, that today is also the day a racist Israeli ad is making the rounds on social media.-rh 2/12/2015
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Meet the Israelis protesting against ChristmasOrly Noy +972 - "It seems Lehava’s holy mission is no longer safeguarding the purity of the daughters of Israel from the seduction of Arab men. Its new mission, it seems, is to safeguard the racial purity not only of the family unit, but of the entire country." - id 2/12/2015
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No lights in Bethlehem’s Christmas, in solidarity with the martyrsPNN - Palestine News Network - "“We are not cancelling the events: all the events from today until the end of the 24th will be taking place. But we, for example, replaced the fireworks in the tree lightening with the ringing of the bells, the ringing of the bells of Bethlehem”." - id2/12/2015
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De Klerk: Without two-state solution, Israel could become Apartheid stateNahum Barnea - Ynet - On his visit to Israel, South Africa`s last white president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Frederik Willem de Klerk, was asked "Is Israel an apartheid state?" and answered "I don`t think so. But if the two-state solution is not implemented, and if, in such a situation, the Jews have special rights while the Palestinians live as second-class citizens, Israel will become an apartheid state." [ak]1/12/2015
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Google denies agreement to monitor `anti-Israel videos` Start-Up Israel - AFP - Google on Monday denied a claim by the Foreign Ministry that the internet giant has reached an agreement with the Israeli government to jointly monitor YouTube videos allegedly "encouraging attacks on Israelis".The ministry last week said that an agreement to that effect was reached after a meeting between Google executives and Israel`s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely. But the firm said that no such agreement had been struck, and that Google executives` meeting with Hotovely was no more than just “one of many that we have with policymakers from different countries to explain our policies on controversial content". The Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs was forced to correct the statement posted on their website and delete the assertion of a deal agreed with Google. [ak] 1/12/2015
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