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Mass Strike Staged in Pre-48 Occupied TerritoriesIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Israeli governments lead a racist policy against the Palestinian people; they besiege them from one hand, and demolish their homes at the other, under false pretenses and under the pretext of unauthorized demolition, in addition to preventing of Palestinian town expansion and issuing racist laws against that." ca for id29/4/2015
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Scottish Parliament supports Palestinian statehood Scottish Parliament Record - There was widespread support in the Scottish Parliament for the motion of Sandra White of the Scottish National Party, representing the Glasgow Kelvin Constituency, to support "recognition of the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel based on 1967 borders". While the Scottish Parliament has no authority in foreign relations issues, the debate showed the width of support for Palestinian aspirations in the Scottish society. (Note: The debate on Palestine is the last issue covered in the minutes here, following upon various other issues.) ak 28/4/2015
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US Expects Israeli Pledge to Two-States to Continue or US will have trouble backing it in UN.Arutz 7 - Undersecretary Wendy Sherman`s remarks come amid renewed efforts on the part of France and New Zealand to draft a UN Security Council resolution to revive long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.[bz]28/4/2015
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Congress: There is no legitimate form of Palestinian resistanceMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Congress uses U.S. trade policy to undercut European pressure against Israeli settlements. A new U.S. bill legitimizes Israeli settlements and delegitimizes Palestinian non-violent resistance to the occupation [ry]27/4/2015
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Israeli Airstrike Kills Four Along Golan FrontierJason Ditz - AntiWar - Officials Say Slain Were Planting Mine on Border [ry]27/4/2015
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Activists turn to PalestineAmira Howeidy - Al-Ahram "A broad coalition of political parties, groups, student unions and professional syndicates has rediscovered its solidarity with the Palestinians, and is rallying around a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli occupation. The Egyptian Popular Campaign to Boycott Israel (BDS) seeks to name companies operating in Egypt that also work in Israel or do business with the occupation army. Its aim is to pressure them to either stop doing business with the Israelis or to leave Egypt." ca24/4/2015
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Blair Family Impending Corruption Scandal? Tony Blair Faces Pressure Over Role as Middle East EnvoyGlobal Research News - Information Clearing House "The declassified letter of 2009 – published in full by Exaro – was obtained for a new book, ‘Blair Inc’, and shows how the Middle East envoy regarded the project as one of the two most important “key issues” in trying to forge a two-state solution for the Palestinians and Israelis. He lobbied Israel to allocate the bandwidth for the network, although his spokesman said that the full transfer took until 2011.Disclosure of the letter added to pressure on Blair to quit as the Quartet’s representative." ca24/4/2015
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Social divide widens between West Bank, Gaza StripHazem Balousha - Al-Monitor "The inequitable distribution of resources and political and social opportunities between the West Bank and Gaza Strip is deepening the rift between the two territories, feeding people’s growing dissatisfaction on each side." ca 24/4/2015
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“Farmers are not Hamas, and farmers are not ISIS”
How a Biblical Edict Became a Boon for Palestinian Farmers
Naomi Zeveloff - Forward - Soon after the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashanah, workers in Froush Beit Dajan loaded boxes of young cucumbers with yellow blossoms still attached to their stems into a truck bed shaded by a blue tarp. The cucumbers were destined for Israel, where, to the consternation of some Israeli Jews, they would be sold almost exclusively to the ultra-Orthodox.[bz]21/4/2015
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Likud minister: Drowning of migrants justifies Israeli policyLisa Goldman - +972 - Katz demonstrates vulgarity and an almost pathological lack of compassion with his gleeful-sounding status, in which he makes political capital of a catastrophe involving the massacre of hundreds of human beings — including small children. [bz]21/4/2015
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Israel: Leaders Decline to Meet CarterJodi Rudoren - NYT - When Carter visited Jerusalem in 2012 with a group of former leaders called The Elders, he met with Shimon Peres, then president, but said he had been denied meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet. [bz]21/4/2015
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War is America’s BusinessRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Calvin Coolidge once famously remarked that `the business of America is business.` Now that statement has become a tautology. But it needs to be updated: today, the business of America is war" [ry]20/4/2015
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Israel, Palestinians Agree on Tax Revenue TransferAP - The Wallstreet Journal - Speaking to a gathering of Palestinians leaders, Mr. Abbas said that “There is an agreement; the money will be sent in full.” [bz]18/4/2015
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Vandals attack Christian graveyard in northern IsraelMa`an News Agency - "Police opened an investigation after receiving a report about damage to a number of graves at the Christian cemetery in Kufr Birim, spokeswoman Luba Samri said, indicating that the tombstones were "broken and displaced." Kufr Birim is a derelict Palestinian village whose inhabitants were evicted by Israeli forces 1948 six months after Israel was established and never allowed to return. The village was almost totally razed by the Israeli army in 1953." ca17/4/2015
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Eye on the futureNevine El-Aref - Al-Ahram "Culture, Al-Nabawi believes, is the “soft power of the state” and should be used to convert enemies into friends. “This requires time and effort,” he says. “Changing people’s thoughts and traditions is not an easy task and cannot be accomplished overnight...The ministry has 34,000 employees and an annual budget of LE1.5 billion, 66 per cent of which goes to paying salaries." ca17/4/2015
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How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons ProgramAvner Cohen and William Burr - Information Clearing House "An exclusive look inside newly declassified documents shows how Israel blocked U.S. efforts to uncover its secret nuclear reactor." ca17/4/2015
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How Israel was absolved of Deir Yassin and all other massacresIlan Pappe - EI - "On the anniversary’s eve, I went with a group of Palestinians, Israelis and visitors from abroad to a tour in the village organized by Zochrot, the Israeli group that continues relentlessly to remind Israelis of the crimes committed during the Nakba." id for bz 14/4/2015
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How the Israeli army obfuscates its use of live fire against PalestiniansRodrick Beiler - +972 = "Recent statements by unnamed military sources attempt to confuse the issue of lower-powered but completely lethal ammunition used against Palestinians." id for bz 14/4/2015
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Justice unlikely in deadly Kafr Kanna police shootingMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Clashes break out in the town in northern Israel as police demolish local resident’s home. Knesset member warns of ‘consequences’ if the officer who shot Khair Hamdan isn’t charged [ry]13/4/2015
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Why I took my family to Sinai for our Passover vacationOrly Noy - +972 "While Sinai used to be one of the most popular tourist destinations for Israeli Jews, today it is nearly abandoned. But neither the threat of Al-Qaida attacks, ISIS kidnappings or her friends’ pleading could stop Orly Noy from going back to her own private heaven." ca12/4/2015
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NYU faculty call for divestment from companies supplying the Israeli army Alex Kane - Mondoweiss "About 120 New York University (NYU) professors are calling on the school to divest from companies linked to the Israeli occupation." ca 12/4/2015
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IDF`s Gaza probe reveals Hamas outsmarted forces in RafahYoav Zitun - Ynet - "Internal IDF investigation into `Black Friday` incident during Gaza war reveals forces entered Rafah without proper military equipment, fell prey to Hamas ruse conducted under cover of humanitarian lull." id 15/4/2015
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New Joint List MK: Israel discriminates against ArabsMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "In his first interview with Al-Monitor, Jabareen states that in no other country in the world that boasts about its democracy is there such a large volume of discriminatory legislation against a national minority." ca 12/4/2015
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Zionist Camp MK: Israel can maximize benefits from Iran dealMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "It’s not too late; there’s still time for damage control of the nuclear deal reached with Iran,” newly elected Zionist Camp Knesset member Maj. Gen. (Res.) Eyal Ben-Reuven said. Ben-Reuven, who is expected to serve on the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on behalf of the Zionist Camp told Al-Monitor, with reference to the progress made in the Lausanne nuclear talks..." ca 12/4/2015
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Netanyahu resurrects ‘no partner’ excuse for Iran dealMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "...is pulling out all of its usual tricks. It is clear that the Israeli prime minister will never accept any deal with the current Iranian regime — much like his approach to the two-state solution." - id 8/4/2015
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Palestinians Want UN Timetable to End Israeli OccupationEdith M. Lederer, Associated Press - ABC News - "The Palestinians are `ready and willing` to see if the U.N. Security Council has `the political will` to adopt a resolution with a deadline for ending Israel`s occupation and establishing a Palestinian state, the Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Monday. Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters that adoption of a resolution with a timetable would be `one of the most effective measures to combat extremism in our region, because extremists receive their fuel from the injustice of the Palestinian people`" [ry]7/4/2015
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PLO and Hamas decry Yarmouk `death trap`Ma`an - IS reportedly captured a square where residents of Yarmouk gather to receive aid handouts. On Saturday, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness described the situation in the camp as "an affront to the humanity of all of us, a source of universal shame." "The humanitarian actors on the ground, like UNRWA, must have immediate access to bring urgent assistance to civilians," Gunness said. He urged "moral and diplomatic leadership from the international community" to ensure the protection of civilians. [bz] 6/4/2015
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Yarmouk: Not sure which is worse, the arrival of Islamic State, or the starvation and war that preceded it. Roi Kais - Ynet - Thousands of Palestinians live in Yarmouk, the descendants of Palestinians who fled Israel upon the establishment of the state in 1948. They are now caught between a rock and a hard place: on the one hand Bashar Assad`s air force is launching barrel bombs in the area in an attempt to eliminate his opponents, and on the other side is fierce fighting between rebel groups – the brutal Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda`s arm in the country. [bz] 6/4/2015
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‘This is what happens when you don’t have a nuclear weapon: America attacks.’, Obama in interview.Thomas Friedman - NYT - “We know that a military strike or a series of military strikes can set back Iran’s nuclear program for a period of time — but almost certainly will prompt Iran to rush towards a bomb, will provide an excuse for hard-liners inside of Iran to say, ‘This is what happens when you don’t have a nuclear weapon: America attacks.’ `There is no option, to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon that will be more effective than the diplomatic initiative and framework that we put forward.` [bz]6/4/2015
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A Promising Nuclear Deal With IranThe Editorial Board - NYT "Mr. Obama, speaking at the White House, insisted he was not relying on trust to ensure Iran’s compliance but on “the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program.” ca3/4/2015
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The Jewish establishment has banned these four valiant Jews. Why?Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - All in their 70s, they are veterans of the civil rights movement; they went south 50 years ago to help free our country from Jim Crow, risking their lives for equal rights. But they have been banned from speaking at Hillel, the Jewish campus organization, because they have come out in favor of Palestinian human rights. Last Wednesday they were to speak at Swarthmore Hillel, but... [bz for id]1/4/2015
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Israel offering African asylum seekers departure to third country - or detentionOmri Efraim - Ynet - Africans refusing to take part in the `willing departure` program will face a hearing, where it will be decided whether to move him to another detention facility as someone who fails to cooperate in his expulsion. [bz for id] 1/4/2015
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Obama, Netanyahu and the Palestinian conflict: What`s next?Noam Sheizaf - +972 - The first policy option the administration has is to publish the parameters for a future Palestinian state. In other words, to let it be known how the U.S. envisions this state (probably pre-’67 borders with land swaps, the division of Jerusalem and no substantial refugee return). Such positions matter because they serve as the starting points for future negotiations. Since Israel is the stronger party, which holds all the cards, publishing parameters is traditionally considered as a move that serves the Palestinians. [bz for id]1/4/2015
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Gazans hope ICC will make `Israel pay`Ma`an - Palestine joined the ICC with the goal of trying Israeli leaders for alleged war crimes in the fighting in and around the Gaza Strip in summer 2014, and alleged crimes relating to the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. [bz for id]1/4/2015
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Will the real Isaac Herzog please stand up?Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - Tthe only remaining path to bringing the occupation beyond the Green Line to an end is forcibly removing Israel from the territories. The first, unavoidable step on this path is a UN Security Council resolution recognizing a Palestinian state on the basis of 1967 borders, together with a specified time frame for negotiations or international arbitration on the details. This is the highest interest of Jewish, democratic, moral and secure Israel. The international community must know that a large proportion of elected officials in Israel, and not only “the usual suspects” such as Meretz and the Joint List of Arab parties, support the immediate admission of Palestine to the United Nations. The heads of the Security Council member states must know that in the eyes of a central group within Israeli society, a vote for Palestine would not be considered an “anti-Israeli” or “anti-Semitic” act. [bz for id]1/4/2015
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