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Israel, Palestinians to investigate war crime accusationsReuters & Israel Hayom - Israel`s Military Advocate General "incorrectly applied international humanitarian law by reversing the presumption of civilian status in case of doubt" Mary McGowan Davis told the UN forum. [bz]30/6/2015
Amsterdam abandons sister city agreement with Tel AvivDaniel Bernstein - Times of Israel - In an attempt to assuage mounting disapproval, Van der Laan tried to push a compromise by which Amsterdam would also become a sister city of the Palestinian metropolis of Ramallah. But his compromise proposal failed to ease tensions. [bz]30/6/2015
Israeli forces, settlers carry out reprisals for West Bank shootingMa`an - Israeli forces carried out multiple detention raids across the occupied West Bank overnight Monday after three Israeli settlers were injured in a shooting south of Nablus and an explosive device was allegedly hurled at a settler vehicle near Ramallah. Dozens of settlers from the illegal settlement of Beit El were also reported to have attacked Palestinian vehicles on the road between Ramallah and Nablus. Meanwhile, fierce clashes broke out between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers late Monday after they stormed the village of Kafr Malik east of Ramallah. Locals told Ma’an that the soldiers broke into shops and gas stations where they seized surveillance cameras. [bz]30/6/2015
The `new Zionism` is turning Negev Bedouin into a mythAriel Dloomy - +972 - As the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran prepares to be replaced by a Jewish town with a near-identical name, its residents are offering solutions based on real co-existence. [bz] 27/6/2015
Officer involved in suppression of October 2000 riots mustn`t be police chief, Arab leaders say Yaniv Kubovich&Jack Khoury - Ha`aretz "Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan appointed Thursday Tel Aviv District police chief Bentzi Sau as acting police commissioner. But members of the Arab community promptly challenged the appointment, urging the attorney general to disqualify it...the Arab community has never forgiven Sau for his role in suppressing violent Arab riots in October 2000. Thirteen Israeli Arabs were killed by the police during those riots." ca26/6/2015
PLO: Palestinian refugees in Syria face imminent threat from fightingMa`an News Agency - "Some 150,000 Palestinian refugees in four camps on the outskirts of Damascus face severe threats due to ongoing fighting in the Syrian conflict, a PLO official said Thursday...The majority of Palestinians in those camps are originally from Yarmouk refugee camp, which has been on the front line of the Syrian conflict and severely affected by fighting." ca26/6/2015
IAF strikes in Gaza after rocket explodes in IsraelYoav Zitun & Ilana Curiel - Ynet - "Yisrael Beytenu Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman said after the incident that "He who is willing to absorb `trickles` will ultimately get torrential rain."" - id 24/6/2015
Ambassadors for Peace and Divisiveness: Nasr and Oren
Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Political representatives who fuel divisiveness instead of being Ambassadors for Peace are the epitome of disconnection." - id24/6/2015
Israel launches diplomatic front against Arab majority at UNHRC Itamar Eichner, Aviel Magnezi - Ynet - UN likely to officially adopt report on Gaza war, sparking Israeli effort to remove the power of Arab majority voting bloc within the human rights council. [bz] 23/6/2015
U.N. Report on Gaza Finds Evidence of War Crimes by Israel and by Palestinian MilitantsJODI RUDOREN and SOMINI SENGUPTA - NYT - Netanyahu called the document “flawed and biased” and said the Human Rights Council “has a singular obsession with Israel.” (In fact, it also has Eritrea, Sri Lanka, Syria and other countries on its agenda.) - The report could serve as a road map for the preliminary examination already underway by the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor. The Palestinians are expected to present their own files to the court regarding Israeli crimes on Thursday. Israel — and Hamas — refused to cooperate with the inquiry. Israel barred panel members from entering both its territory and Gaza to conduct research. [bz]23/6/2015
French FM: U.S. may back UN resolution to kick-start peace talksBarak Ravid and Jack Khoury - Haaretz - Laurent Fabius tells Netanyahu he wants to pass a Security Council resolution that would set a clear timetable for concluding a final-status agreement and lay out principles for such an agreement on all the conflict’s core issues. Netanyahu: “The international proposals pay no real heed to Israel’s security needs,” and seek “to force us into borders that aren’t defensible.” [bz]23/6/2015
Working to prevent another round in GazaSmadar Perry--Analysis: Key players seek an agreement to forestall the next conflict, but major sticking points remain as the game of intricate Middle East politics gets muddier. dn21/6/2015
Israeli army: Palestinian kills Israeli, wounds another in West BankMa`an - An average of two Israeli civilians per week have sustained injuries by Palestinians so far in 2015, with one Israeli killed, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In the same time period, an average of 39 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces per week and 13 killed. [bz]20/6/2015
Jewish extremists torch revered Christian site in northern IsraelMa`an News Agency - "The Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha on the shores of the Sea of Galilee is where many Christians believe Jesus fed the 5,000 in the miracle of the five loaves and two fish. "During the night a fire broke out at the Tabgha church," a police statement said, indicating that police and fire service investigators were examining the scene."Graffiti in Hebrew was found on the wall of the church." A member of the Roman Catholic Benedictine order, which manages the site, said one of the buildings within the compound was completely destroyed in the blaze but the church itself was not damaged." ca19/6/2015
Lieberman seeks to define Knesset parties who call for boycott Moran Azulay - Ynetnews "The explanatory portion of the legislation states: "In conjuncture with Israel`s current battle against boycotts, sanctions and financial damages caused by states and anti-Israel organizations seeking to hurt Israel, including Israeli owned corporations and businesses, it is only appropriate that the state itself doesn`t fund Knesset parties and factions which call for such a boycott or support it." ca19/6/2015
Drone Pilots Are Exhausted and Suffering From PTSDLucy Steigerwald - "Though they get to fight their wars in safety, and see their families every night, these new type of soldiers suffer from a surprisingly high burnout rate, and equivalent levels of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to fighter pilots. And though when that news first broke two years ago, the temptation to be withering and unsympathetic was strong (okay, maybe that was just me), perhaps that kind of a mental reaction says something vital about the dangers of war to the human soul. Even people who aren’t themselves in danger suffer when they’re killing innocent people." ca19/6/2015
Joint Arab List calls for dismissal of Israeli police chief after church torchingJack Khoury - Ha`aretz "Netanyahu stands at the head of the incitement system against the Arab public in Israel, and he is guilty of the revenge attacks we witness in the morning news," the party stated. "A so-called price-tag attack is not an act by deviants, but rather an act by calculated, thinking people that are indicative of the existence and repercussions of institutionalized racism and oppression." ca19/6/2015
PHOTOS: Asylum seeker theater troupe re-imagines life in IsraelOren Ziv / - +972 - A theater troupe made up of both asylum seekers and Israelis puts on their debut performance — and lets the audience choose the ending [ry]15/6/2015
Israeli artists protest against `anti-democratic` government Mairav Zonszein - The Guardian - Prominent artists claim they are being silenced for holding views that do not agree with those of government ministers [ry]15/6/2015
Israel Insists Only 56% of Those Killed in Gaza War Were CiviliansJason Ditz - AntiWar - Report Defends Attack as `Moral War` [ry]15/6/2015
1,000 Palestinian Homes Demolished in Negev Per YearIMEMC News & Agencies - "Days of Palestine reports that this has been revealed by Amichai Yogev, the southern region director of Regavim, which was founded in 2006 in order to confiscate Palestinian land and build illegal Jewish only settlements in the occupied West Bank and Al-Naqab.In an interview with Jewish Voice, Yogev said that there are 220,000 Arabs in Al-Naqab today and that they are living on 13,000 km2 of land." CA26/6/2015
Michael Oren`s diplomatic psychobabbleAviad Kleinberg - +972 "Michael Oren blames President Barack Obama for ruining relations with Israel, after the latter broke two sacrosanct rules that Oren himself came up with: that the United States and Israel should not have public disagreements, and that no steps should be taken to publicly embarrass the other side." ca26/6/2015
Palestinian NGO closes in on consultative status at UNHassan Obeid - Al-Monitor "The United Nations recommended on June 1 granting the Palestinian Return Center (PRC) a consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and said the finalization of this status would take place in July." ca 26/6/2015
War crimes suspect Shaul Mofaz evades arrest at UK parliamentHilary Aked - EI - "On learning of his trip to London, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) stated that, acting on behalf of Gaza victims of alleged war crimes, it had sent the UK police and Crown Prosecution Service evidence relating to Mofaz’s alleged crimes to enable his arrest on suspicion of committing offenses contrary to the Geneva Conventions Act 1957." - id 24/6/2015
UN envoy Mladenov: Absence of political process `dangerous`Daoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - "UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov stressed the UN`s commitment to supporting peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine." - id 12/6/2015
Jordanian karate master fights for peace in IsraelAsaf Kamer - Ynetnews "Sensei Imad Khalil, a master in martial arts and social media, holds special special practice session on Herzliya beach for Jews and Arabs.Sensei Imad Khalil is the current head of both the Jordanian Karate Association, and the Shotokan karate association in his home country. Due to his popularity in karate circles, Khalil has garnered a vast social media presence in the Arab world, including thousands of followers from Egypt to the Emirates."ca10/6/2015
Israeli Arab theaters under fire for terrorism play, refusing to perform in West Bank settlementsItay Stern, Yarden Skop,Yair Ashkenazi - Haaretz "Two of the government’s most right-wing members, Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, on Tuesday threatened to sanction two Israeli Arab theaters, one because its artistic director refuses to perform in a West Bank settlement, the other because it is staging a play taken from the life story of a Palestinian who murdered an Israeli soldier." ca10/6/2015
Israeli army recruits thousands of soldiers with criminal recordsGill Cohen - Ha`aretz "Most of the offenses range from drug offenses and theft to violent crimes. However, there are also cases in which the army takes recruits convicted of more serious crimes, including sex offenses. The latter was revealed during the investigation of a recent sexual assault case at Hatzerim, an Israel Air Force base. It came to light that the - soldier accused of raping two female soldiers was not discharged from the army, despite having a criminal history that included sex offenses.The IDF maintains that it only recruits soldiers with criminal records after they have gone through rehabilitation. In the army’s view, military service is a second opportunity for troubled youths, many of whom are able to complete their full military service, sometimes in combat units." ca10/6/2015
Remembering USS Liberty: When Israel attacked AmericaVideo - Information Clearing House "Survivors of an Israeli attack on a US naval ship during the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War in 1967 have marked the anniversary of the incident that left 34 soldiers dead. Israel said it was a case of mistaken identity, something many survivors still reject.Al Jazeera`s Alan Fisher reports from from Arlington Cemetery, Virginia." ca10/6/2015
Life as a Gaza street vendorRasha Abou Jalal - Al Monitor - Thousands of unemployed in the Gaza Strip wait for the summer season to get their small projects up and running to support their families in light of the continuing economic downturn. These projects include the sale of boiled corn and summer fruits on small carts, moving between markets and beaches. The owners of these projects, who are trying to fight poverty and unemployment, usually face several types of harassment by local authorities, most notably the latter’s imposition and collection of taxes. [bz] 9/6/2015
US Supreme Court rejects law to allow `Jerusalem, Israel` on passportsYitzhak Benhorin, Associated Press - Ynet - The vote is seen as underscoring the president`s authority in foreign affairs. The policy is part of the government`s refusal to recognize any nation`s sovereignty over Jerusalem, until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status through negotiations. [bz] 9/6/2015
China demands workers sent to Israel not be placed in West Bank settlementsMeirav Arlosoroff - Haaretz - More recently Beijing has cracked down on corruption and has shown greater interest in an agreement regulating the terms for Chinese workers in Israel. As a result, Israel renewed the talks with China about 18 months ago and the main points of a labor pact have reportedly been settled. But now China is demanding that its nationals not be employed beyond Israel’s pre-1967 borders, meaning primarily the West Bank. Last year home construction in settlements accounted for just 3% of all housing starts in Israel, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, but putting settlement construction outside the accord would be politically unpalatable for the Netanyahu government. So far, it has refused to accede to the demand. [bz] 9/6/2015
Security and defense: Taking the law into battle YAAKOV LAPPIN, YONAH JEREMY BOB - Jpost - Officers from the IDF’s Operational International Law Department closely instruct and train commanders on how to act on the battlefield, but until now this dialogue did not cross into control rooms. Now the IDF is contemplating to let its international law advisers receive intelligence on targets and order attacks during conflicts. [bz] 9/6/2015
Israel to allocate NIS 100 million for BDS battleItamar Eichner - Ynet - In letter, Netanyahu tells attendees at emergency BDS summit in Las Vegas, `You are on the front lines of fight against BDS, and Israel must stand with you` [ry]8/6/2015
Dropping West Bank annexation bid, Bennett turns to the GolanRaphael Ahren - The Times of Israel - Education minister calls on international community to choose between Israel and ISIS and finally recognize 1981 annexation [ry]8/6/2015
Warning shots?Amany Maged - Al-Ahram Weekly "The self-proclaimed Call of Egypt statement demands “retribution be exacted against all rulers, judges, officers, soldiers, muftis, journalists and politicians proven to have committed crimes” or “taken part, if only through incitement, in the violation of honour, the shedding of innocent blood and the wrongful taking of lives.” Such people, it continues, “will be judged as murderers in accordance with Islamic law and the provisions applying to murders shall apply.” Some observers fear the statement may signal a change in tactics among Brotherhood supporters and herald a new wave of violence." ca5/6/2015
What I Was Told: Arabs hate JewsEssrea Cherin - Mondoweiss "Growing up in Upstate New York in a progressive Reform Jewish family, I absorbed the understanding that Arabs hate Jews...Looking back on time in the Middle East, I recognize this as a transformational period. I now understand quite viscerally how fear can distort one’s view of the world. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to experience Arab culture for myself and have replaced mental images of monsters with real live people. Until that experience, I was unaware of the magnitude of the fear I had been clinging to. What a relief to let it go. Engaging with Syrians, and all Arabs, as one individual to another, I discovered that humans are humans everywhere one goes; it is as simple as that." ca 5/6/2015
Hanan Ashrawi: US must act quickly to save two-state solutionDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - "In this interview with Al-Monitor, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi speaks about the controversy surrounding Israel’s upcoming report on Gaza, current negotiations and potential solutions." - id 17/6/2015
Bedouin village of Atir to be replaced with forest of ‘Yatir’Amjad Iraqi - +972 - "Atir is hardly the first case in which forestation has been used by the Israeli government and the JNF as a method of displacement and land grabbing against Palestinians — on both sides of the Green Line." - id 17/6/2015
Listen up, Canada: You can`t advocate free speech and criminalize dissent at the same timeHadani Ditmars - Haaretz "Following the lead of Israel, where a law criminalizing participation or encouragement of BDS was recently upheld by the High Court of Justice, in a majority ruling equating boycotts with “political terror,” the Canadian Conservatives are now conflating the advocacy of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign with hate speech." ca5/6/2015
Netanyahu’s declaration of war on BDS is its first major victoryChemi Shalev - Haaretz - Adelson and his wife Miriam are looking to appoint their favorite Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to lead legions of boycott-fighting students tentatively known as “Campus Maccabees”. Adelson’s generous funding could ensure that such a group would be able to organize impressively massive events – like the one put on by the Adelson-funded Israeli American Council (IAC) in honor of Israeli Independence Day in New York on Sunday – but it would equally also deter moderate students from joining the cause. [bz] 2/6/2015
Demonstration in Jerusalem over Israeli Discrimination against Christian SchoolsPNN/IMEMC - Recently, Israeli right-wingers have tried to take Arab and Palestinian Christians under their wing as part of wild anti-Muslim demagoguery. However, Christian schools - long established in the country and providing quality education to Christian and Muslim youths alike - accuse Israel`s Education Ministry of discriminatory and oppressive measures bringing the Christian schools to the verge of collapse. The Christians` demonstration, due to be held at the Education Ministry, is the first of its kind. ak 2/6/2015
German FM in Gaza: Israel must ease blockade, Hamas must work to end rocketsMatan Tzuri - Ynet - Steinmeier also visits school on Israel`s border with Gaza; visits come day after he warned that Israel`s security is tied to the prosperity of Gaza. [bz]2/6/2015
Israel could join Isis in United Nations list of groups and states that harm children Adam Leyland - The Independent - If included in the blacklist, Israel could face harsh UN sanctions and international isolation [ry]1/6/2015
Is Israel finally taking the world`s shifting attitude to heart?Tami Arad - Ynet - "The way Netanyahu managed the FIFA affair shows he realized how close we had come to playing soccer against ourselves, and that is just the beginning." id3/6/2015
Obama: Netanyahu`s Palestine stance erodes Israel`s credibilityDAN WILLIAMS - Reuters - "Obama also suggested that continued U.S. diplomatic defense for Israel at the United Nations over the Palestine dispute may be reviewed, while reaffirming U.S. support for Israeli security in a conflict-riven Middle East." - id3/6/2015
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