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UN’s “Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices” to visit AmmanPNN - Palestine News Network - "The Special Committee will issue an end-of-mission press statement, and later submit a full report on its mission and other activities to the seventieth session of the UN General Assembly." - id 29/7/2015
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The Pro-Israel Lobby Battles ‘Voice of God’ Morgan Freeman Over IranTim Mak - The Daily Beast - "The rhetoric has already gone over the top - see GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee’s recent rant about the nuclear agreement leading Israelis “to the door of the oven.” And August hasn’t even begun." - id 29/7/2015
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Humiliation and sloppy security checks at IDF checkpointsYoav Zitun - Ynet - A major complaint filed by soldiers and testimonies collected by Ynet reveal an alarming state of affairs at the Military Police`s two crossing battalions in the Judea and Samaria Division. [bz]28/7/2015
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Israel Launches Diplomatic Push to Kill Human Rights GroupsJason Ditz - AntiWar - Legal Efforts to Ban Rights Groups Have Repeatedly Failed [ry]27/7/2015
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Disillusioned Palestinian students shun Venezuela`s Arafat scholarshipsAssociated Press - "The Palestinian students were greeted like celebrities upon arrival in Caracas. President Nicolas Maduro wore a keffiyeh headdress and played up their symbolic importance during an address broadcast across the socialist South American country. But eight months later, about a third of the Palestinians have dropped out, complaining the program lacks academic rigor, and the program has been frozen." ca24/7/2015
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El Al excluding Arab citizens from new at-home check-in service, NGO chargesZohar Blumenkrantz - Haaretz "El Al is excluding Israeli Arabs from its new at-home check-in service, which includes at-home security inspections, according to the civil rights organization Yedid." ca 24/7/2015
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Want to be a judge in Israel? Get in line and sing the national anthemNatasha Roth - +972 "Although Ilatov was only elected to the judicial appointment committee early Thursday morning, it did not take him very long to voice his thoughts on the job requirements. In an interview for Army Radio, Ilatov stated that potential judges should display the appropriate devotion to the State of Israel." ca24/7/2015
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Escalation continuesKhaled Dawoud - Al-Ahram Weekly "Board members of the Press Syndicate said they were not satisfied with what the government offered as a compromise, which was to replace a two-year jail term if information contrary to official statements is published with an extremely hefty fine ranging between LE200,000 and LE500,000. The syndicate said the amendment was a farce because journalists would not be able to pay such a huge fine, meaning they would still end up in jail." ca24/7/2015
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The Iran Deal RealityMargaret Kimberley - Information Clearing Hosue "The nuclear energy agreement between Iran and the P5+1 nations has finally concluded and the moment is bitter sweet. Iran’s sovereignty should have been respected and it should not be forced to make concessions for doing what it always had a right to do. Iran has as much right as Israel or any other country to produce nuclear material or even nuclear weapons. But it was impossible to withstand the onslaught of crippling sanctions and the loss of $100 billion in funds that were frozen under pressure from the United States." ca24/7/2015
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`Netanyahu cheered up by US missile offer`: how the Onion scooped HaaretzJessica Elgot - The Guardian - "Satirical site’s joke about the US offering missiles to the Israeli prime minister to appease him over the Iran nuclear deal turned out to be uncannily accurate." - id 22/7/2015
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`For the first time in history, Jews can take part in war from home`Noam Sheizaf - +972 - "‘The IDF Spokesperson’s unit is a combat unit with more influence than two divisions,’ he concluded." - id 22/7/2015
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EU seeks new format to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talksAP - Israel Hayom - "Leaving the status quo unchanged is not an option", says EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to reporters [bz]21/7/2015
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Israeli right-wing party drops bid to have labor law apply in West BankChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Farmers argue they can’t afford to pay Palestinians the wages paid in Israel. This seems to override an attempt of ultra-right former KM Orit Struk to move towards annexation of the West Bank. [bz]21/7/2015
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European lawmakers` meeting with Arab List MKs banned at KnessetJack Khoury - Haaretz - MKs Yousef Jabareen and Aida Touma-Suliman were forced to hold their discussion with the delegation outside the Knesset building after the parliament`s speaker, Yuli Edelstein, conditioned the meeting in their own faction’s offices on the presence of the Knesset’s diplomatic adviser. The later meeting with other KMs, among them Edelstein, did not meet such problems. [bz] 21/7/2015
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EU to Israel: Halt forced population transfers Ynet - A meeting of EU foreign ministers blasts Israel for what it says are actions that `seriously threaten the two-state solution`, while discussing a new peace push and get more countries involved. The Arab League was presented a detailed plan by the French FM, stipulating the formation of a Palestinian state in the pre-1967 lines. [bz]21/7/2015
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Searching for incitement in Palestinian mosques — harder than you thinkAnat Saragusti - +972 - Channel 10 News wanted so badly to prove that Muslim preachers in Israel and the occupied territories use their Ramadan sermons to incite against Jews. Something went wrong along the way [ry]20/7/2015
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The case against the Palestinian Return Centre in LondonSarah Marusek, David Miller - Ynet - Palestinian refugees` right to return to their ancestors` homes may be a taboo subject in Israel, but criminalizing any discussion of this right in international arena won`t make issue go away [ry]20/7/2015
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US Preparing ‘Unprecedented’ New Arms Package to Israel for Iran DealJason Ditz - AntiWar - Netanyahu Complains About Plan, Pentagon Downplays It [ry]20/7/2015
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Supreme Court: `Fascist` Im Tirzu case had no standingOren Persico - +972 "At the end of the court hearing, both sides agreed with the Supreme Court’s decision that the district court’s rulings will be rescinded, and that the suits will continue separately. Furthermore, Im Tirzu agreed to donate several thousands shekels to an animal rights NGO." ca17/7/2015
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French far-right leader slams BDS to woo Israel lobbyAli Abunimah - EI - "The far-right leader (Marine Le Pen, id)reportedly characterized the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights as “racist.”" - id 15/7/2015
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Germany`s Steinmeier criticises Israel`s opposition to Iran dealCaroline Copley - Reuters - " "In the agreement, Iran has to commit to these monitoring possibilities. And we will make sure that the monitoring possibilities are also observed after this deal," he said." - id 15/7/2015
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Report shows how Israel attempts to mislead the UN against PRCThe Palestinian Return Centre - PNN - "“The European Union, and its member states, should now implement the UN recommendation as a matter of urgency. Palestinian refugees are entitled to the support of the international community and the EU in particular has a key role to play in supporting their rights.”" - id 15/7/2015
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Israel tells EU it will have only non-Political talks with PalestiniansPNN/Ha`aretz - Israel finally responded to the EU’s urge to revive the negotiations, by saying that there will not be any political talks with Palestinians. Netanyahu would be ready to talk about improving the economic situation in Gaza and the West Bank, but not to discuss settlements or any other issue related to final-status negotiations. ak 14/7/2015
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Israeli Teachers Union denies supporting West Bank settlements boycottJTA - Jerusalem Post - The denial, published Friday on the union’s website, was in reaction to a report by Channel 10 Thursday that union delegates signed the document in order to prevent the adoption of another text with harsher language targeting Israel at the congress of Education International, which represents teacher associations, in Canada later this year. [bz]14/7/2015
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Israeli caricaturists mobilize to fight BDS via Facebook Adva Cohen - Ynet - "We felt that there was a huge failure in hasbara and concluded that there is one thing that has not been tried yet - to explain Israel through caricatures." [bz]14/7/2015
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Imprisoned for incitement on Facebook? Only if you`re ArabJohn Brown and Noam Rotem - +972 - Racist and inciting Facebook statuses by Israeli Jews have become commonplace on the Internet. Yet not a single Israeli has ever been sent to prison for publishing a status on social media [ry]13/7/2015
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Israel arrests suspects in arson attack on famous church AP - Salon - "The fire is believed to be an attack by Jewish extremists, but Rosenfeld would not elaborate on the identity of those arrested" [ry] 13/7/2015
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Amid detente with Hamas, Israel says 2 citizens held in GazaJOSEF FEDERMAN - Yahoo News - "But there were no threats of action against Hamas, in contrast to a bruising military campaign that followed Hamas` capture of Schalit in a 2006 cross-border raid ¡ª or more recently, the arrests of scores of Hamas supporters after the deadly abduction of three Israeli teens in the West Bank last year." - id 10/7/2015
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Israel slaps travel ban on Palestinian former mayorPatrick Strickland - EI - "Suleiman Eghbaria, former mayor of Umm al-Fahm and high-ranking official in the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, received his first travel ban in July 2014. Citing “national security,” Israel’s interior ministry has since renewed the ban five times." - id 10/7/2015
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Netanyahu and Obama find a shared interest — screwing the Israeli peopleMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - On the night of the vote, which was ultimately postponed once Netanyahu realized he had no majority, a spokesperson for the Joint List reassured that, “of course the Joint List will vote against Netanyahu’s policies on [natural] gas.” The slate is “independent and not swayed by pressure from tycoons like the Netanyahu government,” he added.-rh 8/7/2015
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Qatari diesel to enter Gaza on WednesdayMa`an News Agency - "he Palestinian Prime Minister said Tuesday that all arrangements regarding the remaining quantity of diesel from a Qatari donation to the Gaza power station have been settled. The remaining diesel quantity, estimated to be around 10,000 tons, is currently in storehouses of the Egyptian company Copetrol. PM Rami Hamdallah said that the first ship of diesel will be transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom crossing. He pointed out that the transferred amount of diesel will increase the power station’s capacity to 80 megawatts which will provide electricity for several more hours." ca8/7/2015
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Growing up Gazan: Tales of a Palestinian teenFatma Naib - Al Jazeera "Baker believed the Western media was siding with Israel and offering an "unfair` portrayal of what was going on during a war that left more than 2,200 Palestinians dead and more than half-a-million displaced. So she put her Twitter account and family`s electricity generator to good use. " ca8/7/2015
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Surviving the ups and downs: Israel`s first Arab-Jewish school turns 30Samah Salaime - +972 "For three decades the school at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has taught our children how to grow and become adults with a cohesive national and human identity, without fear of the other. Today, however, the future looks as uncertain as ever." ca8/7/2015
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Is Hamas working with Wilayat Sinai?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "While Hamas officials deny ties to IS in Sinai, Gaza residents claim that Sinai terrorists were admitted for treatment in Gaza, and Israel argues that Hamas provides weapons to these terror groups." ca 8/7/2015
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Report: Netanyahu asked European leaders to vote against Israel at U.N.Stephen Pollard - Jewish Chronicle - Britain voted in favour of a UN resolution based on a report that condemned Israel’s actions in last summer’s Gaza war and accused it of war crimes – at the request of Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli PM’s office rang David Cameron, asking him to support the resolution because it represented a considerably watered-down version of an earlier one. the JC understands.“Both the Israelis and the Brits will deny this”, the JC was told. “It sounds bonkers. But it’s true”.ak7/7/2015
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Clinton `alarmed` by BDS attempts to `isolate and delegitimize Israel`Yitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - In letter to Jewish media mogul Haim Saban, Democratic presidential hopeful slams comparisons made between Israel and the apartheid regime in South Africa. Clinton had already been trying to win over Jewish donors. [bz]7/7/2015
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Is Israel a racist country? 47% of US Democrats said it is David Horovitz - Times of Israel - Three quarters of highly educated, high income, publicly active US Democrats — the so-called “opinion elites” — believe Israel has too much influence on US foreign policy, almost half of them consider Israel to be a racist country, and fewer than half of them believe that Israel wants peace with its neighbors. These are among the findings of a new survey carried out by US political consultant Frank Luntz.ak7/7/2015
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WATCH: Israeli forces pepper-spray Palestinian journalistsNatasha Roth - +972 - Israeli security forces attacked a demonstration commemorating Mohammed Abu Khdeir last Thursday, including pepper-spraying in the face two Palestinian journalists working for a Jordanian news station. The two journalists, who were covering the event for Jordan’s Ro’ya TV, are wearing bullet-proof vests clearly marked as “press” in a video of the incident released by the network. Attacks on journalists — particularly Palestinian journalists — have been a regular feature throughout 2015. At the end of April, an IDF officer was sentenced to two weeks in prison for assaulting Palestinian and Israeli photojournalists — an attack that was caught on camera. [bz]7/7/2015
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Senior Hamas official denies ties to ISIS in SinaiJack Khoury - Haaretz - According to Abu Marzouk, who spoke on Al-Quds TV, the attack in Sinai "is detrimental to the security of Palestinians, especially those living in Gaza, since Sinai is the only exit for Gaza residents." He condemned "attempts to tie the Hamas to the incidents that took place in Sinai," adding that there was no evidence to this effect. "Hamas`s relations with Egypt have much improved," Abu Marzouk stated, adding that this was due to deliberate effort on the Hamas`s part. He also told Al-Quds TV that every time the relations between the two polities improve an incident takes place in Sinai that strains their ties. [bz]4/7/2015
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Culture Ministry to review Rachel Corrie playMerav Yudilovitch - Ynetnews "An appeal to Culture Minister Miri Regev regarding the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" about the life of an American human rights activist killed by an IDF bulldozer in Gaza in 2003, has led to a renewed examination of its content.Jaffa Theater officials stressed that the theater was only hosting the play and that it is not a production of the theater. Nonetheless, the theater`s management received an inquiry Tuesday morning from Irit Fogel, director of the Theater Department in the Ministry’s Culture Administration, about the status of the production." ca3/7/2015
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Copts flee North SinaiGeorge Mikhail - Al-Monitor "In the North Sinai governorate, battles are raging between the Egyptian army and jihadist groups such as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and the Movement for Unity and Jihad. Now, like in other governorates, Copts are being forcibly displaced." ca 3/7/2015
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