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Water wars? Devastating shortages will fuel MidEast conflicts for 25 yrs – reportRT America - "In a worrying global trend, the Middle East is set for a record water shortage to strike over the next 25 years. The global fallout from the recent record heatwaves will force more and more people into overcrowded cities and stagnate economic growth. Worse still, according to scientists with the World Resource Institute (WRI), water shortages will exacerbate existing conflicts – and the factor is considered to have contributed to the rising violence in Syria that erupted in 2011." ca 29/8/2015
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Israel`s `war on BDS` misses the pointTomer Persico - +972 "Israel’s best-selling daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth and its website, Ynet, launched a special project on Monday. Under the banner, “Fighting the Boycott,” the newspaper entered “trench warfare” against the boycott Israel movement. Star right-wing columnist Ben-Dror Yemini wrote a long article claiming that the boycott movement is borne of a desire to de-legitimize the entire State of Israel, and not just the settlements and the occupation." ca28/8/2015
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PHOTOS: Construction for Jewish town to replace Bedouin village draws ireAmjad Iraqi - +972 "Israel is moving forward with a controversial plan to outright replace a Bedouin village with a Jewish town in the Negev/Naqab...Earlier this week, Israeli construction workers moved tractors onto the village hilltop, just a few hundred meters away from the Bedouin families’ homes. The protestors marched uphill to the construction site, where policemen had set up fences in anticipation of the protest." ca28/8/2015
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Palestinian congress to meet for 1st time in 20 yearsMa`an News Agency - "The meeting of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the PLO congress representing those in occupied Palestinian territory and the diaspora, is to be held in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. "It has been decided to ask the Palestine National Council to convene for a session on the upcoming 15th and 16th September in Ramallah," senior Palestinian official Azzam al-Ahmad told AFP."The council’s agenda includes electing a new executive committee for the (Palestine Liberation Organization)." ca28/8/2015
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UNRWA Workers Strike as School Year Officially Begins in GazaIMEMC News & Agencies - "Around 225,000 Gazan schoolchildren were forced to return home, on Monday, after local staff at the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza (UNRWA) went on strike on the first day of the new school year.The strike comes amid a financial crisis in the agency that earlier threatened to delay the start of the school year." ca for id 26/8/2015
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Mysterious billboard claims `Israel to open Iranian embassy` Israel Loves Iran Facebook page - Jerusalem Post "Most Israelis and Iranians who commented on the photo seemed optimistic of increased positive relations between the two nations.Rashin Mahdavi, a student from Iran, expressed her support of Israeli-Iranian relations, and criticized the Iranian government`s stance towards Israel. "Unlike the Iranian government`s hatred toward Israel, the Iranian people have great sympathies with Israelis." ca for id26/8/2015
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US judge orders Palestinian deposits over attacksMa`an - US Judge George Daniels ordered Palestinian authorities to post $10 million in cash or bond, and an additional $1 million every 30 days, pending appeal of the February verdict. Two weeks ago, the Obama administration urged Daniels to "carefully consider" the PA`s precarious finances in deciding whether to impose a bond requirement. [bz]25/8/2015
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Latin American diplomats: We can be doing more to pressure IsraelBen White - +972 - Speaking at a one-day conference in London, Latin American diplomats call for tougher policies, including sanctions and boycotts, against Israel for its ‘polices of apartheid.’ [bz]25/8/2015
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Barak: Possibility of attack against Iran raised three times, and blockedYnet - Then Defence Minister Barak, Netanyahu and Lieberman sought to strike Tehran`s nuclear facilities between 2010-2012, but attempts were blocked by former IDF chief Ashkenazi and ministers Ya`alon (now on Defence) and Steinitz. [bz]22/8/2015
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Israeli bio-gas digesters energize isolated Palestinian village - European Union paid the billReuters - Ynet - "HomeBioGas has invented this simple digester that can easily be assembled and transported," said Palestinian engineer Amer Rabayah, who coordinates installation of the devices. Rural West Bank areas that Palestinians want as part of a future state with the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem have been left under-developed, while Israel has invested in adjacent settlements. Palestinians, largely left to fend for themselves, have relied on donations from foreign states and international aid agencies. "(In) this area ... there is no water or electricity. We have no services," said local resident and digester owner Nayef Zayid. [bz] 25/8/2015
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IDF falsely arrested photographers during Palestinian protest, court rulesOren Ziv - +972 - Israeli soldiers arrested two Israeli and one Palestinian photographers during a demonstration in the West Bank. What followed showed just how differently Israelis and Palestinian detainees are treated [ry]24/8/2015
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Beitar Nordia: Israeli fans choose football over racism to start their own club Annie Slemrod - The Independent - Fans shun Beitar Jerusalem, who have never fielded an Arab-Israeli player [ry]24/8/2015
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Israel on verge of sending troops into Syria over increased threat of terrorist attack Caroline Mortimer - The Independent - The Israeli Defence Force is reportedly carrying out manoeuvres to test their capability to launch an attack in the Golan Heights [ry]18/8/2015
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Netanyahu Appoints Right-Wing Politician as Israeli Ambassador to U.N.JODI RUDOREN--JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Friday named a hawkish political rival who opposes a Palestinian state as his next ambassador to the United Nations. The naming of Danny Danon as the new ambassador is the latest in a string of appointments by Mr. Netanyahu that indicate he will not bow to mounting international criticism and efforts to isolate Israel.dn 16/8/2015
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Tel Aviv sur Seine: Pro-Palestinian protests mar Paris festival to celebrate the Israeli coastal cityAmelia Jenne--Tel Aviv sur Seine: Pro-Palestinian protests mar Paris festival to celebrate the Israeli coastal city One city councillor labelled the event `indecent` in light of the war in Gaza last summer dn 16/8/2015
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Right-wing activist attacks Ya’alon’s car in HebronIlan Ben Zion - The Times of Israel - "“Enemy of the settlements, minister without security, strong against Jews and weak against Arabs,” Marzel shouted at Ya’alon. Marzel, a Boston-born ultra-nationalist, is a resident of Tel Rumeida, a Jewish settlement located in the heart of Hebron overlooking the Cave of the Patriarchs." - id 12/8/2015
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Did Phyllis Wise violate university’s “criminal” warning over Salaita emails?Ali Abunimah - EI - "Wise’s email apparently admitting that she had deleted messages related to Salaita was sent one day before the hold notice went out, but after the university had been formally notified by Salaita’s lawyers of possible litigation." - id 12/8/2015
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West Bank inches closer to boiling pointOded Shalom and Elior Levy - Ynet - "The rising tensions are evident everywhere. In Meir Ettinger`s fanaticism; in Palestinian villages where night watchmen groups are formed; in Givat Ronen outpost where `the most hotheaded guys are drawn,` and in the police, where investigators are trying to solve the arson in Duma and prepare for possible Jewish retaliation." - id 12/8/2015
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ISRAELI CAMPAIGN TO SPREAD LIES EXPOSED BY PRESTIGIOUS BRITISH GROUPRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "The oft cited report by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, which reportedly has links with the Israeli military, does not provide any concrete evidence, lacks citations, self-admittedly relies on circumstantial evidence, erases political diversity in PRC activities and focuses on individuals not actively affiliated with the organization." - id12/8/2015
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Tel Aviv day on Paris beach condemned for sending `very bad message` Agence France-Presse - The Guardian - Makeshift beach on the Seine has devoted each day to a world-famous beach but ‘Tel Aviv on the Seine’ criticised as ‘Israeli government PR’ [ry]11/8/2015
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Liberman slams Netanyahu over Foreign Ministry failingsMazal Mualem - Al Monitor - "Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely is practically ignored by the international community as Israel`s Foreign Ministry keeps losing responsibilities to other ministries and its budget is slashed." - id 11/8/2015
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ISRAELI CAMPAIGN TO SPREAD LIES EXPOSED BY PRESTIGIOUS BRITISH GROUPRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "The latest smear campaign is by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, which reportedly is a satellite operation tied to the Israeli military and Israeli mukhabarat (Shin Bet), according to Spinwatch." - id 11/8/2015
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A warrant for the repression of Israel’s Palestinian citizensAmjad Iraqi - +972 - Bentzi Sau, a candidate for the national police commissioner, has riled Palestinian citizens who continue to experience his interpretation of law enforcement: oppression and harassment [ry]10/8/2015
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Israeli defence minister says he is `not responsible` for lives of Iranian nuclear scientists following historic US-Iran deal Rose Troup Buchanan - The Independent - Five Iranian nuclear scientists have died in car bombs although Israel has never been officially linked to these deaths [ry]10/8/2015
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Kahane`s grandson`s plan to spark a revolt and bring down IsraelItay Blumenthal - Ynet - Far-right activist Meir Ettinger was arrested by the Shin Bet, which says he developed a plan called `the revolt`, designed to inflame tensions and cause anarchy in order to hasten the end of days [ry]10/8/2015
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IDF officer ‘loaned’ his soldiers to family, friends for choresJudah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel - Now demoted to private, commander forced subordinates to carry out nonmilitary work — including painting his wife’s office [ry]10/8/2015
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VANUNU MORDECHAI’S SEPTEMBER: HIGH COURT AND A KINDLE BOOKEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "This September, my seventh book "Heroes, Muses and the Saga of Mordechai Vanunu" will be published at Kindle and what follows is an excerpt regarding the legend of Vanunu`s hooney trap." - id 5/8/2015
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Shin Bet arrests Kahane`s grandson, online incitement continuesYoav Zitun & Itay Blumental - Ynet - "Ettinger wrote that "the truth must be told - there is no terror organization, but there are a whole lot of Jews, a lot more than people think, whose value-system is completely different than that of the High Court or the Shin Bet, and who are not bound by the laws of the state, but by much more eternal laws, true laws."" - id 4/8/2015
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UNRWA funding crisis puts 500k Palestinian children at riskNatasha Roth - +972 - "Unlike refugees elsewhere in the world under the career of UNHCR, Palestinian refugees under the care of UNRWA tend to pass on their refugee status through multiple generations. Uniquely, that means that the Palestinian refugee population has actually increased over time." - id 4/8/2015
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Jeremy Corbyn backs boycott of Israeli universities involved in arms researchAsa Winstanley - EI - "On the wider BDS campaign, Corbyn said that the academic boycott was `very complicated` to implement without, for example, preventing Israeli dissidents such as Ilan Pappe coming to speak in the UK. `If it is a university that is doing research into drones, taser weapons, or doing research into surveillance of the occupation in Gaza and elsewhere then they should be part of the boycott,` he said" [ry]3/8/2015
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Liberman: Israel should have let hunger-striker die in jailTamar Pileggi - The Times of Israel - Former FM slams Netanyahu’s handling of Allaan case, and tells his party to prepare for elections in 2016 [ry]31/8/2015
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Palestinians build case against Israel at ICCMel Frykberg - AlJazeera - A decision to challenge Israel on alleged war crimes at the ICC could put immense pressure on the Palestinian Authority [ry]31/8/2015
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