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Amos Oz`s grandson to Im Tirtzu: You are Israel`s cancerJerusalem Post--Dean Oz Salzberger attacked the right-wing NGO Im Tirtzu for labeling his grandfather, the famous author Amos Oz, as a "foreign agent" in its recent campaign against cultural figures in Israel. dn31/1/2016
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Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu calls for execution of PalestiniansPNN/Jerusalem - "The hard-right wing and bloodthirsty Chief Rabbi of Safed, and also a member of the Chief Rabbinate Council additionally declared that the Palestinians are the enemy of the Israeli occupation state and they “must be destroyed and crushed in order to end violence.”...Back in 2007, according to the Jerusalem Post, Eliyahu is quoted saying that “If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand. And if they do not stop after 1,000 then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100.000, even a million.” ca29/1/2016
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Malala urges Syria conference to give millions for education AFP - "A petition launched by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai urging a Syria donors` conference to give millions of dollars for educational causes had reached over 70,000 signatures Thursday." ca 29/1/2016
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Israel destroys Negev mosque, issues mass demolition order in NablusMa`an News Agency - "In the Negev, Israeli forces demolished a mosque in the unrecognized village of Rakhama for the second time this month.Like the housing in the unrecognized village, the mosque was built with corrugated metal. Israeli forces initially destroyed the mosque on Jan. 6, but residents rebuilt the structure, which was then torn down again." ca29/1/2016
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Regev to submit culture bill- no loyalty, no fundingMoran Azulai - Ynet - "This is the first time that a bill closely ties artistic content to the receipt of funding and support of artists from state cultural institutions. As part of what she calls "cultural justice", she will make changes to the criteria of the Support Committee at the Ministry of Culture and Sports." - id 27/1/2016
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Palestinian PM: The Israeli deputy FM uses fiction to whitewash OccupationPNN - Palestine News Network - "“The Deputy FM of Israel should disclose the sources of funding, local & foreign, that her government funnels to illegal settlements where many extremists reside, some of them are terrorists that have Palestinian blood on their hands, instead of using smoke and mirrors to deceive the international community.”" - id 27/1/2016
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Police Blasted for Holding Leftists in Jail, Despite Lack of Proof Dead Palestinian Was Murdered Nir Hasson - Haaretz - Nawi`s lawyer, Attorney Eitan Peleg, blasted police and the state for conducting a "political" instead of a criminal investigation. "The investigation is an ongoing outrage… The fact that the State of Israel cannot make sure if Abu Khalil died a natural death or if he died at all, is completely ridiculous. --Meanwhile, Ezra Nawi and Guy Butavia were released from prison http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.699299 [bz]25/1/2016
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Israel steps up home demolitions to punish Palestinian attackersRuth Eglash--The parents of Mohanad Halabi, who killed two Israelis and wounded two more in a knife and gun assault in Jerusalem in October, walk through the debris of their home in the West Bank village of Surda after it was demolished by the Israeli army. The 19-year-old was shot dead by police at the scene. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images) dn24/1/2016
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`I`m breaking the silence because I`m Zionist, Israeli and a patriot`Yehuda Shohat - Ynet - "We do not blame the soldiers for any incident," he says. "I`m also not saying I`m more moral than they are because I took responsibility. The responsibility should be on the political leadership that creates and perpetrates this reality in which 18-19 year old soldiers are asked to maintain this horrible status quo. There is no way to do this without violence. Entering a private residence in the middle of the night - even if you clean up after yourself - is a violent act. You could conduct searches and arrests in the most moral way, but it`s still a violent act. And when you do it systematically, for years, there will always also be those who do immoral acts." [bz]23/1/2016
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The Arab Gangsters of IsraelThe Daily Beast - "Violent crime is on the rise in Israel`s Arab sector, where more than 1,000 people have been killed since 2000 and residents complain bitterly about a lack of police protection...“If an Arab kills another Arab, the police don’t care, it’s only when the weapons make their way out of our communities does anyone pay attention,” said Renin Oudeh Shawana, the director of the “Mustaqbal,” or “Future,” youth program in Jaljuliya. " ca22/1/2016
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How can we give young refugees a future?Gordon Brown - World Economic Forum "...200 million young people under 25 who are growing up in the Middle East and North Africa, a number that will grow to 225 million in the next few years? Not only are 47% of 18-25 year-olds in the region either unemployed or underemployed but with widespread access to social media these young people are aware as never before of the gap between the opportunities they crave and the limited opportunities in education, employment and entrepreneurship delivered to them...Without the chance of education, many will fall victim to extremist influences exploiting young people’s discontent." ca22/1/2016
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UK Doctors Call for Removal of Israel from World Medical AssociationIMEMC News & Agencies - IMEMC "British doctors have called for the removal of Israel from the World Medical Association (WMA) over claims of “medical torture” on Palestinians seeking treatment." ca22/1/2016
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Behind the Ban on the Islamic Movement in Israel Jonathan Cook - Middle East Research and Information Project - The decision to outlaw the northern wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel was announced by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on November 17, 2015, days after attacks claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, left 130 dead in Paris. Although the ban had been long in the making, the timing was patently opportunistic, with Netanyahu even comparing Israel’s Islamic Movement to ISIS.-rh20/1/2016
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`Don`t employ Arabs`: Carwash in central Israel set alightRaanan Ben Zur - Ynet - A carwash in Petah Tikva was set on fire and spray-painted with graffiti against the employment of Arabs. An investigation reveals it was a deliberate fire. [bz]19/1/2016
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Israeli State-funded Settler Group Sent Private Eye to Spy on Human-rights NGOsUri Blau - Haaretz - The attorney, Michael Sfard, had filed a police complaint after internal documents, apparently from his office, had surfaced in the media. In a years-long probe, police questioned several people under caution, including the founder of the right-wing movement Im Tirtzu, and found that between 2010 and 2013 Sfard and his office had been placed under the surveillance of a private detective. However, the police did not find who had commissioned the probe, and around six months ago they closed the case. Haaretz has now learned from sources involved in the affair that the private investigation was commissioned and funded by Regavim, a nongovernmental organization that documents unlawful activities perpetrated by Arabs and Bedouin on state lands in Israel and across the Green Line separating Israel and the West Bank. The findings raise questions as to whether Regavim, which receives state funds, used taxpayer money to conduct private investigations of groups on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum. [bz]19/1/2016
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EU adopts resolution criticising Israeli settlement activityPeter Beaumont and Jennifer Rankin - The Guardian - Among the countries pushing hardest for the resolution were France, Ireland and Sweden. The [unanimous, as required] adoption came as the US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, sharply criticised its policies in the occupied West Bank. [bz]19/1/2016
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Ayman Odeh’s unlikely crusade David Remnick - The New Yorker - Herzog smiled and said, “Ayman, I love you, but I don’t have to agree with everything you say. You are a great hope. But if you like the bloc Rabin had in the nineties”—which included support from Arab deputies—“you have to remember that it was Rabin who said in the first intifada that the Army should break the bones of people throwing the stones.” [bz] 19/1/2016
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US ambassador: Too much Israeli `vigilantism` in West BankItay Blumenthal - Ynet - In the aftermath of two terror attacks in as many days, Shapiro attacked Israel`s policy towards the settlements and claimed that "too much vigilantism goes unchecked." Shapiro said that the US is concerned by the ongoing building in the settlements and also criticized the Israeli authorities` investigation into Jewish terrorism in the West Bank. "At times there seem to be two standards of adherence to the rule of law (in the West Bank): one for Israelis and another for Palestinians." [bz]19/1/2016
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Why Israel`s schools merit a U.S. boycott Saree Makdisi - Los Angeles Times - The United Nations` Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination points out with alarm that Israel maintains two separate educational systems for its citizens — one for Jewish children and another for the children of the Palestinian minority — a structure that reinforces the profound segregation of Israeli society in everything from matters of citizenship and marriage to housing rights.-rh13/1/2016
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Why Israel has silenced the 1948 story of Nazareth’s survivalJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss "Nazareth was not only an anomaly; it was a mistake. It was supposed to be cleared of its Palestinian population, just like those other Palestinian cities now in Israel. Much to Israel’s regret, it has become an unofficial capital for Israel’s 1.6 million Palestinian citizens, a fifth of the Israeli population." ca13/1/2016
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Far-left activist Ezra Nawi wasn’t fleeing, says attorneyTimes of Israel staff - Ezra Nawi was arrested at Ben Gurion. “People published his address on all kinds of right-wing sites and just then his friends abroad told him to come to them,” Adv. Leah Tsemel said. “He clarified that there was no arrest order out on him or against him leaving the country and that he was not summoned for an investigation — so he thought it would be a good opportunity to leave for that vacation.” [Meanwhile, Ynet writes that Nawi is detained, suspected of contacting a foreign agent and conspiring to commit a crime, and was barred from meeting with an attorney for five days(sic!)-bz] 12/1/2016
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Swedish foreign minister calls for inquiry into Israeli violenceReuters - Ties between Sweden and Israel nose-dived after Sweden recognised the Palestine state shortly after Wallstrom`s centre-left Social Democrats won general elections in 2014. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom deepened the rift last year by describing Palestinians` plight as a factor leading to Islamist radicalisation. "It is vital that there is a thorough, credible investigation into these deaths in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability," Wallstrom said during a parliamentary debate, according to news agency TT . [bz]12/1/2016
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Netanyahu Fears More EU Sanctions Against West Bank SettlementsBarak Ravid - Haaretz - European activity in Area C has become a significant source of tension between Israel and the EU, as well as with a number of EU members, led by Germany and France. European countries consider Area C to make up the main land reserve for a future Palestinian state. Therefore, EU focuses its policies and efforts in that area, particularly by advancing Palestinian construction and infrastructure projects. [bz]12/1/2016
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B`Tselem: Relieved and eager to get back to workB’Tselem - "Following the announcement by the fire brigade that the cause of the fire in our office is probably an electrical fault, we are extremely relieved and eager to begin the cleanup as soon as possible" [ry]11/1/2016
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Peres: Palestinian frustration over peace process freeze leads to violenceDaniel Betini - Ynet - "This terror is a revolt. Many young people in the world today are attracted by the totalitarianism of terror. The situation (in Israel) is part of this development - but at the same time it is different. We should have two states. There is only one. This contributes to the fact that young Palestinians are against us. Israel often does not see the real reasons. Israel does not see this protest. It only sees the killings," Peres said. [bz]17/1/2016
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Mossad proxy faked violent Facebook anti-SemitismAsa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada - Shurat HaDin claims to be a “civil rights organization.” Various media reports have described it as an “Israeli non-governmental organization,” an “advocacy group,” or even a neutral-sounding “law center”. But US embassy cables leaked by Chelsea Manning and published by WikiLeaks tell a very different story. Shurat HaDin director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner privately told a US embassy official that her group “took direction” on which court cases to pursue. She claimed that she “receives evidence” from Israel’s international espionage and assassination agency Mossad and from Israel’s National Security Council. [bz]16/1/2016
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U.S. Condemns Defense Minister Ya`alon`s Decision to Expand Settlement Bloc Barak Ravid - Haaretz - The defense minister`s latest decision, to approve the establishment of a new settlement inside a church compound in the West Bank, together with the legitimizing of illegal settlement outposts and construction of infrastructure in remote settlements are undermining the possibility of implementing a two-state solution, and raises honest questions about Israel’s long-term intentions. [bz] 9/1/2016
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Syrians starving to death in besieged rebel-held town, medical charity saysLiz Sly and Suzan Haidamous - Washington Post "Aid agencies expressed alarm Thursday about dire conditions in a besieged town west of Damascus where people have been eating cats and grass to stay alive and as many as 23 people are reported to have died of hunger.No food has arrived in the rural town of Madaya since October, and desperate residents have posted photographs on the Internet showing frail, skeletal corpses and emaciated people, including children." ca 8/1/2016
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Orthodox Christmas marked in BethlehemXinhua/Luay Sababa - Xinhuanet "BETHLEHEM, Jan. 6, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III arrives for a procession inside the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Jan. 6, 2016. The Orthodox faith uses the old Julian calendar in which Christmas falls 13 days after more widespread Gregorian calendar. 8/1/2016
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Airline apologizes for racist treatment of Palestinian passengersMa`an News Agency - "Greek Aegean airlines on Wednesday apologized to PLO Secretary- General Saeb Erekat for the forced removal of two Palestinians from a flight.CEO of the Greek airline, Dimitris Gerogiannis, sent a letter to Erekat expressing the airline’s “greatest regret” after a group of Jewish Israelis reportedly pressured cabin crew earlier this week to force the Palestinians on board to disembark.According to Israeli media reports, the group said the two Palestinians -- both citizens of Israel -- constituted a “security risk” and prevented the flight from taking off until the two were removed from the aircraft." ca8/1/2016
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Foreign Ministry: Dayan will likely not be ambassador to BrazilItamar Eichner - Ynet News "Foreign Ministry officials believe that there is no longer any chance that Brazil will approve the appointment of settler leader Dani Dayan as Israel`s ambassador, following the South American country`s strenuous objections...The Foreign Ministry reached its conclusion after analyzing the messages coming from Brazil in recent days, which suggested the Brazilians had decided finally not to approve Dayan`s appointment. Nevertheless, the heads of the Foreign Ministry have not cried uncle and are giving it one last chance. " ca6/1/2016
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Mass Sexual Attack in Germany Inflames Migrant DebateMELISSA EDDY - NY Times "The assault, which went largely unreported for days, set off a national outcry after the Cologne police described the attackers as young men “who appeared to have a North African or Arabic” background, based on testimony from victims and witnesses...Heiko Maas, Germany’s justice minister, warned on Tuesday against linking the assaults to the influx of refugees, saying that the ethnicity of the perpetrators was irrelevant.“The rule of the law does not look at where someone comes from but what they did,” ca 6/1/2016
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Wheaton is planning to fire professor who said Muslims and Christians worship the same God Kirkland An - Washington Post " Wheaton College, an evangelical college in Illinois, had placed associate professor of political science Larycia Hawkins on administrative leave after she made a controversial theological statement on Facebook that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. The school has now begun the process to fire her due to an “impasse,” it said in a statement released on Tuesday.Hawkins, a tenured political science professor, posted on Facebook that she would wear a hijab during the Advent season in support of Muslims." ca 6/1/2016
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PA says Netanyahu `plotting` against it after he warns of its collapseMa`an - Israel`s defense establishment repeatedly warned in recent months that the PA`s collapse would force Israel to take on its role. Haaretz reported that while Netanyahu accepted this position, he had chosen not to implement most recommendations from the security establishment, largely due to political pressure from within the cabinet. The PA foreign ministry accuses Netanyahu of weakening the PA on the ground while simultaneously "shed(ding) crocodile tears and claim(ing) they are concerned about the PA and its continuity." [bz]5/1/2016
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Israelis oust Palestinians from planeSergio Yahni - AIC - On January 4th, a number of Israeli tourists on an Aegean Airline plane flying from Athens to Tel Aviv announced that they would not let the plane take off unless two Palestinian passengers from East Jerusalem disembarked. The incident occurred when a number of Israeli passengers discovered that two passengers on the plane were Palestinians from East Jerusalem. [bz]5/1/2016
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Israeli protest gets Barghouti painting removed from exhibit - in ParisItamar Eichner - Ynet - The artist who painted Barghouti wrote in the inscription that "Nelson Mandela was also called a terrorist in the 1950s." The painting was supposed to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the Reporters Without Borders organization. Israel and the French Jewish community have also contacted the Paris municipal authorities in order to prevent the reopening of an exhibit by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), which they believe unfairly incited people against the IDF. [bz]5/1/2016
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Israel seeks PA’s help in hunt for suspect in Tel Aviv shootingAvi Issacharoff and Sue Surkes - Times of Israel - Bennett: “I expect and want to see as many children as possible going to school, going back to their routine.” He noted that the bulk of terror attacks of recent weeks were centered on Hebron and the Etzion Bloc in the West Bank, where, he said, residents were continuing to live their lives. Both ministers, Erdan and Bennett, said that deaths from traffic accidents were much higher than those from terrorism, drawing criticism from the opposition Zionist Union party. Knesset member Itzik Shmueli: “Every day, Israeli citizens are being killed on the streets and all that the government, which has no answers, tells them is that they must be consoled by the fact that the chances of being injured in a traffic accident as a result of another of its failures are higher.” [bz]5/1/2016
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UN rights envoy resigns, accuses Israel of denying accessReuters - Ynet - Makarim Wibisono, United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, said that his repeated oral and written requests for access had gone unanswered over 18 months. [bz]5/1/2016
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Will Jewish terrorism suspects get a `fair trial?`Edo Konrad - +972 - Had a Palestinian committed the exact same crime in the exact same location, he would find himself in an entirely different justice system. Maybe ‘fair’ is relative [ry]4/1/2016
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Vatican fully recognizes Palestine state as landmark treaty enters forceAl-Bushra - The Agreement, consisting of a Preamble and 32 articles, regards essential aspects of the life and activity of the [Roman-Catholic] Church in Palestine, while at the same time reaffirming the support for a negotiated and peaceful solution to the conflict in the region. [See also: http://www.voanews.com/content/vatican-accord-recognizing-palestinian-state-takes-effect/3128716.html bz] 3/1/2016
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How to revive the Arab Peace InitiativeAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - ***The first insight: The 2002 Arab Peace Initiative is in force. It is likely to be ratified at the upcoming 2016 Arab League conference in Morocco in March. The Arabs find it hard to understand why such a generous peace initiative is unable to capture the hearts of the Jewish-Israeli public. ***Second insight: A US diplomatic initiative is unlikely in the short time left to President Barack Obama in office, including the transition period between the elections and the new president taking office. ***Third insight: Europe is increasingly frustrated with Israel’s promotion of the settlement enterprise at the expense of the basic rights of the Palestinians. [bz]3/1/2016
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Why There Is No Peace On Earth David Stockman - Contra Corner - The real threat to peace circa 1990 was that Pax Americana would not go away quietly in the night. During the past 25 years Imperial Washington has lost all memory that peace was ever possible at the end of the cold war. Today it is as feckless, misguided and bloodthirsty as were Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, Vienna and London in August 1914. [Long but challenging overview-bz] 3/1/2016
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‘If I hadn’t been inside, it would’ve been over for me’Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 - Despite the panic and buzz, a certain knowing atmosphere hung over the streets, below the heavy storm clouds and behind people’s descriptions, as if even residents of Tel Aviv – what some call a “bubble” – were not entirely surprised. [bz]2/1/2016
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Friday attacker`s father: Arrest him before he murdered more peopleHassan Shaalan and Yoav Zitun - Ynet - "I`m worried and I want to hear that he`s in the Police`s hands." [bz]2/1/2016
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Vandals destroy crosses at Israel Christian cemeteryAFP - Yahoo! News - "The church did not say who was behind the desecration but in recent years there have been a spate of hate crimes targeting churches and Christian cemeteries, with the perpetrators believed to be Jewish extremists" [ry]11/1/2016
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Israeli Police Falsely Allege Murder Conspiracy by Human Rights NGOs, ActivistsRichard Silverstein - Tikkun Olam - "And the judicial system, which always cooperates with its pals in the police, permit this farce by extending the detention of the suspects. Despite there being no crime, nor evidence of a crime." - id 20/1/2016
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A guide to dialoguing with PalestiniansSteven Salaita - The Electronic Intifada - "Could it be possible that Zionists don’t want “dialogue” in the sense of a frank and open conversation? Does this version of dialogue coerce others into moderating their commitment to Palestine’s liberation in service of the colonizer’s security?" - id 20/1/2016
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Ahmad Dawabsha to Learn Family`s Fate This WeekIMEMC - ""We want this week to tell him what happened to his family. The psychiatrist will be with him in the hospital [when we tell him the story]," Ahmad`s uncle, Nasser Dawabsha, said according to World Bulletin/Al Ray." - id 20/1/2016
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