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No one is lifting a finger to protect Arab womenSamah Salaime - +972 - Before she was murdered by her ex-husband, Huda Abu Sarir was betrayed by the rest us. She was murdered because we raise unstable men alongside strong, steadfast women [ry] 31/10/2016
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UNHRC official: ‘Israel’s status at UN depends on ending the occupation’Tovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - "The UNHRC has been taken over by some of the worst human rights violators in the world, Israel said, adding "The council has long abandoned it founding principles of universality and impartiality" [ry] 31/10/2016
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Israel Social TV is under attack – Defend Media Freedom!Women`s Boat to Gaza - Yudit Ilany photographed and reported the first two legs of the journey from Barcelona to Sicily. Other Israeli journalists, including a correspondent for Channel Two, were eager to join the mission, but were prevented due to the inability of our second boat Amal II to sail. The inclusion of a Social TV reporter on the flotilla is a first-rate journalistic achievement. The claim that Social TV’s sympathetic coverage of the flotilla is “undermining the foundations of the state and provides a platform to delegitimize IDF soldiers” is simply outrageous. Others have claimed that Social TV did not provide counter-criticism of the flotilla to balance the story. On the contrary, Social TV strives to bring balance to the narrative voice that denounces the Israeli Government and the illegal capture of the Zaytouna-Oliva. [bz]30/10/2016
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60 years after massacre, Kafr Qasem is no longer waiting for an apology from the Israeli governmentOfer Aderet - Haaretz - Judge Benjamin Halevy coined the phrase “a blatantly illegal order” in his verdict. The instruction to Israel Defense Forces soldiers that they are obliged to refuse an order “that has a black flag flying over it” has become part of the Kafr Qasem legacy. But the convicted parties’ sentence was soon commuted by the chief of staff, they were pardoned by the president and released from jail. The most senior defendant, Col. Issachar Shadmi, commander of the brigade in charge of the area, was sentenced to a symbolic fine of 10 pennies for exceeding authority. [bz]30/10/2016
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Hamas leaders meet with Abbas in Qatar, present `complete vision` for reconciliationMa`an - According to Wafa, the two parties agreed that achieving reconciliation was the key to “saving the Palestinian national project and facing the Israeli government’s plans of destroying the two-state solution.” [bz]30/10/2016
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How Israel Privatized Its Occupation of PalestineAntony Loewenstein and Matt Kennard - The Nation - It’s 4:30 am with the moon still high in the sky, but Palestinians from across the West Bank are already disembarking from buses outside the Qalandia checkpoint near Jerusalem. They’re about to begin a day’s work on the other side of the separation wall, in Israel. [bz]30/10/2016
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Israel: Settlers` takeover of security posts `alarming`Jonathan Cook - Al-Jazeera "The top posts in Israel`s national police force are now in the hands of hardline religious settlers who are seeking to make "alarming" changes to policing in both Israel and the occupied territories, critics have warned...Roni Alsheikh, who was made police chief late last year, lived for many years in one of the most violent settlements, Kiryat Arba, next to Hebron. According to Israel`s Haaretz daily, Alsheikh lobbied hard on behalf of Brachyahu for the chief rabbi position." ca28/10/2016
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Israel’s Boycott HypocrisyNEVE GORDON - CounterPunch - "Notwithstanding Odeh’s candid effort to expose Israel’s racist approach toward its Palestinian citizens, Netanyahu’s coalition is determined to boycott the Joint Arab List." - id26/10/2016
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Racist group launches national offensive on US campusesCharlotte Silver = EI - "A notorious anti-Black and Islamophobic group has launched a national offensive against students and professors associated with the movement for Palestinian rights." id26/10/2016
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Coalition Chairman Threatens to Strip Citizenship of Israeli Activist Who Criticized Occupation at UN Jonathan Lis - Haaretz - Likud lawmaker David Bitan told Channel 2 that B`Tselem head Hagai El-Ad`s remarks were an "explicit breach of trust by an Israeli citizen against the state, and as such he should find himself another citizenship." The law allows the state to revoke someone`s citizenship only in cases of terrorism, treason or espionage. [bz]22/10/2016
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Inside Palestine’s first green schoolAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor "Civil and state institutions in Palestine are increasingly using eco-friendly services like solar power and are working to promote this culture among the next generation. The Palestinian cabinet decided during its meeting on Aug. 25, 2015, that the Ministry of Education and the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority would coordinate to study the possibility of supplying all schools in Palestine with alternative power sources. On Aug. 28, the solar cell project was launched to light all the schools in the town of Jinsafut in the northern West Bank, producing 28 kilowatt-hours. The project was funded by the United Nations Development Programme." ca 21/10/2016
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Does Donald Trump Realize Jewish Refugees Were Also Called ‘Trojan Horses’?Marion Kaplan - The Forward "Beginning in 1933 and ramping up as German tanks rolled into neighboring lands, European Jews desperately sought entry into America. Yet, while Jews faced increasing persecution and violence, American leaders worried about “fifth columnists,” alleged Nazi agents who might sneak into the United States as refugees." ca21/10/2016
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Palestine Official Writes To SA Over SA MP’s Proposed Visit To IsraelPNN - Palestine News Network - "Meshoe planned to visit illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied State of Palestine as part of an upcoming conference organised by the ‘Israel Allies Foundation’ in co-ordination with the Israeli government. It is understood that the conference was scheduled to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Liberation and Unification of Jerusalem." - id19/10/2016
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UNESCO to Vote on Resolution Refuting “Jewishness” of Al Aqsa MosqueIMEMC News & Agencies - "The proposal, presented by the Palestinians, along with Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, condemns Israel on several issues related to Jerusalem and its holy sites.Haaretz additionally reported that the proposal “acknowledges that the city of Jerusalem is holy to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity but says the Temple Mount holy site is sacred only to Muslims and fails to mention its significance to Jews.” ca 14/10/2016
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Hollande: `France has a problem with Islam`Al-Jazeera and Agencies - "President Francois Hollande told the authors of a book just published that France has "a problem with Islam" and there are too many immigrants arriving in the country who "shouldn`t be here".Hollande made the controversial remarks to the authors of A President Shouldn`t Say That... in December 2015, a month after gunmen attacked Paris, killing 130 people. "It`s true that there`s a problem with Islam. No one doubts it," Hollande is quoted as saying in the book published this week...Hollande also told the Le Monde journalists Gerard David and Fabrice Lhomme: "I think there are too many arrivals of immigration that shouldn`t be there." ca 14/10/2016
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NDA: arrest of party members reeks of political persecutionAIC - `Never before in the political history of Israel have the leadership and members of a political party been targeted by police in a wave of arrests for similar allegations,` writes National Democratic Assembly (NDA) representatives [ry] 10/10/2016
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Israel strips residency of slain Palestinian’s widowThe Palestinian Information Center (PIC) - The Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Thursday decided to strip a Palestinian woman of her Israeli residency status, as a ‘message of deterrence to Palestinian attackers and their families`. [bz]9/10/2016
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Unprecedented Decision: Woman Sentenced to Death Penalty in Khan Younis; PCHR Reiterates Rejection of Death Penalty and Calls for its AbolishmentPCHR Gaza - IMEMC " According to PCHR’s follow-up, the First Instance Court in Khan Younis sentenced a woman (N. ‘A.) (26), from ‘Abasan village, east of Khan Younis, to death by hanging, after being convicted of premeditated murder of her husband (R. ‘A.) (36). In 2016, the number of death sentences issued has so far risen to 15 sentences, 12 of which were issued by Military Courts, while the rest 3 were issued by a Civil Court." ca 7/10/2016
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One Year Later, a Tip About a Border Crossing Pays OffBEN HUBBARD and KARAM SHOUMALI - NYT "Rare are the cases in foreign reporting when publishing an article brings about a concrete effect, but we recently got proof that one of ours made it harder for the jihadists of the Islamic State to make bombs — in a document from the jihadists themselves." ca7/10/2016
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Shimon Peres: Not Just a Man of PeaceTOM SEGEV - NYT - "As Ben-Gurion’s deputy minister of defense, Mr. Peres also held part of the responsibility for the harsh and often arbitrary restrictions that the military imposed on the county’s Arab citizens, including extensive land confiscations." - id 5/10/2016
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How we learned to forget the villages we destroyedTom Pessah- +972 - "...the book enabled me to de-familiarize the familiar – to finally notice the ruins and the cacti I regularly passed on bus rides, and to start asking questions about their former inhabitants." - id 5/10/2016
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Israel Censors Story on 2011 Sinai Attack on Israeli TerritoryRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "All of this makes both Bibi a liar and the censor look like even more of an idiot than she already is.  I thought about titling this post: Bibi Lies, Israel Cries, and the Censor Doesn’t Think Twice!" - id 5/10/2016
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Abbas visits former hunger-striking prisoner Malik al-Qadi in hospitalMa`an 30 September [same day as Peres funeral] - While meeting al-Qadi at the Arab Istishari Hospital in Ramallah, Abbas congratulated the young man for obtaining his release after going 68 days without food to protest being held by Israel in administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges. [bz]2/10/2016
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World Leaders Gather to Mourn Shimon Peres, and Possibly His DreamPeter Baker - New York Times - In his eulogy, Mr. Netanyahu welcomed by name many of the foreign figures in attendance without mentioning Mr. Abbas. It was left to Mr. Obama to acknowledge the Palestinian leader, saying that his “presence here is a gesture and a reminder of the unfinished business of peace.” For his part, Mr. Abbas, in a move perceived by some analysts as a jab at Mr. Netanyahu’s government, brought along an adviser, Mohammed al-Madani, who was barred by Israel last summer for “subversive” activities. [bz] 1/10/2016
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