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Ethnic Cleansing: Negev is a Battlefield for a Very Fierce Struggle The Palestine Chronicle - “Since the start of the Israeli occupation of Palestine in 1948, all of the indigenous Palestinians who managed to stay in their homes have been called Israeli-Arabs. Consecutive Israeli governments have been trying to assimilate Arab communities, but most of them insist on maintaining their Palestinian identity,”-rh30/11/2016
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Following complaints, bus company halts Arabic-language announcementsJohn Brown - +972 - "Residents of Be’er Sheva were enraged to find out that a new bus company had announcements in both Hebrew and Arabic. After numerous complaints, the Arabic announcements came to an end." - id 30/11/2016
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Fatah 7th conference re-elects Abbas as movement leaderPNN - Palestine News Network - "The five-day conference is expected to cement Abbas’ control of Fatah and lock out his chief rival, the exiled Mohamed Dahlan." - id  30/11/2016
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"If this bill passes, we might be taken to The Hague," Netanyahu warned ministersTova Tzimuki, Itamar Eichner - Ynet - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned cabinet ministers on Sunday night that passing a bill to retroactively legalize Jewish outposts built on privately-owned Palestinian land could have serious ramifications, including Israeli officials being taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. [bz]29/11/2016
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Palestinians rescue Israeli settler stuck in pit for 6 daysTimes of Israel - In a clip from the rescue, the man is helped out by the Palestinians who encourage him in Hebrew to keep calm and “hold tight.” [bz]29/11/2016
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Israel`s culture minister likens wildfires to anti-Jewish pogromsEdo Konrad - +972 - Miri Regev says current wildfires tearing through are simply a continuation of the massacres committed against Jews in the 20th century [ry] 28/11/2016
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The Donald and the Jewish QuestionAndrew Levine - CounterPunch - “Times have changed; it is no longer necessary, or natural, for Zionists who identify with the historic Right not to make common cause with their ideological comrades, provided only that their anti-Semitism is not too overt” [ry] 28/11/2016
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Zahalka: Israeli PM trying to benefit from Haifa firesNigel Wilson - Aljazeera - Palestinian Knesset member Jamal Zahalka accuses Israeli prime minister of seeking political gains from Haifa fires [ry] 28/11/2016
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Palestinians, Arab and Jewish Israelis collaborate to quench flamesYnet - The first group to offer help to Israel in fighting the fires is Palestinian Authority; some 20 firefighters are sent to help; MK Odeh lauds the country`s coming together, criticizes those seeking to incite against Arabs. [bz]26/11/2016
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Israeli forces detain 4 Palestinians over suspicians of arson as wildfires continue to spreadMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces Thursday detained four Palestinians on suspicion of arson which Israeli authorities suspect caused wildfires to raze through land across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory for the third consecutive day, while Palestinian authorities have agreed to assist Israel in helping put out the fires that have continued to spread." ca25/11/2016
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PA firefighter vehicles assist Israel in HaifaYnetnews - "Eight Palestinian firefighter vehicles, escorted by the Commander of the Jenin Civil Administration, made their way to Haifa to help extinguish the fires raging in the city. In 2010 the PA did provide succor in the Mount Carmel Forest fires." ca25/11/2016
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Israel slammed over its `war on NGOs` Ylenia Gostoli - Aljazeera - "Israel says it`s not occupying Gaza, but it won`t let visitors in. Isn`t that the definition of a prison? We don`t want to go into Israel; we want to go to Palestine." - id 23/11/2016
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Israel slammed over its `war on NGOs` Ylenia Gostoli - Aljazeera - "Israel says it`s not occupying Gaza, but it won`t let visitors in. Isn`t that the definition of a prison? We don`t want to go into Israel; we want to go to Palestine." - id 23/11/2016
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UN’s “Third Committee” Votes in Favor of Palestinian Right to Self-determination IMEMC - " ...the vote saw 170 countries voting in favor, while seven countries voted against, including Canada, the United, States, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, and Palau." - id23/11/2016
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Israel to begin demolishing Bedouin Arab village Associated Press - Fox News - Israel moved part of a Bedouin clan to the state-owned land 60 years ago but now wishes to relocate resident to a government-designated Bedouin township. An adjacent part of the Umm Al-Hiran village that`s slated for future demolition is zoned for a new development catering to religious Jewish families with ties to the West Bank settlement movement. The Arab advocacy group Adalah petitioned an Israeli court Monday to delay the demolition. [N.B.: This is happening inside the Green Line; the Umm Al-Hiran residents are Israeli citizens-bz]22/11/2016
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Netanyahu Faces Conflict-of-Interest Scrutiny in Submarine DealIsabel Kershner - The New York Times -"Dogged for decades by scandals ranging from the funding of family trips to enormous ice cream bills, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is again under scrutiny, this time over a billion-dollar deal with Germany for the acquisition of three new submarines" [ry] 21/11/2016
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Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinian schoolgirl Chris McGreal - The Guardian - Officer ignored warnings that teenager was terrified. Says he would have done the same even if she had been three years old. Defence says `confirming the kill` standard practice. [bz] 19/11/2016
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Israeli security company`s stock soars after Trump electionAlternative Information Center (AIC)- "Bloomberg reports that since Donald Trump was elected as the next U.S. president, shares in Magal Security Systems Ltd., which trades under the name Yehud on the Nasdaq stock exchange, rose 19 percent.Magal is an Israeli company best known for its involvement in building the militarized wall that severs the Gaza Strip from the rest of Palestine...In August, Magal Chief Executive Officer Saar Koursh stated that his company would want to build Trump’s proposed wall if he were elected. The day Trump was elected Magal shares rose a staggering 9.9 percent." ca 18/11/2016
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Israel`s Muezzin Bill seeks `Judaisation of Jerusalem`Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - ""This bill is the ugly product of Islamophobia that has come to dominate Israel," said Thabet Abu Ras, of the Abraham Fund, which promotes better relations between Israel`s Jewish and Palestinian citizens." - id16/11/2016
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Israel consolidates grip on Golan under cover of Syria’s chaosMatt Broomfield - The Electronic Intifada - "Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, thus chose last year to declare that the Golan Heights will “forever remain in Israeli hands,” taking full advantage of the chaos in Syria to openly challenge international law. “The time has come, after 40 years, for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan Heights will remain forever under Israeli sovereignty,” he said." - id 16/11/2016
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UNRWA Headquarters on Strike in West Bank and Gaza IMEMC - "The employees at all United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) headquarters, in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, launched a strike on Monday, in a response to the systematic neglect of the international agency and its denial of the rights of refugees and staff." - id 16/11/2016
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The Telecommunication and IT Sector in Palestine Mashhour Abudaka - This Week in Palestine - Development of Palestinian telecommunication and information technology, like everything else in Palestine, is subject to the asymmetrical power relationship with Israel. The telecommunication agreement, while acknowledging the Palestinian rights to build and operate their own telecommunication infrastructure, gives the Israeli side total control over the international telecommunication gateways, the electromagnetic field (frequency spectrum), the telephone numbering plan, the access to areas labeled Area C, and the importation of equipment – all under the pretext of "security reasons". [ak]15/11/2016
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Israel`s biggest paper ignores anti-Semitism of senior Trump advisorEdo Conrad - +972 - In the Sheldon Adelson-funded, pro-Netanyahu, free daily newspaper Israel Hayom‘s U.S. correspondent Yoni Hirsch dedicated exactly two sentences of his article to Bannon’s appointment. Not one mention of the conspiracy theories peddled by Bannon, according to which Planned Parenthood has Nazi ties or that Hillary Clinton’s aid Huma Abedin is a spy for Saudi Arabia. Not a word on the fact that he reportedly did not want his twin daughters attending the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles because many Jewish students were enrolled there, and Bannon believes that Jews are raised to be “whiny brats.” Nothing about the fact that he was charged with choking his ex-wife Mary Louise Piccard, or that he called feminist activists a “bunch of dykes.” [bz]15/11/2016
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Edgy over rise of Trump, Jews and Muslims ramp up alliancesBen Sales - Times of Israel - “It is a perhaps growing recognition that [the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] cannot define how American Jews and American Muslims relate to one another,” said Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, the Anti-Defamation League’s director of interreligious engagement. “The shared concerns we have about prejudice, about bias, about threats of violence, about disenfranchisement — these are the kinds of things that can bring us together.” [bz]15/11/2016
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Israel is ‘determined to stop Iran establishing itself militarily’ in Syria, Benjamin Netanyahu claimsBethan McKernan - Independent - Rare comments on Syrian war also highlight Israel’s increasing military cooperation with Russia [ry] 14/11/2016
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EU diplomats call on Israel to end Gaza siege Middle East Monitor: The 22 envoys made the call on Tuesday following a visit to Gaza to assess its reconstruction, the first such trip to the coastal enclave over the past two years. Since June 2007, the Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege that has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty. [bz]13/11/2016
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Palestinian president says he knows who killed ArafatAgence France Presse - The Daily Star "RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he knew who killed Yasser Arafat as he marked the 12th anniversary of the former leader`s death but stopped short from giving a name.Speaking in front of thousands, Abbas said "you ask me who killed him, I know -- but my testimony alone is not enough." ca 11/11/2016
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The US has elected its most dangerous leader. We all have plenty to fear Jonathan Freedland - The Guardian - "The people of America have stepped into the abyss. The new president elect is an unstable bigot, sexual predator and compulsive liar; he is capable of anything." - id 9/11/2016
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Another journalist enters Netanyahu’s blacklistSima Kadmon - Ynet - "On Monday evening, Ilana Dayan joined a long list of journalists who dared to do their job, thereby becoming an enemy of Israel." - id 9/11/2016
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Netanyahu: We blocked the Palestinian bid to join InterpolRaphael Ahren - Times of Israel - “Today is a good day” said PM Netanyahu. The Palestinians wanted their request to join Interpol to come to a vote during the organization’s annual general assembly, which is taking place this week in Bali, Indonesia. After intensive lobbying efforts by Israeli diplomats, it was voted not to include the Palestinian bid on the present assembly`s agenda. Netanyhau`s arguments against Palestinian admission to Interpol included that "The Palestinians are trying to politicize international professional organizations" and that "secret international police information might be leaked to terrorists". [ak]8/11/2016
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Israel reiterates opposition to Middle East peace conference in ParisReuters - Ynet - France has repeatedly tried to breathe new life into the peace process this year, holding a preliminary conference in June where the United Nations, European Union, United States and major Arab countries gathered to discuss proposals. The plan was to hold a follow-up conference before year-end with the Israelis and Palestinians involved and see whether the two sides could be brought back to negotiations. The Palestinians have said they will attend the Paris conference if it goes ahead. [bz] 8/11/2016
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U.S. support for Israel`s nuclear ambitions will come at a priceShemuel Meir - +972 - Nuclear disarmament in the Middle East is making a comeback. American backing for Israel on the nuclear issue hinges on steps being taken toward peace [ry] 7/11/2016
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USS Liberty Remembrance of 50 years USA Government Cover-Up of Israel’s 8 June 1967 Attack on USA Spy-Ship Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Eileen Fleming condenses nine years of research and interviews with USS LIBERTY Veterans in the first book of a series seeking: A new Court of Inquiry to be convened by the Department of the Navy." - id2/11/2016
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Rabin memorial rally to double as pro-democracy protestYucal Karni and Tsahi Dabush - Ynet - "...the opposition party volunteered to host the party after it was announced that insufficient funds would lead to the first year of no rally being held." - id 2/11/2016
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Will Obama recognize Palestinian state?Ynet - As US President Barack Obama begins the lame duck segment of his administration, there are some who worry that the president will refrain from vetoing a French peace initiative, impose sanctions on people who do business in the settlements, or even recognize a Palestinian state and/or impose a final outline for an agreement via the UN Security Council. [bz]1/11/2016
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Obama Plans to Recognize PalestineWall Street Journal interviewing Jonathan Schanzer, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Vice President- video [bz]1/11/2016
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How Arab women are reshaping Israel`s film industryShlomi Eldar - Almonitor - The rift between the Jewish and Arab communities in Israel has deepened recently, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning his constituents on the last day of the elections in March 2015 that Arabs were "voting in droves," thus making more than a million Arabs feel like second-class citizens. But despite this deepening rift, three films have taken the Israeli film world by storm, providing a fascinating glimpse into Arab society in the Jewish state.-rh 3/11/2016
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Palestinians demand UK apology for Balfour declarationShafik Mandhai - Aljazeera - "Activists launch parliamentary petition calling on Britain to take responsibility for its colonial legacy in the region." - id 2/11/2016
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