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Israeli doctors refusing to force feed Palestinian hunger strikersBettina Birmans - +972 "According to research by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, hospital staffs across the country have stood up to the security establishment’s pressure to break the hunger strikes and punish the strikers. Since the law passed, there has been only one case in which the state has threatened to use the law." ca30/12/2016
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‘Escalation in Israeli violations against media freedom during November’PNN - Palestine News Network - "The most prominent of all Israeli Violations during this month was raiding 4 printing houses and media outlet, searching and confiscating its equipment, which hinders them from resuming their work, and makes it hard and costly." - id 28/12/2016
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Israeli Education Minister Promotes Bill That Would Ban Anti-occupation Group From Schools Jonathan Lis and Yarden Skop - Haaretz - The bill would authorize the education minister to ban groups and individuals from schools if "there is concern that their activity could lead to Israeli soldiers` persecution in international forums and foreign countries for actions carried out as part of their military duty.” Breaking the Silence, a left-wing organization of Israel Defense Forces veterans, collects witness accounts from former Israeli soldiers who served in the Palestinian territories. The bill will be jointly promoted by Bennett and Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid of the opposition... [bz]27/12/2016
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‘We don’t support Satanic Jews’: Trump’s neo-Nazi fans freak after he posts a ‘Happy Hanukkah’ tweet 27/12/2016
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Lieberman slams French peace summit: `A modern day Dreyfus trial`Moran Azulay - Ynet - Five days before Obama leaves office and with France heading for elections, defense minister says the timing of the conference—January 15—serves only one purpose: `to undermine the State of Israel`s security and tarnish its good name.` [Azulay adds to the description of the Defence Minister`s panicky reaction that during the June initial conference, Saudi Arabia called for the adoption of the Arab peace initiative from 2002, which would lead to the normalization of ties between Israel and Arab nations...-bz]27/12/2016
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Israel Cuts Civilian Ties With Palestinians Over UN VoteJason Ditz - AntiWar - Palestinian Officials Say They Haven`t Noticed a Difference [ry]26/12/2016
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The global Foundation renews its commitment to young people in Gaza by awarding 265 new scholarshipsPNN - Palestine News Network - "These scholarships represent an unprecedented investment in higher education in Gaza. It is the largest ever intake for Al Fakhoora’s scholarship programme, Dynamic Futures, which is operated through an implementation partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Assistance to the Palestinian People programme in Gaza." - id 21/12/2016
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PLO will revoke Israel recognition if US moves embassy, top official warnsTimes of Israel - Saeb Erekat said he would immediately resign as the chief Palestinian negotiator, and that “the PLO will revoke its recognition of Israel” as well as all previously signed agreements with Israel. Furthermore, said Erekat, American embassies in the Arab world would be forced by the infuriated public to close [bz]20/12/2016
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Israel threatens to expel reporter who asked apartheid questionAli Abunimah - EI - “We are leaning toward recommending that his work permit not be renewed due to suspected BDS activity,” Nitzan Chen, director of the Government Press Office, told The Jerusalem Post. Antony Loewenstein has written about the region for more than a decade, including the bestselling book My Israel Question. [bz]20/12/2016
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Alleged BDS activist writer may be forced to leave IsraelGil Hoffman - The Jerusalem Post - “He is a prominent anti-Israel activist in his native Australia and a public supporter of the BDS movement” [ry]19/12/2016
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Tunisia assassination: Yossi Cohen’s baptism of fireRonen Bergman - Ynet - Analysis: If the Mossad is indeed behind the assassination of Hamas aviation engineer Mohammad al-Zawahri in Tunisia, this is the first assassination attributed to the Israeli intelligence organization under Cohen’s leadership [ry]19/12/2016
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UN Security Council urges end to Israeli settlementsAl Jazeera - The passage of the resolution changes nothing on the ground between Israel and the Palestinians, and likely will be all but ignored by the incoming Trump administration. But it was more than merely symbolic. The resolution formally enshrined the international community`s disapproval of Israeli settlement building and could spur further Palestinian moves against Israel in international forums. [bz]24/12/2016
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UN warns of increase in `arbitrary` detention of Palestinian activists by IsraelMa`an - The statement, which drew from the investigations of two UN “independent experts,” highlighted the cases of Issa Amro, founder of the Hebron-based group Youth Against Settlements, and Hebron-area lawyer Farid al-Atrash, who were both arrested for participating in a peaceful protest in February. [bz]17/12/2016
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Palestinian official: peace prospects dead if Trump moves US embassy to Jerusalem Reuters - Ynet - Erekat said Jerusalem was a final-status issue to be negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians, who also want it as the capital of a future independent state. Successive US administrations have avoided formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel`s capital. If Trump makes good on his campaign promise, it would up-end decades of US policy and enrage the Muslim world. [bz]17/12/2016
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Abbas foe Dahlan sentenced to 3 years on corruption chargeAssociated Press - "A Palestinian court on Wednesday sentenced Mohammed Dahlan, a political foe of President Mahmoud Abbas, to three years in prison for allegedly embezzling $16 million as a Cabinet minister.Dahlan has lived in exile since falling out with Abbas in 2010. He was sentenced in absentia." ca 16/12/2016
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Israel dismisses 1,000 complaints of tortureAli Abunimah - Rights and Accountability - "Noting that the international prohibition on torture “is absolute and non-derogable and that no exceptional circumstances whatsoever may be invoked by a State party to justify acts of torture,” the UN committee called on Israel to “completely remove necessity as a possible justification for torture.”" - id 14/12/2016
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Arab Knesset members say they will sue Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBethan McKernan - Independent - Politicians make threat over prime minister’s alleged ‘incitement’ against Arab-Israelis in wake of recent wildfires that were blamed on terrorism [ry]12/12/2016
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Netanyahu: Trump feels ‘very warmly’ about Israel, JewsThe Times of Israel - In 60 Minutes interview, Israeli PM acknowledges relations with Obama have not always been smooth, though he insists it was never personal [ry]12/12/2016
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UN says Israeli bill to legalize settler homes ‘unequivocally illegal’AFP - Times of Israel - “Israel, as the occupying power, must respect the private property of Palestinians, regardless of whether or not compensation is provided.” (...) Israel differentiates between those it has authorized and those it has not. The bill would legalize nearly 4,000 settler homes built on private Palestinian land, according to settlement watchdog Peace Now. [bz]10/12/2016
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Israeli Education Chief Orders `Ethics Rules` for Professors Aimed at Curtailing `Political Preaching` Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - In recent years, right-wing groups have complained about the left`s alleged “politicization” of academia, and the Knesset Education Committee has discussed the subject several times. Prof. Asa Kasher, who drafted the Israeli army’s ethics code, has been asked to provide recommendations “regarding the principles of proper ethical behavior at institutions overlapping academic and political activity.”[bz]10/12/2016
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Will new Fatah leaders` fluency in Hebrew make a difference? Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "By spending years in Israeli jails, the top elected candidates in Fatah’s seventh congress speak fluent Hebrew. Both imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti and the head of the Palestinian Football Association and former prisoner Jibril Rajoub can read, write and speak the language most Israelis understand." ca 9/12/2016
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Barghouthi: Legitimizing Settlement Outposts a Declaration of WarIMEMC News & Agencies - IMEMC "In a press statement, the leader of the Palestinian National Initiative said that the misappropriation of private Palestinian land in favor of illegal settlements amounts to “a death sentence against the longed-for Palestinian State.” ca9/12/2016
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Barghouthi: Legitimizing Settlement Outposts a Declaration of WarIMEMC News & Agencies - IMEMC "In a press statement, the leader of the Palestinian National Initiative said that the misappropriation of private Palestinian land in favor of illegal settlements amounts to “a death sentence against the longed-for Palestinian State.” ca9/12/2016
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Arab Bedouins expelled for second time to make way for new Jewish community Mersiha Gadzo - Mondoweiss - For the Abu al-Qi’an tribe, Umm al-Hiran has been home since 1956. They settled in the northern Negev after they were expelled under military order from their original village of Wadi Zubaleh where Kibbutz Shoval now stands. They now have to leave their homes for the second time. Nedal Abu al-Qi’an holds his daughter, one-month-old Jowan Abu al-Qi’an. “There’s no space for us. We have to go from one place to another,” 35-year-old Hassan Abu al-Qi’an said sitting in his living room with family members. They could receive orders to move out at any moment, he explained.-rh8/12/2016
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Israel Asked to Reconsider Settlement “Legalization” by UN Special Coordinator IMEMC - "“If adopted, it will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel, across the occupied West Bank and will greatly diminish the prospect of Arab-Israeli peace,” Mladenov said, in  a statement." - id 7/12/2016
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From Palestine to South Carolina, justice is scarce for victims of police violenceNatasha Roth - +972 - "The trials of two police officers in Israel-Palestine and the U.S. collapsed within hours of each other on Monday. Both cases prove how difficult it is to secure justice for Palestinian and African-American victims of state violence." - id 7/12/2016
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How the Israeli Right easily manipulates Palestinians and the LeftRami Younis - +972 - "Distracted by the ‘fire intifada’ that wasn’t and the progress of the ‘muezzin law,’ the Israeli Left and several Palestinian Knesset members failed to call out the other injustices of the last few weeks." - id  7/12/2016
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Umm al-Hiran, a village off the mapsal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Currently, there are bulldozers and trucks already at work building roadways and a water system surrounding the outside of the village." - id 7/12/2016
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Senior official of the World Council of Churches deported upon arrival at Ben Gurion AirportWCC statement - The reason given for Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri’s deportation was “Prevention of illegal immigration considerations.” Phiri was the only African member of a WCC staff delegation currently visiting Jerusalem. All four other members were allowed entry. The WCC has instructed its legal representatives to lodge an appeal against this patently unjust and discriminatory action against Phiri. 6/12/2016
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Policy number 41: “Being anti-occupation does not make you anti-Israel”Daniella Peled - Haaretz/Norman G. Finkelstein 2016 - Israeli-born BDS supporter Eran Cohen vies to head Britain’s Jewish student union. “Even if we lose,” he said, “we do what we set out to achieve – to encourage a conversation about Jewish identity.” http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-1.756883 [bz] 6/12/2016
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Israeli teens charged for brutally beating asylum seeker to deathJohn Brown - +972 - Darfuri asylum seeker Babikir Adham-Uvdo was beaten to death by two teenagers after he was allegedly seen speaking to a group of young women. Why aren’t more Israelis talking about it? [ry] 5/12/2016
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France becomes first European country to label items from Israeli settlementsCharlotte England - Independent - New guidelines say it would be misleading to claim goods from Palestinian occupied territories were produced in Israel [ry]5/12/2016
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Netanyahu: Notwithstanding Obama or Trump, Israel does ‘what it wants’ on settlementsEric Cortellessa and Tamar Pileggi - The Times of Israel - PM says he plans to bring up ‘bad’ Iran deal with president-elect, stop Tehran getting the bomb; claims Israel’s press is uniquely critical of him [ry] 5/12/2016
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West Bank: Reading for fun in PalestineSheren Khalel - Aljazeera - A Nablus school that won a $1m reading award hopes to get children off smartphones to read books [ry] 5/12/2016
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Mahmoud Abbas Proposes Palestinian Unity Government With HamasRAMI NAZZAL and PETER BAKERNOV - New York Times - “Our national unity is our safety valve, and I call on Hamas to end the division,” Mr. Abbas told the party conference. “There will not be a Palestinian state without Gaza.” [bz]3/12/2016
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Norway`s 3rd largest city votes to boycott settlement productsItamar Eichner - Ynet - Israel`s Ambassador to Norway Raphael Schutz slammed the resolution and asked the Jewish community in the city to condemn the decision. However, the Jewish community decided against condemning the resolution, saying it was a political issue, while its policy is only to condemn anti-Semitic incidents. This isn`t the first time a Jewish community in the Diaspora refuses requests made by the Israeli Embassy to condemn a boycott of Israel. Israeli diplomatic officials say there is a trend in which Jewish communities abroad do not wish to be associated with the State of Israel. [bz] 3/12/2016
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Arabs donate wood to rebuild Haifa synagogueKobi Nahshoni and Hassan Shaalan - Ynetnews "Israeli-Arab businessmen who were asked to give an estimate to help repair damage caused to a synagogue in Haifa due to the massive fires there have said they will carry out the project pro-bono, and refuse any compensation for the restoration work..."Jews and Arabs live together in Haifa, and there is no discrimination. We must continue with this co-existence and promote peace." ca2/12/2016
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Israel refuses to reveal names of archaeologists digging in the West BankSergio Yahni - Alternative Information Center "Jerusalem court upholds Israel’s policy to quietly loot and manipulate artifacts in Palestine, citing the professional concerns of the archeologists involved.Emek Shave, an association of progressive archaeologists in Jerusalem, submitted a freedom of information petition against the Coordinator of Government Activities in the (occupied) Territories (COGAT) and the staff officer of its Archeology Department with the assistance of Yesh Din, a law firm that defends Palestinian rights within the Israeli judicial system.The petition sought to challenge COGAT’s policy to keep secret the names of Israeli archaeologists digging in the West Bank..." ca 2/12/2016
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From Palestine to Cuba: Palestinian leaders remember the late Fidel CastroMa`an News Agency - "The head of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), Salim al-Zanun, highlighted in a statement the historical relationship between the Palestinian struggle and Cuba, and recognized the late President Yasser Arafat’s relationship with the deceased Cuban leader, who broke off diplomatic ties with the state of Israel in 1973 and was one the first countries to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) after its founding in 1964. " ca2/12/2016
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Trump Selects Retired Marine Gen."Mad-Dog" Mattis for Secretary of DefenseDan Lamothe - Information Clearing House "Mattis, 66, retired as the chief of U.S. Central Command in spring 2013 after serving more than four decades in the Marine Corps. He is known as one of the most influential military leaders of his generation, serving as a strategic thinker while occasionally drawing rebukes for his aggressive talk. Since retiring, he has served as a consultant and as a visiting fellow with the Hoover Institution, a think tank at Stanford University." ca2/12/2016
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