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Civil rights attorney charged over “disruption” of Israeli speakerCharlotte Silver - EI - Another example of heavy-handed prosecution being used to silence free speech critical of Israel: (...) the [Minnesota] city and police claim that Kushner, who had been recording on his mobile phone what happened, was part of the disruption and continued yelling while police attempted to escort him out. The city is charging him with three misdemeanor counts, including trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstruction of the legal process. The two other people who were arrested during the protest have both settled with the city. [bz]29/2/2016
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Obama Signs Bill Defending Israel From Boycott, Says It Won’t Apply to West Bank Settlements (as long as he is president)JTA - Haaretz - “I have directed my administration to strongly oppose boycotts, divestment campaigns and sanctions targeting the State of Israel,” Obama said in a signing statement. “As long as I am president, we will [oppose BDS targeting the State of Israel]. Certain provisions of this act, by conflating Israel and ‘Israeli-controlled territories,’ are contrary to longstanding bipartisan United States policy, including with regard to the treatment of settlements.” Obama continued that “consistent with longstanding constitutional practice,” the administration would negotiate with other countries under the law “in a manner that does not interfere with my constitutional authority to conduct diplomacy.” [bz]29/2/2016
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“We are being treated as if we were criminals”: PA cracks down on massive Palestinian teachers strike Megan Hanna and Maya al-Orzza - Mondoweiss "The strike comes after teachers claim the Palestinian Authority (PA) failed to follow through with wage increases, promised after strikes in 2013. Apparently teachers’ salaries have been frozen for the past few years, despite rising living costs. " ca26/2/2016
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Why I had to leave Israel`s Foreign MinistryIlan Baruch - +972 "As a former Israeli ambassador, I never expected just how badly the country’s situation would deteriorate. In my farewell letter to the Ministry I wrote: “The government leaders have endorsed policies that outrage me… I have a hard time explaining them honestly.” ca26/2/2016
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Israel is on the Brink of a Tyranny of the Majority Jonathan Cook - Information Clearing House "By discrediting and disenfranchising Palestinian parliament members, Israel’s democracy is being exposed as a facade...Now Mr Netanyahu is legislating the expulsion of Balad and throwing down the gauntlet to the courts." ca26/2/2016
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Israel`s Ethnic Cleansing Of Its ParliamentJonathan Cook - Benjamin Netanyhu’s government is drafting legislation that ought to resolve in observers’ minds the question of whether Israel is the democracy it proudly claims to be. The bill empowers a three-quarters majority of the parliament to oust a sitting MP. It breathes new life into the phrase “tyranny of the majority”. But in this case, the majority will be Jewish MPs oppressing their Palestinian colleagues. Netanyahu has presented the bill as a necessary response to the recent actions of three MPs from the Balad faction of the Joint List, a coalition of parties representing the often-overlooked fifth of Israel’s population who are Palestinian citizens.-rh 24/2/2016
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The Ethnic Cleansing of the KnessetHani Habib - Alternative Information Center (AIC)- "The Knesset members, Hanin Zoabi, Basel Ghattas and Jamal Zahalka, were defending the interests of their constituents. They are paying a price for acting on humanitarian, moral and national concerns." - id 24/2/2016
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How one Palestinian sheikh hopes to unite Sunnis, ShiitesMohammed Othman - Al Monitor - "In an interview with Al-Monitor, the founder of Jama’at al-Muslimin, Sheikh Mahmoud Jouda, talks about his party being religious and strictly nonpolitical and denies accusations of him converting to Shiism, saying he is neither Sunni nor Shiite." - id 24/2/2016
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ALGERIANS SALUTE PALESTINIAN FOOTBALL TEAMMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "For the first time in football, tens of thousands of Algerians saluted the Palestinian Football team and cheered for Gaza and Israeli occupied Jerusalem. Palestinians waved Palestinian flags in Gaza as large screens displayed the soccer match in public locations in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank." - id 24/2/2016
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Anti-Israel ads cover London Underground trainsYnet - Millions of passengers encounter BDS ads slamming “Israeli apartheid”, accusing it of massacres and torture, and claiming the BBC is biased towards Israel. [bz]23/2/2016
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SodaStream admits bowing to boycott pressureRyan Rodrick Beiler - EI - "So, you can say that BDS was responsible for 500 Palestinians losing their jobs when SodaStream moved”, CEO Daniel Birnbaum said. However, concern for his former employees should be treated with skepticism. Firms working in Israeli settlements have long been able to pay lower wages than those applying inside Israel. In 2013, The Electronic Intifada revealed how SodaStream’s Palestinian employees who became ill tended to be fired after just one day of being absent. [bz]23/2/2016
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After pressure from Wisenthal Center, Austrian parliament nixes Holocaust Memorial event with Hedy EpsteinBENJAMIN WEINTHAL - Jerusalem Post - The early March event titled “In Grandmother’s Words…The Fate of Women in the Second World War” had initially invited Hedy Epstein as a witness of the Holocaust to talk about her experiences. She fled Nazi Germany in 1939 with the British-sponsored Kindertransport operation. [bz] 23/2/2016
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Israeli fury at unofficial ads on London UndergroundAsa Winstanley - EI - Israel’s foreign ministry called the subvertisements “inciteful” and said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed their director-general to “demand” the posters’ “immediate removal” during a visit to London for talks with the UK foreign office. [bz]23/2/2016
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Israeli winner of Berlin Film Festival brands Netanyahu government `fascist`Peter Yeung - The Independent - The 56-year-old director made the comments just hours before being presented the Panorama Audience Award [ry] 22/2/2016
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Can the Children Who Survive the Wars in Syria and Iraq Be Saved?Cathy Otten - The Daily Beast "When the thunder of the bombs stops and the dust clears, what happens to the children who survive? There are many tragic examples among the refugees from violence who have fled to the Kurdish area of Iraq." ca19/2/2016
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Tibi proposes bill to limit Israel`s holding of terrorist bodiesMoran Azulay - Ynet News "While the Joint List members understand that the Knesset will almost certainly not pass the bill, they decided to propose it nevertheless in order to send a message that they will continue to work on this issue, despite harsh public criticism and the reprimand of the Knesset`s Ethics Committee. " ca 19/2/2016
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Sparks fly as PA officials blame visiting UK MPs for entire Palestine conflictRaoul Wootliff - The Times of Israel "A group of British lawmakers on a visit to the region clashed with senior Palestinian Authority officials Wednesday during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, after a PA representative blamed the MPs, as Britons, for causing the entire Israel-Palestinian conflict." ca 19/2/2016
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Why Israel is Fighting the Indigenous PalestiniansHaneen Zoabi - Newsweek - Three Israeli lawmakers, Jamal Zahalka, Basal Ghatas and myself met last week with representatives from these 10 families and their lawyers in order to try and advance the burial of their sons. Prior to this meeting, we had been in contact with the Minister of Homeland Security and afterwards we submitted a written request to the minister with details of all 10 families and the conditions the police have set out for their sons` funerals.-rh17/2/2016
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Arab Knesset members punished for helping their constituencyDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Zahalka, Zoabi and Ghattas are accused of showing sympathy with terrorists. Zahalka, however, said that the efforts of the parliamentarians to help families in East Jerusalem are “totally the kind of act a parliamentarian is supposed to do.”-rh 17/2/2016
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Netanyahu in Berlin: area around hotel looks like war zoneMartin Lejeune - The protesters, who included Germans, Palestinians and Syrian, were forced by police to leave the area close to the hotel and go to a square, which was out of eyesight and earshot. The German authorities have tried to shield Netanyahu as much as they can. When protesters started to shout “Benjamin Netanyahu is a War Criminal”, police immediately threatened to prosecute them for supposedly slandering a foreign head of state. [bz] 16/2/2016
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Israel prize awarded to professor David Shulman, founder of Indian studies in IsraelNews Bharati - The recommendation of the prize committee lead to a bitter debate in right—wing leaning media which disapproved of the award for Prof. Shulman’s known left—wing inclinations. The Prize is considered the country’s highest honour presented annually on Independence Day. 67-year-old Shulman is known to be active in a left—wing organisation, Ta’ayush, a joint Israeli-Palestinian initiative active in the south Hebron Hills. [Ezra Nawi and Guy Butavia are among his fellow activists-bz]. 16/2/2016
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Should Israel Flatten Beirut to Destroy Hezbollah`s Missiles?Amitai Etzioni - Haaretz - .... Such weapons obviously would be used only after the population was given a chance to evacuate the area. Still, as we saw in Gaza, there are going to be civilian casualties. Hence, the time to raise this issue is long before Israel may be forced to use FAEs. One way this can be achieved is by inviting foreign military experts and public intellectuals, who are not known to be hostile to Israel, to participate in war games in which they would be charged with fashioning a response to massive missile attacks on Israeli high rise buildings, schools, hospitals, and air bases. [bz]16/2/2016
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Six attempted terror attacks foiled in Jerusalem, West Bank Ynet reporters - No Israelis hurt in any of the incidents, three of the attackers shot dead. ... Israel says the ongoing violence is fueled by a campaign of incitement by Palestinian leaders that is compounded on social media sites that glorify attacks. Palestinians say it stems from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli rule and dwindling hopes for gaining independence. [bz]16/2/2016
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The domino effect of persecuting Arab politiciansAmjad Iraqi - +972 - The government’s latest attempts to oust Balad from the Knesset are part of an intensifying campaign against Arab political movements, regardless of their different stripes [ry] 15/2/2016
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The fight for equal education in IsraelLena Odgaard - AlJazeera - Parents in Jaffa are pushing officials to provide more options for children to study in a mixed-religion environment [ry] 15/2/2016
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White House Pushes Back on West Bank Language in Anti-BDS BillJTA - Forward - The Obama administration said it does not support the portion of a new trade law that requires actions against entities that boycott goods manufactured in lands the United States does not recognize as belonging to Israel - included in the bill as “Israeli-controlled territories.” [bz]13/2/2016
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Palestinian MK: Israeli extremist detained after death threatsMa`an News Agency - "A far-right Israeli extremist was reportedly detained after threatening the life of Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, Ayman Odeh...The reported threat on Odeh’s life came days after three MK’s, also from the Joint List, were temporarily suspended from the Knesset on Monday after visiting the families of Palestinians who were killed while carrying out attacks on Israelis." ca12/2/2016
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Saying goodbye to Israel`s oldest dissident ZionistAvi Dabach - +972 "He was an incorrigible pessimist who saw the end of Israeli society for its sins, but in his deeds he was an optimist, almost disconnected from his sobering outlook. In this sense he remained a Zionist even when he strayed ideologically from Mapai’s Zionism of expulsions. He was a Zionist in the sense that he combined vision with forward-thinking, stubborn work without much recognition." ca12/2/2016
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Knesset hearing on unflattering press coverage looks like `witch-hunt`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - "In response, the FPA drafted a letter that challenged the very idea of holding such a hearing and emphasizing the level of influence the government already has on reporters." - id 10/2/2016
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Knesset hearing on unflattering press coverage looks like `witch-hunt`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - "In response, the FPA drafted a letter that challenged the very idea of holding such a hearing and emphasizing the level of influence the government already has on reporters." - id 10/2/2016
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EU politicians to Israeli MKs: NGOs aren`t enemies of the stateDavide Lerner - +972 - "Fifty MEPs send an open letter to their Israeli counterparts urging them to abandon legislation that singles out European-funded human rights and peace NGOs while not touching right-wing organizations." - id 10/2/2016
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The social and political roots of the Syrian revolutionYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Because of Syria`s proximity to Israel and Palestine, developments there directly affect Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as Palestinians with Israeli citizenship." - id10/2/2016
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Controversial NGO bill passes first Knesset readingGideon Allon, Mati Tuchfeld - Israel Hayom - The U.S. and EU have raised concerns publicly and privately about the bill. Opponents of the bill claim it is discriminatory because groups that oppose the Israeli government`s policies toward the Palestinians are the main recipients of money from foreign governments and the EU. Private funds from overseas are not addressed in the bill. [bz]9/2/2016
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Palestinian violence is `terrorism` not `frustration` at occupation, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister saysSamuel Osborne - The Independent - She also suggested Palestinians are being pushed towards extremism under the influences of Isis [ry] 8/2/2016
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Israel’s Oldest Silence Breaker, Dov Yirmiya, Dies at 101 Ofer Aderet - Haaretz - “What hurts the IDF and Israel is what we did, not what is written about what we did.” [bz]7/2/2016
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The Facebook Squad: How Israel Police Tracks Activists on Social Media Yaniv Kubovich - Haaretz - It’s no secret that Israel’s police force is using social media in order to maintain ties with the public and receive information and assistance in combating crime, including crimes of incitement. However, these platforms have also become tools for acquiring information in recent years – sometimes, it is claimed, by using fabricated names and befriending a target of investigation. — Advertisment — “The decision to use these methods is made according to topics the police want to address, such as pedophilia, drugs, fraud or anything else the police believe they should be focusing on” says Chief Superintendent Meir Hayon, the head of the national police cybercrimes unit at the anti-fraud Lahav 443 unit. [bz]6/2/2016
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Israel threatens to revoke press credentials from `negligent` journalists Jerusalem Post - Move is a reaction to a number of news clippings and stories with headlines that seemed to paint Palestinian terrorists in a more sympathetic light. [bz]6/2/2016
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Control Through PreventionOren Persico - Haayin Hashviit / transl. Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - [Interviewer] Why don’t you see this as a compliment? The former censorship informed us that they only handle substantial media instruments, and not all sorts of negligible sites which anyway lack substantial information. [Gurvitz] “First of all, I don’t need compliments from the Israeli military establishment. Second, after what we’ve experienced here in the last month, I’m sorry if I feel a touch pressed and persecuted. [bz]6/2/2016
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Israel`s Military Censor Takes on Dozens of Bloggers, Facebook Pages Gili Cohen - Haaretz - Yossi Gurevitch who runs the “George’s Friends” page, which calls itself a “blog for social, political and media criticism,” wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday that the military censor informed him that it “must see posts and status updates” that he writes about the Israel Defense Forces and the security establishment ahead of time. Gurevitch said he did not intend to heed this demand. [bz]5/2/2016
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Don’t Shoot the Messenger, IsraelBan Ki-Moon - The New York Times - "Nothing excuses terrorism. I condemn it categorically. It is inconceivable, though, that security measures alone will stop the violence. As I warned the Security Council last week, Palestinian frustration and grievances are growing under the weight of nearly a half-century of occupation. Ignoring this won’t make it disappear" [ry]1/2/2016
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Hasbara Exposed: Propaganda Group Posts Photoshopped Video of Soldiers Dumping Man from WheelchairChris Carlson - IMEMC - "Though the original footage is slightly murky, one can plainly see, upon replay, that the the two dark objects circled in the doctored footage are, in fact, falling in tandem and make up the top and bottom pieces of an axillary crutch." - id 17/2/2016
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Israeli Officers Briefly Detain Two JournalistsISABEL KERSHNER and SEWELL CHAN - NYT - "“When they asked police why they had been held, the police said they had suspected the journalists of ‘inciting Palestinians,’ ” the association said in a statement condemning the detentions." - id 17/2/2016
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Israel`s military diplomacyAlex Fishman - Ynet - "As the Foreign Ministry collapses and Israel`s international standing is undermined, the IDF is coming out ahead on the diplomatic front." - id 17/2/2016
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After Facebook, Israeli army censor discovers WhatsAppMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "A letter the military censor’s office sent to the spokespeople operating WhatsApp groups for journalists, which was obtained by Army Radio, all but confirms that the IDF Censor views itself, and not the press, as the authority on what the public has the right to know." - id 17/2/2016
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AG to examine disciplinary action against Arab MKsTova Tzimuki, Itamar Eichner, Amichai Ataeli - Ynet - Mandelblit was instructed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday to examine what legal actions may be taken against the MKs. Legal officials said Saturday night that it is unlikely that a criminal investigation will follow, as the matter is one of unbecoming, provocative and insensitive conduct, which appears to be within the limits of free speech and the MKs` immunity. The harshest punishment the Ethics Committee can impose is banning the MKs from parliamentary work for a period of up to six months, excluding voting. [bz]7/2/2016
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Israeli Justice Minister Shaked: `We Will Not Commit Suicide`Nicola Abé and Ronen Bergman - Spiegel Online International - Shaked is a member of his cabinet as his justice minister. She achieved that ascent by taking over the reins together with Naftali Bennett of the national religious party Jewish Home, which has become the third-strongest party in Israel, attracting the votes of young Tel Aviv residents as well as radical settlers. The fact that the party is able to manage this balancing act is also due to Shaked`s merits. She`s smart, secular and radical and doesn`t shy away from making razor-sharp -- some would even say racist -- comments.-rh 3/2/2016
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Gaby Lasky: “The gloves have fully come off from the Prime Minister on down.”Interview by Einat Fishbein - Haoketz (Transtated to English by Maya Haber) - “I had a minute left to speak after introducing the motion,” Lasky says. “I asked the city councilors to speak up in every event they attend and tell people that the Israeli democracy is in danger, freedom of speech and association are under threat, and people are called traitors if they think differently. Just as I finished speaking, Arnon Giladi, the Deputy Mayor and head of Likud in the council, started yelling at me: ‘You are a fifth columnist’ and ‘You’re a disgrace to the country.’ [bz] 2/2/2016
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