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IDF reviews protocol with combat soldiers Yoav Zitun, Amir Alon - Ynet - The commanders explained to soldiers that what the arrested solider did constitutes a legal and moral failure and a violation of protocol, which could have put his fellow soldiers at risk." - id "30/3/2016
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Israel`s Knesset just voted on a very dangerous law Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "The draft law, which passed the first of three votes on Monday, would allow the expulsion of Arab MKs from the Knesset. It is one of several recent steps by the Netanyahu government to limit Palestinian political participation." - id 30/3/2016
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Palestinians commemorate Land Day, Israel’s crimesMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "On March 30, 1976, inside Israel, six Palestinians were murdered by Israeli soldiers when they protested Israel’s plans to confiscate more lands in the embattled Palestinian towns in Israel, but sparked solidarity with Palestinians and the rest of the world and recognition of Israel’s true intent." - id 30/3/2016
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Boycotts will disappear when Israel advances peace, EU envoy saysRaphael Ahren - Times of Israel - Without the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there would be no Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen said at the ant-BDS conference, arguing that the best way to fight BDS is to take steps to advance a two-state solution. [bz]29/3/2016
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What if Bernie Sanders had delivered his speech at AIPAC!? Katie Miranda - Mondoweiss "Unlike the other four presidential candidates, Democrat Bernie Sanders declined the invitation to speak at the AIPAC– American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference– in Washington on Monday, and instead delivered a foreign policy address in Utah. The speech has gotten wide circulation because of its affirmations of Palestinian human rights." ca25/3/2016
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Muslims urge government to review AIPAC status Managing Writer - The Arab Daily News - "AMP condemns in the harshest terms candidates’ pledges to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, to ‘rip up the Iran deal,’ to criminalize the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement – all part of AIPAC’s platform — as well as their false characterizations of Palestinians as violent and their absolute silence on Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies." - id23/3/2016
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Absent from AIPAC, Sanders slams Israeli occupation, ‘disproportionate’ use of forceRebecca Shimoni - Times of Israel - While declaring his commitment to Israel’s security, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders accused Israel of using disproportionate force in its military operations and pilloried the settlement policies of the Netanyahu government, in a speech released Monday while the candidate campaigned in Salt Lake City, Utah. ak22/3/2016
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Sanders Outlines Middle East Policy Bernie 2016 campaign - I want to give the same speech here as I would have given if we were at the AIPAC conference. If elected president, I will work tirelessly to advance the cause of peace as a partner and as a friend to Israel. But to be successful, we have also got to be a friend to the Palestinian people, where in Gaza unemployment today is 44 percent and we have there a poverty rate which is almost as high.(...) Peace has to mean security for every Israeli from violence and terrorism. But peace also means security for every Palestinian. It means achieving self- determination, civil rights, and economic well-being for the Palestinian people. Peace will mean ending what amounts to the occupation of Palestinian territory, establishing mutually agreed upon borders, and pulling back settlements in the West Bank, just as Israel did in Gaza – once considered an unthinkable move on Israel’s part. ak22/3/2016
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Monitor: Israel to confiscate 1,200 dunams of land in Nablus districtMa`an - Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Thursday that the "systematic land grab" constituted "a flagrant violation of international law." Earlier this month, Israel declared 2,342 dunams (580 acres) of land south of Jericho "state land.” [bz]22/3/2016
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Palestinians, ICC meet on evidence of Israel`s war crimes against PalestiniansXinhua/Changhai Daily - Reyad el-Malki, the Palestinian Authority`s Foreign Minister, headed a delegation which met with representatives of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and handed detailed evidence about settlement construction and settler violence against Palestinians, as well as about the conduct of Israeli military forces during the 2014 offensive in the Gaza Strip. In the Palestinians` view this evidence justifies the ICC starting proceedings against the Israelis involved. The three-day meeting was held in Amman, since the Israeli authorities forbade the ICC representatives from entering the West Bank. ak 22/3/2016
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`Israel must only go to war when the sword is up against its throat`Yossi Melman - Jerusalem Post - Meir Dagan will be remembered as a brave man who did not hesitate to express his opinion, even if it meant that he butted heads with his superiors, especially his staunch opposition to what was perceived as Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak`s attempts to order a military strike against Iran. [bz]22/3/2016
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David Grossman: Demand for Loyalty in Culture Is Fascist Gili Izikovich - Haaretz - “You see how more and more Israelis are being tempted to this way of looking at the conflict of abandoning their attempt to achieve some political, rational solution and rather they are more and more prone to fanaticism and fundamentalism. You see it on both sides, it happens in Israel, it happens in Palestine, it makes the solution almost impossible.” Grossman was also asked about his position on the European Union decision to label settlement-based products. He expressed support for the measure, which he sees as proof that the EU accepts “the total legitimacy of Israel within the Green Line.” [bz]22/3/2016
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Iran`s Jews on life inside Israel`s `enemy state`: `We feel secure and happy`Kim Sengupta - The Independent - Despite its often turbulent dealings with Israel, Iran has one of the world`s largest and longest-established Jewish communities - and it`s growing. Kim Sengupta reports from Tehran on their intriguing relationship with the country`s establishment [ry] 21/3/2016
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The IDF is putting Palestinians on trial for Facebook postsHagar Shezaf - +972 "According to Palestinian prisoners’ organization Addameer, this is one of roughly 150 cases that have been brought before Israeli military courts since October 2015 in which sole charge was incitement on social media, or the central charge alongside allegations like “providing a service for an unlawful organization.” ca18/3/2016
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Why this Palestinian poet still sparks controversy in Israel Yuval Avivi - Al-Monitor "His efforts as a public figure tower over his endeavors as a poet. He was a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) activist and was seen as a major political symbol. In the eyes of many, he represented the moderate Palestinian voice — the one that Israelis called a "partner" to the dialogue — before allegedly adopting a radical stance. In 1988, the translation into Hebrew of his poem "Passers between the passing words" was published, calling on the Israelis to leave the country and "Live wherever you like." Following the publication, Darwish became an emotionally charged symbol, on both sides of the Israeli political map." 18/3/2016
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Palestinian awarded $1 million from education foundation Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "London foundation recognizes the struggle of Palestinians awarding its annual $1 million Global Teacher Prize to a Palestinian teacher who works with children under the oppression of the brutal Israeli military occupation." - id 16/3/2016
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Did Bibi`s patron newspaper just endorse Trump?Edo Konrad - +972 Magazine - Monday’s edition of Israel Hayom, the Israeli daily owned by American casino mogul and Republican bankroller Sheldon Adelson — considered Prime Minister Netanyahu’s patron newspaper — included an interview with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The interview itself is less than illuminating; the real story is the editorial decision to place it front and enter: "Giuliani says: ‘Trump isn’t afraid to say Islamic terror’". ak 15/3/2016
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Palestine Becomes A Full Member Of "The Court Of Arbitration"IMEMC - The United States, Canada and Israel had opposed the move, claiming among other things that membership with this court requires a full membership with the United Nations. The majority of world countries rejected those claims. It is the first time since this court was established, a country is recognized as a member by voting. [bz]15/3/2016
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Senior Israeli army officer served with home demolition orderi24 NEWS - Major Habas al-Atrash, who heads the Bedouin Trackers Unit in the IDF`s Southern Command, found the order pasted on the door to his house, in the Negev, about a month ago. The demolition would leave his family without a roof over their heads. The incident has created a storm of controversy among Bedouin soldiers and commanders serving in the IDF. [bz]15/3/2016
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Chief Rabbi Urges Israeli Soldiers to Kill Palestinian Assailants, Not Worry About Court or Chief of Staff Haaretz - Israel`s Sephardi chief rabbi said Saturday that it was a religious imperative to kill armed Palestinian assailants, and urged soldiers not to be concerned by the scrutiny of the High Court or the army chief of staff on the matter. [bz]15/3/2016
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How colonialism and climate change displace the Negev`s BedouinTom Pessah - +972 - A new book, "The Conflict Shoreline: Colonialism as Climate Change in the Negev Desert" by Professor of Architecture Eyal Weizman and photographer Fazal Sheikh examines the ways in which Israel’s policies of displacement in the Negev are also drastically changing the environment where hundreds of thousands live. The Hebrew edition of the book was released in Al-Araqib. [bz]15/3/2016
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Israeli textbook `bad for Arabs, bad for Jews` Jonathan Cook - AlJazeera " Leaders of Israel`s large Palestinian minority have begun creating an alternative syllabus for Arab schools, in what they are terming "a revolutionary" step towards educational autonomy.It will be the first time in Israel`s history that the Palestinian minority has tried to wrest control of the curriculum taught in Arab schools from the Israeli education ministry.The move follows the Israeli education ministry`s decision to revise the civics textbook, a central part of Israel`s matriculation exam." ca 11/3/2016
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U.S. Stabbing Victim in Israel Identifiedvia Facebook - The Daily Beast - "29-year-old Taylor Force, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University. Force`s wife was severely injured in the same stabbing spree." - id9/3/2016
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2 Palestinians shot dead, 1 injured after separate attacks wound 6 IsraelisMa`an - Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that one Palestinian was shot dead after allegedly stabbing and wounding an Israeli man near Petah Tikva, around seven miles east of Tel Aviv. (...) Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said two Israeli policemen were wounded when a Palestinian shot them with an automatic weapon. The Palestinian was shot dead, he said. [bz]8/3/2016
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White House bristles at Netanyahu`s canceled visitAP - "We were surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit." The unusually pointed pushback from the White House was the latest signal of ongoing tensions between the U.S. and its closest Mideast ally, which have never fully recovered since Obama incensed Netanyahu’s government by pursuing and then enacting a nuclear deal with Iran. ak8/3/2016
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Report: Obama considering UN resolution on peace processReuters/Ynet - US president said to be mulling applying pressure in Security Council to push for negotiations; White House `surprised` at prime minister`s decision to cancel trip to Washington later this month after being invited to meet the US president. ak8/3/2016
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Israel ‘sacrifices Palestinian workers to discredit BDS campaign’Ben Lynfield - The National - “’I’ve been working on this 25 hours a day, I’ve spoken with every minister or senior executive in the Israeli government and they are sending me from one official to the next, making excuses about preferring Israeli employees,’ said SodaStream chief executive Daniel Birnbaum. ‘It’s ridiculous. There is no way 74 people will change anything in the dynamics of the Israeli economy’” [ry] 7/3/2016
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The Tantura massacre of 1948 and the academic character assassination of Teddy KatzJonathan Ofir - Monoweiss - While there has been an ATTEMPT to silence and close the case, that effort has not succeeded. This is why Katz and Pappe are still working away this very day, to further expose the Tantura massacre and the story of its collective Israeli silencing. They do this because of the greater cause – which is the general collective “memoricide”, [bz] 5/3/2016
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Bedouin town slated for destruction is true test for IsraelisMichal Rotem - +972 "And just to refute a few counter claims that some readers may be thinking: Yes, Hiran is a town designated for “the general population.” But there aren’t actually any towns in the Negev that serve the “general population.” The reality on the ground is, the more separation between Bedouin and Jews, the better. Moreover, the core group of founders of Hiran are a national-religious community from the Eli settlement in the West Bank, and the goal of their relocation, in their own words is to “build a faithful community dedicated to strengthening the northern Negev, and contributing meaningfully to the demographic balance, out of a Zionist vision of settlement.” ca 4/3/2016
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46 Palestinian prisoners at Etzion jail launch open hunger strikeMa`an News Agency - "The committee said the prisoners were starting their strike after being "constantly humiliated, assaulted and beaten" in interrogations, in addition living in conditions that are "inhumane."Prisoners at Etzion jail said they are also protesting the quality and quantity of food served to them, in addition to filthy living spaces, inadequate medical treatment and lack of regular access to showers.When prisoners announced their plans to strike on Wednesday, a lawyer representing prisoners at the jail said some prisoners had not been able to bathe in 15 days." ca4/3/2016
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`What`s happening is fascism`: artists respond to Israel`s `war on culture`Michael Griffiths - The Guardian - "Banned books, fines for theatre groups, playlists for radios, funding axed for ‘disloyal’ art … do Israel’s artists feel under attack from culture minister, and ex-brigadier-general, Miri Regev?" - id 2/3/2016
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Nuclear Annihilation of a Radical Message on Israel: the Case of Concepcion PicciottoSAM HUSSEINI - Counterpunch - "...the word “Israel” was not uttered at the memorial in the church. This was incredibly since it was hard to go three minutes talking with Concepcion without her talking about Israel — either its crimes or the incredible threat posed by its unacknowledged nuclear weapons." - id2/3/2016
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The risk of building while BedouinMichal Rotem - +972 - According to a recent court ruling, only Bedouin need to be concerned about illegal construction. Israeli Jews, it turns out, are immune to home demolitions [ry] 1/3/2016
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SodaStream lays off last Palestinian workers after leaving West Bank The Guardian - Employees denied work permits after boycott, divestment and sanctions movement drove company out of West Bank and back inside Israel [ry] 1/3/2016
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Professors in revolt: The academy vs. the ministerNahum Barnea - Ynet - As Education Minister Naftali Bennett makes questionable appointments and changes, alarmed academics ask whether rebellion will help their cause or simply enable the religious-nationalist sector to strengthen its hold on education [ry] 1/3/2016
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Press review: Israeli foreign relationsSergio Yahni - AIC - Israel`s relations with its allies waver; right-wing Israeli media see a Donald Trump victory in U.S. presidential elections as a boon for Israel [ry] 1/3/2016
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Spinning the occupation: Israel and the mediaAlJazeera - We look at Israel`s crackdown on journalists over alleged media bias; plus, the media landscape in South Africa [ry] 1/3/2016
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