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Armed forces escort settlers to West Bank holy sites, clashes eruptMa`an News Agency - " Israeli forces escorted groups of Israelis to holy sites located in Palestinian towns across the occupied West Bank causing clashes to erupt early Thursday, as tensions remained heightened during the ongoing Jewish holiday.Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that hundreds of Israeli settlers arrived in over 15 buses to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus around midnight." ca29/4/2016
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Settler Terrorist ‘Gang of Seven’ Identified, Includes IDF Soldier, Gag BrokenRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Red China had the Gang of Four. Israel has the Gang of Seven." - id 27/4/2016
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Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in West BankAssociated Press - Ynet - "The ceremony coincided with the 22nd anniversary of the end of Apartheid. Hundreds of Palestinian attended the unveiling and took photos with the statue." - id27/4/2016
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The making of a hasbara superstar, Israel`s new ambassador to the UKYoni Mendel - +972 - "For the past decade Mark Regev has become Israel’s preeminent government mouthpiece. Now, as the world prepares to mark 50 years of occupation, Netanyahu appoints a hasbara heavyweight to represent him in the UK." - id 27/4/2016
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Security Council rebuffs Zionists on Golan claimAFP - Arab News - "Israel usurped 1,200 sq. km of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community." - id27/4/2016
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Q&A — Michael Chabon Talks Occupation, Injustice and Literature After Visit to West BankNaomi Zeveloff​ - Forward - Chabon was visibly jarred by what he had seen the day before in Hebron, calling the occupation “the most grievous injustice I have ever seen in my life.” He talked about the role of authors in addressing human rights issues, about his childhood relationship to Israel and about whether he is worried about alienating Jewish readers with his anti-occupation stance. (He’s not.) [bz]26/4/2016
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Israeli court indicts settlers suspected of crimes against PalestiniansMa`an - At least seven right-wing Israelis, including a soldier, were arrested earlier this month after being suspected of belonging to a ring which committed a number of anti-Palestinian acts dating as far back as 2008. Prosecutors have asked that three of the suspects be held in prison and three others be placed under house arrest, Haaretz reported. The publication added that the soldier and the minors had been found in possession of large quantities of ammunition, including grenades and an M-16 rifle, noting that the three had not been charged for all the acts that they confessed to when they were first arrested [sic!-bz] 26/4/2016
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Housing tender in Afula won only by Arabs disqualified due to price-fixingAhiya Rabad - Ynet - The Nazareth District Court rules that land tenders which only Arabs won is illegal. Bidders submitted the same proposal - NIS 255,555; Afula residents demonstrated against the mayor last December upon hearing of the auction results [ry] 25/4/2016
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Abbas at 80: Probed, Derided and ScapegoatedRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - Since Arafat’s death in 2004, and his advent to power through a questionable democratic process in 2005, Abbas has worked laboriously to co-exist with the Israeli Occupation but failed to co-exist with his own Palestinian rivals [ry] 25/4/2016
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Argentina Hosts First Anti-Semitism Forum in Latin America JTA - "The first Latin American meeting of the Global Forum for Combatting Antisemitism will have for the first time a non-Jewish group as co- organizer.The meeting, being held for the first time in Latin America and for the first time with a non-Jewish partner, will gather more than 100 international experts in Buenos Aires July 17 -18." ca 22/4/2016
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Abu Khdeir Trial: Extremist Ringleader Convicted of MurderIMEMC - "After nearly two years of delay, the leading suspect in the brutal death of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammad Abu Khdeir was convicted of murder, this Tuesday." - id20/4/2016
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The hidden treasures of GazaHamza Abu Eltarabesh - The Electronic Intifada - "Abed copies antiquities photographed in history books and ones he’s seen during visits to archaeological sites across Gaza, which many a civilization has passed through, as well as in other Arab countries and Europe." - id20/4/2016
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COMIC: The Haggadah`s evolution from generation to generationEli Valley - +972 - "Eli Valley envisions an American Jewish Haggadah for presidential primary season." - id20/4/2016
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Singer Eyal Golan cancels appearance at rally supporting Hebron shooting soldierTimes of Israel - Singer Eyal Golan cancels his attendance at a rally in Tel Aviv scheduled to support the soldier charged with manslaughter for shooting dead a disarmed Palestinian attacker in Hebron last month. Eyal Golan asserts that he originally intended to take part on the assumption that it was a `non political rally" aimed at supporting the soldier`s family, and that he changed his mind after finding that his attending would be taken as a political act and as "declaring war" on the IDF High Command, who are determined to prosecute the soldier. [ak] 19/4/2016
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Israelis Find New Tunnel From Gaza Into IsraelIsabel Kershner - NYT - The tunnel was new, had been built by Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza, and could have been used for terrorist attacks against Israeli border communities. Lerner added that it was 100 to 130 feet underground, equipped with electricity, communications lines and a rail line to allow its builders to clear rubble. Its discovery, he said, resulted from technology, intelligence, engineering and troops on the ground. [bz]19/4/2016
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Jerusalem bus bomb wounds 16, Israeli PM Netanyahu hints at Palestinian linkDNA India - There was no immediate claim of responsibility from any Palestinian factions for the blast. With Palestinians carrying out less organised stabbing, car-ramming and gun attacks since October, Israel has been braced for an escalation. "We will settle accounts with these terrorists," Netanyahu said in a speech, referring to whoever executed the bus attack. [bz]19/4/2016
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Biden at JStreet conference: `Overwhelming Frustration` With Israeli Gov`tJosh Lederman AP - ABCNews - Although he said Israelis and Palestinians shared blame for undermining trust and shirking responsibility, he was emphatic in his critique of Netanyahu`s government, suggesting his approach raised "profound questions" about how Israel could remain both Jewish and democratic. "I firmly believe that the actions that Israel`s government has taken over the past several years — the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures — they`re moving us and more importantly they`re moving Israel in the wrong direction," Biden said. [bz] 19/4/2016
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Why Israel wants these bedouins to pay for their village`s demolitionAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - “The village is experiencing harsh living conditions amid the absence of the [minimum] standards of living, as Israeli authorities have demolished the residents’ houses and destroyed their crops and livestock. On top of every thing the state demands 40 million shekels for accumulated fines. [NB: This is about Israeli citizens, living within the Green Line, but no: they aren`t Jews-bz] 19/4/2016
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Is Hillary Clinton more dangerous than Donald Trump?Rania Khalek - The Electronic Intifada - "...an attitude shared by many supporters of Clinton’s Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders, who say they will not vote for Clinton even if it means Trump becoming president of the United States." - id 15/4/2016
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Against Balance: Thoughts on teaching Israel/Palestine Israel/Palestine Joel Doerfler - Mondoweiss "Teachers do indeed have professional and ethical responsibilities. They are relatively simple and straightforward. Here is my list of them..." ca13/4/2016
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The end of history at Israel`s state archivesHaggai Matar - +972 "Israel’s State Archives (ISA) will no longer give researchers and the public access to its historical materials and documents once it starts putting digitized documents online. Furthermore, any and all documents it does release will have to be approved by the country’s military censorship apparatus.Currently, the military censor does not review every document given to researchers." ca 13/4/2016
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Bernie Sanders Did Confuse Numbers of Dead and Wounded in Gaza War, but Israel’s Mass Killing of Civilians Is a Fact Robert Mackey - The Intercept - "When Tapper then suggested that Sanders had departed from the American political norm of full-throated support for Israel, `taking a more critical position,` Sanders replied: `I’m taking a more balanced position`” [ry] 11/4/2016
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Israel presents: `reality` hasbaraAIC - Israel`s foreign ministry will create a reality programme in which the public selects a “hasbara video” to represent Israel [ry] 11/4/2016
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Palestinian Response to Israeli Threats to BDS: "Still We Choose to Follow Mandela, Gandhi..."HAIDAR EID--GAZA: In their extremist incitement against the BDS movement, Israeli leaders, from right to extreme-right, made it absolutely clear that they were serious about seeing the end of the movement before it achieves its objectives, namely freedom, justice, and equality. They have labelled the BDS movement a “strategic threat” to Israel’s system of occupation, colonization, and apartheid adopted and enforced by the ruling Zionist establishment. dn10/4/2016
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UN pulls Israeli exhibition claiming Palestinian citizens have equal rights Israel/Palestine Emily Mulder - Mondoweiss "The UN removed portions of an Israeli exhibition at the international body’s headquarters in New York this week that alleged Israel’s equal treatment of Palestinian citizens and touted Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, claims deemed by the UN as falling out of line with international law. Two panels out of 13 in the display were barred as the exhibition launched Monday, in order that it “conform with the purposes and principles” of the UN, Farhan Haq, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, told Mondoweiss. Of those removed was a panel entitled “Israeli Arabs: Equal citizens under the law, the only proven democracy in the Middle East.” ca8/4/2016
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A win for labor rights of Palestinians working in Israeli settlementsHaggai Matar - +972 "The Israeli settlement business that arranged for a Palestinian man’s work permit to be revoked on false security charges because he was trying to unionize other workers will have to give him his old job back, Israel’s National Labor Court affirmed this week." ca8/4/2016
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PEN’s Meekness in the face of Israeli Militarism Lenny Thomas - Alternative Information Center "On Tuesday April 5, Adalah-NY made public a letter signed by 10 anti-racist organizations and over 100 writers calling on the PEN American Center “to reject support from the Embassy of Israel” for PEN’s annual World Voices Festival, which runs from April 25-May 1 2016 in New York City.The Jewish Daily Forward reported that the Israeli government is “[underwriting] the costs of airfare, hotel, per diem, interpreters and related expenses…for individual Israeli writers selected for participation by the festival.” The Government of Israel is also co-sponsoring with the Government of France a panel at Cooper Union on April 29th called “Three Minds 90 Minutes.” The PEN Center is not yielding to the letter’s demands." ca 8/4/2016
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US Aid to Israel Is ‘Too Much’ Say 61.9% of AmericansGrant Smith - Antiwar - "Yet additional secret U.S. aid may have ballooned to $1.9-$13.2 billion annually." - id 6/4/2016
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`Israeli maternity wards segregate Jewish, Arab mothers` Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "An investigative report finds that numerous Israeli hospitals are openly implementing segregation. But journalists have exposed the phenomenon for at least a decade and nobody seems willing to do anything about it." - id 6/4/2016
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Peace talks should resume, Palestine President tells Israeli Prime MinisterChristian Deguit - Christion Daily - Over 28 Israelis and 188 Palestinians have already been killed from the violent back-and-forth attacks between the two groups. Just recently, the Israeli military shot and killed a Palestinian man that stabbed an Israeli last year. In addition, the house of the man who was killed was demolished by the military as a warning to discourage further attacks. However, President Abbas did indicate that the conflict, at least with regard to the Palestinians, is caused by his people`s "lack of hope [and] lack of trust". [bz]5/4/2016
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The Obama Doctrine and How America Is Disengaging From Israel Don Futterman  - Haaretz - Obama saw the “prominent foreign-policy think tanks” as “doing the bidding of their Arab and pro-Israel funders” (...) [believing] that Netanyahu has been capable of reaching an agreement with the Palestinians but lacks the courage to do so. Netanyahu would not take risks for peace that might expose Israel to additional security threats, but primarily he would not take risks that might endanger his own political future. (...) With reduced dependence on Middle Eastern oil, Obama has been leading a U.S. turn away from the Middle East. [bz]5/4/2016
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From beyond the grave, ex-Mossad chief slams NetanyahuAssociated Press - Washington Post - “He is the only prime minister — think about that — who reached a state ... in which the entire security establishment essentially didn’t accept his position.” Dagan, a retired general who headed Mossad from 2002-2011, vocally opposed the prospect of an Israeli pre-emptive military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities that Netanyahu is said to have supported. [bz]5/4/2016
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Pathologists: Soldier`s bullet killed Hebron terroristElior Levy, Rotem Elizera - Ynet - Investigators claim that both the Israeli and Palestinian pathologist ruled that it was the bullet of the Kfir Brigade solider who shot the already-neutralized terrorist in Hebron that killed him [ry] 4/4/2016
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UN censors Israeli exhibit about ZionismItamar Eichner--United Nations deems displays on Zionism, Jerusalem and Israeli Arabs as `inappropriate`; Israel`s ambassador to the UN Danon: `We`ll display censored topics in alternative exhibit.` dn3/4/2016
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What Went Through Palestinian Parents` Minds as They Watched Son`s Cold-blooded Execution? Gideon Levy - Haaretz - The Israeli soldier who shot Abed Fattah al-Sharif while he was on the ground wounded is not the only one who should be punished, says his bereaved father. "Everyone who was standing there: the settlers, the officers, everyone who was there and encouraged the soldier or didn’t lift a finger. Everyone who was involved.” [bz]2/4/2016
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Jerusalem court indicts 2 Israelis who threatened Palestinian MK`s lifeMa`an News Agency - "The indictment list issued on Thursday said that the two threatened Tibi, a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, via Facebook posts in 2012 that read "you better run before you are killed" and "your end is near." The lawyer of one of the Israelis said his client would prove in court that her statement did not constitute a criminal offense and that she had the right to express her opinion." ca1/4/2016
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Palestinian telecoms sector revenues plunge: World BankAFP - "The Palestinian mobile phone industry lost more than $1 billion (885 million euros) in revenues in the past three years, the World Bank estimated Thursday, citing Israeli restrictions as a leading cause.Israel limits imports of equipment by Palestinian telecoms companies, while they are unable to operate in the parts of the occupied West Bank under direct Israeli control, a World Bank report said." ca 1/4/2016
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