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Century-old Palestinian Scout movement makes comebackAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor "The Scout movement in Palestine has made a strong comeback in the Arab and international arenas, with the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA) joining the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). A Palestinian Scout team of eight members participated in the first Palestinian-Polish Scout Camp in Poland on July 10, which was part of a cooperation and twinning agreement signed by the PSA and the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association. Moreover, another Palestinian Scout delegation took part in the Arab Scouts meeting in Morocco, which kicked off July 13." ca 29/7/2016
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Israeli Knesset Bars Reporting Names of Soldiers Accused of Killing of Palestinians Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Named Azarya’s Law and championed by a Labor Party MK, it condones the crimes of an IDF soldier who murdered a wounded Palestinian in cold blood and currently faces a criminal trial." - id 27/7/2016
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Social Media and the Zionist Calls for Murder Sami the Bedouin - The Arab Daily News - "Last week, a zionist Rabbi, the member of the Chief Rabbinate Council Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu (in an interview with the zionist TV Channel-7) called the zionists for killing Palestinians in order to “get closer to god”… I wonder which “god” is he talking about?" - id 27/7/2016
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In his new book Yakov M. Rabkin asks `What Is Modern Israel?` (interview with the writer)Tyler Levitan - Huffington Post - Western governments permit Israel to act with impunity, but this policy suffers from a serious democratic deficit: citizens of most countries in Europe and North America view Israel very critically and consider it a threat to world peace. It is this grassroots pressure that may help Israel decide to embrace decency and peace.[bz]26/7/2016
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Palestinian FM asks Arab League to help sue UK over Balfour DeclarationMa`an - The declaration was made before the British had wrested control of Palestine from the Ottoman Empire, and was not made public until several years after the World War I, in 1920. By that time, Britain had been formally granted a mandate over Palestine by the League of Nations, and was struggling with its contradictory obligations of "rewarding" Arabs for their support during the war, while also fulfilling their pledge to create a Jewish state. [bz]26/7/2016
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Film takes aim at media coverage of 2014 Gaza attacksNora Barrows-Friedman - EI - “’Despite overwhelming evidence of the disparity of power between Israel and all Palestinians and the aggressiveness of Israel’s exercise of its power, including excessive and brutal violence and collective punishment in Gaza in the form of occupation, siege, and frequent military assaults against dense and captive civilian populations,’ the film’s producers assert, ‘mainstream media and educational materials continue to frame Israel as the victim.’ Gaza in Context, they add, is an attempt to situate the attacks in 2014 – and attacks of the past and future – within Israel’s broader settler- colonial aspirations in Palestine” [ry] 25/7/2016
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Haneen Zoabi: Israel aims for `political assassination`Nigel Wilson - AlJazeera - Al Jazeera spoke with the Palestinian MK targeted by Israel`s controversial new expulsion law [ry] 25/7/2016
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Israel’s Stav Shaffir Fights To Keep Hope AliveLarry Cohler-Esses - Forward - This unified, trans-party faction should include “everyone who believes in a two-state solution; in economic principles based on social justice, and in the separation of religion and state,” said Staffir. But support for a two-state solution was the most important, she added. [bz]23/7/2016
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Why Egypt is suddenly so interested in Israel-Palestine conflictAmr Abdelatty--The Egyptian foreign minister’s visit to Israel sparked anger at the popular level for two reasons. First, the joint news conference between Shoukry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was held in Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, and Shoukry was hosted for dinner that night in Jerusalem. This carried an implicit Egyptian recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem as well as its status as the capital of Israel. Second, the visit was accompanied by the image of Shoukry and Netanyahu watching the final game of the 2016 Euro Cup together in the Israeli prime minister’s residence. Netanyahu posted the photo to his Twitter account, commenting, “Tonight Sara [Netanyahu’s wife] & I hosted Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry in our Jerusalem home. We made time to watch the #Euro2016Final.” dn23/7/2016
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Abbas` brothers dies in Qatari capital of DohaMa`an News Agency - "The brother of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Omar Abbas, died on Thursday evening in the Qatari capital of Doha, according to the Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned news agency Wafa. Abbas is set to head to Doha on Friday to attend his brother’s funeral." ca22/7/2016
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Father of Slain Teen Tells Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade: We Must Fight for Our Right to Live in Tolerant Society Jonathan Lis - Haaretz "MK Itizk Shmuli (Zionist Union), who also participated in the parade, said "the year`s parade, more than anything, represents the struggle against violent and radical forces rearing their head in Israeli society. We march not just in memory of Shira (Banki), but for ourselves and in the face hatemongers. There is a direct link between her murder and those justifying radical ideology." ca22/7/2016
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Police arrest three minors in Bedouin village as expulsion efforts continue Mairav Zonszein - +972 - "Police arrest three children in ‘unrecognized’ village of Al-Araqib, as the Jewish National Fund continues its forestation project on village land." - id 20/7/2016
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Seattle Jewish Leader Turns Israel and Fear of Anti-Semitism into New Jewish Religion Richard Silversetibn - Tikun Olam - "I asked Dvorchik to offer an example that BDS constituted Jew hatred. He refused to answer my question, saying that if I didn’t move on to another interview question he would hang up on me, which was what he eventually did." - id 20/7/2016
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Mordechai Vanunu’s July 4 Indictment Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "The Jerusalem Magistrate indicted Israel Nuclear Whistle Blower Mordechai Vanunu for allegedly sharing classified information in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 television channel." - id 20/7/2016
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`No military solution` say Israeli, Palestinian ex-fightersDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - What makes Combatants for Peace unique is its Israeli and Palestinian wings, both committed to ending the occupation. “Over the years we had a lot of discussions about the situation, but we agree that the occupation is the basis of violence (...)" [bz]19/7/2016
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Knesset votes: three years in prison for "flag desecration"Israel Hayom - The Knesset voted to increase the punishment fro "desecrating the National Flag" from one to three years` imprisonment, and add a 58,400 shekel fine. The bill was introduced by the rabble-rousing Likud MK Nava Boker, who asserted it was needed in order to "deter Arab rioters". Members of the Israeli Labor Party, fearing to appear "not patriotic", stayed away from the vote - assuring the Flag Desecration Law a big majority of 38 MKs to 12. [ak] 19/7/2016
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A Few Lessons About Mizrahi Poets Won`t Solve Anything Yitzhak Laor - Haaretz - In truth, the state and the Zionist movements that established it related to the Jews from Arab countries in a utilitarian fashion. At first, the workers from Yemen replaced “Arab labor.” But after the scope of the Holocaust became known and the Palestinians were successfully expelled, they were used mainly to “settle the wilderness.” No Israeli educational system is going to teach that. (...) The height of the farce is that they’re promising to teach Edmond Jabès (an Egyptian Jew who wrote in French) and Elias Canetti (a Nobel Prize-winning Bulgarian Jew who wrote in German. [bz]19/7/2016
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Hamas to take part in Palestinian polls after nine-year hiatusMiddle East Eye - Gaza-based movement says it will take part in local elections called by Mahmoud Abbas, saying it considered them `necessary and important`."This might lead to a general elections and national reconciliation." [bz]19/7/2016
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Only six shrines remain standing as Gaza`s ancient sites crumble Mohammed Othman - Al-Monitor "All that is left of the Sheikh Youssef shrine is a room surmounted by a dome made of ancient marble. Located on the main road in the village of Bani Suhaila, east of Khan Yunis, the shrine houses a tomb that Gazans believe contains the remains of a mysterious but righteous Muslim man." ca 22/7/2016
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Jewish Settlers, Attacked, Needed Help. A Palestinian Doctor Didn’t HesitateDIaa Hadid - NYT "Dr. Ali Shroukh, 45, was driving with his brothers along a West Bank road on Friday when they came upon a car that had flipped over onto its roof. The vehicle — big and boxy, with room to fit many children — seemed easily identifiable as belonging to a Jewish settler.The car had crashed after a Palestinian gunman fired on it, killing the driver, Rabbi Michael Mark, 46, a father of 10. Dr. Shroukh did not realize that he was witnessing the aftermath of a terrorist attack. His instinct was simply to help." ca 15/7/2016
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Israel passes law targeting human rights groupsCharlotte Silver - The Electronic Intifada - "Known as the “transparency bill,” critics say the law is in fact meant to brand human rights groups as illegitimate." - id13/7/2016
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Netanyahu distracts public, buys time with Egypt talks Ben Caspit - Al Monitor - "Facing another police probe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is directing the public`s attention to a possible summit in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi." - id 13/7/2016
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Two broken cameras: Settlers attack Activestills photographer in Hebron Yael Marom - +972 - "The incident is the latest in a long and growing list of attacks by settlers and Israeli security forces against journalists in the occupied territories." - id 13/7/2016
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BREAKING: Accused Israeli Price Tag Terrorists Arrested Under Gag Order Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "You can suspect that these suspects will not be charged with a crime; or if they are charged they will not be tried; or if they are tried they will not be convicted." - id 13/7/2016
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IDF`s chief rabbi-to-be permits raping women in wartimeElisha Ben Kimon, Telem Yahav & Kobi Nachshoni - Ynet - Col. Eyal Karim, the IDF`s intended next chief rabbi, has previously provided misogynistic interpretations of Jewish law that consider female conscription `utterly forbidden` and permits raping `attracting Gentile women` as a way to keep up morale; female MKs and women`s rights organizations, incensed, call for his appointment to be cancelled. [bz]12/7/2016
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Knesset passes NGOs law amid oppositionAssociated Press, ReutYnet - Ynet - Peace Now announced it will challenge the law at the Supreme Court. "While the law will delegitimize left-wing organizations, pro-settler NGOs who receive millions of dollars in foreign donations without any transparency will remain unaffected," the group said in a statement. [bz]12/7/2016
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Lieberman Blocks Israeli Pro-peace Group From Visiting RamallahGili Cohen and Amos Harel - Haaretz - “This makes it clear who’s a partner here and who isn’t,” said Geneva Initiative Director General Gadi Baltiansky. “It’s the government that prevents itself, and its citizens, from speaking to the person responsible for ties with Israeli society.” [bz]12/7/2016
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Democratic Platform Committee Rejects Amendment Rebuking IsraelPeter Nicholas - The Wall Street Journal - Prominent scholar Cornel West, a Sanders appointee to the Platform Committee, spoke in favor of the amendment, saying Democrats should show “double love.” The vote to defeat the amendment was 95-73. [bz]10/7/2016
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UNESCO to vote on Jewish connection with the Temple MountItamar Eichner - Ynet - The Israeli foreign ministry and Israeli embassies around the world are currently dedicating significant efforts to undermine the acceptance of the draft decision. The draft decision presented by the Palestinians and Jordanians includes a number of problematic points in relation to Israel. Firstly, the draft calls on Israel to return the Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa mosque to “the historic status quo,” a new phrase implying that the sites should be returned to their pre-1967 status. The recommendations constitute another attempt to remove any Jewish presence from the Temple Mount. [bz]10/7/2016
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The bulldozers get closer to Umm El HiranRabbi Arik Asherman - Rabbis for Human Rights - The residents of Um El Hiran have issued an urgent call, after being informed that JNF bulldozers are going to start working on a security road right next to their homes. Up until now they have been working much further away. The police said they will not be entering the village or demolishing homes for another few months, but the residents don`t trust that. [ak]10/7/2016
PsychodramaRania Khallaf - Al-Ahram "Much Ramadan TV this year focuses on mental disorder or uses it as a backdrop for other themes, Rania Khallaf notes...the hospital emerges as a haven of sanity in a world of madness. The idea comes through that normal people are really quite mad, but at the same time the asylum becomes a showcase of seriously disturbed characters, each with its own story. Many of these archetypes are women in a male-dominated society and, considering the social pressures to which they have been subject, it is no wonder that they should behave in a less than obliging way." ca 8/7/2016
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How Israel is turning anti-occupation activists into dissidentsMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - The intended effect of the NGO Law is to send a dangerous and stifling message to the Israeli public. The message that the values espoused and advanced by these organizations — like B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, and others — do not exist organically in Israel; lawmakers are saying that the values of human rights and opposing the occupation are being imposed on Israel from the outside-in, and only for the malicious purposes of harming the Jewish state, its citizens and its global image. [bz]5/7/2016
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UK police ask to interview Israeli former minister over Gaza warDonald Macintyre - The Guardian - British government gives Tzipi Livni diplomatic immunity and Israel expresses ‘great concern’ over police request [ry] 4/7/2016
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Rights groups urge Saudi Arabia removal from UN Human Rights Council Youtube - VIDEO "Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have joined forces calling for the removal of Saudi Arabia from the United Nations Human Rights Council not only because of violations of human rights at home, but also due to the indiscriminate airstrikes in Yemen that have killed hundreds of civilians, including women and children." ca 1/7/2016
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Islamic State and JordanAhmed Eleiba - Al-Ahram "It appears that developments affecting IS in Syria and Iraq may conspire with political and economic developments inside Jordan to pave the way for more and even fiercer attacks bent on weakening and destabilising the Jordanian kingdom. Although IS is waning in neighbouring countries, analysts fear an inversely proportional trend in Jordan." ca1/7/2016
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