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Israel police target Palestinian Balad party in arrestsZena Tahhan - Al Jazeera - "Six party members and activists, including party chairman Awad Abdel Fattah, remain in police custody, while at least 29 others were released after varying periods of interrogation." - id 28/9/2016
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Abbas discusses French initiative with Socialist Party delegationWAFA - "Hamdallah briefed the delegation on Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, particularly home demolitions and violations against prisoners." - id 28/9/2016
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IDF Censor redacts 1 in 5 articles it reviews for publicationHaggai Matar - +972 - "The Israeli military censor has redacted, in full or in part, over 17,000 articles since 2011."..."the new IDF Censor is attempting to redact already-published information with alarming frequency." - id28/9/2016
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Bennett: US election period is ‘opportunity’ to annex parts of West Bank Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - “I see this as a period of opportunity to take action with regard to the future of Judea and Samaria,” the Education Minister told Israel Radio. [bz]27/9/2016
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What Did Clinton and Trump Say About the Middle East?Allison Kaplan Sommer - Haaretz - None of the moderator’s questions touched directly on Israel or the Palestinian conflict at all - a telling fact in itself. Trump did drop Netanyahu`s name once, in connection with Iran, Clinton chose not to mention her meeting with him. The nuclear deal with Iran and ISIS were the Middle East topics in the debate. Trump hotly claimed that he had opposed the invasion of Iraq, but asserted that once already there the US should have left some 10,000 to 15,000 soldiers in Iraq and kept control of the Iraqi oil, and on the other hand he also asserted that the US spent far too much money in the Middle East. Clinton said that the most secret part of Trump`s plan to defeat ISIS is that he does not have any plan. [ak] 27/9/2016
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Trump links plan for Mexico border wall to Israel`s `successful` separation barrierBen Jacobs - The Guardian - Republican’s campaign highlights lengthy discussion between Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on securing borders [ry] 26/9/2016
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Palestinians try to kick WB soccer teams out of FIFAAP, Ynet - The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is headlining another international venue once again following a Palestinian push to have FIFA declare settlement soccer teams illegal; Israel Football Association head Shlomi Barzel: `FIFA is not the United Nations` [ry] 26/9/2016
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Facebook `blocks accounts` of Palestinian journalistsSophia Hyatt - AlJazeera - Account suspensions come on heels of agreement between social media giant and Israel to team up against "incitement" [ry] 26/9/2016
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Extremist Jewish settlers attack Christians in JerusalemMEMO - "The Israeli settlers, led by the extremist Jewish activist Benzi Gopstein, attacked the gathering which was organised inside a hall on Thursday night whilst chanting anti-Christian slogans and insults" [ry] 26/9/2016
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Netanyahu calls for fighting “savages” and “pulling out the weeds” at Africa event at U.N.Ben Norton - Salon - The right-wing Israeli prime minister espoused aggressive "security" policies in a talk on technology in Africa [ry] 26/9/2016
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Accept Palestine or face ‘sea of hatred,’ Jordanian king warns IsraelGabriel Samuels - Independent - `Peace is a conscious decision. Israel has to embrace peace or eventually be engulfed in a sea of hatred in a region of turmoil`. [bz]24/9/2016
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Mideast Quartet warns that Israeli settlements eroding two-state solutionReuters - Ynet - France`s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that while the path to peace was narrowing, it still existed... [bz]24/9/2016
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Women gain ground in Jordan election despite yawning gender gapOlivia Cuthbert - The Guardian "Women claim 20 parliamentary seats as move to proportional representation reaps dividends for record number of female candidates." ca23/9/2016
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Israel`s `50 most influential women` — not a single ArabSamah Salaime - +972 "So, dear editors of Lady Globes, next time before you include MK Shelly Yachimovich (Zionist Union) in your list of Israel’s most influential women — despite the fact that most of the struggles she has spearheaded have not really succeeded — perhaps you should pick up the phone and call MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), the first Arab woman to head the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, and who has a positive influence on many aspects of women’s lives here, be they Arab or Jewish." ca23/9/2016
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Obama at UN: Israel can`t permanently occupy PalestiniansAlexander J. Apfel - Ynet - "Taking his final opportunity to reflect on the world`s achievements during his leadership, the US president stressed that `Palestinians must recognize they can`t incite against Israelis and Israel has to recognize it can`t permanently occupy Palestinians.`" - id21/9/2016
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Levy named president of US/Middle East Project. The Arab Daily News - "Longtime American Jewish peace activist to head international peace group succeeding founder Henry Siegman. The group is based in London and New York and advocates for Palestinian-Israeli peace." - id 21/9/2016
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Massacre at Ras Sudr, How Future IDF Chief of Staff Ordered 1967 War CrimeSeptember 19, 2016Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Like many readers, I like to unravel a good mystery and the censorship of Benn’s piece piqued my interest. A confidential Israeli source told me that his story dealt with the massacre of captive Egyptian prisoners at Ras Sudr." - id 21/9/2016
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AIPAC gets 88 Senators to support continued American veto Jerusalem Post - On the eve of Netanyahu`s meeting with Obama, AIPAC once again demonstrated its control of Capitol Hill, getting 88 US Senators to sign a letter calling upon the President Obama to uphold the long-standing US policy of "a veto of any one-sided United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding the Israeli- Palestinian conflict". While paying lip-service to "a sustainable two-state solution, with a future state of Palestine living in peace and security with Israel", the AIPAC letter ruled out any involvement by international bodies; "direct negotiations" with the US as "an indispensable trusted mediator" was declared the only acceptable format. Still, any reference to the Two State Solution US was too much for Senator and failed presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who refused to add his name. [ak]20/9/2016
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In the village of Ara: right-wing provocatuers with Israeli flags; residents blocking the roadHassan Shaalan - Ynet - Dozens of right-wing activists staged a demonstration Monday afternoon in the northern Israeli village of Ara outside the home belonging to the parents of Nashat Melhem, who carried out a deadly shooting terror attack on New Year’s Day. Local residents however, posit that the real targets of the demonstration are not terrorists or their sympathizers but the Arab community as a whole. [bz] 20/9/2016
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Israel`s `50 most influential women` — not a single ArabSamah Salaime - +972 - Israel’s leading economic paper couldn’t find a single Arab to put on their list of Israel’s most influential women [ry]19/9/2016
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Israeli justice minister: BDS is the ‘new face of terrorism’MEMO - “Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked branded the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement a form of `terrorism` […] compared the BDS campaign to tunnels under the Gaza border fence” [ry]19/9/2016
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Israel linked to suspension of Palestine course at UC BerkeleyNora Barrows-Friedman and Ali Abunimah - EI - "The University of California, Berkeley [...] has shut down a student-led course on Palestine. The censorship is one of Nicholas Dirks’ last acts as chancellor of the college. His administration decided to suspend the course after Israel-aligned organizations demanded that he do so. There are indications of pressure from the Israeli government as well" [ry]19/9/2016
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Death amongst the tourists of occupied East JerusalemImran Khan - AlJazeera - Life in Jerusalem quickly returns to normal after a man is killed by Israeli troops for allegedly trying to carry out a stabbing attempt [ry] 19/9/2016
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Palestinian Supreme Court freezes municipal elections in West Bank, GazaAhmad Jaradat - AIC - The Israeli occupation and the division between Fatah and Hamas has created a crisis of democracy in Palestine [ry] 19/9/2016
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‘Shame on you,’ Israel, for turning Obama ‘into some Jew hater,’ Tom Friedman saysPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Tom Friedman went on a great rant on Israeli television saying Shame on Israel for turning Obama into a Jew hater, and that Prime Minister Netanyahu “won the debate” and was turning Israel into one state and that Israel has the same issue as the United States, becoming a minority-majority country, but Israel’s answer to that condition is: apartheid." ca16/9/2016
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Shimon Peres, Former Prime Minister of Israel, Suffers a StrokePETER BAKER - NYT - "Mr. Peres...played a key role through much of the country’s history as both warrior and peacemaker. He remains an influential figure in Israel and abroad...through the Peres Center for Peace, a nonprofit organization that promotes reconciliation, tolerance and innovation." - id 14/9/2016
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US and Israel to sign record military aid dealAl-Jazeera - "The United States has agreed a record multi-billion-dollar deal to provide Israel with military assistance for 10 years from 2019, according to US officials.| - id14/9/2016
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Israel’s anti-BDS task force enjoys unchecked power to ‘struggle against terror’Sergio Yahni - AIC - Even the Israeli ministry of justice – a crucial arm of Israeli occupation – fears that the almost complete secrecy afforded to the MoSA could result in unchecked “adventurous operations” against BDS activists. [bz]13/9/2016
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CUNY ‘Anti-Semitism’ Investigation Finds Scant Evidence of Wrongdoing by Pro-Palestinian ActivistsJosh Nathan-Kazis - Forward - While the ZOA had specifically targeted SJP for criticism, the report said that there was a “tendency to blame SJP for any act of anti-Semitism on any CUNY campus,” which the report called a mistake. Noting that an SJP leader had been the victim of an anti-Muslim incident at Brooklyn College, the report said: “No fair-minded person would attribute that conduct to Hillel, and SJP should be judged by the same standards.” [bz]13/9/2016
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Daily planner for school kids encourages return to Gush KatifShahar Chai - Ynet - Parents outraged at controversial planner given to elementary school children in the national-religious sector, which contains messages of Jewish superiority over the gentiles, religious preaching and problematic political texts concerning historic events [ry] 12/9/2016
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Israeli Supreme Court: Force Feeding of Hunger Strikers is ConstitutionalIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Israeli Supreme Court ruled, on Sunday, that a law which permits force feeding hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners is constitutional, rejecting petitions filed last year by the Israel Medical Association (IMA), and by several human rights groups who argued the law contravened medical law and ethics regarding patients’ rights" [ry] 12/9/2016
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Netanyahu is a war criminal, says former Dutch PM Adri Nieuwhof - EI - "“While the streets of Gaza were red with the blood of children in the summer of 2014, the red carpets are being rolled out here,” Kuzu wrote on Facebook. “That doesn’t deserve a handshake but a reference to #FreePalestine.”" - id 9/9/2016
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Why the Abbas KGB ‘revelation’ came out now Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man- +972 - "Israeli academic who fed the story to the press tells the ‘NY Times’ he wanted to undercut the Kremlin’s efforts to host Israeli-Palestinian peace talks." - id 9/9/2016
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Israel Whitewashes Genocidal Sudanese Regime Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The next thing you know, there will be African refugees expelled from Israel and dumped in Kharthoum as they currently are in Uganda and other states whose acquiescence has been bought by Israeli arms and trade deals." - id 9/9/2016
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Guerrilla Art Exhibit Unmasks the Face of TerrorismPETER BAKER - NYT "Mr. Douek, a businessman who was a founder of the social change movement Zionism 2000 and of other civic organizations, said Israel needed to show more respect to its Arab citizens to help prevent the sort of alienation that gives rise to violence. “People think you can deal with terrorism just by killing people,” he said. “It doesn’t work that way.” ca7/9/2016
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Israeli Trump supporters open campaign office in West BankEli Berlizon - Reuters "Israeli supporters of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have opened a campaign office in the occupied West Bank, saying they hope to get as many American expatriates as possible to cast an absentee ballot for their candidate...There are about 300,000 U.S. citizens in Israel, according to the non-profit group Republican Overseas Israel, which opened the office in the Jewish settlement Karnei Shomron on Monday. It estimates as many as 80,000 of them live in the West Bank, though it is not clear how many are eligible voters." ca7/9/2016
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Born again peaceniks: How ex-IDF generals clean their conscienceOrly Noy - +972 - For years they have served in high-ranking positions in the Israeli army, taking part in the most violent aspects of the occupation. Only once they leave do they suddenly discover that, perhaps, military rule isn’t such a great idea [ry] 5/9/2016
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Will Israel be put on trial for war crimes?Jonathan Cook - AlJazeera - An expected visit by ICC delegation could increase the risk of Israeli officials being tried for war crimes [ry] 5/9/2016
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The metamorphosis of a Jewish supremacistOrly Noy - +972 "David Mizrahi, once a vocal anti-Arab hatemonger, made amends in a heartfelt Facebook post, and began preaching tolerance and acceptance. In the current climate in Jerusalem, this is a brave and commendable thing to do." ca2/9/2016
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Israel/OPT: ‘Secret trial’ of Gaza aid worker will not deliver justiceAmnesty International - "The Israeli authorities must ensure that the trial of a detained humanitarian worker employed by the charity World Vision is fair and open, said Amnesty International on the eve of his trial, amid reports that the proceedings are due to take place in secret. Mohammed al-Halabi, the manager of Gaza operations for the child- focused global development NGO, is facing 12 charges including being a member of a “terrorist organization” and siphoning off the charity’s funds for “terrorism” purposes. He was initially denied access to a lawyer and, when she was eventually allowed to meet him, he alleged he had been seriously mistreated in custody." ca 2/9/2016
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PA opens fire on funeral of Fatah leader beaten to death by Palestinian security officers Kate - Mondoweiss "Thousands of Palestinians in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday afternoon took part in a funeral for Ahmad Izz Halaweh, who was beaten to death in detention earlier this week by Palestinian security officers. The funeral set off from the Rafidiya governmental hospital and headed to the eastern cemetery of Nablus amid maximum security procedures by Palestinian security forces. Mourners in the funeral called for Nablus district Governor Akram Rujoub to resign from office and for those responsible for Halaweh’s brutal killing to be held accountable." ca2/9/2016
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