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Netanyahu in hot water over praise of Trump`s wallLuke Baker - Reuters - "`President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel`s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great Success. Great idea,` Netanyahu wrote, appending pictures of the Israeli and U.S. flags alongside each other" [ry]30/1/2017
High Court: Israel Must Prove Stone-throwing Law Doesn`t Discriminate Arabs Nir Hasson - Haaretz - Adalah lawyer Sawsan Zaher said the “automatic denial of social rights for parents of stone throwers is meant as a punitive and vengeful measure against children, most of whom come from East Jerusalem.” Zaher added that withholding benefits “in order to take revenge on parents of these children is a sweeping and impermissible act, contrary to essential principles of criminal law – which requires an examination of each individual on a case-by-case basis. Discriminating against Palestinian minors while refraining from taking similar measures against other minors committing worse offenses, such as murder, rape and drug trafficking, actually creates one criminal law for Arab children and another one for Jews.” [bz]28/1/2017
Who’s Afraid of Nonviolence?MICHAEL CHABON and AYELET WALDMAN - NYT - Issa Amro, a native of the city of Hebron and a prominent Palestinian advocate of nonviolent resistance, has been waiting now for nearly two months to find out when he can expect to face trial in an Israeli military courtroom. He has been accused of a series of offenses ranging from demonstrating without a permit to “insulting a soldier.” The charge of insulting a soldier includes an incident in which a border policeman took Mr. Amro’s ID. Mr. Amro says he told the officer: “I want my ID back, I am not wanted, and if you had called to check you would know this. But you have not called, I know, I am not stupid.” The officer, however, insists that Mr. Amro called him stupid. [bz] 28/1/2017
Trump Claims Waterboarding Doesn’t Come Close To The Excruciating Torment He Experiences At Every Moment News in brief - The Onion "Dismissing concerns that the controversial interrogation method constituted torture, President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that waterboarding does not even come close to the excruciating torment he himself experiences at every waking moment. “Prisoners who are forced to endure a few hours of simulated drowning hardly experience the unrelenting horror that tears at my psyche night and day,” said Trump, adding that being strapped to a chair in a filthy concrete cell and repeatedly suffocated was a “stroll in the park” compared to the cruel and inhuman anguish his mind is subjected to literally every single second." ca27/1/2017
IDF May Fire Senior Officer After Encrypted Cell Phone StolenRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "This is not the first such senior official to be so careless with highly secret government documents and electronic devices.  I reported a few years ago that the CEO of the Israel Atomic Energy Agency had his work computer stolen not once, but twice." - id25/1/2017
The real news about Vanunu Mordechai’s “struggle for freedom”Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Due to The Media Blackout and Media Silence over Israel’s nuclear weapons, Israel’s nuclear whistle blower talks to the World at Facebook and Twitter." - id 25/1/2017
Torture, Israeli-style - as Described by the Interrogators Themselves Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - [One] method, N. said, is forcing the handcuffed suspect to kneel with his back to the wall for long periods of time. If the suspect falls, the interrogators put him back in position, and they keep him there even if the suspect cries, begs or screams. (...) The regulations stipulated (...) that any interrogator who used them must keep a detailed record of the number of blows, the painful positions and all other so-called special means used. [bz]24/1/2017
US sent $221 million to Palestinians in Obama’s last hoursMatthew Lee and Richard Lardner/AP - Washington Post - The Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations. [bz]24/1/2017
Palestinians rescue 3 armed IDF soldiers and civilian from Palestinian villageElior Levy & Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - Three soldiers and one Israeli civilian manage to evade a potential harm after they arrive at the Palestinian village of Qusra in the West Bank and began shooting in the air during an altercation with locals; they were extracted by the Qusra Regional Council head and a Palestinian who works for a rabbinical human rights organization; they rescued the four by driving them out of the area. [bz]24/1/2017
By siding with the police, the media incites against Arab citizensSamah Salaime - +972 - The majority of Israeli journalists simply copied the official police version of the deadly events in Umm el-Hiran last week, effectively painting 20 percent of Israeli citizens as terrorists [ry]23/1/2017
Opposition MKs claim cover-up as doubts grow over ‘terrorist’ car-rammingThe Times of Israel - Lawmakers say autopsy proves Abu Al-Qia’an was shot before he plowed into cops in Bedouin village on Wednesday; accuse PM, Erdan of political point-scoring [ry]23/1/2017
Radio host fired from Israel Army Radio for Facebook post empathizing with slain BedouinIMEMC News - "Khen Elmaleh wrote on her Facebook page, “I would also run over a police officer if I were being removed from my home in order to make room for a town built for those more powerful than me”.Her boss, Army Radio Commander Yaron Deckel, contacted her to fire her from her job – then he tweeted that those who support running over police have no place in the radio station." ca 20/1/2017
High-quality, low-cost West Bank hotels luring touristsGili Melnitcki - Haaretz "Is there anywhere between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River where you can stay a night in a five-star hotel in a city with nightlife and other activities with a top rating by guests who have stayed there and pay just 990 shekels ($260)?The answer is yes, if you’re ready to reserve a room in Ramallah, according to the hotel booking and ratings site HotelsCombined. Ayal Segal, CEO of the website’s Israeli CEO, said ratings by people staying in Palestinian hotels testify to sharp improvement in their facilities and service in the last few years." ca 20/1/2017
Completion of project funded by Japan to improve container waste collectionPNN/ Nablus/- "The grant of US$65,600 was extended to Joint Service Council for Solid Waste Management in Nablus Governorate. It was used to improve the environmental situation and management system for solid waste collection by installation of newcontainers in order to secure betterliving environment for the local residents. The direct beneficiaries shall be about 35,000 residents." ca20/1/2017
Victims of war crimes in Gaza demand arrest of former Israeli FM upon arrival to BrusselsBDS/ Brussels - Palestine News Network "On 23 June 2010 a group of victims filed a complaint in Belgium with the Federal Prosecutor against certain Israeli civilian and military officials at the time, including Livni, for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Gaza Strip.The complainants asked the Federal Prosecutor this week for the arrest of Mrs. Tzipi LIVNI when she steps off the plane on her arrival in Belgium on 23 January." ca 20/1/2017
American-Israelis to hold anti-Trump ‘sister rally’ in Tel AvivSimona Weinglass - Times of Israel "Hundreds of unhappy American-Israelis are expected to attend a rally in front of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, January 21, in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, a massive protest scheduled to take place that morning in Washington, DC, whose stated mission is “to send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.” ca20/1/2017
New Video Raises Questions About Alleged Car-ramming Attack by Bedouin Almog Ben Zikri - Haaretz - A video released on Wednesday may shed new light on the events that ended in the death of an Israeli police officer and an Israeli Bedouin who police claim ran over the officer during clashes in the southern Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran.-rh19/1/2017
Will Arab Knesset member be impeached?Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - According to all estimations, there is only a slim chance that the Knesset will obtain the 90-member majority needed to expel Ghattas, largely because of the divided opinions among the members of the Zionist Camp. On the other hand, it is obvious to those who support implementing the law — i.e., the parties on the right and Lapid — will win points among large swaths of the Israeli public for it. The sequence of events needed to implement the Expulsion Law for the first time since it was enacted begins with Netanyahu and his need to project a populist approach. This will not be the first time Netanyahu dragged the opposition behind him, even though they are supposed to present an alternative to his government’s policies.-rh 18/1/2017
Arab Israeli Lawmaker Shot and Wounded in Bedouin Clashes With PoliceMarcy Oster - Forward - Arab-Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh, head of the Arab Joint List, was injured in clashes between Israeli police and Bedouins after Israel demolished several homes. Odeh was hit in the head and back by sponge-tipped bullets fired by Israeli forces during the clashes on Wednesday morning. “This has been a terrible morning,” Odeh said in a statement after he left a hospital. “It was possible to prevent the spilling of blood.”-rh 18/1/2017
J-Street: Some positive news from Capitol HillJeremy Ben-Ami - J Street - Something significant took place in the House of Representatives. It is not surprising that a resolution criticizing the Obama administration`s abstention at the UN Security Council did pass. What is new is that many principled Members of Congress protested and refused to support it - no less than 80 Members voted against. In the past, one-sided, inaccurate and unhelpful resolutions like this one would have passed with near unanimous support.We still have a long way to go - but this is a beginning. [ak] 17/1/2017
Netanyahu Finally Admits to Being a Corrupt LeaderUri Misgav - Haaretz - It looks patently insane to put the country through the whirlwind of an early election only two years after the previous election because of a preliminary vote on a bill that relates to some free newspaper. Holding an early election and replacing the Knesset and the government carries a huge price tag of around 2 billion shekels. But in his post on Sunday, Netanyahu made it clear: “After the law passed by a large majority, I dissolved the government and went to elections.” [bz]17/1/2017
Conservative anger grows at Israel’s UK plotAsa Winstanley - EI - An influential parliamentary committee will investigate an Israeli embassy plot to “take down” a UK government minister. The chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee said on Sunday that disgraced Israeli embassy senior political officer Shai Masot’s discussion of a “hit list” of MPs was “interference in British politics of the murkiest kind.” Crispin Blunt, a lawmaker from Prime Minister Theresa May’s ruling Conservative Party, told the Mail on Sunday that “I hope to include this matter in the committee’s wider inquiry into the Middle East peace process.” After undercover footage revealed the plot, Masot was swiftly thrown under the bus. He was sent back to Israel and fired from his government position. [the article includes a link to the Al Jazeerah investigative report-bz]17/1/2017
Two months on, still no evidence of a `fire intifada` in IsraelHaggai Matar - +972 - The Israeli media and politicians’ narrative of a Palestinian ‘arson intifada’ remains in place, despite there not being even a shred of evidence to support their story [ry]16/1/2017
Jewish settler group `invited to Donald Trump`s inauguration` amid concerns over President-elect`s stance on IsraelLizzie Dearden - Independent - Yesha Council says it has received invite to ceremony after UN condemns illegal settlements [ry]16/1/2017
Israeli officials cheer ‘weakened’ Paris peace summit declarationRaphael Ahren - The Times of Israel - Jerusalem takes credit for softened statement by 70 nations, which omits the ‘problematic passages’ of December’s UN anti- settlements resolution [ry]16/1/2017
The Lobby: Young Friends of Israel VIDEO - Al Jazeera - Information Clearing House "Al Jazeera goes undercover inside the Israel Lobby in Britain. We expose a campaign to infiltrate and influence youth groups." ca13/1/2017
10 Palestinian homes demolished in Israeli city, prompting mayor to resignMa`an - Israeli authorities demolished 10 homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel on Tuesday morning, prompting a defeated mayor to resign after Israeli authorities refused for decades to approve the city’s master plan. Local sources told Ma’an the devastating demolition campaign sparked clashes between Israeli police and residents. Mayor Abd al-Basit Mansour visited the area along with members of the municipal council and announced he would resign from his post, as Israeli bulldozers razed the homes to ground. Mansour told reporters that, "We have been waiting for approval of a master plan for twenty years, but our request fell on deaf ears.”-rh12/1/2017
When the High Court has to intervene so a Palestinian family can mournOrly Noy - +972 - "The large question marks surrounding the incident did not stop Police Chief Roni Alsheikh and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan from continuing to call Abu al-Qi’an a “terrorist,” all while the Israel Police Investigation Unit is still investigating the incident." - id 25/1/2017
Israel`s anti-UN steps could lead to `isolation`Ben White - Al-Jazeera - "Israel is threatening to undertake punitive measures against the UN after it passed a resolution condemning settlements." - id 11/1/2017
Obama warns against support for Israeli settlementsAP & Reuters - Ynet - "Speaking to the Israeli TV program `Uvda,` the outgoing US president warned that `unfettered support` for Israeli construction in the West Bank will result in a `worsening situation` between Israelis and Palestinians." - id 11/1/2017
`Israel must build and build in Judea and Samaria after Trump takes office` says Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked Jeremy Sharon - Jerusalem Post - Two senior figures in the coalition, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and senior Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi objected however saying that unilateral steps without coordination with the Trump administration could be diplomatically dangerous. Liberman also referred to the Settlements Arrangements Law. Its approval in its first Knesset reading had been “one of the straws that broke the back of the US president [Barack Obama].” - “Because of this law we were attacked in the UN Security Council." [bz]10/1/2017
Benjamin Netanyahu accused of offering newspaper owner commercial favours in return for positive coverageBen Kentish - Independent - Israeli Prime Minister already being investigated for accepting gifts of champagne and cigars but denies any wrongdoing [ry]9/1/2017
What were the top 10 BDS victories of 2016?Nora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada "Israel resorted to threatening and bullying individuals, adopting policies to expel suspected boycott activists and to bar others from entering...Amnesty International condemned the threats, which included a call by intelligence minister Yisrael Katz for “targeted civil eliminations” of BDS leaders with the help of Israeli intelligence." ca6/1/2017
Meet the Palestinian woman director bringing her generation to the screenHaggai Matar - +972 "“Judging by the responses from Palestinian girls who have seen the film, at premieres and festivals, I don’t feel I have anything to worry about. It obviously exposes something, but I think that the trick of the movie, for the families and for the older generation is that after the initial shock of seeing [the girls’] lives at the beginning, the film starts to slowly reveal their own lives to them as well, which undoes the antagonism." ca6/1/2017
Will `earth shaking` revelation bring down Netanyahu?Ben Caspit - Al Monitor "Netanyahu, even before the investigation against him began, adopted tactics to make it clear that he has no intention of caving. To the contrary, in fact, Netanyahu intends to leverage his popularity and recruit his supporters, mainly the growing right-wing Israeli public, to constantly repeat one message: that he is being subjected to a political investigation and political persecution...Netanyahu has now declared war against the police, the state attorney, parts of the independent media and senior members of the political establishment. He is convinced that he will win, but everyone else is not so sure." ca 6/1/2017
Funeral Held for Palestinian Victim of New Year’s Nightclub Attack in IstanbulIMEMC - "The funeral was held at the Omar Ibn al-Khattab mosque, and her body was laid to rest at the Islamic cemetery of Tira.A number of Palestinian members of the Knesset (Parliament) attended the funeral of the young woman, including Ahmad Tibi, Jamal Zahalqa and Ayman Odeh. In addition, the mayor of the town of Tira, Maamun Abd al- Hayy, and his deputy Walid Nasser, were in attendance.Former Knesset members also attended, including Mohammad Baraka and Talab al- Sanaa." ca 6/1/2017
Palestinian resistance archbishop dies in VaticanAmira Howeidy - Al-Ahram Weekly "Jerusalem’s Archbishop Hilarion Capucci was a household name across the Arab world in the mid-1970s. At a time when Palestinian armed struggle was popular, even endorsed by Arab regimes, the unlikely figure of the Catholic archbishop gained celebrity status as a symbol of resistance against the Israeli occupation. Iconic images of the then 52-year-old Capucci in his all-black Melkite Catholic vestment appeared on stamps in Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Kuwait, Iraq and Syria, among others...twice boarded ships attempting to break the siege of Gaza. The last attempt was on the Turkish humanitarian aid flotilla Mavi Marmara, which was seized and attacked by the Israeli navy 31 May 2010. Nine activists were killed." ca6/1/2017
The Moral Failure of Assad`s SupportersOne just needs to see, and listen to, Assad`s supporters. Reports by human rights NGOs, the footage, the aerial bombardment, the prisoners` testimonies and the babies` photos - all these will not help to change their position since in their minds they regard Assad`s survival as their own survival. As part of the minor flirtation of Egypt and the Palestinian Authority with the democratic processes, those who support Assad now had witnessed the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, i.e. the rise of new political Arab elites. Instead of handling the latter`s arguments and continuing the democratic process, the aforementioned regimes preferred military repression at any cost.4/1/2017
The challenges of being a Palestinian doctor in the ‘Jewish state’ Hatim Kanaaneh - Mondoweiss - The great majority of our physicians, like other professionals in the Palestinian minority in Israel, with the exception of teachers and nurses, received their higher education abroad. Two factors played a central role in this exceptional achievement: Initially the Communist Party, the majority of whose membership in Israel has always been Palestinian, awarded its diligent youth cadre with full scholarships to universities in the Soviet Union. This was conditional on their return upon completion of their studies to serve their communities and to swell the number of educated party members. The first physician who led this process was my good colleague and cofounder of the Galilee Society for Health Research and Services, Dr. Anwar Awad from the neighboring village of Rama in Galilee. -rh5/1/2017
Will `earth shaking` revelation bring down Netanyahu?Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor - "Netanyahu has now declared war against the police, the state attorney, parts of the independent media and senior members of the political establishment. He is convinced that he will win, but everyone else is not so sure." - id 4/1/2017
Report ignored by state could grant Darfur refugees legal status in Israel Yehuda Shohat - Ynet - "it holds that any Darfur refugee who does not belong to the Arab tribes is automatically entitled to political asylum in Israel. This likely applies to several thousands in Israel—about 6,000 people." - id according to one estimate. ...4/1/2017
Person of the Year: The women standing up to sexual harassmentDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - The women who spoke out in 2016 executed an unplanned pincer move. As accusations snowballed, women inspired one another to speak up. First and foremost, what 2016 should mean for Israel’s social institutions is that there are limits on power. Whether or not men acknowledge what they did as wrong, title or talent must not protect them [ry]2/1/2017
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