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Boris Johnson: ‘Balfour clause to protect existing communities has not been met’Jewish News (UK) - In an article marking the Centenary of the still- controversial Balfour Declaration, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson expressed pride about his predecessor, Lord Balfour, supporting the creation of a "Jewish National Home" in Palestine. Johnson notes, however, that Balfour’s “famous and crucial proviso” - that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities” - had not been met. In a Daily Telegraph article, Johnson states that "there is no contradiction in being a friend of Israel… and also being deeply moved by the suffering of those affected and dislodged by its birth. I have no doubt that the only viable solution to the conflict resembles the one first set down on paper by Lord Peel, in the report of the Royal Commission on Palestine in 1937, that is the vision of two states for two peoples." Johnson reiterated traditional British foreign policy as to the border between the states, which should be based on that before 1967 and both should share Jerusalem as their capital. [ak] 31/10/2017
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Did British Mandate pave way for Israeli occupation?Linah Alsaafin - Al Jazeera - "Anyone who looks at the methods the British used in Palestine during the 1930s will see strong parallels with what Israel is doing today," said David Cronin, journalist and author of Balfour`s Shadow. One such tactic was punitive house demolitions, carried out as a measure of deterrence. Another was administrative detention, or the internment of prisoners for an indefinite period of time without subjecting them to trial or charges. Ahron Bregman, a professor at the department of war studies at King`s University, said that the British trained Haganah members in military tactics during the Arab Revolt. "In fact, the best future Jewish military minds, such as Moshe Dayan and Yigal Allon, were trained by the British to fight against the Arabs of Palestine." [bz] 31/10/2017
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Israeli MK Zohar: Palestinians Have No Right to National IdentityIMEMC - “No one is going to give them a state, not the left either. We’ll tell them: ‘Guys, no state, live here with us, prosper, earn a living, educate your children’.” [bz]31/10/2017
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Palestinian dentists refuse to sing “Hatikva”Budour Youssef Hassan - Electronic Intifada "When a group of Palestinian dentists sang their national anthem at a professional gathering in Colombia in August, they did not expect the uproar that would follow.It was not the first time the Arab Dentists Association in Israel had attended the dental implant training course in Bogotá.The Palestinian association knew from previous experience that participating delegations from abroad would sing their respective national anthems at the graduation ceremony." ca 28/10/2017
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Trump taps head of anti-Palestinian group as top civil rights enforcerNora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada "In a troubling move for students and Palestine rights activists, the Trump administration has tapped Kenneth Marcus as the top civil rights enforcer at the US Department of Education.He will lead the department’s Office of Civil Rights.Marcus is the head of the Brandeis Center for Human Rights, an Israel advocacy group that has for years worked to smear Palestine solidarity activism as anti- Semitism. It has no affiliation with the better known Brandeis University." ca 28/10/2017
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Who wrote the Balfour Declaration and why: The World War I Connection IMEMC - "By Alison Weir, excerpted from Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel." - id25/10/2017
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The young Arab women on Israel`s hasbara dream teamSamah Salaime - +972 - "An  interview with Taya on the Arabic television channel Musawa has more than two million views and led to a barrage of responses, parodies, and discussions in Israel and across the world." - id 25/10/2017
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In the crosshairs: Israel`s war of attrition on political dissentEdo Konrad - +972 - The collapse of the Oslo process and the consequent foundering of the peace camp gave rise to a galvanized brand of right wing, one that sought to carefully undo the work of its predecessors in the Zionist Left. Doing so required a number of carefully crafted steps: supplanting peace negotiations with endless settlement building; creating physical and psychological distance between Israelis and the reality in the West Bank and Gaza; marking Palestinian citizens of Israel, long suspected as fifth columnists by the Israeli establishment, as enemies of the state; and silencing political dissidents. [bz]24/10/2017
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Palestinians gauge economic impact of reconciliationAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - “If reconciliation is fully implemented in the West Bank and Gaza and if the budget is consolidated, the reconciliation would bring revenues — not economic burden — for the PA. -- The Palestinian budget has faced a 48% decline in foreign grants since 2013. The grants are expected to amount to $590 million this year, compared with $1.1 billion in 2013. [bz] 24/10/2017
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The Courts vs. Justice - how land robbery laws from the 1950s still haunt BedouinsAmos Gvirtz - They were told to move for their own safety temporarily to an adjacent area because of army manoeuvers. When the time came to return, it turned out laws had meanwhile been passed in the Knesset, according to which land that had not been in use - for a period determined by the law [sic!] - was automatically transferred to the ownership of the State... [bz]24/10/2017
Lehava leader arrested for allegedly threatening Jews, Arabs is releasedYishai Porat - Ynet - Radical anti-assimilation organization`s leader Gopstein arrested for allegedly targeting Arab men and Jewish women in romantic relationships, threatening them, is released; `No one has accused me of assault,` says Gopstein. `I only told her her grandfather and grandmother are crying in heaven` [ry]23/10/2017
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Israel Says It Will Step Up Attacks Against SyriaJason Ditz - AntiWar - "Claiming more stray artillery fire landing inside the Israeli- occupied Golan Heights, Israeli officials are promising to “step up” their strikes against Syrian military targets in response, including attacks over the weekend in southern Syria" [ry]23/10/2017
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Why do the U.S. and EU still let Israel sell arms to Burma?Eitay Mack - +972 "..The ongoing ethnic cleansing waged against the Rohingya is exceptional in its tremendous scope... Last month, at a United Nations Security Council session, American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called on world governments to freeze arms transfers to Burma. If this is Washington’s position, why has Haley not briefed Jerusalem? On June 5th, in response to a query by Israeli Member of Knesset Tamar Zandberg about the sale of arms to Burma, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman replied: “As to Burma, …there are monitoring authorities in charge of exports … which maintain close contact with U.S. authorities, and we follow the same rules of the game.” ca21/10/2017
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Upscale Tokyo Department Store Withdraws Products from Illegal Israeli SettlementsIMEMC News & Agencies - "The upscale Mitsukoshi department store in the Ginza district of Tokyo has withdrawn Israeli settlement products.Earlier this month, the store was scheduled to host an event featuring Israeli wines, including wines made in illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen land. But after Japanese civil society raised concerns, Mitsukoshi shortened the event and removed all wines which Japanese BDS activists indicated were made in Israeli settlements." ca 20/10/2017
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Sorry Ben Gurion, Israeli court says `Hebrew Labor` is illegalEdo Konrad - +972 - "Erez Liberman, who co-founded Avodah Ivrit and is named as the primary defendant, rejected the claim that Avodah Ivrit discriminates against non-Jews, and that its work focuses on “doing good for the Jewish people.” He further claimed that Israel’s anti-discrimination laws were not intended to prevent groups of people who share special bonds, from helping one another." - id 18/10/2017
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Israeli tech companies start contracting in GazaKhaled Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - The Israeli blockade of Gaza in mid-2007 somehow led many students to major in programming and digital technology, implement individual projects and make individual achievements that earned awards from international institutions. [bz]17/10/2017
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Eight Israeli Soldiers Commit Suicide Within 3 MonthsIMEMC - An Israeli soldier at the Hatzor military base, located at the southern area of the Palestinian occupied territories, committed suicide last night, as she fired a bullet at her head. -- The number of suicide cases among the Israeli army soldiers is “constantly” mounting, and a number of soldiers have also reportedly suffered from mental disorder and bed-wetting episodes after carrying out crimes in Gaza. [bz]17/10/2017
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Israelis await Netanyahu`s reaction to Austria`s far-right surgeItamar Eichner - Ynet - President Rivlin expresses unease with members of the Israeli Right seeking to forge alliances with far-right parties in Europe, particularly Heinz-Christian Strache, whose support soared in Austrian election; MK Yehuda Glick urges Strache to implement pledge to move embassy to Jerusalem; Rivlin: `Political leaders who support racist notions, neo-Nazis and anti-Semites, aren`t welcome in Israel` [ry]17/10/2017
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Tony Blair says he regrets siding with Israel and George W Bush over Hamas boycott in 2006Samuel Osborne - Independent - Former PM says the international community should have tried to `pull Hamas into a dialogue and shifted their positions` [ry]16/10/2017
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Israeli Airlines being Sued over Intrusive Body Search IMEMC - "The high court said that new measures adopted at Israeli airports, which allowed for the screening of travelers away from the public eye, made it unnecessary to rule on the matter." - id 14/10/2017
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EU border monitors have been waiting to go back to Gaza for 10 yearsMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "For the past 10 years, a group of European Union border monitors has been waiting inside Israel for the elusive, far-off moment when they can redeploy to the Gaza Strip, to supervise the border crossing separating Gaza and Egypt." - id 14/10/2017
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New anti-Semitism and This American and USS Liberty Survivors of The Six Day WarEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "New anti-Semitism is a concept that a new form of anti-Semitism developed emanating simultaneously from the far left, Islamism, and the far right. New anti-Semitism manifests as opposition to Zionism, the State of Israel and Jewish people." - id 14/10/2017
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Jewish Historical Society channels Joe McCarthy, and cancels JVP event on Balfour US Politics Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "More tragic news of the reactionary Jewish establishment. The American Jewish Historical Society in New York was set to host a discussion later this month of the Balfour Declaration by civil rights lawyer Robert Herbst, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Palestinian lawyer Jonathan Kuttab.Then the event came under attack from far-right Israel supporters. David Horowitz’s organization billed the panel as “THE AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTS DESTROY ISRAEL EVENT,” citing the sponsorship of JVP, which supports boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and Kuttab’s endorsement of a single democratic state between the river and the sea." ca 11/10/2017
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Freedom Theatre’s ‘Siege’ preps for New York tour next week Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss " The congested alleyways of Jenin Refugee Camp mirror Palestinian camps across the Middle East, but the Freedom Theatre is unique.Off one of the main roads in the camp the theater sits, a beacon of art, creativity, politics and youth. This week the theater performed one of its most famous plays, “The Siege,” about the 2002 Israeli siege of the Nativity Church, the church in Bethlehem where it is said Jesus was born.The play will be performed October 12-22 at New York University’s Skirball Theater..." ca 11/10/2017
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Will Hamas give up arms for Palestinian reconciliation?Patrick Strickland - Al-Jazeera "Last week, Abbas called on Hamas to surrender its weapons to the Palestinian Authority. The two sides are slated to meet in Cairo on Tuesday for Egyptian-brokered negotiations.The demand comes after more than a decade of division between Abbas` Fatah party, which controls the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, and its rival Hamas, which has de facto governed the besieged Gaza Strip since it took control of the coastal enclave after a 2007 putsch." ca 11/10/2017
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Moroccan MP to Former Israeli Defense Minister: “War Criminal, Leave Our Country”IMEMC News & Agencies - "Moroccan lawmakers protested yesterday, against the presence of an Israeli delegation at a conference organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), at the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat.“You are a war criminal and you have to leave Morocco,” said Abdel Haq Hissan, a Democratic Confederation of Labour (CDT) MP, addressing former Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz in the conference hall." ca 11/10/2017
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An Al Jazeera reporter went undercover with the pro-Israel lobby in WashingtonAída Chávez, Ryan Grim - The Intercept - “I hear the US is having problems with foreign interference these days, so I see no reason why the US Establishment won’t take our findings in America as seriously as the British did, unless of course Israel is somehow off limits from that debate,” [bz]10/10/2017
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A passion for fashion in GazaVIDEO- The Electronic Intifada "The House of Organza fashion studio opened in Gaza City last year. There, four women design and produce clothes and accessories. Much of their work is inspired by Palestinian cultural heritage.They have succeeded despite Gaza’s high unemployment rate and severe Israeli restrictions on imports of raw materials, including fabric.They’ve found success by pursuing their passion." ca 7/10/2017
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`The Insult` tops box office in LebanonChloe Domat - Al-Monitor "Ziad Doueiri’s latest film, “The Insult,” was released three weeks ago and has been a box office favorite, taking almost 50% of total film admissions in Lebanon.It takes place in today’s Lebanon and tells the story of how a seemingly meaningless dispute between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian Muslim escalates into a national affair that plays out in the courts, political parties and the media." ca 7/10/2017
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Bennett Demands Halt of PA Revenue Transfer as Netanyahu Condemns ReconciliationIMEMC - "Education Minister Naftali Bennett called on Israel to terminate the transfer of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority (PA)."..." “Israel must stop acting as [an] ATM for terrorism…This isn’t a Palestinian reconciliation, but rather Mahmoud Abbas cozying up to a murderous terror organization."" - id4/10/2017
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Spec Script, Spies and Vanunu MordechaiEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Norway announced on Friday that Vanunu has been offered asylum, two years after his wife applied. The current restrictions holding Vanunu in Israel will expire this November." - id  4/10/2017
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The line linking two films: Foxtrot and The AttackYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Two directors of the same age, one born in Beirut and the other in Tel Aviv. Maoz took part in the First Lebanon War as a tank gunner. Doueiri lived through the siege of Beirut. Destiny brought them together at the recent Venice Film Festival, where Maoz received the Grand Jury Prize and Kamel El Basha won the best actor award for his role in Doueiri`s The Insult." - id 4/10/2017
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Palestinian PM in Gaza for major reconciliation effortAP - Ynet - `The only way to statehood is through unity,` Hamdallah says at welcome ceremony, as thousands turn out to greet him and his ministers on their first visit to the strip since 2014. In a significant concession, Hamas has offered to turn over all governing responsibilities to Hamdallah. But key sticking points, primarily Hamas` refusal to disarm its powerful military wing, are likely to complicate or even derail the reconciliation efforts. [bz] 3/10/2017
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IDF soldiers given ‘licence to kill without any accountability’Bethan McKernan - Independent - Decision to cut jail time for soldier who shot and killed unarmed Palestinian attacker as he lay wounded on ground condemned by Palestinian leaders [ry]2/10/2017
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