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Abbas expects Arab summit backing ahead of talks with TrumpAssociated Press - Ynet News "The Palestinian president said he expects this year`s Arab League summit to deliver a `clear message to the world` about Palestinian rights; Abbas initially feared he would be sidelined by the Trump administration, which early on embraced Prime Minister Netanyahu, but Trump has since invited Abbas to the White House." ca31/3/2017
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U. Professor Falk blocked from lecturing in UK over anti-Israel reportAbhiram Karuppur - The Daily Princetonian - “As far as I can tell, there is a growing kind of feeling that the educational establishment in Britain, specifically in England, has been kind of intimidated in dealing with those who are seen as critics of Israel," says Falk. He sees his treatment as endemic of the trend of restricting academic freedom on university campuses. [bz] 28/3/2017
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Political poetry as a crime: Inside the surreal trial of Dareen TatourYoav Haifawi - +972 - Arresting a Palestinian for publishing a political poem is extraordinary. Having to prove at trial that police mistranslated her poem is nothing short of surreal [ry]27/3/2017
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After 115 Days in Jail, Conscientious Objector Tamar Zeevi Released From Israeli Army Gili Cohen - Haaretz "Zeevi, who refused to enlist in the IDF last November, was consequently sent to military jail for lengthy periods. At the beginning of the week, she appeared in front of a military panel authorized to grant service exemptions for reasons of conscience, and on Thursday was told that she will be discharged from the army for that reason.Another conscientious objector, Tamar Alon, who was meant to enlist in the army at the same time as Zeevi, did not receive such an exemption, spending 118 days in military prison. Alon also testified in front of the military panel, which decided not to grant her an exemption for reasons of conscience, claiming that her refusal to enlist was inconsistent and was based on political motives." ca " 24/3/2017
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Israel-funded “infiltrators” behind London campus “provocation”Asa Winstanley - EI - "“It’s a violent religion” — video still shows former Israeli foreign ministry fellow Elliot Miller abusing student protesters he perceived as Muslim. An Israeli soldier’s controversial appearance at University College London (UCL) involved provocations by groups funded from Israel, a journalist for Israeli state media is alleging." - id 22/3/2017
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Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts againAssociated Press - Ynet - "If Gaza or Lebanon`s terrorist organizations decide to go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty, as Israel draws up plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities." - id 22/3/2017
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IDF Chief’s Disinformation Seeks to Obscure Mossad Assassination of Hezbollah CommanderRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "What has been fast emerging in recent months is that Israel may have badly misjudged the potential outcome of the Syrian war." - id 22/3/2017
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Israeli Ministry Trying to Compile Database of Citizens Who Support BDS Barak Ravid - Haaretz -  Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan wants to set up a database of Israeli citizens who are involved in promoting and supporting boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel or the settlements. But Attorney General Mendelblit told the government that the only body with the authority to collect this type of information on Israelis is the Shin Bet security service, and that “setting up such a database by collecting material on Israeli citizens would undermine their right to privacy.” [bz]21/3/2017
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In bid to expel Arab MK, Israel manages to break its own recordOrly Noy - +972 - MK Basel Ghattas will serve two years for smuggling cellphones to Palestinian security prisoners. That’s a longer sentence than the one handed down to an Elor Azaria, who executed an incapacitated Palestinian [ry]20/3/2017
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Netanyahu on the road to self-destructionNahum Barnea - Ynet - The prime minister’s sudden concern for the Israel Broadcasting Authority workers is completely false. The only rational explanation for his conduct can be found elsewhere—in the police investigations. But even if he does decide to resign and call elections, the Knesset doesn’t have to be dissolved, and the president can task a different MK with establishing a new government [ry]20/3/2017
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FIFA delay on Israeli settlement decision fuels concernNigel Wilson - Al Jazeera - World football body will soon have to resolve the status of six Israeli football teams based in the occupied West Bank [ry]20/3/2017
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U.S. State Dept. reports grave violations against Palestinian kidsDCIP - The report noted a “significant increase in detentions of minors” in 2016, and that “Israeli authorities continued to use confessions signed by Palestinian minors, written in Hebrew.” N.B.: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refrained from participating in the launch of the 2016 State Department Human Rights Reports. [bz for dn]19/3/2017
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Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima KhalafJadaliyya - I cannot but stand by the findings of ESCWA’s report that Israel has established an apartheid regime that seeks the domination of one racial group over another. The evidence provided by this report drafted by renowned experts is overwhelming. Suffice it to say that none of those who attacked the report had a word to say about its content. I feel it my duty to shed light on the legally inadmissible and morally indefensible fact that an apartheid regime still exists in the 21st century rather than suppressing the evidence. [bz for dn]19/3/2017
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Palestinians protest over PA-Israel security tiesHisham Abdallah - Al Jazeera - "The recent incidents reveal the cracks in the current status quo where the Israeli occupation and the PA work hand in hand to suppress Palestinians who dare to speak out." - id 15/3/2017
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David Friedman confirmed: Man who said liberal Jews worse than Nazi collaborators to be US ambassador to IsraelRichard Lardner - Independent - Democrats claim that he lacks the temperament for such an important diplomatic post [ry]27/3/2017
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Human Rights Council Urges States and Businesses to Cut Off Ties to Israeli Settlements Barak Ravid - Haaretz - Thirty-six member states voted in favor of the resolution criticizing Israeli settlements, including Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, China, India, Japan, South Africa, Nigeria and Brazil. [bz for dn]26/3/2017
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Former Dutch Ambassador, Son of “Righteous Gentile,” Apologizes for Ethnic CleansingJonathan Cook - Washingotn Report on ME "Erik Ader, a former Dutch ambassador to Norway, said the trees were his way of apologizing for a similar number of pine trees planted in Israel in the 1960s to honor his father...Ader said he had been shocked to discover a decade ago that under the small conifer forest dedicated to his father were concealed the ruins of a Palestinian village. All of the 2,400 Palestinian inhabitants of Bayt Nattif, southwest of Jerusalem, were expelled in 1948, the year Israel was established. The Israeli army destroyed the 350 homes there, and none of the villagers has ever been allowed to return." ca 24/3/2017
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Israel`s human rights spies: Manipulating the discourseNeve Gordon&Nicola Perugini- Al Jazeera "A fascinating expose in Haaretz reveals how, in the mid-1970s - not long after the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights - Israel used university faculty members to infiltrate Amnesty International. The state thus actively intervened in order to shape human rights activism, just as the rights discourse was becoming one of the most popular forms of political struggle against injustice around the globe." ca 24/3/2017
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Apartheid Israel seeks to expel non-Jewish Knesset member Editorial - The Arab Daily News - "This law, enacted in 2016, allows a majority of 90 Knesset Members (MKs) to oust a serving MK for denying the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, and/or for supporting the armed struggle of an “enemy state” or a “terrorist organization” against Israel." - id15/3/2017
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Trump mulls Middle East peace conferenceOrly Azoulay & Elior Levy - Ynet - The White House said in a statement that the two leaders (Trump and Abbas) on Friday discussed ways to advance peace throughout the Middle East, including a comprehensive agreement that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "The president noted that such a deal would not only give Israelis and Palestinians the peace and security they deserve, but that it would reverberate positively throughout the region and the world," the White House clarified. [bz for dn]12/3/2017
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Richard Gere calls for an end to `the occupation`Tzipi Shmilovitz - Ynet - "The occupation must end. The occupation is ruining everyone on both sides. A bi-national state won`t solve anything, and it will only turn Israel into an apartheid state. There needs to be two states for two peoples, with Jerusalem as the capital of both nations. In his comments, Gere also referred to the issue of settlements, saying, "Why do you need all these provocations? How is it that the settlers are running the government? During his visit to Israel, Gere is also planning on meeting members of Breaking the Silence. [bz] 11/3/2017
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Is an `Arab NATO` in the works?Ahmed Fouad - Al-Monitor "Sisi had raised the idea of the Arab military alliance on Feb. 22, 2015, in a recorded speech broadcast on Egyptian state TV. He said the need to form a joint Arab military force is increasing by the day, at a time when the Arab region is facing the risk of militant groups." ca 10/3/2017
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Top Israeli university marketing country`s arms industry to the worldShimrit Lee - +972 "Contrary to popular belief, Israel’s military-industrial complex doesn’t run on government and arms manufacturers alone. Academia, a sphere often imagined as a bastion of free speech, independent from corporate interests, plays a crucial, though less visible, role in the establishment. Its complicity in violence shouldn’t be ignored." ca10/3/2017
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Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud Reuters in Cairo - "Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th century BC.Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago." ca10/3/2017
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Mohammad Diab - Film makerBBC - Hard Talk - VIDEO "HARDtalk`s Stephen Sackur speaks to Egytpian film director, Mohamed Diab. Freedom of expression is severely curtailed in Egypt. Journalists, bloggers, civil society activists and political dissidents have been locked up by the thousand under the Sisi regime. Which makes the Egyptian movie, Eshtebak, or Clash all the more important. The much lauded film paints a remarkable picture of the tumult in Egypt which led to the military takeover in 2013. The director, Mohamed Diab is our guest today. What has happened to the spirit of the Tahrir revolution?" ca10/3/2017
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Malta and Palestine Search for New Ways to Facilitate Tourism Investments IMEMC - "The Maltese Middle Eastern Tourism Corporation had organized a second meeting and cultural dinner for a group of businessmen in the city of Bethlehem, where they discussed ways and mechanisms of creating an economic investment between the two countries in general, in the tourism field in particular." - id 8/3/2017
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Wikipedia Censors Mordechai Vanunu and “The Samson Option” May Provide an ExplanationEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Wikipedia claimed “we don’t need a quote from unreliable sources” - id8/3/2017
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Lieberman rejects idea of Israeli sovereignty in West BankMoran Azulay - Ynet - `We need to separate from the Palestinians, not absorb Palestinians into us.` The Defence Minister strengthened his point quoting a `direct message from the United States` saying that Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank will lead to a crisis with the new administration. [bz]7/3/2017
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Character assassination as a tool to silence a Palestinian activistMalaka Shwaikh - Altahrir News - I believe the attacks against me have been an attempt to defame my character, particularly as a Palestine activist and as a Muslim woman. It is no coincidence that they coincide with my election to various positions in Exeter University Students’ Guild. [bz]7/3/2017
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White House calls on UN Human Rights Council to end ‘obsession with Israel’Andrew Buncombe - Independent - UNHRC’s statements on Israel’s actions in Gaza and the West Bank prompt riposte from US [ry]6/3/2017
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Arab Diplomat Resigns UN Post Amid Pressure to Pull Report Accusing Israel of `Apartheid` Reuters,Haaretz,The Associated Press - "The head of a Lebanon-based United Nations agency that promotes development in Arab countries has resigned, after refusing to withdraw a controversial report that concludes that Israel has established an "apartheid regime."...Rima Khalaf, a Jordanian who heads the Beirut-based ESCWA, announced her resignation at a hastily-arranged press conference in the Lebanese capital Friday." ca17/3/2017
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Apartheid Israel: Public Broadcasting Suspends, Demotes Palestinian News Anchor for “Terror Retweet” Richard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "Bibi Netanyahu let loose a barrage off incendiary rhetoric claiming that the new public broadcasting authority was a nest of leftist vipers; and that she had “praised a terrorist.” The real insanity here is this is the same broadcasting authority Bibi proposed when he wanted to “reform” (i.e. neutralize) the leftist propaganda supposedly spewed by the Israel Broadcasting Authority. He later thought better of the notion, then tried to kill it. But his own nationalist allies said “not so fast.” So now Bibi assaults the very Golem he himself created to flatter himself...Returning to Wattad, in apartheid Israel a Palestinian walks through a perpetual minefield without a map. She stepped on an explosive device. When far-right reporter Kalman Liebskind discovered her tweet, he went to town."ca17/3/2017
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WATCH: Trump Israel envoy praises Israeli leftists — for sending kids to the armyMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - + 972 - "Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next American ambassador to Israel has come under intense criticism for, among other things, saying the Jewish American pro-peace lobby J Street is “far worse than kapos – Jews who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps.”" - id3/3/2017
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Two dead in Ein al-Hilweh fightingMaureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada "Fierce fighting in Ein al-Hilweh, the most populous Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, left two dead, including a child, before a ceasefire was declared on Tuesday afternoon...The fighting on Tuesday prompted civilians to flee Ein al-Hilweh, as well as the closure of schools and universities outside of the camp, located near the southern coastal city of Sidon.A general strike is to be held in Sidon on Wednesday in protest of the violence." ca 1/3/2017
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Pro-Israel Activists Deliver 40,000+ Signatures Opposing Friedman Nomination to SenatorsPress Release - J-Street Conference "The petitions were delivered to Senate offices today by more than 600 members of J Street, who held more than 150 meetings on Capitol Hill today as part of the organization’s National Advocacy Day. In their meetings, J Street advocates expressed strong concerns over Friedman’s extreme ideological agenda and long history of offensive and fundamentally undiplomatic rhetoric." ca1/3/2017
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