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`They killed him because he was an Arab`Zena Tahhan - Al Jazeera - The family of a Palestinian citizen of Israel killed by Israeli police in Jaffa are demanding justice [ry] 31/7/2017
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Israel is losing the battle for public opinion thanks to honest journalists, and platforms like MondoweissJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss "I was stripped naked at gunpoint, interrogated, kicked and beaten for more than four hours. At one point I fainted and then awakened to fingernails gouging at the flesh beneath my eyes. An officer crushed my neck beneath his boot and pressed my chest into the floor. Others took turns kicking and pinching me, laughing all the while. They dragged me by my feet, sweeping my head through my own vomit. I lost consciousness. I was told later that they transferred me to a hospital only when they thought I might die.” ca28/7/2017
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NYT, Reuters, Economist Journalists Self-censor Reports From IsraelPhilip Weiss - Information Clearing House "In the U.S. the Israel lobby is rarely mentioned critically in the mainstream media. But check out this segment on the political show Drum on Australia’s ABC two days ago: veteran Middle East correspondents Antony Loewenstein and John Lyons describe the relentless pressures from Israel and its lobby on journalists who are critical of Israel." ca28/7/2017
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More demolition of Bedouin homes and draconean verdicts four years after a protest Amos Gvirtz - Three years in prison and a fine of 25,000 shekels / Six months service work, and a 15,000 shekels fine. 25/7/2017
ZOA Calls on Trump to Fire Tillerson Over `anti-Israel` Global Terrorism Report Amir Tibon - Haaretz - Right-wing supporters of Israel have expressed outrage at two specific parts of the report: A reference to Israeli settlements and “a lack of hope” among Palestinians as factors contributing to Palestinian terrorism; and a subsequent paragraph stating that the PA only rarely encourages violence against Israelis and is a trusted partner in fighting terrorism in the West Bank. Similar conclusions also appeared in last year`s State Department terrorism report, which drew much less criticism. ZOA President Mort Klein, whose right-wing organization strongly supported Trump`s 2016 election bid, told Haaretz: “When Obama was in the White House you almost expected the State Department to put out anti-Israel reports like this one. I didn’t think they would have the chutzpah to do it under Trump.” [bz]25/7/2017
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Israel removes metal detectors from holy site in JerusalemPeter Beaumont - The announcement came shortly after the evacuation of all Israeli diplomats from the embassy in the Jordanian capital, Amman, following an incident in which an Israeli security guard shot two Jordanians including a teenager who had allegedly stabbed him with a screwdriver. The diplomats, including Israel’s ambassador to Jordan, Einat Schlain, crossed the Allenby bridge border in a convoy, arriving back in Israel at around 11pm. Among those repatriated were the security guard who Jordan had originally said it wanted to retain for questioning over the incident. A Jordanian news site linked to the kingdom’s military said investigators had decided the deadly altercation at the Israeli embassy compound was not politically motivated and had determined the 17-year-old had attacked the guard with a screwdriver over a dispute about a furniture delivery. [bz]25/7/2017
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Hundreds of Israeli Arabs hold peaceful protests over Temple MountHassan Shaalan - Ynet - In Baqa al-Gharbiyye, Qalansawe, Tayibe, Nazareth and elsewhere, protesters demonstrated with signs and flags instead of stones and Molotov cocktails; `The government is treating us like enemies. Violence begets violence and peace brings security and calm,` says one protester [ry]24/7/2017
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NETANYAHU`S LIKUD PARTY TO VOTE AGAINST PALESTINIAN STATE ON TUESDAYGil Hoffman - The Jerusalem Post - The party has long opposed the creation of a Palestinian state, and will solidify this position yet again on Tuesday [ry]24/7/2017
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U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against IsraelGlenn Greenwald/Ryan Grim - The Intercept - Among the co-sponsors of the bill are several of the politicians who have become political celebrities by positioning themselves as media leaders of the anti- Trump Resistance. They have built a wide public following by posturing as opponents of authoritarianism, are sponsoring one of the most oppressive and authoritarian bills that has pended before Congress in quite some time. Some co-sponsors seemed not to have any idea what they co-sponsored — almost as though they reflexively sign whatever comes from AIPAC without having any idea what’s in it. [ak]22/7/2017
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Palestinian town in Israel shaken by Jerusalem killings Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "Umm al-Fahm, a city of 52,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel, lies in the Wadi Ara area. Twenty kilometers (12.5 miles) north of the West Bank city of Jenin, Umm al-Fahm is home to the northern branch of the radical Islamic Movement and its leader and former mayor of the city, Raed Salah. Three cousins who shot the two Israeli border guard police came from this city. Muhammad Ahmed Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamid Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmed Mufdal Jabarin, 19, traveled to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and carried out the shooting rampage. Shortly after the news of the attack emerged, the city council of Umm al-Fahm met and issued a statement calling on the town’s citizens to remain calm." ca 21/7/2017
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J Street, a Reliable Foe of BDS, Urges Congress to Oppose Israel Anti-Boycott Act For NowZaid Jilani - The Intercept "...the bill has an unlikely opponent.J Street, founded in late 2007 to promote a two-state solution, opposes the Israeli occupation and general treatment of the Palestinians, but also has refused to endorse the Palestinian-led nonviolent boycott movement. Its activists regularly find themselves at odds with left-wing groups such as Jewish Voices for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine who view BDS as the best way to end the occupation of the Palestinians. Thus J Street often lobbies in favor of anti-BDS legislation.However, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act is a step too far for even these reliable opponents of BDS." ca 21/7/2017
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Welcome: A letter from Mahmoud DarwishMahmoud Darwish - The Electronic Intifada - "The English translation of his 2008 letter features as the opening piece of This Is Not a Border, a newly published collection of essays, diaries and poems marking a decade of PalFest. Darwish’s letter appears online here for the first time." - id 19/7/2017
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Palestinians disappointed over Israeli Labor primariesUri Savir - Al-Monitor - A senior Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs official told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that Netanyahu is very encouraged by what he perceived as a new Trump-Putin axis. Netanyahu believes this will play into Israel’s hands in terms of gradually curbing Iran’s regional ambitions in southern Syria and in terms of keeping the European Union out of a regional peace process. “The Quartet and its reports are probably dead.” [bz]18/7/2017
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A day of demolitions of Bedouin houses in the NegevAmos Gvirtz - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know 558 - They destroyed a dwelling in Rahat; close to the Bedouin town of Segev Shalom they demolished a dwelling, a chicken coop, and confiscated a container, 4X6 meters; close to Kseife, a Bedouin was forced to destroy his own home, under threat that if they do the work, he would have to cover the demolition costs. They completed the move by destroying the floor of the house. And demolished Al Arakib yet again. [bz]18/7/2017
How defeating BDS is closer, literally, than we thinkReuven Weiss - Ynet - “Europe is a huge challenge,” explains David Siegel of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. “It is a super important continent for Israel’s future, and it cannot be ignored. Eighty-five percent of American congressmen have visited Israel at some stage but only a little over 10% of the European Parliament members have visited. That says it all." Head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan, 36, agrees with this assessment. “Ignorance”, he says “is the main enemy on the settlement enterprise. The majority of the public has never even been here, but it doesn’t bother people to form negative opinions on the building of communities.” [bz]18/7/2017
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Israel’s UN envoy slanders human rights groupsAdri Nieuwhof - EI - “If I am a member of the PFLP, then why don’t they bring me to trial?” Jabarin told Middle East Eye. Danon also accused Al Mezan of having links with Hamas without clarifying the character of the alleged contacts. Israel made similar accusations, apparently also originating with NGO Monitor, a few years ago against the London-based group Palestinian Return Centre. But the UK government said Israel did not provide it with any evidence to back up its claims. (...) Israel routinely denies international observers, including those from Amnesty International as well as the UN’s Human Rights Council, access to Gaza. [bz]15/7/2017
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Egyptian, Palestinian leaders meet amid likely Gaza shakeup that could sideline Mahmoud AbbasTareq Baconi - The New Arab - It comes after the PA issued a litany of punitive measures against Gaza in recent months, including the refusal to pay for electricity to the coastal territory. [bz]11/7/2017
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Israel taking money from asylum seekers` pay then returning it when they leave countryWill Worley - Independent - `They want us to leave the country. They want to break our spirit.` [ry]10/7/2017
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Hundreds protest AG`s conduct in PM investigationHassan Shaalan - Ynet - For the 32nd week in a row, hundreds of protestors mass near the home of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, decrying his hesitant and slow conduct in the investigations of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [ry]10/7/2017
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Jordan Valley farmers hit back at BDSItamar Eichner - Ynet - With the help of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Israeli farmers from the Jordan Valley will bypass BDS efforts to sell produce abroad directly to consumers at ten fairs in the US and Europe. The creative solution comes as a welcome relief to farmers in the area who have been suffering economically for years as a result of boycott efforts initiated by BDS and others. Products from the valley that are targeted for boycott include peppers, grapes, spices, figs and dates. The economic damage from such activities is significant, with farmers suffering damages totaling roughly NIS 100 million every year.[bz]9/7/2017
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UNESCO set to vote on Palestinian claim over Cave of the PatriarchsItamar Eichner - Ynetnews "At last minute, Israel foils Palestinian attempt to distort report that found their request to recognize Hebron`s Old City as a World Heritage Site doesn`t meet the three required criteria and ignores Jewish and Christian history of the site." ca7/7/2017
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Israel`s controversial citizenship law persistsAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - "With the extension of the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law for the 14th year in a row, Palestinians in the West Bank will continue to be blocked from reunifying with family members in Israel." - id 5/7/2017
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Bedouin village braces for a new round of demolitionsYael Marom - +972 - "It has been half a year since Israeli police killed Yacoub Abu al-Qi’an during the demolition of his home. Now the police are back to demolish structures donated to provide shelter to his children." - id 5/7/2017
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B`Tselem, MK decry `occupation` at UN conferenceElior Levy & Itamar Eichner - Ynet - Hagai El-Ad of B`Tselem, "Palestinians who oppose the occupation are terrorists, Israelis who oppose the occupation are traitors, and those in the international community who oppose the occupation are labeled anti-Semitic."[bz] Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman warns, `The window to the two-state solution is narrowing, but the alternative is not a single democratic state - Israel is a country that is developing clear signs of apartheid.` [bz]4/7/2017
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Dismantling the occupation — brick by brick, book by bookEdo Konrad - +972 - +972 catches up with American Jewish authors Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon in Susya, a tiny Palestinian village in the southern West Bank, as they promote their new book about 50 years of occupation [ry]3/7/2017
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Police arrest suspects in IDF weapons theft caseIlana Curie - Ynet - Six suspects, including two brothers, arrested after stealing 33 M16 rifles and other IDF equipment from a base the brothers were working at; police also seize cash and vehicles during raid on suspects` home [ry]3/7/2017
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How Israeli/Saudi ‘Alliance’ Plays TrumpAlastair Crooke - Consortiumnews.com - As novices to the world of Mideast intrigue, President Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner are being led by Israel and Saudi Arabia into a dangerous confrontation with Iran, explains former British diplomat [ry]3/7/2017
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