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Israel`s Shin Bet to face first-ever torture probeJonathan Cook - Al Jazeera - "It will be the first probe of the Shin Bet since Israel`s supreme court issued a landmark ruling nearly two decades ago prohibiting, except in extraordinary circumstances, the use of what it termed "special methods" of interrogation. Before the ruling, physical abuse of Palestinians had been routine and resulted in several deaths in custody." - id 31/1/2018
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Campaign for refugees a rare reminder of our collective moralityOrly Noy - +972 - "The campaign to stop the deportation of the asylum seekers is an encouraging reminder that Israeli society’s collective conscience has not yet totally disappeared." - id31/1/2018
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Failed Mossad Assassination of Hamas Operative in LebanonRichard Silverstein- Tikun Olam - "Finally, note that when the Mossad murders an Israeli enemy in a foreign country, it’s a righteous act to defend the homeland.  But when a Palestinian attempts to do virtually the same thing to the Israeli army in the process of kidnapping Palestinians, then it’s an act of terror.  Hypocrisy, much??" - id 31/1/2018
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For an Israeli Lawyer Fighting for Palestinian Rights, Winning Is a Double-edged SwordDavid B. Green interviews Michael Sfard about his new book `The Wall and the Gate` - Haaretz - Yes, the damage wrought by the fence on individual Palestinian communities of Bil`in was lessened, but it came at the expense of the court giving its legal imprimatur to the barrier as a whole. And because he and his barrister colleagues were participating in the process, by necessity on Israeli terms – even though they resisted the temptation to propose alternate, less-invasive routes for fence segments they were challenging – he says he often found himself wondering whether he had become an involuntary collaborator in the creation of the barrier. [bz]30/1/2018
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Palestinian Authority PM Hamdallah to meet with Israeli Finance Minister Kahlon Gil Hoffman - Jerusalem Post - Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah plans to break the boycott against meetings with Israeli officials and is scheduled to head to Jerusalem on Sunday to meet with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) to try and avert a financial crisis. Sunday`s meeting will follow up on a conversation in Jerusalem Monday between Kahlon and American negotiator Jason Greenblatt. The coordinator of government activities in the territories, General Yoav Mordechai also participated in the meeting, which Greenblatt wrote on Twitter was about "economic issues related to the peace process." [bz]30/1/2018
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Trump`s Mideast envoy slams Hamas for `wasting resources` on terrorMatan Tzuri - Ynet - Following an IDF security briefing during a tour of the Gaza border region, Trump special envoy Jason Greenblatt blames terror organization for investing resources in tunnels and rockets to attack Israel, `instead of helping the people of Gaza by getting the lights on, the water flowing & the economy growing’ [ry]29/1/2018
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Is the US undermining the Middle East peace process?Laura Kyle - Al Jazeera - "Israeli Palestinian members of parliament were forcibly removed while listening to his speech. The applause in the Knesset was especially loud when he promised to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of next year. And when he repeatedly referred to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel." - id 24/1/2018
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New Orleans City Council rescinds human rights resolution, igniting the movement for Palestinian rightsJesse Rubin - Mondoweiss "Pushed for months by the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee (NOPSC), Resolution 18-5 would have established a committee to assess all city contracts and terminate those with companies complicit in human rights abuses...the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans (JFNOLA) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed immediate outrage that the council would support anything put forth by the NOPSC." ca28/1/2018
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Pew Poll: Democrats, Youth Increasingly Alienated from IsraelRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "As America is increasingly Israel’s strongest (and at times, only) champion in the world, softening of support for Israel here will put increasing pressure on Israel to retreat from its rejectionist approach. While this alone may not change Israeli policy, added to other negative developments it could play a decisive role." ca26/1/2018
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Poisoned Toothpaste and Exploding Phones: Israel’s Proxy for WarEthan Bronner - Bloomberg Politics "Ronen Bergman, the intelligence correspondent for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, persuaded many agents of Mossad, Shin Bet and the military to tell their stories, some using their real names. The result is the first comprehensive look at Israel’s use of state- sponsored killings." ca26/1/2018
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Israel`s sports minister posts video with genocidal chants by fansMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "At the end of a Facebook video encouraging sportsmanlike conduct by fans from one of Israel’s most notoriously racist soccer clubs, those surrounding Miri Regev break out into chants of ‘burn your village,’ directed at the opposing team — from an Arab city in Israel." - id 24/1/2018
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Arab Knesset Members forced out of the plenum for protesting during US Vice President`s speechMaya Yagoda - The Independent - Arab MPs were forcibly removed by ushers after protesting at the the Israeli parliament`s hall during US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech. The lawmakers heckled Mr Pence and brandished signs which read: “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine”. PM Netanyahu branded the boycott "a disgrace". He and other parliamentarians stood to applaud Mr Pence during the disturbance. However, a commentator on Israeli Channel 1 TV remarked that the footage of the Arab Knesset Members being forcibly removed might be the most enduring image left of Pence`s otherwise bland visit. [ak]23/1/2018
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The Shin Bet’s secret activity in Israel’s Arab schoolsGuy Lieberman, Lior Eilati - Ynet - Confidential documents obtained by Yedioth Ahronoth reveal how Israel’s internal security service operated in the Arab sector for years, in cooperation with the Education Ministry, to remove teachers and principals and thwart the appointments of educators considered hostile to the State of Israel; in many cases, the disqualified teachers were unaware of the real reason for their dismissal [ry]22/1/2018
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Mike Pence arrives in Israel after tense meeting with King Abdullah of JordanGuardian staff and agencies - Abdullah appeals for effort to ‘rebuild trust and confidence’ \ Pence is first senior US visitor to region since Jerusalem move [ry]22/1/2018
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Netanyahu in India: What was swept under the carpetVijay Prashad - Al Jazeera - “Modi and his government said nothing about Gandhi`s views on the Palestinians during this visit. After all, they would have come in the way of the arms deals” [ry]22/1/2018
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The fear I learned during Cast Lead has never left meMuhammad Shehada - Electronic Intifada "The morning of 27 December 2008 was as any other. My 14-year-old self put on a worn pale-blue school uniform, prepared my heavy bag and ran – late as usual – to catch the bus...Just as we walked out of the bus the earth literally shook beneath my feet. Unbelievably loud explosions drowned out the screams and cries of those around me. My heart skipped several beats and all I really remember during the confusion was pulling my brother into the bus and down to the floor and holding on to him tightly...I was only 14 back then. Today, after two further Israeli military onslaughts, the constant fear I first felt in those days has become chronic. Sleep is hard: nightmares and memories prey on my mind. Loved ones are always exposed to danger." ca19/1/2018
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Global NGOs criticise drastic US cuts of UNRWA fundingAl Jazeera News - "Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a Twitter post late on Tuesday that Washington was "holding Palestinian kids` humanitarian needs hostage to political agendas"." - id 17/1/2018
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Abbas Calls Oslo Accords Dead and Blasts U.S.: ‘Damn Your Money!’DAVID M. HALBFINGER - New York Times - “Israel has killed Oslo” Mr. Abbas said. “Now we are an authority without any authority." (...) “This is a colonial enterprise that has nothing to do with Jewishness,” Mr. Abbas said. “The Jews were used as a tool under the concept of the promised land — call it whatever you want. Everything has been made up.” [bz]15/1/2018
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Extra-Judicial Executions Never Stopped: New Attempts Before Israeli Knesset to Legitimize Killing of PalestiniansIMEMC - "The Israeli judiciary has applied life imprisonment instead of death penalty, constituting a stable precedent over the past decades. Those who presented this bill are attempting to cancel this precedent, bring the death penalty to life, and facilitate sentencing it without requiring the consensus of the judicial body to issue the death sentence." - id 3/1/2018
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The Israeli government is paying for anti-BDS journalismItamar Benzaquen - +972 - "Alongside the paid-for articles, Ynet also published promotional videos produced by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, as well as three interviews with a ranking official at the ministry, Tzahi Gabrieli. Two of those paid-for interviews were conducted by Ynet’s senior political correspondent, Attila Somfalvi, who asked soft-ball questions that allowed him to present his talking points." - id 3/1/2018
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An Israeli NGO has specifically focused on the US organization, `Refuser Solidarity Network.`i24NEWS - The NGO, “Reservists On Duty,” which was established in 2015 by IDF reserve combat soldiers and officers, works to counter Israeli NGOs that assist the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement(BDS). They sent a letter to the Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, regarding 63 Israeli 12th graders who declared their refusal to serve in the IDF - a letter originally revealed by Yedioth Ahronoth. “Shockingly enough", they write, "this organization is financed by an American based organization called RSN (Refuser Solidarity Network)." They argue that RSN’s status as a 501 (C)3, allowing it to receive tax deductible donations, is illegitimate due to the special alliance between the US and Israel. [bz]2/1/2018
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Palestine recalls US envoy after Trump`s Jerusalem moveAl Jazeera.com - Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian Liberation Organization envoy to Washington, DC, was "recalled for consultations". In diplomatic practice, such a "recall for consultations" is a way of expressing grave displeasure while still stopping short of a complete severance of diplomatic relations. It is part of the new assertive Palestinian posture towards the US, with Palestinian officials declaring they will "no longer accept" any peace plan put forward by the Americans. It also shows the Palestinians not intimidated by threats made in Congress to altogether close down the PLO Washington office. [ak]2/1/2018
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Israel to deliver asylum seekers to the hands of human smugglersNoa Yachot - +972 - Even as it invokes the Holocaust at every turn, Israel is feeding the people who most need its protection to a brutal human smuggling industry. In doing so, it becomes an active player in the worst migration crisis since the Jewish people’s near-extinction [ry]1/1/2018
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Probe into police slaying of Palestinian math teacher to closeMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - "Israel’s justice ministry intends to close a probe into the January killing of a Palestinian citizen by police in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in southern Israel. For a second time the ministry’s police investigations unit has recommended to state prosecutors that no charges be filed against police. Israeli police assert that Yaqoub Abu al-Qiyan, a 50-year- old math teacher, deliberately ran over and killed a police officer, 37-year-old Erez Levi" [ry]1/1/2018
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Government creates joint program for rapid BDS responseItamar Eichner - Ynet - Israeli government joins hands with Diaspora Jewry to combat delegitimization of Israel in the world; Strategic Affairs Minister Erdan promotes decision to create `PR commando unit`—similar to `Birthright Israel` project—enabling to provide rapid response to anti-Israeli attacks; `Imagine Lorde was hit with a viral campaign the same day she announced her show`s cancelation,` says source close to program [ry]1/1/2018
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Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli GovernmentsGlenn Greenwald - The Intercept - “One can create a fantasy world in one’s head, if one wishes, in which Silicon Valley executives use their power to protect marginalized peoples around the world by censoring those who wish to harm them. But in the real world, that is nothing but a sad pipe dream. Just as governments will, these companies will use their censorship power to serve, not to undermine, the world’s most powerful factions” [ry]1/1/2018
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Likud calls for annexation of parts of West BankAl Jazeera - "Ahead of the vote, analysts told Al Jazeera that they saw the Likud central committe`s vote as a cynical political calculus to rally the party faithful" [ry]1/1/2018
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UK to PA: Israel will have to share JerusalemSettler site Arutz-7 - In a statement released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, it was revealed that the UK’s top diplomat, Boris Johnson, told a senior Palestinian Authority official that Jerusalem should be the “shared capital” of both Israel and a future Palestinian state. Johnson told PA foreign affairs chief Riyad al-Maliki that the UK fully endorses the “two-state solution”, and believes the future Palestinian state should have Jerusalem as its capital. “I reiterated the UK’s commitment to supporting the Palestinian people and the two-state solution, the urgent need for renewed peace negotiations, and the UK’s clear and longstanding position on the status of Jerusalem,” Johnson said. [bz]9/1/2018
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US projects in Palestinian territories face backlash amid calls for boycottPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Palestinian NGOs under pressure to boycott US-funded projects after Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital [ry]8/1/2018
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Palestinians attack car of Greek Patriarch in protest against land dealsReuters - Ynet - Hundreds of Palestinians smash windshields, bang on motorcade of Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III in protest of his church`s sale of lands to Israelis; Palestinians call Patriarch `traitor`, pulled away from convoy by Palestinian security forces [ry]8/1/2018
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Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic RoleJesse Drucker - The New York Times - “One issue, said Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, a nonprofit government ethics group, is that ‘the ethics laws were not crafted by people who had the foresight to imagine a Donald Trump or a Jared Kushner.’ […] The deal with Menora is one of many financial relationships that Kushner Companies has in Israel” [ry]8/1/2018
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