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Chad opposition leaders decry Idriss Deby`s Israel rapprochementAli Younes - Al Jazeera - "Opposition leaders reject Netanyahu`s planned visit to Chad, saying ties with Israel will only benefit Deby personally." - id 29/11/2018
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Amnesty International Urges Revocation of Israeli Cyber Firm’s Spyware LicenseIMEMC - "Amnesty International has called on the Israeli ministry of military affairs to suspend the license of a cyber firm which was reportedly in talks with Saudi Arabia, to sell super-stealth spyware to the country and amid revelations that the company’s software had been used in “a series of egregious human rights violations.”" - id 29/11/2018
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Escaping Gaza is easier now — for Palestinians who can afford itPam Bailey and Fadi O. Al-Naji - +972 - "Egypt has kept the Rafah crossing from Gaza continuously open since May, diverging from a years-long policy. But leaving the Strip is only the first of many challenges." - id 29/11/2018
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Israel admits it sank Lebanese refugee boat in 1982 war error, killing 25TOI staff - "According to Channel 10, which had filed a petition to the High Court of Justice against the censorship of its report on the incident, a local boat apparently tried to take advantage of a brief ceasefire and flee the area with a group of refugees and foreign workers on board." ca23/11/2018
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Miri Regev Booed, Arab Actor Leaves in Protest, at Artists’ Achievement AwardsDavid Israel The Jewish Press Newsletter - "A storm broke out Tuesday evening at the annual AMI (Israeli Artists Association) Lifetime Achievement Awards, as the audience, made up mostly of Israeli artists, booed Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev (Likud), and Arab actor and prize recipient Yussuf Abu- Warda walked out in protest of the minister’s Loyalty in Culture bill." ca23/11/2018
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Netanyahu welcomes US vote against UN Golan resolutionAFP - Yahoo! News - "`I would like to thank President (Donald) Trump and Ambassador (Nikki) Haley on this important and just vote that is completely in keeping with my policy,` Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting" [ry]19/11/2018
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US mulling ‘consequences’ after Palestinians join international bodiesAdam Rasgon - The Times of Israel - State Department calls move by Abbas to sign on to UN agency and 10 conventions ‘counterproductive’; Washington had already planned on cutting funds to UN body [ry]19/11/2018
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Israel: Embattled Netanyahu warns of `irresponsible` snap voteMersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - Analysts say an upcoming election would bring about little change in the status quo of Israeli politics and discourse [ry]19/11/2018
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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman Resigns Over Gaza Ceasefire JTA "He said the five members of his party will quit the ruling government coalition and called for new elections to be held as soon as possible.With Yisrael Beiteinu exiting the government, the coalition led by Netanyahu still has the narrowest of majorities in the 120-member Knesset with 61 seats." ca 16/11/2018
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UN Palestinian agency says it is overcoming Trump funding cutsAFP - "The organisation, known as UNRWA, had counted on a budget of $1.2 billion for 2018 but faced a gap of $446 million when the Trump administration announced it was cutting support.UNRWA responded to its "unprecedented" financial pressures by seeking support across UN member-states and raised an additional $382 million, bringing the shortfall for the year down to just $64 million, Kraehenbuehl told reporters in Geneva." ca 16/11/2018
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Billboard Honoring First Responders of Gaza RemovedIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Palestine Advocacy Project sponsored the billboard on Interstate 93, near Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to highlight the desperate situation in the Gaza Strip, and to emphasize the humanity and agency of the people of Gaza, who are often portrayed as terrorists or victims. The billboard included a photo of deceased Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, and text reading: “Honoring the First Responders of Gaza. Saving Lives. Rescuing Hope.” It was estimated to be viewed by over a half million motorists each week of its planned 4-week run, beginning 24 October. The billboard was met with positive media coverage." ca16/11/2018
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No, democracies don`t have `cultural loyalty` laws Edna Harel-Fisher - Times of Israel Blogs - Culture Minister Miri Regev¡¦s press conference yesterday, where she angrily lashed out at Finance Minister Kahlon and recently resigned Defence Minister Lieberman, marked the hopeful death of the "Culture Loyalty" bill, at least for the time being. The bill seeks to grant the minister holding the culture and arts portfolio the authority to censor culture in Israel, and to make funding to cultural institutions contingent on the content of their activities, based on the minister¡¦s sole personal judgement - ostensibly in order to "defend the state¡¦s values and symbols". The increasing disintegration of Netanyahu`s ruling coalition and the principled position taken by a handful of a few surviving right-wing liberals has for the time being gotten this idea off the agenda - though it may well be revived at some later time. [ak] 27/11/2018
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PHOTOS: 24 hours of destruction in Gaza and southern IsraelMohammed Zaanoun and Oren Ziv - +972 - "Israel and Palestinian militants exchanged rocket and missile fire on Monday night, following a botched Israeli commando incursion into the Strip a day earlier. By Tuesday evening, the two sides had announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, but not before at least seven people, all of them Palestinian, were killed, and many others wounded in both Israel and Gaza." - id 15/11/2018
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Israeli incursions into Gaza are the rule, not the exceptionHenriette Chacar - +972 - "Israeli troops have crossed into Gaza over 70 times this year alone, according to the UN. And those are only the incursions we know about." - id 15/11/2018
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How Israel’s Freakish Air Defenses Stop Gaza’s RocketsNoga Tarnopolsky - The Daily Beast - "Without a disciplined civilian population, he says, trained almost like reserve soldiers, the anti-aircraft system and an anti-ballistic missile system would not be nearly as effective." - id 15/11/2018
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Hamas warns Israel it will extend range of rocket fire over raidsAl Jazeera - Hamas` warning that it would extend the range of its rocket fire was issued on Tuesday, hours after a rocket from Gaza killed an Israeli man in a direct hit on a residential building in the coastal town of Ashkelon. The rocket was fired after an Israeli air raid destroyed Hamas` Al-Aqsa TV building in Gaza on Monday evening. Hamas said in a statement that its fighters were able to hit the bus near the settlement of Miflasim using a Kornet anti-tank guided missile. [bz]13/11/2018
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Israeli Missiles Destroy A Hotel In GazaIMEMC - The Israeli Air Force fired many missiles into the Al-Amal Hotel, in the densely populated al-Mina’ Area, west of Gaza city. The five-story hotel was leveled to the ground, before rescue teams and firefighters rushed to the area. There have been no immediate reports of casualties among the Palestinians due to the bombing, but it also caused damage to surrounding buildings. Missiles were also fired at many residential buildings and homes in addition to targeting the Al-Aqsa Satellite TV station in Gaza. [bz]13/11/2018
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IAF strikes multi-story buildings in response to Gaza rocket fireYoav Zitun, Elior Levy - Ynet - "We`ve hit dozens of targets within less than two hours, among them four high-quality targets—multi-story buildings in the center of the city—without causing fatalities, using the `Knock on the Roof` procedure. Only two such targets were hit during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge," said a senior Israeli Air Force official. [bz]13/11/2018
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Hamas trying to challenge Iron DomeYoav Zitun - Ynet - Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been making an unprecedented supreme effort in this round of fighting to overpower the Iron Dome missile defense system with relatively new launching methods. Among other things, the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip have been firing heavy barrages of dozens (at times over 50) of rockets within less than 10 minutes. There were two such barrages so far, on Monday afternoon and overnight. The objective was to make the IDF quickly go through all of the interceptor missiles that can be fired without recharging, so some rockets could get through the cracks. [bz] 13/11/2018
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Belgium pledges to consider recognition of Palestinian stateMa`an - Palestinian ambassador to Belgium Al-Farra told on Voice of Palestine radio that the Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders, has reaffirmed Belgian`s commitment to the two-state solution and the establishment of the Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, including East Jerusalem as its capital. [bz]13/11/2018
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Major Russian-Israeli Diamond Merchant and Real Estate Developer Under Criminal InvestigationRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "This story is important … because of Leviev’s role in expanding Israeli settlements." … " Leviev was also known to have close business relationships with other Russian Jewish oligarchs like Roman Abramovich. Both men lived in Britain. Leviev himself once owned the most expensive home in the entire UK, which he purchased for $70-million." - id8/11/2018
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Israel lawmakers to debate death penalty for Palestinian `terrorists`AFP/Middle East Eye - Israel`s parliament will renew debate next week on a bill that would make it easier to sentence Palestinian attackers to death, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. The bill, which passed a preliminary vote by the full parliament in January, would ease the requirements military courts in the occupied West Bank must meet to sentence Palestinians convicted of "terrorist" crimes to death. As the law stands now, a panel of three military judges must unanimously approve any death penalty in military courts. The new bill, planned by members of Lieberman`s Yisrael Beitenu party at his behest, would change the requirement to a majority instead of unanimity. "Death Penalty to Terrorists" had been one of the planks of Lieberman`s elections campaign in 2015. Lieberman`s rival on the extreme right, Education Minister Bennet, had been accusing Lieberman of "taking tough but acting softly". With new elections coming near, Lieberman feels obliged to make a show of toughness, and for the same reason PM Netanyahu now supports the death penalty bill. [ak] 6/11/2018
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Victory for San Francisco State professor over pro-Israel lawfare suitNora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada - The lawsuit was initially filed in June 2017 by the Lawfare Project against professor Rabab Abdulhadi and the university over her Palestine research and criticisms of Israel. It was re-filed twice more after each attempt was dismissed and accused Abdulhadi and her employer of fostering a hostile environment for Jewish students which they claimed was due to the growing support for Palestinian rights on campus. [bz]6/11/2018
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It Is a New Era, But China’s Balancing Act Will Fail in the Middle EastRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “The political division of Arab countries, the wars in Syria and elsewhere have pushed Palestine down from being a top Arab priority into some strange bargain involving ‘regional peace’ as part of Trump’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’. This painful reality has weakened Palestine’s position in China, which, at least for now, values its relationship with Israel at a higher level than its historical bond with Palestine and the Arab people” [ry]5/11/2018
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Netanyahu hails Brazil leader`s plan to move embassy to Jerusalem AFP - "I congratulate my friend Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro for his intention to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, a historic, correct and exciting step!" Netanyahu said in a statement." ca 2/11/2018
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Traveling the world as a Palestinian on an Israeli passport+972 Magazine - "When I traveled to Morocco last year, I was escorted from the airport by security — for my protection, because of my Israeli passport — and greeted with “Shabbat Shalom.” When I told the airport official “thank you, but I am not Jewish,” he responded, “it does not matter.” In 2013, I applied for a visa to conduct research in Egypt. The application has been pending ever since. I did not really know what happened until recently when my Egyptian friend, whose address I had used on the application, finally told me that Egyptian intelligence officers had come to her house and questioned her about her relationship with “this Israeli student,” even though I wrote my name in Arabic on the application. My Israeli passport trumped my Palestinian heritage." ca 2/11/2018
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Will Europe use Israeli drones against refugees?Mark Akkerman - The Electronic Intifada - "In September, the EU’s border management agency Frontex announced the start of trial flights for drones in Italy, Greece and Portugal. There was a major omission in the Frontex statement: the type of drones being tested have been used previously to attack Gaza." - id 1/11/2018
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AG rules out house demolition for mentally ill terroristsTova Tzimuki - Ynet - " In a letter to Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Mandelblit wrote that in cases of terrorists suffering from mental disorders, the demolition of their homes would not achieve the desired goal of deterrence." - id 1/11/2018
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Arab themes dominate 32nd Annual Israeli Film Festival in Los AngelesRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Films include “Foreign Land,” “In Her Footsteps,” “The Oslo Diaries,” “Avanti Popolo,” “Tzeva Adom: Color Red”" - id 1/11/2018
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