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Safe from deportations, asylum seekers in Israel still living in fearOren Ziv - +972 - 2018 began with the Israeli government attempting to deport 35,000 asylum seekers to countries where they would face persecution and possible death. The tireless work of activists stopped the government in its tracks — yet asylum seekers in Israel continue to face an uncertain future [ry] 31/12/2018
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Elections Don’t Make Israel a DemocracyAriel Gold - CounterPunch - "It’s official, Israel is racing towards early elections. But no one is talking about who can vote in them" [ry] 31/12/2018
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Jerusalem Criticizes Berlin’s Jewish Museum for ‘Anti-Israel Activity’Melissa Eddy&Isabel Kershner- NYT "Its latest show, “Welcome to Jerusalem,” also got people talking. And it appeared to draw criticism from an unlikely source: the highest levels of the Israeli government." ca 22/12/2018
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Pope`s Christmas wishes: Mideast peace, religious harmonyAP/Y-Net - In his Christmas message, read from the central balcony of St. Peter`s Basilica, Pope Francis offered a wish for fraternity among people of different faiths, races or ideas, describing the world`s differences as a richness, not a danger, and calling for political solutions to end wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. He singled out the Israel-Palestinian conflict, expressing his hope for dialogue among Israelis and Palestinians so they can "undertake a journey of peace that can put an end to a conflict that for over 70 years has rent the land chosen by the Lord to show his face of love." [ak] 25/12/2018
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Frustration in Ramallah growing with government leadersStefanie Dekker - Al Jazeera - Palestinians say they are increasingly frustrated living in the occupied West Bank and disappointed by their own government [ry] 24/12/2018
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Why Palestinians are protesting new social security law.Annelies Verbeek - Electronic Intifada "The Palestinian Legislative Council has not convened since the Hamas-Fatah split of 2007, after Hamas won elections for the legislative branch of government. As a result, legislation is pushed through under presidential decree, something that angers some protesters.“The government is exploiting the situation,” Anas, 25, said...“The law, as it is now, is unfair. After 15 or 20 years of service, I will receive 1,200 shekels [approximately $320] in retirement per month. This is not enough. I pay 1,500 shekels [$405] in bills every month. This retirement will not be enough for me to live a decent life.” ca 22/12/2018
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Intel: How Russia`s responding to US pullout from Syria Al-Monitor Staff - "What’s next: Despite the public reactions, the current mood in Moscow over the Trump decision can be described with one word: uncertainty. Speculation over what comes next is rife but virtually all relevant experts and policy-makers find it hard to say with certainty that Trump’s decision will benefit Moscow, at least in the short run." ca 22/12/2018
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‘NYT’ calls out AIPAC and ADL for assault on free speech criticizing IsraelPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Congress is acting in haste and secrecy because the next Congress won’t stomach the bill, especially with the addition of vocal supporters of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) who are joining the Democratic caucus...Of course the action is being undertaken under the pressure of AIPAC, the leading Israel lobby group, and the ADL, whose own staff has warned that the anti-free- speech bill will end up hurting Jews." ca22/12/2018
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Anti-Semitism allegations are splitting the Women’s MarchJosefin Dolsten - Times of Israel "Last week, the Women’s March in Washington State cited anti- Semitism in its decision to sever its affiliation with the national Women’s March organization.“Continuing to be a part of the Women’s March with the blatant bigotry they display would be breaking a promise. We can’t betray our Jewish community by remaining a part of this organization,” board director Angie Beem wrote in a Facebook post announcing the decision." ca 22/12/2018
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Videos - Jericho Agro - Industrial ParkWAFA - "A purportedly new development in the Jericho area. Not very well- known. Deserves to be seen and questioned: why so little publicity?" ca22/12/2018
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`Israeli authorities treat gun violence in our community as an Arab problem` Rami Younis - +972 - "According to Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, 90 percent of illegal firearms in the north of Israel can be traced back to the military." - id20/12/2018
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UJA Federation Chief Executive: ‘Israel Makes Donors Want to Vomit’Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Goldstein told his Israeli interlocutors that Israel’s exceedingly warm embrace of the Trump administration was causing him no end of headaches with Jewish donors who were disturbed by this alliance. Netanyahu’s violent crackdown on the Palestinians also contributed to this antipathy. These developments further distanced American Jews from Israel and reduced their support for it." - id20/12/2018
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Israeli Policy Keeps Black African Jews From Their FamiliesYardena Schwartz - The Daily Beast - "Israel used to be proud that it rescued Ethiopian Jews from persecution and famine. But new arrivals face barriers white Jewish immigrants don’t have to overcome." - id 20/12/2018
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Israel could face ICC charges if bill expelling terrorist families passes, expert warns The Jerusalem Post - Israel may face criminal charges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague if it approves legislation to expel the families of Palestinian terrorists, a top Israeli human rights expert warned. The bill received preliminary approval in the ministerial committee for legislation. The legislation, which now needs Knesset approval, allows for members of a terrorist’s family to be expelled from their home within seven days of an attack or attempted attack. According to the IDF, they will be forced to relocate to another area of the West Bank. Attorney-General Avichai Mandeblit has said that the forced relocation of terrorist’s family members is illegal under Israel and international law. PM Netnayahu defended the bill and said the measure "would be effective" and would only be applied in cases of murder. [The background seems to be the looming elections in which Netanyahu`s Likud Party will contend for votes with Naftali Bennet`s extreme right "Jewish Home Party". [ak] 18/12/2018
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A million Israeli children living in povertyTelem Yahav - Ynet - No food, no heating and no medication - one NGO paints a dismal image of the Jewish state in winter 2018 [ry] 17/12/2018
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Messianic Jewish Lobbying Group Builds Support for U.S.-Funded Ethnic Cleansing Plan in Palestine Lee Fang - The Intercept - "A Pro-Israel Activist group is quietly pushing lawmakers on Capitol Hill and key officials in the White House to embrace a plan that would entail paying Palestinian residents in the West Bank to move abroad" [ry] 17/12/2018
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After protests, Haifa Arab leader cedes deputy mayor appointmentTOI STAFF - Times of Israel - "Raja Za’atara gives spot to someone else in Joint List party, says he will not apologize for views, but rejects criticism he supports terror. - id 13/12/2018
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Israeli gov`t is trying to defund +972 Magazine, report says+972 Magazine Staff - +972 - "Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report."..."Both foundations have pledged to continue supporting +972 despite the political pressure." - id 13/12/2018
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Facebook, Twitter Impose Israeli Military Censorship on Their PlatformsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "There’s been a great deal of media reporting on the increasing level of censorship by social media platforms on political speech, especially supporting Palestinian rights or criticizing Israel. I and others have reported the intense pressure by Israeli ministers to censor their content and rid it of attacks on Israel or its Occupation. Though companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter have denied the most blatant claims by Israel that they are collaborating with the government, actions say otherwise." - id 13/12/2018
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Netanyahu urges Merkel to stop funding Berlin`s Jewish MuseumItamar Eichner - Ynet - "While Netanyahu acts against the Jewish Museum in Berlin, he is aiding Hungary`s anti-Semitic Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in establishing a dubious Holocaust Museum that absolves Hungary from its part in the Holocaust. [bz]11/12/2018
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The `Holy Land Five` and the fight to delegitimize Palestine advocacyHenriette Chacar - +972 - Five Palestinian-American men are serving time for providing aid to Palestinian refugees. Their conviction 10 years ago spurred broader efforts to criminalize Palestine advocacy in the United States [ry] 10/12/2018
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Neo-Nazis push Israel’s bogus anti-Semitism definition at EUAsa Winstanley - EI - “The declaration was spearheaded by Austria, whose coalition government includes ministers who are members of a neo-Nazi party. The EU meeting that formally adopted the declaration on Thursday included several ministers from a number of right-wing parties which have encouraged anti-Jewish bigotry” [ry] 10/12/2018
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Trump`s international anti-Iran coalition looks like it`s falling apart. He doesn`t have a back-up planTrita Parsi - NBC News - The president upended diplomatic relations based on support from the leaders from Saudi Arabia and Israel. Now our position is rather precarious [ry] 10/12/2018
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For U.S. Police, Refusing Israeli Training Is Not BDS – It’s Common SenseSari Bash - Information Clearing House "The problem begins at the highest level, with public statements by senior police officials encouraging a shoot-to-kill policy against Palestinians suspected of attacking Jews. “Everyone who stabs Jews or harms innocent people – should be killed,” Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri said, following the fatal shooting in 2015 of a Palestinian child suspected of stabbing two Israeli Jewish youths. Police Minister Gilad Erdan warned that “every attacker who sets out to inflict harm should know that he will not likely survive the attack.” ca8/12/2018
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Irish Senate approves bill criminalizing goods made in settlements PNN/ Bethlehem - "The bill now needs the endorsement of the lower house of the parliament, known as the Dáil Éireann, before the Irish president signs and makes it into law.The draft bill has been met with severe criticism from Israel’s foreign minister spokeman, Emmanuel Nashon" ca 8/12/2018
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NYU student government passes resolution to divest from corporations that violate Palestinian human rightsNYU Students for Justice in Palestine - "The New York University (NYU) Student Government Assembly passed a divestment resolution inspired by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) on December 6th by a vote of 35 in favor, 14 against, and 14 abstaining, meeting the ⅔ threshold that was 33 votes. This is the first resolution of this nature ever to be presented at NYU. The “Resolution on the Human Rights of Palestinians” calls for divesting from corporations that violate Palestinian human rights and calls on NYU to adopt a socially responsible investment policy that upholds human rights for all. The resolution was presented by Senators-at-Large Bayan Abubakr and Rose Asaf along with Alternate Senator-at-Large Leen Dweik. Asaf, Abubakr, and Dweik are all seniors at NYU and members of Students for Justice in Palestine. Additionally, Asaf is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace." ca8/12/2018
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Attacks On Marc Lamont Hill Will Only Strengthen Solidarity Between Blacks And PalestiniansNihad Awad&Edward Ahmed Mitchell - Huffington Post "Recognizing the suffering of the Palestinian people is not an act of bigotry. Neither is calling on Israelis and Palestinians to co- exist in a democratic state with equal rights.So why did CNN fire professor Marc Lamont Hill after he did so at the United Nations last week, and why are there still suggestions that Temple University might follow suit? The answer lies in a double standard that our society applies to Americans who express solidarity with Palestinians, especially African-Americans." ca 8/12/2018
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Netanyahu’s Israel is state in crisisAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "As the devil or the police commissioner would have it (Netanyahu sees them as one and the same), this Hanukkah the police have turned Netanyahu’s festival of light unto nations into a festival of dark recommendations. On Dec. 2, the police announced that with the completion of the investigation known as Case 4000, it was recommending Netanyahu’s indictment on suspicion of taking a bribe, fraud and breach of trust and fraudulently accepting benefits under egregious circumstances. Netanyahu is suspected of making regulatory decisions benefiting Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder in the country’s largest telecommunications firm Bezeq, in exchange for positive coverage for Netanyahu and his wife by Elovitch’s Walla! news site." ca 8/12/2018
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Israeli Military Industries Moving Massive Testing Facility South, Bedouins at Risk of Forced DisplacementIMEMC - "Israel’s state-owned weapons manufacturer is relocating a massive testing facility from the center of the country to an area in the Naqab (Negev) desert in a move that puts some 1,200 Bedouin homes and other structures at risk of forced displacement. The planned facility is more than twice the size of Tel Aviv. Adalah & Bimkom are demanding authorities to reject or find alternative plan for Ramat Beka that doesn’t harm Bedouin residents." - id6/12/2018
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`Gender violence pushed Jewish, Palestinian women into a corner — together`Edo Konrad - +972 - "Samah Salaime, a prominent feminist activist, speaks about building solidarity between Jewish and Palestinian women and why this moment feels so urgent." - id6/12/2018
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UN criticizes Israel’s “Nation State Law” as “discriminatory”Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Following a special request for action issued by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, four United Nations special rapporteurs have given Israel a 60-day deadline to respond to their grave concerns regarding the Jewish Nation-State Law, adopted by the Knesset on 19 July 2018." - id6/12/2018
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Pope Francis meets Mahmoud AbbasVatican News - During the cordial discussions(...) attention turned to the path of reconciliation among the Palestinian people, as well as the efforts to reactivate the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, and to reach a two-state solution, hoping for a renewed commitment on the part of the international community to meet the legitimate aspirations of both peoples. [bz]4/12/2018
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Army: no connection between Lebanon border operation and police investigation of Netanyahu Judah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel - The IDF vehemently denied allegations that the timing of "Operation Northern Shield", suddenly launched this morning, is connected to the recent Israel Police recommendation to press bribery charges against PM Netanyahu. ¡§There¡¦s no cynicism here, the operation was planned over the past year and a half and its launch was determined weeks ago, before the police recommendations were released". The army asserted that "an attack tunnel reaching 200-meter from Lebanon into Israeli territory has been discovered and is now being destroyed", and that it is but "the first of many". While at present the destruction of tunnels is limited to the Israeli side of the border, the army did not rule out the option of later on sending soldiers into Lebanese territory in order to discover and destroy tunnels - and act which is almost certain to cause a major escalation and flareup along the border. [ak] . 4/12/2018
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Top court gives Israel even broader powers to use tortureEdo Konrad - +972 - Nearly 20 years after it banned torture, Israel’s High Court is finding new ways to justify using physical force in the interrogation of security suspects [ry]3/12/2018
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British report: Exposed IDF force posed as medical workersElior Levy - Ynet - The Independent reports Israeli Special Forces in the botched raid in Gaza used `detailed but fake` IDs of real Gazans and claimed they were transporting patients back to their homes, but their accents arouse suspicions [ry]3/12/2018
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J Street decries ‘smears’ of Airbnb for delisting settlement rentalsThe Times of Israel - Dovish lobby group says Israeli officials accusing booking site of anti-Semitism are ‘grossly abusing that term,’ rejects calls for punitive moves [ry]3/12/2018
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Murder of 12-year-old girl shows human rights in Israel are only for JewsVered Lee - Haaretz "The asylum-seeker community in Israel is in a state of crisis and its women and teenage girls are paying an increasingly heavy price. Women are a minority among the refugees – there are only 7,000 female asylum seekers in Israel. Thirty percent of these were victims of abuse and torture in the Sinai desert, and many of them have suffered sexual harassment at work but don’t report it. Without access to the police and out of fear of how the authorities will relate to them, these women and girls don’t report the domestic violence they suffer. The handful who do report it do not get protection from the police and say that their partners ignore restraining orders fearlessly. Battered women’s shelters are not set up to accept asylum seekers, even as the demand increases." ca1/12/2018
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Marc Lamont Hill Dumped By CNN For ‘River To Sea’ Barb Against Israel Dave Goldiner - "Hill’s remarks were quickly condemned by the Anti-Defamation League Thursday, which said the slogan calls for the destruction of the Jewish state.But Hill, a professor at Temple University, insisted he meant no such thing when he made the comments at a United Nations event to commemorate solidarity with the Palestinian cause." ca 1/12/2018
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Ashrawi urges EBU not to broadcast Eurovision in Israeli settlementsMa`an News Agency - "Ashrawi said, in a statement, that giving Israel the privilege of hosting the 2019 Eurovision amounts to rewarding it for and helping it to conceal its decades-old military occupation and grave violations of Palestinian national and human rights."At the very least, the EBU must ensure that Israel`s illegal settlements throughout the occupied Palestinian territory are strictly excluded from any broadcast of the Eurovision activities." ca1/12/2018
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Marc Lamont Hill politically lynched for telling truth about PalestineElectronic Intifada - "Smeared as an anti-Semite and grotesquely and falsely accused of calling for genocide against Jews, Hill was fired from his role as a political commentator for CNN.The same Israel lobby operatives who bullied CNN into ending Hill’s contract are also demanding that he be fired from his teaching position.The university has rebuffed these calls, citing Hill’s “constitutionally protected right to express his opinion as a private citizen.” ca 1/12/2018
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