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Figures Presented by Army Show More Arabs Than Jews Live in Israel, West Bank and GazaYotam Berger - Haaretz - [bz]27/3/2018
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Israeli Ministry Sets Sights on Millions of `Potential Jews` to Improve Country’s Image and Fight BDSNoa Landau and Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - As part of the attempts to estimate the number of people who could possibly be involved, the committee sketched out five “circles of affinity." The first group is the Jewish “core” with over 14 million people who are commonly recognized as Jews. The fifth and last group is the largest, about 60 million people, described as having “future potential" as "descendants of Jews, descendants of forced converts, and additional communities with an affinity to the Jewish people but are not currently declaring so or are unaware of it." [-bz]27/3/2018
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The quiet feminist revolution in Arab society in IsraelSamah Salaime - +972 "Despite the hardships, Arab women are making gains in the Israeli legal establishment, local politics, academia, and even in the Islamic Movement...The number of Arab women in academia leaped by nearly 50 percent over the past few years, and there is hardly a singly academic institution that has not invested a great deal of money in its Arab students. The number of young Arab women in academia has risen every year, and today constitutes 58 percent of undergraduates...What is certain is that social norms in the Arab community are constantly changing, mainly thanks to the tens of thousands of Arab women who do not give up on themselves." ca24/3/2018
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Palestinian film festival seeks to challenge Israel`s cultural erasureRami Younis - +972 "For the next six days, film lovers will flock to the north for the third annual Haifa Independent Film Festival, which will include both Palestinian films, as well as movies from across the Arab world...“We are facing a colonial occupation regime that tries to strip us of our culture,” adds organizer Rana Asli. “It is important that we have the choice of what culture we consume. And it is even more important that it comes from us — the people whose culture is being erased — with no governmental, political, or party-based constraints.” ca24/3/2018
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International Stakeholders Pledge 80% of Gaza Desalination Project CostsIMEMC - "The European Commission and the Government of Palestine, in partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), hosted in Brussels the international donor Pledging Conference to consolidate high-level political and financial support for the construction of a large-scale desalination plant and its associated water supply infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, a UfM flagship project." - id21/3/2018
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Killing of Israelis met with calls for war crimesMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - "Israel has already carried out collective punishment measures following Coleman’s slaying. Occupation forces raided Aqraba village before dawn on Monday and took measurements of Bani Fadel’s family home in preparation for its demolition." - id 21/3/2018
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Israeli town halts tender after Arabs buy up landTimes of Israel - Kfar Vradim, a Galilee town founded in 1984, presently has 1,700 houses and 5,800 inhabitants - all but a handful of them Jews. It is in the midst of an expansion plan which would more than double its size - an additional 2,200 homes would increase the population to some 14,000 people. However, after 58 of the first 125 plots were purchased by Arab families, mostly from the neighboring Arab town of Tarshiha, the Kfar Vradim Mayor Sivan Yechieli, announced that no new tenders would be issued until "he had discussed with government authorities a way to retain the town’s Jewish character". The mayor was strongly condemned as a racist by political parties and movements and by human rights organizations. A protest demonstration will be held outside Yechieli`s home tomorrow (Wednesday). It had been noted that much of the land on which Arabs from Tarshiha want to build their homes had originally belonged to Tarshiha and was confiscated after 1948. [ak] 20/3/2018
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Israel’s Leaders Argued for Expelling Gazans to Jordan after 1967 WarRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "An Israeli far-right journalist and an academic teaching at Ariel University have exposed plans proposed by Labor governments after the 1967 War to expel the residents of Gaza to Jordan" [ry]19/3/2018
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Even inside Israel, colonialism is far from overEdo Konrad - +972 - The attempt to bar Arabs from buying land in one of the wealthiest, more liberal towns in Israel is a disturbing reminder of Israel’s colonial past — and present [ry]19/3/2018
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Abbas aide threatens to punish Hamas amid fallout from Gaza attackKhaled Abu Toameh - Times of Israel "The PA will not allow the “assassination attempt” that targeted Hamdallah to go unpunished, another senior Palestinian official warned. “What happened will not pass without a response,” said Mahmoud Habbash, religious affairs adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas.Hamdallah and PA General Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj were on their way to inaugurate a wastewater treatment plant during a visit to Gaza Tuesday when a roadside bomb was detonated near their convoy. The two senior officials were not hurt." ca 17/3/2018
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In lead-up to mass deportation, Israel closes Holot detention facilityJoshua Leifer - +972 "The Israeli government announced in January that African asylum seekers had three months to leave the country. Those who remained by April 1st would face an impossible choice: indefinite imprisonment in Israel or deportation to Rwanda or Uganda.On Thursday, however, Israel’s High Court of Justice issued an interim injunction against the deportation plan, following a petition filed on behalf of 119 Israeli human rights activists. The court’s decision suggests that it has real concerns about the details of the secret agreement between Israel and Rwanda, which the Israeli government claims allows Israel to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, but which the Rwandan government has repeatedly denied exists." ca16/3/2018
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The topsy-turvy world of Jewish-Arab relationsAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Although the index points to a serious deterioration in relations between Jews and Arabs over the past two years, Smooha does not believe Israeli Arabs have burned their bridges to the Jewish state. He notes that the findings essentially continue to show a strong link on their part to a Jewish and democratic Israel.-rh 14/3/2018
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The Great Conspiracy Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "Deri himself is the best evidence of how in two or three generations those poor Moroccans who were thrown into the desert are forming a new elite." - id14/3/2018
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An explosion has struck the convoy of PM Rami Hamdallah upon his entrance into the Gaza StripAl Jazeera - There are "several sides who are benefitting from this explosion", according to Mustafa Ibrahim, a Gaza-based political analyst. "We will hear Fatah saying that some members of Hamas do not want reconciliation, and likewise, we will hear Hamas saying this could have been a fabricated attack by Fatah`s security services," Ibrahim told Al Jazeera. "The ones who will pay the price are the people of Gaza." [bz] 13/3/2018
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Christians emerge as key patrons for Jews moving to IsraelAP - Ynet - Israel’s founding fathers, who etched a commitment to encouraging Jewish immigration into the declaration of independence, might be surprised to find that, seven decades later, the state is relying on Christians to fulfill that promise. What was once a strictly Jewish-funded mission is increasingly being bankrolled by evangelical Christians. [bz]13/3/2018
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For Adelson-funded organization, anti-Semitism is not a problemJim Lobe and Eli Clifton - +972 - Right-wing Jews like Sheldon Adelson have no problem shelling out money for the European ‘New Right,’ even if it means flirting with anti-Semites [ry]12/3/2018
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Meet Donald Trump’s twin: Benjamin NetanyahuJonathan Freedland - The Guardian - The embattled Israeli prime minister clings on to power despite being mired in scandal. Just like the man in the White House [ry]12/3/2018
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Ethiopian-Israelis decry family separation as discriminatoryAssociated Press - Ynet - As some 8,000 Ethiopian Jews wait in Gondar and Addis Ababa to reunite with family members who already made Aliyah to Israel, government expected to vote on issue next week, but no funds have been allocated for it in 2019 state budget [ry]12/3/2018
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EU lawmaker demands investigation of Israel lobby smearsAli Abunimah - EI - "A prominent member of the European Parliament is demanding an official investigation into the role of a high-level European Union civil servant in an Israel lobby smear campaign targeting her" [ry]12/3/2018
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What’s in Al Jazeera’s undercover film on the US Israel lobby?Asa Winstanley - The Electronic Intifada - "According to a source who has seen the undercover documentary, it contains footage of a powerful Israeli official claiming that “We have FDD. We have others working on this.”" - id7/3/2018
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Israeli Parliament Votes on Bill to Cut Funding for Palestinian DetaineesIMEMC - "According to the Israeli Defense Ministry, the 2017 payments to these families exceeded $347 million." - id7/3/2018
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Pushed out by Israel, asylum seekers find only limbo in UgandaOren Ziv - +972 "After visiting Rwanda and Uganda, Weitzen continues, “I understood that Israel is simply committing crimes. According to all of the testimonies from people who were deported, as well as from international aid organizations and local groups, people arrive in Rwanda and are basically smuggled into the country from the airport. They don’t even pass border control in an orderly way. They have no means of appealing to a court. They cannot request status or anything like it. Then they are smuggled again. They are stuck in these two countries without any status.” ca3/3/2018
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Images taken week apart show destruction in Syrian enclaveOsama Bin Javaid - Al-Jazeera "Gaziantep, Turkey - Al Jazeera has obtained satellite imagery from areas inside Eastern Ghouta, showing the destruction continuous government bombardment has caused.The Damascus suburb has been targeted by relentless attacks since the Syrian government, aided by Russia, launched an air offensive on the largely rural area outside the capital on February 18." ca 2/3/2018
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Tale of Two Anti-Semites: One American, One IsraeliRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "Last year, an Israeli teenager was exposed as the author of a series of anti-Semitic threats targeting Jewish institutions including schools, community centers, synagogues and cemeteries. Michael Kadar was a troubled youth whose parents were American, but who was born and raised in Israel. He got involved in the dark web including services which offered customers hacks and other fraudulent acts for a fee...The problem is that there is no extradition treaty between Israel and the U.S. This has proven convenient for Orthodox rabbis charged with child or sexual abuse who are able to flee to Israel and escape justice" ca2/3/2018
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The LobbyFILM - You Tube Al-Jazeera "Al Jazeera Investigations exposes how the Israel lobby influences British politics. A six-month undercover investigation reveals how Israel penetrates different levels of British democracy." ca9/3/2018
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What’s in Al Jazeera’s undercover film on the US Israel lobby?Asa Winstanley - Al-Jazeera "Al Jazeera’s film reportedly identifies a number of lobby groups as working with Israel to spy on American citizens using sophisticated data gathering techniques. The documentary is also said to cast light on covert efforts to smear and intimidate Americans seen as too critical of Israel.Israel lobby groups have placed intense pressure on Qatar, which funds Al Jazeera, to shelve the film, fueling speculation it may never be aired." ca 9/3/2018
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Slew of anti-Palestinian bills points to impending Israeli electionsAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "On March 5, the Knesset gave overwhelming initial approval to proposed legislation allowing Israel to deduct money from various taxes it collects for the PA to punish it for “supporting terrorism.” Fifty-two lawmakers voted for the bill, which openly violates a 1994 interim agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Only 10 refused to greenlight this distortion of the Paris Protocol, the interim agreement regulating economic ties between Israel and the PA under which Israel commits to collect taxes for the Palestinians, such as customs import duties and income tax deducted from the pay of Palestinians working in Israel, and transfer these revenues to the PA." ca 9/3/2018
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The problem with leftist myths about Syria Loubna Mrie - Al-Jazeera "For me, it is unfathomable how people who have stood up for social justice and human rights across the world remain in support of a regime that has exploited its population economically and tortured and killed innocent civilians in the most horrendous ways possible. Or how people who had seen through US imperial war propaganda cannot see through the Russian equivalent of it. Since I fled Syria in 2014, I have heard two common leftist myths about what is going on in my country. I want to address both of them below." ca 5/3/2018
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Israel Plans a New War in Syria – but Not for the Reasons It ClaimsGareth Porter - AntiWar - "The war that Israel is planning in Syria is at least in part a response to its inability to use force against Hezbollah in Lebanon. And it is not going to alter the fundamental power equation either in Syria or between Israel and Hezbollah" [ry]5/3/2018
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Anti-BDS bills expected to feature prominently at AIPACDalia Hatuqa - Al-Jazeera " Israel supporters in the US are gearing up for AIPAC`s much- vaunted annual policy conference, with measures to counter the widening campaign to boycott Israel and its West Bank settlements expected to feature prominently in the powerful lobbying group`s agenda." ca3/3/2018
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