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In limbo, asylum seekers await government`s next moveJoshua Leifer - +972 - In the absence of a UN deal and with the collapse of Israel’s mass deportation plan, African asylum seekers again face an uncertain future [ry]30/4/2018
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Police use Arab figures for target practice at northern schoolHassan Shaalan - Ynet - As part of activity day organized by police for Menashe Regional Council school, students shoot at keffiyeh-clad Arabs for paint gun practice; MK Zahalka writes incensed query to Minister Erdan, demanding to know who organized activity; police says incident localized, instructions have been made clearer to prevent incident from recurring [ry]30/4/2018
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A Warning Likely to Be Unheeded: A Review of Norman Pollack’s Final BookRon Jacobs - CounterPunch - “The fact that assassination without trial and without warning became part of what constitutes acceptable tactics of warfare lends credence to a statement Pollack returns to on more than one occasion. The statement, made by the former head of the Israeli military’s international law division Daniel Reisner, espouses the idea that ‘international law progresses by violation’” [ry]30/4/2018
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Revealed: Israeli Justice Ministry directly involved in international ‘lawfare’ activities against BDS movementJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss "In September 2016, Attorney Eitay Mack filed a FOI request on behalf of several Israeli human rights activists to the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry for Strategic Affairs in an attempt to discover their links with possible funding of foreign bodies to combat BDS. To their surprise, it was revealed that the Justice Ministry is directly involved.Mack and his clients are now appealing to have the identity of the foreign organizations or firms revealed. The question was before the court yesterday..." ca 28/4/2018
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Palestinian security forces arrest journalist in the West BankCommittee to Protect Journalists - "We are concerned about the arrest of our colleague Hazem Naser given the Palestinian Authority`s record on respecting the rights of independent journalists," said CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney from New York City. "The authorities must explain immediately on what grounds they snatched this journalist away from his home in the middle of the night." The Palestinian Interior Ministry, which oversees the Preventive Security Forces, did not immediately respond to CPJ`s messages requesting comment." ca 28/4/2018
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The longest 14 minutes of his lifeSima Kadmon - Ynet - "According to the laws of that country, what`s the point of being in power if you can`t cheat, lie, renege on agreements, catch as catch can and do whatever you please? Decent folk, who stick to their words and agreements should seek residence elsewhere. Miri Regev rules supreme here." - id 25/4/2018
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Twitter suspends MK who said Palestinian teen ‘deserved a bullet’Michael Bachner - Times of Israel - Twitter suspended a firebrand Israeli lawmaker’s account on Monday due to a post in which he said a Palestinian teen protester who was filmed slapping an IDF soldier should have been shot. Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich was banned from the social media site for 12 hours for “offensive behavior,” along with a demand he remove the tweet, which expressed regret that Ahed Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian sentenced to eight months behind bars for slapping an Israeli soldier, had emerged unscathed. [bz] 24/4/2018
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State Dept. Drops `Occupied` Reference to Palestinian Territories in ReportMichael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post - US Ambassador to Israel Friedman reportedly directed the State Department to stop using the term [ry]23/4/2018
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In major BDS win, Barnard students vote overwhelmingly to divest from the Israeli occupationJesse Rubin - Mondoweiss "The companies that organizers have targeted for divestment are Hyundai Heavy Industries, Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Elbit Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Bank Hapoalim and Mekorot. As its name suggests, Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD), a coalition of Columbia and Barnard Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), has steadily advocated for divestment since its founding in 2016." ca 20/4/2018
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In major BDS win, Barnard students vote overwhelmingly to divest from the Israeli occupationJesse Rubin - Mondoweiss "The companies that organizers have targeted for divestment are Hyundai Heavy Industries, Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Elbit Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Bank Hapoalim and Mekorot. As its name suggests, Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD), a coalition of Columbia and Barnard Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), has steadily advocated for divestment since its founding in 2016." ca 20/4/2018
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Are Iran and Israel Headed for Their First Direct War?Thomas L. Friedman - NYTimes - "I’m sure neither side really wants a war. It could be devastating for Israel’s flourishing high-tech economy and for Iran’s already collapsing currency. But Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force seems determined to try to turn Syria into a base from which to pressure Israel, and Israel seems determined to prevent that." - id 18/4/2018
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Al Jazeera denies claims of pro-Israel group on The Lobby filmsAl Jazeera - "The Zionist Organisation of America claims Al Jazeera was compelled to cancel an investigation into pro-Israel lobbies." - id 18/4/2018
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Independence Day signs vandalized in Arab towns in northern IsraelYishai Porat, Hasn Shalan - Ynet - signs commemorating Israel`s 70th Independence Day were vandalized in several locations—mainly in Arab towns in northern Israel. Many Arab residents expressed opposition to publicizing the celebrations, saying: "We recognize Nakba Day (Catastrophe Day—commemoration of the displacement that preceded Israel`s establishment), not Independence Day." One resident, Jafar Farah, said: "In the past few days, Arab media sources have been harshly criticized for publishing ads for the 70th anniversary of Israel`s independence. Hundreds of posts have been published on social networks calling for the removal of such signs from message boards in Arab towns, the same goes for the print and electronic media and newspapers that publicized the notices were harshly criticized." [ak] 17/4/2018
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Israel advocacy groups demand questionable changes to Virginia textbooks, reports IRmepInstitute for Research Middle Eastern Policy - Cision - Requested changes include: # Deletion of references to Israel "occupying" territories captured during the 1967 Six-Day War and substituting "controlled." (...)# Changes to maps to recognize Israel`s declared "annexation" of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. (...) # Substitution of references to "occupied territories" to "captured areas." # Substitution of references to "Jewish settlers" and "settlements" with "building of homes and communities." # Deletion of a lesson reviewing a video documentary by Iranian-American religious studies scholar, author, producer and television host Reza Aslan. # Deletion of an activity based on reading the biography and work of Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi. [bz]17/4/2018
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Israel calls for punishing those who document army violations against PalestiniansMEMO - “It is time to put an end to leftist organisations’ activities which in recent days filmed an army soldier to help delegitimize the state of Israel” [ry]16/4/2018
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In another blow to deportation plan, Israel frees jailed asylum seekersJoshua Leifer - +972 - Israel frees 200 asylum seekers imprisoned for refusing deportation after the government admits there is no secret agreement with Uganda that allows for the mass deportation of refugees [ry]16/4/2018
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What is the West`s end game in Syria?Farah Najjar - Al Jazeera - Were US-led strikes on Syria aimed at destroying chemical weapons, or an attempt to maintain geopolitical status quo? [ry]16/4/2018
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Lieberman LiesRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Israel’s military said it is still investigating and was not able to confirm Lieberman’s claims. Note that last sentence. Lieberman didn’t offer evidence for two reasons: 1. Israel almost never offers evidence; 2. He doesn’t have any." - id 11/4/2018
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ICC prosecutor calls for end to Israeli violence in GazaAl Jazeera - The International Criminal Court is monitoring events as part of its preliminary investigation into alleged crimes [ry]9/4/2018
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Rwanda is out, but Israel says it can still deport refugees to — Uganda?Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Now Israel says it has a nearly identical agreement with a second country, widely known to be Uganda. Kampala denies any such agreement exists." - id5/4/2018
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Foreign Ministry says it handled Gaza well. Michael Oren [of all people!] begs to differRaphael Ahren - Times Of Israel - FM Spokesman says ministry took a calculated decision not to fan the flames of an event that wasn`t greatly resonating. But according to Deputy Minister Michael Oren the Israeli narrative is losing “big time” to the Palestinian narrative. [bz]4/4/2018
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Hebrew University Recruits Future Shin Bet Torturers and Assassins Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "I told myself, I’ve recorded these methods from the victims themselves, and here they were presented to me in the guise of a perfect PR pitch under the sponsorship of the Hebrew University. And no one complained, or protested, or blew up this loathsome conference. Regarding this collaboration with the Shabak it’s appropriate to call for an academic boycott of the University" [ry]2/4/2018
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Pope Francis: The `defenceless` are killedAl Jazeera - He called for peace in the Holy Land but failed to condemn the killing of Gaza`s unarmed protesters by Israeli snipers [ry]2/4/2018
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Jeremy Corbyn calls for UK to review arms sales to IsraelJeremy Corbyn - "The UK government must support the UN Secretary-General`s call for an independent international inquiry into the killing of protesters in Gaza and review the sale of arms that could be used in violation of international law." - "[Gazans] have a right to protest against their appalling conditions and the continuing blockade and occupation of Palestinian land, and in support of their right to return to their homes and their right to self-determination." [bz]10/4/2018
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Israeli DM: No Innocent People in Gaza StripJason Ditz - AntiWar - Says aid workers, journalists involved in `terror activities` [ry]9/4/2018
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