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Palestinian journalists condemn Israeli bill criminalizing photography of soldiersMa’an News Agency - “[The PCJ] called on the United Nations (UN) and other international institutions ‘concerned with the freedom of press work to express their opinion and exert pressure on the occupying entity to comply with its laws in accordance with international laws and conventions, and to protect the freedom of press work and the role of fundamental journalists in uncovering and documenting the truth’” [ry]28/5/2018
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Israel’s high court blesses killing and maiming of Gaza protestersMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - "The high court ruling may be viewed by the International Criminal Court as an indication that Israel’s judicial authorities are unwilling to carry out genuine proceedings concerning crimes against Palestinian civilians" [ry]28/5/2018
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Israeli, Palestinian vineyards vandalized in West BankElisha Ben Kimon - Ynet News "A resident of the Palestinian village of Bani Na`im in Mount Hebron discovered that his olive grove had been damaged on Saturday morning and filed a complaint with the Judea and Samaria District Police.GraffitI reading, "Stop the agricultural terror, we`ll get to you everywhere," was spray-painted nearby." ca 25/5/2018
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If you do it, it is not a dreamSusie Becher - Ynet - US Ambassador Friedman says crushing Palestinians’ ‘fantasies’ will bring stability to the region, but it is not their dreams alone that are fading, as realities of occupation win Trump administration’s seal of approval. Dream of a democratic State of Israel that ‘will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens,’ meanwhile, is dying too [ry]21/5/2018
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Eclipsing Factionalism: The Missing Story from the Gaza ProtestsRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “Palestinians, disenchanted with factional division, are laboring to create a new political space, independent from the whims of factions; because, for them, the real fight is that against Israeli Occupation, for Palestinian freedom and nothing else” [ry]14/5/2018
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Trump Operatives Hired Israeli Dirty Ops Firm, Black CubeRichard Silverstein — Mondoweiss "This story began with a bombshell Observer story yesterday saying that during Trump’s first trip to Israel just after he became president, senior members of his transition team “hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a “dirty ops” campaign.” It was tasked with finding incriminating information that would impeach the credibility of both Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl, two key members of the Obama team negotiating the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran:" ca11/5/2018
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The P5 minus 1: Trump exits Iran dealLaura Rozen - Al-Monitor - "Iran and the five other powers that negotiated the deal — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — signaled that they would try to maintain the deal without the United States. But the three European leaders whose diplomats had been working intensively with the Trump administration to try to craft a compromise that would keep Trump in the deal over the past four months said they deeply regretted his decision and feared it could start to unravel global nonproliferation efforts." - id 9/5/2018
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‘An Illusion to Think That He Wouldn’t Do This’: Trump Iran Deal Withdrawal Fulfills Wish to Nullify ObamaLachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng and Andrew Desiderio - The Daily Beast - "The Trump administration’s plans for killing the Iran nuclear deal were never a secret. For one thing, a version has been on the internet, publicly available for all to read, for nearly a year." - id 9/5/2018
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Hamas in Message to Israel: Willing to Negotiate Long-term Truce Amos Harel - Haaretz - The Hamas leadership is engaged in a lively debate regarding the negotiation of a cease-fire and the exchange of prisoners and bodies. The daily Israel Hayom [owned by Sheldon Adelson] reported two weeks ago that Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’ leader in Gaza, is in favor, while the overall Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh is opposed. The paper claimed that Sinwar accused Haniyeh of yielding to Iranian pressure in forming his positions. [bz]8/5/2018
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Winner of Prestigious Israeli Award to Donate Prize Money to Human Rights Organizations Amira Hass - Haaretz - “I am deeply grateful to the Dan David Foundation both for the honor conferred by the prize, and for the opportunity it provides me to support those elements of Israeli society committed to peaceful coexistence and to the protection of human rights for all.” Feminist and scientist Evelyn Fox Keller, a former professor at MIT, will give her Dan David Prize money to anti-occupation organization B`Tselem, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Physicians for Human Rights. [bz]8/5/2018
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Palestinian refugees are demanding to be heard. Will we listen?Edo Konrad - +972 - 70 years later, Palestinian refugees are no longer waiting for peace talks to determine their fate. In Gaza, they are actively reclaiming their place at the table [ry]7/5/2018
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Report shows 40% increase in Israeli defense exportsYnet - A major air defense deal with India propped up defense exports to $9.2 billion in 2017; 31% of sales were missiles and missile defense systems, drone sales down; Asia-Pacific nations lead buyers [ry]7/5/2018
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Army Refuses to Disclose Engagement Policy on Gaza ProtestersIMEMC - "Responding to the petition, the Israeli army said that the policy regarding the use of force on Gaza border is “confidential.” It insisted, according to Haaretz, that the rules of engagement in this regard could only be disclosed in a closed court session." - id 2/5/2018
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State closes case on officers who killed Bedouin man in Umm al-HiranMagazine Staff - +972 - "“Officer Erez Levi was buried in a military cemetery and recognized as a fallen member of the Israeli armed forces. But my husband, an award-winning educator, was accused of being a terrorist, and we were left abandoned,” al-Qi’an’s widow, Amal Sa’ad, said during her speech at the joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony in April. “I’m raising six young children alone and no one has taken responsibility for the disaster that occurred.”" - id 2/5/2018
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Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism: Different Religions, Same HateRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "To give but one small example: while I don’t think much of the spectacle of Israelis (in Paris, an Israeli Jewish journalist and in Berlin, an Israeli Palestinian) who don kippot in Arab neighborhoods daring Muslims to assault them, the truth is that this is precisely the same form of bigotry Muslim women who wear the hijab and Sikh men who wear the turban, endure. If we were smart, we would make a common alliance to fight this scourge, not separate ourselves by making our victimization worse than anyone else’s." - id 2/5/2018
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Netanyahu Promised Israelis Drama About Iran But Delivered an Old TED Talk Aimed at TrumpNoga Tarnopolsky - The Daily Beast - "Netanyahu’s speech was announced at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, three and a half hours before its scheduled delivery, and at the height of rush hour. The Tel Aviv stock market tanked and terrified citizens—who for years have heard Netanyahu’s escalating warnings about the threat posed by Iran, flooded—radio talk shows with concerned questions about the war they expected imminently to erupt." - id 2/5/2018
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Saudi Crown Prince tells Palestinians to accept Trump proposals `or shut up`Maan - American Jewish leaders, who last month held a meeting behind closed doors with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, were reportedly “staggered” by MBS’ harsh criticism of “It is about time the Palestinians take [Trump]`s proposals and agree to come to the table, or shut up and stop complaining.” The Crown Prince added “The Palestinian issue is not at the top of the Saudi government’s agenda… There are much more urgent and more important issues to deal with — such as Iran.” With regard to Iran, the Saudis` most important ally is PM Netanyahu of Israel. In order to bring this de- facto alliance into the open, the Saudis need at least the semblance of an advance on the Palestinian issue. "“There needs to be significant progress toward an agreement with the Palestinians begore it will be possible to advance negotiations between Saudi Arabia and the Arab world and Israel.” However, far from providing the Saudis with such a fig-leaf, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas declared that the U.S. was no longer an “honest broker” in the peace talks between the two nations, following Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as well as the relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. [ak]1/5/2018
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Dutch state TV accused of anti-Semitism in Israeli Eurovision song spoofJTA - “Look how beautiful, I’m throwing bombs, Israel again wins, 70 years already the party’s on.” “No way, no Palestinian’s coming in.” “I hunt Palestinians through the curtains.” “If your party’s crashed, make sure you cash on embassies, with your ka-ching, ka-ching and your ping-a-ping, with your dollars and cents." In 2012, the [moderately-left-wing] Vara broadcaster already faced allegations of spreading “blood libels” when it aired a parody of a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which had been manipulated to have him say in a seamless and realistic-looking speech: “We are trying to maximize the number of civilian casualties. (...) We are conducting these surgical operations against schools, mosques, hospitals, children. This is something I don’t have to explain to Americans.” [bz]22/5/2018
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Much to the chagrin of the Israelis, Palestinians ask ICC for ‘immediate’ probe against IsraelAssociated Press - Ynet - This includes Israeli settlement policies in the West Bank and extends its complaint to east Jerusalem, as well as the recent round of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli fire killed over 100 Palestinians during weeks of mass violent protests along the Gaza border. The Palestinians appear to have an especially strong case in the matter of settlements. [bz] 22/5/2018
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When does propaganda go too far?Oren Ziv - +972 - "The Israeli army publishes a heavily edited video of a detained Palestinian man from Gaza being interrogated about Hamas tactics. The army won’t answer any questions about it." - id 30/5/2018
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