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Jordan can`t afford to lose UNRWA battleOsama Al Sharif - Al-Monitor "UNRWA provides essential services to more than 370,000 Palestinian refugees residing in 10 camps in the Hashemite kingdom. Over 2 million registered Palestinian refugees live in Jordan, making it the largest host country." ca 30/8/2018
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Iran`s only Jewish hospital grapples with fallout of US sanctionsTed Regencia - Al-Jazeera "For 76 years, the Dr Sapir Hospital has been a fixture in Tehran`s Oudlajan neighbourhood, once a Jewish quarter just blocks from the capital`s centuries-old Grand Bazaar and Iran`s parliament.Most of the Jewish residents in the area have since left, but the hospital has remained open, sustained by funds from the Tehran Jewish Committee. It continues to operate as a charity hospital serving mostly low-income patients from the predominantly Muslim neighbourhood.Currently, 98 percent of the patients and 95 percent of the staff at Dr Sapir Hospital are not Jewish." ca 30/8/2018
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The Deliberate Pauperisation ofPalestineFawaz Turki - Information Clearing House "America’s cut of $200 million,along with the drastic cut in its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) inJanuary this year, is calculatedly pauperising Palestinians and bringing them to their knees. This is an effort to educate them out of the folly of their putative recalcitrance...It is clear that Palestinians have been pauperised because, very simply, they are robbed of their land and water resources, and they were brought to their knees — their choked psyche gasping for breath — because they are an occupied people with little control over their social, political, economic,cultural and even daily lives." ca30/8/2018
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Painting a false pictureRod Such - Electronic Intifada "Greg Shupak, who teaches media studies at the University of Guelph- Humber in Canada, probes these framing narratives and other questions in his new book The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel and the Media." ca30/8/2018
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Palestine Refugees: Beyond the NumbersIMEMC - "The Nakba and the dispossession of more than 800,000 Palestinians from their villages and towns out of the 1.4 million Palestinians who lived in historic Palestine in 1948 in 1,300 Palestinian villages and towns was the beginning of the suffering of generations deprived of their right to their land who have become to be known as refugees until their return." - id 29/8/2018
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It is Netanyahu, not Corbyn, who deserves `unequivocal condemnation`Richard Silverstein - Middle East Eye - "He was in Tunisia. He did lay a wreath. He did honour the memories of dead Palestinians. But nothing beyond that. He laid a wreath that commemorated the 60 Palestinians and Tunisians who died in an Israeli revenge attack on PLO headquarters in Tunis. He did not lay a wreath at the grave of Salah Khalaf, also known as Abu Iyad, the former deputy to Yasser Arafat, who was assassinated by Israel in 1991 and who is buried nearby in the same cemetery." - id 29/8/2018
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There were 8 Munich Terrorists – NONE are buried at the Tunis Cemetery that Jeremy Corbyn visitedTom D. Rogers - Evolve Politics - As part of the ongoing vicious campaign against Jeremy Corbyn, leader of British Labour Party, Israel`s PM Netanyahu charged Corbyn with having "laid a wreath the graves of the terrorists who perpetrated the 1972 Munich massacre". However, an examination of the facts shows that this - like some other historical assertions by Netnayahu - is factually untrue. There were eight perpetrators involved in the attack on the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. Five of them were killed by the German police at Munich and their bodies were later buried at Sid Munaidess Cemetery in Libya, where Corbyn had never been. Two others were later hunted down and killed by the Israeli Mossad; it is unknown where these two - Mohammed Safady and Adnan Al-Gashey - are buried, but it is not at Tunis. The final Munich perpetrator, Jamal Al-Gashey, was last heard of in 1999, when he was alive and hiding in either North Africa or Syria. It is unknown whether at present he is still alive, and if dead - where he is buried. In short, the facts are clear enough: Jeremy Corbyn did visit a PLO cemetery in Tunis and did lay a wreath - but none of the Munich perpetrators is buried there. This did not stop Netanyahu`s propaganda machine from further elaborating the story, for example demanding that Corbyn "apologize to the families of the Munich victims". [ak] 28/8/2018
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Israeli defence officials warn UNRWA cuts may strengthen Hamas: ReportMiddle East Eye - Severe cuts to the United Nations` agency for Palestinians, UNRWA, could lead to a vacuum in services that may be filled by Hamas, Israel`s defence officials warned the country`s leaders on Sunday, according to Israeli daily Haaretz. A lifeline for millions in the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, UNRWA provides aid and services to Palestinians. 28/8/2018
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New challenge to Israel’s effort to undermine Jeremy CorbynAsa Winstanley - EI - "Human rights activists have lodged a freedom of information request under Israeli law seeking documents about the state’s ongoing disinformation campaign against UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Israeli lawyer Eitay Mack on Sunday sent a letter on behalf of 18 Israeli citizens to the ministries of foreign affairs and strategic affairs" [ry]27/8/2018
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The Palestinian Flag: Striking a Nerve and Possibly Struck DownCharles Bybelezer - The Jerusalem Post - After Palestinian flags flown at protest in central Tel Aviv, Israeli parliamentarian moves to ban the controversial symbol from the public sphere [ry]27/8/2018
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Palestinians see aid cut as latest US move to `liquidate` their causeMike Smith, AFP - Yahoo! News - "The move follows Trump`s recognition in December of the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital as well as his freezing of $300 million in annual funding for the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees" [ry]27/8/2018
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UNRWA Confronts Deficit of $270 MillionIMEMC News & Agencies - "During a UN security council meeting, UN Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Rosemary Anne DeCarlo said, “We always take note of the unprecedented financial problems that UNRWA has faced.” DeCarlo stressed, according to Ma’an, “The Secretary-General warned that if we cannot cover UNRWA’s budget deficit of $270 million, we will face serious repercussions regarding the humanitarian situation, which will negatively affect the stability of the region.” ca 24/8/2018
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Israel rejects UN report on protecting PalestiniansMEE and agencies - MIDDLE EAST EYE - Israel has rejected a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlining options for strengthening the protection of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories. Israel`s UN Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement late on Friday that "the only protection the Palestinian people need is from their own leadership". The 14-page report laid out four options, from increasing aid to the Palestinians, sending UN rights monitors and unarmed observers to deploying a military or police force under UN mandate.-rh22/8/2018
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Hamas: End to Israel`s Gaza blockade `around the corner`Aljazeera - "Hamas and Israel have discussed easing the devastating blockade but not a complete lifting of it." - id 22/8/2018
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Israel`s symbol of the hard Left, Uri Avnery, passes away at age 94Ynet - A laureate of the Israeli journalism Sokolov Award, a prolific writer, a fierce critic of Israeli policies and a prominent advocate of boycotts against Israel, Avnery, who attended Yasser Arafat`s funeral and described him as a man `with a warm heart` who demonstrated `leadership`, passes away after suffering a stroke [ry]20/8/2018
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Jordan – Staunch Western Ally – Angry andConfusedAndre Vltchek - Information Clearing House "In June,massive protests shook the capital,Amman. Protesters were demanding thechange of the government. They wereoutraged by planned tax hikes and therapidly declining standard of living.They also called for the end of endemiccorruption among government officials. Scores ofpeople were arrested.In July,the government resigned, and KingAbdullah asked Omar al-Razzaz, a formerWorld Bank economist, to form a newgovernment. People dispersed. They were told that they had won, but almost nothing changed." ca 17/8/2018
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BREAKING: Star Israeli Athlete Paralyzed in IDF Hazing IncidentRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Any army which permits such a hazing ritual at which a star athlete is paralyzed should immediately remove the commanding officer and review all its training guidelines. Someone should be accountable. Do you think this will happen? No, of course not. And one way to ensure it won’t is to maintain this entire incident under a shroud of opacity." - id15/8/2018
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Home Office stopped author from speaking at UK festival, says publisherSian Cain - The Guardian - Visa refusals mean Palestinian Nayrouz Qarmout unlikely to get to Edinburgh book festival [ry]13/8/2018
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Jared Kushner’s sleight of handOmar Karmi - EI - “Jared Kushner, the American president’s son-in-law, may be a diplomatic novice (who would have noticed?) but he is not afraid of innovating. As his quest for the Ultimate Deal™ has shown, there is an agility of mind and ability to adapt that is truly mind-boggling” [ry]13/8/2018
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Our Government Is Awash With Foreign Citizens Chuck Baldwin - Information Clearing House "The U.S. government is awash with foreign citizens—Israeli citizens. And if you don’t think that Israel is exerting tremendous influence over the decisions, policies and wars of the United States, you are hopelessly naïve.It is absurd that people who are citizens of foreign nations would be allowed to hold public office in the United States—or, at the very least, would not be required by law to disclose those foreign citizenships and recuse themselves from any vote or decision involving the countries in which they hold citizenship..." ca 10/8/2018
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A Bedouin Artist`s All-but-dashed Dreams for a Shared Life May Palti - Haaretz "The film in question is Abu Fraiha’s documentary “In Her Footsteps,” which was screened at the Jerusalem Film Festival last year and has since garnered acclaim abroad and at home, and the prize for best director of a documentary at that 2017 festival. It tells the wrenching story of her mother, Rodaina, who, after developing breast cancer, fought to be buried as a Muslim in Omer – a predicament the Jewish town had never before considered." ca10/8/2018
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Journalist Quits After Jerusalem Post Fires Cartoonist Over Caricature Mocking Netanyahu Itay Stern - Haaretz "Watzman, a Ohio native born in 1956, is an author and translator, and wrote a column for The Jerusalem Report called “Necessary Stories,” which was published as a book last year. The Israel Press Council published a statement of concern about Katz’s dismissal and demanded that the owners of The Jerusalem Post group explain the reasons behind the decision. The council added that it condemns any harm to journalists or their livelihoods." ca 2/8/2018
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Enough Pity; Enough Hell: the Psychological and Physical Costs of the Israel-Gaza WarJULIA CHAITIN - CounterPunch - "What is it like knowing that my two million neighbors in the Gaza Strip have been collectively punished since 2007, when the Israeli government imposed a blockade on that tiny region? What is it like knowing that while they have only three to four hours a day of electricity, and no potable water, they do have plenty of sewage running in the streets that is polluting their piece of the Mediterranean Sea? What is it like knowing that thousands of people there have been killed – many of them innocent adults and children – and thousands more wounded? What is it like knowing that the Gazans have given up giving up, have become fed up with being invisible, and for the last four months have been clanging on the jail gates to be released?" - id 2/8/2018
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Congresswoman McCollum stands out as principled voice on human rightsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "...in regards to her bill, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Detention of Palestinian Children." - id 2/8/2018
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Trump moving to strip Palestinians of refugee status: reportAl Jazeerah - Prior to the announcement, Kushner, in a leaked email obtained by FP, wrote: "It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA." "This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn`t help peace," he reportedly wrote in an email dated January 11 and addressed to several senior US officials. [bz]7/8/2018
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5-year drought raises questions over Israel`s water strategyCaron Creighton - Yahoo! News - "Desalination doesn`t make up for everything, and when groundwater is suffering from drought and the Sea of Galilee is suffering from drought, you need to conserve" [ry]6/8/2018
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Jordan army says several ISIL fighters killed in border clashesNews agencies - "Jordan`s military says it was warding off ISIL fighters after they were chased by Syrian troops...Military units used "all types of weapons" to shell a group of fighters who had come close to its side of the Yarmouk Valley in clashes that lasted nearly 20 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon, an army source told state news agency Petra." ca3/8/2018
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Are We Saving Syrian `Heroes`... or Just Importing More Fanatics?Peter Hitchens - Information Clearing House "You may recall the fuss Theresa May made about getting rid of the Islamist preacher Abu Qatada.In the end it took 11 years of legal wrangling to get this fanatic, with his very nasty opinions, out of the country.Without her personal intervention at the end, he would probably still be here. Why, then, is the British Government seriously considering welcoming into this country an unknown number of men who have been – I put this at its mildest – closely associated for several years with an armed faction linked to Al Qaeda, or with others perhaps even worse?" ca Was all the fuss about Abu Qatada just a public relations front? 3/8/2018
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My son, Osama: the al-Qaida leader’s mother speaks for the first timeMartin Chulov - The Guardian "Nearly 17 years since 9/11, Osama bin Laden’s family remains an influential part of Saudi society – as well as a reminder of the darkest moment in the kingdom’s history. Can they escape his legacy?" ca3/8/2018
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