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Ministerial meeting on UNRWA raises $122 millionWAFA news - "The Ministerial Meeting raised a remarkable $122 million, with Kuwait, the European Union, Germany, Norway, France, Belgium and Ireland announcing additional funding commitments. This meeting represented a crucial step in the efforts to overcome the Agency’s remaining shortfall of $186 million and sustain UNRWA operations in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.The event was attended by Ministers and senior officials from a total of 34 Member States and organizations, including the League of Arab States, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the Islamic Development Bank. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and two Palestine Refugee students also participated in the event." ca 29/9/2018
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Escalation Looms as Netanyahu WarnsSyria’s New S-300 Defense System Will NotStop Israeli BombingWhitney Webb - Information Clearing House "OnTuesday, Vladimir Ermakov, an official atRussia’s Foreign Ministry, assured observers of the Syrian conflict that thedelivery of the S-300 would help Syria toexercise sovereignty over its airspace byclosing its “airspace where necessary,” andthat the defensive weapons would “lead tothe stabilization of the region.” Ermakov’scomments came after U.S. National SecurityAdviser John Bolton warned against Russia’sdelivery of the system to Syria, saying itwould be a “significant escalation” byMoscow." ca29/9/2018
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`Criticizing the government nowadays makes you a traitor`Oren Persico - +972 - "Avi Katz, the cartoonist let go by ‘The Jerusalem Report’ over a caricature depicting Netanyahu and Likud lawmakers as characters from ‘Animal Farm,’ talks about what happened behind the scenes, why accusations of anti-Semitism are so off-base, and what the saga says about freedom of expression in Israel today." - id 27/9/2018
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35 US Senators urge Trump to restore Palestinian aidRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "14 Democrats and 51 Republicans, mostly Senators who have received huge campaign donations from Israel’s lobby AIPAC, refused to sign the letter including those who have claimed to be advocates for “peaceful negotiations with Israel.” The letter was immediately applauded by Churches for Middle East Peace." - id 26/9/2018
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After plane downed, Russia to give Syria advanced S-300 anti-aircraft systemStaff & Agencies - The Times of Israel - Russia had originally agreed to sell the system to Syria in 2013, but scrapped the plan at Israel’s behest. However, the Syrian military has already received training to use the system. “We are certain that the realization of these measures will cool the ‘hot heads’ and will keep them from poorly thought-out actions which threaten our servicemen,” Russia`s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said. [bz] 25/9/2018
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`Criticizing the government nowadays makes you a traitor`Oren Persico - +972 - Avi Katz, the cartoonist let go by ‘The Jerusalem Report’ over a caricature depicting Netanyahu and Likud lawmakers as characters from ‘Animal Farm,’ talks about what happened behind the scenes, why accusations of anti-Semitism are so off-base, and what the saga says about freedom of expression in Israel today [ry]24/9/2018
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Netanyahu to reveal `new information` to UN General AssemblyMa’an News Agency - “According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Netanyahu’s speech on Thursday is reported to deliver ‘new information’ to the UN General Assembly and will leave ‘a strong impression on the entire world.’ Sources added that Netanyahu’s speech will be ‘great, extremely interesting, with new information that will be revealed’” [ry]24/9/2018
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Gaza: 13,000 UNRWA Employees Protest Against CutsIMEMC - "Amir Al-Mishal, head of the UNRWA staff union, said that the staff gathered to reject all the obstacles by the administration of the agency and those behind it, stressing that the UNRWA crisis is not financial, but is rather subject to political agendas. “We are not fighting against the UN agency,” he said, “but against job insecurity. We offered mediation to resolve the crisis with the agency, and to not put our rights in prejudice. We [the staff] agreed that we were ready to make contributions to overcome the crisis by the end of December.”" - id20/9/2018
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European Delegation Says Khan al-Ahmar Demolition Is A War CrimeIMEMC - "European parliamentarians from the delegation for relations with Palestine visited Khan al-Ahmar village on Wednesday, and warned that its demolition could be considered a war crime.20/9/2018
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According to `Israel Hayom,` BDS has nothing to do with the occupationMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Do not let your worldview be shaped by an online news desk editor who deletes a crucial context paragraph just because it rubs him or her the wrong way." - id20/9/2018
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Press Release: Ashrawi laments flaws in peace process, Israeli bad faithRay Hanan9a - The Arab Daily News = "Dr. Ashrawi stressed, “Israel’s violations, expansionism and total disregard for Palestinian rights and the requirements of peace have led to the entrenchment of the military occupation and the placing of the two-state solution in serious jeopardy." - id 20/9/2018
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US Expels Palestinian Envoy And His Family IMEMC News - "Analysts say that this appears to be another move by the US to pressure the Palestinian Authority into surrendering and accepting the so- called ‘deal of the century’ outlined by Jared Kushner and Trump" [ry]17/9/2018
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Israel Project’s secret Facebook campaignAli Abunimah and Asa Winstanley - EI - "The Israel Project, a major advocacy group based in Washington, is running a secret influence campaign on Facebook. This is revealed in The Lobby – USA, an undercover Al Jazeera documentary that has never been broadcast due to censorship by Qatar following pressure from pro-Israel organizations" [ry]17/9/2018
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Israel: Never Met a Genocidaire It Wouldn’t Do Business WithRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "In effect, just as Israel destabilizes the Middle East with its constant invasions, assassinations, air assaults and repeated military operations outside its own borders, so it offers its customers the same capability to inflict damage on their own rivals and enemies. Israel is a major force for destabilization among the nations of the world." - id12/9/2018
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Palestinian envoy says Washington mission given a month to pack upThe Times of Israel - Stating "The PLO has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel… To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a US peace plan they have not yet seen", the Trump administration gave Palestinian Delegation staffers a month to pack up. Palestinian Envoy Husam Zomlot responded: "We lost the US administration but we gained our national rights. The delegation closure would not deter Palestinians from seeking a state with East Jerusalem as the capital" and in Ramallah President Abbas`s Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh stated that "core issues of the conflict, including the status of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees, are more important than the relationship with the United States.” In practice, the Palestinian Delegation in Washington will likely revert to being a private institution staffed by American Palestinians and with no official diplomatic status - as it was before the US recognized the PLO. [ak] 11/9/2018
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ICC responds to US sanctions threatsMa`an - On Monday, Bolton had threatened ICC judges with imposing sanctions if they proceed with a probe into reported war crimes by the US in Afghanistan. Bolton`s threats said that if such an investigation was launched, the US administration would consider banning ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the United States, in addition to sanctioning funds they have there and prosecuting them in U.S. courts. The court said in a statement that it is an independent and impartial institution with the backing of 123 countries. The statement added that "the ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law." [bz]11/9/2018
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European countries warn against demolishing West Bank villageAP - Ynet - As part of interim peace deals in the 1990s, the West Bank was carved up into autonomous and semi-autonomous Palestinian areas, known as Areas A and B, and Area C, which is home to some 400,000 Israeli settlers. The Palestinians say that Area C, home to an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 Palestinians, is crucial to the economic development of their future state. Israel says the structures that make up the Khan al-Ahmar encampment, which include an Italian-funded school, pose a threat to residents because of their proximity to a highway. But critics have dismissed this claim as a ploy to remove the village`s 180 or so residents to clear the way for new Jewish settlements. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights` office has called on Israel to abandon its plans and said the destruction of private property by an occupying power violates international law. [bz]11/9/2018
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Palestinians reject Trump bid to force talks through aid cutAFP and The Times of Israel - Saeb Erekat says the US is acting in ‘bad faith’ and its policies are weakening moderates and encouraging radicals across the Middle East [ry]10/9/2018
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US cuts $25m aid for Jerusalem hospitals serving PalestiniansAl Jazeera - Donald Trump orders redirection of $25m earmarked for Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals [ry]10/9/2018
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Museum to showcase bewildering history of Palestinian money Entsar Abu Jahal - Al-Monitor "The museum will be created through cooperation between the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and the Palestinian Monetary Authority (PMA), the Ramallah-based central bank that is responsible for formulating and implementing the country`s monetary and banking policies.PMA Governor Azzam al-Shawa told Al-Monitor that the museum will tell the story of the Palestinian economy through the ages — from the time of bartering to modern economic concepts. The museum, to be located at the PMA headquarters, will also support research and publication in monetary and financial history with its research and resource center." ca 7/9/2018
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Do Israeli politicians care about Israel?Nahum Barnea - Ynet - "Recent events that have taken place in Israel, such as the attack on 3 Arabs in Haifa, which was met with almost complete silence from Israeli officials, and Katz’s halting of Ayalon Highway bridge construction, makes one wonder whether our leaders care about us." - id 5/9/2018
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The truths that won’t be heardAlain Gresh - Le Monde diplomatique - A never-shown Al Jazeera documentary on the pro-Israel lobby in the United States reveals possibly illegal Israeli spying on American citizens, and the lobby’s fear of a changing political mood [ry]4/9/2018
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UNRWA chief defends refugee criteria for millions of PalestiniansJeffrey Heller - Reuters - "Millions of Palestinian refugees `cannot simply be wished away`, the head of a U.N. support agency said on Monday, hitting back at a U.S. aid cutoff and allegations its work only perpetuates their plight" [ry] 4/9/2018
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Israel Signals They Could Attack Iraq Over Alleged Iran MissilesJason Ditz - AntiWar- Lieberman: Israel won`t limit attacks just to Syria [ry]4/9/2018
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Duterte thanks Netanyahu for help in ending Marawi siegeAl Jazeera - Israeli leader welcomes first Philippine president to the country as critics slam Duterte`s human rights record [ry]4/9/2018
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