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Israel to Host Summit for Europe`s Emerging Nationalist BlocNoa Landau - Haaretz - The Visegrad, or V-4 group, are considered to be the most nationalist and right-wing countries in the European Union, and Netanyahu has systematically cultivated relations with them over the past year as part of a plan to erode the EU consensus on issues concerning the Palestinians and Iran. [bz]29/1/2019
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Charity status revoked of Canadian Jewish group that supported ‘foreign armed forces’Stewart Bell - Global News - The Canada Revenue Agency also identified a list of other problems such as funding projects in the occupied territories, which it said was contrary to Canada’s policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [bz] 29/1/2019
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Government plans expulsion of 36,000 Negev Bedouins Israel Today / IMEMC - Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, who announced his forthcoming retirement from politics after losing a leadership contest in the Extreme Right "Jewish Home Party", seems bent on going out with a bang. The right-leaning "Yisrael Hayom" (Israel Today) published details of Ariel`s legacy: an extensive plan for the wholesale destruction of the "unrecognized" Bedouin villages in the Negev and forcible expulsion of their no less than 36,000 inhabitants. [ak] 29/1/2019
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Israel accuses EU of funding NGOs backing BDSMa’an News Agency - "According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs published a 34-page new report, stating that certain non-governmental groups that support the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel receive EU funding” [ry] 28/1/2019
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Israeli ex-general Benny Gantz ‘uses stolen Palestinian film’ for campaign video boasting of destruction in GazaRaf Sanchez and Abu Bakr Bashir - The Telegraph - "The footage was shot by Media Town, a Palestinian film company based in Gaza, and the group said Mr Gantz’s campaign had stolen the footage and used it without permission. `These stolen images were used to boast about the murder and destruction Gantz committed in Gaza,` said Ashraf Mashharawi, the chief executive of Media Town" [ry] 28/1/2019
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Ahmad Tibi has a plan to unseat Netanyahu, but it means leaving his Palestinian partnersMeron Rapoport - +972 "Ahmad Tibi’s recent announcement that he would split from the Joint List has rattled Palestinian citizens. In an interview, he speaks about the successes and failures of the list, why his party would be better off alone, and why he may join forces with Israel’s centrist leaders." ca26/1/2019
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Israel still preventing 70-year-old Palestinian grandmother with ailing health from visiting grave of father she never metAdalah - Tweet - "Israeli authorities are preventing a 70-year-old Palestinian grandmother with ailing health from visiting the grave of her father – who died before she was born – in a Christian cemetery now surrounded by an Israeli military base on the site of a destroyed Palestinian Galilee village.Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel filed a petition, prepared by Adalah Deputy Director Attorney Sawsan Zaher, to the Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday, 13 January, 2019, on behalf of 70-year-old Salwa Salem Copty and 93-year-old Subhi Mansour. Mansour, who is Salwa`s uncle, is the only living displaced resident of the village who can identify the location of the grave of Copty`s father Fares Salem. Both are Palestinian citizens of Israel." ca 26/1/2019
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Netanyahu banks on his ruthless streak to win electionTalmiz Ahmad - Arab News "Observers have noted that, amid the cacophony unleashed by the prime minister, the election campaign is unlikely to see debates on national policies: National security (uncertain), the state of the economy (parlous), the independence of the judiciary (under vicious attack), the status of ethnic and religious minorities (under assault), and the place of religious belief in public discourse (getting more influential by the day). Not surprisingly, Israeli commentator Avner Inbar has described the political system as “hopelessly stagnant” and devoid of fresh ideas." ca26/1/2019
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Canada investigates Jewish National Fund for funding Israel’s crimesNora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada "Uses of charitable donations to fund foreign militaries contravenes Canadian law.JNF Canada’s parent organization, the Jewish National Fund (JNF), predates the establishment of Israel and uses tree- planting as a cover to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their land...In addition to the formal complaint, activists have initiated a petition through parliament calling for JNF Canada’s charitable status to be revoked.It will be presented to parliament and the government will have to respond." ca 26/1/2019
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For Michelle Alexander’s critics, Palestinians don’t deserve civil rightsAmjad Iraqi - +972 - "The uproar over Alexander’s essay came swiftly from Jewish establishment groups and figures. Some of them are worth reading in full, if only to witness the hysteria and chutzpah of telling a Black woman how to remember one of the most significant African-American leaders in history, or how to interpret her knowledge of injustice." - id24/1/2019
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Palestinian School And Sewage Projects Unfinished As U.S. Cuts Final Bit Of AidDaniel Estrin - NPR - USAID officials spent months quietly seeking a workaround in order to save seven major Palestinian infrastructure projects from being abandoned: five water and sewage projects and two schools, government. In a draft proposal, USAID officials argued that finishing these projects would (...) avoid "significant waste" of government investments in water and sewage systems already being built to serve tens of thousands of Palestinians. Abandoning these projects "could contribute to civil unrest in a community already experiencing major water shortages," USAID officials said in the proposal. The White House rejected it. [bz] 22/1/2019
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Erekat: `PA informed US to stop sending security aid`Ma`an - The Palestinian Authority (PA) told the United States that if the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act 2018 comes into force, it might as well stop sending the security aid money. Under this act, recipients of US security aid could be sued in US courts for acts committed in their countries that caused death or injury to US citizens and therefore will be compelled to pay millions of dollars in compensation for their families if the courts rule so. (...) “This administration believes that pressuring and blackmailing the Palestinian leadership and using tools for pressure such as aid are going to get the Palestinians to accept what the US administration and the administration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are trying to impose on the Palestinian people,” noting that the Palestinians will never allow this to happen. [bz]22/1/2019
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Netanyahu is no longer campaigning on the issuesYuval Karni - Ynet - The prime minister is no longer talking about Iran, Hamas or Arabs going in droves to the polls; instead, his 2019 campaign focuses on undermining law enforcement authorities as he battles for his political survival [ry] 21/1/2019
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Activists pulled off bus for protesting racial profiling at Israeli hospitalEdo Konrad - +972 "Security guards at an Israeli hospital detained 10 Arab and Jewish activists Sunday for an act of civil disobedience protesting a policy to single out, remove, and inspect Palestinians on a public bus line in southern Israel.The activists, from the grassroots protest movement Standing Together, were removed from the bus at the entrance to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, after refusing to show their identification cards and demanding to know why non-Arab passengers weren’t asked to show theirs." ca21/1/2019
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ANERA CEO urges US to restore Palestine AidRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - " Anera and USAID have worked very successfully together to provide relief as well as sustainable, long-term health, education, and economic development in vulnerable Palestinian communities across the region and in the West Bank and Gaza." - id17/1/2019
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Palestine to apply for full UN membershipVoice of Palestine/IMEMC - During his upcoming visit to New York, scheduled for mid January 2019, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki will once again initiate an application to upgrade Palestine’s status, from an observer state to a full-member state in the international body. To secure full state membership, Palestinians need support from nine out of the UNSC’s 15 member states, and that none of the five Permanent Members use its veto power. In practice, the US under Trump is virtually certain to veto full Palestinian membership. [However, if the Palestinians do manage to get nine or more supporting votes, the US would be embarrassed and isolated by its use of the veto.-ak]15/1/2019
Israel refuses entry to member of UK Labour PartyZachary Keyser - Jerusalem Post - Spedding claimed that he had invitations from civil society organizations and had planned to meet members of Knesset "regarding peace building in Northern Ireland." “I wish to put on public record that I am not a member of the BDS movement and do not actively advocate for a boycott of Israel. I support the democratic right of others to boycott, but I do not participate myself,” Spedding said. [bz]15/1/2019
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Israel okays signing deals with companies working in Iran, gov’t revealsYaakov Katz - Jerusalem Post - Over the years, Netanyahu has been pushing Western countries to impose tough economic sanctions on Iran and to cut business ties with Iranian companies. Apparently though this does not apply to doing business in Israel. According to a letter written by a high-level government official in the Finance Ministry, foreign companies that do business in Iran are not prevented from competing for major infrastructure projects in the State of Israel. The letter was written in response to questions from some of the foreign companies competing in the $3.5 billion Jerusalem light-rail tender, whether their involvement in projects in Iran would disqualify them from competing for the Jerusalem light-rail contract. [bz]15/1/2019
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Netanyahu challenger Benny Gantz faces Dutch war crimes caseAdri Nieuwhof - Electronic Intifada - The generals’ lawyers submitted a response which ignored Ziada’s key argument that the bombing of the family home was illegal and a war crime under international law. (Palestinian-Dutch citizen Ismail Ziada lost his 70-year-old mother Muftia Ziada, three brothers, a sister-in-law and a 12-year-old nephew.) The generals claim a right to immunity. They also dispute the jurisdiction of the Dutch court based on the claim that Ziada could seek justice in Israel. The law in the Netherlands allows the country’s courts to exercise universal jurisidiction over genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes perpetrated elsewhere when a Dutch national cannot obtain justice in the country where the crimes were committed. Ziada holds Gantz and Amir Eshel, then air force chief, responsible for the decision to drop the bomb. [Under Israeli conditions this may help Gantz`campaign-bz] 15/1/2019
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Israeli censorship increasingly engenders a self-defeating backlashAsa Winstanley - MEMO - “Israel’s image among the general population is in terminal decline, and there is no going back. Behind closed doors, professional propagandists for Israel admit as much. In 2017, the Electronic Intifada obtained a leaked report co-authored by Israeli think tank the Reut Institute and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which desperately tried to suggest solutions to the problem” [ry] 14/1/2019
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World Food Programme cuts aid for PalestiniansAl Jazeera - Some 27,000 Palestinians are no longer receiving food aid through the UN programme, amid funding shortages [ry] 14/1/2019
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Israel Showcases Stolen Palestinian AntiquitiesAlternative Information Center - "The exhibit ‘Finds Gone Astray’ in Jerusalem constitutes a violation of international law, yet frames Israel as a preserver of history...Emek Shaveh, an Israeli organization that opposes the politicization of archaeology, released a statement condemning the exhibition." ca11/1/2019
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Law Clashing with Morality - The Case of Sheikh SayyakhAmos Gvirtz - Gush Shalom - "The state has a police force that enables it to carry out the robbery and punish the victim. The state has no force against morality and justice. These do not budge. Any person, whose national affiliation does not blind his moral judgment, should oppose the state’s crime." - id 10/1/2019
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Hamas warns of escalation after Egypt border closure, Qatari funds stalledi24NEWS/AFP - As Egypt’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip remains closed and Israel is said to have frozen incoming Qatari aid to the blockaded enclave, extremist groups in Gaza have warned that worsening circumstances for residents could lead to a violent escalation with Israel. Though Qatari funds are supposed to reach Gaza within two days according to Hebrew media reports, the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt remains closed for Palestinians seeking to leave Gaza (...) [bz] 8/1/2019
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Angela Davis is latest Black target of Israel lobbyAli Abunimah - EI - The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has canceled its annual gala at which iconic Black scholar and activist Angela Davis was to receive a prestigious human rights award. Randall Woodfin, the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, expressed his “dismay” at the decision, which he said came “after protests from our local Jewish community and some of its allies.” “The reactive decision of the BCRI did not create an opportunity for necessary consensus dialogue,” Woodfin added. Angela Davis, a Birmingham native, has long been an outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights and an advocate of the BDS. [bz]8/1/2019
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US Democrats split about "anti-BDS bill"Lisa Mascaro - AP/Time - Democrats in Congress are split over Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s “Combatting BDS Act,” which would affirm the legal authority of state and local governments to restrict contracts and take other actions against those “engaged in BDS conduct.” Several states are already facing lawsuits after taking action against workers supporting BDS boycotts of Israel. The first Palestinian American woman in Congress, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who has spoken about the rights of Americans to support the BDS issue: “This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order". And Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted, “It’s absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity." For his part Rubio said: "A significant part of Senate Democrats now support #BDS & Dem leaders want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that”. For the time being the Democrats, whatever their position on BDS and Rubio`s bill, are united in putting President Trump`s shutdown of government into their absolute first priority, declaring that until that shutdown is resolved they would block bills on any other issue. [ak] 8/1/2019
Slaughter of Gaza family reverberates 10 years laterMousa Tawfiq - EI - "The Samouni story is the subject of an Italian documentary by filmmaker Stefano Savona. `Samouni Road` won international recognition at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where it garnered the L’Oeil d’or prize for best documentary. For Palestinians it has special resonance. For those of us from Gaza who lived through those dark days, it’s personal" [ry] 7/1/2019
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Hosting top Trump aide, PM asks US to recognize Israeli sovereignty over GolanRaphael Ahren - The Times of Israel - Netanyahu plans to go to northern border Monday with National Security Adviser Bolton, who reassures Israel over Syria withdrawal [ry] 7/1/2019
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US-Palestinian man gets life sentence for selling home to JewsShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - "A Ramallah court has sentenced a Palestinian-American to life in prison for selling East Jerusalem property to Jewish Israelis in what could be a sign that the Palestinians are considering ending security coordination with Israel." - id 3/1/2019
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In forgotten article after Six Day War, Amos Oz warned of ‘eternal annexation’Mitch Ginsburg - Times of Israel - Looking ahead, he wrote, “The shorter the occupation, the better for us. Because an imposed occupation is destructive. Even an enlightened and humane and liberal occupation is an occupation. I fear for the quality of the seeds we sow in the near future in the hearts of the occupied. More than that, I fear for the seed that is being sown in the heart of the occupiers. And the first signs are already recognizable now, on the fringes of society.” [bz]1/1/2019
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Palestinian superbug epidemic could spread, say doctors Madlen Davies and Emma Graham-Harrison - The Guardian - Shortages of water, power and fuel for generators mean doctors cannot always meet even basic hygiene standards, making it easier for any drug-resistant infection to spread. At times doctors are not even able to wash their hands and there are shortages of gloves, gowns and chlorine tablets for disinfecting. [bz]1/1/2019
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