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Israel bulldozes scores of EU-built Palestinian homes in bitter dispute over control of West Bank Raf Sanchez, Jabal al-Baba - The Telegraph - Simple homes like this are at the heart of a bitter argument raging between Israel and the EU. So far this year, Israel has bulldozed more than 65 of these houses in the West Bank, arguing that they were constructed illegally and the EU has no right to build in the area without permission. Some Israelis even accuse Europe of building its own version of "settlements" .-rh27/4/2016
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The Return of the Desert GodAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "A Jewish organization called "If Not Now" who tried to hold a Liberation Passover Seder on the premises of AIPAC"..."A statement issued by the organizers read: "Thousands of American Jews will do what it takes to make sure the next President – whoever they may be – knows that the strongest movement in history to end the occupation is rising in the Jewish community"." - id 27/4/2016
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Why President Rivlin supports Israeli-Palestinian confederationAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Perhaps it is maturity, or perhaps the move from the Knesset to the presidency that has transformed him." - id27/4/2016
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Palestinian woman, teen shot dead after alleged stab attempt at QalandiyaMa`an News Agency - Israeli forces on Wednesday shot and killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 16-year-old brother after they allegedly attempted to carry out a stab attack on border police at Qalandiya military checkpoint near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, police and witnesses said. Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said two suspects -- a woman and a youth -- approached the vehicular path leading through the military checkpoint and walked towards border police officers, the woman with her hand in her bag and the youth with hands behind his back. Officers ordered them to halt several times and they began to turn back before police said the woman threw a knife at an officer. Police opened fire, killing the woman immediately. The youth`s death was confirmed shortly after.-rh27/4/2016
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An Israeli journalist asks, ‘What happened to the people in the photographs?Michaela Whitton - Mondoweiss - The uncommon scenario of an Israeli Jew attending a wedding in a Palestinian refugee camp meant Kratsman was accepted by locals immediately. He quickly found himself the centre of attention as people clamoured to spot themselves in his photos. As the Palestinians pored over the images taken during a 2007 parade of militia, he handed out pens and they circled the faces of those they knew were dead. Returning home with 20 martyrs identified and keen to locate more Palestinians in his archive, Kratsman soon realised he couldn’t carry thousands of images all over the West Bank and Gaza. Then, prompted by his wife, he quickly understood the potential Facebook had to help in his quest. - rh27/4/2016
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First food truck rolls into Palestine : Two former prisoners have launched an environmentally friendly mobile kitchen in the occupied West Dalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - Onlookers and elderly men sitting at a cafe across the street appear intrigued. "What is this?" someone yells. "It`s a food truck," shouts back owner Khaldoun Barghouti, a 43-year-old from Kobar, a village near Ramallah. This is the first mobile kitchen in the West Bank.-rh 27/4/2016
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Jerusalem at the center of Palestine-Israel naming disputeDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Shortly after Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967 it faced a problem in how to refer to Jerusalem in Arabic. Not wanting to use the Arabic name al-Quds, the Israelis came up with a compromise by inserting the biblical Jewish name Urashalim. Listeners to Israel’s radio broadcasts in Arabic, for instance, were informed before and after every news bulletin that the station was reporting from Urashalim al-Quds. Combining the Jewish and the Arabic term reflected what then was the prevalent Israeli attitude of treating the holy city as a crucible of religions. Israel’s mayor of Jerusalem at the time, Teddy Kollek, regularly referred to the mosaic of the city in reference to its diversity and pluralistic nature, residents and religions.-rh 27/4/2016
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In Israel, an ugly tide sweeps over PalestiniansJonathan Cook - The National - Attacks on soldiers were wrong, said Mr Bahloul, but a Palestinian such as Mr Al Sharif – who tried to stab soldiers at a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron – was not a “terrorist" by any normal definition. Terrorists target civilians, Bahloul noted, not soldiers enforcing an illegal occupation.-rh27/4/2016
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Massive collective punishment: homes of 149 Palestinians suspected of no wrongdoing demolished since Oct. 2015; hundreds more under threatB`Tselem - Since October 2015, Israel has stepped up use of house demolitions as a way to punish the families of Palestinians who perpetrated attacks against Israelis or are suspected of perpetrating or aiding such attacks. Since then, the authorities have demolished or fully or partially sealed 37 apartments. Fourteen of these apartments were not under demolition orders and were damaged simply because of their proximity to apartments slated for demolition. As a result of this large-scale punitive action, 149 people, 65 of them minors, have lost their homes. Four of these homes were issued demolition or sealing orders prior to October 2015. Ten more families are currently waiting ruling by Israel’s High Court of Justice (HCJ) in petitions they filed against orders issues for their homes. One more home is expected to be demolished, as the HCJ rejected the family’s petition. Since October 2015, the HCJ revoked six demolition orders. In this time, 53 apartments have been demolished or issued demolition or sealing orders.-rh27/4/2016
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Israeli pronouncement on policing West Bank solidifies one-state apartheid regime — Erekat Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Despite protocol, Israeli forces do enter Area A nightly, mostly for arrest operations. Palestinians leaders regard this as a tell-tale sign of Israel’s lack of seriousness in working towards a Palestinian state now, or at any point in the future. More to the point, Palestinians see Israeli soldiers in their cities as why they want out of Oslo and a driving cause of their forays at United Nations for a Security Council resolution to order Israel to turn over the keys to the West Bank and Gaza.-rh 27/4/2016
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Has the countdown to next Hamas-Israel war begun?Adnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - Despite the growing mutual warnings between Hamas and Israel about an imminent confrontation, a number of factors might prevent its outbreak, at least for now. The Israeli army is preoccupied with the growing unrest in the West Bank that began in October. Also, Israelis seem to doubt how much the IDF could actually achieve in Gaza — in terms of completely eliminating the Palestinian factions’ missiles and toppling Hamas — except for killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians. The Israelis must wonder whether it is worth getting pulled back into the Gaza quagmire.-rh 27/4/2016
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Israeli police detain 2 Palestinians, evacuate 9 Israelis from tense AqsaMa`an News Agency - Israeli police continued heightened security measures in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday morning following tension surrounding the Jewish holiday of Passover on Friday. Witnesses told Ma’an armed Israeli forces escorted a group of right-wing Israelis to the area, who were stopped by guards after they attempted to carry out “rituals” in the compound. Following a verbal and physical confrontation between Palestinian youths and the group of Israelis, two Palestinians were detained and five Israelis were evacuated from the compound.-rh27/4/2016
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Why Would Netanyahu Want to Remind the World of the Golan Heights?Gershom Gorenberg - The American Prospect - In principle, no country in the world accepts Israel`s rule of the Golan Heights. In practice, this is the least burning issue on the agenda regarding Syria. Surely no sensible Israeli politician would want to spoil this situation by calling attention to it. Perhaps no sensible Israeli politician would. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just has. [bz]26/4/2016
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Who agrees with Bernie Sanders on Israel? Large numbers of Americans.Dina Smeltz - - By flipping the script, Sanders’s comments help to highlight the nuances of American attitudes on Israel. Americans do not necessarily see any conflict in expressing support for a two-state solution, concerns about the treatment of Palestinians and concerns about Israeli settlements — all the while maintaining support for Israel. Time will tell if this frees up other political leaders to challenge the status quo. [bz]26/4/2016
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This Passover, We’re Joining Simone Zimmerman To Fight for Freedom for AllEthan Miller and Sara Sandmel--When the American Jewish establishment went after Simone Zimmerman, Bernie Sanders’s recent pick as his liaison to the Jewish community and a longtime social justice activist and organizer, it made a clear statement to an entire generation of young Jews: If you dare to depart from our position on Israel, you are not welcome in our fold.dn24/4/2016
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Speaking Arabic while flyingKhaled A Beydoun--Will it soon be necessary to check in one`s Muslim identity before boarding a plane? dn24/4/2016
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Israel`s covert war against Palestinian mediaNoam Rotem--Palestinian journalists are increasingly threatened, arrested and interrogated just for doing their jobs. And for the most part, Israeli journalists remain silent. dn24/4/2016
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Indignity, grief and mourning on the Gaza borderNomi Heger--Over the last two weeks, while everyone in Israel was talking about the segregation between Palestinian and Jewish women in post-natal care, we here at Gisha (an organization that promotes the freedom of movement of Gaza residents) provided legal assistance to one pregnant woman, who just happens to be Palestinian and could not care less who was lying next to her, where that woman was from or what sort of partying her hospital room mates would be doing. These privileges were the last thing on her mind. She wanted one thing and one thing only – which to us seems self-evident – she wanted to hold her spouse’s hand while the doctors induced her fetus’ demise.dn24/4/2016
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Were Bibi`s Golan comments a `death blow` to peace?Akiva Eldar--The declaration by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel will hold on to the Golan Heights forever threatens any possibility of an agreement with the Palestinians and Arab states. dn24/4/2016
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Next year in rebuilt Jerusalem: A Passover call for justiceOren Kroll-Zeldin - +972 - The seder is a ritual that foregrounds the act of asking questions and we should participate in and encourage this important aspect of the seder. This year, ask the people around your seder table what Jerusalem means to them – reflect on what it means to you and what it might mean for others. What does Jerusalem symbolize? Who is permitted to go to Jerusalem— for work or school or to visit with family—and who is forbidden from entering the city? This year when you end your seder, think about what it means to say, “Next year in Jerusalem.” What would it mean to truly “rebuild” Jerusalem? How can true freedom, justice, and liberation be achieved? [bz]23/4/2016
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Who is really inciting violence in Israel-Palestine conflict? Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "The Palestinian Information Ministry in Ramallah has in recent months been compiling materials it claims are proof that the Israeli media incites hatred against Palestinians in general and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in particular." ca 22/4/2016
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Closing ranks before overwhelming challengesSayed Abdel-Meguid - Al-Ahram Weekly "A resolution is expected on Palestine that will set priorities for political action to champion Palestinian rights and affirm OIC support for international efforts to revive the peace process within a set timetable with the goal of ending the Israeli occupation. The summit will also consider supporting an international peace conference to end the Israeli occupation, the establishing of a ministerial liaison team on Jerusalem and approval of a strategic plan for the development of the city." ca22/4/2016
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Marwan Barghouti is planning a comeback — from behind barsMenachem Klein - +972 "He may be serving five consecutive life sentences in an Israeli prison but Marwan Barghouti is the only leader who has a chance to succeed Mahmoud Abbas and unite the Palestinian people. This is how he plans on doing it." ca22/4/2016
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Bernie`s Israel HeresyRoger Cohwen - NYT - "..we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignitu." - id20/4/2016
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Segregation of Palestinians and Jews in maternity wards becomes an issue in Israel Phil Weiss and Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - The medical establishment insisted on Wednesday that there was no segregation between Jewish and Arab women in maternity wards. However, Arab doctors complained of racist and discriminatory treatment by medical staff in the country’s hospitals… For many years the health establishment has been segregating Arab and Jewish mothers who come to deliver their babies, particularly in hospitals and maternity wards that serve mixed populations. While this may not be official policy, it is implemented by nurses on these wards, with doctors and hospital management turning a blind eye.-rh20/4/2016
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Literary Stars Learn ‘Occupation 101’ Firsthand in Tense Tour of West BankNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - The American writer Ayelet Waldman was on a tour near the Hamra checkpoint, deep inside the Palestinian West Bank, when a silver car with Israeli plates pulled over. The driver, an Israeli Jew, got out and began taking photos of Waldman’s tour group, which included the Austrian author Eva Menasse and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks, as well as a bevy of photographers and anti-occupation activists.-rh 20/4/2016
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Sanders vs. Clinton: Palestinian Defender vs. Israeli Apologist by MARJORIE COHNMARJORIE COHN - CounterPunch - "An amazing thing happened at the prime-time Democratic debate in Brooklyn on Thursday. A few days ahead of Tuesday’s delegate-rich New York primary, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dared to criticize Israel. Rival Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, stood firm as an uncritical apologist for Israel." - id 20/4/2016
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Israel Sentenced a 13-year-old Palestinian Girl to PrisonGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - S. is not home. She is in Sharon Prison. A 13-year-old girl, in the seventh grade, she is an inmate in an Israeli jail. Last Thursday, S. was sentenced to four-and-a-half months in prison and a fine of 7,000 shekels ($1,860). If the fine is not paid – and for this family it’s an absolutely unimaginable amount – S.’s mother, Amna Takatka, will be sent to jail for up to seven months: one month for every 1,000 unpaid shekels, for what her daughter did. That was the sentence handed down by military judge Lt. Col. Ami Navon.-rh20/4/2016
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How many Palestinians are imprisoned by Israel?Megan O`Toole, Konstantinos Antolopoulos - Aljazeera - After ramping up arrests in recent months. Israel is currently holding about 7.000 Palestinian Prisoners.-rh20/4/2016
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As Hamas grows stronger in Gaza, IDF prepares for future conflict Yoav Zitun - YnetNews - Hamas has upped the number of fighters in its elite and commando units and is testing short-range rockets with a heavy payload in an effort to restore its strength to what it was before summer 2014; the IDF, meanwhile, is planning to defeat Hamas`s military wing and set them back years; `We`ll defeat them by offense, not defense,` says senior officer.-rh20/4/2016
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A Confederation of Israel and PalestineUri Avnery - antiwar.com - This week, President Rivlin published a peace plan. That is not a usual act by a president, whose office is mainly ceremonial. His plan is based on a federation of two "entities" – a Zionist-Jewish entity and an Arab-Palestinian one. He did not go into detail. He obviously believes that at this stage it is better to float a general idea and get the people used to it. This may well be wise.However, it also makes it difficult to judge the plan seriously. As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. It can be a very good plan or a very bad plan. Depends. Depends on the details.-rh 20/4/2016
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Netanyahu Claims Syria ‘Occupies’ Golan, Despite International Recognition of Syrian SovereigntyRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "In a total charade-provocation, he brought his entire cabinet to the Golan, that is sovereign Syrian territory Israel wrested from Syrian control during the 1967 War." - id20/4/2016
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From Israeli jail, ‘nonviolent’ bid to ‘free Palestine’ takes shapeAvi Issacharoff - The Times of Israel - A group of people close to leading Fatah activist Marwan Barghouti, jailed in Israel for murder, have reached an understanding with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaderships overseas on a comprehensive plan to jointly campaign against the Israeli occupation until it is brought to an end, Palestinian sources told The Times of Israel.-rh20/4/2016
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Israel-Palestine: Social Media As a Tool Of Oppression - and ResistanceNadim Nashif - Huffington Post - The most important role of social media seems to be that it is opening new opportunities for Palestinians who are separated by the many physical borders Israel has erected to freedom of movement, including the Separation Wall and checkpoints, to connect and build solidarity movements with one another. [bz] 19/4/2016
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World Bank: Raw Deal With Israel Costs Palestinians $285 Million in Annual RevenueJack Khoury - Haaretz - Israel continues to withhold payment of $669 million in accumulated Palestinian tax revenue. This sum includes pension payments by Palestinians working in Israel and their employers, as well as deductions meant to cover the workers’ health insurance and other benefits. [bz]19/4/2016
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Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems George Monbiot--Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative? dn17/4/2016
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Criticizing Israel, Bernie Sanders Highlights Split Among Jewish DemocratsJASON HOROWITZ--Senator Bernie Sanders at Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn. In response to a question about Israel, Mr. Sanders said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is not right all of the time.” Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times dn17/4/2016
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What Bernie Sanders gets right about IsraelJamal Zahalka--Bernie Sanders remarks on the last Israel attack on Gaza raised controversy and led to a series of angry responses by both the Zionist lobby in the United States and the Israeli public. His opponents took advantage of the fact that he mistakenly told the New York Daily News that 10,000 innocent Palestinian civilians were killed in the attack (despite Sanders clarifying in the interview that he is not sure of the numbers, and asked the interviewer to correct him if necessary). Many demanded that Sanders not only correct his mistake, but also retract his statement that Israel bombed Gaza indiscriminately, leveling entire neighborhoods, hospitals, and schools.dn16/4/2016
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PALESTINIANS NEED A CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "BUT WHAT PALESTINIANS NEED IS A CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THAT IS TRULY DRIVEN BY PEACEFUL PROTEST AND THAT CAN HELP RESTRAIN THE URGE TO VENGEANCE AND REVENGE." - id15/4/2016
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The Israeli Right`s historic ties to European fascismNoam Rotem - +972 - "The ruling Likud party welcomed to Israel members of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party, whose founders were high-ranking officials in the Third Reich. But the Israeli Right’s ties to fascist movements stretches back as far as the 1920s." - id 15/4/2016
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Do Israelis lack empathy for Palestinian suffering?Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "While Israeli Jews have always demonstrated solidarity with Jews around the world, they reject demonstrations of solidarity by Israeli Palestinians toward their brothers under occupation." - id15/4/2016
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Netanyahu: Ethnic CleanserRichard Silverstei - Tikun Olam - "“Israel should have exploited China’s suppression of the demonstrations [Tienanmen Square], at a time when the world’s attention was devoted to events in that country, in order to conduct mass expulsions of the Arabs [sic] of the Occupied Territories. However, to my sorrow, they [government ministers] didn’t support the policy I espoused and whose implementation I continue to recommend.”" - id15/4/2016
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How Hebron shooting highlights shift in Israeli societyMazal Mualem - Al Monitor - It becomes obvious how much Israeli society has changed when comparing the public’s attitude toward soldiers convicted of excessive force during the first intifada and the transformation of the Hebron shooter into a national hero. There are, of course, many reasons for this, ranging from the rise of the right in Israeli politics to the longstanding Israeli feeling of exhaustion and fatigue resulting from Palestinian terrorism despite the 1993 Oslo Accord. The prevailing mood in the country is that there is no one to talk to on the other side. It is a reality in which an organization like Breaking the Silence is branded a group of traitors, while left-wing, human rights or simply critical civil society groups become targets of incitement.-rh 13/4/2016
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Why more Israelis are shying away from interaction with Palestinians Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "Of course I’m frustrated with our lack of success in breaching the walls of Israeli fear and loathing, but I’m not completely surprised,” said Zananiri. “What do you expect of Jewish citizens whose leader questions the basic democratic rights of Israel’s Arab citizens?” ca 13/4/2016
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Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program and the Displacement of Palestinian BedouinsIMEMC News - Lance Bartholomeusz, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank condemned Israel’s latest round of large scale demolitions of homes in the Palestinian Bedouin refugee community Um al-Khair in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Israel uses parts of the Negev desert for testing weapons with nuclear material and to dispose of nuclear waste from its not-IAEA monitored Dimona nuclear facility.-rh13/4/2016
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Surge in demolitions leaves more Palestinians homelessDalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - Everyone at Umm al-Khair knew why they had come, and a woman started yelling: "May God judge you for what you will do". As the roosters crowed, the bulldozers advanced on the first of six small, metal sheet homes, crushing its walls, and turning the entire structure on its side. Within minutes, 35 people were rendered homeless. The tiny village had been through this before, their ramshackle tin sheds and metal dwellings destroyed numerous times.-rh 13/4/2016
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 Did Bernie Sanders Commit ‘Blood Libel’ Against Israel?an G. Finkelstein - The Nation - The criminal dimensions of Protective Edge can be gleaned from these Israel Defense Forces (IDF) testimonies: When we left after the operation, it was just a barren stretch of desert…. We spoke about it a lot amongst ourselves, the guys from the company, how crazy the amount of damage we did there was. I quote: “Listen man, it’s crazy what went on in there,” “Listen man, we really messed them up,” “Fuck, check it out, there’s nothing at all left…, it’s nothing but desert now, that’s crazy.”-rh 13/4/2016
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Furtive Jewish wedding held on Temple MountSTUART WINER and JUDAH ARI GROSS - The Times of Israel - The announcement of the wedding came hours before Palestinian leaders, apparently unaware of the wedding, warned that Jews visiting the compound during the upcoming Passover festival will inflame tensions.-rh 13/4/2016
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Isolated Palestinian prisoner Shukri Khawaja launches hunger strikeSamidoun - Al-Khawaja’s isolation was extended on Thursday by an Israeli military court in Eshel prison for an additional three months, prompting his hunger strike. He has been held in solitary confinement sine 17 December 2014, and has received only one family visit since that time.-rh13/4/2016
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Has Israeli army become defender of democracy?Uri Savir - Al-Monitor - Israel’s democracy is in a crisis mostly due to its occupation policies. Its alleged executions of Palestinian terrorists, settlement expansion, demolition of houses and Palestinian land expropriations cast heavy clouds over Israel’s identity as a Jewish democracy. There is a regional and international price to pay for these flaws in the democracy. The Palestinians perceive themselves as the victims of these policies, and most of the international community is critical of the policies as well.-rh 13/4/2016
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Israeli Demolitions Displace 124 Palestinians in Just One Day The Palestine Chronicle - The details have been revealed in a statement by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA): “In total, 54 structures were demolished in nine different communities in Area C, displacing 124 people, including 60 children.” The statement, issued on Friday, added: “A further 293 people, including 98 children, were otherwise affected.”-rh13/4/2016
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Amid the bloodshed, Palestinians and Israelis are giving up on themselves Jonathan Freedland - The Guardian - The case has sparked huge controversy. Unexpectedly perhaps, the army and the military establishment has been loud and clear in its moral condemnation of the soldier’s conduct. Israel’s defence minister (and former army chief of staff) Moshe Ya’alon delivered an impassioned denunciation of the crime. In parliament he warned of “an army that is becoming bestial”, one “an army that has lost its moral backbone”.-rh13/4/2016
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Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Israelis Trained U.S. to Use "Palestinian Chair" Torture DeviceEric Fair - Democracy Now - As a former interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI, Eric Fair was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. While in Fallujah, he witnessed a torture device known as the Palestinian chair. He writes in his new book, "Consequence: A Memoir," that the chair was a way to immobilize prisoners in order to break them down both physically and mentally. He also wrote that the Israeli military taught them how to use the Palestinian chair during a joint training exercise.-rh13/4/2016
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Israel`s ‘Bible Trail’: Demolishing Palestinian homes to make national parksJonathan Cook - Middle East Eye - Planners and human-rights group accuse the Israeli authorities of increasingly using such parks as a tool to grab control of Palestinian land and demolish homes, under the guise of archaeological preservation and tourism development.-rh13/4/2016
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Israel’s Unsung Protector: ObamaLara Friedman - NYT - Netanyahu’s policies, words and actions — especially continued settlement expansion and new land confiscations — proved that Mr. Obama’s tactic had been ineffective, perhaps even counterproductive. There is reason to hope that Mr. Obama, having achieved nothing by shielding Israel, is now ready to embrace constructive Security Council action related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Lara Friedman is the director of policy and government relations for Americans for Peace Now-bz]12/4/2016
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Israel Should Let Conscientious Objector Serve Both Society and Her Conscience Haaretz editorial - IDF officials hinted to Tair Kaminer that “there are ways to get out of the IDF,” by seeking a mental-health exemption, for example. But her honesty, conscience and declared principles frighten the IDF and cause the military system to continue abusing her. [bz]12/4/2016
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Obama, Support Abbas` UN Resolution, No Matter What Netanyahu SaysHaaretz editorial - The resolution calls for the immediate resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, with a one-year deadline to complete them and reach a final-status arrangement based on the principle of two states. It would (...) condemn continued Israeli construction in the occupied territories, as well as any action whose purpose is to change the demographic balance in the area. (...) The Security Council must demonstrate daring that will breathe new life into the peace process. [bz]12/4/2016
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What happened to all the stabbing attacks?Yoav Zitun - Y-net - The last substantial attack took place more than two weeks ago. Ironically, what happened 11 minutes later could have escalated the violent uprising; a Kfir Brigade soldier shot one of the terrorists, lying neutralized on the ground. Despite fear of reprisals, Palestinians have not carried out new attacks. According to Palestinian officials the Israeli public and military response to the incident has calmed Palestinian desire to exact revenge. [ak]12/4/2016
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What`s so threatening about human rights?Dror Etkes - +972 - The Right doesn’t reject the concept of universal human rights because it threatens the Zionist project, they do so because it would mean seeing Palestinians as equals [ry] 11/4/2016
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Lawfare and the threat of human rightsNeve Gordon - MEMO - “From the Israeli government’s perspective, the human rights organisations in Europe which submit petitions to national and regional courts are involved in ‘lawfare’, a compound term which combines law and warfare and is defined as the use of law for realising military objectives. Lawfare refers to the attempt on the part of individuals and groups to file suits in international courts against state violence emanating from the so-called global war on terrorism, practices that include torture, extra-judicial executions and the bombing of civilian urban infrastructure” [ry] 11/4/2016
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MK Zouheir Bahlou defends remark that Hebron stabber is not a terroristAhiya Raved--When Dichter later discussed a nationality bill, Bahloul responded, “Then why are you attacking me when I say this is your state? This is your state! You are making the definition of the state more radical. Instead of a democratic and Jewish state, you say the state of the Jewish nation.” dn10/4/2016
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What Happened at This Once-idyllic West Bank Spot Embodies the Israeli Occupation`s Evils Gideon Levy and Alex Levac--As of this week, Israeli authorities have demolished structures in a Palestinian hamlet near the Jordan Rift Valley four times this year. An improvised school and a small swimming pool also fell victim to the bulldozers. . . The embodiment of evil is on display in Khirbet Tana. If you want to see evil in its most distilled form, visit the heap of ruins that until two weeks ago was a small swimming pool here. Sheer malevolence and nothing else motivated those who destroyed it. No bureaucratic or legal justification can account for this act of brutality – the destruction of a tiny, unique leisure site in the heart of one of the most spectacular areas of the West Bank, not long after its construction, financed by donations from Palestinian sources. dn10/4/2016
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The Case of ‘Soldier A’Uri Avnery - Antiwar, Gush Shalom - For the first time in the history of Israel we are witnessing a full-fledged mutiny. A group of soldiers, supported by a major part of the political scene, has mutinied against their commanders. This is a major menace to the structure of the state, a challenge to what remains of our democracy. gm9/4/2016
Nothing Justifies Palestinian Stabbings, Nothing Justifies Israeli Executions Rita Khoury--Palestinians are losing hope I`m a Palestinian citizen of the State of Israel. I speak and understand both Arabic and Hebrew. I follow both sides’ commentaries on events. I can understand how the two sides think. I feel obliged to use this special position, this bridge, to show empathy and criticism for both sides. I have no interest in the State of Israel disappearing or in expelling the Jews. I am a Palestinian with many Jewish friends: we work with and respect each other. But I have my hard moments. When I’m in a business meeting with Jewish colleagues in Tel Aviv, working together, joking around, then I hear about a security incident in Jerusalem, blood flowing in the streets. I try to stay quiet, to continue the meeting, but I run to the washroom crying, asking myself why this is happening. dn 9/4/2016
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Israel`s war on the Arabic languageJonathan Cook - Al-Jazeera "The hostile attitude of official bodies, including municipalities like Tel Aviv, encourages a general climate that treats Arabic as an alien and despised language.”...Worse, the same survey found that half of Israeli Jews with a western heritage wanted Arabic scrapped as an official language, while the figure rose even higher - to 60 percent - among Jews whose families originated from Arab countries." ca 8/4/2016
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Will Israel’s power cuts leave West Bank towns in the dark? Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor "One thing is clear: Any punitive measure against the PA, even cutting off the power supply 24/7, will not make the Palestinians pay their debt. According to the IEC’s announcement, the PA owes 1.74 billion Israeli shekels (about $430 million) — practically equal to all the funding the PA gets annually from the European Union states... The official Palestinian argument, according to which the PA’s debts to the power company are the result of this Israeli conduct, only partially explains the huge debt it has racked up. Actually, the Palestinian electric company, which supplies the power it gets from Israel to Palestinian consumers, cannot collect bills from extensive areas of the West Bank due to the economic distress of most households." ca 8/4/2016
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Private Security companies and the Israeli OccupationWho Profits - Private security companies in Israel play an active role in the occupation of Palestinian land and control over Palestinian people. Private security guards operate checkpoints and guard settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. These security guards have policing powers, they bear arms and are entitled to use force in performing their duties. In the settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the private security guards, who are hired by the state of Israel to guard the settlements, de facto serve as a private police force that serves the settlers population. The employment of private security guards enables state authorities to provide security services only to the settlers, without acknowledging or meeting the security needs of the Palestinian communities around the settlements. This situation creates an inherent inequality between the Palestinian and the Jewish population in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.-rh6/4/2016
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Between Betrayal and BrutalizationYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "All attempts to make the occupation “normal” explode daily in the face of the current government. The army is brutal. People are brutal and extremism rules." - id 6/4/2016
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Is BDS such a bad thing? Sima Kadmon - Ynet - "The boycott movement is greatly feared and hated in Israel, but what does it really look like, and what would its victory really mean for Israel?" - id 6/4/2016
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Will a two-state solution be announced in November? Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "The US administration is discreetly testing Israeli and Palestinian reactions to three options it is currently contemplating to advance the two-state solution." - id 6/4/2016
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B`Tselem’s Camera ProjectB`Tselem - In 2007, B`Tselem’s Video Department launched its innovative camera project. The organization distributes video cameras and provides training to Palestinians living in areas in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip where tensions are high and clashes are commonplace.-rh6/4/2016
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Nowhere to run: Palestine marathoners race on short trackDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Local Palestinian organizer George Zeidan told Al-Monitor that this year’s marathon was the biggest. Zeidan proudly noted the participation of more than 2,000 women, nearly 46% of all registrants. While a large number of participants completed part of the marathon, 298 men and 89 women ran the entire 42-kilometer run. Runners of 64 nationalities participated in the marathon, which 450 volunteers helped make a major success.-rh 6/4/2016
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How Netanyahu sows fear among IsraelisMazal Mualem - Il-Monitor - Like an articulate Middle East commentator, Netanyahu sounds like he knows what he is talking about. But Netanyahu does not provide any solution — he only scares. Inside, the nicely wrapped package of words is hollow. There is no solution there — only a void. Netanyahu simply blinds the public with more words and more slogans.-rh 6/4/2016
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Execution of Palestinian Exposes Israel’s Military Culture Jonathan Cook Counterpunch - "For decades Israel has trumpeted its army as uniquely “moral”. The claim was always risible. But in an era of phone cameras, hiding the systematic crimes of a belligerent occupying power has proved ever harder." - id 6/4/2016
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Israel`s top court to discuss release of Palestinian bodiesMA`AN News - A joint statement released earlier this month by Addameer and the Israeli minority rights group Adalah condemned Israel’s practice of withholding bodies as "a severe violation of international humanitarian law as well as international human rights law, including violations of the right to dignity, freedom of religion, and the right to practice culture."-rh6/4/2016
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Who Occupies Whom in Israel-Palestine? Don’t Ask an AmericanEric Schuler - ANTIWAR - That reality is why the recent poll on Americans’ understanding of Israel is both important and depressing. Facts shape our opinions. When those facts are wrong, the opinions tend to reflect that.-rh6/4/2016
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Frontline: East JerusalemJennifer Loewenstein - Counterpuntch - Is it any wonder that US-Israeli actions over the past 22 years have significantly worsened? That a United Nations report concludes that the continued deterioration of conditions on the ground for approximately 4.5 million people in Gaza Strip will render it “uninhabitable” by 2020 (UN UNCTAD Report, Sept 1st, 2015)? and that the ongoing denial of basic human rights in the West Bank have made the atmosphere there more heated and tempestuous than it has been since the military crackdowns of the second Intifada (uprising)? Surely Abbas recognizes that his “security arrangements” with Israel transformed his own fighting forces into Israel’s proxy police. If he isn’t there yet, he is miles behind his own people and gradually falling out of sight.-rh6/4/2016
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Fighting Israeli Occupying Forces Is “Terrorism.” Boycotting Is “Anti-Semitism.” What’s Allowed?Glenn Greenwald - The Intercept - THAT “TERRORISM” IS a malleable term of propaganda, with no fixed meaning or consistent application, is now quite well-established. Still, its recent application to a spate of violence targeting Israel’s occupying soldiers in the West Bank is so manipulative and extreme that it’s well worth highlighting.-rh6/4/2016
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The Ultimate Trial of Israeli SocietyYoav Litvin - CounterPunch - “But what is the significance of yet another injustice in an endless list of those committed as a result of the occupation? While cold- blooded murder is an ‘official’ taboo for the ‘most moral army in the world’, last week’s execution and Israeli society’s response to it may serve as a milestone on the long and ugly road toward complete dehumanization of Palestinians and the resulting collapse of Israeli society” [ry] 4/4/2016
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The source of Palestinian incitementRami Younis - +972 - Israelis are right, there is dangerous incitement among Palestinians. Here’s what they can do to fight it [ry] 4/4/2016
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Donald Trump or Ted Cruz: Pick your poisonGeoffrey Aronson--There is nothing that is funny or even enjoyable about this campaign season. Personalities like Cruz and Trump are not cardboard characters, but serious contenders to be president of the US, writes Aronson [AP] dn3/4/2016
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AIPAC polarizing US JewsYossi Shain--Op-ed: The purportedly bipartisan pro-Israel organization has become increasingly identified with right-wing politics, and its recent conference provides evidence of that. dn3/4/2016
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Arrest of soldier filmed executing Palestinian was just public relationsMaureen Clare Murphy--An Israeli soldier shown on video executing an incapacitated Palestinian last week was arrested only “to avoid embarrassment in front of the world,” according to the human rights group Al-Haq.dn3/4/2016
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The only way to ensure Palestinian lives matterMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 "The IDF’s decision not to charge Abed Fatah al-Sharif’s killer with murder should not surprise anybody — it is entirely consistent with the impunity Israeli security personnel have enjoyed for decades when it comes to killing Palestinians." ca1/4/2016
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Inside the Mind of the Budding Fascist B. Michael - Haaretz "In the neofascist Israeli consciousness, the Palestinians are like cockroaches. Even when they lie on the ground, helpless, their heads must be crushed with a slipper, or punctured by a bullet...All doubt has therefore been removed; we can check off the “dehumanization” box and move to the next stage." ca1/4/2016
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American lawyers request investigation into the Jewish National Fund statusPalestine News Network - "The U.S. National Lawyers Guild (NLG) on Wednesday submitted a regulatory challenge to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requesting an investigation into the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) on grounds of discrimination and contravention of U.S. policy. According to the NLG, the JNF enjoys tax-exempt status as a charitable organization in the United States even though the reality of its work- supporting Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine – is anything but charitable." ca 1/4/2016
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From the West Bank to NYC: Challenge Dani Dayan wherever he goesYonah Lieberman - +972 "For 15 years, Dayan was a leader of the Yesha Council, the umbrella organization representing the settlements of the West Bank, serving for six of them as chairman. Currently a resident of the settlement of Ma’ale Shomron, he has for years taken his pro-occupation message to the opinion pages of the New York Times, Boston Globe, LA Times, USA Today, and more, and has even flown to Congress to lobby representatives against the two-state solution...Dayan, the champion of the settler movement, is now headed straight into the epicenter of the American Jewish diaspora." ca1/4/2016
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On the 40th anniversary of Land Day: Adalah releases new report on Israel’s discriminatory land and housing policies in 2015Adalah - To mark the 40th anniversary of Land Day, on 30 March 2016, Adalah issued its annual Land Day report, monitoring Israel’s land marketing and allocation for Palestinian citizens of Israel. The report compiles and analyzes official government statistics of the Israel Land Authority (ILA) and the Ministry of Construction and Housing and indicates the furtherance and continuation of discriminatory land policies as well as a worsening of the land and housing crisis in Palestinian towns and villages in Israel.-rh 30/3/2016
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Most Israelis support soldier accused of shooting Palestinian, says poll Peter Beaumont - Guardian - "The shooting of Sharif...has turned into a bitter political debate, splitting Israel’s rightwing cabinet and inspiring demonstrations in several Israeli towns." - id 30/3/2016
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"I am in prison and you are with me on the outside" Adam Keller - Crazy Country - ""Contrary to what all kinds of politicians and commentators try to tell us, those who follow their conscience do not constitute a threat to the fabric of Israeli society. The true danger of that comes from blind obedience to immoral orders!"" - id 30/3/2016
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The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United StatesRobert Jensen - Counterpunch - The basics of that propaganda are easy to identify: simplistic phrases, repeated over and over, designed to engage emotions rather than produce rational arguments, all shaped to fit into a narrative of good (Western-oriented Israel, the Middle East’s only true democracy) versus evil (Arab/Muslim terrorists who seek not only to destroy the Jewish state but kill all Jews).-rh30/3/2016
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Why Israelis are defending IDF soldier who shot Palestinian attackerBen Caspit - Al-Monotor - There is reason for worry in the IDF as well. The military, like the people, is now divided. One section continues to adhere to the rule of law, moral values and following orders. The other part is mainly comprised of the forces with policing duties in Judea and Samaria. They are blending in with the settlers and becoming a kind of obscure police militia, not entirely controllable. Something is happening to the Israeli public under the media radar, and something is happening to the IDF. And it doesn`t bode well for the State of Israel.-rh 30/3/2016
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Is Israel reviving this 50-year-old land plan?Daoud Kuttab - There is no distinction between Likud and Labor policy when it comes to Palestinian lands. Both appear to be in total agreement on Israeli settlement policy. The Jordan Valley, the only open land in the West Bank and the only path for Palestinian expansion eastward, is slowly being closed off to Palestinians. Without access to or use of the Jordan Valley, the possibility of an independent Palestinian state will be greatly diminished.-rh 30/3/2016
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Sephardic Chief Rabbi Argues Ethnic Cleansing Justified by Jewish LawRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam - Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi Yitzhak Yosef delivered a sermon (video above with English translation by Ronnie Barkan) to the faithful two weeks ago in which he argued that Jewish law (halacha) directs the State to expel all non-Jews [ie. Palestinians] from Israel. Of course, he adds some qualifiers: if they accept the Noahide Laws, they may remain (because they will be useful as servants to Jews). But otherwise, they may be driven from the land.-rh30/3/2016
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PHOTOS: IDF demolishes Palestinian homes in occupied Jordan ValleyPhotos by Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org,Text by Haggai Matar - +972 - The Israeli army demolished 17 structures, including family homes, in the Khirbet Tana, an impoverished Palestinian hamlet in the occupied Jordan Valley on Wednesday. This was the third time Israeli forces demolished homes in Khirbet Tana in recent months, according to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, including shelters that were donated for families made homeless by previous demolitions. Israeli authorities refuse to connect the village to the electricity or water grids or approve any building permits.-rh 30/3/2016
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UN body to compile blacklist of settlement businessesItamar Eichner - YNet News - The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva approved a resolution on Thursday to gather a blacklist of Israeli and international companies operating directly or indirectly in settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and in the Golan Heights. This list is to be updated annually.-rh 30/3/2016
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Five Palestinian prisoners on open hunger strike to protest administrative detention and isolationSamidoun - Five Palestinian prisoners are currently engaged in an open hunger strike against Israeli policies of administrative detention without charge or trial and solitary confinement.-rh30/3/2016
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Video: Meet the brave shoemaker who filmed Israeli soldier executing a Palestinian Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The video was shot by Imad Abu Shamsiya, who lives behind a wall of barbed wire in that neighborhood. As his video ricochets around the world, Abu Shamsiya is facing death threats, law suits and political pressure over his video. And it’s not the first time he’s come under assault. Jewish settlers want this brave shoemaker and other Palestinians to move out so they can take over his home.-rh30/3/2016
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Reflections on the Brussels attackRichard Falk - Mondoweiss - This latest terrorist outrage for which ISIS claimed responsibility exhibits the new face of 21st century warfare for which there are no front lines, no path to military victory, and acute civilian vulnerability. As such, it represents a radical challenge to our traditional understanding of warfare, and unless responses are shaped by these realities, it could drive Western democracies step by step into an enthused political embrace and revived actuality of fascist politics.-rh30/3/2016
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In Israel, BDS is winningMairav Zonszein - +972 - It was a tell-tale sign that the global movement to boycott Israel has become significant enough to warrant such an event, whose speakers included President Reuven Rivlin, senior Knesset ministers, members of the opposition, World Jewish Congress head Ron Lauder and comedian Roseanne Barr. (There were, of course, no speakers at the conference who represent or support BDS). [bz]29/3/2016
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Lieberman Is Right About the Hebron Shooting Amira Hass - Haaretz - Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avidgor Lieberman is right when he says the “onslaught” directed at the Kfir Brigade solider who executed Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in Hebron last Thursday after Sharif had already been subdued is hypocrisy. It’s clear, after all, that it is only because a camera documented a soldier shooting a “neutralized” Palestinian in the head that the people at the top rushed to disassociate themselves from the act. [bz]29/3/2016
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Red Rag column: What is a terrorist organization? Letter to Alshaikh and Yaalon. Donald Trump.US citizens: there is still time to extricate this malignant tumour. Here in Israel we waited too long, metastases are in the government and the cancer is spreading. Chemotherapy is useless. 28/3/2016
Netanyahu has nothing to teach Europe about terrorSamah Salaime - +972 - Netanyahu is trying to paint Israel as a terror-stricken victim, while at the same time painting his country as one that has successfully defeated terrorism. No matter how he spins it, he cannot hide the fact that Israel is also an occupying power [ry] 28/3/2016
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Pressure forces amendment to Univ. of California intolerance reportCharlotte Silver--A decision came down this week in a battle that may influence how university administrators deal with campus activism on Palestine around the US. dn27/3/2016
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Nobody should be shocked at the Hebron executionNatasha Roth--When Israeli leaders keep pushing the message that killing Palestinian attackers is a laudable act, is it any wonder that the shooters become our national heroes? dn27/3/2016
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A look inside GazaElior Levy--Gaza has beautiful sunny beaches, and almost all of its residents live in an urban environment, but the catastrophic economic situation - including immense poverty and high unemployment - has led many of its residents to nickname the coastal enclave the "biggest prison in the world." Nonetheless, many Gazans persevere to make the best of their situation with their few resources. dn27/3/2016
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What will wake Israelis from their collective coma?Orly Noy--Our collective moral compass has become so fundamentally twisted that even the most decent of people, those who are not considered extremists, believe that there is nothing wrong with shooting a man as he lies dying on the ground.dn27/3/2016
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Israel`s next steps in the West BankGeoffrey Aronson--US Vice-President Joe Biden was not revealing a secret when, during a recent speech to the pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC, he observed that there is "no political will at this moment among Israelis or Palestinians to move forward with serious negotiations". dn27/3/2016
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Israel-Palestine: The delusion of a two-state solutionSharif Nashashibi--The one-state debate for both peoples is moot given that the two-state solution is no longer feasible. There needs to be a paradigm shift in the way people view the conflict and ways to solve it, writes Nashashibi [AP]dn 26/3/2016
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When medical personnel stand by and watch a murderDr. Tslil Regev--Before he was executed on camera by an Israeli soldier, the wounded Palestinian man in Hebron appears to have been refused treatment by two medical teams. One doctor examines the ethical outrage displayed in the video. dn26/3/2016
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BDS is an existential threatTal Keinan - Ynet - In 2014, 35 percent of Israel’s exports went to Europe. Thirty-two percent of the Israeli GDP is comprised of exports. That means that exports to Europe account for 12 percent of Israeli GDP. Let’s say that the BDS movement succeeds in getting 25 percent of European consumers to boycott Israeli products. That would represent a 2.8 percent drop in Israeli GDP. As Israel’s current GDP growth rate is 2.5 percent, this would push Israel into recession. Not the cyclical sort of recession that can be moderated by monetary and fiscal policy until economic imbalances correct themselves. [bz]26/3/2016
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Hebron shooting shows why Breaking the Silence is so crucialOrly Noy - +972 "Instead of calling Breaking the Silence ‘traitors,’ Israel’s defense minister should listen to what they have to say — just for once...Instead of calling them traitors, listen to them. At least today. Then you can go back to the lies and incitement. But at least today, for one single Purim holiday, shut up and listen to them." ca25/3/2016
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What if Bernie Sanders had delivered his speech at AIPAC!? Katie Miranda - Mondoweiss "Unlike the other four presidential candidates, Democrat Bernie Sanders declined the invitation to speak at the AIPAC– American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference– in Washington on Monday, and instead delivered a foreign policy address in Utah. The speech has gotten wide circulation because of its affirmations of Palestinian human rights." ca25/3/2016
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Israel loses its grip on democracy Charles Enderlin - Le Monde "The social and political divide in Israel is no longer between left and right, but between those who do and do not believe in democracy." ca25/3/2016
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Palestinian farmers caught in political tug of warDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - It is unclear what triggered the unilateral Israeli decision that was implemented without an official announcement or justification. But Jamal Dajani, director of strategic communications at the Palestinian prime minister’s office, told Al-Monitor he believes politics are behind the Israeli decision. “It seems that this act is done in retaliation on the voluntary public Palestinian ban of illegal settlement products and an attempt to further exercise sovereignty over East Jerusalem.”-rh 23/3/2016
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Explaining the New Violence in Palestine Bashir Abu-Manneh - Jakobin - Palestinians see no hope in an Israel that is humiliating and dominating their lives even more cruelly and with impunity. As the situation on the ground worsens by the day, cries of help, and for justice and international accountability are all left unheard. No wonder some feel they have nothing left to lose. Rather than looking at Islam for answers, Israel should look at itself.-rh23/3/2016
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Decades on, Israel tries to bury its darkest timesJonathan Cook - The National - Western understandings of the 1948 war – what Palestinians term their Nakba, or catastrophe – are dominated by an enduring Israeli narrative. Israel’s army, it is said, abided by a strict moral code. Palestinians left not because of Israel’s actions but on the orders of Arab leaders. In this rendering, the Palestinians’ mass dispossession was the fault of the Arab world – and a solution for the millions of today’s refugees lies with their host countries. For decades Israel’s chief concession to the truth was an admission that a massacre took place just outside Jerusalem, at Deir Yassin.-rh 23/3/2016
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The Israeli media is branding Breaking the Silence as traitorsHaggai Matar - +972 - The first thing that troubles me about it is the extreme lack of self-awareness: what arises from the segment is that Ad Kan in effect gathered classified materials, forbidden for publication, in attempt to ensnare Breaking the Silence. So if a civilian organization is prohibited from gathering such materials, isn’t Ad Kan just as ‘guilty’ as Breaking the Silence? And if Ad Kan’s moles attempted to take down Breaking the Silence by sharing classified information themselves – which they knew was classified – are they not the ones who disobeyed the law and violated their obligation to protect military secrets?-rh23/3/2016
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Palestinians in Gaza are drinking contaminated water Abeer Abu Shawish - Mondoweiss - Palestinians in Gaza regularly consume contaminated water, even when the liquid they drink has already been treated at a purifying facility. In Gaza 45-percent of the water processed in desalination plants is contaminated, according to the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA).-rh 23/3/2016
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Israelis converge on West Bank holy sites in `provocative` visitsMa`an News Agency - Hundreds of Israelis, including large numbers of settlers, converged on religious sites across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday morning ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim, in visits Palestinians condemned as "provocative." In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli settlers as well as other right-wing Israelis held celebrations in the Old City`s Ibrahimi Mosque.-rh23/3/2016
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Witness to deadly West Bank arson attack has house set alightBen Lynfield - Independent - The incident echoed the attack last July when 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha and his parents Saad and Riham were killed and four-year-old Ahmed was left critically injured. Mr Dawabsha, who was the first person on the scene after that attack, is currently testifying before an Israeli court in the trial of two Jewish extremists.-rh23/3/2016
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Israel makes an unexpected decision to close the Palestinian territoryGisha - Israel generally imposes closures of this kind on the Palestinian territory on the Jewish high holidays. Purim, which begins Wednesday evening is not one of these holidays. The last time a closure of this kind occurred during Purim was apparently 2011.-rh 23/3/2016
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Bernie Finally Addresses Israel-Palestine Richard Silverstein - Tikkun Olam - "Instead, Sanders delivered the speech (transcript) in the most unlikeliest of places, Mormon-country: Utah. I’ve now read the speech and I have to say that I’m very pleasantly surprised... it’s far better than any other presidential candidate in this election cycle and probably better than any presidential candidate in the history of the country." - id 23/3/2016
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A Spymaster Who Saw Cyberattacks as Israel’s Best Weapon Against Iran DAVID E. SANGER - NYT - "It is impossible to say what role the public campaign by Mr. Dagan and other former Israeli security leaders against a military strike played in Mr. Netanyahu’s decision not to pull the trigger." - 23/3/2016
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Why is Netanyahu ignoring the legacy of late Mossad chief? Akiva Eldar- Al-Monitor - "In a memorable speech delivered one year ago, late Mossad chief Meir Dagan stated that he fears the current leadership and its policy of diplomatic stalemate." - id 23/3/2016
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Palestinian human rights defenders receive death threatsCharlotte Silver - The Electronic Intifada - Amuta for NGO Responsibility identifies Al-Haq, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights and Al-Mezan as some of the main “anti-peace” groups that are leading the efforts to put Israeli officials on trial in international courtrooms, specifically referring to the acceptance of Palestine to the International Criminal Court.“They have one strategy: silence any group working to criticize Israel,” Al-Haq director Jabarin said.-rh 23/3/2016
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Dancing with the Abyss: Netanyahu`s Toxic Embrace with IsraelNicola Abe - Spiegel International - When Netanyahu looks around in his government, he determines that he is the cleverest and most experienced man far and wide. Advisers come and go, but only Netanyahu remains. In his administration, each minister is assigned to the most unsuitable position, both for himself and for the country. That too is part of his calculus. The culture minister is a former military sensor. The acting foreign minister shocked international diplomats by demanding that the Israeli flag be flown from the Temple Mount. The tourism minister is a lawyer. None can truly distinguish him or herself, and the opposition lacks strong leaders.-rh23/3/2016
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Israel: The Broken SilenceDavid Shulman - The New York Review of Books - Israeli peace activists have graduated from being protesters, in theory, at least, protected by the law, to being dissidents—that is, legitimate targets for government-inspired attacks. [bz]22/3/2016
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The only people planning for the day after AbbasMenachem Klein - +972 - Mahmoud Abbas’s sudden departure from the political stage could throw Palestine into complete chaos. And the only two sides preparing for such an eventuality are the Israeli Right and Hamas [ry] 21/3/2016
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Analysis: The old-new fight over Israeli unilateralismBen White - AlJazeera - Israeli politician Isaac Herzog is calling for a greater physical separation between Israelis and Palestinians [ry] 21/3/2016
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Protesting Bigots and Demagogues at AIPAC? Don’t Stop at Trump. Call Out Netanyahu Too Roy Isacowitz--Many American Jews are angered at the prospect of Donald Trump addressing the AIPAC policy conference in Washington this coming week and are promising to abstain from attending, walk out of the hall or protest his presence in other ways. 20/3/2016
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Why Democratic Party Foreign Policy Fails and Will Continue to Fail Richard Falk--How are we to explain this inability of Democrats to follow through on a foreign policy that is linked to law and ethics? (File) dn20/3/2016
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Gaza woes force educated to leaveMousa Tawfiq--When Egypt opened the Rafah crossing in February for three days, thousands of Palestinians in Gaza applied to leave. Among them were 29-year-old Rani Humeid.dn 20/3/2016
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The unravelling illusion of Palestinian autonomy Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man--Palestinians have been told for decades that limited autonomy in the West Bank is just a stop along the road to sovereignty. But more than 20 years after Oslo failed to bring usher in independence, the illusion is unraveling — and fast. dn20/3/2016
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From Gaza to the Corries, with loveMohammed Alhammami--I am writing this letter, because I have been thinking about you lately. I know that no words can lessen the pain you must be feeling right now, on the day when your daughter Rachel was killed. Being a Palestinian, I know that sometimes words are meaningless in the face of tragedy. But I also know that words can be empowering and life changing. I decided to write this letter not only for you, but also for myself. I need to get things off my chest. dn 19/3/2016
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EU says Israeli land seizure threatens peace processRobin Emmott - Reuters "A seizure of land by Israel in the West Bank raises questions about its commitment to a two-state solution to end the conflict with the Palestinians, the European Union said in a statement on Thursday..."Israel`s decision ... is a further step that risks undermining the viability of a future Palestinian state and therefore calls into question Israel`s commitment to a two-state solution," the EU said in a statement." ca18/3/2016
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What Trump Means for IsraelLawrence Davidson - Counterpunch - The rise of Donald Trump certainly suggests that the right-wing Israeli politicians badly misread the Republican political scene. Trump has tapped into a large and growing stratum of citizens who never cared very much about foreign policy, much less Israel-Palestine specifically. And, now that that indifference has been plainly revealed on the Republican side of the ledger, it may not be long before Democratic voters also start to say, loud enough for their leaders to hear, that Israel isn’t important to them either. As Shaley suggests, what is happening here is the exposure of Israel’s weakness in the United States.-rh 16/3/2016
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Literary world celebrates Palestinian poet`s 75th birthday Daoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - "The Palestinian cause is omnipresent in the minds of Arab and world peoples thanks to renowned poet Mahmoud Darwish, whose work is still widely appreciated seven years after his death." - id 16/3/2016
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Why Bibi snubbed Obama and is skipping next week`s AIPAC conferenceBen Caspit - Al Monitor - The diplomatic reason is connected to the discussion over a memorandum of understanding between Israel and the United States that will determine the dimensions of the military aid package from the United States to Israel in the decade starting in 2017. Currently, Israel receives about $3 billion a year in security aid. Following the nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel hoped to upgrade the package to more than $4 billion. However, Netanyahu refused to open contacts while the US administration was willing to meet it halfway (in the middle of last year), in order to wage his hopeless struggle against ratification of the nuclear agreement in Congress.-rh 16/3/2016
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Human Rights Violations and Popular Struggle in South Hebron HillsOperation Dove - February 2016 recorded the highest number of demolitions in the West Bank since the UN Office for Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA) began recording in 2009. During the month, Israeli forces destroyed, dismantled or confiscated 235 homes and other structures, displacing 331 Palestinians,including 174 children, and affecting another 740 Palestinians. More than a third of the structures targeted since the beginning of the year were provided as humanitarian assistance to families in need.-rh16/3/2016
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Israel jails teen without charge after 22 days in solitary confinementAhmad Gharabli - No Way to Treat a Child - Israeli forces arrested Mohammad Nadi Hamda Hashlamoun, 17, from his home in the Ras al-Amoud neighborhood of Jerusalem around 2 a.m. on December 3. He was held in solitary confinement for 22 days, denied access to an attorney, and subjected to repeated prolonged interrogation sessions. He was accused of planning to carry out unspecified future attacks, which he denied. Hashlamoun appeared in the Jerusalem Magistrates Court where the judge ordered he be released on bail. Before his family could pay, Israeli authorities approved a six-month administrative detention order that expires on June 20, 2016.-rh16/3/2016
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Is the West Bank cracking down on free speech?Ahmad Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - On March 10, Najat Abu Bakr, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Ramallah, ended her two-week sit-in after she reached an agreement with member of parliament Azzam al-Ahmad, head of Fatah`s parliamentary bloc in the PLC, under which Abu Bakr appeared before the public prosecutor.-rh 16/3/2016
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Human Rights Defender Manal Tamimi Talks about Her Arrest on International Women’s DayHaim Schwarczenberg - Video - “I asked to say goodbye to my children. My daughter was crying all the time. Samer (10) was in shock. He didn’t say anything. The room was full of around ten soldiers and all of them have guns and they cover their faces. When I went out and saw how many soldiers were there, how many jeeps… I think maybe 10, or 13 jeeps. At that moment, I can’t say I was afraid, but I was confused…. I began to search in my mind, what is the awful thing I did?”-rh16/3/2016
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Is free speech a crime in Palestine?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Majed Arruri, a media rights expert from Ramallah, told Al-Monitor, “Defamation in both its written [libel] or spoken forms [slander] is a tangible issue that doesn’t require [criminal] investigation and, therefore, there is no need to hold someone in jail awaiting the results of an investigation.” He believes Palestinian legislation needs to be enacted to eliminate imprisonment in cases involving defamation.-rh 16/3/2016
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Israeli Minister Calls for Even More Refugee Detention Camps? 5 of the Most Dangerous Incitements to Come out of Israel This WeekDavid Sheen - Alternet - On Wednesday, Interior Minister Arye Deri announced that if the country’s courts continue to stymie the government’s efforts to expel non-Jewish refugees back to Africa, Israel will undertake the construction of an additional desert detention center for the refugees.-rh 16/3/2016
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Frustrated Palestinian teachers escalate strike actionNadim Baba - Aljazeera - Tens of thousands of Palestinian teachers have entered a second month of a strike, demanding a pay rise which they say was promised years ago. The strike has closed state schools across the West Bank and pitted teachers against their own union leaders and a hesitant government. The teachers say their pay packets have not increased alongsde the rising cost of living.-rh 16/3/2016
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48% of Israeli Jews Back ‘Expulsion’ or ‘Transfer’ of Arabs, New Pew Survey SaysNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - lmost half of all Israeli Jews are in favor of transferring or expelling the state’s Arab population, a major U.S. survey of Israeli public opinion has found. That staggering statistic comes from the Pew Research Center’s report on Israel’s religiously divided society, released on March 8.-rh 16/3/2016
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Israel`s education minister wants to reduce Jewish history to pogromsGil Gertel--A new committee is tasked with exposing Israeli students to Mizrahi and Sephardic Jewish history. The problem? There is more than one narrative. dn13/3/2016
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Israel`s Father of the Year (And Netanyahu`s Potential Successor) Sure Ignores Palestinian Kids Gideon Levy-- . . .Gideon Sa’ar is waiting. This Likudnik is still in his warm-up suit, hardly able to keep off the field. But he occasionally lets loose a statement to remind everyone of his existence. That was the case Thursday: “If Israel is to win the current battle,” it must “change the rules of the game and make the Palestinians feel that they are losing,” he said. Good thing there’s an alternative; good thing we have somebody who knows what to do. dn 13/3/2016
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“Airbnb profits off stolen homes”Ben Norton--More than 140,000 people from around the world have joined peace groups in calling on international housing rental giant Airbnb to stop profiting off of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. dn13/3/2016
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Joe Biden in JerusalemBernard Avishai--On Tuesday, Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Jerusalem, to discuss, among other things, a long-term military-aid package—in effect, funding for the Israel Defense Forces to acquire advanced American weapons. That morning, however, Haaretz reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had decided to cancel a planned trip to Washington, claiming that he could not secure a meeting with the President. The White House, which learned about the cancellation from news reports, said that it had offered a meeting on a day that the Prime Minister’s office had proposed dn13/3/2016
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PFLP denounces occupation attack on “Palestine Today” satellite channel, salutes Palestinian media workers PFLP--The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine condemned the Zionist state’s attack on the Palestine Today satellite channel and expressed its full solidarity with the channel after occupation forces invaded the station at dawn, arrested its director and some individual workers, emphasizing that this targeting of journalists and media institutions is a desperate attempt by the occupation to silence the truth.dn13/3/2016
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Ethnic cleansing poll a dangerous sign for IsraelMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 "The picture of the Jewish Israeli body politic drawn by the Pew survey seems to mirror the state of Israel’s politics, an indication that Israel’s system of government is more akin to a tyranny of the majority than democracy.For instance, we learn from the survey that the vast majority of Israeli Jews (79 percent) think Israel should give preferential treatment to its Jewish citizens. A statistically identical number (76 percent), with some obvious dissonance, say they believe that democracy is compatible with a Jewish state. Democracy without full equality for all citizens, however, is only a democracy in name." ca 11/3/2016
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IDF Intelligence Chief: More Worried About Israeli Society Than Terror Attacks Barak Ravid - Haaretz "Israel Defense Forces intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi told a parlor meeting on Tuesday night that he was more worried about the cohesion of Israeli society and the risk that it could diminish over the coming decade than he was about terror threats." ca 11/3/2016
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On the good Zionists who did not bother to read HerzlShmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - It is regrettable that even Amos Schocken, in his excellent and courageous article in Haaretz of 26 January 2016, in which he calls for external pressure on Israel in order to force it to withdraw from the Occupied Territories, also writes that “the two-state solution is the Zionist way”, and “Zionism, which is always willing to divide the Land of Israel with its Arab residents …” Where did he gets that idea from? gm11/3/2016
Bibi Cancels Meeting With Obama, Demands More Money InsteadDaniel McAdams - Information Clearing House "So Bibi`s plan B is now in full motion. First he blindsided the White House by suddenly canceling a meeting with Obama scheduled for this month. Much preparation had already gone into the meeting and a last-minute cancelation sent a very clear message to the White House. But the coup de grace is Netanyahu`s masterful manner of cancelation. He didn`t bother to notify the White House of his change of plans. Instead, the news came out today in a report by the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz." ca 11/3/2016
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Israel loses its grip on democracy Charles Enderlin - Le Monde diplomatique - Israel’s right and far right claim almost every week to have unmasked more traitors: leftwing NGOs are described as “moles financed by foreign powers” collaborating with the “Palestinian enemy”; writers, artists, political figures have been accused online, and subjected to racist insults and threats because they oppose the occupation of the Palestinian territories, or simply defend democracy.-rh10/3/2016
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Palestinians sue pro-Israel tycoons for $34.5bnJames Reinl - Aljazeera - A group of Palestinians has launched an ambitious $34.5bn lawsuit against United States-based tycoons, charities and firms for supporting Israeli land grabs, settlement-building and other violations of Palestinians` rights these past four decades. They seek damages from Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, Irving Moskowitz, a philanthropist with property interests in East Jerusalem, and megachurch pastor John Hagee for financing the construction of settlements on Palestinian soil.-rh 9/3/2016
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States of denial: Israel and the impending collapse of the Palestinian AuthorityYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "The message of young Palestinians going to their deaths clutching knives or scissors is clear: There is no way that Abu Mazen is going to liberate them from occupation." - id9/3/2016
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Israel`s anti-democratic administrative detention policyTamar Kaplansky- Ynet - "I am asking irritating questions. Indeed, it is clear that the authorities arrested him because they arrested him and they will free him because they will free him. If the security services say so, they know." - id9/3/2016
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Right-wing Israeli Group Elad Received Millions From Shadowy Private Donors Uri Blau and Nir Hasson - Haaretz - Donations to the NGO, which champions Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, topped $115 million over eight years, much from companies based in global tax shelters.-rh 9/3/2016
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Why is Israel detaining a clown?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Writing an article about a Palestinian prisoner held in Israeli administrative detention means walking a thin line. Such prisoners are detained by the Israeli security establishment without an indictment or a trial date. In some ways, this author is quite like the prisoner, his lawyers, his family and his friends. Neither he nor they know the reason for the arrest, or what intelligence was gathered against the suspect to lead the Shin Bet to conclude that he was involved in planning a terrorist attack. And there is an even more daunting question: Why did the authorities decide to use administrative detention, a controversial tool by any standard, rather than a more transparent criminal procedure, which would allow the courts to rule on it?-rh 9/3/2016
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Strike by West Bank Teachers Gains Momentum, Challenging GovernmentDIAA HADID and RAMI NAZZAL - The New York Times - Public schools across the West Bank have been shuttered since Feb. 7, in an unprecedented teacher strike against the ossifying Palestinian government. A dispute that began with the teachers’ demand for a pay raise has spiraled into the largest demonstrations in the West Bank in years, and a broad challenge to the Palestinian Authority, which is facing a severe budget shortfall and has responded with threats of arrests and mass firings.-rh9/3/2016
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Nearly half of Jewish Israelis want to expel Arabs, survey showsMarissa Newman - The Times of Israel - The survey makes no distinction between Palestinian Arabs of the West Bank and citizens of Israel in its question about whether Arabs should be expelled from Israel. And yet, 48% of Jewish Israelis said they were in favor, 46% were opposed, and 6% said they didn’t know.-rh9/3/2016
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Austrian Parliament cancels International Women’s Day event following attacks on Hedy EpsteinAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss - So it is with profound sadness to learn that a special event, previously scheduled for today, has been canceled by the Austrian Parliament due to the deliberate slandering of Hedy Epstein, almost certainly for her support for Palestinian freedom.-rh 9/3/2016
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Backed by the System : Abuse and Torture at the Shikma Interrogation FacilityB`Tselem - Over the past few months, Israeli media have given extensive coverage to the abuse and humiliation Israel Security Agency (ISA) interrogators inflicted on the Jewish detainees in the Duma torching case. Interrogation methods involving pain and suffering are unacceptable, unlawful, and there can be no justification for employing them. Engaged, critical public debate is certainly merited when they come to light. And yet, the abuse, humiliation and torture the ISA inflicts on Palestinian detainees on a daily basis is met by both the media and the public with disregard and indifference.-rh9/3/2016
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Violence Surges During Joe Biden Trip as Palestinians Fire on Car in JerusalemReuters - wo Palestinian assailants opened fire at cars in Jerusalem, wounding one man before police shot them dead on Wednesday, the force said, as violence surged during a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.-rh 9/3/2016
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Are Israel`s Arabs losing hope for peace?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Two-thirds of Israeli Arabs surveyed by the Pew Research Center said religion is very important in their lives, compared with just 30% of Jews. Israeli Muslims (68%), Christians (57%) and Druze (49%) all are more likely than Jews to say religion is very important to them, the survey concluded.-rh 9/3/2016
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Are Israeli Jews racist?Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Two surveys published recently find a link between Jewish-Orthodox identity and discriminatory opinions against Israeli-Palestinians." - id 9/3/2016
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How and why Palestinian nonviolent resistance failedThimna Bunte - +972 - A decade ago popular protests against the separation wall, settlements, and occupation were the great promise of the Palestinian struggle. Now a new book takes a look at why these demonstrations were never actually able to bring out the Palestinian masses to the streets, and what activists can learn for the future. [Review of Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby’s new book, Popular Protest in Palestine – The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance-bz]8/3/2016
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A Plea For Reason: An Open Letter to Prime Minister NetanyahuAlon Ben-Meir - Huffington Post - I write this letter to you with a heavy heart, as it pains me deeply to see what happens to the beautiful dream of a strong and proud Israel. As the Prime Minister who served longest in this position, the country is virtually crumbling under your watch. The social fabric is being torn apart by political divisiveness and economic injustice. The country is increasingly isolated, degenerating into a garrison state surrounding itself with walls and fences, vilified by friends and reviled by enemies. ak 8/3/2016
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2017: A crucial year for the Palestine QuestionHelena Cobban - Mondoweiss/Just World News - 50 years of rule by a foreign military is already a terrible travesty. Next year, 2017, will mark not only the somber anniversary of Israel`s occupation, but also the anniversaries of three other crucial developments in the Palestine Question: The centennial of the Balfour Declaration, the diktat that imperial London would support the creation of a “Jewish national home” in Palestine; the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Plan which gave a “birth certificate” to Israel (along with its conjoined twin, the never-born Palestinian Arab state); and the only it has ever had in international law; and the 30th anniversary of the launching of the First Intifada, which started in Gaza and spread rapidly through the Occupied Territories. ak 8/3/2016
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Administrative Detention: The Shame of Israel`s High CourtAnat Matar - Ha`aretz - About 750 administrative detainees are currently sitting in Israeli jails - none of them got any help from Israel`s Supreme Court. The security forces do what they want, without oversight. Over the years, the justices of the Supreme Court have obediently approved all Administrative Detentions, as they approved home demolitions, targeted killings, school closings, the use of flechette shells, the confiscation of land, curfews and blockades. In their examination of administrative detentions, the justices frequently state that they find no grounds to intervene in decisions made by the military courts. ak 8/3/2016
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Conflict of Interest: Americans in the IDFMohamed Mohamed--In the latest unrest gripping the Occupied Palestinian Territories, 21-year old Tuvya Weisman was stabbed and killed. Weisman was an Israeli settler and off-duty sergeant in the IDF, but he also happened to be a US citizen. dn6/3/2016
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Crimes against the Palestinians Are finally Called ‘Crimes’ Hasan Afif El-Hasan--Unlike the political elites and Zionist activists, Western public had not known or cared much about the Zionist project in Palestine before the establishment of Israel. Only after the birth of Israel, devout Christians and many Zionist Jews and secular intellectuals activated the call for sympathy with the European Jews to have a secured national home not in Europe where they had been ill-treated but in distant Palestine, and ignored the immorality and injustice of colonizing it. They knew Palestine was populated by a community that had nothing to do with the Jews suffering in Europe, but they perpetuated the Zionists big lie of “land without people for people without land” to reshape world opinion in support of Israel. Instead of describing the establishment of Israel as European colonization of a country and the ethnic cleansing of a nation, they focused on the “plight of Jews” in Europe.dn5/3/2016
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‘Slippery slope to a Weimar Republic’Charles Enderlin--Israel’s right and far right claim almost every week to have unmasked more traitors: leftwing NGOs are described as “moles financed by foreign powers” collaborating with the “Palestinian enemy”; writers, artists, political figures have been accused online, and subjected to racist insults and threats because they oppose the occupation of the Palestinian territories, or simply defend democracy. dn5/3/2016
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Why so many US presidents have failed to bring Middle East peaceAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "Elie Podeh, a professor with the Department of Islamic and Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, recently published the book "Chances for Peace: Missed Opportunities in the Arab-Israeli Conflict." He told Al-Monitor just this week that his research shows that a peace initiative introduced at the beginning of an American president’s term of office has higher chances of success than one that emerges later on." ca 4/3/2016
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How serious is the French proposal on Middle East peace?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "A major stumbling block to the conference has been the possibility of Israel refusing to attend over the French desire to recognize a Palestinian state if the talks fail... Camille Mansour, a board member of the Institute for Palestine Studies and former professor of international relations at the University of Paris, is skeptical. “I am not convinced that an international conference attempting to solve the Palestinian conflict can succeed while the US is busy in a presidential election campaign,” ca 4/3/2016
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In response to “George Shultz in Jerusalem” (Moshe Arens, Feb. 22)Ofer Dafni - Haaretz "...the Six-Day War, instead of being a seminal event and an instrument for attaining peace, was a disastrous turning point which converted that wonderful Israel, living in the mists of memory residing in the mind of an elderly American statesman, into a colonialist, racist, fundamentalist, benighted country, ruled by a prime minister who incites against half of his subjects..." ca 4/3/2016
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Red Rag column: On silence; Balad MKs; Dov Yermiya, RIP; letter to the Attorney-GeneralGideon Spiro - The anti-Occupation organization Breaking the Silence is being subjected to a campaign of incitement by the fascist movement Im Tirtzu, which began as an ephemeral delusional grouplet, a kind of ugly little fascist, and which developed into a highly influential venomous snake that spreads democracy-killing poison wherever it goes.3/3/2016
One of the longest hunger strikes in history has come to an endMaya Oppenheim - Independent - According to the Palestinian rights organisation Addameer, Mr Qiq began his fast on 25 November in protest at the “torture and ill treatment that he was subjected to during interrogation”. In this time his health has severely deteriorated, with the journalist previously reported to be facing “immediate death”. The head of the Palestinian Prisoner`s Society, Qadura Fares, said that Mr Qiq was now allowing doctors to treat him.-rh 2/3/2016
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A THIRD WAY, A FILM THAT OFFERS HOPERAY HANANIA - The Arab Daily News - "Stein is showing the documentary at film festivals around the world, most recently in Copenhagen, although not enough Arab film festivals have included it because of its underlying message of “normalization.”" - id 2/3/2016
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It is time to rebuild ties between Mizrahim and the Arab worldAlmog Behar - +972 - "We wanted to show that we too are part of the religious, cultural, and linguistic history of the region, even if we seem like we were “forgotten”." - id2/3/2016
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Why so many US presidents have failed to bring Middle East peaceAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Attempts by a long line of American presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, to broker an accord between Israelis and Palestinians or promote initiatives to end the conflict have hinged more on timing than anything else." - id 2/3/2016
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Following Molad exposure State Comptroller inspects transfer of development funds to Jewish Home affiliatesMolad - In September 2014, a Molad report exposed that state funds earmarked for developing Israel’s socioeconomic periphery were, in fact, being channeled to national-religious nonprofits working to indoctrinate secular communities, some in wealthy areas. The funds were transferred from the Housing Ministry, headed by Jewish Home member Uri Ariel, via the WZO`s Settlement Division.-rh2/3/2016
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Is Sisi Plotting With Israel To Have Dahlan Replace Abbas?Alan Hart - Information Clearing House - "Information Clearing House" -It`s not too much of a secret that Egypt`s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a Trump-like megalomaniac and a tyrant with few equals, is happy to do dirty work for Israel. And it may now be that he is seeking to prepare the ground for Mohammed Dahlan, almost certainly an American and Israeli intelligence asset (not a fulltime agent) to succeed Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA).-rh2/3/2016
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Palestinian killed by Israeli army during rescue mission to retrieve soldiers lost after using mobile directions app ‘Waze’ Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - In what began as a case of wrong directions, one Palestinian was killed overnight in Qalandia refugee camp in the West Bank in clashes that broke out between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli forces during an Israeli army rescue mission to retrieve two soldiers who lost their way after marking their course with the mobile directions app Waze.-rh2/3/2016
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Jews and Arabs running for peace in Jerusalem Danny Spektor - YnetNews - Despite the fact Jerusalem is in the midst of one of the more turbulent and difficult periods in recent years, there are residents from its western and eastern parts - Jews and Arabs alike - have decided to run together for peace.-rh 2/3/2016
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The Israeli-Egyptian love affairBen Caspit - Al-Monitor - Egyptian parliament member and TV talk show host Tawfiq Okasha let the genie out of the bottle. Even though a shoe was thrown in his face by Kamel Ahmed, another parliament member, and despite the savage attacks directed at him in the Egyptian media and public forum in recent days, the sharp-tongued, brazen Okasha doesn’t get excited. His crime was defined by the media as “the crime of normalization,” for the fact that he invited Haim Koren, Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, to his house for dinner on Feb. 24.-rh 2/3/2016
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In Israel, racism is the law : Successive Israeli governments since 1948 are responsible for the institutionalised discrimination against PalestiniansBen White - Aljazeera - On January 3, two Palestinians were removed from an Aegean Airlines flight from Athens to Tel Aviv, after Jewish Israelis claimed that they constituted a "security risk". The incident made headlines worldwide. A month later, a Tel Aviv-based cleaning company sparked outrage with a flyer that priced its staff based on ethnicity. The story was also covered around the world.-rh2/3/2016
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FROM OCCUPATION TO ANNEXATION : THE SILENT ADOPTION OF THE LEVY REPORT ON RETROACTIVE AUTHORIZATION OF ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION IN THE WEST BANKYesh Din - A new position paper by "Yesh Din" describes how the Government of Israel (GOI) unofficially adopted the Levy Report and is working towards implementing its recommendations and legal doctrine. The position paper demonstrates how over the past three and a half years the GOI has been gradually absolving itself of its duty to act within international law, and extricating itself from its duty to protect the property of the protected Palestinian population. This is a policy of de-facto annexation, while Israel refrains from officially annexing the West Bank, a step which would require granting Palestinian residents of the West Bank citizenship and equal rights.-rh2/3/2016
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Israel’s silent war on the children of PalestineInternational Solidarity Movement, Al-Khalil team - Apartheid can be defined as any system or practice that separates people according to colour, ethnicity, etc. The structures built throughout the Palestinian territories are representative of this process of separation and the collective punishment imposed by the zionist State of Israel. Not only are the Palestinians encaged by an immoral apartheid wall built on illegal boundaries, but the young kids of the nation are being exposed to similar structures of division on a daily basis, teaching them a self image of contempt, isolation and inferiority.-rh2/3/2016
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