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Israel and Hamas need each other — now more than everDoron Matza - +972 "The fact that Israel has no desire to destroy Hamas and re-occupy Gaza means the next round of fighting will end much like the previous ones: a ‘strategic tie’ with enormous human suffering in both Israel and the Strip...It is impossible to understand what is happening in the Gaza Strip without understanding the following paradox: the relationship between Israel and Hamas appears as a “zero-sum game,” yet both sides cooperate with one another." ca24/3/2017
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You are here Campaign Against Antisemitism is a campaign against PalestiniansTony Greenstein - Electronic Intifada "The Campaign Against Antisemitism was formed in August 2014 during a major Israeli offensive against Gaza. Its purpose was to paint Palestine solidarity campaigning and opposition to Zionism, Israel’s state ideology, as anti-Semitic.There was massive opposition to the attack on Gaza among the British public; an estimated 150,000 people took to the streets of London in one protest. Such was the climate of opinion that Sayeeda Warsi, then a Foreign Office minister, resigned from the government, describing its support for Israel as “morally indefensible.” ca 24/3/2017
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The voices missing from Syria`s peace talksZena Tahhan - Al Jazeera "Other than the fact that the government was sending people to prison for this, the regime outlawed the use of the term `civil society`. Civil society was being likened to Zionism and Masonry. There was a complete criminalisation of the term," Syoufi told Al Jazeera...With the war entering its seventh year, hundreds of civil society organisations have developed both inside and outside of Syria, amid a security vacuum and harrowing bloodshed, to fill the role of state institutions meant to protect and inform civilians." ca24/3/2017
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An appalling error Israel simply must apologise forJenni Frazer - Times of Israel - "I am not arguing that Israel should apologise because Dr Abuelaish was a bit of a media star, but rather because there was a terrible error made, in the heat of war. There’s a waiting path here, leading to the right thing to do. Please do it." - id 22/3/2017
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Is Palestinian frustration playing into Netanyahu`s strategy?Akiva Eldar - Al MOnitor - "With Palestinian frustration increasing over the hardships of the Israeli occupation, Israeli security experts keep warning of a violent breakout, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps ignoring the warnings." - id 22/3/2017
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What did the UN apartheid report expose in reality?Mark LeVine - Al Jazeera - The most damning aspect of the new report by the UN`s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which accuses Israel of being an apartheid state, is that the authors have used the scalpel of international law and the seemingly moribund International Covenant on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid to create a new matrix of analysis of the occupation, its generative dynamics, and likely future path that will prove extremely hard for even Israel`s most ardent defenders to refute in the coming years. [bz] 21/3/2017
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Does the term `apartheid` fit Israel? Of course it does.Saree Makdisi - Los Angeles Times - It`s obvious, of course, that Jewish settlements in the West Bank aren`t exactly bursting with Palestinians. But also in Israel itself hundreds of communities have been established for Jewish residents on land expropriated from Palestinians, in which segregation is maintained, for example, by admissions committees empowered to use ethnic criteria long since banned in the United States, or by the inability of Palestinian citizens to access land held exclusively for the Jewish people by the state-sanctioned Jewish National Fund. [bz]21/3/2017
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UN Removes Report Accusing Israel of The Crime Of Apartheid From Its Web SiteMitchell Plitnick - The Third Way - The report makes more than a few points that I find either valid or, at the very least, troubling enough that a serious discussion about them is not only warranted, but crucial. (...) I have decided to post the report and the executive summary here. Let’s not stifle discussion, let’s not de-legitimatize debate. Let’s examine the substance of the arguments Falk and Tilley make and deal with them. [bz] 21/3/2017
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Israel and the A-WordJohn Reynolds - CounterPunch - "There are of course differences in the modalities of Israel’s discrimination against Palestinians – depending on whether they are inside Israel, in occupied territory, or in exile. The crucial point that the UN report highlights, however, is that this is nonetheless best viewed as a single overarching institutional regime which discriminates against the Palestinian people as a whole" [ry]20/3/2017
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Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima KhalafJadaliyya - I cannot but stand by the findings of ESCWA’s report that Israel has established an apartheid regime that seeks the domination of one racial group over another. The evidence provided by this report drafted by renowned experts is overwhelming. Suffice it to say that none of those who attacked the report had a word to say about its content. I feel it my duty to shed light on the legally inadmissible and morally indefensible fact that an apartheid regime still exists in the 21st century rather than suppressing the evidence. [bz for dn]19/3/2017
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Red Rag column - the State Comptroller`s report on the Gaza warOpponents of the Occupation did not need the State Comptroller’s Report to know that “Operation Strong Cliff”, was a criminal operation, a failure, unnecessary and completely unjustified. Now we have the report of the State Comptroller, which reveals that the government did not discuss any political alternative to war.19/3/2017
The Conscientious Objectors Threatening the Israeli System David Zonsheine - Haaretz - Tamar Alon, Tamar Ze’evi and Atalia Ben Aba are exceptional not because they decided not to join the army – everyone knows it’s very easy to avoid military service in Israel – but precisely because they decided to enlist in the service of publicly exposing the principal apparatus that inductees serve: Israel’s violent rule over the Palestinian people. The reason the army continues to keep them locked up is simple: they pose a threat to the mechanism. If the three had decided to seek an exemption via a mental health officer, they wouldn’t pose a threat and they wouldn’t have been jailed. [bz for dn]19/3/2017
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UN agency labels Israel ‘apartheid regime’– and Israel likens organization to Nazis Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "Apartheid, the report described, is “a crime against humanity” and defined as: “[I]nhuman acts…committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial groups or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime.” ca17/3/2017
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Donald Trump invites Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to visit White HouseTom Batchelor - Independent - The invite signals an attempt by the Trump administration to improve relations with the Palestinians after a series of controversial statements on geopolitics in the region. During a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington last month, Mr Trump suggested the US was no longer wedded to a two-state solution.-rh 16/3/2017
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Trump warns annexation of West Bank will cause ‘immediate crisis’ between US and Israel – Lieberman Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - The warning came after Likud KM Miki Zohar, who advocates annexation, stated on Israeli television Channel i24 last night that the two state solution was “dead” and Palestinians, while not having full citizenship, would nonetheless enjoy rights like every citizen, except for the right to vote for the Knesset — unless they serve in the army or to “serve the country” which he hastened to assure viewers they would not do. Lieberman noted he’d been getting calls from “all of the world wanting to know if this is the position of the coalition,” continuing,“[W]e need to separate from the Palestinians and not to integrate them. The decision to annex Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] would mean the integration of 2.7 million Palestinians in Israel.”-rh 16/3/2017
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Left-wing activist detained by police in the West BankThe Times of Israel Staff - Times of Israel -Jeff Halper, a cofounder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, told Haaretz that he was stopped by police after leading a group on a tour near the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. He said they pulled him off a bus heading to Jerusalem and put him in a police van after saying something about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which advocates sanctioning Israel over its policies in the West Bank. According to Halper, the officers asked him if he had “any BDS material” in his bag, before proceeding to throw a number of maps he had on the ground.-rh 16/3/2017
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Israel denies redress to thousands of PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Aljazeera - Israel has given itself almost complete immunity from paying compensation in cases where its soldiers have killed, injured or disabled Palestinian civilians, an Israeli human rights group has warned. In a report released on Wednesday, entitled Getting Off Scot-Free, B`Tselem said that Israel had violated its obligations under international law by denying many thousands of Palestinians redress in Israeli civil courts.-rh 16/3/2017
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Israel’s Ban Of BDS Supporters Stirs Rather Than Stifles DebateLiat Deener-Chodirker - Forward - The bill passed by the Knesset seems to have no tolerance for the views or commitments of people like me. It is an attack on core principles of free speech, democracy, and so many of the values that we as pro-Israel Americans hold up as central to the connection between our countries. It seems designed to exclude and isolate those who combine support for Israelis with support for the rights of Palestinians.-rh 15/3/2017
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Comptroller`s report on the last Gaza war: More is hidden than revealedYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Operation Protective Edge, which began in July 2014, was the result of a clear policy to thwart the unity government that Fatah and Hamas had recently established." - id 15/3/2017
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Israeli Police Abduct A Palestinian Novelist From JerusalemIMEMC News - Israeli police officers abducted, on Saturday morning, a Palestinian novelist after she finished writing her latest work dubbed “The Jackal’s Trap,” talking about informants and collaborators, spying on their own people. The Palestinian novelist, identified as Khaleda Gousha, was abducted after the police and soldiers stormed her home, in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem.-rh 15/3/2017
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Bibi Offers Trump Envoy Platitudes About Palestinian Economic BettermentRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Remember those South African Bantustans Ciskei and Transkei?  Well, add to that Palestine as envisioned by Bibi Netanyahu and blessed by Donald Trump." - id 15/3/2017
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Arab citizens, not Israeli leftists, pay the real price for speaking outRoi Manor - +972 - The Israeli government may be cracking down on human rights NGOs and left-wing activists, but Palestinians citizens of Israel are the ones suffering from concrete persecution — with sometimes fatal results.-rh15/3/2017
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Women and the armyAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "Under the slogan in the "Neither secretary nor tank crew – a refuser and a Feminist", three young women this week repeated the ritual which the IDF forces upon those who were examined by the army’s "Conscience Committee" and ruled to be lacking a conscience." - id15/3/2017
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‘Unfortunately there are many more decent than brave people’ — Michael Sfard Robert Herbst - Mondoweiss - “We can no longer resist with complete freedom. One has to be brave to participate in non-violent dissent, and unfortunately there are many more decent than brave people. Israeli politicians are afraid,” and there have been a “tsunami of bills to close the democratic space available to us.” -rh15/3/2017
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How to hold Israel accountable for the crime of apartheidAlaa Tartir - Middle East Eye - As the US administration engages in designing and implementing its “regional solution” to the Arab-Israeli conflict, and as the international community is “celebrating and remembering” the anniversaries of the 1917 Belfour Declaration, the 1948 Nakba, and the 1967 Israeli occupation of the remaining of Palestinian lands, they should question the nature of the “one-state reality” that exists in Palestine-Israel.-rh15/3/2017
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Coming to terms with the death of a former partner in struggleAviv Tatarsky - +972 - Before he was killed in a gunfight with Israeli forces, Basel al-Araj was a nonviolent activist who fought for his village. His transition from nonviolence to armed struggle feels like a personal defeat for me. [bz for dn]12/3/2017
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Basil of Al-Walaja: RIPMazin Qumsiyeh - Popular Resistance blog - “The new Al-Walaja represented a threat to Jewish colonial settlements and West Jerusalem (because of its geographic location) but we had so many problems…the displaced and the refugees, the taking of our water rights, the wall built on our land, home demolitions, apartheid, residency rights. ….Resistance is a normal reaction [to this]….. Palestine is a microcosm of the world, its history that of mankind. What happens here is an indicator of things to come around the world.” These prophetic words rang in my ears when I heard of Basil’s martyrdom. [bz for dn] 12/3/2017
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A Palestinian state now or equal rights until there is a solution -- “we can accept either but we cannot accept neither”Tony Klug - SISO panel, J Street conference - After half a century, Israel’s “occupation-chickens” are coming home to roost – creeping isolation, growing challenges to the state’s legitimacy, rising anti-Jewish feeling, spreading accusations of apartheid, to say nothing of the blossoming of religious zealotry and radical nationalism. In the wake of the celebrated military victory of 1967, a number of Israeli voices rose above the exultant mood of the time to warn of the perils of triumphalism, hubris and complacency. [bz] 11/3/2017
Only the Israeli Dead Matter: Israel’s Failure at Investigating Its Bloody WarsRamzy Baroud - Information Clearing House "At a glance, Israel appears a true democracy. Take a closer look and that facade of democracy will soon dissipate, turning into something else entirely. Tuesday 28 February was one of those moments. The chain of events was as follows: An official Israeli State Comptroller issued another report on the Israeli government’s handling of the July 2014 war on Gaza; it chastised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon – among others – for the lack of preparedness and for their mishandling of the subsequent 51-day conflict; Netanyahu reacted angrily; Ya’alon took to Facebook to defend his record; the opposition in the Israeli Knesset went on the offensive; politicians lined up, taking sides; a media frenzy followed; the country was in an uproar." ca 10/3/2017
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Trump to Speak With Palestinian President Abbas for First Time on Friday Amir Tibon - Haaretz "The conversation with Abbas comes ahead of an expected visit by Jason Greenblatt, one of Trump`s top diplomatic advisers, to the region. Abbas will be one of the last Arab leaders to speak with Trump on the phone, after the president has already spoken with the leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the region." ca10/3/2017
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Video: ‘Apartheid has been here for ages. It doesn’t really bother us’ — Israeli comedian says in closing act Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - The Israeli comedian Assaf Harel and the host of the show “Good Night With Asaf Harel,” used the monologue of his series finale on Monday to dive into a speech where he said Israel had reached a state of “apartheid” long ago. “Ever since the right-wing took power, more and more voices are warning of apartheid. Are you kidding? Apartheid has been here for ages. Ages,” Harel said.-rh9/3/2017
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How Netanyahu got cold feet over historic peace initiativeBen Caspit - Al-Monitor - The first time during this yearlong process that he got cold feet he decided to bring Yisrael Beitenu head Avigdor Liberman into the government instead of Herzog. This unexpected, pointed about-face took place in May 2016, leaving the entire system in shock. But Netanyahu’s true artistry lies in his ability to collect the pieces together after his shake-up and then recruit everyone again. The second time, it blew up last October, just before the formulation of the final version of the detailed draft that Netanyahu created for Herzog. This time, the excuse was the fact that the High Court of Justice had refused to extend the date for the evacuation of the Amona settlement. According to a diplomatic source speaking on condition of anonymity, Netanyahu claimed that the evacuation had caused a crisis in his coalition and asked Herzog to wait “a few more months.” At that point, Herzog knew that all was lost. He suddenly understood that he had spent an entire year with his foot on the gas — in neutral.-rh 9/3/2017
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Exit through the checkpoint: Inside Banksy`s new Bethlehem hotelHaggai Matar - +972 - Every room overlooks the West Bank separation wall, the lobby features a Greek statue choking on teargas, and faux-security cameras dot the corridors. Welcome to “The Walled Off Hotel,” the new Bethlehem-based project from British street artist and enfant terrible Banksy.-rh 9/3/2017
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Baseless Arrests in the Holy Kingdom of Judea and Samaria Amira Hass - Haaretz - We won’t publish S.’s full name because at 17 years old, he is a juvenile. Unidentified soldiers from an unidentified IDF unit arrested him and his neighbor, Saif-al-Din Ibrahim, on February 28. They fired shots to scare them, slapped them, inflicted pain and left them bound and blindfolded out in the cold for several hours. Then the police were called in on a baseless pretext to finalize the abuse. The arrests without cause of S. and Saif al-Din Ibrahim are two more of those unreported run-ins, an entirely normal circumstance in the holy kingdom of Judea and Samaria.-rh 9/3/2017
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Israeli land seizure bill ‘an opening to annexation of West Bank’Ben Lynfield - The National - Masoud Ganaim, an Arab member of the Knesset, said the bill will "legitimise the theft of land from the Palestinians and is an opening to annexation of the rest of the territory in the West Bank. It will change everything, it will close up the path to the peace process and to any two state solution. There won’t be two states, there won’t be a solution.-rh9/3/2017
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A Palestinian woman finds hope in American Jewish resistanceSamah Salaime - +972 - At the progressive Jewish conference of the year, a Palestinian politician wins rousing applause and a former U.S. presidential candidate talks of the injustices caused by the founding of the State of Israel — both seeds of hope for someone who wakes up every day to news of home demolitions and land grabs.-rh9/3/2017
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Israel’s Welcome Now Reserved Only For Jews Who Back NetanyahuJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Arabs and Muslims have always struggled to gain entry to Israel. Palestinians are routinely abused at the borders, and thousands, especially from Jerusalem, have been stripped of the right to return home after living abroad. But new figures show Israel is excluding other groups too. Entry denials have increased nine-fold in the past five years, topping 16,000 people last year. Among those increasingly turned away are political activists. Israel controls all access to the occupied Palestinian territories, and has been regularly denying entry to solidarity activists and those who support the boycott movement. Legislation passed by the Israeli parliament on Monday night will only intensify the exclusionary trend. The new law forbids entry to anyone who supports a boycott, even if it is only of the settlements. As one legislator pointed out, that means Israel may quickly find itself bound to refuse entry to all officials from the United Nations and Europe.-rh 8/3/2017
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Did Trump Warn Israel Against Annexation?Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - " Why would Trump even care at this point about annexation? It isn’t yet on the table in a serious legislative way in Israel." - id8/3/2017
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Can international force save Gaza?Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - "Halevy based his March 1 closed-door briefing to members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, among other things, on a 2015 United Nations report warning that if current trends persist in the Gaza Strip, by 2020 Gaza will not be fit for human habitation." - id 8/3/2017
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I Support Boycotting Settlements — Should I Be Banned From Israel With My Children?Peter Beinart - Forward - In 2012, I wrote a book that urged American Jews to buy products from “democratic Israel,” the territory inside Israel’s original boundaries in which Jews and Palestinians live under the same law, but not “nondemocratic Israel,” the West Bank, where Jews enjoy citizenship and Palestinians live under colonial rule. So while I oppose boycotting Israel as a whole, I support boycotting Israeli settlements, which I believe threaten Israel’s moral character and its long-term survival.-rh 8/3/2017
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`Basil al-Araj was a beacon for Palestinian youth` : Family, friends of Basil al-Araj, killed by the Israeli army, say his struggle against occupation will not be forgotten.Shatha Hammad and Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera - Dozens of Basil`s friends and family members have subsequently visited the house where Basil barricaded himself before he was killed. They marched in the streets of Ramallah on Monday with tears on their faces, carrying pictures of Basil and calling him the "martyr of security coordination". In response to Basil`s death, Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement in Gaza, condemned in a statement the security coordination between the PA and Israel. "The systematic killings and the security coordination with the [Israeli] occupation will not succeed in breaking the resistance or undermine the determination of our people."-rh 8/3/2017
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Red Rag column - Hassan Nasrallah: ally of Israeli civil societyGideon Spiro - Politics sometimes produce strange alliances and collaborations between erstwhile deadly enemies. For many years environmental protection organizations have been campaigning for the removal of the ammonia tank in Haifa, which could cause mass casualties in the event of its being the target of a terrorist attack. The owners of the ammonia tank, who belong to the tycoon class, succeeded in ridiculing the leaders of the campaign and with the help of the authorities implemented the classical capitalist maxim according to which profits are more important than human life. Until, that is, Nasrallah came along and changed the rules of the game. gm 7/3/2017
Unlearning apartheid apologism: A Jewish response to Israeli Apartheid WeekSophie Edelhart, Eliza Moss-Horwitz, Jack Snyder - Columbia Spectator - We had been lied to, but more than that, we had been raised in a community that failed to face the anti-democratic reality of the State of Israel. Rather than being taught to pursue justice for all—Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and non-Jews—we had been told to defend Israel at all costs. [bz]7/3/2017
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Who is the main culprit - settlers or government?Ben Ehrenreich - The Baffler - In making his documentary "The Settlers", Shimon Dotan got settlers to say the damnedest things on camera: “Arabs don’t belong in our country” /"The Land of Israel stretches virtually all the way to Iraq” / “Ultimately the Arabs are right, Zionism is the aggressor.” However, Dotan`s presentation is clearly slanted to place the full blame for Israel`s present situation on "the fanatic settlers" and distract attention from the willing complicity of all governments since 1967 - including Labor governments. [ak] 7/3/2017
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Has Israel recognized link between Gaza blockade, security threat?Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - Retired judge, now State Comptroller, Joseph Shapira dares to confront the fact that all recent Israeli governments energetically denied: that there is a direct link between the siege, the growing military strength of Hamas and the rockets fired at southern Israeli towns and villages. "The security-diplomatic Cabinet, especially Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself, did not give any consideration to the fact that Israel itself was creating an imminent major security threat from Gaza and endangering Israeli lives." [bz] 4/3/2017
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The Hypocrisy of the anti-Trump hatersRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Nothing exposes hypocrisy of anti-Trump activists than rejection of Keith Ellison. When the Democrats and the anti-Trump haters have put meaning in their words but instead chose to expose their hypocrisy by back-stabbing the candidacy of the First Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison to become the DNC Chairman. They “love” Muslims but only enough to exploit it." - id3/3/2017
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Divide and Conquer: Israel Learns from the ‘Best’Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The concept of divide and conquer has been used successfully by colonial power for centuries, perhaps even millennia...Israel too has employed divide and conquer to weaken its enemies almost since its founding. When it found Arab minorities like the Druze or Bedouin whom it could co-opt, it offered them benefits and superior status. It recruited them to serve in the army, where they fought against their fellow Arabs. But when he couldn’t co-opt, Ben Gurion simply bared the claws of the state and expelled hundreds of thousands of indigenous inhabitants in the Nakba (a word Bernie Sanders almost used in his J Street speech!!)." - id 3/3/2017
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Anti-Semitism in the U.S. doesn’t make me want to move to IsraelSarah Stern - +972 - "Why would American Jews be any less repulsed by the ultra-nationalist tendencies rampant in Israel than they are by those taking hold in America?" - id 3/3/2017
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No leader at the end of the tunnelNahum Barnea - Ynet - "The overall impression from the state comptroller’s report on Operation Protective Edge is that Netanyahu isn’t functioning as a leader: He isn’t outlining a policy because he has no policy; he isn’t imposing his opinion because he has no opinion. The amazing thing is the gap between his image as ‘Mr. Security’ and his real involvement in security management." - id3/3/2017
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Scales of JusticeAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked redressed this negative tendency, making a successful effort to change the composition of the Supreme Court and include more conservative judges, especially some who belong to the Religious-Zionist sector. A particular success was recorded with the appointment of David Mintz – a British-born jurist who came to Israel in 1970 and immediately moved to the West Bank settlement of Dolev." - id3/3/2017
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In Palestine, no job means no health insuranceKhaled Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - GAZA, Gaza Strip — According to official figures published by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics on Feb. 16, the unemployment rate in Palestine climbed to 26.9%, with 360,500 unemployed out of a total workforce of 1.3 million in Palestine, while the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip exceeded 80%, according to the Zakat Department affiliated with the Palestinian Ministry of Religious Endowments. Despite these staggering figures, the Palestinian Cabinet announced Feb. 15 the cancellation of all health insurance benefits granted to unemployed citizens starting March 1.-rh 2/3/2017
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Bernie Sanders Electrifies J Street With Emotional Message On Israel — And TrumpRon Kampeas - Forward - “Now, as many of you know, I have a connection to the State of Israel going back many years,” Sanders said, addressing the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group’s annual conference.“In 1963, I lived on a kibbutz near Haifa,” he said. “It was there that I saw and experienced for myself many of the progressive values upon which the State of Israel was founded. I think it is very important for everyone, but particularly for progressives, to acknowledge the enormous achievement of establishing a democratic homeland for the Jewish people after centuries of displacement and persecution, and particularly after the horror of the Holocaust.” Sanders said that recognizing the ensuing Palestinian suffering should not diminish support for Israel.-rh 2/3/2017
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Israel`s hateful posts target Palestinian politiciansNigel Wilson - Aljazeera - A Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament since 2009, Zoabi has been verbally and physically assaulted since she participated in a flotilla attempting to break the blockade of Gaza in 2010. She has also received threats by telephone and email to her office. According to a recent study by the Palestinian digital rights group 7amleh, Zoabi was the subject of 60,000 hateful online posts in 2016. Her fellow Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi, was the subject of 40,000 posts, while President Mahmoud Abbas appeared in 30,000 posts.-rh 2/3/2017
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New documentary highlights life of imprisoned Palestinian leaderDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - “Marwan” was produced and directed by young Palestinian director Ahmad Barghouti (no close relation) and is more of a political documentary than a work of art. Othman noted that the story of Barghouti is the classical story of all Palestinians. “He was 8 years old when the 1967 occupation occurred. He came from a poor family and graduated from Birzeit University, where he headed the student council. He became a Fatah youth leader. He was deported in the first intifada, returned with [Yasser] Arafat and dedicated his life to the Fatah youth movement he had helped establish. He was imprisoned many times and yet he has never given up. And today, he has become the highest vote receiver in the seventh Fatah congress.”-rh 2/3/2017
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Settler leaders should have been put on trial, not AzariaAmnon Abramovich - Ynetnews - It’s not Elor Azaria who should have been put on trial, it’s all the leaders of the Jewish settlement in Hebron throughout the years. The trial should not have focused on morality in battle, but on the morality of their presence there. Some 900 settlers and yeshiva students have placed themselves among 250,000 Palestinians. Most of them are not preaching good neighborly relations and peace, they are agitators calling for a transfer.-rh 2/3/2017
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Trump’s Middle East ‘deal’ leaves out one vital player: Palestinians Rashid Khalidi - Once again, the future of Palestine is being decided behind the back of the Palestinians. Once again, they have been made invisible. In 1917, when the Balfour Declaration was being crafted in the British cabinet, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann had direct access to key decision-makers. It was a privilege not extended to any Palestinian. “In Palestine,” Balfour himself said, “we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country.” Weizmann also had direct access to President Truman in 1947 when the United States pushed through the United Nations General Assembly partition resolution that gave more than half of Palestine to the 30 percent that made up its Jewish minority -rh2/3/2017
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Netanyahu and the `apartheid state`Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come up with a new, supposedly sophisticated answer for pesky journalists who ask whether he still supports the two-state solution. If Netanyahu responded that he hopes for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, he would incur the wrath of his friends in the government, the Likud and the Knesset. On the other hand, if he said the two-state solution is dead in the water, he would face condemnation by the entire international community. He cannot, however, simply ignore the question. So what can he do? Throw out the response, “Rather than deal with labels, I want to deal with substance.”.-rh 1/3/2017
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Comptroller: Defense establishment neglected tunnel handlingYaron Druckman - Ynetnews - The Shin Bet and Military Intelligence failed to cooperate on tunnels; `significant gaps in intelligence` left troops on the ground no choice but to improvise; plans to combat the threat remained on paper, while the Defense Ministry cut down on budget to protect Gaza border communities.-rh1/3/2017
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Child Rights Briefing: February 2017 : News and updates on the situation of Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.Defence for Children International - February 6, 2017—Evictions, demolitions, and UXO are constant risks for Palestinian children living in ares of the Jordan Valley that Israel has declared as "firing zones," where Israeli battalions regularly assemble to hone their combat skills. Before tanks can shoot off missile rounds and soldiers can carry out practice missions, goats are removed, animal pens and tents are dismantled. Read more.-rh1/3/2017
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The 50th anniversary of the occupation will rock the Jewish establishment Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - †Ê …Y †Ô ‡ç ‡í In three months the American Jewish community is going to hit an iceberg called the Jubilee, the 50th anniversary of the occupation/Six Day War. The collision is going to change the Jewish establishment. The fractures that have been developing for years over Israel are going to break out in public agony. The anniversary will change the American Jewish relationship to Israel for a long time, as the Six Day War did 50 years go. Young Jews will take charge, young anti-Zionists will be welcomed into some synagogues, and some will speak up for BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against Israel.-rh1/3/2017
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How Israel’s Gaza War report became a political battlefield Mazal Mualem - Al Monitor "Bennett`s new status as the political beneficiary of the criticism surrounding Operation Protective Edge bolsters his standing within his party and among the right at large. When confronting Netanyahu and Ya`alon, his two main rivals for the leadership of the right, he can now present himself as a security hawk who has a better understanding of the threats posed by the campaign in Gaza. Along the way, he is also firing off a warning shot at an emerging political threat by challenging the professionalism of Gantz, someone frequently mentioned as a candidate for Labor Party leadership." ca 1/3/2017
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Could a Palestinian politician best represent American Jewish values? Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 "Delivering a keynote address at the annual J Street conference in Washington this weekend, Ayman Odeh, leader of the third-largest bloc in Israel’s parliament, the Joint List, described a Jewish-Arab agenda to advance true and full equality, social justice, and peace.I asked Odeh if, in the wake of Herzog’s plan to defer peacemaking, he believes there is a unique opportunity to present himself to progressive American Jews as the Israeli politician who is most closely aligned with their values.1/3/2017
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Whenever possible, this government always thinks the worst of Israel’s Arab citizens.Jeff Barak - Jerusalem Post - In an ideal world, instead of writing a mealymouthed Facebook post raising the possibility of apologizing for his actions, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan would be composing a letter of dismissal to Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich and, immediately afterwards, his own letter of resignation. And, in this ideal world, should Erdan refuse to do so, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would step in and sack them both, stressing that the political and professional leadership of the Israel Police cannot be comprised by men who are too quick to jump to racist conclusions. [bz] 28/2/2017
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‘If we resist: more sanctions. If the settlers kill us: more sanctions.’Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - After the massacre, Palestinians in Hebron anticipated the evacuation of nearby settlers or at least for restrictions to be imposed on them. Instead, Israeli authorities instituted restrictions on Palestinian locals, including eventually prohibiting Palestinian foot traffic on Shuhada Street. [bz]28/2/2017
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The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel from ItselfRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “Having Trump by his side, Netanyahu will work diligently to perfect the Palestinian prison in the name of Israel’s security. […] Israel has laid out its dark vision. Palestinians must present the antithesis to that destructive vision: a road map towards justice, equality and peace for all” [ry]27/2/2017
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Why I oppose NetanyahuDavid Rothfield - Many progressive Jews, in Israel and the diaspora, once hoped for an Israel that would live in peace with its Palestinian neighbours on a basis of mutual recognition and respect. Netanyahu has put paid to those hopes. His dream is different. He wants a strong Jewish Israel ruling the lands of biblical Israel where a Palestinian presence will be tolerated with certain conditions. With agility and resilience, he has pursued that vision for 20 years with great success. Shockingly, he may now have an ally in the White House. It seems Prime Minister Turnbull was unwilling to raise these issues while Netanyahu was here. As a Jewish member of the Greens, I appreciate the strong statements of our Greens MPs Scott Ludlam and Lee Rhiannon criticising Netanyahu and the human rights violations his government is committing. [bz for dn]26/2/2017
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Herzog’s Flawed PlanMitchell Plitnick - The Third Way - This sort of thinking is the inevitable result of the unequal relationship between an occupying power that is a stable, economically healthy, regional superpower and a dispossessed and occupied people. The decision is entirely Israel’s, and it is based entirely on Israel’s concerns, not on any notion that Palestinians have inalienable rights and are entitled to the same freedoms as everyone else. [bz for dn]26/2/2017
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Benjamin Netanyahu’s Art of AvoidanceBernard Avishai - The New Yorker - Things did not work out as planned. On Monday night, Michael Flynn, Trump’s national-security adviser, who was expected to amplify Netanyahu’s claims of an Iranian threat, resigned. Washington was in tumult over reports of Flynn and other Trump advisers’ communications with Russian intelligence officials. Netanyahu himself arrived compromised by personal scandal and political strain. He is the target of three criminal investigations, and an indictment in any of them could force his resignation, much as corruption allegations forced the resignation of his predecessor and rival Ehud Olmert, in 2008. The most serious of these accusations has undermined his support in Israel’s security establishment, which he purports to represent. Meanwhile, Netanyahu has been cornered by zealots in his coalition, who had assumed, with his encouragement, that Trump’s election would allow them to freely pursue the settlement project, unhindered by talk of a Palestinian state.-rh23/2/2017
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The Middle East: Contradictory promises that led to a century of conflictJeffrey D. Sachs - Boston Globe - As in so many other parts of the Middle East, the roots of today’s crisis go back to perfidious dealings by the British Empire during World War I, and of course to more ancient conflicts as well. The lands that today are Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank were part of the Ottoman Empire for centuries, and were settled overwhelmingly by Arabs. Small numbers of religious Jews had lived in Jerusalem for centuries, and greater numbers of Jewish emigrants began to arrive at the end of the 19th century following the anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia. The idea of a renewed Jewish homeland in the Jews’ biblical lands was revived at the end of the 19th century among the Jewish people by Theodor Herzl, the Vienna-based founder of modern Zionism.-rh23/2/2017
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Who are real losers of US veto at UN against former Palestine PM?Daoud Kuttab - Almonitor - The strong reaction to blocking the secretary-general from appointing a qualified Palestinian has left a mark on the Trump administration and has inadvertently resurrected the profile of a Palestinian leader the world had forgotten. It even brought about agreement within Palestinian society and its leadership. Fayyad and Palestinians are not the real losers in this case. Rather, that distinction belongs, unfortunately, to the people of Libya, who have been denied a competent, Arabic-speaking world class talent to help bring their splintered society together.-rh 23/2/2017
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Elor Azaria Verdict: ‘No Justice for Palestinians’Jonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - There has rarely been a trial in Israel where the judges have been under such relentless – and mostly hostile – scrutiny. That appeared to be reflected in their sentencing, more than a month after they found Azaria guilty of manslaughter. The sentence was much lower than the three to five years demanded by the prosecution, and far below the maximum tariff of 20 years. One of the three judges dissented, recommending two and a half to five years.-rh 23/2/2017
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Lost Time: Palestinian prisoners in Israel : The poignant stories of Palestinian prisoners in Israel and the effects of imprisonment on them and their families.Aljazeera World - There are an estimated 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Since 1967, around 750,000 Palestinians have been in custody. Lost Time hears the deeply personal stories of some of the prisoners and their families, exploring the social, emotional, financial, physical, and psychological effects of long-term imprisonment.-rh23/2/2017
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Donald Trump`s abandonment of the two-state solution descended into dark comedy very quicklyRobert Fisk - Independent - It was almost as funny to listen to the “experts” on US channels trying to summarise Donald Trump’s ravings on the Middle East as it was to listen to his original gobbledegook at his press conference with Bibi Netanyahu. Unable to understand what the President’s inanities actually meant, the lads and lasses of the satellite channels were telling us that he was not as committed as his predecessor to the “two-state” solution but might favour a “one-state” solution – yet wasn’t ruling out a “two-state” solution. Oh yes, and he’d like Bibi to “hold back” on settlements. Most of the “experts” chose to leave out the pathetic Trump addendum – “for a little bit” – because they had no more idea than Trump what this actually meant.-rh 23/2/2017
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Hanan Ashrawi: “We Are Seriously Worried”Hanan Ashrawi - The Cairo Review of Global Affairs - The problem is not negotiations. We’ve been negotiating since 1991. The problem is the commitment and the political will to respect international law and to have genuine negotiations that would really lead to ending the occupation and a peaceful solution. And [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu would like nothing better than an endless process of negotiations in order to buy more time to create more facts to destroy the two-state solution. So what we need would be a positive engagement and an involvement that would, on the one hand, curb Israeli violations, lead Israel to compliance with international law and create a system of accountability for Israel, but, at the same time, create a system of protections for the Palestinians and ensure that whatever negotiations that will emerge will be based on international law and will have clear objectives and a clear timeline.-rh23/2/2017
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How both Trump and Netanyahu whitewashed antisemitism with ‘love’ Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - In this conference, a question was asked at a point by one reporter: “Mr. President, since your election campaign and even after your victory, we’ve seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic — anti- Semitic incidents across the United States. And I wonder, what do you say to those among the Jewish community in the states and in Israel and maybe around the world who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones?”-rh23/2/2017
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Guy Hirschfeld’s post on the Palestinian Jordan Valley:Guy Hirschfeld - Machsomwatch reports - While on our way we were already informed by phone that the bulldozer was seen on the road, escorted by the Civil Administration. Through our local contacts we located the forces. We will probably never quite understand the panic that seizes the locals when they feel that they’re next – some of them simply begin to evacuate their homes, knowing that the evil agents will not even let them get their meager possessions out in time.-rh 22/2/2017
Trump opens door to “One State,” riles IsraelisRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Israelis across the board have been attacking Trump and denouncing Netanyahu for failing to confront Trump during their join press conference held on Wednesday in the East Room of the White House." - id22/2/2017
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Deep State Avenges Bibi’s Rejection of U.S.-Arab Peace DealRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Secretary of State John Kerry organized a secret peace conference last February, including Jordan’s King Abdullah and Egypt’s dictator, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at which he presented a peace plan modeled on the Arab initiative which would’ve guaranteed recognition by all Arab states of Israel as a Jewish state. It also would’ve designated Jerusalem as a joint capital in which international commitments would ensure holy places would be accessible to all parties, the security of any settlement blocs would be guaranteed, all future claims against Israel would be abrogated, and the Palestinian Right of Return would be realized only within the new Palestinian state." - id22/2/2017
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A Tale of Two Realities: Trump and IsraelBINOY KAMPMARK - Counterpunch - "It remains to be seen whether that fateful press conference buried the two-state idea with few funeral rites. If so, such a process can hardy banish the militant misery and indignation that Palestinians will continue to nurse and express. The implacable enemy within remains the most dangerous of all." - id 22/2/2017
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The Trump-Netanyahu summit may have actually made things worseZvi Schuldiner - Global Il Manifesto - For Israel, the meeting makes the situation worse. The Israeli right now believes it can sell citizens on the annexation so dear to the nationalist and fundamentalist coalition that dominates the country. But polls surprisingly indicate that a majority of Israelis support the two-state solution. In this context, the ultra-right wants to use the apparent sympathy of racist Trump to continue with the advance of the settlements in the occupied territories. The settlements are not only a way to gain control of Palestinian lands, they are also a source of new obstacles to a possible or theoretical peace. They also increase the possibility of bloodshed.-rh 22/2/2017
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Trump`s warm embrace of Netanyahu nothing for Jews to celebrateAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revels over his meeting with President Donald Trump, US and Australian Jews are uncomfortable with his warm relations with a volatile and anti-Muslim leader." - id22/2/2017
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Red Rag column - in Israel it`s hard even to die with dignityGideon Spiro - Seniors in nursing homes, who did not choose their ailments and their suffering, are exposed to humiliation and violence, and live under poor hygienic conditions. Visitors are greeted by the smell of urine and excrement. 21/2/2017
The Middle East `peace process` was a myth. Donald Trump ended it Rashid Khalidi - The Guardian - It matters little whether this travesty is called a one-state or a two-state “solution,” or whether the Palestinians get the right to fly a flag over such a pitiful Bantustan. In this brave new world, it is more urgent than ever for the Palestinians to overcome their crippling internal divisions (...) and produce a clear strategy for a future of complete equality between Palestinians and Israelis. Perhaps Trump has provided the opportunity for them to lay out what a truly just and equal one-state, or binational, or confederal, or two-state solution would look like. [bz] 21/2/2017
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How Palestinians should respond to Trump`s `one state`Alaa Tartir and Tareq Baconi - Aljazeera - Palestinians must make clear that the sole prerequisite needed for a lasting peace is justice on their lands [ry]20/2/2017
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Do not let go of the Green Line: It is Israel’s Achilles heelMa`an - Nadia Hijab/Al-Shabaka - Today, the Palestinians do not have the power to achieve a political end goal for the foreseeable future. This should not and does not prevent work to achieve interim gains, without compromising basic rights. That is, in fact, the position the BDS movement has taken: It is rights-based and not “solution-based.” By not espousing a political end game, the movement can pull in the largest number of Palestinians and solidarity actors, enabling each to act in their own way to challenge Israel’s rights violations. [bz for dn]19/2/2017
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The One-State Two-State BluesRoger Cohen - NYT - Trump’s trashing of two-state doctrinal orthodoxy at least had the merit of constituting a break with a sham. It places Israel and Netanyahu before the choice they face. But his interesting one-state two-state provocation will lead nowhere when at the same time the Trump administration blocks the appointment of Salam Fayyad to head the U.N. mission in Libya on the grounds that, well, he’s a Palestinian. [bz for dn] 19/2/2017
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Palestine: Hamas elects new leader in uncertain timeAli Younes - Al-Jazeera "The Palestinian sources, who declined to be identified for this story, said Sinwar could be instrumental in smoothing Gaza`s relations with Egypt and could ultimately play an important role in trying to avoid another costly military confrontation with Israel given his "security background". ca17/2/2017
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Trump`s radical message to IsraelHaggai Matar - +972 "I don’t have any illusions about Donald Trump. I am not counting on a misogynistic, racist real estate mogul to save us from ourselves. We cannot pin our hopes on anyone coming to save us. But the fact that even the United States president, on whom the Israeli Right has pinned its hopes, stated that any agreement must be acceptable to both sides is worth praising. This is an approach that, unfortunately, has been missing from the political discourse in Israel, and Trump is right to try and bring it back to center stage." ca17/2/2017
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Police opened fire on Umm al-Hiran driver before he started driving, video showsMeir Turgeman - Ynet News - New video aired on Channel 10 shows that Yaqoub Abu al-Qiyan, the driver who ran over and killed Sgt. Erez Levi during a violent protest against home demolitions in the Bedouin village, only started speeding into the group of officers after they opened fire on him.-rh16/2/2017
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Using art to heal: Battling cancer in Gaza : One Palestinian female artist`s battle with cancer in Gaza. Aljazeera - Aya Abdulrahman was informed by her doctors that she would be dead by the end of 2014. At 21, she had seven malignant tumours. "Your daughter has two months left to live. You cannot do anything. Go home," the doctor told Abdulrahman`s mother. The painful news, however, did not stop her from pursuing her dreams. Since childhood, all Abdulrahman wanted to do was become an artist and leave her mark on the world through art. Abdulrahman seized every opportunity that came her way to display her paintings and drawings across the Gaza Strip and abroad, from Los Angeles to Morocco. She participated in art competitions, worked with sick and disabled children in Gaza to have them express themselves through art, and trained youth in drama and acting. After undergoing a series of surgeries over a three-year span, the locally renowned artist recovered in 2015.-rh 16/2/2017
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Since Trump Won, All Israel Is Talking About Annexation. Why?Naomi Zeveloff - Forward - In general terms, annexation means the political transfer of land. In the current Israeli context, it refers to the application of Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, which Israel captured and has occupied since 1967, and where Palestinians hope to build a state. Naftali Bennett, chief of the hard-line Jewish Home party, has a plan to annex Area C, for example, where hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers live, and then offer citizenship to the less than 50,000 Palestinians living in that area.-rh16/2/2017
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Palestinian Jordan Valley February 7, 2017 AM and PMNurit Popper, Daphne Banai, translated by Tal Haran - Machsomwatch report - Ali lives in Ras Al Ahmar with his wife Dalal and their five children. The place is highly fertile, its ground containing plenty of water. Ali, however, may not pump a single drop. Since the region has been declared a firing zone, many generations after Ali’s family began living there, he may not even introduce a tractor to carry water and feed for his flock. For three months Ali’s tractor as well as the tractors of 6 other residents have been held by the Civil Administration. These people call me on a daily basis, desperate – these tractors are as vital to them as hands and feet. Two weeks ago they were notified of the fine they must pay. They ran to the postal bank and paid. All of them. But then the Civil Administration got clever – now they must also sign a commitment not to re-introduce tractors into the area. What can they do with the tractor if it cannot bring them water? Without water, this is no less than expulsion. It has no other name!-rh 16/2/2017
Donald Trump says US not committed to two-state Israel-Palestine solution Julian Borger and Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - The US president, speaking on Wednesday at a joint press conference with the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, did not rule out a two-state solution but stated that his administration had no preference when it came to the final geographical shape of the region. Asked what he thought about a two-state solution on Wednesday, Trump said: “I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like,” he said.-rh 15/2/2017
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Trump approach may not help Israel-Palestine peace processGhassan Michel Rubeiz - The Arab Daily News - "Had Trump been cognizant of what it takes to resolve this conflict, he would not have assigned the task of mediation to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. His background does not make Kushner the new Kissinger. Had Trump been serious about peace mediation, he would not have chosen the pro-settlement activist David Friedman to be the next US Ambassador in Israel." - id 15/2/2017
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Why Arab Autocrats Haven’t Confronted TrumpRobert Fisk - CounterPunch - "The potentates have been overwhelming the White House switchboard with calls, both Egypt’s Sissi and the Gulf Arabs. The Emirates actually expressed approval of Trump’s policies. The Jordanian monarch, who of course got to Washington first, is being followed in quick succession to the Trump throne room by Benjamin Netanyahu." - id 15/2/2017
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The Trump-Bibi-Murdoch Love Triangle Puts Us All at RiskEric Alterman - The Nation -  But one weapon that both men share and that none of their adversaries, enemies, or even “frenemies” can match is their ability to deploy massive media empires to intervene on their behalf. Each has long cultivated mutually beneficial relationships with powerful right-wing billionaires willing to put their money behind propaganda networks designed to bludgeon the public mind in the service of their business interests and pet political causes. As it happens, Netanyahu and Trump even share the same media cronies.-rh15/2/2017
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2016 sees Israel demolish record number of West Bank homesB`Tselem - 2016 saw a marked increase in the number of homes Israeli authorities demolished throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, citing lack of building permits as a pretext. The scale of demolitions documented by B’Tselem this year is the most extensive since we began systematically documenting demolitions in 2004. In East Jerusalem, authorities demolished 88 residential buildings and 48 other structures. Elsewhere in the West Bank, authorities demolished 274 residential buildings and 372 non-residential ones. These demolitions are indicative of Israel’s efforts to limit Palestinian presence in the areas it seeks to take over, taking advantage of planning and administrative tools to that end.-rh15/2/2017
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‘The way they arrested him was savage’: Israeli forces violently detain 14-year-old disabled Palestinian boy -Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Mutaz Baraka, also 14 and one of Ali’s friends, told Mondoweiss that he, Ali and around a dozen other children their age had just gotten out of school and were playing in the street next to the refugee camp’s community center when Israeli forces opened the gate in the nearby separation wall. Through the gate, an Israeli military jeep came driving quickly towards them. “Everyone ran but Ali was the slowest, so he didn’t get away, they caught up to him,” he said. - rh15/2/2017
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Netanyahu won`t cut any deals in Trump`s officeAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s commitment to the two-state solution changes entirely depending on the public or person he is trying to please, and he couldn`t advocate it at his Feb. 15 meeting at the White House even if he wanted to." - id 15/2/2017
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From the expansion of Leshem settlement to a Bedouin resident forced to demolish his own homeAmos Gvirtz - Don`t say we didn`t know 538 - ... But then I was informed of the confiscation of 326 dunams belonging to the villages of Jalud and Turmus Aya. Then came the news of home demolitions in Ras Al Ahmar and Kardala in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley ... 14/2/2017
Netanyahu’s Trump predicamentOmar Karmi - The Electronic Intifada - Netanyahu “understands that we are on a slippery slope to some sort of one-entity reality,” said Alpher. And members of Israel’s influential security establishment are already sounding that alarm. Trump – who in the Israel Hayom interview published Friday observed that “every time you take land for settlements, there is less land left” – may get on board to save the charade for another while. But it is ultimately an unsustainable charade that settlers and their supporters are now rudely exposing. [bz]14/2/2017
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The cops at the checkpoint always remind me which side I`m onSuleiman Maswadeh - +972 - “Suleiman, you don’t look Arab,” I would hear over and over, not to mention remarks like, “I didn’t know you were Arab,” “You are different from all the other Arabs I know,” “Are you half-half?” and of course the classic: “You’re Christian, right?” Very quickly, I understood that Jews have no idea what an Arab actually is. In their view, an Arab is a Bedouin who rides a donkey and lives in a shack, wears a galabiya and uses a cane. [bz]14/2/2017
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Netanyahu’s price tag attackSergio Yahni - AIC - The ‘Regularization law’ exacts an inestimable price against Palestinians for resisting illegal Israeli settlements [ry]13/2/2017
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Why Israel is in for a Rough Ride Under TrumpRobert Fisk - CounterPunch - "So that’s it. The guy is crackers. There’s no stopping him. And Steve Bannon appears to have his hands on the levers. Poor old Jared Kushner, the son-in-law with the much-trumpeted power to “tame” the American president, couldn’t prevent that disgraceful White House Holocaust statement which somehow just failed to mention the Jews of Europe. Don’t tell me it was left out to appease the Armenians" [ry]13/2/2017
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Israel Bulldozes DemocracyAyman Odeh - New York Times - The reality for Arab citizens is Kafkaesque: The state refuses to create municipal plans to accommodate growing communities, and instead destroys homes that are built without permits it makes impossible to obtain. The government must meet the housing needs of Arab communities. I have proposed a two-year moratorium on demolishing illegally built homes, together with a public campaign to discourage illegal building. During that time, the state should create municipal plans for every Arab city and town and ensure that there is proper accommodation for expected growth. This plan has the support of both relevant ministries. But Mr. Netanyahu is ignoring it. [bz for dn]12/2/2017
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From Outposts to The Hague: The Illegality of Israel’s Land-grab Law Aeyal Gross - Haaretz - One can argue that some players in the current Israeli government coalition would be happy for the court to save the government from itself by holding the law as unconstitutional. Then, they can have twice the fun: show their right-wing base they supported the law and then show that same base their enthusiasm in attacking the “liberal”, “lefty” judges. Trump himself could take lessons from the Israeli right in this area. But the Israeli court may not be the only one looking at the law. (...) The new law may end up driving the Hague prosecutor to shift from a “preliminary examination” to a full investigation, which in turn may lead to the indictment of Israelis responsible for settlement policy at the International Criminal Court. [bz for dn] 12/2/2017
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Red Rag column - Murder in broad daylight in Umm al-Hiran - Racists of the world, unite!Gideon Spiro - The story of the destruction of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran includes elements of Ku-Klux-Klan-style police lynching, with an admixture of blood-libel from Israel Police General Commissioner Roni Alsheikh and Interior Minister Gilad Erdan, which are reminiscent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. gm12/2/2017
Moving the US Embassy to JerusalemEditorial Al-Ahram Weekly "To move the embassy to East Jerusalem, a territory occupied by force, would constitute a flagrant violation of international law and UN resolutions. This might not mean much to the new US president but it does mean something to the standing institutions immediately responsible for the promotion, safety and wellbeing of US interests at home and abroad which, in this region, depend on maintaining good relations with a number of moderate Arab states, foremost among which is Egypt." ca11/2/2017
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The age of Trump spells the end of the Zionist dreamBen Lorber - +972 "As we all weather the short-term shocks Trump inflicts upon the political and civic institutions of American life, the full reverberations of this longer-term shock have yet to be felt by American Jewry. In the future, the era of Trump will be remembered as the end of the Zionist dream." ca11/2/2017
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To oppose Trump, Jews must join the fight against fascism and Zionism Yoav Litvin - Mondoweiss "As the blooming relationship between the Trump administration and Israeli politicians and apologists shows, the ethno-centric character of Israel shares many attributes with- and has been a source of inspiration for- American White nationalism, now embodied in Trump’s administration. In order to effectively fight this new administration and protect community members against the growing tide of anti-Semitism, American Jews need to recognize these parallels, come to terms with the failure of political Zionism and renounce collaborators such as Alan Dershowitz and David Friedman." ca 11/2/2017
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Israeli Land Law is Final Nail in the Two-state Solution CoffinJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House "The Israeli parliament passed the legalisation law on Monday night – a piece of legislation every bit as suspect as its title suggests. The law widens the powers of Israeli officials to seize the last fragments of Palestinian land in the West Bank that were supposed to be off-limits. Now, almost nowhere will be out of the settlers’ reach.Palestinian leaders warned that the law hammered the last nail in the coffin of a two-state solution. Government ministers gleefully agreed. For them, this is the extension of Israeli law into the West Bank and the first step towards its formal annexation." ca 10/2/2017
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Israel vote to legalise wildcat settler homes dubbed `an aggression against the Palestinian people` : Abbas: `What we want is peace.... but what Israel does is to work towards one state based on apartheid`Bethan McKernan - Independent - After more than a week of parliamentary discussion members of the Israeli parliament voted on the controversial legislation, retroactively recognising 4,000 Jewish homes in 54 “outpost” settlements late on Monday night. Speaking after a meeting with the French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Tuesday, Mr Abbas said the bill was “contrary to international law”. “This is an aggression against our people that we will be opposing in international organisations,” the President of the Palestinian Authority said.-rh 9/2/2017
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This isn`t Israel`s first `land theft law,` it won`t be the lastOrly Noy - +972 - Congrats to the Israeli Knesset for passing the settlement “regulation law” (also known as the “normalization law” and the “formalization law”) earlier this week. The law retroactively legalizes the theft by Israeli settlers of land privately owned by Palestinians, largely land on which those settlements Israel calls “illegal outposts” were constructed — because their existence is illegal even under Israeli law.-rh9/2/2017
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Legalizing the theft of Palestinian land has been Israeli policy since Day 1 Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - The law would retroactively legalize about 4,000 settler homes built in what is known as ‘outposts’, outside the ‘settlement blocs’ and on privately owned Palestinian land. Until now, such construction has been deemed illegal even by the bizarre set of Israeli laws applying, indirectly as it were, to the occupation. Thus the law crosses a line Israel has never violated before, even according to right-wingers like Dan Meridor, member of Knesset for Likud and a former minister, who called the law “evil and dangerous”; Israel’s Parliament never regulated Palestinian property ownership in the West Bank because “the Arabs of Judea and Samaria did not vote for the Knesset, and it has no authority to legislate for them,” Meridor says. “These are basic principles of democracy and Israeli law.” -rh9/2/2017
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Trump`s message to both Israel and Palestinians: I’m in no one’s pocketOrly Azoulay - Ynet - "If Netanyahu thought he had the ‘green light’ to expand settlements and build new ones as soon as Trump took office, the US president has made it clear in recent days that he is the one setting the tone." - id8/2/2017
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Israel “Legalizes” Settlements Built on Privately-Owned Palestinian LandRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "I really wanted to use the term “steals” in the headline.  But I figured I better use a slightly less confrontational term there and then really let loose in the post itself." - id8/2/2017
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Palestinian towns petition Israeli Supreme Court to strike down `Regularization law`Ma`an News - More than a dozen Palestinian municipalities filed a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday against the recently passed outpost “Regularization law” granting official Israeli governmental recognition to more than a dozen illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank established on private Palestinian lands, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned of the consequences of the new legislation on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Legal rights groups Adalah and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC) presented the petition on behalf of 17 Palestinian municipalities whose lands will be affected by the new law, calling on the Supreme Court to strike it down.-rh8/2/2017
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Netanyahu wants to repress my group, Breaking the Silence. May, don’t help him Yehuda Shaul - The Guardian - n Monday the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, met with his British counterpart, Theresa May. Among other things, he asked her to stop the UK government’s funding of the group I co-founded, Breaking the Silence, as well as other human rights organisations in Israel and Palestine. This is regardless of the fact that Breaking the Silence has not received funding from the British government since 2011. As an Israeli, it’s not my place to tell Netanyahu to stop interfering in decisions made by the British government. That’s something British citizens can do. What I can do is shed some light on the reason Netanyahu is so intent on stopping us, an organisation of soldiers who encourage public debate on the reality of occupation and the moral price it exacts from Israelis.-rh 8/2/2017
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Military Court, Ofer 29.1.17Vivy Sury, Nitza Aminov - Ofer Military Court, January 29, 2017 - Malena! (we’re sick of this!) cried the woman, mother of a 12.5-year old son, when offered a plea bargain including a 3,000 shekel fine. A young woman, angry and hurting, approached us to tell about the arrest of her 12.5 year-old son. The family lives in (the Palestinian town of) Bir Zeit. After school a group of children rode horse-back, and the police came along to arrest them. All the children except her son managed to get away. Her son was taken to the Benyamin detention facility where his father was summoned to report. On the same day, late afternoon, the son was taken to Ofer for arraignment and the family was informed that his hearing would take place on Sunday. The woman told us these children have nowhere to play so they spend their time in the streets. The police arrive regularly to create provocations.-rh 8/2/2017
Israeli peace camp should use language Trump understands: Private property Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "With President Donald Trump in the White House, the Israeli peace camp should focus its strategy on highlighting the theft of Palestinian lands for settlement construction." - id 8/2/2017
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B`Tselem: a semblance of legality to ongoing plunder Amit Gilutz - B`Tselem - The law passed by the Knesset proves yet again that Israel has no intention of ending its control over the Palestinians or its theft of their land. Lending a semblance of legality to this ongoing act of plunder is a disgrace for the state and its legislature. Passing the bill mere weeks after UN Security Council Resolution 2334 is a slap in the face of the international community. While enshrining the dispossession in law is a new development, in practice it is another facet of the massive land grab carried out openly for decades by declaring `state land`. [ak]7/2/2017
My sister is refusing to join the IDF — and I couldn`t be prouderAmitai Ben-Abba - +972 Magazine - In our childhood we would fight imaginary monsters. Today the monster of the occupation is far stronger — yet Atalya continues to bravely fight on, and is willing to pay the price for her beliefs. Atalya wrote the following in her statement of refusal: “I grew up in Jerusalem, so fear is no stranger to me. I know what it means not to take a bus because there’s an alert against an attack, what it means to hear gunshots and later learn of a terrorist attack on the other side of the street. That’s why I know so deeply that we cannot let this situation last.” Atalya could have avoided military army service in other ways, which don`t involve going to prison, but she wanted to make a statement against the military regime that systematically deprives Palestinians of their basic rights. [ak]7/2/2017
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Amona`s evacuation is no victoryOrly Noy - +972 "The Israeli legal system has never been neutral in everything having to do with the settlement enterprise. It certainly does not see itself as responsible for bringing about justice vis-a-vis the settlements, and its famed judicial activism has been expressed mainly in authorizing land theft on both sides of the Green Line... But an effective struggle requires a wider strategy — one which, first and foremost, requires of us to understand our reality. In this reality, the legal system, the state, the police, and the settlers are all on the same side — and it’s not our side." ca3/2/2017
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Operation Chaos: Trump Will Ignite a Powder Keg in the Middle EastRamzy Baroud - Information Clearing House " "Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump is about to do just that, reversing an historical course that has been in the making for one hundred years. The inexperienced, demagogic politician hardly understands the danger that lies in his decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.If he goes through with this, he is likely to unleash an episode of chaos in an already volatile region.The move, which is now reportedly in the ‘beginning stages’, is not a mere symbolic one, as some naively reported in western mainstream media." ca 3/2/2017
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Israel’s Hard-Liners Want to ‘Go Big’: Annex a SettlementIAN FISHER - The New York Times - Ma’ale Adumim has become a flash point of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Right-wing politicians, emboldened by a more sympathetic Trump administration, want to annex it to Israel proper — the first formal annexation of a settlement. Supporters of the move argue that in the long absence of negotiations, Israel cannot stand still, and Ma’ale Adumim would likely be a part of Israel in any case.-rh 2/2/2017
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How Palestinian authorities plan to clamp down on cybercrimeEntsar Abu Jahal - Al-Monitor - The law would address all forms of electronic crimes, in light of the recent high number of cybercrimes in Palestine. Per Palestinian police statistics in Ramallah, 2016 witnessed more than 1,200 cybercrimes compared to 520 in 2015, according to officer Louay Azriqat, the spokesman for the Palestinian police in Ramallah.-rh 2/2/2017
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Netanyahu, master of `alternative facts`Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - "The brilliant newspeak term “alternative facts” that Kellyanne Conway coined in a Jan. 22 interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” rocketed George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel “1984” to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long made use of "alternative facts" when in dealing with settlement construction and building by Israeli Arabs and Palestinians." - id 1/2/2017
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Danwatch: Major EU pension funds invest billions in businesses linked to Israeli settlements Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Five of Europe’s largest pension funds have — against EU directives — invested up to €7.5 billion ($8.09 billion) in businesses linked to illegal Israeli settlements, Danish investigative news team Danwatch, reported on Tuesday. In July, the EU released new guidelines that state that any Israeli entity “seeking funding from or cooperation with the EU will have to submit a declaration stating that the entity has no direct or indirect links to the West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights,” Haaretz reported.-rh 1/2/2017
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All Israeli ministers keep silent on Trump’s Muslim entry curbsRaoul Wootliff - The Times of Israel - As President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending refugee arrivals and barring visas for travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries continued to send shock waves across the US, Europe and Middle East Sunday, Israeli ministers maintained complete silence over the move.-rh 1/2/2017
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Is the media to blame for Netanyahu’s irresponsible tweet?Sima Kadmon - Ynetnews - He has no shame, Israel’s prime minister. No shame and not an ounce of integrity. And this is no longer about post-truth, or even about alternative facts. It’s a lie. A bald-faced lie. Benjamin Netanyahu sat in front of the cameras on Monday and threw the entire responsibility for the crisis with Mexico on the Israeli media. First he denied that there was a crisis, and then he blamed the press for the non-crisis.-rh 1/2/2017
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We have nowhere else to go’: Bedouins say they will continue to rebuild as Israel carries out home demolitions at a record pace Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - On the morning of Wednesday, January 25th, Israeli forces escorted two bulldozers down from the main road up to the small Bedouin community. Mohammed Jahalin and his family were ordered out of their houses and forcefully gathered together on the edge of their encampment where they watched as the metal blades of bulldozers smashed through their homes.-rh 1/2/2017
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Why I, as a Proud Israeli, Want the World to Boycott Us Ilana Hammerman - Haaretz -As an Israeli citizen and a woman engaged in public life, I declare that the state does not respect my basic right to live according to my conscience. The Judaism it is forcing upon me is not my Judaism. Furthermore, the nationalist and racist fanaticism of the government (led by its interior, culture and education ministers) is becoming more and more extreme, and contrary to the values I hold most dear. These iniquities are an internal concern of Israeli society and I have the right – and for now, at least, also the possibility – to fight for their correction from within society.-rh1/2/2017
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How a Photo of Jewish and Muslim Kids Protesting President Trump Went Viral Olivier Laurent - Time - The little girl is wearing a hijab and the little boy a kippah. Both are sitting on their father`s shoulders, smiling to each other and holding signs in protest of President Donald Trump`s immigration order. The photo, shot by Nuccio DiNuzzo, a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune, and published on Monday night, has since gone viral, with people praising the universality of its message. "I think that the picture speaks for itself," DiNuzzo tells TIME.-rh 1/2/2017
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Two families, die-hard protesters remain in AmonaYnet reporters & Reuters - Ynet - Police plan to first evacuate the remaining families of the 40 that have been evacuated that day, followed by the evacuation of those barricaded in the synagogue. Thursday morning, Ministry of Defense officials will commence the next stage of the evacuation—pack the belongings and removing the houses. Violent clashes had broken earlier in the afternoon as hundreds of activists staged fierce resistance against thousands of policemen deployed to the outpost to implement an evacuation ordered by the High Court of Justice (HCJ).-rh 1/2/2017
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