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Why the Palestinian Authority Should Be ShutteredDIANA BUTTU - NYT - To remove this noose that has been choking Palestinians, the authority must be replaced with the sort of community-based decision making that predated the bodyís establishment. And we must reform our main political body, the Palestine Liberation Organization, which Mr. Abbas also heads, to make it more representative of the Palestinian people and their political parties, including Hamas. Hamas has long indicated that it wants to be part of the P.L.O., and its revised charter, recently released in Doha, Qatar, affirms this aspiration. [bz for dn]28/5/2017
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The Israeli Left must show up to protest 50 years of occupationHaggai Matar - +972 - After 50 years of a racist military regime, itís time for the Israeli Left to go out and protest en masse ó and, in the face of such an urgent task, to overlook our differences. [bz]27/5/2017
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On Jordan`s East Bank, Palestinians grasp at old idea for statehoodTaylor Luck - Christian Science Monitor "Confederation, a union of sovereign states, has long been a polarizing fringe idea that was Ė and mostly still is Ė publicly dismissed outright by Palestinian and Jordanian officials alike. Palestinians were suspicious it would make a Palestinian entity subservient to Jordan, while Jordanians feared Israelis would use it as an excuse to drive thousands of Palestinians from Israeli territory into Jordan, upsetting the kingdomís delicate balance of Palestinians and Jordanian tribes. Joining Palestine with Jordan was a political non-starter.So why is there a groundswell of new support for a rejected idea?" ca 27/5/2017
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Trumpís Art of the Deal in the Middle East: Selling wars and terrorismFinian Cunningham - Information Clearing House "The one tangible takeaway was the American presidentís mammoth arms deal signed with Saudi Arabia Ė $350 billion-worth over ten years. It was hailed as the biggest ever weapons contract, with an initial payment of $110 billion. Put in perspective, Trump is selling the Saudi rulers a total three times what Obama managed to achieve over his two administrations Ė some $115 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia, which itself was a record high." ca27/5/2017
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Jerusalem Day and the country without a capital Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "The annual marking of Jerusalem Day, on May 24 this year, has become a raucous, nationalist demonstration of Israeli ownership of the city, in general, and the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, in particular. Tens of thousands of youths affiliated with religious Zionism march through the Muslim Quarter on their way to the Western Wall, waving Israeli flags and calling out slogans peppered with curses at the Palestinian residents hiding out in their shuttered homes. Instead of defending the Palestinians against these power- drunk youths, the police oblige merchants to close their shops along the parade route and to stay away. This year, to mark the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ďliberation of Jerusalem,Ē the police permitted the extension of the so-called dance of the flags to include the walls of the Old City from the Jaffa Gate to the Dung Gate." ca 26/5/2017
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Trumpís Wavering Promises And Scandals Complicate Israel TripNick Robins-Early - Huffington Post - The controversies around Trumpís visit underscore a larger shift in how some Israel officials are viewing the new U.S. president. Since the inauguration, analysts say Trumpís changing policies and vague statements have made him a more unreliable ally than many on the Israeli far right anticipated. ďThere is a sense of disappointment with Trump, because their knee-jerk reaction to his election was Ďgreat, we donít have to worry about a Palestinian state, we donít have to worry about pressure on settlements and weíre going to have the American embassy in Jerusalem,íĒ Yossi Alpher, a former senior Israeli intelligence official, told HuffPost. ďItís clear to them that this is not the case, and they are confused and disappointed.Ē-rh 24/5/2017
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Trump vows to support Palestinian†economyRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "ďAs I discussed with President Abbas in Washington earlier this month, I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal."" - id 24/5/2017
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Trump Selfie with Israeli MK Features Two Moral Degenerate Birds of a FeatherRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "...and posterity will record that Americaís leading moral degenerate president suffered a selfie with Israelís leading moral degenerate MK (and thatís saying a lot because there are so many prominent Israelis to fit the bill)." - id 24/5/2017
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Why Trump is on track to disappoint Israelís NetanyahuIshaan Tharoor - The Washington Post - Even by their standards, the bromance between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed particularly deep in Jerusalem on Monday. Netanyahu, relaxed and beaming, welcomed the American president to the ďunited capital of the Jewish state,Ē the second stop on Trump`s overseas tourď "I think we quote each other,Ē said Netanyahu, with Trump grinning at his side. ďWe understand each other and so much of the things that we wish to accomplish for both our countries.Ē-rh 24/5/2017
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Israeli Statistics Do Not Give Real Number of Palestinians in Jerusalem The Palestine Chronicle - According to the official Israeli statistics, around 60,000 Palestinians live in Shuífat and Kafr Aqab, while the unofficial number is around 140,000. Haaretz cited Maya Hoshen from the Al-Quds Institute said that the number of Palestinians living in Jerusalem is more than 900,000 or 41 per cent. Israel is fearful of Arabs in Jerusalem outnumbering Jewish residents due to political considerations regarding the Arab nature of the holy city, and pressures Palestinians to leave the city while encouraging Jews to move to it.-rh 24/5/2017
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Israel jails writer Ahmad Qatamesh without chargesPatrick Strickland - Aljazeera - When Israeli forces showed up last week to arrest 66-year-old writer Ahmad Qatamesh at his home in the occupied West Bank, his wife says she was overcome with shock and confusion. "Why now? Why him? He`s old, he has health problems, and he`s just doing what he knows: speaking," said Suha Barghouti, Qatamesh`s wife. "Our family and friends are shocked," she told Al Jazeera by phone from Ramallah. Israeli soldiers arrested Qatamesh, a public intellectual known for his writing and lectures, during the pre-dawn hours of May 14 after raiding his brother`s nearby home.-rh 24/5/2017
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Ripples of the 1967 WarAhmad Samih Khalidi - The Cairo Review of Global Affairs - The 1967 war did much more than register the defeat of three regular Arab armies, only this time without any of the alleged mitigating circumstances of 1948 (such as underequipped forces or foreign tutelage), or the unabashed external colonial interventions of 1956. The war demonstrated the fundamental vacuity of the Arab existential threat to Israel and the limits of post-independence Arab military power, amateurish and incompetent at best, criminally negligent at worst.-rh24/5/2017
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The one day Jerusalem`s Palestinians fear the mostSuleiman Maswadeh - +972 - In my childhood I witnessed right-wing Israelis violently rampaging through the Old City, and especially in the Muslim Quarter where I lived. These rampaged only intensified over the years, due to the security situation as well as the leniency of the authorities. Those who celebrate Jerusalem Day know full well that these kinds of actions are an outright provocation toward the cityís Muslim inhabitants. This is especially felt in the Muslim Quarter.-rh24/5/2017
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Hypocrisy and Condescension: Trumpís Speech to the Middle EastRobert Fisk - CounterPunch - "The fawning leaders of the Muslim world, needless to say, clapped away when the mad president of America had finished speaking. But did they understand what his words really portended?" - id 24/5/2017
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Life Behind Israelís CheckpointsRAJA SHEHADEH - The New York Times - After living for half a century under occupation, I can no longer endure the anxiety of what might appear on the road, whether it is angry drivers bottlenecked at the hundreds of barriers scattered through the West Bank or the pathetic boys who throw themselves at your car pretending to clean the windshield, asking for money. The plight of these boys invariably makes me hate myself, forcing me to confront the extent to which my society has failed. Then, of course, there is the indignity of having to wait on the whim of an Israeli teenage soldier to motion me to pass.-rh24/5/2017
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Reflections of a daughter of the í48 GenerationíTikva Honig-Parnass - Mondoweiss - As said, in the world of thought that characterized my generation, there was no place for criticism of Zionism and its leadership. In the essays I used to write, which were hung in a prominent place on the wall in my elementary school in Hadera, I repeated the mantra which had been drummed into my head: ďWe sow, and they come and uproot; we plant and they come and burn them; we build and they destroy.Ē We never ever asked the obvious question: ďBut why?Ē We were indeed well-trained not to think and not to challenge.-rh24/5/2017
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Trump Chases His ďUltimate DealĒNathan Thrall - The New Yorker - The man behind ďThe Art of the DealĒ has called Israeli-Palestinian peace ďthe ultimate deal.Ē If he is serious about pursuing it, he will need to do more than sweeten the pot; he will need to revisit the advice dispensed in a section of the bookís second chapter: ďUse Your Leverage.Ē So far, the Trump Administration has vowed to do the opposite.-rh24/5/2017
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Trump Is About To Really Mess Up In The Middle EastRobert Fisk - Information Clearing House - In Riyadh, Trump couldnít mention where most of the the 9/11 hijackers came from or whose Sunni cult-faith was the inspiration for Isis Ė nor which country chopped off heads with Isis-like relish. (Answer: Saudi Arabia). And when he arrived in Israel on Monday, Trump was faced with a new censorship protocol: donít mention who was occupying whose property in the West Bank or which country was outrageously and continuously stealing land Ė legally owned by Arabs Ė for Jews and Jews only. (Answer: Israel). So bingo, in the biggest Middle East alliance ever created in history, the Saudis and the other Sunni Arab dictators and Americaís crackpot President and Israelís cynical Prime Minister have all agreed on the identity of the devil country they can all curse with one voice, inspirer of ďworld terrorĒ, instigator of Middle East instability, the greatest threat to world peace: Shia Iran.-rh 24/5/2017
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Mr. President, beware Israeli and Palestinian lies Major-General (Res.) Noam Tibon - Ynet - "In light of the voices on both sides, which aim to present a distorted picture that is completely ďfake news,Ē I was unable to keep silent and decided to publish this letter. If you want to succeed, itís important that you carefully filter these comments and check every ďfactĒ twice." - id 24/5/2017
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Trump Must Solve Netanyahuís ĎNo-Solutioní Option and Bring Israelís Apartheid To An EndAhmad Tibi - Newsweek - We all know how a solution should look like: two sovereign and democratic states granting full equal rights for all their citizens, with East Jerusalem as a capital of Palestine, and all final status issues, including refugees, negotiated based on international law. The only alternative to that scenario would be one single democratic state for everyone. Palestinians, whether in Israel, Palestine or the diaspora, would be willing to accept the first two options. Netanyahu would accept neither. His approach is not about equality, but supremacy. [bz]23/5/2017
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The lie of Netanyahu`s economic `gestures`Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Netanyahuís goodwill Ďgesturesí to the Palestinians are nothing more than a way to appease President Trump on his visit. So why is the media playing along? [ry]22/5/2017
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Red Rag column - Victory Day over Nazi Germany - Independence Day ceremonies Gideon Spiro - The 8th of May is Victory Day over Nazi Germany for the West, and for the Soviet Union it was 9 May. It is fittingly symbolic that on that date the fascist Marine Le Pen was defeated in the French presidential elections. The defeat of Nazism did not extirpate the roots from which fascist movements are now sprouting. gm21/5/2017
Would Israel`s Knesset support a Trump Mideast deal? Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "Leaders of the opposition Zionist Camp who recently visited Washington, led by Labor Party Chair Isaac Herzog and Hatnua Chair Tzipi Livni, made it clear to the Trump administration officials with whom they met that their faction in the Knesset would support any move that advances the ďbig dealĒ the president aspires to make. Zionist Camp leaders believe that if Netanyahu adopts the road map that he worked out with Herzog in 2016 before changing his mind, most of the factionís Knesset members would agree to join the ruling coalition, replacing Bennett and his Knesset members." ca 19/5/2017
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10 Reasons Trump Should Not Strengthen U.S.-Saudi TiesMedea Benjamin - ICH "If the Trump administration truly wants to find a way out of the wars in the Middle East and make the United States safer from terrorists, it would do well to stop arming, aiding and abetting the ruthless Saudi regime." ca19/5/2017
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Gulf states offer improved ties with Israel in return for peace talksYNet - The Wall Street Journal reports Saudi Arabia and UAE call on Israel to freeze settlement construction, ease the blockade on Gaza and resume negotiations with the Palestinians in exchange for normalization.-rh18/5/2017
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Shouting Match Erupts After Trump Official Says Western Wall Is ĎNot Your TerritoryíAiden Pink - Forward - Planning for President Trumpís upcoming trip to Israel descended into chaos Monday when a U.S. official reportedly told Israeli counterparts that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not accompany the president on his visit to the Western Wall. The American official suggested that the holy site is ďnot your territory. Itís part of the West Bank,Ē Israelís Channel 2 reported Monday.-rh 17/5/2017
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Reviving the Palestinian cause Abdel-Moneim Said - Al-Ahram - But suddenly, the Palestinian cause has re-emerged. The beginning was last year when President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, in a speech in Assiut, brought up the Palestinian cause and urged that it not be forgotten. The general idea of his remarks was that as long as there was a search for a comprehensive settlement to the major problems and crises in the Middle East, then perhaps the Palestinian question could be resolved in this broader framework in order to realise stability in this region, which has been shaken and torn by a succession of military and political earthquakes during the past six years. Since then, talk of the Palestinian cause picked up again. The subject may not have elicited the same ardour and zeal as it did in the past, but nor was it greeted with the same coolness or indifference as had been the case since the beginning of this decade.-rh17/5/2017
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Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israelís Precarious Identity Is Palestineís Nightmare Ramzy Baroud - Countercurrents - The ĎJewish Nation-State Billí is the latest concoction of Israelís rightwing Zionist Jewish parties, which have dominated Israeli politics for years. With the Israeli ĎLeftí rendered irrelevant, or has itself moved to the right, the rightwing elements of Israel are now the supreme rulers of that country.-rh17/5/2017
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How Israeli schools help sabotage peace prospectsJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - A display of Israeli-style community policing before an audience of hundreds of young schoolchildren was captured on video last week. Were the 10-year-olds offered road safety tips, advice on what to do if they got lost or how to report someone suspicious hanging around the school? No. In Israel, they do things differently. The video shows four officers staging a mock antiterror operation in a park close to Tel Aviv. The team roar in on motorbikes, firing their rifles at the "terrorist".-rh17/5/2017
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Israeli forces fire rubber bullets at Palestinians marching on Nakba DayThe National - This year marked the 69th anniversary of the "nakba" or catastrophe, during which around 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their land, or fled out of fear. At a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah, dozens of Palestinian youths hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets and the foul-smelling riot control spray known as skunk. A Palestinian emergency worker said 11 Palestinians were taken to hospital, most of them wounded by rubber bullets. The extent of their injuries was not known.-rh 17/5/2017
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Israeli doctors reject force-feeding prisoners on hunger strikeDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Ran Goldstein, the Israeli executive director of Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI), told Al-Monitor that Israeli doctors see any force used in medical treatment as unethical. ďOur organization and the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) see eye to eye on this issue. Force-feeding or forced treatment are unethical, and Israeli doctors will not participate in them.Ē-rh 17/5/2017
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A New Palestinian Generation Amira Hass - Haaretz - Nakba Day, which was observed this week, marks the 69th year of the Palestinian nationís disaster, but also of its dignity, capabilities and strength.17/5/2017
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More settler homes announced in 100 days since Trump became president than ever beforeBethan McKernan - Independent - The Israeli government announced more than 11,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, as well as the retroactive legalisation of 4,000 ĀgoutpostĀh Jewish homes built on private Palestinian land. A further 15,000 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem were announced by IsraelĀfs housing minister in April. The bold moves are believed to have been encouraged by Mr Trump`s election victory.-rh Bethan McKernan - Independent - While the international community views all Israeli construction over the 1967 Green Line as illegal, Mr Trump has blown hot and cold over the subject. During his campaign, the president had said the Israeli government should Āgkeep goingĀh with the construction of new settlements, but walked back some of that language after entering office, calling new construction Āgnot good for peaceĀh.-rh 17/5/2017
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The destructive potential of Israel`s nation-state billMarzuq Al-Halabi - +972 - The ďnation-state bill,Ē which was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, is no different from the day-to-day political discourse taking place in Israel these over the last years. By revoking Arabic as an official language of the state, and maintaining that ďthe right to realize self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people,Ē the bill enshrines the ideas, desires, ideology, and actions of Israelís political leaders since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin/-rh17/5/2017
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Israeli Educational System: Handmaiden of National Security StateRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The proposed ďnation-state law,Ē which I call (more accurately) the ďapartheid lawĒ would relegate Arabic from a co-equal national language to being a language with ďspecialĒ indeterminate status."..."Almost everyone who studies Arabic seriously is doing so for one reason: to train to become an intelligence operative." - id 17/5/2017
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Israel`s Nation-state Bill Is Undemocratic Aeyal Gross - Haaretz "Opposing the bill doesnít mean negating Israelís history, only recognizing that a democratic state cannot identify itself with only part of its population." ca 13/5/2017
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Give Trump a chance Nahum Barnea - Ynet - One of the characteristics of the conflict is the partiesí addiction to details. They can fight for years over the location of a joint industrial zone or over fishing rights. These fights sometimes stem from real concern about the future, and sometimes from tactical or propaganda considerations. In recent years, delving into the details has been a sort of distraction. (...) Trump doesnít care about the details. In this sense, he presents a challenge to Netanyahu and Abbas. He strives to reach a deal before anything else, and then send the lawyers to finalize the details. After 100 years, in which serious people have tried to end the Israeli-Arab conflict and failed, giving a non-serious president a chance likely wonít hurt us. [bz]13/5/2017
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Is Trump Palestineís new hope? Daoud Kuttab - Arab News "Of course, promises to broker peace are nothing new for a US president. But Trump is no ordinary US president. Many Palestinians are encouraged by the fact that he does not seem bound by the usual lobby-influenced ideologies and commitments of US political parties. In their view, a US president who puts ďAmerica FirstĒ surely will see the absurdity of spending so much political and financial capital on Israel, which provides little strategic benefit to the US, at the cost of greater instability in the Middle East." ca 12/5/2017
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Gaza military court sentences 2 to execution by firing squad for drug dealingMa`an News Agency - "Hamas, the de facto ruling party in Gaza, has come under repeated criticism from international human rights organizations and foreign governments for its use of the death penalty... According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, at least 22 death sentences have been carried out in the besieged Gaza Strip since the Hamas movement rose to power there in 2007." ca12/5/2017
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Netanyahuís vision of one-state-one-people solutionAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "As Education Minister Naftali Bennett said in an Al-Monitor interview with Ben Caspit on May 8: Trump must now be told the truth. So this is the truth: The option being promoted by Netanyahu and Bennett is one state for one people. One state for the Jewish people, between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. As far as they are concerned, the Palestinians are not ďa peopleĒ and never were ďa people.Ē Therefore, they do not deserve a state. They should thank Israel for not expelling them from their homes and for even being willing to make ďeconomicĒ peace with them." ca 12/5/2017
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Israel: health and beyondProf Karl Skoreck&Dr Richard Horton - The Lancet " An assessment of the level of success that Israel has achieved in health, in the face of formidable challenges, including rapid population growth, diverse and often divided ethnic affiliations, and existential security threats, leads us to propose that extension of this principle of global human identity and dignity, together with the objective of a decent society, as overriding values beyond health to other domains of human endeavour within Israel and in its relations with neighbouring peoples, represents an entirely achievable imperative." ca 12/5/2017
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Israelís Final Solution to the ĎPalestine ProblemíRichard Silverstein ó Tikun Olam "One of the ruling Bayit Yehudiís leading firebrands is Orthodox settler, MK Bezalel Smotrich. He has a long and sordid history inciting hatred of almost every Israeli minority, Jewish or Palestinian. Heís hosted a ďBeast DayĒ featuring live animals on Gay Pride Day. He called himself a ďproud homophobe.Ē He rejects the term ďJewish terrorism,Ē and the notion that the arson murders of the Dawabsheh family are terrorism...Israeli Jews are in a state of constant war against the Palestinians and it will not end until we exterminate their will to nationhood. And if we cannot, then we will exterminate them." ca12/5/2017
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Will Hamasí new policy document allow it to enter international scene?Ahmad Abu Amer - Al-Monitor "On May 1, then-head of Hamasí political bureau Khaled Meshaal announced the movementís new General Principles and Policies Document during a press conference held at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha, in the presence of Hamas leaders as well as Palestinian and Arab media and political figures... Hamas leader Sami Khater told Al-Monitor that the new policy document took four years to prepare with the help and approval of the movementís Shura and executive institutions. It reflects the evolution of Hamasí ideology and political performance that had prevailed for over 30 years, he added...The next few months will reveal to what extent Hamasí new document and new leadership are able to achieve the movementís goals, amid Palestinian expectations that this document could open some closed doors." ca 12/5/2017
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Israelís New Cultural War of AggressionRichard Falk - Counterpunch - In all my years of speaking on various topics around the world, I had never previously had events cancelled, although quite frequently there was similar pressure exerted on university administrations, but usually threatening financial reprisals if I was allowed to speak. What happened in Britain is part of an increasingly nasty effort of pro-Israeli activists to shut down debate by engaging in disruptive behavior, threats to security, and by smearing speakers regarded as critics of Israel as Ďanti-Semites,í and in my case as a Ďself-hating,í even a self-loathing Jew.-rh11/5/2017
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23 days of hunger strike: Israeli occupation continues to impose restrictions on attorney visits Adameer - Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons launched a mass hunger strike on 17 April 2017, on Palestinian Prisonersí Day. The call for hunger strike came as a result of Israelís policies and practices towards Palestinian political prisoners, who continue to face punishments by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). An estimated 1700 Palestinian prisoners announced the beginning of an open hunger strike. The hunger striking prisonersí demands include: an end to the IPSí abusive use of isolation for ďsecurityĒ reasons; an end to Israelís practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial in administrative detention, under which 500 Palestinians are currently detained; ending denial of family visits and better conditions within Israeli prisons and detention centers.-rh10/5/2017
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Arab†Knesset leader denounces Israeli racismRay Hanania- The Arab Daily News - "Israeli Knesset Deputy Speaker Ahmad Tibi denounced Israelís government on Friday as a racist body that practices discrimination in Israel against non-Jews and Apartheid against non-Jews in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and Occupied Jerusalem." - id 10/5/2017
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Why UNESCO`s `Jerusalem resolution` is a win for NetanyahuAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - "The May 2 resolution by UNESCOís executive committee criticizing archaeological digging in east Jerusalem plays into the hands of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who portrays UNESCO and the international community as enemies of the Israelis." - id 10/5/2017
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Israeli Police Show 5th Graders How To Kill Palestinian AttackersDaniel J. Solomon - Forward - Israeli police taught elementary school students how to kill Palestinian terrorists as part of an event on Monday highlighting police-community relations in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon. Using a dummy, police officers used active fire to demonstrate how to take down an assailant armed with a knife and then verify that the assailant was dead. Hundreds of fifth graders sat and watched the enactment. ďHas someone there lost his mind? Itís simply stupidity for its own sake, this demonstration of fire,Ē a parent told Haaretz. ďCanít you bring a traffic cop to demonstrate how he gives a ticket to an offender - they have to see how to dismantle magazines?Ē-rh 10/5/2017
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Red Rag column: Kudos to Minister Sigmar Gabriel; Letter to Judge Neal Hendel; Sultan ErdoganGideon Spiro - Letter I sent to Supreme Court Judge Neal Hendel: You had an opportunity to act as an independent judge and lift the restrictions on Mordechai Vanunu, as a gesture of delayed justice on the Feast of Freedom Ė Passover 2017. To my dismay, you have failed shamefully by preferring the cowardly recourse of your predecessors who act like the Israel Security Agencyís puppets. Like a parrot you repeat the ISAís fabrications to the effect that Mordechai Vanunu presents a security danger. gm10/5/2017
Is A Jewish Group Funding Killers While The U.S. Slams Palestinians For Doing The Same Thing?Naomi Zeveloff - Forward - Last week, Israeli Channel 10 reported that Honenu, an Israeli legal aid group, has been paying thousands of dollars to Jewish killers, including Yosef Ben David, who was convicted of burning alive Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir. The Central Fund Of Israel, a U.S. tax-exempt organization that funds 300 different charities around Israel, supports Honenu. Following the Channel 10 report, U.S. rabbinic human rights group Tíruah asked the IRS to investigate the Central Fund Of Israel.-rh 10/5/2017
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Somaia Shahin: Engraving Gazaís seashellsGroup 194 - Somaia has chosen a new pattern of arts, engraving colorful drawings and phrases on stones and seashells, and decorating the hands of girls with henna. Somaia, a mother of five, is taking engraving as her career of profession, after graduating from the English language department and not practicing her teaching career.-rh 10/5/2017
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Could Hamas` pragmatic new leader finally reconcile with Fatah?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Haniyehís election has injected great optimism into the Fatah movement. Fatah leaders are well acquainted with Haniyeh, as opposed to Meshaal. Meshaal has lived his entire life outside the Palestinian territories, so the vast majority of Fatah activists have never even met him. ďHaniyeh is the ticket to reconciliation,Ē said a member of Fatahís Revolutionary Council and former Gaza resident on condition of anonymity. He said that Haniyeh is very interested in reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and has in fact been operating behind the scenes toward this end. Haniyeh realizes that the only way to save Gaza and extricate it from its blockade is by resolving the long crisis between the two organizations. This Fatah higher-up argued that Meshaal did not succeed in this task because he is a foreigner in the West Bank and Gaza and never really understood the distress of the Palestinians. ďHe only knows how to inflame the masses, to talk about jihad. And that others should fight in his stead. By contrast, Haniyeh knows that only Palestinian unity will benefit the Gaza residents and the Hamas movement that he now heads,Ē he added.-rh 10/5/2017
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Does Israel really need the Nationality Law?Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - The Nationality Law is controversial in Israel because it disrupts the delicate balance between the two main features of the country as both Jewish and democratic. The law provides legal sanction to efforts to bolster Israel`s Jewish identity at the expense of other values, such as the equal and respectful treatment of minorities. One example of this is the law`s designation of Hebrew as the country`s sole official language (contrary to Hebrew and Arabic currently), a fact that ignores the 1.8 million Arabs who make up almost one-quarter of the population. Moreover, Israelís Declaration of Independence, the founding document establishing Jewish sovereignty over the land of Israel, already validates Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people.-rh 10/5/2017
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Israel Must Meet Palestinian Hunger Strikersí Demands BíTselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said in a press release that Israel must meet the demands of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, noting that even if conditions are improved Ė Israel will still be holding in custody thousands of Palestinians who have had no fair trial, or no trial at all. BíTselem noted that the hunger strike ďis a non-violent protest focusing on several valid, basic demands for improved prison conditionsÖIsrael imposes severe restrictions on family visits, and many relatives are not permitted to visit at all.Ē BíTselem noted that Israel Prison Service (IPS) enforces a complete ban on telephone communications for prisoners held on ďsecurity groundsĒ.rh 10/5/2017
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What are European Unionís plans if Trump fails on Mideast peace?Uri Savir - Al Monitor - If US President Donald Trump fails to advance his Middle East conference initiative, the European Union will advance its own initiative for a third Paris conference (or in any other EU member capital) and the monitoring of Security Council Resolution 2334 implementation on the illegality of settlement construction. [bz]9/5/2017
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Analysis // Abbas` Meeting With Trump Proves the PA Is Strong - Even When It`s Weak Amira Hass - Haaretz - Officially, the Palestinian Authority is perceived as an essential corridor to the establishment of the Palestinian state. In fact, it is a project that the world supports for the sake of regional stability. (...) The Palestinian leadership knows better than Trump that a peace agreement with Israel is farther away than the end of his term. But the leadership allows itself to expect that Trump, a businessman, will understand the severity of Israelís economic restrictions, and will intervene to soften them. In that, the Palestiniansí reported cautious optimism is not ridiculous. [bz]6/5/2017
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After mob attacks alternative Memorial Day ceremonies, Israeli education minister criticizes ceremonies not mob Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss "in the past 12 years, there has been a serious attempt to offer an alternative commemoration. Two organizations joining Palestinians and Israelis Ė the Parents Circle Ė Families Forum, and Combatants for Peace, arrange alternative commemoration ceremonies, which take into account the loss on both sides Ė that is, also on the side that is considered ďthe enemyĒ... The Tel Aviv assault against the mourners was particularly virulent, with mobs shouting ďNazis,Ē ďworthless cowards,Ē ďseed of Amalek,Ē ďgo back to Auschwitz,Ē ďget out of our countryĒ. The video embedded in the article is really quite unbelievable. These protesters simply came Ďin honorí of the fallen, whom these people supposedly desecrate, because they show empathy with the Ďotherí." ca5/5/2017
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Hamas Party Moves Towards Practical Politics Transcript of interview with Dr. Imad Alsoos - The Real News "Dr. Imad Alsoos wrote his PhD at the Free University of Berlin. He`s a scholar of the Hamas Party, and of Palestinian Nationalism. "IMAD ALSOOS: I think we have to take this new document from a point of view of a political gain." ca5/5/2017
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The Jewish-Arab love story that threatened Israel`s national identityDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "ĎAll the Rivers,í the latest book by Dorit Rabinyan, generated international headlines when it was banned from Israelís high school curriculum for depicting a Jewish-Arab romance." - id3/5/2017
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Israelis celebrate 69 years, ignore occupationAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - "It appears that the Israeli public prefers to see the half-full glass of a state founded 69 years ago that has flourished on the blood, sweat and tears of the Jewish people. It succeeds in ignoring the other half of the glass, the one poisoned with the blood, sweat and tears of another people." - id 3/5/2017
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How Israel`s violent birth destroyed PalestineRamzy Baroud - Al-Jazeera - "Two dates are often used to frame the so-called Palestinian-Israeli conflict: Nakba Day on May 15 and Naksa Day on June 5." - id 3/5/2017
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Why I am still hopefulOri Nir - Americans for Peace Now - Israelis will make the annual abrupt shift from solemnity to celebration, from the collective bereavement of Memorial Day to the jingoistic euphoria of Independence Day. And the next day, they will wake up again to the doldrums of the conflict, the occupation, settlements, international pressure and no prospect for peace.(...) It`s not hopeless. Had I thought it was hopeless, I would have found something else to do.Peace is possible, and people on both sides want it. The constituency for peace exists. The big challenge, particularly on the Israeli side, is activating this passive, dormant constituency, energizing it and mobilizing it to demand action from its government. [ak] 2/5/2017
This Is How Israel Inflates Its Jewish Majority Haaretz editorial May 1 - The Central Bureau of Statistics counts the Jews in all areas under Israel`s control from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. But it counts only the Arabs living within the pre-1967 border. [bz]2/5/2017
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Palestinian, Jewish Voices Must Jointly Challenge Israelís PastRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "Israel has resorted to three main strategies to suppress Palestinian calls for justice and human rights, including the Right of Return for refugees. One is dedicated to rewriting history; another attempts to distract from present realities altogether and a third aims at reclaiming the Palestinian narrative as essentially an Israeli one" [ry]1/5/2017
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100 days in: Is the Middle East Trump`s new playground?Farah Najjar - Al Jazeera - One hundred days into office, analysts say Trump`s Middle East policies remain largely unclear and arbitrary [ry]1/5/2017
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Leaked report highlights Israel lobbyís failuresAli Abunimah - EI - The report, published here in full for the first time, outlines Israelís failure to stem the ďimpressive growthĒ and ďsignificant successesĒ of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. It also sets out strategies, endorsed by the Israeli government, aimed at reversing the deterioration in Israelís position. But while calling for harsher measures against the Palestine solidarity movement, the report offers no new ideas to deal with how Israel is beset not by an image problem but a reality problem: its regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid is increasingly viewed around the world as reprehensible and unsustainable, even by many of Israelís defenders. [bz]29/4/2017
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Did Netanyahu`s ultimatum to German foreign minister pay off? Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "Not only is this not a victory for Breaking the Silence, this is a setback in their effort to convince Israeli society to fight against the occupation. Even before the organization stood at the center of a storm that hurt relations with an important ally of Israel, large segments of the public disagreed with its work and see it as slandering Israel Defense Forces (IDF) abroad...Gabriel, like Netanyahu, seemed to act for domestic political reasons. He defended his decision not to give in to the prime minister`s ultimatum, saying that meeting with organizations opposed to Israelís policy is ďtotally normal." Gabriel then said that it would be unimaginable to cancel meetings with Netanyahu if he met with critics of the government in Germany, adding, ďWe mustnít become part of the domestic policy game in Israel.Ē But thatís exactly what he did." ca 27/4/2017
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Barghouti will not bring salvationYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge "The Palestinian prisonersí hunger strike led by Marwan Barghouti has global repercussions. The Israeli political-security cabinet discussed the issue in light of the strike`s potential to ignite widespread unrest in the West Bank and sever the ďidyllicĒ security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel...This strike is unlike others we have known. It bears a strong personal imprint, and Barghouti`s status and prestige are linked to the prisonersí demands." ca27/4/2017
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Germany`s foreign minister calls Netanyahu`s bluff ó and rightly soDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "He was right simply because what would he have actually learned from Netanyahu? Those organizations will give†Gabriel concrete information: BíTselem will update him on developments regarding the 50-year-old occupation and its most current manifestations, in the form of data, documentation and analysis. Breaking the Silence will give†him human experiences of occupation, and tell†the truth about growing attempts to intimidate and suppress the group for daring to oppose Israeli policies." - id 26/4/2017
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Palestine`s Nelson Mandela Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "One gets the impression that the prison service is the enemy of the prisoners, making their life as miserable as possible. This has worsened now, in response to the strike. This policy is cruel, illegal and counter-productive." - id 26/4/2017
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Red Rag column - letter to settler Judge Mintz - missiles in Syria - Israeli post office propagandaGideon Spiro - No doubt Assad is a cruel dictator and a war criminal who should be put on trial at the court for war crimes. But the crimes of Assad do not wipe away Israelís crimes, even if they do not rise to the same level of cruelty as those of the Syrian dictator. I would not support firing 60 tomahawk missiles at Israeli targets in order to put a stop to the Israeli Occupation. That goal can be realized by purely non-violent means like an international boycott. gm26/4/2017
Israelís poisonous political discourseNadav Eyal - Ynet - "One of Prime Minister Netanyahuís great Ďcontributionsí to the Israeli discourse is turning the definition of Ďleftí into a curse, an accusation and a condemnation and turning any legitimate argument into an identity conflict." - id 26/4/2017
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Is Marwan Barghouti The Palestinian Nelson Mandela?Peter Beinart - The Forward - Israeli Deputy Minister Michael Oren tweeted that "Barghouti is not the Palestinian Nelson Mandela". According to Oren, Barghouti was convicted of terrorism - and therefore, his cause is illegitimate. The problem with this argument is that it doesnít only explain why Marwan Barghouti isnít Nelson Mandela. After all, Nelson Mandela was convicted of terrorism, the US considered him a terrorist until the mid-1980`s, he refused to renounce violence until the very day when he was released from prison. So, if Barghouti is not Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela isnít Nelson Mandela either. [ak] 25/4/2017
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Zionist Colonization is not "exceptional" Ėa Marxist viewpointThis article aims to challenge the rather widely accepted claim that the nature of Zionist settler colonization is exceptional 1 and even "defies appeal to any precedent that can usefully be invoked as to its evolution and eventual revolution".23/4/2017
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Any resistance becomes an ďact of terrorĒJames J. Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute - What Israel will not acknowledge and is attempting to obfuscate is that their 50 year long illegal occupation has driven a captive people to resist their systematic oppressive violence. In the process, Israel terms every Palestinian response ďterrorism.Ē Whether throwing rocks at checkpoints, boycotting Israeli products or writing op-eds and going on a hunger strikeóall become ďterroristĒ acts. [bz for dn] 23/4/2017
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Big Data, Big Brother and Little DavidRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Israel has made poetry a crime when practiced by Palestinians."..."In Jerusalem, I dressed my wounds and breathed my sorrows And carried the soul in my palm." - id For an Arab Palestine. 21/4/2017
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A Just Bill for PalestiniansChristian Sorensen - CounterPunch - "What would a just U.S. foreign policy look like? This faux bill lays forth a vision regarding one pillar of such a policy: justice for Palestinians." - id 21/4/2017
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Could Barghouti become Israelís peace partner? Ronni Shaked - Ynet - "Through a hunger strike in Israelís prisons, Marwan Barghouti wishes to fulfill his achievements in the last Fatah elections and position himself as Abbasí successor. It may be time for Israel to change its tune and try to talk to the man who the Palestinians see as their leader." - id 21/4/2017
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CUI BONO? Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - In Syria, a terrible war crime has been committed. The civilian population in a rebel-held town called Idlib was hit with poison gas. Dozens of civilians, including children, died a miserable death. Who could do such a thing? The answer was obvious: that terrible dictator, Bashar al-Assad. Who else? And so, within a few minutes (literally) the New York Times and a host of excellent newspapers throughout the West proclaimed without hesitation: Assad did it! No need for proof. No investigation. It was just self-evident. Of course Assad. Within minutes, everybody knew it. A storm of indignation swept the Western world. He must be punished! Poor Donald Trump, who does not have a clue, submitted to pressure and ordered a senseless missile strike on a Syrian airfield, after preaching for years that the US must under no circumstances get involved in Syria. Suddenly he reversed himself. Just to teach that bastard a lesson. And to show the world what a he-he-he-man he, Trump, really is.-rh 20/4/2017
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NYT public editor: Failure to detail Barghoutiís crimes discredits usStuart Winer and Times of Israel staff - Times of Israel "Paper acknowledges that op-ed-writing prison hunger-strike leader was convicted of `five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization`." ca19/4/2017
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Eimear McBride in the West Bank: ĎAll that is human in me recoils from thisíEimear McBride - The Irish Times - I had not thought about the world for a very long time and, of all places, this place had seemed easier to ignore. I am driving down to Jericho now and, for the first time in a week, I breathe. Not because I have become accustomed to the hassle of checkpoints or seeing young men and women, still teenagers some, looking out at me from behind guns that they know how to use. Not because I have stopped noticing how grown men and women close themselves up behind a mask of quietude in order to cope with their every movement being at the whim of those same youngsters.-rh19/4/2017
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Abbas ready for visit to WashingtonDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - While the Palestinian leaderís visit to Washington is to focus primarily on the peace process and the efforts of Trumpís peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt, to kick-start the talks again, it is expected that Abbas will also deal with several bilateral issues. These include security cooperation and intelligence exchange between the United States and Palestinian security on local, regional and international areas of mutual concern, and continued political and financial support by the Trump administration to the Palestinian people and government, sources in the Palestinian leadership told Al-Monitor.-rh 19/4/2017
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Will Birthright Kowtow To Israelís Right-wing Government? Rachael Stryer- The Forward "Iím active in the Stanford Hillel and deeply engaged with the conversation about Israel and with Israel advocacy on campus.So whatís the catch? I am a strong supporter of the two-state solution as the only way to secure Israelís future as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people and to guarantee the rights of the Palestinian people. I see the occupation and the entrenchment and expansion of the settlement movement as a threat to these principles. Because of this, I make the personal choice not to buy products manufactured in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.According to a new law, this position means that I could potentially be banned from entering Israel." ca 19/4/2017
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Israeli Chief Rabbis Endorse Ethnic Cleansing, Palestinian ServitudeRichard Silverstein ó Tikun Olam "The chief Rabbi acknowledged that Israel was currently not in a position to execute this plan; primarily because of the resistance to it from the non-Jewish world. However, he said that in the time of the messiah Israel would be in a position to implement this plan. And he looked forward to the Messianic era with great joy and anticipation." ca19/4/2017
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Will the NYT start noting the violent pasts of Israeli contributors, too?Lisa Goldman - +972 "There was much uproar from the Israeli government and its supporters following the publication of a Marwan Barghouti op-ed in the New York Times. But where was the outcry when the paper published op-eds by Israelis with violent pasts?" ca19/4/2017
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Haaretz columnist compares Barghouti to Irgun and Lehi fightersIsaac Dabush - YnetNews - In an acrimonious interview with Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin, Haaretz columnist and Army Radio interviewer Ravit Hecht draws angry reactions by comparing convicted murderer and terrorist Marwan Barghouti to fighters from the Irgun and Lehi.-rh19/4/2017
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How Israeli soldiers interrogated meFarah Najjar and Shatha Hammad - Aljazeera - Currently, there are 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. The number includes 300 children and 53 women, according to the Jerusalem-based Palestinian prisoners support and human rights association, Addameer. Laith Abu Zeyad, Addameer`s international advocacy officer told Al Jazeera that between 500 and 700 arrests of children are made each year in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Upon arrest, Palestinian civilians residing in the West Bank are sent to be tried in Israeli military courts, where conviction rates are as high as 99.7 percent, according to Abu Zeyad. Being tried in a military tribunal is a violation of international law, and means that civilians` due process rights are routinely disrespected.-rh 19/4/2017
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Israel Celebrates 50 Years As OccupierJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the ďliberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan HeightsĒ Ė or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation. The centrepiece event will take place in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem. The West Bank settlement ďblocĒ enjoys wide support in Israel, not least because it was established long ago by the supposedly left-wing Labour party, now heading the opposition. The jubilee is a potent reminder that for Israelis, most of whom have never known a time before the occupation, Israelís rule over the Palestinians seems as irreversible as the laws of nature. But the extravagance of the festivities also underscores the growth over five decades of Israelís self-assurance as an occupier.-rh 19/4/2017
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An Israeli minister has threatened genocide in Lebanon, but where is the outcry? Asa Winstanley - Middle East Monitor - Liberal Zionist newspaper Haaretz published an interview with Naftali Bennett, Israelís education minister and member of the security cabinet, in which he threatened to make Lebanon a free-fire zone: ďLebanese institutions, its infrastructure, airport, power stations, traffic junctions, Lebanese Army bases; they should all be legitimate targets if a war breaks out,Ē he claimed. If Lebanese missiles were then fired ďat the Israeli home front, this will mean sending Lebanon back to the Middle Ages.Ē-rh19/4/2017
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Israeli Government Is Petrified of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement Mark Karlin - Truthout - Rebecca Vilkomerson: In our advocacy work for Palestinian rights, we must always be vigilant for cases of real antisemitism directed against Jewish people -- as opposed to protest against the Israeli state -- just as we need to do more to combat all forms of bigotry and oppression in all of our movements.-rh19/4/2017
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Why is this year different for Israeli civil society organizations?Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - The traditional Passover Haggadah includes a series of questions designed to spark the curiosity of the children about the Exodus story. In addition to offering questions about why this night is different from other nights and the words to ďWe Were Slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt,Ē the ďJubilee HaggadahĒ includes commentary by Jewish thinkers from Israel and the United States. One of the first pages contains a lament penned by the writer Amos Oz in August 1967, some three months after the war. ďWe are condemned now to rule people who do not want to be ruled by us,Ē the noted author wrote in ďDavar,Ē the now-defunct daily newspaper of the then-ruling Labor Party, ďcondemned, not merry and euphoric.Ē Oz warned that all occupations corrupt the occupier. ďI have fears about the kind of seeds we will sow in the near future in the hearts of the occupied,Ē he wrote. ďEven more I have fears about the seed that will be planted in the hearts of the occupiers.Ē Like many of his friends on the political left, Oz did not imagine that five decades later Israelis would be ďmerry and euphoric,Ē celebrating the ďliberation.Ē-rh 19/4/2017
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Take a tour of West Jerusalem`s Palestinian history: A new documentary brings the hidden urban Palestinian history of West Jerusalem on to screens everywhere. Mary Pelletier - Aljazeera - Based on a series of tours through Katamon and Baka, former Palestinian neighbourhoods where Arab identity was swiftly erased after the 1948 Nakba, the project "Jerusalem, We Are Here" is a web-based interactive documentary that takes viewers on a journey in Jerusalem. The documentary revives the culturally rich landscape of Palestinian West Jerusalem, based around an interactive map embedded with original film footage, photographs, interviews and audio, directed and produced by Dorit Naaman.-rh 19/4/2017
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Barghouti got 5 life terms? Begin would have gotten 91! Adam Keller - Gush Shalom opposed the show trial of Marwan Barghouti, held in the Tel Aviv court, in which the verdict was clear from the outset. Gush activists, headed by Uri Avnery, at the time carried out protests at the courtroom and were removed by police. But perhaps there was one good result: Marwan Barghouti`s long imprisonment has brought him great sympathy among the Palestinian public, bringing him closer to a leadership position in which he could become a partner in making peace with the State of Israel. [bz]18/4/2017
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Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israelís PrisonsMARWAN BARGHOUTI - NYT - Israel has established a dual legal regime, a form of judicial apartheid, that provides virtual impunity for Israelis who commit crimes against Palestinians, while criminalizing Palestinian resistance. (...) Israel has tried to brand us all as terrorists to legitimize its violations, including mass arbitrary arrests, torture, punitive measures and severe restrictions. As part of Israelís effort to undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom, an Israeli court sentenced me to five life sentences and 40 years in prison in a political show trial that was denounced by international observers. (...) Rights are not bestowed by an oppressor. Freedom and dignity are universal rights that are inherent in humanity, to be enjoyed by every nation and all human beings. Palestinians will not be an exception. Only ending occupation will end this injustice and mark the birth of peace. [bz]18/4/2017
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Palestinian citizens of Israel are key to resisting the occupationRida Abu Rass - +972 - If Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, those who have grown up in Israeli society and lived alongside Jewish Israelis, were to truly organize and leverage their unique position, it would be impossible to break without ripping off the mask of apartheid [ry]17/4/2017
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Palestine Retold: Palestineís Tragic Anniversaries are Not Only About RemembranceRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "True, 2017 is burdened with significant and tragic anniversaries, but these dates should not be used as opportunities to protest, registering only a fleeting movement of solidarity. They should offer the chance to re-articulate a unified Palestinian discourse that crosses ideological and political lines" [ry]17/4/2017
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Palestinians make peace process a group effortAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor "After the Arab League Summit on March 29 in Jordan, Abdullah and Sisi set in motion political action in the United States to mobilize the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis. The two leaders are making their move based on agreements reached during the summit: Arab leaders there mainly agreed to work toward setting "a specific timetable for ending the conflict based on the two-state solution,Ē observing the Arab Peace Initiative adopted during a 2002 summit...The Palestinian Authority is relying on help from Egypt and Jordan to involve the United States in the peace process with Israel, though some Palestinians question whether the United States can participate without bias." ca 14/4/2017
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Before Blood Is Spilled Carolina Landsmann - Haaretz "Bennett and Weiss arenít denying the violent potential of their crowd`s response, only making it clear that this is not uncontrolled violence.Violence is part of the nationalist right wingís response arsenal, and since its use involves recognizing the strength and the potential victimís importance, it could be said that the nationalist right is in the midst of an internal debate. Is Haaretz important enough to spill blood over? Indeed, anyone following the responses to articles in the newspaper that raise the far rightís rage can see they range between two extremes." ca 14/4/2017
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Where the Rubber Meets the RoadMike Whitney - Information Clearing House "You donít have to be a genius to figure out that the case against Syrian President Bashar al Assad is extremely weak. The chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun, has produced no smoking gun, no damning evidence, in fact, no evidence at all. Similar to the Russia hacking fiasco, (not a shred of evidence so far) the western media and the entire political class has made the case for attacking a sovereign country on the thin gruel of a few videos of an incident that took place in a location that is currently under the control of militant groups connected to al Qaida. Thatís pretty shaky grounds for a conviction, donít you think?" ca14/4/2017
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Peace Now: Israel`s new settlement policy an attempt to `fool international community`MAíAN NEWS AGENCY - Following an Israeli security cabinet decision to approve the first new illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank in more than 20 years, when a new government policy of ďrestraintĒ on settlement expansion was also introduced, Israeli NGO and settlement watchdog Peace Now has accused Israel of attempting to ďfool the international community,Ē saying the policy showed no restraint whatsoever.-rh13/4/2017
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Turmus Aya`s Palestinians threatened by settlement planLizzie Porter - Aljazeera - At the entrance of the Palestinian village Turmus Aya, in the occupied West Bank, a large sign, written in Hebrew, Arabic and English, warns visitors that "this road leads to Palestinian areas [sic]. It is dangerous for Israeli citizens to enter". Contrary to the sign`s warning, it is the Palestinian residents of this seemingly tranquil area who are more nervous, specifically about the recent encroachment from the Israeli settlements that surround their village. Turmus Aya, home to around 4,000 people, lies in the shadow of a string of such settlers` communities, which are illegal under international law. On a bump in the land directly to the north sits Shilo, a well-developed example, built in 1979 and home to around 3,000 illegal settlers.-rh 12/4/2017
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Red Rag column - police violence in Israel - hunger strike by disabled - Minister of PropagandaGideon Spiro - I am in mourning over the untimely death of the journalist Gila Flint, a comrade in the struggle against racism and the Occupation. Her unique voice will be missed by those who valued her and loved her. gm12/4/2017
Trump, Jordan King focus on Palestinian StateRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "President Donald Trump and Jordanís King Abdullah II met this week, their second meeting at the White House since Trumpís election, and discussed ways to achieve peace through the establishment of a State for Palestinians." - id12/4/2017
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University of Exeter Must Not Normalize Israeli Apartheid Alex Clark - The Palestine Chronicle - The University of Exeter is a microcosm of university campuses across the UK. Activists for Palestine have been met every step of the way with repression from government bodies, and university managements which do their bidding, and give in easily to pressure from pro-Israel lobby groups. But they have also been met with support from many students. At Exeter, students will continue to fight for their right to protest, to support the work of their elected representatives, and to campaign for solidarity with the Palestinian people. They will not rest until they have achieved Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, knowing that, as with South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s, freedom for Palestine will not be far behind.-rh12/4/2017
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The political scenarios to defeat Netanyahu in early electionsAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - " With the prospect for early elections in Israel, the Zionist Camp must decide whether to join forces with left-wing Meretz and its liberal- humanist ideology or tag along with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid." - id 12/4/2017
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Israel`s `slow` plan for peaceDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The arrogance of Israeli politicians arguing for an almost indefinite continuation of illegal occupation and colonial settlement stems from one simple fact: The cost of occupation is so cheap that it gives them little incentive to tackle it, as the Israeli population has moved farther right and become more hawkish on the issue. The situation will only change once Palestinians, Arabs and the international community make Israel pay a serious price for its continued occupation and violations of human rights.-rh 12/4/2017
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ĎHe has caused chaosí: How Netanyahuís media war nearly split his governmentRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - A political cartoon of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stretched out on a psychologistís couch and clutching TV sets, radios and newspapers to his chest might be the best depiction of a crisis that threatened to bring down the Israeli government. The cartoon was published in the Israeli daily Haaretz just over a week ago as the prime minister tried to stop the launch of a new public broadcasting corporation that he once endorsed and even set in motion. On one level, the cartoon represented what many Israelis see as Netanyahuís fantastical obsession with the media. In a deeper sense, however, it denotes what critics say appears to be his determination to weaken and ultimately control Israelís small, Hebrew-language news industry.-rh 12/4/2017
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Why this Likud MK presents unique challenge to NetanyahuMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - Glick is a complicated, different and confusing character in the Knesset, which is controlled mostly by populist and simplistic black-and-white politics. He is never tempestuous and never coarse, in contrast with the belligerence that characterizes quite a few members of Knesset in the ruling party. All this also paradoxically turns him into a favorite of the left, and he is sometimes described as the sanest figure in the Likud, from which he doesnít spare criticism: ďWhen an entity is aggressive, it doesnít make it more powerful. Thus, in my view, a party that tries to forcefully prevent a conference of [anti-occupation nongovernmental organization] Breaking the Silence or that works to revoke the citizenship of the director of [human rights group] BíTselem because he spoke against Israel at the United Nations ó is a weak party. But a party that allows itself to be generous and let the other express himself is a stronger entity,Ē he said.-rh 12/4/2017
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Could an offshore seaport be Gaza`s salvation?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - In an interview with Al-Monitor, a senior Hamas political bureau official in Gaza said that building an Israeli-inspired island under full Israeli control would result in the perpetuation of the blockade. ďYour minister is willing to invest billions of dollars to build a port that will serve Israelís security, but this money could be used for millions of far more logical and feasible solutions,Ē said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Israel has been playing with the idea that it can continue to rule over residents of the Strip from the air, sea and land, he said, but he noted, ďThis cannot go on forever.Ē The only solution, according to the official, is to allow the Palestinians to build a seaport on Gaza`s shore.-rh 12/4/2017
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Fewer and fewer want to visit Israel Asa Winstanley - Jews for Justice for Palestinians - War crimes and apartheid are ultimately quite a hard act to sell. The reason behind Israelís unpopularity is no secret and has nothing to do with antisemitism. Israel is losing the battle for hearts and minds not because it has the wrong marketing strategy, but because it treats Palestinians appallingly. This much should be obvious to all but the most unreasonable of people. That is why the BDS movement goes from strength to strength. It is also why Israel will continue to face the ďexistential threatĒ of BDS for as long as it continues to deny basic human rights to Palestinians.-rh 12/4/2017
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The spoils of war: Trump lavished with media and bipartisan praise for bombing SyriaGlenn Greenwald - NationofChange ó IN EVERY TYPE of government, nothing unites people behind the leader more quickly, reflexively or reliably than war. Donald Trump now sees how true that is, as the same establishment leaders in U.S. politics and media who have spent months denouncing him as a mentally unstable and inept authoritarian and unprecedented threat to democracy are standing and applauding him as he launches bombs at Syrian government targets.-rh 12/4/2017
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Passover has become little more than an act of communal hypocrisy Robert Cohen - Mondoweiss - My proposed liturgical replacement also tells the story of slaves and of a Pharaoh. It also describes oppression and it shows a route to liberation. It represents all that makes Passover delegitimised and, simultaneously, exactly how it can be made legitimate once again. It was published last month on the 15th March. My recommended reading for your Passover celebration is the UNís Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) report on Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid. Its authors are Professor Richard Falk, a former United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied and professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University; and Virginia Tilley, professor of political science at Southern Illinois University. Their report is not a rant or a ďhate festĒ against Israel. Itís measured in tone and scholarly in the presentation and analysis of international law. It even anticipates and addresses the main objections to its findings.-rh 12/4/2017
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Hamas` new charter reveals a willingness to changeMenachem Klein - +972 - Despite what the usual media critics may say, Hamasí new charter is evidence of a movement in flux, and one that ó when the need arises ó allows itself to be guided by pragmatism. [bz]11/4/2017
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Facebook vs Palestine: Implicit support for oppressionNadim Nashif - Al Jazeera - Facebook has been cooperating with the Israeli government to remove content the latter finds objectionable, including briefly shutting down the page of the political party Fatah in March, because of an old photo posted of former leader Yasser Arafat holding a rifle. On the other hand, Israelis, including government officials, routinely post inflammatory content about Palestinians without censure. [bz] 11/4/2017
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Normalization in the Name of Peace: How Israel Understands the Arab Peace InitiativeRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - ďWhile the US administration may rebrand its approach to the conflict, what truly interests Israel and its Americans backers is breaking Israelís isolation through regional Ďpeaceí pacts and separate deals Ė in other words, normalization under OccupationĒ [ry]10/4/2017
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What prompted Assad to use sarin gas?Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - In the early days of the Syrian uprising, before the name ISIS fell from anyoneís lips, Assad presented the following paradigm to the masses that opposed his terrorist regime: "Assad - or we will burn the country!" Assad promised and Assad delivered. He has raised the ante with the generous help of Russia, Iran and Hezbollahóand with the passive collusion of the rest of the world. We needn`t go back in time and blame the previous president (the present one makes sure to do so at every opportunity) in order to explain Trumpís earlier weakness against the war crimes in Syria. Already in 2013, Trump expressed his firm opposition to Obama`s policy of the Red Line when he tweeted: "Do not attack Syria, correct America." [bz for dn]9/4/2017
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A show of weakness: The ĎIsraeli Peace Movementí marches in Jerusalem Ofer Neiman - Considering the breadth of the organizing coalition, and the rather soft, mainstream-friendly agenda, devoid of a broad anti-colonial or anti-Zionist discourse, Saturdayís 1000 strong action was far from impressive. In defense of Saturday nightís demo in Jerusalem, the very presence of bilingual Hebrew-Arabic banners, with the slogan ďJews and Arabs stand togetherĒ, counters the extreme right wingís hegemony in the city, where one often encounters mobs chanting ďDeath to the ArabsĒ and assaulting Palestinians. Furthermore, Israeli activists should never give up on trying to mobilize their public. But progress will require more critical thinking on their part.[bz]8/4/2017
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The Tunic of NessusUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - Now God has punished the people of Israel again by giving them a miraculous victory, and turning that same victory into a curse that is leading to disaster. For this purpose, God borrowed an idea from his Greek colleagues. [bz]8/4/2017
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After the Airstrikes on Syria, Whatís Next?Editorial - NYT "it is also hard not to feel unsettled by the many questions raised by President Trumpís decision. Among them: Was it legal? Was it an impetuous, isolated response unrelated to a larger strategy for resolving the complex dilemma of Syria, a nation tormented not just by civil war but also by the fight against the Islamic State? So far, there is no evidence that Mr. Trump has thought through the implications of using military force or figured out what to do next." ca7/4/2017
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The Enemy Just Blinked: Why Hamas`s New Charter Is a Big Deal BjŲrn Brenner - Haaretz "The revisions to Hamasí infamously anti-Semitic and pro-violence founding document is unprecedented evidence that even an extremist organization is capable of change." ca 7/4/2017
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Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian homes, spray pesticides on crops in GazaMaa`an News Agency - Israeli forces opened fire on Tuesday morning at Palestinian houses and agricultural lands in eastern Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Witnesses told Ma`an that gunshots were fired from Israeli military pillboxes across the border fence, causing material damage to a number of houses. No injuries were reported. Separately, in the southeastern and central eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian farmers reported that Israeli drones sprayed "poisonous pesticidesĒ on crops near the borders with Israel. They added that fields of melon, watermelon, okra, and wheat were sprayed with pesticides that may harm the crops.-rh5/4/2017
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HRW: Israel denying human rights workers access to GazaFarah Najjar - Aljazeera - In the report, titled "Unwilling or Unable: Israel Restrictions on Travel to and from Gaza for Human Rights Workers", the US-based organisation expressed concerns over the restriction of entry to human rights workers who require access to the strip in order to investigate possible crimes committed during the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza.-rh 5/4/2017
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Does BDS ban hurt Israel?Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor -Reacting to the March 6 legislation, the American Jewish Committee said in a statement, ďAs history has amply shown throughout the democratic world, barring entry to otherwise qualified visitors on the basis of their political views will not by itself defeat BDS.Ē The committee`s president, David Harris, warned that the new law would not ďhelp Israelís image as the beacon of democracy in the Middle East," but make it hard to defend its legitimacy. The Anti-Defamation League, another organization central to the American Jewish community, said the new bill hurts Israel and that its best defenses against the BDS movement are Israeli democracy, pluralism and the openness of its society.-rh 5/4/2017
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Despite pressure, the legitimacy of the state of Israel was questioned at a conference in Ireland Vyara Gylsen - Europalforum - "The conference has been central to the major current shift in terms of thinking about international law in relation to Israel - i.e. the shift from the limited focus on legal checks and balances on occupation, to the need to view (and respond to) the situation through the broader international legal prohibitions on settler colonialism and apartheid," the organisers said in a statement. "This is a crucial shift after fifty years of what clearly can no longer be excused as a `temporary` occupation, more than seventy years of partition and a century of colonisation sanctioned by imperial policy" they added.-rh 5/4/2017
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Border Police officers indicted for assaulting PalestinianRoi Yanovsky -Ynetnews - According to the indictment, Yosef Abadi, 22, from Rishon Lezion, and Oshri Ohayon, 23, from Beit Shemesh, had assaulted a Palestinian with the butt of their rifle and even threatened to kill him, because they thought he was suspected of having carried out a stabbing attack. The two arrived at the Christian Quarter in the Old City in May 2016 following a report of a stabbing attack. When they noticed a Palestinian walking by, they suspected that he was the assailant, even though he was unarmed. They approached him, and one of the soldiers struck him with the butt of his rifle, without informing him that he was being arrested or detained and without questioning him.-rh 5/4/2017
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Israel Steps Up Dirty Tricks Against Boycott Leaders Jonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed cohorts of Israel loyalists in the United States by video link last week at the annual conference of Aipac, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. They should, he said, follow his governmentís example and defend Israel on the ďmoral battlefieldĒ against the growing threat of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. In Netanyahuís simple-minded language, support for Palestinian rights, and opposition to the settlements, is equivalent to ďdelegitimisationĒ of Israel.-rh 5/4/2017
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Sarah Silverman Condemns Occupation in Passover HaggadahNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - Comedian Sarah Silverman spoke out against Israelís military occupation in a new Passover Haggadah timed with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel conquered the West Bank. ďOf all the people, Jews know the bitterness of being oppressed ó and not being in our own country,Ē she wrote. ďThatís what makes the occupation all so ironic. Sometimes itís hard to tell the difference between right and wrong, the situation is complicated and scary, but Iím guessing oppression will always prove to be on the wrong side of history.Ē-rh 5/4/2017
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Professor who labelled Israel an Ďapartheid regimeí defends UN report stating Israelis have used same termHarriet Agerholm - Independent - Professor Falk also pointed out that "apartheid" had been used by a number senior Israeli politicians to describe the situation with the Palestinian people, including the country`s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. He quoted a 1967 radio address from Mr Ben-Gurion, in which - according to Falk - he said "Israel would soon become an apartheid state" if it did not "rid itself of the territories and their Arab population as soon as possible."-rh 5/4/2017
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Israeli guidelines point to largely unconstrained settlement expansionPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Israel has indicated it will pursue a unilateral policy of largely unconstrained settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories, as it announced the first new settlement in two decades. While Israelís new settlement construction guidelines were presented as evidence of restraint and a ďgoodwill gestureĒ to the administration of US President Donald Trump Ė who has asked Israel to slow construction Ė the details seem to indicate the opposite.-rh 5/4/2017
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Can Netanyahu outmaneuver Trump?Ben Caspit -Al-Monitor - Trump is unpredictable and aggressive, and Netanyahu will go to great lengths to placate him. Netanyahu wants to make sure that Israel wonít be blamed for the inevitable dead end of any negotiations or explosion of the entire process. That is why the Cabinet hurried to close ranks with Netanyahu. First and foremost, a gesture of goodwill toward the president was in order.-rh 5/4/2017
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Why `it`s not apartheid` arguments fail: Response to NYT op-edDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - It doesnít actually matter if Israel is a carbon copy of apartheidís policies or not. It doesnít matter whether the mentality is rooted in obsolete racial ideologies, or in the desire to decimate Palestinian statehood. The result is a systemic separation of Arabs from Jews, by education, by opportunity, by land, roads and water and, in the West Bank, by law. [bz]4/4/2017
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Why Israel Is Nothing Like Apartheid South AfricaBenjamin Pogrund - NYT - I am acutely aware of Israelís problems and faults, but it is nothing like South Africa before 1994. Those who accuse Israel of apartheid ó some even say, ďworse than apartheidĒ ó have forgotten what actual apartheid was, or are ignorant, or malevolent. [bz]4/4/2017
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`The occupation will collapse. And then we`ll build a moral society here`Yuli Novak - +972 - On Saturday night, thousands of Palestinians and Jews gathered in Jerusalem for an anti-occupation protest marking 50 years since the occupation began. Breaking the Silence head Yuli Novak spoke to demonstrators about the importance of solidarity and resistance to the violence and racism of the Israeli government. [bz for dn]2/4/2017
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Red Rag column - contamination of Israel PrizeGideon Spiro - The awarding of the Israel Prize to the settler David Beíeri, a promoter of the transfer of Palestinians from the neighbourhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem, contaminates the Israel Prize with racism and apartheid, and as such is a faithful expression of 50 years of Occupation. gm1/4/2017
Can J Street coherently fight both boycott and occupation?Noa Yachot - +972 - Students representing the university arm of J Street, the ďpro-Israel, pro-peace lobby,Ē attracted the ire of the anti-BDS conference at the United Nations when they rose to ask how to counter BDS to fellow students who oppose Israelís occupation of the Palestinian territories. [bz]1/4/2017
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