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You are here Anti-Semites feted by Zionist Organization of AmericaMichael F. Brown - Electronic Intifada "Men like Bannon are now the political partners of the ZOA and the crowd of supporters that turned out on Sunday. If you’re pro-Israel in these circles, then any form of bigotry goes.Nazi sympathizer Sebastian Gorka – who worked alongside Bannon in the White House – was there despite his connections to anti-Semitic leaders in Hungary.Alan Dershowitz, the lawyer who has advocated such war crimes as the destruction of Palestinian villages, was there." ca 18/11/2017
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Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara is Winning in ItalyRomana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud - Dissident Voice "A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause, has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most surprisingly, though, the Left is as implicated as the Right in the rush to please Israel, at the expense of Palestinian rights.The sad reality is this: Italy is moving to the Israeli camp. The sad reality is this: Italy is moving to the Israeli camp." ca18/11/2017
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You can’t support the US if you oppose the OccupationShmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Has it not occurred to our liberals (and even part of some of the radicals among them) that if the Americans really wanted to end the Occupation, they could get Israel out of the Palestinian territories without much difficultly? gm18/11/2017
Israeli forces target Palestinian schools, teachers in East Jerusalem and HebronSheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Israeli police forces entered Zahwat al- Quds school in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday, arresting the principal of the school as well as three teachers in front of students, before closing down the school and instructing parents to find alternative facilities for their children, according to Palestinian official media, Wafa.The events in East Jerusalem came one day after Israeli forces detained several teachers in the southern Hebron Hills on their walk to school, again in the presence of their students.-rh16/11/2017
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Equal rights? Not for everyone apparently Aviad Kleinberg - Ynet - "The apartheid-like notions revealed in Jews’ attitudes towards Israel’s Arabs are a symptom of a disease being adopted by the entire Israeli culture in the name of the national struggle—rejecting the equality principle, a principle which is the basis of democracy and human rights." - id 15/11/2017
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Arab-Israelis fear new bill to increase security guards` powers Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Next week, the Knesset`s Interior Committee will debate a proposed piece of legislation by Minister for Public Security Gilad Erdan, which would expand the authority of civilian security guards. According to the proposal, security guards will be given powers similar to the police in that they will have the right to detain suspects, demand that they identify themselves and even use force to prevent them from entering crowded spaces such as shopping malls and public transportation. Erdan claims that the purpose of the law is to increase civilians` sense of safety in recreation centers and offices that provide services to citizens.-rh 15/11/2017
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Israel Draws Up Blacklist of Boycott SupportersIMEMCnews - The Israeli government is currently preparing a blacklist of local and international organizations and activists who call for boycotting Israeli institutions, products and events, local media sources revealed yesterday. On Sunday, the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation passed a law against activists who encourage the international boycott of Israel, under which they are likely to be sued or fined.-rh15/11/2017
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Cambridge slammed for `censoring` Palestine BDS event 11 NOVEMBER 2017Shafik Mandhai - Aljazeera - Ruba Salih from the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) was set to oversee Wednesday`s event featuring Palestinian BDS activist, Omar Barghouti, but organisers say they were forced to cancel her participation hours before it was due to start after the university intervened citing concerns over her neutrality. Palestinian activists say the incident highlights the increasingly restrictive atmosphere for critics of Israel on campuses across the UK.-rh 15/11/2017
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Military Court Watch: Newsletter - October 2017Military Court Watch - Detention figures: The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) continues to experience difficulties in providing accurate and timely information regarding the number of Palestinian children in its detention facilities in accordance with an outstanding Freedom of Information application (FOI application). According to the IPS, as of 30 June 2017, 318 Palestinian children were held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities. This represents a 4 percent decrease compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 17 percent compared with 2016. Out of 318 children, 10 were girls, representing 3 percent. There is currently no available data relating to age breakdown, administrative detention or the percentage of children transferred to prisons inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh15/11/2017
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Gaza Kids Live in Hell: A Psychologist Tells of Rampant Sexual Abuse, Drugs and DespairAyelett Shani - Middle East Transparent - Mohammed Mansour, who treats Gaza victims of sexual assault, describes the dystopian nightmare that Palestinians are living.-rh15/11/2017
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Palestinian human rights bill on child imprisonment introduced in United States CongressSamidoun - Washington, D.C., November 14, 2017—Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill prohibiting U.S. financial support of abuses against Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system, putting violations under the magnifying glass of U.S. taxpayers.-rh15/11/2017
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Netanyahu: Israel Will Act Alone to Force Iran Out of SyriaJason Ditz - Antiwar.com - On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that the most recent ceasefire announcement did not involve any commitment for Russia to force Iran out of Syria, saying that Iran can maintain a legitimate presence in Syria. This isn’t sitting well with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who urged the world to unite and force Iran out of Syria at all costs. Now, he’s saying Israel is prepared to act alone to ensure Iran has no permanent presence there.-rh15/11/2017
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The Trials of Benjamin NetanyahuRamzy Baroud - Dissident Voice - Corruption in Israeli society has become particularly endemic after the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. The idea that ordinary Israelis can move into a Palestinian house, evict the family, claim the house as their own, with the full support of the military, the government and the court, exemplifies moral corruption to the highest degree. It was only a matter of time before this massive corruption racket – military occupation, the settlement enterprise, the media whitewashing of Israeli crimes – seeped back into mainstream Israeli society, which has become rotten to the core. While Israelis might have ‘gotten used’ to their own corruption, Palestinians have not, because the price of Israel’s moral corruption is too high for them to bear.-rh 15/11/2017
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Two Meetings Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "To my mind, the slogans of the initiators were immaterial – important was only the number of those coming to pay respect to the man and his heritage. Rabin and peace with the Palestinians are inseparably linked." - id 15/11/2017
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Israel lobby is slowly being dragged into the lightJonathan Cook - Redress - Priti Patel, forced to resign as Britain’s international aid minister, had been pressing for the Israeli army to receive a chunk of Britain’s overseas aid. Meanwhile, she has sought to cut aid to the Palestinians, including to vital projects in Gaza. Patel’s off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, were organised by a British lobbyist in violation of government rules meant to prevent illicit lobbying by foreign powers.[bz]14/11/2017
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Hezbollah leader Nasrallah slams Saudi aggression – says Israel will not invade LebanonAdam Garrie (interview)- The Duran - While many have suspected that Israel and Saudi have worked in collusion to provoke a crisis in Lebanon, Nasrallah stated that this collusion will not amount to a new Israel war on Lebanon. He stated that the Israeli regime is well aware of the international climate and will not likely enter into a new conflict that would be long, costly and ultimately unfruitful from the Israeli perspective. However, Nasrallah warned that Israel is capable of igniting sedition in many places through the use of proxies. [bz]11/11/2017
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Kerry: “No One Among the Israeli Leaders Wants Peace”IMEMC News & Agencies - "He said, in a recording published by Channel 10 Hebrew TV: “No one among the Israeli leaders wants peace, That is why his efforts for the peace negotiations failed.” Israeli PM Netanyahu’s office immediately replied by saying that” John Kerry did not understand that it is the Palestinians who do not want peace. ” Kerry said, “Jordan agreed to keep US troops on the border, but Israel rejected all the proposals,” He added that he “will not be surprised if there is no Palestinian leader, after 10 years, who believes in nonviolence and says ‘I want peace," ca 10/11/2017
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When political persecution hits close to home +972 Magazine - "+972 Magazine strongly condemns the silencing and political assault against Palestinian journalist Makbula Nassar by Israel’s most-read newspaper and a senior government minister...Israel Hayom, the free daily widely viewed as Prime Minister Netanyahu’s mouthpiece, reached new heights of McCarthyism when it targeted journalist Makbula Nassar, a blogger for Local Call and frequent +972 Magazine contributor, above the fold on its front page Wednesday. According to the newspaper, Nassar, who was recently appointed the National Road Safety Authority’s head of Arabic-language public relations, was accused of being an “active member of anti-Zionist and pro- Palestinian organizations.” ca10/11/2017
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American Jews have the power to oppose Israel`s gov`t. Will they use it?Joshua Leifer - +972 "Jewish American leaders are slowly beginning to understand just how vast the gap is between their values and those represented by the Israeli government...Princeton University Hillel sparked controversy earlier this week after announcing it would indefinitely postpone a scheduled speech by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely. The decision came after protests by students from the Alliance of Jewish Progressives and other groups..." ca10/11/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians, Detain Schoolteachers, In West BankIMEMCnews - Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier on Sunday morning, seven Palestinians, from their homes, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, confiscated money, and detained many schoolteachers.-rh8/11/2017
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Who is Afraid of the Iranian Bomb?URI AVNERY - Counterpunch - Since the nuclear bomb was invented, no nuclear-armed country has ever been attacked. Attacking a nuclear-armed country simply means suicide. Even the mighty USA (the “Big Satan”) does not dare to attack little North Korea, whose endeavor to obtain a nuclear strike force is far from irrational.-rh8/11/2017
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Israeli police turn up heat on NetanyahuBen Caspit - Al-Monitor - The Israeli police continue to investigate the sale of German submarines to Israel and the people involved in the deal. But while we cannot predict the end results of the “submarine affair,” we already know that it has changed the face of the government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be forced to at least testify on this affair in the near future, can no longer run the country via his two lawyer-cousins who are his closest, most loyal associates. This system through which the prime minister conducted Israel’s most secret issues has been dismantled. It is gone for good.- rh 8/11/2017
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Israeli Forces Raid, Shutdown School in Jerusalem, Detain Faculty MembersPalestine Chronicle - Chairman of al-Quds Committee of Students’ Parents Ziyad Al-Shamal, said Israeli soldiers raided the school, broke into classrooms while students were having classes, and detained three teachers and the school principle, spreading fear and panic among students.rh8/11/2017
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By Killing Isis Fighters We Become as Guilty as Our EnemiesRobert Fisk - Information Clearing House - For decades, we have been condemning the dictators of the Middle East for their savagery, for their drumhead courts and their mass hangings – and rightly so. But how can we condemn them now, when we are announcing, quite publicly, that we want our own citizens dead if they joined – or are believed to have joined, or might have joined, or are said to have joined – Isis. If we are now, in effect, calling for their execution, then we have no more right to lecture any tyrant about their wickedness.-rh8/11/2017
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The question Israel still hasn`t answered about Rabin`s murderTomer Persico - +972 - The murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is significant not only because of the wave of incitement that led to it, or because it effectively halted the Palestinian peace process, but because it thrust into conflict two competing forms of authority: that of the people in a democracy, and that of a particular group, in this case a certain strain of Judaism.-rh8/11/2017
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A LIFESTYLE OF SEGREGATIONnadiaharhash.com - As I struggled reaching the school , I finally found a building in the middle of what seemed like a graveyard . They are trying to make it look like a livable place by putting attractive colors and friendly drawings, thought to myself with a mockery attitude . How can people survive such a hole of obvious segregation. A few meters up is the great walk through of the best part of jerusalem, and yet, the people of the place live as if they are a part of an interactive scene that tourists can look at from above. 8/11/2017
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Walls and Militarized Police: How Israel Is Exporting Its Occupation to the United StatesRamzy Baroud - Dissident Voice - US Senate Bill S.720 should have been a wake-up call. The Bill, drafted by the Israel lobby group, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as part of its “2017 Lobbying Agenda” is set to punish any individual or company that boycotts Israel for its violation of Palestinian human rights.-rh8/11/2017
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UN Panel: Sanctions Needed Against Israel to Stop Ethnic Cleansing of PalestineDarius Shahtahmasebi - Global Research - The U.N. recently launched a scathing critique of Israel’s occupation when the U.N. rapporteur for human rights in the occupied territories delivered a report condemning Israel’s conduct to date. According to the report, published October 23, the “duration of this occupation is without precedent or parallel in today’s world.” In fact, Israel has “driven Gaza back to the dark ages” due to its particularly stringent denial of water and electricity and its restrictions on movement since 2007.-rh8/11/2017
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Raed Jarrar`s detention by Israel raises alarmDalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - Middle East and North Africa division of Amnesty International USA, was stopped at the Allenby crossing between Jordan and the West Bank while on a personal visit to his family following his father`s death. Jarrar, who is an American citizen of Palestinian origin, was detained and questioned for hours before being denied entry into the West Bank.-rh 8/11/2017
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The Rabin Memorial - did I make the correct decision to go?Hillel Schenker - Times of Israel - While the organizers said there would be no civil society and political stands allowed at the rally, Peace Now had a stand in the middle of the square, constantly surrounded by people who were picking up signs to be held at the rally. I picked up one which read: “We Have Not Forgotten the Incitement, the Murder, The Peace, Peace Now”. Meretz also had a stand which gave out countless green Meretz balloons held up high by young people, and Hebrew-Arabic bilingual signs against the occupation and for peace. Other signs, some made by organizations, others personal, read, “Two States for Two Peoples”, “I’m a Patriotic Leftist” and “It’s all Political”. And the Gush Shalom people circulated a sticker which said “Continuing in Rabin’s Path”, with a photo of Rabin and Arafat shaking hands, and map of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza with the Green Line. [bz] 7/11/2017
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Al Shakaba Roundtable: After Balfour — 100 Years of History and the Roads Not TakenAl Shakaba/IMEMC - A worldwide wave of analysis and activism is marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 2017.Could history have taken a different trajectory? Were there points during the past century at which the Palestinians could have influenced the course of events in a different direction? We turned to the historians and analysts in Al-Shabaka’s policy network and asked them to identify and reflect on a turning point at which things might have gone differently had the Palestinian people decided on another course of action, and to draw lessons that should be applied in this quest for self-determination, freedom, justice, and equality. [ak]7/11/2017
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Israel is not a democracy as long as the occupation existsAlon Mizrahi - +972 - An Israel that does not fight to free Palestinians from occupation is an Israel that will excel in occupation. This is the Left’s most urgent and important mission [ry]6/11/2017
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“Bar Bahar” Redefines Palestinian Israeli Women Onscreen Shira Feder - Forward "These characters were teenagers during the first Intifada, which affected the way they engaged with Israeli society. The film doesn’t directly engage with politics (except for the opening scene where Laila tells an Israeli shopkeeper to relax, “we don’t bite.”) Instead the film is about women and the cost of freedom." ca 4/11/2017
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Lecture by Professor Rashid Khalidi on the Balfour Declaration VIDEO: Rashid Khalidi - "Lecture delivered by Professor Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, on the Balfour Declaration and the impact it has had on the Palestinian people, hosted by The United Nations Palestinian Rights Committee." ca4/11/2017
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Despite His Talk Of ‘Reconciliation,’ Abbas Continues To Act In Israel’s InterestsRamona Wadi - IMEMC News & Agencies "The writer traces remarks by the PA and Fatah president and found that he is faking Palestinians throughout his apparent involvement in the national reconciliation deal. In fact, he works for Israel." ca3/11/2017
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Reckoning with the murder of a prime ministerEdo Konrad - +972 "The White House chief of staff, who claimed the American Civil War was born out of an inability to compromise, can teach Israelis a thing or two about just how toxic political amnesia can be." ca3/11/2017
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Israel MK: Palestinians’ ‘liability’ is that ‘they weren’t born Jews’MEMO - An Israeli parliamentarian has expressed his support for formal apartheid, backing the annexation of the entire West Bank but without its Palestinian inhabitants being granted the right to vote. MK Miki Zohar, who is chair of the Knesset’s Special Committee for Distributive Justice and Social Equality, expressed his views in an interview with Haaretz newspaper.-rh1/11/2017
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Is Israel really implementing economic aid to Palestinians? Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon traveled to the seat of the Palestinian government in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Oct. 29 to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. According to reports of the meeting, the two discussed advancing civic administration and economic measures and Israeli- Palestinian cooperation. This is the second time within five months that Kahlon has gone to Palestinian Authority (PA) territory to meet with Hamdallah, and this time, too, the meeting was the result of US pressure on Israel to offer the Palestinians goodwill economic gestures.-rh 1/11/2017
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“Hurricane Israel” causes more damage than “Hurricane Harvey”Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "The BDS movement wants to end Israeli apartheid policies and racism, but some want to do more. The BDS movement has been hijacked by extremists who have expanded the fight against discrimination to include all of Israel. These extremists believe Israel has no right to exist and they want to turn back time to the 1920s boycotting not only Israeli racism against non-Jews, but everything Israel and everything Jewish." - id 1/11/2017
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Balfour 100 years on: Britain`s colonial legacySalma Yaqoob - Al Jazeera - "The Palestinian conflict shares something in common with a number of other, seemingly unrelated others, such as Kashmir and Myanmar - a legacy of British colonialism. There`s no hope of a "truly global Britain" unless the country addresses that, helps to start clearing up the mess it made, and does something to defend those it said it would defend." - id  1/11/2017
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100 years on: The Balfour Declaration explainedZena Tahhan - Aljazeera - It is regarded as one of the most controversial and contested documents in the modern history of the Arab world and has puzzled historians for decades.-rh1/11/2017
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7 Palestinians killed, 12 wounded in Israeli bombing of Gaza tunnelMa`an News Agency - At least seven Palestinians were killed, and 12 others were wounded after Israeli forces blew up an underground tunnel between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.The Palestinian Ministry of Health officially declared the death of seven Palestinians, all fighters in the armed wings of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements in Gaza.-rh1/11/2017
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Recognise Palestine to mark Balfour centenary, says Emily ThornberryPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - The shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, is calling on the UK to mark the centenary of the Balfour declaration – which called for the creation of a Jewish national homeland – with a formal British recognition of the state of Palestine.- rh1/11/2017
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One state for all citizensDaoud Kuttab - Arabic Media Internet Network - bbas then said that in regard to his people, there are two choices: “It will either be the independence of the state of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with the state of Israel on the 1967 borders, or equal rights for all of the inhabitants of the land of historic Palestine from the river to the sea.” The idea that Abbas would legitimise the one-state option took some by surprise. Was it simply a tactic to get Israelis and Americans to double up support for the two-state solution or is the Palestinian president truly willing to entertain the concept of a single bi- national state?-rh1/11/2017
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Pickled Cucumbers Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - Desperation, depression, they are all luxuries we cannot afford. We must return to the battle with hope and self-assurance." - id "1/11/2017
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The most disputed land on earth: How Greek Orthodox church sold off Palestinian plotsJihad Abu Raya - Middle East Eye - Triggered by the summer revelations, Palestinian Orthodox protesters have demanded not only to manage the church’s properties and for existing suspicious deals to be annulled, but also for the appointment of a Palestinian patriarch and church representative. It would signal end to what many see as the Greek colonisation of the Palestinian Orthodox church.-rh1/11/2017
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West Bank settlements: Eight EU countries demand Israel pay for demolished Palestinian schools : EU states seek €30,000 in compensationSamuel Osborne - Independent - Eight European Union countries are demanding Israel compensate them for the demolition of new school facilities for Bedouin communities in the occupied West Bank. A letter from the eight member states is expected to be delivered to Israel`s Foreign Ministry in the coming days, the Haaretz newspaper reported.-rh1/11/2017
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THE GAZA SIEGE AT TEN : Reaching a Humanitarian and Political Breaking PointCOUNTERVORTEX - As the Gaza Strip marked the ten-year anniversary of Israel`s siege of the small Palestinian enclave on June 15, the humanitarian situation has continued to alarm rights groups, which have denounced the "inhuman conditions unparalleled in the modern world." Gaza, which has often been compared to an "open air prison" for its 1.9 million inhabitants crowded into 365 square kilometers, has suffered from a decade of isolation and deprivation, made all the worse by three devastating Israeli military operations, and persistent intra-Palestinian political strife.-rh1/11/2017
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Balfour Declaration: How Britain broke its Feeble Promise to the PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Dissident Voice - Palestinian objections to the 1917 document are well-known. Britain’s Lord Balfour had no right to promise a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, on the land of another people. But Israelis have been taught a different history in which they, not the Palestinians, were betrayed.-rh1/11/2017
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Israeli Strike on Cross-border Gaza Tunnel May Have Been Too Successful Amos Harel - Haaretz - Attack brings tensions to highest level since 2014 Gaza war. Israel lacks overall strategy regarding Gaza, apparent from the years-long delay in approving projects that would have helped alleviate the enormous civilian distress. [bz]31/10/2017
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It’s time to change Israel’s provincial defense policyAlex Fishman, Ynet`s main military commentator - In the present situation of an unclear nuclear game, countries rely less on the use of military force for solving problems, and more on the use of “soft force”—all the systems that won`t lead to an explosive chain of events to achieve political goals: Diplomacy, media and economic leverages, psychological warfare, cyber warfare (...) so as not to force the enemy to respond. In other words, Less tanks and more thought. But Israel isn’t there yet. [bz]31/10/2017
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Balfour 100 years on: Salvation or betrayal?Al-Jazeera - "What`s fascinating about it is that those two views are completely irreconcilable, which is why people who support Israel, Israelis, Zionists, many Jews are celebrating, and most Palestinians are indeed mourning and protesting ... And in a way, it`s an encapsulation of the deadlock at the heart of the continuing crisis," says Black, who is also the author of a new book on the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict since the Balfour declaration, Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017. " ca28/10/2017
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VIDEO: Why do Far-Right White Nationalists Support Zionism?SHIR HEVER - IMEMC "The state of Israel is a model for the extreme right in the US and in Europe." ca28/10/2017
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DeVos Nominates Islamophobe Hoaxster to Senior ‘Civil Rights’ PositionRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "There are now 20 states with laws endorsing state boycotts of companies which honor the BDS campaign. These laws prohibit any company doing business with the state from endorsing the international human rights effort. Erdan’s efforts no doubt are meant to reinforce this legal project by passing such laws in all states. Once that is accomplished and they feel they’ve achieved a national consensus attacking BDS, I imagine the lawsuits will follow." ca27/10/2017
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Hamas backtracks on charter changesShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "Indeed, since the Palestinian reconciliation agreement was signed in Cairo earlier this month, hardly a day goes by without Sinwar making some kind of militant proclamation toward Israel in which he boasts about the might of the military wing, the Qassam Brigades, of which he is a founder." ca 27/10/2017
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Hamas and Fatah Must Transform to Speak on Behalf of PalestiniansRamzy Baroud - Information Clearing House "However, the recent reconciliation agreement in Cairo is not an outcome of a new commitment to a Palestinian national project. Both Hamas and Fatah are out of options. Their regional politicking was a failure, and their political program ceased to impress Palestinians who are feeling orphaned and abandoned.For the Hamas-Fatah unity to become a true national unity, priorities would have to change entirely..." ca27/10/2017
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A New Start Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "I believe that there is a right-wing minority and a left-wing minority. Between the two there is the great mass of the people, waiting for a message, desiring peace but brainwashed into believing that peace is impossible ("there is no partner"). WHAT WE NEED is a new start." - id 25/10/2017
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Why Does Israel Sell Military Parts to Iran and North Korea that Could Lead to Nuclear Proliferation?Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "This is a country which has two hundred nuclear weapons.  A country whose leaders have seriously contemplated using them against their enemies during past wars (though ultimately they decided not to do so).  A country which defies nuclear safeguards observed by the rest of the world; refuses to join NPT.  It has also refused to consider a nuclear free zone in the Middle East and sabotaged efforts by Arab states to declare one." - id 25/10/2017
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Iran-could-humiliate-netanyahu-by-recognizing-israelYossi Beilin - Forward - I would like suggest a test of Iran’s seriousness in its new charm offensive: Iran should declare its commitment to the Arab Peace Initiative (API) of 2002, including its readiness to pay its part to implement it. The initiative, which was a big surprise at the time, assured the world of the Arab states’ readiness to make peace with Israel and to normalize relations. This assurance came on the condition that Israel makes peace with the Palestinians and Syria based on the 1967 borders (the pre-1967 war lines). Israel, under Ariel Sharon’s leadership, dismissed the initiative, but the OIC (the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, with the membership of 57 countries) adopted the interesting offer. Read more: http://forward.com/opinion/israel/385480/iran-could- humiliate-netanyahu-by-recognizing-israel/-rh 25/10/2017
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How Israel engages in `water apartheid`Mersiha Gadzo - Aljazeera - Jordan Valley, Occupied West Bank - Water is not scarce in the Jordan Valley, known as the traditional "breadbasket of Palestine" - yet Palestinian farmers struggle to survive, with little water to nourish their crops. They say the amount of water that Israeli authorities allocate to them has been decreasing daily since the Second Intifada.-rh25/10/2017
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Grants to Israeli settlements could breach UK law, Charity Commission warnsBen White - Middle East Monitor - The Charity Commission has warned that making grants to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) could potentially constitute a breach of the Geneva Conventions Act of 1957, in a significant hardening of the Commission’s approach to the issue. It is understood to be the first time that the Charity Commission has specifically cited the 1957 Act in communication with a charity regarding Israel and oPt.-rh25/10/2017
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Former Israeli Defense Minister: There`ll Be No Peace, West Bank Can Hold Millions of More SettlersChaim Levinson - Information Clearing House - Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon expressed support on Thursday for continued Palestinian autonomy in parts of the West Bank, but not independence, and said the territory could hold one or two million additional Jewish settlers.-rh25/10/2017
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The Impact of Occupation on Israeli DemocracyIzhak Schnell - Palestine Israel Journal - Military control of large numbers of people who are denied basic human rights and the right for national self-determination cannot be aligned with democratic values. International law legitimizes such situations in occupied territories but only for a limited time and under strict regulations that do not allow putting the occupied people`s interests at risk except for security reasons of both the occupiers and the occupied. Beyond the tension between occupation and democratic values, the long occupation leads to the infiltration of nondemocratic values and practices into Israel inside the Green Line.-rh25/10/2017
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Saving Israel by Ending the OccupationJessica Montell - Palestine Israel Journal - What is striking is the absence of Israeli public awareness and discussion regarding the effects of the occupation on Israeli society. This is the rationale behind SISO, a new movement whose name stands for Save Israel, Stop the Occupation. SISO is a partnership of Israelis and Diaspora Jews, founded to leverage this 50th year to serve as a catalyst for real change.-rh25/10/2017
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Palestinian wrote `Good morning` on Facebook – was arrested by Israeli policeYour Middle East - Israeli police have mistakenly arrested then released a Palestinian who posted "good morning" in Arabic on Facebook after software mistranslated it as "attack them," police and a media report said Sunday.-rh25/10/2017
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Police, Soldiers and Settlers Provoke Jerusalem Holy SitesIMEMCNews - About 46 Israeli settlers, total, stormed the mosque in groups at early dawn hours, carrying out provocative tours in the courtyards and received teaching about the alleged Temple Mount, said Islamic Waqef media official Firas Al-Dibs.-rh25/10/2017
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Fatah, Hamas, Israel and the United StatesRobert Fantina - Counterpunch - "The success of the reconciliation of the Palestinian government would not stop Israeli violence against the Palestinians overnight; it is too deeply ingrained in the government and large swaths of the racist population to allow that to happen. But a unified Palestinian government on the world stage would send an important message to the international community, which might, in turn, turn up the pressure on apartheid Israel." - id 25/10/2017
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Israeli women march to ‘wage peace’ but refuse to challenge the occupationJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - So the Palestinian women want to talk about the occupation, but someone at the core of this movement, a movement which is actually dominated by what could be described as ‘liberal-Zionists’, decided that this would defeat the purpose of appealing to the wide spectrum – the predominantly Jewish-Zionist spectrum that is.-rh25/10/2017
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The Courts vs. Justice - how land robbery laws from the 1950s still haunt BedouinsAmos Gvirtz - They were told to move for their own safety temporarily to an adjacent area because of army manoeuvers. When the time came to return, it turned out laws had meanwhile been passed in the Knesset, according to which land that had not been in use - for a period determined by the law [sic!] - was automatically transferred to the ownership of the State... [bz]24/10/2017
If Breaking the Silence didn’t exist, the prime minister would have had to invent itSima Kadmon - Ynet - If, as Netanyahu implied, the Israeli government seeks to outlaw Breaking the Silence arguing that the publication of their testimonies would lead the IDF to The Hague, it would likely have to outlaw the Military Censor as well. In March 2016, Chief Military Censor Col. Ariella Ben-Avraham cleared Breaking the Silence of all suspicions. Everything Breaking the Silence published was handed over to the censor in advance and approved for publication, as it did "not compromise state security,” she ruled. [bz] 24/10/2017
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Why do the U.S. and EU still let Israel sell arms to Burma?Eitay Mack - +972 "..The ongoing ethnic cleansing waged against the Rohingya is exceptional in its tremendous scope... Last month, at a United Nations Security Council session, American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called on world governments to freeze arms transfers to Burma. If this is Washington’s position, why has Haley not briefed Jerusalem? On June 5th, in response to a query by Israeli Member of Knesset Tamar Zandberg about the sale of arms to Burma, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman replied: “As to Burma, …there are monitoring authorities in charge of exports … which maintain close contact with U.S. authorities, and we follow the same rules of the game.” ca21/10/2017
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Hamas and Fatah`s Step Forward Takes Palestine a Step BackDana El Kurd - Foreign Affairs "Of course, Hamas may be acquiescing only strategically, so that it can appear serious to the Palestinian public about reconciliation and secure an end to the siege. Also, because Hamas is being compromising, the public would blame the other parties and not Hamas if the talks were to fall apart. Although it is possible that Hamas is making such calculations, the group’s latest concessions are in line with its increasing acquiescence and its decline as a resistance movement over the past ten years. " ca20/10/2017
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A Smackdown on ISIS... Over PizzaDina Badie - Huffington Post "Let’s be honest with ourselves. There is no chance of successful Israeli-Palestinian negotiations with the Likud Party in power in Israel and Hamas controlling Gaza...In terms of Iran, a temporary partnership could work in our favor. Rather than impeding nuclear diplomacy, working together against ISIS would help alleviate Iranian fears that the West is out to get them (which is part of the reason why they want nuclear weapons). Finally, working with “moderate” Syrian rebels (which won’t begin for months) is counterproductive. Just because it is already our policy, doesn’t mean that it’s a good one." ca20/10/2017
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Pitfalls of the Fateh-Hamas ReconciliationKhalil Shaheen IMEMC News & Agencies - "The Fateh-Hamas reconciliation announced on October 12 may sound like a breakthrough, but many questions remain. Of course any progress bridging the two sides is a welcome development for people in Gaza, who have suffered since 2007 from Israel’s cruel blockade and, more recently, from the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) draconian cuts to their electricity and salaries. However, the longer-term effects of a Hamas-Fateh rapprochement – if done in an incomplete way – may be more devastating than what Palestinians experience today." ca20/10/2017
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Palestinian official: Unity deal will aid peace processZena Tahhan - Al-Jazeera "Fatah spokesman Osama Qawasmeh told Al Jazeera that the agreement is an "internal Palestinian matter" that will help bring peace."The deal that we signed with Hamas talks about building a Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 borders - which is in line with international law," Qawasmeh said when asked about Greenblatt`s comments." ca 20/10/2017
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The real reasons Trump is quitting UNESCOJonathan Cook - CounterPunch - "Trump’s confected indignation at Unesco, and his shrugging off of its vital global programmes, serve as a reminder that the US is not an “honest broker” of a Middle East peace. Rather it is the biggest obstacle to its realisation." - id 18/10/2017
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With Netanyahu, it’s all about political survivalSima Kadmon - Ynet - "Instead of resting on the laurels of a successful diplomatic weekend, he is busy lashing out at the police and the media and settling personal scores." - id 18/10/2017
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Netanyahu compares human rights groups to Russian election interferenceMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "The prime minister is trying to turn human rights and anti-occupation groups into a subversive boogie monster, this time by conflating them with Western democracy’s contemporary super-villain — Russian election interference. What if he’s right?" - id 18/10/2017
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Palestinian reconciliation could work this time. Israel must support itAshraf al-Ajrami - +972 - In its most recent internal elections, the Hamas movement chose a young leadership composed of charismatic and influential figures, among them several who spent time in Israeli prisons, like Yahya Sinwar, who was elected to party’s top post in Gaza. One of the first things the new leadership did was to take a hard look at reality in the Gaza Strip. [The writer is a former PA minister-bz]17/10/2017
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Trump’s Iran deal speech: A recipe for a regional explosionAlex Fishman - Ynet - Even if nothing practical comes out of the speech, the fragile structure of calm around the nuclear agreement, which is based on conflicting interests, has already been undermined. - The president’s inability to deal with North Korea is encouraging the Iranians to challenge him. And that’s the exact recipe which could lead to instability, to security tensions, to military escalation and to a regional explosion. [The writer is the military expert of Yediot Ahronot-bz]17/10/2017
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The Closure of the West Bank and Gaza Has Lasted 26 Years Amira Hass - Haaretz - Several of my colleagues rightly criticized the order to prohibit the exit of Palestinians from the West Bank during the entire Sukkot holiday. The writers noted the cruelty of harming the livelihood of tens of thousands of workers with collective punishment. But these articles created the false impression that the checkpoints are open to everyone normally... The closure is the reinstatement of the Green Line - but only in one direction. [bz]17/10/2017
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Much optimism, little confidence in Hamas-Fatah dealOmar Karmi - EI - “But while the weakness of both sides provides some common ground, mutual confidence remains low. And where Hamas is isolated, Abbas’s PA is largely dependent on funding from the US and EU, giving both undue leverage. […] And even if all those potential stumbling blocks can be cleared, any progress toward lasting reconciliation can at any moment be canceled by Israel” [ry]16/10/2017
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The slow death of Israeli citizenshipMarzuq Al-Halabi - +972 - As the Right consolidates its power over nearly every sphere of Israeli politics, it is slowly turning citizenship into a matter of ideology. Non-Jewish citizens aren’t the only ones who will suffer [ry]16/10/2017
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A hopeless reconciliation agreementAlex Fishman - Ynet - "Israel cannot accept the agreement between Fatah and Hamas, as it would force it to stop treating the West Bank and Gaza as two separate entities. Regardless, Israeli officials believe the agreement would collapse within 3-4 months, so there is no reason to try and sabotage it." - id 14/10/2017
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The Terrible Problem Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "Quoting numerous Palestinian texts, speeches and even schoolbooks, Begin shows that the Palestinians will never, never, never give up their "Right of Return"." - id 14/10/2017
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Israeli Supreme Court Gags New Permissive Police Open Fire RegulationsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth to know that the Israeli Supreme Court now walks hand in glove with killers like Azarya and offers a judicial fig leaf in the form of this gag order, which prevents the Israeli public from knowing the terms under which its officers will kill in their name." - id 14/10/2017
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Jewish Historical Society channels Joe McCarthy, and cancels JVP event on Balfour US Politics Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "More tragic news of the reactionary Jewish establishment. The American Jewish Historical Society in New York was set to host a discussion later this month of the Balfour Declaration by civil rights lawyer Robert Herbst, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Palestinian lawyer Jonathan Kuttab.Then the event came under attack from far-right Israel supporters. David Horowitz’s organization billed the panel as “THE AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTS DESTROY ISRAEL EVENT,” citing the sponsorship of JVP, which supports boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and Kuttab’s endorsement of a single democratic state between the river and the sea." ca 11/10/2017
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No, Catalonia isn`t PalestineNoam Sheizaf - +972 Magazine - Some in Israel are drawing parallels between the Catalonian demand for national self-determination and Palestinian demands. These wonder out loud how Spain and Europe could push Palestinian independence on Israel when they oppose the independence of minority groups within their own borders. The two situations are nothing alike, however. Catalonians are already full citizens in Spain, like the Kurds in Iraq, Tibetans in China, and most of the minority groups in the world that are demanding independence. If we were to imagine a parallel situation in Israel, it would be if Palestinian citizens of Israel in the Galilee or the Negev were to demand independence. Alternatively, another comparable situation would be if following Israel annexing the Palestinian territories and giving citizenship to all of its residents, Palestinians within the resultant one-state solution were to hold a referendum on secession. That might not be the worst idea in the world.[ak]10/10/2017
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Keeping Palestinian Women in Israel on the Economic MarginsIMEMC News & Agencies - "In this brief, Suheir Daoud discusses the marginalization of Palestinian women in the Israeli labor market. She examines Israel’s lack of support for Palestinian women working in the public sphere as part of a both historic and current policy that aims to isolate and control the potential of the Palestinian minority to serve the interests of the Jewish majority. She concludes with recommendations for what Palestinians can do to promote Palestinian women’s empowerment and employment in Israel." ca7/10/2017
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Has Palestinian unity finally arrived?Omar Karmi - The Electronic Intifada "You sit around for ages, the old joke goes, waiting for a bus, and then three come along at the same time.Something like this seems to be happening right now on the internal Palestinian political front. Until June, Palestinian politics seemed deadlocked, with no prospect of unity, no progress with Israel and no hope for Gaza. Then, two initiatives, both involving Hamas, and the latest promising a breakthrough on reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, came along right after each other." ca 7/10/2017
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As battle rages in UK Labour Party, Moshe Machover expelled after asserting ‘Anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism’ Jonathan Cook - Mondoweiss "A strange, if largely obscured feature of the supposed anti- semitism crisis – set out at length in my first Mondoweiss article – is that so many of those accused and convicted in Labour of this hate crime are Jews. The latest person accused by the party of anti- semitism – and this week expelled – is Moshe Machover, a mathematician and philosophy professor at the University of London. He was born and raised in Israel. " ca7/10/2017
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It’s time for self-examination, Mr. Prime Minister Sima Kadmon - Ynet - "Is his wall of cynicism and constant preoccupation with survival ever penetrated by different thoughts? Like regret, remorse, shame and a recognition that this is not how he hoped things would turn out." - id 4/10/2017
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BREAKING THE GAG: Secret Israeli Supreme Court Ruling Approves Massive Arms Sale to Genocidal Burmese JuntaRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Earlier this week, the Israeli Supreme Court made its ruling in a case brought by Israeli human rights activists against Israeli arms sales to the Burmese military junta, which has ethnically cleansed 400,000 Rohingya Muslims in the past few months.  But officially, we don’t know anything about the decision.  The Court has placed a gag order on it so no Israeli journalist may report the result." - id 4/10/2017
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A Tale of Two Stories Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "NOT a day of quiet in this country, a state without borders and without a constitution, where every story has two totally different sides, where nice and quiet people suddenly become raging martyrs. There will be no quiet until there is peace, with each of the two peoples living in their own state, a situation where real friendship has a chance of blooming." - id 4/10/2017
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That ‘Israel Lobby’ Controversy? History Has Proved Us RightStephen M. Walt - The Forward - Despite the lobby’s continuing influence, there is a more open discussion of Israel-related issues today.The taboo of publicly criticizing Israel, the lobby or the "special relationship" has been broken. More Americans have become aware of the complexities of life in Israel-Palestine and more sympathetic to the needs and desires of both populations.There is also a growing divide within the American Jewish community over what is best for Israel itself. American Jews today are less reluctant to criticize Israel’s policies or the actions of the Israeli government. Reflexive support for whatever Israel does is no longer the default condition for many American Jews. These developments are especially evident among young people. [ak]3/10/2017
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The Israeli army is now justifying expulsion with feminismOrly Noy - +972 - Netanyahu vowed this week that Israel would not uproot any more Arab communities. He seemed to forget two Palestinian villages fighting for their existence at this very moment [ry]2/10/2017
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Red Rag column - The Year of the RightGideon Spiro - The outgoing year, 5777, was a year of rejoicing for the Right and mourning for the Left. Netanyahu was an honoured guest on five continents: Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia and America. 2/10/2017
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