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The Late Palestinian National Poet Will Continue to Haunt Israel Gideon Levy--Mahmoud Darwish insists on mentioning what Israelis don`t want to acknowledge: A great sin took place here when the State of Israel was founded in 1948. dn24/7/2016
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Secular patience wearing thinSima Kadmon--Op-ed: Religious Zionists hold many views that are abhorrent to the secular, though their response to these views varies based on their potential closeness to the issues; only a minority actually express these beliefs, held by the majority, and the secular sector`s patience is wearing thin with them. dn24/7/2016
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What Bibi got wrong about comparison of Tel Aviv, Nice attacksAkiva Eldar--Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to ignore the reality of Israeli occupation by equating attacks by Palestinians and the terror attacks in Paris, Orlando and Nice. dn24/7/2016
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My family’s Nakba storyTamara Nassar--My paternal grandparents were expelled from their homeland in the 1948 Palestinian Nakba. Absence has since been embroidered in the fabric of what came to be a family born in a memory of an unattainable land. The distance between home and homeland translated itself in a tense displacement: the income of a Palestinian butcher shop in Jordan, eighteen people living between two rooms, trading a broken tongue for the sake of broken English, existential embarrassment in the name of state-security, passports for breakfast, figs in the afternoon. dn24/7/2016
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This SHIT is DOPE! Miko Peled--It’s no wonder Straight Outta Compton didn’t win a Golden Globe or an Oscar. Why in the world would anyone want to recognize a movie about proud, fearless young Black men who are talented and successful? Especially, Black young men who came out of Compton and made it big against all odds. Young Black men who were persecuted by cops their whole lives, yet were courageous enough to look cops straight in the eye, and knowing they will be beaten and arrested, sang at the top of their voices “Fuck the Police!” No, there is no reason for the Academy to recognize, much less present an award to a movie like that. A movie like this is no more likely to receive recognition than a movie about young Palestinians throwing rocks and facing off Israeli soldiers – they are all practically terrorists. [replace "Black" with "Palestinian" to see the parallel. dn]24/7/2016
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Relationship of younger generation of American Jews with Israel erodingNed. L. Siegel - Ynet - If the current perception of Israeli policies and values continues to prevail, we might enter an era when most of the Jewish community becomes a bystander, rather than participant in the Israeli story. [bz]23/7/2016
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Poet on Trial: A visit to an Israeli courtKim Jensen - Mondoweiss "Of the thirteen spectators in the room, not a single person is here to cheer on the side of the prosecution. Not a single onlooker has a desire to see Dareen Tatour put behind bars. This absence of enemies or antagonists in the public gallery speaks volumes about the lack of an actual crime. The Judge, Adi Bambiliya, takes her seat and opens the proceedings. She is a pleasant-looking woman who wears her long blonde hair tucked casually behind her ears. Her demeanor is amenable and responsive, and it becomes one of the great mysteries of the afternoon: how such a reasonable-looking person could be bothered to adjudicate such a baseless case. " ca22/7/2016
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The Israeli Right still hasn`t internalized that Palestinians existNoam Sheizaf - +972 "Arabs are more present than ever in the Israeli public sphere, but attempts to marginalize them are growing at an even faster pace. A new law aimed at pushing Arab representatives out of the political system could wind up changing the rules of the game — in the worst possible way." ca22/7/2016
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Israeli closures: `They`re pushing us into depression` : After recent attacks, Israel sealed off several towns throughout Hebron - a policy that has drawn widespread criticismEmily Mulder - Aljazeera - Sair is one of several towns throughout the Hebron district that has been fully or partially closed by Israel since the start of the month, when deadly attacks carried out by locals left two Israeli settlers dead, marking the most widespread lockdown since 2014. The closures, accompanied by nightly detention raids that have left dozens injured, have severely disrupted the movement of an estimated 400,000 Palestinians, according to the United Nations.-rh 21/7/2016
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Palestinian child Muawiya Alqam, 14, sentenced to 6.5 years in Israeli prisonSamidoun - Muawiya and his cousin Ali Alqam, 12, were arrested on 10 November 2015 and accused of attempting to stab an Israeli occupation guard on the Jerusalem light rail. Today, Ali, who was 11 at the time of arrest and turned 12 while imprisoned, is held inside a juvenile detention facility while Muawiya is held in Megiddo prison. Ali was shot three times by Israeli forces and had to undergo surgery to remove a bullet from his stomach. He is being detained for at least one year. Muawiya was accused of attempted murder and possession of a knife, despite the fact that the guard was only lightly wounded.-rh 20/7/2016
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Welcome! Bienvenue! Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "What is happening now is the continuation of that Algerian conflict on French soil. The hatred that once ruled the streets of Algiers and Oran is being fought out in the streets of Paris and Marseilles." - id 20/7/2016
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Netanyahu mends fences, but not where it countsYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Israel`s concession, allowing the Turks to bring goods through Ashdod into Gaza, does not reduce the blockade. It gives it legitimacy and leaves Gaza dependent on Israel`s whims." - id20/7/2016
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Is Arab Knesset member Zoabi on her way out? Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "Zoabi has brought this on herself — and tragically on them as well. Some even express relief and joy that the Zoabi albatross will soon be removed from around their necks." - id 20/7/2016
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50 Days: More than 500 Children: Facts and figures on fatalities in Gaza, Summer 2014B`Tselem Press release - 1394, or 63%, of the 2,202 Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces in Operation "Protective Edge" did not take part in the hostilities. Of these, 526 – a quarter of all Palestinians killed in the operation – were children under eighteen years of age. These are some of the figures published today by Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem to mark two years since the operation, which took place in July-August 2014. Additionally, 17 children were killed while participating in the hostilities, and for an additional 3, B`Tselem was unable to ascertain whether they had taken part in the hostilities .Of the 72 Israelis killed in the operation, six were civilians (one of them a Thai national), including a four-year-old child, and 62 were soldiers killed by Palestinians. Three soldiers were killed by other soldiers, and one in an operational accident.-rh20/7/2016
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New Israeli law seeks to expel ‘misbehaved’ Arab parliamentariansMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - According to the new law, 70 (out of 120 members of Knesset, including 10 from the opposition) may ask a parliamentary committee to determine whether a specific member of parliament has incited to racism, or supported an armed struggle, terrorist organization or enemy against the State of Israel. The law does not define what “support” means. After the committee makes its decision, 90 MKs can then vote to expel the offending member.-rh 20/7/2016
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Israel `narrowing the space for freedom of expression`Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - A number of recent laws passed by the Israeli Knesset - including one that criminalises those who encourage soldiers to desert - are infringing on freedom of expression for minority groups, human rights organisations say.-rh20/7/2016
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Israeli parliament passes controversial legislation allowing MP expulsion Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Israel’s parliament has passed a controversial law allowing MPs to expel colleagues for incitement, racism or support for armed struggle against the state that critics say is aimed mainly at Arab legislators.The law was passed in the early hours of Wednesday in a stormy and noisy session of the Knesset. Opposition Israeli-Arab MPs said immediately they would appeal against the legislation at the country’s supreme court.-rh 20/7/2016
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Israel Army Rabbi Calls Gays ‘Perverts’ — Says No Need To Prevent Civilian DeathsJTA - Forward - rabbi who heads a religious Zionist pre-military yeshiva in the West Bank has come under criticism for calling homosexuals “perverts” and claiming the Israeli army is promoting a socially liberal agenda. Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, who runs the Bnei David academy in the Eli settlement, also said last week at a conference — a video of the speech surfaced Sunday — that the Reform movement isn’t Jewish and in fact is an offshoot of Christianity.-rh 20/7/2016
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`We want water` say Bethlehem area protestersDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - “We haven’t had water for nearly 40 days,” a caller to the Voice of Palestine radio station told the presenter of the show July 8. The caller lives in the picturesque village of Artas, southwest of Bethlehem, which is known for its fertile land and imposing monastery. Residents of the village are the latest victims of this summer’s extreme water shortage that has hit many parts of Palestine, but especially the Bethlehem governorate.-rh 20/7/2016
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Benjamin Netanyahu investigated for money laundering by Israeli authoritiesJess Staufenberg - Independent - Benjamin Netanyahu is under investigation by Israel`s attorney general after reports he was gifted a large amount of money from an unknown source. The Israel Prime Minister has dismissed the allegations of corruption, which are the most recent in a series leveled against himself and his wife, as "baseless". But a formal examination was announced by the attorney general late on Sunday, and could prove to be embarrassing for the leader known as "Bibi" if found to be true.-rh 20/7/2016
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EU to push Israel-Palestine peace process as Quartet report flopsUri Savir - Al Monitor - Israeli rejection, Palestinian political weakness and US passivity alarm Brussels, increasing its fear of violent escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. And so, despite negative reactions by both sides, Europe is stepping into the current policy vacuum. At the moment, it’s the only show in town. [bz]19/7/2016
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Israel-Palestine: A way to end the occupationMark LeVine - AlJazeera - Palestinians retain several diplomatic "nuclear options" they could deploy if all hope for a solution fades [ry] 18/7/2016
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Global patriarchy and sexismNadia Harhash--Global patriarchy and sexism Ramadan is official declared as the month of worship and meditation and of course fasting from food. Practically, it is the month of eating greedily and watching the racing Arab drama 30 days series. Being part of the tradition of this practice, I try to come out with some wisdom of […] dn17/7/2016
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Journeying to Hebron To Take Jewish Stand Against Israeli OccupationNaomi Zeveloff--As their bus rolled toward the Palestinian city of Hebron, American Jewish activists broke into “Olam Chesed Yibaneh,” a Hebrew song about building a world with lovingkindness. Later, facing arrest by Israeli police, they sang “Lo Yisa Goy,” the classic Hebrew summer camp song that warns that “Nation shall not raise a sword against a nation.” dn17/7/2016
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The Democratic Party Refuses to Support PalestineMax Ajl--Last weekend, supporters of non-candidate-elect and Hillary Clinton endorser Bernie Sanders begged the Democratic Platform Committee to do something—anything—positive for Palestine. dn17/7/2016
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Israeli NGOs decry ‘deeply anti-democratic move’ as new law approvedRuth Eglash and William Booth--JERUSALEM — Internationally known human rights organizations in Israel reacted with indignation Tuesday to a controversial law passed by the Israeli parliament that singles out groups receiving the majority of their funding from foreign governments. Leaders of the groups, who make up the core of Israel’s “peace camp” and are part of the dwindling left wing in Israel, said the law was written by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to muzzle opposition to the almost 50-year military occupation of the West Bank. dn 17/7/2016
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A Misogynist, Homophobic, Racist Chief Military Rabbi Is Probably Best Israel Can Do Anshel Pfeffer - Haaretz "It’s one of those cases of “you would have had to be there to understand it.” Every day in hundreds of classrooms, study halls and synagogues, rabbis, religious teachers and ordinary religious Jews are studying and rationalizing ancient texts which say the most horrible things. In this case Karim was explaining the reason for the commandment in Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Torah) on how a fighter in war is allowed to “take” a beautiful female prisoner for a wife or concubine." ca15/7/2016
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Red Rag column, June 29Gideon Spiro - "Brexit; letter to Supreme Court judges; "Consensus" at Ben-Gurion University." ca 15/7/2016
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Red Rag column: Brexit; letter to Supreme Court judges; "Consensus" at Ben-Gurion UniversityGideon Spiro - The word “justice” is castrated when children and old people are made homeless under its aegis. This is Occupation justice of war criminals. Your ruling is full of quotes from similar past rulings, as befits thieves who seek cover and rationalization from thieves who preceded them. gm15/7/2016
How education reform could curb Palestinian unemploymentAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor - There are more students in Palestine pursuing academic tracks at universities than the job market can handle. While university graduates can`t find jobs in their majors, technical and vocational jobs go unfilled.-rh 13/7/2016
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Between two soldiers Chen Sror Artzi - Ynet - "The public`s sentiment towards IDF soldiers has not only obscured people`s perspective on the importance of civilian life, but has blinded them to the difference between soldiers who act nobly and those who act questionably." - id 13/7/2016
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Press releases : Statement on the Passage of the NGO BillNew Israel Fund - The Knesset should never have seriously considered — much less passed — the NGO “transparency” bill which passed today. The bill undermines Israel’s democratic heritage and risks creating a damaging chilling effect on the freedom of expression.-rh 13/7/2016
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Israeli scholar refuses to shut up despite university punishment for saying settlers exhibit ‘psychosis’ Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Last week, in the wake of the murder of a settler girl by a Palestinian, Uri Weiss, a business instructor at an Israeli university, faulted settlers for risking their children’s lives in a “collective psychosis.” Students sought his termination by the university, which ultimately punished him by exempting students from his examination.-rh 13/7/2016
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The Survivor’s Guide to GazaBrett Mason, Will West, Georgina Davies, Ana Maria Quinn - SBS - Gaza will be unliveable by 2020 according to the UN, with daily life already a struggle to find food and shelter, but Dateline finds the people bringing innovation and inspiration to the fight for survival.-rh 13/7/2016
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Why Israel’s Mossad and Shin Bet Leaders Are Morphing Into ‘Leftists’J.J. Goldberg - ForwaRD It’s the conflict between the security chiefs’ overwhelming support for two states and the seeming immobility of a rightist-led political system that’s driving the growing clash between the groups. Generals complain that time is running out for a two-state solution because settlement growth will make separation impossible. Politicians dismiss the complaints as self-serving bellyaching by isolated individuals. The result is a growing mood of despair among security chiefs, leading to explosions of the sort that took place near Tel Aviv June 28.-rh 13/7/2016
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Separation and conquest: Israel’s ideological barrier Amjad Alqasis - Mondoweiss - When completed, the Annexation and Segregation Wall is going to be 712 kilometers long, which is more than twice the length of the Green Line, and more than 9.4 percent of the West Bank and 30,000 Palestinians will be trapped between the Wall and the Green Line, an area now known as the seam zone. The Human Rights Committee emphasized its concerns with the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed by the Annexation and Segregation Wall in its concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Israel.-rh13/7/2016
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Israel Widens Scope to Deny Entry to Relatives of Terror Suspects Amira Hass - Haaretz - There’s nothing new about refusing entry permits to Palestinians whose relatives have been involved in terror attacks or shot dead by the Israeli army without having been involved in an attack. For years these decisions have been the province of the Shin Bet security service, and these individuals fell into the category of “refused entry for security reasons.”-rh13/7/2016
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How Israel Shoots Itself in the Foot With Left-Bashing NGO LawJ.J. Goldberg - Forward - In fact, NGOs were already required under existing law to make all funding sources public. The new law merely adds the requirement that organizations funded by foreign governments call attention to that fact every time they appear in public. In effect, the goal is to encourage popular hostility toward organizations advocating minority rights by creating the impression that they’re foreign agents.-rh 13/7/2016
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What can be expected of the Egyptian initiative? Jack Moore - Newsweek - The visit of Egypt’s foreign minister to Jerusalem, the first such visit in a decade, aroused many speculations. In his press conference with PM Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Shoukry stated that “The plight of the Palestinian people becomes more arduous every day, and the dream of peace and security moves further out of the Israeli people`s reach as long as the conflict continues". The present moment was a “crucial and challenging juncture for the Middle East,” and "a resolution to the diplomatic freeze between the Israelis and Palestinians would have a far-reaching and dramatic and positive impact on the overall conditions of the Middle East region.” The question still unanswered, after all these words, is whether this Egyptian move is designed to facilitate and complement the French initiative for a Middle East Peace Conference before the end of 2016 - or, conversely, to derail the French initiative and replace it with Netanyahu`s favorite format of "bilateral negotiations without preconditions".[ak] 12/7/2016
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Hatred Unlimited Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - “Reading a document like this week`s Quartet report on the Middle East, I am amazed by their self-destructive cynicism. This ridiculous document of the Quartet, composed of the US, Europe, Russia and the UN, is intent on creating an equilibrium – equally blaming the conqueror and the conquered, the oppressor and the oppressed, ignoring the occupation altogether. Verily, a masterpiece of hypocrisy, a.k.a. diplomacy. Absent all chances for a serious effort for peace, hatred will just grow and grow, until it engulfs us all. Unless we take action to stem it in time” [ry] 11/7/2016
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"It can happen to anyone!" Adam Keller - Crazy Country - Eventually the mission was accomplished: closely guarded by the soldiers, the bulldozers did their job and the homes of the Assaf and Abu Habsa families were razed to the ground. Was deterrence achieved? [bz]10/7/2016
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Democrats, Republicans, American Jews - and the Palestinians Caroline Glick - Jerusalem Post - 40% of liberal Democrats now support the Palestinians, compared with 33% for Israel - the first time that support for Palestinians was greater among any major US political demographic. Conversely, among moderate Democrats support for Israel versus Palestinians stands at 53% to 19%. (...) The Republicans made some efforts to capitalize on this situation to gain traditionally Democrat Jewish votes - but such efforts were so far stymied by the American Jewish leadership. American Jewish leaders have good reasons to fear that, if forced to choose between support of Israel and loyalty to the Democratic Party, many Jews would choose for the latter. (Note: Caroline Glick is well-known for her right-wing views.Ed.) [ak]10/7/2016
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On the 12 Year Anniversary of the ICJ Advisory Opinion: The International Community Violates its Own ObligationNAD-PLO Media Brief - Some practical steps that should be taken by the international community are: 1.Contribute to the UN – Human Rights Council Database on companies involved with the Israeli colonization of Palestine. 2.Label and ban products originating from illegal settlements from international markets. 3.Recognize the State of Palestine on the 1967 border. The way for peace is justice, not impunity. By continuing to tolerate 50 years of Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestine, the international community is facilitating Israeli plans and strategies for annexation of Palestinian land. [bz] 10/7/2016
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Minister Bennett Is Lying. The Settlements Aren`t Keeping Israel Safe. Uri Misgav - Haaretz - Otniel is not the security zone for the Greater Tel Aviv area. If anything is true, it is the opposite: In Tel Aviv they are under attack because of Otniel and the likes. The terrorists who shot in Sarona came from the village of Yatta. The terrorist who stabbed in Netanya came from a village near Tul Karm. The terrorist who carried out the attack in Jaffa came from Qalqilyah. All in the West Bank. [bz]10/7/2016
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Israel’s anti-Facebook Spin Is Latest Excuse to Ignore the Occupation Asher Schechter - Haaretz "Censoring content on Facebook is unlikely to prevent terrorist attacks, since Facebook did not invent the anger and hate that lead to them — all it is, really, is a quicker method of distributing hatred. Moreover, censoring it in some way could impede the war on terror, since law enforcement agencies use it frequently for intelligence gathering." ca 8/7/2016
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Hillary Clinton has a decision to makeYakov Hirsch - Mondoweiss "Elie Wiesel might have been the most moral man to have come out of the Jewish people in the last thousand years, but at the same time, he was also inarguably an enemy to the Palestinian people. That should not be controversial. The late Israeli politician Yossi Sarid called Wiesel an “ethnic cleanser in a prayer shawl” over his relationship with the settlement organization Elad in East Jerusalem." ca 8/7/2016
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Netanyahu`s Africa tour: A spit in the face of those Israel helps oppressItay Mack - +972 "The Israeli public and its government need to internalize that ‘Israel’s pride,’ its wildly successful military export industry, has been an unending nightmare for the people of Africa. How can Netanyahu look the Rwandan and Ugandan people in the eyes?" ca8/7/2016
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Sarona is not Kiryat ArbaAviad Kleinberg--While terror attacks that happen in Tel Aviv are just considered a part of life in Israel, terror attacks in settlements beyond the Green Line confer special privileges upon those who live in the area. Why is this the case? dn8/7/2016
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Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Arab Peace InitiativeHenry Siegman - The National Interest - Whatever incitement the Palestinian Authority may be guilty of, it pales into insignificance when compared to the incitement that is Israel’s half-century long occupation.-rh 7/7/2016
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Israel accused of ‘cruel and inhuman’ border crossing conditions for Palestinians by NGOPeter Yeung - Independent - A human rights NGO has accused Israel of forcing Palestinians to withstand “cruel and inhuman” conditions at its borders. The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, also known as B`Tselem, said even those with legitimate work permits were being made to wait for hours in extremely hot weather. B`Tselem posted an image onto its Facebook account and said in a statement: “The Palestinians photographed waiting in line have permits that allow them to work in Israel. Such permits are issued only after meticulous security screening.-rh 6/7/2016
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10-year old girl arrested on settler children accusationInternational Solidarity Movement - A large group of settler children were playing near the Ibrahimi mosque, again and again harassing a family living next to a checkpoint manned by heavily-armed Israeli forces. When a boy accused one of the Palestinian children of throwing a rock at them, all the settler children and large numbers of Israeli forces gathered at the house. A group of soldiers then entered the house with the settler boy, and eventually came out with the 10-year old girl, crying. They then walked her off to the police station, despite her young age.-rh 6/7/2016
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Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe’ Ramzy Baroud - Axis of Logic - On May 15th of every year, over the past 68 years, Palestinians have commemorated their collective exile from Palestine. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine to make room for a ‘Jewish homeland’ came at a price of unrelenting violence and perpetual suffering. Palestinians refer to that enduring experience as ‘Nakba’, or ‘Catastrophe’. However, the ‘Nakba’ is not merely a Palestinian experience; it is also an Arab wound that never ceases from bleeding. 6/7/2016
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Boycotts of Israel are a protected form of free speechLos Angeles Times - Editorial - You don’t have to support the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to be troubled when state governments in this country penalize American citizens for their political speech. As the Supreme Court has recognized, boycotts are a form of speech, protected under the Constitution.-rh6/7/2016
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Israel Is Secretly Shipping Thousands Of Refugees To AfricaAmy Fallon - Thinkprogress - Adam, 29, who requested his real name not be used, escaped the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region and is now one of the many “refugees in orbit,” as Israeli NGOs have dubbed them, created by the flaws in Israel’s “voluntary” return system. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to visit Uganda on July 4 for the 40th anniversary of the Entebbe raid — the first time an Israeli premier has visited Africa since 1994 — Adam and other African asylum-seekers remain stranded in limbo here.-rh6/7/2016
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What Israel`s payoff for Turkish civilians means for PalestiniansShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - The agreement to compensate those injured by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) actions, whether they were “terrorist activists,” as they are called in Israel, or “human rights activists,” as they are called in Turkey, has also angered groups in Gaza and the West Bank. For years, human rights organizations have tried to get the Israeli government to take responsibility for harming civilians, but Israel passed a series of laws that prevent Palestinians from suing for damages to body or property.-rh 6/7/2016
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Netanyahu vs. the Generals : Israel’s prime minister is fighting hard to weaken the most important moderate force in his country. Which is why he’s going to be a big problem for the next U.S. president.Amir Tibon - POLITICO MAGAZINE - But Netanyahu doesn’t seem to be going anywhere; instead it is Israel’s former generals, like Barak, who are being marginalized while the longest-running prime minister in the Jewish state’s history consolidates his power. Barak wasn`t speaking only for himself when he attacked Netanyahu in such strong language. Over the past few months, the top news story in Israel has been the right-wing prime minister`s tectonic power struggle with Israel`s security establishment. One after the other, Israel`s top security chiefs and military leaders have criticized Netanyahu`s flagship policies and warned about the direction in which he is leading the country, typically over his refusal to engage in talks with the Palestinians and his push for military action against Iran.-rh 6/7/2016
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Haaretz Confirms: Britain Has Been Operating As An Israeli Puppet Within The EUGilad Atzmon - Information Clearing House " “With Brexit, Israel Loses a Major Asset in the European Union,” Haaretz reports. “Britain helped moderate and balance EU decisions about the peace process, blunt criticism and even harness the member states against anti-Israel moves at the UN; voices sympathetic to the Palestinian cause could now become more dominant.” ca for id 6/7/2016
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IDF Chief Abandons Hannibal Directive Which Approved Killing Captive Israeli SoldiersRichard Silverstein — Tikkun Olam "...the reasons for Hannibal are complex. But they boil down to an almost pathological aversion to exchanged convicted Palestinian militants for dead or living captured Israeli soldiers. For decades, the IDF and Israeli society adopted the approach also observed by the U.S. military: leave no man behind. So when an Israeli was captured Israel did everything possible to free him including negotiating prisoner exchanges.But as Israeli politics drifted farther and farther rightward, nationalist diehards began objecting vociferously to freeing “terrorists” with “blood on their hands.” ca for id 6/7/2016
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Quartet`s latest edition of Israel-Palestine report offers nothing newAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "Every report bearing the signatures of the leaders of the United States, Russia, Europe and the UN that loses any significance over time lends credence to the belief that whatever is not achieved by force will be achieved by more force. Almost 200,000 settlers lived in the West Bank at the time of the Mitchell report; today, that number has reached 380,000. It’s time for the Quartet to present the sides with two alternatives bearing an expiration date. The first is the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, alongside a pluralistic and egalitarian Jewish state. The second is the imposition of Israeli sovereignty over the whole of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, along with all their residents, in the hope that the two people will learn to live together in pluralism and equality." ca for id 6/7/2016
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Netanyahu’s bloody incitementYakov Hirsch - Mondoweiss - Let me offer an alternative theory that doesn’t need much brainwashing. How about hate? How about revenge? I know that Israelis would like to tell the world that Palestinians should feel privileged to be occupied by Jews but– they don’t feel that way.-rh 6/7/2016
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Israel Announces Plans for 800 New Settler Homes in Occupied West Bank Jason Ditz - Antiwar.com - After days of talking up the idea of new construction to “punish terror,” Israel’s far-right government has announced plans to build another 800 housing units in settlements across the occupied West Bank, including 240 inside East Jerusalem. These settlement constructions are in addition to 42 units announced over the weekend.-rh6/7/2016
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Water Wars: Israeli Water Policy in the Occupied Territories Lamya Hussain - This Week in Palestine - A conspicuous example of the adverse effects of Israeli policy is the erosion of the Jordan River, where unsustainable policies and the overuse of important resources have helped engender a drastic reduction in water levels. These shortages have severely impacted Palestinian farmers and Bedouin communities, while settlers and settlements continue to be granted far greater access to water networks and subsidies reducing their costs of agricultural operations. An estimated 98 percent decline in the water flow of the Jordan River has been reported over the past four decades. These conditions have also affected the biodiversity of the area, including continual shifts in salinity levels of the Dead Sea, which in turn poses more serious threats to overall groundwater resources in the region. [ak]5/7/2016
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How Israel is turning anti-occupation activists into dissidentsMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - The intended effect of the NGO Law is to send a dangerous and stifling message to the Israeli public. The message that the values espoused and advanced by these organizations — like B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, and others — do not exist organically in Israel; lawmakers are saying that the values of human rights and opposing the occupation are being imposed on Israel from the outside-in, and only for the malicious purposes of harming the Jewish state, its citizens and its global image. [bz]5/7/2016
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The $30 billion (or more) question: Why is the US military aid package so important?Itamar Eichner--Analysis: What is the disagreement about? What`s a memorandum of understanding? Who wants to sign with Obama, and who would rather wait? Should we have sorted this out before the Iran deal? Questions and answers about the terms and conditions of US military aid to Israel.dn3/7/2016
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US Democratic Party: Closer to justice on Palestine?Rami G Khouri--The most important dynamic is that a US presidential contender garnered popular support for a more progressive position. dn3/7/2016
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How Turkey’s Reconciliation Deal With Israel Harms the PalestiniansJeremy Hammond--By signing the reconciliation agreement with Israel, Turkey has betrayed the Palestinians and made itself complicit in Israel’s occupation regime. dn3/7/2016
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Elie Wiesel’s Decidedly Mixed LegacyRichard Silverstein--Elie Wiesel is dead. He leaves a decidedly mixed legacy. He was initially a sainted Holocaust survivor, international moral witness to depravity, captivating storyteller; later he morphed into a Palestine denier, settler advocate, Iranophobe and right-wing apologist for Israel. dn3/7/2016
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We Are Not NumbersAnnie Robbins--We can’t say enough great stuff about We Are Not Numbers. A project sponsored by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, with more than 75 writers from Gaza including 5 Palestinian refugees from Lebanon (and an equal number of mentors including luminaries such as Susan Abulhawa, Leila El-Haddad, Miko Peled, Alice Rothchild, Ben Norton and Joe Catron), We Are Not Numbers mission is to strategically spread the word on social media about the daily struggles and triumphs of Palestinian life in personal ways through stories western readers can relate to — because their “aspirations that are so universal that if it weren’t for the context, they would immediately resonate with virtually everyone.”dn3/7/2016
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Israel`s national scapegoatOrly Noy--Since members of Israel’s parliament can’t take out their anger about the Turkey reconciliation deal on Netanyahu, they go for the easiest target around — Haneen Zoabi. dn2/7/2016
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Quartet Releases Report on Impasse in Israeli-Palestinian Peace: `Two-state Solution in Danger` ***4. Israel should cease the policy of settlement construction and expansion, designating land for exclusive Israeli use, and denying Palestinian development. ***5. Israel should implement positive and significant policy shifts, including transfer-ring powers and responsibilities in Area C, consistent with the transition to greater Palestinian civil authority contemplated by prior agreements. Progress in the areas of housing, water, energy, communications, agriculture, and natural re-sources, along with significantly easing Palestinian movement restrictions, can be made while respecting Israel`s legitimate security needs. ***6. The Palestinian leadership should continue their efforts to strengthen institutions, improve governance, and develop a sustainable economy. Israel should take all necessary steps to enable this process, in line with the Ad Hoc Liaison Commit-tee recommendations. ***7. All sides must continue to respect the ceasefire in Gaza, and the illicit arms buildup and militant activities must be terminated.[bz]2/7/2016
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Political Lynching of an Israeli Arab Lawmaker Ravit Hecht--Haneen Zoabi remarked `you murdered,` which was later interpreted as `Israeli soldiers are murderers,` after she was insulted and shouted at by her Knesset `colleagues.` dn2/7/2016
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Chris Hedges Discusses Israeli Occupation With Israeli Journalist Amira Hass (Video) Chris Hedges - TruthDig "Chris Hedges goes inside Israel and the occupied territories with Amira Hass in this week’s episode of “On Contact.” ca 1/7/2016
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Under occupation, Palestinian teens are always killed by `mistake`Hagai El-Ad - +972 "More occupation means killing more Palestinian teenagers, since their blood is cheap and we have the power, the weapons, and the law at our disposal. More occupation means demolishing more homes and stealing more land. It means more families who will wake up in the middle of the night, more children who will grow up without running water or classrooms, more dispossession and violence — and all this with the rubber stamp of our legal system. The occupation is everything we are able to physically see: walls, soldiers, dead Palestinians." ca1/7/2016
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The view from Gaza: ‘The Turkish government has sold us out and wants us to be grateful’ Haidar Eid - Mondoweiss "To put it mildly, we are dismayed and angered as must be the families of the 10 victims of the Mavi Marmara incident. This deal leaves us under a hermetic, medieval siege that amounts to what the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe calls “incremental genocide.” Needless to say that the deal also violates the boycott guidelines which Palestinians civil society issued in 2005. In fact, it is not unlike normalizing diplomatic and economic ties with South African apartheid." ca1/7/2016
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Palestinian teen killed after stabbing Israeli girl to death in Hebron-area settlementMa`an News Agency - " A Palestinian teenager was killed on Thursday morning in an Israeli settlement in the southern occupied West Bank after carrying out an attack against a 13-year-old Israeli girl who later succumbed to her wounds, as one other Israeli was wounded in the case." ca1/7/2016
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Yehuda Glick Brings Extreme Vision of Temple Mount to the Knesset — With an Affable TouchNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - Even so, Glick’s Knesset seat now gives him a bigger platform from which to spread his ideas about Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. Once thought of as the domain of right-wing nationalists, the Temple Mount prayer issue has evolved under Glick into a cause wrapped in the mantle of civil rights. In Glick’s discourse, Jews and Muslims deserve the chance to worship equally on the site. By framing his immediate goal as one of equal prayer, a seemingly liberal concept, Glick has widened the appeal of what was once a fringe movement.-rh 29/6/2016
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Four Generals and a Netanyahu Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "They are former chiefs of staff, and they are outraged by the fact that their intractable prime minister has appointed an inexperienced Moldavian as defense minister. Of this man it is said: “The closest he ever came to a bullet was a tennis ball whistling past his ear."" - id 29/6/2016
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Clinton declares war on Israeli-Palestinian peace Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Hillary Clinton’s desperation to silence divisions in the Democratic Party so she can focus her attacks against Donald Trump comes with a very high price for many important issues including fighting racism, winning changes to improve immigration, accepting the unacceptable status quo on gun ownership, and preventing peace from overtaking the U.S. orchestrated dysfunction in Israeli-Palestinian relations." - id 29/6/2016
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What it means when occupation is the consensus Mairav Zonszein - +972 - "Surely it is not surprising when right-wing politicians, settlers or advocacy groups attack, slander or delegitimize Breaking the Silence, but the president of a university that stands for academic freedom and independent thought?" - id 29/6/2016
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Turning entire Palestinian villages invisibleUmar al-Ghubari - +972 - Standing on the “Ayalon Valley Lookout,” the villages of Beit Sira, Beit Liqya, Kharbatha, Beit Ur al-Fuka, Beit Ur al-Tahta and Safa are in front of your eyes on the opposite mountain range. They are visible even more clearly than are Modi’in and Shaalabim, which you can see only by craning your neck to the north and to the south. The colonizer fails to see the natives, even though they are right there before him. The sign tells you to look at the view, and to fail to see the Palestinian; to see a purely Jewish landscape. Ignore the rest. Or better yet, make it unseen.-rh29/6/2016
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Israel’s security figures take aim at hard-line NetanyahuDan Perry and Josef Federman - Boston Globe - On Tuesday, a group representing more than 200 retired leaders in Israel’s military, police, Mossad spy service, and Shin Bet security agency presented a plan to help end the half-century occupation of the Palestinians through unilateral steps, including disavowing claims to over 90 percent of the West Bank and freezing Jewish settlement construction in such areas.-rh29/6/2016
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Documentary About ‘The Settlers’ Shows Them as Israeli Left Wants To See ThemYitz Landes - Forward - Shimon Dotan’s recent documentary, “The Settlers,” currently attracting a lot of attention in Israel, is painfully beautiful. Dotan’s shots capture both the beauty of the West Bank and the complexity of the geopolitics that are tragically tearing it apart. Along with the fantastic production, Dotan’s skills as an interviewer present the settlers, an often-misunderstood segment of Israeli society, to a wide audience. Yet the film has much more to teach us about the dogma of left-wing Israelis than it does about settlers.-rh 29/6/2016
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The unrecognized village of Al-Araqib demolished for 100th timeMairav Zonszein - +972 - Israeli security forces demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 100th time Wednesday morning. It was the second demolition during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, taking place while residents were fasting. The first demolition in the village took place almost exactly six years ago, on July 27, 2010.-rh 29/6/2016
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The racial profiling Trump so admires doesn`t even work in IsraelAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Does screening really serve the fight against terror, or do the humiliation and discrimination sow hatred and alienation that generate fury and violence? Can Israel, as Trump said, serve as a success story of the racial screening model, or is the conservative millionaire perhaps like a doctor who prescribes medication that worsens the condition of his patient?.-rh 29/6/2016
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How media blackout on Hebron shooter trial will undermine IDFMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - Azaria’s trial will also have enormous importance in the battle over the country’s values. Furthermore, the judges could decide that there were expedient circumstances behind his decision to shoot and kill a neutralized attacker. But if the court accepts the prosecution’s request and the important testimonies are delivered behind closed doors, the court will be betraying its own role in the process and contribute to further blurring the boundaries between what is moral and what is political.-rh 29/6/2016
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Ramadan soup kitchen offers brief respite to Gaza`s poorSakher Abou El Oun - The Daily Star - In her modest home in the Gaza Strip, Sahar Sherif’s family watches as she ladles out a broth of meat and vegetables for a rare heart-warming meal.For just a month of the year, a soup kitchen in the Palestinian enclave is offering struggling families like Sherif’s a welcome break from daily worries about where they will find their next meal.-rh29/6/2016
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Israel`s stop-and-frisk law `blatant racism` : The recent legislation is a form of collective punishment towards Jerusalem and its youth, rights groups say.Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera - According to the law, soldiers can inspect any individual, in specific locations, without having to answer for their actions. This has resulted in what rights groups describe as "openly racist" treatment towards Palestinians who are being body searched, sometimes aggressively, based solely on their appearance. "Any Palestinian who is passing by is subject to being searched. Israeli soldiers would make them stand from between 15 minutes to an hour. It is not just that they search them - but the way they are being searched is humiliating," said Nisreen Allayan, the lawyer for the East Jerusalem project at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.-rh 29/6/2016
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Youngest administrative detainee Hamza Hammad ordered to four more months in prison without chargeSamidoun - The Israeli administrative detention order against Palestinian boy, Hamza Hammad, was renewed on Monday, 27 June for an additional four months. Hammad, 16, from Silwad near Ramallah, has been imprisoned without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence since 28 February 2016.-rh29/6/2016
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Why so many of Israel`s security hawks have become dovesMazal Mualem - Al Monitor - When the chairman of the Likud argued June 25 that serving in the Mossad and the Shin Bet turns their chiefs into leftists, it kicked off a political storm. The public commotion sidelined an opportunity to hold a real and significant discussion of why the Israeli security chiefs have concluded that a peace agreement with the Palestinians will best serve Israeli interests. [bz]28/6/2016
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An Israeli University Teaches a Lesson in SpinelessnessHaaretz Editorial - The decision of the president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Prof. Rivka Carmi, to cancel an award to Breaking the Silence in the wake of a vicious incitement campaign against the organization encourages this unacceptable way of thinking. Instead of reinforcing civil society, Carmi joined with the forces that seek to suppress it while adopting the language of delegitimizing organizations that criticize government policy, in particular with regard to the occupation. The Berelson Prize has been awarded by the university’s Middle East Studies Department for 25 years. The public recognition and modest monetary prize of 20,000 shekels (around $5,000) that it entails are awarded to individuals and nonprofit organizations that faculty members judge to have contributed to the advancement of understanding between Jews and Arabs. [bz]28/6/2016
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Why I’m not discussing genocide in Jerusalem Martin Shaw--Jerusalem is not just a site of ‘conflict’, as the INOGS conference programme says. It is a site in which questions of ‘genocide’, the deliberate destruction of communities, are all too live.dn26/6/2016
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I’m Jewish and I want people to boycott Israel.Rebecca Vilkomerson--In 2009, I was living in Tel Aviv during Operation Cast Lead. During that offensive, Israel killed about 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza. When small numbers of us went out into the streets to protest the war, we were often pelted with eggs or attacked by passersby. When I dropped my children off at their preschool, parents chatted as if nothing unusual was going on. When they asked me what was wrong, I would tell them I was deeply upset about what was happening just 40 miles away. Their response: awkward silence, or an angry defense of Israel’s actions.dn26/6/2016
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Our Girl--Sima Kadmon June 24, 2016--26/6/2016
For Netanyahu, every peace initiative is an anti-Zionist plotYossi Dahan--What kind of hope does the prime minister offer us when every attempt to bring about peace is rejected as a plot to destroy Israel? dn26/6/2016
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The roots of Israel`s most racist lawOrly Noy--With a majority of 65 votes, the Knesset approved last week the extension of an order to prevent family reunification in Israel. Of Palestinian families, of course. Jews are welcome to continue and reunify as much as they please. dn26/6/2016
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Democrats Reject Platform Proposal Calling for `End to Occupation and Illegal Settlements` Ken Thomas--Members of a Democratic National Convention drafting committee considered the amendment pushed by James Zogby, who said Bernie Sanders helped craft the language of the amendment. dn26/6/2016
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The radical Left harms the disciplined LeftShmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Today there is no political space between the Occupation and full withdrawal from the Occupied Territories, between the oppression of the Palestinian people and a Palestinian state, between the dispossession of the Palestinians and returning the land that was stolen. Between war and peace. gm 25/6/2016
Abbas Repeats Debunked Claim That Rabbis Called to Poison Palestinian Water in Brussels Speech Barak Ravid,Jack Khoury,Reuters,AP - "Addressing European Parliament in Brussels, Palestinian president invokes false media reports to claim Israelis are inciting for mass murder of Palestinians." ca24/6/2016
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Israeli defense minister moves to muzzle Palestinian voices for peaceShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - On June 15, Liberman ordered the revocation of Madani’s entry permit into Israel on the grounds that he had promoted subversion in Israel, attempted to intervene in its internal affairs and had even tried to establish a political party. The revocation of Madani’s entry permit means the muzzling of the committee that was created at the instruction of Abbas to establish a dialogue with Israeli society and convey the message that the Palestinian Authority seeks peace and does not engage in incitement and warmongering, as the Netanyahu government depicts it.-rh 22/6/2016
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The new Hebrew language schools challenging Zionist narratives Laura Selz - +972 - "“I don’t think Hebrew-teaching has to be Zionist,” Janner-Klausner says, and gives an example: “The ‘Hebrew from Scratch’ book, which most of the ulpans are using, shows a map of Israel on the first page. On this map, there is no green line and no Palestinian territory. So with this map they pretend toward the students that Palestinians don’t exist here.”" - id 22/6/2016
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Why this renowned Israeli artist wants his sculpture removed from Knesset Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Famous Israeli artist Dani Karavan suggests that if Culture Minister Miri Regev penalizes those who refuse to perform in the West Bank, artists should "present texts that tell the truth about bloodshed, racism, aggressiveness and injustice."" - id22/6/2016
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Will Petty Corruption Bring Down Netanyahu? Uri Avnery - CounterPunch - "Just this week Netanyahu proudly told his party colleagues that he will “never” agree to conduct negotiations based on the Arab 2002 peace initiative, which includes the end of the occupation, the setting up of the State of Palestine and the evacuation of settlements." - id 22/6/2016
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Front-page article in ‘NYT’ exposes the lie that wall is a security barrier James North and Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The New York Times today has a top-of-the-front-page article about tens of thousands of Palestinians managing to get over or through “what Israelis call the security barrier” to work without papers inside Israel. It is a vivid account of smuggling workers into Israel from Palestine. On the one hand, the article by James Glanz and Rami Nazzal, marks real progress: the Times is showing that the wall is not really a security barrier — 55,000 Palestinians legally pass through it and 30-60,000 illegally. If Palestinians really want to kill Israelis, the wall is no obstacle at all.-rh 22/6/2016
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20 Congress members send Obama letter requesting protection of Palestinian children from Israeli abuses Ben Norton - Salon - The letter describes the occupation as “an unimaginably difficult and at times hopeless environment,” where children “live under the constant fear of arrest detention and violence at the hands of the Israeli military.” Israel’s illegal military occupation marked its 49th anniversary earlier this month. Nearly half, 46 percent, of the roughly 4.7 million Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied territories are minors under 18 years of age.-rh 22/6/2016
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An Israeli-Palestinian confederation? Not so fastYuval Eylon - +972 - The latest hit in the peace plan business comes from “Two States One Homeland,” an initiative that eschews both the two-state solution and the one-state solution, instead envisioning a confederation between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Founder Meron Rapoport fleshed out the movement’s core principles at the movement’s conference a few weeks ago: “We believe that the central aspect that was missed here over the past 22 years is the fact that the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is one country, while at the same time belongs to two peoples. Jews and Arabs are interwoven in every part of this land. The two nations have a deep connection to all parts of this land: Jews feel a connection not only to Ramat Hasharon but to Hebron, and Palestinians are connected to Jaffa and Haifa no less than to Ramallah. Dividing the land goes against these very emotions.”-rh 22/6/2016
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Israeli army commander testifies soldier had no justification for shooting al-SharifMa`an News agency - The company commander of Azaria, Maj. Tom Naaman, recounted to the court the chilling moments after the execution-style killing that took place in Hebron’s Old City on March 24, for which Azaria is now on trial for manslaughter. "I approached him and asked, `Why did you do it?`,” Naaman said during his testimony. “He answered me, `This terrorist was alive, and he needs to die.`" "I was angry at him for doing this. Essentially a shooting had been conducted at the scene that I was in charge of, without my permission," Naaman added.-rh22/6/2016
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Ramadan 2016: Israel `cuts off water supply to West Bank` during Muslim holy monthPeter Yeung - Independent - Israel has cut off the water supply to large areas of the West Bank, Palestinian authorities have claimed. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have reportedly been left without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting, at a time when temperatures can exceed 35C.-rh |22/6/2016
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PM: Israel`s suspension of West Bank water supplies `inhumane and outrageous`Ma`an News Agency - The Palestinian Prime Minister’s office on Thursday slammed Israel’s decision to cut off water supplies for tens of thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank this week as “inhumane and outrageous.” Rami Hamdallah issued a statement in response to the move by Israel’s national water company Mekorot, which saw water supplies suspended in the municipality of Jenin, several villages in Nablus, as well as the city of Salfit and its surrounding villages. “Israel wants to prevent Palestinians from leading a dignified life and uses its control over our water resources to this end; while illegal Israeli settlements enjoy uninterrupted water service,” Hamdallah said. “Palestinians are forced to spend great sums of money to buy water that is theirs in the first place.”-rh22/6/2016
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The UN’s damning report on Israel and torture: The desperate case of Palestinian youth in the occupied territory David Palumbo-Liu - Salon - What emerges is a deeply troubling picture of the situation of Palestinian youths and children living in the occupied territories. Despite Israel’s adoption of the amendment on youth mention above, it would appear that those protections would not apply to Palestinians living in the occupied territories. We have only to think of the attacks on Gaza and the arrests and killing of Palestinian youths on the West Bank to see a dangerous form of immunity protecting Israel from being held responsible. We therefore have a formula for the perpetuation of violence and death, as more and more children and young people, already living at the heart of despair, are being pushed to react and then met with even greater violence and abuse.-rh22/6/2016
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Marwan Barghouti, A Palestinian Mandela Or Israel’s Worst Nightmare?Piotr Smolar - Worldcrunch - Marwan Barghouti, 56, takes care of himself. He walks and runs. Once a week, he meets with one of his lawyers. Once every two weeks, his wife Fadwa visits and tells him about their four children. In 14 years, he`s gotten to see them just a few times. A picture of his face painted or plastered on the walls of the West Bank reminds the children that their father has a special status. He is the hardened résistant, a symbol of the Palestinian national movement. "My release is bound to happen, sooner or later,” says Marwan Barghouti, in a written interview with Le Monde. "Israel will have to release me, me and the others. During these last decades, it has already happened thanks to the exchange of prisoners or through political discussion."-rh 22/6/2016
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Israel Kills 15-Year-Old Palestinian Bystander as West Bank Protests FlareOri Lewis - Forward - The military said several Palestinians threw petrol bombs and stones at vehicles, injuring three civilians, on a highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that traverses the West Bank. Israeli media reports said two of those hurt were foreign tourists. Troops gave chase and “after an initial inquiry, it appears that uninvolved bystanders were mistakenly hit during the pursuit,” a military spokeswoman said, identifying one of them as the Palestinian killed in the incident.-rh 22/6/2016
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Barak and Ya`alon are not the only ones worriedNahum Barnea - Ynet - What was Barak doing as a defense minister in Netanyahu`s government, what did he promote and what did he fail to stop; why did Barak as a prime minister establish settlements that he now seeks to dismantle; what did Ya`alon say and do before falling out with Netanyahu and before being ousted from the Defense Ministry. They each have very good reasons for remorse. But all of this doesn`t negate the value of their words, and doesn`t erase the writing they see on the wall. After a year of ongoing victory celebrations, of being drunk on power, the government is beginning to pay the price for its deviations and incitement. It is paying it on the international stage, and domestically. Barak and Ya`alon are just the tip of the iceberg. [bz]21/6/2016
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Can Palestinian right of return issue be solved?Uri Savir - Al-Monitor - In return for a two-state solution based on the 1967 lines, the PLO would be ready to discuss practical solutions in line with several important elements. (...) and explore the possibility of Israeli-controlled Area C in the West Bank (excluding minor settlement blocs) being designated land on which Palestinian refugees can be resettled in an international effort with Israeli economic contributions. (...) a symbolic (agreed upon) number of the originally expelled Palestinians who are still alive (between 30,000 and 50,000) would be allowed to settle in sovereign Israel within the context of family reunion. [bz]21/6/2016
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Israeli peaceniks release racist video to `save Jerusalem`Mairav Zonszein--A new video portrays a ‘nightmare scenario’ in which Jerusalem residents elect a Palestinian mayor.dn19/6/2016
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A dangerous moment in history: Can the political centre hold? Konrad Yakabuski--As anyone trying to maintain perspective when the whole world seems to be losing it, I owe Joni Mitchell – big time. The reasons are too numerous to list here, but one involves her 1991 recording of the 1919 W.B. Yeats poem The Second Coming. It introduced me to that haunting work, in which post-First World War politics becomes an allegory for the Apocalypse, or vice versa. dn19/6/2016
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The Palestinian leadership. A continuous embarrassmentNadia Harhash--Each time one thinks, things cannot get worse. It only gets worse. This cannot be a coincidence. It cannot be a simple act of fate. It cannot just be mere bad luck. There is a problem in our reality. Our reality as a people that insists on producing such leadership. dn19/6/2016
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Palestinian participation in Israel conference slammedZena Tahhan--BDS groups and activists describe Palestinian leaders` partaking in Herzliya conference as `national betrayal`. dn19/6/2016
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I Want to Mourn for Orlando, but I`m a Muslim, I`ll Be Accused of Hypocrisy Sayed Kashua--You can’t take even a minute to identify with the shooting victims, and their number keeps rising, as does your feeling of guilt and the feeling of the looming persecution. dn19/6/2016
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AIPAC Is Destroying Israel, Not Safeguarding It Gideon Levy--AIPAC corrupted Israel, teaching it that everything is permissible: The day AIPAC weakens, Israel will grow stronger, forced to stand on its own two feet and be more moral. (a bit old, but still worth reading DN)19/6/2016
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Is B’Tselem Right To Quit Playing ‘Middle Man’ for the IDF?Mira Sucharov--The numbers are grim. With 739 cases since 2000 in which soldiers are alleged to have “killed, injured, or beat Palestinians, used them as human shields, or damaged Palestinian property,” in only 25 cases did the military bring charges against soldiers, with an additional 13 being “referred for disciplinary action,” the report says. dn18/6/2016
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Israel`s legal war on terrorTova Tzimuki--Israeli jurists have become in recent years the world`s most in-demand lecturers on all facets of handling terrorism; after a decade of preparation, the draft for a comprehensive anti-terrorism bill is ready dn18/6/2016
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Nobel Laureate`s Love of Israel Has Become a Tormented One, Thanks to the Occupation Gideon Levy - Haaretz "The road Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has taken with Israel is a sad mirror image of the country`s deterioration." ca17/6/2016
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Israel cannot afford to abandon its Arab youthMakbula Nassar +972 Blog "Sixty thousand Arab youths in Israel are defined as ‘idle,’ neither working nor studying, a precursor to a life of unemployment and violence. It’s time for the state to take drastic steps to ensure they too have a future." ca17/6/2016
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Israeli official who justified killing Palestinian journalists speaks at museum memorializing the victims Ben Norton - Salon - During Israel’s 2012 war, Leibovich justified the IDF’s intentional killing of Palestinian journalists Hussam Salama and Mahmoud al-Kumi, among others. Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders condemned these attacks as war crimes. Both Salama and al-Kumi are memorialized in the Newseum’s own Journalists Memorial, a wall commemorating slain reporters. This memorial was rededicated on Monday, the day before the museum had scheduled a talk by the Israeli military official that justified the very killings that resulted in those names being put on the wall.-rh 15/6/2016
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Oh the Joys of Dimona! Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olasm - "The subtitle of this post might be the same as the subtitle of the film, Dr. Strangelove: “How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.” Dimona’s bombs, that is." - id 15/6/2016
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Israel`s six options for peace Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Netanyahu has two options from which to choose: He can continue doing more of the same, meaning nothing, the results of which will be identical — that is, bereavement, despair and hatred — or he can take action. He can easily muster a solid majority in the Knesset to take action. If he cannot mobilize this majority within his ruling coalition, he can count on support from the opposition." - id15/6/2016
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Israel removes key sites from Jerusalem`s Old City Map : Israeli ministry`s map of Jerusalem`s Old City marks historically unimportant sites and omits key non-Jewish holy sites.Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - The City of David site features prominently, in large, bold red letters, on the Israeli tourism ministry`s official Old City map, which is distributed free of charge at official tourist information centres in Jerusalem. But the nearby al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, a 14-hectare compound that comprises Islam`s third holiest site, al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as the Dome of the Rock, is only referred to by its Jewish name: the Temple Mount.-rh 15/6/2016
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Palestine hopes to join Interpol this fallDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - Gen. Adnan al-Damiri, a spokesman for the Palestinian police, told Al-Monitor that joining Interpol will improve the security situation in Palestine and at the same time help strengthen Palestinian efforts at state building. He said, “We need Interpol to stop many cases of people fleeing justice and to extradite those criminals who have fled Palestine.”-rh 15/6/2016
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When fear of terror affects Arabs` livelihood Gad Lior and Telem Yahav - Ynet News - With conspicuously greater frequency, Jewish customers, affected by the fear of terror, demand that companies refrain from sending Arab workers to their homes. Many business owners and commercial organizations are facing this request which is particularly commonplace in fields such as paint and renovation companies employing Arabs, on goods transfer companies, on gardening companies, cleaning businesses and the like.-rh 15/6/2016
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Knesset extends `racist` emergency provision on Family Unification Law for 13th yearMa`an News - The `emergency` provision to Israel’s Family Reunification Law, which grants automatic legal status to non-Israelis who marry Israeli citizens or residents, was first enacted in 2002 during the political upheavals of the Second Intifada, and was adopted into Israeli law in 2003. The law prevents the granting of Israeli citizenship or residency permits to Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens or residents, including prohibiting Israeli citizens or residents from passing on their legal status to their children if married to someone from the occupied Palestinian territory.-rh 15/6/2016
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Forget Diplomacy. Both Netanyahu and Abbas Need Some Serious TherapyJane Eisner - Forward - But here you have Rice reminding that the “situation on the ground is tense. You have violence at a heightened level. You have incitement. You have intensified settlement activity and home demolitions. You have actions taken that are not conducive to a two-state solution.” She could not have been clearer, but Israeli and Palestinian leaders do not seem to see what she and so many others see. Fear of the future has led to the paralysis of the present. If the most skilled diplomats in the world can’t get the two sides together, then maybe those who best understand and treat the psychosis of denial should step in.-rh 15/6/2016
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Deconstructing Netanyahu`s spin about the Paris peace summitShemuel Meir - +972 - It is difficult to ignore the unbridled joy that took over the Prime Minister’s Office as its spokespeople went out of their way to declare the Paris peace summit, which took place this past weekend, a failure. Their proof? A “shallow” final statement that included neither a defined time table (for further international involvement? For Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank?) and did not mention “1967 lines.” The spokespeople patted themselves on the shoulder, hinting that what they viewed as a meager outcome of the Paris Summit stemmed from Israel’s global diplomatic efforts. A summit of 29 foreign ministers who discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was presented as another “photo op” and a PR stunt by France.-rh 15/6/2016
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`Ramadan Tov`: How to stop funding Israel`s occupation: A new BDS campaign to encourage Palestinians to boycott Israeli goods in Ramadan and afterwardsZena Tahhan - Aljazeera - Entitled "Ramadan Tov" - meaning "Happy Ramadan" in Hebrew - the campaign has brought together a majority of the local Palestinian boycott movements for the first time under the umbrella of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group. It aims to encourage Palestinians to boycott Israeli products, food items in particular, during Ramadan, and afterwards. The targets are the biggest Israeli food companies including Jafora, Tnuva, Strauss and Osem. The face of the campaign is an Israeli soldier in his distinguishable green uniform serving a tray of popular Israeli food products regularly consumed by Palestinians during the holy month.-rh 15/6/2016
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Palestinian prisoners struggle against sanctions while separated from their families at RamadanSamidoun - The Prisoners’ Affairs Commission emphasized the importance of supporting prisoners’ families during Ramada, noting that for Palestinian prisoners, their life is not eased during Ramadan but rather face sanctions and repression inside the prisons. They noted that imprisonment is particularly painful when prisoners know their families are gathering together in celebration together, and they are kept apart.-rh15/6/2016
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Herzog`s Pipe Dream Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "In fact, Palestinians have ceased to be an Arab problem. They are an Israeli problem." - id 15/6/2016
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The End of the Old Israel : How Netanyahu Has Transformed the NationAluf Benn - Foreign Affairs - Israel—at least the largely secular and progressive version of Israel that once captured the world’s imagination—is over. Although that Israel was always in some ways a fantasy, the myth was at least grounded in reality. Today that reality has changed, and the country that has replaced it is profoundly different from the one its founders imagined almost 70 years ago. Since the last elections, in March 2015, a number of slow-moving trends have accelerated dramatically. Should they continue, they could soon render the country unrecognizable.-rh15/6/2016
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The Settlement Industry Jonah Walters - Jacobin magazine - While residential settlements proliferate in the West Bank, encroaching on Palestinian land and violating international law, this is only part of the story. Far more essential to the settlement project are the “settlement industrial zones” — business districts where Israeli factories and farming enterprises exploit Palestinian land and labor to produce billions of dollars of goods each year. Israel operates about twenty such zones in the occupied West Bank, officially called “industrial zones under Israeli administration.” [bz]14/6/2016
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Understanding Netanyahu’s Rejection of the Arab Peace InitiativeMitchell Plitnick - Foundation for Middle East Peace - Netanyahu is happy to accept concessions from others, but not make any himself. With this latest evidence of Netanyahu’s rejectionism, he has opened the door for Obama to strengthen the framework for potential negotiations to finally end Israel’s nearly 50-year old occupation. In his waning months, it is time for Obama to step through it. [bz]14/6/2016
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Red Rag column: two pieces from the archiveGideon Spiro - Boycott of Israel, and "Jerusalem Day": essays from 2003 and 2004, relevant to the current situation. gm13/6/2016
Why Israel can’t kick its addiction to collective punishmentAmjad Iraqi - +972 - Israel’s revocation of permits and closure of Yatta this week reflect its need to keep the Palestinian issue at bay by controlling and threatening their people for every action of a few [ry] 13/6/2016
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Israel and Palestine: Breaking the cycle of violenceDaoud Kuttab - AlJazeera - The attack on Israelis in a Tel Aviv cafe reflects the frustration that Palestinians experience on a daily basis [ry] 13/6/2016
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What Drives Palestinian Women Shot at Israeli Checkpoints to Their Deaths? Amira Hass--The Palestinians fear that talking about personal motives, including domestic violence and depression, will free Israel from responsibility for killing women who approach checkpoints armed with knives; but activists now want to distinguish between those who are planning to attack, and those seeking a way out. dn12/6/2016
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Father of Tel Aviv attacker: If I had the chance, I`d ask Khaled why he did itFather of Tel Aviv attacker: If I had the chance, I`d ask Khaled why he did itShlomi Eldar--The father of Tel Aviv attacker Khaled Mahmara told Al-Monitor he did not know ahead about the intentions of his son, who was expected to return to Jordan this summer and obtain his engineering diploma. dn12/6/2016
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Why the Tel Aviv Terror Attack Is Different — and What Comes NextJ.J. Goldberg - Forward - Now Yaalon is gone and the fiery hardliner Avigdor Lieberman has taken his place. Lieberman has long advocated relentlessly iron-fisted measures to cow Palestinians into submission. The military and intelligence branches view such strategies as recipes for increased Palestinian rage and violence, but they’re popular with voters. [bz]11/6/2016
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Tel Aviv mayor says the occupation is a cause of Palestinian terrorEdo Konrad - +972 "Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai shocked many Israelis Thursday morning when he cited Israel’s occupation as one factor that leads Palestinians to turn to terrorism. Speaking on Army Radio about Wednesday’s deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv and reported celebrations of it in the West Bank and Gaza, Huldai argued that Israelis should focus instead on the fact that Israel is “perhaps the only country in the world holding another nation under occupation without civil rights.” ca10/6/2016
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Joining Sweden & Netherlands, Ireland says BDS a ‘legitimate political viewpoint’PNN - "the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, said that “Statements or meetings concerning BDS are protected by the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, as enshrined in the Dutch Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.” Revealing that Israel regularly raises the topic of BDS in bilateral meetings with the Dutch government, Koenders reiterated his government’s opposition to the boycott of Israel but insisted that “endorsing BDS falls under freedom of expression.” ca 10/6/2016
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Israel Boycott Has Staying PowerSteven Salaita - The Chronicle of Higher Education - We can debate ad nauseam the probity of academic boycott, but it would be more useful to address the problems of repression and occupation that spurred the boycott movement to begin with.-rh 9/6/2016
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Rep. Keith Ellison draws attention to Israeli apartheid in tweet on Palestinian life under occupation Ben Norton - Salon - Rep. Keith Ellison shared a photo on Twitter on Thursday that refers to Israel’s illegal military occupation of the Palestinian territories as apartheid. Ellison, a Democratic congressman representing Minnesota, said he took the photo as he walked down a segregated street in Hebron, a city in the occupied West Bank. It shows a sign reading: “Caution: This was taken by Israel. You are entering apartheid.”-rh 9/6/2016
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Netanyahu Frets Over How To tackle French Peace PlanJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - Part of the reason for bringing Mr Lieberman into the government was to provide more diplomatic wriggle room. With Mr Lieberman cementing Mr Netanyahu’s credentials with the far-right, he is now free to spout vague platitudes about peace knowing that his coalition partners are unlikely to take him at his word and bolt the government. But while the domestic front has been secured, rumbles of dissent reverberate abroad.-rh 8/6/2016
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Bibi’s New Faux Peace InitiativeRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "I would call Bibi’s and Yvet’s latest quasi peace initiative an act of political theater, except that it does an injustice to real drama, which may move humanity to powerful action. This plan announced by Bibi today is more like performing anesthesia on a corpse (the peace process, that is)." - id 8/6/2016
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What Israel calls progress, Palestinians see as oppressionAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Author and political analyst Ahmed Rafiq Awad also told Al-Monitor that Israel’s proposals are merely an attempt to present itself as helping Palestinians economically and allowing them to move freely.“The Israeli improvements are tools of occupation. Israel makes the Palestinians’ lives complicated, then provides a few improvements to ease the conditions,” Awad added.-rh 8/6/2016
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The war of succession brewing in PalestineMenachem Klein - +972 - The struggle over Abbas’ succession signals a generational change among the Palestinian leadership. The old guard, those who established Fatah and the PLO, the refugees of 1948 whose families were dispersed across the Arab world and spent many years in the diaspora, will be replaced by young people who have spent the majority of their lives in Palestine, where the majority of their families live. They acquired the majority of their experience and public status in the intifadas or in Israeli prison. This is precisely how the new generation is different from the old guard, whose status was built on the legacy of armed struggle. Abbas’ generation used this status to convince the public of the necessity of going the political route. The failure of this approach has only hastened the rise of the generation of the “children of the land.”-rh8/6/2016
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Palestinians forced to delay the start of Ramadan as Israel celebrates 49 years of ruling Jerusalem Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Yet in nearly every direction of the celebrations, as Israelis rejoiced in their city of peace, Palestinians were sealed behind police dividers.“Damascus Gate is closed,” shouted an officer to a group of Palestinians in a kettle behind a metal fence erected in the afternoon.-rh 8/6/2016
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Palestinian children behind bars: 14-year-old sentenced to over 6 years, visits denied, exorbitant finesSamidoun - Palestinian children continue to be targeted for collective punishment and harsh sentences, as 14-year-old Muawiya Alqam was sentenced to six and one-half years in Israeli occupation prisons and fined 26,000 NIS (approximately $6,750).-rh8/6/2016
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Khalida Jarrar freed – Palestinian leftist leader calls for action to liberate Palestinian prisonersSamidoun - Arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Israeli occupation soldiers who raided her home on 1 April 2015, Jarrar was first ordered to administrative detention without charge or trial. Following an international outcry, Jarrar was charged in the Israeli military courts with 12 charges based entirely on public political activity, including giving speeches, attending events, and expressing support for Palestinian prisoners and their families. She was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, in addition to a suspended sentence and a fine.-rh8/6/2016
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Why the far right is on the riseSerge Halimi - Le Monde Diplomatique - Imposing cruel sacrifices on entire nations in the name of rules that you don’t understand, and forgetting about those rules as soon as your political cronies break them, creates the climate of amorality and cynicism in which the far right advances.-rh8/6/2016
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Israel`s smartest student is an ArabShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Mohammed Zeidan, from the Arab community of Kafr Manda in northern Israel, is the only Arab in Israel who has been able to get the ultranationalist Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Arab Knesset member Ahmad Tibi from the Joint List to exchange warm greetings. Zeidan, 19, scored an 800 on Israeli`s Psychometric Entrance Test, the highest possible score. Tibi praised his achievement on Twitter, and Bennett was quick to retweet Tibi’s greeting, leading the two political foes to exchange kind words.-rh 8/6/2016
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Israel 2016: A house dividedAdam Keller - Jerusalem Post - Israelis who still adhere to such concepts as democracy, or human rights, or simply common decency, increasingly feel beleaguered and threatened – and not only left-wingers. 7/6/2016
Good diagnosis, bad treatmentNahum Barnea - Ynet - Ross and Makovsky`s diagnosis speaks of several developments: The Obama administration may remove its veto of international initiatives, which could cause the French to convene a second Paris conference, which could lead to a UN Security Council resolution enforcing the new peace plan by year`s end. Why is this bad? In their opinion, there are four reasons. [bz] 7/6/2016
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My Role With the Democratic Platform Drafting CommitteeJames J Zogby--I wasn’t going to write about this subject, but something happened yesterday over lunch that prompted me to reconsider. dn5/6/2016
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The Shampoo SummitIris Zaki--My hometown, Haifa, in Israel, is very proud of its legacy of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs. But I think it is more divided than it can seem. For example, as a Jew I don’t remember ever chatting with my Arab neighbors growing up. But I knew there had to be arenas in this city where the different groups intersected, connected through the simple rituals of everyday life. I decided to try and find them. dn5/6/2016
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Gaza… The ResilienceNadia Harhash--The nostalgia I carry within me to Gaza is mixed with compassion and melancholy of a mother to her sons, a family to its reunion, and a nation to its pulse. dn4/6/2016
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Saeb Erekat: Paris Peace Summit Will Equalize Power Between Israel and Palestine Saeb Erekat - Haaretz "Secretary General: 20 years of bilateral negotiations have failed. The international community must compel Israel to accept its responsibility as the occupying force and implement the two-state solution...It is the responsibility of the world to ensure that Israel may not continue to deny a people of its most fundamental and precious rights, including the right to be free." ca3/6/2016
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No room for Palestinians at Tel Aviv Pride ParadeFady Khoury - +972 "Until the Israeli LGBTQ community truly begins caring about Palestinian oppression, Palestinian queers will have to keep checking our identity at the door...The parade in Tel Aviv, like Oriented, brands Tel Aviv — whether directly or as a byproduct of partial presentation — as a safe, tolerant, and free city. Israeli propaganda groups (“hasbara”) abroad often speak explicitly of Tel Aviv’s uniqueness regarding the Palestinian LGBTQ community as well. But despite this narrative, issues that Israeli queers face in a safe and secure Tel Aviv never resemble those of Palestinians, queer or otherwise, for whom Tel Aviv is far less safe and secure." ca3/6/2016
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Doomed from the startDina Ezzat - Al-Ahram Weekly "While neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis will take part in the talks a high-level Palestinian delegation is expected to be in Paris for the duration of the conference.Israel has turned down French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ request that it support the initiative and there are no signs Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will change his mind. Any consultations with the Israeli side will have to be conducted by telephone or through the Israeli Embassy in Paris." ca 3/6/2016
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Israeli authorities hold secret meetings with US in advance of Friday’s peace talksCeline Hagbard - IMEMC "As thirty nations prepare representatives to meet in Paris Friday for talks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday that high-lecel Israeli officials have been meeting secretly with US agents in advance of the talks.Publicly, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has condemned the talks" ca 3/6/2016
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South African Nobelist Coetzee on Israel and apartheid: ‘Draw your own conclusions’ Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - “Apartheid was a system of enforced segregation based on race or ethnicity, put in place by an exclusive, self defined group in order to consolidate colonial conquest particular to cement its hold on the land and natural resources,” Coetzee said, relaying this definition almost verbatim in application to Jerusalem and the West Bank, minus the word apartheid.-rh1/6/2016
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Shabak Publicly Identifies U.S. Liaison Agent, Six Years After I Did Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The most mysterious, important guest was the Shin Bet’s Washington DC liaison, Avi Arieli. That’s because the cult of secrecy requires that the identities of all intelligence agents except for the Shabak and Mossad chiefs be held in absolute secrecy." - id 1/6/2016
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Israelis are no longer buying what Netanyahu is selling Alon Mizrahi - +972 - "Israeli Jews want to feel special and in danger...Every step taken under the guise of these fears is justified: the occupation itself, of course, justified but so are other acts of cruelty against non-Jews, as well as the arrogance vis-a-vis non-Jews abroad." - id 1/6/2016
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Has Netanyahu`s political credit expired? Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - " 1/6/2016
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Fabricating facts: An old-fashioned political tool Geoffrey Aronson - Aljazeera - "For almost half a century, and in the teeth of unanimous international opposition to its policy of permanent occupation, Israel has successfully managed to "create facts" that the international community - led by the United States - has either accommodated or proved unable to or not interested enough to challenge." 1/6/2016
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Yehuda Glick’s meteoric rise from messianic margins to Israeli parliamentDan Cohen and Tamar Aviyah - Mondoweiss - After leaving his position in the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, Glick took a greater leading role in the Temple Movement, becoming the executive director of the Temple Institute. Founded in 1984 by Yisrael Ariel, the Temple Institute is a state-funded organization that takes a multi-faceted approach to achieve its goal of building a third Jewish temple on what Muslims call Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and Jews called Har Habayit (Temple Mount). -rh1/6/2016
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Palestinians get ready for hard-line Liberman as defense ministerAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - Liberman’s appointment sparked several Palestinian reactions. While Hamas deemed his appointment as a sign of increasing racism and extremism in Israel, Fatah said the appointment is like a bugaboo scaring Palestinians given the empty threats he makes in the media. For its part, Islamic Jihad stressed that Liberman`s appointment is proof of the rising fascism among Israeli leaders.-rh 1/6/2016
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Could Sins of Sara Netanyahu Force Bibi’s Downfall (He Wouldn’t Be the First)?Anshel Pfeffer - Forward - Twenty years to the day Benjamin Netanyahu won his first election, scraping past Shimon Peres by less than 30,000 votes, he received an anniversary gift: the police recommendation to press charges against his wife for misuse of public funds for the upkeep of their private residence in Caesarea. Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, Netayahu’s former cabinet secretary and personal choice for his current job, now has to rule on two cases of allegations against the Netanyahus’ personal finances.-rh 1/6/2016
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Wide Skepticism Over Benjamin Netanyahu’s Claim To Back Arab Peace PlanJeffrey Heller - Forward - Netanyahu’s partial embrace of the Arab plan comes after far-right politician Avigdor Lieberman was sworn in as defense minister in a broadened coalition on Monday, an appointment that has raised concern at home and abroad. Israel fears it could face strong world pressure for concessions towards the Palestinians once foreign ministers, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, convene in Paris on June 3 in preparation for a full conference in the autumn. 1/6/2016
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Rubble and dust: 
How EU keeps failing PalestiniansHagai El-Ad - Euobserver - All over the occupied West Bank, one can practically taste the dust in the air: since January 2016 some 300 Palestinians homes and structures have been bulldozed by Israeli authorities. Hundreds have lost their homes to such demolitions, more than half of them children. This cruelty is not random: it is part of a broader strategy by Israel to push Palestinians out of parts of their homeland and further fragment their lands.-rh 1/6/2016
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How Israeli soldiers became `children of the nation`Nurit Canetti - Al Monitor - This affair, which pitted supporters of the uniformed shooter against the military establishment that denounced him and dragged the Israel Defense Forces into a growingly radicalized social discourse, provided an opportunity to examine current public attitudes toward IDF soldiers: a warm, supportive, parental approach that puts the soldiers first at the expense of civilians and, as in the latest case, at the expense of democratic values, the IDF code of ethics, open-fire regulations and the authority of the military chain of command. Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon and Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot had condemned the act.-rh 1/6/2016
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Netanyahu sacks Ya`alon and makes new enemies Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Since the outbreak of a third Intifada last October, preceded by the kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and the firebombing of the Dawabsheh family, Netanyahu urgently needed the Labor Party to add a semblance of sanity to his ultra right-wing government." = id 1/6/2016
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`We became subcontractors to the occupation`: B`Tselem ends work with Israeli armyMa`an News - “B’Tselem has gradually come to the realization that the way in which the military law enforcement system functions precludes it from the very outset from achieving justice for the victims. Nonetheless, the very fact that the system exists serves to convey a semblance of law enforcement and justice,” the report stated.-rh1/6/2016
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How Israel Lost Its Latest Chance for a Peace ProcessBernard Avishai - Information Clearing House - So Netanyahu may keep power for a while, but in losing the Army he has lost a major source of his legitimacy. Ya’alon himself has called for the formation of a new center-right movement to challenge Netanyahu. Livni told Channel Two last Friday night that her chief goal is to unite all democratic parties in a single opposition bloc. Moshe Kahlon, the finance minister and the leader of the centrist party Kulanu, remains the linchpin of Netanyahu’s majority; his views, and those of his voters, are certainly closer to Ya’alon’s than to Bennett’s or Lieberman’s.-rh1/6/2016
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Israeli ex-officers issue plan to restart peace talks, condemn government inactionIan Deitch - Boston Globe - With peace talks in a deep freeze, the plan by Commanders for Israel’s Security on Friday called to ‘‘preserve conditions’’ for negotiations with the Palestinians. It urges a combination of political and security initiatives together with delivering economic benefits to Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem simultaneously.-rh1/6/2016
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