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Fool me once: Did the Joint List make a mistake backing Benny Gantz?Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 "Gantz’s faction, Israeli Resilience, will join a Likud-led government along with Netanyahu’s loyalist bloc, including Shas, Yemina and Torah Judaism. The two remaining Blue and White factions — Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, and Telem, established by Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon ahead of the April 2019 elections — will join the opposition. Blue and White thus became the first casualty of the new government, and ceased to exist.Some are already saying that the Joint List, an amalgam of Arab-Palestinian-majority parties, is the second casualty. Breaking decades of tradition, party leader Ayman Odeh recommended that Gantz be tapped to lead the next government twice, only to have Gantz deliver Israel back into the hands of Netanyahu. Hadn’t the Joint List been played for a fool?" ca28/3/2020
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In this unprecedented moment, terrible, wonderful things are happening simultaneously.Yoav Peck - Forum of Peace Groups - Dr. Rafi Walden, President of doctors for peace and deputy director of Sheba (Tel Hashomer) hospital: `Strange that a patient can deliver his life into the hands of a senior heart surgeon, who is Arab, at the same time that the prime minister broadly defines the Arab citizens of Israel as supporters of terror. The health system would collapse without the critical contribution of the Arab staffers.[ak]26/3/2020
Coronavirus: Palestinian workers face difficult choice between livelihood and isolationAkram Al-Waara - Middle East Eye - When the first case of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, was confirmed in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, an immediate sense of panic overwhelmed the small city. As schools, universities, and businesses began to shut down, thousands of the city’s residents retreated to their homes in anticipation of what would happen next. (rh) Bethlehem responds to coronavirus ‘the Palestinian way’ - with sweets and song.But as the city limits were shut off and nearby checkpoints with Israel started to close, a new sense of anxiety began to set in - this time, for the city’s thousands of labourers who work inside Israel. 24/3/2020
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ContemptGush Shalom - Against the Coronavirus we will sooner or later become immune. But the Corona coup and the contempt for the remains of democratic norms may turn all of Israel into occupied territory. [bz] 24/3/2020
Arab League: Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails threatened by Coronavirus - should be released IMEMC - In view of the Coronavirus spreading in both Israel and the Palestinian territories, The League of Arab States voiced an alarm about the special threat posed to Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. "The International Community must intervene and pressure Israeli authorities for the release of 5,000 Palestinian prisoners, including hundreds of elderly with poor immunity, 180 juveniles and 43 women. "An immediate release is absolutely imperative, to prevent the prison population from contracting and spreading the contagious disease" stated Said Abu Ali, Arab League Deputy-Secretary General who is specifically charged with overseeing the situation of the Palestinians. [ak]24/3/2020
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‘I am navigating the Titanic’ — Netanyahu’s coronavirus powergrabPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The Israeli political system is in chaos today. Netanyahu’s year-long caretaker government is trying to use the coronavirus pandemic to further stalemate the political process, evidently with the hope of forcing a fourth election in which Netanyahu will campaign as indispensable in the eyes of a worried public.(rh24/3/2020
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Congress seeks to hold Israel accountable for demolishing Palestinian homesJosh Ruebner - Mondoweiss - A “Dear Colleague” letter was sent by more than 60 Democratic Representatives to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this week seeking to hold Israel accountable for its massive demolition of Palestinian homes last July in the Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood in East Jerusalem.(rh)24/3/2020
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Israeli MP presents bills to annex Jordan Valley, impose death penalty on PalestiniansMEE staff - Middle East Eye - A right-wing Israeli parliamentarian submitted two bills to the Knesset on Wednesday seeking to permanently annex the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea and the Hebron desert in the occupied West Bank to Israel, as well as impose the death penalty on Palestinian political prisoners. Miki Zohar, the head of the Likud faction in the Knesset, said that the two bills he submitted would “embarrass” former army general Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party and Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beitenu. Gantz is currently speaking with Israeli parties to form a coalition government after receiving a thin majority last week from Israeli Knesset members. (rh)24/3/2020
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Israeli Secret Police Remove Gag Order, Claim Palestinian Mother, Humanitarian Aid Worker is Terror FinancierRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - In my many years of reporting on and exposing the depredation of the Israeli Secret Police aka Shabak or Shin Bet, I’ve only rarely come across an arrest as ludicrous as the one they made last month. I reported yesterday that they arrested a Palestinian humanitarian aid worker, Aya Khatib. As of yesterday, she had appeared in court but no charges had been made publicly against her. Her job as a social welfare activist was to raise funds among Israeli Palestinians for the needy and homeless in Gaza. As such, she collected funds among Israeli Palestinians and used them on humanitarian projects in Israel and Gaza. (rh) 24/3/2020
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Israel Joins Totalitarian States Using Coronavirus To Spy On CitizensBarbara Boland - The American Conservative - At 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Israel joined Iran and China in focusing the powerful intelligence gathering tools of the state on its own citizens—all in the name of containing the coronavirus outbreak. In the dead of the night, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized advanced digital surveillance and monitoring tools to be deployed on Israeli citizens, without court order, in an effort to track coronavirus carriers. Israel’s internal security service, the Shin Bet, will be allowed to use personal cell phone data and information such as which cell tower a device pings to, to retroactively track the movements of carriers of the “coronavirus in order to see with whom they interacted in the days and weeks before they were tested in order to place those people in quarantine,” reportsThe Times of Israel. This means that “any person in Israel could come under surveillance” of the Shin Bet, “an organization with no public transparency requirements” that reports directly to the Prime Minister.(rh)24/3/2020
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Where did Israel’s Mossad get 100,000 coronavirus testing kits from?Asa Winstanley - Middle East Monitor - there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth by Western liberals on Thursday, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to tighten his grip on the state, sidelining calls for him to step down to make way for former general Benny Gantz. With Netanyahu’s approval, Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet, imposed “emergency” measures to track people’s movements via their mobile phone data. Such all-pervasive violations of privacy have long been used against the Palestinian population by Israel’s racism regime, with not a peep of objection from any Israelis apart from a minority of marginalised dissidents. Now, though, it seems that the “oppressive policies and practices developed and used in contexts of occupation, also end up being used by the occupying power against its own citizens,” to quote the Palestinian digital rights group 7amleh. Yuval Noah Harari, a relatively apolitical Israeli author, decided for once to tweet about the prime minister: “The first coronavirus dictatorship,” is how he described Netanyahu’s power play. (rh)24/3/2020
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PHOTOS: Police arrest pro-democracy demonstrators outside KnessetOren Ziv - +972 - Police arrested four Israeli protesters in Jerusalem Thursday morning as hundreds demonstrated outside the Knesset against the far-reaching, anti-democratic measures adopted by the Netanyahu government this past week to fight the coronavirus outbreak. The demonstration consisted of an “assault on democracy” motorcade, which headed for Jerusalem to protest Benjamin Netanyahu’s order to shut down the courts and allow the mass surveillance of Israelis, as well as the suspension of Israel’s parliament by Knesset Chairman Yuli Edelstein. Some of the demonstrators, who set out from Tel Aviv waving black flags out of their cars, were stopped by police en route to Jerusalem and given fines. The police later allowed some of the protesters to continue onwards toward the city. (rh) 24/3/2020
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Netanyahu’s habit of spying on his own citizens Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - The coronavirus is inflicting physical, mental and economic damage on people throughout the world on a scale unseen since the mid-20th century. In a bid to stem the pandemic, save lives and prevent the collapse of health systems, truly democratic governments are adopting drastic measures reminiscent of wartime states of emergency. In Israel, a caretaker government, whose members no longer have the confidence of a majority of voters, is damaging the most vital organs of democracy and human freedoms under the auspices of public anxiety. (rh) 24/3/2020
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‘The situation is horrific’: Palestinians face coronavirus crisis at West Bank checkpointsAhmad Al-Bazz - Mondoweiss - On March 21, Israeli authorities announced a military closure of the West Bank and shut down all Green Line checkpoints used by West Bank Palestinians as a precaution against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Due to that Israeli decision, Palestinian workers in the West Bank had two choices: 1) stay in the West Bank, or 2) cross and sleep in their workplaces inside the Green Line until further notice. Many workers were surprised by the Israeli decision and are deciding to climb the wall and cross the fence illegally to reach their workplaces. (rh)24/3/2020
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Fear, anxiety as besieged Gaza confirms first 2 coronavirus casesFarah Najjar & Maram Humaid - Aljazeera - Palestinian officials have announced the first two cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in the besieged Gaza Strip. Deputy Health Minister Youssef Abulreesh said late on Saturday the two Palestinian patients had returned from Pakistan via Gaza`s Rafah border with neighbouring Egypt on Thursday. (rh 24/3/2020
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B’Tselem: International Criminal Court does have jurisdiction in PalestineB’Tselem - In trying to deny that the ICC has jurisdiction on the West bank, Israel Attorney General Mandelblit has taken the position that "there is no occupation" – conveniently ignoring the facts on the ground, the principles of international law and the declared positions of the international community. He glosses over more than 52 years in which Israel has kept the West Bank and Gaza Strip under a cruel, violent occupation regime, transforming the area completely. Palestinian space is now fragmented into isolated units in which Palestinians live without political rights or any real control over their lives – which are run by various Israeli authorities. The AG also describes Israel and the Palestinians as negotiating in good faith to bring about full reconciliation. In these circumstances, he argues, the parties do not need “a criminal process to pull them further apart”. Yet the attempt to hide behind supposed negotiations is utterly disconnected from Israel’s actions and declared long-term intentions regarding the Occupied Territories. Israel’s top officials have long since confirmed that the state does not view the occupation as temporary and intends to cement its control over the Palestinians while dispossessing them of land and rights. [ak]17/3/2020
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The toxic fallout of the `deal of the century`Marwan Bishara - Al Jazeera - Kushner and Netanyahu`s `with us or against the US` campaign breeds anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism [ry] 16/3/2020
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Little Ghosts From Gaza Hagai Elad - Haaretz "As long as life in Gaza is governed by Israeli drones, artillery and snipers, this cruelty will continue to kill bodies there – and souls here too...The Israelis don’t want to hear about Gaza. They certainly don’t want to feel that they are to blame for it. After all, we left, and in any case it’s all Hamas’ fault, as the government “explains” from every platform, especially abroad. This is cheap propaganda – as Rani tells Yaniv, after all, we never really left. We’re even still in charge of their population registry, more than a decade after the “disengagement.” ca14/3/2020
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An attack on Israel`s Arabs is an attack on us all Tamir Pardo - Ynetnews "The statements made by various members of Knesset and ministers who say joining up with the Arab Joint List poses a risk to the people of Israel, are irresponsible, unacceptable, and are tainted with racism...Those signing the declaration (chief among them Israel`s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion) unanimously agreed that "The State of Israel…will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, irrespective of religion, race or sex." Perhaps that clause was meant to serve as a sort of countermeasure against the possibility that the country would be one day be led by those who see a contradiction between Israel`s two most basic principles - a Jewish and a democratic country." ca14/3/2020
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The anti-Bibi bloc is about to destroy its chance to replace NetanyahuEdo Konrad - +972 "For a brief moment, it truly seemed like something could change here. The Joint List, made up of Israel’s four dominant Palestinian political factions, which surged in last week’s elections, seemed ready to once again put aside its serious and justified misgivings and vote for a government led by former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. With their support, Gantz was poised to unseat Netanyahu as Israel’s longest-standing prime minister...On Tuesday evening, the glimmer of hope that bitter rivals — Israel’s Palestinian leadership and an anti-Netanyahu party run by mostly former generals — could momentarily work together faded in a heartbeat. Two Blue and White party members, Tzvi Hauser and Yoaz Hendel, had already announced they would not vote in support of a government that cooperates with the Joint List, and particularly its Balad faction, which supports a state for all citizens in Israel." ca14/3/2020
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The Joint List’s triumph over hateSamah Salaime - +972 - The support of our Jewish partners has grown this time, whether due to the breakdown of the Zionist left, the strengthening of the Joint List itself, or the incitement of the right. I hope that the surge in the Jewish vote for the List is the first step toward forming a strong, radical, left-wing, non-Zionist Arab-Jewish party. I do not want Jews to simply support the struggle of the Palestinian minority inside Israel. I want as many partners in as many struggles facing oppressed people in this country. I do not want us to stand together — I want us to struggle together. [bz]10/3/2020
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Israeli Forces Demolish the Homes of Two Palestinian DetaineesAli Salam - IMEMC "a large Israeli army force invaded the town of Birzeit after midnight, and surrounded the family home of Yazan Maghames, the military bulldozers proceeded to level it to the ground. Youths confronted the Israeli soldiers, who fired tear-gas canisters towards them and at homes causing many suffocation cases." ca7/3/2020
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Ousting Netanyahu may turn out to be Gantz’s biggest mistakeHaviv Rettig Gur - Times of Israel "Netanyahu, for his part, appears to be angling for a more aggressive approach. If he cannot piece together a new term as premier from Monday’s results, his goal will be to push wedge issues onto the public agenda that will force Gantz’s divided partners to bicker and posture against each other. Rocket fire from Gaza or Gantz’s pre-election promise to carry out some unspecified parts of the Trump peace plan are good places to start...Curiouser and curiouser But that internal Likud debate is not the strangest thing about this political moment. The strangest thing, perhaps, is the simple fact that Gantz’s best hope for prying the premiership out of Netanyahu’s hands may be the very thing that decisively and permanently denies Gantz his hard-fought victory." ca7/3/2020
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The Joint List’s triumph over hateSamah Salaime - +972 "The latest elections revealed just how deeply hatred runs in Israeli society. Everyone is now against everyone. The ethnic slurs, Ashkenazi elitism, and delegitimization of various minority groups have left the Joint List as the last bastion fighting for basic democratic rights in this country.... We cannot ignore the fact that 90 percent of Israel’s Palestinian population supported the Joint List. A significant number of Palestinian citizens who previously voted for Jewish-Zionist parties voted for the List this time around. The List’s support in Druze villages — which have historically voted for Zionist parties — doubled at the expense of Likud and Yisrael Beitenu. Arab mayors also expressed their total support, while those who choose to boycott Israeli elections were relatively muted this time around.The Joint List will have four female representatives in the Knesset this time — an achievement that should not and cannot be brushed off. Each one of these women represents different segments of Palestinian society." ca 6/3/2020
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Blue and White’s fatal mistake of distancing Arab voters Afif Abu Much - Al-Monitor "Truth be told, the Blue and White party tried constantly to disguise itself as part of the right. It brought in right-wing advisers and candidates and used “right-wing language” incessantly. The highlight was its decision to disassociate itself from the Arab public, a trait that has become iconic to the right in the Netanyahu era. The only problem is that in the end, the Blue and White party forgot to attract any right-wing voters." ca 6/3/2020
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Why new Russia-Turkey deal on Idlib mattersMaxim A. Suchkov - Al-Monitor "Moscow understands that what happened in the last few days was painful for Erdogan politically and was disastrous for Turkey in the humanitarian domain in terms of refugee flow, so Russia is ready to help stop the escalation and think of ways forward. In a sense, it’s also reflective of the three principles Russia follows in dealing with a difficult counterpart such as Turkey. First, demonstrate empathy on issues that are sensitive and important to Turkish security. Second, clearly outline your own red lines and a corridor of opportunities for future cooperation on these issues. Third, take advantage of mistakes made by the other parties whose position is important to Ankara — the United States — and use the contrast to your advantage." ca 6/3/2020
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No matter who wins elections, Israel’s victory image is clearHagai El-Ad - +972 "Both contenders for Israel’s premiership, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, are hoping to give the victory speech after today’s vote. Yet regardless of who – if any – emerges the winner, Israelis have already been presented with this election’s victory image: the humiliating poster featuring Palestinian leaders kneeling, blindfolded and defeated, against the backdrop of a destroyed city." ca6/3/2020
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Ace of Base: Why Netanyahu Seems UnsinkableDavid M. Halbfinger - New York Times "What does Benjamin Netanyahu have to do to get defeated? The Israeli prime minister’s fervent base can make President Trump’s look pallid. And they don’t care that he has been charged with corruption." ca6/3/2020
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After 97% of votes counted, Netanyahu still short of parliamentary majority Time of Israel - The small number of votes remaining to count can still make a substantial difference, when every single seat can influence Netanyahu`s ability to form a government. As things stand, though Netanyahu proclaimed victory to cheering supporters, he is two seats short of the 61 needed for a Knesset majority. In April last year, when he had 60 but no way to gain even one more, he went to repeat elections. Blue and White leader Benny Gantz admitted to supporters early Tuesday that the party’s showing was disappointing, but refused to concede, saying he would wait for the final results. Netanyahu, who has served as prime minister for over a decade, also faces a likely legal hurdle should President Reuven Rivlin task him with forming a coalition. An advocacy group, seeking to oust Netanyahu, earlier this year asked the court to rule on whether an indicted parliament member can be designated prime minister and asked to form a new government. The Supreme Court in January declined to rule on the request, saying it was premature, but the issue is likely to come up again. [ak] 3/3/2020
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Together saving the future of us allGush Shalom - Half of Israel`s citizens/ Have decided/ That a nationalist and racist demagogue/ Facing three serious criminal charges/ Is the right person/ To lead this country.// But – the other half/ Do not want Netanyahu/ This half should be/ Organized and mobilized/ For struggle/ Struggle in the street/ Struggle in the Knesset/ Struggle in the court,/ Jewish and Arab citizens/ United in the struggle/ To save the future/ Of us all. [bz]3/3/2020
Increasing Arab representation in Israel election is an impressive accomplishment, but Netanyahu`s right-wing bloc growing stronger signals hard times are aheadAdam Rasgron - Times of Israel - Despite predicting record gains for the Joint List alliance of Arab-parties, the mood at the party`s headquarters in the northern Israeli city of Shufaram was far from festive as exit polls were released Monday evening. As of early noon Tuesday and with 90 percent of the vote counted, the Joint List is set maintain its position as the third largest party, with 15 seats, two more than in the outgoing Knesset. But the excitement over the party strengthening was overshadowed by the possibility that Prime Minister Netanyahu may finally succeed in forming a government. Joint List faction chairman Ahmad Tibi said that exit polls sparked mixed responses among the party`s lawmakers. The increasing Arab representation is an impressive accomplishment; however, the right- wing bloc also grew stronger, signalling hard times are ahead. Tibi stressed that the failure to beat Netanyahu is not the Joint List’s or that of Arab voters, but that of Kahol Lavan, the Labor-Gesher- Meretz slate and the Zionist left. [ak] 3/3/2020
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European ex-prime ministers condemn Trump plan as apartheidAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "In a letter published by The Guardian on Thursday, they say the so- called Deal of the Century violates numerous UN resolutions and “the most fundamental principles of international law.” “The map featured in the plan proposes Palestinian enclaves under permanent Israeli military control, which evoke chilling associations with South Africa’s bantustans,” the leaders add. Bantustans were a series of impoverished reservations where South Africa’s white supremacist government tried to force millions of Black people to live." ca28/2/2020
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Basques tell train maker to withdraw from Israel’s apartheid railwayAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "The groups say that the railway “entrenches Israeli apartheid” and demand that CAF “comply with international law, withdraw from the Jerusalem tram project and thus end complicity in the occupation of Palestine.” The $2 billion expansion project is an essential part of Israel’s effort to consolidate its grip on its colonial settlements around Jerusalem and is viewed by Palestinians as a symbol of their occupation and oppression." ca28/2/2020
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Socialism no longer a dirty word in AmericaEdward Castleton - Le Monde diplomatique - During Wednesday night’s debate between Democratic candidates in Las Vegas, Bernie Sanders was asked about a poll that suggests two-thirds of voters would be ‘uncomfortable with a socialist candidate for president.’ The senator responded: ‘In many respects, we are a socialist society today. When Donald Trump gets 800 million dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury condominiums, that’s socialism for the rich. We have to subsidise Walmart’s workers on Medicaid and food stamps because the wealthiest family in America pays starvation wages. That’s socialism for the rich. I believe in Democratic socialism for working people.’(rh)25/2/2020
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Profiting from loss: how business in illegal Israeli settlements continues uncheckedJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced that 112 major companies had been identified as operating in Israeli settlements in ways that violate human rights. Aside from major Israeli banks, transport services, cafes, supermarkets, and energy, building and telecoms firms, prominent international businesses include Airbnb, booking.com, Motorola, Trip Advisor, JCB, Expedia and General Mills. Human Rights Watch, a global watchdog, noted in response to the list’s publication that the settlements violate the Fourth Geneva Convention. It argued that the firms’ activities mean they have aided “in the commission of war crimes”. (rh)25/2/2020
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Germany`s FailureMarkus Feldenkirchen - Spiegel International - The terror attack in Hanau is the most grisly proof yet that the German state has failed to do enough in the fight against the extremist right wing. It`s time to change that before it`s too late. (rh) 25/2/2020
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Has J Street become US Jewry’s Democratic kingmaker on Israel? :Left-leaning group’s founder and president Jeremy Ben-Ami talks with The Times of Israel about its prominent role in the crowded 2020 Democratic primaryERIC CORTELLESSA - The Times of Israel - By Jeremy Ben-Ami’s own admission, J Street was widely viewed as radical 10 years ago. Now, the Mideast advocacy group is one of the American left’s most influential organizations — if not the most influential — when it comes to Israel. Case in point: Five of the Democrats running for president attended its annual conference last year, including former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who finished in the top two slots in the fraught and technologically challenged February 3 Iowa caucus and February 11 New Hampshire primary. (rh)25/2/2020
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Netanyahu announces plan to build 3,000 houses in Jerusalem settlementsYnet - Netanyahu said there are plans for at least 4,000 houses to be build, with 3,000 of the units set to be constructed in the settlement of Givat HaMatos in south Jerusalem and another 1,000 in Beit Safafa, a Palestinian town in East Jerusalem, and is meant to benefit the local residents. We are going to build the Givat Hamatos neighborhood, we have removed all of the impediments, " said the prime minister from the nearby Har Homa settlement, which overlooks Givat HaMatos. (rh )25/2/2020
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Israel’s Dark Times Are Already With Us, Mr. PresidentIlana Hammerman - Haaretz - Open your eyes and see them, Mr. President – you, Reuven Rivlin, who said the publication of the list of businesses with ties to West Bank settlements was “reminiscent of dark periods in our history.” Those dark periods are here, right here, right now. They’re here in Jerusalem, your city and mine. Go to the Shoafat refugee camp and see the crowded ghetto that has arisen behind the barriers walling in Arab residents of Jerusalem. (rh)25/2/2020
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Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian, Drag His Body with a Bulldozer in Gaza (VIDEO)Shehab Agency - Israeli occupation forces use a bulldozer to pull the body of Palestinian young man after killing him near the barbed fence in the south of Gaza (rh) 25/2/2020
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I was meant to talk about Palestinian kids at the UN. Israel forced me out :: Belgium caved into Israeli pressure to disinvite me from the Security Council. In doing so, they helped undermine human rights work for Palestinian children.Brad Parker - +972 - The fact that Belgium was willing to invite a local Palestinian human rights organization like DCIP to brief the Council was commendable, as civil society space at the UN has been shrinking for years. While they urged me to be “balanced” in my statement (which I had shared with them for feedback), they understood that Palestinian children overwhelmingly and disproportionately bear the brunt of the kinds of violations they sought to highlight. (rh) 25/2/2020
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Debate | Is Bernie Sanders good for the Jews?Ari Hoffman and Joel Swanson - Forward - We asked two Forward contributors, Joel Swanson and Ari Hoffman to debate the question Jews are debating at Shabbos meals across the nation: Is Bernie Sanders good for the Jews? (rh) 25/2/2020
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Despite attempt to change rules with Syria strikes, Israel’s Gaza policy failingAvi Issacharoff - Times of Israel - The IDF officer who decided to take extreme action to collect a body as "a bargaining chip" likely didn’t realize that footage of the body on the bulldozer blade being spread all over social media would lead to dozens of rockets being fired at Israel.(...) The main Israeli response was far away, on the Syrian front, where many Islamic Jihad targets near Damascus were hit - a surprising step, designed to make PIJ decision-makers "think twice and thrice before attempting another attack". The military and the government are trying to set up a new equation by which escalation with Israel will hurt not only Gaza but also PIJ leaders in Syria, who have thus far enjoyed a degree of immunity from Israeli strikes. However, even by its own standard, PIJ went overboard with its response of extensive launching of rockets.(...) Hamas stayed on the sidelines, neither participating in the launching of rockets nor restraining the PIJ. The Israeli policy is clearly not working. [ak]25/2/2020
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Let’s do launch: Virus takes a backseat to violence, with rockets and airstrikes on the Gaza border flying almost as fast as the threatsJoshua Davidovich - Times of Israel/Israeli media overview - `Though the night passed “mostly quietly,” in the words of more than one Israeli report that ignore the noise made by Israeli missiles...` [bz]25/2/2020
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Ashrawi: Israel`s new settlement plans leave no room for doubt about Israel`s agenda for permanent occupationWafa - RAMALLAH, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (WAFA) - Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) slammed Israel’s new settlement plans as premeditated and clear steps that deal a final and decisive blow to the practicability of the two-state formula and leave no room for doubt about Israel`s agenda for permanent occupation. Since the announcement of the Trump-Netanyahu `plan`, the Israeli government has announced plans to construct nearly fifteen thousand new illegal settlement units and other buildings in Beit Safafa (Givat Hamatos), Jabal Abu Ghuneim (Har Homa), and the Qalandia airport area (Atarot), said Ashrawi in a statement. (rh)25/2/2020
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Why are American Jews so afraid of one of their own?Joshua Leifer - +972 "What makes Sanders different from other American politicians when it comes to Israel-Palestine — and one of the reasons he has come under such ferocious attack from the organized Jewish community — is that he openly supports “Palestinian freedom and independence,” as he wrote earlier this year in Jewish Currents. And unlike most other self-described two-state proponents, Sanders has actually called for measures that would put pressure on Israel to stop settlement construction and its human rights abuses in Gaza." ca24/2/2020
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US enters brutal ideological civil war as four-party system begins to take formSlavoj Zizek - Information Clearing House - The battle will be cruel, the campaign against Sanders will be much more brutal than the one against Corbyn in the UK. On the top of the usual card of anti- Semitism, there will be wide use of the race and gender cards – Sanders as on old white man… Just recall the brutality of Hillary Clinton`s latest attack on him. And all these cards will be played on grounds of a fear of Socialism. Critics of Sanders repeat again and again that Trump cannot be beaten from his (Sanders’) all-too-leftist platform, and the main thing is to get rid of Trump. To this we should just answer that the true message hidden in this argument is: if the choice is between Trump and Sanders, we prefer Trump… (rh)18/2/2020
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Profiting from loss: how business in illegal Israeli settlements continues uncheckedJonathan Cook - The UN is not taking any meaningful action against the 112 companies that condoned, through their commercial activities, Israel’s land and resource theft from Palestinians. The Israeli media is full of stories of how the JNF actively assists extremist settler groups in evicting Palestinians from homes in East Jerusalem. But Britain and other states are blocking legal efforts to challenge the JNF’s special status. Soon, it seems, Europe will no longer have to worry about its hypocrisy being so visible. Once the settlements have been annexed, as the Trump administration intends, the EU can set aside its ineffectual agonising and treat the settlements as irrevocably Israeli – just as it has done in practice with the Israeli “neighbourhoods” of occupied East Jerusalem. Then, the UN’s list of shame can join decades’ worth of condemnatory resolutions that have been quietly gathering dust. [bz]18/2/2020
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A united Ireland becomes more likely - what is the significance of Palestine?Paul Seligman - The Economist, an establishment magazine if ever there was one, writes that Irish unification is a real possibility. We often use the example of apartheid South Africa when talking about Palestine, as an example of how a discriminatory ethnic supremacy can change. But the example of Northern Ireland is also instructive.Now in Northern Ireland the descendants of the English colonists and settlers are increasingly willing to live with the descendants of the indigenous Irish. (...)Faced with the constant resistance of the oppressed in South Africa and their supporters, a broad consensus arose among most of the international capitalist class that change was necessary to remove an obstacle to modern capitalist market development in Southern Africa. Similarly, a United Ireland will be supported by all western Countries, once Britain allows a border poll. The opposite is true in Palestine. Here the almost unanimous capitalist consensus is that Zionist Israel must be supported at all costs. Currently, there is no reason at all for the Israelis to surrender their supremacy. No price to pay to continue as is, or worse. To change this is the role of the international solidarity movement (as well as the Palestinian resistance). We face enormous odds, but we will not give up.[ak] 18/2/2020
Netanyahu corruption trial set to open on March 17, two weeks after electionTOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - The panel will consist of chairwoman Rivka Friedman-Feldman along with justices Moshe Bar-Am and Oded Shaham. All three have served on the Jerusalem District Court since 2012. Friedman-Feldman was previously involved in the trial of former prime minister Ehud Olmert when she was a member of a similar three-judge panel that in 2014 overturned his acquittal in a bribery case and sentenced him to eight months in prison. (rh)18/2/2020
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Why does Blue-White run away from Palestinians in government? Israeli-Jewish xenophobiaYossi Gurvitz - Mondoweiss - Blue-White, the largest Jewish party in Israel, announced last week it renounces the idea of creating a stable government: It declared there is no scenario in which it will accept the Joint List, which represents Israeli Palestinians. Blue White’s leader, Benny Gantz, made it clear (Hebrew) that the Joint List won’t be part of his coalition. Spokespersons for Blue White said they will rely on Avigdor Liberman’s party (polling at seven or eight seats of 120) in order to create a government. The numbers, alas, do not add up. Even assuming, generously, that Blue White gets 35 seats; that Labour (which united with Meretz) gets eight seats (again, I’m being generous); and that Liberman will keep his eight seats, this only adds up to 51 (35 + 8 + 8). The magic number is 61. That’s ten seats short. So either Blue White believes it can crack the right-wing block, getting ten seats from those parties, and have already mail-ordered a flying pig. Or they’ll need the Joint List for support. (rh)18/2/2020
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Merkel’s Defense of Israel’s War Crimes Undermines ICC & Rule of LawIqbal Jassat - Palestine Chronicle - Shortly following her visit to South Africa, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government made a shocking announcement in defense of Israel’s horrendous record of serious human rights violations. Germany took the shameful form of undermining International Law by contesting the Hague’s jurisdiction, claiming that the International Criminal Court (ICC) lacks the authority to investigate Israel’s war crimes against Palestinians. (rh) 18/2/2020
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What the Trump peace plan doesn`t tell usGideon Biger,Gilead Sher - Ynet News - The plan as it stands will cause irreparable harm to Israel`s relations with both Jordan and Egypt. It will cause violence and terror – destroying the security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority and putting our friends and allies in opposition to Israel. A future agreement will not be based on this or any other proposed plan. It will be a political agreement between both sides. (rh)18/2/2020
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The Sacred Task of Preventing Palestinians From Reaching WorkAmira Hass - Haaretz - Since 2016 Israel has been revoking entry permits of people whose surnames are identical to those of Palestinian assailants. It’s called deterrence.(rh)18/2/2020
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The IDF Spokesman Announces: Continue to Shoot Palestinian ChildrenGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - The spokespeople publish their bloodcurdling statements from a new office tower in Ramat Aviv near Tel Aviv, where the office recently moved. They refer to a 10- year-old boy as a “Palestinian minor” and remark that “the Palestinian claim is known” about a boy fighting for his life because soldiers shot him in the head. The dehumanization of Palestinians has reached the IDF spokespeople. Even children no longer rouse human sentiment such as sorrow or mercy, certainly not in the IDF. The IDF spokesman’s office does its job well. Its statements reflect the spirit of the time and place. There’s no room to express any regret for shooting children in the head, there’s no room for mercy, an apology, an investigation or punishment, and certainly not for any compensation. Shooting a Palestinian child is considered less severe than shooting a stray dog, for which there’s still a chance someone will do some investigating.(rh)18/2/2020
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Israeli settlers torch Palestinian school in latest `price tag` attack : Students and teachers rattled after finding classroom a charred mess on Tuesday morningShatha Hammad - Middle East Eye - Israeli settlers set fire to a classroom last night in the occupied West Bank village of Einabus, in the latest apparent "price tag" attack on Palestinian communities, students and teachers told Middle East Eye. Rateb Nassar, the deputy headmaster of the affected school, told MEE that Israeli settlers came from the nearby illegal settlement of Yitzhar, and threw burning materials inside one of the classrooms. The assailants also spray- painted racist and anti-Arab slogans on the walls, threatening to kill Palestinians and burn their properties, he added.(rh)18/2/2020
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Why are American Jews so afraid of one of their own?Joshua Leifer - +972 - There is nothing radical about Bernie Sanders’ views on Israel, yet the American Jewish establishment seems bent on portraying the Democratic frontrunner as an anti-Semite.(rh) 18/2/2020
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Breaking with Washington: Arabs and Muslims Must Take a United Stance for PalestineRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "A negotiated solution to the ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict’, at least the way envisaged by successive US administrations, has failed. Now, Palestinians and their allies would have to explore a whole new path of liberation that does not go through Washington" [ry] 17/2/2020
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Settler leaders say Netanyahu still pushing for annexation before electionJACOB MAGID - The Times of Israel - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told settler leaders he is still seeking to annex parts of the West Bank before elections early next month, despite US opposition to the move, participants in the meeting said Thursday. The head of an umbrella group of settler mayors and council heads said the sides had a productive meeting, but they were unable to pin down the premier on a timeline. (rh) 11/2/2020
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When will Europe propose genuine peace plan for Israel, Palestinians? Yossi Beilin - Al-Monitor - Josep Borell — the new high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, and until just a few months ago the Spanish foreign minister — began with a statement that left many surprised. As soon as the deal of the century was released he said, “Today’s initiative by the United States provides an occasion to re-launch the urgently needed efforts towards a negotiated and viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Nothing more and nothing less. But even after he studied the Trump plan and realized what it contained, and even after he promised that any “steps towards annexation, if implemented, could not pass unchallenged,” he reacted very diplomatically, saying Feb. 4 that the US initiative as presented "departs from the internationally agreed parameters," and that the EU would "continue to support all efforts aimed at reviving a political process in line with international law, which ensures equal rights and which is acceptable to both parties." (rh) 11/2/2020
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Trump`s plan for a failed Palestinian stateSever Plocker - Ynet - The plan poses as much of a danger to Israeli interests as it does to those of the Palestinians who will be left in a tiny enclave cut off from the world and expected to achieve peace and prosperity. Some common sense of a senior mainstream daily`s commentator. [bz]11/2/2020
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Do Palestinians need a UNSC vote for their PR battle against the US?Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - The picture of an isolated US, when it comes to a major diplomatic initiative by President Donald Trump, would be the best possible PA response to a peace plan that did not include the authority in the formation of its text and which it feels does not reflect its basic redline needs for a viable state. The best-case scenario for Washington and Jerusalem is for the PA to lack the support of nine member states needed for the approval of any resolution. [ak]11/2/2020
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Why the Left won`t tolerate liberal Zionists - as seen by a non-liberalJonathan S. Tobin - JNS.org/IsraelHayom - It is curious that the Columbia Journalism Review would consider Zonszein, whose work has regularly appeared in far-left anti-Israel publications like Jewish Currents, +972mag and The Nation, to be qualified to comment in their august pages on any subject, let alone a Jewish one. (...) From the point of view of pro-Israel opinion, does any of this matter? Does anyone really care if the far-left thinks a liberal paper isn`t left-wing enough to suit the tastes of radicals? It does matter. For two reasons. One is that while The Forward has often been deeply and often unfairly critical of Israel, if the center of gravity in the liberal Jewish world has come this far to the left, then American Jewry is in deeper trouble than many of us had thought. [bz] 11/2/2020
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WhyGush Shalom - At the village of Qaddum an Israeli soldier shot to the head of a 14-year old boy. [bz] 11/2/2020
Bernie Sanders Has Built The Most Powerful Machine In Democratic Politics—And It May Be UnstoppableSam Stein - The Daily Beast - Dressed in a heavy winter coat and blue slacks, the senator stood in front of a campaign sign. His famous white hair seemed to blend in, ever so slightly, with the light beige painted brick walls that made up the back of the shopping center lot where this campaign office stood. There were no bells or whistles beyond that. Sanders was underneath a canopy so rusted that parts of it looked like they would soon fall. Behind his crowd was a tree line. Behind that tree line was the St. Patrick Cemetery. The event had all the feel of a labor rally—the union leader calling his members to action in the shadow of their workplace. “The fundamental problem in this country,” declared the senator, “is the power of the billionaire class.” And more than a few of those in attendance would later refer to the senator as a “man of the people.” (rh)11/2/2020
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Jared Kushner does not see the brutal occupation I helped carry out : As a former soldier, I enforced two separate legal systems for Israelis and Palestinians. The Trump plan wants to make this reality permanent.Yehuda Shaul - +972 - In an interview on CNN last week, Jared Kushner, one of the architects of President Donald Trump’s newly- released “Deal of the Century,” stated: “The reality is that Israel’s there [in the West Bank], and they’re not leaving… I’m not looking at the world as it existed in 1967. I’m looking at the world as it exists in 2020.” These remarks echoed Kushner’s repeated calls for Palestinians to abandon their history and accept today’s facts on the ground. Only this, he says, would make it possible for Palestinians to move forward to a prosperous future. I would urge Kushner to follow his own guidance and take a closer look at the “reality” he claims to see.(rh)11/2/2020
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Crisis and Opportunity: The ‘Deal of the Century’ Challenge for PalestiniansRamzy Baroud - Arab Media Internet Network - Former Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, contended in an interview that the plan is not even American, but an Israeli one. “What you heard last night from Trump is what I heard from Netanyahu and his negotiating team in 2011-2012,” Erekat said. “I can assure you that the US team did not make a single word or comma in this program. I have the protocols and I am willing to reveal to you what we have been offered. This is the plan of Netanyahu and the settler council.” It was no surprise, then, to read the reaction of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who assigned Trump’s plan to the “dustbin of history”.(rh)11/2/2020
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Is West Bank, Gaza unrest a prelude of things to come? Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Israel experienced two shootings and a car-ramming incident against its security forces on the West Bank and in Jerusalem on Feb. 6. With officials viewing the attacks as spontaneous reactions by Palestinians to the unveiling of President Donald Trump’s peace plan, the military began to take more seriously a recent gradual escalation on the Gaza border that had until now generated little attention in Israel. In fact, for the past two weeks, several explosive devices attached to balloons have been launched from Gaza into Israel, as have rockets and artillery shells. Israel treated the latest escalation with a certain equanimity, regarding it as no different from the daily routine that residents of Israel’s southern communities and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have had to contend with for years. Accordingly, the IDF’s response had been relatively minor. Air strikes on what the military described as “Hamas targets” were carried out with precision to avoid hitting armed militants or civilians in Gaza. The attacks were meant to avert further escalation at a time of unprecedented political chaos in Israel and the run-up to the March 2 elections. Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, who prior to his appointment in September had been a vocal proponent of harsh measures against Gaza, had been making do with tweets advocating the annexation of the West Bank, for which the Trump plan provides, as a sop to his right-wing voters. As for the IDF, he let it continue with its ineffective and non-deterrent responses of the past years. On Feb. 6, however, Bennett suddenly equated the attacks on soldiers in the West Bank and Jerusalem with the escalation in Gaza, suggesting that both stemmed from Trump`s “deal of the century” unveiled on Jan. 28. (rh) 11/2/2020
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Backing Abbas, Arab League unanimously rejects Trump’s Middle East peace planAGENCIES and TOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - The Arab League on Saturday unanimously rejected US President Donald Trump’s controversial Middle East plan, calling it “unfair” to Palestinians. The pan-Arab bloc said in a statement that it “rejects the US-Israeli ‘deal of the century’ considering that it does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people.” (rh)11/2/2020
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Why Putin needs to be part of Trump-Netanyahu peace plan Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Much has been said and written about the absence of “the bride” (why not "the groom"?) from the Jan. 28 White House launch ceremony of the “deal of the century” for Israeli- Palestinian peace. However, in addition to the absence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, all the sponsors of the peace process in the past decades — the states that gave the Israeli-Palestinian agreements international validation and funding — also stayed away from the “historic” event. The absence of Russian President Vladimir Putin — the most important foreign player in the Middle East arena — was particularly glaring. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told reporters several hours prior to the event that the United States had not consulted with Russia on the plan and had not even briefed it on its content. (rh) 11/2/2020
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Palestinian teen shot in head by Israeli forces delayed en route to hospital : While residents rushed the bleeding teen to a hospital, an Israeli police officer stopped the car for 25 minutes.Oren Ziv and Ahmad Al-Bazz - +972 - Last Thursday, Israeli soldiers shot Muhammad Shtewi, 15, in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet while he was spending time with friends at a public spring near Kufr Qaddum, a Palestinian village in the West Bank. The teen is now hospitalized at the intensive care unit of the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem. Witnesses to the shooting, including people who accompanied Shtewi to the hospital, described a disturbing scene: not only did soldiers shoot Muhammad in the head while he was not engaged in any violent activity, but for 25 minutes, an Israeli police officer held up the car that was taking Shtewi to be treated. The teenager continued to bleed from the head, his arrival at the hospital delayed. (rh)11/2/2020
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DECADES AFTER A PALESTINIAN AMERICAN ACTIVIST WAS ASSASSINATED IN CALIFORNIA, TWO SUSPECTS IN HIS KILLING ARE LIVING OPENLY IN ISRAELDavid Sheen - The Intercept - Ben-Yosef and Fuchs (who is known in Israel by his Hebrew name, Israel) were identified as suspects in the immediate aftermath of Odeh’s assassination, according to three retired law enforcement officers who worked on the case and were interviewed by The Intercept, as well as several news reports from the time. The law enforcement officers — local police, two of whom served on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force — spoke to The Intercept on the condition of anonymity, because the investigation remains open. “It’s an open case. We had lots of open murder cases and stuff. But this one was frustrating because we had named suspects,” a retired police officer who worked the Odeh case for more than a decade told The Intercept, naming Ben-Yosef as a suspect, along with two fellow followers of Kahane: Keith Israel Fuchs and Robert Manning. “We know who did it. We know where they lived. We know why they did it, how they did it.” (rh)11/2/2020
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Thousands of Palestinian citizens protest Trump’s ‘transfer plan’Meron Rapoport and Oren Ziv - +972 - Over 2,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel demonstrated Saturday in the city of Baqa al-Gharbiyye against U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” which could see the population transfer of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from the “Triangle” region in central Israel to a future Palestinian state. The protest, organized by the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel and the Baqa al-Gharbiyye municipality, came days after the release of Trump’s plan, which included a clause that proposes redrawing Israel’s borders so that cities, towns, and villages in the Triangle — home to over 200,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel — would no longer be part of Israel. (rh)4/2/2020
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It is time for a Palestinian springMarwan Bishara - Al Jazeera - There is a demand for a change of vision based on ethical not religious awakening, one that transcends fetishist archaeology and sacred sites to honour sacred human rights for all.It is time for David to face up to Goliath, for liberty to overcome occupation, for democracy to beat fanaticism, and for justice to defeat and uproot racism. Thirty years after apartheid was dismantled in South Africa, it is time it is done away with in Palestine as well. It is time for a Palestinian and Jewish spring. (rh) 4/2/2020
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Yad Vashem apologizes for downplaying Soviet involvement in World War IIAmir Alon - Ynet - Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum issued an unusual apology on Monday for inaccuracies downplaying the Soviet Union`s part in the outbreak of World War II and crimes committed during the war at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum. "Unfortunately, there were some inaccuracies in the videos accompanying the event, especially in one video meant to succinctly present major key points leading to and during World War II and the Holocaust, which presented a partial picture of the historical facts and may have created an imbalanced impression," Wrote Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem Prof. Dan Michman ina a letter published in the daily Haaretz newspaper. (rh)4/2/2020
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Israeli activist persecuted by far-right group marks one month in custodyOren Ziv - +972 - Israel has been holding Jonathan Pollak in custody since the beginning of January, after an extreme-right group filed a suit against him for protesting in the West Bank. (rh)4/2/2020
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Qalandiya - West Bank doctors are not coordinated with the Civil Administration and the patients sufferTamar Fleishman - Machsomwatch - Lamar is an ill girl of 4, released not long ago from a West Bank hospital. Lamar and her mother Nadiya, and her grandmother whose name I do not know, came to the DCO at the checkpoint to receive their permits to continue on home to Gaza. But their designated transport, delivering patients and their accompaniers to Gaza, left already half an hour ago - since the hospital staff in the West Bank are not coordinated with the Israeli Civil Administration and not exactly subject to the army’s orders and perhaps do not know what the woman-soldier behind the armored window pane said: everyone knows they should be here by 3 p.m., repeating the phrase: there’s nothing to be done now. Come back tomorrow. Neither Lamar nor her mother Nadiya nor her grandmother whose name I don’t know knew what that soldier was so sure “everyone knows”. (rh)4/2/2020
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Noam Chomsky: Sanders Threatens the Establishment by Inspiring Popular MovementsPolychroniou - Truthout - he impeachment trial of Donald Trump for power abuses is winding down, with his acquittal all but ensured when the Senate reconvenes on Wednesday to vote on the articles of impeachment. Yet, his real crimes continue to receive scant attention, and it is Sen. Bernie Sanders who is regarded by the political establishment as the most dangerous politician because of his commitment to a just and equitable social order and a sustainable future. Meanwhile, the conclusion of the Davos meeting in January demonstrated the global elites’ ongoing commitment to unimpeded planetary destruction. This is indeed the state of the contemporary U.S. political environment, as the great public intellectual Noam Chomsky points out in this exclusive interview for Truthout.(rh)4/2/2020
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A sham peace deal designed to keep Bibi and Trump in powerZvi Schuldiner - Global Ilmanifesto - It was a sad and truly deplorable scene: the corrupt leader of the US superpower spewing out absurd and hyperbolic lies, while the corrupt leader of the mini- superpower of the Middle East gave him a one-man standing ovation. Trump has announced his “great peace plan,” obviously trying to deflect attention from his domestic political troubles. (rh)4/2/2020
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The Palestinians will demand Israeli citizenshipDan Perry - The Times of Israel - What is essential to Israel surviving is a separation from the Palestinians executed in a manner that minimizes security risks and allows the Palestinians enough independence, prosperity and dignity to calm them down. It might also enable all but the most extreme elements in the Arab world to accommodate themselves to Israel’s existence; this is real long-term security for Israel. The Trump proposal can achieve neither peace nor any such accommodation. It rather drags Israel closer to a future in which it is replaced by a binational entity that will initially not be democratic, ultimately not be Jewish, and never know a day of peace. (rh)4/2/2020
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Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz Likely to Vote Against Trump PlanDov Benovadia - Hamodia - PM Netanyahu had planned to bring the entire Trump plan to a Cabinet vote this week – but is unlikely to do so, at least for now, because Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz has made it clear that he will vote against it. According to the well- informed commentator Shalom Yerushalmi, Katz is planning to compete for the Likud leadership in the event of Netanyahu having to strp down, and in primaries held among the Likud party membership Katz would face a severe handicap if having run "with the stain of haing supported a Palestinian state" - despite the fact that the Palestinian state envisaged in the Trump Plan is a joke.[ak]4/2/2020
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Pan-Islamic Organisation of Islamic Cooperation rejects Trump’s peace planAFP and TOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - The pan-Islamic body, which represents more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, “rejects this US- Israeli plan as it does not meet the minimum aspirations and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and contradicts the terms of reference of the peace process,” it said in a statement.(rh) 4/2/2020
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