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Who says Palestinians don’t have a vote in Israeli elections?By Michael Schaeffer - +972 - By warning that a Palestinian UN resolution might strengthen Netanyahu, Kerry is actually suggesting that Palestinians can influence Israeli elections — just not in the direction Washington was hoping for. But why should the Palestinians hold off on their aspirations for equality and national self- determination in order to give the Israelis time to elect a new government, when it is not clear that that government would have anything to offer them? ak 21/12/2014
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Gaza rocket could start a fire Alex Fishman - Ynet - Since the end of the fighting in late August, Israel favored the calm in the Gaza vicinity over dealing with Hamas` military rehabilitation process. No one is naïve here: Israel saw that Hamas was rebuilding its power, but preferred the calm over a resumption of the conflict. We should only hope, therefore, that the change in the Israeli policy we witnessed over the past weekend has nothing to do with the upcoming elections and only stems from clear security-related considerations. [bz]21/12/2014
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What Will Israel Become?Roger Cohen - New York Times - “We are not willing to accept that mothers and fathers on the other side don’t want peace. They also want it, and I understand that they have a lack of hope just like here.” ak21/12/2014
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Europe`s symbolic solidarity with PalestinePatrick Strickland - Al-Jazeera - "As various European parliaments express support for a Palestinian state, critics say more substantive action is needed." - id 20/12/2014
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The hand that holds the status quo togetherNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "The negotiations are not balanced: one side is holding all the cards while the other depends on its good will; one side is in a state of emergency, and the other can ignore the issue altogether." - id 20/12/2014
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Zionist Christians’ war on the true meaning of ChristmasActivestills - +972 - "It’s time to stop calling such groups Christian Zionists and instead use the term Zionist Christians, to more accurately reflect their priorities." - id 20/12/2014
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Will the real unilateralists please stand up?Peter Beinart - Haaretz - Why is Israel suddenly so offended by unilateralism? The Gaza disengagement was unilateral. So was building the separation barrier. It’s hard to think of anything more unilateral than settlement expansion: Virtually the entire world opposes it, and yet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does it anyway. In fact, unilateralism – the idea that Jews should rely on themselves rather than the tender mercies of the gentile world – is deeply ingrained in Israeli political culture. As David Ben-Gurion famously said, “What matters is not what the goyim say, but what the Jews do.” As recently as last month, while speaking about Iran, Netanyahu proclaimed his unilateralism proudly. Israel, he said, “reserves its right to defend itself by itself.” [bz]19/12/2014
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`Truth commission` uncovers the history of Bedouin dispossessionTom Pessah - +972 - Zochrot, an Israeli NGO, is experimenting with ways to bring awareness about the Palestinian Nakba to the Jewish Israeli public. After two years of preparations, they convened an informal Public Truth Commission at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba last week, in order to examine the displacement of Palestinians in the Negev/Naqab by Israeli forces that took place from 1948 to 1960. Why until 1960? Most people are actually unaware of the fact the majority of local Bedouin tribes were driven off their lands into either Sinai, the West Bank, or an isolated reservation east of Beersheba (the “Sayag”) in the 1950s – long after the war ended.-rh17/12/2014
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Podcast: Larry Derfner of 972Mag.com on Israeli electionsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Netanyahu has been one of the most rightwing extremists in Israel and he has carefully redirected Israel away from the peace process and used his office to provoke violence and confrontation." - id 17/12/2014
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Automatic American veto era is coming to an endAlon Pinkas - Ynet - Israel`s residents can`t remember a situation in which the United States did not veto an anti-Israel proposal at the United Nations Security Council. They can`t remember because it never happened." - id 17/12/2014
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A united Israeli-Arab party could force Netanyahu outMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - "Ultimately, all the Arab parties and their Knesset members will have to rise above themselves, their egos and quarrels, and unite in a genuine way. Otherwise they will squander an historic opportunity to increase their political strength and have real influence in replacing Netanyahu.” id 17/12/2014
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Palestinians sceptical of UN statehood vote : The repercussions of a resolution that ends the Israeli occupation would have a resounding effect on Palestinians.Creede Newton - Aljazeera - But a lack of US support may not end the issue entirely. The recent wave of recognition of a Palestinian state by European parliaments gave him further hope that "there might well be sanctions" taken against Israel, should they refuse to comply.-rh17/12/2014
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Hamas removed from EU terrorist list on technicalityReuters, AP - Ynet News - European Union General Court annuls decision to keep Hamas on list of terrorist organizations, but temporarily maintained measures against it for three months or until an appeal was closed.-rh17/12/2014
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European Parliament wants Palestinian state as part of two-state solutionAssociate Press - Compromise resolution supports `in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood` but as part of two-state solution with Israel.-rh17/12/2014
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Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Qalandya Refugee Camp, North of Occupied JerusalemPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - In excessive use of force, on Tuesday early morning, 16 December 2014, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Qalandya refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. The aforementioned civilian was killed when Israeli forces moved into the said refugee camp to arrest Palestinians. A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers to stop arrests. As a result, a civilian was wounded as he was standing on the roof of his family`s house in Antar quarter in the north of the refugee camp.-rh17/12/2014
Israel tries to head off UN resolution calling for West Bank withdrawal in two yearsBEN LYNFIELD - The Independent - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today mounted a last-ditch effort to thwart a Palestinian and Arab bid to pass a UN Security Council resolution calling for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within two years.-rh17/12/2014
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Bypassing Israel: The necessity of recognition in European capitalsScott Ratner - Mondoweiss - Essentially every state in the international community has made it clear since at least the 1970s that the Palestinian people are entitled to a sovereign state on the 22 percent of Mandatory Palestine that Zionist forces did not conquer in 1948. This recognition does not, nor has ever, come with the stipulation that such a state must be premised or conditioned upon adhering to what Israel defines as its “national security.” -rh 17/12/2014
Triple Race to Fiftieth AnniversaryAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "For the first time in quite a while, the Likud winning the elections and Netanyahu`s remaining in power no longer seem to be a self-evident outcome." - id 17/12/2014
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Death of Ziad Abu Ein could work to Abbas’ advantageDaoud Kouttab - Al-Monitor - On a strategic level, the death of Abu Ein will certainly help Abbas and Fatah demonstrate that their policy of nonviolent resistance is a serious strategy that needs to be encouraged and expanded. Fatah is holding its seventh congress on Jan. 2 in Ramallah, and there is no doubt that the story of the new martyr and his effort to save Palestinian land with his body will resonate and produce a much more serious plan for Palestinian statehood based in large part on the need to support nonviolent popular resistance.-rh 17/12/2014
Israeli parliament seeks to bar Arab lawmakerWilliam Booth - The Washington Post - In June, soon after three Jewish Israeli teenagers were abducted as they hitchhiked home from their religious schools in the occupied West Bank — but before it was known they had been killed — Zoabi told Radio Tel Aviv that she did not believe the kidnappers were terrorists. “Is it strange that people living under occupation and living impossible lives, in a situation where Israel kidnaps new prisoners every day, is it strange that they kidnap?” she asked.-rh17/12/2014
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US Feels The Heat On Palestine Vote At UNJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - But while Europe is tentatively finding a voice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, silence reigns across the Atlantic. The White House appears paralysed, afraid to appear out of sync with world opinion but more afraid still of upsetting Israel and its powerful allies in the US Congress.-rh 17/12/2014
The wave of Jerusalem attacks Israelis don’t hear aboutLarry Derfner - +972 - One hundred Palestinian bus drivers in the capital have actually quit their jobs... [but] even the head of transportation for the Jerusalem Municipality didn’t know that local Palestinian bus drivers had been getting attacked regularly until one of them was found hanged in his bus last month. [bz]16/12/2014
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The first step toward Jewish-Arab cooperation is a knock at the doorChibli Mallat - +972 - The political scene in Israel is in disarray. The traditional separation of 1948 territory into two states is giving way to a one-state discourse introduced by Zionist leaders, mostly from the Right, designed to avoid giving up any territory. Extremism rules the day, threatening to swallow any remaining decency. But, if Tzipi Livni or Isaac Herzog were to knock on Haneen Zoabi or Ahmad Tibi’s door, or vice-versa, with a view to form some sort of humanist understanding of the future, the chess deck might suddenly brighten up with new trajectories. [The writer is a law professor in Lebanon and the U.S. and the chairman of Right to Nonviolence, a Middle East NGO based in Beirut-bz]16/12/2014
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Anti-BDS Professors Launch Push To Ban 4 Far Right Israeli LeadersDebra Nussbaum Cohen--A nascent group of well-known academics is calling on the U.S. government and European Union to impose personal sanctions on four prominent Israelis “who lead efforts to insure permanent Israeli occupation of the West Bank and to annex all or parts of it unilaterally in violation of international law.” dn14/12/2014
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Suicide Note from Palestine (2014)Freedom Theatre--One day before her final exams, Amal has a concerning nightmare: she is Palestine and she has decided to die. Amal’s nightmare drafts between confusion, torture and despair – notions set as strange characters that symbolise some of the key players in world politics that shape the history, land, politics and occupation of her country. dn14/12/2014
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U.S. torture report shows the danger of Israel`s legal loopholesNadeem Shehadeh and Amjad Iraqi--In American discourse, torture is a dark stain on the country’s recent history. In Israel, there is no law against torture and the justification of its use is still mainstream. dn14/12/2014
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Herzl’s Vision Realized: Israel as ‘Outpost of Western Civilisation in Asia’ Chandra Kumar--Western countries have used Israel to advance Western imperial interests, with remarkable levels of hypocrisy and racism. (WH) dn14/12/2014
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Why does the U.S. support Israel’s ‘Jim Crow’ government?Stanley Heller--The intention of the Israeli government to have its parliament declare Israel to be the “nation state of the Jewish people” has created a political storm. A thousand Israeli Jews led by Peace Now protested in Tel Aviv against the legislation. The bill’s consideration played a part in the sudden collapse of the Netanyahu government. In the U.S. most are bewildered. Who cares about a few words? The words do matter. They were to become part of Israel’s Basic Laws (Israel has no constitution). dn14/12/2014
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Why is Israel preventing rights experts from entering Gaza?Amira Hass--Israel prevented experts from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch from entering the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge, and it still is preventing them. As a result, no independent professionals (for example, a certain retired British military officer) have been able to check in real time the army’s claims and versions; for example, about weapons caches or firing near or from inside UN buildings. If the Israel Defense Forces and its legal advisers were so sure they were adhering to international law, why were they scared to let these experts enter Gaza – alongside the many journalists who were allowed in? dn 14/12/2014
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European states should welcome and facilitate the return of surviving European Jews and their descendants. Ghada Karmi--Some 60,000 Jews from Thessaloniki were deported to Nazi concentration camps in 1943 [Reuters] While on a visit to Thessaloniki in northern Greece, I was taken to the old Jewish quarter in the south of the city by the waterfront. This sad, deserted place had once been the centre of a thriving Jewish community which had lived there until 1942. It had been composed of mainly Sephardic Jews who had fled Christian persecution in Spain.dn 13/12/2014
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We Will Never Know Whether Torture Works. That Shouldn`t Matter.Yishai Schwartz - The New Republic "It would be lovely if we lived in a just world where efficacy and morality were always aligned, where we never had to ask ourselves difficult, gut-wrenching questions—because, after all, torture never works anyway. But wishing doesn’t make it so, and too-fervent wishing has veered some commentators into dangerous over-readings of the available empirical evidence" ca12/12/2014
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Majority of Israeli Jews support bus segregation, survey findsDahlia Scheindlin - +972 "Surveys by Israeli Democracy Index and Tel Aviv University find that most Israeli Jews prefer separate buses for Jews and Palestinians in the West Bank; one-quarter of Arab respondents support the torching of Jerusalem’s only mixed Jewish-Arab school." ca12/12/2014
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PA official dies after being assaulted by Israeli soldierMa`an News Agency - Ziad Abu Ein, 55, died after an Israeli soldier beat him on the chest with his helmet in the village of Turmsayya in the Ramallah district, the director of the committee`s information center, Jamil al-Barghouthi, told Ma`an.-rh11/12/2014
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New mooovie remembers cows that `threatened` IsraelDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Audiences across the globe might not initially believe that this agricultural act is innocent, but to the Israeli army, which was terrified of Palestinians becoming self-sufficient, this was nothing short of a declaration of war. Israeli military officers interviewed for the film admit that they were concerned that this action would spread, empowering Palestinians. Until the very last scene of the film, Israeli military officials were curious as to what happened to the cows.-rh 11/12/2014
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Time for international community to hold Israel accountable — here`s howHiba Husseini and Omar M. Dajani - +972 - What is needed is a coherent and sustained effort by the international community to enable Palestinians to secure their fundamental rights as individuals and as a people. International recognition of Palestine – and, by extension, of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination in their homeland – is an important part of that effort. But it must be complemented by unequivocal non-recognition of the legitimacy of Israel’s continuing presence in the Palestinian territory, as well as further steps to define the framework for an eventual negotiated settlement.-rh11/12/2014
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How Israel Treats African `Infiltrators` : Law Mistreats Asylum Seekers — and Shames Jewish HistoryYehuda Bauer - The Jewish Daily Forward - In fact, Israel grants the right to work in Israel to a very large number of migrant workers, who outnumber the refugees from Sudan and Eritrea. The migrant workers are invited from non-African countries where people don’t face harm if they return, such as the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, etc. It appears that the refugees from Eritrea and Sudan who are threatened by their regimes endure discrimination in Israel mostly for the color of their skin.-rh 11/12/2014
The Young Woman at the Forefront of Jerusalem`s New Holy WarSARAH HELM - Newsweek - The women talk of how, a few days earlier, Latifa, aged 24, was arrested at this gate with eight others. She was accused of causing trouble by crying “Allahu Akbar” as the Jews tried to pray. The chant is called the takbir and means “God is great”. Women were hit by the police, they say, and some had their veils torn off.-rh11/12/2014
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How Netanyahu Committed Political SuicideAlon Ben-Meir - History News Network - Prime Minster Netanyahu’s insistence on passing a bill that will define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is as disgraceful as his denial that Israel is not an occupying power. If the bill were to pass now or in the future, it would blow up what’s left of Israel’s democracy and destroy rather than save the Jews’ last haven for which they have yearned for centuries.-rh 11/12/2014
What does French vote really mean for Palestine? To really make a difference, France must go beyond rhetorical statements.Alain Gresh - Aljazeera - To really make a difference, it is necessary to go beyond rhetorical statements and clearly point to the Israeli government`s responsibility in blocking the process. Thus, bear the consequences by imposing sanctions, as France did against Russia or Iran. In that sense, the EU, being the first partner of Israel, could impose a ban on all products made in the settlements.-rh 11/12/2014
Palestinian prisoners’ resistance escalates as occupation increases use of solitary confinementSamidoun - Nahar al-Saadi, 33, has been on hunger strike for 16 consecutive days in protest of denial of family visits and solitary confinement; al-Saadi has been held in solitary confinement since May of 2013, despite an earlier agreement with Palestinian prisoners to abolish solitary confinement in order to end the mass hunger strike of April 2012.-rh 11/12/2014
A Country That Never Wanted Me : Israel`s new nationality law only confirms what Arabs already knew: We aren`t welcome.SAYED KASHUA - Foreign Policy - To “enshrine in law” is the phrase the government of Israel uses when it discusses the Jewish nationality act. This phrase implies that the situation already exists de facto. So why not “enshrine” it in law? Discrimination already exists in every sphere of life, so why not make inequality between Jews and non-Jews legal as well?-rh 10/12/2014
Israel-Hezbollah deterrence game continuesBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "The reported airstrike against a convoy on its way from Lebanon to Syria has not yet sparked a strong reaction by Hezbollah against Israel, probably because its patron Iran is still negotiating a nuclear deal." - id 10/12/2014
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Israel tested in balancing faith and democracyJodi Rudoren - New York Times - New bill emphasizing state`s Jewishness was the last straw which broke the government. Israelis from across the political spectrum and leaders of the Jewish diaspora have denounced such proposals as superfluous, redundant, embarrassing, dangerous and ill timed. Palestinians within Israel and outside it are also virulently opposed, but they say it unmasks what they call a facade of a democracy that has long been discriminatory.[bz] 9/12/2014
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2014: The Political Year in ReviewRami G. Khouri - This Week in Palestine - This year may a historic shift away from the two dominant failed legacies - American-mediated peace negotiations and armed-struggle resistance leading to savage Israeli attacks, primarily against Gaza - towards a new and potentially more effective diplomatic strategy. This combines the use of international organisations and the power of European recognition to achieve meaningful Palestinian statehood, together with bottom-up activism such as the BDS movement. ak9/12/2014
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IDF earmarking West Bank firing zones for settler expansion, figures showChaim Levinson - Haaretz - The state’s official position is that the firing zones are used for operational purposes only, in keeping with international law, but are actually being used to keep the Palestinians out. Dror Etkes has analyzed the extensive geographical information in the hands of the Civil Administration and says it shows that the administration has been surveying and mapping the old state lands recently, although these are firing zones, and (...) in 2012, 900 dunams were taken from a firing zone and given to the settlement of Sha’arei Tikva, additional uses being planned including construction of an industrial zone. [bz]9/12/2014
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Israeli Anti-Semitism - Social Pathology of NihilismNorman Pollack - CounterPunch - "How can a Jewish nation be anti-Semitic? That’s just it, its exclusiveness—the pending Nationality Law, passed by the Cabinet, and now to be introduced in the Knesset–predicated on the exclusion of the Other as the means of affirming the self, represents the social pathology of nihilism (the cheapening of all life except that of its own; denial of the suffering and degradation caused the Other, in the name of its imagined superiority and closeness to God)" [ry]8/12/2014
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Israel opposition leader: peace is "absolutely possible" with the Palestinians The Guardian-- video about 2 minutes7/12/2014
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Israel`s Druze ambassador can`t defend the nation-state lawBahij Mansour--Jerusalem`s envoy to the Dominican Republic says the Jewish nation-state bill sends a clear message to the Druze of Israel: You are not our allies. Last May Israel celebrated its 66th Independence Day. For all those years the Druze community struggled and strived for full equality and for full integration into Israeli society. Now, the government intends to pass a bill that would ignore the existence of our community and its contributions and sacrifices towards the vision of establishing the nation-state of the Jewish people as a Jewish, democratic and equitable state. dn7/12/2014
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Indyk tells Bennett: You are living in a different realityYitzhak Benhorin--Economy minister criticizes `peace-making industry` for trying to solve an `unsolvable problem,` as interviewer Indyk accuses Israeli right of treating US officials with lack of respect without having to pay a price. dn7/12/2014
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What to look out for in Israeli electionsDan Perry (Associated Press) - Ynet - From Lieberman`s peace plan, to Kachlon`s new party, to a rise in Israeli Arab voter turnout – these are a number of the less discussed factors that could prove decisive in upcoming election. [bz]6/12/2014
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Israelis, listen to the worldEditorial - Haaretz "The world’s message must become an important issue in the election campaign. Israelis will be required to choose between a government that increases Israel’s isolation and one that brings Israel back to the family of nations." ca5/12/2014
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What Israel`s founding fathers never imaginedZeev Sternhell - Haaretz "The gravediggers of liberty and equality of our time are dragging Israel down toward the violent and fanatic Third World that surrounds us. The politicians of the centrist parties would do well to draw their own conclusions as the election approaches, and use all the energy and honesty that they still have to prevent the disasters that are on their way." ca5/12/2014
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A good line from a Jewish fatherGeorge S. Hishmeh - The Jordan Times "For a clearer situation of life in Jerusalem, the opening paragraph by Nathan Thrall in the “London Review of Books” tells it like it is: “What the government of Israel calls its eternal, undivided capital is among the most precarious, divided cities in the world. When it conquered the eastern part of Jerusalem and the West Bank — both administered by Jordan — in 1967, Israel expanded the city’s municipal boundaries threefold. As a result, approximately 37 per cent of Jerusalem’s current residents are Palestinians. They have separate buses, schools, health facilities, commercial centres, and speak a different language." ca5/12/2014
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Abbas and the ISIS schemeDina Ezzat - Al-Ahram "Arab heavyweights are backing Abbas’s Palestinian Authority, not in the hope of reaching a final status deal with Israel, but in order to focus on ISIS and militant threats...“It is not about what we prefer; it is rather about what we can deliver,” the PA diplomat said. With this mind set, Palestinian and other Arab, including Egyptian, diplomats are speaking of “intensive and progressing” consultations that bring together the PA, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, the US and the EU." ca5/12/2014
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Top 10 reasons Israel should be going to early electionsAmi Kaufman - +972 - From bombs dropped on innocent children in Gaza to the increasing gap between rich and poor, there are many good reasons why the current government needs to go.-rh 4/12/2014
Pssst! Is Israel going crazy?Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - There was that argument in the Knesset in which a Palestinian parliamentarian was dragged out after calling Moshe Feiglin a “fascist.” There’s that Avigdor Lieberman “peace plan” that has just one idea: pay Palestinians to leave Israel. And that from the country’s Foreign Minister! There’s the prime minister’s bill to bar the Palestinian flag as an “enemy” flag at demonstrations and deport Palestinian Israelis accused of crimes to Gaza.-rh4/12/2014
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Palestinians prepare push for UN resolution on statehoodDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The Arab League has agreed to submit a draft resolution calling for recognition of the state of Palestine as Palestinians gear up for a diplomatic showdown at the UN Security Council.-rh 4/12/2014
A defensive Netanyahu announces elections hours after firing opposition members Lapid and LivniAllison Deger - Mondoweiss - Within hours of giving their statements decrying Netanyahu, both Knesset members were dismissed from their posts. The prime minister’s office circulated a notice of the termination two hours before Netanyahu called for an unusual 8:00 pm press conference where he announced the coming elections.-rh4/12/2014
Note to Adelson : An occupying regime is neither democratic, nor Jewish, a co-founder of Breaking the Silence writes.Yehuda Shaul - The Jewish week - While democracy is not an imperative feature of Israel for Adelson, Judaism is. To understand his vision of the Jewish state’s character, there is no need to activate one’s imagination or search in far away places. It is enough to visit Hebron. The importance of the city in Jewish history is undeniable.-rh4/12/2014
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The Insecurity That Lies Beneath Israel`s `Jewish Nation` Bill : Right Wing Backers Worry About One-State FutureJ.J. Goldberg - The Jewish Daily Forward - Holding onto the territories, maintaining a single state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, means creating a binational state. The advocates face growing pressure — and anger — from the military, academic, arts and legal communities and other sectors, all demanding to know how Israel can absorb two million-plus West Bank Palestinians without losing the Zionist vision of a Jewish state.-rh 4/12/2014
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French MPs vote in favor of recognizing Palestine state Ma`an News - Palestinians are seeking to achieve statehood in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank with east Jerusalem as the capital. With little progress on reaching a settlement, they have been lobbying foreign powers for international recognition.-rh4/12/2014
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Arab-Israeli school in Jerusalem `set on fire` and walls sprayed with racist graffitiLamiat Sabin - The Independent - The school CEO Shuli Dichter said, as reported by the Jewish Press: "This is not the first time that our shared civic endeavor has been targeted. Even when they stain our school walls, they will not succeed in destroying our work.-rh4/12/2014
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Israel`s elections: A referendum on NetanyahuNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "There won’t be any new Bibi. Only the old Bibi, older. Netanyahu is closer than ever to Naftali Bennett and the settlers." - id3/12/2014
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When Israel needed unity, Netanyahu went to divissive voteOmer Benjakob - Ynet - "Timing of Netanyahu`s call for election almost as disquieting as reason he gave, but however dismal current situation is, we can be sure Netanyahu`s next government will only be worse." - id 3/12/2014
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Israel Provoking Violence as a Political WeaponRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Ever since he was elected prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has said one thing very clearly: He opposes the peace process and creation of a Palestinian State as surely as rightwing Republicans who support him oppose the Affordable Care Act introduced by President Barack Obama." - id 2/12/2014
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Israeli nationality bill negates Palestinian self-determinationAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stubborn insistence on pushing through the nationality bill is not driven by political motives alone, but reflect his and his cohorts` belief that the Palestinians are not even a people." - id 2/12/2014
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Government sponsored price tagEli Aminov - AIC - The visits by representatives of the Israeli government who arrived at the vandalised school were a clear display of the regime`s hypocrisy; While they support the state of the Jewish race, they denounce those who implement the conclusions resulting from this [ry]1/12/2014
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Why is Jewish violence always a reaction to Palestinian violence?Fady Khoury - +972 - The arson attack against the bilingual school in Jerusalem was committed within a broader political framework: it is an extension of institutionalized violence and ought to be traced back to incitement by right-wing Israeli politicians preaching for blind patriotism and hatred of the ‘other’ [ry]1/12/2014
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The Guardian view on Israel: the narrowing of a nationEditorial--With a bill to define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, a democracy stands on the brink of downgrading itself. dn30/11/2014
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Palestinian Refuge for 6 Decades, Now Flooded From Syria ANNE BARNARDNOV--SHATILA CAMP, Lebanon — An enormous iron key hangs on a water tower above a crossroads in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila, just south of downtown Beirut. The sculpture alludes to the rusting keys that many families here treasure, from houses lost when they fled what became Israel in 1948. dn30/11/2014
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Sayed Kashua presents: The Palestinian version of Thanksgiving Sayed Kashua--In the new narrative, there would be a `Shukran [Thanks] Feast` and the natives would hand over the land of Palestine with love, and teach the new immigrants what hummus is. dn30/11/2014
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French Jews Flock to Montreal To Build a New LifeJTA--When Dan Charbit and his wife, Gaelle Hazan, moved to Montreal from Paris two summers ago, it was meant to be a temporary fix — a year-long attempt for Charbit to reboot his stalled career as a special-effects artist in Quebec’s thriving film and television industry. They agreed to fly home if the experiment failed. dn30/11/2014
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Red Rag weekly column: Atrocity in Jerusalem; PM Bennett: 3 scenariosGideon Spiro - After Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Muslim worshippers in a mosque in Hebron, the Rabin government did not dismantle the Jewish settlement in Hebron, and that was an alarming message to the Palestinians: it doesn’t matter how terrible a crime a Jew commits, whether he wears a kippa or not. His house will not be demolished and his family will not be thrown onto the street. 29/11/2014
Binyamin Netanyahu’s nationality bill is at odds with the Hebrew BibleGiles Fraser--The scriptures insist that Jews and non-Jews are to be subject to the same laws. We need to heed this message dn29/11/2014
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Welcome, Diaspora Jews, to the Israel you’ve been avoidingAsher Schechter--For too long, Diaspora Jews have been defending an imaginary Israel. The real one looks much more like the one described in the controversial nation-state bill. dn29/11/2014
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EU Parliament: Palestinian recognition can be delivered through EU common positionPNN - "A coordinated EU "common position" could deliver the recognition of a Palestinian state, the European Parliament was told on Wednesday 26 November in a debate called by the Socialist and Democrat (S & D) Group of MEPs." ca28/11/2014
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Netanyahu`s xenophobia: Bad in America, bad in IsraelLarry Derfner - +972 "In April 2002 he spoke to a Dallas audience at an event sponsored by the National Center for Policy Analysis. Washington Post columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. wrote, “The idea was to get Americans to feel Israel’s pain. But, as a Mexican American in the audience, all I felt was nauseated." ca28/11/2014
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Israel Narrows Its DemocracyEditorial Board - NYT "Israel’s courts and laws have consistently defined Israel as “Jewish and democratic,” giving equal weight to both, and on paper, at least, the Arab Israelis who constitute about a fifth of the population have full rights. To go back and emphasize nationality and religion in defining the country, moreover, runs counter to the long-term movement among liberal democracies toward a more inclusive vision of a state." ca28/11/2014
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Will Greater Israel Transform Into Greater Palestine?Henry Siegman - Huffington Post - It is a perspective that accounts for the insensitivity of so many Jewish Israelis to the fact that this latest tragedy occurred only weeks after Israel`s incineration of large parts of Gaza, in which 2,200 Palestinians, mostly non-combatants, including over 500 children, were obliterated, a carnage that a majority of Israelis wanted Netanyahu to continue; to the never-ending assassinations of civilians inside Gaza found anywhere near the fence that imprisons them; to the daily deprivations and humiliations inflicted on West Bank and East Jerusalem Palestinians; and to the assaults by the hilltop youths on Palestinian mosques, homes and olive groves in the West Bank that go unpunished.-rh27/11/2014
Majority of UN Assembly Approves New Resolutions for PalestineIMEMC News & Agencies Report - An overwhelming majority of the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor, Wednesday, on 5 draft resolutions in favor of Palestine. President Abbas says that he is ready to set up a Palestinian state on 22 percent of historical Palestine, and has called on the international community for support.-rh 26/11/2014
Debunking Netanyahu’s propaganda on JerusalemMicha Kurz - Mondoweiss - This short piece of inflammatory propaganda above has been circulated by the Israeli Prime Minister’s office. It is dangerous and should be explained and put into context urgently.-rh 26/11/2014
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Jailed Palestinian leader calls for armed resistanceDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Efforts to release Barghouti, whose face adorns the Israeli wall at the strategic Qalandia checkpoint, are on the increase. The Guardian ran an op-ed by former UK Labour Party member of parliament Martin Linton, where he argued that Barghouti could be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela. “If Israel is really serious about peace, it will release Barghouti — the one man uniquely placed to negotiate an agreement,” he argued.-rh 26/11/2014
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Anti-Arab incitement grips Israel : The sharp rise in racially motivated attacks compounds the hardships facing Palestinians in Israel.Patrick Strickland - Aljazeera - The apparent uptick in racially motivated harassment and vigilante attacks compounds the already difficult reality for Palestinians in Israel, who make up some 20 percent of the total population. Overcrowding, government neglect and economic marginalisation plague Palestinian communities in cities, towns, and villages spanning the country.-rh26/11/2014
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Israeli president opposes proposed law to give ‘national rights’ to Jews only : Critics say ‘Jewish nation-state’ bill would diminish freedoms of minorities and give ammunition to enemies abroadPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, has voiced his strong opposition to a controversial proposed new law that would define “national rights” in Israel as reserved for Jews only.-rh 26/11/2014
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is NOT a Religious StruggleDon Wagner, Friends of Sabeel North America, Dr. Hatem Bazian, American Muslim for Palestine, Rabbi Alissa Wise, Jewish Voice for Peace -Action Alert - The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a political struggle and needs a political solution: period. Let’s tell John Kerry not to pass the buck.-rh 26/11/2014
Israel`s home demolitions fail to deter violenceYlenia Gostoli - Al-Monitor - EU states and human rights groups including Human Rights Watch have called on the Israeli government to halt the practice, which they say amounts to collective punishment, a war crime under international humanitarian law. B’Tselem argues the policy constitutes a punitive measure rather than a deterrent, and that irrespective of effectiveness “it contravenes basic moral standards by punishing people for the misdeeds of others.”-rh 26/11/2014
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One Rule, Two Legal Systems: Israel’s Regime of Laws in the West Bank : A New Report from the Association for Civil Rights in IsraelACRI - The ‘One Rule, Two Legal Systems‘ report reviews the prevailing legal situation in the West Bank under Israeli rule, and explains how decades of “temporary” military rule have given rise to two separate and unequal systems of law that discriminate between the two population groups living in the one territory – Israelis and Palestinians. The legal differentiation is not restricted to security or criminal matters, but touches upon almost every aspect of daily life.-rh 26/11/2014
Israel’s UN ambassador puts another nail in the two-state coffinNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "..the consensus in Israel is moving toward the right, and Israeli officials are more explicit than ever in their rejection of Palestinian statehood or any form of equal rights." - id26/11/2014
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Abiding by international law — when it`s convenientGerard Horton - +972 - "Israeli institutions seek to obtain the benefits of the international legal order while refusing to accept the corresponding burdens and obligations." - id 26/11/2014
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Israel’s Model of Political Despair in JerusalemJonathan Cook -Countercurrents - Relations between Israelis and Palestinians have descended into a dangerous melee of tit-for-tat attacks and killings, with the violence of the past few weeks centred on Jerusalem. The city, claimed by Israel as its “undivided capital”, has been torn apart by clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian residents since the summer, when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by Jewish extremists.-rh 26/11/2014
Israel Narrows Its Democracy Editorial - NYT - "In any form, it should be defeated. At best, the law would have no useful effect; at worst, it would seriously antagonize an already seething Arab minority and erode Israel’s standing among democratic nations." - id25/11/2014
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Is the `Jewish nation-state` bill good for anyone at all?Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "Now the law is making exclusivity and inequality part of Israel’s legal DNA. Yes we are changing – but not in the right direction." - id 25/11/2014
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How rumors hurt the Palestinian causeAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Journalists on both sides must expose the irresponsible politicians and clerics whose deeds do nothing to further democracy, freedom, equality and freedom of expression." - id 25/11/2014
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Lies, paranoia and superstitions Nahum Barnea - Ynet - "Before complaining about the incitement and falsehood culture on the Palestinian side, we should take a look at what`s happening on our own side." - id 25/11/2014
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An Interview with Norman Pollack - Unconditional Support for Israel?Norman Pollack – CounterPunch - “My pride in and identification with being Jewish as I grew up had to do with recognizing that Jewish people were in the forefront of radicalism and the arts. Therefore the criticisms I now make are not that of a self-hating Jew, the standard put down to silence all criticism of Israel, but the prideful affirmation of the Judaism I once knew, that of a progressive social force” [ry]24/11/2014
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What lies ahead for Israel ?Yuval Diskin--he Jerusalem Intifada offers a glimpse into the future to which the right-wing is leading us: A bi-national state with mixed populations and a reality of escalating confrontations. This deterioration can be stopped, but the government, in particular our prime minister, excels at doing the opposite.dn23/11/2014
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Déjà Vu in Jerusalem? Neve Gordon--In the latest round of violence, the Israeli government has been rebuked by its own security chief. dn

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Why We Need International Recognition of the State of Palestine Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi--After two decades of sham negotiations, it’s the best way to put pressure on Israel to end the occupation. dn23/11/2014
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The Unholy CityUri Avnery--IN ITS long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors. Babylonians and Persians, Greeks and Romans, Mamluks and Turks, Britons and Jordanians – to mention just a few. The latest occupier is Israel, which conquered and annexed Jerusalem in 1967. dn23/11/2014
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Netanyahu`s revamped Jewish nation-state bill won`t constitutionally guarantee equality for all citizensJonathan Lis--Proposal doesn`t take as hard a line as earlier draft, but also doesn`t express commitment to equality of all citizens, as Livni wants. dn22/11/2014
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First Relief, Then Tracing the Roots of Bloody Har Nof AttackJ.J. Goldberg--News of terrorist attacks in Israel can strike us in many different ways. For some the first reaction is anguish; for others it’s rage. There are those who look on with mixed feelings, horrified at the bloodshed yet wanting to understand what drives the killers to such crimes. For still others, it’s that very ambivalence of the onlookers that most infuriates.dn22/11/2014
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Israeli security defends AbbasBen Caspit - Al-Monitor "Yoram Cohen, the head of Shin Bet,...appeared before the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset and was asked about this issue on Nov. 18. Cohen remarked that Abbas does not encourage terrorism, not openly and not “under the table.” Knesset members from the left leaked his testimony to the media. They forgot to mention the other part of his testimony, which dealt with the issue of East Jerusalem and Temple Mount. On this issue, Abbas does, in fact, show radicalization in the last few months, especially in his rhetoric." ca 21/11/2014
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Israel`s top news channel: Gov`t asked us to show more Gaza devastationOren Persico - +972 "As someone who sits in front of the screen all day, I see two completely different wars,” the Channel 2 News editor explained. “There is one war that you see on BBC, CNN and all those channels, and another war that you see on [Israel’s] Channel 1, Channel 2 and Channel 10. Totally different pictures.” ca21/11/2014
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Infighting mars memorialAhmed Al-Sayed - Al-Ahram "Mutual recriminations and threats between Fatah and Hamas following the explosions that targeted the homes of several Fatah leaders in Gaza and led to the cancelation of ceremonies to commemorate President Yasser Arafat have revived fears of a return to factional violence in Gaza...Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused Hamas of carrying out the bombings. “Who committed this crime? The leadership of the Hamas movement did, and it’s responsible,” Abbas shouted at a Fatah rally for Arafat in Ramallah." ca21/11/2014
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Redefining Israel`s Jewish and Democratic Character Bill for a New Basic Law: Israel as the National State of the Jewish People (MK Ze`ev Elkin)ACRI - Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs Sunday 16/11/2014 – Determining the Government`s Position - ACRI’s Position: Put simply – this is a particularly dangerous bill with extremely far-reaching implications. The bill as it stands would subjugate the democratic character of the State of Israel to its Jewish nature and place the democratic rights of all citizens in danger.-rh 20/11/2014
Israeli attacks on Al Quds University give new meaning to ‘academic freedom’Kamilah Moore - Mondoweiss - During 2012, 2013 and 2014, the total number of attacks on Al-Quds University main campus was 31. During these attacks 2473 people were injured, 5121 teargas canisters and bullets were shot, and 276 people were called by the Israeli intelligence for investigation.-rh20/11/2014
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Jerusalem synagogue attack puts Israel close to brinkPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Netanyahu called the attack a “cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers”. In an evening press conference he once again accused the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, of stirring tension in Jerusalem, and called on the international community to express its outrage.-rh19/11/2014
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`Home demolitions have not stopped attacks`Dalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - "Israel has increased its violations against al-Aqsa, and crackdowns on people on checkpoints, and through red-tape. All this leads to violence. All this pressure will ultimately lead to an explosion. As you can see, home demolitions have not stopped attacks. Violence breeds violence."-rh Israel has increased its police force exponentially in Jerusalem in the past few weeks in an attempt to curb the violence, but many Palestinians say their long-simmering frustrations over what they called Israel`s oppressive measures are finally boiling over.-rh19/11/2014
How to create a terrorist : Jerusalem SkunkAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss - In the A-Tur neighborhood, the police shot skunk water at four large schools, forcing the parents of 4,500 students to leave their children at home due to the unbearable smell. “It was this past Friday, at around 5:30 p.m.,” says Khader Abu Sabitan, a member of the parents’ committee in the neighborhood. “I was on the road and saw them pass with their machine, and saw how they began shooting water at the school. I’m telling you – there was nothing there. It is Friday at 5:30 in the evening, and there was no one in the school or on the streets. Nothing. Everyone was home. They went to all four schools in the neighborhood, shot the water, and left.”-rh19/11/2014
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Right-wing Protesters Attack Art Talk in JerusalemYonatan Amir & Ronen Eidelman - Hyperallergic - The night of the event, Monday, November 10, there were roughly 50 people inside to attend our event, while others were left outside after the guards locked the gates as a safety precaution. When police arrived, they recognized some of the protesters — and they suspected things may turn violent — so the police officers stayed at the scene and called for backup.-rh19/11/2014
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Tense calm continues at Al-AqsaDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - With age restrictions dropped, 40,000 Palestinians were allowed into Al-Aqsa Mosque that Friday. A few young people were ordered to temporarily surrender their ID cards to ensure that they wouldn’t participate in any violent demonstrations afterward.-rh 19/11/2014
Shin Bet chief: Abbas is not inciting to terrorAttila Somfalvi - Ynet News - While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly points an accusing finger at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of Israel`s top secret security service said Tuesday he did not believe Abbas was responsible for the current round of terror and violence.-rh19/11/2014
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Settlers spit on Abu Khdeir family as they exit court; alleged killer refuses to enter plea Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Abu Khdeir’s alleged murderers were in court today for a second pre-trial. All three defendants were supposed to enter pleas. In the session the self-proclaimed ringleader of the group, Yosef Haim Ben-David, 29, refused to cooperate. His lawyer told the judge he could not give a statement on guilt on behalf of his client, as was the case in the last pre-trial in October. Today, the delay was because Ben-David is no longer speaking.-rh 19/11/2014
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Jerusalem terror attack shatters brief remissionBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "Surprisingly, Cohen confirmed the spirit of what was published here last week, citing a security source who said that Abbas does not encourage terror, not openly and not under the table. These statements are perceived as contradicting what Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon and the rest of the right-wing leadership are saying, accusing Abbas of the incitement that brought about the attack." - id 19/11/2014
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After attacks in Jerusalem, growing fears of religious warAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor - "“The world has gone through religious wars,” Hussein said, adding, “It now knows their effects and catastrophic repercussions on world peace and security.”" - id 19/11/2014
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Radical alliance fueling renewed bloodbathTami Arad - Ynet - "A handful of provocateurs on one side and a handful of incited murderers on the other side are dragging the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships by the power of destructive inertia." - id 19/11/2014
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Is Exile Better? Jane Eisner--The political scientist Alan Wolfe published his latest book about the Jewish diaspora, “At Home in Exile,” in late October, just weeks before Sheldon Adelson uttered his most recent outrageous remarks. Too bad. Adelson’s unfortunate rant would have provided another example to prove Wolfe’s point. dn18/11/2014
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Palestinians are unheralded guardians of IsraelAmira Hass-It is the Palestinians who are struggling with fervent consistency for Israel as a democratic, law-abiding state, and the day will come when the Jews will thank them for their efforts. dn18/11/2014
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East Jerusalem under `collective punishment` Gregg Carlstrom--Jerusalem`s most disenfranchised residents are being targeted in a `draconian` crackdown, rights groups say. dn18/11/2014
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Letter from JerusalemDavid Remnick--Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price. dn18/11/2014
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THOSE WHO LAMENT THE DECLINE OF `LIBERAL ZIONISM` ARE ENGAGED IN A FUTILE ENTERPRISEALLAN C. BROWNFELD--THOSE WHO LAMENT THE DECLINE OF "LIBERAL ZIONISM" ARE ENGAGED IN A FUTILE ENTERPRISE---SINCE IT NEVER REALLY EXISTED This article will appear in the January/February 2015 issue of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. dn18/11/2014
Is every Palestinian kid who throws stones a terrorist?Smadar Ben-Natan - +972 - In a reality where children aged 10 and 11 are arrested by 18- and 19-year-old soldiers who have been indoctrinated for military service since kindergarten, this kind of discussion seems completely out of place. A human rights attorney spends the day at one of the occupation’s more bizarre PR events [ry]17/11/2014
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Jerusalem: Israel is not crazyNassar Ibrahim - AIC - Israel`s escalation in Jerusalem is not crazy, but logical and consistent political behaviour meant to create new facts on the ground. Nassar Ibrahim explores [ry]17/11/2014
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The moral clarity of Richard FalkRod Such--In this wide-ranging book, the professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University embraces the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, advocates abandoning the two-state solution and argues that the best way of understanding Israel is as a settler-colonial state.dn16/11/2014
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Settlers mourn their ‘beautiful daughter’ as a Palestinian father sinks into despairPeter Beaumont--While one family has been left grieving by the cycle of violence that claimed Dalya Lemkus’s life last week, another is bewildered about why their ‘happy, normal’ son committed murder dn16/11/2014
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Ex-Australian Foreign Minister announces himself a ‘Friend of Palestine’John Salisbury - Mondoweiss - “Permanent occupation means Israelis get cast as Afrikaners and the world will recognize Palestine and isolate Israel. After all, the alternative would be unthinkable: to accept colonial rule with one religious and racial group enjoying the vote that the majority denied." The impact of this statement is all the greater due to the fact that Mr. Carr - Australia’s Foreign Minister up until September 2013, when Labor lost the last federal election - is an experienced and savvy political figure widely respected by both sides of politics. Moreover, he was the founder of Labor Friends of Israel. 15/11/2014
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Is it effective to throw flowers over the border?Jakob von Uexkull - World Future Council/Right Livelihood Award Foundation - Many years ago in Beirut, Ghassan Khanafani told me he always looked for the most effective strategy of resisting and added with a smile: “If I thought it would be effective to stand at the Israeli border and throw flowers, I would.” Since then, many flowers have been thrown and many compromises offered over the years, culminating in the Oslo accords. But what had been the response? ak 15/11/2014
Israel is lurching toward international isolation Alex Fishman--The Jordanians might be leading the charge, but the entire world seems to think that Israel is becoming increasingly disconnected from reality; meanwhile, both Israeli and Palestinian officials are busy making extreme comments. dn15/11/2014
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The Temple Mount is a powder keg, and arsonists have the upper handAsher Schechter--The Temple Mount is a powder keg, and arsonists have the upper hand This is no accidental fire. This was (and still is) an arson job. But who are the suspects? dn 15/11/2014
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Kafr Kanna isn`t Ferguson, it`s much worseSeraj Assi and Lawrence McMahon--The two deadly shootings that dominated the Israel-Palestine news cycle this week have three things in common: Israeli police killed an Arab; the entire incident was captured on CCTV; and the shootings were unjustified. dn15/11/2014
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Israelis remember Rabin, but many reject his legacyYuval Avivi - Al-Monitor "Dealing with the issue of tolerance is especially relevant in Israel in 2014, with some people in an uproar over the so-called Rabin festival and even expressing a modicum of support for the assassin, Yigal Amir. A survey conducted by the Mako news website found that some 50% of right-wing voters are not sure that Amir assassinated Rabin, and that 14% of the public believes that he should be released from prison." ca14/11/2014
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The new American Jewish struggle over Israel: Hawks versus ultra-hawksPeter Beinart - Haaretz "The most important trend in American Jewish politics today is the collapse of the center. The American Jewish establishment isn’t only being challenged by left-leaning groups like J Street. It also faces a less widely recognized, but equally powerful, challenge from the right." ca14/11/2014
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Holy Land sinks deeper into political turmoilDalia Hatuqa - Al-Jazeera "Israel`s leaders are making a huge mistake if they think they can now establish facts on the ground and divide prayer times at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as they did at al-Ibrahimi Mosque [in Hebron]," Mahmoud Abbas said during a memorial for the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat."By doing these things they are leading the region and the world into a devastating religious war," Abbas added." ca 14/11/2014
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The One-State Reality : Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price.DAVID REMNICK - The New Yorker - since Rivlin was elected President, in June, he has become Israel’s most unlikely moralist. Rivlin—not a left-wing writer from Tel Aviv, not an idealistic justice of the Supreme Court—has emerged as the most prominent critic of racist rhetoric, jingoism, fundamentalism, and sectarian violence, the highest-ranking advocate among Jewish Israelis for the civil rights of the Palestinians both in Israel and in the occupied territories. Last month, he told an academic conference in Jerusalem, “It is time to honestly admit that Israel is sick, and it is our duty to treat this illness.”-rh 12/11/2014
Israeli settlers burn mosque in West Bank : Mosque in occupied region set on fire amid soaring tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers.Aljazeera - The attack on the mosque just before dawn on Wednesday, near the Jewish settlement of Shilo, came after separate Palestinian knife attacks on Monday killed a settler in the southern West Bank, and an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv.-rh 12/11/2014
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Hamas: Israel fails to implement cease-fire dealAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - "Israeli warplanes have returned to the skies of the Gaza Strip, reminding the Palestinians of the war." - id 12/11/2014
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How Hamas uses Temple MountShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "The Temple Mount has become an effective tool of intimidation in the Hamas propaganda, which presents an alarming picture of the catastrophic acts planned by Israel on the Temple Mount, liable to culminate in the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque." - id 12/11/2014
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Group: Barghouthi in solitary after calling for `armed resistance` Ma`an - The Israeli Prison Service on Wednesday moved jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi to solitary confinement in Hadareim prison, a day after he sent a widely-published letter from prison calling for armed resistance against the Israeli occupation, a rights group said.-rh12/11/2014
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Video: Routine exchange on a bus reveals racism embedded within Jewish Israeli society -Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - I got chills up my spine from watching this exchange. The casualness in which the man expresses his sense of entitlement, reveals something so extraordinary about how racism is embedded and reinforced within Jewish Israeli society.-rh 12/11/2014
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Israel`s government and security forces are losing controlAlex Fishman - Ynet - "Palestinian and Israeli Arab incitement, loss of fear, feelings of deprivation and admiration for the Islamic State are the engines of violence leading us to a third intifada." - id 12/11/2014
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Struggle of Abu Khdeir Family: Pulling Down a Boy’s PhotoTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - The explosive reality that formed following the murder of Muhammad in Jerusalem and its surroundings and especially on the border line between the two nations, which some see as a beginning of an Intifada, led to a sequence of incidents in which the authorities harassed the members of the Abu Khdeir family, who only want to find comfort for their souls and commemorate their child in their own modest way.-rh12/11/2014
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The video of an Israeli cop shooting an Arab citizen that has rocked the countryWilliam Booth - The Washington Post - It is also not unusual for the incidents to be captured on video. But the grainy black-and-white recording of police shooting a man in the Galilee early Saturday has lit a fuse in Israel, sparking praise and condemnation, and raising bigger questions about police conduct, allegiance to the state and who, really, is an Israeli and who is not.-rh12/11/2014
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Israeli Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza SeaPCHR - Factsheet - Israeli Naval forces continued to carry out attacks on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip during the reporting period[1] (1 – 31 October 2014), including 18 shooting incidents that resulted in the injury of a fishermen while fishing; destroying 2 fishing boats; chasing incidents that led to the arrest of 7 fishermen; and confiscation of 2 fishing boats belonging to Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.-rh 12/11/2014
What is the vision of Jews who want to replace Al Aqsa mosque with temple? Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - These Jews explained that when the temple is rebuilt, no Muslim holy places would remain on the Temple Mount– or Haram al Sharif, as Muslims describe the site. How the Muslim sites would be removed these Jews could not say. “We don’t know the exact detail,” said a psychotherapist who gave his name as Yechiel Israel. There are hints, he said: earthquake or war. He pointed out that a Lubavitcher rabbi advised in 1967 that the Israeli army blow up the Al Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock—and the Six Day War had been a “window of opportunity” that wasn’t taken (video below).-rh12/11/2014
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Israeli ministers pass bill jailing stone throwers for 20 yearsRT - Government ministers in Israel have voted to increase penalties ten-fold on people convicted of throwing stones at vehicles from two to 20 years, in a move designed to deal with a wave of violence that has hit some of Jerusalem’s Arab districts.-rh12/11/2014
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Israeli Assault on Palestinian IdentityNORMAN POLLACK - Counterpunch - "I say: Israel contaminates Judaism with its militarism, arrogance, oppression of the weak, its international role of backing fascist-type governments which themselves murder Jews–Israel, God is watching, will someday pay the price for its Nazi-like conduct toward others in the present day." - id 12/11/2014
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"One-State Solution" For Israel/PalestineLudwig Watzal - Countercurrents - Israel`s economy minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of the right-wing party "The Jewish Home", published an article in the New York Times in which he buried the concept of a "two-state solution" as a way out of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Bennett does not belong to the radical Zionist fringe. Although he is an advocate of extremist colonial Zionist ideas, he is considered to be the successor of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.-rh 12/11/2014
The countdown to the next war has already begun Shimon Shiffer - Ynet - Without an Israeli initiative, without pursuing an agreement, our leaders` refusal to look reality in the eye is leading us to another violent conflict with disastrous results. [bz]11/11/2014
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The Politics of Self-Delusion - The Peace Process HustleLawrence Davidson - CounterPunch - "An intractable process, one that never seems to resolve itself, is either no process at all or a fraudulent one contrived to hide an ulterior motive. The so-called Israeli-Palestinian (at one time the Israeli-Arab) `peace process,` now in its sixth decade (counting from 1948) or fourth decade (counting from 1967) is, and probably always has been, just such a fraud" [ry]10/11/2014
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How a minister called for on-the-spot death sentence for murderersHaaretz Editorial--“A terrorist who attacks civilians should be sentenced to death,” the minister ruled following the terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday. He added that he wished all such events would end that way. dn9/11/2014
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Naftali Bennett’s Wake-up Call to the WestJohn V. Whitbeck--In this article, Mr. Bennett argues that “for its security, Israel cannot withdraw from more territory and cannot allow for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank” and then proceeds to propose his own “four-step plan” for peace. dn9/11/2014
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Netanyahu: Those who call to destroy Israel should have citizenship revoked Mairav Zonszein--Just hours after thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel demonstrated in the northern Israeli village of Kafr Kanna Saturday in response to the overnight killing from close range of 22-year-old Khir Hamdan by police, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement: dn9/11/2014
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Has Israel become the black sheep of the North American Jewish family?Allison Kaplan Sommer--Nothing brings a family together like a new kid- but kids grow up, and one can`t always expect them to stay young and adorable forever. dn8/11/2014
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Netanyahu may go down in history as prime minister who lost JerusalemShimon Shiffer - Ynet - On Wednesday, Netanyahu lashed out at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas again, accusing him of incitement. But conversations with senior European diplomats, who are monitoring the situation in Jerusalem with a lot of concern, reveal that Europe and the United States mainly hold the Israeli side fully responsible for the deterioration due to, among other things, the announcement of construction plans within Palestinian population centers in East Jerusalem and what appears as a change in the status quo in the city`s holy sites. [bz]8/11/2014
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Europe Is Blocking Mideast PeaceNAVI PILLAY - NYT "Europe should support Palestine’s bid to join the court because I.C.C. jurisdiction could become the ultimate deterrent that breaks the cycle of conflict.It could ensure that both Palestine and Israel are held accountable for future war crimes. After decades of impunity, and no redress for crimes committed — including indiscriminate firing of rockets, bombing of civilians and targeting of hospitals and schools — I.C.C. accession would deter the worst violence." ca 7/11/2014
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Censorship in the American Jewish communitySeth Morrison - +972 "The past year has seen increasing efforts within the American Jewish community to censor anybody who believes that boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) are the way to end the occupation — censorship that is most often targeted at Jewish Voice for Peace. And yet, JVP continues to grow. JVP is not anti-Israel, it is anti-occupation." ca 7/11/2014
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Strange bedfellowsLubna abdel Aziz - Al-Ahram Weekly "And if the US is Israel’s “best friend”, is Israel America’s best friend? If you think so, think again! Israel has no ’best friends’. Israel only looks out for Israel. The US has shielded Israel from accountability and its brutality goes unchallenged." ca7/11/2014
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Israeli forces displayed ‘callous indifference’ in deadly attacks on family homes in GazaAmnesty International - Israeli forces have killed scores of Palestinian civilians in attacks targeting houses full of families which in some cases have amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International has disclosed in a new report on the latest Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip.-rh5/11/2014
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Militarized Parenthood in IsraelRuth L. Hiller - New Profile - But the tragedy does not just lie in the loss of a life or in an old man`s belief that every young man and woman must join the army no matter the circumstances. The tragedy is in the conditioning and ongoing indoctrination. The tragedy lays in the way we; as citizens, adults, parents and so-called free thinkers, totally accept the call to the arms.-rh 5/11/2014
How Likud became the Almightly`s contractor at the Temple MountTomer Persico - +972 - "Welcome to the end times." - id 5/11/2014
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Israeli Man, Palestinian Driver Killed, Several Injured In JerusalemIMEMC & Agencies - In what has been confirmed as a "deliberate attack," Israeli sources said an Israeli man was killed, and several others injured, when a Palestinian driver rammed them with his car in Sheikh Jarrah, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian man was later shot and killed by the Israeli Border Police.-rh 5/11/2014
History shows current Jerusalem crisis not its lastDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The closing of Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israelis seems to be in line with the objective of a radical Jewish group to build a third temple in Jerusalem and replace the Jordanian authority at the compound.-rh 5/11/2014
‘There’s no such thing as illegal houses, there is such thing as racist laws`: Israelis demonstrate against collective punishment in East JerusalemSarah Levy - Mondoweiss - About 80 Israelis rallied last Wednesday night outside of Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat’s house, chanting and banging drums in protest against the intensified attack on East Jerusalem that has taken place over the last week and to demand an end to what they call the policy of collective punishment toward the residents of East Jerusalem.-rh 5/11/2014
East Jerusalem – A Socioeconomic DisasterWAC-MAAN and Ir Amim - n occupied East Jerusalem (EJ) reside 300,200 Palestinians, 37% of Jerusalem’s population. Of them, 77% are beneath the poverty line (according to figures of Israel’s National Insurance Institute). The Separation Barrier (SB), which runs through EJ, cuts whole neighborhoods off from municipal services. On the side of the SB that does get services, there is a severe housing shortage, and on the side that doesn’t, construction is wild and unsupervised. This reality has brought the outside-SB neighborhoods to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.-rh5/11/2014
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Gaza isn’t just a physical wreck. The psychological damage is even worse.James S. Gordon - The Wadhington Post - “The psychological damage is even greater,” says El Najaar, who is leading some local reconstruction efforts. “And it will take much longer and be far harder to repair.” It’s a tragically common refrain here — from political leaders, homeless women, university officials and my own team of trauma counselors from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.-rh5/11/2014
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IDF Generals` Letter: `Embrace Saudi Plan`J.J. Goldberg - Forward -the letter raises the Arab Peace Initiative directly and forcefully, not implicitly. It’s fair to say that the existence of the initiative (text here) is central to the generals’ argument: The Arab states have announced unanimously (with the Palestinian Authority included as a voting member) that they are willing to make full peace with the state of Israel and “consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended” under certain circumstances, and that the circumstances can be negotiated-rh 5/11/2014
Newsletter 03 Nov. 2014B`Tselem - It is the gradual, creeping impact of the occupation that we present in our new report on the village of Burqah: B’Tselem’s first comprehensive attempt to examine the occupation’s effect on the development of a single Palestinian village.-rh5/11/2014
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Gaza: The Murderous MelodramaDavid Shulman - The New York Review of Books - Hamas, battered, isolated, and impoverished, had little to lose and, as things turned out, much to gain in popular support by launching missiles and mortars at Israel and inviting another round of severe Israeli punishment. Benjamin Netanyahu, by ordering a large-scale attack on Hamas activists and institutions on the West Bank in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on June 12, gladly accepted the invitation.-rh5/11/2014
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Red Rag weekly column: the face of a Chosen PeopleGideon Spiro - The attempt on the life of Yehuda Glick by a Palestinian assailant who was identified within a few hours as Mu’tazz Hijazi and executed by police who surrounded his house in East Jerusalem has unleashed a filthy wave of Jewish racism.4/11/2014
Why are Israelis sleepwalking toward a one-state solution?Sever Plocker - Ynet - The advantage – from the government`s point of view – of a specific economic protest is that it is undamaging in governmental terms and can be quickly quelled at a minimal cost. The price of pudding will be reduced, and to hell with the state. [bz] 4/11/2014
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UN Report: Israeli settlements have doubled in the last four yearsMiddle East Monitor - The number of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land have doubled in the last 54 months, UN Commission on Human Rights member Cees Flinterman said at a press conference held at the UN Geneva headquarters, presenting a new report. ak 4/11/2014
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The only way to stop stone throwing is to end the occupationMairav Zonszein - +972 - If Israel was serious about restoring security to its capital, it would recognize the Palestinian claim to East Jerusalem and find a way for all residents to live in dignity [ry]3/11/2014
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Chickenshit Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - “In Netanyahu`s view, in any confrontation between Congress and the White House over Israel, the President is bound to lose. So there is nothing to be afraid of. Netanyahu, in fact is playing roulette with all the capital of Israel in the vast casino called the USA. Perhaps he has been infected by his mentor and protector, the Casino Czar Sheldon Adelson, who has a hand in conducting Israeli policy in the US” [ry]3/11/2014
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Remembering Rabin: The last of the non-chickenshitsAsher Schechter--Yitzhak Rabin was murdered 19 years ago next week. In his death, he left us with people who are too afraid to decide. dn2/11/2014
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Netanyahu`s self-serving conflict with US Yuval Diskin - Ynet - So if the prime minister realized that a quiet freeze is needed, and if the prime minister realized that such an exposure (just like during his meeting with the president) would be met with harsh reactions and jeopardize the State of Israel`s interests – how does he explain the decision to advance the planning of 1,060 apartments in East Jerusalem, which is currently on fire? What kind of logic can explain this lack of logic? [The writer is a former Shabak head-bz]1/11/2014
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