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Assad: The Arab Spring stops hereRobert Fisk - The Independent - It was odd that Assad talked about foreign "conspiracies" yesterday. It`s an old adage that does him no credit; foreign "conspiracies" have always been discovered when dictators feel unsafe. Yet Damascus has been attacked by Israeli agents and Saddamist agents and Turkish right-wing agents over the past 40 years. It has a resonance, this talk of the moamarer – the "plot" – which makes Syrians into patriots rather than freedom fighters. 31/3/2011
From Jerusalem to Washington, Myth Disguised as NewsIra Chernus - Antiwar - "We can’t expect the media to change its ways voluntarily in the foreseeable future. The myth of Israel’s insecurity will continue to be the official story in the U.S. mass media and thus the foundation of U.S. discourse and policy about Israel."30/3/2011
Coalition criminal justice plans make a mockery of universal jurisdictionDaniel Machover - Guardian - "If the true reason for giving Israelis and others immunity is the fear of reprisals by withholding intelligence, then surely the public should know this?" 30/3/2011
A Breakthrough for Palestine in 2011 - By Working Around AmericaJeff Halper - IMEMC - "Will public opinion finally force European governments and the EU into an independent and constructive role?" 30/3/2011
Arab Upheavals Augur Tougher Times Ahead - Israel May Have Squandered Its Last Best Chance for PeacePatrick Cockburn - CounterPunch - "The Jerusalem bombing and the increased violence in Gaza are not in themselves going to produce a new crisis, but they are a reminder that the Israeli-Palestinian struggle remains at the centre of Middle East politics. So far, there is no sign that Israeli leaders have much idea about how to cope with the swirling political currents that are reshaping the region in which they live. Amid all the optimism about the spread of democracy the, struggle retains its capacity to return the region to conflict and war"28/3/2011
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Who is afraid of Julian Schnabel?Jordan Elgrably--Miral, currently in theatres, portrays the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from an entirely Palestinian perspective. It is nothing earth-shattering (a brief filmography at the end of this article offers other films that do this far more effectively) except that it was made by a Jewish filmmaker.27/3/2011
Notable South Africans denounce Dershowitz’s record following campaign to smear Desmond TutuAdam Horowitz--Although it distanced itself officially from the failed campaign to have Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu removed as patron of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) has now invited the most prominent supporter of that campaign to address meetings in South Africa as its guest. Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz is known internationally for his furious attacks on all those who want effective peaceful measures against Israel to compel the ending of its military occupation of the West Bank and the removal of annexationist settlements.27/3/2011
Boycotting Israel ... from within Mya Guarnieri--Israelis explain why they joined the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement.27/3/2011
Pro-Palestinian Peace Activists in GermanyMartina Sabra--In the anthology "Palestine on my mind" 26 peace activists explain why they are committed to the human rights of Palestinians. The authors are Germans and non-Germans, Jews and non-Jews. Martina Sabra reviews this remarkable publication27/3/2011
Who is annexing Whom? Uri Avnery--IN A rare late-night session, the Knesset has finally adopted two obnoxious racist laws. Both are clearly directed against Israels Arab citizens, a fifth of the population. 27/3/2011
Hamas and Israel responsible for escalationWhile both Hamas and Israel are blaming each other, I believe both are responsible this time, and for one reason and one reason only: They are both opposed to the latest [reconciliation] initiative coming out of Ramallah. 26/3/2011
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From Gaza to Jerusalem: JVP Statement on the Escalation of ViolenceIn mourning the nine lives lost in Gaza and the one life lost in Jerusalem this week, we reject the pattern of condemning the deaths of Israelis while ignoring the deaths of Palestinians. We do not discriminate. One life lost is one life too many--whether Palestinian or Israeli.26/3/2011
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Israel`s dissidents are saving the countryby Gideon Levy - Haaretz "The little sympathy Israel still receives it owes to these groups. The campaign of delegitimization against it, the real one and the one we invent, we owe to Avigdor Lieberman and Israel Beiteinu, to Benjamin Netanyahu and the flood of anti-democratic laws of his people and of Kadima, to the unbridled Israel Defense Forces and to the settlers who know no boundaries." ca25/3/2011
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The Palestinian narrative has won Oudeh Basharat - Haaretz - When the Knesset approves legislation banning the Nakba commemoration, it seems surreal. Yet, there is also something good in this commotion. At least, there`s no denial of the Nakba24/3/2011
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Military Intelligence monitors “de-legitimization”Yossi Gurvitz - +972 - The army joins the fight against "de-legitimization”, will watch BDS groups24/3/2011
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ASOI: Israel`s Latest Apartheid LawIlan Pappe - Counterpunch - "The new law, like the previous others, institutionalize the Apartheid State of Israel or for short ASOI." 23/3/2011
Encountering Peace: Abbas, man of peace Gershon Baskin - J-Post - "He said that if Binyamin Netanyahu would only signal that he is serious about negotiating peace by saying the border would be based on the 1967 borders with agreed swaps, he would show up immediately for negotiations." 23/3/2011
Military Intelligence monitoring foreign left-wing organizationsBarak Ravid - Haaretz - The sources said MI`s research division created a department several months ago that is dedicated to monitoring left-wing groups and will work closely with government ministries. In recent weeks, the head of the new unit has been taking part in discussions in the Prime Minister`s Office about how to prepare for the possible arrival of a Gaza-bound flotilla in May. 22/3/2011
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Knesset to pass “separate but equal” communities billNimrod Luz - +972 - the Israeli Knesset is preparing to vote on Tuesday and approve a bill which will standardize and legalize the practices of communal villages’ acceptance committees in the Negev and the Galilee. According to the proposed law, these committees will enjoy a great deal of latitude and discretion in their accepting or rejecting of candidates, especially Arab candidates, who wish to make a home for themselves on predominantly state-owned land. While referred to as “screening” or “acceptance” committees, in reality they serves as a selection tool operating with no transparent criteria and with full authority to reject candidates at a whim. 21/3/2011
First it was Saddam. Then Gaddafi. Now there`s a vacancy for the West`s favourite crackpot tyrantRobert Fisk - The Independent - Didn`t Arafat have a back-to-front but similar track record for the Israelis and Americans? First he was a super-terrorist longing to destroy Israel, then he was a super-statesman shaking hands with Yitzhak Rabin, then he became a super-terrorist again when he realised he`d been tricked over the future of "Palestine". 21/3/2011
Chances for Reconciliation IncreaseMIFTAH - The marches that sparked Abbas’ reconciliation offer were organized by a Facebook group calling on Palestinians to take to the streets on March 15 to demand an end to the division. In Gaza, thousands of people congregated at Katiba Square in Gaza City and on the Manara in Ramallah. Hamas security forces have since been blamed for cracking down on the demonstrators and chasing them from the square. Protests in Gaza began a day before, on March 14 with thousands of demonstrators refusing to leave the square until unity is reached. 21/3/2011
Red Rag columnGideon Spiro - Nuclear disaster in Japan - murder at Itamar - Letter to Roger Waters of Pink Floyd21/3/2011
West Bank settlements are Israel`s nuclear meltdownAri Shavit - Haaretz - The settlements are like the nuclear power station in Fukushima - a grandly built project of huge proportions, which was set up in the wrong place on the basis of false assumptions. 21/3/2011
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Intervention in Libya – an article by Reuven Kaminer, a reaction by Adam Keller KAMINER: When the dogs of war are unleashed – who can know the scope of the massacre? KELLER: Gaddafi came close to giving a very big boost to all other dictatorial rulers everywhere - that his is the way to deal with rebels21/3/2011
McEwan, Jerusalem Book Fair and more - Posturing versus real criticism, indeed - - Response to Dow Marmur Ofer Neiman - As one of the Israeli citizens who protested against Ian McEwan`s participation in the Jerusalem Book Fair, I know this: Mr. McEwan did not need to receive the Jerusalem Prize in order to come to Israel/Palestine, express his views and communicate with the public.21/3/2011
Israeli taxes are funding an anti-Arab worldviewZvi Bar`el--There`s no way of explaining the financial and ideological support received by Eliyahu but to assume he`s simply offering a practical way of carrying out the government`s hidden desires. If someone in the cabinet thought that Eliyahu and his acolytes didn`t represent him, he would have offered, for example, to compensate the Arab students for their burned cars, as any terrorism victim is compensated. There`s no way to describe what happened other than terrorism. Someone who`s only willing to roll his eyes or denounce Eliyahu`s words as incitement misses the most important thing: The state itself is an accomplice.20/3/2011
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US promoting arms trade mission organized by settlement firm Jimmy Johnson--The United States Department of Commerce and the US embassy in Tel Aviv are co-promoting the Israel Unmanned Systems 2011 trade mission from 27 March to 1 April. Their partner -- and the primary organizer -- is Airlift, inc., an aerospace and consulting firm based in the settlement of Talpiot Mizrach (East Talpiot) in occupied East Jerusalem. This raises troubling questions about why Washington is promoting the Israeli arms trade and why it is doing so with a firm based in an illegal colony which explicitly contradicts official US policy as well as international law.20/3/2011
Who benefits from EU-Israeli Academic CooperationDavid Cronin--The request came from the International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR), a partnership between King`s College and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. I only became aware of the partnership one day before I was scheduled to address an ICSR seminar in January. Following a hasty consultation with some friends in the Palestine solidarity movement, I withdrew from the event, informing the organizers that I fully supported the campaign to boycott Israeli goods and institutions. 20/3/2011
Israel: The eroding consensus MJ Rosenberg: "...it has become abundantly clear that ...the continuation of the occupation (and the conflict that emanates from it) threatens the existence of Israel itself. That is why there will be more Remnicks and more Beinarts."19/3/2011
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Israeli Security Services Shift Focus from Armed Palestinian Resistance to Suppressing Non-Violent ActivistsThe first signs of this new focus could be seen as early as 2007 when Diskin sent a letter ... Diskin stated that the intent of Israel`s General Security Services was to "thwart the subversive activity of entities seeking to harm the character of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, even if their activity is conducted through democratic means."19/3/2011
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News You Didn`t Read Todayfrom Amir Terkel19/3/2011
Religion can be a fertile ground for Mideast peaceBy Michael Melchior - Ha`aretz "Now a real door has opened, and a worthy opportunity to make peace not only with the government, but with the Egyptian people and Egyptian society. It`s true that we almost certainly will have to "pay" for that by making peace with the Palestinians too, but hasn`t the time come to do so? We have an obligation to base the peace with the Muslim world on the many common values we share with the Muslims, values of justice and equality." ca 18/3/2011
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Abbas pledges to talk unity with HamasAssociated Press -The Boston Globe - Following parallel rallies in Gaza and the West Bank urging the rival Palestinian leaderships to reunite, Gaza’s Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, invited Abbas to come try to mend ties. With peace talks with Israel at a standstill and prodemocracy uprisings taking place across the Middle East, Abbas complied. 17/3/2011
Israeli Settler Minister: We Published Pictures of Corpses for PropagandaRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - What astonishes is an Israeli minister publicly admitting that he’s exploiting the dead for the propaganda value of their images. This is one of the worst sins Judaism can imagine: exploitation of the dead. It’s a hillul ha-Shem, a desecration of the divine name. Edelstein, who is a settler himself and Orthodox Jew, has allowed Israel to become his religion, while abandoning his actual religion. 17/3/2011
Europe`s Israel romance is on the wane: Europeans are losing their illusions about Israel Daud Abdullah - The Guardian - according to a new poll by ICM for the Middle East Monitor, Europeans` perception of Israel has changed decisively, and their understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict, while still giving some cause for concern, has improved significantly. The survey of 7,000 people in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain reveals only a small minority (10%) now believe their countries should support Israel rather than the Palestinians, while many more, 39%, think they should not. 17/3/2011
Weathering the Storm Harriet Straughen - MIFTAH - Having been warned by friends (and friends of friends, and strangers) that entry into Ben Gurion was often tricky if not a little grueling, the flight over was spent rehearsing my answers and calming my fears. 17/3/2011
Israeli columnist: Media dehumanizes PalestiniansItamar Eichner - Ynet - Senior Haaretz writer Gideon Levy claims Israeli `occupation` is `tyranny` that won`t last forever, says settlements are crimes, slams media for legitimizing attacks against Palestinians 17/3/2011
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Yalla Peace: Free us from this bondage of violence Ray Hanania - Jerusalem Post - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who doesn’t utter a word when Palestinian civilians are killed by settlers or the military, says the denunciation from Abbas is not enough, even though no one yet knows who committed the murders. (...) It’s almost as if some are hoping for such tragedies so they can be used as “evidence” that Palestinians and Israelis are incapable of living together as neighbors. 16/3/2011
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Barak must join opposition to save Israel from disasterAluf Benn - Haaretz - "Responsible behavior is needed even at the height of pain and anger," Barak said, detailing the dangers Israel faces if it keeps up the diplomatic freeze. The most prominent of these dangers is a deterioration in the essential relationship with the United States. He also warned against the efforts Israel`s opponents are making to push it into the place once occupied by "the old South Africa," excluded and isolated.16/3/2011
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Settlement construction has no connection to punishment Yitzhak Laor - Haaretz - The true "price tag" here is not the term used by hilltop youth to refer to revenge attacks on Palestinians. It`s the logic of the State of Israel, and has been for many years: We either build settlements because we are strong, and the Palestinians accept the construction so there`s no reason to make concessions, or they kill us and we build settlements as a punitive measure. 16/3/2011
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Encountering Peace: The clock is ticking Gershon Baskin - Jerusalem Post - Incitement against all Palestinians, as if each one of them killed the Fogel children and parents, is the tone in the public sphere. Those of us who work for Israeli- Palestinian peace are personally attacked in the media, on Facebook and in emails as if our hands held the knife.15/3/2011
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A responsible government would calm, not escalateHaaretz editorial - The despicable murder of five members of the Fogel family on Saturday is a crime against every human being. But the atrocity in Itamar is not only a criminal act. It was committed in a diplomatic and security context, and we have to examine its background and consequences. Not, heaven forbid, to justify what cannot be justified or grant absolution. Instead, we have to study the complex situation that makes Israel responsible for preventing an escalation that could result in many new victims. 15/3/2011
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Israel punishes itselfNahum Barnea - Ynet - Once upon a time, construction in Judea and Samaria was perceived as a proper punishment for Palestinian terrorism. They engage in attacks while we engage in settlement activity. Yet this doctrine was emptied of any substance once most Israelis realized there is no way to perpetuate the current situation.15/3/2011
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The Itamar victimization dance is disgustingYossi Gurvitz - +972 - “The government rushed […] several hours after the end of the Sabbath, to accept those settler demands, and announced it will build 500 new housing units in the settlements. This wasn’t enough for Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who demanded the price (the price tag?) to be ‘a thousand apartments per child.’ We’ve heard much about the bottomless monstrosity of the Palestinians who carried out the terrorist attack. What shall we say, then, of the humanity of people who measure the lives of children in acres and real estate? […] This isn’t new. This is how the settlers have operated for decades. Every body is, as far as they are concerned, the equivalent of real estate. They used to call it ‘a proper Zionist response’”14/3/2011
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Ma`an News Agency, Editorial: A hasty responseNasser Lahham - Ma`an News Agency - "All placed blame for the deaths on Palestinian shoulders. None asked questions about why the settlers were in the West Bank to start with, or where the almost 200,000 Israeli police and soldiers charged with enforcing the occupation were when the attack happened"14/3/2011
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Israel`s opportunity to appeal to the Arab publicZvi Bar`el - Haaretz - Precisely because Arab foreign policy has been shunted to the back burner, and because Arab public opinion might dictate the political concepts of Arab regimes, Israel must "speak" directly to the Arab public, and not make do with a relationship with governmental elites14/3/2011
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Permanent TemporarinessAlistair Crooke--It was in 2003 that I realised something fundamental had changed. The door to the room in which I was sitting flew open. In stalked a figure still dressed in a dark overcoat and scarf. He evidently could contain himself no longer. I was in Downing Street with the prime minister’s foreign affairs adviser, David Manning; the overcoated figure bursting into our meeting was Jack Straw. He wanted to tell Manning that he had persuaded Joschka Fischer, the German foreign minister, to add Hamas to the EU list of terrorist movements. 13/3/2011
EU support for Arab rebels is shamefully lateNick Cohen--The Arab revolutionaries have found a new comrade. On Friday, the European Union joined them in the struggle for liberty by promising to extend its commitment to democracy and justice to cover the dictatorships of the Middle East. Europe could not bring itself to support military intervention against Gaddafi. Nonetheless it talked of a "partnership" to promote independent political parties, a free judiciary, uncorrupted bureaucracies… the full democratic works.13/3/2011
A Jewish response to the Statement of Zionist Organizations on BDSBDS is not antisemitic. BDS is not anti-democratic. In pursuit of justice, peace and freedom for all, we speak out as Jews committed to BDS and Palestinian liberation.12/3/2011
The wrong way to peaceNicola Nasser - Al-Ahram - "The PLO, in being unable to evolve and share power with new players, is blocking both democracy and ultimate sovereignty in Palestine." 11/3/2011
Who benefits from EU-Israel academic cooperation?David Cronin - EI - "Israel`s political elite is clearly more concerned with prime-pumping its arms industry and tightening its grip on Palestinian land than in ensuring that education helps people realize their potential."11/3/2011
Is there such a thing?Adam Keller - Crazy County - "Israelis carefully selected to run around the American universities and speak out against the annual event called "Israeli Apartheid Week"." 11/3/2011
Is Israel ready for the New Middle East?Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - Israel has long tried to maintain the old order by appeal to its own security, presenting itself as defender of democracy and civilization. The pretense has failed. Reality has shown otherwise. Democracy is the oxygen of the Arab masses. For its sake they go to the streets and risk their lives. Today, as a result, the question has been reversed: Is Israel prepared to give up the shameful, anachronistic Occupation? Is Israel ready for democracy? 10/3/2011
When September Comes Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - I say this, not because I don’t want a Palestinian state to be established or because I don’t think the international community – the United States in particular – should pressure Israel into accepting a viable and contiguous Palestine - but because I see what is going on in real time. From where I’m standing, I still can’t see the Palestinian state of my dreams on any horizon, September’s or otherwise. 10/3/2011
Leftists: Amidror a fascistRoni Sofer - Ynetnews - "Amidror`s declaration that in a normal army, a soldier who`s scared to charge forward should be shot in the head is blatantly illegal," the letter reads. "This statement disqualifies him for any public post, and certainly a sensitive security-political position." 10/3/2011
`Downcast` Benjamin Netahyahu under increased pressure over Israel`s poor imageJonathan Cook - National - "The loss of European support, combined with US anger, may signal difficulties ahead for Israel with the Quartet, the international group comprising the US, EU, Russia and the United Nations that oversees the peace process." 9/3/2011
It`s a Myth That Israelis Support a Two-State Solution Jan Elshout - Washington Report on Middle East Affairs - The West is confronted with a choice between accepting continued Israeli expansion (the de facto policy of the past 20 years) or trying to achieve a Palestinian state (the stated goal) in more direct and effective ways, with international law the guiding principle.8/3/2011
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Knesset to outlaw consumer protests against the occupationGush Shalom - "This bill seeks to ban a legitimate and non-violent act of protest against the occupation, which is the real threat to Israel`s future."8/3/2011
Can Netanyahu prevent `disaster` for Israel?Haaretz Editorial - If Netanyahu doesn`t have the power to prevent what he himself declared a disaster, he must hand his mandate back to the people. bz8/3/2011
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Red Rag columnGideon Spiro - Gaddafi and Israel - foregone conclusions - NOW we can boycott - racist rage7/3/2011
Lessons From Egypt - Palestine and the RevolutionMoustafa Barghouthi - CounterPunch - "If the first Palestinian Intifada was the prelude to the Arab popular uprisings of today, the revolutions of Egypt and Tunisia serve to remind the Palestinian people of their latent force and of the power of large-scale peaceful grassroots resistance"7/3/2011
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Not socialist and not democratic Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - “Yachimovich, who frequently allies with right-wingers in order to further social-welfare issues, issued a decree of divorce to ‘leftist parties like Meretz,’ sending them off ‘to gather their supporters from among their authentic audience’ and to let Labor ‘be what it should be, a centrist, Zionist, social-democratic party’"7/3/2011
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Why is Israel aid exempt? MJ Rosenberg--As US fiscal conservatives cut food programmes for poor children, military aid for Israel is left untouched. 6/3/2011
Israel`s diplomats are spineless propagandistsGideon Levy--Our diplomatic corps today is comprised primarily of spineless propagandists void of values or a conscience. Though some identify with the current government`s policies, a large portion of them oppose the state`s conduct. They are nothing more than puppets in an ugly show window.6/3/2011
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Wrong SideUri Avnery--OF ALL the memorable phrases uttered by Barack Obama in the last two years, the one that stuck in my mind more than any other appeared in his historic speech in Cairo in the early days of his term. He warned the nations not to place themselves "on the wrong side of history." 6/3/2011
Patrick Connors, a member of Adalah-NY: The New York campaign for the Boycott of Israel, a New York City-based group advocating for Palestinian rights, takes on a Feb. 22 Los Angeles Times article. Patrick Connors--Rather than seeing the U.S. as spreading freedom, Arabs who have taken to the streets have experienced "Made in U.S.A." tear gas used by repressive governments to kill and maim unarmed protesters and crush popular movements for justice.6/3/2011
JVP leader`s statement at J-Street BDS Panel Discussion 5/3/2011
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The necessity procedure : Laws of torture in Israel and beyond ,1987-2009Itamar Mann* and Omer Shatz - " the history of the regulation of torture in Israel, and shows how it foreshadowed the legal understanding of torture in the United States in the wake of “The War on Terror.”...We argue that this regime, which originated in the undemocratic political context of occupation, foreshadowed protections for torturers under the Bush and the Obama administrations. "4/3/2011
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PA: 150 states to recognize Palestine by Sept.Elior Levy - YnetNews - The Palestinians apparently believe that broad international support, coupled with growing Israeli isolation, will enable them to achieve independence as early as this year. 3/3/2011
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The historical narrative that lies beneath the Gaddafi rebellionRobert Fisk - The Independent - Libyans have always opposed foreign occupiers just as the Algerians and the Egyptians and the Yemenis have done – but their Beloved Leader has always presented himself as a fellow resister rather than a dictator. Hence in his long self-parody of a speech in Tripoli yesterday, he invoked Omar Mukhtar – hanged by Mussolini`s colonial army – rather than the patronising tone of a Mubarak or a Ben Ali.3/3/2011
What do we tell our soldiers` parents?Gideon Levy - Haaretz - The soldier should kill "anyone who hinders him in executing the mission." No formula better expresses the IDF`s new doctrine, which was applied with exemplary (and frightening) precision in Operation Cast Lead. One does not need to be overly fastidious about words to be shocked by Amidror`s statements. 3/3/2011
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Arab Democratic Revolution: Bringing It All Back Home–to PalestineRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - While I admire Larry for his courage in being one of the lone lefty columnists at the Post and for the power of his voice, I think his column omits some critical differences between the Palestinian condition and those of other Arab nations where protests have toppled, or threaten to topple a powerful dictatorial elite. These differences render a potential Palestinian revolution much more complicated3/3/2011
Bold Gestures Go a Long Way Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - It is naïve to think we can change US foreign policy simply by pointing out the obvious. I am sure even those in Washington’s inner circle of power understand how two-faced America looks in these instances. But it is never too late or too naïve to make bold gestures in protest. I think walking out on the Human Rights Council session was the right thing to do. If I were representing Palestine, I would have done the same. 3/3/2011
In whose name does Dutch FM Rosenthal speak? Rifat Odeh Kassis - EI - "Moreover, by defending Israel`s injustices through public office, Rosenthal makes his own country a partner in their perpetuation."2/3/2011
World looks at Israel as it looked at Apartheid-era South AfricaNiva Lanir - Haaretz - "The world is looking at how the only democracy in the Middle East conducts itself in the occupied territories. It`s looking at events in Bil`in and Sheikh Jarrah, at the olive trees that are uprooted, and at the checkpoints." id 9/3/2011
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Encountering Peace: The speech Netanyahu should make GERSHON BASKIN - J-Post - "It is now time for us to transform noble words into a new reality." 9/3/2011
Ghost townGideon Levy - Haaretz - The well-kept (relatively ) and busy (relatively ) streets now give way to ghost streets. The lower down the slope we drive, the more deserted they are. Hundreds of locked, sealed stores, hundreds of abandoned apartments, blinds shut, windows barred, ancient stone homes that could be Palestinian heritage sites but are now desolate. Welcome to Hebron H2, under Israeli control.1/3/2011
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The United States Stands Alone with Israel in the UN Security Council [or How (Dis)honest is the Honest Broker?]Richard Falk - Znet - In view of this feverish Israeli effort to create still more facts on the ground, for the Israelis to contend that negotiations should resume without preconditions, is to hope that the Palestinian Authority will play the fool forever.1/3/2011
Israel passes law revoking citizenship for spyingBBC News - Israel`s parliament has passed a law that allows courts to revoke the citizenship of anyone convicted of spying, treason or aiding its enemies. The bill, which was passed by 37 votes to 11 in the Knesset, was sponsored by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman`s hardline Yisrael Beiteinu party. Mr Lieberman said afterwards: "Without loyalty, there can be no citizenship." But critics say it is discriminatory towards Israel`s Arab minority, which makes up a fifth of the population. 31/3/2011
The Israeli incitement problem: A look at a children’s bookNoam Sheizaf - +972 - Last week, in the wake of another round of the endless debates over the “Palestinian incitement”, I got an e-mail with pictures of the front and back cover of one of the latest Danni Din stories, published in 1997. The author of the mail, an Israeli parent, was shocked to see the militaristic tone in the book his son, a second grader and an avid reader, brought home from the public library one day. 31/3/2011
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Shin Bet heads spearhead the occupationGideon Levy - Haaretz - The announcement of the appointment justifies a news flash in Israel because the Shin Bet, unlike its counterparts in the West, is involved in almost every aspect of our lives: from the granting of a security classifications of a large number of people to carrying out assassinations, from the bloated and ridiculous security detail it gives to our leaders to its operations tracking and pursuing left-wing and settlement activists. 31/3/2011
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Israeli and Palestinian victims break cycle of violenceRobi Damelin - Common Ground News - I belong to a unique grassroots organisation called the Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF), comprised of Israelis and Palestinians who have lost immediate family members to the conflict. We come from all walks of life, with one thing in common: we share the same pain, and recognise that if we – Palestinians and Israelis who have paid the ultimate price – can understand the need for a non-violent solution to this conflict, then surely this belief can serve as an example for others. 31/3/2011
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