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Report by British jurists reminds of the horrors of Israeli child detentionYossi Gurvitz - +972 - The report itself is measured and careful, and in and of itself, contains little that is new to anyone familiar, for instance, with B’Tselem’s report on the issue: the invasion of a home at night; the dragging of a child out of his bed; handcuffing and blindfolding him, even though he is no threat to the armed-to-the-hilt gunmen who detain him; dragging him away into a far interrogation facility, without the presence of a relative; a hostile interrogation, often including threats of violence and sometimes actual violence; the demand to incriminate others; the prevention of contact with a relative or a lawyer. bz30/6/2012
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Israel’s Education Dilemma: Reflections from a Former IDF Soldier in HebronYehuda Magid - Tikkun - While Israel’s youth are graduating from elementary and secondary schools at impressive numbers, an increasing number are graduating with a nationalist fervor but without a foundation of the values upon which Israel’s democracy was founded. Though non-violent actions carried out by the Left to combat the Occupation (rallies, petitions, non-violent resistance in the occupied territories, etc.) are important, winning the long term ideological battle in Israel requires that Israel’s youth be educated in a way that supports and fosters notions of tolerance, understanding, and a basic respect for the other and stranger in their midst. This is, in fact, a foundational biblical value. bz30/6/2012
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Encountering Peace: Congratulations, Egypt!Gershon Baskin - J-Post - "As an Israeli, I extend my hand in peace to the people of Egypt and to its elected leaders. I wish you the best. Your tasks at hand are overwhelming. Your job approval ratings come with taking responsibility and acting responsibly." - id27/6/2012
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Thoughts on a joint but unequal Palestinian-Israeli struggleNoa Shaindlinger -+972 - Israeli activists have joined Palestinians in demonstrations throughout the West Bank for a decade, in what some have come to bill a ‘joint struggle.’ But the apparent disparity between the daily realities of Israelis and Palestinians beckons the question: What is the role of Israelis in the Palestinian struggle for liberation?-rh 27/6/2012
1938 HUMAN BEING 2011 - Bethlehem CheckpointAxel Becker - I didn’t say anything, I didn’t intervene. I can’t forget about it.-rh 27/6/2012
he Third Intifada Is Inevitable Nathan Thrall - IHT = "The immediate catalyst could be another mosque vandalized by Jewish settlers, or the construction of new settlement housing. Whatever the fuse, the underlying source of ferment in the West Bank is a consensus that the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, has reached a dead end." - id 27/6/2012
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Author: Israel can claim the title of the most racist state in the developed worldRevital Hovel - Haaretz - Sami Michael: From kindergarten to old age we feed our children hatred, suspicion and disgust toward the stranger and the other, and especially toward the Arabs. The racism is encouraged by cabinet members and MKs, and fueled by increasing religious extremism in the country. Michael called the occupation "disaster incarnate" for Israel. `We may lose everything. Israel could be a transient construct, like the First and Second Temples.` 26/6/2012
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It doesn’t matter how much the occupation costsAmi Kaufman - +972 - “You see, it doesn’t matter how much the occupation costs. It doesn’t matter whether it costs 1 billion shekels a year, 10 billion a year or only 20 shekels a year. It doesn’t matter, because it’s just wrong. You don’t calculate how much it costs to commit a crime. You just stop committing the crime”25/6/2012
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Anniversary of a Blockade - The State of Siege in GazaRamzy Baroud – CounterPunch - “The call of human rights organizations would have been more meaningful if it were directed at the Western powers supporting Israel’s actions. Promoting the idea that the Gaza siege is an entirely Israeli initiative is a ruse that needs to be exposed. Equally deceptive is any discussion of the lethal Israeli war on Gaza (Cast Lead 2008-09) without due reference to the strong political and military backing of US and other Western powers. Without such support, Israel could never have managed to sustain its costly war adventures or construct its so-called Separation Wall or illegal settlements”25/6/2012
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Red Rag column: Wagner, brainwashing, Medal of Freedom for what?Gideon Spiro - Wagner and Israel - Brainwashing - What did Peres get the Medal of Freedom for? New book by Breaking the Silence - Congratulations to refuser Yaniv Mazor 25/6/2012
Life Among the RuinsGideon Levy--The Palestinian village of Sussia has been demolished numerous times in the past four decades, with bulldozers poised to flatten the site again this week. Locals vow to rebuild on the land they own. dn24/6/2012
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`It Isn`t the Bomb that Makes Israel Secure` SPIEGEL Interview with Daniel Barenboim-part-II - It`s absurd to ban Wagner while buying German submarines at the same time. bz23/6/2012
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Our Muslim BrothersUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - If we want Israel to exist and flourish in a region that will for a long time be governed by democratically elected Islamist parties, we would do well to welcome them now as brothers, congratulate them on their victories and work for peace and conciliation with elected Islamists in Egypt and the other Arab states, including Palestine. 23/6/2012
Israel Demands More Iran Sanctions, Says ‘All Options’ Open : End to Moscow Talks Means New Israeli ThreatsJason Ditz - Antiwar.com - Today the job of doing so fell to Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz, who insisted that Israel will continue to prepare “all options” against Iran, while demanding that the US “impose more several sanctions in the oil embargo and financial sectors.”-rh 21/6/2012
Gaza question set in Paris university exam stirs controversy, investigation launched Eropean Jewish Press - CRIF, the umbrella organisation of French Jewry CRIF, responded with “indignance” in a public statement on Thursday to the “scandalous” question relating to the bombing of civilians in Gaza, which it claimed constituted “incitement against Israel”.-rh 21/6/2012
US blocks peace in Middle EastRAY HANANIA - Saudi Gazette - "The United States and the American news media are the keys to peace in the Middle East, if they would just be fair, truthful, moral and ethical, which may be too much to ask..." - id 20/6/2012
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Efforts to resolve Iranian nuclear crisis through talks shouldn`t be abandoned Julian Borger - Guardian - "The diplomatic process may seem frustrating and absurd, but the prospect of a new war in the Middle East is far worse." - id 20/6/2012
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Hamas, Fatah seek modus vivendiKhaled Amayreh - Al-Ahram - "Palestinian reconciliation edged closer this week, but there remain threats on the horizon -- not least Israel -- that could wreck all unity efforts." - id20/6/2012
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Nine killed, two reports and one siegeAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "It was too much also for the State Comptroller to consider the chilling possibility that some acts just cannot be explained or plausibly whitewashed - not even by the most skilled and eloquent of propagandists and jugglers of words." - id20/6/2012
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Susya must not be destroyed (poem)Moriel Rothman - The Leftern Wall - Last week, the entire village of Susya, located in the South Hebron Hills, received demolition orders. I wrote this piece as a small sliver of protest.19/6/2012
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An Israeli own goalGush Shalom - It took three months of hunger strike before the decision was reached to release the Palestinians soccer player held without trial and without charges. The fact that it was now agreed to release him casts grave doubts on the secret and unknowable `security considerations` which had led to Sarsak`s detention in the first place. 19/6/2012
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How Not To Keep Israel JewishGershom Gorenberg - Daily Beast - If Netanyahu were really concerned about the number of Jews and non-Jews under Israeli rule, he`d pay attention to the brontosaurus in the living room: the occupation of the West Bank. Instead, he`s building new homes in settlements, evading negotiations with the Palestinians, and diverting the public`s attention by talking about African refugees.19/6/2012
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West must recognize peaceful Palestinian resistance movementSarah Marusek - The Christian Science Monitor - The West has been largely silent on Palestinian nonviolent resistance, which is unifying groups like Fatah and Hamas. Unless the West recognizes these peaceful initiatives, some Palestinians may question whether civil protest is any better than its violent alternative.-rh 14/6/2012
The 45th birthday of the Occupation Nurit Peled-Elhanan - Speech given at Gan Meir in Tel Aviv, 9 June 2012 - This year the apartheid regime of the State of the Jews proved its complete loyalty to racism and the principles of racism. Twenty- five racist bills were submitted and more than ten racist laws have been passed this year, and hardly any Jewish citizens went out onto the streets.12/6/2012
It’s the Occupation, stupidHagai El-Ad - +972 - After 45 years, Israel’s control over Palestinian life cannot be seen as temporary, or as an aberration. It is no longer about Israel having to choose between continuing the occupation and its democratic identity , since the choice has already been made. What is left to deal with now are the consequences of this choice11/6/2012
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Living the occupation, 45 years Adam Keller - Would Israel put an end to the occupation, before the occupation puts an end to Israel?10/6/2012
The Nakba is a question of responsibilityHannan Hever - Haaretz - Israel was not established because of the Holocaust, but that doesn`t mean it isn`t responsible for the suffering its creation caused the Palestinians.10/6/2012
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Even I – an Israeli – think settlement goods are not kosher Avraham Burg - The Independent - A ray of light: the United Kingdom has been taking measures to ensure that settlement products are no longer labelled as "made in Israel". Contrary to what you may think, EU member states, following the British initiative, act in Israel`s interest. They take steps that defend and reinforce the Green Line, the pre-1967 border between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. The Green Line is of decisive importance to achieving Middle East peace. 9/6/2012
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The lies about the 1967 war are still more powerful than the truthAlan Hart - Alan Hart.net - here’s a quote from what Prime Minister Begin said in an unguarded, public moment in 1982. “In June 1967 we had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us, We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”-rh 7/6/2012
A Glimmer?International Harald Review - Editorial - Mr. Netanyahu should promptly implement the court decision on Ulpana. For the sake of peace, he should go a lot further and declare a cessation in all settlement activity and invite the Palestinians for serious talks. Mr. Netanyahu’s recent decision to bring the center Kadima Party into his coalition has given him space to act.-rh7/6/2012
Six days in Israel, 45 years agoMiko Peled - Los Angeles Times - The Six-Day War began three days later and was over on June 10, 1967. When the guns fell silent, one general saw yet another opportunity, one that would take most of Israel`s other leaders some decades to recognize. This was my father.-rh 7/6/2012
This wasn`t just another trip to IsraelJack Torry - Columbus Dispatch - "“Trips to Israel in election years are as commonplace as trips to Fourth of July parades.”" - id 6/6/2012
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The Case for Ending Aid to IsraelDoug Bandow - National Interest - "The United States appears to believe the only way to demonstrate friendship with other governments is to either defend or subsidize them." - id6/6/2012
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Thus spoke the Minister Adam Keller - Crazy Country - " do not want to talk about all the horror stories I heard, their culture of murder and assassination." - id 6/6/2012
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Lebanon War was no deception Yitzhak Laor - Haaretz - As a rule, Israelis are unable to repent. The dead have been forgotten. The tens of thousands of dead on the other side are not even counted here. Now on to Iran. 5/6/2012
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EU diplomacy on Israel/Palestine shifts up a gearDaniel Levy - EU Observer - The detail and brutal accuracy of their statement is unprecedented - on settlement "acceleration" and "settler extremism", on east Jerusalem and "Area C" (the 60 % of the West Bank under exclusive Israeli control). Achieving consensus for this statement among the twenty seven was far from easy (the current Czech and Dutch Governments are particularly susceptible to Israeli settler special pleading). 1/6/2012
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The Wall, 10 years on / part 8: A working class under siegeLatest in Haggai Matar`s wall series - on the workers trying to get through the wall to earn a living 1/6/2012
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Israeli settlers trying to turn south Tel Aviv into Hebron Yael Ben Yefet - What is interesting to me is the fact that last week’s hour of hatred, led by the three settlers, provided a glimpse into a reality that crosses borders, between the racist shouts and police orders that `everyone with black skin must cross the road`.1/6/2012
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Bipartisan Assault on Middle East Peace Stephen Zunes - Huffington Post - As an indication of how the Democratic Party is now even further to the right than former President George H.W. Bush, the bill also calls for additional unconditional loan guarantees to Israel, which the former Republican president tried to make conditional on a freeze in construction of Israel`s illegal settlements in the occupied territories. 1/6/2012
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Israeli Coalition Divided on Military Conscription for Ultra-Orthodox Jews and ArabsIsabel Kershner--JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s supersize coalition was showing its first serious signs of stress on Friday in its quest for a more universal draft system in Israel. dn30/6/2012
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How the Israel lobby erodes US sovereignty Ahmed Moor--From writing laws to funding presidential campaigns, conservative Israelis have a strong pull on US politics. dn30/6/2012
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Red Rag weekly column: Brutal police - Whither Egypt? Oh, Obama! Informers - A courageous ruling on circumcisionGideon Spiro - Egypt is entering a new phase of its history, with a former political prisoner as its democratically-elected president. Meanwhile, in the US, President Obama plays God - deciding who will live and who will die. 30/6/2012
It’s the Occupation, stupid.Hagai El-Ad - +972 (originally published in Hebrew on Ynet) - The arrangement of an annexationless “temporary” occupation is the scheme under which Israel is building settlements and roads, taking advantage of land and water resources, denying Palestinians access to large areas, restricting people’s movement and their opportunities to develop their homeland and build their homes. All this, of course, only on a “temporary” basis and always for security reasons. All this, (...) with the approval of generations of Supreme Court justices.
El-Ad is Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel(ACRI).
12/6/2012
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Ariel versus AcademiaDov Waxman - The Daily Beast:Open Zion - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once declared that a university in Ariel would ensure that the settlement “will forever remain part of the State of Israel.”12/6/2012
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The future Jewish citizens of Palestine Gershon Baskin - Jerusalem Post - The demand to the Palestinians to allow for the existence of a Jewish-Israeli minority in the State of Israel is going to challenge us all to come to terms with the meaning of collective national minority rights. bz5/6/2012
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Muffling the protests of the real victims (the Ulpana affair)Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - The legal expenses and moving costs of the fraudulously built Ulpana settlers` homes all of us will pay, including the Social Justice activists, who view justice as something that should be applied only to Israelis. 5/6/2012
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On both Palestinians and migrants, Israeli MKs are koshering the vermin Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - Regev is nothing but a small MK with a big mouth, who embarrasses her party and provides `normative` ministers an opportunity to condemn those who hate black people4/6/2012
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Red Rag weekly column: XenophobiaGideon Spiro - mini-Krystallnacht in Tel Aviv - Guy Bechor - speaking Orwellian - Well done, South Africa! - losing their toys - Munich 19723/6/2012
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