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The Russians cameUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - WHEN THE huge immigration wave from the Soviet Union arrived in 1990, we were glad. First of all, because we believe that all immigration is a good thing for the country. This, I believe, is generally the case. Second, because we were convinced that this specific group of immigrants would push our country in the right direction. gm27/4/2013
Man bites dog [from the dog`s point of view so to say]Richard Baehr - Israel Hayom - Of course, there are the naysayers. One left-wing journal is decrying Cornell`s ties to a university linked to `the occupation.` Still, for once, the Times has an article on Israel that does not mention settlements, occupation, or the two-state solution. Even the description of the Technion and its connection to Israel`s military, avoids the snarkiness common in Times articles on the subject.27/4/2013
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Friends of Israel Defense Forces Raises $27 Million Under NY Media’s RadarJeff Blankfort - Counterpunch - It isn’t every day or night that a tax- exempt non-profit American charity rakes in $27 million in the space of a few hours. When it happens in New York at such a well known landmark as the Waldorf-Astoria, arguably the city’s most famous hotel, it should be news, right? 27/4/2013
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A satiated people’s adviceIlana Hammerman - Australians for Palestine - Issawi did not choose to commit suicide but to fight for his freedom. Had you really been anxious about his welfare and wanted to encourage him to choose life, you would have demanded his immediate release. And it is quite likely that your voice would have been heard throughout this land and the whole world.-rh 24/4/2013
Diaspora Jews must speak out against the Israeli Law of ReturnSam Bahour - Mondoweiss - For the most part, world Jewry is silent about this reality of having an Israeli citizenship held in perpetuity for Jews only that awaits them their entire life. All they need to do to claim it is to visit Israel and request it. Partly because of this warped state of affairs, every Jew in the world is coaxed into thinking that they need to bear-hug Israel, regardless of whether Israel is engaged in war crimes or blatant racism.-rh24/4/2013
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What Has Bibi Been Doing?Philip Giraldi - AntiWar - "As Israel slides even further in the direction of an extremist run apartheid police state, it is regrettable to note that the American media and congress continue to slide right along with it. There is no law that cannot be broken if Israel is involved and no policy that cannot be embraced if Benjamin Netanyahu is for it"29/4/2013
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Focus on Syria gives Hagel respite from tempering Israeli warnings about attacking IranAriel David (AP) - Washington Post - "The White House said Tuesday the U.S. hasn’t yet come to the conclusion that Assad has used chemical weapons even though close U.S. allies say he has." - id 24/4/2013
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What`s the big deal about a Knesset member acknowledging the occupation?Mairav Zonszein - + 972 - "Her Facebook status could have been taken right out of the 1980s – which isn’t a criticism of her, but rather a strong indication of just how much Israel has regressed. We are in a sad state of affairs when that defines the Israeli Zeitgeist." - id 24/4/2013
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Red Rag Column: The death-cultGideon Spiro - The Week of the Dead in Israel - 65 years of independence - Brainwashing Israeli children - The last refuge of the scoundrel23/4/2013
When Israeli denial of Palestinian existence becomes genocidalIlan Pappe - EI - "Peres’ interview on the eve of the 65th commemoration of the Nakba is chilling not because it condones any violent act against the Palestinians, but because the Palestinians have entirely disappeared from his self-congratulatory admiration for the Zionist achievement in Palestine. It is bewildering to learn that the early Zionists denied the existence of Palestinians in 1882 when they arrived; it is even more shocking to find out that they deny their existence — beyond sporadic ghettoized communities — in 2013" 22/4/2013
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Boston Bombing – Good for Israel?Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Top Netanyahu Aide Sees Diplomatic Dividends for Marathon Attack22/4/2013
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After FayyadNo mention - The Economist "One of the biggest obstacles to peace is the division between Fatah and Hamas, which thrives by painting the more moderate Mr Abbas and his PA as stooges of Israel and America. A truce between them is overdue. As the overseer of the cities of the hilly West Bank since 2007, Mr Fayyad waged, to Israel’s delight, a fractious contest with the Islamists of Hamas who rule Gaza on the coast. Without Mr Fayyad, President Mahmoud Abbas could yet implement a deal, long in abeyance, to form a unity government with Khaled Meshal." ca19/4/2013
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Banging the drums of war: Christians United for IsraelEmily Lawrence The Electronic Intifada - "Here, anyone who struggles for justice for Palestinians is an “aggressive” enemy of Israel and, by proxy, God himself." - id17/4/2013
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Kerry, beware the bogeymanReuven Pedatzur - Haaretz - "In Ya’alon’s view, we don’t understand the only way to deal with the Palestinians is to hit them again and again, to strengthen Israel’s deterrence and `sear their consciousness.’" - id 17/4/2013
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Analyses of Israeli apartheid are ever more crucialBen White - MEM - "As more people see the writing on the wall about the `two state solution`, this apartheid analysis is set to become more crucial." - id 17/4/2013
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Israel`s Memorial Day: A day of mourning and militarism Larry Derfner - +972 - Today is not only a day of sadness for fallen Israeli soldiers, it’s also one of public declarations that all those bloody conflicts were righteous and necessary – just like the current ones and those that lie ahead15/4/2013
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The Plan to ‘Moderate’ Hamas, Control Gaza - Gaza’s Siege IntensifiesRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "According to a Gaza-based economist Maher Al-Tabbaa, `30 percent of Gaza’s goods come from the tunnels.` But other estimates, cited by Reuters, place the food reliance on smuggling at 80 percent. Without tunnels, and no real, long term alterative, Gaza will delve deeper into poverty and the crisis will likely reach unprecedented levels"15/4/2013
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“Around Us the Storm is Raging…” Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "Under Netanyahu […] Jewish victimhood is bandied about as a totem that sanctifies all our policies: the occupation, the settlements, the oppression of the Palestinians, the rejection in practice of peace based on the two-state solution. It is also a political ploy. The constant reminders of existential dangers – in Iran, in Syria, in Egypt and elsewhere – are designed to rally the population around the leadership"15/4/2013
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Zionist intellectuals offer pizza to Samer Issawi Free Haifa - “`Writers and poets, including Eli Amir, Amos Oz and AB. Yehoshua, turned in a personal letter to Samer Al Issawi, on hunger strike for more than 230 days, and called on him to stop the strike.` […] No, they did not wake up when Samer was arrested without any cause, as they didn’t protest at the imprisonment without trial of thousands of other Palestinians, including political activists, journalists and intellectuals. They didn’t even raise their voices while Samer was on a hunger strike for 200 days, as the continuing disregard to his cry for freedom puts his life under imminent danger"15/4/2013
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Carter Gets Peace Award at Law School, Despite CriticismAriel Kaminer - NYT "Some alumni of the school, a part of Yeshiva University, had argued that it was inappropriate for an Orthodox Jewish university to honor a persistent and harsh critic of Israel’s policies toward Palestinians. But the International Advocate for Peace award was given to Mr. Carter by the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, a legal journal run by students at the law school, which is secular." ca12/4/2013
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Netanyahu to United States: Drop Dead MJ Rosenberg - Huffington Post "Ha`aretz reported that the Netanyahu government has informed Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel is not interested in discussing land and borders right now. So we are back to Shamir and the bad old days before Rabin.The good news is that Netanyahu has made everything so clear. He has no interest in peace, negotiations, any kind of territorial withdrawal or even freezing settlements." ca 12/4/2013
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Amira Hass receives hate mail for claiming Palestinian schools should teach children how to `resist occupation` `Harriet Sherwood - The Observer - Hass said her critics had either not read or had not understood her article. "I`m surprised that they don`t read the whole text – and then I`m surprised at myself for being surprised," she told the Observer, pointing out that she had drawn "a clear distinction between a citizen [as a target] and a soldier or someone who carries arms".-rh 10/4/2013
Now haircuts are a problem, too?Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - This is a lesson lost on the de facto Hamas government in Gaza. Since it assumed power in 2007, it has issued one oppressive social edict after another against the people of the Strip. Mostly, these edicts target women – they cannot smoke water pipes in public or have a male hairdresser cut their hair. Schoolgirls must cover their hair with a headscarf or wear the jilbab (the Palestinian equivalent to the Iranian chador). Men and women cannot walk together unless they are married (or first degree relatives) and female university students must dress “modestly” in line with Islamic culture and norms.-rh 10/4/2013
Israel`s definition as a `Jewish state` Ben White - AlJazeera - The alternative to Israel as a "Jewish state" is not a Palestinian Arab state, but a state where all have equal rights 9/4/2013
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Why I’m Supporting a Cultural Boycott of Israel Iain M Banks - The Paletine chronicle - "I support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign because, especially in our instantly connected world, an injustice committed against one, or against one group of people, is an injustice against all, against every one of us; a collective injury"9/4/2013
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Holocaust Remembrance Day didn’t use to be like thisLarry Derfner - +972 - The Holocaust lends itself perfectly to Israel’s two reigning ‘isms’ – nationalism and emotionalism9/4/2013
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Obama`s empathy deficit in PalestineUri Avnery - Counterpunch - President Obama`s failure to acknowledge Yasser Arafat`s grave "was like spitting in the face of the entire Palestinian people. Imagine a foreign dignitary coming to France and not laying a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Or coming to Israel and not visiting Yad Vashem."6/4/2013
Don’t Tread On My Hair, HamasMaysoon Zayid - The Daily Beast "Hamas makes laws and Israel chuckles. They empower the Israeli narrative that the conflict is about Islam versus Judaism rather than what it actually is, colonialism versus the indigenous population. When they fling their feeble rockets at the Israelis, they give a green light to Israel to massacre the trapped residents of Gaza in the name of security. The United States also empowers Hamas." ca5/4/2013
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John Kerry`s Mission Impossible?Hussein Ibish - The Daily Beast "Netanyahu is probably comfortable with any relatively unstructured negotiations, so long as they are all process and no substance. The status quo suits him well, and the difficulty will be creating a structure that incentivizes and/or coerces him to move forward, even slightly, in spite of the political risks." ca5/4/2013
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Nakba Steals All: Land, Life, LibrariesRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - As war came to Jerusalem in May 1948, Palestinian Omar Saleh Barghouti fled his home, leaving behind hundreds of his books, including years worth of his diaries. He would never see them again.-rh 4/4/2013
Can Kerry Rescue a Two-State Peace Accord?Henry Siegman - Huffington Post - But any new U.S. effort that leaves Israeli interlocutors believing that America still has not caught on to their annexationist goals and remains prepared to provide American cover for these goals can only end in disastrous failure. America should act as the true friend of Israel it has not been. It should finally tell it the truth.-rh4/4/2013
Red Rag Weekly Column: Barack Obama, Superstar Gideon Spiro - Barack Obama, Superstar - The Apology - 46 years of Occupation - Male chauvinist pork4/4/2013
Syria’s Christians ThreatenedJean Aziz - Al-Monitor "Since the beginning of the civil war, Syrian church officials have been warning of a dark fate awaiting the country`s Christians, a fate similar to that of Iraq’s Christians. On June 16, 2011, the bishops of Damascus called on Syrian Christians to avoid getting dragged into the “battle of the axes” and to not bet on foreign entities. A few months later, in September 2011, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris and warned him that Syria’s Christians were in danger. Afterward, almost all Christian religious officials, from every denomination, started speaking out on the issue." ca 26/4/2013
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Gideon Levy: It’s time for a ‘one person, one vote’ movement to end Israeli oppressionAles Kane - Mondoweiss "Focusing on this demand will disarm Israel of all its excuses. What can it say? That the Palestinians aren`t human? That they don`t have rights like any other nation? Not every nation has a state, but every person has the right to vote. Palestinians do not have voting rights in the state that determines their fate. Theirs must be a struggle for this right without criminal violence, such as the terror of the second intifada. Such a struggle will attract international support by peoples and governments." ca26/4/2013
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