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Israel Says Nasrallah is a Target in the Next War With LebanonAlbawaba - Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah will be a target in the next war between Lebanon and Israel, an Israeli army spokesperson said in a report published Tuesday.“There won’t be a clear victory picture in the [next] war, but it’s clear that Nasrallah is a target,” Israeli left-leaning daily Haaretz quoted Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis as saying at a press conference.-rh29/11/2017
Former Israeli Minister ‘Proud’ of Killing Most PalestiniansPalestine Chronicle - Moshe Ya’alon, Israeli Defense Minister from 2002 to 2005, said that he is “proud” of being the official that killed the most Palestinians, according to Safa News agency. After characterizing Palestinians and Arabs as “terrorists,” according to the Middle East Monitor, Ya’alon added that he topped the list among all Israeli government officials in killings of Palestinians during a meeting held in Herzliya over the weekend.-rh29/11/2017
Palestinian artist urges women to talk about sexual harassment Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian artist Yasmeen Mjalli will talk Nov. 29 with students at Al-Quds University in the West Bank city of Abu Dis about their experiences with sexual harassment, as part of a project called “I am not your sweetheart,” which aims to encourage women to speak out against harassment and abuse.The meeting is the second phase of Mjalli’s project. Earlier this month, she placed a wooden table on the sidewalk of Yasser Arafat Square in Ramallah and asked women to come forward with their stories of sexual harassment. The stories she collected will be made into a book, published in English and Arabic, which will be launched in conjunction with an art exhibition.-rh 29/11/2017
Rift between Israel, US Jews deepensMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - The ongoing and escalating crisis in relations between Israel and American Jewry since the cancellation of the Western Wall compromise in June had not managed to penetrate public and media discourse in Israel until the uproar raised by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely on Nov. 22 following one damaging and ignorant interview. Hotovely’s words in the interview can be likened to another “terrorist attack” on relations between Israel and American Jewry — and thanks to them, the great drama experienced by diaspora Jewry has finally reached the top of the media and political agenda in Israel.-rh 29/11/2017
Fifty-five Israeli lawmakers throw their bodies down for ‘everyone’s child,’ killer Elor AzaryaJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - Fifty-five Israeli lawmakers, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, have signed a petition to the President today, for him to reconsider his decision not to pardon Elor Azarya, the soldier-medic who killed an incapacitated Palestinian with a bullet to the head in March 2016. In addition to Netanyahu, the petition included Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Welfare Minister Haim Katz, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, as the Times of Israel reported today.-rh 29/11/2017
70 years on, Israel continues to ignore UN partition planAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "While Arab countries are willing to recognize Israel and advance toward regional peace, Israel refuses to accept the principle of the 1947 UN Resolution 181 for the partition of the land." - id 29/11/2017
This is what it looks like to be hit by Israel`s `Skunk`Edo Konrad - +972 - "Developed as a non-lethal alternative to tear gas canisters and rubber coated steel bullets, the Skunk has been regularly deployed in the Palestinian villages which, beginning in the middle of the last decade, embraced unarmed protest as a means to fight against the occupation, land theft, and the separation wall." - id 29/11/2017
Labor’s new leader on being Jewish and MoroccanYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "So it is with Israeli society. Its refusal to deal with a changing reality and the Palestinian problem (a problem it created), its seclusion from the world in order to adhere to old policies, its populism, and the practice of courting voters at any price, all contribute to the perpetuation of the conflict, to the deepening of the social crisis and to the internal rift." - id 29/11/2017
A Terrible Thought Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "During his few months as leader of the Labor Party, Gabbay has deeply shocked many party members. Shocked them to the core. About once a week, usually on Shabbat, Gabbay lets loose a statement that seemingly contradicts everything the party has stood for during its more than one hundred years of existence." - id 29/11/2017
The Law Created Solely to Protect Netanyahu Editorial - Haaretz - The “recommendations bill” shows that what concerns its sponsors is neither the public good nor any matter of principle, but only the prime minister’s interests. [bz]28/11/2017
Israel Is Growing Increasingly Worried About the Trump AdministrationBrian Katulis / Yoram Schweitzer - Foreign Policy - The Trump administration’s unclear and disjointed approach to the Middle East has unnerved key allies like Israel while giving the emerging coalition of Russia, Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah a free pass. True, the new tone of warmth and support to Israel projected by President Trump is widely welcomed by Israeli officials, as are the increased criticisms of Iran expressed in the President`s speech last month. But actions speak louder than words, and nearly a month after Trump’s Iran speech many top security officials in Israel are still asking: Does the United States care about the region, and does it have a plan? And many Israelis were dismayed earlier this week when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Iran’s presence in Syria was legitimate and that they would not force Iranian- aligned Shiite militias to withdraw from positions close to Syria’s border with Israel. [ak]28/11/2017
The Israeli embrace of ‘Zionist anti-Semites’Yossi Shain - Ynet - The Jewish right in America and in Israel is no longer afraid of the “old anti-Semitism.” Abraham (Abe) Foxman, the former leader of the Anti-Defamation League, said to me during the second intifada: “We have an alliance with the Evangelical Christians, and when Jesus the messiah arrives we’ll discuss religious conversion.” ZOA’s praise for Bannon expands the pro-Israel circle in the American right, while driving the American center away from Israel. Many Jews, including conservatives, harshly condemn what they see as the Israeli alliance with “Zionist anti-Semites.” [bz] 28/11/2017
Explained: Why many on the Left are furious at new Labor leader Avi Gabbay+972 - Joshua Leifer "From vowing never to join forces with Arab political parties to saying there’s no reason to remove settlements, Labor’s new leader has alienated many on the Left in recent months. His latest move, supporting the deportation of asylum seekers, is different." ca24/11/2017
Israeli Labor sells out African refugees, as ‘infiltrators’Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - ”What has become of you? Are you the Zionist Union or the expelling union? Have you gone mad? In your tactics for wooing votes, you’ve abandoned your fundamental values and ability to tell right from wrong.” Tamar Zandberg, a lawmaker from the leftist Meretz Party, shouted that at the left-bloc Zionist Union members who yesterday backed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s draconian legislation to forcibly deport the remaining roughly 40,000 African asylum seekers to a third country – Rwanda. 22/11/2017
Israel has good reason to fear ICCAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - It`s hard to fathom why the US administration rushed to Israel’s defense against Palestinian urging for Israeli officials to be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court. Successive Israeli governments claimed that all their activities in the territories conquered in the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war were strictly kosher. According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the West Bank is a "disputed" area, not an occupied one. Therefore, anything that Israel did and does in the territory is perfectly legal. So what lit a fire under the administration and Congress when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to demand that the ICC in The Hague investigate Israel’s activities in the occupied territories? Why did Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warn Nov. 17 that unless Abbas withdraws this threat, the administration will have to close the mission of the PLO in Washington? If Israel is acting lawfully, shouldn`t it let the Palestinians go to court and take the chance to prove once and for all that it is not an occupying power and can continue to build its settlements uninterruptedly in the territories?-rh 22/11/2017
You can’t support the US if you oppose the OccupationShmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Has it not occurred to our liberals (and even some of the radicals among them) that if the Americans really wanted to end the Occupation, they could get Israel out of the Palestinian territories without much difficultly? gm18/11/2017
You are here Anti-Semites feted by Zionist Organization of AmericaMichael F. Brown - Electronic Intifada "Men like Bannon are now the political partners of the ZOA and the crowd of supporters that turned out on Sunday. If you’re pro-Israel in these circles, then any form of bigotry goes.Nazi sympathizer Sebastian Gorka – who worked alongside Bannon in the White House – was there despite his connections to anti-Semitic leaders in Hungary.Alan Dershowitz, the lawyer who has advocated such war crimes as the destruction of Palestinian villages, was there." ca 18/11/2017
Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara is Winning in ItalyRomana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud - Dissident Voice "A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause, has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most surprisingly, though, the Left is as implicated as the Right in the rush to please Israel, at the expense of Palestinian rights.The sad reality is this: Italy is moving to the Israeli camp. The sad reality is this: Italy is moving to the Israeli camp." ca18/11/2017
Netanyahu: Israel Will Act Alone to Force Iran Out of SyriaJason Ditz - - On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that the most recent ceasefire announcement did not involve any commitment for Russia to force Iran out of Syria, saying that Iran can maintain a legitimate presence in Syria. This isn’t sitting well with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who urged the world to unite and force Iran out of Syria at all costs. Now, he’s saying Israel is prepared to act alone to ensure Iran has no permanent presence there.-rh15/11/2017
Sadat to Salman: Israel at the expense of PalestineMarwan Bishara - Al-Jazeera "The attraction between the Wahabi and Zionist leaders may be neither halal nor kosher, but it`s nonetheless strong and getting stronger. And it`s nothing new.Their rapprochement is born out of necessity and driven, primarily, by mutual aversion rather than mutual attraction: aversion to the Iranian regime and fear of its expanding influence in the region. As those feelings grow, so does their relationship, in accordance with the realist proverb: my enemy`s enemy is my friend." ca 24/11/2017
Former Dutch PM: Israel is the Most Dangerous Country in the Middle EastIMEMC News & Agencies - "Van Agt explained, according to Al Ray, that “Israel seems to the world public opinion as if living under constant threat, as a small place among a number of Arab countries,” he said.“The whole world is turning a blind eye to the siege imposed on the Palestinian Gaza Strip, including the Netherlands,” he said.“The interest in the Palestinian cause has decreased significantly over the past few years,” said Agt, who went on to defend Palestinian rights after leaving politics." ca 24/11/2017
The Greatest Dangers in the Middle East Today are Jared Kushner and Mohamed bin SalmanPatrick Cockburn - Information Clearing House "The sort of Neo-con and right-wing think tankers, who in 2003 were saying that a war with Iraq would be a doddle, are back in business in Washington, pushing for war with Iran – and are stronger than ever." ca24/11/2017
Hezbollah leader Nasrallah slams Saudi aggression – says Israel will not invade LebanonAdam Garrie (interview)- The Duran - While many have suspected that Israel and Saudi have worked in collusion to provoke a crisis in Lebanon, Nasrallah stated that this collusion will not amount to a new Israel war on Lebanon. He stated that the Israeli regime is well aware of the international climate and will not likely enter into a new conflict that would be long, costly and ultimately unfruitful from the Israeli perspective. However, Nasrallah warned that Israel is capable of igniting sedition in many places through the use of proxies. [bz]11/11/2017
Kerry: “No One Among the Israeli Leaders Wants Peace”IMEMC News & Agencies - "He said, in a recording published by Channel 10 Hebrew TV: “No one among the Israeli leaders wants peace, That is why his efforts for the peace negotiations failed.” Israeli PM Netanyahu’s office immediately replied by saying that” John Kerry did not understand that it is the Palestinians who do not want peace. ” Kerry said, “Jordan agreed to keep US troops on the border, but Israel rejected all the proposals,” He added that he “will not be surprised if there is no Palestinian leader, after 10 years, who believes in nonviolence and says ‘I want peace," ca 10/11/2017
When political persecution hits close to home +972 Magazine - "+972 Magazine strongly condemns the silencing and political assault against Palestinian journalist Makbula Nassar by Israel’s most-read newspaper and a senior government minister...Israel Hayom, the free daily widely viewed as Prime Minister Netanyahu’s mouthpiece, reached new heights of McCarthyism when it targeted journalist Makbula Nassar, a blogger for Local Call and frequent +972 Magazine contributor, above the fold on its front page Wednesday. According to the newspaper, Nassar, who was recently appointed the National Road Safety Authority’s head of Arabic-language public relations, was accused of being an “active member of anti-Zionist and pro- Palestinian organizations.” ca10/11/2017
American Jews have the power to oppose Israel`s gov`t. Will they use it?Joshua Leifer - +972 "Jewish American leaders are slowly beginning to understand just how vast the gap is between their values and those represented by the Israeli government...Princeton University Hillel sparked controversy earlier this week after announcing it would indefinitely postpone a scheduled speech by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely. The decision came after protests by students from the Alliance of Jewish Progressives and other groups..." ca10/11/2017
Walls and Militarized Police: How Israel Is Exporting Its Occupation to the United StatesRamzy Baroud - Dissident Voice - US Senate Bill S.720 should have been a wake-up call. The Bill, drafted by the Israel lobby group, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as part of its “2017 Lobbying Agenda” is set to punish any individual or company that boycotts Israel for its violation of Palestinian human rights.-rh8/11/2017
The question Israel still hasn`t answered about Rabin`s murderTomer Persico - +972 - The murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is significant not only because of the wave of incitement that led to it, or because it effectively halted the Palestinian peace process, but because it thrust into conflict two competing forms of authority: that of the people in a democracy, and that of a particular group, in this case a certain strain of Judaism.-rh8/11/2017
By Killing Isis Fighters We Become as Guilty as Our EnemiesRobert Fisk - Information Clearing House - For decades, we have been condemning the dictators of the Middle East for their savagery, for their drumhead courts and their mass hangings – and rightly so. But how can we condemn them now, when we are announcing, quite publicly, that we want our own citizens dead if they joined – or are believed to have joined, or might have joined, or are said to have joined – Isis. If we are now, in effect, calling for their execution, then we have no more right to lecture any tyrant about their wickedness.-rh8/11/2017
Israeli police turn up heat on NetanyahuBen Caspit - Al-Monitor - The Israeli police continue to investigate the sale of German submarines to Israel and the people involved in the deal. But while we cannot predict the end results of the “submarine affair,” we already know that it has changed the face of the government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be forced to at least testify on this affair in the near future, can no longer run the country via his two lawyer-cousins who are his closest, most loyal associates. This system through which the prime minister conducted Israel’s most secret issues has been dismantled. It is gone for good.- rh 8/11/2017
Who is Afraid of the Iranian Bomb?URI AVNERY - Counterpunch - Since the nuclear bomb was invented, no nuclear-armed country has ever been attacked. Attacking a nuclear-armed country simply means suicide. Even the mighty USA (the “Big Satan”) does not dare to attack little North Korea, whose endeavor to obtain a nuclear strike force is far from irrational.-rh8/11/2017
Israel is not a democracy as long as the occupation existsAlon Mizrahi - +972 - An Israel that does not fight to free Palestinians from occupation is an Israel that will excel in occupation. This is the Left’s most urgent and important mission [ry]6/11/2017
“Bar Bahar” Redefines Palestinian Israeli Women Onscreen Shira Feder - Forward "These characters were teenagers during the first Intifada, which affected the way they engaged with Israeli society. The film doesn’t directly engage with politics (except for the opening scene where Laila tells an Israeli shopkeeper to relax, “we don’t bite.”) Instead the film is about women and the cost of freedom." ca 4/11/2017
Lecture by Professor Rashid Khalidi on the Balfour Declaration VIDEO: Rashid Khalidi - "Lecture delivered by Professor Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, on the Balfour Declaration and the impact it has had on the Palestinian people, hosted by The United Nations Palestinian Rights Committee." ca4/11/2017
Despite His Talk Of ‘Reconciliation,’ Abbas Continues To Act In Israel’s InterestsRamona Wadi - IMEMC News & Agencies "The writer traces remarks by the PA and Fatah president and found that he is faking Palestinians throughout his apparent involvement in the national reconciliation deal. In fact, he works for Israel." ca3/11/2017
Reckoning with the murder of a prime ministerEdo Konrad - +972 "The White House chief of staff, who claimed the American Civil War was born out of an inability to compromise, can teach Israelis a thing or two about just how toxic political amnesia can be." ca3/11/2017
Balfour 100 years on: Britain`s colonial legacySalma Yaqoob - Al Jazeera - "The Palestinian conflict shares something in common with a number of other, seemingly unrelated others, such as Kashmir and Myanmar - a legacy of British colonialism. There`s no hope of a "truly global Britain" unless the country addresses that, helps to start clearing up the mess it made, and does something to defend those it said it would defend." - id  1/11/2017
“Hurricane Israel” causes more damage than “Hurricane Harvey”Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "The BDS movement wants to end Israeli apartheid policies and racism, but some want to do more. The BDS movement has been hijacked by extremists who have expanded the fight against discrimination to include all of Israel. These extremists believe Israel has no right to exist and they want to turn back time to the 1920s boycotting not only Israeli racism against non-Jews, but everything Israel and everything Jewish." - id 1/11/2017
Pickled Cucumbers Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - Desperation, depression, they are all luxuries we cannot afford. We must return to the battle with hope and self-assurance." - id "1/11/2017
Two Meetings Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "To my mind, the slogans of the initiators were immaterial – important was only the number of those coming to pay respect to the man and his heritage. Rabin and peace with the Palestinians are inseparably linked." - id 15/11/2017
Equal rights? Not for everyone apparently Aviad Kleinberg - Ynet - "The apartheid-like notions revealed in Jews’ attitudes towards Israel’s Arabs are a symptom of a disease being adopted by the entire Israeli culture in the name of the national struggle—rejecting the equality principle, a principle which is the basis of democracy and human rights." - id 15/11/2017
The Anti-Iran Axis Tries to `Blackmail` Palestine VIDEO - Phyllis Bennis The Real News "The Trump administration`s threat to close the PLO mission in Washington, DC is part of a wider US-Israel-Saudi effort to assert regional dominance, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies." ca24/11/2017
Israel`s threats could push it into unnecessary war with IranShemuel Meir - +972 - Endless threats and the instinctive inclination toward a preventative strike are likely to push Israel into a much wider, unwanted, and unnecessary war with Iran. A war that will become a long war of attrition and a self-fulfilling prophecy.-rh23/11/2017
Palestinians Will Suspend US Ties If Trump Closes PLO OfficeJason Ditz - - Palestinian officials say that if the PLO office is closed, they will be cutting off all communications with the United States, saying the effort proves the Trump Administration is under pressure from the Israelis. Though Israel is not a party to the International Criminal Courts, they could face ICC trials for war crimes committed on Palestinian soil. Congress had previously urged the State Department to punish the Palestinians if they joined the court.-rh22/11/2017
Netanyahu is Redefining Ethnic Cleansing, Not Pursuing Genuine PeaceKamel Hawwash - - In Netanyahu’s eyes, rather than Israel work towards meeting its obligations under international law for peace, he is attempting to create confusion and change the discourse to make ending the occupation and creating a sovereign Palestinian state a threat to Israel’s very survival. The two terms he is out to remould are now sovereignty and ethnic cleansing. I wish he was using the brain power around him to pursue genuine peace with the Palestinians instead of thinking that the status quo and redefining a couple of terms will bring Israel peace or security.-rh22/11/2017
The strategic interests behind Eisenkot’s Saudi interviewRon Ben-Yishai - Ynetnews - The interview to the Saudi online newspaper Elaph was the first interview the chief of staff gave a foreign media outlet since taking office. This is an important fact, because the timing and content of the interview point to the strategic interests behind it. The first interest is security-related and has to do with the fact that in the event of a decision to operate in Iran, Israel would need Saudi Arabia to at least turn a blind eye. Another interest is diplomatic. It has nothing to do with military or security issues, but rather with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.-rh22/11/2017
Iran in Syria: Israel’s northern dilemma : Saudi Arabia apparently wants Israel to fight its war with Hezbollah. Some in Israel also think the time has come. But the risks still appear excessiveMeron Rapoport - Middle East Eye - With all due respect to ties with Saudi Arabia, there’s no Israeli enthusiasm for shedding blood to advance the interests of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Netanyahu also understands that even if the Saudi government doesn’t really care about the Palestinians, public opinion in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world altogether will not allow the Saudis a closer alliance with Israel absent concessions of some kind, even symbolic ones, concerning the Palestinian question. In his current political situation at home, Netanyahu cannot pay that kind of price.-rh 22/11/2017
Struggle for basic rights within binational state has begun and we will win’ –Shulman in ‘NYRB’Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - “[A]lready one can hear the beginning notes of a chorus that may eventually drown out most other voices in the territories. If there is to be no peace between the two states west of the Jordan River, then, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in his speech at the UN in September, “Neither you [the peoples of the world], nor we, will have any other choice but to continue the struggle and demand full, equal rights for all inhabitants of historic Palestine.” Indeed, the struggle for basic rights within a single binational state has already begun. Israeli activists, having despaired of a solution based on radical separation, will certainly join in. It will look something like the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa or the American civil rights movement, and sooner or later, at whatever cost, we will win."-rh22/11/2017
A History of Idiocy Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "In theory, there are only two reasonable solutions: either the two peoples shall live together as equal citizens in one state, or they shall live side by side in two states. The third possibility is no solution – eternal conflict, eternal war." - id 22/11/2017
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