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I wish we could mourn Pittsburgh as one Jewish people — but we can`tSimone Zimmerman - IfNotNow . +972 Magazine - I want to mourn with my beloved Jewish people who feel terror and are wondering if anyone else sees our pain. I want to mourn with all of my beloved Jewish people, but as the Israeli Right exploits this tragedy for their political gain, aided by their apologists in the American Jewish establishment, it is clear that even in our mourning, we are divided. Following the massacre, Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted, “They were killed because they are Jews… We must never forget that. We are one,” and thanked President Trump for his support of the victims. Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer deflected a question about Trump’s anti-Semitic dog whistles by justifying criticism of George Soros and insisted that Trump’s election had nothing to do with what happened in Pittsburgh. Conveniently omitted was the detail that the killer was a white supremacist who, hours before his attack posted that “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people" and that this was heis reason to go in and kill Jews. And also omitted - that this same week, after railing against “corrupt, power hungry globalists,” Trump proudly declared himself a “nationalist,” and continued to stoke conspiracy theories about George Soros running a nefarious plot to infiltrate the U.S. with immigrants. [ak] 30/10/2018
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After the Khashoggi Murder, It is Up To Israel to Repair the Crack in the Axis of EvilAndrew Levine - CounterPunch - “The United States depends on Saudi Arabia for its oil, for the financial clout its oil makes possible, and for keeping the global oil market on track in ways that accord with America’s global interests. Israel has nothing comparable to offer the United States – it is no longer even useful as an off-shore military base — but the political clout of the Israel lobby, both Jewish and Evangelical Christian, more than makes up for the deficit” [ry]29/10/2018
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Boycotts Have an Honored Status in Jewish HistoryRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam - "Another important sidelight is that Israeli security forces (the Shin Bet vets all incoming travelers and is responsible for decisions on detaining visitors) who detained Alqasem used data from the Canary Mission website. Recently, the Forward has exposed both the dirty ops and smear tactics of this semi-secret organization. It has also reported that some of the wealthiest Jewish philanthropic institutions in America have funded this monstrous group." ca27/10/2018
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Annexation is in the airAbba Solomon - Mondoweiss - "A warning about imminent annexation of the West Bank was given on Tuesday by UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories S. Michael Lynk, on the eve of his delivery of his annual report to the General Assembly." ca 27/10/2018
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Why Israel Sees BDS As A ‘Strategic Threat’IMEMC News & Agencies - "As leaders of a state that is totally alien to the region and its indigenous peoples, Israeli political and military planners are obsessed with what they term “strategic threats”...As an initiative of Palestinians themselves, the genius of the 2005 BDS call was that it unified the fractured Palestinian body politics in a programme of solidarity actions against Israeli repression." ca 27/10/2018
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Humanitarian aid to Palestinians ‘at an all-time low,’ UN warnsFidaa Shurrab - +972 "According to OCHA, 1.57 million of the Gaza Strip’s 1.8 million residents rely on humanitarian assistance. The unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip has reached 32.4 percent — the highest it has been in two decades. The combination of Israel’s siege and internal Palestinian divisions means that the NGO sector often has to provide basic services in place of the weakened Hamas government.The majority of the employment programs in the Palestinian territories depend on international financial aid, but the funding cuts have created a situation where a number of organizations are dramatically decreasing their services, with some operating solely on an administrative level." ca 26/10/2018
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Independent journalism is on the attackDaoud Kuttab - Arab Media Internet Network - In the Middle East, as in the US, individuals wishing to express themselves in a professional and independent journalistic way are not guaranteed that right. The culture that has been built over the years rewards journalists who toe the line of the ruling powers and punish those courageous individuals, like Jamal Khashoggi, who dare to speak truth to power. Politicians and those in power respond in different ways. They often attempt to besmirch the reputation of independent journalists. We are called anything from traitors to paid agents, of whatever is the trending oppositional theme or person, or simply as is being stated by the president of the US and the many dictators around the world, authors of fake news. We are not.-rh24/10/2018
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Netanyahu ignores Gaza violence, throws IDF chief to wolves Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - Netanyahu devoted himself fully to this very unimportant visit and completely ignored reports in the media all day long about attacks by the defense cabinet against IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot. According to them, during the dramatic cabinet meeting the night before, which Eizenkot attended, ministers lashed out at Eizenkot and claimed his Gaza policy had led to the latest escalation with Hamas. Anyone familiar with the political hierarchy in Israel knows the accusation is absurd. Policy on Gaza is made by the political echelon — in this case by Netanyahu and the coterie of defense cabinet members. Leveling such an accusation at the country’s top soldier, especially during such a sensitive time that is perhaps the eve of a war in the south, is an irresponsible act.-rh 24/10/2018
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Israeli civil society, left-wing camp back in the gameAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "The Israeli left-wing camp and human rights organizations seem to have woken up and are ready to fight the Netanyahu government and its occupation policies." - id 24/10/2018
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Government`s indecision on GazaYonatan Yavin - Ynet - "Netanyahu and Lieberman have been threatening to strike Hamas with ‘the hardest blow’ imaginable for the past few weeks. However, ‘the hardest blow’ would be dropping an atomic bomb, and between that and what we have seen from IDF so far, there is still a wide range of military options which have not been exercised." - id 24/10/2018
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American Jewry: Dead or Dying?Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "That is why groups like Jewish Voice for Peace and If Not Now have grown by leaps and bounds. They appeal to a younger demographic of Jews who are increasingly secular, increasingly alienated from pro-Israel rhetoric and the obsession with Zionism as a guiding principle of Jewish life and identity." - id "24/10/2018
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Boycotts Have an Honored Status in Jewish HistoryRichard Silverstein = Tikun Olam - "In 1933, American Jewish leaders organized an international boycott of Germany. The campaign was extremely effective."..."But there was another, more disturbing impact: the Jewish-led boycott campaign was sabotaged and ultimately failed because a major portion of the world Jewish community rejected and abandoned it. Meaning that the most effective tool that world Jewry devised to combat the Nazis was torpedoed by Ben Gurion. This is a little known historical incident which pro-Israel advocates either themselves don’t know; or else ignore because it poses inconvenient moral questions about the loyalties of the Zionist leadership in the lead-up to the Holocaust." - id 17/10/2018
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Normalizing the Siege: The ‘Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism’ and the Contradictions of Humanitarianism and ReconstructionPietro Stefanini - POMEPS/George Washington University - If a radical change to the status quo does not occur, “post-conflict” reconstruction will remain part of a “humanitarian attack”[lvii] on the people of Gaza. The short-term gains in housing normalize the existence of a siege that holds almost 2 million Palestinians in carceral conditions. What is conceived as a temporary mechanism bears the risk of becoming a permanent arrangement. [bz]16/10/2018
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Sinwar`s hidden message: Calm for Gaza rehabilitation or warAlex Fishman - Ynet - "The interview with Hamas leader in Gaza is a call for help, a moment before winter makes life in the strip hell and puts his rule at risk. And between the lines there`s also a warning: this is the last chance for a change. If the stalemate in talks continues, Sinwar indicates he won`t hesitate to go to war." - id 10/10/2018
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Israel Privileges Jews, But Only the “Right” JewsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Israel still welcomes Jews. But not just any Jew. You must be the right kind of Jew. You must have the right political views. And those views must be as racist and ultra-nationalist as the government itself. Or, in the alternative, you may have no views; or views which are vaguely liberal Zionist. That won’t get you into too much hot water. It goes without saying that leftist Jewish students who endorse the BDS movement will be suspect." - id10/10/2018
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Ruling the air and women’s empowermentAdam Keller - Gush Shalom - "No complicated intelligence operation is needed in order to know where the Dimona nuclear reactor is located. It`s no secret, the reactor’s location has been well known for decades. But in all these years, no IAEA inspector has ever set foot there." - id10/10/2018
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The Last Word - What’s in a Name? Sani P. Meo - This Week in Palestine - The assault on Palestinian identity is real. Almost unanimously, Palestinians view the appropriation of what they consider to be core cultural symbols or icons, such as Palestinian embroidery, the olive tree, and yes, falafel, as theft of their culture and an infringement on their cultural identity. The attack on Palestinian identity doesn’t stop there, in fact. Part of the Zionist offensive includes a narrative that actually questions the very origins of Palestinians, clearly hoping to paint them as a bunch of nomads who happen to be living in this land almost by a freak accident or at best as a forgotten people who were part of Greater Syria. Naturally, not all Israelis view Palestinians as such, but I dare say that there is a sizeable portion of Israeli society that does. Palestinians naturally become defensive when confronted with this view, and then they go on the offensive with arguments, some logical and objective and some over the top, leading one to believe that the Palestinian identity, as it exists now, is age-old; in existence almost since God created the world! Silly, I know, but such people do exist; in the same way as some Israelis believe that they’re God’s gift to the human race![ak]9/10/2018
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The audacity of unchecked power in Khan al-AhmarHagai El-Ad - +972 - An entire Palestinian village is facing destruction. What follows will dictate the fate of Palestinian communities all over the West Bank. As Israel`s largest trade partner Europe should do much more than "questioning". [bz] 9/10/2018
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Foreign Ministry: `US reaffirms disdain towards international law`Ma`an News Agency - "The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the US administration`s announcement to withdraw from the optional protocol to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations reaffirms the administration`s disdain towards international law and the rules-based international order.The State of Palestine has exercised its right to defend itself through legal means by resorting to the International Court of Justice on the issue of the illegal US embassy move to our capital, Jerusalem. This step was based on the compulsory jurisdiction of Court, as stipulated in Article I of the Additional Protocol." ca 6/10/2018
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Sinwar: Another war with Israel not in Hamas`s interestAl Jazeera News - "Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth and Italian newspaper La Repubblica published a rare interview with Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on Friday in which he outlined his views on a ceasefire with Israel as entailing "complete calm" and an end to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza. "Through war, we don`t achieve anything," he said." ca 6/10/2018
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IDF Beats Palestinian Youth to Death, Then Denies ItRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "For the sheltered and naïve among you, dear readers, this is not the first or even the tenth time the IDF has engaged in such a charade. They lie regularly in order to cover their asses. Some overeager 18 year olds, eager to win favor of his commander, or just hoping to make a name for himself as the roughest and toughest of the lot, got carried away. They beat Rimawi to a pulp and killed him. Now they have to scurry like rats to repair the damage." - id3/10/2018
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Israel Supreme Court says OK to kill civiliansEditorial - The Arab Daily News - "Eighteen years have passed since the October 2000 Israeli police killings of 13 unarmed Palestinian protesters and – despite solid condemnation of this practice on both the national and international levels – the Israeli military continues killing unarmed Palestinian civilian protesters with snipers and live fire in the Gaza Strip, with the approval of Israel’s Supreme Court." - id3/10/2018
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Fateful misconception: Israel’s Russia mistakeYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "...Israel, which prides itself on solving complex problems by one simple means: the Air Force. If there is no drinking water in Gaza, no hospitals, no employment, andHamas is in charge there, Israel’s panacea is to bash them from the air. And what is right for Gaza is right for Syria too." - id3/10/2018
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What Netanyahu`s idea of peace looks likeHaggai Matar - There is no question that any end to the occupation must promise peace, security, equality, and freedom to all those who live on this land. But security arrangements can be agreed upon between two sovereign states, ensuring that both their peoples’ interests are considered – rather than the interests of one people. (...) A solution based on two states is, of course, not the only option. Israelis and Palestinians can live under a single state in which no group of people is more entitled to security and equality. Either of these solutions is legitimate, as long as we put an end to the illegitimate military rule over millions of Palestinians who are denied the most basic of human and civil rights. [bz] 2/10/2018
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