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`When the constitution becomes racist, it’s difficult to define what racism is’Henriette Chacar - +972 "In the year since the Israeli parliament passed the Jewish Nation- State Law, the equivalent of a constitutional amendment that declares Israel to be the exclusive nation-state of the Jewish people and demotes the status of Arabic, not a whole lot has changed...Palestinian and Israeli politicians, activists, and thinkers have long engaged in a debate about Israel’s Jewish identity, and whether the country can define itself as Jewish and still be democratic. This law cuts straight through that debate, says Hassan Jabareen, founder and director of Adalah, a legal organization that focuses on Palestinian minority rights in Israel." ca27/7/2019
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Will Russia succeed where the US has failed? Adnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor "Putin told Abbas that international legitimacy is essential when it comes to settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, that economic support may not override a political solution to the conflict and that he will work with the United States and Israel to promote a two-state solution." ca 27/7/2019
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Palestinians in Israel reject Ehud Barak’s apologyMaureen Clare Murphy - The Electronic Intifada - "His apology “lacks all value so long as no indictments have been filed against the Israeli police officers responsible for the October 2000 killings.” The gesture is empty as “police violence against Palestinian citizens of Israel continues to this very day,” Adalah added." - id25/7/2019
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Israel`s scramble for Africa: Selling water, weapons and liesRamzy Baroud - Aljazeera - "Israel is trying to rewrite history to tap into the hearts of ordinary Africans, but it will not succeed." - id25/7/2019
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Israeli Jews must not alienate their non-Orthodox American brethrenAttila Somfalvi - Ynet - "No matter how many times it has been said before, it certainly bears repeating - Israeli Jews have to embrace our American counterparts; we have to hold them tightly, for to exclude them because of who they marry is ultimately self-defeating." - id25/7/2019
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Burning, but nothing urgentYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Needless to say, the health hazards and pollution in Arab communities will continue unabated. The lack of environmental awareness and the utter disregard for helping these communities out of the mess has not been addressed by any political party, Arab or other. As for the West Bank Palestinians, enclosed behind Israel’s separation barrier, they are threatened even more by air pollution, raw sewage flowing directly into river beds, open garbage dumps and non-investment in vital infrastructure." - id25/7/2019
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Would Israel’s left succeed in uniting ahead of elections? Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/07/israel-benny-gantz-ehud-barak-amir-peretz-yachimovich-left.html#ixzz5uFR5OByhMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "On the evening of July 18, it all became clear. The hints by Peretz about wanting to add figures from the right were translated into an agreement — secretly negotiated — with former Knesset member Orly Levy-Abekasis. Levy-Abekasis served for many years as legislator for Yisrael Beitenu. After leaving Yisrael Beitenu, she established her own Gesher party. But Gesher failed to pass the Knesset-entry threshold in the April elections...Peretz took an enormous gamble. By unifying with Gesher he hopes to repeast the 2006 success, when he served as party chair and managed to bring aboard quite a few soft right-wing voters. On the other hand, it is doubtful whether a similar move could take place in the Israel of 2019. All polls indicate that the Likud is a large party with supporters that are strongly attached to their leader, Prime Minister Netanyahu. More than anything, Peretz distanced his natural partners." ca 20/7/2019
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Guardian Joins Labour Anti-Semitism Smear Campaign, Censors Editorial CartoonistRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "The Guardian’s world-famous editorial cartoonist, Steve Bell, has been censored by his editors. He created a 2-part cartoon criticizing Labour MP and deputy Labour Party leader, Tom Watson, for joining forces with the UK Israel Lobby and Tories seeking to sabotage Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Watson has jumped on the anti-Semitism bandwagon demanding that the Party engage in a major purge of supposed anti-Semites within. The targets are almost always members of officials who’ve voiced support for Palestinian rights or criticized Israel as an apartheid state. Once again, and for what feels like the thousandth time, none of these are anti- Semitic in any way shape or form." ca20/7/2019
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Gaza not soothed by minor Israeli trade concessionsHana Salah - Al Monitor - "Okal concluded, “Israel will keep trying to isolate the Gaza Strip, and thus will keep fueling the internal Palestinian division. Only after it achieves this may Israel start to relieve the pressure on the Gaza Strip.” - id 18/7/2019
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Is Israeli apartheid fine as long as it`s not homophobic?Nahum Barnea - Ynet - "Rabbi Rafi Peretz is a nice man, but he is also in possession of views far removed from mainstream Israeli society; and while his comments on `conversion therapy` were justifiably condemned, not a peep was heard about his plan to annex the West Bank and deny Palestinians the right to vote." - id18/7/2019
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Trump’s Attack on Congressional Women of Color Weaponizes Hate, Anti-Semitism and IsraelRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "It is sad that no major national Jewish leaders have yet denounced this repulsive rhetoric. What pray, are they waiting for? The impact of Trump’s attacks endanger not only the Congress members targeted, but will further distance Americans who reject such smear politics, from Israel.It goes without saying that no Israeli leader would weigh in on this matter. After all, Netanyahu just met with a Ukrainian delegation that included an avowed neo-Nazi, and Yair “Baby Bibi” Netanyahu just tweeted support for British Islamophobe neo-Nazi, Tommy Robinson. Israel is well on its way to becoming the very thing we were all taught to hate in Hebrew school: fascists and Nazis." - id18/7/2019
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Guest Op-Ed: Samaritan Values in understanding the facts in the Israel-Palestine conflictFroy Jimenez - The Arab Daily News - "The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that the Israeli government spent $34 million on lobbying in Washington since 2017. This is ironic, since 71% of American Jews have an unfavorable opinion of President Trump according to by a survey conducted in May of this year. So while President Trump is widely popular with Jews in Israel, he is not very favorable by Jewish-Americans in his own country." - id18/7/2019
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Adam Keller vs the extreme right (ILTV) 16/7/2019
Ethiopians have an opportunity at solidarity with Palestinians. Will they take it?Ashraf Ghandour - +972 - "Solomon Tekah was shot and killed by an Israeli police officer because he was black. As a Palestinian I know exactly what that feels like." - id11/7/2019
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Palestinians ‘let down by their leaders,’ Kushner saysRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Kushner led the two-day Peace to Prosperity conference in Manama and on Wednesday discussed the aftermath of the workshops with reporters mainly from the Arab World during a 30 minute long teleconference. Our door is always open to the Palestinian people and to the Palestinian leadership, says Kushner." - id11/7/2019
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On the agenda: a unity governmentYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "The combination of excessive self-confidence and a desperate focus on saving himself from the threat of justice deepened the realization that Netanyahu is unfit to form a coalition and run the government." - id11/7/2019
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US envoy to Israel demolishes American Bahrain conference achievements - whatever they were worth to begin withAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - The sight of the US ambassador surrounded by radical right-wing activists and wielding a hammer to break through a mock wall in one of the most volatile compounds in the Middle East raises two scary options. One is that the US administration is deliberately playing with a keg of dynamite, not caring about the risk to Israeli and Palestinian lives. The other possibility is that the White House has lost control over its ambassador to Israel, a fellow traveler of the settlement movement and of its patrons Sheldon and Miriam Adelson and the Netanyahu family, whose representative Sara Netanyahu was also honored with a hammer blow at the event in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. [bz]9/7/2019
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Open Letter to Chairman of the PLO and President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud AbbasSam Bahour - Al-Quds/Al-Hadath - You found yourself drowning in the quagmire of bilateral negotiations with a negotiating partner intent on not reaching a deal. Instead of recalibrating our national liberation movement strategy early on after Oslo’s five-year deadline expired, you instead tipped the balance of your activities toward advancing the future state apparatus. This was in defiance of reality given Israel used every day to create more facts on the ground toward making its military occupation a permanent reality. Now that the US — the non-neutral mediator that you bet on during the Oslo process — has shown its true colors under the Trump administration, the reality demands action, real action, not simply another principled position with its accompanying rhetoric. Moving forward, we need to recalibrate our domestic priorities, more towards liberation and less toward state building in the areas physically under military occupation. Internationally, I would continue the state recognition strategy that you correctly and strategically undertook as Oslo collapsed. [ak]9/7/2019
Settlers From the White HouseEditorial Haaretz - The tunnel, which was excavated using controversial methods from a scientific standpoint, harnesses archaeology to politics while ignoring the nuances of Jerusalem’s ancient past. [bz]2/7/2019
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Sixty fishing boats Gush Shalom statement, spread on Facebook, re the Gaza fishing boats Israel promised to give back as part of the agreement with Hamas. [bz]2/7/2019
The British political establishment, including much of the leadership of the Labour Party, has been in the grip of a form of mass hysteria, a moral panic about anti-Semitism. The mere denial of the existence of anti-Semitism is proof that you are an anti-Tony Greenstein - EI - “The British political establishment, including much of the leadership of the Labour Party, has been in the grip of a form of mass hysteria, a moral panic about anti-Semitism. The mere denial of the existence of anti- Semitism is proof that you are an anti-Semite” [ry] 1/7/2019
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