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Israeli app claims victory over ethnic studies in CaliforniaNora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada "An Israel-backed propaganda app is claiming credit for pressuring California education officials to revise a proposed ethnic studies curriculum for public schools...In its present model, the curriculum includes an accurate description of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights.It defines it as a “global social movement that currently aims to establish freedom for Palestinians living under apartheid conditions.” The curriculum project was sidelined in August after Israel advocacy groups complained that the guidelines omit discussions of anti-Semitism." ca 27/9/2019
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The Only JewishGhetto in the Middle EastGilad Atzmon - Information Clearing House " While Netanyahu has proven to be prettycautious in his deployment of Israel’s vast militaryforces, we have good reason to believe that acoalition led by Blue and White and its IDFgenerals, Lieberman and Netanyahu, may be less adeptat such maneuvers. The components of Israel’s nextgovernment are destined to compete among themselvesfor the ‘Mr. Security’ title. They will bedetermined to reinstate the long faded Israeli ‘power of deterrence,’ and presumably, they willpush for questionable measures that will likely pullthe region into carnage." ca27/9/2019
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Otzma Yehudit is out. Does that mean Israelis reject Kahanism?Natasha Roth - +972 "Twenty-one years ago, Rabbi Meir Kahane stared into the camera during an election ad for his Kach party and told viewers, “[the Arabs of Israel] want to kill us, they want to wipe us out, and it is up to each and every Jew to rise up and say, ‘never again.’” Last Wednesday, six days out from the most recent Israeli elections, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook chatbot sent users a message warning them of the dangers of a “left-wing, secular, weak government that relies on Arabs who want to annihilate us all — women, children, and men.” That is why, the message said, voters needed to guarantee his place at the head of a right-wing, Jewish, “strong” government." ca27/9/2019
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As the White House Holds Back on Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Concerned Senators Step In Amos Harel&-Amir Tibon - Haaretz " The Trump administration is waiting for Israel`s election dust to settle before releasing its peace plan; meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority threatens to collapse." ca27/9/2019
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Gandhi’s grandson has a message for IsraelYulia Karra - YNET News "His grandfather is one of the most famous people in world history, who inspired freedom and civil rights movements across the world. Dr. Arun Gandhi followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by advocating the concept of “non-violence,” sometimes perhaps crossing the line of what is seemingly acceptable, by suggesting that Israelis talk too much about the Holocaust... I believe the Old Testament says: what you gain by the sword, you have to retain by the sword (I am paraphrasing here). History of the past 70-odd years shows that the conflict has only become more and more vicious.So, peace is not going to come to the region by killing each other but by speaking to each other with respect, understanding, acceptance and appreciation." ca 27/9/2019
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Ayman Odeh: We Are Ending Netanyahu’s Grip on IsraelAyman Odeh - The New York Times - Yet this time, we are making a different choice. We have decided to demonstrate that Arab Palestinian citizens can no longer be rejected or ignored. Our decision to recommend Mr. Gantz as the next prime minister without joining his expected national unity coalition government is a clear message that the only future for this country is a shared future, and there is no shared future without the full and equal participation of Arab Palestinian citizens. We will continue our work toward a better, equal future, and our struggle for civil rights, rooted in our national identity as Palestinians. There is room enough for all of us in our shared homeland. [ak]24/9/2019
As Islamophobia Is Embraced Worldwide, Israel Allows Itself to Let LooseOfri Ilany - Haaretz - The BBC-HBO television series “Years and Years,” which premiered earlier this year, is a drama about the political deterioration of the world. In the opening scene of the first episode, Emma Thompson appears as Vivienne Rook, an uninhibited populist politician. Asked on a talk show what she would say to a Palestinian family in the Gaza Strip about the fact that Israel has reduced their supply of electric power to two hours a day, she responds straight off: “I don’t give a fuck.” Within the series’ narrative framework, Rook’s callous remark is meant to show the no-holds-barred approach of contemporary populist politicians – a vulgar style that discards the conventional rules of the game and shakes the foundations of the normative political edifice. Indeed, in the series, Rook’s viewers are dumbfounded by her bluntness. But from our local perspective it shows how the Palestinian people are becoming one of the chief victims of the new world order. [bz]24/9/2019
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I was stopped from speaking out against Israel’s crimes – Britain’s complicity in Palestinian repression must endOmar Barghouti - The Independent - I was planning to expose the deepening complicity of the British government, corporations and institutions, in enabling Israel’s brutal system of oppression, while highlighting how Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – a non-violent tactic against the occupation – has become a significant partner in a growing international progressive wave fighting the global far-right led by Trump. Yet the space in which advocates of Palestinian rights can – without persecution – expose decades of Palestinian dispossession, forcible displacement and daily humiliation by a settler-colonial regime is shrinking rapidly. [There was an unusual delay in the processing of Barghouti`s UK visa application-bz]24/9/2019
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To the Palestinians, Gantz and Netanyahu are Coke and PepsiElior Levy - YNet - "Honestly, the difference between (Blue and White leader Benny) Gantz and (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu isn`t bigger than the difference between Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola," said Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh at a conference in Ramallah, and received a round of applause from the laughing audience. The prevailing opinion among Palestinians is that a Unity Government in Israel would not change much with respect to them, as both party leaders agree on key issues. The Palestinian publicist Ashraf al-Ajrami tried to paint possible scenarios for forming an Israeli government: "A Unity Government will continue with current policy, but without extreme initiatives, such as annexing the Jordan Valley," said The Palestinian publicist Ashraf al-Ajrami."It may turn to partial steps, but anyway, this government will be tough for the Palestinians."[ak]. 24/9/2019
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Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine Ramzy Baroud - MEMO - "When it comes to war, Gantz is Netanyahu on steroids. He has participated, orchestrated or led many military campaigns, including ones aimed at suppressing any resistance in Gaza, in Lebanon and during the previous popular uprisings. For Gantz, war is the answer, as indicated by one of his campaign slogans, `Only the strong survive`” [ry] 23/9/2019
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Otzma Yehudit is out. Does that mean Israelis reject Kahanism?Natasha Roth - +972 - While the Kahanist Otzma Yehudit party failed to pass the electoral threshold, the latest national elections in Israel saw the normalization of Kahane’s particular brand of overt racism [ry] 23/9/2019
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The end of the Netanyahu era doesn`t mean the end of the occupationHaggai Matar - As election results started pouring in Tuesday night, one could hear a sigh of relief – and even some cries of joy – among Israelis who identify with the center-left.This is no small matter. Given political patterns in Israel over the past decade, the departure of Netanyahu might signal a shift in a new direction. We might be seeing the last days of a decade-long, Trump-like style of leadership based on racist rhetoric toward Palestinian citizens, left-wing NGOs, the media, and the judicial system. This is indeed a reason to rejoice. The occupation, however, is not going anywhere. Israeli military control over the day-to-day lives of millions of Palestinians in the West Bank, the siege on Gaza, and the structural discrimination against hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in East Jerusalem are all here to stay. None of these three aforementioned groups were allowed to vote for the government that decides their fate.[ak] 19/9/2019
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In defeat, Netanyahu holds to anti-Arab rhetoricAnshel Pfeffer - Haaretz - There were only about 300 die-hard supporters still left cheering for Netanyahu in a hall that can hold over 1,000, and that not all of Likud`s ministers had arrived. But his nemesis Gideon Sa`ar was there, smiling his cryptic smile. It was not a concession speech. Netanyahu¡¯s plan is ¡°to enter talks in order to form a strong Zionist government and to prevent a dangerous anti-Zionist government.¡± In other words, the political landscape may have changed Tuesday night, but Netanyahu is sticking to his principles. The left wants to form ¡°a government that relies on anti-Zionist Arab parties. Parties that deny the very existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. Parties that glorify bloodthirsty terrorists who murder our soldiers, citizens and children.¡± This must be prevented, he said. [ak]18/9/2019
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Two Elections, One Apartheid StateAriel Gold - AntiWar - "Most polls predict that Netanyahu will continue as prime minister. But as we watch this round of voting in Israel, let’s remember that only 30 percent of Palestinians living under Israeli rule have the right to vote. That alone is enough to counter the absurd proclamation that Israel is a democratic state" [ry]16/9/2019
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What does Israel`s election mean for Palestinian factions?Ben White - Al Jazeera - The Palestinian Authority has not hidden its desire to see the back of long-term Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu [ry] 16/9/2019
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The two-state solution can be achieved through a confederationYossi Beilin - Jerusalem Post - I’m not speaking about a joint super-parliament or about some kind of a rotating leadership, but about joint authorities in agreed-upon sectors, and about arrangements which may make the lives of both peoples much more convenient. The issue of settlement can be solved so that Israelis to the east of the new border will be allowed to remain in the settlements, if they wish so, as Palestinian permanent citizens who obey the Palestinian law. These settlements won’t be exclusive Israeli villages or towns anymore, but no Israeli should be evacuated from his or her home. The same number of Palestinian citizens should be allowed to live in Israel as permanent residents, vetted by Israel. [bz]10/9/2019
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The War Ahead: Netanyahu’s Elections Gamble Will be Costly for IsraelRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “However, the ‘Mr. Security’ credentials that Netanyahu aimed to achieve by bombing multiple targets in four countries might not yield the desired dividends. Israeli media is conveying a sense of panic among Israelis, especially those living in the northern parts of the country and in illegal Jewish settlements in the Occupied Golan Heights” [ry]9/9/2019
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Cabinet approves PM-pushed camera bill despite AG’s oppositionTOI staff - "The controversial bill would allow observers from political parties to bring cameras into polling stations. The so-called camera bill is backed by Netanyahu and his ruling Likud party, and has drawn fierce criticism from rival politicians who have accused the party of trying to rush through the legislation ahead of the September 17 vote... On Saturday, former prime minister Ehud Barak, who is running in the upcoming elections with the left-wing Democratic Camp alliance, suggested Netanyahu could be seeking a scrap with Mandelblit as a pretext for firing him.Mandelblit has recommended Netanyahu be charged with fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases, as well as bribery in one of them. Lawyers for the premier, who denies any wrongdoing, are set to attend a pre-indictment hearing with Mandelblit on October 2-3, just weeks after the election." ca 8/9/2019
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Who is Israel`s true enemy?Orly Azoulay - YnetNews "Lebanon is not just the country that gets hit by collateral damage when we attack a Hezbollah target, it should be the official enemy. One could argue either way, but this topic merits a clear strategic decision that would dictate both a military and political course of action." ca 7/9/2019
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Netanyahu: Those who oppose polling station cameras ‘want to steal elections’TOI staff - "Analysts say PM stepping up his rhetoric as elections approach, but warn his words could lead to violence if he loses vote; AG says cameras will undermine elections.( Speaking to reporters before departing from London to Israel, the premier said: “It is not a coincidence that Benny Gantz and [Blue and White’s Yair] Lapid oppose cameras, because they want the election to be stolen.” ) " ca7/9/2019
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A turbulent August: incoherent American statements, violence on the ground, settlement expansion continues Geneva Initiative - Two States Index - August, in short: US peace plan delayed plan until after Israeli elections comes after critical reaction in the US to Israel’s barring of lawmakers. Violent incidents on the rise in the West Bank along with infiltration attempts and rocket attacks from Gaza. New agreement with Israel on fuel tax provides PA with some relief from economic woes amid new worries over UNRWA. Israeli government advances thousands of West Bank settlement units and legalizes outposts. Clashes at Temple Mount followed by increased tensions between Israel and Jordan.{ak] 3/9/2019
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Netanyahu is risking war to boost his electoral prospectsAbdulaziz Kilani - MEMO - "In an effort to boost his electoral prospects, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is risking the outbreak of a war no one wants" [ry] 2/9/2019
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