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Israeli High Court`s Ruling on Palestinian Hunger Striker Is No SurpriseAmira Hass - Haaretz - Acting under the yoke of the army and Shin Bet security service, the justices proposed a half-and-half solution, the suspension of administrative detention while in hospital. This way they evaded once more taking any principled stand regarding such a shameful type of detention. a formula allowing a temporary suspension of administrative detention since his health condition negated his being “a security risk.” This allowed him to receive visitors in the hospital. If his condition improves, the Shin Bet and army can resume the administrative detention, the judges ruled. Indeed, last Friday the Shin Bet and IDF determined that his condition had improved, enabling them to transfer him to an Israel Prison Service clinic in Ramle. Following an urgent petition, the High Court stopped this transfer and suspended his detention again. The Shin Bet says that the 49-year-old Akhras is dangerous. If so, why not submit a detailed indictment against him? [bz]28/10/2020
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What is it worth? Gush Shalom - The paper which reports "A historic peace with Sudan" also carries news of soldiers beating an 18 years old Palestinian to death. Netanyahu`s peace, what is it worth? [bz]26/10/2020
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European Hypocrisy: Empty Words for Palestine, Deadly Weapons for IsraelRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “Continuing to make references to the unachievable two-state solution, while arming, funding and doing more business with Israel is the very definition of hypocrisy. The truth is that Europe should be held as accountable as the US in emboldening and sustaining the Israeli occupation of Palestine” [ry] 26/10/2020
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Saleh Arouri, Deputy Hamas leader: Trump pressured Arab states to stop financial aid to Palestinians Hamodia - "Even when the international community discusses a Palestinian state within 1967 borders with the capital in al-Quds [Jerusalem], the occupation doesn`t want to commit to that. [Israel] wants a resolution that establishes its control of Jerusalem and particularly the West Bank. The Palestinian residents there won`t have sovereign [citizen] rights, rather merely as residents. The Trump administration stupidly and insanely rushed to implement this vision" Said Saleh al-Arouri, Deputy Hamas leader. He noted that the US severed monetary aid to UNRWA, the UN`s relief agency for Palestinian refugees, and asked other countries to do the same. "There are Arab countries that froze their commitments to the Palestinian people, whether via the PA or PLO, because of an American decision. They came to our brothers in the PA and told them: `We won`t pay you a thing after today.`" [ak] 20/10/2020
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He didn`t get it yet Gush Shalom - An increase In the number of demonstrators / an increase in the level of violence by the PM`s dwindling supporters / right-wing public figures ... understand the game is over. [bz]20/10/2020
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Gideon Spiro on looting of Palestinian propertyThe scene before my eyes was a shocking one. Some of the most beautiful houses I had ever seen were broken into and everyone could go in and take whatever they wanted. I entered several homes and the scene was the same: tables set for meals, cutlery beside every plate. Clearly the residents had fled in the middle of the meal. [gm] 12/10/2020
As simple as that Gush Shalom - To create an alternative to the right wing, the whole opposition must recognize a basic democratic principle... [bz]12/10/2020
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A Palestinian Peace Initiative is the best response to the UAE/Israel accordTony Klug - Palestine-Israel Joiurnal - To be clear, what is being proposed here is not that the Palestinians relax their opposition to Trump’s so-called “vision” for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The Trump plan is in effect an ultimatum to the Palestinians to accept their terms of surrender as a vanquished people. It is a trap and I do not think it would be wise for them to engage with it or to enter into negotiations at this stage with the US or Israeli governments. But they urgently need to get into the driving seat themselves by offering a credible alternative and creating a global momentum behind it. In this way, they could affect the balance of power and again become a force to be reckoned with. [bz]6/10/2020
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Oslo and the heritage of Rabin: a debate reignitedAmjad Iraqi / Yuval Eylon - +972 magazine - The decision of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to cancel her participation in an event honoring Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin restarted an intense debate on the Oslo Agreement which is the main heritage of Rabin. Amjad Iraqi wrote "The myth of Rabin the peacemaker", arguing that "The cult of personality around Yitzhak Rabin conceals the fact that the Oslo Accords were not derailed by his death, but achieved exactly what he wanted". Conversely, Yuval Eylon wrote that "Endless occupation is a failure, not a success, of the Oslo Accords" and that "Since Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, successive Israeli prime ministers have turned their backs on the Oslo process, further entrenching the occupation." [ak] 6/10/2020
UAE - Israel agreement: Palestinians charge Arab World with betrayal, but also blame themselves Dr. Khalil Shikaki / Walid Ladadweh - Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) - The overwhelming majority of the Palestinians views the decision of the UAE to normalize relations with Israel as a betrayal or abandonment of the Palestinian cause, one that serves only the interests of Israel. A similar majority thinks that Saudi Arabia and Egypt, by endorsing that normalization, have in effect abandoned the Palestinian leadership. But most Palestinians also place the blame on themselves because they are divided and have normalized relations with Israel long before others. [ak]6/10/2020
The sum of September events: a decline in the chances of the Two State Solution Geneva Initiative - The Two-States Index - Normalization deals signed between Israel and Gulf states fail to mention two-state solution, Palestinians decry them as “a stab in the back” / Fatah and Hamas reconciliation culminates in decision to hold legislative elections in six months / New polls reveal Palestinian support for two-state solution declines / UN and numerous states express support for direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations / Palestinian economy continues to suffer effects of COVID-19 / more evictions of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Taking all this into consideration, the Two-State Index (TSI) went down in September. [ak]6/10/2020
All dispersed by force, but...Gush Shalom - Demonstrations in Tel Aviv, Bney Brak and Kafr Qaddum5/10/2020
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