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Basques tell train maker to withdraw from Israel’s apartheid railwayAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "The groups say that the railway “entrenches Israeli apartheid” and demand that CAF “comply with international law, withdraw from the Jerusalem tram project and thus end complicity in the occupation of Palestine.” The $2 billion expansion project is an essential part of Israel’s effort to consolidate its grip on its colonial settlements around Jerusalem and is viewed by Palestinians as a symbol of their occupation and oppression." ca28/2/2020
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European ex-prime ministers condemn Trump plan as apartheidAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "In a letter published by The Guardian on Thursday, they say the so- called Deal of the Century violates numerous UN resolutions and “the most fundamental principles of international law.” “The map featured in the plan proposes Palestinian enclaves under permanent Israeli military control, which evoke chilling associations with South Africa’s bantustans,” the leaders add. Bantustans were a series of impoverished reservations where South Africa’s white supremacist government tried to force millions of Black people to live." ca28/2/2020
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Despite attempt to change rules with Syria strikes, Israel’s Gaza policy failingAvi Issacharoff - Times of Israel - The IDF officer who decided to take extreme action to collect a body as "a bargaining chip" likely didn’t realize that footage of the body on the bulldozer blade being spread all over social media would lead to dozens of rockets being fired at Israel.(...) The main Israeli response was far away, on the Syrian front, where many Islamic Jihad targets near Damascus were hit - a surprising step, designed to make PIJ decision-makers "think twice and thrice before attempting another attack". The military and the government are trying to set up a new equation by which escalation with Israel will hurt not only Gaza but also PIJ leaders in Syria, who have thus far enjoyed a degree of immunity from Israeli strikes. However, even by its own standard, PIJ went overboard with its response of extensive launching of rockets.(...) Hamas stayed on the sidelines, neither participating in the launching of rockets nor restraining the PIJ. The Israeli policy is clearly not working. [ak]25/2/2020
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Why are American Jews so afraid of one of their own?Joshua Leifer - +972 "What makes Sanders different from other American politicians when it comes to Israel-Palestine — and one of the reasons he has come under such ferocious attack from the organized Jewish community — is that he openly supports “Palestinian freedom and independence,” as he wrote earlier this year in Jewish Currents. And unlike most other self-described two-state proponents, Sanders has actually called for measures that would put pressure on Israel to stop settlement construction and its human rights abuses in Gaza." ca24/2/2020
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Profiting from loss: how business in illegal Israeli settlements continues uncheckedJonathan Cook - The UN is not taking any meaningful action against the 112 companies that condoned, through their commercial activities, Israel’s land and resource theft from Palestinians. The Israeli media is full of stories of how the JNF actively assists extremist settler groups in evicting Palestinians from homes in East Jerusalem. But Britain and other states are blocking legal efforts to challenge the JNF’s special status. Soon, it seems, Europe will no longer have to worry about its hypocrisy being so visible. Once the settlements have been annexed, as the Trump administration intends, the EU can set aside its ineffectual agonising and treat the settlements as irrevocably Israeli – just as it has done in practice with the Israeli “neighbourhoods” of occupied East Jerusalem. Then, the UN’s list of shame can join decades’ worth of condemnatory resolutions that have been quietly gathering dust. [bz]18/2/2020
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Breaking with Washington: Arabs and Muslims Must Take a United Stance for PalestineRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "A negotiated solution to the ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict’, at least the way envisaged by successive US administrations, has failed. Now, Palestinians and their allies would have to explore a whole new path of liberation that does not go through Washington" [ry] 17/2/2020
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Why the Left won`t tolerate liberal Zionists - as seen by a non-liberalJonathan S. Tobin - JNS.org/IsraelHayom - It is curious that the Columbia Journalism Review would consider Zonszein, whose work has regularly appeared in far-left anti-Israel publications like Jewish Currents, +972mag and The Nation, to be qualified to comment in their august pages on any subject, let alone a Jewish one. (...) From the point of view of pro-Israel opinion, does any of this matter? Does anyone really care if the far-left thinks a liberal paper isn`t left-wing enough to suit the tastes of radicals? It does matter. For two reasons. One is that while The Forward has often been deeply and often unfairly critical of Israel, if the center of gravity in the liberal Jewish world has come this far to the left, then American Jewry is in deeper trouble than many of us had thought. [bz] 11/2/2020
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Do Palestinians need a UNSC vote for their PR battle against the US?Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - The picture of an isolated US, when it comes to a major diplomatic initiative by President Donald Trump, would be the best possible PA response to a peace plan that did not include the authority in the formation of its text and which it feels does not reflect its basic redline needs for a viable state. The best-case scenario for Washington and Jerusalem is for the PA to lack the support of nine member states needed for the approval of any resolution. [ak]11/2/2020
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Trump`s plan for a failed Palestinian stateSever Plocker - Ynet - The plan poses as much of a danger to Israeli interests as it does to those of the Palestinians who will be left in a tiny enclave cut off from the world and expected to achieve peace and prosperity. Some common sense of a senior mainstream daily`s commentator. [bz]11/2/2020
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WhyGush Shalom - At the village of Qaddum an Israeli soldier shot to the head of a 14-year old boy. [bz] 11/2/2020
Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz Likely to Vote Against Trump PlanDov Benovadia - Hamodia - PM Netanyahu had planned to bring the entire Trump plan to a Cabinet vote this week – but is unlikely to do so, at least for now, because Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz has made it clear that he will vote against it. According to the well- informed commentator Shalom Yerushalmi, Katz is planning to compete for the Likud leadership in the event of Netanyahu having to strp down, and in primaries held among the Likud party membership Katz would face a severe handicap if having run "with the stain of haing supported a Palestinian state" - despite the fact that the Palestinian state envisaged in the Trump Plan is a joke.[ak]4/2/2020
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