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Court denies Palestinian prisoners right to COVID-19 protectionTamara Nassar - Electronic Intifada - Israel’s highest court has ruled that Palestinian prisoners have no right to physical distancing protection against COVID-19. Thursday’s ruling came amid a coronavirus outbreak in the overcrowded Gilboa prison in northern Israel. At least 30 Israeli prison guards and seven Palestinian prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. Some 500 guards and 60 prisoners have entered quarantine. An Israeli guard at Ofer military prison near Ramallah, where Israeli occupation forces imprison Palestinian children, has also tested positive. The Palestinian legal advocacy group Adalah has petitioned Israel’s high court to provide all basic health services to Palestinian political prisoners – whom Israel calls “security” prisoners. [bz]28/7/2020
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Where Netanyahu and Ganz agreeGush Shalom:
"We have the right
To bomb Syria
Whenever we want.

"We don`t tolerate
Any violation of our
Sovereign territory
By land, sea or air".

On this Netanyahu and Ganz agree.

(It would not be the first time
That a failing government
Tries to save itself by
Beating the drums of war.)
- [bz]
27/7/2020
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Netanyahu’s authoritarian rule is turning Israelis against the stateMeron Rapoport - +972 - The `anyone but Bibi` slogan has clear limitations, but when Netanyahu and the Israeli regime have become one and the same, a new civil struggle has begun [ry] 27/7/2020
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Netanyahu is laundering the languageEinat Ovadia - Ynet - We live in `post-truth` era, where public attitudes are based on appeal to sense of `unity,` personal opinions and gut feelings, while facts and truth are of secondary importance in shaping public opinion and get lost in hodgepodge of carefully selected words [ry] 27/7/2020
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Israel’s Jewish National Fund is Uprooting Palestinians – Not Planting TreesJonathan Cook - CounterPunch - “The JNF is a thriving relic of Europe’s colonial past, even if today it wears the garb of an environmental charity. As recent events show, ethnic cleansing is still what it excels at” [ry] 27/7/2020
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Battling COVID-19 and economic meltdown, Israel now in a third crisis: of faithDAVID HOROVITZ - Times of Israel - The numbers are rising, seemingly inexorably: Israel at this writing has almost 25,000 “active” COVID- 19 cases, compared to just 2,000 eight weeks ago. The death toll in that period has risen from 281 to 380. Most strikingly, the number of serious cases has soared from 37 eight weeks ago to 56 just two weeks ago to 204 at this writing. We may have thought we had COVID-19 beat. We didn’t. (rh)22/7/2020
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Annexation Delayed, Coronavirus Crisis RemainsDaniel Sokatch - New Israel Fund - Since May, when Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and the Blue and White Party signed a coalition agreement in the shadow of a coronavirus emergency, which committed their government to embark on West Bank annexation in some form, our attention has collectively been fixed on this looming disaster. Pundits speculated about its potential scope and contours. Would it be a large or small annexation? What would be the impact on Palestinian rights, Israeli democracy, and the hopes for peace and reconciliation? Since that time, we have heard a steady drumbeat of opposition from around the world. (rh)22/7/2020
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Israel needs an alternative national anthemFadi Maklada - Ynetnews - As various different populations in Israeli society feel excluded by the current anthem, we can look to New Zealand for a solution that can leave all parties satisfied. (rh)22/7/2020
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You Want Planning? Take a Tip From the SettlersAmira Hass - Haaretz - The prohibition against building in Palestinian locales, and the accelerated and hushed-up demolition of homes there, are evidence of multi-generational and multi-party adherence to the mission: to foment despair among the Palestinians and to force them to move abroad or to the enclaves, leaving the area free for Jews (yes, I know, I’ve already written that a million times). And now it turns out that while we are shorthanded when it comes to carrying out missions to save lives and livelihoods during the coronavirus era, there is more than enough money for inspectors, soldiers, bulldozer operators, legal experts and officials to carry out the most important mission of all: to destroy the lives of Palestinians. [bz]21/7/2020
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How Israel`s lobbyists occupied Mandela`s legacyNkosi Zwelivelile Mandela - Al Jazeera - Attempts by Israel`s advocates to portray my grandfather as a liberal pacifist is a distortion of his legacy [ry] 20/7/2020
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European countries need to recognise the Palestinian state before it`s too lateSam Bahour - The Guardian - Recognition is a purely bilateral, state-to-state issue that does not need approval or unity at the federal level. Recognising Palestine provides EU member states with a chance to underscore their commitment to the two-state solution as the only viable solution, countering Israel’s annexation plans by clearly demonstrating adherence to international law – not to mention EU law – and not the “law of the jungle” of prolonged military occupation. [bz]14/7/2020
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To resolve the Palestinian question we need to end colonialismWesam Ahmad - Al Jazeera - The Israeli colonial project has many of the common colonial characteristics, such as supremacy, exploitation and entitlement, but it also has at least one distinguishing feature - its multinational corporate nature [bz] 14/7/2020
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Yavne: A Jewish Case for Equality in Israel-PalestinePeter Beinart - Jewish Currents - The painful truth is that the project to which liberal Zionists like myself have devoted ourselves for decades—a state for Palestinians separated from a state for Jews—has failed. The traditional two-state solution no longer offers a compelling alternative to Israel’s current path. It risks becoming, instead, a way of camouflaging and enabling that path. It is time for liberal Zionists to abandon the goal of Jewish–Palestinian separation and embrace the goal of Jewish–Palestinian equality. This doesn’t require abandoning Zionism. It requires reviving an understanding of it that has largely been forgotten. It requires distinguishing between form and essence. The essence of Zionism is not a Jewish state in the land of Israel; it is a Jewish home in the land of Israel, a thriving Jewish society that both offers Jews refuge and enriches the entire Jewish world. It’s time to explore other ways to achieve that goal—from confederation to a democratic binational state—that don’t require subjugating another people. It’s time to envision a Jewish home that is a Palestinian home, too. [bz]9/7/2020
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Hundreds of “investigations” in a decade, whitewashing and absurd punishmentEyal Sagiv - B`Tselem - On 30 May 2020, Israeli Border Police officers fatally shot 31-year-old Iyad al-Halaq, a Palestinian from Wadi al-Joz in East Jerusalem. The young man, who was on the autistic spectrum, was on his way to the Elwyn Al Quds Center for individuals with disabilities, which he frequented daily.This killing may be special, but it is far from the only one. The only exceptional thing is that since al-Halaq had special needs, he was not posthumously “convicted” of “terrorism”. This charge, which is automatically levelled at almost any Palestinian killed by Israeli security forces, is used to retroactively justify the shooting – even if the individual did not pose a threat that required deadly force. [ak]9/7/2020
How fear of a US retreat from the Mideast is driving Netanyahu toward annexationHaviv Rettig Gur - Times of Israel - Why is the prime minister still pushing to apply Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, despite legions of critics and even disquiet in the Trump White House? -- Because American power is in retreat; because our enemies are on the rise; because our allies won’t really abandon us, since they need us just as much as we need them... [The article is based on an interview with the hawkish expert Eran Lerman-bz]7/7/2020
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Annexation: What happened (and didn’t) on July 1?Amjad Iraqi - +972 - In a +972 webinar, experts Diana Buttu and Emily Schaeffer Omer-Man shared key lessons and ways forward in the fight against Israeli annexation [ry] 6/7/2020
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Area C, the chunk of the West Bank the Israeli right has long covetedMarc Daou - France24 - Encouraged by US President Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century”, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been in a position to start his controversial West Bank annexation plan since July 1. The prime, fertile Jordan Valley, located in the West Bank’s Area C are in the Israeli leader’s sights and have long been coveted by his hard-right supporters [ry] 6/7/2020
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