|Features & translations|
|Israel`s next battle will be over Olympics, diplomats say|
Itamar Eicher, Eldad Beck - Ynet - Eini said. "I didn`t have a problem shaking Rajoub`s hand. The right thing for Israeli soccer is to work in full cooperation with our neighbors. I`m glad we came out with the upper hand."
|Palestinian MP`s crimes: Visiting prisoners and talking to the media|
Gideon Levy - Haaretz - Even the judge-major grasps the scale of the farce and decides to release Jarrar on a bond of 20,000 shekels (about $5,100) in cash, joined by a third-party bond in the same amount.
The applause and cries of joy that break out in the audience are short-lived. The prosecutor, Lt. Col. Morris Hirsch, gets to his feet: “I request a delay of 72 hours in order to consider whether to file an appeal and to allow the military commander to consider issuing an administrative detention order.”
|Military commentator: Israel and Hamas have discovered no one is going to help them; they will have to get along on their own|
Alex Fishman - Ynet - Rocket fire from the Strip towards Israel is answered with a proportional airstrike, and that`s the end of it. There is no response to a response to a response. (...) But if we don’t play the cards that we currently have in our hands right, we will find ourselves in new rounds again. [bz]
|The leftist Israeli magazine +972 wants to sound the alarm on a Jewish state it believes is destroying itself|
Liel Leibowitz -
" According to Noam Sheizaf, +972’s editor in chief, only about 20 percent of the magazine’s readers are Israeli, a testament to the growing unpopularity of its progressive politics in a nation governed by a coalition, led by the Likud, of those who place land and faith above all else.Rejected by the Arabs, ignored by the Jews: This is the reality with which the magazine’s 15 or so writers have to contend, writing, as they do, in English for a largely American audience. The magazine’s name is no coincidence: It is a tribute to Israel’s international calling code and an acknowledgement that, increasingly, any serious conversation about Israel’s policies is to be had outside of Israel’s borders." ca
|Media`s Deafening Silence Over West`s and Israel`s Alliance With al-Qaeda in Syria |
John Hilley -
Information Clearing House
"independent journalist Asa Winstanley:
For several years now there have been propaganda reports in the Israeli press about how Israel is supposedly playing a purely "humanitarian" role in the Syrian war, by treating civilians and sending them back. But this has now been exposed as propaganda. If that were really the case, Israel would be treating combatants from all sides in the Syrian war and furthermore it would arrest suspected al-Qaeda militants. But in reality, all reports confirm that the Israelis are treating only the "rebel" side, including the al-Qaeda militants that lead the armed opposition in that area of Syria (as indeed they do in much of the country). The key difference that disproves the propaganda line, and proves an active Israel-al-Qaeda alliance is that, after treatment, instead of arresting them, the al-Qaeda fighters are sent back to fight in Syria. There is no chance at all that, in the event that Israel captures injured Hamas, Hizballah or Iranian combatants alive, it would send them back to Gaza or Syria to "go on their way", as the unnamed Israeli official put it. Winstanley provides multiple corroboration of Israel`s supportive role, including the testimonies of Israeli military figures and a few braver field journalists." ca
|The untold story of Israeli military exports to South Sudan|
Adv. Itai Mack and Idan Landau -
" Since South Sudan’s independence, Israel has continuously sold it weapons, military training, homeland security and surveillance technology. The only problem? They are being used to commit war crimes and potential crimes against humanity." ca
|Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Home in Silwan|
"Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the town in Silwan, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, and demolished an under construction Palestinian home.The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers invaded Wad Qaddoum neighborhood, and demolished the property that belongs to Nassar family." ca
|Activists target `normalization` march in Jerusalem|
Ma`an News Agency -
"Head of Fatah`s Jerusalem youth council Ahmad al-Ghoul told Ma`an that Palestinian participants in the march -- from the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus, and Tulkarem -- were deceived into joining it by luring them with permits to enter Jerusalem.
Al-Ghoul said that the organization claimed that the march was a "humanitarian project for people in the West Bank" and provided them with permits and the necessary transportation without showing them the "normalization" goals of the visit." ca
|Israel to demolish electricity grid, water well in Hebron village|
Ma`an News Agency -
"The Israeli authorities delivered a demolition order to an electricity grid and water well in the western Hebron village of al-Kum on Monday.
Local Ismail al-Rujoub said that Israeli forces stormed the village and delivered the orders for an electricity grid of 800 meters owned by the al-Yassiriya municipality that currently provides power to a village neighborhood of 10 houses.Al-Rujoub said that the case required legal expertise to be solved.The Israeli authorities also delivered a demolition order for a water well with a 450 cubic meter capacity belonging to Muhammad Abd al-Hafith al-Rujoub.Al-Rujoub added that this was the second time in a row he had received a demolition order for the well." ca
Israel destroyed 591 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2014, displacing 1,177 people, according to UNOCHA.
It has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
|`Tourists have stopped coming to Israel`|
Danny Sadeh -
"Despite hopes for a recovery in incoming tourism after Gaza war, the crisis is only getting worse with a 28% drop in tourists` hotel stays in the first quarter of 2015. According to estimates, the industry has already lost hundreds of millions of dollars." ca
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