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Israeli gov`t is trying to defund +972 Magazine, report says+972 Magazine Staff - "Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report.The total contributions from the two foundations, Heinrich Böll Stiftung and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, comprise only 9 percent of +972’s overall 2018 budget as of September. In the past two years, 40 percent of our budget has come from the support of our readers." ca 8/12/2018
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`Progressives of the World to Unite`: Sanders-Varoufakis Call for New Global MovementPortside - Bernie Sanders and Yanis Varoufakis pledge to work together for a Progressive International based on a Progressive New Deal.-rh5/12/2018
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Neturei Karta’s long history of solidarity with Palestinians is subject of upcoming documentaryEmmaia Gelman - Mondoweiss - Heather Tenzer is a filmmaker straddling three worlds: she grew up in a modern Orthodox Jewish community that was Zionist, she left it for non-religious life in New York, and she’s an activist for Palestinian freedom. Her upcoming film, The Rabbis’ Intifada (http://therabbisintifada.com), uniquely stitches together these three vantage points. Tenzer follows the strictly-Orthodox rabbis of Neturei Karta – long-time supporters of Palestinian rights, and opponents of Israeli colonialism – from the US to Jerusalem and Gaza.-rh 4/12/2018
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Opposition accuses Netanyahu of trying to bury legal woes with tunnel operationTOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - Knesset member Yoel Hasson, the chairman of the opposition Zionist Union’s group of legislators, accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday of orchestrating a major operation on the Lebanese border for political gain, in a bid to divert attention from police recommendations that he be indicted for bribery.-rh4/12/2018
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The Netanyahu paradox: Guarding Israel from enemies without, causing harm withinDAVID HOROVITZ - The Times of Israel - Attention in Israel swiftly shifted on Tuesday from the allegations of corruption against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his attack on the police who recommend he be put on trial — the big, big news of the past two days — to the launch on the northern border of a major IDF operation neutralizing tunnels dug by Hezbollah into Israeli territory.-rh4/12/2018
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Anti-tunnel operation in north kicks up coalition’s political dirtMarissa Newman - The Times of Israel - Israeli action in the north fleshes out Liberman’s ostensibly straightforward reason for quitting the post and the coalition on November 14. The former defense minister had cited the ceasefire agreement with Hamas, calling it a “capitulation to terror” and accusing Israel of sacrificing long-term security in favor of short-term quiet. But according to leaks from the high-level security cabinet on Tuesday, Liberman had clashed with the Israel Defense Forces chief on whether the tunnel threat in the north was deemed serious enough to hold off on a Gaza reprisal — and may have been overruled. Hamas or Hezbollah? According to the leaks, the upcoming plan to dismantle the Hezbollah tunnels was a consideration — though not the primary one — in Israel’s decision to exercise restraint in Gaza last month. “The IDF chief of staff’s position and that of officers at the meeting was unequivocally that we must immediately act against the tunnels in Lebanon for operational reasons,” an unnamed security cabinet minister told Channel 10 on Tuesday.-rh4/12/2018
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UN General Assembly demands that Israel withdraw from entirety of occupied Syrian GolanHazem Sabbagh - Sana "The majority of the UN General Assembly member states reiterated their demand that Israel withdraw from the entirety of the occupied Syrian Golan up to the June 4th 1967 line in compliance with relevant Security Council resolutions." ca1/12/2018
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Leaving Palestinian Children behind on World Children’s DayRamona Wadi - The Palestine Chronicle - World Children’s Day is, sadly, a day like any other; its symbolism is nothing other than an international gimmick to proclaim rights while simultaneously taking them away. For Palestinian children, the commemoration reeks of hypocrisy and opportunism. On this day, despite Israel’s colonial violence and military occupation being common knowledge, Palestinian children are divested of their own reality; their violation at the hands of Israelis is normalized; and their dreams of a normal life are generalized without context. In its annual review of 2017, Defence for Children International – Palestine declared that it was the worst year for abuse by Israel against Palestinian children. DCIP noted that this year, Israeli forces killed 44 children in Gaza and that the increase in the number of killings coincided with the Great March of Return protests.-rh27/11/2018
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No, democracies don’t have ‘cultural loyalty’ lawsEdna Harel-Fischer - The Times of Israel - Culture Minister Miri Regev’s press conference yesterday marked the hopeful death of the “Culture Loyalty” bill, at least for the time being. The bill seeks to grant the minister holding the culture and arts portfolio the authority to censor culture in Israel, and to make funding to cultural institutions contingent on the content of their activities, based on the minister’s sole personal judgement, ostensibly in order to defend the state’s values and symbols.-rh27/11/2018
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MCW Newsletter - October/November 2018Military Court Watch - 220 children in detention;- 60% of child detainees unlawfully detained;-ICC statement on the situation in Palestine;- Forcible transfer of children: Update;- Bill to reduce prison overcrowding excludes security prisoners; and- Summons issued to a child at 3 AM.-rh 27/11/2018
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Israel rearrests Palestinian Jerusalem governorAFP, Jerusalem - Al-Arabiya - Israeli police arrested the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem for the second time in as many months, a spokesman said Sunday, after reports of an investigation related to a land sale. Adnan Gheith was arrested in east Jerusalem overnight, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement, without providing further details. Israeli security forces would not comment beyond saying the arrest had to do with money-related issues.-rh27/11/2018
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How Great Britain Facilitated the Ethnic Cleansing of PalestineJeremy R. Hammond - Axis of Logic - On November 2, 1917, the government of Great Britain issued its infamous “Balfour Declaration” promising to support the Zionists in their project to establish a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. While most people have heard of this document, what is never communicated in school textbooks or mainstream media reports is the Balfour Declaration’s true significance, which is that it set Great Britain on a policy course that ultimately facilitated the Zionists’ ethnic cleansing of most of the Arab population from their homes in Palestine in order to establish a demographically “Jewish state”.-rh27/11/2018
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Can Israeli Druze bring about cancellation of Nationality Law? Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Brig. Gen. Amal Assad (res.), a member of the Druze community, told Al-Monitor with complete confidence that “the Nationality Law will be repealed.” Assad fought in the Battle of the Chinese Farm in Sinai during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. It was one of the bloodiest battles ever fought by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He went on to command Battalion 932 of the Nahal Corps, and was head of the Coordination and Liaison Administration with the Palestinians. After the Nationality Law was passed on July 19, he became a leader of the Druze demonstration in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, using Facebook to denounce Israel as an “apartheid state.” At a meeting planned to reconcile the prime minister with the Druze community on Aug. 2, Netanyahu stormed out simply because Assad was one of the notables in attendance. Assad’s military past, his heroism and his loyalty to the state failed to score him any points with Netanyahu.-rh 27/11/2018
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Israel holds major drill to practice fighting Hamas and Hezbollah simultaneouslyJUDAH ARI GROSS - The Times of Israel - The Israeli military’s Commando Brigade launched a large-scale exercise this week to practice fighting the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip and the Hezbollah terrorist militia in Lebanon simultaneously, the army said Saturday. The drill is continuing into this week.-rh27/11/2018
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Israel has injured 24,000 Gaza protestersMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - "Some 180 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli occupation forces and nearly 6,000 others injured by live fire during the Great March of Return. [...] Injuries to 90 protesters – 17 of them children – have resulted in amputation, nearly all of the lower limbs" [ry]26/11/2018
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Israeli Minister Storms Al-Aqsa with Dozens of SettlersIMEMCnews - The Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Uri Ariel, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, with dozens of Israeli settlers, on Sunday.-rh20/11/2018
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Israel`s $72m `war chest` to fight BDS arrives in EuropeRamzy Baroud & Romana Rubeo - Aljazeera - The Israeli war on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement took a serious turn last year when the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dedicated a largesse of about $72m to defeat the civil society-led campaign. Utilising the ever-willing US government to boost its anti-BDS tactics, Tel Aviv feels assured that its counter- BDS efforts in the US are off to a promising start. However, it is only recently that Israel has begun to formulate the wider European component of its global strategy.-rh20/11/2018
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Adalah Opposes Israel’s Death Penalty BillIMEMCnews - A press release from Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, stated that the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee of the Israeli Knesset are preparing to debate the controversial new “Death Penalty for Terrorists” bill. According to a report by Ma’an News Agency, former Israeli Minister of Defense and head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party that introduced the bill, in 2017, Avigdor Lieberman supported the bill, stating that the death penalty would be a deterrent to Palestinian resistance. Attorney for Adalah, Mr. Rabea Eghbariah stated “This is a draconian bill that contradicts core legal rights and is overtly aimed at Palestinians exclusively.”- rh20/11/2018
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Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisonedJonathan Cook - COUNTERCURRENTS - The suggestion by some commentators that Netanyahu has turned a new leaf as a “man of peace” could not be more misguided. What distinguishes Netanyahu from his cabinet is not his moderation, but that he has a cooler head than his far-right rivals. He believes there are better ways than lashing out to achieve his core political aim: the undermining of the Palestinian national project. This was what he meant on Wednesday when he attacked critics for missing “the overall picture of Israel’s security”.-rh20/11/2018
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Watch the Film the Israel Lobby Didn’t Want You ToSeeVideo - Updated November 06, 2018 "The film was made by Al Jazeera during2016 and was completed in October 2017.But it was censored after Qatar, the gas-rich Gulfemirate that funds Al Jazeera, came underintense Israel lobby pressure not to airthe film." ca 16/11/2018
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#BDS has nearly wiped out grapes and peppers exports from the Jordan Valley to Europe *** Related Israeli Hasbara to Spanish state politicians and journalists *** Israeli dates still going strong *** Settlement products in Frankfurt this monthKippa magazine - Exports are down by around 80 percent since 2007, from 4018 ton to 715 as a result of the boycott.15/11/2018
Why Hamas` Missile Attack on Israeli Bus Actually Shows It`s Not Looking to Spark Full-on Gaza WarAmos Harel - Haaretz - The most disturbing incident in the last 24 hours may indicate an operational choice by Hamas not to immediately escalate tensions to the point of outright war. The organization released a video on Tuesday showing its strike on an Israeli bus near the northern Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon. The video clearly shows the bus driver entering an area in which there is no barrier between the bus and the border, giving an open line of fire to an anti-tank missile. A few smaller vehicles are seen around the bus, most of them military ones, with some soldiers next to them. The missile blew up the bus and seriously wounded a soldier standing nearby. The bus had been bringing reinforcements to the area, with dozens of soldiers disembarking just moments earlier. Even though this is not shown in the video, it’s clear that the Hamas squad was aware of all the details and chose to fire at this time. Video of anti-tank missiles hitting an Israeli bus.-rh 13/11/2018
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What Gaza WantsHaidar Eid - Mondoweiss - As we, Palestinians of Gaza, embark on our long walk to freedom, we have come to the conclusion that we can no longer rely on governments; instead, we request that the citizens of the world oppose these ongoing deadly crimes. The failure of the United Nations and its numerous organizations to condemn such crimes proves their complicity. We have also come to the conclusion that only civil society is able to mobilize to demand the implementation of international law and put an end to Israel’s unprecedented impunity. Our inspiration is the anti-apartheid movement. The intervention of civil society was effective in the late 1980s against the apartheid regime of White South Africa. Nelson Mandela, before his eminent death, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, amongst other anti-apartheid activists, did not not only describe Israel’s oppressive and violent control of Palestinians as Apartheid, they also joined this call for the world’s civil society to intervene again.-rh13/11/2018
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Israel’s `Loyalty in Culture` law spreads to other ministries Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Apart from the Ministry of Culture, various other ministries provide funding for culture and arts events relevant to the ministries’ focus. The commitment to fund the Haifa Story Festival, as well as its nature and diverse programs, were agreed on months in advance. However, on the day before the opening, the ministry informed festival organizers and the Haifa municipality that it was withdrawing its support. Haaretz reported that officials cited the fact that the festival was open to all and not just to residents of peripheral neighborhoods. The organizers decided not to protest the decision publicly and to hold the festival as planned. A knowledgeable source told Haaretz that the ministry’s decision stemmed from political considerations. “What is sad in this case is that extremists in Israeli society have managed to influence the thinking and decisions of government ministries in a way that is not on point,” the source said.-rh Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/11/israel- loyalty-in-culture-law-theater-arabs-palestinians.html#ixzz5Wly8aBGH13/11/2018
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History suppressed: Censorship in Israel`s archives : Troves of looted Palestinian books, documents, photographs and films are sealed in Israel`s archives and libraries.Aljazeera - Sealed in Israel`s archives and libraries are troves of Palestinian books, documents, photographs and films that were looted from Palestinian institutions and personal archives by Jewish militias and later, the Israeli military. "This confiscation is a kind of daily struggle that Palestinians face," says Sherene Seikaly, a scholar of Middle Eastern history. "One of the reasons, that these archives are a target, that they`re threatening, is because they`re really a record of Palestinian social life, and Palestine more broadly."-rh13/11/2018
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Dollars trump death: Hamas seems committed to truce despite deadly Gaza flareupAVI ISSACHAROFF - The Times of Israel - The deadly firefight in the Gaza Strip overnight does not change the fact that both Israel and Hamas are not interested in escalating tensions in the Palestinian territory, with both sides, as of Monday morning, managing to pull back from the brink of another round of violence. At around 1:30 a.m. Monday, Hamas ended its barrage of rockets and mortar shells into Israel despite the heavy price it had paid — seven dead, including a senior commander, and seven wounded. The terrorist group may have boasted afterwards about its forces’ “victory,” which “drove the Zionist forces out of Gaza,” but in reality, the overnight raid was a heavy blow for Hamas.-rh13/11/2018
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Israel Sabotages Ceasefire Talks, Assassinating Hamas Commander, IDF Senior Commander Also KilledRichard Silverstein - Information Clearing House - Today, IDF commandos invaded Gaza in a night-time raid and murdered seven Hamas operatives, including the commander responsible for the tunnel defense system maintained by the Islamist rulers of the enclave. According to various media sources, the raid was exposed and Palestinian militants fought back fiercely. In order to free the IDF forces, the Israelis had to lay down a massive drone and air attack which permitted them to withdraw back to Israel.-rh13/11/2018
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Is the PLO serious about suspending its recognition of Israel? Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The credibility of both Abbas and the PLO`s various institutions, including the Palestine National Council (PNC) and the PCC, has been devastated ever since the Palestinian president and his security team failed to adhere to the May 4 decision of the PNC that had called for “the suspension of all forms of security coordination with Israel.” When asked by Al-Monitor about the seriousness of the Palestinian leadership in carrying out its threats this time, half a dozen well-respected officials, experts and analysts all answered in the negative.-rh 6/11/2018
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New Al Jazeera film uncovers `rotting foundation` of U.S. Israel lobbyAntony Loewenstein - +972 - “People at AIPAC know that something has changed,” Gallagher says. “They know something is wrong. They are not as effective as they used to be.” He worries that the day is coming soon when AIPAC wouldn’t be able to deeply influence the Israel lobby crafted in the U.S. Congress, as it does today, and that the pro- Israel lobby will have to operate without AIPAC’s power. “There’s this big bowling ball that’s being hurled towards them [AIPAC] and the response is to run faster,” Gallagher continues. “They need to get on the bowling ball and start dancing.”-rh 6/11/2018
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Support for Israel `continues to drop` among US liberals, youthBen White - Aljazeera - In February 2017, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked expressed concern about "decreasing support for Israel in the Democratic party", telling her Jewish American audience that the problem was "a strategic issue" for Israel. "I couldn`t sleep after I saw a poll two weeks ago", she added. A new US poll on the same topic will not help Shaked rest easy. The results indicate that key trends identified in recent years show no signs of slowing; Israel`s reputation is deteriorating among demographics such as Democrats, younger voters, African Americans and Hispanic Americans.- rh6/11/2018
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Netanuyahu’s Courting of Bolsonaro is the Latest of Israel’s Alliances with Far-right FiguresJonathan Cook - Dissident Voice - The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election last week has won Israel a passionate new friend on the international stage. The world’s fifth-most populous nation will now be “coloured in blue and white”, an Israeli official said, referring to the colours of Israel’s flag. The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately called to congratulate Bolsonaro, a former army officer with a pronounced nostalgia for his country’s 20-year military dictatorship. Critics describe him as a neo-fascist.-rh6/11/2018
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Israel & Gaza Close To Ceasefire says Israeli SourceIMEMC News - Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza are close to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, a report said Saturday, citing a high- level Israeli source. According to the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, an unnamed senior political figure leaked that a deal was in the making between Israel and the Gazan administration to allow Qatar to provide the enclave with funds to pay its civil servants, as well as fuel.-rh6/11/2018
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On Boycotts, Academic Freedom, and the Struggle for Justice in Israel-PalestineBruce Robbins - The Nation - When the young Palestinian-American Lara Alqasem was finally allowed to enter Israel after being detained at the airport and threatened with deportation, who won? Liberal Zionists, many of whom had championed her case, felt they had cause to celebrate. You see, they could now tell the world, Israel is not (yet) the bastion of build-the-wall intolerance that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, like his buddy in the White House, has wanted to make of his country. On October 16, two days before the Israeli Supreme Court’s decision, Jeremy Ben-Ami, president and founder of J Street, had an op-ed in Haaretz under the title “The Ban on Lara Alqasem Is a Gift for BDS, and a Disaster for Israel.” -rh6/11/2018
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Why is Benjamin Netanyahu defending Mohammed bin Salman?Richard Silverstein - Middle East Eye - For the past month, while governments and media outlet around the world sounded a drumbeat of shock and dismay over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, all that could be heard on the subject from Israel was the sound of crickets. Israeli columnist Ben Caspit said his country`s leadership was avoiding the subject "like the plague". It appears no Israeli politician wants to say anything for fear of offending that country`s latest Arab bromantic partner, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Bin Salman, according to many analysts, would have had to have ordered the murder of a figure as prominent as Khashoggi. Then on Friday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally gave his view on the Khashoggi case, saying it had to be "dealt with" but not at the cost of the stability of Saudi Arabia and the fight against Iran.-rh6/11/2018
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The Ugly Reason Naftali Bennett Is Minimizing Anti-Semitism Raphael Magarik - Forward - on Wednesday, four days after an avowedly Jew-hating man slaughtered eleven Jews in a synagogue in the largest anti-Semitic attack in American history, suddenly Bennett discovered the virtue of restraint. Speaking on a panel at the Council for Foreign Relations, he said he was “not sure there’s a surge in anti- Semitism in the United States” and expressed skepticism about the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) recent report, which found a massive increase in anti-Semitic incidents over the last two years. (Nor was Bennett alone: David Bernstein, a conservative law professor, attacked the details of the ADL’s report over at Tablet. I looked for previous examples of a Tablet writer arguing there’s been no rise in anti- Semitism, or that accusations of anti-Semitism were overblown. I couldn’t find any.).rh 6/11/2018
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Israel killed 32 Palestinians, 6 children in OctoberMEMO - "Israel killed 32 Palestinians – 26 in the besieged Gaza Strip and six in the occupied West Bank – in October, including six children. A further 2,166 others were wounded across the occupied Palestinian territories" [ry]5/11/2018
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Watch the film the Israel lobby didn’t want you to seeThe Electronic Intifada - "The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of The Lobby – USA, a four-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel’s covert influence campaign in the United States." ca2/11/2018
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