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PHOTOS: Israeli bulldozers demolish homes in West Bank villagesAhmad al-Bazz, Activestills.org - +972 - Israeli bulldozers demolished nine Palestinian structures in the West Bank villages of Al-Hadidiya and Al-Jiftlik late last week [ry]15/10/2018
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U.S. Official Calls Netanyahu Report of Secret Iran Atomic Warehouse “Misleading”Richard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States is aware of the facility Netanyahu announced and described it as a “warehouse” used to store “records and archives” from Iran’s nuclear programme.A second U.S. intelligence official called Netanyahu’s comments “somewhat misleading. First, we have known about this facility for some time, and it’s full of file cabinets and paper, not aluminium tubes for centrifuges, and second, so far as anyone knows, there is nothing in it that would allow Iran to break out of the JCPOA any faster than it otherwise could.” ca 29/9/2018
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Official Israeli Document Denies Existence of Palestinian RefugeesIMEMC - "...the document considers that the “refugee” classification applies to a very limited number of Palestinians, the same position expressed by the US administration in a report, recently, which states that there are only “tens of thousands of Palestinians refugees” only, instead of the 5.3 million refugees registered with UNRWA." - id 27/9/2018
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Housing starts in settlements up by 187% in second quarterTovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - Peace Now response to the data: “Unfortunately, we see that since the Trump administration, there is an increase in approvals in construction and now we start to see it on the ground.” [bz]25/9/2018
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Sabra and Shatila: New RevelationsSeth Anziska - The New York Review of Books - We are publishing here for the first time these English-language excerpts from the secret Kahan Commission Appendix, in their original form and as an open source, so that researchers in Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and farther afield can consult these primary sources directly. This appendix is another historical source that can elicit shock: a chilling set of memoranda that paints a more complete picture of Israeli and Phalange eagerness to foment violence against the Palestinians as part of a wider war to remake the Middle East. [bz]18/9/2018
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What Lies Beneath: The US-Israeli Plot to ‘Save’ GazaRamzy Baroud - Countercurrents - Regardless of whether a permanent truce is achieved between Israel and the Hamas-led Gaza factions, the sad truth is that, whatever grand illusion is harbored by Washington and Tel Aviv at the moment, is almost entirely based on exploiting Palestinian divisions, for which the Palestinian leadership is to be wholly blamed.-rh5/9/2018
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Israel shutters Gaza pedestrian crossing after border clashesTOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - Israel announced the temporary closure of its sole pedestrian crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after the border terminal was damaged during clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians. Hundreds of Palestinians took part in a violent riot at the Erez Crossing on Tuesday, according to the Israel Defense Forces, during which infrastructure on the Palestinian side of the crossing was damaged by rioters. “As a result, the crossing has been closed until the repairing of the damage caused as a result of the riot is completed,” the army said in a statement.-rh 5/9/2018
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Israeli court drops mask on support of occupation Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - “A strategically important decision” was how Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked categorized the Aug. 28 decision by Jerusalem District Court Judge Arnon Darel. The court barred the Israel Defense Forces from evacuating several homes at the West Bank settlement of Mitzpe Kramim, even though these houses were built on private Palestinian lands, thus legalizing the outpost. Darel ruled that under Israeli law, even legally questionable transactions could be valid if conducted in "good faith," accepting the argument by the settlers and the state that when the land was allocated to build Mitzpe Kramim in the late 1990s, neither of them was aware that it was private. “Working together intensively we have wrought a change in the state’s policy,” Shaked said, patting herself on the back and praising Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit for overturning his predecessor’s stand on the issue.-rh 5/9/2018
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US cuts to UNRWA point to the dark future being readied for the PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - The US State Department said on Friday it would no longer continue its $360 million annual contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), depriving it of a third of its budget. US officials described the organisation as “irredeemably flawed”. The move follows an announcement last week that Washington had slashed $200 million from other aid programmes for the Palestinians. About five million Palestinians – many languishing for decades in refugee camps across the Middle East – rely on the agency for essential food, healthcare and education.-rh5/9/2018
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August 2018 newsletterBazel Yazoury - Defence for Children International - As children around the world head back to school, our thoughts are with Palestinian children who spent their summers locked up in Israeli detention centers and prisons. Many remain behind bars now, unable to join their classmates on the first day of school.-rh5/9/2018
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Israel Doesn’t Want to Be My StateSayed Kashua - The New York Times - When Israel was founded on the ruins of the Palestinian people in 1948, it was defined as a Jewish state. The Israeli flag was always a Jewish one, bearing a Star of David; the national anthem invokes the “Jewish soul,” excluding anyone who is not Jewish from these national symbols. The Palestinians who became Israeli citizens when the state was founded — like my family — have always been viewed as an undesirable demographic burden and subjected to discrimination. So what does the issuance of the Nationality Law change? In essence, perhaps not that much. It has turned de facto racism into de jure racism.-rh5/9/2018
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‘We have the right to be equal citizens!’ Palestinian mayor slams Israeli Housing MinisterJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - Amer el Huzail, the Deputy Mayor of Rahat, wouldn’t take this chauvinist, colonialist offense lying down. He answered Galant’s words in Hebrew, putting the “illegal construction” claim into its actual colonialist context, and rebuffing the shameful demand to be silent about Israeli Apartheid: First of all, thank you for your contribution of 13 million shekels from the Housing Ministry, really, thank you. But this is not the time and place to sting politically. Therefore I must retort in the same political way. First of all there is no “illegal construction in the Negev”. There are unrecognized villages and they must be recognized. Recognize the villages! You can’t follow this model of concentrating a maximal number of Bedouin Arabs on a minimal area. The Negev is large enough to include the unrecognized villages. Recognize the unrecognized villages. Stop demolishing the houses of Bedouins in the Negev. Let them live just like the Jewish neighbors!-rh5/9/2018
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Israel welcomes end of US funding for UN Palestinian refugee agencyTOI STAFF and AGENCIES - The Times of Israel - Israel welcomed Saturday a US decision to end funding for the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA), accusing the organization which supports some 5 million Palestinians of perpetuating the Middle East conflict. “Israel supports the US move,” an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on condition of anonymity.-rh5/9/2018
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New IDF strategy to focus on missilesBen Caspit - Al-Monitor - The assessment is that a missile corps of the type that Liberman dreams about would cost somewhere between six and eight billion shekels ($160-200 million) over a decade. Israel’s defense industries develop leading technologies in the precision, self-correction, maneuvering and firepower of missiles and rockets. They are already selling missiles to other countries around the world. Now Israel will make use of this impressive technology.-rh 5/9/2018
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Palestine in Pictures: August 2018EI - "Fifteen Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during the month of August. A further two Palestinians died of wounds sustained during Great March of Return protests in Gaza months earlier" [ry]4/9/2018
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