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Why are some Palestinians upset over Nakba commemoration?Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Al Jazeera correspondent Mirvat Sadeq posted on Facebook May 14, “The Nakba was not a matter of folklore. You cannot commemorate it with dabke dancing and folk songs. It was not a wedding where women wear embroidered dresses. The Nakba is not a celebration. It is a disaster and a continuous massacre against people and lands. Tragedies are not to be celebrated with horns and sirens.” Sadeq was referring to the alarm siren that the commemoration committee played for 68 seconds at noon on May 15 in Ramallah to signal the launching of the Nakba events.-rh 25/5/2016
How Netanyahu Showed the Army Who’s Boss by Handing the Keys to the Far RightJ.J.Goldberg - Forward - By removing defense minister Moshe Yaalon, a former career soldier and military chief of staff who’s part and parcel of Israel Defense Forces culture, and replacing him with Lieberman, a frequent critic of the military brass, Netanyahu is showing the generals who’s boss. That may not be what Netanyahu intended in this latest round of coalition musical chairs, but that’s what happened.-rh 25/5/2016
Joint List MK: Lieberman deal reveals ‘the real face of Netanyahu’ Emily Mulder - Mondoweiss - Joint List MK Aida Touma-Souliman, who believes the PM carried out the recent government reshuffle solely to secure continuation of his rule, told Mondoweiss the move “revealed the real face of Netanyahu.” -rh25/5/2016
Mohammed al-Qeeq, former hunger striker and Palestinian journalist, released from Israeli prisonSamidoun - Palestinian journalist and former hunger striker Mohammed al-Qeeq was freed from Israeli prison on Thursday, 19 May. Al-Qeeq had been held in administrative detention without charge or trial, and engaged in a 94-day hunger strike demanding his release. His strike drew widespread Palestinian and international attention, and highlighted the issue of administrative detention and the imprisonment of Palestinian journalists.-rh25/5/2016
Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in BerlinRalf Neukirch and Christoph Schult - Spiegel - Top Berlin officials are becoming less inclined to unconditionally support Israel. With the two-state solution increasingly unlikely, there is concern that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is "instrumentalizing" Germany`s friendship.-rh25/5/2016
Hundreds of academics call to boycott genocide conference in IsraelRami Younis - +972 -Academics condemn decision to hold a conference on genocide in Jerusalem at a time when Israel’s actions are ‘being viewed through lenses of ethnic cleansing and genocide.-rh25/5/2016
The trauma remainsAsaf Kamer--Resisim is an organization which helps Israelis express their feelings and emotions after wars; It turns out, its not just soldiers on the front lines who are directly affected by the fighting. dn22/5/2016
Today n Palestine for May 20, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn22/5/2016
Defense Minister Yoav Zitun--With Avigdor Lieberman`s appointment to defense minister comes a whole world of accountability - from life and death decisions during wartime, to making sure Israel stays quiet while at peace; Here are some of Lieberman`s new responsibilities dn21/5/2016
UN panel against torture flags `excessive force` by Israel JAMEY KEATEN--GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel against torture on Friday expressed concerns about allegations of "excessive use of force," including deadly force, by Israeli security forces in Palestinian areas, and warned about authorities barring access to detained suspects, including minors.dn15/5/2016
Today in Palestine for May 13, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn15/5/2016
Yesh Din: Michael Sfard at the UN Security Council, 6.5.2016 (with link to soundcloud recording)Yesh Din - Adv. Michael Sfard explained to the council members that while Israeli law enforcement agencies succeed in solving crimes committed against Israeli citizens, apprehend the culprits, prosecute and severely punish them swiftly, and in many incidents even prevent the attack. But when the victim is Palestinian, Yesh Din`s data indicates that 85% of the investigations opened into ideologically motivated crime against Palestinians are closed due to police investigative failures. [10/5/2016
The Amana House: A New Settlement in Sheikh JarrahPeace Now Settlement Watch - Construction of the settlement is supported by a wide array of governmental institutions, headed by the Israel Land Authority (ILA). The ILA, in an illegal and misleading procedure, expropriated private Palestinian land and, handed it over to Amana, a right-wing pro-settler organization that is politically and ideologically affiliated with the right-wing government. [bz]10/5/2016
A law banning torture in Israel? Don’t hold your breathAmjad Iraqi--An anti-torture law currently being drafted by the Justice Ministry is not enough to fix an entire legal system that allows the practice to be used against an occupied population. dn8/5/2016
Hamas, Israel agree to de-escalationElior Levy--Brokered by international representatives, both sides have agreed to a cessation of hostilities; tensions between Hamas`s political and military wings, however, threaten its stability. dn8/5/2016
Gaza: The Memories of War Still Haunt Us Noor Salha--It was a memorable and a tragic night at the same time. I wish I could forget those moments and everything that happened to us on that day. But I can’t. dn8/5/2016
New West Bank settlement slated for soon-to-be evicted outpost residents: reporti24news--The Israeli Defense Ministry and settler organization Amana are planning to build a new settlement in the West Bank, in order to house residents of an illegal hilltop outpost that is due to be evacuated by the end of the year, Haaretz reports. dn8/5/2016
Today in Palestine for May 6, 2016Today in Palestine--Reports and Commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn8/5/2016
Report: “Army Killed Four Palestinians In April”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "The Abdullah Al-Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation has reported that the Israeli army killed four Palestinians, including a child and a woman, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, in April. 270 Palestinians, including 85 children, were injured, and 400, including 60 children, were kidnapped. Israel also confiscated 2500 of Dunams of Palestinian lands, and approved thousands of new colonialist units, while the army demolished 97 homes and structures" [ry] 2/5/2016
The West Bank, where one wrong move can get you killedSheren Khalel & Abed al Qaisi--“The people at the checkpoint said Abu Ismail lifted her hands and was trying to explain to the soldiers that it was an accident. Guns were aimed at her, then she reached into her purse and pulled out a folder of papers and tossed it at the border police, right before the police opened fire,” Hyat said. The dead siblings’ mother, Fatma, said the papers her daughter would have been holding were medical records. According to Fatma, her daughter was at the checkpoint with her brother after being referred to a specialistin Jerusalem by doctors in Ramallah. She had been having problems with one of her legs, Fatma said. Abu Ismail was shot, more than a dozen times according to accounts, her brother was fired on as he rushed to his sister’s aid. Both were left on the ground for nearly an hour before their bodies were moved, witnesses said. While Fatma’s daughter died almost instantly, Ibrahim is believed to have bled to death. dn1/5/2016
Today in Palestine for April 29, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn1/5/2016
Sanders has some agonizing choices to make as a trustee for millions of voters. (CNN) Ralph Nader--Senator Bernie Sanders has come a long way without other people’s advice. The progressive lone ranger is now leading in the polls nationally as the preferred candidate to defeat Donald Trump—ahead of Hillary in that matchup. Now, however, Bernie Sanders is facing the verdict of closed primaries in many states which bar independent voters from voting for any of the Democratic or Republican candidates.dn1/5/2016
Livingstone muddies history to support claims on Hitler and Zionism Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem--Former London mayor confuses agency with intention, with fatal consequences for his garbled argument dn1/5/2016
Palestinians demand apology from EurovisionAFP--After a document was leaked banning the flags of any non-UN member state, including the Palestinian flag, from the song contest, the PLO has denounced the `shameful, totally biased and unacceptable decision.`dn1/5/2016
the American Anthropological Association’s Vote on the Academic Boycott of Israeli InstitutionsRoberto J. González David Price--The membership of the world’s largest professional association of anthropologists, the American Anthropological Association (AAA), is now in the midst of an election that will determine whether or not the Association will apply boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) to Israeli academic institutions. This is the most challenging political issue facing American anthropologists since the Vietnam War, with both supporters and opponents passionately expressing their views in the media, at professional conferences, and in public forums. dn1/5/2016
Massive collective punishment: homes of 149 Palestinians suspected of no wrongdoing demolished since Oct. 2015; hundreds more under threatB`Tselem - Since October 2015, Israel has stepped up use of house demolitions as a way to punish the families of Palestinians who perpetrated attacks against Israelis or are suspected of perpetrating or aiding such attacks. Since then, the authorities have demolished or fully or partially sealed 37 apartments. Fourteen of these apartments were not under demolition orders and were damaged simply because of their proximity to apartments slated for demolition. As a result of this large-scale punitive action, 149 people, 65 of them minors, have lost their homes. Four of these homes were issued demolition or sealing orders prior to October 2015. Ten more families are currently waiting ruling by Israel’s High Court of Justice (HCJ) in petitions they filed against orders issues for their homes. One more home is expected to be demolished, as the HCJ rejected the family’s petition. Since October 2015, the HCJ revoked six demolition orders. In this time, 53 apartments have been demolished or issued demolition or sealing orders.-rh27/4/2016
Military effectively shutting down Palestinian quarries in Beit Fajjar to aid de facto annexation of areaB`Tselem - "In their testimony to B’Tselem field researcher Manal al-J’abri, the owners of two of the raided quarries related that since 2008, such raids take place twice a year, on average. However, they claimed that Israeli forces have stepped up activity to stop operations in the quarries in recent months. The forces have repeatedly confiscated crucial equipment, including tractors, buggers, air compressors, control computers, and various work tools. This appears to be part of an Israeli policy to wear the owners down until they shut down the quarries" [ry] 25/4/2016
`There`s always an Intifada inside the prisons`Patrick Strickland - AlJazeera - Health of Palestinian Sami Janazrah, on hunger strike for 51 days, plummets as tensions rise in several prisons [ry] 25/4/2016
Today in Palestine for April 22, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn24/4/2016
How many Palestinians are imprisoned by Israel?Megan O`Toole, Konstantinos Antolopoulos - Aljazeera - After ramping up arrests in recent months. Israel is currently holding about 7.000 Palestinian Prisoners.-rh20/4/2016
Israel Sentenced a 13-year-old Palestinian Girl to PrisonGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - S. is not home. She is in Sharon Prison. A 13-year-old girl, in the seventh grade, she is an inmate in an Israeli jail. Last Thursday, S. was sentenced to four-and-a-half months in prison and a fine of 7,000 shekels ($1,860). If the fine is not paid – and for this family it’s an absolutely unimaginable amount – S.’s mother, Amna Takatka, will be sent to jail for up to seven months: one month for every 1,000 unpaid shekels, for what her daughter did. That was the sentence handed down by military judge Lt. Col. Ami Navon.-rh20/4/2016
Segregation of Palestinians and Jews in maternity wards becomes an issue in Israel Phil Weiss and Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - The medical establishment insisted on Wednesday that there was no segregation between Jewish and Arab women in maternity wards. However, Arab doctors complained of racist and discriminatory treatment by medical staff in the country’s hospitals… For many years the health establishment has been segregating Arab and Jewish mothers who come to deliver their babies, particularly in hospitals and maternity wards that serve mixed populations. While this may not be official policy, it is implemented by nurses on these wards, with doctors and hospital management turning a blind eye.-rh20/4/2016
Israel rabbi to paramedics: `Leave Palestinians to die` : Israeli ambulance crews adopt a policy of denying injured Palestinians treatment, say rights groups.Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - There is mounting evidence that Israeli ambulance crews are withholding treatment from Palestinians injured during a wave of attacks over the past six months, according to rights groups. Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, a medical watchdog group, found that wounded Palestinians had been left untreated for as long as two hours. In some cases, medical teams are suspected of failing to tend to the injuries of suspected attackers as revenge, in the expectation that they will die from their wounds.-rh 20/4/2016
World Bank: Raw Deal With Israel Costs Palestinians $285 Million in Annual RevenueJack Khoury - Haaretz - Israel continues to withhold payment of $669 million in accumulated Palestinian tax revenue. This sum includes pension payments by Palestinians working in Israel and their employers, as well as deductions meant to cover the workers’ health insurance and other benefits. [bz]19/4/2016
World Bank: Palestinian Authority losing $285 million a year due to agreements with IsraelTovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - “The Paris Protocol has to be amended to halt the annual loss of $285 million to the PA, the World Bank said in a report it issued Sunday in advance of Tuesday’s meeting in Brussels of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee. Separately, the World Bank said, Israel is holding $669m. it collects from Palestinian worked in Israel and their employers that was due to be transferred to a decimated pension fund under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority. But the PA never created that fund, the World Bank said” [ry] 18/4/2016
How many Palestinians are imprisoned by Israel?Megan O`Toole, Konstantinos Antonopoulos - AlJazeera - Palestinians are marking Prisoners` Day to highlight the plight of thousands being held in Israeli jails [ry] 18/4/2016
Alliance of Baptists Divests from Companies Profiting from Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian LandG.J. Tarazi--During their National Gathering on April 8-10 in St. Louis, the Alliance of Baptists affirmed the use of nonviolent boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) strategies and comprehensive education and advocacy programs to end the 49-year Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land. The Justice in Palestine and Israel Community presented the statement. dn17/4/2016
CUNY Graduate Students Vote for Academic Boycott of IsraelSam Kestenbaum--The Doctoral Students’ Council at the City University of New York passed a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel on Friday afternoon. dn17/4/2016
Today in Palestine for April 15, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt.17/4/2016
IDF struggles with rising influence of Religious ZionistsReuters--Religious Zionists increasingly represent a larger percentage of the IDF, changing the nature of the once-secular institution; IDF Jewish Awareness Branch helps soldiers weave together Jewish and military values. dn17/4/2016
Has Israeli army become defender of democracy?Uri Savir - Al-Monitor - Israel’s democracy is in a crisis mostly due to its occupation policies. Its alleged executions of Palestinian terrorists, settlement expansion, demolition of houses and Palestinian land expropriations cast heavy clouds over Israel’s identity as a Jewish democracy. There is a regional and international price to pay for these flaws in the democracy. The Palestinians perceive themselves as the victims of these policies, and most of the international community is critical of the policies as well.-rh 13/4/2016
Isolated Palestinian prisoner Shukri Khawaja launches hunger strikeSamidoun - Al-Khawaja’s isolation was extended on Thursday by an Israeli military court in Eshel prison for an additional three months, prompting his hunger strike. He has been held in solitary confinement sine 17 December 2014, and has received only one family visit since that time.-rh13/4/2016
Israeli Demolitions Displace 124 Palestinians in Just One Day The Palestine Chronicle - The details have been revealed in a statement by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA): “In total, 54 structures were demolished in nine different communities in Area C, displacing 124 people, including 60 children.” The statement, issued on Friday, added: “A further 293 people, including 98 children, were otherwise affected.”-rh13/4/2016
Israel`s ‘Bible Trail’: Demolishing Palestinian homes to make national parksJonathan Cook - Middle East Eye - Planners and human-rights group accuse the Israeli authorities of increasingly using such parks as a tool to grab control of Palestinian land and demolish homes, under the guise of archaeological preservation and tourism development.-rh13/4/2016
Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Israelis Trained U.S. to Use "Palestinian Chair" Torture DeviceEric Fair - Democracy Now - As a former interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI, Eric Fair was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. While in Fallujah, he witnessed a torture device known as the Palestinian chair. He writes in his new book, "Consequence: A Memoir," that the chair was a way to immobilize prisoners in order to break them down both physically and mentally. He also wrote that the Israeli military taught them how to use the Palestinian chair during a joint training exercise.-rh13/4/2016
Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program and the Displacement of Palestinian BedouinsIMEMC News - Lance Bartholomeusz, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank condemned Israel’s latest round of large scale demolitions of homes in the Palestinian Bedouin refugee community Um al-Khair in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Israel uses parts of the Negev desert for testing weapons with nuclear material and to dispose of nuclear waste from its not-IAEA monitored Dimona nuclear facility.-rh13/4/2016
Students Affairs Council of Palestinian Universities Condemns Israel’s Violations of Right to Education in Al-Quds UniversitySaed Bannoura - IMEMC "This is a press release from the Deans of Students’ Affairs Council of Palestinian Universities, condemning the Israeli army’s continuous invasions into academics institutions, especially the latest invasion into the Al-Quds University on April 5, 2016... The council demands the international community to take all appropriate measures to end Israel’s repeated violations of international law which inhibit basic human rights, including education." ca13/4/2016
Demolition escalates in the West Bank (including graphs)Oxfam - Oxfam calls upon European governments to live up to their commitments and to start protesting and requesting compensation for the destruction by Israeli authorities of Palestinian homes and the confiscation of humanitarian aid in the West Bank. [bz]12/4/2016
Israel drops investigation into army colonel`s killing of Palestinian teenMa`an News Agency - "The legal division of the Israeli army closed on Sunday an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian teenager last summer by a senior Israeli commander, in a decision Israeli rights group B’Tselem has termed `an integral part` of the Israeli army’s `whitewash mechanism” of its own crimes`" [ry] 11/4/2016
OCHA: 124 Palestinians Left Homeless in Less than 24 HoursIMEMC News & Agencies - "Multiple demolitions in the occupied West Bank left 124 Palestinians homeless in a single day, 60 of them children, according to a statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) released on Friday" [ry] 11/4/2016
The Month in Pictures: March 2016EI - "Israeli forces killed 23 Palestinians in March as a surge in deadly confrontation that began last October continued for the fifth consecutive month" [ry] 11/4/2016
Today in Palestine for April 8, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn10/4/2016
New Challenge for CUNY Over Alleged Anti-SemitismJosefin Dolsten and Sam Kestenbaum--The City University of New York’s efforts to deal with charges and countercharges about anti-Semitism and free speech on campus regarding Israel will soon face a daunting new challenge: On April 15, the school system’s graduate student council will vote on a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. dn10/4/2016
Gov`t approves plan to improve law enforcement in Arab sector [Since when do more police stations guarantee improvement?]Moran Azulay, Roi Yanovsky--Plan includes construction of 10 new police stations and renovation of 10 existing ones in Arab or mixed cities, and adding 2,600 new officers to force. [Since when do more police stations and police guarantee any sort of improvement? dn]10/4/2016
African Hebrews organize after apparent army cover-up in death of Israeli soldierDan Cohen--Over the last month, members of Israel’s African Hebrew community have begun to organize over an apparent cover-up in the death of Toveet Radcliffe, a nineteen-year-old soldier who was found shot in the head, on the night between February 21 and 22, 2015. dn10/4/2016
Report: Israel Spends 61% More on Settlers than Other Citizens Telesur--The Israeli government spends more money on Israeli settlements and settlers in the Palestinian occupied West Bank than it spends on any other Israeli territory within the 1948 borders, a report by Israeli-based think tank Macro Center for Political Economics has revealed. dn9/4/2016
Review of “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States”Robert Jensen - Nation of Change "In the conflict over the land of Palestine, Israel’s overpowering military superiority has produced decisive battlefield victories. But just as crucial to Israeli dominance in that region is its supremacy in the U.S. news media, which is captured in the title of an important new film from the Media Education Foundation, “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” ca8/4/2016
Who Occupies Whom in Israel-Palestine? Don’t Ask an AmericanEric Schuler - ANTIWAR - That reality is why the recent poll on Americans’ understanding of Israel is both important and depressing. Facts shape our opinions. When those facts are wrong, the opinions tend to reflect that.-rh6/4/2016
What every Amercan has to know about Israel/PalestineIf Americans knew - The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world`s major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation. It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution.-rh 6/4/2016
Palestinians forever changed by Israeli tortureJonathan Brown - Aljazeera - Abu Sharefa, who has a tattoo of an M16 rifle on his chest, is among dozens of residents of Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah who say they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being arrested, detained and tortured by Israeli security forces.-rh6/4/2016
Private Security companies and the Israeli OccupationWho Profits - Private security companies in Israel play an active role in the occupation of Palestinian land and control over Palestinian people. Private security guards operate checkpoints and guard settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. These security guards have policing powers, they bear arms and are entitled to use force in performing their duties. In the settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the private security guards, who are hired by the state of Israel to guard the settlements, de facto serve as a private police force that serves the settlers population. The employment of private security guards enables state authorities to provide security services only to the settlers, without acknowledging or meeting the security needs of the Palestinian communities around the settlements. This situation creates an inherent inequality between the Palestinian and the Jewish population in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.-rh6/4/2016
B`Tselem’s Camera ProjectB`Tselem - In 2007, B`Tselem’s Video Department launched its innovative camera project. The organization distributes video cameras and provides training to Palestinians living in areas in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip where tensions are high and clashes are commonplace.-rh6/4/2016
Today in Palestine for April 1, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn3/4/2016
Washington’s Failure to Stem Material Support for Israeli Settler ExtremistsSarah Marusek--US rhetorical opposition to illegal Israeli settlements rings hollow while it lays favors on settler organizations that fund them. dn3/4/2016
The tragic resilience of Israel’s unrecognized Arab villagesAmjad Iraqi--Palestinian citizens of Israel led the first ‘Land Day’ protests on March 30th, 1976. 40 years later, they’re facing even worse threats than before. +972 visits three unrecognized villages across Israel where Israeli courts have approved evictions in order to build luxury apartments, roads, and new Jewish towns on the ruins of their homes.dn 2/4/2016
The medic`s deadly shotOded Shalom and Elior Levy--The Palestinian who filmed the Hebron shooting believes himself to be in danger; the soldier he filmed trained constantly before his enlistment, and he was apparently influenced by right-wing extremists.dn2/4/2016
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