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Detainees minister warns of deteriorating health of veteran prisonersWAFA - Minister of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, warned on Saturday about the deteriorating health and physiological being of veteran Palestinian political detainees who spent more than 20 years in Israeli jails. Speaking during an event for the prisoners’ families in Ramallah city in the West Bank, Qaraqe said most of these prisoners have been suffering various diseases as a result of their prolonged detention and the absence of any prospects for their release.-rh21/3/2018
World Bank: Gaza economy cannot survive without being connected to outside worldWAFA - Gaza has seen conditions steadily deteriorate over the last two decades, leading to collapsing of the economy and basic social services, the World Bank said in a report published on Thursday. While additional cash inflows are urgently needed to bring relief to the difficult living conditions, a lasting recovery depends on a concerted strategy to revive the Gaza economy through access to external markets and expansion of commercial activities.-rh21/3/2018
Commentary: At 31, my first glimpse of life outside GazaAbier Almasri - Reuters - I was born and grew up in Gaza. My father was a soccer coach for many years and his stories about his travels to other countries always made me want to travel too. But Israel imposed a land, air and sea blockade on Gaza in 2007 and has kept Gaza mostly closed ever since. So I never made it out until now, at age 31, I was allowed to leave – for just a little while.-rh 21/3/2018
Apartheid IsraelJonathan Cook - AMEU - More than a decade ago, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter incurred the wrath of Israel’s partisans in America by suggesting that Israeli rule over Palestinians in the occupied territories was comparable to apartheid. While his bestseller book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” broke a taboo, in many ways it added to the confusion surrounding discussions of Israel. Since then, others, including John Kerry, when U.S. secretary of state, and former Israeli prime ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak, have warned that Israeli rule in the occupied territories is in danger of metamorphosing into “apartheid” – though the moment of transformation, in their eyes, never quite seems to arrive.-rh 21/3/2018
Al Jazeera Did a Hard-hitting Investigation into US and Israeli Lobbying – So Why Won`t They Air It?Robert Fisk - Information Clearing House - I’m talking about a documentary called The Lobby, directed by one of Al Jazeera’s top journalists, Clayton Swisher, the man whose exclusive (and book) on the “Palestine Papers” blew open the secret and scandalous American- led negotiations between Israelis and the Palestinian authority between 2000 and 2010. But after months of postponement, The Lobby, which secretly filmed pro-Israeli US activists and Israeli government officials and was completed last autumn, is still no nearer to being shown – and Swisher himself has taken a paid leave of absence. He even chose to explain his frustration in an article for the progressive American Jewish magazine Forward, which has always maintained a liberal and often very critical view of Israel.-rh21/3/2018
Three minutes over Syria: How Israel destroyed Assad’s nuclear reactorYOSSI MELMAN and DAN RAVIV - The Times of Israel - After more than a decade of stubborn silence, Israel has finally acknowledged that its Air Force destroyed the Syrian nuclear reactor, on the night between September 5 and 6, 2007. Built by North Korea, the reactor was designed to produce plutonium as fissile material for nuclear bombs. This is the inside story of the attack itself, and the intelligence gathering process — successes and failures — that facilitated it, as disclosed by the central players themselves.-rh21/3/2018
Americans have a constitutional right to boycott IsraelJosh Ruebner - Aljazeera - It should be a no-brainer that Americans can boycott whomever or whatever they choose without risking governmental punishment. After all, the Supreme Court ruled that states have no "right to prohibit peaceful political activity" such as a boycott, which is an "expression on public issues" that "has always rested on the highest rung of the hierarchy of First Amendment values". Indeed, the recent blossoming of the #BoycottNRA movement provides renewed proof of the centrality of boycott movements in effecting social change in the United States.-rh21/3/2018
Blessed are the MapmakersKen Shulman - The New Yorker "The partners at SAYA told me that they weren’t selling structures; their product is an invitation for policy planners to think more like architects, and architects to think a little more like policy planners. There are probably more roadblocks than road before them— reciprocal fear, hatred, atrophy at home, and, in some other countries, a stigma and doubts about Israel and Israelis (and Israeli urban planners), even those who are committed to peace. Still, they want to push forward. “We have a professional responsibility here,” says Bar-Sinai. “An obligation to devote our skills to resolving these problems. We can’t close our eyes on them because they’re difficult.” Or, maybe, because she knows that while peacemakers are blessed, they might be doubly blessed if just a few more of them were mapmakers." ca16/3/2018
Azaria seeks early release: `I shot a murderous terrorist, release me todayYoav Zitun - YNETnews - The Military Advocate General`s Office opposes cutting Azaria`s sentence by half, but its representatives said they will not oppose to cutting it by a third, which means he would be released on May 10.-rh14/3/2018
Will Israeli Policies Change If Netanyahu Leaves Office?Ramzy Baroud - Countercurrents - Israeli politics can be complicated, as often displayed in their intricate government coalitions. However, when it comes to Israel’s military Occupation of Palestine, leading Israeli politicians are, more or less, the same. Regardless of Netanyahu’s political future, Israeli policies towards Palestinians will remain unchanged, leaving Palestinians with the urgent responsibility of developing their own unified political strategy to counter the Israeli Occupation, human rights violations and illegal Jewish settlements.-rh14/3/2018
The topsy-turvy world of Jewish-Arab relationsAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Although the index points to a serious deterioration in relations between Jews and Arabs over the past two years, Smooha does not believe Israeli Arabs have burned their bridges to the Jewish state. He notes that the findings essentially continue to show a strong link on their part to a Jewish and democratic Israel.-rh 14/3/2018
Administrative Detainees Continue Boycott Of Military CourtsIMEMC news - Approximately 450 Palestinian detainees, held by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, continued their boycott of Israeli military courts for the 28th consecutive day. The detainees declared their boycott of the Israeli military courts on February 15th and are demanding Israel to end the illegal policies of holding them indefinitely, without charges or trial.They are also calling on all legal and human rights groups to submit their cases, and the ongoing violations, to the International Criminal Court.-rh14/3/2018
From an Israeli prison, Khalida Jarrar salutes feminists struggling for justice the world overYafa Jarrar - Mondoweiss - “Salute to all Palestinian women and women of the world. On this International Women’s Day, I affirm the importance of solidarity among women in their national and social struggles against colonization, discrimination, and social & economic exploitation. March 8th is an opportunity for us to unite in the fight for justice.”- Affidavit to Addameer Attorney at HaSharon Prison on 6 March 2018 with Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar.-rh 14/3/2018
Hundreds mark 13 years of protests against the wall in Bil’inOren Ziv - +972 - The village that managed to unite the world behind the spirit of nonviolent Palestinian protest marks more than a decade of not only tear gas, night raids and tragedy, but also co-resistance and victories in the struggle against settlements, the separation barrier and the occupation.-rh 14/3/2018
Our Jerusalem — A Reality CheckMenachem Klein - Palestine-Israel Journal - The concept of “Our Jerusalem” underwent a revolutionary change at the end of the 19th century. Until then, conquerors came from outside, one after another, fought over the right to control the city and struggled to determine that it belonged to them. New historical research shows that at the end of the 19th century, it was to the residents of the city and their children, who identified themselves as locals, that the city belonged. The rise of a local patriotic nationalism with Jerusalem at its center occurred before the arrival of Zionism and is connected to the modernization that affected the country. Contrary to the Zionist claim that the Zionist immigrants, together with the British, brought modernization to Jerusalem, the research shows that it was an organic local development which preceded them. The residents of Jerusalem, from all religions, had a place in this new identity.-rh14/3/2018
Ahed’s Generation: Why the Youth in Palestine Must Break Free from Dual OppressionRAMZY BAROUD - Counterpunch - While Palestinian officials continue to pay lip service to Ahed Tamimi and thousands of young Palestinians who continue to endure imprisonment and ill treatment by Israel, in truth, Ahed epitomizes the antithesis of everything that the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah stands for. She is strong, morally-driven and defiant; the PA is subservient, morally bankrupt and quisling. Palestinian youth already understand this, and it is mostly up to them to free themselves from the confines of military occupation and corruption.7/3/2018
An intimate portrait of Palestine: Ramzy Baroud’s ‘The Last Earth: A People’s Story of Palestine’Vacy Vlazna - Mondoweiss - With alchemical brilliance, he has, in the crucible of his art, purified hours of recorded interviews on love stories, generations of births, childhoods, disappearances, adversity, torment, deaths into the essence of Love and Truth and the magic is – we too are purified and illumined by a powerful knowing that can never be un-known.-rh7/3/2018
Who profits from keeping Gaza on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe?Shir Hever - +972 - As long as Gaza remains on the brink of collapse, international donors keep the flow of humanitarian aid money going. If the crisis were ended and the siege lifted, it is safe to assume that that the international donors would change the type of aid they provide and return to focus on the development of the Gazan economy (as they did from 1994—2000, until the outbreak of the Second Intifada). This type of aid would likely compete with certain branches of Israeli companies and therefore threaten the Israeli economy. Keeping Gaza on the verge of collapse keeps international humanitarian aid money flowing exactly to where it benefits Israeli interests.-rh7/3/2018
Newsletter - February 2018Military Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 December 2017 there were 5,976 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza) held as “security prisoners” in Israeli detention facilities including 352 children (12-17 years). In the case of children there was a 12 percent increase in the number compared with the previous month but an annual decrease of 17 percent compared with 2016. These figures include 2 children held in administrative detention. According to the IPS, 52 percent of child detainees were transferred and/or detained inside Israel in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention during the month.-rh7/3/2018
Israeli Army’s Lies Can No Longer Salvage Its ImageJONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - A half-century of occupation has not only corrupted generations of teenage Israeli soldiers who have been allowed to lord it over Palestinians. It has also needed an industry of lies and self-deceptions to make sure the consciences of Israelis are never clouded by a moment of doubt – that maybe their army is not so moral after all.-rh7/3/2018
Universities are demanding professors disavow BDS before being allowed to speak on campusNada Elia - Mondoweiss - So far, every case of anti-BDS legislation has been successfully challenged. But for now, we must make it crystal clear to our representatives that BDS should not be denounced, let alone criminalized. With the Israeli lobby pushing hard to pass the Israel Anti-Boycott law, now is the time to challenge this twenty- first century McCarthyisim, in the form of anti-BDS legislation, and the imposition of a political litmus test on campuses across the country. And now is the time to remind our legislators that the right to boycott is constitutionally protected, and that we must not prioritize a foreign nation seeking to defend its apartheid system, and legitimize its illegal settlements, over the legal rights of US citizens enacting their solidarity with an oppressed people.-rh7/3/2018
Israel Contemplates a Future Without NetanyahuRuth Margalit - The New Yorker - It is an irony of no small proportions that Netanyahu may, in time, be viewed as the instigator of his own undoing: by neutering political debate in Israel, he has made the focus personal, drawing attention to the murky underside of his governing. Assuming that he will still be at the top of his party’s ticket, the next Israeli election will be less an open race than a referendum on his rule. There is a common saying in Israel: elections are not won; they are lost. With no term limits for Prime Ministers, power is seen as the incumbent’s to lose. This is all the more true these days, with a Prime Minister who has at least four open investigations aimed at him.-rh7/3/2018
Hebron in My Heart. English subtitles - Film by Eran Torbiner and AIC 6/3/2018
CHECKPOINTSActivestills - Al Jazeera - Israel`s military checkpoints: `We live a life of injustice` [ry]5/3/2018
Gaza update: Children killed by Israeli fire as healthcare continues to declineMedical Aid for Palestine - Update (22 February): MAP`s team in Gaza have provided an additional update from the Health Cluster. Just 315,000 litres of fuel remains for hospitals in February, though funding from Qatar and UAE, when hopefully delivered in March, will be enough for 5-6 months. A donation from Qatar will procure 52 (of 516) essential drugs and 48 (of 853) medical disposables. There has been no additional procurement of cancer drugs (62% out of stock), primary healthcare drugs (54% out of stock) or immunology drugs (61% out of stock). Gaza hospitals and primary healthcare centres need USD$3.8 million monthly for drugs and disposables, or more than US$40 million per year. US$1.5 million is needed for spare parts and US$3 million to replace obsolete equipment at the Ministry of Health. The cleaners` strike is ongoing, with growing fears of the spread of infections in hospitals. Catering is currently only available in seven out of 14 hospitals.-rh28/2/2018
Arab woman MK attacked by Hebrew media for criticizing army policySamah Salaime - +972 - MK Aida Touma-Suleiman, a female legislator from the Arab-Jewish socialist party, criticized the Israeli army’s policy toward Syria, warning that it could escalate to a war that would endanger civilians. In response, one veteran male television news analyst ordered her to ‘sit down and be quiet.’-rh28/2/2018
Amnesty International: Israel Carried Out Extrajudicial Executions, Tortured ChildrenIMEMCnews - Israeli authorities and armed forces carried out extrajudicial executions, tortured Palestinian prisoners and targeted human rights defenders, Amnesty International’s new annual report says.- rh28/2/2018
Netanyahu’s real crime: Plundering land for settlersAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - In response to the Feb. 13 police announcement of sufficient evidence to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery and breach of trust, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said, “Receiving gifts so extensively for so long does not meet the expectations of the citizenry of the State of Israel.” Polls conducted since then suggest that Bennett is wrong. According to a survey by the pollster Yossi Sarid for Reshet TV, although only 29% of Israelis surveyed believe the prime minister is innocent, more Israelis want him to stay in office than want him to resign or take time off, 49% versus 43% respectively.-rh 28/2/2018
Israel Extracts “Confession” From Badly Wounded Cousin of Ahed Tamimi, Jailed Protest IconROBERT MACKEY - The Intercept - The mystery as to why Israel would inflict such an obvious blow to its own image, by arresting a boy with severe head trauma, was resolved late Monday night in a Facebook post from Major General Yoav Mordechai, the senior Israeli official who oversees the military rule of Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank. Maj. Gen. Mordechai revealed that during Mohammed’s interrogation by the military on Monday, without the presence of a parent or lawyer, the boy had “confessed” that “he was injured while he was riding his bicycle and fell off it.”-rh28/2/2018
Israel backtracks on plans that enraged Christian Churches in JerusalemDeutsche Welle - Israel`s government on Tuesday said it would suspend a controversial tax and expropriation bill that Christian leaders in Jerusalem had earlier described as a "systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land." The Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Roman Catholic churches closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday in protest against the Jerusalem municipality`s tax and land right plans. However, Christian leaders reversed their decision on Tuesday following the Israeli government`s decision to suspend the measures.-rh28/2/2018
Israeli justice minister`s stealthy plan to annex the West Bank Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - On Feb. 25, a government panel approved proposed legislation that would transfer jurisdiction over certain petitions filed by West Bank Palestinians from the Israeli Supreme Court to the Jerusalem District Court. The bill, sponsored by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, is a precedent-setting move that would de facto impose Israeli law on the West Bank. It would validate the “creeping imposition” of Israeli law for the benefit of the hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers living among the Palestinians. The settlers are currently governed largely by military law, which applies in the West Bank since it is legally considered occupied territory.-rh 28/2/2018
Trump peace plan could recognize Palestinian state – reportKHALED ABU TOAMEH - The Times of Israel - The Trump administration’s plan for peace in the Middle East may include US and international recognition of a Palestinian state and acceptance of East Jerusalem as its capital, the London-based Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Wednesday. The plan, the report said, calls for placing the Old City of Jerusalem under “international protection.” The report quoted “knowledgeable Arab diplomatic sources” in Paris as saying that the US is planning to present its plan in the framework of an international conference that would be held in one of the Arab capitals, most likely Cairo, with Israelis in attendance.-rh 28/2/2018
MORE PALESTINIANS ARE DYING WAITING TO GET MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE ISRAEL WON’T GIVE THEM TRAVEL PERMITSCRISTINA MAZA - Newsweek - Palestinians are dying at an increasingly higher rate because Israel is issuing fewer travel permits for people seeking lifesaving medical care, according to a group of human rights organizations. At least 54 people died in 2017 while waiting for an Israeli travel permit to seek medical treatment outside of Gaza, according to a joint statement released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Physicians for Human Rights Israel, among others.-rh21/2/2018
Finkelstein on Gaza: Who or What Has a Right to Exist? JUDITH DEUTSCH - counterpunch - The book primarily investigates the official reports about Operation Cast Lead (2008-09), the Mavi Marmara (2010), and Operation Protective Edge (2014). Finkelstein attributes these assaults in part to Israel’s intention to prove its deterrence capacity after its defeat by Hezbollah in 2006. A pattern emerges of Israel’s surreptitious provocations that conceal its own aggression, use of disproportionate military force and targeting of civilians, specious legality, and lies that exonerate Israel and permit ever- increasing brutality. The Dahiya doctrine refers to Israel’s military strategy of acting immediately, decisively, and with disproportionate force. Dahiya is a suburb of Beirut that was flattened by Israel in the 2006 war.-rh21/2/2018
The last days of NetanyahuJOSHUA DAVIDOVICH - The Times of Israel - If papers can be believed, the one that struck Tuesday is The Big One, and their pages are filled with almost nothing else other than the news that Communications Ministry head Shlomo Filber is becoming or has become a state witness. (Never mind the fact that there is not a single source for the news, which doesn’t mean it’s not true, but that’s not quite how journalism is supposed to be done.) Piling on top of that is a fresh scandal in which an adviser for the Netanyahu family is alleged to have tried to bribe a judge to get the prime minister’s wife out of her own legal mess, all of it swirling into a morass that will leave Netanyahu’s term in rubble in the near future, according to the pundits.-rh21/2/2018
February 10, 2018: Susya, Twaneh, Tuba David Shulman - Touching Photographs - I suppose by now everyone knows the Susya story of repeated expulsions and continuous harassment and demolitions. For years nearly every structure in the village has had a demolition order hanging over it. The legal excuse for this act of gratuitous and extreme cruelty is that these shacks and tents and latrines and wind turbines were built without a permit. That’s because Palestinians living in Area C on the West Bank cannot get permits. Beneath the thin veneer of legality lies the true reason. The government is now keen on driving out entire Palestinian communities, not simply on making their lives miserable and destroying homes one by one. The pace has accelerated, and the goal is clear.-rh21/2/2018
The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and LostRamzy Baroud - DISSIDENT VOICE - Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans. Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Jews, as well — a particularity worrying phenomena for the Israeli government.The trend promises to be a lasting one, since it has been in the making for years, starting some time after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.-rh21/2/2018
Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held without trial or charge launch boycott of Israeli courtsYumna Patel - Axis of Logik - Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons under administrative detention — Israel’s widely condemned policy of detention without charge or trial — launched an open-ended boycott of Israeli courts on Thursday. The 450 administrative detainees released a joint statement announcing the boycott, saying “the core of resisting administrative detention policy comes from boycotting this Israeli legal system.”-rh21/2/2018
Israeli Warplanes Pound Gaza After Border Bombing :Two Palestinian Teens Killed in Tank AttackJason Ditz - ANTI WAR.COM - The attacks started after a bombing at the Gaza-Israel border. Israeli Army officials say Palestinians rose a flag inside Gaza, but near the border, and planted an explosive device on it. The device detonated when Israeli troops crossed into Gaza after the flag.-rh21/2/2018
The Jerusalem AnomalyNir Hasson - PALESTINE-ISRAEL JOURNAL - Today’s Jerusalem is a place of administrative and governmental anomaly, where residents of the eastern half of the city do not have the same status, benefits, or public systems.-rh21/2/2018
Why ‘Milchan law’ at core of PM graft case is about so much more than tax breaksSIMONA WEINGLASS - The Times of Israel - It is a law that is proving central to the corruption case against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It has been dubbed “the Milchan law” because of its centrality to the investigation of the alleged illicit interactions between Netanyahu and Israel-born Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan. But its widely misunderstood provisions extend far beyond the prime minister and his associates, and now threaten to derail years of effort by Israel’s financial oversight authorities to reverse Israel’s reputation as a haven for criminal money launderers.-rh 21/2/2018
In one month, soldiers kill 5 unarmed young Palestinians – 3 with shots to the headB`Tselem press release - All were shot in the upper body during clashes and demonstrations that included stone-throwing, although they were not endangering the lives of the soldiers or of anyone else. According to the Israeli military’s open-fire regulations, shooting to kill is permitted only when the lives of security forces or other persons are in danger. Even then, it is allowed only when there are no other means of averting the danger. These incidents did not meet these conditions. [bz] 13/2/2018
Update on communities facing expulsion, February 2018B’Tselem - “For years, Israel has been leading a policy aimed against Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank, with the intention of making the residents leave their homes and thus transfer the communities within the area. The policy is implemented tactically, so as to avoid blatant images of soldiers forcing Palestinians onto trucks. Instead, Israel invests efforts in making the lives of these residents unbearable, in order to get them to leave their homes as though of their own free will” [ry]12/2/2018
Israeli forces shower Palestinian school with tear gas, sending several students to hospitalMa`an News Agency - "Dozens of Palestinian school students in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron were exposed to high levels of tear gas on Thursday morning as Israeli forces showered their school with tear gas canisters.Several students were transferred to the Muhammad Ali al-Muhtaseb Hospital for treatment.The principal of the al-Hajiryeh school Ammar Bin Jaber told Ma’an “we were shocked by the amount of tear-gas bombs fired by Israeli soldiers at the school and nearby school.” ca9/2/2018
Palestine in Pictures: January 2018EI - "Israeli occupation forces killed six Palestinians during the first month of 2018. Four of those killed were children under the age of 18. One Israeli – a rabbi living at a settlement outpost not authorized by the Israeli government – was killed by suspected Palestinian gunmen during the same period" [ry]5/2/2018
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