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Shocking Quotes: Was Every Israeli Prime Minister A Racist?Robert Inlakesh - Almasdarnews - Most nation states in our world today have dealt with their fair share of institutionalized racism and bigotry, and Israel is no exception. However when it comes to Israel, the volume of racism expressed by prominent political figures is both astounding and concerning.-rh15/8/2018
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Israel Is Not a Liberal DemocracyPaul R. Pillar - The National Interest - sraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the annals of the state of Israel” when the Knesset enacted earlier this month a basic law (having constitutional status in Israel) making the right of national self-determination “unique to the Jewish people” and not applicable to all citizens. The law further enshrined religiously based discrimination, including a clause that points to priority for Jewish-only communities by declaring “the development of Jewish settlement as a national value” and promising “to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation.” The law has been a subject of much controversy in Israel. It passed the Knesset by the narrow margin of sixty-two to fifty-five. Opponents argue that it constitutes a step away from democracy. But this was one more item on the agenda of the ruling right-wing coalition that, given the rightward move in Israeli politics in recent years, the coalition was able to push through.-rh15/8/2018
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Palestinian diplomatic campaign gaining tractionYossi Beilin - Al-Monitor - As far as the Netanyahu government goes, this is a minor inconvenience. However, anyone who sees the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians as a zero-sum game would regard this development as a blow for Israel. The Palestinians regard it as an important contribution to their national struggle. Palestine’s Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour told The New York Times that while Israel and the United States “are still denying we are a state, we walk like a state. We quack like a state. Therefore we are a state.”-rh 15/8/2018
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How Israel Delegitimizes ItselfRon Forthofer - The Palestine Chronicle - Despite Israeli claims, Gaza is an occupied territory and, in actuality, Palestinians and their leadership have little control over their lives. For example, Israel, abetted by Egypt, controls all of Gaza’s borders and determines what and who may or may not enter the area. Israel’s control has turned Gaza into what many call the “largest open-air prison in the world” while others call it a concentration camp. Making matters worse, the two major Palestinian groups, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, have been at odds for years and their in-fighting adds to the incredible hardships Gazans face.-rh15/8/2018
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Israel normalizing war crimes in GazaMaureen Clare Murphy - Countercurrents - In 2010 the International Committee of the Red Cross affirmed that Israel’s blockade on Gaza – imposed after Hamas won legislative elections and began administering the internal affairs of the territory in 2007 – “constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law.” The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the high court ordered the state to respond to the petition by Sunday. Citing a report by a Gaza manufacturers association, Haaretz added that the continued closure of the commercial crossing will result in the folding of hundreds of companies.-rh15/8/2018
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Think Airport Interrogations In Israel Are New? Ask An Arab Seth J. Frantzman - Forward - recent detentions of several American Jewish activists have turned a spotlight on the interrogations. But the spotlight has a blind spot. It has focused on the experience of a few Americans while ignoring the treatment of other, more vulnerable, communities such as Palestinians, foreign workers, students, locals and particularly young women traveling alone. Even when those detained, as Peter Beinart recently was, acknowledge their privilege, they still make the story about themselves rather than the plethora of others, mostly non-Jews, who have had the same experience over the last decades.-rh 15/8/2018
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Israeli, Palestinian support for two states hits record lowHenriette Chacar - +972 Magazine - Support for a two-state solution is at the lowest level among both Israelis and Palestinians in almost two decades, according to a public opinion poll published on Monday. It began to steadily decline more than 10 years ago, but first dropped below 50 percent for both populations last December, following Trump’s controversial announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The research team attributed the declining support for two states to perceived lack of feasibility and lack of trust. They found that 47 percent of Jewish Israelis and 56 percent of Palestinians believe the two-state solution is no longer viable due to extended settlement expansion. Both sides believe the other side is untrustworthy – a quarter of Jewish Israelis trust Palestinians, while only 11 percent of Palestinians trust Jewish Israelis. The preeminent belief is that what is good for one side is bad for the other – almost half of Jewish Israelis (47 percent) and nearly three-quarters of Palestinians (71 percent) believe the conflict is zero-sum.[ak]14/8/2018
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BDS: how a controversial non-violent movement has transformed the Israeli-Palestinian debateNathan Thrall - The Guardian - Progressives, centre-left pro-Israel groups are increasingly viewed as Aipac-lite, supporting two states in name while in practice protecting Israel from any sort of pressure that might induce it to end a very comfortable occupation. [An in-depth long read-bz]14/8/2018
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Life and Death in Gaza’s "Access Restricted Areas"Gisha - Contrary to the illusion held by many that Israel’s presence in the Gaza Strip ended with the implementation of the Disengagement Plan in 2005, to this day Israel continues to exercise control over nearly every aspect of life in Gaza, including through its control over movement and access. Importantly, it continues to enforce restrictions on access to areas deep inside the Strip and in Gaza’s territorial waters, commonly referred to as the “Access Restricted Areas” (ARAs). Israel employs violent enforcement measures against what it perceives as breaches of its directives in the ARAs, including the use of live fire against Palestinian civilians, fishermen, herders and farmers. Over the past decade, long before the recent wave of protests, Israel’s actions in the ARAs have resulted in the death and injury of Palestinians, extensive damage to property and loss of livelihoods. [ak]7/8/2018
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Settlers destroy 2,000+ Palestinian-owned trees and vines, backed by Israeli authoritiesB’Tselem - "While this high incidence of the assaults is unusual, the phenomenon itself has long since become routine in the West Bank. Settler violence and vandalism takes place with full backing by the Israeli authorities. Sometimes soldiers take part in the assault; at other times, they stand idly by" [ry]6/8/2018
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Palestine in Pictures: July 2018EI - "July witnessed the most dangerous escalation in violence in the occupied Gaza Strip since Israel’s summer assault in 2014. Nineteen Palestinians were killed throughout the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip during the month and four more, including a child, died from their injuries [...] during protests in Gaza in May and June" [ry] 6/8/2018
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Paramedic Rozan a-Najar was killed by deliberate fireB`Tselem press release - The IDF Spokesperson tried to clear the military of responsibility for a-Najar’s death, initially saying that soldiers did not fire at the spot where she had been standing. Later, the military said a-Najar might have been killed by a ricochet, before finally accusing her of serving as a human shield for rioters. Contrary to the many versions offered by the military, the facts of the case lead to only one conclusion. An investigation conducted by B’Tselem proves 20-year-old a-Najar was fatally shot by a member of the security forces who was aiming directly at her as she was standing about 25 meters away from the fence, despite the fact that she posed no danger to him or anyone else and was wearing a medical uniform. [bz]17/7/2018
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Israeli Authorities’ Decrease Fishing Area to Three Nautical MilesPCHR press release - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the Israeli authorities’ decision on Monday, 16 July 2018, to decrease the fishing area from 6 to 3 nautical miles adjacent to the Gaza Strip shore. PCHR considers that this decision is part of collective punishment practiced against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, which partly targets tightening on fishermen, who are banned from fishing freely and denied access to the areas where fish breed. On 09 July 2018, the Israeli authorities already decided to reduce the fishing area to 6 nautical miles off the Gaza Strip shore. Reducing the fishing area would disastrously reflect on the economic and living conditions for around 4000 fishermen and 1500 workers, said Nizar ‘Ayash, Head of the General Union of Fishing Workers in the Gaza Strip. [bz] 17/7/2018
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UNRWA does not perpetuate the conflict, the conflict perpetuates UNRWAMarilyn Garson - Mondoweiss - In January, without warning, Donald Trump declined to pay $305 million of his country’s $365 million commitment to UNRWA. UNRWA, the UN agency serving Palestinian refugees, remains $200 million short of the funds it needs to provide humanitarian services for five million people, including two-thirds of the population of the Gaza Strip. This is not really a story about under-funding UNRWA. This is about the people who strenuously seek to eliminate it.- rh11/7/2018
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Mediterranean Sea – The Largest Graveyard in Modern HistoryPeter Koenig - Information Clearing House - In June 2018 alone, more than 500 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Their boats were refused access to land in either Malta, or Italy. They were force- driven back by gun-boats to the North African shores they came from, mostly Libya, but many boats capsized and countless refugees didn’t make it. These are de facto murders, high crimes against humanity, committed by the very European Union. The same “leaders” (criminals, rather), whose forebears are known to have raped, exploited, tortured, ravaged peoples and their lands of Asia, Africa, Latin America over the past 1000 years of abject colonization.-rh 11/7/2018
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Palestinians fear recent aid cuts could expandRasha Abou Jalal - Al-Monitor - The Australian government announced July 2 its decision to cut direct financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), citing fears that the funds are paid as monthly salaries to Palestinian nationals convicted of carrying out attacks against Israel. The decision is another challenge to the PA, which is already suffering from a steady decline in foreign funding and an estimated budgetary deficit of around $1 billion this year.-rh 11/7/2018
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Bulldozing Palestine, one village at a time : Israel wants the village of Khan al-Ahmar razed to the ground to cut off Jerusalem from the West Bank.Mariam Barghouti - Aljazeera - Khan al-Ahmar, a village of 180 people, is about 15km northeast of Jerusalem and falls within what is known as Area C of the occupied West Bank, as defined by the Oslo Accords. The area has been inundated with more than 300,000 Israelis living in 125 illegal settlements and is under Israeli administrative control. Under the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authorities was supposed to take over administering the area, but, of course, Israel never let that happen.-rh11/7/2018
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Obama was shocked — shocked — to find that settlements were eating the West Bank!Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - So maybe it really is time for simple people, those who do view ‘disappearing Palestine’ maps, to take action where politicians fail to act and fail to see. Palestine is really disappearing. It’s a genocidal pattern, and you’re seeing it happen in real time.-rh11/7/2018
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Yad Vashem slams ‘highly problematic’ Israeli-Polish Holocaust statementRAPHAEL AHREN - The Times of Israel - A joint declaration issued by Warsaw and Jerusalem “contains highly problematic wording that contradicts existing and accepted historical knowledge in this field,” the institution said in a press release. The statement is an embarrassing blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who last week hailed the agreement and the joint statement that was issued on the occasion as safeguarding “the historic truth about the Holocaust.”-rh 11/7/2018
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Prominent Jewish BDS activist denied entry to IsraelTOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - Israeli officials barred a Jewish pro-Palestinian activist from entering the country late Sunday and began proceedings to deport her over her support for a boycott of the country. Ariel Gold said that she had arranged her visit ahead of time with Israeli authorities, in line with a demand by Jerusalem after her last visit to the country, but was being deported anyway after landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport.-rh4/7/2018
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Newsletter - June 2018Military Court Watch - Detention figures –According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 May 2018 there were 5,732 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza) held as “security prisoners” in Israeli detention facilities including 291 children(12-17 years). In the case of children there was an 8% decrease in the number compared with the previous month and an annual increase of 4% compared with 2017. These figures include 3 children heldin administrative detention. According to the IPS, 52% of child detainees were unlawfully transferred and/or detained inside Israel in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention during the month. Child detention rates are currently up 62% since UNICEF published its child detention report in 2013. -rh 4/7/2018
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Israel’s nuclear ambiguity policy blocks diplomatic processAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - In early May, as the world held its breath in anticipation of the nuclear disarmament discussions between US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and struggled to digest Trump`s decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, an international meeting on the subject was winding up in Geneva. Over several days, representatives of dozens of states discussed preparations for the fifth review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) scheduled to take place in 2020.-rh 4/7/2018
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Is Israel`s justice minister determined to undermine the judicial system? Yossi Beilin - Al-Monitor - The Knesset’s Justice Committee hasn’t had a meeting like Monday`s in a very long time. On June 25, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of HaBayit HaYehudi submitted legislation that would allow each minister to select the legal adviser for his ministry. She faced opposition from three senior figures — the current and two former attorney generals. In the administrative hierarchy of government, the current attorney general serves under the minister.-rh 4/7/2018
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Targeting The Most Vulnerable: Children in Detention In The US and PalestineAlice Rothchild - Information Clearing House - Interestingly, there is much we can learn from research in the US and from the Israeli experience with regard to children and prisons. The US and Israel both perceive themselves as enlightened “western democracies,” yet both have high incarceration rates, particularly for children of color, sometimes involving the same global prison industries. In both countries, these kinds of children are perceived as the “other,” the “enemy,” the “invading hordes ready to destroy America,” the “Muslim terrorists seeking to kill Israelis.” They are presented as less human and less deserving than white and/or Jewish children and less likely to evoke an empathic reaction.-rh4/7/2018
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Bill to bar left-wing groups from schools cleared for final readingsSUE SURKES - The Time of Israel - A controversial bill empowering the education minister to ban organizations critical of the Israeli military from entering schools was approved Tuesday by the Knesset Education Committee for its second and third readings at the plenum. The committee voted in favor by seven votes to five.-rh4/7/2018
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