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Today in Palestine for January 29, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn31/1/2016
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Im Tirtzu Admits Mistake in Campaign Against `Left-wing` Israeli Cultural Figures Yair Ashkenazi--The right wing Im Tirtzu group, which last month stirred controversy over its video targeting figures from left-wing organizations as foreign "moles," acknowledged that it had erred in a new poster that purports to expose some of Israel`s leading cultural figures as left-wing. dn31/1/2016
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Italian academics call for boycott of Israeli universitiesItamar Eichner--The academic boycott against Israel continues to broaden, with a new petition signed by 168 academics and researchers in Italy calling to suspend all agreements with Israeli universities as well as the Technion, Israel`s Institute of Technology in Haifa. dn30/1/2016
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Regev presents `cultural loyalty` bill to MKsMoran Azulay, Roi Yanovsky and Ran Boker--Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud) on Wednesday presented before a Knesset committee her new "cultural loyalty" bill, drawing criticism from several MKs. The bill seeks to deny state funding to artists and cultural institutions who denigrate the state flag or state symbols; incite to racism, violence or terrorism; support armed struggle and terrorism against Israel; mark Independence Day as a day of mourning; or deny Israel`s existence as a Jewish and democratic state. Regev said that her proposal is based on previous Knesset legislation. dn 30/1/2016
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Israeli police smuggle Palestinian suspect out of the countryHaggai Matar - +972 - The police took Nasser Nawaj’ah out of the West Bank and into Israel to face trial. When that didn’t work, they ignored a court order to release him and smuggled him back to the West Bank and into military custody.-rh 27/1/2016
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Today in Palestine for January 22, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt.24/1/2016
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Netanyahu seeks to return evicted settlers to Hebron housesReuters--About 80 settlers were removed from Hebron on Friday a day after Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon withheld his required approval of their occupancy in apartments in a city where tensions between Israelis and Palestinians run high. dn24/1/2016
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EU agrees to provide Palestinians with 9.5 million euros in developmental aidJonathan Benedek--The aid package is for social infrastructure projects in Area C of the West Bank, areas under complete Israeli control; EU: `area C remains part of occupied territory of West Bank and without it, there will be no Palestinian state`. dn24/1/2016
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Israel Cuts Funding for Jewish Pluralism NGOs, May Give Funds to Orthodox Groups Instead Or Kashti--The Education Ministry has suspended financial support for organizations promoting Jewish pluralism, despite the funding having been allocated in the state budget. Some 16 million shekels (a little more than $4 million) earmarked for dozens of non-governmental organizations that promote religious pluralism may have been given instead to Orthodox organizations, Michal Berman, executive director of the Panim NGO, told Haaretz. dn 24/1/2016
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US Ambassador to Israel Slams Government Settlements PolicyAron Heller - abcNews - In the West Bank, Israelis are subject to Israeli civil law, while Palestinians are governed by Israeli military law, which offers far fewer legal protections. Palestinians and rights groups say that Israelis suspected in violence against Palestinians are rarely brought to justice, while Palestinian attackers are quickly arrested or killed.-rh20/1/2016
Death and humiliation: A tale of a Palestinian village : Sa`ir, a West Bank village, is the outcome of living in the intense microcosm of the Israeli occupation. Matthew Vickery - Aljazeera - The village makes up just one percent of the Palestinian population of the West Bank, yet seven percent of all Palestinians killed (including Palestinian citizens of Israel and residents of Gaza) since October, have come from this rural, underdeveloped community.-rh20/1/2016
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Does draft Palestinian social security law really protect workers?Aziza Nofal - Al-Monitor - Criticism of the social security law has been leveled by representatives of workers unions, who are divided between those who view it as better than nothing despite its shortcomings and others, the majority, who think its shortcomings undermine the concept of social security. The proposed retirement funds — which the committee supposedly set at the minimum wage, 1,450 shekels a month ($366), which is also the poverty line — are not commensurate with the cost of living and difficult economic conditions in general for Palestinians. In fact, critics argue, monthly payments would fall well below the poverty line under the draft plan.-rh 20/1/2016
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Occupation, Inc. - How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian RightsHuman Rights Watch - HRW is not calling for a consumer boycott of settlement companies, but rather for businesses to comply with their own human rights responsibilities by ceasing settlement-related activities. Moreover, consumers should have the information they need, such as where products are from, to make informed decisions. [The 162-page report includes a revealing map-bz]19/1/2016
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Today in PalestineToday in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn17/1/2016
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EU: Agreements with Israel only apply within 1967 bordersItamar Eichner--srael is battling an EU proposal that will be tabled next week in a meeting of European foreign ministers, which calls for all European Union countries to restrict its international agreements with Israel to within the 1967 borders, thus excluding the settlements.dn17/1/2016
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Palestinian population to exceed Jewish population by 2020Ma`an News Agency - " Figures released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics on Thursday suggested that Palestinians will outnumber Israeli Jews in historic Palestine by 2020.The results of the Palestinian census were released as 2015 came to a close in the center’s annual analysis of demographics in the area.The census estimated that by the end of 2015, the total number of Palestinians in "historical Palestine" -- meaning the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and Israel -- was around 6.22 million, compared to 6.32 million Jews.The number of Palestinians and Jews in historical Palestine is expected to be equal before the end of 2017, and the number of Palestinians will total 7.13 million compared to 6.96 million Jews by the end of 2020, according to the PCBS census." ca8/1/2016
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The Ministry of Housing Plans ExposedPeace Now - "In November 2013, following international pressure, Prime Minister Netanyahu cancelled three tenders issued by the Ministry of Housing (MOH) calling for architects to bid for contracts to plan tens of thousands of housing units in settlements, including in E1. One year later, far from the public eye (without any public tender), the MOH hired architects to plan many of those plans. This planning, which contradicts any possible commitment to a two-state solution, continues through the present day" [ry]4/1/2016
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The Month in Pictures: December 2015EI - "Dozens of Palestinians were killed this month, mostly in the West Bank, during an ongoing wave of violence that began in October, provoked by Israel’s unchecked assaults and incursions in occupied East Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound" [ry]11/1/2016
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A bloody week in PalestineAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Last week, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians and injured dozens more [ry]11/1/2016
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