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Armed forces escort settlers to West Bank holy sites, clashes eruptMa`an News Agency - " Israeli forces escorted groups of Israelis to holy sites located in Palestinian towns across the occupied West Bank causing clashes to erupt early Thursday, as tensions remained heightened during the ongoing Jewish holiday.Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that hundreds of Israeli settlers arrived in over 15 buses to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus around midnight." ca29/4/2016
Settler Terrorist ‘Gang of Seven’ Identified, Includes IDF Soldier, Gag BrokenRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Red China had the Gang of Four. Israel has the Gang of Seven." - id 27/4/2016
Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in West BankAssociated Press - Ynet - "The ceremony coincided with the 22nd anniversary of the end of Apartheid. Hundreds of Palestinian attended the unveiling and took photos with the statue." - id27/4/2016
The making of a hasbara superstar, Israel`s new ambassador to the UKYoni Mendel - +972 - "For the past decade Mark Regev has become Israel’s preeminent government mouthpiece. Now, as the world prepares to mark 50 years of occupation, Netanyahu appoints a hasbara heavyweight to represent him in the UK." - id 27/4/2016
Security Council rebuffs Zionists on Golan claimAFP - Arab News - "Israel usurped 1,200 sq. km of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community." - id27/4/2016
Q&A — Michael Chabon Talks Occupation, Injustice and Literature After Visit to West BankNaomi Zeveloff​ - Forward - Chabon was visibly jarred by what he had seen the day before in Hebron, calling the occupation “the most grievous injustice I have ever seen in my life.” He talked about the role of authors in addressing human rights issues, about his childhood relationship to Israel and about whether he is worried about alienating Jewish readers with his anti-occupation stance. (He’s not.) [bz]26/4/2016
Israeli court indicts settlers suspected of crimes against PalestiniansMa`an - At least seven right-wing Israelis, including a soldier, were arrested earlier this month after being suspected of belonging to a ring which committed a number of anti-Palestinian acts dating as far back as 2008. Prosecutors have asked that three of the suspects be held in prison and three others be placed under house arrest, Haaretz reported. The publication added that the soldier and the minors had been found in possession of large quantities of ammunition, including grenades and an M-16 rifle, noting that the three had not been charged for all the acts that they confessed to when they were first arrested [sic!-bz] 26/4/2016
Housing tender in Afula won only by Arabs disqualified due to price-fixingAhiya Rabad - Ynet - The Nazareth District Court rules that land tenders which only Arabs won is illegal. Bidders submitted the same proposal - NIS 255,555; Afula residents demonstrated against the mayor last December upon hearing of the auction results [ry] 25/4/2016
Abbas at 80: Probed, Derided and ScapegoatedRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - Since Arafat’s death in 2004, and his advent to power through a questionable democratic process in 2005, Abbas has worked laboriously to co-exist with the Israeli Occupation but failed to co-exist with his own Palestinian rivals [ry] 25/4/2016
Argentina Hosts First Anti-Semitism Forum in Latin America JTA - "The first Latin American meeting of the Global Forum for Combatting Antisemitism will have for the first time a non-Jewish group as co- organizer.The meeting, being held for the first time in Latin America and for the first time with a non-Jewish partner, will gather more than 100 international experts in Buenos Aires July 17 -18." ca 22/4/2016
Abu Khdeir Trial: Extremist Ringleader Convicted of MurderIMEMC - "After nearly two years of delay, the leading suspect in the brutal death of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammad Abu Khdeir was convicted of murder, this Tuesday." - id20/4/2016
The hidden treasures of GazaHamza Abu Eltarabesh - The Electronic Intifada - "Abed copies antiquities photographed in history books and ones he’s seen during visits to archaeological sites across Gaza, which many a civilization has passed through, as well as in other Arab countries and Europe." - id20/4/2016
COMIC: The Haggadah`s evolution from generation to generationEli Valley - +972 - "Eli Valley envisions an American Jewish Haggadah for presidential primary season." - id20/4/2016
Singer Eyal Golan cancels appearance at rally supporting Hebron shooting soldierTimes of Israel - Singer Eyal Golan cancels his attendance at a rally in Tel Aviv scheduled to support the soldier charged with manslaughter for shooting dead a disarmed Palestinian attacker in Hebron last month. Eyal Golan asserts that he originally intended to take part on the assumption that it was a `non political rally" aimed at supporting the soldier`s family, and that he changed his mind after finding that his attending would be taken as a political act and as "declaring war" on the IDF High Command, who are determined to prosecute the soldier. [ak] 19/4/2016
Israelis Find New Tunnel From Gaza Into IsraelIsabel Kershner - NYT - The tunnel was new, had been built by Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza, and could have been used for terrorist attacks against Israeli border communities. Lerner added that it was 100 to 130 feet underground, equipped with electricity, communications lines and a rail line to allow its builders to clear rubble. Its discovery, he said, resulted from technology, intelligence, engineering and troops on the ground. [bz]19/4/2016
Jerusalem bus bomb wounds 16, Israeli PM Netanyahu hints at Palestinian linkDNA India - There was no immediate claim of responsibility from any Palestinian factions for the blast. With Palestinians carrying out less organised stabbing, car-ramming and gun attacks since October, Israel has been braced for an escalation. "We will settle accounts with these terrorists," Netanyahu said in a speech, referring to whoever executed the bus attack. [bz]19/4/2016
Biden at JStreet conference: `Overwhelming Frustration` With Israeli Gov`tJosh Lederman AP - ABCNews - Although he said Israelis and Palestinians shared blame for undermining trust and shirking responsibility, he was emphatic in his critique of Netanyahu`s government, suggesting his approach raised "profound questions" about how Israel could remain both Jewish and democratic. "I firmly believe that the actions that Israel`s government has taken over the past several years — the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures — they`re moving us and more importantly they`re moving Israel in the wrong direction," Biden said. [bz] 19/4/2016
Why Israel wants these bedouins to pay for their village`s demolitionAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - “The village is experiencing harsh living conditions amid the absence of the [minimum] standards of living, as Israeli authorities have demolished the residents’ houses and destroyed their crops and livestock. On top of every thing the state demands 40 million shekels for accumulated fines. [NB: This is about Israeli citizens, living within the Green Line, but no: they aren`t Jews-bz] 19/4/2016
EU ‘deeply concerned’ by new phase of West Bank barrierAFP - Times of Israel - “Once built, the barrier will severely restrict access of almost 60 Palestinian families to their agricultural land and profoundly affect their livelihoods.” [bz]19/4/2016
Peace Now and Israeli gov`t go head to head over new settler unitsMa`an - "Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon have not approved new construction as has been published," the statement said. "Almost all of the permits are for upgrading existing structures." However, Peace New quickly rejected the government`s claims, saying in a press release that aerial photographs taken in recent months "illustrate that this is not the case, and much of the planning is for new housing units." [bz]16/4/2016
Is Hillary Clinton more dangerous than Donald Trump?Rania Khalek - The Electronic Intifada - " attitude shared by many supporters of Clinton’s Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders, who say they will not vote for Clinton even if it means Trump becoming president of the United States." - id 15/4/2016
The end of history at Israel`s state archivesHaggai Matar - +972 "Israel’s State Archives (ISA) will no longer give researchers and the public access to its historical materials and documents once it starts putting digitized documents online. Furthermore, any and all documents it does release will have to be approved by the country’s military censorship apparatus.Currently, the military censor does not review every document given to researchers." ca 13/4/2016
Against Balance: Thoughts on teaching Israel/Palestine Israel/Palestine Joel Doerfler - Mondoweiss "Teachers do indeed have professional and ethical responsibilities. They are relatively simple and straightforward. Here is my list of them..." ca13/4/2016
Gaza`s sole power plant shuts down over fuel shortageAFP - Al-Monitor "The plant has been closed since Saturday night when it ran out of fuel, said Ahmed Abu Al-Amreen, an official in the energy ministry. Parts of the strip have been without power for 20 hours a day, the United Nations said, up from 12 hours previously.The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has gradually removed a tax exemption on fuel since January, demanding Hamas pay taxes on imports to besieged Gaza." ca 13/4/2016
Bernie Sanders Did Confuse Numbers of Dead and Wounded in Gaza War, but Israel’s Mass Killing of Civilians Is a Fact Robert Mackey - The Intercept - "When Tapper then suggested that Sanders had departed from the American political norm of full-throated support for Israel, `taking a more critical position,` Sanders replied: `I’m taking a more balanced position`” [ry] 11/4/2016
Israel presents: `reality` hasbaraAIC - Israel`s foreign ministry will create a reality programme in which the public selects a “hasbara video” to represent Israel [ry] 11/4/2016
Palestinian Response to Israeli Threats to BDS: "Still We Choose to Follow Mandela, Gandhi..."HAIDAR EID--GAZA: In their extremist incitement against the BDS movement, Israeli leaders, from right to extreme-right, made it absolutely clear that they were serious about seeing the end of the movement before it achieves its objectives, namely freedom, justice, and equality. They have labelled the BDS movement a “strategic threat” to Israel’s system of occupation, colonization, and apartheid adopted and enforced by the ruling Zionist establishment. dn10/4/2016
UN pulls Israeli exhibition claiming Palestinian citizens have equal rights Israel/Palestine Emily Mulder - Mondoweiss "The UN removed portions of an Israeli exhibition at the international body’s headquarters in New York this week that alleged Israel’s equal treatment of Palestinian citizens and touted Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, claims deemed by the UN as falling out of line with international law. Two panels out of 13 in the display were barred as the exhibition launched Monday, in order that it “conform with the purposes and principles” of the UN, Farhan Haq, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, told Mondoweiss. Of those removed was a panel entitled “Israeli Arabs: Equal citizens under the law, the only proven democracy in the Middle East.” ca8/4/2016
A win for labor rights of Palestinians working in Israeli settlementsHaggai Matar - +972 "The Israeli settlement business that arranged for a Palestinian man’s work permit to be revoked on false security charges because he was trying to unionize other workers will have to give him his old job back, Israel’s National Labor Court affirmed this week." ca8/4/2016
PEN’s Meekness in the face of Israeli Militarism Lenny Thomas - Alternative Information Center "On Tuesday April 5, Adalah-NY made public a letter signed by 10 anti-racist organizations and over 100 writers calling on the PEN American Center “to reject support from the Embassy of Israel” for PEN’s annual World Voices Festival, which runs from April 25-May 1 2016 in New York City.The Jewish Daily Forward reported that the Israeli government is “[underwriting] the costs of airfare, hotel, per diem, interpreters and related expenses…for individual Israeli writers selected for participation by the festival.” The Government of Israel is also co-sponsoring with the Government of France a panel at Cooper Union on April 29th called “Three Minds 90 Minutes.” The PEN Center is not yielding to the letter’s demands." ca 8/4/2016
US Aid to Israel Is ‘Too Much’ Say 61.9% of AmericansGrant Smith - Antiwar - "Yet additional secret U.S. aid may have ballooned to $1.9-$13.2 billion annually." - id 6/4/2016
`Israeli maternity wards segregate Jewish, Arab mothers` Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "An investigative report finds that numerous Israeli hospitals are openly implementing segregation. But journalists have exposed the phenomenon for at least a decade and nobody seems willing to do anything about it." - id 6/4/2016
The Obama Doctrine and How America Is Disengaging From Israel Don Futterman  - Haaretz - Obama saw the “prominent foreign-policy think tanks” as “doing the bidding of their Arab and pro-Israel funders” (...) [believing] that Netanyahu has been capable of reaching an agreement with the Palestinians but lacks the courage to do so. Netanyahu would not take risks for peace that might expose Israel to additional security threats, but primarily he would not take risks that might endanger his own political future. (...) With reduced dependence on Middle Eastern oil, Obama has been leading a U.S. turn away from the Middle East. [bz]5/4/2016
From beyond the grave, ex-Mossad chief slams NetanyahuAssociated Press - Washington Post - “He is the only prime minister — think about that — who reached a state ... in which the entire security establishment essentially didn’t accept his position.” Dagan, a retired general who headed Mossad from 2002-2011, vocally opposed the prospect of an Israeli pre-emptive military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities that Netanyahu is said to have supported. [bz]5/4/2016
Peace talks should resume, Palestine President tells Israeli Prime MinisterChristian Deguit - Christion Daily - Over 28 Israelis and 188 Palestinians have already been killed from the violent back-and-forth attacks between the two groups. Just recently, the Israeli military shot and killed a Palestinian man that stabbed an Israeli last year. In addition, the house of the man who was killed was demolished by the military as a warning to discourage further attacks. However, President Abbas did indicate that the conflict, at least with regard to the Palestinians, is caused by his people`s "lack of hope [and] lack of trust". [bz]5/4/2016
Pathologists: Soldier`s bullet killed Hebron terroristElior Levy, Rotem Elizera - Ynet - Investigators claim that both the Israeli and Palestinian pathologist ruled that it was the bullet of the Kfir Brigade solider who shot the already-neutralized terrorist in Hebron that killed him [ry] 4/4/2016
UN censors Israeli exhibit about ZionismItamar Eichner--United Nations deems displays on Zionism, Jerusalem and Israeli Arabs as `inappropriate`; Israel`s ambassador to the UN Danon: `We`ll display censored topics in alternative exhibit.` dn3/4/2016
What Went Through Palestinian Parents` Minds as They Watched Son`s Cold-blooded Execution? Gideon Levy - Haaretz - The Israeli soldier who shot Abed Fattah al-Sharif while he was on the ground wounded is not the only one who should be punished, says his bereaved father. "Everyone who was standing there: the settlers, the officers, everyone who was there and encouraged the soldier or didn’t lift a finger. Everyone who was involved.” [bz]2/4/2016
Jerusalem court indicts 2 Israelis who threatened Palestinian MK`s lifeMa`an News Agency - "The indictment list issued on Thursday said that the two threatened Tibi, a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, via Facebook posts in 2012 that read "you better run before you are killed" and "your end is near." The lawyer of one of the Israelis said his client would prove in court that her statement did not constitute a criminal offense and that she had the right to express her opinion." ca1/4/2016
Israeli cuts majority of power supply to Jericho districtMa`an News Agency - "Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) cut two-thirds of the power supply for the central West Bank district of Jericho on Thursday, said the head of the Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO). Hisham al-Omari said that JDECO had not been officially informed of the “illegal procedure. ”IEC’s decision sets a “dangerous precedent,” said al-Omari, adding that it proves Israel’s plans to cut power supplies for other Palestinian cities being supplied by JDECO for unpaid debts amounting to more than 1.7 billion shekels (about $450 million)." ca1/4/2016
Palestinian telecoms sector revenues plunge: World BankAFP - "The Palestinian mobile phone industry lost more than $1 billion (885 million euros) in revenues in the past three years, the World Bank estimated Thursday, citing Israeli restrictions as a leading cause.Israel limits imports of equipment by Palestinian telecoms companies, while they are unable to operate in the parts of the occupied West Bank under direct Israeli control, a World Bank report said." ca 1/4/2016
Palestinians commemorate Land Day, Israel’s crimesMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "On March 30, 1976, inside Israel, six Palestinians were murdered by Israeli soldiers when they protested Israel’s plans to confiscate more lands in the embattled Palestinian towns in Israel, but sparked solidarity with Palestinians and the rest of the world and recognition of Israel’s true intent." - id 30/3/2016
On the 40th anniversary of Land Day: Adalah releases new report on Israel’s discriminatory land and housing policies in 2015Adalah - To mark the 40th anniversary of Land Day, on 30 March 2016, Adalah issued its annual Land Day report, monitoring Israel’s land marketing and allocation for Palestinian citizens of Israel. The report compiles and analyzes official government statistics of the Israel Land Authority (ILA) and the Ministry of Construction and Housing and indicates the furtherance and continuation of discriminatory land policies as well as a worsening of the land and housing crisis in Palestinian towns and villages in Israel.-rh 30/3/2016
IDF reviews protocol with combat soldiers Yoav Zitun, Amir Alon - Ynet - The commanders explained to soldiers that what the arrested solider did constitutes a legal and moral failure and a violation of protocol, which could have put his fellow soldiers at risk." - id "30/3/2016
Israel`s Knesset just voted on a very dangerous law Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "The draft law, which passed the first of three votes on Monday, would allow the expulsion of Arab MKs from the Knesset. It is one of several recent steps by the Netanyahu government to limit Palestinian political participation." - id 30/3/2016
Boycotts will disappear when Israel advances peace, EU envoy saysRaphael Ahren - Times of Israel - Without the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there would be no Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen said at the ant-BDS conference, arguing that the best way to fight BDS is to take steps to advance a two-state solution. [bz]29/3/2016
Illinois blacklist applies anti-BDS legislation, Alternative Information Center (AIC) - The Illinois Investment Policy Board blacklisted 11 companies from doing business with the state for allegedly boycotting Israel. In fact, this applies even companies who have eased to conduct business with Israeli companies in the West Bank, but continue to work with Israeli companies within Israel’s 1948 borders. Blacklisted by Illinois include G4S, a security giant selling off its Israeli subsidiaries; Karsten Farms, a South African company that stopped working with an Israeli settlement company in 2013; and the Cooperative Group, a British retail chain that stopped trading with companies in Israeli settlements.ak29/3/2016
Judeh meets Abbas in Ramallah Jordan Times - "In remarks to the press following the meeting, Judeh said that regardless of the regional events and the threats they pose, the Palestinian issue remains the central cause and the main driver of the region’s instability." ca25/3/2016
What if Bernie Sanders had delivered his speech at AIPAC!? Katie Miranda - Mondoweiss "Unlike the other four presidential candidates, Democrat Bernie Sanders declined the invitation to speak at the AIPAC– American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference– in Washington on Monday, and instead delivered a foreign policy address in Utah. The speech has gotten wide circulation because of its affirmations of Palestinian human rights." ca25/3/2016
Muslims urge government to review AIPAC status Managing Writer - The Arab Daily News - "AMP condemns in the harshest terms candidates’ pledges to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, to ‘rip up the Iran deal,’ to criminalize the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement – all part of AIPAC’s platform — as well as their false characterizations of Palestinians as violent and their absolute silence on Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies." - id23/3/2016
Palestinians, ICC meet on evidence of Israel`s war crimes against PalestiniansXinhua/Changhai Daily - Reyad el-Malki, the Palestinian Authority`s Foreign Minister, headed a delegation which met with representatives of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and handed detailed evidence about settlement construction and settler violence against Palestinians, as well as about the conduct of Israeli military forces during the 2014 offensive in the Gaza Strip. In the Palestinians` view this evidence justifies the ICC starting proceedings against the Israelis involved. The three-day meeting was held in Amman, since the Israeli authorities forbade the ICC representatives from entering the West Bank. ak 22/3/2016
`Israel must only go to war when the sword is up against its throat`Yossi Melman - Jerusalem Post - Meir Dagan will be remembered as a brave man who did not hesitate to express his opinion, even if it meant that he butted heads with his superiors, especially his staunch opposition to what was perceived as Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak`s attempts to order a military strike against Iran. [bz]22/3/2016
Monitor: Israel to confiscate 1,200 dunams of land in Nablus districtMa`an - Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Thursday that the "systematic land grab" constituted "a flagrant violation of international law." Earlier this month, Israel declared 2,342 dunams (580 acres) of land south of Jericho "state land.” [bz]22/3/2016
Sanders Outlines Middle East Policy Bernie 2016 campaign - I want to give the same speech here as I would have given if we were at the AIPAC conference. If elected president, I will work tirelessly to advance the cause of peace as a partner and as a friend to Israel. But to be successful, we have also got to be a friend to the Palestinian people, where in Gaza unemployment today is 44 percent and we have there a poverty rate which is almost as high.(...) Peace has to mean security for every Israeli from violence and terrorism. But peace also means security for every Palestinian. It means achieving self- determination, civil rights, and economic well-being for the Palestinian people. Peace will mean ending what amounts to the occupation of Palestinian territory, establishing mutually agreed upon borders, and pulling back settlements in the West Bank, just as Israel did in Gaza – once considered an unthinkable move on Israel’s part. ak22/3/2016
Absent from AIPAC, Sanders slams Israeli occupation, ‘disproportionate’ use of forceRebecca Shimoni - Times of Israel - While declaring his commitment to Israel’s security, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders accused Israel of using disproportionate force in its military operations and pilloried the settlement policies of the Netanyahu government, in a speech released Monday while the candidate campaigned in Salt Lake City, Utah. ak22/3/2016
David Grossman: Demand for Loyalty in Culture Is Fascist Gili Izikovich - Haaretz - “You see how more and more Israelis are being tempted to this way of looking at the conflict of abandoning their attempt to achieve some political, rational solution and rather they are more and more prone to fanaticism and fundamentalism. You see it on both sides, it happens in Israel, it happens in Palestine, it makes the solution almost impossible.” Grossman was also asked about his position on the European Union decision to label settlement-based products. He expressed support for the measure, which he sees as proof that the EU accepts “the total legitimacy of Israel within the Green Line.” [bz]22/3/2016
Iran`s Jews on life inside Israel`s `enemy state`: `We feel secure and happy`Kim Sengupta - The Independent - Despite its often turbulent dealings with Israel, Iran has one of the world`s largest and longest-established Jewish communities - and it`s growing. Kim Sengupta reports from Tehran on their intriguing relationship with the country`s establishment [ry] 21/3/2016
The IDF is putting Palestinians on trial for Facebook postsHagar Shezaf - +972 "According to Palestinian prisoners’ organization Addameer, this is one of roughly 150 cases that have been brought before Israeli military courts since October 2015 in which sole charge was incitement on social media, or the central charge alongside allegations like “providing a service for an unlawful organization.” ca18/3/2016
Why this Palestinian poet still sparks controversy in Israel Yuval Avivi - Al-Monitor "His efforts as a public figure tower over his endeavors as a poet. He was a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) activist and was seen as a major political symbol. In the eyes of many, he represented the moderate Palestinian voice — the one that Israelis called a "partner" to the dialogue — before allegedly adopting a radical stance. In 1988, the translation into Hebrew of his poem "Passers between the passing words" was published, calling on the Israelis to leave the country and "Live wherever you like." Following the publication, Darwish became an emotionally charged symbol, on both sides of the Israeli political map." 18/3/2016
Statement of Solidarity: Israeli human rights and civil society organizations condemn attacks against Al-HaqB`Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories " As Israeli organizations, we express our solidarity with our Palestinian counterparts. Al-Haq has indeed been faced with increasing pressure, which started with anonymous emails to staff and donors, citing non-existent fraud investigations, continued with daily calls from blocked numbers meant to intimidate the staff, and culminated in death threats to a staff member and to its General Director, Shawan Jabarin. These recent threats were directly connected to Al-Haq`s ongoing work before the International Criminal Court in The Hague." ca18/3/2016
Palestinian awarded $1 million from education foundation Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "London foundation recognizes the struggle of Palestinians awarding its annual $1 million Global Teacher Prize to a Palestinian teacher who works with children under the oppression of the brutal Israeli military occupation." - id 16/3/2016
Chief Rabbi Urges Israeli Soldiers to Kill Palestinian Assailants, Not Worry About Court or Chief of Staff Haaretz - Israel`s Sephardi chief rabbi said Saturday that it was a religious imperative to kill armed Palestinian assailants, and urged soldiers not to be concerned by the scrutiny of the High Court or the army chief of staff on the matter. [bz]15/3/2016
Senior Israeli army officer served with home demolition orderi24 NEWS - Major Habas al-Atrash, who heads the Bedouin Trackers Unit in the IDF`s Southern Command, found the order pasted on the door to his house, in the Negev, about a month ago. The demolition would leave his family without a roof over their heads. The incident has created a storm of controversy among Bedouin soldiers and commanders serving in the IDF. [bz]15/3/2016
How colonialism and climate change displace the Negev`s BedouinTom Pessah - +972 - A new book, "The Conflict Shoreline: Colonialism as Climate Change in the Negev Desert" by Professor of Architecture Eyal Weizman and photographer Fazal Sheikh examines the ways in which Israel’s policies of displacement in the Negev are also drastically changing the environment where hundreds of thousands live. The Hebrew edition of the book was released in Al-Araqib. [bz]15/3/2016
Palestine Becomes A Full Member Of "The Court Of Arbitration"IMEMC - The United States, Canada and Israel had opposed the move, claiming among other things that membership with this court requires a full membership with the United Nations. The majority of world countries rejected those claims. It is the first time since this court was established, a country is recognized as a member by voting. [bz]15/3/2016
Did Bibi`s patron newspaper just endorse Trump?Edo Konrad - +972 Magazine - Monday’s edition of Israel Hayom, the Israeli daily owned by American casino mogul and Republican bankroller Sheldon Adelson — considered Prime Minister Netanyahu’s patron newspaper — included an interview with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The interview itself is less than illuminating; the real story is the editorial decision to place it front and enter: "Giuliani says: ‘Trump isn’t afraid to say Islamic terror’". ak 15/3/2016
PA nixes Israeli offer to halt IDF activity in Ramallah, JerichoAvi Issacharoff - Times of Israel - Palestinians insist Israeli army stop operating in all Palestinian cities; PA officials warn end to security cooperation seriously considered. [bz]15/3/2016
Gaza siblings killed in Israeli air strike after militant rockets hit IsraelNidal al-Mughrabi & Ori Lewis & Catherine Evans & Angus MacSwan - Reuters - Yahoo news - Beset by a months-long surge of street attacks by Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel has little desire to see a new flare-up in Gaza, where Hamas has mostly held its fire in the past 18 months. [bz]12/3/2016
Israeli textbook `bad for Arabs, bad for Jews` Jonathan Cook - AlJazeera " Leaders of Israel`s large Palestinian minority have begun creating an alternative syllabus for Arab schools, in what they are terming "a revolutionary" step towards educational autonomy.It will be the first time in Israel`s history that the Palestinian minority has tried to wrest control of the curriculum taught in Arab schools from the Israeli education ministry.The move follows the Israeli education ministry`s decision to revise the civics textbook, a central part of Israel`s matriculation exam." ca 11/3/2016
British giant G4S to end Israeli business after BDS pressureMa`an News Agency - "British security giant G4S announced Wednesday plans to sell its Israeli businesses in the next 12 to 24 months citing commercial reasons, according to the official website of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement.The world’s largest private security company has been a major target for the movement, and has lost millions of dollars in contracts in more than a dozen countries as a result of a four-year long BDS campaign against them.The announcement to close the Israeli subsidiary of the company was reported in their full-year results released Wednesday that showed a 40 percent fall in pre-tax profits." ca11/3/2016
Are Israel`s Arabs losing hope for peace?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Two-thirds of Israeli Arabs surveyed by the Pew Research Center said religion is very important in their lives, compared with just 30% of Jews. Israeli Muslims (68%), Christians (57%) and Druze (49%) all are more likely than Jews to say religion is very important to them, the survey concluded.-rh 9/3/2016
U.S. Stabbing Victim in Israel Identifiedvia Facebook - The Daily Beast - "29-year-old Taylor Force, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University. Force`s wife was severely injured in the same stabbing spree." - id9/3/2016
White House bristles at Netanyahu`s canceled visitAP - "We were surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit." The unusually pointed pushback from the White House was the latest signal of ongoing tensions between the U.S. and its closest Mideast ally, which have never fully recovered since Obama incensed Netanyahu’s government by pursuing and then enacting a nuclear deal with Iran. ak8/3/2016
Report: Obama considering UN resolution on peace processReuters/Ynet - US president said to be mulling applying pressure in Security Council to push for negotiations; White House `surprised` at prime minister`s decision to cancel trip to Washington later this month after being invited to meet the US president. ak8/3/2016
New Proposal to Divide Jerusalem Unites People Against ItIsabel Kershenmarch - The New York Times - The new plan is supported by the Israeli Labor party but opposed on both sides the political spectrum. The Right is against it because of being against any "division of Jerusalem". The Left - because it is presented in nationalist tones of "Saving Jewish Jerusalem" and presents Arab Jerusalemites as "a demographic threat". More importantly, because it would fence off Palestinian villages annexed in 1967 but retain Israeli rule in urban Palestinian neighborhoods and in the sensitive Old City. For the same reasons, Palestinians reject it out of hand. ak 8/3/2016
2 Palestinians shot dead, 1 injured after separate attacks wound 6 IsraelisMa`an - Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that one Palestinian was shot dead after allegedly stabbing and wounding an Israeli man near Petah Tikva, around seven miles east of Tel Aviv. (...) Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said two Israeli policemen were wounded when a Palestinian shot them with an automatic weapon. The Palestinian was shot dead, he said. [bz]8/3/2016
Israel ‘sacrifices Palestinian workers to discredit BDS campaign’Ben Lynfield - The National - “’I’ve been working on this 25 hours a day, I’ve spoken with every minister or senior executive in the Israeli government and they are sending me from one official to the next, making excuses about preferring Israeli employees,’ said SodaStream chief executive Daniel Birnbaum. ‘It’s ridiculous. There is no way 74 people will change anything in the dynamics of the Israeli economy’” [ry] 7/3/2016
The Tantura massacre of 1948 and the academic character assassination of Teddy KatzJonathan Ofir - Monoweiss - While there has been an ATTEMPT to silence and close the case, that effort has not succeeded. This is why Katz and Pappe are still working away this very day, to further expose the Tantura massacre and the story of its collective Israeli silencing. They do this because of the greater cause – which is the general collective “memoricide”, [bz] 5/3/2016
Bedouin town slated for destruction is true test for IsraelisMichal Rotem - +972 "And just to refute a few counter claims that some readers may be thinking: Yes, Hiran is a town designated for “the general population.” But there aren’t actually any towns in the Negev that serve the “general population.” The reality on the ground is, the more separation between Bedouin and Jews, the better. Moreover, the core group of founders of Hiran are a national-religious community from the Eli settlement in the West Bank, and the goal of their relocation, in their own words is to “build a faithful community dedicated to strengthening the northern Negev, and contributing meaningfully to the demographic balance, out of a Zionist vision of settlement.” ca 4/3/2016
46 Palestinian prisoners at Etzion jail launch open hunger strikeMa`an News Agency - "The committee said the prisoners were starting their strike after being "constantly humiliated, assaulted and beaten" in interrogations, in addition living in conditions that are "inhumane."Prisoners at Etzion jail said they are also protesting the quality and quantity of food served to them, in addition to filthy living spaces, inadequate medical treatment and lack of regular access to showers.When prisoners announced their plans to strike on Wednesday, a lawyer representing prisoners at the jail said some prisoners had not been able to bathe in 15 days." ca4/3/2016
`What`s happening is fascism`: artists respond to Israel`s `war on culture`Michael Griffiths - The Guardian - "Banned books, fines for theatre groups, playlists for radios, funding axed for ‘disloyal’ art … do Israel’s artists feel under attack from culture minister, and ex-brigadier-general, Miri Regev?" - id 2/3/2016
Nuclear Annihilation of a Radical Message on Israel: the Case of Concepcion PicciottoSAM HUSSEINI - Counterpunch - "...the word “Israel” was not uttered at the memorial in the church. This was incredibly since it was hard to go three minutes talking with Concepcion without her talking about Israel — either its crimes or the incredible threat posed by its unacknowledged nuclear weapons." - id2/3/2016
Spinning the occupation: Israel and the mediaAlJazeera - We look at Israel`s crackdown on journalists over alleged media bias; plus, the media landscape in South Africa [ry] 1/3/2016
The risk of building while BedouinMichal Rotem - +972 - According to a recent court ruling, only Bedouin need to be concerned about illegal construction. Israeli Jews, it turns out, are immune to home demolitions [ry] 1/3/2016
SodaStream lays off last Palestinian workers after leaving West Bank The Guardian - Employees denied work permits after boycott, divestment and sanctions movement drove company out of West Bank and back inside Israel [ry] 1/3/2016
Professors in revolt: The academy vs. the ministerNahum Barnea - Ynet - As Education Minister Naftali Bennett makes questionable appointments and changes, alarmed academics ask whether rebellion will help their cause or simply enable the religious-nationalist sector to strengthen its hold on education [ry] 1/3/2016
Press review: Israeli foreign relationsSergio Yahni - AIC - Israel`s relations with its allies waver; right-wing Israeli media see a Donald Trump victory in U.S. presidential elections as a boon for Israel [ry] 1/3/2016
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