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Germany compares Israel`s treatment of NGOs with that of Russia and ChinaHaartez/i24NEWS - Further straining relations between Israel and Germany, the German foreign ministry compared Israel`s policy on funding of non-governmental organisations to that of Russia and China - provoking a rebuke from the Israeli embassy in Berlin. This was included in a German criticism of a new law in Hungary that would force foreign-funded NGOs to register as "foreign-supported organisations". With that measure, the Germans stated, “Hungary joins the ranks of countries like Russia, China and Israel - which regard the funding of NGO`s and civil society efforts by donors from abroad as a hostile or at least an unfriendly act." [ak]21/6/2017
Queer Jews should think again before celebrating IsraelStephanie Skora - +972 - "As a transgender lesbian, a proud anti-Zionist Jew, and a JVP member, I have been particularly troubled by the charges of homophobia. I am used to the unfortunately common accusations of anti-semitism against activists for Palestinian rights, which simply cheapen and distort the meaning of the term while distracting from the human rights issues at stake." - id 20/6/2017
Global Peace Index 2017: Israel Ranked 144 Out of 163Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Among the most alarming findings were that Israel’s “militarization index” was rated 3.9 out of 5 (5 being the worst).  For nuclear weapons and arms exports, Israel ranked 5 out of 5.  Under “relations with neighboring countries” it ranked 4 out of 5." - id20/6/2017
What Israel fears about Hamas and the Qatar crisisYuval Abraham - Middle East Eye - (...) a desperate Hamas losing financial support, coupled with talk of elections within the tense Israeli governing coalition, could make for a toxic mix. "It could provide fertile grounds for a war. Desperate politicians tend to go to war.” [bz]17/6/2017
Heathrow Airport Shames El Al as Dirtiest and Noisiest Airline Haaretz - "The five worst-performing airlines after El Al were Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Omar Air and Jet Airways." ca16/6/2017
Knesset Inquiry Reveals Yemenite Babies Murdered in Medical ExperimentsRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "The Israeli Knesset has, after sixty years of cover-up, exposed one of the most lurid scandals in the history of Israeli medicine. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, inspired by Ben Gurion’s philosophy that Israel must populate itself via Jewish immigration to compete with the Arabs, Israel airlifted tens of thousands of Yemenite Jews and resettled them. It was celebrated as a great humanitarian operation in which the Yemenites were “saved” from a life of destitution and anti-Semitic victimhood in their native land... such outrageous medical practices happened around the world including here in the U.S." ca16/6/2017
Turkey Holds Naval Drill Off Cyprus in Heated Response to Israeli Commando Exercise on Its Doorstep Gili Cohen - Haaretz "As the drill comes to a close, another exercise is scheduled to take place in Cyprus, this one by Turkey. Last week, Turkey announced that it will hold a military drill with live ammunition southwest of the Cypriot city of Paphos. The Turks said in a statement that during one of the days of the drill, Turkish warships and submarines will operate in the area. The background to this exercise is the tension caused by the search for natural gas in the sea off Cyprus’s coast." ca16/6/2017
Birzeit University Ranked Among Top 3% Best UniversitiesIMEMC News - "Birzeit University is the only Palestinian university to enter the QS World University Ranking this year." - id 14/6/2017
Right-Wing Media Assault Against Evergreen College Provokes White Supremacist Mass Murder ThreatsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Evergreen is known as one of the most progressive campuses in the nation.  Rachel Corrie studied at the school and interrupted her studies to travel to Gaza where she was killed by the IDF.  The Black Lives Matter movement is heavily supported on campus.  The Olympia Food Coop began the movement to boycott Israeli products, which led to a lawsuit sponsored by the Israeli government and Standwithus." - id 14/6/2017
Palestinian man donates recovery room to Haifa hospitalIlana Messika/TPS - Ynet - “Palestinian, Israeli, Syrian and children from other countries receive treatment in the Haifa Rambam hospital`s oncology department. I decided to contribute as much as I could, both a humanitarian act and a symbol of solidarity,” donating a children’s recovery room. The room provides a relaxing and supportive environment for children before and after chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. [bz]13/6/2017
Regev calls performance of Darwish poem at Israeli award ceremony a `provocation`Ma’an News Agency - “[Israeli Minister of Culture Miri] Regev, who stepped out of an Israeli movie award ceremony in September over the reading of a Darwish poem, had previously called the Palestinian writer the ‘leader of the Palestinian industry of lies,’ and objected to the performance of his works in Israel” [ry] 12/6/2017
9 teens arrested in police raid of Jerusalem `home` for Hilltop YouthElisha Ben-Kimon - Ynet - Settler Elkana Pickar, who has been barred from entering the West Bank, is hosting Jewish teens with similar bans at his home; security establishment worried he`s inciting them to violence against Palestinians [ry]12/6/2017
Inside the US fight to fix Israel’s global standingJonathan Cook - Al Jazeera - US and Israel lead a campaign of intimidation against the UN to forcibly rehabilitate Israel`s international standing [ry] 12/6/2017
Fmr. Iranian Diplomat: ISIS Attack on Tehran `Managed by Saudi Arabia` Seyed Hossein Mousavian - The Real News "during Obama administration, there was a different policy. Obama was not supporting Saudi Arabia`s terrorist activities all over the region and all over the world. Obama was blaming Saudi Arabia, publicly Obama said that they have to distance from this terrorist activities. But President Trump first trip was to Saudi Arabia. He did not say a word about human right, he did not criticize or condemn even by one word, when he was in Saudi Arabia, about human right and democracy. He said nothing about human right and democracy, because he knows there is no human right and democracy there. During the campaign, President Trump said Saudi Arabia is the source number one of terrorism, but when he was in Saudi Arabia, he said Iran is everything about terrorism." ca10/6/2017
Israel’s Irrational RationalityDavid Shulman - NYR "Israeli human rights activists and what is left of the Israeli peace groups, including joint Israeli-Palestinian peace organizations, are under attack. In a sense, this is nothing very new. But open attacks on the Israeli left have now assumed a far more sinister and ruthless character; some of them are being played out in the interrogation rooms of Israeli prisons." ca9/6/2017
Kafr Qasim killing shows police threat to Palestinian citizensYael Marom, with Orly Noy - +972 - "As long as police continue to see Palestinian citizens of Israel as ‘the enemy,’ the deadly shootings — and the ever-deepening crisis in relations — will continue." - id 7/6/2017
One Killed as Riots, Clashes With Police Erupt in Israeli Arab City of Kafr Qasem Jack Khoury, Yaniv Kubovich and Ido Efrati - Haaretz - The incident began shortly before midnight Monday when police detained a Kafr Qasem resident for initial investigation. “The man resisted arrest, attacked the police and was joined by about 50 other people who managed to free him for a moment from the police. The police managed to subdue the suspect as they began sustaining volleys of stones thrown at them and at the police cruiser.” Earlier on Monday, Kafr Qasem residents kept their children home from school in protest at what they claimed are insufficient police efforts to curb violence in the town. On Friday, two men from the town were murdered at a gas station at the edge of Kafr Qasem. Police have not arrested suspects in the case. Residents have organized municipal security committees staffed by young people in an effort to maintain order in Kafr Qasem and to prevent criminals from coming into the town. The committees are functioning in conjunction with city hall but the Israel Police object to their activities. The man who was arrested was a member of one of the committees. [bz]6/6/2017
Infamy at Sea: Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty 50 Years LaterJeffrey St. Clair - CounterPunch - “Even though the Pentagon knew better, it gave credence to the Israeli account by saying that perhaps the Liberty’s flag had lain limp on the flagpole in a windless sea. The Pentagon also suggested that the attack might have lasted less than 20 minutes. After the initial battery of misinformation, the Pentagon imposed a news blackout on the Liberty disaster until after the completion of a Court of Inquiry investigation” [ry]5/6/2017
‘Last Secret’ of 1967 War: Israel’s Doomsday Plan for Nuclear DisplayWILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER - NYT - On the eve of the Arab-Israeli war, 50 years ago this week, Israeli officials raced to assemble an atomic device and developed a plan to detonate it atop a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula as a warning to Egyptian and other Arab forces, according to an interview with a key organizer of the effort. The secret contingency plan would have been invoked if Israel feared it was going to lose the 1967 conflict. [bz for dn]4/6/2017
Netanyahu: We must retain full military control of West BankStuart Winer - The Times of Israel - “In order to assure our existence we need to have military and security control over all of the territory west of the Jordan [River]. The idea that we can give up territory and achieve peace is not right,” PM Netanyahu told Army Radio. If sticking to that position, Netanyahu would effectively rule out any chance of achieving peace with the Palestinians, who seek a full Israeli withdrawal from the territory. Netanyhau expressed, however, the hope of achieving peace "not necessarily with the Palestinians but in some parts of the Arab world". [ak] 30/5/2017
Settler leader scolds Cabinet for handing over Area C territoriesElisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - Last week, shortly before US President Donald Trump visited Israel, the Cabinet approved a concessions package for the Palestinians. Eight members of the cabinet voted in favor, versus two who voted against—Minister Naftali Bennett and Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi), who opposed on account of the concession that would allow Palestinians to construct in Area C. [bz]30/5/2017
For first time in 13 years, IDF recognizes female refuser as conscientious objectorYael Marom and Haggai Matar - +972 "Yasmin Yablonko, a coordinator for Mesarvot, an Israeli NGO that supports conscientious objectors and has been supporting both Ze’evi and Alon, praised the army’s decision to release the former. “The committee’s decision to grant Ze’evi an exemption goes against its practice over the past years to recognize pacifists alone as eligible for exemption. Instead, they made a distinction between ‘conscientious’ refusal and refusal for the sake of protest, which strives for societal change. The fact that Ze’evi was released for “general conscientious objection” sends a disconnected message that refuses to take responsibility for our society.” ca27/5/2017
Israel quick to exploit Manchester bombingAli Abunimah - EI - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a tweet declaring, “If the Manchester attacker was Palestinian and the victims Israeli, the terrorist’s family would receive a stipend from Mahmoud Abbas.”" - id 24/5/2017
`Resistance is not terrorism`: Palestinians burn effigies of Trump in GazaMa`an - "Trump`s remarks, al-Shamali added, were blindly throwing US support behind the interests of Israeli occupation, "which is the true source of terrorism and violence in the region and in the world," he said." - id 24/5/2017
Donald Trump forced to change travel plans after Palestinians protest in BethlehemReports - International Solidarity Movement - "The US President changed plans at the last minute, reportedly infuriating the Palestinian Authority by breaking with official protocol." - id24/5/2017
Trump to Abbas: Peace won’t come where violence ‘rewarded’Times of Israel - Trump apparently disapproves of the Palestinians paying the families of prisoners in Israeli prisons, though at least in public he did not say so explicitly. "I had a great meeting this morning with President Mahmoud Abbas and I can tell you that he is ready to reach a peace deal" said Trump at the concluding speech of his visit. Both with Netanyahu in Jerusalem and with Abbas in Bethlehem he carefully avoided such words as "occupation" or "Palestinian state", sticking to the general statement that "Both sides will face tough decisions. But with determination, compromise on both sides, and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal". And then he flew off. [ak] 23/5/2017
Shaked vexed by White House map missing WBMoran Azulay - Ynet - Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked responds angrily to map of Israel released by White House omitting the West Bank and Golan Heights; says ‘I hope this is just ignorance and not policy’; reminds listeners that while she believes Trump will fulfil his election promises regarding the US embassy, her party was elected to fulfil its own promise: ‘to ensure that no Palestinian state is established.’ [bz]20/5/2017
Gaza residents left in the dark amid Palestinian power struggleYolande Knell - BBC News - "The Americans and mainly the Israelis have been accusing President Abbas of being weak, [saying] he has no control over the Gaza Strip and is therefore no partner for peace," says Mkhaimar Abusada, a political science professor at al-Azhar University - Gaza. "He wants to restore his power over Gaza, to be taken more seriously." [bz]20/5/2017
Al Jazeera: Jordan, Not Israel, Was Original Intelligence Source for ISIS Bomb PlotRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "“ None of the media stories reveal the name of the foreign nation whose operation Trump exposed. Some have speculated that it might be Israel or Turkey. But my guess is that it is Jordan, because it has one of the best intelligence agencies in the Arab world and is highly motivated to penetrate ISIS since it poses a grave danger to Jordan, whose neighbor, Syria, is a key refuge for the Islamist group." ca 19/5/2017
Ivanka and Jared get a rabbinical pass to fly Air Force One Annie Karni - Politico "Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will be flying aboard Air Force One to Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump on Friday, after receiving a rabbinical dispensation to travel on the Jewish Sabbath, according to a White House official... It was not clear on what grounds the exception was made to accompany the president on his first international trip." ca 19/5/2017
10 Reasons Trump Should Not Strengthen U.S.-Saudi TiesMedea Benjamin - ICH "If the Trump administration truly wants to find a way out of the wars in the Middle East and make the United States safer from terrorists, it would do well to stop arming, aiding and abetting the ruthless Saudi regime." ca19/5/2017
Israel Begins to Confiscate 20% of Asylum-Seekers` Incomes Lia Tarachansky&SHIR HEVER - The Real News Network "Interview:"From the beginning of this month a new policy`s implemented in Israel. African asylum seekers who work in Israel have part of their wage income garnished by the state and placed into an account to which they have no access." ca19/5/2017
Nakba at 69: Statement by the Global Palestinian Refugee and IDP Network IMEMC - "On this the 69th commemoration of the Nakba and the 100th commemoration of the Balfour Declaration, the Palestinian people face the most challenging political environment to date." - id 17/5/2017
Nationality Bill’s only purpose: Showing Arabs who’s bossSima Kadmon - Ynet - "The proposed legislation, which passed a preliminary Knesset reading last week, offers no dramatic changes and simply repeats things that already exist in the State of Israel’s different laws. Its main goal - giving Israel’s Arab citizens the finger - has already been achieved." - id 17/5/2017
Hebrew U. cancels conference on Palestinian prisoners, following pressureEli Bitan - +972 - "Hebrew University canceled the conference after a student group associated with Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party penned an open letter to the university president. ‘The very existence of this conference lends legitimacy to terror.’" - id 17/5/2017
Israel aims new Nakba-style weapon at Arab citizensMyssana Morany - +972 - "According to Israel, the new so-called Kaminitz Law, which was enacted in April 2017, is intended to consolidate and streamline state powers in enforcing planning and building regulations. But in practice, this law allows the Israeli government to carry out a new wave of mass home demolitions in hemmed-in Arab villages and towns already hard hit by severe housing shortages and a history of discriminatory state policies." - id 17/5/2017
Is the Western Wall part of Israel? Trump is a bit uncertain Eric Cortellessa - Times of Israel - A senior member of the US delegation preparing Trump’s visit next week angrily rejected a request that PM Netanyahu accompany the president when he visits the Western Wall. The American told Israeli counterparts that this part of the Trump visit would be "strictly private", and burst out with "“What are you talking about? It’s none of your business. It’s not even part of your responsibility. It’s not your territory. It’s part of the West Bank.” When faced with sharp protests by the Israeli government and American Jewish groups, the White House announced that the Western Wall comments were “unauthorized” and do not represent the stance of the Trump administration. It is not clear, however, whether Netanyahu would be able to accompany Trump there. [ak]16/5/2017
Is BDS to blame for Israel’s poor showing in the Eurovision Contest?Naomi Zeveloff - The Forward - Israeli music director Yoav Tzafir, who headed the Israeli delegation at the 2017 Eurovision song contest in Kiev, is blaming Israel’s poor showing on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Israeli pop singer Imri Ziv came in 23rd out of 26th places in the competition. “There is no doubt that BDS worked very hard all over Europe,” Tzafir told Israel’s Army Radio. Ahead of Eurovision, a group of boycotters had set up a Facebook page urging the judges to give “zero points to the song of Israeli apartheid.” The group called Ziv’s participation in Eurovision a “mask covering up a loathsome ugliness” of Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. [ak]16/5/2017
Gulf States Offer Normalizing Israel Ties in Exchange for Partial Freeze on Settlements Barak Ravid - Haaretz - The Gulf states have compiled a proposal to take steps toward normalization with Israel if the Netanyahu government in turn makes gestures to the Palestinians, such as freezing settlement construction in parts of the West Bank and easing trade restrictions in the Gaza Strip, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report is based on details from a document that was prepared during discussions between various Sunni Arab countries. According to the report, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which are leading the proposal, also updated the American administration and Israel on the bid. [bz]16/5/2017
Torment “never heals” — Palestine’s longest-serving female prisonerBudour Youssef Hassan - EI - "Finally outside of prison, Lina is planning to become a professional chef. She wants to start a family and `give birth to quadruplets,` she said. Her main concern, however, remains the plight of Palestinian women still in jail. `We live in a patriarchal society and while many women prisoners are celebrated immediately after release, they are quickly abandoned and even stigmatized precisely for being in jail,` she said" [ry]15/5/2017
FIFA boss rigs vote for Israel at last minute - after phonecall from NetanyahuAli Abunimah - EI - Earlier this week, the FIFA Council had already capitulated to Israeli pressure and ruled out a vote sanctioning Israel for allowing its league to include teams based in West Bank settlements. But there remained on the agenda a motion calling for “official recognition of the Palestinian Football Association’s entitlements to all of its rights as described in the FIFA Statutes.” FIFA rules bar national associations from holding matches on the territory of another member without permission – as Israel does in the West Bank without Palestinian permission – so this motion would still have highlighted the Israel Football Association’s complicity in the military occupation of the West Bank. [bz]13/5/2017
`We shall remain`: Bedouin of Jabal al-Baba face an uphill battle to keep their land Mersiha Gadzo - Mondoweiss "Life was so simple before the [separation barrier] because you could leave for vacation, for weddings; you could take your car and go to Jerusalem,” Mazara’a said. “You could pray Maghrib [prayer just after sunset] here and then pray Isha [evening prayer] at al-Aqsa.” Such a scenario today remains a distant dream for the Bedouins living at Jabal al-Baba, also known as Pope Mountain, even though Jerusalem is only 2.5 miles away. Now, Bedouin communities stand in the way of the E1 zone, which would expand settlements from Ma’ale Adumim to occupied East Jerusalem...Israeli authorities seek to relocate 18 Bedouin communities that live in E1 and a total of 46 Bedouin communities living in the central West Bank." ca 12/5/2017
Israel: health and beyondProf Karl Skoreck&Dr Richard Horton - The Lancet " An assessment of the level of success that Israel has achieved in health, in the face of formidable challenges, including rapid population growth, diverse and often divided ethnic affiliations, and existential security threats, leads us to propose that extension of this principle of global human identity and dignity, together with the objective of a decent society, as overriding values beyond health to other domains of human endeavour within Israel and in its relations with neighbouring peoples, represents an entirely achievable imperative." ca 12/5/2017
PA denies reports that shipments of medicine and baby formula to Gaza were haltedMa`an News Agency - "Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement on Tuesday that the PA had informed the ministry that it would stop sending medicine and milk to the Gaza Strip... the PA completely denied the claims on Wednesday." ca12/5/2017
Lonely Planet erases Israeli occupation of Syrian GolanAl-Marsad - The Electronic Intifada - "Until Lonely Planet recognizes its responsibilities, many travelers to the region will continue to be misinformed about the Golan and the reality of its occupation by Israel." - id 10/5/2017
What would Herzl say about Nationality Bill? Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya - Ynet - "Israel’s leadership appears to have diverted from Theodor Herzl’s path. Instead of striving to create equality and a common ground, it is doing everything in its power to incite and divide for the sake of a few more votes." - id 10/5/2017
Israeli-Palestinian FIFA war nearing the decisive point Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - PM Netanyahu is making an intensive personal to avert the impending vote by FIFA, the International Soccer Federation, on the issue of six soccer teams based at West Bank settlements being enrolled in the Israeli soccer federation? Should it come to a vote, the FIFA bylaws are very clear - one national federation (in this case the Israeli one) is not allowed to set up soccer clubs in the territory of another federation (in this case, the Palestinian federation). Should the matter come to a vote, FIFA would have no choice but to to demand that Israel stop the participation of settler teams. Non-compliance potentially leading to Israel being altogether banned from international soccer. There is already a precedent - soccer teams from the Crimea were not allowed to play in the Russian soccer league. [ak]. 9/5/2017
German president: ‘Irresponsible to leave our countries in crisis’Itamar Eichner - Ynet - Speaking at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, German president refused to say that PM`s decision to snub German FM over his meetings with far-left Israeli groups was correct, instead accepts differences of opinion; insists crisis cannot be left to fester where `both sides lose` [ry]8/5/2017
Israeli Cabinet Moves to Downgrade Status of Arabic LanguageJason Ditz - AntiWar - Arab MPs Say Move Would Turn Them Into Second-Class Citizens [ry]8/5/2017
Coca-Cola Israel Donated to Left-bashing Group Im Tirtzu Yotam Berger - Haaretz - Israel’s Coca-Cola franchisee contributed 50,000 shekels ($13,850) to right-wing group Im Tirtzu in 2015, a document from the Israel Corporations Authority shows. The authority refused a request from Im Tirtzu director Matan Peleg to keep confidential the donation by the franchisee, the Central Bottling Company, also known as Coca-Cola Israel. [bz for dn]7/5/2017
Ministerial Committee promotes contentious `Nationality Law` Moran Azulay - Ynet - The legislation, which is considered its opponents as discriminatory towards Arab Israelis, specifies some of the practical aspects of the State of Israel being the nation-state of the Jewish people. The bill addresses state symbols (national anthem, flag, icons), Jerusalem as the capital, Hebrew as the official language, the right of return for Jews, the ingathering of the exiles, Jewish settlement, relations with the Jewish Diaspora, the Hebrew calendar, and holy sites. [bz for dn]7/5/2017
Jewish settler mistaken for Palestinian and shot dead. Incident viewed by Palestinians as revealing double standards.Bethan McKernan - Independent - It is rare for the IDF to use deadly force on Israeli citizens. Rights groups and other observers, however, have long accused Israel of using “disproportinate force” and implementing a “shoot-to-kill” policy on alleged Palestinian attackers. [bz] 6/5/2017
Hillel International: Who`s Afraid of Breaking the Silence?Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "Last year, a new Israeli initiative, Mosaic, founded by pro-settler minister and Netanyahu political rival, Naftali Bennett, offered $66-million to three Jewish groups including Chabad and Hillel. Despite its name’s connotations, Mosaic was meant to combat what the Israeli far-right views as anti-Israel discourse on campus. Hillel received $22-million of the overall grant. As a result, the organization’s priorities have become even closer aligned with Israeli super-nationalists than they were before.An example of this is the annual speaking tour organized by the anti-Occupation Israeli NGO, Breaking the Silence." ca5/5/2017
Israel expels Dutch journalist after he tweets +972 articles Lisa Goldman - +972 "Israel’s Government Press Office has refused to renew the media accreditation for Derk Walters, a Dutch journalist who has been reporting from Israel-Palestine since 2014. Walters is the correspondent for NRC Handelsblad, a leading Dutch newspaper." ca5/5/2017
$1m in Israeli Aid for UNESCO Cut over Jerusalem ResolutionIMEMC - "Israel said, on Wednesday, that it will cut back $1 million in aid for UNESCO, in response to a recent resolution which is critical of Israeli policy in Jerusalem...The Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport, Miri Regev, called on the government to close the UNESCO headquarters in Jerusalem and confiscate the building." CA5/5/2017
Gas negotiations to start with Israel? Nesma Nowar - Al Ahram "An appeal by Egypt has been rejected by a Swiss court that decided to uphold a previous ruling by a French court that ordered Egyptian energy companies to pay $2 billion in compensation to the state- owned Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), an Israeli energy company. The fine is compensation to IEC for the Egyptian companies halting gas supplies to it." ca 5/5/2017
In Israel`s official portrait, only Jewish lives matterMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "The idea being that a state which sees, counts, serves, and protects all of its citizens equally, irrespective of ethnicity or creed, would destroy Israel as we know it — Israel the Jewish state, which belongs only to its Jewish citizens." - id 3/5/2017
Salt Houses, new book on Palestinian experienceRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Hala Alyan has written a phenomenal book that shares the experiences of a Palestinian family from Nablus, told from multiple perspectives as the family is scattered throughout the Middle East and the West." - id 3/5/2017
Jewish Israeli killed by soldiers after alleged stabbing attemptRoi Yanovsky & Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - A 19 year old Jewish Israeli was shot and mortally wounded by soldiers at the Hizma checkpoint. The soldiers assert he was trying to stab one of them. He was an inhabitant of Pisgat Ze`ev, one of the Israeli neighborhoods (effectively settlements) built on confiscated Palestinian land in East Jerusalem. [There are two possible interpretations: 1) For some unknown reason he truly tried to stab soldiers at the checkpoint. 2) The over-panicking soldiers killed an innocent man, offering the version that they acted in self-defense; in similar cases where the victim is a Palestinian, the soldiers` version is usually accepted unquestioningly. ak] 2/5/2017
Hamas unveils new charter, accepts 1967 borders for future Palestinian stateMa`an - “Hamas rejects any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea. However, without compromising its rejection of the Zionist entity and without relinquishing any Palestinian rights, Hamas considers the establishment of a fully sovereign and independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital along the lines of the 4th of June 1967, with the return of the refugees and the displaced to their homes from which they were expelled, to be a formula of national consensus,” the charter read. [bz]2/5/2017
In Israel`s official portrait, only Jewish lives matterMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - A new government report published on the eve of Israel’s Independence Day only concerns itself with infant mortality statistics and life expectancy of Jewish citizens. What does that say about Israel’s attitude towards non-Jews? [ry]1/5/2017
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