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Finance C`tee mulls ending funding to Cinematheque over Palestinian film festivalMoran Azulay - Ynet - "It will take place on November 29, which is the date the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution recommending the implementation of a partition plan for a Jewish state alongside an Arab state." - id 26/11/2014
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Wounding the World Yvonne Roberts - Guardian - "Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invades Our Lives." - id 25/11/2014
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Residency and social security benefits are not a favor the authorities can bestow and withdraw at willB’Tselem - "Residency status and social security benefits are not a favor or boon granted by the authorities. It is Israel’s fundamental obligation toward all individuals living in its territory, be they citizens or permanent residents. As long as Israel considers East Jerusalem part of the country, it cannot eschew these obligations, and they remain in effect even when citizens or residents break the law" [ry]24/11/2014
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Israel fears EU Parliament will recognize PalestineItamar Eichner - Ynet - In response to Israel’s disregard of calls to halt settlement construction, European Parliament to discuss motion to urge EU governments to recognize Palestinian state [ry]24/11/2014
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Israeli cabinet approves `Jewish state` bill AlJazeera - The bill that defines country as "Jewish state" now heads towards parliamentary vote in a blow to Israeli Arabs [ry]24/11/2014
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Ashkelon mayor bans Arab Israeli workers from construction project in wake of attack on Jerusalem synagogueAM--Tensions gripping Israel after this week’s attack on a Jerusalem synagogue took on distinct ethnic overtones Thursday when a mayor in southern Israel said he was banning Arab workers from construction projects at local day-care centers..dn22/11/2014
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Infighting mars memorialAhmed Al-Sayed - Al-Ahram "Mutual recriminations and threats between Fatah and Hamas following the explosions that targeted the homes of several Fatah leaders in Gaza and led to the cancelation of ceremonies to commemorate President Yasser Arafat have revived fears of a return to factional violence in Gaza...Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused Hamas of carrying out the bombings. “Who committed this crime? The leadership of the Hamas movement did, and it’s responsible,” Abbas shouted at a Fatah rally for Arafat in Ramallah." ca21/11/2014
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Israel’s ‘Jewish State’ Bill Deepens Coalition DivideJason Ditz - AntiWar - Livni Postpones Bill, Netanyahu Vows to Circumvent Committee [ry]17/11/2014
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Opinion Blowback: Academic boycott of Israel gives voice to peaceful protest Lisa Duggan--The American Studies Assn. cites the intertwined histories of Israel and the U.S. as a reason for its academic boycott. Above, a pro-Israel protester demonstrates in downtown Los Angeles in 2009. (Los Angeles Times) dn15/11/2014
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Ex-Australian Foreign Minister announces himself a ‘Friend of Palestine’John Salisbury - Mondoweiss - “Permanent occupation means Israelis get cast as Afrikaners and the world will recognize Palestine and isolate Israel. After all, the alternative would be unthinkable: to accept colonial rule with one religious and racial group enjoying the vote that the majority denied." The impact of this statement is all the greater due to the fact that Mr. Carr - Australia’s Foreign Minister up until September 2013, when Labor lost the last federal election - is an experienced and savvy political figure widely respected by both sides of politics. Moreover, he was the founder of Labor Friends of Israel. 15/11/2014
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Israel bans Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from GazaMa`an - Upon returning to his hometown of Tromsø in Norway after serving in Gaza over the summer, he gave a speech comparing the Palestinian struggle to the Norwegian resistance to the Nazi occupation in World War II. "This is not a battle between terrorism and democracy. Hamas is not the enemy Israel is fighting. Israel is waging a war against the Palestinian people’s will to resist. The unbending determination not to submit to the occupation!" Although Israeli authorities claim that Gaza is not occupied, they control the movement of both people and goods in and out of the Strip. [bz]15/11/2014
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Thousands protest in Israel, West Bank after Friday prayers ITAMAR SHARON AND TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF - Times of Israel "Around 1,500 Israeli Arabs demonstrated Friday afternoon in the town of Umm al-Fahm, east of Hadera, protesting the police’s killing of an Arab man in Kafr Kanna last week and the ongoing turmoil in Jerusalem. Among the participants were MKs Hanin Zoabi (Balad) and Afu Agbaria (Hadash) as well as Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the radical wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel." ca 14/11/2014
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Israelis remember Rabin, but many reject his legacyYuval Avivi - Al-Monitor "Dealing with the issue of tolerance is especially relevant in Israel in 2014, with some people in an uproar over the so-called Rabin festival and even expressing a modicum of support for the assassin, Yigal Amir. A survey conducted by the Mako news website found that some 50% of right-wing voters are not sure that Amir assassinated Rabin, and that 14% of the public believes that he should be released from prison." ca14/11/2014
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The video of an Israeli cop shooting an Arab citizen that has rocked the countryWilliam Booth - The Washington Post - It is also not unusual for the incidents to be captured on video. But the grainy black-and-white recording of police shooting a man in the Galilee early Saturday has lit a fuse in Israel, sparking praise and condemnation, and raising bigger questions about police conduct, allegiance to the state and who, really, is an Israeli and who is not.-rh12/11/2014
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Border closure means lost jobs, deadlock in rebuilding GazaMohammed Omer - Middle East Eye - "Nicknamed the Serry mechanism after UN Mideast Envoy Robert Serry, some say the monitoring of the import, storage and sales of building materials under the mechanism will create an even more restrictive programme for building materials that essentially puts the UN in charge of continuing the Israeli blockade." - id 12/11/2014
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Police blame violence on rightwing MKs` Temple Mount visitOmri Efraim - Ynet - "Repeated attempts by members of Knesset to reach the Temple Mount is a provocation that incites Palestinians` to respond and significantly and unequivocally increases tensions in the Temple Mount and the capital," a senior police official told Ynet as clashes between security forces and Arabs and Palestinians continue. [bz] 11/11/2014
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Soldier hurt Tel Aviv stabbing attack succumbs to woundsShahar Hay - Ynet - "You`d better start waking up. I understand that this country is living under the delusion that everything is fine. Today it`s me, tomorrow it`ll be someone else`s brother" was Sahar Shiloni`s message to policymakers. [bz]11/11/2014
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From jail, Barghouthi urges `armed resistance`Ma`an - Barghouthi has said he never supported attacks on civilians inside Israel and in recent years has thrown his support behind peaceful resistance. But now he wrote in a letter to the PA at the occasion of marking 10 years since the death of Yasser Arafat: "It is imperative to reconsider our choice of resistance as a way of defeating the occupier." [bz]11/11/2014
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New EU chief: Palestinian state needed as world `cannot afford` another Gaza warJpost - The entire European Union seeks the establishment of a Palestinian state, AFP cited the EU`s new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini as saying Saturday. [bz]8/11/2014
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Peace Now highlights `epidemic` of incitement in IsraelMairav Zonszein - +972 "Peace Now has launched an online video campaign to raise awareness about incitement, intolerance and hate speech directed specifically at “leftists” in Israel and expressed most visibly on Facebook. The organization produced a two-and-a-half minute video entitled, “The writing is still on the wall,” displaying a selection of comments left on its Facebook page." ca7/11/2014
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Israel moves to outlaw Palestinian political parties in the KnessetJonathan Cook - The Electronic Intifada - "The initiatives against Zoabi are the most visible aspects of a wider campaign to silence all political dissent from the Palestinian minority." - id 5/11/2014
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Is Israel restricting UNRWA`s reconstruction efforts in Gaza?Hana Salah - Al Monitor - "While UNRWA is assessing the houses damaged or destroyed during the Gaza war, some Hamas officials are accusing the international relief organization of working with Israel to the detriment of the Palestinian people." - id 5/11/2014
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The best way to honor Yitzhak Rabin - for every IsraeliYedidia Stern - Ynet - "Memorial day for prime minister`s assassination should become `Democracy Day` - something in which every member of Israeli society could share." - id 5/11/2014
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Beneath the Helmet: The paratroopers who stand for IsraelYitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - New documentary film follows five Israeli soldiers, aims to improve Israel`s image after Operation Protective Edge across US university campuses [ry]3/11/2014
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New play on gender-based violence The Freedom Theatre--"All the stories we heard were of violence, of the land and of the occupation and how we oppress each other – like a pyramid with the few and powerful on top, and people on every level toward the bottom are kicking downwards." dn2/11/2014
Swedish FM hits back at Lieberman`s IKEA quipIsrael News - Ynet - ""I will be happy to send Israel FM Lieberman an IKEA flat pack to assemble," Wallstrom said. "He`ll see it requires a partner, cooperation and a good manual."" - id 31/10/2014
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Lieberman to Sweden: Mideast is more complex than assembling IKEA furnitureMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Israel recalled its ambassador from Sweden in response to the decision to recognize Palestine." - id 31/10/2014
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Fighting for Survival in the SinaiRamzy Baroud - Antiwar.com "The people of Sinai have suffered tremendously from neglect and poverty and now, extreme violence. Sisi’s promised campaign of yet more security solutions will hardly ease Sinai’s burden, or bring an iota of hope to its disheartened people." ca29/10/2014
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The unmarried Arab woman who drives Israelis nutsRavit Hecht - Haaretz "Lieberman likes his women the way he likes his Arabs and political cohorts — obedient and loyal. Without loyalty there is no citizenship and no room in the party or the Knesset. Anyone who is not loyal to Lieberman — excuse me, to the state – cannot exist here, and Zoabi’s existence is a finger in his eye." ca29/10/2014
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U.S. will continue to ostracize Ya`alon until he apologizesBarak Ravid - Haaretz "Ya’alon has managed to do the impossible and make quite a few people long for Ehud Barak’s years as defense minister. Barak had many faults, but he made a decisive contribution when it came to ties with the United States." ca29/10/2014
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Netanyahu goes toe-to-toe with US, EU over criticism of Jerusalem construction Herb Keinon - Jpost - “I heard the claim that our building in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem makes peace more distant, but it is the criticism itself that makes peace more distant.” [bz]28/10/2014
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How Palestine plans to overcome Israel and the USDrew Christiansen & Ra`fat Aldajani - National Catholic Reporter - Ashrawi referred to Palestinian membership in UNESCO in 2011. That development prompted the organization to suspend the U.S. and Israel for nonpayment of dues. Anti-Palestinian U.S. laws would deny American funding to any body Palestine joins. So if Palestine were to utilize its right to participate in other international bodies, U.S. influence on a multitude of issues would vanish. Its soft power would become exceedingly weak. [bz]28/10/2014
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President makes history at massacre ceremonyHassan Shaalan - Ynet - Rivlin had vowed to make the historic appearance during the election campaign and followed through on his promise despite criticism from his traditional base of support in the political right. However, many residents expect the president to take a further unprecedented step – apologize on behalf of the State of Israel. [bz]28/10/2014
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Irish Senate supports Palestinian stateAAP - The motion which had cross-party support in Ireland`s upper house of parliament calls on the Dublin government to "formally recognize the state of Palestine and do everything it can to help secure a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, so that citizens of both states can live in peace and security".Tabling the motion, opposition senator Averil Power said Ireland should "make it clear that statehood is a right of the Palestinian people and not a bargaining chip for the Israelis to play in further sham negotiations. In doing so, we will help increase pressure on Israel to pursue a genuine peace process that has a real prospect of delivering peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians alike." ak28/10/2014
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In Pictures: Pressing Olives in RamallahRich Wiles - AlJazeera - The olive oil industry, which supports thousands of families in occupied territories, is in decline [ry]27/10/2014
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The readers’ editor on… the Guardian’s coverage of Israel/Palestine issuesChris Elliott - The Guardian - The use and awareness of language the Guardian deploys when reporting on the Israel/Palestine conflict attracts regular criticism [ry] 27/10/2014
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Eyeing the dividendsDina Ezzat - Al-Ahram "Egyptian diplomats are confident the Gaza Reconstruction Conference, held on Sunday, has confirmed Egypt’s re-emergence as a key regional power.The conference, which was opened by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, attracted 50 delegations, including the foreign ministers of the US, Qatar and Turkey, three states whose take on political developments in Egypt over the past two years can hardly be described as supportive. The high profile turnout, say senior state officials, has ended any debate about the legitimacy of Egypt’s new regime “once and for all”." ca 24/10/2014
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`Klinghoffer`: New York’s Jewish right goes to the operaLarry Derfner - +972 "Until Monday night, when the “The Death of Klinghoffer” opened at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, people knew it was being attacked by many Jews for supposedly being anti-Semitic and for defending terrorists, and they didn’t know if the accusations were true or false. But now that the opera has opened, and it’s been widely reviewed, and audience members have been interviewed, it’s becoming clear to the mainstream public that pays attention to such issues – and this controversy has attracted a lot of attention – that these claims are total bullshit." ca24/10/2014
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Disabled Palestinian war photographer turns camerra on cultureMa`an News Agency - "For Silwadi, safeguarding Palestinian cultural heritage goes hand-in-hand with the question of Palestinian identity and the future of the Palestinian people."I see the way in which the Palestinian people have had everything stolen for the profit of the Israelis," he told AFP. "I thought it was important that the Palestinians protect their heritage by taking pictures of their cultural heritage and speaking about it." ca A tireless documenter of Palestinian history, Silwadi has since his injury published several books on the walls of Jerusalem`s Old City, on traditional costumes, on jewellery and on cuisine." ca 24/10/2014
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WATCH: Reflections on Gaza — from Likud to `Women Waging Peace`Social TV - +972 - "From a debate hosted by the youth wing of Israel’s ruling Likud party to a new group called Women Waging Peace and the Parents Circle forum of bereaved families, Social TV visits with those who are ready to start talking." - id 22/10/2014
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Israeli soccer team honors alleged spy for HezbollahShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "SUMMARY⎙ PRINT In an interview with Al-Monitor, the spokesperson of Israel`s Bnei Sakhnin soccer team explains that it honored former Knesset member Azmi Bishara because he facilitated Qatari financial support." - id 22/10/2014
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University blasts professor who called for annihilation of Palestinians (but so far he continues teaching)Yarden Skop - Haaretz - “Listen, Abu Mazen, you aren’t a people and therefore there’s no genocide,” Weiss wrote on his Facebook page. “To annihilate you as a rabble is a mitzvah, and it will ultimately be carried out (...) The faster you admit that you aren’t a people and don’t belong anywhere within the boundaries of the Land of Israel, the better it will be for you – the faster you voluntarily vacate this land.” Weiss who is emeritus, is teaching two courses as a volunteer in the Hebrew literature department. He also teaches still at the Orot Israel College of Education, and that institute said it is looking into the matter. [bz]21/10/2014
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West Bank solar industry could fuel Palestinian energy independenceJpost - "Putting forward a solar vision for the Palestinians is consistent with the stated Likud-government’s policy of two states for two peoples. The Palestinian Authority (PA) could be energy independent from both the Israelis and the Jordanians" [Yosef Abramowitz` full article will be published next week in the Palestine-Israel Journal-bz] 18/10/2014
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What it`s like to fight for HamasAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor "Rahman attends al-Quds Open University, where he becomes just another student discussing his field of study, economics, with his colleagues and professors. None of them knows that he is a member of the resistance. The same is true when Rahman walks down the street and runs into people. None of them knows that he only miraculously survived the war, at one point being trapped for five days along with 14 other fighters in a tunnel that had been bombed by warplanes." ca 17/10/2014
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Gaza civil servants` salaries remain unpaidAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor "The issue of the salaries of Gaza civil servants comes at a time when the reconciliation government is suffering from a fiscal deficit, according to data from the Ministry of Finance.On Sept. 27, Hamdallah said the government suffers from a funding gap estimated at $600 million, therefore is unable to fulfill its financial obligations in the coming months." ca 17/10/2014
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Warmongering Hebrew University tries to muzzle Palestinian studentsYara Sa`di - The Electronic Intifada "While the university is happy to do business with a firm profiting from massacres — such as those in Gaza during the summer— it has displayed a hostile attitude to some of its own students... The Academic Watch Project, which monitors the discrimination faced by Palestinian students in Israel, has analyzed all political cases heard by the disciplinary board in Haifa University between 2007 and 2012. We found that no Zionist or right-wing Jewish Israeli student was called before the board in that period." ca17/10/2014
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The Guardian view on MPs’ Palestine vote: Israel should listenEditorial - Guardian - "The House of Commons has sent a symbolic message on statehood. It should not be ignored." - id 16/10/2014
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"I draw for Gaza": the defiant art of Haneen NofalRawan Yaghi - The Electronic Intifada - "The drawing depicted a young woman wearing a kufiyyeh — the Palestinian checkered scarf — on her head and smiling proudly while touching a crown. The crown was in the shape of the Arabic word for “resistance,” muqawama." - id 15/10/2014
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UN`s Ban enters Gaza as construction supplies let inElior Levy - Ynet - "...calling the situation "beyond description" and urging a speedy reconstruction effort."..."“I’m very happy to announce that the first truck carrying… construction materials is coming to Gaza today (Tuesday),” he said." - id 15/10/2014
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UN`s Ban in Gaza: Destruction here is beyond description Reuters - Jpost - On Monday, Ban criticized Israel for its continued building of settlements on land the Palestinians seek for an independent state and urged both sides to return to meaningful negotiations as soon as possible. ak14/10/2014
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What are the implications of U.K. parliament`s recognition of Palestine?Matthew Kalman - Ha`aretz - Israeli officials would say, correctly, that it was a non-binding vote - but but can the Israeli government afford to ignore the signals coming from Westminster? In the debate, Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood opposed the motion, but made an impassioned denunciation of Israeli settlement activity. The motion won the full backing of the British Labor Party’s shadow cabinet – who may well be running the British government by this time next year. And Matthew Gould, British Ambassador to Israel - who is committed to promoting the best possible relations between the two countries - sounded a warning about the erosion of Israel`s position in British public opinion, following the war in Gaza and the burst of settlement activity which followed. ak 14/10/2014
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EU Bans Israeli Dairy Products made in Occupied West Bank Settlements from JanuaryGianluca Mezzofiore - International Business Times - The EU ban on settlement-produced dairy products will take place from January 2015. The Israeli agricultural ministry informed dairy factories built beyond the pre-1967 Green Line, including in the unilaterally annexed Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, that "it will no longer be possible to export to Europe dairy products produced over the Green Line, either directly or indirectly". The ban on dairy products, along with all other animal products such as eggs and poultry, was announced in August and based on the EU`s refusal to recognize Israel`s claims to areas over the pre-1967 lines. Agriculture Ministry spokesman Amnon Lieberman said most settlement dairy products have been directed to the local Israeli market only a small part of it, mainly powdered milk, will be effected by the closing of the European exports. ak 14/10/2014
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British Parliament votes in favor of Palestinian statehood recognitionREUTERS, JERRY LEWIS - Jpost - Lawmakers in Britain`s lower house of parliament voted by 274 to 12 to pass a non-binding motion stating: "That this House believes that the Government should recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution." This move stands as initial stage of UK recognition of a Palestinian state. Britain does not classify "Palestine" as a state, but says it could do so at any time if it believed it would help peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israel. [bz]14/10/2014
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Former UK Minister: a wicked cocktail of occupation and illegality akin to apartheid South Africa Nicholas Watt - The Guardian - Sir Alan Duncan, Former Tory minister, delivered one of the strongest attacks on the Netanyahu government by a front line UK politician: “Occupation, annexation, illegality, negligence, complicity: this is a wicked cocktail which brings shame to the government of Israel. It would appear that on the West Bank the rule of international law has been shelved. This illegal construction and habitation is theft, it is annexation, it is a land grab – it is any expression that accurately describes the encroachment which takes from someone else something that is not rightfully owned by the taker. As such it should be called what it is, and not by some euphemistic soft alternative." 14/10/2014
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France: Palestinian recognition shouldn`t be merely symbolicReuters - Ynet - "Until now the prevailing idea was that recognition should be linked to the negotiations," Fabius said. "But if negotiations were to prove impossible or have no conclusion, then France will naturally have to assume its responsibilities." [bz]14/10/2014
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Former Israeli Ambassador to Washington: `UK vote - bad news for Israel`Attila Somfalvi - Y-net - Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US, warns that "Israel is sticking head in the sand" - since "British support for establishment of the Palestinian state is much more important than the Swedish. Britain is a member of the UN Security Council. The Palestinians are going to the UN in November and they want at least nine votes in the Security Council (to force Israel to commit to a timeline for withdrawing from the West Bank.) There is a chance America will abstain, but a lot of it is up to us." Oren - who had been nominated by Netanyahu and enjoyed the PM`s confidence while on the job - lamented the lack of "a unilateral initiative by Israel, responding to the Palestinian diplomatic offensive". According to Oren, that idea "inspires discomfort here in Israel" since "Israel has never clearly said what its interests are. We need leadership and a little courage, so as not to stay inactive in the face of recent developments." ak 14/10/2014
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EU mulls `blacklisting` settlers convicted of crimes Reuters/Y-net - European diplomats consider new measures in response to `high level of frustration` over West Bank settlement enterprise. A senior official said that a list of "Israeli settlers who have been convicted of crimes" has been drawn up and "all paperwork done", though the decision to ban them from entering the EU was not yet taken. Such a measure would only affect directly some 100 to 200 people, and be complicated to enforce since some of them have European passports themselves. However, "it would send a strong message that the EU means business". ak 14/10/2014
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Lieberman: US will not make demands of Israel on Gaza reconstructionAttila Somfalvi - Ynet - In interview with Ynet, foreign minister says a unilateral Palestinian move to set deadline for Israeli withdrawal is a useless endeavor that would fail, adds Israeli security needs must be at forefront of any renewed peace push [ry]13/10/2014
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A professor`s freedom to tweet: The Steven Salaita affairShachar Pinsker - +972 - "“Having been a multiple six figure donor to Illinois over the years, I know our support is ending as we vehemently disagree with the approach this individual espouses,” wrote one U of I business school graduate, for example." - id 8/10/2014
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Christians ‘Stand with Israel’Jennifer Rubin - Washington Post - "Both CWA president Penny Nance and Huckabee repeatedly delivered the message: America — and Christians in particular — must stand with Israel. Implicitly and sometimes explicitly mentioned was the argument that the administration is insufficiently supportive of Israel and clueless about the enormity of the jihadist threat." - id 8/10/2014
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Israel police brutality remains unchecked 14 years after massacre of Palestinian citizensPatrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "Palestinian activists and human rights groups say police brutality has continued unabated." - id 8/10/2014
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Iron Dome a slow sell to foreign buyersReuters - Ynet - The United States, provided a substantial outlay to enable Israel to deploy the system – more than $1 billion – but declined to buy it for its own forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Among the Pentagon`s misgivings was the $100,000 price of Iron Dome radar-guided interceptor missiles and their perceived unsuitability for insurgents` low-trajectory mortars, said Riki Ellison, president of the US Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance [bz]7/10/2014
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Bibi on ‘Face the Nation`: And the Lies Go OnRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Netanyahu speaking on ‘Face the Nation` and accusing President Obama of "UnAmerican behaviour" is definitely a first. Some Americans have in some notorious past occasions made such accusation against other Americans, but this is the first time that a foreign leader does it against the President of the United States. Interesitingly, while this row was published prominently in the Israeli media, major American papers virtually ignored it. ak 7/10/2014
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British Parliamnet to hold non-binding vote on recognizing Palestine Jerusalem Post - British lawmakers will next week hold a parliamentary vote on whether the government should recognize Palestine as a state. The vote is non-binding and its result would not in themselves force the government to changes its diplomatic stance. MP Grahame Morris of the opposition Labor Party, who is sponsoring the debate, said: "Not only is statehood the inalienable right of the Palestinian people, but recognizing Palestine will breathe new life into a peace process that is at an impasse." ak7/10/2014
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EU Threatens Israel Over Construction Plans in JerusalemArutz Sheva [NB: this is the settler radio + webjournal] - The EU took the opportunity to once again threaten Israel, saying that the "future of EU-Israel relations" depends on Israel`s "commitment to peace." The bloc has threatened Israel multiple times to further its agenda in the Middle East, dangling unprecedented aid packages to both Jerusalem and Ramallah if a two-state solution is implemented. [bz]4/10/2014
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Eyes Finally Open to Syrian Realities Robert Parry - ICH "In a column on Friday, Ignatius faulted not only Syria’s squabbling “moderate opposition” but “the foreign nations — such as the United States, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan — that have been funding the chaotic melange of fighters inside Syria. These foreign machinations helped open the door for the terrorist Islamic State group to threaten the region.” Ignatius acknowledged that the earlier depiction of the Syrian opposition as simply an indigenous movement of idealistic reformers was misleading." ca 4/10/2014
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Mideast Virus MERS Merits Caution, Not Alarm, W.H.O. SaysDONALD G. McNEIL Jr - NYT "The emergency panel, which has met seven times, timed its announcement to coincide with the pilgrimage, known as the hajj, which draws up to three million Muslims each year. It called on the Saudis to increase pilgrims’ awareness of the disease.The virus is believed to be widespread in camels. It can jump from person to person, but such cases are rare outside hospitals and dialysis centers." ca 3/10/2014
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Israeli Muslims to tone down Eid celebrations on Yom KippurHassan Shaalan - Ynet - ""We agreed that the Muslim community will hold low-key celebrations in the city, and will not let off any fireworks. The volume of the loudspeakers in mosques in the morning will also be lowered."" - id 1/10/2014
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‘Only a suicidal country doesn’t recognize the Bedouin problem`: Israeli minister seeks ways to lower Bedouin birthrateKate - Mondoweiss - Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir said during a visit to the south on Sunday that he was examining ways to lower the birthrate of the Bedouin community. Shamir heads the ministerial committee on Bedouin resettlement arrangements.-rh1/10/2014
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New Book: “The Vanunu Legend: Israel’s Nuclear Whistleblower’s Struggle for Freedom”Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Fleming explained she has been driven to document the Vanunu saga summed up by a quote she read in the novel The Help in which a New York Editor advises an aspiring writer to “Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.”" - id 1/10/2014
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