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Over 1,000 protest `price tag` attacks in Umm al-FahmMa`an - Al-Sana said Israel "should arrest members of the `price tag` gang and prosecute them as a terrorist organization." "However, we are faced with carelessness and recklessness by the ministry of internal security, as the price tag gang has legitimacy in the government," he added. [bz] 22/4/2014
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Mekorot Loses Portugal Deal, Faces Global ProtestsChris Carlson - IMEMC - Lisbon’s water company EPAL has announced that it has terminated a technology exchange deal with Israeli state water company, Mekorot, following protests over Mekorot’s role in Israel’s ‘water apartheid’ over Palestinians. [bz] 22/4/2014
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Success for BDS in BelgiumPhoto by Hamde Abu Hamde Abu - Thanks to Ezra Nawi for spreading it on facebook [ak]22/4/2014
Settlers fear prisoner release deal, extension of talksNoam Sheizaf - +972 - Netanyahu has probably spent his Passover vacation trying to reach a deal that would enable the settlers to save face and stay in the government while peace talks continue. The Right is launching campaigns to convince right-wing politicians to vote ‘no. [ry] 21/4/2014
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Israeli Arab leaders exploit `price tag` incidents to fan hatred, Liberman says jpost.com staff - Foreign minister reacted to statements by Arab leaders in wake of vandalism against Umm el-Fahm mosque [ry]21/4/2014
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Abbas threatens to dismantle Palestinian AuthorityElior Levy - Ynet - The era of the two-state solution may soon be rocked by a decision that could signal its demise. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is mulling the merits of a proposal to dismantle the Palestinian Authority, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday morning. [bz]20/4/2014
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Marwan Barghouthi; The Key To War And PeaceSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "It also said that the case of Barghouthi, the secretary-general of the Fateh movement, an elected legislator, has placed Israel in an international legal dilemma, since his abduction and imprisonment is illegitimate, and part of Israel’s war on late President, Yasser Arafat." ca 18/4/2014
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Why does this man want to end the U.S.-Israel special relationship? Chemi Shalev - Haaretz "In a no-holds barred conversation, Haaretz’s Chemi Shalev talks at length with Prof. Stephen Walt, coauthor of the notorious `Israel Lobby,` about accusations of anti-Semitism and U.S. foreign policy." ca18/4/2014
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International treaties and the prospects for justice for PalestiniansAta Hindy - Ma`an News Agency "If the PLO wanted to provide justice and accountability, the Palestinians should enjoy greater access to justice and accountability at the international level, including through accession to those instruments providing complaint mechanisms to these treaties. This would be complemented by a robust international legal strategy." ca 18/4/2014
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Why Israeli officials are chuckling: The `stable` West Bank dilemmaRamzy Baroud Ma`an News Agency - "In a recent interview with The Economist, Elkin used the familiar tone of being conceited and oblivious to such notions as international or human rights, and reaffirmed his rejection of a Palestinian state." ca 18/4/2014
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IDF Officers Produce Islamophobic T-ShirtRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Yediot Achronot reported that several IDF officers created a T-shirt for their soldiers with a chilling explicitly racist, Islamophobic message. It read: `Every Arab mother should know that the fate of her children is in our hands…Schem [Nablus] we’re on the way`” [ry]15/4/2014
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Bennett urges Israeli Arabs to oppose prisoner release Stuart Winer and Marissa Newman - The Times of Israel - Jewish Home party leader says controversial move would be a blow to community’s demand for equal rights [ry] 14/4/2014
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American Studies Association adds over 700 new members since Israel boycott callAdam Horowitz - Mondoweiss "ASA President Curtis Marez stated, “Despite the backlash of the last few months, the ASA is thriving. The boycott vote is consistent with our longstanding support for human rights and opposition to war and militarism. Many Americans are now for the first time hearing about their government’s support for the occupation and discriminatory laws against Palestinians. I’m proud that the ASA helped open up discussion about BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions)..." ca 11/4/2014
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Simon Schama’s Israel whitewashJerome Slater - Mondoweiss "And on contemporary Israel, Schama is something of a whitewasher. I refer to the Story of the Jews, his current five part PBS documentary and soon to be a two volume book... the omissions and distortions steadily worsen, and while somewhat balanced by criticism of Israel, the total effect of the program is to perpetuate most of the myths of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that serious historians have long discarded."11/4/2014
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IAEA Praises Iran Cooperation, But US Still Sour on Deal Jason Ditz - Antiwar.com "IAEA chief Amano Yukiya conceded that the process was going to take time to implement, but that everything was going to schedule, and the safeguards department is keeping in close contact with Iran throughout. That kind of vote of confidence is hard to find, and particularly irksome to the US..." ca 11/4/2014
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Palestinian UN envoy: Boycott `illegal` Israeli settlementsAssociated Press and Reuters - Ynet - "...if the Israelis aren`t prepared to negotiate "in good faith," the Palestinians will be forced "to move into the next stage of holding them accountable for all of their illegal behavior in all fronts, politically, diplomatically and legally."" - id 9/4/2014
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Palestinians: Israel exploiting peace talks crisis to make further demandsKhaled Abu Toameh, Michael Wilner, Tovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - Ahead of meeting between Israeli, Palestinian negotiators, Fatah official accuses Israel of not pursing talks in good faith [ry]8/4/2014
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Palestinians ready to widen global recognition bidKarin Laub - Yahoo! News - "The Palestinians are ready to sign up a "state of Palestine" for additional international agencies and treaties — a step Israel views as highly provocative — if U.S. peace efforts collapse after an April 29 deadline for a deal, a senior official said Monday" [ry]8/4/2014
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`US should stop blocking Palestinians from joining UN` Memo - "Defending the Palestinian decisions, Human Rights Watch said: `Palestine`s adoption of human rights and laws of war treaties would not cause any change in Israel`s international legal obligations`" [ry]8/4/2014
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Israel: If Palestinians take us to the ICC, we`ll respond in kindMoran Azulay - Ynet - (...) the PA "is paying pensions to prisoners we freed and to terrorists currently sitting in Israeli prisons. This payment is like paying (them) for committing terrorist attacks." The sources, close to the national-religious Minister Naftali Bennett, said the group of legal consultants was also working on a defense in case the Palestinians take Israel to the ICC over settlement construction. "We`ll come and explain to the world that Russia also did this in Georgia, and Turkey did this in Cyprus. [bz]5/4/2014
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Desmond Tutu challenges Maryland legislature`s attempt to outlaw boycotts of IsraelSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "Desmond Tutu is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end apartheid in South Africa, and has long been a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which uses nonviolent means to challenge the Israeli occupation of Palestine and is the initiative being attacked by these bills." ca 4/4/2014
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Over 1,000 rabbis urge Jerusalem mayor not to pick Islamophobe for chief rabbiHaaretz - "The letter notes that Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Safed, "made a halakhic ruling barring Jews from renting apartments to Arabs, opposed military service for women, characterized Arabs and Muslims in racist and humiliating terms, while the attorney general said his candidacy for [Sephardi] chief rabbi was inappropriate." ca4/4/2014
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Breaking the Silence founder detained in Hebron, banned from city for 14 daysNoam Sheizaf - +972 "According to the organization’s spokesperson, Avner Gvaryahu, Shaul was confronted by an IDF company commander, who prevented him from continuing on his way, despite the fact that the area is considered public space and that Jewish groups use those streets frequently. Shaul was detained after arguing with the officer." ca4/4/2014
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Clashes Erupt at Joseph`s Tomb, Car Smashed in NablusChris Carlson - IMEMC "Palestinian official responsible for the Settlement File in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Doughlas, told the PNN that violent clashes erupted in the area between the Palestinian residents and Israeli forces, amid heavy fire shooting from the Israeli side." ca 4/4/2014
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Bad Move on Jonathan PollardEditorial - NYT "An Obama administration proposal to free Mr. Pollard, an American intelligence analyst serving a life sentence after spying for Israel, as a political gesture toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is a bad idea and would do nothing to advance progress on the core issues of a peace deal." ca4/4/2014
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas`s moves to join UN-affiliated international organisations threatens to destroy Middle East peace processBEN LYNFIELD - The Independent - "US Secretary of State John Kerry left frustrated as deal to release prisoners from both sides falters." - id 2/4/2014
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Kerry-Abbas meeting canceled; effort to extend talks faces hurdlesNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "The talks, however, did not formally end." - id 2/4/2014
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Report: FIFA threatens to expel Israel over restrictions on PalestiniansJERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF - In recent weeks, the Palestinian Football Association has publicized that it would demand Israel’s expulsion from FIFA at this summer’s FIFA Congress at the World Cup in Brazil, unless travel restrictions for sportsmen between the occupied territories and Israel were removed. [bz]1/4/2014
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`Price Tag` vandals target Christian Monastery in JerusalemIMEMC - During the night Israeli extremists wrote racist graffiti on the walls of the Rafat Latin Monetary in West Jerusalem. The graffiti included insults against the Virgin Mary and threats to "make the Palestinians pay the price for the peace process”, as well as descriptions of the United States as “Nazi Germany”. The Islamic- Christian Committee for protecting Holy Sites warned that the fanatics` attacks on mosques, churches and the graveyards of both religions are on the rise. While more mainstream Israeli right-wingers are trying to cultivate Evangelists and Christian Zionists, more fanatic groups regard all Christians as "idolators" and "enemies of the Jewish people". ak 1/4/2014
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Kerry offers Pollard release for significant Netanyahu concessionsAssociated Press/Y-net - In Kerry`s emergency visit to Israel, attempting to prevent the imminent collapse of his mediation efforts, the issue of releasing Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was raised - after many years when the US completely rejected the idea. Gaining Pollard`s freedom would be a political coup for Netanyahu in Israeli politics. However, in return Netanyahu would have to make significant concessions - including the release of more Palestinian prisoners beyond those he already committed to eight months ago, possibly prominent names such as Marwan Bargouthi, as well as a settlement construction freeze. Pollard himself is close to the Israeli extreme right, which for many years championed his cause, and Minister Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home Party asserts that he would not want to be released under such terms; however, the decision might not be taken out of Pollard`s own hands. ak 1/4/2014
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38 years later, Israel gives Palestinians new reasons to mark Land DayAmjad Iraqi - +972 - Like other Palestinian national days, Land Day commemorations are less about the historical event as they are reminders of things happening today. Despite years of active struggles, Palestinians are finding themselves protesting the same threats to their land rights in 2014 as they were in 1976 [ry]31/3/2014
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`Hello, this is Rona from the Shin Bet`Hagai El-Ad - +972 "The logic of Israel’s Security Service dictates that it can summon left wing activists and Palestinian citizens of Israel for friendly ‘chats’ about their political activities. Sounds like a movie script? Illegal? The State, it turns out, insists that this state of affairs is perfectly appropriate." ca28/3/2014
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Plan to transfer Arab-Israelis to new Palestinian state seeks legal approvalPeter Beaumont - The Guardian "The opinion appears to have been commissioned to lay the legal groundwork for the so-called Lieberman plan – or "populated-area exchange plan" – which he first proposed in 2004. The idea is that Israel will retain Jewish areas in the West Bank in exchange for giving the Palestinian Authority populous Israeli Arab areas within Israel, including the Galilee Triangle and the Wadi Ara valley, which includes cities such as Umm el-Fahm. However, the plan is opposed strongly by many Israeli Arabs." ca28/3/2014
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Al-Quds U. president resigns three days after Hamas rallyBy Times of Israel staff - Times of Israel "Just three days after masked protesters marched through Al-Quds University’s East Jerusalem campus in support of Hamas, the institution announced that university president Sari Nusseibeh would be resigning from his post.Imad Abu Kishek, head of the university’s Political Science Department, was announced as Nusseibeh’s successor. The university’s statement noted that Nusseibeh would be staying on as a faculty member in the university’s Philosophy Department." ca 28/3/2014
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Palestinians must resist Israel’s efforts to foment sectarianismNadim Nashif - Electronic Intifada "On 24 February, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, approved a controversial law aimed at de-Arabizing Palestinian Christians. The new law identifies them as a non-Arab minority group.The initiative is led by the extreme right-wing member of the Knesset (MK) Yariv Levin from the governing Likud party.Some consider this to be only a small symbolic action but we in Baladna, the Association for Arab Youth, and in wider Palestinian civil society see this action as linked to a much larger and systematic process of “divide and conquer” as well as to attempts to destroy Palestinian identity among Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel." ca28/3/2014
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Two steps forward, one step back: Israel’s new discriminatory health rights for PalestiniansMichael Omer-Man - +972 - "The High Court issued an injunction, the state dragged its feet, and ultimately accepted the settlement." - id26/3/2014
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Arab League `categorically` refuses to recognize Israel as Jewish stateAFP - Ynet - Draft of final resolution also `rejects all pressure on Palestinian leadership` to accept Israel`s demand [ry]25/3/2014
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U.S. attempts to keep peace process alive despite growing violence Sergio Yahni - Alternative Information Center (AIC) - "Israel`s return to its policies of extrajudicial executions and its second thoughts regarding the planned March 29 release of Palestinian prisoners has caused a growing wave of violence and rekindled worries about the future of the peace process" [ry]25/3/2014
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UN Human Rights Council to vote on Israeli settlement boycott resolutionMiddle East Monitor - The draft resolutions quote from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which calls to boycott Israel, impose sanctions on it and withdraw foreign investments from it. (...) The vice chairman of the National Security Council, Ze`ev Tzuk-Ram, was scheduled to travel to Geneva on Tuesday but his trip was cancelled when Netanyahu`s office understood that his trip will have no impact on the resolutions` wording. bz24/3/2014
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Abbas looks to Arab League to revive its 2002 peace planJack Khoury - Haaretz - Abbas hopes that by reviving the 12-year-old Arab peace initiative, he will send a clear message to both Israel and the United States that this option will not remain on the table forever. “The Arab states, with Palestinian support, presented a fair package deal that could bring an end to the conflict, but so far no one has expressed serious interest in the product, instead treating it as though it were rotten; therefore we are returning the offer to the agenda specifically at this time, when the Americans are trying to advance the peace process,” said a senior PA official involved in the summit’s organization. bz24/3/2014
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Israeli architecture association faces ban from international forumHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian "The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has demanded the suspension of the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the international body, saying it is complicit in the construction of illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and other violations of international law." ca21/3/2014
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Israel serves eviction orders to Palestinians in world heritage cityPatrick O. Strickland - Electronic Intifada "Residents told The Electronic Intifada that state-owned housing management companies, such as Amidar and Akko Old City Development Company, regularly deny their applications for housing renovations. During inspections, the homes are subsequently deemed too dangerous to live in and the residents are given eviction orders. Amidar has been given responsibility for property belonging to Palestinian refugees who were displaced during the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians that preceded and followed Israel’s establishment in May 1948." ca21/3/2014
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Hillary Clinton: Test Iran, wait on new sanctionsBy JTA - Times of Israel " Related Topics Hillary Clinton American Jewish Congress Iran nuclear deal NEW YORK — Former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that nuclear negotiations with Iran should be given a chance and warned Congress against imposing new sanctions. Get The Times of Israel`s Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! Clinton, speaking Wednesday night at an American Jewish Congress gala in New York, credited international sanctions that she worked to implement with bringing Iran to the negotiating table. She stressed the importance of pursuing the current multinational talks aimed at reaching an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program." ca 21/3/2014
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Jordan hopes controversial Red Sea Dead Sea project will stem water crisisIRIN - The Guardian "The agreement paves the way for the Red Sea Dead Sea water conveyor (RSDSWC) project, though in a much-reduced form. It includes the construction of a desalination plant at the Jordanian port of Aqaba, which will desalinate 800-1,000m cubic metres (mcm) per year, to be shared by the participating countries, and the pumping of brine to revive the Dead Sea, through a 180km pipeline/canal.According to the water ministry, Jordan will have chosen the contractor by April 2015, construction will begin at the end of that year and implementation will last almost two and a half years. "With this, we will have solved Jordan`s problems at least for the next 30 years," said Nabeel Zoubi, project manager for the Red-Dead Sea programme at the ministry." ca21/3/2014
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US slams Israeli defense minister Ya`alon`s criticism of ObamaMichael Wilner - Jerusalem Post - The United States is using unprecedented language to condemn Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon after he continued weeks of criticism of US President Barack Obama, and members of his foreign policy team, on Tuesday. “We were shocked by Moshe Ya’alon’s comments, which seriously call into question his commitment to Israel’s relationship with the United States," a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post. "This is part of a disturbing pattern (...) given the unprecedented commitment that this administration has made to Israel’s security, we are mystified why the Defense Minister seems intent on undermining the relationship." bz 19/3/2014
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Abbas` son: dissolve PA, force Israel to take over West Bank. Ynetnews - "If you don’t want to give me independence, at least give me civil rights ... 19/3/2014
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Obama urges Mahmoud Abbas to take `tough political risks` with peace talksAP/Guardian - “My hope is that we can continue to see progress in the coming days and weeks.” Obama acknowledged that with the deadline fast approaching, the task ahead is “very hard, it’s very challenging.” The White House meeting marked a renewed foray into a diplomatic minefield that the president has mostly left up to his secretary of state, John Kerry. ak18/3/2014
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Israel`s War on American UniversitiesChris Hedges - Open News.com - The banning of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Northeastern University in Boston replicates sanctions being imposed against numerous student Palestinian rights groups across the country. The disturbingly similar forms of punishment, appear to be part of a coordinated effort by the Israeli government and the Israel lobby to blacklist all student groups that challenge the official Israeli narrative. Northeastern banned the SJP chapter after it posted on campus replicas of eviction notices that are routinely put up on Palestinian homes set for Israeli demolition. ak18/3/2014
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Palestinians rally in support of AbbasReuters - Ynet - Abbas, who met with President Barack Obama on Monday, complained last week that he had come under great duress during US- brokered peace talks with the Israelis, which are due to expire next month in the absence of any accord. bz18/3/2014
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Abbas at the White House: We Have No Time to WasteWafa - `We have been reaching our hands to our Israeli neighbors for a just peace since 1988, and since then we have recognized the resolutions of the international legitimacy, which was a brave step on part of the Palestinian leadership at that time---and in 1993 we clearly recognized the state of Israel.` bz18/3/2014
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The death of an Israeli war hero and Palestinian `incitement`Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Meir Har-Zion was a murderer, yet he was idolized this week by the Israeli media and the country’s highest officials [ry] 17/3/2014
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Obama wades into Palestine-Israel talks Molly McCluskey - AlJazeera - President set to sell `US framework` to Palestinian Authority`s Mahmoud Abbas in Washington DC [ry]17/3/2014
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Blurred lines: Palestinians to ask UN to swap Green Line for red oneJosh Chester--The Palestinian Authority will ask the United Nations to change the color of the demarcation line that represents Israel’s pre-1967 borders, replacing the Green Line with a red one. dn16/3/2014
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Israel Reaches Out to the DiasporaEthan Bronner--OVER the past two weeks, Jewish leaders outside Israel quietly gathered in seminar groups to grapple with a thorny question: how to ensure that Israel is both a Jewish and a democratic state. dn16/3/2014
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Right to refuse? Why 58 young Israelis won`t be joining the armyGideon Levy and Alex Levac--The new refuseniks are high-school students who are presently busy with matriculation examinations and graduation projects. The new refuseniks are an opinionated girl from Tel Aviv, a newly secular former yeshiva student from Bnei Brak, and a young man from Bat Yam who’s in his school’s theater track.15/3/2014
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Right-wing NGO reports on Israelis taking part in Israeli Apartheid Week eventsAriel Ben Solomon - Jerusalem Post "Alon Schvartzer, the head of policy at Im Tirtzu, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview, “We wanted to show that Israeli organizations and individuals are justifying the BDS movement, giving it legitimization, even if they are not on the front lines." ca14/3/2014
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Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and the American Jewish Community Donna Nevel - MuzzleWatch "Criticisms, even extremely harsh ones, of the Israeli state or calls to make a state democratic and adhere to equal rights for all its citizens are not anti-Semitic. Rather, anti-Semitism is about hatred of, and discrimination against the Jewish people, which is not anywhere to be found in the call for BDS, and these kinds of accusations also serve to trivialize the long and ugly history of anti-Semitism." ca14/3/2014
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Israel Denies Reports of Gaza CeasefireJason Ditz - Antiwar.com "Reports suggest there is a split in Israel’s cabinet about the deal, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman hoping to use the rocket fire as a pretext for a new occupation of the strip, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly afraid that a new war would screw up planned celebrations of the Purim holiday." ca14/3/2014
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How can you tell that Israeli refuseniks are scaring the system?Moriel Rothman- +972 "This week, a group of 50+ Israeli high schools students and youth penned a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu declaring their refusal to enlist in the army as an act of protest against Israel’s 47-year old military occupation of the Palestinian Territories.And the system is scared." ca14/3/2014
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Abbas questions rival`s role in Arafat deathAl-Jazeera - Source: Reuters "Palestinian leader accuses former Fatah man Mohammed Dahlan of roles in murders and questions relationship with Arafat.Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has accused one of his main Fatah rivals, Mohammed Dahlan, of involvement in six murders, and questioned his role in the death of former leader Yasser Arafat." ca14/3/2014
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A kingdom of two halvesThe Economist - "Indigenous Bedouin from Jordan’s East Bank, who number about 3m, worry that America’s plans to persuade Palestinian leaders to strip generations of refugees of their claimed “right of return” to what is now Israel would reduce Jordan’s original inhabitants to a permanent minority." ca14/3/2014
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David Cameron to tell Israel: peace deal would be `great prize`Patrick Wintour - Guardian - "British PM`s two-day trip to include Palestinian territories and speech to Knesset warning that time running out for deal." - id 12/3/2014
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Israel`s Grip on Evangelical Christians LoosensNathan Guttman - The Forward - "Younger Generation Open to Palestinian Side of Conflict." - id 12/3/2014
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US confiscating a quarter of “Holy Land Five” wife’s wagesAviva Stahl - The Electronic Intifada - "For supporters of the Holy Land Five and of Salem herself, the garnishment is just the latest example of how far the government is willing to go to silence and scare those involved in Palestinian activism." - id 12/3/2014
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Knesset raises threshold to four seats, putting Arab parties at risk of not entering parliamentNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "The new legislation will benefit medium-sized parties like the settlers’ Jewish Home and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, while increasing the influence of big money on politics." - id 12/3/2014
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Fatah backs Abbas: No recognition of Jewish stateAFP - Ynet - Abbas tells delegates that `at 79 years old, he wasn`t going back on his people`s rights or betray their cause,` Palestinian official says [ry]11/3/2014
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Knesset opposition threatens boycott of controversial legislation package Moran Azulay - Y-net - The Knesset opposition seems determined to boycott the plenum where the government intends to steamroll a highly controversial package of legislation and get it all enacted within three days. The governance bill would raise the electoral threshold to 3.25%, making it difficult for samll parties - and in particular, parties representing Israel`s Arab citizens - to get represented. The referendum bill would mandate a referendum to approve any cession of territory to which Israeli soverignty was applied, such as East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. And the haredi draft bill would apply military conscription to hitherto exempted students of ultra-Orthdox yeshiva seminaries, though it would only become operative in 2017. ak 10/3/2014
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Stern Israeli airport security measures questionedAssociated Press--JERUSALEM — Jack Angelides was about to board a flight out of Israel’s international airport when he was given a curious choice that baffles him to this day. Traveling with a laptop and a stack of printed reading material, he was told to part with one or the other, due to unspecified security concerns. dn9/3/2014
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Over 150 academics submit letter condemning Israeli intimidation and censorshipCeline Hagbard - IMEMC "A group of professors, researchers and other academics from around the world published an open letter this week condemning the Israeli government`s attempts to stifle debate and academic freedom at universities all over the planet." ca7/3/2014
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Activists Heading to Gaza Stuck at Egypt AirportMAGGIE HYDE - Associated Press "More than 40 women on their way to Gaza as part of a delegation for World Women`s Day are staging a sit-in inside the Cairo International Airport after being refused entry into the country since Tuesday, airport officials in Egypt and activists said Thursday." ca7/3/2014
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Oscars recognises Palestine for first timeKristen Saloomey - Al Jazeera "VIDEO: For the first time in the academy`s history, a Palestinian-funded movie has been nominated in the foreign film category with `Palestine` as the country of origin." ca7/3/2014
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Israelis move to divide Christian and Muslim ArabsRay Hanania - Saudi Gazette - "The truth is Israel not only discriminates against Muslims, it also discriminates against Christians. Israel confiscates lands from Muslims and Christians." - id5/3/2014
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Obama gets lecture on peace talks from Netanyahu in White House meeting Michael Wilner - Jerusalem Post - “I think it’s about time they recognized a nation state for the Jewish people. We’ve only been here for about 4,000 years.” bz4/3/2014
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Abbas admits to pessimism about framework agreementBarak Ravid - Haaretz - “We will approach international organizations or I’ll simply meet Netanyahu and give him the keys.” bz 4/3/2014
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Obama to Israel -- Time Is Running OutJeffrey Goldberg [interview] - Bloomberg View - If Netanyahu “does not believe that a peace deal with the Palestinians is the right thing to do for Israel, then he needs to articulate an alternative approach." He added, "It’s hard to come up with one that’s plausible.” bz4/3/2014
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Obama: US Won’t Defend Israel if Peace Talks FailJason Ditz - AntiWar - Warns Settlement Expansions Killing Process [ry]3/3/2014
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Muslim-Jewish dialogue at U.S. colleges proves hard to sustainDebra Nussbaum Cohen--NEW YORK – More than 30 Duke University students – Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist – met up at the Center for Muslim Life on the North Carolina campus last Sunday. Before adjourning to a barbecue that was both halal and kosher (with vegetarian options), they painted tiles for a gate at the new Interfaith Community Garden in the Muslim center’s yard. dn2/3/2014
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Gaza Catholic church hit by explosionAl-Jazeera - "A hand grenade has exploded in the courtyard of a Roman Catholic church in Gaza City, but there were no reported casualties or damage, a parish official said.An investigation was opened into the attack, which occurred Wednesday night at the city`s southern Zeitun district, Hamas police spokesman Ayoub abu Shaar told the Associated Press news agency on Thursday." ca 1/3/2014
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Israel lobby group compiles secret dossiers on pro-Palestinian speakersAlex Kane - Mondoweiss "The day before Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, gave a speech on Palestine in Port Townsend, Washington in 2010, he exposed a dossier circulated about him. Authored by the right-wing pro-Israel group StandWithUs, it was a blueprint for what local activists should do when questioning Abunimah.“When Ali Abunimah comes to your campus, be prepared for a sophisticated, smooth advocate of radical Palestinian positions,” the dossier circulated by Rob Jacobs, Northwest Regional Director of StandWithUs, said." ca 1/3/2014
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Row over Israeli calls for control of al-Aqsa Alan Fisher - Al Jazeera "Arab League warns of outbreak of violence as Israeli politicians demand control over one of Islam’s holiest sites." ca1/3/2014
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