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The Ilhan Omar Gambit: Anti-Semitism as a Reactionary Political ToolYoav Litvin - Counter Punch - "In concert, Elan Carr, the Trump administration’s newly appointed Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating “Anti-Semitism”, revealed his true agenda, which is to target non-violent organized resistance to Israeli apartheid and genocide of the Palestinian people; e.g. the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement." - id18/4/2019
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The Israeli escalation in Jerusalem requires urgent international interventionDr. Hanan Ashrawi - PLO Executive Committee - These hostile Israeli actions coincide with the election of the most extreme rightwing Knesset in Israeli history and the US administration’s irresponsible endorsement of their agenda. This includes recent statements by US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo that signaled the administration’s tacit endorsement of Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, which is a violation of international law, including the UN Charter. This political endorsement of illegality and hostility threats to destroy any prospect of political resolution to the conflict. [bz]16/4/2019
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American activist in Jewish-Arab coexistence group suffers humiliation at airportTimes of Israel - The Abraham Initiatives chiefs Amnon Beeri-Sulitzeanu and Dr. Thabet Abu-Ras said “the delay and humiliation of our management member show the deterioration of the state’s attitude towards its Arab citizens. Anyone who cares about equality and coexistence and anyone with relations to Arabs… is deemed a potential threat.” [bz]16/4/2019
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Airbnb May Have Caved to Israel’s Settler Movement, but Palestinians Aren’t Giving UpMairav Zonszein - The Nation - Airbnb’s announcement did not indicate it has had a change of heart but rather that it has buckled under pressure. A group of Palestinians is continuing to pursue claims against settlers in a US Court.[bz]16/4/2019
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As US appears to back West Bank annexations, is its peace plan dead on arrival? Raphael Ahren - Times of Israel - It is questionable whether efforts to improve Palestinians’ standard of living with cash from the Arab world can substitute for progress on the territorial arguments. And if that is the idea, the administration would be wiser to shelve the plan rather than elicit a resounding rejection that could undermine broader US interests (Robert Satloff of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy). [bz]16/4/2019
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How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American PoliticsNathan Thrall - New York Times - The growing prominence of the B.D.S. movement — and the backlash to it — is widening fault lines from college campuses to Capitol Hill. [The article is documenting a huge amount of background facts-bz]16/4/2019
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Europe urged to reject US Middle East plan if it is unfair to PalestiniansOliver Holms - The Guardian - Former European politicians (among them 25 former foreign ministers) have condemned the Trump administration’s one-sided Israel-Palestine policy and called in a letter for Europe to reject any US Middle East peace plan unless it is fair to Palestinians. “It is time for Europe to stand by our principled parameters for peace in Israel-Palestine,” read the letter, calling for a two-state solution in which Israel and Palestinian states live side by side. [bz]16/4/2019
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Merkel Stresses Need for Two-state Solution to Netanyahu Following Annexation PledgeAP - Haaretz - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his re-election and stressed the need to work toward a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Merkel`s office said she stressed in a phone conversation Monday the continued relevance of a two-state solution, which she said should be the goal of international efforts. Merkel also expressed her willingness to work closely and trustingly with the incoming Israeli government. [bz]16/4/2019
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US`s decision to deny BDS movement cofounder entry sparks backlashHazar Kilani in New York and agencies - The Guardian - Omar Barghouti said his visa was revoked for ‘immigration reasons’ as some call it an attack on freedom of expression [ry] 15/4/2019
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Adalah Calls for Criminal Probe into Likud’s Planting of Hidden Cameras in Israeli Polling StationsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel sent an urgent letter to senior Israeli legal officials on Thursday, 11 April 2019, calling for a criminal investigation into the Likud party’s planting of thousands of hidden cameras in Israeli polling stations" [ry] 15/4/2019
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Edward Said: Remembering a Palestinian PatriotCesar Chelala - CounterPunch - "Edward Said was perhaps one of the most profound analysts of the situation of the Palestinians, and one of the most vocal critics of the Israeli government’s policies towards them. To his credit, Said is equally critical of both" [ry]15/4/2019
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Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan Won’t Include Palestinian StatehoodJason Ditz - AntiWar- Plan hinges on Palestinians accepting status quo [ry] 15/4/2019
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Why the Zionist left died this weekEdo Konrad - +972 - "Stuck in a Zionist paradigm, Israel’s mainstream left-wing parties are unable to put forth a vision of equality and inclusion for all in Israel-Palestine." - id 11/4/2019
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Arab Israelis alienated by both top candidates as vote approaches Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Not even the most optimistic of polls give the Blue and White Party any hope of forming a relatively stable government after the April 9 elections without the support of the two Arab parties running, Ra’am-Balad and Hadash-Ta’al. However, neither one may get sufficient votes to enable the formation of a center-left bloc large enough to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ra’am- Balad may not attract enough votes to get into the Knesset at all. Labor and left-wing Meretz are not doing well among Arab voters, while Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has declared on more than one occasion that Arab parties would not be welcome in his government. In a Feb. 8 interview with Yedioth Ahronoth, Gantz said he will consider partnership with any Zionist, a clear reference to the Arab parties not known to share the Zionist dream. In a March 19 interview on Channel 11, Gantz explicitly ruled out any political dialogue with Arab representatives.-rh 9/4/2019
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Benjamin Netanyahu is racist, says Democratic hopeful Beto O’RourkeThe Guardian - Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic White House hopeful, has weighed in on Israel’s election, describing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, as a racist and obstacle to peace. “The US-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet,” O’Rourke said on a campaign stop at the University of Iowa. “And that relationship, if it is to be successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist.” O’Rourke, condemned Netanyahu for siding with a “far-right racist party in order to maintain his hold on power”. He said the Israeli leader had defied any prospect for peace after making a last-minute election pledge this weekend to annex Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories. O’Rourke also cited Netanyahu’s 2015 election-day stunt, in which he warned that Palestinian citizens of Israel were “heading to the polling stations in droves”, a move seen at the time as a rallying cry to rightwing voters. O’Rourke’s comments reflect an emerging schism within the Democratic party over criticism of Israel’s actions. A cohort of young progressive lawmakers have been openly critical of the Israeli government, in a break from a tradition of blanket support from both sides of the US political divide.[ak] 9/4/2019
Palestinian citizens of Israel debate an election boycottHenriette Chacar and Edo Konrad - +972 - After four years of one of the most hostile governments for Palestinians in Israel, Arab citizens are debating whether participating in or boycotting the upcoming Knesset elections is the best way to advance their struggle [ry] 8/4/2019
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Israeli forces open heavy fire at Gazan farmers, fishermenMa`an News Agency - " Israeli forces opened heavy fire towards Palestinian farmers and fishermen, on Sunday, in the besieged Gaza Strip.A Ma`an reporter said that Israeli forces deployed in military watchtowers opened fire towards Palestinian agricultural lands east of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, targeting farmers.Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces also opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, while working off the northwestern coast of Gaza, forcing fishermen to sail back to the shore." ca 7/4/2019
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Left-wingers are busing Arabs to the polls in droves — for real this timeOren Ziv - +972 "Playing on Netanyahu’s warning about Arab citizens of Israel voting in the last elections, a grassroots campaign raises tens of thousands of shekels to bring Bedouin from unrecognized villages to the polls — not quite in droves, but mini-bus by mini-bus. More than 1,400 Israelis have donated tens of thousands of shekels to a crowdfunded initiative to bus to the polls Bedouin citizens of Israel who live in unrecognized villages in the Negev desert (Naqab, in Arabic)." ca7/4/2019
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Netanyahu advisers hatched anti-Semitic conspiracy against George SorosAsa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada "In a Swiss magazine interview in January, electoral strategist George Birnbaum revealed that he and his mentor Arthur Finkelstein originated the plot against Soros.Far-right websites like Breitbart typically describe Soros as a “globalist” – a euphemism echoing Henry Ford’s propaganda about “the international Jew” and later Nazi propaganda about a global Jewish conspiracy against the German “master race.” Birnbaum and Finkelstein were first introduced to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán by Netanyahu...The duo helped Netanyahu win the Israeli prime ministership for the first time in 1996.Birnbaum later worked as Netanyahu’s “chief of staff,” coordinating his media appearances after he lost office in 1999." ca 7/4/2019
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UN Guterres visits Baqaa refugee camp in solidarity with UNRWAM.N - WAFA "During a visit to a school in the camp, Jordan’s largest for Palestine refugees north of Amman, the Secretary-General highlighted the importance of continuing to fund the vital services UNRWA provides to millions of Palestine refugees in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria...UNRWA faced its biggest financial challenge in 2018 following the decision by the United States to cut $300 million from its funding to the Agency. The global campaign #Dignity Is Priceless, combined with robust internal saving measures, allowed the Agency to entirely overcome a deficit of $446 million in 2018." ca 7/4/2019
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Rafi Eitan: Israel’s Notorious Spymaster, DeconstructedRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "As a freelance journalist you look for major events for which you believe your editors might wish to commission a piece. Such was the occasion of Rafi Eitan’s death. As it happens, none of my media outlets were interested in my pitch about this. But I think his story offers many lessons regarding the use and abuse of Israel’s intelligence capabilities. And it offers fascinating history of Israel and Zionism. So you get the benefit of reading it here exclusively." - id4/4/2019
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Beit Sahour Twins with Tralee, IrelandIMEMC - The town of Tralee, Ireland, became the first Irish town to formally twin with a Palestinian municipality. The historic agreement - approved unanimously by both the Iris and the Palestinian partners was signed at Tralee in a ceremony attended by Beit Sahour mayor Jehad Khair and Palestine’s Ambassador to Ireland, Ahmad Abdelrazak. At the ceremony Mayor Khair said he looks forward to developing strategic relationships to facilitate real and meaningful collaboration, in as many areas as possible, such as tourism, agriculture, local industry and investment. The Tralee town hall, where the ceremony took place, is overlooked by "The Pikeman", a monument commemorating the Irish who struggled in past generations against British rule. The town of Tralee suffered greatly from British retaliations during the 1919-1922 Irish War of Independence. This past has clearly influenced the Tralee townspeople`s feeling of solidarity with the Palestinians and their outspoken support for the Palestinian right to self-determination. [ak] 2/4/2019
Hamas tightens grip on Gaza, fails to break Israel blockadeKARIN LAUB and FARES AKRAM - AP - For Gaza residents, open-ended Hamas rule is a bleak prospect. Gaza`s 2 million people have endured rising poverty and unemployment, undrinkable ground water and frequent electricity outages since Israel and Egypt closed Gaza`s borders after Hamas seized power in 2007. In recent weeks, hundreds dared to protest Hamas policies, such as new tax hikes, chanting "We want to live." Many were jailed and beaten. Protester Amer Balousha, a 27-year-old unemployed law school graduate, said he and others were mistreated in Hamas detention but will not be deterred. "If the situation does not improve, the protests will continue," he said. A deal with Israel would help keep Hamas in power. Hamas and Netanyahu both oppose Abbas` goal of Palestinian statehood in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, as the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [bz]2/4/2019
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Gaza teeters on the brinkMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - "Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations’ Middle East peace envoy, told the Security Council on Tuesday that the two instances of projectiles fired from Gaza towards Tel Aviv this month “represent a very serious escalation.” He said his office was “working intensely with Egypt” to prevent the situation from spiraling further out of control. “A new conflict will be devastating for the Palestinian people, it will have consequences for Israelis, who live in the vicinity of the Gaza perimeter, and it is likely to have regional repercussions,” he added." - id28/3/2019
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The Gaza agreement for calm is comingAlex Fishman - Ynet - "What happened in the last two days in Gaza was not a military event. As such, the main players were the prime minister and the head of the NSC, not the IDF chief of staff. It was a clearly political maneuver, with the Air Force and the IDF playing the role of leverage." - id 28/3/2019
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PCHR: ongoing trial of journalist Hajar Harb - serious violation of the freedom of expression.PCHR (Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Gaza) - Journalist Hajar Harb Hajar published, June 2016, about corruption in medical referrals. Rather than her revelations being dealt with seriously, the authorities sided with a doctor who was hurt by her revelations and lodged a complaint against her. In 2017, while she was outside the Gaza Strip, s court sentenced her in absentia to six months in prison. She lodged an appeal and has ever since been fighting in the courts, which are now due to make a final ruling in the case. PCHR warns that the ongoing trial of journalist Hajar Harb constitutes a serious violation of the freedom of expression. [ak]26/3/2019
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Trump: Time for US to recognise Israeli sovereignty over GolanAljazeera - "Trump makes announcement about the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Twitter as Mike Pompeo visits Jerusalem." - id21/3/2019
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Why I am not voting when Israel goes to the pollsYair Katan - Ynet - "I am not willing to cast a ballot for this current crop of scandal-mongers, gossips and PR-obsessed dilettantes who are tearing the country apart - don`t we deserve better?" - id21/3/2019
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Netanyahu quotes radical rabbi`s racist invectiveShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - On March 9, television presenter and model Rotem Sela, angered by a minister who warned that the government’s political rivals would join forces with the Arab parties, wrote a post demanding to know when “will someone in this government convey to the public that Israel is a state of all its citizens.” Netanyahu responded: “Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According to the nation-state law we passed, Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people — and not anyone else.” Two days later, during a live event on his Likud party’s propaganda webcast, Netanyahu took it up a notch. “The Arab citizens have 22 nation- states around us, they do not need another one,” he said. Netanyahu was responding to Facebook viewer Ajed Kamal Abu-Assi, a member of the Druze minority who had served in the Israeli military, who asked how the prime minister could consider him a citizen with equal rights in light of the nationality law.-rh 19/3/2019
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`Refuse Whitewash of Israel`s Crimes`: Roger Waters Calls for Eurovision Boycott Aya Chajut - Haaretz - (...) "an opportunity to speak up for life over death and also for human rights over human wrongs," and called on him to "refuse to join the cultural whitewash of what a recent UN report calls Israel’s war crimes and possible crimes against humanity (...) and show solidarity with the 189 un-armed protestors shot to death by Israel’s snipers in Gaza last year alone, including at least 35 children," according to data in the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry`s report on the 2018 Gaza border protests, published in February." [bz]19/3/2019
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B’Tselem to UN Commission of Inquiry: Israeli “investigations” a mere whitewashing Amit Gilutz - B’Tselem - "The Israeli authorities` promise to “investigate” eleven incidents in which protesters were killed on the Gaza border is mere propaganda" says B’Tselem’s director Hagai El-Ad. He called called upon Santiago Canton, head of the UN Commission of Inquiry into 2018 Gaza protests, to reject the tapestry of lies woven while Israeli soldiers killed even more unarmed protesters: “A real change in Israeli policy will only take place if the international community demands it clearly and unequivocally, and if it stops allowing Israel to do no more than offer hollow promises of ‘investigation’.” [ak]19/3/2019
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UN experts urge Israel to rein in security forces on Gaza borderReuters, AP and Ynet - The Commission of Inquiry said Israel should review the rules of engagement immediately and investigate the shooting of more than 6,000 people in past year. [bz]19/3/2019
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Pittsburgh Jews raise £150K for Christchurch Muslim communities after massacreJewish News reporter - Times of Israel - Jewish residents of Pittsburgh have raised £150,000 ($200,000) for New Zealand’s Muslim community. A bid to repay the kindness shown by Muslims in the aftermath of the synagogue shooting in October. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh was quick to organise the fundraising this week after a man wrote a far-right manifesto before entering two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, killing 50 worshippers and wounding another 50. [bz]19/3/2019
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Understanding Israel’s deception regarding citizenship vs. Jewish nationalityJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - People are often confused by the difference between citizenship and nationality when it comes to Israel. This issue most recently came up in the spat between Israeli celebrity Rotem Sela who asked, “when will anyone in this government tell the public that this is a state of all its citizens,” to which Prime Minister Netanyahu replied it wasn’t, and said that it was a nation state of Jews alone.-rh19/3/2019
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Israeli arms industry’s “great leap” in Central AmericaGabriel Schivone - EI - "Halfway through Donald Trump’s presidency, Israel’s decades-long role in Central America is scaling new heights of military and political influence. Israel has wasted no time securing valuable arms deals in this part of the world, deals that now account for nearly 20 percent of its arms exports" [ry] 18/3/2019
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Likud MK: Netanyahu ready to conquer Gaza before elections ‘if need be’The Times of Israel - Opposition accuses PM of having lost Israel’s deterrence, but Labor MK says it’s ‘absurd’ her colleagues are going after PM for showing restraint [ry] 18/3/2019
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Israel: Top court bans Jewish Power`s Michael Ben-Ari from pollsAl Jazeera - Supreme Court bans far-right candidate Michael Ben-Ari from April elections, citing his display of anti-Arab racism [ry] 18/3/2019
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German Jews for Palestinian rights receive a peace prize– and are dismissed as ‘the wrong kind of Jews’Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - "Nonetheless the jury stuck to its decision, and crowdfunded a prize of 28,000 Euros, which the organization will donate to human rights organizations in Palestine as well as to the liberal Israeli +972 Magazine" [ry] 18/3/2019
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Racism on the railsRod Such - Electronic Intifada "Many people outside of Canada are unfamiliar with Bombardier, but the Montreal-based aerospace and rail transportation behemoth is a global corporation with more than 65,000 employees in 28 countries.It is also a violator of international law participating in settler-colony projects that dispossess indigenous people, according to David P. Thomas, an associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada." ca16/3/2019
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Shaked Sprays Herself With ‘Fascism’ Perfume in Campaign AdIMEMC - A new election ad for the far-right Hayamin Hehadash party, featuring Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked in sultry poses, spraying herself with a perfume labeled “Fascism,” has the look and feel of a satiric sketch, echoing a 2017 “Saturday Night Live” send-up of Ivanka Trump in a mock commercial for the scent “Complicit.” But, the Shaked ad was no send-up: The images are accompanied by the seductively whispered phrases (in Hebrew) “Judicial reform,” “Separation of powers” and “Restraining the Supreme Court”... [bz]13/3/2019
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Defending nation-state law, PM says Israeli Arabs have 22 other countriesRAOUL WOOTLIFF - The Times of Israel - The claim that there are 22 other Arab states is often used by right-wing Israelis as an argument against Palestinian statehood, but is not generally used as an argument regarding the country’s Arab citizens, who make up almost a quarter of the population.-rh12/3/2019
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Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot wades into Netanyahu row over Israeli ArabsBBC News - "This isn`t a matter of right or left. Jew or Arab. Secular or religious," she told her 28.3m followers on Instagram. "It`s a matter of dialogue, of dialogue for peace and equality and of our tolerance of one towards the other." President Reuven Rivlin also appeared to get involved in the debate on Monday. Without mentioning any names, Mr Rivlin condemned what he said were recent "entirely unacceptable remarks about the Arab citizens of Israel". [bz]12/3/2019
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Israel’s Central Election Committee, at the service of the right? Danny Zaken - Al-Monitor - Attorney Aner Helman, representing Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, presented the panel, comprised of lawmakers from the outgoing Knesset, with examples of Otzma Yehudit’s statements. These included a particularly egregious one from August 2018 by Otzma Yehudit Chair Michael Ben Ari, No. 5 on the United Right-Wing Parties’ Knesset slate. “We have to change the equation regarding anyone who dares to speak against a Jew. [Such a person] is a dead man. He must not come out alive. No expelling him, no stripping him of his citizenship. He does not live! A firing squad takes him out as the Arabs understand [best],” Ben Ari said.-rh 12/3/2019
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Lebanese architect blazes new pathJoseph Hammond - Al-Monitor " The selection of a design for the new Beirut Museum of Art building marks an important step forward for women in the Middle East and in the Lebanese cultural scene. In December 2018, the museum announced that the winning design was from WORKac, a New York-based firm co-founded by Beirut-born architect Amale Andraos. Andraos, currently the dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, co-founded WORKac with her partner, Dan Wood." ca 9/3/2019
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Israel is Playing a Big Role in India’s Escalating Conflict with PakistanRobert Fisk - Counter Punch - "Two thousand five hundred miles separate the Israeli ministry of defence in Tel Aviv from the Indian ministry of defence in New Delhi, but there’s a reason why the usual cliche-stricken agency dispatches sound so similar." - id7/3/2019
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EU court upholds freeze on Hamas fundsAl-Jazeera - "The organisation describes itself as "a lawful political movement that won the Palestinian elections and forms the core of the Palestinian government," which should therefore prevent it "from being characterised as a terrorist group"." - id7/3/2019
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I’m Jewish, and I’m ashamed of how we’re treating Ilhan OmarScott Brown - +972 - "Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is being accused of anti-Semitism not because criticizing Israel is anti-Semitic, but because the pro-Israel lobby has done a great job of making the American public and Congress believe that story." - id7/3/2019
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Israeli Political Decisions Could Spark West Bank Violence, Defense Officials Warn Yaniv Kubovich - Haaretz - A series of what defense officials term election-driven decisions against the Palestinians could spark violence in the West Bank, especially when combined with the territory’s poor economy, these officials warned the government recently. Among the most important of these was the decision to deduct all the money the Palestinian Authority pays jailed terrorists from the tax revenue Israel collects on the PA’s behalf. Defense officials attribute this decision to rightist parties’ need to woo their bases ahead of April’s election. [bz]5/3/2019
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Palestinian peace activist denied entry to U.S. for speaking tourEdo Konrad - +972 - During his interrogation, Iliwat was repeatedly asked about Combatants for Peace and about his political affiliations. Interrogators asked repeatedly about the beliefs, the political affiliations of the founders of the organization, and how often Iliwat speaks to them on a daily basis, and whether they have spent time in Israeli prisons. The interrogators also asked Iliwat about the West Bank tours Combatants for Peace organizes, and which Palestinian political movement he supports. [bz]5/3/2019
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Palestinian families left homeless after Israeli demolition near Haifa Ma`an - Israeli Palestinian rights group Adalah says that only 4.6% of new homes built in Israel are in Palestinian towns and villages, even though Palestinians make up over 20% of the population. This in spite of their recognized Israeli citizenship. The difficulty for Palestinians in Israel to obtain building permits forces them to expand or build homes and structures without permits, which are liable to later be torn down. [bz]5/3/2019
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Supreme Court: Scientist`s Appointment Can`t Be Blocked Over Signing 13 years ago a petition in support of refusers.Asaf Ronel and Revital Hovel - Haaretz - Hendel and Stein agreed in their ruling that a call for refusing orders could be a moral consideration for blocking an appointment, but were not convinced that the present case, as Minister Akunis presented it, justifies banning Amitai form serving on the scientific commission. In spite of the leniency in this specific case the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said the ruling was a serious blow to the freedom of political expression in Israel and the court in practice allowed a minister to examine the worldview of a candidate for the position and reject her if she does not toe the line with the minister’s position. ACRI called this unprecedented. [bz]5/3/2019
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Report: Downgrade of Palestinian Mission to ‘Take Effect on Monday’IMEMC News & Agencies - "The United States is scheduled to move ahead with a downgrade of its mission to the Palestinians, on Monday, by merging its Jerusalem consulate with the embassy to Israel, a US official said" [ry] 4/3/2019
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Corbyn calls for UK to condemn Israel’s targeting of PalestiniansMEMO - “On Twitter, Corbyn wrote: ‘The UN says Israel’s killings of demonstrators in Gaza – including children, paramedics and journalists – may constitute ‘war crimes or crimes against humanity. The UK government must unequivocally condemn the killings and freeze arms sales to Israel’” [ry] 4/3/2019
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A relationship in need of ReformItamar Eichner - Ynet - Slowly but surely, Israel`s relationship with liberal American Jewry is deteriorating; now, the Foreign Ministry has accused the Reform Movement of neglecting Israel at an upcoming conference — and outraged the largest Jewish denomination in the US [ry] 4/3/2019
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A Wider Bridge: the “gay rights” group funded by homophobesStephanie Skora - Electronic Intifada "If you’ve encountered LGBTQ Jewish life in the United States, odds are you’ve heard of A Wider Bridge. The LGBTQ-specific Israel advocacy organization, whose mission in its own words is “Equality IN Israel and Equality FOR Israel,” has tried hard to portray itself as progressive and to create a pro-Israel bent in LGBTQ life in the United States...A Wider Bridge receives funding directly from organizations with a long and troubling pattern of giving to groups that could be classified as right-wing, anti-gay, anti-Muslim, pro- settlement; campus-specific organizations dedicated to those causes; or agents and politicians in the Republican Party. All eight of their publicly available institutional funders have repeatedly given to organizations that fit these categories." ca2/3/2019
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When Saudi Arabia Gets the BombCharles Pierson - Counterpunch "After Venezuela, Saudi Arabia sits on the largest oil reserves on the planet. Why does it need nuclear power? The Saudis give several reasons. Under his ambitious “Vision 2030” plan, MBS, as the crown prince is known, is out to diversify the Saudi economy and make the kingdom less dependent on oil...in February 2018, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, who is heading up the negotiations with the Saudis because Trump has been unable to find anyone less qualified to do so, was considering a deal which would allow the Saudis to enrich uranium after 10 to 15 years." ca2/3/2019
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Pompeo: If Bibi Wants a Fascist Government, Fine by UsRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "Mike Pompeo told Jake Tapper that it was none of our business what Bibi Netanyahu did regarding internal Israeli politics. Israel’s a democracy, and if it’s voters want outright fascists in government, it’s OK by him:" ca2/3/2019
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