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Water wars? Devastating shortages will fuel MidEast conflicts for 25 yrs – reportRT America - "In a worrying global trend, the Middle East is set for a record water shortage to strike over the next 25 years. The global fallout from the recent record heatwaves will force more and more people into overcrowded cities and stagnate economic growth. Worse still, according to scientists with the World Resource Institute (WRI), water shortages will exacerbate existing conflicts – and the factor is considered to have contributed to the rising violence in Syria that erupted in 2011." ca 29/8/2015
Israel`s `war on BDS` misses the pointTomer Persico - +972 "Israel’s best-selling daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth and its website, Ynet, launched a special project on Monday. Under the banner, “Fighting the Boycott,” the newspaper entered “trench warfare” against the boycott Israel movement. Star right-wing columnist Ben-Dror Yemini wrote a long article claiming that the boycott movement is borne of a desire to de-legitimize the entire State of Israel, and not just the settlements and the occupation." ca28/8/2015
PHOTOS: Construction for Jewish town to replace Bedouin village draws ireAmjad Iraqi - +972 "Israel is moving forward with a controversial plan to outright replace a Bedouin village with a Jewish town in the Negev/Naqab...Earlier this week, Israeli construction workers moved tractors onto the village hilltop, just a few hundred meters away from the Bedouin families’ homes. The protestors marched uphill to the construction site, where policemen had set up fences in anticipation of the protest." ca28/8/2015
Palestinian congress to meet for 1st time in 20 yearsMa`an News Agency - "The meeting of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the PLO congress representing those in occupied Palestinian territory and the diaspora, is to be held in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. "It has been decided to ask the Palestine National Council to convene for a session on the upcoming 15th and 16th September in Ramallah," senior Palestinian official Azzam al-Ahmad told AFP."The council’s agenda includes electing a new executive committee for the (Palestine Liberation Organization)." ca28/8/2015
UNRWA Workers Strike as School Year Officially Begins in GazaIMEMC News & Agencies - "Around 225,000 Gazan schoolchildren were forced to return home, on Monday, after local staff at the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza (UNRWA) went on strike on the first day of the new school year.The strike comes amid a financial crisis in the agency that earlier threatened to delay the start of the school year." ca for id 26/8/2015
Mysterious billboard claims `Israel to open Iranian embassy` Israel Loves Iran Facebook page - Jerusalem Post "Most Israelis and Iranians who commented on the photo seemed optimistic of increased positive relations between the two nations.Rashin Mahdavi, a student from Iran, expressed her support of Israeli-Iranian relations, and criticized the Iranian government`s stance towards Israel. "Unlike the Iranian government`s hatred toward Israel, the Iranian people have great sympathies with Israelis." ca for id26/8/2015
Latin American diplomats: We can be doing more to pressure IsraelBen White - +972 - Speaking at a one-day conference in London, Latin American diplomats call for tougher policies, including sanctions and boycotts, against Israel for its ‘polices of apartheid.’ [bz]25/8/2015
US passports scoffed at by Israel; US stands byJames Zogby - The Hill - After landing at Ben Gurion International airport, George Khoury, 70, and Habib Joudeh, 62, were detained for long hours, subjected to abusive interrogations, insulted by Israeli security personnel, and finally denied entry and forced to purchase, at their own expense, return tickets to the United States. Because both men were of Palestinian descent, Israel would not honor their U.S. passports or recognize the men as American citizens. Both were told they had to acquire Palestinian IDs and then, as Palestinians, enter the West Bank through Jordan. ak25/8/2015
Israeli bio-gas digesters energize isolated Palestinian village - European Union paid the billReuters - Ynet - "HomeBioGas has invented this simple digester that can easily be assembled and transported," said Palestinian engineer Amer Rabayah, who coordinates installation of the devices. Rural West Bank areas that Palestinians want as part of a future state with the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem have been left under-developed, while Israel has invested in adjacent settlements. Palestinians, largely left to fend for themselves, have relied on donations from foreign states and international aid agencies. "(In) this area ... there is no water or electricity. We have no services," said local resident and digester owner Nayef Zayid. [bz] 25/8/2015
Brazilian petition: Reject settler leader as ambassador Itamar Eichner - Ynet - The petition signed by 40 leading organizations, declares the selection of Dani Dayan - the former head of the Yesha Council - as ambassador as a "violation of the international legitimacy and sovereignty of Brazil," and was sent to Brazil`s president with the demand to reject, demanding that the government reject Dayan`s appointment. Members of the Brazilian parliament who joined the condemnations stated the country`s official diplomatic positions – which view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal under international law. [bz] 25/8/2015
US judge orders Palestinian deposits over attacksMa`an - US Judge George Daniels ordered Palestinian authorities to post $10 million in cash or bond, and an additional $1 million every 30 days, pending appeal of the February verdict. Two weeks ago, the Obama administration urged Daniels to "carefully consider" the PA`s precarious finances in deciding whether to impose a bond requirement. [bz]25/8/2015
IDF falsely arrested photographers during Palestinian protest, court rulesOren Ziv - +972 - Israeli soldiers arrested two Israeli and one Palestinian photographers during a demonstration in the West Bank. What followed showed just how differently Israelis and Palestinian detainees are treated [ry]24/8/2015
Beitar Nordia: Israeli fans choose football over racism to start their own club Annie Slemrod - The Independent - Fans shun Beitar Jerusalem, who have never fielded an Arab-Israeli player [ry]24/8/2015
Barak: Possibility of attack against Iran raised three times, and blockedYnet - Then Defence Minister Barak, Netanyahu and Lieberman sought to strike Tehran`s nuclear facilities between 2010-2012, but attempts were blocked by former IDF chief Ashkenazi and ministers Ya`alon (now on Defence) and Steinitz. [bz]22/8/2015
Israel on verge of sending troops into Syria over increased threat of terrorist attack Caroline Mortimer - The Independent - The Israeli Defence Force is reportedly carrying out manoeuvres to test their capability to launch an attack in the Golan Heights [ry]18/8/2015
Netanyahu Appoints Right-Wing Politician as Israeli Ambassador to U.N.JODI RUDOREN--JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Friday named a hawkish political rival who opposes a Palestinian state as his next ambassador to the United Nations. The naming of Danny Danon as the new ambassador is the latest in a string of appointments by Mr. Netanyahu that indicate he will not bow to mounting international criticism and efforts to isolate Israel.dn 16/8/2015
Tel Aviv sur Seine: Pro-Palestinian protests mar Paris festival to celebrate the Israeli coastal cityAmelia Jenne--Tel Aviv sur Seine: Pro-Palestinian protests mar Paris festival to celebrate the Israeli coastal city One city councillor labelled the event `indecent` in light of the war in Gaza last summer dn 16/8/2015
Right-wing activist attacks Ya’alon’s car in HebronIlan Ben Zion - The Times of Israel - "“Enemy of the settlements, minister without security, strong against Jews and weak against Arabs,” Marzel shouted at Ya’alon. Marzel, a Boston-born ultra-nationalist, is a resident of Tel Rumeida, a Jewish settlement located in the heart of Hebron overlooking the Cave of the Patriarchs." - id 12/8/2015
ISRAELI CAMPAIGN TO SPREAD LIES EXPOSED BY PRESTIGIOUS BRITISH GROUPRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "The oft cited report by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, which reportedly has links with the Israeli military, does not provide any concrete evidence, lacks citations, self-admittedly relies on circumstantial evidence, erases political diversity in PRC activities and focuses on individuals not actively affiliated with the organization." - id12/8/2015
West Bank inches closer to boiling pointOded Shalom and Elior Levy - Ynet - "The rising tensions are evident everywhere. In Meir Ettinger`s fanaticism; in Palestinian villages where night watchmen groups are formed; in Givat Ronen outpost where `the most hotheaded guys are drawn,` and in the police, where investigators are trying to solve the arson in Duma and prepare for possible Jewish retaliation." - id 12/8/2015
Did Phyllis Wise violate university’s “criminal” warning over Salaita emails?Ali Abunimah - EI - "Wise’s email apparently admitting that she had deleted messages related to Salaita was sent one day before the hold notice went out, but after the university had been formally notified by Salaita’s lawyers of possible litigation." - id 12/8/2015
Tel Aviv day on Paris beach condemned for sending `very bad message` Agence France-Presse - The Guardian - Makeshift beach on the Seine has devoted each day to a world-famous beach but ‘Tel Aviv on the Seine’ criticised as ‘Israeli government PR’ [ry]11/8/2015
Liberman slams Netanyahu over Foreign Ministry failingsMazal Mualem - Al Monitor - "Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely is practically ignored by the international community as Israel`s Foreign Ministry keeps losing responsibilities to other ministries and its budget is slashed." - id 11/8/2015
ISRAELI CAMPAIGN TO SPREAD LIES EXPOSED BY PRESTIGIOUS BRITISH GROUPRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "The latest smear campaign is by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, which reportedly is a satellite operation tied to the Israeli military and Israeli mukhabarat (Shin Bet), according to Spinwatch." - id 11/8/2015
IDF officer ‘loaned’ his soldiers to family, friends for choresJudah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel - Now demoted to private, commander forced subordinates to carry out nonmilitary work — including painting his wife’s office [ry]10/8/2015
A warrant for the repression of Israel’s Palestinian citizensAmjad Iraqi - +972 - Bentzi Sau, a candidate for the national police commissioner, has riled Palestinian citizens who continue to experience his interpretation of law enforcement: oppression and harassment [ry]10/8/2015
Israeli defence minister says he is `not responsible` for lives of Iranian nuclear scientists following historic US-Iran deal Rose Troup Buchanan - The Independent - Five Iranian nuclear scientists have died in car bombs although Israel has never been officially linked to these deaths [ry]10/8/2015
Kahane`s grandson`s plan to spark a revolt and bring down IsraelItay Blumenthal - Ynet - Far-right activist Meir Ettinger was arrested by the Shin Bet, which says he developed a plan called `the revolt`, designed to inflame tensions and cause anarchy in order to hasten the end of days [ry]10/8/2015
VANUNU MORDECHAI’S SEPTEMBER: HIGH COURT AND A KINDLE BOOKEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "This September, my seventh book "Heroes, Muses and the Saga of Mordechai Vanunu" will be published at Kindle and what follows is an excerpt regarding the legend of Vanunu`s hooney trap." - id 5/8/2015
UNRWA funding crisis puts 500k Palestinian children at riskNatasha Roth - +972 - "Unlike refugees elsewhere in the world under the career of UNHCR, Palestinian refugees under the care of UNRWA tend to pass on their refugee status through multiple generations. Uniquely, that means that the Palestinian refugee population has actually increased over time." - id 4/8/2015
Shin Bet arrests Kahane`s grandson, online incitement continuesYoav Zitun & Itay Blumental - Ynet - "Ettinger wrote that "the truth must be told - there is no terror organization, but there are a whole lot of Jews, a lot more than people think, whose value-system is completely different than that of the High Court or the Shin Bet, and who are not bound by the laws of the state, but by much more eternal laws, true laws."" - id 4/8/2015
Jeremy Corbyn backs boycott of Israeli universities involved in arms researchAsa Winstanley - EI - "On the wider BDS campaign, Corbyn said that the academic boycott was `very complicated` to implement without, for example, preventing Israeli dissidents such as Ilan Pappe coming to speak in the UK. `If it is a university that is doing research into drones, taser weapons, or doing research into surveillance of the occupation in Gaza and elsewhere then they should be part of the boycott,` he said" [ry]3/8/2015
UN’s “Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices” to visit AmmanPNN - Palestine News Network - "The Special Committee will issue an end-of-mission press statement, and later submit a full report on its mission and other activities to the seventieth session of the UN General Assembly." - id 29/7/2015
The Pro-Israel Lobby Battles ‘Voice of God’ Morgan Freeman Over IranTim Mak - The Daily Beast - "The rhetoric has already gone over the top - see GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee’s recent rant about the nuclear agreement leading Israelis “to the door of the oven.” And August hasn’t even begun." - id 29/7/2015
Netanyahu scrambles to calm seething coalition after settlement evacuationElie Leshem - Times of Israel - Settler demonstrators had barricaded themselves in an attempt to prevent the implementation of a High Court of Justice decision ordering the demolition of the structures, and some 50 were detained after scuffles with police. [bz]28/7/2015
Humiliation and sloppy security checks at IDF checkpointsYoav Zitun - Ynet - A major complaint filed by soldiers and testimonies collected by Ynet reveal an alarming state of affairs at the Military Police`s two crossing battalions in the Judea and Samaria Division. [bz]28/7/2015
Israel Launches Diplomatic Push to Kill Human Rights GroupsJason Ditz - AntiWar - Legal Efforts to Ban Rights Groups Have Repeatedly Failed [ry]27/7/2015
Want to be a judge in Israel? Get in line and sing the national anthemNatasha Roth - +972 "Although Ilatov was only elected to the judicial appointment committee early Thursday morning, it did not take him very long to voice his thoughts on the job requirements. In an interview for Army Radio, Ilatov stated that potential judges should display the appropriate devotion to the State of Israel." ca24/7/2015
El Al excluding Arab citizens from new at-home check-in service, NGO chargesZohar Blumenkrantz - Haaretz "El Al is excluding Israeli Arabs from its new at-home check-in service, which includes at-home security inspections, according to the civil rights organization Yedid." ca 24/7/2015
Escalation continuesKhaled Dawoud - Al-Ahram Weekly "Board members of the Press Syndicate said they were not satisfied with what the government offered as a compromise, which was to replace a two-year jail term if information contrary to official statements is published with an extremely hefty fine ranging between LE200,000 and LE500,000. The syndicate said the amendment was a farce because journalists would not be able to pay such a huge fine, meaning they would still end up in jail." ca24/7/2015
The Iran Deal RealityMargaret Kimberley - Information Clearing Hosue "The nuclear energy agreement between Iran and the P5+1 nations has finally concluded and the moment is bitter sweet. Iran’s sovereignty should have been respected and it should not be forced to make concessions for doing what it always had a right to do. Iran has as much right as Israel or any other country to produce nuclear material or even nuclear weapons. But it was impossible to withstand the onslaught of crippling sanctions and the loss of $100 billion in funds that were frozen under pressure from the United States." ca24/7/2015
Disillusioned Palestinian students shun Venezuela`s Arafat scholarshipsAssociated Press - "The Palestinian students were greeted like celebrities upon arrival in Caracas. President Nicolas Maduro wore a keffiyeh headdress and played up their symbolic importance during an address broadcast across the socialist South American country. But eight months later, about a third of the Palestinians have dropped out, complaining the program lacks academic rigor, and the program has been frozen." ca24/7/2015
`Netanyahu cheered up by US missile offer`: how the Onion scooped HaaretzJessica Elgot - The Guardian - "Satirical site’s joke about the US offering missiles to the Israeli prime minister to appease him over the Iran nuclear deal turned out to be uncannily accurate." - id 22/7/2015
`For the first time in history, Jews can take part in war from home`Noam Sheizaf - +972 - "‘The IDF Spokesperson’s unit is a combat unit with more influence than two divisions,’ he concluded." - id 22/7/2015
European lawmakers` meeting with Arab List MKs banned at KnessetJack Khoury - Haaretz - MKs Yousef Jabareen and Aida Touma-Suliman were forced to hold their discussion with the delegation outside the Knesset building after the parliament`s speaker, Yuli Edelstein, conditioned the meeting in their own faction’s offices on the presence of the Knesset’s diplomatic adviser. The later meeting with other KMs, among them Edelstein, did not meet such problems. [bz] 21/7/2015
EU to Israel: Halt forced population transfers Ynet - A meeting of EU foreign ministers blasts Israel for what it says are actions that `seriously threaten the two-state solution`, while discussing a new peace push and get more countries involved. The Arab League was presented a detailed plan by the French FM, stipulating the formation of a Palestinian state in the pre-1967 lines. [bz]21/7/2015
Israeli right-wing party drops bid to have labor law apply in West BankChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Farmers argue they can’t afford to pay Palestinians the wages paid in Israel. This seems to override an attempt of ultra-right former KM Orit Struk to move towards annexation of the West Bank. [bz]21/7/2015
EU seeks new format to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talksAP - Israel Hayom - "Leaving the status quo unchanged is not an option", says EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to reporters [bz]21/7/2015
The case against the Palestinian Return Centre in LondonSarah Marusek, David Miller - Ynet - Palestinian refugees` right to return to their ancestors` homes may be a taboo subject in Israel, but criminalizing any discussion of this right in international arena won`t make issue go away [ry]20/7/2015
US Preparing ‘Unprecedented’ New Arms Package to Israel for Iran DealJason Ditz - AntiWar - Netanyahu Complains About Plan, Pentagon Downplays It [ry]20/7/2015
Searching for incitement in Palestinian mosques — harder than you thinkAnat Saragusti - +972 - Channel 10 News wanted so badly to prove that Muslim preachers in Israel and the occupied territories use their Ramadan sermons to incite against Jews. Something went wrong along the way [ry]20/7/2015
Supreme Court: `Fascist` Im Tirzu case had no standingOren Persico - +972 "At the end of the court hearing, both sides agreed with the Supreme Court’s decision that the district court’s rulings will be rescinded, and that the suits will continue separately. Furthermore, Im Tirzu agreed to donate several thousands shekels to an animal rights NGO." ca17/7/2015
Israeli army investigating Gaza incidents reported on by Breaking the SilenceGili Cohen - Haaretz "A Military Police investigation has been launched into incidents suspected to constitute rules of war violations during last summer`s Gaza war. The incidents were featured in a Breaking the Silence report about the hostilities...Military does not say which ones it is looking into, but soldiers` testimonies in report include shooting at civilians, destroying property and looting cars." ca17/7/2015
Report shows how Israel attempts to mislead the UN against PRCThe Palestinian Return Centre - PNN - "“The European Union, and its member states, should now implement the UN recommendation as a matter of urgency. Palestinian refugees are entitled to the support of the international community and the EU in particular has a key role to play in supporting their rights.”" - id 15/7/2015
French far-right leader slams BDS to woo Israel lobbyAli Abunimah - EI - "The far-right leader (Marine Le Pen, id)reportedly characterized the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights as “racist.”" - id 15/7/2015
Germany`s Steinmeier criticises Israel`s opposition to Iran dealCaroline Copley - Reuters - " "In the agreement, Iran has to commit to these monitoring possibilities. And we will make sure that the monitoring possibilities are also observed after this deal," he said." - id 15/7/2015
Israeli caricaturists mobilize to fight BDS via Facebook Adva Cohen - Ynet - "We felt that there was a huge failure in hasbara and concluded that there is one thing that has not been tried yet - to explain Israel through caricatures." [bz]14/7/2015
Israeli Teachers Union denies supporting West Bank settlements boycottJTA - Jerusalem Post - The denial, published Friday on the union’s website, was in reaction to a report by Channel 10 Thursday that union delegates signed the document in order to prevent the adoption of another text with harsher language targeting Israel at the congress of Education International, which represents teacher associations, in Canada later this year. [bz]14/7/2015
Israel tells EU it will have only non-Political talks with PalestiniansPNN/Ha`aretz - Israel finally responded to the EU’s urge to revive the negotiations, by saying that there will not be any political talks with Palestinians. Netanyahu would be ready to talk about improving the economic situation in Gaza and the West Bank, but not to discuss settlements or any other issue related to final-status negotiations. ak 14/7/2015
PM angers settlement officials with construction freeze commentItai Blumenthal, Moran Azulay - Ynet - Netanyahu allegedly says `we cannot develop the settlements further, but rather need to preserve what we have,` angering settlement leaders; Likud denies freezing of construction in West Bank. [bz]14/7/2015
Imprisoned for incitement on Facebook? Only if you`re ArabJohn Brown and Noam Rotem - +972 - Racist and inciting Facebook statuses by Israeli Jews have become commonplace on the Internet. Yet not a single Israeli has ever been sent to prison for publishing a status on social media [ry]13/7/2015
Israel arrests suspects in arson attack on famous church AP - Salon - "The fire is believed to be an attack by Jewish extremists, but Rosenfeld would not elaborate on the identity of those arrested" [ry] 13/7/2015
Amid detente with Hamas, Israel says 2 citizens held in GazaJOSEF FEDERMAN - Yahoo News - "But there were no threats of action against Hamas, in contrast to a bruising military campaign that followed Hamas` capture of Schalit in a 2006 cross-border raid ¡ª or more recently, the arrests of scores of Hamas supporters after the deadly abduction of three Israeli teens in the West Bank last year." - id 10/7/2015
Israel slaps travel ban on Palestinian former mayorPatrick Strickland - EI - "Suleiman Eghbaria, former mayor of Umm al-Fahm and high-ranking official in the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, received his first travel ban in July 2014. Citing “national security,” Israel’s interior ministry has since renewed the ban five times." - id 10/7/2015
Qatari diesel to enter Gaza on WednesdayMa`an News Agency - "he Palestinian Prime Minister said Tuesday that all arrangements regarding the remaining quantity of diesel from a Qatari donation to the Gaza power station have been settled. The remaining diesel quantity, estimated to be around 10,000 tons, is currently in storehouses of the Egyptian company Copetrol. PM Rami Hamdallah said that the first ship of diesel will be transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom crossing. He pointed out that the transferred amount of diesel will increase the power station’s capacity to 80 megawatts which will provide electricity for several more hours." ca8/7/2015
Is Hamas working with Wilayat Sinai?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "While Hamas officials deny ties to IS in Sinai, Gaza residents claim that Sinai terrorists were admitted for treatment in Gaza, and Israel argues that Hamas provides weapons to these terror groups." ca 8/7/2015
Growing up Gazan: Tales of a Palestinian teenFatma Naib - Al Jazeera "Baker believed the Western media was siding with Israel and offering an "unfair` portrayal of what was going on during a war that left more than 2,200 Palestinians dead and more than half-a-million displaced. So she put her Twitter account and family`s electricity generator to good use. " ca8/7/2015
Netanyahu and Obama find a shared interest — screwing the Israeli peopleMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - On the night of the vote, which was ultimately postponed once Netanyahu realized he had no majority, a spokesperson for the Joint List reassured that, “of course the Joint List will vote against Netanyahu’s policies on [natural] gas.” The slate is “independent and not swayed by pressure from tycoons like the Netanyahu government,” he added.-rh 8/7/2015
Surviving the ups and downs: Israel`s first Arab-Jewish school turns 30Samah Salaime - +972 "For three decades the school at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has taught our children how to grow and become adults with a cohesive national and human identity, without fear of the other. Today, however, the future looks as uncertain as ever." ca8/7/2015
Report: Netanyahu asked European leaders to vote against Israel at U.N.Stephen Pollard - Jewish Chronicle - Britain voted in favour of a UN resolution based on a report that condemned Israel’s actions in last summer’s Gaza war and accused it of war crimes – at the request of Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli PM’s office rang David Cameron, asking him to support the resolution because it represented a considerably watered-down version of an earlier one. the JC understands.“Both the Israelis and the Brits will deny this”, the JC was told. “It sounds bonkers. But it’s true”.ak7/7/2015
Clinton `alarmed` by BDS attempts to `isolate and delegitimize Israel`Yitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - In letter to Jewish media mogul Haim Saban, Democratic presidential hopeful slams comparisons made between Israel and the apartheid regime in South Africa. Clinton had already been trying to win over Jewish donors. [bz]7/7/2015
Is Israel a racist country? 47% of US Democrats said it is David Horovitz - Times of Israel - Three quarters of highly educated, high income, publicly active US Democrats — the so-called “opinion elites” — believe Israel has too much influence on US foreign policy, almost half of them consider Israel to be a racist country, and fewer than half of them believe that Israel wants peace with its neighbors. These are among the findings of a new survey carried out by US political consultant Frank Luntz.ak7/7/2015
WATCH: Israeli forces pepper-spray Palestinian journalistsNatasha Roth - +972 - Israeli security forces attacked a demonstration commemorating Mohammed Abu Khdeir last Thursday, including pepper-spraying in the face two Palestinian journalists working for a Jordanian news station. The two journalists, who were covering the event for Jordan’s Ro’ya TV, are wearing bullet-proof vests clearly marked as “press” in a video of the incident released by the network. Attacks on journalists — particularly Palestinian journalists — have been a regular feature throughout 2015. At the end of April, an IDF officer was sentenced to two weeks in prison for assaulting Palestinian and Israeli photojournalists — an attack that was caught on camera. [bz]7/7/2015
Senior Hamas official denies ties to ISIS in SinaiJack Khoury - Haaretz - According to Abu Marzouk, who spoke on Al-Quds TV, the attack in Sinai "is detrimental to the security of Palestinians, especially those living in Gaza, since Sinai is the only exit for Gaza residents." He condemned "attempts to tie the Hamas to the incidents that took place in Sinai," adding that there was no evidence to this effect. "Hamas`s relations with Egypt have much improved," Abu Marzouk stated, adding that this was due to deliberate effort on the Hamas`s part. He also told Al-Quds TV that every time the relations between the two polities improve an incident takes place in Sinai that strains their ties. [bz]4/7/2015
Copts flee North SinaiGeorge Mikhail - Al-Monitor "In the North Sinai governorate, battles are raging between the Egyptian army and jihadist groups such as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and the Movement for Unity and Jihad. Now, like in other governorates, Copts are being forcibly displaced." ca 3/7/2015
Culture Ministry to review Rachel Corrie playMerav Yudilovitch - Ynetnews "An appeal to Culture Minister Miri Regev regarding the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" about the life of an American human rights activist killed by an IDF bulldozer in Gaza in 2003, has led to a renewed examination of its content.Jaffa Theater officials stressed that the theater was only hosting the play and that it is not a production of the theater. Nonetheless, the theater`s management received an inquiry Tuesday morning from Irit Fogel, director of the Theater Department in the Ministry’s Culture Administration, about the status of the production." ca3/7/2015
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