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Demonstration in Jerusalem over Israeli Discrimination against Christian SchoolsPNN/IMEMC - Recently, Israeli right-wingers have tried to take Arab and Palestinian Christians under their wing as part of wild anti-Muslim demagoguery. However, Christian schools - long established in the country and providing quality education to Christian and Muslim youths alike - accuse Israel`s Education Ministry of discriminatory and oppressive measures bringing the Christian schools to the verge of collapse. The Christians` demonstration, due to be held at the Education Ministry, is the first of its kind. ak 2/6/2015
German FM in Gaza: Israel must ease blockade, Hamas must work to end rocketsMatan Tzuri - Ynet - Steinmeier also visits school on Israel`s border with Gaza; visits come day after he warned that Israel`s security is tied to the prosperity of Gaza. [bz]2/6/2015
The Soldier`s Story Gershom Gorenberg - The American Prospect - When a mike was passed to the audience, Shachar stood and said, "I propose that what makes a country good isn`t whether a country is happy or not; it`s the ethics and morality of a country," and went on to talk about what occupation duty does to soldiers and gave examples he`d witnessed. The army`s hasty response brought him Israeli media coverage. Ironically, the people who wanted him punished for standing and speaking insured that he was better heard. [bz]2/6/2015
Netanyahu’s declaration of war on BDS is its first major victoryChemi Shalev - Haaretz - Adelson and his wife Miriam are looking to appoint their favorite Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to lead legions of boycott-fighting students tentatively known as “Campus Maccabees”. Adelson’s generous funding could ensure that such a group would be able to organize impressively massive events – like the one put on by the Adelson-funded Israeli American Council (IAC) in honor of Israeli Independence Day in New York on Sunday – but it would equally also deter moderate students from joining the cause. [bz] 2/6/2015
Israel could join Isis in United Nations list of groups and states that harm children Adam Leyland - The Independent - If included in the blacklist, Israel could face harsh UN sanctions and international isolation [ry]1/6/2015
More diplomatic challenges await Israel after FIFA victoryShlomo Cesana - Israel Hayom (this is the freely-distributed Sheldon Adelson-owned "Bibinews"-OM) - There were attempts to corner Israel into nuclear supervision by way of legal means at the NPT review conference, but those attempts failed. At the FIFA congress, in addition to trying to oust Israel from the federation, there were attempts to transfer the debate over Israel`s alleged crimes to the U.N., but those attempts failed as well. But two major issues are still keeping Jerusalem officials awake at night: The emerging nuclear deal between Western powers and Iran and possible recognition of a Palestinian state by the U.N. Security Council. (...) work is constantly underway, both clandestinely and overtly, to sway the results in Israel`s favor. [bz] 31/5/2015
`Israel expects Germany to lead fight against West Bank product labeling` Dana Somberg - Maariv Hashavua/Jerusalem Post - Israel has been critical of any move to label produce from Jewish settlements or distinguish them from goods produced by Palestinians, arguing that the distinction is part of a larger effort to impose a Palestinian state on Israel [emphasis OM]. According to the newly-minted deputy foreign minister Israel faces a front of boycotts originating from Europe. [bz]31/5/2015
Israel`s next battle will be over Olympics, diplomats sayItamar Eicher, Eldad Beck - Ynet - Eini said. "I didn`t have a problem shaking Rajoub`s hand. The right thing for Israeli soccer is to work in full cooperation with our neighbors. I`m glad we came out with the upper hand." [bz]30/5/2015
Palestinian MP`s crimes: Visiting prisoners and talking to the mediaGideon Levy - Haaretz - Even the judge-major grasps the scale of the farce and decides to release Jarrar on a bond of 20,000 shekels (about $5,100) in cash, joined by a third-party bond in the same amount. The applause and cries of joy that break out in the audience are short-lived. The prosecutor, Lt. Col. Morris Hirsch, gets to his feet: “I request a delay of 72 hours in order to consider whether to file an appeal and to allow the military commander to consider issuing an administrative detention order.” [bz]30/5/2015
Egypt’s women hit the roadAmeera Fouad - Al-Ahram "With the 25 January Revolution, many Egyptians began to break old barriers, including where they felt repressed or subjugated by society. One of these barriers took the form of the rules erected by society to govern the lives of women, and here the rule against riding two and three-wheeled vehicles came to mind.The International Female Ride Day was widely covered in the newspapers, on television and in social media, when it hit the streets of Alexandria this year." ca29/5/2015
Media`s Deafening Silence Over West`s and Israel`s Alliance With al-Qaeda in Syria John Hilley - Information Clearing House "independent journalist Asa Winstanley: For several years now there have been propaganda reports in the Israeli press about how Israel is supposedly playing a purely "humanitarian" role in the Syrian war, by treating civilians and sending them back. But this has now been exposed as propaganda. If that were really the case, Israel would be treating combatants from all sides in the Syrian war and furthermore it would arrest suspected al-Qaeda militants. But in reality, all reports confirm that the Israelis are treating only the "rebel" side, including the al-Qaeda militants that lead the armed opposition in that area of Syria (as indeed they do in much of the country). The key difference that disproves the propaganda line, and proves an active Israel-al-Qaeda alliance is that, after treatment, instead of arresting them, the al-Qaeda fighters are sent back to fight in Syria. There is no chance at all that, in the event that Israel captures injured Hamas, Hizballah or Iranian combatants alive, it would send them back to Gaza or Syria to "go on their way", as the unnamed Israeli official put it. Winstanley provides multiple corroboration of Israel`s supportive role, including the testimonies of Israeli military figures and a few braver field journalists." ca29/5/2015
`Tourists have stopped coming to Israel`Danny Sadeh - Ynet News "Despite hopes for a recovery in incoming tourism after Gaza war, the crisis is only getting worse with a 28% drop in tourists` hotel stays in the first quarter of 2015. According to estimates, the industry has already lost hundreds of millions of dollars." ca29/5/2015
Christian school students in Israel protest for more fundingYarden Skop and Jack Khoury - Haaretz "The Christian education system in Israel is “unofficially recognized” — as the local terminology has it — and so gets 75 percent of its funding from the Education Ministry. The rest is the 4,000 shekels from parents, though this fee may be higher at some schools.The vast majority of the students in this system are Arabs, some of them Muslims. In Israel, 47 schools are church-run; 3,000 teachers there teach 30,000 students.A few years ago, the Education Ministry began cutting funding for “unofficially recognized” schools." ca29/5/2015
Dutch textbook: Jewis militias murdered Arabs. Begin was a terroristItamar Eichner, Hillel Posek - Ynet - "Why do they show a picture of a tank from the year 2000 for a section about 1948?" father of angry pupil Barak Gorani asked the Israeli Embassy, which says it was examining whether there was distortion of facts "or even incitement". [bz]27/5/2015
Hamas: We arrested Gaza rocket launchersElior Levy - Ynet - Hamas source tells Ynet rocket fire is `against the interests of the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip,` noting there are mediation efforts underway in attempt to calm situation [bz]27/5/2015
Students protest article in book edited by Dr. Azmi BisharaAIC - The article in question is not even written by Bishara, but is a Hebrew-language translation of an article by German philosopher Immanuel Kant. [bz]27/5/2015
After capturing Haifa, Ben-Gurion gave order to stop fleeing Arabs from returningOfer Aderet - Haaretz - On April 22, 1948, when Haifa was captured by the Haganah (the Yishuv`s military forces), the Grand Mufti instructed Haifa’s Arab residents to leave rather than accept the terms of surrender. Shabtai Levy, the city’s first Jewish mayor, appealed to local leaders, asking them not to leave. About a month later Ben Gurion called for preventing Arab residents from returning to their homes. [bz]27/5/2015
New museum to honor Palestinian history, cultureAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor - "In light of Israel`s attempts to eradicate Palestine’s cultural and historical identity, Palestinians hope that the museum will contribute to preserving and highlighting that identity." - id 26/5/2015
What Israelis don’t get about attempts to boot Israel from FIFAAsaf Marziano - +972 - "It is incomprehensible that one of the premier clubs in Israel doesn’t allow Arab players — because they are Arab." - id 26/5/2015
Meet the Real Israeli Defense Force: the US Congress - Israeli GearsJeffrey St. Clair - CounterPunch – “Who will stop them? Certainly not the Israeli state’s principle financial investor. For the most vigorous Israeli Defense Force, unblinking in its vigilance, unfaltering in its loyalty, is the U.S. Congress. There is a savage synchronicity to an alliance between one nation that drone strikes weddings and another that shoots ups funerals” [ry]25/5/2015
Israeli arms sales to Africa mark steep rise in past yearTimes of Israel - Weapons industry exports up 40% in 2014 compared to 2013, but sales worldwide drop by nearly $1 billion [ry]25/5/2015
Dispute over Mideast nuclear arms ban torpedoes UN conferenceReuters - Ynet - Egypt`s proposals, Western diplomats say, were intended to focus attention on Israel. Washington and Israel say Iran`s nuclear program is the real regional threat. Iran says its program is peaceful. It is negotiating with world powers to curb it in exchange for lifting sanctions. Israel has said it would consider joining the NPT only once at peace with its Arab neighbors and Iran. [bz]23/5/2015
Obama gives $1.9 billion in weapons as welcome gift to Israel’s racist governmentRania Khalek - Electronic Intifada - Among the tens of thousands of bombs included in the weapons package are (...) 750 bunker buster bombs that can penetrate up to twenty feet, or six meters, of reinforced concrete. (...) Israel used bunker buster munitions to pummel Gaza’s high rise towers and wipe out entire families as they sheltered in their homes in 2014. [bz]23/5/2015
Daniel Barenboim-Edward Said music academy to celebrate new centerBy DPA - Haaretz "The Barenboim-Said Academy is to be housed in the former stage depot of Berlin`s famous opera house, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, and has been designed by Frank Gehry, who "has donated his work as a contribution to the project," the foundation said. Due to open in the autumn of 2016, the academy houses rehearsal rooms over a floor area of 6,500 square metres and a 622-seater concert hall."Up to 90 young students from the Middle East will be enrolled in a four-year bachelor degree programme in music, with a curriculum rooted in both music and the humanities. Daniel Barenboim will be in charge of the academic and musical direction of the academy," the Barenboim-Said Foundation says on its website." ca22/5/2015
Israel rules out any payment to `enemy` IranMa`an News Agency - " After a Swiss court reportedly ordered an Israeli oil firm to compensate Iran over a scrapped joint venture, Israel said Thursday that its laws prohibited any payment to "the enemy." Iranian state news agency IRNA said Wednesday that the court had found Israel`s Trans-Asian Oil liable for payment of $1.1 billion to the National Iranian Oil Company." ca22/5/2015
State of Palestine and Nakba 67Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "May 15th commemorates the displacement of 750,000 Palestinians and the ‘wiping off the map’ of over 500 Palestinian villages which followed the day after Israel’s Declaration of Independence was signed which promised: THE STATE OF ISRAEL…will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants." - id20/5/2015
Report: Hamas, Israel holding secret talksMa`an - ""Hamas has a lot of important cards to play."" - id 20/5/2015
War Then and Now - breaking the silence from 1967 to 2015The Economist - As one soldier says, "We may not be doing a great service to what they call `the national morale`, but we`ll do a small service to the truth." [bz]19/5/2015
Europe wants central role in Middle East peace, Mogherini saysReuters - Ynet - The European Union`s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says EU is ready and willing to play a major role in a re-launching of this process on the basis of the two-state solution. The EU, as Israel`s biggest trade partner and as the Palestinians` main aid donor steps in after last year`s failure by the United States to make progress to broker a two-state peace deal. [bz] 19/5/2015
Pax Christi International Favors Recognition of Palestine, Ban on Israeli Settlements WAFA - The World Assembly of Pax Christi urged all United Nations member states to recognize the state of Palestine and ban Israeli settlements’ construction in the occupied territories. “Without hope and vision and solidarity neither the oppressed nor the oppressor can find a way out of violence, war and a culture of death. To stand for life is Pax Christi`s international responsibility.” [bz]19/5/2015
New hasbara section in Israeli armyAIC - The Israeli army has tasked a special section of its planning division with fighting the “delegitimisation” campaign against Israel during times of war [ry]18/5/2015
Sepp Blatter calls for Israel concession in Palestine football dispute Sport360 - The Palestinians have sought a vote at the FIFA Congress on May 29 claiming abuse of Palestinian footballers by Israel. Blatter has made it clear he opposes the vote but that "a solution is only a realistic proposition when those who are privileged are prepared to concede something and contribute to equality. "The onus in this respect is on Israel (...)" [bz] 16/5/2015
Investors remain wary of GazaAziza Nofal - Al Monitor - "A recent conference of investors landed six projects for the West Bank, but none for Gaza because of the risk involved." - id 15/5/2015
Israel sells its story on a new Lebanon war, and the `Times` bitesNoa Yachot - +972 - "It certainly seems that Israel learned the wrong lesson from the most recent Gaza war. Instead of reexamining its rules of engagement, which turn civilians into fair game, it has chosen the tack of trying to preempt criticism of future carnage. “We told you this would happen,” they’ll be able to say." - id 15/5/2015
Bedouin village razed 83 times must pay $500,000 for demolitions, Israel saysAllison Deger - Mondoweiss - The unrecognized Bedouin village of al-Araqib was in court Wednesday, where the state of Israel argued the southern desert town must pay $500,000 [2 million Israeli Shekels] to cover the cost of demolitions, and more than 1,000 police deployed to carry out the destruction. Since 2010 al-Araqib has been razed to the ground 83 times, more than any other locality in Israel.-rh 13/5/2015
Israel prepares for a post-Assad phase in neighboring SyriaARA News - " Spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Alon Ben-David, said Sunday that the military intelligence service are working on the preparation of a list of targets that are likely to be struck inside Syria, after a possible fall of the Assad regime.Israel is concerned about the opposition party that may replace Assad regime in case of the latter’s downfall." ca13/5/2015
"She did not realize the consequences of moving to the Occupied Territories"Jerusalem Post - The EU`s ongoing confrontation with Israel`s settlement policy touched a sensitive spot: a 90-year-old Dutch woman Holocaust survivor, moved to Israel to be with her children - and it turned out that her children are living in a West Bank settlement. Thereupon, she was informed by the Dutch government that her pension will be slashed by 35%. Following a media uproar, a Dutch ministry spokesman said: "This very unfortunate incident should have been prevented. Since the woman could not have known the consequences of moving to the Occupied Territories, her pension will not be reduced.". As to how other cases would be treated, where Dutch citizens move knowingly to a settlement, "Comprehensive guidelines would be formulated and published". ak 12/5/2015
Attorney General weighs in against Bayit Yehudi High Court billBen Niran - Tazpit News Agency/Ynet - On Wednesday, the last, crucial day of coalition negotiations, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced his opposition to a bill proposed last year by Naftali Bennett`s Bayit Yehudi party. "An independent High Court is essential to the existence and strength of Israel as a democratic state," said Weinstein, adding that "it contributes to Israel`s character and image in the world as a civilized, progressive country." [bz]9/5/2015
Free Speech vs. Hate Speech New York Times Editorial - Some of those who draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad may earnestly believe that they are striking a blow for freedom of expression, though it is hard to see how that goal is advanced by inflicting deliberate anguish on millions of devout Muslims who have nothing to do with terrorism. As for the Garland event, to pretend that it was motivated by anything other than hate is simply hogwash. [bz]9/5/2015
One of Jeb Bush’s top advisers on Israel: George W. BushRobert Costa&Matea Gold - Washington Post "After spending months distancing himself from his family’s political legacy, Jeb Bush surprised a group of Manhattan financiers this week by naming his brother, former president George W. Bush, as his most influential counselor on U.S.-Israel policy." ca8/5/2015
Days before Nakba anniversary: Israel to completely demolish Negev village & displace its peoplePNN - Palestine News Network - "The court in its decision admitted the Israeli intentions to demolish the village in order to establish a settlement "with a Jewish Zionist majority," according to the decision." - id 6/5/2015
No charges for officers involved in Kafr Kanna killingMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "On Tuesday, the Israeli police internal affairs division (PID) announced it was closing its investigation into Hamdan’s death. No charges will be brought against the officers who killed him." - id 6/5/2015
Lauryn Hill cancels Israel showMa`an - R&B star Lauryn Hill on Monday canceled a concert in Israel just a few days away, saying she had tried unsuccessfully to perform in the occupied Palestinian territories as well. The former Fugees singer had been scheduled to perform Thursday near Tel Aviv but faced a social media campaign by activists who urged her to boycott Israel over its ongoing military occupation of Palestinian land. Hill said that she had wanted to schedule a second show in Ramallah in the West Bank but that the logistics "proved to be a challenge." [bz]5/5/2015
Redefining civilians and legitimate targets: Israeli soldiers testify on Gaza warMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 Magazine - Reading through the 136 pages of testimonies from soldiers and officers from nearly every involved division and brigade, two common denominators quickly become apparent. First is the massive, intentional and unnecessary destruction of homes and buildings throughout the Strip, but particularly in places that ground troops set foot. The second theme, central to nearly every testimony collected from nearly every unit involved in the fighting, was the massive volume and scope of fire employed. ak5/5/2015
Likud MK gives false testimony to Breaking the Silence in attempt to discredit itAdiv Sterman - The Times of Israel - The fabricated account had been given not by Asaf Hazan, but rather by Oren Hazan, who was elected to Knesset last month on the Likud party’s 30th slot. Hazan later admitted he had provided false testimony to Breaking the Silence, but insisted that his made-up description had in fact been published. Not true says Breaking the Silence, all accounts are carefully and rigorously examined in order to ensure reliability, exactly because of the many attempts by public bodies and individuals to discredit us. [bz] 5/5/2015
`Fire at every person you see`: Israeli soldiers reveal they were ordered to shoot to kill in Gaza – even if the targets may have been civilians Alistair Dawber - The Independent - Israeli campaign group Breaking the Silence interviews more than 60 members of the Israeli army, air force and navy, including soldiers and officers [ry]4/5/2015
Police fire stun grenades at Tel Aviv rally by Ethiopian IsraelisJack Guez, AFP - Yahoo! News - "Police fired stun grenades to disperse a rally by Ethiopian Israelis demonstrating in central Tel Aviv on Sunday against alleged police brutality and widespread discrimination" [ry]4/5/2015
Israeli army escalates to increase its budgetAIC - Israel`s military command perhaps pushes for escalation in order to increase the army`s budget, claims a military budget officer in an anonymous Facebook posting. “Wars, operations, exceptional events, they were our way to close gaps in the budget and even build up a reserve for the coming years...Facts are traitors which incite against the army and the state” [ry]4/5/2015
IDF soldiers looted home in Gaza `to pay for party`Yoav Zitun - Ynet - ""We entered a home in Saja`iyya at 4 am on Saturday night, and began searching for weapons. We had to block the windows to protect us from gunfire, using beds and furniture to do so. Another soldier and I moved the closet to block a window when a box fell out of the closet. He opened it and we saw money, about NIS 2,400. He gave me the money and I put it in my trouser pocket. I wasn`t thinking about anything at that moment."" - id for ca 1/5/2015
MK says advocating for two-state solution is treasonMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man- +972 - "Magal clarifies that he does not think Liel should be sentenced to death, but is adamant that he has committed treason — for advancing the two-state solution." - id for ca 1/5/2015
Comic Relief in the Saga of Mordechai VanunuEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "As of this writing 33 comments have been posted at Michael Sfard’s Facebook Wall following his comment:..." - id for ca 1/5/2015
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