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Israeli gov`t is trying to defund +972 Magazine, report says+972 Magazine Staff - +972 - "Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report."..."Both foundations have pledged to continue supporting +972 despite the political pressure." - id 13/12/2018
Facebook, Twitter Impose Israeli Military Censorship on Their PlatformsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "There’s been a great deal of media reporting on the increasing level of censorship by social media platforms on political speech, especially supporting Palestinian rights or criticizing Israel. I and others have reported the intense pressure by Israeli ministers to censor their content and rid it of attacks on Israel or its Occupation. Though companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter have denied the most blatant claims by Israel that they are collaborating with the government, actions say otherwise." - id 13/12/2018
After protests, Haifa Arab leader cedes deputy mayor appointmentTOI STAFF - Times of Israel - "Raja Za’atara gives spot to someone else in Joint List party, says he will not apologize for views, but rejects criticism he supports terror. - id 13/12/2018
Netanyahu urges Merkel to stop funding Berlin`s Jewish MuseumItamar Eichner - Ynet - "While Netanyahu acts against the Jewish Museum in Berlin, he is aiding Hungary`s anti-Semitic Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in establishing a dubious Holocaust Museum that absolves Hungary from its part in the Holocaust. [bz]11/12/2018
B’Tselem director at French award ceremony: Hysterical Israeli government response illustrates reality of propaganda, lies, and threatsAmit Gilutz - B’Tselem - The Human Rights Award of the French Republic was presented to B’Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad, despite intensive pressure that Israeli government officials tried to exert on decision-makers in France, attempting to stop the prize from being awarded. “The hysterical response by the government of Israel itself illustrates the reality within which we work: propaganda, lies, and threats by a government which believes that silencing and cover-up will enable further human rights violations. In the face of this moral bankruptcy, we are here not only to further expose the truth – but also to bring an end to the injustice” said El-Ad. [ak]11/12/2018
The `Holy Land Five` and the fight to delegitimize Palestine advocacyHenriette Chacar - +972 - Five Palestinian-American men are serving time for providing aid to Palestinian refugees. Their conviction 10 years ago spurred broader efforts to criminalize Palestine advocacy in the United States [ry] 10/12/2018
Neo-Nazis push Israel’s bogus anti-Semitism definition at EUAsa Winstanley - EI - “The declaration was spearheaded by Austria, whose coalition government includes ministers who are members of a neo-Nazi party. The EU meeting that formally adopted the declaration on Thursday included several ministers from a number of right-wing parties which have encouraged anti-Jewish bigotry” [ry] 10/12/2018
Trump`s international anti-Iran coalition looks like it`s falling apart. He doesn`t have a back-up planTrita Parsi - NBC News - The president upended diplomatic relations based on support from the leaders from Saudi Arabia and Israel. Now our position is rather precarious [ry] 10/12/2018
Netanyahu’s Israel is state in crisisAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "As the devil or the police commissioner would have it (Netanyahu sees them as one and the same), this Hanukkah the police have turned Netanyahu’s festival of light unto nations into a festival of dark recommendations. On Dec. 2, the police announced that with the completion of the investigation known as Case 4000, it was recommending Netanyahu’s indictment on suspicion of taking a bribe, fraud and breach of trust and fraudulently accepting benefits under egregious circumstances. Netanyahu is suspected of making regulatory decisions benefiting Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder in the country’s largest telecommunications firm Bezeq, in exchange for positive coverage for Netanyahu and his wife by Elovitch’s Walla! news site." ca 8/12/2018
For U.S. Police, Refusing Israeli Training Is Not BDS – It’s Common SenseSari Bash - Information Clearing House "The problem begins at the highest level, with public statements by senior police officials encouraging a shoot-to-kill policy against Palestinians suspected of attacking Jews. “Everyone who stabs Jews or harms innocent people – should be killed,” Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri said, following the fatal shooting in 2015 of a Palestinian child suspected of stabbing two Israeli Jewish youths. Police Minister Gilad Erdan warned that “every attacker who sets out to inflict harm should know that he will not likely survive the attack.” ca8/12/2018
Irish Senate approves bill criminalizing goods made in settlements PNN/ Bethlehem - "The bill now needs the endorsement of the lower house of the parliament, known as the Dáil Éireann, before the Irish president signs and makes it into law.The draft bill has been met with severe criticism from Israel’s foreign minister spokeman, Emmanuel Nashon" ca 8/12/2018
NYU student government passes resolution to divest from corporations that violate Palestinian human rightsNYU Students for Justice in Palestine - "The New York University (NYU) Student Government Assembly passed a divestment resolution inspired by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) on December 6th by a vote of 35 in favor, 14 against, and 14 abstaining, meeting the ⅔ threshold that was 33 votes. This is the first resolution of this nature ever to be presented at NYU. The “Resolution on the Human Rights of Palestinians” calls for divesting from corporations that violate Palestinian human rights and calls on NYU to adopt a socially responsible investment policy that upholds human rights for all. The resolution was presented by Senators-at-Large Bayan Abubakr and Rose Asaf along with Alternate Senator-at-Large Leen Dweik. Asaf, Abubakr, and Dweik are all seniors at NYU and members of Students for Justice in Palestine. Additionally, Asaf is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace." ca8/12/2018
Attacks On Marc Lamont Hill Will Only Strengthen Solidarity Between Blacks And PalestiniansNihad Awad&Edward Ahmed Mitchell - Huffington Post "Recognizing the suffering of the Palestinian people is not an act of bigotry. Neither is calling on Israelis and Palestinians to co- exist in a democratic state with equal rights.So why did CNN fire professor Marc Lamont Hill after he did so at the United Nations last week, and why are there still suggestions that Temple University might follow suit? The answer lies in a double standard that our society applies to Americans who express solidarity with Palestinians, especially African-Americans." ca 8/12/2018
UN criticizes Israel’s “Nation State Law” as “discriminatory”Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Following a special request for action issued by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, four United Nations special rapporteurs have given Israel a 60-day deadline to respond to their grave concerns regarding the Jewish Nation-State Law, adopted by the Knesset on 19 July 2018." - id6/12/2018
Israeli Military Industries Moving Massive Testing Facility South, Bedouins at Risk of Forced DisplacementIMEMC - "Israel’s state-owned weapons manufacturer is relocating a massive testing facility from the center of the country to an area in the Naqab (Negev) desert in a move that puts some 1,200 Bedouin homes and other structures at risk of forced displacement. The planned facility is more than twice the size of Tel Aviv. Adalah & Bimkom are demanding authorities to reject or find alternative plan for Ramat Beka that doesn’t harm Bedouin residents." - id6/12/2018
`Gender violence pushed Jewish, Palestinian women into a corner — together`Edo Konrad - +972 - "Samah Salaime, a prominent feminist activist, speaks about building solidarity between Jewish and Palestinian women and why this moment feels so urgent." - id6/12/2018
Pope Francis meets Mahmoud AbbasVatican News - During the cordial discussions(...) attention turned to the path of reconciliation among the Palestinian people, as well as the efforts to reactivate the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, and to reach a two-state solution, hoping for a renewed commitment on the part of the international community to meet the legitimate aspirations of both peoples. [bz]4/12/2018
Army: no connection between Lebanon border operation and police investigation of Netanyahu Judah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel - The IDF vehemently denied allegations that the timing of "Operation Northern Shield", suddenly launched this morning, is connected to the recent Israel Police recommendation to press bribery charges against PM Netanyahu. ˇ§Thereˇ¦s no cynicism here, the operation was planned over the past year and a half and its launch was determined weeks ago, before the police recommendations were released". The army asserted that "an attack tunnel reaching 200-meter from Lebanon into Israeli territory has been discovered and is now being destroyed", and that it is but "the first of many". While at present the destruction of tunnels is limited to the Israeli side of the border, the army did not rule out the option of later on sending soldiers into Lebanese territory in order to discover and destroy tunnels - and act which is almost certain to cause a major escalation and flareup along the border. [ak] . 4/12/2018
Rejecting the traditional AIPAC tours to Israel, representative-elect Rashida Tlaib plans to lead delegation to Palestine Alex Kane, Lee Fang - The Intercept - Rashida Tlaib, Democratic representative-elect from Michigan, does not intend to take part a in the traditional "Freshman trips to Israel" sponsored by the education arm of AIPAC, which typically consist of a weeklong tour of Israel and meetings with leading Israeli figures in business, government, and the military - and no exposure to the Palestinain point of view. Both critics and proponents of the AIPAC freshmen trip say the endeavor is incredibly influential, providing House members with a distinctly pro-Israel viewpoint on complex controversies in the region. Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress, hopes to draw on her roots in the region to offer her fellow incoming representatives an alternative introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She said her group`s visit will focus on issues like Israel’s detention of Palestinian children, education, access to clean water, and poverty. She may even take them to Beit Ur al-Foqa, the village where Tlaib’s grandmother lives, in the northern West Bank. [ak]4/12/2018
Top court gives Israel even broader powers to use tortureEdo Konrad - +972 - Nearly 20 years after it banned torture, Israel’s High Court is finding new ways to justify using physical force in the interrogation of security suspects [ry]3/12/2018
British report: Exposed IDF force posed as medical workersElior Levy - Ynet - The Independent reports Israeli Special Forces in the botched raid in Gaza used `detailed but fake` IDs of real Gazans and claimed they were transporting patients back to their homes, but their accents arouse suspicions [ry]3/12/2018
J Street decries ‘smears’ of Airbnb for delisting settlement rentalsThe Times of Israel - Dovish lobby group says Israeli officials accusing booking site of anti-Semitism are ‘grossly abusing that term,’ rejects calls for punitive moves [ry]3/12/2018
Murder of 12-year-old girl shows human rights in Israel are only for JewsVered Lee - Haaretz "The asylum-seeker community in Israel is in a state of crisis and its women and teenage girls are paying an increasingly heavy price. Women are a minority among the refugees – there are only 7,000 female asylum seekers in Israel. Thirty percent of these were victims of abuse and torture in the Sinai desert, and many of them have suffered sexual harassment at work but don’t report it. Without access to the police and out of fear of how the authorities will relate to them, these women and girls don’t report the domestic violence they suffer. The handful who do report it do not get protection from the police and say that their partners ignore restraining orders fearlessly. Battered women’s shelters are not set up to accept asylum seekers, even as the demand increases." ca1/12/2018
Marc Lamont Hill Dumped By CNN For ‘River To Sea’ Barb Against Israel Dave Goldiner - "Hill’s remarks were quickly condemned by the Anti-Defamation League Thursday, which said the slogan calls for the destruction of the Jewish state.But Hill, a professor at Temple University, insisted he meant no such thing when he made the comments at a United Nations event to commemorate solidarity with the Palestinian cause." ca 1/12/2018
Ashrawi urges EBU not to broadcast Eurovision in Israeli settlementsMa`an News Agency - "Ashrawi said, in a statement, that giving Israel the privilege of hosting the 2019 Eurovision amounts to rewarding it for and helping it to conceal its decades-old military occupation and grave violations of Palestinian national and human rights."At the very least, the EBU must ensure that Israel`s illegal settlements throughout the occupied Palestinian territory are strictly excluded from any broadcast of the Eurovision activities." ca1/12/2018
Marc Lamont Hill politically lynched for telling truth about PalestineElectronic Intifada - "Smeared as an anti-Semite and grotesquely and falsely accused of calling for genocide against Jews, Hill was fired from his role as a political commentator for CNN.The same Israel lobby operatives who bullied CNN into ending Hill’s contract are also demanding that he be fired from his teaching position.The university has rebuffed these calls, citing Hill’s “constitutionally protected right to express his opinion as a private citizen.” ca 1/12/2018
Amnesty International Urges Revocation of Israeli Cyber Firm’s Spyware LicenseIMEMC - "Amnesty International has called on the Israeli ministry of military affairs to suspend the license of a cyber firm which was reportedly in talks with Saudi Arabia, to sell super-stealth spyware to the country and amid revelations that the company’s software had been used in “a series of egregious human rights violations.”" - id 29/11/2018
Escaping Gaza is easier now — for Palestinians who can afford itPam Bailey and Fadi O. Al-Naji - +972 - "Egypt has kept the Rafah crossing from Gaza continuously open since May, diverging from a years-long policy. But leaving the Strip is only the first of many challenges." - id 29/11/2018
Chad opposition leaders decry Idriss Deby`s Israel rapprochementAli Younes - Al Jazeera - "Opposition leaders reject Netanyahu`s planned visit to Chad, saying ties with Israel will only benefit Deby personally." - id 29/11/2018
No, democracies don`t have `cultural loyalty` laws Edna Harel-Fisher - Times of Israel Blogs - Culture Minister Miri Regevˇ¦s press conference yesterday, where she angrily lashed out at Finance Minister Kahlon and recently resigned Defence Minister Lieberman, marked the hopeful death of the "Culture Loyalty" bill, at least for the time being. The bill seeks to grant the minister holding the culture and arts portfolio the authority to censor culture in Israel, and to make funding to cultural institutions contingent on the content of their activities, based on the ministerˇ¦s sole personal judgement - ostensibly in order to "defend the stateˇ¦s values and symbols". The increasing disintegration of Netanyahu`s ruling coalition and the principled position taken by a handful of a few surviving right-wing liberals has for the time being gotten this idea off the agenda - though it may well be revived at some later time. [ak] 27/11/2018
Israel admits it sank Lebanese refugee boat in 1982 war error, killing 25TOI staff - "According to Channel 10, which had filed a petition to the High Court of Justice against the censorship of its report on the incident, a local boat apparently tried to take advantage of a brief ceasefire and flee the area with a group of refugees and foreign workers on board." ca23/11/2018
Miri Regev Booed, Arab Actor Leaves in Protest, at Artists’ Achievement AwardsDavid Israel The Jewish Press Newsletter - "A storm broke out Tuesday evening at the annual AMI (Israeli Artists Association) Lifetime Achievement Awards, as the audience, made up mostly of Israeli artists, booed Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev (Likud), and Arab actor and prize recipient Yussuf Abu- Warda walked out in protest of the minister’s Loyalty in Culture bill." ca23/11/2018
Netanyahu welcomes US vote against UN Golan resolutionAFP - Yahoo! News - "`I would like to thank President (Donald) Trump and Ambassador (Nikki) Haley on this important and just vote that is completely in keeping with my policy,` Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting" [ry]19/11/2018
US mulling ‘consequences’ after Palestinians join international bodiesAdam Rasgon - The Times of Israel - State Department calls move by Abbas to sign on to UN agency and 10 conventions ‘counterproductive’; Washington had already planned on cutting funds to UN body [ry]19/11/2018
Israel: Embattled Netanyahu warns of `irresponsible` snap voteMersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - Analysts say an upcoming election would bring about little change in the status quo of Israeli politics and discourse [ry]19/11/2018
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman Resigns Over Gaza Ceasefire JTA "He said the five members of his party will quit the ruling government coalition and called for new elections to be held as soon as possible.With Yisrael Beiteinu exiting the government, the coalition led by Netanyahu still has the narrowest of majorities in the 120-member Knesset with 61 seats." ca 16/11/2018
UN Palestinian agency says it is overcoming Trump funding cutsAFP - "The organisation, known as UNRWA, had counted on a budget of $1.2 billion for 2018 but faced a gap of $446 million when the Trump administration announced it was cutting support.UNRWA responded to its "unprecedented" financial pressures by seeking support across UN member-states and raised an additional $382 million, bringing the shortfall for the year down to just $64 million, Kraehenbuehl told reporters in Geneva." ca 16/11/2018
Billboard Honoring First Responders of Gaza RemovedIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Palestine Advocacy Project sponsored the billboard on Interstate 93, near Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to highlight the desperate situation in the Gaza Strip, and to emphasize the humanity and agency of the people of Gaza, who are often portrayed as terrorists or victims. The billboard included a photo of deceased Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, and text reading: “Honoring the First Responders of Gaza. Saving Lives. Rescuing Hope.” It was estimated to be viewed by over a half million motorists each week of its planned 4-week run, beginning 24 October. The billboard was met with positive media coverage." ca16/11/2018
PHOTOS: 24 hours of destruction in Gaza and southern IsraelMohammed Zaanoun and Oren Ziv - +972 - "Israel and Palestinian militants exchanged rocket and missile fire on Monday night, following a botched Israeli commando incursion into the Strip a day earlier. By Tuesday evening, the two sides had announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, but not before at least seven people, all of them Palestinian, were killed, and many others wounded in both Israel and Gaza." - id 15/11/2018
Israeli incursions into Gaza are the rule, not the exceptionHenriette Chacar - +972 - "Israeli troops have crossed into Gaza over 70 times this year alone, according to the UN. And those are only the incursions we know about." - id 15/11/2018
How Israel’s Freakish Air Defenses Stop Gaza’s RocketsNoga Tarnopolsky - The Daily Beast - "Without a disciplined civilian population, he says, trained almost like reserve soldiers, the anti-aircraft system and an anti-ballistic missile system would not be nearly as effective." - id 15/11/2018
IAF strikes multi-story buildings in response to Gaza rocket fireYoav Zitun, Elior Levy - Ynet - "We`ve hit dozens of targets within less than two hours, among them four high-quality targets—multi-story buildings in the center of the city—without causing fatalities, using the `Knock on the Roof` procedure. Only two such targets were hit during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge," said a senior Israeli Air Force official. [bz]13/11/2018
Belgium pledges to consider recognition of Palestinian stateMa`an - Palestinian ambassador to Belgium Al-Farra told on Voice of Palestine radio that the Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders, has reaffirmed Belgian`s commitment to the two-state solution and the establishment of the Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, including East Jerusalem as its capital. [bz]13/11/2018
Hamas trying to challenge Iron DomeYoav Zitun - Ynet - Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been making an unprecedented supreme effort in this round of fighting to overpower the Iron Dome missile defense system with relatively new launching methods. Among other things, the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip have been firing heavy barrages of dozens (at times over 50) of rockets within less than 10 minutes. There were two such barrages so far, on Monday afternoon and overnight. The objective was to make the IDF quickly go through all of the interceptor missiles that can be fired without recharging, so some rockets could get through the cracks. [bz] 13/11/2018
Hamas warns Israel it will extend range of rocket fire over raidsAl Jazeera - Hamas` warning that it would extend the range of its rocket fire was issued on Tuesday, hours after a rocket from Gaza killed an Israeli man in a direct hit on a residential building in the coastal town of Ashkelon. The rocket was fired after an Israeli air raid destroyed Hamas` Al-Aqsa TV building in Gaza on Monday evening. Hamas said in a statement that its fighters were able to hit the bus near the settlement of Miflasim using a Kornet anti-tank guided missile. [bz]13/11/2018
Israeli Missiles Destroy A Hotel In GazaIMEMC - The Israeli Air Force fired many missiles into the Al-Amal Hotel, in the densely populated al-Mina’ Area, west of Gaza city. The five-story hotel was leveled to the ground, before rescue teams and firefighters rushed to the area. There have been no immediate reports of casualties among the Palestinians due to the bombing, but it also caused damage to surrounding buildings. Missiles were also fired at many residential buildings and homes in addition to targeting the Al-Aqsa Satellite TV station in Gaza. [bz]13/11/2018
Major Russian-Israeli Diamond Merchant and Real Estate Developer Under Criminal InvestigationRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "This story is important … because of Leviev’s role in expanding Israeli settlements." … " Leviev was also known to have close business relationships with other Russian Jewish oligarchs like Roman Abramovich. Both men lived in Britain. Leviev himself once owned the most expensive home in the entire UK, which he purchased for $70-million." - id8/11/2018
Israel lawmakers to debate death penalty for Palestinian `terrorists`AFP/Middle East Eye - Israel`s parliament will renew debate next week on a bill that would make it easier to sentence Palestinian attackers to death, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. The bill, which passed a preliminary vote by the full parliament in January, would ease the requirements military courts in the occupied West Bank must meet to sentence Palestinians convicted of "terrorist" crimes to death. As the law stands now, a panel of three military judges must unanimously approve any death penalty in military courts. The new bill, planned by members of Lieberman`s Yisrael Beitenu party at his behest, would change the requirement to a majority instead of unanimity. "Death Penalty to Terrorists" had been one of the planks of Lieberman`s elections campaign in 2015. Lieberman`s rival on the extreme right, Education Minister Bennet, had been accusing Lieberman of "taking tough but acting softly". With new elections coming near, Lieberman feels obliged to make a show of toughness, and for the same reason PM Netanyahu now supports the death penalty bill. [ak] 6/11/2018
Victory for San Francisco State professor over pro-Israel lawfare suitNora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada - The lawsuit was initially filed in June 2017 by the Lawfare Project against professor Rabab Abdulhadi and the university over her Palestine research and criticisms of Israel. It was re-filed twice more after each attempt was dismissed and accused Abdulhadi and her employer of fostering a hostile environment for Jewish students which they claimed was due to the growing support for Palestinian rights on campus. [bz]6/11/2018
It Is a New Era, But China’s Balancing Act Will Fail in the Middle EastRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “The political division of Arab countries, the wars in Syria and elsewhere have pushed Palestine down from being a top Arab priority into some strange bargain involving ‘regional peace’ as part of Trump’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’. This painful reality has weakened Palestine’s position in China, which, at least for now, values its relationship with Israel at a higher level than its historical bond with Palestine and the Arab people” [ry]5/11/2018
Netanyahu hails Brazil leader`s plan to move embassy to Jerusalem AFP - "I congratulate my friend Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro for his intention to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, a historic, correct and exciting step!" Netanyahu said in a statement." ca 2/11/2018
Traveling the world as a Palestinian on an Israeli passport+972 Magazine - "When I traveled to Morocco last year, I was escorted from the airport by security — for my protection, because of my Israeli passport — and greeted with “Shabbat Shalom.” When I told the airport official “thank you, but I am not Jewish,” he responded, “it does not matter.” In 2013, I applied for a visa to conduct research in Egypt. The application has been pending ever since. I did not really know what happened until recently when my Egyptian friend, whose address I had used on the application, finally told me that Egyptian intelligence officers had come to her house and questioned her about her relationship with “this Israeli student,” even though I wrote my name in Arabic on the application. My Israeli passport trumped my Palestinian heritage." ca 2/11/2018
Arab themes dominate 32nd Annual Israeli Film Festival in Los AngelesRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Films include “Foreign Land,” “In Her Footsteps,” “The Oslo Diaries,” “Avanti Popolo,” “Tzeva Adom: Color Red”" - id 1/11/2018
Will Europe use Israeli drones against refugees?Mark Akkerman - The Electronic Intifada - "In September, the EU’s border management agency Frontex announced the start of trial flights for drones in Italy, Greece and Portugal. There was a major omission in the Frontex statement: the type of drones being tested have been used previously to attack Gaza." - id 1/11/2018
AG rules out house demolition for mentally ill terroristsTova Tzimuki - Ynet - " In a letter to Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Mandelblit wrote that in cases of terrorists suffering from mental disorders, the demolition of their homes would not achieve the desired goal of deterrence." - id 1/11/2018
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