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Why the Dutch Are Drawn to Right-Wing Populist Geert WildersSebastiaan Faber - The Nation "Amsterdam, The Netherlands—On January 23, Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister and leader of the center-right Liberal Party (VVD), wrote a 500-word letter “to all Dutch people” that appeared as a full-page ad in the country’s major newspapers...Polls predict that Wilders—who wants to leave the European Union, “de-Islamicize” the Netherlands by putting a ban on Muslim immigrants and refugees, lower taxes, abolish public broadcasting, and dramatically increase military spending—will garner close to 20 percent of the vote, corresponding to 30 deputies in the 150-seat Parliament. Rutte’s own party will likely end up in second place, with around 16 percent of the ballots." ca24/2/2017
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Israel: Human Rights Watch Denied Work PermitHuman Rights Watch - " Israeli authorities denied Human Rights Watch’s application for a work permit for its Israel and Palestine director on the grounds that it is not a real human rights group, the organization said today.In its February 20, 2017 letter denying a work permit for Omar Shakir, the Interior Ministry cited an opinion received from the Foreign Ministry that Human Rights Watch’s “public activities and reports have engaged in politics in the service of Palestinian propaganda, while falsely raising the banner of ‘human rights.’” The denial comes as the authorities seek to limit the space for local and international human rights groups to operate in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories." ca 24/2/2017
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Israeli warplanes shoot down Hamas drone: armyAgence France Presse - The Daily Star "OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli warplanes on Thursday shot down over the Mediterranean a drone controlled by the Gaza Strip`s Islamist rulers Hamas, the army said."An (Israeli) fighter aircraft shot down a Hamas-owned unmanned aircraft flown from the Gaza Strip to the Mediterranean," an army spokeswoman said.The drone fell into the sea without entering Israeli territory, she added." ca 24/2/2017
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Film about Israeli imprisonment of Palestinians wins top award in BerlinCeline Hagbard - IMEMC - "A film depicting the torture, humiliation and violence experienced by Palestinians imprisoned by Israel won the first ever “Silver Bear” award at the Berlinale international film festival. The film, “Istiyad Ashbah” (Ghost Hunting), was produced by Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni." - id22/2/2017
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A prison sentence that tells the true story of the occupationNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "An 18-month prison sentence for Elor Azaria, who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian attacker last year, is a reminder that the occupation has no place for law and justice." - id 22/2/2017
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Hamas and Hezbollah no longer terror organizations, says Lieberman: Ynet - "It`s vexing, it`s bothersome, but when you speak of Hamas and Hezbollah, they`re without a doubt no longer terror organizations; each of them has built its own army." [bz]21/2/2017
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Event involving Israeli Ambassador to Ireland cancelled following BDS protestsYnet - An event supposed to take place at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland involving Israeli Ambassador Ze’ev Boker was cancelled following pro-Palestinian protests and demonstrations. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "They obviously have no interest in helping efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." [bz]21/2/2017
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How the Israel lobby is using Owen JonesAsa Winstanley - EI - Last week the U.K. Jewish Labour Movement announced that Guardian columnist Owen Jones will be the big name speaker at an event the group is holding on 2 April. Jones will lecture on “left anti-Semitism, the Middle East and the Labour Party.” Scoring Jones appears to be a high-profile instance of a new push endorsed by Israel’s government to ensure that Palestine solidarity “instigators” are “singled out” from so-called “soft critics” of Israel, accepting progressive critics of Israel” while also demanding “an all-out assault on leading critics of Israel, sometimes using covert means.” Al Jazeera’s recent undercover documentary The Lobby revealed the Jewish Labour Movement’s close ties to the Israeli embassy, as well as its campaign against BDS. [bz] 21/2/2017
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PNC chairman urges suspension of Israeli Parliament’s membership in IPUWAFA/Tehran - At a Tehran International Conference, Salim Zanoun noted that there will never be regional security and peace without East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. Zanoun slammed the so-called “Regularization Bill” as a serious threat to the efforts to secure a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Middle East, including the two-state solution, noting that it would undermine regional stability and security. He also called for the implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 2334 in order to halt Israeli settlement construction. [bz] 21/2/2017
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Elor Azarya sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for point-blank shooting of wounded PalestinianMa`an - Leading up to the announcement of the sentence, the panel of three judges weighed the “complexity” and “competing values” of the case; while they agreed Azarya acted with the intent to kill and not because he felt threatened, a two-judge majority believed the “unique post-terror attack” atmosphere should work heavily in his favor. [bz]21/2/2017
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US offered Israel secret peace deal in 2016 `but Netanyahu walked away`Aron Heller - Independent - John Kerry reportedly proposed regional recognition of Israel as a Jewish state - a key Netanyahu demand - alongside a renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians with support of Arab countries [ry]20/2/2017
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Prominent Australians write open letter opposing Benjamin Netanyahu`s visitGuardian staff and agencies - Israel’s prime minister will be its first serving PM to visit Australia but he is expected to face protests [ry]20/2/2017
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Reform Judaism Movement Opposes David Friedman’s Nomination for U.S. Ambassador to IsraelRabbi Rick Jacobs - Reform Judaism Movement - Following a private meeting with David Friedman, Rabbi Jacobs noted: "This is a critical moment. Never before have we opposed the nomination of a U.S. Ambassador. We do so now because of the imperative need for us to voice our concerns about this critically important appointment. After extensive consideration of his lengthy public record on issues related to Israel and the U.S.- Israel relationship, as well as hearing from Mr. Friedman during his confirmation hearing and a one-on-one private meeting between Mr. Friedman and URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, we oppose the nomination of David Friedman and urge all Senators to join us and vote against Mr. Friedman’s nomination. It is our firm belief that Mr. Friedman is the wrong person for this essential job". [ak for dn]19/2/2017
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London college invests in makers of Israel’s weaponsShahd Abusalama and David Cronin - Electronic Intifada "A group called Demilitarise King’s has researched how the college invests – via funds – in such companies as BAE Systems and GE. The group has calculated that King’s has invested more than £1.5 million ($1.9 million) in the weapons trade.Rather than address the concerns raised by the group, the chief administrator at King’s has tried to fob them off." ca 17/2/2017
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Since Trump Won, All Israel Is Talking About Annexation. Why?Naomi Zeveloff - Forward - In general terms, annexation means the political transfer of land. In the current Israeli context, it refers to the application of Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, which Israel captured and has occupied since 1967, and where Palestinians hope to build a state. Naftali Bennett, chief of the hard-line Jewish Home party, has a plan to annex Area C, for example, where hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers live, and then offer citizenship to the less than 50,000 Palestinians living in that area.-rh16/2/2017
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Shin Bet Has Bad Case of TransphobiaRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The Shin Bet is a perfect exemplar of the Israeli nation: suspicious of The Other.  Ready to brand anyone who isn’t “like us” as an exotic animal.  Akin to medieval bear-baiting rituals." - id15/2/2017
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11-strong NFL stars’ trip to Israel now down to sevenJessica Steinberg - Times of Israel - Michael Bennett was first to quit Holy Land tour, saying he didn’t want to be ‘used’ - after reading comments about the trip made by Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan and Tourism Minister Yariv Levin in a press release. [bz]14/2/2017
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President Rivlin: "Applying sovereignty to an area gives citizenship to all those living there" Daniel K. Eisenbud - Jerusalem Post - Stating that he believes “Zion is entirely ours,” and that “the sovereignty of the State of Israel must be in all the blocs,” President Rivlin may have tested the waters for the one-state solution he has long championed.“It must be clear: If we extend sovereignty, the law must apply equally to all,” he told a packed auditorium of mostly right-wing participants. “Applying sovereignty to an area gives citizenship to all those living there.” [ak]14/2/2017
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Palestine activists in Spain could face prison over Matisyahu boycott callAli Abunimah - EI - The legal complaint follows tactics advocated by the Israeli government to pursue and punish supporters of Palestinian rights using all means, including covert “black ops” and lawfare, lawsuits and prosecutions to sabotage and attack activists. Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister in charge of combating the BDS movement, vowed last year that “Soon, any activist who uses their influence to delegitimize the only Jewish state in the world will know they will pay a price for it.” [bz]14/2/2017
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Buoyed by Trump-Netanyahu summit, ministers openly scratch annexation itchMarissa Newman - The Times of Israel - Right-wing lawmakers, policy wonks and several government ministers gathered to fete what they see as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity created by the ascension of Donald Trump to the US presidency. Undampened by some warning signals from Trump`s White House itself, the annexationists` reached fever pitch, demanding that Netanyahu discard his declared support for the two-state solution - lip service as it is generally perceived to be. There was, however, considerable dispute about the details - especially, on which devious scheme to use in order to carry out annexation and still avoid giving civil rights to the Palestinians. [ak]14/2/2017
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Yahya Sinwar elected new leader of Hamas in Gaza StripAl Jazeera - Hani Habeeb, a Gaza political analyst, said Sinwar`s victory sent a message of defiance to Israel and was also likely to complicate efforts further to conclude a stalled reconciliation with rival Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas`s Fatah faction. [bz]14/2/2017
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Trump: Israeli Embassy Is Not Moving to JerusalemJason Ditz - AntiWar - Message Delivered to Palestinians at Behest of Jordan`s King [ry]13/2/2017
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A painful embrace to the White House’s darlingOrly Azoulay - Ynet - While Trump showers Netanyahu with compliments and smiles, he will also make it clear to him that the party is over and that he finds the settlement construction in the West Bank unacceptable [ry]13/2/2017
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Efforts To Fight BDS Have Failed, Says ADL, ReutJosh Nathan-Kazis - Forward - While the report’s authors acknowledge that the Israeli government’s own actions play a role in the worldwide growth of anti-Israel sentiment, they propose their own action plan for what they call the “pro-Israel network.” The prescription seems to contain a contradiction. On the one hand, it calls for a big tent approach that accepts progressive critics of Israel. And the other, it demands an all-out assault on leading critics of Israel, sometimes using covert means. “The instigators must be singled out from the other groups, and handled uncompromisingly, publicly or covertly,” the report reads. [bz for dn]12/2/2017
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Israel Bulldozes DemocracyAyman Odeh - New York Times - The reality for Arab citizens is Kafkaesque: The state refuses to create municipal plans to accommodate growing communities, and instead destroys homes that are built without permits it makes impossible to obtain. The government must meet the housing needs of Arab communities. I have proposed a two-year moratorium on demolishing illegally built homes, together with a public campaign to discourage illegal building. During that time, the state should create municipal plans for every Arab city and town and ensure that there is proper accommodation for expected growth. This plan has the support of both relevant ministries. But Mr. Netanyahu is ignoring it. [bz for dn]12/2/2017
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US moves to block Salam Fayyad as UN Libya envoyAl Jazeera and news agencies - "United States says acting in the interests of Israel as it objects to appointment of former prime minister Salam Fayyad...Fayyad served as the Palestinian Authority`s prime minister from 2007-2013." ca11/2/2017
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Dutch artist creates beauty from rubble of warHamza Abu Eltarabesh - Electronic Intifada "The unusual idea is the brainchild of Dutch artist Marjan Teeuwen, who for years has worked with the concept that buildings can become sculptures, adding a sense of temporality by working on buildings slated for demolition.Seven such installations have been created: five in her native Holland, one in South Africa and one in Russia. But Gaza was a departure for her in more ways than one: here, the building had already been destroyed." ca 11/2/2017
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What Happens When Refugees Are Resettled in the US?Michelle Chen - The Nation "They—and the communities into which they’re placed—thrive." ca11/2/2017
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Israel Apologizes for Airport Questioning of New Israel Fund LeaderBen harris - Forward "The agency that manages Israel’s border crossings apologized for any “anguish” caused by the questioning of the leader of the New Israel Fund at Ben-Gurion Airport...The questioning of Gorovitz prompted Knesset member Tamar Zandberg, from the left-wing Meretz party, to complain to Interior Minister Aryeh Deri." ca10/2/2017
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Widespread destruction in wake of Israeli attacksMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "The air strikes took place the day before by Israeli forces against alleged Hamas movement targets in the Gaza Strip, but the damage was sustained by civilians." - id 8/2/2017
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Nablus` only oud maker keeps city in tuneAhmed el-Komi - Al-Monitor - "Cultural and musical life in Palestine is going through a kind of renaissance, with the emergence of a number of cultural centers, conservatories and numerous art festivals, most notably the Palestine International Festival, which hosts top Arab and international singers and musicians." - id8/2/2017
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European Union condemns Regulation Bill in sharp statement.Itamar Eichner - Ynet - The law may provide for `legalizing` numerous settlements and outposts previously considered as illegal even under Israeli law, which would be contrary to previous commitments by Israeli governments and illegal under international law. "In passing this new law, the Israeli parliament has legislated on the legal status of land within occupied territory, which is an issue that remains beyond its jurisdiction," said Mogherini. "Should it be implemented, the law would further entrench a one-state reality of unequal rights, perpetual occupation and conflict." [bz] 7/2/2017
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Umm al-Hiran driver`s widow: `They said "terrorist" without investigating`Attila Somfalvi - Ynet - Criticizing officials` immediate leap to paint her deceased husband as a terrorist, Dr. Amal Abu Saad tells Ynet that her husband was clearly intending to visit his mother, not carry out an attack and calls for governmental inquiry. [bz] 7/2/2017
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Israel debates controversial anti-boycott bill banning BDS supporters from the countryBethan McKernan - Independent - Critics say proposed legislation, which would affect anyone who has publicly called for a boycott of Israel, violates international law [ry]6/2/2017
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Netanyahu’s visit comes amid tensions between UK and EU over IsraelPatrick Wintour - The Guardian - EU leaders are concerned that Theresa May could soften UK’s opposition to settlements as she seeks closer ties with Donald Trump [ry]6/2/2017
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Appointment of US ambassador to Israel delayed over political concernsAlex Fishman and Orly Azoulay - Ynet - Friedman`s appointment is reportedly being delayed by senior Republican party officials who have expressed concerns over Friedman`s outspoken views against the two-state solution and in favor of the settlements. [bz]5/2/2017
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Israel’s Hard-Liners Want to ‘Go Big’: Annex a SettlementIAN FISHER - NYT - After eight years of little building, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just allotted 100 new building units to Ma’ale Adumim, part of 2,500 new proposed housing units around the West Bank settlements, and another 560 in East Jerusalem. Mr. Netanyanu has proclaimed this as just the beginning of a new wave of building. [bz]4/2/2017
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G4S turned to UK government after Israeli threatsAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "The multinational security and incarceration firm G4S wrote to the UK government after an Israeli minister threatened it for yielding to pressure from the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, according to emails obtained by the Financial Times under a freedom of information request...Earlier in 2016, after G4S revealed its intention to divest, Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister tasked with combatting BDS, accused the firm of caving in to pressure." ca3/2/2017
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Middle Eastern cinema has so much to say, and we need to be listening now more than ever Glenn Dunks - The Guardian "In Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, a husband seeks the truth behind a violent assault on his wife. In Hussein Hassan’s The Dark Wind, two families are torn apart by the ramifications of an Islamic State ambush. And Orlando von Einsiedel’s documentary The White Helmets follows Syrian volunteers as they help rescue women and children from airstrike rubble. All three films have collected awards, nominations and critical acclaim for, among other things, the insights they offer into countries of the Middle East." ca 3/2/2017
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We have nowhere else to go’: Bedouins say they will continue to rebuild as Israel carries out home demolitions at a record pace Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - On the morning of Wednesday, January 25th, Israeli forces escorted two bulldozers down from the main road up to the small Bedouin community. Mohammed Jahalin and his family were ordered out of their houses and forcefully gathered together on the edge of their encampment where they watched as the metal blades of bulldozers smashed through their homes.-rh 1/2/2017
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Netanyahu in hot water over praise of Trump`s wallLuke Baker - Reuters - "`President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel`s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great Success. Great idea,` Netanyahu wrote, appending pictures of the Israeli and U.S. flags alongside each other" [ry]30/1/2017
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High Court: Israel Must Prove Stone-throwing Law Doesn`t Discriminate Arabs Nir Hasson - Haaretz - Adalah lawyer Sawsan Zaher said the “automatic denial of social rights for parents of stone throwers is meant as a punitive and vengeful measure against children, most of whom come from East Jerusalem.” Zaher added that withholding benefits “in order to take revenge on parents of these children is a sweeping and impermissible act, contrary to essential principles of criminal law – which requires an examination of each individual on a case-by-case basis. Discriminating against Palestinian minors while refraining from taking similar measures against other minors committing worse offenses, such as murder, rape and drug trafficking, actually creates one criminal law for Arab children and another one for Jews.” [bz]28/1/2017
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Who’s Afraid of Nonviolence?MICHAEL CHABON and AYELET WALDMAN - NYT - Issa Amro, a native of the city of Hebron and a prominent Palestinian advocate of nonviolent resistance, has been waiting now for nearly two months to find out when he can expect to face trial in an Israeli military courtroom. He has been accused of a series of offenses ranging from demonstrating without a permit to “insulting a soldier.” The charge of insulting a soldier includes an incident in which a border policeman took Mr. Amro’s ID. Mr. Amro says he told the officer: “I want my ID back, I am not wanted, and if you had called to check you would know this. But you have not called, I know, I am not stupid.” The officer, however, insists that Mr. Amro called him stupid. [bz] 28/1/2017
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Trump Claims Waterboarding Doesn’t Come Close To The Excruciating Torment He Experiences At Every Moment News in brief - The Onion "Dismissing concerns that the controversial interrogation method constituted torture, President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that waterboarding does not even come close to the excruciating torment he himself experiences at every waking moment. “Prisoners who are forced to endure a few hours of simulated drowning hardly experience the unrelenting horror that tears at my psyche night and day,” said Trump, adding that being strapped to a chair in a filthy concrete cell and repeatedly suffocated was a “stroll in the park” compared to the cruel and inhuman anguish his mind is subjected to literally every single second." ca27/1/2017
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When the High Court has to intervene so a Palestinian family can mournOrly Noy - +972 - "The large question marks surrounding the incident did not stop Police Chief Roni Alsheikh and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan from continuing to call Abu al-Qi’an a “terrorist,” all while the Israel Police Investigation Unit is still investigating the incident." - id 25/1/2017
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IDF May Fire Senior Officer After Encrypted Cell Phone StolenRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "This is not the first such senior official to be so careless with highly secret government documents and electronic devices.  I reported a few years ago that the CEO of the Israel Atomic Energy Agency had his work computer stolen not once, but twice." - id25/1/2017
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The real news about Vanunu Mordechai’s “struggle for freedom”Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Due to The Media Blackout and Media Silence over Israel’s nuclear weapons, Israel’s nuclear whistle blower talks to the World at Facebook and Twitter." - id 25/1/2017
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In Umm al-Hiran, it is `a continuing Nakba` : Israel has advanced plans to raze the village of 150 homes and replace it with a town for Israeli Jews.Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - Witnesses, including Israeli Jewish activists who were in the village to protest the demolitions, say Abu al-Qiyan lost control of his car on the dusty hillside below his home after Israeli police shot at him in the early morning darkness. An aerial video taken by police appears to confirm the witnesses` accounts, showing Abu al-Qiyan driving slowly and cautiously until there were bursts of gunfire from the police. The car can then be seen accelerating and veering wildly down the steep slope.-rh 25/1/2017
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EU Foreign Minister: European embassies will stay in Tel AvivItamar Eichner - y-net - EU Foreign Minister Mogherini stated clearly that, while President Trump might decide to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, European will stay in Tel Aviv. They will not go to Jerusalem until there is a final status agreement on the city between Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli Minister Tzahi Hanegbi implored the Europeans not to intervene in the decisions of the US about the location of its Embassy, since "That is a purely internal American affair". Meanwhile, Trump himself cooled down a bit the expectations of his ardent fans on the Israeli right-wing. Newly installed White House press secretary Sean Spicer made clear there was no intention of announcing an immediate move of the Embassy. Rather, "We are the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject," Spicer said. [ak] 24/1/2017
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Torture, Israeli-style - as Described by the Interrogators Themselves Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - [One] method, N. said, is forcing the handcuffed suspect to kneel with his back to the wall for long periods of time. If the suspect falls, the interrogators put him back in position, and they keep him there even if the suspect cries, begs or screams. (...) The regulations stipulated (...) that any interrogator who used them must keep a detailed record of the number of blows, the painful positions and all other so-called special means used. [bz]24/1/2017
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US sent $221 million to Palestinians in Obama’s last hoursMatthew Lee and Richard Lardner/AP - Washington Post - The Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations. [bz]24/1/2017
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Palestinians rescue 3 armed IDF soldiers and civilian from Palestinian villageElior Levy & Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - Three soldiers and one Israeli civilian manage to evade a potential harm after they arrive at the Palestinian village of Qusra in the West Bank and began shooting in the air during an altercation with locals; they were extracted by the Qusra Regional Council head and a Palestinian who works for a rabbinical human rights organization; they rescued the four by driving them out of the area. [bz]24/1/2017
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By siding with the police, the media incites against Arab citizensSamah Salaime - +972 - The majority of Israeli journalists simply copied the official police version of the deadly events in Umm el-Hiran last week, effectively painting 20 percent of Israeli citizens as terrorists [ry]23/1/2017
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Opposition MKs claim cover-up as doubts grow over ‘terrorist’ car-rammingThe Times of Israel - Lawmakers say autopsy proves Abu Al-Qia’an was shot before he plowed into cops in Bedouin village on Wednesday; accuse PM, Erdan of political point-scoring [ry]23/1/2017
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Radio host fired from Israel Army Radio for Facebook post empathizing with slain BedouinIMEMC News - "Khen Elmaleh wrote on her Facebook page, “I would also run over a police officer if I were being removed from my home in order to make room for a town built for those more powerful than me”.Her boss, Army Radio Commander Yaron Deckel, contacted her to fire her from her job – then he tweeted that those who support running over police have no place in the radio station." ca 20/1/2017
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American-Israelis to hold anti-Trump ‘sister rally’ in Tel AvivSimona Weinglass - Times of Israel "Hundreds of unhappy American-Israelis are expected to attend a rally in front of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, January 21, in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, a massive protest scheduled to take place that morning in Washington, DC, whose stated mission is “to send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.” ca20/1/2017
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Victims of war crimes in Gaza demand arrest of former Israeli FM upon arrival to BrusselsBDS/ Brussels - Palestine News Network "On 23 June 2010 a group of victims filed a complaint in Belgium with the Federal Prosecutor against certain Israeli civilian and military officials at the time, including Livni, for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Gaza Strip.The complainants asked the Federal Prosecutor this week for the arrest of Mrs. Tzipi LIVNI when she steps off the plane on her arrival in Belgium on 23 January." ca 20/1/2017
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High-quality, low-cost West Bank hotels luring touristsGili Melnitcki - Haaretz "Is there anywhere between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River where you can stay a night in a five-star hotel in a city with nightlife and other activities with a top rating by guests who have stayed there and pay just 990 shekels ($260)?The answer is yes, if you’re ready to reserve a room in Ramallah, according to the hotel booking and ratings site HotelsCombined. Ayal Segal, CEO of the website’s Israeli CEO, said ratings by people staying in Palestinian hotels testify to sharp improvement in their facilities and service in the last few years." ca 20/1/2017
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Completion of project funded by Japan to improve container waste collectionPNN/ Nablus/- "The grant of US$65,600 was extended to Joint Service Council for Solid Waste Management in Nablus Governorate. It was used to improve the environmental situation and management system for solid waste collection by installation of newcontainers in order to secure betterliving environment for the local residents. The direct beneficiaries shall be about 35,000 residents." ca20/1/2017
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New Video Raises Questions About Alleged Car-ramming Attack by Bedouin Almog Ben Zikri - Haaretz - A video released on Wednesday may shed new light on the events that ended in the death of an Israeli police officer and an Israeli Bedouin who police claim ran over the officer during clashes in the southern Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran.-rh19/1/2017
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Will Arab Knesset member be impeached?Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - According to all estimations, there is only a slim chance that the Knesset will obtain the 90-member majority needed to expel Ghattas, largely because of the divided opinions among the members of the Zionist Camp. On the other hand, it is obvious to those who support implementing the law — i.e., the parties on the right and Lapid — will win points among large swaths of the Israeli public for it. The sequence of events needed to implement the Expulsion Law for the first time since it was enacted begins with Netanyahu and his need to project a populist approach. This will not be the first time Netanyahu dragged the opposition behind him, even though they are supposed to present an alternative to his government’s policies.-rh 18/1/2017
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Arab Israeli Lawmaker Shot and Wounded in Bedouin Clashes With PoliceMarcy Oster - Forward - Arab-Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh, head of the Arab Joint List, was injured in clashes between Israeli police and Bedouins after Israel demolished several homes. Odeh was hit in the head and back by sponge-tipped bullets fired by Israeli forces during the clashes on Wednesday morning. “This has been a terrible morning,” Odeh said in a statement after he left a hospital. “It was possible to prevent the spilling of blood.”-rh 18/1/2017
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Two-thirds of Israelis Still Back Two-state Solution, J Street Poll Finds Judy Maltz - Haaretz - The results show that an overwhelming majority of those who voted for parties associated with the political center and even the center-right favor the creation of a Palestinian state. Eighty-three percent of those who voted for the Kulanu party, which is part of the ruling coalition, favor a two-state solution. So do 81 percent of those who voted for Yesh Atid, which currently sits in opposition. [bz]17/1/2017
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J-Street: Some positive news from Capitol HillJeremy Ben-Ami - J Street - Something significant took place in the House of Representatives. It is not surprising that a resolution criticizing the Obama administration`s abstention at the UN Security Council did pass. What is new is that many principled Members of Congress protested and refused to support it - no less than 80 Members voted against. In the past, one-sided, inaccurate and unhelpful resolutions like this one would have passed with near unanimous support.We still have a long way to go - but this is a beginning. [ak] 17/1/2017
Netanyahu Finally Admits to Being a Corrupt LeaderUri Misgav - Haaretz - It looks patently insane to put the country through the whirlwind of an early election only two years after the previous election because of a preliminary vote on a bill that relates to some free newspaper. Holding an early election and replacing the Knesset and the government carries a huge price tag of around 2 billion shekels. But in his post on Sunday, Netanyahu made it clear: “After the law passed by a large majority, I dissolved the government and went to elections.” [bz]17/1/2017
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Conservative anger grows at Israel’s UK plotAsa Winstanley - EI - An influential parliamentary committee will investigate an Israeli embassy plot to “take down” a UK government minister. The chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee said on Sunday that disgraced Israeli embassy senior political officer Shai Masot’s discussion of a “hit list” of MPs was “interference in British politics of the murkiest kind.” Crispin Blunt, a lawmaker from Prime Minister Theresa May’s ruling Conservative Party, told the Mail on Sunday that “I hope to include this matter in the committee’s wider inquiry into the Middle East peace process.” After undercover footage revealed the plot, Masot was swiftly thrown under the bus. He was sent back to Israel and fired from his government position. [the article includes a link to the Al Jazeerah investigative report-bz]17/1/2017
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Israeli officials cheer ‘weakened’ Paris peace summit declarationRaphael Ahren - The Times of Israel - Jerusalem takes credit for softened statement by 70 nations, which omits the ‘problematic passages’ of December’s UN anti- settlements resolution [ry]16/1/2017
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Jewish settler group `invited to Donald Trump`s inauguration` amid concerns over President-elect`s stance on IsraelLizzie Dearden - Independent - Yesha Council says it has received invite to ceremony after UN condemns illegal settlements [ry]16/1/2017
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Two months on, still no evidence of a `fire intifada` in IsraelHaggai Matar - +972 - The Israeli media and politicians’ narrative of a Palestinian ‘arson intifada’ remains in place, despite there not being even a shred of evidence to support their story [ry]16/1/2017
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Amnesty International: Israel engaged in `illegal conduct` during demolitions in QalansaweMa`an - Mayor of Qalansawe, Abd al-Basit Mansour, immediately resigned from his post in reaction to the demolition campaign, underscoring that the city had been fruitlessly waiting for the approval of a master plan for the area for 20 years. The day following the demolitions, Palestinian citizens declared a general strike across Israel, which included protests in dozens of Palestinian-majority towns and at least half a million Palestinians participating in the strike. [bz]14/1/2017
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The Lobby: Young Friends of Israel VIDEO - Al Jazeera - Information Clearing House "Al Jazeera goes undercover inside the Israel Lobby in Britain. We expose a campaign to infiltrate and influence youth groups." ca13/1/2017
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10 Palestinian homes demolished in Israeli city, prompting mayor to resignMa`an - Israeli authorities demolished 10 homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel on Tuesday morning, prompting a defeated mayor to resign after Israeli authorities refused for decades to approve the city’s master plan. Local sources told Ma’an the devastating demolition campaign sparked clashes between Israeli police and residents. Mayor Abd al-Basit Mansour visited the area along with members of the municipal council and announced he would resign from his post, as Israeli bulldozers razed the homes to ground. Mansour told reporters that, "We have been waiting for approval of a master plan for twenty years, but our request fell on deaf ears.”-rh12/1/2017
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Israel`s anti-UN steps could lead to `isolation`Ben White - Al-Jazeera - "Israel is threatening to undertake punitive measures against the UN after it passed a resolution condemning settlements." - id 11/1/2017
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Obama warns against support for Israeli settlementsAP & Reuters - Ynet - "Speaking to the Israeli TV program `Uvda,` the outgoing US president warned that `unfettered support` for Israeli construction in the West Bank will result in a `worsening situation` between Israelis and Palestinians." - id 11/1/2017
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The real impact of UN Resolution 2334 has yet to comeShemuel Meir - +972 - There is no factual foundation for a U.S. policy that allows Israel to annex “settlement blocs” that would stay under Israeli control in a final status agreement. And there is no such promise in the Bush-Sharon letter. Presidents Obama and Bush held nearly identical positions on the territorial issues. It’s difficult to assume that President Trump will turn that stance on its head — it is a position that Washington has held consistently since Resolution 242 and the 1969 Rogers Plan that included minor territorial adjustments. [bz]10/1/2017
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Portland halts investment in Caterpillar, IDF bulldozer supplier Nora Barrows-Friedman - The Electronic Intifada - In a unanimous vote, city council of Portland, Oregon decided to halt investment in the corporate securities of "Caterpillar", notorious for supplying the D-9 bulldozers which the IDF regularly uses in destroying Palestinian homes. The Portland city council rejected charges of "antisemitism" - pointing out that many of the activists urging this act are Jewish themselves, and that similar acts were taken towards companies involved in other forms of Human Rights violations - for example, "Wells Fargo" which is involved in running private prisons in the US itself. [ak] 10/1/2017
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`Israel must build and build in Judea and Samaria after Trump takes office` says Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked Jeremy Sharon - Jerusalem Post - Two senior figures in the coalition, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and senior Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi objected however saying that unilateral steps without coordination with the Trump administration could be diplomatically dangerous. Liberman also referred to the Settlements Arrangements Law. Its approval in its first Knesset reading had been “one of the straws that broke the back of the US president [Barack Obama].” - “Because of this law we were attacked in the UN Security Council." [bz]10/1/2017
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Benjamin Netanyahu accused of offering newspaper owner commercial favours in return for positive coverageBen Kentish - Independent - Israeli Prime Minister already being investigated for accepting gifts of champagne and cigars but denies any wrongdoing [ry]9/1/2017
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Meet the Palestinian woman director bringing her generation to the screenHaggai Matar - +972 "“Judging by the responses from Palestinian girls who have seen the film, at premieres and festivals, I don’t feel I have anything to worry about. It obviously exposes something, but I think that the trick of the movie, for the families and for the older generation is that after the initial shock of seeing [the girls’] lives at the beginning, the film starts to slowly reveal their own lives to them as well, which undoes the antagonism." ca6/1/2017
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Will `earth shaking` revelation bring down Netanyahu?Ben Caspit - Al Monitor "Netanyahu, even before the investigation against him began, adopted tactics to make it clear that he has no intention of caving. To the contrary, in fact, Netanyahu intends to leverage his popularity and recruit his supporters, mainly the growing right-wing Israeli public, to constantly repeat one message: that he is being subjected to a political investigation and political persecution...Netanyahu has now declared war against the police, the state attorney, parts of the independent media and senior members of the political establishment. He is convinced that he will win, but everyone else is not so sure." ca 6/1/2017
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Funeral Held for Palestinian Victim of New Year’s Nightclub Attack in IstanbulIMEMC - "The funeral was held at the Omar Ibn al-Khattab mosque, and her body was laid to rest at the Islamic cemetery of Tira.A number of Palestinian members of the Knesset (Parliament) attended the funeral of the young woman, including Ahmad Tibi, Jamal Zahalqa and Ayman Odeh. In addition, the mayor of the town of Tira, Maamun Abd al- Hayy, and his deputy Walid Nasser, were in attendance.Former Knesset members also attended, including Mohammad Baraka and Talab al- Sanaa." ca 6/1/2017
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Palestinian resistance archbishop dies in VaticanAmira Howeidy - Al-Ahram Weekly "Jerusalem’s Archbishop Hilarion Capucci was a household name across the Arab world in the mid-1970s. At a time when Palestinian armed struggle was popular, even endorsed by Arab regimes, the unlikely figure of the Catholic archbishop gained celebrity status as a symbol of resistance against the Israeli occupation. Iconic images of the then 52-year-old Capucci in his all-black Melkite Catholic vestment appeared on stamps in Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Kuwait, Iraq and Syria, among others...twice boarded ships attempting to break the siege of Gaza. The last attempt was on the Turkish humanitarian aid flotilla Mavi Marmara, which was seized and attacked by the Israeli navy 31 May 2010. Nine activists were killed." ca6/1/2017
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What were the top 10 BDS victories of 2016?Nora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada "Israel resorted to threatening and bullying individuals, adopting policies to expel suspected boycott activists and to bar others from entering...Amnesty International condemned the threats, which included a call by intelligence minister Yisrael Katz for “targeted civil eliminations” of BDS leaders with the help of Israeli intelligence." ca6/1/2017
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The challenges of being a Palestinian doctor in the ‘Jewish state’ Hatim Kanaaneh - Mondoweiss - The great majority of our physicians, like other professionals in the Palestinian minority in Israel, with the exception of teachers and nurses, received their higher education abroad. Two factors played a central role in this exceptional achievement: Initially the Communist Party, the majority of whose membership in Israel has always been Palestinian, awarded its diligent youth cadre with full scholarships to universities in the Soviet Union. This was conditional on their return upon completion of their studies to serve their communities and to swell the number of educated party members. The first physician who led this process was my good colleague and cofounder of the Galilee Society for Health Research and Services, Dr. Anwar Awad from the neighboring village of Rama in Galilee. -rh5/1/2017
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The Moral Failure of Assad`s SupportersOne just needs to see, and listen to, Assad`s supporters. Reports by human rights NGOs, the footage, the aerial bombardment, the prisoners` testimonies and the babies` photos - all these will not help to change their position since in their minds they regard Assad`s survival as their own survival. As part of the minor flirtation of Egypt and the Palestinian Authority with the democratic processes, those who support Assad now had witnessed the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, i.e. the rise of new political Arab elites. Instead of handling the latter`s arguments and continuing the democratic process, the aforementioned regimes preferred military repression at any cost.4/1/2017
Will `earth shaking` revelation bring down Netanyahu?Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor - "Netanyahu has now declared war against the police, the state attorney, parts of the independent media and senior members of the political establishment. He is convinced that he will win, but everyone else is not so sure." - id 4/1/2017
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Report ignored by state could grant Darfur refugees legal status in Israel Yehuda Shohat - Ynet - "it holds that any Darfur refugee who does not belong to the Arab tribes is automatically entitled to political asylum in Israel. This likely applies to several thousands in Israel—about 6,000 people." - id according to one estimate. ...4/1/2017
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Netanyahu’s holy war, and the coming Jewish schismYakov Hirsch - Mondoweiss - For many years Jeffrey Goldberg played a major role in the Hasbara world where Israel is the utter Good and everyone designated by Israel`s PM as "Anti-Semite/Anti-Israel" is Evil Incarnate. But now Jeffrey Goldberg, recently crowned Editor- in-Chief of "The Atlantic", plans to put his magazine at the forefront of militant opposition to the Trump Presidency. And with Netanyahu preparing for a love feast with Trump, Goldberg has no choice but to take a distance from Netanyhau - a choice which many other Liberal American Jews are bound to make in the near future. [ak] 3/1/2017
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Person of the Year: The women standing up to sexual harassmentDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - The women who spoke out in 2016 executed an unplanned pincer move. As accusations snowballed, women inspired one another to speak up. First and foremost, what 2016 should mean for Israel’s social institutions is that there are limits on power. Whether or not men acknowledge what they did as wrong, title or talent must not protect them [ry]2/1/2017
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