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Jordan – Staunch Western Ally – Angry andConfusedAndre Vltchek - Information Clearing House "In June,massive protests shook the capital,Amman. Protesters were demanding thechange of the government. They wereoutraged by planned tax hikes and therapidly declining standard of living.They also called for the end of endemiccorruption among government officials. Scores ofpeople were arrested.In July,the government resigned, and KingAbdullah asked Omar al-Razzaz, a formerWorld Bank economist, to form a newgovernment. People dispersed. They were told that they had won, but almost nothing changed." ca 17/8/2018
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BREAKING: Star Israeli Athlete Paralyzed in IDF Hazing IncidentRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Any army which permits such a hazing ritual at which a star athlete is paralyzed should immediately remove the commanding officer and review all its training guidelines. Someone should be accountable. Do you think this will happen? No, of course not. And one way to ensure it won’t is to maintain this entire incident under a shroud of opacity." - id15/8/2018
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Home Office stopped author from speaking at UK festival, says publisherSian Cain - The Guardian - Visa refusals mean Palestinian Nayrouz Qarmout unlikely to get to Edinburgh book festival [ry]13/8/2018
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Jared Kushner’s sleight of handOmar Karmi - EI - “Jared Kushner, the American president’s son-in-law, may be a diplomatic novice (who would have noticed?) but he is not afraid of innovating. As his quest for the Ultimate Deal™ has shown, there is an agility of mind and ability to adapt that is truly mind-boggling” [ry]13/8/2018
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Our Government Is Awash With Foreign Citizens Chuck Baldwin - Information Clearing House "The U.S. government is awash with foreign citizens—Israeli citizens. And if you don’t think that Israel is exerting tremendous influence over the decisions, policies and wars of the United States, you are hopelessly naïve.It is absurd that people who are citizens of foreign nations would be allowed to hold public office in the United States—or, at the very least, would not be required by law to disclose those foreign citizenships and recuse themselves from any vote or decision involving the countries in which they hold citizenship..." ca 10/8/2018
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A Bedouin Artist`s All-but-dashed Dreams for a Shared Life May Palti - Haaretz "The film in question is Abu Fraiha’s documentary “In Her Footsteps,” which was screened at the Jerusalem Film Festival last year and has since garnered acclaim abroad and at home, and the prize for best director of a documentary at that 2017 festival. It tells the wrenching story of her mother, Rodaina, who, after developing breast cancer, fought to be buried as a Muslim in Omer – a predicament the Jewish town had never before considered." ca10/8/2018
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Trump moving to strip Palestinians of refugee status: reportAl Jazeerah - Prior to the announcement, Kushner, in a leaked email obtained by FP, wrote: "It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA." "This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn`t help peace," he reportedly wrote in an email dated January 11 and addressed to several senior US officials. [bz]7/8/2018
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5-year drought raises questions over Israel`s water strategyCaron Creighton - Yahoo! News - "Desalination doesn`t make up for everything, and when groundwater is suffering from drought and the Sea of Galilee is suffering from drought, you need to conserve" [ry]6/8/2018
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My son, Osama: the al-Qaida leader’s mother speaks for the first timeMartin Chulov - The Guardian "Nearly 17 years since 9/11, Osama bin Laden’s family remains an influential part of Saudi society – as well as a reminder of the darkest moment in the kingdom’s history. Can they escape his legacy?" ca3/8/2018
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Are We Saving Syrian `Heroes`... or Just Importing More Fanatics?Peter Hitchens - Information Clearing House "You may recall the fuss Theresa May made about getting rid of the Islamist preacher Abu Qatada.In the end it took 11 years of legal wrangling to get this fanatic, with his very nasty opinions, out of the country.Without her personal intervention at the end, he would probably still be here. Why, then, is the British Government seriously considering welcoming into this country an unknown number of men who have been – I put this at its mildest – closely associated for several years with an armed faction linked to Al Qaeda, or with others perhaps even worse?" ca Was all the fuss about Abu Qatada just a public relations front? 3/8/2018
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Jordan army says several ISIL fighters killed in border clashesNews agencies - "Jordan`s military says it was warding off ISIL fighters after they were chased by Syrian troops...Military units used "all types of weapons" to shell a group of fighters who had come close to its side of the Yarmouk Valley in clashes that lasted nearly 20 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon, an army source told state news agency Petra." ca3/8/2018
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Enough Pity; Enough Hell: the Psychological and Physical Costs of the Israel-Gaza WarJULIA CHAITIN - CounterPunch - "What is it like knowing that my two million neighbors in the Gaza Strip have been collectively punished since 2007, when the Israeli government imposed a blockade on that tiny region? What is it like knowing that while they have only three to four hours a day of electricity, and no potable water, they do have plenty of sewage running in the streets that is polluting their piece of the Mediterranean Sea? What is it like knowing that thousands of people there have been killed – many of them innocent adults and children – and thousands more wounded? What is it like knowing that the Gazans have given up giving up, have become fed up with being invisible, and for the last four months have been clanging on the jail gates to be released?" - id 2/8/2018
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Congresswoman McCollum stands out as principled voice on human rightsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "...in regards to her bill, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Detention of Palestinian Children." - id 2/8/2018
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Journalist Quits After Jerusalem Post Fires Cartoonist Over Caricature Mocking Netanyahu Itay Stern - Haaretz "Watzman, a Ohio native born in 1956, is an author and translator, and wrote a column for The Jerusalem Report called “Necessary Stories,” which was published as a book last year. The Israel Press Council published a statement of concern about Katz’s dismissal and demanded that the owners of The Jerusalem Post group explain the reasons behind the decision. The council added that it condemns any harm to journalists or their livelihoods." ca 2/8/2018
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Ahed Tamimi: `I am a freedom fighter. I will not be the victim` Oliver Holmes and Sufian Taha - The Guardian - “The Jew or the settler child who carries a rifle at the age of 15, they are the victims of the occupation. For me, I am capable of distinguishing between right and wrong. But not him. His view is clouded. His heart is filled with hatred and scorn against the Palestinians. He is the victim, not me. I always say I am a freedom fighter. So I will not be the victim.” [bz]30/7/2018
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Arab lawmaker from Zionist Union quits Knesset to protest nation-state lawTOI staff - "Zouheir Bahloul announces resignation in live TV interview, saying his conscience will not allow him to sit in a parliament that passed a law that discriminates against Arabs." ca27/7/2018
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Felicia Langer obituaryDaphna Baram - The Guardian - She articulated a dilemma that faces many human rights activists in Israel: “I realised that all this time, by bringing Palestinians to the courts, I had been legitimising the system, but the system had not brought the Palestinians any justice. And I decided I couldn’t be a fig leaf for this system anymore.” [bz]24/7/2018
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Republican Jewish Coalition Boss Declares BDS as Dangerous to Jews as White SupremacistsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - " Brooks has the unmitigated gall to claim that the “radical left”– by which he means the BDS movement and “intersectionality,” by which he means Black Lives Matter and its alliance with pro-Palestinian activists–is as dangerous to American Jews as white supremacists. Now keep in mind that neo-Nazis have murdered hundreds of Americans over the past few decades, including a number of Jews. Meanwhile no BDS leader or supporter, nor any BLM leader or supporter, has ever harmed anyone physically, let alone murdered them." - id18/7/2018
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No Legitimacy to anti-Semitism! Protest Hungarian PM`s visit to Holocaust museum 17/7/2018
`Breaking the Silence` bill passed into lawGil Hoffman - Jerusalem Post - The law targets Breaking the Silence, an organization made up of former IDF soldiers who report about their negative experiences serving over the Green Line. “Organizations that undermine Israel and besmirch IDF soldiers will no longer be able to reach Israeli students,” says Education Minister Naftali Bennett. “Bennett wants the schools to teach his view that it is justified to fire upon 8-year-old Palestinian children, but forbidden to evacuate settlers,” a Breaking the Silence spokesman said. [bz]17/7/2018
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EU Blasts Israeli Minister: You Feed Disinformation and Mix BDS, Terror Noa Landau - Haaretz - Federica Mogherini, sent a personal, sharply worded letter to Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, asking him to provide proof of his ministry’s “vague and unsubstantiated” allegations that the EU is financing terror and boycott activities against Israel. Mogherini responds to a report issued in May by the Strategic Affairs Ministry titled “The millions given by EU institutions to NGOs with ties to terror and boycotts against Israel.” She also claims that the report in question contained errors. “For example, of the 13 organizations listed in the report, 6 do not receive EU funding for activities in Palestine and none of them receives EU funds for BDS activity,” She also noted, “In addition, as reported widely by the Israeli press in recent weeks, a number of the organizations referred to in the report also receive funding from other international donors including the United States.” [bz]17/7/2018
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Shouting at Knesset committee over nationality billMoran Azulay, Inbar Tvizer - Ynet - `How can you have a democratic process on an undemocratic bill?` MK Pnina Tamano-Shata wonders after MK Bezalel Smotrich seeks to add the word `religious` to type of rights Jewish people have in Israel, while other MKs contend result of vote on one of the reservations [ry]16/7/2018
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Qatar funded Zionist Organization of AmericaTamara Nassar&Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "Qatar donated $250,000 to some of the most extreme pro-Israel organizations in the United States, including one that funds senior Israeli military officers to go on propaganda tours.Joseph Allaham, a lobbyist working for the Qatari government, transferred the money through his firm Lexington Strategies in late 2017 and early 2018. The sums included $100,000 to the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), $100,000 to Our Soldiers Speak and $50,000 for Blue Diamond Horizons, Inc.Blue Diamond Horizons is a company controlled by Mike Huckabee, the Christian Zionist former governor of Arkansas." ca 13/7/2018
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President Rivlin condemns discriminatory `Nationality Bill`Moran Azulay - Ynet - President Reuven Rivlin strongly objects to "The Nationality Bill" whose aim is to enshrine into law the status of Israel as "the nation state of the Jewish people" and which is massively backed by PM Netanyahu. Rivlin espcailly objects to clause 7(B) under which the state would be authorized to allow a community, including a one-religion or a one-nationality group, to "establish a separate community." This would legalize the exclusion of non-Jews or of specific groups such as Mizrahi Jews or LGBT people. In Rivlin`s view this is "contrary to the basic vision of Zionism" and might legitimize discrimination against Jews elsewhere in the world. [ak] 10/7/2018
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Painting Palestine: Samir Salameh’s art embodies the Palestinian causeJack Stubbs - PNN - "...considered one of Palestine’s seven master painters. The first retrospective of his life’s work opened in Palestine last week, with exhibitions currently being held at four galleries in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem- a testament to the size and variety of his oeuvre." - id 4/7/2018
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Mordechai Vanunu and 32 years of Security RisksEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Israel renewed the draconian restrictions against him for another year despite his being released from jail in 2004, and Norway’s granting Vanunu asylum so that he can join his wife of three years in Oslo." - id 4/7/2018
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UN concerned over expected demolition of illegal W. Bank villageAP - Ynet - "We call on the Israeli authorities not to proceed with the demolition of (Khan al Ahmar), to respect the rights of residents to remain on their land and have their status regularized," the spokeswoman, Liz Throssell, said. The Palestinians seek all of the territories captured by Israel in 1967 for a future independent state. They say that Area C, home to an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 Palestinians, is crucial to a future Palestine`s economic development. J Street, a left-wing liberal group in the US that describes itself as "pro-Israel", submitted a petition against the demolition signed by 7,000 people to the Israeli Embassy in Washington. It said the demolition would have far-reaching effects. "Beyond the devastation it would create for Khan al-Ahmar`s residents, the demolition would also strike a major blow to prospects for a two-state solution and a peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians." [bz]3/7/2018
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Australia’s decision to end direct aid to PalestineDr. Hanan Ashrawi - PLO Department of Culture and Information - I would like to remind Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that since 1948 Israel has imprisoned more than one million Palestinians without due process and killed roughly 75,000 Palestinians. Every single Palestinian family has thereby been affected by this longstanding injustice. It is disconcerting that the Palestinian leadership is being charged with ‘politically motivated violence’ by Foreign Minister Bishop. We have been committed to non-violent resistance and to legal and responsible forms of countering Israeli violations and violence. It is ironic that Israel has not been held accountable for its ‘official and unofficial’ violence carried out both by its occupation army and extremist settlers, while the Palestinians are expected to remain docile and subservient victims. We strongly urge the government of Australia to reconsider its decision and not embolden Israel in its unilateral and illegal policies. Bringing Israel to compliance with international law and international humanitarian law would be the most constructive action for governments interested in peace and justice.” [ak]3/7/2018
Between Adelson and BDS, Birthright Has Become a Political BattlefieldAllison Kaplan Sommer - Haaretz - Birthright Israel has done its best to stay above the political fray ever since its founding in 1999. Like most major institutions, though, in these divisive times it is losing the struggle to remain detached from deep political differences. Over the past months, it has been targeted directly by young activist Jews, angry over what they believe is the program’s refusal to deliver a balanced message to its participants regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The activities have ranged from protests against the Birthright gala in New York, to leafleting Birthright participants boarding their flights to Israel, to the high-profile walkout of five female participants toward the end their trip to Israel last Thursday, opting instead to join a Breaking the Silence tour in Hebron. This last event kicked off what the activist group IfNotNow predicts will be a long, hot summer against the program.[ak]3/7/2018
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Abbas said seeking unity government with Hamas to counter US peace maneuversStuart Winer - Times of Israel - Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper says PA president has asked former PM Salam Fayyad to lead new coalition with aim of later calling general election. Sources told the London-based daily the maneuver is intended to prevent the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip from being isolated from the West Bank as part of the Trump administration’s peace plan, details of which have not yet been published. [bz]3/7/2018
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U.N. Expert: Israel Moving Closer To Formal West Bank AnnexationTova Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - “After years of creeping Israeli de facto annexation of the large swathes of the West Bank through settlement expansion, the creation of closed military zones and other measures, Israel appears to be getting closer to enacting legislation that will formally annex parts of the West Bank,” Michael Lynk said. “This would amount to a profound violation of international law, and the impact of ongoing settlement expansion on human rights must not be ignored.” [bz]3/7/2018
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US court blames murdered teen`s family for living in territories Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - The Frenkel family appealed the amount of damages, which it wouldn’t have received in any event due to Syria and Iran`s refusal to respond to the legal proceeding. The judge refused to reconsider her decision, stating that the plaintiffs had taken the risk involved in living beyond the Green Line in Israel and sending Naftali Frenkel a further 40 kilometers into the West Bank to a school in Gush Etzion, 6 kilometers from the city of Hebron. [bz]3/7/2018
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Listen: Israel lobby seeks to erase occupation from Virginia schoolbooksNora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada "While some of their suggested edits address issues of Holocaust denial and offensive stereotypes of Jews and Judaism in biblical references, others address the way Israel’s establishment has been explained, as well as Israel’s current policies of discrimination, occupation and land theft.In the video, Elias bragged that ICS had successfully changed a textbook entry to omit reference to Israel’s forced expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the lead up to and after the state of Israel was declared." ca 2/7/2018
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