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Palestinians try to kick WB soccer teams out of FIFAAP, Ynet - The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is headlining another international venue once again following a Palestinian push to have FIFA declare settlement soccer teams illegal; Israel Football Association head Shlomi Barzel: `FIFA is not the United Nations` [ry] 26/9/2016
Facebook `blocks accounts` of Palestinian journalistsSophia Hyatt - AlJazeera - Account suspensions come on heels of agreement between social media giant and Israel to team up against "incitement" [ry] 26/9/2016
Extremist Jewish settlers attack Christians in JerusalemMEMO - "The Israeli settlers, led by the extremist Jewish activist Benzi Gopstein, attacked the gathering which was organised inside a hall on Thursday night whilst chanting anti-Christian slogans and insults" [ry] 26/9/2016
Netanyahu calls for fighting “savages” and “pulling out the weeds” at Africa event at U.N.Ben Norton - Salon - The right-wing Israeli prime minister espoused aggressive "security" policies in a talk on technology in Africa [ry] 26/9/2016
Trump links plan for Mexico border wall to Israel`s `successful` separation barrierBen Jacobs - The Guardian - Republican’s campaign highlights lengthy discussion between Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on securing borders [ry] 26/9/2016
Accept Palestine or face ‘sea of hatred,’ Jordanian king warns IsraelGabriel Samuels - Independent - `Peace is a conscious decision. Israel has to embrace peace or eventually be engulfed in a sea of hatred in a region of turmoil`. [bz]24/9/2016
Mideast Quartet warns that Israeli settlements eroding two-state solutionReuters - Ynet - France`s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that while the path to peace was narrowing, it still existed... [bz]24/9/2016
Women gain ground in Jordan election despite yawning gender gapOlivia Cuthbert - The Guardian "Women claim 20 parliamentary seats as move to proportional representation reaps dividends for record number of female candidates." ca23/9/2016
Israel`s `50 most influential women` — not a single ArabSamah Salaime - +972 "So, dear editors of Lady Globes, next time before you include MK Shelly Yachimovich (Zionist Union) in your list of Israel’s most influential women — despite the fact that most of the struggles she has spearheaded have not really succeeded — perhaps you should pick up the phone and call MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), the first Arab woman to head the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, and who has a positive influence on many aspects of women’s lives here, be they Arab or Jewish." ca23/9/2016
Levy named president of US/Middle East Project. The Arab Daily News - "Longtime American Jewish peace activist to head international peace group succeeding founder Henry Siegman. The group is based in London and New York and advocates for Palestinian-Israeli peace." - id 21/9/2016
Massacre at Ras Sudr, How Future IDF Chief of Staff Ordered 1967 War CrimeSeptember 19, 2016Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Like many readers, I like to unravel a good mystery and the censorship of Benn’s piece piqued my interest. A confidential Israeli source told me that his story dealt with the massacre of captive Egyptian prisoners at Ras Sudr." - id 21/9/2016
Obama at UN: Israel can`t permanently occupy PalestiniansAlexander J. Apfel - Ynet - "Taking his final opportunity to reflect on the world`s achievements during his leadership, the US president stressed that `Palestinians must recognize they can`t incite against Israelis and Israel has to recognize it can`t permanently occupy Palestinians.`" - id21/9/2016
AIPAC gets 88 Senators to support continued American veto Jerusalem Post - On the eve of Netanyahu`s meeting with Obama, AIPAC once again demonstrated its control of Capitol Hill, getting 88 US Senators to sign a letter calling upon the President Obama to uphold the long-standing US policy of "a veto of any one-sided United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding the Israeli- Palestinian conflict". While paying lip-service to "a sustainable two-state solution, with a future state of Palestine living in peace and security with Israel", the AIPAC letter ruled out any involvement by international bodies; "direct negotiations" with the US as "an indispensable trusted mediator" was declared the only acceptable format. Still, any reference to the Two State Solution US was too much for Senator and failed presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who refused to add his name. [ak]20/9/2016
Kerry `concerned by surge in settlement activity, violence`Jerusalem Post - Following Secretary of State Kerry`s meeting with President Abbas, the State Department announced that the two "Discussed regional challenges and constructive ideas for the way forward", reiterated their "Shared goal of a two state solution" and “Agreed on the importance of continuing to work with key partners". Israeli media immediately seized on one key phrase, where Kerry combined "violence and settlement activity" as the two factors undermining the chances of the Two-State Solution. [ak] 20/9/2016
In the village of Ara: right-wing provocatuers with Israeli flags; residents blocking the roadHassan Shaalan - Ynet - Dozens of right-wing activists staged a demonstration Monday afternoon in the northern Israeli village of Ara outside the home belonging to the parents of Nashat Melhem, who carried out a deadly shooting terror attack on New Year’s Day. Local residents however, posit that the real targets of the demonstration are not terrorists or their sympathizers but the Arab community as a whole. [bz] 20/9/2016
Israel linked to suspension of Palestine course at UC BerkeleyNora Barrows-Friedman and Ali Abunimah - EI - "The University of California, Berkeley [...] has shut down a student-led course on Palestine. The censorship is one of Nicholas Dirks’ last acts as chancellor of the college. His administration decided to suspend the course after Israel-aligned organizations demanded that he do so. There are indications of pressure from the Israeli government as well" [ry]19/9/2016
Palestinian Supreme Court freezes municipal elections in West Bank, GazaAhmad Jaradat - AIC - The Israeli occupation and the division between Fatah and Hamas has created a crisis of democracy in Palestine [ry] 19/9/2016
Israeli justice minister: BDS is the ‘new face of terrorism’MEMO - “Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked branded the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement a form of `terrorism` […] compared the BDS campaign to tunnels under the Gaza border fence” [ry]19/9/2016
Israel`s `50 most influential women` — not a single ArabSamah Salaime - +972 - Israel’s leading economic paper couldn’t find a single Arab to put on their list of Israel’s most influential women [ry]19/9/2016
Death amongst the tourists of occupied East JerusalemImran Khan - AlJazeera - Life in Jerusalem quickly returns to normal after a man is killed by Israeli troops for allegedly trying to carry out a stabbing attempt [ry] 19/9/2016
‘Shame on you,’ Israel, for turning Obama ‘into some Jew hater,’ Tom Friedman saysPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Tom Friedman went on a great rant on Israeli television saying Shame on Israel for turning Obama into a Jew hater, and that Prime Minister Netanyahu “won the debate” and was turning Israel into one state and that Israel has the same issue as the United States, becoming a minority-majority country, but Israel’s answer to that condition is: apartheid." ca16/9/2016
Shimon Peres, Former Prime Minister of Israel, Suffers a StrokePETER BAKER - NYT - "Mr. Peres...played a key role through much of the country’s history as both warrior and peacemaker. He remains an influential figure in Israel and abroad...through the Peres Center for Peace, a nonprofit organization that promotes reconciliation, tolerance and innovation." - id 14/9/2016
US and Israel to sign record military aid dealAl-Jazeera - "The United States has agreed a record multi-billion-dollar deal to provide Israel with military assistance for 10 years from 2019, according to US officials.| - id14/9/2016
Israel’s anti-BDS task force enjoys unchecked power to ‘struggle against terror’Sergio Yahni - AIC - Even the Israeli ministry of justice – a crucial arm of Israeli occupation – fears that the almost complete secrecy afforded to the MoSA could result in unchecked “adventurous operations” against BDS activists. [bz]13/9/2016
CUNY ‘Anti-Semitism’ Investigation Finds Scant Evidence of Wrongdoing by Pro-Palestinian ActivistsJosh Nathan-Kazis - Forward - While the ZOA had specifically targeted SJP for criticism, the report said that there was a “tendency to blame SJP for any act of anti-Semitism on any CUNY campus,” which the report called a mistake. Noting that an SJP leader had been the victim of an anti-Muslim incident at Brooklyn College, the report said: “No fair-minded person would attribute that conduct to Hillel, and SJP should be judged by the same standards.” [bz]13/9/2016
Daily planner for school kids encourages return to Gush KatifShahar Chai - Ynet - Parents outraged at controversial planner given to elementary school children in the national-religious sector, which contains messages of Jewish superiority over the gentiles, religious preaching and problematic political texts concerning historic events [ry] 12/9/2016
Israeli Supreme Court: Force Feeding of Hunger Strikers is ConstitutionalIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Israeli Supreme Court ruled, on Sunday, that a law which permits force feeding hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners is constitutional, rejecting petitions filed last year by the Israel Medical Association (IMA), and by several human rights groups who argued the law contravened medical law and ethics regarding patients’ rights" [ry] 12/9/2016
Why the Abbas KGB ‘revelation’ came out now Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man- +972 - "Israeli academic who fed the story to the press tells the ‘NY Times’ he wanted to undercut the Kremlin’s efforts to host Israeli-Palestinian peace talks." - id 9/9/2016
Israel Whitewashes Genocidal Sudanese Regime Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The next thing you know, there will be African refugees expelled from Israel and dumped in Kharthoum as they currently are in Uganda and other states whose acquiescence has been bought by Israeli arms and trade deals." - id 9/9/2016
Netanyahu is a war criminal, says former Dutch PM Adri Nieuwhof - EI - "“While the streets of Gaza were red with the blood of children in the summer of 2014, the red carpets are being rolled out here,” Kuzu wrote on Facebook. “That doesn’t deserve a handshake but a reference to #FreePalestine.”" - id 9/9/2016
Guerrilla Art Exhibit Unmasks the Face of TerrorismPETER BAKER - NYT "Mr. Douek, a businessman who was a founder of the social change movement Zionism 2000 and of other civic organizations, said Israel needed to show more respect to its Arab citizens to help prevent the sort of alienation that gives rise to violence. “People think you can deal with terrorism just by killing people,” he said. “It doesn’t work that way.” ca7/9/2016
Israeli Trump supporters open campaign office in West BankEli Berlizon - Reuters "Israeli supporters of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have opened a campaign office in the occupied West Bank, saying they hope to get as many American expatriates as possible to cast an absentee ballot for their candidate...There are about 300,000 U.S. citizens in Israel, according to the non-profit group Republican Overseas Israel, which opened the office in the Jewish settlement Karnei Shomron on Monday. It estimates as many as 80,000 of them live in the West Bank, though it is not clear how many are eligible voters." ca7/9/2016
Born again peaceniks: How ex-IDF generals clean their conscienceOrly Noy - +972 - For years they have served in high-ranking positions in the Israeli army, taking part in the most violent aspects of the occupation. Only once they leave do they suddenly discover that, perhaps, military rule isn’t such a great idea [ry] 5/9/2016
Will Israel be put on trial for war crimes?Jonathan Cook - AlJazeera - An expected visit by ICC delegation could increase the risk of Israeli officials being tried for war crimes [ry] 5/9/2016
PA opens fire on funeral of Fatah leader beaten to death by Palestinian security officers Kate - Mondoweiss "Thousands of Palestinians in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday afternoon took part in a funeral for Ahmad Izz Halaweh, who was beaten to death in detention earlier this week by Palestinian security officers. The funeral set off from the Rafidiya governmental hospital and headed to the eastern cemetery of Nablus amid maximum security procedures by Palestinian security forces. Mourners in the funeral called for Nablus district Governor Akram Rujoub to resign from office and for those responsible for Halaweh’s brutal killing to be held accountable." ca2/9/2016
The metamorphosis of a Jewish supremacistOrly Noy - +972 "David Mizrahi, once a vocal anti-Arab hatemonger, made amends in a heartfelt Facebook post, and began preaching tolerance and acceptance. In the current climate in Jerusalem, this is a brave and commendable thing to do." ca2/9/2016
Israel/OPT: ‘Secret trial’ of Gaza aid worker will not deliver justiceAmnesty International - "The Israeli authorities must ensure that the trial of a detained humanitarian worker employed by the charity World Vision is fair and open, said Amnesty International on the eve of his trial, amid reports that the proceedings are due to take place in secret. Mohammed al-Halabi, the manager of Gaza operations for the child- focused global development NGO, is facing 12 charges including being a member of a “terrorist organization” and siphoning off the charity’s funds for “terrorism” purposes. He was initially denied access to a lawyer and, when she was eventually allowed to meet him, he alleged he had been seriously mistreated in custody." ca 2/9/2016
Gaza: Two Years After IMEMC - "...“the most devastating round of hostilities in Gaza since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1967.”" - id 31/8/2016
Gag order extended as police refuse to release CCTV footage of Qalandiya killing John Brown - +972 - "A Palestinian mother of two and her 16-year-old brother were shot and killed by Israeli security guards at Qalandiya checkpoint in April...The police refuse to release the CCTV footage – maybe they know something we don’t?" - id 31/8/2016
Animals rescued from Gaza zoo Mohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "The ability to care for the animals at the zoo has been impaired by the stringent embargo imposed by Israel’s military which has shut out the Gaza Strip from receiving commodities and needed products from the outside world." - id 31/8/2016
Inside extreme right-wing group`s training camp Elisha Ben-Kimon - Ynet - "Anti-assimilation group Lehava teaches Hilltop Youth aged 14-22 Krav Maga, spoken Arabic phrases to intimidate with, and how to keep silent during police and Shin Bet interrogations." - id 30/8/2016
BREAKING: Shin Bet Arrests Jewish Terrorist Under Gag Order Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "An Israeli settler Facebook page notes that he’s been charged with a serious crime, which is a likely euphemism for terrorism." - id 30/8/2016
Israeli museum transfer sets `dangerous precedent`Ylenia Gostoli - AlJazeera - A recent court ruling sanctioned the move of a rare archaeological library from East to West Jerusalem [ry] 29/8/2016
Forget the Riviera: Women find summer fun at Gaza beach homes Huda Baroud - Al-Monitor "Given the high demand for rental properties in summer, Abu Shamala said that it was not easy to find one in the Nuseirat camp, in central Gaza, but she eventually succeeded. “A rental property costs 400-600 shekels [$106-160] per day, and what made me think of booking one is that my husband does not allow me to go to the beach given the presence of a lot of men there,” she said. “Also, I do not like it when the wet abaya sticks to my body and becomes somewhat revealing.” ca 27/8/2016
After Palestinian takes gold in Rio for Jordan, Israelis claim his roots are ‘Israeli’ Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "Haaretz wrote, “The gold-medalist’s grandparents relocated from Abu Gosh decades ago to Jordan.” Abu Ghosh was born in Jordan, but his grandparents hailed from a Palestinian village that is their namesake, Abu Ghosh. The town’s local council was not immediately available to confirm the circumstances in which the medalist’s family left. But “relocated”? It is likely they were refugees among the 750,000 Palestinians who were expelled or fled during Israel’s 1948 war." ca 26/8/2016
Desperate journeys: Lending a helping shipAmnon Gutman - Al-Jazeera "More then 268,000 refugees have crossed the Mediterranean Sea this year with over 3,100 dying or missing, according to the latest numbers from the UN refugee agency. The world currently faces its largest global displacement crisis since World War II. The European refugee crisis continues with rising numbers of people making the desperate journey to the European Union to seek asylum, both by sea and land. The central Mediterranean route from North Africa to Italy is considered the most dangerous route with more than 23,000 people dying since 2000." ca 26/8/2016
Abu Ghosh wins taekwondo goldRoi Yanovsky and Roi Kais - Ynet News "The sportsman,reportedly born in the Isreli Arab town of Abu Ghosh, represnted Jordan; he will be bringing back, not just Jordan`s first medal, but a gold one at that." ca19/8/2016
Al-Aqsa University students pay the price of Gaza-Ramallah bickering Entsar Abu Jahal - Al-Monitor "On Aug. 9, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Ramallah announced its official withdrawal of accreditation from Al- Aqsa University in the Gaza Strip. The ministry issued a statement the following day appointing the current chairman of the board of trustees as chairman of the university.This decision to invalidate new degrees sparked the concern of high school students from Gaza who want to enroll in the university and reflected the deep division that prevails between the Gaza and Ramallah ministries of education." ca 19/8/2016
Who’s sending death threats to Palestinian advocates in The Hague?Amjad Iraqi - +972 "In an interview with +972, the Hague representative of Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights group, talks about the slew of threats she and her organization have received for months, and why she believes the Israeli government is behind them." ca19/8/2016
Israeli Arab Woman Attacked by Right-wing Soccer Fans Recognized as Terror Victim Nir Hasson - Haaretz "The move proves that `state agencies can, when they want to, treat all citizens equitably,` Nadwa Jabar`s lawyer says. " ca19/8/2016
BREAKING: IDF Commando Unit Accused of War Crimes Has New Commander Whose Identity is CensoredRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Appointment of IDF commanders is a secret undertaking. The Israeli media may not report the names of promoted officers aside from the chief of staff. But I did report the last officer promoted to command Shayetet 13." - id17/8/2016
Israeli journalists silent as their Palestinian colleagues are jailedNoam Rotem - +972 "Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal has been in custody without charges put in administrative detention for nearly four months. For the most part, his Israeli counterparts have remained decidedly silent." ca12/8/2016
Save the Refugees on the BermJASON CONE - NYT "Throughout the Syrian war, Jordan has displayed remarkable hospitality by taking in nearly 700,000 refugees, adding considerable strain on its health system and other social services.But leaving the refugees at the berm doesn’t just threaten to tarnish Jordan’s admirable image. Further imperiling their lives would violate international law governing the protection and treatment of civilians displaced by war." ca 12/8/2016
The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel in the Yom Kippur WarUri Bar-Joseph - The Daily Beast - "Ashraf Marwan, the son-in-law of the late Egyptian leader Gamel Abdel Nasser and aide-de-camp of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, had secretly provided intelligence to the Mossad since 1970." - id 10/8/2016
How Israel is trying to enforce gag orders beyond its borders Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Israeli authorities are taking steps to block their own citizens from reading materials published online in other countries, including the United States." - id 10/8/2016
Palestinian Influence on Arab States to Accelerate the Boycott of Israel IAM - The Doha Institute hosted a three days academic conference on how to bolster the boycott of Israel. Some of the questions raised were "is the boycott movement merely a protest movement that responds instantaneously to Israeli aggressions? Or is it, instead, a complete strategy with both medium- and long-term aims? What role is there for Arab states, and émigré communities to play in the boycott movement? To what extent can Palestinians living both within the Occupied Territories or within the Green Line be expected to take part in the boycott movement?" [bz]9/8/2016
Supreme Court rules against major state initiative to deter Gaza flotillasYonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post - The ruling was noteworthy in light of ongoing pressure to drop the Gaza blockade, imposed in 2007, after Hamas took over from Fatah [ry] 8/8/2016
Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour is home, but still not freeAnna Ty - AIC - Dareen Tatour faces years in Israeli prison for a poem and social media activity [ry]8/8/2016
Christian charity rejects Israeli claim funds went to HamasAli Abunimah - EI - In recent months the group says it has carried out extensive work in Gaza, including rehabilitating large tracts of agricultural land, building greenhouses, irrigation and water wells and providing equipment to hundreds of fishermen whose livelihoods have been severely disrupted by constant Israeli military harassment and attacks. The arrest of Halabi may be an ominous sign of a broader crackdown specifically targeting humanitarian workers in Gaza. [bz]6/8/2016
What’s really behind Israel’s attack on Christian charity World Vision?Ali Abunimah - EI - Tim Costello told Australia’s SBS public broadcaster that World Vision’s program in Gaza amounts to only around $2 to $3 million a year. “If every cent has been diverted, it doesn’t add up to $50 million,” he said. An Israeli general has said that Israel is relying on a “confession” extracted by an intelligence agency which is notorious for using torture. Dore Gold, the director-general of Israel’s foreign ministry, wrote a scaremongering letter to his counterparts around the world claiming in effect that humanitarian aid to Gaza amounts to support for terrorism.[bz] 6/8/2016
Head of Christian Charity Arrested for Funneling Millions to HamasBy Marcy Oster - Forward "Mohammed El-Halabi, 32, director of the Gaza branch of the international humanitarian aid organization World Vision, was arrested at the Erez Crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip on June 15, in a joint Shin Bet, Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police operation, the Shin Bet said in a statement released for publication on Thursday." ca 5/8/2016
11th Anniversary of Shafa Amer Massacre CommemoratedIMEMC News - "Palestinians in the pre-1948 territories are commemorating the 11th anniversary of Shafa Amer massacre, committed by Israeli soldiers in 2005, Al Ray reports.11 years ago, an Israeli soldier opened fire against a Palestinian bus, leading to the death of four and the injury of 15 others.The popular committee of the city decided to organize, at 7 o’clock, a sit-in before the monument to the slain." ca 5/8/2016
The one newspaper in which Trump is still winningNoam Sheizaf - +972 "By all accounts, Donald Trump’s election campaign is careening toward disaster. But according to Israel’s most-read newspaper, everything seems to be going just fine...if you read the most popular newspaper in Israel, Israel Hayom, the story of Trump’s troubles simply does not exist. At all. On Wednesday the paper merely hinted that Trump had become embroiled in controversy following his attacks on a Muslim American family whose son died in Iraq, while on Thursday it briefly mentioned the fact that he had kicked out a baby from one of his rallies." ca5/8/2016
Netanyahu`s paper uses Orlando massacre to demonize Israel`s Arab citizensEdo Konrad - +972 "On Monday morning, pro-Netanyahu daily Israel Hayom published a photo montage comparing Omar Mateen, the American citizen who murdered 50 people at an Orlando gay club on Sunday, and Neshat Melhem, who murdered three Israelis in a shooting spree in Tel Aviv on New Year’s day. Above the side-by-side mugshots of the two killers, the editors of the paper decided to print the words: “A chilling similarity.” ca5/8/2016
Ashrawi Meets with American Delegation from Ramallah Federation’s “Project Hope” IMEMC - "PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with a visiting delegation of young Palestinians from the United States participating in the American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine’s Project Hope program, at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah." - id 3/8/2016
New underground concrete barrier to encircle Gaza, stop terror tunnels Udi Etzion - Ynet - "The concrete barriers will extend several stories underground"..."the sophisticated barrier will also be able to detect tunnel digging close to it." id 3/8/2016
Palestinian Oktoberfest in Taybeh Sept. 24, 25 Maria C. Khoury- The Arab Daily News - "The greatest blessing will be that this year’s Oktoberfest falls the same time as the Austrian Cultural week in Bethlehem thus the Duo Aliada from Austria will be part of the opening celebrations performing modern songs with saxophone and accordion." - id 3/8/2016
Israeli Racism Unmasks Netanyahu Goodwill Video Jonathan Cook - CounterPunch - "Pointedly, Ayman Odeh, head of the Palestinian-dominated Joint List party, noted that 100,000 Bedouin citizens could not watch the video because Israel denies their communities electricity, internet connections and all other services." - id 3/8/2016
As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Billions More in Aid While Netanyahu Demands Even MoreGlenn Greenwald - The Intercept - "Usually, when someone hands you billions of dollars in aid, you’re not in much of a position to demand more. But the rules for Israel when it comes to U.S. policy, as is so often the case, are simply different. Even as Israel has aggressively expanded settlements of the West Bank (often in a way designed to most humiliate the U.S.) and slaughtered civilians in Gaza, U.S. aid simply increases more and more" [ry] 1/8/2016
Israel: Bedouin `betrayed` by relocation planJillian Kestler-D`Amours - AlJazeera - Residents of Wadi al-Naam village oppose Israel`s plan to relocate them to a nearby township rife with poverty [ry] 1/8/2016
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