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Lieberman to Sweden: Mideast is more complex than assembling IKEA furnitureMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Israel recalled its ambassador from Sweden in response to the decision to recognize Palestine." - id 31/10/2014
Swedish FM hits back at Lieberman`s IKEA quipIsrael News - Ynet - ""I will be happy to send Israel FM Lieberman an IKEA flat pack to assemble," Wallstrom said. "He`ll see it requires a partner, cooperation and a good manual."" - id 31/10/2014
Fighting for Survival in the SinaiRamzy Baroud - "The people of Sinai have suffered tremendously from neglect and poverty and now, extreme violence. Sisi’s promised campaign of yet more security solutions will hardly ease Sinai’s burden, or bring an iota of hope to its disheartened people." ca29/10/2014
The unmarried Arab woman who drives Israelis nutsRavit Hecht - Haaretz "Lieberman likes his women the way he likes his Arabs and political cohorts — obedient and loyal. Without loyalty there is no citizenship and no room in the party or the Knesset. Anyone who is not loyal to Lieberman — excuse me, to the state – cannot exist here, and Zoabi’s existence is a finger in his eye." ca29/10/2014
U.S. will continue to ostracize Ya`alon until he apologizesBarak Ravid - Haaretz "Ya’alon has managed to do the impossible and make quite a few people long for Ehud Barak’s years as defense minister. Barak had many faults, but he made a decisive contribution when it came to ties with the United States." ca29/10/2014
Netanyahu goes toe-to-toe with US, EU over criticism of Jerusalem construction Herb Keinon - Jpost - “I heard the claim that our building in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem makes peace more distant, but it is the criticism itself that makes peace more distant.” [bz]28/10/2014
How Palestine plans to overcome Israel and the USDrew Christiansen & Ra`fat Aldajani - National Catholic Reporter - Ashrawi referred to Palestinian membership in UNESCO in 2011. That development prompted the organization to suspend the U.S. and Israel for nonpayment of dues. Anti-Palestinian U.S. laws would deny American funding to any body Palestine joins. So if Palestine were to utilize its right to participate in other international bodies, U.S. influence on a multitude of issues would vanish. Its soft power would become exceedingly weak. [bz]28/10/2014
President makes history at massacre ceremonyHassan Shaalan - Ynet - Rivlin had vowed to make the historic appearance during the election campaign and followed through on his promise despite criticism from his traditional base of support in the political right. However, many residents expect the president to take a further unprecedented step – apologize on behalf of the State of Israel. [bz]28/10/2014
Irish Senate supports Palestinian stateAAP - The motion which had cross-party support in Ireland`s upper house of parliament calls on the Dublin government to "formally recognize the state of Palestine and do everything it can to help secure a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, so that citizens of both states can live in peace and security".Tabling the motion, opposition senator Averil Power said Ireland should "make it clear that statehood is a right of the Palestinian people and not a bargaining chip for the Israelis to play in further sham negotiations. In doing so, we will help increase pressure on Israel to pursue a genuine peace process that has a real prospect of delivering peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians alike." ak28/10/2014
In Pictures: Pressing Olives in RamallahRich Wiles - AlJazeera - The olive oil industry, which supports thousands of families in occupied territories, is in decline [ry]27/10/2014
The readers’ editor on… the Guardian’s coverage of Israel/Palestine issuesChris Elliott - The Guardian - The use and awareness of language the Guardian deploys when reporting on the Israel/Palestine conflict attracts regular criticism [ry] 27/10/2014
`Klinghoffer`: New York’s Jewish right goes to the operaLarry Derfner - +972 "Until Monday night, when the “The Death of Klinghoffer” opened at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, people knew it was being attacked by many Jews for supposedly being anti-Semitic and for defending terrorists, and they didn’t know if the accusations were true or false. But now that the opera has opened, and it’s been widely reviewed, and audience members have been interviewed, it’s becoming clear to the mainstream public that pays attention to such issues – and this controversy has attracted a lot of attention – that these claims are total bullshit." ca24/10/2014
Disabled Palestinian war photographer turns camerra on cultureMa`an News Agency - "For Silwadi, safeguarding Palestinian cultural heritage goes hand-in-hand with the question of Palestinian identity and the future of the Palestinian people."I see the way in which the Palestinian people have had everything stolen for the profit of the Israelis," he told AFP. "I thought it was important that the Palestinians protect their heritage by taking pictures of their cultural heritage and speaking about it." ca A tireless documenter of Palestinian history, Silwadi has since his injury published several books on the walls of Jerusalem`s Old City, on traditional costumes, on jewellery and on cuisine." ca 24/10/2014
Eyeing the dividendsDina Ezzat - Al-Ahram "Egyptian diplomats are confident the Gaza Reconstruction Conference, held on Sunday, has confirmed Egypt’s re-emergence as a key regional power.The conference, which was opened by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, attracted 50 delegations, including the foreign ministers of the US, Qatar and Turkey, three states whose take on political developments in Egypt over the past two years can hardly be described as supportive. The high profile turnout, say senior state officials, has ended any debate about the legitimacy of Egypt’s new regime “once and for all”." ca 24/10/2014
Israeli soccer team honors alleged spy for HezbollahShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "SUMMARY⎙ PRINT In an interview with Al-Monitor, the spokesperson of Israel`s Bnei Sakhnin soccer team explains that it honored former Knesset member Azmi Bishara because he facilitated Qatari financial support." - id 22/10/2014
WATCH: Reflections on Gaza — from Likud to `Women Waging Peace`Social TV - +972 - "From a debate hosted by the youth wing of Israel’s ruling Likud party to a new group called Women Waging Peace and the Parents Circle forum of bereaved families, Social TV visits with those who are ready to start talking." - id 22/10/2014
University blasts professor who called for annihilation of Palestinians (but so far he continues teaching)Yarden Skop - Haaretz - “Listen, Abu Mazen, you aren’t a people and therefore there’s no genocide,” Weiss wrote on his Facebook page. “To annihilate you as a rabble is a mitzvah, and it will ultimately be carried out (...) The faster you admit that you aren’t a people and don’t belong anywhere within the boundaries of the Land of Israel, the better it will be for you – the faster you voluntarily vacate this land.” Weiss who is emeritus, is teaching two courses as a volunteer in the Hebrew literature department. He also teaches still at the Orot Israel College of Education, and that institute said it is looking into the matter. [bz]21/10/2014
West Bank solar industry could fuel Palestinian energy independenceJpost - "Putting forward a solar vision for the Palestinians is consistent with the stated Likud-government’s policy of two states for two peoples. The Palestinian Authority (PA) could be energy independent from both the Israelis and the Jordanians" [Yosef Abramowitz` full article will be published next week in the Palestine-Israel Journal-bz] 18/10/2014
Warmongering Hebrew University tries to muzzle Palestinian studentsYara Sa`di - The Electronic Intifada "While the university is happy to do business with a firm profiting from massacres — such as those in Gaza during the summer— it has displayed a hostile attitude to some of its own students... The Academic Watch Project, which monitors the discrimination faced by Palestinian students in Israel, has analyzed all political cases heard by the disciplinary board in Haifa University between 2007 and 2012. We found that no Zionist or right-wing Jewish Israeli student was called before the board in that period." ca17/10/2014
What it`s like to fight for HamasAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor "Rahman attends al-Quds Open University, where he becomes just another student discussing his field of study, economics, with his colleagues and professors. None of them knows that he is a member of the resistance. The same is true when Rahman walks down the street and runs into people. None of them knows that he only miraculously survived the war, at one point being trapped for five days along with 14 other fighters in a tunnel that had been bombed by warplanes." ca 17/10/2014
Gaza civil servants` salaries remain unpaidAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor "The issue of the salaries of Gaza civil servants comes at a time when the reconciliation government is suffering from a fiscal deficit, according to data from the Ministry of Finance.On Sept. 27, Hamdallah said the government suffers from a funding gap estimated at $600 million, therefore is unable to fulfill its financial obligations in the coming months." ca 17/10/2014
The Guardian view on MPs’ Palestine vote: Israel should listenEditorial - Guardian - "The House of Commons has sent a symbolic message on statehood. It should not be ignored." - id 16/10/2014
UN`s Ban enters Gaza as construction supplies let inElior Levy - Ynet - "...calling the situation "beyond description" and urging a speedy reconstruction effort."..."“I’m very happy to announce that the first truck carrying… construction materials is coming to Gaza today (Tuesday),” he said." - id 15/10/2014
"I draw for Gaza": the defiant art of Haneen NofalRawan Yaghi - The Electronic Intifada - "The drawing depicted a young woman wearing a kufiyyeh — the Palestinian checkered scarf — on her head and smiling proudly while touching a crown. The crown was in the shape of the Arabic word for “resistance,” muqawama." - id 15/10/2014
France: Palestinian recognition shouldn`t be merely symbolicReuters - Ynet - "Until now the prevailing idea was that recognition should be linked to the negotiations," Fabius said. "But if negotiations were to prove impossible or have no conclusion, then France will naturally have to assume its responsibilities." [bz]14/10/2014
Former UK Minister: a wicked cocktail of occupation and illegality akin to apartheid South Africa Nicholas Watt - The Guardian - Sir Alan Duncan, Former Tory minister, delivered one of the strongest attacks on the Netanyahu government by a front line UK politician: “Occupation, annexation, illegality, negligence, complicity: this is a wicked cocktail which brings shame to the government of Israel. It would appear that on the West Bank the rule of international law has been shelved. This illegal construction and habitation is theft, it is annexation, it is a land grab – it is any expression that accurately describes the encroachment which takes from someone else something that is not rightfully owned by the taker. As such it should be called what it is, and not by some euphemistic soft alternative." 14/10/2014
UN`s Ban in Gaza: Destruction here is beyond description Reuters - Jpost - On Monday, Ban criticized Israel for its continued building of settlements on land the Palestinians seek for an independent state and urged both sides to return to meaningful negotiations as soon as possible. ak14/10/2014
Former Israeli Ambassador to Washington: `UK vote - bad news for Israel`Attila Somfalvi - Y-net - Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US, warns that "Israel is sticking head in the sand" - since "British support for establishment of the Palestinian state is much more important than the Swedish. Britain is a member of the UN Security Council. The Palestinians are going to the UN in November and they want at least nine votes in the Security Council (to force Israel to commit to a timeline for withdrawing from the West Bank.) There is a chance America will abstain, but a lot of it is up to us." Oren - who had been nominated by Netanyahu and enjoyed the PM`s confidence while on the job - lamented the lack of "a unilateral initiative by Israel, responding to the Palestinian diplomatic offensive". According to Oren, that idea "inspires discomfort here in Israel" since "Israel has never clearly said what its interests are. We need leadership and a little courage, so as not to stay inactive in the face of recent developments." ak 14/10/2014
EU mulls `blacklisting` settlers convicted of crimes Reuters/Y-net - European diplomats consider new measures in response to `high level of frustration` over West Bank settlement enterprise. A senior official said that a list of "Israeli settlers who have been convicted of crimes" has been drawn up and "all paperwork done", though the decision to ban them from entering the EU was not yet taken. Such a measure would only affect directly some 100 to 200 people, and be complicated to enforce since some of them have European passports themselves. However, "it would send a strong message that the EU means business". ak 14/10/2014
EU Bans Israeli Dairy Products made in Occupied West Bank Settlements from JanuaryGianluca Mezzofiore - International Business Times - The EU ban on settlement-produced dairy products will take place from January 2015. The Israeli agricultural ministry informed dairy factories built beyond the pre-1967 Green Line, including in the unilaterally annexed Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, that "it will no longer be possible to export to Europe dairy products produced over the Green Line, either directly or indirectly". The ban on dairy products, along with all other animal products such as eggs and poultry, was announced in August and based on the EU`s refusal to recognize Israel`s claims to areas over the pre-1967 lines. Agriculture Ministry spokesman Amnon Lieberman said most settlement dairy products have been directed to the local Israeli market only a small part of it, mainly powdered milk, will be effected by the closing of the European exports. ak 14/10/2014
What are the implications of U.K. parliament`s recognition of Palestine?Matthew Kalman - Ha`aretz - Israeli officials would say, correctly, that it was a non-binding vote - but but can the Israeli government afford to ignore the signals coming from Westminster? In the debate, Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood opposed the motion, but made an impassioned denunciation of Israeli settlement activity. The motion won the full backing of the British Labor Party’s shadow cabinet – who may well be running the British government by this time next year. And Matthew Gould, British Ambassador to Israel - who is committed to promoting the best possible relations between the two countries - sounded a warning about the erosion of Israel`s position in British public opinion, following the war in Gaza and the burst of settlement activity which followed. ak 14/10/2014
British Parliament votes in favor of Palestinian statehood recognitionREUTERS, JERRY LEWIS - Jpost - Lawmakers in Britain`s lower house of parliament voted by 274 to 12 to pass a non-binding motion stating: "That this House believes that the Government should recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution." This move stands as initial stage of UK recognition of a Palestinian state. Britain does not classify "Palestine" as a state, but says it could do so at any time if it believed it would help peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israel. [bz]14/10/2014
Lieberman: US will not make demands of Israel on Gaza reconstructionAttila Somfalvi - Ynet - In interview with Ynet, foreign minister says a unilateral Palestinian move to set deadline for Israeli withdrawal is a useless endeavor that would fail, adds Israeli security needs must be at forefront of any renewed peace push [ry]13/10/2014
A professor`s freedom to tweet: The Steven Salaita affairShachar Pinsker - +972 - "“Having been a multiple six figure donor to Illinois over the years, I know our support is ending as we vehemently disagree with the approach this individual espouses,” wrote one U of I business school graduate, for example." - id 8/10/2014
Christians ‘Stand with Israel’Jennifer Rubin - Washington Post - "Both CWA president Penny Nance and Huckabee repeatedly delivered the message: America — and Christians in particular — must stand with Israel. Implicitly and sometimes explicitly mentioned was the argument that the administration is insufficiently supportive of Israel and clueless about the enormity of the jihadist threat." - id 8/10/2014
Israel police brutality remains unchecked 14 years after massacre of Palestinian citizensPatrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "Palestinian activists and human rights groups say police brutality has continued unabated." - id 8/10/2014
Bibi on ‘Face the Nation`: And the Lies Go OnRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Netanyahu speaking on ‘Face the Nation` and accusing President Obama of "UnAmerican behaviour" is definitely a first. Some Americans have in some notorious past occasions made such accusation against other Americans, but this is the first time that a foreign leader does it against the President of the United States. Interesitingly, while this row was published prominently in the Israeli media, major American papers virtually ignored it. ak 7/10/2014
British Parliamnet to hold non-binding vote on recognizing Palestine Jerusalem Post - British lawmakers will next week hold a parliamentary vote on whether the government should recognize Palestine as a state. The vote is non-binding and its result would not in themselves force the government to changes its diplomatic stance. MP Grahame Morris of the opposition Labor Party, who is sponsoring the debate, said: "Not only is statehood the inalienable right of the Palestinian people, but recognizing Palestine will breathe new life into a peace process that is at an impasse." ak7/10/2014
Iron Dome a slow sell to foreign buyersReuters - Ynet - The United States, provided a substantial outlay to enable Israel to deploy the system – more than $1 billion – but declined to buy it for its own forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Among the Pentagon`s misgivings was the $100,000 price of Iron Dome radar-guided interceptor missiles and their perceived unsuitability for insurgents` low-trajectory mortars, said Riki Ellison, president of the US Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance [bz]7/10/2014
EU Threatens Israel Over Construction Plans in JerusalemArutz Sheva [NB: this is the settler radio + webjournal] - The EU took the opportunity to once again threaten Israel, saying that the "future of EU-Israel relations" depends on Israel`s "commitment to peace." The bloc has threatened Israel multiple times to further its agenda in the Middle East, dangling unprecedented aid packages to both Jerusalem and Ramallah if a two-state solution is implemented. [bz]4/10/2014
Eyes Finally Open to Syrian Realities Robert Parry - ICH "In a column on Friday, Ignatius faulted not only Syria’s squabbling “moderate opposition” but “the foreign nations — such as the United States, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan — that have been funding the chaotic melange of fighters inside Syria. These foreign machinations helped open the door for the terrorist Islamic State group to threaten the region.” Ignatius acknowledged that the earlier depiction of the Syrian opposition as simply an indigenous movement of idealistic reformers was misleading." ca 4/10/2014
Mideast Virus MERS Merits Caution, Not Alarm, W.H.O. SaysDONALD G. McNEIL Jr - NYT "The emergency panel, which has met seven times, timed its announcement to coincide with the pilgrimage, known as the hajj, which draws up to three million Muslims each year. It called on the Saudis to increase pilgrims’ awareness of the disease.The virus is believed to be widespread in camels. It can jump from person to person, but such cases are rare outside hospitals and dialysis centers." ca 3/10/2014
Israeli Muslims to tone down Eid celebrations on Yom KippurHassan Shaalan - Ynet - ""We agreed that the Muslim community will hold low-key celebrations in the city, and will not let off any fireworks. The volume of the loudspeakers in mosques in the morning will also be lowered."" - id 1/10/2014
‘Only a suicidal country doesn’t recognize the Bedouin problem`: Israeli minister seeks ways to lower Bedouin birthrateKate - Mondoweiss - Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir said during a visit to the south on Sunday that he was examining ways to lower the birthrate of the Bedouin community. Shamir heads the ministerial committee on Bedouin resettlement arrangements.-rh1/10/2014
New Book: “The Vanunu Legend: Israel’s Nuclear Whistleblower’s Struggle for Freedom”Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Fleming explained she has been driven to document the Vanunu saga summed up by a quote she read in the novel The Help in which a New York Editor advises an aspiring writer to “Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.”" - id 1/10/2014
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