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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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Danish FM threatens sanctions against IsraelThe Local - Denmark`s News in English - Lidegaard wants to see Israel commit to ending its eight-year blockade of Gaza and stop its “illegal settlements”. “If nothing happens in the [Cairo] talks this time, and if we don’t see a new pattern of response from Israel’s side, then we will need to discuss the possibility of taking new steps including changes to our trade relations with Israel,” Lidegaard told Jyllands-Posten. “I hope that it doesn’t come to that, but I think that the EU’s policies are moving in that direction,” he added. [bz]30/9/2014
Arab Bank to appeal verdict in US terror financing "show trial"Charlotte Silver - Electronic Intifada - Speaking to the jury, defense attorney Shand S. Stephens said, “The proposition that’s being floated here [is] that private businesses, including banks, are supposed to make up their own lists of terrorists. Imagine, actually, what that would do, if a bank did that.” [bz]27/9/2014
Israeli Reservists “Operate” In US CollegesSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "Many reserve soldiers, especially those who graduated from American Universities, have been asked to “go back to school” in order to operate on preventing any move that calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions, and to try to encourage students’ support to Israel." ca 26/9/2014
Conspiracy theories aboundAmany Maged - Al-Ahram "Three bombings on a single day, Sunday, 21 September. They occurred in the Egyptian capital and several governorates, but the deadliest was in the vicinity of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.Hardly had the echoes of the explosions subsided than the finger of blame was pointed at the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood rushed to defend itself. It condemned the bombings, the Foreign Ministry attack in particular." ca 26/9/2014
Israel prepares for cyberwarsBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu established a new espionage organization devoted entirely to cyberwarfare, to prepare Israel for future conflicts." - id 24/9/2014
Another Israeli act of military madness in SyriaLarry Derfner - +972 - "The incursion of the Syrian plane lasted two seconds. It got about 800 meters onto the Israeli-occupied side of the border. Then the pilots turned the jet back toward Syria." - id 24/9/2014
PALESTINIANS SEEK $3.8B IN AID FOR GAZAMOHAMMED DARAGHMEH - AP - "$3.8 billion in urgent aid to help rebuild Gaza following its devastating 50-day war with Israel this summer." - id 24/9/2014
Act of military madness in Syria Larry Derfner - +972 Magzine - A Syrian fighter jet strayed over the border with Israel – or rather, over the border with the Israeli- occupied Golan Heights. The Israeli military reportedly consider it an accident, The jet was going to bomb Al-Nusra jihadists on the Syrian side, and the incursion lasted all of two seconds. It got about 800 meters onto the Israeli side and turned back. So what did Israel do? What else? It blew the Syrian jet out of the sky. ak23/9/2014
Rabbis Find Talk of Israel and Gaza a Sure Way to Draw Congregants’ WrathLaurie Goodstein - NYT - If they defend Israel, they risk alienating younger Jews who, rabbis say they have observed, are more detached from the Jewish state and organized Judaism. If they say anything critical of Israel, they risk angering the older, more conservative members who often are the larger donors and active volunteers. [bz]23/9/2014
France: Israel-Palestinian solution to be presented to UNSCAFP - Ynet - After France, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is to go on to New York to participate in the annual UN General Assembly starting September 24. The Palestinians, who have already won observer state status in the world body, are threatening to join the International Criminal Court, which could open the way to them urging the prosecution of Israeli officials for "war crimes". [bz]20/9/2014
Gaza war to reverse years of growth in Palestinian economy - World BankReuters - Trust - ""The conflict and humanitarian tragedy in Gaza has made an already struggling Palestinian economy worse and put further stress on the fiscal situation of the Palestinian Authority (PA)."" - id 17/9/2014
Hamas debates direct talks with IsraelAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - "Ahmad Youssef, a former representative of Hamas’ Foreign Ministry who is close to Abu Marzouk, said that these statements will be seen in a good light by the international community. They highlight Hamas’ maturity and its understanding of political realities." - id 17/9/2014
Israeli air force chief: We may have to send planes to Iran tomorrow Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel - Stressing the need for additional defense spending, Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel gives an insight into his preoccupations [ry]15/9/2014
Netanyahu: Israeli Economy Saved by Deficit Spending on WarJason Ditz - AntiWar - Hawks Push for Massive Increases in Military Spending [ry]15/9/2014
Analysis: PA `balking` at war crimes probeDalia Hatuqa - Al Jazeera - ""If the court tries to open an inquiry, the Israelis can claim they have jurisdiction [to do it themselves] because the ICC`s jurisdiction is complementary," he explained. "The ICC is legally bound to allow an Israeli [probe] to continue."" - id 14/9/2014
Banking chaos in Gaza amid unity govt employee confusionDr. Shlomo Swirski and Attorney Noga Dagan-Buzaglo - Haokets "Poverty in Israel is not the result of low social security transfers, it’s the result of low income. And the truth of the matter is that the issue of poverty is not high on the Israeli government’s list of priorities." ca12/9/2014
Syrian women find independence in embroideryFlorence Massena - Al Monitor "Of the nearly 3 million Syrian refugees currently sheltered in Lebanon, 52.3% are women, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Coming alone or with their families, they are often subject to violence, but some have been able to find help from the many nongovernmental organizations in the country. One of them, Basmeh wa Zeitooneh, helps Syrians find stability and dignity in sewing and embroidery." ca 12/9/2014
Let Israel`s Arabs and their language beYaron London - Ynet - "The bill ... calls for the annulment of the Arabic language`s legal status as one of the two official languages in Israel." - id 10/9/2014
Good Lorde! Now we`re fighting New Zealand!Yuval Ben-Ami - +972 - "In the world of Israel’s ‘anti-diplomacy,’ anything is possible — including the extremely improbable." - id 10/9/2014
Egypt, PA deny report that Sisi offered Abbas land in Sinai for Palestinian state Khaled Abu Toameh & Lahav Harkov - Jpost - The Palestinian official accused the Israeli media of publishing “fabricated stories”, noting that this was an old idea that had been proposed by former Israeli national security adviser Giora Eiland. Also a spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that the report was “completely baseless and untrue.” Israeli politicians, meanwhile, responded enthusiastically to the report. [bz]9/9/2014
PA will not pay Hamas wages in Gaza but may provide financial assistance Ma`an - Palestinian Authority Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa said Sunday "We want to avoid any legal confrontation with the United States whose law prohibits channeling money to Hamas because it`s blacklisted as a terrorist organization according to American law." But though the PA will not pay the salaries of Hamas civil servants in Gaza, it may provide financial assistance through UN channnels. [bz] 9/9/2014
Arab states back new UN appeal by PalestiniansAssociated Press - Ynet - Gamal Abdal Gawad Sultan, a political science professor at the American University of Cairo, said Arab governments are reminding Washington and the international community of the urgency of the Palestinian issue. Arab governments "are hoping to throw a rock in the water," he said. "Going to the Security council will force ... the international community, to do something." [bz]9/9/2014
Leading Israeli human rights group stops cooperating with IDFSamer Badawi - +972 - In a move that could strengthen the case for international investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes, B’Tselem says it will no longer share its current Gaza case files with the country’s Military Advocate General. Human rights watchdog declares that Israel is unable and unwilling to investigate alleged war crimes committed by its own soldiers [ry]8/9/2014
Report: Hamas’ Meshal agrees for Palestinian state based on 1967 bordersJack Khoury - Haaretz - Throughout the meeting, Meshal demanded details from Abbas on his plans regarding any negotiations with Israel. “Don’t come to me only with updates and results, I want Hamas to be partners in the process of policy formation,” Meshal reportedly said. Abbas answered that there are few details to provide, since, in his eyes, things were straightforward: the only solution is the Israeli recognition of an outline for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders [bz]6/9/2014
Petition: Deny Nomination of PM Harper for Nobel Peace PrizeGeorge Rishmawi - IMEMC "The petition -- launched by Edward Tanas, a GIS Specialist from Calgary, Canada, demanding the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Norway to “Deny Nomination of PM Harper for Nobel Peace Prize” -- was initiated after B`nai Brith Canada announced that it would nominate Harper for the prestigious prize, according to his "outstanding moral leadership"." ca 5/9/2014
MADA condemns `assassination` attempt of critical Palestinian MPMa`an News Agency - "A media watchdog on Thursday condemned what it called an "assassination attempt" in the West Bank earlier in the day against a Palestinian member of parliament known to be a government critic, calling it a "serious violation of freedom of expression." ca 5/9/2014
Palestinian Leaders Seek Actions in Security Council and CourtSOMINI SENGUPTA and RICK GLADSTONESEPT - NYT - "Ever since Palestine won upgraded status at the United Nations in late 2012, over Israeli and American opposition, its government has threatened to join the international court as a way to prosecute Israeli actions in the occupied territories. " - id3/9/2014
End of Gaza war doesn`t translate into peace.Jeffrey Heller - Yahoo News - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s bickering governing coalition and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, are on a collision course over threatened Palestinian unilateral moves toward statehood and exploration of war crimes prosecution against Israel in the absence of direct talks." - id 3/9/2014
Netanyahu hints he will agree to convene regional peace conference, Lapid says Gil Hoffman - Jpost - “We cannot and will not let this cease-fire be a countdown to the next round of fighting,” Finance Minister Yair Lapid said at a press conference organized by the Government Press Office. “If we don`t take diplomatic initiative, this is exactly what will happen. At that conference the countries of the world will commit aid to rebuild and rehabilitate Gaza. Israel must act before the conference or Gaza will get support and Israel will get nothing.” [bz]1/9/2014
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