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Israeli Arms Exporter Demonstrated Drone to Azeri Buyers by Attacking Armenian Army PositionsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Though they attempted to attack the Armenians, the flight failed and no one was injured.  Though not for lack of trying." - id 16/8/2017
Tulkarm aims to renovate century-old Ottoman train tunnelIbrahim Abdelhadi - Al Monitor - "The Ottoman Empire’s Hejaz Railway, initially seen as Sultan Abdulhamid`s folly, played a key role in World War I and later in Palestine`s history." - id 16/8/2017
How else to get water?Amos Gvirtz - Don`t Say You Didn`t Know - On Tuesday August 8, 2017, a water truck entered the Palestinian cave village of Pakhit in the South Hebron Hills to provide water for the residents. When it left the village Israeli soldiers stopped the truck and confiscated it, claiming that it had entered a military zone.15/8/2017
Trump to dispatch team to work on Israel-Palestinian peaceAP/CNBC - In a statement, the White House said Friday that Trump believes the return of calm to Jerusalem after a period of unrest over a contested holy site has created an opportunity to restart discussions. Leaving "soon" for the region is Trump`s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner; his envoy for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt; and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell. The three are to meet leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority "about how best to support the peace effort." [bz] 12/8/2017
Israel is razing a Bedouin village to build a Jewish-only town on its ruinsEdo Konrad - +972 - "In a sense, the saga of Umm al-Hiran brings the story of Israel’s discriminatory land regime full circle. Like dozens of other Arab villages, Umm al-Hiran’s residents were first expelled to make room for a kibbutz." - id 11/8/2017
Israel wipes out non-Jewish village, replaces with Jewish only plansRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "The establishment of a town for Jews only is forbidden by law, stands in opposition to statements made by the state’s representatives to the Supreme Court, and contradicts the court ruling regarding the displacement of Umm al-Hiran residents – which was based on the statement that this would not be the establishment of an ethnically-based town.”" - id 11/8/2017
Israel has stripped citizenship from an Arab Israeli for the first time ever : Judge says the move is a `suitable` response after Alaa Raed Ahmad Zayoud injured four people in an `act of terror`GreGreg Wilford - Independent - Israel has stripped an Arab Israeli man of citizenship, claiming he "removed himself from society" by launching a car-and-knife rampage that left four people injured last year. Activists claim the ruling, believed to be a legal first, will leave Alaa Raed Ahmad Zayoud "stateless" and may violate international laws.-rh9/8/2017
What is it like being a journalist in Israel?Al Jazeera - "I was stationed in Israel and Palestine starting from September 2014 as a full-time correspondent. In the first year, I never experienced any trouble with the authorities; I was doing my job like in any other regular democracy, I would say. But after the first year, when I wanted to renew my press card, I started experiencing problems." ca 9/8/2017
Soaring suicide and murder rates compound Middle East sufferingThe Guardian - "Research shows deaths due to violence such as homicide and sexual assault are rising much more steeply in the eastern Mediterranean region than elsewhere." ca9/8/2017
What steps does Israel have to take to ban Al Jazeera?Al Jazeera - "Shutting down Al Jazeera`s offices in Jerusalem will be a lengthy process and involves multiple offices and official bodies, lawyers have said." ca9/8/2017
After Israel tries to ban Al Jazeera, critics say the country is ‘taking its cues from Arab dictators Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "Amnesty International today released a statement critical of the Israeli decision, dubbing it a “brazen attack on media freedom in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The move sends a chilling message that the Israeli authorities will not tolerate critical coverage.” ca9/8/2017
Police said to recommend charges against PM in two graft probesThe Times of Israel - With investigations bolstered by key Netanyahu aide turning state witness, authorities said to push for indictment [ry]7/8/2017
Israeli Communications Minister Moves to Ban al-Jazeera, and Its JournalistsJason Ditz - Al Jazeera - Legal Path to Outright Ban May Be Difficult [ry]7/8/2017
Israel has stripped citizenship from an Arab Israeli for the first time everGreg Wilford - Independent - Judge says the move is a `suitable` response after Alaa Raed Ahmad Zayoud injured four people in an `act of terror` [ry]7/8/2017
The war on Israeli BDS supportersAmnon Portugaly - Haokets/+972 - Erdan wants to expand the surveillance activities of his ministry to include Israeli citizens. In his view, many Israeli citizens are involved in encouraging boycotts of Israel while collaborating with foreign BDS activists. In fact, the Israeli government has been doing this for quite a while through shadow organizations such as Im Tirzu, Israel Academia Monitor, and the like. Now Erdan and the government are institutionalizing those organizations’ work. [bz]5/8/2017
Surge in Israeli attacks on journalistsCharlotte Silver - Electronic Intifada "During the two weeks of sustained Palestinian protests in occupied East Jerusalem over Israel’s attempts to tighten control over the al-Aqsa mosque compound, press groups monitored a surge in violations against journalists.Israeli police barred journalists from entering the Old City of Jerusalem, while Israeli settlers and tourists entered freely." ca 4/8/2017
Palestinian Charged with Death of Jewish-Israeli GirlfriendIMEMC News & Agencies - "Harouf denied that he had been in a relationship with Halimi at the hearing, claiming that he had killed her “to release (Palestinian) prisoners” held by Israel, before being removed from the courtroom shouting “I’ll kill all the Jews!,” Ynet reported.The Israeli news outlet also quoted Halimi’s husband, Aharon Halimi, as denying that his wife had had an affair, saying that the family would “sue the police” for investigating the case as a criminal instead of a “nationalistic issue.” Romantic relationships between Palestinians and Jewish-Israelis remain taboo in both societies, due to the 70- year conflict since the establishment of the state of Israel." ca4/8/2017
Residents of Israeli-Arab town anxious about proposed land swap Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - The funeral in Umm al-Fahm of the three terrorists who killed the policemen on the Temple Mount on July 14 was attended by masses of local Israeli-Arabs. Immediately afterward, Israel’s Channel 2 reported that Netanyahu had raised a proposal to the US emissaries to the region: The prime minister wants to annex the Etzion Bloc settlement localities in exchange for transferring the Wadi Ara territory — including Umm al-Fahm — to the Palestinians. Liberman had promoted a similar plan for many years, and he even made it the cornerstone of his campaign in the 2015 elections. As soon as he heard Netanyahu’s proposal, Liberman tweeted at him, “Welcome to the club.”-rh 3/8/2017
Israeli Soldiers Demolish Al-Arakib For The 116th Time IMEMC - "Over 110,000 Bedouin live in so-called ‘unrecognized villages,’, many of which – like al-Arakib – significantly pre-date the state of Israel itself. Unrecognized villages are not entitled to services that the state provides to recognized settlements, notably water and sewage services, electricity, roads and educational provision." - id 2/8/2017
Austria Gives Palestinian Asylum-Seeker Life Sentence on Basis of Suspect Shabak EvidenceRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The prisoner’s name may not be reported in Austria and has not been reported in Israel either. He is Abdel Karim Abu Habel, who was freed as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange." - id2/8/2017
Israel to strip Amnesty International of tax benefits over support for BDSMa`an - Israel`s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has reportedly taken steps to strip Amnesty International of its tax benefits in Israel, barring Israeli donors from receiving tax deductions from their donations to the international human rights organization owing to its calls to boycott Israel`s illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory. [bz]1/8/2017
Indians unfazed by Israeli-made stink bombSue Surkes - Times of Israel/Hindustan Times - Since 2008, the Israeli army has been regularly using the "Skunk" against Palestinian protesters in such villages as Bil`in. As part of Netanyahu`s blooming strategic partnership with Indian PM Mody, the Skunk was now exported to India, to be used in such places as Kashmir. However, the first tryout by Indian security forces proved disappointing. Instead of holding their noses and running away to retch, those targeted by the Skunk “managed to tolerate the smell without much difficulty.” One Indian official thought, maybe Indians are more used to terrible smells? [ak]1/8/2017
Goodbye, Ambassador Lenk, you won’t be missed in South AfricaAzad Essa - Mail and Guardian/The Daily Vox - Arthur Lenk, Israel’s representative to Pretoria, was astutely ambassadorial. Mention Israel on Twitter and Ambassador would pop around to “celebrate” or “correct” the perception. He was a one-man PR stunt. In parting from us you say “South Africa’s liberation story still has resonance and inspiration for so many of us around the world.” Is this why you continue to build settlements in the West Bank despite your closest ally, the United States, asking you not to do so? This is your inspiration from South Africa? [ak]1/8/2017
China urges support for new Israel-Palestinian peace planAP - Ynet - 1.) Advancing the two-state solution based on 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as the capital of a new Palestinian state. 2.) Upholding "the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security," immediately ending Israeli settlement building (...) 4.) Promoting peace through development and cooperation between the Palestinians and Israel. China views both Israel and the Palestinians as "important partners" in its "One Belt, One Road" initiative - developing transport routes to expand trade in a vast arc of countries across Asia, Africa and Europe. [bz] 1/8/2017
`They killed him because he was an Arab`Zena Tahhan - Al Jazeera - The family of a Palestinian citizen of Israel killed by Israeli police in Jaffa are demanding justice [ry] 31/7/2017
NYT, Reuters, Economist Journalists Self-censor Reports From IsraelPhilip Weiss - Information Clearing House "In the U.S. the Israel lobby is rarely mentioned critically in the mainstream media. But check out this segment on the political show Drum on Australia’s ABC two days ago: veteran Middle East correspondents Antony Loewenstein and John Lyons describe the relentless pressures from Israel and its lobby on journalists who are critical of Israel." ca28/7/2017
Israel is losing the battle for public opinion thanks to honest journalists, and platforms like MondoweissJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss "I was stripped naked at gunpoint, interrogated, kicked and beaten for more than four hours. At one point I fainted and then awakened to fingernails gouging at the flesh beneath my eyes. An officer crushed my neck beneath his boot and pressed my chest into the floor. Others took turns kicking and pinching me, laughing all the while. They dragged me by my feet, sweeping my head through my own vomit. I lost consciousness. I was told later that they transferred me to a hospital only when they thought I might die.” ca28/7/2017
ZOA Calls on Trump to Fire Tillerson Over `anti-Israel` Global Terrorism Report Amir Tibon - Haaretz - Right-wing supporters of Israel have expressed outrage at two specific parts of the report: A reference to Israeli settlements and “a lack of hope” among Palestinians as factors contributing to Palestinian terrorism; and a subsequent paragraph stating that the PA only rarely encourages violence against Israelis and is a trusted partner in fighting terrorism in the West Bank. Similar conclusions also appeared in last year`s State Department terrorism report, which drew much less criticism. ZOA President Mort Klein, whose right-wing organization strongly supported Trump`s 2016 election bid, told Haaretz: “When Obama was in the White House you almost expected the State Department to put out anti-Israel reports like this one. I didn’t think they would have the chutzpah to do it under Trump.” [bz]25/7/2017
Israel removes metal detectors from holy site in JerusalemPeter Beaumont - The announcement came shortly after the evacuation of all Israeli diplomats from the embassy in the Jordanian capital, Amman, following an incident in which an Israeli security guard shot two Jordanians including a teenager who had allegedly stabbed him with a screwdriver. The diplomats, including Israel’s ambassador to Jordan, Einat Schlain, crossed the Allenby bridge border in a convoy, arriving back in Israel at around 11pm. Among those repatriated were the security guard who Jordan had originally said it wanted to retain for questioning over the incident. A Jordanian news site linked to the kingdom’s military said investigators had decided the deadly altercation at the Israeli embassy compound was not politically motivated and had determined the 17-year-old had attacked the guard with a screwdriver over a dispute about a furniture delivery. [bz]25/7/2017
More demolition of Bedouin homes and draconean verdicts four years after a protest Amos Gvirtz - Three years in prison and a fine of 25,000 shekels / Six months service work, and a 15,000 shekels fine. 25/7/2017
Hundreds of Israeli Arabs hold peaceful protests over Temple MountHassan Shaalan - Ynet - In Baqa al-Gharbiyye, Qalansawe, Tayibe, Nazareth and elsewhere, protesters demonstrated with signs and flags instead of stones and Molotov cocktails; `The government is treating us like enemies. Violence begets violence and peace brings security and calm,` says one protester [ry]24/7/2017
NETANYAHU`S LIKUD PARTY TO VOTE AGAINST PALESTINIAN STATE ON TUESDAYGil Hoffman - The Jerusalem Post - The party has long opposed the creation of a Palestinian state, and will solidify this position yet again on Tuesday [ry]24/7/2017
J Street, a Reliable Foe of BDS, Urges Congress to Oppose Israel Anti-Boycott ActZaid Jilani- The Intercept - The Israel Anti-Boycott Actwould levy penalties of up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine — leading many to claim, such as the ACLU did, that it is a serious threat to free speech. J Street, founded in late 2007 to promote a two-state solution, opposes the Israeli occupation and general treatment of the Palestinians, but also its activists regularly find themselves at odds with left-wing groups such as Jewish Voices for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine who view BDS as the best way to end the occupation of the Palestinians. J Street often lobbies in favor of anti-BDS legislation. However, the Israel Anti- Boycott Act is a step too far for even these reliable opponents of BDS. J Street now sent an email to foreign policy staffers on Capitol Hill urging them to oppose the legislation as it is currently written, primarily because of its impact on free speech. [ak]22/7/2017
U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against IsraelGlenn Greenwald/Ryan Grim - The Intercept - Among the co-sponsors of the bill are several of the politicians who have become political celebrities by positioning themselves as media leaders of the anti- Trump Resistance. They have built a wide public following by posturing as opponents of authoritarianism, are sponsoring one of the most oppressive and authoritarian bills that has pended before Congress in quite some time. Some co-sponsors seemed not to have any idea what they co-sponsored — almost as though they reflexively sign whatever comes from AIPAC without having any idea what’s in it. [ak]22/7/2017
Palestinian town in Israel shaken by Jerusalem killings Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "Umm al-Fahm, a city of 52,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel, lies in the Wadi Ara area. Twenty kilometers (12.5 miles) north of the West Bank city of Jenin, Umm al-Fahm is home to the northern branch of the radical Islamic Movement and its leader and former mayor of the city, Raed Salah. Three cousins who shot the two Israeli border guard police came from this city. Muhammad Ahmed Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamid Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmed Mufdal Jabarin, 19, traveled to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and carried out the shooting rampage. Shortly after the news of the attack emerged, the city council of Umm al-Fahm met and issued a statement calling on the town’s citizens to remain calm." ca 21/7/2017
J Street, a Reliable Foe of BDS, Urges Congress to Oppose Israel Anti-Boycott Act For NowZaid Jilani - The Intercept "...the bill has an unlikely opponent.J Street, founded in late 2007 to promote a two-state solution, opposes the Israeli occupation and general treatment of the Palestinians, but also has refused to endorse the Palestinian-led nonviolent boycott movement. Its activists regularly find themselves at odds with left-wing groups such as Jewish Voices for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine who view BDS as the best way to end the occupation of the Palestinians. Thus J Street often lobbies in favor of anti-BDS legislation.However, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act is a step too far for even these reliable opponents of BDS." ca 21/7/2017
Welcome: A letter from Mahmoud DarwishMahmoud Darwish - The Electronic Intifada - "The English translation of his 2008 letter features as the opening piece of This Is Not a Border, a newly published collection of essays, diaries and poems marking a decade of PalFest. Darwish’s letter appears online here for the first time." - id 19/7/2017
Palestinians disappointed over Israeli Labor primariesUri Savir - Al-Monitor - A senior Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs official told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that Netanyahu is very encouraged by what he perceived as a new Trump-Putin axis. Netanyahu believes this will play into Israel’s hands in terms of gradually curbing Iran’s regional ambitions in southern Syria and in terms of keeping the European Union out of a regional peace process. “The Quartet and its reports are probably dead.” [bz]18/7/2017
A day of demolitions of Bedouin houses in the NegevAmos Gvirtz - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know 558 - They destroyed a dwelling in Rahat; close to the Bedouin town of Segev Shalom they demolished a dwelling, a chicken coop, and confiscated a container, 4X6 meters; close to Kseife, a Bedouin was forced to destroy his own home, under threat that if they do the work, he would have to cover the demolition costs. They completed the move by destroying the floor of the house. And demolished Al Arakib yet again. [bz]18/7/2017
How defeating BDS is closer, literally, than we thinkReuven Weiss - Ynet - “Europe is a huge challenge,” explains David Siegel of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. “It is a super important continent for Israel’s future, and it cannot be ignored. Eighty-five percent of American congressmen have visited Israel at some stage but only a little over 10% of the European Parliament members have visited. That says it all." Head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan, 36, agrees with this assessment. “Ignorance”, he says “is the main enemy on the settlement enterprise. The majority of the public has never even been here, but it doesn’t bother people to form negative opinions on the building of communities.” [bz]18/7/2017
Israel’s UN envoy slanders human rights groupsAdri Nieuwhof - EI - “If I am a member of the PFLP, then why don’t they bring me to trial?” Jabarin told Middle East Eye. Danon also accused Al Mezan of having links with Hamas without clarifying the character of the alleged contacts. Israel made similar accusations, apparently also originating with NGO Monitor, a few years ago against the London-based group Palestinian Return Centre. But the UK government said Israel did not provide it with any evidence to back up its claims. (...) Israel routinely denies international observers, including those from Amnesty International as well as the UN’s Human Rights Council, access to Gaza. [bz]15/7/2017
Canada backtracks on labeling wine from the West BankAP/Ynet - The agency had ruled that because the federal government did not recognize Israel`s control over several territories it captured in 1967, vendors should stop selling and importing wines from the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery labeled `Product of Israel.` Yaakov Berg, CEO for Psagot Winery in the West Bank, was angered by the move. `We have returned home to our homeland, the place where our ancestors made wine` Berg said. `Canada, of all places, a country founded and expanded as it conquered and destroyed the homeland of another people, a country with no roots or historical validity of its existence there, questions the right of Jews to live and grow vineyards in the land of our forefathers.` [bz] 14/7/2017
A disaster! An American Jewish BDS supporter slipped in! Yael Marom - +972 Magazine - Last Thursday Israel Hayom - the widely-circulated paper owned by the right-wing gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson - carried a sensational headline: “BDS activist tricks authorities, enters Israel against protocol”. What the paper called "a disaster" referred to Ariel Gold, a prominent activist in the left-wing feminist organization, CODEPINK, getting through Ben Gurion Airport and getting to Hebron, to attend the trial of Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro. "I was interrogated by the airport security. I told them I support Palestinian human rights and international law, and believe only in nonviolence as a way to achieve that. BDS is certainly a non-violent way". [ak]11/7/2017
Hebron is not on the Moon (re the UNESCO resolution)Odeh Bisharat - Haaretz - Israeli leaders rage against `anti- Semitic` UNESCO resolution on Hebron. I am grateful to blogger Idan Landau. He simply devoted a few minutes to reading a text a few lines long, rather than rely on the government or the mainstream Israeli media to tell him what UNESCO decided. UNESCO’s decision simply recognized the Old City of Hebron (Al-Khalil) and the Ibrahimi Mosque (Tomb of the Patriarchs) as a world heritage site holy to three faiths. Since this new world heritage site is not located on the moon, but in the State of Palestine (which has already been recognized by the world), the location noted in parentheses is - Palestine. And that’s what all the fuss is about. [ak] 11/7/2017
Egyptian, Palestinian leaders meet amid likely Gaza shakeup that could sideline Mahmoud AbbasTareq Baconi - The New Arab - It comes after the PA issued a litany of punitive measures against Gaza in recent months, including the refusal to pay for electricity to the coastal territory. [bz]11/7/2017
Israel taking money from asylum seekers` pay then returning it when they leave countryWill Worley - Independent - `They want us to leave the country. They want to break our spirit.` [ry]10/7/2017
Hundreds protest AG`s conduct in PM investigationHassan Shaalan - Ynet - For the 32nd week in a row, hundreds of protestors mass near the home of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, decrying his hesitant and slow conduct in the investigations of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [ry]10/7/2017
Jordan Valley farmers hit back at BDSItamar Eichner - Ynet - With the help of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Israeli farmers from the Jordan Valley will bypass BDS efforts to sell produce abroad directly to consumers at ten fairs in the US and Europe. The creative solution comes as a welcome relief to farmers in the area who have been suffering economically for years as a result of boycott efforts initiated by BDS and others. Products from the valley that are targeted for boycott include peppers, grapes, spices, figs and dates. The economic damage from such activities is significant, with farmers suffering damages totaling roughly NIS 100 million every year.[bz]9/7/2017
UNESCO set to vote on Palestinian claim over Cave of the PatriarchsItamar Eichner - Ynetnews "At last minute, Israel foils Palestinian attempt to distort report that found their request to recognize Hebron`s Old City as a World Heritage Site doesn`t meet the three required criteria and ignores Jewish and Christian history of the site." ca7/7/2017
Israel`s controversial citizenship law persistsAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - "With the extension of the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law for the 14th year in a row, Palestinians in the West Bank will continue to be blocked from reunifying with family members in Israel." - id 5/7/2017
Bedouin village braces for a new round of demolitionsYael Marom - +972 - "It has been half a year since Israeli police killed Yacoub Abu al-Qi’an during the demolition of his home. Now the police are back to demolish structures donated to provide shelter to his children." - id 5/7/2017
B`Tselem, MK decry `occupation` at UN conferenceElior Levy & Itamar Eichner - Ynet - Hagai El-Ad of B`Tselem, "Palestinians who oppose the occupation are terrorists, Israelis who oppose the occupation are traitors, and those in the international community who oppose the occupation are labeled anti-Semitic."[bz] Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman warns, `The window to the two-state solution is narrowing, but the alternative is not a single democratic state - Israel is a country that is developing clear signs of apartheid.` [bz]4/7/2017
How Israeli/Saudi ‘Alliance’ Plays TrumpAlastair Crooke - - As novices to the world of Mideast intrigue, President Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner are being led by Israel and Saudi Arabia into a dangerous confrontation with Iran, explains former British diplomat [ry]3/7/2017
Dismantling the occupation — brick by brick, book by bookEdo Konrad - +972 - +972 catches up with American Jewish authors Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon in Susya, a tiny Palestinian village in the southern West Bank, as they promote their new book about 50 years of occupation [ry]3/7/2017
Police arrest suspects in IDF weapons theft caseIlana Curie - Ynet - Six suspects, including two brothers, arrested after stealing 33 M16 rifles and other IDF equipment from a base the brothers were working at; police also seize cash and vehicles during raid on suspects` home [ry]3/7/2017
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