|Yuvalim delays vote on `Zionist values` bylaws ||Jack Khoury
The proposed laws sparked a public debate, and several human rights groups objected to them. Arab Knesset members and Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, asked the attorney general to open an investigation against Yuvalim for racism and infringing on Arab citizens` rights.
|Palestinian news agency woos Hebrew audience||The Media Line -
WAFA launched website in Hebrew with aim of `speaking directly to Israeli public opinion`; its first headline referred to Netanyahu`s vision of peace as being `with the extreme right`.
|Congresswoman Donna Edwards in a special thank you video to JStreet PAC||
"When Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD-4) came under attack from the right-wing for her pro-Israel, pro-peace views on Israel and the Middle East, JStreetPAC members pitched in to defend her.Over 600 JStreetPAC members contributed over $30,000 to Rep. Edwards reelection campaign in under a week - and contributions are still coming in.
|Israel suffered massive cyber attack during Gaza offensive ||Anshel Pfeffer -
"...peaking at 15 million junk mail deliveries per second."
|President Abbas: WAFA Hebrew Page to Reflect Palestinian Aspiration ||WAFA -
"WAFAs Hebrew page was launched in accordance with, our belief in the inevitability of peace and co-existence of two peoples."
|Blair: Don`t rule out right of return||Ynet News - Quartet`s Mideast envoy tells Sky News return of Palestinian refugees to Israel should be resolved through negotiation, calls on Jerusalem to lift Gaza blockade ||16/6/2009|
|Video : Feeling The Hate In Jerusalem on the Eve of Obamas Speech in Cairo|| Max Blumenthal -
The question is why more journalists are not covering this story. All you have to do is walk the streets of Jerusalem and you will find dozens of people that harbor the same beliefs. As a resident of Jerusalem, I can say that the people represented in this video are not members of a fringe group or simply drunk college kids. These people reflect the sentiments shared by many people in this country and this city. These people and their families are the core of the opposition to meaningful peace between Israel and her neighbors. This is what Obama is up against.
|Israel pushes out its own people : Netanyahu`s insistence on the term `Jewish state` signals a rejection of Israeli Palestinians as rightful citizens||Dimi Reider - The Guardian - The reason why Netanyahu is talking over the heads of Palestinian Israeli citizens is precisely because most of them (over 70%) want to remain part of a sovereign democracy rather than the vague and improbably West Bank statelet. The reason he`s trying to create a fictional outside leadership for them in the character of the Palestinian Authority they so despise is precisely because their real leadership their mayors, intellectuals, politicians and NGOs persistently call for internal, Jewish-Arab dialogue over their rights and the role each community should play in a joint and truly democratic state.
|Chabad rabbi: Jews should kill Arab men, women and children during war ||Nathaniel Popper -
""The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle)," Friedman wrote."||10/6/2009|
|Study Surprisingly Finds 47% of Israeli-Jews Believe that the 1948 Palestinian Refugees were Expelled by Israel||Rafi Nets-Zehngut and Daniel Bar-Tal -
Colubia University -
"First Study of its Kind Finds the Collective Memory of Israeli-Jews is Critical of Israel`s Role in the Israeli-Arab/Palestinian Conflict." ||10/6/2009|
|Obama plan: "Two states within two years" ||Ma`an News Agency - Bethlehem Office - According to the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat, Netanyahu was given six weeks formulate an answer to Obama`s proposal.
|Lieberman: World opinion - Israel`s No. 1 problem||World public opinion is Israel`s number one foreign policy problem, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday. "We carried out a series of studies in Europe and the US t understand how Israel was branded in the eyes of the world. We discovered that the Arabs have succeeded in doing to us what Borat did to Kazakhstan." [In that, the Arabs had considerable help from Lieberman himself. Ed.]
| Full text of Obama speech in Cairo||Aljazeera - "
Obama`s speech in Egypt aimed at healing a rift with the Muslim world"||4/6/2009|
|Navy Vet Honored, Foiled Israeli Attack ||Ray McGovern -
Consortium News -
"In sum, on June 8, 1967, the Israeli government learned that it could get away with murder, literally, and the crime would be covered up, so strong is the influence of the Israel Lobby in our Congress and indeed, in the White House."
|70% of the Arab population in the north has no bomb shelters||Saed Bannoura -
"The report found that in many of the Arab communities included in the study, the safest places were schools, although they are not built to function as shelters."
|Obama Plays Down Divide With Israel ||ALAN COWELL and HELENE COOPER -
"Part of being a good friend is being honest, Mr. Obama said in an interview with NPR News."||3/6/2009|
|U.S. Weighs Tactics on Israeli Settlement ||Helene Cooper - NYT - The measures under discussion include stepping back from Americaâs near-uniform support for Israel in the United Nations if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel does not agree to a settlement freeze, administration officials said.||2/6/2009|
|Obama lectures Israel on tough love; U.S. denies it will stop U.N.. support for Israel||The Media Line - (...) While denying the U.N. veto threat, the administration nevertheless got the message across along with another message equally or more important: that the Obama administration would not necessarily adhere to promises its predecessor made to the Israelis.||2/6/2009|
|Obama: U.S. will be `honest` with Israel on settlements ||Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya - Haaretz - "The Israelis want us to commit to oral understandings we have never heard about, but at the same time they are not willing to commit to written agreements their government has signed, like the road map and commitment to the two-state solution." ||2/6/2009|
|Obama Talks of Being âHonestâ With Israel ||Helen Cooper - NYT - President Obama indicated on Monday that he would be more willing to criticize Israel than previous administrations have been, and he reiterated his call for a freeze of Israeli settlements. âPart of being a good friend is being honest,â Mr. Obama said in an interview with NPR News. (...) The current current trajectory in the region is profoundly negative, not only for Israeli interests but also U.S. interests.
|Israel Launches Doomsday Drill||Jason Ditz - AntiWar - "A nation which constantly perceives existential threats in everything from domestic protest marches to the sale of bread during Passover, Israel has [...] launched a five-day national exercise of assorted `doomsday scenarios` that might imperil the nation at some point in the future"||1/6/2009|
|Galilee communities: We`re not racist, we just don`t want Arabs ||Eli Ashkenazi -
Residents of the Misgav bloc of communities in the Galilee consider themselves to be liberal, peace-loving people who support coexistence with their Arab neighbors and even root for Bnei Sakhnin, the soccer club based in a nearby Arab town considered a prominent symbol of that community. Which is why they were shocked this week when proposals raised at local council meetings to accept only applicants who shared their Zionist principles drew negative headlines and criticism for alleged racism.
|New Hope For Peace: Four American Statesmen Speak Out ||Landrum Bolling - Foundation for Middle East Peace - Four American statesmen, Jimmy Carter, James Baker, Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be resolved with a comprehensive U.S. presidential initiative.
|Mashal: `Hamas willing to cooperate with international efforts, will not accept demilitarized state`||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Mashal specifically rejected all the condiditons set by Netanyahu in his own policy speech two weeks ago, but seems far less explicit about the conditions set by Obama or the Europeans [ed.]||27/6/2009|
|Continuing rumors of imminent Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange ||Haaretz - According to Arab officials quoted in Asharq al-Awsat, Gilad Shalit will be moved to Egypt as part of a deal in which Israel is expected to release a total of 1,100 Palestinian prisoners. This is the latest in a string of press rumors about an impending deal, which are so far denied by both Israeli and Palestinian officials. ||27/6/2009|
|Protest against Israel`s presence at Paris air show||A group of French activists from the BDS France campaign held a non-
violent protest against the presence of Israel at the Paris - Le
Bourget air show (which doubles as a weapons fair). They denounced:
- the sale of weapons and weapon components to Israel which are then
used to commit war crimes against civilians. ||26/6/2009|
|Our friend and co-editor, Victoria Buch, passed away|| ||27/6/2009|
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