|Dozens vomit after soldiers spray chemical at anti-wall rally||Ma’an-
Israeli soldiers have this month increasingly been using the controversial chemical to dispel the weekly gatherings, which assemble each Friday near the separation wall that cuts the village of Bil`in from about 60 percent of its land.
Last week a Palestinian parliament member, Mustafa Bargouthi, became ill when he and dozens of others were sprayed by the liquid during a similar protest in the same Ramallah-area village.
|IFJ slams P.A for closing Al Jazeera office in the West Bank||Saed Bannoura-
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) slammed on Friday the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank for shutting down the office of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera Television in the West Bank, and demand it to reverse the decision.
|The IDF price tag ||Amira Hass -
"It suits the IDF that after their release, soldiers travel to Peru and Colombia to bury their agonized memories or belated insights - as adults. The IDF prefers that its demobilized soldiers travel to Goa to get stoned out of their minds before Breaking the Silence activists reach them."
|Living apart together : The Israeli housing minister wants segregated townships for Arabs and Jews. What will he do with my mixed family?||Jerry Kindred - The Guardian - Back in the US, my friends` marriages were a multi-culti smorgasbord: Tarheels marrying Mexicans, Lutherans marrying Chinese, Jews marrying everybody. Even if some Jewish parents objected to marrying out of the fold, the government didn`t get involved. But here, performing a marriage between a Jew and a non-Jew is a crime against the state. So of course our venerable leaders don`t want us living together. Who knows where friendship might lead?
|Rahm Emanuel: Self-hating Jew or peace-broker?||
By Natasha Mozgovaya -
there is no chance that that will cause Emanuel to give up, says Beilin. "Do you think he`ll stop just because someone here called him a `self-hating Jew`? ... I know Rahm and his views, and Israeli-Arab peace is high on his agenda... He belongs to the stream that is typical of most American Jews, certainly most of the people who are knowledgeable about the conflict. He`s a liberal Democrat, who believes that there`s a solution to the conflict ."
|Israel aims to outlaw foreign gov`t funds for subversive NGOs|| HERB KEINON -
One of the questions that will have to be addressed, according to an official involved in the discussions, is what constitutes a political NGO...The discussion follows Post revelations that foreign governments are funding of Breaking the Silence, which last week added its voice to a number of NGOs that have issued scathing reports of the IDF`s activities in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. ||31/7/2009|
By Dr. Yosef Rafiq Jabareen,
The Technion - Adalah -
"The Geo-Political and Spatial Implications of the New Israel Land Administration Law on the Palestinians"
|Israeli Arabs struggle for land||BBC-
After Israel`s housing minister called on Jews to move to the north of the country to stop what he described as "the spread of Arabs" there, the BBC`s Katya Adler reports on the struggle for land in the area... academic studies, such as those completed by Oren Yiftachel, a professor at Israel`s Ben Gurion University, suggest this 20% of Israel`s population lives on around 3% of Israel`s lands.
|Serving in the IDF, `for the sake of God and Jesus`||MATTHEW WAGNER-
The Jerusalem Post-
That was the message conveyed by members of the local Messianic Jewish community via sacred texts, prayer and talks, to a group of 18-year-olds who took part this week in a premilitary program called Netsor...Some 150 highly motivated believers will join the IDF this year. Many of them will serve in combat units.Some of them have been through Netsor`s week of mental and spiritual preparation offered by the Messianic community. Netsor is a Hebrew word that means `to guard` or `to stand vigilant.`
|Israeli Road Sign Controversy Runs Deep||Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler -
"The Israeli Ministry of Transport has unveiled a plan to get rid of both the Arabic and the English names for cities and towns on road signs around the country, keeping only the Hebrew names." ||15/7/2009|
|Controversial Bestseller Shakes the Foundation of the Israeli State ||Pal Telegraph -
"When and How Was the Jewish People Invented?"What if the Palestinian Arabs who have lived for decades under the heel of the modern Israeli state are in fact descended from the very same "children of Israel" described in the Old Testament?"
|Gov`t strikes back against `biased` human rights NGOs||HERB KEINON -
J-lem Post -
"Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Foreign Ministry was currently involved in a reform that would place a much greater emphasis on dealing with NGOs, which Lieberman said were replacing diplomats as the engine for setting the international community`s agenda."||15/7/2009|
|House of Commons debate on the actions of the Israeli Navy||House of Commons - publications.parliament.uk - Jeremy Corbyn: Surely the Minister has skipped over something. There is an issue about the legality of the Israeli navyâ€™s action in apprehending a civilian vessel in international waters. If he is accepting Israelâ€™s control of the waters off Gaza, that is surely accepting the occupation. / Mr. Lewis: I will come to my hon. Friendâ€™s point in a moment.||14/7/2009|
|Report: Israeli warships cross Suez Canal again ||Haaretz - Two Israel Navy warships made a rare crossing of Egypt`s Suez Canal on Tuesday, heading from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, a port source told AFP, in a voyage that could be seen as a warning signal to Iran. ||14/7/2009|
|Solana upsets Israel with Palestine comments ||David Harris - Xinhua - "The mediator has to set the timetable, too. If the parties are not able to stick to it, then a solution backed by the international community should be put on the table. After a fixed deadline, a UN Security Council resolution should proclaim the adoption of the two-state solution," Solana said. ||14/7/2009|
|The Foreign Ministry presents: talkbackers in the service of the State||Dora Kishinevski - Calcalist - The Israeli Foreign Ministry is setting up a special unit of professional Internet talkbackers who will defend the Israeli government`s positions in Internet fora while posing as ordinary members of the public||14/7/2009|
|Exporting Utopia||Reuven Kaminer -
It appears that the company, Plasan Sasa (see Google ) has just what the United States Army needs, technology to minimize the damage when its vehicles are blown up. And so business is booming. Sasa which has found itself unable to create a just society in Israel has decided to help the US forces establish a utopia in Afghanistan.
|How Roger Cohen Became the Most Important Jewish Journalist in America||Daniel Luban -
"“I have never previously felt so despondent about Israel, so shamed by its actions,” he wrote in a powerful NYRB essay."||29/7/2009|
|Swiss ambassador to UN calls for panel on Gaza reconstruction||Ma`an -
"Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey will discuss Switzerland`s proposals for the Middle East with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday."||29/7/2009|
|Far-rightists urge IDF draftees to cover up abuse of Palestinians ||Anshel Pfeffer -
"The notice is signed by "students of Rabbi Ginzburg," the author of "Baruch the Man", a book honoring Baruch Goldstein, the settler who massacred Palestinians at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron."
|`Obama is a racist,` settler rabbi tells protestors in Jerusalem||
By Chaim Levinson
Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, the head of the Nir yeshiva in the settlement of Kiryat Arba. "Obama is a racist," Waldman told the assembled crowd. "If he continues with his actions, he will bring about the disintegration of the American superpower." ||28/7/2009|
|IDF shuns rights meeting on Cast Lead||MATTHEW WAGNER -
Rabbi Arik Ascherman, executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights, said in response to the IDF boycott, "For an entire month we negotiated with the IDF Spokesman`s Office."We are perplexed by the IDF`s decision, which raises serious questions about the willingness of the IDF to scrutinize its own behavior,"||28/7/2009|
|Israeli officer promotes war crimes at Harvard ||Maryam Monalisa and Anat Matar - EI - "What troubled many of the 200 or so participants who `attended` the talk via a virtual chatroom was that Sharvit-Baruch was cut off from public or legal scrutiny as she relayed her PowerPoint presentation. Questions were posed by the moderators, sanitized of any critical content"||27/7/2009|
|Israel`s Arab citizens - a hidden economic treasure ||Aluf Ben - Haaretz - A change in both mind-set and behavior will be needed before workplaces become truly open and integrated. For Jews, this means going outside their own social network, minimizing army talk and eschewing small acts of racism such as imitating Arab accents. Both sides will have trouble when there are terror attacks or Israel Defense Forces operations. But they have already proved their ability to overcome this.
|A mosque in Ein-Hod||The following text comes from an ardent Zionist who addresses frankly a problem typical to colonialist endeavours: A disregard and contempt towards the “native” culture and religion plus their basic rights. All this happened in a village occupied since 1948 - Shraga Elam||23/7/2009|
|Gambling with peace: how US bingo dollars are funding Israeli settlements||Chris McGreal - The Guardian - California charity `a barrier to West Bank resolution` • Millionaire`s foundation must be curbed, critics say||20/7/2009|
|Debunking Commonplaces About a Singular Region ||HOWARD W. FRENCH -
Review of "MYTHS, ILLUSIONS, AND PEACE" - Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East - By Dennis Ross and David Makovsky
"...“the use of force against Iran will look dramatically different should good faith, direct negotiations be tried and fail.”"
|Samieh returns to Yaffa||Solidarity Committee -
"Five months after his arrest for participating in a political demonstration in Umm al Fahm, theatre director Samieh Jabbarin returns to his place of residence."||12/7/2009|
|The Raids on the Resistances Bookstore,Zionist Fanatics Practice Serial Vandalism in Paris||DIANA JOHNSTONE -
As disciples of Meir Kahane, the JDL not only favors purifying an enlarged Eretz Israel of Arabs, but wants to bring the fight against Arabs and “Islamofascism” to France itself...LDJ or Betar members also have the advantage of a “sanctuary” – Israel.
|Members of the Jewish Defence League arrested in Paris after pro-Palestinian store attack||AFP -
Following the incident, the MRAP anti-racism group repeated a call for a French ban on the Jewish Defence League (JDL), which was set up by a US rabbi in 1968 to protect Jews from anti-Semitism.
|Israeli strike on Iran would be `catastrophe`: Sarkozy||AFP -
A unilateral attack by Israel against Iran to thwart the Islamic republic`s nuclear ambitions would be an "absolute catastrophe"||10/7/2009|
|Al Jazeera Video Story: Israel sells Palestinian refugee property - Adalah||Adalah: "Selling these properties constitutes the final expropriation of the right to property of Palestinian refugees, despite the special legal, historical and political status of these properties."||10/7/2009|
|Israeli Housing Minister Concerned over increasing Arab population||Saed Bannoura -
Eitas stated that he is concerned about the increasing number of Arabs in different parts of Israel...He also said that it is not suitable to have Arabs and Jews living together, and that Israel is `losing` Akka (Acre) due to increasing Arab population. He added that he met with Acre mayor for three hours to discuss the `means to save Akka.
|High Court: Recharge officer for shooting bound Palestinian||DAN IZENBERG -
The High Court on Wednesday unanimously accepted the petition against a lieutenant-colonel and a sergeant charged with being responsible for the shooting of a bound and blindfolded Palestinian during a protest in Ni`lin last July, ruling to cancel the misconduct charges on which the army indicted them due to them being "unreasonable to an extreme degree," and ordered that the military prosecution retry the defendants on more severe charges.
|Israel`s Sale of Palestinian Refugee Property Violates Israeli and International Law ||Adalah -
selling these absentee properties to private individuals is illegal under Israeli law. It contradicts the essence of the law which provides that the Custodian of Absentee Properties is the temporary guardian of these properties, until the status of the Palestinian refugees is resolved...This measure is to the ultimate disadvantage of all parties involved; it further entrenches political discontent in order to profit from the refugees’ plight.
|Dimona the holy ||Yitzhak Laor - Haaretz - The rationale that "they aren`t capable of nuclear production" was transformed into a military and ideological challenge: "We will not let them have nuclear production."
|Tel Aviv University Conference on the Psychological Effects of Israeli Military Service on Young Veterans ||AIC - "While the conference was a positive forum for less critical Jewish Israelis to question the actions of their militarized society, it is crucial that future conferences probe more deeply and critically into the very state mechanisms that perpetuate a militarized culture, an occupation, and a society that gives no outlet to veterans who wish to question their past actions. Scholars, activists, and questioning citizens alike must ask what the mechanisms are within the State of Israel that have been so brilliant at silencing, and what political aims and interest groups have benefited from this silence"||6/7/2009|
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