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UN chief: End occupation, divide JerusalemYitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - ""The occupation that started in 1967 is morally and politically unsustainable, and must end."" 30/3/2011
`Gaza official reportedly abducted by Israel may have Gilad Shalit intel`Haaretz Service - Haaretz - ""If Mossad goes to such an extend, and interrogates the man for six weeks, then he must know something Israel absolutely wants to hear."" id 30/3/2011
Knesset passes law to strip of Israeli citizenship those convincted of "Terrorism"Jonathan Lis/Rebecca Anna Stoil/Mairav Zonszein - Haaretz/Jerusalem Post/+972 Magazine - March 29, 2011The new law enables courts to revoke citizenship – in addition to issuing prison sentences – against people who are convicted of treason or terrorism. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman insisted upon getting this law passed, though the the Security Services objected and stated it was superfluous and harmful. Lieberman boasted that getting it passed fulfilled his campaign promise of linking Israeli citizenship to "loyalty". However, during the elections campaign he had talked of a far more extensive measure, which would have applied to all of Israel`s Arab citizens. 29/3/2011
Who is sick enough to censor Amos Oz?Gideon Levy - Haaretz - Oz dared to send a copy to jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, with the following dedication: "This story is our story, and I hope you read it and understand us better. Hoping you will soon see peace and freedom." 29/3/2011
`If Palestinians declare state, Israel weighing annexation` [of the major settlement blocs, that is]Jerusalem Post Staff - Official in Jerusalem tells AP that other possible counter-measures include reducing water access below agreed upon levels, as well as restricting the use of Israeli ports for Palestinian imports and exports.29/3/2011
New bill takes aim at leftist groupsRoni Sofer - Ynet - Right-wing MKs launched a new attack against leftist organizations Monday with a bill limiting their right to petition the High Court of Justice. MKs Danny Danon and Yariv Levin from the Likud Party explain that the bill, which is aimed at preventing court rulings from exacting influence in the name of organizations that have no direct connection to the matters at hand, government policy, or the Knesset. 29/3/2011
Are Jewish Community Centers the new battleground over Israel`s legitimacy? Nathan Guttman - Forward/Haaretz - In New York City, a group called JCCWatch is taking aim at the JCC in Manhattan for partnering with such groups as the New Israel Fund, B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch in supporting the Other Israel Film Festival.
In the middle of this fight stand the Jewish federations, the community’s philanthropic backbone, torn between their wish to maintain the artistic freedom of the community’s beneficiary agencies and their need to satisfy angry donors who control the purse strings. [Haaretz published a shortened version].
Australian Public TV reports on struggle of Al-ArakibAmos Roberts - Dateline (Australian Public TV) - The Australians emphasized similarities and links between struggle of Negev Bedouin activist Nuri al Okbi and that of Australian Aborigins. 29/3/2011
Israeli Artists Against the Boycott BillMerav Yudelevich, Ynet "A list of artists are joining the struggle against the Boycott Law that passed in the Knesset first reading. Among them Israel Prize laureate David Tratcover, singer Rona Keinan, poet Meir Vizltir and others. Keinan: “It’s scary, it’s dangerous and we can’t let this happen.” Author Seffi Richlevski: “Israel is criminal.” ca 25/3/2011
Palestine and the power of civil societyBy Ramzy Baroud - Al-Ahram Weekly "The global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and other related campaigns were aimed at exposing Israeli transgressions against the Palestinian people and galvanising international solidarity. What is so uplifting is to see how their achievements have far surpassed these initial aims. The campaigns have animated, accentuated and actually legitimised Palestinian civil society -- a notion that long stood outside the official paradigm acceptable to Israel, and which had very little space within the restrictive realm of the Palestinian Authority (PA)." ca 25/3/2011
Money for freedomby Gamal Essam El-Din - Al-Ahram "Business tycoons in the ruling party of the ousted president Hosni Mubarak are willing to pay LE4 billion in exchange for dropping corruption charges levelled against them." ca25/3/2011
The Palestinian narrative has won By Oudeh Basharat - Haaretz "When the Knesset approves legislation banning the Nakba commemoration, it seems surreal. Yet, there is also something good in this commotion. At least, there`s no denial of the Nakba." ca25/3/2011
Dialogue by Way of Art in IsraelAriel David - NYT - "While political negotiations for peace in the Middle East have all but stalled, Israelis are slowly discovering Palestinian art, helping build ties and encourage dialogue between the two peoples." 23/3/2011
Israel passes law against mourning its existenceReuters - US Edition - "Civil rights groups have denounced the measure as an effort to restrict freedom of expression to Arabs, who make up about a fifth of Israel`s predominantly Jewish population." 23/3/2011
Captured Gazan `suffering in custody`AP - Ynet - "His Ukrainian wife, Veronika, accused Mossad of abducting him to sabotage the power plant, but denied speculation that he was tied to Hamas militants. "23/3/2011
MK Zahalka: Racist laws target Arab sectorRoni Sofer - Ynet - ""After this sad night we will ask the international community to protect us from this anti-democratic government headed by Netanyahu."" 23/3/2011
Palestinian Beduins in Al-Araqib: `We won`t leave`Charlotte Silver - The Electronic Intifada Many Palestinian citizens of Israel are being displaced not with settlements and a wall, but with the planting of a forest. As it has in the past, Israel asserts that its intentions are beneficent and noble -- to make a desert bloom with trees. But these trees will be planted on land inhabited by Palestinians for many generations, and people are being violently forced out of their villages to make room for those trees. 22/3/2011
Racial Discrimination in Airports: One, Not Unusual, StoryAssociation for Civil Rights in Israel - On her way back to Tel Aviv, Samira was taken aside at the airport. They kept her in a room with 5 people, including one guy that just stood there and watched. They took her small bag completely apart and scanned her body, and unfortunately the metal clip in her bra beeped. The logical thing to do in this situation is, of course, to undress her. Samira, my beloved chosen family, had to stand in front of them almost completely naked, in her underwear, as they were checking her. After more than an hour of examination, touching, and humiliation – they shoved all of her stuff into the bag (including her immaculately ironed clothes, and if you know Samira – this is not something you can do to her) and sent her on the flight. Without her bag. 21/3/2011
Trees without Bulldozers: Environmental Justice for the Bedouin David Krantz - Green Zionist Alliance - The Green Zionist Alliance representatives on the KKL-JNF board of directors — Dr. Alon Tal and Dr. Orr Karassin — have been working to stop the bulldozing of al-Araqib and other Bedouin villages. But, alas, their working from within could not prevent the newest demolition. 21/3/2011
Hamas `will not be stumbling block` to unity talksMa`an - Haniyeh invited Abbas to come to Gaza to kick start the unity process after almost a year of stagnation, following protests by hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Ramallah, Gaza City, Bethlehem and Nablus demanding an end to political division. About a dozen hunger strikers called off their strike when the invitation was made, but resumed the fast again Sunday when no concrete plans were made for the Gaza visit. Abbas told reporters that he would "not hesitate to go to Gaza," saying he hoped to make real advances on the Palestinian political scene. 21/3/2011
`Military Intelligence monitoring foreign left-wing organizations` Barak Ravid - Haaretz - "We ourselves don`t know exactly how to define delegitimization," said one ministry official. Are flotillas to Gaza delegitimization? Is criticism of settlements delegitimization? It`s not clear how Military Intelligence`s involvement in this will provide added value." 21/3/2011
Israel admits to arrest and detention of Gaza engineer Yossi Melman - Haaretz - Dirar Abu Sisi, an engineer at Gaza`s power plant went missing from the Ukraine nearly two weeks ago; his wife alleged that he was kidnapped by the Mossad. Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov recently visited Israel, where he said about the rumor "I don`t want to imagine that such things are carried out on the soil of a friendly state." 21/3/2011
Book Reading schedule of `The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinians journey from prisoner to peacemakerJen Marlowe-- I hope you will join me at one of the book readings/signings below. And, though visa issues are preventing Sami Al Jundi (who the book is written with and is about) from joining me on this leg of the book tour, we are making efforts for him to e “present” at as many events as possible, via video and/or skype. Hopefully Sami and I will be able to do a “Round Two Tour” in the fall. 20/3/2011
Edinburgh U Student Association Approves Boycott of Israeli Goods...around 270 votes in favour, with only 20 students voting against...Maths and Music student Daniel Beesley said “I am overwhelmed with the outcome...It is great to see students of Edinburgh University once again standing up against injustice, just as they did during Apartheid South Africa."19/3/2011
We`re not that different after allby El-Sayed Amin Shalabi - Al-Ahram "Theorists will be examining the Egyptian revolution for decades, and its pacifist ways are bound to inspire generations to come. The revolution had an air of purity about it, a folksy nature that attracted people of all walks of life to Tahrir Square. It was a revolution sans posturing and, most of all, sans leaders." ca 18/3/2011
Unity rallies get off to rocky startMa`an News - Thousands of pro-unity protesters in Gaza City`s Unknown Soldier Square moved to the city`s Khatib Square on Monday, when a Hamas-organized rally arrived at the scene, dampening the calls for a non-factional call for Palestinian unity. In Ramallah, 3,000 gathered the Manara Circle, with early reports of Palestinian Authority security presence and some Fatah flags being raised. Ahead of the marches, communication from organizers insisted that only the Palestinian flag be flown at the events. The aim: the end of Palestinian political division through elections that include all Palestinians. 15/3/2011
Israel protests UN screening of `anti-Israel` film Yitzhak Benhorin- Ynet - (Video) Israeli delegation to United Nations demands to cancel screening of Julian Schnabel`s film `Miral,` which shows IDF soldiers brutally attacking Palestinians. `We respect film creators` freedom of expression, but in this case there is a clear political agenda,` says delegation member Haim Waxman14/3/2011
MondoweissRoundup of news13/3/2011
UN Believes Engineer Kidnapped In Ukraine, Held By IsraelSaed Bannourab - IMEMC - "Veronika, the 32-year-old wife of the Engineer, said that the Israeli Mossad is behind the kidnapping that was carried out “to sabotage Gaza’s power plant where he worked as a senior engineer”." 11/3/2011
Check them, but respect them Editorial - Haaretz - "Security guards display a blatantly suspicious attitude toward them, cause them lengthy delays that can even make them miss their flights and humiliate them in front of their families and other passengers." id 11/3/2011
Israel: Stop Discriminatory Home Demolitions Human Rights Watch - Throughout Israel, tens of thousands of Palestinian Arab homes lack required permits and are at risk of demolition. Israeli authorities demolished 165 houses belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel across the country in 2009, according to the Arab Center for Alternative Planning, an Israeli nongovernmental organization. Human Rights Watch has reported on discriminatory planning procedures in the unrecognized Arab-Israeli community of Dahmash, near Lod. 10/3/2011
Al-Arakib Demolished Yet AgainDavid Steele - IMEMC - "Problems for villages like al-Arakib are likely to intensify as the JNF’s operation “Blueprint Negev” continues." 9/3/2011
Lod Residents Protest Home DemolitionsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The Lod City Council has recently stepped-up its violations against Arab natives of the city by presenting and conducting plans that do not serve the needs and interests of the Arab citizens." 9/3/2011
Anti-Boycott bill passes first reading in Knesset REBECCA ANNA STOIL - The bill defines boycott as “an intentional avoidance of economic, cultural or academic relations with a person or another agent, solely because of their ties to the State of Israel, its institutions or areas under its control.” 8/3/2011
Britain upgrades status of Palestinian diplomatsAP - Ynet - We want to see an urgent return to negotiations, based on clear parameters including 1967 borders," Hague said. 8/3/2011
Israel Considers Military `Upgrade`
[seeking an additional $20 billion from U.S. tax-payers]
RICHARD BOUDREAUX And BILL SPINDLE - Wall Street Journal - Mr. Barak, a dovish gadfly in a conservative-led government, said Israel or the United States would have to assure the Palestinians that a full-fledged agreement on statehood is "in the offing" [quotation marks: bz]. 8/3/2011
Israel to Sue Bedouin Residents of Demolished Village for Demolition CostsAIC - "Israel’s State Attorney’s Office is currently preparing a legal petition for more than NIS 1 million against the residents of El Araqib, a Bedouin village in the Negev Desert under increasing attack. The State’s Attorney’s Office is demanding that residents cover the costs incurred to evict them and demolish their village, which to date Israel has done 18 times"7/3/2011
Facing up to Jewish nationalism and racist violence Max Blumenthal and Joseph Dana, The Electronic Intifada - " When we released the now famous and censored video Feeling the Hate in Jerusalem, we were widely attacked and dismissed for daring to publicize footage of college-age Jewish kids behaving like racist fanatics while intoxicated. We argued that our footage revealed a deep sickness within Israeli society and among diaspora Jews ...The most recent attack occurred on 11 February on King George Street, just blocks from the warren of seedy bars where we filmed Feeling the Hate. There, a group of drunken religious nationalist youths attacked Hussam Rwidy, a 24-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem, stabbing him while they allegedly chanted "Death to Arabs!" 4/3/2011
Mossad Kidnaps Gazan Engineer in Ukraine, Now Held Incommunicado in Israeli PrisonRichard Silverstein - " The wife of a Palestinian engineer has accused the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad of abducting her husband. Derar Abu Sisi went missing five days ago while visiting his Ukrainian wife... [He] is the head of operations at the only power station in the Gaza Strip ... he disappeared during a train journey on 18 February...Israeli intelligence services must account for Abu Seesi’s whereabouts and provide information about the charges against him. He must be allowed to consult with an attorney. He must not be tortured or abused (though that no doubt has already happened). This man is a professional, a civil engineer, not a terrorist. "4/3/2011
PM mulling new initiative on Palestinian statehood HERB KEINON - J-Post - "Although there is little expectation that the Palestinians would accept such an agreement, the feeling in government circles is that it would at least take some of the international pressure off Israel and preempt world recognition of a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines." 2/3/2011
In dirt-poor Jisr al-Zarqa, showers are a rare commodity Roy Arad - Haaretz - "For three weeks now Jisr al-Zarqa, one of the poorest communities in Israel, has been disconnected from the national water supply every day from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. due to the city`s mounting debt to the Mekorot Water Company." id 2/3/2011
Head to Head / Civil rights lawyer Auni Bana, is there a logic to the security at Ben-Gurion? Jack Khoury - Haaretz - "It begins with the entry barrier to Ben-Gurion Airport with a special lane for Arabs, up to the terminal entrance, and of course the meticulous security check. During one trip the security check ended only at the door of the plane." id 9/3/2011
Israel issues eviction orders to 600 Palestinian Bedouins in Jerusalem areaSergio Yahni - Alternative Information Center - Hathem Abdel Qader, responsible for Jerusalem in the Fatah movement, warned yesterday of an Israeli plan to deport some 600 Palestinian Bedouin residents of the Wadi Abu Hindi area, located between the settlements of Maale Adumim and Keder, south-east of Jerusalem.1/3/2011
Folk music legend Pete Seeger endorses boycott of IsraelAdalah-NY & ICAHD - Folk music legend Pete Seeger has come out in support of the growing Palestinian movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel as a program for justice for Palestinians and a route to peace in the Middle East1/3/2011
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