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An Israeli trap for BritainIn arresting Sheikh Raed Salah, the UK authorities support the persecution of Arab citizens of IsraelHaneen Zoabi - The Guardian - The British authorities cannot give one legal reason for Salah`s arrest. His statements against Israeli policies are no stronger than those made by many Israeli leftwingers and humanitarians. But it seems that the British government has bowed to pro-Israel pressure even when it comes to its home affairs. 30/6/2011
Glenn Beck to grace Knesset with his presenceAmi Kaufman - +972 - "Glenn Beck is going to teach us how to tell the world, that we’re not occupying anything. Personally? I think someone should stop occupying a certain Knesset seat." id 29/6/2011
Sha`ath: PA optimistic about UN statehood bidMa`an News - The Palestinian bid for statehood state is set to be recognized by 120 countries in September, including 115 countries that already fully recognize the Palestinian state. The Palestinian leadership is stepping up efforts to secure recognition from a further 24 countries. 28/6/2011
`Anti-boycott bill has fragile foundations`Moran Azulay - Ynet - Top aide to AG calls bill imposing sanctions on those who boycott Israeli companies, organizations legally `border-line`. 28/6/2011
Netanyahu rescinds decision to sanction journalists on board Gaza flotillaGili Izikovich - Haaretz - The Foreign Press Association, which had condemned Sunday`s decision for sending "a chilling message to the international media" that "raises serious questions about Israel`s commitment to freedom of the press," welcomed yesterday`s reversal. bz 28/6/2011
IDF: Some flotilla activists planning to kill soldiers. Flotilla member: Claims `are attempt to justify IDF violence.`Yaakov Katz - Jerusalem Post - Dror Feiler said that as long as it is up to flotilla organizers, activists planning to harm IDF soldiers will not participate in the mission. "If Israel suspects any one, it should provide us with information so we can stop him." bz 28/6/2011
Did the prime minister`s office distribute a fake anti-flotilla video? Barak Ravid - Haaretz - Following the YouTube video’s release, U.S. blogger Max Blumenthal found that the recording, which was distributed by Israeli government employee Neil Lazarus on his Facebook page, was a hoax, and that the man who appears in it was actually an Israeli entrepreneur and public relations expert named Omer Gershon. bz28/6/2011
Two groups leave U.S. to Israel: One to immigrate, the other to break Gaza blockadeNatasha Mozgovaya--Diverse groups of Americans recently hosted farewell parties in Washington, D.C. 26/6/2011
Apple under fire for pulling Intifada appCatrina Stewart in Jerusalem--In calling on Apple to act decisively, Israel`s public diplomacy minister Yuli Edelstein said the iPhone app was "anti-Israel and anti-Zionist", and warned that it could "unite many towards an objective that could be disastrous". [dn]25/6/2011
American Hypocrisy at the UNBy ROBERT FANTINA - Counterpunch " The United States is both famous and infamous for its long history of human rights violations, and/or countenancing the human rights violations of other nations, when doing so serves the corporate bottom line. Political donations from various wealthy lobbies, and vast amounts of oil cause the nation to relegate its pretty talk of human rights to an ignored and neglected sideline. The most tragic and long-term example of that is with the Palestinian people." ca 24/6/2011
The diamond industry’s double-standard on IsraelSeán Clinton - The Electronic Intifada "All too aware of how bad association with war crimes is for business, the diamond industry has taken pains to evade questions about its connections with Israel’s human rights abuses — and so far has escaped scrutiny from watchdog organizations." ca24/6/2011
Arab Spring exposes Nasrallah`s hypocrisy by Hamid Dabashi - Al-Jazeera "When Hasan Nasrallah came to the defence of Bashar al-Assad`s murderous regime in Syria, signs of frailty were all over the old fighter`s countenance. He asked Syrians for patience. He admitted mistakes had been made by Syrians in Lebanon. He promised Assad would do reforms. He pleaded for time. Deja vu: For an uncanny moment the Hezbollah fighter sounded and looked like the late Shah of Iran days before his final demise early in 1979: desperate, confused, baffled by the unfolding drama, worriedly out of touch with what was happening around him." ca 24/6/2011
Rights groups to Hamas: Allow Red Cross to SchalitTOVAH LAZAROFF AND JPOST.COM STAFF Jerusalem Post "Twelve Israeli, Palestinian, int`l rights groups issue joint statement slamming illegal conditions Gaza-based group is holding Schalit in." ca24/6/2011
Hamas candidate: Palestine more important than PMMa`an News Agency - "Independent lawmaker in the Palestinian Legislative Council Jamal Khudari, told Ma`an Thursday that he is not seeking a political post and will be the first one to congratulate any Palestinian prime minister chosen by consensus.He affirmed in a statement that “Palestine is bigger than all; anyone who wants to serve the people would serve them from any post." ca24/6/2011
Palestinians pelt Gaza Red Cross office with eggsMa`an News Agency "Palestinians threw eggs at the international Red Cross office in Gaza on Thursday to protest against a call for Hamas to show signs a captured Israeli soldier was still alive." ca 24/6/2011
Dutch court acquits politician Geert Wilders of anti-Muslim chargesBy The Associated Press - Haaretz "A Dutch court acquitted populist politician Geert Wilders of hate speech and discrimination Thursday, ruling that his anti-Islam statements, while offensive to many Muslims, fell within the bounds of legitimate political debate.Presiding judge Marcel van Oosten said Wilders` claims that Islam is violent by nature, and his calls to halt Muslim immigration and ban the Muslim holy book, the Koran, must be seen in a wider context of debate over immigration policy." ca 24/6/2011
Invite describes Deir Yassin as `abandoned Arab village`Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - Deir Yassin was the site where members of the Irgun and Lehi paramilitary organizations massacred about 100 villagers.23/6/2011
The spy who embarrassed meJailan Halawi - Al-Ahram - "The biggest embarrassment, however, would be if Grapel were found innocent." 22/6/2011
Amos Oz slams West Bank `occupation`Ronen Medzini - Ynet - "... the "ongoing occupation" of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and the construction in settlements is in general immoral, as well as bad for Israel`s interests." id22/6/2011
High Court backs petition saying law allowing towns to reject new residents sanctions discriminationOmri Efraim - Ynet - The High Court of Justice on Monday has ordered the state to explain within 60 days why it was not considering a new law allowing small communities to have admission committees illegal. A bill permitting admission committees – able to prohibit applicants from residing in towns that establish them – was approved in March, but the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Abraham Fund, and Adalah petitioned the court over its acceptance. 21/6/2011
Expanding Safe Havens For Women And GaysNeil Grungras--Neil Grungras began realizing the world had a problem while working as an immigration lawyer in Israel and coming into contact with Palestinian gays, some of his first clients. dn18/6/2011
Palestinian civil society and Israeli citizens of conscience condemn France’s suppression of human rightsBDS MOVEMENT - "French activist Olivia Zémor of the EuroPalestine group will appear in court in Paris on June 17 for publishing a video of a BDS action that took place in 2009 in which many BDS activists took part to protest business as usual with a state practicing occupation, colonialism and apartheid." ca17/6/2011
Gilad will not return Natan Zach - Haaretz - "The saying, "He who saves a single life in Israel is regarded as if he saved an entire world" has already been forgotten by those who dig and rummage through the soil to "bear witness" to our right to the land." id 15/6/2011
Let journalists like Uri Blau do their work Editorial - Haaretz - "Trying a journalist for fulfilling his professional mission would constitute a stain on Israeli democracy and do critical harm to freedom of expression." id 15/6/2011
Fatah and Hamas to hold talks in Cairo Agencies - Aljazeera - "Israel has said the reconciliation accord, brokered in secrecy by Egypt, would not secure peace in the Middle East and urged Abbas to carry on shunning Hamas." id 15/6/2011
Rivlin: Public service shouldn`t favor ex-soldiers Moran Azulay - Ynet - A bill meant to give preference to those who served in the army or did national service in admittance into public service positions "is contradictory to the principle of equal opportunity." 14/6/2011
New bill to limit NGOs rejecting Israel`s Jewishness Lahav Harkov - Jerusalem Post - The legislation says that even “if [the rejection of the state’s Jewish nature] is not one of the organization’s declared goals, but there is a suspicion that their activities lead to fulfilling such a goal, their status as a non-profit organization should be revoked.14/6/2011
EU pushing peace plan based on Obama`s `1967 borders` speechBarak Ravid - Haaretz - EU countries decided that the U.S. needs to be pushed to advance [its own] peace plan. 14/6/2011
Israel seeks Irish support for UN vote on PalestineMark Weiss - Irish Times - Although Israel considers Ireland one of the EU states most likely to back Palestinian statehood, Israeli diplomatic officials told The Irish Times that there was hope that with a new Government and a new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dublin might be willing to rethink its traditional Middle East policy. 13/6/2011
Mofaz: All of Israel will be on front lines in next war Lahav Harkov - Jerusalem Post - Former defense minister and Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz and Homefront Commander Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan warned the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee against next war.13/6/2011
U.S. pressuring Netanyahu to accept Obama`s peace plan"Netanyahu is asking us to protect him in September, but he isn`t giving us any tools with which to help him." 13/6/2011
White House waiting for Netanyahu to accept Obama’s peace talk principlesNatasha Mozgovaya - Haaretz - The Palestinians have been “fairly forthcoming on this score,” said the White House official in a conference call with U.S. Jewish leaders, and now the ball is in Netanyahu’s court. bz11/6/2011
Annals of Israeli Judicial RacismMondoweiss - Tikun Olam "A website called Patriotic Israel, which appears to be a settler-supported media outlet profiles Judge Uri Shtruzman, who wants readers of this august publication to understand “the truth” as he sees it (doesn’t it remind you of Jack Nicholson in , when he says: “The truth? You want the truth? You can’t HANDLE the truth!”). I do so love it when right wing Israeli nationalists say emphatically that they want us to know “the truth” about Arabs or about the Israeli-Arab conflict. It’s always of course the truth as THEY see it. Which of course is their opinion, their reading of history and an amalgation of facts mixed with opinion–but definitely not the truth." ca10/6/2011
Hamas leaders open Facebook pages in attempt to woo Palestinian publicBy Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff - Haaretz "A few leading Hamas figures have opened Facebook pages over the past few weeks, as part of the organization`s broader attempt to win hearts and minds among the Palestinian public to reverse its declining support in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank." ca10/6/2011
Heikal`s visitBy Salama A Salama - Al-Ahram Weekly "For the larger part of 30 years, chief editors and chairmen of the board of national newspapers dipped into the coffers of their newspapers, accumulating untold wealth while making the government pay for any losses they made. They named their own salary, signed their own allowances, and had no one to answer to in financial matters. In political matters, they toed the government line, sang its praises, and turned a blind eye to everything that mattered, fraudulent elections included. They exaggerated the perils of Islamist movements and made no effort to defend political or personal freedoms." ca10/6/2011
Can equality exist in the Jewish state? Kieron Monks - Al Jazeera - In 2005, following the arrest of several high profile Arab politicians and lobbyists living in Israel, the Shin Bet security agency made a statement justifying their actions: "The security service will thwart the activity of any group or individual seeking to harm the Jewish and democratic character of the State of Israel, even if such activity is sanctioned by the law." 9/6/2011
Revealed: the untold story of the deal that shocked the Middle EastRobert Fisk - The Independent - Secret meetings between Palestinian intermediaries, Egyptian intelligence officials, the Turkish foreign minister, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal resulted in an agreement that is crucial to the Paslestinian demand for a state. The Independent has copies of a series of detailed letters, accepted by all sides.7/6/2011
Turkish Foreign Minister: flotilla organizers should wait and see new Gaza conditionsEnglish-language site of Turkish daily "Today`s Zaman" - DavutoÄźlu reiterated the government cannot stop the activities of a civilian group, saying it is supported by a number of international organizations and that its work is legal. But he said the flotilla should this time wait to see how conditions in Gaza will change with Egypt lifting its embargo and the anticipated establishment of a Palestinian unity government. bz 7/6/2011
Palestinian groups threaten Italian `Israel Week`Menachem Gantz - Ynet - Italian police have refused to handle security for an Israeli exhibit at Piazza Duomo, Milan next week as officers may have difficulty securing the open-air event. The exhibit of Israeli art, technology etc. intends "to present the unfamiliar Israel". bz 6/6/2011
Abbas OKs French peace bid Reuters - Ynet - Abbas said the French plan "talks about President Obama`s vision which he spoke about a (Palestinian) state with the `67 borders with borders with Israel, Egypt and Jordan." Under the plan discussed with Juppe, "neither side would carry out unilateral actions," Abbas added. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has yet to respond to the French proposal. bz 4/6/2011
Passion and fantasyAti Metwaly - Al-Ahram Weekly "Since 1 March, the day the Cairo Opera House resumed its activities after the January Revolution, this was the first evening on which the Cairo Symphony Orchestra filled or nearly filled the auditorium. It is well to remember that only one day earlier, on Friday 27 May, the minds of many people were set on Tahrir Square, while on 28 May many focused on the Manchester United football match; neither overshadowed enthusiasm for the concert. This is definitely an indicator that after weeks of stagnation and declining audience numbers, the time for the revival of classical music has finally come, and the concert programme is among reasons behind this important shift." ca3/6/2011
France to move forward on Mideast conferenceAP - Ynet - "Alain Juppe says France will move ahead with its proposal to bring Palestinians and Israelis together at a peace conference later this summer despite US reservations." id8/6/2011
Netanyahu condemns West Bank mosque attack as `criminal act`Barak Ravid and Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - "This condemnation has not, however, been universal." id 8/6/2011
Vote on Bedouin housing postponedAttila Somfalvi - Ynet - " The plan offers the community large expanses of land, as well as upgraded infrastructure and State funding for construction." id 1/6/2011
Despite promises, Lod`s Arab high school still without a home Gili Cohen - Haaretz- ""I regret to say the Education Ministry keeps saying the school will be moved to a new building, but they haven`t started constructing it yet. I don`t know when they`re going to build it."" id 1/6/2011
Dire warnings from President Shimon PeresYossi Verter - Haaretz - "Whoever accepts the basic principle of the 1967 lines will receive international support from the world," Peres said. "Whoever rejects it will lose the world." Peres also voiced fear that Israel might be subjected to economic boycotts and sanctions. There`s no need for boycotts," he said. "It would suffice for ports in Europe or Canada to stop unloading Israeli merchandise. It`s already beginning. bz18/6/2011
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