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A bill for discrimination in favor of IDF soldiers goes to vote Adv. Debbie Gild-Hayo - ACRI (Assoc. for Civil Rights in Israel) - The "Contributors to the State Bill", due to get its first Knesset reading tomorrow, would give preference in the allocation of public resources to those who serve in the military, perform national service, are disabled IDF veterans or family members of fallen soldiers - thus discriminating against groups excemepted by law from military serivce, espcially Israel`s Arab citizens and the ultra-Orthodox. The present bill is a "softened" version of a bill presented several months ago. However, while the new version considerably narrows the groups that will receive state benefits and makes the link between benefits and service more direct and immediate, the bill discriminatory essence reamins. ak 29/10/2013
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Flug: Israel must deal with discrimination against Arabs or suffer economic consequencesNiv Elis - Jerusalem Post - In her first public speech since being nominated as Bank of Israel Governor, Karnit Flug said that we know that the Arab public has difficulty integrating into certain industries, even if the appropriate training is provided.” Speaking at the third annual Prime Minster’s Conference on economic issues Flug called out the hi-tech sector in particular, where she said that even well-trained Arab Israelis have trouble successfully integrating. “The Arab population in Israel contains immense untapped potential from the standpoint of the Israeli economy’s growth capability. Beyond the economic potential, the issue also contains highly significant social potential.” bz 29/10/2013
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Israel and the NSA: Partners in CrimeJustin Raimondo - AntiWar - Documents hint Israelis behind attempt to eavesdrop on France – but America takes the blame28/10/2013
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Institutionalised discrimination in Israel Khaled Amayreh - Al Ahram Weekly " recent decision by the Israeli Supreme Court that asserted “Jewish nationality” over “Israeli nationality” has further alienated Israel’s large Arab minority and rekindled the old question of whether it is possible to really reconcile parochial Jewish laws with broad democratic principles." ca25/10/2013
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Israel`s elections bring `racism` to the foreJonathan Cook - Aljazeera - In Jaffa, the commercial capital of Palestine before Israel`s creation in 1948 and now a mixed suburb of Tel Aviv, Likud ran ads against local Muslims. A third of Jaffa`s population are Palestinian, but they face increasing pressure to leave under a programme of "gentrifying" neighbourhoods.-rh 24/10/2013
Unlikely Pair Hope To Make Israel’s Only Seaside Arab Town a Tourist DestinationTal Miller - Tablet - Jisr is the poorest village in Israel, with 80 percent of its families living below the poverty line. A third of the local residents are unemployed, crime rates are among the highest in Israel, and the percentage of college graduates is among the lowest in Israel’s Arab population. That, and the general distrust between Jewish and Arab Israelis, explains why most of the Israelis drift to the far lane whenever they drive by Jisr on the nearby Haifa-Tel Aviv highway.-rh23/10/2013
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Abbas: “Israel Responsible For Likely Collapse Of Peace Talks”Agencies - IMEMC - "During her meeting with Abbas on Monday, Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaitë, called on Israel to stop the construction and expansion of Israeli settlement, and added that the European Union does not recognize settlements as part of Israel." - id 23/10/2013
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Texas University to open new campus in NazarethTamar Trabelsi-Hadad - Ynet - "Council for Higher Education Director Dr. Avital Stein said: "The need to establish a higher education institute in an Arab city stems from the gap in which the Arab population constitutes 20% of the entire population, but only 12% enroll at higher education institutions." - id 23/10/2013
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Israel To Vote on Draft Law Preventing Release Of DetaineesIMEMC - " The timing comes just as Israel prepares to release some Palestinian detainees by the end of this meant as part of the efforts to “boost direct talks with the Palestinians”. CA 25/10/2013
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One day`s compilation of the Israeli pressOrly Halpern - The Daily Beast - "The Likud`s hilltop youth, headed by (MK) Yariv Levin, are leading Israel into the murky waters of a totalitarian state." / Settlers attack olive harvest near Nablus / Molotov cocktail thrown at settler car near Nablus / EU Parliament group: Israel `ethnically cleansing` in Negev / Egyptian Physician`s Family Rejects Yad Vashem Honor bz22/10/2013
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PLO envoy parries with Princeton audienceMichele Alperin - New Jersey Jewish News - “We are the only people on earth required to guarantee the security of an occupying power.” bz22/10/2013
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Time for the ICC to act on Palestine Raji Sourani and Shawan Jabarin--The authors urge the ICC to live up to its mandate of putting an end to impunity for the perpetrators of international crimes [EPA] dn20/10/2013
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WATCH: Academics support EU settlement guidelinesSocial TV - "In late September, 500 academics from around the world sent a letter to the EU demanding not to dilute its new guidelines limiting cooperation and funding of Israeli institutions located or operating beyond the pre-1967 borders. Among them were a number of Israeli academics.Ishay Rosen-Zvi is one of the Israeli professors who signed the petition. “The only thing needed to end the occupation — and it’s amazing how simple it is — is to stop funding it,” he explained." 18/10/2013
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Report: EU to bypass its own anti-settlements guidelinesNoam Sheizaf - +972 "Last July, the EU published a Commission Notice regarding EU grants, prizes and programs in Israel and the occupied territories. The most important article stated that, “Israeli entities will be considered eligible as final recipients [of grants and prizes] if they do not operate in the territories [conquered on June 1967].” According to the guidelines, Israeli institutions that applied for EU grants would be required to declare that they do not operate beyond the Green Line... any alteration to the guidelines will allow private and public institutions to continue their operations in the occupied territories." ca 18/10/2013
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Discriminatory Bills in the 19th Israeli KnessetAdalah - This document contains a short list of the most dangerous discriminatory new bills tabled so far by Israeli parliamentarians during the 19th Knesset, which was sworn in on 5 February 2013. Directly and indirectly, these bills threaten the basic rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinian residents of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Adalah is closely monitoring the progress of this legislation and wishes to bring it to your urgent attention.-rh 17/10/2013
Yasser Arafat`s belongings have traces of polonium-210, say Swiss scientistsHarriet Sherwood - Guardian - "No postmortem was conducted on his body, but after al-Jazeera aired the polonium-210 suspicions last year, the Palestinian Authority agreed to a request by Arafat`s widow, Suha, and French judicial investigators to exhume his body for further tests." - id 16/10/2013
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‘The bra is a security threat’: Harassment and interrogation at Ben Gurion airportAnonymous - Mondoweiss - "Harassed and picked out from the rest because of my name, my history, the assumptions that go with them, and my very intention to visit my family, many of who cannot visit me in the USA." - id 16/10/2013
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Former Navy chief questioned at Heathrow AirportLilach Shoval - Israel Hayom - Marom was Navy chief during the botched Mavi Marmara raid in May 2010. He notified the Israeli Justice Ministry of the incident. In the past Israeli politicians and senior IDF officials have had to deal with a looming threat of court proceedings against them in London, as British law allowed any citizen, among them pro-Palestinian activists, to file a criminal law suit in British courts under the principle of universal jurisdiction. bz15/10/2013
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Murder victim`s family: Detectives mocked him because he`s ArabHassan Shaalan - Ynet - Officers investigating murder of Ramla man make light of his death during WhatsApp chat. Victim`s sister: They should be trying to catch the killer 14/10/2013
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The Desert of Israeli DemocracyMax Blumenthal and Tom Engelhardt - AntiWar - "Aimed at U.S. and Iranian moves towards diplomacy and a war-weary American public, Netanyahu’s gloomy tirade threatened to cast him as a desperate, diminished figure. Though it was poorly received in the U.S., alienating even a few of his stalwart pro-Israel allies, his jeremiad served a greater purpose, deflecting attention from his country’s policies towards the group he scarcely mentioned: the Palestinians" 14/10/2013
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NYT: Netanyahu sounding shrill and appearing out of step Jodi Rudoren - New York Times - (...) such isolation is hardly new to a man with few personal friends and little faith in allies, who shuns guests for Sabbath meals (...). bz 12/10/2013
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Israel`s right targets textbooksJonathan Cook - Al-Jazeera - " Netanyahu’s government passed a law barring public institutions, including schools and libraries, from receiving state funds if they refer to the Nakba." - id 9/10/2013
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Israel rejects proposal to bring forward prisoner releaseMa`an - Ma`an News - "There are currently 5,007 Palestinians in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 137 people held without trial, 12 women and 180 children." - id9/10/2013
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Israeli lawmakers pay rare visit to RamallahARON HELLER The Associated Press - " "There is a clear majority for peace among the Israeli and Palestinian parliaments and people. We are here to back the leadership. It is ridiculous that we won`t make peace."" - id 9/10/2013
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Lapid: Jews safer in New York than in Israel MAYA SHWAYDER = J-Post - "“I’m not looking for a happy marriage with the Palestinians,” he said. “I’m looking for a divorce.”" - id 9/10/2013
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Palestinians Access to Area C Key to Economic Recovery and Sustainable GrowthPNN = "More than half the land in the West Bank, much of it agricultural and resource rich, is inaccessible to Palestinians, The World Bank revealed in a report on Tuesday." - id 9/10/2013
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US policy on Iran legitimateSmadar Shir - Ynet - "Obama realizes it is very easy to start a war, but it is impossible to know if and when it will end." - id 6/10/2013
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What can we learn from the Israel apartheid analogy?Ran Greenstein - +972 - "Only by fully understanding the core differences can Israel/Palestine draw valuable and useful lessons from South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle." - id 6/10/2013
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Israeli troops fired from air in 2010 `Mavi Marmara` raid, Turkish court told By REUTERS - "An anti-war activist told a Turkish court on Thursday that Israeli commandos opened fire from a helicopter during a raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship three years ago, countering Israeli assertions that the soldiers had acted in self defence.The trial in absentia of four retired Israeli commanders, including the ex-head of the army, opened in Istanbul last November and resumed on Thursday with testimony from those who were aboard and relatives of the dead." ca11/10/2013
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Real Estate Exclusively for Jews Under Apartheid, Ramle City, IsraelVideo,Second Channel- Youtube "I was born in Ramle, I live in Ramle, and in Ramle I am discriminated against." ca11/10/2013
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Beersheba conference urges Arab candidates to oppose Prawer planMa`an News Agency - "The conference was organized by the Higher Guidance Committee of the Arab Residents of Negev. Several members of the committee delivered speeches at the conference urging candidates to run clean campaigns, protect the social structures in their villages and first and foremost oppose the Prawer Plan by all means." ca 11/10/2013
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J Street Conference 2013: Meet the Young People Who Want to Bring Peace to Palestine and Israel Lindsay Funk - Politics - "We can’t afford to wait. It’s already been too long," added Isaac Kates Rose, a student at University of Toronto and fellow member of All That’s Left. Both Leifer and Rose joined All That’s Left during their time in Israel earlier this year. bz 5/10/2013
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Ich bin ein sub-slime israelischeAsher Schechter - Haaretz - Alarmed as some of its best brains leave, Israel resorts to an old tactic: Mark emigrants as traitors8/10/2013
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Just who has been killing Iran`s nuclear scientists? Patrick Cockburn - The Independent - The timing of the latest shot in a covert war invites questions about the role of proxies8/10/2013
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The Israeli Left`s last novelNoam Sheizaf - +972 - A new best-selling novel by Nir Baram takes aim at the Israeli ‘peace industry,’ globalization and the sense of betrayal a generation of left wing and progressive operatives is leaving behind. bz7/10/2013
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At Bar-Ilan University, Netanyahu dismisses claims that occupation created Mideast conflict.Gilad Morag - Ynet - "For me it started in 1921, the day the Arabs attacked Beit Haolim in Jaffa." Beit Haolim housed new Jewish immigrants. He more or less demands of the Palestinians to legitimize the rights of these immigrants to their state here while at the same time giving up the right of return for Palestinians to within the Green Line. bz7/10/2013
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Israeli Leader Excoriates New President of IranSOMINI SENGUPTA and RICK GLADSTONE - NYT - "“He was so anxious to make everything look as negative as possible he actually pushed the limits of credibility," he said, noting that it seemed incongruous after Mr. Rouhani’s diplomatic overtures and President Obama’s cautious responses. “It really is jarring to see that, the extreme element, and how far he was willing to push it. He did himself harm by his exaggerations.”" - id 2/10/2013
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Chair of the Ireland-Israel Friendship League posts his critical views on Twitter and in the aftermath resignsMary Fitzgerald - The Irish Times - The chair of the Ireland-Israel Friendship League has resigned after being subjected to what he called “vicious personal abuse” by pro-Israeli “extremists” when he criticised Israeli soldiers involved in a confrontation with EU diplomats delivering aid to Palestinians in the West Bank. Tom Carew came under a barrage of hostile comments after he posted the following on his Facebook and Twitter accounts: “TRIPLE crime by Israeli troops in ARAB land – 120 Arabs made homeless . . . EU French diplomat assaulted, EU aid seized.” bz 1/10/2013
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