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UN concern that Israel plans to deport asylum-seekers to mystery African country Ben Lynfield - The Independent "Human-rights groups fear refugees could be forced to return to the very countries they fled." ca30/8/2013
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Saudi Arabia outlaws domestic violence Al-Jazeera "The "Protection from Abuse" law, approved by the cabinet on Monday, is aimed at protecting people from "all forms of abuse" and offering them shelter as well as "social, psychological, and medical aid," according to its text.The law, approved during a cabinet meeting on August 26, came several months after a local charity launched a nationwide campaign to combat violence against women." ca 30/8/2013
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10 cars vandalized in latest ‘price tag’ attack in east Jerusalem DANIEL K. EISENBUD - J-Post - "Residents of Beit Safafa said they were not hopeful about the prospect of any arrests." - id 28/8/2013
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Authorities threaten displaced community`s return to villageHaggai Matar -+972 - The Maronite community of Bir’em, whose inhabitants were in 1948 told "to go awy for two weeks" and were never allowed back, had over the year gotten far more attention and sympathy from Israeli public opinion than did other displaced villages. This, however, never led to a permission to come back to their ruilned village. Now, young members of the community decided to unilaterally implement their right of return by resettling its land. Authorities have threatened to evict the villagers should they refuse to leave.ak 27/8/2013
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Negev activist: Prison better than displacementMa`an - Several of the villagers detained by Israel were told by police that they would be released on condition that they didn`t go back to al-Araqib. All of them refused the offer. Israeli authorities demolished the village of al-Araqib for the 54th time. bz 27/8/2013
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Mideast needs Israel-Palestinian deal `more than ever`: FranceAFP - France24 International News - A successful outcome to the US-brokered negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians would be like a "thunderbolt" for peace in the crisis-ridden Middle East, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday. "Our support is more necessary than ever," he added. "This is the moment when we must make a breakthrough for peace." bz27/8/2013
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European nations: Don`t do business in settlements Itamar Eichner - Ynet - At least five European nations warn companies, businessmen that activity beyond Green Line is in violation of the law, Israeli ambassadors report26/8/2013
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Dutch government urges local firm to cancel East Jerusalem projectBarak Ravid - Haaretz - Royal HaskoningDHV is considering pulling out of the sewage treatment project after warnings from Dutch Foreign Ministry that it would be violating international law26/8/2013
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Palestinians warn of UN move over settlements AP - Yediot Ahronot (Ynet) - "We are saying very clearly that if Israel does not stop, then we have to move," senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said during a tour of Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem where hundreds of new apartments are planned. 24/8/2013
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A million refugee children mark shameful milestone in Syria crisisJoint press release - UNICEF "What is at stake is nothing less than the survival and wellbeing of a generation of innocents,” said UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres. “The youth of Syria are losing their homes, their family members and their futures. Even after they have crossed a border to safety, they are traumatized, depressed and in need of a reason for hope.” ca23/8/2013
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Aya – one child, one of one million Syrian refugee childrenPriyanka Pruthi - UNICEF "Devastating conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has forced one million children to flee their homeland. Eight-year-old Aya is one of them. " ca23/8/2013
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War games and settlement excursions: inside a pro-Israel propaganda tour for student activistsRebecca Pierce - Mondoweiss "Commando tourism: After visiting the Israeli Holocaust Museum and touring holy sites in East Jerusalem, BlueStar participants journeyed into the occupied West Bank, passing concrete walls and military checkpoints en route to Caliber 3. Located in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, Caliber 3 Academy provides counter-terrorism training to Israeli combat units, private security companies, and SWAT teams from around the world. The training center also offers a variety of what it calls “commando tourism” activities for civilians, ranging from infantry and urban warfare instruction to paintball games to a Bar Mitzvah package." ca 23/8/2013
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Could be worseEconomic Overview - Al Ahram Weekly "Already in crisis, Egypt’s economy has been further damaged by the waves of street violence that flared up last week following the dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins at the Rabaa Al-Adaweya Mosque and in Nahda Square, but it is still better than expected. Al-Ahram Weekly examines how different sectors have responded to the political turmoil." ca23/8/2013
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Lack of international attention primary reason for cessation of Jordanian prisoners hunger strikesAddameer Organization - Report "Following a recent visit by Addameer, former hunger striker Abdullah Barghouthi explained that the lack of international attention was one of the primary factors in ending the hunger strikes of four Jordanian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Given the lack on international attention to their cases and the critical conditions of their health it was decided to end their strike on condition they would be allowed family visits from their relatives in Jordan." ca23/8/2013
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Jewish groups fight Israeli racismRAY HANANIA - Saudi Gazette - "It can be a Jewish state with a non-Jewish minority. And, it can be a democratic state if the non-Jews are treated with the same or even more equality than that given to Jews. That’s not asking a lot." - id 21/8/2013
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Livni taps Gavison to square the circle of Israel`s identity crisisEdna Adato and Gideon Allon - IsraelHayom - Gavison`s appointment comes just weeks after MKs Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) and Yariv Levin (Likud-Beytenu) introduced their new bill called "Basic Law: Israel -- the nation state of the Jewish people." The new piece of legislation has divided the Knesset, with some worried it would disenfranchise Israel`s Arab population. Livni has been one of the most vociferous opponents of the bill, saying it puts too much emphasis on Israel`s Jewish character and does little to safeguard its democratic institutions and processes. bz20/8/2013
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Shelah defies Yesh Atid platform: Jerusalem will be Palestinian capital Lahav Harkov - Jerusalem Post - "I don`t see a possible agreement with the Palestinians in which they will not be able to call east Jerusalem their capital, just like I don`t see a possible agreement that isn`t based on `67 borders." (...) "We cannot just build a wall and say `this is ours and this is yours.`" Shelah, a former television and print journalist, never hid his opinions, which put him at the far left in the spectrum of opinions within Yesh Atid. bz20/8/2013
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Jewish Agency plans most exorbitant `pro-Israel` campaign everMairav Zonszein - +972 - A new initiative to market Israel to American Jews is expected to cost up to $300 million annually, three times the Birthright budget. But a cheaper project for both Americans and Israelis that could bolster Israel’s image much more effectively is not on the table: Ending the occupation19/8/2013
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Israel to Lobby US, Europe to Keep Backing Egypt JuntaJason Ditz - AntiWar - Insists `Stability` Trumps Human Rights19/8/2013
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Why are Palestinians blamed for violence in Lebanon?Moe Ali Nayel - Electronic Intifada "Though there is a historic animosity towards Palestinians in Lebanon, they are hardly the only target of resentment in the country today.The more than 600,000 Syrian refugees now in Lebanon, a tiny country with a population of just four million, are banned from establishing camps in Lebanon and also find themselves prevented from working as anything besides cheap labor." ca16/8/2013
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Palestinians celebrate anniversary of return to destroyed village Haggai Matar - +972 Every year for the past 18 years, the displaced Palestinian community of Iqrit has organized a summer camp on the expropriated lands of their village so that the younger generations, born in cities and towns elsewhere in Israel, will remember their heritage and continue the longstanding struggle for return. Yet this year’s event, which continues until Sunday, is particularly joyful, and more festive than ever, as a group of third-generation Iqritians have been able to resettle on their lands and maintain a sort of settler-style outpost for exactly one year." ca "16/8/2013
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Israel’s ultra-Orthodox headed to the armyWilliam Booth and Ruth Eglash--TOMER, West Bank — On an abandoned army base here in the Jordan Valley, a couple of dozen ultra-Orthodox teenagers are entering a new military academy designed to prepare them for the rigors of the Israeli army. dn11/8/2013
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Abbas to welcome released prisonersMa`an - ""There is a clear understanding between us and the Americans and Israelis. Any change (in that) will mean the agreement is off the table."" - id14/8/2013
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Even worse odds than in 2008 for Mideast deal.KARIN LAUB and JOSEF FEDERMAN - Yahoo News - "Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Netanyahu aide Yitzhak Molcho for Israel, and Abbas advisers Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Shtayyeh for the Palestinians — have spent countless hours with each other in previous talks and are familiar with the issues down to the tiniest detail." id 14/8/2013
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Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propagandaBen Lynfield - Independent = "The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper." - id 14/8/2013
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Israel begins releasing prisoners on eve of renewed Middle East peace talksAssociated Press - Guardian - "Israel has decided to release them late at night to prevent a spectacle." - id14/8/2013
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Israeli pain, Palestinian joy over inmate releaseMOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and KARIN LAUB - Associated Press - Many of those to be freed were involved in deadly attacks (...) those slated for release were acting during a time of conflict, before the two sides struck their first interim peace agreement in 1994. bz13/8/2013
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Palestinians complain to Kerry about settlementsAP - Ynet - Israeli officials have said the housing subsidies for settlements require additional government approval. In his letter Thursday, Erekat urged Kerry to "take the necessary action to ensure that Israel does not advance any of its settlement plans." bz10/8/2013
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Kairos Palestine Denounces Attempts To Recruit ChristiansSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Palestinian Christian Initiative (Kairos Palestine) issued a statement strongly denouncing the Israel attempts to recruit Arab Palestinian Christians, in historic Palestine to the Israeli military that occupies their people." ca9/8/2013
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The poetry of absence: remembering Mahmoud Darwish five years onSonja Karkar - Electronic Intifada "As an internal refugee in Israel, Mahmoud Darwish’s status was bizarrely given legal recognition as a “present-absent alien.” And then, after 25 years in exile, moving from one foreign city to another — Moscow, Cairo, Beirut, Tunis and Paris — he came to see his journey as an epic voyage of the damned: neither here nor there." ca9/8/2013
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This is our land`: Protests at plan to remove Bedouins from ancestral villages:The so-called `Prawer plan` is being fought in and outside IsraelALISTAIR DAWBER - The Independent - The Bedouin cause is attracting support not only from Israeli-Arab groups, but also from further afield. Last month, the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, slammed the Israeli government for its policies towards the Bedouin. “As citizens of Israel, the Arab Bedouins are entitled to the same rights to property, housing and public services as any other group in Israel,” Ms Pillay said.-rh8/8/2013
Israel may forgo millions in US missile defense budget aid Mitch Ginsburg - Times of Israel - "Asked whether Israeli security assistance should be exempted from sequestration cuts, as AIPAC has asked, he said, “They can’t. We’re all in it together.”" - id 7/8/2013
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Kerry’s Success Worse than His FailureNICOLA NASSER - Counterpunch - " Unless the issue of settlements is addressed in accordance with international and humanitarian law as well as in compliance with the resolutions of the United Nations, Kerry will be shooting himself in the legs and his success in his peace mission would be worse than his failure. The EU’s recent anti-settlement move highlighted this fact." - id 7/8/2013
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Palestinian orchestra takes centre stage at The Proms with Kennedy’s support Alistair Dawber - The Independent - "Nigel Kennedy is no stranger to the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis. He has refused to play in Israel and in 2007 told the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, `I was really shocked when I saw the wall [that divides the Israel and the West Bank] here. It’s a new type of apartheid, barbaric behaviour. How can you impose collective punishment and divide people from one another? We are all residents of the same planet. I would think that the world learned something from South Africa. And the world should boycott a nation that didn’t learn. That’s why I won’t perform in your country`”5/8/2013
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Mideast Mediator Martin Indyk Draws Ire From Both Sides of Israeli SpectrumNathan Guttman - Forward - Too Critical of Bibi for Some, Too Hawkish for Others bz3/8/2013
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Limited solidarity with Palestine in Schulman’s `Queer International`Jack Irmas - EI - "While Schulman claims not to be part of the gay international, her thoughts and actions throughout the book make it difficult to see how the queer international differs from the gay one except in name." - id2/8/2013
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Israeli army recruitment plan aims to incite Christian-Muslim tensionsJonathan Cook - EI - "The allegations have been prompted by a series of initiatives to pressure Christian school-leavers into the army, breaking the community’s blanket rejection of the Israel army draft for the past 65 years." - id2/8/2013
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Obama leading from the rearOrly Azoulay - Ynet - "This time the negotiators are being greeted by a distant and reserved president who asked that he be bothered only when the sides are ready to sign." - id2/8/2013
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