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Israel suspends contact with EU bodies over labelling of West Bank produce Reuters - The Guardian - Binyamin Netanyahu brands EU guidelines specifying whether goods come from settlements as ‘discriminatory’ and a hindrance to the peace process [ry]30/11/2015
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Abu Khdeir murder ringleader`s conviction held up Elior Levy and Yael Freidson - Ynet - Two minors convicted, but psychiatric evaluation causes postponement of adult`s conviction in case of three Israelis who confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir last year [ry]30/11/2015
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Israel DM Rejects Calls for Assassinating PalestiniansJason Ditz - AntiWar - Arrest Raids Mean No Need to Invade Cities, Assassinate `Suspects` [ry]30/11/2015
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Israeli journalists slam Netanyahu over closure of Arabic media outletsHaggai Matar - +972 "As reported on the media watchdog site The Seventh Eye, police and Shin Bet agents raided and shut down the newsroom of veteran newspaper, Sawt al-Haq wa Al-Hurriya, as well as the news website PLS48, while confiscating computers and other equipment. The raids were conducted due to the fact their publishers belong to a corporation owned by the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, which was made illegal last week. Approximately 30 journalists lost their job in one fell swoop." ca27/11/2015
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`They`ve taken Ziv from me`Ynet - Private Ziv Mizrahi, an 18-year-old IDF soldier, was murdered by a 16-year-old Palestinian assailant in a stabbing attack on Monday at a gas station on route 443, but it was not the first time his family had experienced firsthand, the devastation of violence. [bz]24/11/2015
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Labour Party votes to boycott G4S over links to Israel Jewish Chronicle - According to reports, the committee passed the proposal to boycott the private security company that has provided its conference security in recent years by 12 votes to four, because it has links to what the Palestine Solidarity Campaign describes as “Israeli prisons which hold Palestinian political prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory inside Israel”. [bz]24/11/2015
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Foreign Ministry summons Israeli Beduin diplomat over Facebook posts Herb Keinon - Jpost - Ismail Khaldi, Israel`s first Beduin diplomat currently serving in London, was summoned following a story in NRG revealing that Khaldi wrote on his Facebook page over the weekend that a colleague in the ministry and others in Israel hate Arabs and Muslims “more than anti-Semites hate Jews.” [bz] 24/11/2015
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The story behind Israel`s shady military exportsEdo Konrad - +972 - Why doesn’t the Foreign Ministry care whether Israeli weapons end up in the hands of serial human rights violators such as South Sudan? [ry]23/11/2015
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VANUNULEAKS, ISIS AND ISRAEL’S NUCLEAR WEAPONSEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "The documents detail the discovery of Israel’s nuclear deceptions, debates over Israel’s lack of candor and efforts to pressure the Israelis to answer key questions about the Dimona." - id 25/11/2015
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Kerry supports Israeli `self-defense` against `senseless terrorism`Ma`an - In comments that will be viewed as deeply disappointing by Palestinians, Kerry made no mention of Palestinians, nor of Israel`s nearly 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory. [bz]24/11/2015
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New Jewish settlements planned `on top of` Bedouin villagesNatasha Roth - +972 - Two of the settlements are due to be built where Bedouin villages already exist, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). The new town of Daya is to be established on top of the unrecognized village of Katamat, which would displace its 1,500 Bedouin residents. Neve Gurion, meanwhile, is meant to be built on part of the land of the recognized village of Be’er Hadaj, home to 6,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel. [bz] 24/11/2015
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ISIS Wants You to Hate MuslimsBy the Editors - The Nation "There is one ray of light amid the carnage: The attacks have given urgency to international negotiations to end the war in Syria. Russian and US leaders seem to have finally realized that unless they cooperate diplomatically to resolve the conflict, it could destroy the entire region—and continue to spread beyond it. Before the latest round of talks in Vienna, Washington sensibly abandoned its insistence on excluding Iran, as well as its demand that Assad’s immediate departure be a condition of the talks. There are immense hurdles to overcome, but at least both countries now know that as long as this conflict lasts, ISIS will only grow stronger." ca 21/11/2015
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Israel’s ultimatum to refugees: Indefinite detention or dangerAnat Ovadia-Rosner - +972 "Israel cannot detain the entire asylum seeking community currently living in Israel, roughly 45,000 people. Nor can it deport them – otherwise there would be no need to invest millions in their detention and secret arrangements for their departure. The present solutions are costly, ineffective and socially dangerous. Instead of a detention-and-despair kind of policy, suitable alternatives must be found, alternatives that benefit all communities living in Israel." ca20/11/2015
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Israeli ban on Islamic party marks a ‘dangerous turning point’ Jonathan Cook - Middle East Eye - The decision by the Israeli government on Tuesday to outlaw the country’s main Islamic Movement marks a dangerous turning point in Israel’s relations with its large Palestinian minority, Palestinian leaders in Israel have warned. The decision effectively drives underground a religious, political and social movement representing the views of a sizeable portion of Israel’s 1.6 million Palestinian citizens, comprising a fifth of the population.-rh18/11/2015
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Palestinians in Israel fear Jewish extremistsRobin Jones - The Electronic Intifada - "Palestinian citizens’ concerns about violence by right-wing extremists are not misplaced. A spate of anti-Palestinian attacks have been committed in recent weeks inside Israel." - id 18/11/2015
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United Nations: End Punitive Home Demolition PolicyIMEMC News - "“We recognize Israel’s serious security challenges today, but any law enforcement response must be consistent with international law,” maintaining that, “Punitive demolitions are inherently unjust, punishing innocent people for the acts of others." - id 18/11/2015
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Acts of War: Destroy Daesh wiselyLynette Nusbacher - Times of Israel - François Hollande, President of the French Republic, has been very clear that Daesh committed an act of war against France last Friday. Given that France has been committing acts of war against Daesh by flying 200 air support missions against Daesh combatants since September of 2014, this is a rhetorical flourish. (...) At all costs demand that before your leaders take any action that will deal death and destruction, they tell you their strategic vision. (...) It doesn’t matter how angry we are. [bz]17/11/2015
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Israel bans northern branch of Islamic MovementItamar Eichner, Hassan Shaalan, Yoav Zitun - Y-net - The Inner Cabinet`s decision takes effect immediately, meaning whoever works on behalf of the Islamic Movement will be subject to arrest. MK Ahmed Tibi said: "We view this decision as a criminal act, that targets the entire Arab public and is against our right - and even our duty - to act for our public, including on the issue of al-Aqsa, and attempts by the right wing to change the status quo there". ak17/11/2015
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Let`s Not Turn the West Into a Temple Under Siege Yitzhak Laor - Haaretz - That’s why at some point we have to remember everything the West has done since World War II in non-Western countries, from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, through Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. To turn the West into a temple under siege is to forget history for the benefit of our wounded narcissism, just because we know and love Paris and fear ISIS, and rightly so, and because Jewish children who are afraid to go to school in Brussels or Paris inspire in us genuine identification. The fact that we here like to defend “Western culture” is a bit ridiculous. Still, what was the U.S. administration thinking when it armed and trained the jihadists, including Osama bin Laden, in their war against the Soviets in Afghanistan? What was the Élysée Palace thinking when it continued – more than Britain or Germany – to participate in wars in Africa and in our region? That French society would not suffer? [bz]17/11/2015
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Go ahead, blame IslamMark LeVine - Al Jazeera - So by all means, let us blame Islam for the carnage done in its name. But let`s be honest about how much all of our most cherished ideals, identities and ideologies have contributed to the death and destruction piling up around us. And then, let`s figure out how to recapture the sense of justice, mercy and compassion that have always existed - too often in the shadows - at the core of Islam, Judaism, Christianity and many of the world`s other great belief systems, before there`s nothing left to fight over. [As the Al Jazeera link gave problems, the Yahoo Maktoob link was used instead-bz]17/11/2015
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Fewer British Jews identifying as `Zionists,` poll showsNatasha Roth - +972 - "The survey, released by British “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group Yachad showed that while British Jews are overwhelmingly supportive of Israel as a Jewish state, a large majority — 75 percent — believes settlements are a “major” obstacle to peace." - id 13/11/2015
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Fewer British Jews identifying as `Zionists,` poll showsNatasha Roth - +972 - "The survey, released by British “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group Yachad showed that while British Jews are overwhelmingly supportive of Israel as a Jewish state, a large majority — 75 percent — believes settlements are a “major” obstacle to peace." - id 13/11/2015
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Hundreds protest murder of Arab woman in central IsraelYael Marom - +972 "MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint List) also took part in the protest. “Only two or three of the dozens of murder cases were solved by the police,” Zoabi said. “This is the same police that arrests Arabs because of things they write on Facebook. This is the same police that harasses protesters and arrests dozens. The police do everything to maintain “security,” yet leave the Arabs to die, letting the murderers roam free.” ca13/11/2015
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JNF displaces Bedouin in Israel, uses them as party theme in UKEdo Konrad - +972 - " The organization, which was formed in 1901 as a means to purchase land for Jewish settlement in Ottoman-controlled Palestine, is the largest private landowner in Israel today, controlling 13.1 percent of the country’s land. As a quasi-governmental non-profit that operates mostly in line with government policy – the JNF only markets its land to Jews." - id 11/11/2015
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White House Admits Israeli-Palestinian Two-State Solution Not Possible Before Obama Leaves OfficeJessica Schulberg - The Huffington Post - The change, White House officials said, is a recognition of the shifting realities on the ground. The administration appears resigned to damage control (sic!). [ak] 10/11/2015
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Unlimited detention of asylum seekers approvedOmri Efraim, Tova Tsimuki - Ynet - The ruling could lead to the indefinite imprisonment of masses of innocent people just because of their fear to go to Rwanda, under conditions in which their status and security is not appropriately guaranteed. [bz] 10/11/2015
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Shin Bet threaten Bedouin activist, offer money to prevent protestsJohn Brown - +972 - "It’s Tuesday, just after midnight, at the Bedouin town of Lakia in the Negev Desert. Approximately 15 Shin Bet security services agents driving in black jeeps and dressed in civilian come to a screeching halt in front of one houses before bursting into it." - id4/11/2015
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ISRAEL MUST FREE MORDECHAI VANUNU IN 90 DAYSEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "“WITHOUT FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND WITHOUT FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IN ISRAEL, NOW WITHOUT MY COMPUTERS AND IPHONE SINCE SEP. 2015.”" - id 4/11/2015
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`Everyone chased the terrorist, no one helped my grandma` Rotem Elizera - Ynet - 80-year-old grandmother, Rachel Eisenkott, was stabbed and seriously wounded in a terrorist attack in Rishon Lezion. Her family was horrified by footage of the incident: `What have we become? People chase after the terrorist, jumping over my grandma like she`s an object.` [bz]3/11/2015
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Are Israel’s war crimes no longer good for business?Michael Deas - EI - “While there is still a very long way to go, the BDS movement is starting to challenge international military cooperation with Israel. Given the complaints about dropping sales from Israeli exporters, it may now no longer be a stretch to say that grassroots campaigning and shifting public attitudes are making it harder for Israel to export the weapons it tests on Palestinians” [ry]2/11/2015
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THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOUAlice Walker, the official site - "They will always be/ More beautiful/ Than you/ The people you are killing" [ry]2/11/2015
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Netanyahu appointment casts cloud over US visitJOSEF FEDERMAN - Associated Press "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s newly appointed spokesman on Thursday apologized for a series of insulting comments about President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, days before his boss heads to Washington on a fence-mending mission...Israel`s new ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, is an avid supporter of Israel`s West Bank settlements and an equally fervent opponent of the establishment of a Palestinian state, putting him at odds with the international community... Baratz, himself a West Bank settler, is a founding editor of a conservative website and former academic. Baratz recently said on his Facebook page that Obama`s response to the Netanyahu speech in Congress this year was an example of "modern anti-Semitism in liberal Western states." ca6/11/2015
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The United States and Israël Begin the Colonisation of Northern SyriaVoltaire - Information Clearing House "The colonisation of Northern Syria is an old Israeli project linked to the development of missile weaponry. It calls for the creation of an independent state in the north of the country in order to control Syria from behind, just as Israel had created the state of Southern Sudan in 2011, to control Egypt from behind.This Israeli project was taken up again by France and gave rise, in 2011, to a secret treaty signed by Alain Juppé and Ahmet Davutoglu...Historically, only a small territory to the North-East of Syria is Kurdish. Unlike Turkey, the Syrian Arab Republic recognises the same rights for all its citizens, independent of their ethnic origins, their religion or their political affiliation. There is therefore no reason to create an independent Kurdistan in Syria." ca 6/11/2015
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