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Photo exhibit challenges Zionism`s most popular mythTom Pessah - +972 - "Using haunting aerial photographs of the Negev Desert, American artist Fazal Sheikh challenges the notion that the desert was an unpopulated land before Zionism made it bloom." - id 30/9/2015
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After 5 years WAC-MAAN recognized by “Movilei Dror” Company to represent formerly unorganized truck drivers Assaf Adiv - WAC-MAAN - Out of about 15,000 drivers of heavy trucks, only about 1200 are organized within the Histadrut. The unorganized truckers include three main groups: veteran Israeli Jews, Russians whose Hebrew is not fluent, and Arabs. [bz] 29/9/2015
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Erekat `disappointed` with Obama`s UN speech at general assembly - not mentioning even the Palestinian issue. Ma`an - "Does president Obama think he can beat ISIS or achieve peace and security in the Middle East by ignoring the constant Israeli occupation, settlement activity, and attacks on al-Aqsa mosque?" [bz]29/9/2015
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Israel’s army and schools work hand in hand, say teachersJonathan Cook - Middle East Eye -Close ties means Israeli pupils are being raised to be "good soldiers" rather than good citizens [ry]28/9/2015
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Israel’s army and schools work hand in hand, say teachersJonathan Cook - Middle East Eye -Close ties means Israeli pupils are being raised to be "good soldiers" rather than good citizens [ry]28/9/2015
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Ya’alon: We know who firebombed Palestinians, justice is comingThe Times of Israel - Defense minister defends lack of progress on solving Duma attack that killed Dawabsha family, says his earlier comments on issue were taken out of context [ry]28/9/2015
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Palestinian women artists to dominate London’s fall arts sceneSarah Irving - Electronic Intifada "A series of concerts and exhibitions by Palestinian artists — almost all of them women — is coming to London in the coming months. To start, the first solo show in the UK by Jerusalem- and Berlin- based artist Jumana Manna opened at the Chisenhale Gallery on 18 September.Manna, who won the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Palestinian Artist prize in 2012, has exhibited her work and screened films all over the Middle East, including Jerusalem and Ramallah, as well as across the US and Europe." ca 25/9/2015
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Israeli arms fuel atrocities in AfricaRania Khalek - Electronic Intifada "Israeli weapons are fueling atrocities in South Sudan, according to a United Nations report that sheds new light on the secretive Israeli arms trade in Africa. Authored by an investigative team assembled by the UN Security Council, the report cites photographic evidence of automatic rifles made by Israel Military Industries (IMI) being in the arsenal of South Sudan’s army and police. Known as Galil ACE, the guns have particularly been used by bodyguards of high-ranking politicians and by senior army officers." ca 25/9/2015
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Dani Dayan, a war criminalSergio Yahni - Alternative Information Center "As chairman of the Yesha Council, Dayan was engaged in planning and executing the transfer of Israeli civilian population into territories occupied by Israel in 1967. In many cases Dayan exerted political pressures on the Israeli government to violate international understandings in order to make possible this transfer. According to the statutes of the International Criminal Court, Article 8(2)(b)(viii), such an act constitutes a war crime. Dani Dayan is a war criminal and as an Argentinean citizen he is responsible for his actions before a court of justice. As he lands in Brasilia, Dayan could be extradited immediately to Argentina in accordance with the 1961 agreements between the two countries." ca 25/9/2015
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Israel Police Suspend Sniper Use After East Jerusalem Riots `until marksmen undergo proper training.`Jack Khoury and Yaniv Kubovich - Haaretz - The Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages in the Negev issued a sharp condemnation of the plan by police to use sharpshooters as reported also against Bedouin stone-throwers in the South. “This decision, because it is aimed solely at us, puts a big question mark on our citizenship.” [bz] 22/9/2015
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Israeli Police Can Now Use Snipers Against Teenagers Throwing StonesCarimah Townes - ThinkProgress - Claims that the rifles are non-lethal have drawn scrutiny. Israeli police were once authorized to use them in the past, but during the Palestinian uprising known as the Second Intifada, the weapons killed a number of youth in the West Bank. Police were subsequently prohibited from using the guns which now are re-introduced. [bz] 22/9/2015
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Israel to bring in 20,000 Chinese construction workersAFP - Ma`an News Agency - "Israel`s construction sector employs 216,000 workers, including 37,000 Palestinians and 6,000 foreigners, with some 3,700 Chinese. The finance ministry said the lack of skilled Israeli and Palestinian construction workers, as well as the instability in employing Palestinians -- whose permits can be easily revoked -- have created a shortage of workers" [ry]21/9/2015
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Israel Up in Arms Over the Corbyn ThreatNeve Gordon - CounterPunch - "Another article explained to the Israeli audience the damage Corbyn’s victory would have on Britain’s Labour Party, announcing that it was as if Knesset Member Jamal Zahalka – a Palestinian nationalist from the Joint Arab List – had become the head of the Israeli Labor Party" [ry] 21/9/2015
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Weinstein opposes opening fire against stone throwers despite PM claims Dana Somberg/Maariv Hashavua - The Times of Israel - A-G Yehuda Weinstein announced at a special hearing that he opposed the motion to open fire at stone throwers, despite the PM`s Office`s statement that the draft was presented with his consent [ry] 21/9/2015
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Israeli Settlers Publish Their Reality, with Palestine as FictionISABEL KERSHNER--JERUSALEM — Israeli settlers have long asserted that the Palestinians are an invented people, that the West Bank’s real name is Judea and Samaria, and that it was liberated by Israeli soldiers in 1967. Now the settlers, apparently worried that their version of history is not reaching other Israelis, are promoting it in a Hebrew-language publication that resembles a comic book.dn20/9/2015
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Security chaos in Nablus haunts the PAAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor "Unidentified gunmen attacked and stole nearly $850,000 from a Palestinian Investment Bank armored car Sept. 15 at the entrance of Bir Nabala near Ramallah. That same evening, gunmen fired at members of Palestinian security forces in Jenin, injuring some of them...The deteriorating situation pushed Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to hold a session Sept. 14 for leaders of the Palestinian security forces to follow up on the events." ca 18/9/2015
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Naked Spanish clowns anger Palestinians Elior Levy - Ynet News "Pro-Palestinian Spanish activists posted photos online Wednesday, naked except for red clown noses in front of the West Bank separation barrier in Jerusalem, meant to show opposition to the wall dividing Israelis from Palestinians." 18/9/2015
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UN envoy warns that Israeli-Palestinian clashes threaten to ignite violence beyond JerusalemEDITH M. LEDERER - Associated Press - "Israeli actions could trigger religious confrontation over the holy sites, adding that this would be the dream of the Islamic State extremist group and would have "ramifications that will affect all corners of the Middle East and beyond."" - id 17/9/2015
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Israeli arms fuel atrocities in AfricaRania Khalek - The Electronic Intifada - "It is exporting “the logic of the oppressor … a certain frame of mind, a feeling that the Third World can be controlled and dominated, that radical movements in the Third World can be stopped, that modern Crusaders still have a future.” This is precisely what Israel is doing in Africa today, with predictably deadly consequences." - id 17/9/2015
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Double victory for Palestine in FIFA qualifying matchDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - "For many, it is not only about the game, but a public demonstration that Palestine exists and continues to fight for its place among the nations of the world." - id 17/9/2015
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Israel starves Christian schools of fundsAlia Al Ghussain - The Electronic Intifada - "Staff in 47 Christian schools serving Palestinians within present-day Israel have gone on strike to protest against funding cuts imposed on them by the government." - id 16/9/2015
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Why is a settler council reaching across the Green Line?Noam Rotem - +972 - "In a strange act of reverse annexation, a town inside Israel proper has been annexed to a regional council in the occupied West Bank." - id 16/9/2015
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Will the Arab Bank really have to pay out a $1 billion settlement?Yonah-Jeremy Bob - Jerusalem Post "...one of the most fascinating high-stakes settlements in recent memory.On August 14, Raymond reported that after a decade long scorched-earth legal fight including trips to the US Supreme Court, the Arab Bank had agreed to settle the most dramatic terrorism-finance case against a major bank in US history.The deal was reached 14 years after the terrorist attacks in question occurred, a year after a federal jury in New York found the bank liable and only days before a damages trial was set to start." ca11/9/2015
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Palestinian refugees joining exodus from SyriaMa`an News Agency - "Zahroura is one of a growing number of Palestinian refugees in Syria and Lebanon joining the hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing the war on the perilous journey to survival in Europe." ca11/9/2015
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Refugee Crisis: What The Media Is HidingSyrian Girl - Information Clearing House "There are a few things you should know about the Refugee Crisis - Its being used to bomb the country the refugees are running from." ca11/9/2015
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Saudi Arabia offers to help with Europe`s refugee crisis – by building 200 mosques in GermanyAdam Withnall - The Independent "Syria’s richer Gulf neighbours have been accused of not doing their fair share in the humanitarian crisis, with Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the UAE also keeping their doors firmly shut to asylum- seekers...the al Hayat newspaper reported that 500,000 Syrians had found homes in Saudi Arabia since the civil war began – as workers, not refugees." ca11/9/2015
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Is Israel discriminating against Christian schools?Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor "There are 47 Christian schools in Israel, with 33,000 students and 3,000 teachers, spread out across the country. Some 60% of the students are Christian, while the remainder are Muslim Arabs and Druze. There is even a negligible percentage of Jewish students...Teachers and headmasters from these schools also complained that the Israeli media and public, with the Ministry of Education leading the way, have ignored the crisis facing their schools, as well as the current strike." ca 11/9/2015
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Duma arson attack: Palestinians call for `day of rage`Mel Frykberg and Nigel Wilson - Al Jazeera - "Very few Israeli perpetrators have been brought to justice when the victims have been Palestinian. And when they have, their sentences have been inadequately light." - id 9/9/2015
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Ashrawi: "Israel is in the business of creating refugees, not providing them with a safe haven."IMEMC - "“Israel is deliberately destroying the two-state solution. Israel must be held accountable with sanctions and punitive measures. If the international community does not undertake serious initiatives to create a new political horizon, the future for the Palestinian people will be extremely bleak and the region will be plunged into severe violence and chaos.”" - id 9/9/2015
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Nuclear whistleblower arrested following prime time TV interview Roi Yanovsky - Ynet - Adv. Yemima Abramovich, Vanunu`s defense attorney, said that the interview was not a breach of his parole. "He is allowed to talk to Israeli journalists," she said. "The interview was approved by the military censor." "I`ve been Mordechai Vanunu`s lawyer for many years," she added. "He is out of prison, but isn`t really free. It`s impossible for him to live a normal life." Vanunu denounced Shin Bet and Mossad for exacting personal revenge at him. "Whatever I do, I get arrested," he said. [bz] 12/9/2015
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Israeli hotels warn Jewish guests that Arabs will also be thereMairav Zonszein - +972 - "From the consistency shown across hotel chains in the report it appears employees of various hotels were given orders from above to proactively inform all Jews booking on those dates that they will be sharing their vacation with Arabs." - id 9/9/2015
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In Latest Attempt to Browbeat Israel, Abbas Reportedly Set to Annul Oslo AccordsLea Speyer - Biblical Perspective - “Israel has blatantly violated a series of commitments to the Palestinians, starting from the Oslo Accords, which are interim agreements that were meant to lead to a state, the road map, and even the most recent understandings regarding the release of the fourth group of long-time prisoner, along with continuing construction in the settlements and the daily aggression against the Palestinian population.” [bz]8/9/2015
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Arab schools call for `educational intifada`Hassan Shaalan - Ynet - Half a million Arab students go on strike in solidarity with 33,000 Christian students. According to a headmaster of a Christian school in Shefa-`Amr, primary schools in the sector were "receiving a very small budget compared to state schools and ultra-Orthodox schools. (...) We`re asking for help so we can get what we deserve, like the other students in Israel." [bz] 8/9/2015
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Israeli town cancels Gaza film under right-wing pressureNirit Anderman - Niqnaq (a version of what was published in Haaretz) - Hani Briga, the director of the Yeruham-based Center for Volunteerism and Civil Society and a member of the community center’s board, initiated the screening [of the Dutch film "Shivering in Gaza"), which was to take place at the community center. When the film’s planned showing was announced, right-wing activist Shami Glick launched a Facebook campaign calling for protest text messages to be sent to Michael Biton, the head of the local council. Biton initially announced he had no intention of intervening in a private initiative. On Sunday, however, the community center board met and voted to cancel the screening. Briga invited board members to watch the film before deciding, but they refused. [bz] 8/9/2015
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The Bedouin children trying to stop bulldozers with their camerasMichal Rotem - +972 - As the bulldozers start building the Jewish town of Hiran, the children of the Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran are joining the struggle to save their homes [ry]7/9/2015
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Palestinian Christians protest Israeli state funding cuts to schoolsMa`an News Agency - “Up until two years ago, Palestinian Christian schools in Israel received 65 percent of their budgets from the state, with parents paying the balance, but that figure was cut then to 34 percent two years ago” [ry]7/9/2015
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Benjamin Netanyahu rejects calls for Israel to take in more refugees – and pledges to build 18-mile border fence instead Jess Staufenberg - The Independent - Prime minister says Israel has `neither demographic or geographic depth` to take refugees, instead announcing a new 18-mile border fence [ry]7/9/2015
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Israel hopes ‘lost tribes’ can boost Jewish numbersJonathan Cook - Middle East Eye - Facing Palestinian majority, Israeli officials seek way to loosen legal definition of ‘Jew’ so millions more can qualify for immigration [ry]7/9/2015
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Palestine`s only female taxi driver has big plansSheren Khalel--Nadia Ahmad is planning to start her own fleet of taxis in the occupied West Bank - driven by women, for women.dn6/9/2015
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Israel lets Mordechai Vanunu discuss its nuclear program on primetime TVDavid Horovitz - Times of Israel - In remarkable departure from decades of ‘nuclear ambiguity,’ man convicted of treason for leaking details of Israel’s nuclear arsenal is allowed to warn of the ‘danger’ posed by ‘Dimona powder keg’ [bz]4/9/2015
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Palestinian saves 5 American tourists from attack in HebronYoav Zitun, Itay Blumenthal - Ynet - `We are human first and foremost.` [bz]4/9/2015
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Natalie Portman: At school I learned about the Holocaust, Rwanda was never mentionedKaleem Aftab - The Independent - In US Jewish schools, Portman had been taught about the Holocaust and the birth of Israel.Yet she now thinks that she was slightly hoodwinked into not questioning the actions of the Israeli state."In 2007, on a trip to Rwanda, we went to the museum there, and I was shocked that that genocide was going on while I was in school. We were learning only about the Holocaust, [Rwanda] was never mentioned. (...) [[Teaching about the Holocaust]] can sometimes n be subverted to fear-mongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen’. We need to, of course, be aware that anti-Semitism exists, hatred exists - against all sorts of people. I don’t mean to make false equivalences, we need it to serve as something that makes us empathetic to people rather than paranoid.” [ak]1/9/2015
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Death outside, deodorant at homeYitzhak Laor - Haaretz - Now the desert is threatening Europe; the hunger, the poverty, the children shrunken against their mothers’ bosoms are landing on its shores, or drowning en route. Now the West is recognizing “the problem.” There are too many foreigners out of place. The money that accumulated in huge piles was not meant for them. And the dead also stink. As Bertolt Brecht wrote, the rich are mighty enough to create poverty, but not mighty enough to suffer it. And we, who are pleased to belong to the “free world” and the Western death machine, are even more pleased when Europe puts its refugees in camps. [bz] 1/9/2015
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Israel reveals “delegitimization department” to spy on boycott activistsAsa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada - The combined “attack” from “resisters” and “delegitimizers,” the think tank "Reut" wrote, “possesses strategic significance, and may develop into a comprehensive existential threat within a few years.” Five years after Reut published those words, and 10 years after the BDS movement was launched, Israel seems to have concluded that this moment has arrived. [bz]1/9/2015
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