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Hasbara Alphabet: A is for ApartheidRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "In honor of “P is for Palestine,” Golbarg Bashi’s children’s book excoriated by the fearful and ignorant hasbara mommies of Manhattan, and denounced by the self-righteous rabbinic anti-Semitism mavens of the Upper West Side, here’s my humble contribution, the Hasbara Alphabet." - id29/11/2017
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MANDELA’S GRANDSON ON VISIT: ‘ISRAEL IS THE WORST APARTHEID REGIME`ILANIT CHERNICK - Jerusalem Post - “The settlements I saw here reminded me of what we had suffered in South Africa because we also were surrounded by many settlements and were not allowed to move from one place to another freely. (...) What we have experienced in South Africa is a fraction of what the Palestinians are experiencing. Us, we were oppressed in order to serve the white minority. The Palestinians are being eliminated off their land and brought out of their territories (...)."[bz]28/11/2017
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Charges dropped over protest at Israeli military drones factory in UKDamien Gayle - The Guardian - Company witnesses pull out of case involving five activists accused of blocking access to UAV Engines in Staffordshire [ry]27/11/2017
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Saudi crown prince calls Iran`s supreme leader `Hitler of Middle East`#SaudiPurge - "Mohammed bin Salman makes direct comparison in New York Times interview in which he also defends the roundup of rivals for `corruption`." ca24/11/2017
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Palestinian factions leave Cairo with little reconciliation progress AFP - Al-Monitor "Analysts said a three-page document agreed between the 13 largest Palestinian political parties Wednesday offered little substantive change, with no steps agreed on key points of difference.They said questions would now be raised over the fate of an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation agreement signed last month between the two largest parties, Hamas and Fatah." ca 24/11/2017
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Arab League steps in to salvage peace processMa`an - The Arab League has reportedly approached the United States government regarding its recent threat to punitively shut down the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington D.C, over the Palestinian leadership’s threat to bring Israel before the International Criminal Court (ICC). A regional organization of 22 Arab countries, the Arab League announced that its Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit approached the US President Donald Trump’s administration over the closure. The league is reportedly attempting to do damage control. [bz]21/11/2017
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Palestinians to suspend US ties if PLO office closedAl Jazeera - Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, said in a statement that the US measure (...) "represents a blow to peacemaking efforts, while rewarding Israel, which is working to obstruct US efforts by persisting with its policy of settlements and its refusal to accept the two-state solution". [bz] 21/11/2017
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Palestinian rights make a rare appearance in CongressSamer Badawi - +972 "A first-of-its-kind bill introduced this week focusing on the rights of Palestinian children could pave the way for greater transparency and accountability in America’s dealings with Israel...“As the first-ever bill on Palestinian human rights introduced in Congress, we see [this] as a direct challenge to the systemic impunity enjoyed by Israeli forces,” said Brad Parker, an attorney with Defense for Children International-Palestine, which has been working to support McCollum and other members of Congress through its No Way to Treat a Child campaign." ca18/11/2017
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Global medical watchdog complicit with Israeli abusesDerek Summerfield - Elecronic Intifada "It is now more than 20 years since Amnesty International first concluded that Israeli doctors working with Israel’s security services “form part of a system in which detainees are tortured, ill-treated and humiliated in ways that place prison medical practice in conflict with medical ethics.” Since then there have been repeated attempts – of which this author has been part – to have the global medical ethics watchdog World Medical Association (WMA) hold the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) accountable for these practices...Unfortunately, as the case with Israel illustrates, the WMA seems unwilling to act against those with powerful friends like the US." ca 18/11/2017
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BREAKING: Corrupt Israeli Arms Deal with Azerbaijan Under Gag OrderRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "Yesterday, The Marker reported that the Israeli drone manufacturer, Aeronautics Group, was under investigation by the Israeli major crimes unit 433 for corrupt dealings with a “significant client.” Since the publication included a reference to a previous case brought against the company involving dealings it with Azerbaijan, it’s clear that the paper was implicitly saying that this new matter also involves Azerbaijan." ca 18/11/2017
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Before and after Al-Hariri Hassan Al-Qishawi - Al-Ahram "With the return of Lebanese prime minister Saad Al-Hariri to Lebanon on Tuesday night, many things are expected to change in this small Arab country, with many Lebanese hoping that the crisis will pass and the looming escalation between Saudi Arabia and the Shia group Hizbullah will fade...Al-Hariri’s ability to return home follows the adoption of an Arab League resolution on Sunday condemning Hizbullah, a partner in the Lebanese government." ca24/11/2017
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Palestinian Children’s Book Stirring Cries of Anti-SemitismIMEMC News & Agencies- "The author, Golbarg Bashi, a Pace history professor and former Rutgers Iranian-studies instructor, told an audience at a bookstore reading Saturday, that she “came up with the idea for this book after I couldn’t find a book about Palestine for children.’’... Bashi’s detractors point out that she has written pro-Palestinian blog posts, where she responded: “By all measured historical accounts . . . Israel is a racial and religious apartheid state,”. ca24/11/2017
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Syrian refugees in Lebanon face evictionScott Preston - Al-Monitor "Thousands of Syrian refugees residing in several municipalities across Lebanon are under threat by eviction campaigns that have ramped up in recent weeks. Aid workers from several humanitarian organizations say that reports of refugee evictions have increased in a number of predominantly Christian areas." ca 10/11/2017
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UK minister Priti Patel secretly urged aid for al-Qaida via IsraelAsa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada "Underreported, but well-documented, the Israeli army occupying the Golan Heights uses its field hospitals to treat anti-government fighters involved in the war in Syria – including members of factions linked to al-Qaida.Israel’s alliance with such groups is part of its effort to hold back the influence of Hizballah, the powerful Lebanese resistance organization that defeated the Israeli army when it invaded Lebanon in 2006.Belying “humanitarian” claims, the known al-Qaida-linked extremists are allowed back to fight in Syria after being treated. In an interview with Al Jazeera last year, the former head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency denied that there would be blowback after Israel had gotten “into bed” with the al-Nusra Front – for years al-Qaida’s formal Syrian affiliate." ca 10/11/2017
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Anti-Semitism Isn’t Rampant on College CampusesBarry Trachtenberg - History News Network "Much of the testimony you will hear today is likely to argue that antisemitism is at crisis levels. I urge you to be skeptical of such claims. First, many of the stories that get wide circulation contain factual distortions and are misrepresented in the media. Second, many studies are based on a definition that de facto defines criticism of Israel as antisemitic." ca10/11/2017
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The kibbutz that sells riot control weapons to war criminalsEitay Mack - +972 - "For decades, Kibbutz Beit Alfa has sold riot control vehicles to despotic regimes such as Pinochet’s Chile and Nkunrunziza’s Burundi." - id 9/11/2017
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BREAKING: IDF Discovers New Gaza Tunnel November 6, 2017 By Richard Silverstein Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The story cannot be reported in Israel because it is under military censorship.The only media outlet which has reported the story was forced to remove it by the censor. " - id9/11/2017
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Mordechai Vanunu: Big Media and The Big Get The Media Didn’t GetEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "The restrictions preventing Israel’s infamous nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu from leaving the state expire this November. Vanunu’s Norwegian wife, Professor Kristin Joachimsen applied for his asylum in 2015 after their wedding in Jerusalem. Asylum applications in Norway average four months to be approved." - id  9/11/2017
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Israeli deputy foreign minister denies Palestinians live under occupation: `This is Judea and Samaria`Samuel Osborne - Independent - Tzipi Hotovely says it is `very clear Palestinians are not interested in a Palestinian state` [ry]6/11/2017
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Convicted Trump adviser George Papadopoulos championed Israeli settlersMichael F. Brown - EI - "Lying to the FBI is a felony that can entail serious punishment. But supporting violations of international law by Israeli settlers is, well, generally ignored or acclaimed by many in Washington. George Papadopoulos, former foreign policy adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, provides a prime example" [ry]6/11/2017
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No return of Israel embassy staff until killer faces justice Mohammad Ghazal - Jordan Times "Jordan on Thursday reiterated that it would not allow the reopening of the Israeli embassy in Amman and the return of its crew until an Israeli staffer who had killed two Jordanians is referred to a court of law."The reopening of the Israeli embassy and the return of its staff hinges on taking proper legal procedures against the Israeli staffer who killed the two Jordanians," Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani told The Jordan Times on Thursday." ca 4/11/2017
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Pandering to Israel Has Got to StopPhilip Giraldi - Information Clearing House "Both the recent cases in Kansas and Texas involve state mandates regarding Israel. Both states are, one might note, part of the Bible belt. The anti-boycott legislation was sponsored by powerful Christian Zionist constituencies and passed through the respective legislatures with little debate. In Kansas, Esther Koontz, a Mennonite curriculum coach was fired by the State Department of Education as a teacher trainer because she would not certify in writing that she does not boycott Israel. Koontz’s church had passed a resolution in July seeking peace in the Middle East which specifically opposed purchasing products associated with Israel’s “military occupation” of Palestine. With the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Koontz is contesting the Kansas government position." ca3/11/2017
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Everything wrong with Theresa May`s ridiculous assertion that we should feel proud of the Balfour Declaration Robert Fisk - Independent "Let’s remember what the document actually said in 1917 – and consider what the Israeli ambassador to the UK said this week...Even more disgraceful than May’s foolish words – for many Britons may well feel shame or prefer silence when they contemplate this episode of history – were Mark Regev’s remarks this week that citizens of the United Kingdom, to which he is currently accredited as ambassador – are “extremists” if they oppose the Balfour Declaration." ca3/11/2017
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Sympathy and prejudiceNesma Seyam - Electronic Intifada "In Gaza, the distinction between refugees and the local population is most obvious in older generations. Initially, there was more pity than contempt...Stereotypes emerged, where refugees came to be disparaged as dependents of international aid organizations. Locals, landowners in particular, were seen as arrogant and disrespectful of refugees’ plight." ca3/11/2017
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Israel Lied About How it Discovered Gaza TunnelRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "When asked whether the informant had arranged for the senior commander to be present and Israel deliberately detonated the tunnel intending to kill him, the source would only say “the timing of the bombing wasn’t coincidental.”" - id 1/11/2017
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Israel is being dragged into the Syrian warYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Those who ignored Assad`s crimes, seeking to benefit from genocide and civil war, are now paying the price of their short-sightedness and evil. And do not, by the way, blame Netanyahu alone. Silence in the face of genocide, and in the face of the biggest refugee tragedy since World War II, enjoyed a wall-to-wall consensus here. In the entire Israeli establishment, coalition and opposition alike, no one can claim to have clean hands." - id 1/11/2017
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Israeli Diplomat: Rabbis Who Demanded End to Burmese Arms Trafficking Guilty of ‘Blood Libel’Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "At a rally held by the activists after the ruling, one of the speakers revealed that the Court sided with the defense ministry and upheld the right to traffic in arms with Burma.  Nevertheless, the ruling itself is under gag order and may not be published in Israel." - id 15/11/2017
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Illinois Governor Rauner promises to turn in names of Arab activists to IsraelRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Racist Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner promises to provide Israel, a foreign country, with intelligence information on American citizens living in Illinois as a part of anti-Terrorism security measures. The Governor made the promises during a weeklong visit to Israel this week." - id 15/11/2017
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The Saudis and the Arab springYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "A democratic transformation in Saudi Arabia, when it happens, will determine not only the fate of that country but of the entire Arab world. The writing is on the wall. It was written in the winter of 2011, and it cannot be erased." - id 15/11/2017
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Greenblatt: No Israel-Palestine peace talks in sightAndrew Friedman - TPS/Ynet - Greenblatt has visited the region a half-dozen times, making clear the president’s desire for progress on what Trump calls the “deal of the century”, but “We are not going to put an artificial timeline on the development or presentation of any specific ideas and will also never impose a deal—our goal is to facilitate, not dictate (...)" [bz]14/11/2017
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Israel lobby is slowly being dragged into the lightJonathan Cook - Redress - Priti Patel, forced to resign as Britain’s international aid minister, had been pressing for the Israeli army to receive a chunk of Britain’s overseas aid. Meanwhile, she has sought to cut aid to the Palestinians, including to vital projects in Gaza. Patel’s off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, were organised by a British lobbyist in violation of government rules meant to prevent illicit lobbying by foreign powers.[bz]14/11/2017
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Israel to turn away European delegation over their support of BDS, BarghoutiItamar Eichner and Amir Alon - Ynet - The delegation, which includes 20 participants, including French parliamentarians, European Parliamentarians and mayors, is scheduled to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority on November 19-23 - with the official purpose of meeting with Barghouti in Hadarim Prison. [bz]14/11/2017
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Nick Cave shuns Palestinians, wins praise from Israel lobbyNora Barrows-Friedman - EI - "In a land of injustice, Nick Cave is giving comfort to the unjust” by performing in Tel Aviv and crossing the international picket line, artists say...Roger Waters, who has been an outspoken advocate for the BDS movement, said he read Cave’s press conference statements “with a mixture of sorrow, rage and disbelief.”" - id 22/11/2017
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Hamas and Fatah meet in Cairo to resume reconciliation talksMaan - The feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, are set to meet in Cairo, to continue their reconciliation talks - following handover of the Gaza Strip border crossings to the Palestinian Authority security forces. According to the official PA news agency Wafa, the topics up for discussion include the holding of presidential and legislative elections, security control in Gaza, reforming the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), government formation and reconciling families who lost loved ones when Hamas took over power in Gaza in 2007. Several key issues, such as the status of Hamas’ military wing, and the future of between 40,000 and 50,000 civil servants that have been hired by Hamas since the faction took over Gaza in 2007, remain unclear and hotly disputed. [ak]21/11/2017
Saudi FM: normalization with Israel hinges on peace with PalestiniansRoi Kais - Ynet - "Saudi Arabia is committed to the Arab peace initiative. When (Israeli-Palestinian) peace is achieved, Israel will have normal relations with all Arab states. All Arab countries have professed their support of this notion once again at the Amman summit at the beginning of this year," al-Jubier explained in an interview to the Egyptian CBC network. The Saudi minister was then confronted with reports Arab states would be willing to make the terms stipulated in the Arab peace initiative more flexible. "The Arab terms are clear: two states, one of which is Palestinian with east Jerusalem as its capital. As for other matters, they can be agreed upon between the Israelis and Palestinians. [bz]21/11/2017
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