RSS Feeds
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil,    but because of the people who don't do anything about it    
Related Issues

TitleDescriptionDate
Hamas to amend controversial charter in bid to ease tiesAFP - Ynet - After years of internal debate, the party leadership is to publish a supplementary charter at a conference in Qatar on Monday that will formally accept the idea of a state in the territories occupied by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967. The new document defines the movement’s goals as “political and not religious,” easing its entry into the Palestine Liberation Organization, headed by Abbas. [bz for dn]30/4/2017
...
U.S. Says Leftist Groups Under Fire From Netanyahu Are `Vital Part of Functioning Democracy`Amir Tibon - Haaretz - U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Wednesday that human rights groups such as Breaking the Silence and B`Tselem are an important part of "any functioning civil society." "I don’t think it’s necessarily for us to speak to who the prime minister of Israel decides to meet with," Toner said. "But I think we would regard it as important that any functioning civil society has these types of groups and the diverse viewpoints. [bz]29/4/2017
...
Palestinian refugees are under attack in Lebanon again Duaa Ardat - Mondoweiss "News reports said a battle had broken out between the Fatah movement and a mysterious extremist named Bilal Badr and his followers. Many people were fleeing the camp under the hail of the shelling; others were stuck in their homes, afraid of being hit by random shots. The Lebanese Army was on high alert at the entrances of the camp. In an agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization, the Lebanese Army agreed to stay out of the Palestinian camps, but we fear that if the fighting gets too out of hand, they will enter anyway, and then we will have another Nahr El- Bared (a camp in the north that was almost completely destroyed in a fight to rid it of extremist elements). The Lebanese media call Ein El-Helweh the “zone without laws,” but it is home to more than 100,000 people (about half of whom are Palestinian). " ca27/4/2017
...
IOF demolish bedouin village for 112th timePNN - Palestine News Network - "Al-Araqeeb is one of 35 Bedouin villages considered “unrecognized” by the Israeli authorities. Rights groups said that the demolition of al-Araqeeb and other unrecognized Bedouin villages is a central Israeli policy aimed at removing the indigenous Palestinian population from the Negev and transferring them to government-zoned townships to make room for the expansion of Israeli settlement outposts." - id 26/4/2017
...
A visit to Saint George Church in BurqinMaria C. Khoury- The Arab Daily News - "Saint George is the most beloved saint in the whole Middle East and the patron saint of Taybeh in particular and Palestine in general." - id 26/4/2017
...
President Rivlin: `Seeing Every Criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism is dangerous, fundamentally wrong` Ha`aretz/Jewish Chronicle: In his speech at the Holocuast Memorial Day, President Rivlin stated that it is `fundamentally wrong` to think that `every Israel-hating leader is a Hitler and any criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism`. In Rivlin`s view, `this approach is dangerous for us as a nation and as a people`. Chemi Shalev of Ha`aretz remarked:`Rivlin Uses Holocaust Day to Challenge Netanyahu’s Darkness and Despair. [ak]25/4/2017
...
Israel Accepts Chinese Demand Not to Employ Chinese Laborers in Settlements Barak Ravid and Yotam Berger - Haaretz - The official reason given by the Chinese was concern for the workers` personal safety, but officials at the Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed the view that the real reason was political, relating to the fact that China and the rest of the international community view the settlements as illegal and their locations as occupied territory. [bz]25/4/2017
...
Netanyahu warns German FM against meeting left-wing NGOsItamar Eichner - Ynet - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an ultimatum to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, conditioning their meeting on Gabriel not meeting as planned with representatives of Breaking the Silence and B`Tselem organizations. Gabriel responded saying that it would be "regrettable" if Netanyahu cancelled the meeting due to what Gabriel describes as "completely normal" encounter. "You can`t get a proper and comprehensive picture in any country if you only meet in government offices." [bz] 25/4/2017
...
Holocaust survivors’ situation is a stain on Israeli societyYehuda Shohat - Ynet - We don’t always have the power to make a real change, but when we have a government whose ministers and MKs are more concerned about their seat than about their citizens’ wellbeing, the power is in our hands [ry]24/4/2017
...
CIA Fights Disclosure of Secret Aid to IsraelGrant Smith - AntiWar - Legality of aid uncertain amidst public opposition [ry]24/4/2017
...
Israel-Europe gas deal sparks criticismYlenia Gostoli - Al Jazeera - Palestinians living under occupation will `continue to be further brutalised` by expansion of Israel`s gas industry [ry]24/4/2017
...
Will Birthright Kowtow To Israel’s Right-wing Government? Rachael Stryer- The Forward "I’m active in the Stanford Hillel and deeply engaged with the conversation about Israel and with Israel advocacy on campus.So what’s the catch? I am a strong supporter of the two-state solution as the only way to secure Israel’s future as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people and to guarantee the rights of the Palestinian people. I see the occupation and the entrenchment and expansion of the settlement movement as a threat to these principles. Because of this, I make the personal choice not to buy products manufactured in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.According to a new law, this position means that I could potentially be banned from entering Israel." ca 19/4/2017
...
What prompted Assad to use sarin gas?Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "The use of chemical weapons in Idlib`s Khan Shaykhun has upended this consensus, which had given Assad immunity from both the Social Left - lovers of refugees and the Palestinians - and the anti-Islamic, xenophobic Right." - id 21/4/2017
...
Sinai festival tackles Egyptian issues through theaterYoussra el-Sharkawy - Al-Monitor “By establishing this festival, we wanted to respond in a cultural way to all the terrorist attacks that have recently taken place, because culture and arts are our way to enlighten the minds of people,” Mazen El-Gharabawy, festival president, told Al-Monitor." ca 19/4/2017
...
NYT amends Op-ed by Barghouti, clarifies he’s a convicted terroristYnet - The initial text of the op-ed referred to Barghouti as a "Palestinian leader and parliamentarian," attracting fierce criticism for the crucial key omissions of Barghouti’s past record. The Israeli Prison Services is also checking if the Op-ed was transferred from Barghouti by letter to his lawyer or written by Barghouti’s wife. They will then decide whether to take disciplinary measures against Barghouti [who was meanwhile put in solitary http://www.timesofisrael.com/barghouti-put-in-solitary-moved-to-new-prison-over-hunger-strike/ -bz].18/4/2017
Chief Rabbi: When the Messiah comes, Arabs will be expelled Richard Silverstein - Tikkun Olam - The Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef stated that all non-Jews should be expelled from Israel, except for those who "accept the seven Noahide laws"; these would be allowed to stay, but not as equal citizens - rather, they would live "in servitude to the Jews". The Rabbi expressed regret that the above program could not be implemented at the present time, due to the opposition of the non-Jewish world. It would, however, be carried out in full with the coming of the Messiah - a time to which the Rabbi looked forward with great joy and anticipation. Until then, the Rabbi advised Israelis to content themselves with killing out of hand any Palestinian found in possession of any kind of weapon. [ak]18/4/2017
...
Undercover Israeli Troops Detained by Palestinian Police Gili Cohen and Jack Khoury - Haaretz - The incident is unusual as rarely do members of the elite undercover unit get discovered while on mission. Soldiers do on occasion enter Palestinian towns by mistake and are then returned to the army, also with the coordination of the civil administration. However, this time, the soldiers were in Nablus on an operation, but were forced to end it and identify as soldiers once they were detained by the Palestinians. [bz for dn]16/4/2017
...
Israel prosecutes a Palestinian poet over Youtube poemNigel Wilson - AlJazeera "With a flick of her wrist, Dareen Tatour turned a page in her notebook, smoothed the paper and began reading aloud in a slow, steady cadence."The charges are like pieces of clothing. They brought me these clothes and forced me to wear them, from my toes to my head," she said, before bursting into excited laughter at the novelty of her work being translated into English.The lines are from A Poet Behind Bars, a piece that Tatour wrote in an Israeli prison in November 2015 after being charged with incitement to violence and supporting a "terrorist" organisation.Tatour, a Palestinian poet, has since had ample time to work on new material - both during her three-month jail term and, more recently, while under house arrest in the Israeli city of Kiryat Ono, far from her hometown of Reine. "I have been writing a lot about my arrest and everything that happened to me," Tatour told Al Jazeera." ca 14/4/2017
...
Libyan chemicals in Syria Editorial - Al Ahram "Now why is it that there was no reaction, here, to those serious claims made by Hersh, famed for the earth shattering journalistic coups he has made since the US’ war in Vietnam? He directly implicates Hillary Clinton, at the time she served as US secretary of state, in the transfer of toxic gas and other weapons from Libya to Syria via Turkey from the period between 2012 and 2013. He adds that a number of Arab parties funded the operation that was carried out under the supervision of the CIA. The operation was to funnel internationally banned chemical weapons into the hands of terrorist groups that the US administration called the “moderate” Syrian opposition, so that they could stage a chemical weapons attack against civilians that the US and its media machine would blame on the Syrian regime and use as a pretext for a military intervention to overthrow Al-Assad, thereby satisfying the aims of the Arab funders as well as the ambitions of both Turkey and Israel." ca14/4/2017
...
Campaign prods Hezbollah to address assassination blamed on IsraelRoi Kais - Ynet - "An anonymous online campaign aimed at Hezbollah leaders seems to goad them to address the allegations that they were responsible for the assassination of the former commander Mustafa Badreddine." - id12/4/2017
...
When shooting a teen in the back is a `professional error`John Brown and Noam Rotem - +972 - "An IDF brigade commander shot a Palestinian teen who threw a rock at his jeep, while the boy was running away, and then left him bleeding on the road." - id 12/4/2017
...
As Hamas Executes Alleged Palestinian Collaborators, Shin Bet Evades ResponsibilityRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Fate of betrayed Shin Bet collaborators doesn’t concern the Israeli spy agency. - id12/4/2017
...
Australia bars visit by Palestinian prisoner of conscienceAli Abunimah - EI - Australia’s policy of barring Palestinians based on their views aligns the country even more closely with Israel, which earlier this year passed legislation barring entry to advocates of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) measures against the state. On Monday, Israel barred entry to Anuar Majluf, the head of the Palestine Federation of Chile. The South American nation has one of the world’s biggest Palestinian diaspora communities. [bz]11/4/2017
...
Censored in Israel, praised by Merkel: the novelist who is a ‘threat to Jewish identity’Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Dorit Rabinyan’s story of an affair across the Israeli-Palestinian divide became a cause célèbre. As the book is published in Britain, she talks about her year in the firing line [ry]10/4/2017
...
Basel Ghattas officially sentenced to two years in prisonIlana Curiel - Ynet - A Be`er Sheva judge officially accepts former MK Basel Ghattas` plea agreement paving the way for Ghattas for begin a two year prison sentence; Judge: `I don`t think we give enough weight to the offense of breach of trust, where someone exploits their immunity. This is a crime which really bothers me` [ry]10/4/2017
...
Jerusalem mayor cancels on eve of California university talkCharlotte Silver - EI - “By failing to provide the necessary public forum and properly publicize my lecture, the university has contributed to the continuing marginalization and demonization of the Jewish state”, was the excuse. -- A year ago, student groups demonstrated against Barkat’s talk at San Francisco State University in protest of Israel’s policies violating Palestinian rights in occupied East Jerusalem.[bz for dn]9/4/2017
...
What prompted Assad to use sarin gas?Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - In the early days of the Syrian uprising, before the name ISIS fell from anyone’s lips, Assad presented the following paradigm to the masses that opposed his terrorist regime: "Assad - or we will burn the country!" Assad promised and Assad delivered. He has raised the ante with the generous help of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah—and with the passive collusion of the rest of the world. We needn`t go back in time and blame the previous president (the present one makes sure to do so at every opportunity) in order to explain Trump’s earlier weakness against the war crimes in Syria. Already in 2013, Trump expressed his firm opposition to Obama`s policy of the Red Line when he tweeted: "Do not attack Syria, correct America." [bz for dn]9/4/2017
...
Fatah’s Barghouti pushes hunger strike for 3,500 prisonersShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor "On April 17, about 3,500 Fatah prisoners incarcerated in Israeli prisons plan to begin a hunger strike. The strike is being organized by the organization’s high-ranking member Marwan Barghouti, who was sentenced in 2004 to five consecutive life terms and is being held in a prison in the south of Israel." ca 7/4/2017
...
Hamas `would accept Palestine state within 1967 borders`Middle East Eye - AlMayadeen, a pro-Hezbollah Beirut-based TV channel, leaked a copy of the document on Monday. Although the document refers to Palestine as the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan river, it says the group considers a state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip a “national consensus formula” while emphasizing the return of displaced Palestinians and their descendants. The document says Hamas is not at war with Jews but the group is waging a battle against the “occupation and the Zionist project”. [ak]4/4/2017
...
Will EU take the lead on two-state solution?Uri Savir - Al-Monitor - EU Middle East policy planners are exploring a two-state solution initiative that would probably be launched in June. In essence, the initiative would propose an international peace conference with the participation of the Quartet (EU, US, UN and Russia), the Arab League and the parties based on the Oslo agreement, and the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002. [bz] 4/4/2017
...
Egypt’s Sissi said set to present Trump with Mideast peace planTamar Pileggi - Times of Israel - The Dubai-based al-Khaleej Times said Trump would respond to the Jordanian-Egyptian initiative during his meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas tentatively scheduled for later this month in Washington. It said the Trump administration aims to host an international peace conference on the Israeli-Palestinian issue in September. However, it is unlikely that Israel would agree to such moves, particularly the settlement freeze. Recent talks with the Trump administration failed to produce a formal agreement on limited building, leaving the Netanyahu government vowing to build, but with restraint, in order not to antagonize Trump. [bz] 4/4/2017
...
Israeli cafe orders employees to stop speaking Arabic on the jobYael Marom - +972 - A branch of Aroma Espresso Bar in central Israel tells its Arab workers that speaking their mother-tongue is offensive to some of the customers [ry]3/4/2017
...
Raja Shehadeh: ‘Once people experience liberation, it’s not easily forgotten’Andrew Anthony - The Guardian - The outspoken Palestinian lawyer and author on reaching out to the young, political change in the Middle East and his optimism about the future [ry] 3/4/2017
...
Articles Archive
Current Articles
9/2017
8/2017
7/2017
6/2017
5/2017
4/2017
3/2017
2/2017
1/2017
12/2016
11/2016
10/2016
9/2016
8/2016
7/2016
6/2016
5/2016
4/2016
3/2016
2/2016
1/2016
12/2015
11/2015
10/2015
9/2015
8/2015
7/2015
6/2015
5/2015
4/2015
3/2015
2/2015
1/2015
12/2014
11/2014
10/2014
9/2014
8/2014
7/2014
6/2014
5/2014
4/2014
3/2014
2/2014
1/2014
12/2013
11/2013
10/2013
9/2013
8/2013
7/2013
6/2013
5/2013
4/2013
3/2013
2/2013
1/2013
12/2012
11/2012
10/2012
9/2012
8/2012
7/2012
6/2012
5/2012
4/2012
3/2012
2/2012
1/2012
12/2011
11/2011
10/2011
9/2011
8/2011
7/2011
6/2011
5/2011
4/2011
3/2011
2/2011
1/2011
12/2010
11/2010
10/2010
9/2010
8/2010
7/2010
6/2010
5/2010
4/2010
3/2010
2/2010
1/2010
12/2009
11/2009
10/2009
9/2009
8/2009
7/2009
6/2009
5/2009
4/2009
3/2009
2/2009
1/2009
12/2008
11/2008
10/2008
9/2008
8/2008
7/2008
6/2008
5/2008
4/2008
3/2008
2/2008
1/2008
12/2007
11/2007
10/2007
9/2007
8/2007
7/2007
6/2007
5/2007
4/2007
3/2007
2/2007
1/2007
12/2006
11/2006
10/2006
9/2006
8/2006
7/2006
6/2006
5/2006
4/2006
3/2006
2/2006
1/2006
12/2005
11/2005
10/2005
9/2005
8/2005
7/2005
6/2005
5/2005
4/2005
3/2005
2/2005
1/2005
12/2004
11/2004
10/2004


Home page  back