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Israel bars UNESCO from Hebron, citing `politicization` of holy siteTPS/Ynet - The Palestinian Authority submitted a request to list Hebron`s Old City, including the Tomb of the Patriarchs, as a World Heritage Site in 2012—a process that can take years—but is now trying to fast-track the application by claiming that the site is endangered. Israel`s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen described the Palestinian request as "tainted by politicization, lies and libel against the State of Israel and against the Jewish people`s connection to the site. … The Palestinians have opened another front in the religious and cultural war they are trying to impose on us." UNESCO`s World Heritage Committee meets July 2–12 in Krakow, Poland, for its annual assembly. Hebron`s Old City is listed on the agenda as Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town, Palestine. [bz]27/6/2017
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‘Devastating’ survey shows huge loss of Israel support among Jewish college Ted Belman - Israpundit - According to Fern Oppenheim of the notorious Brand Israel Group, the current Israel advocacy programs are not working, and Jewish college students are the leading defectors from Israel support. The campaign of depicting Israel beyond the conflict — specifically, highlighting high-tech achievements — is not effective. In fact, the people who are the future of America no longer believe that Israel shares their values. There is no longer nuance in campus conversations about Israel. Instead, the “atmosphere is oppressor versus victim.” Despite the plethora of organizations, campus advocacy does not appear to reach these students’ hearts. Using a morbid example, she said, “The Nazi “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele was a brilliant scientist. But still he was a monster. Telling Americans that Israelis are high-tech geniuses does not help if we can`t show that they share American values." [AK] 27/6/2017
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IDF commander refutes Breaking the Silence testimonyAttila Somfalvi, Alexandra Lukash - Ynet - Weighing in on an investigation of a spokesman for the left-wing group over testimony in which he claimed to have seriously assaulted a Palestinian during his IDF service in Hebron, Omri Seiner, his commander at the time, insists the incident `never happened. All soldiers under his command also say it didn`t. [bz]25/6/2017
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Rabbis Slam Hillel For Taking Funds From Right-Wing Israeli Group Daniel J. Solomon - Forward "More than 100 rabbis and rabbinical students have signed a letter calling on Hillel to sever ties with a right-wing Israeli funder and drop its guidelines on discourse about Israel.In the letter, the religious leaders - many of them identified as LGBT - denounce Hillel’s links with Mosaic United, an initiative sponsored by Israel’s education minister Naftali Bennett. The organization, which has granted $22 million to Hillel International, has been seen as pushing a conservative agenda, including reinforcing “the Jewish foundations of the family unit.” ca 23/6/2017
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Israel’s NSO Group Permits Foreign Intelligence Agencies to Spy on Human Rights ActivistsRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam " Perhaps the NSOs of Israel are doing precisely what the government wishes them to. Perhaps Israeli cyber hacking tools are instruments of state. If you examine the company’s client list you will find many of the Arab states Israel is attempting to cultivate in its efforts to sabotage the Palestinian cause. What getter way to peel off an authoritarian state from such allegiance than by doing favors for its intelligence agencies; hoping the favor will be returned one day when Israel needs it." ca23/6/2017
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Israeli Woman Who Sued El Al for Sexism Wins Landmark RulingISABEL KERSHNER - NYT "Israeli airline employees cannot ask women to change seats to spare a man from having to sit next to them, a Jerusalem court ruled on Wednesday, handing down a groundbreaking decision in a case brought by a woman in her 80s." ca23/6/2017
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Germany compares Israel`s treatment of NGOs with that of Russia and ChinaHaartez/i24NEWS - Further straining relations between Israel and Germany, the German foreign ministry compared Israel`s policy on funding of non-governmental organisations to that of Russia and China - provoking a rebuke from the Israeli embassy in Berlin. This was included in a German criticism of a new law in Hungary that would force foreign-funded NGOs to register as "foreign-supported organisations". With that measure, the Germans stated, “Hungary joins the ranks of countries like Russia, China and Israel - which regard the funding of NGO`s and civil society efforts by donors from abroad as a hostile or at least an unfriendly act." [ak]21/6/2017
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Queer Jews should think again before celebrating IsraelStephanie Skora - +972 - "As a transgender lesbian, a proud anti-Zionist Jew, and a JVP member, I have been particularly troubled by the charges of homophobia. I am used to the unfortunately common accusations of anti-semitism against activists for Palestinian rights, which simply cheapen and distort the meaning of the term while distracting from the human rights issues at stake." - id 20/6/2017
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Global Peace Index 2017: Israel Ranked 144 Out of 163Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Among the most alarming findings were that Israel’s “militarization index” was rated 3.9 out of 5 (5 being the worst).  For nuclear weapons and arms exports, Israel ranked 5 out of 5.  Under “relations with neighboring countries” it ranked 4 out of 5." - id20/6/2017
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What Israel fears about Hamas and the Qatar crisisYuval Abraham - Middle East Eye - (...) a desperate Hamas losing financial support, coupled with talk of elections within the tense Israeli governing coalition, could make for a toxic mix. "It could provide fertile grounds for a war. Desperate politicians tend to go to war.” [bz]17/6/2017
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Knesset Inquiry Reveals Yemenite Babies Murdered in Medical ExperimentsRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "The Israeli Knesset has, after sixty years of cover-up, exposed one of the most lurid scandals in the history of Israeli medicine. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, inspired by Ben Gurion’s philosophy that Israel must populate itself via Jewish immigration to compete with the Arabs, Israel airlifted tens of thousands of Yemenite Jews and resettled them. It was celebrated as a great humanitarian operation in which the Yemenites were “saved” from a life of destitution and anti-Semitic victimhood in their native land... such outrageous medical practices happened around the world including here in the U.S." ca16/6/2017
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Turkey Holds Naval Drill Off Cyprus in Heated Response to Israeli Commando Exercise on Its Doorstep Gili Cohen - Haaretz "As the drill comes to a close, another exercise is scheduled to take place in Cyprus, this one by Turkey. Last week, Turkey announced that it will hold a military drill with live ammunition southwest of the Cypriot city of Paphos. The Turks said in a statement that during one of the days of the drill, Turkish warships and submarines will operate in the area. The background to this exercise is the tension caused by the search for natural gas in the sea off Cyprus’s coast." ca16/6/2017
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Birzeit University Ranked Among Top 3% Best UniversitiesIMEMC News - "Birzeit University is the only Palestinian university to enter the QS World University Ranking this year." - id 14/6/2017
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Heathrow Airport Shames El Al as Dirtiest and Noisiest Airline Haaretz - "The five worst-performing airlines after El Al were Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Omar Air and Jet Airways." ca16/6/2017
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Right-Wing Media Assault Against Evergreen College Provokes White Supremacist Mass Murder ThreatsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Evergreen is known as one of the most progressive campuses in the nation.  Rachel Corrie studied at the school and interrupted her studies to travel to Gaza where she was killed by the IDF.  The Black Lives Matter movement is heavily supported on campus.  The Olympia Food Coop began the movement to boycott Israeli products, which led to a lawsuit sponsored by the Israeli government and Standwithus." - id 14/6/2017
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Palestinian man donates recovery room to Haifa hospitalIlana Messika/TPS - Ynet - “Palestinian, Israeli, Syrian and children from other countries receive treatment in the Haifa Rambam hospital`s oncology department. I decided to contribute as much as I could, both a humanitarian act and a symbol of solidarity,” donating a children’s recovery room. The room provides a relaxing and supportive environment for children before and after chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. [bz]13/6/2017
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Regev calls performance of Darwish poem at Israeli award ceremony a `provocation`Ma’an News Agency - “[Israeli Minister of Culture Miri] Regev, who stepped out of an Israeli movie award ceremony in September over the reading of a Darwish poem, had previously called the Palestinian writer the ‘leader of the Palestinian industry of lies,’ and objected to the performance of his works in Israel” [ry] 12/6/2017
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9 teens arrested in police raid of Jerusalem `home` for Hilltop YouthElisha Ben-Kimon - Ynet - Settler Elkana Pickar, who has been barred from entering the West Bank, is hosting Jewish teens with similar bans at his home; security establishment worried he`s inciting them to violence against Palestinians [ry]12/6/2017
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Inside the US fight to fix Israel’s global standingJonathan Cook - Al Jazeera - US and Israel lead a campaign of intimidation against the UN to forcibly rehabilitate Israel`s international standing [ry] 12/6/2017
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Fmr. Iranian Diplomat: ISIS Attack on Tehran `Managed by Saudi Arabia` Seyed Hossein Mousavian - The Real News "during Obama administration, there was a different policy. Obama was not supporting Saudi Arabia`s terrorist activities all over the region and all over the world. Obama was blaming Saudi Arabia, publicly Obama said that they have to distance from this terrorist activities. But President Trump first trip was to Saudi Arabia. He did not say a word about human right, he did not criticize or condemn even by one word, when he was in Saudi Arabia, about human right and democracy. He said nothing about human right and democracy, because he knows there is no human right and democracy there. During the campaign, President Trump said Saudi Arabia is the source number one of terrorism, but when he was in Saudi Arabia, he said Iran is everything about terrorism." ca10/6/2017
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Israel’s Irrational RationalityDavid Shulman - NYR "Israeli human rights activists and what is left of the Israeli peace groups, including joint Israeli-Palestinian peace organizations, are under attack. In a sense, this is nothing very new. But open attacks on the Israeli left have now assumed a far more sinister and ruthless character; some of them are being played out in the interrogation rooms of Israeli prisons." ca9/6/2017
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Kafr Qasim killing shows police threat to Palestinian citizensYael Marom, with Orly Noy - +972 - "As long as police continue to see Palestinian citizens of Israel as ‘the enemy,’ the deadly shootings — and the ever-deepening crisis in relations — will continue." - id 7/6/2017
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One Killed as Riots, Clashes With Police Erupt in Israeli Arab City of Kafr Qasem Jack Khoury, Yaniv Kubovich and Ido Efrati - Haaretz - The incident began shortly before midnight Monday when police detained a Kafr Qasem resident for initial investigation. “The man resisted arrest, attacked the police and was joined by about 50 other people who managed to free him for a moment from the police. The police managed to subdue the suspect as they began sustaining volleys of stones thrown at them and at the police cruiser.” Earlier on Monday, Kafr Qasem residents kept their children home from school in protest at what they claimed are insufficient police efforts to curb violence in the town. On Friday, two men from the town were murdered at a gas station at the edge of Kafr Qasem. Police have not arrested suspects in the case. Residents have organized municipal security committees staffed by young people in an effort to maintain order in Kafr Qasem and to prevent criminals from coming into the town. The committees are functioning in conjunction with city hall but the Israel Police object to their activities. The man who was arrested was a member of one of the committees. [bz]6/6/2017
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Infamy at Sea: Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty 50 Years LaterJeffrey St. Clair - CounterPunch - “Even though the Pentagon knew better, it gave credence to the Israeli account by saying that perhaps the Liberty’s flag had lain limp on the flagpole in a windless sea. The Pentagon also suggested that the attack might have lasted less than 20 minutes. After the initial battery of misinformation, the Pentagon imposed a news blackout on the Liberty disaster until after the completion of a Court of Inquiry investigation” [ry]5/6/2017
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‘Last Secret’ of 1967 War: Israel’s Doomsday Plan for Nuclear DisplayWILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER - NYT - On the eve of the Arab-Israeli war, 50 years ago this week, Israeli officials raced to assemble an atomic device and developed a plan to detonate it atop a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula as a warning to Egyptian and other Arab forces, according to an interview with a key organizer of the effort. The secret contingency plan would have been invoked if Israel feared it was going to lose the 1967 conflict. [bz for dn]4/6/2017
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