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Pro-Israel Lobby Losing Its Grip On WestminsterIMEMC News & Agencies - "This has not been a good week for Israel, especially in Britain, where the Zionist lobbyists have spent millions in recent years oiling the cogs in Westminster to persuade politicians of all stripes to give their unconditional support to their favourite state. It has worked rather well for them, with Labour Party leaders like Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband joining their counterparts in the Tory Party as “Friends of Israel” along with the majority of their ministers and shadow ministers.However, after this week’s triumphant Labour Party conference in Brighton it looks as if the pro-Israel lobby has lost its grip on the party led by Jeremy Corbyn. If anyone had any doubt that the Zionist influence has all but gone, it was dispelled by the Labour leader’s speech." ca 29/9/2017
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Israeli sentenced to 8 years for setting ‘Loaves & Fishes’ church on fireCeline Hagbard - IMEMC "An Israeli court sentenced Yinon Reuveni, 22 to eight years imprisonment for the arson targeting the Church of Loaves and Fishes near Tiberias two years ago.A third suspect, Moshe Orbach, was arrested in late 2015, accused of inciting violence against Christians and other non-Jews living in the Holy Land for writing and publishing tracts detailing the “necessity” of attacking non- Jews, and laying out the practical steps on how to carry out the attacks.Orbach was later released." ca H29/9/2017
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Gazans now complaining onlineHani Abu Rezk - Al-Monitor "Mohammed Kahil, a resident of the Sabra neighborhood, submitted a complaint about a ministerial employee failing to properly complete an official document related to his younger brother’s education at the Al-Falah School in Gaza. He told Al-Monitor, “It is difficult for citizens to directly contact directors and officials within ministries, but the e-government complaints system is a good step that will make it easier for us to submit our complaints to the government departments.” ca 29/9/2017
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Jordanians brace for tough times ahead amid tax changes under IMF deal Osama Al Sharif - Al-Monitor " Chief editor of the influential Al-Ghad daily Jumana Ghneimat wrote Sept. 21 that the government’s discretion and secrecy are both uncalled for and unjustified. She added, “Tension is building between our government, whose belief is unwavering in the fund’s experts, and the people — who cannot handle, and oppose, further taxes.” ca 29/9/2017
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You are here Israel covers up role in Myanmar crimes against RohingyaAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "The attempt by the ministries of defense and foreign affairs and the state attorney to silence the public and conceal Israeli involvement in crimes against humanity shall not succeed,” Mack vowed.As he points out, evidence of the growing ties between Tel Aviv and the Myanmar military cannot easily be concealed." ca 29/9/2017
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Bitter divorce? If you’re in Gaza, call Um RashidRami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - "Her family – husband and four grown children – has no objections, even if they are at times wary when the conflict resolution takes place at home. Reem Anbar, 27, said her mother had the family’s full support." - id 27/9/2017
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Why is the Israeli Right so terrified of cultural expression?Orly Noy - +972 - "We can’t be occupiers, wage demographic and psychological war against Arab citizens, while also telling ourselves a story about being “Jewish and democratic.” That is why the Right must turn a poet like Dareen Tatour — who writes about the oppression of her people — as well as all those who support her, into terrorists." - id27/9/2017
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12-year old Gaza Palestinian challenges Guinness RecordAhmad Hasaballah - The Arab Daily News - "... to break a record 20 meters in a body wrapped in a ball in 14 seconds. The test will be held in the Jordanian capital." - id27/9/2017
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Palestinian Authority reportedly to hold next week’s cabinet meeting in GazaMa`an - The PA-owned Wafa news agency calls it a "sign indicating improvement in relations between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas." The cabinet said after its last meeting that the PA government has “prepared plans to handle all aspects of life in the Gaza Strip and will carry out its duties towards Palestinians in Gaza and lessen their suffering.” [bz]26/9/2017
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Border Policeman, 2 security guards killed at entrance to Har Adar settlement Jerusalem Post - Israeli media identified the attacker as 37-year-old Nimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jamal a father of four. The man had a valid work permit allowing him to enter Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Israeli military enforces closure on Beit Surik, the village the assailant came from. [bz] 26/9/2017
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Israel Charges Bedouin Medical Student With Grave Security Offenses. His Crime? Passing Out Lecture Notes Almog Ben Zikri - Haaretz - Rulings by a district court and the Supreme Court were critical of prosecutors. They denied a request to extend Jouda’s detention, allowed him to return to Jordan to study and disallowed one of the charges. Jouda is about to begin his fourth year at Irbid University. Two weeks after returning to Israel to visit his family this summer, he was arrested. His lawyer says the Shin Bet tried to recruit Jouda as an informant. [FYI: within the Green Line-bz]17/9/2017
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Is Israel turning its Bedouin citizens into a stateless people?Orly Noy - +972 - “A clerk at the Interior Ministry should not have the authority to revoke someone’s citizenship. A mistake affecting 2,600 people? This is a well-planned mistake. This is policy.” [FYI: within the Green Line-bz]17/9/2017
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Fatwa allowing illegal antiquities excavation triggers ire in Egypt Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/egypt-religious-fatwa-antiquities.html#ixzz4spmMQwZWMenna A. Farouk - Al-Monitor "A recent religious edict allowing ordinary Egyptian citizens to illegally excavate and keep antiquities and treasure from their own land has triggered an uproar from the country’s government officials and moderate religious scholars...As the government makes such noticeable yet slow gains against the practice, edicts like that of Atrash are seen as undermining the state’s efforts." ca 16/9/2017
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Ousted Trump adviser: Liberal Jews are betraying U.S.-Israel relationsEli Clifton - +972 "Gorka’s decision to lash out at “liberal” Jews and The Forward was driven by the publication’s coverage of his ties to a Nazi- affiliated group (as characterized by the U.S. State Department), Vitezi Rend, in Hungary and his apparent endorsement of a racist and anti-Semitic Hungarian militia in a 2007 television interview." ca15/9/2017
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`Daily Stormer` dedicates banner to Netanyahu`s sonMairav Zonszein - +972 "The banner shows a photo of a joint-smoking Yair Netanyahu photoshopped on top of the West Bank separation wall, along with a sniper rifle pointed directly at a racist caricature of a Jewish man.The banner was posted just days after the prime minister’s son published an anti-Semitic cartoon on his personal Facebook page Saturday, which he took down a day later following widespread criticism." ca 15/9/2017
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Netanyahu Has Lost the Freedom of Speech GameMotasem A Dalloul - IMEMC - "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has always claimed proudly that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East."..."However, he failed miserably — without a hint of irony — when his flawed democratic credentials led him to ban Al-Jazeera’s Jerusalem correspondent, Walid Al-Omari, from the “freedom of speech” event." - ID 13/9/2017
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Palestinian diplomatic campaign derails Netanyahu`s African summitMa`an - Israel`s foreign ministry admitted that the Israeli-African Summit, set to take place in October, had to “postponed indefinitely" at the request of the President of Togo, the intended host. The summit would have brought PM Netanyahu together with some two dozen African Heads of State. It was expected to result in intensified economic relations - particularly, the sale of Israeli arms and "anti-terrorist" know-how to various African regimes. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed credit for foiling the Netanyahu`s summit, having launched an intensive diplomatic campaign - especially, having mobilized the support of South Africa, which expressed opposition to Africa "normalizing relations with an occupation regime". [ak]12/9/2017
Workers are weakest link in Gaza’s garment trade Mousa Tawfiq - The Electronic Intifada - Gaza’s textile industry is being revived after years of decline. The siege, which Israel imposed on Gaza a decade ago, banned even cloth and thread. Recently, Israel has made an exception for textiles. Israeli businesses have lately outsourced some work to Gaza’s factories, rather than to distant China... [bz]12/9/2017
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Top IDF brass tells US Israel can`t handle Iran aloneKorin Elbaz Alush - Ynet - "They are very similar to us, and because they are similar to us they are much, much more dangerous [than ISIS-style terrorism]. And we can’t cope with them alone.” [bz]12/9/2017
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Israeli film ‘Foxtrot’ snags prize at Venice; culture minister decries winTimes of Israel staff - Miri Regev slams `outrageous` movie, critical of IDF, accusing it of `giving a tailwind to BDS`; Israeli director says his criticism comes `from love`. [bz]12/9/2017
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Tillerson State Dept. Demanding Israel Hand Back Millions in U.S. Military AidAdam Kredo - Obama`s U.S. military aid package was conditioned on a provision that bars Israel from lobbying Congress for increased aid. While Congress initially rebelled against this provision, and held up the Obama-era aid package, Tillerson is said to be lobbying for Israel to give back the additional aid to keep the country in line with the Obama administration`s 2016 agreement, known as the Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU. [bz]12/9/2017
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A Confession Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "Today is the last day of the 93rd year of my life. Ridiculous. Am I moderately satisfied with my life until now? Yes. I am. If by a miracle I could be returned to, say, 14, and travel all this long way again, would I like that? No, I would not. Enough is enough" [ry] 11/9/2017
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This Is Tourism in the Occupied Palestinian TerritoriesChristine Blau/photographs Yoray Liberman - National Geographic - The West Bank wall is a living canvas of Israeli-Palestinian narratives. [bz]9/9/2017
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Shock and confusion in Egypt over US aid cut Shahira Amin - Al-Monitor "Egyptian government officials had misread the positive overtures toward Sisi from President Trump as signaling a potential increase in military and economic assistance rather than a slash in the aid. Foreign Minister Shoukry told reporters before Sisi’s April visit to the United States that continued military aid is not a “gift” but rather comes in the context of “joint interests.” ca 8/9/2017
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Working towards employmentEditorial - Jordan Times "Jordan has become used to depending on foreign labour to support certain economy sectors, especially in the Jordan Valley, the prime area used for agriculture, but this heavy reliance on foreign workers needs to be gradually reversed." ca8/9/2017
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Do I look like a terrorist? The dangers of facial profilingMerav Amir - +972 - "An Israeli start-up company recently made international news when it announced a new product that can identify terrorists simply by analyzing facial characteristics. Called Faception, the company offers its product to security agencies worldwide." - id6/9/2017
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Palestinian security forces detain Palestinian activist over Facebook postMa`an - In a Facebook post Sunday evening, Amro, a Hebron-based coordinator for Youth Against Settlements and a former field researcher for the Israeli NGO B’Tselem, criticized the PA for arresting journalist Qawsmeh and stifling freedom of expression. Palestinian forces arrested Amro midday Monday. The human rights activist is known for advocating non-violent resistance and is facing charges in Israeli military court related to his activism. Amnesty International called Amro’s arrest by the PA “a shameless attack on freedom of expression.” [bz]5/9/2017
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Major Canadian union joins BDSItamar Eichner - Ynet - Unifor National, Canada`s largest private union, adopts proposal to boycott Israel "until such time as Israel implements a permanent ban on further settlement construction in the OPT, and enters into good faith negotiations with representatives of the Palestinian people for the purpose of establishing a viable, contiguous and truly sovereign Palestinian state.” [bz]5/9/2017
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Israel Seeks ‘Jewish’ Non-Jews in Numbers Battle with PalestniansJonathan Cook - CounterPunch - “The new status would apply to ‘crypto-Jews’, whose ancestors converted from Judaism; ‘emerging Jewish’ communities that have adopted Jewish practices; and those claiming to be descended from Jewish ‘lost tribes’” [ry]4/9/2017
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How Israeli citizens are becoming stateless Farah Najjar - Al Jazeera "Israel has been gradually stripping thousands of Palestinian Bedouins from various villages in the southern Negev region of their citizenship status, claiming that they had been granted nationality in error – a move residents and legislators say is part of a state plan to do away with the minority population. Although Israel has employed the revocation policy for more than two decades, Knesset Member Aida Touma-Suleiman of the Joint List says it has since 2010 become an increasingly "widespread phenomenon" that is in clear violation of Israel`s Citizenship Law." ca 1/9/2017
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Far-right Britain First fosters ties with Zionist movementAsa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada "An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has unveiled new links between far-right anti-Muslim group Britain First and the pro-Israel movement.Photos and video obtained by The Electronic Intifada show that Britain First’s leader in London Paul Besser picketed July’s Palestine Expo alongside other anti-Palestinian protesters, including former Zionist Federation vice chair Jonathan Hoffman... One Labour lawmaker has called for Britain First to be banned, after fellow MP Jo Cox was murdered by neo-Nazi Thomas Mair last year. Multiple witnesses said that Mair had shouted “Britain first” as he shot and stabbed Cox to death." ca 1/9/2017
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