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The radical Left harms the disciplined LeftShmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Today there is no political space between the Occupation and full withdrawal from the Occupied Territories, between the oppression of the Palestinian people and a Palestinian state, between the dispossession of the Palestinians and returning the land that was stolen. Between war and peace. gm 25/6/2016
Our Girl Sima Kadmon - Yedioth Ahronot (here in translation) - The shooting soldier from Hebron did not spend a single day in prison. Ultra-orthodox men refuse even to appear in the Induction Center to receive a discharge and hang out in the streets, undisturbed. But Kaminer, our girl is in jail.25/6/2016
Abbas Repeats Debunked Claim That Rabbis Called to Poison Palestinian Water in Brussels Speech Barak Ravid,Jack Khoury,Reuters,AP - "Addressing European Parliament in Brussels, Palestinian president invokes false media reports to claim Israelis are inciting for mass murder of Palestinians." ca24/6/2016
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Israel Kills 15-Year-Old Palestinian Bystander as West Bank Protests FlareOri Lewis - Forward - The military said several Palestinians threw petrol bombs and stones at vehicles, injuring three civilians, on a highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that traverses the West Bank. Israeli media reports said two of those hurt were foreign tourists. Troops gave chase and “after an initial inquiry, it appears that uninvolved bystanders were mistakenly hit during the pursuit,” a military spokeswoman said, identifying one of them as the Palestinian killed in the incident.-rh 22/6/2016
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The new Hebrew language schools challenging Zionist narratives Laura Selz - +972 - "“I don’t think Hebrew-teaching has to be Zionist,” Janner-Klausner says, and gives an example: “The ‘Hebrew from Scratch’ book, which most of the ulpans are using, shows a map of Israel on the first page. On this map, there is no green line and no Palestinian territory. So with this map they pretend toward the students that Palestinians don’t exist here.”" - id 22/6/2016
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Why this renowned Israeli artist wants his sculpture removed from Knesset Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Famous Israeli artist Dani Karavan suggests that if Culture Minister Miri Regev penalizes those who refuse to perform in the West Bank, artists should "present texts that tell the truth about bloodshed, racism, aggressiveness and injustice."" - id22/6/2016
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Will Petty Corruption Bring Down Netanyahu? Uri Avnery - CounterPunch - "Just this week Netanyahu proudly told his party colleagues that he will “never” agree to conduct negotiations based on the Arab 2002 peace initiative, which includes the end of the occupation, the setting up of the State of Palestine and the evacuation of settlements." - id 22/6/2016
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Front-page article in ‘NYT’ exposes the lie that wall is a security barrier James North and Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The New York Times today has a top-of-the-front-page article about tens of thousands of Palestinians managing to get over or through “what Israelis call the security barrier” to work without papers inside Israel. It is a vivid account of smuggling workers into Israel from Palestine. On the one hand, the article by James Glanz and Rami Nazzal, marks real progress: the Times is showing that the wall is not really a security barrier — 55,000 Palestinians legally pass through it and 30-60,000 illegally. If Palestinians really want to kill Israelis, the wall is no obstacle at all.-rh 22/6/2016
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An Israeli-Palestinian confederation? Not so fastYuval Eylon - +972 - The latest hit in the peace plan business comes from “Two States One Homeland,” an initiative that eschews both the two-state solution and the one-state solution, instead envisioning a confederation between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Founder Meron Rapoport fleshed out the movement’s core principles at the movement’s conference a few weeks ago: “We believe that the central aspect that was missed here over the past 22 years is the fact that the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is one country, while at the same time belongs to two peoples. Jews and Arabs are interwoven in every part of this land. The two nations have a deep connection to all parts of this land: Jews feel a connection not only to Ramat Hasharon but to Hebron, and Palestinians are connected to Jaffa and Haifa no less than to Ramallah. Dividing the land goes against these very emotions.”-rh 22/6/2016
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Israeli army commander testifies soldier had no justification for shooting al-SharifMa`an News agency - The company commander of Azaria, Maj. Tom Naaman, recounted to the court the chilling moments after the execution-style killing that took place in Hebron’s Old City on March 24, for which Azaria is now on trial for manslaughter. "I approached him and asked, `Why did you do it?`,” Naaman said during his testimony. “He answered me, `This terrorist was alive, and he needs to die.`" "I was angry at him for doing this. Essentially a shooting had been conducted at the scene that I was in charge of, without my permission," Naaman added.-rh22/6/2016
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Israeli defense minister moves to muzzle Palestinian voices for peaceShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - On June 15, Liberman ordered the revocation of Madani’s entry permit into Israel on the grounds that he had promoted subversion in Israel, attempted to intervene in its internal affairs and had even tried to establish a political party. The revocation of Madani’s entry permit means the muzzling of the committee that was created at the instruction of Abbas to establish a dialogue with Israeli society and convey the message that the Palestinian Authority seeks peace and does not engage in incitement and warmongering, as the Netanyahu government depicts it.-rh 22/6/2016
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Ramadan 2016: Israel `cuts off water supply to West Bank` during Muslim holy monthPeter Yeung - Independent - Israel has cut off the water supply to large areas of the West Bank, Palestinian authorities have claimed. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have reportedly been left without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting, at a time when temperatures can exceed 35C.-rh |22/6/2016
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PM: Israel`s suspension of West Bank water supplies `inhumane and outrageous`Ma`an News Agency - The Palestinian Prime Minister’s office on Thursday slammed Israel’s decision to cut off water supplies for tens of thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank this week as “inhumane and outrageous.” Rami Hamdallah issued a statement in response to the move by Israel’s national water company Mekorot, which saw water supplies suspended in the municipality of Jenin, several villages in Nablus, as well as the city of Salfit and its surrounding villages. “Israel wants to prevent Palestinians from leading a dignified life and uses its control over our water resources to this end; while illegal Israeli settlements enjoy uninterrupted water service,” Hamdallah said. “Palestinians are forced to spend great sums of money to buy water that is theirs in the first place.”-rh22/6/2016
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The UN’s damning report on Israel and torture: The desperate case of Palestinian youth in the occupied territory David Palumbo-Liu - Salon - What emerges is a deeply troubling picture of the situation of Palestinian youths and children living in the occupied territories. Despite Israel’s adoption of the amendment on youth mention above, it would appear that those protections would not apply to Palestinians living in the occupied territories. We have only to think of the attacks on Gaza and the arrests and killing of Palestinian youths on the West Bank to see a dangerous form of immunity protecting Israel from being held responsible. We therefore have a formula for the perpetuation of violence and death, as more and more children and young people, already living at the heart of despair, are being pushed to react and then met with even greater violence and abuse.-rh22/6/2016
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Marwan Barghouti, A Palestinian Mandela Or Israel’s Worst Nightmare?Piotr Smolar - Worldcrunch - Marwan Barghouti, 56, takes care of himself. He walks and runs. Once a week, he meets with one of his lawyers. Once every two weeks, his wife Fadwa visits and tells him about their four children. In 14 years, he`s gotten to see them just a few times. A picture of his face painted or plastered on the walls of the West Bank reminds the children that their father has a special status. He is the hardened résistant, a symbol of the Palestinian national movement. "My release is bound to happen, sooner or later,” says Marwan Barghouti, in a written interview with Le Monde. "Israel will have to release me, me and the others. During these last decades, it has already happened thanks to the exchange of prisoners or through political discussion."-rh 22/6/2016
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20 Congress members send Obama letter requesting protection of Palestinian children from Israeli abuses Ben Norton - Salon - The letter describes the occupation as “an unimaginably difficult and at times hopeless environment,” where children “live under the constant fear of arrest detention and violence at the hands of the Israeli military.” Israel’s illegal military occupation marked its 49th anniversary earlier this month. Nearly half, 46 percent, of the roughly 4.7 million Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied territories are minors under 18 years of age.-rh 22/6/2016
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Can Palestinian right of return issue be solved?Uri Savir - Al-Monitor - In return for a two-state solution based on the 1967 lines, the PLO would be ready to discuss practical solutions in line with several important elements. (...) and explore the possibility of Israeli-controlled Area C in the West Bank (excluding minor settlement blocs) being designated land on which Palestinian refugees can be resettled in an international effort with Israeli economic contributions. (...) a symbolic (agreed upon) number of the originally expelled Palestinians who are still alive (between 30,000 and 50,000) would be allowed to settle in sovereign Israel within the context of family reunion. [bz]21/6/2016
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Barak and Ya`alon are not the only ones worriedNahum Barnea - Ynet - What was Barak doing as a defense minister in Netanyahu`s government, what did he promote and what did he fail to stop; why did Barak as a prime minister establish settlements that he now seeks to dismantle; what did Ya`alon say and do before falling out with Netanyahu and before being ousted from the Defense Ministry. They each have very good reasons for remorse. But all of this doesn`t negate the value of their words, and doesn`t erase the writing they see on the wall. After a year of ongoing victory celebrations, of being drunk on power, the government is beginning to pay the price for its deviations and incitement. It is paying it on the international stage, and domestically. Barak and Ya`alon are just the tip of the iceberg. [bz]21/6/2016
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I Want to Mourn for Orlando, but I`m a Muslim, I`ll Be Accused of Hypocrisy Sayed Kashua--You can’t take even a minute to identify with the shooting victims, and their number keeps rising, as does your feeling of guilt and the feeling of the looming persecution. dn19/6/2016
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Israeli peaceniks release racist video to `save Jerusalem`Mairav Zonszein--A new video portrays a ‘nightmare scenario’ in which Jerusalem residents elect a Palestinian mayor.dn19/6/2016
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A dangerous moment in history: Can the political centre hold? Konrad Yakabuski--As anyone trying to maintain perspective when the whole world seems to be losing it, I owe Joni Mitchell – big time. The reasons are too numerous to list here, but one involves her 1991 recording of the 1919 W.B. Yeats poem The Second Coming. It introduced me to that haunting work, in which post-First World War politics becomes an allegory for the Apocalypse, or vice versa. dn19/6/2016
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AIPAC Is Destroying Israel, Not Safeguarding It Gideon Levy--AIPAC corrupted Israel, teaching it that everything is permissible: The day AIPAC weakens, Israel will grow stronger, forced to stand on its own two feet and be more moral. (a bit old, but still worth reading DN)19/6/2016
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Palestinian participation in Israel conference slammedZena Tahhan--BDS groups and activists describe Palestinian leaders` partaking in Herzliya conference as `national betrayal`. dn19/6/2016
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The Palestinian leadership. A continuous embarrassmentNadia Harhash--Each time one thinks, things cannot get worse. It only gets worse. This cannot be a coincidence. It cannot be a simple act of fate. It cannot just be mere bad luck. There is a problem in our reality. Our reality as a people that insists on producing such leadership. dn19/6/2016
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Israel`s legal war on terrorTova Tzimuki--Israeli jurists have become in recent years the world`s most in-demand lecturers on all facets of handling terrorism; after a decade of preparation, the draft for a comprehensive anti-terrorism bill is ready dn18/6/2016
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Is B’Tselem Right To Quit Playing ‘Middle Man’ for the IDF?Mira Sucharov--The numbers are grim. With 739 cases since 2000 in which soldiers are alleged to have “killed, injured, or beat Palestinians, used them as human shields, or damaged Palestinian property,” in only 25 cases did the military bring charges against soldiers, with an additional 13 being “referred for disciplinary action,” the report says. dn18/6/2016
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Nobel Laureate`s Love of Israel Has Become a Tormented One, Thanks to the Occupation Gideon Levy - Haaretz "The road Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has taken with Israel is a sad mirror image of the country`s deterioration." ca17/6/2016
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Israel cannot afford to abandon its Arab youthMakbula Nassar +972 Blog "Sixty thousand Arab youths in Israel are defined as ‘idle,’ neither working nor studying, a precursor to a life of unemployment and violence. It’s time for the state to take drastic steps to ensure they too have a future." ca17/6/2016
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The End of the Old Israel : How Netanyahu Has Transformed the NationAluf Benn - Foreign Affairs - Israel—at least the largely secular and progressive version of Israel that once captured the world’s imagination—is over. Although that Israel was always in some ways a fantasy, the myth was at least grounded in reality. Today that reality has changed, and the country that has replaced it is profoundly different from the one its founders imagined almost 70 years ago. Since the last elections, in March 2015, a number of slow-moving trends have accelerated dramatically. Should they continue, they could soon render the country unrecognizable.-rh15/6/2016
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Herzog`s Pipe Dream Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "In fact, Palestinians have ceased to be an Arab problem. They are an Israeli problem." - id 15/6/2016
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Oh the Joys of Dimona! Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olasm - "The subtitle of this post might be the same as the subtitle of the film, Dr. Strangelove: “How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.” Dimona’s bombs, that is." - id 15/6/2016
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Israel`s six options for peace Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Netanyahu has two options from which to choose: He can continue doing more of the same, meaning nothing, the results of which will be identical — that is, bereavement, despair and hatred — or he can take action. He can easily muster a solid majority in the Knesset to take action. If he cannot mobilize this majority within his ruling coalition, he can count on support from the opposition." - id15/6/2016
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Israel removes key sites from Jerusalem`s Old City Map : Israeli ministry`s map of Jerusalem`s Old City marks historically unimportant sites and omits key non-Jewish holy sites.Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - The City of David site features prominently, in large, bold red letters, on the Israeli tourism ministry`s official Old City map, which is distributed free of charge at official tourist information centres in Jerusalem. But the nearby al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, a 14-hectare compound that comprises Islam`s third holiest site, al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as the Dome of the Rock, is only referred to by its Jewish name: the Temple Mount.-rh 15/6/2016
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Palestine hopes to join Interpol this fallDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - Gen. Adnan al-Damiri, a spokesman for the Palestinian police, told Al-Monitor that joining Interpol will improve the security situation in Palestine and at the same time help strengthen Palestinian efforts at state building. He said, “We need Interpol to stop many cases of people fleeing justice and to extradite those criminals who have fled Palestine.”-rh 15/6/2016
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When fear of terror affects Arabs` livelihood Gad Lior and Telem Yahav - Ynet News - With conspicuously greater frequency, Jewish customers, affected by the fear of terror, demand that companies refrain from sending Arab workers to their homes. Many business owners and commercial organizations are facing this request which is particularly commonplace in fields such as paint and renovation companies employing Arabs, on goods transfer companies, on gardening companies, cleaning businesses and the like.-rh 15/6/2016
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Forget Diplomacy. Both Netanyahu and Abbas Need Some Serious TherapyJane Eisner - Forward - But here you have Rice reminding that the “situation on the ground is tense. You have violence at a heightened level. You have incitement. You have intensified settlement activity and home demolitions. You have actions taken that are not conducive to a two-state solution.” She could not have been clearer, but Israeli and Palestinian leaders do not seem to see what she and so many others see. Fear of the future has led to the paralysis of the present. If the most skilled diplomats in the world can’t get the two sides together, then maybe those who best understand and treat the psychosis of denial should step in.-rh 15/6/2016
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Deconstructing Netanyahu`s spin about the Paris peace summitShemuel Meir - +972 - It is difficult to ignore the unbridled joy that took over the Prime Minister’s Office as its spokespeople went out of their way to declare the Paris peace summit, which took place this past weekend, a failure. Their proof? A “shallow” final statement that included neither a defined time table (for further international involvement? For Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank?) and did not mention “1967 lines.” The spokespeople patted themselves on the shoulder, hinting that what they viewed as a meager outcome of the Paris Summit stemmed from Israel’s global diplomatic efforts. A summit of 29 foreign ministers who discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was presented as another “photo op” and a PR stunt by France.-rh 15/6/2016
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Israeli official who justified killing Palestinian journalists speaks at museum memorializing the victims Ben Norton - Salon - During Israel’s 2012 war, Leibovich justified the IDF’s intentional killing of Palestinian journalists Hussam Salama and Mahmoud al-Kumi, among others. Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders condemned these attacks as war crimes. Both Salama and al-Kumi are memorialized in the Newseum’s own Journalists Memorial, a wall commemorating slain reporters. This memorial was rededicated on Monday, the day before the museum had scheduled a talk by the Israeli military official that justified the very killings that resulted in those names being put on the wall.-rh 15/6/2016
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`Ramadan Tov`: How to stop funding Israel`s occupation: A new BDS campaign to encourage Palestinians to boycott Israeli goods in Ramadan and afterwardsZena Tahhan - Aljazeera - Entitled "Ramadan Tov" - meaning "Happy Ramadan" in Hebrew - the campaign has brought together a majority of the local Palestinian boycott movements for the first time under the umbrella of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group. It aims to encourage Palestinians to boycott Israeli products, food items in particular, during Ramadan, and afterwards. The targets are the biggest Israeli food companies including Jafora, Tnuva, Strauss and Osem. The face of the campaign is an Israeli soldier in his distinguishable green uniform serving a tray of popular Israeli food products regularly consumed by Palestinians during the holy month.-rh 15/6/2016
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Palestinian prisoners struggle against sanctions while separated from their families at RamadanSamidoun - The Prisoners’ Affairs Commission emphasized the importance of supporting prisoners’ families during Ramada, noting that for Palestinian prisoners, their life is not eased during Ramadan but rather face sanctions and repression inside the prisons. They noted that imprisonment is particularly painful when prisoners know their families are gathering together in celebration together, and they are kept apart.-rh15/6/2016
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Knesset extends `racist` emergency provision on Family Unification Law for 13th yearMa`an News - The `emergency` provision to Israel’s Family Reunification Law, which grants automatic legal status to non-Israelis who marry Israeli citizens or residents, was first enacted in 2002 during the political upheavals of the Second Intifada, and was adopted into Israeli law in 2003. The law prevents the granting of Israeli citizenship or residency permits to Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens or residents, including prohibiting Israeli citizens or residents from passing on their legal status to their children if married to someone from the occupied Palestinian territory.-rh 15/6/2016
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The Settlement Industry Jonah Walters - Jacobin magazine - While residential settlements proliferate in the West Bank, encroaching on Palestinian land and violating international law, this is only part of the story. Far more essential to the settlement project are the “settlement industrial zones” — business districts where Israeli factories and farming enterprises exploit Palestinian land and labor to produce billions of dollars of goods each year. Israel operates about twenty such zones in the occupied West Bank, officially called “industrial zones under Israeli administration.” [bz]14/6/2016
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Understanding Netanyahu’s Rejection of the Arab Peace InitiativeMitchell Plitnick - Foundation for Middle East Peace - Netanyahu is happy to accept concessions from others, but not make any himself. With this latest evidence of Netanyahu’s rejectionism, he has opened the door for Obama to strengthen the framework for potential negotiations to finally end Israel’s nearly 50-year old occupation. In his waning months, it is time for Obama to step through it. [bz]14/6/2016
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Israel and Palestine: Breaking the cycle of violenceDaoud Kuttab - AlJazeera - The attack on Israelis in a Tel Aviv cafe reflects the frustration that Palestinians experience on a daily basis [ry] 13/6/2016
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Red Rag column: two pieces from the archiveGideon Spiro - Boycott of Israel, and "Jerusalem Day": essays from 2003 and 2004, relevant to the current situation. gm13/6/2016
Why Israel can’t kick its addiction to collective punishmentAmjad Iraqi - +972 - Israel’s revocation of permits and closure of Yatta this week reflect its need to keep the Palestinian issue at bay by controlling and threatening their people for every action of a few [ry] 13/6/2016
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What Drives Palestinian Women Shot at Israeli Checkpoints to Their Deaths? Amira Hass--The Palestinians fear that talking about personal motives, including domestic violence and depression, will free Israel from responsibility for killing women who approach checkpoints armed with knives; but activists now want to distinguish between those who are planning to attack, and those seeking a way out. dn12/6/2016
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Father of Tel Aviv attacker: If I had the chance, I`d ask Khaled why he did itFather of Tel Aviv attacker: If I had the chance, I`d ask Khaled why he did itShlomi Eldar--The father of Tel Aviv attacker Khaled Mahmara told Al-Monitor he did not know ahead about the intentions of his son, who was expected to return to Jordan this summer and obtain his engineering diploma. dn12/6/2016
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Why the Tel Aviv Terror Attack Is Different — and What Comes NextJ.J. Goldberg - Forward - Now Yaalon is gone and the fiery hardliner Avigdor Lieberman has taken his place. Lieberman has long advocated relentlessly iron-fisted measures to cow Palestinians into submission. The military and intelligence branches view such strategies as recipes for increased Palestinian rage and violence, but they’re popular with voters. [bz]11/6/2016
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Tel Aviv mayor says the occupation is a cause of Palestinian terrorEdo Konrad - +972 "Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai shocked many Israelis Thursday morning when he cited Israel’s occupation as one factor that leads Palestinians to turn to terrorism. Speaking on Army Radio about Wednesday’s deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv and reported celebrations of it in the West Bank and Gaza, Huldai argued that Israelis should focus instead on the fact that Israel is “perhaps the only country in the world holding another nation under occupation without civil rights.” ca10/6/2016
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Joining Sweden & Netherlands, Ireland says BDS a ‘legitimate political viewpoint’PNN - "the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, said that “Statements or meetings concerning BDS are protected by the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, as enshrined in the Dutch Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.” Revealing that Israel regularly raises the topic of BDS in bilateral meetings with the Dutch government, Koenders reiterated his government’s opposition to the boycott of Israel but insisted that “endorsing BDS falls under freedom of expression.” ca 10/6/2016
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Israel Boycott Has Staying PowerSteven Salaita - The Chronicle of Higher Education - We can debate ad nauseam the probity of academic boycott, but it would be more useful to address the problems of repression and occupation that spurred the boycott movement to begin with.-rh 9/6/2016
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Rep. Keith Ellison draws attention to Israeli apartheid in tweet on Palestinian life under occupation Ben Norton - Salon - Rep. Keith Ellison shared a photo on Twitter on Thursday that refers to Israel’s illegal military occupation of the Palestinian territories as apartheid. Ellison, a Democratic congressman representing Minnesota, said he took the photo as he walked down a segregated street in Hebron, a city in the occupied West Bank. It shows a sign reading: “Caution: This was taken by Israel. You are entering apartheid.”-rh 9/6/2016
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Israel`s smartest student is an ArabShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Mohammed Zeidan, from the Arab community of Kafr Manda in northern Israel, is the only Arab in Israel who has been able to get the ultranationalist Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Arab Knesset member Ahmad Tibi from the Joint List to exchange warm greetings. Zeidan, 19, scored an 800 on Israeli`s Psychometric Entrance Test, the highest possible score. Tibi praised his achievement on Twitter, and Bennett was quick to retweet Tibi’s greeting, leading the two political foes to exchange kind words.-rh 8/6/2016
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Bibi’s New Faux Peace InitiativeRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "I would call Bibi’s and Yvet’s latest quasi peace initiative an act of political theater, except that it does an injustice to real drama, which may move humanity to powerful action. This plan announced by Bibi today is more like performing anesthesia on a corpse (the peace process, that is)." - id 8/6/2016
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What Israel calls progress, Palestinians see as oppressionAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Author and political analyst Ahmed Rafiq Awad also told Al-Monitor that Israel’s proposals are merely an attempt to present itself as helping Palestinians economically and allowing them to move freely.“The Israeli improvements are tools of occupation. Israel makes the Palestinians’ lives complicated, then provides a few improvements to ease the conditions,” Awad added.-rh 8/6/2016
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The war of succession brewing in PalestineMenachem Klein - +972 - The struggle over Abbas’ succession signals a generational change among the Palestinian leadership. The old guard, those who established Fatah and the PLO, the refugees of 1948 whose families were dispersed across the Arab world and spent many years in the diaspora, will be replaced by young people who have spent the majority of their lives in Palestine, where the majority of their families live. They acquired the majority of their experience and public status in the intifadas or in Israeli prison. This is precisely how the new generation is different from the old guard, whose status was built on the legacy of armed struggle. Abbas’ generation used this status to convince the public of the necessity of going the political route. The failure of this approach has only hastened the rise of the generation of the “children of the land.”-rh8/6/2016
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Netanyahu Frets Over How To tackle French Peace PlanJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - Part of the reason for bringing Mr Lieberman into the government was to provide more diplomatic wriggle room. With Mr Lieberman cementing Mr Netanyahu’s credentials with the far-right, he is now free to spout vague platitudes about peace knowing that his coalition partners are unlikely to take him at his word and bolt the government. But while the domestic front has been secured, rumbles of dissent reverberate abroad.-rh 8/6/2016
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Palestinians forced to delay the start of Ramadan as Israel celebrates 49 years of ruling Jerusalem Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Yet in nearly every direction of the celebrations, as Israelis rejoiced in their city of peace, Palestinians were sealed behind police dividers.“Damascus Gate is closed,” shouted an officer to a group of Palestinians in a kettle behind a metal fence erected in the afternoon.-rh 8/6/2016
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Khalida Jarrar freed – Palestinian leftist leader calls for action to liberate Palestinian prisonersSamidoun - Arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Israeli occupation soldiers who raided her home on 1 April 2015, Jarrar was first ordered to administrative detention without charge or trial. Following an international outcry, Jarrar was charged in the Israeli military courts with 12 charges based entirely on public political activity, including giving speeches, attending events, and expressing support for Palestinian prisoners and their families. She was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, in addition to a suspended sentence and a fine.-rh8/6/2016
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Why the far right is on the riseSerge Halimi - Le Monde Diplomatique - Imposing cruel sacrifices on entire nations in the name of rules that you don’t understand, and forgetting about those rules as soon as your political cronies break them, creates the climate of amorality and cynicism in which the far right advances.-rh8/6/2016
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Palestinian children behind bars: 14-year-old sentenced to over 6 years, visits denied, exorbitant finesSamidoun - Palestinian children continue to be targeted for collective punishment and harsh sentences, as 14-year-old Muawiya Alqam was sentenced to six and one-half years in Israeli occupation prisons and fined 26,000 NIS (approximately $6,750).-rh8/6/2016
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Israel 2016: A house dividedAdam Keller - Jerusalem Post - Israelis who still adhere to such concepts as democracy, or human rights, or simply common decency, increasingly feel beleaguered and threatened – and not only left-wingers. 7/6/2016
Good diagnosis, bad treatmentNahum Barnea - Ynet - Ross and Makovsky`s diagnosis speaks of several developments: The Obama administration may remove its veto of international initiatives, which could cause the French to convene a second Paris conference, which could lead to a UN Security Council resolution enforcing the new peace plan by year`s end. Why is this bad? In their opinion, there are four reasons. [bz] 7/6/2016
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The Shampoo SummitIris Zaki--My hometown, Haifa, in Israel, is very proud of its legacy of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs. But I think it is more divided than it can seem. For example, as a Jew I don’t remember ever chatting with my Arab neighbors growing up. But I knew there had to be arenas in this city where the different groups intersected, connected through the simple rituals of everyday life. I decided to try and find them. dn5/6/2016
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My Role With the Democratic Platform Drafting CommitteeJames J Zogby--I wasn’t going to write about this subject, but something happened yesterday over lunch that prompted me to reconsider. dn5/6/2016
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Gaza… The ResilienceNadia Harhash--The nostalgia I carry within me to Gaza is mixed with compassion and melancholy of a mother to her sons, a family to its reunion, and a nation to its pulse. dn4/6/2016
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Saeb Erekat: Paris Peace Summit Will Equalize Power Between Israel and Palestine Saeb Erekat - Haaretz "Secretary General: 20 years of bilateral negotiations have failed. The international community must compel Israel to accept its responsibility as the occupying force and implement the two-state solution...It is the responsibility of the world to ensure that Israel may not continue to deny a people of its most fundamental and precious rights, including the right to be free." ca3/6/2016
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No room for Palestinians at Tel Aviv Pride ParadeFady Khoury - +972 "Until the Israeli LGBTQ community truly begins caring about Palestinian oppression, Palestinian queers will have to keep checking our identity at the door...The parade in Tel Aviv, like Oriented, brands Tel Aviv — whether directly or as a byproduct of partial presentation — as a safe, tolerant, and free city. Israeli propaganda groups (“hasbara”) abroad often speak explicitly of Tel Aviv’s uniqueness regarding the Palestinian LGBTQ community as well. But despite this narrative, issues that Israeli queers face in a safe and secure Tel Aviv never resemble those of Palestinians, queer or otherwise, for whom Tel Aviv is far less safe and secure." ca3/6/2016
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Doomed from the startDina Ezzat - Al-Ahram Weekly "While neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis will take part in the talks a high-level Palestinian delegation is expected to be in Paris for the duration of the conference.Israel has turned down French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ request that it support the initiative and there are no signs Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will change his mind. Any consultations with the Israeli side will have to be conducted by telephone or through the Israeli Embassy in Paris." ca 3/6/2016
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Israeli authorities hold secret meetings with US in advance of Friday’s peace talksCeline Hagbard - IMEMC "As thirty nations prepare representatives to meet in Paris Friday for talks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday that high-lecel Israeli officials have been meeting secretly with US agents in advance of the talks.Publicly, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has condemned the talks" ca 3/6/2016
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South African Nobelist Coetzee on Israel and apartheid: ‘Draw your own conclusions’ Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - “Apartheid was a system of enforced segregation based on race or ethnicity, put in place by an exclusive, self defined group in order to consolidate colonial conquest particular to cement its hold on the land and natural resources,” Coetzee said, relaying this definition almost verbatim in application to Jerusalem and the West Bank, minus the word apartheid.-rh1/6/2016
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Israelis are no longer buying what Netanyahu is selling Alon Mizrahi - +972 - "Israeli Jews want to feel special and in danger...Every step taken under the guise of these fears is justified: the occupation itself, of course, justified but so are other acts of cruelty against non-Jews, as well as the arrogance vis-a-vis non-Jews abroad." - id 1/6/2016
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Has Netanyahu`s political credit expired? Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - " 1/6/2016
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Fabricating facts: An old-fashioned political tool Geoffrey Aronson - Aljazeera - "For almost half a century, and in the teeth of unanimous international opposition to its policy of permanent occupation, Israel has successfully managed to "create facts" that the international community - led by the United States - has either accommodated or proved unable to or not interested enough to challenge." 1/6/2016
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Yehuda Glick’s meteoric rise from messianic margins to Israeli parliamentDan Cohen and Tamar Aviyah - Mondoweiss - After leaving his position in the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, Glick took a greater leading role in the Temple Movement, becoming the executive director of the Temple Institute. Founded in 1984 by Yisrael Ariel, the Temple Institute is a state-funded organization that takes a multi-faceted approach to achieve its goal of building a third Jewish temple on what Muslims call Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and Jews called Har Habayit (Temple Mount). -rh1/6/2016
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Palestinians get ready for hard-line Liberman as defense ministerAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - Liberman’s appointment sparked several Palestinian reactions. While Hamas deemed his appointment as a sign of increasing racism and extremism in Israel, Fatah said the appointment is like a bugaboo scaring Palestinians given the empty threats he makes in the media. For its part, Islamic Jihad stressed that Liberman`s appointment is proof of the rising fascism among Israeli leaders.-rh 1/6/2016
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Could Sins of Sara Netanyahu Force Bibi’s Downfall (He Wouldn’t Be the First)?Anshel Pfeffer - Forward - Twenty years to the day Benjamin Netanyahu won his first election, scraping past Shimon Peres by less than 30,000 votes, he received an anniversary gift: the police recommendation to press charges against his wife for misuse of public funds for the upkeep of their private residence in Caesarea. Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, Netayahu’s former cabinet secretary and personal choice for his current job, now has to rule on two cases of allegations against the Netanyahus’ personal finances.-rh 1/6/2016
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Wide Skepticism Over Benjamin Netanyahu’s Claim To Back Arab Peace PlanJeffrey Heller - Forward - Netanyahu’s partial embrace of the Arab plan comes after far-right politician Avigdor Lieberman was sworn in as defense minister in a broadened coalition on Monday, an appointment that has raised concern at home and abroad. Israel fears it could face strong world pressure for concessions towards the Palestinians once foreign ministers, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, convene in Paris on June 3 in preparation for a full conference in the autumn. 1/6/2016
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How EU keeps failing PalestiniansHagai El-Ad - Euobserver - All over the occupied West Bank, one can practically taste the dust in the air: since January 2016 some 300 Palestinians homes and structures have been bulldozed by Israeli authorities. Hundreds have lost their homes to such demolitions, more than half of them children. This cruelty is not random: it is part of a broader strategy by Israel to push Palestinians out of parts of their homeland and further fragment their lands.-rh 1/6/2016
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How Israeli soldiers became `children of the nation`Nurit Canetti - Al Monitor - This affair, which pitted supporters of the uniformed shooter against the military establishment that denounced him and dragged the Israel Defense Forces into a growingly radicalized social discourse, provided an opportunity to examine current public attitudes toward IDF soldiers: a warm, supportive, parental approach that puts the soldiers first at the expense of civilians and, as in the latest case, at the expense of democratic values, the IDF code of ethics, open-fire regulations and the authority of the military chain of command. Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon and Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot had condemned the act.-rh 1/6/2016
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Netanyahu sacks Ya`alon and makes new enemies Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Since the outbreak of a third Intifada last October, preceded by the kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and the firebombing of the Dawabsheh family, Netanyahu urgently needed the Labor Party to add a semblance of sanity to his ultra right-wing government." = id 1/6/2016
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`We became subcontractors to the occupation`: B`Tselem ends work with Israeli armyMa`an News - “B’Tselem has gradually come to the realization that the way in which the military law enforcement system functions precludes it from the very outset from achieving justice for the victims. Nonetheless, the very fact that the system exists serves to convey a semblance of law enforcement and justice,” the report stated.-rh1/6/2016
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How Israel Lost Its Latest Chance for a Peace ProcessBernard Avishai - Information Clearing House - So Netanyahu may keep power for a while, but in losing the Army he has lost a major source of his legitimacy. Ya’alon himself has called for the formation of a new center-right movement to challenge Netanyahu. Livni told Channel Two last Friday night that her chief goal is to unite all democratic parties in a single opposition bloc. Moshe Kahlon, the finance minister and the leader of the centrist party Kulanu, remains the linchpin of Netanyahu’s majority; his views, and those of his voters, are certainly closer to Ya’alon’s than to Bennett’s or Lieberman’s.-rh1/6/2016
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Israeli ex-officers issue plan to restart peace talks, condemn government inactionIan Deitch - Boston Globe - With peace talks in a deep freeze, the plan by Commanders for Israel’s Security on Friday called to ‘‘preserve conditions’’ for negotiations with the Palestinians. It urges a combination of political and security initiatives together with delivering economic benefits to Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem simultaneously.-rh1/6/2016
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Shabak Publicly Identifies U.S. Liaison Agent, Six Years After I Did Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The most mysterious, important guest was the Shin Bet’s Washington DC liaison, Avi Arieli. That’s because the cult of secrecy requires that the identities of all intelligence agents except for the Shabak and Mossad chiefs be held in absolute secrecy." - id 1/6/2016
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Red Rag column: Defence Minister Lieberman; Yair Golan; VanunuGideon Spiro - The appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as Defence Minister provoked fear among many in Israel, who are asking themselves if we are on the verge of a series of new wars. Those who take seriously Lieberman’s declarations over the years regarding the conflict have cause for concern. And moreover, it is remarkable how fast outgoing Defence Minister Yaalon was converted into a “moral” figure.31/5/2016
Rumblings of mounting discontent among Israelis and PalestiniansJames M. Dorsey - Redress Information & Analysis - The stabbings tell us that discontent is boiling at the surface and that the fabric of Israeli and Palestinian society is being eroded by a conflict to which a solution seems ever more distant, if not impossible, and by societies and leaderships incapable and unwilling to listen to a Palestinian youth whose prospects are dim at best and whose anger is directed as much at Israeli racism as it is against Palestinian indifference. [bz]30/5/2016
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Silencing America as it Prepares for War John Pilger--Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention. The great counter revolution had begun.dn29/5/2016
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Nobel Prize Winner, J. M. Coetzee Parallels South Africa and Israel Palestine Chronicle--The authors invited to the festival this year included Nobel Prize winner for literature, acclaimed novelist and anti-apartheid South African activist, J.M. Coetzee. It was he who delivered the gripping keynote address to the gathering which was powerful in drawing similarities between a turbulent oppressive past experienced by non-white South Africans, and a clearly separatist policy in Occupied Palestine.dn29/5/2016
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Defending Israel’s Attacks on Civilians—A Harbinger for Clinton’s Presidency? Stephen Zunes--A fight is brewing as Democrats prepare to debate U.S. policy on Israel at their national convention in July. Bernie Sanders’ appointees to the platform committee Cornel West and James Zogby plan to challenge the party establishment’s uncritical support for an increasingly aggressive, right wing Israeli government. dn29/5/2016
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Fabricating facts: An old-fashioned political toolGeoffrey Aronson--Those opposed to occupation in Palestine have a far more difficult challenge to undo the bitter fruits that the policy of creating facts has produced, writes Aronson [EPA] dn29/5/2016
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New defense minister`s death penalty demand would put Israelis at riskShlomi Eldar--The demand by incoming Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman to impose the death penalty for terrorism convictions could destroy Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation and ignite a new intifada. dn28/5/2016
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Israel`s Next War Won`t Be Avigdor Lieberman`s Fault Kobi Niv--Don’t worry. It’ll be okay. There will be a war. If not this summer, then next spring. And it has nothing to do with Avigdor Lieberman becoming defense minister. It is simply the reality here, at least for the last 10 years. Every two or three years on average we have a war, and it doesn’t matter who the prime minister and the defense minister are, or which parties they come from. dn28/5/2016
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Palestine PMO: Israel’s destruction of Palestinian water infrastructure is atrociousPNN/Ramallah - "Today, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah issued a statement condemning Israel’s illegal practice of destroying Palestinian water infrastructure. “Israel uses every means possible to chase Palestinians away from their ancestral land,” Hamdallah said. “Water is life, and if you don’t have water you cannot exist. On Tuesday, Israel handed out demolition notices for four water wells and agricultural structures in the village of Qusra, south of Nablus. The water wells were built with Dutch financial support. Last week, Israel threatened to demolish four water tanks in the town of Beit Ummar, close to Hebron. Those tanks had been constructed as part of a UN-funded water development program.” ca27/5/2016
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Why Hamas and Israel both oppose French peace initiative Rasha Abou Jalal - Al-Monitor "Wassel Abu Youssef, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, told Al-Monitor, "The idea of the [French] conference is based on a meeting between the foreign ministers of 20 countries in addition to the European Union and the United Nations, but without the participation of Israelis and Palestinians. Should this conference be a success, it would usher in an international summit to be held in the second half of 2016 in the presence of the PA and Israeli leaders."Abu Youssef pointed out that direct bilateral negotiations "have not yielded any tangible outcome since the PA`s formation in 1993."Meanwhile, Hamas rejects any international efforts to resume peace talks that would place the PA and Israel back on the negotiation track. "Any proposals to bring the two parties back to the negotiating table aim at slaying the Palestinian cause, giving the occupation forces more time to expand their settlements and to further confiscate Palestinian lands," Hamas leader Yahya Moussa told Al- Monitor." ca 27/5/2016
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Dutch government affirms the right to endorse the BDS movementMa`an News Agency - "The Dutch government Thursday affirmed the right of individuals and groups to promote and engage with the Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions movement (BDS), stating the movement falls under basic rights that are safeguarded by the Dutch constitution...The foreign affairs minister added that the Dutch government commonly discusses the BDS movement with Israel, but has made clear that the Dutch government “opposes a boycott of Israel, but that endorsing BDS falls under freedom of expression.” ca27/5/2016
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Hard times: Pro-Israel group will pay young Jews $100 to watch its movies - Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Here’s all you have to do to get $100: Attain an 80% on the series exams. (Sorry, but we do need to make sure you watched the videos!) Attend 1-2 live events coordinated by Jerusalem U. Live events may include participation in an event on campus or a live interactive webinar. Complete entire series within 6 weeks of the start date Further qualifications say that you must be “between the ages of 18- 26.” Time was when young Jews really cared about Israel and didn’t have to be bribed to care. Times have changed." ca27/5/2016
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Red Rag column: Gideon Spiro` book; Remembrance Day; the Trek to PolandGideon Spiro - The Red Rag column went on vacation for a while because I was busy with the publication of my first book, “Letters to judges and persons in authority”, which received a festive launch at the offices of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation on 1 May of this year.27/5/2016
Dr. Ashrawi: “Capital Punishment, Not A Deterrent, Must Be Abolished”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC "Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, strongly denounced the Hamas decision to execute 13 convicted Palestinians, and called on the Palestinian President and the government, to completely abolish capital punishment.She said that the approval made by Hamas legislators in Gaza, authorizing executions ordered by Gaza courts, without the final approval from President Mahmoud Abbas, are illegal and unconstitutional." ca 27/5/2016
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How Netanyahu Showed the Army Who’s Boss by Handing the Keys to the Far RightJ.J.Goldberg - Forward - By removing defense minister Moshe Yaalon, a former career soldier and military chief of staff who’s part and parcel of Israel Defense Forces culture, and replacing him with Lieberman, a frequent critic of the military brass, Netanyahu is showing the generals who’s boss. That may not be what Netanyahu intended in this latest round of coalition musical chairs, but that’s what happened.-rh 25/5/2016
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Liberal Democrats, Millenials Massively Increase Support for Palestinians, Decrease Support for IsraelRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The survey notes that among liberal Democrats, for the first time, more favor Palestinians than Israelis by a 40% to 33% margin. In the past year, support for Palestinians in this cohort more than doubled from 20% to 43%." - id 25/5/2016
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Peace with Palestinians not in Netanyahu`s plan Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Whatever the composition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s coalition, it will never aspire to a negotiated peace with the Palestinians." - id 25/5/2016
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Religious Zealots Ready for Takeover of Israeli Army Jonathan Cook - CounterPunch - "Yaalon is to take a break from politics. With fitting irony, his slot is to be filled on Likud’s backbenches by Yehuda Glick, a settler whose struggle to destroy Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple has the potential to set the Middle East on fire." - id 25/5/2016
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Report slams Israel`s military law enforcement systemMegan O`Toole - Aljazeera - "B`Tselem`s cooperation with the military investigation and enforcement system has not achieved justice, instead lending legitimacy to the occupation regime and aiding to whitewash it," the report noted.-rh25/5/2016
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Why are some Palestinians upset over Nakba commemoration?Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Al Jazeera correspondent Mirvat Sadeq posted on Facebook May 14, “The Nakba was not a matter of folklore. You cannot commemorate it with dabke dancing and folk songs. It was not a wedding where women wear embroidered dresses. The Nakba is not a celebration. It is a disaster and a continuous massacre against people and lands. Tragedies are not to be celebrated with horns and sirens.” Sadeq was referring to the alarm siren that the commemoration committee played for 68 seconds at noon on May 15 in Ramallah to signal the launching of the Nakba events.-rh 25/5/2016
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Why Would That General Compare Israel to 1930s Germany? Hmm... B. Michael - Haaretz - With all the festivals and days of sadness behind us, we can now return to the nagging question: What on earth was going through that anti-Semite general’s head when he dared hint that we, the Chosen People, commit abominable acts like those perpetrated by the gentiles? Really, what`s he talking about?-rh25/5/2016
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Mohammed al-Qeeq, former hunger striker and Palestinian journalist, released from Israeli prisonSamidoun - Palestinian journalist and former hunger striker Mohammed al-Qeeq was freed from Israeli prison on Thursday, 19 May. Al-Qeeq had been held in administrative detention without charge or trial, and engaged in a 94-day hunger strike demanding his release. His strike drew widespread Palestinian and international attention, and highlighted the issue of administrative detention and the imprisonment of Palestinian journalists.-rh25/5/2016
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Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in BerlinRalf Neukirch and Christoph Schult - Spiegel - Top Berlin officials are becoming less inclined to unconditionally support Israel. With the two-state solution increasingly unlikely, there is concern that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is "instrumentalizing" Germany`s friendship.-rh25/5/2016
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Hundreds of academics call to boycott genocide conference in IsraelRami Younis - +972 -Academics condemn decision to hold a conference on genocide in Jerusalem at a time when Israel’s actions are ‘being viewed through lenses of ethnic cleansing and genocide.-rh25/5/2016
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Israel is “infected by the seeds of fascism” and has been taken over by “extremists,” warn ex-prime minister and defense ministers Ben Norton - SALON - Ehud Barak, the former Israeli prime minister and defense minister, said in an interview on Israeli TV on Friday night that fascistic, extreme right-wing politics are on the rise in his country, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.-rh25/5/2016
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Joint List MK: Lieberman deal reveals ‘the real face of Netanyahu’ Emily Mulder - Mondoweiss - Joint List MK Aida Touma-Souliman, who believes the PM carried out the recent government reshuffle solely to secure continuation of his rule, told Mondoweiss the move “revealed the real face of Netanyahu.” -rh25/5/2016
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Israeli politics: from tragedy to farce Michel Warschawski - AIC - Now, both far-left activists and the political and military leaders of the Israeli establishment itself warn that the government has gone too far. The appointment by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Avigdor Lieberman as Israel`s Minister of Defense compelled Member of Knesset (MK) Benny Begin to state: "it is mere madness." (...) "Fascism" is a term used more and more by media and an array of politicians to describe the course of the far-right Israeli government. [bz]24/5/2016
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Israel Must Fix Its Flag Haaretz editorial - This Independence Day underscores the need to repair the rents in the blue-and-white flag and to bring under its protection all the groups that make up Israeliness – including those minorities that have trouble identifying with the Star of David in the flag’s center or the “yearning Jewish soul” of the national anthem. Instead of continuing to foment strife, the time has come to once again create an Israeli nation that is proud of its country and its flag. [bz]24/5/2016
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PM decides to keep Foreign Ministry, still hopes to bring Labor in to gov`tItamar Eichner, Yuval Karni, Moran Azulay--Despite the fact talks to form a unity government with the Labor party failed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to keep the foreign affairs portfolio under his authority as he believes Isaac Herzog`s party can still be brought into the fold. dn22/5/2016
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Lieberman`s Lofty Position Means Nothing to Struggling Russian-Israeli Community Liza Rozovsky--“I’ve shattered the glass ceiling for Israeli Russians,” Avigdor Lieberman told Russian-Israeli newspaper Vesti last week, after becoming defense minister-in-waiting. However, his statement is inaccurate. Although the appointment is indeed a personal achievement for Lieberman – who until now always faced stubborn resistance over being named number two in the political hierarchy – he actually broke that ceiling more than two decades ago, after being appointed director general of Likud and, later, director general of the Prime Minister’s Office. dn22/5/2016
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Israel Has Been Infected by the Seeds of Fascism, Says ex-Prime Minister Ehud Barak Haaretz--Barak tells TV interviewer that `there are no serious leaders left in the world who believe the Israeli government.` dn22/5/2016
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Veteran Japanese photographer Ryuichi Hirokawa says his work is inspired by the history of Palestine.Shatha Khalil--Standing before a photograph he took in 2009 of a Palestinian child in Gaza left speechless after witnessing a shower of human flesh from an Israeli attack on her neighbourhood, Japanese photographer Ryuichi Hirokawa says he decided to become a photojournalist because of Palestinians.dn22/5/2016
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Famed feminist British historian refuses prestigious Israeli awardHaggai Matar--Catherine Hall withdraws from $330,000 prize due to Tel Aviv University’s complicity in the occupation.dn22/5/2016
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Israeli defense minister resigns citing `dangerous elements` in governmentWilliam Booth--Israel`s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, announced his resignation May 20, citing a lack of "trust" in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the governing party. (The Washington Post)dn22/5/2016
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Why I`m not afraid of Avigdor LibermanGilad Halpern - +972 - Most chances are that things will remain just as bad as they are – which is, in itself, hardly a reason to rejoice. [bz]21/5/2016
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Why pro-Israel Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton could have a fight about IsraelAnne Gearan--The only Jewish candidate in the 2016 presidential race, who calls himself "100 percent pro-Israel," and one of Israel`s strongest U.S. defenders are nearing a fight over what being a pro-Israel Democrat means.dn21/5/2016
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Israeli officials, diplomats free to speak Netanyahu`s mindAkiva Eldar--When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israeli military officers can express themselves ``in the relevant forums,`` it seems he was really saying that senior officials should not express any opinion that contradicts his own. dn21/5/2016
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Will Israel really outlaw torture?Charlotte Silver - Electronic Intifada "Earlier this month, Israel sent a 13-member delegation to the 57th session of the Convention Against Torture to respond to questions about its record on human rights...last Friday – after spending three days studying Israel’s practice of torture and harsh treatment of Palestinian prisoners – the UN Committee Against Torture issued an unsparing report." ca 20/5/2016
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Israeli ‘chutzpah’ versus Palestinian ‘sumud’Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss "The Palestinians, as a subjugated and militarily-inferior occupied party, had to historically apply a mirror antidote to this Chutzpah. Against the policy of harassment and regular dispossession, they had to apply the attitude of steadfastness. This is the meaning of Sumud. The term Sumud has become enshrined in the Palestinian nationalist awareness particularly since 1967. Palestinians had come to experience the Nakba, the Catastrophe of wide-scale ethnic cleansing in 1948, where many were violently dispossessed or fled due to fear of violence and were not allowed return... Perhaps the most non-physical means of protest that Palestinians have been able to apply in recent times is the BDS – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. This is a democratic, nonviolent means of protest, which has track record of being successful in Apartheid South Africa. Noam Chomsky, in his most recent interview from two days ago on Democracy Now! says that “as to the tactics of boycott and divestment, they make perfect sense…. Boycott and sanctions make perfectly good sense when these tactics are properly applied, as they often are.” ca20/5/2016
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Israeli Prime Minister replaces Defense Minister with Rightwing ZealotCeline Hagbard - IMEMC "Israelis across the political spectrum have criticized Netanyahu’s decision, including political leaders in his own party. MK (Parliament member) Benny Begin, the son of right-wing Prime Minister Menachem Begin, told reporters that he thought Netanyahu’s move was “delusional”." ca20/5/2016
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If Israel`s generals are moral, let them prove it Orly Noy - +972 - "Let’s not forget that this is the same Ya’alon who called Breaking the Silence “traitors.” He has no real interest in exposing the army’s crimes, nor in changing the policies that make those crimes possible." - id18/5/2016
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San Francisco JCRC Steals “Nakba” Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "...perhaps it’s fairer to say it isn’t stealing “Nakba” but only borrowing it from another pro-Israel businessman who stole it. He’s making a tidy profit from it doubtless (that’s his business after all), just as modern Israel has profited from its expulsion of nearly 1-million Palestinians." - id 18/5/2016
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Palestinian Museum Prepares to Open, Minus ExhibitionsJAMES GLANZ and RAMI NAZZAL - NYT - "The building, designed by Heneghan Peng, an architectural firm in Dublin, will host the high-profile opening ceremony a few days after the 68th anniversary of what Palestinians call the Nakba, or catastrophe — essentially, Israel’s founding and the conflict that followed, which displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians." - id 18/5/2016
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As Palestinians mourn their Nakba, the UK must acknowledge its responsibilityAhmad Samih Khalidi - The Guardian - Seven decades after the Nakba and Israel’s creation out of the debris of the Palestinian homeland, there is a valid question as to why and whether Israel is a “special case”. True, many other countries were born of a less-than-immaculate conception, but they do not receive the kind of hostility as Israel. But we are not talking history here. The struggle for the land of Israel/Palestine is an active and continuing one. Unlike the natives of North and South America, Australia and elsewhere, the Palestinians have yet to be defeated and subdued. Furthermore, Israel was born in the full light of the 20th century. Its actions are to be measured by contemporary mores, not by those of the 15th-19th centuries. [bz] 17/5/2016
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How I explained the Nakba to my kidsNoam Rotem--Say Dad, what is independence? An independent person is a person who can do whatever they want. They are free and nobody makes decisions for them. When a state is independent, it means that no one tells it what to do and it can decide for itself what it deems to be good and bad. dn 15/5/2016
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Palestinians on Nakba Day 2016 — Defiant, Undeterred and OrganizingNada Elia--Dima al-Wawi knows what she wants to be when she grows up: “My dream is that when I grow up I can be a lawyer who can defend children who have been oppressed,” the twelve-year old said in an interview shortly after her release from a four-month sentence in an Israeli jail.dn15/5/2016
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Finally, a Ceremony That Lets Me Celebrate Israel While Mourning the NakbaEetta Prince-Gibson--This time of year is always hard for me. In Israel, we move quickly from Passover to Holocaust Memorial Day; a week later, we mark the Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror; a day later we celebrate Independence Day. We go from attending solemn ceremonies as the sirens blare to attending joyful barbecues as the military parades pass. These set rituals are meant to give meaning to us as a society, framing Israel’s official narrative: from slavery to freedom, from victimhood to victory.dn15/5/2016
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WATCH: Israel Prize winner on why he`s giving prize money to Ta`ayushMairav Zonszein--Prof. David Shulman won Israel’s most prestigious prize. He’s giving the prize money to one of Israel’s most dedicated — and persecuted — activist groups. Here’s why.dn15/5/2016
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Interview With BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti: Banned by Israel From Traveling, Threatened With WorseGlenn Greenwald--Despite having lived in Israel for 22 years with no criminal record of any kind, Omar Barghouti (above) was this week denied the right to traveloutside the country. As one of the pioneers of the increasingly powerful movement to impose boycotts, sanctions and divestment measures (BDS) on Israel, Barghouti, an articulate, English-speaking activist, has frequently traveled around the world advocating his position. The Israeli government’s refusal to allow him to travel is obviously intended to suppress his speech and activism. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the world leaders who traveled last year to Paris to participate in that city’s “free speech rally.” dn15/5/2016
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In Our New Sparta, the Militant Brainwashing Starts at 11 Gideon Levy--Israel`s testosterone-happy generals are inculcating their legacy of mostly needless operations to fifth-graders. The results? Maybe by 18 they won`t ask any questions. dn15/5/2016
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Conflating anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism endangers both Palestinians and Jews Matan Kaminer - No more perfect weapon could be sought by those attempting to bring about demoralisation in a movement deeply committed to the struggle against racism, like the one led by Corbyn. As a free added bonus, they receive the hypocritical denunciations of the morally bankrupt Israeli Labour Party, whose leader recently diagnosed his party’s problems as a result of “too much Arab-loving.” [bz]14/5/2016
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To stand, or not to stand? The politics of Israeli memorial daysYuval Avivi Translator Danny Wool--Almost all Israelis do it automatically, without thinking about it. As soon as the siren sounds on Holocaust Memorial Day and on Memorial Day for the Fallen in Israel’s Wars, Israelis get up and stand still. If driving, they pull to the side of the road, get out of their cars or off of their motorbikes and stand beside them. dn 14/5/2016
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Israel and Palestine Without Absolutes Avraham Burg, Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi--We are two. Partners who are still unequal. Similar and different. One, a man from the majority society that has it all, the other a woman from a minority that was left with almost nothing. And yet we are together, for the sake of a humane, just and fair future, for us and our children. dn14/5/2016
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Israel Defense Forces vs. the People of Israel Shmuel Rosner - NYT - "The I.D.F. is facing a barrage of criticism. The army, which historically enjoyed support across the Jewish Israeli spectrum, has become politicized. That this has happened is a failure of the I.D.F.’s leaders, a failure similar to losing in battle. Worse yet, the I.D.F. cannot win on the battlefield without the Israeli public’s trust." - id for ca 12/5/2016
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Most Israeli Jews think there`s no occupation. So what is it? Natasha Roth - +972 - "So what do you call military rule over a captive population that didn’t vote for the army to be there?" - id for ca 12/5/2016
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Israel: `Some NGOs are seen as the enemy from the inside` Holly Young - The Guardian = "While the legislation does not explicitly pick out leftwing organisations, critics argue that in reality it is these organisations that will be impacted if it is passed after its second and third readings." - id for ca12/5/2016
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Is Israel inching closer to fascism? Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Talking to Al-Monitor, professor Zeev Sternhell warns that the values of democracy and liberalism, on which the State of Israel was founded, are being eroded by the nationalistic approach of the Israeli right." - id 11/5/2016
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Political survival at the IDF`s expense Ron Ben-Yishai - Ynet - "The deputy IDF chief`s message was the right one, but he chose the wrong place, time and perhaps historical analogy. Regardless, Netanyahu, who is acting more like a reality TV star than a leader, should not have jumped to publically undermine Maj.-Gen. Golan." - id 11/5/2016
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Hamas Defector, Sami Atawna, Exposes Location of Second Hamas Tunnel; Israel Lies About Its Discovery Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the discovery, saying, “the state of Israel has achieved a global breakthrough in the ability to locate tunnels.”" - id 11/5/2016
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America Must Tell Israel: Annexing the West Bank Is Our Red Line Steven Klein - Haaretz - The message of America’s inaction or endorsement of Israeli policies in the West Bank have reinforced and emboldened Israeli leaders to believe that they can take one step after another. Now they believe that they can shift gears from creeping annexation to virtual annexation. [bz]10/5/2016
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Israel Is the Last Remaining, Active Settler-Colonialist Project
--Ilan Pappe about Chomsky, Sanders and post-Zionism--
Eli Massey interview - In These Times - The two-state solution is based on the idea that there is a certain aspect of the Zionist community or history or ideology that is reasonable enough to enable normal life with the Palestinians. I don’t agree. You have to de-Zionize Israel to enable normal life for the Palestinians. [bz]10/5/2016
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Letter to American Marine whose shirt CO Tair Kaminer is wearingTair Kaminer - It is not safe here. For anyone. And the reason that this is connected to you is that your government is very involved. The taxes you pay support these wars, meaning, we receive a "security" budget, and in Israel, the meaning of "security" is really "occupation", a siege and closure of the Palestinian population. For the security of Israelis, of course. 10/5/2016
The problem is real but also exaggeratedTony Klug - Jewish Chronicle - The deeper truth is that latent anti-Jewish feeling has always resided in some segments of British civil society. In recent times, it has been inflamed by the rising passions surrounding the unresolved clash between Palestinians and Israelis, which in turn have unleashed more sinister impulses that sometimes have revived old anti-Jewish tropes of hidden influence and control, including over governmental policy and the media. The lamentable bottom line is that until that conflict is resolved fairly, anti-Jewish feeling is likely to continue to grow. [bz]10/5/2016
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Where are the lives of Jews safest? (Is Israel the safest place for Jews?)Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Those who claim that only in Israel are Jews safe need at least to remember that we declare here nearly every day that we are in danger of destruction and that we are destined to live by our swords. gm9/5/2016
A review of Salman Abu Sitta’s ‘Mapping My Return: A Palestinian Memoir’Vacy Vlazna--‘I spent the rest of my life on a long, winding journey of return, a journey that has taken me to dozens of counties over decades of travel, and turned my black hair to silver. But like a boomerang, I knew the end destination, and that the only way to it was the road of return I had decided to take.’ – Salman Abu Sitta.dn8/5/2016
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Here’s what happened when some famous writers went to visit some hardcore Jewish settlersWilliam Booth--HEBRON, West Bank — Arriving aboard a tour bus, accompanied by a former Israeli machine-gunner turned human rights activist, an international delegation of pretty famous writers came to the heart of this old city to see for themselves how 850 hardcore Jewish settlers, protected by 650 young Israeli soldiers, live among 200,000 angry Palestinians. The writers didn’t like what they saw. dn 8/5/2016
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UN leader on PM`s invitation to Jewish history lesson: No thanksAFP--After Netanyahu offered a seminar for all UN personnel in Israel on the Jewish people`s historical connection with the land, their leader replied with a firm no. dn8/5/2016
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Ken Livingstone: `Creation of Israel was fundamentally wrong`Ynet news--The former Labour mayor of London calls Israel a `mistake,` argues there was no anti-Semitism in the Arab world until founding of the Jewish State in interview with UAE-based news network. dn8/5/2016
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`US getting tougher with Israel over settlements`Associated Press--On Feb. 16, Israel Hayom celebrated Netanyahu’s seeming victory over the enemies of the status quo between Israel and the Palestinians: “Merkel: Now is not the time for 2-state solution,” read the headline in the daily that reflects the winds blowing from the office of the prime minister. At the end of a meeting with Netanyahu, Shlomo Cesana, the paper’s correspondent who covered the prime minister`s visit to Berlin, quoted him as saying that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had “admitted that this is not the time for the two-state solution.”​ Netanyahu did not conceal his satisfaction with what he perceived as the chancellor’s updated insight. “We have here a more realistic approach to the situation in our region and to the situation between us and the Palestinians,” the prime minister told reporters. “I said this a year ago and everyone ranted and raved against me,” Netanyahu bragged.dn 7/5/2016
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Will European pressure push Netanyahu on right track?Akiva Eldar--On Feb. 16, Israel Hayom celebrated Netanyahu’s seeming victory over the enemies of the status quo between Israel and the Palestinians: “Merkel: Now is not the time for 2-state solution,” read the headline in the daily that reflects the winds blowing from the office of the prime minister. At the end of a meeting with Netanyahu, Shlomo Cesana, the paper’s correspondent who covered the prime minister`s visit to Berlin, quoted him as saying that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had “admitted that this is not the time for the two-state solution.”​ Netanyahu did not conceal his satisfaction with what he perceived as the chancellor’s updated insight. “We have here a more realistic approach to the situation in our region and to the situation between us and the Palestinians,” the prime minister told reporters. “I said this a year ago and everyone ranted and raved against me,” Netanyahu bragged. In February 2014 during a visit to Jerusalem, Merkel had said, “Part and parcel of the secure future of Israel is obviously the two-state solution: a Jewish State of Israel and alongside it, a Palestinian state.” Sadly for Netanyahu, however, the alternative to the “ranting” at him about the burial of the two-state solution is not a funereal silence. France is promoting an international conference that would seek ways to revive the 2003 two-state road map. Paris does not appear to be overly bothered by Israel`s opposition to the initiative, and the Obama administration is not pulling Netanyahu’s irons out of the European fire as it usually does.dn 7/5/2016
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What Israel seeks is not peace but pacification.Sharif Nashashibi--Under US auspices, Israel can act as belligerently as it likes towards the Palestinians, because there will be no consequences. The most that can be expected is relatively soft verbal criticism, couched in terms of having Israel`s best interests at heart. That, ultimately, is the point of US mediation - an outcome that primarily benefits its ally. dn7/5/2016
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Zionism Should be on Trial, Not Ken LivingstoneJohn Wight - CounterPunch - "...in subjecting Ken Livingstone to trial-by-media over his comments on Zionism, his detractors have also unwittingly placed Zionism itself on trial, with the question of Zionism, as mentioned, undoubtedly now being pondered by millions of people who previously would have had zero interest in the subject." - id 6/5/2016
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100,000 IDF Troops “Maintain Quiet” in West Bank at Nearly $600-Million Annual CostRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The IDF is now truly an army of Occupation. It is not a fighting force. Not a people’s army. It’s sole goal is to subdue a captive people. Israel is without doubt, a latter-day Sparta: a garrison state." - id 6/5/2016
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Gaza: A hot potatoYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "...despite the illogicality of a war this summer, someone in Gaza could be crazy enough to start one." - id 6/5/2016
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Erekat: “All Security Meetings With Israel Have Been Ceased”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC "Erekat told the Palestine Radio that the decision to suspend all security coordination with Israel was made after Israel clearly and officially informed the Palestinian Authority it is not committed to the signed peace agreements, and insists on continuing its invasions into all communities that are under full Palestinian “control.” ca4/5/2016
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A Palestinian View on the Antisemitism Row Kamel Hawwash - Information Clearing House "I remind all who are interested in peace in historic Palestine that we Palestinians did not choose our occupiers. They chose Palestine knowing it was not an empty land but one that had a people, my people, the Palestinians that have paid with their land, lives and rights. As we approach the 68th anniversary of our catastrophe or Nakba, our occupiers need to acknowledge the wrong they did to us..." ca 4/5/2016
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Killing the Count Al Jazeera - "Bernadotte negotiated the release of more than 30,000 prisoners, one third of them Jews, from German concentration camps, in an extraordinary humanitarian effort which would come to be known as the `White Buses campaign`...three years later, as the United Nation`s first mediator in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and his assassination four months later in September 1948 by Zionist extremists during an official visit to Jerusalem." ca4/5/2016
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The American Jewish scholar behind Labour’s ‘antisemitism’ scandal breaks his silence Norman Finkelstein and Jamie Stern-Weiner - Open Democracy UK - Ironically, in light of the current hysteria in the UK, the most vociferous and vehement opponents of the Balfour Declaration were not the Arabs, about whom almost nobody gave a darn, but the upper reaches of British Jewry. [bz]3/5/2016
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Mimouna, a Jewish-Muslim festival everywhere except IsraelSamah Salaime - +972 - The harmonious relationships between Jews and Muslims in the Arab countries are all but wiped out. One should be careful not to idealize that period: There were plenty of difficulties and crises. But 50 years on, looking at the racism and hostility around me today, I can safely say that our ancestors did a better job. I’ve never taken part in Mimouna celebrations. When the day comes, I hope for myself and my Jewish friends that I’ll do it for the right reasons: respect, friendship and good neighborliness. [bz]3/5/2016
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Netanyahu, Accept the French Peace Initiative Haaretz Editorial -  It would behoove Netanyahu to openly state if he would be prepared to compromise on territory in exchange for peace. If there is no substance to allegations against him as rejecting any diplomatic solution, he should stop hiding behind the “Without precondition” cover – a phrase that in and of itself is a precondition that up till now has halted continued negotiations. [bz]3/5/2016
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Report: Germany considering stopping `unconditional support` of IsraelEldad Beck--Der Spiegel reports senior officials in the German government believe Netanyahu is `instrumentalizing` Berlin`s friendship, while the magazine quotes Merkel as saying she understands `why President Abbas continually seeks out the Security Council.` dn1/5/2016
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One Legal System, for Both Israelis and Palestinians Shuki Friedman--These legal revisions should lead to the creation of a clear and coherent book of laws that will give expression to the Supreme Court rulings and the various norms that already apply in the territories. But this book cannot only be a copy of the existing structure. Wherever the existing situation requires change and a single law can be forged, this must be done. The legal aspect is just one — albeit significant — facet of maximal normalization of life for all the people living in the West Bank. Similar action should also be taken in other areas. Even if creating fair and equal living conditions for all people in the territories is not a solution to the conflict, it is necessary in order to offer a better life, for Palestinians too, during the interim period — whose end is nowhere in sight at the moment. dn1/5/2016
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Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in BerlinRalf Neukirch and Christoph Schult--Top Berlin officials are becoming less inclined to unconditionally support Israel. With the two-state solution increasingly unlikely, there is concern that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is "instrumentalizing" Germany`s friendship. By now, Angela Merkel is used to it. Whenever she meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the confidential content of their discussion appears in an Israeli newspaper a few days later. dn 1/5/2016
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Boycott Is the Only Way to Stop the Israeli Occupation Gideon Levy--BDS has not yet begun to lick at our lives here. Meanwhile there is no real economic warfare, rather only movements that are only gradually changing international discourse about Israel. On the edges there are perhaps some elements of anti-Semitism, but it is basically a protest movement by people of conscience who want to do something. Economic decline as a result of it might occur quickly, not necessarily gradually. In South Africa the business community came to the government and said: Enough, this cannot go on. That could happen here too. That actually imbues me with great hope, Benn, I don’t see any other alternative. dn1/5/2016
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