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Neglect, provocation feed East Jerusalem unrestShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - “NGOs like Lehava, El’ad and Ateret Cohanim buy houses in sensitive, even strategic, areas of the neighborhood. Even when the purchase is legal, members of these NGOs move into the houses with great fanfare and parades, irritating the Arab residents with provocations, that here they come to ‘Jewify’ Arab Silwan.-rh 30/10/2014
Red Rag weekly column: Haneen Zoabi, Azmi Bishara and Hani ZubidaGideon Spiro - The pilot, the airplane and the missile are all products of the scientific era, everything is digital and functions flawlessly. Gideon Spiro - One push of a button and the missile is released and liquidates ten children, or an entire family of 15 souls at one blow. And in attacks like that there are always corpses with parts torn off, a head or an arm or a leg, or an abdomen ripped open with all the internal organs splattered all about. Now try to imagine, Haneen, how hard that ISIS throat-cutter would have to work to get such a result.30/10/2014
Israeli President’s Diagnosis — ‘Israel is a Sick Society’Philip Weiss - Information Clearing House - “The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low,” he said. “We have all witnessed the shocking sequence of incidents and violence taking place by both sides. The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or another, it permeates every area and doesn’t skip any arena. There is violence in soccer stadiums as well as in the academia. There is violence in the social media and in everyday discourse, in hospitals and in schools.”-rh 30/10/2014
Fatah’s Revolutionary Council grapples with growing issuesAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - The last meeting of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council held in Ramallah on Oct. 18-19 and presided over by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas enjoyed exceptional importance, distinguishing it from previous meetings. This meeting discussed vital internal and external issues related to the relationship with Israel, the future of bilateral negotiations, the fate of reconciliation with Hamas and the consensus government, as well as the settlement of Fatah’s internal dispute with Mohammed Dahlan’s movement.-rh 29/10/2014
Israeli restrictions on movement strangle Palestinian lifeDaoud Kuttab - Ma`an News Agency - But for many Palestinians living in the besieged homeland, the right to movement guaranteed in the University Declaration of Human Rights (Article 13) is just ink on paper.-rh29/10/2014
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Government must take responsibility for Jerusalem terrorShimon Shiffer - Ynet News - I would like to suggest that all those who are responding, from the prime minister to the very last minister, stop babbling. Take responsibility.-rh 29/10/2014
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Israel `assumes` Hezbollah is digging tunnelsAljazeera - An Israeli army general has said his country believes Hezbollah may have dug tunnels across the border from Lebanon in preparation for any future war, but added that there was no conclusive evidence.-rh 29/10/2014
House Demolition in Umm al-Kheir October 27 2014Erella and Ehud - These last actions are part of an ongoing wave of house demolitions carried out by the Israeli Civil Administration and Army that seek to drive out the inhabitants of the western parts of Umm al Kheir that have been living there for more than sixty years. The main cause for these actions is the proximity of Um Al Kheir to Karmel, the Israeli settlement that was built some thirty years ago.-rh 29/10/2014
Netanyahu insists he is `under attack for defending Israel` after remarks from US official : Quotes from senior Obama administration figures damn Israeli prime minister as ‘chickenshit’ over stance on settlements and peace with PalestiniansPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - The remarks are particularly telling in having been made to Goldberg, a Washington insider who has interviewed both Obama and Netanyahu, and who warned US-Israeli relations were in a “full-blown crisis” that could only get worse after the midterm elections.-rh29/10/2014
The Genius Of Israeli Evil: It Poses As ConcernAmira Hass - Information Clearing House - Our compassionate and generous army allows tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank to work their land for only three or four or five days per year in order to protect them from attacks by Israelis, colonizers, settlers – in short, Jews. For the rest of the year, the land is a mirage.-rh 29/10/2014
U.S. will continue to ostracize Ya`alon until he apologizesBarak Ravid - Haaretz "Ya’alon has managed to do the impossible and make quite a few people long for Ehud Barak’s years as defense minister. Barak had many faults, but he made a decisive contribution when it came to ties with the United States." ca29/10/2014
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Major Israeli construction company pulls out of settlement industryHaggai Matar - +972 - Lev Leviev, one of the most prominent tycoons in Israel, did not wake up one morning and understand, by chance, that the occupation is a terrible injustice. No. Leviev discovered that he could not continue building in the settlements while enjoying legitimacy in the international business world. This comes after years of protests, pressure on the British government to cut business ties with Leviev, and divestment from his company. [bz]28/10/2014
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Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale
on the Economic Occupation of the West Bank
Robert Wade - London Review of Books - It almost seems as if the Israeli state has mapped the entire Palestinian economy in terms of input-output relations, right down to the capillary level of the individual, the household, the small firm, the large firm, the school, the university, so as to find all possible choke points, which Israeli officials can tighten or loosen at will. [bz]28/10/2014
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Shaking the campus from the US to PalestineKristian Davis Bailey--Last week, I was one of four members of National Students for Justice in Palestine on the ground in Ferguson. We participated in Ferguson October as members of the Palestine Contingent for four days of resistance to police brutality. Local organizers in the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) specifically made a call for Palestinians and solidarity activists to join the weekend, as a result of years of local cooperation between OBS and the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, in addition to the more recent support people in Palestine gave to demonstrators in Ferguson as they faced tear gas, rubber bullets and a militarized occupation.dn26/10/2014
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Becoming post-Israeli: Why I immigrated to BerlinNa’aman Hirschfeld--Although like many Israelis of my generation I was experiencing financial difficulties, that was not my reason for leaving for Berlin. The reason was and is the feeling that there is no future in Israel.dn26/10/2014
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The Palestinians’ right and duty to resistGideon Levy--Faced with a reality in which Israel is strong and the United States is in its pocket, it is the duty of Palestinians to resist the occupation. The only question relates to the means.dn26/10/2014
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Groundbreaking Israeli Documentary Intifada-Palestine--SYNOPSIS | Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israelis` collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. dn 25/10/2014
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Jerusalem is a time-bomb, and Israel can`t hear the tickingAlex Fishman - Ynet - When a carpet catches fire on the Temple Mount and we wake from our hibernation, we`ll find that the regime in Jordan is wobbling, and that the PA no longer exists, that we`ve erased it; but it`ll be too late by then. Perhaps then, when we look to the east and see radical Islam on our doorstep, we`ll realize how stupid and arrogant we were and still are. [This warning comes from a mainstream military commentator-bz]25/10/2014
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Eyeing the dividendsDina Ezzat - Al-Ahram "Egyptian diplomats are confident the Gaza Reconstruction Conference, held on Sunday, has confirmed Egypt’s re-emergence as a key regional power.The conference, which was opened by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, attracted 50 delegations, including the foreign ministers of the US, Qatar and Turkey, three states whose take on political developments in Egypt over the past two years can hardly be described as supportive. The high profile turnout, say senior state officials, has ended any debate about the legitimacy of Egypt’s new regime “once and for all”." ca 24/10/2014
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`Klinghoffer`: New York’s Jewish right goes to the operaLarry Derfner - +972 "Until Monday night, when the “The Death of Klinghoffer” opened at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, people knew it was being attacked by many Jews for supposedly being anti-Semitic and for defending terrorists, and they didn’t know if the accusations were true or false. But now that the opera has opened, and it’s been widely reviewed, and audience members have been interviewed, it’s becoming clear to the mainstream public that pays attention to such issues – and this controversy has attracted a lot of attention – that these claims are total bullshit." ca24/10/2014
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For the Israeli media, Gazan lives are little more than expendable Haggai Matar - +972 "the Yedioth Ahronoth daily did not even report on the deaths of the family. Not a single word has been written about the bombing since. Even media outlets that initially reported on the deaths of the family members did not come back and demand answers from the army.And really, why should they demand them? It’s just another incident, after all. Another family. One of more than 70 families who were bombed in a similar fashion, some of them much larger." ca 24/10/2014
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Jerusalem is divided, and Netanyahu remains out of touchBarak Ravid - Haaretz "The prime minister sees the incidents happening in Jerusalem purely as a security problem – disturbances of the peace that must be suppressed, terrorist attacks that must be thwarted. His solutions begin and end with using force – more policemen, more Border Police units, more involvement by the Shin Bet security service, more arrests. But all these are liable to lead only to an even more serious escalation, and cause the violence to spread to the West Bank to boot." ca24/10/2014
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For near identical crimes, an Israeli and a Palestinian’s fate couldn’t be more differentJohn Brown - +972 - A Palestinian hit-and-run suspect is sent to prison and winds up dead; a Jewish suspected of a similar but deadlier crime in the West Bank is sent home to his family.-rh 23/10/2014
Police: Infant killed in Jerusalem attack, Palestinian driver shot Ma`an News Agency - An Israeli infant died and at least eight others were injured when a Palestinian driver slammed his car into a light rail station in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli officials said.-rh23/10/2014
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Human Rights Defender Abdallah Abu Rahma receives guilty verdict from military courtInternational Solidarity Movement - Press Release - “Demonstrating against the occupation cannot be a criminal offence. Finding Abdallah guilty only shows that the [Israeli] military force is a tool to perpetuate the occupation.” Stated Gabi Lasky, lawyer of Abdallah Abu Rahma, to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).-rh 23/10/2014
Donor pledges not enough to rehabilitate GazaOmar Shaban - Al-Monitor - The Palestinian Authority needs at least $15 billion to properly restore Gaza’s economy, while donors have only pledged $5.4 billion for interim reconstruction.-rh 23/10/2014
Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killersAllison Deger - Mondoweiss -Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances.-rh23/10/2014
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The Cold Realities of US Policy in Israel-PalestineMitchell Plitnick - MERIP - One should not, however, exaggerate the weight of the “Israel lobby” in the making of US Middle East policy writ large. Policy is largely made and carried out by the executive branch, which is guided by geostrategic concerns that may or may not correspond to the concerns of the lobby at any given moment. Domestic forces like AIPAC are important in shaping discourse and some short-term decisions, but they do not determine the direction of US strategy in the region.-rh 23/10/2014
Diplomatic terrorism and wings over the Iron WallAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "In Ya`alon`s vision...The conflict with the Palestinians will continue "until the last of our enemies understands that we are here to stay." But that will probably never happen because "They are not truly concerned with establishing a Palestinian state, but with destroying the Jewish state”. Therefore “we must learn how to manage this conflict without illusions" and to barricade [ourselves] behind “An Iron Wall"." - id22/10/2014
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Harper’s ‘Orwellian’ Foreign Policy From Israel to ISISMURRAY DOBBIN - Counterpunch - "By declaring repeatedly (and even threatening supportive legislation) that criticism of Israel was anti-Semitic Harper hoped to establish what Orwell referred to as “protective stupidity” – a kind of mass denial of the obvious. Freud referred to it as “knowing with not knowing”." - id22/10/2014
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Gazans at risk as winter loomsRasha Abou Jalal - Al-Monitor - Every day, Mohammed Maqadima, 14, must carry water in gallon bottles from a water tank 500 meters (546 yards) from his home in the Sha`af neighborhood east of Gaza City. This is so his mother can do the housework. He also spends hours collecting firewood for heating, with the weather getting colder as winter approaches.-rh 22/10/2014
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With US-led air strikes on Isis intensifying, it’s a good time to be an arms giant like Lockheed MartinRobert Fisk - The Independent - So who is winning the war? Isis? Us? The Kurds (remember them?) The Syrians? The Iraqis? Do we even remember the war? Not at all. We must tell the truth. So let us now praise famous weapons and the manufacturers that begat them.-rh22/10/2014
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Mustafa Barghouti: US-Palestinian ties strongShlomi Eldar - In an interview with Al-Monitor, Barghouti acknowledges that following the troubled relationship between the US administration and Israel, the United States has drawn closer to Abbas and the PA. Barghouti feels that the test of the relationship will come on the day that Abbas begins the process for recognition of the Palestinian state in the UN institutions. “The Israeli provocations against John Kerry and President Barack Obama are leaving their mark,” Barghouti said. “I assume that the Americans can’t talk much [publicly], but they [are frustrated with] the Israeli government.” [bz]21/10/2014
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A changing Israel-Palestine global dynamicLinda S. Heard - Gulf News - Due to the prevalence of social media, mainstream news outlets can no longer control the message. Ordinary folk around the world were incensed by the horrors inflicted upon the residents of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli army, seen graphically in videos posted on YouTube. The unvarnished truth has left the Israeli government on the back foot and has embarrassed the US for its unfailing support of the Jewish state. The groundswell of public anger has impacted politicians and decision-makers to the extent that Israel is no longer sacrosanct. [bz]21/10/2014
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How the very concept of human rights has failed PalestiniansNoam Sheizaf - +972 Magazine - People tend to confuse “permanent” with “eternal.” The Israeli occupation is not eternal — no institution is — but it is as permanent as can be in this world. It’s already lasted longer than the post-WWII Soviet bloc, for example. Israel itself stopped treating the OPT as occupied, now viewing them as territories held by Israel under a different status than the rest of the state. Therefore, the act of revoking the rights of an entire category of people is also permanent. ak 21/10/2014
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`A diplomatic storm is coming in January`Itamar Eichner - Ynet - Changes in the makeup of the UN Security Council have made Israel`s diplomatic stance worse and strengthened the Palestinians` position on the world stage. This will not only play a part in the vote on accepting the Palestinians into the UN, but in other resolutions concerning Israel, like condemning settlement construction or military operations, calling for UN inquiry committees on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and more. [bz]21/10/2014
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Most Jewish Israelis oppose Palestinian state, new poll showsMairav Zonszein - +972 - No poll is perfect, but this one happens to be an accurate reflection of the Israeli government’s policies, much of its rhetoric, and the reality on the ground [ry]20/10/2014
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Palestine moves towards post-Oslo phaseRichard Falk--On October 13, the UK House of Commons by an overwhelming vote of 274-12 urged the British government to extend diplomatic recognition to Palestine. At first glance, it would seem a rather meaningless gesture. It is a non-binding resolution, and Prime Minister David Cameron has already declared that this expression of parliamentary opinion will have no effect whatever on existing government policy. So far Britain - along with the states in Western Europe - adheres to Israel`s stubborn insistence, echoed by Washington, that Palestinian statehood can only be established through a solution to the conflict negotiated by the parties.dn 19/10/2014
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Decent Respect Uri Avnery--IF THE British parliament had adopted a resolution in favor of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the reaction of our media would have been like this: "In an atmosphere of great enthusiasm, the British parliament adopted with a huge majority (274 for, a mere 12 against) a pro-Israeli motion…Over half the seats were occupied, more than usual…the opponents of Israel were in hiding and did not dare to vote against…" dn 19/10/2014
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Eichmann before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass MurdererRichard J Evans--Before the war, Adolf Eichmann, born in 1906, was the acknowledged "Jewish expert" of the SS, in charge of carrying out various schemes to remove the Jews from Germany, such as encouraging – or forcing – them to emigrate, or transporting them to Madagascar. When the Germans invaded first Poland in 1939, then the Soviet Union two years later, Eichmann organised the concentration of the millions of Jews who lived in eastern Europe into ghettos, and then ensured they were taken, along with Jews from every part of Europe under Nazi control or influence, to camps such as Auschwitz, to be murdered. After Germany`s defeat, Eichmann went underground and then escaped to Argentina, where he joined a number of other senior Nazis in exile, living under an assumed name. During the 1950s, however, his whereabouts were discovered, and, in 1960, he was kidnapped by Mossad agents and smuggled out to Jerusalem, where he was put on trial for mass murder, found guilty, and, in 1962, hanged. dn19/10/2014
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Recognition of a Palestinian State Without Full Rights Is MeaninglessOmar Barghouti--The British Parliament’s overwhelming vote to recognize a “State of Palestine” may indeed be a sign of “where the wind is blowing,” as the British ambassador to Tel Aviv has commented – a reflection of the significant erosion of public support for Israel’s regime of occupation and denial of Palestinian rights. But it should not be seen in black and white. dn19/10/2014
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Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli ‘peace’ policyIlan Pappé and Samer Jaber--Pine trees in the Yatir Forest which is being used to displace the Bedouin residents of the unrecognized village of Atir. The original caption on the photo from the website israeltoday.co.il read, “Since the formation of the State of Israel, tree planters have been busy creating forests in the holy land, which was a barren wasteland for centuries.” dn18/10/2014
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The Strip of SlaughterB. Michael--More than 100 years ago, the Kishinev pogroms shocked the world. Yet we have managed to forget the innocent dead of Gaza after less than two months. dn18/10/2014
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Israel must stop pressuring asylum seekersHaaretz Editorial--Attempts to pressure asylum seekers into leaving Israel by detaining them indefinitely reveal the hypocrisy and illegality of government policy. dn18/10/2014
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IN THE WAKE OF THE ASSAULT ON GAZAJeff Halper--This is the first newsletter since the conclusion of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which obviously preoccupied our attention. It showed the political bankruptcy of all the actors. For Israel, it was an attempt to finally break all Palestinian resistance – mopping up in Gaza after Operation Defensive Shield in the West Bank in 2002 destroyed Fatah resistance there. Then the idea was to create “industrial quiet” with the Palestinian Authority serving as Israel’s policeman and enforcer in all the Occupied Territory so that the Palestinian issue would simply disappear from view as the world’s attention moves to ISIS, the Ukraine, China and Russia, Ebola and all the other urgent problems. As I wrote in this piece, the situation in Israel/Palestine has gone way beyond the two-state solution, beyond even apartheid (which would have at least a symbolic Palestinian Bantustan) to outright warehousing. Its message to the Palestinians: There is no longer any “peace process.” You have three options, submit, leave or die. dn18/10/2014
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Instead of voting to recognize Palestine, vote against occupationMairav Zonszein - +972 - The British Parliament’s non-binding vote to recognize the “State of Palestine” was not as significant as the debate that preceded the vote. [bz]18/10/2014
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Christian Evangelicals Increasingly Support Palestinian Human RightsAlison Weir - IMEMC "An article in Middle East Quarterly, a pro-Israel publication, reports that support for Israel is eroding among American evangelical Christians, with only 30 percent in a recent survey stating support for Israel above Palestinians." ca 17/10/2014
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Eyeing the dividendsDina Ezzat - Al Ahram Weekly "Things are getting back on track as far as foreign relations are concerned: on that there is almost unanimous agreement among Egyptian diplomats both at home and abroad. Some add that positive movement on the foreign policy track, and the first signs of a more encouraging economic outlook, are no small victories for the new regime." ca17/10/2014
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Now Britain has recognised Palestinian statehood, it`s time to forget about a farcical two-state solution Yara Hawari--Instead of Israel and Palestine living side by side, a one-state solution based on equality and freedom of movement is what the region needs. dn16/10/2014
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Recognizing PalestineJOHN FEFFER - Counterpunch - "At his meeting with Obama, Netanyahu said that it was time to “think outside the box.” The Palestinians, by pursuing statehood by all means necessary, are doing just that, as are several European countries. It’s time for Israel to do the same." - id 16/10/2014
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From Stockholm to Khirbet Um al-Jimal and backAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "Already several times this small village was razed and destroyed, and each time the residents rebuilt their meager huts and sheds as soon as the soldiers and bulldozers departed. It`s not so much because they are determined to confront and defy strategic plans of the government of Israel and its armed forces. It is mainly because this god forsaken small village is their home and they have nowhere else to go." - id 15/10/2014
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Can Israel, Palestine exist as parallel states on same land?Arad Nir - Al Monitor - "And when Jews are fasting to plead with their God, while Muslims indulge in a lavish feast to please their God in such a close interval of time, it`s an almost sure recipe for a flare-up, all the more so just a few weeks after the conflict in Gaza. As it turns out, however, the gloomy predictions have proven wrong." - id 15/10/2014
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World’s delayed reaction to Gaza war kicks inLarry Derfner - +972 - "...just in the last week there have been a number of delayed international reactions (and even one from Israel) to the Gaza war, and they add up to what I see as a critical mass of encouraging signs that is weighty enough, at least, to argue against despair." - id 15/10/2014
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Former Israeli Ambassador to Washington: `UK vote - bad news for Israel`Attila Somfalvi - Y-net - Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US, warns that "Israel is sticking head in the sand" - since "British support for establishment of the Palestinian state is much more important than the Swedish. Britain is a member of the UN Security Council. The Palestinians are going to the UN in November and they want at least nine votes in the Security Council (to force Israel to commit to a timeline for withdrawing from the West Bank.) There is a chance America will abstain, but a lot of it is up to us." Oren - who had been nominated by Netanyahu and enjoyed the PM`s confidence while on the job - lamented the lack of "a unilateral initiative by Israel, responding to the Palestinian diplomatic offensive". According to Oren, that idea "inspires discomfort here in Israel" since "Israel has never clearly said what its interests are. We need leadership and a little courage, so as not to stay inactive in the face of recent developments." ak 14/10/2014
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Extremist settler Moshe Feiglin, Likud MK, allowed to invade Al Aqsa CompoundSaeb Erakat - PLO Negotiations Aairs Department - As instructed by The Israeli Government, Israeli Police in Occupied East Jerusalem allowed settler Moshe Feiglin - Likud Knesset Member living in the illegal settlement of Karnei Shomron - to invade Al Aqsa compound, the third holiest site in Islam and a symbol for all Palestinians, in company with other Israeli extremists. This is an extremely provocative action, especially considering Feiglin`s inflammatory statements such as his call during the recent bombings to evict Palestinians from Gaza and settle Jews in their place, and such statements as "You can`t teach a monkey to speak and you can`t teach an Arab to be democratic. You`re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers. Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar." ak14/10/2014
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What are the implications of U.K. parliament`s recognition of Palestine?Matthew Kalman - Ha`aretz - Israeli officials would say, correctly, that it was a non-binding vote - but but can the Israeli government afford to ignore the signals coming from Westminster? In the debate, Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood opposed the motion, but made an impassioned denunciation of Israeli settlement activity. The motion won the full backing of the British Labor Party’s shadow cabinet – who may well be running the British government by this time next year. And Matthew Gould, British Ambassador to Israel - who is committed to promoting the best possible relations between the two countries - sounded a warning about the erosion of Israel`s position in British public opinion, following the war in Gaza and the burst of settlement activity which followed. ak 14/10/2014
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Former UK Minister: a wicked cocktail of occupation and illegality akin to apartheid South Africa Nicholas Watt - The Guardian - Sir Alan Duncan, Former Tory minister, delivered one of the strongest attacks on the Netanyahu government by a front line UK politician: “Occupation, annexation, illegality, negligence, complicity: this is a wicked cocktail which brings shame to the government of Israel. It would appear that on the West Bank the rule of international law has been shelved. This illegal construction and habitation is theft, it is annexation, it is a land grab – it is any expression that accurately describes the encroachment which takes from someone else something that is not rightfully owned by the taker. As such it should be called what it is, and not by some euphemistic soft alternative." 14/10/2014
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A siege of inertia: Israel`s non-policy on GazaItamar Sha’altiel - +972 - One government inherits the siege from another, the prime minister admits it’s more harmful than helpful, the cabinet never formulates or even discusses a policy, and one minister goes as far as admitting that the only driving force behind Israel’s Gaza policy is inertia [ry]13/10/2014
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Beyond Occupation - Israel and the G-WordJonathan Cook - CounterPunch - "Israeli officials were caught in a revealing lie late last month as the country celebrated the Jewish New Year. Shortly after declaring the most popular boy’s name in Israel to be `Yosef`, the interior ministry was forced to concede that the top slot was actually filled by `Mohammed`” [ry]13/10/2014
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Israel vague about new `diplomatic horizon`Gregg Carlstrom - AlJazeera - Israeli PM appears eager to strengthen regional ties, while postponing discussions on Palestinian statehood [ry]13/10/2014
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Did Israel have the right to kill this childJames M. Wall--“Israel has the right to defend itself” was the Orwellian doublespeak Israel used to justify its latest invasion of Gaza, carried out at the same time as its under-reported increased military action inside the West Bank. dn12/10/2014
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Weapons of mass distractionGideon Levy--Hmmm. Weapons storage in a kindergarten? A weapons hiding place under a clinic? The entrance through the kindergarten toilet? Woe to the eyes that read such words! The Haganah [the pre-state Jewish underground army] used the civilian population as human shields. It took cynical advantage of that population, hiding weapons in clinics and kindergartens, and thus endangered their lives. dn12/10/2014
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Prophetic comments by 4 eminent Jews: 12/10/2014
Hundreds of Israeli public figures call upon Members of the British Parliament to vote in favor of recognizing the State of Palestine"We, Israelis who worry and care for the well-being of the state of Israel, believe that the long-term existence and security of Israel depends on the long-term existence and security of a Palestinian state. For this reason we, the undersigned, urge members of the UK Parliament to vote in favor of the motion to be debated on Monday 13th October 2014, calling on the British Government to recognize the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel". 12/10/2014
Formal British recognition would be a powerful, progressive step in the right directionThe Observer view on Palestine--Pledge: Ed Miliband has vowed to make the two-state solution `an important task` for a Labour government. dn12/10/2014
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Suha Arraf on her "stateless" Palestinian filmPatrick O. Strickland--“They want to view me as a ‘good Israeli Arab director’ or a ‘nice Israeli Arab,’” says filmmaker Suha Arraf, who recently came under attack by the Israeli government and its supporters for labeling her latest work a Palestinian production. dn12/10/2014
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Ex-PLO legal adviser says two-state solution "dead"Diana Buttu - "The only configuration that`s going to work is a one-state solution in which Palestinians and Israelis live together in a situation of peace and equality."11/10/2014
Money pledged at Gaza donor conference could take decades to reach peopleOxfam - "Unless donors step up pressure to end the blockade, many children made homeless by the recent conflict will be grandparents by the time their homes and schools are rebuilt. (...) Winter is coming and people without homes cannot afford to wait [bz]11/10/2014
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Nothing about us without Us: The Token Palestinian and Authentic Narrative Ramzy Baroud--The “adversarial” Palestinian is one who is invited to speak to the media, only to be chastised publically. (Fox News) dn11/10/2014
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Hillel, intimidation and ‘free speech’ for Jewish students on IsraelMartin R. Federman--A former Hillel director asks Hillel International’s CEO why his organization’s Israel guidelines seek to limit free speech and critical views of Israel by Jewish students on campus.dn11/10/2014
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Former Labor politician faults the left for supporting NetanyahuMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "Jewish tenants who moved into 25 apartments in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Sept. 30 really irked former Labor Party Minister Ophir Pines. Not because it was a provocative move by the right wing designed to make it hard to divide the city; there have been similar actions in the past. What upset Pines is the silence of the center-left parties." ca 10/10/2014
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Netanyahu`s rejectionist policies forced Abbas` handEphraim Sneh - Al-Monitor "Throughout the recent 50 days of combat in the Gaza Strip, Abbas acted responsibly. He confronted Hamas and publicly chastised the organization for the unnecessary bloodshed. That is not exactly a recipe for popularity on the Palestinian streets, but Abbas consistently took this tack...The damage inflicted by Abbas’ UN speech is the artificial life support of the current Israeli right-wing coalition, and Israelis are the ones who will suffer from it." ca 10/10/2014
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Israel`s war with the USBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "...the war is the one that Israel is waging of its own choice, and that is the war with the United States." - id 8/10/2014
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Poisoned atmosphereAdam Keller - Crazy Country - ""Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas and Iran is both Hamas and ISIS, they are all the same, they are all malevolent Muslim extremists and enemies of humanity against whom all-out war should be fought."" - id8/10/2014
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Bibi on ‘Face the Nation`: And the Lies Go OnRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Netanyahu speaking on ‘Face the Nation` and accusing President Obama of "UnAmerican behaviour" is definitely a first. Some Americans have in some notorious past occasions made such accusation against other Americans, but this is the first time that a foreign leader does it against the President of the United States. Interesitingly, while this row was published prominently in the Israeli media, major American papers virtually ignored it. ak 7/10/2014
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Swedish clarification of ‘Palestine’ fails to weaken declarationHerb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - According to the first version of the statement, “The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be resolved through a two-state solution, the prime minister said, negotiated in accordance with the principles of international law. It must guarantee the legitimate demands of both the Palestinians and the Israelis for national self-determination and security. A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to coexist peacefully. Consequently, Sweden will recognize the State of Palestine, the prime minister concluded.” The use of the word “consequently” left the impression that Sweden had back-peddled on its pledge, and would only recognize the state of Palestine after an agreement is negotiated. Queried by The Jerusalem Post about whether this was indeed the meaning of the rather vague statement, a representative issued a corrected version of the statement, replacing the word “consequently” with “therefore,” and as a result leaving Löfven’s statement intact. [bz]7/10/2014
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5 Quotes About “United Jerusalem” That Will Help You Understand the Recent Takeover in SilwanMoriel Rothman-Zecher - The Leftern Wall - From ELAD to Arieh King to “Kendall/Kendal Finances” to MK Yogev to Rehavam Ze’evi and onward to so many more governmental, quasi-governmental and governmentally-sanctioned individuals and organizations, the plan for Jerusalem (and most of the West Bank, too) has, both in theory and praxis, been one of “Judaization” and transfer, “voluntary” or otherwise. [bz]7/10/2014
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A couple of Netanyahu`s not-so-white lies to AmericansNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "In the past week or so, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated a couple of talking points that diverged from the truth, but few people called him out on it" [ry]6/10/2014
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No one is talking about peaceSever Plocker - Ynet - After the Yom Kippur War, like now, the concept of `land for peace` was never taken seriously by Israel`s leadership; then, like now, Israel was blinded by hubris [ry]6/10/2014
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Red Rag weekly column: Netanyahu the propagandist; ISISGideon Spiro - The Israeli Prime Minister’s speech at the UN (29 September 2014) was typical propaganda. Any propaganda speech worthy of the name will include a large helping of lies, deception and falsification, along with an admixture of true facts. That admixture is intended to win the hearts of the public. All Israeli television channels and most of the radio channels broadcast the speech live. There were no surprises. All of Netanyahu’s usual clichés appeared in the speech multiple times.5/10/2014
Keeping Gaza in a StrangleholdNoam Chomsky--Israel’s brutalization of Palestinians through exercises in “mowing the lawn” like Operation Protective Edge will persist without a change in U.S. policy. dn4/10/2014
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Why Bibi is wrong to subsume the Palestinian issue under `militant Islam`Peter Beinart-- “The old template for peace must be updated,” declared Benjamin Netanyahu this week at the United Nations. “It must take into account new realities.” In his speech, Bibi didn’t utter the words “Palestinian state.” That’s passé. Instead he called for Israel and “moderate” Sunni regimes like Egypt and Saudi Arabia to “recognize the global threat of militant Islam [and] the primacy of dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons capability.” Once those primary issues are solved, perhaps Jerusalem, Cairo and Riyadh can put their heads together and figure out something for the Palestinians.dn4/10/2014
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Two state solution still on table? Sergio Yahni - AIC - Netanyahu`s UN speech is hailed as end of two state solution, and his meeting with Obama focused on issues other than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While lip service to the two state solution is still paid, ending the conflict is no longer a priority. [bz]4/10/2014
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Eyes Finally Open to Syrian Realities Robert Parry - ICH "In a column on Friday, Ignatius faulted not only Syria’s squabbling “moderate opposition” but “the foreign nations — such as the United States, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan — that have been funding the chaotic melange of fighters inside Syria. These foreign machinations helped open the door for the terrorist Islamic State group to threaten the region.” Ignatius acknowledged that the earlier depiction of the Syrian opposition as simply an indigenous movement of idealistic reformers was misleading." ca 4/10/2014
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Mr. Netanyahu’s Strange CourseEditorial Board - New York Times "Mr. Netanyahu blamed the Israeli group, Peace Now, for trying to sabotage the White House meeting with Mr. Obama by calling attention to an official notice from the Israeli government approving the housing project. But the problem is not the disclosure but the fact of the project itself." ca3/10/2014
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If talks fail, Hamas says it will not return to warAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - “The failure of negotiations in Cairo and not lifting the blockade could lead to another war, even though we do not want this. I think that the Israelis do not want to see this war happen again,” said Abu Marzouk.-rh 2/10/2014
Gaza war deals blow to Israel`s tourism industryTIA GOLDENBERG - Yahoo News - Israel`s war against Hamas came at the beginning of the peak tourist season, which includes July and August and runs through the Jewish High Holiday season and early winter.-rh2/10/2014
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Abbas makes last-ditch effort to win Palestinian independenceDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is possibly making his last effort to try to bring about an independent state. The odds are against him, but he has a plan and he appears to be set to giving it his last best shot.-rh 1/10/2014
Is Israel Trying to Force Palestinians into the Sinai?JONATHAN COOK - Counterpoint - "According to the reports, the territory in Sinai would become a demilitarised Palestinian state – dubbed “Greater Gaza” – to which returning Palestinian refugees would be assigned." - id 1/10/2014
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About budgets and growling belliesAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "Western newspapers are supposed to abide by the rule that a suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty in court - but not in the Israeli press and in this case." - id1/10/2014
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Netanyahu`s UN speech: All talk, no actionNahum Barnea - Ynet - "It`s only natural that after many years in power, the leader feels there is no one else but him, that he is growing – in his own eyes and in the eyes of his followers – and that the state, weak and flaccid, is barely trudging behind him." - id 1/10/2014
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Bibi`s UN speech misses againBen Caspit- Al Monitor - "At the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accomplished what he is best at: delivering speeches and identifying threats, without identifying opportunities or making any historic decisions — again." - id 1/10/2014
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Another western war won’t end terror in Iraq or Syria. It will only spread it. Bombing and more intervention can’t destroy Isis. The US is at the heart of the crisis in the Middle EastSeumas Milne - The Guardian - What has been launched by the US and its allies this week is in effect their third Iraq war in a generation. It follows the US-led war to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991 and the cataclysmic US-British invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. Now Obama has launched yet another intervention to rid the country of the direct consequences of the last one.-rh 1/10/2014
‘Only a suicidal country doesn’t recognize the Bedouin problem`: Israeli minister seeks ways to lower Bedouin birthrateKate - Mondoweiss - Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir said during a visit to the south on Sunday that he was examining ways to lower the birthrate of the Bedouin community. Shamir heads the ministerial committee on Bedouin resettlement arrangements.-rh1/10/2014
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Why Don’t We Negotiate With Isis: Why don’t we do it and save some lives?Robert Fisk - Information Clearing House - The Lebanese government has one tough man who deals with kidnapped civilians. He’s called Abbas Ibrahim, a brave man who used to walk, unarmed, into the Ein el-Helweh Palestinian camp in Sidon to talk to Osama bin Laden’s men. He’s now head of the Lebanese “General Security”. And yes, he is a general.-rh 1/10/2014
Newsletter 22 Sep. 2014B`Tselem - Israel’s last military operation in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, ended over a month ago. In the course of the fighting, B’Tselem received reports of grave harm to civilians. In some cases, Israel violated international humanitarian law; in many others, breaches of the law are suspected.-rh1/10/2014
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PLO official says Netanyahu speech full of `hate language and slander` TOVAH LAZAROFF - Jerusalem Post - "Netanyahu has lost touch with reality, particularly in refusing to acknowledge the fact of the occupation itself or the actions of the Israeli army of occupation in committing massacres and war crimes,” Hanan Ashrawi said. She charged that Netanyahu had turned to the Arab world instead of accepting a two-state solution on the pre-1967 lines to buy “more time to create facts that will destroy the chances of peace for the foreseeable future.” [bz] 30/9/2014
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Saeb Erekat: Today`s evictions in East Jerusalem reaffirm what Netanyahu said yesterday at the UNAshraf B Khatib - PLO, Negotations Affairs Dept. - This morning, illegal Israeli settlers protected by occupation forces entered seven apartment buildings in the neighborhood of Silwan. Palestinian families were left homeless. “By denying the occupation and providing settlers a ‘divine right’ to continue their daily attacks against Palestinians, Mr. Netanyahu simply endorsed the acts of those extremists who have never been as much supported by an Israeli government as now. 30/9/2014
Israel PM slams UNHRC criticism of Gaza assaultMa`an - Hamas officials, including senior leader Khaled Meshaal, have repeatedly rejected Netanyahu`s comparisons of Hamas to IS [ISIS], stressing that the Palestinian faction`s armed struggle is against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. [bz] 30/9/2014
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Also after harsh words, Abbas remains partnerGush Shalom press release - The occupation stalwarts and champions of settlement construction have today burst out in a mighty chorus, shouting ‘Abbas is not a partner!’ From their point of view, they are right. Abbas is certainly not a partner for those who seek to perpetuate military rule over the Occupied Territories, to build and expand settlements and to imprison the Palestinians in tiny enclaves. To those who have such intentions and plans, there is no Palestinian partner and never will be. ak30/9/2014
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Ah, If I Were 25 Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - “Yet in today`s Israel, using the word ‘peace’ in political discourse is almost indecent. A four-letter word (as indeed it is in Hebrew and Arabic). One may still express a wish for a ‘political settlement’, but even that sounds a bit suspicious. It has become fashionable to say that the peace movement is moribund. That the ‘Two-State solution’ is dead, while the so-called ‘One-State solution’ is stillborn. The safest way to put it is ‘I am all for peace, but…’" [ry]29/9/2014
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Letter to the EU: Help! Everybody here has lost their mindsYoav Shemer Kunz--An open letter to the president of the Council of the EU: Don’t give us any more money to pay for the salaries and air conditioners, not in Tel Aviv and not in Ramallah. As far as I’m concerned, my Horizon 2020 is stuck underneath some house in Gaza that collapsed atop all of its inhabitants from an Israeli missile strike. dn28/9/2014
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Gaza and the `crime of crimes` Ronnie Kasrils--Russell Tribunal on Palestine finds that Gaza is on the brink of a genocidal apartheid. dn28/9/2014
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U.S. academics bemoan `rigged’ fight in battle against BDSDebra Nussbaum Cohen--Liberal professors say they are becoming increasingly marginalized and threatened by the boycott movement. `Academics have surrendered themselves to slogans on the Israeli-Palestinian issue’ warns one.dn28/9/2014
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How Israel Silences DissentMAIRAV ZONSZEIN--But the injuries suffered in Tel Aviv that night stemmed not from rocket fire but from a premeditated assault by a group of extremist Israeli Jews. Chanting “Death to Arabs” and “Death to leftists,” they attacked protesters with clubs. Although several demonstrators were beaten and required medical attention, the police made no arrests.dn27/9/2014
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Abbas` UN speech gives West another chance to pressure IsraelAmira Hass - Haaretz - The words and phrases selected by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made one thing perfectly clear: The Palestinian President has given up on the Israeli public as his audience. Packaged inside words such as "colonialist occupation," "racism," "a war of genocide" undertaken by Israel, massacres, a nation above the law and so forth (...) The message, aimed primarily at the West, is this one: The negotiations with Israel, as they have been held until now, are over. Forget about the Palestinians continuing to meet and discuss while Israel continues to construct settlements and ignore even the simple commitments it agreed to, such as the release of prisoners. The central headline that emerges from Abbas` speech is this: The Palestinians will not return to any negotiations that do not take as a starting point the final objective of a Palestinian state to stand alongside Israel, based on the `67 borders, and a binding timetable for its establishment. [bz]27/9/2014
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The mirage of Israel`s `diplomatic horizon`Elie Podeh - +972 "The term is probably meaningless to the other side of the conflict. Twenty years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, the Palestinians are not interested in a “diplomatic horizon,” but rather a significant change – both political and economic – in their lives here and now. Too many generations of frustration, despair and disappointment have caused them to lose faith in the future; the question is what to do in the present. As it turns out, there is little that is being offered to them." ca26/9/2014
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How the army helps settlers establish illegal outpostsYossi Gurvitz - +972 "In the mid-1990s, the Israeli government decided not to establish new settlements unless they were approved by the entire government. Since then the phenomenon of the “outposts” has developed. An outpost is the result of the seizure of land that is ostensibly private and unauthorized, but enjoys the de facto support of the authorities, including generous support from government sources. This tool is used by settlers to seize Palestinian or public land. This process was described in extensive detail both in a report prepared by Attorney Talia Sasson and in the Yesh Din report “The Road to Dispossession.” In recent years the emphasis has been on expanding and approving existing outposts, rather than on establishing new ones." ca26/9/2014
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Senators: Take Gaza Away From HamasEli Lake - Daily Beast "Over the summer, the Obama administration supported a draft cease-fire plan that would have strengthened the Hamas position in Gaza. Now 88 senators are urging the Obama administration to take a very different approach to the group: gradual regime change. Over time, they want to hand Gaza over to the more moderate Palestinian Authority, which oversees the West Bank today." ca26/9/2014
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How to talk occupation at a Rosh Hashanah dinner and make it out aliveNoam Sheizaf - +972 "The Rosh Hashanah holiday dinner is a dangerous event for Israeli leftists — especially after this past summer. Remember that angry post you uploaded to Facebook about Shujaiya, or the settlement budget, or about people who put Israeli flag badges on their profile pictures? Present at your holiday dinner will be at least two cousins who noticed and have been waiting two months to take it up with you. And let’s not forget about mom’s elderly uncle..." ca26/9/2014
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New Palestinian film shuns stereotypesDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Now, however, a new cadre of Palestinian filmmakers is trying to show the complexity of Palestinian life, and therefore Palestinians` humanity. Filmmakers such as Michel Khleifi, Elia Suleiman, Hany Abu Assad, Azza el Hassan, Suha Arraf, Raed, Saed Andoni and others have portrayed much more nuanced and complex visions of Palestinian life under occupation.-rh 25/9/2014
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Israeli refuseniks expose Occupation’s dark underbellyJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss - A letter signed by 43 veterans of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit declaring their refusal to continue serving the occupation has sent shockwaves through Israeli society. But not in the way the soldiers may have hoped.-rh25/9/2014
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Palestine: Israel’s Arms Testing LabElias Akleh - Countercurrents - Israel’s economy is largely engaged in the production of weaponry and is the most militarized economy on earth. Israeli officials like to brag about the steady Israeli economic growth despite all the military conflicts they face. Yet this economic growth (raking money only for Israel’s military industrial complex) is not happening despite military conflicts, rather because of it. Ehud Barak, a previous Israeli defense minister has revealed that 150,000 Israeli households, about one in every ten Israelis, depend economically on military industries.-rh25/9/2014
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US guilty of war crimes in PalestineSam Bahour - Congress Blog - The study notes that “United States law states that no military assistance will be provided to a government that engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights. Yet the United States gives more military assistance to Israel than to any other country, currently in excess of $3.1 billion per year. The U.S. participates in joint military exercises, military research, and weapons development.”-rh25/9/2014
Palestinian babies not included on Israel gov’t list of most popular namesIra Glunts - Mondoweiss - On Sunday, the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority declared that during the past year the most popular male names given children were Yosef, followed by Daniel and Ori. The top female names were Tamar, Noa and Shira. This was reported in the English edition of the Ha’aretz news website. What neither the English article nor the government announcement mentioned was that Arabic names were excluded from the survey-rh25/9/2014
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Hundreds of Gaza children permanently disabled by this summer’s conflictLena Odgaard - Aljazeera - This summer’s 51 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas took a heavy toll on Gaza’s children, killing 501, according to U.N. figures. It injured an additional 3,374, and though the bombs have stopped, hundreds of those children, just like Louay and Odai, face an uncertain future as disabled.-rh25/9/2014
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Israeli forces re-open Aqsa compound after heavy clashes Ma`an News Agency - Hundreds of Palestinian Muslim worshipers were allowed to access the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on Wednesday at noon after being prevented from entering the Muslim holy site the day before and in the morning.-rh 24/9/2014
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The Guardian view on the human, economic and political costs of the Gaza war : The kidnapping and murder of three Israeli boys was a horrendous crime, but it need not have led to warThe Guardian - Editorial - Having decided that Hamas was to blame, Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, seems to have seen an opportunity to destabilise the just-created Palestinian national unity government, which had brought together Hamas and Fatah, and to undermine Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. The Israelis charged through the West Bank picking up hundreds of Hamas members.-rh24/9/2014
Will Abbas walk the walk on his threats to Israel?Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will present his plan to end the Israeli occupation at the UN General Assembly, with PA officials warning they will launch a political campaign against Israel should the plan be rebuffed.-rh 24/9/2014
Gaza: Inspiring new forms of resistance? Gaza`s `war artists` adapt to occupation by using technology to create and share.Pam Bailey - Aljazeera - During what will likely become known as the "Third Great War On Gaza", whitewashed by Israel with its own name, "Operation Protective Edge", there was literally a field of resilient blades of grass - artists fighting back against injustice with their creativity. And in their own way, they are continuing a time-honoured tradition, following in the footsteps of other "war artists" around the world, from Francisco Goya to Pablo Picasso.-rh24/9/2014
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A slightly ‘less crazy’ IsraelMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man- +972 - "The Israeli commanders on the scene simply decided to carry out the raid “in a way which would not endanger the forces raiding the building,” or in other words, not make any real effort to capture them alive." - id 24/9/2014
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Your Honor, the investigative judge: I cannot dissemble, sir, and claim that I did not knowB. Michael - Haaretz - I wish to add that I understand that it will not be possible to completely exonerate me. While I did not take an active part in the abominations, I cannot deny that I cooperated with the government. If not by action, then by failure to act. If not in implementation, then in funding. All I can ask from Your Honor is to append to my file a recommendation that I be sentenced to community service and not a prison term. And to save the court expenses, I am willing to serve my sentence here. In The Hague. [bz]23/9/2014
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Only half a dozen refusers during the Gaza War, but then: the letter of the 43Michel Warschawski - AIC - If members of the elite Unit 8200 are taking up the flag of refusal, one can predict that a new wave of soldiers from other units will also say "no more!" The dry season of refusal I was complaining about a month ago may be coming to its end. Let`s hope. [bz] 23/9/2014
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Act of military madness in Syria Larry Derfner - +972 Magzine - A Syrian fighter jet strayed over the border with Israel – or rather, over the border with the Israeli- occupied Golan Heights. The Israeli military reportedly consider it an accident, The jet was going to bomb Al-Nusra jihadists on the Syrian side, and the incursion lasted all of two seconds. It got about 800 meters onto the Israeli side and turned back. So what did Israel do? What else? It blew the Syrian jet out of the sky. ak23/9/2014
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ICC blocked for Gaza residents Mazin Qumsiyeh - AIC - Israel, the United States and the PA have blocked Gaza residents from turning to the ICC for justice [ry]22/9/2014
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Space for perpetuating the conflict: Tunnels, deterrence and profitsIdan Landau - +972 - Israeli leaders cannot escape the idea that Palestinians must be controlled, all the time and in all areas of life. Indeed, if controlling the Palestinians is everything we want, then the separation wall and the ‘Iron Dome’ are excellent solutions. The longer this snowball rolls, however, any non-military option is ruled out more aggressively, and even relatively moderate military options become irrelevant [ry]22/9/2014
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Beinart predicts J Streeters will tackle immigration before thinking critically about IsraelMatthew Taylor--A day after Rebecca Steinfeld asked in Haaretz whether liberal Zionists will move left to support democracy or move right for permanent ethnocracy in the wake of the two state solution’s autopsy, Peter Beinart on cue considers — and then totally avoids — the question. Writing about J Street-- (several months old, but still worth reading. dn)21/9/2014
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Red Rag weekly column: Greetings from BerlinGideon Spiro - When I stand before monuments in memory of the Red Army, I cannot avoid choking up, because I cannot forget that the Red Army saved millions of Jews and others from destruction and enslavement. I never forget that the Soviet Union paid the heaviest price on the hard road to victory, 26 million human beings. In moments like that – and only then – I thank in my heart Stalin, his generals and all the soldiers of the Red Army, because without them we would not be here today.21/9/2014
Israel & the US: The Delusions of Our DiplomacyNathan Thrall - The New York Review of Books - The US is less a cure than a cause of stasis. It deprives any other third party—whether European or Arab—of a meaningful part in the peace process. (...) Even if the steps I have mentioned were taken, they would be no guarantee of a peaceful future. But unlike current policies, they at least offer the possibility of a better one. [bz]20/9/2014
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Growing Jerusalem unrest sparks fears of a third intifadaNadav Shragai - Israel Hayom - What is clear is that this time somebody prepared the rioters well for the possibility that they would be arrested and questioned. Many of the suspects were instructed and trained to resist interrogation and avoid divulging important details or providing the authorities with evidence. As a result, the security agencies are having a difficult time translating the treasure trove of intelligence information into evidence that would be admissible in court. [What is going on in Jerusalem, seen through the eyes of a notorious rightwing commentator. bz] 20/9/2014
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Why not listen to Khaled Meshal?Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Peace is made with enemies. Israel knows this, but Israel also knows that true peace requires withdrawal from the Occupied Territories. And so Israel represents Hamas as a “murderous organization” which is unwilling to make peace. Israel represented Fatah in exactly the same way, back in the day. gm20/9/2014
The U.S. is also guilty in PalestineSam Bahour - +972 "While Israeli bombs were hammering Gaza, Alice Lynd with the assistance of Staughton Lynd, drafted a 32-page pamphlet which was published by the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Historians Against the War (HAW) titled, Violations by Israel and the Problem of Enforcement (August 2014). The policy paper places the U.S. in front of its own mirror and meticulously documents how one hand of the U.S. government systematically documents Israeli violations of U.S. law and international law, while the other hand unconditionally dishes out financial, military, and diplomatic support to Israel." ca19/9/2014
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All Israelis are implicated in the occupationDahlia Scheindlin - +972 "Ironically, the far right has said this repeatedly. They argue that settlers are unfairly demonized, when in fact all of Israel, people and government alike, supports settlements." ca19/9/2014
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‘Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother’ : Testimonies from people who worked in the Israeli Intelligence Corps tell of a system where there were no boundariesThe Guardian - On the one hand, I felt solidarity with the victims, with the oppressed people who were denied such basic rights as I take for granted to be mine. On the other hand, I realised that the job I had done during my military service was that of the oppressor.-rh18/9/2014
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Gaza ceasefire proving once again to be part of the ‘occupation game’Pam Bailey - Mondoweiss - This lukewarm truce in Gaza is part of a long, boringly consistent pattern. A 2009 study that tracked patterns of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza over the course of eight years revealed that unlike what Western mainstream media coverage of the conflict suggests, Israel violates the vast majority of ceasefires first.-rh18/9/2014
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Victory for Khalida Jarrar!Samidoun - With steadfastness and resistance, and the campaign of thousands in Palestine and around the world who have stood with Khalida Jarrar, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Jarrar today achieved victory and the end of the expulsion order to Jericho placed upon her by Israeli occupation authorities.-rh18/9/2014
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Why Obama Will Lose His Endless War in Syria and IraqSteve Weissman - Reader Supported News - Islamic State, or ISIL, has only one way to keep the support of Iraq’s Sunni tribesmen and former Baathist supporters of Saddam Hussein. The blood-thirsty “fools of God” need to be seen defending their people against a Western invasion, which is precisely what Obama gives them.-rh 18/9/2014
The Haifa MobNoam Chayut - Boston Review - Many innocent people have lost their lives in Gaza. I lost only the freedom to express my thoughts in my neighborhood streets.-rh18/9/2014
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Jewish extremists try to change status quo at Al-AqsaDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The visit by extreme-right Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin to Al-Aqsa Mosque is yet another example of empowered Jewish extremists seeking to change current agreements over Islam’s third-holiest shrine.-rh 18/9/2014
Gaza: Life amid the rubbleYolande Knell - BBC News - More than 400,000 of Gaza`s residents were displaced by Israel`s recent 50-day military operation. Some 18,000 homes were also destroyed and many more were damaged. One of the worst affected neighbourhoods was Shejaiya, near the eastern border, where the Israeli military says it targeted Palestinian militants and their tunnels.-rh18/9/2014
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Summary of 2013 data: 199 invatigations into criminal offences by IDF soldiers against Palestinians - only 6 led to indictmentsYesh Din - Yesh Din and B`Tselem áöìí, two Israeli human rights organizations, declared today that the military law enforcement system is a complete failure and that the data shows Israel is unwilling to improve it, and as a result - is unwilling to conduct thorough and proper investigations of harm caused to Palestinians by the Israeli military forces.17/9/2014
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After the CeasefireOmar Robert Hamilton - London Review of Books - On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following.-rh17/9/2014
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There is nothing static about the West Bank "status quo"Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Netanyahu’s government treats all “state land” in the West Bank as if it already belongs to Israel, as opposed to land under dispute. For Israel it’s actually better than annexed land: projects that would take an arduously long time to plan and execute under the civilian planning system in Israel proper can materialize in a matter of months under the IDF military regime in the West Bank.-rh17/9/2014
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Israel’s N.S.A. ScandalJAMES BAMFORD -The New York Times - It should trouble the American public that some or much of the information in question — intended not for national security purposes but simply to pursue political agendas — may have come directly from the N.S.A.’s domestic dragnet. According to documents leaked by Mr. Snowden and reported by the British newspaper The Guardian, the N.S.A. has been sending intelligence to Israel since at least March 2009.-rh 17/9/2014
Unit 8200 refuseniks are telling the truthNahum Barnea - Yediot Ahronot - In the best-case scenario, the information they gather prevents a terror attack; in many other cases, it contributes to the occupation`s maliciousness, arbitrariness and foolishness, or provides a decent cover to the government`s false policy. [In the cacophony of mainstream reactions to the refusers, Barnea`s is exceptionally mild.-bz]16/9/2014
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Analysis: On victory and false victory in GazaRamzy Baroud - Ma`an - The very idea that powerful Israel, and the likes of Netanyahu, can use Palestinians as a testing ground for weapons or to enhance approval ratings seems to be over. [bz]16/9/2014
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The Jerusalem ApproachGershom Gorenberg - National Journal - On a midsummer afternoon, at the King George Street station in the center of downtown Jewish Jerusalem, I boarded one of the silver four-car trams of Jerusalem`s only light-rail line. The electric train swooshed east along Jaffa Road to the City Hall stop. The next stop was the Damascus Gate station, serving downtown Arab Jerusalem. From there the train headed north toward outlying Palestinian and Jewish neighborhoods. It was a normal rush-hour trip —except that there were no Palestinians on the train. (...) The missing passengers weren`t participating in an organized boycott. They were simply afraid. [bz]16/9/2014
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Listen to the Unit 8200 objectorsHaaretz editorial - A near wall-to-wall coalition, from the Labor Party to the extreme right, vied over which could condemn its signatories more harshly. Several politicians called for them to be punished and jailed. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz suggested assigning them to guard duty in the Negev; Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Zeev Elkin declared that they had “stuck a knife in the back of the Israel Defense Forces,” and former Unit 8200 commander Hanan Gefen said they should be investigated “in the interrogation rooms of the Shin Bet security service or the investigations unit of the Military Police.” [bz]16/9/2014
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Hamas frustrated by Israel’s flouting of cease-fire dealAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - "Two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, the demands made by Hamas have not been realized, in particular lifting the blockade on Gaza and opening the border crossings, which is causing delays in starting postwar reconstruction." - id 14/9/2014
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IDF`s `start-up nation` reservists refuse to serve the occupationDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "One of the most striking points in the unprecedented refusal letter is the forceful argument that Israel’s policies vis-a-vis Palestinians are simply unrelated to defense –and they are a matter of choice." - id 14/9/2014
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Short-term memory loss champions of the world: Gaza? What Gaza?Haggai Matar - +972 - "It’s one thing for the politicians to be indifferent, or for the public as a whole to not be interested, but it’s the professional duty of journalists to deal with Gaza, now more than ever, to explain what’s going on right now – if for no other reason, then to provide context for the next war." - id 14/9/2014
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In-depth look at Gaza school attacks (Human Rights Watch)Human Rights Watch - Three Israeli attacks that damaged Gaza schools housing displaced people caused numerous civilian casualties in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. 13/9/2014
Breaking the last taboo: Gaza and the threat of world warJohn Pilger - Counterpunch - The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The siege of Gaza is a siege of all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing by the day.13/9/2014
Four Boys, 43 Ex-Soldiers, 5% Opposed to the War - Thoughts on Sadness & HopeMoriel Rothman-Zecher - The Leftern Wall - Easy? Nope. Possible? Maybe. Crucial to believe that [there is still hope] and keep going? Absolutely. [bz] 13/9/2014
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Hannibal ad PortasUri Avnery - The order to implement the "Hannibal Procedure" in the IDF is based on the conviction that prisoner exchanges must be prevented by all means – quite literally. When soldiers see their comrade being dragged away, they must shoot and kill – even if it is almost certain that their comrade will also be hit. If the captors and their captive disappear, the whole neighborhood has to be flattened indiscriminately, in the hope that the captors are hiding in one of the buildings.13/9/2014
Israel`s watershed moment that wasn`tLarry Derfner - +972 - The idea that the Palestinians would stop fighting if Israel took its knee out of their spine, or that Israel’s interlocutor in the West Bank has long since stopped fighting, or that the Palestinians, like every other Middle Eastern nation, would be deterred by Israel’s terrible military might if they, like every other Middle Eastern nation, didn’t have Israel’s knee in their spine – such an idea is swatted like a fly by the national camp. [bz]13/9/2014
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Banking chaos in Gaza amid unity govt employee confusionDr. Shlomo Swirski and Attorney Noga Dagan-Buzaglo - Haokets "Poverty in Israel is not the result of low social security transfers, it’s the result of low income. And the truth of the matter is that the issue of poverty is not high on the Israeli government’s list of priorities." ca12/9/2014
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Israeli academics to Netanyahu: Accept Arab InitiativeMazal Mualem - Al Monitor "Alex Mintz, director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, explains that accepting the Arab Initiative “with reservations” is needed, as it “would weaken Hamas and the Iranian axis” while opening regional negotiations.Their call was based on the realization that the most recent conflict with Hamas highlighted the existence of a moderate bloc in the Middle East, which fears the growing strength of Islamic extremist groups and the arming of Iran." ca 12/9/2014
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Relief aid in Gaza failing to reach the most desperateAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - He pointed out that the delay in distribution and attempt to control all aid by storing it affected its usability. Products would arrive in Gaza and one-third of their expiration dates would have already passed, including those of canned goods.-rh 11/9/2014
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Israel’s tunnels aim to Judaize Jerusalem and are approved by Supreme CourtKate - Mondoweiss - With the Hamas tunnels dominating the Israeli narrative for the past several weeks, their inherent danger horrifying the entire state and sometimes leading to apocalyptic visions, the state of Israel persistently continued digging its own underground tunnels, also aimed at resolving the conflict – in Jerusalem.-rh 11/9/2014
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The best U.S. ‘strategy’ to combat ISIS? Stop supporting religious statesPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Barack Obama is working on his strategy to combat the radical Islamist group ISIS. How about upholding a core principle of democracy, the separation of church and state? We would affirm that principle not by sending drones and special forces to Syria but by opposing the idea of a Jewish state in Israel and Palestine.-rh11/9/2014
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U.S. should not be a silent partner to Israeli settlement expansionJEREMY BEN-AMI - Los Angele Times - If the Obama administration were to go a step further and declare that it is the view of the United States that settlements are not merely "unhelpful" or "illegitimate" but illegal under international law as laid out in the Fourth Geneva Convention, ordinary Israelis would understand that their government`s determination to push on with settlements was causing real, serious damage to the U.S.-Israel relationship.-rh11/9/2014
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Death of Israeli Child Reveals Netanyahu`s HypocrisyB. Michael - Information Clearing House - Netanyahu recently told two U.S. congressman that Hamas, Hezbollah and other Islamist groups are defying all international norms. So said the man who has just finished killing some 2,100 people.-rh 11/9/2014
Replacing the peace process with a civil rights struggleNoam Sheizaf - +972 - The solution is to replace the diplomatic process with a civil rights struggle, to break the occupation into pieces, and deal with each one of them: The fact that Palestinians do not enjoy freedom of movement. The fact that they have been tried in military courts for almost half a century. The limits on their freedom of speech and their right to freely assemble. The lack of proper detainee rights (including minors). The disrespect for their property rights, and, of course, their lack of political rights.-rh11/9/2014
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Denying Palestinians Their Humanity : A Response to Elie WieselSARA ROY - Counterpunch - Mr. Wiesel, how can you defend the slaughter of over 500 innocent children by arguing that Hamas uses them as human shields? Let us say for the sake of argument that Hamas does use children in this way; does this then justify or vindicate their murder in your eyes? How can any ethical human being make such a grotesque argument?-rh 11/9/2014
We Just Want to LiveTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - There is also no statistics that take under account the young men who left their homes in Hebron in seek of work in Jerusalem, or as they call it: “to bring bread to the children”, and got caught by the border police who drove them and dumped them at the checkpoint like an object of no use. They also just want to live.-rh 10/9/2014
Can Palestine Win the Peace?Daoud Kuttab - Project Syndicate - If Palestine’s leaders truly want to end the cycle of violence in Gaza, they must begin by resolving their own internal disagreements and present themselves as a cohesive, reliable, and committed negotiating party. They must band together behind the simple but powerful goal expressed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the General Assembly in New York: “We will build again, but this must be the last time to rebuild.”-rh 10/9/2014
Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease Noam Chomsky - Tom Dispatch - "After the disengagement, Israel left behind scorched earth, devastated services, and people with neither a present nor a future." - id 10/9/2014
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Standing Up to the Behemoth - Israeli Tunnel VisionJeffrey St. Clair - CounterPunch - “There is a bloody dialectic at work. The path that Israel has chosen, one of separation and isolation enforced by eruptions of extreme violence, will lead inexorably to its own ruin” [ry] 8/9/2014
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Israel has empowered, not weakened Hamas Sharif Nashashibi - AlJazeera - With enemies like Israel, who needs friends? [ry]8/9/2014
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Death of Israeli child reveals Netanyahu`s hypocrisy B.Michael--Netanyahu recently told two U.S. congressman that Hamas, Hezbollah and other Islamist groups are defying all international norms. So said the man who has just finished killing some 2,100 people. dn7/9/2014
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U.S. mulls more steps in response to Israel’s land grab in West BankBarak Ravid--Israeli official says expropriation announcement `drove the Americans nuts`; Netanyahu’s advisers say move was not coordinated with them.‬7/9/2014
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Why are Palestinian citizens expected to be loyal to Israel?Rami Younis--“Is he also going to grow up to be an enemy of Israel like you?” A. asked as he played with Adi, my one-and-a-half-year-old nephew. “Maybe, if god and Gideon Levy will it, he and a lot more like him will grow up to be a fifth column,” I answered as I put another Winnie the Pooh plate into the shopping cart — I’m babysitting the future demographic threat today, and I must do as it wishes. dn 7/9/2014
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God Wills It!Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - There may be very little time left to make peace with the Arab national movement, and especially with the Palestinian people – including both the PLO and Hamas – and join the fight against the Islamic State.6/9/2014
Failure in GazaAssaf Sharon - The New York Review of Books - The historic conflict with the Palestinians will not be settled by a single agreement. Reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians—overcoming decades of bloodshed and hatred—will require a long process of acceptance and forgiveness spanning years and probably decades. The armed conflict, however, can certainly be ended. (...) Netanyahu’s “conflict management” is a euphemism for maintaining a status quo of settlement and occupation, allowing no progress. [bz]6/9/2014
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Israel`s fatal overreach: is the Salaita case a breakthrough moment? Andrew Levine - Counterpunch - The political class will be the last to break free from reflexive Zionist attitudes, but it can happen even there. The proof will come when someone has the courage to test the waters. [...] This is why a welcome outcome in the protracted struggle ahead is not out of the question. If and when it comes, the Salaita affair will be part of the story.6/9/2014
Muslim anti-Israeli views are not European anti-SemitismAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "While the roots of anti-Semitism in Europe are deep, anti-Israel attitudes in the Muslim world can be changed with a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." ca 5/9/2014
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Ignoring the Arab Peace Initiative could cost BibiBen Caspit - Al-Monitor "Unlike Ehud Olmert, Benjamin Netanyahu ignores the Arab League initiative, which will cost Israel its US backing at a crucial moment in the near future." ca 5/9/2014
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Israel’s very own PutinYoel Marcus - Haaretz "There is not a smidgen of political or diplomatic reason to the Netanyahu of recent months. It’s all a matter of character. He hasn’t been advancing any policy other than things that create a residue of anger and a lack of trust. He has been running the country as if it were a Greek tragedy, with an ending that is known in advance." ca5/9/2014
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Petition: Deny Nomination of PM Harper for Nobel Peace PrizeGeorge Rishmawi - IMEMC "The petition -- launched by Edward Tanas, a GIS Specialist from Calgary, Canada, demanding the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Norway to “Deny Nomination of PM Harper for Nobel Peace Prize” -- was initiated after B`nai Brith Canada announced that it would nominate Harper for the prestigious prize, according to his "outstanding moral leadership"." ca 5/9/2014
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Israeli right-wing politician: `Annex territories, grant Palestinians citizenship`Ami Kaufman - +972 "Israeli right-wing politician and former IDF general Efi Eitam has made remarks that few would have expected to hear from him." ca5/9/2014
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When the school day ends with tear gasInternational Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team - This afternoon, September 2nd, two ISM volunteers watched over Salaymeh checkpoint at school closing time. Two Israeli soldiers were stationed at the checkpoint to begin with, and as usual, children started walking home after a day at school. At one point two young boys threw stones at the checkpoint. This was shortly followed by a short-range tear gas canister fired by one of the soldiers, which was aimed at the stone-throwing children but primarily affected those who needed to pass the cloud of tear gas in order to reach their homes.-rh4/9/2014
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Israel’s right wing Zionists, Palestine’s militant resistance are political winners after Gaza slaughterPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Polling shows that Hamas`s popularity has spiked across Palestine with 61 percent saying the same strategy of militant resistance should be adopted in the West Bank. Israelis, meantime, have shifted right, more supporting settlements leader Naftali Bennett, who makes sitting P.M. Netanyahu look like a centrist.-rh4/9/2014
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Wadi SimsimDavid Shulman - The Villages Group - Suhail has the sun-scorched face of a south Hebron shepherd. Deep eyes. A certain natural, visible goodness, an ease of being and speaking. He knew today was going to be hard because already at 5AM he saw, from his tent, how the soldiers turned up in their jeeps. We left Jerusalem at 6, when it was barely light, and by 7 we had climbed down the fierce slope of Zanuta and made our rendezvous.-rh4/9/2014
ACTION ALERT: Take action for the immediate release of Dr. Yousef Abdul HaqSamidoun - Dr. Yousef was taken from his home at approximately 02:30am and transferred to Huwwara Military Camp, just south of Nablus city. 7 days later Dr. Yousef appeared before an Israeli Military Court where a Judge consented to Dr. Yousef’s detention, without charge, for 4 months.-rh4/9/2014
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How America Made ISIS : Their Videos and Ours, Their “Caliphate” and OursTom Engelhardt - Information Clearing House - What Americans have needed is a little pick-me-up to make us feel better, to make us, in fact, feel distinctly good. Certainly, what official Washington has needed in tough times is a bona fide enemy so darn evil, so brutal, so barbaric, so inhuman that, by contrast, we might know just how exceptional, how truly necessary to this planet we really are.-rh 4/9/2014
Debunking claims of failure in GazaRon Ben-Yishai - Ynet - "The disappointment and even humiliation felt by large portions of the Israeli public after each round of fighting in Gaza (and Lebanon) has repeated itself." - id 3/9/2014
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One- or two-state solution? The answer is both (or neither)Noam Sheizaf - +972 - "My principle political position is opposition to the occupation." - id 3/9/2014
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Bibi uses Gaza as wedge between Abbas and HamasAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "In seven months, the Arab initiative will celebrate its bar mitzvah, and Netanyahu is stuck in the “initial stages.”" - id3/9/2014
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Honor the victims: Avoid past mistakes in reconstructing Gaza Omar Shaban - Ma`an News Agency - should efforts focus on reconstruction and renovation or on building and development? In post-World War II Japan, for instance, the question was: Do we focus on mending what the war destroyed or on building new foundations? The right approach lies in successfully combining the two. But beyond international experience there are specific lessons to learn from past efforts in Gaza, especially given that they have not been successful in putting Gaza back on its feet, and that is putting it mildly.-rh 3/9/2014
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Israelis unsure whether they won or lost in GazaJonathan Cook - The View from Nazareth - In late July, as Israel launched its ground offensive, Netanyahu’s approval ratings stood at 82 per cent. Days before the current ceasefire took effect on 26 August, that figure had slumped to 55 per cent.-rh 3/9/2014
Gazans reject Israel`s calls to disarmRasha Abou Jalal - Al-Monitor - Palestinians believe it`s necessary that the Palestinian resistance remains armed as long as the Israeli occupation persists in the Palestinian territories. They are convinced that the resistance`s disarmament will lead to further losses of their rights.-rh 3/9/2014
Failure in GazaAssaf Sharon - The New York Review of Books - In Israel, endless controversy over Gaza has overlooked one question: How did we get here in the first place? Why, after a considerable period of relative calm, did Hamas resume rocket fire into Israel?-rh3/9/2014
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If Liberal Zionism Were Dead, What Actions Would That Imply?Robert Naiman - Common Dreams - “The most crucial failing of the Liberal Zionists has not been that they have a morally contradictory ideology that cannot manage the tension between the liberal value of equality and the Zionist assumption of Jewish supremacy in Palestine. The most crucial failing of the Liberal Zionists has been that they have been politically passive, unwilling to fight politically for their stated beliefs, using the same nonviolent political pressure tactics that a labor union or an environmental group or a women`s group would use to force the changes in government policy that they want” [ry]2/9/2014
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Israel’s ‘land for lives’ is theft. Pure and simple Robert Fisk - The Independent - World View: Israel takes land, Palestine loses land; that’s the way it works [ry]2/9/2014
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There`s no whitewashing the Gaza blockadeHaaretz editorial - The Gaza Strip, with its 1.8 million people, doesn’t need generosity or favors. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who speaks vaguely of a “diplomatic horizon,” must end the blockade, fully open the crossings between Gaza and Israel and give a real chance for development to bring quiet, after it’s been proven that the blockade merely foments violent rebellions against Israel. [bz]1/9/2014
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Israel needs a new strategy in GazaLev Grinberg - Ynet/translation +972 - The IDF elite won’t dare say publicly that there is no military solution to Palestinian resistance. (...) As long as a new model of relations with the Palestinians isn’t designed, the current situation will continue to deteriorate, and Israeli society will increasingly lose faith in the ability of its military and political elite to shift the status quo and deal with reality. Israelis and Palestinians will need international help to compromise and step forward. [bz]1/9/2014
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