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How Israel is turning one Arab party into a security threatOrly Noy - +972 - "Balad isn’t the first political party in Israel to be suspected of violating campaign finance laws. But it is the first one to have its members arrested in overnight, commando-style raids." - id21/9/2016
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A `wave of violence` that never actually endsHaggai Matar - +972 - "When the Israeli media talks about the latest ‘wave of violence,’ it leaves out the five unarmed Palestinians who were shot to death by soldiers and police officers in the past few months." - id 21/9/2016
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So Let the Settlers Stay. They Won`t.Gershom Gorenberg - The American Prospect - Netanyahu`s "ethnic cleansing" bluff should be called. Like other residents of newly independent Palestine, settlers who decide to stay put will become Palestinian citizens, their position the mirror image of that of Israel`s Arab citizens. The former settlers will live under Palestinian law and the authority of Palestinian courts. They should be prepared for lawsuits by Palestinians with very strong claims to ownership of the land on which large parts of the settlements stand. Where they don`t have such legal problems, they should know that Palestinians will be moving in next door, into homes that belonged to Israelis who chose to return to Israel.The number of settlers who would stay under those conditions could meet in a small cafe in Ramallah, perhaps at one table. All the rest would do the Zionist thing and move to the state of Israel.[ak]20/9/2016
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Begin and My Father Had the Courage to Be Real Leaders. Netanyahu Hasn`t Yuval Rabin - Haaretz - In the interests of accuracy and perspective, the Oslo interim accords did not deviate from the right-wing Likud`s endorsement of the 1979 “Framework for Peace in the Middle East,” better known as the Camp David Accords, in which Israel agreed to withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza. [bz]17/9/2016
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Red Rag column: the robbed occupier; force-feeding; Women`s Boat to GazaGideon Spiro - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s manipulative use of the loaded term “ethnic cleansing” while discussing a hypothetical evacuation of settlers from the West Bank has already redounded to his discredit, as befits one who makes false use of historically emotive concepts. He has already been reminded that ethnic cleansing is what Israel did in 1948, when it expelled hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and barred their return. 16/9/2016
Is Israel on the Brink of Tearing Itself Asunder?Jonathan Cook - Information Clearing House "On one side is a new peace movement, Decision at 50, stuffed with former political and security leaders. Ehud Barak, a previous prime minister who appears to be seeking a political comeback, may yet emerge as its figurehead.The group has demanded the government hold a referendum next year...On the other is Benjamin Netanyahu, in power for seven years with the most right-wing government in Israel’s history. On Friday he posted a video on social media criticising those who want to end the occupation." ca16/9/2016
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UN chief slams Netanyahu over `ethnic cleansing` remarkAFP - "UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday took a swipe at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying it was "unacceptable and outrageous" to claim that opposition to settlements was tantamount to ethnic cleansing." ca 16/9/2016
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Colin Powell gets real about Israeli nukesEli Clifton - +972 "Leaked emails reveal the former Secretary of State acknowledging Israel’s nuclear weapons, which he claims are all pointed at Iran." ca16/9/2016
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The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti‑Semitism Nick Cohen - The Guardian - "Dave Rich’s new history reveals the origins of Labour’s recent antisemitic scandal in a wider leftwing revival of prejudice." id14/9/2016
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Knesset Member: Comparing Palestinian Citizens of Israel With Illegal Israeli Settlers Is Immoral, Irrational and AhistoricalWAFA - "“He [Netanyahu] should realize that no matter Israel`s institutionalized system of discrimination, this is our homeland and we are here to stay.”" - id14/9/2016
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The Human Rights of the SettlerNEVE GORDON - NICOLA PERUGINI - CounterPunch - "Netanyahu depicts Israeli and thus Jewish settlers’ disengagement from the occupied West Bank, which constitutes a mere 22 percent of Mandatory Palestine, as an egregious violation of the rights of Jewish settlers.| - id 14/9/2016
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Peace Now: Proposing a referendum on ending the occupation Ori Nir - Americans for Peace Now - Peace Now, in cooperation with other Israeli civil society organizations, launched a new initiative demanding a referendum on the future of Israel’s rule over the West Bank and on peace with the Palestinians.The referendum initiative, anchored in a new organization, Decision at 50, will collect signatures of Israeli citizens, demanding a voice in deciding on the future of the Occupied Territories – a decision until now dictated by the settlers and their allies, through establishing facts on the ground, with an immense impact on the national security and wellbeing of the state of Israel.Many prominent Israeli public figures have joined the initiative, including current and former Knesset members, former security officials, as well as prominent academics, entertainers and writers.[ak]13/9/2016
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Obama & Palestine: The Last ChanceNathan Thrall - The New York Review of Books - By pointing to Israel’s receipt of the largest package of military assistance ever granted by the US, Obama could be more free to take steps not to Israel’s liking, including a last-gasp effort to secure a different sort of Palestine legacy. What legacy might Obama try to leave? Only one option isn’t seen as unrealistic: to set down the guidelines or “parameters” of a peace agreement—on the four core issues of borders, security, refugees, and Jerusalem—in a US-supported UN Security Council resolution. Once passed, with US support, these Security Council-endorsed parameters would become international law, binding, in theory, on all future presidents and peace brokers. [bz] 13/9/2016
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Between Warsaw and the NakbaYaron London - Ynet - Anyone demanding that his fellowman beat his breast should demand it first and foremost from himself. A strong and confident nation can recognize the wrongs it has done without undermining the foundations of its existence. Is that what we are doing? The political establishment`s attempts to forbid Israel`s Arabs to express the loss of their homeland in any way show that we do not trust ourselves. [bz]13/9/2016
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Breaking the perceptual circle Ami Ayalon, Gilead Sher, Orni Petruschka - Ynet - A proposal for principles of a permanent agreement of two states for two people, as long as it takes into account Israel`s national interests as well as self-determination for the Palestinians and which will be accepted by the United Nations Security Council, will serve as the required defined objective capable of getting the sides out of the negative spin they have been caught in. And Israel should make an effort to influence the international proposal so that it will not harm its vital interests, rather than settling for a condemnation of any international involvement. [bz]13/9/2016
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A crime committed nearly every weekAmos Gvirtz - A group of armed men escorted by destruction machines enters a village, approaches the compound of a certain family (or families), force the members of the family out of the house and demolish it: including the sheep pen, storerooms and water tanks. Such a crime committed in a Jewish settlement (illegally built in the Occupied Territories) would face organized resistance, be widely covered by the media, and the victims would receive immediate compensation. When the victims are Palestinians, they would not dare resist and know full well that the media (except, perhaps, for Amira Hass and Gideon Levy in! Haaretz) would not cover it, and that they would not receive any compensation. The assistance that would arrive from the Red Cross or other aid organizations will also be demolished. 13/9/2016
Naomi Chazan: Against a referendum on ending the occupation Naomi Chazan - Times of Israel - The idea of a referendum is motivated by the need to challenge the foot-dragging of the Netanyahu government. Referenda, however, are very fickle political instruments. To conduct the first referendum in Israel’s history on the most essential and contentious question on the public agenda is foolhardy at best, if not downright irresponsible. Moreover, The notion that Israelis have the right to decide the political destiny of Palestinians is beyond absurd.It assumes that Israel possesses all the lands in question and can retain or discard them at will. Worldwide, referendums on the future of a specific territory are conducted among the residents of the areas affected - not among their overlords.[ak] 13/9/2016
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Palestinian Hunting SeasonYoav Litvin - CounterPunch - “[…] the present moment leading up to the inauguration of the next President of the United States may serve as an opportune time for a weak Benjamin Netanyahu and an insecure, thuggish Avigdor Lieberman to join forces and wage a new war against the quintessential Israeli scapegoats and victims, the Palestinians. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be only too happy at the distraction from their corrupt and sluggish campaign performances” [ry] 12/9/2016
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Like a wave that builds slowly, inexorably on the ocean`s horizon, . . .Andrew Mitrovica--Like a wave that builds slowly, inexorably on the ocean`s horizon, the BDS movement is a cresting force that is destined to have a profound geopolitical impact, writes Mitrovica [Getty] dn11/9/2016
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Ukrainian Orphan`s Tragic Life Takes Turn for Worse as Israel Orders His Deportation Ilan Lior--Last week, Samuel Gumeniuk received a notice ordering him to leave Israel within two weeks. Samuel’s father died when he was 18 months old. When he was 6, his mother became ill and Samuel was taken in by his aunt and uncle, Xenia and Valentin Kravchenko, who had three children of their own. Samuel’s mother died a few months later. dn11/9/2016
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"A Continuous War Mentality": Richard Falk on Israel`s Human Rights AbusesC.J. Polychroniouand Lily Sage, Truthout | Interview--Israel`s treatment of Palestinians mirrors the abominable system of apartheid in South Africa, but many members of the "international community" who fueled the gradual delegitimization and eventual collapse of South Africa`s apartheid regime are failing to apply similar pressure against Israel. In fact, many nations are even strengthening their ties with the Israeli government. dn11/9/2016
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Right of return is the heart of Palestine’s struggleMohamed Mohamed--As a descendant of Palestinians from a village in what is now known as Israel, the barrage of Israeli propaganda attempting to bury the history of our existence is not surprising. One can expect no less from a state that was created through the expulsion and subjugation of an existing population. dn11/9/2016
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Netanyahu’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ video earns strong rebuke from State DepartmentPhilip Weiss--Today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted another of his English language videos about the conflict. This one said that those who want to create a Palestinian state are seeking “ethnic cleansing” of Jews from the occupied territories, and some enlightened countries are supporting this program.dn11/9/2016
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Don`t call it a comeback: Really, please don`t come backDimi Reider--It seems Ehud Barak is planning a return to politics: posters have appeared calling on him to “run” (where exactly is unclear), and now even Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy reluctantly voiced the opinion that for all his faults, Barak is “the only hope” to defeat Netanyahu because he is “so much more brilliant than his politician peers.” But before the buildup of yet another great white hope commences, a reminder might be in order. dn10/9/2016
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Like a wave that builds slowly, inexorably on the ocean`s horizon, the BDS movement is a cresting force that is destined to have a profound geopolitical impact, writes Mitrovica Andrew Mitrovica--This slightly amended phrase, appropriated from another equally succinct and now universally recognised adage, is perhaps the philosophical clarion call at the moral centre of a worldwide movement that seeks, peacefully, to redress the grim injustices endured by Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.dn10/9/2016
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How Israeli Politicians Took Peace With the Palestinians Off the Table Daniel Bar-Tal - Haaretz - These ideas are not foreign to Jewish society. They have already been created and have coalesced in Israel in the past. Prime Minister Rabin expressed them on May 4, 1994, in his remarks at the signing the Cairo Agreement: Our Palestinian neighbors, one hundred years of bloodshed implanted in us hostility toward one another. For one hundred years we lay in wait for you, and you lay in wait for us. We killed you, and you killed us… Today, you and we stretch out our hands in peace. Today, we are beginning a different reckoning. [bz]10/9/2016
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Is Israel Pushing for a Palestinian Civil War?Ramzy Baroud - Common Dreams - From Lieberman’s viewpoint, the opportunity must be ripe for refining and re-imposing the ‘Village Leagues’. Whether it works in its original form or fails, it makes no difference, since the idea is to engender further division amongst Palestinians, sow social chaos, political conflict and, perhaps, duplicate Gaza’s brief civil war in the summer of 2007. [bz]10/9/2016
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Why it`s crunch time for the Israeli leftMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - "The Israeli left is at its lowest point in its history and must reinvent itself to survive." - id9/9/2016
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Breaking out of the stagnant Palestinian-Israeli status quo Ghassan Michel Rubeiz - The Arab Daily News - "Breaking out of the stagnant Palestinian-Israeli status quo. As long as Israel is comfortable with the occupation it will opt to maintain it. But Palestinians can radically change their predicament with a paradigm shift in their resistance." - id 9/9/2016
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Red Rag column: Syria and Israel; Holocaust denial and Nakba denial; Uzi BaramGideon Spiro - In recent days we have been hearing about populations being starved due to siege, which brings to mind the siege of Gaza. Israel is exhibiting insensitivity to this terrible disaster which is the lot of the Syrians and Iraqis. More than once have I heard this hair-raising statement: “What do we care if Arabs kill Arabs.” And then they’re astonished at those who were silent during the Holocaust. gm8/9/2016
What it would cost Abbas to reconcile with Dahlan Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "Regardless of what he actually meant, it is clear to everyone that the Palestinian president confirmed that he is the target of a serious onslaught by all the Arab states in regard to Dahlan, whom several Arab leaders consider to be Abbas’ inevitable heir." ca 7/9/2016
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What is Israel`s place in the Middle East?Assaf David - +972 "The following talk was presented, in Arabic, at a conference titled “Winds of Change in the Middle East” at Ben Gurion University on January 26, 2015." ca7/9/2016
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Red Rag column: new school year and ongoing conflictGideon Spiro - Over 30 years ago, when my spouse and I accompanied our children to grade 1, I was troubled by anxiety about what kind of education system we were sending them to. Who would win out, the education system that volunteers students to be part of a colonialist racist system, or the system of humane values of their home? gm5/9/2016
Civil War Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - “A lot of Israelis have begun to talk of ‘two Jewish societies’ in Israel, some even talk about ‘two Jewish peoples’ within the Israeli Jewish nation. What holds them together? The conflict, of course. The occupation. The perpetual state of war” [ry] 5/9/2016
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Divided Congress upends US-Israel relationshipJulian Pecquet--Liberal Israel policy advocacy group J Street has endorsed more than half of the Democrats in the US House this cycle, the latest example of continued fallout from last year`s nuclear agreement with Iran. dn4/9/2016
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Hudson Institute Award to Netanyahu Named for Neocon Who Inspired Dr. Strangelove Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Israel is, after all, one of the most dangerous of the nuclear states. One of those most likely to engage in first-use of nuclear weapons would the circumstances arise." - id 31/8/2016
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Using human shields as a pretext to kill civilians Neve Gordon - A-Jazeera - "By claiming that the other side is using human shields, the attacker provides itself with a pre-emptive legal defence." - id 31/8/2016
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Has Israeli defense minister changed IDF`s West Bank strategy? Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - "The Israel Defense Forces have been carrying out regular operations in the Dheisheh refugee camp and the villages of Hebron governorate, all inside West Bank`s Area A and ostensibly under full Palestinian control." - id 31/8/2016
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Sorrow and Grace in Palestine Alice Bach - CounterPunch - "Ehrenreich lived in the West Bank intermittently between 2011 and 2014, absorbing the world of Palestine, so different from Los Angeles, his home base. He starts small: a village, a surrounded house, a Friday protest." - id 30/8/2016
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Will Israel hold referendum over two-state solution? Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor - "With the Israeli occupation of the West Bank nearing its 50th year, Israel`s peace camp is pushing the idea of a referendum over its future." - id 30/8/2016
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The need for a clear leftist alternative in PalestineHani Habib - AIC - The Democratic Alliance marks Palestinian leftist parties’ seventh attempt to unify. To ensure its survival, the party must concretize its platform [ry] 29/8/2016
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Red Rag column: Gratuitous hate; toxic Judaism; the Munich Olympics murdersGideon Spiro - The 11 who perished at Munich in 1972 could be with us today, if Prime Minister Golda Meir had not demanded that the Germans not accede to the abductors’ demands. A reminder of what has been forgotten: the original objective of the abductors was to capture the athletes, fly them to a third country and then conduct negotiations for an exchange of prisoners. The German government wanted to agree to their demands and conclude the incident without bloodshed, and received a negative reply from Golda Meir. 28/8/2016
Israel’s war on open discourse: State censorship now reaches into international news sources and social mediaDavid Palumbo-Liu--Since the beginning of this year, Israel’s attempts to control what people can read and write within the country and in occupied Palestinian territories have increased, reaching into new areas in ways that are of concern. dn28/8/2016
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If Israel’s Occupation Is Permanent, Why Isn’t It the Same as Apartheid?Jay Michaelson--Apartheid. The word is thrown around on the left-wing side of Israel-Palestine politics these days, and often it seems intended to provoke outrage, not reflection. And indeed, that’s exactly what it does on the right. But with the news on August 22 that only 58% of Israelis still support a two-state solution (and that’s counting those who support it in principle but not in practice), it might be worth taking a closer look. dn28/8/2016
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Democracy’ and ‘terrorism’ and the parameters of thinkable thoughtThomas S. Harrington--It is an experience I have had time and again over the years not only with Zionists, but their ideological first cousins, American Exceptionalists. Think of it as a form of tactical retreat designed to prevent the further exposure of what spies sometimes refer to as “sources and methods.” dn27/8/2016
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Stop With the Nonsense That Palestinians Are a Minority in Israel Gideon Levy--That’s the only way one can argue comfortably and learnedly about whether Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. The discussion is a fascinating intellectual one, with only one problem: It has long since lost relevance. A country where about half the subjects aren`t Jewish can`t be Jewish. If it If it insists on being Jewish by force, it isn’t democrati 27/8/2016
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Israeli Think Tank: Don’t Destroy ISIS - It’s a “Useful Tool” Against Iran, Hezbollah, SyriaBen Norton - Information Clearing House "The continuing existence of IS serves a strategic purpose,” wrote Efraim Inbar in “The Destruction of Islamic State Is a Strategic Mistake,” a paper published on Aug. 2...The think tank, known by its acronym BESA, is affiliated with Israel’s Bar Ilan University and has been supported by the Israeli government, the NATO Mediterranean Initiative, the U.S. embassy in Israel and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.BESA also says it “conducts specialized research on contract to the Israeli foreign affairs and defense establishment, and for NATO.” ca 26/8/2016
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Three years onAmany Maged - Al-Ahram Weekly "The Muslim Brotherhood marked the anniversary with predictable slogans that could be followed on familiar hashtags. The one big surprise was Ahmed Al-Mogheir’s admission that the Rabaa sit-in, contrary to Brotherhood claims, was not “peaceful” but armed and militarised. Al-Mogheir, a Muslim Brotherhood member close to the group`s strongman Khayrat Al-Shater and known in the media as “Al- Shater’s boy”, issued this confession on 14 August, the date of the third anniversary of the breakup of the sit-in...The Egyptian media rejoiced at this admission which, by the time Al-Ahram Weekly went to press, had not yet elicited a single response from the Brotherhood." ca26/8/2016
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Why Bibi is rejoicing as Obama`s term nears end Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor "“I post frequently on YouTube and Facebook,” Netanyahu said proudly. “In this day and age, we are able to skip over the traditional media and regimes and to reach the people directly. My video clips have 40 million views outside Israel. That is an enormous, unprecedented number. The world wants to hear us. That is a fact. We safeguard the Middle East and protect Europe and America by our very presence here. I hope that I will soon be able to break up the automatic majority opposing Israel in the United Nations. The situation will only get better.” That is Netanyahu, late summer, 2016. He is self-assured and optimistic, ready for a fight and glad to finally be done with Obama. If there is one thing he would rather not talk about, it`s Obama`s potential successors." ca 26/8/2016
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Anne Frank Today Is a Syrian GirlNicholas Kristof - NYT "No one takes their family into hiding in the heart of an occupied city unless they are out of options,” notes Mattie J. Bekink, a consultant at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. “No one takes their child on a flimsy boat to cross the Mediterranean unless they are desperate.”...Today, to our shame, Anne Frank is a Syrian girl." ca26/8/2016
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Has US taken on role of Israeli domestic opposition? Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - "While opposition leaders Isaac Herzog and Yair Lapid keep silent over growing Israeli construction in West Bank settlements, the United States has been issuing rapid-fire condemnations of the government`s actions." - id 24/8/2016
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Israeli MKs, NGO Monitor Invent False Anti-Semitic Claims Against BDS Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The Knesset foreign affairs committee began the fraud by titling the hearing, “Singling Out Jewish Students by BDS on U.S. Campuses.”" - id24/8/2016
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Thirst and narrative Adam Keller - Crazy Country - ""Twice a week the water is flowing through this little water pipe which you see here on the ground, a pipe with a 20 mm diameter. When the large container is full we distribute the water among all the families, it has to last for three days."" - id24/8/2016
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Why A Military Embargo Against Israel Is Necessary(Part 1)Presentation by Bruce Katz--23/8/2016
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This Israeli Summer, Some Palestinian Lives Matter Sayed Kashua--It’s true that swimming-pools-and-Arabs are in the “dog bites man” category,” but in summertime the discrimination against Arabs in public pools is something readers will go for. It’s not the state budget, the situation at the airport, discrimination in the job market or other racial abuse: It’s discrimination in the swimming pool, a phenomenon with a racial history, like separation on buses and at recreational sites. dn23/8/2016
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Muslims Are the Sacrificial Lambs of Our Surveillance Security Apparatus: We Should Pay Attention Aviva Stahl--Muslims suffer the most invasive, traumatic manifestations of the state’s intrusion. The hyped danger is used to justify further expansion of surveillance. dn23/8/2016
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Alms for the enemyThe Economist--THE indictments this month in an Israeli court of two Palestinians employed by international aid agencies have become a valuable weapon in the Israeli government’s public-relations war against Hamas, the militant Islamist movement that has ruled Gaza since 2007. In the first, a local director for World Vision, one of the world’s largest Christian aid organisations, stands accused of diverting millions of dollars to the armed wing of Hamas; the money, Israel alleges, was used to buy weapons, build fortifications and pay fighters. In the second, an engineer working for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) was charged with building facilities for Hamas. dn21/8/2016
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Black activists owe no apology for charging Israel with genocideDarializa Avila Chevalier and Khury Petersen-Smith--Solidarity with Black people in the US cannot be conditioned on silence over Israeli racism. Keiko HiromiPolaris 21/8/2016
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Olympic Jews?Uri Avnery--So Israeli crowds suddenly became judo fans (some called it “Jewdo”). People who did not go wild with enthusiasm were considered traitors. We did not hear anything about the judo champions who got the gold or silver medals. Were there any? dn21/8/2016
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The West Bank’s new normalTom Sperlinger--About two-thirds into The Way to the Spring, Ben Ehrenreich, an American novelist and journalist, describes a video recorded in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. An Israeli settler had climbed onto a rooftop to take down a Palestinian flag and was entangled in razor wire, “unable to go up or down.” The Palestinian videographer Shadi Sedr tried to help the settler but was rebuffed: “[The settler] couldn’t advance, but he couldn’t back down either. He couldn’t move at all without tearing his own flesh …” dn21/8/2016
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Keep Israel`s militarism away from asylum seeker childrenDror Mizrachi--But the question that needs to be asked is how, from the get go, did we get to the point in which soldiers take an active role in education — vis-a-vis refugees or citizens — all while turning mandatory enlistment into a natural and legitimate act. In this situation, and in this context alone, it seems that Liberman actually made the right decision.dn20/8/2016
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Israeli defense minister`s next target: refugee childrenAkiva Eldar--Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has ordered IDF soldiers to cease volunteering at kindergartens for refugee children. dn20/8/2016
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Top iTunes podcasts on Arabs, Middle East Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - " You need to avoid commentators who base their analysis on subtle anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism that is driven by politics and Western media acceptance, like those provided by Christiane Amanpour and Fareed Zakaria." - id17/8/2016
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Idolatry and Causeless Hatred in War Against Susya, Umm Al-Hiran, El-Araqib and Umm Al-KhirArik Ascherman - Times Of Israel - When our love for the Land of Israel causes us to harm our fellow human beings, created in God’s Image just as we are, our love becomes idolatry. [bz]16/8/2016
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Red Rag column: on boycott of IsraelGideon Spiro - since the author is an Israeli who supports BDS, he is preparing for the day when the Israeli government expels him back to his native Germany. gm15/8/2016
Israeli demolitions leave 53 Palestinians homeless. Edo Konrad--Israeli authorities have demolished more Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank thus far in 2016 than in any other calendar year in the last decade. dn14/8/2016
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On its 11th birthday, BDS leads nonviolent resistanceDaoud Kuttab--Many years ago, in June 1988, Israel deported another Palestinian nonviolent activist, Mubarak Awad, on the eve of the first Palestinian Intifada, during the Yitzhak Shamir administration. Both cases certainly prove that Israel can`t deal with either violent or nonviolent Palestinians; some would even say that Israelis have a much harder time with nonviolent Palestinians. dn 14/8/2016
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My Dad Taught Me Never to Root for the Israeli Delegation, Now I Understand Why Sayed Kashua--“You gave a whole country a wonderful feeling,” the prime minister told the judoka Yarden Gerbi after she won a bronze medal. The whole country – really? Are you sure about that, Mr. Prime Minister? And if there are some people who don’t feel wonderful about it? Are they considered to be outside the country’s borders? And where exactly are the borders that the prime minister is talking about? Are they also the borders of Israel’s Olympic team, whose 47 members didn’t include even one Arab? And isn’t that a good enough reason for anyone following the progress of the delegation to refrain from feeling wonderful? Is there another delegation, all of whose members are of the same religion, the same race, the same color? Is there another delegation from a democracy anywhere else whose composition is based on racial purity? dn14/8/2016
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What Bibi gets wrong about Israeli mediaAkiva Eldar--The Israeli public perceives a media landscape dominated by left-wing positions, but reality tells another story. dn13/8/2016
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Hizb ut-Tahrir: Palestine is not our main cause Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "Many of the ideological concepts and doctrines of Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) and the Islamic State (IS) are similar. They both believe in the goal of establishing Islamic caliphate rule and in the strict interpretation of Islamic law. The two groups differ, however, in one major respect: Hizb ut-Tahrir stands categorically against the use of violence and military means to realize its ideals...Musab Abu Arqoub, a Palestinian Hizb ut-Tahrir leader, told Al-Monitor by phone from the town of Dura, in the Hebron district." ca 12/8/2016
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Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came ApartScott Anderson - NYT "It is unprecedented for us to focus so much energy and attention on a single story, and to ask our readers to do the same. We would not do so were we not convinced that what follows is one of the most clear-eyed, powerful and human explanations of what has gone wrong in this region that you will ever read." ca 12/8/2016
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Red Rag column: Storm over Mahmoud DarwishGideon Spiro - Occupaton Magazine "Seventy-one years since the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. Remember, and do not forget: close the reactor in Dimona, dismantle Israel’s nuclear weapons in the framework of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction, before there is a nuclear holocaust; free the prisoner of conscience Mordechai Vanunu from the prison called the State of Israel." ca 12/8/2016
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Red Rag column: Storm over Mahmoud DarwishGideon Spiro - Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish is also the poet of uprooted and expelled refugees from Germany like the German Jewish satirist Kurt Tucholsky and the German Jewish writer Stefan Zweig, who committed suicide in exile after they could no longer tolerate being uprooted from the landscape and culture of their homeland. He is also the poet of the refugees who are seeking asylum in Israel, whom the government is doing all it can to expel. gm 12/8/2016
Will Netanyahu dare to engage in regional settlement? Akiva Eldar - al-Monitor - "According to a New Wave Institute poll, most Israelis support the regional guidelines proposed by the Israeli Initiative group — namely the two-state solution, normalization of economic ties with Arab states and international security guarantees." - id 10/8/2016
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Lieberman Compares Iran to Nazis, Iran Deal to Munich Pact…Again Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "So there you have it: a defense minister who compares Iran to Nazi Germany; and Barack Obama to Neville Chamberlain; who deliberately lies about the views of his own military and intelligence command in the service of his own blind ideological obsession; and who lies in claiming Iran wants to eradicate Israel." - id 10/8/2016
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Obama`s legacy: Trump and the Islamic State Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "The Islamic State and Trump are a wake-up call to world leaders and a warning to the next (anticipated) American president: If she continues with her husband Bill`s policies, and with Obama`s refusal to intervene, we shall have to cope, down the road, with another Trump, and Isis will grow stronger." - id 10/8/2016
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Apartheid, fascism – but mostly colonialism Michel Warschawski - AIC - Struggling against Israel as a fascist or apartheid state must be part of an anti-colonial struggle that Jews themselves participate in, entrenching divisions in a society which isn`t a homogenous block. [bz]9/8/2016
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Black Lives platform is a victory for transnational strugglesAmjad Iraqi - +972 - Black American activists have delivered a powerful message to Palestinians and other oppressed communities around the world: you are not alone in your causes. At the same time, the M4BL arguably overstepped its position when it used the word ‘genocide’. For all the crimes that Palestinians are subjected to, placing our situation on the same pedestal as history’s most egregious and murderous atrocities gives us an unwarranted exceptionalism which, in my view, undermines the transnational consciousness that we are trying to promote. [bz]9/8/2016
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How to Cure Israel`s Diplomatic `Leprosy` Haaretz Editorial - The occupation, which Israel has maintained for 50 years already, is no mere narrative. Land thefts, a suffocating closure on some two million people, settlement construction and restrictions on commerce and movement aren’t fairy tales that we can replace with more attractive stories. [bz]9/8/2016
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Elor Azaria is exposing the occupation, but he`s no silence breakerYuli Novak - +972 - In testimony at his manslaughter trial for summarily executing a disarmed Palestinian attacker, Elor Azaria is openly describing the violence, de-humanization, hatred, and settler domination that defines the occupation. But make no mistake, he’s not breaking his silence [ry] 8/8/2016
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World Sees Israel as a Pariah State, Senior Gov`t Official Says Barak Ravid--Strategic Affairs Ministry aims to change the way Israel is perceived in the international arena, director general Sima Vaknin tells lawmakers; says victory will be achieved when Israel won`t be equated with apartheid. dn7/8/2016
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Anti-occupation activists stand with Black Lives Matter as Jewish orgs attack movement over Israel criticismsWilson Dizard--The Black Lives Matter movement’s advocacy for Palestinians has caused a rift to open over Israel between younger and older American Jews, and there’s no sign of it mending any time soon. dn7/8/2016
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Is Israel’s anti-BDS campaign fueling anti-Semitism?Michael Lesher--Equating criticism of Israel’s violations of international law with anti-Semitism is absurd. dn7/8/2016
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State Department grilled by reportersBen White--The State Department was grilled by reporters Wednesday for not going beyond condemning and taking proper action against Israel’s illegal settlement activities in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. dn7/8/2016
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Why did Netanyahu appoint a settler as top New York diplomat?Akiva Eldar--Former settler leader Dani Dayan, who was announced as the consul-general in New York on Monday, participates in a conference on fighting the anti-Israel boycott in Jerusalem, March 28, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo) dn6/8/2016
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Stop Living in Denial, Israel Is an Evil State Gideon Levy - Haaretz "About six weeks ago, Kayed was getting ready for his release. A representative of the Shin Bet security service – one of the greatest agencies of evil in Israel – even showed him a photograph of the home his family had built for him to stir him up even more ahead of his release. And then, as his family waited impatiently for him at the crossing point and Kayed grew ever more excited in his cell, he was informed that he was being thrown into administrative detention for at least another six months, without trial and without explanation. " ca 5/8/2016
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Netanyahu distorts a Palestinian’s helpless reaction to occupying soldiers to dehumanize Palestinian parents Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Two days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted outraged commentary on a video of an encounter last Friday between a Palestinian father and son and Israeli occupying forces in Nil’in, Palestine...The Palestine Liberation Organization has responded forcefully to Netanyahu’s video, showing how he took a few comments by the father completely out of context." ca5/8/2016
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Obama: Israel Acknowledges Iran Has Abided by Nuclear Deal Associated Press & Reuters - "President Barack Obama said Israel has acknowledged Iran has abided by the nuclear deal as he vigorously denied that a $400 million cash payment to Iran was ransom to secure the release of four Americans jailed in Tehran. He defended the transaction as evidence that the nuclear accord with Iran has allowed for progress on other matters." ca 5/8/2016
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US elections won’t stop Obama from criticizing BibiAkiva Eldar - al-Monitor - "The Obama administration keeps condemning settlement construction even during the election campaign period, thus demonstrating that criticizing the policy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shouldn`t block the road to the White House." - id 3/8/2016
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Both Republicans and Democrats Went Backward on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Now What?Sam Bahour and Geoffrey Lewis - Forward - President Obama still has time to set the record straight. Given that the United States recognized Israel 11 minutes after it declared independence back in 1948, he can finally recognize the second of the two-states, Palestine, before he leaves office. This would place a policy marker that brings the two-state solution into full focus no matter who our next president will be. [bz]2/8/2016
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Treating Amona and Tira as equalsYaron London - Ynet - Unlike the people of Amona, who forcefully and manipulatively took their neighbors` property, the people of Israel`s Arab towns built on their private lands, using what little they had left in hand after the state confiscated vast swaths of land in its first years of existence. Yes, they violated state law, but the people of Amona are being given regularization after a double violation of state and international law, which doesn`t allow the transference of a state`s population onto conquered lands. [The writer is a media personality-bz]2/8/2016
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Police that Protect the Robber Instead of the RobbedAmos Gvirtz - Some will ask me: So are you against our right to come to the country? And I answer, I don`t know if there is or isn`t a right to come to the country. What I do know is that to the extent that we do have a right to come here, we don`t have a right to harm the already existing inhabitants. When we harm these inhabitants we undermine our right to come to the country. 2/8/2016
Saudi Arabia and the Gulf: Netanyahu`s maneuvers vs. grassroots support for Palestine Hani Habib - AIC - Israeli-Saudi relations have been warming since June 2015. Intelligence cooperation between Israel, Saudi Arabia and Gulf States is motivated by a shared hostility toward Iran. However, Netanyahu`s vision of Arab states normalizing ties with Israel and then pressuring Ramallah is doomed to fail. On the grassroots level in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, Palestine remains a very powerful and emotionally charged issue. As long as the Palestinian issue remains unresolved, the rulers can`t move beyond informal intelligence ties with Israel towards full normalization or diplomatic relations. [ak] 2/8/2016
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Israel has won - really?Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - It is strange, to put it mildly, how Amira Hass instructs the Palestinian leadership on how to behave and what to do. There is more than a little typical Israeli arrogance to this, the idea that she – Hass – knows better than they what they should do. It is a shame that she falls into this trap, especially since in recent days Marwan Barghouti presented a reasonable political line even without the benefit of her learned counsel. gm 2/8/2016
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