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B’Tselem director at French award ceremony: Hysterical Israeli government response illustrates reality of propaganda, lies, and threatsAmit Gilutz - B’Tselem - The Human Rights Award of the French Republic was presented to B’Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad, despite intensive pressure that Israeli government officials tried to exert on decision-makers in France, attempting to stop the prize from being awarded. “The hysterical response by the government of Israel itself illustrates the reality within which we work: propaganda, lies, and threats by a government which believes that silencing and cover-up will enable further human rights violations. In the face of this moral bankruptcy, we are here not only to further expose the truth – but also to bring an end to the injustice” said El-Ad. [ak]11/12/2018
US scrambles to save funding for PA security forcesMaureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada "Aid to PA security forces amounted to $61 million this year alone, according to the Associated Press.“Security coordination” between Israel and PA forces plays a primary role in suppressing Palestinian resistance to Israel’s military occupation.Israel frequently arrests Palestinian activists after their release from Palestinian Authority detention.The PA also passes information it obtains on Palestinian activists to Israeli interrogators who routinely use torture.In 2015, the Obama administration warned that the forced “insolvency and collapse” of the PA would harm the interests of Israel and its settlers in the occupied West Bank."ca 8/12/2018
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A masterclass in Palestine solidarityAmjad Iraqi - +972 "Watching Marc Lamont Hill’s speech at the United Nations on Wednesday was like a breath of fresh air. Unlike the mundane and repetitive remarks made by aging diplomats, Hill delivered a powerful articulation of the Palestinian struggle and how he, as a Black American, identifies with their cause." ca8/12/2018
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Why did CNN fire a pro-Palestinian commentator? Cornel West - The Guardian - "The recent firing of Marc Lamont Hill by CNN for calling for a free Palestine once again opens up this Pandora’s box – with little, if any, hope left for a non-violent solution. Many supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, such as Hill and myself, see this strategy as a last-ditch effort to avoid more bloodshed. This is especially important in the US context, as $3.1bn dollars of military aid currently goes to Israel to support such an unjust and inhumane occupation." - id 6/12/2018
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Tunnels are only a precursor to the real threatRon Ben Yishai - Ynet - "Hezbollah will take time deciding how to respond to the tunnel discovery; the fact the tunnels cross into Israel will allow diplomatic—and perhaps military—action against the greater danger: precision missiles in the hands of Hezbollah." - id 6/12/2018
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IDF Chief of Staff: Iran Hasn’t Engaged in First-Strike in 1,400 YearsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The standard anti-Iran line offered by the Israel Lobby and Israel’s far-right leadership is that Iran is the world’s greatest terror state and that it seeks to “wipe Israel off the map” (this is the claim, not my belief). But Iranians retort that Iran has no such history of invading its neighbors. When it has fought wars they have always been in self-defense, after being attacked. That’s why Eisenkot’s statement is so refreshingly candid." - id6/12/2018
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Netanyahu’s nonsensical occupationYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "“The occupation is nonsense.” This is not a slip of the tongue or a jab at the Left. On the surface, it is a reasonable statement backed by facts. First, the three Jewish wise men responsible for American policy vis-à-vis the Palestinians – Kushner, Greenblatt, and Friedman – are acting on the assumption that the occupation is nonsense. Their puppet master in Washington, Donald Trump, believes he took the occupation off the table when he transferred the American embassy to Jerusalem. He also concocted the “deal of the century” aimed at “recognizing reality,” that is, allowing West Bank settlements to remain intact. According to Trump’s plan, the Palestinian Authority will become an extended autonomy, a state-minus." - id6/12/2018
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Rivlin says Israel wants nothing to do with ‘neo-fascists’ who support itSTUART WINER - The Times of Israel - President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday said Israel must not work with neo-fascist forces — even if they support the Jewish state — because it must take a clear stance against racism and anti-Semitism.-rh5/12/2018
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Political vacuum in Palestine leaves fertile ground for radical groups Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/11/palestine-israel-occupation-radical-hizb-ut-tahrir.html#ixzz5Ykvz5fgzDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The failure of the major Palestinian movements to produce any concrete results in ending the occupation has given an international Islamic movement a chance to shine. Hizb ut- Tahrir (Party of Liberation) is a unique organization that seeks the establishment of an Islamic state. They hope to recreate the caliphate system that initially ruled Islam after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. The party does not partake in or support violent or military resistance activities.-rh 5/12/2018
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Settlers v. AirbnbNicola Perugini and Neve Gordon - London Review of Books - The timing of Airbnb’s announcement probably wasn’t coincidental. The next day, Human Rights Watch released a report, Bed and Breakfast on Stolen Land, in which Palestinians testify that dozens of properties listed on Airbnb and Booking.com were built on their expropriated land. The human rights group concludes that by making settlements profitable and thus facilitating the unlawful transfer of Israel’s citizens to colonised land, the companies are complicit in war crimes.-rh5/12/2018
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`Progressives of the World to Unite`: Sanders-Varoufakis Call for New Global MovementPortside - Bernie Sanders and Yanis Varoufakis pledge to work together for a Progressive International based on a Progressive New Deal.-rh5/12/2018
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The Netanyahu paradox: Guarding Israel from enemies without, causing harm withinDAVID HOROVITZ - The Times of Israel - Attention in Israel swiftly shifted on Tuesday from the allegations of corruption against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his attack on the police who recommend he be put on trial — the big, big news of the past two days — to the launch on the northern border of a major IDF operation neutralizing tunnels dug by Hezbollah into Israeli territory.-rh4/12/2018
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Marc Lamont Hill stands for justice and equality for all.Rebecca Vilkomerson - Jewish Voice for Peace - It’s hard to sugarcoat the impact of what happened to Professor Marc Lamont Hill last week. Professor Hill spoke up for Palestinian rights and freedom – and got fired by CNN after what appeared to be a well- orchestrated campaign to oust him. Among the ludicrous accusations hurled at him were charges of antisemitism, and that he was calling for Israel’s destruction. But if you read Marc Lamont Hill’s powerful words, and know about his years of work on behalf of all oppressed people, you’d know that these accusations are false. Marc Lamont Hill stands for justice and equality for all.Everyone who works for Palestinian rights knows all too well the pain these kinds of accusations cause. They are an attempt to bully and intimidate us into silence – and unfortunately, often they are successful. But we won’t be silent. [AK]4/12/2018
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Sheikh Sayakh will Go to Prison, the Disgrace to His JudgesAmos Gvirtz - facebook - He returned to his village and land and reconstructed it. The state now comes and demolished the village time and again and tries to expel Sheikh Sayakh and his people from the village. It has now charged and convicted him for invading the very lands it robbed from him. [bz]4/12/2018
After a decade, evictions set to return in Sheikh JarrahOren Ziv - +972 - Residents of Sheikh Jarrah are bracing for a new wave of evictions, ten years after Israeli settlers attempted to take over Palestinian homes in the embattled East Jerusalem neighbourhood.-rh4/12/2018
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Opposition accuses Netanyahu of trying to bury legal woes with tunnel operationTOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - Knesset member Yoel Hasson, the chairman of the opposition Zionist Union’s group of legislators, accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday of orchestrating a major operation on the Lebanese border for political gain, in a bid to divert attention from police recommendations that he be indicted for bribery.-rh4/12/2018
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Anti-tunnel operation in north kicks up coalition’s political dirtMarissa Newman - The Times of Israel - Israeli action in the north fleshes out Liberman’s ostensibly straightforward reason for quitting the post and the coalition on November 14. The former defense minister had cited the ceasefire agreement with Hamas, calling it a “capitulation to terror” and accusing Israel of sacrificing long-term security in favor of short-term quiet. But according to leaks from the high-level security cabinet on Tuesday, Liberman had clashed with the Israel Defense Forces chief on whether the tunnel threat in the north was deemed serious enough to hold off on a Gaza reprisal — and may have been overruled. Hamas or Hezbollah? According to the leaks, the upcoming plan to dismantle the Hezbollah tunnels was a consideration — though not the primary one — in Israel’s decision to exercise restraint in Gaza last month. “The IDF chief of staff’s position and that of officers at the meeting was unequivocally that we must immediately act against the tunnels in Lebanon for operational reasons,” an unnamed security cabinet minister told Channel 10 on Tuesday.-rh4/12/2018
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Neturei Karta’s long history of solidarity with Palestinians is subject of upcoming documentaryEmmaia Gelman - Mondoweiss - Heather Tenzer is a filmmaker straddling three worlds: she grew up in a modern Orthodox Jewish community that was Zionist, she left it for non-religious life in New York, and she’s an activist for Palestinian freedom. Her upcoming film, The Rabbis’ Intifada (http://therabbisintifada.com), uniquely stitches together these three vantage points. Tenzer follows the strictly-Orthodox rabbis of Neturei Karta – long-time supporters of Palestinian rights, and opponents of Israeli colonialism – from the US to Jerusalem and Gaza.-rh 4/12/2018
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Netanyahu’s Predicament: The Era of Easy Wars Is OverRamzy Baroud - AntiWar - "As for Palestinians, Gaza has demonstrated that only Resistance, popular or otherwise, works. It is the only language that registers with Israel, who must understand that the age of easy wars is long gone" [ry]3/12/2018
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This is how to fight Israel`s Jewish Nation-State LawSaid Zeedani - +972 "What can be done? It goes without saying that a serious struggle should be conducted to abolish this ominous law, which undermines the basic principle of equal democratic citizenship. It will need to take place both locally and internationally; it should be waged by civil society, in the legal system, and legislatively. There are many Israeli Jews, as well as many proponents of democracy and human rights worldwide, who are potential partners in such a struggle." ca 1/12/2018
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Netanyahu’s challenges as defense minister and right-wing leaderNahum Barnea - Ynet - "Stabilizing the Gaza border while appeasing the right wing is not an easy task, which might lead Netanyahu to either avoid making required decisions altogether or blame the failures on the outgoing and incoming chiefs of staff." - id 29/11/2018
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Israel Cannot Use Violent Self-Defense While Occupying GazaT.J. Coles - CounterPunch - "When trapped Gazans resist with overwhelmingly non-violent protest, they receive the following treatment, as described by a Red Cross doctor, Gabriel Salazar: “We estimate there are over 1,300 people with complex, sometimes multiple injuries,” care of the Israeli Defense Forces responding to the protests, “that will require at least three to five surgeries each. The recovery period may take months or even years and we believe some 400 will remain with temporary or permanent disability.”" - id 29/11/2018
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The Israeli army is putting humanitarian workers at risk in GazaYael Marom - +972 - "According to the Israeli media, the soldiers who took part in a botched intelligence operation in Khan Younis earlier this month were dressed up as humanitarian workers. If the details are true, it could put countless people in danger." - id 29/11/2018
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Leaving Palestinian Children behind on World Children’s DayRamona Wadi - The Palestine Chronicle - World Children’s Day is, sadly, a day like any other; its symbolism is nothing other than an international gimmick to proclaim rights while simultaneously taking them away. For Palestinian children, the commemoration reeks of hypocrisy and opportunism. On this day, despite Israel’s colonial violence and military occupation being common knowledge, Palestinian children are divested of their own reality; their violation at the hands of Israelis is normalized; and their dreams of a normal life are generalized without context. In its annual review of 2017, Defence for Children International – Palestine declared that it was the worst year for abuse by Israel against Palestinian children. DCIP noted that this year, Israeli forces killed 44 children in Gaza and that the increase in the number of killings coincided with the Great March of Return protests.-rh27/11/2018
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Settlers Raid and Vandalize Ramallah VillageIMEMCnews - Israeli settlers, last night, punctured the tires of three Palestinian-owned vehicles and spray-painted racist graffiti on walls after raiding the village of al-Mughayyer, to the north of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. Local witnesses told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Adei-Ad punctured the tires of three vehicles and sprayed anti-Arab and other racist slogans on other vehicles and on wallsIsraeli settlers, last night, punctured the tires of three Palestinian-owned vehicles and spray-painted racist graffiti on walls after raiding the village of al-Mughayyer, to the north of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. Local witnesses told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Adei-Ad punctured the tires of three vehicles and sprayed anti-Arab and other racist slogans on other vehicles and on walls.-rh27/11/2018
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TV debate about Bennet`s capitulation and Airbnb boycotting settlementsThe weekly debate between left-wing activists Adam Keller and Yotam Yaakoba confronting the write-wingers Martin Sherman and Tzofia Nahon 27/11/2018
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Israel bolsters Hamas at PA`s expenseAlex Fishman - Ynet - When the PA is weakened, the Palestinian security apparatus is weakened, the population in the West Bank becomes more confrontational with the PA, as Israel makes it increasingly clear that violence pays off. From this, the road is short to the inevitable conclusion: a military escalation. [bz]27/11/2018
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No, democracies don`t have `cultural loyalty` laws Edna Harel-Fisher - Times of Israel Blogs - Culture Minister Miri Regev¡¦s press conference yesterday, where she angrily lashed out at Finance Minister Kahlon and recently resigned Defence Minister Lieberman, marked the hopeful death of the "Culture Loyalty" bill, at least for the time being. The bill seeks to grant the minister holding the culture and arts portfolio the authority to censor culture in Israel, and to make funding to cultural institutions contingent on the content of their activities, based on the minister¡¦s sole personal judgement - ostensibly in order to "defend the state¡¦s values and symbols". The increasing disintegration of Netanyahu`s ruling coalition and the principled position taken by a handful of a few surviving right-wing liberals has for the time being gotten this idea off the agenda - though it may well be revived at some later time. [ak] 27/11/2018
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Dispute Over Airbnb In West Bank Settlements Shows ADL’s ‘Moral Schizophrenia’Peter Beinart - Forward - To understand Airbnb’s decision, it’s worth comparing the status of Palestinians in the West Bank to the African Americans in Alabama on whose behalf the ADL protested more than fifty years ago. In theory, African Americans in the segregated south were citizens of the United States. But they could not practice that citizenship. Above all, they could not vote. And because they could not vote, the federal, state and local governments under which they lived plundered, abused and even murdered them with impunity. [bz] 27/11/2018
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A Palestinian revolutionary: Jabra Nicola and the radical left Ran Greenstein - Academia.edu - "What is to be done with the Arabs? Would the Jews expect to be strangers among the Arabs or would they want to make the Arabs strangers among themselves?... The Arabs have exactly the same historical right and it will be unfortunate for you if – taking your stand under the protection of international plunderers, using the underhand dealings and intrigue of a corrupt diplomacy – you make the peaceful Arabs defend their right. They will answer tears with blood and bury your diplomatic documents in the ashes of your own homes." With these prophetic words Ilya Rubanovich captured two elements of the Left’s critique of Zionism (in 1886, a decade before the movement was formally launched): that it was bound to violate the rights of indigenous Arabs, and that it would do so by using international diplomacy to secure its position. In other words (...) Zionism was condemned for its colonial practices, and for its potential association with imperialist powers. How this set of ideas gave rise to different movements and activists, shaped by subsequent historical circumstances, is the topic of this article. [bz]27/11/2018
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Why I Choose To Stay In Palestine Sam Bahour- Forward - Ultimately, in terms of how this conflict will ultimately be resolved, my personal presence or absence here is an insignificant detail. In sum (and sumud!), I stay to encourage Israelis to “do the right thing” sooner rather than later. Otherwise, they will one day rue, when an independent Palestine finally emerges from the ashes of 1948.-rh 27/11/2018
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No, democracies don’t have ‘cultural loyalty’ lawsEdna Harel-Fischer - The Times of Israel - Culture Minister Miri Regev’s press conference yesterday marked the hopeful death of the “Culture Loyalty” bill, at least for the time being. The bill seeks to grant the minister holding the culture and arts portfolio the authority to censor culture in Israel, and to make funding to cultural institutions contingent on the content of their activities, based on the minister’s sole personal judgement, ostensibly in order to defend the state’s values and symbols.-rh27/11/2018
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MCW Newsletter - October/November 2018Military Court Watch - 220 children in detention;- 60% of child detainees unlawfully detained;-ICC statement on the situation in Palestine;- Forcible transfer of children: Update;- Bill to reduce prison overcrowding excludes security prisoners; and- Summons issued to a child at 3 AM.-rh 27/11/2018
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Israeli parents protest arrests of Palestinian children in central Tel AvivOrly Noy - +972 - For the majority of Israelis, stories of mass arrests of Palestinians in the occupied territories are nothing new. And yet, the Israeli mainstream rarely hears about Palestinian children who are routinely rounded up from their beds in the middle of the night and taken into detention. That’s why on Tuesday, which marked International Day for the Rights of the Child, a group of Israeli activists read testimonies by Palestinian minors arrested by Israeli security forces in the heart of Tel Aviv.-rh 27/11/2018
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Israel rearrests Palestinian Jerusalem governorAFP, Jerusalem - Al-Arabiya - Israeli police arrested the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem for the second time in as many months, a spokesman said Sunday, after reports of an investigation related to a land sale. Adnan Gheith was arrested in east Jerusalem overnight, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement, without providing further details. Israeli security forces would not comment beyond saying the arrest had to do with money-related issues.-rh27/11/2018
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Can Israeli Druze bring about cancellation of Nationality Law? Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Brig. Gen. Amal Assad (res.), a member of the Druze community, told Al-Monitor with complete confidence that “the Nationality Law will be repealed.” Assad fought in the Battle of the Chinese Farm in Sinai during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. It was one of the bloodiest battles ever fought by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He went on to command Battalion 932 of the Nahal Corps, and was head of the Coordination and Liaison Administration with the Palestinians. After the Nationality Law was passed on July 19, he became a leader of the Druze demonstration in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, using Facebook to denounce Israel as an “apartheid state.” At a meeting planned to reconcile the prime minister with the Druze community on Aug. 2, Netanyahu stormed out simply because Assad was one of the notables in attendance. Assad’s military past, his heroism and his loyalty to the state failed to score him any points with Netanyahu.-rh 27/11/2018
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How Great Britain Facilitated the Ethnic Cleansing of PalestineJeremy R. Hammond - Axis of Logic - On November 2, 1917, the government of Great Britain issued its infamous “Balfour Declaration” promising to support the Zionists in their project to establish a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. While most people have heard of this document, what is never communicated in school textbooks or mainstream media reports is the Balfour Declaration’s true significance, which is that it set Great Britain on a policy course that ultimately facilitated the Zionists’ ethnic cleansing of most of the Arab population from their homes in Palestine in order to establish a demographically “Jewish state”.-rh27/11/2018
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Israel holds major drill to practice fighting Hamas and Hezbollah simultaneouslyJUDAH ARI GROSS - The Times of Israel - The Israeli military’s Commando Brigade launched a large-scale exercise this week to practice fighting the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip and the Hezbollah terrorist militia in Lebanon simultaneously, the army said Saturday. The drill is continuing into this week.-rh27/11/2018
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Opposition MK demands Netanyahu reveal if Israel selling arms to ChadRAOUL WOOTLIFF and TAMAR PILEGGI - The Times of Israel - Meretz party leader Tamar Zandberg on Sunday urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reveal if meetings held during Chadian President Idriss Déby’s visit to Israel will include negotiations on Israeli arms sales to the African country.“The concern is that the visit will also be used for secret arms deals in which Israeli arms will be sold to persecute political opponents, human rights activists and journalists,” Zandberg said in a statement.-rh27/11/2018
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Supreme Court paves way for cleansing of Palestinians from SilwanAmit Gilutz - B`Tselem - Israeli High Court justices Barak-Erez, Baron and Elron rejected an appeal filed by 104 residents of Silwan to overturn a September 2002 decision by the Custodian of Absentee Property to "free" the land on which they have lived for decades. The land was "freed" by three people - all closely affiliated with Ateret Cohanim, a settler association that works to Judaize East Jerusalem. In the judgment, written by Justice Barak-Erez, the Court`s role is narrowed down to examining several questions relating to administrative law. In choosing this avenue, the Court sent the residents back to fight, against all odds, the civil proceedings that Ateret Cohanim has undertaken in order to evict them from their homes. Justice Barak-Erez ruled that the appellants were unable to counter the "presumption of regularity" that applies to the Custodian, and that there is no room for discretion on the Custodian`s part in exercising power on this matter. Acknowledging the implications, Justice Barak-Erez added that the decision "may give rise to real difficulty for those effectively in possession of the freed assets", yet her decision stands.[ak] 24/11/2018
3 Swastikas Drawn On Cornell Campus JTA "The Cornell Hillel posted a Facebook message Tuesday morning about the incidents. “Swastikas are icons steeped in anti-Semitic hate, and have no place on our campus,” the statement said. “We are deeply concerned about this trend. We stand against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.” The post said the Hillel was in communication with the administration and would provide information as it becomes available." ca 23/11/2018
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Airbnb`s decision isn`t about the Jews — it`s about the occupationFrima (Merphie) Bubis - +972 "The attacks on the vacation rental company for its decision to pull all listings from West Bank settlements miss one thing: Airbnb does not support boycotting Israel." ca23/11/2018
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Israel’s Genocidal Arms CustomersRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Israel isn’t just maintaining a brutal military occupation. It’s also supplying weapons to genocidal regimes around the world." - id22/11/2018
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The right keeps winning in Israel because Israelis are right wingDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "Ultimately, it’s hard to imagine a government that isn’t representative of the fact that nearly half of Israeli voters are right wing, and the sooner Israelis head to the polls, the more voters will have the near-war in Gaza on their mind." - id22/11/2018
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Netanyahu’s nonsensical occupationYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "The occupation may have become nonsense, but the recent downpour of 500 missiles on Israel’s southern cities is not nonsensical. The same goes for the weekly Gazan protests at the fence, not to mention the humanitarian disaster in the Strip. These are serious problems for Israel, and Netanyahu has no solution." - id22/11/2018
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Military Advocate General isn`t dangerous, Bennett isLiron Libman - Ynet - "Education Minister Bennett`s attempt to link the difficulties in handling the situation in Gaza with the combat soldiers` so-called fear of the Military Prosecution is exactly the opposite of true leadership; the legal advice provided by MAG Corps is not a sign of weakness, but rather an essential component of the army`s strength and capabilities." - id 22/11/2018
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HRW: Booking.com, other companies should follow Airbnb suit on Israeli settlements listingsWAFA - The decision by Airbnb to stop listing properties in unlawful Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank is a positive step that other global tourism companies should follow, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Kerem Navot said on Tuesday in issuing a report about the activities of Airbnb and Booking.com in settlements.-rh20/11/2018
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Israel`s $72m `war chest` to fight BDS arrives in EuropeRamzy Baroud & Romana Rubeo - Aljazeera - The Israeli war on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement took a serious turn last year when the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dedicated a largesse of about $72m to defeat the civil society-led campaign. Utilising the ever-willing US government to boost its anti-BDS tactics, Tel Aviv feels assured that its counter- BDS efforts in the US are off to a promising start. However, it is only recently that Israel has begun to formulate the wider European component of its global strategy.-rh20/11/2018
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Israeli Government Target Educational Institutions, Escalate Settlements ActivitiesMadeeha Araj - If Americans Knew - Israeli settler violence – with IDF complicity – is becoming more and more commonplace, even targeting elementary schools. The government has also approved extensive Israeli settlement expansions and Jewish-only roads to be built on Palestinian land, which will result in isolation of Palestinian communities and loss of olive trees.-rh20/11/2018
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Adalah Opposes Israel’s Death Penalty BillIMEMCnews - A press release from Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, stated that the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee of the Israeli Knesset are preparing to debate the controversial new “Death Penalty for Terrorists” bill. According to a report by Ma’an News Agency, former Israeli Minister of Defense and head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party that introduced the bill, in 2017, Avigdor Lieberman supported the bill, stating that the death penalty would be a deterrent to Palestinian resistance. Attorney for Adalah, Mr. Rabea Eghbariah stated “This is a draconian bill that contradicts core legal rights and is overtly aimed at Palestinians exclusively.”- rh20/11/2018
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Gaza`s balance of terrorDaoud Kuttab - Arab Media Internet Network - The latest round of violence has produced some unsavoury conclusions. It has proved, once again, that peace cannot be reached unless the Israelis feel the pressure from a security point of view. By accepting a ceasefire with Hamas, the Israelis are once again proving that might is right and not that right is might. They are disproving the path of negotiations and non-violence and are encouraging Palestinians to use force as a means of attaining their legitimate rights. Gaza may have shown that what works is the balance of terror. This is not a good omen for those who believe in non-violence and peace through negotiations. That is a sad outcome.-rh20/11/2018
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‘Cycling is a form of resistance’ in the occupied West BankSohaib Samara - Middle East Monitor - Cycling Palestine resists by moving around. In a recent tour they cycled along the Separation Wall, with 70 cyclists following the 770 kilometre route for five days across the length of the West Bank. Moving around Palestine isn’t simply a sport for this group, for them, it’s about making a statement that the land is theirs. “Our cycling is a form of resistance,” Sohaib says, adding: “it is our duty to keep our relationship with this land, if we stop moving around, the occupation will steal more of it.”-rh20/11/2018
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Israeli Minister Storms Al-Aqsa with Dozens of SettlersIMEMCnews - The Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Uri Ariel, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, with dozens of Israeli settlers, on Sunday.-rh20/11/2018
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Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisonedJonathan Cook - COUNTERCURRENTS - The suggestion by some commentators that Netanyahu has turned a new leaf as a “man of peace” could not be more misguided. What distinguishes Netanyahu from his cabinet is not his moderation, but that he has a cooler head than his far-right rivals. He believes there are better ways than lashing out to achieve his core political aim: the undermining of the Palestinian national project. This was what he meant on Wednesday when he attacked critics for missing “the overall picture of Israel’s security”.-rh20/11/2018
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Netanyahu: Minister of War and FearSima Kadmon - Ynetnews - This is one of the most complex periods we have experienced, he said yesterday, and this is not a time to go to elections. We do not abandon in the middle of an operation. Do not play politics. State security is beyond personal considerations. I told all the leaders of the coalition: Do not topple the government, especially not at this time. There was only one thing Netanyahu did not say: Why, until two weeks ago, it was he who was looking for a date for early elections.-rh 20/11/2018
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Israel Cannot Use Violent Self-Defense While Occupying GazaT.J. Coles - Counterpunch - Whenever bombings and shootings escalate in the Middle East, Israeli propagandists say that Israel is exercising its right of military self-defense against indiscriminate attacks coming from the Gaza Strip. But as this article documents, the right to use force in self-defense is contingent on Israel ending its military occupation and blockade of Gaza. [bz] 20/11/2018
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Gaza and West Bank are one and the same problem - not twoNoam Rabinovich - Geneva Initiative - The government`s choice to continue pursuing an agreement with Hamas rather than starting another painful and costly war is a confirmation of the futility of trying to solve the issue of Gaza through military actions. Indeed, there are no military solutions to this problem. There is only a political solution. To achieve it, the two parties must negotiate directly, with President Abbas serving as the representative of the Palestinian people both in the West Bank and in Gaza. Israel`s policy of separation between Gaza and the West Bank is a grave mistake. The notion that the conflict in Gaza and the conflict in the West Bank are two separate conflicts, which itself suggests that the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank are two separate peoples, should be rejected outright. There is one conflict; there is one Palestinian people. Gaza and the West Bank are part of the same conflict, and should be addressed as such, under a single, holistic policy. [ak] 20/11/2018
Netanyahu fighting for his `Mr. Security` imageAlex Fishman - Ynet - It has already become a tradition: on the eve of elections Israel`s security situation suddenly becomes exceedingly problematic. After the elections, the threats subside, and our leaders sing the praises of Israel`s strategic situation—which, of course, has never been better. The prime minister`s speech Sunday is one of the most dangerous deliveries heard in recent years; Netanyahu strikes fear in our hearts, and could even launch military operations just to survive another term. [bz]20/11/2018
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The Twisted Logic of the Jewish ‘Historic Right’ to IsraelShlomo Sand - Information Clearing House - The founding myth of Zionism – which proceeds in an unbroken line from Max Nordau and Arthur Ruppin, to worrisome geneticists in several Israeli universities and at Yeshiva University in New York – acts as the principal ideological glue for the nation’s everlasting unity, and today more than ever. The justification for Zionist settlement/colonization (choose your preferred term – they mean the same thing) is the meta-paradigm that is expressed in the declaration of the establishment of the state, namely: “We were here, we were uprooted, we came back.”-rh 20/11/2018
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In Breach of Human Rights, Netanyahu Supports the Death Penalty against PalestiniansRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “The Death Penalty law would be the icing on the cake in this horrific and unchallenged Israeli agenda that transcends party lines and unites most of the country’s Jewish citizens and politicians in an ongoing hate-fest” [ry]19/11/2018
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‘How is it I represent to others what I am so afraid of?’ Liz Rose - Mondoweiss "At least we can always go to Israel if there’s more anti-Semitism,” was the first thing that came to my mind when I first learned about the murders...It was unusual that this phrase materialized in my mind after the murders, but not much makes sense when people are suffering. It was also odd that the sentence arose in my mind, given that I no longer believe in Israel as a nation-state for the Jews." ca16/11/2018
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Netanyahu is stuck with Hamas, and he likes it that wayMeron Rapoport - +972 "Liberman’s resignation, first and foremost, stems from political considerations. With elections approaching as early as March 2019, he understands the political value of appearing as someone who did not give in to Hamas. Following the almost-war in Gaza earlier this week, he recognizes that Netanyahu is now being perceived by the Israeli public as a coward, and he wants to exploit the moment to its fullest." ca16/11/2018
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Israel’s Mockery of Security: 101 Actions Israel Could TakeSam Bahour - Counter Punch - "Israel consciously plans and uses its military might to damage the Palestinian’s national project to build a state and free itself from Israeli control." - id 15/11/2018
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Analysis: What does Gaza escalation mean for appetite for calm?Ben White - Al Jazeera - "As fresh truce seemingly takes hold to end latest round of violence, what do recent events say about what`s coming next?" - id 15/11/2018
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Lieberman`s resignation –No great lossRon Ben Yishai - Ynet - "Lieberman only had marginal influence on the IDF, his hysterical proclamations on Gaza exploded in his face, he did not know how to transform from a citizen, politician into a decision-maker with a vision." - id 15/11/2018
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History suppressed: Censorship in Israel`s archives : Troves of looted Palestinian books, documents, photographs and films are sealed in Israel`s archives and libraries.Aljazeera - Sealed in Israel`s archives and libraries are troves of Palestinian books, documents, photographs and films that were looted from Palestinian institutions and personal archives by Jewish militias and later, the Israeli military. "This confiscation is a kind of daily struggle that Palestinians face," says Sherene Seikaly, a scholar of Middle Eastern history. "One of the reasons, that these archives are a target, that they`re threatening, is because they`re really a record of Palestinian social life, and Palestine more broadly."-rh13/11/2018
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Israel Sabotages Ceasefire Talks, Assassinating Hamas Commander, IDF Senior Commander Also KilledRichard Silverstein - Information Clearing House - Today, IDF commandos invaded Gaza in a night-time raid and murdered seven Hamas operatives, including the commander responsible for the tunnel defense system maintained by the Islamist rulers of the enclave. According to various media sources, the raid was exposed and Palestinian militants fought back fiercely. In order to free the IDF forces, the Israelis had to lay down a massive drone and air attack which permitted them to withdraw back to Israel.-rh13/11/2018
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Orthodox-only Israeli views of Pittsburgh massacre show the danger of mixing church and stateJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - The October 27 massacre of 11 Jewish worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue is accentuating serious rifts within the global Jewish community, and in the underpinnings of Zionism. The dilemma for Orthodox Jewish leaders in Israel has been, How to acknowledge that the murdered were Jewish, without giving any points to the Conservative movement of which they were part –that is, without conceding that their synagogue is in fact a synagogue. For the Orthodox hold a complete monopoly on the Israeli church-state unity, embodying the “Jewish state” notion in a fundamentalist and inherently illiberal way and refuse to recognize more liberal denominations, to which most American Jews belong, since that might erode their state- power hegemony in Israel. And so more liberal Jews, who have been calling for Jewish unity and solidarity in response to the most grievous anti-Semitic attack in American history, have gotten a rude awakening. And liberal Zionists are being forced to come to terms with the fact that their Zionism is the means by which that orthodox fundamentalist sectarianism actually works; and their power to oppose such fundamentalism as Zionists is limited.-rh13/11/2018
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Netanyahu reported to say he would quit, but nobody can succeed himTOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told a former senior official he would be willing to leave political life if there were a worthy successor, amid a series of corruption scandals and persistent rumors of early elections. Netanyahu made the comment to an unnamed senior law enforcement official, saying he would leave political life “tomorrow,” according to a Channel 10 news report Sunday.-rh13/11/2018
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Dollars trump death: Hamas seems committed to truce despite deadly Gaza flareupAVI ISSACHAROFF - The Times of Israel - The deadly firefight in the Gaza Strip overnight does not change the fact that both Israel and Hamas are not interested in escalating tensions in the Palestinian territory, with both sides, as of Monday morning, managing to pull back from the brink of another round of violence. At around 1:30 a.m. Monday, Hamas ended its barrage of rockets and mortar shells into Israel despite the heavy price it had paid — seven dead, including a senior commander, and seven wounded. The terrorist group may have boasted afterwards about its forces’ “victory,” which “drove the Zionist forces out of Gaza,” but in reality, the overnight raid was a heavy blow for Hamas.-rh13/11/2018
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Israeli celebration of ties with Gulf states premature Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Steinberg noted that there have been instances in the past when the Arabs signaled willingness to normalize ties with Israel in order to achieve a resolution of the Palestinian problem. One such example was the unusual Washington Post article written in 2009 by Bahraini leader Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. “Essentially, we have not done a good enough job demonstrating to Israelis how our initiative can form part of a peace between equals in a troubled land holy to three great faiths,” he wrote, explaining that a true, sustainable peace requires reconciliation on a personal level, including a direct appeal to the Israeli public laying out the advantages of peace. Such an appeal was issued in the form of the invitation of Israel’s prime minister to the palace in Oman and the playing of the Israeli anthem in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Israel’s minister of culture. Both events showed the Israelis what normalization of the ties and fruits of peace could look like. However, it takes at least two to make peace. The other side is not Oman, Abu Dhabi or Bahrain. It is not even Saudi Arabia, which assassinated a journalist. (Israel carefully avoided condemning that act.) The other side — the Palestinian people — lives under occupation across the fence.-rh 13/11/2018
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What Gaza WantsHaidar Eid - Mondoweiss - As we, Palestinians of Gaza, embark on our long walk to freedom, we have come to the conclusion that we can no longer rely on governments; instead, we request that the citizens of the world oppose these ongoing deadly crimes. The failure of the United Nations and its numerous organizations to condemn such crimes proves their complicity. We have also come to the conclusion that only civil society is able to mobilize to demand the implementation of international law and put an end to Israel’s unprecedented impunity. Our inspiration is the anti-apartheid movement. The intervention of civil society was effective in the late 1980s against the apartheid regime of White South Africa. Nelson Mandela, before his eminent death, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, amongst other anti-apartheid activists, did not not only describe Israel’s oppressive and violent control of Palestinians as Apartheid, they also joined this call for the world’s civil society to intervene again.-rh13/11/2018
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How Israel exploits seismic shifts in world politicsRamzy Baroud - Alarabiya - During his July 2017 visit to Budapest, Netanyahu met leaders from the so-called “Visegrad Group”, which includes Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. There, he hoped to find new allies to help exert pressure on the rest of the EU. In an audio recording obtained by Reuters, Netanyahu derided “Old Europe” for daring to criticize Israel’s dismal human rights record, illegal settlement policies and military occupation. “I think Europe has to decide whether it wants to live and thrive or if it wants to shrivel and disappear,” he said. Netanyahu needs new ways to pressure Europe because pro-Palestinian policies and attitudes are slowly but steadily entering mainstream politics, as grassroots groups are becoming increasingly outraged by Israeli crimes against Palestinians. Israel’s fear of Europe abandoning its Zionist cause could be seen in recent Israeli official reactions.-rh13/11/2018
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Why Hamas` Missile Attack on Israeli Bus Actually Shows It`s Not Looking to Spark Full-on Gaza WarAmos Harel - Haaretz - The most disturbing incident in the last 24 hours may indicate an operational choice by Hamas not to immediately escalate tensions to the point of outright war. The organization released a video on Tuesday showing its strike on an Israeli bus near the northern Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon. The video clearly shows the bus driver entering an area in which there is no barrier between the bus and the border, giving an open line of fire to an anti-tank missile. A few smaller vehicles are seen around the bus, most of them military ones, with some soldiers next to them. The missile blew up the bus and seriously wounded a soldier standing nearby. The bus had been bringing reinforcements to the area, with dozens of soldiers disembarking just moments earlier. Even though this is not shown in the video, it’s clear that the Hamas squad was aware of all the details and chose to fire at this time. Video of anti-tank missiles hitting an Israeli bus.-rh 13/11/2018
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Israel’s `Loyalty in Culture` law spreads to other ministries Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Apart from the Ministry of Culture, various other ministries provide funding for culture and arts events relevant to the ministries’ focus. The commitment to fund the Haifa Story Festival, as well as its nature and diverse programs, were agreed on months in advance. However, on the day before the opening, the ministry informed festival organizers and the Haifa municipality that it was withdrawing its support. Haaretz reported that officials cited the fact that the festival was open to all and not just to residents of peripheral neighborhoods. The organizers decided not to protest the decision publicly and to hold the festival as planned. A knowledgeable source told Haaretz that the ministry’s decision stemmed from political considerations. “What is sad in this case is that extremists in Israeli society have managed to influence the thinking and decisions of government ministries in a way that is not on point,” the source said.-rh Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/11/israel- loyalty-in-culture-law-theater-arabs-palestinians.html#ixzz5Wly8aBGH13/11/2018
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Has The BDS Campaign Really Achieved So Little?Ben White - IMEMC News & Agencies - "Last March, outgoing Jewish Agency chair Natan Sharansky declared that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign had `been almost fully defeated`. Sharansky’s pronouncement came two years after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced BDS had been `beaten`” [ry]12/11/2018
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As a journalist in the First Intifada, I learned not to believe what the IDF saysMeron Rapoport - +972 - "In March 1987, Oren Cohen, then a reporter in the occupied territories, received a tip about a female Palestinian detainee who had been tortured and had a miscarriage in prison. The police denied she even existed, until Cohen exposed their lies. Today, he says, no one would even care." - id 8/11/2018
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Netanuyahu’s Courting of Bolsonaro is the Latest of Israel’s Alliances with Far-right FiguresJonathan Cook - Dissident Voice - The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election last week has won Israel a passionate new friend on the international stage. The world’s fifth-most populous nation will now be “coloured in blue and white”, an Israeli official said, referring to the colours of Israel’s flag. The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately called to congratulate Bolsonaro, a former army officer with a pronounced nostalgia for his country’s 20-year military dictatorship. Critics describe him as a neo-fascist.-rh6/11/2018
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The Only One Who Dared Stand Up to TrumpChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Perhaps because of Abbas’ background in the PLO, and his various wanderings in the world, he realized what leaders of other, polite, civilized states didn’t. As one who hasn’t lived for 50 years in grand palaces, but wandered from country to country, he knows the rules of the street: When extorted, don’t cooperate. Because complying with extortion isn’t the end – it’s only the beginning. When you’re facing a bully, don’t fold. Maybe you’ll get hit, but you may also be standing at the end of the fight. (...) The great Trump is sitting in Washington exploding because little Abu Mazen doesn’t give a damn.[ak]6/11/2018
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The rise of the global far-right could energize the anti-occupation movementEli Bitan - +972 Magazine - Israel’s decision to peg its foreign policy to far-right authoritarians is a poor one, characterizing the paranoid and anxiety-driven era of Benjamin Netanyahu. But it is not the entire story: Trump, Orban, Modi, Duterte, and now Bolsonaro have happily jumped on the bandwagon. They are taking advantage of Israel’s liberal credit around the world in order to bolster themselves. In effect, they end up undercutting that very liberal credit. [bz]6/11/2018
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Is the PLO serious about suspending its recognition of Israel? Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The credibility of both Abbas and the PLO`s various institutions, including the Palestine National Council (PNC) and the PCC, has been devastated ever since the Palestinian president and his security team failed to adhere to the May 4 decision of the PNC that had called for “the suspension of all forms of security coordination with Israel.” When asked by Al-Monitor about the seriousness of the Palestinian leadership in carrying out its threats this time, half a dozen well-respected officials, experts and analysts all answered in the negative.-rh 6/11/2018
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New Al Jazeera film uncovers `rotting foundation` of U.S. Israel lobbyAntony Loewenstein - +972 - “People at AIPAC know that something has changed,” Gallagher says. “They know something is wrong. They are not as effective as they used to be.” He worries that the day is coming soon when AIPAC wouldn’t be able to deeply influence the Israel lobby crafted in the U.S. Congress, as it does today, and that the pro- Israel lobby will have to operate without AIPAC’s power. “There’s this big bowling ball that’s being hurled towards them [AIPAC] and the response is to run faster,” Gallagher continues. “They need to get on the bowling ball and start dancing.”-rh 6/11/2018
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Abulhawa: For 36 hours I was detained on a dirty bed in my homeland, then deportedSusan Abulhawa - Mondoweiss - As you all know by now, Israeli authorities have denied me entry into my country and I am therefore unable to attend the festival. It pains me greatly not to be with my friends and fellow writers to explore and celebrate our literary traditions with readers and with each other in our homeland. It pains me that we can meet anywhere in the world except in Palestine, the place to which we belong, from whence our stories emerge and where all our turns eventually lead. We cannot meet on soil that has been fertilized for millennia by the bodies of our ancestors and watered by the tears and blood of Palestine’s sons and daughters who daily fight for her.-rh6/11/2018
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Israel & Gaza Close To Ceasefire says Israeli SourceIMEMC News - Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza are close to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, a report said Saturday, citing a high- level Israeli source. According to the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, an unnamed senior political figure leaked that a deal was in the making between Israel and the Gazan administration to allow Qatar to provide the enclave with funds to pay its civil servants, as well as fuel.-rh6/11/2018
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On Boycotts, Academic Freedom, and the Struggle for Justice in Israel-PalestineBruce Robbins - The Nation - When the young Palestinian-American Lara Alqasem was finally allowed to enter Israel after being detained at the airport and threatened with deportation, who won? Liberal Zionists, many of whom had championed her case, felt they had cause to celebrate. You see, they could now tell the world, Israel is not (yet) the bastion of build-the-wall intolerance that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, like his buddy in the White House, has wanted to make of his country. On October 16, two days before the Israeli Supreme Court’s decision, Jeremy Ben-Ami, president and founder of J Street, had an op-ed in Haaretz under the title “The Ban on Lara Alqasem Is a Gift for BDS, and a Disaster for Israel.” -rh6/11/2018
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The Ugly Reason Naftali Bennett Is Minimizing Anti-Semitism Raphael Magarik - Forward - on Wednesday, four days after an avowedly Jew-hating man slaughtered eleven Jews in a synagogue in the largest anti-Semitic attack in American history, suddenly Bennett discovered the virtue of restraint. Speaking on a panel at the Council for Foreign Relations, he said he was “not sure there’s a surge in anti- Semitism in the United States” and expressed skepticism about the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) recent report, which found a massive increase in anti-Semitic incidents over the last two years. (Nor was Bennett alone: David Bernstein, a conservative law professor, attacked the details of the ADL’s report over at Tablet. I looked for previous examples of a Tablet writer arguing there’s been no rise in anti- Semitism, or that accusations of anti-Semitism were overblown. I couldn’t find any.).rh 6/11/2018
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Why is Benjamin Netanyahu defending Mohammed bin Salman?Richard Silverstein - Middle East Eye - For the past month, while governments and media outlet around the world sounded a drumbeat of shock and dismay over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, all that could be heard on the subject from Israel was the sound of crickets. Israeli columnist Ben Caspit said his country`s leadership was avoiding the subject "like the plague". It appears no Israeli politician wants to say anything for fear of offending that country`s latest Arab bromantic partner, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Bin Salman, according to many analysts, would have had to have ordered the murder of a figure as prominent as Khashoggi. Then on Friday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally gave his view on the Khashoggi case, saying it had to be "dealt with" but not at the cost of the stability of Saudi Arabia and the fight against Iran.-rh6/11/2018
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Support for Israel `continues to drop` among US liberals, youthBen White - Aljazeera - In February 2017, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked expressed concern about "decreasing support for Israel in the Democratic party", telling her Jewish American audience that the problem was "a strategic issue" for Israel. "I couldn`t sleep after I saw a poll two weeks ago", she added. A new US poll on the same topic will not help Shaked rest easy. The results indicate that key trends identified in recent years show no signs of slowing; Israel`s reputation is deteriorating among demographics such as Democrats, younger voters, African Americans and Hispanic Americans.- rh6/11/2018
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Why Gaza’s status quo is unlikely to changeTareq Baconi - +972 - In Gaza, despite Hamas’ pacification, a shift to nonviolent protests, and UN warnings of collapse, Israel shows little intention of lifting the blockade [ry]5/11/2018
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It will cost usNadav Eyal - Ynet - There is a difference between amicable ties—which Israel should maintain with every country except those tainted by war crimes and crimes against humanity—and a tight relationship with countries that might jeopardize Israel`s future once their authoritarian leaders disappear [ry]5/11/2018
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Why did the PLO suspend its recognition of Israel?Mariam Barghouti - Al Jazeera - The Palestinian Liberation Organization has suspended its recognition of Israel for a second time in three years [ry]5/11/2018
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Israeli residents near Gaza abandoned by the government Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "In other words, Netanyahu, as opposed to Liberman, believes in the arrangement with Hamas option, but when this does not materialize, it emerges that neither of the two leaders has an action plan. In addition, neither wants a military operation in Gaza. Netanyahu is the one with direct responsibility for the Gaza conundrum and the fact that Israel has no clear policy. Nevertheless, Netanyahu continues to preserve his image in public opinion polls as Mr. Security. This is in spite of the fact that he has served as Israel’s prime minister over the last decade, in which the Gaza problem has not been solved, but only worsened." ca 2/11/2018
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A very hot debate Press Release - Gush Shalom - "The extreme rightists Eithan Meir of Im Tirzu and the "Orientalist" Dr. Mordechai Kedar. - frustrated on where both issues now stand - were countered by peace activists Rabbi Arik Asherman of Torat Emet and Adam Keller of Gush Shalom in a more and more Israeli style debate. https://youtu.be/66yJ_nB5-K0 " - id1/11/2018
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Arming Jews hasn`t saved us in the past. Why would it now?Roni Masel - +972 - "The massacre at the Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend has led many to return to an age-old question: should Jews be arming themselves in the face of violent anti-Semitism?" - id 1/11/2018
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Netanyahu Disappeared from Israel for an Entire 24 Hours and No One KnewRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "In most other western countries reporters track the schedule and physical presence of their leaders. They know where they are at any given moment and, if newsworthy, they’re there to report it. Not so in Israel, a country which neither western or democratic. Nor apparently do its reporters know where their PM is at any given moment. I find that exceedingly strange." …"Such normalization by Oman, erodes support for the Palestinian cause in the Arab world." - id 1/11/2018
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Khashoggi’s murder will bury the Crown PrinceYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "Officially, Israel has refrained from condemning Khashoggi’s slaying. Supreme security interests motivate cooperation with Israel buffs like Viktor Orban, Rodrigo Duterte, Jair Bolsonaro, and Donald Trump." - id1/11/2018
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