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Forget Friedman. The State Dept doesn`t know how much of the West Bank is occupied eitherMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 "U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman caused a small stir Thursday by erroneously stating that Israel only occupies 2 percent of the West Bank. The Israeli army rules over the entirety of the West Bank under military law, of course, making it 100-percent occupied.The truth of the matter is that nobody took Friedman’s remarks all that seriously, although the whole affair made for some great headlines." ca 29/9/2017
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Twelve Million Reasons To Boycott IsraelMahmoud El-Yousseph - IMEMC - "I have read the book of Torah, where it says: “Judaism stands on three legs: peace, freedom and justice.” That said, I believe Israel is neither democratic nor Jewish. It is simply an evil and terrorist caliphate just like ISIS, that constitutes a danger to itself and to the rest of the world." - id27/9/2017
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Everything you think you know about Israeli-Palestinian peace is wrongNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "A review of ‘The Only Language They Understand,’ by Nathan Thrall." - id 27/9/2017
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What if a war breaks out tomorrow morning?Alex Fishman - Ynet - "“The arming and force building pace is derived from the options and doesn’t always solve the gaps in different areas that the committee discovered in its work… There are a number of critical fields which require adjustments in the force building pace, even at the expense of other to say for certain that the IDF is properly prepared for war tomorrow morning." - id 27/9/2017
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Avrum Burg’s Radical DiasporismRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Israeli Jews assert their superiority over the non-Jew, the outsider. They want nothing to do with the non-Jew–except insofar as it can benefit them or their State." - id27/9/2017
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Thank you, Smotrich Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "Arabs choose between three alternatives: First, they can accept a monetary payment and leave the country. Second, they can become subjects of the Jewish State without becoming citizens and without attaining the right to vote. Third, they can make war and be defeated." - id27/9/2017
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Gush Shalom: Har Adar killings should be a wake-up call to the governmentGush Shalom - The killings at Har Adar should serve as wake-up call to a government which intends to hold tomorrow a “celebration” to mark fifty years of Israeli occupation and settlement in “Judea and Samaria”. Fifty years of Israeli military occupation have not made the Palestinians give up their dream of being a free people in their homeland. Nor will another fifty years of occupation, or another hundred. Those who seek to perpetuate the occupation and intensify settlement activities would ensure many more years and generations of hatred and bloodshed, to Israelis and Palestinians alike.[ak]26/9/2017
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Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breathJames M. Dorsey - The target of strikes by the Turkish air force, the Kurds hope to benefit from the force’s shortage of pilots because of mass purges in the wake of last year’s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan[sic!]. ... The Kurds may provide the first flashpoint for another round of volatility and violence, but they are not the only ones [bz]19/9/2017
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Good Cop, Bad Cop of Expulsion Amira Hass - Haaretz - In recent years, the racist pestering of the nonprofit association Regavim, which Smotrich helped found, has urged the Civil Administration to accelerate the demolition of Palestinian structures. By petitioning the High Court of Justice, the group that seeks to preserve The Nation’s lands was pressing to expel the residents of Sussia and Khan al-Amar from their homes. But it is the Civil Administration which implements the policy of forbidding construction, of demolitions and stealing Palestinian lands to give them to Jews – in all sorts of overt and covert ways that were developed long before Smotrich was born and Regavim was founded. [bz]19/9/2017
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Who Invited Sebastian Gorka to Keynote Israeli Terror Conference?Richard Silverstein- Tikun Olam - "Israel’s former alliances with liberal-democratic movements deteriorate, it has sought to replace them with cozy-relationships with the seedier side of the human race: African dictators, Christian evangelicals, and yes, even neo-Nazis." - id13/9/2017
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Going with the windYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "The absurdity of the situation in Washington, and the shameful spectacle in Jerusalem of senior officials close to the prime minister being marched to interrogation rooms, prove that the old regimes and old technologies are on their way out. Change is inevitable. The bloody Occupation will also pass. Israelis and Palestinians will need to find a way to merge into the modern world, if they do not want to be knocked down by the wind.| - id 13/9/2017
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Netanyahus, Hurricanes and Biblical WisdomEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "As hurricanes of biblical proportions turn roads into rivers in the USA, David Duke an American white nationalist, politician, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, Holocaust denier, convicted felon, and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan agrees with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s son while Sara Netanyahu awaits arrest." - id13/9/2017
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Cooperation on specific issues would serve us well Ran Greenstein - facebook - None of them support the right of return for the 1948 Palestinian refugees, but many of them support and actively favour equality of rights to Palestinian citizens, termination of the 1967 occupation, some limited form of redress and restitution for past dispossession. These people define themselves as Zionist but deviate, to some extent at least, from some of the core policies pursued by mainstream Zionist movements and the State of Israel. [bz]12/9/2017
Justice Minister Shaked Takes After MussoliniRogel Alpher - Haaretz - Benito Mussolini had defined fascism, the ideology which he founded and implemented, as the “revolutionary negation” of individualism and liberalism. He declared "the Nation" to be “a superior, super-personal reality ... a moral law, a tradition, a mission binding together generations past, present and future”. Israel`s present-day Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced a “moral and political revolution” aimed at strengthening national principles at the expense of universal individual rights.“Zionism,” Shaked said, “should not continue and will not continue to bow down to the system of individual rights interpreted in a universal way.” The similarity is no accident. Therefore, don`t call the justice minister "a fascist" metaphorically, as hyperbole or a provocation. Call her that because it`s literally what she is. [ak] 12/9/2017
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Condemnations of Israeli Occupation Aren’t Enough Amira Hass - Haaretz - The evacuation of the Shamasneh family from their home in Jerusalem and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s plans to demolish Sussia and Khan al-Akhmar are the other side of the coin of settlement construction. This is how Israel carries out a gradual expulsion. Europeans, your denunciations are seen by Israel as lacking urgency. Without sanctions, it can take a deep breath and its faith in its ability to implement the plan is solid. [bz] 9/9/2017
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Israel’s Geopolitical Gut CheckSharmine Narwani - The American Conservative "Tel Aviv has had a bad few weeks. A once favorable regional balance of power has suddenly shifted in a direction that clips Israel’s wings—all while adversaries on its borders are making swift strategic gains. At the core of the issue is Israel’s obsession with Iranian ascendancy in the region." ca 8/9/2017
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Nothinng comes for freeNahum Barnea - Ynet - "The prevalence and timing of Netanyahu`s phone calls to Edelson and Regev show a different set of rules—namely, that Netanyahu was the real editor-in-chief of Israel Hayom." - id6/9/2017
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How Palestinians can reverse Israel’s divide and conquer tacticsSam Bahour - +972 - "Oslo allowed Israel to reduce Palestinians to disparate fragments, each with their own challenge to merely survive. It’s time to reset that reality and view the Palestinians for what they are — physically fragmented, politically divided, but a whole people." - id 6/9/2017
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Nakba and Jim Crow: Mirror ImagesRichard Silveerstein - Tikun Olam - "For those of you who are sharp readers, you’ll immediately grasp the connection to Israeli history. In the months leading up to 1948 and during the ensuing War, Israeli Jews systematically expelled the majority of the indigenous Palestinian residents through various forms of intimidation including mass violence, murder, rape, and physical expulsion. What’s more, those who defied the law to return risked death." - id6/9/2017
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Israel`s Regularisation Law: Colonialism under stressNeve Gordon and Nicola Perugini - Al Jazeera - What is Israeli settler trauma and will a new law legalising illegal settlements "cure" it? [ry]4/9/2017
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Selective Outrage And The Damnable Jewish Silence On GazaTom Pessah - Forward - A year since the controversy, where is the outrage? Is the word “genocide” worse than the actual death of babies and adult patients from completely preventable causes? When will the same Jewish American organizations raise the alarm about Israel’s responsibility for the lethal conditions in Gaza? And how many will die by then? [bz] 2/9/2017
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Trump Trashes Two-States…and 30 Years of U.S. Policy on Israel-PalestineRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "In his meetings with Abbas, Kushner told him two startling things according to media reports. The first, reported by Al-Hayat and later by Haaretz, was that the U.S. could not pressure Israel for a settlement freeze because it would bring down Netanyahu’s government. The statement in itself is shocking on many accounts: why should Abbas care a fig whether Bibi falls? And if he did fall merely for advocating a settlement freeze then of what use is he in finalizing a peace agreement? Finally, why should the U.S. be channeling the Israeli position on behalf of Bibi? Are we little more than glorified messenger boys for him? Kushner roundly denied the report, claiming he’d never made such a statement. But that’s dubious since it sounds precisely like something Trump and Lesser Trump (Kushner) would say." ca1/9/2017
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How I stopped ignoring NGO Monitor and started fighting backMichael Sfard - +972 "Around a decade ago, a new Israeli organization appeared out of nowhere. It had a name that sounded like a piece of medical equipment: NGO Monitor. The organization was founded by a Bar Ilan professor named Gerald Steinberg, as part of a right-wing think tank led by Netanyahu confidant Dore Gold. Since its establishment, Steinberg and NGO Monitor have been working tirelessly to dry out the funding of Israeli, Palestinian, and international human rights and peace groups...NGO Monitor has created an industry of articles, data sheets, and posts which circularly cite one another and slander these organizations." ca1/9/2017
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