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Family: blood stains challenge Israeli account of Qalandiya killing

20 hours 44 min ago
Oren Ziv - Activestills - Muhammad Abu Latifa, 18, was sleeping in his bed when a sizable force of Israeli soldiers and police commandos raided his house. According to the official Israeli version, Abu Latifa resisted arrest and fled onto the roof, at which point the forces shot him in his lower body, and he then fell to his death while jumping to another roof. However, the blood spatter on the roof suggests that Israeli forces carried him back and that he did not fall. ak

Israeli Extremists Assault Palestinian Bus Driver In Jerusalem

20 hours 44 min ago
IMEMC - The driver, 38 years old Mohammad Barakat who works for Egged - the main Israeli bus company - told that the two assailants had boarded the bus on a ride through Jerusalem. After they sat in the bus for 45 minutes it reached the end of the line and emptied - whereupon the two got up, sprayed the driver with pepper spray in the face and escaped. ak

Netanyahu scrambles to calm seething coalition after settlement evacuation

20 hours 44 min ago
Elie Leshem - Times of Israel - Settler demonstrators had barricaded themselves in an attempt to prevent the implementation of a High Court of Justice decision ordering the demolition of the structures, and some 50 were detained after scuffles with police. [bz]

Humiliation and sloppy security checks at IDF checkpoints

20 hours 44 min ago
Yoav Zitun - Ynet - A major complaint filed by soldiers and testimonies collected by Ynet reveal an alarming state of affairs at the Military Police`s two crossing battalions in the Judea and Samaria Division. [bz]

Has the IDF found a way to climb down the Susya tree?

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 00:00
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Up against extraordinarily harsh diplomatic pressure from its closest allies, Israel seems to have found a way to save face without creating too much of a fuss — at least temporarily [ry]

Palestinian man dies during attempted arrest by Israeli security forces

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 00:00
Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Mohammad Abu Latifa, 20, becomes third Palestinian in a week to be killed by IDF after he was shot and fell from a roof [ry]

Mount Scopus Slopes National Park and the harm it causes al-`Esawiyah and a-Tur

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 00:00
B’Tselem - "According to Bimkom, when planners for al-`Esawiyah met with the planners for the national park for in coordination meetings, the director of the Jerusalem district at the NPA expressly stated that the purpose of the park was to block Palestinian neighborhoods from expanding into the open space. This argument was not subsequently repeated. Instead, other justifications were given to demonstrate that the park is indispensable. The political involvement in the process that saw the approval of Mount Scopus National Park reinforces the concern that the park was meant to serve the unacceptable objective of limiting Palestinian construction in East Jerusalem" [ry]

Wrong on the Facts, Wrong on the Law: Israeli’s False Claims of “Self-Defense” in Gaza War

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 00:00
James Marc Leas - CounterPunch - “Public relations campaigns based on self-defense have been critical to Israeli officials avoiding accountability after each of the six major assaults on Gaza since Israel withdrew its settlers from Gaza in 2005. Notwithstanding the reports of war crimes committed by Israeli forces, the remarkable success of those self-defense based public relations campaigns continued to provide Israeli officials with impunity: the freedom to strike militarily again” [ry]

Israel Launches Diplomatic Push to Kill Human Rights Groups

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 00:00
Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Legal Efforts to Ban Rights Groups Have Repeatedly Failed [ry]

SEE! Clashes in Jerusalem

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 00:00
AIC - Israeli forces invaded the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya Sunday afternoon, continuing attacks begun last night against the city`s Palestinian population [ry]

Defense Ministry internal report: Land at village slated for demolition privately owned by Palestinians

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 00:00
Barak Ravid and Chaim Levinson--Sussia, the Palestinian village in which structures are slated for demolition, sits on private Palestinian land owned by local people, according to a document of the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration obtained by Haaretz. dn

Israel, Don’t Level My Village

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 00:00
NASSER NAWAJAJULY--SUSIYA, West Bank — IN 1948, as Israeli forces closed in on his village of Qaryatayn, my grandfather carried my father in his arms to Susiya, about five miles north, in the South Hebron Hills area. “We will go back home soon,” my grandfather told my father. dn

Mavi Marmara: Judges call for new investigation into deaths of activists . . .

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 00:00
Paul Gallagher--The International Criminal Court has asked its chief prosecutor to reopen an investigation into the interception of the Mavi Marmara, the ship on which nine human rights activists were killed in 2010 after it was stormed by the Israeli Defence Force during an attempt to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip.dn

Aid in Gaza: We don’t have the words to deal with this level of suffering

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 00:00
Laura Grant--Like most Palestinians from Gaza, not one of my colleagues has left the 45km-long, blockaded Gaza Strip since the last war ended 10 months ago. After living and working through through that brutal 51-day war, they began the business of picking up the pieces of their own lives and that of their broken cities – all in the very well-grounded fear that the next war is only a matter of time. dn

US Jews want Congress to approve Iran deal, by whopping 53 to 35, far more than Americans overall

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 00:00
Philip Weiss--An important survey of Jewish opinion by the LA Jewish Journal says that American Jews are overwhelmingly for the Iran deal, even though they believe it endangers Israel. Here are the numbers. Incredible; they are a lot like the Iraq war, which the Jewish orgs supported but the Jewish street was against. dn

Israel’s Endless Misery for Gaza is No Policy at All

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 00:00
Jonathan Cook--What`s going on? Does Israel want Hamas weakened or strengthened?. . . For those trying to read developments between Israel and Gaza over the past weeks, the picture has been unusually puzzling. dn

The bloody cost of apartheid: Israel kills twice in two days .

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 00:00
Ben White--Israeli occupation forces have killed again: the victim this time was Falah Abu Maria, a 52-year-old father shot dead in Beit Ummar, a village in the southern West Bank. Abu Maria`s death came just a day after 21-year-old Muhammad `Alawna had been shot dead near Jenin. Israel has now killed 17 Palestinians in 2015 to date, and wounded dozens more. dn

Your Time Is Over Mr. Netanyahu

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 00:00
Haroun Yashayaei,Chairman of Tehran Jewish Committee’s Board and Leader of Iran`s Jewish Community--The Israeli prime minister was daydreaming and when Americans had announced that the military option against Iran was no longer on the table as negotiations were the best solution for Iran`s nuclear issue, Netanyahu made a fuss by claiming that even without the support of the United States, his army will carry out a military attack on Iran. Even when his own military commanders told Netanyahu that realization of his dream was neither possible, nor proportionate to the capabilities of the Israeli regime and army of Israel, he still didn’t understand that his time is over. dn

Forum: Why does Connecticut continue to invest in Israel?

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 00:00
Stanley Heller and Bob Gelbach--The decision on June 30 of the million-member United Church of Christ to join in measures of BDS — boycotts, divestments and sanctions — to pressure the Israeli government is of great, perhaps historic importance. The UCC includes the Congregationalists, whose roots go back to the Pilgrims and Puritans and the founders of Yale and Harvard. dn

Are Arabs white?

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 00:00
Khaled A Beydoun--In the US, race has always mattered. Whiteness in particular has mattered most, standing as the seal of civilisation and the gateway towards citizenship. Since 1944, Arabs have been deemed white by law. Many Arabs still embrace and defend that status today. dn