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Two months on, still no evidence of a `fire intifada` in Israel

19 hours 9 min ago
Haggai Matar - +972 - The Israeli media and politicians’ narrative of a Palestinian ‘arson intifada’ remains in place, despite there not being even a shred of evidence to support their story [ry]

Jewish settler group `invited to Donald Trump`s inauguration` amid concerns over President-elect`s stance on Israel

19 hours 9 min ago
Lizzie Dearden - Independent - Yesha Council says it has received invite to ceremony after UN condemns illegal settlements [ry]

Non-violent Bethlehem march attacked by Israeli military

19 hours 9 min ago
IMEMC News - "The protesters chanted and marched while holding Palestinian flags and mock coffins, calling on the Israeli government to release the bodies of Palestinians who died or were killed in Israel" [ry]

Gaza is attracting the attention of Silicon Valley as young tech entrepreneurs push to solve problems themselves

19 hours 9 min ago
Christopher M. Schroeder - recode - Tech gurus from Uber, Google, SoundCloud, Microsoft and 500 Startups have visited Gaza on their own dime as volunteers to mentor startups [ry]

Israeli officials cheer ‘weakened’ Paris peace summit declaration

19 hours 9 min ago
Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel - Jerusalem takes credit for softened statement by 70 nations, which omits the ‘problematic passages’ of December’s UN anti- settlements resolution [ry]

Paris peace conference: A damp squib

19 hours 9 min ago
Mouin Rabbani - Aljazeera - A half-century of Israeli occupation is not going to be meaningfully addressed by international meetings [ry]

Opposition to a Jewish state is a legitimate position

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 00:00
Jackie Walker--This still is taken from an undercover recording of an anti-Semitism training session at the September Labour Party conference where Walker was heckled after questioning Israeli policy [Al Jazeera] dn

This is the one good thing about Obama`s legacy in Israel – and John Kerry might be about to destroy it

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 00:00
Nadia Hijab--Stating that Israel must be a `Jewish state` in which the 1.7m Palestinian citizens of Israel `live as equal citizens` is not grounded in reality: there are already over 50 laws that discriminate against them, and Kerry’s principles do nothing to address these dn

On eve of Paris talks PA support for two-state solution not shared among Palestinians

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 00:00
Sheren Khalel--Issa Amro, head of Youth Against Settlements, a Palestinian-led organization in Hebron, told Mondoweiss that most Palestinians feel disenfranchised by the continuous cycle of negotiation attempts. “The majority of the Palestinians don’t have any faith in the Paris Peace conference because no matter what, the conference won’t force Israel to fulfill its obligations to international law or human rights treaties,” Amro said. dn

When some are more equal than others before the law

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 00:00
Orly Noy--Law is a deceptive concept. We like to take pride in being “law-abiding citizens,” and so tend to reject and condemn members of our community who have broken the law. Joint List head Ayman Odeh, for example, was quick to voice his disapproval of the news concerning Basel Ghattas, a Knesset member in his party who is suspected of smuggling cellphones to Palestinian prisoners. Immediately after the reports regarding Ghattas surfaced in December, Odeh emphasized “the importance of respecting the law.” dn

Israel Lobby: Headlines, resignations, calls for probe

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 00:00
Al Jazeera Investigative Unit--Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a crazy politician surrounded by weirdos and extremists, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is an idiot whose deputy Alan Duncan should be taken down, and Crispin Blunt is among a group of MPs that are strongly pro-Arab rather than pro-Israel. This all according to Shai Masot, who last year introduced himself to Al Jazeera`s undercover reporter Robin Harrow (alias), as a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in London. dn

Israel`s education minister takes on role of political censor

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar--Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett is promoting a law barring representatives of any anti-occupation organizations from entering high schools, effectively censoring students from information that contradicts the state`s narrative. dn

Broken homes

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 00:00
Al Jazeera--A record year of home demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem For decades, Israel has been accused of using home demolitions as a tool to control the Palestinian population in the occupied territories. Israel approves less than two percent of all requests for building permits submitted by Palestinians, and then razes the homes and shops that lack one. In recent months, Israel has also ramped up its policy of punitive demolitions - destroying the family homes of suspected Palestinian attackers - despite the practice being labelled a war crime.dn

250 high school students declare support for conscientious objectors

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 00:00
Haggai Matar - +972 - Students at Tel Aviv’s Ironi Alef sign petition in support of Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze’evi, who refuse to serve in the army over their opposition to the occupation.[bz]

The Two-State Solution’s Silver Bullet

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 00:00
Sam Bahour - Huffington Post - If the international community, led by the U.S., is serious about preserving the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the upcoming French-hosted international peace conference is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reframe the way forward. Recognizing the State of Palestine would politically contribute to ending Israel’s nearly 50-year military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. This single act may be the silver bullet to save the two-state solution. [bz]

Amnesty International: Israel engaged in `illegal conduct` during demolitions in Qalansawe

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 00:00
Ma`an - Mayor of Qalansawe, Abd al-Basit Mansour, immediately resigned from his post in reaction to the demolition campaign, underscoring that the city had been fruitlessly waiting for the approval of a master plan for the area for 20 years. The day following the demolitions, Palestinian citizens declared a general strike across Israel, which included protests in dozens of Palestinian-majority towns and at least half a million Palestinians participating in the strike. [bz]

Thousands protest house demolitions in Qalansawe

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 00:00
Hassan Shaalan - Ynet - "Demolishing houses means that the state also intends to occupy our lands, which are ours." " - "Unfortunately, the government wants to expel us from our lands at any price. If Netanyahu remains in the government, he`ll destroy our lives because this is a racist and discriminatory government." "They destroyed our homes to tell the residents of Amona and all the racists that they also destroy Arab communities [but without offering alternative housing-bz]

Why the Fear-mongering? Only One Democratic State is Possible in Palestine and Israel

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 00:00
Ramzy Baroud--Long before December 28, when Secretary of State, John Kerry took the podium at the Dean Acheson Auditorium in Washington DC to pontificate on the uncertain future of the two-state solution and the need to save Israel from itself, the subject of a Palestinian state has been paramount. dn

Why FIFA paid close attention to UN anti-settlement resolution

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab--When the global community was discussing an anti-settlement resolution in New York, officials at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich were watching the deliberation closely. When United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 was approved without a single opposition in the 15-member Security Council Dec. 23, the international governing body of soccer was provided a strong document to resolve the status of the areas in which six Israeli soccer clubs are playing. The clubs are located in West Bank settlements and FIFA bylaws clearly state that soccer associations need permission to play in the territories of another soccer association. dn

Zionist Camp MK`s message to the Israeli left

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 00:00
Mazal Mualem--Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova of the Zionist Camp told Al-Monitor in an interview that she still believes a diplomatic agreement with the Palestinians is the only solution and that Israelis must realize that there is no way to totally end terror acts. dn