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Are Israelis indifferent to corruption around Netanyahu?

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Netanyahu, for his part, succeeded in making corruption much more sophisticated than ever before, all while undermining the pillars of democracy. But given the heavy "background noise" emanating from police investigations against him to every Israeli household, the guardians of democracy and the judicial system may just end Netanyahu’s rule before he destroys them.-rh

Making It a Crime to Support Palestinian Human Rights

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
James J. Zogby - LobeLog - It is fascinating to watch some US senators tripping over themselves as they attempt to defend their support for or opposition to proposed legislation that would make it a federal crime to support the international campaign to Boycott, Divest, or Sanction (BDS) Israel for its continued occupation of Palestinian lands. What ties these officials up in knots are their efforts to square the circle of their “love of Israel”, their opposition to BDS, their support for a “two-state solution”, and their commitment to free speech.-rh

My youngest child has no idea that I am his mother` Recently released Palestinian prisoner and mother of six says she is finding it hard to reintegrate into her family.

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Hiba Aslan - Aljazeera - Dalal Abu al-Hawa`s 22-month-old son does not recognise her. Hamza was just 10 months old when his mother was imprisoned for a year by an Israeli court for charges she vehemently denies. Abu al-Hawa, who was released on August 7, is having trouble sleeping, is considering seeing a psychiatrist and is finding it hard to reintegrate into her family. "My youngest son [Hamza] refuses to come close to me. "I wanted to put him on my lap, but he hit my hand and ran away," Abu al-Hawa tells Al Jazeera.-rh

Al Jazeera gains from Israel’s attempts to close it

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Despite Israel’s public statements about closing down Al Jazeera’s offices in Jerusalem, it appears that the execution of such a decision will require a great deal of legal work on the part of the Israeli government. The decision, if implemented, will do little to reduce the coverage by the most-watched Arab satellite TV station. The move seems particularly odd since it would not be favorable to Israeli officials, who used to provide some kind of balance to Al Jazeera’s stories, which allowed them to speak unfiltered in its reports.-rh

Left wing Israeli think tank trolls Benjamin Netanyahu and his son Yair in libel suit

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Bethan McKernan - Independent - Molad, a left-leaning institution which describes itself as ‘the centre for the renewal of Israeli democracy’, decided to sue the younger Mr Netanyahu for libel last week after he refused to apologise for comments in a Facebook post which branded the organisation “The Fund for the Destruction of Israel, funded by Soros and the European Union.” -rh

Sponge rounds, rubber bullets, and tear gas — how Israel’s non-lethal munitions can kill

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - It was the middle of a cold October night in 2015 when an Israeli army jeep came driving through Aida refugee camp blaring a message through its loudspeaker “People of Aida refugee camp, we are the occupation forces,” the message began in Arabic. “If you throw stones, we will hit you with gas until you all die. The children, the youth, the old people – you will all die. We won’t leave any of you alive … Go home or we will gas you until you die. Your families, your children, everyone – we will kill you.”-rh

Israeli police raid homes of Jerusalemites accused of receiving funds from Hamas

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY - Israeli police and Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, forces raided several neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem overnight between Monday and Tuesday, storming and ransacking Palestinian homes that police accused of being financially supported by the Hamas movement Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al- Samri said in a statement that the raids were carried out after “intensive investigations” by Israeli police and intelligence officials that indicated that Jerusalemite families of "terrorists" were receiving money and funding from the Hamas movement “to reward them for the bloody and massive terrorist attacks their children have carried out.”-rh

Does It Really Matter If Netanyahu Ends Up Behind Bars?

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Neve Gordon - Palestine Chronicle - Netanyahu’s 11-year rule thus appears to be fast approaching an inglorious end. The more interesting question now, however, is what the significance of these developments will be. Two points are worth making: First, Netanyahu is not really an outlier. Many leaders and politicians across the globe, particularly those who, like Netanyahu, have managed to stay in power for many years, have also become corrupt by abusing the privileges and responsibilities bestowed upon them by their office. Yet what is unusual about the Israeli case is that some of the corrupt protagonists actually end up in jail.-rh

Trump’s Blindness to Moral Truth: This Cannot Stand

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
J.J. Goldberg - Forward - America was shamed on Tuesday as we have never been shamed before. We were debased as a nation by the words of a president who stood before the world and defended the honor of Nazis. He reduced himself in an instant from alarming buffoon to dangerous villain. We who elected him stand disgraced, humiliated.-rh

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu `to introduce law making it easier to declare war`

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
BETHAN MCKERNAN - Independent - Israel’s Channel 2 - known for its political coverage - said it had learned that over the last few weeks Mr Netanyahu has been pushing for an amendment to the Basic Law Concerning the Government which would allow him to “declare war or to launch a military operation, without the need for its approval by the government, and in certain cases, without the presence of the entire [Security] Cabinet.”Israel’s Channel 2 - known for its political coverage - said it had learned that over the last few weeks Mr Netanyahu has been pushing for an amendment to the Basic Law Concerning the Government which would allow him to “declare war or to launch a military operation, without the need for its approval by the government, and in certain cases, without the presence of the entire [Security] Cabinet.”Israel’s Channel 2 - known for its political coverage - said it had learned that over the last few weeks Mr Netanyahu has been pushing for an amendment to the Basic Law Concerning the Government which would allow him to “declare war or to launch a military operation, without the need for its approval by the government, and in certain cases, without the presence of the entire [Security] Cabinet.”Israel’s Channel 2 - known for its political coverage - said it had learned that over the last few weeks Mr Netanyahu has been pushing for an amendment to the Basic Law Concerning the Government which would allow him to “declare war or to launch a military operation, without the need for its approval by the government, and in certain cases, without the presence of the entire [Security] Cabinet.-rh

Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Home, Injure 26 Palestinians, Near Ramallah

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC - "The cameraman was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his face, after a soldier shot him from a close range, while he was filming the clashes." - id

Tulkarm aims to renovate century-old Ottoman train tunnel

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Ibrahim Abdelhadi - Al Monitor - "The Ottoman Empire’s Hejaz Railway, initially seen as Sultan Abdulhamid`s folly, played a key role in World War I and later in Palestine`s history." - id

The Zionist-white supremacist alliance in Trump’s White House

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Ali Abunimah - Lobby Watch - EI - ""A cornerstone of Israel’s policy today is to cement ties with other ultra-nationalist, racist and Islamophobic forces around the world – even if they are also anti-Semitic." A striking example is Netanyahu’s own embrace of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban." - id

It`s not Netanyahu — it`s a country drunk on power

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Marzuq Al-Halabi - +972 - "Even if Netanyahu’s corruption scandals force him out of office, Israeli politics will still be guided by the idea that Palestinians must be pummeled into submission." - id

Israeli Arms Exporter Demonstrated Drone to Azeri Buyers by Attacking Armenian Army Positions

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Though they attempted to attack the Armenians, the flight failed and no one was injured.  Though not for lack of trying." - id

Producers examining abuse of Blacks in Israel need funding

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Existence is Resistance is raising funds for the filming of our new documentary Black in the Holy Land. This film will examine the lives and experiences of the various black communities throughout Palestine and the settler state of Israel." - id

Settlers install caravans near Bethlehem  

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
WAFA - "...the settlers aim with this act to eventually push the fence further into Nahalin land in order to expand the area of their settlement at the expense of Nahalin." - id

Supporting Fayzeh

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
ISM - "In the last ten years Issa has organised retreats and healing camps for children, adults and teenage female ex-prisoners. When Fayzeh gave birth to Ward, their first son, Issa was already paraplegic." - id

Former attorney general stands with Palestinians facing eviction

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Orly Noy - +972 - "Over the past decade Sheikh Jarrah has become one of the focal points of the attempt to Judaize East Jerusalem by messianic right-wing organizations. Doing so isn’t much of a task: in the war against the weakest residents of the city, the state gives its backing to those organizations. What about the homes in West Jerusalem?" - id

Israel pushes security ties while Cairo, Amman embassies sit empty Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/08/israel-jordan-egypt-benjamin-netanyahu-al-sisi-peace-treaty.html#ixzz4puHmTj4u

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to care little about Israel’s diplomatic ties with Egypt and Jordan so long as security ties are maintained." - id