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This lawmaker won`t let the Gaza War be pushed under the rug

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 00:00
Amos Harel--Some 10 months after the fact, last summer’s Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip has been largely erased from Israeli public consciousness. The confrontation with Hamas – in which more Israelis were killed than in any war since 2006, which completely disrupted life in much of the southern part of the country, and during which rockets were fired at Tel Aviv and the country’s international airport was paralyzed for a day – was barely present on the agenda of the election campaign that ended on March 17. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu easily shook off whatever criticism was aimed at him over the war’s indecisive results, and promised to “be strong” against Hamas next time, too. The general repression of the subject was aided by the Israel Defense Forces’ insistence that the war was a success, if not a victory, because the army ostensibly fulfilled all the missions it was assigned by the political echelon. Actually, there was more criticism of the war – which the state stubbornly continues to term an “operation” – while it was happening than afterward. dn

Palestinians petitioning court to get back Jordan Valley land

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 00:00
Chaim Levinson--The High Court of Justice is to hear petitions Monday by Palestinians seeking the return of land they own near the Jordanian border and which was given to Jordan Valley settlers to cultivate. In 1969, two years after the occupation of the West Bank, the army declared the area between the Jordan-Israel border and the nearby security fence to be a closed military zone barred to Palestinians.dn

Thousands return to destroyed Palestinian villages in Israel

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 00:00
Natasha Roth - +972 - “These are Israeli citizens. They have Israeli identity cards. And they remain in this country,” explained Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh. “They fled during the war from one village to the next one. And they were not allowed to return.” “So tell me, what is the problem with them returning?” Odeh continued. “What is the problem with residents of Hadatha returning here? What is the problem with residents of Tzipori [Sepphoris] who fled from Tzipori to Nazareth during wartime returning? [bz]

I swear I won’t boycott the Israeli settlements

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - It is forbidden to encourage a boycott against the settlements and unauthorized outposts which were established through land theft, forgery of documents and paying bribes to collaborators, as well as through the gross trampling of the planning and building laws. We must file away the reports of the state comptroller that describe the injustices of Israeli rule in the West Bank and the report on the unauthorized outposts. It is completely and totally forbidden to say that the settlements are a violation of international law – someone could very well understand that as a call for law-abiding nations to boycott their products. [bz]

Why I won`t be celebrating Israel`s Independence Day this year

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:00
Asher Schechter - Haaretz "As Israel continues down its path of isolation and conflict, and does so with renewed verve, I find my disappointment outweighing my sense of national pride...As it celebrates its 67th Independence Day, Israel has never been more "independent" - alienating its closest allies; insisting it can do whatever it wants, regardless of what anyone else has to say." ca

Activists turn to Palestine

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:00
Amira Howeidy - Al-Ahram "A broad coalition of political parties, groups, student unions and professional syndicates has rediscovered its solidarity with the Palestinians, and is rallying around a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli occupation. The Egyptian Popular Campaign to Boycott Israel (BDS) seeks to name companies operating in Egypt that also work in Israel or do business with the occupation army. Its aim is to pressure them to either stop doing business with the Israelis or to leave Egypt." ca

Blair Family Impending Corruption Scandal? Tony Blair Faces Pressure Over Role as Middle East Envoy

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:00
Global Research News - Information Clearing House "The declassified letter of 2009 – published in full by Exaro – was obtained for a new book, ‘Blair Inc’, and shows how the Middle East envoy regarded the project as one of the two most important “key issues” in trying to forge a two-state solution for the Palestinians and Israelis. He lobbied Israel to allocate the bandwidth for the network, although his spokesman said that the full transfer took until 2011.Disclosure of the letter added to pressure on Blair to quit as the Quartet’s representative." ca

Marking Memorial Day in Tel Aviv with Kahanists and Combatants for Peace

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:00
Dan Cohen- Mondoweiss "Tuesday night, as recently re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised his ideological hero Vlamidir Jabotinksky’s Iron Wall policy at Israel’s Memorial Day, a busload of Palestinians from the West Bank and hundreds of Israeli Jews filed into the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds — an upscale theater in affluent north Tel Aviv — to attend a Combatants for Peace event billed as “Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony: Honoring the Victims, Fighting for Peace.” The 25 Palestinians in attendance were permitted entry into Israel from the West Bank and promptly returned that night following the event." ca

The grave danger of derailing the Iran deal — an interview with Chas Freeman

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:00
Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "heldon Adelson and his ilk call the shots, not the American people. Our politics are now so venal that our democracy excites no admiration anywhere. On Israel and many other issues, policy clearly reflects the views of wealthy donors, not the views of any majority. Only a small minority of American Jews stand with Mr. Adelson but his opinions, not theirs, are what matter. America looks like a plutocracy to a growing number of people. That’s how they’ll see us if the Iran deal goes down to Adelson and Israel." ca

Social divide widens between West Bank, Gaza Strip

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:00
Hazem Balousha - Al-Monitor "The inequitable distribution of resources and political and social opportunities between the West Bank and Gaza Strip is deepening the rift between the two territories, feeding people’s growing dissatisfaction on each side." ca

Israel Mocks Europe Labels for Settlement Products as `Yellow Star`

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:00
JTA - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman suggested stamping settlement goods with yellow stars to condemn demands for special labeling in Europe. Liberman sarcastically suggested the move in an interview Friday with Israel Radio about a letter sent out earlier this week by foreign ministers of 16 of the European Union’s 28 member states, in which they asked E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to promote such labeling in store chains throughout Europe.-rh

Facebook group shares checkpoint wait in real time

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The Facebook group monitoring the crossings was started by Richard Khoury, a Palestinian who works for the International Committee of the Red Cross. In an interview with Al-Monitor, Khoury explained how the group was established. “My wife and I live in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, and on weekends we normally go to Ramallah to see family and friends.” Khoury said that after wasting so many hours waiting in line, he and his colleagues at work began exchanging information on traffic backups through Facebook.-rh

You can boycott anything in Israel — except the occupation

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00
Noam Sheizaf - +972 - The ‘boycott law’ won’t put an end to the BDS movement — its real importance lies in the criminalization of all opposition to the occupation.-rh

Israeli forces seal Hizma over alleged stone-throwing

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00
Ma`an News - Israeli forces blocked all entrances into Hizma town on Wednesday as a punitive measure for alleged incidents of stone-throwing, a human rights group and Israeli media reported.Israeli forces are reported to have placed a large sign at the entrance of the eastern Jerusalem-district town requesting that residents divulge information about those "disturbing the peace."-rh

Lawfare, Israel’s Continuation of War by Other Means

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00
Jonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - Right-wing Israeli organisations have been quietly escalating “legal warfare” against the Palestinian leadership in an attempt to dissuade it from bringing war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court. The latest case against the Palestinians, filed in the US, threatens lengthy jail sentences and heavy fines against Hamas leaders, including Khaled Mashal, for briefly closing Israel’s only international airport during Israel’s attack on Gaza last summer.-rh

Israel can now legally seize Palestinian homes in Jerusalem under `absentees` property law

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00
Lizzie Dearden - The Independent - The Palestinian side of the holy city had previously been exempt from the Absentees` Property Law, brought in after the 1948 war to allow arriving Israelis to move into abandoned homes. But now Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that it can be applied to East Jerusalem, effectively allowing the state to take control of property whose owners live in the West Bank or Gaza.-rh

Who wins if Washington loses in the Middle East?

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Aljazeera - A stepped-up European role in the Middle East, with France taking the lead in attempting to revitalise the Palestinian-Israeli peace process on the basis of recognising the Palestinian state, will be welcomed in many capitals - not just in the region, but around the world.-rh

Israel Imposed over $30,000 Fines on Minor Prisoners since Start of 2015

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00
WAFA - “Around 500 - 700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12, are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military detention system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones. No Israeli children come into contact with the military court system,” said Defense for Children International (DCI).-rh

Reuven Rivlin Questions Future of Israel Amid `Horrible` Hate — on Both Sides

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00
Naomi Zeveloff - Forward - “For me, until now it is not obvious that the Israeli flag is up there, and we are in a position that everyone recognizes that Israel is a fact and Israel will last forever,” he said, holding forth from a plush yellow chair next to a platter of chocolates in his residence in Jerusalem’s Rehavia neighborhood.-rh

Palestinian youth murdered by Jewish vigilantes recorded as terror victim on Israeli memorial

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00
Robert Trait - The Telegraph - Hussein Abu Khdeir, the dead teenager’s father, also said he would ask for his son’s name to be erased from the plaque. “We don’t need the recognition ... we’re not Israeli citizens,” he told Ashams, a Nazareth-based radio station. “Instead of this list we want justice and the prosecution of the criminals.”-rh