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The lie of Netanyahu`s economic `gestures`

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:00
Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Netanyahu’s goodwill ‘gestures’ to the Palestinians are nothing more than a way to appease President Trump on his visit. So why is the media playing along? [ry]

Dangerous escape from Gaza’s despair

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:00
Hamza Abu Eltarabesh - EI - "No airport, no seaport, and with Gaza’s southern border crossing closed by Egypt since October 2014 and opened with only rare exception, young people in the territory have few alternatives to the dismal situation" [ry]

Western Wall will always be Israeli, PM says ahead of Trump visit

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:00
Stuart Winer and Amanda Borschel-Dan - The Times of Israel - With US envoy Friedman in attendance, Netanyahu also tells celebration marking 50 years since city’s unification that Jerusalem will always be Israel’s capital [ry]

Israeli Police Evict Old City Residents Ahead of Trump Visit

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:00
Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Several Stores to Be Closed Throughout Visit [ry]

Prominent Palestinian community leaders, activists seized by Israeli forces

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:00
Samidoun - AIC - Israeli occupation forces seized at least nine Palestinians in overnight or pre-dawn raids, including three prominent human rights activists and former prisoners [ry]

How Israel is targeting Palestinian institutions

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:00
Ylenia Gostoli - Al Jazeera - Recent raid of Arab Studies Society`s Jerusalem office highlights a long-standing problem, rights groups say [ry]

Shaked vexed by White House map missing WB

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 00:00
Moran Azulay - Ynet - Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked responds angrily to map of Israel released by White House omitting the West Bank and Golan Heights; says ‘I hope this is just ignorance and not policy’; reminds listeners that while she believes Trump will fulfil his election promises regarding the US embassy, her party was elected to fulfil its own promise: ‘to ensure that no Palestinian state is established.’ [bz]

Gaza residents left in the dark amid Palestinian power struggle

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 00:00
Yolande Knell - BBC News - "The Americans and mainly the Israelis have been accusing President Abbas of being weak, [saying] he has no control over the Gaza Strip and is therefore no partner for peace," says Mkhaimar Abusada, a political science professor at al-Azhar University - Gaza. "He wants to restore his power over Gaza, to be taken more seriously." [bz]

Ivanka and Jared get a rabbinical pass to fly Air Force One

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 00:00
Annie Karni - Politico "Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will be flying aboard Air Force One to Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump on Friday, after receiving a rabbinical dispensation to travel on the Jewish Sabbath, according to a White House official... It was not clear on what grounds the exception was made to accompany the president on his first international trip." ca

Israel Begins to Confiscate 20% of Asylum-Seekers` Incomes

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 00:00
Lia Tarachansky&SHIR HEVER - The Real News Network "Interview:"From the beginning of this month a new policy`s implemented in Israel. African asylum seekers who work in Israel have part of their wage income garnished by the state and placed into an account to which they have no access." ca

Memories of Nakba from those who survived it

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 00:00
Rod Such - Electronic intifada "Palestine Is Our Home: Voices of Loss, Courage and Steadfastness, Nahida Halaby Gordon (editor), Palestine Books (2016).These essays contain numerous first-hand accounts of the Nakba, the forced expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians by Zionist paramilitaries in 1948." ca

The true price Israel pays for the occupation

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 00:00
Shlomo Swirski - +972 "Both the economic and political elite in Israel benefit from the occupation in different ways. The longer the occupation persists, the wider become the gaps between these two ‘1 percents’ and the rest of the country... the main losers of this reality are low- income Israelis, both Arab and Jewish." ca

Israeli Settler Kills A Palestinian Near Nablus

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC News - "The incident took place after Israeli soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians, marching in solidarity with the detainees, ongoing with the hunger strike they started on April 17th.The soldiers fired gas bombs, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, two of them, including a man, 49, were hospitalized." ca

Would Israel`s Knesset support a Trump Mideast deal?

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "Leaders of the opposition Zionist Camp who recently visited Washington, led by Labor Party Chair Isaac Herzog and Hatnua Chair Tzipi Livni, made it clear to the Trump administration officials with whom they met that their faction in the Knesset would support any move that advances the “big deal” the president aspires to make. Zionist Camp leaders believe that if Netanyahu adopts the road map that he worked out with Herzog in 2016 before changing his mind, most of the faction’s Knesset members would agree to join the ruling coalition, replacing Bennett and his Knesset members." ca

Al Jazeera: Jordan, Not Israel, Was Original Intelligence Source for ISIS Bomb Plot

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 00:00
Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "“ None of the media stories reveal the name of the foreign nation whose operation Trump exposed. Some have speculated that it might be Israel or Turkey. But my guess is that it is Jordan, because it has one of the best intelligence agencies in the Arab world and is highly motivated to penetrate ISIS since it poses a grave danger to Jordan, whose neighbor, Syria, is a key refuge for the Islamist group." ca

10 Reasons Trump Should Not Strengthen U.S.-Saudi Ties

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 00:00
Medea Benjamin - ICH "If the Trump administration truly wants to find a way out of the wars in the Middle East and make the United States safer from terrorists, it would do well to stop arming, aiding and abetting the ruthless Saudi regime." ca

Israeli Soldiers Abduct 17 Palestinians In The West Bank

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC - "In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Odai Abu Tayeh, from his home in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and took him to an interrogation facility." - id

Gaza on brink of “systemic collapse,” ICRC warns

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 00:00
Ali Abunimah - Rights and Accountability - "“ICRC doesn’t issue statements often,” Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine director for Human Rights Watch commented, “When they do, you listen.”" - id ICRC added that without immediate intervention, “a public health and environment crisis is looming.”

Nakba at 69: Statement by the Global Palestinian Refugee and IDP Network

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC - "On this the 69th commemoration of the Nakba and the 100th commemoration of the Balfour Declaration, the Palestinian people face the most challenging political environment to date." - id