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Only 2% of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza actually delivered

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 00:00
Reuters - Ynet - "The money will be largely finished in January 2015. We have a shortfall (for shelter and homes) of $620 million and we are going to run out right in the hardest part of winter." [bz]

Europe`s symbolic solidarity with Palestine

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 00:00
Patrick Strickland - Al-Jazeera - "As various European parliaments express support for a Palestinian state, critics say more substantive action is needed." - id

IAF strikes Gaza in response to rocket fire

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 00:00
Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy - Ynet - "Air force jets attack Hamas training facility in Khan Yunis in retaliation for rocket fired at Israel earlier Friday; attack marks first IAF strike in Gaza since military op." - id

The hand that holds the status quo together

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 00:00
Noam Sheizaf - +972 - "The negotiations are not balanced: one side is holding all the cards while the other depends on its good will; one side is in a state of emergency, and the other can ignore the issue altogether." - id

Zionist Christians’ war on the true meaning of Christmas

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 00:00
Activestills - +972 - "It’s time to stop calling such groups Christian Zionists and instead use the term Zionist Christians, to more accurately reflect their priorities." - id

Abdallah Abu Rahma facing years in prison for standing in front of bulldozers

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:00
Amnesty International - Palestinian activist Abdallah Abu Rahma faces up to five years in jail as a prisoner of conscience: he will be sentenced by an Israeli military court on 5 January 2015. He was convicted on 21 October of charges relating to a 2012 protest. At the time, Israeli forces detained him for standing in front of bulldozers which were bringing concrete blocks to be used as road blocks and defences. He was released on bail after a few hours and was only summoned in February 2013 on charges of obstructing a soldier in the line of duty. [Including letter campaign details-bz]

Will the real unilateralists please stand up?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:00
Peter Beinart - Haaretz - Why is Israel suddenly so offended by unilateralism? The Gaza disengagement was unilateral. So was building the separation barrier. It’s hard to think of anything more unilateral than settlement expansion: Virtually the entire world opposes it, and yet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does it anyway. In fact, unilateralism – the idea that Jews should rely on themselves rather than the tender mercies of the gentile world – is deeply ingrained in Israeli political culture. As David Ben-Gurion famously said, “What matters is not what the goyim say, but what the Jews do.” As recently as last month, while speaking about Iran, Netanyahu proclaimed his unilateralism proudly. Israel, he said, “reserves its right to defend itself by itself.” [bz]

Israeli Settler Alleges Palestinians Tried To Kidnap Him - large IDF search campaign

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:00
IMEMC - The settler phoned the police and alleged that a Palestinian car transporting two Palestinians “stopped near him”, and that the two tried to force him into their car. He said that, after the two failed to abduct him, they drove away, heading towards the southern part of Hebron city. The settler was unharmed; a large number of Israeli soldiers and police officers arrived at the scene of the alleged abduction attempt, and initiated a large search campaign in the area. [This incident did further only get publicity on the Arutz Sheva settler site-bz]

Palestinian entrepreneur seeks to turn Jerusalem into startup city - together with Jews

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:00
Inbal Orpaz - Haaretz - “I want people to come, to sit together and to start working together — young people from the east and the west. I want to build connections and to bring the two sides of the city together in projects,” Hani Alami, a high-tech entrepreneur and millionaire from East Jerusalem told. [bz]

Palestinian draft resolution submitted to UNSC: Israeli withdrawal from West Bank by 2017

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:00
Reuters - Jpost - The submitted Palestinian draft appears to reflect some European ideas. An earlier Palestinian draft informally circulated to the council in October called for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by November 2016, but the United States and others found this text unacceptable. bz

Settlers cut off electricity, attack homes near Nablus

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:00
Ma`an - Burin is a frequent site of settler violence and Palestinian clashes with Israeli forces as it is located beside the notoriously violent Israeli settlements of Yitzhar and Bracha. [bz]

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Qalandya Refugee Camp, North of Occupied Jerusalem

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights - In excessive use of force, on Tuesday early morning, 16 December 2014, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Qalandya refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. The aforementioned civilian was killed when Israeli forces moved into the said refugee camp to arrest Palestinians. A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers to stop arrests. As a result, a civilian was wounded as he was standing on the roof of his family`s house in Antar quarter in the north of the refugee camp.-rh

Israeli parliament seeks to bar Arab lawmaker

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00
William Booth - The Washington Post - In June, soon after three Jewish Israeli teenagers were abducted as they hitchhiked home from their religious schools in the occupied West Bank — but before it was known they had been killed — Zoabi told Radio Tel Aviv that she did not believe the kidnappers were terrorists. “Is it strange that people living under occupation and living impossible lives, in a situation where Israel kidnaps new prisoners every day, is it strange that they kidnap?” she asked.-rh

Death of Ziad Abu Ein could work to Abbas’ advantage

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00
Daoud Kouttab - Al-Monitor - On a strategic level, the death of Abu Ein will certainly help Abbas and Fatah demonstrate that their policy of nonviolent resistance is a serious strategy that needs to be encouraged and expanded. Fatah is holding its seventh congress on Jan. 2 in Ramallah, and there is no doubt that the story of the new martyr and his effort to save Palestinian land with his body will resonate and produce a much more serious plan for Palestinian statehood based in large part on the need to support nonviolent popular resistance.-rh

Bypassing Israel: The necessity of recognition in European capitals

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00
Scott Ratner - Mondoweiss - Essentially every state in the international community has made it clear since at least the 1970s that the Palestinian people are entitled to a sovereign state on the 22 percent of Mandatory Palestine that Zionist forces did not conquer in 1948. This recognition does not, nor has ever, come with the stipulation that such a state must be premised or conditioned upon adhering to what Israel defines as its “national security.” -rh

US Feels The Heat On Palestine Vote At UN

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00
Jonathan Cook - Countercurrents - But while Europe is tentatively finding a voice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, silence reigns across the Atlantic. The White House appears paralysed, afraid to appear out of sync with world opinion but more afraid still of upsetting Israel and its powerful allies in the US Congress.-rh

Israel tries to head off UN resolution calling for West Bank withdrawal in two years

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00
BEN LYNFIELD - The Independent - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today mounted a last-ditch effort to thwart a Palestinian and Arab bid to pass a UN Security Council resolution calling for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within two years.-rh

Take Action: End Solitary Confinement and Isolation, Support Palestinian Hunger Strikers

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00
Samidoun - Over 100 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails are now participating in a collective hunger strike, as prisoners from Eshel and Ramon prisons joined the strike demanding an end to the policy of solitary confinement and in solidarity with Nahar al-Saadi, who has been held in solitary confinement since May 2013 and has been on hunger strike since 20 November. The collective strike was launched by 70 prisoners on 9 December. The strikers are demanding al-Saadi’s release from isolation; regular family visits for al-Saadi; and an end to the use of solitary confinement and isolation against Palestinian prisoners.-rh

European Parliament wants Palestinian state as part of two-state solution

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00
Associate Press - Compromise resolution supports `in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood` but as part of two-state solution with Israel.-rh

Hamas removed from EU terrorist list on technicality

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00
Reuters, AP - Ynet News - European Union General Court annuls decision to keep Hamas on list of terrorist organizations, but temporarily maintained measures against it for three months or until an appeal was closed.-rh