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Richard Gere on segregation in Hebron: It`s exactly like the Old South

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 00:00
Lisa Goldman - +972 - In the report, broadcast during the prime time evening news hour Wednesday, Gere responds to what he sees in blunt terms. He compares occupied Hebron to the Jim Crow era in the southern United States. "Blacks knew where they could go: they could drink from that fountain, they couldn’t go over there, they couldn’t eat in that place. It was well understood — you didn’t cross over if you didn’t want to get your head beat in, or to get lynched.” [bz for dn]

Israel bans annual Nakba march

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 00:00
Middle East Monitor - “We will insist on our right to mark the event and will commit to all the conditions to assure the wellbeing and security of the marchers.” [bz for dn]

More Palestinians in Jerusalem seek Israeli citizenship

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 00:00
AP - Ynet - Fearing they would lose their residency rights and the freedom of movement these rights entail, Palestinians seek citizenship in greater numbers. But Israel was apparently dragging its feet in granting it, according to those who track Palestinian applicants. Lawyers said their Palestinian clients now wait months for an appointment with the Interior Ministry and an average of three years for a decision. [bz]

Israeli policeman caught on video headbutting, beating Palestinian

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 00:00
Nadine Dahan - Middle East Eye - An Israeli police officer has been placed on `immediate leave` after a video released on Thursday showed he had head-butted and brutally beaten a Palestinian truck driver during an argument about parking. The attack happened in the Palestinian area of Wadi Joz in East Jerusalem. The officer, a member of the Yasam reconnaissance unit, head-butts then repeatedly slaps the truck driver as he is trying to speak. Several Arab workers are seen attempting to diffuse the situation, causing the officer to kick out towards them violently, shouting "get out of here, all of you". [bz]

Former Dutch Ambassador, Son of “Righteous Gentile,” Apologizes for Ethnic Cleansing

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 00:00
Jonathan Cook - Washingotn Report on ME "Erik Ader, a former Dutch ambassador to Norway, said the trees were his way of apologizing for a similar number of pine trees planted in Israel in the 1960s to honor his father...Ader said he had been shocked to discover a decade ago that under the small conifer forest dedicated to his father were concealed the ruins of a Palestinian village. All of the 2,400 Palestinian inhabitants of Bayt Nattif, southwest of Jerusalem, were expelled in 1948, the year Israel was established. The Israeli army destroyed the 350 homes there, and none of the villagers has ever been allowed to return." ca

Israel`s human rights spies: Manipulating the discourse

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 00:00
Neve Gordon&Nicola Perugini- Al Jazeera "A fascinating expose in Haaretz reveals how, in the mid-1970s - not long after the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights - Israel used university faculty members to infiltrate Amnesty International. The state thus actively intervened in order to shape human rights activism, just as the rights discourse was becoming one of the most popular forms of political struggle against injustice around the globe." ca

After 115 Days in Jail, Conscientious Objector Tamar Zeevi Released From Israeli Army

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 00:00
Gili Cohen - Haaretz "Zeevi, who refused to enlist in the IDF last November, was consequently sent to military jail for lengthy periods. At the beginning of the week, she appeared in front of a military panel authorized to grant service exemptions for reasons of conscience, and on Thursday was told that she will be discharged from the army for that reason.Another conscientious objector, Tamar Alon, who was meant to enlist in the army at the same time as Zeevi, did not receive such an exemption, spending 118 days in military prison. Alon also testified in front of the military panel, which decided not to grant her an exemption for reasons of conscience, claiming that her refusal to enlist was inconsistent and was based on political motives." ca "

The voices missing from Syria`s peace talks

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 00:00
Zena Tahhan - Al Jazeera "Other than the fact that the government was sending people to prison for this, the regime outlawed the use of the term `civil society`. Civil society was being likened to Zionism and Masonry. There was a complete criminalisation of the term," Syoufi told Al Jazeera...With the war entering its seventh year, hundreds of civil society organisations have developed both inside and outside of Syria, amid a security vacuum and harrowing bloodshed, to fill the role of state institutions meant to protect and inform civilians." ca

Israel and Hamas need each other — now more than ever

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 00:00
Doron Matza - +972 "The fact that Israel has no desire to destroy Hamas and re-occupy Gaza means the next round of fighting will end much like the previous ones: a ‘strategic tie’ with enormous human suffering in both Israel and the Strip...It is impossible to understand what is happening in the Gaza Strip without understanding the following paradox: the relationship between Israel and Hamas appears as a “zero-sum game,” yet both sides cooperate with one another." ca

Will we ever know the truth about World Vision and Hamas?

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 00:00
Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 "The Australian foreign ministry has not found any evidence that the Gaza head of a major humanitarian organization funneled Australian funds to Hamas, Australia’s ABC news reported Wednesday. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) conducted an investigation after Israel arrested a, Muhammed el-Halabi, the Palestinian head of World Vision’s Gaza office, and accused him of siphoning millions designated for humanitarian relief in Gaza to Hamas." ca

You are here Campaign Against Antisemitism is a campaign against Palestinians

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 00:00
Tony Greenstein - Electronic Intifada "The Campaign Against Antisemitism was formed in August 2014 during a major Israeli offensive against Gaza. Its purpose was to paint Palestine solidarity campaigning and opposition to Zionism, Israel’s state ideology, as anti-Semitic.There was massive opposition to the attack on Gaza among the British public; an estimated 150,000 people took to the streets of London in one protest. Such was the climate of opinion that Sayeeda Warsi, then a Foreign Office minister, resigned from the government, describing its support for Israel as “morally indefensible.” ca

The Persecution and Assassination of Omar Barghouti by the Inmates of the Asylum of Israel Under the Direction of the Marquis de Millikovsky

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 00:00
Richard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "What a clever way to destroy the career of a Palestinian activist. He founded an international movement, BDS, so arresting him for espionage or on a political pretext would bring the wrath of the world down upon Israel. So you look for an alternative and rip a page from the early FBI, which couldn’t topple Al Capone by conventional means. So it chose an alternative: taxes." ca

An appalling error Israel simply must apologise for

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
Jenni Frazer - Times of Israel - "I am not arguing that Israel should apologise because Dr Abuelaish was a bit of a media star, but rather because there was a terrible error made, in the heat of war. There’s a waiting path here, leading to the right thing to do. Please do it." - id

Israeli Army Kills A Palestinian Teen, Injures Two Others, In Gaza

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC - "The slain Palestinian, and the wounded, were in the an-Nahda neighborhood in Rafah, when the Israeli army fired artillery shells at it. The Israeli army claimed it opened fire “on Palestinians heading towards the border fence, arousing suspicion, killing one.”" - id

Israel-funded “infiltrators” behind London campus “provocation”

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
Asa Winstanley - EI - "“It’s a violent religion” — video still shows former Israeli foreign ministry fellow Elliot Miller abusing student protesters he perceived as Muslim. An Israeli soldier’s controversial appearance at University College London (UCL) involved provocations by groups funded from Israel, a journalist for Israeli state media is alleging." - id

Is Palestinian frustration playing into Netanyahu`s strategy?

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al MOnitor - "With Palestinian frustration increasing over the hardships of the Israeli occupation, Israeli security experts keep warning of a violent breakout, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps ignoring the warnings." - id

Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
Associated Press - Ynet - "If Gaza or Lebanon`s terrorist organizations decide to go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty, as Israel draws up plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities." - id

PHOTOS: Palestinian village protests 17 years of military closure

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
Activestills - +972 - "Some 250 Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Qalqas, south of Hebron, protested on Friday against the Israeli military’s closure of their village’s main entrance, which has been in place since the Second Intifada — which started 17 years ago." - id

Collective punishment: IOF close down Palestinian’s family house with cement

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
PNN - Palestine News Network - "In addition, the cabinet had decided to not return Qunber’s body to his family. As a collective punishment measure as well, IOF had tightened restrictions over entering and leaving the town, and threatened with administrative detention anyone who shows support for the operative." - id

Dozens of Israelis and Palestinians protested in the Jerusalem Marathon

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
The Arab Daily News - "The route of the marathon as in previous years extends beyond the 1967 seam line and disrupts the lives of many Palestinians, who are not party to the celebration.Here are photos from the protests: http://thearabdailynews.com/2017/03/17/dozens-israelis-palestinians-protest-jerusalem-marathon/