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Hamas and Hezbollah no longer terror organizations, says Lieberman:

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00
Ynet - "It`s vexing, it`s bothersome, but when you speak of Hamas and Hezbollah, they`re without a doubt no longer terror organizations; each of them has built its own army." [bz]

Event involving Israeli Ambassador to Ireland cancelled following BDS protests

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00
Ynet - An event supposed to take place at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland involving Israeli Ambassador Ze’ev Boker was cancelled following pro-Palestinian protests and demonstrations. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "They obviously have no interest in helping efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." [bz]

How the Israel lobby is using Owen Jones

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00
Asa Winstanley - EI - Last week the U.K. Jewish Labour Movement announced that Guardian columnist Owen Jones will be the big name speaker at an event the group is holding on 2 April. Jones will lecture on “left anti-Semitism, the Middle East and the Labour Party.” Scoring Jones appears to be a high-profile instance of a new push endorsed by Israel’s government to ensure that Palestine solidarity “instigators” are “singled out” from so-called “soft critics” of Israel, accepting progressive critics of Israel” while also demanding “an all-out assault on leading critics of Israel, sometimes using covert means.” Al Jazeera’s recent undercover documentary The Lobby revealed the Jewish Labour Movement’s close ties to the Israeli embassy, as well as its campaign against BDS. [bz]

PNC chairman urges suspension of Israeli Parliament’s membership in IPU

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00
WAFA/Tehran - At a Tehran International Conference, Salim Zanoun noted that there will never be regional security and peace without East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. Zanoun slammed the so-called “Regularization Bill” as a serious threat to the efforts to secure a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Middle East, including the two-state solution, noting that it would undermine regional stability and security. He also called for the implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 2334 in order to halt Israeli settlement construction. [bz]

Elor Azarya sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for point-blank shooting of wounded Palestinian

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00
Ma`an - Leading up to the announcement of the sentence, the panel of three judges weighed the “complexity” and “competing values” of the case; while they agreed Azarya acted with the intent to kill and not because he felt threatened, a two-judge majority believed the “unique post-terror attack” atmosphere should work heavily in his favor. [bz]

Israeli authorities move to demolish entire Bedouin community

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00
Ma`an - Rights groups and Bedouin community members have sharply criticized Israel`s relocation plans for the Bedouin residing near the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, claiming that the removal would displace indigenous Palestinians for the sake of expanding Israeli settlements across the occupied West Bank in violation of international law. Meanwhile, discussion of an Israeli bill seeking to annex Maale Adumim was postponed last month, reportedly until after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump held their first meeting after Trump`s inauguration. The meeting took place Wednesday... [bz]

Knesset Enacts Law That Would Force Labeling of Israeli Businesses That Refuse Service to Settlements

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00
Jonathan Lis - Haaretz - An article in the amendment specifies that its purpose is to help settlers address the refusal by many business owners to cross the border out of security concerns or ideology. “It cannot be that residents of Judea and Samaria, for example, will purchase a product but never receive services or shipping for it because they live beyond the Green Line, or they will be required to pay a ‘special charge,’” said KM Moalem-Refaeli, referring to the West Bank and Israel’s pre-1967 borders. [bz]

The Middle East `peace process` was a myth. Donald Trump ended it

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00
Rashid Khalidi - The Guardian - It matters little whether this travesty is called a one-state or a two-state “solution,” or whether the Palestinians get the right to fly a flag over such a pitiful Bantustan. In this brave new world, it is more urgent than ever for the Palestinians to overcome their crippling internal divisions (...) and produce a clear strategy for a future of complete equality between Palestinians and Israelis. Perhaps Trump has provided the opportunity for them to lay out what a truly just and equal one-state, or binational, or confederal, or two-state solution would look like. [bz]

Palestinian was on way to chemotherapy when shot by soldiers

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:00
Maureen Clare Murphy - EI - "The family looked up one of his doctors online and called him last Friday. It was only then that Jallad’s family learned that he had died, they told Haaretz. They still have not been informed of the date and cause of his death" [ry]

US offered Israel secret peace deal in 2016 `but Netanyahu walked away`

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:00
Aron Heller - Independent - John Kerry reportedly proposed regional recognition of Israel as a Jewish state - a key Netanyahu demand - alongside a renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians with support of Arab countries [ry]

Prominent Australians write open letter opposing Benjamin Netanyahu`s visit

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:00
Guardian staff and agencies - Israel’s prime minister will be its first serving PM to visit Australia but he is expected to face protests [ry]

Netanyahu says Trump’s settlement moratorium request may preclude Amona resettlement

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:00
Itamar Eichner - Ynet - Speaking at a Security Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu said President Trump’s recent request to ‘hold back’ on construction in the West Bank may impede his ability to deliver a promise to found an alternative settlement for the evacuees on the land of their choosing; Likud members fear failure to fulfill pledge could precipitate Bayit Yehudi`s exit from the government, risking its demise [ry]

Israel imposes heightened security measures in Ramallah district

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:00
Ma’an News Agency - "Israeli forces imposed maximum security procedures at main Israeli military checkpoints in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Monday morning, causing a major traffic jam, local sources said" [ry]

Israeli Soldiers abduct 22 Palestinians In The West Bank

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC News - "Israeli soldiers have abducted, overnight and at dawn Monday, at least twenty-two Palestinians, from various areas, in the occupied West Bank, and violently searched dozens of homes, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported" [ry]

How Palestinians should respond to Trump`s `one state`

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:00
Alaa Tartir and Tareq Baconi - Aljazeera - Palestinians must make clear that the sole prerequisite needed for a lasting peace is justice on their lands [ry]

Reform Judaism Movement Opposes David Friedman’s Nomination for U.S. Ambassador to Israel

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 00:00
Rabbi Rick Jacobs - Reform Judaism Movement - Following a private meeting with David Friedman, Rabbi Jacobs noted: "This is a critical moment. Never before have we opposed the nomination of a U.S. Ambassador. We do so now because of the imperative need for us to voice our concerns about this critically important appointment. After extensive consideration of his lengthy public record on issues related to Israel and the U.S.- Israel relationship, as well as hearing from Mr. Friedman during his confirmation hearing and a one-on-one private meeting between Mr. Friedman and URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, we oppose the nomination of David Friedman and urge all Senators to join us and vote against Mr. Friedman’s nomination. It is our firm belief that Mr. Friedman is the wrong person for this essential job". [ak for dn]

Do not let go of the Green Line: It is Israel’s Achilles heel

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 00:00
Ma`an - Nadia Hijab/Al-Shabaka - Today, the Palestinians do not have the power to achieve a political end goal for the foreseeable future. This should not and does not prevent work to achieve interim gains, without compromising basic rights. That is, in fact, the position the BDS movement has taken: It is rights-based and not “solution-based.” By not espousing a political end game, the movement can pull in the largest number of Palestinians and solidarity actors, enabling each to act in their own way to challenge Israel’s rights violations. [bz for dn]

B’Tselem: 2016 a record year in Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 00:00
Elior Levy - Ynet - But although Ayoub and his family are required to evacuate the land, which the authorities say can only be used for agriculture, an outpost named Givat Salit has been established just 200 meters away. [bz for dn]

The One-State Two-State Blues

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 00:00
Roger Cohen - NYT - Trump’s trashing of two-state doctrinal orthodoxy at least had the merit of constituting a break with a sham. It places Israel and Netanyahu before the choice they face. But his interesting one-state two-state provocation will lead nowhere when at the same time the Trump administration blocks the appointment of Salam Fayyad to head the U.N. mission in Libya on the grounds that, well, he’s a Palestinian. [bz for dn]

12 years strong: Hundreds march against Israel`s wall in Bil`in

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 00:00
Haggai Matar - +972 - Perhaps finally learning the value of nonviolence from the villagers, the Israeli army did not disperse the weekly protest on Friday. Youth manage to pry open gate in the wall. Among the participants was a group of U.S. military veterans who came to stand in solidarity with the village and its struggle. ActiveStills photos and video included. [bz for dn]