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Israeli forces detain 12 Palestinians across West Bank

21 hours 7 min ago
Ma`an - Among others, Israeli forces detained Majdi Abu al-Hija, his brother Alaa, his son, and other family members during the raid and subsequently demolished their family home... [bz]

How can I visit my old mother in Gaza?

21 hours 7 min ago
Hagai Agmon-Snir - Jerusalem Intercultural Center - A 55-year old Palestinian American sent a letter to the Israeli Embassy, asking to be allowed to visit his 86-year old mother in Gaza, whose health is not in a good condition and who wishes to see him. The Embassy failed to give any answer. [ak]

Israeli settlers take over large building in East Jerusalem; Palestinian protesters attacked

21 hours 7 min ago
Celine Hagbard - IMEMC - According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, the settlers claim to be part of the Ateret Cohanim organization, which is an extreme right colonial-settler organization whose aim is to expel Palestinians from their land in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and then take over that land for Jewish-only settlements. The property occupied - with the assistance of soldiers - by settlers on Tuesday is directly adjacent to one that was taken over by around 60 settlers 4 days ago. [bz]

Israeli Mayor Calls to Dismiss Teacher Who Attended Palestinian Protest

21 hours 7 min ago
Yarden Skop and Ilan Lior - Ha`aretz - Herzl Schubert, history teacher at the ORT school in Ramat Gan, is at the focus of a concerted campaign by right wing groups demanding his dismissal, because of his being recognized among activists at a highly publicized protest in Nabi Salah on the West Bank. Ramat Gan mayor Yisrael Zinger joined in: “There is no place for a person who attacked Israel Defense Forces soldiers in the education of our city’s children” - paying no regard to the fact that Schubert had not attacked any soldier, his sole guilt being at a demonstration when a Palestinian mother struggled with a soldier arresting her 12-year son. The ORT school system, Schubert`s employer, stated "This concerns an incident which took place outside working hours and without any connection to school activity. The issue is currently under examination, per instructions from the Education Ministry." [ak]

Death outside, deodorant at home

21 hours 7 min ago
Yitzhak Laor - Haaretz - Now the desert is threatening Europe; the hunger, the poverty, the children shrunken against their mothers’ bosoms are landing on its shores, or drowning en route. Now the West is recognizing “the problem.” There are too many foreigners out of place. The money that accumulated in huge piles was not meant for them. And the dead also stink. As Bertolt Brecht wrote, the rich are mighty enough to create poverty, but not mighty enough to suffer it. And we, who are pleased to belong to the “free world” and the Western death machine, are even more pleased when Europe puts its refugees in camps. [bz]

Israel reveals “delegitimization department” to spy on boycott activists

21 hours 7 min ago
Asa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada - The combined “attack” from “resisters” and “delegitimizers,” the think tank "Reut" wrote, “possesses strategic significance, and may develop into a comprehensive existential threat within a few years.” Five years after Reut published those words, and 10 years after the BDS movement was launched, Israel seems to have concluded that this moment has arrived. [bz]

Wave of demolitions continues: children in al-Khdeirat community start school homeless

21 hours 7 min ago
Press release, B`Tselem, 31.8.2015 - These demolitions take part in the context of efforts by the military and the Civil Administration to push Palestinian communities out of Area C. International humanitarian law prohibits the forcible transfer of protected persons, unless carried out for their own protection or for an imperative military need. Even when the transfer meets these criteria, it must be temporary. Moreover, as the occupying power, Israel has an obligation to work for the benefit and welfare of the residents of the occupied territory. The plan to expel these residents from their homes as well as impose living conditions on some that would undermine their livelihood violates this obligation. [bz]

In the Israeli media, a soldier trying to arrest a minor is the victim

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:00
Leehee Rothschild - +972 - After viral video emerged of a soldier attempting to arrest a Palestinian boy, the Israeli press presents the official army version rather than the accounts of the villagers who saw it all happen [ry]

Israel restricts access to Aqsa to establish `daily Jewish prayer`

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - “Last week, the official Wafa news agency reported that the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs was concerned that Israel intends to divide the holy Mosque between Muslims and Jews. Wafa reported: ‘Palestinians worry that if Jewish visitors were allowed to pray in the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque`s yards on [a] daily basis, it would eventually lead to a permanent change, which will result in full Israeli control and [a] ban on Muslims’ entry and prayer’" [ry]

Israeli Drilling Endangers Bethlehem Area Village

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:00
IMEMC News & Agencies - "Ongoing Israeli drilling works, including detonation of rocks, near the village of Wadi Fukin, to the west of Bethlehem, may put the lives of nearby Palestinians at risk, according to village mayor Ahmad Sukkar" [ry]

Israel has failed to reform Jewish radicals, critics charge

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:00
Daniel Estrin - AP - "The Israeli government initiative has a soothing biblical name, the Hebrew Shepherd, and a serious aim: to keep ultranationalist Jewish settler youths from turning to violence and attacking Palestinians and their property. But the program - which included plans for a summer camp and carpentry courses to keep the kids out of trouble - has foundered. Many settler youths have refused to cooperate after rumors spread that Israel`s domestic security agency, Shin Bet, which snoops on Jewish extremists, was involved" [ry]

Liberman: Israel should have let hunger-striker die in jail

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:00
Tamar Pileggi - The Times of Israel - Former FM slams Netanyahu’s handling of Allaan case, and tells his party to prepare for elections in 2016 [ry]

Setting the region on fire

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:00
Eli Aminov - AIC - The current situation is reminiscent of Israeli and American actions on the eve of the 1973 Middle East war [ry]

Palestinians build case against Israel at ICC

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:00
Mel Frykberg - AlJazeera - A decision to challenge Israel on alleged war crimes at the ICC could put immense pressure on the Palestinian Authority [ry]

Israel’s destruction of Mamilla cemetery part of effort to remove Palestine from Jerusalem

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:00
Pablo Castellani and Chiara Cruciati--Mamilla cemetery does not exist anymore. What exists now is a hotel, a school, a parking lot, a public garden, a nightclub and the US consulate. Also a museum to celebrate tolerance. But the meaning of tolerance in West Jerusalem, a few steps away from the Old City, is surreal — to build the story of a new Jerusalem, the Israeli authorities are erasing its past. Mamilla cemetery is a prominent cornerstone of the Arab, Islamic and Palestinian identity of the city. But today it’s a forgotten place. dn

Why a pro-settler group wants to talk about ISIS

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:00
Yonathan Mizrahi--An Israeli group working in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan is presenting ISIS destruction of antiquities as a cautionary tale for its own struggle with Palestinians.dn

Israel to Remove Jordan Valley Settlers Farming Private Palestinian Land

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:00
Chaim Levinson--The Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration is planning to evacuate settlers from more than 5,000 dunams (1,250 acres) of private Palestinian farmlands in the Jordan Valley, Haaretz has learned. In recent weeks a Civil Administration team has begun negotiating with the settlers on the compensation they would be paid for their evacuation. [Palestinians receive no compensation for their stolen lands. dn]

The Molten Three: Israel’s Aborted Strike on Iran

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:00
Uri Avnery--Now I admire all three. More than that, I am deeply grateful to all three. What has brought about such a profound change? It was caused by another former army Chief of Staff, Ehud Barak. dn

Israel Leaves 80 Children at Mercy of August Sun

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:00
Gideon Levy and Alex Levac--In one of its more widespread acts of demolition, the Civil Administration last week left 127 men, women and children without shelter in 42-degree-Celsius heat. dn

Signs of Regression: Canada’s NDP and Palestine

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:00
Dan Freeman-Maloy--A friend recently expressed his confusion about the outrage over the death of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was killed last month when Jewish settlers firebombed his home in the occupied West Bank. (The child’s father was also badly burned in the attack, and eight days later died from his injuries.) An attack that kills a sleeping toddler is surely horrific. But Israeli violence against Palestinian children is an aspect of the Palestine conflict almost as central as the perpetuation of historical lies through the force of repetition. What is it then, in the Israeli and Western public arena, that makes the assault on Palestinian life sometimes seem outrageous, and at other times acceptable? dn