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Why not listen to Khaled Meshal?

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 00:00
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Peace is made with enemies. Israel knows this, but Israel also knows that true peace requires withdrawal from the Occupied Territories. And so Israel represents Hamas as a “murderous organization” which is unwilling to make peace. Israel represented Fatah in exactly the same way, back in the day. gm

Cabinet due to again approve controversial section of West Bank barrier

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00
Nir Hasson - Haaretz "A legal battle over the construction of the barrier has been waged for the past seven years. Among the opponents of the barrier are the residents of Batir, who maintain that the barrier will destroy both the landscape and their unique traditional irrigation system, the residents of the Gush Etzion bloc, who are opposed to a fence in the area, the parks authority and the Friends of the Earth organization. " ca

Israeli jails fill with Palestinian juveniles after summer riots

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00
Nir Hasson - Haaretz "Attorneys who represent dozens of suspects in East Jerusalem say the police and legal system’s treatment of the suspects is harsh, vindictive and discriminatory." ca

The U.S. is also guilty in Palestine

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00
Sam Bahour - +972 "While Israeli bombs were hammering Gaza, Alice Lynd with the assistance of Staughton Lynd, drafted a 32-page pamphlet which was published by the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Historians Against the War (HAW) titled, Violations by Israel and the Problem of Enforcement (August 2014). The policy paper places the U.S. in front of its own mirror and meticulously documents how one hand of the U.S. government systematically documents Israeli violations of U.S. law and international law, while the other hand unconditionally dishes out financial, military, and diplomatic support to Israel." ca

Army To Demolish A Car Repair Structure Near Bethlehem

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00
IMEMC & Agencies - IMEMC "Israel continuously limits the ability of the Palestinians to build in their lands, in areas that are under direct Israeli military and security control in the occupied West Bank, but continues to build and expand Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank, and Jerusalem." ca

All Israelis are implicated in the occupation

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00
Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 "Ironically, the far right has said this repeatedly. They argue that settlers are unfairly demonized, when in fact all of Israel, people and government alike, supports settlements." ca

Rawabi still controversial among Palestinians

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00
Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor " We support construction and the rights of our people to benefit from such projects, provided that they support the struggle of the people and do not work with the occupation’s projects.” The controversy over Rawabi city will likely continue after its inauguration." ca

‘Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother’ : Testimonies from people who worked in the Israeli Intelligence Corps tell of a system where there were no boundaries

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00
The Guardian - On the one hand, I felt solidarity with the victims, with the oppressed people who were denied such basic rights as I take for granted to be mine. On the other hand, I realised that the job I had done during my military service was that of the oppressor.-rh

Gaza ceasefire proving once again to be part of the ‘occupation game’

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00
Pam Bailey - Mondoweiss - This lukewarm truce in Gaza is part of a long, boringly consistent pattern. A 2009 study that tracked patterns of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza over the course of eight years revealed that unlike what Western mainstream media coverage of the conflict suggests, Israel violates the vast majority of ceasefires first.-rh

Victory for Khalida Jarrar!

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00
Samidoun - With steadfastness and resistance, and the campaign of thousands in Palestine and around the world who have stood with Khalida Jarrar, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Jarrar today achieved victory and the end of the expulsion order to Jericho placed upon her by Israeli occupation authorities.-rh

Why Obama Will Lose His Endless War in Syria and Iraq

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00
Steve Weissman - Reader Supported News - Islamic State, or ISIL, has only one way to keep the support of Iraq’s Sunni tribesmen and former Baathist supporters of Saddam Hussein. The blood-thirsty “fools of God” need to be seen defending their people against a Western invasion, which is precisely what Obama gives them.-rh

The Haifa Mob

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00
Noam Chayut - Boston Review - Many innocent people have lost their lives in Gaza. I lost only the freedom to express my thoughts in my neighborhood streets.-rh

Jewish extremists try to change status quo at Al-Aqsa

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The visit by extreme-right Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin to Al-Aqsa Mosque is yet another example of empowered Jewish extremists seeking to change current agreements over Islam’s third-holiest shrine.-rh

Gaza: Life amid the rubble

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00
Yolande Knell - BBC News - More than 400,000 of Gaza`s residents were displaced by Israel`s recent 50-day military operation. Some 18,000 homes were also destroyed and many more were damaged. One of the worst affected neighbourhoods was Shejaiya, near the eastern border, where the Israeli military says it targeted Palestinian militants and their tunnels.-rh

Summary of 2013 data: 199 invatigations into criminal offences by IDF soldiers against Palestinians - only 6 led to indictments

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:00
Yesh Din - Yesh Din and B`Tselem בצלם, two Israeli human rights organizations, declared today that the military law enforcement system is a complete failure and that the data shows Israel is unwilling to improve it, and as a result - is unwilling to conduct thorough and proper investigations of harm caused to Palestinians by the Israeli military forces.

After the Ceasefire

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:00
Omar Robert Hamilton - London Review of Books - On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following.-rh

There is nothing static about the West Bank "status quo"

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:00
Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Netanyahu’s government treats all “state land” in the West Bank as if it already belongs to Israel, as opposed to land under dispute. For Israel it’s actually better than annexed land: projects that would take an arduously long time to plan and execute under the civilian planning system in Israel proper can materialize in a matter of months under the IDF military regime in the West Bank.-rh

Campaign gives new choices to Druze youth facing Israeli conscription

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:00
Patrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "The campaigning group `Refuse — Your People Will Protect You` was founded in March 2013 to provide legal and moral support to Druze conscientious objectors." - id

7500 New Settlers Moved Into West Bank And Jerusalem In Six Months

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:00
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - "...the biggest settlement is Beitar Illit, located southwest of occupied Jerusalem, with a population of 63087 Jewish settlers. There are more than 200.000 Israeli settlers living in various settlements in occupied East Jerusalem." - id

With Temple Mount as flashpoint, violence rises in Jerusalem

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "...a move is afoot to turn the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif) from a Muslim place of prayer into a joint prayer site for believers of both faiths, repeating the transformation that took place at the Tomb of the Patriarchs (al-Ibrahimi Mosque) in Hebron." - id