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Palestinian children live life of hardship in Israeli lockup

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:00
Shatha Hammad - Aljazeera "Ayed Abu Eqtaish, the accountability programme director at Defence for Children International - Palestine (DCI-P), argues that Israeli courts fail to respect established rules for detaining and trying children in court.Although Israel is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, it ignores that agreement`s restrictions when dealing with Palestinian children, Abu Eqtaish tells Al Jazeera.Rather than seeking alternatives to prison, Israeli courts regularly impose lengthy sentences on the children and impose costly fines on their families, Abu Eqtaish adds." ca

Are Israeli Jews beginning to accept the right of return?

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:00
Elיonore Bronstein&Eitan Bronstein Aparicio - +972 "...it was so surprising to discover the results of a new survey, conducted by the Geocartography Knowledge Group among 500 Jewish Israelis, for our book, Nakba in Hebrew. The survey shows that quite a few Israeli Jews, or at least many more than one would think, support the right of return of the Palestinian refugees." ca

Netanyahu`s delusions on Saudi Arabia

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "Alas, hours after Netanyahu was invited to light his regional innovation torch, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud announced, “The Palestinian cause is our number one issue and will remain so until the Palestinian people obtain all their legitimate rights, particularly the establishment of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.” Salman was speaking in the Saudi city of Dhahran at the 29th Arab League summit, which he dubbed the “Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Summit.” ca

Israel kills child and crushes bones in Gaza

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:00
Maureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada "Muhammad Ibrahim Ayyoub, 14, shot in the head east of Jabaliya in northern Gaza on Friday, is the fourth child among the more than 30 Palestinians killed during protests since the rallies began on 30 March." ca

In major BDS win, Barnard students vote overwhelmingly to divest from the Israeli occupation

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:00
Jesse Rubin - Mondoweiss "The companies that organizers have targeted for divestment are Hyundai Heavy Industries, Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Elbit Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Bank Hapoalim and Mekorot. As its name suggests, Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD), a coalition of Columbia and Barnard Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), has steadily advocated for divestment since its founding in 2016." ca

Five Questions For: Rachel Corrie’s Parents

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:00
Alexandra Tempus - The Progressive "Q: After the judge cleared the Israeli military of any wrongdoing in Rachel’s case, you were told “There’s no such thing as civilians in Gaza.” Today, we have high-ranking Israeli official Avigdor Lieberman saying “There’s no innocent people in Gaza.” How does that strike you? Craig Corrie: It’s a war crime! He’s admitting to a war crime. Let’s not forget that. As a family we’ve tried to hold them as accountable as we could." ca

Gaza Deserves Our Support

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:00
James J. Zogby - Lobelog "I traveled to Gaza many times during the 1990’s, in my capacity as co-Chair of Builders for Peace, which was a project launched by Vice President Al Gore to help grow the Palestinian economy. My colleagues and I were unprepared for what we found. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, who led one of these delegations, described what he saw as “worse than Soweto.”...In the weeks ahead, I hope to see Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and Palestinians in Lebanon and Jordan join this “Great March”." ca

Palestinians are killed not because Israeli soldiers disobey orders but because they follow them

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
Ben White - MIDDLE EAST EYE - More than half a century into a military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israeli authorities are constantly looking for ways to justify policies of discrimination, exclusion and brutality, including through reinterpretations, even if not revisions, to international law. If you do something for long enough, the world will accept it," a former head of the international law division in the Israeli Military Advocate General`s Office once candidly put it. "The whole of international law is now based on the notion that an act that is forbidden today becomes permissible if executed by enough countries…International law progresses through violations.".-rh

Force And More Force – Then What?

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
Odeh Bisharat - Information Clearing House - Is there no other doctrine than the doctrine of force that’s being used by the government here? What about the doctrine of common interest, for example? Or the doctrine of negotiation, rather than confrontation? After the October 1973 war, a department was set up in Military Intelligence called Ipkha Mistabra (Aramaic for “on the contrary”), whose job was to put forward and explore ideas and directions that contradicted widely held assumptions.-rh

Israeli Officials Commend Soldier Cheering after Sniping Palestinian Boy (VIDEO)

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
IMEMCnews - Several Israeli ministers and Knesset Members praised an Israeli sniper who cheered after shooting an unarmed Palestinian boy near Gaza’s borders. (See video below.) Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the soldier “deserves an appreciation certificate” for doing his job properly.-rh

Trailblazing Israeli-Druze photo artist fights against tradition

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
Danny Zaken - Al-Monitor - Virtually all of Ziyan’s photographs focus on her experiences as a woman in a conservative Druze society. But Ziyan is not an “ordinary” Druze woman. She is trying to instigate change, particularly in the attitude of Druze society toward art in general and photography in particular. In its broadest sense, the change constantly hovering in the background involves the status of Druze women and their ability to use their passions and skills in order to express themselves.-rh

Gaza: Palestinians Continue "Great March of Return" Protests for Third Straight Week

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
Amy Goodman - Truthout - Palestinians gathered at the Israeli-Gaza border for a third Friday in a row as part of the ongoing "Great March of Return" protests. Paramedics say at least 30 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers during Friday`s protest. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 34 Palestinians since the wave of protests against Israel`s occupation began on March 30. We get response from Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing at US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She is also a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She calls for the US to end its military support for Israel, and argues that Palestinian rights cannot be separated from US actions in the region.-rh

Yitzhar settlers assault residents of Palestinian village of ‘Urif; soldiers stand by, later fatally shoot a resident and injure a 14-year-old boy

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
B`TSELEM - At about 5:30 P.M. on 10 March 2018, a group of some twenty to thirty settlers walked over from the settlement of Yitzhar to the Palestinian village of ‘Urif, which lies close to Nablus. They came to the easternmost of the village lands, which are located about one kilometer away from the settlement. Some of the settlers were masked, some carried wood or and metal clubs, and at least two carried guns. Three armed Israeli soldiers escorted the settlers.-rh

Fisk rips away excuses for air strike on Syria

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
Jonathan Cook - Blog - The air strikes on Syria at the weekend were patently illegal according to international law. That would have been the case even had there been a chemical weapons attack in Douma, in part because it would have been necessary for independent inspectors to determine first whether the Syrian government, and not the jihadists there, was responsible.-rh

The Search for the Truth in Douma

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
Robert Fisk - Counterpunch - How could it be that Douma refugees who had reached camps in Turkey were already describing a gas attack which no-one in Douma today seemed to recall? It did occur to me, once I was walking for more than a mile through these wretched prisoner-groined tunnels, that the citizens of Douma lived so isolated from each other for so long that “news” in our sense of the word simply had no meaning to them. -rh

Some Israeli soldiers on Gaza border have reached out to ‘Breaking the Silence’

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - When you look at what is happening in Israeli society you would expect after these two years of attacks, that soldiers would stop coming to Breaking the Silence. I was actually fearful of that,” he said. But that has not been the case, and he thanked many organizations for blunting these attacks, including the Meretz Party, Yesh Din, Peace Now, B’Tselem and “our mother and father,” the New Israel Fund.-rh

Bernie Sanders: Ending Israel`s Occupation of Palestine Is in American`s Interests

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
Amir Tibon - readersupportednews - "The presence of Hamas members among a crowd of tens of thousands does not justify the level of violence we saw, and frankly it’s amazing to me that anyone would find that point controversial," Sanders said. "I have condemned Hamas’ use of terrorist violence and will continue to do so. But that violence cannot excuse shooting at unarmed protesters, and it cannot excuse trapping almost 2 million people inside Gaza.".-rh

Al Jazeera denies claims of pro-Israel group on The Lobby films

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
Al Jazeera - "The Zionist Organisation of America claims Al Jazeera was compelled to cancel an investigation into pro-Israel lobbies." - id

Battle erupts over Israeli High Court’s independence

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no qualms about threatening Israel’s democracy by advancing a bill bypassing High Court rulings." - id

Are Iran and Israel Headed for Their First Direct War?

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:00
Thomas L. Friedman - NYTimes - "I’m sure neither side really wants a war. It could be devastating for Israel’s flourishing high-tech economy and for Iran’s already collapsing currency. But Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force seems determined to try to turn Syria into a base from which to pressure Israel, and Israel seems determined to prevent that." - id