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Israeli President’s Diagnosis — ‘Israel is a Sick Society’

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:00
Philip Weiss - Information Clearing House - “The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low,” he said. “We have all witnessed the shocking sequence of incidents and violence taking place by both sides. The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or another, it permeates every area and doesn’t skip any arena. There is violence in soccer stadiums as well as in the academia. There is violence in the social media and in everyday discourse, in hospitals and in schools.”-rh

Neglect, provocation feed East Jerusalem unrest

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:00
Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - “NGOs like Lehava, El’ad and Ateret Cohanim buy houses in sensitive, even strategic, areas of the neighborhood. Even when the purchase is legal, members of these NGOs move into the houses with great fanfare and parades, irritating the Arab residents with provocations, that here they come to ‘Jewify’ Arab Silwan.-rh

Fatah’s Revolutionary Council grapples with growing issues

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Adnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - The last meeting of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council held in Ramallah on Oct. 18-19 and presided over by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas enjoyed exceptional importance, distinguishing it from previous meetings. This meeting discussed vital internal and external issues related to the relationship with Israel, the future of bilateral negotiations, the fate of reconciliation with Hamas and the consensus government, as well as the settlement of Fatah’s internal dispute with Mohammed Dahlan’s movement.-rh

Israeli restrictions on movement strangle Palestinian life

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Ma`an News Agency - But for many Palestinians living in the besieged homeland, the right to movement guaranteed in the University Declaration of Human Rights (Article 13) is just ink on paper.-rh

Government must take responsibility for Jerusalem terror

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Shimon Shiffer - Ynet News - I would like to suggest that all those who are responding, from the prime minister to the very last minister, stop babbling. Take responsibility.-rh

Israel `assumes` Hezbollah is digging tunnels

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Aljazeera - An Israeli army general has said his country believes Hezbollah may have dug tunnels across the border from Lebanon in preparation for any future war, but added that there was no conclusive evidence.-rh

House Demolition in Umm al-Kheir October 27 2014

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Erella and Ehud - These last actions are part of an ongoing wave of house demolitions carried out by the Israeli Civil Administration and Army that seek to drive out the inhabitants of the western parts of Umm al Kheir that have been living there for more than sixty years. The main cause for these actions is the proximity of Um Al Kheir to Karmel, the Israeli settlement that was built some thirty years ago.-rh

Netanyahu insists he is `under attack for defending Israel` after remarks from US official : Quotes from senior Obama administration figures damn Israeli prime minister as ‘chickenshit’ over stance on settlements and peace with Palestinians

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - The remarks are particularly telling in having been made to Goldberg, a Washington insider who has interviewed both Obama and Netanyahu, and who warned US-Israeli relations were in a “full-blown crisis” that could only get worse after the midterm elections.-rh

The Genius Of Israeli Evil: It Poses As Concern

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Amira Hass - Information Clearing House - Our compassionate and generous army allows tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank to work their land for only three or four or five days per year in order to protect them from attacks by Israelis, colonizers, settlers – in short, Jews. For the rest of the year, the land is a mirage.-rh

Jerusalem, the Capital of Apartheid, Awaits the Uprising

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Gideon Levy - Information Clearing House - When the next wave of terror emerges from the alleys of East Jerusalem, Israelis will pretend to be astonished and furious. But the truth must be told: Despite Wednesday’s shocking incident, the Palestinians are turning out to be one of the most tolerant nations in history. Mass arrests, violent settlers, deprivation, expulsion, neglect, dispossession — and they remain silent, except for the recent protest of the stones.-rh

Jerusalem is Burning

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Michel Warschawski - Alternative Information Center "The last provocations in al Aqsa may well have been one step too far: in the last few weeks, the Palestinian population of Jerusalem is in a state of revolt, and Jerusalem a city at war; a low intensity war, but a war. The Palestinians are demonstrating to defend their holy site, and ready to confront Israeli police brutality in order to stop the new Israeli aggression. Hundreds of armed policemen brutally attack young demonstrators, tear gas, helicopters permanently flying over the city - but every day Palestinian mobilisation is gaining more momentum." ca

Israel denies barring Palestinians from buses

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
By AFP and Times of Israel staff - The Times of Israel "B’Tselem, a rights group affiliated with the left, accused the defense minister of succumbing to pressure from settler groups, and charged that the order was intended to create segregated Jewish-only bus routes...Some Jewish settler leaders have lobbied for such a move, claiming that Jewish passengers feel uncomfortable riding alongside the Palestinians as both return to their West Bank homes at day’s end." ca

Fighting for Survival in the Sinai

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Ramzy Baroud - Antiwar.com "The people of Sinai have suffered tremendously from neglect and poverty and now, extreme violence. Sisi’s promised campaign of yet more security solutions will hardly ease Sinai’s burden, or bring an iota of hope to its disheartened people." ca

How US students are bringing the Israeli occupation home

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Nora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada "In the face of significant intimidation, students have become powerful organizers in the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. They challenge themselves and each other on the definition of solidarity, and they educate their campuses about one of the most important human rights issues of our time...This grassroots movement is building from campus to campus, and each year there are more chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine, one of the major Palestine solidarity coalitions. The growth of this student movement underscores that a strong paradigm shift is taking place: Palestine solidarity activism is no longer limited to an isolated pocket of far-left political organizing." ca

Children pay with their lives in Palestinian-Israeli tensions

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Ben Brumfield - CNN "In Ramallah, Palestinians are angry and are expected to take their grief to the streets marching beside the casket of Orwa Hammad, 14, whose father lives in New Orleans, where he also spent a year, according to The Times-Picayune newspaper." ca

The unmarried Arab woman who drives Israelis nuts

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Ravit Hecht - Haaretz "Lieberman likes his women the way he likes his Arabs and political cohorts — obedient and loyal. Without loyalty there is no citizenship and no room in the party or the Knesset. Anyone who is not loyal to Lieberman — excuse me, to the state – cannot exist here, and Zoabi’s existence is a finger in his eye." ca

U.S. will continue to ostracize Ya`alon until he apologizes

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Barak Ravid - Haaretz "Ya’alon has managed to do the impossible and make quite a few people long for Ehud Barak’s years as defense minister. Barak had many faults, but he made a decisive contribution when it came to ties with the United States." ca

Al-Aqsa’s women resist

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "They are mostly older women, mothers with grown children and many grandmothers who have taken it upon themselves to protect the mosque compound from Jewish worshipers simply with their physical presence. The women, commonly referred to as murabitat (roughly translated, steadfast) basically hold group classes in the mosque courtyards and keep an eye on Jewish extremists attempting to pray." ca

How Palestine plans to overcome Israel and the US

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:00
Drew Christiansen & Ra`fat Aldajani - National Catholic Reporter - Ashrawi referred to Palestinian membership in UNESCO in 2011. That development prompted the organization to suspend the U.S. and Israel for nonpayment of dues. Anti-Palestinian U.S. laws would deny American funding to any body Palestine joins. So if Palestine were to utilize its right to participate in other international bodies, U.S. influence on a multitude of issues would vanish. Its soft power would become exceedingly weak. [bz]

President makes history at massacre ceremony

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:00
Hassan Shaalan - Ynet - Rivlin had vowed to make the historic appearance during the election campaign and followed through on his promise despite criticism from his traditional base of support in the political right. However, many residents expect the president to take a further unprecedented step – apologize on behalf of the State of Israel. [bz]