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Funerals held for Palestinian teenagers killed by Israel

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:00
Harry Fawcett - Al Jazeera - Their deaths have added to the tension on the Gaza-Israeli border, following an explosion that injured four Israeli soldiers on Saturday. Israel blames Hamas for the attack and has carried out a series of ground and air attacks on 18 Hamas targets [ry]

Israeli jets and tanks strike Gaza after bomb injures soldiers

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:00
Oliver Holmes and Hazem Balousha - The Guardian - Israel’s military says it targeted Hamas positions after IED on border injured four troops [ry]

How international performers are unwittingly brought to Israeli settlements

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:00
Edo Konrad - +972 - A Honda-sponsored racing event is moved from a settlement into Israel proper. Organizers admit they didn’t inform the headliner that it was in occupied territory, and the racer says he wouldn’t have participated if he had known [ry]

Are weapons at the heart of Britain’s romance with Israel?

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:00
David Cronin - EI - "The pro-Israel lobby in Britain is secretive about its precise activities, including its relationship to the arms industry. For all their talk about beacons of light, Israel’s supporters keep many things in the dark" [ry]

When Trump officially called Netanyahu a liar

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:00
Orly Azoulay - Ynet - The White House wasn’t just angered by the prime minister`s lie that he was holding talks with the Americans about applying Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank, but also by the liberty he took to get the US administration in trouble with the world [ry]

Israel`s Netanyahu attacks `dangerous Iranian tiger`

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:00
BBC - "The Israeli prime minister was speaking with the huge shadow of potential corruption charges hanging over his head. He is likely to have directed his Munich appearance as much at his domestic audience as to the wider international community" [ry]

Will the Israeli-Iranian Showdown Be in Syria — or New York?

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:00
Trita Parsi - Information Clearing House "According to the Iranian foreign ministry and Tehran’s ally Hezbollah in Lebanon, the events of Feb. 10 signify that the “era of Israeli strikes on Syria is over” — and mark a further reduction in Israel’s maneuverability, who for years have freely bombed targets in Syria without significant repercussions.But despite the tough rhetoric, few see much appetite in Israel or in Iran for a direct military engagement." ca

Gaza’s women stand up to Trump and Israel

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:00
Sarah Algherbawi - Electronic Intifada "Randa Harara is adamant that she will stand up to Israel’s forces of occupation again – once she has made a recovery. On 11 December, Randa – aged 21 – was shot by a sniper hiding at Nahal Oz, a military checkpoint separating Gaza from Israel. She was taking part in a protest against the announcement by Donald Trump, the US president,that he recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital... An accountancy student at Al-Azhar University and a campaigner with the Progressive Student Action Front in Gaza, Randa knows that the cost of confronting Israel can be high." ca

Omar al-Abed, Palestinian teen who killed 3 settlers in July, sentenced to life in prison

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "The deadly attack took place after three Palestinians were killed - - two of them by Israeli police and one reportedly by an Israeli settler -- when large-scale civil disobedience demonstrations in Jerusalem erupted into violent clashes... The Israeli government has long faced criticism for its response to attacks, with rights groups saying severe security measures amount to collective punishment and a violation of international law." ca

WATCH: Soldiers arrest Palestinian children for throwing stones — without proof

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:00
Yael Marom - +972 "There should be nothing normal about holding Palestinian children in detention for hours on end, simply because they were seen in an area where stones were thrown. But that is precisely what Israeli soldiers did this past weekend in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank." ca

Trump opposes Netanyahu on annexation plans

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:00
Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "The Israeli opposition was quick to take advantage of Netanyahu’s humiliation by celebrating the slap across the face he just received from his “good friend.” But within a day, the entire incident had died down, and the Americans announced that it was closed, as far as they were concerned." ca

Shabak Claims Erdogan Government Funds Hamas Terror Cell

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:00
Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - " Shabak, like the Canadian Mounties, always get their man–whether the man is guilty or not." - id

New York bookseller bowed to Israel supporters after violent threats

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:00
Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - "Columbia University Students for Justice in Palestine and Columbia/Barnard Jewish Voice for Peace are reaffirming a call to boycott the bookseller, Book Culture, unless it rescinds the statement. Book Culture issued the statement in the wake of threats and intimidation because it was promoting a children’s book called P is for Palestine." - id

`54 Palestinians die` as Israel refuses medical permits

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:00
Farah Najjar - Al Jazeera - "More than 25,000 permit requests were submitted to Israeli authorities. Of those, 719 were refused, often under the pretext of security. Another 11,281 applications are still pending approval - meaning thousands of people are in a state of jeopardy." - id

`IDF killed five unarmed Palestinians in a single month`

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:00
Joshua Leifer - +972 - "...all of whom were shot in the upper body during clashes and demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza, according to Israeli anti-occupation organization B’Tselem. None of them posed a danger to the soldiers when they were killed." - id

Ahed Tamimi Returns Before Israeli Show Trial

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:00
Reports - ISM - "...all media and foreign diplomats were barred from entering the court room during the trial."..."When asked if he had any hopes for the upcoming trial he said “No, they are a state above the law”." - id

BYE BYE BIBI?

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:00
Olivia Messer - The Daily Beast - "According to the Associated Press, the potential charges do not directly threaten Netanyahu’s position in the immediate future but could hasten the public calls for him to step down. The attorney general must now decide whether to file charges in the cases." - id

What the Hell?

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:00
Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "An Israeli? A Jew? A peace activist? A Journalist? An author? An ex-combat soldier in the Israeli army? An ex-terrorist? A…? All of these and more. OK. OK. But in what order? Which is the most important component?" - id

With Gaza in Financial Crisis, Fears That ‘an Explosion’s Coming’

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:00
DAVID M. HALBFINGER - NY Times - "“Life has become completely different,” Mr. Abu Shaaban said, his eyes welling up. He has stopped paying a son’s college tuition. He buys his wife vegetables to cook for their six children, not meat." - id

Israel closes doors on trial of Palestinian teen

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:00
AP - Ynet - The judge quickly ushered out reporters, saying the trial would be closed "for the protection of the minor." Her lawyer, Gaby Lasky, objected. Tamimi, who has been incarcerated for nearly two months, appeared to be in good spirits as she entered and whispered across the courtroom to her family. Her father, Bassem Tamimi, shouted: "Stay strong!" [bz]