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Leading Israeli rights group to stop cooperating with the IDF

21 hours 40 min ago
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "The Israeli military justice system acts only to ‘cover up unlawful acts and protect perpetrators,’ B’Tselem says, citing 25 years of experience working with the military. Palestinian rights expert welcomes the move." - id

Religious Zealots Ready for Takeover of Israeli Army

21 hours 40 min ago
Jonathan Cook - CounterPunch - "Yaalon is to take a break from politics. With fitting irony, his slot is to be filled on Likud’s backbenches by Yehuda Glick, a settler whose struggle to destroy Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple has the potential to set the Middle East on fire." - id

Retracing Jaffa’s erased Palestinian history

21 hours 40 min ago
Silvia Boarini - The Electronic Intifada - "Zochrot’s Houses Beyond the Hyphen initiative takes up Jaffa, the historical Palestinian city currently obscured by the Tel Aviv-Yafo hyphen, as the site of a series of video installations in private homes and walking tours that uncover what has been happening there since 1948. " - id

Two Hunger Striking Detainees Face Complications After 51 Days of Strike

21 hours 40 min ago
IMEMC News - "...the Prison Authority was placing obstacles obstructing their lawyers from visiting with them. It demanded the International Red Cross to increase its visits to the detainees, who started their strike on April 3rd...that the two detainees suffered a dangerous weight loss, and have constant pain in various parts of their bodies, in addition to being unable to move." - id

Peace with Palestinians not in Netanyahu`s plan

21 hours 40 min ago
Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Whatever the composition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s coalition, it will never aspire to a negotiated peace with the Palestinians." - id

Why camels mean more than just money to Gaza`s Bedouin

21 hours 40 min ago
Rasha Abou Jalal - Al Monitor - "Bedouin families in Gaza complain about the lack of pastures and the continued urban sprawl, which are making it more difficult for them to feed their camels. This threatens the existence of an important part of Palestinian heritage and a source of livelihood for the Bedouin." - id

Palestinian businesses report strong growth in past year

21 hours 40 min ago
Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Arab Palestinian Shopping Centers recently launched its new Bravo supermarket in Nablus, the largest in Palestine, at a total investment of USD8 million. Total retail area is 3800 square meters and employs more than 100 people." - id

Video: Demolished Home In Wadi Joz , East Jerusalem

21 hours 40 min ago
Al-Quds team - International Solidarity Movement - "The 14 members of Abu Sadam’s family remain homeless after their home was destroyed by the Israel Army"..."The family are calling for solidarity and support." - id

Facing down Breaking the Silence, Israel tries to play the underdog

21 hours 40 min ago
Alma Biblash - +972 - "The optical illusion that was created in the courtroom made it seem as if Breaking the Silence was a powerful, experienced, and publicly supported organization, facing down a feeble, lonely State of Israel that is just trying to survive with whatever means it has." - id

`This time, Netanyahu will not escape the international community”

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:00
Raoul Wootliff - Times of Israel - In his meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, PM Netanyahu reiterated his opposition to the international peace conference promoted by France, and offered instead to hold in Paris a bilateral meeting between himself and Palestinian President Abbas. In his own meeting with Valls, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah dismissed Netanyahu`s proposal out of hand: "“Time is short. Netanyahu is trying to buy time… but this time he will not escape the international community.” “Time is short,” Hamdallah said. “[Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is trying to buy time… but this time he will not escape the international community.” [ak]

EPA photographer refuses strip-search demand, departs PM`s office

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:00
Itamar Eichner/Becky Azran - AFP/Y-net - Atef Safadi, a Druze journalist with the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), was asked by guards at the PM`s office in Jerusalem to pull down his trousers as a condition for being admitted to Netanyahu`s meeting with French PM Valls. He regarded the demand as humiliating. As a result of his departure, there were no photos of the event for the foreign media. The Foreign Press Association refused to accept photos offered by the Israeli governmental Press Bureau. [ak]

Israeli politics: from tragedy to farce

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:00
Michel Warschawski - AIC - Now, both far-left activists and the political and military leaders of the Israeli establishment itself warn that the government has gone too far. The appointment by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Avigdor Lieberman as Israel`s Minister of Defense compelled Member of Knesset (MK) Benny Begin to state: "it is mere madness." (...) "Fascism" is a term used more and more by media and an array of politicians to describe the course of the far-right Israeli government. [bz]

Refugee camp committees shut down Nablus-area UNRWA offices over aid changes

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:00
Ma`an - In April, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees decided to halt its food distribution program in the camps and replace it with a cash card system, causing concern among UNRWA’s Palestinian employees, who say the move would jeopardize the jobs of 300 to 400 people who work at the organization’s distribution centers. [bz]

As Hamas Tunnels Back Into Israel, Palestinians Are Afraid, Too

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:00
DIAA HADID and MAJD AL WAHEIDI - New York Times - A neighbor who is 29 and goes by the name Abu Mohammad, said that the danger of nearby tunnels made him reluctant to rebuild. “I give it 99.5 percent that our house will be destroyed again,” he said. “I go crazy thinking about it.” Instead, Abu Mohammad said he was trying to sell his plot of land on the fringe of Beit Hanoun and move to the relatively safer confines inside town. But the only offer he has gotten was for the equivalent of $140 a square meter — less than half the $310 he paid in 2013. [bz]

The Abnormal Box

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:00
CO Tair Kaminer - blog from inside the military prison - Apparently, if I went to the Mental Health Office, I would get released fairly quickly, because that would silence the noise that I am making and would, more importantly, put me in the little square where they want to put me so they can show the world where I actually belong. But this fight is too important to me to agree to make the army`s life so easy. There is another way to get to the "abnormal box" and receive an exemption. A conscientious exemption. That is the exemption that I would like to receive, because after all it is my conscience that is not allowing me to serve in the army. So what`s the problem?

Israel Must Fix Its Flag

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:00
Haaretz editorial - This Independence Day underscores the need to repair the rents in the blue-and-white flag and to bring under its protection all the groups that make up Israeliness – including those minorities that have trouble identifying with the Star of David in the flag’s center or the “yearning Jewish soul” of the national anthem. Instead of continuing to foment strife, the time has come to once again create an Israeli nation that is proud of its country and its flag. [bz]

Arab Worker Freed to House Arrest Hours After Barbaric Police Beating in Tel Aviv

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 00:00
Almog Ben Zikri and Yaniv Kubovich - Haaretz -  Abu Alqian complained that the police prevented him from receiving medical care for hours after the incident, and did not allow him to speak with his parents. Maysam’s father, Ahmad Abu Alqian, told Haaretz that he arrived at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv Sunday night at around 10:30 P.M. to visit his son, but police officers kept him from seeing him. A doctor from the Clalit health maintenance organization who examined Abu Alqian said a preliminary examination showed that he apparently suffered no irreversible injury to his eye, but added that further tests in the hospital are still necessary. [bz for ry]

Border Police assault Arab worker in central Tel Aviv

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 00:00
Mairav Zonszein - +972 - An employee of Yuda Market, a mini-market, went out to dispose of some garbage, when he was approached by a plainclothes officer who, without identifying himself, demanded to see the man’s identity card. When the employee said his I.D. card was inside the store and asked the Border Police officer to identify himself, he and a friend began beating him. More officers and other citizens quickly joined in. [bz for ry]

Famed feminist British historian refuses prestigious Israeli award

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 00:00
Haggai Matar--Catherine Hall withdraws from $330,000 prize due to Tel Aviv University’s complicity in the occupation.dn

Veteran Japanese photographer Ryuichi Hirokawa says his work is inspired by the history of Palestine.

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 00:00
Shatha Khalil--Standing before a photograph he took in 2009 of a Palestinian child in Gaza left speechless after witnessing a shower of human flesh from an Israeli attack on her neighbourhood, Japanese photographer Ryuichi Hirokawa says he decided to become a photojournalist because of Palestinians.dn