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Virginia state agency cancels Jerusalem trip citing Israeli discrimination

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:00
Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada - “Upon review of US State Department advisories and other research, and after consultation with our leaders, it has been determined that there is enough legitimate concern to warrant cancellation of the Israel trip and exploration of alternative locations.” [bz]

Four Injured As Israeli Soldiers Attack Bil’in’s Weekly Protest

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:00
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The soldiers also chased the nonviolent protesters into the village’s streets and alleys, before detaining a child, identified as Mahmoud Khaled Abu Rahma, 12 years of age. The army took the child out of the village, and released him after the weekly protest was concluded. The Popular Committee said its coordinator Dr. Rateb Abu Rahma, 50 years of age, was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in his back, while Ismael Mohammad Abu Rahma, 18, was shot in the leg. It added that an international peace activist who was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the leg, was moved to the Palestine medical center, while a 78-year-old international supporter was also shot in the leg. [bz]

Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenues

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:00
AP - Ynet - State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters at a briefing the move will benefit the Palestinian people and said that having a functioning Palestinian Authority is important to stability in the West Bank. Quartet Representative to the Middle East and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair also lauded the decision, saying: "It is absolutely the right decision both for the improvement of the conditions of Palestinians on the ground and for Israel." [bz]

France to launch new UN push for Israel-Palestinian resolution

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:00
Carole Landry, Andre Viollaz - AFP - The Security Council in December rejected a resolution that would have set a deadline for reaching a final peace deal and pave the way to the creation of a Palestinian state. The United States had voted against the measure but was spared from resorting to its veto after eight council members including France voted yes, one vote short of the nine needed for adoption. "I hope the partners that were reluctant will be less reluctant," Fabius said. [bz]

They`re Palestinians, not `Israeli Arabs`

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:00
Saree Makdisi - LA Times - In fact, to use the ethnic term "Arab" to describe the Palestinians inside Israel is to strip them of any national identity — not only the national identity that they themselves assert, but quite literally any national identity whatsoever, given that, according to a 2013 ruling of the Israeli Supreme Court, "Israeli" is not a national identity. [bz]

Analysis: The rise of the Israeli far right and the future of the PA

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
Ghassan Khatib - Ma`an News "The only way to explain this drift in the direction of increasingly rigid and extreme political positions is the absence of accountability. Israelis have been allowed to have their cake and eat it, too. They have been allowed to continue disregarding the expectations of their backers, particularly the US and Europe, and to continue expanding settlements while ignoring their friends` chiding remarks." ca

UN Mideast envoy asks Security Council to lead on Israel

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
Ass. Press - Ynet "The UN`s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to step up and lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the international community should seriously consider presenting a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution." ca

I want my country back

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Israeli analysts are now suggesting that Mr. Obama and his aides might be overplaying their hand, inviting a backlash of sympathy for Mr. Netanyahu." ca

PHOTOS: Joint List marches for unrecognized Bedouin villages

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
Activestills - +972 "Dozens of members of the Joint List — including chairman Ayman Odeh, Dov Khenin and other future members of Knesset — marched alongside other Arab leaders Thursday on a four-day trip through the Negev/Naqab’s unrecognized Bedouin villages. They were joined by representatives of the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee and the Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages. The march is set to end at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on Sunday." ca

The ire over Iran

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
The Economist - "Although Barack Obama is right to chastise Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister has a point on Iran...Mr Netanyahu is wrong to reject any plausible deal with Iran. His confrontational tactics may do great damage to his country. Yet he is right on at least one point that Mr Obama is wilfully ignoring: Iran’s belligerent behaviour in the Middle East is an increasing menace." ca

Investing in storage

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
Mona El-Fiqi - Al-Ahram "The project was first proposed last year as part of plans to provide food security for Egypt’s 90 million people. Egypt is the largest wheat importer in the world. The Damietta project includes construction of high-tech storage silos for grains, and will increase Egypt’s storage capacity from its current 2.5 million tons to 7.5 million tons." ca

Palestinian Crashes His Car After Being Forced To Transport Soldier To Yitzhar

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Palestinian contacted the army and told of what happened...soldiers then managed to track the Israeli bus, stopped it, and had the young Palestinian driver identify the soldier who stopped him. Israeli army spokesperson said the military opened an investigation into the incident, and intends to move the case to the Military Prosecutor’s Office." ca

Naomi Klein: Let`s Kick Oil While the Price is Down

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
VIDEO - "Climate change should be a catalyst for a major change, but we`re not treating it as a real emergency. Naomi Klein believes that capitalism is at war with the climate, but she says sometimes it gives us a gift – the sudden drop in oil prices. So let`s not blow what could be our best chance to prevent catastrophic global warming." ca

Palestinian armed groups killed civilians on both sides in attacks amounting to war crimes

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
Amnesty International - Report "“The international community must help prevent further violations by tackling entrenched impunity and by ending transfers to Palestinian armed groups and Israel of all arms and military equipment that could be used to commit serious violations of international humanitarian law,” said Philip Luther." ca

Palestinian Dies after Falling from Israel`s Apartheid Wall

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:00
IMEMC - "Around 60,000 Palestinians are employed inside Israel, but only about half of those have proper documentation. An estimated 30,000 Palestinians cross into Israel without any work permits, largely traveling through wilderness areas to avoid the strict Israeli permit regime." - id for rh

West sees Palestinians as Israel`s problem

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:00
Aviad Kleinberg - Ynet - "Europe and US allegedly oppose Israel`s settlement policy, but beyond paying lip service, West`s elites have supported occupation and avoided imposing any significant sanctions on Israel." id for rh

Jewish Settlers Mobilize for Raid on Al Aqsa Mosque During Passover

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:00
IMEMC - "Settlers’ provocative visits to the holy site have given rise to mass protests in the holy city in recent months, during which hundreds of Palestinians were apprehended by Israeli police." - id for rh

Distorting the facts of Occupation: Regavim’s attacks on the EU

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:00
Michel Waelbroeck and Willem Aldershoff - +972 - "An Israeli settler NGO has accused the EU of illegal building in the West Bank. But the facts — and its understanding of international law — just don’t add up." - id for rh

Official: White House was part of bid to oust Netanyahu

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00
Avi Issacharoff - The Times of Israel - "Senior Jerusalem source says administration wanted ‘revenge’ over Congress speech; declares there’ll be no Palestinian state ‘in our generation’." - id

Obama: Dim hope for end to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00
DEB RIECHMANN - Yahoo News - "Obama`s comments at the White House did little to repair rocky U.S.-Israeli relations, which were aggravated by a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday alleging Israel spied on sensitive negotiations about Iran`s nuclear program." - id