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What we didn’t know about the 1967 war

9 hours 51 min ago
James Zogby - Al Ahram Weekly "In September of 1995, The New York Times ran a story under the headline “Egypt Says Israelis Killed POW’s in the ‘67 War”. The story reported on the discovery of mass graves in the Sinai desert containing the bodies of Egyptian soldiers, together with eyewitness accounts of the killings... The story of the Western Wall was no less troubling. Here, too, what happened to the Palestinian inhabitants of the Moughrabi neighbourhood that was adjacent to the wall has long been known and long been ignored." ca

Life in a septic tank

9 hours 51 min ago
Sarah Algherbawi - Electronic Intifada "Every day, 100,000 cubic meters of raw sewage are discharged into the sea around Gaza. The Gaza Strip’s environmental problems have worsened in recent years. Gaza has suffered from chronic electricity shortages ever since its sole power plant was bombed by Israel in 2006. Israel imposed an ongoing, severe economic blockade on the territory one year later, restricting the import of fuel and hindering repair of electricity infrastructure destroyed and damaged during successive military offensives." ca

Israel`s `Ethics Code` to Formally Suppress Academic Freedom, Palestinians Urge Intensifying BDS

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) - Israel’s far-right, pro-settler Education Minister Naftali Bennett is promoting a new “ethics code” that would prohibit Israeli university professors from expressing “political opinions.” The new code would also forbid professors to call for or participate in an academic boycott of Israel, or even of its settlement colleges, and university departments to collaborate with “political organizations.” Academic institutions would be required to institute committees tasked with monitoring political activity of professors, act on complaints from students and take disciplinary action against transgressors.-rh

Bennett’s ‘peace’ plan: I’ll dictate, you’ll sign

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Aviad Kleinberg - YNet - In Bennett’s world, however, the other side— as well as its needs, its desires, its abilities and its rights— doesn’t exist. We will determine the outlines of the coexistence according to our demographic, security and cultural needs (we will determine, for example, that “Jerusalem is above reasoning and above peace”). We will determine the borders of the Palestinians` autonomy and, of course, the borders of the state and, as a result, the borders of the Palestinian “entity.” If we are strong enough, the other side will be forced to accept this dictation. Peace, in other words, is not a move in which we recognize the other and try to get the other to agree, but a one-sided move which exclusively reflects our needs.-rh

Israel cancels 250,000 Palestinian permits to enter Israel during Ramadan after deadly attack

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Israeli authorities on Friday rescinded 250,000 Israel entry permits from Palestinians hours after a deadly attack in Jerusalem left four dead and several injured, a spokesperson for the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) told Mondoweiss.-rh

Are Attacks On Israeli Police In East Jerusalem Terrorism?

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Rima Najjar - Countercurrents - The nature of Israel’s violence in Jerusalem (as well as in the other occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) is highlighted by the extrajudicial and brutal erasure of Palestinians who exercise their internationally recognized right to resist as described by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/33/24 of 29 November 1978: Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, particularly armed struggle;-rh

Canada Park, a popular picnicking spot for Israelis, created upon the rubble of Palestinian homes

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Mersiha Gadzo - In 1972, the Canadian branch, JNF Canada, raised $15m ($90m in today’s dollars) to create Canada Park, built on top of the demolished villages in occupied Palestine. Since then, the land has been treated as though it is in Israel proper rather than the occupied West Bank. The Separation Barrier prevents Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank from accessing Canada Park, including families that used to live on the land. A 1986 UN Special Committee reported to the UN Secretary-General that it “considers it a matter of deep concern” that the villagers are denied the right to return due to the construction of Canada Park by JNF Canada.-rh

I’m a 90-year-old woman who has lived in Israel for 50 years – here is what I think about Israeli settlements

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Ruth Kedar - Independent - Since I witnessed its beginnings half a century ago, the occupation has only got worse. The size and scale of settlements is something I can’t get over. I know every little road and every little village of the West Bank and it is frightening to see them swallowed up piece by piece by indistinguishable rows of red roofs that multiply across Palestinian land. It is robbery that is devoid of shame.-rh

On World Refugee Day, estimates show 66% of Palestinians became refugees in 1948On World Refugee Day, estimates show 66% of Palestinians became refugees in 1948

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY - According to UNRWA, 42 percent of the total population of the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip are internally displaced refugees from historic Palestine, with data indicated that Palestinian refugees living in the occupied territory and Gaza have an overall unemployment rate of 33.3 percent in 2016, compared to 22.3 percent among non-refugees.-rh

What we choose to ignore about the 1967 War

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
James J. Zogby - +972 - The sins of the 1967 War are still with us. Not only in the continuing crime of the occupation and the new victims it takes, but also in the unanswered questions and the still unaccounted for victims.-rh

Proposed Bill to Strip Palestinians in Israel of Their Citizenship

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
The Palestine Chronicle - A proposed Israeli bill seeks to strip perpetrators of anti-occupation resistance attacks of their Israeli citizenship and their families of legal residency permits, Israeli media reported. According to Israel Hayom, the bill was introduced by Robert Ilatov, a Yisrael Beiteinu member of Knesset, and it is supported by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The newspaper quoted Ilatov as saying: “We will no longer allow the absurd [situation] in which terrorists and those who aid terrorism carry blue [Israeli] ID cards and enjoy the rights and benefits of citizens, while acting to annihilate us.”-rh

Iftar on the rubble

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Nora Lester Murad - Mondoweiss - Nora Lester Murad and her friends organize an Iftar dinner next to the rubble of a demolished Palestinian house in East Jerusalem, "We planned the Iftar to show solidarity with Ashraf and Islam, and the tens of thousands of Palestinian families whose homes have been demolished, partially demolished, or sealed, and who live every day under the imminent threat of demolitions by the Israel authorities. -rh

Family rejects Israeli narrative of Palestinian killed at checkpoint as father is detained

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Ma`an - The Israeli army said at the time of Bahaa al-Hirbawi’s killing that he was attempting to carry out a knife attack on Israeli forces who were conducting out a “routine check" at the Jabaa military checkpoint. Relatives cited eyewitness accounts as saying that Israeli forces stopped Bahaa at the Jabaa checkpoint on his way back home from Ramallah and surrounded him. After that, “nobody knows what happened,” they said. "In response to the immediate threat, forces fired towards the attacker and a hit was confirmed," the IDF spokesperson told Ma’an, and acknowledged, after being asked for clarification, that the man was in fact killed. No Israelis were injured.[bz]

PA slams new settlement as effort to thwart Trump’s peace drive

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Dov Lieber - Times of Israel - Abbas’s spokesperson says it’s no coincidence that ground is broken on the eve of a visit to the region by Jared Kushner. [bz]

Germany compares Israel`s treatment of NGOs with that of Russia and China

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Haartez/i24NEWS - Further straining relations between Israel and Germany, the German foreign ministry compared Israel`s policy on funding of non-governmental organisations to that of Russia and China - provoking a rebuke from the Israeli embassy in Berlin. This was included in a German criticism of a new law in Hungary that would force foreign-funded NGOs to register as "foreign-supported organisations". With that measure, the Germans stated, “Hungary joins the ranks of countries like Russia, China and Israel - which regard the funding of NGO`s and civil society efforts by donors from abroad as a hostile or at least an unfriendly act." [ak]

2 Million Palestinians Denied Traveling and Movement due to Closure of Gaza Border Crossing

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
PCHR - (...) it is the responsibility of the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions 1949 to oblige the occupying authorities to abide by the rules of international humanitarian law and to open all border crossings of the Gaza Strip, including Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, without any restrictions like age restrictions, because Erez is the only crossing that gives importance to the geographical unity between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, so it would allow the Gaza Strip residents to move freely between Palestinian cities and travel abroad. [bz]

B’Tselem field researchers detained by Israeli police in Hebron

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Amit Gilutz - B`Tselem - B’Tselem field researchers Manal al-Ja’bri and Musa Abu Hashhash were detained in Hebron while documenting the increase in movement restrictions imposed by the military at the Bakery Checkpoint. Al-Ja’bri was questioned and held in police custody in the settlement of Kiryat Arba until late night. Abu Hashhash was held at the checkpoint for about 40 minutes and released. [ak]

Settlers pressure Netanyahu to reject Palestinian building plan

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - In Liberman’s plan, Palestinian towns were grouped into two categories: those included on the “red list,” from which terrorist attacks emerged; and a “green list” of 15 cities and villages from which terrorists hadn’t come. Liberman allotted benefits for those towns on the green list, which included the expansion of their master plan. The city of Qalqilya was one of them. [bz]

Central Bureau of Statistics: 70% Rise in Construction of Settlements during The Past Year, Compared to Previous Year

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Peace Now - The ICBS data also shows that between April 2016 and March 2017 there has been a decrease of 2.65% in construction starts within Israel proper (excluding settlements).* [bz]

Campaign of collective punishment after Jerusalem attack

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Maureen Clare Murphy - EI - The military raided the homes of the slain attackers and gave notice that the homes would be demolished. Two Palestinians in the village were shot in the legs with live ammunition during confrontations that broke out during the Israeli military raid. Additional injuries were reported on Sunday, as the village was besieged for a third consecutive day, and soldiers allegedly looted the home of a woman who was detained. [bz]