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A Palestinian-American teenager was killed during clashes with the Israeli military on Friday

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 00:00
Associated Press in Ramallah--A Palestinian-American teenager was killed during clashes with the Israeli military on Friday amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank. A relative identified the teen as 14-year-old Orwah Hammad and said he was born in New Orleans and came to the West Bank when he was six. Hammad’s cousin Moath said he was among a group of Palestinians who were throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. dn

Groundbreaking Israeli Documentary

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 00:00
Intifada-Palestine--SYNOPSIS | Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israelis` collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. dn

U.S. publicly humiliates Israeli defense minister as visit ends

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 00:00
Barak Ravid--Ya`alon declares crisis between him and Obama administration over, only to find out that it revealed he was denied audience with top officials. dn

Jerusalem is a time-bomb, and Israel can`t hear the ticking

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 00:00
Alex Fishman - Ynet - When a carpet catches fire on the Temple Mount and we wake from our hibernation, we`ll find that the regime in Jordan is wobbling, and that the PA no longer exists, that we`ve erased it; but it`ll be too late by then. Perhaps then, when we look to the east and see radical Islam on our doorstep, we`ll realize how stupid and arrogant we were and still are. [This warning comes from a mainstream military commentator-bz]

Jerusalem`s `silent intifada`

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00
Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor "Right now, the situation in Jerusalem is extremely volatile and sensitive. As noted here quite a few times before, the ultimate evil — should it occur — will start here. Radicals from all sides are drawn to Jerusalem like a moth to a flame.It’s a pity that only the radicals in these volatile places get to speak up, while the silent majority on both sides looks at them helplessly." ca

Israel confiscates 20 dunams of Palestinian land near Salfit

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "Israeli bulldozers began razing 20 dunums of agricultural lands in the Palestinian village of Haris near Barqan settlement on Thursday, while locals said dozens of Israelis from the nearby Jewish settlement came to help destroy the fields." ca

Disabled Palestinian war photographer turns camerra on culture

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "For Silwadi, safeguarding Palestinian cultural heritage goes hand-in-hand with the question of Palestinian identity and the future of the Palestinian people."I see the way in which the Palestinian people have had everything stolen for the profit of the Israelis," he told AFP. "I thought it was important that the Palestinians protect their heritage by taking pictures of their cultural heritage and speaking about it." ca A tireless documenter of Palestinian history, Silwadi has since his injury published several books on the walls of Jerusalem`s Old City, on traditional costumes, on jewellery and on cuisine." ca

Israeli Government Completes Plan to Impose Sovereignty on Area C

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00
IMEMC - "According to Israeli sources, the state has completed a plan, in the works since April of 2013, to impose its sovereignty over occupied Area C.Local sources say that Israel intends to put this plan into effect in November, to coincide with the Palestinian efforts in the United Nations." ca

Prisoners Suffer Intolerable Health Conditions

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00
IMEMC - "... a PPC lawyer recently stated, via press release, that 288 prisoners in ‘Eshel’ Prison suffer from health conditions which are quite severe. Another issue noted is that of the spread of bugs and insects, inside the prison." ca

`Klinghoffer`: New York’s Jewish right goes to the opera

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00
Larry Derfner - +972 "Until Monday night, when the “The Death of Klinghoffer” opened at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, people knew it was being attacked by many Jews for supposedly being anti-Semitic and for defending terrorists, and they didn’t know if the accusations were true or false. But now that the opera has opened, and it’s been widely reviewed, and audience members have been interviewed, it’s becoming clear to the mainstream public that pays attention to such issues – and this controversy has attracted a lot of attention – that these claims are total bullshit." ca

For the Israeli media, Gazan lives are little more than expendable

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00
Haggai Matar - +972 "the Yedioth Ahronoth daily did not even report on the deaths of the family. Not a single word has been written about the bombing since. Even media outlets that initially reported on the deaths of the family members did not come back and demand answers from the army.And really, why should they demand them? It’s just another incident, after all. Another family. One of more than 70 families who were bombed in a similar fashion, some of them much larger." ca

Jerusalem is divided, and Netanyahu remains out of touch

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00
Barak Ravid - Haaretz "The prime minister sees the incidents happening in Jerusalem purely as a security problem – disturbances of the peace that must be suppressed, terrorist attacks that must be thwarted. His solutions begin and end with using force – more policemen, more Border Police units, more involvement by the Shin Bet security service, more arrests. But all these are liable to lead only to an even more serious escalation, and cause the violence to spread to the West Bank to boot." ca

Police: Infant killed in Jerusalem attack, Palestinian driver shot

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - An Israeli infant died and at least eight others were injured when a Palestinian driver slammed his car into a light rail station in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli officials said.-rh

The Cold Realities of US Policy in Israel-Palestine

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00
Mitchell Plitnick - MERIP - One should not, however, exaggerate the weight of the “Israel lobby” in the making of US Middle East policy writ large. Policy is largely made and carried out by the executive branch, which is guided by geostrategic concerns that may or may not correspond to the concerns of the lobby at any given moment. Domestic forces like AIPAC are important in shaping discourse and some short-term decisions, but they do not determine the direction of US strategy in the region.-rh

Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killers

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00
Allison Deger - Mondoweiss -Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances.-rh

Donor pledges not enough to rehabilitate Gaza

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00
Omar Shaban - Al-Monitor - The Palestinian Authority needs at least $15 billion to properly restore Gaza’s economy, while donors have only pledged $5.4 billion for interim reconstruction.-rh

Human Rights Defender Abdallah Abu Rahma receives guilty verdict from military court

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00
International Solidarity Movement - Press Release - “Demonstrating against the occupation cannot be a criminal offence. Finding Abdallah guilty only shows that the [Israeli] military force is a tool to perpetuate the occupation.” Stated Gabi Lasky, lawyer of Abdallah Abu Rahma, to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).-rh

Israeli settlers criticised for overnight move into hotly disputed East Jerusalem

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00
BEN LYNFIELD - The Independent - Last month Jewish settlers took over six properties in another area of Silwan, in the biggest settler acquisition in the neighbourhood since Jews began moving there two decades ago. The White House called the move a provocation, but the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the settlement is just a question of Jews being able to buy property in Israel’s capital.-rh

For near identical crimes, an Israeli and a Palestinian’s fate couldn’t be more different

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00
John Brown - +972 - A Palestinian hit-and-run suspect is sent to prison and winds up dead; a Jewish suspected of a similar but deadlier crime in the West Bank is sent home to his family.-rh

With US-led air strikes on Isis intensifying, it’s a good time to be an arms giant like Lockheed Martin

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:00
Robert Fisk - The Independent - So who is winning the war? Isis? Us? The Kurds (remember them?) The Syrians? The Iraqis? Do we even remember the war? Not at all. We must tell the truth. So let us now praise famous weapons and the manufacturers that begat them.-rh