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VIDEO: Hebron`s Olive Harvest of Resistance

23 hours 21 min ago
Alternative Information Center - IMEMC - "The Hebron Defence Committee organised a community work day near the Hebron-area village of Surif on land that is under threat of confiscation by the Israeli military." - id

Israel excluded from war games in Italy following protests

23 hours 21 min ago
Stephanie Westbrook - The Electronic Intifada - "“Public opinion had its say and apparently the Italian government and NATO felt it inopportune to have Israel participate after the attacks on Gaza.”" - id

Homes Raided West of Ramallah, TV Cameraman Assaulted

23 hours 21 min ago
Agencies - IMEMC - "Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports that, according to witnesses, Israeli soldiers stormed the village at dawn, violently raiding dozens of houses, taking photos and checking residents` IDs." - id

Israeli soccer team honors alleged spy for Hezbollah

23 hours 21 min ago
Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "SUMMARY⎙ PRINT In an interview with Al-Monitor, the spokesperson of Israel`s Bnei Sakhnin soccer team explains that it honored former Knesset member Azmi Bishara because he facilitated Qatari financial support." - id

Palestinian man successfully harvests olives for the first time in 14 years

23 hours 21 min ago
Features - International Solidarity Movement - "So this year I am so happy, this year we have the permit today 20th of October and with the coordination with ISM we have managed to harvest the olives. I am so happy that I have managed for the first time to get the olives." - id

Ashrawi warns Israel destroying Christian presence in the Holy Land at Middle East Christian confab

23 hours 21 min ago
Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Hanan Ashrawi, the powerful Palestinian orator who during her 30 minute remarks sliced and diced Israeli propaganda and detailed the methodology of Israel’s genocide and ethnic cleansing of not only Christian Palestinians but all non-Jews." - id

WATCH: Reflections on Gaza — from Likud to `Women Waging Peace`

23 hours 21 min ago
Social TV - +972 - "From a debate hosted by the youth wing of Israel’s ruling Likud party to a new group called Women Waging Peace and the Parents Circle forum of bereaved families, Social TV visits with those who are ready to start talking." - id

Diplomatic terrorism and wings over the Iron Wall

23 hours 21 min ago
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "In Ya`alon`s vision...The conflict with the Palestinians will continue "until the last of our enemies understands that we are here to stay." But that will probably never happen because "They are not truly concerned with establishing a Palestinian state, but with destroying the Jewish state”. Therefore “we must learn how to manage this conflict without illusions" and to barricade [ourselves] behind “An Iron Wall"." - id

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

23 hours 21 min ago
Press Release - ISM - "“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." - id

Harper’s ‘Orwellian’ Foreign Policy From Israel to ISIS

23 hours 21 min ago
MURRAY DOBBIN - Counterpunch - "By declaring repeatedly (and even threatening supportive legislation) that criticism of Israel was anti-Semitic Harper hoped to establish what Orwell referred to as “protective stupidity” – a kind of mass denial of the obvious. Freud referred to it as “knowing with not knowing”." - id

Palestinians `throw Molotovs` at new Silwan settler homes

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00
Ma`an - The building was one of two structures housing 10 apartments that were taken over by Jewish settlers before dawn on Monday. Ateret Cohanim, a right-wing Israeli organization aiming to increase the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem, said the acquisitions would double the number of Jews living in that part of Silwan. Earlier this week, President Reuven Rivlin spoke out against such deals conducted between Palestinian sellers and extreme right-wing groups. [bz]

University blasts professor who called for annihilation of Palestinians (but so far he continues teaching)

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00
Yarden Skop - Haaretz - “Listen, Abu Mazen, you aren’t a people and therefore there’s no genocide,” Weiss wrote on his Facebook page. “To annihilate you as a rabble is a mitzvah, and it will ultimately be carried out (...) The faster you admit that you aren’t a people and don’t belong anywhere within the boundaries of the Land of Israel, the better it will be for you – the faster you voluntarily vacate this land.” Weiss who is emeritus, is teaching two courses as a volunteer in the Hebrew literature department. He also teaches still at the Orot Israel College of Education, and that institute said it is looking into the matter. [bz]

Israeli forces demolish 3 Jerusalem houses, leaving 23 homeless

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00
Ma`an - Al-Zari said the houses and structures were built in the 80s, and that the family had been attempting to obtain the necessary permits and licenses from the Israeli civil administration for years. He said the family had paid over 150,000 shekels (about $40,000) for lawyers and engineers in order to escape demolition, "but to no avail." [bz]

Mustafa Barghouti: US-Palestinian ties strong

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00
Shlomi Eldar - In an interview with Al-Monitor, Barghouti acknowledges that following the troubled relationship between the US administration and Israel, the United States has drawn closer to Abbas and the PA. Barghouti feels that the test of the relationship will come on the day that Abbas begins the process for recognition of the Palestinian state in the UN institutions. “The Israeli provocations against John Kerry and President Barack Obama are leaving their mark,” Barghouti said. “I assume that the Americans can’t talk much [publicly], but they [are frustrated with] the Israeli government.” [bz]

Video: Soldiers detain developmentally-disabled child in Hebron, 19 Oct. 2014

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00
B`Tselem - Handcuffed and blindfolded, the 11-year old boy was held on the floor of an army jeep for some 15 minutes until his father arrived and convinced the soldiers to release his son, who is mentally disabled and cannot speak. [bz]

A changing Israel-Palestine global dynamic

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00
Linda S. Heard - Gulf News - Due to the prevalence of social media, mainstream news outlets can no longer control the message. Ordinary folk around the world were incensed by the horrors inflicted upon the residents of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli army, seen graphically in videos posted on YouTube. The unvarnished truth has left the Israeli government on the back foot and has embarrassed the US for its unfailing support of the Jewish state. The groundswell of public anger has impacted politicians and decision-makers to the extent that Israel is no longer sacrosanct. [bz]

Israel Continues to Deny Palestinians Access to Land in Southern Hebron

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00
Wafa - For the third Saturday in a row Palestinians dismantled the tent built illegally by the settlers where they used to gather every afternoon to prevent owners from accessing their land and using the water well. Israeli army declared the area as ‘military closed’ and violently pushed away Palestinians and [Israeli and international] activists as they were peacefully resisting the evacuation of the area in Israeli settlers’ presence. [Based on an Operation Dove press release-bz]

Los Angeles activists block unloading of Israeli cargo ship for two days

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00
Charlotte Silver - Electronic Intifada - The Block the Boat coalition of Los Angeles claimed another victory this weekend after an Israeli cargo ship, the Zim Savannah, delayed docking at the port of Long Beach for at least 34 hours. Approximately 150 activists gathered at the Los Angeles port at 6am on Saturday, 18 October. The morning’s action followed weeks of communication with the longshoremen’s union, talking to workers about Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine, as well as the group’s reasons for targeting Zim, an Israeli shipping line. ak

How the very concept of human rights has failed Palestinians

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00
Noam Sheizaf - +972 Magazine - People tend to confuse “permanent” with “eternal.” The Israeli occupation is not eternal — no institution is — but it is as permanent as can be in this world. It’s already lasted longer than the post-WWII Soviet bloc, for example. Israel itself stopped treating the OPT as occupied, now viewing them as territories held by Israel under a different status than the rest of the state. Therefore, the act of revoking the rights of an entire category of people is also permanent. ak

`A diplomatic storm is coming in January`

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00
Itamar Eichner - Ynet - Changes in the makeup of the UN Security Council have made Israel`s diplomatic stance worse and strengthened the Palestinians` position on the world stage. This will not only play a part in the vote on accepting the Palestinians into the UN, but in other resolutions concerning Israel, like condemning settlement construction or military operations, calling for UN inquiry committees on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and more. [bz]