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When Israel`s leaders incite, one soldier pays the price

17 hours 52 min ago
Noam Rotem - +972 - Elor Azaria is guilty for firing the bullet that killed Abdel Fatteh al-Sharif this past March. But let us not forget the long line of inciting comments by top Israeli leaders that made it possible. [bz]

Israel accuses Ma`an news of incitement, bans TV channel from prisons

17 hours 52 min ago
Ma`an - Abed al-Nasser Farawneh, a Palestinian official in the PA`s Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs called the decision an attack on Palestinian media aimed at banning the Palestinian national message and increasing the isolation felt by Palestinian prisoners. [bz]

Rights group denounces ICRC reduction in family visits as prisoners continue hunger strike

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "The group said the reduction in family visits constituted a move against a right obtained by prisoners after a 35-year long struggle, adding that it increased the suffering of families of prisoners." ca

Armed Israeli settlers raid Nablus-area village

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "Armed Israeli settlers, escorted by Israeli forces, raided the village of al-Badhan in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank district of Nablus Friday morning, locals told Ma’an. Witnesses said that more than 15 Israeli settler vehicles raided the village where some 3,000 Palestinians reside as Israeli forces were reportedly deployed on the main road leading to the al-Tawahin area. Locals told Ma’an that armed Israeli settlers have raided the area every Friday in order to carry out religious rituals in the area." ca

Two States, One Homeland: The Promised Land of Isra-stine?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00
Elhanan Miller - Haaretz "On June 2, some 300 Israelis and Palestinians gathered at the Tel Aviv Convention Center to listen to details of the unique confederation in a conference titled “from initiative to implementation.” Breakout sessions tackled thorny issues such as security, education and constitutions. Settlers from Ofra and the Etzion Bloc mingled with post-Zionists from north Tel Aviv and Palestinians from Beit Sahour in an excited medley of Hebrew, English and Arabic." ca

Will Palestinians sue Britain over the Balfour declaration of 1917?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00
Ian Black - The Guardian "the statement may be seen as a symptom of desperation about the Palestinian cause at a time when the peace process is non-existent and hopes for an end to occupation and a two-state solution to the conflict appear moribund." ca

What the economic boycott of Israel can achieve

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00
Nada Elia - Mondoweiss "Clearly, BDS, with its call for an economic boycott of Israel, is a movement to be reckoned with. Nevertheless, its greatest impact is not and cannot be the economic strangulation of Israel. Nor is this its only or primary goal. Rather, BDS seeks to disrupt the narrative that presents Israel as victimized by the Palestinians, and empower every individual to act upon their outrage at Israel’s decades-long oppression of the Palestinian people. And this, BDS is doing very well." ca

Trump-Putin-Lieberman and the Axis of Evil

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00
Richard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "Lieberman is a leader cut out of the Trump-Putin mold. He is a former bouncer from his native Moldova. A gruff, no-nonsense figure who has no need for finesse or nuance. He says the most racist, outrageous things and pays no price for it (sound like anyone you know?). Once he even beat up a teenager who’d been taunting his son. The police investigated him for assault, but he was never convicted of any crime." ca

Home demolitions are organized state violence

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00
Hagai El-Ad - +972 "As it happens, these facts are known not only in Israel, and it is not only human rights organizations who are in agreement about this. The world too, the diplomatic community, they are all aware of the figures and all agree as to their significance. What Israel is doing to the Palestinians is known in Jerusalem, Brussels and Washington, and they know what it means." ca

Century-old Palestinian Scout movement makes comeback

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00
Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor "The Scout movement in Palestine has made a strong comeback in the Arab and international arenas, with the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA) joining the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). A Palestinian Scout team of eight members participated in the first Palestinian-Polish Scout Camp in Poland on July 10, which was part of a cooperation and twinning agreement signed by the PSA and the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association. Moreover, another Palestinian Scout delegation took part in the Arab Scouts meeting in Morocco, which kicked off July 13." ca

In photos: Students take to the streets from Gaza to New York for Bilal Kayed and Palestinian prisoners

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - "The World Student Day of Solidarity with Bilal Kayed and Palestinian Prisoners included events and actions from Gaza City to New York to Philadelphia. Drawing support from student movements in the US, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and elsewhere, the Progressive Student Labor Front`s call for action on Monday, 25 July sparked protests, sit-ins, and events calling for freedom for hunger-striking Bilal Kayed and his fellow Palestinian prisoners." ca

B’Tselem: 740 Civilians, Including Minors, Left Homeless by Israeli State

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00
IMEMC News & Agencies - "B’Tselem’s figures show that this six-month period alone saw more demolitions than any individual year over the past decade (with the exception of 2013, when occupation authorities demolished 175 homes)...According to the same source, demolitions are carried out only in what has been designated as Area C, which comprises about 60 percent of the occupied West Bank, and which Israel views as primarily meant to serve its own needs, and in annexed East Jerusalem." ca

Do Israeli police take a soft stance on far-right incitement?

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 00:00
Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - On July 22, Ahmed Dawabsha, 6, the only survivor of a hate crime perpetrated by radical right-wing Jewish terrorists in the West Bank village of Douma a year before, was discharged from Shiba Hospital. His father, mother and little brother were burnt alive after their house was set on fire. Suffering from serious burns, Ahmed fought for his life in a hospital. He underwent a yearlong rehabilitation with his grandfather never leaving his bedside. The hospital staff threw him a sixth birthday party, and when he was discharged the villagers gave him a warm welcome. Right-wing circles, by contrast, chose to mark the joyous occasion differently. Hateful comments, curses and death wishes to the Douma child were posted on right-leaning websites as well as on leading Israeli news outlets, mainly on Walla!, whose editors did not filter out any of the nauseating comments.-rh

`Not an Inside Affair of Israel`

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 00:00
Ilana Hammerman in "Haaretz" translated by Tal Haran - This discourse must be upended: about 2.5 million non-Israelis cannot continue to live all their lives as hostages of the Israeli voter and society, no matter how democratic that society might be. Consequently – and because not a single Israeli government since 1967 has given up its civilian, not military hold and expansion in the West Bank – the fate of the territories occupied at the time are a matter for the international community. It is an urgent matter, even, now that the takeover of the West Bank has in fact become the open ideology of the Israeli regime.-rh

Ten years after last Lebanon war, Israel warns next one will be far worse

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 00:00
William Booth - The Washington Post - When Israeli army commanders describe how the next war against Hezbollah could unfold, they often search for words not used in military manuals. The future conflict, they warn, will be “ferocious” and “terrible.”-rh

Israeli state-funded radio station could lose financial backing after reporting on Palestinian poet

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 00:00
Caroline Mortimer - Independent - Israel’s official Army Radio has come under fire by senior government ministers for featuring a piece about a renown Palestinian poet on an education programme about “fundamental Israeli texts”. Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman summoned the station director Yaron Dekel to explain why the Palestinian nationalist Mahmoud Darwish was featured on the station which is controlled and funded by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).-rh

B`Tselem: Israel demolished more Palestinian homes in past 6 months than in all of 2015

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - Israeli authorities have demolished more Palestinian homes in the West Bank in the first six months of 2016 as they did in all of 2015, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem revealed in a report released on Wednesday, in a worrying confirmation of Israel’s ongoing crackdown on Palestinian communities in Area C of the West Bank.rh

Israeli expulsion law `violates all rules of democracy`

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 00:00
Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - "This law violates all rules of democracy and the principle that minorities should be represented," Mohammed Zeidan, director of the Human Rights Association in Nazareth, told Al Jazeera. "It sends a message to the public that it is possible, even desirable, to have a Jewish-only Knesset."-rh

Israeli Soldier Who Shot Helpless Palestinian Suspect Claims Commanders Were ‘Complacent’

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 00:00
Marcy Oster - Forward - Azaria testified that during briefings before the March attack, the soldiers had been warned by Shin Bet security service officials that intelligence information indicated a “serious attack” was being planned by Palestinians in Hebron, which had been a flashpoint in a spree of Palestinian attacks against Jewish Israelis since October. When he heard bystanders shouting that the downed Palestinian was moving, and took into consideration that he was wearing a heavy coat on a warm day, Azaria said he took aim and shot Sharif.-rh

Palestinians concerned about new Israeli NGO law

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - Palestinians working and volunteering with organizations such as B’Tselem have at times been worried about the futility of their efforts. Painstakingly documenting human rights abuses is not always pleasant and is often frowned upon by Palestinians who fear that some of the information could be harmful to the community if it gets into the hands of the Israeli army and is used in military courts. But the more the Israeli government and the Knesset put pressure on some of these human rights organization, the more people such as Jaber, Jaabari, Jubran and others are confident that they are doing the right job for the ultimate benefit of the Palestinian people.-rh