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80 Cartoon Artists Push Israel Boycott Measure

20 hours 13 min ago
JTA--Dozens of comics artists signed a letter calling for a boycott against any Israeli entity that does not “promote freedom and justice for Palestinians.” The open letter, cosigned by more than 80 individuals involved in producing comics, was sent out Wednesday to the organizers of an international festival for comics artists scheduled to open next week in France, and which is cosponsored by the Israeli company Sodastream. dn

Health Condition of Palestinian Detainees in Israeli Prison Severally Deteriorating

20 hours 13 min ago
WAFA--RAMALLAH, January 24, 2015 (WAFA) – Several Palestinian detainees in the Israeli prison of Nafha have been recently evacuated to Israeli hospitals after their health condition deteriorated due to deliberate medical negligence by the prison administration, said Detainees and ex-Detainees Affairs Committee. dn

Soldiers traumatized by Gaza war forced to cope on their own

20 hours 13 min ago
Naomi Darom and Tal Laor--Only after they came home from last summer`s operation in Gaza did reservists in an infantry battalion realize they were suffering psychological problems. But the army did little to answer their pleas for help. dn

Israel ignoring deaths of Thai workers on farms, Human Rights Watch says

20 hours 13 min ago
Mark Anderson--Pressure group calls on Israel to enforce labour laws after Thai workers tell of 17-hour days and being treated ‘like slaves’ dn

Just how antisemitic is Britain?

20 hours 13 min ago
David Conn--Alarmist suggestions that Jewish experience in Britain today echoes the 1930s seem unreal dn

What the Media Left Out

20 hours 13 min ago
If Americans Knew--Dear Friends, We`ve produced a response to the slanted media coverage on the recent Tel Aviv stabbings that contains statistics and facts that we think you may wish to share with others. Click here to read the article on our website, which also includes charts illustrating the disparity in deaths and injuries between Israelis and Palestinians. dn

Netanyahu accused of putting US-Israeli relationship at risk

20 hours 13 min ago
Ben Lynfield--Low point comes as Israel is hoping for US support to fight off Palestinian efforts to prosecute Israelis for alleged war crimes. dn

Red Rag column: religious fanaticism in Paris and elsewhere

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 00:00
Gideon Spiro - The government of Israel has jumped onto the bandwagon of struggle against terror, but that is a pretence. The State of Israel is a terror state. The 47 years of the Occupation have been 47 years of cruel terror. Terror is the official policy of the government of Israel. The Israeli army of Occupation, the Israel Security Agency and the ideological nucleus of fascist settlers are producers of the terror among the fruits of which is the counter-terror of the occupied, which itself is often horrific.

Another election: expect no peace breakthrough

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 00:00
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Among all the contending parties is there one party – just one – that truly aspires the peace which is possible, that overtly demands withdrawal to the borders of 1967? In Israel that is typical of all the parties that are “pro-peace”: they are in favour of negotiations (if possible to the end of time).

UN agency criticises Israel for razing Palestinian home

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 00:00
AFP - Al Jazeera - Office for Humanitarian Affairs accuses Israel of demolishing 77 Palestinians` homes in the West Bank just this week. During 2014 Israel carried out a record number of demolitions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. [bz]

Israeli Fanatics Beat Arab Veteran Of Israeli Army For Speaking Arabic

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 00:00
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Toomy Hassoun, from Daliat al-Karmel - a former soldier with the Israeli army who now studies at the Jerusalem Hebrew University. His speaking with friends in Arabic was reason for some ten Israeli right-wing fanatics to start kicking and beating him, causing various injuries that required hospitalization. [bz]

One family, three dead, three maimed: `Black Friday` in Gaza

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 00:00
Elior Levy - Ynet - Very little has been reported in the Israeli media on the hell Palestinian residents endured. Levy speaks with Wael al-Namlah, 26, a married father of two. He writes about one family`s continued urgent need of help, and about a report presented by Physicians for Human Rights - to deaf ears. [bz]

Israel and the ICC

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 00:00
Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon--The decision by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, to open ‘a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine’ could have a concrete political impact in Israel/Palestine, but not because the ICC will end up charging officials for carrying out war crimes. dn

Israeli Arab Political Factions Join Forces to Keep Place in Parliament

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 00:00
JODI RUDORENJAN--JERUSALEM — Facing an increased electoral threshold that threatens to bar small parties from Parliament, Israel’s Arab political factions announced on Friday the formation of a single ticket for the March elections. dn

Arabs of Israel, suspects until proven otherwise?

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 00:00
Haaretz Editorial--The deaths of two residents of the Bedouin town of Rahat – Sami al-Ja’ar last week and Sami Ziadna on Sunday – demand a thorough investigation of police conduct. This is essential not only for the sake of the Arab minority’s faith in law enforcement, but also to prevent similar deaths in the future. Sami al-Ja’ar, 20, was shot by police last Wednesday during the arrest of drug-trafficking suspects in Rahat. According to the Ja’ar family, Sami was not suspected of any crimes. dn

A story of France`s quiet surrender to Islamic rule

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:00
Gilles Rozier - Haaretz "`Soumission` was published on January 7, the same day 10 workers at Charlie Hebdo were murdered by Al-Qaida-inspired terrorists. Is the fundamentalist future portrayed by author Michel Houellebecq already here?" ca

Obama, Kerry freeze out Bibi over impromptu Hill visit

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:00
Laura Rozen - Al-Monitor "Neither President Obama nor Secretary of State John Kerry will see Netanyahu on his Washington visit in March, the White House and State Department said Jan. 22, ostensibly because it is just two weeks before Israel’s elections. But US officials left little doubt the cold shoulder was also because they were incensed that Netanyahu was plotting to come to Washington to lobby against Obama’s sensitive diplomatic efforts with Iran...Pardo, in his rare statement, appeared to concede the Israeli-backed push for new congressional Iran sanctions was designed to try to collapse the current Iran nuclear negotiations, because Israel considers the deal being negotiated too weak." ca

Hamdallah: Israel must pay PA tax revenues

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "During the meeting, Nilsson said Sweden has increased its financial aid to the PA to $100 million over the next five years.The freeze of about $127 million imposed on January 3 was in violation of the Oslo peace agreement between Israel and the PLO, the UN said last week." ca

After police killings, anger simmers in Negev Bedouin villages

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "But the killings have triggered a political mobilization not seen in the South in more than a year since the defeat of the Prawer Plan, and they have re-awakened an anger against what many see as the racist policies of the Israeli state that have unified Bedouin communities with their urban and rural counterparts elsewhere." ca

The Strategy Behind Israel’s Attack on Iran and Hizballah

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:00
Jonathan Cook - ICH "Iran has invested heavily in arming Hizballah with rockets and missiles to provide a deterrent against Israel launching a strike on Iran. Using that arsenal now, as one Israeli analyst surmised, would be “wasting [it] on border skirmishes that have no strategic significance for Iran”.Hizballah, meanwhile, will be reluctant to fire rockets for fear of weakening its domestic political position. It has no popular mandate – explicit or implicit – to drag Lebanon into another devastating confrontation with Israel, like the one in 2006, in retaliation for military losses it sustained on Syrian rather than Lebanese soil." ca