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First Relief, Then Tracing the Roots of Bloody Har Nof Attack

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:00
J.J. Goldberg--News of terrorist attacks in Israel can strike us in many different ways. For some the first reaction is anguish; for others it’s rage. There are those who look on with mixed feelings, horrified at the bloodshed yet wanting to understand what drives the killers to such crimes. For still others, it’s that very ambivalence of the onlookers that most infuriates.dn

Ashkelon mayor bans Arab Israeli workers from construction project in wake of attack on Jerusalem synagogue

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:00
AM--Tensions gripping Israel after this week’s attack on a Jerusalem synagogue took on distinct ethnic overtones Thursday when a mayor in southern Israel said he was banning Arab workers from construction projects at local day-care centers..dn

Netanyahu`s revamped Jewish nation-state bill won`t constitutionally guarantee equality for all citizens

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:00
Jonathan Lis--Proposal doesn`t take as hard a line as earlier draft, but also doesn`t express commitment to equality of all citizens, as Livni wants. dn

Wellesley College fires Hillel staff as Jewish students face upped anti-Israel activity

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:00
Debra Nussbaum Cohen--Wellesley College fires Hillel staff as Jewish students face upped anti-Israel activity Jewish students in Wellesley College dismayed by abrupt firing: `We lost our support system, we`re on our own.`dn

Three suspected hate crimes in one night

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:00
Ahia Raved and Raanan Ben-Tzur--Acid thrown at imam`s car, Arab workers threatened with knife, police attacked by activists. The unrelated incidents all appear to be motivated by ethnic and political hatred. dn

Netanyahu`s "battle for Jerusalem " can`t end well for any of us

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:00
Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Calling Jews to put aside their little differences and take up arms for the “battle for Jerusalem” is a vision of holy war, with fascistic trimmings. The words “battle for Jerusalem” recall the Battle of Algiers in the late 1950s, a similar contest between overwhelming military force and terrorist attacks. And we know how that turned out, in a zero sum game, in which the colonizers felt they had to leave Algeria in 1962, even colonizers who’d been there several generations." ca

Israeli security defends Abbas

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:00
Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor "Yoram Cohen, the head of Shin Bet,...appeared before the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset and was asked about this issue on Nov. 18. Cohen remarked that Abbas does not encourage terrorism, not openly and not “under the table.” Knesset members from the left leaked his testimony to the media. They forgot to mention the other part of his testimony, which dealt with the issue of East Jerusalem and Temple Mount. On this issue, Abbas does, in fact, show radicalization in the last few months, especially in his rhetoric." ca

Israel summons Palestinian pathologist for questioning

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "The pathologist said that the order was illegal and only a court or the general prosecutor could issued such a demand for a court session, and not a closed interrogation.Al-Aloul attended the autopsy of Yousuf Hasan al-Ramouni, 32, who was found hanged inside his bus at the Har Hotzvim terminal near Jerusalem." ca

380 Palestinians arrested by Israeli forces in last 20 days

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "Israeli forces have detained at least 380 Palestinians in raids across the West Bank and East Jerusalem over the last three weeks, including 21 early Thursday alone.The Palestinian Prisoner`s Society said in a statement on Thursday that Israeli authorities have engaged in a wide-ranging crackdown on Palestinians that has led to the arrests of nearly 200 in East Jerusalem since the beginning of November.The startling figures come amid growing instability in Jerusalem..." ca

Jewish girls attack Arabs in Jerusalem

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:00
Noam (Dabul) Dvir - Ynet News "An Arab man claims a group of Jewish girls attacked him with pepper spray in the center of Jerusalem. The incident follows the claims of an Arab taxi driver who also claimed to have been attacked by a group of girls. The incident with the cab driver took place in the city`s King Jerusalem District Police and was, according him, nationalistically motivated...Jerusalem District Police investigated the incident and then held four girls from the settlement of Yitzhar; they were found carrying two cans of pepper spray." ca

A House of God no more

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:00
Talal Jabari - +972 "What is certain from the events of the past six months is that increasingly, this conflict is stripping people of their humanity — on both sides of the divide. As a human being, I find the synagogue attack unacceptable, and even more so as a Palestinian because it just feels so familiar. As I lay there in bed reading the news, I couldn’t help but remember my childhood. I thought back to the 1990 Aqsa Mosque massacre, in which tens of Palestinians were killed and injured. I thought back to the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, when an American-Israeli surgeon gunned down dozens of Muslim worshippers as they prayed." ca

Israel`s top news channel: Gov`t asked us to show more Gaza devastation

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:00
Oren Persico - +972 "As someone who sits in front of the screen all day, I see two completely different wars,” the Channel 2 News editor explained. “There is one war that you see on BBC, CNN and all those channels, and another war that you see on [Israel’s] Channel 1, Channel 2 and Channel 10. Totally different pictures.” ca

Infighting mars memorial

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:00
Ahmed Al-Sayed - Al-Ahram "Mutual recriminations and threats between Fatah and Hamas following the explosions that targeted the homes of several Fatah leaders in Gaza and led to the cancelation of ceremonies to commemorate President Yasser Arafat have revived fears of a return to factional violence in Gaza...Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused Hamas of carrying out the bombings. “Who committed this crime? The leadership of the Hamas movement did, and it’s responsible,” Abbas shouted at a Fatah rally for Arafat in Ramallah." ca

Israeli harassment curtails access to education for Hebron girls

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 00:00
Alex Shams and Salam Muharam - Ma`an News Agency - But even Aisha was surprised the day a female soldier locked her into a small compartment near the checkpoint under the pretext of "inspection" while she was on her way back from school. The soldiers at the checkpoints see the same neighborhood kids pass back and forth on their way to school every day, and often know them by name. When the gun-toting Israeli decided to inspect her all of a sudden, Aisha began to worry.-rh

Israeli attacks on Al Quds University give new meaning to ‘academic freedom’

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 00:00
Kamilah Moore - Mondoweiss - During 2012, 2013 and 2014, the total number of attacks on Al-Quds University main campus was 31. During these attacks 2473 people were injured, 5121 teargas canisters and bullets were shot, and 276 people were called by the Israeli intelligence for investigation.-rh

Redefining Israel`s Jewish and Democratic Character Bill for a New Basic Law: Israel as the National State of the Jewish People (MK Ze`ev Elkin)

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 00:00
ACRI - Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs Sunday 16/11/2014 – Determining the Government`s Position - ACRI’s Position: Put simply – this is a particularly dangerous bill with extremely far-reaching implications. The bill as it stands would subjugate the democratic character of the State of Israel to its Jewish nature and place the democratic rights of all citizens in danger.-rh

Tense calm continues at Al-Aqsa

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - With age restrictions dropped, 40,000 Palestinians were allowed into Al-Aqsa Mosque that Friday. A few young people were ordered to temporarily surrender their ID cards to ensure that they wouldn’t participate in any violent demonstrations afterward.-rh

Right-wing Protesters Attack Art Talk in Jerusalem

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:00
Yonatan Amir & Ronen Eidelman - Hyperallergic - The night of the event, Monday, November 10, there were roughly 50 people inside to attend our event, while others were left outside after the guards locked the gates as a safety precaution. When police arrived, they recognized some of the protesters — and they suspected things may turn violent — so the police officers stayed at the scene and called for backup.-rh

How to create a terrorist : Jerusalem Skunk

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:00
Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - In the A-Tur neighborhood, the police shot skunk water at four large schools, forcing the parents of 4,500 students to leave their children at home due to the unbearable smell. “It was this past Friday, at around 5:30 p.m.,” says Khader Abu Sabitan, a member of the parents’ committee in the neighborhood. “I was on the road and saw them pass with their machine, and saw how they began shooting water at the school. I’m telling you – there was nothing there. It is Friday at 5:30 in the evening, and there was no one in the school or on the streets. Nothing. Everyone was home. They went to all four schools in the neighborhood, shot the water, and left.”-rh

Jerusalem synagogue attack puts Israel close to brink

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:00
Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Netanyahu called the attack a “cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers”. In an evening press conference he once again accused the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, of stirring tension in Jerusalem, and called on the international community to express its outrage.-rh