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Turkish plan for Jenin industrial zone moves forward

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "It was agreed upon in the memorandum that Turkish-Palestinian cooperation would be pursued in order to activate the work of the numerous industrial zones in Palestine, especially in Jenin." ca

Dreaming Palestinian Identity

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:00
Esra Karakaya - IMEMC "The exhibition incorporated various Palestinian artists who worked on the concept of Palestinian dream (“manam”)...Spanning different mediums such as paintings, installations, video, sound and sculptures, the exhibition concept centered on the Palestinian narrative which, according to the Qalandiya program, is attempting “to document an alternative Palestine, one which lives in people`s minds”.ca

UNRWA: Severe Flooding in Gaza, State of Emergency Declared

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:00
IMEMC News & Agencies - ""The flooding is exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza caused by blockade and the unprecedented destruction from the latest Israeli offensive," the agency posted on Facebook." ca

Makassed Hospital Celebrates Training Silver Jubilee and Graduation of 28 Specialist Doctors

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:00
PNN - "Dr. Hidmi said that "Makassed Hospital is considered a success story for this steadfast people", noting that "the successive administrative boards developed and improved the Hospital`s services, turning it into the main referral hospital for the whole of Palestine, and an outstanding teaching hospital for medical students at Palestinian universities, particularly the University of Jerusalem"." ca

EU Parliament: Palestinian recognition can be delivered through EU common position

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:00
PNN - "A coordinated EU "common position" could deliver the recognition of a Palestinian state, the European Parliament was told on Wednesday 26 November in a debate called by the Socialist and Democrat (S & D) Group of MEPs." ca

Israeli occupation stoking ‘holy war’ in Jerusalem

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:00
Jonathan Cook - Mondoweiss "Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, cautioned that Israel’s intensified efforts to extend its control over the Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, including by imposing severe restrictions on Muslim worship, risked plunging the region into “a detrimental religious war”...But despite these warnings, the Israeli government announced it was drafting a law that would ban Muslim guards on the esplanade, making it yet easier for Jews to visit." ca

`Terrorism` bill born of nation state law

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:00
Sergio Yahni - AIC "Knesset coalition chairman, MK Yariv Levin (Likud), proposed an eight-step plan to deal with the recent wave of Palestinian social unrest in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. The plan aims to allow Israeli forces to crack down on Palestinian activists, referred to as “terrorists” in the bill, as well as their families and supporters." ca

New Arabic site provides Israeli news by Jewish, Arab reporters

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:00
Mazal Mualem - Al Monitor "Meir, a 35-year-old resident of Tel Aviv and former Arab affairs correspondent for Israel Army Radio, heads a web-based journalism initiative that targets the large audience of Arabic speakers. The goal is to bring reporting and voices from Israel into the Arab world without censorship and to become a source of credible, up-to-the-minute and direct information about the complex and stormy reality of Israel." ca

Netanyahu`s xenophobia: Bad in America, bad in Israel

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:00
Larry Derfner - +972 "In April 2002 he spoke to a Dallas audience at an event sponsored by the National Center for Policy Analysis. Washington Post columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. wrote, “The idea was to get Americans to feel Israel’s pain. But, as a Mexican American in the audience, all I felt was nauseated." ca

Israel Narrows Its Democracy

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:00
Editorial Board - NYT "Israel’s courts and laws have consistently defined Israel as “Jewish and democratic,” giving equal weight to both, and on paper, at least, the Arab Israelis who constitute about a fifth of the population have full rights. To go back and emphasize nationality and religion in defining the country, moreover, runs counter to the long-term movement among liberal democracies toward a more inclusive vision of a state." ca

Will Greater Israel Transform Into Greater Palestine?

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 00:00
Henry Siegman - Huffington Post - It is a perspective that accounts for the insensitivity of so many Jewish Israelis to the fact that this latest tragedy occurred only weeks after Israel`s incineration of large parts of Gaza, in which 2,200 Palestinians, mostly non-combatants, including over 500 children, were obliterated, a carnage that a majority of Israelis wanted Netanyahu to continue; to the never-ending assassinations of civilians inside Gaza found anywhere near the fence that imprisons them; to the daily deprivations and humiliations inflicted on West Bank and East Jerusalem Palestinians; and to the assaults by the hilltop youths on Palestinian mosques, homes and olive groves in the West Bank that go unpunished.-rh

Debunking Netanyahu’s propaganda on Jerusalem

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00
Micha Kurz - Mondoweiss - This short piece of inflammatory propaganda above has been circulated by the Israeli Prime Minister’s office. It is dangerous and should be explained and put into context urgently.-rh

Jailed Palestinian leader calls for armed resistance

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Efforts to release Barghouti, whose face adorns the Israeli wall at the strategic Qalandia checkpoint, are on the increase. The Guardian ran an op-ed by former UK Labour Party member of parliament Martin Linton, where he argued that Barghouti could be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela. “If Israel is really serious about peace, it will release Barghouti — the one man uniquely placed to negotiate an agreement,” he argued.-rh

Israelis assault Palestinian worker in Jerusalem

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - Islam Ubeid, 25, told Ma`an that the incident started when he parked his truck in the Givat Shaul neighborhood and stepped out for a break. He said two Israelis approached him and started to verbally abuse him, telling him to move his truck away.-rh

Anti-Arab incitement grips Israel : The sharp rise in racially motivated attacks compounds the hardships facing Palestinians in Israel.

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00
Patrick Strickland - Aljazeera - The apparent uptick in racially motivated harassment and vigilante attacks compounds the already difficult reality for Palestinians in Israel, who make up some 20 percent of the total population. Overcrowding, government neglect and economic marginalisation plague Palestinian communities in cities, towns, and villages spanning the country.-rh

Israeli president opposes proposed law to give ‘national rights’ to Jews only : Critics say ‘Jewish nation-state’ bill would diminish freedoms of minorities and give ammunition to enemies abroad

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00
Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, has voiced his strong opposition to a controversial proposed new law that would define “national rights” in Israel as reserved for Jews only.-rh

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is NOT a Religious Struggle

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00
Don Wagner, Friends of Sabeel north America, Dr. Hatem Bazian, Amrtican Muslim for Palestine, Rabbi Alissa Wise, Jewish Voice for Peace -Action Alert - The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a political struggle and needs a political solution: period. Let’s tell John Kerry not to pass the buck.-rh

Israel`s home demolitions fail to deter violence

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00
Ylenia Gostoli - Almonitor - EU states and human rights groups including Human Rights Watch have called on the Israeli government to halt the practice, which they say amounts to collective punishment, a war crime under international humanitarian law. B’Tselem argues the policy constitutes a punitive measure rather than a deterrent, and that irrespective of effectiveness “it contravenes basic moral standards by punishing people for the misdeeds of others.”-rh

One Rule, Two Legal Systems: Israel’s Regime of Laws in the West Bank : A New Report from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00
ACRI - The ‘One Rule, Two Legal Systems‘ report reviews the prevailing legal situation in the West Bank under Israeli rule, and explains how decades of “temporary” military rule have given rise to two separate and unequal systems of law that discriminate between the two population groups living in the one territory – Israelis and Palestinians. The legal differentiation is not restricted to security or criminal matters, but touches upon almost every aspect of daily life.-rh

Israel’s Model of Political Despair in Jerusalem

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00
Jonathan Cook -Countercurrents - Relations between Israelis and Palestinians have descended into a dangerous melee of tit-for-tat attacks and killings, with the violence of the past few weeks centred on Jerusalem. The city, claimed by Israel as its “undivided capital”, has been torn apart by clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian residents since the summer, when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by Jewish extremists.-rh