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What Israel`s Chief of Staff Is Worried About — No, It`s Not Iran

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
J.J.Goldberg - Forward - What most concerns the military in the short range is the likelihood of renewed flare-ups within the next few years with the heavily armed Islamist militias on Israel’s northern and southern borders, Hezbollah and Hamas. Eizenkot, who took command February 15, is trying to direct every possible resource toward reorganization, reinforcement and intensified training of the army’s ground forces, which will be called on to bear the brunt of that fighting if — or rather, when — it resumes.-rh

Lawyer: Abandoned West Bank church compound was not sold to settlers

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - Israeli news source Haaretz reported Friday that right-wing Israeli Aryeh King had purchased the abandoned church compound from the church`s owners three years ago in order to build a settlement outpost. However, local sources refuted the report, saying that such a sale had not been made and that the current owners are in fact carrying out refurbishments to turn the compound into a hostel.-rh

Military forces 7 Palestinian communities in Jordan Valley to evacuate homes for maneuvers

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
B`Tselem - B’Tselem’s research indicates that on 29 and 30 April 2015 representatives of the Civil Administration (CA) served temporary evacuation orders to some sixty families, numbering some 410 people including approximately 120 minors, in seven Palestinian communities in the northern Jordan Valley. The orders required some families to leave their homes and property for periods of three to twelve hours. Other families were required to evacuate their homes for several hours a day, for several days running. The evacuation was ordered for a military maneuver in the area.-rh

Besieged in Gaza from birth to death

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Dan Cohen - Mondoweiss - Leila Najjar is 25 years old and six months pregnant. She and her husband Mohammed Sulaiman want to be together for their child’s birth. But she may not see him for years. That’s because Najjar lives in Gaza and her husband is studying in Adelaide, Australia. Israeli authorities won’t let Najjar pass through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing or the Egyptian-controlled Rafah crossing to join Sulaiman, 25, in Australia.-rh

Israel seizes 790 Palestinian firms in Jerusalem

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Middle East Monitor - According to Al-Tafakji, the recent ongoing Israeli measures regarding the so-called "Absentee Property Law" is the Israeli tool used to target Palestinian properties owned by Palestinians living outside Jerusalem.-rh

Palestinian Festival of Literature begins tonight!

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Yasmin El-Rifae - Mondoweiss - In a few days, over a dozen writers will arrive in Ramallah from different parts of the world to take part in the Palestine Festival of Literature, which I help organize. It is a traveling roadshow that puts on public literary events featuring Palestinian and visiting writers in different cities in the evenings. Over the course of the week, it also aims to show writers something of Palestinian histories and present-day realities. A lot of time is spent on the road, traveling in and around the geography of occupation: the checkpoints, walls, and segregated motorways.-rh

Jibril Rajoub confident FIFA will vote on expelling Israel

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - “Our issue with the Israelis is not only about the movement of our players. We can’t accept that the Israeli Football Association includes five clubs from settlements and the racism in Israeli stadiums,” Rajoub said. Israeli soccer teams and their fans act and tolerate a high level of racism against Arabs in the stadiums. FIFA has a strong policy against racism and conducts campaigns to root it out of the game.-rh

Another violent attack on Palestinian family

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
International Solidarity Movement - These are just examples from an endless series of attacks, where the Israeli army and the settlers [living in illegal settlements under international law], work hand in hand to continue this silent form of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. Hashem has tried to go to court many times to seek justice for his family, but he hasn’t even been able to come close to anything resembling this term.-rh

The two-state solution is dead: Just ask Israel`s own ministers.

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Mehdi Hasan - Aljazeera - "It is time to acknowledge that the peace process, as we know it, is dead. There is no longer a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict." I wrote these words in 2009. Yet, six years later, most of the West`s leading politicians and pundits - especially of the liberal/left variety - continue to stick their heads in the proverbial sand, refusing to acknowledge this inconvenient truth.-rh

Israel launches Gaza air strikes after rocket attack : No casualties reported on either side, and Hamas reportedly arrests Islamic Jihad members behind attack

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Reuters - The Guardian - Israeli warplanes hit back early on Wednesday, striking four “terror infrastructures” in the southern Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said. Gaza residents said the targets included training camps used by Islamic Jihad militants.-rh

Students protest article in book edited by Dr. Azmi Bishara

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
AIC - The article in question is not even written by Bishara, but is a Hebrew-language translation of an article by German philosopher Immanuel Kant. [bz]

Dutch textbook: Jewis militias murdered Arabs. Begin was a terrorist

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Itamar Eichner, Hillel Posek - Ynet - "Why do they show a picture of a tank from the year 2000 for a section about 1948?" father of angry pupil Barak Gorani asked the Israeli Embassy, which says it was examining whether there was distortion of facts "or even incitement". [bz]

After capturing Haifa, Ben-Gurion gave order to stop fleeing Arabs from returning

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Ofer Aderet - Haaretz - On April 22, 1948, when Haifa was captured by the Haganah (the Yishuv`s military forces), the Grand Mufti instructed Haifa’s Arab residents to leave rather than accept the terms of surrender. Shabtai Levy, the city’s first Jewish mayor, appealed to local leaders, asking them not to leave. About a month later Ben Gurion called for preventing Arab residents from returning to their homes. [bz]

Hamas: We arrested Gaza rocket launchers

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Elior Levy - Ynet - Hamas source tells Ynet rocket fire is `against the interests of the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip,` noting there are mediation efforts underway in attempt to calm situation [bz]

Gaza Has Highest Unemployment Rate: World Bank Report

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Paul Goldman - NBC News - Numbers "fail to portray the degree of suffering of Gaza`s citizens due to poor electricity and water and sewerage availability, war-related psychological trauma, limited movement, and other adverse effects of wars and the blockade." [bz]

The Ministry of Economic Defense

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Gisha - Gaza Gateway - Ten years after the implementation of the disengagement plan, Israel’s Ministry of Defense has wide discretion to determine the bottom line on the monthly balance sheet of your average private entrepreneur from Gaza and it appears to have nothing at all to do with security. [bz]

Saeb Erekat on Mr. Netanyahu’s Statement regarding “Two-State Solution”

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Saeb Erekat - PLO - To have meaningful negotiations ending the occupation that began in 1967, Netanyahu should recognize a Palestinian State on the 1967 border and honor Israel’s obligations including a halt of settlement construction and the release of the Palestinian prisoners. [bz]

Israel orders wife of Palestinian jailed for Facebook comments expelled from Jerusalem

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Patrick Strickland - Electronic Intifada - With Omar in prison, Muna is the sole parent taking care of their six children, who are aged 7-22 years old. The order does not specify the “security threat” that his wife poses — she has not been accused of any crime — by remaining in their family’s home. [bz]

France works to restart talks toward Israeli-Palestinian peace

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Uri Savir - AlMonitor - To unblock the peace process, an international proposal must be put on the parties` table. For the moment, however, it seems that too much attention is unfortunately being paid by the United States and the European Union to the domestic political predicaments of the conflict parties. [bz]

Israel drawing up `wish list` of US sweetners over Iran deal

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Alex Fishman - Ynet - Resigned to fact that deal will be signed, Jerusalem is eyeing huge arms deals US has with Gulf States, and wants a larger aid package. [bz]