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A Jewish and democratic state – how to live with the oppression of the minority and still feel good

20 hours 56 min ago
Shmuel Amir - the only way to turn Israel into a democratic state that cannot be undermined is simple: expel all the Palestinians from here. Then there will be no one left to discriminate against, to marginalize and from whom to deny rights generally. We will remain here by ourselves to be as democratic as we want with ourselves. Surely it should be clear that as long as there are Arabs among us we will be unable to be a democratic state, even if we want to be. Our entire past proves that. gm

Detainee Jawareesh Starts Hunger Strike Demanding Ending Violations, Constant Transfers

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 00:00
IMEMC - "Mohammad Hamida, the head of the Association of Palestinian Prisoners called on international human rights and legal groups to intervene and stop the constant and escalating violations against the detainees, and the illegal policies of medical neglect, which recently claimed the life of detainee Yasser Hamdouni." id

Israel police target Palestinian Balad party in arrests

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 00:00
Zena Tahhan - Al Jazeera - "Six party members and activists, including party chairman Awad Abdel Fattah, remain in police custody, while at least 29 others were released after varying periods of interrogation." - id

Reduced to a number – robbing Palestinians of their humanity

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 00:00
al-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Imagine ‘loosing’ your identity to a foreign occupying army not only taking your land, but attempting to take your personality, your identity, your whole existence; reducing you to a simple number on a piece of paper, stripping you of your humanity." - id

Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian School for 4th Time

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 00:00
IMEMC - " The school is located in area C of the West Bank, between the illegal settlements of Ma’ale Adumim and Qedar: an area that has been marked by the Israeli authorities as Area E1, site of the planned expansion of Ma’ale Adumim in order to create territorial contiguity between the settlement and Jerusalem." - id

Netanyahu’s “happy talk” campaign to destroy peace

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 00:00
Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Benjamin Netanyahu has done everything possible to destroy the peace process and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian State, but cleverly disguises his nation’s brutality with “happy talk” and disingenuous pleas for I“peace.”" - id

Not just Amona: Thousands of settlement homes face possible evacuation

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 00:00
Oded Shalom, Elisha Ben-Kimon - Ynet - "Many buildings it turns out were built on private rather than state- owned lands, making them illegal; project shows how complicated settling West Bank settlement issue is." - id|

Abbas discusses French initiative with Socialist Party delegation

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 00:00
WAFA - "Hamdallah briefed the delegation on Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, particularly home demolitions and violations against prisoners." - id

Why is Congress fighting Netanyahu’s battle?

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "US senators are pressuring the Obama administration to follow policies toward the Palestinians that match those favored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu." - id

IDF C972 -ensor redacts -1 in 5 articles it reviews for publication

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 00:00
Haggai Matar - +972 - "The Israeli military censor has redacted, in full or in part, over 17,000 articles since 2011."..."the new IDF Censor is attempting to redact already-published information with alarming frequency." - id

Bennett: US election period is ‘opportunity’ to annex parts of West Bank

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 00:00
Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - “I see this as a period of opportunity to take action with regard to the future of Judea and Samaria,” the Education Minister told Israel Radio. [bz]

Don`t Call Us `Israeli Arabs`: Palestinians in Israel Speak Out

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 00:00
Sam Bahour - epalestine blog (also in Haaretz) - For over half a century, Israel has preferred the designation Israeli Arabs, focusing on their Israeliness and attempting to obliterate any trace of their Palestinian identity. Among Palestinians in exile or the West Bank, they’re referred to as ‘48ers, referring to the year of the Nakba, or as those living “on the inside,” meaning inside the 1949 armistice line, better known as the Green Line. Now, a new cohort of Palestinian thinkers inside Israel writing 68 years after the Nakba reaffirm that they are not just Arabs, but Palestinian Arabs, and that while they may be “in Israel,” they are not Israel’s: they are their own masters. [bz]

Let the Women’s Flotilla reach the Port of Gaza!

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 00:00
Gush Shalom - Gush Shalom calls upon the government to allow the Women’s Flotilla which sailed from Barcelona to reach the shores of Gaza. There should be no repetition of the shameful images of Israeli commandos brutally boarding and taking over vessels on the open sea and using Taser guns against international peace activists - images which are a disgrace to the State of Israel and its citizens. [ak]

`Not Done With Life Yet`

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 00:00
Alice S. Yousef - Review of Wafa Darwish`s autobiography, "Not Done With Life Yet", for "This Week in Palestine - Wafa Darwish had to contend not only with the general situation of growing up under Israeli occupation, but also with the personal tragedy of gradually losing her eyesight.(...) Far from the classic romanticization frequently associated with writings about Palestine, and far from political diction and jargon, the book is written in a simple manner, narrated as if spoken, and packed with action and movement. There’s a whiff of every place: the jasmine of summer and taste the mujadara made for friends in Lebanon. Despite extensive losses, bitterness rarely exists, and the tone of the writing tends to be lighthearted, at times even funny.[ak]

For an Economic Boycott and Political Nonrecognition of the Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 00:00
Todd Gitlin, Peter Beinart, Peter Brooks, Michael Walzer, Edward Witten, et al. - The New York Review of Books - We believe that [the] so-called Green Line, as defined by the 1949 armistice, should be the starting point for negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian parties on future boundaries between two states. To promote such negotiations, we call for a targeted boycott of all goods and services from all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories. [bz]

`Vancouver wine stores are on the wrong side of history!`

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 00:00
Boycott Israeli Wines (Canada) - "Don`t Drink with Apartheid!" Vancouver activists came out in the rain to support BDS (despite all attempts to silence them) and to call upon Liquor Stores in British Columbia that by selling Israeli wines they are on the wrong side of history. [ak]

Why I`ll be on the Gaza flotilla this Jewish New Year

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 00:00
Orly Noy - +972 Magazine - In the days set by Jewish tradition for introspection and forgiveness, I am reminded that as an Israeli citizen I am responsible for the disaster and tragedy befalling the people of Gaza. I am reminded of one girl, Muna, whom I saw in a film by Gaza-based director Fida Qishta: bombings, white phosphorous, children’s bodies, more bombings, cruel and arbitrary attacks on fisherman, gunfire at farmers whose land is too close to the no-go zone, a father harrowingly calling for his son among the wreckage, and a 10-year-old girl, Muna, who accompanies Qishta throughout almost the entire movie, pointing out the location where the people she knew were killed. [ak]

What Did Clinton and Trump Say About the Middle East?

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 00:00
Allison Kaplan Sommer - Haaretz - None of the moderator’s questions touched directly on Israel or the Palestinian conflict at all - a telling fact in itself. Trump did drop Netanyahu`s name once, in connection with Iran, Clinton chose not to mention her meeting with him. The nuclear deal with Iran and ISIS were the Middle East topics in the debate. Trump hotly claimed that he had opposed the invasion of Iraq, but asserted that once already there the US should have left some 10,000 to 15,000 soldiers in Iraq and kept control of the Iraqi oil, and on the other hand he also asserted that the US spent far too much money in the Middle East. Clinton said that the most secret part of Trump`s plan to defeat ISIS is that he does not have any plan. [ak]

East Jerusalem Palestinian released after serving 18 years in Israeli custody

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 00:00
Ma`an - Ibrahim al-Abbasi, a 55-year-old father of four, was greeted by hundreds upon his arrival in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. However, Israeli forces then raided the area where the reception was held. [bz]

In latest Cases of Travel Ban; Israeli Authorities Prevent Nadia Abu Nahla from Travelling for Medical Treatment

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 00:00
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Israeli forces decision to prevent Nadia Abu Nahla (al-Bakri) (52), a cancer patient, from travelling via Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing to receive medical treatment in Tel Hashomer Hospital.[bz]