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Meet Haggai Segal, Israel’s terrorist journalist Israel/Palestine

12 hours 42 min ago
Ira Glunts - Mondoweiss "Haggai Segal is a respected Israeli journalist. He is editor of the right-wing national religious newspaper, Makor Rishon. In 1984, Segal admitted to planting two bombs which were directed at two West Bank mayors. Segal, who was a West Bank settler in his 20s was convicted of causing grievous harm and belonging to a Jewish terrorist organization, which operated in the West Bank and Jerusalem. He received a five-year sentence, of which he served two." ca

Palestinian MK: Israeli extremist detained after death threats

12 hours 42 min ago
Ma`an News Agency - "A far-right Israeli extremist was reportedly detained after threatening the life of Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, Ayman Odeh...The reported threat on Odeh’s life came days after three MK’s, also from the Joint List, were temporarily suspended from the Knesset on Monday after visiting the families of Palestinians who were killed while carrying out attacks on Israelis." ca

U.N. rights expert accuses Israel of excessive force against Palestinians

12 hours 42 min ago
Stephanie Nebehay - Reuters "Makarim Wibisono, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, also told Israeli authorities to charge or release all Palestinian prisoners being held under lengthy administrative detention, including children."The upsurge in violence is a grim reminder of the unsustainable human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the volatile environment it engenders," he said in a final report to the Human Rights Council." ca

Israeli soldier gets 7 months after filming his abuse of Palestinian detainee

12 hours 42 min ago
Gili Cohen - Haaretz "The soldier, from the religious Netzah Yehuda Battalion, was originally indicted on four counts of abuse, but admitted two of them as part of a plea bargain agreement.One of the cases involved a detainee from the West Bank village of Safarin, who was arrested and taken to the base, near Jenin, where soldiers from the battalion served. The soldier hit the prisoner on the head, kicked him and stepped on his feet, while another soldier, who was also indicted, gave the prisoner an electric shock with a medical device.The soldier filmed the acts on his cell phone, and laughter could be heard." ca

The State of Israel is changing its nature

12 hours 42 min ago
Michel Warschawski - Alternative Information Center "Like in previous cases in modern history, the majority of people are not fascist, and even despise fascism. The problem is the lack of a sense of urgency that we need to mobilize and unite, now. In few years, it may be too late." ca

Ad Kan finds eager audience in Knesset

12 hours 42 min ago
Alternative Information Center - "The right-wing Israeli group participated in a hearing of the Knesset Education Committee to promote government censorship of Breaking the Silence...Ad Kan has risen to prominence as a result of the Uvda television show, which showed right-wing Israelis infiltrating anti-occupation activists in the South Hebron Hills to expose their alleged ties to the Palestinian Authority." ca

Former Israeli FM Director Vilified for Support of "Breaking the Silence"

12 hours 42 min ago
IMEMC News & Agencies - "Attendees of an Israeli Knesset Education Committee meeting, on Tuesday, called for the dismissal of former Foreign Ministry director Alon Liel, after the official criticized the Israeli right and supported efforts to end Israel’s ongoing military occupation...The ex-diplomat also praised members of Breaking the Silence as ”the most moral, wisest people who... were not brainwashed by right-wing messianic propaganda.” ca

Saying goodbye to Israel`s oldest dissident Zionist

12 hours 42 min ago
Avi Dabach - +972 "He was an incorrigible pessimist who saw the end of Israeli society for its sins, but in his deeds he was an optimist, almost disconnected from his sobering outlook. In this sense he remained a Zionist even when he strayed ideologically from Mapai’s Zionism of expulsions. He was a Zionist in the sense that he combined vision with forward-thinking, stubborn work without much recognition." ca

Why Herzog`s diplomatic plan looks an awful lot like apartheid

12 hours 42 min ago
Neve Gordon - +972 "Looking closely at Labor’s plan, the logic behind it becomes clear: since it is difficult to envision a Palestinian state in the foreseeable future, Israel should no longer be ashamed of putting Palestinians in Bantustans." ca

Next Onslaught in Gaza: Why the Status Quo is a Precursor for War

12 hours 42 min ago
Ramzy Baroud - Information Clearing House "After his most recent visit to Gaza, Robert Piper, UN envoy and humanitarian coordinator for the Occupied Territories, left the Strip with a grim assessment: only 859 of homes destroyed in the last war have been rebuilt. He blamed the blockade for Gaza’s suffering, but also the lack of communication between the Ramallah- based government and Hamas movement in Gaza. ca

Israel`s New McCarthyism

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Peter Dreier - American Prospect - This week, the Knesset is expected to take up a bill backed by Netanyahu and his allies that will require Israeli nongovernmental organizations that expose and challenge the government’s human rights abuses against Palestinians to register, in effect, as foreign agents. Some Israeli activists call the legislation their country’s version of McCarthyism.-rh

Today, Wednesday February 10th, 18:00 supporters will arrive at the hospital in Afula, accompanied by an ambulance and doctors, to transfer Mohammed Al-Qeeq for medical treatment in the Ramallah hospital.

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Adam Keller - gush-shalom.org - Journalist Mohammed Al-Qeeq is on the 77th day of hunger strike and fighting for his life. He has expressed his wish to move from hospital in Afula where he is currently being held without charge to the Ramallah hospital but the Israeli police refuse to allow it.-rh

West Bank Settlers’ Listings on Airbnb Draw Palestinian Anger

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Steven Erlanger - The New York Times - The Palestinian Authority has condemned the company for “effectively promoting the illegal colonization of occupied land.” Settler groups, naturally, have fought back, encouraging more residents to list their homes on the site as a new platform to promote their intention to expand the state of Israel beyond its pre-1967 lines, and guiding journalists on tours of carefully selected properties.-rh

British Doctors Demand Israel’s Expulsion From World Medical Association

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Richard Silverstein - Mint Press News - Both letters accuse Blachar, the IMA and Israeli physicians of long-term collusion with the Israeli security apparatus in the torture of Palestinian security prisoners. The doctors assert that such practices violate medical ethics and the principles of the WMA, as outlined in the group’s 1975 Tokyo Declaration.-rh

Ending Business Activity in Settlements Isn`t `Collective Punishment`

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Sarah Saadoun - Forward - Ignoring the different legal status of Palestinians and settlers, Eisner argues that the withdrawal of settlement businesses would collectively punish settlers. But these businesses should not have been providing services to the illegal settlements in the first place. Settlement businesses unavoidably contribute to Israel’s violations by facilitating the operation of settlements and contributing to Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian land and other resources. They also entrench and benefit from this discriminatory system.-rh

‘Let the one-state era begin’– Tom Friedman explains there will never be a Palestinian state

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Our politicians are living in dreamland when it comes to the Middle East, Friedman says. Start with Israel. The peace process is dead. It’s over, folks, so please stop sending the New York Times Op-Ed page editor your proposals for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. The next U.S. president will have to deal with an Israel determined to permanently occupy all the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, including where 2.5 million West Bank Palestinians live.

Palestinian government says willing to step down for unity

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
AFP - Daily Mail - The Palestinian government said on Tuesday it was ready to step down to enable a new national unity government, as rivals Fatah and Hamas engaged in a new reconciliation effort. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was "ready to resign to support the formation of a national unity government and to take every effort to achieve genuine reconciliation", a statement read. The government is the remnant of the cabinet of independent technocrats that the West Bank-based Fatah and Gaza rulers Hamas agreed on in 2014 when they announced their reconciliation-rh

Benjamin Netanyahu says he will build a fence around the whole of Israel to keep out ‘the wild beasts`

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Adam Withnall - Independent - Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to build a 15ft fence to surround the whole of Israel, saying that the country must “protect itself from wild beasts”.The Israeli Prime Minister appeared to use the extraordinary phrase – which has also been translated as “predators” – to describe both Palestinians and the people of neighbouring Arab states.-rh

Israeli bill targeting leftwing NGOs passes first hurdle

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - The legislation has been criticised as it would only affect leftwing Israeli organisations, many of which are funded by EU countries, and not rightwing NGOs, which are supported by private donations from wealthy supporters of Israel. MPs who oppose the legislation described it as “political persecution” and an erosion of Israeli democracy.-rh

How Palestine plans to shift its media strategy

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Dajani, who was also vice president for the Middle East and North Africa section at the US-based Internews Network, said that it’s basic communications to reach out to the population you represent, noting, “The job of any government communicator is to reach out and be transparent. You have to give people hope, but not false hope.”-rh