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Chris Hedges Discusses Israeli Occupation With Israeli Journalist Amira Hass (Video)

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
Chris Hedges - TruthDig "Chris Hedges goes inside Israel and the occupied territories with Amira Hass in this week’s episode of “On Contact.” ca

Rights groups urge Saudi Arabia removal from UN Human Rights Council

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
Youtube - VIDEO "Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have joined forces calling for the removal of Saudi Arabia from the United Nations Human Rights Council not only because of violations of human rights at home, but also due to the indiscriminate airstrikes in Yemen that have killed hundreds of civilians, including women and children." ca

27 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
Youtube - VIDEO - "A group of Palestinian prisoners have decided to launch a hunger strike in support of a fellow prisoner. Bilal Kayed was put under administrative detention on the day he was supposed to be released. Kayed has been on a hunger strike for over two weeks and is in critical condition." ca

Islamic State and Jordan

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
Ahmed Eleiba - Al-Ahram "It appears that developments affecting IS in Syria and Iraq may conspire with political and economic developments inside Jordan to pave the way for more and even fiercer attacks bent on weakening and destabilising the Jordanian kingdom. Although IS is waning in neighbouring countries, analysts fear an inversely proportional trend in Jordan." ca

Egypt to open Rafah crossing for five days starting Wednesday

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
PNN/ Gaza - "We have been informed by the Egyptian side that they will open the crossing for five days from Wednesday to Monday, except on Friday,” Gaza’s border crossing authority said in a statement...AA added that according to the border authority, the number of Gazans now waiting to cross stands at some 28,000, most of whom seek medical treatment abroad or who are studying at universities overseas." ca

Israeli confiscation of land shows 440% increase in 2016

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
PNN/ Bethlehem - "Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) revealed in a report issued Tuesday that Israeli authorities confiscated since the beginning of the year 7,773 acres of Palestinian-owned lands, recording an increase by 439% in comparison with last year where 1,442 acres were seized." ca

Under occupation, Palestinian teens are always killed by `mistake`

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
Hagai El-Ad - +972 "More occupation means killing more Palestinian teenagers, since their blood is cheap and we have the power, the weapons, and the law at our disposal. More occupation means demolishing more homes and stealing more land. It means more families who will wake up in the middle of the night, more children who will grow up without running water or classrooms, more dispossession and violence — and all this with the rubber stamp of our legal system. The occupation is everything we are able to physically see: walls, soldiers, dead Palestinians." ca

The view from Gaza: ‘The Turkish government has sold us out and wants us to be grateful’

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
Haidar Eid - Mondoweiss "To put it mildly, we are dismayed and angered as must be the families of the 10 victims of the Mavi Marmara incident. This deal leaves us under a hermetic, medieval siege that amounts to what the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe calls “incremental genocide.” Needless to say that the deal also violates the boycott guidelines which Palestinians civil society issued in 2005. In fact, it is not unlike normalizing diplomatic and economic ties with South African apartheid." ca

Palestinian teen killed after stabbing Israeli girl to death in Hebron-area settlement

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - " A Palestinian teenager was killed on Thursday morning in an Israeli settlement in the southern occupied West Bank after carrying out an attack against a 13-year-old Israeli girl who later succumbed to her wounds, as one other Israeli was wounded in the case." ca

US donates $52 million to UNRWA in West Bank and Gaza

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agnecy - "United States Consul-General to Jerusalem Donald Blome announced on Thursday a contribution of $51.6 million from the United States to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza.The donation was a response to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’s (UNRWA) 2016 Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory, at a “critical” time when representatives said refugees were in dire need of assistance. " ca

Israel`s stop-and-frisk law `blatant racism` : The recent legislation is a form of collective punishment towards Jerusalem and its youth, rights groups say.

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00
Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera - According to the law, soldiers can inspect any individual, in specific locations, without having to answer for their actions. This has resulted in what rights groups describe as "openly racist" treatment towards Palestinians who are being body searched, sometimes aggressively, based solely on their appearance. "Any Palestinian who is passing by is subject to being searched. Israeli soldiers would make them stand from between 15 minutes to an hour. It is not just that they search them - but the way they are being searched is humiliating," said Nisreen Allayan, the lawyer for the East Jerusalem project at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.-rh

Ramadan soup kitchen offers brief respite to Gaza`s poor

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00
Sakher Abou El Oun - The Daily Star - In her modest home in the Gaza Strip, Sahar Sherif’s family watches as she ladles out a broth of meat and vegetables for a rare heart-warming meal.For just a month of the year, a soup kitchen in the Palestinian enclave is offering struggling families like Sherif’s a welcome break from daily worries about where they will find their next meal.-rh

How media blackout on Hebron shooter trial will undermine IDF

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00
Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - Azaria’s trial will also have enormous importance in the battle over the country’s values. Furthermore, the judges could decide that there were expedient circumstances behind his decision to shoot and kill a neutralized attacker. But if the court accepts the prosecution’s request and the important testimonies are delivered behind closed doors, the court will be betraying its own role in the process and contribute to further blurring the boundaries between what is moral and what is political.-rh

Yehuda Glick Brings Extreme Vision of Temple Mount to the Knesset — With an Affable Touch

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00
Naomi Zeveloff - Forward - Even so, Glick’s Knesset seat now gives him a bigger platform from which to spread his ideas about Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. Once thought of as the domain of right-wing nationalists, the Temple Mount prayer issue has evolved under Glick into a cause wrapped in the mantle of civil rights. In Glick’s discourse, Jews and Muslims deserve the chance to worship equally on the site. By framing his immediate goal as one of equal prayer, a seemingly liberal concept, Glick has widened the appeal of what was once a fringe movement.-rh

The racial profiling Trump so admires doesn`t even work in Israel

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Does screening really serve the fight against terror, or do the humiliation and discrimination sow hatred and alienation that generate fury and violence? Can Israel, as Trump said, serve as a success story of the racial screening model, or is the conservative millionaire perhaps like a doctor who prescribes medication that worsens the condition of his patient?.-rh

Youngest administrative detainee Hamza Hammad ordered to four more months in prison without charge

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00
Samidoun - The Israeli administrative detention order against Palestinian boy, Hamza Hammad, was renewed on Monday, 27 June for an additional four months. Hammad, 16, from Silwad near Ramallah, has been imprisoned without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence since 28 February 2016.-rh

The unrecognized village of Al-Araqib demolished for 100th time

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00
Mairav Zonszein - +972 - Israeli security forces demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 100th time Wednesday morning. It was the second demolition during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, taking place while residents were fasting. The first demolition in the village took place almost exactly six years ago, on July 27, 2010.-rh

Documentary About ‘The Settlers’ Shows Them as Israeli Left Wants To See Them

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00
Yitz Landes - Forward - Shimon Dotan’s recent documentary, “The Settlers,” currently attracting a lot of attention in Israel, is painfully beautiful. Dotan’s shots capture both the beauty of the West Bank and the complexity of the geopolitics that are tragically tearing it apart. Along with the fantastic production, Dotan’s skills as an interviewer present the settlers, an often-misunderstood segment of Israeli society, to a wide audience. Yet the film has much more to teach us about the dogma of left-wing Israelis than it does about settlers.-rh

Israel’s security figures take aim at hard-line Netanyahu

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00
Dan Perry and Josef Federman - Boston Globe - On Tuesday, a group representing more than 200 retired leaders in Israel’s military, police, Mossad spy service, and Shin Bet security agency presented a plan to help end the half-century occupation of the Palestinians through unilateral steps, including disavowing claims to over 90 percent of the West Bank and freezing Jewish settlement construction in such areas.-rh

Turning entire Palestinian villages invisible

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00
Umar al-Ghubari - +972 - Standing on the “Ayalon Valley Lookout,” the villages of Beit Sira, Beit Liqya, Kharbatha, Beit Ur al-Fuka, Beit Ur al-Tahta and Safa are in front of your eyes on the opposite mountain range. They are visible even more clearly than are Modi’in and Shaalabim, which you can see only by craning your neck to the north and to the south. The colonizer fails to see the natives, even though they are right there before him. The sign tells you to look at the view, and to fail to see the Palestinian; to see a purely Jewish landscape. Ignore the rest. Or better yet, make it unseen.-rh