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IDF to demolish home of teen terrorist who called for more violence before attack

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 00:00
Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun, Shar Hay & AP - Ynet - New security measures were set up at the entry gates to the Temple Mount by Israel, following the deadly terrorist attack that took the lives of two Israeli police officers last week. The added security measures caused a wave of backlash in the Muslim community, with Friday night`s deadly terrorist attack carried out by al-Abed, earlier clashes with Israel Police in which three Palestinian protestors were killed, as well as wide scale protest prayers and riots around Jerusalem. [bz]

Israeli army raids, seals hometown of Palestinian assailant, detains brother

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 00:00
Ma`an - Israeli media reported that al-Abed wrote on Facebook before carrying out the attack: "I have many dreams and I believe they will come true, I love life and I love to make others happy, but what is my life when they (Israel) murder women and children and defile our Al-Aqsa?" The deadly attack took place after three Palestinians were killed -- two of them by Israeli police and one reportedly by an Israeli settler -- when large-scale civil disobedience demonstrations in Jerusalem erupted into violent clashes earlier on Friday. Hundreds more unarmed Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces, amid protests across the occupied territory against new security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem`s Old City, imposed in the wake of a deadly shoot-out at the holy site last week that left three Palestinian assailants and two Israeli officers killed. [bz]

Everything you need to know about tensions at Jerusalem`s holiest site

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00
Ir Amim - +972 "After two years absent of Palestinian mass demonstrations on or near the compound, since Sunday afternoon hundreds of Palestinians and police officers have been facing off in close quarters, in a tense political environment and record heat within the Old City. It was precisely this scenario that devolved into severe violence in 2014 and 2015." ca

Metal detectors to remain at Temple Mount

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00
Yael Freidson - Ynetnews "The Israel Police decided Friday morning that metal detectors installed at the entrance of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in response to a deadly terror attack in the area last Friday will remain in place...The decision was reached after protracted discussions held by the cabinet overnight Thursday resulted in the assignment of responsibility for removing of keeping the detectors at the site to the police." ca

Palestinian town in Israel shaken by Jerusalem killings

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "Umm al-Fahm, a city of 52,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel, lies in the Wadi Ara area. Twenty kilometers (12.5 miles) north of the West Bank city of Jenin, Umm al-Fahm is home to the northern branch of the radical Islamic Movement and its leader and former mayor of the city, Raed Salah. Three cousins who shot the two Israeli border guard police came from this city. Muhammad Ahmed Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamid Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmed Mufdal Jabarin, 19, traveled to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and carried out the shooting rampage. Shortly after the news of the attack emerged, the city council of Umm al-Fahm met and issued a statement calling on the town’s citizens to remain calm." ca

PFLP slams Hamas, Fatah for putting politics over lives of Palestinians in Gaza

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) a left- wing Palestinian political faction, released statements on Thursday, criticizing both the Hamas and Fatah movements for the ongoing punitive measures that the two factions have taken against each other in recent weeks amidst a deepening political crisis." ca

Why is UN pushing for Gaza’s surrender?

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00
Maureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada "...what the report actually does is reveal how the UN has apparently aligned with Israel and its international backers in pushing for Gaza’s total surrender to its tormentors.This is made evident with the background context provided in the report which frames Israel’s economic blockade on Gaza as the response to Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, which Piper’s report perversely describes as a “coup.” ca

Two Million Gazans Swelter in the Dark

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00
Mohammed Omer - Washington Report on Middle East Affairs "The unremitting electric blackouts—sometimes for as long as 20 to 22 hours a day—along with ill-equipped hospitals and closed borders, mean that many people in Gaza literally face death as a result of Israel’s collective punishment." ca

J Street, a Reliable Foe of BDS, Urges Congress to Oppose Israel Anti-Boycott Act For Now

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00
Zaid Jilani - The Intercept "...the bill has an unlikely opponent.J Street, founded in late 2007 to promote a two-state solution, opposes the Israeli occupation and general treatment of the Palestinians, but also has refused to endorse the Palestinian-led nonviolent boycott movement. Its activists regularly find themselves at odds with left-wing groups such as Jewish Voices for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine who view BDS as the best way to end the occupation of the Palestinians. Thus J Street often lobbies in favor of anti-BDS legislation.However, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act is a step too far for even these reliable opponents of BDS." ca

Saving Israel by Ending the Occupation

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:00
Jessica Montell - Palestine-Israel Journal - What is striking is the absence of Israeli public awareness and discussion regarding the effects of the occupation on Israeli society. This is the rationale behind SISO, a new movement whose name stands for Save Israel, Stop the Occupation. SISO is a partnership of Israelis and Diaspora Jews, founded to leverage this 50th year to serve as a catalyst for real change.-rh

Sensing an opportunity, Israel targets UNRWA and the Palestinian right of return

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:00
Ben White - MEMO - UNRWA has long been a bךte noire of Israeli politicians and pro-Israel advocacy groups, who in recent years have attacked the agency over allegations of ‘incitement’ in schools, employees’ social media posts, and claims of compromised neutrality during Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. Such complaints – which have lacked in substance and accuracy – are, however, primarily proxy targets for the fundamental reason why UNRWA is so despised: in the words of Netanyahu, “by its very existence”, the agency “perpetuates – and does not solve – the Palestinian refugee problem”. So, what does Netanyahu mean? To unpack this further, consider this piece written by fellows at right-wing institute Middle East Forum, praising Netanyahu’s call for the dismantling of UNRWA.-rh

When Gaza has no power, we all swim in sewage

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:00
Hagai El-Ad - +972 - As Netanyahu drinks water from a new Israeli mobile desalination technology with the visiting Indian prime minister, Israel’s actual desalination plant, planted firmly next to Gaza, stares down the consequences of Israel’s disastrous policies: raw sewage flowing its way.-rh

The History of Anti-Arab Sentiment Is Too Deep, the Pain Too Real

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:00
James J. Zogby - LobeLog - A week ago, a pro-Israel media monitoring group accused me of making “an unsubstantiated charge that Israel supporters are responsible” for discrimination, hate crimes, and the political exclusion of Arab Americans. Because this issue is so important to Arab Americans and because some hardline pro-Israel groups refuse to acknowledge their role in harming my community, I am obliged to respond with a few examples representing just the tip of the iceberg of painful acts of defamation, discrimination, exclusion, threats, and violence.-rh

Israeli-Palestinian water deal could chart course for further talks

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:00
Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - An agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on the Red Sea-Dead Sea canal project could build some trust between the sides, but the Palestinians are leery of any impact from it going into negotiations.-rh

MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT: PALESTINIANS URGE `DAY OF RAGE` AS ISRAEL IMPOSES HOLY SITE MEASURES AFTER ATTACK

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:00
Jack Moore - Newsweek - The Palestinian Fatah party, led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called for a "Day of Rage" on Wednesday to protest new Israeli security measures at the contested Jerusalem holy site after a deadly shooting attack that killed two policemen last week. Israel closed the site on Friday after three Arab-Israeli citizens from the northern city of Umm al-Fahm carried out a shooting attack near the entrance to the site known as the Temple Mount to Jews, and the Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, to Muslims.Israeli authorities reopened the compound to Muslims on Sunday, and non-Muslims on Monday, but with extra security measures, such as metal detectors. The city`s police said it was a necessary requirement for the site to open.-rh

Gaza on Verge of Collapse as Israel Sends 2.2M People "Back to Middle Ages" in Electricity Crisis

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:00
Democracy Now - Israeli-imposed restrictions have limited electricity in Gaza to barely four hours a day, creating a humanitarian catastrophe for its 2 million residents. In 2012, the World Health Organization warned that Gaza would be uninhabitable by 2020. The U.N. now says the area has already become unlivable, with living conditions in Gaza deteriorating faster than expected. We go directly to Gaza to speak with Raji Sourani, an award-winning human rights lawyer and director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza. We also speak with Tareq Baconi, author of the forthcoming book, "Hamas Contained: The Rise & Pacification of Palestinian Resistance." He is a policy fellow at Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network.-rh

Palestinian succession gets more complicated

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Hopes that Saeb Erekat, the head of the Palestinian negotiating team, would succeed President Mahmoud Abbas have been dashed by news that Erekat has to undergo an urgent lung transplant, thus further complicating the Palestinian political scene.-rh

The children of Nabi Saleh in Israeli prisons: a conversation with Bassem Tamimi

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:00
Richard Hardigan - Mondoweiss - The demonstrations in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh began in December of 2009. The villagers have been protesting against the theft of a local spring by the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, but it has also been a battle against the Occupation in general. The Israeli authorities have responded to the protests in brutal fashion. In addition to three deaths and countless injuries over the years, the treatment of children has been particularly horrifying.-rh

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:00
Glenn Greenwald - The Intercept - THE CRIMINALIZATION OF political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the west. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing t-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal. On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro- Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech. But now, a group of 43 Senators – 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats – want to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: anyone guilty of violating its prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000, and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.-rh

Welcome: A letter from Mahmoud Darwish

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:00
Mahmoud Darwish - The Electronic Intifada - "The English translation of his 2008 letter features as the opening piece of This Is Not a Border, a newly published collection of essays, diaries and poems marking a decade of PalFest. Darwish’s letter appears online here for the first time." - id