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An appalling error Israel simply must apologise for

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
Jenni Frazer - Times of Israel - "I am not arguing that Israel should apologise because Dr Abuelaish was a bit of a media star, but rather because there was a terrible error made, in the heat of war. There’s a waiting path here, leading to the right thing to do. Please do it." - id

Israeli Army Kills A Palestinian Teen, Injures Two Others, In Gaza

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC - "The slain Palestinian, and the wounded, were in the an-Nahda neighborhood in Rafah, when the Israeli army fired artillery shells at it. The Israeli army claimed it opened fire “on Palestinians heading towards the border fence, arousing suspicion, killing one.”" - id

Israel-funded “infiltrators” behind London campus “provocation”

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
Asa Winstanley - EI - "“It’s a violent religion” — video still shows former Israeli foreign ministry fellow Elliot Miller abusing student protesters he perceived as Muslim. An Israeli soldier’s controversial appearance at University College London (UCL) involved provocations by groups funded from Israel, a journalist for Israeli state media is alleging." - id

Is Palestinian frustration playing into Netanyahu`s strategy?

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al MOnitor - "With Palestinian frustration increasing over the hardships of the Israeli occupation, Israeli security experts keep warning of a violent breakout, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps ignoring the warnings." - id

Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
Associated Press - Ynet - "If Gaza or Lebanon`s terrorist organizations decide to go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty, as Israel draws up plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities." - id

PHOTOS: Palestinian village protests 17 years of military closure

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
Activestills - +972 - "Some 250 Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Qalqas, south of Hebron, protested on Friday against the Israeli military’s closure of their village’s main entrance, which has been in place since the Second Intifada — which started 17 years ago." - id

Collective punishment: IOF close down Palestinian’s family house with cement

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
PNN - Palestine News Network - "In addition, the cabinet had decided to not return Qunber’s body to his family. As a collective punishment measure as well, IOF had tightened restrictions over entering and leaving the town, and threatened with administrative detention anyone who shows support for the operative." - id

Dozens of Israelis and Palestinians protested in the Jerusalem Marathon

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
The Arab Daily News - "The route of the marathon as in previous years extends beyond the 1967 seam line and disrupts the lives of many Palestinians, who are not party to the celebration.Here are photos from the protests: http://thearabdailynews.com/2017/03/17/dozens-israelis-palestinians-protest-jerusalem-marathon/

Palestinians ID checked and searched during early morning incursion in Hebron souk

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
al-Khalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "Local Palestinians were ordered at gunpoint to throw their ID cards on the ground for inspection, and many were subjected to body searches and made to sit in the road." - id

What did the UN apartheid report expose in reality?

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 00:00
Mark LeVine - Al Jazeera - The most damning aspect of the new report by the UN`s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which accuses Israel of being an apartheid state, is that the authors have used the scalpel of international law and the seemingly moribund International Covenant on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid to create a new matrix of analysis of the occupation, its generative dynamics, and likely future path that will prove extremely hard for even Israel`s most ardent defenders to refute in the coming years. [bz]

Does the term `apartheid` fit Israel? Of course it does.

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 00:00
Saree Makdisi - Los Angeles Times - It`s obvious, of course, that Jewish settlements in the West Bank aren`t exactly bursting with Palestinians. But also in Israel itself hundreds of communities have been established for Jewish residents on land expropriated from Palestinians, in which segregation is maintained, for example, by admissions committees empowered to use ethnic criteria long since banned in the United States, or by the inability of Palestinian citizens to access land held exclusively for the Jewish people by the state-sanctioned Jewish National Fund. [bz]

Israeli Ministry Trying to Compile Database of Citizens Who Support BDS

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 00:00
Barak Ravid - Haaretz -  Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan wants to set up a database of Israeli citizens who are involved in promoting and supporting boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel or the settlements. But Attorney General Mendelblit told the government that the only body with the authority to collect this type of information on Israelis is the Shin Bet security service, and that “setting up such a database by collecting material on Israeli citizens would undermine their right to privacy.” [bz]

UN Removes Report Accusing Israel of The Crime Of Apartheid From Its Web Site

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 00:00
Mitchell Plitnick - The Third Way - The report makes more than a few points that I find either valid or, at the very least, troubling enough that a serious discussion about them is not only warranted, but crucial. (...) I have decided to post the report and the executive summary here. Let’s not stifle discussion, let’s not de-legitimatize debate. Let’s examine the substance of the arguments Falk and Tilley make and deal with them. [bz]

Negotiating the Arab-Israeli conflict in Rabin Square

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 00:00
Adam Rasgon - Jerusalem Post - At table 13, where Korin, Natsheh and London were sitting, the participants sat across from each other engaged in an intense but cordial exchange about mutual recognition, ending violence and freedom of movement. [bz]

Child martyred, others wounded in al-Arroub refugee camp

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 00:00
Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - Israeli forces shot two Palestinian children in the chest: Murad Yousef Abu Ghazi is dead and Saif Saleem Rushdi is critically wounded [ry]

In bid to expel Arab MK, Israel manages to break its own record

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 00:00
Orly Noy - +972 - MK Basel Ghattas will serve two years for smuggling cellphones to Palestinian security prisoners. That’s a longer sentence than the one handed down to an Elor Azaria, who executed an incapacitated Palestinian [ry]

Locals in al-Duheisha refugee camp warn of escalating violence by Israeli forces

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 00:00
Ma’an News Agency - "Detention raids in al-Duheisha [...] have become a near- daily occurrence. Due to the aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinian youth who throw stones and are met in response with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, often resulting in serious injuries" [ry]

Netanyahu on the road to self-destruction

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 00:00
Nahum Barnea - Ynet - The prime minister’s sudden concern for the Israel Broadcasting Authority workers is completely false. The only rational explanation for his conduct can be found elsewhere—in the police investigations. But even if he does decide to resign and call elections, the Knesset doesn’t have to be dissolved, and the president can task a different MK with establishing a new government [ry]

Israel and the A-Word

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 00:00
John Reynolds - CounterPunch - "There are of course differences in the modalities of Israel’s discrimination against Palestinians – depending on whether they are inside Israel, in occupied territory, or in exile. The crucial point that the UN report highlights, however, is that this is nonetheless best viewed as a single overarching institutional regime which discriminates against the Palestinian people as a whole" [ry]

FIFA delay on Israeli settlement decision fuels concern

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 00:00
Nigel Wilson - Al Jazeera - World football body will soon have to resolve the status of six Israeli football teams based in the occupied West Bank [ry]