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The Jerusalem Anomaly

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00
Nir Hasson - PALESTINE-ISRAEL JOURNAL - Today’s Jerusalem is a place of administrative and governmental anomaly, where residents of the eastern half of the city do not have the same status, benefits, or public systems.-rh

MORE PALESTINIANS ARE DYING WAITING TO GET MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE ISRAEL WON’T GIVE THEM TRAVEL PERMITS

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00
CRISTINA MAZA - Newsweek - Palestinians are dying at an increasingly higher rate because Israel is issuing fewer travel permits for people seeking lifesaving medical care, according to a group of human rights organizations. At least 54 people died in 2017 while waiting for an Israeli travel permit to seek medical treatment outside of Gaza, according to a joint statement released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Physicians for Human Rights Israel, among others.-rh

Why ‘Milchan law’ at core of PM graft case is about so much more than tax breaks

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00
SIMONA WEINGLASS - The Times of Israel - It is a law that is proving central to the corruption case against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It has been dubbed “the Milchan law” because of its centrality to the investigation of the alleged illicit interactions between Netanyahu and Israel-born Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan. But its widely misunderstood provisions extend far beyond the prime minister and his associates, and now threaten to derail years of effort by Israel’s financial oversight authorities to reverse Israel’s reputation as a haven for criminal money launderers.-rh

Israeli Warplanes Pound Gaza After Border Bombing :Two Palestinian Teens Killed in Tank Attack

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00
Jason Ditz - ANTI WAR.COM - The attacks started after a bombing at the Gaza-Israel border. Israeli Army officials say Palestinians rose a flag inside Gaza, but near the border, and planted an explosive device on it. The device detonated when Israeli troops crossed into Gaza after the flag.-rh

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held without trial or charge launch boycott of Israeli courts

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00
Yumna Patel - Axis of Logik - Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons under administrative detention — Israel’s widely condemned policy of detention without charge or trial — launched an open-ended boycott of Israeli courts on Thursday. The 450 administrative detainees released a joint statement announcing the boycott, saying “the core of resisting administrative detention policy comes from boycotting this Israeli legal system.”-rh

The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00
Ramzy Baroud - DISSIDENT VOICE - Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans. Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Jews, as well — a particularity worrying phenomena for the Israeli government.The trend promises to be a lasting one, since it has been in the making for years, starting some time after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.-rh

Dozens of Settlers Intrude on Al-Aqsa Mosque

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00
IMEMCnews - Extremist Israeli settlers, backed by Israeli special forces and rapid intervention troops, continued on Wednesday morning with ritual intrusions into the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque compound, via the Moroccan gate. Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray, that Israeli police opened the gate at 7:30 am, in preparation for the settlers’ arrival.-rh

February 10, 2018: Susya, Twaneh, Tuba

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00
David Shulman - Touching Photographs - I suppose by now everyone knows the Susya story of repeated expulsions and continuous harassment and demolitions. For years nearly every structure in the village has had a demolition order hanging over it. The legal excuse for this act of gratuitous and extreme cruelty is that these shacks and tents and latrines and wind turbines were built without a permit. That’s because Palestinians living in Area C on the West Bank cannot get permits. Beneath the thin veneer of legality lies the true reason. The government is now keen on driving out entire Palestinian communities, not simply on making their lives miserable and destroying homes one by one. The pace has accelerated, and the goal is clear.-rh

The last days of Netanyahu

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00
JOSHUA DAVIDOVICH - The Times of Israel - If papers can be believed, the one that struck Tuesday is The Big One, and their pages are filled with almost nothing else other than the news that Communications Ministry head Shlomo Filber is becoming or has become a state witness. (Never mind the fact that there is not a single source for the news, which doesn’t mean it’s not true, but that’s not quite how journalism is supposed to be done.) Piling on top of that is a fresh scandal in which an adviser for the Netanyahu family is alleged to have tried to bribe a judge to get the prime minister’s wife out of her own legal mess, all of it swirling into a morass that will leave Netanyahu’s term in rubble in the near future, according to the pundits.-rh

Finkelstein on Gaza: Who or What Has a Right to Exist?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00
JUDITH DEUTSCH - counterpunch - The book primarily investigates the official reports about Operation Cast Lead (2008-09), the Mavi Marmara (2010), and Operation Protective Edge (2014). Finkelstein attributes these assaults in part to Israel’s intention to prove its deterrence capacity after its defeat by Hezbollah in 2006. A pattern emerges of Israel’s surreptitious provocations that conceal its own aggression, use of disproportionate military force and targeting of civilians, specious legality, and lies that exonerate Israel and permit ever- increasing brutality. The Dahiya doctrine refers to Israel’s military strategy of acting immediately, decisively, and with disproportionate force. Dahiya is a suburb of Beirut that was flattened by Israel in the 2006 war.-rh

Abbas at UN urges multilateral peace effort, says PA never rejected talks

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:00
Alexander Fulbright - Times of Israel - Palestinian leader accuses Israel of acting as a “state above the law” and creating “permanent settlement colonization.” Abbas says unilateral recognition of an independent Palestinian state would not undermine negotiations. He calls on Security Council members who do not recognize such a state to do so. [ak]

Emergency help to 140,000 `most vulnerable Palestinians` very partially compensates for UNRWA cuts

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:00
OCHA (UN Humanitarian Affairs) - Roberto Valent, acting Humanitarian Coordinator, said that an emergency allocation of $900,000 will over the next six months finance basic health and food support to around 140,000 Palestinians, almost half of them children, who are considered as among "the most vulnerable". The allocation will finance six mobile clinics, providing primary medical care to 39 communities, mainly in the C area. The funds will also cover the distribution of food to Bedouin and herding communities assessed as being vulnerable to food insecurity, as well as being at a direct risk of forcible expulsion by the Israeli army. The project will be implemented by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is facing an unprecedented budget crisis due to sharp cuts in aid by the Trump Administration. [ak]

San Francisco Bay area Jews moving away from attachment to Israel

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:00
Judy Maltz - Haaretz - A survey polling the Jewish population in San Francisco`s Bay Area, based on responses from 3,516 interviewees, found that only 21 percent described themselves as `very attached` to Israel and almost as many (20 percent) described themselves as `not attached at all.` While 43 percent said they sympathized with Israelis and only 8 percent preferred the Palestinians, almost half said they either sympathized with both sides, with neither or were not sure. Prof. Steven M. Cohen of the Hebrew Union College, who led the study, said: `We see there are a growing number who are "Israel disengaged", especially among younger people.` [ak]

Without Posing Any Threat to Soldiers’ Life...

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:00
Israeli Forces Kill Two Palestinian Children and Wound 2 Others in Southern Gaza Strip
PCHR - According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 21:30 on Saturday, 17 February 2018, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israeli near al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City, fired around 10 artillery shells and opened fire at 4 Palestinian children, who were 30 to 50 meters away from the fence intending to sneak into Israel to work there, according to the testimony of one of the two wounded children. [bz]

Reprehensible actions by Israeli troops against Palestinians following killing of Rabbi Raziel Shevach

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:00
Demolishing a home with inhabitants still inside, strip searching 3 women, setting dogs on 3 residents
B`Tselem - Press release - The troops involved in these incidents - including the commanders who gave the orders - are well aware of their complete impunity, as well as of the fact that the residents facing them are defenseless, even inside their own homes - and exploited this to the full. [bz]

Will Israel, Qatar cooperate to save Gaza?

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:00
Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - The donor states that convened in emergency session last month in Brussels have not come through yet, leaving only Qatar that is willing to come to the rescue at once. [bz]

`If they wanted to go to the bathroom, in their own home, they needed my permission`

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:00
Breaking the Silence - BBC HARDtalk - "The mission was, again and again, to go into a family home in the middle of the night, push the family into one room and make the rest of the apartment into a temporary military position. If they wanted to go to the bathroom, they needed my permission. I remember especially a physician and his wife in Nablus. He was kind enough to talk with me and try to explain what it means to be a Palestinian." Avner Gvaryahu, Breaking the Silence`s executive director, speaking with BBC`s Stephen Sackur. [ak]

Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:00
Associated Press - Ynet - Noting population in West Bank settlements grew at almost double the rate of the rest of the country in 2017, Yaakov Katz predicted even faster growth in the coming years. With Trump, Netanyahu is less afraid of what the US president will say. [bz]

Israel Social TV: Sa`ar Yahalom explains why he refuses to be a soldier

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:00
"The occupation is not a small project of the army. The occupation is the project around which the army resolves." [bz]

Funerals held for Palestinian teenagers killed by Israel

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:00
Harry Fawcett - Al Jazeera - Their deaths have added to the tension on the Gaza-Israeli border, following an explosion that injured four Israeli soldiers on Saturday. Israel blames Hamas for the attack and has carried out a series of ground and air attacks on 18 Hamas targets [ry]