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US recognition of Israel’s claim over the Golan Heights

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Video shows Ahed Tamimi interrogation in Israeli detention centre | Al Jazeera English

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The Qaadan case & the loophole law

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Israeli Cartoonist Fired For 'Offensive' Cartoon Critical Of Netanyahu

https://youtu.be/y8W5tNdX72U

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Work on Israel-Jordan gas pipeline begins despite public refusal | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/AEIH7B_zjf4

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YEARS AGO I had a friendly discussion with Ariel Sharon.

I told him: "I am first of all an Israeli. After that I am a Jew."

He responded heatedly: "I am first of all a Jew, and only after that an Israeli!"

That may look like an abstract debate. But in reality, this is the question that lies at the heart of all our basic problems. It is the core of the crisis which is now rending Israel apart.

THE IMMEDIATE cause of this crisis is the law that was adopted in great haste last week by the rightist Knesset majority. It is entitled "Basic Law: Israel the Nation State of the Jewish People".

http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1533310638/

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How do Druze Israelis view the 'nation-state' law? | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/S-ZTccc7Ovc

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Seven days inside a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/OIjIhnUdZeo

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https://www.btselem.org/settler_violence/20180802_settlers_destroy_2000_...

In just over two months, from the beginning of May to 7 July 2018, B’Tselem documented 10 instances in which settlers destroyed a total of more than 2,000 trees and grapevines and burned down a barley field and bales of hay. In some places, the settlers left behind them graffiti slogans in Hebrew, reading “No to farmer terrorism” and “"There's not place we won't reach". Some of the farmers had already suffered settler violence in recent years.

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Will the Druze remain loyal to the state of Israel? | Inside Story

https://youtu.be/x-ijXu5zrkw

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Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, has reportedly pressured Jordan to strip the refugee status of more than two million registered Palestinians living in the country.

According to a report in the U.S. magazine Foreign Policy, Kushner raised the issue with Jordanian officials in the region during his visit there in June.

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/kushner-worked-to-...

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No Place for Palestinians in Israel's Curriculum | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/GpVbxk3vJjg

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Gaza tensions: Hamas says a truce agreed with Israel | Al Jazeera English

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Cory Booker Has Media Debacle

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Israeli forces kill two Palestinians, including medic | Al Jazeera English

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Gaza fishermen stage protest over Israeli blockade | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/VdVNhow0ylM

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Palestinian photographer brings pain of Gaza to southern France | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/pZ4iZvLWwDc

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Gaza's cancer patients between siege, political failure | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/Zc79ku4GNtY

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The movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel – known as BDS – has been driving the world a little bit mad. Since its founding 13 years ago, it has acquired nearly as many enemies as the Israelis and Palestinians combined. It has hindered the efforts of Arab states to fully break their own decades-old boycott in pursuit of increasingly overt cooperation with Israel. It has shamed the Palestinian Authority government in Ramallah by denouncing its security and economic collaboration with Israel’s army and military administration. It has annoyed the Palestine Liberation Organization by encroaching on its position as the internationally recognised advocate and representative of Palestinians worldwide

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/aug/14/bds-boycott-divestment-sanc...

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Veteran left-wing journalist, lawmaker and peace activist Uri Avnery died Monday at age 94 in Tel Aviv. A founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement, Avnery was also one of the first Israelis to actively advocate for the establishment of a Palestinian state, more than 70 years ago.

As a youth he fought with the Irgun pre-state underground militia and later in life moved to the left of the political spectrum. He was also editor-in-chief of the iconic liberal weekly, Haolam Hazeh, for 40 years.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-uri-avenry-veteran-peace-ac...

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This hasn’t been an easy month for Jewish American progressiveswho support Israel. Early this week, Peter Beinart, a prominent journalist and critic of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, was detained for an hour at the airport in Tel Aviv. Israeli authorities grilled him about his political activities before allowing him into the country. Beinart’s account of his experience sparked outrage from many liberal Jewish Americans who wondered why Israel would treat a Jewish supporter like Beinart with suspicion.
Read more: https://forward.com/opinion/408441/peter-beinarts-interrogation-signals-...

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Gaza killings: Israeli army launches investigation | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/gp1pufoCDGk

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres published a special report Friday, following a General Assembly resolution condemning the violence in Gaza, detailing ways the organization could protect Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Guterres' propositions range from establishing an armed military or police force to deploying civilian observers and expanding humanitarian aid programs.

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-un-chief-...

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Bolton visits Israel, warns of more pressure on Iran | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/aXQyCHEkAkc

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Censored and Surveilled: The Digital Occupation of Palestinians | The Listening Post (Feature)

https://youtu.be/Kmy7DNAV6RU

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“Your blood isn’t German, right? Your blood is Palestinian.” That was the fourth question that a Shin Bet security service interrogator asked Nadim Sarrouh, a 34-year-old German citizen. The first question was whether his wife is pregnant. When he said she wasn’t, the interrogator said with a little smile: “Okay, so she is fine, waiting in the heat.” That was around noon, with the temperature about 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), at the Rabin border crossing in the Arava.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-shin-bet-grills-german-with...

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Benjamin Netanyahu Is Fine With Anti-Semites — as Long as They Support Israel’s Occupation

https://youtu.be/3yr0G50rL28

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“We are a party with a glorious history and high respect among the people, but this does not justify the state of retreat or decline that is facing us. A party that does not renew itself, with more giving and more action, is one that will fade away…” (The martyr Abu Ali Mustafa, al-Hadaf, 31 July 2000)

What is the main historical contribution of the martyred leader Abu Ali Mustafa in the Palestinian and Arab resistance movement in general, and in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as whose secretary-general he was assassinated by the Zionists on 27 August 2001, in particular?

What are the elements of the self-motivation that made an impoverished boy working in the Haifa factories, who did not complete the third grade, from the village of Arraba in the occupied district of Jenin, to become one of the most prominent Palestinian and Arab revolutionary leaders of our time?

And if his fellow leaders, such as “al-Hakim,” Dr. George Habash; the writer Ghassan Kanafani; the “Revolutionary Engineer” Dr. Wadie Haddad; and many others have left important imprints in the fields of political thought, revolutionary literature, journalism, media and guerrilla action, then what is the imprint of Abu Ali Mustafa on the Palestinian and Arab struggle in general and on his party’s march in particular that made him the exceptional leader who says little, but does much?

The answer is one word: organization.

Yes, the construction of the organization was the craft of his diligent and stubborn perseverence: building the pillars of the Arab Nationalist Movement and then the Popular Front. It is an arduous task for those who take it seriously, as did this great leader. Organization is a part of the struggle that some comrades “evade” even though they may not run away from death itself(!) because it requires the mixture of the determination and patience of dedicated workers and the wisdom of a special type.

http://abualimustafa.org/2017/09/on-the-anniversary-of-the-assassination...

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“We don’t shoot women”, a Lieutenant in the Israeli army said yesterday, when asked why they shot a Norwegian activist in Kafr Qaddum Saturday last week, shortly before shooting her again.

Israeli activist Matan Cohen posted this exchange and occurrence yesterday on his Facebook with photos from the scene.

This time Kristin was not shot in the abdomen, but in the foot, by a rubber-coated steel bullet. I was alerted to Kristin’s injury by her Facebook update from the clinic:

“Went back to Kufur Quaddum to show that solidarity, is stronger than fear! Very nervous though, so kept right at the back, up against the wall. Thought I was safe-ish. But they shot me again!! The protest has been on for 2 minutes. Israeli activists at the front talking to the soldiers earlier… so yeah… I just go shot twice in a week…”

https://mondoweiss.net/2018/08/kristin-second-palestine/

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In the mid-1990s, Europe discovered the Holocaust. Germany established an official memorial day: the day of the Red Army’s liberation of Auschwitz (not the day Hitler rose to power, for example, or the day the Nuremberg Laws took effect). Western countries and the United Nations followed in Germany’s footsteps.

You might say this is because the Nazi generation had died out, and finally it was possible to see all the horrors, (20 million Soviets, for example). But this sudden memory didn’t appear only in Germany

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-who-put-out-a-contract-on-corby...

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A friend of mine and myself, both Jews of Mizrahi origin, were trying to split up a big dog fight in the center of Tel Aviv that had escalated quickly. People started screaming. One of the dogs was about to be eaten alive by the other. It was an unpleasant scene. Nearby, a political rally was being held, and there were undercover cops around.

Within seconds, some of those undercover cops surrounded us. They first took down my friend, holding him on the ground, choking and beating him. Next, it was my turn. I was thrown on to the police motorbike. The only thing that went through my head was the fear they would pull out a gun and shoot my friend. I started screaming.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-racist-lynch-mobs-...

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A Druze family was pepper-sprayed by a guard at the entrance to a road leading to Ben-Gurion Airport where they were headed to a flight overseas, as they were stopped for a routine security check a week ago, a member of the family told Haaretz on Monday.

Roni Aboud, a family member and owner of a construction firm, described the incident: "We arrived at the entrance to the airport. A guard asked the driver for identity papers. He replied that we were Druze from Daliyat al Carmel. She said to pull over to the side and stop. The guard came over to us. My nephew, who's in professional IDF service, showed him his army ID. The guard told him, 'I don't care about your army ID, I don't care that you're Druze, bring me your passports."

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-airport-guard-pepper-sprays...

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Months after scaling back financial support for the United Nations agency that provides humanitarian aid to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees, the Trump administration has decided to end funding altogether, several sources told Foreign Policy, in a decision that analysts said would cause more hardship and possibly unrest in Gaza, the West Bank, and other parts of the Middle East.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/08/28/middle-east-palestinian-israel-pomp...

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Seven Palestinian women from al-Khalil have been jailed by the Israeli occupation, with many held in intense, torturous interrogation for many weeks. The Israeli Shin Bet intelligence agency is now attempting to market these arrests in the media as an attack on “Hamas infrastructure” in al-Khalil in an attempt to justify the ongoing large-scale arrests targeting active Palestinian women in the city.

In addition to the main arrests targeting seven women, a number of other women were summoned to hours of interrogation before being released. Riyad al-Ashqar of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies said that all of the women work in social services, public activities, media work or at home with their families and that none are involved in Hamas’ political or military work. He said that the Shin Bet’s claims are an attempt to create a state of fear and terror to suppress Palestinian women’s participation in activities against the crimes of the occupation or supporting the Palestinian resistance.

http://samidoun.net/2018/08/seven-detained-palestinian-women-activists-f...

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US ends all funding for UN's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/C0PN5g6g8Ek

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Fenced off: Palestinian girl is filmed scaling Hebron barrier to reach home

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Dangerous consequences after US cuts funding for Palestinian refugees | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/_8x3lnBEpfg

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UK’s Labour Party embroiled in row over anti-Semitism | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/2IaOXnNBLM0

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UNRWA in crisis: What does the future hold for Palestinian refugees?

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Does anti-Israel mean anti-Semitism? | Inside Story

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The Hundred Million Dollar Home | Al Jazeera World

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Khah al-Ahmar: No reprieve for Palestinian school | Al Jazeera English

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Hussam Zomlot reacts to US decision to close PLO office in DC | Al Jazeera English

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The reality of the Palestinian Bantustans, reservations or enclaves — is a fact on the ground. Their creation is the most outstanding geopolitical occurrence of the past quarter century. It is of course possible to say that its seeds were sown with the occupation in 1967 but the process accelerated, consolidated, matured and deepened paradoxically in parallel with the negotiation process between Israel and the Palestinians – first with the Madrid/Washington talks starting at the end of 1991 and then with the Oslo process.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-intention-was-neve...

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Has Netanyahu won? | UpFront

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As I write these words, I await Israel’s destruction of the only home and community that I have known in my 52 years of life. The 180 residents of my West Bank village, Khan al-Ahmar — men, women and children — will soon be forcibly removed from our land in order to expand Israel’s illegal settlements. Our homes will be demolished and even our elementary school, built with love out of nothing but tires and mud, will be leveled. My fondest memories are of my childhood in Khan al-Ahmar. I would often make trips with my friends to a nearby valley full of natural springs and ponds. We would take food and tea with us, riding on donkeys to swim, catch fish, and enjoy ourselves. Israel stopped us from visiting the valley years ago, and now it wants us to leave our homes altogether and move once again. Read more: https://forward.com/opinion/410311/on-sunday-i-will-watch-israel-destroy...

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Four decades on, Camp David Accords failing to bring peace? | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/Ov9tVmqaTYE

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Do you have any hobbies, CMOT Dibbler?

I'm only asking because you seem to update this thread -- basically, your blog -- all but daily, but nothing else in the world seems to hold your interest.

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https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/09/17/sabra-and-shatila-new-revelations/

Historians try not to audibly gasp in the reading rooms of official archives, but there are times when the written record retains a capacity to shock. In 2012, while working at the Israel State Archives in Jerusalem, I came across highly classified material from Israel’s 1982 War in Lebanon that had just been opened to researchers. This access was in line with the thirty-year rule of declassification governing the release of documents in Israel. Sifting through Foreign Ministry files, I stumbled upon the minutes of a September 17 meeting between Israeli and American officials that took place in the midst of the Sabra and Shatila massacre

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On the eve of Yom Kippur, the Pavlovian question of an ordinary atheist is: How do the judges who approved the demolition of a Bedouin village, along with the senior officials of the Civil Administration who are supervising it, reconcile this with fasting and asking forgiveness? Is there a pinch of regret when the stomach rumbles? A flash of embarrassment over the hypocrisy and cynicism when you pull on your non-leather shoes? A little shame when you chant “we have trespassed,” and when you get to “we robbed,” “we have done violence,” “we coveted” and we “spoke deceitfully”?

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-on-yom-kippur-israelis-should-t...

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