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Turkey raising naval presence amid tension with Israel

Turkey raising naval presence amid tension with Israel | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey was freezing defense industry trade with Israel and stepping up Turkish naval patrols in the Eastern Mediterranean, deepening Ankara's...
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Throngs Rally in Israel to Demand Social Justice - Truthdig

Throngs Rally in Israel to Demand Social Justice - Truthdig | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Israelis turned out in the hundreds of thousands Saturday night to protest high costs of living and demand social justice in the largest such demonstration the country has ever seen.
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Israel Expresses Regret After Turkey Expels Ambassador

Israel Expresses Regret After Turkey Expels Ambassador | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Israel expressed regret over the loss of life but that was not enough for Turkey, which has been highly critical of the Jewish state since Israel's bloody invasion of the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in early 2009. Israeli analyst Ra'anan Gissin, a former government spokesman, says Turkey's Islamist government is not interested in improving ties with Israel.

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Israel's military ties with Turkey were seen as an important strategic asset in a hostile region, but now the Jewish state faces growing isolation.

"Turkey, willingly so, is taking the lead. Turkey is ready to lead the campaign of divestment, boycott and sanctions against Israel," said the analyst.

The United Nations report vindicated Israel on a key point: It said the Israeli blockade on Gaza is a legal security measure aimed at preventing weapons from reaching Palestinian militants in Gaza. Turkey says the blockade is illegal and immoral, and it described the U.N. report as "null and void."

[Israel owes apologies to no one.  Turkey needs to stop bombing the Kurds in Iraq]

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UN envoy Prosor: Israel has no chance of stopping recognition of Palestinian state

UN envoy Prosor: Israel has no chance of stopping recognition of Palestinian state | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Sources in the Prime Minister's Office say Netanyahu is considering sitting out this year's General Assembly, sending Peres to face likely diplomatic barrage in his stead.
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If Americans Knew - what every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world’s major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation.

It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution.

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Israeli airstrikes kill Gazans | Video | Reuters.com

Israeli airstrikes kill Gazans | Video | Reuters.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Aug 25 - Gazans awake to destruction after overnight Israeli airstrikes kill at least four people and wound around 20 others. Travis Brecher reports.
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Hamas chief in Cairo to talk on reconciliation, prisoners

Egypt has been mediating talks between Israel and Hamas over a prisoner deal that would see the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit -- captured in a cross-border raid in 2006 -- in exchange for about 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.

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UN condemns Israel’s housing plans in occupied Palestinian territory

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16 August 2011 – Voicing great concern at Israel’s recent announcements to advance planning for new housing in Ariel and East Jerusalem in occupied Palestinian territory, the United Nations and its partners in the search for Middle East peace today called the action contrary to international law.

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UN Will Count 194 Members If Palestine Gets In

UN Will Count 194 Members If Palestine Gets In | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Shaath told the Chinese news agency Xinhua on July 30 that the decision to approach the UN and demand recognition of the state of Palestine as a full member of the organization "will be so helpful to the Palestinian cause in all cases no matter what the consequences are."
"Applying to the UN will be fruitful and would at least show the international support to our legitimate rights and our sovereignty on our land. This is really very positive and so important for us and for our just cause," Shaath said.
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Peres holds secret talks with Palestinians in bid to restart negotiations

Peres holds secret talks with Palestinians in bid to restart negotiations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Peres and Erekat go over maps of West Bank, East Jerusalem in effort to find formula to bypass dispute over establishing 1967 borders as basis for negotiations; meetings held in coordination with Netanyahu.
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Iran nuclear scientist shot dead in Tehran

Iran nuclear scientist shot dead in Tehran | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
According to Iranian media reports, assailants on a motorcycle killed a 35-year-old Iranian nuclear physicist outside his home and wounded his wife.
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Israel's Lieberman won't quit on apology to Turkey

Israel's Lieberman won't quit on apology to Turkey | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who has shown willingness to engage Hamas, on Saturday reiterated his view that the blockade is "illegal and inhuman" and insisted Israel must end it as another condition for rapprochement.
"He's not exactly making it easy for us to apologize," said one Netanyahu aide in response.
Turkey, once a rare Muslim ally of the Jewish state, withdrew its ambassador to Israel after the incident in May 2010, suspended defense cooperation and closed its airspace to Israeli military planes.
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Israel bombs Gaza tunnels | JTA - Jewish & Israel News

Israeli Air Force planes bombed two smuggling tunnels in southern Gaza in retaliation for rocket attacks on southern Israeli communities.
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Palestinian mosque in fire attack

Palestinian mosque in fire attack | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Israeli police investigate a fire and graffiti attack on a mosque in the Palestinian village of Kasra, north of Jerusalem.
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U.S. tries to stall Palestinian statehood bid: report

U.S. tries to stall Palestinian statehood bid: report | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington has launched an effort to avoid a clash stemming from plans by Palestinians to seek recognition as a state at the United Nations, The New York Times reported on Saturday,...
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U.N. panel faults both sides in Gaza flotilla clash

U.N. panel faults both sides in Gaza flotilla clash | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A long-awaited U.N. report on an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship that killed nine Turks declares that Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip was legal, but that the Jewish state used unreasonable force.

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If Americans Knew What Israel Is Doing! VIDEO WAS CENSORED!

U.S. support of Israel's brutal crimes hurts American security because it angers many people & some are motivated to resort to terrorism. U.S. support of Isr...
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Israeli Airstrikes Kill 10 in Gaza

Israeli Airstrikes Kill 10 in Gaza | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Palestinian sources say the number of casualties from the latest round of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza has risen to 10 dead and at least 20 wounded.

 

Pursuing the attackers, Israeli troops killed some of the assailants along Israel's border with Egypt's Sinai peninsula. Five Egyptian officers were also killed, sparking outrage and anti-Israel protests in Egypt.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered Thursday to hold a joint investigation with Egypt into the killing of the Egyptian officers. A statement issued by Netanyahu's national security adviser said military officials on both sides would set terms of the probe.

Egypt's military-backed government threatened to withdraw its ambassador to Israel to protest the killings. Egypt blamed the deaths on Israeli troops it said had violated the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace treaty.

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Concerns over Israel-Palestine unrest

Concerns over Israel-Palestine unrest | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
International concern is growing over the upsurge of violence between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces, as cross-border attacks continue.
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A "Win-Win" for Palestine and Israel Is Possible

A "Win-Win" for Palestine and Israel Is Possible | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
If cooler heads can prevail, there is a way for the Palestinians to achieve the diplomatic boost they are seeking with UN membership while not damaging peace negotiations or undermining relations with Israel and the United States.
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Palestine’s Bid for Recognition

Palestine’s Bid for Recognition | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As Mr. Serry indicated, Israel’s settlement of Palestinian land continues. In fact throughout this entire 20 year process, colonization has gone on unabated. And, of course, all of it is illegal under the Geneva Conventions.
One of the reasons that restarting any negotiations is so “extremely difficult” is that the Palestinian side has insisted that, as a prerequisite for any new talks, Israel must begin to abide by international law. Israel has refused.
So it might come as something of a surprise to the uninitiated observer that Israel and the United States are pointing fingers at the Palestinians in this affair.
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Palestine – Ending the Pretending…Facing the Facts | J-Wire

Palestine – Ending the Pretending…Facing the Facts | J-Wire | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Until the Palestinian Arabs sort themselves out and elect a Government that is prepared to
recognize Israel as the Jewish State and
outlaw any political party that calls for the destruction of Israel
- successful negotiations to conclude a binding and enforceable peace agreement are not remotely possible.
Ms DiCarlo offered little comfort to the Palestinian Arabs when she stated:
“Let me also reiterate that, like every U.S. administration for decades, we do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. “
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Death in Bethlehem, made in America

Death in Bethlehem, made in America | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Israeli troops also regularly fire American-made CS gas rounds at Palestinians in Bethlehem itself. Palestinians claim the gas has caused serious breathing difficulties among children after the rounds were fired at stone-throwing youths near Rachel's tomb. The cartridges and gas canisters are labelled "Federal Laboratories, Saltsburg, Pennsylvania 15681" and are stated on the metal to be "long range projectiles 150 yards". The rounds, show the US manufacturers' instructions on the side, contain "tear gas which is highly irritating to eyes, nose, skin and respiratory system". And continue: "If exposed, do not rub eyes, seek medical assistance immediately."
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Support Bassem Tamimi - A Palestinian Political Prisoner

Support Bassem Tamimi - A Palestinian Political Prisoner | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
On 24 March 2011, the Israeli government arrested Bassem Tamimi, a committed organiser of non-violent protests from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Tamimi is charged with 'incitement', 'organising and participating in unauthorized processions', 'solicitation to stone-throwing', 'failure to attend legal summons', and a scandalous charge of 'disruption of legal proceedings', for allegedly giving youth advice on their legal rights during police interrogations.
Bassem Tamimi’s case is a stark example of how the Palestinian people living under the Occupation are being denied their inalienable rights of freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and the right to a fair trial. Tamimi has been at the forefront of the struggle against the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements onto the village land of Nabi Saleh.
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Turkey Says No Normalizing Israeli Ties Without Apology

Turkey Says No Normalizing Israeli Ties Without Apology | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will not normalize relations with Israel until Israel apologized for its deadly raid on a flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip last year.
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