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Will Obama Impose Sanctions Against Israel?

Will Obama Impose Sanctions Against Israel? | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

Move over Iran and North Korea, there may be a new member of the U.S. Sanctions Club: Israel.  Earlier today, several DC news outlets began running accounts of secret White House deliberations regarding imposing sanctions on Israel for its continued building of settlements. 

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IDF Givati Commander on Goldin’s Capture: Prefered a Dead Soldier to Live One

Ynet published an astonishing interview with several commanders of the Givati brigade, whose unit lost three soldiers during a Hamas ambush.

The interview gives some of the clearest admissions yet that the IDF explicitly commands its officer to kill soldiers captured by the enemy rather than let them live and become future hostages.

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Israel’s Other War

Israel’s Other War | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it
In the past week I’ve seen and heard the popular statement “let the I.D.F. win” more and more frequently. It’s been posted on social media, spray-painted on walls, and chanted in demonstrations. Lots of young people are quoting it on Facebook, and they seem to think it’s a phrase that arose in response to the current military operation in Gaza. But I’m old enough to remember how it evolved: first formulated as a bumper sticker, and later turning into a mantra. Of course, this slogan is not addressed to Hamas or to the international community—it’s intended for Israelis, and it contains within it the twisted world view that has been guiding Israel for the past twelve years. 
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Making Enemies - How Israel helped to create Hamas

Making Enemies - How Israel helped to create Hamas | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

There is something bitterly ironic in Israel’s support for Fatah against Hamas—and it should be a lesson to governments everywhere that meddle in other states’ affairs. In the past, Israel supported Hamas against Fatah. Indeed, in the 1970s and 80s, Israel played a not insignificant role in encouraging Hamas’s emergence in the belief that such an Islamist group might help rupture support for the mass nationalist movement of Fatah. Twenty years later, Israel has switched sides, hoping that it can encourage Fatah to see off Hamas. It wants “moderate” Palestinians to take on the “extremist” Palestinians it helped create.

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Jerusalem posters call to ban Arab workers

Jerusalem posters call to ban Arab workers | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

Posters reading “Jews only employ Jews” were spotted near the entrance to Jerusalem.

 

“Employed an Arab? You endangered a Jew!”

 

 “Biblical law determines”

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Germany made Palestinians "indirect victims of Holocaust," says author Max Blumenthal

Germany made Palestinians "indirect victims of Holocaust," says author Max Blumenthal | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it
Reparations paid to Israel after the Second World War helped bolster the occupation.
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Despite wave of terror attacks, West Bank ambulances not running

Despite wave of terror attacks, West Bank ambulances not running | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

Magen David Adom warns it won't be able to provide special services in 11 stations in West Bank: Beit Aryeh-Ofarim, Shavei Shomron, Alfei Menashe, Dolev Talmonim, Megillot, Beitar Illit, the Jordan Valley, Tekoa and Giv'at Ze'ev. Dispatch points from which ambulances are deployed will not be operating in any of these stations.

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Reform Jewry that even an Israeli could understand

Reform Jewry that even an Israeli could understand | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it
An authentic religion or a capitalist commodity? A synagogue for secular people or a substitute for Zionism? A collection of articles casts light on the largest Jewish movement in the United States.
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Israeli government vs. State of Israel

Israeli government vs. State of Israel | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it
Opinion, Ben-Dror Yemini: Op-ed: Both Israel's prime minister and right-wing ministers know Jewish nation-state law will only contribute to delegitimization campaign. So why are they giving Israel's haters exactly what they're looking for?
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What lies ahead for Israel

What lies ahead for Israel | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it
The Jerusalem Intifada offers a glimpse into the future to which the right-wing is leading us: A bi-national state with mixed populations and a reality of escalating confrontations. This deterioration can be stopped, but the government, in particular our prime minister, excels at doing the opposite.
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Ultra-Orthodox paper urges readers not to employ Arabs

Ultra-Orthodox paper urges readers not to employ Arabs | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it
Haredi newsletter takes controversial stance, telling readers to avoid employing Arabs • "If we all do this, maybe they will also understand that their terrible behavior comes at a hefty price," the newsletter reads, adding that hiring Jews is preferable.
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Israel spends annual $8,000 per settler in East Jerusalem security costs

Israel spends annual $8,000 per settler in East Jerusalem security costs | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it
Knesset approves extra 20 million shekels for settlers in Palestinian neighborhoods, as total annual bill on safety hits more than 100 million shekels.
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IDF earmarking West Bank firing zones for settler expansion, figures show

IDF earmarking West Bank firing zones for settler expansion, figures show | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

The Civil Administration has in recent years earmarked 35,000 dunams (8,650 acres) of land currently defined as military firing zones to expand settlements and outposts, according to a settlement-tracking researcher’s analysis of its figures.

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Israel's home demolitions fail to deter violence

Israel's home demolitions fail to deter violence | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it
Local and international human rights groups have criticized Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes as a war crime and collective punishment.
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israel: rise of judeo-fascism

israel: rise of judeo-fascism | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

…The government approved a bill that extends Israeli civil law into the settlements automatically (settlers are already subject to civil law) and thus officially extends the state’s civil jurisdiction into the west bank, which being an occupied territory, is currently governed through martial law…This territorializing action…seeks to dissolve the distinction between the occupied and non-occupied…

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Danny Rubinstein: Israel will pay a high price if the Palestinian Authority is dismantled

Danny Rubinstein: Israel will pay a high price if the Palestinian Authority is dismantled | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

Restoring full Israeli military rule in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip would pose a great threat to the Israeli economy.

Many Palestinians accuse the Palestinian Authority's security bodies of carrying out the Israeli role; in other words, they say that Israel outsources the occupation to the authority, which is why President Mahmoud Abbas is widely considered as an agent of Israel.

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IDF trainer: ‘No need to give mouth-to-mouth Palestinians’

IDF trainer: ‘No need to give mouth-to-mouth Palestinians’ | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

“During the refresher course the instructor, who works as a medic on the base, told us that the orders of the IDF are not to give mouth-to-mouth respiration to people we do not know. When asked about it he said that it basically means that we do not need to give mouth-to-mouth Palestinians”.

Furthermore over the course of the week, D. participated in a refresher on the rules of engagement, where he said he was given permission to kill people who no longer pose a threat.

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Israel’s top news channel: Gov’t asked us to show more Gaza devastation

Israel’s top news channel: Gov’t asked us to show more Gaza devastation | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

“Even the decision makers in Israel […] wanted us to show what was happening on the other side — they were under the impression that the public doesn’t understand how much they were doing or how hard they were hitting the other side. So they complained to us.”

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Vizhnitz rebbe: Don't employ Arabs

Vizhnitz rebbe: Don't employ Arabs | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

Hasidic leader warns his followers against 'hiring Ishmaelites' following last week's massacre at a Jerusalem synagogue.

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AG: 'Jewish nation-state' bill is attack on Israel's democratic nature

AG: 'Jewish nation-state' bill is attack on Israel's democratic nature | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

AG Weinstein wrote  that some aspects of the bill “would make a real change to the basic principles of constitutional law as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Basic Laws of the Knesset, and lead to deterioration of the democratic characteristic of the state.”

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Netanyahu's cabinet approves controversial bill enshrining Israel as 'Jewish nation-state' - National

Netanyahu's cabinet approves controversial bill enshrining Israel as 'Jewish nation-state' - National | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it

The wording of the proposed law will be based on 14 principles that the prime minister formulated to enshrine Israel as the historic homeland of the Jewish people and determine that all of its citizens will have equal personal rights.

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Israeli government's goal: Returning to 1929

Israeli government's goal: Returning to 1929 | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it
Netanyahu is leading us to a violent, unbridled national struggle led by irresponsible extremists, inflamed by populist rhetoric and threatening to get out of control.
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UCLA students vote in favor of Israel divestment

UCLA students vote in favor of Israel divestment | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it
Undergrad student government passes resolution, in 8-2 vote, calling for the university to divest from companies that aid Israeli occupation.
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Gaza to receive second shipment of building material next week

Gaza to receive second shipment of building material next week | Palestine Info (En) | Scoop.it
UN and Palestinian officials say this second shipment will be distributed to some 24,000 families whose homes were damaged in the 50-day hostilities between Israel and Hamas this summer.
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