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Israel/Palestine

Report from Bethlehem: An American moment

Mark Braverman on
Jeff Halper

The release of the Senate’s CIA torture report was an American moment of accountability. Can we dare to imagine, that, through the exercise of creative resistance, we can bring our nation in similar fashion to question the legality and rightness of our financial and diplomatic support for Israel’s illegal activities? Mark Braverman asks

‘Clock is ticking’ till next round of Gaza escalation, and war

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Israeli army chief of staff says Israel "faces conflict on multiple fronts", from the IDF twitter feed

On a day when a rocket fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel, Israeli forces shot six protesters in the northern Gaza strip, attacked Palestinian fishermen, and struck a Hamas installation, as one official described a “ticking clock” till the next offensive

Jordanian-Palestinian resolution to the UN Security Council gives US and Israel wiggle room

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appeals to all nations to vote in favor of the Palestinians "as an investment in peace," in a statement before the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, November 29, 2012. (Photo: Richard Drew/AP)

Early this morning Jordan submitted to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) a draft resolution on behalf of the Palestinians to end Israel’s occupation of territory occupied in June 1967 through a negotiations process. The resolution would be the first to call for a third-party security presence to “guarantee and respect the sovereignty of a State of Palestine,” but it puts no deadline on Israel’s withdrawal.

U.S. seeks to counter Palestinian UN resolution with alternative offer, says French diplomat

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius give a press conference at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014.

The United States is creating momentum for the French to forestall, or all together abandon, presenting a resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on behalf of the Palestinians. France has been informed of an American alternative offer to the Palestinian pursuit of a draft resolution to negotiate an end Israel’s occupation of territories gained in June 1967, a French diplomatic source tells Mondoweiss.

Israeli police attempt to arrest Palestinian preschoolers for throwing rocks

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Israeli soldiers arrest a young Palestinian boy following clashes in Hebron on June 20. (Photo: THOMAS COEX – AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The International Middle East Media Center reports: “Israeli police, on Tuesday, attempted to arrest two preschoolers during a raid on two homes in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Silwan, according to witnesses. WAFA correspondence reports that police raided the home of Mr. Mohammad Abd al-Raziq, in the Bir Ayoub neighborhood of Silwan, in search of two children aged three and five, for allegedly throwing rocks at them.”

Palestinian UN effort seeks to set ‘terms of reference’ for negotiations and promote shift away from US leadership

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Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, September 26, 2014, NYC. (Photo: AFP/ Timothy A. Clary)

PLO official Dr. Mohammed Shtayyeh says the current Palestinian push at the UN Security Council comes “a serious junction in the history of Palestine.” Allison Deger reports that the proposed UN resolution marks a change in Palestinian strategy for the PLO. According to Dr. Shtayyeh the resolution is “not simply as part of a routine diplomatic issue. We are going to the Security Council because this is part of a strategic shift in the way that we are dealing with the struggle with the Israelis.” Although details of the resolution are not yet public, it appears this shift includes taking a harder line on Israeli settlement construction and looking toward Europe for leadership over the peace process instead of the United States.

‘I will not let my brother suffer from the cold winter': Gaza youth work to aid families left homeless by Israeli assault

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Young volunteers from Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR) burn the candle at both ends setting up temporary housing for people in Gaza so they may endure the cold winter months ahead.

Under the supervision of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR), 30 families whose houses had been totally destroyed during the last Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, have been offered flats to live in as a temporary solution. The campaign, held by PICYR, carries the tagline, “I will not let my brother suffer from the cold winter.”

Yes, Virginia, there is a liberal Zionist

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Palestinian refugees on the Allenby Bridge fleeing to Jordan from occupied Palestine in 1967, under Israeli soldier's gaze. Photo from AFP/Getty

Allan Brownfeld explains that Liberal Zionism has never existed, because Zionism was always based on an illiberal idea, denying the Palestinian presence and removing indigenous people from the land

PA to seek UN Security Council resolution giving Israel two years to end the occupation

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (Photo: Khaled

The Palestinian Authority has announced it will seek a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution calling for an end of the Israeli occupation within a specific time period. The draft legislation gives Israel two years to remove its forces from lands occupied in June 1967 and reaffirms per-existing agreements for a framework of negotiations, said Ashraf Khatib a spokesperson for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Negotiations Affairs Department via telephone to Mondoweiss. While the resolution makes no explicit mention of land swamps, it does support previous accords where the PLO granted Israel the possibility of territorial exchanges where up to 60% of settlers could remain in the West Bank.

Caroline Glick melts down with European diplomats

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Caroline Glick addressing Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr at JPost diplomatic conference Jerusalem (photo: Screen shot)

The face of Israeli diplomacy is increasingly the sort of angry diatribe against western diplomats that journalist Caroline Glick launched at Danish ambassador Jesper Vahr last week to justify the colonization of “Judea and Samaria”

A Knesset without Arab parties?

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(Photo: Baz Ratner/Reuters)

The fate of Israel’s embattled Arab parties is in the balance as Israel’s next parliamentary elections approach. The election season officially started this week when Knesset formally dissolved itself setting an unconfirmed date at the polls of March 17, 2015. Yet as campaigns take off the question of Israel’s smaller parties and the survival of Arab political groups in particular run in the background. Next year’s early elections will be the first after Israel raised the voter threshold to require 3.25-percent of the popular vote in order for a party to secure a seat in Knesset. None of the Arab parties have reached this threshold on their own and will either have to merge, or forgo being a part of the government.

Palestinian teens describe torture while in Israeli detention

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Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian man during a search for three missing Israeli teens in the West Bank, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Violence / Raids / Suppression of protests / Arrests Two detained teens speak of abuse, torture IMEMC 15 Dec by Saed Bannoura — Heba Masalha, a lawyer working for the Palestinian Detainees Committee, managed to visit two Palestinian teens held by Israel, who testified to her of horrific abuse and torture by the soldiers and […]

Resisting hope – prophetically

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Marc Ellis's new book

Kairos has been around for five years and the facts on the ground are worse. Marc Ellis calls for a renewal of Jewish prophetic thought, rooted in an awareness that Palestinians have been wronged and there is one state between the river and the sea.

Why Israel’s Jewish nationality bill is a big deal

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Netanyahu at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv

“What will the nature of Israel be? A religious Jewish state? A state of all its citizens? A secular, democratic and Jewish state? Roland Nikles says Israel’s new proposed Basic Law to define the country as the nation state of the Jews would provide legal cover for a system that privileges Jews over all others in all aspects of life. Anyone who cares about the character of the state that wields power in the name of Judaism should be paying attention.

Israeli government attempts to shut down Nakba film festival in Tel Aviv

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(Image: Facebook)

Any Israeli institution with public funding that mentions, teaches, or mourns the the Nakba (Arabic for “catastrophe”) can be fined, and individuals can be sentenced to prison for their involvement. Recently this law threatened to cause trouble for the Israeli non-profit organization Zochrot as they prepared for their second annual “48 mm—International Film Festival on Nakba and Return” in Tel Aviv.

PA considers ‘re-defining security coordination’ with Israel in wake of Palestinian govt minister death

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Funeral for Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein at the seat of the Palestinian government, the Muqataa, in al-Bireh, near Ramallah, December 11, 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Shop windows in Ramallah were shuttered yesterday within hours of Minister Ziad Abu Ein’s death from a heart attack following an assault by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Turmusaya. Thousands poured through the streets during a state funeral held today with a ceremony at the Muqataa, the seat of the Palestinian Authority and a procession to a nearby cemetery.

The Israel of your dreams has turned into a nightmare: A letter to Jewish students

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Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters)

Israeli academic Simona Sharoni writes: “I am writing to you because the Israel of my childhood and of your dreams has become a nightmare, which we can no longer ignore. The passing of the “Jewish Nation-State bill” by the Israeli government makes clear what Palestinian citizens of Israel have known for years: that Israel is a democracy for Jews only. By legalizing its Apartheid policies, the Israeli government has forced us to re-evaluate our relationship to Israel.”

Israel begins criminal investigations into killings during ‘Operation Protective Edge’

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An image of three Palestinian children running along the beach to escape Israeli fire before they were killed. This is one of the cases the Israeli military will be investigating. (Image: Twitter)

Ynet reports: “The Military Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of 50 Palestinians during Operation Protective Edge, the IDF said on Saturday night following a decision by the Military Advocate General (MAG) to expand criminal investigations against IDF soldiers over a number of incidents that occurred in the Gaza Strip during the summer’s military operation”