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Trump brags he blew off calls from world leaders to give Adelsons the greatest gift: Jerusalem

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Sheldon Adelson at the RJC, from Amichai Stein's twitter feed. April 6, 2019.

Before Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017, he says he got calls from “presidents, dictators, prime minister, kings, queens– everybody” and didn’t take the calls. Similar pressure kept previous presidents from making the move, he told the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas yesterday, but moving the embassy made his biggest donors, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, very happy.

Trump’s Golan green light paves way to Israel’s annexation of West Bank

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President Donald Trump talks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jared Kushner in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.

US recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights will prove a boon for the Israeli right, which has been clamoring to annex vast areas of the West Bank and thereby drive a final nail into the coffin of the two-state solution. Israel’s right can now plausibly argue: “If Trump has consented to our illegal seizure of the Golan, why not also our theft of the West Bank?”

State Dept refers to Golan Heights and Palestinian Territories as ‘Israeli-controlled’ instead of ‘occupied’ in annual human rights report

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US human rights report occupation Israel Palestine

In what may signal a major break in longstanding US policy, the State Department referred to the occupied Syrian Golan Heights as “Israeli-controlled,” as opposed to the usual “Israeli-occupied,” for the first time in their 2018 human rights report published Wednesday. In the report, the State Department also failed to refer to the West Bank and Gaza Strip as occupied territories.

Druze Arabs in the occupied Golan Heights discuss borders, identity, colonialism and war

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Aaron Cantú visits Majdal Shams in the occupied Golan Heights and interviews Wael Tarabieh, who led a cultural center that became a center of local support for the Syrian revolution in 2011, and Kamara Abu Saleh, who works at the anti-occupation human rights group Al-Marsad. They discuss the changing understandings of Druze identity in Israel and the impact of the Syrian civil war on the Golan Heights.

Israel should give back the Golan

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Syria will not be stabilized, and ISIS will not be defeated, until Israel returns the Golan Heights and refugees are resettled on their lands

UN report debunks Israel’s Naksa propaganda

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Immediately after the Israeli military reportedly killed a number of unarmed demonstrators in the occupied-Golan Heights on June 5, Israel’s propaganda machine went into high gear. Newly-released details from a United Nations report authored by the Secretary General clearly show that the Israeli spin on the Naksa protests was just that: spin. The principle claim […]

U.S. media buys Israel’s Naksa spin that protesters were orchestrated

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Variations on the line the Israeli government fed to Israeli media yesterday about the killings of demonstrators in the Golan Heights Sunday have made their way to the U.S. media, despite there being little evidence produced to support their claims. The New York Times report is representative of how U.S. corporate media is covering the […]

Wait– did Israel lay a minefield in Golan in last 3 weeks to kill protesters?

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Marian Houk has a disturbing report at UN-Truth. The beginning of her post: There were several Israeli media reports published yesterday (in English) and today (in Hebrew) that the IDF has, in recent weeks, laid new minefields in the Golan — as part of the military preparations against continuing demonstrations at the “border”. According to […]

Israel spins the Naksa killings

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The Israeli government is in spin mode over yesterday’s events in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where hundreds of protesters calling for the right of return marched and were met with Israeli gunfire. If the repression inflicted on unarmed protesters three weeks ago during the Nakba protests are any guide, a heavy dose of skepticism and […]

Meretz’s boycott of settlement wines doesn’t include Golan Heights

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As you may know, Meretz-USA has interestingly taken the position of encouraging people not to buy “settlement wines” for Passover. It urges American Jews to boycott this group of six West Bank wineries. Meretz’s definition of settlements seems to exclude wines from the Golan Heights. But as Who Profits notes here, many Israeli settlement wines […]

Expansionist ‘NYT’ keeps annexing Golan Heights

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Last February the New York Times had to correct an article filed by Isabel Kershner: Correction: February 13, 2010 Because of an editing error, the dateline of the Ghajar Journal article on Feb. 3, about the uncertain future of the residents of Ghajar, a far-flung village that straddles the border convergence of Israel, Lebanon and […]

In any rational order, Lieberman would be a doorman

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Over the weekend Avigdor Lieberman said that the Golan Heights was part of Israel because the Sykes-Picot treaty (English-French-Russian agreement 1916) drawing a boundary line west of the Golan Heights was “imperialist” and “arbitrary.” Here is Yossi Gurvitz at 972, taking “Homo Sovieticus” and “doorman” Lieberman down. Here again we see an Israeli challenging the […]

Israel-centric Ethan Bronner cites Israeli law on East J’lem and Golan, ignoring crystal clear int’l standards

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Nestled in this all over-the-place article written by Ethan Bronner in today’s New York Times is this factually-challenged nugget: Both East Jerusalem and the Golan were officially annexed by Israel through parliamentary votes, so by Israeli law they count as Israeli territory. That is not true of the West Bank, which the Palestinians want as […]