User: newstrust Topic: Israel-Palestine Conflict
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After Israeli elections, US Zionists cast votes of their own 18.4.2015 AP Top News
NEW YORK (AP) -- Call it the other Israel election....
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Did Money Seal Israeli-Saudi Alliance? 17.4.2015 Truthout.com
Secretary of State John Kerry walks alongside Saud al-Faisal, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, center, before a meeting with King Salman in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, March 5, 2015. (Evan Vucci/Pool via The New York Times) For more than half a century, Saudi Arabia has tried to use its vast oil wealth to build a lobby in the United States that could rival the imposing Israel Lobby. At top dollar, the Saudis hired law firms and PR specialists - and exploited personal connections to powerful families like the Bushes - but the Saudis never could build the kind of grassroots political organization that has given Israel and its American backers such extraordinary clout. Indeed, Americans who did take Saudi money - including academic institutions and non-governmental organizations - were often pilloried as tools of the Arabs, with the Israel Lobby and its propagandists raising the political cost of accepting Saudi largesse so high that many people and institutions shied away. But Saudi Arabia may have found ...
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Did Money Seal Israeli-Saudi Alliance? 15.4.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Did Money Seal Israeli-Saudi Alliance?
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Saudis Pour Oil on the Mideast Fire 14.4.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Saudis Pour Oil on the Mideast Fire
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The refugees of Yarmouk deserve better than silence | Mehdi Hasan 12.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
When Israel wages war on Palestinians, we speak out. But they are dying, right now, at the hands of an Arab regime Palestinian refugees are being starved, bombed and gunned down like animals. “If you want to feed your children, you need to take your funeral shroud with you,” one told Israeli news website Ynet. “There are snipers on every street, you are not safe anywhere.” This isn’t happening, however, in southern Lebanon, or even Gaza. And these particular Palestinians aren’t being killed or maimed by Israeli bombs and bullets. This is Yarmouk, a refugee camp on the edge of Damascus, just a few miles from the palace of Bashar al-Assad. Since 1 April, the camp has been overrun by Islamic State militants , who have begun a reign of terror: detentions, shootings, beheadings and the rest. Hundreds of refugees are believed to have been killed in what Ban Ki-moon has called the “deepest circle of hell”. But this isn’t just about the depravity of Isis. The Palestinians of Yarmouk have been bombarded and ...
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For American Israelis, rift between Obama and Netanyahu is family affair 11.4.2015 Washington Post: World
JERUSALEM — For many American Israelis, binational life is the best of two worlds. They travel with U.S. passports. Live in sunny Israel. Vote in both countries! And they say they can love America and Israel at the same time. But lately, the relationship resides under a new strain.Read full article ...
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Reasons for the Mideast’s Despair 10.4.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Reasons for the Mideast’s Despair
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Analysis: If seen as a sign of US weakness, Iran nuclear deal could have regional impact 6.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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A new exodus? The reality of being Jewish in Europe today 5.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
After a wave of antisemitic attacks across Europe, many Jews are wondering what the future holds. We hear seven contrasting voices, from France to Turkey These are gruelling times for those in Europe who identify themselves as Jewish or have a Jewish background. For many, it is a time of fear and distress. Antisemitism is on the rise, fed by trends that threaten the fabric of European consciousness and values. Extreme right-wing movements are thriving – and they often carry elements of age-old European antisemitism. Europe has also been hit by the sectarianism and fanaticism that seeps out of the Middle East. Violent jihadism has struck in Paris, Copenhagen, Brussels and Toulouse. Violent radicalised youths only represent a tiny minority of Muslims, but they are dangerous and their numbers are growing in Europe. Their ideology of hatred finds fertile ground in pauperised suburbs and the racism that populist parties promote when they stigmatise ...
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Sixty Percent of Global Drone Exports Come From Israel - New Data 2.4.2015 Truthout.com
Israel has supplied 60.7 percent of the world's drones since 1985, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.  As a result, Israel is the single greatest source of drone proliferation in the world. In second place is the United States, which accounts for 23.9 percent of global drone exports, followed by Canada at 6.4 percent, France at 1.6 percent, Austria at 1.4 percent, Italy at 1.1 percent, Germany at 1 percent and China at 0.9 percent.  Conversely, the United Kingdom is the world's number one importer of drones. Between 2010 and 2014, the UK bought 55 drones from Israel and six armed drones from the US, which accounted for one third of global drone deliveries in that time period.   The vast majority of the drone market is comprised of surveillance drones. The US, UK and Israel are the only countries in the world known to have used armed drones, deployed exclusively against nonwhite predominantly Muslim populations in nations and territories that have been ...
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The US-Israel-Iran Triangle’s Tangled History 2.4.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
The US-Israel-Iran Triangle’s Tangled History
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Palestinians join International Criminal Court to fight Israel 1.4.2015 Washington Post: World
JERUSALEM — The Palestinian Authority officially became a member state of the International Criminal Court at The Hague on Wednesday, opening an unprecedented new front in its self-declared “diplomatic war” against Israel.Read full article ...
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Associated Press names Karin Laub as chief of bureau for Jordan 1.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Palestinian Authority becomes member of international criminal court 1.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Move is welcomed by activists who see it as opportunity to bring accountability to years of conflict between Palestinians and Israel

The Palestinian Authority has become a member of the international criminal court and is marking the momentous occasion with a low-key ceremony at the court’s headquarters.

Palestinians signed the court’s founding treaty in January and it came into force on Wednesday, an event welcomed by activists who see it as an opportunity to bring accountability to years of conflict with Israel.

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APNewsBreak: France using US-Israel tensions to push for UN resolution on Mideast peace effort 31.3.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Despondent Gazans return to destroyed homes 31.3.2015 AP Top News
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Despondent over the slow pace of post-war reconstruction, displaced Gazans have begun to return to their damaged homes, patching up the structures with cinder blocks and plastic sheets and living in the unstable and unsafe buildings while they wait for promised aid to arrive....
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Maryland Senate race: Israel divides liberal Van Hollen and Edwards 28.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

House Democrats Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards have support from progressive groups, but Edwards’ votes on Iran and Israel could sink her

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They're Palestinians, not 'Israeli Arabs' 28.3.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Can you imagine reading an editorial in a respected newspaper today discussing the rights of "Negroes" or "Chinamen"? Probably not. And yet, like other newspapers in this country, The Times continues to use the generic term "Arabs" or "Israeli Arabs" to refer to the Palestinians who live...
Hezbollah leader blasts Saudi intervention in Yemen, says Riyadh backs extremists 28.3.2015 Star Tribune: World
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EU weighs new methods to coax Israel back to Middle East peace talks, might hit at trade 27.3.2015 Star Tribune: World
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