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Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan 29.4.2016 AP Top News
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain "under Israel's sovereignty permanently."...
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The Guardian view on antisemitism: stay vigilant on the left flank | Editorial 29.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
Anti-Jewish prejudice has been a recurrent problem across the political spectrum. After the Livingstone fiasco, Jeremy Corbyn must wake up to it – and root it out from his party No decent person wants to be called racist, and for those on the left the charge has a particular sting. The Labour party, and especially the radical fringe from which Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone emerged, has a proud history of anti-racist activism. But the party and the broad movement – which turned out on wet weekends to confront the National Front in the 70s, made noise against apartheid in the 80s, and then the BNP in the 90s – finds itself charged with being contaminated by antisemitism. And with singular crassness, instead of clearing the air on Thursday, Mr Livingstone encouraged the accusation. Complaints about antisemitism on the left have often cropped up over the years, and there is always an ill-advised temptation to shrug them off. Before the latest Livingstone fiasco, some of the Westminster voices who had ...
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Syria’s peace talks begin to look like a cover for more war 28.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Parties are paying lip-service to a ‘political solution’ even as a dysfunctional truce collapses around them

Bombs hitting hospitals, doctors and rescue workers killed, civilians starving, scores of dead and injured every day – the raw, bleeding statistics of Syria’s unending war are making a nonsense of an already fragile truce and destroying the slim hopes that peace talks can even carry on.

Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy for Syria, is a consummate diplomat, but this week he has struggled to mask a sense of rising panic – appealing to the US and Russia to come together to stave off what his humanitarian coordinator warned on Thursday would be a new “catastrophe” if violence did not stop.

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Despite the murals, Belfast is not Bethlehem with rain | Giles Fraser: Loose canon 28.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
In a city of peace walls, Catholics feel occupied, Protestants that they’ve an ancient claim to the land. So both appropriate the narratives of the Israel-Palestine conflict The Short Strand housing estate is a fiercely republican enclave in predominantly loyalist east Belfast . In these tightly packed streets, several thousand Catholics hunker down in an area of tens of thousands of Protestants. Close by one of the major routes of Orange Order marches, the Short Strand has long been a flashpoint. It was here that the IRA fought one of the first battles of the Troubles , resulting in three dead and 26 wounded. And there are still problems, with what some rather stupidly call “recreational rioting”. Stones and worse are regularly thrown over the peace wall separating the communities. On a good day, the estate seems unremarkable – except for a huge mural that runs alongside a strip of wasteland next to the shops. “Short Strand supports Gaza,” it reads. Beside it the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin ...
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Zionism and Hitler? A guide to the wild scandal rocking Britain's left 28.4.2016 Washington Post
Zionism and Hitler? A guide to the wild scandal rocking Britain's left
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Israeli prime minister rejects French peace conference initiative 28.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Office of Binyamin Netanyahu says best way to resolve conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is direct, bilateral negotiations Israel’s prime minister has rejected a French peace initiative to break the impasse in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. In a short statement issued a few hours before the start of the second Passover holiday in Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu’s office insisted formally that it saw no benefit to a proposed French peace conference mooted for later this year. The announcement comes ahead of a summit of foreign ministers at the end of May in Paris where participants had been expected to try and hammer out a “political horizon” to bring the two sides together later in the ...
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Labour battles allegations of anti-Semitism 28.4.2016 Hindu: Home
Naz Shah, a promising and rising Labour leader, issued an apology in the House of Commons on Wednesday for her online statements that she acknowledged were "anti-Semitic."
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UK Labour lawmaker suspended over anti-Israel comments 27.4.2016 Washington Post: World
Britain’s main opposition Labour Party, which has faced growing criticism over perceived anti-Semitism in its ranks, suspended a lawmaker on Wednesday for making anti-Israel posts on social media before she was elected to Parliament.
A Changing Discourse: Why Bernie Sanders' Critique of Israel Matters 26.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Bernie Sanders' calculated decision to criticize Israeli abuses was timid yet unprecedented, reflecting evolving views in the US. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) Bernie Sanders' recent critique of Israeli policies was timid, yet unprecedented, reflecting evolving views -- especially among young people in the US -- about Israel. Is the US ready to have a real discussion about our complicity in Israeli state violence for the first time in decades? Bernie Sanders' calculated decision to criticize Israeli abuses was timid yet unprecedented, reflecting evolving views in the US. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today. Bernie Sanders' criticism of Israel at the Democratic debate in Brooklyn , New York, on April 15 was not especially harsh. The presidential candidate said "we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity" and that Israel used ...
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Bradford MP Naz Shah quits as McDonnell's PPS after antisemitic posts 26.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Labour MP resigns as aide over ‘relocate Israeli Jews to US’ post but remains on committee reporting on antisemitism

The Bradford MP Naz Shah has stepped down as the parliamentary private secretary to the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, over antisemitic Facebook posts.

In a series of social media posts, Shah said Israeli Jews should be “relocated” to the US and posted an article that likened Zionism to al-Qaida.

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The tricky triangle of Iran, Russia and Israel 25.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

On the complex regional chess board, Iran wants better relations with Moscow even as the Russians have extended their intelligence co-operation with Israel in Syria

Ali Larijani, Iran’s parliamentary speaker, has long been an advocate of better relations with Russia and his recent interview with TASS, in which he spoke of Iran’s “eastern orientation, first of all towards Russia…[as] the country’s strategic choice”, is no surprise.

But Iran’s relationships with all international powers are becoming more nuanced as the result of changes in the region. Last July’s nuclear agreement with world powers, including the ‘Great Satan’, has helped produce a diplomatic palate with many shades of grey. There are few steadfast allies or implacable enemies.

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Israeli UN Ambassador: Direct diplomacy is the only way to peace 25.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

As President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon both prepare to leave office in the coming months, there are increasing calls for these world leaders to back a new Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative.Some are planning an international summit; others call for a renewed...

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French initiative to hold peace talks 'waste of time': Hamas 24.4.2016 New Kerala: World News
Gaza, April 24 : The Islamic Hamas movement on Sunday said the French initiative to hold an international peace conference to end the decades of conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis is "a waste of time and a vaudeville".
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Who agrees with Bernie Sanders on Israel? Large numbers of Americans. 22.4.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Polls show that Americans are pretty even-handed when it comes to Israel-Palestinian issues.
AB Yehoshua: ‘Instead of dealing with Palestine, the new generation do a play or write a story’ 22.4.2016 Guardian: Comment is Free
The acclaimed Israeli novelist on the political role of the writer and why it is time to rethink the two-state solution They are, if not the holy trinity, then at least the hallowed trio. Amos Oz , David Grossman and AB Yehoshua – once hailed as “the three tenors” of Israeli literature, who have for decades served an exalted double role. Inside the country, they are the unofficial liberal conscience of the nation: delivering rousing speeches at demonstrations or firing off newspaper polemics that burn with righteous indignation, whether lamenting Israel’s march rightward, denouncing its presence in the territories occupied since 1967 or making the deeply unfashionable case for peace with the Palestinians. Outside Israel, where literary prizes are heaped on them with unflagging regularity, they offer those same red-hot criticisms – but at the same time, and with no contradiction, also mount a defence of Israel itself: not its governments, but its right to be there and what they see as its enduring ...
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No Reward for Sanders’s Israel Stance 20.4.2016 ConsortiumNews.com
Exclusive: Sen. Sanders showed guts when he broke from the political lock-step of unrestrained praise for Israel, but his loss in the New York primary shows there’s little reward for such courage, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry So much for…Read more →
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Biden expresses frustration with Israeli government 20.4.2016 Hindu: International
U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden on Monday acknowledged “overwhelming frustration” with the Israeli government and said the systemic expansion of Jewish settlements was moving Israel toward a dangerous ...
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The Sanders/Clinton Split on Israel 19.4.2016 ConsortiumNews.com
Because U.S. politicians reflexively bow to whatever Israel wants, any deviation is surprising, such as Bernie Sanders’s call to respect Palestinian rights, especially in contrast to Hillary Clinton’s Israel pandering, notes Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie Cohn An amazing thing happened…Read more →
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U.S. feels 'overwhelming frustration' with Israeli government: Joe Biden 19.4.2016 Hindu: International
"They are moving toward a one-state reality and that reality is dangerous," Mr. Biden said.
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Gaza fishermen take to the waters – in pictures 18.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

In early April, Israel expanded the fishing zone open to Palestinians to nine nautical miles off the Gaza coast. Israel had limited the area for security reasons during its conflict with Hamas

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