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Etgar Keret: ‘Israelis boycott me as a traitor, and foreigners because I’m Israeli’ 1.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
The short story and essay writer on war, parenthood and the difficulties faced by the Israeli left The title of the Israeli writer Etgar Keret’s new collection of essays, The Seven Good Years , comes from the biblical story of the Pharaoh’s dream. One night, the Pharaoh has a vision of seven fat-fleshed cows and seven lean and ugly cows standing by a river. Joseph, who is called on for an interpretation, explains that seven years of abundance are coming to Egypt, followed by seven years of famine. “The seven good years were the years in which I was able to be both son to my father and father to my son,” explains Keret. “It was a time at which I could look back and see my past, and look forward and see my future. That may be something trivial for most people, but for my parents, coming from this black hole of the Holocaust, that sense of continuation was a desire or fantasy, and I guess that was projected on to me.” The man whose zany, inventive short stories once earned him a reputation as the enfant ...
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Israel’s hawks can dodge blame for this day of violence | Jonathan Freedland 1.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Two bloody attacks in 24 hours have laid bare a culture of impunity – and deep internal divisions The condemnations are striking but still they ring hollow. Binyamin Netanyahu denounced the arson attack by Jewish settlers on the West Bank home of the Dawabsha family, in which Ali Saad , a baby just 18 months old, was burned to death, as an “act of terrorism in every respect”. Netanyahu was joined by Naftali Bennett, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party , which is close to being the political wing of the settlers’ movement. Bennett described the murder as a “horrendous act of terror”. The defence minister , the army, they all condemned this heinous crime. Which is welcome, of course. It’s good that there were no ifs or buts, no attempts to excuse the inexcusable. But still it rings ...
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Palestinian toddler killed; Jewish arsonists suspected 31.7.2015 Hindu: Home
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was shocked and promised that "all means" would be used to bring the assailants to justice
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When Israel/Neocons Favored Iran 29.7.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Exclusive: The modern history of U.S.-Israeli-Iranian relations dates back 35 years to a time of political intrigue when Israel’s Likud leaders and the Reagan administration’s neocons secretly worked to arm Iran’s radical regime, an inconvenient truth given today’s anti-Iran hysteria, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry After the July 14 agreement between six world powers…
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The time isn't right for Labor to recognise Palestine. This preoccupation is miscued | Michael Easson 24.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Labor conference will debate the question of Palestinian recognition on Sunday. They should not ignore the complexities of the Middle East for domestic political reasons

A true friend of Israel is a friend of Palestine. Everyone participating at the national ALP conference this weekend believes that. So why not recognise Palestine now?

This idea divides Labor for three main reasons: differing views on the peace process, the practical realities of diplomacy, and context.

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Palestinian-funded TV channel for Israeli Arabs challenged 23.7.2015 AP Top News
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Now broadcasting live from a West Bank parking lot, a new Palestinian-funded satellite television channel for Israel's Arab citizens already found its studio closed before it could even fill its airtime....
Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine: Steadfastness, Creativity and Hope 20.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Former President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso ; Ela Bhatt , an Indian advocate for the poor and women's rights. Some of these individuals, including Mairead Maguire , and Luisa Morgantini, sustained injuries during the protests. Burnat explains that the impetus for Palestinians to resist is embedded in their daily reality - their lives and environment under occupation teach them to resist. "I learned a lot of methods from Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, but life teaches more. When you struggle and live the life under occupation; when you are suffering and in pain every day, it teaches you how to resist. It comes from the life. Nonviolent struggle comes from the life. We are a simple people and nonviolent resistance is a part of our lives." Creativity for Countering Repression, Celebrating Success Iyad discusses the process of coming up with the creative, diverse and ever-changing tactics and methods that are the hallmark of the village resistance movement. Members of the local ...
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Will Iran pact be followed by Israeli-Palestinian deal? Don’t count on it 20.7.2015 Washington Post: World
JERUSALEM — Following the signing of the Iran nuclear pact, many here wonder whether the Obama administration will try one more time to find a solution to the most elusive deal in the Middle East: the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read full article ...
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After diplomatic disappointments, Iran deal vindicates Kerry 18.7.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For John Kerry, vindication came at midnight....
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Before Homes Are Even Rebuilt in the Ruins of the Gaza Strip, Another War Looms 16.7.2015 Truthout.com
At a conference this May, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned that another crushing assault was inevitable, either in Gaza, southern Lebanon, or both. Gaza still reels from last summer's assault, yet there is no reason to doubt that the Israeli military will fulfill Yaalon's terrifying vow. Palestinians explore a home badly damaged by Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, August 21, 2014. (Wissam Nassar/The New York Times) In July 2014, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge - the third major assault on the Gaza Strip in six years, and the most deadly. One year later, two vitally important books - by Max Blumenthal, author of Goliath, and by Palestinian journalist and Gaza resident Mohammed Omer, who lived through the attack on the ground - tell the stories of this brutal, one-sided war. Both The 51 Day War and Shell-Shocked are available to order from Truthout today - for a limited time, get both together with one donation! "A fourth operation in the Gaza Strip is inevitable, just ...
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Israel strikes Gaza in response to rocket fire, no injuries 16.7.2015 Hindu: Home
The Israeli military says its warplanes have struck the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket launched from the coastal area into southern Israel. The military says the rocket landed early on...
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The Path Ahead for Palestine 15.7.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Israel under Prime Minister Netanyahu is showing no inclination to resolve the long-festering conflict with the Palestinians who remain harshly repressed in an apartheid-like system as Jewish expansion continues into Palestinian lands, a crisis that PLO leader Mustafa Barghouti describes to Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein The ongoing occupation and ethnic cleansing of…
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Touchy Issue: Talking with ‘Terrorists’ 13.7.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Official Washington often exacerbates foreign conflicts by shoving them into misshapen narratives or treating them as good-guy-vs.-bad-guy morality plays, rather than political disputes that require mediation. The problem is particularly tricky with “terrorist” groups, writes ex-CIA official Graham E. Fuller. By Graham E. Fuller I can’t believe that I’ve been outflanked on the Progressive Left by Fareed…
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Israel frees Palestinian hunger striker 12.7.2015 Hindu: International
Israel has released a Palestinian prisoner who recently ended a 55-day hunger strike. Looking thin and pale, Khader Adnan was transferred in an Israeli ambulance on Sunday and handed to the...
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After abstaining in anti-Israel vote, Indian official on Palestine visit 9.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
New Delhi, July 9 : Days after India abstained in a UNHRC vote against Israel over the 2014 Gaza conflict, a top Indian official visited Palestine during which he met President Mahmoud Abbas.
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Amid stalled reconstruction, UN official says 'root causes' of Gaza crisis still unresolved 9.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, July 9 : The root causes of last year's conflict in Gaza - which claimed nearly two thousand lives and ravaged large swathes of the Palestinian enclave - remain unaddressed despite a growing humanitarian crisis in the area, the head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has warned.
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Gaza conflict: one year on - then and now 8.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

July 8th marks the first anniversary of the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The 50-day conflict began when Israel launched an intense air and ground assault to put an end to constant rocket-fire from Gaza. It was the third major conflict between Israel and Hamas militants since the Islamist group seized control of Gaza in 2007. Last year’s fighting killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, as well as 73 Israelis, most of them soldiers. More than 100,000 buildings in Gaza were left damaged or destroyed. None has yet been rebuilt

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'Gaza is still in crisis' one year after hostilities, UN relief official warns, urging stepped-up recovery efforts 8.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, July 8 : One year after the escalation of hostilities in Gaza, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Robert Piper, today expressed concern over the ongoing humanitarian situation and the slow pace of reconstruction there.
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Boycott Israel drive gains strength, raising alarm 7.7.2015 AP Top News
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott campaign against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence....
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Standing up to academia's boycott on ideas 6.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
In March 2014, I stood with my co-teacher and 27 Vassar College students at the sparkling Auja Spring in the parched West Bank of the Palestinian territories. We listened attentively as environmental educators from the Auja Eco Center and a Palestinian graduate student from Al-Quds University ...
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