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International Middle East Media Center

Qaraqe Denies Misleading Israeli Reports About Detainees Ending Strike
IMEMC - 23 Apr 2017 - The head of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe denied, Sunday, misleading Israeli reports and false allegations, claiming that

Army Abducts Three Palestinians Near Tulkarem
IMEMC - 23 Apr 2017 - Several Israeli military jeeps invaded, on Sunday at dawn, Nour Shams refugee camp, east Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, searched many homes and abducted three young men. Media sources in Tulkarem...

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight, Summon Four, In Bethlehem
IMEMC - 23 Apr 2017 - Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, eight Palestinians, and summoned for others for interrogation, during extensive and violent searches of homes, in different parts of the West Bank governorate of Bethlehem. Several army jeeps invaded...

Palestinian Injured After An Israeli Colonist Settler Rammed Him With His Car
IMEMC - 22 Apr 2017 - Palestinian medical sources have reported Saturday, that a young man was injured when he was struck by a speeding Israeli colonist’s car, in the al-Mas’oudiyya area, west of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied...

Elderly Woman, Two Men, Wounded As Israeli Colonists Attack Nablus Villages; Soldiers Injure Four
IMEMC - 22 Apr 2017 - Groups of extremist Israeli colonists carried out, Saturday, a series of invasions into Palestinian towns, including attacking a number of homes, in the northern West Bank governorate of Nablus, wounding an elderly woman and two young...

Israel Transfers Corpse Of Slain Palestinian Teen To His Family
IMEMC - 22 Apr 2017 - The Israeli Authorities allowed, Friday, the transfer of the corpse of a Palestinian teen, who was shot dead by the Israeli police officers, on April 1 st , 2017, to the Palestinian side. The Palestinian,

Israeli Soldiers Assault Hunger Striking Detainees In Nitzan Prison
IMEMC - 22 Apr 2017 - Undercover soldiers of the Israeli Prison Administration assaulted, Friday, several hunger-striking Palestinian detainees in Nitzan Prison, in Ramla, and unleashed their dogs on them, during violent searches of the detainees and their rooms. In a statement...

Israeli Soldiers Fire on Agricultural Lands, Shepherds in Gaza
IMEMC - 21 Apr 2017 - Israeli forces, on Friday, opened fire on Palestinian agricultural lands and shepherds in the southern and central Gaza Strip, said WAFA sources. Forces opened fire on Palestinian shepherds while they were grazing their livestock along the...

VIDEO: Extremist Settlers Attack and Injure Activists Accompanying Palestinian Shepherds
IMEMC - 21 Apr 2017 - Israeli media published  video on Friday night which shows  masked Israeli settlers attacking activists accompanying Palestinian shepherds in the occupied West Bank . The video show settlers throwing stones at the activists, who belong to the Ta’ayush...

This Week in Palestine Week 16 2017
IMEMC - 21 Apr 2017 - Download / Listen Here Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.

Ha'aretz Defense page

Secret documents show how Israel tried to evade international scrutiny of occupation
Ha'aretz - In two cables from '67 and '68, Foreign Ministry officials admit violations of Geneva Conventions, instruct diplomats how to evade need for compliance by eschewing use of the word ‘occupation.’

Ma'an News


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The National

Saudi and France: Iran nuclear deal must avoid destabilising region
The National 5 May 2015 - Two nations believe that any future deal between Iran and six major powers must ensure not to destabilise the region further and threaten Iran’s neighbours, the two countries said ahead of a GCC summit in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Aljazeera

AlJazeera

Israel-Europe gas deal sparks criticism
AlJazeera 23 Apr 2017 - Palestinians living under occupation will 'continue to be further brutalised' by expansion of Israel's gas industry.

Palestine News Network

Israel 2015: A government of extremists in charge of an-out-of control military
PNN - 27 May 2015 - IPSC Shocking Israeli officials' words and soldiers' testimonies of criminality reinforce immediate need for arms embargo and other sanctions

Weak performance in Palestinian industrial sector leads to economic slowdown
PNN - 27 May 2015 - PNN / Ramallah/ The PMA has released the results of its Business Cycle Index (PMABCI) for May 2015. The results showed that the overall PMABCI has decreased from 16.3 points during April to around -0.1 points this month. This came as a result of a notable decline in the business cycle in the West Bank (WB), with a slighter fall in Gaza Strip (GS).

Israel has violated the international law in Palestine, Syria and Iraq, says IP
PNN - 27 May 2015 - PNN / Bethlehem/ In a statement, the office of the minister of foreign affairs, Haytham Abu Sa'id, stated that the 25 May arrest of Dr. Aziz Dweik, head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), and his subsequent 12 month confinement by the Ofer court, violated the most basic international laws. This takes into account that Palestine is now a member of the United Nations, and must therefore be afforded full political and sovereign rights accordingly.

IRIN

IRIN

Is the Yemen peace deal for real?
IRIN JERUSALEM 08 October 2015 (IRIN) - Yemen's Houthi rebels say they are committed to peace, but is the deal for real? IRIN asks the experts. >

Inter Press Service

Inter Press Service

Dispute Settlement Becomes Speculative Financial Asset
IPS Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) will thus strengthen perverse incentives for foreign investors at the expense of local businesses and the public interest. Credit: IPS By Jomo Kwame Sundaram KUALA LAMPUR, Apr 19 2017 (IPS) Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and free trade agreements (FTAs) have...

Stop The Wall

Stop The Wall

Palestinian people support mass prisoners hunger strike
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Pal prisoners protest Monday 17th April marked Palestinian prisoners day. As Palestinians remember their friends and relatives who have been detained at the hands of the Israeli state, over one thousand Palestinian prisoners began a mass hunger strike - the largest in recent years. The...

Protests in Solidarity for Prisoners Hunger Strike
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign prisoners protest 2 As Palestinian political prisoners enter into the sixth day of their freedom and dignity hunger strike, prisoners are being transferred into solitarily confinement, denied solicitor visits and one hunger striker has taken ill and been transferred to hospital. Tensions are high and...

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PCHR Weekly Report


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International Solidarity Movement


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Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Secret documents show how Israel tried to evade international scrutiny of occupation
Ha'aretz 18 Sep 2016 - In two cables from '67 and '68, Foreign Ministry officials admit violations of Geneva Conventions, instruct diplomats how to evade need for compliance by eschewing use of the word ‘occupation.’

The Guardian

The Guardian

Ha'aretz National page

Two members quit Israeli curriculum panel over exclusion of novel on Jewish-Arab romance
Ha'aretz - 11 Jul 2016

Relief Web

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Syrian Arab Republic: 2017 UN Inter-Agency Humanitarian Operations (as of 19 April 2017)
Relief Web 23 Apr 2017 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching 564,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas...

occupied Palestinian territory: Al Mezan condemns kidnapping of Al-Zeq and requests a thorough investigation of the incident
Relief Web 23 Apr 2017 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory On Wednesday, 19 April 2017, in Al Shejaiya quarter in Gaza City anonymous armed individuals kidnapped Mahmoud Al-Zeq, Secretary of the National Action Committee in Gaza, and took him...

occupied Palestinian territory: From trigger-happy to shoot-to-kill: Israeli security forces killed 101 Palestinians, incl. 31 minors in 2016
Relief Web 22 Apr 2017 - Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory In 2016, Israeli security forces killed 101 Palestinians, including 31 minors. Ninety of the casualties were killed in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), eight...

YNet News

YNet News

B'tselem

B’Tselem Executive Director, Hagai El-Ad, to lay out the reality of the occupation in a special discussion about settlements at the United Nations Security Council
13 Oct 2016 - B’Tselem Executive Director, Hagai El-Ad, will review the current state of affairs in the OPT in a special meeting about construction in the settlements, before a forum that includes all 15 Security Council member states. The...

Daily Star

Daily Star

Plight of Palestinians spans five generations
Daily Star 23 Apr 2017 As a boy, Palestinian Abdullah Abu Massoud fled the war over the creation of Israel in 1948 and sought refuge in the nearby Gaza Strip.

German foreign minister to press Israel for two-state solution
Daily Star 23 Apr 2017 Deep and unbreakable ties between Germany and Israel are part of Germany’s national identity and pillars of its foreign policy, but Berlin will continue to press for a two-state solution, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Sunday.

Iran to air live presidential debates after U-turn
Daily Star 23 Apr 2017 Iran will air live debates on state television ahead of May’s presidential election, the Interior Ministry said Sunday, reversing a decision to show recorded versions that had triggered an outcry.

Palestinian teen arrested over attack: Israeli police
Daily Star 23 Apr 2017 A Palestinian teenager stabbed and slightly wounded four Israelis in Tel Aviv Sunday, police said, adding that the suspect was arrested and being questioned.

Iran elections have history of dark horses
Daily Star 23 Apr 2017 Election season is underway in Iran and the rumor mill is in overdrive as the public tries to divine the backroom machinations that have thrown up major surprises in the past.

Saudi king names son as envoy to Washington
Daily Star 23 Apr 2017 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a decree late Saturday naming one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes against Daesh (ISIS), as the kingdom’s new ambassador to the U.S.

Lebanese voters cast ballots in French election
Daily Star 23 Apr 2017 French citizens in Lebanon lined up outside polling stations Sunday to cast their votes in the first round of France’s high-stakes presidential election.

Romanians arrested for selling fake gold in Sidon
Daily Star 23 Apr 2017 The following security-related incidents took place across Lebanon over the weekend.

Army kills Daesh emir, arrests nine extremists
Daily Star 23 Apr 2017 The Lebanese Army killed a Daesh (ISIS) emir and arrested nine suspected extremists in north Lebanon over the weekend, in what sources say could be early stages of an expansion of the militarys’ presence along the...

UNIFIL inaugurates new bridge in Shebaa
Daily Star 23 Apr 2017 A new bridge in the southern town of Shebaa in Hasbaya was inaugurated Sunday morning, according to a press release from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian Information Center

Los Angeles Times


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New York Times

Oldest Holocaust Museum Recasts Lessons as ‘a Warning Sign’
New York Times 23 Apr 2017 - With fewer survivors to bear witness, the Ghetto Fighters’ House in Israel is focusing less on treating the Holocaust as static history and more on using it to inform ways to address today’s challenges.

Misc


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Articles
That barbecue outside a hunger strike prison exposes Israeli settlers’ blind hatred
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/21/2017
      In their blind hatred, some Israelis have a tendency to score some spectacular own goals and I’d like to bet that the bizarre barbecue held outside a prison where Palestinian political prisoners are on hunger strike is one of them. Members of the far right party National Union said that the purpose of their rather pathetic stunt on Thursday was to taunt Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. It seems odd that grown men would invest so much of their time and energy to do this but those taking part said they wanted to “celebrate the hunger strike” and “break the spirit” of the strikers, in the hope that the smell of the meat would waft into the prison. Did they honestly think that prisoners who have taken the huge decision to go on hunger strike would abandon their protest just because they could smell some kosher lamb chops being done to a turn on the other side of the prison wall?
     My guess is that the settlers’ efforts would simply have made the hunger strikers more determined in their heroic food boycott behind bars, which was clearly having the desired effect on their gaolers. As anyone who has ever organised a campaign knows, as far as an activist is concerned, the worst reaction towards their activism is complete indifference, so it is obvious to anyone watching that the hunger strike called and led by popular Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi is having a serious psychological impact on Israeli society.
     The hunger strike has received widespread coverage within Palestine and around the world, with demonstrations and rallies of support. Lawyers acting for the Palestinian prisoners have also decided to suspend professional appearances in front of Israel’s military courts in solidarity with their clients.
     International support for Palestinians is already increasing because of the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which started with a 2005 call by Palestinian academics....
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PA President Mahmoud Abbas needs to decide which side he’s on
Dr Daud Abdullah, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/21/2017
      It is perfectly normal for Palestinians to have political differences with the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), but it is wholly unacceptable for any Palestinian, official or otherwise, to call for the destruction and burning of the Gaza Strip in order to crush the group. Such threats are manifestly shameful and can only result in national disaster.
     The fact that they have been issued by officials in Ramallah with increasing regularity reveals the extent to which the Palestinian Authority has become embedded with the Israeli occupation, aside from “security cooperation”. The interests of PA officials, as well as their motives and ways of thinking, seem to be in complete sync with that of their Israeli counterparts. So intertwined with Israel is the PA rhetoric, in fact, that it is almost impossible to distinguish which is which.
     Listen, for example, to any of the weekly sermons delivered in Ramallah’s Tashrifat Mosque by Mahmoud Habbash, the supreme judge and presidential advisor on religious affairs; compare their tone and content to statements by Israeli officials and you’ll find one fundamental message: there can be no peace or reconciliation with Hamas, so military confrontation is both desirable and inevitable. It is a truly scandalous state of affairs.
     If seen from the point of view of national liberation and independence, instead of seeking to smash Hamas the PA should welcome the fact that the Israeli occupation army can no longer enter the Gaza Strip at will to vandalise and destroy the homes of Palestinian civilians or abduct their children. It should celebrate the fact that there are no Israeli settler gangs in the enclave that can destroy olive groves belonging to Palestinians and steal more of their land. Needless to say, the Israelis do all of these and more on the outskirts of Ramallah without as much as a whimper from the authority. When Palestinian villagers hold weekly protests at the growth of illegal settlements on their land and are attacked by Jewish settlers or Israeli soldiers — sometimes both at once — the PA’s 70,000 “security officers” are nowhere to be seen.
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Wave of settler violence hits Palestinian villages in West Bank
Yael Marom, +972 Magazine 4/23/2017
      Settlers from the radical Yitzhar settlement attack Palestinians in Urif and Huwwara, just one day after Israeli activists were assaulted by masked settlers in the Jordan Valley.
     Dozens of Jewish settlers assaulted Palestinians in two separate West Bank villages on Saturday, just one day after settlers attacked and injured left-wing Israelis in the Jordan Valley.
     Israelis from the radical Yitzhar settlement carried out two waves of attacks on the village of Urif, near Nablus. Four Palestinians were injured in the initial assault, and although residents of the village alerted Israeli security forces about the violence, the soldiers and police who arrived on the scene simply ordered the attackers away and did not arrest anyone.
     Shortly after, an even bigger group of settlers returned to Urif and started attacking again. A building in the village was damaged and car windshields smashed. This time round, the army entered the village, only to fire rubber bullets at Palestinians who were trying to drive the settlers back by throwing stones at them. According to witnesses, the settlers then started uprooting olive trees, even starting a fire.
     A few hours later, Israelis from Yitzhar set out for a further round of violence, this time in the village of Huwwara, also close to Nablus. They threw stones, smashed windows and attacked Palestinians, injuring three — including a woman who received a head wound. According to B’Tselem, her injury was serious, although not life-threatening.
     Zacharia Sadeh, of Rabbis for Human Rights, told Local Call that the settlers who attacked Huwwara passed an IDF outpost on their way to the village.
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We can expect even more Israeli propaganda to infiltrate our social networks
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/21/2017
      Earlier this month, the liberal Zionist Haaretz newspaper reported that the Israeli government has purchased a new software system which will enable it to “plant” its propaganda online. The system, created by an Israeli company called Buzzilla, will allow ministries “to monitor social media in general and specific users in particular.”
     The automated, or semi-automated, system means that Israel can have its agents and employees joining online conversations while posing as ordinary members of the public. The objective is to improve Israel’s failing public image around the world.
     Such “astroturfing” efforts are not entirely unusual. Badly-behaving corporations and authoritarian regimes the world over are known to employ such tactics. It is unsurprising that the apartheid regime would stoop to such a level; Israel and its surrogates have, after all, long experience in this.
     In a 2014 undercover investigation for The Electronic Intifada, I revealed that the website Israel21c was hiring students to pose as ordinary members of the public in online forums in order to spread pro-Israel propaganda. Israel21c is an odd little website which contains a flurry of puff pieces about the supposed positive side of the Zionist state. It pushes out feel-good stories about Israeli high tech developments and the country’s supposed green credentials. The idea is to distract conversations about Israel away from its war crimes, apartheid laws and other human rights abuses.
     The website itself is not very widely known, but it has had a certain success in “planting” its stories in the mainstream media. Indeed, it has boasted of this using a strikingly similar turn of phrase to the new software system purchased by the Israeli government. One example from 2015 came when a New York Times story....
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Electronic Intifada
Israel punishes hunger strikers for demanding their rights
Electronic Intifada: 22 Apr 2017 - Israeli minister vows to emulate Thatcher’s brutal approach to Irish hunger strikers. more..

In Gaza

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Palestine Chronicle
Mahmoud Abbas Needs to Decide which Side He’s On
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Apr 2017 - By Dr. Daud Abdullah It is perfectly normal for Palestinians to have political differences with the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), but it is wholly unacceptable for any Palestinian, official or otherwise, to call for the destruction and burning of the Gaza Strip in order to crush the group. Such threats are manifestly shameful and can only result in national disaster. The fact that they have been issued by officials in Ramallah with increasing regularity reveals the extent to which the Palestinian Authority has become embedded with the Israeli occupation, aside from “security cooperation”. The interests of PA officials, as well as their motives and ways of thinking, seem to be in complete sync with that of their Israeli counterparts. So intertwined with Israel is the PA rhetoric, in fact, that it is almost impossible to distinguish which is which. Listen, for example, to any of the weekly sermons delivered in...more


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