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Unprecedented wave of demolitions in first week of 2017 targets Palestinian village for the 12th time
Sarah Bedson, Palestine Monitor 1/14/2017
     Khirbet Tana - 2016 marked an unprecedented number of West Bank demolitions and displacement since OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) records began in 2009. Throughout the course of the year, Israeli authorities demolished or seized 1,089 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank, displacing 1,593 Palestinians and affecting the livelihoods of another 7,101. Nevertheless, the first week of 2017 shows Israel’s determination to top previous figures, with the number of Palestinian structures targeted being over three times as high as the 2016 weekly average. Khirbet Tana is a remote Palestinian village nestled in a valley east of Beit Furik in the Nablus governorate. Approximately 250 residents live there in a variety of makeshift and permanent structures including tents and caves, beside steel structures for their cattle. This community, dotted across the hillside, has existed in the area for decades, relying on herding and agriculture for their livelihood. The majority of the people here also have a home in Beit Furik, but as there is no land for their sheep there, the Khirbet Tana region remains both their grazing area and winter habitat. At 7am on Tuesday the 3rd of January, three Israeli bulldozers and ten military vehicles rolled into the village, unannounced, for the twelfth time since 2005. They subsequently razed 49 structures belonging to 14 families, six being homes. 29 people, 15 of them minors, were left homeless. “I was so frightened. They didn’t even talk to us, they destroyed everything and left”, a mother from the village, Salma Hanini, stated. She also explained how their car had been stolen by an Israeli soldier during the raid, just like their previous car in 2016. “They put a military jeep in the road to create a flying checkpoint and didn’t let anybody in or out – not even journalists,” Salma said. Wasif Hanini described how they always pay attention to the weather forecast because demolitions usually occur during poor weather. “They know that if the lambs are out in the cold, they will die,” he said. Sure enough, on Tuesday morning, it was raining.
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It didn't have to be this way in East Jerusalem's Silwan
Hussam Abed, +972 Magazine 1/12/2017
     The neighborhood of Batan al-Hawa is today the site of major friction and tensions between Palestinian residents, Jewish settlers and the massive security presence that accompanies them. But things weren’t always like this, and they don’t have to be.
     Try and imagine this: Jews move into a Palestinian village and are welcomed with open arms. They become part of the local economy, share in joyous occasions and sad ones, and together with their neighbors form a unique, rich human tapestry. The tensions are the same you’d find in any society: they are not shaped along the rigid lines of ethnic, national or religious identity.
     Now return to the reality I see daily as a B’Tselem field researcher in the neighborhood of Batan al-Hawa, where the largest expulsion effort from East Jerusalem in our time is underway. The settlers encroaching on this neighborhood, which Israel annexed in 1967, come not as neighbors but as occupiers. The foothold they have taken in Batan al-Hawa in recent years is based on a legal battle in which they claim ownership of Palestinian homes that were in Jewish hands before 1948.
     This is violent dispossession rooted in discriminatory legislation: Palestinian families are being thrown out of their homes, which are then taken over for the purpose of “Judaizing” the neighborhood. A right of return of sorts — one of the many privileges that the State of Israel bestows on Jews only. Several Palestinian families in Batan al-Hawa have already been evicted in this way, and eviction claims are pending against 81 more. The claims were filed by settler organization Ateret Cohanim, a key player in this dispossession process, which has the support and cooperation of government ministries and of the Jerusalem Municipality.
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Zionists threaten British government over illegal settlement vote at the UN
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/12/2017
     The powerful pro-Israel Zionist lobby in Britain, which wields money and influence within parliament, is threatening to bring down the entire Conservative-led government over an escalating row which has been simmering for weeks, long before last week’s Israeli Embassy scandal erupted. Zionist support for Israel has often led to accusations of political manipulation inside the British government and the accusations were apparently vindicated when an embassy official was caught on camera plotting to “take down” MPs who are vocal in their support of Palestine.
     However, it has now emerged that while the diplomatic spat between the Israeli Embassy and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been played out in banner headlines across the front pages, a far more sinister row has been brewing behind the scenes over the British government’s support for UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israel’s illegal settlements. In a copy of a redacted email and other material seen by MEMO, a direct threat was made to the chair of Conservative Friends of Israel, Sir Eric Pickles MP, from one of the most senior figures in the Zionist lobby. The email delivers a blunt message: Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson should be “made to understand that Jewish support for the Conservative Party at the next General Election is at risk.”
     The explosive threat was sent to Pickles and copied in to Lord (Stuart) Polak, a long-term Conservative Friends of Israel director who was given a peerage in 2015. He stood down from his CFI role ahead of his appointment to the House of Lords.
     With the bold header of “UNSC Resolution 2334”, the email’s author — whose identity is not known by MEMO — wanted to record his “utter dismay” at the British government’s decision to support the resolution, which was passed just before Christmas. The author, whose name is redacted from the email shown to MEMO, lays the blame entirely at the feet of May and Johnson....
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Israel Lobby: Insidious threats should be feared
Robert Grenier, Al Jazeera 1/13/2017
     As Al Jazeera exposes a brazen influence campaign in the UK, a retired CIA official explores the boundaries of lobbying.
     It really should come as no surprise. All the factors are there, and they are known. Anyone who follows the Palestinian issue knows that the Israeli government is currently obsessed with BDS, the worldwide movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
     The Israelis themselves have made it clear that international "de-legitimisation" constitutes the greatest threat to their state, as currently constituted, and they're hardly taking it lying down. And the fact that Israel has a potent international lobbying capacity, particularly in the US and the UK, through which the Israelis have long employed foreign organisations to leverage and enhance their influence in key foreign capitals, is hardly a secret.
     And yet … and yet, Al Jazeera's undercover investigation of Israel's anti-BDS covert influence campaign in the UK still manages to shock.
     The shock I have in mind, though, is one which gradually grows in the mind of the viewer. It is not what one would think - the scandal on which the British press and a number of prominent political figures are focused, albeit with good reason.
     Yes, the idea that a representative of a friendly power would express willingness to support an effort to "take down" a British government politician whose views are deemed inconvenient to Israel is the stuff of classic hostile espionage, and an easy outrage upon which to focus.
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François Hollande's final love song for Israel
Electronic Intifada: 16 Jan 2017 - Paris summit aimed to reinforce two-state solution as best way to preserve Israel as a racist state.
Conservative anger grows at Israel's UK plot
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jan 2017 - Parliament to probe the Israeli embassy plot.
A Gaza friendship
Electronic Intifada: 16 Jan 2017 - Adli lost his left leg in an Israeli attack, and Mansour his right.
Warnings of One State and ‘Palestinian Mob’: New Israeli Ad Campaign ‘Racist’
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Jan 2017 - Former senior Israeli defense officials rolled out a massive ad campaign in Israel on Sunday “warning” Israelis of a single-state with a Palestinian majority if the two state-solution is not implemented as the end goal in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The former officials are members of a group known as Commanders for Israel’s Security, “which is made up of approximately 200 former top officials from the country’s security services and is dedicated to advancing the two-state solution,” according to the Times of Israel. The ad campaign featured pictures of Palestinian crowds, which the Times of Israel referred to as a “Palestinian mob,” overlaid with the caption “Soon we will be the majority” written in Arabic, and “Palestine: One state for two people” in English. Ad campaign for an Israeli 'pro-separation' group ft. Palestinians warning "Soon we shall be the majority" https://t.co/b4YDz34tVe pic.twitter.com/KgTdwbesVr — Ben White (@benabyad) January 15, 2017 The ads...
The Paris Peace Conference: A Funeral without a Corpse
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Jan 2017 - By Motasem A. Dalloul – Gaza The conference held in Paris on Sunday looking at the Palestine-Israel conflict concluded with the usual final statement calling for Palestinian and Israeli commitment to the two-state solution; among other things it encouraged “meaningful” direct negotiations and called on both sides to “refrain from unilateral steps”. The conference was like a funeral with lots of mourners, but no corpse. Neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis went to Paris, despite “their” conflict being the focus of attention; they didn’t have any official representation at all. Furthermore, the French government went ahead with the conference even though the Israelis rejected it in advance; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described it as “futile” and dismissed it as being “among the last twitches of the world of yesterday.” Of course, the Palestinian Authority leadership applauded Paris although it knows that it will not have any impact on the ground....
Palestinian Political Factions Object to Paris Peace Conference
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Jan 2017 - In spite of the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority’s endorsement of a peace conference being held in Paris on Sunday, other Palestinian factions were opposed to the premise of the international summit, and said they were not expecting any diplomatic breakthroughs. Kayid al-Ghoul, a senior leader in the Gaza Strip for the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) told Ma’an on Sunday that he expected the administration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to turn to the United States to foil any possible outcome, five days ahead of the inauguration of US President-Elect Donald Trump — a vocal supporter of illegal Israeli settlements. Al-Ghoul said that the premise of the conference, which is expected to recommend the resumption of peace negotiations toward a two-state solution, meant “bypassing the right of return and self determination” for Palestinians. #Israel – #Palestine conflict resolution conference kicks off in Paris https://t.co/jbNNERTOBZ #Internacionall pic.twitter.com/9ctFhHfcok...
Peace Conference Begins in Paris to Reaffirm ‘Two-state Solution’
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Jan 2017 - An international peace conference involving more than 40 foreign ministers and senior diplomats from 75 countries began in Paris on Sunday morning, aimed at renewing efforts to resolve the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the two-state solution. The Paris conference has been welcomed by the Palestinian Authority, while the Israeli government has boycotted the summit for its exclusion of Palestinian and Israeli officials, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisting ‘bilateral negotiations’ were the only viable option for peace talks. The Israeli prime minister has also referred to the conference as “Palestinian deceitfulness under French auspices, aimed at adopting further anti-Israeli positions.” Paris summit tackles elusive Israel-Palestine peace; Israeli and Palestinians representatives absent from talks https://t.co/PHvPtRQBEK pic.twitter.com/355W22oL1A — Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) January 15, 2017 However, French President Francois Hollande assured on Thursday that the conference would not aim to replace bilateral negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc...
Exposing ‘The Lobby’ – Episodes 1-4 (VIDEOS)
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Jan 2017 - The Lobby episode 1: The battle for Britain’s youth In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera goes undercover inside the Israel Lobby in Britain. They expose a campaign to infiltrate and influence youth groups, including the National Union of Students, whose president faces a smear campaign coordinated by her own deputy and supported by the Israel Embassy. The Lobby episode 2: The training session In part two of The Lobby, Al-Jazeera’s undercover reporter joins a delegation from the Israeli Embassy at last year’s Labor Party Conference. The program reveals how accusations of anti-Semitism were made against key Labor Party members – and how a former official at the Israeli Embassy was upset when her background was revealed. The Lobby episode 3: The anti-Semitic trope In part three of The Lobby, Al-Jazeera’s undercover reporter travels to the Labor Party Conference, revealing how accusations of anti-Semitism by group within Labor...
The Destiny Line: A Fictional Work Dealing with Facts of Life under Occupation
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Jan 2017 - By Denis A. Conroy “My interests (as an old man) are directed towards keeping truth, based on facts (of course) from disappearing beneath the dust that accumulates on ‘reports (relevant to situations as they now stands)’ that may be consigned to the bottom drawer, or worse, the vault. “The International Federation for Human Rights (fidh by its French acronym), is one such report that should not be buried beneath the dust of history. The Report is available at corporatewatch.org. It reveals a grim picture of depredation and is therefore used as the basis for this story. “The purpose in writing this story, is to remind those who already know that these condition exist and that they are as unacceptable now as they were when first reported.” Saul Fire used to sing his own version of ”Dem Dry Bones” as he did the rounds of Ofer Prison, an adjunct of the...

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