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Palestinian-Israeli Survey: Only a small majority of Israelis and Palestinians support a two-state solution
Editorial, Palestine Monitor 8/25/2016
     The majority of Israelis and Palestinians still support a two-state solution, despite a decline in the number of those supporting it.
     This Monday, for the 1st time in a decade, a Joint Poll surveying Palestinians and Israelis was released. This poll has been published by The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) in Jerusalem and The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah, in partnership with and support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and with funding from the European Union (EU).
     The poll surveyed one thousand Palestinians and one thousand Israelis. It focused on the public views on a permanent peace agreement, ability to trust and compromise with the other side, and mistrust and fear of the other.
     The results suggest that only a small majority of Palestinians (51%) and Israelis (59%; 53% of Jewish israelis and 87% of Arab Israelis) support a two-state solution. A quarter of Israeli and 35% of Palestinians support a one-state solution. And at the question who should broker a peace agreement. If posed with multinational negotiations, both Israelis (28%) and Palestinians (22%) would prefer support from an Arab forum
     The poll also revealed that when presented with a peace agreement package based on previous negotiations, only 39% of Palestinians and 46% of Israelis (39% of Israeli Jews and 90% of Israeli Arabs) said they support such a deal.
     The package included a de-militarized Palestinian state, Israeli withdrawal to the Green Line (pre-June 1967 lines) with equal territorial exchange as relevant, a family unification in Israel of 100,000 Palestinian refugees, West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
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Palestinians have no role to play in Israel's film academy
Rami Youni, +972 Magazine 8/25/2016
     Out of the 982 members of the Israeli Academy of Film and Television, there is not a single Palestinian.
     I leave my gear with the rest of the production team and go downstairs to take a walk around the village. At the village center I find a bit of shade overlooking the local pub. While sitting and rolling a cigarette, I notice a woman walking by with a garbage bag. “A local,” I think to myself, and decide to rid myself of the boredom that has come to be mixed with depression.
     “Excuse me,” I turn to her as cool as I can. “Do you know where the mosque is?”
     “What?” she answers in shock. I noticed her blue eyes still in shock when she started to shake her head for quite some time after I asked my question.
     She keeps walking. I sit and look at her. She throws a garbage bag right next to the entrance of the pub, before walking inside to say hello to someone. I wondered to myself what bothered her more: the fact that she lied to me, or the fact that she just walked into a mosque that had been stolen from its owners in order to say hello to a friend over a beer, before returning to the stolen Palestinian house she lives in, which has an “art gallery” in its yard. But at least they tell Palestinians to stop building mosques, right?
     I always hated the “artist colony” of Ein Hod, established in place of Ein Hud, a Palestinian village whose inhabitants were expelled from their homes. A few weeks ago the director of a movie I am producing decided to drive there and film some shots for a movie about the Nakba. Once we finished I pressed the crew to go back to the car. I’ll only come back here when Ein Hod goes back to being Palestinian, I told them.
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The Tunisian star who filled Palestinians with hope — for one night
Samah Salaime, +972 Magazine 8/23/2016
     For one night, Tunisian megastar Saber Rebaï brought Palestinians in the West Bank just a modicum of normalcy.
     Rawabi, Arabic for “hills,” is a sleek name for a Palestinian city that was recently built between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Surrounded by settlements on all sides, the place looks like a standard Israeli bedroom community and has been dubbed “the future of Palestine.”
     Yes, this is what they call virtually the sole real estate project promoted by the Palestinian Authority, with the support of moneyed investors like the Palestinian-American businessman Bashar Masri. According to the project’s publications, it is meant to bolster the Palestinian middle class and encourage young families to leave the densely populated cities and villages, buy a modern apartment and live and work in an environment where they can benefit from health services, public transportation, culture and leisure. Some 40,000 Palestinians are expected to move to the city in the near future.
     As always, this rather pretentious enterprise has received a fair share of criticism, including over Israel’s involvement in it. Israel actually controls the land on which Rawabi was built, and was the main supplier of the city’s building blocks. As we have come to learn, businessmen are less prone to let a national conflict get in their way, especially when their profits are at stake.
     To boycott or not to boycott?
     Why am I telling you all this? Because I went to Rawabi on Friday with my partner and son to attend a concert by Tunisian superstar Saber Rebaï, who has occupied the top of the Arab pops for more than two decades....
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The PA’s extension of Israeli colonial violence
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/25/2016
     The echelons of the power structure derived from the coloniser manifested itself in the brutal extrajudicial killing of Ahmed Halawa, who was beaten to death by PA security forces. A photo which circulating on social media showing Halawa’s bruised and swollen body has ignited much furore, however it was not enough to instigate a proper process against the perpetrators.
     Halawa, who was a leader affiliated to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, was arrested by PA security officers on Tuesday before dawn and taken to the Juneid security compound for questioning in relation to the clashes between Palestinians and security forces during house raids. Instead of questioning, the PA security forces embarked on an exhibition of macabre sensationalism, emulating Israel’s colonial violence to perfection.
     Since last October, the PA fluctuated between deploring extrajudicial killings and affirming continuation of security coordination with Israel. The latter’s extent was revealed in relation to Halawa’s murder. In the past month, testimonies relating to the PA security forces’ torture of Palestinian prisoners reverberated in the media. Halawa’s case should provoke a complete rethinking of the PA’s collaboration with Israel.
     It should not, however, be considered in isolation. One might remember the murder of PFLP member Omar Nayef Zayed, killed in the Palestinian Embassy in Bulgaria where he sought protection. While the cases are completely different, it is evident that the so-called legitimate representation of the Palestinian people which the international community has constantly promoted and praised is nothing but an elite group of collaborators for whom Israel is a priority and Palestinians dispensable accessories. If there was previously a shard of shame with regards to such blatant allegiance with Israel, the overt nature of Halawa’s extrajudicial killing extinguishes any semblance of dignity which the PA has desperately clung to since its traitorous inception.
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Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian father
Electronic Intifada: 26 Aug 2016 - Iyad Hamad likely posed no threat when he was shot dead.
Listen: US student politics "rapidly shifting" despite Israel lobby efforts
Electronic Intifada: 27 Aug 2016 - Palestinian prisoner solidarity activist was interrogated, denied entry to West Bank.
Water is a Weapon in the Battle of Racial Discrimination
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Jun 2016 - Dr. Mustapha Al-Barghouthi The production of water in the West Bank is estimated at 932 million cubic meters annually, of which Israel steals at least 800 million cubic meters. In essence, this means it takes over 86% of the total amount of water in the West Bank. A Palestinian citizen in the Occupied Territories receives not more than 50 cubic meters of water annually, while an illegal Israeli settler receives 2400 cubic meters of water annually, 48 times more than what Palestinians, the owners of the land, are entitled to. However, this issue extends still further than this. Palestinians pay double what Israelis do to purchase their own, stolen water from the Israelis. 96% of Gaza’s water of Gaza’s water, according to international reports, is not fit for human consumption due to high levels of salt, pollution and sewage. Palestinians are not allowed to dig water-wells deeper than 100 meters,...
Israel and Turkey Agree to Normalize Diplomatic Relations
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Jun 2016 - Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan, and Israeli Prime, Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have reached an agreement to normalize ties, a senior Israeli official told reporters. This is aimed at ending the rift over the Israeli Navy’s killing of nine Turkish citizens during a Gaza flotilla raid in 2010. The agreement, which took three years to reach, is expected to be officially announced on Monday, an official accompanying Benjamin Netanyahu said. The restoration of full diplomatic relations that deteriorated after the Israeli navy’s killed nine Turkish and one Turkish-American pro-Palestinian activists in 2010 has been brokered with the help of Washington. Israel and Turkey reached agreement to normalise ties after three years of talks https://t.co/XqTFBxkwux pic.twitter.com/T2vFo2fmgt — AJE News (@AJENews) June 26, 2016 Israel conducted an operation against six civilian ships that belonged to the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The ships were carrying humanitarian and construction supplies to...
Families of Missing Israeli Soldiers in Gaza Accuse Israeli PM of Failure
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Jun 2016 - Israeli Prime, Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said his government is “exerting secret and public efforts to identify the fate of missing soldiers in Gaza.” His remarks follow a protest organized by the family of missing Israeli soldier, Avraham Mangisto, on Sunday in front of Netanyahu’s office. Protesters called for Mangisto’s release in the Israeli-Turkish reconciliation deal. Ilan Mangisto, the brother of Avraham said he questions whether “the Israeli government forgot my brother in Gaza.” Families of Israeli Soldiers Killed or Missing in Gaza Slam Expected Reconciliation Deal wi… https://t.co/B7ZEJ882pY #Israel #Flotilla — maafa (@maafa) June 26, 2016 The father of Hadar Goldin, another Israeli soldier who went missing during the 2014 offensive on Gaza accused Netanyahu of “failure to bring his son back in the first test as part of the Israeli-Turkish reconciliation deal.” The mother of Israeli soldier, Oren Shaul, said, “I was wrong to be silent for two years. I...

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