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For Netanyahu, every peace initiative is an anti-Zionist plot
Yossi Dahan, Haokets, +972 Magazine 6/25/2016
     What kind of hope does the prime minister offer us when every attempt to bring about peace is rejected as a plot to destroy Israel?
     Less than a year ago, in a rare moment of honesty, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented his vision for Israeli citizens, in present and future tense. It happened during a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, which came together to mark the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. “These days there is talk about what would have happened if someone or other would have remained. This is not relevant… we will forever live by the sword.” From Netanyahu’s blood-soaked vision, as opposed to, say, Rabin’s vision of hope, we can tease out his worldview and political behavior. In fact, his remarks summarize his continual refusal to respond to every single initiative that attempts to bring about the end of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians through negotiations.
     In Netanyahu’s eyes, every peace initiative is nothing more than a plot intended to put an end to the State of Israel — a death trap that we must escape using every trick in the book. This thinking also explains Israel’s behavior over the past few weeks, including Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Europe, where he will try to block every opportunity that may bring about negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, while seeking to soften the tone of an upcoming Quartet report on the frozen peace process, which will likely include harsh language regarding Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories.
     Netanyahu stridently rejects all peace initiatives. During a Likud party meeting several weeks ago, he sent the Saudis, who proposed the Arab Peace Initiative back in 2002, to update their plan according to Israeli demands. Then he rejected the Paris Peace Initiative, which was accepted by foreign ministers of 28 EU member states....
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Dozens protest for release of Palestinian poet under house arrest
Yael Marom, +972 Magazine 6/26/2016
     Dareen Tatour was arrested by Israeli police last year because of a poem she posted to Facebook. Now she lives with an ankle monitor under strict house arrest.
     Dozens of Palestinians and Israelis demonstrated at Jaffa’s Clock Tower Square on Saturday evening to call for the release of Palestinian poet, Dareen Tatour, who has been held under house arrest for the past five months.
     Tatour, 33, from the Arab village Al-Reineh near Nazereth, was arrested by Israeli police on October 10, 2015 because of a poem she had posted to Facebook, along with a number of other Facebook statuses she published at the height of latest wave of violence between Palestinians and Israelis. She was charged with incitement to violence and identifying with a terrorist organization — all because of her poem.
     The main clause of her indictment was based on a poem that she had allegedly posted on YouTube under the title: “Qawem ya sha’abi, qawemhum” (Resist my people, resist them). Another main clause in the indictment relates to a news item, cited in a post on Tatour’s Facebook page, according to which “The Islamic Jihad movement calls for continuing the Intifada all over the [West] Bank…” The same post calls for a “comprehensive intifada.” (Read more about Tatour’s arrest here).
     On Saturday night demonstrators held signs and Palestinian flags, while passersby responded with curses and threats. Policemen at the scene prevented any physical confrontations.
     Among the protesters was Dareen’s father, Tawfik, who thanked the crowd for standing alongside his daughter....
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In first, Israel grants refugee status to Sudanese asylum seeker
Yael Marom, +972 Magazine 6/24/2016
     Six years after he fled Darfur for Israel, Mutasim Ali, one of the leaders of the asylum seekers’ struggle in Israel, has been granted refugee status. Ali: ‘Now I can live a normal life with dignity.’
     Mutasim Ali was in the middle of his law school class when he learned that he would become the first Sudanese asylum seeker to be granted refugee status in Israel. According to the announcement, which was sent by fax to Attorney Asaf Weitzen, who represents Ali on behalf of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri had decided to grant Ali refugee status.
     Israel has yet to respond to nearly 1,000 asylum requests lodged by Darfuris who fled their country to Israel. These join a long list of over 10,000 of requests by asylum seekers — the vast majority of whom are Eritrean and Sudanese, which are still waiting for a response from the state. Many of these asylum have been in Israel since 2005.
     “This is huge, I’m still in shock. I didn’t believe this would happen,” Ali told +972's Hebrew sister-site, Local Call. “I thank the State of Israel for letting me stay here for all these years, and that it made a decision to grant me refugee status. I hope this is the first step in a positive direction, and that direction should be to grant refugee status to all those who are eligible, regardless of where they come from. Even if our stories are different, they are also very similar, and I am sure that many of us are eligible — all the state needs to do is check.”
     “This will be a fundamental change in my life,” says Ali, “Now I can begin to think like a normal person. I won’t worry about what may happen tomorrow. I can live a normal life, with dignity — it’s an incredible thing...."
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NATO endorses Israel’s security narrative
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/23/2016
     Israel’s permanent representation at NATO has not only delighted the colonial entity, which continues to garner prominence at an international level due to the corruption of international organisations. NATO has also deemed cooperation with Israel as essential, revealing the extent to which Israel’s security narrative has been endorsed. Last month, Israel, together with other countries, was asked “to open diplomatic missions to the Headquarters of the Atlantic Alliance in Brussels”. A generic invitation at first glance; however Israel’s inclusion is indicative of NATO’s intent to accomplish military and economic domination.
     Quoted in the Times of Israel, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg stated that after 20 years of Israel being an active alliance partner, further cooperation was now essential. “Violence in North Africa and in the Middle East is a clear threat to all our nations … It is vital that countries which share the same values stand together against hate and terrorism”. No mention of who embarked upon fomenting the mutating violence which has had severe repercussions in the region was forthcoming from NATO.
     Shared ambitions to dominate and manipulate, as opposed to the alleged values fleetingly mentioned by Stoltenberg, make Israel and NATO compatible partners. Both share a penchant for operating against international law through manipulation or overt disregard; expansion is also a common phenomenon of both the military alliance and the colonial presence in Palestine. However, the most perilous consequences regarding the new collaboration is NATO’s endorsement of colonialism, which is also reflective of the alliance’s actions, as well as Israel’s security narrative having been legitimised at an ultimate level, to the detriment of Palestinians and the entire world.
     Awareness of NATO as a global threat has increased in recent years....
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Genocide scholars pull out of Israel conference
Electronic Intifada: 25 Jun 2016 - UK scholar criticizes academic group’s failure to respond to Palestinian appeals.
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...
Israel Increases Punitive Measures on PFLP Prisoners Supporting Bilal Kayid’s Hunger Strike
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Jun 2016 - Israel Prison Service (IPS) authorities have stepped up punitive measures against Palestinian prisoners affiliated with the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Prisoners have been carrying out hunger strikes in protest of the administrative detention of Bilal Kayid. IPS authorities transferred 17 hunger-striking prisoners from Megiddo prison to Jalameh prison and other Israeli prisons in the south, while placing PFLP leaders, Wael Jaghoub and Salah Ali, in isolation “in an attempt to repress their growing protest steps and to neutralize the role of leaders and isolate them from the rest of the prisoners,” a statement by the PFLP said Friday. Ten other prisoners in Megiddo were reportedly placed in solitary confinement for their participation in the strike. Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayid enters 9th day on hunger strike #ThirdIntifada https://t.co/b01ixGMlTN pic.twitter.com/Q4mB19nCDi — Palestine Foundation (@plfpak) June 24, 2016 IPS authorities have also conducted daily raids of PFLP prison...
Jo Cox: A World Inspiration
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jun 2016 - By Mahmoud Zidan Perhaps the assassination of Jo Cox, the British MP, outside a library is symbolic after all. The purpose of Cox’s racist murderer, Thomas Mair, killing her after a session with her constituents cannot be missed: he aimed to silence her voice and what it represents. Nevertheless, her voice is now heard all over the world, and her death ironically speaks volumes and acts as an open book that contains two major lessons that we, as human beings, should learn or be inspired by: how to remember and be sensitive to the “Other”, and how to write better journalism in times of crisis. The first lesson manifests itself in her constant care and tireless work for humanity at large. She was a member of Oxfam, during which experience her colleagues noticed her humane disposition. After leaving Oxfam, she engaged in politics and eventually became a member of the...
Thousands of Gaza Pilgrims Denied Right to Perform Umrah This Year
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jun 2016 - By Yousef M. Aljamal – Gaza While Muslims around the globe welcome the holy month of Ramadan with delightful decorations and unique rituals, Gaza remains the usual exception due to the collapsed economy. Ten years of blockades imposed on the 1.9 million Palestinians living in Gaza have made the situation desperate. Even Gazans who have the financial capacity to perform the Umrah, pilgrimage to Makkah, at this holy time face restrictions as the Israeli blockade on the enclave prevents them from doing so. In Gaza, pilgrims have been denied the opportunity to perform the Umrah due to the continued closure of the borders.The head of the Association of Hajj and Umrah Companies in the Gaza Strip, Awad Abu Madkour, announced that Gazans will be unable to perform Umrah this year for the second time respectively, due to lack of Egyptian approval of the pilgrims’ transit through its territory. Abu Madkour explained...
Call for a National Debate on U.S. ‘Regime Change’ Policy
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jun 2016 - By Center for Citizen Initiatives On June 16, the New York Times  reported  : “More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria , urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President  Bashar al-Assad  to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country’s five-year-old civil war. The memo, a draft of which was provided to The New York Times by a State Department official, says American policy has been “overwhelmed” by the unrelenting violence in Syria. It calls for “a judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process.” We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens currently visiting Russia with the goal of increasing understanding and reducing international tension and conflict. We are appalled by this call for direct U.S....
Women Sail to Break the Siege on Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Jun 2016 - By Dr. Aayesha Soni  The Gaza strip is a piece of land 41 km long and 6-12 km wide, with a total area of 365 square kilometers. Situated on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean sea, it has a strong population of 1, 8 million people, making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world as well as having the sixth highest population growth rate in the world, with a rate of 3,2% per year. This piece of land is also the world’s largest open air prison, being under complete siege by land, air and sea since 2007. Its neighbors, Israel and Egypt, have been complicit in the persistent and debilitating strangulation of the people of Gaza, with the limitation of all basic goods from entering the region. A land almost forgotten by mainstream media due to its peoples’ suffering having become an almost acceptable norm, it...

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