Israel/Palestine

Israel in grip of violence born of despair

by sarahbenton on November 20, 2014

Qalandia checkpoint, gateway in an out of Jerusalem: Palestinians struggle with tear gas and concrete blocks, July 2014, Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images.

Israel sows despair and senseless violence

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The article by Jeff Halper, ICAHD, is followed by one from Haaretz on Israel’s ‘empty revenge’.

A relative of Abdelrahman Shaludi, a Palestinian who killed two Israelis last month, displays his Continue →

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Strange death of a Palestinian bus driver

by sarahbenton on November 20, 2014

Palestinians at the funeral of Hasan / Yusuf al-Rumani who was found hanged in a bus on Sunday night November 16/17th. Fellow bus driver Muatasem Fakeh told AFP “We saw Continue →

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Deadly steps into a religious war

by sarahbenton on November 19, 2014

Commentary on the causes and consequences of the attack from Ynet, the BBC and Time magazine.

Security police run past the synagogue where the massacre took placde. Photo by Reuters. The 10 Continue →

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Articles from +972, Ma’an news and Al Monitor.

Police outside the synagogue where five were killed by two Palestinian cousins.Photo by Reuters.

Welcome to Netanyahu’s ‘resolution’ to the conflict

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Better to be Jewish than a democrat

by sarahbenton on November 18, 2014

The editorial from Haaretz is followed by and opinion piece by Aeyal Gross also deploring Elkin’s bill.

Jerusalem day has become the largest Jews-only gathering / triumphal celebration in Israel attracting Continue →

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US and Jordan insist on compromise on Al Aqsa

by sarahbenton on November 18, 2014

Israeli border police guarding Al Aqsa mosque.Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 Tense calm continues at Al-Aqsa

After weeks of violence and protests, Israel has eased entry restrictions to Al-Aqsa Mosque to de-escalate the Continue →

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scholem

by sarahbenton on November 18, 2014

Gershon Salomon proclaims a Jewish right to Temple Mount:’The Temple Mount has been a source of war and conflict for centuries and is likely one of the most valuable pieces Continue →

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Ashdod, August 2014; Federica Mogherini, then Italy’s foreig minister, listens to Avigdor Lieberman explaining why the attack on Gaza should be escalated.Photo by David Buimovitch AFP/Getty Images

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Israel’s lost friends and admirers

by sarahbenton on November 16, 2014

1) article by David Gardner, FT with inset of poll on reputations of selected countries; 2) Letter from Arthur Goodman.

Warm hands, cold hearts. Angela Merkel ‘lost all trust in Netanyahu Continue →

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Civil war, not intifada

by sarahbenton on November 14, 2014

Two reports from Times of Israel plus comment from Rogel Alpher in Haaretz

Israeli Army and Border Police take their positions during clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers near the Qalandia checkpoint leading Continue →

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Adah Kay: obituary

by sarahbenton on November 14, 2014

adah & tom

Tom and Adah Kay

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Adah Kay on 12th November. A lifelong activist, Adah took the commitment to social justice that Continue →

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Throwing gasoline into the flames

by sarahbenton on November 14, 2014

Jerusalem activist Ranya Hatem, 38, from Mount of Olives, holds a poster of Kheir Hamdan in Kfar Kana November 10,2014. The women and men came from the different neighbourhoods of Continue →

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IDF tanks face the PA compound in Ramallah during Operation Defensive Shield, 2002, the largest military operation in the West Bank since the 1967 Six-Day War.

My experience living in Ramallah

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Rule Jerusalem by deporting Arabs to Gaza

by sarahbenton on November 14, 2014

More street protests in Jerusalem after the shooting dead of Keir Hamdan in northern Israel on November 9th. See Israeli Arab shot dead for banging on a police vanNetanyahu tries Continue →

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Lost leader who lied and inspired

by sarahbenton on November 14, 2014

All photos without attribution are taken from CNN

Yasser Arafat during the 2nd Intifada, during which the IDF destroyed much of his headquarters, 2001. Photo by Abbas Momani /AFP/Getty Images

Yasser Arafat: Continue →

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Civil war: the car’s the weapon

by sarahbenton on November 12, 2014

Police and rescue personnel at the scene where several people were injured when a car crashed into the Jerusalem light rail station on October 22, 2014. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.Are Continue →

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The child that’s splitting the family

by sarahbenton on November 12, 2014

Joe Biden, Democrat and Vice-President of the USA for a second term, topping the list of speakers at the Jewish Federations of North America,General Assembly, November 9-11, 2014. Photo from Continue →

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Losing the argument? Buy it back

by sarahbenton on November 12, 2014

Tycoon take-over: L, Haim Saban, wants to ‘bomb the daylight out of these sons of bitches’ [Iranians], R, Sheldon Adelson, cast doubt on the importance of Israel remaining a democracy Continue →

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Israeli Arab shot dead for banging on a police van

by sarahbenton on November 11, 2014

In this posting, 1: a brief video, taken from CCTV, of Kheir Hamdan banging on a police van, running away, then being shot on the ground and dragged into the Continue →

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Daniel Barenboim and the East West Divan orchestra, Proms 2012.Germany must talk straight with Israel

Germany’s history makes it reluctant to put pressure on Israel. But if it has the country’s Continue →

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