Israel/Palestine

Talking about talks, a risk-free game

by sarahbenton on March 27, 2015

The rapture for Netanyahu is confined to Congress it seems. Elsewhere it’s a rupture with the administration and groups round the US this one organised by Code Pink outside the Continue →

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Panic as universities debate Israeli policies

by sarahbenton on March 26, 2015

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University’s ‘antisemitic’ Israel conference condemned

Southampton University’s decision to organise a conference questioning Israel’s right to exist has been condemned as ‘legitimising antisemitism‘

By Patrick Sawyer and and Jonny Paul, The Continue →

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Labour slammed as anti-Israel

by sarahbenton on March 26, 2015

Ed Miliband, Jewish Labour leader Photo by PA

Can You Still Be Jewish on the British Left?

Labour voters forced to choose between their party and their support for Israel: Part four Continue →

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A Palestinian comes to collect the family’s belongings after his EU-funded metal shelter was demolished. When Israeli authorities do give a reason for their swaths of destruction, they say it Continue →

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Articles from Haaretz and Al Monitor

An Arab Israeli at a voting booth in a polling station in the northern town of Umm el-Fahm, March 17, 2015. Photo by Ammar Awad Continue →

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After the jihadist killings in France last year the British state was quick to provide extra security for Jewish centres (though not for journalists, the primary target of the attacks). Continue →

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Reports from Ma’an news and the EU.

Israeli forces destroy a Palestinian-owned water tank in Dura village near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, 16 April 2012. Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz Continue →

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J Street U students plot rebellion against Jewish right-wing’s big money

The liberal lobby’s campus activists launch a campaign against donors’ ‘stranglehold’ over communal groups, and Hillel is first in line.

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Top White House official calls for end to ’50-year occupation’

Chief of Staff McDonough says Israel’s government must match ‘words with actions and policies,’ warns PM’s statements can’t be willed away

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Israel spies on its patron to scupper Iran talks

by sarahbenton on March 25, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama meeting at the White House in October. The gap between them now seems unbridgeable. The leaders disagree over the negotiations with Iran. Continue →

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US-Israel split widens

by sarahbenton on March 25, 2015

James Baker, former Republican Secretary of State, gets warm reception at JStreet conference for his criticism of Israeli government’s refusal to hold serious negotiations with PA.

Obama says ‘real policy difference’ Continue →

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White House Chief of Staff Says Netanyahu Declaration Could Not Be Ignored

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, NY Times March 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Denis McDonough, President Obama’s chief of staff, said that the Continue →

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Bibi sinks to new low to save his skin

by sarahbenton on March 24, 2015

Natanyahu warning of the ‘Arabs coming out in droves’. Israelis responded.

Netanyahu sank into the moral gutter – and there will be consequences

By Jonathan Freedland, CiF, The Guardian March 20, 2015The result Continue →

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Hannah Weisfeld on a recent Yachad visit to the oPt.Hannah Weisfeld: ‘Important For Non-Jews To Hear That Zionism Isn’t Israeli Government Policy’

By Mehdi Hasan, Huffington Post November 11, 2014

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Israel defenders have lost the plot

by sarahbenton on March 24, 2015

First, Ben White, one of the speakers for the motion followed by two article from president of the Jewish Union – the two have interesting different nuances and information.

Vivian Wineman, Continue →

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Voting for security, against religious fringe

by sarahbenton on March 22, 2015

It was better for the right in 2013: Naftali Bennett, head of the  religious zionist HaBayit HaYehudi Party, The Jewish Home Party, at a post election rally January 22, 2013. Continue →

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An end to the charade called PA

by sarahbenton on March 22, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prays at the start of a meeting for the Central Council of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) prays at the start of a meeting for the PLO’s Central Council, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 4, 2015. Photo by Mohamad Continue →

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Shir Hever

Netanyahu Victory Lays Bare Israel as Racist, Colonial State

Interview with analyst Shir Hever: Despite Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing, neoliberal, and racist policies, his re-election thwarted a potentially more Continue →

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The myth that holds British Jews together

by sarahbenton on March 22, 2015

Advertisement for the second ‘We Believe in Israel’ conference, March 22, 2015, posted on the Zionist Federation’s Facebook page. We Believe in Israel – keynote speaker Michael Gove, has as Continue →

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Telling a story about Israel / Palestine

by sarahbenton on March 21, 2015

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Fiction and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By Deborah Maccoby March 21, 2015

In recent years, a number of writers living outside Israel and Palestine have portrayed the conflict in novels and plays. What are the main advantages and Continue →

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How could the media have been so blind?

by sarahbenton on March 20, 2015

This posting has thee items: 1) Washington Post: How did Israel’s pollsters miss Netanyahu’s reelection?; 2) Al Monitor: Netanyahu’s victory is the Israeli media’s failure; 3) Politico: Why the Media Continue →

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