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For the Sixth Time, Israel Razes a Disabled Palestinian’s Home
Gideon Levy and Alex Levac | Haaretz - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Mar 2021

Mar 2021 – A disabled man watches as a bulldozer demolishes his home. There’s no way for Palestinians to build legally on their own land in Isawiyah. Almost all the construction there has been illegal, but the Jerusalem Municipality has chosen to single out this man.

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What It’s like to Be an ‘Official non-Jew’ in a Shamefully Ethnocentric Israel
Arkadi Mazin | Haaretz - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Mar 2021

4 Mar 2021 – Arriving in Israel 30 years ago, I never imagined my Jewish identity, worn so defiantly and proudly through the antisemitism-laced Soviet years, would be revoked by the Jewish state. And there are hundreds of thousands like me.

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Trump Administration Order Allowed Release of High-resolution Satellite Imagery of Israeli Nuclear Facility
Chaim Levinson | Haaretz - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

26 Feb 2021 – A change to resolution limits of satellite imagery of Israel and the Palestinian territories, under a 1997 regulation enacted to protect Israel’s security interests, means more images of Israeli sites may be expected soon.

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How Do You Say Ku Klux Klan in Hebrew?
Michael Sfard | Haaretz - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2021

1 Feb 2021 – Those subjected to Israel’s occupation have been abandoned to the occupiers’ cruelty, as a result of the weakness of the country’s army, law enforcement and security establishment, which do not provide effective protection. Israeli TV stations barely report it and most Israelis are simply apathetic.

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Senior Trump Official Says Politicians Get ‘Very Rich’ by Supporting Israel
Amir Tibon | Haaretz - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

16 Nov 2020 – Senior U.S. Defense official Douglas Macgregor, who was recently installed at the Pentagon by Trump’s partisan loyalists, has come under fire for saying that American politicians become “very, very rich” by supporting Israel and that the pro-Israeli lobby is trying to drag the United States into war.

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Forget About Jewish or Democratic. Is Israel Even an Actual Country?
Yuli Tamir | Haaretz - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

12 Oct 2020 – Based on the accepted definition, a country is a sovereign political organization that controls a defined territory. Its inhabitants are subject to a common authority and are governed by an independent government with the right to establish diplomatic relations or to declare war against other sovereign countries. Israel does not meet these basic conditions.

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Israel Is in Shock, in a Sickening Show of Hypocrisy
Gideon Levy | Haaretz - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Aug 2020

7 Aug 2020 – When Israel demolished Dahiya and other neighborhoods in Beirut, the Tel Aviv Municipality building was not illuminated with the colors of the Lebanese flag. When Israel killed thousands of innocent women and children, old and young, in Gaza during the criminal Operation Cast Lead and Operation Protective Edge, the municipality was not lit up in the colors of the Palestinian flag. But on Wednesday [5 Aug] we were all so humane, so Lebanese for a moment. Until the next Dahiya.

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Israel Shuts Palestinian Coronavirus Testing Clinic in East Jerusalem
Nir Hasson | Haaretz - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

Israeli police raided a coronavirus testing clinic in the East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and arrested its organizers on Tuesday [14 Apr] night because the clinic was operated in collaboration with the Palestinian Authority.

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’42 Knees in One Day’: Israeli Snipers Open Up about Shooting Gaza Protesters
Hilo Glazer - Haaretz, 16 Mar 2020

6 Mar 2020 – I know exactly how many knees I’ve hit, says Eden, who completed his service in the Israel Defense Forces as a sniper in its Golani infantry brigade six months ago. For much of the time, he was stationed along the border with the Gaza Strip. His assignment: to repel Palestinian demonstrators who approached the fence. “I kept the casing of every round I fired,” he says. “I have them in my room. So I don’t have to make an estimate – I know: 52 definite hits.”

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The IDF Spirit: These Aren’t Human Beings. They’re Palestinians
Gideon Levy - Haaretz, 2 Mar 2020

“But they were Jews!!” SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann told the Mossad interrogator in his cell in Jerusalem who accused him of being responsible for mass-murdering 6 million Jews, “but they were Jews!!, according to the interrogation transcripts. “They’re Palestinians!!”

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If There’s Such a Thing as a Murderous Culture, Then It Exists in Israel
Gideon Levy – Haaretz, 30 Dec 2019

Israel actually likes cultural and national generalizations, especially when they glorify its image. The “Jewish genius,” “the chosen people,” “Jewish morality,” and “eternal Israel,” are evidence of baseless arrogance. Ziffer has every right to think that the Palestinians enjoy murder and London can think they are savages compared to us, the enlightened and developed. It is our right (and duty) to answer them: There are no lies more abominable than these.

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George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Revisited: What Oceania and Israel Have in Common
Adam Raz - Haaretz, 16 Dec 2019

13 Dec 2019 – For George Orwell, the appalling picture of the future starkly depicted in ‘1984’ was not some imaginative exercise. ‘Don’t let it happen. It depends on you,’ he warned. “There is the word. It is the king of words – Power. Not God, not Mammon, but Power. Pour it over your tongue till it tingles with it. Power.”

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French Parliament Adopts anti-Semitism Definition That Includes anti-Zionism
Noa Landau - Haaretz, 9 Dec 2019

3 Dec 2019 – The French parliament passed today a resolution to combat anti-Semitism that adopts a definition of the term which also includes anti-Zionism. Despite protest by prominent Jewish and Israeli scholars, parliament passes resolution which states that some criticism of Israel could be anti-Semitic.

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These Boys Would Have Made It Home after School, if It Weren’t for Israeli Sniper Fire
Gideon Levy - Haaretz, 9 Dec 2019

6 Dec 2019 – Two children, aged 11 and 13, from a refugee camp near Ramallah, were hiding from army forces during a stone-throwing incident. When they stood up they were wounded – shot from a distance by an IDF sniper.

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Religious Fanatics Have Hijacked America’s Israel Policy–and They’re Not Even Evangelicals
Ori Nir – Haaretz, 15 Jul 2019

8 Jul 2019 – With ten-pound hammers in their hands and ecstatic religious-nationalist zeal in their hearts, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and White House Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt stood underneath the most religiously volatile place on earth, and smashed a wall – and with it, any last semblance of reasonable U.S. policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Burying the Nakba: How Israel Systematically Hides Evidence of 1948 Expulsion of Arabs
Hagar Shezaf - Haaretz, 8 Jul 2019

5 Jul 2019 – Since early last decade, Defense Ministry teams have scoured local archives and removed troves of historic documents to conceal proof of the Nakba.
• Testimonies from the censored Deir Yassin massacre: ‘They piled bodies and burned them’
• General’s final confession links 1956 massacre to Israel’s secret plan to expel Arabs
• Palestinians uncover history of the Nakba, even as Israel cuts them off from their sources

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‘Endless Trip to Hell’: Israel Jails Hundreds of Palestinian Boys a Year. These Are Their Testimonies
Netta Ahituv - Haaretz, 6 May 2019

16 Mar 2019 – They’re seized in the dead of night, blindfolded and cuffed, abused and manipulated to confess to crimes they didn’t commit. Every year Israel arrests almost 1,000 Palestinian youngsters, some of them not yet 13.

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Even for the West Bank, This Is a Shocking Story
Gideon Levy and Alex Levac | Haaretz – Reader Supported News, 1 Apr 2019

A young Palestinian’s attempt to help a stranger shot by Israeli troops costs him his life

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How Freud Made Clear We’re ‘Nothing but a Band of Murderers’
Gideon Lev - Haaretz, 3 Dec 2018

World War I, which ended exactly 100 years ago, bolstered Freud’s view that war doesn’t awaken violent impulses but rather tears off the thin veil of civilization and makes us confront the savage within.

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Israel’s Dirty Arms Deals with Myanmar
Haaretz | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

29 Aug 2018 – A United Nations report issued this week found that the Myanmar military committed genocide and crimes against humanity, including rape, torture, enslavement, violence against children and the destruction of entire villages, against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Such reports have not kept the Israeli government from cooperating with those war criminals.

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‘We Die Anyway, So Let It Be in Front of the Cameras’: Conversations with Palestinians in Gaza
Amira Hass | Haaretz – Reader Supported News, 21 May 2018

19 May 2018 – My friends in Gaza are outraged by Israel’s claim that Hamas rules everything. ‘You people always looked down at us, so it’s hard for you to understand that no one demonstrates in anyone else’s name.’

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One Killed, ‘700 Palestinians Wounded’ in Seventh Week of Nonviolent Gaza Protests
Jack Khoury | Haaretz – Reader Supported News, 14 May 2018

11 May 2018 – One Palestinian was killed and 700 wounded in unarmed protests today along the Gaza border from live gunfire as thousands of Gazans protest along the border in the seventh consecutive week of the “March of Return.” Three critically wounded, 112 of those wounded were hit by live gunfire. Israeli doctors NGO demands entry to Israel for wounded to prevent amputations.

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Motionless Palestinian Shot by Israeli Sniper to Sound of Soldiers’ Cheers
Haaretz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2018

9 Apr 2018 – The Israel Defense Forces sniper who shot a Palestinian while fellow soldiers cheered was using the victim as “target practice,” Kamel Hawwash of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said. He went on to describe the disproportionate amount of power on the two sides of the border.

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Israel Sold Advanced Weapons to Myanmar during Anti-Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing Campaign
Gili Cohen - Haaretz, 6 Nov 2017

24 Oct 2017
• Israel refuses to stop arms sales to Myanmar, despite its campaign of rape, torture and massacres against the Rohingya.
• Israel’s top court just ruled about arms sales to Myanmar. But we’re not allowed to tell you the verdict.
• Israel, partner in genocides.

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Israel’s Minister of Truth
Gideon Levy – Haaretz, 11 Sep 2017

1 Sep 2017 – Israel Justice Minister Shaked said the truth loud and clear: Zionism contradicts human rights, and thus is indeed an ultranationalist, colonialist and perhaps racist movement.

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Cornel West: Israel’s Travel Ban Shows BDS Is Getting Stronger
Taly Krupkin - Haaretz, 13 Mar 2017

The American philosopher and BDS supporter wonders if the occupation is ‘devouring’ Israel’s democratic soul and calls it ‘a sad moment when an Einstein would not be able’ to enter the country.

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(Italiano) Il sionismo nella sua espressione migliore
Amira Hass | Haaretz – Zeitun, 19 Dec 2016

La terra che Israele ha destinato ai giubilanti coloni si chiama Atir/Umm al Hiran e per 60 anni ha ospitato i membri della tribù beduina di Al-Qi’an.

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Zionism at Its Best
Amira Hass – Haaretz, 12 Dec 2016

The land that Israel has designated for the joyous settlers is called Atir/Umm al-Hiran, and for 60 years it has been home to members of the Bedouin Al-Qi’an tribe.

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Brazilian University Solicits Professor to Teach Zionism as Racism
JTA – Haaretz, 25 Jul 2016

Much to the consternation of the Brazilian Israelite Confederation, the university wants curricula on the similarities between Apartheid, Nazism, and Zionism.

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UN Report: 2014 Saw the Most Palestinians Killed by Israel’s Military Since ‘67
Amira Hass – Haaretz, 13 Apr 2015

27 Mar 2015 – Israeli security forces killed 2,312 Palestinians, most in the Gaza war over the summer. Roughly two-thirds were civilians.

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A Lifetime Achievement — Destruction of the State of Israel
Niva Lanir – Haaretz, 9 Mar 2015

Netanyahu the coward is sometimes even more dangerous than the diligent fool. After all, his speech to Congress showed he has the ‘courage’ to endanger Israel-U.S. relations.

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Israel Is Galloping to the Next War in Gaza
Gideon Levy – Haaretz, 2 Mar 2015

Israel is heading to the next violent eruption with the Palestinians as though it is some sort of natural disaster that can’t be avoided.

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ICC Opens Initial Probe into Possible War Crimes in Palestinian Territories
Jonathan Lis and The Associated Press - Haaretz, 19 Jan 2015

Step could lead to charges against Israeli and Palestinian officials; FM Lieberman calls to dismantle International Criminal Court.

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Netanyahu: Weak against Hamas, Strong against Europe
Barak Ravid - Haaretz, 22 Dec 2014

Netanyahu doesn’t have a solution to the deep diplomatic isolation Israel has maneuvered itself into under his leadership; his most recent response to the accumulation of events was disproportionate and conveyed mainly hysteria.

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Despite Pressure from U.S. and Israel, Switzerland to Hold Summit on Palestinians
Barak Ravid - Haaretz, 15 Dec 2014

Fourth Geneva Convention signatories to meet Wed. December 17; Israel and the U.S. expected to boycott the summit.

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In Israel, Only Jewish Blood Shocks Anyone
Gideon Levy, Haaretz – Reader Supported News, 24 Nov 2014

Terror is always Palestinian, even when hundreds of Palestinian civilians are killed. The name and face of Daniel Tragerman, the Israeli boy killed by mortar fire during Operation Protective Edge, were known throughout the world; even U.S. President Barack Obama knew his name. Can anyone name one child from Gaza among the hundreds killed?

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Haaretz Obtains Full Document of EU-Proposed Sanctions against Israel
Barak Ravid - Haaretz, 24 Nov 2014

Sanctions could apply to Israeli politicians opposed to the two-state solution, which could include Bennett and Rivlin; steps against European companies working in settlements; punitive measures against Palestinians over ‘negative measures.’

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My Plea to the People of Israel: Liberate Yourselves by Liberating Palestine
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate - Haaretz, 25 Aug 2014

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.

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For Israeli Arms Makers, Gaza War Is a Cash Cow
Shuki Sadeh - Haaretz, 18 Aug 2014

Factories worked around the clock turning out munitions as the army tested their newest systems against a real enemy. Now, they are expecting their battle-tested products will win them new customers.

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London Times Refuses to Run Elie Wiesel Ad Denouncing Hamas’ Human Shields
JTA - Haaretz, 11 Aug 2014

6 Aug 2014 – The London Times refused to run an ad featuring Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel speaking out against Hamas’ use of children as human shields. The ad has run in The New York Times, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among other U.S. newspapers.

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Spain Freezes Arms Exports to Israel over Gaza Op
Barak Ravid - Haaretz, 11 Aug 2014

5 Aug 2014 – This is the second country to announce sanctions over weapons sale to Israel in the past 24 hours.

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In Tel Aviv, Thousands Protest Against the Gaza Operation
Zafrir Rinat - Haaretz, 28 Jul 2014

Thousands assembled at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday [26 Jul 2014] evening for what became the largest protest against the Israeli military operation in Gaza thus far. According to official estimates some 7,000 protesters attended.

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Jewish Hate of Arabs Proves: Israel Must Undergo Cultural Revolution
Haaretz, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jul 2014

Without a revolution based on humanist values, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state.

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The New York Times Wrestles with Israel’s Gag Orders
Haaretz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Apr 2014

20 Apr 2014 – The New York Times newspaper acknowledged late last week that it complies with court-ordered gag orders when reporting from Israel. Two senior editors at the newspaper say they were unaware of The Times ever agreeing to abide by gag orders in Israel.

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Palestinians Have No Partner for Peace in Israel
Haaretz Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2013

Dec. 29, 2013 – Rejection of the Palestinian partner is a deception aimed to delude the public into thinking the Israeli government’s hands are clean.

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Bibi’s Boycott: Will 2014 Be the Year That Israel Divorces the World?
Bradley Burston - Haaretz, 23 Dec 2013

Make no mistake. Whatever gains BDS scores this coming year, this will be Bibi’s boycott, the only real achievement he can point to. This will be Israel’s doing.

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Swell of Boycotts Driving Israel into International Isolation
Barak Ravid - Haaretz, 16 Dec 2013

Western activists and diplomats are gunning for Israel’s settlements in the Palestinian territories, and if peace talks fail, the rain of boycotts and sanctions could turn into a flood.

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(Português) “Superpotência Moral”? Dá Um Tempo.
Gideon Levy, Haaretz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2013

É impossível afirmar que os Estados Unidos, país responsável pela maior parte do derramamento de sangue desde a Segunda Guerra Mundial na Ásia, América do Sul, Afeganistão e Iraque, seja dirigido por considerações morais. O ataque à Síria seria um Iraque II. Os EUA nunca foram punidos pelas mentiras do Iraque I e pelas centenas de milhares de mortos em vão nessa guerra.

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BBC Poll: Israel among World’s Least Popular Nations
Haaretz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2013

The annual BBC World Service poll finds Germany most popular; only countries less popular than Israel are North Korea, Pakistan and Iran.

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Slander Israel’s Critics as Anti-Semites, Shut Down Debate on Israel’s Atrocities
Larry Derfner – Haaretz, 25 Mar 2013

Diaspora Jewish defense organizations’ calculated paranoia brands harsh critics of Israeli policy as anti-Semites because it serves their interests: What’s good for the occupation is good for Netanyahu’s Israel , which is good for the Diaspora Jewish establishment.

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Netherlands Calls On Stores to Label Products from Israeli Settlements
Barak Ravid - Haaretz, 11 Mar 2013

Dutch follow British lead. The Netherlands’ foreign minister said in a speech to parliament Wednesday [6 Mar 2013] that the settlements are illegal and an obstacle to peace. The labeling of products by retail chains in Holland will allow consumers to know whether they want to purchase these products. Other European countries expected to follow suit in coming weeks.

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Survey: Most Israeli Jews Would Support Apartheid Regime in Israel
Gideon Levy - Haaretz, 29 Oct 2012

Survey, conducted by Dialog on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, exposes anti-Arab, ultra-nationalist views espoused by a majority of Israeli Jews.

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Shas Spiritual Leader Calls on Jews to Pray For Annihilation of Iran
Haaretz and Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2012

During his weekly sermon, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef says Jews should pray for destruction of the enemies of Israel, with an emphasis on Iran and Hezbollah. In the past, the Baghdad-born Yosef has stirred controversy by likening Palestinians to snakes, calling for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “perish from this world” and describing non-Jews as “born only to serve us”.

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Major British Supermarket Chain Announces Boycott of Produce Made In West Bank Settlements
Anshel Pfeffer – Haaretz, 7 May 2012

One of the largest supermarket chains in Britain has announced that it intends to boycott Israeli agricultural exporters that market also produce from the West Bank. While British food retailers have for some years now been labeling products from the settlements and in some cases boycotting them entirely, this is the first move by a major company to boycott companies that export products from within the Green Line and from the settlements.

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ICC Rejects Palestinian Bid to Investigate Israeli War Crimes during ‘Cast Lead’ Gaza Operation
Barak Ravid - Haaretz, 9 Apr 2012

International Criminal Court in The Hague says reason for decision is that Palestine is currently recognized by the United Nations as an ‘observer,’ not a ‘Non-member State’. The International Criminal Court prosecutor announced Tuesday [3 Apr 2012] that he has rejected a bid by the Palestinian Authority to have the war crimes tribunal investigate Israeli conduct during ‘Operation Cast Lead’ in Gaza. The reason for his decision was that under the ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, only internationally recognized states can join the court.

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In West Bank, Israel’s Rule is that of the Jungle
Haaretz, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2012

In the hands of this government, which mainly involve moving buildings built on private lands to ‘state lands’, have become instruments to deepen the occupation and obstruct the two-state solution. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has likened Israel to a “villa in the jungle.” Nothing is closer to the law of the jungle than a system of distorted laws and procedures that make it possible to build villa neighborhoods in the settlements and legalize wildcat outposts like Ramat Gilad.

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Plans To Put Treaty with Israel to a Referendum
Jack Khoury – Haaretz, 9 Jan 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood, the overwhelming victor in the first round of elections for the Egyptian Parliament, has announced it will not recognize Israel and intends to bring the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty to a referendum.

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In Israel, the Life of a Palestinian Is Cheap
Haaretz, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Dec 2011

When it comes to shooting a Palestinian, pulling the trigger does not come with a real fear of having to answer to the law.

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Fayyad: Palestinian Authority Will Soon Become Completely Incapacitated By Israel
Reuters – Haaretz, 28 Nov 2011

Palestinian PM meets with Norway FM, who says Israel’s withholding of tax funds from PA amounts to ‘waterboarding an economy’; Fayyad: This is our money. The Palestinian Authority is “fast approaching the point of being completely incapacitated” by Israel’s refusal to hand over tax revenues belonging to the authority, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Thursday [24 Nov 2011].

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Report: Israel Seeking To Upgrade Its Nuclear Weapons Capabilities
Haaretz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Nov 2011

Israel is working on improving its nuclear weapons capabilities, according to a report by the independent Trident commission in the United Kingdom that was published in the Guardian newspaper on Monday [31 Oct 2011]. According to the report in the Guardian, Israel is extending the range of its Jericho 3 land-to-land missiles so they will have the capabilities of transcontinental missiles. Transcontinental missiles are generally thought of as missiles with ranges of about 5,000 miles.

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Jewish People Are Just That, People, and Far from Chosen
Gideon Levy – Haaretz, 10 Oct 2011

The idea that we are members of the chosen people is deeply ingrained, not only in the Jewish tradition, but also among modern and ostensibly secular Israelis. On Saturday, the prayer was once again read in the synagogues. “You have chosen us from among all the nations” was once again heard all over the land. The idea that we are a special nation was once again specifically expressed, as is often the case in prayers and in the Torah, and not only on Yom Kippur.

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IAEA Won’t Discuss Israel’s ‘Nuclear Capabilities’ After Arab Proposal Dropped
Yossi Melman – Haaretz, 3 Oct 2011

Behind-the-scenes diplomacy at the International Atomic Energy Association leads to Arab states withdrawing their motion. Israel secured a diplomatic achievement at the annual meeting of the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) Friday [23 Sep 2011] in Vienna when the Arab states withdrew their proposal to discuss Israel’s “nuclear capabilities.”

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Israel Does Not Want a Palestinian State. Period.
Gideon Levy – Haaretz, 19 Sep 2011

What will we tell the world next week, at the UN? What could we say? Whether in the General Assembly or the Security Council, we will be exposed in all our nakedness: Israel does not want a Palestinian state. Period. And it doesn’t have a single persuasive argument against the establishment and the international recognition of such a state.

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Palestinians Will Resume Peace Talks with Israel after UN Recognition of State, Abbas Says
Avi Issacharoff – Haaretz, 12 Sep 2011

Palestinian Authority president tells meeting of Israeli intellectuals who support UN bid ‘we don’t want to delegitimize Israel. We want to legitimize ourselves’; stresses negotiations are top priority.

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UN Secretary General: Palestinian Statehood Is ‘Long Overdue’
Haaretz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2011

The Palestinian people are “long overdue” in their quest for an independent state, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday [9 Sep 2011], ahead of a Palestinian push for statehood in the UN planned for later this month.

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The Extreme Israeli Right’s Alliance With Lunatics
Haaretz, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2011

In recent years, the extreme Israeli right has developed an alliance with heads of the evangelical movement, who define themselves as Christian Zionists, some of whom believe that another Holocaust of the Jews will ensure the resurrection of Jesus.

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Get Rid of Zionism
Yitzhak Laor - Haaretz, 6 Jun 2011

The “Land of Israel” is a phantasm. Withdrawing from “parts of it” is presented as a “concession” even by supporters of the move. But the only concession we needed to make, even back in 1967, was giving up the messianic claim that this is our land, from the Bible, and therefore we have a right to it.

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Israelis Must Brace For Dark Times
Carlo Strenger - Haaretz, 6 Jun 2011

The imminent recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN puts Israel on a collision course with the rest of the world. The script for the coming years, therefore, is clearly set out: Israel is bracing for a head-on collision with the rest of the world, and it won’t be a pretty sight. The Palestinians will use their newly won legitimacy to turn to international courts for legal help against Israel’s occupation. International opinion will support them, and we Israelis will pay the price legally, financially and with growing delegitimization.

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Egypt Warns Israel: Don’t Interfere With Opening of Gaza Border Crossing
Haaretz Service – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2011

Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces General Sami Anan warned Israel against interfering with Egypt’s plan to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on a permanent basis, saying it was not a matter of Israel’s concern, Army Radio reported on Saturday [30 Apr 2011]. Egypt announced this week that it intended to permanently open the border crossing with Gaza within the next few days.

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You Are Who You Sleep With
Esti Ahronovitz - Haaretz, 2 May 2011

Today, people form identities based on sexual orientation, but it wasn’t always that way. Why is it so important now and why has contemporary research focused only on homosexuality? Lisa Diamond, a developmental psychologist at the University of Utah, describes cases of women who were completely straight and lived their lives with a husband and children. But after they were helped by a close girl friend during a crisis the intimate feelings between them were transformed into sexual attraction. Such stories are less common among men, and male gays generally know that they are so inclined from an early age.

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EU Grants Palestinian Produce Duty-Free Access
Haaretz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2011

The European Union announced Wednesday [13 Apr 2011] it would grant duty-free access to produce from the West Bank and the Gaza strip in a bid to support Palestinian state building.

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UN Investigator: Israel Engaged in Ethnic Cleansing with Settlement Expansion
Reuters – Haaretz, 28 Mar 2011

U.S. academic Richard Falk spoke to UN Human Rights Council as it prepared resolution condemning settlement building in East Jerusalem and West Bank.

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Denmark to Upgrade Status of Palestinian Representation to ‘Mission’
Haaretz Service & News Agencies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2011

Upgrade from third-highest ranking of general delegation mirrors move made recently by number of other countries, including Britain.

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Pete Seeger Officially Joins Anti-Israel Boycott
Nir Hasson - Haaretz, 7 Mar 2011

American folk music legend Pete Seeger on Monday [Feb 28, 2011] officially joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign – an international movement to pressure and sanction Israel through economic means. Seeger, 92, one of the fathers of American folk music, is a veteran political and peace activist.

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Report: Cyprus Recognizes Palestinian States within 1967 Borders
Haaretz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Feb 2011

Cyprus has recognized a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said on Sunday [30 Jan 2011], following similar recent declarations coming mostly from South American states.

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Ingredients for a True Peace Process
Akiva Eldar – Haaretz, 31 Jan 2011

Note from the TMS Editor: Haaretz first published this article on 11 Sep 2007. The piece is being reposted in view of its relevance to ongoing developments on the Middle East and the information and insights – especially the solution orientation – that Johan Galtung provides as a mediator.

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Ireland Upgrades Status of Palestinian Mission to Embassy
Barak Ravid - Haaretz, 31 Jan 2011

Palestinian delegation in Ireland will be upgraded to an official embassy, following France and Spain; U.K., Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Germany and Denmark expected to follow.

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Paraguay Joins Latin American Neighbors in Recognizing Palestinian State
Reuters – Haaretz, 31 Jan 2011

Paraguay’s government said on Friday [28 Jan 2011] it had decided to recognize a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war, following similar moves by other South American countries in recent months. Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia and Uruguay have recently recognized a Palestinian state along the pre-war borders. Chile and Peru have also given recognition to a Palestinian state, but without specifying borders.

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Medvedev: “As we did in 1988, Russia still recognizes an independent Palestine”
Barak Ravid and Reuters – Haaretz, 24 Jan 2011

Russian president makes announcement after meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in West Bank; Israeli officials fear recognition will cause a domino effect of other states following Russia’s lead, including China.

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WikiLeaks: Israel Aimed to Keep Gaza Economy on Brink of Collapse
Reuters – Haaretz, 10 Jan 2011

Cable from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv says Israeli officials wanted Gaza’s economy ‘functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis.’

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Chile Recognizes Independent Palestinian State
Haaretz Service – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jan 2011

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera’s announcement preceded by official recognition of Palestine by Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. He announced late Thursday [6 Jan 2011] that he officially recognizes an independent Palestinian state, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

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WikiLeaks: Israel Demanded Bribes for Goods Entering Gaza
The Associated Press – Haaretz, 10 Jan 2011

Joint June 2006 cable dispatched by U.S. diplomats in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem cites Coca Cola, Procter & Gamble, Motorola and Dell as some of the companies subject to corruption at the Karni Crossing. A key Israeli cargo crossing for goods entering the Gaza Strip was rife with corruption, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks on Thursday [6 Jan 2011]. The June 14, 2006, cable, published Thursday by Norway’s Aftenposten daily, says companies told U.S. diplomats they were forced to pay hefty bribes to get goods into Gaza.

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Brazil Hosts First Palestinian ‘Embassy’ in Americas
Reuters – Haaretz, 3 Jan 2011

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas lays foundation stone for future embassy in capital Brasilia. He thanked Brazil on Friday [31 Dec 2010] for recognizing his nation’s statehood with the first embassy in the Americas and said other countries were following suit.

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Bolivia Formally Recognizes Palestine as Independent State
DPA – Haaretz, 27 Dec 2010

Bolivia has formally recognized Palestine as an independent and sovereign state within the 1967 borders, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Wednesday [22 Dec 2010]. Reports last week indicated that such a decision was imminent.

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Argentina Joins Brazil in Recognition of Palestinian State
Haaretz Service and Natasha Mozgovaya – Haaretz, 13 Dec 2010

Argentine President sends Abbas letter stating it recognizes Palestine defined by 1967 borders; Uruguay says it will recognize Palestine in 2011; Israel calls announcement ‘regrettable’.

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German FM Calls on Israel to Lift Gaza Siege
Haaretz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Nov 2010

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called on Israel on Monday [8 Nov 2010] to lift its siege of the Gaza Strip, saying the blockade of 1.5 million people was “not acceptable.”

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Irish Nobel Laureate [TRANSCEND Member) to Be Deported From Israel
Jack Khoury – Haaretz, 4 Oct 2010

Irish Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, who was deported from Israel after joining a Gaza-bound aid ship, is currently in a detention facility at Ben Gurion airport pending an appeal to the Supreme Court. The Petah Tikva District Court rejected Friday [1 Oct 2010] an appeal against her deportation. The Nobel laureate’s deportation, however, has been suspended for 48 hours in order to allow Corrigan-Maguire to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Rough Passage
Noam Sheizaf - Haaretz, 4 Oct 2010

On May 31, former U.S. Marine Kenneth O’Keefe was aboard the Mavi Marmara in the Free Gaza flotilla. He witnessed the passengers’ preparations for a clash and the confused takeover by Israel troops that resulted in nine dead.

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Where Has the Hypocrisy Gone?
Amira Hass – Haaretz, 20 Sep 2010

No one thinks to ask about the consensus among the residents of Palestinian cities and villages on whose land the settlements have been built. The millions of Palestinians don’t count at all.

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Desmond Tutu Backs U.S. Food Co-Op Boycott of Israeli Products
Natasha Mozgovaya – Haaretz, 2 Aug 2010

South African Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu issues statement of support for boycott announced by food co-op in Rachel Corrie’s hometown of Olympia, Washington.

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It’s Coming to You
Gideon Levy - Haaretz, 26 Jul 2010

This piece is not meant for the false patriots, the brutes and the brainwashed, for those who want a Jewish, Arab-free Knesset; a Jewish, foreigner-free society; and a state without B’Tselem or the High Court of Justice.

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Food Co-Op in Rachel Corrie’s Hometown Boycotts Israeli Goods
Natasha Mozgovaya - Haaretz, 26 Jul 2010

Last week, the board of directors of the Olympia Food Co-op in Washington state decided that no more Israeli products will be sold at its two grocery stores in the city. “We met last Thursday for the board members meeting and a pretty large group – about 40 people – presented the boycott project and answered our questions,” Rob Richards, a board member, told Haaretz. “A couple of board members were concerned about what will be the financial effect on the organization, but it’s minimal. For me personally there is a moral imperative that goes beyond any financial concern. So we decided to adopt the boycott which went into effect the next day.”

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Report: Secret Document Affirms U.S.-Israel Nuclear Partnership
Haaretz Service, Barak Ravid and Reuters – Haaretz, 19 Jul 2010

Israel’s Army Radio reported on Wednesday [14 Jul 2010] that the United States has sent Israel a secret document committing to nuclear cooperation between the two countries. According to Army Radio, the U.S. has reportedly pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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Operation Mini Cast Lead
Gideon Levy - Haaretz, 7 Jun 2010

Again, the Israeli propaganda machine has managed to convince only brainwashed Israelis, and once more no one asked the question: What was it for?

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Amnesty: U.S., Europe Shielding Israel over Gaza War Crimes
Haaretz Service and News Agencies, 31 May 2010

In its annual report, the rights group accuses Israel of continually violating human rights in Gaza with its ongoing economic siege.

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Noam Chomsky Denied Entry into Israel and West Bank
Amira Hass - Haaretz, 17 May 2010

Left-wing American linguist, who was scheduled to speak at Bir Zeit University, given no reason by Israeli inspectors at Allenby Bridge.

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Israel’s Tourism Ministry Is Wiping Palestinians off the Map
Daoud Kuttab - Haaretz, 17 May 2010

If Israel supports a two-state solution, it can start by redrawing official maps that ignore internationally recognized borders and major Palestinian towns.

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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ENDORSES GOLDSTONE GAZA REPORT
Cnaan Liphshiz , Haaretz Correspondent, and The Associated Press, 13 Mar 2010

The European Parliament on Wednesday [Mar 10 2010] urged its 27-member states to monitor the Israeli and Palestinian probes into alleged war crimes committed during last year’s late-winter conflict in Gaza. The resolution backed the findings of a UN-appointed expert panel chaired by South African Judge Richard Goldstone, which concluded that both sides committed war […]

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UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE GLOBE MARK ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK
Danna Harman, Haaretz Correspondent in Europe, 1 Mar 2010

A filmmaker, anthropologist and economic researcher are among those headlining events marking what pro-Palestinian organizers have declared as "Israeli Apartheid Week" – and all three speakers are Israeli. University campuses in more than 40 cities around the world are marking the week with lectures, films, multimedia events, cultural performances and demonstrations. Since they were first […]

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UN LIKELY TO REFER GOLDSTONE FINDINGS TO THE HAGUE
Shlomo Shamir, Barak Ravid and Avi Issacharoff – Haaretz, 10 Feb 2010

Arab states set to force debate that would bring Gaza war crimes claims before international court.The United Nations is likely to refer the findings of the Goldstone report to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, diplomatic sources in New York said on Saturday. A decision to bring the report on last year’s Gaza […]

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