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Xmas tree in Knesset would chip away Jewish identity

The Christmas tree, erected every year in Bethlehem and in Ramallah is a popular festive occasion for Palestinians. Christian and Muslim. PM Hamdallah said the celebration sent a message of peace,divine justice and humane civilization. The Knesset speaker said that the tree was a message of a painful past and one in the Knesset an Arab plot against Jewish identity.

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Disdain and belligerence define IDF leaders’ view of Palestinians

Palestinians may feel anger and hatred towards their oppressors – but those oppressors regard them as contemptible sub-humans who can be ignored – if not rushed. Ya’alon in particular regards all filmed evidence of police and IDF brutality as faked. The refusal to deal with reality infects the whole country.

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Arrest of Israelis violently opposed to Palestinians mixing with Jews

Fanatical hostility to the ‘enemy’ having sexual relations with ‘your’ women is a common theme in nationalist movements who see the role of women as being to perpetuate the pure nation. This is Lehava. A number of them have been arrested for the attack on the Hand-in-Hand Hebrew/Arabic school. Will lopping off the head end the movement?

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Where your teacher is not a belly-dancer

In 2010 UNESCO established December 18 as Arabic Language Day implying Arabic is a single language ; which it is for those who see Arabs as a single threatening horde as well as by Arabs themselves who long for a single community united by language. But the many national versions of Arabic are often mutually incomprehensible – as is the classical Arabic of the Koran and ancient poetry.

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Palestine state is the alternative to violence

The European Council on Foreign Relations is not an EU body but a high-powered intellectual and political think-tank. Its invitation to the well-qualified Daniel Levy to address them on recognition of Palestine is significant – and Levy’s clear arguments for recognition and against the status-quo should carry weight.

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EU parliament votes for principle of Palestinian statehood

The gulf between the people’s representatives and their governments widens further as the EU Parliament in Strasbourg voted 498:88 to recognise the principle of Palestinian statehood – to be made a reality by diplomatic negotiation. The swath of parliamentary votes represents impatience not just with Netanyahu but also with EU governments.

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US in a tangle

One effect of John Kerry’s frenetic diplomacy in the Middle East was that it gave Palestinians a reality in the US. As have the parliamentary votes for Palestinian statehood by its EU allies. If the US vetoes motions to the UN Security Council from France and Jordan, it will be judged as being in Netanyahu’s pocket. And as for the principle, the US recognised Kosovo as an independent state without waiting for an unlikely diplomatic agreement. Jonathan Cook on the pressures on Obama.

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Mood in White House – ABBB, but don’t say so

If the mood in the Oval Office is ABBB – Anyone But BiBi – is this because of the personal antipathy between President and Prime Minister, or because the US administration is now convinced no-one can do business with Netanyahu making a nonsense of western policy on the 2-state solution?

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EU peoples’ votes to recognise Palestine ‘endanger Israel’

Whether or not Netanyahu is really in a state of panic about this week’s UN Security Council discussion on Palestine/Israel is doubtful. It seems more likely that his statement about the EU threatening Israel’s security is for domestic and US consumption. His hyperbole will not enhance his international reputation.

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Blackmail, bombing, arrests – nothing gives Israel its victory

David Shulman looks at five accounts of Gaza based on factual testimony and history. In contrast, Israelis live in a largely mythic world, a simplified version of the Iliad in which Israelis are innocent victims of dark, irrational forces, heroic death in war always makes sense, and violent coercion is the option of necessity and of choice.

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Reports of Labor’s death greatly exaggerated

The story of 21st century Israel is that it is being dragged to the right by nationalists and religious fanatics who have nothing to do with older Jewish traditions. But Uri Avnery doesn’t agree.He thinks a left-centrist coalition has a chance of winning the most seats.

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The spirit of Chanukah

The eight-day celebration of Chanukah starts this year at sundown on Tuesday 16th December and lasts until sundown on Wednesday, December 24th. The JfJfP executive wishes a happy Chanukah to all signatories, friends and visitors to this website. Here Deborah Maccoby of the JfJfP executive tells the story behind the Chanukah words: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts” – that is, the universal spirit of justice, freedom and peace.

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Zionist Federation funds anti-Islamic tour

The notorious comment that the only way to deter a terrorist was to ‘threaten to rape his mother or sister’ was made by Israeli prof. Mordechai Kedar.The UK’s Zionist Federation has organised and funded a tour by this same Islamophobe – which he does jointly with Muslim convert to Christianity, Special Branch adviser and evangelical Islamophobe Patrick Sookhdeo.

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Jim Crow laws that govern Palestinian life

The infamous Jim Crow laws that governed the lives of black people – and enforced the removal of their civil rights – were statutes and practices enforced locally in the southern states of the USA before the federal voting and civil rights laws of the 1960s. Such regulations are enforced arbitrarily over the movement of Palestinians by local authorities in Israel and agencies – but most of them don’t know what they are or why they are there.

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Settlement violence: death of a Palestinian minister

At a time of high tension in the West Bank, security chiefs might have thought to order border police to act with restraint towards protesters. But there’s something about guarding settlements which seems bring out the violence in even the best-trained men. No autopsy can prove whether Abu Ein died because of rough handling by the police. But Palestinians will continue to believe that he did, creating more crowd solidarity and escalating the tension even higher.

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French senate, Irish parliament vote for recognition of Palestine

Two more representative assemblies – the Irish Dail and French Senate – have decided that their governments should recognise the state of Palestine. The pro-Israel lobby is having no effect, though what effect these parliamentary votes will have has yet to be developed.

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Islamic charity returns to Gaza after audit

On June 19th 2014, 3 weeks before the killing of 3 Israeli teenagers, Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon banned Islamic Relief Worldwide from operating in the oPt, claiming IRW funnelled money to Hamas. The slim evidence for this seems to be that some of their charitable operations in Gaza involved Hamas members. After an internal investigation and a external audit IRW says it will resume work in Gaza.

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EU should raise costs of occupation

Israeli voters have never had to face the consequences of the occupation of Palestinian land. So, says Matthew Duss, they have had no incentive to vote for anyone who wants to change the policy on Palestine. The EU could affect the election by choosing to enforce costs on Israelis for illegal settlements and occupation.

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Israel wastes $billions on buying a good image

Omar Barghouti wows a huge audience at Columbia University, New York, with an optimistic assessment of Palestinian determination, of BDS and the inability of the Israeli government – however much money and soft power it expends – to convince the world that it’s the persecuted good guy.

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