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Nafeez Ahmed – The New ‘Two-State Solution’ That Would Colonize Palestine

A powerful pro-Israel policy group with ties to the Obama administration and the Israeli military intelligence establishment is promoting plans for a “two state solution” that would subordinate Palestinians to Israeli military rule, supervised by a permanent U.S. military presence. The plans have been put together by the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a New York-based advocacy group founded [3] in 1993 at the …

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Lauren McCauley – Israel Calls on Citizens to Track and Report Activists in ‘Ruthless’ War Against BDS

Amplifying the growing crackdown on dissent and specifically the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, the Israeli government this weekend unveiled a new initiative to track and deport activists suspected of supporting the campaign. Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan and Interior Minister Arye Dery on Sunday announced the creation of a new government task force charged with …

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Putin Plays Energy Chess with Netanyahu

On April 21 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow for closed door talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The media reported that the talks were over the situation in Syria, a theme where Moscow has made certain a regular hotline dialogue exists to avoid potential military clashes. It seems, however, that the two discussed quite another issue–potential Russian …

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Netanyahu plans fence around Israel to protect it from ‘wild beasts’

Binyamin Netanyahu has announced his intention to “surround all of Israel with a fence” to protect the country from infiltration by both Palestinians and the citizens of surrounding Arab states, whom he described as “wild beasts”. The Israeli prime minister unveiled the proposal during a tour of the Jordan border area in Israel’s south, adding that the project – which would cost …

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Alon Ben-Meir – Israel’s Moral Erosion

I have long maintained that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank defies the moral principle behind the creation of the state. Contrary to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion, the occupation erodes rather than buttresses Israel’s national security and cannot be justified on either security or moral grounds. Unless Israel embraces a new moral path, no one can prevent it from …

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Outrage from Within and Without over Netanyahu Speech at Think Tank with Clinton Ties

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set to address the Center for American Progress (CAP) Tuesday afternoon, progressive groups and figures—as well as its own staff— are expressing outrage that the influential, Clinton-tied think tank would provide a platform to a proven enemy of human rights and peace. Organizations including the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation picketed the …

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Leid Stories – 11.09.15

Netanyahu’s Back; This Time He’s Looking to Bag $40 Billion in Free Money

City Council of Hamtramck, Detroit, Now Majority-Muslim—A First in U.S.

Ferguson Looks to Restore Trust with ‘Old-Style’ Policing

He’d brazenly interfered in U.S. domestic affairs when he hijacked a joint session of Congress on March 3 to urge legislators to scuttle U.S. and international negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program. He and several of his senior advisers have spoken, and continue to speak, rather disparagingly of President Barack Obama and his administration. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s back in Washington today, and he’s looking for a $40-billion handout in military aid.

Hamtramck, a small city within Detroit, Michigan, made big news last week. With elections last week, it now boasts a majority-Muslim City Council—a first in the United States.

The City of Ferguson, Missouri, is trying to heal longstanding rifts between the community and cops with “old-style policing,” Interim Police Chief Andre Anderson told locals Saturday.

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David Hearst – “Peace Maker” and War Criminal Tony Blair: Gaza and All That Offshore Gas

What was in it for Tony Blair when he conducted talks with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in Doha?  Of all the bizarre encounters the Palestinian conflict has generated, Tony Blair’s four meetings in Doha with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal must surely rank as among the oddest. Here was the Quartet’s Middle East envoy breaking the Quartet’s own rules about not talking to …

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Gareth Porter – How Close Was Israel to Bombing Iran?

New evidence has now surfaced from former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that Israel came close to attacking Iran three times over the past few years – if you believe what “major” news media reported about the story. But you shouldn’t believe it. The latest story is only a continuation of the clever ploy that has been carried out by Israeli administrations …

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Neve Gordon – Forced-Feeding is Torture: Israel’s Latest Scheme to Dehumanize Palestinian Prisoners

Miri Regev, Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sports, supports torture. She is not alone. Joining her is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while practically all ministers and members of Knesset in his coalition have followed suit. The Israeli government, in other words, supports torture, and thus is similar to the governments of Egypt, Syria and many of its neighbors in the …