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    Outrage erupted in Palestine after settlers set a house on fire, killing a baby. Netanyahu called the attack an "act of terrorism".

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33739351

    Israel has vowed to catch arsonists, suspected to be Jewish settlers, who killed a Palestinian infant in a firebomb attack on a West Bank village.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was committed to "fight this evil, to find the perpetrators [and] to bring them to justice".

    The 18-month-old boy's parents and four-year-old brother were seriously injured in the attack in Duma.

    Palestinian officials said they held Israel "fully responsible".
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...st-bank-israel

    The slumbering Dawabsheh family never stood a chance when a pair of arsonists crept into their home in a village in the West Bank in the early hours of Friday. A smashed window, a flaming molotov cocktail, a whoosh of fire and piercing screams followed.

    Within minutes, the parents had crawled from the house with life-threatening third degree burns covering most of their bodies. Inside, four-year-old Ahmad was shrieking in fear and pain; his infant brother, Ali, just 18 months old, was dead or dying, his body burned beyond recognition.

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    This editorial opinion by Harriet Sherwood of The Guardian is on the money.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...e-tag-violence

    The killing of a Palestinian infant in a suspected arson attack by extremist Jewish settlers in the West Bank has been swiftly condemned as an act of terror by both Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

    This horrific act is not an isolated event, but part of a widespread campaign by extremist settlers against Palestinians and their property, and it will be instructive to compare the treatment of the perpetrators – if and when they are identified – with Palestinian youths accused of stone-throwing.

    Within hours of the attack, the Palestine Liberation Organisation released data showing a total of 369 attacks it says were committed by Israeli settlers from the beginning of 2015 up to July 27 – an average of more than 12 attacks each week. They include harassment and intimidation, the destruction and theft of olive trees, the poisoning of wells, stone-throwing, firing with live ammunition at people and property, assaults, verbal abuse, vandalism and the spraying of graffiti on property.

    B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights group which monitors settler activity, said that in the past three years, nine Palestinian homes in the West Bank had been set alight, and a Palestinian family had been severely burned when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Palestinian taxi. “In recent years, Israeli civilians set fire to dozens of Palestinian homes, mosques, businesses, agricultural land and vehicles in the West Bank. The vast majority of the these cases were never solved, and in many of them the Israeli police did not even bother to take elementary investigative actions,” B’Tselem said in a statement.

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    Israel will use administrative detention (indefinite incarceration without trial, which is extremely controversial and an all-out bad idea, currently is only used for Palestinians) for some Israeli suspects as well, after the homophobic attack in Jerusalem and the firebombing in Duma. Besides, one of the victims of the man who committed the knife attack died (see In Other News).

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-without-trial

    Israel has announced it intends to detain Jewish terror suspects without trial as the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, came under pressure to respond to the deaths in separate attacks of a Palestinian toddler and Israeli teenager.

    Thousands of Israeli people took to the streets over the weekend to warn against a radicalised and violent fringe growing within the country, following the arson attack on a Palestinian family home in the West Bank by extremists and the stabbing of six people at a Jerusalem Gay Pride march by a suspect identified as an ultra-Orthodox Jew.

    One of those stabbed in Jerusalem, Shira Banki, 16, died as a result of her wounds on Sunday. She had been in critical condition since being stabbed in the back by a suspect, Yishai Shlissel, who carried out the attack just weeks after being released from a 10-year prison sentence for stabbing participants in the 2005 march.

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    The father of the child who had already died from the arson has now also passed away. The mother and the remaining child aren't in a stable condition yet either.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33833400

    A Palestinian man whose child was killed in an arson attack blamed on Jewish settlers has died of his injuries.

    Saad Dawabsha, 32, died in an Israeli hospital where he was being treated for second-degree burns to most of his body.

    His son Ali, 18 months, died in the attack in the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank on 31 July.

    His mother and his four-year-old brother remain in critical condition.

    Hundreds of people turned out as Saad Dawabsha was buried in Duma on Saturday.

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    The IDF has decided to force a section of the wall through that imposes itself on a community of Palestinian Christians (apparently (a) group(s) affiliated to the Holy See and (a) Greek Orthodox group(s)).

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34020724

    Palestinian Christians are appealing for international support to oppose renewed construction of part of Israel's West Bank barrier.

    Residents of Beit Jala - a town along the planned barrier route - made the appeal at an open-air mass among centuries-old olive trees on Friday.

    They have also been waging a long legal battle, backed by the Vatican.

    The barrier will separate over 50 families from their land - but Israel says it is a vital security measure.

    An earlier attempt to pray at the site of Friday's mass had resulted in scuffles between Israeli border police and worshippers and priests.

    At the start of the week, Israel's defence ministry began to prepare an area at the entrance to the Cremisan Valley for an expansion of the barrier.
    It is presented as a security measure, but it also serves to weaken the Palestinian inhabitants' link to their agricultural land and makes it more ready to assimilation.

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    The UN will fly the Palestinian flag.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34398174

    The Palestinian flag is to be raised for the first time at the United Nations later in what the Palestinian leader says will be "a most emotional and proud day".

    Earlier this month, the UN General Assembly passed a motion to raise the Palestinian and Vatican flags.

    Israel criticised the move and they, the United States and six other countries voted against it.

    The Israeli and Palestinian leaders will speak before the UN this week.

    "The sense of pride among the Palestinian people was overwhelming the day the world voted in favour of this landmark initiative," Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas wrote for the Huffington Post on Tuesday.

    "I am certain that the day our flag rises among the flags of the community of nations will also be a most emotional and proud day."

    He also called for a multilateral solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding: "The UN must give my people more than hope."

    The motion was passed by 119 votes, but 45 countries abstained from the vote.

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    Bibi ben Godwin doubles down on bad history that echoes far-right beliefs.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...n-kerry-berlin

    Binyamin Netanyahu has met the US secretary of state, John Kerry, in Berlin amid a continuing storm of criticism over remarks by the Israeli prime minister claiming that the Palestinian grand mufti of Jerusalem had suggested the genocide of the Jews to Adolf Hitler.

    Although Netanyahu tried to row back on his remarks that Hitler had been persuaded to initiate the Holocaust by the second world war Palestinian leader – made in a speech on Tuesday to the World Zionist Congress – historians and media commentators continued to weigh in, accusing him of everything from fabrication to helping the cause of Holocaust deniers.

    The continuing row came as Kerry and Netanyahu called for an immediate end to incitement, blamed for a recent deadly wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis, ahead of their meeting on Thursday.

    Netanyahu also repeated earlier accusations that the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, was “spreading lies” about the status of the Temple Mount, the disputed holy site at the centre of tensions, which is known as al-Haram al-Sharif to Muslims.

    In his speech on Tuesday, Netanyahu described an alleged meeting between Haj Amin al-Husseini and Hitler in 1941.
    It is incredible that Netanyahu de facto buttresses a revisionist myth of Holocaust denialists. His specific version however is a ferociously Islamophobic myth, intended to deny the Palestinian people any legitimacy by tarring them with collective guilt for the mufti's supposed sin. Such ethnic essentialism is becoming more and more de rigueur in the Israeli right.

    The claim is nonsense. I'm not an expert on the details, but a major reason for the extermination camps was the combination of large Jewish populations in recently conquered lands (especially the Pale of Settlement) and strict laws in other countries that prevented Jewish refugees from entering and thus from escaping Germany and occupied zones. Germans had already started mass killing Jews months before the meeting between Hitler and the grand mufti. And the Nazis had no qualms with murdering Jews well before then, so it's not as if they needed an outsider to give them the idea.

    Merkel gave a dry but clear statement asserting German responsibility for the Holocaust. (Which shouldn't surprise anybody who knows anything about German culture.)

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34599706

    Germany has insisted it was responsible for the Holocaust, after Israel's prime minister claimed a Palestinian leader told the Nazis to kill Europe's Jews.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germans were "very clear in our minds" that the Nazis were responsible.

    Benjamin Netanyahu had said Hitler had only wanted to expel Jews from Europe, but that Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini told him: "Burn them."
    Oh, and the tosser has already semi-backtracked in the glibbest way, of course:

    Speaking alongside Mrs Merkel in Berlin, Mr Netanyahu said "no-one should deny that Hitler was responsible for the Holocaust".

    But on Tuesday speech at the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Mr Netanyahu claimed Husseini had provided the idea.

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    France will try to revive peace negotiations, first by ending the vicious cycle of violence.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-peace-process

    France will attempt to reanimate the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process by holding a meeting of foreign ministers in Paris at the end of May, to set the stage for a peace conference later in the summer.

    The intervention by France comes following months of deeply pessimistic noises from Washington – which has long been the key mediator in the peace process – and most recently from Joe Biden, the vice-president, who voiced concerns last week. It also follows six months of worsening violence between the two sides. Previously the White House had said it saw no prospect of advancing negotiations during the remainder of Barack Obama’s term in office.

    Invitations for the preparatory summit are expected to be sent out on Friday to foreign ministers from key states and organisations with an interest, but not to Israel or the Palestinian Authority in the first instance.
    It's common for French presidents to try to get grand foreign policy successes when their popularity slumps, but this sure beats bombing Libya.

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    It's not directly related to the Israel-Palestine conflict at all, but this has become like a general purpose Israel/Palestine topic anyway, so:

    It is well known that Netanyahu and several of his allies are linked to a crackdown on civil society that is getting close to the illiberal democracy in Poland, Hungary and Turkey. But Netanyahu is also reconstructing Israel's media landscape, not merely seeking greater influence in public appointments and private links (which is dubious enough) but also trying to stifle opposition views.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/op...ree-press.html

    In its annual report released this spring, Freedom House, an American democracy advocacy organization, downgraded Israel’s freedom of the press ranking from “free” to “partly free.” To anyone following Israeli news media over the past year and a half, this was hardly surprising. Freedom House focused primarily on the “unchecked expansion” of paid content in editorial pages, as well as on the outsize influence of Israel Hayom (“Israel Today”), a free daily newspaper owned by the American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and widely believed to promote the views of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Israel Hayom’s bias is well documented. A 2013 investigative report on Israeli television revealed drafts of several articles written by the paper’s journalists that had been systematically changed by the editor in chief to remove criticism of the prime minister. For a newspaper to have a political agenda is, of course, nothing new. But Israel Hayom isn’t conservative or right wing in the broad sense. Rather, the paper megaphones whatever is in the interest of the prime minister. Naftali Bennett, a far-right government minister, has said “Israel Hayom is Pravda — the mouthpiece of one man.”

    In many ways, the Freedom House report missed the real worrying shifts. Mr. Netanyahu’s attempts to control the country’s pages and airwaves go much further than Israel Hayom. For the past 18 months, in addition to his prime ministerial duties, he has served as Israel’s communications minister (as well as its foreign minister, economy minister and minister of regional cooperation). In this role, he and his aides have brazenly leveraged his power to seek favorable coverage from outlets that he once routinely described as “radically biased.”

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    On Trogdor Lieberman's recent ejaculations:

    http://www.vox.com/2016/8/11/1238629...deal-statement

    Last Thursday, President Barack Obama once again defended the Iran nuclear deal, claiming that even Israel, “the country that was most opposed to the deal,” has “acknowledged that this has been a game changer.”

    “You will recall that there were all these horror stories about how Iran was going to cheat, and this was not going to work, and Iran was going to get $150 billion dollars to finance terrorism, and all these kinds of scenarios; and none of them have come to pass. And it is not just the assessment of our intelligence community, it is the assessment of the Israeli military and intelligence community.”

    The next day, the Israeli Ministry of Defense issued a statement directly comparing the Iran nuclear deal to the 1938 Munich Agreement with Nazi Germany, which ceded some parts of what was then Czechoslovakia to Germany and today is widely regarded as a disastrous act of appeasement toward the Nazis that failed to prevent World War II and the Holocaust.
    As you may have noted (it can be concluded from glancing this topic), the Israeli right is very prone to making nonsensical and exploitative comparisons to the Nazis.

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