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Israel's interior minister seeks to extend ban on family unification
Haaretz 14 July -- Order stipulates that unification between Israeli citizens and Palestinian partners to be prohibited except in cases where Palestinian male partner is over 36 or Palestinian female is over 26; order significantly limits citizens' ability to live together with Palestinian spouse -- Interior Minister Eli Yishai is expected to ask the government next week for a six month extension of the order banning family unification. This order significantly limits the ability of a citizen to live together with a Palestinian spouse. The order's practical meaning is the prevention of unification of hundreds of families, particularly Bedouin ones in the Negev. Some Knesset members have called it a draconian order and a threat to civil liberties.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/
israel-s-interior-minister-seeks-to-extend-ban-on-family-unification-1.373100


Yovel outpost: Israel retroactively approves theft of private land
[with photos] B'Tselem 14 July -- The Yovel outpost, established in 1998, lies west of Qaryut and south of the Eli settlement. The 12 permanent dwellings in the outpost were built without a permit, without an outline plan, and partially on private Palestinian land. The declaration of state land was made in an attempt to approve retroactively the construction and to overcome the claims made in petitions to the High Court of Justice by the Palestinian landowners together with Israeli organizations. In September 2005, Peace Now petitioned the High Court in objection to the illegal construction in the outpost, and in April 2009, Yesh Din petitioned the court regarding the construction of the access road.
http://www.btselem.org/topic-page/14-july-11-yovel-outpost-israel-retroactively-approves-theft-private-land

Jerusalem

Issawiya of East Jerusalem resists home demolition
Jerusalem/PNN Exclusive/By SWK 14 July - White plumes of smoke streak across the sky saturating the air with tear gas, a common sight in the East Jerusalem town of Issawiya [Eissawiya, Isawiya, 'Aissawiya, etc.  العيسوية ] that has become notorious for resisting home demolitions ... Israeli zoning policies allow for Palestinians to build on just 13% of the land in East Jerusalem. This 13% is already densely inhabited and doesn’t leave much room for new infrastructure or expansion for existing residence. The Jerusalem Municipalities website states "The Municipality of Jerusalem demolishes buildings or parts of buildings for reasons of urban planning, not for security matters." The website also claims that houses are only demolished when not yet inhabited and when built without a permit on land that interferes with public plans for infrastructure like schools, parks and roads. Citizens of East Jerusalem say this is not the case. Issa Nasser, a resident of Issawiya, tells PNN of his cousin’s house situated between preexisting homes that was demolished 3 times. On the third demolition the man threw himself from the top floor resulting in permanent paralysis and is now confined to a wheelchair. "We apply for permits” Nasser states, “But they are not given to us, we have children, what can we do?" ... 94% of all housing permits requested are denied. Palestinians are forced to build illegally because they are not granted permits, granting permits would interfere with the plan set out by the Jerusalem Municipality entitled Jerusalem 2000. This long term plan for the city openly intends to keep the Palestinian population in Jerusalem at 30% by 2020, a statistic that seems unlikely at the current growth rate of the Palestinian population.
http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10443&Itemid=63

Palestinian house demolition (Part 1)
Jeff Halper of ICAHD in 2008, using a four times demolished house in Anata, East Jerusalem as an example -- very affecting Interview with homeowner Selim: "I have seven kids, and me and my wife - we are nine people living in this house ... At 2 o'clock in the afternoon we are eating our lunch, and suddenly I see our room surrounded by soldiers ... More than 200 soldiers came to kick up out! ... It's not your house now, you have 15 minutes to take your belongings and family out..."  [Excellent explanation by Halper of the 'quiet transfer' going on.  Parts 2 and 3 available under YouTube's 'suggestions' at right of video.]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMLzF9VpSKg&feature=related

VIDEO: Issawiya home demolition
AIC 13 July 2010 - [there are dozens of videos of demolitions on YouTube, most watched only a few times. But it's necessary to see something like this to understand the human cost, and to see just how coldly and mechanically the destruction is carried out]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kutAK1TE70

VIDEO: Issawiya, a suffocated Palestinian village in East Jerusalem
AIC from 2008 -- [shows the geography of the village's problem] From atop the hillside, the crux of Issawiya's problems becomes evident, its decisive location. Circling around you see the Israeli military base, the tower of Hebrew University, the Jewish settlement of French Hill, and an Israeli military detention center. Next to the detention center is the Ring Road, vast land appropriated from Issawiya to build the E-1 settlement bloc, and in the distance, the imposing Jewish settlement of Maale Adummim. In the middle of all this, cramped and constricted, lies Issawiya.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myTrSLxnfpg

IOA imposes $900,000 in fines on Jerusalemite children in past 10 months
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC) 14 July -- The Israeli occupation authority has imposed 900,000 dollars in fines on Jerusalemite children in Silwan for throwing stones at Israelis vehicles and settlers over the past ten months. Fakhri Abu Diab, a member of the committee for the defense of Silwan real-estate, said in a press release on Wednesday that the Israeli courts blackmail the Silwan inhabitants by imposing heavy fines on their children, because they know the families would be forced to pay the fines to secure the release of their children. He said that many Jerusalemites go in debt to secure the money while others could not and their sons remain in jail.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc

Settlers

VIDEO: Soldiers stand by while settlers attack ‘Asira al-Qibliya
B'Tselem 14 July -- On 3 July '11, at midday, settlers attacked the village of 'Asira al-Qibliya, claiming villagers had started a fire near the Yitzhar settlement. The attackers were armed with sticks and pieces of piping, some had covered their faces, and two carried weapons. They threw stones towards the village and broke some twenty olive trees. They injured one Palestinian by beating him. Villagers came to the spot and responded by throwing stones at the attackers.
http://www.btselem.org/beating-abuse/3711-video-soldiers-stand-settlers-attack-asira-al-qibliya

In West Bank, settler violence seen on the rise
HUWARA, West Bank (Reuters) 14 July – Scorched hillsides and charred olive groves near Nablus pinpoint the latest acts of arson by hardline Jewish settlers against Palestinians who say they are ever more the victims of such attacks in the West Bank. "The olive tree is the only source of income for farmers," said Mohammad Zeban, a Palestinian farmer, lamenting the damage inflicted on hundreds of olive trees by a recent fire near the village of Huwara. "They want to annihilate us." Settler-related incidents resulting in Palestinian injuries and damage to property are up by 57 percent this year, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which documents violence in the Palestinian territories. Palestinian officials say that is a worrying sign of deepening hostility which they fear could trigger wider violence as hardline settlers increasingly appear to be a law unto themselves and frustration grows over the evaporating prospects for peace ... To Palestinians, the increasing frequency and audacity of settler attacks is an inevitable result of the support their movement enjoys from a right-wing Israeli government whose foreign minister is himself a settler ... Palestinians have been injured by settlers this year at double the rate of 2010, he said. So far this year, 178 Palestinians have been stoned, run down or shot at by settlers, compared to a total of 176 for the whole of 2010. Three Palestinians have been killed by settlers this year.
http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110714/wl_nm/us_palestinians_israel_settlers

Barak considers emergency laws against rightists
Ynet 14 July -- Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday instructed his legal adviser to look into the possibility of using old emergency laws to curb rightist attacks on IDF soldiers ... Some 10 days ago, Brigadier General Alon's vehicle was attacked by several youths at Tapuach Junction in the West Bank. Alon left the scene after right-wing activists encircled his car and began kicking it, while resorting to slurs and chanting "traitor."
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4095554,00.html

Gaza

Israeli airstrike injures 5 at Rafah border
RAFAH (Ma‘an) 14 July -- Five Gazans were injured Thursday and a sixth is reported missing after an Israeli warplane attacked a tunnel at the Egyptian-Palestinian border near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The attack took place at dawn, local witness said ... Israeli planes were reportedly targeting the transfer of cement and building materials into the Gaza Strip. An Israeli army spokeswoman said that the attack was in response to "the firing of rockets at residents in southern Israel" and terrorist activity at the Rafah border. It is understood that the tunnel was destroyed in the attack.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405081

Witnesses: Airstrikes across the Gaza Strip
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 15 July -- Israeli warplanes raided the southern Gaza Strip late Thursday, targeting sites belonging to Hamas near Khan Younis and west of Gaza City, witnesses said. [Tweet from @yelkhoudary (Yasmeen El Khoudary): 2 children injured from #Israel's unjustified attacks on #Gaza tonight.]
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405363

6 rockets hit Israel; IDF strikes Gaza
Ynet 15 July 00:29 -- Qassams fired from Strip explode in open areas in southern Israel throughout day; no injuries reported. IDF reportedly strikes Hamas targets late Thursday
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4095255,00.html

Unknown military faction fires projectile at Sderot
GAZA (Ma‘an) 14 July 17:49 -- A previously unknown armed faction announced Thursday that it had fired a homemade projectile at the Israeli city of Sderot from the Gaza Strip. The faction calls itself "Sarayah Palestine", a statement received by Ma‘an said. It launched the projectile at 7.00 a.m Thursday. The attack was in response to Israeli aggression and threats against the Palestinian people, the statement added.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405204

VIDEO: International solidarity boat crew attacked off Gaza coast / Hama Waqum
Mondoweiss/CPSGAZA 14 July -- I am writing this exactly twelve hours after I was attacked by an Israeli warship, off the Gaza coast. As a member of the Civil Peace Service, I board the Oliva boat around twice a week to monitor Gazan fishermen’s human rights. But today, it wasn’t just the fishermen who were targeted. We approached a cluster of hasaka fishing boats that were being attacked with water cannons at midday on July 13. As we got closer all I could focus on was the officer manning the machine gun, covered from head to toe with black, which struck me as very medieval, if you know what I mean. Our boat, along with the fishing vessels, was around two miles out to sea, well within the three-mile fishing limit imposed by Israel.
http://mondoweiss.net/2011/07/international-solidarity-boat-crew-attacked-off-gaza-coast.html

PFLP leader returns to Gaza after 42 years
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 14 July -- A senior leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Salah Mohammad, returned to Gaza [from Algeria] on Thursday after 42 years of forced absence.  Senior leaders of the PFLP received Salah at the Rafah crossing and he is set to receive guests at his home in the Ash-Shate refugee camp.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405322

Gaza blockade keeps Saleh away from sea / Rami Almeghari
EI 14 July -- For five years now, Saleh has only been able to sail for short distances. Most of the time, it sits idle in a parking lot for boats near a sea port to the west of Gaza City.aleh is the name of a large boat that belongs to Abu Ayman Kabaja, a 56-year-old fisherman and father of five children, all of whom have worked in Gaza’s fishing industry for many years ... Saleh is one of about 25 similar boats in the area that used to sail from Gaza before Israel imposed the maritime blockade. These boats are all out of regular use as a result of the siege on Gaza.
http://electronicintifada.net/content/gaza-blockade-keeps-saleh-away-sea/10170

In Gaza: Lucky to have water
[photos] Wet clothes are actually a blessing, for me at least in Gaza.  I only wear them indoors, or sometimes underneath outer layers, and they do what non-existent air-con or fans-wanting-electricity can’t: cool me down for a bit ... Free Gaza says: “Most family homes have running water for less than six hours a day, and almost a third of homes have no running water at all.”  And my Gaza family themselves have to pump water via a series of hoses, pumps and motors (dependent on electricity and town water flow) to their rooftop for family use. [this post goes on to include information about both the depletion and deterioration of Gaza's water and the effect of Israeli border shootings on farmers - well worth reading]
http://ingaza.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/lucky-to-have-water/

Detention

British court looks into Sheikh Raed Salah's bail Friday
London (PIC) 14 July -- Sheikh Raed Salah's bail appeal will be heard at the High Court tomorrow morning Friday 15 July at 10.30am. A protest will be held outside the Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand, London WC2A 2LL at 10am. The protest is calling for the release of Sheikh Raed who remains in detention at HMP Bedford, despite mounting political pressure on the Home Secretary, Theresa May. Last week, a petition of over 10,000 signatures was handed into the Home Office calling for Sheikh Raed's release. Sheikh Raed Salah remains determined to clear his name.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2

IOF soldiers detain Palestinian youth in Nablus, storm Al-Khalil
NABLUS (PIC) 14 July -- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a Palestinian youth in the Nablus village of Til at dawn Thursday after wreaking havoc in his home and other houses in the village. Other IOF soldiers stormed Al-Khalil city, installed roadblocks and search citizens for their IDs. Local sources said that the troops detained a number of young men for field interrogation then released them.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2b

Administrative detention extended against two Palestinian prisoners on Thursday
AL-KHALIL (PIC) 14 July -- Israeli occupation authorities have extended the administrative detention of Palestinian prisoner Zawadi Sha‘ban Shalalideh, 48, from Sa‘eer in Al-Khalil province, for an additional four months on Thursday. It was the third time his term in administrative detention was extended since he was first arrested ten months back. Shelaledeh is a father of eight and school teacher who suffers various illnesses. He was arrested several times by Israeli authorities and currently sits in the Ofer prison.
The same day, a military tribunal in the Negev extended the administrative detention period of Hamas leader Raafat Jameel Nasseif, 45, for six months, Nasseif's family told our correspondent. It marked the sixth time his detention term has been extended. Nasseif has been sitting in the Negev prison since March 2009. He also suffers from health conditions.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2Bc

Senior prisoner returned to isolation after prison fake-out
NABLUS (PIC) 14 July -- Longtime Palestinian prisoner Nael al-Bargouthi, 54, was returned to isolation in the Ramon prison on Tuesday for the second time in a two week timespan. Apparently, the prison administration faked out prisoners by releasing him to quell wide-ranging protests.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2b

Events organized for children of Palestinian detainees
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 14 July -- The Palestinian detainees center in Qalqiliya said Wednesday that they had organized an evening of entertainment for the children of Palestinian prisoners who live in the city. The event was sponsored in cooperation with the Palestinian Woman's Center, a Christian youth organization and the prisoners' mothers committee. Head of the detainees center in Qalqiliya Lafi Nasura said that the event shows solidarity with prisoners in Israeli jails and sends a message to the world that Palestinians don't forget their prisoners and will always support them.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405104

Activism / Solidarity

Songs tear down fences in Izbat Tabib
ISM 13 July -- On July 13th villagers in the small town of Izbat Tabib wanted to protest against the illegal Israeli construction of barbed wire fences outside the village, preventing farmers from tending their lands and olive trees ... the villagers and activists from ISM helped each other tear down the fences, this continued for around half an hour, until the arrival of Israeli military jeeps with about 20 soldiers. The cutting of the fences halted, and together the villagers and activists prevented the entry of the soldiers into the village by means of peaceful singing and demands for Palestinian rights to their rightful
land.
http://palsolidarity.org/2011/07/19523/

Israelis and Arabs to march in Jerusalem in support of Palestinian independence
Haaretz 14 July -- Thousands of Israelis and Palestinians are expected to take part in a march on Friday, titled 'March for Independence' calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state. The organizers of the march said that the recognition of Palestine as an independent state should come before negotiations, and not as a result. The event represents a rare cooperation between the left-wing Solidarity movement and the popular committees of East Jerusalem. The organizers claim that this is the first Jewish-Arab event of its kind to be held in Jerusalem since 1991.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
israelis-and-arabs-to-march-in-jerusalem-in-support-of-palestinian-independence-1.373239


Israel expands its borders into Europe / Dahr Jamail
AJE 12 July - Recent clampdowns on Palestinian solidarity activists underscore Israel's ability to outsource its security operations -- On July 11, Israel announced it was not interested in having the United Nations become involved as a mediator in its maritime border issues with Lebanon. But when it comes to recruiting other countries to assist in the enforcement of its naval blockade of Gaza, or having international airlines deny entry to passengers destined to the occupied territories from flying, Israel is keen to have other countries help. [includes map showing the approximate location of the flotilla vessels, including descriptions of what happened to each boat]
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/07/2011712891421784.html

Boycott law  (see also Analysis / Opinion)

PA to boycott companies heeding Boycott Law
Ynet 14 July -- Palestinian economic minister threatens to boycott Israeli companies, says Boycott Law is 'part of the mechanism of the occupation' ... According to Abu Libdah, "The decision made by the Israeli government to approve this law proves Israel is setting the ground for the option of one, bi-national state."
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4095208,00.html

Meretz party marks settlement goods at Israeli supermarkets
Haaretz 14 July -- The New Movement-Meretz's operations headquarters and youth division made their way through supermarkets across Israel Wednesday, marking products manufactured in the settlements. The move is part of a campaign intended to warn the public against purchasing goods manufactured in the settlements, and comes in response to the boycott law passed in the Knesset this week ...P arty Secretary-General Dror Morag said the struggle today is not solely about settlement goods, but the "essence of democracy."
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/
meretz-party-marks-settlement-goods-at-israeli-supermarkets-1.373218


Dozens of Israeli law professors protest unconstitutional boycott law
Haaretz 14 July -- 32 academics sign petition aimed at Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein; Netanyahu maintains that he 'approved the law' and is 'against boycotts' aimed at Israel.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/
dozens-of-israeli-law-professors-protest-unconstitutional-boycott-law-1.373152


Netanyahu opposes parliamentary investigations of Israeli human rights organizations
Haaretz 14 July -- After supporting the controversial boycott law, PM announces he will vote against the initiative for a parliamentary inquiry into funding sources of Israeli human rights organizations.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
netanyahu-opposes-parliamentary-investigations-of-israeli-human-rights-organizations-1.373257


Political / Diplomatic / International news

Arab League to request full Palestinian membership at UN
Reuters 14 July --Security Council set to hold open debate on Middle East on July 26, but Israel has made it clear that it opposes any unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood.-- The Arab League will apply to upgrade the Palestinians to full member status at the United Nations, according to a draft statement from a league meeting in Qatar on Thursday. "It was decided to go to the United Nations to request the recognition of the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital and to move ahead and request a full membership," said the communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
arab-league-to-request-full-palestinian-membership-at-un-1.373210


Dignitaries visit Israel to fight Palestinian statehood bid
Jerusalem (JTA) 14 July -- A group of dignitaries including a former prime minister and a Nobel Peace Prize winner came to Israel to pledge to fight the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations.The group came as part of the Friends of Israel Initiative, which seeks to rally international support for Israel.
http://forward.com/articles/139868/

Fatah: Israel extorts European countries for UN bid
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 14 July -- Palestinian movement Fatah accused Israel Thursday of exploiting economic conditions in some European countries in order to persuade them to vote against the Palestinian UN bid for statehood in September.  Fatah spokesman Dr. Fayez Abu Eitah told Ma‘an that the decision by Netanyahu to provide preferential treatment to Romanian and Bulgarian laborers amounts to political extortion. It is understood that the Israeli PM has offered Romania and Bulgaria a favorable share in the Israeli labor market and a deal to bring laborers from the two countries to Israel in a bid to win their vote as the Palestinians go to the UN this September.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405186

PLO condemns UNESCO for listing Jerusalem as Israel's capital
RAMALLAH (Xinhua) 14 July -- The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Thursday condemned listing Jerusalem as Israel's capital on the website of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Identifying Jerusalem as Israel's unified capital "is a procedure against humanitarian and international legitimacy and the Security Council's resolutions that consider East Jerusalem as an occupied city," said the PLO in a statement.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-07/14/c_13985774.htm

PA recognizes South Sudan
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 14 July -- Palestinian Authority minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Maliki said Thursday that the PA has recognized the new state of South Sudan.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405327

Hezbollah: Lebanon will not let Israel seize its natural gas
Haaretz 14 July -- Deputy secretary general of Hezbollah says Lebanon will protect its rights in face of Israeli threats as Israel-Lebanon conflict on their maritime economic border escalates.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
hezbollah-lebanon-will-not-let-israel-seize-its-natural-gas-1.373201


Other news

Tawjihi results to be announced by end of next week
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 13 July -- The vice-minister for Higher Education in the Hamas government, Dr. Muhammad Abu Shuqair, said Wednesday that he expects the Tawjihi results to be announced by the end of next week ... All grading will be completed by next Tuesday and the results will be announced in the West Bank and Gaza Strip at the end of next week, Shuqair added. Over 89,000 students completed their Tawjihi exams on July 3 in the West Bank and Gaza.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=404835

Israeli kindergartners now have to sing the national anthem every week
Haaretz 14 July -- From September Jewish nursery and kindergarten teachers to raise Israeli flag and sing 'Hatikva' according to new Education Ministry directives; teachers also required to instruct children on state symbols ... According to the Education Ministry, the directives will not be implemented in the Arab sector. "We are conducting discussions in the Preschool Department to see how we can adapt [the directives] to this sector," the ministry said. .
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/
israeli-kindergarteners-now-have-to-sing-the-national-anthem-every-week-1.373094


Israel air force pilots head to US to test-fly new military aircraft
Haaretz 14 July -- An Israel Air Force delegation recently visited a United States Marine Corps base in North Carolina in order to test out the new V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft ... the IAF will have to replace the Sikorsky helicopters sometime toward the end of the decade, and will have to decide between upgrading the Sikorsky or choosing the V-22.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
israel-air-force-pilots-head-to-u-s-to-test-fly-new-military-aircraft-1.373190


Haredi radio to play women's voices?
Ynet 14 July -- According to compromise reached with Second Authority for Television and Radio, Kol Barama station will broadcast special programs presented by women. But radio official states, 'We'll let women speak only under certain conditions and in times of emergency' -- The issue was addressed following complaints filed with the Second Authority against the station's refusal to have women present programs or call in as listeners. According to a recent Ynet report, the radio station's special programs for women are presented by men, and female listeners are asked to send in recipes and questions by fax.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4094336,00.html

Poll: Obama's ratings plummet in Arab world
Haaretz 13 July -- According to the poll, both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and US interference in the region are seen as the biggest obstacle to peace and stability -- A new poll shows a sharp decline in support of President Obama's policies in the Middle East. The poll, which was conducted by the Arab American Institute in six Middle Eastern countries, shows Obama’s ratings at 10% or less
http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/poll-obama-s-ratings-plummet-in-arab-world-1.373067

Analysis / Opinion

Boycott law proves Israel's one-state vision / Mairav Zonszein
972mag 14 July -- More than anti-democratic, the boycott law is indicative of Israel’s de facto annexation of the West Bank -- Everyone who is up in arms about the passing of the boycott law this week has been emphasizing the severity of its violation of freedom of expression and dialogue. While this is of course true, what is even more alarming about the law, which has gone largely unmentioned in the press or by organizations opposing it, is what it says about the State’s relation to the territory under its control: The boycott law makes no distinction between Israel and the Occupied Territories and thus is in effect a legalization and normalization of the occupation, the total erasure of the Green Line and the moratorium on the two-state solution (in case this was not already clear).
http://972mag.com/boycott-law-proves-israels-one-state-vision/


Israel's McCarthy coalition is on a dangerous power trip / Carlo Strenger
Haaretz blog 13 July -- The flood of anti-democratic laws that were proposed, and partially implemented, by the current Knesset, elected in February 2009, constitute one of the darkest chapters in Israeli history. The opening salvo was provided by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party with its Nakba law, that forbids the public commemoration of the expulsion of approximately 750,000 Palestinians during the 1948 war.  Since then, a growing number of attempts were made to curtail freedom of expression and to make life for human rights groups more difficult. The latest instance is the boycott law that is passed this Monday by the Knesset, even though its legal advisor believes it to be a problematic infringement on freedom of speech.
http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/strenger-than-fiction/
israel-s-mccarthy-coalition-is-on-a-dangerous-power-trip-1.373049


Forward editorial: We can't say this
We could get in trouble for this. Not in New York City, where this editorial is being written, because legitimate comment is protected under the First Amendment. But our editorials, along with many other stories and columns in the Forward, also appear every Sunday in the English edition of the Haaretz newspaper in Israel. And now, with a new anti-boycott law approved by the Knesset and due to take effect in less than 90 days, the boundaries of free speech and legitimate expression have grown unpredictably and suffocatingly tight. So, for example, if we say something like: We can understand why reasonable people could advocate a boycott of products made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank because those settlements are deemed illegal under international law and because a boycott is a peaceful way of expressing a moral concern — well, if we say something like that, we could be sued and held liable in civil court.
http://www.forward.com/articles/139822/

Why Israelis must fight against the boycott law / Gideon Levy
Haaretz 14 July -- With the new boycott law the meager Israeli discourse will become even more threadbare due to the silencing laws; this may be the last call to boycott those who are boycotting Israeli democracy ... One doesn't buy stolen merchandise. Period. We can and must say that out loud, before this disgraceful law was passed and even more so after it was passed. According to the new law of the new Israel, whose image is becoming distorted at alarming speed before our amazed eyes (and the eyes of the world ), it will be forbidden to say that ... Now we call not only on those who consider the damage caused by the settlements to be decisive, but also those who fear for the character of the country and the society in which they live - to boycott.To boycott, boycott and boycott. Not only the products of injustice, but the unjust regime as well. This law must now be boycotted.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/why-israelis-must-fight-against-the-boycott-law-1.373135


The boycott law is fascist / Alon Idan
Haaretz 14 July -- The widely held view that the slew of anti-democratic laws legislated by the 18th Knesset is a slippery slope to Fascism in the future is disingenuous. The Boycott Law is Fascism: it is a categorically anti-democratic law whose goal is to annul any possibility of legitimate protest.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/the-boycott-law-is-fascist-1.372960
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