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Israel passes bill to seize private Palestinian land for Jewish settlements. JERUSALEM — Israel’s parliament passed a contentious law late Monday that allows the state to seize land privately owned by Palestinians in the West Bank and grant the properties to Jewish settlements for their exclusive use. The measure is designed to protect homes in Jewish settlements, built on private Palestinian property “in good faith or at the state’s instruction,” from possible court-ordered evacuation and demolition. Thousands of homes in dozens of settlements and outposts may now be protected, at least temporarily.

The bill is probably headed for a high court challenge. world middle_east Dallas shooting updates News and analysis on the deadliest day for police since 9/11. post_newsletter353 follow-dallas true after3th false Today's WorldView What's most important from where the world meets Washington Please provide a valid email address. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supports the legislation and has told his constituents that no government had done more for the settlers. Read more: More than half US aid goes to Israel and its gov't ignores our warnings on settlements -- Kerry. John Kerry offered yet another tough-love talk to Israel at the pro-Israel Saban Forum yesterday.

The United States gives Israel more than half of the aid that we give “to the entire world,” and Israel simply ignores us when we warn it about new settlements. Kerry: Every president, Republican and Democrat, has been opposed to settlements – we issue a warning today when we see a new settlement announced. Nothing happens. It’s ignored, a new settlement goes up. Here’s how much money we give Israel to ignore us. I’ve watched while we, the Obama Administration, have put $23.5 billion on the line for foreign military financing. Goldberg, the new editor-in-chief of the Atlantic, played the innocent. MR GOLDBERG: Have we not passed the tipping point already?

(This is further evidence for my prediction that Goldberg in his new incarnation as liberal American editor in the footsteps of the abolitionists will become an anti-Zionist.) Another innocent observes: Message, you’re on your own. Israel stole classified US information and used it to help congressional Republicans. The Wall Street Journal's Adam Entous dropped a huge story Tuesday morning: Israel acquired classified US information while spying on the Iranian nuclear negotiations, and leaked the stolen information about the emerging deal to American lawmakers in an attempt to sabotage the Obama administration's outreach to Tehran.

This is yet another disaster for US-Israel relations. But that's not because Israel acquired classified US information, which honestly isn't that surprising. What's really outrageous is that Israel used the information in a deliberate attempt to manipulate American politics. No one should be shocked that Israel was spying on the talks. A certain degree of espionage is pretty par for the course in world politics, even among allies. But there is a real scandal here, and that's Israel using stolen intelligence as part of a deliberate campaign of messing around with American partisan politics. Allies really aren't supposed to do this sort of thing. Netanyahu’s victory is a disaster for the peace process. There's no sugar-coating this: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's stunning victory in Tuesday's Israeli election is an utter disaster for Israel's peace camp and, by extension, the Palestinians.

The right-wing prime minister won on the back of an ultra-hawkish, at times nakedly racist campaign. He openly declared that there'd be no Palestinian state on his watch if reelected. He warned of Arab voters "streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations," which is a lot like an American politician warning about too many black voters turning out. What does it say about Israel, and the conflict, that his campaign worked? The answer is clear. This election proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Israel's traditional pro-peace leftist majority is well and truly dead.

The left's long death Isaac Herzog, head of the Labor party, looking not-thrilled at a post-election event. By all rights, Netanyahu should have lost this election. That's a lot for the center-left opposition to work with. At last Israel tells the truth about why so many civilians are being killed in Gaza. Israel explains why its bombs and shells are slaughtering civilians in Gaza. As told by Mark Regev, chief spokesman for the Prime Minister of Israel. Mark Regev, chief spokesman for the Prime Minister of Israel. Israel explains to the media the killing of civilians in Gaza We haven’t heard reports of deaths, will check into it.

The people were killed, but by a faulty Palestinian rocket/bomb. Ok we killed them, but they were terrorists. Ok they were civilians, but they were being used as human shields. Repeat from step 1. As told to Adam Johannes, secretary of Cardiff Stop the War Coalition Help make the national demonstration for Gaza on 9 August the biggest ever in the UK. I've Never Seen the Israel/Palestine Conflict Illustrated More Uniquely Than This. The story shared by Israel and Palestine has been told in several stunning films, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it told like this. Nina Paley created this (extremely brief) animated history of the land that was at one time called Israel, Palestine, Canaan and the Levant. She even created this viewer’s guide to make sense of what’s happening. (Want to dive in deeper? Check out these excellent films.) Who’s Killing Who? Because you can’t tell the players without a pogrom! Early Man This generic “cave man” represents the first human settlers in Israel/Canaan/the Levant.

Canaanite What did ancient Canaanites look like? Egyptian Canaan was located between two huge empires. Assyrian ….Assyria controlled it other times. Israelite The “Children of Israel” conquered the shit out of the region, according to bloody and violent Old Testament accounts. Babylonian Then the Baylonians destroyed their temple and took the Hebrews into exile. Macedonian/Greek Here comes Alexander the Great, conquering everything! Israel orders demolition of 8 Palestinian villages, claims need for IDF training land.

Global Nukes Infographic. US House Stealthily Passes Extreme Pro-Israel Legislation. The House bill basically provides Israel with a blank check drawn on the U.S. taxpayer to maintain its “qualitative military edge” over all of its neighbors combined. Go to Google and type in “H.R. 4133.” You will discover that, apart from a handful of blogs and alternative news sites, not a single mainstream medium has reported the story of a congressional bill that might well have major impact on the conduct of United States foreign policy. H.R. 4133, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, was introduced into the House of Representatives of the 112th Congress on March 5 “to express the sense of Congress regarding the United States-Israel strategic relationship, to direct the president to submit to Congress reports on United States actions to enhance this relationship and to assist in the defense of Israel, and for other purposes.”

A number of congressmen spoke on the bill, affirming their undying dedication to the cause of Israel. Settlers make fun of the Palestinian woman after the occupation authorities force her out of her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem. : pics. Israel airport security demands access to tourists' private email accounts. Palestinians prepare to lose the solar panels that provide a lifeline | Global development. Two large solar panels jut out of the barren landscape near Imneizil in the Hebron hills.

The hi-tech structures sit incongruously alongside the tents and rough stone buildings of the Palestinian village, but they are fundamental to life here: they provide electricity. Imneizil is not connected to the national electricity grid. Nor are the vast majority of Palestinian communities in Area C, the 62% of the West Bank controlled by Israel. The solar energy has replaced expensive and clunky oil-powered generators. According to the Israeli authorities, these solar panels – along with six others in nearby villages – are illegal and have been slated for demolition. Nihad Moor, 25, has three small children. "The kids get sick all the time. Imneizil's solar system was built in 2009 by the Spanish NGO Seba at a cost of €30,000 to the Spanish government.

The problem for Palestinian communities here is that permission to build any infrastructure is very hard to come by. "We've been here since 1948. American Taxpayers Subsidize Israel’s Prosperity by Alison Weir. Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper recently published an article calling Israel “The New Golden Country” for young people from around the world. It reports that Israel boasts an ever-increasing GDP, a strong currency, and “a lower unemployment rate than the U.S.” The article fails to mention the well over $3 billion a year that American taxpayers have given Israel for years, nor the fact that some of this money has been used to develop industries that compete with U.S. companies, costing thousands of American jobs and adding to the American unemployment rate.

The story also omits the fact that Israel has periodically stolen U.S. technology, hurting the U.S. economy still more, and fails to note that support for Israel has cost Americans in the range of $3-$6 trillion and that these costs continue to escalate. The article reports that many young Jewish American singles “are realizing that their future is in Israel. Again, the story fails to report the U.S. subsidy of such “innovation.” UN report: Israel confiscated 35% of Jerusalem territories for settlements. U.S. human rights report slams Israel's conduct toward asylum seekers.

Palestinian problems. Israel threatens unilateral steps if UN recognizes Palestinian state. Palestinian killed in Israeli raid - Middle East. Israeli troops have shot dead a sleeping Palestinian man during a dawn raid in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Family members found Omar al-Qawasmeh, 66, in a pool of blood in the bedroom after soldiers broke into several homes in the city's al-Sheikh neighbourhood on Friday. The raid came less than 24 hours after six Hamas fighters who had been on hunger strike in Palestinian jails were released on Thursday.

Five of them were from Hebron, and one of them, Wael Bitar, arrested by the Israelis, lived one storey below the victim, residents said. "I was praying when they entered. I do not know how they opened the door. "I was shocked. Later, the Israeli army issued a statement acknowedging that al-Qawasmeh's killing was unintended. An Israeli military spokesman told the AFP news agency: "There is no indication that [al-Qawasmeh] was involved in any terror activity at any stage and therefore we regret the incident.

" Shot at close range Gaza targets hit. WikiLeaks: Israel aimed to keep Gaza economy on brink of collapse. Auschwitz survivor: ‘Israel acts like Nazis’ - Herald Scotland | News | Politics. Dr Hajo Meyer, 86, who survived 10 months in the Nazi death camp, spoke out as his 10-day tour of the UK and Ireland – taking in three Scottish venues – got under way. His comments sparked a furious reaction from hardline Jewish lobby groups, with Dr Meyer branded an “anti-Semite” and accused of abusing his position as a Holocaust survivor. Dr Meyer also attended hearings at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday, where five pro-Palestine campaigners are accused of racially aggravated conduct after disrupting a concert by the Jerusalem Quartet at the city’s Queen’s Hall.

Speaking as his tour got under way, Dr Meyer said there were parallels between the treatment of Jews by Germans in the Second World War and the current treatment of Palestinians by Israelis. He said: “The Israelis tried to dehumanise the Palestinians, just like the Nazis tried to dehumanise me. Nobody should dehumanise any other and those who try to dehumanise another are not human. US activist's family sue Israel - Middle East. A civil lawsuit brought by the parents of a US peace activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli forces bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in March 2003 has begun being heard in the Israeli city of Haifa.

The driver of the bulldozer that crushed Rachel Corrie to death will testify in court on Thursday, while the military commander in charge of the unit on the day will give evidence at a future date. Rachel Corrie's family filed the private lawsuit against the state of Israel five years ago after an Israeli military investigation into the incident concluded that the soldier operating the bulldozers could not see Rachel and closed the case. "The bulldozer driver and the commander claimed that they were not aware that Corrie was there, they also said that this is a war zone, and there are no 'civilians' in war zones," Al Jazeera Sherine Tadros, reporting from Haifa, said. Pentagon in charge of aid to Israel? Republicans considering transferring Israeli security aid budget from State Department to Pentagon, in order to ensure it continues while enabling them to stop money flow to other countries WASHINGTON - In the days leading up to the United States Congress mid-term elections, senior Republicans are contemplating transferring the annual foreign aid responsibilities, provided these days to Israel from the State Department's foreign aid budget, to the hands of the Pentagon.

According to advocates of this proposal, disconnecting Israel from the foreign aid's law will guarantee the continued support while also allowing the Republicans to take control of the foreign aid budget and the money flow to other countries. Israel is the biggest beneficiary of US foreign aid in its current formant.

A couple of years ago, the Bush administration approved a 30 billion dollar aid budget to Israel, spreading out over a decade. Palestinians pay the higher price.