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A War on Christmas in Israel

In Israeli cities such as Haifa and Nazareth, officials and religious authorities have tried to ban celebrations of non-Jewish holidays by forbidding decorations in public buildings and threatening to revoke kosher certificates from businesses.

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Netanyahu’s Favorite Game

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Guns Galore

A writer suggests children be taught to “gang rush” shooters; studies show a slight shift in Americans’ attitudes toward gun toting; and it seems the lesson Israel has to offer on gun policy is education, not control. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Hemlock

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Flower Power

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The Mideast Surprise of 2013?

Although the Obama administration has acceded to the imagery of knee-jerk support for whatever Israel does, behind the scenes its policies are beginning to look far less predictable. In fact, unlikely as it may seem, a showdown could be brewing between the two countries.

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Mayhem in the Middle East

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole shares his informed comment on Syrian chemical weapons, Israeli apartheid and Egyptian unrest. Also, Robert Scheer on Bradley Manning.

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Mayhem in the Middle East

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole shares his informed comment on Syrian chemical weapons, Israeli apartheid and Egyptian unrest. Also, Robert Scheer on Bradley Manning.

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Global Governance at Heart of Failed Foreign Policies

The United States and the European Union remain impotent or irresolute observers of the most important issues of political “governance” of concern these days.

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Holidays in the Holy Land

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Hamas

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AP/Bernat Armangue

Israel’s Apartheid Deepens, Along With Its Global Isolation

The real threat to Israel comes not from tiny, impoverished Gaza, but from the policies of the country’s increasingly right-wing politicians.

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The Metaphorical ‘War on Drugs’ Gets All Too Real

As the “war on drugs” becomes increasingly militarized and violent, the symbolic phrase has become a bloody truth; more than 60 percent of Americans say that discrimination against the LGBT community is a serious issue; meanwhile, the NYPD thanks Occupy Wall Street for its help after Hurricane Sandy, albeit off the record. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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West Bank Settlements

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What Exactly Would Israel Like to Do With Its Palestinian Population?

If Israel has its (present) way, there will be no Palestinian state.

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For the Record

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Israel’s Settlements

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Palestine U.N. Status

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Palestine

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AP/Abbas Momani

U.N. Calls Palestine a State

Flouting opposition from Israel and the U.S., the United Nations General Assembly voted Thursday to elevate the status of the Palestinian territories to “nonmember observer state.” The boost from “nonmember observer entity” marked a diplomatic victory for embattled Palestinians.

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Peace on Earth

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Hungarian Conservative Calls for Survey of Jews

A Hungarian politician from the far-right Jobbik party evoked the specter of the Holocaust when he urged authorities to “tally up” the number of Jews in the country, especially those in government, who he said could pose a “national security risk” amid the recent fighting in Gaza.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Testimonies by Israeli Veterans From Gaza and the Occupied Territories

It is true that Israel officially disengaged from the Gaza Strip in August 2005, withdrawing its ground troops and evacuating the Israeli settlements there. But despite the absence of a permanent ground presence, it has maintained a crushing control over Gaza from that moment until today. The testimonies of Israeli army veterans expose the truth of that “disengagement.”

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Obama Rushed Rules for Drone Assassinations in Case Romney Won

The New York Times reports that there is internal strife within the administration about the willy-nilly use of drones to kill people abroad (2,500 since President Obama took office) and, fearing defeat at the polls, the Obama administration was working overtime to lay down a set of rules governing robotic assassination.

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The Cease-Fire

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AP/Ben Curtis

Truthdigger of the Week: Chris McGreal

The success of societies depends on people who remember history and understand human nature, as Guardian columnist Chris McGreal does in his writing about the latest confrontation between Gaza and Israel.

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Social Media in the Middle East

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Peace Treaty

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World Focus on the Middle East

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Human Rights

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Pinpoint Accuracy

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AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian, Testing Cease-Fire

After Wednesday’s cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, a 20-year-old Palestinian was killed and nine others wounded in a clash with Israeli soldiers in the southeast Gaza Strip.

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Counting the Gaza Dead

Numbers compiled by The Economist show the loss of life in the latest Gaza-Israel conflict to be grossly disproportionate.

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Misdirections

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Washing One’s Hands Is Not So Easy

“Embracing ‘screw-both-sides’ nihilism and doing nothing else [about the Israel-Gaza conflict] is so tempting because it appears to provide relief from the burden of paying any further attention to the horrific violence or bearing responsibility for any of it,” but it means ignoring the U.S. government’s total support for Israeli aggression, Glenn Greenwald writes.

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In Gaza, It’s the Occupation, Stupid

“The Palestinian people want to be free of the occupation,” award-winning Israeli journalist Gideon Levy summed up this week. It is that simple.

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AP/Tsafrir Abayov

To the Brink Again for Israel and Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad have an important thing in common: When a part of the populations under their control rise up against them, they do not negotiate or compromise; they bomb the rebel civilians.

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AP/Bernat Armangue

Tel Aviv Bus Blast Causes Injuries (Video)

Twenty-one people were hurt Wednesday when a bus exploded in Israel’s commercial capital, Tel Aviv, the first such attack in the city in six and a half years.

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The Day in Israel and Gaza

Israeli strikes have killed at least 116 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in the last seven days, the majority of them civilians, including 27 children. As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in the region Tuesday to broker talks between Israelis and Palestinians, Hamas has demanded an end to the Gaza blockade and international assurances that Israel will stop assassinations and military measures.

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AP/Hatem Moussa

Dispatches From Cairo: All Children Go to Heaven

“Is this the work of a God-fearing people?” screamed our neighborhood imam over the loudspeakers during Friday’s passionate sermon. The innate hostility in regard to Israel tilts toward hatred.

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Many Lives

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Shameless Israel

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U.S. May Be ‘Filibustering’ Security Council Over Gaza

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations on Monday said an unnamed country (“I’m sure you can guess which”) was engaged in a “filibuster attempt” to block a statement condemning the violence in Gaza.

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AP/Bernat Armangue

In Gaza, Status Quo Won’t Do

The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there’s a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors—Palestinians and Israelis—can possibly know how it will turn out.

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Murdoch’s Tweet on ‘Jewish Owned Press’ Ignites Controversy

Over the weekend, Rupert Murdoch tweeted this to his followers: “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?”

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia.

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Test for Egypt

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Israeli Fireworks

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AP/Hatem Moussa

Israel Continues Gaza Bombardment While Preparing Ground Troops

Health officials quoted by The Guardian said that of the 21 Gazans killed in Israeli airstrikes Sunday, nine were children and four were women. Haaretz reports meanwhile that “the Israel Defense Force is continuing its intensive preparations for the ground phase of Operation Pillar of Defense.”

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Palestinian Air Force

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