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Israel-Palestine News 25 June - 1 July 2016
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Purpose: to provide a varied selection of articles from Arabic, Hebrew and English mainstream media outlets so readers get a flavour of what is being said about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from different perspectives. We do not currently have the capacity to provide translations of actual Hebrew and Arabic media, so bear in mind that news agencies that issue articles in those languages may not produce the same content as the English versions of their outlets provided here (e.g. Aljazeera Arabic and Aljazeera English do not simply produce the same content in both languages). The content and opinions of these articles do not reflect our aims or opinions. Please BE RESOURCEFUL and research for yourself a diversity of sources for everything you read or hear about Israel-Palestine. 
Hebrew News Sources (English versions):

Ynet News, Elisha Ben-Kimon, Elior Levy: Teenage girl killed, man hurt in Kiryat Arba stabbing attack
Hillel Yafa Ariel, a 13 year old Israeli girl, has died of her wounds after a terrorist broke into her house in Kiryat Arba and stabbed her in her bed Thursday morning. The terrorist then attempted to stab a 31-year-old civilian security guard who was wounded by shrapnel.,7340,L-4822376,00.html
The Times of Israel, Judah Ari Gross: IDF moves in on Kiryat Arba terrorist’s hometown after deadly attack
The Israel Defense Forces said it will close off the Palestinian village of Bani Na’im, the hometown of the terrorist who stabbed and killed a 13-year-old Israeli girl in the Kiryat Arba settlement on Thursday. On Thursday morning, 17-year-old Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah sneaked into the West Bank settlement. He broke into the home of the victim, Hallel Yaffe Ariel, and stabbed her repeatedly. A 31-year-old man from the settlement’s emergency response team was also wounded in the terror attack. Tarayrah was shot and killed, according to the IDF. According to Palestinian media reports, Tarayrah’s father was arrested by IDF troops. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also announced they would revoke the work permits of Tarayrah’s extended family and “the home of the terrorist would enter the process of being approved for demolition,” they said in a joint statement. “This appalling murder of an innocent girl in her bed displays the lust for murder and inhumanity of the terrorists who are drenched in incitement which we have to face,” the prime minister added.

Haaretz, Nir Hasson: After Months of Quiet, Scuffles Erupt After Jews Ascend Temple Mount
Violent clashes erupted on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday, following a day of violence that marked for first time violence erupted at the flashpoint site in several months, with only 10 days left until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In recent years the police prevented Jews from ascending the Temple Mount during the final days of Ramadan, but the police and Public Security Ministry decided to allow them to enter the compound as usual, on Sunday and on Monday. Masked Muslim worshipers threw stones and verbally lambasted officers securing the Jewish visit on Monday. A number of Palestinians were wounded after police fired rubber bullets.

The Times of Israel, Dov Lieber: Abbas aide: ‘Wherever you see an Israeli, slit his throat’
Sultan Abu al-Einein, an adviser to PA President Abbas and a Fatah Central Committee member, said during an interview: "Wherever you find an Israeli, slit his throat." The comment came in response to a question about normalization between members of Fatah and Israel.
Ynet News, Hassan Shaalan: Israeli-Arab trying to join ISIS arrested
Twenty-three year-old Ibrahim Hassan Yusef Agbariya from the city of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel has been arrested by Turkish authorities as he made his way into Syria. Under questioning, Agbariya revealed that in the past several months he had been exposed to videos and other ISIS propaganda, and began to identify with the terrorist organization. He decided to make his way to Syria to join the fighting as an ISIS mujahid, or holy warrior.  Agbariya boarded a plane to Istanbul, from where he took a connecting flight to Gaziantep – a Turkish city on the border with Syria. Following his arrest, he was extradited back to Israel several days afterwards. An investigation revealed that Agbariya left a note for his family in which he expressed his desire to carry out jihad. It was also emerged during the investigation that several people who knew Agbariya were aware of his plans to go to Syria, and even supported him.,7340,L-4821967,00.html

Arabic News Sources (English versions):

Al Jazeera: Israel besieges Hebron village over teen’s killing
Israeli forces have blockaded a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank just hours after a teenage settler was allegedly stabbed to death by a Palestinian in a nearby settlement. "Israeli forces have begun a full siege on the village of Bani Naim," Issa Amro, a Hebron-based human rights activist and founder of Youth Against Settlements in Hebron, told Al Jazeera. The village, just east of Hebron city in the southern West Bank, is home to the alleged assailant, 17-year-old Muhammad Nasser Tarayra. Tarayra was shot and killed on Thursday after "infiltrating" the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba and stabbing a 13-year-old girl to death, according to an Israeli spokeswoman. The girl, identified as Hallel Yafa Ariel, later died from her wounds in hospital. "They [Israeli authorities] are threatening to revoke the family's permits to work in Israel, and they've arrested the boy's father," Amro said. Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Jerusalem, said Israeli authorities had also "begun discussions as to whether they will demolish the home of the suspected attacker".

PNN: Netanyahu asks to expel Arab MK, Hanin Zoabi, from Knesset
The Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday spoke with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit regarding the possible expulsion of Arab MK Hanin Zoabi from the Knesset. Netanyahu’s demand came following Zoabi’s condemnation of the continued Israeli crimes against Palestinians and calls for lifting Gaza siege. “With her actions and lies she crossed every line and she has no place in the Knesset,” Netanyahu claimed. Earlier on Wednesday Zoabi caused an uproar on the Knesset floor when she strongly condemned the Israeli forces’ videotaped attack on Turkish activists who were killed during their participation in Freedom Flotilla in 2010. The murderer has to pay compensation for the families of Turkish victims, she said during a debate discussing the newly-signed deal between Israel and Turkey. Zoabi considered the deal as a “murder confession.” Zoabi demanded the Israeli government issue an apology both to the “political activists” aboard the Mavi Marmara, on which she sailed in solidarity, and to herself, from those who “incited against [her] for six years.”
Al Jazeera, Zena Tahhan: Israel's stop-and-frisk law 'blatant racism'
Thanks to a recent legislation passed by the Israeli government in February, the 'stop-and-frisk law' allows an Israeli soldier to inspect any individual, in specific locations, without having to answer for their actions. This has resulted in what rights groups describe as "openly racist" treatment towards Palestinians who are being body searched, sometimes aggressively, based solely on their appearance. "Any Palestinian who is passing by is subject to being searched. Israeli soldiers would make them stand from between 15 minutes to an hour. It is not just that they search them - but the way they are being searched is humiliating," said Nisreen Allayan, the lawyer for the East Jerusalem project at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. A previous version of the bill allowed soldiers to inspect individuals only if they had enough reason based on behaviour and actions, to suspect them of potentially carrying out an attack. Accordingly, they would be taken to a police station for inspection rather than be humiliated on the street. Allayan believes the new legislation is a form of collective punishment towards Jerusalem and its youth. "Any movement that occurs in the wrong place at the wrong time - on impulse - can be interpreted wrongly and can be lead to the trigger being pulled, especially as there is encouragement from a national aspect," said Issam Jweihan, director of the Awareness Center at the al-Maqdese for Society Development NGO.

Al Arabiya: Gaza Sea blockade to remain after Turkey deal: Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday his country's maritime blockade on the Gaza Strip would remain in place following a deal with Turkey to normalise relations. Netanyahu made the comments after Israel and Turkey agreed on a highly anticipated deal to end years of acrimony and restore ties. Relations soured after a deadly 2010 Israeli raid on an aid flotilla seeking to run the blockade on Gaza. "The second thing the agreement gives is continuation of the maritime security blockade off the Gaza Strip coast," Netanyahu said. "This is a supreme security interest for us. I was not prepared to compromise on it." Israel says the blockade is necessary to keep out material that could be used for military purposes in the strip run by Islamist movement Hamas. At the same time, UN and aid officials have warned of deteriorating conditions in the Palestinian enclave, which has one of the world's highest unemployment rates. Part of the deal reached with Turkey reportedly involved a compromise in which Israel will allow the completion of a much-needed hospital in Gaza, as well as the construction of a new power station and a desalination plant for drinking water.

Ma’an News Agency: Palestinian woman among victims of suicide attacks on Ataturk airport in Istanbul
Multiple Palestinians were among the victims of Tuesday’s triple suicide bombings at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, which left 36 dead and more than 140 injured, the ambassador of Palestine to Turkey said on Wednesday. Ambassador Faed Mustafa confirmed to Ma’an that a Palestinian woman was killed and six other Palestinians were injured in the attacks, which took place late Tuesday night in Turkey’s busiest airport. The injured Palestinians included a baby girl who remained in critical condition on Wednesday, he added. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry identified the slain Palestinian woman as Nisrin Hashim Shafee Hammad, adding in a statement that a number of Palestinians had been reported missing in the wake of the attack. The Turkish government stated it would cover treatment expenses for all Palestinian victims, the ambassador added. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also condemned on Wednesday morning the “terrorist attacks” at Ataturk airport, which serves as Europe’s third-busiest airport in passenger traffic after London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle, serving 61.3 million passengers in 2015. Turkey has seen numerous gun and bomb attacks over the past two years, which have been blamed on both Islamic State militants and Kurdish separatists.

US-UK News Sources:

Reuters, Jeffrey Heller: Palestinian kills teen in Israeli settlement, then shot dead
A Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her bedroom in a settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the military said, as international sponsors of frozen peace talks prepared to issue a report on the impasse. Israeli guards in the settlement of Kiryat Arba shot the attacker dead and one member of the civilian armed response team was wounded, a military spokesman and a settler leader said. The assailant was identified as a 19-year-old male from a nearby Palestinian village. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his home would be destroyed and permits enabling his relatives to work in Israel revoked. Netanyahu, in a statement, called on Palestinian leaders to condemn the attack and take immediate steps to stop what he described as incitement that Israel has cited as a main factor behind a string of assaults over the last nine months. Malachi Levinger, chairman of Kiryat Arba's governing council, said the assailant climbed a security fence and entered a home where he attacked Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13. Palestinian leaders say assailants have acted out of desperation over the collapse of peace talks in 2014 and Israeli settlement expansion in occupied territory that Palestinians seek for an independent state. Most countries view the settlements as illegal. Israel disputes this.

BBC: Israel and Turkey end rift over Gaza flotilla killings
Israel and Turkey have normalised relations, ending a six-year rift over the killing by Israeli troops of 10 Turkish activists on a Gaza-bound ship. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was an important step that would boost his country's economy. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope it would help improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza. The deal will allow Turkey to deliver aid to the Palestinian territory and carry out infrastructure projects. Israel will also pay $20m (£15m) into a compensation fund for the dead activists' families. The agreement, which will be signed on Tuesday, was formally announced by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Mr Netanyahu in separate speeches in Ankara and Rome on Monday. Israel and Turkey were close allies before Israeli commandos intercepted the Turkish-owned ship Mavi Marmara, which was part of a flotilla attempting to breach Israel's blockade of Gaza, on 31 May 2010.

The New York Times, Diaa Hadid: Abbas retracts claim that Israeli rabbis called for poisoning water
A little more than a day after President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority accused rabbis in Israel of calling for their government to poison the water used by Palestinians, he retracted the allegation in a statement on Saturday, saying it had become “evident” that is was “baseless.” Mr. Abbas made the unsubstantiated allegation during an address to the European Parliament on Thursday. The remarks echoed anti-Semitic claims that led to the mass killing of European Jews in medieval times.

The Guardian, Donald Macintyre: Israel and Turkey end six-year standoff
Israel and Turkey have announced a reconciliation deal to end a six-year diplomatic standoff that started when Israeli naval commandos shot dead nine Turkish activists travelling on an aid flotilla making for the Gaza coast. A deal negotiated in Rome on Sunday will restore full ambassador-level relations, provide for about $20m in compensation for the families of those killed and wounded aboard the Mavi Marmara in 2010, and clear the way for potentially lucrative contracts for Israel to transmit natural gas to Turkey. After agreeing to halt all proceedings in domestic and international courts against Israeli forces, Turkey is expected to be allowed to ship aid for Gaza through the Israeli port of Ashdod and to build a power station, hospital and desalination plan in the blockaded Strip. The Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, announcing the deal in Ankara, said a first shipment of 10,000 tonnes of aid would be sent next Friday but it was too early to talk about gas deals with Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said in a simultaneous announcement in Rome that the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza would continue. The official said there were no references to Hamas in the agreement and Turkey would “continue supporting the Palestinian state and the people of Palestine”. The agreement represented a “diplomatic victory” for Turkey and had the support of the Palestinian government and Hamas, he said.


The Jerusalem Post, Gilad Sharon: The Saudi initiative: From your hand, even poison
Sharon begins by describing the Saudi initiative for peace between Israel and the Arab League as ‘the offer of poison as something good’. He describes that its conditions, concerning access for Jews to the Temple Mount, Israel’s withdrawal to 1967 borders and the return of Palestinian refugees as ‘non-negotiable’ and ‘unacceptable’. Sharon argues that ceding the territory suggested by the initiative would only leave Israel with 15 kilometres between Netanya and the border, leaving the country open to attack and exposed to ‘the Islamic State maniacs’. In his eyes, ‘[i]t can’t happen and it won’t happen’. Furthermore, he accuses Arab countries of not taking Palestinian refugees in and openly accuses them of neglecting and perpetuating their status as such ‘to keep up the pressure on Israel’. His attitude towards the refugee crisis can be deduced by the way he affirms that ‘the number of Jewish refugees who were forced to leave Arab countries is considerably larger than the number of Palestinians who left Israel’ as though it were a fact. Moreover, Sharon reduces the roots of the conflict to the rejection of the 1947 Partition Plan by Arab states. He believes that because Israel already has diplomatic ties with major Arab states, severing ties with less powerful Muslim countries is a viable consequence for Israel.

Al Jazeera, Geoffrey Aronson: Hamas is firmly in power, but it has yet to deliver
Early on Aronson makes the bold claim that ‘in a hundred years, no one will remember neither Hamas nor Fatah’ despite the former’s hold on Gaza for over a decade. Meanwhile, the author explicitly describes Israel’s siege on the Strip as a way to keep Gazans ‘permanently …on the cusp of economic and environmental implosion’. This on the other hand, the author argues, reinforces Hamas’ narrative as ‘the standard-bearer of Palestinian national dignity’ as Israel’s grip tightens to make life for ordinary Palestinians harder. The bottom line - according to the author - is that ‘Gaza's continued suffering is the most enduring testament to the continuing inability of Palestine's political class’ to achieve the supreme goals of Palestinian independence and an end to the occupation, thwarting any achievements either Hamas or Fatah claim.
+972 Magazine, Dahlia Scheindlin: Brexit and the Israel-Palestine problem
Scheindlin recalls her years at university in the wake of the ethno-nationalist violence that exploded across the world in the 1990s: Yugoslavia, Rwanda and the bitter disintegration of the Soviet satellites. Despite this, she always believed that ‘[t]he quest for a political system that both preserves identity and welcomes others as equal human…is not simple’ but that in any case, there is no such thing as a ‘truly pure’ cultural identity. However, she feels that the outcome of the British referendum demonstrates that ‘the majority of British voters disagree’. In her eyes, Britain has voted for the impossible: to keep ‘their identity unaltered’. The author fears for what she thinks is inevitable after the Brexit: the never-ending trend to fight and reject others mainly on the basis of difference, even if a ‘purer’ and more homogenous society is achieved or sought after: ‘Who is foolish enough to believe that a monochrome people wouldn’t invent differences and kill each other over them?’. In terms of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Brexit carries within its core the problematic values of ‘otherness’ which can be reflected in the strong national identities of Israelis and Palestinians, she argues. The conflict, like the Brexit, ‘encourages nationalist tribalism and stamps out healthy, humanizing interaction’, says Scheindlin. For her and her colleagues, the EU served as an example of how people can be separate and together with borders being respected but with access to mobility. She believes that the lessons we must draw from the Brexit are firstly to reject the tribalist nationalism that it implicitly and explicitly carried in the Leave Campaign. Secondly, it is ‘urgent’ that we work on strengthening alliances to solve conflict, and reject political divorce as the default solution. For Israelis and Palestinians, who ‘are stuck together inextricably’, these lessons become even more significant and she urges us to use this opportunity to advance progressive causes.  In the end, she leaves us with the positive message to ‘celebrate’ the fact that diversity is an integral part of our daily lives. After all, ‘[t]he thrill of unfamiliarity, excitement of contrasts and comparison, and celebration of creative tension are no less sweeping emotions than cynical fear-mongering’.


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