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Israel-Palestine News 18th - 24th March
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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 read by the general public about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from different perspectives. The aim is to shine a spotlight for readers on the polarised narratives and constant one-sided messaging that appears in the media of each society, and often also in the international media. Solutions Not Sides makes no attempt to reconcile or support any of these narratives, but we believe it is important to understand each side’s perspective and the way that their society presents events if a negotiated solution is to be reached. 

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. Our main educational point about media sources on this issue is that they are almost always biased and should never be trusted in isolation. Please BE RESOURCEFUL and research for yourself a diversity of sources for everything you read or hear about Israel-Palestine. 
Arab News Sources
MA’AN News Agency: Video: Israeli Forces drag 8-year-old Palestinian Bboy, wearing no shoes, looking for stone throwers

A video published on Thursday by Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem showed Israeli forces earlier this week in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron dragging an eight-year-old Palestinian boy, wearing only socks on his feet, through a neighborhood in the city in order to identify other children who allegedly threw stones and a Molotov cocktail at a nearby illegal Israeli settlement. B’Tselem noted that after soldiers dragged the boy to Jabal Juhar street, a local woman tried to pull him from their hands. “Meanwhile, more women gathered around the soldiers. Eventually, more than an hour after the incident began, they managed to extricate Sufian and return him to his mother,” the statement said. 
https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776085

English PNN: Israeli Occupation Forces kidnap several youths across the West Bank and Jerusalem 
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) kidnap multiple Palestinian youths before dawn on Thursday, during massive sweeps spreading over the West Bank and Jerusalem. Over 20 military jeeps drove into the city of Qalqilya and suppress Palestinian protesters with teargas. This resulted in outbreaks of violent clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers. Seven youths were kidnapped from Qalqilya, some of which houses were raided and relatives attacked.     
http://english.pnn.ps/2017/03/23/israeli-occupation-forces-kidnap-several-youths-across-the-west-bank-and-jerusalem/

Aljazeera: Israel Built 2,630 Illegal Homes in West Bank Last Year
Israel built 2,630 illegal settler homes in the occupied West Bank in 2016, an increase of 40 percent compared with numbers from 2015. According to figures released by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, construction was at its "second highest" in 15 years, falling slightly short of the 2,874 illegal homes built in 2013. Citing the official data, Peace Now - an anti-settlement NGO - said 14,017 units were started since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to office in 2009, though settlement construction has continued under successive Israeli leaders.      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/israel-built-2630-illegal-homes-west-bank-year-170322170833254.html

Middle East Eye: Israeli fire kills Palestinian near Gaza Strip border fence
Israeli fire killed a Palestinian man and wounded two others in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday near Israel's border fence with the Hamas-run enclave, hospital officials said.The Israeli military said its forces "detected three suspects near the security fence and fired towards them, identifying one hit" in the pre-dawn incident.The dead man was named by hospital officials as Yousef Abu Athira, 18, who was later buried in Rafah, southern Gaza.
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israeli-fire-kills-palestinian-near-gaza-strip-border-fence-30105581

Hebrew News Sources
i24 news: Ex-Mossad Chief Warns One-State Solution Poses 'Existential Threat' to Israel       

Ex-Mossad Chief warns one-state solution poses 'existential threat' to Israel. Israel must choose what kind of state it wants to be or face an existential threat, ex-Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo said on Tuesday. Speaking at a conference in the coastal city of Netanya, Pardo claimed that instead of choosing a course of action in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the government has only "buried its head in the sand" and is waiting for the conflict to resolve itself.                           http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/140732-170321-ex-mossad-chief-warns-one-state-solution-poses-existential-threat-to-israel

The Jerusalem Post: Shin Bet Chief: Terrorists Planning Attacks Ahead of Passover
Despite the relative calm, Hamas and other terrorist entities may attempt to carry out attacks ahead of the upcoming Passover holiday, according to Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) director Nadav Argaman.“The relative calm that we are experiencing at this time is quite deceiving, it’s misleading and deluding because Hamas and global jihadi infrastructure are working every day in attempting to conduct terrorist attacks in Israeli territory,” he told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee on Monday.                                                                                                        http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Shin-Bet-chief-warns-of-Hamas-attack-attempts-ahead-of-Passover-484664

The Times of Israel: Army Says Kid Dragged through Hebron had Firebombed Kiryat Arba                                                                        
Video surfaced on Thursday of a shoeless Palestinian 8-year-old being dragged through the streets of Hebron by Israeli soldiers earlier in the week, but with two notably different explanations. The left-wing B’Tselem human rights organization, which released the video, said the soldiers demanded that the Palestinian boy, Sufian Abu Hitah, identify children who threw rocks at the adjacent Kiryat Arba settlement, leading him through the West Bank city to pick them out on Tuesday. The Israel Defense Forces denied B’Tselem’s description of events and said Abu Hitah was the one suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail, not rocks, at the settlement. According to the army, he was detained by the soldiers and led home.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/army-says-kid-dragged-through-hebron-had-firebombed-kiryat-arba/                                                                              
 


HAARETZ: Netanyahu agreed in principle to rein in Settlement Construction, but no final deal with U.S.
After four days of intensive negotiations in the White House, Israel and the U.S. have yet to reach a final and comprehensive agreement on reining in settlement construction and talks will continue in the coming days to resolve remaining differences. However, a joint statement published early Friday said Israel is, in principle, willing to curb settlement construction in a way that will take into account President Trump's intent to advance the peace process.                                                 
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.779289
                                                          
International
The Independent: US to boycott UN meeting to discuss Israeli and Palestinian conflict, citing anti-Israel bias 
US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the US will vote against any item the Human Rights Council puts forth on Israel. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a statement saying the US feels the Council is being unfair because Israel is the “only country permanently on the body’s calendar.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is considering whether to withdraw completely from the Council because of the Israeli agenda item.                                                            http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/palestine-israel-bias-human-rights-council-united-nations-nikki-haley-rex-tillerson-a7640481.html

The Washington Post: Hamas aims to improve international image with new program
The Islamic militant group Hamas has drafted a new political program it hopes will improve ties with neighboring Egypt and the West, and present a more moderate image that will help it get off Western terrorism lists. The internationally isolated group, which has ruled the Gaza Strip for the past decade, characterizes itself in the manifesto as a Palestinian resistance movement against Israeli occupation, dropping references to holy war against Jews. It also raises the possibility of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/hamas-aims-to-improve-international-image-with-new-program/2017/03/21/43c930ee-0e00-11e7-aa57-2ca1b05c41b8_story.html?utm_term=.3bf274b74693

ABC news: More Palestinians in Jerusalem seek Israeli citizenship
More Palestinians in east Jerusalem are applying for Israeli citizenship in hopes of swapping their vulnerable status as mere city residents for the rights and ease of travel that come with an Israeli passport.                                                                                       http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/palestinians-jerusalem-seek-israeli-citizenship-46292614

Opinion
The London Revie of Books: The Ultimate Deal 
Reactions by the international commentariat to Trump and Netanyahu’s joint press conference on 15 February focused largely on Trump’s pronouncements. Far less attention has been paid to what Netanyahu said at the press conference, although it was more revealing of prospects for a two-state solution than anything Trump said. In reply to a reporter who asked whether he still supports a two-state solution, Netanyahu said he considers the terms ‘two-state’ and ‘one-state’ to be superficial ‘labels’, and that he prefers dealing with ‘substance’.
https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n07/henry-siegman/the-ultimate-deal                                                                     
fathom: As long as the Arab world views Israel as a temporary aberration to be conquered, Israel will stand fast
To bring a permanent end to the Israeli military occupation of much of the territory acquired during the 1967 Six-Day War, the Muslims, Arabs, and Palestinians must cease to view the entire Zionist project itself as a temporary aberration. The grand trade to be made is a permanent end to the Israeli military occupation of most of the West Bank in return for a final Arab and Muslim acceptance of the permanence and legitimacy of an equal Jewish sovereign presence in part of the Land of Israel. 
http://fathomjournal.org/1967-as-long-as-the-arab-world-views-israel-as-a-temporary-aberration-to-be-conquered-israel-will-stand-fast/

Israel's human rights spies: Manipulating the discourse 
A fascinating expose in Haaretz reveals how, in the mid-1970s - not long after the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights - Israelused university faculty members to infiltrate Amnesty International. Today, such covert operations are clearly augmented by overt actions. Israel now feels comfortable clamping down on human rights NGOs that denounce the systematic policies of state dispossession and subjugation of Palestinians, presenting them as a national security threat. 
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/03/israel-human-rights-spies-manipulating-discourse-170321102834361.html
                                                                                               

Ynet: Israeli Arabs’ self-inflicted defeat 
There is only one party in the Knesset that has no room in any coalition or government. As long as the Joint List’s language is Arab nationalism, there will be no coalitional coexistence. This is flawed civilian freedom, and the Arabs are singlehandedly fitting themselves with these cables.  It turns out that after 70 years, coexistence is the citizens’ job only, not the Arab politicians’ job.         http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4935235,00.html

 
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