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Israel-Palestine News 15th-21st October 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. 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. 
Hebrew News Sources

Israel Hayom: Report: IDF didn't brief PM, cabinet on true scope of Hamas tunnel threat. Findings, saying the IDF underestimated tunnel threat, troops were ill-prepared, were presented to then-Defense Minister Ya'alon, military says. "The cabinet should focus on strategic issues, not the military's post-op reviews," Ya'alon's office says. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the cabinet were not briefed on the findings of an internal military report analyzing the potential threat posed by Hamas' grid of terror tunnels, Army Radio reported Wednesday.

Times of Israel: Abbas hosts family of terrorist who murdered Israeli, praises ‘hero’. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday hosted the family of a Palestinian terrorist who murdered an Israeli man in 2003, telling them their son was a “martyr” and a “hero,” the official Wafa news agency reported. Abbas embraced family members of Yasser Hamdouni, who died of a heart attack last month while serving a life sentence for murder. The meeting took place at the Palestinian Authority’s Muqata’a headquarters in Ramallah.

Jerusalem Post: Israel faces stiff fight next week over newest UNESCO vote on Jerusalem.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to contact many of the leaders of 21 member nations of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee Executive Board in hopes of swaying them not to support next week’s vote on a resolution that ignores Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Carmel Shama-Hacohen said that Israel faced a stiff battle before that committee because it’s composed of countries with a history of voting against Israel.

Times of Israel: Troops shut printer for making posters lauding Jerusalem terrorist. Forces confiscate equipment in a-Ram amid crackdown on support for gunman who killed two in October 9 shooting attack. A Jerusalem-area print shop was raided by Israel troops early Thursday for manufacturing posters in support of a terrorist who carried out a deadly shooting attack in the capital nearly two weeks ago, the army said.

Arabic News Sources

Aljazeera: Israelis 'train with stun grenades' among civilians. Israeli border police carry out stun grenade training in an East Jerusalem neighbourhood, new video appears to show. Israeli border police carried out stun grenade training in the Palestinian neighbourhood of al-Issawiya in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, a new video purports to show. The Hebrew-language video, which was filmed on the evening of September 28 by a Palestinian resident of the town, was released on Sunday by the Israeli daily, Haaretz. In the recording, the neighbourhood, home to around 16,000 people, is quiet, raising questions as to why border police decided to practise there with the risk of provoking tensions.

Middle East Eye: Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli army after alleged stabbing attempt. Teenager was shot down by Israeli security operatives after she was seen approaching a checkpoint with a knife. Israeli forces on Wednesday shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian woman who police said had advanced towards them with a knife in her hand at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. A police spokesman said the woman was shot after ignoring orders to halt. Over the past year, Palestinians, many acting alone and often using rudimentary weapons, have killed at least 35 Israelis and two visiting Americans, mainly in street attacks. At least 222 Palestinians have died in violent incidents in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip over the same period.

Ma’an News Agency: Egypt opens Rafah crossing with Gaza for second day. Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing between the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt for the second of four consecutive days on Thursday. The border crossing authority reported that 624 Palestinians left Gaza on Wednesday, while 337 Palestinians arrived into Gaza Strip. Of the Palestinians allowed to enter the Gaza Strip were seven pilgrims who had been held by Egypt for nearly a month upon returning from the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj in Saudi Arabia in late September.

PNN: Palestinian man dies of wounds sustained in 2007. Medical sources at the al-Makassed hospital in Jerusalem reported on Thursday morning that Mahmoud Juda, 23, had died of wounds he sustained in 2007, when undercover Israeli soldiers shot him with live fire, in Ramallah, in central West Bank. The sources stated that Juda was only 14 when shot in the spine, and the bullet was lodged in his spine, causing paralysis. Since then, he remained in a very poor condition, suffering constant complications and deterioration in his health condition. Jouda died while receiving treatment at the al-Makassed hospital, in at-Tour, in occupied Jerusalem; he suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

US/UK News

Washington Post: DIY submachine guns are popping up across the West Bank. AZZUN, West Bank — In the predawn hours, 150 Israeli troops, including masked special-forces operatives, arrived in this Palestinian town in armored personnel carriers and hardened jeeps to hunt for guns and gun makers. They found one of each. The operation was deemed a success. The raid in Azzun was part of an aggressive campaign by Israel to rid the occupied West Bank of guns — specifically, a crude kind of handmade submachine gun known on the Palestinian street as the “Carlo,” after the Swedish model, the Carl Gustav m/45, developed in the last years of World War II. In the past 12 months, Israeli forces have confiscated 350 guns and busted 35 workshops, where moonlighting machinists manufacture the barrels, receivers and other components of the Carlo, according to the Israelis.

Guardian: Victims of Israeli attack on Gaza flotilla fear legal case will be dropped. Concern legal process being ‘politically hijacked’ after deal to restore diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey. A landmark case due to be heard by the high court in Istanbul over alleged crimes committed by Israel during the 2010 aid flotilla to Gaza could be dropped as a result of a bilateral agreement signed in June. The Turkish court is expected to hold a hearing on Wednesday aimed at holding four Israeli generals to account for the alleged assault and unlawful detention of more than 700 activists. They were aboard a fleet of boats attempting to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza in May 2010.

Washington Post: These Israeli women marched from the Lebanese border to Jerusalem. Here’s why. Two weeks ago, a small group of Israeli women set off on a protest march to Jerusalem from northern Israel to demand that the Israeli government restart a peace process with the Palestinians. On Wednesday, after reaching the Palestinian city of Jericho in the West Bank, the core group of 20 women were joined by more than 3,000 others, including about 1,000 Palestinian women. Although most of the Palestinians could not proceed beyond the barrier that separates the West Bank from Israel, the Israeli women headed for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s formal residence, where they held an emotional rally. The group, which calls itself Women Wage Peace, is made up of women from across the political spectrum and the religious divide.

Jerusalem Post: Palestinian Authority's future is not in rewriting history. In the wake of the latest UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem spearheaded by the Palestinian Authority, thoughtful Palestinians should have doubts about the long-term value of repeated Palestinian efforts to subvert the facts of history to a political agenda. The Palestinian Authority, which spearheaded the campaign, has touted the resolution by the UNESCO executive board in relation to Jerusalem, which calls for recognition of Jerusalem’s sites that are “holy to Islam and Christianity” (but pointedly not Judaism), as a major achievement. In purely political terms, however, the resolution was not a resounding success for the Palestinians.

Haaretz: Israel Did Do Ethnic Cleansing in 1948. My Father’s Words Prove It. Historian Benny Morris is right when he mentions the ‘atmosphere of transfer’ that gripped Israel from April 1948, but he errs when he claims that this atmosphere was never translated into policy.
N.B. This writer is referring to Benny Morris’ article of October 10 which argues that ethnic cleansing was not carried out by Israel in 1948:

Aljazeera: Israel’s boycott hypocrisy. On October 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he plans to support his coalition's initiative to boycott the Joint List, the third largest party in the Knesset. The move, initiated by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, is aimed at punishing the party's decision not to go to former President Shimon Peres' funeral, which was attended by dignitaries from no less than 70 countries, including US President Barack Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Israel Hayom: Not a peep from the pope. Last Friday, Israeli Channel 10 News anchorwoman Ayala Hasson asked the Executive Board chairman of UNESCO whether that international organization would adopt a resolution that said Christians had no ties to the Vatican or that Muslims had no ties to Mecca. "Such a resolution would never happen," replied Michael Worbs of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Of course not. Such things only happen to the Jews. Such preposterous resolutions can be expectorated by the global community only with regard to Israel.

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