• On May 23, following a visit to a hospital and a rehabilitation center in Gaza, UN Relief and Works Agency Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl highlighted the ramifications of the recent events: “I truly believe that much of the world completely underestimates the extent of the disaster in human terms that occurred in the Gaza Strip since the marches began on March 30. ... As many people or even slightly more were injured during a total of seven days of protests than were injured during the full duration of the 2014 conflict. That is truly staggering. During the visits, I was also struck not only by the number of injured but also by the nature of the injuries. ... The pattern of small entry wounds and large exit wounds indicates ammunition used caused severe damage to internal organs, muscle tissue and bones. Both the staff of the Gazan Ministry of Health hospitals, NGOs and UNRWA clinics are struggling to deal with extremely complex wounds and care.”   

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    GAZA GAZING AT US... SENDING OUT AN S.O.S.

    1- The Three Doors

    In the Gaza Strip there are three doors, one to the North-East (Erez Crossing), the other to the South-West (Rafah Crossing).

    One to Israel, the other to Egypt. Plus the Kerem Shalom Crossing, for trucks only, 2 km South of Rafah.

    Today, as of early April 2018, the three doors are practically closed. Few people cross daily to Israel and back through Erez, due to security considerations between Israel and Gaza. None cross through Rafah to Egypt and back, except a few times a year,  without any warning, leaving tens of thousands on waiting lists.

    When the Rafah Crossing was opened in February, hundreds of Palestinians, women, children, old people most of them, remained stranded on the Egyptian side for days on end, unallowed to come home. "We are being treated like animals" they complained.

    In the last months the number of trucks coming into Gaza from Israel has tragically fallen from  800/1,000 a day to 300-350. Not due to restrictive measures taken by Israel, but to the collapse of Gazans' purchasing power. People in Gaza just do not have the means anymore to buy what they need for basic daily life.

    2- The Great Border Breach

    Ten years ago, on January 2008, after 7 months of blockade, both by Israel and Egypt, the people of Gaza, under the guidance of activists who demolished the metal wall separating them from Egypt, desperately rushed to the other side. The United Nations observers estimated to half the population the number of those who crossed over for goods and supplies (between 700,000 and 800,000 then). After a few days though, then President Mubarak ordered the border to be sealed again, and they all had to return to what had become a cage to them.

    Check : Gaza Border Breach

     

    3- The Open the Doors Campaign

    A handful of Nobel Laureates then started the Open the Doors Campaign, based on three main demands :

    - "enable Gaza to open to the world"

    - "end all killings and attacks" on both sides

    - "release a significant group of women prisoners, sick prisoners, the youngest and longest-serving, along with those held under arbitrary procedures"

    (among the prisoners was Sargeant Shalit who had been captured in a crossborder raid and detained underground, incommunicado, since June 2006).

    As they felt more leverage was needed, they extended this Campaign to the European Parliament - the only major forum worldwide directly related to Israel and Palestine, on every level : historical, geographical, spiritual, and human. Reaching up to 54% of the Members of Parliament in 2014.

    The release of Sargeant Shalit was obtained in October 2011, along with the release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners and most of the women detained.

    Since, things have been stalling, and the human condition of the 2 million Gazans has gradually deteriorated to a point of no-return.

    4- Raw facts that "everybody" knows

    Electricity can be switched on for 3 to 4 hours a day only. Families, businesses, hospitals, depend on generators - and their fuel, to be bought from Israel or Egypt. Strictly speaking, people live in the dark.

    Water from the taps is unfit to drink, and people have to buy water from barrels and bottles, which depletes their misery budget - 80% live in poverty, 65% under the poverty line, 45% of the people are unemployed (as opposed to 20% in the West Bank and 4.3% in Israel). For women and those under the age of 25, the figure rises to more than 60%, close to two thirds.

     

    The median age is 17. Half of the population is under 15. Although they could enjoy bathing along the Mediterranean shore, this has become a health hazard, as the water is tragically polluted from raw sewage rejected into it, due to electricity shortage. Even the beaches further North, in Israel, up to Ashkelon, are now polluted.

    5- Life and death underground

    What has changed since January 2008 ?

    Precious little. Things have only gone from bad to worse, from one Egyptian president to the next. There's no leaving the Gaza Strip, except through the Erez Crossing trickle to Israel, and the occasional and chaotic opening of the Rafah Crossing to Egypt for a short period, once a month at best. 

    Activists and young men working for wages keep digging tunnels, deeper and deeper, often dying underground, buried alive in yellow sandy earth, crushed by collapses. Dozens have died this way. Egyptian and Israeli authorities keep flooding, destroying the tunnels, one after the other. Whereas there were once as many as a thousand, the tunnel business is nothing like what it was in the Mubarak-Morsi years.

     

    6- What of the "March of Return"? 

    It can be seen as a ploy, a Trojan Horse of vast proportions, with an ultimate scheme of mayhem and bloodshed * - since bloodshed is the only element that may attract the world's attention.

    Close to 800,000 people desperately broke through the border with Egypt in 2008. This time the focus is on Israel, with the irreal goal of the 1948 refugees and their descendants (millions of them) returning to their former lands and homes. No Israeli government can ever yield to that. It would mean the implosion of the Jewish State, by the force of numbers and chaos. 1948 was 70 years ago. Where in the world do refugees return en masse after 70 years ?

    Add to this the number of military tunnels that have been dug from Gaza into Israel in the latter years, and you will understand that the Israelis have reasons to fear anything that could look like the Great Border Breach of 2008, this time into their land.

    2018

    Now, if you were Gazan, what would you do? Israeli citizen Leah Solomon asked.

    7- What can - and must - be done, urgently

    Since we are free to move and act as we please, whether in Europe, America, or the rest of the world, what can we do not to just sit back and pretend that we just don't see ?

    The very least that can be done is to reopen one of the two Gaza doors, the Rafah Crossing. All the more as no other than the European Union (Nobel Peace Laureate for 2012) has kept its keys since 2007.

    From 2005 to 2007, a remarkable team of 60 inspectors, the EU Border Assistance Mission - Rafah, did their job, letting an average of 1,500 Gazans cross daily. In the summer of 2007, these inspectors were sent back to Ashkelon, and later to the suburb of Tel Aviv, where they have been stationed since, at the cost of 1 million euros a year.

    Under the motive that "we don't talk to Hamas". "Hamas" couldn't have cared less. The people only paid the price. Since November 1, 2017 though, this pretext has lost its last shred of validity, since none other than the Palestinian Presidential Guard has seized control of the Rafah Crossing. In the current year, from July 2017 until the end of June 2018, the EUBAM - Rafah budget has been doubled to 1.98 million euros. What are they waiting for ?

    EUBAM      

    8- Mach die Tür Auf ! Open that Door !

    All we are asking is: let the EUBAM-Rafah Mission get back to work, and do its job. Mach die Tür Auf ! Open that Door !

    And let's start working on Gaza's offshore harbour! ["A new island in the Mediterranean... just off Gaza" June 2017

    Give Gaza a Fourth Door : to the World !

    We, the European Union, the United States, the willing Emirates, Japan, Russia, China (why not?), under the blue flag of the United Nations.

    Let the people of Gaza out !

     

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    RAZAN AL NAJJAR, MEDIC, 20, IN JUNE

    Iyad Abuheweila & Isabel Kershner, The New York Times, June 2, 2018

    A Woman Dedicated to Saving Lives Loses Hers in Gaza Violence

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    FOUR BOYS IN APRIL

     

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    Tahrir Mahmoud Wahba, deaf boy of 18,

    shot down on Friday, April 13,

    in the border area of Khan Yunis

    Died on Monday morning, April 16

     

     

    Abdel Rahman Nawfal, 12, sits in a hospital bed in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 23, 2018, after his leg was amputated following an injury sustained after throwing stones at Israeli forces near the Gaza-Israel border. (AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI)

     

    Abdel Rahman Nawfal, 12 – threw stones at soldiers

    on Tuesday, April 17

    shot down along the Eastern border of Central Gaza 

    left wing amputated below the knee

     

     

    Friends of 15-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Ibrahim Ayoub, who was shot and killed by Israeli security forces during clashes along the Israel-Gaza border, hold up a poster of his portrait by his grave in a cemetery in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza strip on April 21, 2018.

     

    Mohammad Ayoub, 15,

    crossed a line of barbed wire

    shot in the head, Friday, April 20

     

     

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                     Azzam Uweida, 15

                     Shot down on Friday, April 27

     

                    Died Saturday 28

     

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    * The 5 articles of the new Hamas Covenant (2017) that formally contradict any pledge of "non-violent resistance" :

    20. Hamas believes that no part of the land of Palestine shall be compromised or conceded, irrespective of the causes, the circumstances and the pressures and no matter how long the occupation lasts. Hamas rejects any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.

    23. Resistance and jihad for the liberation of Palestine will remain a legitimate right, a duty and an honour for all the sons and daughters of our people and our Ummah.

    25. Resisting the occupation with all means and methods is a legitimate right guaranteed by divine laws and by international norms and laws. At the heart of these lies armed resistance, which is regarded as the strategic choice for protecting the principles and the rights of the Palestinian people.

    26. Hamas rejects any attempt to undermine the resistance and its arms. It also affirms the right of our people to develop the means and mechanisms of resistance. Managing resistance, in terms of escalation or de-escalation, or in terms of diversifying the means and methods, is an integral part of the process of managing the conflict and should not be at the expense of the principle of resistance.

    30. Hamas stresses the necessity of building Palestinian national institutions on sound democratic principles, foremost among them are free and fair elections. Such process should be on the basis of national partnership and in accordance with a clear programme and a clear strategy that adhere to the rights, including the right of resistance, and which fulfil the aspirations of the Palestinian people.

     

     

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    Juliane Helmhold, The Jerusalem Post, May 24, 2018

    WATCH : Behind the Smokescreen Part II - Exclusive footage  [The Great Deception, by Pierre Rehov]

     

    Alia Chughtai, Al Jazeera, May 16, 2018

    Palestinians' Great March of Return: The human cost

     

    Amira Hass, Haaretz, May 20, 2018

    'We Die Anyway, So Let It Be in Front of the Cameras': Conversations With Gazans

     

    Juliane Helmhold, The Jerusalem Post, May 7, 2018

    WATCH: Exclusive footage from inside Gaza reveals true face of protests [11 mn video by Pierre Rehov, with M. Zahar's statement]

     

    Fadi Abu Shammalah, The New York Times, April 27, 2018

    Why I March in Gaza

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    A LETTER FROM GAZA IN MAY

    My name is Olfat al-Kurd. I live in Shuja'iya in Gaza. I am 37 years old and have four children. In July 2017, I joined the B’Tselem team as one of three field researchers in Gaza. In the past few weeks, since the protests along the fence with Israel began, we have been working around the clock to document, collect eyewitness accounts and testimonies of injured people, and gather information about the demonstrations and casualties.

    I attend the weekly protests not only in my professional capacity but also as a Gazan. Some of my photos, posted on B’Tselem’s photo blog, show how most of the protesters gather in tents pitched far from the fence. These families enjoy entertainment stages, live music, food stalls and other family activities. We go there to convey a political message, to demonstrate, but non-violently – we don’t go there with weapons. The soldiers shoot at us nonetheless, and people are injured from live fire and tear gas.

    This week, a concerned Israeli colleague asked me why I keep attending the protests, even though it’s dangerous. I replied that I am, of course, afraid, sometimes so much that I fear I won’t come back.
     
    But the truth is that nowhere in Gaza is safe – whether near the border or in our own homes. Israeli planes can bomb any house, anywhere, at any moment. We all live in constant dread of something terrible happening. Everyone in Gaza lost a relative in the last wars. I lost my brother in the 2009 war.

    The festival activities at the protests are a rare opportunity for us to breathe, meet people, and feel that we belong to something larger than ourselves. The open areas near the fence are the vastest in Gaza, but no one has dared go there since the last war. We can’t go to the beach any longer because sewage infrastructure has collapsed as a result of the blockade, and raw sewage flows into the sea. Many Gazans live in abject poverty and cannot afford to sit in a café or a restaurant, so they come to the protests with a coffee thermos and food.

    Israel has been holding Gaza under blockade for more than ten years. Some of the young people participating in the protests and being wounded or even killed by soldiers, do not know what it’s like to have running water and a steady supply of electricity. They have never left Gaza and grew up in a prison.
     
    You can’t visit us, Israel doesn’t allow anyone to see what’s going on here. There is no real life in Gaza. The whole place is clinically dead.
     
    The younger generations are crushed by the hopelessness and death everywhere. The protests have given us all a spark of hope. They are our attempt to cry out to the world that it must wake up, that there are people here fighting for their most basic rights, which they are entitled to fulfill. We deserve to live, too.  


    Sincerely,

    Olfat al-Kurd
    Gaza Field Researcher
    B'Tselem

     

    Why I March in Gaza 

    By Fadi Abu Shammalah 

    Mr. Shammalah is the executive director of the General Union of Cultural Centers in Gaza.

    ·        April 27, 2018

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    Palestinian demonstrators on a sand plateau during clashes with Israeli forces last Friday east of Gaza City. Residents of Gaza are mounting a series of protests called the Great Return March.CreditMohammed Abed/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 

    KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip — Early in the morning on March 30, my 7-year-old son, Ali, saw me preparing to leave the house. This was unusual for our Friday routine.

    “Where are you going, Dad?”

    “To the border. To participate in the Great Return March.”

    The Great Return March is the name that has been given to 45 days of protest along the border between Gaza and Israel. It began on March 30, Land Day, which commemorates the 1976 killings of six Palestinians inside Israel who had been protesting land confiscations, and ends on May 15, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the mass displacement of Palestinians during the 1948 war that lead to the creation of Israel.

    “Can I come with you?” Ali pleaded. I told him it was too dangerous. If Israeli military warnings were any indication, the risk that unarmed protesters might be shot by Israeli snipers was too high. “Why are you going if you might get killed?” Ali pressed me.

    His question stayed with me as I went to the border encampment in eastern Khan Younis, the southern Gaza town where I live. It remained with me on the following Fridays as I continued to participate in the march activities, and it lingers with me now.

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    I cherish my life. I am the father of three precious children (Ali has a 4-year-old brother, Karam, and a newborn baby brother, Adam), and I’m married to a woman I consider my soul mate. And my fears were borne out: 39 protesters have been killed since the march began, many by sniper fire, including a 15-year-old last week and two other children on April 6. Israel is refusing to return the bodies of two of those slain.

    Thousands more have been injured. Journalists have been targeted; 13 of them have been shot since the protests began, including Yasser Murtaja, a 30-year-old photographer, and 25-year-old Ahmed Abu Hussein, who died Wednesday of his injuries.

    So why am I willing to risk my life by joining the Great Return March?

     

     

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    Transporting a wounded Palestinian demonstrator.CreditMohammed Saber/European Pressphoto Agency, via Shutterstock 

    There are multiple answers to Ali’s question. I fully believe in the march’s tactics of unarmed, direct, civilian-led mass action. I have also been inspired by how the action has unified the Palestinian people in the politically fractured Gaza Strip. And the march is an effective way to highlight the unbearable living conditions facing residents of the Gaza Strip: four hours of electricity a day, the indignity of having our economy and borders under siege, the fear of having our homes shelled.

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    But the core reason I am participating is that years from now, I want to be able to look Ali, Karam and Adam in the eye and tell them, “Your father was part of this historic, nonviolent struggle for our homeland.”

    Western media’s coverage of the Great Return March has focused on the images of young people hurling stones and burning tires. The Israeli military portrays the action as a violent provocation by Hamas, a claim that many analysts have blindly accepted. Those depictions are in direct contradiction with my experiences on the ground.

    Representatives of the General Union of Cultural Centers, the nongovernmental organization for which I serve as executive director, participated in planning meetings for the march, which included voices from all segments of Gaza’s civil and political society. At the border, I haven’t seen a single Hamas flag, or Fatah banner, or poster for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, for that matter — paraphernalia that have been widespread in virtually every other protest I have witnessed. Here, we have flown only one flag — the Palestinian flag.

    True, Hamas members are participating, as they are part of the Palestinian community. But that participation signals, perhaps, that they may be shifting away from an insistence on liberating Palestine through military means and are beginning to embrace popular, unarmed civil protest. But the Great Return March is not Hamas’s action. It is all of ours.

    And our action has been so much more than tires burning or young men throwing stones at soldiers stationed hundreds of meters away. The resistance in the encampments has been creative and beautiful. I danced the dabke, the Palestinian national dance, with other young men. I tasted samples of the traditional culinary specialties being prepared, such as msakhan (roasted chicken with onions, sumac and pine nuts) and maftool (a couscous dish). I sang traditional songs with fellow protesters and sat with elders who were sharing anecdotes about pre-1948 life in their native villages. Some Fridays, kites flew, and on others flags were hoisted on 80-foot poles to be clearly visible on the other side of the border.

    All this was taking place under the rifle sights of Israeli snipers stationed about 700 meters away. We were tense, we were fearful — indeed, I’ve been in the proximity of people getting shot and tear-gassed — but we were joyful. The singing, the dancing, the storytelling, the flags, the kites and the food are more than symbols of cultural heritage.

    They demonstrate — clearly, loudly, vibrantly and peacefully — that we exist, we will remain, we are humans deserving of dignity, and we have the right to return to our homes. I long to sleep under the olive trees of Bayt Daras, my native village. I want to show Ali, Karam and Adam the mosque that my grandfather prayed in. I want to live peacefully in my historic home with all my neighbors, be they Muslim, Christian, Jewish or atheist.

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    The people in Gaza have been living one tragedy after another: waves of mass displacement, life in squalid refugee camps, a captured economy, restricted access to fishing waters, a strangling siege and three wars in the past nine years. Israel assumed that once the generation who experienced the Nakba died, the youth would relinquish our dream of return. I believe this is partly why Israel keeps Gaza on the brink of humanitarian collapse — if our lives are reduced to a daily struggle for food, water, medicine and electricity, we won’t be able to think about larger aspirations. The march is proving that my generation has no intention of abandoning our people’s dreams.

    The Great Return March has kindled my optimism, but I am also realistic. Alone, the march will not end the siege and the occupation, address the huge power imbalance that exists between Israel and the Palestinians or right the historical wrongs. The work continues until everyone in the region can share equal rights. But I could not be more inspired by or proud of my people — seeing us united under one flag, with nearly unanimous acceptance of peaceful methods to call for our rights and insist on our humanity.

    Every Friday through May 15, I will continue to go to the encampments. I will go to send a message to the international community about the devastating conditions in which I am forced to raise my sons. I will go so that I can glimpse our lands — our trees — on the other side of the militarized border as Israeli soldiers surveil me through their weapons.

    If Ali asks me why I’m returning to the Great Return March despite the danger, I will tell him this: I love my life. But more than that, I love you, Karam and Adam. If risking my life means you and your brothers will have a chance to thrive, to have a future with dignity, to live in peace with all your neighbors, in your free country, then this is a risk I must take.

    Fadi Abu Shammalah is the executive director of the General Union of Cultural Centers in Gaza and a co-producer of the documentary film “Naila and the Uprising.”

     

     

     

     

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     In December 2016, a journalist asked the movie star Isabelle Adjani : "You have beauty, intelligence, sensitivity, success. What is lacking for you ?"

     

    "What is lacking, actually," she replied, "is what's lacking for most people these days, if I trust the rising anger, along with the wave of extremists.

    What is lacking, for me, is to be the citizen of a fairer world, one that takes care of people and of the environment...

    What is lacking in me ? To find the way back to hope."

     

     

    This is a crisp, ordinary Monday morning in Europe. Every morning after dawn, at the desk of Peace Lines, we scan the news from the most barren land as far as "hope" goes, for traces of the elusive mind metal that will pull us through. You may remember that the human body is composed of about thirty rare metals that help it function (iron, 4 grams; zinc, about 2 grams; lead, one tenth of a gram; copper, even less; nickel, chrome, silver, gold, uranium even, in minute quantities, along with lithium which stabilizes our mood...). Aluminum, cadmium, titanum, tantalum, you name it, it's all there. The only one that has not been listed is mandelum, which precisely reinforces our mood, here named after the man who most worked on it...

     Think of a man who spent 27 crucial years of his life behind bars, who got his freedom at the age of 72, and was elected President of his country when he was 75 : he should know something about hope ! Actually, this is what he wrote about it to his wife, when he was in a small cell :

     

    “The crop of miseries we have harvested from the heartbreaking frustrations of the last 15 months are not likely to fade away easily from the mind. I feel as if I have been soaked in gall, every part of me, my flesh, bloodstream, bone and soul, so bitter I am to be completely powerless to help you in the rough and fierce ordeals you are going through... 

    In spite of all that has happened I have, throughout the ebb and flow of the tides of fortune in the last 15 months, lived in hope and expectation. Sometimes I even have the belief that this feeling is part and parcel of my self. It seems to be woven into my being. I feel my heart pumping hope steadily to every part of my body, warming my blood and pepping up my spirits. I am convinced that floods of personal disaster can never drown a determined revolutionary nor can the cumulus of misery that accompanies tragedy suffocate him. To a freedom fighter hope is what a life belt is to a swimmer – a guarantee that one will keep afloat and free from danger.”

     

     

     

    To find the way back to hope ? You have to cherish and nourish the belief that there is such a thing as hope, such a mind mineral, rare as it has become.

    Our challenge has been to go dig it out from the most unlikely places (in common "wisdom") : from Jenin to Gaza, from Sderot to Jerusalem... But maybe you should hear this song, one of the mandelum songs, about something that happened in Jenin, and Petah Tikva in Israel... 

     

    The story of a Palestinian boy, Ahmed Khatib, who was shot by an Israeli soldier for playing with a plastic gun... whose parents saved 5 lives, by accepting to  donate his organs... After his death, his father created the Ahmed Khatib Center for Peace in the Jenin refugee camp to provide children alternatives to life (and death) on the streets, such as a film-making course, connected to the reopening of the Cinema Jenin. "This kind of action is a form of resistance," said Zakaria Zbeida, ex-leader of the Fatah's armed wing in Jenin. "Five members of the Israeli community are now carrying part of a Palestinian. I don't think someone with a Palestinian organ will now kill a Palestinian."

     

     If this happened in a land torn by warfare, fear and hatred, maybe the likes of Ahmed's parents are the kind of people who know something about the way back to hope... Do you remember the gold rushes of the past ? The way some men would leave everything behind in their quest for the fabulous metal? Our stand, as Peace Liners, is that Hope is much more precious than silver and gold - but it won't be bought from some miner or jeweller.

    Looking for the way back to hope ? It goes through experience. Experience of long ago, experience of some moments ago, experience of the cycles, all the cycles we surf on, consciously or not.

    What is the price of experience ? asked both poets William Blake and Van Morrison. Do men buy it for a song ? We all pay for experience, in years of our life, i.e. with all that a man hath. The more aware the better. And when it feels like a sentence to 27 years behind invisible bars, that's when you most need the opening. The hopening. Have you really looked at this crushing routine from all angles ?

    But where to find the beginning of the road back to hope ? If beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, then hope is in the mind of the seeker. It's there, right there, within reach. All you need is to switch to another level, another altitude - in Bertrand Piccard's words (the first to complete a non-stop balloon flight around the world, and to conceive and man the first round-the-world solar flight!).

    Not that you have to be another Mandela, Leymah Gbowee, Khatib, or Piccard, to keep your heart pumping hope steadily to every part of your body, pepping up your spirits. You only need to make room to find the hopening. Close some connections, (re)open some channels. Unclutter, reorganize, follow a different plan. Dare challenge the unpredictable : take your risks, go for it.

     

         

     

     

     

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    Ahiya Raved, YNet News, July 6, 2018  ["We, the people, pay the price of the violent conflict between the two sides, and the price is unbearable"]

    Oron Shaul's mother pleads with Hamas leader to return her son's body

     

    Ilan Ben Zion, Al Monitor, July 5, 2018

     

    Jerusalem tram seeks to fast track Arabic learning for Israeli Jews

     

    Rabbi Arik Ascherman, The Times of Israel, June 29, 2018

    Is It Really So Complicated?

     

    Hezki Baruch, Israel National News, June 25, 2018

     MKs Glick and Raz advance bill to abolish draft [Mozes : "in which country other than Israel do women have compulsory conscription? North Korea"]

     

    Itai Amikam, YNet News, June 23, 2018  ["There were no cameras. No press. No countries. No conflict. No religion. Just people, trying to help each other. There is hope"]

     

    ‘When I look at him, I don’t see a child from Gaza—I see a child’

     

    Ahmad Melhem, Al Monitor, June 12, 2018

    West Bank city becomes shopper's paradise for Palestinians living in Israel

     

    Ilan Ben Zion, Al Monitor, June 7, 2018

    Israeli association aims to teach children tolerance through dolls

     

    Reuters, Haaretz, June 5, 2018

    WATCH : Palestinian Students Hope Sea Waves Can Be New Power Source for Blockaded Gaza

     

    Opinion 

    The Arab World Needs to Move on From the Liberation of Palestine

    Israel is going nowhere, and we in the Arab world have to deal with it. That means offering Israelis prosperity, security and friendship; all Israel needs to do is overcome their prejudices and give Palestinians their rights

     

    For the people caught in the enduring Israeli-Palestinian conflict, their own leaders and Western intermediaries have failed.

    Summits, conferences, accords and a roadmap going nowhere have been a waste of time and effort. Earlier attempts at finding solutions brokered by U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were genuine - but were stymied. Those that followed were either fig leaves or half-hearted.

    Today, there is not only "nothing on the table," there is no table. [...]

    There is plenty of blame to apportion. But regurgitating past errors of judgment has been done over and over again. It is beyond time for a new page to be opened in this unending book of horrors. How long must we go on rehashing and repeating more than 50 years' worth of mistakesPresidents, prime ministers, Middle East envoys and UN Secretary Generals, however well-meaning, have achieved precisely nothing. Relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are on the rocks. Rockets and missiles fly both ways over Gaza.

    I am convinced that peace will not come from the top down, but rather requires grassroots movements - on the lines of Peace Now, established by Israeli reservists in 1978 to advocate for a two-state solution. [...]

    The climate has worsened since the movement’s heyday, currently dominated by fear, hatred and a thirst for revenge. Those destructive emotions need to change. Trust between the two peoples needs to be built brick by brick; they should learn to see each other as fellow human beings with the same hopes and dreams. Peace Now’s philosophy must be revived in the hearts and minds of not only Israelis but also Palestinians.

    Israelis take part in a rally in support of establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel to end the conflict, in Tel Aviv, May 27, 2017.Israelis take part in a rally in support of establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel to end the conflict, in Tel Aviv, May 27, 2017.Oded Balilty/AP

    Israelis and Palestinians must put a lid on the past, no matter how painful and bloody, else they will suffocate what could be a bright future. Yesterday is just fodder for history books. The only path of any value is forward, a path that takes us away from dark shadows into the light.

    What Palestinians have to gain from a peaceful conclusion to this conflict is well known. The tiny spark of hope that gave them the courage to carry on is all but stifled, replaced by desperation, evidenced by recent mass protests in Gaza resulting in dozens of deaths and thousands of injuries.

    Their courage is beyond reproach. But other than placing their plight on the international front burner for a brief moment in time, such demonstrations are exercises in futility at a great cost to those who took part.

    Yes, Israel’s reputation for brutality has been endorsed again. European states and even sectors of the American Jewish community are outraged

    Palestinian protesters flee from incoming tear gas canisters during clashes following a demonstration along the Gaza - Israel border. June 1, 2018Palestinian protesters flee from incoming tear gas canisters during clashes following a demonstration along the Gaza - Israel border. June 1, 2018SAID KHATIB/AFP

    [...] My appeal is directed at the people of Israel, so used to the status quo that they may be unaware that reconciliation with stable, prosperous Arab states on condition Palestinians get their rights will provide them with untold benefits.

    Those benefits include inflows of investments from the GCC and other Arab countries to boost Israel’s economy. That translates into new business opportunities, improved infrastructure, greater opportunities and prosperity.

    They include the ability to travel and be welcomed as tourists throughout most of the Middle East.

    They include a reduction in anti-Semitism exacerbated, in part, by the occupation.

    They include a potential end to the conscription of young Israelis and mandatory reserve duty.

    They include an exchange of talent and technologies. Multilateral cultural and social interactions. The end of aggression and loathing.

    A woman and her baby standing near an area hit by a missile launched from Gaza in the town of Sderot, Israel. July 15, 2014A woman and her baby standing near an area hit by a missile launched from Gaza in the town of Sderot, Israel. July 15, 2014Yotam Ronen / Activestills.org

    And they include security and intelligence cooperation, buffering Iran’s belligerence.

    I would ask Israelis to set aside their long-held prejudices and dig deep to see what is in their interests. The same goes for Arabs.

    Think about your children and grandchildren. Don't indoctrinate them with your fears and hatreds. Don't pollute the minds of future generations. Young people deserve to be carefree, not forced to wear uniforms and carry weapons. Allow them to formulate their own views.

    Give them a chance to move forward together, free from the weight of your emotional baggage and bad experiences. Changing attitudes is a crucial prerequisite for Israelis and Arabs to live together with mutual respect on the same soil.

    Like it or not, the Israeli state is recognized by the United Nations and the world at large. Israel boasts high-calibre university graduates, ground-breaking inventions and cutting-edge research. Better to deal with it than fruitlessly wishing it away. Israel with its nuclear weapons and military might is going nowhere.

    [...] We all prayed for Palestine to be liberated and for Palestinians to have their own state, but is that achievable now? Or is that simple, wishful thinking within our stubbornly romantic minds? Wishful thinking will not permit the Palestinian people to live in dignity and security without fear.

    Let us shift our thinking towards a logical solution that will secure a better future for our nations, for Arab and Israeli youth and especially for those young Palestinians, born in conflict, who deserve the same chances enjoyed by their peers everywhere.

    Israelis and Palestinians should revolt against the useless old leadership and outdated playbooks keeping them on different sides of the fence. Tear down those figurative and material walls. People power could be a game changer. The men in suits bent on consolidating power have let you down. Peace engendered by the very people who have the most to gain (and to lose) could work where all else has failed.

     

     

     

     

    Khalaf Al Habtoor, Haaretz, June 4, 2018

    Opinion : The Arab World Needs to Move on From the Liberation of Palestine

     

    Anna Ahronheim, The Jerusalem Post, June 4, 2018

    American-born IDF veteran stands her ground on Gazan nurse death [“In the end, that’s what matters. Just doing good acts for each other, across religious, political or global borders.”]

     

    Gil Hoffman, The Jerusalem Post, June 1, 2018

    First-ever Iftar meal to be held in Prime Minister's office [“There is too much violence going on, and here there is something peaceful...this is a positive step in the right direction.”]

     

    Greer Fay Cashman, The Jerusalem Post, May 31, 2018

    At Presidential Iftar Arab leaders urge Pdt Rivlin, police to seize illegal weapons in community

     

    Nadiya Al-Noor, The Times of Israel, May 29, 2018

    This is why Israel must fight

     

    Al Jazeera, May 26, 2018

    North and South Korean leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in meet again at border

     

    Reuters, The Jerusalem Post, May 24, 2018

    Students use sea waves as new power source for blockaded Gaza

     

    Jake Cohen, The Times of Israel, May 22, 2018

    The Kaddish I recited for Gaza calls for peace

     

    Jan van Mil, The Jerusalem Post, May 21, 2018

    Will we ever know what happened on the Gaza border?

      

    Gol Kalev, The Jerusalem Post, May 20, 2018

    Bottom-Up Peace : Solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

     

    Sarah Levi, The Jerusalem Post, May 16, 2018

    Founder of the 'Most Peaceful Country in the Middle East' dies at 88

     

    Shayna Abramson, The Times of Israel, May 15, 2018

    Fearing for my life, I mourn for Gaza

     

    Donniel Hartman, The Times of Israel, May 15, 2018

    The moral challenge of Gaza  [...walk in the way of God, a God who declares, “My creation is drowning, and what are you doing about it?”]

     

     

    Diana Lipton, The Times of Israel, May 10, 2018

    And the tolerance capital of the world is… Jerusalem!

     

    Lidar Gravé-Lazi, The Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2018

    Jerusalem residents tend to be happy, says report

     

    Sarah Tuttle-Singer, The Times of Israel, May 9,  2018

    Getting polyamorous with Jerusalem

     

    Ahmad Melhem, Al Monitor, May 8, 2018

    Ramallah festival takes dancing to the streets

     

    Gur Megiddo, Haaretz, May 8, 2018

    A Billionaire’s Startup and a Gaza Water Project

     

    Ahmad Melhem, Al Monitor, May 7, 2018

    Palestinians to partner with Damascus on refugee camp reconstruction

     

    Rasha Abou Jalal, Al Monitor, May 6, 2018

    Gaza’s budding modeling sector struggles against tradition

     

    David Horovitz, The Times of Israel, May 3, 2018

    Who we are, why we’re here: Israeli author explains Zionism to the Palestinian

     

    Daoud Kuttab, Al Monitor, April 27, 2018

    Israeli, Palestinian candidates share electoral list in Jerusalem first

     

    Mersiha Gadzo & Anas Jnena, Al Jazeera, April 21, 2018

    The Palestinian women at the forefront of Gaza's protests

     

    David Grossman, Haaretz, April 18, 2018

    FULL TEXT - 'Israel Is a Fortress, but Not Yet a Home': David Grossman's Memorial Day Speech to Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians

     

    David Grossman  c/o Itai Blumenthal, YNet News, April 18, 2018  ["It's so easy to devote oneself to hatred and rage and a desire to take revenge..."]

    Joint Israeli-Palestinian memorial goes ahead under eye of heavy security  ["If the Israelis don't have a home, the Palestinians won't have a home either, and vice versa"]

     

    Salman Masalha, Haaretz, April 18, 2018

    Opinion : How we all got here

     

    Tamar Ben-Ozer, The Jerusalem Post, April 18, 2018

    EU passes bill to promote anti-hate education in Palestinian schools

     

    Huda Baroud, Al Monitor, April 18, 2018

    Gaza restaurant offers food to poor families  [Faker Bghayrak” ("Think of Others")]

     

    Jacob Magid, The Times of Israel, April 18, 2018

    8,000 join Israeli, Palestinian bereaved families for Memorial Day ceremony

     

    Noam Chen, The Times of Israel, April 18, 2018

    32 breathtaking photos of Jerusalem that’ll touch your heart and make you wish you were here now

     

    Dina Kraft, Haaretz, April 17, 2018

    Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians Join in Shared Grief at Alternative Memorial Day Event

     

    Sarah Tuttle-Singer, The Times of Israel, April 15, 2018

    ‘Is Hatikva a racist song?’

      

    Iris Leal, Haaretz, April 15, 2018

    Those soldiers are our children

     

    Hana Salah, Al Monitor, April 13, 2018

    Women at the front lines of Gaza protests  [Women’s activities in the camps are characterized by pacifism]

     

    Aziza Nofal, Al Monitor, April 12, 2018

    Palestinian sisters dig into history of last all-Christian village

     

    Yossi Beilin, Al Monitor, April 10, 2018

    Gaza's immense potential / Two possible options for the long haul

     

    Khaled Abu Toameh, The Times of Israel, April 9, 2018

    Hamas leader Haniyeh standing in front of a billboard with pictures of pacifist icons Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, with quotes from them on marching to freedom

     

    Shaiya Rothberg, The Times of Israel, April 9, 2018

    If you lived in Gaza, you would march on the fence

     

    Elior Levy, YNet News, April 6, 2018

    The Gazan activist, Ahmed Abu Artima, whose post sparked the March of Return

     

    Oliver Holmes & Hazem Balousha, The Guardian, April 6, 2018

    Time for peaceful resistance, says Gaza's new movement

     

    Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz, April 5, 2018

    Palestinians Host Jewish and Israeli Activists in First-ever West Bank 'Freedom Seder'

     

    YNet News, April 3, 2018

    Saudi crown prince: 'Israel has right to exist in peace'

     

    Lior Tal Sadeh, The Times of Israel, April 2, 2018

    When it comes to Gaza, hold your fire

     

    Leah Solomon, The Times of Israel, April 1, 2018

    If you were Gazan, what would you do?

     

    YNet News, April 1, 2018

    Activists at Tel Aviv demo say 'Gazans searched for freedom, got shot'

     

    Ben-Dror Yemini, YNet News, March 31, 2018

    The blame lies with Hamas, not Israel

     

    Yasir Wakid, Haaretz, March 22, 2018

    Israelis Are Now the Majority at This Palestinian University

     

    Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel, March 21, 2018

    Sarah Tuttle-Singer offers startling, emotional Jerusalem insights in first book

     

    Jonathan Weber Rosen, The Jerusalem Post, March 19, 2018

    Mother of Jerusalem stabbing victim 'chooses life'

     

    Jonathan  Jacobson, Haaretz, March 15, 2018

    How a Bitcoin Developer Ended Up Fighting ISIS in Syria [Amir Taaki : "We have to drop these categories of Jew, Syrian, Arab and so on. I honestly believe Rojava is the only solution for a lasting peace in the midst of this chaotic Middle East."]

     

    Elad Benari, Israel National News, March 15, 2018

    Netanyahu on Pompeo: We will work very well together

     

    Shlomi Eldar, Al Monitor, March 14, 2018

    Palestinians pin hopes on Pompeo 

     

    Amir Alon, YNet News, March 14, 2018

    Stats show Israel has highest fertility rate in the West

     

    Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, The Jerusalem Post, March 14, 2018

    Prof. Stephen Hawking's love-hate relation ship with Israel  ["He didn't surrender to his illness... He smiled at life and maybe even at death"]

     

    Udi Shaham, The Jerusalem Post, March 14, 2018

    Amid threats, a pragmatic Arab Jerusalemite aims to get his community voting

     

    Aziza Nofal, Al Monitor, March 12, 2018

    International prize nomination shines spotlight on West Bank theater [in Beit Jala, Bethlehem]

     

    Shachar Peled, Haaretz, March 11, 2018

    'Voice of Change': The American Teenage Girls Working Toward a Muslim-Jewish Sisterhood

     

    Sarah Levi, The Jerusalem Post, March 10, 2018

    The revival of the kibbutz : a uniquely Israeli institution

     

    Florence Massena, Al Monitor, March 9, 2018

    Syrian children in Lebanon express their plight with poetry [the Haneen = "Loving" Exhibition in Beirut]

     

    Mersiha Gadzo, Al Jazeera, March 8, 2018

    How Palestinian women led successful non-violent resistance

     

    Arona Maskil, YNet News, March 8, 2018

    Welcome to Israel: Are you ready for fast and furious?  [to understand the Israeli way of life]

     

    Roi Rubinstein, YNet News, March 6, 2018

    Jewish, Arab residents of Acre show solidarity after attack

     

    Shaul Arieli & Nimrod Novik, The Times of Israel, March 6, 2018

    In West Bank reality, annexation is a pipedream

     

    Netta Ahituv, Haaretz, March 3, 2018

    The Non-Violent Resistance Guide That Inspired Jewish Settlers and Muslim Brothers Alike

     

    Sarah Tuttle-Singer, The Times of Israel, February 28, 2018

    When an ultra-Orthodox woman kissed me in the middle of Jerusalem   [Jerusalem is love]

      

    Lidar Gravé-Lazi, The Times of Israel, February 26, 2018

    Israeli, Palestinian students reach elusive peace deal

     

    Sarah Tuttle-Singer, The Times of Israel, February 25, 2018

    Why the Palestinian jeweler from Hebron has an Israeli ID card

     

    Shoshana Kranish, The Jerusalem Post, February 23, 2018

    Artists 4 Israel travels to Indonesia in latest mural-making venture

     

    Ron Kronish, The Times of Israel, February 22, 2018

    Moderation in times of extremism: Mohammed Dajani Daoudi

     

    Ariel Dominique Hendelman, The Jerusalem Post, February 17, 2018

    Jerusalem is for lovers : the city's best date night spots

     

    Elior Levy, YNet News,  February 15, 2018

    In prison I understood Israelis want peace, says released Palestinian murderer [ex security prisoners talk about their life in Israeli prisons]

     

    Micah Goodman, Haaretz, February 15, 2018

    Opinion : How Israel Can Shrink the Occupation, Without Shrinking Its Security

     

    Andrew Esensten, Haaretz, February 13, 2018

    Conscientious Objector Puts Himself in an Israeli Soldier’s Boots in New Book

     

    Dov Lieber, The Times of Israel, February 9, 2018

    How a Saudi publisher is helping Israel speak to the Arab world

     

    Jonathan Sacks, The Times of Israel, February 8, 2018

    The power of empathy (Mishpatim, Covenant and Conversation 5778)  ["The only genuine, non-violent alternative is to enter into the pain of the other..."] 

     

    Chana Roberts, Israel National News, February 7, 2018

    'If the other side doesn't want peace, how can you have peace?'  [Muslim author & journalist, human rights activist Raheel Raza]

     

    Rasha Abou Jalal, Al Monitor, February 5, 2018

    Gaza youth debate political, social issues

     

    Dov Lieber, The Times of Israel, February 4, 2018

    With all his chips in, Palestinian businessman Bashar Masri aims to build ‘Silicon Rawabi’

     

    Amani Nasser al-Shurafa, Al Monitor, February 4, 2018

    Girls of Jerusalem ensemble gets Palestinian voices heard

     

    Reuters, The Jerusalem Post, February 3, 2018    ["By advancing a policy that impacts every life, every day, we can restore hope in the possibility of peace, one glass at a time"]

    Commentary : to make peace in the Middle East, focus first on water

     

    Associated Press, YNet News, February 3, 2018

    Palestinian-American brings #MeToo campaign to West Bank

     

    Ari Plachta, Haaretz, February 2, 2018

    Hundreds of Young U.S. Jews Send Birthday Wishes to Jailed Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi Ahead of Trial

     

    Yotam Berger & Yaniv Kubovich, Haaretz, February 2, 2018

    Israeli Attacked by Mob, Rescued by Palestinian Forces After Driving Into West Bank Town

     

    KKL-JNF, The Jerusalem Post, February 1, 2018

    Planting seeds of unity in Lahav forest     [Jews and Arabs, Reform and Conservative Jews, religious and secular Jews, right and left]

     

    Hana Salah, Al Monitor, January 31, 2018

    Urban agriculture spreads in Gaza

     

    Shmuel Harlap, Haaretz, February 1, 2018

    Opinion : The Next Israeli Prime Minister’s First Speech to the Palestinians

     

    David Rosenberg, Israel National News, January 30, 2018

    Neturei Karta backs Ahed Tamimi

     

    Huda Baroud, Al Monitor, January 28, 2018  [Jan. 15 exhibition organized by the Palestinian Environmental Quality Authority with the support of the European Union]

    How innovators aim to solve Gaza’s environmental problems

     

    Alaa ElBurai, Al Monitor, January 28, 2018

    Palestinian artist turns olive leaves into silver jewels

     

    Arik Ascherman, The Times of Israel, January 26, 2018

    I can't rejoice in the downfall of ancient enemies

     

    Qanta A. Ahmed, The Times of Israel, January 26, 2018

    Jerusalem belongs to the Jews: An Islamic truth

     

    Huda Baroud, Al Monitor, January 25, 2018

    Why Gaza merchants are forgiving debt  [ the “Sameh, Toujar”  campaign : (Forgive and You Shall Receive) ]

     

    Tamam Mohsen, Al Monitor, January 24, 2018

    Gazan artists, intellectuals seek to revive culture cafes

     

    Giulio Meotti, Israel National News, January 24, 2018 

    Arab regimes are terrified by Israel's freedoms

     

    Akiva Eldar, Al Monitor, January 23, 2018

    New Palestinian metropolis offers economic route around occupation  [Masri : "Rawabi sends a message to the international community..."]

     

    Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel, January 21, 2018

    Al-salam alaikum! Is it finally time for Israelis to learn Arabic?

     

    Lidar Gravé-Lazi, The Jerusalem Post, January 21, 2018

    Reducing violence by teaching compassion toward animals

     

    Barry Davis, The Jerusalem Post, January 20, 2018

    Getting Martin Luther King's message across

     

    Judy Maltz, Haaretz, January 18, 2018

    The One Place in Israel Where Interfaith Romance Is Celebrated

     

    Jacob Magid, The Times of Israel, January 17, 2018

    Citing Palestinian quality of life, settler leader opposes checkpoints

     

    Ofer Petersburg, YNet News, January 15, 2018

    NIS 15 million allocated for 'peace train' to Jordan border

     

    Anna Ahronheim, The Jerusalem Post, January 15, 2018

    Meet the woman with one of the hardest jobs in the Middle East

     

    Rasha Abou Jalal, Al Monitor, January 12, 2018

    Palestinian artist draws vivid picture of women's suffering, rage

      

    Ahmed Sammak, Al Monitor, January 12, 2018

    Gaza speech therapist treats refugee kids online

     

    Jacob Magid, The Times of Israel, January 12, 2018

    A former settler is bent on dismantling outposts he once toiled to establish

     

    Judy Maltz, Haaretz, January 11, 2018  [ "when you come here and meet people face to face and see how they live their daily lives, the picture you get is quite different"]

    It Started as a Joke: Only Women Could Fix the 'Mess in the Middle East'   ["no people are inherently evil, this isn’t a situation of good guys versus bad guys"]

     

    Michal Shilor, The Times of Israel, January 10, 2018

    The Jerusalem we know  [Jerusalem is a microcosm of the conflict itself, the epicenter of the most difficult issues facing our people. Yet it is also where the solution lies]

     

    Dr Michael Laitman, The Jerusalem Post, Jan. 10, 2018  [About "the tendency to unite (the Hebrew word for “Jew” [Yehudi] comes from the word for “united” [yihudi]"]

    Why a Death Penalty for Terrorists Won’t Solve Terrorism… and What Will 

     

    Yoav Peck, The Times of Israel, January 9, 2018

    Challenging the almost certain future  [A young Jewish settler and terror victim willing to talk to a Palestinian from Hebron? Impossible, right? ]

     

    Avi Davidi, The Times of Israel, January 7, 2018

    With rare Israel visit, Bahraini delegation seeks new dialogue for coexistence

     

    Michael Eisenberg, The Times of Israel, January 7, 2018

    Jerusalem’s brand? It’s the City of Empathy  [Schools, education, 21st century skills and tough neighborhoods is an empathy industry that creates badly needed skills]

     

    Al Jazeera, January 6, 2018

    Malcolm X and Martin Luther King   [a 47' video portrait "face to face"]

     

    Joumana Imad, Al Monitor, January 5, 2018

    Gaza playground teaches visitors to repurpose household goods

     

    Judy Maltz, Haaretz, January 5, 2018

    A Thrill-seeking American Jew’s Adventures Through the Arab Spring

     

    Israel National News, January 4, 2018

    Watch: Breslover Hassid and PA resident share a light moment

     

    Entsar Abu Jahal, Al Monitor, January 3, 2018  [more than 73% of the seawater along the Gazan coast was contaminated last July. Only 23% of the seawater was contaminated before 2014 ]

    New treatment plant to help Gaza's wastewater crisis

     

    Debra Kamin, Al Monitor, January 2, 2018  [Nearly 50% of Israelis can trace their roots to Arabic-speaking nations like Yemen, Syria and Iraq]

    New generation of Arabic-singing Israelis move charts

     

    Ronen Bergman, YNet News, January 2, 2018

    IDF service is sacred, but conscientious objectors have no choice

     

    Ben-Dror Yemini, YNet News, January 2, 2018

    IDF refusal letter organized by radical left-wing NGO

     

    David Brinn, The Jerusalem Post, January 2, 2018

    Ringo Starr to perform in Israel 52 years after cancelled concert [Starr is known for carrying the message of unity The Beatles helped forge and for flashing the peace sign]

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