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“Fight the Enemy from Within” – Marwan Makhoul

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A few words about Palestinians Living within Israel from Israeli-Arab Poet Marwan Makhoul.  *Recommended. 

Anti-BDS Website Seeks To Ruin Careers, Reputations Of Those Who Support Palestine – Kit O’Connell/MintPress

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Despite calling for more transparency from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, Canary Mission refuses to identify its sponsors or organizers.

MINNEAPOLIS — A website that profiles activists from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement with the goal of ruining their careers is coming under fire, with some comparing it to McCarthyism.

The Canary Mission features profiles of dozens of activists, students, college professors and journalists which the site’s authors accuse of anti-Semitism and even having ties to terrorism. Among the alphabetical listings on the site is a profile of this journalist, along with over 100 others.

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Russia in Syria: Did Putin just clip Israel’s wings? – Joshua Mitnick,/CSMonitor.com

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Netanyahu says he and Putin agreed on ways to avoid conflict between their forces in Syria. For years Israel has had a free hand to attack arms transfers to Hezbollah.

Tel Aviv — Seated at the Kremlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Vladimir Putin smiled and shook hands. At a follow-up media briefing, the Israeli leader announced a deal to avoid hostilities between their militaries in and around Syria.

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Ann Coulter Is Begging for Mercy – Jonas E. Alexis/Veterans Today

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Ann Coulter is very slick. She knows that her tweets last week put her entire political career in jeopardy, and now she is indirectly retreating. She has been dismissed by the online magazine Jewish World Review, and now the Zionist Organization of America is asking Fox News to let her go.[1]

Coulter seems to be really desperate. Her tweets, she said, were “ripped out of context, chopped up and sent out in tweets with inflammatory headings.”[2]

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Everyone’s kicking AIPAC now that it’s down – Philip Weiss/Mondoweiss

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Here’s a media trend just about everyone can applaud. Mainstream outlets are publishing stories about the defeat of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, on the Iran Deal. The pieces are likely to cut AIPAC’s power even more.

National Public Radio did the story last week. So did Bloomberg News. You’ve rarely seen such frank descriptions of AIPAC’s power as offered in the Bloomberg piece. The very first paragraph cites Illinois Senator Dick Durbin’s dis to AIPAC in order to support the Iran deal:

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Abbas warns of intifada risk after Jerusalem clashes – AFP

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OCCUPIED Jerusalem – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned Tuesday of the risk of a new intifada after clashes last week at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and with tensions rising as Jews and Muslims celebrate major religious holidays.

Abbas’s comments after meeting French President Francois Hollande in Paris came with peace efforts at a standstill for more than a year and a recent poll showing a majority of Palestinians support a return to an armed uprising.

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Lebanon says to provide schooling for up to 100,000 more Syrian refugees – Reuters

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Lebanon is to provide schooling for tens of thousands more children this year including Syrian refugees, the education ministry said on Monday, as the country tries to cope with the effects of the war next door.

Funding from international donors, UN refugee agency UNHCR and children’s fund UNICEF could see up to 100,000 more Syrian children, twice the number of last year, attend public schools for free, the ministry and organizations announced at a joint news conference.

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How A Muslim Student Became The Leader Of A J-Street Group – Katie J.M. Baker/BuzzFeed News

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Most people dread the intense security at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport — especially if they’re not Jewish. But when Amna Farooqi landed there before studying abroad in Jerusalem her sophomore year of college, she laughed her way through the seven hours she was detained.

“I was really amused,” she said. “I was also honest. I said, ‘I want to go to the West Bank. There’s an occupation, and I want to see it.’ I think they were a little bit like ‘Who is this?’

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Can a New Tool Help the U.S. Say (and Mean) ‘Never Again’ for Genocide? – Siobhán O’Grady/Foreign Policy

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Can genocide be predicted and stopped before it starts?

Officials from the United States Holocaust Museum hope a new online tool will be able to do just that. If it works, policymakers may be able to determine which countries are at the greatest risk of descending into mass violence — and then decide how far they want to go to prevent it.

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#YouStink: Lebanese Rise Up Against The Capitalist Dream Of Privatization – Catherine Shakdam/MintPress

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“Lebanon is brutally capitalist in its structures … all public infrastructures are run privately,” one analyst tells MintPress. “And so what you see today as a ‘revolution’ against the establishment is really a denunciation of Western capitalism.”

BEIRUT — Lebanon has been described as “the next domino to have fallen to the grand anti-establishment movement currently playing out in the Middle East” by Jawad Fairouz, a former Bahrain MP for Al Wefaq, Bahrain’s main opposition bloc and the largest political party in the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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Syrian war spurs first withdrawal from doomsday Arctic seed vault – Alister Doyle/Reuters

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* Researchers need seeds of wheat, barley and grasses

* Vault built to safeguard food crops from cataclysm (Adds details of seed bank in Aleppo)

OSLO – Syria’s civil war has prompted the first withdrawal of seeds from a “doomsday” vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies, officials said on Monday.

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More Bad News Emerges About Shiite Militias Central To ISIS Fight – Akbar Shahid Ahmed/HuffPo

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OCCUPIED WASHINGTON — Mostly Shiite militias who are at the core of the Iraqi government’s strategy to combat the Islamic State group and have worked alongside the U.S. coalition battling that group detained hundreds of civilians and wreaked havoc on recaptured towns after their latest victory, Human Rights Watch argued in a report released today.

The militias have yet to release at least 160 of the men and boys they detained, the report states, adding that they have also demolished hundreds of homes and other buildings.

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Netanyahu and Putin Spar Over Syrian Threat to Israel – Neil MacFarquhar/The New York Times

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     A poster of Assad, Putin and Nasrallah on a van in Lebanon.  Caption translatio:  Hands Off Syria.

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, disagreed here on Monday over the level of threat to Israel from Syria, backed by Iran.

Mr. Netanyahu said that Iran and Syria had sought to provide modern weapons to the militant group Hezbollah to open a second front against Israel.

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Between Abbas’ Bombshell and Palestinian Firebombs – Dr. Michael Laitman/HuffPo

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The more we move into the High Holy Days, the more they look like their other name: The Terrible Days. To some, it seems as though the escalating chaos in East Jerusalem is orchestrated with the diplomatic campaign of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor, for one, stated his unequivocal thoughts about the matter when he commented, “When the Palestinians set the Temple Mount ablaze, Mahmoud Abbas fuels the fire, and the Security Council fans the flames; it is a recipe for a regional explosion.”

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SodaStream offers 1,000 jobs to Syrian refugees at new Israeli facility – Fox News

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SodaStream, the home beverage company that has been targeted by critics of Israel, has offered jobs to 1,000 Syrian refugees.

The manufacturer of sparkling water and soda makers said it would hire the refugees to work at its new plant in the southern Israeli town of Rahat, according to I24News.tv.

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Riddle of the Ages Solved: Where Did the Philistines Come From? – Julia Fridman/Haaretz, Archaeology

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Anomalous discoveries in southern Turkey now explained: The Philistine ‘Sea Peoples’ didn’t invade Kunulua, they lived there.

As civilization collapsed 3,200 years ago, the Sea People – of whom the Philistines were but one – arose, seemingly sweeping away all that stood before them. Now we know where they came from, and it’s not what scholars thought.

Back then, the mighty Hittite kingdom spanned much of the territory known today as Turkey and Syria. Then, as the Late Bronze Age graduated into the Iron Age I, around 1177 BCE, the entire civilization of the Mediterranean and the Near East collapsed – and the “Sea Peoples,” including the Philistines, ascended.

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Why Israel wants a religious war over Al-Aqsa – Al Jazeera English

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Much of the media coverage of recent raids and protests by Israeli police and settlers at Al-Aqsa Mosque have focused on the “exclusive Muslim control” over the compound in Israeli-occupied Jerusalem, and Palestinian fears of the demand by Jewish settlers to “divide it”. Lost in the religious warfare narrative is the colonial impulse governing both Israeli actions and Palestinian reactions. Where does the struggle for Al-Aqsa fit within the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Four leading Palestinian figures give their take on the latest round of Israeli violence at Al-Aqsa.

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