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  • EU’s Vera Jourova met on 26 June with Israeli justice minister Ayelet Shaked, whose 2014 Facebook post called for genocide of Palestinians. (via Twitter) The European Union is pledging to help Israel crack down on critical speech. During a visit
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  • Atalia Ben-Abba, 19, released on the grounds of unsuitability after a ruling that she was not a pacifist A 19-year-old woman who served four stints in military prison after refusing to be inducted into the Israeli army was discharged on
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  • Trump's press secretary joins other U.S. officials in pushing back against reports that Trump's son-in-law, Palestinian president clashed on key issues WASHINGTON - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that he "was not aware" of any tensions at
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  • Javad Zarif said the countries who blamed Iran or Qatar for terrorism were trying to avoid taking responsibility for their own failures in addressing the demands of their own people Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Monday for
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  • German Foreign Ministry takes stand against entry of security guards who brawled with protesters in Washington last month The German government says it doesn’t expect to see Turkish security agents accused of attacking protesters in Washington during President Recep Tayyip
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  • Ramadan wasn’t recognized in the White House with an iftar or Eid celebration for the first time in nearly two decades, The Washington Post reports. A holy month of fasting between dawn and dusk, prayer and introspection for Muslims, Ramadan
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Trump Breaks With White House Ramadan Tradition

Ramadan wasn’t recognized in the White House with an iftar or Eid celebration for the first time in nearly two decades, The Washington Post reports.

A holy month of fasting between dawn and dusk, prayer and introspection for Muslims, Ramadan was observed from May 26 through June 24 this year. Muslims break their daily fast by sharing meals with family and friends before dawn and after sunset, referred to as iftar, and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam’s major holidays.

“Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity,” a statement from the White House read. “Now, as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbors and breaking bread with people from all walks of life. During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values. Eid Mubarak.”

President Thomas Jefferson started the tradition in 1805 when a Tunisian envoy to the United States, Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, was in the U.S. during America’s conflict with the Barbary States. Mellimelli was observing Ramadan and Jefferson invited guests to join him for a dinner served at sunset. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama had also recognized Ramadan.Schermata 2017 06 27 alle 22.26

Germany: Turkish Guards Wanted in U.S. for Brawl Unwelcome During Erdogan's G20 Appearance

German Foreign Ministry takes stand against entry of security guards who brawled with protesters in Washington last month

The German government says it doesn’t expect to see Turkish security agents accused of attacking protesters in Washington during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Hamburg.

Germany is hosting the leaders of the G-20 powers July 7-8. Police in Washington have issued arrest warrants for a dozen Turkish agents accused in last month’s incident.
German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Monday he could “assume with a good conscience that these people who have been incriminated by American judicial authorities won’t set foot on German soil in the foreseeable future, including during the G-20 summit.”


Schaefer wouldn’t confirm or deny an unsourced report in the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that his ministry made clear to Turkey the bodyguards weren’t welcome.

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Israeli Woman Who Refused to Serve in Army Discharged After 110 Days in Prison

Atalia Ben-Abba, 19, released on the grounds of unsuitability after a ruling that she was not a pacifist

A 19-year-old woman who served four stints in military prison after refusing to be inducted into the Israeli army was discharged on Tuesday after spending 110 days behind bars.
Atalia Ben-Abba’s release came on the grounds that she was unfit for army service. She is the third woman to be discharged from the Israel Defense Forces over the past year after refusing to serve.
On Monday, a panel that handles cases involving conscientious objectors declined to release Ben-Abba from the army for reasons of conscience, finding that she was not a pacifist.
In her appearance before the panel to determine if her refusal to serve was motivated by pacifist beliefs or political motives, she was asked whether she would prefer a draft exemption or an end to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. The panel ruled that her refusal was not due to pacifism because she replied that she would prefer an end to the occupation.
Ben-Abba also wrote a letter to the panel stating that she refused “to be part of a system that hurts millions of people on the false justification of security.”
Ben-Abba said upon leaving prison: “The army can call the exemption it gave me by any name it likes, but in practice it’s an exemption I was given for my simple refusal to participate in a system that uses violent means to oppress another people, imposing an occupation on it for the past 50 years.”Schermata 2017 06 27 alle 17.20

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Video of the Week Interview with Miko Peled is an Israeli-American activist


Video: Miko Peled is an Israeli-American activist who dedicates his life in support of human rights and a desirable and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine. Son of a former Israeli general, author of the book "The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine," Miko has the courage to publicly denounce what others prefer to deny, and several times arrested during his demonstrations alongside the Palestinian people, He has no doubt about the solution to the Middle East question.#SAVEPALESTINE

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