|BDM's Newsletter #062/2018Sent on 17 February 2018This will be the second time the two will meet since Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a decision that has heightened Washington's tensions with the Arab world and has threatened peace talks with Palestinians, who now refuse to accept the U.S. as a mediator in the process. Trump and Netanyahu met on the sidelines of the Davos Economic Forum. At the time, Trump said his decision had "taken Jerusalem off the [negotiating] table." BDM's Newsletter #061/2018Sent on 15 February 2018In recent years, especially as despair over the chances of a two-state solution has grown, there have been increasing calls within East Jerusalem’s Palestinian community to participate in municipal elections to improve the situation in Palestinian neighborhoods and reduce the inequality between the city’s eastern and western part. But such statements have been vehemently opposed by the main Palestinian parties, and Palestinians who sought to run for election were violently attacked until they withdrew their candidacies. BDM's Newsletter #060/2018Sent on 14 February 2018Located in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank, Caliber 3 is a counterterrorism and security training academy that in recent years has built on its expertise to create a new line of business: special programs for tourists seeking a taste of the Israeli military experience.
It was only a matter of time before local entrepreneurs figured out they could channel Israels vast experience in war and counterterrorism in this direction. Today, about half a dozen facilities around the country offer tourists the opportunity to learn from Israeli combat officers
BDM's Newsletter #059/2018Sent on 14 February 2018"We state that from now on we refuse to cooperate in any form with the U.S. in its status of a mediator, as we stand against its actions," Abbas told Putin at the start of talks in Moscow. He said last week that he hoped Russia could assume a greater role in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, saying the United States "can no longer play a leading role." BDM's Newsletter #058/2018Sent on 13 February 2018Once again, the New York Times has failed in its duty to its readers to tell the full truth about Israel. This latest example of Times journalistic malpractice is on display in today’s report about Israel’s dangerous escalation of air attacks against Syria, during which an Israeli F-16 warplane was shot down, amid fears that Iran and even Russia might be drawn into the conflict. BDM's Newsletter #058/2018Sent on 13 February 2018In the disagreement between the military chief of staff and the defense minister over whether there is a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is right. There is no crisis. A crisis involves a breaking point of some kind that goes beyond what is routine, striking like a meteor. That’s not the situation in Gaza, where there is a constant and foreseen deterioration. Any given point in the decline is a humanitarian disaster. BDM's Newsletter #057/2018Sent on 12 February 2018On Saturday afternoon, after the second wave of bombardments by the Israel Air Force against Syrian targets and Iranian installationsin Syria, senior Israeli officials were still taking a militant line and it seemed as if Jerusalem was considering further military action. Discussion of that ended not long after a phone call between Putin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. BDM's Newsletter #056/2018Sent on 12 February 2018Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday blocked the advance of a bill to apply Israeli sovereignty to the settlements. The forum of coalition party heads, which convened to decide whether to support the bill, unanimously agreed to postpone the debate because of the security situation in the north. BDM's Newsletter #055/2018Sent on 10 February 2018The incident Saturday on the Israeli-Syrian border signifies a grave escalation in the ongoing conflict between Israel on one hand and Iran and the Assad regime on the other. The threats have been replaced by actions – the exchange of fire on the border and deep within Syrian territory – and these tensions have no end in sight. BDM's Newsletter #054/2018Sent on 10 February 2018In the second video, a group of ten Israelis, some of whom are masked, is seen approaching the village. One of them is carrying a pistol and aims it toward the person shooting the video, but does not fire. Afterwards, he and the rest of the group leave the area and camera frame. One of the masked Israelis uses a slingshot to hurl rocks at the village. He does not seem to hit anything. The young man with the gun, his face shown in close-up, lingers and aims the pistol in the general direction of the village before leaving the area. BDM's Newsletter #053/2018Sent on 09 February 2018The book’s January 2018 publication coincides with Trump administration shocks that are possibly driving the last nails into the coffin of the two-state solution. US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is foremost among those developments as no Palestinian state is viable without a capital in East Jerusalem. BDM's Newsletter #052/2018Sent on 09 February 2018It seems not to matter that 15 of the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11 were Saudis and none were Iranians. Or that, according to the United States intelligence community, of the groups listed as actively hostile to the United States, only one is loosely affiliated with Iran, and Hezbollah doesn’t make the cut. More than ever the Foundation for Defense of Democracies seems like the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans that pushed falsehoods in support of waging war with Iraq. BDM's Newsletter #051/2018Sent on 07 February 2018One Palestinian was killed and fifty others were wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The military said clashes broke out while it was searching for an assailant who killed an Israeli in a stabbing attack a daya earlier. BDM's Newsletter #050/2018Sent on 07 February 2018In recent years, evangelicals have begun to account for a growing share of incoming tourism to Israel – 13 percent of the total in 2016, the last year for which figures are available. The tours they take focus almost exclusively on biblical hot spots, and most of the participants will never see highlights of modern Israel, such as the city of Tel Aviv. BDM's Newsletter #049/2018Sent on 05 February 2018The idea of punishing Palestinian refugees to coerce Palestinians to submit to Trump and Netanyahu’s appalling vision of “peace” seems transparently reprehensible. However, Schanzer and Goldberg assure us that it only appears that way, but that “it’s not that simple,” because the US has given UNRWA billions over the past decades, and “it’s only fair to ask: What are we getting for our money? BDM's Newsletter #048/2018Sent on 05 February 2018Still, it seems the report of an impending military clash within days is exaggerated, and is part of an attempt by Hamas to ratchet up international discussion over the severe humanitarian situation in the Strip and the lack of progress toward reconciliation. It is widely believed that Israel will not initiate war with Hamas without real escalation in the south, such as a surge in rocket fire at southern communities. BDM's Newsletter #047/2018Sent on 04 February 2018The Jewish political map is far from a monolith. Anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian lefty Jews have gained prominence and attention due to public relation successes on the international arena as well as the Netanyahu government’s escalation of anti-Democratic legislation, targeting of human rights’ groups, persecution and expulsion of African refugees, and its endorsement and collaboration with neo-fascist, anti-Semitic forces worldwide. BDM's Newsletter #045/2018Sent on 03 February 2018Mondoweiss sat down with teenagers in Bethlehem’s Dheisheh refugee camp, where Israeli violence is an everyday reality for its some 15,000 residents. Teenagers here are descendants of Palestinians who were expelled from their homes during the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” amid Israel’s establishment in 1948. BDM's Newsletter #044/2018Sent on 02 February 2018Palestinian activists shut down a meeting in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday between a delegation from the U.S. Consulate and Palestinian city officials, marking an escalation in the widening rift between Palestinians and the U.S. after Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December.