|BDM's Newsletter #242/2017Sent on 12 December 2017Ever since he founded his Yisrael Beiteinu party in 1999, Lieberman has been the prophet of a policy he calls “transfer” – by which he means handing over the so-called “Little Triangle” of Arab towns bordering the West Bank, and home to more than 200,000 of Israel’s approximately 1.7 million Arab citizens, to a future Palestinian state. BDM's Newsletter #241/2017Sent on 10 December 2017Malaysia's Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein sais the country's armed forces are ready to play a role following Donald Trump's recognition of the Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The statement came a day after protesters gathered in front of the American embassy in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. BDM's Newsletter #240/2017Sent on 10 December 2017Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to cut off Turkey’s ties with Israel. The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “will open the gates of hell on the West,” warned Sheikh al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb. “The United States can no longer be an honest broker in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Saeb Erekat, stating that from now on the struggle will focus on establishing a one-nation state. BDM's Newsletter #239/2017Sent on 09 December 2017Trump lit a menorah with his Jewish grandchildren, whom he briefly mentioned in his speech. He was also accompanied on stage by Louise Lawrence-Israel, a Holocaust survivor originally from the Netherlands, who shared the story of childhood under Nazi Germany's rule, saying that "people let this happen. We cannot let that happen again. Hatred and prejudice should not have a place in the world.” BDM's Newsletter #238/2017Sent on 08 December 2017The United States, a very generous donor to the UN Relief and Works Agency and to the Palestinian security forces, accepted the reality of enclaves long before Trump’s arrival. That was the message behind its financing the upgrading of rural roads, as a substitute to wide and fast highways, but in the process, Israel has blocked access from Palestinian towns and villages for the convenience of West Bank Jewish settlers. BDM's Newsletter #237/2017Sent on 07 December 2017Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel's "historical and national identity is receiving important expressions every day, but especially today." The prime minister was speaking in a Facebook video ahead of the expected announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. BDM's Newsletter #236/2017Sent on 06 December 2017It is equally self-evident, however, that many neighborhoods of Jerusalem are Palestinian. In fact, the city is home to nearly 300,000 Palestinians, many living in abject poverty and in neglected and overcrowded neighborhoods. Most Palestinian neighborhoods in the city lack sufficient infrastructure, equal funding and fair opportunities for social and economic development. BDM's Newsletter #235/2017Sent on 06 December 2017"It removes any chance he will play a role in an agreement. There is no deal that begins with the destruction of the two-state solution."
Calling even the possibility of this happening "a bombshell," Shaath, the former Palestinian chief negotiator in peace talks with Israel, said it would "completely destroy any chance for [America] to play the role of an honest broker.”
BDM's Newsletter #234/2017Sent on 05 December 2017This Zionist attitude is backed up by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism, which was adopted by the governments of 31 countries, including the anti-Semitic governments of Poland and Hungary, in May 2016. According to the IHRA, anti-Semitism ‘could, taking into account the overall context, include… drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis. BDM's Newsletter #233/2017Sent on 05 December 2017Ministers Zeev Elkin and Naftali Bennett are sponsoring legislation that would let the government change Jerusalem’s borders, making the Kafr Aqab and Shoafat refugee-camp neighborhoods that have been within the city’s boundaries for 50 years separate municipal entities.
Both ministers have impeccable records regarding their opposition to the division of Jerusalem
BDM's Newsletter #232/2017Sent on 04 December 2017The new regulations were originally formulated by Justice Ministry officials back in August 2014 and were submitted to the constitution committee at the time for approval. However, the panel didn’t have time to discuss the matter before the last Knesset election in March 2015 and now the matter is being revisited. BDM's Newsletter #231/2017Sent on 03 December 2017What has happened is this: Hamas has disbanded the administrative committee it set up in the spring to govern Gaza. Hamas has withdrawn its people from Gaza’s crossings to allow West Bank Palestinian Authority officials to take over. Hamas is well on the way to creating a buffer zone with Egypt to stop people smuggling themselves in and out of the Sinai in response to Egyptian pressure. And, finally, Hamas has arrested suspected Salafi militants mostly at the behest of Cairo. BDM's Newsletter #230/2017Sent on 03 December 2017Senior Palestinian officials have cautioned over the weekend U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital or the relocation of the American embassy from Tel Aviv will put an end to peace talks.President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeinah, said Saturday that such a step is a dangerous development that would destabilize the region, while Hamas has called for a popular uprising to thwart such a "conspiracy." BDM's Newsletter #229/2017Sent on 01 December 2017There’s apparently no debate among experts about the urban ghettoization of Arabs. However, there is a fierce debate over whether this policy is still in effect, given the government’s steps to ease the housing and construction crisis in the Arab sector. In 2015, the government set up its so-called 120-days team. This led to a wide range of steps designed to ease this crisis, including assisting Arab communities in urban planning, BDM's Newsletter #228/2017Sent on 01 December 2017The communities had received orders signed by General Roni Numa three weeks ago, giving them eight days to evacuate all their belongings.
The orders were only delivered on November 9, despite being signed on November 1. They were not delivered in person, but placed on the side of the road. A map accompanying them indicates that the orders apply to about 300 people.
BDM's Newsletter #227/2017Sent on 30 November 2017Kulanu backed that bill even though the party chairman, Moshe Kahlon, initially said that he would not support legislation applying to ongoing police investigation (as in the case of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu). On Tuesday it was reported that Likud lawmakers threatened Kulanu with an early election if they didn’t support the bill. BDM's Newsletter #226/2017Sent on 30 November 2017Kerry defended the deal during a forum in Washington, where he said that a number of kings and foreign presidents told the U.S. that bombing was the only language Iran would understand. Kerry said that in his opinion it was “a trap” because the same countries would have publicly criticized the U.S. if it did carry out a bombing of Iran as they were secretly supporting. BDM's Newsletter #225/2017Sent on 29 November 2017n estimated 5,102,809 children under the age of 18 live here, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. This estimate was published on the occasion of International Children’s Day, which was marked last week. However, it was not issued as a single statistic, for this is one country with two central bureaus of statistics for two peoples, and all kinds of demographic and territorial lacunae. BDM's Newsletter #224/2017Sent on 28 November 2017Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Monday that the political and militant group Hezbollah must stop interfering in regional conflicts and accept a neutral policy to bring an end to Lebanon's political crisis. Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which forms part of the Lebanese government, is fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria and in Iraq against Islamic State militants. BDM's Newsletter #223/2017Sent on 27 November 2017You folks at home, you parents, and relatives of boys at the front Do you know of a single Jewish family that has received a telegram from Washington, once the capital of a free people - do you know of a single Jewish family that has received a telegram from Washington that begins, “The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your son”?