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- Un Palestinien poignarde un colon, qui l'abat (AFP) - "Le Palestinien, armé d'un couteau, s'est infiltré dans l'après-midi dans la colonie de Teneh Omarim et est entré dans l'une des maisons où il a agressé un civil, a dit l'armée. Le civil, blessé, a ouvert le feu et tué son agresseur".
- Un Israélien légèrement blessé dans une attaque au couteau au sud de Hébron (Times of Israel) - "La victime a 33 ans et a été poignardée aux membres".
- Official Palestinian media reports terrorist stabber as a victim of "settlers" (Elder of Ziyon)
   "[...] How the official Palestinian Wafa "news" agency reported the incident:
   "Martyrdom of a citizen shot dead by settlers south of Hebron
        Citizen Saad Muhammad Ali Qaysih (24 years) from the virtual town south of Hebron, was shot and killed by settlers Wednesday evening. Witnesses said that the Qaysih was seriously wounded after a settler shot him under the pretext of his trying to stab him in an attack. Witnesses said that the occupation forces arrived on the scene, but did not provide the injured Qaysih with medical  treatment and he remained lying on the ground, even after he died."

    Notice how so many of these stories include statements from "witnesses" that are complete fiction."

Gaza & Hamas

- L’armée a neutralisé un tunnel du Hamas près de Gaza (Times of Israel) - "Les outils de forage de l’armée israélienne ont été utilisés dans une commune limitrophe de Gaza où un tunnel du Hamas aurait pu se trouver".


- Over 100,000 Palestinian Arab patients treated in Israel in 2015 - and the Israelis pay for their treatment (Elder of Ziyon) - "In 2015, Israeli hospitals treated over 97,000 Arabs from the West Bank (allowing over 100,000 people to accompany them). In addition, over 31,787 Gaza patients and escorts arrived in 2015. At any given time there are 60-70 Gazans receiving care at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv alone. Only 10% of the cost to care for these patients comes from the Palestinian Authority. The rest is paid for by the Israeli taxpayer. This is while the Palestinian leadership continues to pay full salaries to terrorists and their families. But they can't be bothered to pay for medical care of their regular populace - because the Israelis will".

"Processus de paix"

- Palestinians shut down Arab-Israeli coexistence meeting in Jericho, because Jews (Elder of Ziyon) - "One of the speakers was supposed to be Mohammed Dajani Daoudi, the Palestinian professor who was forced to quit after he brought some students on a trip to Auschwitz. Police had to escort the Jews out for their safety. In related news, the Palestinian Ministry of Education issued a statement telling all Palestinian schools not to engage in any way with any Israelis because of the "dangers of normalization." The idea that years of brainwashing kids into hating Israeli Jews could be undone by actually meeting some of them apparently scares them silly".

- PLO names children's camp after terrorist who murdered 37 (PMW) - "The PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports has announced it is naming a youth camp after terrorist murderer Dalal Mughrabi. Mughrabi led the 1978 Coastal Road massacre, in which terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, including 12 children".

- In politely devastating critique, Israeli negotiator skewers Kerry for dooming peace talks (Times of Israel) - avec des exemples concrets de l'incompétence (ou l'arrogance ?) de Kerry.
   "The 2013-14 effort at Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking was doomed to fail because of the unrealistic goals set by the United States at its inception, according to a new Israeli insider account. And the inevitable collapse was expedited by grave mistakes made during the negotiations by their American sponsors, and especially by secretary of state John Kerry, veteran Israeli peace negotiator Michael Herzog writes.
    In a lengthy article published this week, Herzog says Jerusalem, Ramallah and Washington all contributed to the breakdown of negotiations in April 2014. “All parties made mistakes, each exacerbating the others’ and contributing to a negative dynamic.”
    But he apportions devastating blame to Kerry, who initiated and headed the talks. He writes that Kerry “definitely does not deserve the slander directed at him by some Israelis,” but nonetheless highlights Kerry’s over-confidence and lack of sensitivity, says Kerry caused confusion from the start, cites instances where Kerry misrepresented Israel’s positions to the Palestinians, and suggests the US team led by the former secretary might have deliberately misled the parties.
    After insistently launching negotiations with the unattainable goal of reaching a final-status agreement in less than a year, Kerry then mismanaged the talks as they proceeded, charges Herzog, who was a member of the Israeli negotiating team headed by then-justice minister Tzipi Livni. (Herzog, brother of Labor leader Isaac and son of former president Chaim, is a retired brigadier-general who formerly headed the IDF’s strategic planning division and served as chief of staff to the defense minister; he stresses that he has never been politically affiliated.)
    Kerry failed to fully understand “the psychology of the parties or the delicate nuances of their relations,” writes Herzog, who has participated in most of Israel’s negotiations with the Palestinians, Syrians, and Jordanians since 1993.
   “At times he appeared more eager than they were, pushed them beyond their limits, set unrealistic goals and timeframes, and shouldered some burdens better left alone or to the parties — in the belief that his own powers of personal persuasion could overcome any obstacle.”
    For instance, the former secretary of state misinformed Ramallah about Israel’s firm opposition to releasing Palestinian security prisoners, one of the key misunderstandings that led to the talks’ breakdown, according to Herzog.
    Kerry also insisted on merging the negotiations he presided over publicly with a “back channel” track, destroying tangible progress that had been quietly made between the sides. [...]
    Kerry set ground rules for the talks with both parties separately, which became a source of serious confusion and misunderstanding, eventually causing the process to collapse, Herzog charges.
    Before agreeing to enter negotiations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas insisted that Israel release a number of Palestinian security prisoners, among them several Arab-Israelis. Jerusalem told the Americans that it refused to free Israeli citizens convicted by its own courts. But the Israeli side was “soon surprised to find out that Kerry had nonetheless promised this to Abbas, later claiming a misunderstanding with Israel,” according to Herzog.
    Furthermore, Kerry’s ground rules allowed Israel to determine the terms of the prisoners’ release. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following the advice of his security chiefs, thus delayed the release of prisoners likely to return to terrorism to the fourth and last round. He also insisted that 10 out of the total of 108 prisoners be expelled to Gaza, Jordan or elsewhere and not be allowed to return to the West Bank.
    “Yet the Palestinians claimed there was an agreement between Abbas and Kerry that all prisoners would be released ‘to their homes’ — a claim later affirmed to us by the US team,” Herzog writes. “One of Kerry’s aides apologetically explained that in his meeting with Abbas, ‘the Secretary was not aware of this nuance.’”
    Jerusalem’s eventual refusal to release the last batch of prisoners at the planned date led Abbas on April 1, 2014, to sign documents to join 15 international bodies, violating a commitment not to take unilateral steps to advance the bid to have “Palestine” recognized as a state. Israel reacted by reissuing tenders for 708 housing units in East Jerusalem, a move which critics — including Kerry — inaccurately pinpointed for the talks’ breakdown.
    Netanyahu had never promised to freeze settlement construction for the duration of the talks, Herzog notes. In fact, the Israelis had told Kerry they would announce construction of 1,200-1,500 housing units beyond the Green Line to coincide with every phase of prisoner releases. [...]
    Of the US handling of the talks, Herzog writes that whenever Israelis or Palestinians were presented by an American negotiator with a certain position, neither side knew whether this position represented Washington or the other side. The Americans might have sowed confusion deliberately to “allow the US side more maneuvering space between the parties,” he suggests, “but instead each developed suspicions that the US side did not necessarily share identical content with both parties.” [...]"

Monde arabe

- Arab League upset that Israel considers Temple Mount holy to Jews (Elder of Ziyon) - "The Arab League said that calling Jerusalem and the Temple Mount "a holy place for the Jews" is a "serious development in Israeli policy toward the Islamic holy sites." It said "the occupation authorities continue to implement their aggressive and systematic plans against the occupied city of Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque, in an accelerated vigorous attempt to Judaize every inch of the holy city." It added that this decision "reveals a disregard for the rights of the Palestinian people and for  international resolutions that set the Al Aqsa as being purely a place for Muslims." I can't tell if the Arab League just rubber stamps whatever the Palestinians give them to say to get them off their backs, or if they actually believe this".


- La ‘semaine de l’apartheid israélien’ interdite à l’université de Toulouse (Times of Israel)
   "Depuis 2014, la Semaine contre l’apartheid israélien (Israeli Apartheid Week-IAW) donnait rendez-vous aux contempteurs d’Israël sur le campus de l’université du Mirail à Toulouse. Mais cette année, le président de l’université Jean-Jaurès, où la manifestation devait avoir lieu cette année, a refusé d’accorder son autorisation pour l’utilisation de l’amphithéâtre prévu pour la manifestation. L’Union des étudiants toulousains a signalé pour sa part qu’elle maintenait la manifestation en dépit de l’interdiction. [...]"


- Sri Lanka : inquiétudes des Nations unies (AFP) - "le Haut-Commissariat de l'ONU aux droits de l'Homme admet que des avancées ont été constatées sur les droits de l'Homme et la réforme constitutionnelle, mais estime qu'"un certain nombre de violations graves des droits de l'Homme continueraient de se produire au Sri Lanka", telles que la torture et l'usage excessif de la force par la police" ; "L'île de l'océan Indien a été déchirée pendant 37 ans par une féroce guerre civile entre la minorité tamoule et la majorité cinghalaise. Le conflit s'est achevé en 2009 par la victoire finale de Colombo, au prix d'un gigantesque bain de sang. La guerre civile a fait plus de 100.000 morts. Environ 40.000 civils tamouls auraient été tués par les forces gouvernementales dans les derniers mois du conflit". C'était pendant la couverture médiatique obsessionnelle de tous les médias du monde sur l'opération Plomb fondu dans la Bande de Gaza (qui a fait environ 40 fois moins de mort, et sans les crimes de guerre réguliers des forces sri-lankaises).

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