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Kerry Urges Erdogan to Postpone Gaza Trip | NYTimes.com

ISTANBUL — Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that he had urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to put off his visit to Gaza to avoid disrupting efforts to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Mr. Kerry, who has made three trips to the Middle East since becoming secretary of state, has been trying to ...

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Why Europe Can’t Bring Peace To The Middle East | Council on Foreign Relations – Pressure Points

Lady Catherine Ashton, the EU’s top foreign policy official, has received a remarkable letter from the “European Eminent Persons Group on the Middle East Peace Process.” This self-selected collectivity might more accurately be called the “Formerly Eminent Persons Group,” inasmuch as the first word describing each one of its members is “Former,” but I suppose that these Formerly Eminent Persons ...

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Israel injecting dangerous viruses into Palestinian prisoners | pravda.ru

A Palestinian released from Israeli jails, Rania Saqa, has brought to light that the Israeli regime injected detainees that are out of prisons with dangerous viruses. Noting that Palestinian prisoners suffer from serious and chronic diseases such as bladder cancer and liver disorders, Rania has revealed that the Tel Aviv regime injects prisoners with dangerous viruses before releasing them. For ...

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Senators Approve Resolution to Assist Israel | Israel National News

It states that the United States has a vital national interest in and unbreakable commitment to, ensuring the existence, survival, and security of the State of Israel; reaffirms the United States support for Israel’s right to self-defense; and urges that if Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States will stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, ...

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ASUC Senate passes Israeli divestment bill SB 160, 11-9 | The Daily Californian

In a dramatic vote that was emotional for all sides, the ASUC Senate voted 11-9 to divest from companies affiliated with Israel’s military early Thursday morning. The heated debate began Wednesday evening and carried on for 10 hours, continuing into Thursday. Anna Head Alumnae Hall overflowed with hundreds of UC Berkeley students, faculty and community members engaging in a contentious ...

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Yemen: Anti Drone Protests in the US | Global Voices

The Answer Coalition organized a march and rally across the US to oppose predator drones and extrajudicial killings. In solidarity they wrote: Over 5,000 people have been murdered by U.S. drone strikes in the last few years, including a large number of children among the many civilians who have been slaughtered by these robotic killing machines… Join us at the ...

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Israeli Journalist Amira Hass Sparks Furor at Home for Defending Palestinian Right to Resist | Democracy Now!

Amira Hass, the only Jewish-Israeli journalist to have spent almost 20 years living in and reporting from Gaza and the West Bank, recently suffered a torrent of hate mail and calls for her prosecution after she wrote an article defending the right of Palestinians to resist violent occupation. In the article, Hass defended the throwing of stones by Palestinian youth ...

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P5+1 must recognize Iran’s nuclear rights: Mehmanparast | PressTV

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has urged the P5+1 group of world powers to recognize the Islamic Republic’s nuclear rights and take confidence-building measures with Tehran in order to prove their sincerity in talks with Tehran. “The 5+1 group must recognize our country’s nuclear rights and take measures to prove they have stopped [their] enmity against our nation,” Ramin Mehmanparast said ...

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Decade-old Mideast peace plan re-emerges as possible between Israel and Palestinians | The Washington Post

A dormant, decade-old Mideast peace plan has suddenly emerged as a possible key to breaking years of deadlock between Israel and the Palestinians. A top Palestinian official said Sunday that the visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed interest in reviving the so-called Arab Peace Initiative, a 2002 plan in which the Arab world offered comprehensive peace with ...

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Misreporting Israel/Gaza Cease-Fire | FAIR

An Israeli airstrike on Gaza yesterday is being reported as a breach of the cease-fire agreement that was reached after violence last November between the Israeli military and Hamas forces killed six Israelis and at least 160 Palestinians. But the new accounts are misleading, in that they give the impression that Israel hasn’t regularly violated the agreement already. For more ...

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