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Activists briefly occupy the Rami Levy supermarket in the Sha'ar Binyamin Industrial Zone in the West Bank to call for a boycott of Israeli goods.

The Emir Of Qatar visits Gaza.

Demos took place in Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Beit Ommar & Al-Ma'asara.

Professor Noam Chomsky visited Gaza to attend a linguistics conference at the Islamic University.  He also spoke at the Al Mathaf Hotel.

IDF & border police demolish several structures in the South Hebron Hills.

Gazans celebrate the anniversary of the prisoner exchange.

Soldiers expel Palestinian shepherds from their land.

Israeli affairs expert Adnan Abu Amer declares Israel will attack Gaza soon.

AIC Video focuses on Palestinians living in Akka, Israel.

Eritrean refugees protest the Israeli government roundup.

An interviewer asks Israelis at the President's Conference how many non-Jewish refugees Israel has admitted.

Netanyahu says no limits will be placed on construction in Jerusalem in response to international condemnation of Gilo construction plan.

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  •  Emir of Qatar (3+ / 0-)
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    Friendlystranger, emidesu, poco

    Is also the owner of Al Jazeera which carried the report of his visit.

    They are trying to become a sort of diplomatic broker in the Middle East and elsewhere to find a role post oil.

    Interestingly and not mentioned is that Hamas is breaking away from its former paymasters in Iran and Syria and towards Egypt, with its moderate Muslim Brotherhood government and Saudi Arabia.

    Why doesn't Mitt Romney carry an iPhone? Because he has an Ann Droid.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 08:00:41 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for your efforts! (8+ / 0-)

    The interaction of the IDF and the Palestinians is always interesting.  If only more people knew what takes place in this illegal and humiliating occupation.

  •  Thank you. (3+ / 0-)
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    ZenTrainer, too many people, poco

    I'm always glad when someone does a reasonable Middle East diary, especially I/P.

    The founding fathers knew of the mutually corrupting influences of Church and state, wisely sending them to opposite corners.

    by emidesu on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 09:20:08 PM PDT

  •  Interesting this - (2+ / 0-)
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    too many people, poco
    An interviewer asks Israelis at the President's Conference how many non-Jewish refugees Israel has admitted

    Except for a very few (the ones who answered with low estimates) I got the sense that the Israelis asked didn't care either.

    I'm saving the Chomsky for later. As always thanks for this.
    I am so sick of minor affairs making news (and not just Honey Boo Boo, but who said what in which little speech) when this major stuff goes unreported and ignored.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 10:48:36 PM PDT

  •  "Morning," all... (4+ / 0-)
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    sofia, Aunt Martha, Friendlystranger, poco

    The Liikud / Yisrael Beitenu accord looks promising, eh? [thick, thick snark]

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 05:54:12 AM PDT

    •  actually, yes in a roundabout way. (3+ / 0-)

      Bibi has a tendency to over-maneuver and overplay his hand.

      I'm pretty sure this is one such case.

      The electoral 'dowry' promised by Yvet's return to the Likud folds, is a contingent of ex-USSR immigrants who gave him the bulk of his 15 seats.

      Even though many of them espouse right-wing views, many don't - and for sure, the center of mass of this voting bloc is not nearly as far to the right as Yvet is. They just vote secterian.

      Well, with them being asked to vote Likud instead it's a whole new ballgame. I suspect a good chunk of them will become swing voters like they'd been pre-2006.

      And on the Likud side: any relatively moderate votes Bibi managed to snare in 2009 (when he donned the "reasonable leader" mantle) are now in great jeopardy.

      The marketing ploy that Likud managed to pull off by splitting into 3 heads (Lieberman, Bibi and Kadima) and gain up to 70 seats this way, is now dead.

      •  And there you go (1st batch of polls): (3+ / 0-)

        (use google translate or something, or just trust the numbers in the headline)

        The renewed Likud merger wins in the first flash-polls after the announcement, between 35 and 42 seats, compared to ~45 seats running separately in the recent pre-merger polls.

        And that's only the beginning... if and when Obama wins here, the exodus from the Likud merger will accelerate.

        Which means that the biggest single disappointment of the election campaign so far, is the Labor leader Yechimovitch's willingness to parrot Bibi's neocon talking points against the Palestinians.

        Leaving aside the rank hypocrisy, on a strategic level she has a wide-open field to start drawing a contrast between herself and the klepto-macho duo. On all issues with the Palestinian one always being on Israeli voters' minds.

        Could she really be that stupid? Time will tell. The small party to her left (Meretz) is already seen as gaining in the polls from her rightward Pandering.

        •  Re Yechimovitch. (2+ / 0-)
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          Assaf, Friendlystranger

          Sounds like too many Democrats in this country, especially the Blue Dogs, who thankfully have been decimated.

          I'm curious, though, Assaf.  Why do you say that it's "rank hypocrisy" on her part?  Maybe she really believes it?

          •  Either way, it's very bad. (4+ / 0-)

            It is unlikely she believes it, b/c years ago she made progressive statements on that issue too. But if she does believe her crap about Palestinians, it doesn't make things better b/c it pegs her intelligence and understanding of the country down a couple notches.

            Her hypocrisy is that on social issues she's a fire-breathing social-justice progressive.

            As one anti-Occupation columnist wrote it explicitly in Haaretz last week. Palestinians are the country's underclass, and the Occupation is designed first and foremost to keep them in that spot. Israel-Palestine's economy was swiftly integrated after 1967, and remains that way.

            So it is one thing to talk about social justice and avoid stating the obvious regarding Occupation and Palestinians - which is what last year's social-justice protests did. It is not good but you might say it is politically understandable in certain situations.

            But it is downright ridiculous and hypocritical to talk about social justice as the leader of the major party claiming to carry that flag - while baring rabid teeth at the Palestinians, Bibi-style, which is what dear Shelley has been doing lately.

            And again, if Yechimovitch is stupid or ignorant enough (or racially blinded enough) not to see the class aspect of the Occupation - then this is quite a shocking revelation about someone who entered public life as a quick-witted and sharp-tongued and fearless journalist.

            •  Okay. (1+ / 0-)
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              I was thinking that you meant her rank hypocrisy because she didn't really believe her crap about the Palestinians but was saying it out of political expediency.  It may be that.  Or it may be that she does believe it, because people change, and not always for the better.  Both are bad, for not completely different reasons.

              Now I see that you meant something different, something also bad.

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