Jerusalem correspondent of the Guardian and the Observer. Tweets my own. RTs not an endorsement. The usual drill.

Israeli police raids target Beitar Jerusalem FC football hooligans

theguardian.com — Israeli police launched raids overnight aimed at breaking up the country's most notorious group of football hooligans - members of the La Familia group who follow Beitar Jerusalem FC. Hundreds of officers were involved in raids across the country targeting dozens of individuals associated with the group infamous for its violence, criminal connections, racist attacks and chants.

Palestinian poet engulfed in row on Israeli broadcast

theguardian.com — He is regarded as one of Palestinian literature's most important figures, a poet whose work has been translated and read around the globe, including in Hebrew. Now the work of Mahmoud Darwish, who died in 2008, has been denounced by Israel's far-right defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, as equivalent to Hitler's Mein Kampf in the latest bitter row over freedom of expression in Israel.

Man who attacked Jerusalem gay pride last year accused of fresh plot

theguardian.com — Jerusalem's gay pride parade will go ahead on Thursday under tight security after it was alleged that an ultra-Orthodox extremist who stabbed several people at last year's march, killing a 16-year-old girl, was attempting to organise a fresh attack from his prison cell.

Israeli parliament passes controversial legislation allowing MP expulsion

theguardian.com — Israel's parliament has passed a controversial law allowing MPs to expel colleagues for incitement, racism or support for armed struggle against the state that critics say is aimed mainly at Arab legislators.. The law was passed in the early hours of Wednesday in a stormy and noisy session of the Knesset.

The Nice attack heralds a new kind of terror - one we can’t define

theguardian.com — After attacks such as Nice, we demand answers. A requirement to understand is necessary both to protect ourselves in the future and to deal with the consequences of horror. What was the motivation? Are there links to other individuals? How did the killer arrive at the decision to kill?

Ambassadors protest at Israel's confiscation of West Bank shelters

theguardian.com — Eight ambassadors to Israel have written to the Israeli military accusing it of breaking international "humanitarian law" by confiscating shelters for Bedouins in the occupied West Bank that were paid for by European governments.

Fethullah Gülen: who is the man blamed by Turkey's president for coup attempt?

theguardian.com — The accusation by Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, that US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen is behind Friday night's attempted coup is part of a familiar rhetoric and a long-running rivalry. So is there any truth in it?

Motorcycle hero tried to board truck used in Bastille day attack

theguardian.com — Footage has emerged of a motorcyclist who chased and tried to leap on to the truck used by the Nice attacker to kill at least 84 people on Thursday evening. A German journalist, who witnessed the attack during Bastille day celebrations in the French coastal city, said he saw a motorcyclist dismount and try to enter the cabin but fall and end up under the wheels.

Women's groups and MPs denounce appointment of IDF's chief rabbi

theguardian.com — Women's groups and members of the Israeli parliament have criticised the Israeli military after it emerged that its nominee for the role of chief military rabbi had made historic remarks - later clarified - that appeared to defend the rape of non-Jewish women by soldiers in wartime.

Israel passes law to force NGOs to reveal foreign funding

theguardian.com — Israel's parliament, the Knesset, has passed a highly controversial new law that will force human rights groups that receive more than half their funding from abroad - including from European governments - to disclose it prominently in official reports.
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Oct 01, 2015

RT @Lara_APN: Bibi on the record 6 mos ago: "anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state...attacks against Israel"  http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel-election-2015/1.647212 

Oct 01, 2015

Netanyahu's patronising tone towards UN will play great with GOPers but not designed to win friends outside

Oct 01, 2015

Netanyahu gives version of same UNGA speech every year with variations of same gags and same themes.

Oct 01, 2015

RT @ChemiShalev: Netanyahu in obligatory “I know America” part, quoting “the late and great Yogi Berra"

Oct 01, 2015

Ultimately Bibi is just underlining his lack of clout on the international stage while wrapping himself in his own egotistic certainties.

Oct 01, 2015

Shorter Bibi UNGA speech. I lost the argument but I'm still going to keep talking myself into irrelevance


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