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US family sues Israeli ex-PM Barak over flotilla raid: Zio-Watch, October 23, 2015


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From PressTV

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (AP photo)

The family of a US citizen killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship that left nine Turkish activists dead has filed a law suit against former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for the attack.

According to attorneys representing the Turkish family of 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, who also held Turkish citizenship, Barak was served with suit papers in the civil case late Tuesday.

The New York-born teenager was purportedly shot five times in the attack in May 2010.

On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos attacked the Turkish-flagged MV Mavi Marmara that was part of the Freedom Flotilla in the high seas in the Mediterranean Sea, killing nine Turkish citizens and injuring about 50 other people who were part of the team on the six-ship convoy. A 10th died recently after four years in a coma.

Barak served as Israel’s minister of military affairs at the time of the raid on the flotilla.
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From PressTV

Sami Abu Zuhri, the spokesman for Palestinian resistance movement Hamas

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sided with the Israeli regime over the ongoing crisis in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The remarks came after Ban on Wednesday met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

“There is no justification for killing each other. I have been urging both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to tell their people correctly, that there should be no killings,” he told reporters after the meeting.

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon holds a press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a meeting in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, on October 21, 2015. (AFP photo)

In reaction to Ban’s comments, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri criticized the UN chief for not differentiating between Palestinians and Israeli settlers who murder them.

“Ban Ki-moon’s remarks during his visit to the region equate murderous [Jewish] settlers with the Palestinian people, who are merely defending themselves,” he said.

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From PressTV

Israeli security forces hold back crowds as they look at the scene where an Israeli man was shot dead in Jerusalem late on October 21, 2015, after security guards suspected that he was a Palestinian. (AFP)

Israeli forces have mistaken a Jewish settler for a Palestinian and fatally shot him in the Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem).

According to reports, the incident happened in the city’s Romema neighborhood late on Wednesday when two Israeli soldiers, boarding a bus on Yirmiyahu Street near the central bus station, were asked for their IDs by an unknown man.

When the soldiers asked the man to identify himself, he refused and tried to attack them, a move which reportedly made the soldiers open fire on him.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Further search revealed that he was an Israeli Jew himself.
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From Russia Today

We’re responsible for Holocaust, not Palestinian mufti – Germany on Netanyahu remarks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany October 21, 2015. © Fabrizio Bensch
Germany has addressed comments made by Benjamin Netanyahu, in which the Israeli leader accused the World War II Palestinian grand mufti of inspiring the Holocaust. Berlin said it must never be forgotten that responsibility lies with Germany.

“All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to the break with civilization that was the Holocaust,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said when asked about Netanyahu’s Tuesday remarks.

“This is taught in German schools for good reason: it must never be forgotten. And I see no reason to change our view of history in any way. We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our own,” he said on Wednesday, as quoted by Reuters.
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From The Times of Israel

J. K. Rowling tops list of UK artists opposing Israel boycott

Over 150 British authors, lawmakers and artists sign letter calling for dialogue, coexistence between Israel, Palestinians

October 23, 2015, 12:59 am

British author J. K. Rowling in 2010 (Daniel Ogren CC BY-SA Wikimedia Commons)

British author J. K. Rowling in 2010 (Daniel Ogren CC BY-SA Wikimedia Commons)

A star-studded cast of over 150 British writers and artists on Thursday published a public letter in The Guardian opposing a cultural boycott of Israel and encouraging coexistence and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

The list includes Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling, popular historians Simon Schama and Simon Sebag Montefiore, as well as 14 members of Parliament and former cabinet member Eric Pickles.

In the letter, the signatories counter a letter published in the paper in February which called for a boycott of Israel. “Artists for Palestine UK” was comprised of over 700 musicians, actors, writers, sculptors, painters, designers, filmmakers and technicians who vowed to maintain their pledge “until Israel respects international law and ends its colonial oppression of the Palestinians.”

“Culture for Coexistence,” on the other hand, on Thursday said that it seeks “to inform and encourage dialogue about Israel and the Palestinians in the wider cultural and creative community.”

“While we may not all share the same views on the policies of the Israeli government, we all share a desire for peaceful coexistence,” the letter said.
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From The Times of Israel

Support for Israel still strong, Czech president says

On state visit to Prague, Rivlin applauds European ally’s ‘clear, moral stance’ in defending Israel

October 21, 2015, 11:33 pm

President Reuven Rivlin (left) shakes hands with Czech President Milos Zeman during a state visit to Prague. (Mark Neyman/GPO)

President Reuven Rivlin (left) shakes hands with Czech President Milos Zeman during a state visit to Prague. (Mark Neyman/GPO)

Czech President Milos Zeman assured his Israeli counterpart that his country’s support for Israel has not changed, after a top government officials criticized Jerusalem over its West Bank policies.

After a meeting in Prague on Wednesday with President Reuven Rivlin, Zeman said: “There’s no change in the Czech foreign policy toward Israel.”

Zeman, who has been siding with Israel in the conflict with the Palestinians, added: I’d like to express my full personal support for the state of Israel.”

Rivlin thanked him: “A clear stance of the Czech Republic, a moral stance, is a great support for us.”

The Czech Republic is a close Israeli ally in Europe. It was the only European country that voted in 2012 to reject the resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ United Nations status to a nonmember observer state.
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From The Times of Israel

Full official record: What the mufti said to Hitler

The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends, Haj Amin al-Husseini told the Nazi leader in 1941, because they had the same enemies — namely the English, the Jews and the Communists

October 21, 2015, 7:09 pm

Hitler hosts Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini in 1941 in Germany. (Heinrich Hoffmann Collection/Wikipedia)

The following is an official German record of the meeting between Adolf Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, on November 28, 1941, at the Reich Chancellory in Berlin. (Source: Documents on German Foreign Policy 1918-1945, Series D, Vol XIII, London, 1964.)

The Grand Mufti began by thanking the Fuhrer for the great honor he had bestowed by receiving him. He wished to seize the opportunity to convey to the Fuhrer of the Greater German Reich, admired by the entire Arab world, his thanks of the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially the Palestinian cause, and to which he had given clear expression in his public speeches.

The Arab countries were firmly convinced that Germany would win the war and that the Arab cause would then prosper. The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely the English, the Jews and the Communists. Therefore they were prepared to cooperate with Germany with all their hearts and stood ready to participate in the war, not only negatively by the commission of acts of sabotage and the instigation of revolutions, but also positively by the formation of an Arab Legion.

The Arabs could be more useful to Germany as allies than might be apparent at first glance, both for geographical reasons and because of the suffering inflicted upon them by the English and the Jews. Furthermore, they had had close relations with all Muslim nations, of which they could make use in behalf of the common cause. The Arab Legion would be quite easy to raise. An appeal by the Mufti to the Arab countries and the prisoners of Arab, Algerian, Tunisian and Moroccan nationality in Germany would produce a great number of volunteers eager to fight. Of Germany’s victory the Arab world was firmly convinced, not only because the Reich possessed a large army, brave soldiers and military leaders of genius, but also because the Almighty could never award the victory to an unjust cause.

‘The Arabs could be more useful to Germany as allies than might be apparent at first glance, both for geographical reasons and because of the suffering inflicted upon them by the English and the Jews’

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