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Haneyya: we succeeded in thwarting occupation plans and will meet in Aqsa

[ 01/01/2010 – 03:07 PM ]

BEIT HANOUN, (PIC)– The Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haneyya, told anti-siege protesters at the other side of the Beit Hanoun crossing that the steadfastness of 1948 Palestinians reinforces the steadfastness of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and said that all Palestinians will meet in a liberated Jerusalem.

Haneyya, who spoke to protesters against the Gaza siege over the phone said: “We are proud of the Palestinians from 1948 areas who came today to show solidarity with us.”

He also sent greetings to Palestinian leaders in 1948 occupied Palestine, especially Sheikh Raed Salah.

“The steadfastness of Palestinians inside [the green line] reinforces our steadfastness. We have succeeded in thwarting occupation plans and we are confidant that we will meet at the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem which will remain Arab and Islamic,” he told the protesters.

[ 01/01/2010 – 12:16 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Hundreds of Palestinians from lands occupied in 1948 and international activists demonstrated at the Beit Hanoun (Eretz) crossing linking the Gaza Strip with 1948 Palestine to mark the first anniversary of the war on Gaza and protest the continued siege on the densely populated strip.

Demonstrators called for an end to the siege on Gaza and the implementation of the Goldstone report.

They also called for an end to the inter-Palestinian discord and for unity between Fatah and Hamas to face the challenges.

Demonstrators also expressed unity amongst Palestinians in 1948 occupied lands, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

They chanted against the siege and starvation of the people in Gaza and against the US wall of shame being built by Egypt on the Palestinian-Egyptian border.

Ismail Haneyya, the Palestinian Prime Minster in the Gaza government spoke to the demonstrators over the phone and expressed his gratitude and that of the people of Gaza to the demonstrators for their supportive stand.

For his part, Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib, the deputy head of the Islamic movement, who headed a delegation that participated in the demonstration said: “We have come to say to our people in Gaza: we are with you because we are part of you and you are part of us.. we did not come here in solidarity, because we consider ourselves to be part of you, despite being divided by occupation walls.”

He called on the people of Gaza to persevere and not raise the white flag, adding that Gaza represents dignity, defiance and freedom and it has become a symbol for free people everywhere.

Khatib condemned the continued siege on the Gaza Strip and called on Gaza people to persevere as the “dawn of freedom is nigh.”

On the other side of the Beit Hanoun crossing, hundreds of Palestinians and foreign sympathisers held a similar demonstration.

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1948 Palestinians and sympathisers demonstrate in support of Gaza
Arab 48, Palestinian reconciliation, Siege of Gaza, Stop the wall

Fuad Ajami: Rollback Syria & Iran …

“… The man who demolished the Iraqi tyranny, George. W. Bush, is no longer in power…”
Ajami, who finds much to be said about the agonies of Kurds, Darfur & Saad Hariri … is dumbstruck about Israel & the Palestinians! … Ajami, still shedding, in the WSJ, here
” …. In the absence of an overriding commitment to the defense of American primacy in the world, the Obama administration “cheats.” It will not quit the war in Afghanistan but doesn’t fully embrace it as its cause. It prosecutes the war but with Republican support—the diehards in liberal ranks and the isolationists are in no mood for bonding with Afghans. (Harry Reid’s last major foreign policy pronouncement was his assertion, three years ago, that the war in Iraq was lost.)
In retrospect, that patina of cosmopolitanism in President Obama’s background concealed the isolationism of the liberal coalition that brought him to power. The tide had turned in the congressional elections of 2006. American liberalism was done with its own antecedents—the outlook of Woodrow Wilson and FDR and Harry Truman and John Kennedy. It wasn’t quite “Come home, America,” but close to it. This was now the foreign policy of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. There was in the land a “liberal orientalism,” if you will, a dismissive attitude about the ability of other nations to partake of liberty. It had started with belittling the Iraqis’ aptitude for freedom. But there was implicit in it a broader assault on the very idea of freedom’s possibilities in distant places. East was East, and West was West, and never the twain shall meet.As revolution simmers on the streets of Iran, the will was summoned in the White House to offer condolences over the passing of Grand Ayatollah Hussein Montazeri, an iconic figure to the Iranian opposition. But the word was also put out that the administration was keen on the prospect of John Kerry making his way to Tehran. No one is fooled. In the time of Barack Obama, “engagement” with Iran’s theocrats and thugs trumps the cause of Iranian democracy.
We’re weary, the disillusioned liberalism maintains, and we’re broke, and there are those millions of Americans aching for health care and an economic lifeline. We can’t care for both Ohio and the Anbar, Peoria and Peshawar. It is either those embattled people in Iran or a rescue package for Chrysler.
The joke is on the enthralled crowds in Cairo, Ankara, Berlin and Oslo. The new American president they had fallen for had no genuine calling or attachments abroad. In their enthusiasm for Mr. Obama, and their eagerness to proclaim themselves at one with the postracial meaning of his election, they had missed his aloofness from the genuine struggles in the foreign world.
It was easy, that delirium with Mr. Obama: It made no moral demands on those eager to partake of it. It was also false, in many lands.
Thus Turks who loathed the Kurds in their midst, who denied them the right to their own memory and language, could identify themselves, or so they said, with the triumph of Mr. Obama and his personal history. No one questioned the sincerity with which Egyptians and other Arabs hailed Mr. Obama as they refused to be stirred by the slaughter in Darfur, and as they gave a carte blanche to Khartoum’s blatant racism and cruelty….
Everywhere there is on display evidence of the rogues taking the Obama administration’s measure, and of America’s vulnerable allies scurrying for cover. A fortnight ago, Lebanon’s young prime minister made his way from Beirut to Damascus: Saad Hariri had come to pay tribute to the Syrian ruler….. The Pax Americana that had laid waste to the despotism of Saddam Hussein frightened the Syrian rulers, and held out the prospect that a similar fate could yet befall them.

We’re now worlds away from that moment in history. The man who demolished the Iraqi tyranny, George. W. Bush, is no longer in power, and a different sentiment drives America’s conduct abroad. Saad Hariri had no choice but to make peace with his father’s sworn enemies—that short voyage he made to Damascus was his adjustment to the retreat of American power.
In headier moments, Mr. Hariri and the leaders of the Cedar Revolution had been emboldened by American protection. It was not only U.S. military power that had given them heart…..”

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A Great Comment: Seven Remarks on Shalit Deal

By Zuhair Andraws
MY TRANSLATION
(Pictures and Links to Mullistine Pundit are added by me)

Looks like Shalit Deal is moving forward. Both Israel and Hamas are lowering ceiling of expectations. Both confirmed that some progress is achieved but final agreement is still far. The deal is an important test for Hamas; the outcome shall cast shadows on the future of the movement with Palestinian Arabic Street..
1- The Israeli leaders claimed that Israeli intelligence is among the best in the world, its unique performance can’t be revealed now for security reasons.

Shalit was captured in a military operation planed and supervised by Ahmad Al-Gaabri the Qassam Leader on June 2006, 3 years and 5 months ago. Shalit according to available information is held in Gaza city. The Israeli intelligence, in collaboration with western and Arab intelligence paid tremendous efforts to get information about SHALIT, and failed terribly, and proved that they are not supermen who can do miracles, though they paid big money for locating and liberating shalit, and consequently proving that they can do anything.
On the other hand Hamas was excellent in managing the crisis, failed all Israeli attempts to locate shalit, we should remember that after Hamas took hold on Gaza, Spies Collaborator, giving the enemy valuable information were arrested, killed or fled to Israel. He claimed that Gaabari who planed hundreds of operations against Israel, has the FINAL SAY ON THE EXCHAGE DEAL.

IN SHORT, Hamas defeated Israel in this battle

2- Moreover, Shalit Issue is extremely important in particular to Hamas and in general to Palestinian people . Since Oslo, though Israel released about 9000 Palestinian prisoner, as good will towards PA, to encourage PA to continue catastrophic peace negotiations, But Israel refused to release any of the 1948 Arab prisoners, being citizens who committed high treason during war.
The release of those prisoners shall be a great painful blow on Israeli face, a message to Israeli decision makers, that dividing Palestinians shall fail.
Those abandon prisoners did what they did upon instructions of leaders who after Oslo become the best friends of the Jewish state. Therefore Hamas insistence to include then in the deal shall change the rules of the game, and shall remind us the rules set by Ahmad Jebreal who in 1985 forced Israel to release 39 Palestinian 1948 prisoner. It would be a message to Abbas and his gang that their attempts to separate Arab 48 from the Palestinian people shall fail. Abbas in several occasions said that Arab 48 stand harm the Palestinian cause.
3- Moreover, Israeli DPM, Silvan Shaloum said that Israel shall not release Marwam Barghouti and Ahmad Saadat, while Hamas confirms that its list include both. Liberating Barghouti and Saadat shall have a great impact on the Palestinian Street. It shall prove to any person, having eyes that Hamas is not factional, besides Barghouti, is a Fath leader, who don’t have hard feeling towards Hamas, and his release shall help the Palestinian Reconciliation, away from time wasting negotiations with the enemy led by Oslo group.
The information leaked from Israel that Abbas fears that Shalit deal shall boast Hamas are true.
4- SMART WISE HAMAS  is aware that the Israeli PM, who praised the PA security groups for its great achievement in stopping “terror” in WB, can’t withstand the internal pressure, therefore Hamas is not in hurry, expecting Israel to surrender to Hamas conditions after several months, According to  Fishman. Hamas Insistence on list as given to the Egyptians shall prove that Hamas is an Islamic national movement who will never sell its constants.
5- Moreover, Israel is aware that the deal shall boast Hamas, and weaken Fath, and that works against the interests of Israel, the USA and Arab puppets who are doing their best to satisfy Abbas and his falling authority.
6- Concerning, Hamas – Israeli indirect negotiations, Egypt who insisted to be the mediator failed to reach any result, though they threatened Hamas that Israel shall assassinate Hamas leaders if they dare to refuse the Israeli conditions. But they failed to domesticate Hamas, and Hamas refused to bow. The deal moved only forward when the German mediator stepped in. In other words, Egypt failed.
7- Finally we have to admit that although Shalit is a strategic treasure for Hamas, he is also a big burden on Hamas, a burden to keep him safe, and to prevent Israel from reaching him, a burden because of the pressure put on Hamas by prisoner’s families to release their sons and daughters. SO HAMAS, like ISRAEL desperately needs to close the deal.
We hope they would reach a deal, and the Palestinian prisoners may be freed. BUT the whole word should remember, the those prisoner were arrested because they were resisting the occupation, while Shalit was captured while doing a military task to keep the occupation. There is a big difference.

IOF demolish eight homes, number of tents in Negev region

[ 08/12/2009 – 06:27 PM ]

NEGEV, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Monday demolished eight Palestinian homes as well as tents and uprooted dozens of olive saplings in different areas of the occupied Negev region.

Different Palestinian local sources reported that Israeli bulldozers knocked down seven homes and uprooted dozens of olive saplings in Al-Araqeeb village and demolished another home in Umm Mitnan village.

They also said that the Israeli troops tore down tents of Palestinian citizens in the village of Taweel Abu Jarwal for the 37th time and delivered 13 demolition orders against homes in an area near the village of Umm Numeila.

“We rebuild as soon as the troops who demolish leave the area. We will not leave our land for it is our life or be deterred by demolitions in all circumstances, though we were left in the rain and cold,” Mohamed Talalqah, one of Taweel Abu Jarwal residents, said.

For his part, Ibrahim Al-Waqili, the head of the regional council for unrecognized villages in the Negev, affirmed that the demolition of Palestinian homes in the region are carried out by the Israeli government to satisfy the demands of settlers and right-wing voices.

“We deplore and condemn the ongoing demolition of Arab homes in the Negev, and warn the [Israeli] government and hold it responsible for what might happen in the Negeve because pressure generates explosion and this seems to be inevitable,” Waqili emphasized.

In another related context, the Israeli prosecutor confessed Monday that the successive Israeli governments have demolished more than 450 Palestinian homes at the pretext of unlicensed construction in area C in the West Bank over the past 12 years.

This declaration came in response to a complaint filed by the Zionist Rajavim organization with the Israeli high court in occupied Jerusalem in which it alleged that the Israeli government demolishes settlement units and refrains from taking similar steps against Palestinian homes.

Israel denies Bedouin right to elections


{Zoom on 1%-99%} by Hamid Najib-Al Itihad newspaper-UAE

Law allows Jewish officials to rule local council indefinitely
by Jonathan Cook, source
Some 35,000 Bedouin residents of Israel’s southern Negev have been denied the right to hold their first local council election after the Israeli parliament passed a law at the last minute to cancel this month’s ballot.
The new law gives the government the power to postpone elections to the regional council, known as Abu Basma, until the interior ministry deems the local Bedouin ready to run their own affairs.
Legal and human rights groups say the move is an unprecedented violation of Israel’s constitutional principles. Taleb a-Sana, a Bedouin member of Israel’s parliament, has written to its speaker warning that “it is not possible to have democracy without elections”.
The vote in Abu Basma was scheduled to take place six years after the council was established under the transitional authority of a panel of mostly Jewish officials appointed by the interior ministry.
Critics say the government changed the law specifically to avoid bolstering the position of the Bedouin residents, who are engaged in a legal battle with the state for the return of ancestral lands confiscated decades ago.
“The Bedouin have a claim on a large area of the Negev and the government wants someone ruling the council who is on its side until the case is settled to the state’s advantage,” said Thabet Abu Ras, who was head of an empowerment scheme for Abu Basma’s residents until 2007.
The residents of Abu Basma are among 90,000 Bedouin in the Negev desert who have been denied any local representation since Israel’s founding in 1948. For most of that time the state has refused to recognise any of their villages.
According to officials, the Bedouin are living illegally on state land and must move to a handful of locations in the Negev approved by the government.
Bedouin leaders counter that their villages predate Israel’s creation and that the approved locales are so tightly confined that they cannot maintain their traditional pastoral way of life.
Israel has faced mounting criticism for its treatment of the 45 so-called “unrecognised villages”, which are denied all public services, including electricity and water. The inhabitants are invariably forced to live in tents or tin shacks because concrete homes are subject to demolition.
Instead, since the 1970s Israel has established a half dozen “townships”, to which the Bedouin in the unrecognised villages were expected to relocate. But the townships, whose rates of unemployment and poverty are the highest in the country, have attracted only half of the Negev’s 180,000 Bedouin, mostly those without any claim to land.
In what many Bedouin hoped was a change of tack, however, the government of Ariel Sharon launched a plan in 2003 to begin a process of recognising nine of the larger villages, home to 35,000 Bedouin.
They were grouped into a new regional council called Abu Basma, with the goal of encouraging the inhabitants of the other unrecognised villages to move into its jurisdiction.
Under the regional councils law, the interior ministry was allowed to appoint a panel of officials to oversee local services for four years while the residents prepared to run the authority themselves, said Gil Gan-Mor, a lawyer with the Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).
He added that the interior ministry then sought, under extraordinary powers, two year-long extensions. But shortly before the deadline for staging elections was reached this month, the government pushed through an amendment to postpone elections indefinitely.
“The interior ministry says the law could be applied to any regional council, but in practice it is clear that this law was drafted with only Abu Basma in mind,” he said. “The aim is to continue controlling the lives of the Bedouin, treating them as though they cannot look after themselves.”
ACRI and another group, Adalah, a legal centre for Israel’s Arab minority, will challenge the law in the Supreme Court next month.
Alaa Mahajneh, a lawyer with Adalah, said the regional council’s current panel was dominated by Jewish officials and headed by Amram Kalaji, a former director general of the interior ministry identified with the right-wing Orthodox religious party Shas.
Mr Abu Ras, a geography professor at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva, said it was impossible to separate the postponement of the elections from the wider issue of Bedouin land claims.
Abu Basma is the only one of 47 regional councils in Israel that does not have territorial continuity, he said. “The council’s jurisdiction is restricted to the built-up area of each village and does not include the lands between the villages or the surrounding land. Despite the Bedouin way of life, Abu Basma has not been allocated any agricultural areas.”
He added that the chief concern of Israeli officials, although unspoken, was that the Abu Basma region was the only territorial buffer between the West Bank and Gaza. “If there is a Palestinian state, Israel does not want the Bedouin controlling lands that connect those two Palestinian territories. It would rather the Bedouin were concentrated in as small a space as possible.”
According to Nili Baruch, an Israeli planner, Abu Basma has been starved of land compared to its Jewish counterparts. Its jurisdiction extends to only 3,400 hectares, making it the most densely populated regional council in the country.
By contrast, the 10 other regional councils in Israel’s south – home to a total of 45,000 Jews – have jurisdiction over a vast swath of rural land, nearly 1.2 million hectares.
Yeela Ranaan, a lecturer at Sapir College in Sderot and spokeswoman for the Regional Council for the Unrecognised Villages, an unofficial Bedouin advocacy group, said the creation of Abu Basma had been a “partial victory”.
Recognition meant those homes of Bedouin living in the centre of the villages were no longer under threat of destruction, roads could be paved, and schools opened, she said. But the planning process in all the villages was stalled and land claims were not being addressed.
In an apparent vote of no-confidence in Abu Basma, only 7,000 of the 35,000 Bedouin residents have registered with the regional council so far, said Mr Gan-Mor. Shortages of schools and a failure to improve living conditions meant most had chosen to remain enrolled for services with the nearby townships.
The Bedouin’s land dispute with the government is over 80,000 hectares. Mr Abu Ras said he believed the government hoped to force an evacuation of all the unrecognised villages over the next three years, forcing the inhabitants into the already confined areas available to Abu Basma.
“Only once there is a settlement in its favour will the government think about elections for the regional council.”
Tal Rabina, a spokesman for Abu Basma council, said the criticism that Bedouin rights had been violated by the law change reflected a “political agenda”.
“At this stage, when there are still many disputes between villages and families, most of the residents prefer that someone outside the community makes decisions. The current leadership brings a great deal of experience and professionalism to the task.”

MORE TROUBLE FOR PALESTINIANS IN EAST JERUSALEM

Uh boy, more trouble for the poor Palestinians. It seems the Zionist so called “police force” have been on a wee trip to the North of Ireland. Why? Well, they came to learn from the masters of murder, torture, oppression and collusion. They have come to “learn PSNI methods” note; the PSNI is the “new” name given to the same old RUC. In essence, lipstick has been put upon the pig, to dress it up and make it presentable, but it’s still a pig.
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A DELEGATION of nine senior Israeli police officers has just completed a short period in Northern Ireland studying how the PSNI deals with community tensions. Maj Gen Amichai Shai, head of the Israeli police’s human resources department, and who previously worked at operational level throughout Israel, said the visit was very useful, particularly in devising ideas and strategies on how to engage with minority communities.

He said Israeli police were trying to devise better strategies for dealing with minorities such as Palestinians living in Israel and also with groups such as Bedouins, Druze, Christian and fundamentalist Jews.

So what tactics will they learn from the RUC? What policing methods will they take back to deploy against the “ethnic minorities” in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem? I will outline a few of the MANY examples of policing we are talking about here. More after a few “Visual examples” click to enlarge:

A large part of some of the most horrific atrocities that took place here were at the hands, or the behest or help of the RUC. The “so called” police force, which, was actually an armed Protestant militia operating with impunity against the Irish and Catholics.

What will the Zionist police learn from the RUC? Plenty…..Their specialty consisted of Murders, collusion with Loyalist paramilitary gangs, raids at all hours, terrorizing, threats, and terrorist death squads. There was no rule of law what so ever, not even our Civil Rights lawyers were safe, Civil Rights Lawyer Rosemary Nelson wiped out in a car bomb. This after reporting she had received death threats from the RUC and Loyalists, these were reported before the United Nations and the United States Congress, to no avail.

wiki In 1998, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Param Curamaswamy, noted these threats in his annual report, and stated in a television interview that he believed her life could be in danger. He made recommendations to the British government concerning threats from police against lawyers, which were not acted upon. Later that year, Nelson testified before a committee of the United States Congress investigating human rights in Northern Ireland, confirming that death threats had been made against her and her three children.[1] Nelson was killed, at the age of 40, by a car bomb outside her home in Lurgan, County Armagh, in 1999.

Then we have another Civil Rights lawyer. Pat Finucane murdered whilst eating dinner with his family and children in his own home.

But it was not only the collusion and hands on murder or assisted loyalist murders they were guilty of. Often the murders were merely ones that took place on mere happenstance whlst the RUC stood idly by both watching and allowing the murders to take place. And afterwards tipping off the murders and helping them avoid capture and arrest. After all, they must stick together to continue their murdering and ethnic cleansing of Irish Catholics from Protestant areas:

wiki Robert Hamill was attacked by a group of Loyalists while walking home from St. Patricks’ dance hall with friends in the early morning of 27 April 1997.[1][2] After walking along Market Street from the dance hall, they came to the intersection of Market and Thomas Streets in Portadown, where they were attacked.[1][2] Robert and Gregorvy Girvan were kicked by the crowd while their attackers shouted abuse at them and Robert Hamill was knocked unconscious almost immediately.[2] Gregory’s wife Johanne and his sister Siobhan Garvin called for help from four RUC officers sitting in a Land Rover about twenty feet away from the attack, but they didn’t intervene to stop the attack.[2] The assault lasted about ten minutes, leaving both men unconscious.[1] Just before the ambulance arrived, one of the RUC men got out of the Land Rover and told Siobhan to put Robert into the recovery position.

Robert Hamill never regained consciousness and died of his injuries on 8 May 1997.[1] The cause of his death was recorded as “Diffuse Brain Injury associated with Fracture of Skull due to Blows to the Head”.[1]

Six people were arrested after Robert Hamill’s death, but only one was eventually tried for his murder.[2] Paul Rodney Marc Hobson was charged with murder, but found not guilty.

And here’s what the Zionists had to say when they were done “learning” from the RUC:

“I think one of the important things we have learned is the focus here on policing with the community as opposed to policing the community,” he said.

Maj Gen Shai said he was also impressed with the PSNI being described as a police “service” and this was a focus that could be usefully applied in Israel.

God help the Palestinians in Occupied East Jerusalem, they have become the Irish in Occupied Ireland. And evidently will now be treated as such.

EVENT TODAY: Palestinian Citizens of Israel

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[photo: Maureen Murphy Electronic Intifada]

Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Stakeholders in Limbo?

with Dr. Shibley Telhami and Dr. Asad Ghanem

Wednesday, 2 December 2009
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
The Palestine Center

[LIVE WEBCAST of the event will be available starting at 1 PM on this blog]

If you want to attend this in Washington, DC, please RSVP.

Treated as second-class citizens in Israel and left out of Palestinian national representative structures, this population continues to grow in number and political dynamism. What do the Palestinian citizens of Israel think about a negotiated solution to the conflict, the Right of Return, and their future status? How can/should this constituency participate in the decision making processes that will ultimately provide an answer to their national question? The speakers will explore these questions with a presentation of recently conducted public opinion data, commentary and analysis.

SPEAKER BIOS

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. He has served as Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the UN (1990-91), as advisor to former Congressman Lee Hamilton, and as a member of the US delegation to the Trilateral US-Israeli-Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee, which was mandated by the Wye River Agreements. Dr. Telhami is the author of the best-selling book, The Stakes: America and the Middle East (Westview Press, 2003; updated version, 2004)

Asad Ghanem is a senior lecturer at the School of Political Sciences at the University of Haifa. His theoretical work has explored the legal, institutional and political conditions in ethnic states. He has been the initiator and designer of several policy schemes and empowerment programs for Palestinian-Arabs in Israel. Dr. Ghanem has authored and edited numerous articles and books, among them Palestinian Politics After Arafat: A Failed National Movement; Ethnic Politics in Israel – The Margins and the Ashkinasi Centre and Palestinians in Israel-Indigenous Group Politics in the Jewish State.

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