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Israel Pans Top UN Official Over Rebuke of Bedouin Resettlement Plan

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Israel slammed a senior United Nations human rights official over comments about a controversial Israeli plan to forcibly evict some Bedouin on state land in the Negev,

The Foreign Ministry said a statement by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay criticizing Israel over the so-called Prawer-Begin...

Analysis and News Bites from Al-Monitor Back to the Future for US Policy by Vali Nasr

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Al-Monitor, a web-based publication that produces a daily report by top-notch journalists, and academics among others, featured two very interesting articles recently. Although we cannot print them in their entirety, we have been given permission to extract a few paragraphs and send people to their website, www.al-monitor.com.

These graphs are from Back to the Future for U.S. Policy In Egypt and Syria

By Vali Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a contributor at Bloomberg View. He served as senior adviser to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, between 2009 and 2011...

Netanyahu Responds to Arab Knesset Member Who Dissed Israel

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Netanyahu Responds to Arab Knesset Member Who Dissed Israel

(JNS.org)—While the Knesset last week voted on a bill to necessitate a national referendum among Israelis on any peace deal that would require territorial withdrawals, during the plenum debate on the referendum bill, Arab MK Jamal Zahalka (National Democratic Assembly) said the bill was irrelevant because it referred to “occupied territory, and as such, what applies is international law; the referendum should apply to the nations of the world,” Israel Hayom reported. The Habayit Hayehudi party subsequently heckled Zahalka, saying, “You are the foreigners in this land.”Zahalka responded, “We were here before you and...

‘Start-Up Nation’ Israel’s Latest Invention: Camera Helping the Blind Recognize Objects

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‘Start-Up Nation’ Israel’s Latest Invention: Camera Helping the Blind Recognize Objects

(JNS.org)— Haaretz and Reuters report that a new invention from Israel with potential to change the lives of the blind and visually impaired, will go on sale in the U.S. in September. The device, called OrCam, works via a 5-megapixel camera that attaches to glasses and can recognize text. The camera uses audio feedback to relay visual information, and has a memory library in which it can store previously recognized objects. While the device still has difficulty handling light and non-flat surfaces, it will sell for $2,500. With the help of the user, the camera can be taught to recognize...

Water Wars In Middle East

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The Jerusalem Post reports that Israel has adhered to, and even gone beyond, the water supply guidelines of the 1995 Oslo accords when providing water to the West Bank. They also accuse the Palestinians of wasting enormous amounts of water and refusing to conserve, treat and recycle water, despite modern technology available in the field. The PA has dug more than 250 unauthorized wells, and Israelis end up subsidizing the water sold to the Palestinians at discount. According to the Post,  “residents of Tel Aviv and Haifa pay twice as much for their water as residents of Nablus and Ramallah.”

More than that, 95 percent of Palestinian sewage is left untreated, and flows into...

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