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  • 50 years since Australia’s constitution allowed Aboriginals to be counted as people
    Next Saturday, 27 May, marks the 50th anniversary of the most decisive referendum victory in Australian history, when the nation voted to recognise Aboriginal people as part of Australia. But the referendum’s failure to give Aboriginal people what they thought they would get – true equality – holds lessons for today’s debates over constitutional recognition and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are still seeking substantive constitutional change that goes beyond mere symbolism. Convention in Uluru to... Read more »
  • Congressmen lobby Trump on Israeli-Palestinian water issues
    US Congress members lobby Trump on Israeli-Palestinian water issues – Sharon Udasin – The Jerusalem Post 21.05.17 ‘In your effort to build peace between Israelis and Palestinians… we urge you to prioritize the issue of water,’ the lawmakers wrote Trump in an official letter. And see: Cross-border water pollution threatens Israeli security, watchdog says – Sharon Udasin – The Jerusalem Post 16.05.17 EcoPeace: The state comptroller’s report presents ‘a scathing assessment of failure for more than two decades... Read more »
  • Trump in the Middle East
    Will Trump’s Middle East deal work? – Ben Caspit – Al-Monitor 22.05.17 Netanyahu is all in favour of a regional alliance with pragmatic Sunni states, but he will do everything in his power to remove a deal with the Palestinians. Why Trump’s Western Wall visit is actually bad news for the Israeli Right – Anshel Pfeffer – Haaretz 22.05.17 No sitting US president has ever visited the Kotel before. The fact Trump broke with convention has nothing to... Read more »
  • Hunger striking prisoners – families wanted Trump’s help
    Palestinian families to call on Trump to help resolve prisoners’ hunger strike – Jack Khoury – Haaretz 23.05.17 Families of prisoners in Israeli jails expect Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to raise issue with US president during Tuesday’s meeting. In Bethlehem, Abbas and Trump speak of Mideast peace prospects – Adam Rasgon – The Jerusalem Post 23.05.17 ‘I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians,’ says US president. Abbas discussed the... Read more »
  • Peace Now Settlement Watch Report 2016 – stark increase in construction
    Israel has approved some 5,500 new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since president Trump was inaugurated in January this year. Last Sunday, Peace Now released a report on construction in a previous 9-month period. Peace Now’s Annual Settlement Construction Report 2016: Stark Increase in Settlement Construction – Peace Now Settlement Watch report 21.05.17 Some key findings: 1,814 new construction starts in a 9-month period, 34% more than in similar period in previous year 70% of new... Read more »
  • 50 years after the Six-Day War – Writers confront the Occupation (3)
    A series – essays published individually and collected in Kingdom of Olives and Ash, edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, published May 2017 by Harper Collins. Life behind Israel’s checkpoints – Raja Shehadehmay – The New York Times 20.05.17 It used to take 50 minutes to get to the airport. Now I give myself five hours. Diary – Fida Jiryis – London Review of Books Vol.39 No.9, 04.05.17 For Palestinians, the choice between life in Israel and life... Read more »
  • Some Trump-toons – as the caravan rolls on
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    Hopes, uncertainties and controversies surrounding the American president’s visit to Israel, as portrayed by Haaretz 22-23.05.17.   cr: Amos Biderman   cr: Amos Biderman   cr: Eran Wolkowski   cr: Amos Biderman   cr: Eran Wolkowski   cr: Amos Biderman   cr: Eran Wolkowski The post Some Trump-toons – as the caravan rolls on appeared first on +61J.... Read more »
  • Trauma across generations of survivors’ descendants
    Study finds evidence of intergenerational trauma in grandchildren of Holocaust survivors – Eric W. Dolan – PsyPost 16.05.17 The intergenerational transmission of trauma is a controversial topic in psychology. But new research suggests that intense trauma can in fact be passed down more than one generation. Related: What children learn by having survivor parents The post Trauma across generations of survivors’ descendants appeared first on +61J.... Read more »