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A former refugee speaks out

First published in jWire

By Michael Kuttner December 19, 2014

Michael Kuttner and Bassam Eid

This week I had the opportunity of listening to Bassem Eid, a Palestinian Arab human rights activist reveal facts concerning UNRWA and the continuing scandal of its refugee policies. More

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Printed in the Otago Daily Times on Nov. 14th 2014

Egypt expels Gazans and THE WORLD IS SILENT
For it's new buffer zone plan, Egypt is using force to seize, explode, and destroy 800+ homes to create this zone 500 meters wide into Gaza all along their combined 13 kilometre border. They are also planning to dig a channel with a depth and width of 20 metres to be filled with water along the same border, to prevent the building of more tunnels.
The expulsion has been sped up after the Egyptian Army discovered hundreds more smuggling tunnels into Sinai from satellite imagery. 200 Gazan families are said to have accepted a financial package the other 680 have refused.
Hamas terrorists provided weapons smuggled through tunnels and used for the killing of 31 Egyptian soldiers in El Arish recently, by Jihadists sympathetic to ISIS. .... Read More

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The author with an Iraqi child
August 27, 2014. History often repeats itself. Watching the News each night takes me back to the post- Gulf War days when along with nursing colleague Eve and Dr Dick Rodgers, I helped resettle the Kurds who had fled to Turkey over mountains from Saddam's punishing hordes. .. Nothing Much Has Changed by KBRM Member

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From Other Angles — News

Jewish refugees center-stage at UN event in New York

December 4, 2014
Over 400 guests gathered in the ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations Headquarters in New York to bear witness to the lives, histories and memories of the 850,000 Jewish refugees who were forced to flee from their homes in Arab countries after 1948. The event, entitled 'The Untold Story of 850,000 Refugees: ....' Read more

Ron Prosor’s Amazing, Stirring Speech at the United Nations

December 2, 2014
.... “Our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. Sixty seven years ago this week, on November 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to partition the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state. Simple. The Jews said yes. The Arabs said no. But they didn’t just say no. Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon launched a war of annihilation against our newborn state.

This is the historical truth that the Arabs are trying to distort. The Arabs’ historic mistake continues to be felt – in lives lost in war, lives lost to terrorism, and lives scarred by the Arab’s narrow political interests.

According to the United Nations, about 700,000 Palestinians were displaced in the war initiated by the Arabs themselves. At the same time, some 850,000 Jews were forced to flee from Arab countries.

Why is it, that 67 years later, the displacement of the Jews has been completely forgotten by this institution while the displacement of the Palestinians is the subject of an annual debate?

The difference is that Israel did its utmost to integrate the Jewish refugees into society. The Arabs did just the opposite. ....” Read more

Plight of Jewish refugees from Arab countries to be highlighted at United Nations

01 December 2014
Together with other Jewish organizations, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) will co-host an event entitled ‘The Untold Story of 850,000 Refugees’ in New York this week. Read more

Israel's Recognition of Aramean Nationality Empowers Arameans Worldwide In Demand For Rights

World Council of Arameans
Now “Looks Specifically to Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon”

By Tzvi Zucker
Tazpit News Agency - Tuesday 24 November, 2014

Lost in the uproar over the proposed Nationality Bill has been the historic recognition of Arameans as a separate nationality in Israel. Israel is the first country in the world to recognize the Arameans.

Israel's historic recognition has empowered and emboldened Arameans to seek better treatment in other countries they live in. Read more

Jewish boy, 4, clouted on head

Sunday Nov 23, 2014
Suspected hate crime in upmarket Auckland suburb adds to nasty incidents. Read more at NZ Herald

Har Nof: Australian ambassador donates blood

November 20, 2014,
Australia’s ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma has donated blood to the hospital treating the victims of the Har Nof massacre…and has visited the wounded. Read more

Jews bare the brunt for naive hatred of Israel

November 20, 2014 - Sydney Morning Herald
The core basis of hostility to Israel is a lack of acknowledgement that most of the constrictive actions Israel has taken in the Palestinian territories – the walls, roadblocks, security restrictions - has been in reaction to an intransigent Palestinian political culture, a template set in place 45 years ago by the corruption and rejectionism of the first Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat. Read More

Nasrallah: Hezbollah ready to fight Israel despite Syrian war

November 4, 2014
Shiite leader promises that rockets will again force the closure of Ben Gurion Airport during the next conflict. Read More

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From Other Angles — Gaza

Egypt starts work on Gaza buffer zone

October 30 2014. Read at

The item above was published online in Stuff but not on the NZ Herald web site.
As at October 31 neither appeared in the printed versions of either paper.
The photo and article showed about 800 homes raised on the border between Egypt and Gaza and it is intended to stop Militants crossing into Egypt.
Now if it were Israel bulldozing homes.......

Palestinian: Donors wary of funding Hamas-run Gaza

By Karin Laub, Wednesday Sep 10, 2014
The New Zealand Herald

“The best speech an Israeli diplomat ever held”

George Deek’s speech in Oslo 27 September 2014.
George Deek is a Christian Arab from the ancient Mediterranean city of Jaffa. He is also deputy to Israeli Druze poet and academic Naim Araidi, who currently serves as Israel’s ambassador to Norway. Late last month, Deek addressed a gathering hosted by the Norwegian group “With Israel for Peace.” He delivered what some in that country are calling “the best speech an Israeli diplomat ever made.” Full transcript in English

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From Other Angles — Good News

Abdelrahman al-Shaludi, who killed two and injured seven others after he rammed his vehicle into pedestrians at a Jerusalem Light Rail station, October 23, 2014. (photo credit: Channel 2) Once inside Israel’s hospitals, the ‘terrorist’ becomes the ‘patient’ - The Times of Israel Read More

Elephants in Kenya. Ivory, which comes from elephant tusks, is worth about $900 per pound on the black market—a lucrative proposition for animal poachers. Credit: Maryam Laura Moazedi via Wikimedia Commons. As its own turmoil rages, Israel wages lesser-known fight to save Kenyan wildlife Read More

Sustainable Nation: Israel Has Become a World-Leader in Technologies which Help Power Our Planet Cleanly Read More

Mashav: Citrus production program for professionals from India Read More

Windward names Most Innovative Cyber and Homeland Security Technology For 2014 Dowenload a pdf to Read More

Bezalel Academy wins 1st place in Tokyo Read More

Israel’s “Water City” in China — A Golden Opportunity for Israeli Companies Read More

New App Puts Dead Sea Scrolls on iPhone and iPad Read More

Operation Moses 30 Year Anniversary Read More

The UN had warm words for Israel for its crucial contribution to the war on the rapidly spreading Ebola virus. Read More

Blind and injured turtles receive visitors at the Israel Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Read More

European and Chinese Find Interest in Israeli Industries Read More

Tel Aviv named one of the world’s top culinary cities Read More

Israeli high school student Avital Boruchovsky is the 2014 European Youth U18 Chess Champion Read More

Peres Center for Peace Video Highlights Active Partnership with Hadassah Medical Center to Save Palestinian Children Read More

Israel Helping Rwanda With Green Technology Read More

An Israeli aid organization has sent relief to Yazidis and Christians fleeing Islamic State oppression and has further plans to help them survive the winter. Read More

Energy Does Grow On Trees, As Israelis Design First Solar Energy eTree;

By NoCamels Team| October 24, 2014
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