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What is Apple secretly doing for iPhone 8 in Israel?

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Apple is using an office in Israel to develop hardware for “iPhone 8,” which is expected to be released next year with a radical redesign, Business Insider reported.

Details on the iPhone 8 are scarce, but some reports, including this one from MacRumours, suggest that it will have an edge-to-edge display that removes the need for the top and bottom bezels where features like the fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera are located.

Some hardware for the iPhone 8 is being created in Herzliya, Israel, according to a local Apple employee, who said employees in Israel work on all of Apple’s new products.

The employee, whose identity is being concealed by Business Insider, solders components for Apple. This person did not give too much away about the new handset but said it would be “different” from the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, which have been criticised for being too similar to their predecessors.

Speaking with Business Insider outside Apple’s Herzliya office at Maskit Street 12, the Apple employee said employees in Israel were working on what’s coming “next” in Apple’s product line, giving a specific mention to the iPhone 8.

When asked what Apple uses the Herzliya facility for, the source, who spoke only broken English, said “new products.” The person added that Apple did not actually assemble products in Israel.

A second Apple employee whom Business Insider spoke with in Herzliya said they “could not talk” about what Apple did in Herzliya, while an employee from the networking giant Cisco, which also has an office in the area, said: “I have three friends that work there. They work on the hardware side. Verifications. Something like that.”

(Source / 29.09.2016)

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September 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm

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Shimon Peres: Founder of Israel, architect of occupation

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Peres played a key role in constructing an Israeli state that oppresses Palestinians

Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founding fathers, died on Wednesday aged 93 after his condition swiftly deteriorated following major stroke last week.

When questioned about the Qana attack – which he defended as a mistake – Peres later said: “Everything was done according to clear logic and in a responsible way. I am at peace.”

By Rori Donaghy

Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founding fathers, died on Wednesday aged 93 after his condition swiftly deteriorated following major stroke last week.

World leaders have lavished praise on Peres, including former American President Bill Clinton, who described him as a “dove of peace” for his role in the 1993 Oslo accords – the first agreements between Israeli and Palestinian leaders which led to him jointly winning a Nobel Peace Prize a year later.

However, the praise has not been universal, with critics drawing attention to his role in the development of Israel’s early settlements and as prime minister in 1996 when Israeli troops massacred 154 Lebanese civilians in the so-called Operation Grapes of Wrath.

Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas, of the West Bank Fatah party, hailed Peres as “brave,” while his Gaza-based rivals in Hamas called him a “criminal”.

Born Szymon Perski in 1923, Peres moved with his family from his birthland of Poland to what was then British mandate Palestine in 1934, aged 11 years old. After being brought up in a kibbutz Peres met fellow Pole and subsequent close political ally David Ben-Gurion, who would go on to become Israel’s first prime minister.

Peres has long been lauded as a man who dedicated his life to finding peace between Israelis and Palestinians, refusing to give up on striking a deal as he entered his tenth and final decade.

Whilst giving a speech in 2014 at a memorial for Yitzhak Rabin – the former Israeli prime minister who was assassinated in 1995 for signing the Oslo accords – Peres urged people never to give up on peace.

“Peace has become a derogatory term,” he told thousands of people who had gathered in Tel Aviv. “There are those who say that those who believe in peace are naive, not patriots, delusional. But I say to all those in a clear voice, those who give up on peace are the ones who are delusional.”

Peres’ poetic way with words often captured headlines, winning him an image of being a voice of reason in a seemingly intractable conflict. However; during his long life in public office Peres’ legacy was forged through his involvement in decisions and projects far from the glare of television cameras.

Before Israel was established at the expense of Palestine in 1948, Peres was a member of the Haganah – an underground Jewish army – and despite being in his 20s he was appointed to the key role of acquiring weapons and ammunitions to be used in a war that ultimately led to the mass killing and expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians.

Israel’s bomb

After excelling in his Haganah role he was appointed director general of Israel’s Defence Ministry in 1953, where he would go on to play a critical role in developing a secret nuclear reactor in the desert city of Dimona in the southern Negev Desert.

Although he would eventually serve as Israel’s ninth president, as well as twice being prime minister, his role in developing Israel’s nuclear weapons, which were first tested in the 1960s, enshrined Israel as a major military power beyond the reach of any international accountability.

Later, as defence minister in 1975, Peres met with the apartheid government of South Africa and offered to sell them nuclear warheads. A man who was keen to keep his nuclear activities under wraps, Peres in 1986 authorised the Israeli secret service’s pursuit and abduction of whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, who would go on to serve 18 years in prison.

Settlement mastermind

Peres would eventually come to be viewed as a national treasure not only in Israel, but internationally as well, but he played a crucial role in the development of illegal Jewish Israeli settlements in Palestinian West Bank land, famously using the slogan “Settlements Everywhere” when he was defence minister in the 1970s.

His role in expanding Israeli control over Palestinian land would continue with the Oslo Accords, because, despite them being lauded as a step toward peace, the splitting of the West Bank into three areas ultimately provided the basis for Israeli control over much of what was supposed to be a Palestinian state.

The accords led to the West Bank being split into three areas – A, B, and C – and were only supposed to last five years. But these areas continue to be the basis on how the West Bank is governed, with Area C – under full Israeli control – making up 62 percent of the total West Bank.

Qana massacre

For many critics Peres will also be remembered for his role in the massacre of 154 Lebanese civilians in an attack on a village during Israel’s 1996 military operation against Hezbollah known was Operation Grapes of Wrath.

Peres was Israel’s prime minister when his army attacked the village of Qana on 18 April 1996, bombing a United Nations building where some 800 civilians were sheltered amid the Israeli bombardment.

When questioned about the Qana attack – which he defended as a mistake – Peres later said: “Everything was done according to clear logic and in a responsible way. I am at peace.”

It is this alternative narrative of Peres’ life and legacy which means he will not be eulogised by Palestinians and many others.

Arab reaction

While English language media led with the image of Peres as a dove of peace, Arabic outlets took a different track when covering news of his death on Wednesday.

Sky News Arabic described Peres as the “godfather” of Israel’s nuclear weapons programme and the “founder of settlements”. Al Jazeera Arabic labelled him a “mass murderer” who was “crowned with the Nobel Prize”.

The leadership of the Palestinian Authority – which Peres helped create – was more complimentary about the late Israeli leader, with a key advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas describing him as a “man of peace”.

“His passing is certainly a great loss for humanity and the region,” Majdi al-Kahlidi, diplomatic advisor to Abbas, told the Jerusalem Post.

However, Awni Almashni, a member of Abbas’ Fatah Party, told MEE Peres was “an enemy of the Palestinian people”.

“Peres believed in peace but in the Israeli way that gives Israel power and strength over the land,” he said. “We don’t see him as a peacemaker.”

The Gaza-based Hamas movement, fierce rival of Abbas, described Peres as a “criminal” who they were “very happy” was dead.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri told the Associated Press: “Shimon Peres was the last remaining Israeli official who founded the occupation, and his death is the end of a phase in the history of this occupation and the beginning of a new phase of weakness.”

Peres’ funeral will take place on Friday at the Israeli national cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, with political leaders from around the globe expected to attend.

But one person who won’t be there is Israeli-Palestinian politician Basil Ghattas, who caused outrage in Israel when he responded to Peres’ stroke on 14 September by writing on Facebook that he wouldn’t be “rushing to participate” in a “festival of grief and loss”.

“Peres was one of the strongest pillars of the Zionist colonial settlement enterprise,” the Knesset member wrote. “One of the most ruthless and extreme and harmful to the Palestinian nation.

“Peres is covered in our blood from head to toe.”

When contacted by MEE on Wednesday Ghattas said he could not add anymore than what he had already said on Facebook.

Diana Buttu, a former Palestinian negotiator, told MEE the outpouring of praise for Peres undermined his actual life – and that his actions go beyond war crimes.

“It’s not enough to call Peres a war criminal because that lets him off the hook – he’s beyond that,” she said. “Peres set into place a whole series of war crimes by Israel that have taken place without accountability.

“What Peres should be remembered for is not just being a war criminal but making the word peace devoid of any real meaning. Peace can now mean ethnic cleansing, supporting settlement expansion, bombing a UN building, and getting a nuclear arsenal without undergoing any international inspections.

“Peace can mean flying in the face of international law – that’s what Peres should be remembered for.”

Palestinian Nabila Espanioly, a feminist activist from the Hadash Party, told MEE Peres was a “Zionist leader first and foremost”.

“His legacy is one of massacres and discrimination,” she said. “He took a step towards peace but he didn’t make any real change except to confiscate more and more Palestinian lands.”

Until his final days Peres stated his commitment to peace but he was always clear that the Jewish people were his priority in any potential settlement.

“The first priority is preserving Israel as a Jewish state,” he said in 2014. “That is our central goal, that is what we are fighting for.”

(Source / 29.09.2016)

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Israeli forces kidnap 79 Palestinians

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Israeli inflict much suffering on Palestinians as pre-emptive measures. No one see what it is doing!

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 79 Palestinians in West Bank and East Jerusalem during the three past days.

Palestinian officials said that the escalation of the Israeli kidnapping against the Palestinians was prompted by the Israeli security fear during the Israeli season of holidays

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 79 Palestinians in West Bank and East Jerusalem during the three past days.

The Israeli occupation police kidnapped 39 Palestinians, including elderly and minors in East Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp.

According to statements by the Israeli occupation defence ministry, the remaining Palestinians were kidnapped from the occupied West Bank.

One of the statements said that 19 Palestinians were kidnapped over taking part in protests against the Israeli occupation and terrorist acts.

Recently, the Israeli occupation has considered throwing rocks, glass bottles full of paint or Molotov cocktails an involvement in terrorist acts.

Palestinian officials said that the escalation of the Israeli kidnapping against the Palestinians was prompted by the Israeli security fear during the Israeli season of holidays.

(Source / 29.09.2016)

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School in Qatar removes Israeli flag from its corridor

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A private British school in Qatar has come under fire after putting up a display of the Israeli flag this week.

The flag was erected in the main hall of Doha College West Bay where it was spotted by parents.

Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education tweeted about the incident on Monday, saying the school had “apologised for any distress caused.”

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The ministry then explained that the flag was put up to display member nations of the UN and that Israel’s flag was displayed in error and was taken down.

The school’s headmaster Dr. Steffen Sommer told the Doha News the incident involved “an error of judgement.”

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(Source / 29.09.2016)

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September 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm

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8000 Palestinians arrested since the outbreak of Jerusalem Intifada

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RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) intensified since the outbreak of Jerusalem Intifada in early October 2015 arrest campaigns across the occupied territories, rights group revealed. Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies revealed that 8,000 arrests were reported since last October including 2,155 minors, 270 women, and 250 online activists. The center pointed out that most of the detainees were subjected to severe torture and ill-treatment in Israeli jails and detention centers. 1,773 administrative detention orders were also issued during the reported period, the report added. 40 female minors and four Palestinian MPs were also among the documented arrests. During the reported period, 110 old men over the age of 60, 23 academics, 190 people with special needs, and 79 journalists were detained. The center said that two Palestinian prisoners died in Israeli jails due to the Israeli deliberate medical negligence.

(Source / 28.09.2016)

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Shimon Peres: Founder Of Israel, Architect Of Occupation

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To his supporters Peres was a dove of peace, but to his critics he played a key role in constructing an Israeli state that oppresses Palestinians.

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, right and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrive to attend the opening session of the World Economic Forum at the King Hussien convention center, Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Friday, May 22, 2015. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said Israel is blocking peace by continuing to expand settlements on occupied territory, but reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border.

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, right and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrive to attend the opening session of the World Economic Forum at the King Hussien convention center, Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Friday, May 22, 2015

Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founding fathers, died on Wednesday at the age of 93 after his condition swiftly deteriorated following a major stroke two weeks ago.

World leaders have lavished praise on Peres, including former American President Bill Clinton, who described him as a “dove of peace” for his role in the 1993 Oslo accords – the first agreements between Israeli and Palestinian leaders which led to him jointly winning a Nobel Peace Prize a year later.

Born Szymon Perski in 1923, Peres moved with his family from his birthland of Poland to what was then British mandate Palestine in 1934, aged 11 years old. After being brought up in a kibbutz Peres met fellow Pole and subsequent close political ally David Ben-Gurion, who would go on to become Israel’s first prime minister.

Peres has long been lauded as a man who dedicated his life to finding peace between Israelis and Palestinians, refusing to give up on striking a deal as he entered his tenth and final decade.

Whilst giving a speech in 2014 at a memorial for Yitzhak Rabin – the former Israeli prime minister who was assassinated in 1995 for signing the Oslo accords – Peres urged people never to give up on peace.

“Peace has become a derogatory term,” he told thousands of people who had gathered in Tel Aviv. “There are those who say that those who believe in peace are naive, not patriots, delusional. But I say to all those in a clear voice, those who give up on peace are the ones who are delusional.”

Peres’ poetic way with words often captured headlines, winning him an image of being a voice of reason in a seemingly intractable conflict. However; during his long life in public office Peres’ legacy was forged through his involvement in decisions and projects far from the glare of television cameras.

Before Israel was established at the expense of Palestine in 1948, Peres was a member of the Haganah – an underground Jewish army – and despite being in his 20s he was appointed to the key role of acquiring weapons and ammunitions to be used in a war that ultimately led to the mass killing and expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians.

 

Israel’s bomb

After excelling in his Haganah role he was appointed director general of Israel’s Defence Ministry in 1953, where he would go on to play a critical role in developing a secret nuclear reactor in the desert city of Dimona in the southern Negev Desert.

Although he would eventually serve as Israel’s ninth president, as well as twice being prime minister, his role in developing Israel’s nuclear weapons, which were first tested in the 1960s, enshrined Israel as a major military power beyond the reach of any international accountability.

Later, as defence minister in 1975, Peres met with the apartheid government of South Africa and offering to sell them nuclear warheads. A man who was keen to keep his nuclear activities under wraps, Peres in 1986 authorised the Israeli secret service’s pursuit and abduction of whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, who would go on to serve 18 years in prison.

 

Settlement mastermind

Peres would eventually come to be viewed as a national treasure not only in Israel, but internationally as well, but he played a crucial role in the development of illegal Jewish Israeli settlements in Palestinian West Bank land, famously using the slogan “Settlements Everywhere” when he was defence minister in the 1970s.

His role in expanding Israeli control over Palestinian land would continue with the Oslo Accords, because, despite them being lauded as a step toward peace, the splitting of the West Bank into three areas ultimately provided the basis for Israeli control over much of what was supposed to be a Palestinian state.

The accords led to the West Bank being split into three areas – A, B, and C – and were only supposed to last five years. But these areas continue to be the basis on how the West Bank is governed, with Area A – under full Israeli control – making up slightly more than 60 percent of the total West Bank.

 

Qana massacre

For many critics Peres will also be remembered for his role in the massacre of 154 Lebanese civilians in an attack on a village during Israel’s 1996 military operation against Hezbollah known was Operation Grapes of Wrath.

Peres was Israel’s prime minister when his army attacked the village of Qana on 18 April 1996, bombing a United Nations building where some 800 civilians were sheltered amid the Israeli bombardment.

When questioned about the Qana attack – which he defended as being a mistake – Peres later said: “Everything was done according to clear logic and in a responsible way. I am at peace.”

It is this alternative narrative of Peres’ life and legacy which means he will not be eulogised by Palestinians and many others.

 

Arab reaction

While English language media led with the image of Peres as a dove of peace, Arabic outlets took a different track when covering news of his death on Wednesday.

Sky News Arabic described Peres as the “godfather” of Israel’s nuclear weapons programme and the “founder of settlements”. Al Jazeera Arabic labelled him a “mass murderer” who was “crowned with the Nobel Prize”.

The leadership of the Palestinian Authority – which Peres helped create – was more complimentary about the late Israeli leader, with a key advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas describing him as a “man of peace”.

“His passing is certainly a great loss for humanity and the region,” Majdi al-Kahlidi, diplomatic advisor to  Abbas, told the Jerusalem Post.

However, Awni Almashni, a member of Abbas’ Fatah Party, told MEE Peres was “an enemy of the Palestinian people”.

“Peres believed in peace but in the Israeli way that gives Israel power and strength over the land,” he said. “We don’t see him as a peacemaker.”

The Gaza-based Hamas movement, fierce rival of Abbas, described Peres as a “criminal” who they were “very happy” was dead.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri told the Associated Press: “Shimon Peres was the last remaining Israeli official who founded the occupation, and his death is the end of a phase in the history of this occupation and the beginning of a new phase of weakness.”

Peres’ funeral will take place on Friday at the Israeli national cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, with political leaders from around the globe expected to attend.

But one person who won’t be there is Israeli-Palestinian politician Basil Ghattas, who caused outrage in Israel when he responded to Peres’ stroke on 14 September by writing on Facebook that he wouldn’t be “rushing to participate” in a “festival of grief and loss”.

“Peres was one of the strongest pillars of the Zionist colonial settlement enterprise,” the Knesset member wrote. “One of the most ruthless and extreme and harmful to the Palestinian nation.

“Peres is covered in our blood from head to toe.”

When contacted by MEE on Wednesday Ghattas said he could not add anymore than what he had already said on Facebook.

Diana Buttu, a former Palestinian negotiator, told MEE the outpouring of praise for Peres undermined his actual life – and that his actions go beyond war crimes.

“It’s not enough to call Peres a war criminal because that lets him off the hook – he’s beyond that,” she said. “Peres set into place a whole series of war crimes by Israel that have taken place without accountability.

“What Peres should be remembered for is not just being a war criminal but making the word peace devoid of any real meaning. Peace can now mean ethnic cleansing, supporting settlement expansion, bombing a UN building, and getting a nuclear arsenal without undergoing any international inspections.

“Peace can mean flying in the face of international law – that’s what Peres should be remembered for.”

Palestinian MK Nabila Espanioly, from the Communist Hadash Party, told MEE Peres was a “Zionist leader first and foremost”.

“His legacy is one of massacres and discrimination,” she said. “He took a step towards peace but he didn’t make any real change except to confiscate more and more Palestinian lands.”

Until his final days Peres stated his commitment to peace but he was always clear that the Jewish people were his priority in any potential settlement.

“The first priority is preserving Israel as a Jewish state,” he said in 2014. “That is our central goal, that is what we are fighting for.”

(Source / 28.09.2016)

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Israel to demolish a suspected attacker’s home

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NABLUS, (PIC)– The Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday approved an Israeli military decision to demolish the family home of a Palestinian suspected of being involved in anti-occupation attack last October. The family of Palestinian prisoner Amjad Aliwi said that their son was charged of being affiliated with a Hamas armed cell allegedly responsible for an anti-occupation attack that left two Israeli soldiers dead. The Israeli court refused all the appeals filed by the family against the demolition order. The demolition could happen at any minute, after the court refused to allow the family to present any further appeals, the family added. Israeli authorities imposed punitive home demolitions in an effort to “deter” attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals in the wake of the outbreak of Jerusalem Intifada that has swept across occupied Jerusalem the West Bank since October. Israeli rights group B’Tselem has, meanwhile, condemned the practice as “court-sanctioned revenge” carried out on family members who have not committed crimes, amounting to collective punishment and illegal under the international law.

(Source / 28.09.2016)

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