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UN envoy urges Israel to investigate civilian deaths during Gaza war News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

UN envoy urges Israel to investigate civilian deaths during Gaza war

Israel should investigate the killing of more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians, one third of them children, during the war on the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, and should make the findings public, according to a report submitted Tuesday to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report was issued by Makarim Wibisono who has recently become UN Human Rights Council special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territory.

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US-Israel relationship headed for bumpy road after speech, say analysts News Roundup
Alex MacDonald, Middle East Eye

US-Israel relationship headed for bumpy road after speech, say analysts

The extent of damage to the US-Israeli relationship following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress on Tuesday is yet unclear. But if reactions to the 39-minute speech - which Netanyahu came off a plane in Tel Aviv on Wednesday defending - are any sign, the special relationship long shared between the two countries may have a bumpy road ahead.

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Israeli authorities demolish Bedouin houses in Negev village News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli authorities demolish Bedouin houses in Negev village

Israeli authorities on Wednesday demolished four houses in the Bedouin village of Sawah in the Negev. Locals told Ma'an that bulldozers escorted by Israeli police officers demolished the two houses, belonging to members of the al-Qassasi and al-Khawatra families.

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Pelosi, Democrats furious over Netanyahu ‘condescension’ News Roundup
Laurie Kellman, Associated Press

Pelosi, Democrats furious over Netanyahu ‘condescension’

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi politely stood and clapped when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered the House chamber for his long-awaited, and highly controversial, speech to Congress. The longer he spoke, the less enthusiastic she got.

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Congress declares war at Netanyahu’s request Op-Eds & Analysis
Dana Milbank, The Washington Post

Congress declares war at Netanyahu’s request

Nancy Pelosi looked as if she might charge the well of the House and confront Benjamin Netanyahu personally. When the Israeli prime minister, in his controversial address to Congress on Tuesday, suggested that the deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran only seeks to “delay the inevitable” of a nuclear-armed Iran, the House Democratic leader shook her index finger, balled her hand into a fist and spoke angrily to her neighbor, Democratic whip Steny Hoyer (Md.).

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Hey Netanyahu: ‘Security’ Means Palestine, Too! Op-Eds & Analysis
Dean Obeidallah, The Daily Beast

Hey Netanyahu: ‘Security’ Means Palestine, Too!

If the Israeli prime minister’s speech is really about security, he’ll talk about the powder keg we call Palestine. Not holding my breath. Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress truly about Israel’s security? Or is the speech, as Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen dubbed it, a “reckless” piece of “high theater for a reelection campaign in Israel”?

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Legal Pastimes: Blues at the Bar News Roundup
Laura Impellizzeri, California Lawyer

Legal Pastimes: Blues at the Bar

George Bisharat carefully explains that his stage name, Big Harp George, isn't about ego. The reference is to the unusual 12-hole and 16-hole chromatic harmonicas (as opposed to the 10-hole diatonic variety) that he plays on his first album as the featured artist. "It's an instrument that blues musicians haven't exploited," he says. Called Chromaticism, Bisharat's CD is among five nominated as "best new artist album" for 2014 by The Blues Foundation.

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Israel police destroy Bedouin agricultural crops in Negev News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israel police destroy Bedouin agricultural crops in Negev

Israeli police on Tuesday destroyed thousands of acres of wheat, barley and other cereal crops in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Rakhama, locals told Ma'an. Ali Freijat, a local resident, said that 14 tractors escorted by over 50 Israeli police vehicles arrived early Tuesday and began leveling the land.

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Construction of Jerusalem hotel threatens Christian pilgrimage site News Roundup
Nir Hasson, Haaretz

Construction of Jerusalem hotel threatens Christian pilgrimage site

Twenty-five years ago, a spring in the Galilee village of Sajur suddenly went dry. It turned out that nearby construction had cracked the underground rock through which the water flowed, diverting it to another spring. Today, hydrologists, church leaders and Jerusalem residents are warning that a similar fate might befall a much more important spring: Mary’s Well, located in the heart of Jerusalem’s Ein Karem neighborhood.

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